Election Fever

Having worked in politics, this is the first year in my adult voting life that I won’t be participating in a general election. (campaigning that is, I’m going to vote of course!)

Star Trek very much influenced my decision to go in to politics so for this blog post I’d like to look at some of the Trek characters that fit in to some of the real life politician personality types I have encountered.

This is just for fun. But I’d love to hear your thoughts and your suggestions.

The Single Issue Guy

chief-obrien copyChief O’Brien would be the type of politician who is always campaigning tirelessly for the same thing.  He has a singular focus, he went in to politics to sort out transporter technology regulation, the Cardassian encroachment of Federation territories or the rights of non-comm officers. The chamber could be talking about the furtherest thing from his pet subject, but he’ll find a way to make his speech relevant. Beloved by his own constituents he is impervious to the changing tides of political persuasion or even punching journo’s in the face.

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Star Trek 13: Beyond

TrekMovie are reporting that the title for the third Star Trek reboot movie is titled ‘Beyond’:

 

TrekMovie.com has it on good authority that Star Trek Beyond is being used for the title of the new Trek film. What we do know is that the name has been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a step that typically signifies a title has been settled on for an upcoming movie. It is possible, given Bad Robot’s history of secrecy and pretense, that this is merely a decoy name registered to stir up conjecture amongst the media and fans. But, the official title will need to be registered with the MPAA before the film’s release, and given the timeline, it seems likely that such a decision would be made now.

Source: TrekMovie

Admittedly, when they announced the last movie as ‘Into Darkness’, we let out a little sigh. Star Trek is about hope even in sucky situations. But ‘Beyond’ conjures a sense of adventure, look to the future and stretching itself. This is exactly what we want from this third installment. 
We also note the top comment from TrekMovie:

 SoonerDave – April 21, 2015
Well…at least it’s news. “Beyond Antares” came to mind when I saw it….


Ohh err SoonerDave, we like your thinking. Good job Zoe Saldana can sing! (Yes we watched that Britney film. Don’t judge us!)

Samantha Cristoforetti, ultimate fan girl!

  
This image of Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti wearing a Starfleet uniform whilst welcoming the Dragon vehicle to the International Space Station, seems to be available on every hailing frequency we open. And with good reason, it’s probably the greatest picture from space ever taken! 

First picture of the Earth taken from space? Meh! Rocking the Janeway look whilst orbiting the planet – legendary!

With a growing list of Astronauts citing Star Trek as their inspiration, it demonstrates what a powerful influence the utopian view of Trek has had on generations. Almost 50 years in to its reign and we are at last moving well past the ‘Trekkie in the basement’ image and seeing scientists, world leaders, activists and philanthropists, all crediting Star Trek as their inspiration

What we love most about this is that Samantha must have insisted this got packed for her trip. Imagine what items you have to pack; 7 pairs of socks, 7 pairs on underwear and ‘omg I HAVE to take my Janeway space suit’.

Well if Chris Hadfield had room to pack his guitar then it’s only fair.

To add to her Trek credentials she tweeted:

 

Uhh AstroSamantha, you’re a Trekkie Girl after our own heart!

Competition: Star Trek Silver Coins for the 50th Anniversary

Get your Latinum on standby because there’s a new Star Trek collectable on the market! This appeals to us for two reasons, It’s Star Trek … and it’s shiny!

The good folks at Minted-UK have kindly offered one lucky Trekkie Girls reader a limited edition Captain Kirk 1oz silver proof coin worth £63!

2015-star-trek-captain-james-t-kirk-1oz-silver-proof-coin-with-boxThe ten-coin series features some of the most recognisable and loved Captains from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise.

 

There are five Captain Coins and five starships or space station coins to collect in this series. Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, and packaged in special Star Trek themed packaging, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The coins for each series will be released consecutively throughout 2015 and will follow the same format. These are all limited edition products and once sold out will not be minted again. Images for The Next Generation coins are released on the 5th May and all coins in the series are available to purchase at www.minted-uk.com

For your chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question correctly to be entered in to the prize draw.

The draw runs until 30th April 2015. The winner will be notified by email. Will will only keep your information for the purposes of this draw, we’re far too lazy to go all Section 31 and evil with data!

Due to lack of cheap transporter technology and customs, this competition is for UK residents only.