Monday, December 22, 2014

Trekker Friend

Seasons Greetings Trekkers,

Its that time again to be merry and full of sherry, so in keeping with the festive spirit of spreading good cheer, its my pleasure to share a Five Year Mission flashback with you.


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Heres a snapshot of two excited Star Trek fans taken on August 2nd 2014. The caption reads "Savannah was excited to make a new friend." Its always neat meeting the stars, making friends and spotting trekkers standing to attention at these Star Trek conventions. The expressions and uniforms capture the moments perfectly but which one is Savannah?

 Happy Holidays Trekkers.

Friday, November 07, 2014

He's Dead Jim


Dan Connolly created this drawing of Spock, Jim and Bones, except something is missing, heh.

Is the redshirt sporting pointy ears? Why is Spock wearing a redshirt? Could this be Scotty?






























"He's dead, Jim" is the famous catch phrase used by the USS Enterprises Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Star Trek the classic series.

 How many times does the doctor say the word "dead" when one of the Enterprise crew, such as a redshirt or another character dies?

1) 24

2) 34  or

3) 44 times?



  


skip ahead to 3.04 to find out.

 Live long and Prosper, trekkers.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Science Fiction Spaceship Quiz




I spliced these cool spaceships together to test your sci-fi wits. Have fun guessing:

Which of these science fiction spaceships were initially christened Gemini 12 and USS Yorktown for their pilot episodes?

Serenity - Firefly - Captain "Mal" Reynolds
USS Enterprise NCC 1701 - Star Trek - Captain James Kirk
NSEA Protector - Galaxy Quest - Jason Nesmith/Commander Taggart
Borg Cube - Star Trek - Borg Queen
The Tardis - Dr Who - The Doctor
Planet Express Ship - Futurama - Bender Bending Rodríguez
Klingon Bird of Prey - Star Trek III The Search for Spock - Commander Kruge
USS Reliant NCC 1864 - Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan - Khan Noonien Singh
Darth Vader's TIE Fighter - Star Wars - Vader
Jupiter 2 - Lost in SpaceProfessor John Robinson, Robot B-9
Doomsday Machine - Star Trek TOS episode #35 - Planet Killer
Colonial Shuttle - Battlestar Galactica - Imperious Lizard Leader
Narcissus - Alien - Ellen Ripley
General Sarris' Spaceship - Galaxy Quest - Saris
Aries 1B Earth/Moon shuttle - 2001: A Space Odyssey - Dr Dave Bowman


Which intergalactic space vessel is the odd one out and why?

Live Long and prosper, trekinators.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blogfest 'Firefly vs Star Trek'

The time to write about our favorite unknown for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest,  MOVIE – BAND/ARTIST – TV SHOW – BOOK has arrived, so here goes!

Firefly vs Star Trek!

Every so often, an ensemble of Hollywood talent unites to create a marvel of science fiction.. I'd like to tell you about Joss Whedon's Firefly. One thing that I look for and enjoy in a work of science fiction are conflict driven characters exploring the scientific and social dimensions taking us to strange new worlds. Star Trek's classic show was unique because of its three-way bond between Kirk, Spock and Dr McCoy. The battle of egos, human scepticism and logic gave it a special edge. I like it when a character does or says something to surprise you but how do you stand out from the crowd when every action hero is so convincing?

Star Trek with all of its official re-incarnations shows humans and aliens working together using futuristic technology exploring the human adventure. Roddenberry's action packed wagon train in space was lucky because its over enthusiastic actors, aliens and cardboard sets produced characters and stories like one seamless magic show fans cared about.

James Cameron understood that if you copy a work of genius like Star Trek, you'll be left with a terrible phony which won't fly. So, he set the trend in Hollywood by re-inventing instead of ripping off the old sci-fi classics.

When Joss Whedon's learned about the secret formula he produced 14 episodes for his sci-fi 'sequel' on a shoestring budget, sound familiar?

Whedon's Firefly 'sequel' simply took Star Trek's followers on a fresh 'spaceship' journey thrilling us with a mirror cast based on Gene Roddenberry's original show. The beauty of Firefly is there are no clean cut uniforms, no energy weapons, no teleportation, no long shots of spaceships warping against a starry backdrop to classical music, no obsession with technology, no robots, no artificial intelligences, not even a clear long-term goal for the protagonists apart from the plot conflict between the Alliance and the Rim, and the bitterness of committed Browncoats. Its all close-up and raw. The characters are flawed and realistic. 

