Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ode to Spot

I rather enjoy listening to Commander Data's wonderful recital of 'Ode to Spot' who wrote it in honor of his cat. I think pet lovers in particular will get a good chuckle out of this episode of TNG 'Schisms' because its just hilarious. The poem itself exposes Spots natural behavioural habits and the personal relationship the creature has with its owner, Data who has come to consider Spot as a true and valued friend.

Tell me, after listening to Data's Ode to Spot, how does your emotional state of mind feel?

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Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature?
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkies.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wonder how many people named their cats Spot after his debut on the show?

Maurice Mitchell said...

Nice. Beautiful in a cold calculating robotic way. LOL

Spacerguy said...

Alex you'd have to ask Brent Spiner who actually found Spot one of the stupidest actors and near impossible to take direction, 'bless his soul.'

Maurice, Data's delivery of 'Ode to Spot' is a real classic!

'That poem was written in anapestic tetrameter. For my ninth poem, we move to the iambic septameter mode. Duh what?? I think Riker just gives up at this point and nods off. LOL The Enterprise vibes in the audience make Schisms fun to watch.

blogcommenting said...

i miss those episodes

Bryan Reddish said...

Fantastic. Loved Data. Seems DS9 is the most popular with the kids at our house. Kira and Odo, you know.

Spacerguy said...

Data's Ode to Spot lightens up Schisms which is one of TNG's most disturbing episodes. The big question is why does Commander keep falling asleep?

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