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Sunday Laziness and Star Trek Obsessions

August 8, 2010

I’m working up the energy to get out to the garden, but still haven’t gotten there yet, so while I wait for a burst of energy, I thought I’d share some girlie tales.

We’re 1/3 of the way through the Star Wars movies with the kids and dug out our Star Wars toys for the girlies last night. As I type this, they are sitting near me, playing a Star Wars/Star Trek crossover. Both girlies are fighting to be the voice of the Enterprise computer and a Star Wars computer toy accessory (not the people).

Star Trek, Backyardigans and the old lady who swallowed a fly
The girlies (and their dad and I) greatly prefer Star Trek to Star Wars. The bright boy appears to have no particular preference, but says he’d be Bones if he could be any character. I personally can’t watch Star Wars and not see Spaceballs, which I prefer (I like stupid movies). Still, grounding the girlies firmly in all things sci-fi is imperative for geekifying, and to ignore the Star Wars canon would be irresponsible! Plus, it’s a nice entryway into Joseph Campbell’s work.
What’s been really interesting (the girls haven’t seen DS9 or Enterprise, and have only seen one or two Voyagers) is to watch the girls as they watch Star Trek and see which shows they prefer and who their favorite characters are. So far (and mind you, we’ve watched all the original Star Trek movies and the brand new one, but are holding off on the TNG movies until they have seen the TNG series), the girlies loves the original Star Trek best. Kirk, Spock and Bones are their favorite characters. And yet, the computers are their hands-down favorite.
You know you’re a family of geeks (and folks on the spectrum) when you ask them which character they’d be, and one girl announces she’d be a computer in star wars and the other announces she’d be R2. 
Specifically, my oldest daughter would be THIS computer.
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