ELSEWHERE: In Praise of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’

When I wrote on Star Trek for CaPC Magazine Issue #5, space considerations did not allow me to discuss the fourth Trek incarnation, Voyager.  Over at RogerEbert.com, Ian Grey has some interesting thoughts on what he calls “convulsively inventive humanist science fiction.”  I could quibble with some of the details, but there’s some solid commentary on how Voyager does (and doesn’t) fit with the Trek vision I discussed. … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Enjoy May

April is, if not the cruelest, at least one of the slowest months in pop-culture land.  While you’re waiting for the summer blockbusters to arrive, here are five things to look forward to in May -- and ways to entertain yourself in the meantime.1. The Great Gatsby (In theatres May 10) If Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel carries half the punch of its trailer, this film will probably leave you wondering why exactly you didn’t read the book when it was assigned … [Read more...]

How “Star Trek” Can Shape a Life

Writing for Wired, "GeekMom" Jules Sherred explains the importance of Star Trek to her life, and how it shaped her. My first conversation about this new series didn’t go exactly how I had hoped. For the rest of my class, Star Trek: The Next Generation was the first time they had watched Star Trek on television. They had seen most of the motion pictures, but they had no idea what I was referring to when I would draw parallels to Star Trek: The Original Series. Despite being slightly disappointed … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Star Wars vs. Star Trek vs. Twilight

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.George Takei (best known as Sulu of the original Star Trek series) has issued a statement to the warring tribes of Trekkies and Star Wars nerds. (The clip should undoubtedly have a PG rating, so FYI if you want to watch.) In this newly viral video, he calls for a cease-fire, saying “each [series] is wonderful in its own special way.” Takei hopes to brok … [Read more...]

Character Flaws and the "Final Frontier"

When I was in junior high and high school, my world was basically dominated by Star Trek: The Next Generation. I watched the show religiously, and my classmates and fellow nerds would often discuss -- in our physics class, natch -- the series and especially its myriad technologies, e.g., warp drives, photon torpedoes, and transporters. I would create and draw up my own starships, dream up my own storylines... Lord only knows what access to the Web circa 1992 would've done to my Trekkie-ness, … [Read more...]

Star Trek Gets Real

Before I say anything else I must make this clear: Star Trek, much like Transformers, is not about the plot. The plot is good, but that's not the point. This movie is about the characters, and the plot seems to be nothing more than a means to develop them (which is convenient, because it gives me the chance to review the film without spoiling anything [Ed: Nonetheless, those of you who want to go into Star Trek with a completely clean slate should probably refrain from continuing this article … [Read more...]

Star Trek: Spock's New Cultural Relevance

I saw my second-ever Star Trek movie this weekend. (The first I saw, 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact, ensured that I wouldn’t be trying another for quite some time.) I’ve seen maybe a couple of episodes of Next Generation, but, other than that, my Star Trek knowledge is entirely vicarious. What I have to offer is not so much a review, but the observations of a newbie who found the new Star Trek entertaining and accessible, if occasionally lacking in logic as far as its plot.On that note, as an … [Read more...]