written by gene roddenberry

Y’all whiny MFers better not get Discovery cancelled

I’ll confess, I’ve seen the trailer for Star Trek Discovery about 50 times since it was released. I have some reservations about a few things, but as a Trek fan in general, I’m so excited I’m screaming in a pitch that only dogs can hear. Also, I may have wet my pants. 

Then I went and read the YouTube comments on the trailer and remembered exactly why it is that we as Trek fans can’t have nice things. In case you’re wondering, it goes roughly like this:

It just keeps going: 
The Klingons are weird.
Sarek doesn’t look like Sarek.
It has JJ Abrams written all over it.
Gene Roddenberry would be rolling over in his grave. 

I don’t get the mentality that the only “good” Star Trek is one where Klingons are white dudes with shoe polish on their faces and the crew of the Enterprise solves the social problems of ridiculously cookie-cutter societies every week. Also, Mark Lenard is dead and he will never play Sarek again. That’s been a thing since 1996. Listen, like it or not, Gene Roddenberry lost his mind in his later years, and that’s why the first two seasons of The Next Generation feel so damn unwatchable. But guess what? I still watched them and I joke about how terrible they are, but I still wouldn’t hashtag them as #NotMyStarTrek. 

Remember that time they actually recycled a plot from The Original Series and it ended with Tasha Yar asking Data if he was “fully functional?” Yeah, I cringed just writing that. 

In case no one noticed, we’ve come a long way since the 1960s in terms of special effects, makeup, editing, and even science. I swear some people would only be happy if the bridge of Discovery were identical to the bridge of the original Enterprise, cardboard inlays and monotone computer voice and all. I know this is true because I’ve seen some of the fan movies. You want to talk about unwatchable, check out Star Trek: Of Gods and Men on YouTube. 

Then there are people whining about how an Asian female captain and a black female lead is just a way of making SJWs happy and is a vicious slap in the face to fans. To anyone who actually thinks that, WTF kind of Star Trek have you been watching up until this point? If you can’t stomach the idea of a Star Trek that pushes you outside your comfort zone which only extends to watching three white 1960s bros solve the universe’s problems, I seriously question your dedication to the franchise. Furthermore, you can’t have it both ways: you can’t say Gene Roddenberry would be devastated and simultaneously whine that it looks like a campy multicultural homosexual estrogen party. 

Clearly this incarnation is set up to be serialized so yes, it’s very different than the original, but I for one would much rather watch Star Trek evolve with the times (and technology) than continue to live in a Groundhog Day of The Original Series. Anyone who bitches and moans that they can tell it sucks just by watching the trailer reminds me of Al Bundy reliving his glory days of scoring four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High. Life moves on. So does Star Trek

“The only good Star Trek is the original Star Trek!”

So can we stop whining about a show none of us have even seen yet? Can we stop trying to get it cancelled before it even has a chance to come into its own? Complaining about it isn’t going to make CBS decide to produce a Trek series made by fans who can’t stop reliving the era of Spock or Picard. 

anonymous asked:

HOLD ON IT'S CANON THAT THEY'RE BONDED?

YEP LMFAO !!!!!!!!!!! ANOTHER GODDAMN REASON THEY SHOULD BE CANON IN AOS BUT WHATEVER FINE

BUT YEAH THEY’RE CANON BONDED IN TOS :))))) IN THE MOTION PICTURE NOVEL WRITTEN BY GENE RODDENBERRY HIS GODDAMN SELF SPOCK IS ON VULCAN ABOUT TO GO THROUGH KOLINAHR AND HE LEGIT HEARS KIRK’S EXACT THOUGHTS FROM EARTH TALKING ABOUT HOW HE WISHES SPOCK WAS BY HIS SIDE  AND BC OF THIS HE ISN’T ABLE TO GO THROUGH WITH KOLINAHR

IT’S ALSO EXPLICITLY MENTIONED LATER IN THE NOVEL THAT THEY HAVE A BOND/THEY HAD A “MEETING OF MINDS” THAT WAS GREATER THAN EVEN THE PHYSICAL LOVE OF PON FARR

“Spock, your thoughts. Open them to me.”

