The Collective: Review of 2010 Star Trek Wall Calendars November 13, 2009by John Tenuto , Filed under: Art,Merchandise,Review,Star Trek (2009 film),TOS,Trek Franchise , trackback
For 2010 Pocket Books and Andrews McMeel Publishing have three Star Trek wall calendars, all of which are available now. You can spend the year with the original crew, the new movie crew, or ships of the line. Find out more in our review below.
Spend 2010 with Star Trek
Deanna Troi may be "blended" in the film Star Trek First Contact when she reminds William Riker that "Timeline? This is no time to argue about time! We don’t have the time! What was I saying?" yet there is no ignoring that Star Trek and timelines go together quite frequently, from 1966′s "The Naked Time" to 2009′s Star Trek feature film. That is one reason why Star Trek calendars are fun, because they allow fans to time travel through the year along with favorite characters and episodes. This year, Star Trek is treated with a trilogy of wall calendars from Pocket Books and Andrews McMeel Publishing.
STAR TREK (Original Version) 2010 CALENDAR
The original Star Trek has had calendars offered almost every year since 1976. The 2010 calendar includes pictures from various third season episodes, including a very nice image of Kirk and Spock from "The Cloud Minders" on the transporter pad right when Kirk is about to punch anyone around him because of the effects of the gas. It is a picture that shows how the characters have a true friendship of interdependence. Last year, the border which surrounds the calendar photos each month was a bit generic with connecting squares. This year, though, the border has a nice marbleized look that is classy and even evokes outer space symbolism. The center foldout is a great CGI artistic rendering of the Enterprise being repaired from the perspective of the workers (this is entitled "Repairs at the Rim of Starlight"). International holidays and the birthdays of Star Trek’s main actors are included in the calendar.
The Star Trek 2010 Wall Calendar is available now and retails for $13.99. You can pick it up at Amazon for a discount.
STAR TREK MOVIE 2010 CALENDAR
The 2009 Star Trek feature film also has a calendar. For maximum timeline fun, TrekMovie recommends placing the TOS and feature film calendars next to each other on the wall. This way fans could travel from one alternative universe to another between the Pineverse and Shatnerverse! The calendar features "widescreen" images from the film, which means there is good deal of border showing in order to fit the pictures into the square shape of the calendar. Unfortunately, the border is an image of Earth with a flair which means the calendar is dark in tone, somewhat of an ironic contrast with the very bright future the feature film presented. This doesn’t mean this isn’t a good or worthy calendar. Indeed, the images include some very nice and unusual photos, including a great picture of Spock (Quinto version) in the Jellyfish and Captain Pike wondering if Kirk will join the other cadets. For fans of the new Enterprise, there is the favorite image of the Enterprise near Saturn included
in the calendar. The center foldout is very cool, featuring international versions of the posters. International holidays and birthdays of Star Trek’s main actors and production crew are included in the calendar.
The 2010 Star Trek movie calendar is available now and can be ordered from Amazon (discounted to $11.19).
SHIPS OF THE LINE 2010 CALENDAR
Of all the calendars, the Ships of the Line is arguably the best visual treat. Featuring amazing images from the imaginations of Andrew Probert, Doug Drexler, Max Gabl, Niel Wray, and many other talented artists, the calendar features more than just profiles of starships. The ships are often presented from unusual angles and with detailed backgrounds of outer space or Starfleet dockyards. The center fold of Flint’s Castle is worthy of being framed. The calendar itself also has an unusual design in that the dates are smaller to allow more emphasis on the artwork which is entirely proper. The calendar will look excellent on the wall and still maintains its function. The calendar is without hyperbole, often inspiring.
The Ships of the Line 2010 Calendar is out now and can be ordered from Amazon for $11.19.
Because all these calendars tend to focus on either the two Kirk eras and occasionally with TNG and DS9 novel images, fans of shows like Enterprise or Voyager will not be represented too much this year with wall calendars. However, the publishers did announce earlier this year that there could be a digital version of the old school "a page a day" calendar for 2010 available for the computer which would feature 312 images from all versions of Star Trek. In many ways, this is a great year for fans of Star Trek calendars, with a trifecta of great wall calendars and a future digital version (TrekMovie will have more details on the digital calendar in a future update). Any of the wall calendars would make a fine present for Christmas for those fans who know that "time is a companion that goes with us on a journey."