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    • #5959
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      This is quite interesting, from a point of view of censorship etc.

      This episode of Star Trek, "The High Ground", was banned only in the UK and Ireland as it mentioned Irish unification.

      "Beverly Crusher, who is trying to help wounded based on a terrorist attack on a non-aligned planet, is taken hostage. Based on what she learns, she comes to see what terrorism means first hand.

      In his study of terrorism, Data notes that Ireland would be reunified in 2024 as a result of a successful terrorist campaign. Due to its content (and specifically its mention of Irish reunification), this episode has never been shown on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, and initial airings were edited when shown on Sky One."

      Here’s a link, mentioning that it’s going to be shown as part of an arts event in Belfast…
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6553307.stm

      I did a search for an online clip – it seems that no-one has uploaded it to YouTube yet.

      Belfast seems to be quite the popular spot for being in need of sci-fi saving, as I’m sure some of you already know from this Captain Planet episode, where they visit our great capital city and attempt to get the two alien species to stop nuking each other and communicate.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQJrovKgrTw&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Flettertoamerica%2Eblogs%2Ecom%2Fletter%5Fto%5Famerica%2F2007%2F01%2Fcaptain%5Fplanet%5F%2Ehtml

      Has anyone elses town/city in Ireland been sci-fied?
      Mal

    • #36472
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      That reminds me, I think I recall seeing another sci-fi program where one episode was set in Ireland also. It might have been star-trek but I think it was something else, only kinda watched a few minutes of it and then changed channel – yes i’m one of those sorts :) Anyhow I think they were at newgrange or something and it was mentioned that Ireland had been unified forcefully by government forces south of the border. Seems sci-fi writers have it in for the unionists up north..

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      I think that was Earth: Final Conflict. Terrible show, oddly enough, it was "created" by the same guy as Star Trek, Gene Rodenberry.

      Parenthesis are used because it was an old idea of his, resurrected a few years after his death and made into a terrible TV show. (Much like Andromeda)

    • #36513
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      I remember watching that Star Trek episode pretty distinctly, probably on Sky One. Don’t remember any Irish references so I guess I really did see the edited version.Boy, edit a episode like that, yet leave that conspiracy episode where they blow a guy’s head off with a phaser (and keep shooting a creatures that emerge from him)!
      On the topic of Star Trek and Ireland, I know there were at least two Voyager episodes (back to back I think) where a Holodeck program of a fictional, coastal place in Ireland is created for the crew to relax in and be a part of. I sort of liked it.

    • #36514
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      Wow, a tread about star trek on a game development forum, who would have seen that one coming… :D

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    • #36598
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      I remember watching that Star Trek episode pretty distinctly, probably on Sky One. Don’t remember any Irish references so I guess I really did see the edited version.Boy, edit a episode like that, yet leave that conspiracy episode where they blow a guy’s head off with a phaser (and keep shooting a creatures that emerge from him)!
      On the topic of Star Trek and Ireland, I know there were at least two Voyager episodes (back to back I think) where a Holodeck program of a fictional, coastal place in Ireland is created for the crew to relax in and be a part of. I sort of liked it.[/quote:30b6362e71]
      THAT
      WAS
      PAINFUL!!!
      :oops: :oops: :oops:

      It was so horribly Oirish! Totally stereotypical and insulting. To think Janeway even goes so far as to complement Tom Paris on his attention to detail and accuracy. It’s horrendous!

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