There are plenty of ways to relive the adventures of The Original Series crew, and plenty more that attempt a mash-up of sorts, but there are few that manage to take such a silly combination of things the internet loves and pull it off so well.
Rick Berman famously uttered that the Internet would not exist without Star Trek and porn. Star Trek Cats proves that he should revise that statement to, well, “Star Trek and cats”.
Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be able to write such a glowing review of what is essentially a picture book full of drawings of cats dressed as the TOS crew. There’s no real story to the book. Instead, it’s a series of images drawn by artist Jenny Parks. Like a coffee table book. But of Star Trek. And cats.
The magic of Star Trek Cats is embodied in the sheer delight I felt upon witnessing the specific cats chosen to represent each iconic member of the NCC-1701 crew. Parks obviously knows her Trek. And her cats. What makes Cats worth the $14.95 purchase price is the fact that the personalities of our favorite space explorers are captured perfectly in the faces of cats.
Tell me you don’t immediately recognize every character in the image above, without needing to check the name plate. Captain Kirk is front and center, looking dapper as always. At his right paw are Science Officer Spock, looking kinda weird and lanky yet serious and composed, and Lt. Commander “Bones” McCoy, the scruffy insatiable ship’s doctor. Then you’ve got Montgomery Scott, appropriately depicted as a Scottish Fold, Communications Officer Uhura looking beautiful and bold, Lt. Sulu looking poised and fully capable of taking you down with a rapier (or claw), and — my personal favorite — Ensign Pavel Chekov, just looking kinda dumb.
The book goes on to relive some of TOS’s best moments, including scenes from “The City on the Edge of Forever”, “Devil in the Dark”, “Arena”, “Amok Time”, “The Trouble With Tribbles”, and more. Parks fills the pages with an obvious knowledge of TOS, including details that only a Trekkie would notice.
I’d also like to give a shout out to the dedication page, which, as a cat owner, turned me into a puddle on the floor.
Star Trek Cats: The Next Generation
Jenny Parks may be a huge TOS fan, but she isn’t neglecting the other series. Parks confirmed to TrekMovie what she had been hinting at for some time: a Next Generation cats book is in the works and slated to come out in Spring of 2018.
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