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Great Links: Olivia Wilde A Trekkie + Pawn Stars Trek + TOS Caricature + Craigslist Picard Head + more August 7, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , trackback

Time again to check on Star Trek in the zeitgeists with some Great Links, starting off with actress Olivia Wilde revealing her inner Trekkie. We also have Trek on Pawn Stars, a crazy TOS caricature, Picard’s head found on Craigslist, plus more fun Trek pix, mashups and links for the week.  



CelebTrekkie of the Week: Olivia Wilde

Time to add another name to the list of actresses who want some Star Trek. In an interview with io9, Olivia Wilde (who just worked with Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof on Cowboys & Aliens) revealed her inner Trekkie:

You’re in Cowboys and Aliens and had a massive role in Tron. Are there any other science fiction roles you would like to tackle?

Oh, gosh. I grew up as a Trekkie, which is really funny. I think Star Trek, they were always great female roles, but there’s no reason the captain shouldn’t be a woman. I think we could do Captain Kirk as a woman.
The role of Captain Kirk is taken Olivia – but there are more ships in the fleet for you to command

Reality Show Clip of the Week: Star Trek collection on Pawn Stars

This week the History Chanel show Pawn Stars featured a Trekkie with an impressive Star Trek collection, including many signed figures. He was selling to pay for his wedding – watch video below to see how the haggling went.

Art of the week: Star Trek Caricature

French Caricature artist Michael Achard has taken on Star Trek, with the crew toking a tribble. If you like it, you can buy a print from his site.

Hopefully this is not canon

Craigslist find of the week: Picard Head

If the one thing your place is missing is a replica head of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart, then for $80 (or trading a mountain bike), a Phoenix Craiglist seller can set you up. According to the listing the seller bought a few of these heads on E-Bay and doesn’t know where they came from. Each life-like Stewart head weighs 5 pounds and "shows wrinkles, bumps, creases, clefts, etc."
What would you do with Picard’s disembodied head?

WTF Cosplay Photo Of The week

The site Dorkly dug up this unique cosplay Star Trek group.

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combin…OK what the hell is going on here?

Mashups of the week: Denard Heisman Trek & (Another) Trek v Wars

We have seen tons of mashups based on the trailers form the 2009 Star Trek movie, but this week we have a unique one which combines Trek with college football. The Michigan Football blog takes a Heisman Trophy campaign for player Denard Robinson to the 23rd century.

Star Trek v Star Wars is a big sub-genre for Internet mashups, but this week there is a well made new entry from 2SunsNoWomen, check it out:

More linkage

Send in your links

If you spot something interesting or fun related to Star Trek, please send them in to You can also send in links to @trekmovie on the Twitter.

Thanks to Jessie and Mary for links this week.


1. Harry Ballz - August 7, 2011

Olivia Wilde’s a Trekkie?


2. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 7, 2011

Olivia got as close as she could get to (being) Kirk. She played Hannah in Welcome to People, Sam’s girlfriend. Sam was played by Chris Pine. Lucky girl and I think I can hear Harry saying, Lucky Chris.

Re: woman being a Starfleet captain – I remember reading all the hoopla and controversy over the notion of the Voyager ship having a female captain. I could not believe that in the nineties, sexism (a lot of it intellect-defying stupidity) was still so rampant among so many people. Thankfully, the studio ignored the crap, and made the captain female! All credit to Paramount and Trek producers!

3. Lousy Canadian - August 7, 2011

I love, love, love Micheal Archad’s caricature! :D
Especiall the little cameo by the “salt monster. ;D

4. Bob Tompkins - August 7, 2011

I will watch anything and everything featuring Olivia Wilde… :) She was one of the redeeming featurews of Cowboys and Aliens and her resurrection scene gave me a rhyming word…

5. Dee - lvs moon' surface - August 7, 2011

“… do Captain Kirk as a woman”??… no way… think another character, Olivia!!! …LOL

I loved the caricature!

:-) :-)

6. John in Canada, eh? - August 7, 2011

Hmmm. That Trek vs. Star Wars trailer makes one realize how closely the last film echoes the George Lucas franchise, thematically and visually. Dialogue from Trek 2009 could have been lifted from the Star Wars prequels, and vice-versa.

That’s just an observation, not a critique.

7. Bob Tompkins - August 7, 2011

It was ironic that Jeffrey Hunter’s decision not to do Star Trek is probably what ultimately cost him his life….

8. Odkin - August 7, 2011

Dear God, please don’t let Orci rewrite “Turnabout Intruder” to work in the hottie Flavor of the Month as Kirk…

9. Odkin - August 7, 2011

Hey, I’m in Phoenix! I think I’ll go get some Picard head!

