Apr. 11th, 2011

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When I was a kid, one of the TV shows we used to watch occasionally was Black Sheep Squadron (originally aired as Baa Baa Black Sheep). All I really remembered was that it was about a squadron of WWII fighter pilots who were not exactly by the book. I have this hazy recollection that it may have run on Saturday nights, and we'd watch it while eating our tuna salad sandwiches before going off to gaming. Later on, that was This Old House and New Yankee Workshop, so I don't know that I've got the timing right. At any rate, I know I liked it, but that was about it.

I remembered it a year or so ago, and indeed Netflix had it (or most of it), and so I dropped it on my queue. It showed up at home recently, and I thought it would make a nice break from the science fiction I've been working my way through. So that's what I've been watching yesterday and tonight.

To my amusement and geeky delight, I just finished an episode with guest star George Takei. Even if I hadn't seen his name in the blurb or in the credits, he was absolutely unmistakable once he started speaking. Er, once he started speaking English, anyway.

I'm enjoying the show very much. I'm realizing, thinking about this and a number of the other movies and TV shows my parents enjoyed and raised me on, that it's no great wonder that I have difficulty respecting authority figures. My whole upbringing was full of these examples of irreverent screwballs and misfits who treated all rules as nothing more than optional guidelines.

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