Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nichelle Nichols, Stan lee and Denzel Washington

What has Star Trek's most beloved Communications officer Nichelle Nichols and Marvel Studios Comic book Legend Stan Lee got in common with Academy Award winner Denzel Washington?

Answer: They were all born on this day in 1932, 1922 and 1954.

So lets give our heroes a big hand, Happy Birthday!

Celebrate Long and prosper!

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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Zats all Folks

Zats all Folks! Its Zee end of April's A to Z Blog challenge. Its been fun which is why we do it again and again. Heres to the Galaxy's Greatest who beamed on over, so lets rejoice. Thanks to our hosts for making A to Z so:

 Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Author Stephen Tremp
Tina @ Life is Good
Damyanti @ Amlokiblogs
Jeremy @ Being Retro
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner
AJ @ Naturally Sweet
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian.




 My gratitude goes out to all  of you happy lifeforms who trekked over to join in the party, visited and commented through the A to Z Challenge this month! Thanks trekkers, trekkies, trekinators, trekologists, Niners, until next time. Kapla!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yarnek

Yarnek is a metamorphic rocklike creature with clawed hands and several glowing eyes in its head. He appears on planet Excalbia in Star Trek's classic 77th episode 'The savage Curtain.' When the creature materializes we see eyes which flash in sync with his voice.

The rock entity announces that the planets Excalibians wish to conduct an experiment to determine which human philosophy is stronger — good or evil. To spice things up, the Excalibians, as well as the crew of the Enterprise are allowed to witness the drama but cannot interfere. The test will be a simple one of survival. In order for the exercise to begin, Yarnek uses his illusionary powers to create a place on his boiling planet where the USS Enterprise crew can breathe and battle it out.

A battle of wits ensues pitting Kirk, Lincoln, Spock and Surak (good guys) against four of the galaxies notorious minds in a fight to the death. During the war games, various battle strategies are played out truly testing Kirk and Spock's belief in Peace. When the fight ends, the Excalbian reappears and announces that while evil retreats when confronted with force, there is no great difference otherwise between the two philosophies.

What do you think distinguishes good from evil?

Does the end result justify the means??

Monday, April 28, 2014

X-Men Xavier

Patrick Stewart is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series, and for his prolific stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stewart's character, Charles Xavier, is very similar to Picard and himself, "a grand, deep-voiced, bald English guy" aka Professor X, the leader and founder of the X-Men.

Throughout most of his comic book history, Xavier is paraplegic, although his body houses one of the world's most powerful mutant minds. As a high-level telepath, Xavier can read, control, and influence human minds. Stewart has also since voiced that role as Xavier in 4 video games including: X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II, and X-Men: Next Dimension. Truly he is one of the most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Don't mess with WORF!

Why is Worf rejected so much? In the STNG episode, "Coming of Age", while on the holodeck, Wesley and Worf discuss facing their fears. It was not revealed what Worf's "secret fear" was.




We know Klingons living to an old age is every warriors worst nightmare, as is being denied the right to die gloriously in battle. Actor Michael Dorn aka Worf has seen the youtube clip,

'Worf gets DENIED again and again on Star TNG' and was amused by it.

Heres what Michael had to say at a Comic and Toy Expo.

(Forward to 2mins 4sec)





In conclusion share with us now, warrior to warrior, 

What is your favorite Worfism?

Here mine: Assimilate this! 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Vash

V is for Vash but who is she? Vash is a fortune hunter in Star Trek TNG 67th episode 'Captain's Holiday' with Jennifer Hetrick co-starring with Patrick stewart. While chilling out on the idyllic pleasure planet Risa, Captain Picard gets involved with a hot babe totally passionate about archaeology. At first she doesn't quite level with Picard until the unethical Ferengi, Sovak and two time travelling Vorgon criminals arrive on the scene looking for Captain Picard. The 'baddies' have come a long way for a 27th century superweapon of ultimate power, called the Tox Uthat. However Vash has other ideas and seeks only one thing, locate and seize the small crystal cube and flog it to the highest bidder.


Who will find the Tox Uthat first? Which do you think is the most destructive force ever created in the universe, the Tox Uthat or the Federation's (Regula One) Genesis Torpedo or Soran's rocket star killer?

live long and prosper, trekkers.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Star Trek The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek The Undiscovered Country is a good movie with plenty of emotional attachment to all the main characters, proper effects and peppered humour. Its fun watching the hungover USS Enterprise NCC 1701-A crew piecing together the clues in this Sherlockian style, Star Trek murder/mystery.

