Monday, August 22, 2011

STAR TREK Blogfest!!!

The inspired Ellie Garratt has declared Aug. 22 as "The Day of Star Trek Love!!"  Ok, well...I might have rearranged her phrasing a bit...but, if you pop on over to her blog HERE, you will see a whole list of people blogging about their favorite Star Trek episodes and characters.

And if you aren't familiar with Star Trek....well.  I was going to type that "you're lame", but that seemed kind of mean, so I'll go with:  "You're totally missing out!!!"  Anyone who appreciates imagination will appreciate Star Trek.  :)

I'm supposed to list my five favorite characters and episodes.  But, I decided I needed to also include my 5 Trekkie crushes:

#1:  Ensign Wesley Crusher  - oh, yes.  Wes started it all!  I have a thing for a man in a Star fleet uniform to this day!  :)

#2:  Commander William T. Riker - dude.  Ok, I know he's happily married to Laura (of Luke and Laura fame), but I still have dreams about this man from time to time.  Can't seem to help myself.

(source: found google images)  Yeah, I'm totally PRO facial hair!

#3:  Captain Jean-Luc Picard - what can I say...I'm a sucker for accents.  Plus, he's one slick Captain!

#4:  Dr. Bashir - tall, dark and doctor-y.  Yum!

#5:  Chakotay - (it was totally the tattoo...)

FAVORITE CHARACTERS: (in no specific order)

#1:  Jadzia Dax ~ the lovely Terry Farrell.  She was just so versatile!  She could hang with the guys, she could hang with the gals, and with any number of alien species.  And they all loved her.  And, seriously - who couldn't appreciate a few lifetimes worth of knowledge??

#2:  Again - have to put Jean-Luc here.  He was just the perfect captain.  So authoritative, loyal, majestic, really.  To put it plainly - PICARD ROCKS!

#3:  Captain Kathryn Janeway.  Of course I have to give props to the only female Captain to head a Star Trek spin-off.  And I thought she did a GREAT job!!

#4:  Data:  I just had to pick this adorable android.  Most of the time I just wanted to give him a hug.  I had fun watching his journey towards becoming more human.

#5:  Worf:  the big guy just kind of grows on you.  PLUS - his dedication to Star Fleet command is more than evident.  I think his character has more screen time in the entire franchise of anyone!  Kudos, Mr. Dorn!

Ok - so, at this point I know some of you might be wondering why you don't see the names of any "originals" in my lists so far.  Well...(not sure I should admit this...) my love for Star Trek started with TNG.  I've never entirely been a fan of Kirk and Spock...(don't hit me!)  I know - it's practically sacrilegious to admit.  But, I did like some of the movies.  That counts, right?

Anyhow - onto FAVORITE EPISODES:  (again, in no particular order)

#1:  I SOOO wish I had a holo-deck...  So, naturally - my 1st pick features this wonder of future technology:  Star Trek: TNG  Season 2: Elementary, Dear Data.  Sherlock/Data at his finest!

#2:  Aside from maybe, Voyager's Vidiians...the BORG have got to be the CREEPIEST Star Trek villains!!  And imagine my shock when my buddy Picard was made one of them!!!  I give you Star Trek: TNG's "The Best of Both World's: Part I".  The AWESOME cliff-hanger episode of Season 3.

(source: found by googling image - Locutus)
#3:  Star Trek: DS9's: Tears of the Prophet, the end of Season 6 and also of Jadzia Dax.  This was such an emotionally charged episode!!  And I remember being SOOO upset that they killed off Jadzia!!  Plus - the release of the Pah Wraith...creepy.  And Gul Dukat was at his creepy best!  But, then they juxtaposed all this heart-ache with humor.  Poor Quark and Bashir...they just never had a shot with Dax. Great episode!

#4:  Star Trek: Voyager's: Fair Haven, from Season 6.  I always felt a little sad for Kathryn... the only guy hitting on her was Q - and she'd have NONE of that!  She got so lonely that she had to create the perfect man for herself. 

