Perceptive Readers Star Trek Part 1

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A couple of times a year, I write one of those blog articles that could be placed in a personal journal (for the gentlemen) or diary (for the ladies). So why is the title featuring Star Trek? ‘Is it because you are a die-hard Trekkie?’ You ask.
Well, I wouldn’t say all of that; however, for a number of years in my life, some of the Science Fiction stories, Star Trek, in particular, struck a chord with me.
Science Fiction: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component- Merriam Webster Dictionary
Gene Roddenberry debuted the original Star Trek in 1966. You can see from his screenplays a sincere desire to have a future where humanity, at least on earth, got along together as a whole. “Utopia” you may say? Well, yes it seems; he at least wrote a strong leaning towards it anyway.

Utopia: A place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions. – Merriam Webster Dictionary

Now people who have meditated on all the barriers to Gene Roddenberry’s vision in his writings, will readily acknowledge, isn’t this the beauty of Science Fiction? You use your imagination, and dreams, and write until your seemingly far-fetched thoughts and love of humanity ideas materialize.

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Star Trek a Gene Roddenberry Vision Part 1

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This Article was originally posted April 11, 2019. Enjoy

A couple of times a year, I write one of those blog articles that could be placed in a personal journal (for the gentlemen) or diary (for the ladies). So why is the title featuring Star Trek? ‘Is it because you are a die-hard Trekkie?’ You ask.

Well, I wouldn’t say all of that; however, for a number of years in my life, some of the Science Fiction stories, Star Trek, in particular, struck a chord with me.

Science Fiction: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component- Merriam Webster Dictionary
Star Trek a Gene Roddenberry Vision

Gene Roddenberry debuted the original Star Trek in 1966. You can see from his screenplays a sincere desire to have a future where humanity, at least on earth, got along together as a whole. “Utopia” you may say? Well, yes it seems; he at least wrote a strong leaning towards it anyway.

Utopia: A place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions. – Merriam Webster Dictionary

Now people who have meditated on all the barriers to Gene Roddenberry’s vision in his writings, will readily acknowledge, isn’t this the beauty of Science Fiction? You use your imagination, and dreams, and write until your seemingly far-fetched thoughts and love of humanity ideas materialize.
William Shatner’s Character

Willam Shatner played the character of Captain James Tiberius Kirk. He was a bare-knuckles brawler at times who would not start a fight, but would finish it with everything he had at his disposal. By the way, he possessed a lot of charm, so there were scenes of romance in more than a quarter of the episodes every season for the character of Kirk, if I correctly recall. Some may ask, “You sure Kirk wasn’t romancing a decked out attired lady every episode?”

My reply, “There are other characters who also screen acted scenes of amore written into the episodes.”

So from that brief description, you can ascertain William Shatner’s character of Kirk is an alpha male warrior with a strong sense of protecting the pack. Yet, it was still through this Captain, Mr. Roddenberry used him to make significant speeches on social issues at the time, but placed them in a universe and future far away. Here are two clips where William Shatner shows Kirk’s passion on the side of indignation (A) and on losing his best friend (B).

(A)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bYkNptOJns

(B)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRf1SaX5uBo

Patrick Stewart Shakespearean Skilled Character
Patrick Stewart developed the character of Captain Jean-Luc Picard with excellence! His experience of acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company displayed itself from the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Though Patrick Stewart’s character, Captain Picard, knew how to defend himself, and others as a brilliant strategist; he often used master diplomacy skills to avoid and get out of conflicts. The episodes maintained a balance on developing all the main casts backgrounds and interest. Hence the writing did not utilize Patrick Stewart’s role of lead in the majority of scenes for each episode.

I will now leave you with a montage of speeches in this next video. You will notice that these written words of a sci-fi future have been and still are echoed this present day!

Questions on whether or not morality is important to the well-being of any group, any society? E.g., Because a person may materially have more than another, does it mean he/she has the right to strip a principled (laws are based on principles) abiding citizen of their Almighty God-given dignity rights? To think freely (with the conscience) and to provide for oneself and one’s family (LOOK IT UP: According to the Good Book it is an Almighty God-given responsibility).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jph2qWXJ-Tk

During the serious dialogue, in Shakespearean cadence, Patrick Stewart animates Captain Picard’s character to ponder moral and ethical questions. What happens when an individual ignores such questions?

