Top 10 Women of Sci Fi – part 7

Now for the grand dame herself – Lt. Uhurauhura

Lt. Uhura is my first fan girl crush. Seeing her on Star Trek as a little girl, I was mesmerized by her glamour. Being swept up by the adventures of the Enterprise crew, I too wanted a fabulous life in space with flawless eyeliner and mini-skirts.

As an adult, I gained a deeper appreciation of the character. Knowing that Gene Roddenberry wanted the Uhura to have a larger role in away missions as a communication officer. We got to more fully fleshed out
character in Star Trek:TAS and the movies.

Mission Log Podcast conducted a fascinating interview with Ms. Nichols here

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Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz Exhibit

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As a huge Star Trek Fan, I am happy to see Trek’s renaissance in today’s pop culture. Opening today at the Paley Center and running until January 5, 2014

Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz Exhibit

“Artist Juan Ortiz’s groundbreaking effort to personify each of the series’ seventy-nine episodes, and the original pilot, through a collection of original art posters embodies his passion for the series, the transformational Sixties, and the often visceral reaction generated by each episode”

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Blogger about town, Cherry Davis, attended the Exhibit Preview on Monday and here is her first look:

Interview with Nichelle Nichols about Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry & Uhura:

Juan Ortiz and Nichelle Nichols talk about the new Star Trek Poster Exhibit:

Star Trek: TNG – A Celebration of Season Two

For one night only Star Trek: The Next Generation is headed for the big screen. This Thursday, November 29th, fans will be treated to a special screening of “Measure of a Man” and “Q Who.” As a special bonus, there will be behind the scene featurettes on special effects and the 25th anniversary reunion with the cast. Check out fandango.com for a theater near you.

It’s Not To Late…

… to catch Billy, if you are in the LA area

William Shatner’s ‘World’ coming to stage of Segerstrom Center

William Shatner in actionWilliam Shatner in action. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / September 11, 2012)

Boldly going where many have gone before, William Shatner is bringing his one-man Broadway show “Shatner’s World” to Orange County in early 2013.

The 80-year-old actor, song stylist and travel-site pitchman will bring a  mix of storytelling and songs in a performance that acts as a comic autobiography. The show, which enjoyed a monthlong run at the Music Box Theatre in New York in February, played for one night at the Pantages in March as part of a national tour.

A bit of an acquired taste in self-aware turns since his days as James T. Kirk on “Star Trek,” Shatner earned mixed reviews on stage. The Hollywood Reporter called him an “engagingly hammy and funny raconteur,” while Entertainment Weekly was somewhat dismissive as writer Darrin Franich declared, “He’s his own best audience. It’s Shatner’s show: We’re just living through it.”

Continued here: LA Times

Icons of Science Fiction

EMP Museum in Seattle is dedicated to Music Sci FI and Pop Culture.  This summer they are offering an exciting new exhibit:

Icons of Science Fiction

What if? Two words that set the stage for an exhibition that explores the extraordinary ideas behind the genre’s most mind-bending creators. Icons of Science Fiction features iconic artifacts from sci-fi literature, film, television, and art, including an Imperial Dalek from Doctor Who, the command chair from the classic television series Star Trek, and Neo’s coat from The Matrix Reloaded.

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Opening June 9.

EMP Museum

Fringe Rewatch

I’m in the middle of re-watching Fringe. I love all of the little tidbits that I am catching upon my second viewing. In the episode “The Road Not Taken” (air date May 5, 2009), Olivia and Peter are off to interview a conspiracy theorist, Emmanuel Grayson, regarding video of people spontaneously combusting. As he explains his theories of what going on, he mentions the upcoming invasion by a group of rogue Romulans bent on attacking the Federation. Nice shout out to the Star Trek movie released later that year.

Top women in Sci Fi – part 4

Kathryn Janeway

(Star Trek: Voyager)

“Women leaders are more assertive and persuasive, have a stronger need to get things done and are more willing to take risks than male leaders….Women leaders were also found to be more empathetic and flexible, as well as stronger in interpersonal skills than their male counterparts” – 2005 Caliper study

This quote is the very definition of Captain Janeway.  As the first female captain to anchor a television show, Janeway bought a different viewpoint to the captain’s chair.

When we first meet Janeway she is leading a mission to track down a Marquis ship in the Badlands near Deep Space 9.  After both ships are brought to the Delta quadrant by the Caretaker, the crews are stranded there by Janeway’s decision to protect the Ocampa over the assured return of her crew.  After consolidating the crews, Janeway pools their resources and takes on new members in order to keep her promises her to return the ship home to the Alpha quadrant.

A recurring theme throughout the run of Voyager is Janeway’s willingness to ignore the Prime Directive to achieve the greater good.  Known as General Order No. 1, the Prime Directive dictates that there can be no interference with the internal development of alien civilizations. (wikipedia.org)

This willingness is highlighted in “Counterpoint.” Voyager helps a telepathic species cross Devore Emporium. With no immediate benefit helping her new found friends and with the real threat of having her ship confiscated and her crew imprisoned, Janeway is ready to antagonize a xenophobic species. We can only guess that she is only motivated by her sense of justice.

Her impersonal skills are on display in “The Void.” Voyager becomes trapped in a starless void with countless other ships. The emptiness has turned some into ruthless pirates but Janeway begins to build alliances with various species in order to find the most effective way to escape.

Outside of Captain Sisko, Janeway is the only captain to consistently show a nurturing side.  Sisko paternal instincts were a natural fit given he raised a young son by himself.  While Janeway had no children, she was able to nurture various members of her crew (B’Elanna and Seven of Nine are prime examples) during their seven years together.

While not the first female captain in Star Trek, Janeway is definitely one of the most interesting.

How Do You Define What Is Canon?

The third definition of Canon as defined by www.dictionary.com: “the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art”

While sci fi fans can be a stickler for what we consider sacred, does having a timeline/history set in stone help that hurt or help the development of show and its universe. I believe following the rich history of a storyline only enhances a show and its potential.  

Recently, I started watching Star Trek: The Animated Series and this question popped into my mind:  How do you define what is canon?  In the Star Trek verse, to my knowledge, there are six TV shows, eleven movies, countless books and an online game.  I’ve read that Gene Roddenberry never considered Star Trek: TAS apart of the official canon.  Although most of the original casts, writers and producers were involved in the creation of the show. The show’s creator didn’t consider it part of the history of the show. Why did he turn his back on a series that remind faithful to its progenitor? Not only did Star Trek: TAS flesh featured favorite characters like Harry Mudd, Tribbles and Kor and returns to familiar places like the vacation planet in “Shore Leave” and the “The Guardian of Forever.”

TAS lasted two seasons and has influenced later shows and deserves to be included in the official cannon and obsessed over like the other shows and movies.

Today, where we have seen countless shows live on in graphic novels after the original show had been cancelled.  While researching Aeryn Sun for my piece on The Top Women in Sci Fi, I discovered that the Farscape story continued in a graphic novel. Some of my favorite shows like Firefly and Buffy still live on in the graphic forms. Not having read any of the stories featured in the graphic form, I wonder if my opinions of these shows would grow or change.