The Corbomite Maneuver – UCP Audio Commentary

After some technical difficulties, our audio commentaries are back on track! We resume with a newly restored, cooler than before version of our commentary for “The Corbomite Maneuver!”

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Spinning cubes in space, tense, sweaty close-ups, massive ship shakes, a bald hobbit with a funny voice – MAN! This episode has EVERYTHING!

Join Tim and I as we discuss not only Janice Rand’s unreasonably strong desire to make coffee in the middle of a crisis, but also the truest tests of character and the value of mercy.

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2 Responses to “The Corbomite Maneuver – UCP Audio Commentary”

  • Mike Poteet says:

    Nice job, guys. Tim, good job on keeping Kevin in line!

    I don’t think it’s so much the nature of Star Trek to push acting too far at times, as it was the nature of (first) 1960s and (then) 1980s TV. Audiences just expect more subtle performances these days. Even TNG, as much as I still like it, feels very, very “stage-y” when you watch it now, up against current dramas, genre or not.

    You may be reading too much into the fact that no one takes Balok up on the “time to pray” offer. I would like to think even Christians would not drop everything and give up because some big bully like Balok is threatening them. (Contrast with Picard sitting in the dark in his quarters listening to music to prepare himself for death in “Where Silence Has Lease,” TNG season 2.) Faith does not call us to passivity in the face of danger – not that praying is passive, but who is to say there aren’t crew members praying silently or under their breath as they continue to go about their duties, even if Bailey is not? (Likewise, you are reading too much into Picard’s refusal to pray at Q’s behest in “Hide and Q.” No one would pray with Q!) Contrast when Trek shows us , on one occasion, an entirely proper time to pray – Angela Martine in the chapel after her groom’s death in “Balance of Terror,” once the crisis is over. Prayer is not obsolete in the 23rd century, Roddenberry’s assertions to the contrary.

    I liked all the commentary on loving the enemy at the end, especially how it connects to the question young Spock answers in the ’09 film (I wonder whether the filmmakers made that connection).

    • Kevin C. Neece says:

      Hey, Mike!

      Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with you overall on acting styles in general in these periods of TV. I’m not sure where we made reference to that. Maybe Tim’s infamous “Groppler Zorn moments?”

      I also agree with your assessment of the “time to pray” bit. Upon reviewing this commentary, I felt just as you did about my comments there. I would, however, say that while Picard certainly is objecting primarily to Q in the TNG “Let us pray” scene, Picard would also strongly object to the notion of praying. He would, as the diplomat that he is, of course respect a culture’s religion, but he himself has always struck me as someone who has no patience for religion beyond diplomacy. Spirituality? Maybe. But he’s no prayerful person.

      And I would not say that Roddenberry would say that people don’t pray in the 23rd Century. He believed religion would largely have fallen out of fashion and would no longer hold much sway in culture, but he certainly believed in people’s freedom to engage in religious practices if they wished to and in respecting people’s decisions in that regard.

      I have a feeling there may have been a conscious choice involved in that Spock quote as well. :)

      Thanks for listening!

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