Showing posts with label STAR TREK TNG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STAR TREK TNG. Show all posts

Monday, November 02, 2020

Synthetic Scotch Synthetic Commanders

 


Hi Trekkers, Spacerguy here. Its always nice to kick back with a cocktail and enjoy a drink with your android Starfleet buddy when duties permit. Scotty in TNG Relics just had a sip of synthehol and nearly choked! Even 75 years locked in a continuous transporter cycle didn't develop the taste buds for fake booze. So here Data finds the solution and its by no means artificial. Guinan, a woman of many secrets with her bar counter in Ten Forward is just the ticket. 

Whats the green cocktail called? 


1. SAURIAN BRANDY - Potent liqueur

2. ALDEBARIAN WHISKEY - Alcoholic beverage of considerable potency

3. KLINGON BLOOD WINE -  Packs quite the punch



Live Long and prosper, trekkers.





Monday, October 05, 2020

STAR TREK TNG - BOOBY TRAP (PART TWO)

 Hi Trekkers Spacerguy reporting. We visited Star Trek TNG "Booby Trap" P1 in 2018 so heres the scientific aspect with respect to the aceton assimilators and the slingshot for P2, You can thank Armchair Squid who stopped by last week reminding us this really is Geordi La Forges episode and I entirely agree.



OH YES, IVE BEEN MEANING TO DO THIS FOR AGES!! THANKS ARMCHAIR SQUID FOR THE SUNSHINE AWARD 

On stardate 43205.6 the flagship USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D investigates a rather harmless asteroid belt near Iralius IX with relics emerging from a wartorn age. 



So when a Promellian battleship Cleponji appears on the Enterprise-D viewscreen, Captain Picard is pleased. Well, well, well. Such a fantastic find... The alien relic itself represented "1000 years" of history which takes the starship Enterprise-D crew quite by surprise. A true floating alien museum with high tech, high spec technology for its time is one thing. So from Picards perspective so much was right about it.... until the USS Enterprise-D couldn't move... Then panic sets in...


The Menthars Aceton Assimilators. Thousands of these deadly beauties mined the asteroid field. One managed to snare the Enterprise-D and drain significant energy from the ships systems. The idea was to steal enough energy generating fatal radiation to kill the crew. Thank God for Geordi La Forge and Leah Brahms.



"Odds are its even money."


Geordi best guess from the holodeck gives Picard two options.. Kickstarting the Enterprise-D and shut everything off except two thrusters or turn the entire ship over to the computer. Let artificial intelligence fly the Enterprise clear of the deadly booby trap. (Only trouble was the ship might not coast far enough out of the "booby trap" so like with an A.I. in charge then eveyone's goose would be really cooked in 26 minutes which is more or less what Commander Data warbled on about while Picard flew the ship.



"Thank you Mr Data"


The beauty was Picard decided to fly the Enterprise-D with only one propeller so to speak. It was a gamble but no less risky than the "slingshot effect" in Star Trek IV. If it works great if not game over. However it did work and with Picard in control at the conn he used asteroid's gravitational pull as a slingshot to free the Enterprise-D from the Menthars Booby trap. 


1. What do you think of Captain Picard's slingshot manoeuvre?


2. Whos Starship would you prefer to be on when crises hits. Captain Kirk or Captain Picard or Captain Archer or Captain Sisco or Captain Janeway's or Worfs?


3. Lets say the Enterprise-D is travelling at warp lightspeed towards a G-type star or sun instead of an Iralius asteroid.  What would happen?



A. Timetravel

B. Nothing

C. Fatal exposure in 26 minutes 



Sorry the post was so long today, 

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER MY TREKKER FRIENDS

Monday, January 13, 2020

STAR TREK TNG - PEN PALS

Star Trek TNG
Stardate 42695.3
Penpals
Writers: Melinda M. Snodgrass

Its Starfleets first and foremost rule - a principle of noninterference with Federation races and cultures, a rule born from painful historical experience. Apparently Starfleet is very serious about the Prime Directive and doesn't like it being violated.

 So while the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D checks out catastrophic volcanic geothermal activity in the Selcundi Drema System, guess who's fooling around with the hailing frequencies and its not Uhura aka Nichelle Nichols!!




Nope fraid not. Its our friendly android, Lieutenant Commander Data aka Brent Spiner! so what could possibly be going down while he's extending the ship's sensor range?  a female voice from space speaks.... Is anybody out there? Her name is Sarjenka. All DATA had to do was keep quiet.... instead he says YES! Now, Captain Picard has problems.

