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I’ve seen Donald Trump being compared to a Ferengi.

I think that’s an insult to all Ferengi out there!

I think a Cardassian would be a more fitting comparison.

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Tubridy Cries Havoc and let Slip the Dogs of War

Being Star Trek fans for many years, I think it would be hard to find a fan who hasn’t experienced derogatory remarks now and again about the universe we love so much.  It’s always great to hear when someone well known declares their love for Star Trek.  Trek fans like Stephen Hawking, Richard Branson or Chris Hadfield help our cause.

It’s disappointing when the opposite happens.

Ryan Tubridy, presenter of the Late Late Show in Ireland (it is the world’s second longest-running chat show, after the American The Tonight Show)  doesn’t have much time for Star Trek fans it seems!

According to the Irish Independent Ryan Tubridy said he has no regrets about his decision to shut down his Twitter account in 2011, despite having more than 60,000 followers.

 

“I’d rather read a good book than what some guy in a bedsit watching Star Trek thinks about me.” 

I made a decision to go offline a couple of years ago and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened”.  

The 42-year-old admitted that he used to seek out “critique and criticism” in reviews but when the Internet became a breeding ground for trolls, he decided he’d had enough.

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Ah now Ryan! I’ve met you at a Star Wars convention so you obviously have time for a bit of sci-fi.  Your remark probably won’t go down well with Star Trek fans.  It does imply that we’re all lonesome lads on social media.

Have you interviewed Patrick Stewart Ryan?  Please tell him your opinions about Star Trek fans.  He once objected when an interviewer described Trekkies as “weird”, calling it a “silly thing to say”. Stewart added, “How many do you know personally? You couldn’t be more wrong.”

Isaac Asimov described us: “Trekkies are intelligent, interested, involved people with whom it is a pleasure to be, in any numbers. Why else would they have been involved in Star Trek, an intelligent, interested, and involved show?”

Maybe in some crazy way you’re just angling for a role in the new Star Trek series out in 2017? 😉

Here at Star Trek Eire we’re sharing our love of Star Trek with whoever wants to join in. We love to see fans at our screenings wearing uniforms and fully embracing the Star Trek universe but we cater for all types of Star Trek fans.  If you just enjoy watching the series or movies, come along! You won’t feel under dressed!

Some Famous Star Trek fans

  • Bill Nye – Scientist and television host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, praised Star Trek by stating that “In all the versions of Star Trek, the future for humankind is optimistic. They’ve solved all the problems of food, clothing and shelter. And you know how they solved them? Through science. Not only that, in the Star Trek future, everybody gets along…”
  • Martin Cooper – invented the first Mobile phone, was inspired to do so after seeing Captain Kirk use his communicator.
  • Michael Jones – Chief technologist of Google Earth, has cited the tricorder’s mapping capability as one inspiration in the development of Keyhole/Google Earth.
  • Stephen Hawking – Scientist, who played himself (as a computer reconstruction) on the Next Generation episode “Descent“. While on the set he wanted to see the Enterprise’s warp engine room set. After seeing it he commented, “I am working on that.”
  • Randy Pausch – the late Carnegie Mellon University professor who gave The Last Lecture. He had a cameo in the 2009 Star Trek film.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson – astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. He mentioned in an episode of StarTalk Radio, while talking to Wil Wheaton, that he styles his sideburns in a point as an homage to Star Trek.
  • Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft. The world’s first personal computer, The Altair 8800, was named after a fictional galaxy mentioned on Star Trek by the computers inventor, a die hard fan. Bill Gates wrote his first software on this computer, bringing in the Computer Age.
  • Sir Richard Branson – the founder of the Virgin brand. He named the first spacecraft of his Virgin Galactic venture VSS Enterprise and the second one VSS Voyager.
  • Tracey Emin – a British artist, who created a hand-sewn blanket entitled Star Trek Voyager which was auctioned for £800,000 in 2007. (from wikipedia).

