Back in January when Apple unveiled their highly-anticipated iPad, Star Trek was there, using the new movie to show off its multi-media capability. And today when Apple unveiled the 4th generation iPhone, Star Trek was again invoked, this time by CEO Steve Jobs himself when introducing the new video calling capability. This prompts the question: Is Star Trek actually behind the curve on this tech?
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands now) counts down what they are calling the "100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years". While the list include a number of well known sci-fi characters, not a single character from the Star Trek franchise made the list.
Back in 2008 we reported on an exhibition in New York from artist Devorah Sperber called "Mirror Universe" with a collection of Star Trek themed art. It appears that much of this art was purchased by Microsoft, who have it displayed on their campus in Washington. See pictures and video of the display below.
The geeky CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is rife with comic book and sci-fi references, but this week and last week’s episodes show that Star Trek is the closest to their hearts. In this week’s episode Sheldon revealed just how important Trek is to him in a potential crisis, and in next week’s episode, a flashback will show how Sheldon used Star Trek as a key test for his roommate Leonard. And you can watch video of both Trek refs below.
There is a cool new ‘infographic’ all about Star Trek that has gone viral in the last couple of days. It is a guide to interesting Star Trek trivia, that can be quite educational for those new to the franchise, and maybe even has some tidbits for some regulars. Check it out below.
Star Trek references are a regular occurrence on Seth MacFarlane’s Fox show Family Guy, so it is no surprise that they are also showing up on his spin-off series: The Cleveland Show. On last Sunday’s episode guest star Kanye West guest-starred and got into a rap battle with Cleveland Jr., where he (and Jr.) busted out some Klingon. Watch it below.
Often TrekMovie brings you links to the humorous trivial Trek, from LOL Cats meeting Trek to silly viral videos. Today we have links to some more serious takes on Trek. First up a recently unearthed and very thorough analysis and history of the score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We also link to an interesting look at the ‘minimalism’ of Star Trek TOS.
Have you ever thought to yourself "How can I combine my love for Star Trek and my love for sausages?" Well if you have, we have the Meat-erprise just for you. Check out the photos and links to a how-to guide below.
Just one month since their last gag, last night Fox’s The Simpsons once again dived into the world of Star Trek for a gag, and it is no surprise that it was Comic Book Guy for the delivery. Watch the video below.
Everyone seems to be talking about Apple’s new iPad this week, and it is the theme for a Great Links column. We have a photo of Data and Q holding one that is getting lots of interweb buzz. Plus LeVar Burton is tweeting about the iPad, and Rod Roddenberry says he wishes Apple called it the iPadd. Paramount has even got involved, pulling a much talked about Trek-themed iPad application. Get all the iPadTrek-ness below.
Today is April 1st, and you know what that means. Last night I announced (on the Twitter) that TrekMovie would not be doing any April Fools pranks this year. However, many other sites are having some fun today, including a number of Trek related pranks. Find out who is having final frontier fun below. [UPDATED with more Trek Foolery]
When Star Trek meets technology you get Treknology, and there are a couple of examples of that to share with you about some new pieces of tech. One is a special fanmade Star Trek-themed promotion for the Google Nexus One (from the futuuuuure). And the other is the inevitable PADD application for Apple’s new iPad.
The Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace in London are famous for their elaborate ‘changing of the guard’ and their unflappable demeanor, but did you also know they have a band? The band accompanies the changing of the guard and often plays popular music, and one day last week they did a medley of Star Trek themes, check out video below.
Once again life imitates art with NASA looking to Star Trek for inspiration for their new poster for the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Check it out below, plus news on how Space Shuttle Enterprise is preparing to fly again.
There is a video that has gone viral in the last couple of days after being unearthed by EverthingIsTerrible.com, and it is by far the worst Star Trek Parody of all time. There is no attributed source, so not sure who to blame, but it seems to be some misguided attempt to use Star Trek to send some kind of Christian message, but it doesn’t even do that well. Check it out for yourself below.
