On recommendation from
Yesterday on a whim,
Okay, Star Trek (the original series) [ imdb ] isn't a movie, but I've been watching it on Netflix Streaming as well. I didn't grow up in the United States, and thus missed the endless reruns of Star Trek on tv in the 1970s. There are episodes I simply never saw that I'm finally getting to see now. It's charming and hilarious and fun, and watching them in close sequence is letting me glimpse the gelling of the ensemble cast, the shift in characters as they found their footing, and the direction, such as it is, of the show. But I have to ask, knowing I'm almost five decades late to the party, did these people never hear of continuity? At least in the first season, each script seems to invent its own terminology and technology for Enterprise, her crew and her operations. It's like the writers never talked to each other, and the show runners never read any two scripts in a row. This randomness has actually become annoying to me-the-critical-watcher, probably because as a writer I agonize over precisely these issues in my books. I'm fairly ignorant of television history, was in-show continuity just no big deal back in the 1960s? It seems to me to be such a basic cornerstone of building a believable SFnal universe, the glaring lack of it in Star Trek is very odd.
Today, more Star Trek, continuity or not, maybe mixed in with some season two Black Adder [ imdb ] for variety. I've Day Jobbery tomorrow, but I'm off the rest of the week, so surely there will be more William Shatner and Rowan Atkinson in my near future.