Fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek today.
I’m a big fan, but not a Trekkie. Everyone has their preferences: I like the original series, and the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th movies, plus all the reboots. Once upon a time, I also liked the animated series, although I’m guessing that I never saw those more than once, and not in the last 40 years.
I’m a little young to remember when the series was on network TV in prime time.
But I do remember pretty clearly when it came to our local UHF station in reruns. My mother and brother were pretty excited at the news. I recall that it was April of 1972. I was seven.
I don’t recall that I “got” the first episode that I saw. It was “The Man Trap”, and it was pretty freaky for a little kid. But I know that I stuck with it, and was a devoted fan within about a week.
Maggie McKneely lists out and discusses all of the legacy media creations that are (strictly positive) stand-ins for Hillary Clinton.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the notion of a female president. But as early as the 1990s, TV shows have been promoting the idea of one specific female as president: Hillary Clinton.
Admittedly, she’s the best all-around candidate (no pun intended, really) for an artist to use as a model. Even so, we’ve had many other first ladies, a few dozen female senators, and the first female Secretary of State was a black Republican.
For my money, the quantity is ridiculous enough to call a weird fixation. McKneely lists out:
5 network TV series explicitly based on parts of the Clinton biography.
10 TV series with something between an episode and a story arc based on Clinton.
4 movies with Clinton-like leads. One of these, Primary Colors, was actually purported to be truthful.
6 musical numbers more or less about Clinton.
25 children’s books are currently on sale about Clinton, including these two:
Then there’s the Axis of Time trilogy targeting the adult science fiction audience with a post Clinton II world.
Yes, I thought he was guilty all the way through the original trial.
I will admit the dramatization made me ever so slightly doubtful, mostly through it’s portrayal of corrupt cops.
But in the 4th hour of the documentary, a point was made that (for me) seals his guilt. It was this: what would Mark Furhman have to have known before he allegedly planted the bloody glove?
The glove, you see, was discovered on Simpson’s property before Simpson had been tracked down and contacted.
So, to have some reasonable hope that planting the glove would help frame O.J. Simpson, Furhman would have had to have known that O.J. did not have an alibi for the time of the murders. If Furhman had planted the glove, with blood gathered and transported from the crime scene, and O.J. did have an alibi, then Furhman probably would have done hard time.
I’ve probably read about 10K words in memoriams to him over the last 3 days.
And not once have I seen mentioned a role that … tickled me. I thought it was so cool when watching the 2007 tv-mini-movie/super-episode “Atlantis Squarepantis” of Spongebob Squarepants, when I recognized Bowie’s voice as Lord Royal Highness.
What a cool guy.
I’m sure I man-talked the vXkids more than once about that one.
I watched the HBO documentary about Richard Holbrooke entitled The Diplomat this weekend.
Umm … folks … this is why the media gets a bad name.
I think Richard Holbrooke was an amazing guy, a real hero or our age.
But, as near as I can figure, the documentary doesn’t have anyone in it who I’d identify as Republican or conservative.
I understand that Holbrooke worked in foreign service almost exclusively in Democratic administrations. Even so, I think I would have dismissed the documentary as a hack without watching it if anyone had told me that there’s nothing in there explaining why Republicans had no interest in him.
I recently finished watching all 3 seasons of Srugim (forty-five 35 minute episodes).
Srugim is an Israeli show. It’s subtitled in English.
It’s been described as a little like Friends, or Sex and the City, with something like Big Love mixed in. Those are pretty bad analogies — there really isn’t anything like Srugim at all.
You see, this is the story of five twenty-something women and men, mostly single, looking for love and commitment … who are also orthodox Jews. Not quite black hatters (although there are a few in the show), these are people who are trying to get by in the more secular world, while strictly observing their Sabbath, strictly keeping kosher, almost always wearing a head covering, never kissing outside of marriage, and even sleeping in separate beds at that time of the month.
From the first episode, you kinda’ know the characters. Three women and two men. Two of the women share an apartment. One is a hot mess. The third women has a successful career that intimidates everyone else. The two guys share an apartment too. One of them is recently divorced, but still sees his ex, and underachieves. The other is an internist who’s a jerk. Most of them are Ashkenazi, while one is definitely Sephardic (it’s hard to tell with another one whether the character or the actress playing her, or both, is Sephardic or Mizrahi).
