Showing posts with label TOS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TOS. Show all posts

Monday, October 15, 2018

Captain Kirk's Memorrable Kisses

Captain James T Kirk has enjoyed romantic entanglements with the galaxies most beautiful women. Some were flirtatious, and others were dangerous birds but none could match the deadly speed and true love of the Starship USS Enterprise NCC 1701. I find it fascinating to take stock of historys glories, join me on our quest down memory lane... where are they today?

Edith Keeler played by Joan Collins. Kirk and Edith kissed when he saved her from falling down a stairs and breaking her neck. History had to be restored to prevent the Nazi's winning WW2. Edith Keeler had to die. In reality Joan is 85 still kicking and starring in American Horror Story. 2018

Lieutenant Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols. Captured by Platonians and forced to entertain, Kirk and Uhura's kiss was watched by millions for being
the first of real world significance. Today Nichelle is 85 is involved in many productions from White Orchid 2018, American Nightmares 2018, Unbelievable, Noahs Room, Drones, Clones and Pheromones. Wowsers!

Lenore Karidian played by Barbara Anderson. Kirk romanced Lenore hoping to find out the truth about the suspected criminal Kodos. It turns out Lenore is killing her lovers who suspect too much making their "kiss" near fatal. Today at 72 her photos don't do her justice. Despite the faded golden hair her mind is sharp and she has a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.



Marlena Moreau played by Barbara Luna starred in Mirror with the Evil Captain Kirk. She was seductive and wanted to share power but threatened to leave. Kirk changed her mind with a kiss melting her resolve. Today Barbara, Luna to her friends is 79, looks a million and lives in NY. Her most recent work in 2016 was the Sandra West Diaries.

Yeoman Rand played by Grace Lee Whitney was foxy sultry hottie in her day. A fan favorite who sadly died in 2015. There was a moment on the starship Enterprise when a savage duplicate Kirk forced himself on Rand. All down to a transporter accident. Whitney lived to age 85 after appearing in 8 classic episodes and several Star Trek movies. She featured in Star Trek Voyager and was loved at conventions.

Areel Shaw was played by Joan Marshal died at age 61. She married 5 times and was Barbara Striesland's secretary. In Star Treks Court Martial she was the only woman to wear a full uniform dress for the duration of the episode. Turns out as prosecuting officer she couldn't resist trying the defendant with a kiss before gunslinging him.

Shahna played by Angelique Pettyjohn died from cervical cancer in 1992. She was 48 and a stunner. She starred in Star Treks Gamsters of Triskelion as green haired thrall whom kirk kissed, said goodbye leaving her to watch the lights in the sky.

Andrea played by Sherry Jackson (76) was a real stunning android.  Seizing the moment and the android, Kirk plants a sloppy wet kiss right onto her sweet pretty smacker. Poor Andrea, I bet her that move overloaded her logical android programming. I couldn't help but laugh when she says "No, not programmed for you." Jacksons last gig was Strike force in 1982. Since age 11 the camera loved her but acting roles faded in the 80's.

James T. Kirk had many conquests and one had the most amazing smile. Dr Helen Noel (Dagger of the Mind) played by Marianna Hill. Its too bad they didn't make her a regular cast member because she was smoking hot and perfect.

She is known for High Plains Drifter, The Godfather PII, Star Trek TOS and the Outer Limits. M Hills last movie was a comedy titled Chief Zabu 2016.

Hope you enjoyed our trek down the stars, live long and prosper.

Which Sci-Fi Spacebabe is your favorite?



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Star Trek's Monstrous Timeline

Star Trek creators are trying to make a new Star Trek series that will appeal to audiences but are we losing something? Star Trek continuity is on shaky ground now. The technology and appearance of starships is far more advanced compared to any previous Star Trek shows. The ship is slick and shiny.... very high tech for a show 10 years before Captain Kirks USS Enterprise NCC 1701


Okay so the Klingons really need to be intimidating and monstrous given scary is fun right? Lets face it, Star Trek Discovery is set a decade before the original series in which Klingons had smooth foreheads. So what if the special effects were crap in the 60's...





