Although we in the United States are still steaming into the darkest part of this tunnel, I’m bouyed by little flickers of hope abroad. In Iran, for instance, over half of active corona cases are listed as recovered. The same is true in the Italian province of Lombardy, and in Spain the growth rate of the virus is slowing. In the United States, we are closer and closer to a uniform stay-at-home order: to date, 41 of the 50 states have imposed them, Alabama being the latest. The unfun starts tomorrow at five p.m.
Emergency stay at home stockpile. I think I’m prepared.
The library has continued its curbside service, and by the numbers we’re doing well: the number of recorded services in the last five days is nearly equal the amount we served in the first ten days! Of course, that may be change with the stay-at-home order. I don’t think much of our current traffic is discretionary, but only time will tell. We’ve implemented more hygienic precautions, restricting the number of librarians who do the curbside deliveries, and wearing masks when we’re outside. I have a newfound appreciation for surgeons!
Personally, I’ve finished watching the first season of Star Trek Discovery (!), which…well, took me by surprise. I wasn’t excited to learn about its creation, in part because I view the Abrams movies as little more than Marvel superhero movies with the addition of Trek jokes, colorful uniforms, and space lasers. They’re not Star Trek in spirit, and I expected STD to be more of the same. The first two times I started watching STD I gave up a few episodes in. This time, however….well, I got attached. I was fascinated by Captain Lorca’s dark energy, Commander Burnham’s struggle to reconcile logic and humanity, the promise of the spore drive, even Commander Suru’s attempts to grow beyond his scared-beast-of-prey genes. Discovery centers itself on one character far more than the other shows, which were either ensembles (TNG, DS9) or ruled by a power trio (TOS, VOY), but over time I grew to appreciate how much the character in question (Commander Michael Burnham, the woman in the shot above) had grown. If only they’d stop making me watch those Klingon-things, those offenses to the eyes and ears! I found much to appreciate in the latter half of the first season, from Rainn Wilson doing a wonderful Harry Mudd to the intriguing Mirror Universe arc. And now that Captain Pike is entering the scene in season 2, I’m hopeful about its future prospects. I’ve even……. bought a ST-D book. Sure, it was only $0.99, but considering my salient attachment to the ‘real’ Trek’s extended bookverse, it’s a bit of shocker. In time I may even stop calling ST-D by that name, and call it ST-DSC instead. God willing I will not start referring to it as “Disco” the way so many fans do.(You may place your bets as to when I’ll start doing that. It’s…catchy. Like…disco fever.) When the first season ended with Burnham giving a tear-jerking speech about Starfleet not compromising on Federal ideals, I texted a friend: “Now THIS is Trek!”
I will most likely not be watching Star Trek Picard, however. I would love to just to see Jeri Ryan on screen again (loved Seven of Nine!), but I prefer my Picard urbane, and from clips I’ve seen the show has as much language as your average hip-hop track. Picard only swears in French, thank you. I’ll never accept the Abramsverse as a legitimate continuation of the Trek I love, and Picard is rooted in that red matter nonsense. Unfortunately, Pike and company are going on about ‘red clouds’ in season 2, so I fear that the infection is everywhere.
I’ve a couple of reviews lined up, with another book with a review that needs to be written, so….stay safe and keep reading!