The Original Star Trek Movie Script Featured Captain Kirk Punching Jesus

Star Trek: The Motion Picture will always be divisive among Trekkies. The movie sacrificed a lot of the wit and charm of the original TV series in favor of a more methodical approach to science fiction, in the same vein as Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as nebulous and confounding as some of the movie's ideas are, apparently series creator Gene Roddenberry had an even more outlandish premise planned for the franchise's big screen debut.

Over on The Hollywood Reporter, there's an excerpt from the book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek—The First 25 Years, where it's revealed that Roddenberry's first stab at a Trek movie script featured the crew of the Enterprise coming face-to-face with God—or, at the very least, an alien claiming to be God.

Appearing in front of the crew in the familiar form of Jesus, it wouldn't be long before Captain Kirk engaged in some old-fashioned fisticuffs with this intergalactic messiah, much to the horror of Paramount execs (although William Shatner seemed to love it). If that sounds a little too "out there" for a Trek movie, you're not alone.

Years after Paramount shelved the script due to fears over the controversy it would cause, author Michael Jan Friedman was hired to turn the original treatment into a novel. However, Friedman didn't exactly give the story a glowing endorsement after he actually looked over the unedited drafts:

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I hadn’t seen other samples of Gene’s unvarnished writing, but what I saw this time could not possibly have been his best work. It was disjointed—scenes didn’t work together, didn’t build toward anything meaningful. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy didn’t seem anything like themselves. There was some mildly erotic, midlife-crisis stuff in there that didn’t serve any real purpose. In the climactic scene, Kirk had a fistfight with an alien who had assumed the image of Jesus Christ.

"So Kirk was slugging it out on the bridge. With Jesus."

The version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture that actually did land on screens had a screenplay by Harold Livingston and a story credit go to Alan Dean Foster. However, some of Roddenberry's godly script ideas actually did live on in both The Motion Picture and Star Trek V.

So if a space Jesus decides to show up in Star Trek Beyond when it hits theaters on July 22, Trek fans will know who to blame.

[h/t Nerdist

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home

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It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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