Saturday, 18 May 2013

TOS - 1.8 - Miri

Star Trek - Miri
Look kids! Look at my arms!
This is what happens when tattoo gone
horribly wrong.

Bones, make me some new skins!
When the audience - at least me - watching a movie about a group of marooned children, it's quite impossible not to be reminded of Lord of the Flies. This novel by William Golding was published in 1954, and the movie of the same title was made in 1963. Both are therefore predated this episode.

This novel is so influential and considered so important, it's in the compulsory reading list across schools in countries like UK and Australia.

So it's quite hard to convince anyone that the writer of this episode wrote this episode without drawing inspiration from this well known modern classic Lord of the Flies. One is thus quite certain that this episode is an adaptation of that said classic with Star Trek setting (Ok, maybe adaptation is a stretch). In this case, the earth's twin that's 'trapped' in the 1960s represent the island in the novel.

While the novel has 2 rival group of kids that represents savages and civilisations, there's no rival groups within the kids in this episodes. Instead, the marooned kids represent the savages while the Enterprise crew, especially Kirk, represents, need I say, civilisation. This is the twist. As usual, the Trek writer needed to apply their own twists to the classics before 'adapting' it for the Trek series. Otherwise, it would be a carbon copy like this earth's twin.

Miri, the title role, acts as a bridge (not a ship's bridge) between the 2 groups.

Like the classics, the marooned children, because of isolation, have come up with their own terminologies. They call themselves 'Onlies' and the adults 'Grups' (portmanteau for 'grown-ups' I supposed).

The writer (Adrian Spies) didn't seem to bother to explain why there's another earth hundreds of light years from earth (don't like that loose end. I need closure!).

Of course, this writer wasn't the only one who was inspired by this classic. I believe the TV series  Lost that considered a cult classic also borrowed some elements from this modern classic.

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