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Happy Independence Day From TrekMovie.com July 4, 2010

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Today is the 4th of July, a holiday in the United States of America celebrating the independence and birth of the nation. TrekMovie wants to wish you all a happy and fun 4th, and we share a couple of fun videos that are appropriate for the day below.


Kirk gets patriotic in "The Omega Glory"

Kirk reads from the preamble of the US Constitution, reminding the Yangs, the Kohms, and all of us that these words are for all of us. And Shatner delivers it, as only he can.

Star Trek 4th party

Of course, 4th of July is the time to get together for parties, barbeques and fireworks shows. The folks at CBS have envisioned a 4th of July party on board the USS Enterprise.



1. Buzz Cagney - July 4, 2010

I’ve said it elsewhere but i’ll repeat it- Have a great day guys.

2. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 4, 2010

Worst Star Trek episode, all series, all seasons, period.

3. captain_neill - July 4, 2010


You referring to The Way to Eden or The Omega Glory?

4. fred - July 4, 2010

yep agree with 2 however brannon braga sure as hell gave it a try to beat them

5. U.S.S. Manila NCC-99232 - July 4, 2010

“Just like the 4th of July…”

6. U.S.S. Manila NCC-99232 - July 4, 2010

That’s a Happy Independence Day from the Philippines to the U.S.!

7. Melllvar - July 4, 2010

Hey, I thought ‘The Omega Glory’ was an awesome episode — so epic! The only thing that sucked was the conclusion at the end. Very unimaginative. But what about the people turning into minerals, and the crazed captain of the other constitution class ship? Let’s face in, any episode of TOS with a second constitution class was a big deal.

I rest my case

8. Captain Hackett - July 4, 2010

I wish American Trekkies and non-Trekkies a very happy July 4th! :)

9. Jim Ertel - July 4, 2010

Happy 4th July from France !

10. Hat Rick - July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

To my fellow Americans: As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, let’s renew our allegiance to its highest ideals.

We should remember that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are also celebrated in Trek, which also adds to those ideas the promotion of universal peace and justice. We know from Trek that peace cannot be presumed; it can only be earned, through vigilance, strength, and adherence to principle. Though war is sometimes necessary in the face of external threats and treachery (“A Sacrifice of Angels,” DS9), its overreliance is fatal (“A Taste of Armageddon,” TOS); peace is always the ultimate goal (“Errand of Mercy,” TOS) and justice is essential under law and tradition (“Court Martial,” TOS; “Justice,” TNG). We learn, too, that knowledge of those who may oppose us can bring us closer together (“Devil in the Dark,” TOS). We understand that internal strife is senseless and that diversity is part of our human nature (“Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” TOS).

In this age of alienation, what could be better than friendship in peace and brotherhood (Star Trek (2009))?

Once again: Happy Fourth of July!

11. John Gill - July 4, 2010

I thought “The Omega Glory” was a very well written episode. “The Way To Eden”, on the other hand… well, the only thing I liked about that one was the lyrics to the hippie songs.

12. MC1 Doug - July 4, 2010


13. Darkman - July 4, 2010

The words must apply to everyone or they mean nothing!

The Omega Glory wasn’t a great episode but the lesson the constitution was profound. Thanks Gene!

14. Jonboc - July 4, 2010

Happy 234th birthday USA! You don’t look a day over 220!

And yeah, Omega Glory is great…it ran just a little TOO parallel to our world in the end, but getting there was a treat. Loved Tracy, what a rotten egg he was. But great premise and that fight, at the end, where Kirk and Tracy are tied at the wrist!? Are you kidding me? Best knock- down, drag-out brawl in Trek..ever. I think I’ll watch it to celebrate the occasion. Stay safe everyone.

15. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 4, 2010

“The Omega Glory” is way too jingoistic for my taste, ham-fisted in every way. However, I have to admit the truth of #7 — it starts out with promise, but then quickly devolves into improbable allegory.

16. CarlG - July 4, 2010

Nobody reads the Preamble quite like our favourite Canadian… :D

Happy 4th, ladies and gentlebeings!

