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Project Defiant: The Hill, Command and Conquer, and Dark Glimmer: A Look at Three Star Trek Fan Films

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Fan films (or any sort of fan fiction) are a mixed bag. Some of them are awful, some are good, others have low budgets and others are made with actors who previously starred in official productions lending their support. This mixed bag can lead a lot of people to simply scoff at the entire practice and assume all of it is poorly acted, terribly written tripe. This is a bit unfair since a lot of talented people occasionally take a hand at producing fan films and could arguably evolve into a more lucrative career in filmmaking in their future. Whether it is a well-produced short film or a labour of love filmed in the backyard these types of films are a controversial subject. And there is, of course, the whole debate about copywrite and other legal matters aside. There is also many arguments against fan films as an unworthy activity for those with talent who should, in the eyes of the critic, be making more original content of their own. I must confess that I often have expressed this latter view; however, I cannot knock a group of guys and gals for having a ton of fun. And in the end for a lot of these people that is all that matters. They had fun.

The films I am reviewing here are three productions made by a few friends of mine. Promising them a fair and honest critique of their work I am putting forward this review as both an internet blogger and a fan of Star Trek.

This particular trilogy is set in the Mirror Universe and so each of these characters are playing Mirror Universe counterparts to the ones they play in their usual fan film productions. I must confess that I have not watched any of their productions aside from these three so any criticism I offer should be taken with due consideration of my ignorance of this series.

The first film is called The Hill and is probably the weakest of the three shorts. The low production value is negligible since fan films should not be judged on that merit anyway, but I had a few qualms with the writing and editing of this film which made it less enjoyable than the other two.
It is extremely extremely difficult to follow for one thing, but I think this largely due to my not having followed the other shorts in this series. The film is shot entirely in a wooded park on and off a path which I think was one of the mistakes this production made. I think the setting would have been less obvious if it was shot in a more open area or at least shot away from the path which immediately exposes the set as a park. Also being away from an indoor set and using low budget equipment the film suffers from poor lighting and cinematography which makes some scenes hard to make out. There is a character who has green hair who falls in some grass and due to the lighting and the fact that she is too close to where the camera’s line of vision ends at the top of the screen that she is hard to make out. This and other technical flaws are what stand out the most about some of the issues that The Hill has that the other two films do not.
The Hill opens with two characters running along a path. One is our main lead, Captain Minard and the other is a woman wearing a black outfit and the green hair. I did not pick up on what her name was and sadly I struggled with this with the other characters as well. As I noted it is very hard to follow and it took me too long to figure out that Minard was in fact chasing the woman rather than running with her which I initially thought.
Minard eventually captures her and another guy and tries to coerce them into finding some quadlithium he is searching for. He kills the guy, but the Green Haired Woman he leaves alive on the condition she remains loyal to him. She is trying to protect her son and agrees to help him for his sake. Who her son is, where he is, and why he might be in danger is not clearly stated in this short and it is possible I missed it in some quick dialogue or something. A lot of the dialogue compresses the plot and backstory and combining that with not seeing the previous films this film quickly becomes inscrutible. The motivations of the characters is never clear to me and why they act the way they do is never properly explained. Also the Mirror Universe element to their behaviour is not done well in my opinion and often feels like I am watching a bunch of really sweet and kind people who are not used to being rough trying to hard to sound tough which is not natural to them. There is a character named Yara who is probably the strongest example of this. Her character’s rudeness and abrasiveness is so ingenuine and hammed up that I am more than certain that the actress playing her is probably nothing like this character at all and is probably a very easy person to get along with in real life. It is clear to me that these actors were told to be “mean as you can be” without any clearer direction than that.

Later in the short Yara warns the Green Haired Woman that Minard is not to be trusted and that his mind and humanity has been warped and mutated by a crystal he has in his possession. What this crystal is is another element not cohesively explained and I found myself lost whenever it was brought up. The confrontation between Yara and Green Hair is written in a rather jumbled fashion and it made me think Yara is a piss poor negotiator. Before warning her of Minard’s transformation Yara greets her with “hello, freak” which would indicate that she was more intent on threatening her than warning her about Minard. In fact nothing Yara does in this short makes a lot of sense. At the end she destroys the quadlithium with her hand phaser which angers Minard who starts attacking and threatening her. He rants a bit about his plan to take over and gain power before finally ending his speech with a “who’s with me” ultimatum. Green Hair joins him explaining that given how feared he is by his enemies he must be able to protect her son. This is illogical to me considering that I would I prefer to keep my kid thousands of miles away from someone with a lot of enemies no matter how powerful they may or may not be. I don’t think anyone under constant threat of attack would be a safe choice of protecting anybody and her logic here is questionable. Yara also changes her mind and joins him and the transition from opponent to ally is so quick and jarring that I struggled to buy it as a viewer. The actions, dialogue, and motivations of many of the characters make little sense and this is likely due to contraints on the film’s runtime. Perhaps if CBS’s draconian policies about fan films allowed longer productions perhaps the plot holes, compressed dialogue, choppy editing, and illogical character behaviour would only be dents that could hammered out with more time available. Alas this is not to be.
I am good friends with two of the people involved in the making of this film and I say this with love as a friend and honesty as a reviewer that The Hill is messy and in need of improvement. The writing is often jumbled, hard to follow, and illogical; and the story is nearly impossible to follow or comprehend. The transition from wide angle to close up shots is not well edited and often leads to sudden dips in picture quality which is jarring to a viewer.
The acting is not stellar by any means, but I think there is a certain charm to some of them. Especially in the case with Minard and Yara. While I do not buy their respective actor’s performances as genuine you can tell they are having fun with the roles and you can’t help but smile at the clear love and attention these filmmakers put into the project despite the low budget, poor writing, and often wooden acting. The other actors in the film are much more wooden and hardly emote anything at all and a lot of times when they are onscreen and speaking I feel like I am watching a local used car commercial
I think The Hill is a clear case of talented filmmakers who will get better with practice and time. My advice for the future is compress less dialogue and film in a more open area. I didn’t hate the film, but it is admittedly the weakest of the three movies.
The second film is called Command and Conquer and it is my favourite of the three. Taking place onboard a TOS era star ship and featuring music from the original series this film has a very strong Star Trek vibe that The Hill lacked. The acting is no better, but the camera work and production value is improved upon significantly.
I think this movie’s strongest point is that it knows precisely what it is. While The Hill took itself a bit too seriously at times this movie is frequently tongue in cheek with its humour and plays out more as if it is fully aware that it is a fan film. There is a very funny moment in which two conspiring officers are talking on a three-way channel with their commanding officer and one of them, not knowing about the third party, blurts out details of their plot leaving the second man awkwardly evading their captain’s suspicious accusations. The writers of this took the Machiavellian tactics of the Mirror Universe characters and shaped it into something darkly comic and it works perfectly. I really enjoyed the scene and it was the highlight I think of all three of these productions.
On the down side this film once again lost me on some plot details and after watching this and the third film I am still unclear on what exactly is going on. I concede that I may be missing backstory from other films, but as a whole these three films by themselves are difficult to follow and I would not recommend watching them without some context known first.
Command and Conquer also has some slight editing issues, but not as many as The Hill did. There is one awkward moment in which Minard teases a captain about a planned romp with his “captain’s woman” and when he ends the transmission the shot lingers a few seconds too long on Minard’s expression which makes the scene move from humourous to just awkward.
I accept that these sort of technical issues are standard fair of fan films and if I was dared to do better I am sure I would make something a lot worse, but I felt for the sake of fairness that these issues be mentioned at least in passing. All in all I really enjoyed Command and Conquer. It’s tone was right for its type of production. It did not take itself seriously and you could tell that these filmmakers knew that this movie has the production values of a local used car ad and had fun anyway. You can see the fun in everyone’s eyes and demeanour. This is cosplay at its finest. With a script and camera added it becomes a fun little project to enjoy privately or share with friends. It’s obviously nothing like Gods and Men or Axanar, let alone any of CBS’s official productions, but the fun and fandom is very much alive and I daresay it is more alive here than it is in the J. J. Abrams movies which were made with a clearly low opinion of Star Trek in mind.
The third and final film, Dark Glimmer, is also its shortest. It is literally just Minard betraying an officer and murdering her before beaming himself and his captives away from the bridge. The opening shot is a CG effect of their ship’s nacelle in the foreground and a damaged vessel in the far background running derelict. While this is a cheap computer effect it is well shot in a cinematographic standpoint and shows a solid aesthetic vision on the part of the director. Dark Glimmer still suffers from the same deadpan delivery of lines, but it is less confusing than the first two and this was as much fun to watch as it was to make I bet. Vance Major, who plays Minard, enjoys this role. You can tell he does. Many of the other actors carry the same vibe and its makes one almost wish they could be on set while these films are made just to see them have fun.

