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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE QUIZ

Only two actors read for the role of Commander Data of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D (remember our android friend who got blown to bits in Star Trek nemesis?)

 Of course we know now Brent Spiner became Data, but the other actor went on to portray a recurring character on Star Trek The Next Generation.




Which of these three is it?  and what role did he play?

1.) Roger C. Carmel  aka Harry Mudd (Role: Conman, Swindler and Scam Artist)

2.) Michael Dorn aka Worf ( Role: Klingon/ Chief of Security )

3.) Eric Menyuk aka Time-traveler ( Role: Scientist playing second banana to Kozinski )

Live long and Prosper my trekker friends.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PICARD IS BACK

Serial number: SP 937-215 
USS Stargazer (NCC-2893), (2333–2355)
 USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D, (2364–2371)
USS Enterprise NCC 1701-E, (2372–)



Here is a list of Starfleets spaceships captained by JEAN LUC PICARD. Impressive isn't it? To boldly engage worthy opponents of the Federation's like Preator Shinzon, Ardra, Q the Omnipotent, Nausicaans and the Borg Queen took strength of will and determination which we've all experienced in Star Trek TNG....well now the most noted captain in space exploration and interstellar diplomacy...... I'm lost for words my friends,  Picard's back... 


CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD
STAR TREK FIRST CONTACT


 Word is we're definitely witnessing the return of our Star Trek hero, friend, diplomat and protector to guide us once again through the stars after 18 years of wilderness... Star Trek nemesis, well lets be honest was pure bewilderment and Data's death? lets not even go there!!! what a disaster. Fans say Picard is great for talking his way out of trouble but do you consider him an action-man? Remember Star Trek First Contact? Despite all his diplomacy, tough talk, and we come in peace, Picard proved he had what it takes to blaze off rifle rounds and make Borg pay....




 Amazon beat Netflix to stream CBS' new Picard series in more than 200 countries and territories. The show is currently filming to stream later this year which began in April in Los Angeles, so how will Patrick Stewart reprise his role? Little is known except for speculation. Is Patrick Stewart returning as an academy instructor? admiral, captain or civilian? Its no secret Patrick Stewart has the Midas touch so for some amazing reason, Stewarts got the gift to make it so with us - the fans.

Starfleet has the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-E so whats next? Who gets the captains chair? Johnathan Frakes gets the directors chair with SirPatStew as executive producer. Recent Star Trek Picard leaked photos give us Picard in civilian clothes with an Ensign asking his name.

What do you think? Speak now to be heard and become immortalized for all trek time, lol.


CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD
FIRST CONTACT



Even the name sounds cool, Star Trek Picard - so much is right about it. The USS Enterprise represents true hope, vast technology, and service to humankind. According to Alex Kurtzman, we should not expect a reboot of Star Trek TNG but rather expect a more psychological show about a man in his twilight years, the hero we need right now. 

What are you hoping for when you switch on Star Trek Picard?

Live Long and my Trekker Friends, Picard is back!


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Star Trek Time Travel

The crew of Star Trek's USS Enterprise NCC 1701 - A,B,C and D has traveled backwards and forwards in time, frozen in time or repeated moments of time over and over again... but how many? Well my trekker friends... hells bells, how can we be sure? because we've got 13 movies, 7 Star Trek series and encounters with temporal anomalies, Thats a lot of Star Trek isn't it? So to begin, let examine TNG today and follow up with TOS, DS9, VGR, ENT,TAS, and Star Trek Discovery later on.


Star Trek The Next Generation
Time Travel Episodes:

1. All Good Things
2. Captains Holiday
3. Cause and Effect 
4. Firstborn
5. Tapestry
6. Time Squared
7. Yesterdays Enterprise
8. Times Arrow
9. A matter of Time
10. We'll always have Paris (Temporal anomaly)
11. Timescape


I couldn't leave out Leonard's Stories about time, I know I'm being illogical... but its cool to think his spirit is time travelling out there somewhere. What do you think? Which is you favorite episode? Can you think of any others?

