So, I’ve been one of the biggest proponents of this belief for about a decade now, and as much as I scream it from the rooftops, no one seems to listen. And though I know I’m not the first to say this…
I’m making it official. Because once it’s posted in a blog, it becomes the truth. You know what I mean? It’s like on that State Farm commercial. “They can’t put anything on the internet that’s not true.” Right? Right?!
Anyway, as the title says, I wholeheartedly believe that two of my all-time favorite things in life are in actuality the exact same thing! (In the vein of Superman/Clark Kent, Batman/Bruce Wayne, or Green Arrow/ Oliver Queen)
In this series I am going to list out 8 different reasons why the Genius of Star Trek is really just the Genius of the Bard himself repackaged.
Reason 6 can be found here
Star Trek and Shakespeare #5 – Dramas Meant to be Seen
So, right now you’re saying, “Really, I’ve waited this long for the next reason and I get this?!”
Hold on there, Buster. There’s more to this than you think. Let me explain…
Now, another aspect about Star Trek and Shakespeare that makes them identical, and seems almost obvious, is that they are both dramas meant to be watched.
I know the guy eating his nachos reading this just before another Netflix binge is shouting at his screen, “Cheap connection!” and probably getting nacho cheese all over the keys as he mashes the letters to pull up Real Housewives.
But to this I say, “1) You wouldn’t believe how many people try to just read Shakespeare plays and complain they don’t get it, and 2) To quote the indomitable Vin Diesel, “I don’t care if you win by an inch or by a mile. Winning is winning.” #winning? (ok, weird context)
Anyway, look, it’s obvious to everyone today that Star Trek is something to be watched. And, yes, I know how many books and comic books have been written. (Ok, scratch that, I don’t “know” the exact number, nacho guy, but you know what I’m saying.)
But let’s set aside the literature for now and focus on the basics. I’m talking about original concept and function. TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT. And I guess I’ll include ’09 but anyone whose honest with themselves should agree it doesn’t “really” fit with the others. (That’s another post.)
Concept: Shakespearean. Function: Meant to be watched.
In conjunction, and something I have to train students to understand, Shakespeare is a play which means it is meant to be seen! If you have ever had an English teacher who made you only read the plays and not act them out, then let’s be honest, he or she failed you. To understand a play, it needs to be read, seen, and acted.
But I digress, simply put another reason it is easy to see why Star Trek and Shakespeare are exactly the same thing is that they are both meant to be watched. (And if you count conventions, acted too) 😉
Ok, so it was a short post. Whatevs. You still enjoyed it. 🙂