Yes, he mentioned that in the interview that I saw. I forget what year ST1 was supposed to be taking place...2650 or something? And the aliens were waaaaaaaayyyy ahead of us; "aye, Captain, they could teach us a thing or two".Telos said:Well, being inspired and being educated are complementary but very different things. I really want a show to do both.
I know the scientist you're talking about. He worked on the Deep Space 1 probe, and he uses that quote from Star Trek to introduce the probe's ion drive. Spock said something like, "Captain, unknown alien ship ahead, detecting ion drive... very advanced technology." It's an amusingly ironic anecdote, because here we have an actual ion drive, and it's not at all like Star Trek, but it's still really cool.
I see good Sci-Fi, even TV and movies, as a gateway drug to real science. Also, at least for me, the inspirational part of Sci-Fi comes from what might be possible, not just what is or will be possible. Even so, I completely understand what you mean. I have always gravitated towards the most plausible Sci-Fi, and make fun of the silliness in all of the bad stuff I now watch. Tsu [my wife] hates it when I pick thing apart. But I love the stuff so much that I even watched A Boy and His Dog!I just want to see some sci-fi that is more down to this universe.
How many shows have to come and go before one actually gets serious about language barriers? What's so fun about watching a fake super-genius learn a language in a couple minutes? :grumpy: Are people turned off by the nitty gritty? I don't think so. There are ways to make it fun, interesting, and genuinely educational.
It'd probably have to be an entirely new genre.
Social science fiction. :rofl:
Anyway, a fifth time viewing of a bad Star Trek re-run is still better than the best episode of Friends. But it's pretty tough to even approach the level of a good SF novel with a movie or TV program. I think a good novel can do justice to the science of SF.