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)
Star Trek’s Design Influences. We look at how the franchise’s style has shifted over the course of its half a century, from the sleek, contoured lines of Kirk’s original Enterprise to the rough-and-ready look of the USS Discovery.
Star Trek and Action Movies. “The Cage” was rejected for being too cerebral, but that didn't stop it from delivering thoughtful commentary. We look at how Trek has incorporated action tropes over the years without giving up what makes it unique.
The French Resistance and Star Trek’s Maquis. We look at the legacy of World War II resistance fighters and how the writers of Deep Space Nine transferred our own history to the caves of Bajor.
Shakespeare and Star Trek, Part II. We conclude our two-part episode on Star Trek’s debt to the Bard with a look at the Next Generation era.
Music and Characters. Recorded at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Duncan Barrett is joined by Clara Cook to discuss live performance in Star Trek and the importance of music in a technologically sophisticated future.
Shakespeare and Star Trek, Part I. In the first of a two-part episode, we look at echoes of Shakespeare’s plays in The Original Series and The Undiscovered Country.
Westworld and the Holodeck. We consider some of Star Trek’s holodeck episodes in relation to the amoral theme park of the 1973 film in which gun-slinging robot terrorizes hapless fun-seekers.
Legacies of WWII in The Original Series. Many of Star Trek’s original cast and crew saw action during the Second World War. We explore their stories, and how the war was depicted on screen.
The Wrath of Khan and Classic Literature. Khan Noonien Singh’s bookshelf on the SS Botany Bay displayed a host of significant texts that spoke to his grandiose fate. We explore some of them, from Shakespeare to Milton.
Star Trek and Terrorism. In the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, we look at terrorism as reflected in the Star Trek universe.