Tag Archives: Star Trek

Turnabout GIF

Another animated GIF, this time from the final Original Series episode “Turnabout Intruder.”

Bones

The Valkyrie Directive

For those who have seen the new Star Trek films, you’re aware of how poorly women are portrayed. As far as I can recall, we have Uhura, and… and… and… oh, there’s the green girl who Kirk bones, and Carol Marcus who seems to only be in the film to show her in her underwear. I was going to put that shot in my blog post. I decided it against it, and instead will feature a shot of the original Carol Marcus, a scientist, and mother, an ex-love, a human…

Carol Marcus

Why I mention this is because The Valkyrie Directive is actually looking at women in Star Trek critically, and it’s an interesting read. The author is doing a multi-post evaluation of costumes in Star Trek; from the mini-skirts of the original series to Troi’s cosmic-cheerleader outfits to the practical and sensical outfits of Deep Space Nine to Seven of Nine’s and T’Pal’s catsuits in Voyager and Enterprise

What’s interesting is that while the casting of Terry Ferrell and Nana Visitor isn’t all that different from the casting of the female cast of TNG, the way these women dress is drastically different.

Jadzia Dax

All I’m really saying is if you love Star Trek, and care about equality and all that, check out this tumblr.

Is There In Truth No Beauty

Watching original Star Trek. Not the best episode, but I had to make two more animated GIFs…

Engineering-Fight

Scotty-beaten-up

Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are fun to make. I’ve made a few over the past few months.

First we have a clip from the brilliant CBC show Twitch City. Just before this clip, Hope shows Curtis what TV was like before the cats took over. He gets excited seeing human TV.

Curtis from Twitch City

I don’t remember why Fry turned into a centipede, but I enjoyed it enough to make an animated GIF. This might have been the first I made.

Fry from Futurama

My Twitter friend1 tweeted about how awesome Sulu’s shrug and smile is here, so I made her a GIF.

George Takei smiles

Finally, I just made this one. This is the full Shatner!

Shatner Shoots First

  1. Read: Fake Friend []

taH pagh taHbe’

Congratulations to Christopher Plummer on his Oscar. As good as you were in The Beginners, to me, you will always be General Chang.

Shit My Dad Says

Dear Mr. Shatner,
Thank you for those three years you performed on a television series called Star Trek.  You helped bring to life on of the most important television franchises in human history, and a very important part of my life. You see I’m a geek, and us geeks are really fond of Star Trek. Though it’s camp, cheesy, and over the top, it’s a series that was an important part of my childhood. Whether it was the campy original or the more serious spinoff.

Here you are now, in your old age, a retired Starfleet Captain1, who’s trying to (la)forge a relationship with his adult sons. Sure, I thought your only son, David, was killed by Doc Brown, but we all know that the Captain was a ladies’ man.

Okay, I’m going to stop pretending that this is part of the Star Trek universe.

Shit My Dad Says is pretty fucking bad. I will not refer to it as S#*! My Dad Says, because that’s just moronic, we’re in the 21st century, we can say the word shit on television. Sure, Shatner can be funny, but he’s neither enough of a straight man nor funny enough to be the lead in a sitcom. He’s not suited for the role. The dialogue is weak, it seems like the writers are just trying to cram in as many punchlines as they can, but they’re not funny.

There was only one mildly funny scene in the entire episode, that was when Shatner was at the Ministry renewing his licence. Even that wasn’t that funny.

In conclusion, if I want funny Shatner, I’ll just watch Star Trek IV The Voyage Home, or listen to his record Has Been.

  1. He was demoted from Admiral, see Star Trek IV. []

Kirk/Spock/McCoy in Trek films

In an earlier post, I noted that the most essential aspect of Star Trek is the trinity of Kirk, Spock & McCoy. Those three are a simplistic reflection of one state of humanity; logic (Spock), emotion (McCoy) and the balance (Kirk). In Star Trek II, this is perfectly illustrated, and thus it makes for one of the best Star Trek films.

Let’s look at the other five films in the series, and you’ll see their failure or success relies on this one aspect.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is not Star Trek, it’s Gene Roddenberry trying to serious science fiction and doing a mediocre job. The characters are just shadows of who they were in the television show, and Spock & McCoy were reduced to tertiary characters. Kirk being the primary, Decker and Ilia being the secondary characters, two characters who are boring-as-fuck, while also serving as the mould that would one day become Riker and Troi. The film seems much more interested in canonizing the Enterprise than it does with carrying the tradition of the television series onto the big screen, something it exceeds at wonderfully.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has no purpose to be reexamined as I just did it… It’s in the archives. There’s a search, you’ll find it.

