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Old September 13 2009, 05:37 AM   #1
Mendon
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The Naked Time

Terrific hour! If one could pick a single moment where the crew of the Enterprise really enters into legend, this should be the one. Why here? More formidably than in any previous episode, the writers have positioned the crew between a rock - a rapidly decaying orbit that threatens the ship with destruction - and a hard place - a fast-moving virus leaving them more mentally compromised with each passing moment. And from within these dire straits, our heroes not only emerge victorious, powering against the forces of nature with incredible willpower and ingenuity, but in the process make what must be one of the momentous discoveries in the history of space travel - the power to travel backward through time!

The Naked Time must surely be regarded as one of the finest installments in the early canon (and beyond), both for its contributions to the building of a legend, and for the terrific development of its characters along the way.
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Old September 13 2009, 08:29 AM   #2
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Yeah, I've always liked this one, too. This is (nearly) the first time we get to see any backstory and exposition for our characters - the first time we get to know them and learn what makes them tick.

I love Lt. Riley's turn as cocky, drunken heir-apparent to Kirk too...

"...I'm sorry but there'll be no ice-cream for you tonight!"
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Old September 13 2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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It seems that the writers had a pretty strong grasp on their characters from the very start, and that shines through even in the smaller moments. By its nature, though, The Naked Time is an absolute goldmine of such material, bringing us closer to both the principal characters, and to newcomers like Riley and even the doomed Tormolen. Early on, Star Trek excels with its vivid character writing.
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Old September 13 2009, 05:11 PM   #4
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^ You have an excellent point there. I've never really given it thought, but i think you are right. The writers did seem to have the characters down from the get go, as opposed to the writers and TNG. Thats really amazing when you think about it. Aside from the Spock weirdness early on, everyone really did stay pretty much the same throughout TOS's run. Thats really awesome!
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Old September 14 2009, 11:38 PM   #5
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There are two sides to the coin, however. If TOS hit the ground running with the characterizations of its peripheral players, I tend to think that's because its peripheral players were never utilized to the extent of those in later series. Because its successors worked more toward building large ensembles beyond the leads, it's understandable that it would take more time for all the pieces to fall into place. This is not intended as a slight, but outside of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, TOS's recurring characters rarely played important roles in the drama.

I think it's for that reason, rather than some tremendous foresight, that revisions to their character were never necessary.
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Old September 14 2009, 11:57 PM   #6
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Mendon, you display tremendous insight as well as analytical writing ability here!
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Old September 15 2009, 12:09 AM   #7
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Thanks so much! I love fiction, and Star Trek has always been a favorite. With the amount of time I've spent thinking about its many stories over the years, it seems only right that I take it all in chronologically. There will be many episodes I have never seen along the way, and I'm sure my current thinking will go through many drafts. I very much appreciate the respect I've been accorded here during the early stages of this long journey!
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Old September 15 2009, 12:15 AM   #8
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Mendon wrote: View Post
With the amount of time I've spent thinking about its many stories over the years, it seems only right that I take it all in chronologically. There will be many episodes I have never seen along the way, and I'm sure my current thinking will go through many drafts.
Just don't dis "Omega Glory," bro, and we cool.
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Old September 15 2009, 12:28 AM   #9
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Why did the producers have to write off Reilly so soon? He was the greatest!
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Old September 15 2009, 01:07 AM   #10
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If anyone has any behind-the-scenes information about Riley and his swift introduction and disappearance, I'd love to hear it!
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Old September 15 2009, 01:49 AM   #11
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Beyond Antares wrote: View Post
Why did the producers have to write off Reilly so soon? He was the greatest!
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If anyone has any behind-the-scenes information about Riley and his swift introduction and disappearance, I'd love to hear it!
I saw the actor at a convention, and he said it was simply that they didn't think the character was popular enough to warrant continuation, or some such.
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Old September 15 2009, 01:58 AM   #12
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Well, there's no doubt that Riley was well written and played, but I do think Chekov brought a lot more to the table than an Irishman in terms of crew diversity, particularly considering world politics of the '60s. Beyond the differences in their specific nationalities, though, their schticks weren't so dissimilar.
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Old September 15 2009, 02:24 AM   #13
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Well, there's no doubt that Riley was well written and played, but I do think Chekov brought a lot more to the table than an Irishman in terms of crew diversity
Well! I happen to BE an Irishman, and we individually are worth TEN thousand- uh, what extraction are you sir, so I can finish my paraphrase/joke?
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Old September 15 2009, 02:29 AM   #14
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Haha, I too am of Irish descent, but I'm content to have Scotty representing our region, so to speak.

I look forward, by the way, to what will be my first screening of The Omega Glory. I know it's commonly maligned, so it's terrific to hear a dissenting view.
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Old September 15 2009, 02:42 AM   #15
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Haha, I too am of Irish descent
When I was in my teens, I fully dismissed "The Omega Glory" as being an impossible tale based on the idea that parallel devopement of planets was reserved for other dimensions. But later, in my progressive years, I rediscovered the ep as a parable- in essence, a story from my own "Bible" that was not meant to be literal, but was meant to direct your questioning & teach you something.
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