Was the Traveller Creepy?

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  1. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

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    He was a middle-aged (man) who spoke with an odd incantation to his voice who quickly latched onto, and leered at, a teenage boy. It's pretty hard to *not* take that as creepy.

    There was just a "quality" there that's hard to define but if you encountered someone who spoke and acted like him around your children you'd probably make sure the kids stayed in the yard when they play outside. He didn't come across as enlightened when he's standing there with a grin watching Wesley work.
     
  2. Keith1701

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    oh yes, for sure.
     
  3. Shatnertage

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    I thought that when I first saw it, as a kid of about Wesley's age, on original broadcast, and I still think it.

    As a teacher, there's a line between showing polite interest/encouraging kids and being a little too attentive. The Traveler way, way crossed that line.
     
  4. Melakon

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    Then there was the order for the crew to think only "good thoughts" to help the Traveler. Which reminded me of Mary Martin's Peter Pan urging children to clap-- clap!-- to save Tinkerbell's life.

    If the pedo behavior of Traveler was intentional, there should have been a 'Stay away from my son!" moment from Beverly.
     
  5. Salinga

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    Actually, Wil Wheaton himself finds the Traveller a pretty creepy character. From his blog:

    http://www.aoltv.com/2006/10/27/star-trek-the-next-generation-where-no-one-has-gone-before/
     
  6. Push The Button

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  7. Triskelion

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    This may say more about our own cultural degradation than the original story context. Not recognizing the cultural shift – well that says something too.

    But I wouldn’t wait for anyone to validate a cultural context other than their own.

    I’ll say this about the Traveler – he did give off a very creepy lack of self-veneration.
     
  8. teacake

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    TOTALLY.

    Awful stuff. Difficult to watch.
     
  9. Nine of Four

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    TRU DAT!!!

    Fun fact: Eric Menyuk, (The Traveler), was considered for Data.

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  10. jpv2000

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    I think the Traveller was a few levels beyond creepy.
     
  11. Nine of Four

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    Hahahaha Tru dat!!

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  12. publiusr

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    I guess I'm weird in that I never saw him as creepy.
     
  13. Enterprise is Great

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    Neither did I.
     
  14. Coloratura

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    I don't find the Traveler creepy at all. He's soft spoken, and he's fascinated by Wesley's intellect. He's also an alien who behaves differently than humans, so no, no creepy here.
     
  15. Mutai Sho-Rin

    Mutai Sho-Rin Crusty Old Bastard Moderator

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    Exactly my thoughts.