TrekMovie’s column looking at Star Trek in the zeitgeist has returned. This week’s Great Links has Leonard Nimoy offering Spock-ish advice to a "teenage outcast in 1968, Google inspired by Star Trek (again), The Big Bang Theory getting early Trek toys, Uhura taking on Slave Leia, Star Trek fighting for Best Sci-Fi TV show, and more. Check it all out below.
1968 ‘Teenage Outcast’ Letter From Spock (Nimoy) goes viral
Last month our friends over at My Star Trek Scrapbook posted an article about Leonard Nimoy replying to a letter written to the teen magazine FAVE. Nimoy was responding to a letter written "To Mr. Spock" from a reader from a mixed race family who was struggling and thought that the half-human/half-Vulcan would be able to help. Nimoy’s letter to the troubled teen offered genuine advice like "Spock learned he could save himself from letting prejudice get him down. He could do this by really understanding himself and knowing his own value as a person. This It’s Get Better like letter from 1968 has gone viral, picked up by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and elsewhere. Visit
MyStarTrekScrapbook to read the full letter.
KREO Enterprise shows up on ‘Big Bang Theory’
Strangely Thursday’s episode of the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory contained no references to Star Trek, which is unusual for the show. However, eagle-eyed John Tenuto spotted a Trek object on the show. Apparently Howard Wolowitz has some connections as he had a Hasbro KREO USS Enterprise toy in his closet – and that toy wont be released until May. You can watch the full "The Closet Reconfiguration" online at CBS.com.
Cosplay of the Week: Uhura v Slave Leia
This photo was offered without comment via Chickopolis Facebook page.
Star Trek marching to best Sci-Fi TV show in io9 March Madness
io9 is holding a "March TV Madness" mega-poll with various brackets deciding the greatest sci-fi TV show. Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are all included (even though they don’t allow spin-offs). All three shows easily beat their competitors in the first round.
- Star Trek (TOS) beat Alf 95% to 5%
- Star Trek: DS9 beat Dark Angel 78% to 22%
- Star Trek: TNG beat Eureka 85% to 15%
They started with 30 shows so there are six more rounds to pick a winner with polls being held every few days in March. Visit io9 to keep up with the next round and vote for the Treks.
Quote of the Week: Google’s Vision Is To Make Star Trek real
Speaking at the by South By Southwest event this week, Google Senior VP Amit Singhal talked about the future of the company and its vision for search, saying (via Forbes):
Our vision of Google is things you need to know just come to you… Our dream is for search to become the Star Trek computer. That’s what we’re building today.
Singhal specifically pointed to Google Now which is designed to send users information before they even search for it (see video below via CNET).
Google Now – inspired by Star Trek
Craft of the Week: Star Trek Crew Cushions
The favorite bit of fan-made Star Trek fun this week comes from Barcelona artist Fabi Phil who sells these Worf, Picard and Data inspired pillow cushions (for just €47 for all 3). More info at Etsy.com. [UPDATE: They also offer a pair of TOS Kirk and Spock cushions for €30]
That’s it for this week’s Great Links. If you see something fun about Trek out there, send in a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.