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Roland Deschain wrote:That's pretty much it, Gronank, but Gene Roddenberry wanted to be able to use TOS to openly discuss relevant issues on our planet without them seeming too obvious, hence the sci-fi medium. He tackled all forms of bigotry, even filming the first inter-ethnic kiss (Kirk/Uhura). Both actors also really wanted this to happen (I don't blame Shatner, as Nichelle Nichols was sexy back in the day), even to the point of sabotaging far tamer versions filmed afterwards (studio execs getting uppity). What other programme on TV at that time had a non-human, a Russian, a Japanese person, and a black woman in positions of authority? None. TOS set the bar, and it set it damn high.
Roland Deschain wrote:Indeed she was. I'd forgotten that. Another thing Gene Roddenberry fought the studio execs over was what the women would wear. He wanted them to wear trousers, as the men did, but they insisted on the mini-skirts, and wouldn't budge on it. This is why the mini-skirt is pretty ubiquitous throughout, and also one of the reasons Gene had a man in a mini-skirt appear briefly in Encounter at Farpoint in TNG.
PKMKII wrote:After the Virginia trip, the girlfriend observed that the Civil War was a huge part of U.S. history that her high school education mostly skimmed over, so we watched Ken Burns' documentary on it. The part that stuck out in my mind the most is that the vast majority of the confederate soldiers had never owned slaves, and there was even an exception for slave owners from conscription. Yet they fought anyway. Guess it's an American tradition to get swindled into fighting against your own economic interest in the name of an ill-defined culture war.
Seriously, you see these southerners with their "Heritage, not hate" confederate flag bumper stickers, and it's like, "Yeah, what heritage?" The whole southern system was basically a carbon copy of the British aristocracy. You know, the people the confederate soldier's grandfathers fought a way against.
gronank wrote:Then they decided they didn't really want to: they prefered getting cotton from India and they didn't want to risk loosing canada.
PKMKII wrote:Popular Mechanics put out a list of their 50 greatest sci-fi shows. The placement of number 6 and 3 is going to anger some fanboys.
daftbeaker wrote:I'd stick Firefly at 1 and Doctor Who at 2. The rest of it can get bent.
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