History YMMV / StarTrektheOriginalSeries

18th Jan '17 8:05:16 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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6th Jan '17 4:04:00 PM SorPepita
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### Doctor Richard Daystrom (yes, '''that''' Daystrom), the SteveJobs of the 23rd century, whose duotronic breakthrough won him the Nobel and Zee-Magnes prizes, had his engrams put into his computer...which quickly loses it and starts killing people...followed by Daystrom himself quickly losing it and stating "[[AC:We're invincible. Look what we've done. Your mighty starships, Four toys to be crushed as we choose]]" followed by Spock shutting him up with a Vulcan neck pinch.

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### Doctor Richard Daystrom (yes, '''that''' Daystrom), the SteveJobs of the 23rd century, whose duotronic breakthrough won him the Nobel and Zee-Magnes prizes, had his engrams put into his computer... which quickly loses it and starts killing people...followed by Daystrom himself quickly losing it and stating "[[AC:We're invincible. Look what we've done. Your mighty starships, Four toys to be crushed as we choose]]" followed by Spock shutting him up with a Vulcan neck pinch.



** The episode "The Omega Glory". There's something about that American flag. The Pledge and the Spock-like Satan illustration did not help. Shatner's trademark delivery worked well when he said, "Look at these words...written bigger... than the rest... tall words ... proudly saying ... 'We... the Pe... ople...

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** The episode "The Omega Glory". There's something about that American flag. The Pledge and the Spock-like Satan illustration did not help. Shatner's trademark delivery worked well when he said, "Look at these words... written bigger... than the rest... tall words ... proudly saying ... 'We... the Pe... ople...



** The so-called Hippie episode ("The Way to Eden") believe it or not. We learn here that the artificial atmospheres the Federation use (including the one on the ''Enterprise'') are breeding extremely powerful diseases that apparently cannot be cured. If we actually had a ''Khan-level'' villain who had been infected here instead of the ridiculous one we actually got, we could have had the crew battle an horrific plague whilst trying to prevent an invader from stealing the ship.\\\

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** The so-called Hippie episode ("The Way to Eden") Eden"), believe it or not. We learn here that the artificial atmospheres the Federation use (including the one on the ''Enterprise'') are breeding extremely powerful diseases that apparently cannot be cured. If we actually had a ''Khan-level'' villain who had been infected here instead of the ridiculous one we actually got, we could have had the crew battle an horrific plague whilst trying to prevent an invader from stealing the ship.\\\
6th Jan '17 3:46:13 PM SorPepita
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** It's definitely a series that needs to be viewed with an understanding of the historical context. Like, if Kirk [[{{Pornomancer}} snapped his fingers and had a yeoman sit on his face]] it wouldn't be that shocking.[[note]]Roddenberry wanted the show to have that ambiance, Kirk as his AuthorAvatar could [[{{Casanova}} have any woman]] [[BoldlyComing he desired]].[[/note]] Not just in the way that every female member of the crew [[MaleGaze goes around in those miniskirts and is being sexually harassed all the time]], plus the alien babes in their [[TheissTitillationTheory skimpy outfits]], but also the lighthearted "aw shucks" tone with which the show addresses it. There are so many moments when a female crewmember is complimented, followed by: "...for a ''[[BaitAndSwitchComment woman]]''".

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** It's definitely a series that needs to be viewed with an understanding of the historical context. Like, if Kirk [[{{Pornomancer}} snapped his fingers and had a yeoman sit on his face]] it wouldn't be that shocking.[[note]]Roddenberry wanted the show to have that ambiance, Kirk as his AuthorAvatar could [[{{Casanova}} have any woman]] [[BoldlyComing he desired]].[[/note]] Not just in the way that every female member of the crew [[MaleGaze goes around in those miniskirts and is being sexually harassed all the time]], plus the alien babes in their [[TheissTitillationTheory skimpy outfits]], but also the lighthearted "aw shucks" tone with which the show addresses it. There are so many moments when a female crewmember is complimented, followed by: "... for a ''[[BaitAndSwitchComment woman]]''".
15th Dec '16 10:50:20 AM StarTropes
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** Same with the music from "The Doomsday Machine." The two episode scores even have their own CD soundtrack.
16th Nov '16 1:52:55 PM CaptEquinox
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** Aside from Uhura, the series also showed that black people definitely had a place in the future ''decades'' before ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' and Sisko; Commodore Stone from "Court Martial" (the highest-ranked black character to appear in the original series) conducted Kirk's trial because he actually ''outranked'' him! Not to mention that the computers used by Starfleet (and presumably by everybody in the Federation) run on the "duotronic" system invented by a black man! (Yeah, Daystrom goes off his rocker, but it's clear it's a case of TeenGenius becoming a NervousWreck trying to live up to a prior reputation, leading to insanity, and it's implied he will be all right.)

