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89 wow...so sad. Always liked her and Scottys shenanigans.

 

"Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt Uhura in original Star Trek, dies aged 89 | Star Trek | The Guardian" https://amp.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jul/31/nichelle-nichols-lt-uhura-star-trek-dies

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Hell of an actress. Hell of a singer. And had many, many fans...

 

...when you see someone like that on-screen - especially when clearly an important part of the crew and the show, not any kind of a screaming damsel, you think... 

...I could do that. And people did. Not just on telly - Whoopi Goldberg in particular - but for reals.

 

May she rest in light. And if there's any of those particularly beautiful cosmic phenomenae JWST is picking up are going spare... 

...The Uhura Nebula has got a ring to it.

 

PS: on the "damsel" note, she did manage to sneak the best ad-lib joke in the original series past the censors in Naked Time:

SULU: [half-naked with epée] I shall defend you, fair maiden! 

UHURA: [annoyed] Sorry, neither. 😁

 

PPS: I ran across a lovely thing on Twitter while writing this. According to a set dressing detail in ST:Picard, after the Enterprise crew went their separate ways, Nyota went on to become captain of the Leondegrance - a custom long-range exploration vessel in which she set the record for new First Contacts. Following a refit, the LdG became a training vessel. Thousands of new cadets got their first taste of warp and Speed Of Light Certificate, under the watchful eye of Captain Uhura...

 

...including one gawky young Frenchman with appalling hair but a promising attitude. 

I'd like to see that story.

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Most people spend their entire lives with no impact on the world.
Far fewer labor and toil to make the world sit up and take notice.
Nichols made it look EASY.
Then, just to show others how far out of her league they were, she set the world on fire with her lips...
 
 
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1 hour ago, ThaOGDreamWeaver said:

PS: on the "damsel" note, she did manage to sneak the best ad-lib joke in the original series past the censors in Naked Time:

SULU: [half-naked with epée] I shall defend you, fair maiden! 

UHURA: [annoyed] Sorry, neither.

Naked Time!  That was it.  When I heard the news, that was the first thing I thought of, but I couldn't remember where it came from.  Thanks for that.

 

Will be binge-watching the original series in honor of her memory.

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All the TNG, Disco, SNW and Lower Decks crew have been reporting in with tributes. 

I really like this one (from one of the LD key character artists.)

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I have been expecting this.  Not wishing this, mind you, but, well, bracing for it based on some reports regarding her health that I've seen for a few years now.

 

I think one of the most interesting things about the oft-controversial Star Trek alternate universe "remake" series was how they fleshed out their version of Nyota Uhura, fiesty, intelligent both passionate and compassionate. arriving complete with a first name (first given in the books).   All of that was possible because Nichelle willingly endured an often under-developed character with only a single name to have a chance to break new ground and make a difference.  By the time of the movies, Nichelle began to get more notable moments, such as Uhura's staged takeover of a teleporter station in The Search For Spock, or her The Undiscovered Country battle-winning suggestion of shooting a torpedo at the cloaked enemy's "tailpipe".  And of course, within the original series itself there was that one break-through episode, Plato's Stepchildren that everyone likes to talk about.  It's among my favorite episodes, not because of the sci-fi (fruit that gives humans and Vulcans telekinetic powers? And it never sees the light of day again?  Much like the equally game-changing Khan's blood or galactic teleporting, it should never have been added to script), but because the episode gave two very worthy people a chance to shine:  Nichelle, and the little actor with huge talent, Michael Dunn.

 

Nichelle had a marvelous singing voice, too, and I'm glad she was able to use it occasionally within Star Trek.  Even if it was singing saccharine songs  of outer space romance.

 

 

 

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