Ryan Tubridy’s quote came from a recent interview on www.independent.ie

 

BTW I’ve always had time for Ryan Tubridy, I’m not losing any sleep over his comment, but I’m disappointed!

Ronan.

Update: Mark Stephen Hughes just posted on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/startrekeire a link to an interview between Ryan and Mark. Ryan does like his science fiction, and knows some of the Star Trek characters (it sounds like more than just being well prepped by his assistants). His comment (that this article is based on) seems out of place… If he was on twitter he could clear all this up lol 😉

Sound Trek: The Next Generation Theme by Jerry Goldsmith

In Episode 2 of  our podcast series “Sound Trek” Shane and Eoin continue their journey through the music of Star Trek. (Part One of Two)

This week Eoin explores the “Star Trek The Next Generation” Theme by Jerry Goldsmith and how it evolved from the TOS theme, its ability to be less timeless while still creating a sense of weightlessness, adventure and fun. In part two of this episode Eoin will explain how this theme relates to Deep Space 9 and Voyager.


You can listen to Episode one of Sound Trek where Eoin Explores The Original Series Theme by Alexander Courage
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Meyered In No Man’s Land: Can a Trek Legend Bring Us Back to the Good Times?

By Ciarán McNulty

I first became aware of Nicholas Meyer back in 2002, when I got hold of the collector’s edition DVD of Wrath of Khan.
Aside from being aware of the Trek actors occasionally hopping into the director’s chair, at that point I hadn’t given much thought to the folks who helmed the movie outings.
But then, in this DVD’s special features there were interviews and commentary with this droll, funny, even prickly middle-aged man, who 20 years earlier had stomped onto the set of the Wrath of Khan as a relatively young upstart.
Very soon, as I became aware of his name cropping up as a writing credit on Voyage Home and noticed him returning to the director’s chair for Undiscovered Country, the man’s Midas Touch when it came to Star Trek was all too evident. Whilst I’ve never given credence to the snarky, hipster nerd opinion that only the even numbered Trek flicks are good, it did seem clear to me that the ones where Meyer had any involvement were always a cut above the rest.

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THE HITS KEEP COMING: Meyer was Star Trek’s golden boy in the 80s.

His bravado in raging into Gene Roddenberry’s world and sort of throwing away the bible in a manner, could be compared to JJ Abrams’ approach to his additions to the world of Star Trek. Yet why do I feel a horrid sick feeling in my stomach and a sense of personal insult when confronted with Abrams’ changes, whilst to this day, I hail Meyer’s cavalier approach to the series’ style and canon as so heroicly inventive?
Well for one, he didn’t entirely throw away the guts of Star Trek’s high sci-fi concepts and socio-political allegories (in fact he revelled in the latter) and secondly, the changes he made were somewhat necessary. Namely in regards to action.
Yes, the Abrams stuff gets labelled the most action-packed and it’s normally a guy like me who complains at its use at the expense of story but Meyer introduced just enough. Enough that he really allowed Trek- and specifically these spaceships we would see in near-pornographic slow-mo all the time- to finally “let their balls hang out there”, to use the parlance of Horatio Hornblower.*

The Motion Picture’s huge scientific concepts and stern-faced contemplation of them would’ve been an interesting 40-50 minutes of TV but for our beloved crew’s first big budget outing on the silver screen, it’s pretty rough-going. Meyer identified the need for a few buckles to be thoroughly swashed as he approached Trek as Horatio Hornblower in space. A concept not that far removed from Trek, as Roddenberry had indeed grown up, obsessed with those very books.
I laughed recently watching Comic Book Girl 19’s YouTube review of Fake Trek Into Lens Flares, where after a few “OMG”s and thorough recommendations to go see the most hated of all Trek movies, she declares(at 14:38) that Wrath of Khan is slow! Oh my. So, just how short is the attention span of the average youtube-authenticated movie expert?

