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  1. Sisko was busy with the Maquis (For the Uniform) and the Dominion (In Purgatory's Shadow)... That is, he was needed on DS9 (much like how Picard would stay on the bridge while Riker led the away teams). It was not uncommon for Worf to command the Defiant on missions whilst Sisko remained on the station. See for example Rejoined, Rules of Engagement, For the Cause and so on.
  2. If you click on "Episode Guide" and do it from there (click on episode desired, then click on Screencaps HD), it works better than going straight to "Screencaps".
  3. I think I might be in a small minority group who actually prefer STID to STB. I can't say that definitively yet; I'd need to see them both again (except I have no burning desire to see either again anytime soon). From what I remember, I found STB to be boring with too much stuff going on that I just couldn't bring myself to care about. There was very little in the way of story, it just drifted from one action scene to another. Don't get me wrong, STID certainly had flaws - very obvious and stupid ones, but the whole thing felt more like a cohesive story and the characters worked better for me (though STB did get a better Bones/Spock dynamic). May change my mind when I see them again though.
  4. This includes the main spaceships named "Enterprise" in any canon Star Trek production. We're only talking about the exterior design of the actual physical ships here, not the series or films in which they featured. There isn't much difference between the refit and the -A, but both are included for completeness.
  5. I agree with those above who have concerns about it being yet another prequel. My heart sank when I first heard that too. Been there, done that. I really don't have any desire to see more TOS-era stuff. And you would have thought they would learn their lesson from Enterprise, but obviously not. Setting it in the far future would have made by far the most sense. If not however, there are many other points throught the Trek history that would have been more interesting (during the classic films for example, or just before TNG). The "it's the only window we could find" line doesn't wash with me at all. And, to be bluntly honest, if it's going to be another free for all, anything goes, Trek in name only... Then I would actually prefer they didn't bother with it at all. I wish Enterprise never happened. I'd rather spend infinity re-enjoying what we already have rather than have some new stuff s#!t all over it. I'm really trying to keep an open mind, but it's hard. I still haven't accepted Enterprise, and this looks like it might repeat those mistakes all over again... Time will tell.
  6. Excellent, love it! Very well done.
  7. Late to the party perhaps, but my vote goes to The Enterprise Incident. An unusual choice perhaps, but I've always loved how we got to see inside an alien ship - and I know it wasn't their first appearance, but the Romulans were a great adversary; not a one-dimentional race of evil mad men, nor a one-trick pony of tired cliches... This was culture quite like our own in many ways (except unlike the contemporary Federation, Romulans actually allowed women to command their ships!) I probably like it because it was one of the first episodes I ever saw and that nostalgia feeling is quite powerful. But even on its own terms, it's got drama, tension and Spock (by far the most interesting TOS character) gets the limelight for much of the episode... And it isn't just another "Kirk kisses a girl and gets his shirt torn" episode. I also like some of the moral ambiguity... Arguably, Kirk is the bad guy here and the Romulans are just reacting as anyone would to a hostile invader and a spy. It's also incidentally, one of only nine TOS episodes that include all 7 regulars and Nurse Chapel. Amok Time and The City on the Edge of Forever also deserve mentioning, both very good too.
  8. Meh. The film did nothing for me I’m afraid. I found it bland and on the whole rather boring. It’s not that it did anything bad as such, it just failed to do anything good. Like Into Darkness, a lot of effort obviously went into the design, makeup, costumes, CGI and whatnot, but the actual story seems to have been a last minute addition, inserted only as a necessary evil to connect the various action scenes (after about the fourth, all I could think was “here we go again”). Why don’t film makers put effort into the story-telling anymore? - I’m afraid the whole genre is becoming something to which I can no longer relate. I honestly struggle to think of anything positive to say about it. The best bits were undoubtedly the Spock/McCoy scenes - I felt this relationship had been missing from the previous films so it was nice to see it finally get some attention. The best scene of the film had to be when Spock told McCoy that the Ambassador was dead. That’s probably the only bit that actually made me sit up and give the screen my undivided attention. Otherwise it just plodded along… It kinda slipped into something, then slipped into something else… Like the previous film, it was a bit all-over-the-place with too many competing elements. I thought destroying the Enterprise so early in the film was definitely a mistake. It was vaguely like killing off Kirk in the first act - where do you go from there? I didn’t even think it was done particularly well; crashing the Enterprise-D in Generations remains much more enjoyable for me. For about the first half of the film, I could never quite shake the feeling that this was only the introduction and that the real story would start soon… Except it never did. After the first hour, I was bored. Yet another variation of the mad-man-with-a-WMD scenario that by now has been done to death. I couldn’t care less about any of the aliens; by the time we found out who they were and what they were doing, I had lost interest anyway. Character moments were few and far between. Some of the lines were delivered painfully slowly, the main alien guy’s voice got very annoying, and the universal translator and subtitles were distracting. Chekov also had major issues with pacing due to his accent. And seriously, how many uniforms does Kirk need to have?! - And where does he find time to change between them all so quickly? There’s a few other plot holes and convenient coincidences that seem part and parcel of the Abramsverse. There’s a quite a few references to the Enterprise series which, I suppose if you like the series you’ll appreciate. Didn’t really do anything for me though. As for the fuss about Sulu being gay? - Honestly?! - A very brief arm around the waste of another guy who could just as easily have been a good friend or family member… If anyone thinks this comes even remotely close to Star Trek finally accepting homosexuality, they are seriously mistaken. Maybe it’s just my mood or other stuff going on in my life, but I’m tempted to rate this the worst out of all three reboot films. Nothing about it makes me want to see it again. I actually hope we have a break from the films for a while and let Trek shine on the small screen for which it it is much more suited.
