(scene opens in messy kitchen, Carrot hastily making school lunches)
Gamma: Mom? Can I wear this jacket? (holds up ratty Starfleet letterman)
Me: (pained) I’d rather you not, the sleeves are peeling and I’ve not replaced them with real leather yet.
Gamma: Please?! Look! It almost fits me! (puts it on)
Me: (defeated) Sure, just be very careful with it? I don’t want it to get beyond repair. (goes back to making sandwiches)
Gamma: Mom? What’s Battlestar Galactica?
Me: (taken aback) What? Uh…its another space show. About humanity’s survival against the Cylons. Sentient robots – maybe androids – that rose up and rebelled against their masters.
Gamma: (with deep and excessive sarcasm) Oh. Robots rising up against their masters. Where have I heard that before?
Me: All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.
Me: Nothing. It’s a trope. Tropes are reoccurring themes in entertainment and literature. They’re meant to convey certain concepts. Everything is referencing something else. If you understand all the references, you get a much deeper story.
Gamma: (dismissive) You’d think they’d come up with something new by now.
Me: Yeah, well, everything old is eventually made new. Get your boots on, it’s go time.