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Old January 13 2014, 04:11 AM   #61
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Re: Put George & Gracie on the Federation Council?

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Nope. I didn't see any such scene, either.

Plus, she dumps Kirk when they get to the 23rd century, so the birthday angle doesn't hold up, either....
Gillian wasn't dating anyone (unless it was mentioned in the novelization; it's been many years since I read that, so I don't recall), and when she asked to go to the future, she stated, "I've got nobody here!"

Kirk tried to charm her in the pizza restaurant (it didn't work), and at the end of the movie he asked how to reach her, as he didn't even have her "phone number." She said, "I'll find you," gave him a kiss on the cheek, and left.

Yep, Kirk finally found a woman immune to his charms.
I dont know if Kirk could "get the girl" if he was really into it (probably, because the Antonia example), but in IV he was clearly a man with a mission. He charmed Gillian, like so many alien women in TOS, in order to gain a tactical advantage. And he got her to spit out the secret whale's pregnancy, the details of the jet transport and the transmitter frequency. At that point he would leave her in the 20th century -- and would have, if she wasnt crazy enough to jump on his neck during transport.

EDIT: also he made her pay for the pizza even as he had money from selling the antique glasses. (and took the pizza with him!)
First of all, Gillian didn't want Kirk. She wanted to stay with the whales.

And Gillian didn't spill the beans about Gracie's pregnancy - Spock did.

As for Kirk expecting Gillian to pay for the pizza, I've already made this point in another thread on another topic: Kirk is unfamiliar with cash. Not money as a means of economic exchange, but cash. We don't know how much he's spent up to that point, but we do know that Kirk has no idea whatsoever about the value of things. As he said to the crew: Don't splurge. The money they got from selling his glasses is all they've got.

Plus, Gillian invited Kirk. Of course he would expect her, as the one who extended the invitation, to pay.

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What actually I wonder about that pizza scene is, what was in those beers? Girl takes one sip and start to laugh and tell all her secrets. Kirk doesnt do better: he promptlly confess he is an space and time traveler(!!!)

Aparently cetacean biologists cant handle themselves with alcohol, and saurian brandy and romulan ale arent nearly as strong as 20th century Earth beers.
The beer was nothing more than product placement.
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Old January 13 2014, 11:18 AM   #62
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What actually I wonder about that pizza scene is, what was in those beers? Girl takes one sip and start to laugh and tell all her secrets. Kirk doesnt do better: he promptlly confess he is an space and time traveler(!!!)
But he anticipated that Gillian wouldn't believe him which is exactly what happened:

GILLIAN: Well, 'Admiral', that was the briefest dinner I've ever had in my life, and certainly the biggest cockamamie fish story I've ever heard.
KIRK: You asked. Now, do tell me something? ...George and Gracie's transmitter. What's the radio frequency?
GILLIAN: Sorry, that's classified. Look, I don't really have a clue who you are. Really! You wouldn't want to show me around your space ship, would you?
KIRK: That wouldn't be my first choice, no.

Apparently, Gillian's interest was to learn how Spock found out that Gracie was pregnant. And, of course, Kirk's claim that he could somehow relocate the whales but wouldn't say how.

It's interesting, however, that a lot depends on acquiring the whales' radio frequency but Kirk still wouldn't risk a violation of the timeline by showing her around "his" space ship (maybe he'd be embarrassed to admit it's actually a stolen Klingon Bird of Prey. Quite an even stranger command for an "admiral" ).

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Old January 13 2014, 12:15 PM   #63
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What's also interesting is that when Kirk asks Spock, right before Gillian drives up to give them a ride, "are they (the whales) going to help us?" This question is asked so matter-of-factly, but everything depends on their going along with it. Spock's answer is interestingly vague, at this point, "... I believe I was successful in communicating our intentions." Well ... that's good! Yeah, we kind of established that your mind-meld worked, already. Now ... do you want to answer the question that was put to you?!?!?!
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Old January 13 2014, 12:32 PM   #64
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^^ I'd say the whales didn't like the plan. Would they not have stayed in the institute's vicinity to be "picked" up rather than to make a run for the open sea?

Probably the whaling ship changed their minds...

I mean seriously, Gracie is pregnant but wouldn't mind to be beamed aboard a spaceship that will somehow try (suceeding) to travel to the future where they will be the only whales in the oceans.

