Does this look like a fish to you?
I’ve been a Star Trek fan for as long as I can remember. I won’t relay that story again, but suffice it to say I have comitted more pieces of my brain to retaining Star Trek stuff than I probably should have. One of my all time favorite episodes is The Immunity Syndrome, where Kirk’s Enterprise comes across this giant 11 thousand mile wide single cell amoeba. It’s got some really nice charater interactions if you’re a fan of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triumvirate of characters.
Anyway, since last September or so, the syndicated episodes of Star Trek TOS have been airing (here in Dallas on Sunday night at 9PM) in a new remastered form. I’ve rather enjoyed them, and they haven’t been ruined at all in a “Greedo shoots first” way. Anyway, Immunity Syndrome was on last weekend, and I showed my little girl a few minutes of it. Maybe two or three minutes tops. But it was the bit where the crew first encountered the amoeba in the episode. When the following shot came on screen, it went off quickly, and Samantha said “What’s that?”
So I backed it up on the TiVo, paused it, and said “What’s that?” My two year old daughter’s response was “A FISH!” I’ve been watching Star Trek for 40 years. I’ve seen Immunity Syndrome I don’t know how many times. After two seconds of my daughter watching it, she’s trashed one of my favorite episodes, since I can’t look at it now without thinking “Look, it’s the fish!”. I still like the character interplay, but my attempt to watch the episode again after her remark had a different feel. :)