17. denny cranium - July 4, 2010

Happy 4th to our American neighbours to the south.
I’ve always admired American patriotism.
Enjoy the day

18. P Technobabble - July 4, 2010

Happy 4th.
I’m strangling myself so as not to go off on a tangent about the chaotic path the US has taken, and the lack of true leadership which gotten us here…

I always thought The Omega Glory was a bit corny, but not a bad episode when compared to Spock’s Brain, or And The Children Shall Lead…

19. Pro-Khan-Sel - July 4, 2010

Alot of large media outlets are calling this day “4th of july” and not calling this “Independance Day” It’s nice to see TrekMovie calling this day for what it is. Our forefathers fought and died for our “Independance”.

20. Mr. "There are always possibilities" - July 4, 2010

I liked the Omega Glory for several reasons.

First, it was one of the few TOS episodes where you actually saw another Federation starship. I remember when all we had was TOS, and it was a thrill to actually see another starship.

Second, the revelation that this was a parallel earth came only at the end, and was a surprise. I found the twist to be enjoyable. It was pretty much standard action fare, and the ending gave it some substance.

Lastly, I always liked the Shat’s reading of the Preamble. It left a lasting impression on me and to this day whenever I see it, I can still hear him saying “We — the — people”.

21. Dr. Image - July 4, 2010

Eee pleb neesta!
Have a great day everyone!
(Hey, I get to wear my ID4 t- shirt!)

22. Kev-1 - July 4, 2010

Omega Glory is loads of fun plus it’s a Roddenberry episode, so it gives insight into his view of the characters, Star Fleet, the Prime DIrective, etc.

23. DonDonP1 - July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans! May our country live long and prosper on our countries 234th birthday!

24. D - July 4, 2010

Yes, Happy 4th of July. Independence Day. The day a bunch of colonies decided that they would much rather be ruled by 3000 miny tyrants 1 mile away than 1 tyrant 3000 miles away.

Please do not get me wrong, I truly appreciate the freedoms that I enjoy in the United States. I enjoy them enough to have joined the military and bled for them. I even agree with Kirk…the “intent” of the Constitution has to apply to every single sentient lifeform out there…or they do…truly, mean nothing.

But you can’t force those ideals onto people. That is also part of that Constitution. It’s the theory of “Hey, I don’t think this way. I want to do something else.” I think we’ve lost that as a nation. We are so concerned with “We all have to be united because hey, it’s the name after all.” What about the unity of simply saying, “Ok, we agree we disagree.”

My fear is that this country is turning to the mindset of “We will either all be of one mind…(ie Borg) or we will fall apart; and it’s splitting because of that “My way or the highway” mindset. We will never all be completely agreeing of everything…I like red…some folks will like blue. The promise of the country will never be realized until folks agree that…red, white, blue….that’s an awful silly thing to be arguing over…

25. Holger - July 4, 2010

To all my American friends, and all Americans: Happy 4th of July and have a good Independence Day party.

26. Starbase Britain - July 4, 2010

Happy Independence day from your best friends in Great Britain.

Greg UK

27. Jerry Modene - July 4, 2010

You may be aware that “The Omega Glory” was originally written by Roddenberry in 1965 as one of three potential scripts for the second pilot, after NBC rejected “The Cage”. The other two were “Mudd’s Women” by Stephen Kandel and “Where No Man Has Gone Before” by Sam Peeples.

(Peeples, FWIW, is the guy who put the WNMHGB phrase into the lexicon; up until that time, Roddenberry’s catch-phrase for Star Trek was “Wagon Train to the Stars”.)

The ST concept was different, of course, back when the script was written – but one interesting touch of the early Spock concept remains in the aired version – Spock’s hypnotic stare, which he utilizes to get the girl to contact the Enterprise.

A couple of interesting cameos in the episode – the transporter officer who beams the landing party over to the Exeter is played by the actor who portrayed “Esteban Rodriguez” in “Shore Leave”. The zapped-security guy, Lt. Galloway (which Shatner pronounces “galway”) was also in “The Doomsday Machine”, as one of the repair crew who is helping Kirk fix the viewscreen on the auxiliary bridge of the Constellation.

And a great continuity error – Lt. Leslie is one of the security guys who beams down with Sulu at the end of the episode. Seven weeks earlier, he had been one of the three redshirts killed by the vampire cloud in the teaser of “Obsession”. I guess he got better. (Actually, Eddie Paskey was Shatner’s stand-in during the entire length of the series; that’s why he was still around. Obviously, nobody on the staff remembered that he’d been killed off – maybe Bob Justman was on vacation that week.)

