October 28, 2005

Suddenly Sulu's dialogue sounds much less quotidian


A recontextualized drama in one act.

"So much for the training cruise."

"I don't know about you but I'm hoping for the Excelsior."

"I'm delighted. Any chance to go aboard?"

"Don't call me Tiny."

"Do you think you might be able to find a long rope somewhere?"

"I can't get power."

"She's supposed to have a transwarp drive."

"That's the first time I've heard a malfunction threaten us."

"I hope these things work."

"A third crystal sir. Now supplementing with battery power."

"With an armful of this stuff I wouldn't be afraid of a supernova."

"Do it."

"Come on. Come on!"

"Lick my balls. Lick my balls!" *

"Target that explosion and fire!"

"Nice to see you in action one more time, Captain Kirk."

"May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet."


Posted by Daniel Radosh


There were other clues to Takei's personal life for close watchers of the original series:

Remember, in "Mirror, Mirror," Evil Sulu aggressively - and convincingly - pursued Midriff Uhura, because, as Gene Roddenberry well knew, in an alternate universe, the entire fleet would be lining up to hit that.

It was already known to the show's cast and crew at this time that Takei had been secretly cruising Hollywood's after-hours, anonymous sex clubs, and they were concerned for his safety. Nichelle Nichols, whom Roddenberry always allowed the freedom to ad-lib, chose to send Takei a coded message as her character rebuffed Evil Sulu's advances.

Evil Sulu: You take a lot of chances, Lieutenant.

Midriff Uhura: So do you, Mister.
So do you ...

You don't need to go to such lengths to find the clues... why, if you ignore the initial "A," it's there at the end of every other episode: "Head, Mr. Sulu. Warp factor 2."

Come on, Gene RODenberry?

ROD 'N' BERRIES! Gah, too late, I blew it. Er I mean.

"Still not interested, Uhura? I could change your mind."

"Captain, I just saw a samurai!"

Isn't the more obvious piece of evidence that, in the mirror universe, Sulu liked girls?

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