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 03, 2007

Gowron's Reign

In Star Trek's Sins of the Father Robert O' Reilly a.k.a. Gowron plays 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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Go On Take The Trekker Test - Questions and Answers.

Go On Take The Trekker Test - Questions and Answers.

1.How many worlds has admiral Jarok visited before he turned defector and fled to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D?

2. In what year was the term Science Fiction invented?

3. Who flung Emperor Palpatine down the star destroyers reactor shaft and why?

4.What is the composition of Commander Data's upper spinal column?

5. In what year was Science Fiction born?

6. What is Worf's last name? (human) Spelling Errors Allowed.

7. What are the 3 laws of Robotics?

8. Who is the meanest Sci-Fi Pirate in the Galactic Universe?

9. In 1912, three science fiction writers went down with the Titanic. What are their names?

10. What is the difference in the measurement between Picard's left and right eyes?

11. How many times does holodeck matter leave the holodeck intact aboard captain Picard's Enterprise?

12. Which sci fi character in Star Trek TNG said "Sir, I protest. I am not a merry man."

13. Lieutenant Reginald Barclay 's IQ grew to what fantastic levels during the Nth Degree?

14. What is the registry of the U.S.S. Victory on stardates 44664.5 to 44668.1?

15. The Rite of Passage in the Klingon Empire is known by what name? What special right does the ceremony allow Klingons exercise?

Here are the answers for the "Trekker Test" I posted earlier in August. Hooray!

1. Admiral Jarok has visited more than a hundred worlds.
2. In 1929 the term Science Fiction is invented. Before 1929 allot of proto SF was written by authors under such genres as Utopias, Scientific Romances, (Hmmm.... I wonder, now that does sound curious.) Fantastic Voyages, Lost World Tales, etc.
3. Dark Lord of the Galaxy, Darth Vader flung Emperor Palpatine down the Star Destroyer's reactor shaft 'cause Vader couldn't bear losing Luke Skywalker at the hands of the evil hoodie with the force lightening fingers.
4. Commander Data's upper spinal column is made of a poly alloy.
5. In 1818 Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" is published. Science Fiction is born.
6. Worf – son of Mogh, of the Klingon House of Martok, of the Human family Rozhenko; On a technicality you could say Worf's last name is Rozhenko although he does'nt use the surname to identify himself.

7. Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are:
I. A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
II. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.
III. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second laws.
Fourth Law of Robotics

8. Darth Vader is the meanest, determined Sci-Fi Pirate in the cosmos.
9. Three SF writers - John Jacob Astor, Jacques Futrelle and W.T. Stead went down on the Titanic.
10. Picard's right eye is 00.4 higher than his left. (The unit of measurement refers to either millimeters or centimeters.)
11. Holodeck matter leaves Picard's Enterprise-D holodeck four times. A wealthy socialite kisses Picard in "The Big Goodbye" Her lipstick is still on his face when he's on the Enterprise and Beverly wipes it off. Wesley plays snowball with one of his buddies and land one on Picard when the Captain is standing outside the holodeck doors. HaHa! Wesley gets soaked after falling in the holodeck stream, poor kid, runs into Captain Picard and drips water all over the Enterprise's carpet outside the holodeck doors! Picard's unimpressed! The water should'nt be there. Data brings a holodeck piece of paper of the U.S.S. Enterprise drawn on it to Captain Picard who's in the Conference Room. It should have dematerialized.
12. Worf Protested to playing the fool for Q's amusement. Sir, I protest. I am not a merry man.
13. Lieutenant Reginald Barclay 's IQ grew to 1250 to 1450 during the Nth Degree.
14. U.S.S. Victory Registration on stardates 44664.5 to 44668.1 is Ncc 9754
15. The rite of passage in the Klingon Empire is when a klingon attains the spiritual rank of warrior.. Age of Ascension.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

K'mpec's Dead Long Live Gowron.

Robert O' Reilly is one of Star Trek's exciting Klingon Characters. He plays Gowron, son of M'rel in Star Trek-TNG episode Reunion who as one of the two bloodthirsty contenders for the leadership of the High Council makes his challenge aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-D laying claim to the Klingon Empire with Captain Picard as mediator. The other challenger is the shifty Klingon Duras. Stalling for time is'nt exactly Picard's style but the chancellor of the Klingon Empire and Leader of the High Council, K'mpec has been fighting off the grim reaper's evil grip for days now. Time is short and Sto-vo-kor's warriors are smiling down on K'mpec.

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Abassador K'Ehleyr, K'mpec's aide beams over from the flagship Vorn and tells Picard that the Klingon Empire is on the brink of civil war.. Klingon against klingon. Unless the Enterprise-D handles the "Klingon situation" Kronos will erupt ito whats sure to be a terrifying struggle for power dragging in neighbouring planets and eventually the precious Federation. K'mpec's still alive but has been poisoned with veridium six. He tells Picard aboard the Vorn that theres no cure. The dying Klingon leader wants Jean Luc Picard to Arbitrate the power struggle after hes snuffed it. Picard's trys to worm his way out but no-one else can be trusted! Now its Picard's duty to investigate which candidate murdered K'mpec using this sneaky slow acting poison and desinate a ruler for the glorious Empire!

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Sto-vo-cor forbid should a sneaky, dishonourable Klingon ever be allowed to rule the Empire! Veridium six smacks of Romulans!! Picard was in the deep deep sh--. Up to his neck in it and he could'nt talk his way out of this one. HaHa! This is great science fiction with a mystery and characters gradually unfolding in a wonderful humanistic plot with worf tying them together. This material sets the ground work for Deepspace Nine, the darkest of all the Star Treks giving the spinoff series substance to work from with and an exhilerating, fighting Klingon character, Worf aka Michael Dorn.

Picard initiates the Ja'chuq much to Duras and Gowron's maddening outrage which delays matters long enough to snare K'mpec's murderous pahtk!! Worf springs into action and settles old scores in Reunion. The year is 2367 During this sci-fi year, Gowron's appointed chancellor. In 2368 Gowron's Leadership of the High Council is confirmed when he crushed the rebellion led by the cunning Duras sisters Lursa and B'Etor. The Duras family are powerful but women cannot serve on the council, so the Klingon lovelies present Duras's illegitimate son!!! Toral, who the sisters claim is Duras's rightful heir. Gowron is sickened.

