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Goodnight Commander. Joanne Linville, 1928-2021 (Gallery)

Sad to report that today, another star has fallen from the Trek Galaxy. The amazing Joanne Linville peacefully passed away on Sunday, June 20 in California. She was 93.

Although she had many acting roles, she was cherished as the first female Romulan Commander ever seen in the Trek universe, in the classic The Enterprise Incident. From the first time I ever saw that episode, The Romulan Commander became one of my most favorite characters in TOS. Her coolness and manner even rivaled Spock; the object and ultimate betrayer of her affections.

The Enterprise Incident itself was not a perfect episode, but definitely one of the better highlights of the weaker final season. Joanne’s character was a strong, cool, and (naturally) commanding character, and she flew with it. I loved her from the moment she scoffs at Kirk when he says he is honored to meet her. She sealed her character’s personality in that quick moment; the Romulan Commander takes no crap from anyone, regardless of rank!

Linville’s chemistry with Nimoy was on point too. You can see her passion growing in her eyes every time she stares at him, and in the sultry, if firm, tone in her voice. Even though we knew Spock was only ‘flirting’ with the Commander under orders, you couldn’t deny the ‘feelings’ of the characters throughout the episode. Especially in the end where Spock expresses his hope to her that they exchanged something more permanent than fleeting military secrets.

Did you know that in the original script, Spock was supposed to ‘rain kisses’ all over the Commander’s shoulder? Although I’m sure that visual would be enjoyable, DC Fontana and Nimoy both found it quite illogical for Spock’s character to slobber all over her, so it was thankfully changed. She was cool, He was cool, and he initiates intimacy with some stroking hand-play that somehow comes off even sexier than any nibbling might have been. (Not NOW, TAL!!)

Another tidbit about Linville’s character was that although we never hear The Commander’s name in the original episode, The Romulan Commander name was revealed in Trek Fiction as Liviana Charvanek She was also known as Di’on Charvon, Thea, and Nevesa! How rare and beautiful indeed! It suits her!

Linville studied her craft well, and like Nimoy, taught acting. She started an acting conservatory with with her teacher Stella Adler, and she co-wrote the book Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. with John Deck. She performed in over 80 TV and movie appearances, and although never a regular in a series, she was unforgettable. She is survived by her former husband Mark Rydell, Children Amy and Christopher Rydell, who are both also actors. Amy even reprised her mother’s iconic role in the Star Trek Continues series Finale “To Boldly Go, Part II) (an astonishing resemblance!) She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. My deepest sympathy and comfort to her family. ❤

Goodnight Charvanek, may you rest among the stars. I hope Spock has some blue Vulcan ale for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you LOVE my fellow Trek Fans! ❤

My Weekly Spock: Romance Requited? The First Officer, the Nurse, and the Lost Scene.

When I started really watching Trek as a young teen,  I was enamored of the possible romance between Nurse Chapel and Mr. Spock.  I felt sympathy for her unrequited love for the tall cool Vulcan, and wondered if she’d ever melt his heart.

The original series only hinted at anything more between Spock and Chapel than mutual respect. Chapel was given her puppy-love moments in The Naked Time and Amok Time, but by the time she finally got an (albeit forced)  lip-lock with Spock, the original series was doomed to cancellation.   Sometimes I wonder if the series had continued if anything more would have become of Chapel’s infatuation, or even if she would have been given more than just the job of Enterprise Mom.

A recent discovery revealed a lot more insight within the  Spock/Chapel consciousness-sharing in Return to Tomorrow.  The scene was cut for length, and maybe just as well because what starts as a sweet sentimental moment ends as a somewhat stereotypical 60’s view of a woman’s mindset.  Here’s the scene: (found at Star Trek:The New Voyages)

CHRISTINE:  It was beautiful. (to Spock) I felt the same when I shared my consciousness with you.
Spock reacts; McCoy turns toward him:
McCOY:  That sounds almost immoral, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: I assure you, it was a most distressing experience. (to McCoy) Doctor, you could not believe the torrents of emotion I encountered…the… jungle of illogic…(Spock almost shudders) It was like being in the mind of an alien.
CHRISTINE:  (smiles)  Why, thank you, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: (puzzled) I don’t understand. Thank me?
KIRK: You just paid her a high compliment, Spock.
McCOY: Yes, you do turn a nice phrase
now and then, Spock. (to Christine) Thank the stars women are that different from us.
ANNE: (to Christine) Come along, fellow alien. If
he doesn’t understand, I doubt if we could explain.
SCENE 119 ANOTHER ANGLE
Kirk moving to his command chair. Spock is still standing there puzzled.
SPOCK: Captain… I really don’t understand.
KIRK: Sargon did, Spock. ‘Together… forever’. I hope some day with someone you’ll be able to
know what that means.
SPOCK:(considers it) Sargon was enormously advanced, Captain. I will consider this. Spock moves off to his station. Kirk and McCoy exchange looks; then Kirk turns toward the helm.
KIRK: Take us out of orbit, Mister Sulu.
SULU: Leaving orbit, Captain.
As they look up toward the Main Viewing Screen:
CUT TO:
SCENE 120 – INSERT MAIN VIEWING SCREEN
Leaving the planet, heading into star-studded space.
FADE OUT.
THE END

I think I’m happy with the way it was edited; her smile infers that her mind connection with Spock was quite a ride!  But then again, it’s nice to see Kirk wish Spock well with his future and Ann and Christine summing up Spock’s reaction to the meld.