E.g. Ethics: The field of ethics (or moral philosophy) involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior. Philosophers today usually divide ethical theories into three general subject areas: metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Metaethics investigates where our ethical principles come from, and what they mean. Are they merely social inventions? Do they involve more than expressions of our individual emotions? Metaethical answers to these questions focus on the issues of universal truths, the will of God, the role of reason in ethical judgments, and the meaning of ethical terms themselves. –https://www.iep.utm.edu/ethics/

Hope you enjoyed an excerpt from my mental journal (for gentlemen) or dairy (for ladies)

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Star Trek a Gene Roddenberry Vision Part 2

Star Trek a Gene Roddenberry Vision Part 2

Star Trek points to a time when reason and communicated good thoughts have won over the opposing forces of the two.

This Article was repaired or refurbished on February 20, 2020. It was originally posted on April 11, 2019 Check the site archive.today for verification of pocbooks.com online presence.

As the Perceptive Readers e-mail subscribers here are aware, a couple of times a year, I write a longer blog article that could be placed in a personal journal (for the gentlemen) or diary (for the ladies).
Gene Roddenberry’s Writing Presents a Problem

Gene Roddenberry was a creative visionary. Would anyone disagree with that statement?
In his original 1965 Star Trek pilot introduction, he explained how the networks were in love with westerns. You will find this to be an accurate observation from the sixties. Just talk to an aunt or uncle. Oh I forgot, you may need to talk with Grandma and Grandpa. So even though the networks were looking for westerns, Mr. Roddenberry gave them so much more!
Still, here is the question. Did the networks appreciate the unique gift to the world of entertainment, which would also be migrated to books?
Everyone can get the answer here:

“The Cage” – Star Trek Original Pilot – Gene Roddenberry Intro!
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Gene Roddenberry’s Writing Shows “We Get It”

After viewing the documentary pilot for Star Trek, you were able to hear with your own ears Mr. Roddenberry point out the following concerns the show’s effect would be on the society at that time.

No smoking characters
A crew alien member designed to look like audiences perception of the devil
Women in command roles with high IQs
Mixed skin colors (White, Black, Asian, etc ) working together and in romance

Are you one in the frame of mind as feeling, “The networks concerns were based on ignorance and fear”?

All the same, what did Gene Roddenberry report about the letters he received in feedback on the show?

What is our observable outcome?

First Season 29 Episodes 1966 -1967

Second Season 26 Episodes 1967- 1968

Third Season 24 Episodes 1968- 1969

Star Trek Original Seasons

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Director Robert Wise
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Director Nicholas Meyer
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Director Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Director William Shatner
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Director Nicholas Meyer

Star Trek Original Movies

Is There One in Your Life or in You?

Is there a Gene Roddenberry in you? Or what about one of his characters in the original series?

Personalities who get the sense of this, a respect for others, get it; when it comes to Star Trek. And no, this does not mean our idiosyncrasies do not cause conflicts with others at times.

But, when you sit back and think about what is happening, whether it be by some internal or external strife, your reasoning ability can identify the problem.

Take the problems that have occurred with different tribes and caste systems, if you will? Or; two individuals who do not see eye to eye.

What has happened even with good friends who were closer than brothers when they did not find where the hurtful problem was residing and how to ethically resolve it?

Ah, what was going through Gene’s mind when he created Day of the Dove?
https://youtu.be/_v698nFlAVw

Wow! Could you resolve a problem like the one above? Some of you authors have written similar scenarios in your books; we just know it. A character that reasons on what is right and also brave enough to do it. Which saves the day!

We could go on, but let’s close with this thought. Gene Roddenberry wrote with this future view. No smoking, piracy, prejudice, or religion. And yet, his themes went into references from the Good Book in more than one episode. Imagine that.

I’m aware of even some readers here have not given consideration to the role of religion; Which I’m not going to dive into here. Again, Imagine this.

Imagine asking a King who walks past you for an opportunity to speak with him and to learn from him. The King likes your smile and sincerity. He points to one of his trusted aids and says, “This person knows what makes me happy. He will tell you and even give you exercises, if you will, to help keep you healthy and strong as my subject and NOW friend.” You look at the King with a smile. The King then says, “Call me when you need me or just to talk.”

Such an encounter and words have come about in an illustrative sense due to these words taught by a famous prophet that sincere people exercise in a regular routine and innate desire: (The Good Book:Matthew 22:36-40)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSq_UIuxba8&feature=emb_title

Where would we be without such elevated thoughts?

Would Gene Rodenberry’s original series have been as successful without them?

Live Long and Prosper
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