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In a flash the madmans crazed eyes are alight with hatred and a depraved grin appears on his face. Gowron leaps from his council throne with his warriors d'k tahg in his hand.... A boy leader up for the High Council! "Don't make me laugh" sneers Gowron as he breaks up chortling. Toral is defiant but unnerved.

Gowron continues "What harlets lair did you find him in Lursa?" Humiliation is written all over Toral's face. Gowron rejects the insolent klingon boy and the council is split. This Klingon scoundrel Gowron became chancellor of the Empire and managed Kronos during civil war in the face of Dominion and Romulan interference. Gowron is a true Klingon warrior until about 2375 when he begins reckless battle strategies against the Dominion fighting a losing battle at the expense of his own warriors. Deepspace Nine's "Tacking Into The wind" sees an epic battle waged between two adversaries which snuffed out one of my favourite trekkie characters. sob, sniff. I'm still in shock.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Star Trek K'Ehleyr Teaser

In Star Trek TNG episode "the emissary", the probe that delivers K'Ehleyr has its origins in which Star Trek Feature Films?

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Remember K'Ehleyr would'nt reciprocate Ke-hong ji! with warrior Worf?, well here's their heated exchange of words after the klingons got intimate on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D Holodeck.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkies!

Friday, November 02, 2007

U.S.S. Enterprise Starship Surprises

Seven U.F.P. starships have carried the name Enterprise and with each ship came a crew of highly skilled individuals dedicated to their duty and captain. In Federation history, only a few of these Starfleet ships had a really distinguished service, notably the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701- A, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 - D, and the Enterprise NX-01.

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The first Enterprise NX-01 embarked from Earth in 2151 with a high powered innovative warp five engine designed by Zefram Cochrane and Henry Archer. These were exhilarating days for Earth's Starfleet earthies and our pointy eared, Vulchies who forged new friendships in an era that would later form as the United Federation of Planets in 2161. Jonathan Archer drew the lucky straw and got to command the Enterprise NX-01. This sleek revolutionary ship paved the way with impressive technologies commonplace on federation starships today. The Enterprise NX-01 was no longer a literal flight of fantasy.

The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 is the second starship to bear the name. She was launched in 2245 from San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth and destroyed in 2285 by Kirk's hand to prevent "a lethal weapon of ultimate power" from falling into enemy Klingons hands. The USS Enterprise has become legendary thoughout the galaxy. She has had five captains. Capt Robert April first commanded her. On April 7th 2250 Capt April returned the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 to Earth.

The Enterprise 1701 was neither lost or destroyed during her first 5 year mission of intergalactic exploration. This fact wasn't lost on Earth's citizens and elevated April's ship and crew to the status of living legends. So you see, this USS Enterprise became every fleshling's symbol of hope and inspiration in the quadrant. Starfleet Academy was swarmed with applications that year.

The USS Enterprise 1701 was the only survivor out of twelve Constitution class starships to return to Earth! Trekkies know starship dangers are commonplace in space. Its not unusual for enemy photon torpedoes and phaser blasts to break the ice between foes, followed by talks and negotiations with Picard doing his "we are a vessel of peaceful exploration" bit and Captain Kirk firing phasers first and asking questions later.

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In 2251, Captain Christopher Pike took the Enterprise 1701 out for two more five year missions at the helm before Kirk. We see Pike in Star Treks "The Cage" TOS and in the Menagerie. Under General Order 7 it was forbidden to visit Talos IV. Why? and heres the shocker....... our benevolent Federation has as of 2267 the only death penalty still left on its books.

Its true! (My heart goes out to those trekkies still in shock by this news) Viewers learn about talosians and their unusual ability to project illusions in the Menagerie Part 1 and 2. (which airs on the 13th and 15th of November in cinemas across America and Canada) Starfleet sees this as a threat and in true military style forbids contact but we can still rely on good old Spock, can't we?

Next, we come to the architect and mastermind Captain James T. Kirk. This guy commanded the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 during his rein of "peace" against the Klingons, Romulans, mad men, meglomaniac computers, powerful entities, a crazy lizard gorn and many others with the help of federation firepower. Kruge's second in command called Kirk's Enterprise a "battleship" which Kirk has used in combat to eliminate assassins when all else failed. (Not to mention blowing stuff to bits! Yeah!! Go Kirk, Go Kirk, You Are The Man.)

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Commander Kruge saw Kirk's ship as an opportunity to bring the mighty Federation to its knees. The starship had after all "a weapon of ultimate power and destruction." known as the Genesis device, capable of creating and destroying entire worlds. The Enterprise 1701 was equipped with 14 science labs, 23 decks and a skilled crew, a miracle worker, photon torpedoes and phaser banks, Kirk took the Enterprise 1701 where none had ever boldly dared to go before.

James Tiberius Kirk's first five year mission lasted from 2264 to 2269 with Star Trek The Motion Picture and Captain Willard Decker in 2273. In 2286 the constitution U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-A (third starship to bear the name) was commissioned and placed under Captain Kirk's command by the Federation Council and Starfleet Command. Kirk's crew saved Earth on numerous occasions from rogue villains, lunatic machines, and evil space entities. These facts demonstrated to the citizens of the federation just how dangerous starship exploration really was and as a result the starship Enterprise became famous overnight.

Captain Picard's Galaxy Class Enterprise NCC 1701-D was the flagship of flagships. This ship was beautiful. Picard's Enterprise got thrashed in Veridian III space by a defective twenty year old Klingon bird of prey. Lursa and B'Etor ran rings around Commander William Riker and had fun blowing the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D to shreds. I was fuming at Enterprise's Number 1 who was calling the shots while Picard was on the Planet below. If I wanted to be mean, I could blame the Flagship of the Federation becoming a sitting duck because counsellor Troi was at the helm. That was Rikers fatal error which eventually condemned the ship. Meanwhile Geordi La Forge was losing it big time in Main Engineering.

What would the real Captain have done? In a nanosecond, Picard would have scarpered over to the helm and warped the Enterprise-D out of danger himself. I have to admit, I had a few emotional outbursts of my own that day. By now, poor Enterprise-D is really shagged and the Duras Sisters luck eventually runs out thanks to WORF, so what does Riker do next? He slams the Enterprise-D into the planet below, So yes, we can totally blame Riker for wrecking the Enterprise-D.

