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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old June 8 2014, 12:02 AM   #16
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Re: Star Trek II: The God Thing

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How does the novelization compare to the script?
Novelization?
The TMP novelization, I'd assume. And there are several concepts which leaked into Roddenberry's later novel, including the notion of Spock telepathically linking with Kirk while kneeling before the High Masters on Vulcan (in the very opening of the script), etc.

That particular one didn't make it into the final film, and it's clear that Gene decided to reuse several of them when writing the book.
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Old June 8 2014, 12:30 AM   #17
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I'm certain I've seen cover art for a novel of The God Thing. I hope it wasn't a fake!

Here's an amazon.com entry apparently it never materialized.
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Old June 8 2014, 01:10 AM   #18
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Re: Star Trek II: The God Thing

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I'm certain I've seen cover art for a novel of The God Thing. I hope it wasn't a fake!
It's not a fake. Pocket printed the dust jackets for Michael Jan Friedman's novel expansion of Roddenberry's screenplay. I've seen one of them; Friedman sold the one he had to a friend of mine.

Steve Roby has the most detailed website on The God-Thing.
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Old June 8 2014, 02:14 AM   #19
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^ I've seen the website before, glad they've kept updating.

I'd really like to see that novel get printed someday.
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Old June 8 2014, 03:53 AM   #20
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Re: Star Trek II: The God Thing

It won't happen; there are too many stakeholders to keep happy.

But, if I were permitted to dream, I'd love a book done in the Christopher Tolkien style -- outlines, treatments, screenplay drafts, and various other attempts.
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Old June 8 2014, 04:23 AM   #21
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Re: Star Trek II: The God Thing

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I'm certain I've seen cover art for a novel of The God Thing. I hope it wasn't a fake!
It's not a fake. Pocket printed the dust jackets for Michael Jan Friedman's novel expansion of Roddenberry's screenplay. I've seen one of them; Friedman sold the one he had to a friend of mine.

Steve Roby has the most detailed website on The God-Thing.
wow!...just read the detail at Roby's site...you were not kidding...lot of good stuff there...
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Old June 8 2014, 09:49 PM   #22
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Now wasn't there a ST II story treatment of a male and female duo that found Khan?
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Old June 8 2014, 11:28 PM   #23
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This script excerpt read much better than I ever anticipated. I could never quite imagine how the story description could have been made into a movie but Roddenberry did a nice job here. Yes, it's fascinating to see bits of things that got reused in the first motion picture. I truly hope this entire document gets released as it's certainly an important part of Trek lore.
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Old June 8 2014, 11:44 PM   #24
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Now wasn't there a ST II story treatment of a male and female duo that found Khan?
They REPLACED Khan as the antagonist, they didn't feature along with him. Was Peeples' take on things, which also introduced Saavik being female.
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Old June 9 2014, 02:39 AM   #25
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Soooo.... not that I am in the slightest bit ungrateful, but what conditions need to be met before the release of the full script by the good people at MissionLogPodcast.com? That said, the description of the propellant loading procedure (before the NCC-1701's propulsion reactor was moved to the secondary hull for Phase II/TMP) and Earth's on-orbit infrastructure caused the involuntary ruination of one perfectly good office chair.
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Old June 9 2014, 03:04 AM   #26
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That's probably why they only posted the first 20 pages so far (they've certainly got the full script) - they're waiting a few days to see if the full weight of Paramount Mountain comes crashing down on their heads. If nothing happens in, say, a week, they'll presumably put up the whole document. Can't see what harm it could do at this point; Gene and Majel are long gone, and if Rod/Paramount were going to do anything with it they'd have done it by now.
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Old June 9 2014, 04:43 AM   #27
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Wow this is really cool. Hope we get to see the whole thing.
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Old June 9 2014, 05:20 AM   #28
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Even though I bet it is filled with scientific howlers that would make out of date references to Mercury keeping one side facing the sun at all times seem modest by comparison, I am still craving the release of any treatment or screenplay for PLANET OF THE TITANS. The general storyline just sounds like it could make for a decent generic trek adventure movie even if it may not have made a great TOS story.
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Old June 9 2014, 05:52 AM   #29
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The general storyline just sounds like it could make for a decent generic trek adventure movie even if it may not have made a great TOS story.
Is seems to me that both TGT and PotT owe more than a little to the scribblings of Erich von Däniken, what with the 1970s being the 1970s (*fondly recalls late fashion-obsessed mother thumping her autographed copy of Chariots of the Gods? like a KJV Bible*). TGT in particular sounds suspiciously like The Great Bird was flicking through R.L. Dione's God Drives A Flying Saucer and Barry H. Downing's The Bible & Flying Saucers while at the typewriter.
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Old June 9 2014, 08:54 PM   #30
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Can't see what harm it could do at this point; Gene and Majel are long gone, and if Rod/Paramount were going to do anything with it they'd have done it by now.
Rod is the one who put their entire podcast together so I highly doubt they will run into any legal issues.
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