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Lloyd White
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Posted: 27 October 2009 at 11:16pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Thanks for the preview, JB--it looks fantastic!
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Are you going to explain what happens to his beard in TMP?

Is that something that needs explaining?

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 5:36am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Looks great!  Also, I am glad that the mystery project is finally revealed.  Really looking forward to this one!
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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I knew about the perscan beltbuckles. I also knew about the brain implants. I even know that the other person who died, along with Sonak, in the transporter accident was Vice Admiral Lori Ciana, Kirk's former wife.


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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 7:53am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

And, fortunately, since none of this is canonical, none of us need to worry about it.
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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 8:08am | IP Logged | 6 post reply


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My favorite bit on that page. The likeness, body language, and the casual drink are all perfect Jim Kirk.

Exactly.  Also, in just those two panels without words, it gives us a sense of how the Kirk - McCoy dynamic has changed since the TOS (well, at least to me anyway). 

As viewers, we really don't get to see Kirk & McCoy get back to being "drinking buddies" until TWOK, so there is a bit of implied promise with those two glasses (or am I reading too much into that?).

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 8:42am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

You're reading exactly what's there, Bill!
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 11:05am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

TOS has all of those wonder little moments with Kirk and McCoy sharing a drink and having a heart-to-heart (which often harks back to the prototype of that relationship in the early scene from "The Cage" with Pike and Boyce)--something missing from TMP. Instead, McCoy calls Kirk out on the carpet over his obsession with the Enterprise.

There is an arc in that film where everyone pretty much gets back to their normal selves by the last scene, but that film really need more of the warmth seen in TOS. And the scene between Kirk and McCoy early in TWOK made up for it.

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What was wrong with TMP seems to come down in large part to Roddenberry's involvement. He had moved on, away from TREK, even before the third season of TOS, and what he wanted to do and say in TMP was more in line with what he'd been told TREK was than what it really was. Plus a sadly obvious need to "catch up" to STAR WARS.

We also have the fact that Roddenberry was far less the "father" of STAR TREK than mythology insists. He was more like the sperm donor. A whole lot of what we think of when we think of TOS came from the other Gene, Coon, and it is a great shame that he's been shunted into the background, the Bill Finger of TOS.

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 12:49pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Exactly. There are many elements in TMP (which later appear in TNG) that run counter to TOS. These are TREK "myth" elements that much of the fandom thinks of these days--the perfectability of man, Earth as a utopia, etc. The film has a certain pretentiousness to it about how amazing the future will be, and it takes itself too seriously.

There are certainly moments of humor and warmth in TMP, but, overall, the feel and dynamics of TOS are missing. The story is not driven by the characters so much as by the plot. Our heroes are passive, and merely react to each revelation about the mystery of V'Ger (except for that one great scene where Spock goes off on his own initative to explore V'Ger's interior).

Of course, when one looks at TOS, those elements of hope and inspiration regarding the future are there, but they are not the main focus. At its core, TOS was an action-adventure-drama series which didn't take itself too seriously. It was FUN, decidedly un-PC, and worried more about telling strong, character-based stories than with predicting the future of humanity and technology. Along the way, Roddenberry seemed to want to make it more Important.

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

JB Said:

"It's finally scheduled (March 2010) and I turned in the completed first issue yesterday."

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>Whew!<  That was close!  Put the Atari controller down and pick up the pencil, JB!  Yer scaring me!

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Another lesson in much need of learning by the current crop of "professionals". If you want to "grow roses", start early, don't finish late!
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