Under Captain Kirk's command the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 gathered the masses and made the daily Trek News. Our trek heroes explored sci fi's fabric of reality employing faster than light engines, warp speeds, teleportation transporters, shuttlecraft, weapons and defensive systems, turbolifts, matter/antimatter engines, inertial damping fields, jefferies tubes, deflector shields, tractor beams, duotronic computers (designed by Richard Daystrom in 2243,) sensor arrays, medical facilities, engineering systems and crew quarters designed to specific Starfleet specifications.

I think Kirk should definitely have put in a word about the jefferies tubes. Why are they so small? Even Captain Picard should have considered it his duty and put in a special report to Starfleet about the design flaw and health risks to the crew. I wonder why they never did? after all there were five captains of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 and NCC 1701-A combined. Strange isn't it?

Live Long and Prosper Trekkies!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Menagerie Trek Nights and 10-disc boxed set in HD

A second Menagerie Star Trek night has just been added in theatres across america and canada starting on November 13th and 15th. Due to popular demand, trekkie/trekker afficionados from all over the sci fi fabric of reality, will get to discover our Trek Heroes exploits behind and in front of the screen enhanced by computer generated animation.

A week after the special screenings, the entire first season of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” from Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment, will be available in High-Definition DVD for the first time. The 10-disc boxed set offers the best of both worlds with each disc offering a Standard-Definition picture on one side and a High-Definition picture on the other. The set will be available on Nov. 20th. Remember, Spacerguy has given the word!.

Have fun trekkers, why not trek over to my "new star trek season one in hd dvd's" post for the details.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Star Trek TOS Hits The Big Screen

On November 13th at 7:30 p.m. local time, “Star Trek: The Original Series” is being beamed onto the big screen in a special one night event in select movie theatres across the U.S.A. and Canada. Cinemas will feature the original series episodes “The Menagerie” Part 1 and 2, digitally remastered in High-Definition and Cinema Surround Sound.

Fans will also be greeted by an introduction from creator Gene Roddenberry’s son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, and given a behind-the-scenes look at how the star trek episodes were digitally re-mastered from the original 1966 negatives. Trekkies will experience the reinvention of Star Trek's "old Tv Show Special Effects" now digitally remastered using new High Definition, CGI animation.

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The orchestral re-recording of the show’s theme music was re-recorded with modern, digital age recording techniques and better microphones using the original notes from the old archives. Greg Smith (Conductor) was thrilled with the new Star Trek recording.

"We're being very truthful and faithful to the original notes because its sacred hollowed ground, this theme."

Experience the Star Trek Buzz! Trekkies will be beaming in from all over the galaxy, to view this new historic 30-minute in-theatre exclusive featurette. Woo Hoo! I'm excited. Why? because I'm a trekkie too!

“Star Trek” debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 on NBC in the U.S., telling the story of the crew of the starship Enterprise and its five-year mission, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock starred in the series which addressed issues of the 1960s including war and peace, imperialism, class warfare, racism, human rights, sexism and feminism.

After just three seasons, the show was cancelled and the last episode aired on June 3, 1969, but it became popular in reruns and a cult following developed. The “Star Trek” franchise went on to include the TV series “Star Trek: Next Generation” (1987-1994), “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993-1999), “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995-2001), “Star Trek: Enterprise” (2001-2005), and Star Trek: “The Animated Series” (1973-1974) as well as 10 feature films.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Starships and Starbases

The starships you see here are made to scale and represent actual size and proportions of ships in Starfleet service today except Matt Deckers which is just leaving Spacedock.

Here is a rare image of the United Federation's most powerful spacefleet returning to Starbase 234, where Captain Picard later launches his armada from on Stardate 45236.4 to blockade Romulan forces supplying the Duras Family during the Klingon Civil War.

Can you name the ships? Picard, Kirk, Janeway, Sulu, Matt Decker, Beverly and Worf are in command.

The spacedock was first seen in 2270 orbiting earth. In the early days of Star Trek, Starbases were fewer in number, often leaving a lone starship in a fix to make repairs. Luckily ships like Kirks U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 had "miracle workers" like Scotty who always saved the ship. God bless him.

Starbases are massive orbital space stations, larger than planet based cities with large windows and domes overlooking the mooring bay. These observation points offer excellent views of space with a steady stream of fascinating incoming and outgoing starships. The spacedock itself has vast interior mooring bays and recreation facilities, giving weary explorers time to take shore leave. (The Organian Peace Treaty between the Federation and the Klingon Empire established this.)

Starbase operations are straight forward and range from administration duties (which can be shared with non federation races) to secure starship berthing, by mooring tractor beams which lock ships into position. Gangways are secured to airlocks using correct pressurization and stabilization procedures which allow trusting souls to be easily ferried from starship to starbase. Transporters and turbo lifts cars are standard. Starbases serve a medley of purposes for non-stop space exploration, operation and security.

Starbases are used for meetings, pickups and the transfer of medical supplies too. Starbase 173, located in Sector 23 near the Romulan Neutral Zone, is the site of proceedings to establish Lt. Commander's Data's sentience, and Starbase 718 is the location of an emergency conference attended by Captain Picard to discuss the possibilities of a new Romulan incursion into Federation space. Starbase 313 is the base from where the Enterprise picks up an assortment of scientific equipment for transport to the Guernica System on Stardate 44614.6 while Starbase 343 is the transfer point for medical supplies the Enterprise delivers to Alpha Leonis on Stardate 43421.9

Romulans are tricky. I think any alien with starship cloaking technology installed on his ship has to be classified as a spy up to no good. Look what happened to Kirk when he exposed General Chang's cloaked Bird of Prey and Chang was a Klingon!! A Klingons Honor means more to him than his very life! I guess Chang had better sense, just kidding.... So why doesn't anyone call the cloaking device spy technology? It is undeniably sneaky.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Spocks Emotional Outburst

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Here's some Star Trek (TOS) humour from the "Galileo Seven" episode thats funny. "Now Mr. Spock, there's really something about all this that I don't understand, so maybe you could explain it to me, logically of course... 

 Now, when you jettisoned the fuel, and ignited it, you knew that there was virtually no chance of it being seen and yet you did it anyway. Now that seems to me like an act of desperation." -- Kirk

 . "Quite correct, Captain." -- Spock "Now we all know, and I'm sure the doctor would agree with me, that desperation is a highly emotional state of mind. So how does your well known logic explain that?" -- Kirk 

 "Quite simply captain, I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that under the circumstances, the only logical action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at." -- Spock 

 "Ah-huh, I see... So you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst." -- Kirk 

 "Well I... Wouldn't exactly put it in those terms captain, but those are essentially the facts." -- Spock

 "You aren't going to admit that for the first time in your life, you committed a purely human, emotional act?" -- Kirk [crosses arms and slowly shakes head] 

 "No, sir." -- Spock [laughing] 

"Mr. Spock, you are a stubborn man." -- Kirk [raises eyebrows] 

"Yes, sir." -- Spock. 

