Is it time for the Trekkies to come out of the closet? The Links explores. We also have Trek showing up in a sitcom (again), in a car commercial (again) and on a game show (again). All that plus Kirk and Picard fused into some sort of supercaptain, some great fan made video mashups, how Trek has influenced a new baseball stadium and more, all below.
Is Star Trek becoming cool again? (and sexy?)
Last week in our article ‘Star Trek Trailer Gets Notice Of Mainstream Media‘ we noted that many in the media, from big newspapers to small ones, were all taking notice of the new Star Trek movie, and some writers were clearly showing off their inner Trekkies. Apparently there are lots and lots of Trekkies out there, and they even look like regular people and everything. In a new article at PinkRayGun titled ‘What’s So Wrong With Being a Trekkie‘ blogger Adam Hanault notes that he often finds after admitting he is a Trekkie that people often "shake their head" but ten minutes later they are telling him about their favorite episode. He notes there are many ‘closeted Trekkies’ out there, but concludes Paramount’s mega-budget Star Trek film aimed at the mainstream will change all that:
I mean, for God’s sake, Trekkies, look at who’s President! The world has changed. There’s so much hope in the air that people are dancing in the streets, hugging complete strangers! This May, a major movie studio is spending $150 million to take you out on a really, really fancy date and praying to God they’re good enough to impress you. Behave like you’re worth every penny of that money and a whole lot more. It’s high time. You’ve arrived, my friends. Act like it!
In my work as Editor of TrekMovie.com I see this kind of thing every day. I often speak to or get emails from people from all walks of life (outside the usual geek media) who want to talk my ear off about Trek. A prime example came just Monday when I got an email from Ron Motta, an editor for Playboy magazine (yes that Playboy Magazine), apparently he is a regular reader of TrekMovie.com and wanted me to see his blog on the NY screening of Paramount Star Trek footage, titled ‘Not Your Daddy’s Star Trek‘ (where he gives it a big thumbs up). In that post Ron (possibly risking his next invite to the Hef’s mansion) outs himself as a Trekkie, noting:
I’ve watched the show since I was four. I had the Mego action figures and bridge set, played the role-playing game (always got stuck with Chekov!) and read the novels.
Say it brother, we reach! Could it be that this big push for the new movie can have the side effect of wiping away all those mainstream stereotypes of pocket protectors and parent’s basements. And being that Mira Sorvino, Megan Fox and Rosario Dawson are Trekkies, maybe it is sexy too!
Sorvino: worth getting out of any closet for
Not sure if this proves or disproves the above point, but the CBS nerd comedy Big Bang Theory again referenced Trek (see previous times here and here). In fact last week’s episode was titled "The Lizard-Spock Expansion." This clip explains what that is all about
Judge Joe and Trek
Trek is no stranger to game shows (see last year’s article on Trek and Jeopardy), last week the gameshow ‘Trivial Pursuit America,’ (in an episode featuring Judge Joe and other Celebrity Judges) had a Trek question.
Star Trek in Obama’s Cabinet
We thought the Star Trek political references would end with the end of the US Election season, but apparently they have just moved into the transition. AOL’s Political Machine Blog has not one but two whole Star Trek transition posts:
Morphing Kirk and Picard
The website CelebrityMorphing.com, which creates bizarre celebrity hybrid creatures, uploaded the following somewhat disturbing video onto youtube to promote their site. (they also have a still at their site).
Quote of the week: Yankees headed to the final frontier
The New York Yankees are building themselves a new baseball stadium and it is going to have over $15 million in high tech communications installed by Cisco Systems. In an article at the New York Times titled ‘Boldly Going Where No Stadium Has Gone Before‘ Cisco Chairman John T. Chambers stated:
Take the dream of ‘Star Trek’ or other movies. That concept is where we’re going to go. It’s going to change all of sports. I don’t think I’m too bold in saying that.
Video of the week 1: Kal Kirk?
Last week we linked to a bunch of video mashups of the new Trek trailer. Two of the best were Kelvington’s recut of the trailer with the Smallville theme, and GeneralGrin’s recutting Star Wars Episode I-III footage with the Trek trailer audio. Now GeneralGrin has taken both of those ideas and put them together with a new kind of Smallville mashup.
Video of the week 2: Who Trek Preview
Speaking of our pal Kelvington, he and Spockboy have been working on their own special Star Trek & Doctor Who mashup movie, which looks to be another genius effort. The final product will be ready by Christmas, but this week they have put together a clever special preview for the TrekMovie community.
- The TNG Era Romulan Warbird made Wired Five Awesomest TV and Movie Spaceships, they say it is it is cooler than the Enterprise and "proof positive that bad guys always get the good gear."
- This week online comic strip at MediaGeeks.com is dedicated to the new Star Trek trailer.