you were named after the bravest men i know, redshirt redshirt


i had to draw a monster for this picture but then i realized there’s no bigger monster to the star trek franchise than abrams, so there he is, all menacing like, mischaracterizing and treating an old, immensely important thing like complete shit


i had to draw a monster for this picture but then i realized there’s no bigger monster to the star trek franchise than abrams, so there he is, all menacing like, mischaracterizing and treating an old, immensely important thing like complete shit


Let me try to earn the fact that I’m putting this on your dash for the billionth time:

1. Okay but for real, by my reading, this is as emotional a moment for Kirk as it is for Spock, because Kirk basically just overheard Spock say he would rather spend the rest of his life incarcerated than plead self-defense/temporary insanity* and stay on the Enterprise without Kirk.

*(Which he totally could do, if he wanted to; they spent half the episode establishing for the medical record that his brain and body were going nuts. Besides, what he did was in accordance with Vulcan law, not against it—and condoned by T’Pau, who is arguably the most legally powerful individual in the galaxy, since the Federation apparently can’t say no to her.)

2. There’s a weird mystery in the blocking of this scene: where is Kirk going before Spock grabs him and spins him around? It looks like he’s just strolling across the room towards Bones and Chapel, basically blanking Spock. Okay, okay, I know it’s just Shatner pretending he doesn’t know that Nimoy is about to grab him. But in the context of the scene, it makes it look like Kirk is pretending he doesn’t know that Spock is about to grab him—and/or he’s actually making him do it by acting like he’s just going to walk by. 

TL; DR: Awww.


What a convenient button that would be.


What a convenient button that would be.


Quotes from Michelle Forbes’ interview with Ian Spelling in the August 1994 issue of Starlog.

On Ro as a “strong” character:

"Everyone keeps referring to her strength and her outspokenness," she notes, "but it disturbs me that Ro is constantly referred to as strong. She’s outspoken and she is who she is. I never thought of her as being strong. What is strong? People do tend to relate to her opinions or struggles and her outspokenness. If that makes her strong, fine, but she’s also weak in trying to find her way. Perhaps many people just identify with her for that."

On why she wanted to play Ensign Ro:

"The story was so political. Television is mostly one-dimensional. You’re dealing with cops and robbers," she argues, "or scandalous lawyers. I read ‘Ro’ and it had so many different levels to it, with fathers and war and homeland and prison and joining a new family. They never told me Ro was going to be a recurring character when we ewre doing it. After they put the show together they asked me if I would mind coming back. I said, ‘Absolutely.’"

On the script for the time loop episode "Cause and Effect":

"They sent me the script and I thought the Xerox machine had screwed up. I was just about to say, ‘Look, there’s a problem with the script,’ she remembers, "Thank God I realized that was the whole show before I went and embarrassed myself.

On Ro’s growth:

"When they asked me to return as Ro [for "The Next Phase"], I said I had no interest in playing this character if she was going to be homogenized, if she was going to go from people thinking she was too outspoken to being turned into a soft-bellied piece of jello. The fans always said, ‘We love how true to herself she is.’ Some people told me at conventions that they thought she was becoming too soft, but I guess it’s a natural progression. That episode forced her to ask questions about why we’re here, how much we miss out on in life, what would happen if it were all taken away tomorrow. It was an interesting way to soften her up, not in a needless way, but in a growth way."

Oh yeah, the town of Vulcan, Alberta, celebrates its centennial in style.


Star Trek 47 years! LLAP

September 8, 2013

I’m gonna cryno de standing next to Karl like he should be [via]




"Well, last season some jerk got high and went back in time and erased humanity, and to fix it I had to literally build a magic iPhone that could see the future out of ‘primitive radio equipment.’ So I’d say I got pretty good with it. You asshole."


Nichelle Nichols at the Star Trek Bi-Centennial 10 Convention in New York. Photos and quotes below from the January, 1977 issue of Starlog Magazine (Issue 3).

On the tension between the importance of her character and the network’s expectations for women characters, particularly black women:

"I think that women, at the time Star Trek was being produced for the network, were not regarded then as Uhura was meant to be. It was thought to be a terrible kind of turn-off to the public, to have women in command positions of any form; you know, we had to be constantly dropping our handkerchiefs and waiting for somebody to pick them up and saying, ‘Oh Captain, I’m afraid…’ 

"But that kind of so-called female strategy was really passe, although the women’s liberation was just at a beginning. So the networks were still feeding off the old mores that were about a hundred years behind, and it was already a big number for them to even say that Uhura was fourth in command; and every time she should have taken over command, they would say: ‘Maybe we’d better give it to a man.’ You know, they would just bypass the issue so nobody would even know about it.