 Of course we believe you, Mr Spock. 

 Live Long and Prosper Trekkers.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Star Trek XI Movie Logic

Captain Kirk doesn't believe in the no win scenario, so he rigged the Kobayashi Maru Test and beat the Klingons!! Woo Hoo. Go Kirk, Go Kirk!! You're the Best. Now trekker hopes depend on a Star Wars fan making Star Trek history!!! and without our superhero William Shatner. Geeze.... Hmmmm. I wonder, will J.J. Abrams pass his Kobayashi Maru test? Only Trekkie's can decide. Take my sidebar Kirk Test now! Sci fi viewers know only too well that Spock, McCoy and Kirk were special.

Bill Shatner told Trek fans at Comic Con and Shatnervision that he's not in the latest Star Trek movie. Sob, sniff. The Sci Fi universe is awash with traumatized Trekkies everywhere, even I'm all watery eyed too. At least Bill put us out of our misery.

Spocks warmblooded, illogical and emotional old friend Jim Kirk, has been snuffed out of Star Trek XI! (MORE LIKE NEVER WRITTEN IN) It gets better. J.J. Abrams explains his reasons in a vulchy statement at trekmovie on William Shatner and the new Kirk casting. J.J. actually confesses his dark side sins in his statement so I'm thinking - hey heres a dude that worshipped Darth Vader. - O.K. but what about Kirk 's U.S.S. Enterprise and its captain?

Shatner fans across the globe know Bill is a funny guy who has delighted Star Trek millions with his wit, charm and intelligence, all things that make great science fiction. You'll be glad to know Bill may be doing a series of "Negotiator" commercials which are entertaining.

Here is Bill's comic role in his Priceline "The Negotiator" commercial. Its bound to cheer up Star Trek fans still reeling from Mr J.J. Abrams Vulchy logic and it proves the old maestro still has the movie magic provided he doesn't get too bogged down with the Vulcan shockwaves rattling Trekkies across the globe right now. I think J.J. Abrams has been hanging out with those green blooded, inhuman, pointy eared Vulchies too much!!

Live long and Prosper Trekkers!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

TOS Star Trek Season One in HD-DVDs.

Star Trek: The Original Series in Season 1 (Remastered HD-DVD Box Set) is out on a 10-disc HD DVD/DVD combo-disc set. That means the original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 voyages are in stores with high definition DVDs waiting for you! Star Trek fans can now own the original star trek adventure in high definition format and purchase it at a logical price. Season One is ready to order. Its true Star Trek fans can now own this!

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Update: Star Trek's Original Season One HD DVD boxset has come down considerably in price since I wrote about this star trek boxset in 2007. $219.99 dollars seemed quite logical considering Paramount/CBS put alot of work into remastering the original negatives, loading it with bonus features. But now the Original Star Trek adventure in High Definition format has got even more! I know what your thinking, whats this really going to cost? Are you ready? $69.99 bucks. I kid you not. Wasn't it worth waiting 3 years for?

Star Trek's Original Season One HD DVD boxset is on sale at Star Trek.com for only $69.99 so go on spoil yourself! Captain James T. Kirk's crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise NCC-1701 have been cleaned up and remastered from the original negatives and updated with new digital effects. The Original Season 1 Star Trek HD dvds have special 3D interactive features so you can explore the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 inside and out. Star Trek fans will also have access to Starfleet's Data Files! which provides intelligence about the world of Star Trek! I wonder do we get to see any "Top Secret Stuff" Nevertheless, The Original Series Boxset is loaded with new features so keep a lookout for the Gorn blinking in "Arena" and other cool enhancements.

Bonus features on the HD DVD side are as follows:

•On-screen graphical interface allows viewers to access Picture in Picture video commentaries, comparisons of re-mastered vs. original effects, encyclopedic information (science, life forms, technology), episode trivia and more.
•Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century
•Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories
•Interactive Enterprise Tour
•Perpetual Entertainment's "Star Trek Online” MMO Game Preview

Bonus features on the standard DVD side are as follows:

•Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century
•The Birth of a Timeless Legacy
•Reflections on Spock
•Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner
•To Boldly Go…Season One
•Sci-Fi Visionaries
•Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories
•Kiss & Tell: Romance in the 24th Century
•Trek Connections
•Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier
•Episode Preview Trailers
•Perpetual Entertainment's "Star Trek Online” MMO Game Preview

Star Trek director, producer and production manager Robert Justman was overjoyed with Star Trek's Season One remastered HD DVDs originally packaged and released as "The Final Frontier." Robert Justman and John D.F. Black helped Gene Roddenberry thrash out the teaser with ideas for Space the final frontier. Written by Gene on August 10, 1966 and spoken by the Captain James T. Kirk commanding the best Federation starship in the galaxy.

"When I saw the dvds with the original film Mal converted to the way it should have been, I can't find words to voice my joy at what I see. Its just wonderful. Its the way the show should have looked when it first went out" Robert H. Justman, Associate Producer of Star Trek.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkies!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Go On Take The Star Trek/ Sci Fi Quiz!

Heres a Star Trek/Sci Fi Quiz for serious science fiction trekkers out there, with itchy crackerjack fingers. Remember guys always keep your phasers on stun! Awww Heck, Belay that order, set phasers to maximum intensity and make like a denibian slime devil with delusions of Godhood.

Go On Take The Trekker Test!!

1.How many worlds has admiral Jarok visited before he turned defector and fled to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D?

2. In what year was the term Science Fiction invented?

3. Who flung Emperor Palpatine down the star destroyers reactor shaft and why?

4.What is the composition of Commander Data's upper spinal column?

