Today’s youth may be preoccupied with camp vampire or camp werewolf, but we geeks have had years of our own team debate: Kirk versus Picard. Frankly, I’ve never been a big fan of the original Star Trek series, I only started watching when TNG aired and Jean-Luc is still the captain of choice for me. Still, I know hoards of Trekkies out there are huge fans of the original series.
One of the most popular episodes of the original series came in the second season and was titled The Doomsday Machine. The episode was written by Norman Spinrad. Apparently, Spinrad also wrote a second episode, which was so badly butchered by a line producer during rewrites, Spinrad had his own script killed by the big man Gene Roddenberry. That script was called He Walked Among Us and was meant to be a dramatic episode featuring none other than Milton Berle.
That dastardly line producer rewrote the episode as a comedy and it was apparently packed with epic suck. Spinrad says when he read the script with all its revisions he told Roddenberry it was a horrible episode. Roddenberry agreed and the episode was never filmed in either the revised or original versions. At some point that original script was lost and remained so for 45 years.
Recently, a fan returned a copy of the original manuscript to Spinrad and he has now published it is an e-book. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but early reviews are very positive. Kindle users can grab the 189-page script over on Amazon for $9 (USD). It’s also available for NOOK users in ePub format over at Barnes & Noble.