Faith of the Heart

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Hi, Giselle!

Whew, have I had a week!  Don’t ask, it was hectic; I don’t really want to think about it.  So today I thought I’d write you about one of my favorite songs attached to one of my favorite television shows, Star Trek: Enterprise.  The song is called Faith of the Heart and you can find it right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ex144AvK00.  I’m fairly sure that the video that comes with this song is from an extended opening credits scene.  If it’s not, well, then it’s not!

Still, I have to thank whoever put it together.  They did a good job.

The song was, as far as I can discover, first performed by Rod Stewart.  It is a very uplifting song, but there are parts of the video that are a little confusing at first.  Every new verse after the refrain has the Enterprise in a firefight with alien ships – or getting blasted into dust by them.  I think this is to match the verses. 

As an example, here’s the last verse: “I’ve known a wind so cold/I’ve seen the darkest days/ But now the winds I feel/Are only winds of change/ I’ve been through the fire/And I’ve been through the rain/But I’ll be back again!”

Throughout this last verse, the Enterprise is shown in battle and, a couple of times, it is shown being destroyed.  But immediately afterwards, during the refrain: “’Cause I’ve got faith of the heart/I’m goin’ where my heart will take me/etc,” the Enterprise is shown flying peacefully through space on its mission of exploration as this part of the song plays out.

So why set the video up like this?  Well, I think that it’s to show that the spirit of the Enterprise cannot be permanently defeated.  Yes, the ship is blown to bits several times throughout the video (and the series) but it always comes back.  The crew always finds a way home with their ‘enterprising’ attitude.  After all, necessity is the mother of invention, right?  Well, enterprise is the spirit that makes the invention.  There’s no better impetus for that than having several people pounding on the door (or the ship’s thrusters) trying to get to the crew and kill them, a situation every crew of every Star Trek ship named Enterprise has faced countless times.  So the Enterprise never dies because it’s always going to be needed.

Make sure you watch the ending closely, too, Giselle.  I think it’s the most uplifting part of the video.  I’d tell you more about it, but then I’d spoil it for you!!!

Time to shut down.  Write you again!

Later,

Mithril

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About The Mithril Guardian

I like stories.  Whether they’re on film, in song, or in print, I always remember a good story.  They remind me of paintings.  People cannot see them without learning something.  So it’s a good idea to look at a story from as many angles as possible.  I can watch the same movie a million times and still I will learn something that I did not know before.  Thoughts on the Edge of Forever is where I get to focus on what I learned from stories; what was not obvious the first time, the second time, or the umpteenth time. Earlier posts are written in the form of letters, usually to specific characters, to point out what I saw in a particular story or heard in a piece of music. Some of those letters, though, are like letters to the editor. Why did someone write a story this way and not another? Would the story have turned out better if the writer had done something different? These ‘letters to the editor’ will probably never be answered by the writers - the characters certainly will not answer anything - but their contents are still up for debate. After all, unless you ask a question, you will never get an answer. Still, civil ground rules apply. Any foul language or other form of abuse will not be tolerated in Thoughts on the Edge of Forever. I mean, who wants to be around the guest at the dinner party who is being nasty? Practically nobody, since people go to a party to have fun, not to hang around a grouch. So let’s have fun! The Mithril Guardian
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