Monday, December 31, 2007

Picard's Lawlessness and Kirk's Exoneration

Greetings earthies and supreme lifeforms. Now that its finally 2008, I wanted to usher in the New Year with Star Trek TOS, TNG, and VOY Captain verdicts with me being the judge, jury and prosecutor! That should blow your hats off. Happy New Year Fleshlings!

Picard's Lawlessness and Kirk's Exoneration:

1. Thirty-nine Starfleet ships and 11,000 crew members were eliminated during the rein of Locutus of Borg aka Captain Jean Luc Picard. Don't be shocked readers its true. Its interesting because Picard was never court marshaled by Starfleet Command to account for his crimes against thousands of sentient carbon lifeforms. Whereas a court-martial investigation was assembled against Captain James T. Kirk with Areel Shaw as the prosecution. Kirk's cooked because of one starfleet lifeform. The crime? Captain Kirk was accused of negligent homicide in the death of Ben Finney, despite the fact Finney manipulated the Enterprises NCC 1701 computer records... and Oh Yeah, the guy's still alive and on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701!!!

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Intelligent homosapiens were snuffed out by the unholy Borg hands of Locutus. Why wasn't there a proper court of enquiry by Starfleet Command? Could Jean Luc's influence with the Federation and Starfleet Admirals have quashed the public outcry calling for Federation justice?

One of the people killed by the Borg-Picard was the wife of Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Sisko. Benjamin barely managed to escape Locutus's evil clutches with his son Jake Sisko. Star Treks good vs evil met in "The Best of Both Worlds".P1 and P2. Despite the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D remarkable reputation in space exploration and seeking out new lifeforms on new worlds, Picard was an outstanding interstellar diplomat. I believe Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise now carries with him a stain of blood amounting to the deaths of 11,000 lifeforms which were conveniently brushed under the rug... if thats possible!!!!

Captain Janeway of Voyager summed up James T. Kirk comparing him to 24th century Starfleet officers. "It was a very different time," she explains in the Voyager episode "Flashback". "They all belonged to a different breed of Starfleet officer... They were a little slower to invoke the Prime Directive and a little quicker to pull their phasers. Of course the whole lot of them would be booted out of Starfleet today."

Well what about Picard? He was from your 24th century, Janeway!!! I feel like yelling at Janeway but I realise this is science fiction. If Janeway did exist in person I'd point out,
"well, look at what Picard got away with and you're slagging off Kirk's Starfleet code. HaHaHa! No Way on earth baby.

To summarise: Picard escaped banishment to the Dilithium Rura Penthe mines. This is one of the most dreaded Klingon penal colonies of the Klingon Empire from which there is no escape. "Work well and you will be treated well. Work badly and you will die."

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Picard carries with him a stain of blood amounting to 11,000 snuffed out lives. Picard is Guilty and cannot be exonerated for his lawlessness against lifeforms in the galaxy.

Starfleet did themselves and Picard a favour, judging the Borg encounter as one of those far-out freaky situations that you can't really blame on anyone. (Still it was most likely hushed up and deemed an extremely sensitive subject matter. lol)

Captain Kathryn Janeway's logic favours 24th century Starfleet officers over 23rd century Starfleet Officers.

Kirk became the first Starfleet captain to stand trial. The court martial investigation discovers Finney is still alive via McCoys heartbeat device. Kirk is proven innocent and is exonerated of all charges.

Happy New Year, Trekkers!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Star Trek vs Star Wars

The trekkie and darkside ravers on Youtube are funny. It seems the endless Star Trek vs Star Wars debate will never end. Two spaceships are facing each other in a battle for their very lives.

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Which one will reign supreme over the galaxy? Could it be Picard's Enterprise of the Federation or Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer? One way to settle this is perhaps by analysing the spaceships firepower, like the fanboys are doing on Youtube except how can a Trek or Empire sci fi addict be objective about this? So Never underestimate the Power of the Dark side! right?
wrong! We always question darkside reasoning. Captain Picard's Galaxy Class Enterprise NCC 1701-D photon torpedoes can be fired in concert with its phasers. This is the Federation's Flagship, our pride and joy for most Star Trek TNG fans. It carries a full payload of 275 torpedoes. One of these Federation sweeties has an explosive yield of up to 64 megatons. Multiply that by a maximum of up to ten photon torpedoes. That equals 644 megatons of power fired in successive pattern, after the phasers have melted the enemy's target's defense shields. That should make one helluva kaaa-booom! Yeah!! Blow that sucker. Woo Hoo!!!

