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This Week in Trek – TNG@20, season premieres, parallel universes, and bowling Klingons [UPDATED] September 29, 2007

by Charles Trotter , Filed under: This Week In Trek , trackback

This week marked the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation…so it gets a special section. We also bring you new Star Trek: Year Four artwork, a fan-made audio series, a number of TV season premieres, evidence of parallel universes, Klingons who bowl with honor and much more…

Furries vs. Klingons… songs will be sung about this day.



Star Trek (2008 movie):


Trek Stuff:

A glimpse of the type of art you can expect in Year Four, Issue 4

Fan Productions:


Trek in the World:


Trek Science:

The Photonic Disruptor


Trek on the Web:


Trek Celebrity News:


YouTube Clip of the week – TNG special
A nice video tribute to The Next Generation and Gene Roddenberry


Special thanks to everyone who submitted tips for This Week in Trek!


1. MiamiTrek - September 29, 2007

I still can’t believe it’s been 20 years since TNG premiered. And how long before Heroes has a cast member from each incarnation of Trek?

2. MiamiTrek - September 29, 2007

Oh, and is anyone else a little uncomfortable with the Mike Vogel news? I am not feeling it at all. BUT, if the casting director sees talent and chemistry, then hopefully they made the right choice, or rather will make the right choice.

I’m wondering how long before we hear about Bones, surely Zach and alter-Bones and alter-Kirk would have to screentest together to see if they have that spark.

3. Mark - September 29, 2007

“Please help me,” huh? If it was such a favorite episode, you would think he would get it right. It was “let me help,” which is exactly the opposite – someone offering assistance instead of needing it.

4. Jeffrey S. Nelson - September 29, 2007

Neat that Hugh Laurie is a Trek fan. But the line he references is actually, “let me help.”
There’s gotta be better casting than Mike Vogel as Kirk. May I suggest Jesse Lee Soffer (Will Munson) on the CBS’ soap, “As the World Turns”? I should have mentioned this sooner.

5. Jeffrey S. Nelson - September 29, 2007

3. “Let me help.”
Mark, you beat me by a nano-second. I won’t forget this. No ice cream for me in the rec room tonight.

6. The Drive-In Podcast - September 29, 2007

[…] Want to find out more about TNG@20? Go dig, their coverage is pretty damn good. […]

7. Aaron R. (Sisko for president 08) - September 29, 2007

This is so awesome every week! Awesome job!!!

Aaron R.

PS I want the cool gun!

8. Thomas Jensen - September 29, 2007

I’ve never read this section at the end of the week. It’s very good and interesting and I’ve seen a few things I’ve missed. Very good work Mr. Trotter. This message will self distruct in 5 seconds…

9. VulcanBabe - September 29, 2007

Q is the #2 reason we love Star Trek TNG ^^…too true.
And Shat does deserve to have a bunch of kids named after him…hopefully most of those kids won’t be biologically related to him…

10. ZoomZoom - September 29, 2007

I reckon this Vogel kid will do an ok job myself. But what do I know!

11. raulpetersen - September 30, 2007

i love star trek!

theyre i said it!

12. snake - September 30, 2007

‘please help me’ to get one of those photon disruptors for xmas

13. Charles Trotter - September 30, 2007

RE: Please help me/Let me help

I didn’t think “please help me” sounded right. :-/

14. Charles Trotter - September 30, 2007

#8 Thomas Jensen — Thanks! And don’t worry, chief. I’m always on duty! (*crumples up and tosses destructing message back at Jensen*) :D

PS: Mission: Impossible and Inspector Gadget are very similar, don’t you think? :P

15. snake - September 30, 2007

lauries chum stephen fry is also a big trek fan.

16. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

Awesome week. Wonder whether the Klingons actually showed up. (Gotta read the disclaimer — it’s hilarious.) Wouldn’t want to have people saying they were scared off by the Furries.

Maybe they should have House watching a clip of TOS. Edith Keeler tells Kirk “Let me help”. Kirk replies, “A hundred years or so from now, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He’ll recommend those three words, even over ‘I love you’.” Kirk tells her that the novelist will come from a planet circling the far left star in Orion’s belt. — from Memory Alpha.

17. Craig - September 30, 2007

I remember watching TNG when it premiered and I wasn’t sure if I liked how the D looked but it grew on me.

18. J Ronald - September 30, 2007

Although I still prefer Kirk’s Enterprise, I think the Enterprise D was a good design because it showed how starship design has evolved since Kirk’s time.

19. snake - September 30, 2007

TNG didnt come into its own till season 3. just like Enterprise in season 3&4. just think if Ent had had a few more viewers itd be the final season next year. maybe the last ep would have been Archer sending off the NCC 1701 (as described in mirror darkly II)…no JJ movie tho…unless thatd be happening in 2011..if they werent planning Ent: The Movie after the end of the series instead…wonder if they wud have finally bagged themselves some Shat for season 5, 6 or 7? i read there were 2 treatments…

20. Gary Lee - September 30, 2007

19# I wonder if Archer’s name will pop up in some line in JJ’s movie.

21. pizza hotdog - September 30, 2007

CNN’s Adrian Finighan spoke with theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett about the possiblity of building a real time machine.

If this works, maybe we can bring Kirk back.

452 dtST

22. MiamiTrek - September 30, 2007


I agree, TNG definitely made it’s improvement in almost every aspect of the show in Season 3.

Enterprise just never arrived, period. Although I admit, In A Mirror Darkly is without a doubt one of the best two-parters, Enterprise the series was IMHO a fatal mistake and one of the final nails in the coffin for modern Trek next to Nemesis.

It would be my sincerest hope that JJ’s movie carries absolutely no reference to ENT, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t.

23. snake - September 30, 2007

it did in nemesis..i wouldnt mind a brief nod to Enterprise in the movie. maybe a flashback showing Topal taking another shower. shower…

24. Harry Ballz - September 30, 2007

There was a time I would tend to glower
Til the day I saw Topal in the shower
My head did a spin
I was left with a grin
And since then it’s hard to feel sour!

25. snake - September 30, 2007

topal in the shower or getting a rubdown in the decon chamber was one of the high lights of watching ent…. hey maybe she could appear in the movie as shed just be middle aged. kirk would have to hit it of course. btw balock is in Starship Troopers 3 with Casper van Dien as Rico again (who wudve made a good young kirk 10 years ago)

26. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

21. pizza hotdog – September 30, 2007
CNN’s Adrian Finighan spoke with theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett about the possiblity of building a real time machine.

Hotdog, that’s marvelous. He hasn’t invented a time machine. He’s invented a time anchor. I say it’s marvelous, because it gives us a break from the Times Arrow and Marty McFly school of chronophysics. Now, if you just turn your machine on now, you can watch the world blow up in 2013 and come back and enjoy ‘the good old days of the Bush presidency.’

Woo-hoo. Sounds like a winner for NBC next season.

27. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

also diggin the budge on this news show. they couldn’t buy him something high-tech, like… um… a blackboard?

28. snake - September 30, 2007

ok i want the disruptor and the time machine – then its fun time . enjoy the ride…enjoy the ride…

29. dil - September 30, 2007

Effects will always need to be upgraded, but Gene R. is constant.

30. Mark - October 1, 2007

::shaking head:: Topal is an antacid. T’Pol was a character in a crappy TV show.

Illiterate? Write for free help.

31. Driver - October 1, 2007

Topal is an actor. See “Flash Gordon”.

32. Driver - October 1, 2007

Sorry, Mark is right. Topol is the actor. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.