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March 7, 2012

Boldly going where no quotes have gone before…


THE ORIGINAL PHRASE FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES:

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
      
Star Trek: The Original Series (first aired 1966-1969)
       Famous phrase from the opening sequence of each episode
       This is probably the best known and most parodied split infinitive in modern history. It’s from the voiceover introduction to the TV series Star Trek, spoken by actor
William Shatner, as Captain James T. Kirk. Any true Trekkie can recite the complete intro: “Space – the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
       In the spin-off series,
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), the words “five-year mission” were changed to “continuing mission” and “no person” replaced “no man,” to be more politically correct. The rest of the Next Gen intro, spoken by actor Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, was the same as the Star Trek: TOS version.
      
At a recent Comic Con in New Orleans, a Star Trek fan asked William Shatner: “Do you boldly go where no man has gone before?” The 80-year-old actor quipped: “It depends on the girl.”


DOUGLAS ADAMS’ THHGTTG QUIP:

“Far back in the mists of ancient time, in the great and glorious days of the former Galactic Empire, life was wild, rich and on the whole tax free...And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before.”
      
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
       British writer especially known in this universe for creating
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio, TV and book series
       The lines above were spoken by narrator Peter Jones
in the third episode of Adams’ original radio series version of THHGTTG


THE INSPIRING “GET RICH CHEATING” VERSION:

“There will always be opportunities to cheat. It’s up to you to discover them, to create new ways to Get Rich Cheating. Seek out new unexplored worlds, boldly cheat where no cheater has cheated before. Be the next Barry Bonds, Ashlee Simpson, Rod Blagojevich, or generic, balding,  middle-aged white corporate executive.”
      
Jeff Kreisler
       American actor, author and writer for Comedy Central
       Advice in his book
Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path to Easy Street (2009)


THE UNINSPIRING SPACE PROGRAM VERSION:

“I’m tired of driving around the block boldly going where hundreds have gone before in orbit around Earth.”
      
Neil deGrasse Tyson
       American astrophysicist, author and advocate for space exploration
       Talking about America’s current space program and his support for manned missions to Mars and beyond,
in an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (January 18, 2011)


THE UNTIRING BABES IN SPACE VERSION:

“Space. It’s big. It’s dark. It’s spooky. These are the voyages of the starship Intercourse. The crew’s five minute mission is to spread the seed of humanity to any hot looking babe in a spacesuit, and to boldly cum where no man has cum before.”
      
Sex Trek: Charly XXX (2007) 
       Lines from the opening of this porn movie takeoff on Star Trek

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