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Monday, January 09, 2017

STAR TREK TNG 30th ANNIVERSARY

Happy New Year Everyone! On 21st May 1987 Gene Roddenberry's brand new TNG crew was splashed all over the Phoenix Newspaper. At first reactions were mixed. Set 100 years in the future (2364) not everyone was convinced TNG would succeed with a bald guy in charge instead of Captain Kirk commanding the Enterprise and her crew. Of course trek wouldn't have scored big and prospered without all these beautiful females to serve and defend king and starship.
Troi's cheerleading outfit was a classic, so heres some TNG women armed to the teeth although it does beg the question doesn't it? Why was Tasha Yar the only one allowed to carry a phaser?

At the time Star Trek the Voyage Home hit cinema screens trekkies were all hooked on the classic crew. So when agents for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy rubbed studio executives noses in the dirt for more cash, treks leading stars signed a 2.5 million deal each and the fourth ''Star Trek'' movie was produced in 1986.



This year Star Trek The Next Generation celebrates its 30th anniversary. When TNG premiered in September 28th 1987 my eyeballs melted onto the TV screen along 27 million other fans. Thirty years on TNG is still on the air thanks to the organizational wizardry of visual effects maestro Ronald B Moore and his unique special effects. He developed systems to help organize massive projects, contractors and other elements needed to produce TNG's weekly special effects.

USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D MODEL SHIPS


 In todays technological computer age HD and CGI allow moves which were impossible with model ship and motion control. However ST TNG set the new standard. Yes it took years for computer generated ships to be used more and more. but TNG was there from the beginning. I couldn't find the images used when filming the Enterprise-D going to warp so heres the link instead.


Captain Picard's galaxy class starship (USS Enterprise NCC 1701) launched on stardate 40759.5 from the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on time. The Federation's flagship was a beauty, bigger, better, faster and loaded with extravagant technological capability - not to mention firepower and word spread. Yet TOS had a number of episodes written by major SF authors delivering cracking punchlines, wit and great stories for characters like Kirk, Spock McCoy and Uhura.


The greatest thing for me is Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek embraces a future of unlimited possibilities using twentieth century science to "make it so" in the 24th century. So now we've got starships, warp drive, dilithium crystals, transporter beams, phasers, replicators, Romulan cloaking devices, warbirds, tricorders. References to the Persian Gulf, Central America, Aids, and Captain Picard's TNG crew hopping from planet to planet was the New Star Trek in 1987. How times have changed yet again with the arrival of nutrek and Star Trek Discovery.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - YEAH, LETS BLOW THEM UP, HEHE!


 Isn't the 24th century cool?
Which show are you a fan of TNG, TOS, DS9, VOY or ENT?
Heres the low down on why Wil Wheaton quit Star Trek. Did he choose wisely?
Paramount Pictures sold a 78 inch model USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D at Christies auction for a princely sum.  Was it....

1. $750,000
2. $550,000
3. $350,000

Live Long and Prosper!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Star Trek Reboot Movies vs the Classic Movies

Last week, Blog talkie radio hosts Neil Rosen, Bill McCuddy and Bill Bregoli met Star Trek Beyond insider, Logan Hill. He was upbeat about STAR TREK going to places where the franchise has never been before. Is it good places? So far, Logan admits he was impressed, about what? he doesn't say...



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 Logan admits "The buzz on the trailer wasn't great" confirming what Simon Pegg said on December 17 2015.



 “I didn’t love it because I know there’s a lot more to the film. There’s a lot more story, a lot more character stuff, and a lot more what I would call Star Trek stuff.”



Star Treks insider also says "People were kind of sniping at the trailer but I got to say I like Justin Lin, I like the fast and the furious movies and I like the new reboot that sounded more commercial? (skip ahead to 1:07 and replay) Apparently Logan is researching an article for Wired Magazine so hopefully sensational Star Trek vibrations are on the way.

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 So heres the thing: Soon Star Trek fans will have a trilogy of Star Trek JJ Abrams-verse movies. The first one, Star Trek 2009 was kind of cool. Fascinating interplay with a younger crew, Kirk, Spock, Bones and spicey hanky panky with Uhura generated a lot of interest. The bar room fist fight over who gets Uhura got Kirk busted up real good with Admiral Christopher Pike saving the day.



 Star Trek into Darkness is a different animal which has less story but more roller coaster action, explosions, death and amazingly generated $467 million dollars worldwide. You may recall STID sent fans on a wild goose chase over the movies villain, rumoured to be John Harrison. Even Alice Eve rowed in on the action with denials, "No he's not Khan!!!" Remember???



Looking back the original Star Trek movies like the Wrath of Khan, the Voyage Home and First Contact have in my book real spirit with stronger character melodrama credited with saving the original franchise created by Gene Roddenberry.



