"Chekhov’s Checkout… 10 Bullets or Less?"

2007
Oct
19

The literary device known as “Chekhov’s Gun”: “The gun hanging on the wall in the first act always goes off in the third.”

Which made me think not about Anton Chekhov, but Pavel Chekhov, the character in the Original Star Trek. Did the writers and producers have a rule called “Chekhov’s Phaser” which meant that the only time he could fire his weapon was in the third act, or only if he was shown wearing it in the first, or even better, he NEVER fired in the Third Act (the hour TV shows of that period always had four acts). It’d be nice to think that Gene Roddenberry had done inside jokes like that, but it really wasn’t done in the ’60s. Or maybe when J. Michael Straczynski hired Walter Koenig (who played Chekhov) for a role in Babylon 5…

I believe I have just achieved Level 43 Geekery.

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