Hentai Action Theater - Star Warp: 02

6th Oct 2021, 12:00 AM in HAT-Star Warp
Hentai Action Theater - Star Warp: 02
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6th Oct 2021, 12:00 AM
BedlamBoy
OK, I could have put in a sound effect for panel 3, but if you've watched Star Trek at all you can probably HEAR that panel without one.

So, there's a lot of history to the name "Singh" in Star Trek. When he was flying B-17 missions in WWII, series creator Gene Roddenberry met a pilot (possibly Chinese, though the name would indicate Indian) named Kim Noonien Singh. They became friends, but after the war Roddenberry lost track of him. While making Star Trek he renamed the villain of the episode Space Seed "Khan Noonien Singh" (the character was originally Nordic) in the hopes that his old friend would catch wind of it, see Roddenberry's name in the credits, and get in touch... but there was no response. Later, while making ST:TNG, he named Data's creator "Noonien Soong" in another attempt to catch his friend's attention, but again without success. Gene Roddenberry was never reunited with his old comrade in arms.

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6th Oct 2021, 3:24 AM
KAM
KAM
And then they find themselves in the body of someone in the past so they can set right what went wrong.

Oh, wrong Quantum.

;-)
6th Oct 2021, 4:31 AM
StLOrca
Welllllp, nice knowin’ ya, Jerry.
6th Oct 2021, 5:56 AM
Oldarmourer
Maybe, he got a name which is a longevity booster and he's not from their ship so he might make it...maybe...possibly...there's a chance...
7th Oct 2021, 7:54 AM
BedlamBoy
Don't count Jerry out just yet...
6th Oct 2021, 6:19 PM
Tarmaque
I did not know this bit of Trek trivia. Thanks for sharing!

I could not see Kahn (by any name) as a "Nordic" self-styled superman without it being politically problematic at the time. Or even in this time.

What I find more interesting than that is the series Andromeda ("Created by Gene Roddenberry" but in reality loosely based on some notes he made before he died for a proposed series) features the character Tyr, played by Keith Hamilton Cobb. A Nietzschean, or a member of a genetically "improved" race who use the writings of Nietzsche as a sort of religious text. Cobb is of African heritage, and the fictional progenitor of the Nietzschean race Drago Museveni is also portrayed as African. An interesting philosophical direction to go.

Andromeda is a guilty pleasure of mine. Or at least the first two seasons, and selected scenes of the following two. (Season 5 is a travesty.) After they fired showrunner Robert Hewitt Wolfe the quality went down considerably and it became little more than "Dylan Hunt gets laid a lot." However it remains pretty quotable.
7th Oct 2021, 7:53 AM
BedlamBoy
And there's an article on ScreenRant right now about this -- click on TV News.

And early Andromeda was great... I've heard Kevin Sorbo had a hand in getting Wolfe fired because he thought his stories were "too complicated." I consider Andromeda (or at least its pre-apocalyptic backstory) to be one of the TrekLikes I'm spoofing (er... pastiching? paying homage to?). Swoopy space ship. Uniforms could have been more colorful.
7th Oct 2021, 8:59 AM
Tarmaque
I don't know if it was Kevin specifically who was behind getting Wolfe fired, but the "overly complicated story" was definitely the reason behind it. AND Kevin Sorbo later became an executive producer and had an inordinate amount of control over the series. I always found Dylan to be the least interesting thing about the show. The official word is that the decision was made by executives at Fireworks Entertainment, who wanted more standalone episodes focused on Dylan Hunt.

The sad thing is, the series long complicated story was where TV series were rapidly evolving anyway. Today we have few series that don't have complicated series long plots. Even back then it was becoming the norm, with shows like Babylon 5 and Farscape.
8th Oct 2021, 11:20 AM
Oldarmourer
Moreso today than in the 'golden age' of Sci-fi TV, shows run in fear of being cancelled with no notice so they don't bother with long story arcs or cliffhangers, because all it takes is for a minor actor to say something 'wrong' somewhere far removed from the set and the woke rabid lunatics force the studio to cancel everything and salt the earth where it stood..or they'll whine or something, I never did understand what was supposed to happen if they didn't comply, if anything I'd think the audience would go up...then again, perhaps that's a lot what's going on, it's said that there's no such thing as bad publicity and this is free...
24th Dec 2021, 5:22 PM
Guest
Ooh! Special effects! Nice!