The real kicker is Star Trek TWOK won 2 Saturn Awards for best actor and best direction. You'll never believe who won best actor! I nearly died laughing when I found out.

What do you say trekkers? Is Star Trek Beyonds trailer too much like its predecessor - Star Trek Into Darkness? Could this be why fans are squabbling over star Trek Beyond's Trailer 1? Which is your favorite Star Trek movie? Do you remember Alice Eve saying "No he's not Khan!" Do you want to see our Gorn challenger, William Shatner duelling in Star Trek Beyond?





Today is the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal. 

"Those of us with themes are revealing them today." 2016 marks my sixth year for Aprils A to Z blogfest. Many of you will know my Science Fiction themes vary from previous years. For this years theme I'm choosing Star Trek Monsters, Lifeforms, BEM, Tribbles or anything which moves and looks remotely alien in appearance.

Kapla!


Team Long and Prosper, Trekkers and Trekkies






Friday, April 08, 2011

Star Trek 4 the Voyage Home.

In 1986 the crew of the ill fated USS Enterprise NCC 1701 slingshot around the sun aboard a Klingon ship to earth of the past. Kirks crew are called back to earth to face nine criminal charges of Starfleet regulations. Its looking pretty serious for our Enterprise buddies who decide to face the music. Along the way the HMS Bounty encounters a mysterious alien probe of unknown origin threatening to destroy all life on Earth. The probe is apparently calling out to humpback whales and vaporising earths oceans and atmosphere in the process. Spock quickly surmises Earth's predicament. SPOCK: Fascinating. If my suspicion is correct, there can be no response to this message. Why? Because the Probes transmissions are the songs sung by whales! Isn't that wonderful?

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Star Trek IV the Voyage Home is a delightful, fun movie with Whalesongs! Its rebel crew and a light hearted Mr Spock (not exactly firing on all thrusters) attempt time travel in search of two humpback whales. George and Gracie. When the HMS Bounty lands in the City by the Bay, Sulu engages the Cloaking Device. San Francisco is the focal point in time where Starfleet's finest beam down and begin their rescue operation. Scotty builds the whale tanks with transparent aluminium and re-energizes the de-crystallising dilithium crystals using high energy photons drained from a 'nuclear wessel.' Mr Spocks colorful metaphors and Kirk's "Well, double dumbass on you" demonstrates the lighter plot of the movie which fans totally enjoyed.

KIRK: That's all there is. Don't splurge. All set? Good hunting. ...Well, Spock, here we are, thanks to your restored memory and a little bit of good luck, we're walking the streets of San Francisco looking for a couple of humpback whales. How do you propose to solve this minor problem?
SPOCK: Simple logic will suffice. I believe I shall begin by making use of this map. I have the distance and bearing which were provided by Commander Uhura. If we juxtapose our coordinates we should be able to find our destination. It lies at two eight three point seven degrees...
(a bus with an advertisement on the side pulls up). I love watching this movie because during the voyage we get to enjoy the hilarious comedy as the crew fumble around in twentieth century San Francisco. The interplay between Spock, Kirk and Dr McCoy is priceless with Dr Mc Coy going off the deep end for good reason.

McCOY: Are you sure this is such a bright idea?
KIRK: What do you mean?
McCOY: Him? I mean him (Mr Spock), back at his post, like nothing happened. I don't know if you've got the whole picture but he isn't exactly working on all thrusters.
KIRK: It'll come back to him.
McCOY: Are you sure? ...That's what I thought.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Voyage Home

The year was 2285. Out of the vast darkness of space, a mysterious probe appears in earths orbit. Its high pitched distressing communications, interfere severely with the planets environment and all surrounding power sources, including starships. Earthlings are powerless and panic is rife. All of Starfleet is on red alert. The probe is the bad guy and wants to find out why his friendly humpback whales are no longer answering. Little does it know humans have murdered them to extinction.

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Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home is a supreme space adventure concerning an extremely powerful alien probe, Time travel, late 20th century paranoid earthlings, Captain Kirk's heroic crew of explorers, a Klingon ship and the small matter of saving earth with George and Gracie. Packed with wit, mischief, neat special effects, a funny Spock and great storyline, the Voyage Home is one of my favourite Star Trek movies. Star Trek IV is epic in nature and spirit and has all the ingredients of a great sci fi movie.

After three months of exile on Vulcan, Kirk decides to return to Earth with his loyal, gallant Enterprise crew mates, in a Klingon B'rel-class, Bird of Prey to face charges of theft, damage and saving Mr Spock's life.

The odds of returning in one piece in the enemy's shabby Klingon ship, did little to inspire Dr Mc Coys confidence. He named their new ship "HMS Bounty" courtesy of the Klingon Empire and Lord Kruge of course, who got snuffed out by Kirk on the Genesis planet. Yessss! The crew voted in favor of going back to Earth and facing federation justice for their "crimes." So much for being the good guys.

