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So recently I saw the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot with my doggy friend and I have to admit that I really didn't hate it as much as I thought I would (alternate time lines are just the laziest way of excusing continuity errors there is).

That said Picard, even though he was probably the best Captain in the Star Trek Universe (next to Sulu), was never my favorite because Next Generation was so predictable and moralizing that I just didn't get into it as much as TOS or even DS9 (where I really enjoyed the Klingon succession plot) that was a total ripoff of Babylon 5 which was a much more interesting show until it went off the rails after Sheridan's destruction of Z'ha'dum.

SciFi?  Oh... not much considering I have a full and well used set of Starfleet Battles supplements and an equally dogeared set of Traveller.  I even read Asimov's hard science books.

But Jean-Luc, I mean Patrick Stewart, is a trained Shakespearean actor, what's he whoring tonight?

Well, he's probably going to talk about his recent marriage to Sunny Ozell, officiated by Ian McKellen though that might lead to his next film project- X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Daniel Lieberman's nickname is 'The Barefoot Professor' because he's a marathon running specialist in the paleo-anthropology of human locomotion.  I suppose it would be too much to expect Stephen to ask him about the Denisovans,  a species as genetically similar to Modern Humans as Neanderthals and as genetically different too, who may once have ranged from the Siberian Steppe to Australia.

Now is the time to get your volunteer licks in for next week!  Our all new guests are-

The Daily Show

* Monday 11/11: Doris Kearns Goodwin
* Tuesday 11/12: Joe Scarborough
* Wednesday 11/13: Key & Peele
* Thursday 11/14: Geoffrey Rush

The Colbert Report

* Monday 11/11: Peter Baker
* Tuesday 11/12: David Christian
* Wednesday 11/13: Blind Boys of Alabama
* Thursday 11/14: Alexis Ohanian

Every day you don't step up is another day of vile calumny and gossip from yours truly.  If I might go so far as to suggest a day, Wednesday has guests that I have no particular empathy with.

It's not at all hard, you don't have to make it even this complicated.

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