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The One with the Hippies

You never watched Star Trek as a child?

Picture I didn't watch Star Trek as a child. When I came to America I would find Star Trek flicking through the channels, as one does, as it's on all the time, but for some reason it was always the same episode. It was a bad one, I hate to say �the original cast would agree with me that it wasn't one of their best.

It was the flower people one, when they all had daisies painted on their faces. I remember thinking, did they have no idea that that fashion was not going to last very long? Because that was dated after about a year . So that was the one I kept finding, so I wasn't hugely impressed.

I have a friend, Lois Burwell, who's an Oscar winning British make-up artist. She dragged me to see the fourth movie The Journey Home, - the one with the whales. Actually, she dragged me kicking and screaming, because I didn't want to go and see it when she came to visit me. That was my first experience of Star Trek, and I liked it.

Of course, one can't compare that film to the TV series, but as I said, the one that I did see all the time, ad infinitum, was the one with the daisies. The sets seemed to me like the sets that we had when I was in grammar school, and we did Twelfth Night. They kept falling down, because people were giggling behind them, but I'm sure they worked.

I'm going to get myself in trouble!

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