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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Ray Gutnick

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Posted May 25 2003 - 06:14 AM

Someone asked me if I knew of an episode where William Shatner was especially melodramatic and spoke in particularly short sentences. They need it for a presentation. Any ideas?

#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted May 25 2003 - 08:34 AM

"A Piece of the Action" and "Plato's Stepchildren" are good examples, and they're terrible episodes to boot.

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Daniel J.S.

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Posted May 25 2003 - 08:36 AM

Try Kirk's "risk is our business" speech from "Return to Tomorrow." It's a great speech full of great Shatner histrionics. That's an example of a good Shatner moment. Bad ones would include his speech at the end of "The Omega Glory" or the Lester-as-Kirk bits from "Turnabout Intruder."

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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted May 25 2003 - 09:31 AM

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Posted May 25 2003 - 09:53 AM

This would be a good thread to add my own question that I have wondered about.

I once turned on TV and saw the end credits for TOS, and the particular episode had credits for someone playing "Zefram Cochrane". As in (I assume) the guy who invented the warp drive. I would be interested in seeing that episode. COuld anyone tell me what the title of it was?
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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   luke j. chung

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Posted May 25 2003 - 10:42 AM

"Metamorphosis". The actor who played Cochrane was Glenn Corbett.

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Posted May 25 2003 - 11:54 AM

I liked A Piece of the Action too! And I always loved Kirk's speech in Return to Tomorrow, "Risk... is... our... business!"

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Posted May 25 2003 - 01:13 PM

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"Metamorphosis". The actor who played Cochrane was Glenn Corbett.

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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Ray Gutnick

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Posted May 25 2003 - 02:58 PM

Return to tomorrow...good choice. I'll pass on all your recommendations. Thanks everyone!

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Posted May 25 2003 - 03:39 PM

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#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Joel Fontenot

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Posted May 25 2003 - 04:54 PM

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#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Craig Robertson

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Posted May 25 2003 - 04:58 PM

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Posted May 25 2003 - 05:28 PM

My knowledge of TOS is fuzzy and incomplete, but does Kirk give a big speech in the episode where he and Spock are forced to fight like gladiators (not on Vulcan but on some Roman-themed planet)?

Edit: Never mind. I think I'm referring to Plato's Stepchildren (after I bothered to browse an episode guide). Kirk and Spock don't fight each other. I'm crazy. Look away!

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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Rex Bachmann

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Posted May 25 2003 - 05:43 PM

Jack Briggs wrote (post #2):

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"A Piece of the Action" . . . . and . . . [it's a] terrible episode[. . .] to boot.

Jeff Kleist wrote (post #4):

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I like "A Piece of the Action" sue me

Ric Easton wrote (post #7):

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I liked A Piece of the Action too!


Brian E wrote (post #10):

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Me too.


Joel Fontenot wrote (post #11):

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Me three.


Craig Robertson wrote (post #12):


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me four!


One class-action lawsuit comin' right up! A great example of where TOS took a mighty wrong turn!


My candidate here is Kirk's preachy monolog from "The Omega Glory":

"'WeplebNEEstuh . . .' You've . . . forGOTten . . . the meaning . . . of . . . the . . . WOOORDS . . . 'WEEeee . .. the PEOple!' . . . ."

Also over the top, Kirk's silliloquy [sic!] in "The Naked Time" (from memory):

"The ENterprise! . . . You're BETter off . . . withOUT 'er. . . She'll OWN you! . . . . no PEAce . . . no shore to walk on [???] . . . "
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#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted May 25 2003 - 08:30 PM

I think A Piece of the Action is horrible, but I like it anyway.
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#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Daniel Kikin

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Posted May 26 2003 - 02:15 AM

I'll add one more to the list, "A Taste of Armageddon"

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Posted May 26 2003 - 02:55 AM

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Oh yeah.. "The Omega Glory" speech is a good one. But I still think the "Risk is our business" speech from "Return to Tomorrow" is the killer-Kirk/Shatner moment. Posted Image

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#18 of 18 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted May 26 2003 - 03:30 AM

Yes, yes, about "The Omega Glory"! Rex, that was an excellent rendition of Kirk-ian oratory.

Look, even though third-season TOS is comprised largely of cringe-inducing moments, I still love watching every last episode, no matter how embarrassing they are.

An aside: Just yesterday some friends dropped by and told me excitedly about sitting next to Mr. Shatner in a restaurant in Santa Monica. The Great One was with his mother. Get this: His mother was nagging him, my friends said, throughout the meal, trying to get Bill to eat his greens. According to one of my friends, Mr. Shatner's girth was evidence enough that he should be listening to Mama.

Wish I had been there to see it all.


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