Unlike William Shatner or Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley’s acting career essentially ended with Star Trek. The actor spoke to Starlog’s Lee Goldberg about what happened in 1986:
“I just backed away from acting. I had done those three years and had enjoyed them so much, and again, the first two things offered me after Star Trek were doctor roles. Maybe I made a mistake in turning those down. Eventually, I ended up doing a couple or three things that were worse than what I had turned down.”
“Nothing presented itself to me that wanted to do. I don’t know what happened to me. I just got lazy, I guess. And I like being lazy.”
Summary: drinkin’ while you’re in love with jim but are too scared to tell him lest it destroy your friendship.
Word count: 2,361
Warnings: language, alcohol
A/N: isn’t the title funny? it’s a play on “breaking up is hard to do” fjgkdjfhg i love myself. this is slightly sad but i love it for some reason. i think i just love jim so i keep writing him and literally no one else. ENJOY IT AND LEMME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
You didn’t understand Jim’s flirting technique at all but, on the contrary, you greatly understood how he managed the success rate he did. You attributed it to the “love is blind” cliche— only edited.
“Lust is deaf,” you called it.
He would put his foot in his mouth repeatedly as he spoke to anyone he was attracted to— he would rattle off ridiculous inquiries you could recall being the audience to during your years at the Academy.
Of course, those questions came from eighteen year-old boys with inexplicably high confidence levels that verged on total narcissism and inexplicably low sensitivity levels that verged on sociopathy.
In Jim’s case, however, the questions would be asked with such little interest it was as if he was reading the same tired script printed onto the walls of his scotch glass.
It didn’t matter what Jim said, though. After all, who could resist his unbelievably electric blue eyes and unnecessarily bright smile that appeared to be illuminated by starlight?
He stood with his side leant against the edge of the bar counter, his elbow resting atop the presumably sticky surface— it made you feel bad for his worn grey leather jacket that was probably bearing the brunt of the stickiness. His eyes were narrowed by the magnitude of his close-lipped smile. He brought the rim of his glass to his lips and glanced at you from the corner of his eye.
You just snorted and sat back against the booth you occupied.
Your fingertip swirled patterns against the table as you heard the leather bench across from you squeak with newly added weight. Without looking up, you shook your head. “Not interested.”
Why the "look” of Star Trek: Discovery was never going to please everyone and why you should get over it
debuted on September 8th, 1966 and was widely held as a
controversial and progressive series… for its time. I could spend hours
dissecting just how racist and sexist The
Original Series is, but that’s really not the point of this article.
The point of this story is that trying to keep a fandom going after more
than 50 years is bound to get problematic in terms of aesthetics and continuity. Technology,
fashion, makeup, and special effects have come a long way since 1966. A chief
complaint of Star Trek: Discovery is
that it’s supposed to be set 10 years before The Original Series, and therefore, it looks too “edgy” or “out of
place” to fit in with the timeline.
I for one would have preferred a series that picked up
after the events of Deep Space Nine
and Voyager, but that’s not what
we’re getting. And as I’m a diehard Trek fan through and through, I approach Star Trek a bit like marriage: I love the good, accept the bad, and understand that no matter how much I wish I could, there’s no changing what is. So here we go… another prequel. I’m keeping an open mind. In regards to what I think it should look like, I’m forced to ask myself: do I want something that looks like it
seamlessly fits in with a “historical” account of a made up future, or do I
want something that looks good and looks like it was produced in 2017 for an audience in 2017?
Star Trek has always served as a lens for the time in
which it was created in terms of fashion and aesthetic. The Original Series looks like it belongs in the late 1960s. That’s because it does.
Space hippies. ‘Nuff said.
Star Trek: The Next
Generation looks like a snapshot of the late 1980s and early 1990s. I’m
surprised they didn’t have beige carpeting on the ceiling.
Neoprene body suits. Oh, and those leotards. Teeheehee.
Star Trek: Voyager was
right at home in the late 1990s. Remember that time Captain Janeway and the
gang traveled back to the year 1996 to prevent a temporal explosion in the 29th
century that would destroy the entire solar system in the episode “Future’s
End?” In commenting on the fashion worn by
late 20th century inhabitants of Los Angeles, Tuvok even remarked, “We
could’ve worn our Starfleet uniforms. I doubt if anyone would’ve noticed.”
Seriously, it looks like there was a fire sale over in the Seinfeld wardrobe department.
so where does that leave Star Trek:
Discovery? If we were going to follow the route of fitting in with the actual
period it airs, it looks like it very much belongs in 2017.
You know, 2017, where the thought of an Asian woman running shit with a black female sidekick isn’t “silly talk” and the best makeup they can come up with for an alien goes beyond pointy ears.
