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  • TNG S6: "Birthright, Part II" HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.

    22 May 2015

    TNG S6: "Birthright, Part II" HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.


  • Our company is planning a new building. I must show this to the CEO...

    20 May 2015

    Our company is planning a new building. I must show this to the CEO...

    Make it so: Chinese building looks just like Star Trek's USS Enterprise
    There's a building in China that looks almost exactly like the USS Enterprise from 'Star Trek.'

  • Now that's what I call an impressive group photo!

    20 May 2015

    Now that's what I call an impressive group photo!

    Smithsonian Update: The Experts Have Arrived! | TrekCore Blog
    As we first reported back in December, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum has recruited a panel of experts -- from both inside the Star Trek production team and outside talents -- to assist in guiding the museum's conservation team to prepare the classic USS Enterprise filming model for the next ...

  • TNG S6: "Birthright, Part I" HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.

    20 May 2015

    TNG S6: "Birthright, Part I" HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.


  • Simon Pegg made quite an impression on me with his criticism of the “infantalised” society that ...

    20 May 2015

    Simon Pegg made quite an impression on me with his criticism of the “infantalised” society that calls for "dumbed down" movies and for "spectacle" instead of a "focus on real-world issues". He went as far as calling into question the studio's expectations of what the next Trek movie should look like. Unfortunately Pegg later felt a need to backpedal, saying that he loves sci-fi and fantasy, nerds, everyone else (and probably the studio bosses too): http://simonpegg.net/2015/05/19/big-mouth-strikes-again/.

    I don't think that with his original rant he was going to insult science fiction or nerds in any way. Rather than that, Pegg expressed dismay about how a trend in movies is being exploited ad nauseam. Personally I wouldn't go back as far as to Star Wars if I were asked to nail down a date when cinema was spoiled. I'd see the Matrix series (I still like the first movie) as the beginning of an unfortunate development in the course of which story was increasingly replaced with style, fueled by two driving forces: the evolution of visual effects and the growing acceptance of certain previously nerdy franchises, such as most notably Marvel and DC comics, and with the notable exception of Star Trek.

    I appreciate that, unlike some other influential people, Pegg does not parrot all the usual suggestions such as "Star Trek has to be like [insert other franchise here]." or "It needs to be more accessible, less cerebral." Actually, I think his idea to "make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters" is nothing new. It is much like the original idea behind Star Trek (the TV series, not the movies). I like this idea very much, although Pegg apparently needs to describe it to the studio bosses as being "inclusive" (a word I'd hate to use) because that's what they want it to be.

    So why is Avengers making so much more money than Star Trek? I don't know, but unlike Pegg I can tell from my heart and without backpedaling (promised!) that to me most modern superhero/action/sci-fi/fantasy movies epitomize what Pegg called "infantilization" of movies. They are mindless entertainment at best. I haven't seen the Avengers movies and I have no motivation to see them. I prefer sci-fi with relevance, with a message, with an attitude, with something to chew on. Like Star Trek (the TV shows rather than the movies). Like "Interstellar".

    I just want the studios to give us more of the aforementioned and less bread and circuses. I'd wish that Pegg could put some of his ideas into the new movie, although it doesn't bode well at all that the first script was ditched just because it was too "Trek-y". I really want to give Abramstrek a last chance before it has to be rated as a wrong turn, in an effort to make it more like a comic universe.

    Simon Pegg criticises ‘dumbing down’ of cinema
    Star Trek and Shaun of the Dead actor says recent films have taken focus away from real-world issues

  • The images in a number of articles such as on Alien Monocultures in Star Trek have been improved. ...

    19 May 2015

    The images in a number of articles such as on Alien Monocultures in Star Trek have been improved. I'm not sure when or if I can take care of the rest of some 600 pages.

    Ex Astris Scientia - Alien Monocultures in Star Trek
    Alien Monocultures in Star Trek. Introduction. This is not an article about agriculture! The actual subject is the depiction of alien civilizations in Star Trek, which have been criticized as being generally monolithic entities. Alien cultures appear to lack the racial, linguistic, cultural, ...

  • I have improved the layout and the images of the Character Bios, and supplemented some information. ...

    14 May 2015

    I have improved the layout and the images of the Character Bios, and supplemented some information. I hope I will find the time to compile the complete Enterprise crew biographies eventually.

    Ex Astris Scientia - Character Bios
    Here are the most recent short biographies of the main characters with episode sources and commentary. See Also. Character Galleries. Credits. The basic text is taken from the Star Trek Encyclopedia III and has been supplemented with events from newer episodes. Thanks to Spike, Micah Haber, ...

  • No less than seven episodes first aired on May 13:

    13 May 2015

    No less than seven episodes first aired on May 13:
    TNG: "The Host" (1991)
    DS9: "To the Death" and VOY: "Resolutions" (1996)
    DS9: "Profit and Lace" and VOY: "One" (1998)
    ENT: "Terra Prime" and ENT: "These Are the Voyages" (2005)

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  • TNG S6: "Tapestry" SD / HD Comparison Video compiled by TrekCore.

    11 May 2015

    TNG S6: "Tapestry" SD / HD Comparison Video compiled by TrekCore.


  • I have compiled a small gallery with screen caps of Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand from TOS, ...

    09 May 2015

    I have compiled a small gallery with screen caps of Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand from TOS, movies and Voyager.