As far as the parallel-earth thing goes, that was one of the major plot devices of the Second Season – remember, this is the season that also gave us the Chicago planet (“Piece of the Action”), the Roman planet “Bread and Circuses”, and the Nazi planet (“Patterns of Force”), as well as “A Private Little War”, which was an allegory on the Vietnam conflict. The parallel-earth thing was part of the “pitch” of ST to the networks as a possible means of keeping production costs down, but they really went overboard with it in the second season – probably because Desilu kept cutting the budget every year.

The surprise is that they didn’t do more of it in the third season than they did, but Frieberger had his own ideas.

28. Hugh Hoyland - July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July! :}

29. Andy Patterson - July 4, 2010

The E Pleb Nista…and the I-ee–Plegli-ian –nectum..flagum…tu pep…like for stand….

One of my ALL TIME favorite episodes. Great fight scenes. Great Kirk Fu moments. A look at another star ship – another Star Fleet Captain…who was every bit Kirk’s equal. Captain Ronald Tracy – one of the greatest villains in the whole Star Trek franchise. Happy 4th of July Morgan Woodward -( you just live minutes from me) – and happy 4th to everyone else.

“Good. Direct. Succinct.”

30. Andy Patterson - July 4, 2010

And I’ve said it before…and say it again. love Eden….in all it’s sillyness. Happy 4th Charles Napier!

31. captain_neill - July 4, 2010


I happen to like Brannon Braga as a writer.

32. Sebastian - July 4, 2010

“Ee plebneesta…”

— A little of Ol’ (Omega) Glory!

May the 4th be with us all! ; )

33. Andy Patterson - July 4, 2010

And….as someone said earlier this week in another thread…..no Twilight Zone marathon this 4th of July weekend?! That IS the 4th to me now. What’s happened to SciFi? Who’s in charge of that thing over there?

34. DJT - July 4, 2010

I think the E Pleb Nista speech is one of the most defining moments for Kirk in the American lexicon.

35. Stewie G - July 4, 2010

“The Omega Glory” might make a good basis for the next movie. Not a direct interpretation, but the Enterprise getting called in to investigate a possible violation of the Prime Directive by another starship captain. Lots of possibilities for action but also some food for thought (a person in a position of power thinking they know better than their superiors ie providing a primitive planet with weapons/advanced technology to fight against the Klingons, or any number of baddies). Think of it as the Star Trek version of Apocalypse Now.

36. LoyalStarTrekFan - July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow Americans. I feel that we are truly blessed to live in this remarkable nation. The History Channel has been showing “America: The Story of Us” all day today. A truly remarkable documentary about a truly extraordinary nation. So, let’s all celebrate our 234th birthday and hope for at least 234 more.

10, well said and I love how you point out that American ideals live on in Star Trek.

37. Vultan - July 4, 2010


I believe you’re referring to my earlier rant about the lack of TZ on the Fourth. Yes, somehow it had become a tradition for me to watch the marathon every year. I have no idea what SyFy was thinking. Perhaps the apes have already taken over (the networks at least).

I suppose “Greatest American Hero” may be more on the nose with today’s holiday, but it will never match the brilliance of Rod Serling’s creation–a show that pushed the boundaries of storytelling and imagination and displayed at its heart that, despite the darkness that prevades this world, there will always be goodness out there somewhere… past the cornfield… at a stopover in the next town.

I hope all my fellow Americans had a happy Independence Day.

38. VZX - July 4, 2010

And of course they blow up!

No matter how many times I watch that “space chicken” video it cracks me up. “Kirk you have a phone call.”


39. Andy Patterson - July 4, 2010

@ 35 I love it.

@ 37 Yeah, bummer. I love my Twilight Zone. I remember a few 4ths ago flipping back and forth between it….The Boston Pops with David Lee Roth filling in for Steven Tyler with 4 days notice, and a Flip Wilson marathon on TV Land. Was very satiated. Fun TV.

