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The Sciences

The Rikers

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMay 22, 2010 9:00 PM


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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" premiered my first year of grad school, and the last episode aired my last year. It bookended my career as a student getting a PhD in astronomy, and so it has personal meaning for me. Also, I simply loved the show. And I mean love like grown-up love; I accepted its faults as well as the times it exceeded the sum of its parts. On reddit, I found a link to this video, an interview with Marina Sirtis (Troi) and Jonathan Frakes (Riker), and if you're a TNG fan, it's a must-see. It's simply wonderful. It starts off a little goofy and fun, and ends really quite warmly. They seem like genuinely nice people -- and if you read Wil Wheaton's Memories of the Future you'll find out they really were. That's nice to know.

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