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There's no need for any debate, Star Trek The Next Generation was the most popular entity of the five television series.
But after seeing Lebron's performance after he amnestied his headband last night, I ask you to allow me to delve into the underrated mythos of Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
No-headband LeBron had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block of Tim Duncan and 4 turnovers on 5-of-11 shooting. He saved the Heat season.
LeBron played desperate — as he should have, the Heat were about to be sent fishing — and while Chris Bosh with his rebound and Ray Allen with his three were key none of it happens without LeBron’s no headband run.
Lebron went to war. Against the Spurs, his critics, the fans people that left, the challenge of quenching his insatiable thirst for not five, not...well, more titles.
Back to DS9; and if you're a fan of the show, you'll possibly see where I'm going with this analogue.
Did you know...
3. Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) wanted to shave his head, but directors were concerned that he would look too much like Hawk, a character he played in the 1980s seriesSpenser: for Hire. It was only after Brooks was identified more with Sisko than Hawk that he was allowed to shave his head.
Apparently, depending how and what you Google the background, Paramount didn't want dueling bald captains (even though Sisko entered the show with just the rank of commander, though he was still the man in charge).
Whatever the reason, Brooks, as Captain Sisko, returned to his menacingly bald and goateed look he once wore when he was the character on the Spenser For Hire series right before season four of DS9. That character, Hawk, was the muscle, the hired gun.
Hawk is the street-wise black kid who grew up to become a smartly dressed enforcer. Though he is for hire, he has a code of ethics and generally works on the side of good. In the pilot show ("Promised Land"), he and Spenser obviously have respect for each other, and he switches over from King Powers' (Chuck Connors) side to Spenser's side when he doesn't like the way Powers is doing things. Hawk carries a nickel plated .357 Magnum Colt Python 8" barrel revolver as his weapon of choice.
That sounds like a guy I want on my side, or even front of me, when going to battle.
Wanna know what happened at the end of the season three of what had become Paramount's flagship Star Trek property? The crew of DS9 - and of course the entire Federation - was on the precipe of war with as worthy an adversary as any Star Trek heroes had ever faced. A conflict that would eventually cost millions and millions of lives, and one that genuinely spanned half the galaxy. The fate of it was to be controlled by one man.
After four more emotionally and ethically tortorous seasons of savage battle that was the antithesis of creator Gene Roddenberry's vision (he'd passed a few years earlier), Captain Sisko, comfortable and confident, sans hair emerged victorious to close the series (roughly 14 years ago to the week!).
Captain Sisko lost the hair, audaciously and willingly entered battle and sometimes with questionable morals as his weapon, he won the war, and fulfilled his role as a planetary god (don't ask, just Google).
Lebron, not so ironically with follicle challenges of his own, severed his relationship with his headband and powered a furious comeback to stave off another Finals loss.
The battle was won, but the war's not over. By the time you read this we may know if James will be with or without his customary headband.
Though who knows, comfortable and confident, Lebron James may adopt the polished look Sisko did when he needed to save the galaxy. And at this point, with where he is in the pantheon of current and historical athletes, I'm not so sure Lebron and everything that creates his atmosphere, isn't bigger than the Milky Way.