April 20: Happy 80th Birthday @GeorgeTakei

Celebrity-04-20-1937American actor, director, author, and activist of Japanese descent, George Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

Takei’s involvement in social media has brought him fresh attention. As of February 2017, his Facebook page has over 10 million likes since he joined in 2011, and he frequently shares photos with original humorous commentary.

Takei is a proponent of LGBT rights and is active in state and local politics. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japan–United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. [Wikipedia]

Visit http://georgetakei.com/.

April 13: Star Trek – The Enterprise vs the parasites

1967: The first season ended with S01E29 “Operation: Annihilate!” [http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Operation_–_Annihilate!_(episode)]  Stardate 3287.2: The Deneva colony is attacked by neural parasites that cause mass insanity while the crew of Enterprise search for a way to stop them.

The episode featured Kirk’s nephew, Peter.  However, a scene featuring dialogue between Kirk and his nephew that concerned Peter’s returning to Deneva to live with Sam Kirk’s partner was cut.  Peter was played by Craig Hundley, who also played Tommy Stames in “And the Children Shall Lead“.  Now a musician and going under the name Craig Huxley, he produced the music for the Genesis Project simulation that appeared in Star Treks II & III.

April 10: Star Trek – bringing home the whales

Star_Trek_IV-19861987:Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home‘ [Memory-Alpha] [Paramount Movies YouTube Channel] is released in UK cinemas.  Admiral James T. Kirk is prepared to take the consequences for rescuing Spock and stealing and then losing the starship Enterprise, but a new danger has put Earth itself in jeopardy. Kirk and his crew must travel back in time in an old Klingon Bird-of-Prey to right an ancient wrong, in the hopes of saving Earth – and the Federation – from certain doom.


April 6: Star Trek – Joan Collins in The City On the Edge Of Forever

1967: City On the Edge Of Forever [http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_City_on_the_Edge_of_Forever_(episode)]. Stardate 3134.0: After taking an accidental overdose of cordrazine, Doctor Leonard McCoy goes back in time and changes history.  Joan Collins guest starred in what is one of the most well known of Star Trek stories.  She plays Edith Keeler [http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Edith_Keeler], a social worker who, in 1930 is knocked down by a car and killed.

McCoy makes her acquaintance and saves her from the accident, unwittingly changing the course of history.  Kirk and Spock follow McCoy through the Guardian Of Forever [http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Guardian_of_Forever] to stop him from saving Keeler and thus putting the timeline back on track.  However, Kirk falls in love with Edith and becomes torn over the fact that he has to let her die to save the future.  WATCH!!

March 30 in Star Trek

1967: TOS S01E27 ‘The Alternative Factor‘. Stardate 3087.6: Investigating the cause of a massive, galaxy-wide disruption in space, the Enterprise finds a mad scientist who claims he is being pursued by a hideous being. WATCH!

1992: TNG S05E19 ‘The First Duty‘.  Stardate 45703.9: Following an accident during an Academy training exercise that leads to the death of one of his friends, Wesley Crusher must decide whether loyalty or truth is the first duty.  WATCH!

March 29 in Star Trek

1968: TOS S02E26 ‘Assignment: Earth‘. Stardate Unknown: “Captain’s log. Using the light-speed breakaway factor, the Enterprise has moved back through time to the 20th century. We are now in extended orbit around Earth, using our ship’s deflector shields to remain unobserved. Our mission – historical research. We are monitoring Earth communications to find out how our planet survived desperate problems in the year 1968.”

After Captain Kirk finishes his log entry, suddenly the Enterprise is rocked, and Spock reports that they appear to have intercepted someone’s transporter beam. Kirk remarks that there were no such devices in the 20th century. Spock maintains that someone is beaming aboard. Spock discovers that the transporter beam originates more than a thousand light years away. Scott finds that difficult to believe, stating that no transporter beam could reach that far, not even in their time. Suddenly a man in a dark suit, holding a black cat, appears on the transporter pad.  WATCH!

1993: TNG S06E18 ‘Starship Mine‘. Stardate 46682.4: On an evacuated USS Enterprise-D, Picard plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with terrorists who want to steal explosive toxic waste from the warp core as a lethal beam sweeps the ship.  WATCH!

March 28 in Star Trek

1994: TNG E07E20 ‘Journey’s End‘. Stardate 47751.2: As a result of a long-disputed treaty with the Cardassians, the Federation has agreed to return several planets to Cardassian control. One such planet, Dorvan V, is inhabited by the descendants of Native Americans. They do not wish to leave their new home, which they had spent many years searching for. WATCH!

March 27 in Star Trek

1989: TNG S02E12 ‘The Royale‘ first aired.  Stardate 42625.4: The Enterprise investigates the wreckage of a 21st century Earth spaceship orbiting a distant planet and the appearance of a casino with inhabitants based on a rather poorly written paperback novel.  WATCH!

1991: TNG S01E26 ‘The Neutral Zone‘ first aired on UK TV, almost three years after the US. Stardate 41986.0: After rescuing three ancient humans from cryogenic stasis, the Enterprise-D is ordered to the Romulan Neutral Zone on an important mission.  WATCH!

1994: DS9 S02E19 ‘Blood Oath’ first aired. Stardate 47789.8: Three old Klingon warriors reunite on Deep Space 9, seeking Curzon Dax, with whom they entered into a blood oath to one day exact revenge on an enemy for killing the warriors’ firstborn sons. Finding Jadzia as worthy a warrior as they felt Curzon to be, she joins the Klingons in completing their vendetta.  WATCH!

March 26 in Star Trek

1990: TNG S03E18 “Allegiance“.  Captain Picard and three other people are abducted and imprisoned by an unknown force, and replaced by duplicates.  This episode bears resemblance to the TOS episode “The Empath”. In both stories the Enterprise’s captain is abducted by a pair of aliens as part of an experiment. In the end both Kirk and Picard show their captors the errors of their ways. The TOS Vians even look a good deal like the aliens seen in this TNG episode.  WATCH!