When a mysterious photon torpedo ploughs into the Klingon High Chancellor's flagship, Kronos One, its red alert, battle stations for Kirk's Enterprise. The real mind twister is why are the USS Enterprise computer banks lying? Scotty just isn't buying it.


'Inform them of what? A new weapon that is invisible? Raving lunatics, that's what they'll call us!


What did Valeris see in the evil General Chang? Anyone with an eyepatch NAILED to his head is not exactly someone you want to mess with, Period. Who were you rooting for? Did you feel sorry for Valeris?


 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Trekthriller

T is for Trekthriller! A great story creates a sense of danger like a threat to the ship or an invasion force beaming aboard drawing the viewer into the experience! Remember when Kirk gave the Klingon Commander a boot in the face sending Kruge flying into the fiery abyss of flames in Star Trek III. Who were you rooting for? Perhaps, the greedy Klingon got what he deserved! Geeze, those flames sure must have hurt!!!

Or how about when Darth Vader grabs Emperor Palpatine and sends him flying down the death star's reactor shaft in Star Wars, all to save Luke Skywalker. In an epic moment of sheer exasperation Vader proves he not just a killing machine and then all is revealed. How did you react? Were you terrified? Be honest now, you did lurch left and right in your seat, didn't you? Were you rooting for the Jedi or the darkside?

Treklong and Prosper, trekkers.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Star Trek Heroes

Science Fiction has lots of villains, right? "Fire when ready, Mr Chekov. Lay in a pattern, fire, fire, fire!" is the Kirk attitude! When a ship gets blown to blue blazes or the bad guy is melted by a ray gun, hey thats what we call an epic sci-fi experience.



My reaction is nearly always, Yessss!! or the exact opposite, WHY Oh WHY! Remember when Commander Data in Star Trek's TNG movie "Nemesis", got blown to bits aboard the Romulan spaceship? Well, the actor Brent Spiner cowrote the movie, so maybe he wanted Data to die. What was you reaction? Which sci-fi characters death brought a tear to your eye, Captain Kirk's under the bridge, the Borg Queen or Commander Data's big bang?


Monday, April 21, 2014

Robotic Datas' Epic Win

Heres our Robotic Enterprise-D Science Officer, Commander Data awaiting word on missing DNA fragments essential to locating a super humanoid master species. Anyway what makes this youtube funny is the fact Data's positronic brain is encased in battleship armour!

He has the strength of 10 men, doesn't get tired, rust or ever sleep! In an epic encounter with the Klingon Nu’Daq, our metal friend Data is challenged to an armwrestle, Klingon style. When Nu’Daq loses he tries a new move. Lets just say the Klingon isn't counting on Data's very hard head.

Data: "My upper spinal support is a polyalloy designed for extreme stress. My skull is composed of cortenide and duranium."

When you listen closely you can hear chuckles in the Enterprises Ten Forward bar. Should Guinan aka Whoopi Goldberg have intervened? Did you know about Data's molybdenum-cobalt, tripolymer or polyalloys? What would you have done in the same situation?




 Laugh Long and prosper, trekinators!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Qapla! Klingon for Success.

Qapla is the Klingon word meaning success! Its often used in conversation when bidding someone farewell. Some useful examples are from Star Trek III: Search for Spock and TNG's Sins of the Father and Aquiel episodes.

Sins of the father was Worfs story and a relaunch of the Klingon Mythos. The Klingon Dictionary is the Official Guide to Klingon words and phrases which explains how the grammar works for all you aspiring Klingons!

 In an interesting twist, STNG Klingon General Martok was elected to office last Novmber for New York's state elections.

Do you want to go targ hunting with Martok? Perhaps you think like a Klingon or speak the lingo?


Well then trekker your all set for a rach time! Qapla!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Cable Guy Star Trek Battle

Remember Kirk and Spock's duel in Star Trek's classic episode of Amok Time? Well, here's Jim Carey's skit of trek's famous fight to the death scrap. It's an epic "Cable Guy" parody really. When you play the clip you'll see the master of crazy comedy lampooning around as Chip with a terrified Kovac slugging it out in the arena. Listen out for Carey's improvised "Star Trek" sound effects which are a total hoot.




