Robert Sawyer goes off on "Return of the Archons"

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by BigJake, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Warped9

    Warped9 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 3, 2003
    Brockville, Ontario, Canada
    ^^ Who knows? That doesn't really seem like something he would do. Usually he's quite complimentary toward TOS, but maybe he was having a bad day or something.
  2. BigJake

    BigJake Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 27, 2013
    No matter where you go, there you are.
    Why, just look at the world today.

    Back in Ought-Three, it was a simpler, more innocent time: the blog ruled the Internet landscape, while Tumblr and Twitter were not yet glimmers in the eye of Satan; porn stars and celebrities-with-sex-tapes were clearly distinguishable; an enterprising youth could purchase a full gram of Peruvian marching powder for a crisp fifty dollar bill; and right-thinking men and women of all political stripes were united by the certainty that Stopping the War, uniting the world and revivifying the Western commons was just one really persuasive blog post away.

    On one fateful day in March of that year, I had a disagreement with a gentleman online about whether Colin Powell's tie during his UN speech had strictly-speaking been burgundy or maroon. I went to bed with the question unresolved, thinking it might be okay for us to agree to disagree. Lo and behold, the very next day, the Iraq War broke out.

    Coincidence? I think not. :borg: And there's a lesson in that for all of us.
  3. The Old Building & Loan

    The Old Building & Loan Auld Lang Mod Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, somewhere in Bedford Falls
    You got me, but it strikes me as being akin to criticizing a particular episode of The Twilight Zone because it's in black and white....
  4. spockboy

    spockboy Captain Captain

    May 25, 2005
    I loved it. I thought the bit of Festival was a beautiful metaphor of religious fanaticism and how as humans we need to purge all of our emotions and desires when we live in a society or system in which all of these human needs are suppressed. Festival was necessary to keep them sane. Oh, and Spock punched a guy and look embarrassed for doing it!

    Great moment.
    Great concept.
    Great episode.

    Also they looked like Jedi Knights with a hollow tube for a light saber!

    I find it strange that a writer is criticizing production values and not the story, which should naturally be his default.