Many comparisons have been made about President Obama and Star Trek’s Spock, but it may be that he is not the only politician to be compared to a Vulcan. Earlier this week former Massachusetts governor and Republican Presidential candidate got into a scuffle on an airplane with a rapper (who got booted from the plane), but now the rapper says Romney started the fight with a "Vulcan grip".
Its time to link to some of the viral fun the Internet is having with Star Trek. This week we have a "Devil in the Dark" techno dance video, more LOLCats+Trek, Hitler taking on Khan, a Trek-themed drunk driving PSA, and even more ST09 trailer mashups. Check it all out below.
The NBC show Heroes is well known for its Star Trek and pop culture references, often coming from the teleporting/time-traveling fanboy character Hiro, played by Masi Oka. But during one of last night’s two hours of Heroes, the Hiro character went sci-fi reference crazy, literally.
Another viral video link around the web this week is a hypnotic video of a submarine USS Enterprise. It comes from a Japanese modeling club that TrekMovie featured last year, but now there are more Star Trek ships turned sub videos to show off. Check them out below.
The week between Christmas and New Years tends to be a slow news week and so a few Star Trek related links have gone viral and are sweeping around the internets to fill the void. We have naked Trek bikers, LOLCats Trek, A quiz on Trek and Pills, and some politics (gasp!).
We have previously reported that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane would like to follow up his Star Wars parodies with taking on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However in a new interview it seems he isn’t holding out hope of Paramount cooperating, but that didn’t stop him from dropping in a few Trek refs into the new “Something Something, Something, Dark Side" parody of The Empire Strikes Back.
It is Christmas week and so the Great Links is bringing together examples of Star Trek holiday cheer from across the web. We have Star Trek Christmas songs, Vulcan Giving, Klingon Christmas, Trek trees, Enterprise in Gingerbread, Santa Spock and more. Ho Ho Make it So.
Ever made up your own dialog while watching Star Trek with the sound off? Well, that is the premise of a a new viral video going around this week, that even made it onto G4’s Attack of the Show. Let’s just hope that this isn’t what Star Trek The Next Generation looks like to lip readers.
There has been much written connecting President Barack Obama to Star Trek, spurred on by Obama’s own references to the franchise. In a new feature article today, the AP draws a specific comparison between the President and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock. The article also has comments from the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci, excerpts below.
For Day Three of TrekMovie’s Thanksgiving Weekend Star Trek Mashup Marathon, we pick up on a theme for an article from April 2008 and look at more alternative opening title sequences for the Star Trek shows. We have one for each show, with a different spin.
Today is Day Two of our Thanksgiving Weekend Star Trek Mashup Marathon. This time we take a look at a couple of imaginative alternate endings to the 2009 Star Trek movie, where Capt. Picard and his crew of the Enterprise fight to defend the Prime Timeline. Check them out below.
The Klingons were created in the 60s to be the Star Trek stand-ins for the Cold War ‘Red Menace’. This week an impressive new video was uploaded to YouTube titled ‘Klingon Propaganda’, which runs with the notion by creating a motivational cartoon from the Klingon perspective in the style of 20th century Communist Propaganda. And it is so well-made, it raises the question as to whether or not it is ‘Fan Made’ or something more.
In the last week or so, we continue to see Star Trek work its way into the popular culture. This ‘Great Links’ examples from SNL’s Thursday, Update, The Simpsons and even an upcoming Adidas commercial. Also the US Navy is making their own Star Trek command center and we can help you make your own Uhura dress. All that and more below.
Once again we take a look at Star Trek in the zeitgeist. This week a Great Links favorite, The Big Bang Theory, returned for a new Season, with tons of Star Trek fun. We have details below, plus ISS Astronauts talking to Vulcans, the return of "THIS IS A DISASTER!", Starships as Anime characters, and much more, including the latest Trek ref on Colbert Report.
The new Star Trek movie has inspired so much, and now apparently it may help bring back the Ghostbusters. Star Trek is also inspiring the producers of Warehouse 13 who have gone three episodes in a row with Trek refs. We have video of that below, plus Star Trek 2009 on anime trial, Kirk v Alien and Wof as you have never seen him.