The change in appearance was explained in a story arc in Star Trek Enterprise and DS9. Some wanted to boldly go back where no fan had gone before, Roddenberry era. hating these storylines. The thing is lots of fans just accept that Star Trek's classic budget was restricted which did not allow for fancy Klingon prosthetics and costumes.

Wrong say other fans. We love the Klingon Star Trek Enterprise episodes! These episodes are brilliant but yet again continuity is been cancelled out by Star Trek's new Discovery series. ... with monsterous Klingons! Isn't this great! Creatures, we love monsters and War!


Set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series,[1] the show sees the united Klingon houses in a war with the United Federation of Planets that involves the crew of the USS Discovery

NO, NO! Never, never cry other fans!!!!!!

So which side of the fence are you on?

Classic Star Trek, Enterprise, DS9 or Discovery?

KOOR, WORF, T'KUVMA
Some say the only way to enjoy watching Star Trek Discovery is to pretend all the other Star Trek shows never ever happened, like wowsers! Can you believe that?  First, Star Trek Enterprise was blamed for ruining Star Trek, attacking Berman and Braga.

So will fans hate Star Trek Discovery for changing Star Trek's continuity, even more?. Others might love it for being completely different. Change is exciting right? Where do you stand?

KOOR, WORF OR T'KUVMA?

Aren't you looking forward to boldly trekking out where no fan or klingon has gone before?

Live Long and Prosper

Monday, May 07, 2018

Adam Savages Star Trek Captain's Chair


Its the greatest toy ever built and its got two secret buttons with fight music! You know, there are plenty of plans out there and all of them are different in specifications. I am of course referring to Adam Savage's Star Trek Captain Kirk's Chair project.

We're in for a real thrill today--Adam shares his Star Trek Captain's Chair story, which he became obsessed with building from scratch after acquiring a pretty hopeless replica.



The original Captain Kirk's bridge chair is at the EMP Project in seattle. With the help of friend Jeremy Williams, Adam spends a day wiring in the electronics to bring his new NCC 1701 USS Enterprise command chair to life.To get the chair right, fans will appreciate the tricky nature of this build because everything from the interface panels, lights display, rocket switches, five push buttons and Scotties intercom had to match Star Trek's Classic TV show.

After much problem solving and troubleshooting, will their efforts pays off? Well theres only one way to find out. Watch the video.  Enjoy - Live Long and Prosper.

Monday, August 21, 2017

STAR TREK JAYLAH - YOU HELP ME, I HELP YOU

Star Trek Beyond's Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) is sitting pretty in the captain's chair. I've added Spock, Kirk and Dr McCoy's  thoughts on alien life form stand operating procedures - for some fun. Transwarp theories and equations aside our Enterprise pals do seem a wee bit mesmerized in this photoshop. Perhaps Jaylahs ample warp nacelles need adjustment, lol


Ibiritrekker



 The guy here in RED, Scotty sets the ball rolling with "AWW shes a beauty!" So without further a do "Two to beam over, Scotty!" the word is now given by Captain James T Kirk commander of the USS Enterprise NCC1701.


QUESTIONS:

Who stands the best chance of speaking to Jaylah first?
Which one of the Enterprise crew said : "I only use it for medicinal purposes!"


Live Long and Prosper, trekkies and trekkers.

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, November 21, 2016

STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES BLOOPERS

Heres Star Trek's Original Series bloopers brought to us in living colour. These classic "out-takes" were rescued from the studio floor. The shows creator Gene Roddenberry had them spliced together without telling Leonard Nimoy (12.35) or the rest of the crew. In them we see Captain Kirk kissing a beautiful blond bombshell in a red mini-skirt.

All the awesomeness it took to get Star Trek TOS onto film are here. Our defender of female virtue enjoyed his job but judging from the laughs snafus just constantly happened.

Skip ahead to 6mins 17secs and we discover William Shatner having a makeup meltdown.

The guy spends 3 whole hours getting plastered in make-up to age Captain Kirk for Star Trek's classic "Deadly Years" and what happens?

The studio doors were locked up and everyone had gone home!





'Bob Justman, I'm going home now. after spending three hours putting this fracking makeup back on.....and its your fault!


How would you have reacted?

