Thursday, May 14, 2015

17 to 01: Conscience of the King

This episode is stupid and needs to be twice as long. We mention Kodos getting side-tweeted, McCoy's misunderstanding of the galley layout, and The Oedipus Honeypot.

And yes, the conversation about whether Starfleet is a policing or scientific organization--which you have to admit isn't technically a conversation we've had before--comes up.

I'll be the first to admit I was way off my game in this one. I sincerely apologize and I promise to do better in the future.


SkilTao said...

You mention that TV acting of the time borrowed a lot from stage acting, and Star Trek especially from Shakespear - kinda wish I knew more about Skakespearean tradition, because I wonder if some of the oddities in pacing and whatnot might turn out to follow Shakespearean stage directions and story structure more rigorously than Star Trek's usual.

Didn't know about Hamlet's father Glad you mentioned the parallel with Hamlet's father:uncle::Kodos:Karidian.

Good points about Kirk being irrational because the issue is so personal and this being a Nazi-hunt story, though I think it's to the episode's credit that they cast Kodos' Crime Against Humanity as being borne of desperate necessity rather than of monstrous ideology.

Glad you caught how the daughter's plaintive "I'm strong" in the closing scene was related to the father's eugenic philosophy, I missed that first time around.

Very much enjoy Uhura's impromptu songs. Could stand to have more of those folksy fill-in-the-blank formula songs casually inserted into stuff I watch.

That other guy in their play looks just like a modern actor whose name I can't remember.

SkilTao said...

PS: R.I.P., Rand.

SkilTao said...

Waitasecond! Kirk came from a colony ruled by a eugenicist? So he might be a product of eugenics?!

Also, can't remember if soylent green was implied.

VanVelding said...

Yeah, it's creepy that it's only such a short while after starting to use that sign off that she passed away.

RE: Shakespeare, doing this has made me curious about so many other things, conventions in theater and television being just a few.

My impression of Kodos' rule was that he came to power in a coup and then started implementing the eugenics via killing half the population.