"All right you want to play rough? Daddy can play rough." Da-na, na, na, na, na, naaa, na-naa, na, na.

"Like when Spock had to play Kirk on Star Trek, best friends forced to do battle." - Cable Guy.

"Chip this isn't funny, will you stop it!!"

"The name is Spock, if we don't battle to the death, they will kill us both." - Cable Guy.

 "This isn't Star Trek" yells Kovac.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q the Omnipotent

O is for Omnipotent! Lets not forget Q, the omnipotent alien entity from the Q continuum who plagues Captain Picards with relish. Q loves troubling the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D with his strange sense of humor and jokes, often causing the crew harm in the process. Q appears in lots of Star Trek TNG, Voyager and DS9 episodes.

Apparently, he has a vague passing regard in humans stating quite openly that he's a Klingon at heart gifted with an I.Q. of 2005. On the face of it, Q is a constant thorn in Picard's side who appears out of no-where from another dimension. Why shouldn't Captain Picard flip out when his 'Omnipotence' pushes his buttons?

Q: "What must I do to convince you people?"

Worf: "DIE."

Q: "O very good Worf, eat any good books lately?"

Picard: "Fine, you want to be treated as human?"

Q: "Absolutely."

Picard: "All right. Mister Worf, throw him in the brig."

Worf: "Delighted, Captain."

Q: "You can't do this to me, Jean-Luc."

 Worf: "You will walk or I will carry you!

Q: "Given the option, I'll...I'll walk."

 Whats the name of the episode Q loses his powers in? Did you enjoy watching Worf throw Q in the brig? Do you really reckon Worf eats books?


  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Natasha Yar in Naked Now


N is for Naked. In Star Trek TNG's "Naked Now" the USS Enterprise-D crew get infected with a virus from another ship, the Tsiolkovsky. The fun begins when everyone loses their inhibitions, acting real weird when they return from an away mission.

Security Officer, Natash Yar is a real stunner all dolled up and a sight for sore eyes. She sets her sights on Data, seducing the android, adding him to her list of conquests. With a mischievous expression on her face, she corners Data and their eyes light up. The android is baffled but can't help resisting Tasha's advances towards him. Security Officer Tasha is in complete control of the situation.


" Data, You are fully functional aren't you ?"
" I am functional" replies Data
" HOW fully functional ?" demands Yar, smiling eagerly like a hungry little cougar.
" In every way!, I am programmed in multiple techniques." responds Data "
You little Jewel" responds an ecstatic Tasha leading the smiling android away to an adjoining bedroom.

Lucky day for Data? A bird wearing a Starfleet shirt with insignia appears on a computer screen. Could this be the Great Bird of the Galaxy?

Dream Long and prosper, trekkers.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mind altering Star Trek TOS Bloopers


M is for Makeup Meltdown. William Shatner spent 3 hours in the chair prepping for Star Trek's classic 'Deadly Years.' One day after suffering the exhausting 'aging' makeup process, Shatner arrived at Paramount's Star Trek production set which was closing down. Frustrated heres what he said:

'Bob Justman, I'm going home now. after spending three hours putting this f****** makeup back on.....and its your fault!


Have you seen treks original blooper reel outakes? How would you have reacted? Whos your favorite alien sci-fi creature?

Jump to 3.54 for Shatners reaction.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Locutus of Borg

L is for Locutus of Borg but who is he? In Star Trek TNG's Best of Both Worlds, Picard's Enterprise-D crew get their butts kicked in a battle with the big scary Borg. Victorious, trek's cybernetic baddies beam off the Federation's Galaxy class fortress with their prized possession, Captain Picard. How could this be happenning, I hear you ask. Well to be honest, TNG's Best of Both Worlds left many of us gobsmacked on stardate 44001.4 It was spine chillingly thrilling watching Picard become Locutus of Borg. However, many of us still couldn't accept Starfleet's finest diplomat was now the enemy, a walking and talking Borg.

 'I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From now on, you will service us.'

 How did you react when Commander Riker gave the order?

 'Mr Worf.....fire.'

