50 things from 50 years

Star Trek.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR TREK 50 - By BRETT WEISS

Gene Rod­den­berry. Nick­named “The Great Bird of the Galaxy,” the late, great Rod­den­berry gave us an in­tel­li­gent and di­versely cast sci- fi ad­ven­ture show set in an op­ti­mistic fu­ture. Ma­jel Bar­rett. Rod­den­berry’s widow ( now de­ceased), Bar­rett not only played Chris­tine Chapel and Lwax­ana Troi, but also voiced the ship’s com­puter. Fans. Whether called Trekkers ( nerdy fans) or Trekkies ( su­per- nerdy fans), Star Trek lovers are among the most de­voted of any fran­chise. Bjo Trim­ble. The most de­voted fan of all, Trim­ble or­ga­nized a “Save Star Trek” cam­paign that en­sured a third sea­son for the orig­i­nal se­ries. Trib­bles. Cute, furry and lov­able, Trib­bles, first ap­pear­ing in The Trou­ble With Trib­bles ( writ­ten by sci- fi author David Ger­rold), look harm­less, but are “mor­tal en­e­mies” of the Klin­gons. Klin­gons. Sav­age war­riors who value honor above all else, Klin­gons were arch en­e­mies of Cap­tain Kirk and com­pany, but later re­formed ( sort of ). James T. Kirk. The great­est star­ship cap­tain of them all, Kirk was played with swag­ger by Wil­liam Shatner, who de­liv­ered his lines halt­ingly for dra­matic ef­fect. Kirk/ Shatner im­per­son­ators, who de­liver their lines halt­ingly for comedic ef­fect. The in­fa­mous Satur­day Night Live par­ody with Shatner: “You, you must be al­most 30. ... Have you ever kissed a girl?” “Beam me up, Scotty.” Kirk never said these ex­act words to Chief Engi­neer Mont­gomery Scott ( played by James Doohan) in an episode, but the phrase be­came a meme none­the­less. Spock. Kirk’s log­i­cal best friend, Science Of­fi­cer Spock, played by the late, great Leonard Ni­moy, is half Vul­can, but is per­haps more hu­man than any other Star Trek char­ac­ter. The Vul­can nerve pinch. What Trekker worth his or her dilithium crys­tals hasn’t tried this knock­out ma­neu­ver on one of his or her friends at least once? In­fi­nite Di­ver­sity in In­fi­nite Com­bi­na­tions. This Vul­can phi­los­o­phy epit­o­mizes Star Trek, with each se­ries boast­ing an eth­ni­cally di­verse cast. “Live long and pros­per.” Good ad­vice for any life form. Green women in go- go boots. Hands down, the orig­i­nal Star Trek boasted the cutest aliens in the galaxy. Bones. De­spite be­ing an ornery old cuss who hated trans­porters, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, played by the late, lamented DeFor­est Kel­ley, had the best bed­side man­ner this side of the Ro­mu­lan Neu­tral Zone. “I’m a doc­tor, not a brick­layer.” Bones’ most mem­o­rable line, spo­ken dur­ing The Devil In The Dark. Ge­orge Takei. Best known as Helms­man Sulu, Takei has lived a pro­duc­tive post- Trek life as an ad­vo­cate for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. Nichelle Ni­chols. As Lieu­tenant Uhura, Ni­chols was the first African- Amer­i­can fe­male to play a lead, non- stereo­typ­i­cal role on tele­vi­sion. Martin Luther King Jr him­self praised her work. The City On The Edge Of For­ever. A tragic love story ( between Kirk and Edith Keeler, played by Joan Collins) and the great­est Star Trek episode ever filmed. Not even the stu­dio tin­ker­ing with Har­lan El­li­son’s script could ruin this one. Mir­ror, Mir­ror. An evil Spock sport­ing a goa­tee. ‘ Nuff said. Al­le­gory. Such episodes as A Pri­vate Lit­tle War of­fered thinly veiled com­men­tary on real- life woes – the Viet­nam War in this case. Spock’s Brain. So bad it’s good, Spock’s Brain is Star Trek for Ed Wood fans. Spock’s pointy ears are awe­some as well, though net­work ex­ec­u­tives ini­tially wor­ried he looked too “sa­tanic.” Trans­porters. Be­cause faster is bet­ter. Ditto warp speed. The fu­ture is now. Star Trek pre­dicted flip phones, slid­ing doors, di­ag­nos­tic beds, com­puter discs and more. Toon Trek. Fil­ma­tion’s Star Trek: The An­i­mated Se­ries won a Day­time Emmy Award for best chil­dren’s se­ries for its 197475 sea­son. The holodeck. In­tro­duced in The An­i­mated Se­ries, the holodeck is the ul­ti­mate form of vir­tual re­al­ity, mak­ing years in space seem down­right pleas­ant. Friendly ar­gu­ments. Kirk or Pi­card? Star Trek or Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion? Play a game of 3- D chess to