One Hour, Twenty Thousand Feet, Fifty Years discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

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Real world I think it's got a lot more profound inside I think that clearly it's lasted fifty years so this is a lot to speak to it and then beyond that you know I think that because it was started during a time of great turmoil it wasn't escapism is really commenting on the on the real world in a very in a very meaningful way and because again just with rod Serling on twilight and we went into science fiction to avoid censorship run they did the exact same thing with Star Trek and the other thing with key is Star Wars a science fantasy it's set in the galaxy long ago far far away it's not meant to be a future that we're going to aspire to or reach which starts at this very much this is the future that that that's really something we might some day be able to accomplish in when you look AT cell phones we look at all these are correct that now we have I mean I I frequently talk about my cell phone is a tri Corder because I can you access the world the worldwide web I can watch movies and TV shows on it it's it's much more like a tricorder the communicator because it has all these things you can do that that run very protective in Star Trek it's phenomenal where were or are some of the writers of Star Trek today well you know these were the greatest writers on television you know when I saw the ritual Star Trek my heroes with those writers and and Robert was smart enough he did exactly what what what about selling it on which is he reached out to the science fiction writers and so the first season starts acute Harlan Ellison wrote city on the edge of forever an amazing piece of work George Clayton Johnson he noted Logan's run a Twilight Zone and Richard Matheson who again that I am legend many great pieces of work on in on the DC Fontana is a great writer David Gerald to troubles troubles how many of these writers are still with us a DC Fontana Harlan Ellison David Gerald I I've just seen them recently and this still in in many cases is still writing this still active Harlan is an amazing writer and amazing man I just brilliant and and so I started getting know these people when I was a teenager because they'd start having Star Trek conventions in the nineteen seventies and as soon as I was old enough to go to these conventions and go there and meet these writers and they were as brilliant in person as phenomenal in person as they were you know on the on in the news and what they were doing for television and in fact in some cases I would hire them for instance when I was on sliders I had David you'll come in and kitchen we bought a lot of scripts from him so because the thing is that they were really looking at real world look at life and saying how can I tell a story in Star Trek and I've never seen before that will be something that will move an audience will change their lives forever a great example of a great example there was a story that Harlan Ellison did on structure called the city on the edge of forever a great episode first season episode known every TV show ever done before that the hero saves the girl it was just what happened in television in city on the edge of forever because the timing of lines have been changed in order for for things to settle right before the woman that the curve falls in love with has to die could not only doesn't save the girl he basically throws are under a truck literally and when I was a kid and saw that I was astonished and it not only said to me the world is a much more interesting place and much more challenging place because you can have to come to a decision what's going to hurt you deeply but you have to do what's right that was images that show and in that hour just one hour of television changed my life forever and I realize that as a writer I could do the same thing that I could write something directly taken from real life every move an audience that would that would in Richmond I would say something about real life and that could change them for the better and it's a huge responsibility then and a huge opportunity and that's what Harlan Ellison caught me just from that one hour of Star Trek you're gonna get a kick out of this you may already know this in nineteen fifty three there was a little television series called space command yeah guess who was in that William Shatner wow well yeah sixty three while it was a short lived science fiction show and yeah I've got I've got a kinescope of one of those episodes amazing huh and what goes around comes around phenomenal and but it's it's just because science fiction given such an opportunity because it's it's wonderfully we talk about possibility to say this is where we can go this is what we can create and you know people don't often think about science fiction this way but it went when Martin Luther king said I have a dream and I see of a future where the sons of slaves the sons of slave slave owners will sit together the table he was telling a science fiction story he was talking about a future the didn't yet exist but could exist in the speaking and telling that science fiction story he was creating a possibility and that's exactly what Star Trek did and in fact the shell Nichols who played for the for the quick start track and in Martin Luther king met her and said you must not quit the show because the role you're playing is so important you must you must stand on the show and that's what she did Shatner did a couple twilight zones in the US nineteen of sixty than sixty three yes you did Nick of time and nightmare at twenty thousand feet but it wasn't until sixty six one Star Trek popped up that he hit it big how did you get that part are we know it's amazing because you know he was a wonderful actually been in judgment at Nuremberg in fact the Spencer Tracy and it is a very dynamic in a very unusual actor and very handsome and for the seventy first started I love the Jeffrey hunter who was incredibly good looking very good actor the somehow is a little colder than Shatner and when they went back to shoot constructed pilot Jeffrey hunter really didn't want to do the second pilot they were casting about for someone else and we've Shatner was available and he was so dynamic and so intelligent and so on charismatic the cast him and the funny thing was my friend Douglas Hayes who was the one the great tracks of the twilight and was friends with winning Shatner they've always been trying to get him in the two pilots for him and chat always turn them down so that if you start for coming on the call center uses what's going on with you being the Star Trek thing is Janice it'll never last really yes did they get along did you know the main characters well you know there was a lot of competition between Leonard Nimoy and Shatner and there was a lot of because Shatner expected to be the star it was like the man from uncle with Robert Vaughn David McCallum worlds in the second minute banana becomes a star as well that's right the spot became this huge sex figure and and and and intellectual figure and so forth and it was it was a buzz about Spock in stock almost got cut from the show the the network didn't want of the pointed ears they really were very nervous about looking so devilish and the van you know run very stuck to his guns with with with that character but but we've center in new anymore we're very competitive in shadow would be cutting Spock's lines in one of the more lines this box the old me over the decades.

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