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Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1289  Saturday, 12 December 1998.

[1]     From:   Mark Perew <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Dec 1998 09:24:53 -0800 (PST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1278  Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Friday, 11 Dec 1998 10:31:18 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1278  Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture


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From:           Mark Perew <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Dec 1998 09:24:53 -0800 (PST
Subject: 9.1278  Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1278  Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture

Carol Barton <
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> >  Barbara Hume mentioned the many Star Trek Shakespeare references...one
> >  episode from the original series actually featured an interplanetary
> >  group of Shakespearean players.
>
> Yes.  Then, of course, there was the episode about the centuries-old
> alien who had been Aristotle and Michelangelo and Shakespeare . . . who
> invented the "perfect woman," she who being forced to choose between her
> creator and Kirk, promptly gave up the ghost.  Can't recall the title of
> that one, either-but I think her name was "Gem."

That episode was "Requiem for Methuselah".  The created woman was named
"Rana".  The episode does bear a faint echo of The Tempest.  The robot
servant could be compared, loosely, to Caliban.  The analogy quickly
fails after that, though.

Shakespeare is invoked often in Trek, though.  Even the short lived and
horrible animated version had an episode "How Sharper Than A Serpent's
Tooth".  It nothing to do with Lear.  It was actually about the
mezoamerican mythos of Quetzlcoatl.

Mark -Star Trekkin' Bardophile- Perew

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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Dec 1998 10:31:18 -0500
Subject: 9.1278  Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1278  Re: Shakespeare and Pop Culture

Actually, the alien named "Gem" was featured in an episode of STAR TREK
entitled, "The Empath."  The reason I remember is because that was the
first time my ten-year-old ears had ever hear that term.  I don't
remember the name of the episode about the centuries-old  being who
claimed Shakespeare as one of his many guises, but I do recall that he
was played by James Daly, father of Tyne and Tim Daly, who co-starred
with Chad Everett in that model of late 60s medical hipness MEDICAL
CENTER.  The actress who played the android was Louise Sorel, who for
the last several years has portrayed a wonderfully wicked bitch-diva on
DAYS OF OUR LIVES, that info curtsey of a music teacher friend who
arranges her semesters around her lunch/soap break.

This is the kind of fairly useless trivia that runs through my mind.
Maybe I should be a casting agent.
 

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