Monday, November 23, 2015

Star Trek's Female Pioneers

Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura

In Star Trek TOS, Nichelle Nichols is known as Lieutenant Uhura on the starship USS Enterprise NCC 1701. Crucial for making first contact with alien worlds by establishing incoming and outgoing communications, Uhura opened hailing frequencies with alien lifeforms right from the beginning, alerting the bridgecrew keeping them up-to speed with all the latest subspace news. Shes 83 in December God bless her.

Dr Beverly Crusher

In Star Trek TNG, Dr Beverly Howard Crusher (Gates McFadden) is the Chief Medical Officer of the Galaxy Class USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D. When Data discovers Crushers secret she nearly flips out. "I don't ever want to be known as the Dancing Doctor again". Every trekker worth their latinium knows Mc Fadden is a real dancer, director, teacher, choreographer and a dynamic healing influence aboard Captain Picard's Federation Flagship.

Captain Kathryn Janeway

In Star Trek's 20th Anniversary Voyager Magazine, the Winter edition states "Women were still rare as leading action characters and the the typical kickass female combined her toughness with youth and a subtext of sexual availability."

So along comes Star Trek Voyager in 1995 with Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) with her "abrasive authority" and squeaky nasal voice. Janeway is strong willed and sound provided she gets her high intake of coffee, black. So was Janeway the first woman to kick butt in Star Trek? 

Seven of Nine

 Seven of Nine is the first female cyborg of note in Star Trek. Its fair to say she makes quite the impression and fainted four times until they got her uniform specs just right. Now that must have been a tough job! Lol -  I've written loads about Jeri Ryan here and here.

1987 Proof: Beverly Crusher was on the scene only feet away
 from Armus, one of the most evil lifeforms in the galaxy.

 So lets rewind to 1987- Star Trek The Next Generation warps onto our TV screens. In the 23rd episode "Skin of Evil" CMO Dr Beverly beams down with the Away Team - Data, Geordi, Riker and Chief of Security Tasha Yar to Vagra II in 2364. Here Beverly is on the front lines and meets a terrifying Armus. -  I mean this dude was BIG and SLIMY and it SPOKE! You can bet all your trekkie autographs, toys and memorabilia the landing party were totally freaked out! Well maybe not Data.

"Data, somethings got me!"  "Touch him and he dies!"

Crushers tricorder scans reveal a very powerful dark creature of limitless pure evil while Commander Riker is dragged screaming into the creatures pool of black goo.

Ship's Counsellor Deanna Troi - "I felt her die".

Meanwhile, the ships Betazoid, Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) is trapped/held prisoner in her crashed Shuttlecraft by Armus while Yar is instantly killed by a flick of the creatures power.

Chief of Security Lieutenant Tash Yar

In my book, it takes nerves of steel and expertise to cope with hostile lifeforms like Armus. But did Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) cross the line? I remember how shell shocked trekkers were when Yar died. It looked pretty hopeless because lets face it, it was. Yar's death was tragic and meaningless. She even says so herself in Yesterdays Enterprise.

Our good Dr Crusher beams Yar's broken body back to Sickbay and desperately tries to microvolt her brain back to life. Sadly Yar's injuries were too great but what a grand exit. "That thing just sucked the life right out of her." 

Jadzia Dax

Last but not least, Niners will recall Jadzia Dax is killed in "Tears of the Prophets", the finale of the sixth season of Deep Space Nine. When asked how she would like Jadzia Dax to be remembered, Terry Farrell said, "wisely mischievous."

 Which of Star Trek's female trailblazers gets your vote?

Live long and Prosper, Trekkies, Trekkers, Bloggies and Niners.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Triumph of the Future

Star Trek's original creators invented a TV Science Fiction series bursting with imagination. Its underlying concept embraced a future about the triumph of good over evil. Earth is a unified, peaceful planet (belonging to a Federation) where hunger, war and poverty no longer exist. The job of the starship USS Enterprise NCC 1701 and her crew was to spread that democratic, philosophy to the stars, seek out new lifeforms and boldly go in peace.


Star Trek's future is a place where man has ceased squabbling, where Earth has been transformed into a garden, where robots ten times stronger and smarter than us strive to be human. Its an optimistic future, an utopian one and its not too much of a stretch to imagine that people love watching Star Trek, because at some level, they'd like to live in a place like that.  

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers, Trekkies, Niners, Bloggies, Earthers, Friends across the earth and blogland!  

Monday, November 09, 2015

Star Trek and Dr Whos Doctors

"You owe me something, you do realise that - don't you?"
"Not Now Doctor. Please!!!"

In 1997 Dr Who had eight doctors and so did Star Trek. Heres Treks run down: Dr Philip Boyce, Dr Mark Piper, Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Dr Christine Chapel, Dr Beverly Crusher, Dr Katherine Pulaski, Dr Julian Bashir, and the EMH - Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram. If you include the EMH on the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-E then thats nine but wait what about Dr Who's Peter Cushing and Richard Hurndall?

So which sci fi genre wins?

Given recent success with bigger and worse block buster movies and spin off TV series -  Which Sci Fi Genre, Star Trek or Dr Who has the most doctors?

Live Long and Prosper, Treknichians and Whovians!

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