The Geek Age

Buried Lede | Stephen Lynch | Geeks

The finales of 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' mark the end of a golden era of geekdom:

"I wonder if the Emperor Honorius, watching the Visigoths coming over the seventh hill, truly realized that the Roman Empire was about to fall?"

I quote not Gibbon, not Kennan -- not even Coulter. No, it's Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Picard was referring to the villainous Borg (in "Best of Both Worlds, Part I" when ... uh, never mind), but the sentiment, for geeks at least, has particular resonance today. The Visigoths have Nielsen boxes, and they're watching wrestling. Our empire is about to crumble.

On May 13, the last episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise" will air on television. For the first time in 18 years, no "Star Trek" series will take its place next fall.

A few days later, the last of the "Star Wars" series, "Revenge of the Sith" will open in theaters. Most of you, I'm sure, are reading this while in line. Dressed as a stormtrooper.


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