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Poll of the Week: The Outsiders

As I am sure we are all aware by now, our favorite television shows and movies that portray life in the Star Trek universe revolve around those who work in Starfleet, the space navy of the future. Most of the characters we have watched are involved in one form or another directly in the space naval military culture of whatever era of the Star Trek universe we happen to be watching that day. But not all.

Except for The Original Series, there are also many civilians who were regulars on the other incarnations of the Star Trek television episodes. For example, in Enterprise we were introduced to Doctor Phlox, who was not a member of Starfleet at that time. In The Next Generation, we are immediately introduced to the boy-wonder Wesley Crusher, who eventually became a Starfleet officer at a really early age based on several factors which I personally have a lot of issues with to begin with, but which can be held out for another debate. In Deep Space 9 we have a much larger group of civilians running around, and who can forget the civilians on board Voyager starting with Neelix and Kes?

So that brings us to this week’s Poll of the Week question: Who are your favorite non-Starfleet officers in the Star Trek universe? I have left the door open to multiple responses, so head on over to the polls and go ahead and vote away and tell us why you chose the way you did and if there is anyone you wish to add to the list, let us know!

Poll of the Week: New Trek

After watching the new Trek movies, I tell myself that I can’t really blame the actors for their odd portrayals of the iconic characters they are portraying on the big screen. I mean, I even noticed major changes in the behaviors and actions of Captain Jean-Luc Picard between the episodes of TNG and it’s movies. But that’s perhaps a topic for another poll. These actors are performing the best they know how with the scripts that are handed to them. After all, new Trek has been visually stunning, action-packed and has brought in a whole new generation into the Star Trek fandom. The actors and actresses involved are actually very good at what they do and it shows that they do try to portray their characters in a way that may resemble that of those of the original actors and actresses who played those same roles.

So this week’s question focuses on New Trek and the main characters in this segment of the Star Trek franchise. Head on over to the polls and let us know which new Trek character is your favorite? And, as always, don’t forget to post your reasons why!

Poll of the Week: Q-Tip!

Star Trek just wouldn’t be Star Trek if not for reoccurring antagonists in each series. The Original Series had the Klingons, Deep Space 9 the Cardassians, Voyager, the Borg and Enterprise had the Xindi. All made regular appearances to somehow disrupt, or at least try to disrupt those various captains and crews. But who can forget the Next Generation’s Q?

Portrayed by actor John DeLancie, Q took being an antagonist to the crew of Enterprise to a whole new level. Putting them on trial for the crimes of humanity, introducing the Borg to the Federation, trying to entice them with their wildest desires, placing them into various scenarios to be played out, and of course, throwing them backwards and forwards through time.

So that brings us to this week’s Poll of the Week question. Did you like the character of Q or did you hate him? Either way, we here at Poll of the Week are eager to find out your thoughts on the omnipotent one. So head on over to the polls let us know why you feel the way you do!

Poll of the Week: The Pointy Eared Ones

Vulcan’s have been part of the Star Trek universe from the opening scenes of the original pilot of the original series, The Cage to today’s most recent incarnations of Star Trek, on the big screen. Vulcans have become a part of Science Fiction lore for almost 50 years and have become part of our culture. I for one can only assume that this is due to the actors that have portrayed Vulcans on both the big and small screen over the years and their skills at being able to do so.

Playing a Vulcan, as an actor, could not be easy. As an actor, one is taught to portray emotions based upon what the script calls for. As a Vulcan, should an actor be handed a script that may call for their character to be involved in an emotional situation, the actor has to be able to not only pretend to contain their emotions, but also try to portray that they are not robots. I can only assume that playing a Vulcan, in a realistic fashion, would probably be one of the most difficult roles any actor could take on.

So that brings us to this week’s Poll of the Week question. Of all the actors that have portrayed Vulcans in Star Trek, who would you say did the best job in doing so? Head on down to the polls and vote away and as always, if I missed anyone, don’t be afraid to let us know. Oh! And also, please tell us why you chose as you did.

Poll of the Week: Happy Birthday Bill!

What a spectacular week it has been thus far! We here at Poll of the Week got drunk on green beer at the St. Patrick’s day parade on Sunday, while at the same time we were able to celebrate the 84th birthday of William Shatner!

So as I sit and write this, still attempting to sober up literally a block away from where the man who brought Captain Kirk to life attended high school here in Montreal, this week’s Poll of the Week will focus on the actor William Shatner himself. What do you think was his best role outside of playing Captain Kirk on Star Trek? Was it Bob Wilson in the Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet in 1963 or how about his portrayal as T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986? Or maybe it was Bill being The Big Giant Head in 3rd Rock from the Sun that was your favorite. Or maybe it was Denny Crane on The Practice and then Boston Legal. You may choose amongst these or add your own if you wish as the list can go on for quite a bit. Or maybe you just liked him best as Captain Kirk?

So head on over to the polls and vote away people and please don’t be afraid to voice the reasons why you think William Shatner’s best role, besides playing Captain Kirk on Star Trek, was ????? !