Well, slow it ain’t. Is it motivated by where the next explosion’s coming from? No. Is it character-driven? Hell yes. But this thing put naval battles in space, man! There’s genius in Meyer’s levelling the playing field by hiding starships in a nebula so sensory equipment and even viewscreens were useless, reducing the battle to the sort of tense, nail-biting duel that logic dictates simply wouldn’t happen in the 23rd century.

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MUTARA NEBULA: Spaceship porn goes up a notch….I mean it really escalates quickly.

And that’s the joy of Meyer’s attitude to the suspension of disbelief. He throws in a montage of crewmen crowbarring floor-panelling apart on the Enterprise to manually load a photon torpedo for firing- something he admits in the commentary would be pointless- but it doesn’t matter coz it’s a great visual and adds to the momentum of the scene. A momentum clearly lost on internet-educated film reviewers born years after the fall of the Berlin wall.

 

Hmm. The Berlin Wall. That was an interesting time. I recall being about 4 years old as it came down, and not really understanding what it all meant. But luckily, Nicholas Meyer and Star Trek came along to explain it all….with Klingons!

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PRAXIS: A metaphor for Chernobyl.

The metaphor of an exploding moon representing Chernobyl and the near-collapse of the Klingon Empire representing the USSR, helped me understand the Cold War before I even knew what any of these things were. Of course, I wouldn’t really fall in love with the movie for about another 10 or 12 years but boy, is this a Trek flick to sink your teeth into. Political intrigue! Captains racing so hard against time they threaten to fly their ships apart! Christopher Plummer chewing up Shakespearean lines! It’s. The. Tits. Light up a cigarette. Nicholas Meyer just gave you great Star Trek. Usually you pay double for that, but he’s a classy guy.

 

Between these two directorial efforts, he penned the middle section of Voyage Home, wherein Harve Bennett’s writing stops once they travel back in time and resumes once they return. So Meyer is the scribe who gave us most of the fun stuff in 1986 San Francisco, although it must be noted Steve Meerson and Peter Krikes worked on drafts- I’m just not sure whether their generation of the script was before or after Meyer’s.nuclear-wessels

So, as far as Trek goes, Meyer is my guy. Meyer’s right there with Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Manny Coto and Ira Steven Behr as guys who have really thrilled me with Trek stories through the years and frankly he’s my favourite of them. And so we come to some recent news.

Nicholas Meyer will be involved in the CBS Star Trek show set for 2017. He will be a consulting producer and some sources are already tentatively crediting him as a writer- though take that with several grains of salt.

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No….Just…No.

What will this mean? Well, the sad thing for me and I’m sure many like me is that I just haven’t mustered up any excitement for this series. For me, the last bit of Star Trek we got was back in 2005, with a disappointing Enterprise finale. It slumbered for a few years before finally being killed in it’s sleep by a spectacled, lens flare-obsessed Star Wars fan who, damage done to Trek, rode off on his merry way once he got the keys to the kingdom he’d actually been after all along. He left a Star Trek franchise stranded in continuity no man’s land, where the 40 years of beloved canon that had been pain-stakingly put together to our delight, was sadly now thrown aside as old stories were polished off and made sexier, dumber and soulless.

As a result, the cynic in me finds it hard to believe that the bigwigs would now decide to go back into the original world and continue the story. And that means that even with a Star Trek great like Meyer given some sort of role(ceremonial or participatory), I doubt it will make me happy. As I said, what has been the man’s strength in the past is his ability to cast tradition and continuity aside for the sake of story and that means he might happily go along with an alternative continuity- one that might actually be very well written but that simply won’t be the Star Trek I’ve known and loved.

The news has, however, given me a glimmer of hope. Nowadays with Trek, I first want continuity taken care of, then I want story quality attended to. But I at least know that, with Meyer involved, we definitely have a good shot at the second one.

*- Horatio Hornblower never said that