40. Vultan - July 4, 2010

Oh, forget what I said earlier. The apes WOULD have ran the TZ marathon. After all Rod Serling did help write the original POTA. If memory serves, I believe he was the one who came up with the Statue of Liberty scene.

41. Vultan - July 4, 2010


Sounds like some great channel surfing. Can’t go wrong with the Boston Pops. I’ve never been to beantown, but it’s definitely on the to-do list.
Cheers! (no pun intended).

42. Stewie G - July 4, 2010

@ 39 Thanks! Maybe I should work on a script and send it to Abrams! Although I really liked the most recent film, there are a few things I`d like to change.

And Happy 4th to everyone! As an expat, I am missing fireworks and bbqs.

43. dwnicolo - July 4, 2010

As a retired Navy man , I tell all Star Trek fans(and non fans as well) to watch The Omega Glory. a great episode for all Ameicans to watch!

44. dwnicolo - July 4, 2010

By the way, thanks Patrick!

45. Jim Nightshade - July 4, 2010

yah i kinda liked omega glory-fyi that was the episode used for the 3d gif viewmaster of star trek–i luved that gorgeous woman in 3d hahah–Kirks sppech at the end was one of shatners most impassioned performances-i kuved that canuck spouting american values hah-i also dont know where the greatest american hero marathon came from-believe or not we aint walkin on air–syfy bring back T Z!

46. Jim Nightshade - July 4, 2010

opps should have said i luved, not kuved hah

47. JACathcart - July 5, 2010

The Shat is a Canadian, and a rightly proud one. He is also an American citizen, and equally proud of his adopted country and it’s core values.

In his autobiography, he marks the “Miracle” olympic hockey game of USA vs. USSR as one of the greatest moments in television.

48. Hat Rick - July 5, 2010

For most Americans, America is the best of nations in which to live, and it is also the only nation of global status to promote ideals which, if universally respected, would improve the planet as a whole.

It is an unfortunate fact that even America cannot impose its ideals on the entire planet, and that its own faults all too often discredit it from the authority it needs to serve as a moral leader.

Regardless of its problems, I think that the best of us strive to make the world a better place, and are given the chance to do so through our national framework — our national mythology, if you will — of freedom, peace, and justice under law.

The Federation is a bit like America in that way, although clearly it is without most of our faults.

The Federation is like America if reality were a bit more ideal — if the universe were what we could hope it would be.

Kirk exemplifies the ideal American — human almost to a fault, generous, idealistic, intelligent, and vigorous. Spock, on the other hand, is the outsider struggling to understand America, which is neither purely rational nor purely emotional, but a salutary combination of both.

And McCoy is us, in our age, struggling to understand our reality while striving toward Kirk’s.

America makes art both in its own image and in the image it wishes to portray. The fact that it made Star Trek is to its eternal credit.

49. Pro-Khan-Sel - July 5, 2010

Re: The Twilight Zone: The entire series comes out shortly on Blu-ray , I imagine that is probably why the marathon didn’t happen. Time to go out and buy it!

50. startrekker - July 5, 2010

Happy Independence Day from your neighbours over the pond Lauren Northern Ireland

51. Andy Patterson - July 5, 2010

Just seeing his picture makes me say it again…..I love crazy Dr. Sevrin and his groovy band of hippie hoards.

52. BenAvery - July 5, 2010

#48 — I like that, a lot. Star Trek is absolutely an “American” show, at least in it’s original series. That’s not to say that no one else can understand it, just that is is a product of its time and place . . .

53. @jjd241 - July 5, 2010

Only a bunch of “Herberts” would diss Sevrin and his space hippies!

54. Remington Steele - July 5, 2010

#48 – but isnt that a criticism of star trek at the same time, that it can be considered too american

now, i dont think that myself (ideals such as friendship, honour, loyalty, compassion etc should be universal traits rather than simply american) but talking about America imposing ideals on the world is a bit presumptuous and i dont think thats a message star trek would ever advocate

self determination and the ability to chose should always come first over any form of imposing of ideals….

55. Hat Rick - July 5, 2010

52, I appreciate that.

54, I think that for an American show, Star Trek is incredibly multicultural and universalistic. In fact, it is the only cultural phenomenon of its kind and scope I can think of that goes beyond mere nationalism and tries to apply truly human ideals to the entire world. I say that it is a product of its origin to illustrate that, like anything in a deterministic universe, it arises from something else. The fact that it arises from America is a credit to America.

