The original Star Trek series had its share of memorable villains. The Next Generation version of the show continued to use the Romulans and Klingons, but needed a nemesis of their own to solidify their identity. The Borg fulfilled that role, and went on to feature in other Star Trek TV series as well as several Next Generation motion pictures.
Audiences first meet this seemingly undefeatable enemy in the second season episode “Q Who”. Picard’s hubris leads Q to catapult the Enterprise across the Read the rest of this entry »
Many individuals, both scientists and the general population alike, have wondered for years if warp drive is possible. An individual at NASA has, after years of research, proved that achieving a speed that is greater than the speed of light is possible.
This process is very complicated and understanding the mathematics and science behind it is beyond the normal person’s grasp. The speed of light is not achievable within the Earth’s atmosphere, but space is a whole different ball game. Space itself can Read the rest of this entry »
Those of you reading this who get your television through Cable-TV.com or have access to on demand might remember that Star Trek movie J. J. Abrams put out a few years ago. Despite being a fantastic film and further demonstration of Abrams’s masterful directing, it was mired in ridiculous fan debate.
Fans of the original Star Trek conceived by Gene Roddenberry heaped scorn at the film for not only making it relevant but forsaking any of what made Star Trek feel like Star Trek. Gone were the low-budget set designs and horrible acting and, instead, you had what was a remarkable and enjoyable experience.
Basically, Abrams’s Star Trek didn’t have that campy feel that Star Trek fans came to love, which might suggest that the Star Trek fans wanted crap.
Seriously, watch an original episode of Star Trek and attempt to defend it on any level. Sure, an episode might get points for imagination, but let’s talk about the storytelling. Let’s talk about how Star Trek was basically a way for introverts to live vicariously through a ridiculous man (Captain Kirk) who lacked even a minutia of complexity.
When fans say that the Abrams film was a totally different animal from Roddenberry, they’re right. It’s better.
“Landing party, set your phasers on stun!” As a kid growing up in the 1960s, I marveled at the gadgets and the fictional technology used on the original Star Trek series. I would have loved to have been able to get my hands on a phaser when I was a kid.
Now, at age ffifty, I have been able to order a phaser-like defensive weapon from the internet for the last twenty years. What’s more, this product, which is commonly used Read the rest of this entry »
Fans of the Starship Enterprise and its crew are looking forward to May 17th, 2013, the release date of the next feature film based on the creation of Gene Roddenberry. Many rumors and stories have been spread while official announcements are few and far between. This keeps many fans guessing as they anticipate watching the movie on the big screen.
An official title has yet to be released for the new movie. News sources and other people Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone loves their cell phones and smart phones. The opportunity to text someone a simple hello or call a person miles away gives people great joy. Well Star Trek made it possible for the world to have cell phones today. The inventor of cell phones, Martin Cooper, got his idea from Captian Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series. Not only has the television shows allowed us to have new technologies in the social field, but it has also driven scientists to create objects from the shows. For example, Peter Janson a scientist from Canada has replicated a Read the rest of this entry »
Two characters engender the most adoration and continuing fascination from Star Trek fans, Spock from the Original Series, and the Next Generation’s Data.
Both characters are fish out of water. As a human/Vulcan hybrid, Spock struggled to reconcile his desire to embrace and apply the Vulcan philosophy of logic above all with the need for friendship and connection his human half demanded. For Data, human emotion and understanding were the goal. Superior in every other way to his shipmates, Data often found himself unable to partake in the simple pleasures they Read the rest of this entry »
Over its 46-year history, one person has been a touchstone and a guide for Star Trek fans. The person in that center seat on the bridge, the captain.
In the Original Series, Captain James T. Kirk commanded the starship Enterprise on a five-year mission to explore deep space and discover strange, new worlds. Kirk was a swaggering cowboy, a ladies’ man, but also an everyman. We saw the galaxy through his eyes, which, behind the bravado, were still filled with the wonder of the Iowa farm boy Kirk used to be.
Several generations later, Jean-Luc Picard captained the Read the rest of this entry »