Friday, October 20, 2006


No, that's not a baseball player from the Dominican Republic....

Another Classic TV character has revealed himself to be a serlinguist, that subset of tele-cognizants who know that they are in a TV Universe, but who also confer, converse, and otherwise hobnob with home-viewing audience. (All serlinguists are tele-cognizent, but not all tele-cognizants are serlinguists.)

The ability is named after TV Giant Rod Serling, who created and hosted 'The Twilight Zone'.

This new serlinguist is James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise. While being pursued by a Klingon bird of prey, Kirk took a moment to address the audience. His mission? To boldly extol the virtues of DirectTV's crystal clear on screen.

And because TV supposedly will cease to exist at some point in the future, Kirk isn't bothering to pitch his product to the audience of his own era. (With no TV, there's no need for DirectTV....)

No, he's somehow created a serlinguistic wormhole through which he can address different TV characters from the 20th Century face to face.... Over four hundred years back into his own future.

By the way, it appears that this blipvert happened around the same time that Kirk and his crew were battling the mutinous Klingon general, Chang ("Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"). I base this assumption on the age of the crew, the presence of Spock, and that approaching Klingon "wessel".

Speaking of loose Changs.....

On the other hand, the latest appearance by Kwai Chang Caine III for o'bviously is different: he's not practicing serlinguistic skills like Kirk. But instead, he's talking to a man in the same room with him.

Even when it looks as though Caine is talking directly to the camera, the camera actually represents the other man's point of view.

So Kwai Chang Caine is not a serlinguist.

He's just an ordinary schill......


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