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The Riddler’s henchman Whitey — who took point on kidnapping King Boris, and who had the right height and build to masquerade as Batman after personally springing the end-of-episode trap on our heroes, and who fared better than the Riddler in the final fight scene, and so why the heck is he the henchman while the guy who leaves clues is the boss? — was played by Roy Jenson, who’s also been seen ritualistically pledging allegiance to the flag as Yang chief Cloud William: Guardian of the Holies, Speaker of the Holy Words, Leader of Warriors, and All That Stuff.
Which brings the number to 30! Additions are always welcome.
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IMDB can search for people working on two different films. Here's a list of people working on Batman and Star Trek. 88 names. Some of them are bit-parts, stuntmen or uncredited extrras, and some of them are production crew. How far down the list do you want to go?

Shall we count Hubie Kerns, Adam West's stunt double on 120 episodes, and a Klingon in Day of the Dove (uncredited)?
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:57 AM
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IMDB can search for people working on two different films. Here's a list of people working on Batman and Star Trek. 88 names. Some of them are bit-parts, stuntmen or uncredited extrras, and some of them are production crew. How far down the list do you want to go?

Shall we count Hubie Kerns, Adam West's stunt double on 120 episodes, and a Klingon in Day of the Dove (uncredited)?
I did it the old fashioned way: I went down the complete cast list for Batman and copied the names of guest stars I recognized from Star Trek and, I presume, other people would recognize.

While I salute Mr Kerns and all others in his profession, I wouldn't consider him a guest star.
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Which one of the Bettys is the clone?
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Each points to the other. Simultaneously, they both say, "She is!"
Not the answer I had in mind.
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"The pretty one is the clone."

(Bettys, in unison)
"I am not!"
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Genius take on Verne vs. Wells (bonus! It’s a comic!):

http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=231
Close to the truth, although Wells generally DID do his homework. With First Men in the Moon, though, he wasn't even trying. Plus, he copied the idea of the "anti gravity sphere" as a way of getting to the moon from several authors who had preceded him.


Here's the other trope:

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Invisibility. Wells wrote The Invisible Man in 1897. Verne's The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz is also about a mad scientist who creates an invisibility serum, and was published in 1910. The published version, like many of his later stories, was heavily rewritten by his son Michel, who changed the setting to the 18th century. Verne's original version was published in 2011 in English translation. Even in the original, it's pretty disappointing Verne. He seems to have been copying Wells' idea -- Verne certainly did copy ideas from other writers, too -- but without any scientific justification (not even the one Wells used). That's pretty atypical of Verne. His son's changing the story's date might have been a weird attempt to distance this book from Wells', although Michel had switched the date of his father's stories before.
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1. J.R.R. Tolkien mentioned this town in Valinor with a slightly ridiculous name.
2. Galadriel's husband was usually known as Celeborn, but he also had this slightly ridiculous name.
3. What did Stanley Kubrick say was the only intentional joke in 2001: A Space Odyssey?
4. Before he played a good President on The West Wing, Martin Sheen played a very bad President in what movie?
5. The official Pocket Books blueprints for the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, show what large compartment never actually depicted on the show?
6. Hellboy works for what secretive U.S. government agency?
7. Who played James T. Kirk's just-killed brother Sam in a single scene?
8. What is the first name of Insp. Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes's frenemy at Scotland Yard?
9. What is the gentlemen's club at which Mycroft Holmes spends most of his time when not at work?
10. What is the nickname, and the full name, of Nite Owl II's aircraft in Watchmen?

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1. Tuna
2. Teleporno
3. Dr. Floyd reading the detailed instructions for the zero-G toilet
4. The Dead Zone
5. A bowling alley
6. BPRD - the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Development
7. William Shatner, with a fake mustache and more gray in his hair
8. Trick question - Conan Doyle never told us his first name, but did provide his first initial, "G."
9. Diogenes Club
10. Archie or Archimedes
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1) In Stand on Zanzibar, who is standing on Zanzibar?
2) In A Canticle for Leibowitz, the old Jewish man, who may or may not be the same person in all three sections, may or may not be - - - who?