Spock could not refuse the High Master T’sai, not even at this moment of shame. As she touched him, Spock let his mind open, in the giving and receiving of mindmeldOneness. Kaiidth! What was there was there, and it was T’sai’s right to learn the complete truth of it.

//The Klingons weren’t destroyed. It feels like … like they’ve become “wall exhibits in Hell.” And it’s headed for Earth. Spock, I wish you were here to help me understand.//

Spock looked up, puzzled. That had felt like Jim Kirk’s thoughts. And yet it was T’sai who was standing here and to whom he had opened his thoughts. She was now releasing Spock’s consciousness and retrieving her own. Then her lips opened, and before she spoke Spock already knew what her words would be.

“Your answer lies elsewhere, Spock.”

“The City On The Edge Of Forever” won major writing awards for both the aired and Harlan Ellison’s original version of its screenplay. The broadcasted script for “City” earned a 1968 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (it was running against four other episodes of Star Trek) while Ellison took home the Writers Guild of America Award for “Best Written Dramatic Episode” for his version.

At the WGA awards, Gene Roddenberry, Gene Coon, Robert Justman, Herb Solow and others involved in the show’s production were on hand to show support for his work despite the problems they’d experienced. Ellison, of course, used his time at the podium to berate the audience about executives rewriting his work.

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STAR TREK   “Mirror, Mirror”

starring  William Shatner,  Leonard Nimoy,  DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols,  James Doohan,  George Takei,  Walter Koenig, John Winston  with guest stars Vic Perrin and Barbara Luna as Marlena Moreau

written by  Jerome Bixby,  directed by Marc Daniels,  created by Gene Roddenberry

50 minutes;  October 6, 1967

As he entered, Spock’s ears caught the sounds of humans at love […] it was the beginning he had heard and it distracted him. Odd, this human need to contiunally rub this and that part of their bodies together, particularly since humans conducted it while fully rational, sometimes even intermixing with conversation, which was certainly far from any definition of passion by Vulcan standards.
— 

From The Motion Picture Novelization written by Gene Roddenberry.

The omniscient narrator tells us what Spock thinks about Human-style sex.

In Spock’s opinion, human-style love-making is way too mechanical, too rational, not passionate enough, in comparison to how Vulcans do it. They don’t do it often, but when they do, they do it properly, Spock knows.

Vulcan sex is better than human sex, in Spock’s opinion.

Apparently Vulcans could teach Humans a lesson or two in the art of passionate love-making.

seeingbeyondfear replied to your photoset “oh”

as somebody who doesn’t watch this show, it looks like this was confirmed as canon way more solidly than mulder & scully ever were

While those screencaps were unaltered and actually happened in that order, the context is important–otherwise, it definitely looks like they’re about to roll around in some sheets together. It’s not the case, though.

TOS basically centers around Jim and Spock’s relationship, and how they deal with problems in space. Over the course of three seasons, there’s an abundance of evidence there in plain sight that shows the conspicuous love between them. If they were a F/M pairing, there would be no question about the affection they have for each other. However, since we sadly still live in a homophobic society, seeing those examples isn’t proof enough for some.

That’s all right. Because, enter the first movie, Star Trek The Motion Picture…

KIRK: Were you right? About V'GER?
SPOCK: A lifeform of its own… a conscious, living entity.
CHAPEL (OC): A living machine?
KIRK: It considers the Enterprise a living machine. That’s why the probe refers our ship as an entity.
SPOCK: I saw V'GER’s planet, a planet populated by living machines. Unbelievable technology. V'GER has knowledge that spans this universe. And, yet with all this pure logic… V'GER is barren… cold. No mystery, no beauty. …I should have known.
KIRK: Known? Known what? *grabs Spock’s shoulders* Spock!
MCCOY: *goes to pull Kirk away* Captain…
KIRK: *Smacks his hand off and turns to McCoy, obviously agitated* Bones! *Turns back to Spock and takes his shoulders again, leaning in close to his face. Softly:* Spock… What should you have known? What should you have known???
SPOCK: *whispers:* Jim… *Grabs Kirk’s bicep tightly. Then, both of their arms move and their hands clasp* This simple feeling… is beyond V'GER’s comprehension.