I cannot say in all honesty that I think these films are well-made or even very good, but I did enjoy them. What I think I enjoyed most was how much the actors enjoyed being in them. If a viewer approached these without taking the subject matter seriously and instead looked at it as a large group of friends young and old making a passion project together you can’t help but be affected positively by their enthusiasm and love for what they are doing. They can’t act. Their cinematography is a work in progress. The editing is choppy. The fight scenes are badly choreographed. And the production design has a very transparent shoestring budget. And yet for all of that there is a clearer and stronger love for Star Trek latent in these filmmaker’s projects than in Star Trek Into Darkness or even Discovery. Those projects are blatantly taking the Star Trek brand and modernising it to the point that hardcore Treksperts often feel alienated by the mainstream demographic these productions are clearly trying to attract. The Hill, Command and Conquer, and Dark Glimmer are made by Star Trek fans who love Star Trek, live and breathe Star Trek, and furthermore understand and appreciate Star Trek. The creators of the J. J. Abrams films and Discovery have lost a bit of their Star Trek-yness (it’s a word because I made it up) while these fan films haven’t.
The time and budget constraints have obviously diminished their quality and there are some things they need to work on and improve. But all in all I think these three movies are fun, mildly entertaining, exercises in hardcore fandom that anyone who enjoys cameraderie among friends can get in on, appreciate, and give a smile and nod at. Despite my own criticism I find myself wishing I lived closer to where these films were made just so I could talk a few of my friends involved into giving me a walk on role. I am no actor, but neither are they and that didn’t stop their passion. They had fun and it was fun seeing them have fun.

 

These three films were shot at Starbase Studios and produced by Vance Major Films.

Here are links to all three films which can be found on Youtube:

The Hill

Command and Conquer

Dark Glimmer

 

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Rick’s Star Trek Blog #6: Star Trek Chronology Revised Edition

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Awhile ago I posted an exhaustive list of every episode/movie of Star Trek in order of their place on the Star Trek Timeline and for the most part I was satisfied with it. Looking back at it, however, I have come to the conclusion that the timeline I presented had some minor imperfections that I felt could be improved upon and have aimed to fix them here.
In this rewrite some noticeable differences should become apparent to the reader immediately. For instance, I have presented the timeline as bearing a closer resemblance to an actual timeline and have done away with season divisions and references to television pilots. This is to make the list appear more like a galactic record and less like a compilation of episodes of a fictional TV series. To aid with this effect I have also added years and some dates. I have refrained, however, from going by Stardates because they were inconsistent and led to continuity errors. There are, for example, episodes of the first season of TNG where Tasha Yar is alive and well which had Stardates occuring after Skin of Evil. It soon became obvious to me that arranging episodes by Stardate would be impossible.
Additionally I placed markers to separate eras of galactic history and have changed the order of a few episodes to fit the chronology. The series finale of Enterprise is now placed in the middle of the TNG section right after The Pegasus. This is because in the finale all scenes depicting Archer and his crew were holodeck images that Riker was viewing during that TNG episode.
Besides some other minor alterations to make the list’s design more consistent the rest of the chronology is the same as it was before. I hope you enjoy.

Pre-Federation History

The Missions of The Enterprise NX-1 (2151-2155)

ENT: Broken Bow
Fight or Flight
Strange New World
Unexpected
Terra Nova
The Andorian Incident
Breaking the Ice
Civilization
Fortunate Son
Silent Enemy
Cold Front
Dear Doctor
Sleeping Dogs
Shadows of P’Jem
Shuttlepod One
Fusion
Rogue Planet
Acquisition
Oasis
Detained
Vox Sola
Fallen Hero
Desert Crossing
Two Days and Two Nights
Shockwave Part 1
Shockwave Part 2
Carbon Creek
Minefield
Dead Stop
A Night in Sickbay
Marauders
The Seventh
The Communicator
Singularity
Vanishing Point
Precious Cargo
The Catwalk
Dawn
Stigma
Cease Fire
Future Tense
Canamar
The Crossing
Judgment
Horizon
The Breach
Cogenitor
Regeneration
First Flight
Bounty
The Expanse
The Xindi
Anomaly
Extinction
Rajiin
Impulse
Exile
The Shipment
Twilight
North Star
Similitude
Carpenter Street
Chosen Realm
Proving Ground
Stratagem
Harbinger
Doctor’s Orders
Hatchery
Azati Prime
Damage
The Forgotten

The Council
Countdown
Zero Hour
Storm Front Part 1
Storm Front Part 2
Home
Borderland
Cold Station 12
The Augments
The Forge
Awakening
Kir’Shara
Daedalus
Observer Effect
Babel One
United
The Aenar
Affliction
Divergence
Bound
In a Mirror, Darkly Part 1
In a Mirror, Darkly Part 2
Demons
Terra Prime

23rd Century Federation History

TOS: The Cage 2254

The 5 Year Mission of Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise

Year 1/5 (2265-2266):
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Corbomite Maneuver
Mudd’s Women
The Enemy Within
The Man Trap
The Naked Time
Charlie X
Balance of Terror
What are Little Girls Made of?
Dagger of the Mind
Miri
The Conscience of the King
The Galileo Seven
Court Martial
The Menagerie Part 1
The Menagerie Part 2
Shore Leave
The Squire of Gothos
Arena
The Alternative Factor
Tomorrow is Yesterday
The Return of the Archons
A Taste of Armageddon
Space Seed
This Side of Paradise
The Devil in the Dark
Errand of Mercy
The City on the Edge of Forever
Operation: Annihilate