de­ter­mine the win­ner. Pa­trick Ste­wart. Shake­spearean ac­tor Ste­wart, as Pi­card, brought a dis­tin­guished “Ask ques­tions first; fire phasers later” ethic to the role of Starfleet cap­tain, sep­a­rat­ing The Next Gen­er­a­tion from the orig­i­nal se­ries. “En­gage” and “Make it so.” Gen­teel or­ders fre­quently given by Pi­card. Data. Played by Brent Spiner, Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Data, an an­droid who longs to be hu­man, is ar­guably the third great­est Star Trek char­ac­ter of all time ( after Kirk and Spock). The Off­spring. A funny and poignant episode of The Next Gen­er­a­tion in which Data “fa­thers” a fe­male an­droid he has cre­ated. The Borg. Be­cause re­sis­tance is fu­tile. And of­ten­times ter­ri­fy­ing. The Best Of Both Worlds. Pi­card as Lo­cu­tus of Borg is ut­terly chill­ing, es­pe­cially when Com­man­der Wil­liam Riker ( Jonathan Frakes) or­ders the En­ter­prise to “Fire!” at him. Deanna Troi. Played by Ma­rina Sir­tis, Coun­selor Troi is one of the classi­est and pret­ti­est mem­bers of Starfleet, and def­i­nitely the most in­tu­itive. Wes­ley Crusher. The kid char­ac­ter you love to hate ( or just hate). Although we do en­joy Wil Wheaton’s guest ap­pear­ances on The Big Bang The­ory. Worf. Half- hu­man, half- Klin­gon, Worf ( Michael Dorn) was in more Star Trek episodes than any other char­ac­ter, ap­pear­ing as a reg­u­lar in The Next Gen­er­a­tion and sea­sons four through seven of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Ben­jamin Sisko. Stately and re­served, Sisko ( Avery Brooks) com­mands a space sta­tion ( Deep Space Nine) in­stead of a star­ship, but he’s a great cap­tain nev­er­the­less. Rene Au­ber­jonois. As Odo, one of Deep Space Nine’s best, most fully re­al­ized char­ac­ters, Au­ber­jonois brings sub­tlety, ap­pre­hen­sion, nuance and pli­a­bil­ity to an un­likely role: head of se­cu­rity. Quark. Deep Space Nine tends to be a som­bre show deal­ing with deep ( so to speak) is­sues like war, re­li­gion and pol­i­tics, but Quark ( Ar­min Shimerman) brings lev­ity and mis­chievous­ness to the pro­ceed­ings. Girl power. Women have played cru­cial roles in Star Trek from the be­gin­ning, most no­tably Star Trek: Voy­ager’s Cap­tain Kathryn Janeway, played with steely re­solve by Kate Mulgrew. The Ad­ven­tures Of Cap­tain Pro­ton. Dur­ing their long voy­age home, Tom Paris ( Robert Dun­can McNeill) and Harry Kim ( Gar­rett Wang) acted out chap­ters of this 1930s- style se­rial in the holodeck, com­plete with black- and- white vi­su­als. Retro­cool, for sure. For­mer Borg drone Seven of Nine. Ev­ery Star Trek se­quel needed a logic- based char­ac­ter to sub­sti­tute for Spock. Voy­ager’s just hap­pened to be played by Jeri Ryan. Scott Bakula. Most fans agree that Star Trek: En­ter­prise is the weak­est link in the fran­chise, but Bakula of Quan­tum Leap fame was solid as Cap­tain Jonathan Archer. Movie marathons. If you’ve never stayed up all night watch­ing the first six Star Trek films fea­tur­ing the orig­i­nal cast, you haven’t truly lived. Star Trek: The Wrath Of Kahn. Or should we say, Wrath of Khaaaaaaannn Kaaaaaaah­h­hhnnnnn!!!? The nu­clear “wes­sels.” Some of the fran­chise’s fun­ni­est mo­ments were in Star Trek IV: The Voy­age Home, such as Pavel Chekov’s ( Wal­ter Koenig) re­peated butcher­ing of the word “ves­sels.” J. J. Abrams. Be­fore he di­rected Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens ( 2015), Abrams re­vi­tal­ized the Trek fran­chise with two films: Star Trek ( 2009) and Star Trek Into Dark­ness ( 2013). A new movie, Star Trek Be­yond, was re­leased ear­lier this year, and will be fol­lowed by a new tele­vi­sion se­ries, Star Trek Dis­cov­ery in 2017. Net­flix cur­rently streams tons of Star Trek, in­clud­ing com­plete se­ries, so what are you wait­ing for? Binge- watch like no one has binged be­fore! — Fort Worth Star- Tele­gram/ Tri­bune News Ser­vice

was of­ten som­bre but dealt with deep is­sues like war, re­li­gion and pol­i­tics. — pho­tos: Filepics

spock in men­tal com­mu­nion with an alien that is es­sen­tially a liv­ing rock ... just an­other day at the of­fice for the en­ter­prise crew.

The trou­ble with trib­bles is that they turn even the tough­est star­ship cap­tains into piles of mush.

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