What makes this show different to Americans is that we have this idea that Israel is a monolithic Jewish state. We don’t get that there are 3 types of Judaism, and that the most severe type is looked down upon by most Israelis as their crazy minority. We also don’t get that while Israel was mostly created out of nothing by Ashkenazi Jews, they’ve welcomed in Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews that still don’t feel completely accepted. And then what about the Palestinians? There aren’t many non-Orthodox Jews in the show, and there’s even fewer Palestinians, but they’re there, just trying to get along … just like in reality.
The story arcs are both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.
Yifat wants to find an orthodox man and get married. She tries hard. She always chooses the good or right thing to do. Sometimes that’s moving out of Jerusalem into a settlement. Sometimes it’s moving back. Sometimes it’s wondering why her husband would choose to do the same thing, only without her. And then she can’t get pregnant. Standard stuff with a twist.
Nati is Yifat’s first boyfriend in the show. He is one of the most odious characters I’ve ever seen on television. A complete Asperger’s head case who just doesn’t get anyone. So he blows it with Yifat. Then with a woman who’s father wants to be his benefactor. Then with his roommates ex-girlfriend. Along the way one of his sweet patients dies suspiciously. Then he skips his mother’s funeral. And his father thinks he’s gay.
Yifat’s roommate Hodaya is the hot mess. She’s the daughter of an orthodox rabbi, who’s in college doing biblical studies. Then she meets Avri: a non-practicing anthropologist. What will happen to her faith? Eventually Avri collides with her faith and loses. But then Hodaya goes secular, and moves out of Yifat’s place. Will Avri take her back? And does how much money he has make things better or worse? Hodaya struggles to find roles that suit her, and mostly fails. Eventually she ends up as the secular teacher at an orthodox girls high school, where she’s the cool teacher with a radio show on the side. Tattoos, not surprisingly, play a role.
Amir is the tortured nice guy. Divorced … but not so much sometimes. Underachieving, and passive-aggressive about it. Sephardic, and a little miffed when he feels there is prejudice against him. He gets the girl he wants, but not the job he wants. Then he gets a job as a secretary, which he loves, but which his wife finds beneath him. He wants a baby, but he isn’t the one doing the hard work, and he doesn’t get that. He goes AWOL from the army. Later he disappears to a kibbutz in the Negev to tend goats.
Reut is the overachiever. Orthodox, but with a good accounting job with an international firm. She meets a Torah scholar, who can’t conceive that she makes five times what he’d like to make some day. Then she dates the brother of Nati, who turns out to be gay. But not actually practicing. Just conflicted. He leaves her to suppress his desires as a black hatter. So she hooks up (but doesn’t) with a famous poet who’s a drunk.
Then there’s the long list of one season and single episode characters that fill out the show.
Avri, the anthropologist, who’s too good to be true.
The jovial Palestinian car mechanic that Amir goes to.
Nati’s widower father, who meets a nice woman with a house in the south of France.
Nati’s gay brother, who just can’t work it out, and then thinks his thoughts are sinful enough to cause health problems.
His wife, who’s orthodox and must cover her hair, so she puts wigs over her real hair.
Amir’s coven of older beret-wearing Tunisian friends, who try to recruit him into their Sephardic synagogue.
The wandering hospital clown who Nati loves but can’t keep.
Nati’s’ roommate, the drunken poet, and the love of his life, the embroideress Tehlia. She wants nothing to do with him, or does she?
Reut’s cuter younger sister … who steals her boyfriend away, marries him, and then almost loses him in postpartum depression.
Yifat’s brother, who’s only orthodox when he comes home to visit once a year. Even so, Yifat scares Hodaya away from him because she might goof him up.
Hodaya’s boyfriend from the bar they work at, who hides it when he starts to return to the faith.
Yifat’s employers, the rich fashion designers, making trending clothes for women … who are still orthodox.
The list goes on.
I don’t think it’s the best show ever. But it kept my attention to the end of 3 seasons. That’s something that Orange Is the New Black, or Sons of Anarchy or Deadwood failed to do.
Currently, seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Amazon. I watched season 3 on OVGuide with commercials, although you can see it commercial free if you subscribe to Hulu.
I don’t buy many DVDs any more. But I’d buy the box set of this one for two things. First is the music: a new Israeli pop song at the end of each episode. The other is for information on the actors. IMDB has made me a little nutty about keeping track of who actors are, and it’s driving me buggy that the credits in Srugim are not translated.
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