Tagged Star Trek

Scientists Spot the Starfleet Logo on the Martian Surface

Mars continues to inspire curiosity in the most interesting of ways. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been circling the red planet in an effort to track the history of the presence of water for well over 10 years now. Over the course of its endeavors, the MRO has come across a number of natural wonders and oddities, from muppet-like rock formations to Pac-Man-esque craters—and the latest is sure to excite Trekkies across the globe. “Enterprising viewers will make...

An Ode to Star Trek: Discovery’s Sylvia Tilly

Star Trek: Discovery has become a bit of a target in the culture wars of geekdom. And while I’m not here to debate whether or not it is worthy of the Star Trek name (it is) or worth its cost in subscription fees (again, it is), I am here to talk about something it contains that has meant a lot to me. I think in a lot of these debates, we forget the actual impact the media we’re discussing...

Star Trek: Discovery Hit Its Stride in Season 2

Note: This article contains major spoilers for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek TV series have always been a product of their respective times. The Original Series was heavily influenced by the Cold War and baby boomers’ growing distrust of the establishment, while Deep Space Nine was a reaction to the first Gulf War as well as an examination of the world coming to grips with cultural, political, cultural globalization. Even Enterprise, for all its flaws,...

10 Underrated Black Sci-Fi Characters

I always enjoyed science fiction more when the creators used fantastical settings and unorthodox concepts to make poignant commentary on present-day issues. When the writers and producers play with a literally infinite selection of worlds, technologies, cultures, and so on, audiences are exposed to, and in many cases are more receptive of, ideas and people outside of their immediate surroundings. After seeing Uhura on the bridge of a starship, or rooting for Will Smith to save the world against...

Win FREE Tickets to The Greatest Generation Podcast Live!

The crew of The Greatest Generation is back in Minneapolis, headed to the Cedar Cultural Cedar for a show at 7:00 p.m. on November 3, 2018. This “Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast” covers a different episode every week with plenty of fandom, humor, and snark. Whether you’re a dedicated listener or a Trekkie interested in checking out the show, we have the giveaway for you! All you have to do is:...

The Orville Is the Perfect Star Trek Homage

Late last year, FOX released a little show called The Orville. It was charming, nostalgic, irreverent, and funny as hell. Audiences loved it. I loved it. But critics? Not so much. The difference between the audience and critic reception was truly staggering, and one of the primary criticisms of the show was a lack of originality. Some reviews were softer, implying that the show was a somewhat heavy-handed approach to homage, but many were far harsher, deeming it to...

The 8 Most Exciting Trailers out of San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Each year, we poor unfortunate souls who can’t afford the exorbitant cost of attending nerdvana, otherwise known as San Diego Comic-Con, wait anxiously for news to drop about our favorite fandoms. Those lucky few . . . thousand . . . in attendance get to enjoy the massive Hall H panels firsthand and witness the reveals of television and film trailers before anyone else. Of course, through the magic of this infinite series of tubes called the Internet, those videos...

How Star Trek: The Next Generation Predicted Meme Culture

“Darmok,” the 102nd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a longtime favorite among both Trekkies and linguists. Case in point: the first time I saw it wasn’t on TV but in a linguistic anthropology class at the University of Minnesota. In the episode, Picard and the Enterprise crew encounter the Children of Tama, who speak entirely in metaphors and references—a system that stumps the Trek world’s universal translator, which can only translate the literal meaning of the...

The Science of Star Trek: Discovery’s Mycelial Network

Warp drives, subspace networks, inertial dampeners, transporters, holodecks, universal translators, transparent aluminum. With Star Trek, the list of high-tech concepts and gadgets (both the more well-thought-out and grounded ideas and the slightly less realistic) is nearly endless. Now, thanks to the most recent iteration of the franchise, Star Trek: Discovery, words such as “spore drive” and “mycelial network” can be added to the list. Despite taking us to the past in terms of Trek canon, Star Trek: Discovery pushed us to look forward...

Going Back through the Wormhole with 25 Years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

When we meet the charming and beautiful Lieutenant Jadzia Dax in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, we learn two things—she’s impossibly old, and she has a slug inside her body. Dax’s species, the Trill, was a compelling creation, first introduced to fans in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Inside each joined Trill is a wormlike symbiont that can live for hundreds of years, transferring to a new host at the end of each lifetime. It’s...
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