Alone they are strong, but together they are more.

Alone they are strong, but together they are more.

The trailer begins with a cute in-joke with the  Lionsgate and Saban logos decked out in Power Ranger colors.

We get our first look at Jason (Dacre Montgomery) being dropped off by the police. He’s standing next to a smashed pick-up truck. His dad drops him off at Angel Grove High (on a Saturday), telling him how he’ll have to go to school every Saturday just to ensure he’ll still graduate.

We see Jason in detention, and cut to Zack (Ludi Lin) sitting on a train. Then we see Billy (R.J. Cyler) who’s also in detention, and we see that he may have OCD as he’s seen organizing his colored pencils, and a bully shoves him and was about to break the pencils, until Jason stepped in.

Then we see Trini (Becky G.) standing at her locker which is covered in obscenities, and finally we see Kimberly (Naomi Scott) being berated by her former cheerleading friends Kimberly then cuts her hair short, and joins Jason and Billy in detention.

We then see the five together at a construction site, Trini reminds them their in a restricted area, but then Billy notices something  and strange, and whips together a bomb and the kids uncover the Power Coins. The police arrive, and the kids decided it’s time to run.

We then see that the coins have enhanced the kids, Jason has the power to destroy sinks, Billy has invulnerable, as demonstrated by the bully from earlier attempting to headbutt him and getting knocked unconscious. Then as Jason, Billy, and Kimberly discuss their changes, they place their coins on the serving trays in the cafeteria, which ends up melting.

Later they all decide to pay homage to Chronicle, by jumping over a cliff. Jason and Kimberly perform the feat with no problem, though Billy needed more convincing until finally jumping.

We then see the kids fall underwater. Discovering what I can only assume is the Command Center, we then see them training, running through a construction site (presumably the same one from earlier), a thrilling car chase, then we see Kimberly and Jason kissing, and one last shot of the Rangers together while Jason holds his coin.

Then it cuts to Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) hovering over Trini stating that she’s “killed Rangers before” before slamming her against the wall and a smash-cut to the film’s logo.

Then we see the Rangers standing in the Command Center most likely gaining their powers, as we see Jason morph into the Red Ranger.

REVIEW

This was a pretty solid trailer, it got me excited for what’s to come in March. The cast and crew seems pretty cool, and are just as excited for the movie to come out as everyone else. Overall, this was a good trailer, and I am pretty excited for what’s to come. Now if only we could get a new trailer, since the movie’s coming very soon.

Next time, it’s our fourth anniversary! And we have quite the doozy this time…

Save the Rebellion! Save the dream!

This is a rebellion isn’t it? I rebel.

WARNING!! THE FOLLOWING MOVIE IS CURRENTLY IN ITS THEATRICAL RUN. THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN HEAVY SPOILERS, PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

PLOT

Research scientist Galen Erso is in hiding on the planet Lah’mu when Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic arrives to take him to complete the unfinished Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying an entire planet. His wife Lyra is killed in the ensuing confrontation, but their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.

Fifteen years later, pilot Bodhi Rook defects from the Empire, smuggling a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the desert moon of Jedha. After learning about Rook’s defection, Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor frees Jyn from Imperial captivity and brings her to the Rebels, who plan to use her to extract Galen and learn more about the Death Star. Unbeknownst to Jyn, however, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen rather than extract him.

Jyn, Andor, and reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO travel to Jedha, where the Empire is mining kyber crystals to power the Death Star while Gerrera and his partisans are engaged in an armed insurgency against them. With the aid of blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Îmwe and his mercenary friend Baze Malbus, Jyn makes contact with Gerrera, who has been holding Rook captive. Gerrera shows her the message, in which Galen reveals he has secretly compromised the Death Star’s design so it can be destroyed, directing them to retrieve the schematics located in a high-security Imperial data bank on the planet Scarif.

On the Death Star, Krennic orders a low-powered shot from the superlaser to destroy Jedha’s capital, causing Jyn and her group to take Rook and flee the planet, but Gerrera and his group are killed. Grand Moff Tarkin congratulates Krennic before using Rook’s defection and security leak as a pretext to take control of the project.

Rook leads the group to Galen’s Imperial research facility on the planet Eadu, where Cassian chooses not to kill Galen. When Krennic directs that Galen’s main team be killed for causing the security leak, Galen confesses that he is responsible. Jyn makes her presence known just moments before Rebel bombers attack the facility, resulting in Galen being wounded. Jyn reunites with her father only to have him die in her arms before she escapes with her group onboard a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle. Krennic visits Darth Vader, seeking support with granting an audience with the Emperor, but Vader dismisses his appeal for recognition.

Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics using the Rebel fleet but fails to get approval from the Alliance Council. Frustrated at their inaction, Jyn’s group is supported by a small squad of Rebels intent on raiding the data bank themselves. Arriving at Scarif via the stolen Imperial ship, which Rook dubs “Rogue One”, a disguised Jyn and Cassian enter the base with K-2SO while volunteers attack the resident Imperial garrison as a distraction. The Rebel fleet learns about the raid from intercepted Imperial communications and deploy in support. Rook is killed by a grenade just after informing the Rebel fleet that it must deactivate the shield surrounding the planet to allow Jyn and Cassian to transmit them the schematics. K-2SO sacrifices himself so Jyn and Cassian can retrieve the data. Despite this, Jyn and Cassian are ambushed by Krennic, who has traveled to Scarif, and shoots Cassian.

Îmwe is killed after activating the master switch to allow communication with the Rebel fleet while Malbus is killed shortly after. Most of the Rebel squad are killed as well. Krennic corners Jyn, declaring the Empire’s victory, but Cassian, still alive, shoots Krennic. Jyn transmits the schematics to the Rebel command ship. The Death Star enters Scarif’s orbit, where Tarkin uses the weapon to destroy the Empire’s base. Krennic dies instantly, while Jyn and Cassian embrace on a beach before dying in the ensuing shock wave.

The Rebel fleet prepares to jump to hyperspace only to be attacked by Vader’s flagship. Vader boards the command ship and massacres several troops in his pursuit of the schematics as a small starship (the Tantive IV) escapes with them onboard. Aboard the fleeing ship, Princess Leia declares that the schematics will provide hope for the Rebellion, as the Tantive IV warps off to the Outer Rim.

To be continued… Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

REVIEW

This was actually pretty good. I was a bit concerned at first, since the director only did one movie, and the last guy  who did a major movie ended up ruining his career. But, I’m actually very impressed with what Gareth Edwards brought to the table. Michael Giacchino took over for John Williams, and I gotta say, you could barely tell the difference, if fact if Williams was to not work on Episode IX, I’d love for Giacchino to do the music instead. The cast was great as well, though I do admit we could’ve done without the cameo by Jimmy Smits. Speaking of cast, let’s get to the controversy about the movie, and that was the “return” of Peter Cushing as Tarkin, now some people found it disturbing, others thought it was good, and most people thought it was unnecessary. I really didn’t mind it that much, I also didn’t mind the “cameo” from Leia at the end either.

And Vader, good God Vader. Well, alright I was a little concerned after his little Dunkelman-esque pun he gave Krennic (in fact I even joked, “oh, he’s still got a little prequel in him.”), but he completely made up for it in the end.

Overall, it was a very decent movie, and was huge step up from the prequels.

RANK: 4 out of 5

So, welcome to 2017, hopefully this makes up for not reviewing Force Awakens. Next, I give my long overdue review of the Power Rangers trailer.

In Memory of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) and Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

2016 is over, and good freaking riddance! The world’s dumbest rich guy became our president. We’ve lost so many people, and apparently, even during the holidays, we still have to keep loosing people. But, there were some positives to this year, I did a year-long celebration of Star Trek, and despite a minor hiccup in September and October, I still consider that a success, I held a marathon of Robotech, tried Ecto Cooler and Crystal Pepsi for the first time ever, and only one of those drinks made me throw up, and I created an Instagram account to show off my artwork.

As mentioned, in the Big Hero 6 review, Marvel Month is tackling the first franchise in outside of animation. The 200th post is coming up soon, and I haven’t made an official decision on what I’m going to cover yet. I was planning on holding a poll on Twitter to see what people want me to cover.

I have plans on doing retrospective series on Digimon, but that’s currently being put on hold until, the final three Adventure Tri movies are released, and the new series, Appli Monsters has ended. As for movie reviews, I plan on reviewing Rogue One following this post in honor of Carrie Fisher’s passing. Next up, is Ranger Spotlight, I’ve been meaning to give my thoughts of the trailer for the new movie. And of course go over some of my favorite team-ups from the both Power Rangers and Super Sentai. Since my first interview was a success, I’m working on scoring another one soon.