Live Long and Prosper.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Don Marshall Star Trek Actor dies at 80

On a sad note, well known Land of the Giants, Star Trek actor, Don Marshall passed away peacefully on Oct 30th. His daughter, son and twin brother Doug were at his bedside. He was 80. Don starred in Star Trek's classic "galileo-seven"  playing the spirited Lieutenant Boma.



STAR TREKS GALILEO SEVEN




Fans will remember him for challenging Mr Spock's insufferable logic when the shuttlecraft crash lands on planet Taurus II. We know the ion storm threw them off course but heres the thing. The G7 crew were low on fuel and had to achieve orbit.




So who gets to choose? demands Boma of Mr Spock. Meanwhile the creatures were attacking! Don Marshall will not be forgotten by fans, RIP Don and thanks for making us laugh.

Monday, October 10, 2016

STAR TREK 50TH: DESTINATION EVENT UK

William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Robert Duncan McNeill, Armin Shimerman, Christopher Lloyd, Martha Hackett and Alice Krige (the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact) but no Nichelle Nichols beam over to the UK to meet the fans for Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.

Many fans eager to meet the stars tweeted while they waited. Trekkers with Admiral VIP Tickets swept by tons of people waiting in queues which took two hours to get past the check points. The only catch is VIP treatment cost £2,999! Standard Tickets were far cheaper.



Adam Nimoy, Leonard Nimoys son is seated in command of the Galaxy Class USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D seen here. Space babes Marina Sirtis and Terry Farrell were also among the stars this weekend at Birmingham's Destination Star Trek  Convention.


Over the weekend thousands of Star Trek fans queued for hours to get in on the action with their Star Trek TV/Movie heroes. Marie Gordon flashes her Lieutenant stripes on her red bridge officers duty uniform to curry favor but no can do! It just goes to show. Even Star Trek Lieutenants have to wait. haha!!!



On Sunday William took part in answering questions for the fans. Heres a fun video he made specially for fans.

 

Walter Koenig appeared with George Takei live onstage at Star Trek's Birmingham Convention. These two Chekov and Sulu navigate and pilot the Starship USS Enterprise 1701


This photograph says it all. Its the launch for Star Trek's UK Destination event and the expression on the stars faces is fascinating...... William Shatner has done it again. The look on Walter Koenig's face is priceless.

DRESSING TO IMPRESS


These sci-fi ladies are making the most out of Star Trek's 50th Destination Event. They probably handed their tricorder, phasers and communicators over to an Ensign during the photoshoot. So whats not to like?

 Its life....... but not as we know it!   Jim!

Live long and Prosper, Trekkers

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, October 19, 2015

Bruce Hyde dies at 74

Have No Fear - O' Rileys Here.




On a sad note, a memorable and well-loved character Lt Riley played by Bruce Hyde, passed away from throat cancer on Oct 13th. He was 74. In Star Trek's classic "the Naked Time", Kevin Riley is the Irish navigator who steals the Enterprise in that episode. He will not be forgotten by fans, RIP Bruce and thanks for making us laugh.




 

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Xenopolycythemia

X is for Xenopolycythemia but what is it? Star Trek's classic "For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky" stars the cranky Chief Medical Officer (played by Deforest Kelley) who ventures aboard a spaceship world in this funny love story. I remember Dr McCoy getting sick but really did any of us have a clue what Xenopolycythemia was? I had to look this one up online.

To begin with is Xenopolycythemia a real disease?

Online Medical Databases say no, Memory Alpha and Wikipedia say yes. Further investigation reveals "Polycythaemia" is a type of blood disorder characterised by too many red blood cells. So now we know. The plot thickens when we find out "Bones" is suffering from this rare incurable disease but lucky for him Natira (high Priestess to the Oracle) eases the pain. Rick Vollaerts wrote the script giving the good doctor about a year to live. Murderer!!! LOL.

It was a neat trick Vollaerts slapping "xeno" on the front of "Polycythaemia" but what purpose did it serve? It sure confused the heck out of me!

Xeno Long and Prosper,  Trekkers!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Redshirt Treatment

R is for the loving Redshirt Treatment. In keeping with the A to Z festive spirit, why don't we celebrate Star Trek's itchy trigger fingers with some 'Red Shirt' fun. The curse of the Redshirt began with Captain Kirk's five year mission enforcing peace in the galaxy. These crewmen live fast and die red. So how do you explain this? Heres a picture featuring healthy redshirts!

