octothorp: JJ Abrams adapts individual episodes from across the Trek pantheon for an unforgettable star-studded 6-night TV event on CBS. Production notes… 1. City on the Edge of Darkness Proposed changes - have Spock do McCoy’s role in the story, and place him in the triangle. Tests better with audiences. Change setting from Depression-era 30s to Cocaine-fuelled 80s, have Edith’s (Olivia Wilde?)...
octothorp: The AV Club has been reviewing DS9 lately, and though it’s been ages since my start-to-finish viewing, i’m not at all surprised which episodes in the early run are viewed more favourably. It all comes down to Cardassians. (This’ll need that read-more break. And I just know not everybody wants to read me ruminating on Trek.) Read More
While Star Trek is, on occasion, guilty of the ‘planet of hats’ trope, there are also numerous attempts to stop a given alien race (particularly the reoccurring aliens) from appearing generically ‘x’ - not all Klingons are warriors, not all Ferengi are merchants - somebody has to take out the trash (or calibrate the trash collecting robots) in those cultures. Still, there...
5 Examples of Federation Officers in Need of a...
The Federation prides itself on the cultivation and propagation of a tolerant, all-inclusive and progressive society of equals. Because a great number of Starfleet Officers are either human (or humanoid-aliens), they are sometimes beholden to a nasty part of human-nature (or humanoid-alien nature) that insists on creating dichotomies between acceptable (us and people like us) and disgusting...
The Splendid & Myriad Abilities of Elim Garak
1. Tailoring 2. Tax Evasion 3. Espionage - Deceit, Sharpshooting, Hacking, Slinking/Mincing around, (alleged) Assassinating 4. Gardening 5. Campy dialogue, should the need arise 6. Justifying the means 7. Bottling up his emotions 8. Survival (A general Cardassian trait) 9. Arson/Insurance Fraud 10. Humouring the poor girl Kind of useless in a fist fight, however.
5 Strikingly Familiar Aliens
Differentiated from ‘this week’s big guest star’ and ‘my goodness, that’s Max Headroom/Oh great, Andy Dick,’ by a definite sense of ‘I know who that is, but who is that?’ A certain amount of disguise blended with the actor coming through is required for this effect - Mick Fleetwood in a silent role as a fish-man doesn’t quite qualify, and...
12 Romantic Trek Pairings that make me go 'Ergh'
As much as Trek is concerned with social behaviours and humanoids interacting with each other, there are some pretty horrible relationships in the franchise canon. Might be because writing realistic and organic romantic relationships against the backdrop of ‘space future’ in largely stand-alone episodes requires either 42-minute relationships (Kirk-Whoever) or gradual, piecemeal...
Top 9 Instances of 'Talking back to "god"' in...
9. Janeway to Q in The Q and the Grey Q: It’s an overwhelming honor, isn’t it? I can’t get you out of my mind. You’re confident, passionate, beautiful… Janeway: And totally uninterested. 8. Worf to Q* in Deja-Q Q: Q, the miserable. Q, the desperate. What must I do to convince you people? Worf: Die. 7. Bashir to Q in Q-Less (after being told to stay away from...