1. Mal is the gruff 'anti-hero' with powerful leadership qualities like Captain Kirk, propelling his crew into the thick of action. Still it has to be said Firefly created its own law and disorder in the galaxy.
2. Zoe and Inara are graceful rational, logical counterparts to Mal, as Spock is to Kirk.
3. Wash has Sulu written all over him, gentle and humorous with a way of articulating intense situations.
4. Kaylee is the cool-headed Scotty full of optimism and the miracle worker.
5. Dr Simon Tam has the same fiery relationship with Mal as Bones has with Kirk.
6. Book has the intelligent saving graces of Dr McCoy.
7. Jayne is a fearless explorer like Chekov often breaking the ice with his cornball humor.

Firefly captured the imagination of sci-fi fans with qualities we can all admire, it provided fresh unpredictable characters in an alternate universe, subtracting the science without ruining the fun or being just a shallow imitation. There certainly are numerous original aspects to Firefly, given River's unnatural insight bordering on the edge of madness providing a mysterious air of intrigue for the show. While Firefly and Star Trek are fashioned on the Western wagon train to the stars, each show is full of emotional depth, adventure with a cast of reverse engineered characters. What do you think?

Which sci-fi show made a distinct impression on you?


Monday, September 01, 2014

Top Five Star Trek Space Babes

James T. Kirk has had many conquests...

Here is my Top Five Space Babes from Star Trek's classic tv show. At No1 is Dr Helen Noel (Dagger of the Mind) played by Marianna Hill who was simply gorgeous. Its too bad they didn't make her a regular cast member continuing love interest for Kirk... She was perfect. Growing up I thought she was smokin hot and had the most amazing smile.

My second favorite Trek beauty is historian Marla McGivers played by Madlyn Rhue in Space Seed. Sadly, Rhue was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977 and was soon confined to using a cane, then crutches and finally a wheelchair. Besides Star Trek, she starred in over a hundred appearances on television and reunited with her Space Seed co-star Ricardo Montalban in Fantasy Island.


In third position is the lovely Droxine played by Diana Ewing in Star Trek's "The Cloud Miners.". I bet you've wondered what happened to her? Upon further investigation, Memory Alpha records clearly indicate she starred in six different tv series in 1969 and was last seen in the Washington 1977 mini series, Behind Closed Doors. Her acting career lasted for only eight years and thats it. Mysterious isn't she?....IMDB


My fourth favorite is Lt Marlena Moreau played by Barbara Luna. Friends and fans call her Luna. The female uniforms from Mirror, Mirror were absolutely fantastic! She was by far one of the hottest of Kirk's women. Her many credits include: The Devil at 4 O’Clock with Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, Mannix, Mission: Impossible, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Search for Tomorrow, One Life to Live, the Star Trek: New Voyages installments In Harm’s Way and Enemy: Starfleet!, as well as Adventures of Superseven and the recent comedy Unbelievable! For an aging Trek beauty she still looks terrific!


In fifth place is Sherry Jackson who plays the stunning android, Andrea. In star trek's classic episode "What are little girls made of?" Kirk passionately seduces her with a kiss confusing her logical yet inadequate android programming. I couldn't help but laugh when she says "No, not programmed for you." in her sweet soothing voice.  Somehow Andrea realizes shes not supposed to enjoy feelings yet the kiss triggers an emotional chain reaction!

I hope you enjoyed reading my Top Five Classic Space Babes. Who is your favorite and why?

Dream Long and Prosper, Trekkers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Name That Alien Lifeform!

Hey Trekkers, Heres a fun Star Trek slideshow I created to test your sci-fi general knowledge.

I snook in a few Star Wars critters too, hehe. So please don't shank me. Its fun identifying these science fictional alien lifeforms, just cover the title and off you go,

I'd like to hear how you got on! -



Monday, August 18, 2014

Where No One Has Gone Before

Airdate: 26th october,1987.
Stardate: 41263.1
Writers: Diane Duane and Michael Reaves
Season 1 episode 6

In Star Trek TNG Where No One Has Gone Before the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D are thrown far beyond Federation space to Galaxy M33, where the power of human imagination becomes real in the physical universe.



Somehow the ship accelerated to an impressive 2.7 million light years away from earth in minutes. Thats three galaxies away at the far side of triangulium. At maximum warp, it'll take them 300 years just to get back home, so what went wrong? Data calculates it'll take fifty-one years to send a message home using normal subspace frequencies. Good one Data!


                                    PICARD: Where is this place?
                                    DATA: Where none have gone before.

To shed light on the Enterprises sleigh ride, clueless propulsion expert Kozinski (Stanley Karmel) admits he made a mistake. It soon becomes clear the Traveller played by Eric Menyuk is their only hope.



I love the Picard doorway just hanging in space, with cosmic starlines whizzing by the terrified captain as he clings to the Enterprise for dear life. Picard also chats to his dead mother. Patrick Steward's acting presence clearly demonstrates how spooky and exciting outerspace can be.