I’ve heard that Roddenberry wanted Spock to end up with Chapel, but it was never to be in any current incarnation.  I’m sure there’s fan fiction about it, but my imagination is enough for now.  We heard about Spock’s wedding in an episode of The Next Generation; Picard says he attended but we don’t know the identity of the bride.   Maybe I’ll write a tale someday!

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“Oh I love you!”

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“It was beautiful!” (wink-wink)

At Last!

At Last!

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One more time! The last time we see Spock and Chapel together in 'Turnabout Intruder'

One more time! The last time we see Spock and Chapel together in ‘Turnabout Intruder’

Aww! Leonard and Majel in the 1990's

Aww! Leonard and Majel in the 1990’s

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21 Questions I’d Ask Leonard Nimoy (with only 3 about Star Trek…)

returntotomorrowhd0560Now don’t get excited — Alas, this is not an interview with Leonard Nimoy, but if I were ever lucky enough to interview him, this is what I’d ask.  Some are philosophical, some are totally fan girl…Who knows, maybe he’ll read this and send me a reply!   😉  Get out your pencil, Sir!

  1. How are you?  Hope you’re doing well!
  2. I know you’ve re mostly retired from acting, but are you still interested in doing voice work or books on disc?
  3. You’ve always been politically active and civic minded.  If you could run for office, what would be your proposals?
  4. Who’s your favorite author and what’s the latest book you’ve read?
  5. We know you have a Twitter account, but are you much into the latest technology or could you take it or leave it?
  6. You’ve met and known many people in your life, from JFK to Jimi Hendrix.  Can you recall any  favorite encounters (famous or fan) that really blew you away?
  7. When you look at how the world has changed in your lifetime, what is the one invention that you never expected in your lifetime, and how did it affect you?
  8. What advice can you give an amateur photographer like me?
  9. You did many stage productions in the 70’s, what was your favorite?
  10. Do you have a bucket list?
  11. You wrote, produced, and and  performed the marvelous Vincent; –Do you think that creativity and sanity are linked?  That is, is there really is a fine line between sanity and genius and/or that creativity that nurtures and protects our sanity?
  12. Do you still play guitar?
  13. We’ve always heard about how teenagers created the youth culture the 1950’s with their rebellious music and style, but you were a teenager in the 1940’s — what was life like for your age group then? Were you all just mini-adults expected to act like your elders, or were you rebellious too?
  14. Any chance that Baffled can be rebooted? I think it would have made an excellent mystery/suspense series. (And I think Jon Hamm would make an excellent Tom Kovack)
  15. What was your favorite guest appearance in a TV series?
  16. What’s your philosophy for a life well lived?
  17. Just a few Star Trek questions that I hope are unique.    I don’t know if you’ve seen a lot a fan art, but a lot of it is just saturated with “Spirk” a.k.a.”slash” art which features Kirk and Spock in, well, let’s just say compromising situations.  Personally, I don’t care for it, but what is your take on this trend?
  18. Speaking of romance, I’ve heard that Gene Roddenberry wanted Spock to end up with Nurse Chapel. But which of these women do you think Spock would marry –Nurse Chapel, Uhura, Leila, The Romulan Commander, Droxine, or Zarabeth? (T’Pring doesn’t count because she got Stonn)
  19. At what moment did you realize that Spock was a cultural icon, and does a day ever go by when you don’t have to think about Spock, Trek, and the whole franchise? (I truly hope so)
  20. Do you still have that marvelous blue denim patchwork suit you wore on The Mike Douglas Show back in 1972?  It was so cool!
  21. How would you like to be remembered?
  22. May I be one of your many honoraries? (I’m @ same age as your two)   🙂

 

 

A Belated Valentine for You!

Behold the Ultimate Star Trek Valentine!

One thing I’ve noticed about TOS in all these years was that it was just jam-packed with romance.  Not just Kirk and his sweetie of the week, but the love between many different characters, romantic, platonic,bromance, maternal, and  sentimental.  I’ve tried to capture all these loves, and just some plain silly notions too, (Carol Burnett???)  and of course, the real-life friendship of Bill, Leonard, and De. I wish you all the nerd love in the world! Be sure to zoom in so you can see everyone.   Thanks for enjoying my site, Therese