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MacGyver is the equivalent of Vulcan vintage human horror television

The United Federation of "hold my beer, I got this" aka the real reason why it's always human starships that suffer transporter mishaps, random space warps or time travel. (An imgr album of a Tumblr thread because apparantly in the new internet 2.0 search is basically useless.)
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 17, 2016 - 114 comments

Galactic Socialism at 50

Nicole Colson, writing at the Socialist Worker, takes a look at Star Trek at 50. Compiling secondary-source quotes, she notes Trek's problematic usage of the word and concept of race but on the whole finds the series, at least in the TOS and TNG incarnations, to be powerful visualizations of a future suffused with brotherhood resulting from essential economic security. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Sep 18, 2016 - 119 comments

What if Star Trek never existed?

Star Trek first aired on NBC on September 8, 1966. But what if Star Trek never existed?

"What if NBC hadn’t wanted another pilot? Or if Roddenberry had been too busy producing the first season of Police Story to make one? In that mirror universe, the next 50 years of sci-fi TV and movies look much different. So does the cultural breadth of television casts. So does your yearly pilgrimage to Comic-Con International. Our lives would be very different without Trek—and we almost didn’t get it."

And now that it does exist, over six (almost seven) different TV shows and thirteen movies, here's The Hollywood Reporter's list of 100 Best Star Trek episodes.
posted by crossoverman on Sep 9, 2016 - 125 comments

Let's just push the button/We'd be better off dead

Catching up With Star Trek IV's True Hero: The Unkind Punk on the Bus. “It’s nice to be remembered,” says Thatcher. “I could win the Nobel Peace Prize, and my gravestone would still stay, ‘Star Trek IV: Punk on the Bus.'”
posted by nubs on Sep 8, 2016 - 59 comments

Queering up the big screen... in teensy tiny steps

The Guardian wonders about why queer characters are coming along on the big screen so slowly and attempts some answers drawing on recent examples like Star Trek Beyond, Deadpool and Ghostbusters.
posted by katta on Aug 17, 2016 - 35 comments

Dan's Space Van

Canadian musician Danny Michel has a vintage 1978 Star Trek van, in which he interviews musicians in the front seat, before having them perform in the red velvet back of the van. Guests have included The Milk Carton Kids , astronaut-guitarist Chris Hadfield, and many other (mostly Canadian) musicians.
posted by easternblot on Aug 11, 2016 - 11 comments


A visualization of every character in every Star Trek series and movie through 2013
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 3, 2016 - 18 comments

U.S.S Discovery

First look at the new Star Trek ship, USS Discovery. Mirror for those who get the unavailable message. [via Reddit Star Trek sub. Threads 1, 2]
posted by marienbad on Jul 24, 2016 - 115 comments

It's not really Christmas until you hear Shatner scream.

For the past twenty-five years, Hallmark has included Star Trek themed Christmas ornaments in it's annual Keepsake ornament series (Memory Alpha has a complete rundown). These range from ships to characters to props to memorable scenes. However, none of these compare to this years' contributions, which include perhaps the pinnacle of their efforts.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 23, 2016 - 27 comments

Being John Cho

John Cho, star of the new Star Trek movies, Harold & Kumar, and Selfie, as well as the recent internet meme #starringjohncho, gives an honest, insightful interview about his experience as a Korean-American actor in Hollywood. Plus, an answer to the question: should Mr. Sulu have a human husband?
posted by roger ackroyd on Jul 20, 2016 - 16 comments

Barclay Under Pressure

In the almost too perfect Star Trek universe, Lt. Reginald "Reg" Barclay started out as a insecure and neurotic comic relief but became one of its most lovable and relatable characters. Here's a surprisingly sweet tribute to Reg.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 18, 2016 - 40 comments

Star Trek's First Canonically Gay Character

Spoiler. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol on Jul 7, 2016 - 86 comments

Who's On First (I always wanted to use that as a title)

