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John Byrne
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Posted: 18 February 2015 at 8:55am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Here's the original PLANET image, for those of you who take an interest in such things...

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Goosebumps!  
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Very cool --And fitting! I didn't see "Forbidden Planet" until I was an adult, though I was naturally aware of its' status as a classic film. When I finally got around to seeing it, I was amazed at how impressive it looked for the period, a true groundbreaking film, and I saw how this film likely inspired "Star Trek." It certainly had the same vibe.
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I occasionally like to play the "What If?" game in regards to inserting
TREK characters into favorite stories, like "What if the Enterprise
was orbiting Earth for the arrival of Galactus?".

I hadn't thought about the Enterprise visiting Altair IV instead of the
C-57D, but the Photoshopped image makes me want to see that
version of the movie!
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Meanwhile, I continue to puzzle -- let's not say "obsess," okay? -- over the position of M-5 in engineering. One of the plans of Stage 9 I found online shows the Big Machines turned sideways from their first season position, and set about their own width from the center line.

Taking that set up, and allowing that the Big Machines simply became "invisible," like sections of the Bridge when shooting various angles, it becomes not so difficult to place M-5 and keep everything else as is. Bit of a snug fit, but I don't recall anyone crossing to the right of the M-5 unit.

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I hadn't thought about the Enterprise visiting Altair IV instead of the C-57D, but the Photoshopped image makes me want to see that version of the movie!

Of course, that would mean TOS did take place in the 2200s!!

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And, really, it wouldn't be all that hard to merge the two universes
together, would it? "United Planets" is just a step away from TREK's
Federation.

The timeline works, the backstory works, and a lot of the details work.
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The timeline works, the backstory works, and a lot of the details work.

The timeline only works if we ignore the reference in PLANET's opening narration to "men and women, in rockships" reaching the Moon in the "final decade" of the 21st Century. TOS was closer to our own timeline on that!

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Matt Hawes, I had the exact same experience with "Forbidden Planet".  Didn't see it until I was an adult... and I was blown away by how many similarities there were with Star Trek when I finally did see it.  There's almost NO WAY that Gene Roddenberry wasn't influenced by that movie when creating Trek.

In an aside...  I'd heard about "Forbidden Planet" for years, of course, mainly pictures of Robbie the Robot.  I took the images I saw to indicate that the movie was as cheesy as "Lost in Space" -- which I always hated as (how I perceived it!) a corny, children's low budget version of Star Trek.  I was very pleasantly surprised by the budget and intelligence of the writing when I finally did see "Planet".
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The timeline only works if we ignore the reference in PLANET's
opening narration to "men and women, in rockships" reaching the Moon
in the "final decade" of the 21st Century. TOS was closer to our own
timeline on that!
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Forgot about that bit, dagnabbit!
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Added a missing detail. . . .

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And to complete the scene, I suppose we really should have Daddy in there. . .

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