Except theres one problem. I've uncovered spaceship specifications which makes for interesting reading and I'm sure Galactic Empire enthusiasts will, enjoy the news. So here it comes.

Jango Fett's small patrol craft is a Star Wars ship of the Galactic Empire of even technological magnitude, to compare against the United Federation of Planets Galaxy Class Enterprise NCC 1701-D. I know this is like admitting defeat trekkies but what if Picards flagship is outmatched by Fetts ship? Starfleet code of honour won't protect us thats for sure.
I watch Star Trek and try to imagine a happy, untroubled 24th century timeline for humanoids. Millions of fans love Star Trek and Star Wars. Its true. So trekkies, lets put down our phasers and not take these spaceship specs to heart even if the Jango Fetts starship specs are based on mere speculation.

Star Wars: Slave-1 specs: Published in Star Wars Episode II Incredible Cross-Sections.

Main guns: 64000 Gigawatts (2 kilotons per shot, 480 rpm firing rate onscreen in AOTC for time-averaged power output rather than peak output).
Missiles: 190 megatons (tail-launched missiles; seismic charge mines are approx 12000 megatons).
Sublight acceleration: 2500G.
Operational range: not stated (however, Obi-Wan's starfighter has an operational range of 150,000 light-years, or similar).
Shield heat dissipation: not stated (however, Amidala's personal yacht has shield dissipation of 2 billion Gigawatts peak, or similar).
Reactor power: not stated (however, Amidala's personal yacht has power output of 7 billion Gigawatts max, or similar).
Max hyperspace speed: not stated (however, same-day flight from core to galactic outer-rim systems requires speeds in excess of 10 million c). c = speed of light.


Star Trek: Enterprise-D Specs: Published in Star Trek Next Generation Technical Manual.

Main phasers: 3.6 Gigawatts
Photon torpedoes: 64 megatons max explosive yield. (The actual explosive output figure is shy of 64 megatons due to the matter, anti-matter intermix delay time.)
Sublight acceleration: 1000G.
Operational range: 2750 light-years.
Shield heat dissipation: 3311 Gigawatts peak.
Reactor power: ~4 billion Gigawatts at max warp 9.6
Max Warp speed ~2000c or speed of light in a vacuum (warp 9.6)

On the face of it Picard manages to bag one of the bad guys! Does'nt that mean the Enterprise-D busted the Empire up? Darth Vader will need to regroup his troops for the next battle, I wonder why Jango Fett's spaceship did'nt come to the rescue?





Merry Christmas Trekkies and may the Force go with the Galactic Empire.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Space and Sci Fi Quiz

1. Which sci fi series did De forrest Kelley star in? 2. In what sort of home does Ben Kenobi live?
3. What is the name of Blake 7's apologetic computer?
4. What planet were the rebels on before Darth Vader destroyed their base in The Empire Strikes Back?
5. Who had a father called Jor-El?
6. In which state does Invasion of The Body Snatchers take place?

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7. Who is Luke Skywalkers's squadron commander in the final battle in Star Wars?
8. In what episode is Data's cat first seen in Star Trek The Next Generation and what is her real name?
9. What is the name of the robot in forbidden planet?
10. What retired admiral launched a witch-hunt aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 that questioned the loyalty of the crew?
11. Which film has the line - "Houston, we have a problem!"?
12. Who beat Worf's best score in the phaser range?
13. Why did Wesley lose his cool with his mom in Star Trek's TNG Evolution episode?

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1. Star Trek.
2. A cave.
3. Slave.
4. Hoth.
5. Superman.
6. California.
7. Red Leader.
8. Data's day and the cats real name is Spot!
9. Robby.
10. Admiral Norah Satie.
11. Apollo 13.
12. Guinan.
13. Beverly walked in on Wesley's messed up nanite experiment, which has infected the Enterprise and now moms going to find out everything!!! Wesley has to come clean. Its fess up time. Oh No!


Happy Christmas Trekkers, enjoy the festive season.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Star Trek Passion

Robert O' Reilly became Chancellor Gowron in Star Trek TNG and later starred in Deep Space Nine. This crafty Klingon survived and ruled the Home world by relying on his gut instincts. Still aliens have opposed the Klingon, with only one ever really defeating him. Fear is the most foreboding of emotions. Klingons are the bravest sci fi warriors, but Earthies on the other hand react to Fear.