The pop culture site DigitalSpy ran a poll to determine the most popular science fiction TV series of all time (not including animated or 'comic book based' shows). The winner, with almost 5,000 out of 50,000 votes, was perennial British show Doctor Who (not surprising since it is a British site). But the runner-up, just a hundred votes behind, WAS surprising: '90s space station epic Babylon 5. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jul 5, 2016 - 67 comments


The Economic Lessons of Star Trek's Money-Free Society - "[Manu Saadia] points to technologies like GPS and the internet as models for how we can set ourselves on the path to a Star Trek future. 'If we decide as a society to make more of these crucial things available to all as public goods, we're probably going to be well on our way to improving the condition of everybody on Earth', he says. But he also warns that technology alone won't create a post-scarcity future... 'This is something that has to be dealt with on a political level, and we have to face that.' " (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Jun 21, 2016 - 102 comments

The War On Terror meets The Final Frontier

"What does God need with a starship?" What started out as an exploration of televangelism mutated into something else via the notoriously troubled production, and some of the allegory was lost. But now, in the modern world, Star Trek V finally makes sense. This is not the film you were warned about. This is not a film where the Enterprise literally goes looking for God. This is one worth seeing for what it is, what it was meant to be, or at least what it has become. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jun 20, 2016 - 81 comments

All 12 Star Trek Movies Ranked

Live long and start arguments.
posted by veedubya on Jun 15, 2016 - 91 comments

“What is this, the Dark Ages?”

The human-scale pleasures of Star Trek IV. Nimoy later explained the core concept: “No dying, no fighting, no shooting, no photon torpedoes, no phaser blasts, no stereotypical bad guy.” His previous Star Trek film had all those things, and outer space, and aliens, and sets. Nimoy wanted to make a movie about Earth, right now, shot on location, with human people.
posted by merriment on May 23, 2016 - 76 comments

New Crews New Villians New Heroes New Worlds

A teaser trailer (and logo first look) for the upcoming Star Trek TV reboot. [previously] [slYouTubeWillLeaveYouWantingMore]
posted by sparklemotion on May 18, 2016 - 170 comments

A Playlist From Another Dimension (Or Is That Demention?)

io9's Katharine Trendacosta has succeeded in creative crowdsourcing again (previously), by asking "What's Your Favorite Science Fiction Novelty Song?", and she got enough suggestions to assemble a 30-song Spotify playlist*
(Actually she got a couple hundred. There are more that didn't make the spotify list in the follow-up post; just scroll down** for things like The Doctor Who Time Warp, Captain Picard's Let It Snow/Make It So and the highlight of the Buffy Musical Episode [BUNNIES!]) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on May 9, 2016 - 61 comments

Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH

Axanar is a planned feature film set within the Star Trek universe, following on the short film Prelude to Axanar. Paramount and CBS sued the film’s producers, alleging that the fan film infringes on the studios’ copyrights in Star Trek. Yesterday, the Language Creation Society filed an amicus brief (.pdf), written by Mark Randazza, in Paramount v. Axanar, to oppose Paramount’s claim of owning a copyright in the Klingon language.
posted by T.D. Strange on Apr 28, 2016 - 35 comments

what makes a villain great?

Trekspertise makes The Case For Gul Dukat, throughout all of Deep Space Nine
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 31, 2016 - 39 comments

A Private Little War

Between 1975 and 1977, Paramount and Gene Roddenberry planned to make a Star Trek movie, but it turned out to be anything but easy. What would it be about? Plot ideas included time travel, snake people, God, black holes and the titans of ancient Greek mythology. Writer after writer took a turn at coming up with a story, leaving behind a string of rejected screenplays. In March 1978, Paramount president Michael Eisner announced a film spin-off. The race to make Star Trek: The Motion Picture was on. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 23, 2016 - 96 comments

20 Quatloos on the Glowing Tubes!

Prop Reuse in the Star Trek Universe I can upcycle this mad computer as a cloaking device! Just put a bird (of prey) on it!
posted by plinth on Mar 14, 2016 - 52 comments

Yo my heart's like my planet/ A black hole of red granite

Star Trek + Hamilton = MY SPOCK -- a parody of "My Shot" retelling the story of a bastard, orphan, son of a Vulcan and a human, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Alpha Quadrant. (apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda) (SLYT, via Birth. Movies. Death.)
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 29, 2016 - 16 comments

“Let's get started before my headache gets any worse.”

