Do you watch television on the couch warm and cozy under a throw or blanket? Or, are you curled up in your chair half asleep? In either case, do you pay attention enough to periodically leap out of your comfortable spot and yell, “That’s not logical”?
This writer has a confession to make. She watches television and reads at the same time. Hubby often asked, “How can you get anything of substance from the book or the zombie screen doing that?” My reply, “It’s easy. I’ve done it for a long time. Some call it multitasking.”
We offer our condolences to those who can only perform one action at a time in a competent manner. But this lady is a multitasking champion.
In my experience, far too many books contain a greater word count than necessary. Mind you, as a writer; there are times I too am guilty of verbosity. That is the reason the process of editing exists. But remember, editing is only as good as the attention span of the editor.
On occasion, writers can and do get caught up believing more words offer depth and clarity. The same is true of loquacious folks. They fill what they perceived to be a void, the silence. They cannot be still for any appreciable length of time.
You can read a book, watch television and keep up with the plot of both. It is particularly true of books overstuffed with a plethora of in-depth love scenes scrunched between a smattering of plot. In case you misunderstand, this lady thinks sex is amazing. It is a glorious gift to humankind. However, page after page of gynecological detail does not a story make.
Returning to the zombie screen, please join this writer in a bit of time travel, as we watch an episode of “Enterprise” series. For non-Trekkies, this particular series in the Star Trek universe falls after “First Contact” with the Vulcans. The starship Enterprise NX-01. Earth’s first starship capable of traveling at warp 5.
Episode 44, “The Crossing”: Enterprise encounters a spaceship whose size reminded this lady of the mothership in the movie “Independence Day.” An alien ship disables the starship’s engines and weapons while a tractor beam pulls the Enterprise inside. When the crew explores the vessel, they find no signs of life.
As it turns out, the chief engineer becomes possessed by an incorporeal being. “I mean you no harm,” the being explains. Out of mere curiosity, it wanted to experience a corporeal body once again. “We used to be like you, but we evolved.” So, those incorporeal beings claiming to be explorers, populate the seemingly empty ship.
Before long, more and more members of the Enterprise crew become possessed. The beings still claim no harmful intent. Then one of the creatures tries to possess the only Vulcan on board, but she resists the possession. During their connection, the Vulcan learns the aliens’ true intent. The plan to possess the entire crew, take Enterprise because their ship is failing.
The Vulcan also learned the beings needed a ship because they could not survive in space. Since the producers planned on more episodes, the clever Enterprise crew managed to disconnect from the parasitic creatures, destroyed them and the vehicle they rode in.
The illogic was too much. I turned to Hubby, but he is gone. It was imperative to discuss my outrage with a rational being. So, I called my youngest brother, a fellow Trek fan.
“How did the incorporeal beings build their ship? How do they perform the necessary tasks to fly the ship? The whole premise is illogical,” the lady railed after explaining the purpose of her call.
The “Mandalorian” series is another television irritant. A legendary bounty hunter ends up rescuing Baby Yoda. However, the hero’s choices make him appear gullible and stupid. Because of his lack of sound judgment, he constantly gets in trouble. His comment after a particularly bad patch, “I told you this was a bad idea,” mirrors my feelings when it comes to the show as well.
No cute puppet is worth wasting time watching stupid.