Thursday, June 09, 2016

17 to 01: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

In "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," I finally give away my love of My Chemical Romance with my stated preference for overly long names. The best thing about this episode is how much it supports the McCoy as a secret agent angle. Thank the gods for that or else it'd be pretty boring.

Also, it's only fair to list the Space Ex-Wives Club in detail: T'Pring (Spock), Elaan of Troyus (Kirk), Miramanee (Kirok), Natira (McCoy), Joycelyn Darnell (McCoy, beta canon), Tonia Barrows (the yeoman from "Shore Leave." The marriage is incredibly beta canon).

Palliative is actually healing, but in a way that doesn't address the underlying problem. I was accidentally using it correctly. #FabriniObama

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SkilTao said...

I'm almost surprised Scotty hasn't inducted anyone to the ex-wives club, and actually surprised that recurring female characters (Uhura, Rand, Chapel) have not even a single incidental ex-husband between them.

I kept hoping that Natira would turn out to be older than McCoy, just to turn the summer/autumn romance on its head. I wonder if her handmaidens (actresses about DeForest Kelley's age) were also considered for the role.

The music they play for McCoy's reaction to the marriage proposal, it's weirdly sad and ominous.

McCoy: "I will search the universe for a cure!"
Spock: "Captain, their extensive library negates McCoy's just-established lifelong arc!"

"The people of the Federation are so entitled they'll break whatever laws they want to solve their mystery" - absolutely yes. It'd be super fun to have a new Star Trek series do an ep about a secret agent turning an asset, but that doesn't seem like the kind of lofty theme a Star Trek writer would ever write on purpose.

VanVelding said...

Scotty has two relationships. One dies before she can be an ex-anything (Wolf in the Fold) and the other is briefly possessed by ghosts and then vanishes (The Lights of Zetar). Chapel does have her dead ex-fiance in the form of Roger Corby ("What Little Girls Are Made Of"). Naturally, he cheats on her with a robot and by being a robot.

Yeah, McCoy's whole dying thing here backs up Derek's assertion that a 3-episode arc would've been better. I can't believe I didn't think about it during the podcast, but the disease could've been a Litvinenko-esque attack by whatever organization he first served, then abandoned. Going to ground on Yonada or traveling the galaxy to get off their radar are both smart reactions to that. It's not that McCoy is worried about the disease; he's worried that the people who gave him the disease will keep trying to kill him.

Even though it's contradicted by the canon, it's entirely possible that within a year, McCoy faked his death from the disease and vanished, only for Kirk to bring him back 10 years later in TMP.

SkilTao said...

That would have been a fun conclusion to a three-ep arc. I guess you'd end the season with the arc, or else bump that other doctor up to chief surgeon.

CORBY! I knew there was something.

VanVelding said...

No arguments against Dr. M'Benga episodes from me.