Archive for June, 2012


PART XVI: ONE FOR THE LADIES

These girls are wearing the most conservative outfits in all of TOS

What’s interesting in watching through all of Star Trek is you actually get to see how women are thought of in society change before your eyes. I had read that during The Original Series (TOS) Nichelle Nichols had thought of leaving the show, citing she felt she had too small of role. She was convinced to stay aboard, as Lt. Uhura was more important to the civil rights and women’s rights movement than she was a character on the show. Being that she is after all a Lieutenant, and to have a woman of color in a leadership role on television was unheard of in the sixties. Truth be told as communications officer, she was little more than Kirk’s secretary. Yet still, this was seen as a great moment for women. If any woman, even a woman of color were to be given the role of Uhura today it wouldn’t be thought of as anything, let alone revolutionary. Sure, if it weren’t Uhura it would have been someone else, but in the end it was Uhura. The rest of the TOS universe shows just how women were portrayed on television; as objects of desire. Lately, as I watch through what is quickly becoming my favorite in the Star Trek series, Voyager (VOY), I find myself marveling at how much society can change its view of 51% of the population in just a few decades. Continue reading

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Way before she was finding those who were “Missing”. Before “Heat”ing things up with Val Kilmer or chasing serial killers with Morgan Freeman, she had her first on-screen “Kiss” with none other than Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton). When a new game is brought onto the Enterprise which makes you feel good when you score, the entire crew starts getting taken over by this addiction. Only two teens on the brink of falling in love can save the Enterprise before this new addiction destroys them all. Co-star of what could be be called the anti-drug episode of The Next Generation, Before she was famous she was on Star Trek! You guessed it, She’s:

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PART XV: PLEDGE WEEK AT ALPHA GAMMA DELTA

Cool from this angle, but from underneath it looks like a toilet seat.

Going into Star Trek Voyager (VOY) I was a bit nervous. The final few seasons of The Next Generation (TNG) along with Deep Space 9 (DS9) so far have been so wrapped up in the Cardassian threat. I wasn’t sure what to expect with VOY. More of the same? Some sort of low-cost replacement for my friends aboard NCC 1701-D? Well the pilot begins with words scrolling on the screen explaining Maquis and Cardassians private little war which has been raging throughout the previous couple of seasons of both TNG and DS9, in the demilitarized zone. Uh oh, here we go. Then we’re introduced to the crew of a Maquis ship. Oh boy… seven additional seasons of this? To make things even rougher on me I’m introduced to a human Captain, human helmsman, ops, doctor, human, human, human. Did Michael Westmore just pack up the make up department and leave or what’s happening here? Then it happens…  the twist. Lets just say that by the end of the pilot I had to check to make sure my room mates weren’t home so I could cheer as loudly as I liked over how pumped I was for VOY. Turns out one of my room mates was in his room with the door shut, very embarrassing for me.

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This 5 time Emmy award-winning sitcom star is well-known for his eloquent voice, and his starring role in a hit high brow comedy. What he’s not known for is his much scruffier appearance as Captain Morgan Bateson in The Next Generation. Which star was on Star Trek before he was famous? Continue reading

Star Trek Generations

PART XIV: SPOILER ALERT!

1994. Directed by David Carson

There are a few laws to Star Trek. A couple of constants throughout the series which, whether the writers of this show mean it or not, are infallible. We all know the “Curse of the Red Shirt” truth, but there are other truths out there other than “Random ensigns who go on away missions will not survive.” Another of the same sort is that you do not want to be the other captain appearing on Star Trek. Meaning if this is The Original Series (TOS), you don’t want to be any captain but Kirk. The same will hold true throughout Next Generation (TNG) and will even creep into Deep Space 9 (DS9). If you are another Star fleet Captain of some other Federation ship and you so happen to appear in an episode, by the end you will either be dead or disgraced in one form or another. It’s sad, but its true, and that’s just the way it is.

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PART XIII: CEEPING UP WITH THE CARDASSIANS

I’m not entirely sure why half of the cast is smiling and the other half is sad.

Deep Space 9 (DS9) S2 continues along with its own blend of highly political dreariness. Following directly behind the footsteps of S1, the season primarily focuses on Bajor and their struggles to find itself. While S1 contained little more than whispers of who these characters truly are, and what the truth is in all aspects of the series, S2 begins to open up the saga. In some cases we find those we’ve known to be darker than we thought them to be. With others, particularly the Cardassians, we are led down a lighter path of understanding. The series is darker than the others, not just the sets I mean, but in terms of tone. And though the real darkness from S1 begins to turn a lighter shade of grey in S2, this is an aversion. Through a series of concerned looks the characters give one another whenever the word “Dominion” is mentioned we are consistently reminded of a huge unknown which grows more ominous with each mention. It’s good, and if the finale is any indication it’s about to get real good! I mention all of this at the beginning primarily to get it out of the way. This is not really a blog about DS9, no, this is a blog about the seventh and final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Continue reading

PART XII: WHERE HAVE ALL THE WRITERS GONE? OH, THERE THEY ARE

If you can believe it, the easy part of this multi-part, science-fiction series which takes place at specific parts of our own future, where the human race has joined in a highly political union of planets which we see from the perspective of one ship traveling around a small section of our own galaxy; is over. No, creating multiple shows of the same name was not quite enough for these guys. They had to go ahead and make these series take place at the exact same time. So did I get to simply sit back and leisurely click that “play next episode” button with season 6 of The Next Generation (TNG) as I had done with every other season of Star Trek? Absolutely not! Along comes Deep Space 9 (DS9), and below you will find an example of what I have to do in order to continue watching Star Trek in the correct order: Continue reading

PART XI: STAR TREK MAKES IT SO

If you notice the hoses attached to our model Picard here, this head apparatus serves as a virtual reality drinking game which force feeds you the beer. Yes, the future is awesome.

As I stated well back in Part II, almost every episode of The Original Series (TOS) involves Kirk and Spock going down to some planet where the crew is faced with a situation to overcome. It seems that was their intention with The Next Generation (TNG) as well, as was evident in Season 1 especially. I’m fairly certain that what they intended TNG to be was just not what they ended up with. Like any good show though; they adapted. They noticed their strengths and worked with them. As it turned out what they ended up having was far superior to what their intentions were to begin with. More so, what they ended up with is something far superior than what TOS ever hoped to be. There… I said it. Continue reading