This was not an "Earth will be destroyed and we are your only chance to escape annihilation" scenario but just a weird request of seemingly people from the future.

Had I been one of these whales, my reply would have been that these apes from the future should do something stopping the apes from the present from killing my kind.

That was probably the reply Spock got but he decided not to mention it...

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Old January 13 2014, 12:34 PM   #65
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Was she the lady Gillian Taylor was based on?
The character started as a vehicle for the actor Eddie Murphy, morphed over the course of multiple script, changed after Murphy lost interest, and eventually became Gillian.
Thank you, T'Girl! Whilst Eddie Murphy's shtick can be annoying at times, THE VOYAGE HOME did need some kind of an edge to it. The picture's humor was so lame and neutered, I would've welcomed his involvement. Especially if they were committed to doing the film the way they ended up shooting it. The "jokes" were so fogeyish ...
When I saw the movie back in 1986, the Ontario Film Classification Board listed the movie as having 'Swearing'-I though that was going to be the 'F**K bomb and the s**t bomb (and maybe done for laughs.) What I saw said by Mr. Spock ('They are not the hell your whales' & 'The hell they did') were by that time so old and denuded coming from Spock and Kirk that they weren't even funny. A better exchange (if Murphy had been cast as the Cetacean Institute director-I believe that he actually was supposed to be the Klingon Ambassador) would have been this;
TAYLOR/Murphy: What the fuck were you doing swimming in that tank, and what were you doing to my fucking whales?

KIRK (playing along) Yes, speak up!

SPOCK: I am very sorry, they do like you a lot, but they are not
your fucking whales.

TAYLOR/MURPHY: I suppose that they told you that, huh?

SPOCK: They fucking did.
Now that, along with the substitution of the word 'fuck' for the word 'ass' in the street crossing scene, would have brought the house down coming out of the mouth of Spock and Kirk.
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Old January 13 2014, 05:25 PM   #66
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^Meh.
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Old January 13 2014, 08:35 PM   #67
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Good thing they didn't hire Samuel L Jackson then.
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Old January 14 2014, 02:18 AM   #68
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THE VOYAGE HOME is, quite simply, not funny. But, in fairness to those involved in the making of it, TVH was never labled as a "comedy." "Lightness in tone," is how it seems to have been described, pretty much. And yet, for the radical, no-rules Nicholas Meyer, having penned ALL of the San Fran material, it's surprising how old-manish his brand of humour is. It wouldn't even be so bad, if it wasn't laid on so thick. The predicament of the whales was definitely different, though, and - dare I say it? - original, but it's so half-thought-out. For instance ...

What are the whales using to amplify their moans, clicks and wheezes to the alien probe, across the light years? And what, exactly are they talking about? The novel, it seems, wants to suggest that the whales just relate their endless tales of eating shrimp, making babies and swimming all day. And for this essential knowledge and experience, a destructive probe is sent to wipe us all out. What really bothers me is that sales in Europe were their usual amount for these movies - so it's only we Americans who lack the sophistocation enough to not reward this whale-turd of a picture.
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Old January 14 2014, 02:30 AM   #69
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What are the whales using to amplify their moans, clicks and wheezes to the alien probe, across the light years?
What light years? The probe came to Earth to communicate with them. Evidently it didn't know they were gone until it got here, otherwise why wait over 250 years? And why assume they were the ones doing the amplification? A super-advanced alien probe would presumably have the technology to detect their communication.


And what, exactly are they talking about? The novel, it seems, wants to suggest that the whales just relate their endless tales of eating shrimp, making babies and swimming all day. And for this essential knowledge and experience, a destructive probe is sent to wipe us all out.
I was never clear on whether the destruction was intentional or just a byproduct of the probe's attempts to contact/locate the whales.
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Old January 14 2014, 12:17 PM   #70
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THE VOYAGE HOME is, quite simply, not funny. But, in fairness to those involved in the making of it, TVH was never labeled as a "comedy." "Lightness in tone," is how it seems to have been described, pretty much. And yet, for the radical, no-rules Nicholas Meyer, having penned ALL of the San Fran material, it's surprising how old-mannish his brand of humor is. It wouldn't even be so bad, if it wasn't laid on so thick. The predicament of the whales was definitely different, though, and - dare I say it? - original, but it's so half-thought-out. For instance ...