Wait, whut? That didn’t come out right.

10. WSUCougar1 - August 7, 2011

Olivia Wilde as “Nurse Christine Chapel.”

11. Christopher Roberts - August 7, 2011

You would think I’d be happy that Star Trek was a lot more even matched against Star Wars, wouldn’t you? Feels like an empty victory however…

12. sean - August 7, 2011

I’d love to see Olivia as a fellow Captain.

13. dmduncan - August 7, 2011

All this time I just thought she was a hybrid.

14. Cygnus-X1 - August 7, 2011

As if Olivia Wilde wasn’t hot enough already, now you tell us she’s a Trekkie.

You’re killin’ me, man.

Next you’ll tell us that she listens to Rush and has a Ph.D.

15. ster j - August 7, 2011

Olivia Wilde as T’Pring!

16. ster j - August 7, 2011

Or that Romulan Commander a pronovel named Charvanek…?

17. Allen Williams - August 7, 2011

Oliva Wilde could dock my shuttle craft. (wow that was bad)

18. Allen Williams - August 7, 2011

PS: Olvia Wilde as captain jainway in Star Trek: Voyager 2014

19. Obsidian - August 7, 2011

I’m thinking Chekov & Sulu are looking pretty friendly there. Pavil might wake up in Sulu’s quarters in the morning with some embarrassing regrets. :)

20. andrew - August 7, 2011

Kirk would never have been able to deal with Q? I call bs on that one, Entertainment Weekly.

21. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 7, 2011

#8 So could Pine/Kirk do Olivia Wilde/Lester and Wilde/Lester do Pine/Kirk?

Wow. That came out wrong…

22. trekker 5 - August 7, 2011

I saw that Pawn Stars,it was fun,but then,I like the Pawn Stars any time!

23. Cam - August 7, 2011

It would be awesome if they could get Olivia to play Christine Chapel, but I don’t hold out much for that character to be included in this film series

24. red dead ryan - August 7, 2011

“I think we could do Captain Kirk as a woman.”

Uh, no. Captain Kirk is a symbol of masculinity, up there with James Bond, Superman, Indiana Jones and Han Solo.

Perhaps in a fan production where experimentation has no boundaries, but the thought of James T. Kirk being played by a woman on the big screen requires too much suspension of disbelief. Just like a male actor playing Uhura would be inappropriate and absurd.

Olivia Wilde could play a security officer or another starship captain with some of Kirk’s qualities and yet remain feminine instead of merely acting like a man with breasts.

Plus you can’t have a female actor playing a character who often tears his shirt on away missions without an “R” rating! ;-)

25. jesustrek - August 7, 2011


26. dwfan - August 7, 2011

mila kunis: i’m a trekkie.
olivia wilde: i’m a trekkie, too.
i wonder who’ll be the next hollywood ‘it girl’ to reveal her love of star trek

27. jamesingeneva - August 7, 2011

loved the vid! any fan film news? seems like its been forever since we’ve had a fan film to watch.

28. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 7, 2011

wilde as Dr. Janice Lester. or. she can play another star fleet Capt.
But. She would make a great Dr. Carol Marcus.

29. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - August 7, 2011


Mila Kunis as T’Pring. Olivia Wilde as Sexy Romulan Commander.

Now, let’s go get high on some Tribble…

30. crazydaystrom - August 7, 2011

NIIIICE Olivia Wilde pic!!! Such a natural pose ;-)

@16 ster j, OW as T’Pring! Oh yeah, I’d like that…very much.

re: the Dorkly cosplayers-

as it were…

31. ensign jack - August 7, 2011

dont forget rosario dawson!!!

32. Andy Patterson - August 7, 2011

Caricatures are great. Especially the Doohan. Oddly enough I feel the Spock is the weakest. Still…!

33. Basement Blogger - August 7, 2011

Olivia Wilde might be angling for a part in Star Trek 2013 but I have called upon her to be cast for the next one anyway as Saviik. Check out the story below where Bob Orci drew Vulcan ears on an unamed actress. See post @ 193. So Olivia if you’re in the next one, do I have your gratitude? :-)

34. Basement Blogger - August 7, 2011

On Io9’s ten things you didn’t know about Star Trek, I admit it, I didn’t know most of them. So, demote me to Trekker, junior grade.

35. Andy Patterson - August 7, 2011

And as for the poll at the bottom of the page…Kirk wins in my book. But then you’re talking to the man whose 5 yr old son is way into The Six Million Dollar Man. And I’m thrilled about it.

