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Charlie Brooker’s Trek trauma
hough Charlie Brooker isn’t a Trekkie, he did enjoy watching the original series as a child – and has one particularly strong memory.
“I was terrified of the scary face from ‘The Corbomite Maneuver’!” Brooker enthuses. “You know, the alien that’s actually Clint Howard.”
He’s talking, of course, about the baleful visage of Balok, seen when Kirk communicates with an alien vessel, which turns out to be just a creepy dummy.
“That face used to come up in the end titles,” Brooker remembers, “And it was an image that terrified me. I knew the scary face was going to appear, and there’s something pleasurable about that when you’re a kid – you know you’re gonna be freaked out, but you deliberately put yourself through it. So every time
Star Trek was on and that end music was playing, I was daring myself to continue looking at the screen. Then some weeks it wasn’t that. It was just an alien women with green skin – that was disappointing, when you didn’t get the scary face that you didn’t want to see! Anyway… why did I bring all that up?!”
We’ll be sending Charlie an invoice for the therapy…