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1) Everyone in the world, but only in a theoretical discussion of overpopulation. In the in-book "reality," only the ordinary population of Zanzibar
2) Lazarus. Yes, the Biblical Lazarus. Who was told "Come forth!" (from the grave), but never told he could go back.
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2) In A Canticle for Leibowitz, the old Jewish man, who may or may not be the same person in all three sections, may or may not be - - - who?
There's more than one possible correct answer to that one - the book hints he might also have been

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The Wandering Jew


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St. Leibowitz himself
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In the classic Arthur C. Clarke short story "The Star", to what religious order does the narrator belong?


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Jesuits
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3. This major flop was the reason that Hollywood avoided big-budget science fiction films for twenty years. Name the film.
4. What science fiction television show had the greatest number of individual episodes? (And, no, it's not Doctor Who)
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4 is Space Patrol with > 1000 episodes (900 are 15 min long). Doctor Who is second I believe.

Dark Shadows had 1,225 episodes.
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I once wrote a Sherlock Holmes parody which featured a Scotland Yard foil named Gregson Lestrade.
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Star Trek the original series questions:

1. What mistake is made on the tombstone of Captain Kirk shown in "Where no man has gone before"?
2. In which two episodes do cats appear?
3. In which episode can a dog be heard, but not seen?
4. Who is the only individual to write an episode of TOS and act in TOS?
5. What human language other than English is spoken in "Man Trap"?


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1. His middle initial is "R" rather than "T".
2. "Catspaw" and "Assignment: Earth"
3. "City on the Edge of Forever"
4. Stanley Adams played Cyrano Jones in "Tribbles" and co wrote "Mark of Gideon"
5. Swahili

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Old 02-14-2020, 11:48 AM
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Nice! Of course you know that there's an Insp. Gregson, another man entirely, in the Conan Doyle stories.
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1. What mistake is made on the tombstone of Captain Kirk shown in "Where no man has gone before"?
2. In which two episodes do cats appear?
3. In which episode can a dog be heard, but not seen?
4. Who is the only individual to write an episode of TOS and act in TOS?
5. What human language other than English is spoken in "Man Trap"?


1. Middle initial "R" instead of "T."
2. "Catspaw" and "Assignment: Earth."
3. "City on the Edge of Forever."
4. Tough one---Stanley Adams?
5. Swahili.

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1. J.R.R. Tolkien mentioned this town in Valinor with a slightly ridiculous name.
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1. Tuna

What Tolkien surely knew is that it's just the word for "town" in at least one of the medieval Scandinavian languages. And that there are examples of unimaginative people thus using it as the proper name for particular settlements. So Tuna is the largest place - really just a scattered village at that - on the island of Hven in the Oresund. Which I have actually visited - Tycho Brahe and all that.
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I once wrote a Sherlock Holmes parody which featured a Scotland Yard foil named Gregson Lestrade.
Watched two of the three teevee adaptations of “Little Black Bag” you mentioned...the 1952 Tales of Tomorrow and the 1970 Night Gallery. Easy to find on the internets, and SOME fun! Even though both departed somewhat from the original story.

Burgess Meredith killed it as the alcoholic doctor in 1970, and Chill Wills was an interesting casting choice.
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Meredith: “I went to medical school with a Hepplewhite...was that you?”
Wills: “Nah....I did nuclear science at Ohio State.”

Did Rod Serling go to Michigan or something?
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TOS sets like Enterprise corridors and the courtyard on Cestus III often turned up in what other Desilu series of the period?
Answer: Mission: Impossible, filmed on adjacent sound stages.
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What is the connection between vampires and Folger's coffee?

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Virginia Christine, aka "Mrs Olsen," played "Eva the Immigrant" in Billy the Kid vs Dracula (1966), a movie on a par with Plan 9 from Outer Space and They Saved Hitler's Brain. John Carradine was the Count himself, who didn't seem to be bothered by going outside in daylight.

What was the original title of They Saved Hitler's Brain (1968), and how did it differ from your average run-of-the-mill shlock?

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Madmen of Mandoras (1963). What started out as a Boys from Brazil--type flick had an extra ten minutes of secret agent--themed story tacked on to the beginning to cash in on the James Bond vibe of the '60s.
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