36. Harry Ballz - August 7, 2011

Olivia Wilde should play the Romulan Commander.

Hopefully the sex scene with Spock will involve a lot more than just brushing fingers!


37. Basement Blogger - August 7, 2011

@ 36

Hey Harry. Just thought you should know a couple of facts about Olivia Wilde. She has dual citizenship, which is both American and Irish. She got her stagename from Irish writer Oscar Wilde. Her real name is “Olivia Cockburn.” I’m not kidding Harry Ballz.


38. cd - August 7, 2011

Olivia Wilde as T’Pring. Have T’Pring and Uhura battle for Spock!

39. Harry Ballz - August 7, 2011


BB, yeah, I knew her real name. Thanks for keeping me in the loop.


40. Nick Cook - August 8, 2011

I’m usually all for preserving the canon and not screwing with Trek. But if Olivia Wilde wants to be the captain I say move over Pine. :)

41. Harry Ballz - August 8, 2011

Having Wilde as the captain would be, well, um, wild!

42. CmdrR - August 8, 2011

If Olivia Wilde’s a Trekkette, I officially volunteer to help bring about The Next Generation.

Yeah, I see the line, but all you other guys are pigs.

43. Jeyl - August 8, 2011

“I think we could do Captain Kirk as a woman.”

…….sounds good to me.

44. Hat Rick - August 8, 2011

The Federation wouldn’t fight the Rebel Alliance. Rather, it would take the side of the Alliance to fight the Galactic Empire. The trailer doesn’t seem to realize this.

45. Hat Rick - August 8, 2011

Also, Olivia Wilde is hot.

You’re welcome.

46. Jeyl - August 8, 2011


Unfortunately the Rebel Alliance hasn’t been formed yet in the prequel trilogy, so the Federation is fighting against the corrupted Republic.

47. Hat Rick - August 8, 2011

Agreed. So the Federation would be fighting with the Jedi forces, then.

I think Starfleet Intelligence would pretty much gather that the Galactic Senate is being led toward some kind of horrific war by means of some kind of phantom menace. Section 31 is good at these things, if DS9 is to be believed. They’d be way ahead of the game. They might even be able to drill down to the individual level, recognizing the roles of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan, and the future Luke. (Section 31 in my mind is conflated with the idea of future history, like Hari Seldon of the Foundation novels. Maybe I’m just bringing in elements of the Temporal Cold War in Enterprise, but those elements do exist.)

48. Hat Rick - August 8, 2011

^^I mean fighting on the side of the Jedi forces, against those allied with Palpatine.

49. Snugglepuff - August 8, 2011

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put Ms. Wilde in the next movie!!

50. CmdrR - August 8, 2011

Since JJ’s not gonna give us this movie until Christmas 2013, cast Olivia as Dr. Helen Noel.

51. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - August 8, 2011

look cool

52. Basement Blogger - August 8, 2011

Okay, I’m game for some kal-if-fee action. You want Olivia Wilde as T’Pring (@30, 38) and Uhura to battle for Spock, okay. But it’s no longer a fight to the death because of so few Vulcans. IT’S NOW MUD WRESTLING! Look, this will help with the teenage male demographic. You know “it’s not you father’s Star Trek.”

Hey let’s really get this “pining” for Spock going. Cast Blake Lively as Nurse Christine Chapel. For you new Trekkers, in the original series, Chapel had the hots for Spock. Now follow me on this one. In our mud wrestling kal-if-fee, Chapel comes to the Vulcan colony and wants to also fight for Spock. So you have three actresses mud wrestling for Spock, Oivia Wilde as T’pring, Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Blake Lively as Nurse Chapel.

I originally wanted Scarlett Johansson for Chapel. But since the movie won’t come out till 2013, Scarlett will be too old for the male teenage demographic. She would be an ancient twenty nine. :-)

53. Harry Ballz - August 8, 2011

“Scarlett Johansson……would be an ancient twenty nine”

…..and by that point playing soccer with her boobies!

54. Adam Bomb 1701 - August 8, 2011

Olivia Wilde could be cast as a new Vulcan character. Maybe the character’s name could be “T’hirteen.”

55. NuKirk - August 8, 2011

RE: that io9 link on 10 things you didn’t know about Trek: Soo…the original uniform had the Starfleet logo be the same logo that later became the Power Rangers logo? LMAO

56. Harry Ballz - August 8, 2011


Or T’akemenow?

