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  1. I own all three seasons, twice over. I have the uncut version on VHS and the digitally enhanced and remastered version on DVD. The latter is not the version currently being played in syndication with the added and/or changed CGI, but my DVDs are quite crisp and clear and play well on a widescreen HDTV. I'm very pleased. TOS is not only my favorite Trek, it is my only Trek. I'm a TOSer. :blink:
  2. Vulcans have emotions but they are taught from the cradle to supress them. If it were not so, then Sarek suggesting that his "logic is uncertain when it comes to my son" would not have made sense in response to T'Lar's suggetion that what he asked for wasn't logical. (The rite of Fal Tor Pan hadn't been used in centuries and the desired results were therefore uncertain.) It is the Discipline of Logic to which Vulcans subscribe. Forcing Spock to display emotions involuntarily was a danger, as expressed by McCoy in "Plato's Stepchildren". Anytime you force a person to do something against their will, depending on the severity and nature of the act, is detrimental. I was surprised to learn that it could kill Spock, but , considering how difficult Spock it just to admit to feelings at all, it isn't outside the realm of possibilities. It could also have been a unique condition to Spock, being half-human, who knows? I do know that such continuity in the later series was lacking on some of these points. In "Amok Time" we learn that a Vulcan male has his Logic stripped from him during the Pon farr, something undesireable in their culture. It is the price they pay, according to T'Pau, for their supression of emotions the rest of the time. Also, Spock informs us in "The Naked Time" that it must have been difficult for his human mother living in a society where the display of emotion was considered "in poor taste". Vulcans feel emotion, they are just judicious as to how, when and if they will display what they are feeling. Would I like to be that disciplined? No. For a time in my life I no longer was touched by sentimentality. I didn't cry at movies that once would touch my heart. It was awful --- I didn't like myself that way. I prefer to allow myself to feel, but I do try to control my temper, even so, lol. I believe in balance. T'Bree
  3. As a "Christian Star Trek fan" I have to say I reacted just fine to the news. I was surprised, didn't see that one coming, lol, but just because a lifestyle isn't favorably viewed by people of faith, it doesn't mean we don't still love the person! George Takei is a fine actor and he seems like a very likeable human being. I've admired his involvement in politics because rather than taking an "in your face" approach, he's done it with grace and style, something I can respect. I'm glad to learn that at least he is happy. T'Bree
  4. Actually, at that time in Spock's life he was still very much living in a straight jacket. Trying so very hard to be Vulcan, he was stricter in his Discipline than most full Vulcans ever considered being. He was insecure and not entirely comfortable in his own skin. He had to grow into accepting both sides of his nature, something that only came with time through living with and understanding humans, to his mind meld with V'Ger in the Motion Picture when he realized logic without feelings is void. He finally came to grips with who he is. As for using a mind meld to solve Christine Chapel's crush on him, I don't think so! Mind melds are dangerous in that the participants must completely lower their personal mental barriers in order to participate. Sometimes, as illustrated in "The Changling" said link is hard to disengage, as well --- another point of the danger to which Spock eluded when we first learned of mind melds in "Dagger of the Mind". It is not telepathy. It is also used, (and here some might disagree, but a little research goes a long way) to help form the link between prospective mates. "One touches the thoughts of another. In this way they are both drawn together at the proper time," according to Spock in "Amok Time". Why, then, would he mind meld with Christine when it could possibly strengthen her feelings for him and draw her even closer to him for the sharing? Face it, he wasn't all that attracted to Christine Chapel and I can't say that I blame him. And I fully appreciate why wouldn't opt to allow her to touch his thoughts. As for being insensitive, I disagree. He showed pain in his apology to her. He didn't wish to hurt her and he knew he couldn't give her what she wanted. T'Bree
  5. Personally, I prefer the DVDs of TOS. They are uncut, or mostly. I hear there are a few seconds missing, here and there, but so far I've not noticed. The clarity is profound, especially when viewed on an HDTV set. :( Save your credits and indulge yourselves! T'Bree
