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  •  Does she say why she wanted to leave the show? (12+ / 0-)

    Was she unhappy with her character?

    For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?'' ...

    by QuaintIrene on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:43:17 PM PST

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    •  She had been offered (11+ / 0-)

      a play that was headed to Broadway.

    •  They were giving her nothing to do (11+ / 0-)

      She was unhappy with the scope of her character, basically just 'opening hailing frequencies', the series wasn't doing very well, and her preferred work was in musicals. If you look in most of the first season epis, she wasn't given much to do.

      "Teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for a life. Don’t feed fish." - Future President Paul Ryan

      by Fordmandalay on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:07:31 PM PST

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      •  Apparently Dr King thought it was a good role. (11+ / 0-)

        Roles are often slow to develop in the first season. It was a fairly large cast and Roddenberry may have chosen to delay her development. Letting the audience get accustomed to her low key presence while getting hooked on the other characters.

        Due to my parents activism in the civil rights movement, Lt Uhura was a big attraction for me. I was a Trekie from the first show on. Probably didn't miss more than a handful the first time they aired.

        When I got to KSU there were a bunch of other Trekies and the local TV station did the reruns M-F at 4:30 pm. We formed the "Spock before Supper"club and went to the dining hall at 5:30 M-F for years.

        Spring semester of '74 or 5 we went to the auditorium for an Alf Landon lecture, by Gene Roddenberry. We were no further back than third row, center. Before the end we were all on the edge of our seats. We practically floated back to the dorm.  Roddenberry was a genius. The huge end of the speech:

        Being told within the decade there would be personal computers in our homes.

        I remember telling people about it about 3 or 4 years later and realizing they thought I was wacko. Didn't bother me one bit. Didn't get our first Mac until '87 and that was very memorable :)

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:19:27 PM PST

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        •  I'm so glad (0+ / 0-)

          you shared your experience tonight. Nice addition to the diary. Thank you.

        •  This is going to be a hoot to tell Dad. (4+ / 0-)

          He was quite dismissive of Star Trek, did not like ANY sci fi stuff. He had a PhD, did R&D and loved the 3 Stooges. Polar opposites - I despise slap stick.

          Martin Luther King was a family icon. I'm going to have to send this to him and be sure Ellen makes him watch :)

          Re the set, remember how lousy it was? A lot of the deck was really cheap because the budget was so low. As I remember, Takai told a story about an episode that had a different director for it. It was possibly the third season because when the director wanted the cast to do something at the control deck, they explained to him the fans would protest. They knew what parts of the consoles that Takai and his Russian cohort sat at were supposed to be and if they weren't used probably, the complaints would be nasty. The director laughed it off at first, but eventually they convinced him.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:41:02 PM PST

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          •  There was a manual (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            xynz, Ginny in CO

            for the set and props, which button on the console did what, so that the continuity could be maintained across the series. IIRC it was the first text book of Starfleet Academy.

            If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

            by CwV on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:58:46 AM PST

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    •  as I recall, she thought she wasn't doing anything (4+ / 0-)

      significant. no character development, no relationships, just sitting there in a tight, short "uniform" week after week, with about 3 interchangeable lines about communications.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:44:33 PM PST

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    •  Another reason according to some sources (0+ / 0-)

      Roddenbury was a relentless womanizer and was chasing Nichelle around the desk, so to speak.

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