Tagged Star Trek

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...

Klingons, Gender, and Disability on the Feast of the Long Night

The concept of transformative works is not new; it dates back as far as history goes. Typical examples include the Gospels (written hundreds of years after the life of the historical figure of Jesus) and Dante’s Divine Comedy (a self-insert version of the author palling around with his favorite poet, Virgil). In the 20th century we have Sherlock Holmes fans writing their own eccentric-genius stories (the Baker Street Irregulars through Laurie King), Star Trek fans writing licensed tie-ins and...

Saturday Night Space Opera Expands Twin Cities Sci-Fi Gaming with a Mini Convention

When someone picks up a 12-sided die, the popular imagination generally links it with a Dungeon Master’s Guide and tales of swords and sorcery rather than spacesuits and starships, an image crystallized among the general public by Weezer, Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, and more. But science fiction has been a part of role-playing games since the 1970s with James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha, among other systems, and local group Saturday Night Space Opera has been providing a space...

Win a Copy of the New Book Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive!

In addition to being the senior editor here at Twin Cities Geek, I’m also a book editor. Sometimes those books are geeky, too, which is the case with Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive—a book about the real-life science behind Star Trek technology. After realizing there was nothing like it already out there, I acquired Treknology for the Quarto Group in Minneapolis with astrophysicist and bona fide geek Ethan Siegel to write it. Some two years...

A Lifelong Trekkie’s (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Reaction to Star Trek: Discovery

I’ve been a Trekkie since 1984. My parents took me to see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and I was instantly and forever hooked. During the years of being bullied throughout elementary and middle school, I would find solace in reruns of the original series, and I watched all the subsequent series and films repeatedly and religiously. I founded and have coordinated TC Trek Trivia for the past four years, the only recurring pub-trivia night in the...
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