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I must confess to being a weakling human but I'd much rather be a fearless Klingon with a great knowledge of Klingon swear words and spikey teeth. I also want a phaser set on permanent stun to use responsibly in defending the galaxy against alien bad guys. But (sigh) I'm just an earthie and I've got to wise up to the fact that I'm fated to be a mortal humanoid form for the rest of my days! Oh God, please tell me this isn't true!!! I want superpowers!! Well, why not me???

But it's true, When we sense our trek heros in danger, we trekkers anticipate their pain and share in their experience. The sense of helplessness is terrifying for fans who are powerless to help except watch. But we love it too!!! Its the mystique appeal of 24th century space travel and meeting other lifeforms that keeps me on the edge of my seat. Adrenalin hits the bloodstream and sends us into a euphoric state, momentarily stunning our cognitive thought processes. I call this the "Star Trek Rush." There are many emotional states associated with wide eyed sci fi addicts.

So Be logical, follow the clues and don't swear! Don't let human emotionalism get the better of you, it interferes with your cosmic thinking. Quoting episodes occasionally is perfectly natural, no-one will blame you for your geekiness. Always root for the good guy and shout when danger looms near. Watch for these signs, its easy to get hooked on sci fi! The classic Trek guy never misses an episode or convention, better again he or she watches and records star trek daily. Then theres the urgent desire to own all star trek episodes. Its the next logical step. (You can spend your whole life just watching trek and that doesn't count star wars, battlestar galactica, firefly or stargate etc)

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Wide staring eyes, tingling sensation all over the body, hairs standing up on the neck, sweating hands and racing heartbeats are all indications that the nervous system has gone into sudden hyper drive. The nervous system senses the danger, be it physical or nonphysical, it doesn't matter the human body will stuff lots of adrenaline into the poor earthie's bloodstream thus heightening his/her reactiveness in response to the perceived danger. Dam where's Dr Leonard H. Mc Coy when you need a cordrazine stimulant? I'm going to need a shot soon.

Its fun thinking how glued to the box fans can become when our sci fi heroes are on tv. What's really happening is our calm, focused thoughts of logic gradually become a turmoil of emotionally affected reasonings with occasional soft-heartiness. You know what? I'm proud to be a trekkie.
Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Gowron's Reign

Robert O' Reilly a.k.a. Gowron played one of the most influential sci fi warriors of all time. I'd like to say science fiction heroes, but Klingon history has recorded Gowron's miscreant deeds, nevertheless this rascal is still one of my trek favourites. Captain Picard's choice for the Chancellor of Qo'noS (pronounced Kronos) stood in Gowron's favour who was a great believer in politics and honour. The other contender for the leadership, Duras the traitor, got snuffed out by d'akturak (iceman) Worf for killing K'Ehleyr, which was hardly surprising. But it was a shocking surprise when the Klingon High Commander K'mpec took ill from poisoned Veridem Six. bloodwine.

Victory was within Gowron's reach and the Empire was his there for the taking! No-body was going to stand in way except for the human Picard, observing Klingon tradition. A "no contest" fight on his hands was a sure win for Gowron but Picard had to stall for time in order to discover which one of the contenders murdered K'mpec! That left one little P'atk problem to be resolved but until the winner was declared by Captain Picard, Duras and Gowron would never rest easy with a treacherous murderer on the loose.

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K'mpec's successor maintained his grip on power by undermining potential political opponents like Martok (he was Gowron's Military Defence Advisor) and challengers to his leadership like Toral but.. General Martok's rise to fame with the adoration of the Klingon people came as a rude awakening to Gowron. Gowron expressed his reasoning in a fiery, confrontational manner but it was his ruthless military tactics that finally became his undoing..

Despite Martok's glorious war campaigns, Gowron sought to assert his leadership with severe battle strategies against the Dominion with Martok as the fall guy. The loss of Klingon lives was dear but Gowron was beyond caring. The taste of power was sweet and the stakes were high. The Klingon Empire was expanding everywhere and Klingons were expendable.... But so what? Klingons consider it an honour to die in battle. "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees"


The Klingon chancellor's dishonourable actions called for an explosive challenge from General Martok which passed to Worf also of the House of Martok. General Martok refused to engage in combat with his Ruler, Gowron, Leader of the High Council and Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. Worf saw differently and in 2375, the flash of the bat'leth blades ensued. Worf silenced Gowron for good which ended his territorial reign in the quadrant and saw Martok installed as Chancellor Of the Klingon Empire.

"Hail Martok, leader of the Empire! Leader of destiny." -- Worf

Live Long and Prosper, trekkies, niners and trekkers.


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