Monday, February 04, 2019

STAR TREKS COSMIC CREATURES

Earth is moving through space at a phenomenal rate of 1.3 million miles per hour, scary no? That means one thing. Everyday, happy earthies relax sitting in our favourite armchairs watching Star Trek - but ask yourself one question... Have we really got a clue how fast we're moving through space?  We just don't notice the Earths rotation and why should we? - because while she spins, we geek out and sit back happily for the ride.


Travelling in space means having to adjust to a large scale where even distance, time, and lifeforms can be enormous. Fortunately gravity holds us tightly to the spinning core of our planet.

In Star Trek there are some cosmic creatures the USS Enterprise has encountered and barely survived to tell the tale.


The Space Amoeba is one of the most bizzare and largest - 11,000 miles in length, it drained Captain Kirks ship.



The Doomsday Machine decimated entire regions of space, eating planets along the way. Its earned its nickname "Planet Killer" by terrorizing populated worlds.





The Crystalline Entity looked like a huge snowflake and traveled throughout the galaxy on electromagnetic power by digesting organic matter. Its appetite wasn't quite as massive as the Doomsday Machine but people perished.







Farpoint Station was investigated by the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Inhabitants of Deneb IV constructed the place except the station turned out to be an intelligent creature! Its twin tried to free it by attacking from space. Bad creature, bad creature.





Nagilum was an immortal being from outside the universe who was in fact an alien scientist with a vast intelligence. Fascinated with life and death Nagilum experimented on the Enterprise-D crew inflicting despair and misery. I mean this alien was bad news, QED. Pascal was the first to die which outraged Picard, still the creatures curiosity had to be satisfied. He tested the boundries of humanoids using "limited existence" as a paradigm. Murdering the Enterprise-D crew and threatening the ship was I assume part of the "rats in a maze" experiment. His conclusions were I have to admit, quite interesting, Tell me what you think.

NAGILUM:
You seem to find no tranquility in anything.
You struggle against the inevitable,
You thrive in conflict,
You are selfish, yet value loyalty.
You are rash, quick to judge, slow to change,
Its amazing you've survived,
Be that as it may, as a species we have no common ground.
You are too aggressive, too hostile, too militant.
PICARD:
You too have been evaluated, - It would seem we have one thing in common.
NAGILUM
Oh?
PICARD
Curiosity
NAGILIUM
Your point well taken Captain - alien laughs
PICARD
Only next time we meet it will be out here in the stars.

Which cosmic space creature have you got a soft spot for?

Live Long and Prosper



Monday, January 28, 2019

KLINGON CONTINUITY CHANGES IN STAR TREK DISCOVERY


GORKON
Hey everyone, I bet you've noticed -Star Trek has defining Klingon warriors like Chancellor Gorkon, General Chang, Duras the traitor, K'mpec, Korris, Worf, Kehleyr, Lursa, B'Etor and Toral who had the nerve to challenge Gowron for leadership of the Klingon High Council in the Great Hall. (STTNG Redemption) There are plenty more defining points with Klingon warriors resonating throughout the timeline but heres the thing. The continuity has definitely changed.




Christopher Lloyd did a great job playing the brutal rogue klingon, Commander Kruge in Star Trek III. When Kirk commanded the powerful Enterprise way back when, with the "secrets" of the Genesis torpedo, Kruge saw the Federation and Kirk as his enemies. The plot to take over the USS Enterprise resulted with Kruge's villainous mates being blown skyhigh awww, lets hear it now.


K'EHLEYR AND WORF COMMAND THE USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D



 I was startled and curiously happy to see those guys roasted into brown bread, heh, heh. Amazingly the biggest shocker was the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 herself as she blew my mind, to see her blaze up and die on the screen, ferociously plunging into a fireball.

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KRUGE

Kruge: "Genesis! ...I want it!"
Kirk: "You fool! Look around you! If we don't help each other, we'll die here!"
Kruge: "Perfect! ...Then that... is the way... it shall be!