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

King Abdullah's 'Investigations'


K is for King Abdullah. Star Trek Voyagers 'Investigations' episode is quite the surprise. In 1996, a Jordanian Star Trek fan was but a mere Prince. He landed a non-speaking role in Star Trek Voyager as a Science Officer. When Moral Officer Neelix strikes up a conversation with Harry Kim, Science Officer Abdullah departs the scene rather quickly.

7 years later Jordan's avid Star Trek fan is a King! Apparently he was visiting the States as part of a military delegation and had to stopover in L.A. A friend offered to arrange for the prince to visit Voyagers' film set and try on a uniform.

'Then the next thing, when I actually showed up, they said that if you want, you can stand in. So it wasn't planned, it just turned out that way. I had a great time.'

How cool is this? Are you a fan of Star Trek Voyager? Do you wear costumes to Star trek conventions?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Star Trek's Gag Reel

J is for Joke. On Star Trek's stage sets at Paramount Pictures actors were notorious for forgetting their lines. In order to lighten the mood of performing exactly on cue, gooning around and playing practical jokes on each other became common place. Captured on film, treks legendary 'gags' were a great source of entertainment for fans especially when played at Star Trek conventions. Gene Roddenberry released them on blooper reels with Leonard Nimoys bicycle a fan favorite.

 Scottys 'Jefferies Tube' became another source of  amusement when 'GNDN' appeared on labels at various Enterprise crawl-ways with 'three way' ladders for crew access. Heres Scotty climbing up one of the original series Jefferies Tubes. The stage crew labelled the 'GNDN' pipes in print so small as to be invisible to the audience. So what does 'GNDN' stands for? "Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing." Have you watched Star Trek's blooper reels yet?

 Which gag is your favorite?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Intense Infusion of spaceships




Heres an Intense Infusion of ships from Star Trek First Contact. CGI-animators at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic slipped a shot of the Millennium Falcon from the "Star Wars" movies into the Borg battle of Sector 001. The Millennium Falcon can (barely) be seen flying to the left off-screen when the Defiant fires its pulse phasers at the Borg ship.

Its six years later (2373) after Star Treks TNG's 'Best of Both Worlds' 359 epic and Worf is commanding the Defiant to fly into the Borg cube. Our friend, in true Klingon Warrior style is preparing to go out in a blaze of glory. Yeah lets blow these suckers up!!!
'Prepare for ramming speed.'
Which came first, Sector 001 or Wolf 359? Who's were you rooting for the Borg, Enterprise-E or Worfs Defiant?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Heroic Captain Kirks Crew Are Hiding!



Heroic Captain Kirk has proven himself on numerous occasions with his ingenious battle strategies. Keeping the power and secrets of the Genesis Torpedo away from Commander Kruges grasp is top priority. He's the perfect mean spirited, vengeful Klingon on a power tripping quest... All our greedy friend has to do now is seize the Enterprise and steal her "secrets." When Kruge sizes up the situation, Captain Kirk cunningly outwits his mortal enemy by setting the USS Enterprise 1701 on self destruct!!! Kruges undefeated reputation is in tatters with his moment of glory backfiring sending him into an unhinged spasm of madness. He has to defeat his elusive opponent. Captain Kirk.

Trouble is, where are Captain Kirks heroic crew?

(Forward to 3.18) 
TORG: My lord(Kruge) the ship appears to be deserted. [Enterprise bridge]

KRUGE: How can that be? They're hiding! [Bird-of-Prey bridge]

TORG: Yes sir. But the bridge appears to be run by computer. It is the only thing speaking.[Enterprise bridge]

KRUGE: Speaking? Let me hear. [Bird-of-Prey bridge]

ENTERPRISE COMPUTER VOICE: Nine, ...eight, ...seven, ...six, ...five,... [Enterprise bridge] 

KRUGE: Get out! Get out of there! Get out! COMPUTER VOICE: ...one... [Bird-of-Prey bridge]

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Guinan and Picard?

G is for Guinan but who is she? In Star Trek's TNG Whoopi Goldberg plays Guinan who runs the USS Enterprise-D's ten forward lounge. Amazingly she belongs to a mysterious race of El Aurians that doesn't seem to age, Guinan is over 500 years old. Captain Picard and Guinan share a very strong bond, they have a trust and an unspoken understanding that surpasses normal friendship and hints in some TNG episodes at possible intimacy.