So now the Enterprise-D is a billion light years away from Earth pushing Captain Picard to the edge. (Well he almost stepped off the ship!) Picard heads to Main Engineering to get answers fast before its too late.



                                          WESLEY: He phased sir. 

This episode Where No One Has Gone Before is loosely based on Diane Duane's Star Trek novel, The Wounded Sky. Diane also wrote Spock's World which on average has a four to five star rating on Amazon. QUESTIONS: You might well ask, why didn't everyone just think their way home? Do you think Kosinski is a joke? What did you think of captain picards lift scene?

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.


Monday, August 11, 2014

All Hands Battle Stations

PICARD: This is about saving the future of humanity.
LILY: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
PICARD: No! ...No! (Picard breaks the starship display cabinet with his phaser rifle)
PICARD: No! ... I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already. Too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again! The line must be drawn here, ...this far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done.
LILY: You broke your little ships. ...See you around, Ahab.
PICARD: 'And he piled upon the whale's white hump, a sum of all the rage and hate felt by his own race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.'
LILY: What? PICARD: 'Moby Dick.' LILY: Actually, I never read it.
PICARD: Ahab spent years hunting the white whale that crippled him. A quest for vengeance, ...but in the end it destroyed him and his ship.
 LILY: I guess he didn't know when to quit

Star Trek First Contact is a cool movie. I love it when Lilly rather gloomily, says 'See you around, Ahab.' All seems lost. Its seems to me Lilly Sloane's comparison of Picard to Ahab captures the moment beautifully. Despite Lilly's heated words, our valiant skipper delivers a powerful message - Never Give Up, Never Surrender. After all how would you feel about blowing up the beloved Enterprise?

Well my trekker friends, I just wanted you to know Spacerguy is back! The show must go on. All hands battle stations! Lets go get the Borg.


 

Monday, June 09, 2014

Top 10 Sci-Fi Weapons

Heres a sci-fi weapons list from WatchMojo.com.  Most of these rayguns originate from science fiction movies. The familiar ray gun is in a class of weapons called energy weapons. Its fun watching these babies slugging it out in a good old fashioned firefight. So whats the difference between  phaser laser and a Starfleet type 2 phaser? A lot apparently. Generally speaking phasers emit a laser beam which can be set to stun and disintegration modes. Other factors to consider are size, range and intensity of the beam.

Theres a whole plethora of sci-fi weapons from Phasers to Disruptors including the Ferengi Energy Whip, Lightsaber and Varon T Disruptor and they all have something in common. They all make deadly energy sounds!

I must confess Kivas Fajo's illegal Varon T Disruptor from Star Trek's (TNG episode 'The Most Toys') tops my list for pure evil. This phaser doesn't just kill, disintegrate, stun or even wound its victims.

Instead try imagining five seconds of excruciating agony as Fajo's death ray slowly disintegrates your flesh from the inside out. You might say the Varon-T Disruptor was designed by a pretty warped mind and you'd be right.






Which one of these sci-fi weapons makes your favorite energy sound? As usual... Star Wars is sitting pretty at No 1. Now why is that I wonder?

 10: Phasers - Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)
9: Sonic Shotgun - Minority Report (2002)
8: ZF-1 - The Fifth Element (1997)
7: Arc Gun - District 9 (2009)
6: The Noisy Cricket - Men In Black (1997)
5: Bone Gun - eXistenZ (1999)
4: M41A Pulse Rifle - Aliens (1986)
3: Lawgiver Pistol - Judge Dredd (1995 and 2012)
2: The Proton Pack - Ghostbusters (1984)
1. LightSaber - Star Wars (1977)

Spacerguys Top Guns

1. Varon T Disruptor - Star Trek TNG (1987)
2. Klamers Phaser Rifle - Star Trek TOS (1967)
3. ED-209s Machine cannons - Robocop (1987)
4. Point of View Gun - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
5. Blaster - Forbidden Planet
6. Q Firearms - Star Trek Voyager
7. Plasma Shoulder Cannon - Predator
8. Mal Renolds Model B Service pistol - Serenity
9. AMR-B05 (Repeater) and AMR-B21 - District 9
10. Phased Plasma Rifle - Terminator

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers and Futurians!.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Worfs Secret Fear

In Star Trek's TNG episode, "Coming of Age" Wesley and Worf discuss facing their fears while on the USS Enterprise-D holodeck. But its not actually divulged what Worf's "secret fear" is. So lets make an educated guess.....















Tribbles!!! 


Could this be true? Do Tribbles really have what it takes to spook Warrior Worf?


Tribble long and Prosper, trekkers, trekkies and niners.
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