“Michael is the guy who came in and said, ‘This is the show we are going to do,’ and forced the series in that direction. In doing so, what he really did was validate the central premise of STAR TREK, which was always about the characters. It was always about Kirk and Spock and McCoy [DeForest Kelley] in the original series, and how those adventures affected those men, and the relationship between those people. People tend to get caught up in the plot and stories, and what kind of story telling STAR TREK is doing. But at its heart it’s a human show about human beings in the future, and using that as a canvas to tell stories about the human experience. I think people mistake the campy-ness of the original series for its appeal—that it has a sort of kitchy value. I have heard Rick say things like, ‘Kirk is the prototypical sixties hero. He had a babe in one arm and a phaser in the other.’ That’s kind of his popularized image of Captain Kirk and what that whole series was about. But really it was about Kirk as a man, as a character, as a human being, and what he experienced out in the galaxy, and the way he led that ship. What people remember about that show are not those plot lines. I think the true hard-core fans will recite chapter and verse of the episodes that mean a lot to them, why ‘Mirror, Mirror,’ was a great show, what ‘City on the Edge of Forever,’ really meant. But in truth, it’s really because they fell in love with those people. People ran around dressing up like Kirk and putting on Spock ears. They didn’t run around waving signs about the politics the show espoused, or what the sociopolitical commentary of the show was. That was all interesting, good stuff, but it was the people that they were seeing on the screen each week that they cared about.”—Ronald D. Moore on the history of Star Trek
Dan Harmon joins Paul, June, and Jason to discuss the Michael Keaton classic Jack Frost in another LIVE episode recorded at Largo in Los Angeles! They talk about George Clooney’s connection to the movie, the snowman’s journey from bad dad to bad husband, the premise being identical to that of a horror movie, and the emotional roller coaster June was on while watching the movie. May you all have snow dads!