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brentsimmons
    Before the phrase “jump the shark” was invented, I used to say that a series had “gone Wild West.” Which Star Trek did in season 3. http://moby.to/wsm55p
    jwisser
      @brentsimmons How does that interact with Firefly?
      jackbrewster
        @brentsimmons vs. Wild Wild West which was always awesome.
        reneritchie
          @brentsimmons I used to say "added a baby", because, always.
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          siracusa
            @brentsimmons Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.
            atomicbird
              @brentsimmons Have you reached "The Way to Eden" yet?
              brentsimmons
                @jwisser If they time-traveled back to the actual Wild West, that would have been bad.
                mdhughes
                  @brentsimmons SPOCK'S BRAIN!!! (though I love everything about that episode except the joystick-controlled Spock. Came so close to being a great ep, failed so badly)
                  deandmx
                    @siracusa @brentsimmons So THAT’S where Futurama got Amy Wong’s cowboy parents who live on Mars from!
                    tomnovak
                      @jackbrewster I watched season 1 disc 1 of the Wild Wild West 2 weeks ago. It was my favorite tv show as a kid. We’d have Robert Conrad fights up and down the staircase like he did every week after it aired. Made me sad I couldn’t do it now :)
                      jackbrewster
                        @tomnovak Well, you could, but you would need to speed up the stair lift. Now, off to update the Netflix queue!
                        jackbrewster
                          @tomnovak I just found out we have some weird old tv show network I’ve never heard of on Comcast. Just set up my recorder for Hogan’s Heroes. TV Time Travel is awesome.
                          tomnovak
                            @jackbrewster I get them from my brother (he’s even older than I am) I only have netflix streaming these days - but there’s tons of it on there too now.
                            jackbrewster
                              @tomnovak I got tired of looking for movies and finding that they were disk only, so we switched back to DVD subscription awhile ago.
                              tomnovak
                                @jackbrewster Yeah, I know what you mean but I’m easy going about those things. Do you have Amazon Prime? Fills the gap pretty well if your patient.
                                jackbrewster
                                  @tomnovak Nope, too cheap for that, too. ;)
                                  tomnovak
                                    @jackbrewster well, those sock monkey shows in the evening by whale oil lamp projection are great too :)
                                    iain
                                      @mdhughes @brentsimmons You must be trollin’. There was NOTHING right about ‘Spock’s Brain’! Undeniably the worst episode of TOS. (Although ‘And The Children Shall Lead’ comes close.)
                                      mdhughes
                                        @iain @brentsimmons So, there's no way an advanced technological civilization could come to rely so heavily on data processing and lookup of information that they lose technology? Hey, have you heard of Google and Wikipedia?
                                        iain
                                          @mdhughes No, there’s no way to remove a brain without leaving any external evidence, or having the brain and/or body die at the moment of separation.
                                          mdhughes
                                            @iain There's no way to disassemble matter and reassemble it at a remote point. There's no way to travel faster than light. There's no way to disintegrate an object but not leave shrapnel or superheat the environment killing you.
                                            mdhughes
                                              @iain "But suppose there was" is the basis of science fiction. The fallen civ had the tech to disassemble and reassemble a human as easily as we do LEGOs. OK, go on from there.
                                              iain
                                                @mdhughes Yes, but those things are classic SF tropes. They had been in space opera for years; that’s where Roddenberry stole them from. Brain-stealing, OTOH, was too stupid to be stolen from even a bad comic book.
                                                mdhughes
                                                  @iain H.P. Lovecraft, "The Whisperer in Darkness". J.D. Bernal, "The World, the Flesh & the Devil". Old idea, and nicely executed. A brain's a useful device, once unhooked from all that annoying body meat.