Year 2/5 (2267):
Catspaw
Metamorphosis
Friday’s Child
Who Mourns for Adonais?
Amok Time
The Doomsday Machine
Wolf in the Fold
The Changeling
The Apple
Mirror, Mirror
The Deadly Years
I, Mudd
The Trouble with Tribbles
Bread and Circuses
Journey to Babel
A Private Little War
The Gamesters of Triskelion
Obsession
The Immunity Syndrome
A Piece of the Action
By Any other Name
Return to Tomorrow
Patterns of Force
The Ultimate Computer
The Omega Glory
Assignment: Earth

3/5 (2268):
Spectre of the Gun
Elaan of Troyius
The Paradise Syndrome
The Enterprise Incident
And the Children Shall Lead
Spock’s Brain
Is There in Truth No Beauty?
The Empath
The Tholian Web
For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky
Day of the Dove
Plato’s Stepchildren
Wink of an Eye
That Which Survives
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Whom Gods Destroy
The Mark of Gideon
The Lights of Zetar
The Cloud Minders
The Way to Eden
Requiem for Methuselah
The Savage Curtain
All Our Yesterdays
Turnabout Intruder

Year 4/5 (2269)
TAS: Beyond the Farthest Star
Yesteryear
One of Our Planets is Missing
The Lorelei Signal
More Tribbles, More Troubles
The Survivor
The Infinite Vulcan
The Magicks of Megas-Tu
Once Upon a Planet
Mudd’s Passion
The Terratin Incident
The Time Trap
The Ambergris Element
The Slaver Weapon
The Eye of the Beholder
The Jihad

Year 5/5 (2270):
The Pirates of Orion
Bem
The Practical Joker
Albatross
How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth
The Counter-Clock Incident

Post-5 Year Mission

Star Trek: The Motion Picture 2270’s
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan March 22, 2285
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 2285
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 2286
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 2287
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 2293
Star Trek: Generations (Prologue Sequence) 2293

24th Century History

The Assignments of The Enterprise D, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise E (2364-2379)

