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Poll of the Week: Leader of the Pack

Machiavelli said, “A great leader should be feared more than loved.”

Patton said, “A great leader is one willing to make the tough decisions.”

Napoleon said, “A great leader is a ‘dealer in hope.'”

Groucho Marx said, “Only one man in a thousand is a great leader of men – the other 999 follow women.”

With that being said, which captain do you think was the greatest leader in the Star Trek franchise? The battle is between Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway and Archer.


Poll of the Week: Diplomatic Relations

I remember watching “Q Who” from The Next Generation and recall the throw away line from Guinan where she said something interesting that I never paid much attention to before, she said something like “When humans are ready, it may be possible to establish a relationship with the Borg, but for now humanity was only raw material to them.” Do you think the Borg could ever establish a relationship, even a friendship, with the Federation in the future?

Perhaps there is even an alien species that is worse than the Borg as an enemy? What could be worse than the Borg? Q hinted on the same episode that there are “terrors that would freeze your soul.” The Borg may be bad, but there could be worse things out there, deeper in space that the Federation haven’t even come in contact with. Perhaps, we are lucky we just saw the Borg, because much worse things lurk farther in space. It would be interesting to see if there are beings out there that that make the Borg look like kittens.

What are your thoughts? Click here to head to the forums and submit your vote. Don’t be afraid to post your thoughts on the forum thread!


Poll of the Week: Personal Protection

About 45 minutes away from where I live, in a small town called Pointe Calumet, Quebec, Kylie Jenner will be celebrating her 18th birthday partying at a place called the Beach Club in a couple of weeks. Along with her, she will be bringing an entourage of other celebrities along with her as well as Justin Bieber who is supposed to emcee the event.

I have been to the Beach Club twice before. What started out as a small community dance club on the beach front, has turned into an apparent international sensation. It also helps that the legal drinking age in Quebec is 18. It may be the reason Kylie Jenner is coming here instead of anywhere in America since the legal drinking age is 21. Also, rumor has it she will be paid almost $200,000 to make the appearance. Pretty good gig if you can get it, I’m sure.

As with most celebrities that I have run across, she will also probably be bringing along her personal bodyguards for protection. It would be almost dangerous for big name celebrities to walk around unprotected in any public venue, although I have seen it. I ran into Dave Chappelle a couple of weeks ago at a local restaurant about a week ago for example and he was alone and quite a few sports celebrities who were alone. My first run-in with a celebrity was way back in 2003 when I met Angelina Jolie at a local Ben & Jerry’s in downtown Montreal. She too was alone at the time.

So this week’s Poll of the Week deals with personal protection. What if you were famous in the Star Trek universe? If you needed to make a public appearance, which of the security officers portrayed in Star Trek would you trust most to protect you from the crowds of fans? Head on over to the polls and vote away and let us know why you chose who you did.


Poll of the Week: Just For Laughs

Last week, for the first time in my life, I watched M*A*S*H the movie, and lo-and-behold, I discovered two Star Trek alumni as stars in the movie! Rene Auberjonois, who played Father John Mulcahy and best known to us as Odo on DS9, and Sally Kellerman who played ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan and known from The Original Series episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” as Dr Elizabeth Dehner. The movie was basically a dark comedy based on the antics of the main character doctors at M*A*S*H 4077th, a front line military hospital during the Korean war. The actors in the movie are a who’s who of stars in the late 60s and early 70s: Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye Pierce, Elliott Gould as Trapper John McIntyre, Tom Skerritt as Duke Forrest, Robert Duvall as Major Frank Burns and Roger Bowen as Colonel Henry Blake.

After watching it, I almost created a character somewhat like Hawkeye from the M*A*S*H movie as an NPC in sim, but chose not to do that. At least not yet. Who knows what the future holds, however?

But that brings us to this week’s Poll of the Week: Of all the Doctors portrayed in Star Trek, which do you think had the best funny bone? Which Doctor made you take the best medicine of laughter the most? So head on over to the polls and vote away and please let us know why you chose as you did!


Poll of the Week: Movies or TV?

