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Sam is one of the original founders of Trekkie Girls. Loves a Tranya, would permanently reside on Risa and wants to be Lwaxana Troi when she grows up.

Star Trek and Human Development

Recently Colin from the Trek News and Views podcast asked us to send him a contribution on why we like Star Trek. We didn’t have enough time to hook up and come up with something together so Sam sent a contribution herself. It was so enjoyable thinking about it, I have developed it a little more and thought I’d share it on our own blog. I’m looking forward to hearing Carole’s take on it too.
Thanks for including us in your Podcast and Happy 30th Episode to Trek News and Views!
Why I love Star Trek.
By Sam

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TNG Taste of Blu Ray – Taste Gooood!

Review by Sam

I snatched this from the postman as he walked up my driveway this morning. It wasn’t my proudest moment, wearing only a dressing gown and having only applied makeup to one eye.

Why is it, you then feel the need to tell the postman, what is it they are delivering to you?

The next thing I did was take the photo above as I felt a great need to share to this with my Trekkie Friends. Its one of the few times when there is a global release date that we Brits get to watch things before the Americans wake up and fill the boards with spoilers. So Na! (be quiet Auzzies!)

Then there was a great dilemma….do I watch Standard Def Encounter at Farpoint first? So I can ‘feel the benefit’ when I watch it in HD?

Nope, couldn’t wait.

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Confessions of a temporally displaced women

Have you ever watched one of those Jerry Springer episodes with the Man who felt he should have been born a Women?…I know exactly how they feel. Except I have no confusion over my gender….but with Time. I DO NOT belong in this time line – its always felt wrong to me!

Most people put it down to watching too much Star Trek – they are right. Some say I am ‘from another planet’ ….thats not it though. And I’ve given it a lot of thought. As I look at all the aliens in ST, I’m not a Raktijino drinking warrior like a Klingon, I’m too much of a lefty to be a Ferengi and I don’t have the bone structure for a Cardassian, but those self-righteous know-it-all humans…yeah thats who I am.

I first had these inclinations as a young child. I recently came across an old school book which went into some detail about ‘what I want to be when I grow up’. Obviously I was going to enlist in Starfleet but I was unsure which area to specialize in. I was naturally drawn to command….as Kirk says you don’t give up being Captain of the Enterprise. But ships counselor looked pretty appealing too less hours, better office and you’re still a bridge officer!
– The note from my teacher suggests “have you thought about becoming a vet?” (what the Spock!?)

Whilst technology is having a growth spurt (thanks to Henry Starling and Capt Brannigan) I worry that Humans aren’t keeping up in terms of their personal development – both individually and as a collective species. I am shocked that some people harbour attitudes which would have been considered hateful by Victorian standards.

There are lots of sets backs to living in the wrong time line…..planes….injections….microsoft…..More on that later though……


Star Trek Ongoing

Star Trek Ongoing #1
Review by Sam

Carole is a comic reader and I have always felt less of a geek because of it. But its time to change that and I have gone out and bought my first Comic! (by go out – I mean visit the App store and download it!). 
Techie stuff: 

I went for the iPad download as I don’t have a comic book store nearby (for shame) and I prefer magazines etc via digital download, the pictures ‘pop’ and if you spill your raktajino all over it, well you just make yourself another one and carry on reading.
I think there was a lot more they could have done with the media though, I found myself rotating the screen from Landscape to Portrait to make sure I was getting the best picture. It moves smoothly but I have seen with some of the Marvel comics that they can fill the page with one image rather than page and the images slide nicer. There is also a limited capacity for zooming. But over all, better than paper.

The story is pretty much the episode Where no man has gone before. I knew they were ‘re-imagining’ old episodes using the new cast but at the moment there isn’t too much imagination. I’ll be gutted if they don’t bring back Dr. Dehner. Even though they say this isn’t connected to the films it does have Robert Orci as a creative consultant and does have JJ’s backing. Hopefully they will fulfil our Trekkie wish support the Make Me Dehner campaign to get actress and Televixon Mary Czerwinski into the role of Elizabeth Dehner. 
But overall it was a good length, not too long and I am looking forward to the next installment. But my opinion don’t count for much, they can make utter rubbish, label it Star Trek and I’ll still swallow it!

Ohh I just remembered, this isn’t the first comic I read – I also bought Countdown. Now that was good! It helped me come to terms with the whole ‘separate timeline’ issue because we got to see that the 24th century as we know it still exists (albeit it minus Romulus rather than Vulcan!) and life was carrying on as normal. Its like another mirror universe but more fabulous and shiny.
It also helps viewers understand the background to the film, e.g. red matter which was glazed over for risk of perplexing the new viewers (most of which are Star Wars fans so we have to take it easy on them, no big words etc)

So now I’m thinking of seeking out new comics…I may try Green Lantern??