These guys have obviously never watched Star Trek!


In star trek, heres what really happens to redshirts. Wouldn't you agree? Still want the full redshirt treatment? 

Live Long and Prosper, trekkie.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mudd's Women Star Trek TOS

"Mudds Women" is the third episode of Star Trek to be produced with a dazzling display of costumed females showing off their vivacious curves. Con artist, Smuggler Harry Mudd explains his "special shipment", Eve McHuron, Magda Kovacs, and Ruth Bonaventure are not so much cargo as mail order brides for lonely rich miners.

Eve McHuron, Ruth Bonaventure and Magda Kovacs,
Great care was taken with the wardrobe for Harry's "Cargo" providing a fantastic opportunity for William Ware Theiss to make a name for himself in design philosophy seen throughout Star Trek's classic series. Its not that Theiss costumes were unseemly but rather revealed areas of the womens bodies typically unseen by the general public.

 Fans were delighted with Dark haired spacebabe "Ruth" especially. She wears a lovely shiny green, sparkly dress with a large diagonal opening running from shoulder to waist. The underside of Ruth's breast was exposed and caught almost everyone's attention during filming of this classic Babe-tastic episode.

Do you find Mudd's women stunningly beautiful and distracting? Did you feel sorry for Harry when Captain Kirk handed over to be arrested? Would you swallow a "Venus Drug" to make you look young and beautiful?


Dream Long and Prosper, trekkers!

Friday, April 10, 2015

I Am Spock

I Am Spock is the title of Leonard Nimoy's second autobiography, published in 1995 which is a fascinating read.

Leonard Nimoy's second book exploits the logic of the Vulcan Science Officer from Star Trek's universe, revealing a series of private conversations between Mr Spock and Mr Nimoy. This unique book contains a saga of Leonard's experiences as an actor, director, and producer of Star Trek Stories.
A letter in the Foreword section of "I Am Spock" addressed to Mr Leonard Nimoy at Earth's Sol Star System poses the question - Would you consider writing the foreward to my new book? - followed by Mr Nimoy and Spock dialog from Leonard's first autobiography published in 1975.

Can you guess its title?

Live Long and Prosper.

Friday, November 07, 2014

He's Dead Jim


Dan Connolly created this drawing of Spock, Jim and Bones, except something is missing, heh.

Is the redshirt sporting pointy ears? Why is Spock wearing a redshirt? Could this be Scotty?






























"He's dead, Jim" is the famous catch phrase used by the USS Enterprises Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Star Trek the classic series.

 How many times does the doctor say the word "dead" when one of the Enterprise crew, such as a redshirt or another character dies?

1) 24

2) 34  or

3) 44 times?



  


skip ahead to 3.04 to find out.

 Live long and Prosper, trekkers.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blogfest 'Firefly vs Star Trek'

The time to write about our favorite unknown for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest,  MOVIE – BAND/ARTIST – TV SHOW – BOOK has arrived, so here goes!

Firefly vs Star Trek!

Every so often, an ensemble of Hollywood talent unites to create a marvel of science fiction.. I'd like to tell you about Joss Whedon's Firefly. One thing that I look for and enjoy in a work of science fiction are conflict driven characters exploring the scientific and social dimensions taking us to strange new worlds. Star Trek's classic show was unique because of its three-way bond between Kirk, Spock and Dr McCoy. The battle of egos, human scepticism and logic gave it a special edge. I like it when a character does or says something to surprise you but how do you stand out from the crowd when every action hero is so convincing?

Star Trek with all of its official re-incarnations shows humans and aliens working together using futuristic technology exploring the human adventure. Roddenberry's action packed wagon train in space was lucky because its over enthusiastic actors, aliens and cardboard sets produced characters and stories like one seamless magic show fans cared about.

James Cameron understood that if you copy a work of genius like Star Trek, you'll be left with a terrible phony which won't fly. So, he set the trend in Hollywood by re-inventing instead of ripping off the old sci-fi classics.

