Star Trek Into Darkness Where No Man Has Gone Before

Fans of Star Trek have been analyzing and speculating about the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness very closely (IO9 has a detailed breakdown, for instance), trying to figure out, among other things, what the movie is going to be about. The villain, we’ve been told, is going to be familiar to fans. Here’s the [Read More…]

“Redshirt” by Jonathan Coulton

A newer song by Jonathan Coulton, who also wrote “Chiron Beta Prime.” [Read more…]

Doctors and Tribble-ations: An Idea for a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Doctor Who fans are looking forward to there being one or more special episodes in celebration of the show's 50th year. In the past there have been episodes like “The Three Doctors” and “The Five Doctors” which brought back actors who played the Doctor previously to play the role as the Doctor encountered his past [Read More…]

I Don’t Always Play a Red Shirt on Star Trek…

I spotted this on Facebook about a week ago, but IO9 mentioned it today and so I thought I’d share it. It’s an interesting bit of trivia, making for a nice addition to the “most interesting man in the world” meme. [Read more…]

They’re All Starfleet Now

Joel Watts shared a cool Star Trek version of the famous Beatles Abbey Road photo. That led me to the web site of an artist who goes by the nickname “Rabbittooth” who has done a number of photomanipulations to place a very large number of different actors into StarFleet uniforms. I particularly liked these, because [Read More…]

Jesus and Spock

Eruesso shared this tattoo of Spock depicted in imagery typically associated with Jesus: He said he’ll leave it to me to decipher it (presumably not the text, which is “Live Long and Prosper” in Spanish, but the significance of the whole thing). If he expects me to explain why someone would etch this permanently onto [Read More…]

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek!

I wasn’t about to let the day end without wishing Star Trek a happy 46th anniversary. Presumably everyone saw the Google doodle for the occasion. In other news, the next Star Trek movie is going to be called Star Trek Into Darkness. [Read more…]

Review of Sacred Space by Douglas E. Cowan

I am grateful to Baylor University Press for sending me a free review copy of Douglas E. Cowan’s magnificent book, Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television. I cannot believe how long it has taken me to get around to reviewing it. But there is a good reason. This is [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

The episode “The Ambassadors of Death” has as its downside something characteristic of a great many Doctor Who episodes, and arguably of the entire phenomenon of LOST: a suspense-filled and intriguing premise is eventually resolved in a manner that doesn’t live up to the build-up. Nevertheless, the premise and the exploration of it is itself [Read More…]

Leaving Lethbridge

What is a blog for, if not expressing one’s appreciation? I want to publicly thank everyone who participated in the Research in Religious Studies conference at the University of Lethbridge this weekend, not just for making me feel welcome but also simply for being part of this wonderful event. Special thanks are due to: Jim [Read More…]