5. In what year was Science Fiction born?

6. What is Worf's last name? (human) Spelling Errors Allowed.

7. What are the 3 laws of Robotics?

8. Who is the meanest Sci-Fi Pirate in the Galactic Universe?

9. In 1912, three science fiction writers went down with the Titanic. What are their names?

10. What is the difference in the measurement between Picard's left and right eyes?

11. How many times does holodeck matter leave the holodeck intact aboard captain Picard's Enterprise?

12. Which sci fi character in Star Trek TNG said "Sir, I protest. I am not a merry man."

13. Lieutentant Reginald Barclay 's IQ grew to what fantastic levels during the Nth Degree?

14. What is the registry of the U.S.S. Victory on stardates 44664.5 to 44668.1?

15. The Rite of Passage in the Klingon Empire is known by what name? What special right does the ceremony allow Klingons exercise?

I hope you had fun guessing! You'll find the answers in November's archive.

Live long and Prosper Trekkers!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Starship U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 Creators

Gene Roddenberry is worshipped thoughout the Trek Universe because he's the Star Trek Creator. During Gene's era faithful trekkers beamed in to conventions from all over the universe to see him. Happy trekkers shared the space time continuum with an imaginative, friendly sci fi mind, who assimulated Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars novels and Science Fiction in the Astounding Stories magazine growing up. Gene was also motivated by Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future which examines "space drives, warped space, and instantaneous transportation."

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In a letter to Issac Asimov, Gene revealed to his lifelong friend that Star Trek came very near to breaking his health. "Its so much my baby that I couldn't confine myself to ten or twelve hour work days" which led to "me often working through several nights in a row without ever going home to sleep."

Gene's passion made him sacrifice his life for Star Trek. The next time you see Kirk or Worf beating the spuds out of some bad alien guy, think of the poor writer who spent hours composing the sci fi story. It doesn't always follow that just because writers get paid for writing a great submission that all their ideas will be used, indeed sometimes they're rewritten!

On an upbeat note, speaking for trekkers and sci fi fans, we get really excited when watching star trek because its our baby too! Starfleets starships explore the infinite reaches of space on tv every day. Earth is being assimulated with trekkiedom spreading everywhere across earth. The dream became a reality in 1966 and spread throughout the stars with six awesome Trek shows TOS, TNG, VOY, DS9, Enterprise and the animated show. Thats over six hundred episodes!!!

Don't forget the ten feature films with star trek XI in the pipeline for early 2009. Heres a Sci-Fi mystery, who's the second star trek creator? or perhaps I should say starship creator? I haven't overlooked the fact that the starship U.S.S. Enterprise was Gene Roddenberry's idea but in order for the show to reach for the stars and the fans, it needed a flash powerful starship. The Enterprise Creator isn't widely publicized but Spacerguy has uncovered that the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 was designed by Walter "Matt" Jeffries. One of earths genuine trekkie talents. Thankyou Mr Jeffries!

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Liz Shatners Trekkie Story

The Supreme Trekkie Guy came to earth nearly nine decades ago. Gene Roddenberry embarked on a science fictional odyssey which changed our lives and made millions of people happy. Thankyou Gene. The Star Trek Creator's authorized biography is written by David Alexander. Here's Liz Shatners trekkie story.

It's August 19th and on this day in Sci-Fi History, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas in 1921. Gene Roddenberry was an aviator and a Los Angeles Police Officer before he developed the idea for star Trek in 1964. The sci-fi series was finally picked up by Desilu Studios when Gene sold the idea as "Wagon Train To The Stars." The original 500,000 dollar pilot received minor support from NBC but the Network commissioned an unprecedented second pilot.

Star Trek TOS series premiered on Sept 8th, 1966 and ran for three seasons before it was cancelled. Eventually Gene would live to see a next generation of Star Trek and six original series films before his untimely death death in October in 1991, just a few days after viewing Star Trek 6, The Undiscovered Country. Gene Roddenberry left his place in Science Fiction History with a legacy that few have been able to achieve.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Science Fiction Words

Star Trek has thrilled earthies with its cosmic treks through time for over 40 years now. So here is my favourite list of sci fi words to bring extra sparkle into your trekker lives.

1. Earthling is an all time favourite by Science Fictional writers as is earthers, carbon based lifeforms, earthies, sapient beings, pan-dimensional beings and little green men.

2. Cybernetics is such a cool word. Dr Noonien Soong was the foremost scientific expert in cybernetics and was also Star Trek's father to the android called Data. The science of computers was given its name - Cybernetics - by Norbert Weiner.

3.Nanites, Cyborgs, Androids, Daleks, Jedi's, Mutants and the Bug Eyed Monster are well known for thrilling fans with their fierceness and pure logical reasoning. Ehm, the Jedi Luke did get a bit emotional occasionally but he was a human afterall.

4. Death ray, Phaser, Disruptor, Disintegrator, Ray gun, heat ray, laser gun. We humanoids do like to shoot each other. Its in our nature to blow up the bad guy's ship!! Yeah!! It is is'nt it?

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5. Exoskeleton. We all know the Terminator starring Arnold Swartzenegger, don't we? He's the charming dude who hunts down humans and then blows them away. Like I said he's a nice guy.

6. Warpspeed! If you've got a starship without warpspeed then you've been had mate. Warp drives distort the shape of the space time continuum. Ask Picard for advice. Don't be a sucker get yourself a proper ship. There are variations on this word like time-warp, warp technological worlds and space-warp etc

7. Mind-meld. Vulcans in the Star Trek universe use mindmelds to communicate and extract information from out of the heads of tormented minds, criminals and yes, law abiding federation citizens too! If you've got something to hide, forget it. Mr Spock's magnetic fingers will suck the information right out of your brain! Zachary Quinto is the new Mr Spock, sniff, see the news.

8. Positronic. Commander Data of the Star Trek Universe has a Positronic Brain. Isaac Asimov first imagined this concept in his first robot stories in 1939 and 1940. The word "Positronic" was coined by this world maestro of science fiction with five hundred books and several hundred articles to his credit.. This word can be used in conjunction with many other words for example positronic supercomputer, positronic robot, positronic brain etc.

9. Space-satans. These guys cause all the havoc in the galaxy. Darth Vader is one of the best space-pirates in the galactic universe. Go vader, Go Vader. Go bust them up!! Just why did he have to take his helmet off? It wrecked his mysterious super coolness!!!

10. Beam-me-up-Scotty! Fun to say if you're messing around with your mates or you happen to be Captain James T. Kirk beaming up to the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Las Vegas Trekkie Fun

UPDATED The biggest sci fi celebration is just moments away from thrilling earthies at the planets coolest hotel set in Las Vegas. Organised by Creation Entertainment, The Star Trek Experience Hilton Hotel had everything for the science fiction fan. The owners spent a cool 50 million bucks in creating this ultimate trekkie magnet and then ripped it all down! GAWD now that was totally sacrilegious!!!

