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As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been a fan of “Star Trek: the Next Generation” since childhood. The new movie, “Star Trek,” due out Friday, is bringing out my inner-geek.

My all-time favorite character from the Star Trek franchise is Data, played brilliantly by Brent Spiner. When I was a child, Data intrigued me simply because he was a robot, but as I grew older, I realized it was his unyielding fascination with human beings that makes the character so enjoyable. In Data’s desire to unravel the mystery of what it is to be human, we, as the human audience, discover a little something about ourselves.

Some of my most beloved episodes involve Data delving into the character of Sherlock Holmes while on the holodeck. Like Data, Holmes is always rational and logical, and Holmes is probably the one human Data  ever really figured out.

My second favorite character was Q. John de Lancie played this puzzling, God-like alien, who liked to pop on board the Enterprise whenever he felt like mucking around. He especially liked to goad the usually unflappable Captain Picard. Episodes featuring Q provided some of the most entertaining shows in the series.

Who was your favorite character?

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Sometimes my inner geek shines through.  The truth is, I quietly enjoy Superhero movies, renaissance festivals, sci-fi and the occasional video game.  Recently I found a show that appeals to my hidden inner geek. The show is “Robin Hood” on the BBC America.  It is a delightful series starring a cast of amusing characters. 

Robin Hood is played by British actor Jonas Armstrong. He is fun to watch as the cocky, brilliant and brave theft of Sherwood Forest. His band of merry men, includes a woman named Djaq. A Saracen skilled in medicine, Djaq is a friend of Robin’s from his time fighting in the Holy Lands. The rest of the gang include the usual suspects.

Maid Marian is very pretty and smart and she is always able to take care of herself. A good role model for little girls and big girls alike. The Sheriff and his side kick Sir Guy Gisborne, are two of the most entertaining bad guys on television.

The show is engaging through the use of wit and good writing.  Filmed in Budapest, the scenery is luscious and green – the way we can assume England was before all the trees were cut down. Overall the show is a little reminicent of “Xena Princess Warrior,” without all the magic and use of special effects. 

I highly recommend “Robin Hood” especially to any of you who may have a hidden inner geek.

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