It was bad enough with Star Wars.
The boys saw a scene from the Original Trilogy on a television, watched for a moment, turned to me, and asked, “Why are those clonetroopers shooting good guys?”
But then, yesterday, the seven-year-old and I are talking about aliens, in reference to the movie Megamind, which has one character, Megamind, who is very clearly and alien, and another, Metro Man, who looks like a normal person, despite both being from other planets. So I’m explaining the diversity of aliens in science fiction.
And then there are the aliens that look almost like humans, like Mr. Spock.
“Who is Spock?”
Knowing that he’s seen the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie, I try to explain which one Spock is.
“Is he the one who was always kissing the girl?”
Um, yes. Yes, he was.
The next generation thinks that stormtroopers are good guys, and that the guy on Star Trek who’s always kissing a girl is Mr. Spock.
Angels and ministers of grace defend us…