Now that the Star Trek movie hoopla has died down it is time to set aside STO9 Tidbits and bring back The Great Links, your regular update for Star Trek in the zeitgeist. This week we face off with Guinness and Doctor Who, worry about the criminal Klingon lifestyle, get an Andorian eyeful, Dance to Shatner on the Mountain, and more.
Doctor Who most successful sci-fi series?
On Sunday the Guinness Book of World Records anointed the British time-travel series Doctor Who as ‘the most successful sci-fi series of all time.’ According to Variety, Guinness based this on "broadcast ratings, DVD sales, book sales and iTunes traffic" but also noted that "longevity was another factor." The first series of Doctor Who launched on the BBC in 1963 and has been on again off again since that time with a total of 30 seasons and 753 episodes and a TV movie. It is certainly true that Who has some more longevity than Trek. While no single Star Trek series can match up, when taken as a franchise, Trek has 30 seasons (counting TAS), with 715 episodes and 11 feature films. In an article about this subtitled ‘Suck it, Star Trek‘ Entertainment Weekly notes "Defining "success" for a show — sci-fi or otherwise — is a much more amorphous proposition, and I think the Guinness folks are confusing "successful" with "lucrative." TrekMovie agrees. And even when looking at ‘lucrative’ it is hard to believe that Doctor Who DVD sales would come close to those for all of Star Trek, or even just Star Trek The Next Generation. TrekMovie asked Guinness to provide more details on how they quantified ‘most successful’ but so far has got no response. We suggest The Guinness Book sticks to the easily quantifiable, like the world’s biggest cupcake.
And yet another true crime Star Trek story involving Klingon swords. This time UK’s Blackburn Citizen reports that police raiding a home of a suspected drug dealer in Woodnoook, Accrington, UK found a number of weapons including a two-foot long machete and "a replica sword used by Klingons in Star Trek." The article notes that it is not illegal to own the sword, however it was seized as "potential evidence of a criminal lifestyle." You have been warned Klingons fans!
Chonastock are back with more Andorian Love
Last year we highlighted a fun and sexy Star Trek landing party series made by the ‘Chonastock’ girls of Australia. That article lead to the girls being featured in Geek Magazine for the Star Trek special issue in April. And this week Ona Okon of Chonastock let me know of a new Star Trek photo gallery they just put up, this time it is all old-school Andorian. Ona Tells TrekMovie "I just wanted to expand on Andorians a bit more – I love the Original Series Andorians (miles cooler than Enterprise Andorians in my mind) but its a bit sad they never had any girls." Go to chon`astock.deviantart.com to see the full set.
Video of the week: Shatner of The Mount
This week William Shatner has appeared twice this week on the Tonight Show to make a little fun of the former Governor of Alaska, by turning her speaking and tweets into performance art poetry. Well, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. YouTuber ‘FallOnYourSword’ has taken a Shatner-at-peak-ego vignette (made during the shooting of his Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), and turned it into a dance mix.
More Trek Bits
Couple selected as winners of free Star Trek wedding at Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA
Star Trek is one of the franchises analyzed by io9 in their article "Are SciFi Franchises As Popular as Religion?"
Team Star Trek lost to Team Star Wars at the Rollerderby Convnetion in Las Vegas Yesterday (Rollercon Twitter)
Thanks Paul & Andrew for tips