Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

17 Aug 2005, 9:40 a.m.

"In Theory"

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Last night I watched a Star Trek: The Next Generation rerun. In "In Theory," a woman tries to date Data as she's on the rebound from a bad relationship. I remember thinking it was funny when I saw it for the first time ten years ago. But now that I've actually dated, it's acid satire, almost too painful to watch.

I found Seth incredibly likable when I first met him, since I'd already made imaginary friends with Data. But I'm really glad Seth is human. Brent Spiner can really turn up the creepy in a way Seth never could.