Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Darnay’s Disease?

Idly watching a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode last night, I was startled into full awakeness by hearing a major episode figure characterized as suffering from Darnay’s disease. Woah! I was sitting straight up. This occurs in Episode 131 no less, “Schizoid Man,” meaningful to a numerologically skewed sort of person like me. The year is 2365, and a certain Dr. Ira Graves—scientist, genius, warrior, cyberneticist—is dying of Darnay’s disease. He has no more than a week to live—but in that week he succeeds in transferring his consciousness to Lieutenant Commander Data, the android, who promptly becomes annoyingly arrogant, paranoid, and a skirt chaser. Wow, I thought. Darnay’s disease. I’ve been suffering from it all my life long, but something in my genetic makeup keeps me from succumbing to its usual prognosis.

6 comments:

  1. How does the skirt-chasing part translate to us female Darnays, I wonder?

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  2. Michelle: That part only pertains to androids, I think. Feel content in simply being annoying, arrogant, and paranoid!

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  3. I always liked that episode; I'd completely forgotten the name of the disease, though!

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  4. A well-chosen name for such a disease. The afflicted human in the episode was, after all, a genius and a philosopher, though also "annoying, arrogant and paranoid."

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  5. HA, HA, HA, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee....
    Darnay's Disease...
    Very good. I'll have to keep an eye open for episode 131!

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  6. Funny, I always called it the family curse, Susie

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