“Killers! Assassins! …”

There’s dozens of classic lines in the original series star trek episode, ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ …
and that’s probably my fave. I could rewind through the whole thing to get the exact wording of the other ones like “I’m attempting to build a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins”, buut I won’t.
“Rewind?”, you say hear I.
That’s right sports fans! I bought a vcr yesterday. I need it, see, for study – they expect you to have these kind of things. I think they’re expecting me to have an answering machine next.
So last night i was able to bliss out watching an old vid (courtesy of the time/life corporation. Maybe eight years ago, – something like that – we got some junk mail from them – it was a ‘collect the whole set’ of the Original series episodes. ‘Pay nothing now! We will send you the first one and if you’re not completely satisfied send it back free of charge.’ I was completely satisfied but uh forgot to pay them. Considering the losses the (now) AOL/time warner corp. is racking up lately, maybe I should send them the money. HA HA HA HA HA HA, right.
We remember watching that episode many years ago in yak’s reckless past – one morning after being out at a doof all the night before. Feeling significantly brain-burned and sleep deprived. And the look of McCoy, green and blue in the face and bigtime crazy on the Cordrazine — I could relate. There was one little bit of a scene on the planet where the Guardian of Forever resides where Scotty and a couple of red shirts walk around one side of a rock looking for McCoy and then McCoy pops up on the other side, avoiding them, with this demented look.

Anyway, that morning i cracked up laughing at McCoy and couldn’t stop for 20 minutes. It’s a good episode. i don’t know if it’s just me, but none of the series’ that followed the original ever really hammed it up like that. The DS9 revisit to the ‘trouble with tribbles’ theme is maybe the exception. They should. There should be more comedy in Star Trek. And they should hire whoever the popular sci-fi writers are today (Ian Banks(?) – I dunno) to write a couple of episodes. I think that’s the real problem – whoever’s doling out the gigs for scripts/teleplay has got the wrong attitude. It’s too much a soap opera, concerned with continuity, with less political/scientific issues of the day being tackled — and there’s less great lines (like the “stone knives …”) with which to make the characters great.

The VCR’s a Sharp – second hand – from a prawn shop. Seems good so far. The last vcr I had was from a prawn shop and it lasted six of seven years, which is reasonable.

name: Jon
url: www.core.org.au
date: 2003-02-15-22-30
The DS9 episode where they redid bond was pretty funny too.
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name: yak sox
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date: 2003-02-16-11-13
I do vaguely remember that ep now that you mention it. But after watching another TOS episode last (the one where kirk gets split into a good and evil self) night I’ve come more to the conclusion that they just overacted heaps more back then — whichh is fine the first couple of times but after that it gets a bit ho-hum.
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name: Jay
url: www.mowabi.com/
date: 2003-02-16-11-44
yeah… I thought of the Bond DS9 too, as soon as i read your blog..

Also, that particular episode (can’t remember which flavour ST) where they use some old footage.. Worf runs into some old fashioned Klingons.. and they don’t really even try to explain why new Klingons look soooo different.. kinda amusing
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name: yak sox
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date: 2003-02-16-16-08
Yeah – that was the ds9 one (‘trials and tribblations’ I think it was called) the did some cut and past between now and the Original episode it borrowed the theme from, icluding this one scene where Kirk was inspecting some of the crew and Sisko was tucked in there among them.

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