Live Long and Prosper my Trekker Friends








Monday, March 04, 2019

Sherlock Holmes - Star Trek Fact

Elementary, Dear Data is a play on 'Elementary, my dear Watson' in Star Trek The Next Generation. This often quoted phrase brings Sherlock Holmes up for speculation. However, neither Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr or Jeremy Brett ever uttered the words in any of Conan Doyles Tv series, movies or canon. So lets be clear. Sherlock never said it!!!! Ahh ha!  but what about Star Trek?








Well then ...  The Game Is Afoot.... so....

Which actor said: "Elementary, Dear Data" ?



Benedict Cumberbatch
Patrick Stewart
Jeremy Brett
Diana Muldaur
Brent Spiner
LeVar Burton
Daniel Davis



(the clues are staring you guys in the face with one of the actors who appears the most)


Live Long and Prosper

Monday, November 12, 2018

Michael Dorn's "Crowning Glory" in Star Trek

What did Michael Dorn consider his "crowning glory" when he played the Klingon, warrior Worf in Star Trek the Next Generation?

WORF AND DEANNA

Heres 3 answers, which is it?

A. Being the architect for all Klingons in Star Trek.

B. The simmering romance between Worf and Troi.....

C. Avenging K'Ehleyr's murder?.



Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.



WORF AND K'EHLEYR



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Worf and Jadzia


Terry Farrell is big at Star Trek conventions. Here she is giving a Q&A for the fans at Supercon 2018. She first appeared as Jadzia Dax in a DS9 episode "Dax" accused of murder. Fans know by now "Jadzia" character is two different species. So heres the thing, see....


MICHAEL DORN AND TERRY FARRELL

Theres this large worm lurking within beautiful Jadzia the host. So what is it? Well trekkers, to be blunt Jadzia's 300 year old beastie has a name.....Its called Dax, lol. So lets see now... The Dax symbiont brain entity had previous deep ties with Klingon culture, so when Klingon Worf came along (remember him?) a Klingon wedding on Deep Space 9 kinda happened. Jadzia and Worf were married.

 So who got the better deal? You decide! but we're talking about Jadzia the spacebabe with several doctorates and degrees in exobiology, zoology, astrophysics, and Xenoarchaeology - duh what?) You don't have to understand the how it all happened exactly...... just let Jadzia - do all the talking and Worf can consider himself one lucky Klingon.

He must have been trilled, Jadzia was, wouldn't you agree?  tell me what you think.

Live long and Prosper

 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Patrick Stewart Shares First Star Trek Captain's Photo



Jean Luc Picard will engage Star Trek firefights and conflicts with an energizing buzz. We need a character like Patrick Stewart to do this for I believe after 178 episodes of Star Trek TNG, only the Picard can "make it so" for fans! Look at the original ST TNG episodes. Characters wait to hear what he's going to do/say next when crises hits.

 I personally can't wait, You know the Picard's orders "make it so" is going to be so right! I mean he's the only captain who drank green whiskey with Scotty (Jimmy Doohan) on the bridge of the classic USS Enterprise NCC 1701. Okay so it was a holodeck, no bl**dy A,B,C or D but as ideas go don't you feel wowsered?

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Star Trek TNG 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas




Hello Everyone, I'm a sucker for these Star Trek conventions. Heres one from August with The Next Generation Cast. You know the score. It TNG's 30 Year special anniversary in 2017. What makes this Las Vegas panel so awesome has got to be the laughs.

Brent Spiner forgets he's the Godfather of Gates McFadden child!!! Good Grief, LOL I mean shes sitting right beside him when Spiner opens his mouth the wrong way. Let's just say (Dr. Beverly Crusher) was not impressed with Data. Now, that's what I call a major goof but funny. Check out Patrick Stewart for his reaction but despite the X-factor, we're all friends here.

So sit back and geek out and enjoy Star Trek. Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Denise Crosby and John DeLancie are present. Johnathan Frakes couldn't make it.

Live Long and Prosper.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

WILL STAR TREK REBOOT DEEP SPACE 9?