  9. Happy Birthday to DS9, whose pilot Emissary was first broadcast 20 years ago today. It is regarded by many fans, including myself, as the best Star Trek series ever. Do you remember the first time you learnt that a 3rd (live action) Star Trek series was on the horizon? My first memory is this booklet that came with the 1992 VHS of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  10. DST returns to London this October. Tickets are now on sale and guests have been announced to include William Shatner, Jerry Ryan, most of the TNG cast (except Sir Patrick) and others. See their website). I've never really been to one of these things before, but my circumstances are such that I'm actually tempted this year. But after reading so many negative reviews from previous times, I'm not sure. My budget is very tight so I'm currently thinking of just the basic entry ticket for either Saturday or Sunday, and maybe one photo or something... But I might not be able to resist spending more on the day! My expectations are low - a lot of the hustle and bustle really doesn't appeal to me, and I'm not going to pay through the nose to stand in a cue for hours to get some ageing actor's autograph, but it's a day out, and it would be nice to say I've been to one of these things. And considering I'll be just an hour and a half away on the train, would I regret it if I didn't go when I had the chance...? What do think; is it worth the money?
  11. Yeah, there was one a few months back that they got totally wrong too, I can't remember what it was now. And their polls are so silly; they ask a ridiculous question and give only a handful of possible answers which are all valid for different reasons... And people seem to take it so seriously, like they're actually asking the fans for their input into the franchise or something!
  12. Ah, you and I know she was in almost all season 2 episodes (off the top of my head, I think Q Who is the only exception but there might be another), but a casting director of another show (back then) might not have done. And especially if TNG had failed, a closer association to it probably wouldn't have looked great. As it turned out, it was a huge success and so she (or more likely, her agent) didn't have anything to worry about, but back then... who knows.
  13. The TV Classics book by Ina Rae Hark isn't bad, though it can be a bit opinionated (but I agree with all of it). Otherwise, most stuff is generally available online these days.
  14. An actors life is a funny one. I don't profess to be an expert on such things by any means, but it could well be that she thought saying she made a "special appearance" on selected TNG episodes looked better on a resumé than saying she "also starred" in an entire season. There may have been fears of getting typecast and such like, and if it was true that she only intended to be there temporarily, then it might look like she was fired if she was listed as a star for just one year (as mentioned above). Remember the show back then was rather unstable and still finding its feet; it could still have turned out to be a failure. It's much harder for a star to disassociate herself from a show than it is for an occasional guest star.
  15. I don't think she was fired. She has said that she never intended to do TNG more than the one year anyway. That's (partly) why she declined to have her name in the opening credits. But of course that could be a handy excuse to use in retrospect so it doesn't look bad on a resumé. I guess we'll never truly know the answers to all this.
  16. Hey, I'm a music teacher!
  17. Recent article on new "medical tricorder": http://io9.com/meet-the-teams-who-are-building-the-worlds-first-medic-1543000639
  18. As I student looking at that, I would have thought "cool, easy credits - just sit around watching TV!" As a teacher, I'd be curious as to what you actually think this (and these episodes in particular) is going to teach them?
