The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1028 Thursday, 17 June 1999.
Date: Wednesday 16 Jun 1999 10:41:17 -0400
Subject: Star Trek References
There was a "Next Generation" novel by Diane Duane published in 1993
titled, "Dark Mirror." The basic plot involves a cross-over between
characters in the "good" universe with characters in the "bad" one (a
concept introduced in the original series). In one passage, the "good"
Captain Picard cannot resist taking a look at the edition of
Shakespeare's Complete Works in the "bad" universe.
In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock gets his pound of flesh, and the
blood is considered interest on the loan. It wraps up as a moralistic
comedy, with everyone laughing about how stupid people who make bad
bargains deserve whatever they get. If I remember correctly, Romeo and
Juliet and Midsummer's aren't there at all. King Lear is in the "bad"
universe word for word in its entirety, the only omission is the
presence of the servant who tries to prevent Glouchester from being
blinded. Unfortunately, Picard doesn't read any farther, so we don't
get a complete run down.
Hmmmmm. I guess it's all in the interpretation.