In this week’s Great Links we have the return of the USS Sombreroprise in its feature film debut. In addition we have Cyberpunk Borg, Data and Seven of Nine getting recognition, creepy Trek kids, police planning on getting phasers, and much more.
Star Trek: The Sombrero: The Movie
A month ago Great Links pointed to a thread at TrekBBS where the folks had decided to make some unique modifications to the USS Enterprise. This thread is still going and so TrekMovie has worked with Jon Cockroft (aka Jon1701) one of the key artists to create a video chronicling the voyages of the USS Sombreroprise.
Cops planning for phaser future
Is it too early to be thinking about what the advent of phaser technology will mean for law enforcement? Well an editorial titled Science Fiction vs Science Fact at Officer.com thinks now is the time, noting:
Think about this too: right now, law enforcement agencies use Force Continuums and Use of Force policy to control their officers’ actions. Firearms are lethal force. Period. No thinking about it. But what about a phaser with a sliding energy delivery level? It could be a non-lethal tool, a less-lethal tool, or a lethal force tool. So ONE tool, all of a sudden, would encompass more of the force option menu. I see LOTS more training being required to master that.
Pictures of the week: Borg Art
As part of io9’s series of Greatest Art Featuring 6 Iconic SciFi Villains, they have a gallery The Borg Assimilation of the Art World, including this pic of ‘Steam Punk’ Borg ocular implant:
Quote of the week:
I’m not a Trekkie by any means, but I would have to choose Star Trek, purely for the tacky retro qualities of the original series. I love when they hit a meteor storm and everyone flings themselves across the bridge.
– Alan Cummings (X2: Nightcrawler), when asked “Star Wars or Star Trek”
Q&A with Popmatters
Video of the week: Wrath of Caan
The true video of the week is the Sombrero movie above, but here is a quick clip uploaded to YouTube this week from The Critic (a great show from the 90s) with a special Trek moment.
Lists of the week: Cybernetic Trek getting their props
Trek is always making the lists, up this week we Data and Seven of Nine getting their props
Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine ranking 7th on Heckler Spray’s "Top 13 Sci-Fi Babes," noting "there’s something about a skin-tight grey jumpsuit and a metal eyebrow that really hits the mark."
Data, ranks number one on Zap2It’s "Top 5 Androids & Robots," noting "One of the things the TNG did so well was use Data to explore what it means to be human without being cheesy or preachy. And seriously, that stuff with the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact is genius."
TheState.com’s list "Ten Favorite Robots," also honors Data, but he comes in and #9 (five spots below KITT the talking car!)
- In a review of a Trek Comic, ComicsReported posed the question "does anyone care about Star Trek anymore" and Comic Book Galaxy responded with a big yes.
- Kindertrauma.com (the site about "everything that’s traumatic to a tyke"), takes a look at The Creepy Kids of Star Trek