Once again we take a look at Star Trek in the zeitgeist. This week a Great Links favorite, The Big Bang Theory, returned for a new Season, with tons of Star Trek fun. We have details below, plus ISS Astronauts talking to Vulcans, the return of "THIS IS A DISASTER!", Starships as Anime characters, and much more, including the latest Trek ref on Colbert Report.
Big Bang Treks Again (and Again)
The nerds at the CBS Sitcom Big Bang Theory kicked off their third season this week, and of course they started off with some Trek references. The set up for the episode was that the gang had just come back from an arctic science expedition, where they had all grown huge beards. All except Sheldon, who grew a very Mirror Spock-looking beard which was no accident according to a tweet by show co-creator Bill Prady. In addition the episode had multiple references to Shelden’s "Vulcan hearing". And there was even a reference to the new Star Trek movie, see the clip by clicking on the image below (opens new window)
CLICK IMAGE to see Star Trek movie reference on BBT
And that is just part of the links between Trek and Big Bang for the week. This week Wil Wheaton is actually shooting his guest spot on the nerdy show. He has been tweeting and blogging about it as well. No details on the episode, but over the weekend exec producer Prady sent out the following request via Twitter:
Klingons — need an mp3 file with correct pronunciation of: bortaS bIr jablu’DI’ reH QaQqu’ nay’
He later tweeted that he got it worked out. Prady also, by request, posted this pic today from the writers room:
Space Station Opens A Channel With Vulcan
Yesterday NASA and the Canadian Space Agency held a very special event in Vulcan. That is the town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, where they gathered more than 700 students for a live Q&A with astronauts on the International Space Station. And of course, they couldn’t help themselves but make a reference to Star Trek’s Vulcans. Here is an excerpt from a report on the event from The Calgary Herald
"To all the students, we encourage you to dream dreams, build an educational foundation under your dreams, and who knows, some day your dreams may come true," Thirsk told students during the 20-minute live broadcast that was also transmitted to schools across the province.
With a wry smile, Thirsk added, "live long and prosper" as his fellow astronauts Frank DeWinne, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott made the iconic Star Trek Vulcan hand sign while floating behind him.
This Is A Disaster: The Column – takes a look at Trek sequel
If you have been with TrekMovie for a while, you may remember back in 2008 when that in the comments section on an article about a Star Trek Cake, one of the community members made a sarcastic post opening with "THIS IS A DISASTER", as a mock nitpick post. Unfortunately some in the media mistook that for a real comment, and used it to make fun of Star Trek fans, including the site io9. Since then "THIS IS A DISASTER" has been a bit of a meme here at TrekMovie, with fans poking fun at their nitpicky selves, but over at io9, they have turned it into a regular "This is a Disaster!" column, mostly full of sarcastic Photoshopped images based on the latest news. One of the things this week’s column deals with, is the news that JJ Abrams is looking to do a modern allegory for the
next Star Trek movie, possibly dealing with torture. Here is what they came up with…
Images of the Week: Starships as Anime characters
Singapore anime fan and blogger Jonathan Wong asks the question, "What if Starships were Anime characters?". And he answered the question with some anime/ship hybrids from Star Wars and the new Star Trek movie.
Here are some more Star Trek related links from the last week
- io9, who just love to do lists, cite Trek in a couple of their latest: "Best Robot Bodies To Load Your Body Into" and "10 Best Space Cases"
- Speaking of lists, the scores for Motion Picture and Wrath of Khan are both on Total SciFi’s list of Best Scores, but Star Wars tops the list
- Last Thursday, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report had another subtle Trek reference in segment about mind reading soldiers, using an image of Deanna Troi