I’m not even in this fandom, but hearing this made me feel so much better about life
I needed this today.
HAPPY CAPTAIN PICARD DAY
stabilized star trek shot
I actually didn’t know until this year that the Talosians in “The Cage” were all played by women with dubbed male voices. So I was interested to read more about how this came about in Marc Cushman’s These are the Voyages: TOS: Season One.
"Meg Wyllie, 47 was made up to play ‘The Keeper,’ a hairless alien man. Director Butler had the idea that it might be interesting to create an ‘anti-sexuality’ for these aliens who had given up all physical sensation in favor of intellectual pursuits. Roddenberry loved the idea; it was an inventive and daring choice. It was also Butler’s idea to cast Wyllie. He had directed her before during her career in television, which included recent appearances on Perry Mason and Wagon Train.”
"The refined Meg Wyllie said, ‘I had never played such a role nor had such a makeup job applied to me. The base was an old-fashioned rubber bathing cap - the type with a chin strap…Upon the cap, a rubber substance was placed. When that was set, the special effects people finished the skull - placing the blood vessels and covering them. The makeup was not comfortable - my ears especially suffered being so confined under the cap.’
Wyllie’s instructions were to play the part with ‘dignity and control.’ She remembered, ‘A mental, rather than physical, approach was needed to concentrate on the words that I was saying. The pulsing in the veins in my skull and very little facial expression were to be the only visible effects of my thought transfers…I was most intrigued.’”
Eventually the 20th Century History class at Starfleet Academy stops being a fringey elective and becomes a required course, and all the cadets are like “this is so irrelevant, why do we have to learn this” and anyone who’s been around for a while is like “there is an 812% chance that you will time travel to the 20th century during your Starfleet career”
"but the temporal prime directive"
"At the very least you will get trapped a holodeck program based on the 20th century, and you will need to know all these weird idioms"
"But why is it only the 20th - "
"We don’t know why it’s only the 20th century we have a whole corps of scientists trying to figure out what’s happening with that it seriously makes no sense but in the meantime, knowing how to work a combustion engine is pretty much guaranteed to save your life so get the hell on that."
i uploaded this to facebook like 4 years ago and i just rediscovered it
i’m still amazed
you can bitch all you want about personalized google searches limiting our exposure to the world outside of ourselves and blahblah, but google knows exactly what i mean when i search for “disco bones.” i have no time for your luddite shit when we can enjoy this kind of progress.