So, with that said, Happy New Year folks, let’s hope and pray that 2017 will be better than 2016.

Keep a look out for the Rogue One review.

Later.

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"Never give up, never surrender!"

“Never give up, never surrender!”

So, 2016 is over and so is this year-long celebration of Star Trek. And to wrap up this massive event, we’re gonna look at the probably one of the best Star Trek parodies of all time, how do I know it’s true? Because it’s got the seal of approval from several Star Trek alums.

PLOT

The former cast of the once-popular television space-adventure series Galaxy Quest spend most of their days attending fan conventions and promotional stunts. Though Jason Nesmith, who played the commander of the NSEA Protector, thrives with the attention, the other cast members, Alexander Dane as the ship’s alien science officer, Fred Kwan as the chief engineer, Gwen DeMarco as the computer officer, and Tommy Webber as a precocious child pilot, all resent these events.

During one event, Nesmith is approached by Mathesar and others calling themselves “Thermians” and request his assistance, which he agrees to, thinking this is a planned and paying fan event. Later at that same convention, Nesmith becomes despondent after overhearing attendees speaking of him as a laughing stock by fans and his fellow actors, and he loses his temper with an avid fan, Brandon. After Nesmith spends the night drinking heavily, the Thermians arrive to pick up a hungover Nesmith in the limo he had requested. Unaware that they are truly octopoidal aliens, using technology to appear human, the barely conscious Nesmith is oblivious to his limo being beamed aboard the Thermian’s spaceship. Aboard their ship in deep space, Nesmith goes through the motions of commanding the ship and asks to be returned home. When they send him back to Earth via a transporter, Nesmith realizes that it is all real. He races to meet his cast, accidentally bumping into Brandon and misplacing a Thermian communicator Mathasar gave him with Brandon’s fan-made replica. Nesmith eagerly relates his experience to the crew, who think he is drunk again. When another Thermian appears and request the entire crew’s help, Nesmith manages to convince them, along with their handler Guy Fleegman, an actor who played a unnamed security officer on one episode before being killed off, to come along. They are all transported to a perfect reproduction of the NSEA Protector in deep space, and are shocked by the reality of the situation.

Mathesar begs the crew to command the Protector, as Nesmith’s previous actions (namely, blowing up the opposing ship) have enraged Saris, a reptilian humanoid that seeks to wipe out the Thermians. While they were able to recreate the ship from the broadcast episodes, the Thermians have no idea how to pilot it. The crew hesitantly take the controls, and despite their ineptitude, the Thermians cheer them on. After the second encounter with Sarris’ ship, they barely evade his attack by flying through a minefield, severely damaging the ship. The humans take a shuttle to a nearby planet to find a replacement beryllium sphere as a new power source. They manage to secure the sphere after a run-in with the hostile alien species on the planet. Once back aboard the Protector, they find that Sarris and his soldiers have captured the ship.

Sarris interrogates the humans, discovering they are only actors, and recognizes that the Thermians have no concept of fiction, believing the show to have been real. Sarris sets the Protector to self-destruct and departs, leaving a few sacrificial soldiers to guard the humans. Nesmith and Dane use a gambit from the show to engineer their escape, and then Nesmith orders his fellow cast members to help rescue the other Thermians, finish repairs to the Protector, and prepare to engage Sarris in combat. Nesmith and DeMarco then set off into the bowels of the ship to stop the self-destruct sequence, using help from Brandon and his group of friends via the swapped communication device. Along the way, they encounter Omega 13, a plot device introduced in the final episode but never used; Brandon notes it could either destroy all matter in the universe or rewind time by 13 seconds, “enough time to undo one mistake”.

Having finally accepted their roles on the ship and gained confidence in themselves, Nesmith and his crew use the minefield as a weapon against Sarris’ ship, destroying it. They prepare to head to Earth when Sarris, who has transported over at the last moment, starts killing the crew. A desperate Nesmith activates the Omega 13, which reverses time far enough for him to knock out Sarris. They near a wormhole to return the humans home via the command module, and Nesmith assures Mathesar he has the ability to command the Protector along with the other Thermians. The humans, along with Laliari, a Thermian that has fallen in love with Kwan, return home. The command module crashes into Earth near a fan convention and comes to a stop after crashing through one wall, which the audience takes as part of the show. As the crew exits the module, Sarris wakes up and tries to fire on them, but Nesmith reacts faster, and disintegrates Sarris with a phaser-like weapon. The crowd erupts into cheers. Some time later, Galaxy Quest is revived as a new series, starring the same cast along with Fleegman and Laliari.

