In a response to a blogger’s review of, “A Clockwork Orange,” I commented on Kubrick's use of Nadsat. The movie is more faithul to the book by Anthony Burgess, than Kubrick's
adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shinging" A reason, I surmised, could be the brevity of the book which was only 150 pages. It led me to think of other Kubrick films; , “Dr.Strangelove,” is also 150 pages, “Full-Metal Jacket,” 190 pages and, “2001-A Space Odyssey,” is based on, a short story by Anthony Clarke.
So it made me think that it is easier for the director to place his imprimatur on his film if the foundation;, the blue-print is fairly concise. What Kubrick did was not to reinvent the wheel but to use the original source as a as a foundation, to make it his own, different, but still recognizable. It may be a ‘duh’ factor but what I do care? It was one thought leading to another.
This in turn led me to think back to “The Menagerie,“ from the original “Star Trek." Captain Pike(Jeffrey Hunter) is Captain of the Enterprise. Spock disobeys star fleet orders and returns to Talos IV now placed off-limits, where years ago they investigated a distress signal. It turns out that a group of colonists had crash landed years prior and all perished but for the severely injured Vina. (Susan Oliver ). The Talosians put the girl ‘together’ but with no template, no blue-print other than the mangled bodies of the crash the result is that she is saved but misshapen. The power the Talosians have, is the ability to create illusions that eliminate any lines between what is real and not. They use that power to create a new reality for Vina. The years have not been good for Capt. Pike. He too is horribly disfigured, confined to a wheel-chair and unable to speak. His mind, however, is unimpaired. It is Spock’s goal to reunite the two.
The Talosians blue-prints were flawed, but their principle is the same as how a director takes a work and molds it to his own version. The better the blue print usually makes for the better film when done by a competent director. And that is how I got from, “The Shining,” to “The Menagerie.”
<I did my best to avoid any spoilers regarding "The Menagerie." >
Captain Pike, as was when first on Talos IV, and later when Spock disobeyed orders and returned him to be reunited with Vina.
Vina, as she appeared to Captain Pike when The Enterprise landed on Talos IV, and as she really looks.