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Re: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:

by fraktalisman (Hermit)
on Aug 20, 2007 at 07:57 UTC ( #633731=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:

The original series is like a wild west movie in space, the storylines, the dialogues, the camera style ... I used to watch it when I was a child, and there is still a little bit left of the fascination I felt in those days, otherwise I would probably not stand to watch it.


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Re^2: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:
by mr_mischief (Prior) on Aug 20, 2007 at 08:17 UTC
    One might even say it resembles a sort of Wagon Train to the stars.

    It doesn't surprise me that Mr. Scott is the leading choice so far. Who better for a bunch of Perl programmers than the guy who always seems to find a way to do the nearly impossible within nearly impossible deadlines?
      There was a ST: Next Gen episode where Scotty guest starred. My favorite exchange was when he berated Gordi for giving a precise estimate.
      <Paraphrase>Always pad your estimate, and make your Captain think you're a miracle worker!</paraphrase>.
        I loved that bit as well!

        mr greywolf
      Sorry, I mis-read your post. For a minunte there I thought you said: "find a way to do the nerdy impossible..."
Re^2: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:
by zentara (Archbishop) on Aug 20, 2007 at 11:38 UTC
    like a wild west movie in space

    I always thought of it as "space opera", the classic "good-vs-evil battles". But then again, that is what wild west movies were, "opera for Americans".


    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. Cogito ergo sum a bum
      I always thought of it as "space opera", the classic "good-vs-evil battles".
      That's the way it looks now. In 1966 it was the first SF series that touched on (for example) computer records being hacked, or race hatred or the problems involved in First Contact situations.

      A lot of this is overlooked now because of the less than stellar acting and cheap sets. But when it first ran, it was pure imagination.
        it was pure imagination

        Yeah its funny how they brought it back down to reality, as modern society advanced. The first thought that pops into my "green mind" when I think of Star Trek now, is how eventually they learned "that warp drive was polluting sub-space" and to throttle back from warp 7. :-)

        Can you IMAGINE the uproar if it became known that migraines are caused by UFO's running their engines improperly. :-)


        I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. Cogito ergo sum a bum
Re^2: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:
by archfool (Monk) on Aug 20, 2007 at 12:24 UTC
    Ummm... A "Wild West ... in space" would be Firefly, wouldn't it?
Re^2: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:
by gam3 (Curate) on Aug 21, 2007 at 12:38 UTC
    I think that the Prime Directive makes Star Trek a bit different than most westerns, where the natives where normally killed.

    Also the pilot episode that was latter shown in The Cage. I think you better see Roddenberry's original vision for Star Trek.
    -- gam3
    A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.
Re^2: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:
by poqui (Deacon) on Aug 21, 2007 at 15:58 UTC
    I agree; but it was no accident that the Original Series was "like" a western in space. That's exactly how Roddenberry intended it to be.

    Look at his prior credits and those of several of his actors:
    Roddenberry: "The Virginian" 1 episode, "Have Gun, Will Travel" 23 episodes, "Whiplash", "Wrangler"...
    DeForest Kelley: "Death Valley Days", "Laredo", "Bonanza" ...
    The same for James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, and William Shatner.
    It looks like most, if not all of them worked on "The Virginian" together.

    To me, that's part of its charm: "Wagon Train" in space.

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