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A Matter of Faith

As I have watched the episodes of Star Trek through the years, as with almost all Sci Fi shows, books and movies, there is a deeply ingrained secular, humanistic approach to them. Never having the chance to meet the man, I would probably assume Gene Roddenberry himself shared this same philosophy.

Nevertheless, throughout the series’ runs there was always that underlying sense of almost pity towards those who followed any type of religion. In fact, at times it went so far where conspicuous religious symbols were ordered to be removed from officers, so long as they did not conform to StarFleet’s uniform code. (TNG – Ensign Ro) And this despite the fact Worf stood on the bridge wearing a Klingon sash. So, in Star Trek, is there a difference between religious symbols in Ro Laren’s case, and value symbols, as in Worf’s case?

Where I am living, this concept of core values and a strong push towards secularism has become a focal-point of our local media and a heated topic of debate. Otherwise known as the Charter of Quebec Values, this Charter would inevitably deny the right to work those who choose to wear any conspicuous religious symbol in public arenas, such as hospitals, daycare centers, schools, and any other public institutions. However, religious symbols deemed part of the Quebec value system would remain untouched, such as the cross in our National Assembly and the large lit cross on top of Mount Royal in Montreal.

Now, personally I’ve never been religious, but have participated in quite a few religious ceremonies from different religions. By participating, my core values were never changed, but I did learn something from each one that I attended. With many religions having been around for millenia, I find it difficult to believe that 400 years fom now all religion would be wiped out on earth. Changed, perhaps. Wiped out, no.

So this week’s question deals with religion in Star Trek and on earth in particular. Is religion being suppressed in the Star Trek universe or are those who are religious just not allowed to hold high positions in public institutions, such as the military (StarFleet)? Has the secular way of life in Star Trek just so overpowering that those who still practice religion are shunned and perhaps forced to practice underground? Or do you believe that religion is still very strong in the Star Trek universe, but we just don’t see it on screen? Or is there something else going on in the Star Trek universe that we are just not aware of? So head on down to the forums. We’d love to hear from you!

An Unwinnable Scenario

One thing that remains constant in both the original Star Trek as well as the JJ universe of Star Trek is the use of the Kobyashi Maru test. Last year, I wrote a SIM how my character dealt with that test in a flashback. In the Abramsverse, it is shown that James Kirk cheated his way through, while in the Wrath of Khan, Kirk found a “unique solution”, according the Spock. A solution we are not sure of.

The Kobyashi Maru test, in case you are unaware, is a test that deals with an unwinnable scenario. And therefore, this weeks poll deals with this scenario. Whether your character did take the test or not, how do you think your character(s) would have dealt with such a scenario? Would they have cheated? If so how? Or would they have actually tried to beat the scenario without cheating? And again, if so, how? Or, would your character have not bothered trying as he or she knew it was unwinnable, so therefore, why bother.

So head on down to the forums and cast your vote. Like Starfleet, if they think its important to know how individuals deal with this scenario, then so do we.

Music to Your Ears

As I grew up, I remember the television being on and as the clock would hit the bottom or the top of the hour, the sounds from the television would dictate what show would be playing based upon the iconic tunes of whatever theme would play. One never had to actually see the television to know what show was coming up, for the theme gave that information away from rooms away.

Themes for television shows date back the the days of radio, where themes would play before news programs as well as radio soap operas and any other show. That concept slid easily into television and is one feature that dates back long before television was even around and has been a part of pop culture from before the days your grandparents were born. As such, its probably something you don’t even think about much.

However, those who put together television shows place a large emphasis on this component. Can you imagine a news show with the Seinfeld theme? Or Friends with a classical ensemble theme?

So that brings us to this week’s Poll of the Week. Of the Star Trek incarnations with live action, which theme do you prefer the most? Head on down to the forums to check it out.

Have You Seen Em’ All?

I have had a busy week. Between family issues and work related issues, my free time is almost non-existent. Just coming home every day and sitting would lead quickly to slumber-land. But on Monday was a little different. I came home late, kicked off my shoes and plopped into my sofa and turned on the TV. And as I flipped through the channels, I caught an episode of Star Trek Voyager. But not just any episode of Star Trek Voyager. One I had never seen before.

Now, until Monday night, I was certain I had seen all the episodes of each incarnation of Star Trek, including all the films. But it appears that I was wrong. That or early onset of dementia from working too hard. Either way, it was a real thrill for me to see an episode brand new to me.

So where is the forgetful old lady going with this, you may ask? Well it brings us to our weekly poll question. Have you seen every episode of Star Trek ever? Have you seen all the movies? If no, which have you seen? Which have you not? Are you in the process of watching a particular series? Are there any episodes or movies you are looking forward to seeing in which you have not yet seen?

And so, in order to help the Neilson ratings people, head to the forums to let us know what your Star Trek viewing habits are.

POtW: Crossing Over

Over the course of the last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Comic and SciFi festival here in my home town. And yes, after being coerced to do so, went in a cosplay outfit. I must say I did have a good time. There was so much to see and do, and I really enjoyed being stopped by strangers to have my picture taken with them. Even though some thought that was ample excuse to get a wee bit too frisky for my liking.

But as I walked through the maze of comics and artwork and SciFi memorabilia, I began to contemplate how this may all fit into the Star Trek universe we all know and love. As such, I’ve stumbled onto the idea of this week’s poll based upon all that I saw over the course of the last weekend.

So this week’s poll has to deal with crossovers, and what crossover between Star Trek and other SciFi series’ or movies we have all watched, would you be most interested to see? Why would you want to see such a crossover? Would it be more of a versus type scenario or a team up? How would it happen? Would you even be interested or curious in a crossover? If no, why not? Are there any that are not on the list that you would rather see?

Once again, I’m curious to know how the fleet thinks. If you are too, head over the the forums to find out!

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Where I live, there are those who are looking forward to a local comic and science fiction convention that is coming up. As such, I have been considering attending. Even though one passes by every year, I have not attended a convention of this sort since the mid 2000’s when my then boyfriend dragged me to one. To say the least, I was intrigued. The sheer numbers of people who were present and who had shared hobbies and interests was a sight to behold. People were dressed as characters from various science fiction incarnations as well as comic book heroes. There were kiosks that sold everything from action figures to videos.

At first it seemed like a lot as I was only involved in our writing community to that point. I was unaware there was such a large fan base for these genres of pop culture in my community until that day. However, I have not attended another since that day, although I have thought about it, for either school, work, or a lack of funds kept me away. This year, however, I have seriously put thought into attending.

So this week’s Poll of the Week focuses on these types of conventions. Have you ever attended a Star Trek, science fiction or comic convention? If not, why not? If so, what stood out the most for you? Did you meet anyone famous? Did you buy any products? Have you had any experiences at a convention you would like to share? If so, head to the forums. We’d love to hear from you.

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