Saturday, November 22, 2008

Spock Displays his Well-Rounded, Liberal Arts Education

Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Dir. Leonard Nimoy. Perf. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, and George Takei. 1986. DVD. Paramount, 2003.

And so, we move to the motion pictures (though I will get to the episodes that are just title references and to ST:  TNG—don't you worry).

The Original Series offered considerable scope.  In the movies, Hamlet takes the upper hand.  Is it because the studios can't afford to be as obscure in a feature film?

In any case, The Voyage Home offers only a small quotation from Hamlet.  But, for those of you who know its plot, they could have shoved in a quick "Very like a whale" every now and then!

Links: A Gateway to Star Trek Information at Wikipedia.

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