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On my second wedding anniversary, we threw a Voyager viewing party at our house to celebrate not our getting married but the premiere of Star Trek: Voyager. I don't remember what we served for food but it was probably pizza. But I do remember being excited that the Star Trek universe continued to live on after Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. While not every episode was a winner, the pilot certainly setup a great premise: although we are explorers, we need to find a way home.
We met a Caretaker and several new races. We formed allies with our enemies to fight against a stronger enemy and in the process realized that we are very much the same at the core.
We met our first female captain. We met our first EMH. We said goodbye to safety and really began the mission to explore strange new world and go where we had never gone before.
In its second season, Star Trek: Voyager ran the episode titled "Prototype" that featured a sentient robot trying to keep his race alive. The episode calls into questions what really constitute a sentient being, are we more than our programming, and do we have any right to impose our morality on others and play god. It is a great Trek episode that continues to explore the idea that not everything is black and white.
In 2009, we had to say farewell to Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, aka Khan. Montalbán was a prolific actor that made an indelible mark in Hollywood. A native Mexican, he moved to Hollywood in 1943 to pursue acting. After refusing to change his name to a more American Ricky Martin, he went on to play various ethnic characters including a Native American, a couple of Japanese men, and a French duke.
In 1975, he started touting the wonders of "soft Corinthian leather" in the Chrysler Cordoba and in 1977 landed the leading role on Fantasy Island. In 1981, Montalbán accepted the role of Khan Noonien Singh on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at a reduced salary because he was excited to reprise his role as the genetically engineered superhuman. He went on to act in films like Cannonball Run II, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and two Spy Kids movie in a role written just for him.
He passed away at the age of 88 from advance age and congenital heart failure.
On a personal note, not getting the chance to meet him and DeForest Kelley are among my regrets.
"Captain's starlog – January 13, 2155. We've left Gorlan Station and have set a course to rendezvous with our assault fleet. Major Reed and the doctor have asked for a few minutes to show me their latest project." -- Captain Maximilian Forrest
And so begins the mirror universe episode for Star Trek: Enterprise. As the 18th episode of the 4th season, the show is official dark and gritty so we can buy into a mutinous First Officer Archer and a "kept" Hoshi Sato, with serious eyeliner! Plus no one was complaining about a scantly clad T'Pal either.
On January 12, 1967, Star Trek: The Original Series first broadcast "The Squire of Gothos" on NBC. During the episode, we are introduced to Trelane, an omniscient being that torments Captain Kirk and crew. Trelane and his Next Generation counterpart Q are so similar that in his 1994 novel, Peter David decided to make Trelane a member of the Q Continuum and Q's godfather.
Captain Kirk himself in the form of Chris Pine will join Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Jan. 15 to reveal the contenders for the 87th Academy Awards. The pair will announce the following categories:
– Best Actor
– Best Actress
– Best Supporting Actor
– Best Supporting Actress
– Costume Design
– Foreign Language Film
– Makeup and Hairstyling
– Original Score
– Adapted Screenplay
– Original Screenplay
– Best Picture
Keep your fingers crossed: Pine is a contender for Into the Woods!
Ladies and gentlemen: we have a date! Paramount has announced the release date for Star Trek 3. This date is just 3 months shy of the 50th anniversary date of debut of Star Trek: The Original Series back in 1966 on NBC.
To replace JJ Abrams (who had to leave to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens), the franchise has brought in Justin Lin to direct the movie. Originally Robert Orci had been hired to replace Abrams as the director of the Star Trek 3 since he wrote the first two reboot films. However, he has stepped away from the director's chair but remains on the project as a producer along with Abrams.
Justin Lin is known for directing three of the Fast and Furious films.
Today we say goodbye to Rod Taylor, star of the 1960 movie The Time Machine. While this is not Trek, it is a great piece of science fiction and an inspiration to all science writers, readers, and fans. Taylor place H. George Wells in the film that brought to life the Eloi, the Morlocks, and the idea that time is just another dimension and that the future is not always set.