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Bye Scotty…leave the warp speed running

James Doohan and the future T.J. Hooker.

Of course most of you by now know that James Doohan, “Scotty,” has passed on. His ashes will be sent into space, and rightfully so. I used to watch TOS (The Original Series for you non-Trekkers) when I was a kid and was a big fan of TNG (The Next Generation). Sorry to say, I just couldn’t get into DS9 or Enterprise.

BBC News has a nice story about the history of TOS:

The death of James Doohan – Scotty the engineer – has aroused fresh outpourings of affection for Star Trek. Unmistakeably a child of the 1960s, the show was a flop which rose again to become the most famous space series.

The original show tried to look into the future – and eventually changed television on both sides of the camera.

At its quiet start on NBC in September 1966, it seemed that the only thing that would change was the channel – as viewers and critics found Bewitched much more interesting.

…Star Trek had the USS Enterprise which was always commanded by William Shatner (Captain Kirk), was always held together by James Doohan as Scotty, and which presented generally consistent characters that you would come to know and follow.

It was crude: Mr Spock’s cold logic and Doctor McCoy’s warm humanity were the two sides of Kirk’s personality brought out and given voices. But they were funny and they were smart where most space characters were not. The stories were optimistic about exploration instead of fatalistic about invasion. The Enterprise crew became a family and that humanised space opera.

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