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Passing the wand
June 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm #73931
Passing the Phaser: 10 Tips for Turning Your Kids Into Trekkies
* By Curtis Silver
* June 12, 2009 |
First off, I’m not getting into the whole “Trekkie” vs. “Trekker” argument. I was raised as a “Trekkie,” so that is the term I’m going to use.
With the recent release of the new Star Trek, I started to wonder how is this going to affect the kids? Thankfully, mine have heard of and have watched plenty of the original series, so I didn’t have to worry about their state of mind.
But there are a lot of kids out there who think that this new movie is Star Trek. That it’s some flashy action adventure space movie with chiseled young actors and massive special effects. While that’s all well and good, since it’s a reboot for the purpose of gathering new fans, I think it’s important that kids have a sense of history when it comes to things as influential as Star Trek.
Think about all the conversations we’ve had with our kids over the years to explain the history of Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman (my geeklets had to sit through the original Christopher Reeve versions before being allowed to see the new one) and every other rebooted comic or classic TV franchise.
That being said, here are 10 tips to help your Geeklet ease into being a Trekkie:
10: Talk like William Shatner: “Hey… kids. Time… to… take out the trash.” They’ll soon wonder who holds the patent on this eloquent way of speaking.
9: Build a phaser for the school science fair: Chances are, you’ll at least be able to build a phaser that works on stun. If you throw it at someone.
8: Play “What Would Spock Do?” All kids are faced with times they have to make logical decisions, make it interesting by channeling the values of everyone’s favorite Vulcan.
7: Refer to your car as “The Enterprise NCC-1701-A” and going to visit the in-laws as “going through the worm-hole to fight the Jem’Hadar.” Nothing says how much you enjoy a visit to the in-laws when you liken them to a violent warrior race jacked up on drugs.
6: Pay out allowances in gold-pressed Latinum. – Considering the price of gold, this may be hard to come by, but completely worth it if you can pull it off.
5: Call your eldest child “Number 1.” On second thought, this might sound like favoritism, but follow it up with “Make it so,” and to their siblings it’ll just seem like they are receiving the brunt of the chores.
4: Make the kids drink Earl Grey tea. “Because that’s what Jean-Luc drinks.”
3: Dress up like a Klingon and take them to a Star Trek convention. Nothing tests the bonds of love more than hanging out with a family member dressed like a Klingon.
2: After dinner every night have a family discussion concerning the positives and negatives of the Prime Directive. Most specifically, identify which neighbors would qualify as “Pre-Warp” civilizations.
1: Teach them that instead of cursing when frustrated or angry, yell “KHAAAAAAAN!!” Their friends may give them strange looks, so teach them to clench their fists and furrow their brow to sell it. Never mention the name “Mr. Roarke.”
June 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm #73937
That was funny.
Actually nothing tests the bonds of trust like using a few Klingon lines. Even on public radio they had the the writer of Klingon use a phrase and the host’s first reaction was “Dear FCC, I do not speak Klingon so forgive what was just said” If it sounds gutteral it must be crude – right? Wrong!
Thanks for the list.
“Boldy Go where no one has gone before!”
June 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm #73935
OMG, I love this!!!!! I can’t wait to implement! My kids will totally laugh if I start talking like Shatner.
And it’s Trekkie. “Trekker” is an abomination.
June 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm #73933
Sometimes I will take a song and sing it in a Kirk/Shatner type of impression.
Oh….say can you see
by the….dawn’s….early light.
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