She is the only character apart from the omnipotent Q who can challenge Picard's orders and get him to change his mind. Data believes her perception goes beyond linear time, which explains why she knew the timeline was altered in 'Yesterdays Enterprise'A self confessed Star Trek fan and Golden Globe winner to boot, the actress told Gene Roddenberry she wanted a part to play on the show. Whoopi Goldberg has been a Star Trek fan since childhood (her hero was Nichelle Niichols) so her character took off when producers found out she wanted to be part of the series.

What do you think, did Captain Picard and Guinan have a secret love affair?

Live Long and Prosper, trekkers.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Fascinating Fans First


F is for Fascinating, Frequencies, Fans and First. In Star Treks classic 'The Corbinate Maneuver' Uhura appears providing actress Nichelle Nichols with her signature line 'Hailing Frequencies Open' which she says seven times during the episode. Theres little doubt that the popularity of Star Trek characters has gone from strength to strength in the eyes of the fans.

Several of Star Trek's characters have signature lines of dialogue. The guy with the ears, Mr Spock regularly says 'Fascinating.' Dr McCoy's legendary quips include 'Hes dead, Jim' and Chekov the Ships Navigator, screams 'Aaaaaagggghhhhhhhh! The fact is many of the first season episodes were cast out of shooting order, a fact easily discernible by the characters uniforms. Which characters geekspeak is your favorite?

Hail Long and Prosper, trekkies and trekkers!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Elaan of Troyius

E is for Enslaved by Emotional Elaan but who is she? Elaan is a spoiled princess played by Frances Nuyen who cries in Star Trek's classic episode "Elaan of Troyius." When the USS Enterprise escorts the beautiful Dohlman Princess of Elas all blazes breaks loose. The idea was to unite two wartorn worlds, Elas and Troyius with an arranged marriage union except her glory has other ideas. She doesn't want to get hitched fullstop.

The fun begins when a substance in Elaan's tears biochemically casts its spell on Kirk, who falls in love with her. The Dolhman's secret "weapon" specifically weakens the Captain's will and crumbles his resolve! You can't really blame Kirk for trying to teach her some manners, a task her tutor, Ambassador Petri despised totally.
Its true. Bones you've got to find me an antidote!
What will Spock and Dr McCoy try next? Can this lady killer really enslave Kirks heart forever? Will Dr McCoy find Kirk an antidote in time? How do you reverse falling in love with a beautiful babe?




Friday, April 04, 2014

Gul Dukat

D is for Dukat but who is he? In 2351, Gul Dukat played by Marc Alaimo rose to the position as Prefect of Bajor under Cardassian rule on Star Trek DS9. This guy ruled the Bajorian people with an iron fist while believing he was actually helping them.

Terok Nor later renamed Deep Space Nine was Dukat's base of operations where he chose to subjugate the Bajorian people at all costs. Offenders engaged in criminal activity were always declared guilty and sentenced to death in advance of a public show trial. To no end, Dukat personally instigated a counter uprising program to quell rebellious behaviour by instilling fear in his subjects. In an bizare twist though, he appoints the changeling Odo to investigate the murder of the stations chemist with surprising results.

In his quest for ultimate power Dukat has been many things, soldier, freedom fighter, despot, Prefect of Bajor, outcast, pawn, father and even ruler of the Cardassian homeworld but lost that status when he suffered a mental breakdown. One thing remains constant, Dukat is a supreme warlord fighting battles with Federations, Klingons and Bajorians to name a few. I have to admit DS9 is the darkest Star Trek show which ran for seven glorious seasons. When DS9's Jadzia Dax played by the wonderful Terry Farell departs the station, I realised Dukat is someone you don't want to meet in a dark lane way.

 Which Star Trek DS9 character is your favorite?

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Capellan Power Cat

C is for Capellan Power Cat but what is it? Legend has it the Capellan Cat is the fiercest feline beast in all the galaxy native to Capella IV. In Star Treks animated episode "How Sharper Than A Serpents Tooth" Captain Kirk rescues the creature from Kukulkan who runs an intergalactic zoo aboard his ship. The poor thing was kept caged in a simulator and hated its captivity.



 In appearance it resembles a bobcat with thick red fur and piercing gold eyes with brown dorsal spines running down its back but beware! Don't touch! Our Capellan friend has a glowing coat of electricty and if angered can throw 2000 jolts at its victims. The Cat is approximately the size of an Earth lion, standing about a meter tall when challenged and while totally untamable, it begs the question. How was it ever captured?



