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Enterprise Soapbox Racer Will Boldly Go (As Long As You Keep Pedaling)

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EnterpriseWhoa! With the success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, everyone seems to be jumping on the U.S.S. Enterprise bandwagon. Unless that bandwagon is actually a soapbox racer. Last month Star Trek super-fan Rob Wixey showed up to a Star Trek Into Darkness premiere in Europe in a custom-built soapbox racer made to look like a replica of the Enterprise. Check it out:

According to Damn Geeky, the soapbox racer took Rob Wixey two months to build, using a steel framework “welded to a bike cut in half having inverted handlebars for ease in steering.” The rest of the Soapbox Starship is made of plywood and polystyrene, coated in fiberglass and custom to look like Captain Kirk’s sweet ride. Wixey is entering the soapbox Enterprise for the Red Bull Soapbox Race, which is warping to London’s Alexandra Palace on July 14. Here’s what Wixey has to say of his home-made Enterprise racer after the premiere:

Only yesterday I entered into a sci-fi short film contest judged by Benedict Cumberbatch and now I will be watching the Star Trek premiere with him — the whole experience is overwhelming. Now I can’t wait for the Red Bull Soapbox event, maybe some of the Star Trek cast will come down and cheer me on!


Doctor WTF? Doctor Who Accused Of Racism

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Well, this is one of those stories where I had to double check the byline to make sure it didn’t include the words “the Onion.” It seems that a new book collecting essays about Doctor Who has called the show “thunderously racist.” Why? Because there hasn’t yet been an Asian or black actor in the role of the Doctor, and, according to Digital Spy, the book claims the Doctor is “dismissive” of his black companions.

The book in question bears the ominous title of Doctor Who and Race, so we probably shouldn’t be surprised. The “thunderously racist” comment comes from the book’s editor, Lindy Orthia. The essays also pan the show for “outdated attitudes” and for portraying primitive cultures as “savages.” (Wait, are we sure this book wasn’t written by Q?)


Pictured: the terrible face of racism


Epic Star Trek Tribute Boldly Goes Through All Twelve Movies

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Is there a better way to spend Memorial Day than rewatching the Star Trek film franchise? It’s interesting to look back at Trek and think about how far it has come since it first premiered in 1966. Who would have thought a series that only lasted three seasons could spawn five spin-off TV series, 12 feature films, and a massive array of Star Trek merchandise?

With the recent release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the people at JoBlo put together an impressive film tribute to the 12 movies in the Star Trek film series. The video above features three iterations of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew (OST, TNG, and Reboot), and many of highs and lows we’ve experienced throughout the entire Star Trek film franchise.


Star Trek-Themed Training Video From A Nuclear Plant

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No, this homemade Star Trek video wasn’t made in 1984. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California made the above video, titled “Songs Trek,” in 2010 as a training aid for their nuclear power plant. While the video depicts Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and a very, very light-skinned Lt. Uhura, the San Onofre Nuclear training video is stirring a bit of a controversy among environmentalists and the nuclear power industry.

An unnamed employee, who felt the video was inappropriate, leaked it to California’s KGTV-TV news in the hopes of exposing SONGS. With a budget of $800, the leaked video was made in the San Onofre control room simulator, which stood in for the deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The training video was later shown at an employee recognition event.


Benedict Cumberbatch Takes A Shower In Star Trek Into Darkness Deleted Scene

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After the release of Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend, there was some controversy over the (somewhat) gratuitous scene featuring Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) in her underwear. While the scene was brief, the biggest sin against her character wasn’t the underwear flash, but rather her character being completely underwritten. Over the weekend, screenwriter Damon Lindelof tweeted an apology about the short scene.

While director J.J. Abrams was making the rounds on late night talk shows promoting the Star Trek sequel film, he offered up a chance to even the score, or trade off objectifying scenes. Abrams introduced a deleted scene above from Star Trek Into Darkness on the late night cable talk show Conan that featured a bare-chested John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) menacingly taking a shower on the U.S.S. Enterprise after Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Uhura captured him on the Klingon planet of Kronos.


Star Trek: The Middle School Musical

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There’s nothing cuter than watching a middle school musical version of Star Trek. Rhett & Link created a new YouTube video called “Star Trek: The Middle School Musical” that features middle school students “boldly going where no one has gone before”…with musical numbers. It’s very reminiscent of the type of stage plays the Max Fischer Players would put on in Wes Anderson’s 1998 film Rushmore.

This Star Trek parody is hilarious and charming. It’s great to see kids get into the original Star Trek. The video’s production value is sharp, even though it tries to look cheap and DIY. They even figured out a clever way to “beam” onto planets during the musical.