|The old Star Trek is hilarious enough on its own, but watch it in Italian and it could make you dizzy.|
What does this have to do with Star Trek, you may ask. I shall explain:
I have a friend--she is one of those Trekkies who goes to the reunions and only likes the original series. I'm not one of those...nevertheless, I watched the original series as a college student (for the second time) in the late seventies. It had just gone camp and culty. My roomate used to watch it. I was not particularly loyal--a good enough reason to eat some popcorn once in a while. I forgot all about it until the early 90's when I began watching TNG (Star Trek, the Next Generation to the uninitiated--you know, Captain John Luke Piccard) and then Voyager after work. I loved Captain Janeway--you go girl and all that. Actually, I think Doug likes her too.
Trying to make a long story short, Star Trek began to represent three things to me. First, a connection to what we call the "Sixties" when people thought they could actually go ahead and change the world for the better. Even the universe! Star Trek has a wonderful optimistic view of the future underneath it all.
Second, it represented comfort and I suppose the third is a fantasy world for escape. I found out that buying DVD's from the States was a gamble due to customs--so I started ordering them from Amazon.co.uk. When you order them from Europe, you get a choice of languages. At first I thought it was just for the warning about copying the DVD, then I found out you could actually pick all those languages for the dubbing, not just sub-titles, mind you. By now I have all the Star Trek DVDs (I have snubbed Deep Space 9 and the one that is supposed to take place before Kirk)
My neighbor tells me she learned English by watching soap operas. Well, I'm not going to do that even for such a worthy cause, but I shall try to learn Italian by going to school, going out in the world here, and while watching good old Star Trek. Would you like me to beam you up now?