Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z 2015: Star Trek Episodes "The Savage Curtain"

"The Savage Curtain"
Star Trek (the original series)

If things had gone differently, "Savage Curtain" would be known for featuring Abraham Lincoln, and pretty much only that.  There's a lot of mileage to be had from Lincoln, and the original series had a habit of using every possible story template as a springboard for Kirk's adventures.

But things went as they did, and Lincoln was overshadowed by a couple of dudes named Surak and Kahless.

Who are those dudes, you ask (you Star Trek neophyte, you!)?  They were both founders of the way famous Star Trek alien civilizations tend to behave: Surak instituted Vulcan logic, Kahless laid the foundations of Klingon honor.  Kahless made an appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Rightful Heir"), or at least his clone did, and his chosen weapon, the first bat'leth, was fought over in Deep Space Nine ("The Sword of Kahless").  Surak's teachings were reawakened in Enterprise ("The Forge"/"Awakening"/"Kir'Shara").

So "Savage Curtain" is known for introducing these fine dudes.

7 comments:

Majanka Verstraete said...

I haven't watched all the Star Trek episodes yet. I probably should do that soon, though. I liked the ones I did see.

My latest A to Z Challenge post.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I do love Star Trek. This definitely makes me want to sit through a weekend of DVD's.

Pat Dilloway said...

I've been watching the original series but haven't gotten to that episode yet.

Spacerguy said...

Its a really cool moment when President Lincoln beams aboard.

Jay Noel said...

Cool. I'm getting an education in ST for sure.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They got a lot of mileage out of those characters.

Tony Laplume said...

Majanka, some of the coolest things I've read on the Internet involve people watching the complete Star Trek.

Powell, then I've done my job!

Pat, it's from the third season.

Spacer, anything Lincoln does is cool.

Jay, it's why I'm here.

Alex, they did indeed!

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