Wil Wheaton, Pumpkin Pie and Why I Love Twitter!
As a card carrying Sci-Fi Geek (seriously, there’s a card, it’s in my wallet) I have watched a lot of Star Trek over the years. It started with the original, which I watched as a kid with my Dad, and moved right on up through Enterprise, which I watched as an adult with my husband. That’s a lot of hours happily spent watching Klingons overreact, Vulcans underreact, and Deanna Troi state the obvious as though it’s big news. “Captain, I sense hostility from the aliens that just fired on us.” No. Way. Thanks, Deanna.
And like all true fans, I argue about what I love and hate about the franchise. Which series, or episode, or character was the best? Or how about the worst? Admit it. You’ve done it, too. Maybe you think Spock’s Brain was the worst episode ever or you’ll go to your grave swearing that Deep Space Nine puts the rest to shame. And, of course, there is the ever popular opinion that Wesley was nothing but an annoying brat …whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold the warp drives people. I’m gonna say it. I liked Wesley Crusher.
It was 1987 when Star Trek: The Next Generation hit the airwaves and I pretty much liked it from the start, men in skirts aside. I was, at the time, a teenaged girl and I thought Wesley was awesome. He was a teenager and he was on the Enterprise. And he was cute. Hey, as a teenaged girl, cute was an important factor in my “how-much-do-I-like-this-show” ratings system. I grew attached to Wesley and really wanted to see a happily ever after for him when the series closed, but I didn’t really get it. I was sad. But I moved on.
Years went by. The internet was born. w00t! Twitter was invented. And now the story continues. I setup a Twitter account because I heard it was the new big thing. Everyone was tweeting and if you didn’t know what that meant, shame on you. Now who to follow? I searched for and followed my friends. Next it was authors and actors from my favorite shows. This is how I discovered
Wesley Wil Wheaton. I learned that he didn’t just play a geek on tv, but that he is an actual, real-life geek, too. He has a blog, writes books, acts and is damned funny. He also makes a killer pumpkin pie judging from his latest tweets. I know all this only because I follow him on Twitter. Now, I know he’s not Wesley, but it brings a little bit of happy into my world to see that the guy that played him is still out there. Just a geek making pie. Thanks Twitter, for the happily ever after. Tweet long, and prosper.