Photograph credit:, copyright 2009.


I remember a few years back, when I stumbled upon a mini Star Trek series called Of Gods and Men on YouTube. It was a three part independent film directed by Tim Russ of Voyager fame and included some original series cast members as well as those from the Next Generation as well as Deep Space 9 all rolled up into one.

I must say, I was enthralled. I watched them several times over hoping that more Star Trek indy films would be produced over the coming years. And there were. Fan made Star Trek films have now become a staple to some of us who miss Star Trek and although production quality varies from series to series, there is an obvious love for the Star Trek franchise from all those who write, act and work behind the scenes of these films.

On that note, two new fan-produced films are set to emerge shortly to add the the Star Trek universe. Star Trek: Axanar and Star Trek: Renegades and both are being hyped in the Star Trek underground community as the next big thing. Which brings us, of course, to our Poll of the Week question. Which of the two do you think will be better? Will it be Axanar which is set two decades before the original series, or will it be Renegades which will be set 10 years after Voyager‘s return from the Delta Quadrant?

Vote for the independent Star Trek film you are most anxiously awaiting to see on you computer monitor in the near future. Is it Star Trek: Axanar or Star Trek: Renegades? And by the way, don’t forget to let us know why!

Poll of the Week: Number One Number One

You’ve been assigned to an away team and you are to transport into a volatile situation. Your life is depending upon the decisions that will be made by your away team leader – your ship’s First Officer. One wrong decision and you could all die at a moment’s notice! Of the five First Officers we have all grown to know of on television, who would you trust the most in such a situation to get you out of such a situation alive?

Would it be Mr. Spock or Commander Riker? Or would you trust Major Kira? Or maybe the former Maquis team leader Commander Chakotay? Or maybe you’d prefer T’Pol to lead you and bring you out of a bad situation alive. So head on over to the polls vote away!

Image source: Starfleet Escape Podcast

Poll of the Week: Goodbye

As we come to terms with the loss of a member of one more of the Star Trek original series greats, Leonard Nimoy, this week’s Poll of the Week will focus on a few of the more memorable scenes of that of the man who portrayed Mr. Spock in Star Trek throughout the last 49 years. This is by no means a complete list, and as always, don’t be afraid to add to the list.

It is hard to imagine that such an iconic character was almost scrapped after the original pilot aired, for being too demonic looking. But his character was kept, albeit changed somewhat from the original portrayal, and as such, became one of the most famous characters in science fiction lore. No matter how far the actor, Leonard Nimoy, tried to separate himself from the character he created on the small screen and later on the big screen, he found himself drawn back into that character, and embraced him as the years progressed. And right to the end, with his last tweet spelling the acronym LLAP or better known as “Live Long and Prosper”.

And so, as a memorial to the passing of a Star Trek legend, this Poll of the Week will look at some of the most memorable scenes from Star Trek which featured Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock. Head on to the polls and choose your favorite. If not there, please feel free to add to the list.

Poll of the Week: Win, Lose or DRAW!

We all know the iconic opening lines from the original series as spoken by William Shatner “Space, the Final frontier. These are the Voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission…”

We’ll stop there, as we now have ourselves a little problem. In the Original Series, it appears the producers had every intention of having the series last at least five years. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite pan out as they originally hoped, and the plug was pulled on the series after three years. However, Star Trek the Original Series would eventually come back to life and finish off their original five year mission with a series of new missions between 1973–1974 after the original series became popular in syndication. But to keep the budget down, it was animated.

After watching some terrific 3D animated movies from both Pixar and Disney, I was thinking that this may be a unique way of bringing Star Trek back to life on the small screen that would not break the budgets of production companies. As CGI and 3D rendering becomes easier to create as the years progress, perhaps this would be an interesting way to revive the small screen adaptation of Star Trek. Or maybe not.

If so, would you like to see one of the previous series come back to life as an animated series? If so, which one and why? Or would you rather see a brand new series of this sort? Or maybe you think this is a crazy idea that would never fly, no pun intended? If so, why?

So head on over to the polls and vote for your favorite option and don’t be afraid to let us know the reasons for your choices.

Lights, Camera, Action!

This week’s poll of the Week will be focusing on the big screen versions of our favorite franchise, but from a completely different perspective: Behind the scenes!

Which director, do you think, brought the best qualities of Star Trek to the big screen? Was it Robert Wise, who pioneered the first of the Star Trek movie franchise with the 1979 film Star Trek The Motion Picture? Or how about Nicholas Meyer who directed the iconic 1982 film The Wrath of Khan as well as the 1991 film The Undiscovered Country? Or maybe you fancy Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy who directed both the 1984 and 1986 films The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home? Or Maybe even James Kirk himself, William Shatner, who directed the 1989 film, The Final Frontier?

Head down to the polls and let us know who you think did the greatest job of bringing Star Trek to life on the big screen, and please, we here at poll of the week are always interested to know why!

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