Today we have a Star Trek fan taking the reigns at Star Trek Sci Fi Blog! Welcome aboard Adam Joseph from the USS Sports Machine. Adam writes articles and publishes sports stories and now Adams words in science fiction will be energizing our thoughts. Take it away trekker :)

Star Trek is a cult classic that has turned from what once was a small show into a lifestyle for many sci-fi fans. In the 80s and 90s, Star Trek was once again broadcast into the homes of millions with the installment of episodes titled The Next Generation. The series boldly explored "where no-one has gone before" aboard the newly commissioned USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Only years after the massive success of Star Trek Next Generation, producers decided to create another series, Deep Space Nine. This series was set upon a space station so as to not conflict with The Next Generation's 176 starship adventures.



Deep Space Nine was vastly underrated by many in the 90s but became much more popular as the years went on. Critics now praise the show for in-depth character building and brilliant stories.  This has created a deep fanbase that has continued on until our modern day. With many new novels coming out every year, there is a very strong group of individuals in the Star Trek community who are looking to learn more about this space station. This makes a reboot seem very feasible and likely for Deep Space 9.

Will Deep Space 9 get a reboot or possibly hit the big screen someday?

LLAP


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!

Monday, September 12, 2016

STAR TREK 50TH MISSION: NEW YORK

Over the weekend audiences greeted Hollywood trek stars with a deafening roar at Star Trek's New York Convention. William Shatner took Q&A reported by Trekcore and was given a standing ovation. Hes still star trekking at 85 years of age! Is that great!!!








Star Trek's 50th anniversary is this year and Walter Koenig (TOS CHEKOV) whole heartedly thanked fans across the land as did Marina Sirtis. (TNG Counselor Troi) She ever so gently reminded us that TNG's 30th Anniversary will be in 2017. Now I think if Marina spoke in her Star Trek "Counselor Troi"  voice from the first season of TNG she'd be onto a definite WINNER! I know I'd love to hear that Betazoid beauty again!!!



A photo posted by Star Trek: Mission New York (@startrekmissions) on


(Remember Captain Picard rescued Deanna Troi from the "skin of evil" ARMUS was bad news!!!!! ) TOS, TNG, VOYAGER, DS9 and ENTERPRISE Cast members all beamed over for StarTrekNY Convention. It was really just one big cosmic party.

KATE MULGREW - CAPTAIN JANEWAY ONSTAGE
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!



Star Treks Mission in New York all told lasted 3 days and had an amazing fan turnout partly in thanks to CBS Consumer Products and Reedpop. Here are some of the cool toys. Its interesting because these guys took on the Stars Wars Celebration and the Pax Conventions. If you're a huge Sci Fi fan you'll know all about those and Star Trek Toys.





A video posted by Star Trek: Mission New York (@startrekmissions) on
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Triumph of the Future



Star Trek's original creators invented a TV Science Fiction series bursting with imagination. Its underlying concept embraced a future about the triumph of good over evil. Earth is a unified, peaceful planet (belonging to a Federation) where hunger, war and poverty no longer exist. The job of the starship USS Enterprise NCC 1701 and her crew was to spread that democratic, philosophy to the stars, seek out new lifeforms and boldly go in peace.


ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT

Star Trek's future is a place where man has ceased squabbling, where Earth has been transformed into a garden, where robots ten times stronger and smarter than us strive to be human. Its an optimistic future, an utopian one and its not too much of a stretch to imagine that people love watching Star Trek, because at some level, they'd like to live in a place like that.  

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers, Trekkies, Niners, Bloggies, Earthers, Friends across the earth and blogland!  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiners Gag Reel?

Marina Sirtis at Brent Spiner's Paramount Trailer

In an interview taken at the Paramount Studios lot in the early 90's, Brent Spiner (whos really Data the android in Star Trek (TNG) gets rousted by co star Marina Sirtis. Rather innocently "Counsellor Deanna Troi" grabs the scoop nailing Spiner "in the act." Despite the old footage, its fun watching these two fooling around. Troi's betazoid instincts cuts straight to the chase. She tells us, "Brent Spiner, Data the android, possibly the most popular character on the show"[STAR TREK TNG] which I thought was very classy of her.





"Our little Scoop!" - After banging on his trailer door for a while, Sirtis gives Spiner plenty of time. The fun begins when Brent emerges from his trailer stammering "what what????"..... While the rapport between Sirtis and Spiner is genuine. These guys definitely won me over and I'm still wondering, is this interview a "gag" or the real deal?  What do you think?

