Grunge Muddies the Star Trek Waters

GrungeFalse Things You’ve Been Believing About Star Trek – Mar 10, 2019

I just watched the first few minutes of that. If I continue watching I will probably blow my top. For starters, a chapel can be any place of gathering. The Yule celebration in Generations is not a christian celebration, it contains only pagan iconography. The delusion present is on the part of the explainer and not on the part of this particular fan, and his explanations are simply going to muddy the waters more than just watching the show and drawing your own conclusions.

Bread and Circuses was a condemnation of entertainment for entertainment’s sake. Leave it to an entertainment at all costs type venue like Grunge to completely miss the point of the episode. The throw-away line at the ending with Uhura saying nice things about christianity probably was put there as a sop to christians of the time who objected to the shows apparent atheism. Holding that up as evidence of religion in the show is pretty weak tea.

Saying Alan Dean Foster scripted Star Trek II which then became The Motionless Picture (the most Roddenberry-like of any of the films, and my favorite) is a serious shortcut on the truth:

In Thy Image” was a 1977 script for the pilot Star Trek: Phase II episode, written by Harold Livingston. It was based on a story treatment by Alan Dean Foster, although the treatment itself was based on a story idea by Gene Roddenberry entitled “Robot’s Return”


So Alan Dean Foster didn’t write the episode, Harold Livingston did. Alan Dean Foster didn’t like the parts of Phase 2 that made it to air in The Motionless Picture? What does that have to do with anything? Harlan Ellison hated City on the Edge of Forever and said so until his very last breath. That has no effect on the popularity of the episode or its value as a story. Neither does Alan Dean Foster’s opinion affect Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The fans generally hate it, except for me. That has an affect.

Seven minutes later in the video, the only trope which is a lie shows up. Red shirts don’t die as often as gold shirts, statistically. I knew math was going to save the show eventually.

Walter Koenig has said many times “the Russian accent came from my grandmother.” It really doesn’t matter what a outlet like Grunge or even the average viewer of the show thinks about his accent. It would have been nice to get a coach to help him, but, you know, budgeting.

Oh and “Beam me up, Scotty.” I wish he would beam someone up. Me or the editors at Grunge or even the Abraminator himself. I don’t care which.

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