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock can’t seriously be considered to follow the wonders that is this trinity, as Spock is barely in the film. McCoy is not McCoy, but a strange Bones-Spock hybrid, that while providing some comic relief doesn’t stay true to the character. Hence failing.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is one of the best Star Trek films ever made. In this film, Spock is all logic, very reluctant to embrace any of his Human heritage. He’s embodying his primary characteristic 100%. McCoy however is on a romp, he’s grown to trust Spock and lets his emotions run free on this adventure. Kirk has to play the situation quite balanced with his cards close to his chest in this very foreign arena… the 1980s… UGH! There’s no key role that Spock and McCoy have to do to guide Kirk, but their form is top notch in this romp, and the comedy is gold.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, is pure garbage. Not worth examining, then I might have to watch it.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is my favourite of all the Star Trek films. Spock and McCoy seem to serve two distinct role in this film (in relation to Kirk). Spock is his guidance and mcCoy is his guidance on Rura Penthe. On the Enterprise, Kirk needs Spocks logic to prevent his racism and hatred from controlling him when he needs to be diplomatic to the Klingon delegation.  On Rura Penthe, Kirk needs guts and wits about him so that he can survive this penal colony and get back to the Enterprise.

The Holy Trinity

Tonight I went to see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with my friend aL. The Paramount is showing a mini film festival of old films on the big screen. The sold out show was as wonderful as one can expect. Many in the crowd dressed up, we had a Klingon, someone in a First Contact-era uniform, an Enterprise-era uniform, an original series uniform and more. Geeks, in other words… I was among my own kind.

Khan is generally considered by the whole world to be the best of the Star Trek films. I disagree, and put it at number two, but it’s still damn awesome. So for the five people who have never seen this film, how about a brief summary?

15 years earlier, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise encountered a seemingly lifeless earth ship from the year 1996. Aboard the ship, they found cryogenically frozen men and women; once awake, these genetically engineered supermen used their superior knowledge and strength to gain control of the Enterprise. The Captain and his crew regained control of their ship and abandoned the supermen to Ceti Alpha V.

Commander Pavel Chekov, first officer aboard the U.S.S. Reliant and former bridge officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, is looking for an uninhabited planet to test the new Genesis device. While surveying Ceti Alpha VI, Chekov discovers Khan, it turns out they were on Ceti Alpha V all along. Khan and his group of supermen overtake the Reliant and her strand her crew on the planet. They head off to Regula I, where science is happening to make project Genesis.

Now-Admiral James T. Kirk is evaluating the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of his old first mate Spock, he receives a phone call from his old flame, Dr. Carol Marcus, yelling and screaming about Kirk taking away Genesis. He must spring into action. He takes command of the Enterprise and heads to Regula. Where he encounters Khan, out for blood.

And throughout this film, Kirk’s perm looks fabulous.

Okay, fine, that wasn’t brief.

& McCoy" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://www.neverhadtofight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trinity-tos.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.neverhadtofight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trinity-tos.jpg" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-410" title="Kirk, Spock & McCoy" src="http://www.neverhadtofight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trinity-tos.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="265" />The question I’m going to pose to you is, “is this really what Star Trek II is about?” I don’t think it is, I think the entire story of Khan, and the story of Genesis are just background. Yes, it makes for a great setting for the story to unfold, and yes, Khan is an incredible character, wonderfully brought to life by Ricardo Montalban, however, it’s about the Trinity.

Where Star Trek best succeeds is where it best succeeds in Star Trek II; The Holy Trinity. Kirk/McCoy/Spock – The Captain, The Doctor & The Holy Vulcan.

I’m going to discuss all the films and how they fall into this logic in a future post, but first, I’ll talk about what it is in this film. In Khan, Kirk is old, he’s tired, he doesn’t want to spend another year hidden behind a desk wondering where his glory days of past have gone and why they won’t return. He wants to galavant amongst the stars, and be the captain he once was. Kirk is pondering his age, seeing his mortality and wondering about that no-win scenario which he has always cheated. McCoy guides him, Spock serves him, without these two, he cannot get where he needs to be. McCoy is his realization; his purpose is to allow Kirk to realize why he’s miserable and unable to fulfill his own happiness. Spock is the solution; in the end, Spock is there to take the fall for Kirk and make sure the Admiral never has to experience that no-win scenario. What Spock doesn’t realize is that the death of Spock is a bigger loss for Kirk than if he lost his own life.

In a future post, we’ll discuss how this relates to those wonderful and piss-poor Star Trek films. How about commenting and telling me if I’m right or if I’m wrong?