I never watched much of Star Trek – The Next Generation, although I very much enjoyed most of the episodes I did catch. I am especially enamored of Deanna Troi, on whom I have a shameless girl-crush.
Our #4 Daughter tells me that the android, Commander Data, had a pet cat named Spot, so I looked it up.
The cat started out as one kind of cat, but became, without explanation, a different sort of cat. The cat also started out as a male but became, again without explanation or apology, a female.
~Obi Wan finger wave~ This is not the consistency you’re looking for.
ANYWAY, there’s a piece about Spot, with a very nice picture, at this “non-canon Star Trek Wiki”.
Spot even has a fan site, and at least two Facebook pages.
Data wrote a poem about Spot and
inflicted it on recited it to the Enterprise crew. Their reactions are priceless.
In case you can’t view video, here’s a transcript:
Ode to Spot
Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature?
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.
- Data, “Schisms”
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A non-poetic character attempts a poem.
Kiril KundurazieffAugust 17, 2014 at 3:39pm
Love this poem!
I watched Next Gen & DS9, religiously, back in the day. 😀
Marian AllenAugust 17, 2014 at 6:18pm
I’ve only seen a few episodes of each, but enjoyed them. When are your kitties going to have a deep space adventure? 😀
Kiril KundurazieffAugust 19, 2014 at 9:20pm
Probably never. 😀
Aside from the new films I’ve not watched Trek TV since the 2nd season of the last show and quit reading the novels in the 90’s because they came out to frequently for me to afford to keep up with them. 😀
I AM a published Trek author, though unpaid, however. 😀
Marian AllenAugust 19, 2014 at 9:39pm
Ooo, tell me more about this unpaid Trek authorship!
Kiril KundurazieffAugust 19, 2014 at 11:46pm
The link in my last comment goes into it all with detail, including pics of the book and the first page of my contribution, and excerpts, among other thoughts.
Star Trek kept me sane by being the birth source of a lot of my creativity during some of the most difficult years of my early life.
Marian AllenAugust 20, 2014 at 8:31am
Awesome! Except for the fact that you’re younger than I am, we could be twins! lol! Also, you’re Macedonian and I’m German-Irish. heee! I got in on the ground floor of Trek fandom, since I started fandom when the show did, in 1968. Had some stories and poems in Devra Langsam’s fanzine Masiform-D and Buck Coulson’s Yandro. Frequent commenter to this blog and bes’ frien’ Jane was the ring-tailed leader of it, though. heh. Star Trek was a wonderful release, escape, and training ground. I posted some of my stories and some of Jane’s illustrations on my old “weblahg”.