Ed’s Top 10 Picks In Honour of Today’s Star Trek’s 50 Year Legacy

8 Sep

320x240Star Trek: Voyager
“The Q & the Grey”

In this universe, when fans talk about the Federation’s greatest threat, they will most likely say The Borg. The Romulans have always been something of a threat, and the Klingons, well … some truce was made.

When talking about individuals, Kahn, Gowron and Q comes to mind as the big three. When it comes to the cosmic misanthrope with a one letter name, the debate is perhaps still ongoing about whether Trelane from the classic series is one or not, even though Peter David’s book Q-Squared states that he is. I think he is not and believe this species makes for amusing foils in each of the Star Trek series as a counterpoint to the captain of the ship. The best episode to explore who they are is the Voyager episode where Q appears to ask Captain Janeway to bear his child. Following the events from before, after one of the continuum decided to become mortal and commit suicide, the rest of the Continuum have chosen sides. A Civil War has broken out, and while what’s manifested is a metaphor for mortals to comprehend, what’s actually happening was described as cosmic fireworks. Had there been a planet of stone age people, they would be worshipping the skies as gods. In what makes this episode enjoyable is with how this world gets interpreted, and much of the Victorian age with its stagnation, the Continuum’s conundrum is to find vitality so fresh perspectives can be rediscovered by a force that sees itself as divine.

Following the events from before, after one of the continuum decided to become mortal and commit suicide, the rest of the Continuum have chosen sides. A Civil War has broken out, and while what’s manifested is a metaphor for mortals to comprehend, what’s actually happening was described as cosmic fireworks. Had there been a planet of stone age people, they would be worshipping the skies as gods. In what makes this episode enjoyable is with how this world gets interpreted, and much of the Victorian age with its stagnation, the Continuum’s conundrum is to find vitality so fresh perspectives can be rediscovered by a force that sees itself as divine.

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Star Trek: Enterprise
“In a Mirror, Darkly”

Not many stories from the original series manage to work its way through the universe like the Mirror Universe. First met and set up in The Original Series in “Mirror, Mirror,” the popularity only grew when interest was piqued in Deep Space 9. Just why The Next Generation never explored it was never explained, at least to my knowledge, but to get peeks into what happened past, future and present and to ask who wins is nastily answered in the last series to hit the screen.

The introduction uses a scene from Star Trek: First Contact and how the Humans of Earth conquered space is mightily explained in the opening credits sequence. Given the recent success of a certain DC Comics property, this episode gives true meaning to what the Suicide Squad has to represent, than a gleeful romp to save the planet, much less each other in a bid to be Emporer of the Galaxy.

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