I imagine Spocks pet Sehlat vs the Capellian Power Cat might raise a few eyebrows!


On Vulcan the 'teddy bears' are alive, and they have six inch fangs." -Spock


The vulcan's travelling companion is not just any ordinary cat, as you can see from housunnappi deviantART! Which creature do you think would triumph victoriously in a showdown?

Live Long and Prosper, trekkers

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Star Trek TNG Brothers





B is for "Brothers" which begins with the USS Enterprise-D being covertly diverted to Commander Datas home planet!

In this 77th episode episode of Star Trek TNG, Data takes over Captain Picard's ship when a malfunction in the androids programming summons him to a mysterious planet. Apparently all it took was a homing beacon to get Data, Lore and Dr Soong reunited in a cosy family get together.






A surprised Data meets his creator, his actual living father who hasn't been killed by the Crystalline Entity after all. Soong has created the perfect chip specially designed to allow Data experience human emotions for the first time! The real mind twister here is how will Data's Emotion Chip affect the android whom we have come to know and love.

 In a bizare twist, Data's evil brother Lore fools the old man. Lore gets the chip and in turn goes quite mad, assaults Dr Soong and runs away. What made this really unique is Spiner plays all three characters but when Soong touches Data's face, the hand belongs to a photo double.



 Brent Spiner candidly admits,

'I didn't have a clue as to who the character was, he was just a generic old man.' Four hours of ageing make-up later, 'People started treating me like I was an old man with so much more respect' 'The older I acted between scenes, the nicer people treated me, it was incredible.'


The brothers are soon at odds but when Soong interrupts to reveal he's dying, its like WOW. For a moment I actually believed Data's evil twin, Lore had a heart!

 'Brothers' was written by Rick Berman and directed by Rob Bowman. The element of jeopardy was suggested by TNG's Michael Piller who wanted Lore on the scene.

How many days of shooting do you think it took Brent Spiner to shoot this episode?  What did you think of Data fooling the computer by impersonating Captain Picard's voice? Who's your favorite character, Data, Lore or Dr Noonien Soong? 


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Armus

A is for Armus but who is he? Armus is a malevolent, immortal life- form in Star Trek TNG' 22nd episode 'Skin of Evil.' Several hundred years ago, a planet in the Zed Lapis sector was inhabited by a dazzling race of titans. In an attempt to reach a higher plane of awareness, the Vagrans dump all their negative, dark emotions in a pool of goo on Vagra II. Unlucky for Counsellor Troi, shuttle-craft 13 crash lands on the same planet. Is it a coincidence Armus' home-world was nearby?



The USS Enterprise-D  intercepts shuttle 13's distress call. When a landing party beams down to the planet all is not what it seems. A pool of moving goo blocks their path and foils the transporters. Is it a lifeform?

Data speculates,  'It is possible! '

'Very good, Tin man.' replies a heavy voice.

Commander Riker tragically encounters Armus who rears upright and amazingly speaks.

 'I am Armus, why are you here?'



 In an attempt to amuse himself, Armus unleashes a flick of his power killing the Enterprise-D Chief of Security in a flash. Dr Crusher is at a complete loss. Tasha Yar suffers total synaptic overload, well heck Yeah! Didn't Crusher electrifry her brain-cells in an attempt to juice her back to life? Too many micro-volts I guess.

'That thing just sucked the life right out of her.'



Right before our eyes Tasha is snuffed out!  Meanwhile on the Enterprise Bridge, Wesley and Worf spot an energy fluctuation in Armus' power output. Amazingly the creature drops his guard when talking to Troi, accidentally lowering the forcefield trapping her on Vagra II.



Now its time for Captain Picard to get real. Finally a chat with Troi confirms Armus does indeed have a weakness. The counsellor detects great pain and loneliness when the creature opens up! Great news for the Enterprise crew who swoop in and rescue Deanna and retrieve poor Commander Riker in a beam out heist. Picard takes his chances and rolls the dice in a gamble designed to vex Armus.



 Picard: 'I'm not taking you anywhere!'

 Armus: 'Aaaaaagggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!'

Beam long and Prosper, Trekkers.

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