Marina explains: "I'm here with Movietime, remember?" "Oh yeah, right, right, right, right" stammers a hungover Spiner trying to pull himself together. After a little broadway melodrama Spiner finally agrees to hold up his end of the bargain. So what I wonder happens next? 

Do you think Brent Spiner slept in his trailer during the filming of Star Trek TNG's entire "smash hit" tv show? Whatever Marina's reasons were for filming this epic, I think their performance deserves an oscar for its comedic value.

What say you? Gag Reel or Real deal?


Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers and Bloggies.



Monday, August 31, 2015

Parallels - Star Trek TNG Quiz

In Star Trek's 163rd TNG episode, "parallels, a victorious Worf returns from a bat'leth contest having won 1st place and a trophy to prove it. He soon realises hes shifting through parallel universes after a runners up booby prize changes his mind. In a sweet twist, it turns out Klingon Worf is married to Counsellor Deanna Troi, except wheres the fun when you can't remember.




The USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D's clever android, Mr Data figures out a quantum fissure allows Worf to move through time. A trail of clues point to Chief Engineer, Geord' La Forges Visor affecting Worf's key energy signature in alternate quantum realities. So now the plot thickens when Worf returns, the Klingon remembers mating with dreamy Deanna Troi. He obviously sees her in a totally different light, why? because they were lovers in another reality and had a son!

Whats the name of Worf's son in the alternate reality?

1. Alexander Rozhenko
2. Eric Christopher Rozhenko
3. Benjamin Lee Whorf


Bat'leth long and Prosper, Trekkies, Bloggies and Trekkers!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Yesterdays Enterprise - Star Trek TNG Quiz

In Star Trek's (TNG) 63rd episode "Yesterdays Enterprise" a cool ship from 22 years ago time travels into the future escaping certain destruction. In a remarkable turn of events Tasha Yar is still alive, the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-C isn't destroyed and Klingon/Federation solidarity in the 24th century simply doesn't exist. Why? All because one Federation ship skips through time and drastically alters the future. For the most part temporal time rifts/paradoxes are pure head melters. The past is the future, the future is the past, go figure. The fun begins when we discover the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D isn't a ship of peace but of WAR!



Which Enterprise-D actor said,

"To this day I do not understand "Yesterday's Enterprise." I do not know what the f*** happened in that episode."

Was it.....

1. Whoopi Goldberg aka Guinan

2. Brent Spiner aka Android Data or

3. Johnathan Frakes aka Commander William Riker?


If you really want to know skip ahead to 1.12sec. Otherwise, guess right and prosper, trekkers and trekkies.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Where No One Has Gone Before - Star Trek TNG Quiz

In Star Trek TNG 6th episode "Where No One Has Gone Before," an ill fated, freakish warp-drive experiment catapults the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D far beyond known Federation stars, 2.7 million light years away! How cool is that? The crew of the Enterprise-D are in new uncharted territory, Galaxy M33 to be precise. You might say its getting a little dicey aboard the ship. Somehow the power of human imagination is distorting time in the physical universe, freaking out the Enterprise-D crew who begin to see and hear things which aren't real...



Which TNG bridge officer met their deceased mother played by Herta Ware, who appears in the corridors of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D?

Was it...

1. Lieutenant Tasha Yar
2. Klingon Worf
3. Captain Jean Luc Picard

Guess long and prosper, trekkies and trekkers

Monday, May 11, 2015

Star Trek Stardate

In my Reflections post, I asked the question, Do you still feel like a Zombie or are you loaded on black coffee? D A Cairns whos blogs at Square Pegs stopped by to say that he was neither followed by a real doozy of a question! Thanks for the high five trekkie.

I do not feel like a Zombie, nor am I powered by coffee, but I am enjoying the original series of Star Trek on DVD atm. You might be able to tell me why the episodes appear on DVD in a different order than they aired on television.

They seem to be organised thematically or chronologically (according to star date). Any thoughts or knowledge you can share?

Thanks DA, for the great Star Trek question. Let me just say I've always prefered Star Trek TNG Stardate system to Star Trek's TOS series because TNG's version makes better sense!

