#18- Self-Condemnation is Destructive (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

Sometimes, it drifts through the background of my mind- like the sound of approaching rapids while you're still out on calm water. Sometimes I scream it out, and sometimes it's like someone else's voice is screaming with my mouth. You're trash. You're such a bad person. You're so ungrateful. "I'm so ungrateful." "I'm obnoxious and …

#16- The Space Family (50 Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek)

If there's one thing I've learned from living in a house shared by three families, it's that family isn't limited to your own flesh-and-blood relations. Family is the people you have around you. The people who don't notice if you've gotten taller, or if your face has changed, because they've been with you so constantly. …

#17- Phoning it In (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

Before Mike Nesmith learned that he could Skype into concerts with his fellow Monkees from the comfort of his home, Captain James T. Kirk was already making video calls to the bridge of the Enterprise from the comfort of his bed. Imagine you are the newest and youngest officer aboard the starship Enterprise. I'll upgrade …

#15- Above All Else, A God Needs Compassion (50 Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek)

Star Trek is not a theistic show. I think we can all agree on that, and I'm definitely not trying to argue that in this post. Even though it comes from an atheistic perspective, Star Trek gives some very profound insights on what a God ought to be, by countless demonstrations of would-be gods that fail. …

The Heart

Most of the "dumb blonde" type characters on television shows are female, but not all of them. I can think of least one male "dumb blond" off the top of my head, and that is Peter Tork- not, of course, the real life artist and performer Peter Tork. He is pretty darn smart.  I'm talking …

#14- Kevin Riley Should Never Be Allowed In Engineering (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

Even though most of season 1 features a new face at the navigation seat of the helm each episode, there is one re-occurring character who occupies the seat a few times who has made a lasting impression on the Star Trek fan community. Kevin Riley is the boisterous, outgoing lieutenant of Irish descent, seems to be …

#12- Every Planet Looks Like Vasquez Rocks (50 Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek)

The universe is immense. It seems like with each passing year we learn more about its vastness. If that is the case, then it seems like there ought to be a nigh infinite diversity of landscapes out there beyond our galaxy. The odds against finding another planet with features just like Earth must be astronomical! …

#11- A Tale of Two Kirks (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

Many people like to call "The Enemy Within" the "good Kirk, bad Kirk" episode. That's a simplification of the plot, and to some extent, it's true. The darker, eyeliner-happy Kirk tends to do more things that are bad, and the indecisive Kirk tends to do more things that are good. However, the scene that convinces …