TNG: Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No One Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Angel One
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We’ll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
The Child
Where Silence Has Lease
Elementary, Dear Data
The Outrageous Okona
Loud as a Whisper
The Schizoid Man
Unnatural Selection
A Matter of Honor
The Measure of a Man
The Dauphin
Contagion
The Royale
Time Squared
The Icarus Factor
Pen Pals
Q Who
Samaritan Snare
Up the Long Ladder
Manhunt
The Emissary
Peak Performance
Shades of Gray
Evolution
The Ensigns of Command
The Survivors
Who Watches the Watchers
The Bonding
Booby Trap
The Enemy
The Price
The Vengeance Factor
The Defector
The Hunted
The High Ground
Deja Q
A Matter of Perspective
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Offspring
Sins of the Father
Allegiance
Captain’s Holiday
Tin Man
Hollow Pursuits
The Most Toys
Sarek
Menage a Trois
Transfigurations
The Best of Both Worlds
The Best of Both Worlds Part II
Family
Brothers
Suddenly Human
Remember Me
Legacy
Reunion
Future Imperfect
Final Mission
The Loss
Data’s Day
The Wounded
Devil’s Due
Clues
First Contact
Galaxy’s Child
Night Terrors
Identity Crisis
The Nth Degree
Qpid
The Drumhead
Half a Life
The Host
The Mind’s Eye
In Theory
Redemption Part I
Redemption Part II
Darmok
Ensign Ro
Silicon Avatar
Disaster
The Game
Unification Part I
Unification Part II
A Matter of Time
New Ground
Hero Worship
Violations
The Masterpiece Society
Conundrum
Power Play
Ethics
The Outcast
Cause and Effect
The First Duty
Cost of Living
The Perfect Mate
Imaginary Friend
I, Borg
The Next Phase
The Inner Light
Time’s Arrow
Time’s Arrow Part II
Realm of Fear
Man of the People
Relics
Schisms
True Q
Rascals
A Fistful of Datas
The Quality of Life
Chain of Command Part 1
Chain of Command Part 2
DS9: Emissary
Past Prologue
A Man Alone
Babel
TNG: Ship in a Bottle
DS9: Captive Pursuit
TNG: Acquiel
DS9: Q-Less
TNG: Face of the Enemy
DS9: Dax
TNG: Tapestry
DS9: The Passenger
TNG: Birthright Part 1
Birthright Part 2
DS9: Move Along Home
The Nagus
TNG: Starship Mine
Lessons
DS9: Vortex
Battle Lines
TNG: The Chase
DS9: The Storyteller
TNG: Frame of Mind
DS9: Progress
TNG: Suspicions
DS9: If Wishes Were Horses
TNG: Rightful Heir
DS9: The Forsaken
TNG: Second Chances
DS9: Dramatis Personae
Duet
TNG: Timescape
DS9: In the Hands of the Prophets
TNG: Descent Part 1
Descent Part II
DS9: The Homecoming
The Circle
The Siege
TNG: Liaisons
Interface
Gambit Part 1
Gambit Part 2
DS9: Invasive Procedures
Cardassians
TNG: Phantasms
DS9: Melora
TNG: Dark Page
DS9: Rules of Acquisition
TNG: Attached
DS9: Necessary Evil
TNG: Force of Nature
DS9: Second Sight
TNG: Inheritance
DS9: Sanctuary
TNG: Parallels
DS9: Rivals
The Alternate
TNG: The Pegasus
ENT: These are the Voyages…
TNG: Homeward
DS9: Armageddon Game
TNG: Sub Rosa
DS9: Whispers
TNG: Lower Decks
DS9: Paradise
TNG: Thine Own Self
DS9: Shadowplay
TNG: Masks
DS9: Playing God
TNG: Eye of the Beholder
DS9: Profit and Loss
TNG: Genesis
DS9: Blood Oath
TNG: Journey’s End
DS9: The Maquis Part 1
The Maquis Part 2
TNG: Firstborn
Bloodlines
DS9: The Wire
TNG: Emergence
DS9: Crossover
TNG: Preemptive Strike
DS9: The Collaborator
TNG: All Good Things…
DS9: Tribunal
The Jem’Hadar
The Search Part I
The Search Part II
The House of Quark
Equilibrium
Second Skin
The Abandoned
Civil Defense
Meridian
Star Trek: Generations
Defiant
Fascination
Past Tense Part 1
Past Tense Part 2
VOY: Caretaker
Parallax
Time and Again
DS9: Life Support
Heart of Stone
VOY: Phage
DS9: Destiny
VOY: The Cloud
DS9: Prophet Motive
VOY: Eye of the Needle
DS9: Visionary
VOY: Ex Post Facto
Emanations
Prime Factors
DS9: Distant Voices
VOY: State of Flux
DS9: Through the Looking-Glass
Improbable Cause
The Dies is Cast
VOY: Heroes and Demons
Cathexis
DS9: Explorers
VOY: Faces
DS9: Family Business
VOY: Jetrel
DS9: Shakaar
VOY: Learning Curve
DS9: Facets
The Adversary
VOY: The 37’s
Initiations
Projections
Elogium
Non Sequiter
DS9: The Way of the Warrior
VOY: Twisted
DS9: The Visitor
VOY: Parturition
DS9: Hippocratic Oath
Indiscretion
Rejoined
VOY: Persistence of Vision
DS9: Starship Down
VOY: Tattoo
DS9: Little Green Men
VOY: Cold Fire
DS9: The Sword of Kahless
VOY: Maneuvers
DS9: Our Man Bashir
VOY: Resistence
DS9: Homefront
Paradise Lost
VOY: Prototype
Alliances
DS9: Crossfire
VOY: Threshold
DS9: Return to Grace
VOY: Meld
DS9: Sons of Mogh
VOY: Dreadnought
DS9: Bar Association
VOY: Death Wish
DS9: Accession
VOY: Lifesigns
Investigations
Deadlock
DS9: Rules of Engagement
VOY: Innocence
DS9: Hard Time
Shattered Mirror
The Muse
VOY: The Thaw
DS9: For the Cause
VOY: Tuvix
DS9: To the Death
VOY: Resolutions
DS9: The Quickening
VOY: Basics Part 1
Basics Part 2
DS9: Body Parts
Broken Link
VOY: Flashback
The Chute
The Swarm
DS9: Apocalypse Rising
VOY: False Profits
DS9: The Ship
VOY: Remember
DS9: Looking for par’Mach in all the Wrong Places
…Nor the Battle to the Strong
The Assignment
VOY: Sacred Ground
DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations
VOY: Future’s End
Future’s End Part 2
DS9: Let He Who is Without Sin…
Things Past
VOY: Warlord
Star Trek: First Contact
DS9: The Ascent
VOY: The Q and the Grey
Macrocosm
DS9: Rapture
The Darkness and the Light
VOY: Fair Trade
Alter Ego
DS9: The Begotten
VOY: Coda
DS9: For the Uniform
VOY: Blood Fever
DS9: In Purgatory’s Shadow
By Inferno’s Light
VOY: Unity
Darkling
DS9: Doctor Bashir, I Presume
VOY: Rise
Favorite Son
DS9: A Simple Investigation
Business as Usual
VOY: Before and After
DS9: Ties of Blood and Water
Ferengi Love Songs
VOY: Real Life
DS9: Soldiers of the Empire
VOY: Distant Origin
DS9: Children of Time
VOY: Displaced
DS9: Blaze of Glory
VOY: Worst Case Scenario
DS9: Empok Nor
VOY: Scorpion
Scorpion Part 2
DS9: In the Cards
Call to Arms
VOY: The Gift
Day of Honor
Nemesis
DS9: A Time to Stand
VOY: Revulsion
DS9: Rocks and Shoals
VOY: The Raven
DS9: Sons and Daughters
Behind the Lines
Favor the Bold
Sacrifice of Angels
VOY: Scientific Method
Year of Hell
Year of Hell Part 2
DS9: You are Cordially Invited…
Resurrection
VOY: Random Thoughts
DS9: Statistical Probabilities
VOY: Concerning Flight
Mortal Coil
DS9: The Magnificent Ferengi
Waltz
VOY: Waking Moments
Message in a Bottle
DS9: Who Mourns for Morn
Far Beyond the Stars
VOY: Hunters
DS9: One Little Ship
VOY: Prey
DS9: Honor Among Thieves
VOY: Retrospect
DS9: Change of Heart
VOY: The Killing Game
The Killing Game Part 2
DS9: Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
Inquisition
VOY: Vis a vis
DS9: In the Pale Moonlight
VOY: The Omega Directive
DS9: His Way
VOY: Unforgettable
DS9: The Reckoning
VOY: Living Witness
DS9: Valiant
VOY: Demon
DS9: Profit and Lace
VOY: One
DS9: Time’s Orphan
VOY: Hope and Fear
DS9: The Sound of Her Voice
Tears of the Prophets
Image in the Sand
Shadows and Symbols
Afterimage
VOY: Night
DS9: Take Me Out to the Holosuite
VOY: Drone
DS9: Chrysalis
VOY: Extreme Risk
DS9: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
VOY: In the Flesh
DS9: Once More Unto the Breach
VOY: Once Upon a Time
DS9: The Siege of AR-558
VOY: Timeless
DS9: Covenant
VOY: Infinite Regress
Nothing Human
Thirty Days
Star Trek: Insurrection
VOY: Counterpoint
DS9: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Prodigal Daughter
VOY: Latent Image
Bride of Chaotica!
DS9: The Emperor’s New Cloak
VOY: Gravity
DS9: Field of Fire
VOY: Bliss
DS9: Chimera
VOY: Dark Frontier
DS9: Badda-Bing-Badda-Bang
VOY: The Disease
DS9: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
VOY: Course: Oblivion
The Fight
Think Tank
DS9: Penumbra
Til Death Do Us Part
Strange Bedfellows
VOY: Juggernaut
DS9: The Changing Face of Evil
VOY: Someone to Watch Over Me
DS9: When it Rains…
VOY: 11:59
DS9: Tacking into the Wind
VOY: Relativity
DS9: Extreme Measures
VOY: Warhead
DS9: The Dogs of War
VOY: Equinox
Equinox Part 2
DS9: What You Leave Behind
VOY: Survival Instinct
Barge of the Dead
Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
Alice
Riddles
Dragon’s Teeth
One Small Step
The Voyager Conspiracy
Pathfinder
Fair Haven
Blink of an Eye
Virtuoso
Memorial
Tsunkatse
Collective
Spirit Folk
Ashes to Ashes
Child’s Play
Good Shepherd
Live Fast and Prosper
Muse
Fury
Life Line
The Haunting of Deck Twelve
Unimatrix Zero Part 1
Unimatrix Zero Part 2
Imperfection
Drive
Repression
Critical Care
Inside Man
Body and Soul
Nightingale
Flesh and Blood
Shattered
Lineage
Repentence
Prophecy
The Void
Workforce
Workforce Part 2
Human Error
Q2
Author, Author
Friendship One
Natural Law
Homestead
Renaissance Man
Endgame
Star Trek: Nemesis

25th Century History

Star Trek Online 2409

23rd Century History Alternate

Star Trek (2009) 2258
Star Trek Into Darkness 2259
Star Trek Beyond 2260?

