This week The Great Links has Mila Kunis showing what a Trek nerd she is. We also have Craig Ferguson and Adam Savage creating detente between Star Trek and Star Wars. All that plus Mr. Spock, Space Wizard, more lists with (and without) Star Trek, a robot playing Star Trek theme on a Theremin, and a wool cap to keep your pointed ears warm.
GREAT LINKS: WEEK OF JULY 18, 2011
Trek Celeb of the week: Mila Kunis ranks the Star Trek series
Back in 2009 Great Links first reported on how Mila Kunis is a Trekkie. The actress is adorning the latest issue of GQ magazine and in the feature interview, she goes into more detail on her Trek fandom firstly ranking her Star Trek shows:
I got into [Star Trek] in my late teens—18, 19, 20. Something like that. I got into it later than most people. But let’s not talk about it in the past tense. I’m still a Star Trek fan. You never stop being one. Let me give you my rundown of the series in order of most favorite to least favorite…Okay. You should know this list is an ongoing argument between Seth MacFarlane and myself. But I have it: The Next Generation; the original series; then Voyager…then I have Deep Space Nine. Then last is Enterprise.
Kunis also discussed some of her Trek fandom activities:
I went to the Star Trek Experience in Vegas maybe five years ago. I hung out with a bunch of fake characters inside Quark’s bar. There were all these actors there pretending to be the different characters from the different shows. Yes, I loved it….But I also have a signed Leonard Nimoy photo in a little frame that a girlfriend gave to me for my 21st birthday. And I’ve got a bunch of vintage Star Trek figurines given to me by Jason Segel. God, it’s so embarrassing..
Trek On The Lists: Star Trek 2009 but no Wrath of Khan on Top SciFi Movies?
For the lists this week we start off with Total Film who have posted the list of Top 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Ever. The list is based on votes from the readers. The 2009 Star Trek movie came in at #17, however Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (considered the best Trek film by most) was not even on the list. And it isn’t like the list doesn’t double down on franchises with the Alien, Star Wars and Terminator franchises each having two entries (and all 6 in the top 15).
More Star Trek on the lists:
io9: Ten Alternate Earths
io9: 10 Greatest Unintentionally Hilarious Lines from Science Fiction and Fantasy (includes the below clip)
Craig Ferguson and Adam Savage bring peace to Star Trek v Star Wars
For decades Star Trek and Star Wars have battled each other for fan domination. The subject of Star Trek came up recently in a chat on The Late Show With Craig Ferguson where the host asked Adam Savage if he liked Star Trek. Savage said he was a huge fan but preferred Star Wars. Ferguson then countered "They are all Star things – it’s all going on – you don’t have to pick one like a team." And Savage agreed. So there you have it…Star Trek v Star Wars detente.
Craft of the week: Knit Vulcan Hat
Have you ever felt the need to keep your head and ears warm but also show how logical you are? Well FiveCornersDesign has just the thing for you with their Knit Vulcan Cap, complete with built in ears.
Video of the Week (& Music of the Week): Robot plays Star Trek theme
Check out Nao the robot playing the original Star Trek theme on a Theremin (via MsPetiteGeek on YouTube).
Mr. Spock: Space Wizard?
With the record-breaking release of the final Harry Potter film, the people have magic on their mind, like the people at Screened who see some magic in Star Trek with the article: Mr. Spock, Space Wizard. The notion was so intriguing, Leonard Nimoy sent out a link to the article via Twitter. The article opens with the thought:
Mr. Spock from the science-fiction franchise Star Trek encapsulates the concept of the Space Wizard. Throughout the films and television series of Star Trek, Spock routinely makes the impossible happen. The creators of Spock balance the believable with the exigencies of a story. Spock utilizes a rare knowledge of science and technology on the Starship Enterprise to bend the Universe to his will.
Spock is a scientist and miracle worker, fulfilling many of the roles of the classic wizard in Western mythology. In the Middle English meaning of the word "wizard," Spock is a learned, wise sage tasked with the protection of information and its application in everyday life. In the Medieval romance sense of the word, Spock spouts scientific jargon and data as magical incantation. His word transmutes reality. Spock also acts as the Guide or Mentor from Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. As a man who understands the nature of the Universe, he casts adventurers to their destiny. Spock is an important part of any story that includes him.
…more at screened.com
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