Kruge went bezerk of course losing his men, Kirk lost his starship command and son but Star Trek history was made as everyone watched the Enterprise soar to her death. But the game wasn't over, Klingon Kruge still had to defeat his powerful opponent. James T. Kirk. In doing this, he could seize power of the Genesis Device for himself. The fight was on.

AHH KIRK MY OLD FRIEND...


Today Star Trek Discovery tells a different story. Thanks to IMDB, ludzureklamas has shared with us his opinion about ST Discovery and heres what he believes:( "half a century of cultural legacy flushed down the drain." So he asks a valid question: Why turn Klingons into Orks?


When Michael Dorn was asked what he thought of the look of Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery, heres what he had to say.

WORF AND KOL


In a general sense, in every iteration of Star Trek – outside of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and all those Klingons – the producers were trying to make it their own and put their own stamp on the Klingons. So, they decided “We are going to do something different than everybody else.”…and I think that is what they came up with for Discovery. There is no rhyme or reason to it, or to any of the stuff, so I think it is just a matter that they want to put a stamp.

KLINGON BIRD OF PREY



In conclusion which of Star Trek's Klingons said:
(He flew a bird of prey like the one above only it was a prototype)


Tickle us do we not laugh, prick us do we not bleed, wrong us shall we not revenge?



Kor had a flat forehead in Star Trek's Classic series, remember him? Which klingon version is your favorite?
Live long and Prosper




Monday, January 21, 2019

Forbidden Planet VS Star Trek and Star Wars

Forbidden Planet is one of the greatest Sci Fi classics starring Leslie Nielsen and Robbie the Robot. This film has elements of William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' showing Nielsen's cool spaceship landing on a rich, strange new world. Here the Silver age represents hope and prosperity - Sci Fi has grown up. CGI forget about it.
C 57 D SPACE CRUISER FROM FORBIDDEN PLANET

 Instead Disney artisans (Joshua Meador) used their ingenuity and craftsmanship during 1956 to make it so. Who did our brave explorers find amidst the huge panorama scenery to greet them? Dr Morbius, his daughter Alta and robbie the Robot of course but all was not what it seemed... For viewers today Robbie might seem a bit trite but in 1956 Robbie's sophistication was revolutionary and a true delight in the cinema.

ROBBIE THE ROBOT


 7% of the movies budget $125,000 went into making Forbidden Planets most memorable character and it was a lot of dough for the time. But heres an interesting video for you to geek out over trekkers. Curiously I'd swear that F P's set was really quite similar to Star Trek's and Star Wars! Why? Simple really - heres my comparison,

FORBIDDEN PLANET WAS FIRST WITH STAR TREK AND STAR WARS FOLLOWING.

1)The Scientist - Dr Morbius (Walter Pidgeon in black uniform) powerful mind projects a monster. This guy resembles Darth Vader from (Star Wars)

ALTA (ANNE FRANCIS)
2) Spaceship Captain Leslie Nielson - Captain Kirk (Star Trek)

3) Alta (Anne Francis) plays a gorgeous spacebabe in a miniskirt (Star Trek+Star Wars) have lots of sexy women in minis. Spain stupidly banned Forbidden Planet for over a decade because of this controversy.

4) F. P's events took place in the 23rd century so did Star Treks.

5) Forbidden Planets "Main Title" theme was ripped off some say - Star Wars "main title" is similar.

6) Mercury changed to Altair IV sound similar?



7) Frank Darro, Frankie Carpenter uncredited for playing Robbie. Marvin Miller uncredited for the voice.
Conversely Kenny Baker received worldwide acknowledgment for playing R2D2.

8) Doors in F.P. swish like the ones in Star Treks USS Enterprise 1701

What do you believe? - see that button down there? make yourself heard!




Is Forbidden Planet one of the greatest science fiction movies of time? Why?
Do you think Robbie is bound by Isaac Asimov's three laws of Robotics?

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER MY FRIENDS
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