• Television

    Darkmok and Jalad at Tanagra

    by Or, TNG at 33. Last Monday, Star Trek: The Next Generation turned 33. A couple of days later, my favourite episode turned 29. “Darmok”, the second episode of the 5th season of TNG, first aired on 30 September 1991. The Children of Tama, an alien species with an alien language, want to establish a dialogue with the Federation, and the Universal Translator seems to have no problem with the language, but it also gives the Enterprise crew what seems like gibberish. At least until they figure out that the Tamarians speak in metaphor and allegory. Of course, without the common cultural references, talking to each other is still hit…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Favourite TV SF of the 80s

    by So I was still watching Star Trek TOS in the 80s (I’m still watching it now sometimes), but I was watching a lot of other TV SF, too. Things that stand out in my memory, in alphabetical order so there’s no calling favourites: Alien Nation. One whole season and then five TV movies stretching deep into the 90s, proving that it was cancelled too soon. It also wouldn’t be believable if made today. I mean, the US accepting actual aliens as immigrants? Alf was more a sitcom than SF, and probably ran a season longer than it should have. Or two. The concept was fun but the jokes were…