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** Aside from Uhura, the series also showed that black people definitely had a place in the future ''decades'' before ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' and Sisko; Commodore Stone from "Court Martial" (the highest-ranked black character to appear in the original series) conducted Kirk's trial because he actually ''outranked'' him! (And on the court martial board, we saw Capt. Chandra, played by Reginald Singh.) Not to mention that the computers used by Starfleet (and presumably by everybody in the Federation) run on the "duotronic" system invented by a black man! (Yeah, Daystrom goes off his rocker, but it's clear it's a case of TeenGenius becoming a NervousWreck trying to live up to a prior reputation, leading to insanity, and it's implied he will be all right.)
3rd Nov '16 11:32:54 AM CaptEquinox
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** When Creator/NeilDegrasseTyson was talking to Takei about how Uhura was an example of how progressive the show was, Takei remarked, "Please! Uhura was the secretary. She answered the phone..." (What Takei is referring to is the fact that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchboard_operator#Women_as_switchboard_operators women were accepted as telephone switchboard operators.]]) The importance of Uhura is played up even today, despite the fact that Uhura was horribly under-utilised and shows like ''Series/ISpy'' and ''{{Series/Julia}}'' were doing a much better job of showcasing black characters.
** Having a woman officer stationed on the bridge, in an important position on a spacegoing vessel, was ''extremely'' radical for the time. Even when she primarily served as TheChick, casting a ''[[HumansAreWhite black]]'' woman in the role was a huge deal in the 1960s. (A black woman who sat at ''rear center stage'', right behind the Captain's seat where viewers could not possibly miss seeing her. Holy diversity, Batman!) And novels written as early as the '70s indicate that Uhura was far more than a glorified switchboard operator--she is in fact a linguistic genius who can leave Kirk's head spinning with language theory. Even in the episodes, there are occasional hints of her mechanical abilities implying that she can take apart and fix the communications equipment as well as operate it. Also, Uhura was technically fifth in command of the ''Enterprise'' (and did take command for at least one episode of the animated series) meaning that out of the ''entire crew'' only Kirk, Spock, Scotty, or Sulu could override her decisions (although in one episode MauveShirt [=DeSalle=] takes command ahead of her).

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** When Creator/NeilDegrasseTyson was talking to Takei about how Uhura was an example of how progressive the show was, Takei remarked, "Please! Uhura was the secretary. She answered the phone..." (What Takei is referring to is the fact that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchboard_operator#Women_as_switchboard_operators women were accepted as telephone switchboard operators.]]) The importance of Uhura is played up even today, despite the fact that Uhura was horribly under-utilised and shows like ''Series/ISpy'' and ''{{Series/Julia}}'' (both also on NBC) were doing a much better job of showcasing black characters.
** Having a woman officer stationed on the bridge, in an important position on a spacegoing vessel, was ''extremely'' radical for the time. Even when she primarily served as TheChick, casting a ''[[HumansAreWhite black]]'' woman in the role was a huge deal in the 1960s. (A black woman who sat at ''rear center stage'', right behind the Captain's seat where viewers could not possibly miss seeing her. Holy diversity, Batman!) And novels written as early as the '70s indicate that Uhura was far more than a glorified switchboard operator--she is in fact a linguistic genius who can leave Kirk's head spinning with language theory. Even in the episodes, there are occasional hints of her mechanical abilities implying that it's clear she can take apart and fix the communications equipment as well as operate it. In "Who Mourns for Adonais" she rewired the entire communications system and connected the bypass circuit. Spock praised her work and could think of "no one better equipped" to handle the necessary repairs. Also, Uhura was technically fifth in command of the ''Enterprise'' (and did take command for at least one episode of the animated series) meaning that out of the ''entire crew'' only Kirk, Spock, Scotty, or Sulu could override her decisions (although in one episode MauveShirt [=DeSalle=] takes command ahead of her).
6th Oct '16 7:27:02 PM StarSword
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* WordOfGay: Inverted. When Creator/GeorgeTakei came out, a lot of fans began to speculate if Hikaru Sulu was gay too. Takei was among the first to quash these rumors, stating that Sulu was not only firmly heterosexual, but also HappilyMarried and a father.
17th Sep '16 6:44:46 PM htuttle
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### Captain Ronald Tracey, considered "one of the most experienced men in Starfleet," flips his wig after miring his crew on a bronze age planet. Tracey takes sides in an internal conflict, killing "thousands" of the planet's inhabitants. When Kirk beams down to talk to the Captain, he is promptly tied up Tracey's tribe. There is more than a touch of ''Heart of Darkness'' to this character.

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### Captain Ronald Tracey, considered "one of the most experienced men in Starfleet," flips his wig after miring stranding his crew on a bronze age planet. Tracey takes sides in an internal conflict, killing "thousands" of the planet's inhabitants. When Kirk beams down to talk to the Captain, he is promptly tied up by Tracey's tribe. There is more than a touch of ''Heart of Darkness'' to this character.
17th Sep '16 6:44:14 PM htuttle
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### Captain Ronald Tracey, considered "one of the most experienced men in Starfleet," flips his wig after miring his crew on a bronze age planet. Tracey takes sides in an internal conflict, killing "thousands" of the planet's inhabitants. When Kirk beams down to talk to the Captain, he is promptly tied up Tracey's tribe. There is more than a touch of ''Heart of Darkness'' to this character.
14th Sep '16 8:01:30 PM deathmaster87
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* RelationshipWritingFumble: If Kirk and Spock weren't intended to be in love with each other from day one, [[note]]They weren't.[[/note]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is guilty of quite possibly the greatest RWF in television history.[[note]]It is.[[/note]]

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* RelationshipWritingFumble: If Kirk and Spock weren't intended to be in love with each other from day one, [[note]]They weren't.[[/note]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is guilty of quite possibly the greatest RWF in television history.[[note]]It is.[[/note]]
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