"And then it was a big enough jump for them to have a black woman in such a position. It was a breakthrough in two areas, you see - although once they gave it to me they strangled me; still the breakthrough was made. And now, ten years later, it would be inconceivable to perpetuate that kind of chauvinism.

On being “typecast” post Trek:

"If I were a person who recognized the word ‘limitations,’ I would probably be bitter about that. But since I don’t know that word it has nothing to do with me, and my life has been totally opened up by the character of Uhura.

"My father always told me, ‘If you buy a lemon, make lemonade.’ So I took what could have been a gift that tarnished and I polished it - and I discovered the space program. I discovered so much more about my future and the world than I had known. I have become, I think, a better person, a better actor - and now, instead of having a life of acting and singing and dancing,  I have the universe."

On what Star Trek says about real life:

"We can take our technology, and with our long range goals established, develop it to take us anywhere we want to go. We can do anything we want to do; absolutely anything in the universe we can conceive of doing is possible - by setting that goal and seeking the means by which to arrive at it.

"In other words, technology isn”t going to change us and make us robots; we are not going to be lost in space like 1999. We are masters of our own destiny and the tail does not wag the dog. We wag technology."


Excuse me I’m having a moment


It’s 6am and I cannot watch an episode of Voyager without this happening. Thanks for that tumblr ;D WOOO SPACE, YEAH EXPLORATION, HEY LOOK SPACE DUST GUYS GUUUUUYS SPPPPACEEEE.


Happy Birthday, Chase Masterson (February 26)!

Chase Masterson made an indelible mark on the Trek world with her portrayal of Leeta on Deep Space Nine. Over the course of the show we got to see Leeta as a character who was sexy, but importantly, had control over her sexuality and used it to her advantage (check out this Valkyrie Directive post for more on this). We saw she was also smart and assertive and inclined to see the buried potential in those around her. 

But my respect for Chase Masterson has only increased since the show went off the air, and the more I learn the more I see her as a truly inspiring role model.

It started when I heard her speak at Geek Girl Con in 2011. She was so open and honest with the room. A lot of fans were moved to tears when she shared the dark side of playing Leeta, which for her was epitomized by a really scary episode.

During her time on DS9, Chase regularly mobilized her fan club to raise money for kids with AIDS. Someone in her club whom she’d worked with on this project set up a fake matchmaking page for her using her real name, phone number and address. I didn’t take notes at Geek Girl Con that year but here is Chase talking about the incident at Comic Con 2011:

So I subsequently received a threat from somebody who I knew had my home address threatening to really stalk and rape me and hurt my son. And so, this was right after Star Trek, it was absolutely devastating. Beyond devastating. It was horrifying and suddenly I was on the run. This person made it very, very, very clear that he was going to do bad things. And my son was deeply impacted and so I took time off to make sure that my son was okay, and make sure we were safe, and file a lawsuit against Matchmaker.com because they had allowed this.

Sadly, she lost the case as the court ruled the hosting provider wasn’t responsible. In the Geek Girl Con session she talked about not just the legal fallout but also how some people seemed to think this was something she should expect because of being an actress and the “sexy” role she was playing on TV.

The trauma of the situation and the lawsuit fallout seriously impacted her career.

You know, just auditioning was something that I truly couldn’t wrap my mind around during those years. And what I didn’t realize, because I thought I could recoup it, what I didn’t realize was that it’s really hard to recoup when you take that much time off…Although I believe I did the right thing. I filed this lawsuit because I never wanted it to happen to anybody else ever again. And, you know, that’s how it goes. You have to do what you believe in and I did. And so I’ve had less than ten auditions since Star Trek ended.

But Chase Masterson is still deeply committed to using her skills, experience and profile to help others. She’s been mentoring former gang members through the non-profit Homeboy Industries since 2008, and she fundraises for them through her fan club and at conventions.

She is also working hard to fight bullying, including homophobic bullying and cyberbullying.

At last year’s San Diego Comic Con she rolled out the Anti-Bullying Coalition, which brings together prominent organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, the NoH8 campaign, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Girls Scouts of America, the International Bullying Prevention Association, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.

They had a big impact at SDCC and got a bunch of geek celebrities involved, and they plan to present at other conventions, including the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this April.

Luckily it seems like things are picking up for Chase Masterson professionally, and all her dedicated convention and community outreach has resulted in an even more devoted fan base than ever. Most recently I saw her in August 2013 at Star Trek: Las Vegas, where she was one of the highlights of the musical revue night (picture at top).

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Chase Masterson a very Happy Birthday and many successful and fulfilling years ahead. She certainly deserves it.