(THIS LITERALLY HAPPENS AT THIS POINT IN TIME:)


SPOCK:  No meaning, …no hope, …and, Jim, no answers. It’s asking questions.
KIRK: What questions?
SPOCK: ‘Is this… all I am? Is there nothing more?’

Yep. [x]

Shortly after:

The only way this story could further reveal how deeply they love each other is if you read the book–written by Gene Roddenberry himself. I see absolutely no way of denying the depth of the relationship between them after all of this.

But people still do, and to each their own. Characters and works of fiction are made for interpretation.

Keith Birdsong Star Trek: The God-Thing Unpublished Paperback Novel Cover Painting Original Art (Pocket Books, 1991). Co-written by series creator Gene Roddenberry and long-time Trek novelist Michael Jan Friedman, this story was set in the era of the first Star Trek: The Motion Picture film. The story was never published, so this fantastic Birdsong cover was never used! Roddenberry wanted to turn this into a film, and despite multiple changes requested by the studio, it never happened. His Estate has previously refused to release the draft for the story, so this single piece of art is as close as you can get to discovering why Spock was a Hippie.

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STAR TREK   “Journey to Babel”

starring William Shatner,  Leonard Nimoy,  DeForest Kelley,  Walter Koenig,  Nichelle Nichols,  Majel Barrett with William O'Connell,  John Wheeler,  Reggie Nalder and guest starring Mark Lenard and Miss Jane Wyatt

written by D.C. Fontana,  directed Joseph Pevney,  created by Gene Roddenberry

50 minutes;  original air date  November 17, 1967

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STAR TREK  “Balance of Terror”

starring  William Shatner,  Leonard Nimoy,  Mark Lenard,  DeForest Kelley,  Grace Lee Whitney,  Paul Comi,  George Takei,  James Doohan,  Lawrence Montaigne,  Barbara Baldavini

written by Paul Schneider,  directed by Vincent McEveety,  created by Gene Roddenberry

50 minutes;  original air date December 15, 1966

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STAR  TREK  “Where No Man Has Gone Before"  (2nd pilot)

starring  William Shatner,  Leonard Nimoy,  Gary Lockwood,  Sally Kellerman,  James Doohan,  George Takei,  Paul Carr,  Paul Fix,  Lloyd Haynes,  Andrea Dromm

created by Gene Roddenerry,  directed by James Goldstone,  written by Samuel A. Peeples and Gene Roddenberry

50 minutes;  original airdate September 22, 1966

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Front and back cover to the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, written by Gene Roddenberry. I’ve talked about how unusual this book is before, full of odd details that don’t quite feel right, even though they’ve come from the mind of the Great Bird himself. 

How weird is it? Here’s the very first paragraph in the book, from the Preface “written” by James T. Kirk himself.

My name us James Tiberius Kirk. Kirk because my father and his male forebears followed the old custom of passing along a family identity name. I received James because it was both the name of my father’s beloved brother as well as that of my mother’s first love instructor. Tiberius, as I am forever tired of explaining, was the Roman Emperor whose life for some unfathomable reason fascinated my grandfather Samuel.

Love instructors, people. Roddenberry was an odd duck, to say the least.

Despite re-reading it just last year, it’s next in my book queue for whatever reason. Maybe I’m a nerd? Huh.

Weird fact: I’ve had this copy, a first printing, since 1983. I guess I was deeply convinced of the value of an original edition or something.

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STAR TREK   “The Immunity Syndrome”

starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy,  DeForest Kelley,  James Doohan,  Nichelle Nichols,  Walter Koenig,  John Winston,  Majel Barrett

written by Robert Sabaroff,  directed by Joseph Pevney, created by Gene Roddenberry

50 minutes;  January 18, 1968