To prove my point. TNG script co-ordinator Eric Stillwell served as the shows keeper of stardates for 5 years.

How do stardates work?

Star Trek TNG uses a neat 5 digit system vs Star Trek The Original Series 4 digit system which for the most part is an entirely different ball game.

During Star Treks classic first production season, stardates advanced on average of about 57 units per episode. Why? No-one knows. It just looked and sounded good.

If you enjoy being tortured with head wrecking trivia, then a detailed official stardate explanation should do the trick! All you've got to do is head over to Memory Alpha. By the time you've read all the ambiguous versions, believe me, you'll be experiencing the onset of Zombie/Trekkie symptoms.

To my mind TNG's clear cut stardate system is far easier to understand than the original, (sorry trekkies. you can beat the pulp out of me up in the comments later.) Heres a short TNG captains log entry to explain what the heck these things stardates mean, enjoy!

Captain log stardate 43999.5

First digit                           =       Shows (24th) century.  (The first digit is always 4 in TNG)
Second digit                        =       Number of the shows current season.
Third, Forth and Fifth digits =       Proceeds unevenly from 000 to 999 and is an episode guide. So 999 equates to the last day of the third season of star trek.

Decimal point/digit               =       The digit following the decimal point is generally regarded as a day counter.
1 unit = 24 hours.

The Head Melting stuff:

The reason Star Trek's classic stardate system is a little perplexing is because theres a few episodes in which stardates go backwards instead of going forwards from the previous weeks show. When I look at the correlating numbers logic goes out the airlock, LOL The official explanation for this phenomena is here:

 Dorothy Fontana explains:
The late arrival of a completed writers script affected the filming of some episodes which put stardates in the original series out of sync. She gave no names!
Is there a simple reason why Star Trek's production dates differ to the show airdates?

Stardates in general were never meant to be scrutinized in detail. The reason stardates fluctuated in TOS is because Star Trek production staff didn't always know which order the TV Network would air the episodes.

 D A asked why the episodes on DVD differed to those aired on television. I've covered TOS and TNG to share my understanding of stardates during Star Trek's production which for one reason or another impacted on television airdates.

Question "why the episodes appear on DVD in a different order than they aired on television?" 

When Star Trek TOS DVDs were released worldwide in 2004 fans got the yellow, blue and red boxsets with 79 regular episodes. We know Star Trek was mass marketed to appeal to fans everywhere.


The classic show episodes are supposed to be listed in order of their original airdates. However It is interesting to note Star Treks original pilot "the cage" isn't present in the classic yellow boxset. "The cage" was rejected as a pilot and never aired until October 15, 1988! The TV network NBC said it was too "cerebral." What it needed was more action and adventure and less geek. It was later included on the final disc in the original and "remastered" Season 3 DVD red boxsets.

Whats not widely known is Herb Solow saved Star Trek from the scrap heap! Gene Roddenberry's writers went back to the drawing board and came up with "Where No Man Has Gone before."  Various factoids have been in play during Star Trek's 50 year reign in the galaxy which include:

1) Star Trek's Production episodes
2) Star Trek's DVD episodes
3) Star Trek TV Network Airdates

Memory Alpha lists Star Trek TOS DVD episodes in production order. While stardates are used to denote time and units per episode, ambiguous levels of meaning have arisen over time. We've had numerous Star Trek shows, trekkie vs trekker debates, Star Trek vs Star Wars, Star Trek reboots, conventions, technobabble,  4 and 5 digit stardate systems.


Which stardate system do you prefer? ? TOS or TNG or are you a Niner, Voyager or Star Trek Enterprise fan????

Where is the confused Techie Trekkie who created all this Star Trek turmoil?  Lets get him! Have you ever seen a Romulan or a Klingon using stardates? Do you feel like having a Nomad meltdown after reading this? 

Can you tell the difference between a real Zombie and a Trekkie? Find out on Friday what the difference is.! 





Slash Live Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies

Monday, April 13, 2015

Klingons Do Not Laugh

K is for Klingons do not laugh.  Do Klingons and humor mix? A lot has been said about Star Trek TNG being a little off key in its first season. In this second episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation of "The Naked Now,"

I think you'll agree Commander Data, Captain Picard and Klingon Worf's dry wit is a real winner! You decide.....skip ahead to 0.56sec....





