Analyzing The Most Sexually Charged Episodes of the Original Series
By Will Stape
Set phasers on steamy! The most sexually-charged episodes from the original landmark sci-fi TV show, Star Trek (1966-1969), often drew beloved characters such as Spock, Kirk, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, Khan, and Nurse Chapel into plots that hinged on love, lust, and even a BDSM “Fifty Shades of Grey” sexuality.
Although the new Star Trek and Beyond (2016) movie is getting big buzz, we can't help but think back to the original series. Over the years, much has been made about Captain Kirk's sexual prowess and healthy libido, but he was not the only crew member aboard the majestic Starship Enterprise that pursued pleasure. Recall Lt. Uhura utilizing sex as strategy? How about George Takei’s off-screen sexual life and social activism that rocketed at warp speed beyond anything filmed for the science fiction juggernaut?
Explore the primal motivations of these characters in a refreshing and humorous approach that refocuses the stories and situations through the lens of human and alien sexuality. This fresh perspective dips playfully into the drives and desires of the legendary characters played by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and series creator Gene Roddenberry. Rediscover how the pop culture phenomenon of the original show, the feature films, and the other spin-offs from the fabled Hollywood franchise continue to impact pop culture today. Illustrated. Index. Episode Listings. CLICK HERE TO READ an exciting blog about this book.
THE MUSIC, MEMORY, AND MELANCHOLY LIVES OF KAREN CARPENTER
By Joel Samberg
The popularity of The Carpenters—Karen in particular—has never waned. When their online presence, documentaries, tributes, and other projects are considered, an unofficial Carpenters revival has been brewing for years.
Many remember Karen’s velvety voice that helped The Carpenters sell 100 million records, but not everyone knows that the gifted singer was a love-starved romantic, a conflicted sister, an obedient daughter, an unpredictable jester, a modest millionaire, an optimistic dreamer, a wannabe mother, an emotional wreck, a generous friend, and a melancholy clown. How is it that her stardom lasted just a dozen years? Why is her legacy so beloved and fascinating today more than three decades after her untimely death?
Joel Samberg reveals the truth behind these questions and discloses how she might have given up fame and fortune in a heartbeat, had she only known someone to be close to.
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Martin Milner began working as a teenage actor. When his family moved to Los Angeles, he found jobs in movies, notably in his film debut as the second son in Life with Father (1947) with William Powell and Irene Dunne.
After finishing the film, he was stricken with polio and spent a year in bed. He recovered and enrolled in theater arts at the University of Southern California but dropped out after a year to devote himself to his acting career. Early film roles included The Sands of Iwo Jima, Marjorie Morningstar, Sweet Smell of Success, Mister Roberts, and Valley of the Dolls. His wholesome good looks helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, Route 66 and Adam-12.
Martin married actress-singer Judy Jones in 1951, and they had four children. Martin died at the age of eighty-three on Sunday, September 6, near the La Costa neighborhood of Carlsbad, California.
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