Posted by ChrisM on Jan 20, 2017 | 4 comments
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And your picks for this week’s episode.
About two-thirds through this episode and enjoying as always.
I liked the concept that Trek can do anything, but paradoxically only through its established framework (I thought Paul’s Lego blocks analogy was excellent). As much as Roddenberry could hinder and help in equal portions, his constant guard dog policing of the scripts, and frequent veto statement of “this is not Star Trek” is largely the reason that a framework was established. Berman adhered pretty closely to his understanding of Roddenberry’s rules throughout his tenure. Firbob mentioned “Family” which I also love… Berman and Piller essentially had to go behind Roddenberry’s back to get that made, because he did try to veto it.
Chris, I’m glad you’re listening to 50 Year Mission… if we can ever work out a time, I’d love to do an episode (along with anyone else who’s read it) where we talk up all the crazy behind the scenes stories. I’ve often said that the behind the scenes story of the original series could be its own Mad Men-type show.
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I couldn’t pick just one thing that I love about Star Trek, but since you’ve pretty much covered them all I’ll just pick my favourite of them all.
There just isn’t bad music in Star Trek, anywhere. Even Generations, that is probably my least favourite Star Trek of all time, has wonderful music. Even the worst Star Trek music in the history of Star Trek – the Enterprise theme – isn’t actually all that bad and I quite enjoy it. I even like the Rod Stewart version from Patch Adams.
Mind you, that’s not to say Enterprise wouldn’t have been better if they’d just used Archer’s Theme at the start as well as the end. Because it would.
I’ve plenty of soundtracks from Star Trek in my collection, and sometimes I’ll put them on just because. They’re probably my favourite soundtracks of all, even more so than the wonderful work that John Williams did on Star Wars.
One other thing to point out though. Paul reckoned they don’t do beaming in anything other than Star Trek? Yes they do! Blake’s Seven did it for one thing. There’s a series that’s long overdue a reboot by the way. Stargate SG-1 was another though. They had the beaming using the rings to begin with, but eventually they also had just beaming on its own once Thor and the rest of the Asgard appeared. So it’s not just Star Trek.
Great to have Ten Forward back! Even if I’m struggling to keep up right now.
Chocolate, raktagino, banana pancakes, earl grey tea, coffee, trombone, clarinet.
Not necessarily the items – just that the writers used themes with their characters to have them connect to us. We can understand comfort food, or comfort items, and when Star Trek has the characters return time and time again to them, we can relate to them because we do the same.
Barclay and his Goddess of Empathy, Janeway and her Fairhaven holo-dildo, Tuvok using the holodeck to create a fantasy of his wife to deal with pon farr…
Yeah, there’s another theme we can relate to!
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