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Mata-Spock-Hari: Space Spy (two downloads)
From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends, Spock's turn in Mata Hari's jeweled ass thong, his game puts Kirk's to shame, You're one smooth Lothario dude. Shame indeed, shame on you! Actually it's hard to believe he wasn't tempted in earnest to leave the Enterprise and it's racist chief medical officer and bridge crew. maybe? just a bit? The Romulan's are Vulcan Colonials gone there separate way. Romulus and Remus are sort of like Canada and the USA to Vulcans Great Britain. This is why Spock can totally score so easily with the Romulan commander. Because Romulans love Vulcan accents I enjoy the continuity and extension of the unpronouciblility of Vulcan sur and apparently often and not,first name's carried over from Journey to Babe, recall Spock's Mom explain that the family nomenclature of Spock and Surak is an unspeakably difficult tongue twister for humans. The Romulan commander whispers her handle inaudibly to Spock so we can't hear. Nice Touch! But by dragging the audio portion of this segment into logic express, using the software to enhance selected aspects of the sign wave graphic, then compensate for distortion, I was able to isolate and illuminate this lost relic of Star Trek history. Here now, is the Romulan Commander's name as spoken seductively into Mr. Spocks ear, whats her name? She says it right here, listen…… listen…shhh "Katheryn Janeway" Woooh, what the fuck? try to say that three times fast, or just once. I appreciate that Joanne Linville, the actress who plays the Romulan fleet commander was forty years old at the time, and as such old enough to seem credibly in the prime of her career. far to often ambitious and accomplished female characters in TV and film are portrayed by actresses who seem too young for the part. I think we can afford TOS a little credit here to slightly the dilute to overall sexism of the series. Shatner as is his wont, seizes the opportunity to play histrionic and bat guano coo-coo as know one else can. I enjoy that Kirk's asshole behavior early on is all a front, rather than Kirk just being an asshole as usual. And his stint in pointed ears is classic. He looks so wrong as a Romulan, one can only imagine the suspicion his back swept auburn hair and stocky little brickhouse frame, inspired. No wonder he's greeted at Disruptor point almost immediately after beaming onto the ship. When I was getting to really know and develop an unhealthy obsession with Star Trek along with the rest of the right thinking world during its initial run in syndication circa early the 1970's, I would see the image of Kirk in pointed ears along with other stills during the closing credits montage and wonder what the blazes that was all about. This was an episode I wanted to see so bad, and when i finally did, well, it did not disappoint. In an episode of Star Trek: Tracy the Space Girl, a spinoff sit com which Roddenbury pitched and sold in the wake of Assignments Earth's failure, colloquially known as TSG in the parlance of fandom,it's chauvenistic subtitle eventually changed to Federation Archeologist at Large, the Yeoman A and A officer having been selected for a likewise subterfuge has under gone the transformative surgery but finds herself less than willing to don the tasteless and demeaning Romulan miniskirt, Hi-jinx, did then, ensue. See the fan art tab on the Trek TV Web site. Those Romulan uniforms looked like alien chain mail on old time aerial broadcasts in the sixties but upon hi res inspection it becomes obvious that they are yarn. This is why the Romulans are so grumpy. They're all wearing these itchy sweaters in a spaceship wear the ambient temperature is a cozy…what ever people consider cozy. This is probably DC Fontanas best episode and boy howdy i just realized, I have the sequel, also by Dorothy called The Enterprise Experiment on my iPod. It's one of the Series 4 comix I totally forgot it was there, my iPod touch serves primarily as a baby sitter, it's too much like a smart phone for me, I prefer the clip on Nano But I'll have to wrestle the brick away from the kids one of these days to read it. Hey Julian, Erik the Edosian is in it! In the comic I mean. Wow, this would have been really exciting once, but now that we have the Julep, well, its kind of an also ran. What I'm really looking forward to is your blond emo Vulcan getting some page time Vulcans and Romulans….. why arent they massively more advanced technologically than us