Perspective and Optimism

Earlier today I decided to dig into the movie collection and watch something that I haven't seen in years, The Search for Spock. This movie was not one that a lot of people found as exciting as Wrath of Khan or as funny as The Voyage Home1, but is one that falls right in the middle of my favourite time period in Star Trek lore. As I was prepping the download, I looked at the artwork and remarked at how young everyone looked. Considering the movie hit theatres in 1984, this ought to be expected, but the crew of the Enterprise, NCC-17012 have always been much older than me. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were both 53 when this movie hit theatres. Deforest Kelley was 64. I'm not that much younger now than they were back then.

McCoy, Kirk, and Spock on the Set of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan

The endless march of time means that we will all one day, hopefully, meet or exceed the age of our heroes at certain points in their careers. It's an odd feeling … as though the potential I thought I had in my youth never fully materialised due to laziness or naïveté3. At the same time I'm optimistic that there is still time to accomplish some more good, leaving the world a slightly more interesting place than it was when I arrived. Star Trek III was in theatres 35 years ago and people around the world can still enjoy it today. What things will I create that can stand the same test of time?

  1. Yes, yes … "the one with the whales". Thankfully it was given a proper title.

  2. "No bloody A, B, C, or D" … but I really, really liked the Constitution Class Refit. To this day, the "Enterprise-A" remains my favourite of all the fictional vessels to carry that name.

  3. Knowing me, it's a combination of the two; an optimistic procrastinator.