Episode titles with double (or more) meaning

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  1. Vandervecken

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    The Devil in the Dark

    The Devil is the Horta.
    The Devil is the devil men bring with themselves, themselves.


    Devil's Due

    Refers to the unpleasant payment that must be rendered, eventually, when making a bargain with the devil, whether made figuratively or literally, and which the inhabitants of Ventax II expected to pay.

    Refers to Ardra showing up per schedule, as anyone might be "due" at a certain appointed time: The Devil's due to show up today.





    Also, I think, Riker getting to stay on the Enterprise, and command it, even for a short time. Maybe also the way he looks at simply being 1st officer aboard the Enterprise--command of a sort (although not captaincy) and the best berth he can think of.
     
  2. Reeborg

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    1) The best/strongest ship of the Federation (as specifically said in the episode)
    2) The best/strongest Borg Cube (as they are all identical, every cube is the best one)
     
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  3. Kirby

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    Inter Arma Enem Silent Leges
    1) Latin for: "For among times of arms, the law falls mute", or "In times of war, the law falls silent"
    2) Most of the audience interpreted this as: "Huh?"
     
  4. Drone

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    Conscience of the King
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    Reference to the Shakespearean canon that the troupe performs and specifically its final production.
    2. Touching on the personal backstory of the actors' leader and the legacy of his long ago terminal decision.

    Space Seed
    1. The Botany Bay and its cargo found as an inert, static pod containing a representative segment of life that sought a second chance for existence in the depths of space.
    2. The actual planting of this segment, allowing it the possibility of organically existing and growing once again, with all the implications that carried for this special form of life.
     
  5. JonnyQuest037

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    It could also refer to the mind-meld between Spock and Picard at the end of the episode, representing a unification between the estranged Spock and Sarek. Michael Jan Friedman's novelization ended with the word "Unification," IIRC.

    In the original script of TOS - The City on the Edge of Forever, the title referred to both the described city on the Guardians' planet, and New York City in 1930. This was lost in the final episode.

    TOS - The Menagerie/The Cage could refer to both the Talosians' trapping of Pike in an interstellar zoo and Pike being trapped in his own body after his accident.

    TOS - The Conscience of the King is both a Shakespearian reference to Hamlet and a reference to Kodos's guilt over his crimes.

    TOS - The Galileo Seven refers to both the number of the shuttlecraft and the number of crewmen on the shuttle.

    TOS - Assignment: Earth could refer to both the Enterprise's and Gary Seven's assignments.

    TOS - Elaan of Troyius refers to both the character in the episode and Helen of Troy from Greek mythology.

    Star Trek III: The Search For Spock is both a literal title and sly reference to Leonard Nimoy's series In Search Of (I think the title was actually In Search of Spock at one point, actually).

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is both a Hamlet reference and used by the characters in the movie as a reference to the future.
     
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  6. Drone

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    [QUOTE="JonnyQuest037, post: 11496508, member: 3909"

    In the original script of TOS - The City on the Edge of Forever, the title referred to both the described city on the Guardians' planet, and New York City in 1930. This was lost in the final episode.

    Star Trek III: The Search For Spock is both a literal title and sly reference to Leonard Nimoy's series In Search Of (I think the title was actually In Search of Spock at one point, actually).
    .[/QUOTE]

    Not really knowing, or remembering perhaps, a lot about the backstory of The City's script machinations and legacy, in what sense was NYC characterized in the same manner originally? As to the suggestion involving Nimoy's show in the title, it does carry an interesting resonance, but the show had finished its run two years before the film. Do you really think that such a reference was really intended, given that circumstance? Sly, I guess, but really what would be the point of the producers even being mindful of it? Nostalgia, when it was pretty much just old hat by that time? Perhaps, I might be ignoring the show's possible continued life in syndication, with some modicum of popularity in the period right after its conclusion. It just seems more like a serendipitous coincidence that might have occurred to some viewers of the movie, but since the title was likely pretty much going to be a given, ultimately an irrelevant one with no intended significance.
     
  7. HMS Ark Royal

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    TNG - Family

    Spending time with one's family
     
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    I bet Jespah with all her fancy lawyer skills knew that
     
  9. JonnyQuest037

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    It wasn't explicitly described as such in the same way that Kirk described the alien city, but I'd say that the subtext is pretty obvious.

    I'm pretty sure that was the title as announced in a back issue of Starlog.
     
  10. Drone

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    I don't think you really answered either question. As to the first, I'll readily admit that at times, I wave the white flag when confronted with things that perhaps, should be readily apparent. In this instance, if the meaning had been obvious to me I wouldn't have asked the question. I can offer a few guesses, but they don't really seem to fit the gist of what the phrase would seem to imply. So, if it doesn't seem like too much of a waste of your time, please illuminate the meaning a bit more explicitly.

    I'm guessing that your response in the second example means to suggest that you saw the TV program's name listed as Search for Spock in that back issue. I won't claim to have looked far and wide, but I have yet to find any reference that the show's title morphed to that at anytime during its run. Honestly, it really wouldn't make much sense to have done so, as the show was always focused on unexplained phenomena, the paranormal, legendary creatures and the like. For it to be named after a character played by its host, would make it sound like a vanity production and definitely not do justice to the substance of the program. If the title was only ever as it was popularly known, I just don't think that too many viewers would make the connection, perhaps only in a passing thought after seeing the film. But to think that a linkage was purposefully carried out to attract people that had been fans of the TV show or would even be mindful of it just seems a bit unlikely, save finding any documentary evidence that the resemblance was intentional.
     
  11. JonnyQuest037

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    Sorry you feel that way. Since I don't know how to state my answers any more simply for you, I'll just leave it there. And no, I'm not going to spend hours combing through my collection of Starlog back issues just to satisfy your curiosity. I believe their entire archive is online, though. Go nuts.

    When did I say that it was done to attract fans of the In Search Of show? I think at most you could say that someone was getting a little cute.
     
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    Early on TSFS was titled "Return to Genesis". I think fans made up "In Search of Spock".
     
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  14. Lance

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    Very, very good point. :techman:
     
  15. JonnyQuest037

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    Could be. It's very possible that the title was misreported in the story I saw.
     
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    (1) referring to old technology (the old ship)
    (2) referring to Scotty (old people)
    and their place/what they can still contribute in modern times when they seem obsolete
     
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    "The Doomsday Machine" references both the planet killer and the H-bomb, which the impulse drive that was used to destroy the planet killer resembles.
     
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    "I, Borg"
    A wordplay on "Cyborg", and homage to Asimov's novel, I, Robot, also contending with the art/artifice of selfhood.

    - And perhaps "I, Claudius", and Patrick Stewart's role of Sejanus, counsel to Tiberius Caesar - namesake to the "T" in James T. Kirk.

    "Caretaker" - the alien and the Starfleet Captain.
     
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    "The Man Trap" might be a double entendre. The obvious meaning, as mantrap, denotes something that ensnares a person. In addition, the misogynistic slang term man-trap stands for a woman who manipulates a man, such as with sex (it is used, e.g., in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to refer to Marilyn Monroe's gold-digger character). The slang term seems appropriate for the form the vampire uses from Wrigley's Pleasure Planet, and also it might aptly describe the way the vampire's Nancy form is used to manipulate McCoy by his fondness for the actual Mrs. Crater.
     
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    DS9 - Emissary

    1) Sisko sent as the representative of the Federation-o-P
    2) Sisko sent by the prophets as a religious icon
     
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