federation humans, I mean, way more, the Romulans left Vulcan during Suraks era, this extrapolated from clues in Balance of Terror and by an episode coming up later which Trek TV has yet to discuss but will soon. This means the Vulcans have had, if not warp drive at least crionic, or generation ships since at least as long ago as our own 400 AD. They had star ships, we had horses. I know history doesn't keep moving apace, and there is not necessarily a qualitative evolution in society anymore than in biology. Egypt and Mesopotamia once thrived under the brutal yoke of civilization while the pre-british hippies were dancing naked around stonehenge, The Vulcan Soul trilogy is one of the only unabridged Star Trek titles on audible, it offers a very comprehensive origin story for Romulans and other Vulcan history stuff, its not canon, but what is? Answer? TOS I love audio books because I don't like to have my eyes open. How about a some guest star trivia? The cloaking device was played by the same random prop who portrayed the killer levitating robot, Nomad. I wasn't in correspondence with this podcast when Balance of Terror was covered, and was surprised that Tracy and Vaughn disliked it so much, as it's generally considered one of the good ones. I've been waiting for The Enterprise Incident eagerly having missed my first chance to rhapsodize, alliteratively about Romulans. Of Course, B of T's got a bummer ending so it's not for me, this one is a cheese dog on stick at Camp Kitsch, so yes this one is for me, and if you don't like it you can I have next weeks episode. No, you don't want the next episode, Oh sweet Baby Cheezits it's……Oh Man…Can I have next week of Mr and Mrs Tracy (yes Vaughn your name is Tracy too) No, strike that, I shall face it bravely, I swore to honor TOS for better or for worse when I married it. We'll get thru this, it's gonna be okay. The title 'The Enterprise Incident' was a play on a current event of the time and it's news paper assignation in the headlines, The Pueblo Incident. This American intelligence Vessel was captured in what the North Koreans insisted were there own territorial waters and it's crew was detained. That's worth a look up for anyone interested in cold war history. Loved last weeks podcast as usual, once again my friend chris and I listened to it simultaneously during a futuristic video phone visitation One thing I should clarify, the only reason I don't like The Paradise Syndrome is because it has an unhappy ending. All that complaining about racism, bad astronomy and any other lofty objections? None of that would have bothered me if Mirimani had beamed up with Kirk ,they had the baby and lived happily ever after. The only time I ever dislike TOS , to be honest, and admittedly, insipid, is when , like most of Bonanza,I'm left distraught. I like the funny Hoss episodes, like when he gets an elephant. The Hi-Lites of the last podcast were... It's the Taco Talk Podcast with Tracy and Vaughn. They have Taco Time in Australia? I wish there was a drive through tamale place. Tamale Bell! That would be muy bien. Pine Vs Spruce: Battle for the Planet of the Trees! That wasn't proper CPR, Kirk was administering? Whoops Picard is hotter than Kirk, sure. But Uhura is hotter than everyone which is why TOS wins. Tracy's laugh is infectious, yes... and, Vaughn, you should record and archive it for use during the Tracy-free shows. I'm hoping this will be couched in as bountiful a mail bag as last weeks show provided. Another voice mail from Colin! Oh yeah! Of course McCoy saved some of the Dolman's cry baby juice, I'd never thought of that. Incidentally, we had Space:!999, it was syndicated, not a network show, not a huge hit, but for trekkie in the 70's we latched onto it like leaches for the two years it ran. Love the car and trek paraphernalia Alan. I haven't heard "The Undercover Unitards" yet but it's subscripted, ipoded and on the docket waiting. And welcome Glen. I knew a Glen once, the first friend of mine who also liked Star Trek, also my first smart friend….. so long ago. You are about the right age so I'm assuming this you. What's it been thirty four years? Anyway, you were right about the obsolescence of Sulu's rotary dial on the helm. Digital displays? Not a fad. So nice to hear from Sharon again, and you are right Sharon, seems their are plenty of Trek TV woman already, but if more are needed, I'll get the operation. Ohhhh I'm out of time, I'll bet you're all surprised that I have a time limit, well I do. And this is it. Marc from America (North)