Did you ever have one of those days where you just want to say "Beam me up, Scottie. No intelligent life here!" Maybe you watch the news and feel as if you want to respond (in a deep voice, of course) "That is not logical." If so, you might be a Star Trek fan!
Star Trek was first shown on TV in 1966 and was only on for three seasons but became quite popular when it was shown in syndication. Gene Roddenberry was the creator behind the series and I have read that he was inspired by "Horation Hornblower", Gulliver's Travels" and the TV Western "Wagon Train." Might I suggest that he also might have been influenced by a film called "The Gallant Hours"? Have you ever seen it? It is a film with James Cagney playing the part of Admiral William Frederick Halsey, Jr. (He is most well known as Admiral "Bull" Halsey, ) As I watched this film, with the magnificent Jimmy Cagney playing the Admiral interacting with his crew...I had a strong sense of deja vu. It was very much like Captain Kirk on the Starship Enterprise! Wait...wasn't Gene Roddenberry in World War II? And wasn't he in the South Pacific? I looked it up and yes, he served there in the war...
I do wonder if it could be possible that he also liked "The Gallant Hours" as much as I did and maybe, this film might have given the idea to the characters that he created. When I say to you that it is an unusual war movie, not really any big war scenes to speak of...rather it is the people that you remember. (And the music, the soundtrack is unusual but most effective.) Oh dear, I hope I am explaining this to you properly! You see, Star Trek is that way...the old TV series had the funniest old fake rocks and laughable special effects but it was the characters and the stories that you remembered. It was so wonderful to think of the crew from different countries (and even different planets!) and all still getting along. (Well, most of the time anyway!)
Did you know that the actress who played the communications officer, Lt. Uhura, felt that she was thinking about leaving the show in order to concentrate on her singing career? She didn't because Martin Luther King, Jr. contacted her and told her to to stay right where she was...it was that important for the American public to see a character like hers, a person of color, in one of the few non-stereotypical roles on TV at that time.
English joke (you must say this in an English accent):
How many ears does Captain Kirk have?
He has 3...the left ear, the right ear...and the final front ear! (Frontier)
I am sure that you are wondering what song will I choose to go with this post...and you might think that I will give you the "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" song by Paul McCartney but NO! That would be too obvious! By coincidence, I was singing a song this weekend...it just popped into my head and a jolly good song it is too. "Only You" by the Platters. (Please click on the link and listen to it! It is marvelous!) The lead singer is Tony Williams and I looked him up...it just so happens that he was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. When I was looking up the background on Admiral Halsey, can you believe it...he was also born in Elizabeth, New Jersey! Doesn't make a bit a difference really, but if you look for them, you can always find connections, lives interwoven with other lives in the smallest of ways.
Oh! And just thought of telling you this...so funny to me...the actor who played the doctor on Star Trek, DeForrest Kelley? HE was born in Toccoa, GA and lived in Conyers, GA! (Just like me, if you notice.) See, we are all connected, I tell ya...if you don't think so, give me a minute and I will find it for you, you know I will.
Now, I hope that you will search out "The Gallant Hours" and then, that you will ponder my great wisdom from my years of watching TV! For the wonderful fans of Star Trek (I am thinking of you, Meike!) I wish that I could have written a bit more eloquently about a TV show that is near and dear to your heart.
Hope you are all doing well. I have a sunflower just now as my header photo. Not sure about you but I felt the need for it!
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER! (Can you do the Vulcan salute? You know I can.)