Saturday, August 28, 2010

Star Trek's Mot the Barber Cites Shakespeare

“Ensign Ro.” By Michael Piller and Rick Berman. Perf. Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, and Michelle Forbes. Dir. Les Landau. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Season 5, episode 3. Syndicated television. 21 October 1991. DVD. Paramount, 2002.
Brief let me be.

The Barber of The Enterprise rattles on and on at the beginning of this episode—rather like Polonius, come to think of it—until he finally hits upon a quote from Shakespeare. It's a bit like an infinite number of monkeys typing away at a keyboard, I suppose—though that may not really give Mot his due.

In "Ensign Ro," a Shakespearean title is used as dialogue in a Star Trek episode. The more usual course is for a scrap of Shakespearean dialogue to be used as a title in a Star Trek episode.

In any case, here it is:

2 comments:

Mark said...

I love the Star Trek theme you've had recently! One of my favorite Shakespeare/Trek moments has to be (forgive me if you've done this one already and I missed it) when Q is in Picard's ready room, holding Picard's complete works and making fun of humanity. Picard says, "What Hamlet said with irony I say with conviction: 'What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!'" I can't find it on YouTube, though.

kj said...

Thanks, Mark! Yes, that's a good one. You'll find it here:

http://bardfilm.blogspot.com/2008/11/shakespeares-enduring-legacy.html

And you'll also find it in the "Shakespeare and Star Trek Complete" post--which is growing larger every day:

http://bardfilm.blogspot.com/2009/06/shakespeare-and-star-trek-complete.html

Thanks for the comment! Keep enjoying!

kj

Bardfilm is normally written as one word, though it can also be found under a search for "Bard Film Blog." Bardfilm is a Shakespeare blog (admittedly, one of many Shakespeare blogs), and it is dedicated to commentary on films (Shakespeare movies, The Shakespeare Movie, Shakespeare on television, Shakespeare at the cinema), plays, and other matter related to Shakespeare (allusions to Shakespeare in pop culture, quotes from Shakespeare in popular culture, quotations that come from Shakespeare, et cetera).

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Shakespeare, William. The Riverside Shakespeare. 2nd ed. Gen. ed. G. Blakemore Evans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
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