Thing 1 and Thing 2

1. The AV Club is still running its series of reviews of Star Trek: The Series Without a Subtitle. Over at the Pyr-O-Mania blog a posted some semi-thoughts about the modern paucity of cool character actors like Ted (“Lurch”) Cassidy, or Reggie (“I Still Have Nightmares”) Nalder or, for that matter, Michael (“Dr. Miguelito Loveless”) Dunn.

2. After I Blished-out, as it were, in the Blog Gate last week, the AV Club’s Kevin Phipps published a thoughtful review of A Life for the Stars–chronologically the second of the “Cities in Flight” books, although it was published last. I don’t say these things are causally related; they aren’t. I just note the great Blishing in the Zeitgeist, is all.

3. I do other things than read the AV Club and watch Star Trek. Unfortunately, on advice of counsel, I’ve decided not to blog about them. (Although I’m convinced some of that stuff is covered under the double jeopardy rule.)

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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6 Responses to Thing 1 and Thing 2

  1. scbutler says:

    Great point about the paucity of oddball character actors these days. I’d never thought of that before and I think you’re bsolutely right.

    • JE says:

      I guess there are more in movies than on network TV, where everyone seems to have been ordered out of the same catalog.

  2. davidcapeguy says:

    men of character

    And let’s have a hand for Elisha Cook, Jr., too, while we’re about it. Anybody who can go the distance with Bogart, Vincent Price, and Captain Kirk is okay by me.

    Kind of a pity character actor Henry Jones never got into the old Star Trek as a comic rogue. He’d have made a nice triumverate with [forgotten his name]’s Cyrano Jones and Roger Carmel’s Harry Mudd.

    • JE says:

      Re: men of character

      Definitely Elisha Cook jr. A great character well-played in that episode–and the first time I heard the physical book/e-book debate.

  3. leonaraisin says:

    Since you mentioned Dr. Loveless

    Since you mentioned Dr. Loveless in your post, here’s a short [anagram] game: 3’11” actor [Maiden Lunch] is best known for the villain he played on “Wild Wild West”. Click my name to find the game.

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