 Lets face it, Picard isn't over the moon when he realises - Data has ignored the Prime Directive. It's broken man! Now what are we gonna do? Its game over man - haha ok not quite. The female voice, Sarjenka talks to her penpal Data over the Enterprise-D comm panel and Picard listens fuming



Help can be given if asked for which shoulda coulda maybe, really, didn't happen. Its interesting because here's an android not supposed to be swayed by emotion... yet Data kept the "Penpal" communication going for 6 weeks! why? Then you've got Picard who says "Data I want you to sever all contact with Drema 4."

"Data. Data, where are you? Why won't you answer? Are you angry me? Please, please, I'm so afraid. Data, Data, where are you?"
PICARD: "Wait. Oh, Data. Your whisper from the dark has now become a plea. We cannot turn our backs."

Could you have flicked the hailing frequency off?
Was Data right or wrong to break the Prime Directive?
Picard acted on overt emotionalism, exactly the type of thing the Prime Directive is designed to prevent.
Is Picard emotionally out of control in Pen Pals?

Live Long and prosper, Trekkers
   

Monday, November 11, 2019

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PT-1 TNG

Star Trek TNG The Best of Both Worlds
Writer Michael Piller
Director: Cliff Bole
Creator: Gene Roddenberry

A battle leads to all out war at Wolf 359. In Star Treks TNG cliffhanger episode the Borg take on the Federations flagship USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D! The United Federation of Planets is paralysed with the annihilation of 40 ships including Klingon, remember? Captain Picard now kidnapped and transformed by Borg automatons speaks for them. "I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile, your life as it has been is over - from this time forward you will service us!"



The Borg appear to have one collective mission on their hive minds. Get the Picard and wipe out the Federation. It's a magnificent stratagem for the Borg who beam aboard the Enterprise-D and swipe Picard by complete surprise. In beautiful precision these automatons execute their daring plan, stunning Starfleet's sharpest trained bridge-crew in the fleet.



 I was gob smacked in 1992 when Star Trek's Best of Both Worlds aired in Ireland. Tapping into one of the Federations brightest minds walking past Starfleet defenses using his knowledge... Pure genius wasn't it? but....... No way! I thought in 1992 as I went into complete denial, the Borg learned all about Federation tactical defenses strengths and weaknesses by getting at Picard. It was game-over man!

No, Never, Never! I cried as reality sunk in despair and had to accept grim facts. This was pure defeat.

 Worf said it best. "He is a Borg" when the rescue failed. Picard becomes Locutus, the new voice for the Borg. Any trekker who watches Star Trek's The Best of Both Worlds, Part I+2 even today will get an adrenalin rush with this chiller thriller.



 The unbelievable scheming of both sides sets the pulses racing as Commander Riker vs Borg Picard now "Locutus" battle it out for supremacy during this lead up to Battle of Wolf 359. Its really a no-win scenario in this epic action assault of firepower and wits until....Yes, Riker fires on Picard's Borg Cube!

Believe it. Mr Worf..... Fire!

How many lives were lost at the Borg vs Federation firefight at Wolf 359?

21,000
11,000
10,000

Who do you blame for the loss of Benjamin Sisko's(DS9) wife?

Admiral Hanson
Captain Picard
The Borg

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers

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.

IMAGE CREDIT MATTLEESE87
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, December 03, 2018

Star Trek TNG "11001001"

Airdate: 1st February, 1988.
Stardate: 41365.9
Writers: Maurice Hurley, Robert Lewin.
Director: Paul Lynch
Season 1 episode 14






In Star Trek TNG "11001001" the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D stops over at sleepy Starbase 74 for routine computer upgrades. Captain Picard meets two computer dependent aliens - Bynars. The species resemble the "big brained" Talosians from Star Trek TOS "The Cage" but are really women disguised in Michael Westmores asexual clothing and makeup. In any case these guys are entrusted with enhancing the software on the Federation's flagship.




We soon learn the alien computer geeks "10 and 01" have big computer problems on their own home-world. Solely reliant on computers for social and intellectual communication, they need the Enterprise computer-core to reboot Bynars mainframe - except for Wesley and Rikers initial observations, no-one had a clue. The fun begins when Riker is lured to the holodeck. Some say William T. Riker is Captain Kirk's TNG version, so its only right he'd fall for a sultry Goddess on the holodeck.



 The stunning brunette Minuet (Carolyn McCormick). She sparkled like the diamonds around her neck and dazzled Riker with her pearly whites. No-ordinary smile, a sophisticated programmed smile designed to sucker Riker in while the Enterprise was being hi-jacked! The plot thickens! Meanwhile a fake emergency (failure of the warpcore magnetic containment) has panicked and evacuated nearly all the crew, leaving Picard happily wandering onto the holodeck.