Fans used to hangout in Quark's bar or visit the USS Enterprise-D's bridge. Now it gone, sniff. The hotel had even got a souvineer star trekking store and many other wonderful attractions. There were models of popular trek characters and ships located all around the hotel. The lizard gorn and U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D were my favourites.

The Las Vegas Convention kicks off tomorrow and the programme lasts from 9th to 12th August. Those were the good ol' days. Trekkers beamed in from all over the Galaxy to share in the fun event which included Celebrity guest appearances, parties, food functions, photo ops, autographing, vendors, auctions, contests live music, comedy and a host of other surprises.

It pains me to report the Star Trek Experience is now Gone but it was fun while it lasted.

Its going to be one helluva gathering of cosmic earthies united in galactic friendship!

Live Long and have fun Trekkers!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Spooky Science Fiction Thrills

In 2364 Captain Picard nearly leapt to deadly sci fi oblivion caused by a dicey experiment involving space, time and thought. Picture Captain Jean-Luc Picard gasping for air, as the cold abyss of outerspace squeezed the living life out of his body, much like that horrible aliens creature which Lt. Ripley fed into the maw of space. I leapt up from my seat for joy when that freaky mutant got iced. It was Yesss! Yesss! Yesss! So long sucker.

However, Jean Luc's death would have left Trekkies weeping everywhere. He's our last hope for peace in the Federation. Sniff. The Darth Vaders of the universe would have the place in complete ruins!

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. I get a thrilling wave of terrific excitement when I watch this. Patrick Steward's acting sci-fi presence clearly demonstrates how spooky and exciting outerspace can be. Great job captain.

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It was really a clueless propulsion expert Lt. Kosinski and his "traveller" buddy with his unpronounceable name, who are responsible for the U.S.S. Enterprise's mysterious journey to galaxy M33. Kosinski's brainless calculations actually had everyone confused for ages! LOL. Except the "BOY" Yes, geeky Wesley. Still the Enterprise ended up 2,700,000 light years from home and guess what? The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D was lost!. Now how could that have happened?

Its not often you get to see Picard weirded out by the laws physics aboard his own starship. The guy's actually afraid!!! You see it on his face. The episode Where No One Has Gone Before is loosely based on Diane Duane's Star Trek novel, The Wounded Sky. Except its with Captain James T. Kirk commanding. Yes, that old spacehound. Kirk has star trekked where no man has gone before!

Live Long and Prosper Star Trekkers!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Star Trek TNG Passion Quiz Results

The Enterprise NCC 1701-D crew have amused trek fans with lovey dovey, dreamy encounters over the years. Remember I posted a Sci Fi Quiz on the 18th June? Well, here are the results for the Star Trek TNG Passion Quiz. I betcha you knew some of them allready! Look away now trekkers, if you want to still take the quiz. So what are the dreamy statistics?

1. How many women have kissed Captain Jean Luc Picard? Answer: 7. A holowoman in the Big Goodbye. Nella Darrin in Lesson. Picard's memory wife in the Inner Light. Vash in Captains Holiday and Qpid. Marta in Tapestry. Deanna Troi and Picard's brothers wife in Family. Not too bad for the old guy?

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2. Next up we've got Commander Riker, can you remember how many women have intimate interludes with big beard? Answer: 6. Not surprising really, seeing as he has this whole imzadi thing going for him with Councellor Troi. Ensign Ro in Conundrum. Mistres Beatta in Angel One. Etana Jol in the Game. Brenna O' Dell in Up The Long Ladder. Lal in the Offspring, although, technically she was just an android.

3. How many women fall for Commander Data ? Yes, you're reading right. Data's the brainy dude and he's Lal's father, another android! Answer: Three. Yar in The Naked Now. Chief of Security Yar was drunk. Jenna D' Sora in In Theory was on the rebound. Ardian McKenzie in The Ensigns of Command.

4. How many women make a pass at Councellor Troi? Answer: 6. Barclay in The Nth Degree. Aaron Conor in The Masterpiece Society. Riker's dad in The Icarus Factor. Riva in Loud as a Whisper. Devinoni Ral in The Price, who had no scruples. Liator in Justice. Deanna's a betazoid heritage gives her the ability to "read you" and tell whether you're hiding something, which comes in very handy for Picard when some Romulan dude is being sneaky.

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5. How many women make a pass at Enterprise's chief Medical Officer, Beverly Crusher? Answer: One. Remember Ambassador Odan? The only problem was he was a Trill lifeform hosting a weird creature inside him. That was the real Odan. The human shell was dying and was due for replacement. Poor Beverly was'nt thrilled to discover her new lover was a women!!! Still, it did'nt stop the new Trill from saying goodbye. She kissed Beverly on the wrist!

6.How many women (shame, one was a hologram) give Geordi La Forge the brush off? Answer: Two. Christy Henshaw in the Booby Trap and freezer woman Leah brams in Galaxys Child.(Geordi created a perfect hologram Leah, except she had manners) Geordi admitted to falling in love in the holodeck to Barclay. Geordi and Reginald are funny sad cases and the greatest engineers in Sci Fi history. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (James Doohan TOS affectionately called "Scotty" tops the Galactic Engineers of all Time.

7. How many women snarled at Worf? He's the Klingon that finds human females too fragile! Answer: 4. K'Ehleyr in The Emissary. The Klingon warriorette in Hide and Q. Kamala in The Perfect Mate. B'Etor in Redemption II. B'Etor and Lursa were blown to bits in galactic space after their failed attack on the United Federation of Planets flagship, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D

8. How many girlfriends does geeky Wesley get? Answer: 3. Robin Leftler in The Game. A blonde in Evolution. Salia in The Dauphin. Remember the Edo episode where Wes is totally overwhelmed and melted by his superbabe experience? Rivan was that lovely beauty.

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9. How many fantasy women are there in Star Trek TNG? Answer: Fourteen and counting. There are countless numbers of women in "The Royale." Ardra in Devils Due. Minuet in 11001001. Kamala in The Perfect Mate. Crusher and Troi in Hollow Pursuits. Picard's Memory wife in The Inner Light. The Klingon Warriorette in Hide and Q. Leah Brams in Booby Trap. Countless scantily dressed Edo in Justice. Two French beauties in We'll Always have Paris. Data's dance partner in Data's Day. The murdered patron in The Big Goodbye. The nearly nude dancer in The Cost of Living. Data in a Fistful of Datas.