Trek at 50: The quest for a unifying theory of time travel in Star Trek by Xaq Rzetelny [Ars Technica] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Feb 13, 2016 - 33 comments

Dr. Lecter, you are needed in Sickbay!

Bryan Fuller to Run New Star Trek Television Series! [more inside]
posted by aldurtregi on Feb 10, 2016 - 156 comments

Returning to spacedock

Starship Enterprise in the shop for repairs [Washington Post]
After 50 years of imaginary intergalactic service and epic flights of science fiction, the starship Enterprise, registry number NCC-1701, lies in pieces on a table at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
posted by peeedro on Jan 31, 2016 - 54 comments

Star Trek IP owners sue Star Trek fan production

When lawyers attack The fan-made Star Trek movie project Axanar (previously) raised over $1 million. Despite the producers vowing to never make money off of it, Paramount and CBS raised shields and launched lawyers this week.
posted by doctornemo on Dec 30, 2015 - 151 comments

'Cause what you see you might not get

Star Trek Beyond trailer released. 10 things we learned from the trailer.
posted by liquorice on Dec 14, 2015 - 277 comments

Don’t do it. Don’t fight Sisko.

If I fought this DS9 character, would I win?
posted by panama joe on Dec 13, 2015 - 86 comments

Slap Kirk - what it says on the tin.

With all the Star Wars hype lately, it's important to spend some quality time with Star Trek. To that end, smack your captain up with Slap Kirk.
posted by pashdown on Dec 10, 2015 - 21 comments


On June 18, 1947 on a Pan Am flight from Calcutta to New York, an engine stopped working. While the pilot attempted to land the plane, the 25-year-old co-pilot unbuckled himself, and went into the main cabin to help the passengers...
posted by schmod on Nov 10, 2015 - 63 comments

To go where a variety of people have gone before

CBS has picked up a new live action Star Trek tv series, to be produced by Alex Kurtzman. It will premiere on CBS before moving to CBS's digital platform, CBS All Access.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 2, 2015 - 510 comments

Vulcan Benediction

Why I Don't Throw a Vulcan Salute
posted by jillithd on Oct 30, 2015 - 61 comments

"Tea with Jean-Luc, episode 1: Ménage à Tea"

In which we explore Picard's specific relationship with Earl Grey. Hot.
posted by hippybear on Oct 27, 2015 - 62 comments

"Paint her greener!"

The green Orion slave girl. Star Trek's almost-forgotten 1965 original pilot contained a sequence that would later become iconic: the dancing, seductive green Orion slave girl. Getting her to stay green, though, was a different matter entirely. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Oct 15, 2015 - 28 comments

Five Big Issues Raised by “The Inner Light”

Morgan Gendel, writer of the Star Trek TNG episode, "The Inner Light," writes about it on Tor.com: "But now that I’ve begun speaking regularly about “The Inner Light,” questions about the episode that lay dormant for two decades like a Romulan Warbird waiting to de-cloak have suddenly shimmered into view. Fan questions and my responses have yielded up, in addition to the “Road Not Taken,” Five Big Themes addressed in “The Inner Light.”" [via Keith R. A DeCandido's rewatch, which was an FPP on Mefi a few years back]
posted by marienbad on Oct 4, 2015 - 37 comments

