A Thanksgiving Look At Great Meals In Star Trek History

Many cultures celebrate what are called Days of Thanks or Harvest Festivals, from Erntedank of Germany to Thanksgiving in Canada and the United States. This Thursday, the US celebrates its Thanksgiving Day with parades, time off from school, holiday decorations, and most especially with food. Today TrekMovie takes a look at some of Star Trek’s greatest feasts.

 

Mmm Mmm Trek
We at Trekmovie agree that food shared with family and friends is the best feature of Thanksgiving. Because Star Trek represents the real human experiences as much as it does future science and alien worlds, it is no surprise that big banquets and shared meals are a staple of the various episodes and movies. Many of the dinner scenes from Star Trek are used to show cultural differences and have good characters moments. While Trekmovie staff and readers cannot all sit down for a meal together to express thanks for our shared friendship and love of Trek, we could offer the next best thing. Here is a list of some of the best food moments in Star Trek history as way to say thank you to fellow fans around the world.

 

MOVIES: Klingons come to dinner
(Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
Perhaps no other meal time scene in Star Trek has the symbolism and meaning than when Kirk and the crew have the Klingons over for dinner on the Enterprise. The meal itself was impressive from its variety of foods from both cultures, but it was the conversations that were the most delicious. The themes discussed during the dinner scene echo through the entire film and is an important setting for the movie. The scene beautifully illustrates the differences, yet also the commonalities, of the Klingon Empire and the Federation. From a character point of view, Captain Kirk and Chang get into a verbal confrontation (with Kirk delivering his debate-winning line of "Earth. Hitler. 1938.") Meanwhile, Spock and Gorkon try to salvage the dinner with diplomacy. The table itself is colorful with blue fish and bright flowers. Although it was on a starship and full of exotic foods and aliens, anyone with large extended family gathering for a meal can relate to some of the tensions at Kirk’s table.

TOS: Ambassadors Reception
("Journey to Babel")
What is not to love about the "Journey to Babel" dinner scene? It has everything that makes TOS unique and fun. It has weirdly shaped and colorful fruit, and ice cubes that look like play dough. It was aliens galore, including little copper colored men, Tellarites, Andorians, and Vulcans (including Spock’s father). The scene has great banter between Spock and McCoy and we learn much about the Vulcan culture.

TNG: Kurn’s dinner
("Sins of the Father")
Down in Whoville, Picard carves the roast beast! This is another culture clash dinner scene that also reveals something about the characters, and it is one where the food takes center stage. Especially good is Kurn’s dismissal of the food as well prepared yet not very tasty, as he picks up the roast beast and studies it. It also good to see characters following traditions such as the "father" carving the meal, and its nice that it is Picard in that role. The setting is vibrant, with a great floral display (good thing Evorian Regent Cuzar from Star Trek: Insurrection wasn’t there).

 

DS9: Jake brings a date to dinner
("The Abandoned")
"She is a Dabo Girl. She’s dating my son. I don’t want to like her." While not a lavish event, this dinner scene shows that a shared meal can bring people together. Ben Sisko, the most culinary of Trek’s captains, invites Jake’s girlfriend Mardah to dinner where he made Creole shrimp with Mandalay sauce which he said "has bite to it." Through the meal and conversation, Ben learns more about Mardah, and to his surprise, things about his son, including that Jake likes to write. A great scene with nice father and son moments that shows that a good meal can break through barriers and get people to understand each other better, and what could be more Star Trek than that? And besides, who wouldn’t want a dinner prepared by Ben Sisko?

VOY:  Dinner of lost civilizations
("Year of Hell, Part 2")
A great scene from one of Voyager’s best moments, this dinner shows some good conflict between Tom Paris and Chakotay, and complicates the villain Annorax. The buffet features foods from many different worlds, some lost because of the Krenim timeship. The use of the Malkothian culture’s drink by Annorax to explain his mission is excellent, as is the use of the drink to solidify his and Chakotay’s cooperation.

ENT: Archer, Trip and T’Pol’s first meal
("Broken Bow")
It is the character interaction and moments that make this a great scene, not the sparse and intimate table setting. Like TUC, this scene helps to show the differences between aliens, here between Humans and Vulcans. It also establishes the conflicts between Archer and Trip with T’Pol. We are reminded in this scene that Vulcans are vegetarians, and T’Pol’s artistically arranged salad is in stark contrast to Trip’s steaks. The moment where T’Pol cuts her breadstick in half and uses a fork, while Trip is using his hands to eat, is classic.