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #5: Why Admiral Archer’s “Prized Beagle” May Have Been Porthos

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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As some of you remember, in the alternate timeline (as seen in the 2009 Star Trek movie) Montgomery Scott was reassigned to Delta Vega as disciplinary action when he tested his theories on transwarp beaming on Admiral Jonathan Archer’s prized beagle.
In the TV series, Star Trek: Enterprise, we see Captain Archer has a pet beagle aboard named Porthos. However, the 2009 movie never clarified if the beagle Scotty turned into a test subject was the same dog. Fans have argued that since the NX-1 Enterprise began its mission in 2150 and the year Star Trek (2009) took place would roughly be about a hundred years later Porthos surely would have been dead by then.
Nevertheless, as my title suggests, I am going to point out how I believe that the unfortunate dog-turned-guinea pig was indeed the same beagle.

My chief argument for why I think he was Porthos is that in the 22nd and 23rd centuries medical science had improved so that average lifespans had been increased. It was not uncommon in Star Trek for humans to reach the age of 150 or more. Of course, I do admit, that we are talking about a dog here and thus Porthos would still have a shorter lifespan than humans; but I think it is not impossible that veterinary medicine would have similar improvements in the future. Just as human medicine has made life longer and more comfortable I think it not unreasonable to believe that a dog from the 22nd and 23rd century would also have a lifespan much longer than a contemporary dog.
The question could be asked, I suppose, would people in the future value the lives of their pets as much as they do that of sentient species? At least enough to make it so dogs like Porthos could live to be over 100? I, for my part, believe so.
In the future originally conceived by Gene Roddenberry humanity had overcome war and disease living in a peaceful environment where resources were refocused for bettering humanity morally, physically, and intellectually. Economics changed drastically where money was no longer existent and human greed and the need for an aggressive military were no longer commonplace. Humanity became more humane.
In a future where humans improved in a such a way I think it would be very likely that people would put extra effort into making sure their pets lived long, comfortable lives that hold as much value and care as their own.
If a human like Jonathan Archer can live to be over a hundred and forty years old than I am sure Porthos could (with excellent care and a healthy diet) live to be over a hundred years old too.

That leaves us with only a final problem. If the beagle mentioned in Star Trek (2009) is, indeed, Porthos then his fate is sadly uncertain. We never did find out if Scotty successfully got Porthos to resequence at his destination. It is possible that in the 23rd century Porthos was fated to become a collection of molecules stuck in a pattern buffer until the sequence decayed. Terrible way for an innocent beagle to go.

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #4: Star Trek Chronology (Outdated)

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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This took me several hours to compile, but it was worth the effort. What you are about to read is a complete list of every episode and film of Star Trek. What makes this list different from others is that each episode and movie is ranked according to where it is placed in the Star Trek timeline. Thus the first entry is going to be Star Trek: Enterprise Episode 1: Broken Bow where the NX-1 had its first mission and the last entry is going to be Star Trek Beyond which is an upcoming movie set after Star Trek Into Darkness.
I have decided not to include expanded universe stuff like books, comics, and video games because they lack canonicity and would make the list extremely tedious. However, Star Trek Online is on the list because it follows the canon (as far as I can tell) extremely well and seems almost definitive in Star Trek lore despite being a video game.
Most of the series I have divided season by season, however I did not do this with DS9 and VOY because the overlapping of the episodes made it too arduous. DS9 and VOY as a result are being treated as a whole rather than seven season TV shows.

As most Trekkies know around the end of TNG the episodes began overlapping with other shows. TNG overlapped with DS9 and DS9 overlapped with VOY. I have tried my best to overcome confusion here and I hope I was successful. I have also taken the liberty of listing TOS in the original production order so episodes will be ranked much different than how they were aired.
I hope you enjoy using this list as much as I did making it.

ST: ENT

Season 1:

Broken Bow
Fight or Flight
Strange New World
Unexpected
Terra Nova
The Andorian Incident
Breaking the Ice
Civilization
Fortunate Son
Cold Front
Silent Enemy
Dear Doctor
Sleeping Dogs
Shadows of P’Jem
Shuttlepod One
Fusion
Rogue Planet
Acquisition
Oasis
Detained
Vox Sola
Fallen Hero
Desert Crossing
Two Days and Two Nights
Shockwave Part 1

Season 2:

Shockwave Part 2
Carbon Creek
Minefield
Dead Stop
A Night in Sickbay
Marauders
The Seventh
The Communicator
Singularity
Vanishing Point
Precious Cargo
The Catwalk
Dawn
Stigma
Cease Fire
Future Tense
Canamar
The Crossing
Judgment
Horizon
The Breach
Cogenitor
Regeneration
First Flight
Bounty
The Expanse

Season 3:

The Xindi
Anomaly
Extinction
Rajiin
Impulse
Exile
The Shipment
Twilight
North Star
Similitude
Carpenter Street
Chosen Realm
Proving Ground
Stratagem
Harbinger
Doctor’s Orders
Hatchery
Azati Prime
Damage
The Forgotten
E^2
The Council
Countdown
Zero Hour

Season 4:

Storm Front Part 1
Storm Front Part 2
Home
Borderland
Cold Station 12
The Augments
The Forge
Awakening
Kir’Shara
Daedalus
Observer Effect
Babel One
United
The Aenar
Affliction
Divergence
Bound
In a Mirror Darkly Part 1
In a Mirror Darkly Part 2
Demons
Terra Prime
These are the Voyages…

The Cage (Star Trek Pilot)
Where No Man Has Gone Before (second Star Trek Pilot)

Star Trek: The Original Series:

Season 1: Year 1/5

The Corbomite Maneuver
Mudd’s Women
The Enemy Within
The Man Trap
The Naked Time
Charlie X
Balance of Terror
What are Little Girls Made of?
Dagger of the Mind
Miri
The Conscience of the King
The Galileo Seven
Court Martial
The Menagerie Part 1
The Menagerie Part 2
Shore Leave
The Squire of Gothos
Arena
The Alternative Factor
Tomorrow is Yesterday
The Return of the Archons
A Taste of Armageddon
Space Seed
This Side of Paradise
The Devil in the Dark
Errand of Mercy
The City on the Edge of Forever
Operation: Annihilate

Season 2: Year 2/5

Catspaw
Metamorphosis
Friday’s Child
Who Mourns for Adonais?
Amok Time
The Doomsday Machine
Wolf in the Fold
The Changeling
The Apple
Mirror, Mirror
The Deadly Years
I, Mudd
The Trouble with Tribbles
Bread and Circuses
Journey to Babel
A Private Little War
The Gamesters of Triskelion
Obsession
The Immunity Syndrome
A Piece of the Action
By Any other Name
Return to Tomorrow
Patterns of Force
The Ultimate Computer
The Omega Glory
Assignment: Earth

Season 3: 3/5

Spectre of the Gun
Elaan of Troyius
The Paradise Syndrome
The Enterprise Incident
And the Children Shall Lead
Spock’s Brain
Is There in Truth No Beauty?
The Empath
The Tholian Web
For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky
Day of the Dove
Plato’s Stepchildren
Wink of an Eye
That Which Survives
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Whom Gods Destroy
The Mark of Gideon
The Lights of Zetar
The Cloud Minders
The Way to Eden
Requiem for Methuselah
The Savage Curtain
All Our Yesterdays
Turnabout Intruder

