Judging by this video, it appears that Worf was completely useless.

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While much of the U.S. is experiencing a cold front (thanks, Canada!), the timing seemed right to hear Captain Picard *almost* sing “Let It Snow”….

Beyond the entertainment value of this, I am always amazed at the effort it must take to troll hours of footage to find the right words for the song. Nice job, James Covenant!

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In the TED Talks video, educator John McWhorter asks: Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? as he discusses conlangs (fantasy constructed languages).

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How “Star Trek Into Darkness” Should Have Ended

You don’t have to have seen Star Trek Into Darkness to enjoy this video, but if you haven’t, be warned that it spoils one of genre film’s worst-kept secrets.

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Captain Kirk Watches Miley Cyrus Perform

Pretty much does as advertised…
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BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz

REVIEW SUMMARY: A fun way to relive and remember the episodes of the original Star Trek series.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A collection of 80 retro-style Star Trek episode posters from Juan Ortiz, plus illustration notes and an interview with the artist.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Fantastic illustrations; 1960s retro style captures the era of the original series; variety keeps viewing experience interesting; illustrations more often than not reflect episode elements; illustration notes offer keen insight into the design process; just plain fun to look at.
CONS: Some illustrations seem to have no connection with the episodes, leaning more heavily on capturing the design style of the 60s.
BOTTOM LINE: A wonderful art book for Trek fans and art lovers.
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Cookie Monsters and Other Edible Literary Figures

Hi guys!  I’m new here and, while I will rarely ever write reviews,* I plan on putting pen to paper (figuratively speaking of course) to share all sorts of geeky and genre related goodies with you beginning today.  So, I thought I’d break the ice with some amazing cookie cutters based on a few of our favorite bookish fandoms.  Who doesn’t like cookies, right?**

Here goes nothin’…

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Nichelle Nichols on Filming The First Interracial Kiss On Television

Most Star Trek fans know that the original series episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” featured television first interracial kiss, between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). Here is Nichelle Nichols telling the story of how it happened in her own words.

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Breaking Bad is yet another one of those shows that everyone recommends and I never have the time to watch. If I was watching it, I would have seen the bit where one of the characters is talking about his idea for a Star Trek that sounds like that pie-eating scene in Stand By Me…if it were directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Now someone has taken that audio snippet from the show and animated it. God, I loves the Internets…
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I’ve been watching Archer on Netflix, so this mashup between Archer and Star Trek is particularly timely.

Thanks, Eddie!

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Sit back and enjoy Howard Koch’s radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds as performed by various members of various Star Trek shows. This L.A. Theatre Works performance features John de Lancie (who also directed), Meagan Fay, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy, Daryl Dwight Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Tom Virtue, and Wil Wheaton.

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In episode 196 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester invites Daniel Haight and Stephen Haffner to talk about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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Friday YouTube: Every Time Spock Says “Fascinating”

Spock may use the word “fascinating” to indicate something that’s unexpected, but this video properly reflects the Merriam-Webster definition of the word: captivating…
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Star Trek in 90 Seconds (and 8-bits)

A short retro-game-style animation tailored for the short attention span of the Twitter generation. Or, just a cool video. You decide!
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VIDEO: That Time the Death Star Destroyed The Enterprise

Man, the Empire simply does not like the Federation…

Some great imagery in this video set over the skies of San Francisco…
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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Though it starts strongly, the sophomore journey of the fresh-faced crew of the starship Enterprise covers too little new ground.

MY REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:  When a rogue Starfleet agent attacks a secret archive, Captain James T. Kirk is tasked with hunting him down and terminating him.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Good opening sequence; strong interaction between Kirk and Spock; good turns by Karl Urban and John Cho.
CONS: Anemic, especially in its revelations; far too derivative of the previous movie; laughable emotional sequences; action scenes that drag on far too long.

Star Trek Into Darkness, director J. J. Abrams’s follow-up to 2009’s Star Trek, is everything its predecessor was, only too much more so.  This isn’t necessarily a good thing, though several good things work in its favor.  Abrams’s gamble with making over Gene Roddenberry’s classic space opera with a new perspective on a much-beloved universe and fresh faces on seasoned characters reaped a handsome payoff, though astute audience members wondered if he could sustain what often seemed a one-picture trick.  They had a right to question how a crop of young actors possibly could play roles so identified with elder thespians that they wove their dramatic tics into the fabric of their characters.  Loyal fans, by contrast, knowing the full future history of the United Federation of Planets and the floor plans of the NCC-1701 U.S.S. Enterprise down to the last rivet, expressed honest trepidation at possible revisions to Roddenberry’s timeline, to say nothing of its philosophical underpinnings.  The resulting Star Trek was an entertaining if occasionally brainless affair, balancing well the expectations of both a summer movie crowd and faithful Trekkers despite dangling plot lines and scientific rationales bent into configurations that would snap the most pliable rubber.

But it worked even after the novelty wore off, and proffered challenges for a sequel.  Could Abrams and company make a follow-up that was less cluttered with the need to make the new timeline work and more focused on the things that made Roddenberry’s utopian vision compelling—namely, character and story?
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VIDEO: Star Trek: The Middle School Musical!

Middle school…the final frontier!

I’m going to take a moment to examine why I find this so nerdishly charming in so many ways…

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Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the heck out the Star Trek reboot. It managed to cater to existing fans while being accessible to new ones — exactly what it needed to do. That said, the film did have it’s problems…as this spoiler-laden video easily demonstrates…

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We don’t often post commercials but when you get Spock 1.0 and Spock 2.0 trading quips and ripping on past events – like The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins! – it simply becomes a requirement.

Enjoy!

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New Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness


Lots more scenery and special effects appear in this new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness. And — gasp! — is that a federation ship facing off against our beloved Enterprise…?

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