This is an overdue post but seems appropriate to do this now. In the past, I’ve used various Star Trek ships to convey the changes I had experienced as I was transferred from one library branch to another. For the past five + months, I’ve been stationed at a store front library branch. The reason I picked the NX-01 starship is because it fits my particular situation. Enterprise itself was the 4 spinoff series from the original Trek series bringing it to the total of five not including the animated series or the movies. Since I started with the library back in 2006, I have now worked in five different branches. Now having said this, I carry this connection forward, the series was heading for cancellation by the end of the fourth season and nearly killed off the franchise forever. As I’ve mentioned before, I am facing a possible separation from the library is the next couple of months. Could this move kill off my career as a librarian forever?
As I am writing this, almost 1am Monday, I just finished a pint of ice cream and watching an Enterprise episode called Mauraders. To sum it up, think of this episode as a retelling of A Bug’s Life with the Klingons as the Locust. As I groan in pain from the late night dessert and tv watching, I am reminded that someone wrote this crap. Someone got paid to write this crap. I too want to write and get paid for writing crap. Several years ago, make that more than a decade ago, I wrote a spec script for the then upcoming Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. I recently found it again which led me to believe, I need to write again and fail again. Yes, I did say fail again.
Having seen the news this morning, imagine the smile on my face when I read that the new Virgin Galactic ship was called Enterprise. While this is not the same fan fair as when NASA called the first Space Shuttle Enterprise but it does move the name forward by one into the future. I have no doubt that we will see a true space ship by the end of this century and hopefully, this legendary name will be passed on. And yes, I want a ticket to ride this magic carpet ride.
Posted by T’Bonz – 07/12/09 at 06:12 pm
Sir Richard Branson’s latest project will take passengers to space and back.
Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, unveiled his latest rocket plane today for outsiders. “This is truly a momentous day,” he said. “The team has created not only a world first, but also a work of art.”
The VSS Enterprise, an eight person vehicle (six passengers, two crewmembers,) had been in development for several years and kept under wraps. It is named after its namesake from Star Trek, and is a successor to a vehicle which flew to space in 2004 and won an Ansari X prize.
A mothership, the WhiteKnightTwo (VMS Eve) will carry the VSS Enterprise to its launch altitude of 50,000 feet. The two-and-a-half hour trips, up and down flights that won’t orbit the earth, will include about five minutes of weightlessness.
The first test flights should begin next year, with full-fledged space launches set to commence in 2011.
Nov 11, 2008, 03:23 PM | by Jeff Jensen
Categories: Sci-Fi, Star Trek
JJ Abrams wasn’t a huge fan of the original Star Trek TV series as a kid, but he does have one unabashed gee-whiz Star Trek memory: watching the first feature film (1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and marveling over the big reveal of the Enterprise during a long sequence in which James T. Kirk takes a slow-boat tour around the iconic starship. “The coolest thing about it—maybe the coolest thing in the movie—was when you flew around the ship, you could see all the different panels that made up the ship,” says the director of the forthcoming Trek reboot, slated for a May 8, 2009 release. “It was the first time I had ever seen that level of attention, that love of detail, given to the tangible, practical reality of the ship.”
Here, in this exclusive first look at Abrams’ take on the Enterprise, you not only see his vision of the ship, but his attempt to evoke that sequence from the first film that so captured his imagination. If you’re thinking, “Wow! It looks the way the Enterprise has always looked”—well look at the big Spock brain on you! Abrams wanted to take the original TV series Enterprise and the movie franchise Enterprise and fuse them together into a new yet familiar Enterprise. His ambition was a ship that felt very realistic, that could “stand up” to today’s f/x standards—and beyond. “If you’re going to do Star Trek there are many things you cannot change. The Enterprise is a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you’re going to do the Enterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, what are you doing?”
Fans and other interested parties will get more looks at the new Enterprise when the first trailer arrives this Friday, attached to Quantum of Solace. And if you missed the additional 11 Star Trek photos we debuted last month, click here and check ‘em out.
It’s a bit of a stretch but it will give you a chuckle.
I got word from my MySpace pal who posted on his blog that the Star Trek XI was up and running. Let me tell who, those cell phones vids suck because there was so much detail it couldn’t capture. Enjoy the trailer and I can not wait for this movie to come out. Click here if you want to visit my Star Trek XI pal on MySpace.
For this entry, we find ourselves shocked and amazed by the similarities after watching Little Miss Sunshine the MC for the pageant played by Matt Wilson looks like Will Arnett from one of the best tv comedy series Arrested Development. Matt, if you dare to remember Star Trek: Enterprise, played Temporal Agent Daniels. For Will, he is the new voice for KITT in the upcoming Knight Rider. You can check out the YouTube clip below. While the Will’s voice is not the same smooth tones as William Daniels, I was still happy with the results. (But please, for the love of Gods, do not make this series the next Bionic Woman series.) On a side note, I looked up Will’s bio on IMDB.COM and saw the movie the he was currently working on called G-Force. I thought, oh my god, are we talking about the same Sandy Frank anime classic Battle of the Planets…. sadly, it’s not. G-Force, coming out in 2009, is about, “A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world.” Oh well, I guess I will have to write this movie myself, lol. On a side, side note, Sydney Tamiia Poitier will appearing in the series as well. She was Jungle Julia from the Grindhouse film Death Proof and was rumored to be the next Uhura for Star Trek XI.
New Knight Rider Trailer
This last one is a WTF?!