The Animated Series

Season 1: Year 4/5

Beyond the Farthest Star
Yesteryear
One of Our Planets is Missing
The Lorelei Signal
More Tribbles, More Troubles
The Survivor
The Infinite Vulcan
The Magicks of Megas-Tu
Once Upon a Planet
Mudd’s Passion
The Terratin Incident
The Time Trap
The Ambergris Element
The Slaver Weapon
The Eye of the Beholder
The Jihad

Season 2: Year 5/5

The Pirates of Orion
Bem
The Practical Joker
Albatross
How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth
The Counter-Clock Incident

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: Generations (Prologue Sequence)

The Next Generation:

Season 1:

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No One Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Angel One
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We’ll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone

Season 2:

The Child
Where Silence Has Lease
Elementary, Dear Data
The Outrageous Okona
Loud as a Whisper
The Schizoid Man
Unnatural Selection
A Matter of Honor
The Measure of a Man
The Dauphin
Contagion
The Royale
Time Squared
The Icarus Factor
Pen Pals
Q Who
Samaritan Snare
Up the Long Ladder
Manhunt
The Emissary
Peak Performance
Shades of Gray

Season 3:

Evolution
The Ensigns of Command
The Survivors
Who Watches the Watchers
The Bonding
Booby Trap
The Enemy
The Price
The Vengeance Factor
The Defector
The Hunted
The High Ground
Deja Q
A Matter of Perspective
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Offspring
Sins of the Father
Allegiance
Captain’s Holiday
Tin Man
Hollow Pursuits
The Most Toys
Sarek
Menage a Trois
Transfigurations
The Best of Both Worlds

Season 4:

The Best of Both Worlds Part II
Family
Brothers
Suddenly Human
Remember Me
Legacy
Reunion
Future Imperfect
Final Mission
The Loss
Data’s Day
The Wounded
Devil’s Due
Clues
First Contact
Galaxy’s Child
Night Terrors
Identity Crisis
The Nth Degree
Qpid
The Drumhead
Half a Life
The Host
The Mind’s Eye
In Theory
Redemption Part I

Season 5:

Redemption Part II
Darmok
Ensign Ro
Silicon Avatar
Disaster
The Game
Unification Part I
Unification Part II
A Matter of Time
New Ground
Hero Worship
Violations
The Masterpiece Society
Conundrum
Power Play
Ethics
The Outcast
Cause and Effect
The First Duty
Cost of Living
The Perfect Mate
Imaginary Friend
I, Borg
The Next Phase
The Inner Light
Time’s Arrow

Season 6:

Time’s Arrow Part II
Realm of Fear
Man of the People
Relics
Schisms
True Q
Rascals
A Fistful of Datas
The Quality of Life
Chain of Command Part 1
Chain of Command Part 2

DS9: Emissary
Past Prologue
A Man Alone
Babel

TNG: Ship in a Bottle

DS9: Captive Pursuit

TNG: Acquiel

DS9: Q-Less

TNG: Face of the Enemy

DS9: Dax

TNG: Tapestry

DS9: The Passenger

TNG: Birthright Part 1
Birthright Part 2

DS9: Move Along Home
The Nagus

TNG: Starship Mine
Lessons

DS9: Vortex
Battle Lines

TNG: The Chase

DS9: The Storyteller

TNG: Frame of Mind

DS9: Progress

TNG: Suspicions

DS9: If Wishes Were Horses

TNG: Rightful Heir

DS9: The Forsaken

TNG: Second Chances

DS9: Dramatis Personae
Duet

TNG: Timescape

DS9: In the Hands of the Prophets

TNG: Descent Part 1
Descent Part II

DS9: The Homecoming
The Circle
The Siege

TNG Season 7:

Liaisons
Interface
Gambit Part 1
Gambit Part 2

DS9: Invasive Procedures
Cardassians

TNG: Phantasms

DS9: Melora

TNG: Dark Page

DS9: Rules of Acquisition

TNG: Attached

DS9: Necessary Evil

TNG: Force of Nature

DS9: Second Sight

TNG: Inheritance

DS9: Sanctuary

TNG: Parallels

DS9: Rivals
The Alternate

TNG: The Pegasus
Homeward

DS9: Armageddon Game

TNG: Sub Rosa

DS9: Whispers

TNG: Lower Decks

DS9: Paradise

TNG: Thine Own Self

DS9: Shadowplay

TNG: Masks

DS9: Playing God

TNG: Eye of the Beholder

DS9: Profit and Loss

TNG: Genesis

DS9: Blood Oath

TNG: Journey’s End

DS9: The Maquis Part 1
The Maquis Part 2

TNG: Firstborn
Bloodlines

DS9: The Wire

TNG: Emergence

DS9: Crossover

TNG: Preemptive Strike

DS9: The Collaborator

TNG: All Good Things…

DS9: Tribunal
The Jem’Hadar
The Search Part I
The Search Part II
The House of Quark
Equilibrium
Second Skin
The Abandoned
Civil Defense
Meridian

Star Trek: Generations

DS9: Defiant
Fascination
Past Tense Part 1
Past Tense Part 2

Voy: Caretaker
Parallax
Time and Again

DS9: Life Support
Heart of Stone

Voy: Phage

DS9: Destiny

Voy: The Cloud

DS9: Prophet Motive

Voy: Eye of the Needle

DS9: Visionary

Voy: Ex Post Facto
Emanations
Prime Factors

DS9: Distant Voices

Voy: State of Flux

DS9: Through the Looking-Glass
Improbable Cause
The Dies is Cast

Voy: Heroes and Demons
Cathexis

DS9: Explorers

Voy: Faces

DS9: Family Business

Voy: Jetrel

DS9: Shakaar

Voy: Learning Curve

DS9: Facets
The Adversary

VOY: The 37’s
Initiations
Projections
Elogium
Non Sequiter

DS9: The Way of the Warrior

Voy: Twisted

DS9: The Visitor

Voy: Parturition

DS9: Hippocratic Oath
Indiscretion
Rejoined

Voy: Persistence of Vision

DS9: Starship Down

Voy: Tattoo

DS9: Little Green Men

Voy: Cold Fire

DS9: The Sword of Kahless

Voy: Maneuvers

DS9: Our Man Bashir

Voy: Resistence

DS9: Homefront
Paradise Lost

Voy: Prototype
Alliances

DS9: Crossfire

Voy: Threshold

DS9: Return to Grace

Voy: Meld

DS9: Sons of Mogh

Voy: Dreadnought

DS9: Bar Association

Voy: Death Wish

DS9: Accession

Voy: Lifesigns
Investigations
Deadlock

DS9: Rules of Engagement

Voy: Innocence

DS9: Hard Time
Shattered Mirror
The Muse

Voy: The Thaw

DS9: For the Cause

Voy: Tuvix

DS9: To the Death

Voy: Resolutions

DS9: The Quickening

Voy: Basics Part 1
Basics Part 2

DS9: Body Parts
Broken Link

Voy: Flashback
The Chute
The Swarm

DS9: Apocalypse Rising

Voy: False Profits

DS9: The Ship

Voy: Remember

DS9: Looking for par’Mach in all the Wrong Places
…Nor the Battle to the Strong
The Assignment

