Well, well, well ... what do I have for you this morning?
Folks, when I say that "I do it all for you," I certainly don't mean that "I do it all for you personally." I don't know you -- certainly not anywhere near the level required to tailor entertainment to your specific requirements -- and I'm really only speaking of the Collective You. I don't know the Individual You. So when I encourage you to head on over to the Daily Citation Page because there's something there waiting for your discovery, again I'm speaking to the Collective You. There's no way I can set up SciFiHistory.Net to filter out those franchises and/or properties you either (A) despise or (B) deem less worthy of your time ... but thanks for the Individual You for asking! Yes, yes, yes: I'm sure that there's some kind of filtering software that could be set up for you to choose just which information you'd like to see, but doesn't having more than you want show you just how good it is that we genre fans have it?
There's always one ...
Yuuup. You guessed it. Groundhog Day's birthday is today. And in some bizarre parallel universe, it'll be the film's birthday again tomorrow ... and tomorrow ... and tomorrow ... and tomorrow ...
Written (in part) and directed by Harold Ramis, this ingeniuos little flick brought together a winning cast that included Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Brian Doyle-Murray. Its story highlights the adventures of a cynical weatherman who finds himself trapped in a timeloop wherein he's forced to relive the seminal Groundhog Day over and over and over until, somehow, he magically 'gets it right.' (The universe can be a harsh mistress, indeed.) It's the kind of flick that is easy for mainstream audiences to embrace the realms of the Fantastic; and, yes, I do wish Hollywood would do far more of that than what they've shucking these days.
In response to its greatness, both the Academy Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror Films and the Hugo Awards nominated the picture in their respective storytelling categories. While it may not have taken home the gold, it still earned a welcome spot deep in the hearts of countless fans around the world.
You see, I've seen him on other shows, and I've heard him in an interview blurb here and there talking about the phenomenon of Star Trek ... and there are a few occasions when I thought he sounded a bit jaded. Maybe a bit tired. Maybe a bit ... uninspired? Navigating one's career is always a daunting task regardless of the field; and there have been actors and actresses who've kinda/sorta gone public with never quite being happy with -- ahem -- having been in a Star Trek show. Spiner -- while never saying those words directly -- has left me with the impression that he's dealt with a lot of good and bad of it, and that's sad.
Whatever his thoughts on going where no one has gone before, he's had some great screen time, so much so that it's hard to imagine the character of 'Data' were it rested in anyone else's hands. I hope he feels the love that he's earned from fandom abroad, and I hope that love sustains him throughout whatever remains on his career. He's been a real bright spot in the TNG franchise, and that says something, indeed.
Why, of course, there's more. There's a good deal more over on the Daily Citation Page -- and reminder, peeps, I'm speaking to the Collective You and not the Individual You -- and each and every damn one of you (Collective You) are encouraged to surf on over there to check it out. Yes, yes, and yes: I have plenty more to add to that space -- in fact, I'm planning on putting up a few more just this morning -- so keep your eyes on that space in the moments ahead for even more!
As always, thanks for reading ... thanks for sharing ... thanks for being a fan ... and live long and prosper!