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Old 04-04-2012, 12:54 PM
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:41 PM
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She also got to meet Martin Luther King, Jr. while Star Trek was actually in production.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:13 AM
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Somehow I am more impressed by MLK having been a Trekker than Obama. Seems more like a "my spin doctors told me that it's smart to care about my geek image from time to time" thing than a "I really loved the show and what Nichols meant to us Black folks" thing.
Back to Doctor King, didn't he convince Nichols to stay on the show when she wanted to quit? Didn't Uhura inspire Doctor Jemison, the first female black astronaut? Some Trek fans love to emphasize all the time that Trek is merely entertainment. Well, what more evidence do they need that it is also a little bit more than that?
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:34 AM
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Well, that's what she claims. I suppose there's no particular reason to doubt the moment took place or that she took his advice and decided to remain on the show for it's duration.

Of course, Star Trek at that time and for a good while afterwards also knew how to entertain as well as inspire. Although to be fair, let's partially hide season 3 of TOS in that respect. Which is the classic trick. Keep it a little fun as well and remember that part as well as don't take yourself too seriously too often and people will usually be inclined to learn more.

They may end up having so much fun at times they don't realise it at the time.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:48 AM
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Uhura worked like a Cuarón movie, from the background. She was just there and if there was anything to learn it was via observing and getting used to something.
While most TNG bashing is basically just reactionary some of it does actually have a point, that operating too much in the foreground can become too abstract.
TOS and TNG is a little bit like Macbeth and Hamlet. Sure, Hamlet is a better play but it is too intellectual, just "words, words, words". Macbeth is far more sensual with its lively "witches and mist" kind of background.
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Obama is so cool!
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:41 PM
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You really think such a picture is sincere and not carefully orchestrated?




About judging our political leaders based on pictures, I wonder what my ancestors said when they saw this picture. Probably something along the lines of "he loves dogs, he is a such a nice guy."




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So politicians should not shake hands, hold kids and pet dogs when cameras are present?
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