New Feature: The latest column to evolve out of the old ‘This Week In Trek’ column is one for ‘Trek Links on the web’ that aren’t related to Trek Celebs, merchandise or other areas covered in our regular columns. For this week’s ‘Great Links’ we have a magazine honoring the importance of Trek in TV history and another honor for ‘space smack talk’ plus some lighthearted ‘photo challenges.’
Star Trek…one of the ‘most important TV shows’
Mental Floss Magazine (the ‘Magazine where knowledge junkies get their fix’) has named the ’10 shows that saved the world’ and Star Trek The Original Series comes in at number 5 because it was “The show that designed the future (of society).” However the mag wasn’t citing Trek’s supposed influence on technology, but on on its influence on shaping the future by “Defying all stereotypes” of the time and going on to influence race and gender roles. See the full list and more on Trek at Mental Floss.
Trek talks some space smack
Trek is making another, albeit less serious list. Our friends at io9 have a new article on ‘Best Space Battle Smack Talk‘ and of course Trek makes the grade. According to io9, “Star Trek pretty much perfected the art of hailing-frequencies bravado.” The classic exchange between Kirk and Khan in Star Trek II being cited as one of the top moments of space taunting.
Kirk laugh at Khan’s superiority garners him top smack talk honors
Star Trek image contest
In honor of William Shatner’s birthday the folks at the British humor site b3ta have started an ‘Image Challenge’ (aka Photoshop thread) for Star Trek. No rules, no prizes, but lots of funny stuff (although much of it is not safe for work)…below are just a three of the dozens of entries. There are both static images and animated gifs as well. For them all check out b3ta.com
Just a tiny sampling of what is at b3ta
Speaking of Photoshop challenges, we have an oldie but a goodie. Long ago the humor site Something Awful had a animation contest specifically around our resident expert and fake-sniffer-outer, Senator Vreenak. Someone then put all the submissions together into one video. Again (not all images are safe for work).
Help The Great Links
Have you spotted someone talking Trek somewhere? If so send the link into tips [at] trekmovie [dot] com. with the subject ‘great link’ and we will put it in our next column.