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Profiles in History sale #24, lot #303


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SALE: Hollywood Auction 24 ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE: $3750
Gene Roddenberry’s personal hand-annotated scripts from the Star Trek episodes “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” and “The Squire of Gothos”
(NBC-TV, 1966-69) Both of these scripts are First Drafts with pencil annotations sprinkled throughout, many pertaining to terminology and plot continuity. Moreover, each script has an extensive notation on the back cover in Roddenberry’s hand. On the back cover of the script for the episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”, Roddenberry has written “General: Andrea is the pivotal character. Must see more of her, get more inside her character. And, important, do more of Kirk-Andrea. She is a possible way out for him; he must probe, analyze, question, etc. particularly in areas of her potential for female relationships with Korby. What is Korby’s aim. Only a madman’s dream of being the ruler of the robots?” And on the back cover of the script for “The Squire of Gothos”, Roddenberry has written “Gets to be too much 18th century play acting. Repeats get dull after an excellent start. A la Charlie X, needs some menace growing in Act II. End ‘Voices’ seems a cheat and it’s too much childish Mama and Poppa stuff.” Internally, Roddenberry has made extensive notations next to dialogue and set directions in this episode, including “Doesn’t follow logic. One scene (last) is as easy to fool another (sight, feeling, etc.)” and “Illogical of K. How does Kirk even know Trelane can be bullied?” This seems to be the voice of Spock, calling out irregularities in the plot! An excellent pair of original Star Trek scripts, each with Roddenberry’s personal observations and instructions to the writers, showing his close involvement with the development of the storyline of each episode. From the personal collection of Cinefantastique publisher Fred Clarke.