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Zetar Lite & Marc's Gideon
From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends Zetar Light! The novelty in this story is Scotty in love. It's tempting for me to extol the virtues, once again of vignette television, observing that we never hear from Mira Romaine ever again, but I suspect that she'd be gone soon from Scotty's life even in a modern, soapy, story arc. Does anyone else get the sense, that Scotty's infatuation goes unrequited? I think she's just being polite and really likes him, as a friend. It won't be pretty so I'm glad I don't have to see it. I really enjoy one simple insignifigant detail of Romaines backstory, she's a Martian. Star Trek was a new kind of sci fi …. Galactic in Scope! A fresh necessity in the light of probe photos of Mars and Venus which banished forever the romantic adventure-scapes of Stan Weinbaum, Herbie G Wee-Wee and Eddy Rice Boo-Boo. Predictably I enjoyed your Mark of Gideon show. No news flash there, I always enjoy Trek TV, I always enjoy Todd's guest hosting stints, I particularly liked his provision of the biblical backstory covering the name sake of the Gideonites. I was trying to discover the whatabouts of Gideon beyond the cult of hotel bible suppliers, but my own search was unsatisfactory so thanks for that. …And wow, I don't believe that such a pointedly, pro-birth-control episode was nearly as controversial then as it would be now in the U.S.A. Kirk as much as not, recommends a planned parenthood clinic as the solution to this planets woes. The specter of over-population was new to the popular imagination, introduced to the public at large by Paul Ehrlich in his bestselling The Population Bomb which dropped in 68. That is the topical social context from which that episode was born. That scene where Kirk climbs outa bed to put his boots on after knocking same must have been really pushing the limits of the standards and practices crew behind the scenes at NBC but Trek was on at 10 pm by then so it was freer perhaps to get a little blue, of course when you consider that the whole point in getting Kirk laid was to insure the subsequent infection of the Gideonites with space VD, it all seems a little less hot. I'll stop there. Unitl the next show, when I'll start again nearly insipid with love, Marc