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Old July 16 2013, 07:29 AM   #61
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I still haven't polished off the piece about 'the great phaser caper' -- just procrastinating at this point, really -- but I have managed to finish an entry about how James Doohan was almost dismissed from the series after the second pilot.

Star Trek's Chief Engineer Who Almost Wasn't

Thinking about starting a Twitter feed to help readers (and me, heh) keep track of all the behind-the-scenes material that has leaked online. Would that be of interest/use to people, or would I mostly be providing links to material people are already familiar with?
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Old July 16 2013, 09:35 AM   #62
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Great stuff. Thanks for the nod in the previous entry.
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Old July 16 2013, 09:50 AM   #63
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Adjusted for inflation, Jimmy's $850 a week would be over $6100 now.
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Old July 17 2013, 01:31 AM   #64
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Didn't Roddenberry think that TNG wouldn't need a "regular" engineer as well?
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Old July 17 2013, 01:46 AM   #65
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^Indeed; the idea was that the technology by that point was so advanced that the ship could essentially repair itself. But they kept needing guest engineers anyway, so in season 2 they moved Geordi from conn to engineering.
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Old July 17 2013, 01:50 AM   #66
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Harvey, your hard work and terrific writing style does not go unnoticed. Thank you for the great work - it's a pleasure to read.
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Old July 17 2013, 01:54 AM   #67
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Dramatically, does that strike you as a good or bad idea? In-universe, it's hard to believe that you wouldn't need someone in charge of keeping the ship running, even if its mostly automated. It's a ship with very complex equipment that can easily turn lethal, after all.
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Old July 17 2013, 02:02 AM   #68
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^But the idea was that the ship itself had the intelligence to do that, that it was closer to a living organism than a mindless machine, even if it wasn't fully self-aware. The idea that was talked about in the early TNG development material was "Technology Unchained," the idea that technology had become so advanced as to be all but invisible and effortless to use. Which is why the TNG bridge originally looked more like a conference lounge than a computer center.

The problem was that technology so advanced that it never goes wrong didn't make for good action-adventure storytelling. They needed things to break down, and so they needed someone to fix them.
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Old July 17 2013, 04:05 AM   #69
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I still haven't polished off the piece about 'the great phaser caper' -- just procrastinating at this point, really -- but I have managed to finish an entry about how James Doohan was almost dismissed from the series after the second pilot.

Star Trek's Chief Engineer Who Almost Wasn't

Thinking about starting a Twitter feed to help readers (and me, heh) keep track of all the behind-the-scenes material that has leaked online. Would that be of interest/use to people, or would I mostly be providing links to material people are already familiar with?
Even though Scott was IN more shows, it wasn't until Gene Coon came along that someone figured out what to do with the character. The difference between the first and second seasons, is the difference between the character being 'Scott', and the character being 'Scotty'.

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Old July 17 2013, 04:20 AM   #70
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Even though Scott was IN more shows, it wasn't until Gene Coon came along that someone figured out what to do with the character. The difference between the first and second seasons, is the difference between the character being 'Scott', and the character being 'Scotty'.
I'm not sure what you're saying here. Gene Coon came onboard as producer early in the first season, beginning with "Miri," and was the credited writer of five episodes in the first season, more than he wrote in the second or third.
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Old July 17 2013, 05:44 AM   #71
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^But the idea was that the ship itself had the intelligence to do that, that it was closer to a living organism than a mindless machine, even if it wasn't fully self-aware. The idea that was talked about in the early TNG development material was "Technology Unchained," the idea that technology had become so advanced as to be all but invisible and effortless to use. Which is why the TNG bridge originally looked more like a conference lounge than a computer center.

The problem was that technology so advanced that it never goes wrong didn't make for good action-adventure storytelling. They needed things to break down, and so they needed someone to fix them.
That's the same problem that arises with the idea of "perfected humans." If humans don't have any flaws, you don't have any conflict and if you don't have any conflict you don't have any stories.
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Old July 18 2013, 12:31 AM   #72
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Even though Scott was IN more shows, it wasn't until Gene Coon came along that someone figured out what to do with the character. The difference between the first and second seasons, is the difference between the character being 'Scott', and the character being 'Scotty'.
I'm not sure what you're saying here. Gene Coon came onboard as producer early in the first season, beginning with "Miri," and was the credited writer of five episodes in the first season, more than he wrote in the second or third.
Scott went from being stalwart to something more than that by late 1st season, so it is easy to attribute that to Coon. Until we have that THESE ARE THE VOYAGES book we won't know for sure, but I'd bet he did the better stuff as cowriter on ARMAGEDDON, which is seriously good Scotty work. And we already know he encouraged Gerrold to play up the Scotty/Kirk stuff in TRIBBLES.
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Old July 20 2013, 04:23 AM   #73
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Starting a new (temp) job this Monday, so next week's post is up a little early:

http://startrekfactcheck.blogspot.co...nfluences.html

The commentary on the revisions to Scott's character courtesy of Gene Coon is interesting; I'll have to keep it in mind next time I watch the first two seasons.
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Old July 20 2013, 04:55 AM   #74
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Harvey, this really is fantastic stuff! Very well done, sir.
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Old July 20 2013, 07:52 AM   #75
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You forgot to mention 17:01 at the top of Forbidden Planet.
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