Loads of fascinating tidbits in that memo. (Thank you so much for sharing it.) Given the date, the section on Spock seems to be a very clear response to the tension described just before that time by John Meredyth Lucas, Joseph Pevney, and others. The delicate balance of highlighting Spock and yet not having it be at Kirk's expense was a big concern at that time, and it is instructive to see Roddenberry's conscious efforts in that direction.The Kirk section makes me wonder about people writing in to the show. Was there the outcry Roddenberry describes about the more relaxed Kirk? By the end of the second season, I would agree that Roddenberry is correct in saying that Kirk is less stern and isolated than in the early, Roddenberry-produced shows. At the same time, it is still only Spock and McCoy with whom Kirk ever shares any personal doubts. That is to say, he may have been a little nicer to Mr. Sulu by that time, but he still wasn't knocking back a beer with him and telling him his troubles. What do you guys think? Did Kirk get too soft?The McCoy analysis seemed hard to support. The "battles" with Spock had surely not gotten less frequent or less intense. Late second-season shows included The Gamesters of Triskelion, The Immunity Syndrome, and The Ultimate Computer. Their relationship had grown more complex by far, but to sacrifice some of that depth to go back to the casual smack-talking of, say, The Man Trap would have been a huge step back. Again, I wonder if people were really writing in suggesting that McCoy and Spock were getting too friendly.The Chekov portion, as Chuck already outlined, is of great interest. Again, looking at the date, the memo was written before the time slot was changed and Roddenberry moved off the lot. Had he maintained a hands-on presence in the third year, this memo represents what it might have looked like. Chekov really never became the genius suggested here. (Quite the opposite, one might argue.) Perhaps Fred Freiberger didn't see him that way. Or perhaps given the Kirk/Spock issues that had arisen with the cast by then, it was a tough sell to have another character "almost Spock's equal." I do wonder if George Takei and Nichelle Nichols saw this memo. They surely would have been rather upset by the relative degree of attention given to Chekov.Of all the sections, the one on Scott seems to have had the most impact, at least in the short term. For several episodes in the first half of the third season, Scotty is hanging around the engine room, wanting to be left alone, and talking to himself. Eventually, he returned to more of the second season command figure he had become, but I would say there was a definite impact of this memo first.
Edited by FanCollector, May 10 2013 - 11:14 AM.