Star Trek is a science fiction television series documenting the adventures of the Starship Enterprise.
TNG: "The Outcast"
In 1992, Star Trek: The Next Generation featured an episode that was designed to finally explore LGBT issues through Star Trek's allegorical lens, something which had been virtually unexplored in all the seasons of Trek before. Well-intentioned as it was, "The Outcast" missed its mark and muddled its message, but in the process, managed to become something else that was ahead of its time.
My Take On Star Trek: Picard
I just recently finished the first season of Star Trek: Picard. As a long time Trekker (or is it Trekkie?), I've been longing for a descent new Star Trek show. Despite its flaws, Star Trek: Picard was the first show in a long time I was excited about seeing once it aired. In fact, it was the only reason I even purchased Amazon Prime!
Star Trek Was Dead In the Water Until JJ Abrams Saved the Franchise
Photo by Mario A. P. This the third article I’ve written in defense of JJ Abrams Star Trek, it’s really becoming quite a quest with me. I can’t seem to help it. I just hope Star Trek 4 is better than the last one. So let’s leave the main impediment to all the detractors off the page. That would be the lack of Science Fiction in his re-visioning. In this round, I will recall the state of Star Trek after Enterprise and Nemesis tanked and look at JJ's introduction through the precarious standing the franchise held.
Top Five Sexist Moments in the Original 'Star Trek'
Photo by Gage Skidmore Star Trek was groundbreaking on unprecedented levels. Of course, it couldn’t rise above the flaws of the time in every instance, and despite the egalitarian outlook Roddenberry envisioned, sometimes women remained in the same regressive period that the show existed. Still, that doesn’t diminish the show’s prescience, and I have no interest in bringing down the original series or the franchise. The moments still exist, though, and feel a little awkward. But rather than ignoring the elephant in the room, pointing them out does serve an important purpose. We get to see how far we've come.
"Judgment" Had 'Enterprise' on Its Way Before Xindi Lobsters Doomed the Series
Photo by Gage Skidmore Whenever Enterprisecomes up I get annoyed, and the thought of "Judgement" just boils me over. The season two episode represents what Enterprise could have been had it continued along this path. Instead, low ratings sent executives in search of action/adventure to save the series and doomed the possibilities. How sad.
'Star Trek' Is Copying 'The Transformers' Model
The new show Star Trek: Prodigy, in collaboration with Nickelodeon, is the franchise’s first attempt at targeting its youngest audience yet. Thus following in the footsteps of Transformers: Rescue Bots to tap into the lucrative preschool merchandise market.
'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Premiere Available to Watch for Free
Star Trek: Lower Decks is available for free online. This means those who do not currently have a CBS All Access subscription can get a taste of Star Trek's newest animated series in over 40 years.
Star Trek's Bisexuality Problem
As a bisexual man, I take notice when a bisexual character appears on film or TV. Bisexual characters are still uncommon, male ones particularly. It's something I've looked at in other articles lately, and there has been some positive bi-representation in recent years, but it's still a rarity. When a bisexual person appears on our screens, more often than not, their sexuality is presented as an indication that there's something wrong with them. Bi characters are more often than not villains, creeps and weirdos, in sf media especially. Frank N. Furter is, although a pop culture icon, a corrupting alien force. Sharon Stone plays a cruel, manipulative bisexual in Basic Instinct. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's relationship is portrayed as positive, but they're still a pair of murderous villains. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow progressed from straight relationships to exclusive lesbianism, but only her evil vampire parallel universe counterpart was bi (of course, prime Willow went evil for a bit as well, so I guess she was just bi enough).
REVIEW: Star Trek: Lower Decks 1-1
The first episode of the new animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks has now been released for streaming on CBS Access, beginning a run of new Star Trek episodes that will last twenty-three weeks (the full first season of Lower Decks and the third season of Star Trek: Discovery). Lower Decks is, remarkably, the ninth full Star Trek series (tenth if you count the companion series Short Treks). The return of Star Trek to an animated format is a pretty big deal. Short Treks had a couple of very good animated episodes which experimented with different styles, but when most people think of a Trek cartoon, they'll think of the 1970s Star Trek: The Animated Series. This is definitely worth a look if you're a Trek fan, but it conjured up images of cheap, jerky animation and simplistic morals for kids.
Where No Man Has Gone Before?
The hot gossip in Star Trek circles is that James T. Kirk, the legendary captain of the USS Enterprise, will be appearing in the upcoming series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and that, in a big change to the character, he will now be bisexual. This has, unsurprisingly, sent some corners of fandom into apoplexy. But do those of use who want a more LGBT-friendly Trek universe want this change to Kirk's character?
Part II : The Inspiration for Spock and Other Star Trek Staples
Photo by Charles Kremenak Vulcans and Spock Spock and Vulcans have a very unlikely origin indeed. The impetus dates to Roddenberry’s time in the LAPD and his close friendship with Police Chief William Parker. Suprisingly, the top law enforcement officer in Los Angeles is best remembered for his explanation for the Watts Riots. “One person threw a rock,” Parker explained, “and then like monkeys in a zoo, others started throwing rocks.”
Enterprise Traces the Evolution of the Prime Directive
Photo by GabboT For people who’ve never seen Star Trek, the prime directive in action must completely blow their minds. I mean, what do we do as humans when we see injustice. Whether it’s real life or the movies, we want to go in and save the day. Gene Roddenberry obviously understood the flawed thinking, and all the problems caused by well intentioned humans or cultures. Still, the Federation had to get there and three particular episodes of Enterprise really trace the evolution of Star Trek’s most important human lesson.