It’s hard to imagine Star Trek without one of its most iconic characters, but there was almost a time when Mr. Spock was destined for the dust bin of television. When NBC requested that Gene Roddenberry reshoot the pilot among the things they wanted him to get rid of was Spock, fearing that with his pointed ears and eyebrows that he looked too Satanic and would give the children nightmares. There was something unearthly about Spock’s appearance, and unlike Martin in My Favorite Martian, he couldn’t hide his unique features.
It seems surprising, considering that television on that time featured such magical creatures as witch Samantha on Bewitched and the Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie, that the pointy eared hobgoblin could cause this much consternation for network censors. The production notes from Gene Rodenberry addressed the Spock’s appearance probably
didn’t help matters much,
“The Captain’s right hand man, the hard working level commander of all the ship’s functions from manning the bridge to supervising the lowliest scrub detail. His name is “Mr. Spock”… and the first view of him can be almost frightening—a face so heavy lidded and satanic you might almost expect him to have a forked tail. Probably half Martian, he has a slightly reddish complexion and semi-pointed ears. But strangely—Mr. Spock’s quiet temperament is in dramatic contrast to his satanic look.”
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Anytime you have a wild, and seemingly hostile environment around you, it is natural for the storytellers of that time to populate those places with heroes. Whether it’s Jason, Odysseus, Captain Nemo, Ishmael, or Horatio Hornblower with the sea or folk heroes Davey Crocket, Daniel Boone, John Henry, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill with the American frontier, that which is unexplored is always the best proving grown for these mighty men. Naturally with the beginnings of the science fiction genre in the late 19th century and humankind beginning to dream of traveling to the stars, outer space would be populated by its own heroes.
There was Civil War veteran John Carter would fall asleep in a cave and mysteriously end up on Mars where he would win the heart of the beautiful Dejah Thoris in Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars books. Exposed to a radioactive gas during a cave in, Buck Rogers would fall into a state of suspended animation for 492 years until he is awoken in the year 2419 and becomes Earth’s space faring defender. In an attempt to halt the collision of the Earth with the planet Mongo, Flash Gordon and his friends Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov would board a make shift rocket, only to end up tangling with Ming the Merciless.
It was these three characters who would pave the way for one of the most iconic heroes in the history of science fiction television: Captain James T. Kirk of the Federation starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series. While the show spawned four spin-off TV shows, it was Captain Kirk who would lay the ground work for all who would come after. In fact among the Star Trek fans as to which there is much discussion as to which Captain they would rather serve under, Captain Kirk or Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sure, there was Benjamin Sisko on Deep Space Nine, Kathryn Janeway on Voyager, and Jonathan Archer on Enterprise, but at the end of the day the eternal Trek debate will always be waged between Kirk and Picard. Continue reading
He has gone from the halls of Asgard and the fields of World War II in a Countdown to the Avengers, to the doomed planet Krypton and the dark alleys of Gotham City in Road to Rises. He’s gone to Erebor with Bilbo and Gandalf in an Unexpected Blog-series, and traveled to a galaxy far, far away in The Saga Continues. Then he went to Narnia in Beyond the Wardrobe. Now, Jonathon D. Svendsen gets ready to take his readers on another exciting journey to…
In anticipation not only for the all new Star Trek Beyond this July, but the 50th anniversary of the classic series, Jonathon will look at the iconic heroes of this modern day odyssey. Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and the Star Ship Enterprise will all be a part of this exciting voyage that celebrates the lasting legacy of this series in These Are The Voyages: A Celebration of Star Trek.
Launching this April.
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It goes without saying that the typical movie season is filled with films for movie goers of all ages, and this is especially true among the slate of animated movies that come out. 2015 was no exception. Some movies are clear cash ins, a mere attempt to pacify children for a few hours so adults can have some peace and quiet, while others are very brilliant works of art. However, while The Minions may have made all the money, and Inside Out was the critical darling that won the awards (and justifiably so) one animated movie that brought a smile to my face from open to close was The Peanuts Movie.
The Peanuts Movie