Friday, April 7, 2017

Cataline Recommends

Chaos on the Bridge...Currently on Netflix.

William Shatner produced this documentary on the first two years of Star Trek the Next Generation.

It's a cheap but enjoyable production.  The behind the scenes stories were interesting to me. 

During the first year STNG was such a bastard stepchild the cast was reduced to stealing food from the set of Cheers.

Roddenberry had an insane lawyer that everyone hated, who was given to sneaking into peoples offices. 

David Gerald actually thought that he was talented and should be allowed to write a script.

It's good stuff.

6 comments:

Jew613 said...

I liked it. I thought one of the more interesting parts was the confirmation of what I'd long suspected that Q was Roddenberry's vision of G-d. That while officially an atheist he actually viewed the Divine as cruel and arrogant rather then nonexistent.

Cataline Sergius said...

I thought that was interesting as well.

When it was first run, I thought the first couple of seasons felt like pastiche. Now it turns out that they pretty much were. The initial talent pool Roddenberry brought in were really just the Con circuit regulars.

The show didn't really improve until Roddenberry was too sick to interfere with it any more.

Ghah said...

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Sillon Bono said...

@Ghah

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Kentucky Headhunter said...
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Kentucky Headhunter said...

I enjoyed it. Wasn't much of a fan of the show, but it really was the only game in time for a while. Roddenberry was a kook, and got lucky. His inability to do anything other than Trek bears this out.

Completely superficial, but I can't help but notice that original Trek has some beautiful women on the show, while Next Gen couldn't seem to cast better than a 6 during it's run. Diana Muldaur looked great for 70-something. Guess Roddenberry was trying to bone a lot them back then and was too sick to get it up during NG.

Also the ship on Next Gen looks like they're exploring the galaxy from the lobby of a Fairfield motel.