Well it’s been a fun but creatively challenging Star Trek Week here at DDOY HQ. I’d like to take a moment to say thanks to everyone who commented, submitted ideas, retweeted, and linked throughout the last five days. I will definitely be pursuing theme weeks in the near future, but for now I need a rest.
So with that, things will shift back to normal here over the rest of the weekend. However, you can expect my full review of Star Trek Into Darkness early next week.
A very special thank you goes out to Will from WilliamBruceWest.com and April G. for their awesome guest posts.
I will forever curse Paramount Pictures and Director Stuart Baird for the fact that the last cinematic adventures of The Next Generation crew were captured on film in Star Trek Nemesis. The previous installment, Star Trek: Insurrection, (which was tentatively titled “Star Trek: How Picard Got His Groove Back”) was not very good by any means and there was definitely a lot riding on it.
Admittedly I was very excited for Nemesis spefically for the fact that Romulans were involved. During the course of The Next Generation they had some pretty significant story lines and an established history with Picard … how could it go wrong? Let’s count all of the reasons …
Today’s guest post comes from April G., a published Internet and traditional print writer, Joomla! webmaster, nerd and wallflower. Follow here on Twitter @aprilfreelance
I used to be a die-hard Star Trek Next Generation fan. No other series could hold a candle to it, until I started watching Voyager on late-night syndication after the series had ended. Having recently completed all 7 seasons of both series on Netflix once again, I have firmly switched allegiances.
The Ship: Voyager was the most technologically advanced of all the starships. The new Intrepid class vessel was smaller, sleeker, faster, and more maneuverable. Her neuro-gel packs were the closest Star Fleet had come to building a “living” ship, complete with the vulnerabilities of bacterial infection and dying packs that made for some interesting replicator malfunctions and alien sustenance. The ship took on its own characterization more than any before her. While the Enterprise could head for the nearest star base when she needed repairs, Voyager had to limp along the Delta Quadrant under whatever power could be rerouted during repairs, or land on a planet (which the galaxy class couldn’t do) and hope she didn’t rile the natives. Would any other ship have survived so long during “The Year of Hell?”
Today’s featured post is from guest blogger William B. West, one of my favorite Interweb buddies. When he isn’t making one of his myriad of weekly podcast appearances you could find him over at one of my favorite blogs, WilliamBruceWest.com. If you’re in a shopping mood check out his toy store Will’s World of Wonder, which in the end only fuels his future toy hunts.
As some of you may know, I’ve been a Star Trek fan for most of my life. Back in middle school, my friends and I had the Star Trek Encyclopedia, as well as any tech guide or manual that Simon & Shuster decided to put out. We were the ones watching all those Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns that used to clog up Channel 20′s schedule. As I got older, however, my pallet began to prefer more mature tastes, such as Power Rangers andAqua Teen Hunger Force. I gave up the ghost during Voyager, and I’ve only seen a handful of Enterprise. That said, you can take the boy out of Trek, but you can’t take the Trek out of the boy. My brain’s still full of a lot of useless 24th century knowledge, and every now and then I find myself trying to make sense of it. During an usual bit of insomnia last week, I found myself wondering why, exactly, a human would even want to join Starfleet.
For those not in the know, in the Star Trek Universe, Starfleet is the “Space NATO” to the United Federation of Planets’ “Space UN”. Its members are predominantly human, and it is headquartered in Fort Baker, California. While Starfleet’s primary mission is to explore and seek out new life, things can get pretty tense out in space. Between wars with Cardassians, or lethal electrical feedback, there’s no shortage of danger for a Starfleet officer. Based on current economics and world affairs, I find myself wondering what would inspire a human to join an outfit like Starfleet, as the risks seem to outweigh the rewards. Let’s take a closer look at a few things.
When I started DDOY in 2006 I had no intention of ever making this an exclusively Star Trek focused blog. At no point did I ever have the intention of becoming a Star Trek news aggregator or repository for erotic fan-fiction.
Even after seven years I cannot accurately describe what I have accomplished here, but in light of this being Star Trek Week I went through the archives and highlighted some of my favorite Star Trek posts.
Orion Slave Girls Return To Star Trek
The 6 Worst Star Trek Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
The Sexiest Vulcan Salute I’ve Ever Seen
June 1989, A Kickass Month At The Movies
DDOY Review: Night of the Living Trekkies
I Want To Go Out Like Spock
Someone is Stealing The Enterprise
Would You Hit It? Star Trek Edition
And now for the most ridiculous (and enjoyable) Star Trek: The Next Generation supercut to date, Riker Sitting Down. You’ll never be able to watch an episode of TNG without thinking about Riker’s weird straddling/mounting of every chair on the Enterprise-D
Editor’s Note: Brian from Cool & Collected was gracious enough to include the entire League of Extraordinary Bloggers in Star Trek Week. So thanks again Brian!
There was a stretch of my childhood that I spent every moment where I wasn’t in school building scaled models. Every birthday, holiday, and all of my allowance went to buying model kits and paint. I built mostly aircraft like B-52 Stratofortresses, Saturn V rockets, F117 Stealth Fighters, even P-51 Mustangs. While they may have been entirely awesome dangling from fishing line from my ceiling, my true love were the AMT/Ertl Star Trek model kits.