REVIEW

God, I love this movie! The film was hilarious, and a very enjoyable parody of Star Trek. The writers depicted  every aspect of the franchise, lie Jason being insufferable, like (the stories) of William Shatner depicts, Alexander hating being typecasted, the fact the initials for  the Protector’s registry number is “Not The Enterprise”. It’s very impressive. Speaking of impressive, the effects were very impressive and amazingly still hold up. The acting particularly of the late Robin Sachs and Alan Rickman was outstanding. Lastly the score by David Newman was very outstanding, and really captured the feel of Star Trek. Overall, well  you the first sentence, check it out!

RANK: 5 out of 5

In Memory of Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Next up, it’s the last post of 2016, and it’s time to look towards the future.

Before Kirk, there was Pike.

Before Kirk, there was Pike.

 

PLOT

It is the year is 2254 – eleven years before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission commanding the USS Enterprise.

Two weeks after a battle on Rigel VII that left seven crewmembers injured and took the life of three Enterprise crewmen, including Captain Christopher Pike’s yeoman, the ship encounters a space distortion on a collision course, according to helmsman José Tyler. It turns out to be an old radio distress signal, “keyed to cause interference and attract attention.” The crew says it was sent eighteen years earlier from the Talos star group, but first officer Number One notes they have no Earth colonies or vessels that far out. Pike declines to investigate without any indication of survivors but proceeds to the Vega colony to care for the crew’s own injuries.

Pike calls the Enterprise’s chief medical officer, Dr. Boyce, to his quarters but Boyce instead fixes Pike a martini to induce Pike to talk about the battle on Rigel VII. Pike has been thinking of resigning, burdened with making lethal decisions, but Boyce counsels against it. The science officer Spock interrupts on the intercom that a follow-up message from Talos IV indicates there are eleven survivors. Pike returns to the bridge and orders the ship to Talos, at “time warp, factor seven.” He bumps into a young woman, J. Mia Colt, his new yeoman. The ship’s first officer, a woman named Number One, says Colt is the captain’s replacement yeoman. Pike expresses discomfort with “a woman on the bridge,” assuring Number One that she is an exception, as she’s “different, of course.

Pike leads a landing party to the surface of Talos IV and finds the makeshift campsite of a disheveled group of male scientists from the crashed survey ship SS Columbia. The scientists identify themselves as an expedition of the American Continent Institute and Lieutenant Jose Tyler describes technological advances while they have been marooned, particularly in the time barrier being broken. A beautiful young woman approaches them. She is Vina, born almost as the group crash-landed on the planet. Vina strangely tells Pike he is a “prime specimen” – as three aliens with huge, pulsating heads watch the landing party through a viewing screen.

Boyce provides his medical report to Pike and reports that the survivors are in good health, “almost too good.” The scientist Theodore Haskins offers to show Pike their “secret,” and Vina leads him away from the others. Vina suddenly vanishes, along with the scientists and their camp. Talosians render Pike unconscious and abduct him through a doorway in the rock. The landing party fires laser pistols at the door to no avail and Spock advises the ship via his communicator that this “is all some sort of trap. We’ve lost the captain. Do you read?”

Pike wakes up without his jacket, communicator, and laser, inside an underground cell with a transparent wall, through which he sees several creatures of different species in nearby cells. Several Talosians arrive and make callous scientific observations about him, which he perceives not through sound but telepathy. They note that Pike is more adaptable to his new surroundings and prepare to begin “the experiment.”

The Talosians intend to make Pike experience illusions based on his memories, in order to interest him in Vina. The first illusion returns Pike to Rigel VII, with the new task of saving Vina. Pike is not interested in participating, telling Vina he is “not an animal performing for its supper,” but he is interested in learning the parameters of the illusions and of his captivity. Nevertheless, he manages to survive the illusory attack from the Kalar and is returned, with Vina, to his cell.

He learns from Vina that the Talosians have severely weakened their world and themselves by reliance on their telepathic powers. They want Captain Pike and Vina as breeding stock for a new, stronger race to repopulate the barren surface of the planet. The Talosians punish Vina for revealing this information to Pike.

