Tag: kirk

  • Convenient coincidences in ‘The Force Awakens’

    Convenient coincidences in ‘The Force Awakens’

    Plot holes in Episode VII show where the filmmakers valued nostalgia over good storytelling.

  • How the new ‘Star Trek’ recast Kirk

    How the new ‘Star Trek’ recast Kirk

    By 2009, Shatner-as-Kirk had seeped into the cultural consciousness: the stilted, rambling delivery, the bemused smirk, the paunchy physique.

  • Killing Kirk

    Killing Kirk

    A single, key change would have proven that the filmmakers at least took Trek seriously: Kirk should have stayed dead.

  • ‘Star Trek: TNG’: a misnomer?

    Captain Kirk retired from Starfleet in the year 2293. Jean-Luc Picard assumed command of the Enterprise-D in 2364. That’s a gap of 70+ years. Even in an era when lifespans have lengthened dramatically,[1] it’s a stretch to call Picard’s crew “The Next Generation.”[2] Then again, “Star Trek: A Subsequent Generation” just doesn’t have the same…

  • Picard’s final mission

    Picard’s final mission

    Here’s why a Picard-centric miniseries should be Trek’s next foray into television.

  • Un-killing Spock

    Un-killing Spock

    Star Trek III cheapens the genuine heartache of Spock’s death. More problematically, it also eliminates any trace of dramatic tension from the franchise.

  • Trek envy

    Trek envy

    We have many more hours of Trek with Picard at the helm than with Kirk. Yet no one’s seriously considering a TNG reboot.

  • Teasing Khan

    Teasing Khan

    In 2009, J.J. Abrams successfully rebooted the Star Trek franchise. This was no small task; Trekkies are notoriously picky. The filmmaker took pains to include many details that only true nerds could appreciate. Several of these fan-pleasing scenes were cut from the final production. For example, William Shatner’s cameo apparently made it into the script…

  • The best Enterprise

    The best Enterprise

    Baby boom Trekkies loved the original TV series’ ship (NCC–1701). Millennials had Picard’s ship, the 1701-D. But my ship, my Enterprise, was NCC–1701-A—the short-lived duplicate we see in Treks IV-VI. The Undiscovered Country is the first Trek I saw in theaters; that film cemented my fondness for its imaginary vessel. But it’s not just nerd…

  • Join Starfleet! Corrupt leaders, and no chance at promotion!

    Enlisting in Starfleet (Star Trek’s exploro-military outfit) seems like an awful career move. For one thing, you’re pretty much guaranteed to work the same job for the rest of your career. Thirty years later, Chekov’s still stuck at the conn. Uhura is still manning the phone lines. Scotty’s still buried in engineering somewhere. Among the…