The older boys and I are slowly watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, from the beginning. Thank you, Netflix! I always loved that show so I’m enjoying seeing it again, and they love a) science (or at least, things that sound like they could be science; b) spaceships; c) Wesley Crusher.
I’m thinking ahead a bit to some of the later seasons and episodes, and having a Stern Internal Debate with myself over whether or not to skip some, but for now we’re just having fun.
Last night we watched the episode Datalore, which is basically Data the android’s dark origin story. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, Data finds out that he has an older “brother” – Lore, another android, built along the same specs, but deactivated for being too human; in essence, he’s the evil twin.
Old trope, I know, but it’s done well. And if you’re used to a whole season of cute, harmless Data being the show’s Pinocchio, seeing the same actor suddenly playing a villain is pretty unsettling.
So there were my boys, huddled together under a blanket. They were fascinated by seeing two Datas. They were totally shocked by the OMGHEISEVIL plot, and genuinely saddened by the idea of having a brother you couldn’t get along with.
It struck me again this morning, when all three of them were playing some weird game involving action figures, Lego, a stretchy glove full of polished rocks, and a blanket. They aren’t just brothers – they are best friends. They have little bickering fights now and again (especially when they try to co-play video games, whoever invented that little feature should be sternly chastised) but most of the time, they look out for one another, read to each other, help each other get breakfast and take turns choosing what to watch on Netflix.
I know that I am lucky. I love my sisters and brother now, and am happy to hang out with them anytime, but as kids I remember a lot more fighting. A lot more “get out of my ROOOOOOM!” and “MOOOO-OOOOM, SHE HIT ME!” and “MAKE THIS LITTLE TWERP LEAVE ME AND FRIENDS ALOOOOOONE!”
I have no idea if this will last. I hope it does.