Thursday, March 24, 2016

17 to 01: Elaan of Troyius

This is a really uneven episode that I like anyway. It's good that I can like uneven episodes because Season 3 has a lot of them. 

New idea for Season 3: Take a shot every time Derek says "agency" or I say "language of television."

Happy drinking!

I hadn't looked into it before this recording, but the materials in the shirts did change from a satin velour into a nylon material between seasons two and three. Also, the cat parasite I was referencing was toxoplasmosis.

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SkilTao said...

I was totally expecting the Klingons to be in league with Elaan, not her jilted suitor.

For as one-dimensional as most ST:TOS characters are, I thought they did a passable job of implying depth to her character. Obviously, the "Taming of the Shrew" conflict should've been resolved better, but even there I think they at least tried--like, on the question of whether Elaan was manipulating Kirk vs. being sad about people not liking her: why not both?

Near the end (~46m24s), you can see Nuyen cracking up. Guess she enjoyed doing the ep. Or at least seeing "the Star Trek shimmy."

I didn't realize it until you guys mentioned Elaan's hair and make up, but the guard uniforms look Egyptian too. Egyptians must have been a leg-loving people.

I think the problem with the torpedos is that neither the torpedos nor the powerless Enterprise can turn fast enough to track the Bird of Prey.

When DS9 comes around, gonna have to remember to see if this Klingon *stays* too dumb to be bluffed. Also gonna have to keep those cracks about toxoplasmosis and women turning into cats in mind when Kira/Odo start up.

And yeah, was definitely considering how many "language of television" soundbytes I could string together.

VanVelding said...

There is some depth to the NPCs, but they're always shallower than the main cast. The main cast starts pretty shallow and gets deeper. It's part of the structure and the story's need to quickly tell us in the simplest terms who each person is.

I did not catch her laughing. Shame on 17 to 01! Shame!

Actually, we never see this guy again. Only Kor ("Errand of Mercy"), Koloth ("The Trouble With Tribbles"), and Kang ("Day of the Dove") are seen later in DS9. Strangely, Koloth's character does a complete 180 in DS9.

VanVelding said...

...and quit giving me ideas for supercuts!