It’s official: Picard is a jerk.
A new gag reel from Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 Blu-ray edition has emerged. Lots of people flubbing their lines, and lots of bleeped out comments, too. Who knew the members of Starfleet had such potty mouths?
Bonus: An appearance by the man himself, Gene Roddenberry.
We linked to an audio version of this a little while back, but here’s the video on an awesome discussion between Wil Wheaton and Neil Degrasse Tyson on the science of Star Trek. Other panelists include Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins and Kristen Schaal.
In a recent Twitter exchange the subject of Banacek came up.
For those too young to remember, Banacek was an NBC series starring George Peppard as a suave Polish investigator assigned to uncover the mystery of objects and people that went missing under seemingly impossible circumstances. It struck me that you could not pitch a character like Banacek today; He was a womanizer (the first episode features the ever-yummy Anitra Ford serving him champagne while he watches TV), smoked cigars, and his job was to help insurance companies avoid paying claims. You might pitch it as a period piece, a la Mad Men, as a window to a less-enlightened time, but never as a modern show, at least not without significant modifications. It got me thinking about what SF/F TV characters would fail as new creations today.
To be clear, I do not mean reboots or reimaginings. I mean characters existing as they did when they were originally portrayed on TV, with their personality traits and behaviors intact, and pitching them in today’s social and political climate. We’ve come quite a distance from couples sleeping in separate beds, but there are things considered taboo today that were rampant on TV past.
Here are few that came to mind…
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