Well I can understand why Scotty seems so trendy here. However my vote is for Bones McCoy all the way: too funny with his continuous fights with Mr. Spock! And just not to boldly forget: he's dead Jim!
I think it's clear enough it's only because of cutural circumstances: most programming languages were born in English speaking countries. I bet Klingon ones are strongly imperative! Klingon geeks despise event driven petaQ: they drive events, not the other way round. And their programs don't have loops. They aim straight to the heart: they often kill and rarely die, but when they do, it's with honour.
Now, I wonder if anyone has ever seen the full Klingon Perl programmer code! (As in "law", not as in "stuff programmers write".)
As a child I was in love with the idea that all of human knowledge could be stored in a machine and that your challenge was how to phrase the right question to find out what you needed to know. Spock was always teasing information out of it by asking questions over and over. I blame this for my lifelong obsession with computers. I never got over it.
(Notice: only in the parallel 'evil' universe was the "ready" prompt used, rather than the traditional "working". What does that say about the universe we live in?)
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.
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 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.
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.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.
But, <geek kind="trek">Ilia was in the movies, not in the original TOS series</geek>.
But, <geek kind="smartass">the poll is about "the original Star Trek", and not strictly about TOS, although the expression is ambiguous and left unspecified by the docs. And Ilia was a member of the crew of a starship called Enterprise in some original ST universe.</geek>.
I mean, what are we to believe, that this is a magic xylophone, or something?
Spock. No doubt. The whole cast seemed to fit well together though. But the character development of Spock was fascinating and very well explored by Leonard Nimoy. The older I get, the more appreciation I have for the essence of what Nimoy was able to express through the char. of Spock.
...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...
The Spice must flow...
..by my will, and by will alone.. I set my mind in motion
You know, I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I think part of it may be that I was really into astronomy as a kid, and when I saw a Star Trek episode, there would be four or five times I would think "Wait, that can't be --" or "No way! That violates the Law of --"
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