10.How many fantasy men are there in Star Trek TNG? Answer: None. For reasons only known to the science fictional minds of Gene Roddenberry's writers this concept never quite caught on.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sci Fi Fun Facts

Behind the mask, breathing heavily is Darth Vader. Darth vader is one of the most gripping sci fi characters, that I have encountered on my intergalactic trek of the blogsphere. When Vader's gets mad, his opponents usually experience the wrath of the darkside and die quite horribly. Fans associate the unique Tie Bomber as Vaders starship vehicle of choice. The Ties design is one of gothic evil fully intended to be a terrifying psychological weapon produced to strike fear into enemies hearts by "wailing" and terrorizing them before battle has even begun. Vader's patience for Princess Leia (of the planet Alderaan.) eventually runs out. Leia was put on Darth Vader's torture short list and the dark lord of doom, destroyed her home world for good measure too.

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Your skills are no match for the Power of the Dark Side. You will pay the price for your lack of vision. Emperor Palpatine uses his fiery powers in a attempt to destroy Luke Skywalker, while the former Jedi knight now engulfed in darkness stands by and watches until he can bear it no more..... watch the trailer. It doesn't sit well with the heavy breather because Luke spared Vader with mercy. I love this Star Wars scene. Palpatine gets a close up view of the ships reactor shaft. Lol. Notice how Vader struggles with his breathing now that his link with Palpatine and the dark side is severed. The mask comes off......to reveal a shocking, blister ridden, pale faced creature beneath.

Worf begins a relationship with Dax aboard DS9. They fall in love and we get to see a Klingon wedding ceremony for the first time.

Believers Babylon 5 - Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Naranek.
This is a heart rendering episode where a doctor operates on a boy in order to save his life, thus rendering him a soulless demon in the eyes of the boys parents. The terrified boy learns of his fate and tries to escape! His parents even handed him a special "travel robe" used for sacrifices. Poor guy, as General Chang aptly put it in Star Trek the Undiscovered Country. - Parting is such sweet sorrow. -

Ok, ok! Everyone from non-aligned worlds get in line.
Babylon 5 - Zac : War without end

No boom today. Boom tomorrow
There's always a boom tomorrow.
Babylon 5 - Commander S. Ivanova

The universe is run by the complex interweaving of 3
elements; energy, matter & enlightened self interest. -
Babylon 5 - Ambassador G'kar

Just don't give away the home world
Babylon 5 - Londo & G'Kar

It moved faster, I swear. If you see something big with eight legs coming your way. tell me, I have to kill it before it develops language skills. Babylon 5 in 'Sic Transit Vir' -
Londo is attempting to exterminate a rather large bug that has got into his quarters. A beautiful young Centauri, Lyndisty, enters his room. How inconvenient!!!!! Luckily shes Vir's arranged bride. Creepy crawlies on the loose make an impression, especially big ones. My sister freaks out every time. Of course I'm called to the rescue, so I remove the harmless creature and set it free. No need for my ray gun.

I have already been born once & quite sufficiently I think.
Babylon 5 - Ambassador G'kar:
Can not say. Saying, would know. Do not know, so can not say!

Babylon 5 - Zatheris, War Without End Zathrus had a sad life;
Epsilon III is one of Babylon 5 episodes which involves the Great Machine. It reminded me of Spocks Brain although the Great Machine had incredible galactic knowledge whereas the Eymorg's "controller" machine was just common knowledge to the inhabitants of the Sigma Draconis VI planet... and Captain James Tiberius Kirks' Enterprise 1701 crew.

I am endeavoring to construct a pneumatic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins.
Spock was constructing a tricorder, Stardate: 3134.0 which proved vital to the mission.
The City on the Edge of Forever

Scotty: I beamed the whole kit and caboodle over to the Klingon's engine room... where they'll be no Tribble at all. Star Trek TOS - The Trouble With Tribbles.

The Klingon's later viewed Tribbles as a threat to the Klingon home world. They reacted with fury and unforgivably hunted them down. It was hardly one of the great triumphs for the mighty Klingon empire! Poor Tribble critters. Read my post on Tribbles and Klingons! When Tribbles are near, Klingon's have plenty to fear which proved true. These warm furry creatures make good detectives and are good for rooting out Klingon spies!

Excuse me, there is a multi-legged creature crawling up your shoulder.
Spock, A Taste Of Armageddon

Geordi LaForge : 'The laws of physics just went right out the window.
Q : 'And why shouldn't they? They're so inconvenient!
Star Trek TNG - True Q

"Don't tell me, their rubber band broke, right?" Aaaww... don't be mean.....Geordi (performed by LeVar Burton.)The Pakleds want to be smart too and they set their sights on the Chief Engineer of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D, except Geordi doesn't realise the Pakleds are playing cat and mouse with him.......at first. Maybe Geordi isn't such a smarty pants after all. The Pakleds want to be strong, want their ship to go faster and look for things...such as.... Geordi actually has to ask. Things like GEORDI!

"Things we need" in other words you! Geordi. Duh! and you beamed over. Who's not so smart now? The Pakleds are smart and funny.
LaForge Samaritan Snare

Data: "I could be chasing an untamed ornithoid without just cause!'
Star Trek TNG - Data's Day

Star Trek Generations: You're dead, Jim.

"Things are only impossible until they're not."
Star Trek TNG - Good one Picard! Q (the Omnipotent one) tries to get Picard to lighten up and stop harping on about duty and honor. Picard can't stand Q's fixation with costumes or Q's quirky sense of humour either.

Troi: 'You spell 'knife' with a 'k'.
Picard: 'I spell 'knife' with an 'n', but then I never could spell.
Star Trek TNG - The Big Goodbye

It's hard to work in a group when you're omnipotent
Star Trek TNG - Q

Q: 'Let us pray for understanding and for compassion.
Picard: 'Let us do no such damn thing. John De Lancie's "Q episodes" are well worth watching. This one is funny because we see Q taking pleasure in nagging Picard, much to the captains irritation.
Star Trek TNG - Hide And Q

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Data: Sensors still show nothing out there.
Geordie: Sure is a damned ugly looking nothing! This is the episode the Enterprise D crew encounter a mysterious space entity called Nagillum. He tried so hard to configure a human face to please the Enterprise carbon based life forms.