Voy: Sacred Ground

DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations

Voy: Future’s End
Future’s End Part 2

DS9: Let He Who is Without Sin…
Things Past

Voy: Warlord

Star Trek: First Contact

DS9: The Ascent

Voy: The Q and the Grey
Voy: Macrocosm

DS9: Rapture
The Darkness and the Light

Voy: Fair Trade
Alter Ego

DS9: The Begotten

Voy: Coda

DS9: For the Uniform

Voy: Blood Fever

DS9: In Purgatory’s Shadow
By Inferno’s Light

Voy: Unity
Darkling

DS9: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Voy: Rise
Favorite Son

DS9: A Simple Investigation
Business as Usual

Voy: Before and After

DS9: Ties of Blood and Water
Ferengi Love Songs

Voy: Real Life

DS9: Soldiers of the Empire

Voy: Distant Origin

DS9: Children of Time

Voy: Displaced

DS9: Blaze of Glory

Voy: Worst Case Scenario

DS9: Empok Nor

Voy: Scorpion
Scorpion Part 2

DS9: In the Cards
Call to Arms

Voy: The Gift
Day of Honor
Nemesis

DS9: A Time to Stand

Voy: Revulsion

DS9: Rocks and Shoals

Voy: The Raven

DS9: Sons and Daughters
Behind the Lines
Favor the Bold
Sacrifice of Angels

Voy: Scientific Method
Year of Hell
Year of Hell Part 2

DS9: You are Cordially Invited…
Resurrection

Voy: Random Thoughts

DS9: Statistical Probabilities

Voy: Concerning Flight
Mortal Coil

DS9: The Magnificent Ferengi
Waltz

Voy: Waking Moments
Message in a Bottle

DS9: Who Mourns for Morn
Far Beyond the Stars

Voy: Hunters

DS9: One Little Ship

Voy: Prey

DS9: Honor Among Thieves

Voy: Retrospect

DS9: Change of Heart

Voy: The Killing Game
The Killing Game Part 2

DS9: Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
Inquisition

Voy: Vis a vis

DS9: In the Pale Moonlight

Voy: The Omega Directive

DS9: His Way

Voy: Unforgettable

DS9: The Reckoning

Voy: Living Witness

DS9: Valiant

Voy: Demon

DS9: Profit and Lace

Voy: One

DS9: Time’s Orphan

Voy: Hope and Fear

DS9: The Sound of Her Voice
Tears of the Prophets
Image in the Sand
Shadows and Symbols
Afterimage

Voy: Night

DS9: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Voy: Drone

DS9: Chrysalis

Voy: Extreme Risk

DS9: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

Voy: In the Flesh

DS9: Once More Unto the Breach

Voy: Once Upon a Time

DS9: The Siege of AR-558

Voy: Timeless

DS9: Covenant

Voy: Infinite Regress
Nothing Human
Thirty Days

Star Trek: Insurrection

Voy: Counterpoint

DS9: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Prodigal Daughter

Voy: Latent Image
Bride of Chaotica!

DS9: The Emperor’s New Cloak

Voy: Gravity

DS9: Field of Fire

Voy: Bliss

DS9: Chimera

Voy: Dark Frontier

DS9: Badda-Bing-Badda-Bang

Voy: The Disease

DS9: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

Voy: Course: Oblivion
The Fight
Think Tank

DS9: Penumbra
Til Death Do Us Part
Strange Bedfellows

Voy: Juggernaut

DS9: The Changing Face of Evil

Voy: Someone to Watch Over Me

DS9: When it Rains…

Voy: 11:59

DS9: Tacking into the Wind

Voy: Relativity

DS9: Extreme Measures

Voy: Warhead

DS9: The Dogs of War

Voy: Equinox
Equinox Part 2

DS9: What You Leave Behind

Voy: Survival Instinct
Barge of the Dead
Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
Alice
Riddles
Dragon’s Teeth
One Small Step
The Voyager Conspiracy
Pathfinder
Fair Haven
Blink of an Eye
Virtuoso
Memorial
Tsunkatse
Collective
Spirit Folk
Ashes to Ashes
Child’s Play
Good Shepherd
Live Fast and Prosper
Muse
Fury
Life Line
The Haunting of Deck Twelve
Unimatrix Zero Part 1
Unimatrix Zero Part 2
Imperfection
Drive
Repression
Critical Care
Inside Man
Body and Soul
Nightingale
Flesh and Blood
Shattered
Lineage
Repentence
Prophecy
The Void
Workforce
Workforce Part 2
Human Error
Q2
Author, Author
Friendship One
Natural Law
Homestead
Renaissance Man
Endgame

Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek Online

Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Beyond

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #3: Links to the Best Star Trek Sites

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

For many of us Star Trek fans, simply owning the films and shows on DVD/Blu-ray isn’t enough. That’s why we were given over the years an expanded universe of books, games, comics, etc. which helped slake our thirst for new Star Trek material. And there are, of course, the many discussion forums, fan clubs, conventions, and groups that also help keep the fandom alive. However, some of these are not always easy to find.
I spent several hours searching for various Star Trek related sites on the internet and was pleased to find my labours fruitful. I have compiled here a fairly large list of sites that should please any Trekkie/Trekker looking for a place to revel in their fandom.

Here is what a believe to be the best among the Star Trek sites I have found.

Startrek.com

This is, of course, the official site that any decent Trekkie has bookmarked already. It’s a great starting place for Star Trek fans and it is always up-to-date on news and events.

Memory Alpha

A fantastic wiki that has articles on every facet of the canon Star Trek universe.

Memory Beta

Another fantastic wiki that has articles on every facet of the Star Trek expanded universe and other non-canonical material.

Ex Astris Scientia

A very cool database for in-depth articles on Star Trek topics in an encyclopedic fashion. Much of this material is available in Memory Alpha, but there is some extra stuff.

Star Trek Minutiae

This website has lots of detailed articles on subjects that are given more overview looks in other sources. There is an awesome section where there can be found several articles on Star Trek lore presented as actual Starfleet Academy training courses.

Trekspace

This is a social network made for Star Trek fans.
Unfortunately registering involves admission by admin approval which can take time.

Trek Radio

An online radio station that features podcasts relating to Star Trek news and topics.
The music varies from Current pop to classic rock.

Star Trek Starship Handbooks

This site has fantastic free pdf. downloads for handbooks on the various Star Trek vessels and their specs. You will not be disappointed.

Jay’s Physics and Star Trek

This is for the hardcore science geeks. This site has articles on warp theory and the physics of faster-than-light travel. Not for people with no interest in science.

International Federation of Trekkers

A charitable relief organisation run by Star Trek fans.

This list, of course, is by no means exhaustive; but it serves to give my fellow Treksperts a look at the other fansites available out there for us. Do a little digging and you may find some more sites you may love.

