My friend and Jim Kirk…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s celebrity I’d least like to get stuck in a lift with is Buzz Lightyear.

A woman friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) once told me that when she was very young she had a bit of a crush on Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) of the Starship ‘Enterprise’ after seeing the repeats of the 1960s original series of Star Trek. My reaction of course was on the lines of, ‘Good God!… Really?…’ (J.K.)
‘Oh yes…’ she replied, and started to tell me about his smouldering eyes, his wry smile, and his ready wit, but, as you can imagine, I found it uncomfortable listening…
On one of the many free digital TV channels bumbling through the crowded ether they are currently showing nicely digitally remastered versions of these old shows. I have been watching a few of them; they look great, and considering that they are forty-odd years old they do stand up pretty well. On the whole they are well written, are watchable, and have some interesting ideas in them; the characters are pretty solid, and seem to have actual personalities, unlike the people who inhabit some current US TV shows, who are invariably good-looking, cool, anodyne, bland, and calculatingly ‘normal’…
Whilst watching these re-runs I was struck by the fact that my friend who used to fancy Jim, actually looks a bit like him! I’d never noticed that before – she could be his sister, his little sis who studied a year below him at Starfleet Academy – well, possibly not… There is a definite resemblance, something about the eyes, the mouth, the gestures, the mannerisms… I wonder if she was originally attracted to him because of these similarities? It must have been like looking in a mirror – no wonder she went for him big time! Or, perhaps, there was no initial resemblance, but being in his thrall, she subconsciously modelled herself on his god-like persona, picking up his smouldering eyes and his wry smile on the way?…
By the way, happily she doesn’t look like Bill Shatner looks today, bless him, she still has the look of the younger version… (B.S.)

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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