For Christmas 1990 I found the USS Enterprise 1701-A model kit from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier underneath the tree. I went into painstaking detail to ensure all of my paint applications were accurate to the filming model; and my only reference material was pausing our VHS copy Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The time spent assembling that model kit, the time I spent with my Dad on that project is part of the reason that the Enterprise A remains my favorite incarnation.
AMT/ERTL USS Enterprise NCC 1701-A Model kit. Image via Memory-Alpha.org
Over the years I went on to assemble nearly every available AMT/Ertl model kit available. The Enterprise-D, Klingon Battle Cruisers, Klingon Birds of Prey, and even Deep Space 9 were all assembled with care and displayed with pride …. until I discovered girls and over a period of years these cherished model kits found themselves in closets and then eventually the trash. Looking backing now as an adult I can say that remains one of my biggest regrets.
From Around The League
Someone has been drinking and playing with their Star Trek Megos over at Infinite Hollywood
Fortune & Glory (Days) shows off some recently acquired Star Trek Kreons.
It’s all vintage Star Trek Power Records and Borg Bears at AEIOU & Sometimes Why.
In a promotion that coincided with the release of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Taco Bell released a set of four collectible glasses in 1984. Upon learning of their existence I immediately went about purchasing the one I coveted the most … “Enterprise Destroyed”.
Over the years I have actually purchased “Enterprise Destroyed” on eBay on three separate occasions. I do find a bit of “redshirt” humor being that the glass that kept on breaking just so happened to feature the destruction of everyone’s favorite Constitution-class ship.
The third time around I snapped up the “Spock Lives” glass for next to nothing (I think the eBay seller was feeling bad for me at that point). For collectible glasses that are 29 years old they hold up remarkably well in terms of paint (definitely lead based). Even with regular use and washing they remain some of my favorite Star Trek collectibles.
Unlike other collectible glasses these are actually based on glassware actually seen on screen during Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. There is even one in the Captain’s quarters off the U.S.S. Excelsior.
One side of “Enterprise Destroyed” features the explosion and break up of the NCC-1701. The reverse is a depiction of the scene in which Kirk asks Bones “My God … what have I done”. To which Bones replies, “What you had to do. What you always do: turn death into a fighting chance to live”
This reverse side does a tremendous job of conveying the likenesses of the actors along with the text:
“Scotty, Kirk, and McCoy of the U.S.S. Enterprise watch in safety as the great starship, their home for the last 20 years, self-destructs in the skies above them”.
And for comparison here is a picture of the actual glass versus that emotional scene from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
My God What Have I Done?
Few things unnerve hardcore Star Trek fans than Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. There are several points of contention whether is was the wrestling match between “God” and Captain Kirk, the shoddy production value, Spock’s completely random half-brother, or perhaps even the direction by one William Shatner.
Many consider it to be the worst of the feature films (I personally reserve that spot for Star Trek: Nemesis). For me STV:TFF has a certain nostalgia factor as it was the first Trek film I saw in theaters with my Dad on opening night. The theater handed out little pins featuring the Starfleet emblem which was later re-purposed for me very own Star Trek: The Next Generation costume (and that’s an entirely different story altogether).
While the Star Trek V: The Final Frontier does have some faults, the one thing that gives us is some of the best character moments from the Original Crew. Continue reading
The summer of 1989 saw the release of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier which was met with a tepid reaction at the box office. Later that year DC Comics relaunched their Star Trek title with a new #1 scripted by Peter David, which picked up shortly after the events of The Final Frontier. This second volume would eventually run 80 issues before it wrapped up in 1996 and interesting enough, they are not considered to be canon.
In Star Trek #1 we are introduced to new Enterprise crew members, most notably is Lieutenant M’yra an female humanoid with horns and a tail that desperately wants to have sex with Sulu. (Which I have discussed here before). Lt. M’yra is an invention for the comics and clearly of the late 80s mold, and could very well be a distant cousin of Blue Devil.
Of course we need an ominous threat for Captain James T. Kirk and his crew to face down, which comes in the form of The Salla of the Nasgul. After rescuing a fugitive Nasgul named Argus from certain death, Kirk finds himself in the midst of a civil war. The Nasgul are a race of aliens that appear to come from the same family tree is Mongul (again great job DC) whose imperious leader has the ability to telepathically melt people’s faces off.
And now that Kirk has interfered, he is targeted by The Salla of the Nasgul. And if things couldn’t get any worse for Kirk, the Klingon Ambassador to the Federation has put a bounty on his head.
I have never waded any further into the Star Trek comics than this first issue despite my lifelong appreciation for all things Trek. I am going to be completely honest here by saying that I have absolutely no desire to explore this series any further.
As a franchise I tend to believe that Star Trek is not necessarily suited to the funny books. You can look to the success of Star Wars who has had a great run across two publishers (Marvel & Dark Horse). But in that example you have a space opera filled with Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, and Stormtroopers. The are leaps and bounds more exciting than political intrigue and space battles between capital warships.
If you find yourself with literally nothing better to do I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up more than a few Star Trek back issues in your local comic book shop’s dollar bins.
In honor of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness it will be Star Trek Week here at DDOY. In the coming week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things Trek. Every day I will have a brand new featured article along with periodic visits to the archives.
If you care to join in the festivities this week here at DDOY by sharing your favorite Star Trek memories such as: embarrassing cosplay adventures, your favorite Trek collectibles, or even your defense of Star Trek: Voyager send me an email me at jon [at] doubledumbassonyou.com
Again, welcome aboard and please …. no Star Trek Into Darkness spoilers.