A Friend In Need…
Jul23

A Friend In Need…

I’m sitting holding a book that I had purchased way back when I was a teenager. I’ve never actually used it for its intended purpose. To be honest it has just sat on my shelf for years without even getting a second thought, until today. I’m looking at the front cover and wondering why the smiling face of my old friend has been hated by so many people over the years. I know he isn’t perfect, but who is? I think everyone attacks him too often and that they only do it through some misguided mob mentality. It’s about time someone spoke out and defended my old friend. “What book am I holding and whose face is looking back at me?” I hear you ask. Well the book is the Star Trek Cookbook and the warm and welcoming character that stares back at me is none other than Voyager’s Neelix. Let the defense begin… I’m not going to get on my high horse and pretend that Neelix was used to his full potential; there were plenty of missed opportunities to utilize his character. I agree that whilst he was going through his jealous boyfriend phase he was at some points very annoying. Like anyone in life Neelix is not perfect, so why can’t we give him the same forgiveness we show so many others? I mean do you hold it against Data for all those times he has never heard a simple expression like “burning the midnight oil” despite having many years of service prior to serving on the Enterprise? Do you judge Archer for being racist towards nearly every Vulcan he met in the first couple of seasons of Enterprise? Or do you still resent Sisko for his initial hatred towards our beloved Picard? I didn’t think so. Whether you agree or not with Janeway’s decision to allow Neelix and Kes to join the Voyager crew on their journey home in exchange for his services as a guide, and despite the fact that if Voyager kept at full warp for a month they probably would have gone beyond the space with which Neelix would have been familiar, the decision was made… End of story. Let’s go through some things that he may have done with which some fans would have issue and I will give you my point of view. The Kitchen Early on Neelix took over the Captain’s dining area to make his kitchen without permission, and in turn getting Janeway hot under the collar. In this instance Neelix was using his initiative to benefit the crew; he recognized that there was an issue with power for...

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Knitted Star Trek stuff!
May06

Knitted Star Trek stuff!

This small feature follows on from Podcast 21 where we asked Gail Gerard (aka the TrekKnitter) to send us examples of the Star Trek related items she had knitted. We received the following information from Gail:- I’m a member of a website called Ravelry (www.ravelry.com) and a member of a group there called The Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps. Several times a year we go out on a “tour of duty” and each month during our tour of duty, we have a different Trek-related theme with different missions to complete. The green beanie cap with the flowers was from a mission where we were assigned to make something that would help us fit in with the locals during a diplomatic mission on Orion. The white messenger bag with the red cross is from a mission where we were supposed to design something to be used either by one of the doctors (I call it the Dr’s Day Out bag) or in sick bay. 🙂   The red/black/silver fingerless mitts were from a mission where we were supposed to design a new item to add the uniform. I designed these gloves to be a part of the uniform when you’re on an away mission on a planet where it’s fairly cold but your fingers are still free to manipulate your com-badge, your tricorder or your phaser. Thanks for the photos...

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My thoughts on the Borg
Apr20

My thoughts on the Borg

The Borg are probably my favourite Star Trek bad guys so i thought i’d write down some of my thoughts about this fascinating race. The Borg were of course introduced in Season 2 of The Next Generation in the episode “Q Who” which is still to this day one of my favourite episodes, what’s not to like? the Borg and Q in one episode! The origins of the Borg Little is known about the origins of the Borg and this has led to much speculation in the Trek community, here are my thoughts. There are some who believe that the Borg were somehow related to the V’Ger probe which returned to Earth in Star Trek: the motion picture and this is a storyline which was used in the Star Trek: Legacy video game. I personally don’t subscribe to this theory as i don’t believe that V’Ger’s “character” matches the Borg in any way, despite destroying starships and killing people i do not believe that V’Ger’s goals were ultimately evil or destructive, it was more of a curious child. It is my opinion that the Borg were once a humanoid species who for whatever reason began the process of augmenting their bodies with technology. It may be the case that at some point in time it became advantageous for them to link their minds together, pehaps to solve some crisis on their planet, pehaps an environmental disaster or similar. Over time i think the Borg then began to assimilate other species in order to boost their numbers, maybe they had lost the ability to reproduce themselves (perhaps because of the environmental disaster i speculated about above). The introduction of the Borg The Borg were introduced because the federation needed a new enemy, in The Next Generation the new threat were of course were meant to be the Ferengi and obviously the writers discovered very quickly that the Ferengi were just not threatening. After the Ferengi the writers did experiment with a new enemy, the neural parasites we saw in “Conspiracy”, it was the inention that these creatures would return in subsequent seasons but this of course never happened which i think was probably the correct decision. The first time i saw the Borg i knew that these guys were special, they were just so different from any other alien race we’d seen before, i loved everything about them; their look, their relentlessness and the awesome score they created which just sounded scary. At the end of “Q Who” we were given the impression that the Borg would definitively return later, after watching that episode for the first time i had...

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