Thursday, July 21, 2005

James Doohan 1920-2005

A lot of good memories of James Doohan as Lt. Cmdr. James Montgomery Scott of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek, but perhaps my favorite bit of dialogue was his little tag at the end of an episode entitled “The Trouble with Tribbles” by David Gerrold*. Tribbles are a furry little animal that reproduce with great alacrity and are hostile to Klingons.

Capt. Kirk [asking about the tribbles]: Scott, you didn’t transport them into space did you?

Scotty: Captain Kirk, that’d be inhuman.

Capt. Kirk: Well, where are they?

Scotty: I gave them a very good home, sir.

Capt. Kirk: WHERE?

Scotty: I gave ’em to the Klingons, sir.

Capt. Kirk: You gave them to the Klingons?

Scotty: Aye, sir. Before they went into warp, I transported the whole kit’n kaboodle into their engine room, where they’ll be no tribble at all.

Any character who could get off a pun like that is worthy of honor and glory. Grace be unto you, Scotty, and peace.

*Shame on me for leaving out the name of the author of the script. I even have his book on how he wrote that episode. Thanks, Elayne, for the nudge.