Enterprise-D Construction Project

The Enterprise-D Construction Project is an ambitious one-man project to recreate the Enterprise-D in its entirety using the Unreal engine, drawing from a variety of sources including both the official blueprints by Rick Sternbach and the earlier Ed Whitefire blueprints. It's not yet publicly available, but you can take a virtual tour showing off decks 1–4, including the bridge and main shuttle bay.
posted by Mr. Pokeylope on Sep 22, 2015 - 67 comments

"Of course, this data has some problems. "

Televised storytelling is often characterized as “episodic” storytelling. Whereas a movie generally tells one long story, successful TV in the United States is often about the creation of an engine for continued storytelling. You can’t just tell a story and stop, you have to keep telling stories, until you hit that magic 100 or 200 episodes and the syndication checks start rolling in.
Towards A "Case of The Week" Quotient [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 15, 2015 - 31 comments

Featuring Spock on the space guitar

What you get if you put Shatner's version of "Common People" to clips of the original Star Trek series (Previously from 2008: The Animated Version.)
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 2, 2015 - 22 comments

The only thing we were doing that impressed the Klingons was dying well

Star Trek: Axanar - Prelude to Axanar is a documentary style prelude to Star Trek: Axanar the upcoming (2016) fanfilm about the story of Garth of Izar during the Four Years War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
posted by yann on Jul 8, 2015 - 8 comments

Mr. Worf... fire!

'Star Trek': The Story of the Most Daring Cliffhanger in 'Next Generation' History To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original airing of the classic cliffhanger, Ron Moore, Jonathan Frakes and more reveal how writing themselves into a corner for "Best of Both Worlds" changed Trek forever: "All of us were quite thrilled they had the balls to leave Picard on the Borg cube."
posted by Servo5678 on Jun 21, 2015 - 85 comments

Eat your heart out George

The perfect espresso with the perfect view requires the perfect cup. [more inside]
posted by michswiss on May 5, 2015 - 12 comments

You the one who is moving

RESPOND! [slyt]
posted by Ferreous on May 4, 2015 - 15 comments

Sorry Pill!

What is May the 4th? Poet-laureate Tim Russ explains the origin of everyone's favorite holiday (and religious observance) May the 4th, and how it relates to the little known movie called "The Star War" [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on May 4, 2015 - 29 comments

*tips fedora* Major.

Fans of Star Trek Deep Space Nine know that former overlord Gul Dukat is a mercurial man. He's embraced Bajoran religion more than once, and his Bajoran cosplay is fairly convincing. Should it be any surprise then, that in yet another grasp at power, everyone's favourite Gul-that-is-not-Damar has thrown in his lot with yet another misunderstood and oppressed people? If he cannot rule on Bajor, why couldn't Brony Dukat reign supreme in Equestria? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Apr 15, 2015 - 41 comments

It is a good day to Die Walküre.

The Pacific Opera Project has mounted a production of a the Star Trek/Mozart mashup that this galaxy so desperately needs. Klingon Opera purists will likely be disappointed, though. It's been a while since Terrans have turned their ears and their eyes to the stars for operatic inspiration, so this work fills a yawning void in the canon.
posted by batbat on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 comments

Remembering Harve Bennett, STAR TREK’s Cinematic Shepherd

A personal tribute to the man who helped save the STAR TREK franchise. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 comments

Star Trek V: Kirk manoeuvres his way into the director's chair

In response to a perhaps unsurprising takedown of Spock in the wake of Leonard Nimoy's death from the Washington Free Beacon, Daniel Drezner at the Washington Post takes a hard look at the career of Captain Kirk (with a particular focus on the films), the neo-conservative's more obvious spirit animial. Kirk doesn't come out looking very good. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Mar 9, 2015 - 189 comments

Star Trek movies (ships only)

Youtube user ThomasHuntFilms has edited down the original Star Trek movies (i.e. no Abramsverse movies) to just the scenes with ships only. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Mar 7, 2015 - 60 comments

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