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Kruge's stolen D-12 Scout rattled and groaned as the crew approached warp speed. I remember this had me on the edge of my seat, rooting for my heroes as I prepared myself for our warp 10 around the sun. I felt like part of the crew. This was an exhilarating moment for me and my eyes never left the screen. When the "Bounty"crew did arrive at earth it seemed so realistic. When I was a young Trekkie, I recall looking out the Klingon viewer on TV and seeing earth. Kirk's crew had arrived secretly. Wow I said, "This is whats its like in space."

Spock asks Kirk about the use of language which has altered since their arrival. "It is currently laced with colourful metaphors."Double dumb ass on you" and so forth " enquires Spock innocently.

"You mean the profanity, that's simply the way the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you if you don't swear every other word. You'll find it in all the literature of the period." replies Kirk.

Spock: For example?

Kirk: Oh the complete works of Jacqueline Susann, the novels of Harrold Robbins....

Spock: Ah.... The Giants....


It was the ships chronic condition, whining dilithium crystals, destabilising hull, warping around the sun, the chase around the hospital, and Chekov's capture by earthlings that really got me amped. I realised anyone of these could put "the mission" in serious jeopardy. McCoys dialogue with the hospital surgeon is hilarious, Spock gets to grips after coming back from the dead with amusing "best guesses" for his usually precise time computations. Stay clued for Spock's profanity on the planet. Star Trek IV really is a pleasure to watch. The cursing bit is just so not Spock but Spock despite Captain Kirks vain attempts just can't remember.

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KIRK: Spock.....
SPOCK: Yes?

KIRK: About those colorful metaphors we discussed. I don't think you should try to use them.
SPOCK: Why not?
KIRK :Well, for one thing, you haven't quite got the hang of it.
SPOCK: I see.
KIRK :And another thing... It is not always necessary to tell the truth.
SPOCK :I cannot tell a lie.
KIRK :You don't have to lie... You could exaggerate.
SPOCK :Exaggerate.
KIRK :You've done it before. Can't you remember?
SPOCK :The hell I can't
KIRK :(Sighs) What else did you learn from your mind meld?
SPOCK: They are very unhappy about the way their species has been treated by man.
KIRK :They have a right to be... Do you think they'll help us?
SPOCK I believe I was successful in communicating our intentions.

The real stars of the movie "George and Gracie" were two Humpbacked whales. They respond to the mystery space caller, after Kirk warps 300 years into the past and beams them away from their 1986 hostile environment. 23rd century earth of the future filled with Starfleet hopefuls is saved. Yes! It worked. Earth was saved. lets not forget however that the plight of 21st century whales is a real one which the movie clearly demonstrates.
Here's some amusing dialogue between an extremely worried Dr "Bones" McCoy as he demands of kirk,

" Are you sure this is such s bright idea?"
"What do you mean?" answers Kirk calmly.
"I mean him, back at his post like nothing happened. I don't know if you've got the whole picture but Spock's not exactly working on all thrusters!!" retorts a worked up McCoy

"It'll come back to him" reassures Kirk with doubt written all over his face.
"Are you sure?" presses McCoy
Kirks looking lost now.
"Thats what i thought." An anguished McCoy leaves Kirks side.
"Mr Sulu, take us home." commands Kirk.



Kirk seemed to take Mc Coys antics in his stride. Its a pity McCoy didn't prescribe himself some of his own medicine! A hypospray or two is good for you! Doc! It would have done wonders for his stress levels. Uhuru which means freedom in Swahili was at her communications station.

Sulu was at the helm and Chekov was at the weapons station. The plan was to warp the Bounty around the sun accounting for time computation, warp capability acceleration and decelerating the ship mass, etc and of course most important of all,

" making the best guess that I can." said Spock earnestly to Dr McCoy at a critical moment.
Scotty held the ship together in the engine room with the re-energized Klingon crystals. One of his funniest lines in the movie is when he informed Kirk,

" Admiral I have replaced the Klingon food packs, they were giving me a sour stomach!"
" O, Is that what it was?" Clearly Kirk discovered something only he didn't care for the details.

One solar flare colliding with the Bounty could have sent them off course but the ship survived. The slingshot around the sun succeeded saving the whales from Earth of the past in time to save 23rd century mankind from a destructive interstellar space probe.. The HMS Bounty and the Enterprise crew sweep down on Planet Earth just in time to release the whales. The message in the movie is these endangered humpback whales belong on our world just as much as humans. Its is because of our activities there is only one third of Humpbacks roaming the Seven Seas so we've got to stop the slaughter and pollution of our oceans. The Voyage Home has been hailed as one of Star Trek's popular and successful movies and I highly recommend watching this movie.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkies!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Voyage Home using the Sun's Magic.