What are the whales using to amplify their moans, clicks and wheezes to the alien probe, across the light years? And what, exactly are they talking about? The novel, it seems, wants to suggest that the whales just relate their endless tales of eating shrimp, making babies and swimming all day. And for this essential knowledge and experience, a destructive probe is sent to wipe us all out. What really bothers me is that sales in Europe were their usual amount for these movies - so it's only we Americans who lack the sophistication enough to not reward this whale-turd of a picture.
And yet, the Europeans are the ones who make (humorous?) posts like these at BBS's about how every sci-fi movie ever made has aliens landing in America....indicating that they want to see these films, and make them too.
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Old January 14 2014, 04:51 PM   #71
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Thread title made me laugh.
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Old January 15 2014, 12:31 AM   #72
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The whole notion of whales being sentient is absurd. A Humpback's song does not have a syntax. Having it communicate anything other than it's more primative and immediate urges and needs is impossible. It can't happen. But that's the magic of movies ... watch STAR TREK IV and there it is, whales making these offputting noises and saving the Earth with them. So, why not take it further, you know? Let's make George the Captain of his own starship and we could listen to his Captain Logs and stuff ... bemoaning the heavy burdens of command and juggling that with the responsibilities of a family and homelife, onboard. How does he do it? Stay tuned ...
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The whole notion of whales being sentient is absurd.
Aside from the fact that you're misusing the word "sentient," there is abundant scientific evidence for cetacean intelligence. What's absurd is our species' pathetic egocentrism and need to pretend we're somehow unique in the animal kingdom despite the ever-growing scientific consensus that we're not all that special.

Really, it always astonishes me when I see Star Trek fans expressing such kneejerk hostility to the idea of cetacean intelligence. Science fiction has surely primed all of us to accept the idea that nonhuman life forms can be intelligent and worth communicating with. The idea that there are real nonhuman intelligences right here on our own planet, just waiting for us to become smart enough to talk to them, should be incredibly exciting and enticing for any genuine fan of science fiction.


A Humpback's song does not have a syntax.
What I always find truly ridiculous about the "animals can't think" crowd is their insistence that if an animal lacks any aspect of human intelligence, if it's less capable than us in any way at all, then it can't be sapient in the slightest and must simply be a mindless flesh machine. What's hilarious is the unintentional implication there: namely, that it is impossible for any thinking being to be less intelligent than a human. In other words, what you're assuming is that humans are the stupidest possible intelligent beings that can exist in the universe.

Is it so hard to grasp the idea that it isn't like flicking a switch, that our level of sapience is the end result of a cumulative process and that other species may have parts of what we have even if it's at a lower level? Recent brain scans of dogs have suggested they have a level of self-awareness and consciousness equivalent to a 3- or 4-year-old child. Most of us have memories of being 3 years old; no doubt we were conscious beings at that time, even though our mental abilities were not as fully developed as those of an adult human. And no, they don't have the ability to communicate with the kind of syntax human language uses, but then, neither did early hominids, even though they were clearly intelligent beings in other respects. Lacking one human ability doesn't mean a species has none of our abilities.
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Old January 15 2014, 01:17 AM   #74
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But the one ability they all lack is the ability to understand concepts. I'm sure many parents around the world are so proud that their 3 year old has the intelligence of an Airedale - now that's comedy! "Oh, look, Dan ... Muttley ate his own excrement and threw it up. Now he's returning to his own vomit ... look at him!" "Oh, yes! Isn't it something, Jodi, how he's as intelligent as our own little toddler!" Come ON, Christopher ...

Humans have been around, evolving, for roughly 4 million years. That's a pretty long time, there's no question of that and you know what we've accomplished during it.

But take dinosaurs - they have been around for roughly 250 million years. Two Hundred ... and Fifty ... Million ... years. That's a significant slice of The History of Life. Many were two-legged, had hands, of a sort. Certainly, Human sized, or smaller dinosaurs were warm-blooded. Birds are still around and are still as dumb ... as they can be. Yes, magpies, supposedly recognize themselves in a mirror. Yes, crows, in particular, are fairly adept at using twigs and objects to fetch and break things for their consumption and use. Oh! Progress! But again, they've had every advantage - a quarter of a billion years to figure out how to rub the sticks together and concepts continue to elude their mental grasp.
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Old January 15 2014, 01:45 AM   #75
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^^^You'd be funny if you were funny.
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