  19. It obviously depends on what the aims of the course are. What sort of things to you want to focus on? One area might be; how Star Trek provided a critical commentary on modern events but dressed them up in future settings so that they could be explored from a safe distance. As already mentioned, you've got everything from the cold war to 9/11. You've also got other issues such as environmental pollution (Force of Nature), immigration (Sanctuary), religious prophecies (Destiny), evolution and opposition to (Distant Origin), racial prejudice and bullying (Lineage), and more. One thing I would think would be interesting (although I don't know whether it would be appropriate in an art history class) is some discussions on morality and ethics. You could pick an episode that featured a moral dilemma, and use that to discuss whether the actions were right or not, and go off onto any tangents that that takes you. Or you could keep it on a general them such as "the Prime directive" and look at the merits and pitfalls of that. Here are some examples off the top of my head: From TNG: Justice, Suddenly Human, The Masterpiece Society, Ethics, The Outcast, The Quality of Life, Journey's End, Insurrection (movie). From DS9: Duet, For The Uniform, Children of Time, In The Pale Moonlight, Chimera. From Voyager: Death Wish, Tuvix, Riddles, Child's Play. It's not really "moral", but Tapestry (TNG), is also a good one to think about. One thing: If a college professor asked me to read "The Visual Dictionary" as a graduate student (or even an undergrad), I would feel somewhat patronised. Although it's not a bad book, I would say it is primarily intended for little kids. There's an old book, Star Trek in Myth and Legend. It's been a while since I read it, and I'm not sure you'll be able to get it now, but I seem to remember that covering a few interesting topics that could be explored.
  20. Perhaps. But then it is only a matter of "styling", nothing to do with the "technology" per se. So in the context of a talk on "How has Star Trek influenced modern technology", the example is somewhat dubious to say the least.
  21. So if this one guy never lived (or never saw Star Trek), the mobile phone would never have been invented? I think not. I'm sure if you look into it, handheld communication devices like that would have been used in other contexts long before Star Trek. - Even the walki-talkie was patented in 1939. It would have happened sooner or later anyway. The guy may have been inspired by Star Trek, but that's nowhere near the same thing as saying that Star Trek "invented" the mobile phone!
  22. No offence, but to be honest I don't think a fictional TV show really did influence those things, they were just a natural technological growth... As technology improves, things get smaller. Whether that's a phone, a computer or whatever. I'm quite sure that, had Star Trek never existed, we would still be using mobile phones and tablets just as they are now. The official Star Trek website recently conducted a poll on this subject: http://www.startrek....ired-by-trek-is
  23. The Fall of Centauri Prime - A great episode, and there's a lot there. Also some of his dialogue (as old Londo) in In The Beginning "Thank you dear lady but I know my sins, and the price I will eventually pay for them". That's the way he tends to see things at the time... Only in retrospect does he realise otherwise. The aforementioned Lady Morella tells him "There is always a choice. We say there is no choice only to comfort ourselves with a decision we have already made". But alas her words go unheeded. "When we first met, I had all the choices I could ever want, and no power at all. Now I have all power I could ever want and no choices at all. No choice at all." (Those quotes are from memory, so may not be exact) What, you don't remember the "turning points" when he could have chosen to go down a different path but didn't? Just watch any Londo episode! Probably the best examples include the Hugo Award Winning The Coming of Shadows and The Long Twilight Struggle. True. Although in fairness he is manipulated by others, most notably Morden who kills "the only woman he has ever loved", and Lord Refa too. I recommend you watch it again, you might appreciate it more.
  24. I can see why people would feel a little short changed there. But, the conflict was always one of ideology - the word "war" is perhaps slightly misleading. The Shadows were over 1000 years more advanced than the Humans, there was no way Sheridan could ever hope to have "won" by fighting, that was never an option. As Lorien said, they had to "understand their way out of it". So, if people were expecting a long draw-out space battle, they had completely misunderstood what the story was about. Absolutely! That's what makes his character arc so interesting. He's not an "evil" man per se, everything he does is genuinely done for his people. He does what he feels is right, but yes, many of his choices were bad ones, and only much later does he realise his mistakes. Yes, he had several opportunities to avoid the "darkness" (as Lady Morella - played by Majel Barrett describes), but he consistently chooses the wrong path. B5 isn't as "preachy" as Star Trek. It doesn't hit you over the head with "the right thing to do". Londo makes his choices, and he has to live with the consequences. - That's what B5 is about in a nutshell; choices and consequences. I think he realised that in the end. We didn't need to see that, we can just re-watch the episodes!
  25. The biggest plot crescendos (Londo, the Shadow War, etc.) just fall flat for me. Up TO those points it generally goes well, but... How so? I don't want to derail the thread, but someone needs to stick up for B5 here! I thought Londo had one of the best arcs of any character on any TV show ever. Admittedly, the Shadow stuff finished a bit abruptly because the networks messed them about and they had to cram two years of episodes into just one, but it still works well IMO, and I enjoyed seeing the aftermath of the war - something that DS9 never touched on.