Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Who Was That Shiny Robot? No. Really. Who Was It? I'm Not Being Cute Here, People. Hey! Don't Walk Away From Me....

Q: How many members of the U.S.S. Enterprise does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Seven. Scotty has to report to Captain Kirk that the light bulb in the Engineering Section is getting dim, at which point Kirk will send Bones to pronounce the bulb dead (although he'll immediately claim that he's a doctor, not an electrician). Scotty, after checking around, realizes that they have no more new light bulbs, and complains that he "canna" see in the dark. Kirk will make an emergency stop at the next uncharted planet, Alpha Regula IV, to procure a light bulb from the natives, who, are friendly, but seem to be hiding something. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Yeoman Rand and two red shirt security officers beam down to the planet, where the two security officers are promply killed by the natives, and the rest of the landing party is captured. As something begins to develop between the Captain and Yeoman Rand, Scotty, back in orbit, is attacked by a Klingon destroyer and must warp out of orbit. Although badly outgunned, he cripples the Klingon and races back to the planet in order to rescue Kirk et. al. who have just saved the natives' from an awful fate and, as a reward, been given all light bulbs they can carry. The new bulb is then inserted and the Enterprise continues on its five year mission.

Aaannnnddd.... I didn't get it either, which MUST be why Jon dragged me to the Science Fiction Museum last weekend. (I know! Seattle! The town of grunge, coffee and, oh, wait, Bill Gates. Never mind. Makes complete sense to me now.)

Anyway, we walk in, I look around and begin to realize I have no clue what 98.7% of this stuff is. No, seriously I haven't even seen the movie! I actually pointed to this shiny robot and said, "There's no sign. What is it from?"

By the time all oxygen returned to the room (meaning, there was much gasping in disbelief), I found myself moved to a new exhibit. I think Jon used that beamy thing that everyone kept asking some guy named Scotty to do.

Anyway, since I was a COMPLETE embarrassment already, I decided to flit around with my trusty iPhone and take pictures of all the things I had actually seen. My first find?

The Bionic Woman! Awesome show! And, who didn't try to run 60 miles an hour just like Jamie Sommers?

Next, a Dune movie poster.

Although, technically, I don't know if I can claim this, since not only was I forced to watch it, I also fell asleep somewhere around some worm thing...?

Then there's the movie with that city in the clouds:

No, really! I've seen this! In a real movie theater! On a real movie screen! Sure, it was 1997, but, hey, I've seen it AND embarrassed each and every one of my friends that came with me as I shushed R2D2 (so cute and roly poly) as he was trying to sneak down the corridor past all those Michelin guard people.

And of course I flitted excitedly across the room when I caught sight of Twiki!

"Unfortunately", it was my robot impersonation and random blurtings of, "bidi-bidi-bidi" that finally got me beamed to that nice warm coffee shop down the street.


  1. I think I saw that Star Wars-ish movie with you!!! :) (And I don't know that robot either and I *like* sci fi!)

  2. gasp! It's from Terminator! (I think I got the right shiny robot...)