57. Symar - August 8, 2011

Does Olivia realize that Captain Kirk gets it on with every hot alien babe that comes along?


Yeah, I’d watch that!

58. Canon Schmanon - August 8, 2011

If I was in charge of Trek, and Olivia Wilde asked to be Captain Kirk, I’d fire Chris Pine in a millisecond. I could never say no to Olivia. I’d eat my left hand just to smell her perfume.

59. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 8, 2011

So many of you guys are quite happy to watch a sex scene with Pine/Kirk so long as they get him hooked up with the right kind of *babe*, Olivia Wilde obviously being at the top of the list. That is good to know. Olivia is OK, she could make for a good love interest – maybe longterm; depends on whether she is Menosian or not…;) but what would I know, being a heterosexual female with eyes only for the Pine… Could work – while I have my eyes firmly fixed on Pine “my captain”, you guys can have your eyes fixed on the lovely female (Olivia Wilde?) he is with. Good compromise…I like!

The two actors may have already had some practice at doing love scenes in Welcome to People (I’m counting on it), so it should be a doddle for them…

Bob Orci, are you getting this as well?

(After all, you did say that was your favourite site and that we were your consultants! I trust this is still the case – bit late to be look elsewhere. Anyways, we’s the good sort, the good guys and gals…)

60. crazydaystrom - August 8, 2011


A mud wrestling kal-if-fee three-way with Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Blake Lively! My goodness! Trek would then be science fantasy! And I wouldn’t mind a bit.

61. NoRez - August 8, 2011

Wow, I’d never seen the Star Trek History site – if I’d known about this on Friday I know what my entire weekend would have seen me doing… uh, watching. And clicking. Great stuff!

62. et - August 8, 2011

Star Trek vs. Star Wars:

OK… OK… While I can appreciate the fine edit job, any time I see one of these done in complete seriousness I can’t escape the feeling that I’m sinking into THE DORKIEST THING EVER.

Come on. Really?

You can’t do Trek vs. Wars THAT po-faced and expect people to take it as seriously as you.

63. Magic_Al - August 8, 2011

^62. I can’t imagine anyone, including the editor, taking a Yoda vs. Sulu sword fight seriously.

64. Hat Rick - August 8, 2011

Of course not, ’cause we all know that Sulu would win. Easily.

(Reason being, Yoda’s just a fictional character.)


No, but seriously, Yoda is a Muppet and/or CGI, nothing more. Either a rubber thing with hands operating it, or pixels on a screen. So, in the great ontological order of being, Yoda is less real than Sulu.

So saith I.

65. Cygnus-X1 - August 8, 2011

Dude, King Abdullah of Jordan is building a Star Trek theme park for $1.5 billion that will run on all renewable energy. Anthony, you’ve been scooped!

66. Hat Rick - August 8, 2011

He’s the guy that appeared on TNG as a crew member, right? :-)

67. Harry Ballz - August 8, 2011

The caricature of Kirk reminds me of Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys.

68. Harry Ballz - August 8, 2011

Bob Orci

I know you’re married and all, but when you were working with the cast of Cowboys&Aliens, and you found out Olivia Wilde was a Trekkie, did her “hotness factor” go up about tenfold for you?

Don’t worry, any answer you give will be held in the strictest confidence.

(snicker, snort, giggle)

69. DJT - August 9, 2011

She gets my vote for a Trek appearance.

70. *into the bushes* - August 9, 2011

Olivia Wilde as Dr. Carol Marcus.
Done and done.

71. P Technobabble - August 9, 2011

Achard’s artwork is fabulous.
Olivia IS a work of art.

72. Daoud - August 9, 2011

@70: Excellent. You’ve sorted out how to have Chris Pine exit as Captain Kirk at the end of the movie. IN this alternate universe, no one would have left an Olivia Wilde-Carol Marcus behind to go back to space!

73. Anthony Pascale - August 9, 2011


We have not been scooped on the Jordan thing – we were one of the first to report on it back in May

All the new reports about this park are wrong. So yes I guess I have been scooped about the “$1.5 Bil Star Trek Theme Park” which does not exist. It is a park with a Trek attraction, like Disneyland has a Star Wars attraction.

74. Jerry Modene - August 9, 2011

There have been parodies in which Kirk becomes a woman. Back in the mid-70’s, Cracked magazine did a story (drawn by John Severin) in which Kirk turns into a woman; turns out the problem with the engines in the story was caused by the captain’s missing earring. Best line: “Mr. Spock, I have only one question for you: Am I cute?”

