Did you know that Star Trek is a great way to teach your kids to pick up trash, well that is just one of the fasciniting bits of Trekdom that you can find in this week’s Great Links, along with another fandom debate, cool fan made posters, and ode to the red shirts and much more.
Star Trek teaching kids to pick up their trash
TrekMovie.com reader Closettrekker points us to a recent episode of the kids show Backyardigans titled ‘Garbage Trek,’ which used Star Trek to spread the word to pick up your trash, here are a couple of clips.
No such thing as Sci-Fi Fandom?
There is a bit of a debate on the internets this week about sci-fi fandom with Solar Flare positing that in the past (back in the pulp fiction days) there was a unified fandom, but the modern era has splintered it, noting now there are "Star Wars fans, Star Trek fans, Hard SF fans, Soft SF fans, Harry Potter fans and on and on and on." and concluding:
Generally speaking, variety of good. But it does make it very hard to talk about Science Fiction Fandom as though there is such a generic whole. And it makes it less than informative because no one can really say what a science fiction fan actually is any more.
However, our friend’s at io9 counter this argument in an ‘antirant‘ questioning if things were ever that homogonous, even back in the good old days, but also noting:
But I don’t get why that means that there can’t be – or isn’t – such an overlap between each fanbase that creates some basic, "generic," SF fandom, or even that all these sub-sections can’t be placed within the bigger genre picture.
TrekMovie agrees with io9. One only needs to look at our regular coverage of other Sci-Fi properties to see that Trek fans tend to also be fans of other science fiction, and even ‘hard sci fi.’
Can’t we all get along?
Fan Art of the Week – Star Trek 2009 Posters
UK Artist Mark Storey has been getting a lot of buzz this week for some of his home-made posters for the new Star Trek movie, and for good reason as they are pretty nice, check them out at his deviantart gallery.
Quote of the week
Once you do something for Lucas, you’re assured that you can at least make a living going to conventions for the rest of your life (laughs). If you ever need to do the circuit of sci-fi conventions, it’s there for you. In ‘Star Trek’ there’s no character too obscure to make a living at a sci-fi convention. I was the fourth Klingon from the left on the season two of ‘Star Trek.’ (laughs).
– Tom Kenny, voice of Sponge Bob,
talking about making it into sci-fi with Star Wars voice work [CultureShock] (he was joking about being the ‘fourth Klingon’)
Video of the week: Ode to the redshirt
Not a new idea, but comedy4cast has a fun and well made compilation of the sacrifices of Trek’s brave red shirts.
Speaking of redshirts, if you haven’t seen it, SiteLogic has the full statistical breakdown of redshirt casualties
- In a new polll by the UK’s GMTV, Star Trek was listed as the best TV to Big Screen transition.
- io9 lists Star Trek’s universal translator as one the items in the Unlikeliest Futures For The Human Species.
- The folks at fi-sci.com take a humorous look at Trek’s Five Captains.
- The Misfits of Sci-Fi lists The USS Enterpise on their Top 5 Sci-Fi Vehicles, coming in 2nd behind the Millennium Falcon, yeah right.
- In what may possibly be the nerdiest politcal editorial yet, LoHud.com posits: ‘Obama: Is he Bynar-like or also-ran‘ (and yes they are referring to TNG’s Bynars).
- One of the latest strips from the webcomic xkcd focuses on quantum transporters and Star Trek, TrekMovie’s science gal Kayla assures me it is hilarious.