Posts Tagged ‘Star Trek’

In the sixth Star Trek  film, The Undiscovered Country, Ambassador Spock tells Captain Kirk, “There’s an old Vulcan saying – only Nixon could go to China.”

The line was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, suggesting that Nixon going to China was so symbolically significant that it had even become a saying among an alien race centuries in the future.

The Nixon-going-to-China reference has also been cited a bunch of times in recent days, since it has been announced that Donald Trump appears to have accepted North Korea’s invitation for the US President to attend a talk with Kim Jong-un. The seemingly sudden onset of diplomacy and de-escalation seems to have caught most commentators off-guard.

It seems, on the surface, to be a positive development, with the historic meeting tentatively scheduled for May. (more…)


LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES episode, "The Cloud Minders." Season 3, episode 21. Original air date, February 28, 1969. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

It is hard to imagine that the original Star Trek series is now fifty years old.

It is also difficult to think of any cultural entity, certainly not a TV show, that has achieved a comparable level of cultural penetration or longevity. So much of Star Trek – and not even the movie franchise or TNG, DS9 and the later iterations, but just that original TV series – has become cultural short-hand.

The series has been endlessly paid homage to or parodied, and Star Trek may be the most referenced pop cultural phenomenon – certainly the most referenced TV series – of all time. (more…)

Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the documentary film that Adam Nimoy has been trying to make about his late father is going to be completed.
The project, which was started with the late Leonard Nimoy’s involvement, has seen 9,439 backers pledge $662,640 to help bring it to life.


Some of us are still processing the death of Leonard Nimoy; but almost lost in the midst of the outpouring of reaction to Nimoy’s passing was the death, within a day or two of Nimoy’s, of veteran TV and film producer Harve Bennett.
More on Mr Bennett shortly, but some of the tributes that emerged in reaction to the news of Nimoy‘s death have been particularly moving or even enlightening.


Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock in Star Trek TV programme  - the first series
This latest podcast, featuring my friend Mumra 2K of, was recorded hastily on Friday February 27th, the night the sad passing of Leonard Nimoy was announced. It is our initial reaction to the sad news, a reflection on Nimoy’s stature and legacy, Spock and Star Trek in general.
This is the link; you can download the mp3 for free (recommended). Or you can listen to it here in the player below.



As I’m sitting to type this post out, I’m still trying to process the news, still trying to adjust to it. A podcast I recorded with my friend Mumra 2K is available for download at this link; it is basically our reaction, as lifelong fans, to Leonard Nimoy’s passing and a brief reflection on Nimoy, Spock, Star Trek and what they’ve meant to us (the audio is also embedded at the bottom of this page).
It’s hard for people sometimes to explain why someone mattered to them; someone they’ve never met, that is. Someone they had no personal relationship with. But Leonard Nimoy’s passing is one of those that hits you in a very felt way; one of those, in all honesty, I’ve been expecting for some time and dreading.



The remarkable journey of George Takei to pop-cultural icon is the subject of Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary film, To Be Takei, which just debuted at the Sundance film festival.



Yeah OK, so it’s that age-old fandom question: who’s the better Captain? Except traditionally the question is centered around a Kirk versus Picard debate. It’s Kirk, for the record. (more…)

Now that was entertaining. That was, in fact, the kind of Star Trek film I’ve waited a long time to see, without even realising I’d been waiting for it.

I really didn’t have any great expectations for this film. I wasn’t particularly bothered about it either way,  having been largely unenthusiastic about the revamping of the franchise in the passed few years. While I found Star Trek (2009) reasonably entertaining – it definitely had nice moments – I certainly wasn’t as enamored by it as a lot of other people were. I considered it  broadly a Trek film for non-Trek fans. I also had gripes with the ‘alternative timeline’ motif, which seemed like a lazy construct to me, as well as with various other things (more…)