Shining Brightly Where Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, chekov and Scotty have boldly gone before. The core temperature of the sun is 15 million'c with a visible photosphere temperature of less than 6000'c. Its safe to say humanoids react badly to radiation, so if your planning a little space adventure....stay away from the sun! Unless you're equipped with a starship thats got forcefields and shields. Brilliant! Now engage the impulse engines with scanners on maximum intensity. Your scientific data will confirm it takes 10 million years for the heat generated in the suns core to reach the photosphere. Our star is 109 times wider than earth and 1.4 million km wide. The sun's gravity is 38 times that of earth! A million sized earths could fit inside this magnificent hot ball of fire which will radiate for another five billion years!


Remember the unfortunate ferengi scientist Dr Rega? Here was a guy on a mission. He was so eager to prove to his scientific peers that he was not just another dumb ferengi greedy for gold. "Metaphasic shielding is a reality" boomed Dr Rega to his scientific colleagues. Hmm We'll see......was their attitude. But he was determined to prove his scientific theories and make them a reality. The ferengi proposed to fly a ship into the corona of a star by using Metaphasic shielding developed by Dr Rega to protect any ship adapted to use it. Only as luck had it he never lived to see the fruits of his labour. What a tragedy.

The Voyage Home

The Voyage Home is exciting adventure that involves an ingenious piece of timetravel using a star and rescuing whales from extinction. The original crew from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, go back in time on a clapped out Klingon Bird of Prey. The crews faith rests with Mr Spock time computations after the vulcan is reunited with his katra who makes the best guess possible. Bones is doubtful so he demands of kirk,

" Are you sure this is such s bright idea?"
"What do you mean?" answers Kirk calmly
"I mean him, back at his post like nothing happened. I don't know if you've got the whole picture but Spocks not exactly working on all thrusters!!" retorts a worked up McCoy

"It'll come back to him" reassures Kirk with doubt written all over his face.
"Are you sure?" presses McCoy
Kirks looking lost now.
"Thats what i thought." An anguished McCoy leaves Kirks side.

Kirk seemed to take Mc Coys antics in his stride. Its a pity McCoy didn't prescribe himself some of his own medicine! A hypospray or two is good for you! Doc! It would have done wonders for his stress levels. Uhuru which means freedom in Swahili was at her communications station.

Sulu was at the helm and Chekov was at the weapons station.The plan was to warp the Bounty around the sun accounting for time computation, warp capability acceleration and deceleration, ship mass, etc and of course most important of all,

" making the best guess that i can." explained Spock earnestly to Dr McCoy at a critical moment. Scotty held the ship together in the engine room with the re-energized Klingon crystals. One of his funniest lines in Star Trek IV is when he informs Kirk,

" Admiral I have replaced the Klingon food packs, they were giving me a sour stomach!"
" O, Is that what it was?" Clearly Kirk was miles away only he didn't care for the details.
One solar flare colliding with the Bounty could have sent them off course but the ship survived. The slingshot as Dr McCoy aptly put it was successful and so too was the movie. It was a hit! Its been hailed as one of the most popular and successful of the movies.

Star Trek Generations starred the next generation crew, the Duras sisters, Captain Kirk, Scotty and Chekov. There was also a mad El Aurian physicist called Soran. We all know Geordi. For such a smart guy, Geordi visor actually betrayed him and the Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Soran removed his visor and ingeniously rigged it during the film. When Geordi returned to the Enterprise his vision was restored only the Chief Engineer was now a spy for the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D's enemies! It was so weird seeing him going around the ship like this.

" Human females are so ugly, Uggh how repulsive" replied the duras sisters completely nauseated.
" He must be the only engineer in starfleet that doesn't go to engineering"

The hotblooded Duras Sisters were truly angry now. Georgi's wanderings eventually lead him to Main Engineering much to the bloodthirsty delight of the sisters. His visor transmits the Enterprises shield modulation of 257.4 and like a hot knife through butter, the poor Enterprise is wrecked by the Klingon bird of preys torpedoes. This movie was clever in its use of technology against stars with their orbiting planets being wiped out in the aftershock. The fact Soran rationalised massacring millions to Captain Picard proved the El Aurian was quite mad.

Soran's objective was to alter the gravitational pull of a star which would then redirect an interstellar space phenomena which Guinan called the nexus or energy ribbon. This nexus was a heavenly place to live in where time couldn't creep up on you. Time simply had no meaning in the Nexus. By launching a rocket into the suns core, the direction of the energy ribbon was altered to a neighbouring planet or location, in time to carry the El Aurian to a new plain of happy existence. Killing a star did have an unfortunate side effect though..... In its aftermath followed a level 12 shockwave wiping out every living entity on neighbouring planets, blowing entire worlds to stardust. Lovely chap, Soran.

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