Was King Arthur a real historical figure?
Does it matter?
I’ve loved the Arthurian legends for as long as I can remember. The stories have been reworked time and time again, but the original characters are timeless. Every generation finds something they like about them. I loved the 1967 musical Camelot, I was shocked out of my innocence by Excalibur, and I laughed till my sides hurt over Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Trek is going the way of the Arthurian legends. Of course, we know there was no James T. Kirk as a historical figure; in fact, in the timeline he hasn’t even been born yet! From the classic Star Trek, The Original Series (also known as TOS) through the motion pictures, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, the legends have grown in scope and power. Although copyrighted, they no longer belong to owners but to the masses of fans who have loved these stories for generations.
Fan fiction is prolific. Just as hundreds of writers have taken Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere and imagined every possible twist or nuance to the characters, fans have done the same with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.
This isn’t all good. Oh, the idea of the people taking these stories into their own hands and re-creating every possible scenario is wonderful. But the actual stories… oh, there is some terrible fan fiction out there! Personally, I can’t stand the idea of “Guinevere, Warrior Princess” which seems to be a big favorite these days. I also have a bone to pick with J.J. Abrams for blowing up the planet Vulcan.
Last Friday I interviewed Matt Ewald. Matt played Nick Bluetook in the hit SciFi series Galidor. At the tender age of 29, he’s already had a prolific career both as an actor and a writer.
Matt also played a young Cadet James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Phase II‘s episode Origins. He has forever joined the ranks of those whose names will live forever; those who have portrayed a character who lives on in the hearts of generations through all the incarnations we create.
That’s even better than having an action figure.
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