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Old July 18 2013, 05:04 PM   #35
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Re: The Single Worst Line of Dialogue in the entire Star Trek Franchis

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I found Spock's quip in "Patterns of Force" to be perfectly in line with Yiddish humor, where the logic of stereotypes and the structure of racism was often ridiculed. If you don't believe me, watch Blazing Saddles.

ETA: For that matter, watch the Daily Show.
That may be, and I have no problem with that in a comedy like "Blazing Saddles". But I donīt think "Patterns of Force" qualifies as a light or comedic episode like "The Trouble with Tribbles" or "I, Mudd". Its theme was quite serious and a minute after Spockīs line he and Kirk where being whipped. In that context I just donīt see this line as a joke, but of course YMMV

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A great joke? No, it wasn't. It's more of a groaner. However, I don't know why it should be considered immediately offensive, given the tendency in Jewish comedy to make light of very dark matters.

Agreed. I didn't learn of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy Jewish background for years after watching and found this comment / dry humor of Spock quite humerous, so I do not think that plays into the enjoyment at all. To me it is the juxtaposition that through irony makes it funny.

But humor by definition is subjective.
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