No-one was impressed. Nagillums demands on the crew were even more distressing, after it revealed an experiment that involved killing only half the crew. No-one felt obligated to raise their hands. Its an interesting episode in that we get to hear Captain Picard's views on the universe, life after death, where do carbon based life forms go afterwards etc. I love this episode because its so mysterious and spooky.
Star Trek TNG - Where Silence has Lease.

Data: 'I hope I did not do anything unbecoming a Starfleet officer.
Riker: 'Does wrestling a Klingon targ ring a bell?
Data: 'Did I win?
Star trek TNG - The Schizoid Man.

Riker: 'No, the name of my ship is the 'Lollipop'.
Rice: 'I have no knowledge of that ship.
Riker: 'It's just been commissioned. It's a good ship.
Star Trek TNG - The Arsenal Of Freedom, This is an interesting episode because we get to see the Enterprise NCC 1701-D separate and its Geordi La Forge's first time in charge of a starship much to Logan's bitterness.

Dr Bashier: 'Who told you that?
Miles O'Brien: 'You did!

Well who am I to argue with me!! Star trek DS9 - Visions

Miles O'Brien & Miles O'Brien: I hate temporal mechanics !!!
Star trek DS9 - Visions

Kirk: 'Take us out.
Chekov: 'Very good, sir.
Scott: 'Brought a tear to my eye.
Star Trek -

Heres a site with some interesting continuity errors that you can look out for next time star trek is on Tv!

"This is no time to argue about time... We don't have the time." Deanna Troi.
Star Trek The Next Generation - First Contact, Captain Picard's empath, Deanna Troi gets totally wasted in a scene by the time Commander Riker finds her in the bar shack. I mean, why was it necessary for Deanna to get totally skulled out of her head before Zeffram Cochrane revealed who he was?. We soon learn the Bar shack is where rocket man likes to hang out, knocking back the good stuff and chilling out with his music. I find it hard to believe that the counsellor's mind reading abilities failed to detect Zeffram Cochrane true identity. How many times has counsellor Troi given Picard the edge on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D by revealing the other sides modus of operandi? Congratulations Martina, I never once considered critising your counselling techniques!

"You say history considers me dead. Who am I to argue with history?" Captain Jean Luc Picard's mission involved recruiting Captain James Tiberius Kirk's help (who was stuck in an Energy Nexus, frozen in time) and defeating the mad scientist Dr. Tolian Soran, performed by Malcolm McDowell.
James T. Kirk: Who am I to argue with the Captain of the Enterprise?
Kirk to Picard : Star Trek : Generations.

Star Trek - The Undiscovered Country. Starfleet recalls James Kirk's crew so that the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-A can be decomissioned. I remember, the crew falling silent on the bridge of the Enterprise as Uhura delivered the fatal news. Starfleet's communication stunned Trekkies to their seats that fateful day sending shockwaves sweeping thoughout cinemas worldwide. The phaser blast was certainly a big surprise to everyone with allot of Star Trek fans reacting like they were vaporised in their cinema seats where they sat rooted in agony. I simply couldn't believe my ears. Spocks response was " I believe if I were human my response would be - Go To Hell - if I were human." That settled it. Starfleet be dammed which brought a great end to the human adventure for the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-A.
Chekov: 'Course heading, Captain?
Kirk: 'Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

Live long and Prosper! Science-fictional Trekkers!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Space Pirates and Space Heroes

The driving force of many Science fiction shows often embroils starship commanders pitted against unreasonable space pirates. In Star Wars, Darth Vader represents the dark side of the force. His corrupt emotions makes him a great space pirate. I loved the scene in the Empire Strikes Back when Vader grabbed Emperor Palpatine and flung him down the death star's reactor shaft, all to save Luke Skywalker. It was great. Later we find out who the man behind the mask is. We need our science fictional heroes to seek out and defeat galactic enemies of peace.

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"Fire when ready, Mr Checkov. Lay in a pattern, fire, fire, fire!" is the Kirk attitude! When a ship gets blown to blue blazes or the bad is guy melted by a ray gun, hey thats what you call sci fi exhilaration. My reaction is nearly always, Yessss!!

A great story creates a sense of danger like a threat to the ship or an invasion force beaming aboard just to get the viewer excited! And it works!! I sure didn't feel sorry for Commander Kruge when Kirk shoved him over the cliff on the Genesis planet in Star Trek III. Kirk and Kruge had been fighting for ages and the klingon had it coming. After all, Kruge had Kirk's son David, murdered. Kirk gets his revenge on the ugly Klingon brute who's trying to drag the captain to his death. Finally Kirk has enough! He gives ugly a boot in the face and sends the Klingon warlord flying into the fiery abyss of Genesis flames below. See you sucker! Geeze, those flames sure must have hurt!!!

When the entertaining, clever android, Commander Data in Star Trek's TNG movie "Nemesis", got blown to bits aboard Praetor Shinzon's ship, it was different. I wasn't celebrating when Shinzon's ship went sky high. I was stunned and thinking wheres Data gone, much like Data's Enterprise-D crew mates. Unfortunately there was no escape pod or floating Data in space.

It was a blunt act for the studio to play on the fans. The Trekkies were hit hard. I was left in a state of puzzled, emotional turmoil. My android hero Data was gone. Sniff, maybe its a hit trend. So which sci fi hero is going to be snuffed out next?

I've recently learnt from trektoday that William Shatner aka Captain James T. Kirk is not going to be in Star Trek XI. What a shocker. Spock, Kirk(TOS) and co-stars work a special magic onscreen. So why delay? New isn't always better. You'd think Paramount could make Trek films with new talent anytime. The "current movie talent" TOS and TNG are missed badly...

William Shatner was very disappointed, but Leonard Nimoy aka Spock got a part. It'll be good to see pointy ears again.

Star Trek XI is the movie where the "trio" Kirk, Spock,and McCoy get to meet up as young men, going back to their academy days.

Moving on, in 1978 the Daily Intelligencer caught my interest. Seemingly Cylon Warriors have a Prime Directive and it doesn't concern ethics or non interference with other cultures. Oh No. The Cylon Prime Directive involves seeking out and destroying all earthling lifeforms. Gasp. Imagine watching that, doesn't it send a shiver of excitement down your back?...

Live Long and prosper, trekker earthlings!

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