I recently began re-watching the Star Trek movies, which I have not seen for several years. As I did so, I began to notice quite a few things different between the Star Trek movies and their television show counterparts. Of course, for the Original Series cast, the effects were so much better in the movies than they were on TV. But for the Next Generation films, especially with Picard in the film adaptations of the Next Generation (where his behavior oddly changed) there too the graphics were better.

The above is just one example where there is a difference between the television adaptations of Star Trek and their movie counterparts. There are many others as well!

So that brings us to this week’s Poll of the Week question: Which did you like better? The films or the television shows the Star Trek films were based on? So head over to the polls and vote, and as always,we’d love to hear your feedback!


Being Brought Up By…

Imagine, if you would, a world in which you were left as an orphan and were subsequently adopted by someone famous, royalty, or a prominent philanthropist. How vastly different would your world be if you were the adopted child of Hugh Hefner, the British Royal family, or even that of a couple like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

This week’s Poll Of The Week will be focusing on this ‘what if’. What if you were born in the Star Trek universe? What if you were a child of one of the famous Captains we have seen on screen and in film? Who would make the best parent for you of the Captains portrayed in Star Trek? And why?

Head on over to the polls and vote for your new mom or dad and let us know why you chose as you did!


Poll of the Week: Starting Fresh

For this Poll of the Week, we will focus on the first season of each Star Trek series. Generally, as a rule, television series’ first seasons are never the best as the actors have not really taken on the persona of the role and the comfort level is a bit lacking. There are also other problems that could arise in the first season of a television series that could be ironed out in future seasons.

So that brings us to this week’s question for the Poll of the Week. Of all the Star Trek series on television throughout the years, which series did you think had the best first season? So head on over to the polls and vote away, and as always, we would love to read your comments!


Poll of the Week: Painting the Town Red

This week’s Poll of the Week will be focusing on places where you would best like to unwind on the weekend. Where you would like best to head out to, meet friends at and perhaps make new friends at.

The characters portrayed in Star Trek like to frequent several places away from the stresses of running their ships to relax. Would you like best to head to the 602 Club, a bar in Mill Valley on Earth in the 22nd century? Or would you rather go to the Marseilles Poolroom, the holographic bar portrayed in the episodes of Voyager? Maybe your taste is closer in tune with going to the Quantum Café a drink bar found on Earth in the 24th century as portrayed in the Voyager episode “In The Flesh” or maybe Quark’s is more up your alley? Perhaps you are a little more adventurous and would be more at home at the Shipyard Bar, portrayed in the 2009 New Star Trek film or maybe you are more old school and Ten Forward would be the place you would be most comfortable with?

Had on over to the polls and go ahead and vote for your favorite watering hole of the future and as always, if you can come up with any others, feel free to add and please let us know why you chose as you did!


Poll of the Week: Weekend fun!

Once again the weekend is coming up. It’s funny how that happens every week! Seeing as I work during the week and have to be on my best behavior while I am doing what I do on a daily basis, the weekend allows me to let my hair down a bit and do wild and crazy things I wouldn’t quite normally do during the week, and especially while working, unless I wanted to end my career there and then.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, who do you think would be the most fun to hang around with on any given weekend?

Your choices are available here, but feel free to add if you wish, and as always, let us know why you chose as you did. And if you do wild and crazy things on any particular weekend, remember, play safe and don’t do what I would do!


Poll of the Week: Best Friends

This week we will be focusing on the critters we call our silent best friends – I’m referring to the pets for some of our favorite characters in Star Trek!

Which pet did you like the best, or which pet would you have liked to have had yourself? Was it Captain Archer’s Porthos? Or how about a more alien pet, I-Chaya, Spock’s boyhood pet sehlat? Or maybe you’d like best the more exotic Christina the Lycosa tarantula, kept by Miles O’Brien, or maybe it was Spot, Data’s pet cat that would make you purr. Or how about the morphing cat and partner of the mysterious Gary Seven, Isis, or would it be Neelix the cat owned by Reginald Barclay? Or maybe you are like me, and a simple Tribble would be best!

Head over to the polls and vote away – and have yourselves a purrrfect week!


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