The United States itself does not exist in a vacuum, however. Its ideals are also found in countries that sparked the Enlightenment, and in cultures, East and West, that have shared similar values, such as respect for life, compassion, automony, and kindness toward others. Contrast our highest values as a culture with that of totalitarian cults, for example, of whatever scope, place and time, and the difference is unmistakable.

To quote Kirk in Star Trek VI, some (Francis Fukuyama, for instance) say that we have reached the end of history, but we haven’t run of history quite yet. History abides. It continues. We make it, because we are a beneficiary of it. The historical threads that have built our civilization, and that has allowed this country to spread a positive influence across the world, is maintained by the values our country, and others, continue to express.

We may falter, and indeed we have. But the good thing about the universe is that for all intents and purposes, time is infinite. Every moment is a promise of hope.

America, and Trek, tell us that it is up to us to promote that hope and make it real, through word and deed, in every moment that lies before us, in the undiscovered country.

56. Vultan - July 5, 2010

Hat Rick,

I don’t believe I’ve ever heard the ideals of America and Star Trek summed up so eloquently. Nicely done, sir. And a belated Happy Independence Day to you!

57. C.S. Lewis - July 5, 2010

24. D – July 4, 2010

Thank you sir. I am reminded of John Adams, Patriot and second president of the United States under the Constitution,

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

It must be remembered that America (i.e., the British American colonies not to include Canada) was unique in all history. The moral impetus for “America” and particularly American independence came from the East Anglian Puritans of New England: The Pilgrims.

It was a self-selected group of middle-class freeman who, rather than offend or tempt the powers-that-be elected to leave everything for a chance to build a New World of their own, based on their Christian principles especially those advocated by Calvin by way of the (reformed) Church of England, from which they reluctantly parted in an earlier period

While others came for money and food or adventure and a fresh start, the Pilgrims were just that. The Constitution is a product of their worldview, agreed with in large by the Quaker and German Pietists of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the aristocratic cavaliers of the South who took offense at the Crown’s shabby treatment of them, fellow aristocrats.

But make no mistake: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were the product of and designed for a peculiar people with a particular sense of Destiny and their part in it.

All who desire its concept of Ordered Liberty are welcome to live by its design. All else would be served better elsewhere.

God bless the Pilgrim Fathers. May God show mercy on their Holy Experiment, now much abused and exploited, turned against itself in so many ways. The Omega Glory, indeed.

C.S. Lewis
Son of the Pilgrim Fathers
Son of the American Revolution

58. Victor Hugo - July 5, 2010

hehe what i like in “Babylon 5″ is that the earthlings are a lot more humble there regarding the contributions of other nations. :P

59. JohnWA - July 5, 2010

The Federation has plenty of faults.

Over the course of five series and eleven movies, the UFP has made all sorts of morally questionable decisions. It has condoned the extra judicial activities of Section 31, forcibly removed populations from their homes without due process, turned a blind eye to the bad behavior of allied empires, denied sentient life forms the right to self-determination, manipulated a foreign power into war through subterfuge and assassination — and that’s just Deep Space Nine!

I think Q’s statement in “All Good Things,” when he berates Picard for measuring the achievements of the Federation against the Romulans and Klingons, is right on target. The trial never ends because the whole point is to improve on what you have. Even in the fictional universe of Star Trek, the Federation is merely a stage in the development of humanity. It is not, by any means, the final outcome of the evolutionary journey.

I hope my fellow Americans take this message to heart as well.

60. Hat Rick - July 5, 2010

56, thank you. I appreciate that.

61. Vultan - July 5, 2010


I agree with many of your points.

However, I always saw Section 31 as the UFP version of the CIA, a well-meaning organization that unfortunately goes too far in many instances to achieve its goals. DS9 was masterful in dealing with these kinds of stories. The later seasons of the show, and in particular the episode “In the Pale Moonlight,” proved an unfortunate truth about free democracies during times of war: war is indeed hell, but if you want to win you sometimes need the Devil on your side.

Or Garak if he’s available.

62. Lyle - July 6, 2010

I really “reach” that 4th of July video – well done :)

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