Lt. Cmdr. Data: There was a rather peculiar limerick, being delivered by someone in the shuttlecraft bay. I am not sure I understand it... "There was a young lady from Venus, whose body was shaped like a... "
Capt. Picard: Captain to Security, come in!
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Did I say something wrong?
Lieutenant Worf: I don't understand their humor either.

Do Klingons laugh?

Laugh Long and prosper, Trekkers

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Robert Justman's "Klingon on the Bridge"

J is for Justman. On the 18 October 1986, Robert Justman sent a memo to Star Trek's Creator, Gene Roddenberry. The memo concerned the use of the show's writers guide/bible in the Star Trek universe. Justman's memo begins with the sentence,

"Despite your aversion to using Klingons in the new series, I think I've thought of something which might just change your mind."


 In case you were wondering, Robert Justman put forward the idea of a resident Klingon serving aboard the Enterprise played by Michael Dorn. Obviously, Justman had a few hurdles to bypass. Some say Roddenberry's optimistic view of the future was preachy and slow. To neutralize this problem, Justman suggested that the military skills and prowess of the Klingon species might cause such a person (like Worf) to be well-suited for a role in the ship's crew.

"These are Klingons! They'll attack!"

When Roddenberry dug his heels in about excluding the Klingons, he said, "Bob, we've passed all that. We don't need Klingons." However, Justman persevered, challenging the Creator's opinion, pointing out that the acceptance of a Klingon in Starfleet would mean that Human attitudes had grown, which happily played ball with Roddenberry's optimistic view of the future.



Do you remember K'Ehleyr? Didn't Susie Plakson make a great Klingon?

Qapla! Long live the Klingon Empire.





Monday, June 09, 2014

Top 10 Sci-Fi Weapons

Heres a sci-fi weapons list from WatchMojo.com.  Most of these rayguns originate from science fiction movies. The familiar ray gun is in a class of weapons called energy weapons. Its fun watching these babies slugging it out in a good old fashioned firefight. So whats the difference between  phaser laser and a Starfleet type 2 phaser? A lot apparently. Generally speaking phasers emit a laser beam which can be set to stun and disintegration modes. Other factors to consider are size, range and intensity of the beam.

Theres a whole plethora of sci-fi weapons from Phasers to Disruptors including the Ferengi Energy Whip, Lightsaber and Varon T Disruptor and they all have something in common. They all make deadly energy sounds!

I must confess Kivas Fajo's illegal Varon T Disruptor from Star Trek's (TNG episode 'The Most Toys') tops my list for pure evil. This phaser doesn't just kill, disintegrate, stun or even wound its victims.

Instead try imagining five seconds of excruciating agony as Fajo's death ray slowly disintegrates your flesh from the inside out. You might say the Varon-T Disruptor was designed by a pretty warped mind and you'd be right.






Which one of these sci-fi weapons makes your favorite energy sound? As usual... Star Wars is sitting pretty at No 1. Now why is that I wonder?

 10: Phasers - Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)
9: Sonic Shotgun - Minority Report (2002)
8: ZF-1 - The Fifth Element (1997)
7: Arc Gun - District 9 (2009)
6: The Noisy Cricket - Men In Black (1997)
5: Bone Gun - eXistenZ (1999)
4: M41A Pulse Rifle - Aliens (1986)
3: Lawgiver Pistol - Judge Dredd (1995 and 2012)
2: The Proton Pack - Ghostbusters (1984)
1. LightSaber - Star Wars (1977)

Spacerguys Top Guns

1. Varon T Disruptor - Star Trek TNG (1987)
2. Klamers Phaser Rifle - Star Trek TOS (1967)
3. ED-209s Machine cannons - Robocop (1987)
4. Point of View Gun - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
5. Blaster - Forbidden Planet
6. Q Firearms - Star Trek Voyager
7. Plasma Shoulder Cannon - Predator
8. Mal Renolds Model B Service pistol - Serenity
9. AMR-B05 (Repeater) and AMR-B21 - District 9
10. Phased Plasma Rifle - Terminator

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers and Futurians!.
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