This week the great links has Trek characters showing up a few lists, Trek characters, judges robes inspired by TNG?, Trek recreated by breakfast cereal, a Trek fan make good with a Pulitzer, thoughts on a Wesley based TV show, Captain Kirk as a wrestler, Obama La Forge, and so much more.
Trek on the Lists
Everyone loves lists. TrekMovie does it, everyone does it. This week three Trek characters have shown up on different lists around the web.
Kirk, Space Stud
James T. Kirk has been named the #1 “Space Stud” by The Frisky, which specifically refers to Kirk as seen in TMP, who even trumped Star Wars‘ Han Solo! Eat that, Lucas!
Ben Sisko, Master Strategist
Meanwhile, over at io9, DS9 commander Benjamin Sisko is listed as one of the greatest space strategists in military history, noting “Operation Return” (seen in “Favor the Bold” and “Sacrifice of Angels”) as Sisko’s finest moment.
STV: God Entity, Bad Villian
Lastly, Filmcritic.com ranks the Alien Entity at the center of the galaxy as one of "10 Least Effective Movie Villains," summing it up well as "some kind of manifestation of the neuroses of Spock’s renegade half-brother and doesn’t really exist. Or something".
Kirk = cool, Sisko = genius, Fake god = loser
Critics see Trek in new UK judge robes
For reasons that are beyond me, critics are saying that the new robes designed for UK judges look like something out of Star Trek. Perhaps the reason for the comparison is that the robes come with three-color-coded collar bands designating seniority, while Trek uniforms a have a three-color coding system for designating department. For more views on the robes, see The Guardian and The Herald Sun.
Trek fan wins Pulitzer for book about Trek fan
Star Trek fan and MIT professor Junot Díaz has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Wao, about an overweight, teenage Dominican nerd who also happens to be a Trek fan. Well, that’s not all there is to it, but if you want to learn more, check out interviews with the author here and here; there’s also more info on the book and author at The New York Times. Enjoy.
Snap, Crackle, Trek
A really big Trek fan takes model-making to a whole new level. Mr. Bob Minor has been building Trek starships, sets, props, and even characters out of Rice Krispies cereal boxes, as reported by Metro. That’s fandom right there. Mr. Minor, we salute you (Vulcan style, of course)
Breakfast, the final frontier
IGN starts ‘Star Trek 101’
With the release of the new Star Trek movie only a year away, IGN has started a regular column called “Star Trek 101”, which “will explore the origins and history of Gene Roddenberry’s age-old franchise.” First up: a history and description of the original show’s two pilot episodes. Enjoy.
The Adventures of Captain Wesley?
The good folks at io9 think there should be a new CSI-type Trek series with a Captain Wesley Crusher in command of a Starfleet science vessel that solves mysteries for the Federation. They explain their reasons for this in this article here. Such a show probably wouldn’t last very long… but, hey, stranger things have happened.
Wheaton approves of the idea
Trek premiere tickets go for $7,600
Someone really wanted to go to the premiere of the Star Trek movie next May. The eBay auction for a pair of tickets (which we reported on last week) has come to an end and after a total of 46 bids from 19 bidders, the tickets fetched $7,600, with $1,000 of that coming in during the last two minutes of the auction. Of all the celebrity auctions benefitting the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Trek ticket auction came in 2nd behind the Elton John Vegas tickets and ahead of the Garth Brooks guitar.
Video of the week: Picard Smack-downs MacGyver
Not really sure what this is…but Jean Luc Picard delivers some serious pain in a ‘SMF SmackaDown’ wrestling match up of Jean Luc Picard and Lucy Ricardo vs. Brittney Spears and MacGyver.
- According to political commentator Robert Kagan, neoconservative are not vampires… they’re Borg. (TMP Cafe)
- The voice-to-text transcription service Jott reminds WIRED’s GeekDad of Gary Seven. (WIRED Blog)
- Scotty’s ill-fated nephew (Peter Preston) was IGN’s ‘obscure character of the day’ on May 7th.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ranked #10 in Sporting Goods’ Top 10 Best Dramas in the History of Television.
- And then there’s this:
The Audacity of La Forge