While we wait for the first Star Trek Beyond teaser to drop, let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the world of Trek this week around the web.
Niel deGrasse Tyson Confirms it: The Enterprise would beat the Millennium Falcon in a fight
“There’s no question… no question!” exclaimed Dr. Tyson of Cosmos fame (and of just being an all around awesome scientist with a knack for science communication!). When asked who would win in a fight, Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise or Star Wars’s Millennium Falcon, Tyson confirmed what Trekkies already knew deep down: the Enterprise wins in a land slide.
The Enterprise has the benefit of being ‘real’ in the sense that there are scientists and real engineers on staff on the ship monitoring its engines, its warp drive, its photon torpedoes. And, so, it’s fake real, as opposed to the Millennium Falcon, which is just fake fake. [The Falcon] is part of a fantasy storytelling.
Not only that, the Enterprise — and I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I think what I’m about to say is correct — it is the first ever spaceship represented in storytelling that was not designed to go from one place to another. It was only designed to explore. Think about that.
Every movie, every show that preceded [Star Trek] built it to go to a destination. And they go, and they get out, and they pitch tent. They’re not completely living on the ship as an exploratory vehicle. That was revolutionary in terms of what we would think space would and should be about.
Plus, in a battle, the Enterprise would just wipe it’s ass with the Millennium Falcon [laughs]. I’m sorry!
Damon Lindelof admits keeping Khan a secret was a ‘mistake’
We all know of Bad Robot’s famous secrecy that shrouds every production to ever come from JJ Abrams’s powerhouse production company. But, this time, Damon Lindelof (screenwriter of Star Trek Into Darkness) admits that lying about whether the character of Khan was in the film was, in the end, a mistake.
“When we did Star Trek Into Darkness for example, we decided that we weren’t going to tell people that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan” Lindelof told Variety. “And that was a mistake, because the audience was like, “We know he’s playing Khan.” That was why it was a mistake.”
The problem here, implied Lindelof, isn’t the overall secrecy. It’s the fact that the cat had been let out of its proverbial bag, and denying Khan’s presence in the film ended up coming across as a lie rather than a secret withheld for the audience’s surprise and enjoyment.
JJ Abrams made similar statements about the Khan fiasco back in 2013 saying, “The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, ‘This is who it is’. It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given people more time to acclimate and accept that’s what the thing was.”
New Trek merchandise in time for the holidays
It’s that time of year again, so start racking your brain to think up the perfect gift for the Trekkie that has everything. Both StarTrek.com and ThinkGeek have got you covered this year (look for a more extensive holiday gift giving guide soon!), and we wanted to highlight one neat new piece of Trek tech on the market: the Star Trek Transporter Pad LED Coasters for $29.99.
This set of officially licensed Star Trek coasters (a ThinkGeek exclusive) is a pack of nicely designed drink holders made to look like the original series transporter pads. They even light up to give your cocktail the effect of being suspended mid-beamout (they also play (de)materialization sounds! Squee!). The noisy coaster set may get a little bothersome if used regularly, but wouldn’t they be a great addition to a Trek-themed party or marathon?