I remember something Nichelle Nichols is supposed to have said when reading for “The Lorelei Signal”. At the point where she confronts Mr. Scott and informs him she is taking command of the ship, she gasped and repeated herself several times. “I’m taking over the shipe, I’m taking over the ship!” She said she had never imagined she would get to say those words.
M’Ress is a character in the New Frontier novels, written by Peter David. Hilarious books… totally irreverant. I recommend them highly.
Er, and I’ve never seen The Animated Series but I did read the novelizations and remember not liking them except for the one where the Enterprise is transported to a huge starship graveyard. That one was cool.
If it was TAS, that is. I’ve read hundreds of Trek novels… they all tend to blend in to one after a while.
I kinda like some of the animated episodes. Davd Grrold wrte a seqel to “The Truble with Ribbles”, entitled “More Ribbles, more Troubls”, in which he re-examined he idea, introducing the glomma, the natural ribble Predator which Cyrano Jones imported to the pace Station, and used to eliminate the TRibble Problem). I also liked their adapting Larry Niven’s “The Soft Weapon” as “The Slaver Weapon”. It was in the best Trek tradition of adaptin good SF for the series.
The animation also let them use non-humans as Federation members on the bridge – a pretty good idea.
On the other hand, a lot of episodes were kind of lame. More, I think, than the good ones. Still, it was Trek stories with th original actors and writers, and in 1973 that counted for a lot to us Trekkies/Trekkers. The first Star Trek movie was still years inthe future, and there weren’t a lot of Trek novels yet, so this was the only break from endless repeats.
It was rerun in Canada a few years ago. I thought the stories were surprisingly good, but the animation – wow, was it bad. Something similar might work now, when it’s possible, because of computers and cheap Korean labour, to do decent looking animation at a low price.
Making peace was part of Roddenberry’s grand vision of the future, later done to excess in the “Technology Unchained” version of Utopia seen in early TNG. Fontana also liked to “rework” stories to fit her ideas of good and acceptable TV.
TAS was aimed by NBC right at the middle of kids to young adults, it seems. Though most of the eps were written for serious consideration by adults, they did fit in with teener programming. Most eps had some sort of moral at the end. Even TOS had moral lessons (though the best shows left it up in the air), but early TNG was filled with 'em. Could TAS have survived in prime time? Maybe… We’ll never know, now.
Agree entirely with you. In fact, Fredric Brown’s “Arena” has to be one of the most-stolen SF works ever (“Outer Limits” ripped it off for the Original Series episide “Fun and Games” for instance), but no one’s ever done it straight.
Nevertheless, the ST:OS either adapted SF stories, or else employed SF writers for the epsodes: Robert Bloch, David Gerrold, Jerome Bixby, Norman Spinrad, Harlan Ellison, etc. It’s something that I’ve missed from every incarnation since (although, according to the book of the “lost” Star Trek series – the one they cuttled to make the first move – they had script treatments by noted SF writers. And, of course, the cartoon series we’re now discussing).
Yeah, they savaged “Arena”, but at least some of Brown’s vision got to the screen. Imgine what they might have put in place of it if they hadn’t?