The Talosians provide him with a vial of liquid nourishment and insist that he consume it, even offering to make it appear as any food he wishes. Pike proposes to starve himself instead, which results in the Keeper punishing him with an illusion of being surrounded by scorching flame and threatens to punish him more severely for continued disobedience. Pike appears to relent by consuming the liquid, but then displays another outburst of attempting to break through the containment, unexpectedly startling the Keeper. Pike realizes that the Keeper was unable to read his mind during his outburst of anger and tries to inquire more as to why this is. The Keeper, still unable to probe Pike’s mind, attempts then to distract Pike by changing the subject to Vina. Pike relents again, and the Keeper reveals that Vina was the sole survivor of the Columbia crash and confirms what she inadvertently revealed previously – that Pike and Vina were being kept to propagate Humanity and repopulate Talos IV. The conversation ends with Pike demanding that the Talosians punish him instead of her, since he is the one being uncooperative, which the Keeper regards as an excellent development in their relationship.

The next illusion is a pleasant picnic just outside Pike’s hometown of Mojave, with Vina attempting to entice Pike with the familiar setting, but with Pike still resisting, knowing that all of it is just a mere illusion. Vina then realizes that scenarios with which Pike is already familiar have not been successful in enticing him to cooperate, and surmises that he might be more easily swayed by a forbidden fantasy. The Talosians next tempt Pike by making Vina appear as a dancing Orion slave girl.

The Enterprise tries without success to channel the starship’s power to the surface to blast a way to Pike. Then Spock locates the Talosians’ power generator and prepares a landing party. However, only the females (Number One and Yeoman Colt) are the only ones transported, as the Talosians seek to give Pike a choice of mates; and their weapons and communicators appear not to work. Vina resents the competition; Number One says records indicate Vina cannot be as young as she appears.

As the rescue attempts have failed, Spock orders the Enterprise to leave orbit, but the Talosians immobilize it and scan its records, convincing Spock that the ship’s utility to the Talosians is at an end and that they will now “swat… this fly.”

Pike determines that any strong emotions keep the Talosians from controlling his mind and uses this to his advantage. While Pike feigns sleep, the Talosian magistrate tries to recover the female officers’ lasers from the cage. Pike seizes the magistrate and ignores the illusions. He reasons that the malfunction of the lasers was itself an illusion and uses the laser pistol to compel the magistrate to stop deceiving him. He now sees that they had blasted away the wall of the cage on their first attempt.

He escapes with the women to the surface and sees that the blasting operation on the door had also succeeded, despite an illusion made to appear otherwise. But the communicators still don’t work, and the Talosian says that the original goal was to put the group on the surface. Pike offers himself as a captive for the freedom of the others and the Enterprise, but Number One begins a “force-chamber” overload of her laser pistol, intending to destroy herself and her shipmates to thwart the Talosians’ plans. She tells the Talosian magistrate that it is wrong to create a whole race of Humans to live as slaves.

The magistrate’s aides arrive, presenting the summary of the ship’s records. The records have shown that Humans possess a “unique hatred of captivity,” even when pleasant, making them too dangerous for the Talosians’ needs. The magistrate does not apologize for the imposition but concedes that they will now become extinct. Pike asks if commerce or cooperation might not restore the planet, but the magistrate replies that Humans would learn the Talosians’ power of illusion and destroy themselves, just as the Talosians did. The crew members are free to go, but Vina says she cannot join them. After the others transport aboard, the Talosians show Pike Vina’s true appearance: underneath the Talosian illusions, she is badly deformed from the crash of the Columbia. They were able to make it so that she could remain alive, but could not restore her appearance. The Talosians agree to take care of Vina and they provide her with an illusory Captain Pike to keep her company.

Pike returns to the bridge, reassuring Dr. Boyce that he is completely refreshed for work, and waving off a query from Yeoman Colt about whom he would have chosen as a mate, as well as accusing the doctor of being a “dirty old man” for inquiring into the meaning of Colt’s remark. The Enterprise departs.

REVIEW

This show should not be compared to the later Star Trek series, except for the title. This sci-fi ouclassed other shows of the time 2 to 1. There had never been anything like this on television up to this point. Jeffery Hunter was pretty good as Captain Pike, though I did wish he was a little nicer to Colt. The supporting cast do an admirable job, too. Leonard Nimoy (who was just finding his character’s footing) of course was great as Spock, and I’m I enjoyed seeing him actually show emotion here.

Sure, the effects look cheap, but, this was a PILOT for the series. And the Remastered version fixed most of that. Overall, while it’s not the people were used to, its still an effective start to the series.