 

And from all of us at TrekMovie.com, have a great Thanksgiving

Thanks to Trekcore.com for the images.

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Requiem1971
November 26, 2008 8:58 pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

Harry Ballz
November 26, 2008 8:58 pm

I could eat up this subject with a spoon!

That One Guy
November 26, 2008 9:04 pm

Mmm…. food sounds good right now.

November 26, 2008 9:08 pm

Peace & Happy Thanksgiving

shane s
November 26, 2008 9:10 pm

Good to see thanksgiving in star trek, hey anthony how about a discussion about canon and the timeline.

captain shroom
November 26, 2008 9:12 pm

Happy Thanksgiving from your Canadian neighbors.

I remember last month’s turkey…mmm

shane s
November 26, 2008 9:12 pm

As a Canadian, it’s like celebrating twice because our Thankgiving is in October.

McCoy's Gall Bladder
November 26, 2008 9:18 pm

The problem is what do you do when you outlive your friends?

Spock must be lonely, that’s why he went back in time.

Federali Aundy
November 26, 2008 9:20 pm

hmmm… where can I find some Romulan ale to help me get that much sleepier after eating all that turkey..?

Tim
November 26, 2008 9:21 pm

Happy Thanksgiving from another Canadian neighbor.

Plmmr
November 26, 2008 9:22 pm

I guess on a slow night I can finally post something! TrekMovie.com, I enjoyed the selections you served tonight! Happy Thanksgiving to the Star Trek Universe!

Blake Powers
November 26, 2008 9:23 pm

Happy Thanksgiving.

Jorg Sacul
November 26, 2008 9:40 pm

I could use Charlie Evans to make a real turkey appear in my oven, sure would save time and effort!

November 26, 2008 9:44 pm

I just came back from Canada. Great food there. Happy Thanksgiving.

shane s
November 26, 2008 9:45 pm

On a quiet night let’s talk about canon and the timeline and how, there could conceivable be no canon for the new movie because the future would have been altered by Kirk and co and Picard and co going back in time. It’s like the butterfly effect. For example, just going back in time with the Borg blowing up the missile site would effect the future, forget about what Picard said to Riker about finding a quiet place to live and getting out of histories way, it’s too late. Cochrane knows the future, has seen 24th century Starships, knows about his legacy, it would all change the timeline and the canon, that’s why the changes in the new Star Trek movie all fits together so well.

cellojammer
November 26, 2008 9:48 pm

I guess you guys had to pick a great meal to represent each series, but honorable mention should go to Riker’s supper with the Klingons in which he manfully gulped down some Gagh!

AJ
November 26, 2008 10:16 pm

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

Sorry, EU friends, we Americans will be sleeping late, watching our football, a parade, and eating and drinking too much on Thursday, and spending our remaining cash on Friday.

Enjoy work! ;-)

November 26, 2008 10:21 pm

A great list , however there is one glaring omission of note .

Commander William Riker’s pre-transfer feast before transfering over to the Pagh , while Captain Picard and Doctor Pulaski did their very best not to get sick from seeing and smelling all the Klingon foods in the second season episode “A Matter of Honor”

By The Book
November 26, 2008 10:38 pm

I’m thankful that after 40 years we are still quoting and debating minutia about this show. Yes, it’s a franchise owned by a huge multi-media corporation, but it is also a heartfelt creation from many talented people. We should all be so lucky to leave such a legacy.

John Kirk
November 26, 2008 10:38 pm

Best meal was TNG’s “Family.”

MattTheTrekkie
November 26, 2008 11:23 pm

“The crew has to eat synthesized meatloaf, I at least want it to LOOK like Turkey.” Capt. James T. Kirk-Charlie X

Best quote ever :) Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

November 26, 2008 11:38 pm

Annorax’s line in Year of Hell, as mentioned in the article, about the meals coming from races wiped form history was one of the most potent lines of the series, IMO. Very effective and eerie.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Anthony, and all of the rest of trekmovie.com!

Capt Mike from the Terran Empire
November 27, 2008 12:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the Trek family and to all Live Long and prosper.

The Wild Man of Borneo
November 27, 2008 12:12 am

hey, what happened to the brazilian and spanish article??? you guys censor it??

The Wild Man of Borneo
November 27, 2008 12:17 am

or was it Italian? Well, whatever the article is gone. what happened to it???

CarlG
November 27, 2008 12:30 am

You know what was another great food scene in TNG? That episode with the 3 ambassadors onboard, and it turned out that they were assigned to experience different human emotions, and the guy that was assigned to experience pleasure became absolutely fixated on dessert.. :) Good times.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

November 27, 2008 12:38 am

For those desiring a real Thanksgtiving turkey, hold off until May 2009. :D

All too easy. But, in the meantime…

Happy Thanksgiving from Dark Matter, Champion of Earth Zero.

