Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Star Trump Trek

Like many people I was amused by the Trump Team's application of a term to 'rationalize' results which most of us would claim otherwise to be of incontrovertible facts. (Reality.) The term has exploded: "Alternative Facts." (Actually, this phrase is quoted by George Orwell in his classic dystopian book Nineteen Eighty-Four, first published in 1949. I have that book on my shelf; about five feet from where I'm sitting. Time to reread Nineteen Eighty-Four.)

Later in the day -- this past Sunday -- it occurred to me that there is an episode of the first Star Trek series titled "The Alternative Factor". Mulling over the hilarity of the whole concept of Alternative Facts, I decided to look up the names of other episodes in that classic television series to see how they might be affixed to The Donald.

(Many of Star Trek's episode titles were culled from lines in Shakespeare's plays.)

It was too easy. There were a few titles I didn't bother scribbling jokey comments about, and one in particular I would not touch. After reviewing my notes I trimmed my list down to 30 titles.

The episode name (and my attempt at humour):

Where No Man Has Gone Before (he insists)
The Enemy Within (there is that)
Shore Leave (we're going to need it)
Tomorrow is Yesterday (according to "alternative facts")
A Taste of Armageddon (he will give us)
The Alternative Factor (Trump's television show after his presidency)
The City on the Edge of Forever (and it needs new towers! Forever!)
Operation: Annihilate! (commencing operation)
Amok Time (it sure is)
Mirror, Mirror (in that universe there is a Donald with a goatee)
The Apple ("no it's not, it's a banana")
The Doomsday Machine (is titled the biography)
Metamorphosis (Trump turns into a butterfly; but it's all a dream)
The Deadly Years (is titled a chapter in the biography)
The Trouble With Tribbles ("they were imported and weren't taxed?")
The Immunity Syndrome (he suffers)
A Private Little War (on Twitter)
By Any Other Name (a rose is still a banana)
And the Children Shall Lead (and yes they shall)
Is There In Truth No Beauty? (how about "In Lying"?)
Day of the Dove (now outlawed)
For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky (believe it all)
The Tholian Web ("if the Tholians can build a web I can build a wall!")
Plato's Stepchildren (of many, many "steps")
The Empath (Trump isn't in this episode; replaced by a character named "Clinton")
Wink of an Eye (go your social programs)
Whom Gods Destroy (allegedly Trump's favourite title)
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield ("never!....never!")
Requiem for Methuselah ("a disaster!....disaster!")
All Our Yesterdays (hold onto them, for dear life!)


That's enough. I had my fun. No more Donald Trump postings. (Of which there are two.)

Let's give the man a chance; he only just took the top office in that great nation. Maybe he'll turn out to be a great President....


Greg Woods said...

Well done sir. If I may extrapolate:

"Tomorrow is Yesterday": setting the country back 50 years in terms of human rights, racial tolerance, environmental bylaws...

"Trouble With Tribbles": These things are here illegally! Build a wall!

"Obsession": See above

"That Which Survives" (sequel to "Operation Annihilate"?)

Simon St. Laurent said...

Thank you!

I like your tag on "Tomorrow is Yesterday"; there's poignancy in its truthfulness.

"Obsession" I short-listed: "(not singular; plural)"

Your "Tribbles" comment would be typical Trump. The alternative could be "(Tribbles are) rapists and murderers!"