Some years later, the revival of the Carol Burnett show did a skit involving all the male characters turning female and Uhura turning male. Carol-as-Kirk was quite a hoot. I believe it’s still there on Youtube. I found it when I was looking to see if they had the 1967 skit when Leonard Nimoy appeared – in costume! – on her show. (they didn’t)

75. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 9, 2011

Please, no Carol Marcus. I can’t stand the name or the character. If Olivia Wilde played Carol Marcus, then travel to the farthest reaches of any universe would not be far enough away from that woman creature. Olivia Wilde deserves better…

76. Cygnus-X1 - August 9, 2011

73. Anthony Pascale – August 9, 2011

What’s your source on the Red Sea Astrarium Trek attraction, and why are sites reporting it as:

“The project is expected to be completed by 2014, and will be the crown jewel of the planned Red Sea Astrarium resort in the coastal city of Aqaba. The whole thing will have 17 entertainment areas and 4 hotels on 184 acres of land….”

Presumably they mean that the Trek attraction will the “crown jewel” of the Astrarium and just one of the 17 entertainment areas?

77. Cygnus-X1 - August 9, 2011

73. Anthony Pascale – August 9, 2011

And why do the reports on the estimated cost of the Red Sea Trek attraction differ — you reported $1 billion and they now say $1.5 billion?

And what about the “all renewable energy” part of their report. Can you confirm or contradict that?

78. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 10, 2011

I remember a thread a while ago where Anthony Pascale did report that a Star Trek theme park was being built by the King of Jordan near the Red Sea. The King of Jordan has been a long time fan of Star Trek, and before he became king, he actually played an ensign in an episode of both TNG and DS9. Neither were big parts. He was just thrilled to be part of the productions. I believe he was in the States doing study at those times.

This link probably presents more updated information about the project and new costings, perhaps because the initial plans may have been altered to include more attractions etc. Who knows? It is a major building project in progress.

79. richpit - August 10, 2011

All I know is that Olivia Wilde is gorgeous and I would welcome her having a part in the new Star Trek film. I don’t care what part.

I thought Cowboys and Aliens was good and she was the highlight of the movie.

80. red dead ryan - August 10, 2011

King Abdullah should be putting “his” money towards helping out his own people instead of building a theme park. There is high unemployment in Jordan.

81. Cygnus-X1 - August 10, 2011

80. red dead ryan – August 10, 2011

How many jobs will his theme park produce?

17 entertainment areas and 4 hotels on 184 acres of land…

Quite a few, I’d reckon.

82. Anthony Pascale - August 10, 2011

TrekMovie will have an update on the red sea resort. All the new articles a sourced to a single article from a week ago. I am dealing directly with the company, but all the new articles have misunderstood the Red Sea Resort to be a “Star Trek Theme Park”, it is not. It is just a small part of a huge development. A cool Trek thing but not what is being reported. When I have a substantial new info I will report it.

83. Cygnus-X1 - August 11, 2011

82. Anthony Pascale – August 10, 2011

OK. I’m particularly curious about the “all renewable energy” part of the Gizmodo report. I don’t think that’s ever been done on such a scale, and would be a very compelling achievement, if true.

84. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 12, 2011

Perhaps the theme park will be mostly run on solar energy. I can see a lot of jobs being created in the construction area and later on once the park is completed and up and running.

85. red dead ryan - August 12, 2011


Yeah, but who’s going to attend? There’s a lot of people struggling just to put food on the table in Jordan and the rest of the Middle East. And I don’t see a lot of foreigners going over there. A theme park in Jordan would be a target for Al Queda terrorists I have to think.

86. Cygnus-X1 - August 13, 2011

85. red dead ryan – August 12, 2011

That is a good point. I have no idea how much the admission price will be or how affordable it will be relative to the median income in that part of the world.

But, then again, I would expect King Abdullah to have some kind of an idea as to the viability of an enterprise of this magnitude. I suppose he could just be building it for sh*ts and giggles, because…you know…it’s good to be the king…but I have to assume that he also doesn’t want to flush $1.5 billion down the toilet. I mean, I’m sure he’s a rich fella, but $1.5 billion is still a lot of money. Do you feel me, dog?

87. MJ - August 15, 2011

@85. Well, perhaps if the theme park in Jordan focused on the the Jem Hadr from DS9, then the locals buying tickets wouldn’t notice any difference between the Kings secret police and those badass alien warriors from the Delta Quadrant.

88. Red Dead Ryan - August 15, 2011


I’m sure that $1.5 billion isn’t that big of a deal to King Abdullah, otherwise he’d be spending it on something more useful for his own people.


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