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Old November 16 2009, 04:50 AM   #1
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What do you think of this ep? What sells it for me is Robert Lansing's performance as Gary Seven. He has a presence about him that allows him to stand toe-to-toe with Kirk and Spock. And of course...there's Isis.
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Old November 16 2009, 05:11 AM   #2
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If only it became a series..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6lmBbV3VWo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmynXHrR74w

Such is life..though I'm sure some young enterprising (snicker) Hollywood producer will come up with a remake..
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Old November 16 2009, 02:32 PM   #3
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I love this episode and agree with Beyond Antares---Robert Lansing is terrific in this.
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Old November 16 2009, 04:53 PM   #4
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The episode itself was an excellent story that was a great setup to a possible new series. I don't know why it wasn't "sold" to the network because it would have made a great show. Goldbug, your opening title sequences are quite good, the styling and music were great representations of the time period.
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Old November 16 2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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It's not one of the strongest TOS episodes, but I've always had a soft spot for "Assignment: Earth." I love the premise, and wish more could have been done with it.
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Old November 16 2009, 05:43 PM   #6
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I already had a huge crush on Robert Lansing from his TV series, "Twelve O'clock High." I was pretty devastated when they killed off the general and replaced him with a colonel, played by Paul Burke.

They said Lansing was too old; but he was terrific to me, and I was in the teenage demographic. What a voice and understated swagger he had. Of course, I love the episode.
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Old November 16 2009, 07:49 PM   #7
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I don't think it's a good Star Trek episode, but the Gary Seven Idea could've been a great show on it's own. You can really see it as kind've a slightly counter culture sci-fi adventure thing. Robert Lansing was awesome.

I would've loved to see some more adventures of Gary Seven, he had some cool gadgets. I would welcome a remake of the concept, since it's never really been exploited properly. It was frankly cheap to shoehorn into a TOS episode.
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Old November 16 2009, 08:31 PM   #8
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"Assignment: Earth" is to "The Day The Earth Stood Still" as "Star Trek" is to "Forbidden Planet." And, obviously, I think the world is crying out for more Gary Seven/Roberta Lincoln adventures . . . .
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Old November 16 2009, 08:37 PM   #9
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^^It is actually pretty amzing that nobody ever bought (or stole) the idea for a series.

An adavanced alien race looking to steer Earth toward a peaceful prosporus future has so many possibilites it's ridiculous.

I could even imagine a paranoid resistance group that fears domination.

Kind of a reverse 'V'----where humans are misgiudedly opposing an alien group that is actually is working for our greater good.
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Old November 16 2009, 08:44 PM   #10
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I say they should still make it. I even think it would be cool as a 60's period piece.

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Old November 16 2009, 08:52 PM   #11
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^^Great idea.

Make it a period piece and show how Gary 7 averted various catastrophies from the late 1960s/70s.

Wars, coups, epidemics, even hostile alien invasions/infiltrations---all fodder for episodes.

Hell, set it in the Trek universe (as it was in the episode) and even throw in time traveling Trek baddies once or twice.
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Old November 17 2009, 12:52 AM   #12
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Next to "Doomsday Machine", this is my all time favorite episode. Would've made a great series by itself or as a Star Trek spinoff. IDW Publishing did a great miniseries based on this episode, with each issue being set one year after the other starting in 1968. My favorite issue was the second one set in 1969 and intertwining itself with TOS episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday".

This would be a perfect series for any fan filmers to take a crack at.
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Old November 17 2009, 03:42 AM   #13
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Greg Cox wrote: View Post
"Assignment: Earth" is to "The Day The Earth Stood Still" as "Star Trek" is to "Forbidden Planet." And, obviously, I think the world is crying out for more Gary Seven/Roberta Lincoln adventures . . . .
It was great they showed up in the Eugenics Wars books; thanks for that.
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Old November 17 2009, 06:52 AM   #14
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The scene with Spock stroking the cat in the briefing room has a lot of meaning after it's revealed she a woman.
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Old November 17 2009, 04:36 PM   #15
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Indeed; Isis is pussyfooting, too.

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