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    South China
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  • Favorite Trek Movie
  • Favorite Trek Captain
    Jean-Luc Picard
  • Favorite Trek Series
    Deep Space Nine
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    Learning Chinese, dreaming of being a writer, good books and conversation.
  1. Alas, poor Tuvix.

    Agreed compagneros, what the hell were the Voyager writing team thinking of when they let this get to production, Gene Roddenberry must have been turning in the grave. A very hard show to watch... especially rewatch, when you know what's coming, a Starfleet captain behaving so despicably, no one having the guts to stand up for Tuvix's right to live. That's kind of the weirdest thing about it, the show seems to saying that the only Voyager character with a true 'moral compass' is the doctor, who is a hologram, a facsimile of a human being. I guess that shouldn't really be so surprising as he is by far the most sympathetic and interesting of the show's characters, I'd go so far as to say he saves Voyager, makes it real Star Trek in the end after all. I can't bring myself to say I hate any incarnation of Star Trek (though the new movie series comes damned close - lol). Voyager was occasionally great, sometimes gripping and powerful, frequently entertaining. Just a damn shame about a show like Tuvix. Tried to embed this great set of clips from Youtube, can't figure out how, lol.
  2. Our sun is a young star. There are billions of stars in our galaxy that are much older. We're really starting to see now that planetary systems are common, even if actually not many of them look much like ours. Nevertheless there should be plenty where life could have developed, maybe even techno-minded, machine-building life. Thus it follows that somewhere, someone might have wanted to boldly go, seeking new life and new civilizations. Right? So where is everybody, given that even by conservative estimates complete exploration of our galaxy could be achieved in a few tens of millions of years? These of course are just the basic points of the Fermi Paradox, one of the great puzzles of cosmology, perhaps a major fly in the ointment of the Star Trek universe. Kind of like how many angels can stand on the head of a pin, you can pretty much pick your own answer. Some of my favorites can be found here. What's yours?
  3. Alas, poor Tuvix.

    So I been rewatching some old episodes and then I get to this one and remember when it became impossible to go on trying to like Captain Janeway. When Voyager got back to Earth, shouldn't she have been put on trial for murder? And let's face it, Tuvix was a whole lot better more interesting character than either Tuvok or Neelix, strange how each alone = pain in the butt, but put together worked like coffee and cream, mmm.
  4. ssoooo many members so few posters....

    The Q Continuum.... I think Starblind nails it there. I myself often feel I'm just living in the past with nothing new to discover, (as an old style Trek fan who cannot bear the new movies.) I loved the old days and I remember them fondly, they live on in re-runs and DVD collections... but are they ever gonna come back? I guess not. In the meantime real enthusiasts just come to places like this and try and make Star Trek continue living...
  5. Turkana IV: Why did the UFP let it fail?

    I glanced at this page for more info, seems to sum up well enough. I guess when all is said and done, good stories are driven by conflict. No conflict, no story. This is a problem in creating Star Trek dramas if Roddenberry's ultra-optimistic vision of the human future is adhered to, so the show's writers simply had to create this kind of scenario to create meaningful characters and situations.
  6. It's time.

    It's a sweet phrase, works everywhere! Cheers!
  7. These are the voyages

    Actually I think they should be fired OUT of a cannon, along with all copies of 'These Are The Voyages'!
  8. Voyager Solar System 'exit' debated

    Wow man, you really get around! Great story and great pic, eyes closed in bliss I'd say! Actually I heart Tyson, and trust him to do a fine job on the new show, I'm rather looking forward to it in fact.
  9. I'm a Breaking Bad addict too Sehlat, (it's just so brilliantly conceived and written, like great tragedy.) I watched the second to last episode today and was left quite shattered by it. Poor Jesse.
  10. These are the voyages

    An ingenious idea, which I commend you for! I however, refuse to accept anything that happens in the new Abrams Star Trek films as canon. I haven't even seen the second one and will not. I realise this is a personal stand, and others may do as they think fit, you're all welcome to that version of the universe!
  11. Voyager Solar System 'exit' debated

    It was the same for me! I was born just as 'the space race' was getting under way but seeing COSMOS (and reading the book, which got me into reading Sagan's other books) as a teenager was my first truly meaningful scientific education. I guess you will have heard that there is to be a new COSMOS series presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Let's hope for the best!
  12. These are the voyages

    I always greatly enjoyed ENT (except the awful finale under discussion here), and have found much of the harsh criticism directed towards it to be unfair. And yet... as it went on and Captain Archer was revealed more and more not just to be the first Enterprise Captain (rather than poor old Christopher Pike with his blinky light wheelchair thingy), but actually some kind of giant figure in the foundation and history of the Federation, it did bother me how it could fit in with the timeline established in earlier shows. Thank goodness for string theory and the multiverse then, which allows us to blink and everything works... in some version of the universe!
  13. Voyager Solar System 'exit' debated

    I think it's a virtual certainty my friend. As much as I love Star Trek I can't actually bring myself to believe that we humans will ever really be leaving our solar system and exploring the galaxy, so it looks like the Voyagers will be our only 'message' to the far distant future. I'm sure that Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan were aware of this possibility when they were working on the 'Golden Record', though Sagan seems never to have given up hope in a human future in space. What a great man he was, how I miss him.
  14. Voyager Solar System 'exit' debated

    I'm always fascinated and awed by news of the Voyager spacecraft. And something I think about from time to time, is that Voyager, and especially 'The Sounds of Earth', will endure untouched and pristine long after the human race, long after Earth and our solar system most like, are long gone and turned to dust. Dontcha think that's spooky? And sad? I mean what are the human artifacts on Earth we associate with immense longevity? The pyramids? The great wall of China? Stonehenge? They'll all be dust (and so will we most like) while the little Voyagers float on through the interstellar vastness. The word amazing can't do justice to that. That must have been a marvellous event you were at Sehlat, what a wonderful chance to celebrate and remember one of humanity's truly great achievements.
  15. It's time.

    Sokath, his eyes uncovered! Darmok was a fine episode Mutai, but the Inner Light still gets my vote for best TNG episode of all time. Another one that blew my mind, still can't watch it without getting something in my eye! It's a more difficult choice with Enterprise, but I do love the one about the Vulcans crash landing in mid-twentieth century America!