With: Arlene Hittle
I’m a flute-toting band geek who grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek and the original Battlestar Galactica. I loved Firefly and was sorely tempted to boycott FOX when the network canceled it after only a few episodes.
FOX canceled a lot of shows without giving them a chance — *cough* Pasadena — but that’s a blog post for another day.
Back to my point. Promise I have one.
Lately, when I’m not writing, I’ve been binge-watching The Big Bang Theory. It’s one of those shows I didn’t catch on first run because of my work schedule — weekdays from 3 p.m. to midnight doesn’t lend itself to much prime-time TV viewing.
Now that I’m catching up, I love the show, the characters and all the sci-fi talk. I recently saw an episode where Leonard questions the SyFy network’s name change. He said all the things I remember thinking at the time.
But one question Sheldon asked Leonard really got me thinking, especially with its tie in to
my new book, BREAKING ALL THE RULES.*
On the episode where Leonard tells Penny how he and Sheldon became roommates, he recounts the roommate questionnaire. It’s a long, convoluted process with one standout question: Kirk or Picard?
Great question, amIright?
Allow me to pause for just a moment to make a case for Jonathan Archer, the captain in Enterprise.
Sure, the show may not be as popular or well-loved as Star Trek or Star Trek: The Next Generation — and that answer would undoubtedly disqualify me to be Sheldon’s roomie. However, consider this: I’m a sucker for a prequel. Learning how Earthlings began winging through space, going where no man has gone before, was — and still is — fascinating.
Besides, Capt. Archer is played by Scott Bakula. Call me crazy, but I’ve had a thing for Bakula since Quantum Leap. The episode where he leaps back home and sings John Lennon’s “Imagine” to (I think) his sister brings a tear to my eye every time.
His Archer approaches space exploration with the wonder of a child and the wisdom of an elder. I had fun watching him try to make sense of new worlds ... and spar with his Vulcan science officer.
If forced to choose between Kirk and Picard, I’d have to say my choice depends on the REST of the question.
Who would I want to serve under if I were in Starfleet?
Picard. His grace under pressure never fails.
Who would I want to be romantically involved with?
While Picard has that regal bearing and sexy accent on his side, I’d go with Kirk — without a doubt. William Shatner or Chris Pine. Doesn’t matter.
Who’s your captain? Kirk? Picard? Archer? Or are you more of a Kathryn Janeway or Benjamin Sisko fan?
P.S. Enjoy this YouTube clip from CNN, in which William Shatner reveals who would win in a fight, him or Picard.
BREAKING ALL THE RULES
Faced with compliance of a ridiculous new Arizona law, by-the-book mental health care facility administrator Allyson Cunningham must find an interpreter who speaks a made-for-TV language. Prime candidate Donovan Marshall has the language skills she so desperately needs, but shows a disturbing disregard for all rules and restrictions. While Allyson struggles to secure another perfect rating for her facility, convince Donovan to conform and control her inappropriate attraction to an employee, Donovan makes it his prime directive to persuade starchy Ally it doesn’t hurt to break a few rules.
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Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She has her father to thank for her love of all things sci-fi. He took her to see Star Wars when she was six. She immediately fell in love with R2-D2, C3PO and Luke Skywalker. (Only with the Star Wars re-release in the ’90s did she succumb to the bad-boy appeal of Han Solo.) Find her at arlenehittle.com, on Twitter or on Facebook.