Star Trek and Shakespeare, Part I.
The play's the thing, whether on the stage of the Globe Theatre in sixteenth-century London or aboard a twenty-third-century starship. In The Original Series episode "The Conscience of the King," Captain Kirk and his crew play host to a troupe of Shakespearean actors hiding a terrible secret. But the Karidian Company of Players offer only the first of many interpretations of the Bard's plays within the Complete Works of Trek.
In the first act of a two-part episode of Primitive Culture devoted to the Man from Stratford, hosts Duncan Barrett and Tony Black look at the original Enterprise crew's brushes with Shakespeare, from echoes of The Tempest in the rejected pilot episode "The Cage" all the way through to the wild rantings of General Chang in The Undiscovered Country, 26 years later.
The Undiscovered Country (00:02:04)
"The Conscience of the King" (00:18:11)
Captains Logs as Soliloquies (00:25:20)
More Shakespearean Treks in TOS (00:29:06)
The Tempest as the Birth of Science Fiction (00:30:30)
Born Sexy Yesterday, with a Horse (00:41:21)
Duncan Barrett and Tony Black
Tony Black (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Cinematic Influences on Star Trek: First Contact. We discuss the influence of Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron on Jonathan Frakes and how their films inspired his big-screen directorial debut.
Gay Representation in Star Trek. We look at the franchise's fraught engagement with LGBT issues, from The Next Generation to Discovery.
Star Trek's Impossible Choices. We consider the influence of Sophie's Choice on Star Trek's storytelling and the dilemmas Starfleet captains are forced to face that the rest of us might consider impossible.
Voyager, History, and Nostalgia. We explore the show’s obsession with the past, debates around historical truth, the pleasures of nostalgia, and whether the homeward mission was inherently retrogressive.
A Christmas Carol and Tapestry. In this special holiday episode, we look at the influence of Dickens’s classic story on of the most popular episodes of TNG and the role Christmas plays in the secular societies we see in Star Trek.
Star Trek and Human Rights. To mark International Human Rights Day, we consider how Star Trek has engaged with real-world debates about human and animal rights, the impact of war on our most dearly held principles, and the Federation’s role in policing the future.
Director’s Cuts and Star Trek. At this live roundtable recorded at Prince Charles Cinema in London, we discuss how a director’s cut impacts the fan relationship with a film before we watch the UK premiere of the director’s extended edition of The Wrath of Khan.
Time Loops in Star Trek. We consider the role of time loops, both within the Star Trek universe and beyond, and explore the darker issues at play when the loops begin to unravel.
The X-Files and Star Trek. In a Halloween special, we explore connections between these two long-running sci-fi franchises.
The Federation’s Field of Dreams. We discuss baseball in Star Trek and why it’s such a good fit for storytelling in Gene Roddenberry’s universe.