Live long and prosper

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #2: Why the World Needs Star Trek

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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There are not many TV shows that shaped and influenced our modern culture the way Star Trek has. Within nearly 50 years (1966-present) we have seen Star Trek span from a short-lived sci-fi show to an immense giant of six TV series, 12 films, and a multitude of books, comics, games, and memorabilia. There is hardly anyone who has not heard of the Vulcan hand-salute, Spock, the Enterprise, and the various other staples of the series that fans hold dear. No one who is honest with himself can deny this Star Trek’s popularity.
Some, however, will deny that such popularity is deserved. Thus, the question I seek to answer in this post is whether or not Star Trek’s influence is a good thing or whether this phenomenon is an overrated exercise in nerd fandom.
I, for one, believe that Star Trek deserves every ounce of its popularity and is even a necessary part of our existence in the 21st century. The world needs Star Trek and I shall do my best to explain why.

Star Trek was conceived by the late Gene Roddenberry in the mid-sixties as a sort of “wagon train to the stars”. Television in the sixties was mostly sitcoms, westerns, and cheesy sci-fi adventures with little variety or imagination.
Star Trek was to be a new imagining of what a science fiction series could be. It was smart, well-written, full of fascinating characters and concepts, and carried many topical messages relevant to its time. It explored a variety of themes 60’s television was afraid to touch such as war, racism, sexism, science vs religion, politics, sexuality, and counterculture. The series was quickly recognised for its bold tackling of such subjects in mature, thought-provoking ways.
When it was cancelled after its third season Star Trek was syndicated on the networks increasing its popularity encouraging studios to greenlight the production of an animated series in the 70’s and later a follow up series called Phase II.
Phase II project was eventually aborted it and reworked into a full-length movie in 1979 followed by 6 sequels and 4 spin-off series (some of which also had movie sequels of their own) over a course nearly 40 years. To this day Star Trek survives in the form of the popular MMO called Star Trek Online and an ongoing series of reboot films.

Many of the films and spin-offs also tackled serious issues relevant to their respective time such as ecology, environmentalism, terrorism, drug addiction, prejudice, ignorance, poverty and economics. There is even an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise that introduces a Vulcan disease that analogises the AIDS virus and the stigma involved.
Star Trek, throughout its history, dared us to rethink our world and seek what changes are needed to make it better. By presenting us with a hypothetical future where greed, ambition, war, and poverty were absent Star Trek gives us hope, encouraging us to strive for improvement.
The series was so influential, in fact, that when Nichelle Nichols considered leaving the original series Martin Luther King Jr. himself encouraged her to remain because she portrayed a positive role model for African-Americans on television in a time when most black people were portrayed as comic relief or idiots.

Star Trek’s innovations did not stop at social/political progress either. Its depiction of futuristic technology has been replicated in real life in several ways since its premiere in 1966. Communicators and tricorders are not unlike technology that exists today. And we see Picard use mobile devices similar to our modern day tablets or kindles.
Although I believe such technology was an inevitability I really think Star Trek helped spark the imagination of many innovators to quicken our society’s development into the computer age. This has even been demonstrated to be true since the Navy has actually (and this story is no joke) employed Herman Zimmerman, long time Star Trek set designer, as a consultant on recreating the Enterprise bridge design since America’s armed forces have admitted that the layout is extremely practical and efficient for real life use. The technology of Star Trek has been crossing into reality for the past 30 years or so.

The influence Star Trek has had on millions over the decades demonstrates how much this show has played a part in progressing our future. And I find in rewatching the episodes and films that many of them still speak of subjects relevant to today’s issues. It is for this reason that I watch at least one episode of Star Trek (any of the six series) per day like a daily devotional or calendar quote of the day. I find myself enriched by the experience.
It is my intention to immerse my children in Star Trek as well. With Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and James Doohan gone I want their legacy to live on as the next generation experiences their adventures.

Live long and prosper.

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #1: What Leonard Nimoy Meant to Me

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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I grew up with Star Trek. It was introduced to me as early as Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Disney, or the other multitude of things children are introduced to so early in life they cannot remember when they first became acquainted with them. I simply cannot remember a time when I was not a fan of the movies and shows featuring the space adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his faithful comrades Doctor Leonard McCoy, Chief Engineer Scotty, Helmsman Sulu, Navigator Chekhov, Communications Officer Uhura, and not least of all the stoic green-blooded science officer Spock.
In later years McCoy had grown to be my favourite character, but as a young boy I was enthralled by mister Spock. He was smart, calm, wise, and mysterious. I found myself wanting to be like him. In fact, I was so fascinated by his character that as a young child I tried to imitate his suppression of emotion by trying to hold in all emotional outlet and be as logical as possible. To my frustration I could never succeed because within an hour I was sure to fail thanks to my sister making me angry or one of my cartoons making me laugh. Spock was harder to be than I thought.

I soon gave up on my dreams of becoming Mister Spock, but I never lost my respect and admiration for him. In many ways he represented what I regarded to be best qualities a human could strive for. He was logical, intelligent, strong-willed, resourceful, and a loyal, steadfast friend who would always present you with reason and scientific data to help you in making a decision. For Kirk, Spock and McCoy were his yin/yang. McCoy emphasised the need for humanity and warmth in handling crisis while Spock maintained a veneer of calm and calculating mathematical precision. Everyone has a little bit of both qualities but I tend to lean more toward the logical/rational so I identify with Spock more so than I do McCoy. For this reason Spock was a means for me to come to terms with myself approaching life differently than most people.

I got to know the character well from watching the 8 films in which he is featured and all the TOS (the original series) and animated series episodes including the The Next Generation two-parter Unification.
Despite his absence in Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise Spock is the quintessential Star Trek character because of how prevalent he is in people’s understanding of what Star Trek is when you mention it. People who never watched it will often make remarks like, “that’s the show with the guy with the ears, right?” or “I have heard of Mister Spock, but don’t know much else”. Spock has been the face of Star Trek forever.

And let us not stop there with remembering Leonard Nimoy. Spock may be his most famous role, but he certainly has done other things. His acting talents have been seen on Fringe, Transformers, various films and TV shows, and even a strange music video with Nimoy seeing a Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

I feel sad remembering him. Knowing that he is gone causes me to realise that very few of the original Star Trek crew are left now and that I shall never now get an opportunity to meet the man who played a major role in my childhood entertainment. But I am comforted to know that even though he is gone his legacy will still live on in Star Trek. One of my shelves contains every Star Trek episode/film on DVD  and that means my children (one of whom will be born this August) will also be given an opportunity to grow up with Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and all the others who living or dead made such a great impact on my life.

Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered and he, as Dr. McCoy observed, “isn’t really dead as long as we remember him.”

For anyone interested in watching the essential Star Trek stories featuring Spock here is a small list:
The Menagerie Parts 1 and 2 (ST: TOS Season 1)
Amok Time (ST: TOS Season 2)
The Journey to Babel (ST: TOS Season 2)
Yesteryear (ST: TAS)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Sarek (ST: TNG; this episode doesn’t feature Spock but it is a necessary bridge between itself and the next episode on this list.)
Unification Parts 1 and 2 (ST: TNG)

Live long and prosper.