“In Southern West Virginia, there’s a bit of a Calvinistic attitude toward life – this is how things are and they’ll never be any different,” he said. “[Science fiction] serves as a kind of antidote to that fatalistic kind of thinking.”
This is the same delegate, by the way, who suggest that children from homes who cannot afford school meals be forced to clean toilets and do other menial labor jobs to pay for it.
He’s a far right Republican, by the way, supporting things like Star Trek (no money used, no capitalism, sorta socialist, very tolerant, no human religious dogma) and the Postman (dystopian future caused by what could be called Libertarians but the civilization is saved by a belief in the Government).
Oh my frakin’ goodness. My blood pressure is gone for the day. Thanks Adam (via twitter)
My prediction: Sherlock is Gary Mitchell returned from death — Kirk had to kill him when he became a god — to break cray cray on Earth.
It has something to do with the Return of the Archons. It was remade as a comic book two-parter where the supernatural stuff was taken out and replaced with government conspiracy. Maybe Benedict is playing Cornelius Landru
This looks like the deflector dish. In the comic book, a similar scene has the hull of the ship in this location, along with the same type of robes/coats.
You are welcome.
Oh, and catch the last few seconds of the Japanese trailer:
Yesterday, I posted something on a documentry, and movement it seems, relating to people thinking that we are Cylons. (Read Dr. McGrath’s take on it as well). Anyway, today I found and article by Chase Masterson (Leeta, ST:DSP) about religion in the Star Trek Universe. Apparently, it was not as atheist as I thought. Personally, I like the notion of religion as found in BSG more than I do the one in Star Trek, but it is interesting for those who find reception theory enticing.
Sadly, many of us have had less than stellar experiences with religion in our personal lives. Roddenberry was no exception. In a 1997 AOL chat, writer/producer Ronald D. Moore said: “Gene felt very strongly that all of our contemporary Earth religions would be gone by the 23rd century, and while few of us around here actually share that opinion, we feel that we should leave this part of the Trek universe alone.”
But that’s not quite the case.
There’ve been a number of spiritual references and themes throughout the years in Star Trek, both in Roddenberry’s own work and that of other writers. I’m thankful to have been on such a philosophically oriented series; I’ve long thought that the intersection of spirituality and science fiction was a compelling theme, and so I’m devoting my next few columns to exploring what the various Star Trek series and films have established in canon about human (and alien) beliefs in the 22nd through 24th centuries.
Every Christian Star Trek fan recalls Stardate 4041.7. That was the day that I realised that, with very few exceptions, Star Trek is consistently the most pro-Christian and pro-Catholic show in American television history.
In “Bread and Circuses”, the episode that took place in Stardate 4041.7 (AD 2268 for planet-bound humans), Captain James Tiberius Kirk, valiant captain of the good ship Enterprise, in the midst of their five-year mission, came across planet 892-IV, a draconian 20th-century version of the Roman Empire, complete with gladiators, senators and nefarious politics. The empire sponsors state executions of renegade slaves who practice a pacifistic religion of “total love and total brotherhood”. Sound familiar?
I admit – I’ve wanted to post on Star Trek for a very long time, but couldn’t find the reason to do it. I grew up with every series, every episode and so what that I’ve might have played with the action figures even in (senior year of) high school. I mean, Star Trek is Science Fiction. The U.S.S. Enterprise. NCC-1701. Captain James Tiberius Kirk (although one episode, before Tiberius was established Kirk’s middle name in the movies, listed R. as the middle initial). Spock. Dr. McCoy. I can hear ole Bones now… ‘Dangit Jim, I’m a blogger not a journalist.’ TV was made for Star Trek. So was IMAX, 3-d, and everything other piece of cool technology.
And while there are overtures to various aspects of American culture, I’m not real sure the author of the piece is getting everything right. However, whom am I to argue… I mean, let’s fuse the Canons. The Scriptural and the Star Trek canon. Would really make the Book of Revelation just sing!
And ye, thou shalt go boldly where no man hath gone before…