RANK: 4 out of 5

Next we end the year with some plans for the new year, and one more review to end out the Year of Star Trek

Trek yourself, before you wreck yourself (the cast's words, not mine).

Trek yourself, before you wreck yourself (the cast’s words, not mine).

Originally scheduled for October

The following is a review for a fan film, if you have yet to see it please click here now to prevent spoilers.

As much as I like the Kelvin Timeline movies, I wish the franchise would go back to the primary timeline, but thankfully thanks to the magic of head canon and fan theories, we get things like Star Trek Renegades, or just Renegades now (more on this later).

PLOT

Ten years after the starship Voyagers return from the Delta Quadrant, the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals (the primary catalyst for the fuel used in faster-than-light travel) are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, isolating them from outside contact. The phenomenon is unnatural – someone or something is causing it to happen. The need to stop this necessitates drastic measures, some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyagers former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31, Starfleet’s autonomous intelligence and defense organization. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues, and even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it at all costs.

There were plans to make this a full-on series, and Tim Russ launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the second and third episodes. But then, production hit a major snag. As mentioned in the Starship Farragut review, there were some new rules issued by Paramount and CBS, but here’s the story of how that came to pass.

Around 2014, a fan film was made called Prelude to Axanar, but despite, Paramount and CBS filed a lawsuit against the creators of another Star Trek fan film/series “Axanar” for copyright infringement.

Thanks to some intervention from J.J. Abrams, the suit was dropped by the time “Beyond” hit theaters. Afterwords, Paramount released new guidelines for anyone who wanted to make Star Trek fan films, they ranged from something simple like adding the byline “a Star Trek fan production” to completely unreasonable like limiting the fan films runtime to just 30 minutes (two 15 minute segments).

Because of these rules, the second and third episode were reworked to completely remove all references to Star Trek. This also affected the other fan films/series, some films/series like Starship Valiant, Pacific 201, and Trek Isolation are going to continue while following the guidelines, others like Star Trek New Voyages and Star Trek Continues ended production, and some like Starship Farragut are up in the air.

REVIEW

The movie was actually pretty good, I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed seeing all these Star Trek actors from TOS to Enterprise coming together to do this movie. I really wish Paramount didn’t put limits on fan films, cause I would’ve loved to have seen what the actual second episode of Renegades would’ve been like. Overall, it’s a pretty great watch, check it out.

Next time, we end the year-long celebration of Star Trek by going back to the beginning, where the journey began.

The ship's only as good as her captain.

The ship’s only as good as her captain.

Originally scheduled for September

So, we’ve looked at favorite characters, favorite, movies, and favorite starships in the Star Trek Franchise, but now it’s time to give it up to the real reason Star Trek has held up for 50 years, it’s character.

10. Vic Fontaine (DS9) – He may not be a captain, engineer, or even a doctor, but this hologram knew how to help the crew and patrons of DS9. Vic’s a hologram of a lounge singer, that usually talks the crew whenever they have problems or just need a breather from battling the Dominion. He even had one of the most pivotal role in “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, which I already talked about in the top 10 DS9 episodes. He may not be Doc, but he’s still a neat person.

9. Maximilian Forrest (Enterprise) – The only entry from the Mirror Universe, Forrest is captain of the Imperial NX-01, rather than Archer (who’s his Starscream-like first officer), but unlike other people in the Mirror Universe, he actually shows that he does are about his crew, especially when the NX-01 was destroyed and ordered everyone aboard to evacuate. Showing that he does share some admirable qualities from his Prime Universe counterpart.

8. Nog (DS9) – Starting out as a trouble-making Ferengi, to a seasoned war veteran. When I first watched DS9 as a kid, I never really cared for the character, but now as an adult, I’d like to think he had some of the best stories for a supporting character (two of which I mentioned in the Top 10 DS9 Episodes). He may have started out annoying, but he became a very relateable character

7. Borg Queen (First Contact, Voyager) – She’s the brains behind the Borg Collective. She commands the legions of drones under her rule, guiding them on their mission of assimilation and galactic conquest. The Queen’s first appearance in the Trek franchise comes in First Contact as the Borg attempt to assimilate humanity by manipulating time. She captures Data in an attempt to obtain the encryption codes to the Enterprise and make him more human, though he ultimately betrays her. Borg Queen’s grand entrance, as she descends from the rafters of her lair and fuses her head, shoulders, and spinal column with the rest of her body, is one of the most stunning scenes in all of Star Trek. And the character’s design, as well as Alice Krige’s chilling portrayal makes her one of the prominent female villains in all of science fiction. She later appeared in Voyager, again played by Alice Krige, though at one point she was played by Susanna Thompson (better known as Moira Queen from Arrow)

