Re: Star Trek TOS: The Sun and the Son
--- In email@example.com, "elfuncle" <coolvibes@...> wrote:
No hurry, Tarjei, just send it to the scr address: southerncrossreview at gmail.com - not the one used here, which I never look at - and advise where you want it inserted.
> Hi Frank!
> I don't know when your deadline is for your next SCR, but there's one
> little detail I'd like to insert into that piece about Star Trek and
> Anthroposophy. There's an Original Series episode where they meet people
> on a distant planet somewhere where there's all kinds of strife or other
> problems, but they keep talking about the news from "the sun," that they
> hear about "the sun" and this gives them a new perspective on life and
> new hope and so on. At the end of the episode, Uhura explains to the
> others that they weren't talking about "the sun" but about "the Son --
> the Son of God!
> The interesting thing about this is that although the population of this
> planet are portrayed, in a way, as harboring the culture of the very
> early Christians, there is a significant departure from orthodox
> Christian theology here by associating, or at least implying or
> confusing, the Sun with the Son (a pun possible only in English), which
> is reminiscent of the pre-incarnate Christ as a sun-god; this is a
> terrible heresy in all orthodox Christian thought and is often used as
> an argument against anthroposophy. An d that's why mention of this
> episode definitely has its place in "Star Trek and Anthroposophy".
> I won't write this bit before I've reviewed the episode in question;
> when I wrote the text I had only reviewed about two thirds of the
> remastered and enhanced TOS collection. 99 episodes mean, after all, 79
> hours of viewing. I addition, I also have the 11 Star Trek motion
> pictures, which would mean many more hours to sit through them all.
> (Forget the TV spinoffs with hudreds of episodes.) Anyway, such research
> needs to be taken conscientiously in a case like this.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "eltrigal78" <eltrigal78@...> wrote:
> No hurry, Tarjei, just send it to the scr address: southerncrossreview at gmail.com - not the one used here, which I never look at - and advise where you want it inserted.
I'll put it into the online version I've uploaded and tell you where. Incidentally, I mentioned something about "99 episodes" in the TOS; that was a typo -- I meant 79 episodes of course, with each lasting one hour. (Impossible to go through the later TV spinoffs with hundreds and hundreds of episodes, which is why I don't discuss those.)