tekwar (the movies and tv show)

tekwar (the movies and tv show)

William Shatner is behind the story and franchise of Tekwar (though you may know him better as the actor behind Captain Kirk in Star Trek.)

It is a slightly futuristic (2045) look at the underbelly of something that was barely in development at the time that Shatner wrote the novels. Yet what he invisioned has come to be. Like real life drug addictions, technology, the internet, esp the dark web have all become places for illegal activity to flourish. There are gangs, and resistance groups who spar with the police and govts for supremacy within it’s streams of thought and activity. And people really are spending inordinate amounts of time at the peril of their jobs, families and even lives on it.

The upside is that we have a sort of Gonzo journalism that Hunter S. Thompson would be proud of. It’s almost impossible for govts to keep secrets from the people today. Because the people can tell a friend in another country. Easily.

Access to art, music and literature is now open to everyone and you can become quite an expert in them. Without spending fruitless years in school and paying a mortgage equivalence for something you can’t use. Unless you’re good enough to teach it or actually publish. And you can be instant penpals with someone across the world from you, as well as research your family tree. You can also research your symptoms and ask intelligent questions of your doctors. The internet is what you make of it; a tool or an obsession.

And Shatner’s vision for the series was of the dark side. Complete with a hero who was either a dirty or rogue cop who had lost everything to his addiction to Tek. And became a PI who fought the good fight to bring the teklords and pushers to an end. Whether he succeeded or not, he had a very interesting journey in his attempts.

I had/have a crush on Evigan for years and he was why i watched this series. Because I’m not a Trekkie. Though I do enjoy scifi, I found the Star Trek series to be overproduced. So I began viewing Tekwar in SPITE of Shatner’s presence. And the movies and the TV series were worth the view in my opinion. There is action, romance and a good bit of philosophy, psychology and sociology in it. Which might actually make me look if Shatner were to write another series like this. And there are really cool “streaming” shots when the tek is being accessed. I’d recommend it if you like soft scifi, that isn’t about battles in space ships.

…. timeline of real technology/internet

internet

The technology continued to grow in the 1970s after scientists Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf developed Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol, or TCP/IP, a communications model that set standards for how data could be transmitted between multiple networks. ARPANET adopted TCP/IP on January 1, 1983, and from there researchers began to assemble the “network of networks” that became the modern Internet. The online world then took on a more recognizable form in 1990, when computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.

data havens – 1980s leading to the darknet, browsers meant to hide your location and browsing history, and BITCOIN

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