  6. Well, I hear you there, T'Pol, it makes me kinda sad, too. I had thought more energy was going to go into this forum. Don't quite know what happened. But I keep checking it out whenever I come to this site. Wish I had a good topic to start the ball rolling again, I just can't come up with one at the moment. It's a darned shame. And most illogical, *wink. T'Bree
  7. I'd say if you really want to enjoy TOS, indulge in the dvds. The Sci fi channel has a nasty habit of airing badly edited versions of this terrific series. You will not believe what you've been missing in the bits of original episode now cluttering up the cutting room floor! It is a disgrace! T'Bree
  8. If you are asking about technical manuals or just information about the TOS universe in general I can recommend THE MAKING OF STAR TREK by Stephen E. Witfield and Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph (Ballentine books) to name two. T'Bree
  9. Thanks, but I wasn't asking about adding to anybody else's story. I was asking about the rules to posting my own fanfic in here. I'm currently redrafting a TOS fanfic and wanted to know what restrictions are placed at this site when posting stories. Some places have rules on the length of the post, for example. T'Bree
  10. I haven't forgotten that Kirk hated the Klingons or that Spock signed him up for that mission, but it seems to me the anger went beyond that. He said, "Why didn't you trust me?" Is he talking about the fact Spock vouched for him in regards to the Klingons? Still doesn't quite make sense to me. I've listened carefully to the dialogue and it just doesn't ring true that Kirk should be so angry at Spock. Seems there is still an aura of mistrust between them or at least on Kirk's part. Does anybody else see what I'm seeing here? T'Bree
  11. I just watched Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country again for the first time in awhile and it struck me anew that Spock and Kirk had this tension between them that goes unexplained. Kirk is decidely on the defensive throughout the movie when it comes to Spock. What is going on between these two? Is this supposedly a continuation of Spock's alleged betrayal of Kirk back in Star Trek V, when Spock refused to shoot Sybok? It is my understanding that Star Trek VI takes place approximately ten years later in the timeline. Why is Kirk holding such a grudge toward the one person he felt closest to in the entire universe? Does anybody know what really sparked this bit of a feud between old friends? T'Bree
  12. We know that ultimately Spock takes a wife, through the inference of the TNG episode, "Sarek" in which Picard states he met Sarek at Sarek's son's wedding. There has been speculation in the form of a book, VULCAN'S HEART that Spock ultimately marries Saavik. I have to wonder, though, why he would wait so long to marry first of all, and why Saavik? Is it because she is Vulcan, (or half Vulcan as some would attest, although that was never made canon), or was it merely love at first sight for him? Is Spock truly biased as he seems in the movies, preferring Vulcans over any other race, or is his taste in women more universally widespread IE Droxine, Leila Kolamie, Zarabeth, the Romulan Commander and even the dance hall girl seen wrapped around his arm at the end of "Shore Leave". He also gives the eye to "Mudd's Women" in said episode. The races of those women were never disclosed although it could be assumed from their physical appeances they were again, like Leila, human. Who would he likely marry in the long run, or at least date for a time? Does he have a preference? Inquiring minds want to know. T'Bree
  13. I was wondering what the rules were regarding posting a bit of fan fic at this site. I imagine a disclaimer at the top is needed? Is there any length restrictions? Also, does one simply copy and paste it in here or is there another method? Help in this matter is appreciated. Thank you. T'Bree
  14. I agree with some of you that this film isn't the best of the lot, but I have since made peace with the plot points that failed in my estimation and come to enjoy it on the whole. My favorite part from the beginning and always of this movie, has been the ritual of Fal tor pan. In this moment we get a bird's eye view into the heart and soul of Vulcan mysticism. And we get Spock back! I definitely view it as part two of a trilogy. But don't forget, Star Trek V comes fast on its heels. If you listen to Scotty's opening report, he mentions Kirk's ending words from Star Trek III , "Let's see what she's (the new Enterprise) got." So, it can't take place more than six months or so later in the timeline, whatever length a starship takes for a shakedown cruise. T'Bree
  15. I have nearly the entire TOS collection. Working on filling in the gaps. My favorites so far: "Spock's World" "The Vulcan Academy Murders" and "Uhura's Song". T'Bree