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Old June 29 2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

I watched like 1/3d of TOS and still had not found one...
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Old June 29 2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

Gamesters of Triskelion and Plato's Stepchildren. Probably not the most lines she had in any episodes, but IMHO fairly high in importance for the character.
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Old June 29 2011, 07:03 PM   #3
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

In general, Nichelle Nichols did a lot with very little. There are no episodes focusing on Uhura, but she gets more screen time in some eps more than others: "Mirror, Mirror," "Charlie X," "Plato's Step-Children," "The Trouble with Tribbles."

It's worth remembering that TOS was never meant to be an "ensemble" show like the later Trek shows. That's more of a modern-day thing. Kirk and Spock (and, to a lesser degree, McCoy) were the stars and everybody else was just backup, which was the way tv shows worked back then.

One of the great things about the new movie is that Uhura finally got to be the female lead in a Trek movie, instead of playing second fiddle to Lt. Ilia, Saavik, Gillian Armstrong, etc.
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Old June 29 2011, 07:14 PM   #4
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

My vote would go to Mirror, Mirror.
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Old June 29 2011, 07:51 PM   #5
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

No.
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Old June 29 2011, 07:53 PM   #6
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

The Lorelei Signal

She takes over the damn ship.
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Old June 29 2011, 08:15 PM   #7
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

Too bad its the cartoon.
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Old June 29 2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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My vote would go to Mirror, Mirror.
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This is probably the only one where we see her being pivital in areas relating to the story (Communicating Star Fleet orders, distracting Sulu from the security console, disarming Marlana, et. al.) It's probably the most we saw her character do in a single episode.
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Old June 29 2011, 10:59 PM   #9
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

She had some nice character moments in The Changeling, especially when they're re-educating her after Nomad wiped her memory.
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Old June 29 2011, 11:47 PM   #10
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

I agree that Mirror Mirror is probably her best episode. In Gamesters of Triskelion she was more window dressing. In CotEoF, Uhura gets security detail but they leave her on the planet instead of letting her get into the thick of it.

I'm not sure that I agree that the show was never intended to be an ensemble show. Admittedly, it was not going to be a show where a 'secondary' character like Uhura would be the main protagonist like in the modern shows but I think it was intended to be more of an ensemble than it ended up being.

In season one only Shatner and Nimoy were signed to appear in every episode with Kelley and Whitney expected to appear in most episodes. If you look at the first half of season one and the first few episodes of the second half, you can see that the supporting cast did sometimes get to contribute quite a bit. A lot of Uhura's best lines are in the first half of Season one.

They realised that McCoy's dynamic with the two leads was a lot of fun and he ended up appearing in all the episodes except one. On the other hand, they rushed into expressing Kirk and Rand's mutual admiration for each other and (despite removing Rand from Dagger of the Mind and replacing her with Helen Noel) they found that they'd painted the characters into a corner. Kirk couldn't be with her but if he went with other women it would be like he was cheating on her so they decided that poor Rand had to go.

In some respects, Rand's loss was Uhura's gain as Nichelle occasionally picked up landing party duty (such as CotEoF) that might originally have gone to Rand. On the other hand, leaving Rand in place might have led to more scenes when the women soclialised together like in Charlie X, which could have led to Uhura being a more rounded character. I wish they'd been able to find a compromise and keep Rand for a couple of guest slots each season.
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Old June 30 2011, 12:42 AM   #11
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

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Gamesters of Triskelion and Plato's Stepchildren. Probably not the most lines she had in any episodes, but IMHO fairly high in importance for the character.
You're forgetting "The Trouble With Tribbles" - the reason the Tribbles ate Kirk's chicken sandwich and coffee is because Uhura brought one aboard the ship. Their overrunning the ship is All Her Fault.

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One of the great things about the new movie is that Uhura finally got to be the female lead in a Trek movie, instead of playing second fiddle to Lt. Ilia, Saavik, Gillian Armstrong, etc.
Gillian who? The character's name is Gillian Taylor.
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Old June 30 2011, 01:15 AM   #12
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

Also "Once Upon a Planet".

Uhura gets kidnapped by the planet's master computer, and the eps is then all about retrieving her. And then she gets several good scenes between herself and the computer, explaining humanity and machines and sentience and who serves whom and such.

But it's "the cartoon" so I guess it doesn't count.
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Old June 30 2011, 03:26 AM   #13
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Gamesters of Triskelion and Plato's Stepchildren. Probably not the most lines she had in any episodes, but IMHO fairly high in importance for the character.
You're forgetting "The Trouble With Tribbles" - the reason the Tribbles ate Kirk's chicken sandwich and coffee is because Uhura brought one aboard the ship. Their overrunning the ship is All Her Fault.

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One of the great things about the new movie is that Uhura finally got to be the female lead in a Trek movie, instead of playing second fiddle to Lt. Ilia, Saavik, Gillian Armstrong, etc.
Gillian who? The character's name is Gillian Taylor.

Oops!

(Gillian Armstrong was the director of Little Women and Death Defying Acts, among other films.)
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Old June 30 2011, 03:44 AM   #14
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Re: Is there any episode in which Uhura has an important contral role?

There's a movie.

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Old June 30 2011, 04:18 AM   #15
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On the other hand, they rushed into expressing Kirk and Rand's mutual admiration for each other and (despite removing Rand from Dagger of the Mind and replacing her with Helen Noel) they found that they'd painted the characters into a corner. Kirk couldn't be with her but if he went with other women it would be like he was cheating on her so they decided that poor Rand had to go.
Actually, they found the actress was a drug addict who couldn't be relied upon. Grace Lee Whitney has confirmed this in later years after she got clean. The "we didn't want Kirk to be tied to one woman" excuse was yet another invention of the fertile mind of Gene Roddenberry.
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