6. Christopher Pike (Kelvin Timeline) – Before the 2009 movie, we didn’t really know that much about him other than his only televised adventure as captain of the Enterprise and his later appearance in “The Menagerie”. Here he’s exactly as I imagined he would be, an experienced Starfleet officer willing to give young officers what they need to get them where they needed to be, weather it’s a kick in the butt or a “Dare to be Badass” speech to coax a certain captain into enlisting in Starfleet. We sadly don’t get to see Pike suffer the same fate as his prime counterpart, but he does end up loosing his life at the hands of Khan. He stands apart from his Prime counterpart, as he and Kirk had a father/son relationship since he didn’t even get to meet his father.

5. Tolian Soran (Generations) – The first Star Trek movie villain I ever saw. At first I didn’t think much of him, but then I saw do the one thing I never thought was possible: he killed James T. Kirk, not to mention he’s played by Malcolm McDowell. I like everyone whose seen this movie, was in disbelieve when I saw that. I would’ve loved it if the writers kept the character alive, had him fight the other crews of the franchise, that would’ve been pretty cool to see him face of against Sisko or Janeway.

4. Q (TNG, DS9, Voy) – Q is essentially a child with the power of a God, the mixture being more of the former and less of the latter, hence the annoying factor. The worst thing he may have done was put the Enterprise in the Borg’s path, earlier than the two species were supposed to meet, if at all. Actually, that is the worst thing he ever did. But without his push, we never would have had “The Best of Both Worlds”, or First Contact so it’s kind of a win-win. But in between granting Riker Q powers and transporting the Enterprise crew to play Robin Hood, something happened to Q. He still put the Enterprise-D’s crew up to a test to make sure humanity was worth saving, as played out in the TNG finale “All Good Things…”, but it wasn’t so much for him to wipe them out but rather to kinda sorta help them to save themselves. A redemptive act like that makes up for all the headaches he caused. Well, most of them. He also provided one of the best moments in TNG.

3. William T. Riker (TNG, Voy, Generations-Nemesis) – He’s a badass. Though initially portrayed as a go-getting, by-the-book officer, Riker began to show a bit of a bold streak early on in the series. And by “bold streak,” we mean to say that he is quite possibly the most arrogant character in the history of the Star Trek universe. But that’s why we love him. His over confidence and willingness to occasionally disregard the chain of command are what makes Riker so endearing. Ladies’ man, kick-ass first officer, and a can play a mean trombone, Riker is one hell of an endearing character.

2. Data (TNG-Nemesis) – “The Next Generation’s” Spock equivalent, the Federation’s first android citizen and officer, Data could have been one-note; he almost was. The best thing to happen to Data, aside from a few kick-ass, fanboy moments in First Contact, was befriending Geordi La Forge. The two characters found their relationship at the heart of some of Trek’s better episodes, with the exception of that whole emotion chip fiasco in Generations. (Damn you, Data, and your ridiculous Mr. Tricorder puppet!) Being front and center for many debates surrounding the notion of what it means to be human, Data managed to become a father by literally building a lifeform, only to lose her and gain the knowledge that death is nothing without life. He also evolved to be more than the sum of his programming, and into one of Trek’s legendary mainstays.

1. The Doctor (Voyager) – So if my Top 10 Voyager episodes didn’t give it away, I love this character. He had some of the best moments on Voyager, from trying to adjust to his new position as a one-man medical staff, to trying to help Seven regain her humanity and learning more about his own existence. I would’ve loved to have seen a canon explanation for what happened to him after Voyager came back to Earth, but I guess all we can do is imagine. Or play Star Trek Online.

Honorable Mentions

Pavel Chekov (Kelvin Timeline)

Charles Tucker III (ENT)

Janice Rand (TOS-VI)

Seven of Nine (Voyager)

Zefram Cochrane (TOS, First Contact)

Jean-Luc Picard (TNG-Nemesis)

Miles O’Brien (TNG-DS9)

Next, we’ll look at October’s entry of the Year of Star Trek (though legally it isn’t Star Trek anymore).