Cinemateket: a personal failure to build habit

The new slimmer Cinemateket. It never really came together, my going there out of habit. Habit-forming failure, if you will.

Now that they’ve scaled it all back to a trickle of must-see films from the nowadays-much-smaller showable-as-analog past, it’s lost much of its previous smorgasbord charm for me. Choosing not to view a certain film isn’t so very charming when it’s the only film.

In unrelated habit-building: My quest to see all of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with the redoubtable Sir Patrick Stewart intoning the Federation‘s credo about not meddling where one should not meddle, continues. if a little abated. I’ve noted a tendency to fall asleep at the tail end of the story, in the late act II. Note to self: perhaps one episode is enough for a night.

Recently, I have met several trekkies, whereas before I seldom met anyone who professed to know the slightest thing about the Star Trek franchise.  Of these enthusiasts, one is a lawyer, one a nurse who speaks Chinese, and one works with computer gaming industry issues. All of them highly knowledgeable on matters Trek.

Onward, into the year. Habits will form. I’m sure of it.

 

Here, a random Star Trek TNG piece of gossip: That replacement doctor – Dr. Pulaski – won’t come back in later episodes, because of the following, passively-worded reason:

Maurice Hurley, head writer and showrunner, did not like working with McFadden, and McFadden was fired at the end of the season 1. Diana Muldaur joined the production as the Enterprise’s new chief medical officer, Dr. Katherine Pulaski, for season 2.

Series creator Gene Roddenberry admitted that the Dr. Pulaski character did not develop a chemistry with the other characters, so McFadden was approached to return as Dr. Crusher for the third season. At first, she was hesitant, but after a phone call from co-star Patrick Stewart, McFadden was persuaded to return to the role, which she subsequently continued to play through the remainder of the series.

Source: the Gates McFadden wikipedia entry

 

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