#5:  (see, I've slipped Capt. Kirk in here somewhere!!)  The movie:  Star Trek: Generations.  Even though James T. met his end in this movie - it was just AWESOME to see him and Picard working together to defeat the bad guy.  Probably not THE favorite movie among many, but I really liked this one.

So, there you have it!!  Have I picked any of your favorites?  And if not - please share one I might have missed!!

Write long and prosper!


Jess said...

These were so much fun to read! I've been admonished by my husband and stepdaughter for lacking Star Trek knowledge, but I blame my parents. We just didn't watch it. Still, I'm a little bit familiar with the characters, and I fully support your crush on Commander Riker :)

Bossy Betty said...

This brought back so many memories. I think I would have denied being a Trekkie, but now I am not so sure....

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Star Trek and you've chosen such great moments and people here. I was NOT a happy camper when they killed off Jadzia!

Milo James Fowler said...

"The Best of Both Worlds" was really something; I'll never forget that Part I cliffhanger. Picard's a BORG?!

Dan said...

Great list. Didn't think of putting my top five "crushes". They'd be slightly different from yours, I think. :)


Bish Denham said...

What fun! I will admit right here I thoroughly enjoy TNG and DSP9 and the others, but my heart belongs to Spock. If it weren't for the first series we wouldn't be enjoying the others. And my favorite movie will always be The Voyage Home. "Cap't there be whales here."

iZombie [2vs8] said...

we agree on many levels... it's nice to see... thanks for the trek favorites.


Donna K. Weaver said...

I remember when they killed off Tasha Yarr. My daughter wouldn't watch the show for a year. =D

Michael Offutt said...

I follow Wil Wheaton on twitter. He's a really smart guy.

Isis Rushdan said...

Great reminder about the Tears of the Prophet when Jadzia dies.

Really loved Best of Both Worlds. What a cliffhanger!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Best of Both Worlds has made several lists today! Liked Dax. Sucked when she died.

Ellie Garratt said...

Star Trek Day of Love - yay for them!

I thought Chakotay was rather dishy, too.

Laila Knight said...

I liked Chakotay's tattoo but that was about it. I cried when they killed off Jadzia. Number one was hot. No wonder every woman was sleeping with him. He was especially fun in episodes includind Lwaxana Troy. Great picks! :)

Huntress said...

Star Trek day of Love. Most definitely.
I picked up new episodes to check out from your blog and others participating in the Day of Love. WOO HOO! Thanks for the ideas!

M Pax said...

I loved Dr. Bashir. I'm surprised no one mentioned him until now. DS9 was a great series, and I really enjoyed the Cardasians, but it was Bashir that kept me watching. And Kiera. And Quark. And Worf.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Oh, Wesley! I was head over heels over him when I first saw him! Am I the only one that thought that the Borg were sexy? Lol!

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Hutch said...

I totally agree with your list, even it was missing the original series, but you covered the good ones. Thanks!

Danette said...

Jadzia the REAL mcKoy as a cross-sexual, lol. I mean she really gives gives definition to the word as open! I was an Original Series person but TNG took me to DS9 which I totally loved so I can't regret the years there... so many loves and memories!

Belle said...

I'm glad you liked young Crusher. I thought he was a sweetheart. I also thought Dr. Bashir was a cutie!

Kari Marie said...

Riker, Jean Luc and Chakotay - hell yes! Data was my all time favorite though.

msmariah said...

In the late 80s and early 90s, I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only teenage girl who had a crush on Patrick Stewart's Jean Luc. My family thought I was weird. I loved Jean Luc.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your favorites with us! I put Picard and Data on my list too, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the others. "Elementary my Dear Data" was good, but I do think that "Ship in a Bottle" was the better Moriarty episode.

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James Garcia Jr said...

Hi, Donea. Unfortunately, I never strayed far from the original cast. I see I have much to learn.
Cool list.