Thursday, April 12, 2007

Boobs and their tube

You'll be relieved to hear that we're watching lots of television. Not long ago Ereck and I were worried about our declining television consumption, which was waning for various reasons. But we chose some new series to watch, and our TiVo is brimming with options once more. Regularly appearing these days in the Now Playing list: We's reality show "Cheerleader U.," about the University of Kentucky cheerleading squad (it's a sequel of sorts to Lifetime's "Cheerleader Nation," about high school cheerleaders); "This American Life," the Showtime broadcast of the old public-radio favorite; and reruns of "America's Funniest Home Videos," because a monkey stealing a man's toupee is always funny.

And the original "Star Trek" series. We're longtime fans of old-school "Star Trek," and some years back, before we had cable, we watched most of the first two seasons on videotapes we got from the public library. We decided to return to "Trek" at just the moment TV Land began showing episodes from the third and final season, so the timing was fortuitous. And so we've been enjoying the notorious Season Three in all its uneven glory, with episodes sublime ("The Enterprise Incident") and absurd ("Spock's Brain").

I still get goosebumps when Spock says, "Live long and prosper."

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