Monday, February 9, 2015

Star Trek Favorites!

Good day and hello my readers and welcome to the week. Now I know I just did more than the proverbial nod to science fiction so what I am proposing (Jake, so soon??) is a reflection on one of the most successful sci-fi TV series created from the godfather of television sci-fi, Gene Roddenberry. Hah, you thought I was going to say Rod Sterling didn't you?! Case in point, without Rod Sterling we might all sleep more soundly but I am referring to Star Trek. What started as nothing short of Wagontrain in space spawned 5 TV shows, 10 motion pictures and two rebooted films to resurrect this ongoing franchise that has existed since 1966.

Come now, sir.  The fanciful dress party is in full swing.

From its humble beginnings of force perspective, dissolving film footage and poor sweltering men in rubber suits, this concession to print money has brought about a cartoon, merchandise, novels, audiobooks and a cult following that it and SCA originated cosplay. Yes people without Trekkies, running around in costumes before or after Halloween would be construed as crazy behavior and those people would be locked away... not sure if that is a blessing or curse but this simplistic view of morality, honor and tension brought both the US Marshall of frontier justices and the height of the Cold War to your living room in a dynamic that allowed messages to be heard and opinions of government to be questioned. Captain Kirk knew in his heart that he was not the end all role model but that he did his job, got to have more than his fair share of women for his misogynistic pleasures and in general, was a decent guy... who could not commit to anything aside from Starfleet and his ship.

Breaking ethnic barriers, misconceptions of culture and overall decent story telling, Star Trek brought plenty to the United States as well as around the planet. You will be hard-pressed to not find Trekkies in foreign lands. We just have to gloss over certain French captains that happen to speak in classic English dialect. With that in mind, this week we look back at the original series and find a few fan favorites. Make it so.  

Muscling in our racket, will ya??