Thanks to being added to Netflix, Deep Space Nine is currently experiencing a renaissance. “Binge-watching is the best thing that ever happened to Deep Space Nine,” Behr enthuses, “it’s made the show accessible in the way it was meant to be seen.” But beyond its binge-watch potential, Visitor has a different theory about the show’s new heyday. “We might as well be on a space station now, with a bunch of aliens shoved together, and we all have opinions and problems, and everyone thinks they’re right. I think it speaks to now.”
I hadn’t thought about it that way before, but I think Visitor is exactly right.
Also, DS9 is the best Trek, and I still wish they would figure out some way in the current continuity to have the Prophets send Sisko back to resolve some huge crisis confronting the Federation and the wider galaxy.
Based on the serial number, it was manufactured in 1948. There is a hand-painted inscription on the inside of the case that says “R.J. Hansen, Dhakran, Saud, Arabia.” The guy at the typewriter shop thinks Hansen was a journalist, but the minimal amount of searching I have done hasn’t turned up anything on him. I’ll keep digging.
This typewriter is a very minimalist machine, even compared to the Olivetti Lettera. It is not bad to type on, but it is a little louder than I am used to. I should note, however, that the two machines I am mostly used to are Quiet Deluxe and a Super-Silent, so nearly anything is going to sound louder.
The thing that really strikes me about the Rocket is its size. I knew they were small, but it is pretty amazing to actually see it in front of me. It wouldn’t be out of the question to drop this typewriter into a modestly-sized backpack and carry it around. The aluminum case snaps quite solidly over the top, so I wouldn’t be worries about it getting banged up.
Even with its diminutive profile, the keyboard does not feel cramped, but I guess I’ll see how it stands up over time.