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The Legend of Rocky Hollow (see audio attached)
From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends, Well, I'm glad the Grinch didn't die. I suppose all you Bone loathers were bummed to see him survive but his character was seen as very important to the studio as the affirmative action hire, intended to forestal any felt lack of inclusion on the part of 60's era Southern bigots. I kinda think he shoulda stayed inside Rocky Hollow though. He doesn't seem to do as well anywhere else n the swelling violins and poontang department as he did inside that giant space geode. Not the girl in every port kinda guy, a gentleman. Shoulda stayed Dude. Especially with the angry compu-god who serves of up vengeance photographic negative style thoroughly kaput, its hard to see a downside. Oh yeah, he wants to cure the quadrant. It's easy to forget what a devoted scientist and healer he is. This side of him has popped up before but it always seems so outa the blue. Funny thing about TV love, especially in the olden days of vignette story telling. It all happens so fast. We really don't get a sence for what it is, Natira sees in McCoy. TV love, especially back then, skips a lot of intermediate steps This was aggravated by the ethos of the time which dictated that you couldn't have a woman simply jump on some bones in a casual, hook up of the moment way with out her being perceived as unsympathetic. Loveydovey, whatevers, aside. heres some trite observations. Notice that the old-balled dude in a grey Beatle wig and pink mumu was a re-castie from Return of the Archons, another one about a dictatorial computer. I think the Fabrini writing looks like Korean writing. This is probably because I am not Korean. Or Fabrini. Rocky Hollow's due to plow into a planet in only 400 days? Then it is astonishingly close, just a few AU's right? Do they mention whether or not, its moving at warp? Since it's a generation ship, I like to think not, as this is part of the standard generation ship story form. Its a way to have interstellar adventure with out trans-FTL giddyup. The main reason I like this story, to be honest is that I love the trope. Naturally, its done better in early sci fi like Heinleins 'Universe'. Brian Aldis' 'Non Stop', but tropes are so fun when TOS'ed. It doesn't have to be great art, it just has to be in living color. And I like McCoy as the lead, I may be in the minority here, but I think De F Kelly lends Bones a comfortable amiability which compliments and contrasts oddly with the cranky red neckery of the character himself. I never really believe McCoy is as big an asshole as he wants us the think he is. Beneath his sparring with Spock, there is friendship which this episode acknowledges. This being the final McCoy centric 'sode I reckoned I'd better stand, somewhat, up for the ol' Sawbones. That's why Kirk calls him Bones, by the way, the 2009 movie's genesis of the nick name is fine but 'Sawbones' is a crusty term of endearment for surgeons of long standing. It's important to understand that Dr. McCoy is much more than the garden variety family practitioner we may see, now and then, at the free clinic for a little rubber glove action. Trained to administer care to any number of different breeds of humanoid or not, he knows the physiology of of enumerable species',genera, and more broadly odd creatures still, crawling up and across if not well beyond the Linnaeusian branches and detours thru-out biology. He's a veterinarian. My friend, Mr Locke is married to a smoking hot veterinarian lady, and despite my frequent urging, he refuses to call her 'Bones' Thankyou for reading my eMail. Love, Uncle Marc