What planet was he on? Surely Rikers suspicions on the bridge was enough but once Minuet had him under her spell. Forget it. So Picard would rather destroy the Enterprise-D than let her fall into enemy hands. At least someones thinking straight. Further investigation reveals 4 tortured Bynars on the bridge. Theres a mind twister here, what would you do? Tick, tock.... 4mins 58sec encounting....



QUESTIONS
Would Data really forget to check if Picard and Riker had left the ship for Starbase 74?
Finally Riker comments to Picard, Minuet will be hard to forget, despite running the Holodeck Programme, she never said goodbye. Parting is such sweet cold sorrow is it not? Would you pine over Minuet, a computer hologram?



 Live Long and Prosper, trekkers!

Monday, November 26, 2018

STAR TREK TNG - HEART OF GLORY

Airdate: March 21, 1988
 Stardate: 41503.7
 Writers: Dorothy Fontana, Maurce Hurley, Herbert Wright.
 Season 1 episode 19
 Director: Rob Bowman

A battle in the Neutral Zone. This being Star Trek we rely on Picard's rationality making sense. Unlike fantasy, this is cutting science fiction, on the edge of the Neutral Zone so Starfleet wants answers fast, why I hear you cry? because Klingon criminals are on the loose... duh what in blazes?  Yeah, so now the Federations flagship Enterprise-D launches an investigation...

USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D


 The eerie thrilling music plays in the background. Scanning... Short-range scans reveal no indications of life-signs. Data identifies the mystery cargo vessel as the USS Batress. Now Worf speaks up, so now there are life-signs! The plot thickens!

USS BATRESS


 Hmmm all in not what it seems until we see.... a severely damaged Talarian ship drifting amid space in the Neutral Zone. Theres a mystery unraveling here and Captain Picard's USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D away team is soon beaming over....

PICARD



PICARD: "Everything about this seems wrong."

RIKER: "agreed"


GEORDI, RIKER


So what do Riker, Data and La Forge find?

DATA, GEORDI, RIKER




 Its time for La Forge to activate his Visual Acuity transmitter attached to his visor which lets us see what Geordi sees, (lets face it, this gadget is a gimic) Once onboard the away team discover three Klingons  and bring them back to the Enterprise-D sickbay.

GEORDI'S VISUAL ACUITY TRANSMISSION


FIRST APPEARANCE OF KLINGONS ON TNG BESIDES WORF!




WARNING THE DEAD A KLINGON
WARRIOR IS ABOUT TO ARRIVE
It turns out the trio arent who they claim to be. They say they were attacked by Ferengi. Curiously Worf's position on the Enterprise-D interests them. I have to admit, when I heard Worf letting loose with a powerful howl, joining his Klingon warrior buddies in the death ritual, when one of them dies of his injuries. (I thought they sounded like wild beasts)
RIKER, GEORDI, KLINGONS, DATA









Eventually, Worf discovers these Klingons are opposed to the Federation and the Klingon truce. The simple truth is these guys are in fact renegades, on the run from Klingons warriors sent to put them in irons! Already a Klingon Cruiser has been destroyed by the criminals so now its crunch time.






KLINGON BIRD OF PREY





 When another warship arrives, Picard has to turn them over, its that simple. Right? Wrong, its not that simple. The renegades are running loose on the Enterprise-D. Meanwhile, its time for Worf to make up his mind. Who side does he want to be on? Federation or Klingon?



These Klingons are criminals but with Worfs help they are captured.... but hey this is the 24th century! We've got high tech Klingon gadgets! One escapes, One dies in sickbay and the other finds Main Engineering.



KORRIS MEANS BUSINESS 
SO DOES WORF!






 While holding the Enterprise to ransom with his 007 Klingon gadget, Korris holds all cards, so Worf has to talk him down. Desperate Korris wants freedom. He  points his energy weapon at the intermix dilithium crystal chamber of the Enterprise-D. Does worf back down?

JOIN US WORF WHEN YOUR TOUR OF DUTY IS OVER.



QUESTION : What did Klingon Korris expect from Worf and Captain Picard?

WAS IT.........

A: SPEAK WITH WORF ABOUT BATTLE AND GLORY

B: COMMAND OF THE ENTERPRISE-D BATTLEBRIDGE TO ROAM THE GALAXY

C: SEPERATE FROM THE SHIP AND FREEDOM TO LIGHT UP THE GALAXY

D: ALL OF THE ABOVE


LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!


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