Beware Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in, Bear’t that th’ opposed may beware of thee.’–Hamlet Act I Scene III

JusticeBoy
November 27, 2008 12:47 am

Now I’m hungry …

Hungry for the new Trek Movie!

November 27, 2008 1:32 am

Anthony Brooks Fellows

final warning for trolling and thread hijacking
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RE: Italy article
There was an article that was posted briefly but I determined that due to the translations from english to italian and back to english too much was lost, I am having it looked at and will hopefully repost.

Iowagirl
November 27, 2008 1:39 am

Happy Thanksgiving and Frohes Erntedankfest!

“Note to the galley: Romulan ale no longer to be served at diplomatic functions.”

Shane
November 27, 2008 1:42 am

26

I don’t think that was TNG… I think it was either Voyager or Enterprise… I wish I could remember it’s bugging me…

Shane
November 27, 2008 1:45 am

Oops… nevermind it was TNG, the episode “Liasons.” There was one in ENT or VOY with some kind of ambassador or someone obsessed with food, tho…

Boborci
November 27, 2008 1:47 am

i love your articles, Anthony. Truly.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. So grateful to share cyber space-time with all of you here.

Boborci
November 27, 2008 1:48 am

You, too, Iowagirl.

Iowagirl
November 27, 2008 3:34 am

#34

Thanks, Bob, for your kind separate post just for me, endorsing that I’m not “everybody”…:D

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

CmdrR
November 27, 2008 3:43 am

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Pass the qagh…

November 27, 2008 3:44 am

Totally unrelated, but here is my version of the new trailer. It’s my project at college:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ounWaXWbaw&fmt=18

oztrek
November 27, 2008 4:09 am

My favourite trek meal:

Beans cooked with a secret ingredient to a time honoured recipe by generations of McCoys – topped off with a fire, good friends, marshmellows and row row row…

G-Grasper
November 27, 2008 4:20 am

@Iowagirl
Multi-Linguistik????
Hmmm…interesting!

RTC
November 27, 2008 4:42 am

#31 Shane … it was indeed TNG – seventh season’s “Liaisons.”

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Anthony, many thanks to you for maintaining this site, a terrific daily indulgence! Well done!

MyPetTribble
November 27, 2008 5:12 am

“I could use Charlie Evans to make a real turkey appear in my oven, sure would save time and effort!”

Yeah, but if you’re not nice to him, he’ll either make you go away or turn you into a turkey and make you appear in your own oven. LOL

MyPetTribble
November 27, 2008 5:19 am

hey did anybody notice that the dinner scene in Star Trek 6 was a redress of Ten Forward Lounge from TNG? If you look carefully at the windows from both those scenes in Star Trek VI and TNG’s “Sins of the Father”, you’ll notice that they’re identical.

zirclet
November 27, 2008 6:10 am

26; 31 & 32:
The “Liasons” indulgent ambassador plotline *was* completely reused for Voyager’s “Someone to Watch Over Me”, featuring Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall as the “wacky ambassador” this time.

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 27, 2008 6:27 am

If TNG and (and all shows and movies after), truley were “canon”, wouldn’t they all have “play-dough” food?

Just “food for thought” :-D

Happy Turkey Day!

November 27, 2008 6:28 am

Wow, this is one stupid, contrived, forced, uber-geeky thread.

Shane
November 27, 2008 6:34 am

43

Thank you! That’s the one I was thinking about.

Iowagirl
November 27, 2008 6:41 am

#39

Yeah, I’ll make it or I’ll die trying…:D

Miles Stankish McFibberich
November 27, 2008 7:41 am

I am thankful for this site so that along with the latest information I can get my daily dose of irritation from reading the comments of Star Trek XI cheerleaders! :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Green-Blooded-Bastard
November 27, 2008 7:45 am

Another Thanksgiving. The years seem to grow shorter and shorter between them.

I wonder if there is a “Thanksgiving” day that is celebrated in the Trek future as a result of the Humans first contact with Vulcans. The parallels are similar.

November 27, 2008 7:47 am

Morning, Bob and Anthony. And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. The wife and I are preparing to armor up and throw down in the kitchen for the next several hours, in order to feed spawn, grandspawn, and spawn-in-laws. LOL This year, Tom Turkey is getting charcoal smoked over a pan of German white wine and a heap of hickory wood. Mmmmmmm…….

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