On October 24th 1991 the creator of Star Trek, the Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Roddenberry left us. It’s hard to imagine a world without Star Trek. Although it’s obviously a fictional show, the impact it has had on so many lives is very real.
I remember where I was when I heard the news. Astronomy Ireland had organised a weekend trip to Birr, Co. Offaly to visit the, at one time, the biggest telescope in the world, as well as have a space shuttle simulation and do some stargazing.
I believe it was the Friday night when we were stargazing that I heard Gene had passed the day before. I’ll be honest, it didn’t affect me much at the time. I was 14 and was more interested in trying to distinguish the differences between two, almost identical, blonde twin sisters, who both liked astronomy. It wasn’t until several years after that night that I began to appreciate how important Gene Roddenberry has been to my life.
I don’t think I would have been at that astronomy weekend if it wasn’t for Star Trek. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone on to become one of the many famous Star Trek fans who became an astronaut (Chris Hadfield) or a world renowned scientist (Stephen Hawking). I haven’t invented anything that could be easily described with some of Star Trek’s get-out-of-jail-free technobabble! I’m just a nameless redshirt who has survived with a Star Trek Encyclopedia in my breast pocket. But what do I share with Hadfield, Hawking, Asimov, Bill Gates or Bill Nye?: I LOVE Star Trek. It is part of me, entwined into my being like a tapestry (and I don’t want Q to allow me to change it either!). I believe Star Trek has inspired my healthy amateur love of astronomy but the main reason I am so grateful to Star Trek and it’s creator Gene Roddenberry, is the moral GPS system that it uploaded to my brain! The teenage years are so important in molding a person so I was very lucky to be guided by my parents, but with very special backup from Spock and Picard. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, if the A-Team are just too busy, don’t worry. Just ask yourself ‘what would Picard do?’.
Thank you Gene for bringing those fresh Star Trek snowflakes together and molding them in your hands 50 years ago. That snowball has became a colossal boulder, as it continues to grow and touch so many as it roles into the future.
Read more about Gene Roddenberry at StarTrek.com and Roddenberry.com.
Gene Roddenberry, with Majel-Barrett Roddenberry and a young Rod Roddenberry. Photo: Alan Berliner Studio.
Director Robert Wise, Gene, Shatner, Kelley, Nimoy on TPM set. Photo: copyright Paramount Pics 1979
Gene and Marina Sirtis. Photo: Eddie Berganza.
Gene Roddenberry with Star Trek Producers Bob Justman, Rick Berman and the TNG Crew. Photo: Paramount Pics.
Some of the most consistent debates amongst Trek fans tend to revolve around specific characters. Which Captain was better? Was that ship’s counselor more annoying than this ship’s morale officer?
So, it seems high time that the Star Trek Eire team exercise our democratic rights and decide once and for all what our collective opinion is regarding the various main and supporting casts of the shows and movies.
We each submitted our top picks and the list was drawn up based on these pooled results. So, do some guest stars outshine lead actors? Will there be many controversial picks? Which Captain will place highest, if indeed any Captain makes it in at all?
Find out in our video below and be sure to share your thoughts on our choices!
We’re hosting our second Star Trek Eire event on Thursday November 26th
Locutus On The Liffey
Showcasing Star Trek The Next Generation two part special “The Best Of Both Worlds”
back to back with
“Star Trek: First Contact”
The Workmans Club 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
In the Vintage lounge
Doors at 6.30pm Must start at 7pm
Special Live Introduction
Limited space. Free Entry. Over 18s Only.
On September 28, 1987, Star Trek History was made as “Encounter at Farpoint” hit our screens showcasing the pilot of Star Trek The Next Generation. The beginning of what would start off a huge collection of spin offs and films. It had been many years since Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise had appeared on television and now with a new ship and a new crew Star Trek grew into so much more. From a cancelled 60’s Sci Fi show to an award winning drama, TNG launched Star Trek back into the mainstream and created a whole new generation of fans.
Read all about it here on StarTrek.com 28 Years
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Don’t forget our screening night is on September 22nd in The Grand Social Dublin.
We’re playing Star Trek TOS episode “Space Seed” back to back with “Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan”, with a raffle and a meet & great
News has broke that Patrick Stewart’s son Daniel will be reuniting with him on his new comedy Show Blunt Talk. Father and son famously appeared together on Star Trek The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light”.
Patrick Stewart and his son Daniel are reuniting on the elder Stewart’s new Starz comedy series, Blunt Talk. Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will remember that Daniel played Batai, the son of Patrick’s Kamin, in the acclaimed episode “The Inner Light.” Daniel also co-starred with his father in the film Death Train. Daniel will make his Blunt Talk debut on September 26 in the episode “Goodnight, My Someone.” In it, blowhard Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) reconnects with his estranged boxer son, Rafe (Daniel Stewart).
“Daniel has a wonderful talent for comedy, particularly wacky comedy,” Patrick Stewart told USA Today last week. “So we shared an episode. Hopefully we’ll be sharing many more.”
Patrick Stewart added, “I think it’s a great thing that we’re both in the same profession. It has so brought so much into both our lives that we can share and enjoy talking about. It’s terrific.”
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