When Joss Whedon's learned about the secret formula he produced 14 episodes for his sci-fi 'sequel' on a shoestring budget, sound familiar?

Whedon's Firefly 'sequel' simply took Star Trek's followers on a fresh 'spaceship' journey thrilling us with a mirror cast based on Gene Roddenberry's original show. The beauty of Firefly is there are no clean cut uniforms, no energy weapons, no teleportation, no long shots of spaceships warping against a starry backdrop to classical music, no obsession with technology, no robots, no artificial intelligences, not even a clear long-term goal for the protagonists apart from the plot conflict between the Alliance and the Rim, and the bitterness of committed Browncoats. Its all close-up and raw. The characters are flawed and realistic. 

1. Mal is the gruff 'anti-hero' with powerful leadership qualities like Captain Kirk, propelling his crew into the thick of action. Still it has to be said Firefly created its own law and disorder in the galaxy.
2. Zoe and Inara are graceful rational, logical counterparts to Mal, as Spock is to Kirk.
3. Wash has Sulu written all over him, gentle and humorous with a way of articulating intense situations.
4. Kaylee is the cool-headed Scotty full of optimism and the miracle worker.
5. Dr Simon Tam has the same fiery relationship with Mal as Bones has with Kirk.
6. Book has the intelligent saving graces of Dr McCoy.
7. Jayne is a fearless explorer like Chekov often breaking the ice with his cornball humor.

Firefly captured the imagination of sci-fi fans with qualities we can all admire, it provided fresh unpredictable characters in an alternate universe, subtracting the science without ruining the fun or being just a shallow imitation. There certainly are numerous original aspects to Firefly, given River's unnatural insight bordering on the edge of madness providing a mysterious air of intrigue for the show. While Firefly and Star Trek are fashioned on the Western wagon train to the stars, each show is full of emotional depth, adventure with a cast of reverse engineered characters. What do you think?

Which sci-fi show made a distinct impression on you?


Monday, September 01, 2014

Top Five Star Trek Space Babes

James T. Kirk has had many conquests...

Here is my Top Five Space Babes from Star Trek's classic tv show. At No1 is Dr Helen Noel (Dagger of the Mind) played by Marianna Hill who was simply gorgeous. Its too bad they didn't make her a regular cast member continuing love interest for Kirk... She was perfect. Growing up I thought she was smokin hot and had the most amazing smile.

My second favorite Trek beauty is historian Marla McGivers played by Madlyn Rhue in Space Seed. Sadly, Rhue was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977 and was soon confined to using a cane, then crutches and finally a wheelchair. Besides Star Trek, she starred in over a hundred appearances on television and reunited with her Space Seed co-star Ricardo Montalban in Fantasy Island.


In third position is the lovely Droxine played by Diana Ewing in Star Trek's "The Cloud Miners.". I bet you've wondered what happened to her? Upon further investigation, Memory Alpha records clearly indicate she starred in six different tv series in 1969 and was last seen in the Washington 1977 mini series, Behind Closed Doors. Her acting career lasted for only eight years and thats it. Mysterious isn't she?....IMDB


My fourth favorite is Lt Marlena Moreau played by Barbara Luna. Friends and fans call her Luna. The female uniforms from Mirror, Mirror were absolutely fantastic! She was by far one of the hottest of Kirk's women. Her many credits include: The Devil at 4 O’Clock with Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, Mannix, Mission: Impossible, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Search for Tomorrow, One Life to Live, the Star Trek: New Voyages installments In Harm’s Way and Enemy: Starfleet!, as well as Adventures of Superseven and the recent comedy Unbelievable! For an aging Trek beauty she still looks terrific!


In fifth place is Sherry Jackson who plays the stunning android, Andrea. In star trek's classic episode "What are little girls made of?" Kirk passionately seduces her with a kiss confusing her logical yet inadequate android programming. I couldn't help but laugh when she says "No, not programmed for you." in her sweet soothing voice.  Somehow Andrea realizes shes not supposed to enjoy feelings yet the kiss triggers an emotional chain reaction!

I hope you enjoyed reading my Top Five Classic Space Babes. Who is your favorite and why?

Dream Long and Prosper, Trekkers.
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