A resident of Manitoba in Canada has had his license plate revoked after the authorities received complaints. Accoding to CTV, Nick Troller’s “ASIMIL8,” which he has had for two years and includes a “WE ARE THE BORG. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE” frame, is considered insensitive to the indigenous people of Canada. Manitoba Public Insurance told Troller that two people have complained and he had to surrender the plate, so in this case, resistance is indeed futile: he has the choice of getting a new personalized plate for free or getting a refund. More details in the video report below.
Forbes discovers the obvious: Star Wars is more popular than Star Trek, but Trek fans make more money
In honor of “Star Wars Day” the folks at Forbes decided to conduct a poll to find out which was more popular, Star Trek or Star Wars. The answer was a pretty obvious when one looks at box office or merchandise sales, but here is what they found:
However, the poll also revealed that those who expressed a preference for Star Trek made more money than those who expressed a preference for Star Wars. This is most likely due to a difference in the median age of the fanbases.
Advice for Star Trek Discovery: should it get political?
There is a lot of anticipation about Star Trek: Discovery, along with a lot of secrecy. To fill in the time, some have started to speculate about and offer advice to the show. New York Magazine’s Vulture blog put together a video on about how Star Trek is facing its biggest political challenge, asking “will the writers be bold enough to take on one of the most tense political environment’s in decades?”
Vulture isn’t the only site thinking about Discovery; Comic Book Resources has come up with a list of “15 Characters We Want To See In Star Trek Discovery.” Their number one choice is Shran, which would make Jeffrey Combs pretty happy.
Deep Trek thoughts: Wesley actually great? Starship life would suck?
Some sites out there have been taking deeper dives and are even getting into some controversial areas in terms of Star Trek. Here are some interesting reads from the last couple of weeks from some of them:
Den of Geek: Unpopular opinion: Wesley Crusher is a great character.
Inverse: How Star Trek’s warp speed works
Art of the week: Star Trek ships re-imagined as cars
In April Australia’s Budget Direct car rental company posted a list of 9 Star Trek ships redesigned as cars including the various USS Enterprises, the USS Defiant, The USS Voyager and Romulan, Klingon, Borg, and Ferengi “carships”. They even took a crack at the new USS Discovery from the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery.
Video of the week: A Star Trek birth announcement
Music video of the week
The All Hail Retcon YouTube channel has re-imagined the song “99 Problems”with Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Geordi LaForge stepping in for Jay Z.
That’s it for the Great Links this week. Keep up with all the fun Star Trek ephemera with TrekMovie’s Great Links coverage.