The TV Challenge continues…
What character from a “Classic” TV show would you like to be?
Back in the day, I’d have been thrilled to be anybody aboard the Enterprise. I think I still would be. Who wouldn’t? Your job description is to to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Yes, there is a very small chance that you’ll be disintegrated, be eaten, or be turned into a dodecahedron. Even for the ill-fated Red Shirts, the chance of meeting such a doom is only about 3% per year. For other personnel, the chance is much lower: 0.39%.
As for stepping into the shoes of specific characters, I’d probably choose in this order:
- The Captain
- Who didn’t want to be James T. Kirk? He was in command of the pride of the fleet, had a competent crew serving under him, and was charismatic enough to woo even the most vividly-colored alien women. Still, to do that job, one would have to be not just a quick thinker, but a diplomat and, worst of all, a people person. I wouldn’t turn the position down, but I’d have to think about it.
- When I was little, I always imagined that it would be great fun to have nothing to do all day but tinker with consoles covered in flashing lights, plugging this into that, and turning the power up to eleven. Now, my job is pretty much to do just that, except that there are no Klingons shooting at me, and if I screw something up, nobody will actually die (except possibly from self-induced heart attacks.) But still… I’d think about it.
- I suspect that Spock is probably the most popular character of the franchise. He’s the very symbol of emotional restraint and rationality. He was also the head of sciences aboard the Enterprise, and most likely had important duties such as organizing research teams and allocating laboratory resources. Of course we never saw any of this, because he was always too busy answering questions such as “What’s on that planet?” or “What is that thing?” or “What just happened?” Again, pretty similar to what I do every day. And again, I’d definitely think about it.