January 27th, 2020

Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Kobe Bryant's death is in all the news today. Since I'm not a big sports fan I'm really not feeling it beyond sadness at such a young, unexpected death, but it does have me thinking about other celebrity deaths that affected me deeply. I think we really can mourn celebrities without knowing them personally, because we still relate to them and they still mean something in our lives even if it's only in one direction.

It has me thinking about Rene Auberjonois, the actor who played Odo on DS9 and who died last month. He was a huge role-model for me as a teenager. Something about him being so thoroughly an outsider but accepted for all that, and also the way he had this exploitable genius but was still allowed to mess up and have that be recognized. I connected with him the way a lot of fans did with Carrie Fisher or Leonard Nimoy. So yeah, I felt gut-punched for several days and still think a lot about that particular death. I'm not sure I grieve him but it certainly impacted me.

Anywho. I've been rewatching DS9 off and on over the last several months, and I'm finally to "Take Me Out to the Holosuite," where Benjamin leads the gang from DS9 in a baseball game against some visiting Vulcans. It's just so funny because most of the characters don't know the first thing about baseball. So really, this is just a long way of my saying if you haven't seen Odo as an umpire, you're missing out on some of the best bits of life.

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And because I also learned Auberjonois played the chef in Little Mermaid (just tonight when I was searching how to spell his name), I am now contractually obligated to share that song as well. Bon appetit ecoute!

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