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.


Which Sci-Fi Ship Is The Fastest?

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TARDISFrom Serenity to Prometheus; from the Millennium Falcon to the U.S.S Enterprise; have you ever wondered which spaceship from science fiction is the fastest? Most star ships in science fiction are quite speedy, so the characters can get from one place to the next without missing a beat. Now the good people at Slate have put together a very impressive list, pitting many famous spaceships against each other in a race for hyperspace bragging rights. The results may surprise you. Although there are some inconsistencies in various science fiction mythologies, the list is based on computer simulations and fan speculation.

The starting point for all of the ships is Earth, and their include Alpha Centauri, which is the closest star to Earth at 4.2 light years away, and the Andromeda Galaxy, which is about 2.5 million light years away.

It seems like the fastest vessels in all of science fiction are the TARDIS from Doctor Who and the Heart of Gold from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The travel time for both is almost instantaneous. They have the ability to travel from one end of the galaxy to another in mere seconds, if that. The Heart of Gold runs on the infinite improbability drive, which is “a wonderful new method of crossing vast interstellar distances in a mere nothingth of a second,” according to Douglas Adams.


Star Trek Screenwriter Roberto Orci On Choosing Into Darkness’ Villain

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It’s safe to say that there was a fair bit of discussion revolving around the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness in the months leading up to its release. I don’t have an exact total, but if I had a nickel for every word I wrote on the subject in the last year, I would have no place to store all those nickels and I would regret not just asking for a check. But now that the movie’s out and the rumors, denials, and obfuscations are done, the folks who wrote the movie are free to talk about it in a candid way. StarTrek.com recently sat down with Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci, who discussed the path to the film’s villain, and the balance he and his fellow writers, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, tried to strike between honoring Trek history and creating a new story that could stand on its own.




Leonard Nimoy Chastises 1982 Starlog Magazine For Running A False Wrath Of Khan Rumor

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SpockWhile Star Trek fans will likely be arguing the merits of Into Darkness for years to come, one of the biggest parts of its legacy is the parade of rumors in the months leading up to the release, and the lengths to which director J.J. Abrams went to in order to preserve his secrets. In the age of the internet, rumors are par for the course, (we at least try not to take all the speculation too seriously), but crazy rumors didn’t arrive solely with the birth of the internet. Back in the pre-web era, a die-hard fan would have to hit up conventions, or scour magazines like Starlog. Sometimes, those magazines would get something wrong — it happens to the best of us — but it’s still got to sting when you report a rumor about Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy…and then get called out about it by Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy.

As reported by The Huffington Post, it happened in January 1982, when Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was still some five months away. Given the huge nature of Spock’s death in the film, it’s not surprising that rumors of the twist had already begun swirling in fan circles. But Starlog apparently reported not only the rumor, but that Spock’s death was instigated at the request of the actor who played him. So Nimoy sent Starlog a letter:


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.