The Crier in Emptiness

Here’s another Star Trek record to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the show’s debut. If you’ve already seen all seventy-nine episodes of the original series too many times and you’re starting to get there with the short-lived animated series (streaming on Netflix!) you can always turn to the records.

You could usually count on Star Trek for a good story, and that’s certainly true for this one, “The Crier in Emptiness,” which was originally released as one of those awesome¬†book-and-record sets as a 7″ single. This Peter Pan LP collects it along with another story, and the album is unfortunately missing the comic.

Listening to “The Crier in Emptiness” again, we recalled that the comic book completely mis-represented two members of the original crew, portraying Sulu as a black man and Uhura as a white, blonde woman. We found proof our our recollection on this blog, which collects classic story records and comics, and is likely to eat up a solid hour of your time if you click on that link.

From our perspective, “The Crier in Emptiness” is a particularly interesting adventure for the Enterprise, in that the crew is saved by music. We also appreciate this exchange between Kirk and McCoy, which was far more insightful than the occasional discussions about music Picard and Riker would have in the next series.

Bones, have you ever listened to any violin concertos?

I’m not much of a classical aficionado, Jim

There are times when that lone violin is up there, against all those other instruments, and they’re quiet, and that one violin is the loneliest sound in the world.


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