Saturday, August 28, 2004

Beam Me A Tribute, Scotty

The immortal cry, "Beam Me Up, Scotty," will once again ring out at a "Star Trek" convention this weekend, but the phrase will have far greater resonance than usual.

The vintage sci-fi series' original cast members will gather to honor James Doohan, beloved for his role as U.S.S. Enterprise Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott. The 84-year-old actor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, is retiring from public life following the four-day convention at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and the unveiling of a star in his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Read it all. Its nice. I guess it is a Trekkie weekend here in SnabbyLand.

6 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Yes, that was an unforgettable group of characters...played by an unforgettable cast. Very, very few of the various actors and actresses to come into the Star Trek fraternity over the years from the 80s have even come close.

I've often wondered about that. Is it poorer screenwriting, poorer production (Bremer is without honor!), or have TV actors and actresses just been dumbed down over the decades? Is it a sad reflection of modern culture? Or is it all the fault of excessive union regulation?

Whatever. Time to dig out the Deep Space 9 season 2 DVD box set and watch the next episode...

Don Snabulus said...

I thought about it and I don't know what makes them more memorable. Perhaps it is the awesome power of James Tiberius Kirk pulling the rest along. More likely, what was original then is commonplace now and could not hope to intrigue at the same level. Less likely is that Captain Picard was really the Q and we never new it.

ElTigris said...

hell yeah ...deep space 9 ... the best of the new...

course there is 7of9 for the droolers.

Whats with Enterprise? has it been permenanty buried now that the plot is augered itself in this time travel crap?

ElTigris said...

"I want to see the Enterprise ...just the NCC-1701 ...no blooody Aaa ..Beee...Ceeey....or Dee..!!!!"

I heard the DVD set of TOS is hilarious to watch...apparently all the high detail comes out and you can see the flaws in construction, props and makeup

The Moody Minstrel said...

DVDs of TOS are out??? Maybe they haven't been released in Japan yet (they're awash in Voyager right now, but DS9 and TNG are both still available in box sets).

I wonder if the high detail also reveals the labels on the control panels. I've read that there were a lot of joke labels on the buttons, such as "return to reality", "get me off this dumb show", (wait for it) "panic button", and so on.

I'm still waiting for Babylon 5 to be released on DVD here, but I'm not holding my breath. They've been playing it on satellite TV, but the Trekkers are uninterested and the rest of the population would rather watch anime anyway.

ElTigris said...

That would be fun