You are not powerless


“What next?” – Ask that question every day.

Stop looking back – This is today.

But: An appreciation of past work is what I do. I’m happiest finding an unexplored or underexplored bit or literature or pop culture and sharing what I’ve found – like Firefly.

“I don’t care what you believe – just believe!”

Shepherd Book’s last words are imprecise. “Not caring what you believe” can lead you into the darkness of Clinton vs. Trump.

Belief in something bigger, a higher purpose, the betterment of our species, adding to the beauty – One would like to believe that’s what Whedon/Shepherd Book meant.

People believe they are so powerless nowadays, even though they have possessed the power all along, like Dorothy discovering she could have reached her goal anytime she wanted because she already had all she needed to do so.

We are born free and with the power to choose our life’s path, but people/governments/bosses/well-meaning fools beat down spirit and steal freedom and power, obscuring the truth that empowerment is of nature, of God – we are endowed by our Creator with certain, unalienable rights.

Children need to be taught that they are not free to infringe on others’ freedoms and rights, of course, but so much teaching these days is more about being a proper slave than about exercising responsible freedom.


You can’t take the sky from me

It’s a short song with a huge message – the perfect theme for the story of a freedom-loving rebel whose “side” lost the war but continues to live free, as hard as that is.

And living free is hard. It can mean rejecting the comforts of civilization in favor of buying an old heap of a space truck, finding someone who can keep it running, and traveling about looking for dirty jobs that most reasonable people might not take.

You can take my life, take my land – but no matter how hard you try, you can’t crush my spirit, the song says.

You can’t take the sky from me. You can’t force me to stop dreaming. You can’t. You just can’t.

Stop crashing the Enterprise


Why do they keep destroying the Enterprise in the Star Trek movies?

The latest entry in the saga, Star Trek Beyond (out on BlueRay and DVD today), is the third film to send the venerable starship to its crashing doom. A guy gets tired of it after a while.

The Enterprise was introduced as humanity’s greatest technological achievement, the flagship of the noble quest to go where no one has gone before. It was an enormous vessel that comfortably transported a small city through the harsh environment of outer space. It’s a treacherous journey, but they made it.

Destroy the Enterprise and you take home away. Destroy the Enterprise and destroy hope. The Enterprise is a character in itself – food, shelter and family are all contained within its sturdy walls.

It’s a disconnect with the essential premise of the series: Let’s take hundreds of souls out to explore the great unknown in an ambitious enterprise – and then crash-land the very symbol of that enterprise? Over and over again?

Joss Whedon wrecked the Serenity, the ship that powered another great science fiction franchise, Firefly. But after the wreck they repaired the ship and flew again. Captain Mal Reynolds’ enterprise was shaken, bruised and battered, but you can’t stop the signal. You can’t destroy the enterprise.

Yes, I know that’s the point – our heroic starship crews escape the crash to live and triumph another day. Home is where the crew is, and all that. But seeing the NCC-1701 burn across the sky in Star Trek III shook me to the bone. When they did it to the 1701-D in Star Trek: Generations, I just got angry. This time, in the third installment of the reboot, I accepted it as mirroring the original third installment – but my shock and disappointment was also mirrored.

Don’t get me wrong, Star Trek Beyond is my favorite voyage with the new crew to date. It’s a terrific two hours of entertainment. I’m just getting tired of mourning the Enterprise.