Thursday, November 15, 2007

Star Trek vs. Star Wars on the CBC

Tomorrow morning, Friday, November 16, 2007, I'll be on CBC Radio One's flagship show Sounds Like Canada talking about Star Trek vs. Star Wars. I, of course, am a big advocate that Star Trek is the more significant work.

The producers have grabbed two sound clips from The Original Series of Trek at my request:
Clip 1: From "The Savage Curtain": (about 1/3 of the way into the episode):

UHURA: Excuse me, Captain Kirk.

KIRK: Yes, Lieutenant.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: What a charming Negress -- oh, forgive me, my dear! I know in my time some used that term as a description of property.

UHURA: But why should I object to that term, sir? In our century, we've learned not to fear words.

KIRK: May I present our communications officer, Lieutenant Uhura?

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The foolishness of my century had me apologizing where no offense was given.

UHURA: We've each learned to be delighted with what we are.


Clip 2: From "Whom Gods Destroy" (almost 1/2 way into the episode):

"LORD" GARTH (insane megalomaniac): Galaxies surround us, limitless vistas! And yet the Federation would have us grub away like some ants on some somewhat larger than usual anthill. But I am not an insect! I am Master of the Universe, and I must claim my domain.

KIRK: I agree there was a time when war was necessary, and you were our greatest warrior. I studied your victory at Axanar when I was a cadet. It's still required reading.

"LORD" GARTH: As well it should be.

KIRK: Very well. But my first visit to Axanar was as a new-fledged cadet on a peace mission.

"LORD" GARTH (contemptuous): Peace mission? Politicians and weaklings!

KIRK (stirringly): They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream -- a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars, a dream that made Mr. Spock and me brothers.

"LORD" GARTH (incensed, sneering): Mr. Spock, do you consider Captain Kirk and yourself brothers?

SPOCK (measured): Captain Kirk speaks somewhat figuratively, and with undue emotion. However, what he says is logical, and I do, in fact, agree with it.
Of course, Don Halifax, the main character in my latest novel, Rollback, is a huge Star Trek fan ...

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At November 16, 2007 5:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I download this CBC broadcast? I would love to listen.

At November 16, 2007 11:00 PM , Blogger Bombauer said...

That second scene with the Kirk/Spock brotherhood is actually very touching. Thanks for pointing it out!


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