But if we’re so hell bent
on making it look like it could have been ten years before the beehive hairdos,
miniskirts, and Beatles mania we see in The Original Series, it would
probably have to look something more like this:
Hey, at least I still left room for two female leads, right? It’s so progressive! [And white]
And to follow the rabbit hole to completion, Star Trek: Enterprise, the other prequel which was set in the middle of the 22nd century, probably should have just looked like this all the time:
Archer and T’Pol: robbing stagecoaches and school marming since 2152.
I’m 31 years old. I grew up watching The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, and I loved each of them because they spoke to real issues of the day. Each incarnation of the series almost serves as a mile marker, a perfect little time capsule to remind us of what life was like when it aired.
I watch The Original Series and can see a world that looks like it’s on the verge of being torn apart by racial strife, fears of Communism, and nuclear armageddon. Part of what makes that series so special to me is being able to watch it with a modern eye and know that things got better. I look at The Next Generation and see themes relating to everything from the AIDS crisis to the end of the Cold War, and I think “Hell yeah world! We got through it!” Sort of. We have a long way to go, but the show reminds us how far we’ve come. Star Trek: Enterprise has 9/11 and the Global War on Terror written all over it. How things will end from that fiasco is still sadly yet to be determined.
So as a fan, I want a series that highlights life as we know it and is progressive for our time, not life as we think it should look according to a canonical pretend sci-fi timeline. If we’re really set on the idea that Discovery should literally fit a time just before The Original Series, there would be no female starship captains. In the TOS episode, “Turnabout Intruder,” Janice Lester tells Captain Kirk, "Your world of starship captains doesn’t admit women.“ There probably wouldn’t be women on the bridge at all, given that Captain Pike actually says, “I can’t get used to having a woman on the bridge” in the TOS episode, “The Cage.” It would be nice if we could have a show that both perfectly weaves itself into canon and speaks for the current generation, but if given the choice between the two, I’d take the second one every time.
Given that there are already so many inconsistencies with canon as it is - the Klingon and Romulan foreheads look a little different with each telling and don’t even get me started on the stardates in The Original Series - can we just try to appreciate Discovery for what it is without dismissing it before it even airs just because it doesn’t fit into an ideal mold of what the year 2255 should theoretically look like according to canon?
None of us have seen it. It might well end up being terrible. There are horrendous episodes in each series (anyone remember “Spock’s Brain” from TOS or “Angel One” from TNG?), and some series were definitely better than others. But I still appreciate each series for what it tried to accomplish, and good, bad, or ugly, I’ll appreciate Star Trek: Discovery too. I would never say you should automatically love something just because it’s Star Trek, but if you’re truly a fan, you’ll at least give it a chance.
Lieutenants Uhura and M’Ress, in 2269. BFFs. The only reason Chapel isn’t here too is because she’s taking the picture (and not because I ran out of room on the page).
I finished watching season 1 of TAS, so here’s something to celebrate. :D
I guess this is a Caitian redesign! M’Ress is really more like a lioness I suppose, but since her eyebrows made up a very expressive part of her original design, I ended up incorporating stripes into the redesign so she’d have reason to have such dark eyebrows with no other dark fur. That was the reasoning, anyway.
Honestly I’m enjoying TAS so much, that TOS might start making its way onto this blog lmao. I want to draw TOS as if M’Ress was there all along, which she should have beeeeeen. So should Arex. …Yep, I think this may end up being something that happens. :D
ok so the wonderful @janey-jane made me a really cute OMS drawing SO. I figured i’d contribute to the ballerina enterprise-verse thing shes got going on, with ballerina ds9! I’m definitely going to rework her design later, the docking pylons didn’t come out how I wanted, but I made her a bajoran! she’s been through a lot but shes still hangin in there. Also the light in her chest is the wormhole :)
“Spock, Bones, what has been going on with you two lately?” Jim asked pulling his two friends and best officers aside “is it just me or is it every time I try to speak with [Y/L/N] you manage to pull me away”.
Jim wouldn’t have been this irritated if they were doing this with anyone else. You and Jim have become extremely close lately and he’d be lying if he said that he hadn’t fallen for you at least a little.
“We’re both rather fond of [Y/L/N] captain and we’re a little worried you may damage her” Spock answered. This only made Kirk even more confused so he looked over at Bones hoping he’d explain it and easier terms.
“What Spock’s trying to say is that we don’t want [Y/N], or either of you in fact to get hurt” Leonard said with a sigh.
“No ones going to get hurt okay. I wouldn’t do that to them. Now I order you two to back off”.
“One only understands the things that one tames. Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends anymore. If you want a friend, tame me…”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ‘The Little Prince’
Part one of the four I put in for the first issue of ‘This Simple Feeling’ fanzine!! I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival!
I paired Star Trek with The Little Prince… and Jim is the fox ^-^