Sunday, August 29, 2010

Star Trek's Q and Lady Macbeth

“True Q.” By RenĂ© Echevarria. Perf. Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Olivia d'Abo, and John de Lancie. Dir. Robert Scheerer. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Season 6, episode 6. Syndicated television. 1 November 1992. DVD. Paramount, 2002.
Allow me another genuinely micro micropost.

"True Q" offers another example of Shakespeare that has become part and parcel of ordinary English conversation. Q incidentally quotes from Macbeth, giving us Lady Macbeth's "What's done is done" (III.ii.11-12). I only wish the writers had followed it with Lady Macbeth's similar—but, oh! How different—later quotation: "What’s done cannot be undone" (V.i.64).

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Links: Shakespeare and Star Trek Complete.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Hmmm... "What's done is done" is a pretty common phrase. I wonder if it has Macbethian origins? (Yes, I just made that word up.) Interesting. Good catch.

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