Morks: One Dark Tower Connection You May Not Know About
In Sai King’s The Dark Tower Book 7, Chapter 8: Notes from the Gingerbread House, Roland’s ka-tet listens to Ted Brautigan’s audio recording. Mr. Brautigan offers the ka-tet a dose of unexpected empathy toward those willfully blind harbingers of doom, the breakers, do ya ken. Well I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I didn’t feel bad for them. Not one bit.
Anyway, in his recording, Sai Ted mentions that some of the hume guards refer to the breakers as “Morks, after a space alien in some television space comedy.” If you’re too young to have recognized this charming Dark Tower reference, you’re in for a treat. Especially if you like easter eggs, secret levels of the tower, and Robin Williams.
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“Morks are extremely social, but only insofar as it will get them what they currently want or need,” Brautigan says, and, “very few Morks are sociopaths, but most sociopaths are Morks.”
Apparently, hacksaw murderer, avid downhill skiier, and certifiable fruitloop Ted Bundy was a Mork.
If you fail to see how a person in our keystone world can be of a race of fictional TV aliens, then you might be missing the point of the Dark Tower. Not to be too much of a troll about it, but you might be in the wrong place. But there are other worlds than these.
Robin Williams was a Mork
Mork and Mindy was a TV comedy in the late 1970s and early 1980s starring Robin Williams at a time when the Genie-to-be was a total unknown, you ken. According to Wikipedia, Williams snagged the role on the spot by sitting in his chair upside-down during his interview.
Here are some fun facts about Mork:
- Mork’s home planet is Ork
- Humor is illegal on Ork
- Lying, AKA “splinking,” is considered a practical joke on Ork
- Mork drives a spaceship shaped like an egg
Here’s the intro to give you a better feel:
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Mork was a Happy Days Spinoff
That’s right. Mork made his debut on Happy Days, the 1970s version of That 70s Show. Mork made his debut in season 5, episode 23 (clip below).
Mork wants a specimen for…research purposes. But he ends up freezing Richie’s whole family. Hulabaloo ensues, and eventually Richie wakes up thinking it was all a dream.
Only it wasn’t a dream, because someone who looks just like Mork was there at the end. And if that isn’t sociopathic, I don’t know what is.