Ask Dayton 88 – Your Argument is Invalid

Ask Dayton 88 – Your Argument is Invalid

Dear Dayton,

Often in Star Trek, we have heated discussions of the Prime Directive and the argument of sentience. What is your favorite heated Trek argument and what side do align with?

I hate to break this to you, but I don’t do “heated Trek arguments.”

Number one, I don’t do “heated arguments” in general, either on the internet or face to face.

These days, fandom seems to spend an inordinate amount of time bitching and whining about every conceivable detail—no matter how inane—regarding their favorite TV show, film, game, comic book, or whatever, and I just can’t bring myself to dive into the deep end of any of that shit.

As I write this, the current fan-rage topic of the moment is the recently announced casting of actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the forthcoming sequel to this past summer’s Man of Steel. Gadot is a strikingly attractive woman, and never mind that Tinsel Town is awash with legions of personal trainers who will leap at the chance to help her prepare for the role, or even that she’s yet to utter a single line of dialogue or spend the merest fraction of a second wearing a Wonder Woman costume. Because she had the temerity to burst from her mother’s womb while pointedly lacking the physique of an Amazon goddess, 40-something fanboys the world over are frothing at the mouths in response to Hollywood’s latest pissing on the comics of their youths, and by youths I mean last Wednesday.

Whatever, Fandom. What. The Fuck. Ever.

As for Trek-related arguments, longtime show listeners should know we’ve been over some of this ground before. “Which is better? Star Wars or Star Trek?” and questions brought about due to discussions and disagreements about Star Trek time travel or the Prime Directive, or which of the movies is the best, blah blah blah. There are the endless discussions about which ship is the best, or if Kirk could beat Picard, which series had the best cast, and so on and so forth.

There are entire message boards devoted to nitpicking the continuity errors and other gaffes to be found in episodes of the original series. Way to be on top of things, dudes! I’m sure the producers will go back and fix those things just as soon as they get a chance, and there’s no way that anyone besides you ever thought to point out these blunders in the nearly fifty years since the show was on the air. Well played!

And for something more timely, we’ve got the recent news that two new writers have been attached to the next Star Trek film. They haven’t put down the first word, but because they’re not professed fanboys who participate in endless circle jerks about topics like the ones I just mentioned, or because they lack any prior Star Trek writing experience, they must not be suited to the job. We’ll pretend that we just got done with a summer in which fans were having aneurysms over the fact that the current writers were shit and new blood was sadly needed. Well, you got your wish, so how’s about we let them actually write something before we get out the pitchforks? Besides, you know who else didn’t have Star Trek writing experience when he started? GENE FUCKING RODDENBERRY.

You’re welcome.

If I do have a “favorite” flavor of heated Trek-related argument, I suppose it has to be the ever-reliable “canon” debate. Never before in the history of communication have so many people gone to such great lengths to discuss a topic of such simplicity and find ever more and interesting ways to fuck it up. I’m constantly amazed at the depths to which people will belabor this subject, and how militant they can be. That’s not being a fan; that’s being a joyless asshole. None of this shit is real, and what there is of it is supposed to be fun, so quit harshing my fucking mellow, dick bags.

Do I participate in fan discussions? Sure, and a few of those can be spirited, from time to time, but the truly “heated” arguments? Hell, no. I avoid them the way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep side-stepping the end zone, or the way Dick Cheney dodged the draft. Wading into that fray requires an energy and a commitment I’m simply unwilling to expend for the benefit of some douche nozzle I’d rather be drop-kicking in the taint for having the gall to waste my time with such inane, useless oxygen thievery. A lot of this crap provides me with a never-ending stream of joke fodder, a good chunk makes me roll my eyes, and then there’s that percentage of fans who possess absolutely no filter between their brains and their mouths, let alone anything resembling common sense or common decency, who every time they run their suck holes make me wish for one of those giant Australia-size asteroids to drop from the sky and give us all the collective ass-hammering we so richly deserve.

Somebody let me know when that happens, okay?

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Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper.

But, wait. There’s more.

He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.

During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.

Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
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Michael Medeiros

Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper. But, wait. There’s more. He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing. During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic. Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.

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