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I guess I became a Trekkie after seeing Star Trek. I have liked TOS and TNG since I was around the age of ten (and was often picked on for it btw). Funnily enough, I used to consider ST (and Star Wars) creepy when I was younger, though I have always loved dinosaurs, monsters and aliens, which begs the question, at what age do people become Trekkers? I help maintain articles related to the alternate reality and adding pictures from the movie thanks to excellent online galleries from Trekcore and Trekcaps.

My favourite character has been and always shall be Bones, because I just love grumpy doctors and the contrast between what they say and their kind behaviour. My favourite races are the Romulans and Gorn because they're so underexplored compared to the Klingons and Vulcans (seriously, I began writing up the background section for the Romulans because I discovered how many missed opportunities there've been for them).

I find it interesting my favourite films were directed by someone who never even watched Star Trek and someone who preferred Star Wars, while the other good movies were directed by cast members. I'm more of a film buff - always have been - than a TV buff, but like I said, I love TOS and TNG and fell in love with DS9 when delving into the shows in 2009, though Voyager and Enterprise left me cold, the odd character and episode aside. (That does not mean I consider people who like them to not be true Trekkies, unlike some people.)

Greg Cox: Fair warnng: my next TOS book contains liberal amounts of VOYAGER-related material.

Well played, Mr. Cox.

The following is a quote that could be used in an article someday:

"I was contacted by a reporter who wanted to gin up controversy by pitting old-school Trekkies against the new movie... and who seemed genuinely surprised and frustrated when I refused to play along! (At one point, he actually asked me to recommend a Trek author who would be willing to state that the new movies weren't 'real' Trek, but I declined to cooperate.) And, as usual, he seemed to have bought into the myth that TOS was a 'non-violent' series that never stooped to cheap thrills or action. I admit my jaw dropped to hear this from a professional journalist whom you'd think would have actually done a little research on the original series. Jesus Christ, I pointed out, barely an episode went by that Kirk didn't get into fistfight, Federation colonies and outposts were wiped out on a regular basis, and all those redshirts didn't exactly die of natural causes. 'Non-violent' indeed!"

- Greg Cox [1] [2] [3] [4]

Another article I may use if anyone brought up what happened in Vegas: [5] [6] [7]



MA 2009Warning! This section may contain spoilers for new Star Trek material.
Star Trek XIII
  • Presumably the movie will be set in late 2264 or 2265 as the five-year mission winds down and Earth can appear towards the end of the movie, something the crew are looking forward to.
  • OK, Klingons are angry, we get it, but it'll have been seven years since Vulcan was blown up by a Romulan so we need some canonical payoff to the forthcoming supernova.
  • On that note, "The Enterprise Incident" Commander would be a great villain given she is a woman and Abrams feels there need to be more female characters, and she would be a potential distraction for Kirk and Spock, and like Uhura she has an intriguing unknown name.
    • Although the original Commander's line about how "In a different reality, I could have called you friend" always weighs heavily on my mind.
  • Khan... the writers aren't going to miss the opportunity to give Cumberbatch an encore in a world where Heath Ledger never got to reprise the Joker. He may redeem himself in a war against the Klingons and be exiled to Ceti Alpha V instead of being executed.
  • You never know, we may get the Borg: the Queen remains Trek's second most popular villain (sorry Q, Dukat, Kor et al.) Such a threat would unite the Federation, Augments, Klingons and Romulans into a bold new universe.
  • It would be great if we saw a Nibiran, implying after Kirk's violation the Federation was forced to bring them into the future to sever any further damage seeing the Enterprise would cause their developing civilization.
  • In another role reversal, Uhura informs Spock she's pregnant instead of Carol discovering she is having Kirk's child. Coincidentally, 2264 was the year Tuvok was born.
  • Nick Frost as Welshy. I'm kidding.
  • Please give John Cho a spin-off show.
  • The art department needs to take a look at these and create more beautiful surreal environments like the red jungle.
TNG reboot
  • My dream is we eventually get a TNG movie with Q and the Borg as the villains. In my mind Picard would be a misanthrope who lost the Stargazer to the Borg, and whose perception of the universe is coloured by the random and senseless destruction of his ship, the Kelvin and Vulcan. He'd thought he'd retire standing by on the glorified hotel/ambassadorial retreat of a new Enterprise...
  • But like George Taylor, this cynic finds himself mankind's defender to an omnipotent troll who'd sit by and watch the galaxy become enslaved by the threat that took out the Stargazer.
  • Picard's crew will help him rediscover optimism and the joy of being in the ST universe despite all the dangers of it, and find it within himself to point out life's worth to Q. Hope is not about burying your head to horror, but defying it and moving on.
  • That all said, Picard is a different guy than Kirk. If the approach to modernizing Kirk was to bring something of Luke and Han to him, than John Luke (that was intentional by the way) should be like Indiana: emphasize his background in archaeology and have his adventures be more about discovery and the potential intrigue it brings. I'd love to see Picard uncover the mysteries of the Preservers/Ancient humanoids; the Iconians; the Tkon Empire, the Hur'q and the Borg of course (although you may risk spoiling the fun of speculating whether they're related to V'Ger).
  • For some reason, I think Data and Worf should be buddies. I have no idea why, but it might have something to do with them both finding humans rather puzzling. Perhaps in the new timeline they become classmates.
  • I wouldn't mind DS9 and Voyager cameos, though they shouldn't abuse the new timeline to have Sisko become Picard's sidekick.
Prime or alternate reality
  • The next ST TV series should be ambigious initially and focus on new adventures before delving into lore and having to disclose which Vulcanoid world was obliterated. Eventually a crossover episode would update us on what's happening in the other timeline.
  • Alternatively, it's set in a tertiary reality and an episode reveals TOS, the movies, TNG/DS9/VOY and ENT took place in separate timelines too. ("And there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.")

Why TBBT cast can't cameo in STEdit

"Why, that crewmember looked remarkably look me, I shall look him up. 'James Joseph Jim Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory... Sheldon Lee Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory...' But that's me! Leonard!"

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