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Dove Day Afternoon
From: Marc Thomas
"I think it would be appropriate to score this with Mars: Bringer of War by Gustav Holst, like this……" computer voice says, followed by the well known symphonic work, from which so much science fictional soundtrackery is derived Hi Trek TV Friends, I think this may be my favorite Klingon episode. According to Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herb Solow and Robert Justman, Klingons were named for an L.A. cop friend of Roddenbury's, Lt. Willbur Clingan. Isn't that funny? Roddenbury used to be a cop. Jack Webb used to solicit story ideas from L.A.P.D. rank and file, for the Dragnet radio show and and a podcast which airs the old radio version of that procedural, claims that this served as Rodd's intoduction to show biz. Here's some quick observations concerning DAY OF THE DOVE... * I love the way Kirk tricks the klingons, I used to think that was so cleaver * Klingons have no devil? This is the first, pre-Stovocore, insight into their theology. * Mrs. Kang is science officer? Klingons and Romulans are more progressive on woman's issues than the Feds. Don't believe me? Wait 'til the last TOS'pisode * Checov is a great screamer and on some level enjoys rape, He's often portrayed as Spocks protege but I see a lot of Kirk in him. It's so sweet when Kirk picks him up, "...who's a sleepy rapist? Who's a sleepy little racist rapists? Awwwwh." * Interesting that Kirk and Scotty's inner bigots are brought to the fore here as optomistic as Trek was it presumes some ugly private natures to it ostensibly, symoathetic cast * Hello Orgainians? You really need to monister the galaxy better * Isn't there a Simpsons alien named Kang? * Is it better to paint caucasion actors brown than it would have been to hire brown complected actors? I don't see the point, if your going to paint actors paint them something novel. I always vote blue or green, simply becasue those colors are furthest from the natural human pallate and therefore more groovy. I know Trek already has its share of these, fine, howzabout Patterns? Stripes, spots…? In any case, this horrible Al Jolson, surplus foundation looks terrible, rather than brown skinned people the Klingons looks like a pink skins dipped in motor oil, Kang's paint has a vaughely green cast, a little viridian in the sepia. Actually, I kinda like it, he looks kinda pond-scummy, maybe I like this after all. It does seem as though there is more effort to make the Klingons appear alien, more so than in say, (the trouble with) Tribbles ...See how it takes me out of the story? * I will stop saying groovy after TOS and start using RAD when we hit TNG * In future remasters they will be able to replace Kangs sword with a batliff. * I love it when he slaps Kirk on the back at the end, it's a little passive aggressive * My grandparents had an antique ceremonial sword in their house which had belonged to our ansestor who fought in Mr. Licoln's Army. After the civil war, he became a cowboy which is why my family are red necks today, but the point is, there was a sword in that house and man, after I saw this episode I was not to be left unattended during visits there. I almost got barred from thankgiving. I grew out of it though, saber killing really grosses me out now… phasers ahhh what a way to go. at this point the computer interjects, That may seem an unforgivable digression, but Mr Lincoln has everything to do with Star Trek as you who don't already know will soon The end of the episode is so happy and it's likely the reason why I love this episode. I'm really very simple. Happy Good--Sad Bad. Best Klingon Ep ever, and that means a lot coming from me because I really don't like Klingon stories. Wait, that means my opinion means very little, oh well Main Topic... Life forms made of pure energy---- type unknown? thats what Mr Spocks computer says Is this more of a folksy appropriation of the term energy than a scientific use. what is energy? I think I'll ask my computer Over priced iMac who is a fucking bitch to find softare for but is great for making mixtapes and photoshop jokes especially for near tech illiterates like me Working. Define energy Indirectly observed quantity. It is often understood as the ability a physical system has to do work on other physical systems Elaborate please Energy is always equivalent to the ability to exert pulls or pushes against the basic forces of nature, along a path of a certain length. Star Trek has lotza life forms who are pure energy, a pretty standerd sci fi devise. Once again, we have a space ghost living off of emotions. I guess if you have a universe where telepathy and tele-empathy is possible, then emotions have some sort of quatifiable substance which can be tranfered through space. This allows for the use of fantacy tropes like ghosts and the exhistance of the soul. Well, according to leading non-scientists quatum physics makes magic possible, so its all good. Predatory emotional carniverism is starnge magic indeed, but that's what they do in pixar's Monsters Inc so it must be true. I'm not equipted to vet the viability of this energy being concept, but I like it becasue it's an easy way for TV sci fi to introduce inhuman intelligence, which is what I always want more of. I wish Sulu had reprised his d'Artagnan aspirations, but he does get a nice karate chop in. Bruce Lee was only just getting his show biz start as the Green Hornet's side kick on a campy Batman spin off, so America still thought that Asian martial arts consisted soley of wacking things with the heal-edge of and an open hand. Combatants, here survive massive injuries to facilitate their ability to battle on. I feel there is too much tell and not enough show here but on that weeks TSG, so long ago, not so... In fact Tracy, famously, chides Kang whose body continues to perry with Spock after she decapitated him, fair and square. And with that, I believe I have met the download Tracy and photoshop her chalenge, as this is the last of the ten for me. Tracy, fantastic poses, you are truely an artists muse. It's impossible not to build little stories around each of those photos. That was so fun, thankyou. I have to say though, Julian's, Oboe the Bolian and Tracy is my fave on the fan page so far. Dude, remember Collin's Tracy-art where she's looking at the tri-corder shrouded by Romulan cloaking technology, that was awesome. More people should totally accept the "Download Tracy and Photoshop Her Challenge" and download Tracy and photoshop her. Indeed, I love Kaelin's triumphant entry into the fray with her Blue Skirt To The Rescue. But back, briefly, to Dove Day Afternoon, and the moral of our story… its important to remember that sometimes laughter can hurt, poor incandescnet arm chair warrior, it flys away utterly humiliated But but those of us who are austraileopithecince desended The end of the episode is so happy and it's likely the reason why I love it so xx and double oh to you number 66. Sigh, I wish I sounded like Majel Barret Well, I have my talents, "I do a great a great Steven Hawking Impression" Thankyou, Thankyou. I know I'm awesome. But wait, listen to my Carl Sagan "Well, I'd like to live on the moon......" Am I the only one who thinks Carl sagan sounded like the Jim hensons characters from sesame street? Love Marc