Friday, April 06, 2012

Dr Ira Graves

G is for Graves but who is he? Dr Ira Graves is one of the greatest intellects ever to grace the 24th Century Universe. In Star Treks TNG we discover 'The Schizoid Man' doesn't enjoy the company of humans especially authority figures or sneaky doctors. Graves is a scientist consumed with molecular cybernetics attempting to bridge the gap between machine and man. His simple philosophy is women are not people!....

Sadly Ira deteoriates in early 2365. Sweetheart Kareen sends word to the Federation requesting medical treatment but time is running out. Meanwhile, Gravesworld provides the perfect isolation for reclusive Graves until Data turns up with USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D asking questions. The androids curiosity with the preeminent scientist lights up a dying mans eyes. Data immediately takes to the ol' coot calling him Grandpa but the sly dog has concocted a devious plan. All is not what it seems. The mans brilliance has unlocked the secret of transferring his vast intellect and knowledge into a computer!

Can you guess what happens next?

After Datas touching reunion with Grandpa, Graves is beamed aboard the USS Enterprise-D for a fine send off. The enigma deepens when Commander Data steps up to the transporter pad and gives an overblown eulogy at Graves funeral.

It doesn't take a genius to realise something is definitely amiss.

Just look at that face,
The face of a thinker, a warrior!
A Man for all seasons,
Yes, Ira Graves was all that and more but he was not perfect.
Perhaps his greatest flaw was that he was too selfless.
He cared too much for his fellow man with nary a thought for himself!
A man of limitless accomplishments and unbridled modesty.
I can safely say that to know him was to love him,
and to love him was to know him.
Those who knew him loved him,
while those who did not know him loved him from afar!


Leovi said...

A curious character who should not have many fans among women.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, when Data gets emotional, it's time to worry.

Teresa Cypher said...

Ha! The comments made me smile, too. Really neat blog! I used to watch the original Star Trek's reruns after school...for a couple of years. I think I know them all. I kind of lost track when the newer series were made.

Visiting form AtoZ, and following now--I want to keep track of your blog :-)

SpacerGuy said...

Leovi, I think it was a bad move writing about this guy. Graves is a tragic character.

Alex, Its too bad Data doesn't have a drink now and again.

SpacerGuy said...

Thanks Teresa, who would have believed in 1966 that Star Treks stories, philosophies and characters would become even more popular than some religions!

Margo Kelly said...

I love Star Trek: Next Generation. :)

I'm a new follower from the AtoZ Challenge. Nice to meet you!

Think Positive, Be Positive said...

My all time favorite character is Data...I always loved his interest in the human condition and his truthful observations. Thank you for stopping by my have a nice blog...I'm a new follower as well!

Donna L Martin

Susan Kane said...

Brent Spiney was brilliant in his roles, and he gave this eulogy another example.

Graves sure loved many, including himself most of all.

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