    Ex Astris Scientia - Galleries - Remembering Grace Lee Whitney
    Galleries - Remembering Grace Lee Whitney. TOS Season 1 - TOS Movies - Voyager. Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015) appeared only in a handful of episodes and movies as Janice Rand, but will always be remembered as a member of the original cast. TOS Season 1. The Corbomite Maneuver ...

  • TNG S6: "Face of the Enemy" HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.

    05 May 2015

    TNG S6: "Face of the Enemy" HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.


  • Grace Lee Whitney gallery at TrekCore.

    04 May 2015

    Grace Lee Whitney gallery at TrekCore.

    Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015) - Star Trek Specials Images
    Star Trek Specials Images. TREKCORE > Specials. Home > Rare Photos > Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015). Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015). early_rand.jpg · glw.jpeg · grace-lee-whitney.jpg · grace_lee_whitney.jpg · grace_lee_whitney2.jpg · Grace_Lee_Whitney76.jpg · KirkSpockRand.jpg · kirk_rand.jpg ...

Editorial

"Of all the souls I have encountered... his was the most human."

Leonard Nimoy, in his role as Spock, has been at my side in some fashion for much of my life. For me it all started in 1973 when Star Trek aired in Germany on the second channel on Saturday afternoons and I was lucky that my father didn't watch the sports news on the first channel. I was a six-year-old boy whose pajamas happened to have the same color as Spock's shirt and who tried to re-enact the series, with phasers and tricorders built from Lego. We had "The Changeling" on two 30min VCR video tapes and I was scared by the hovering tin can that even Spock couldn't stop.

The repeated exposure to this perhaps inappropriate episode didn't cause emotional damage in me (at least none that I am aware of). On the contrary, I knew that I wanted to see more of it. But the unaired episodes as well as any other information about Star Trek was hard to come by, especially in a time when I struggled with being a nerd and the customary outcasting at school, in a country where science fiction was (and arguably still is) considered particularly uncool. Anyway, a German satellite TV channel aired the complete series for the first time as late as in 1988. The problem was that I didn't have a satellite dish, so I asked my dad to record everything for me, week after week. He didn't forget a single episode, and so my dad who passed away last year helped spark my passion for Star Trek perhaps just as much as Leonard Nimoy.

I usually don't like comparing actors to their roles, but I will make an exception for Leonard Nimoy. Not only did he add essential details to his character such as the Vulcan greeting (that he saw in the synagogue as a child) and the nerve pinch (that he considered a better way to disable someone than brute force). He also brought a sense of decency into the role as he showed it in real life as well. It is quite understandable that at some point Leonard Nimoy became tired of always being equated with Spock, and he decided to move on according to the motto of his biography, I am not Spock. But he still was Spock for millions of fans, and so it was logical for him to return to his role and, while he was at it, to confess I am Spock in a second book.

I regret that I never met Leonard Nimoy in person. But although I knew him only from the screen, losing him is like losing a friend. No one could write a better eulogy than Leonard Nimoy himself, in his last tweet: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP" I believe that despite his illness in the past few years Leonard Nimoy had a prosperous life with many perfect moments, and he deserved it. I will preserve the perfect moments I had with Leonard Nimoy and his fellow Star Trek actors. I promise. And I will not forget how much Nimoy did for the self-confidence of the nerds, the visionaries and the scientifically minded people of this world.

Beam him up, Scotty!

Bernd Schneider

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Recent EAS Updates
  • Article Images Improved

    19 May 2015

    The images in a number of articles such as on Alien Monocultures in Star Trek have been improved. I'm not sure when or if I can take care of the rest of some 600 pages.
  • Character Bios Improved

    14 May 2015

    I have improved the layout and the images of the Character Bios, and supplemented some information. I hope I will find the time to compile the complete Enterprise crew biographies eventually.
  • Grace Lee Whitney Screen Cap Gallery

    09 May 2015

    I have compiled a small gallery with screen caps of Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand from TOS, movies and Voyager.
  • Disqus Comments Enabled

    08 May 2015

    Disqus comments are now enabled on all pages. I intend to keep them as long as the moderation can be handled and as long as the section remains ad-free.
  • Grace Lee Whitney Passes Away

    04 May 2015

    Grace Lee Whitney 1930-2015. It's so sad that another original crew member passes away so soon.
  • Disqus Commenting Test

    03 May 2015

    Test phase of the Disqus commenting system. I still need to verify how I can keep the site clean and whether I can leave the comments open for guests. You can help me with your comments on a test page and by taking part in the poll.
  • Voyager Reviews: "Jetrel" and "Learning Curve"

    01 May 2015

    Here are the two final Voyager season 1 reviews: "Jetrel" and "Learning Curve".
  • New Interiors: Enterprise-D Cargo Bays

    30 Apr 2015

    Two more Enterprise-D interiors by BobyE: the cargo bay as seen in "The Mind's Eye" and in "Disaster".
  • Game Review: Klingon Academy

    25 Apr 2015

    Here is the review of Klingon Academy by Andrew Friden, which he rates as one of the best games of the franchise.
  • New Page Headers

    19 Apr 2015

    All EAS pages sport a new header. While it doesn't include new functions for now (I'm thinking of adding extendable menus), it should look more attractive and should work better on small displays. I still need to address some browser compatibility issues. I will decide about a viewport size later, so the pages (except those with table-based layouts, which are a hopeless case) will be rendered bigger on mobile devices.
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