On this day 09/13/1999…

From 1975-77, Silvia and Gerry Anderson’s big budget, Space: 1999 was the place for TV viewers… I among them… to witness episodic Sci-Fi adventure, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Gene Roddenberry’s 1966-69 Star Trek got photon torpedoed by the non-visionary NBC execs, who could not see beyond their network’s bottom line.

Not familiar with the Anderson’s drama? You MIGHT opt to read all about it by clicking SPOILER ALERT.

I’ve titled the link in this manner to benefit the people, who might opt to view Space: 1999’s debut episode, below. Hey, while many of us are still hunkering down in our homes to avoid COVID-19, this is not a bad way to while away the next 51 minutes.

For me, this series’ draw… beyond the Sci-Fi adventure… was to, once again, see its three big-name stars back in action, namely, Mission Impossible’s Martin Landau and Barbara Bain and The Fugitive’s Barry Morse.

To briefly set up this clip… sans giving away away too much… a catastrophic event occurs at a lunar nuclear waste dump which adversely affects the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha… on that September 13, 1999, ill-fated day…

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy! Live long and prosper, too!

So, let’s now don our virtual space suits and fasten our seat belts as we launch Space: 1999 from where it all began…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trekian Lysol™ and UV Light?

 

Lysol™ spokesperson, UK’s Reckitt Benckiser… duly alarmed by Donald J. Trump’s trumpeting of life-threatening claptrap on worldwide TV… deemed it PRIORITY #1 to issue this Disclaimer to NBC news…

“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”

My Disclaimer: This post is for entertainment purposes only and in absolutely no way… REPEAT… IN ABSOLUTELY NO WAY is intended to validate the BIZARRE and DEADLY therapies, which Quack Dr. Donny has been huckstering. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING he’s been “prescribing” will cure anyone of COVID-19… unless CERTAIN DEATH is your idea of a cure.

My Excuse: Being in social isolation mode… just like you… I have had too much time on my hands. We can blame this blog on Trump and other inept leaders’ monumental mismanagement of a mindless microbe, which caused Coronavirus to go pandemic… to biologically debilitate / decimate humanity and economically devastate an entire global economy.

That Duly Noted: Let’s all take a look-see at how Kirk, Spock and Bones manage the 23rd Century’s mindless microbes and malevolent macrobes…

 

Episode Title ~ Miri: The storyline features Kirk and crew discovering / surveying a planet, which is Earth’s nearly identical twin. The major diff… on this “Earth”, Quacks had deliberately unleashed a series of contagions, bio-engineered to sicken and strengthen the entire adult populace. The “side effect” was supposed to prolong life so everyone would achieve near immortality. The unintended consequences: Nearly immediate death of all adults and impending death for the surviving, temporarily “immortal” kiddies. Yep, in their world, puberty literally is to die for! Kirk and the landing party wind up infected and opt to self-quarantine on the planet, while Dr. McCoy races the Grim Reaper’s clock to discover the cure.

Episode Title ~ Operation Annihilate! This storyline (all clips below) finds Kirk and crew warping towards the planet Deneva to discover why one of their colonists had kamikazed his spacecraft into their sun. The landing party soon discovers countless pancake shaped, malevolent, intelligent macrobes, and once one of them attaches itself to Spock’s upper back, they also ascertain the alien MO… i.e., how they sting to invade the victim’s body and, once inside, their tendrils intertwine throughout the nervous system. This renders victims little more than puppets who, must follow these invaders’ marching orders or else face down excruciating pain. Once again, Dr. McCoy and the entire Enterprise medical staff works overtime ISO the cure… with Kirk, eventually, applying his own deductive reasoning to resolve this conundrum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Not B.S. and P.O. Picard!

Suggestion… either read along while playing back the above orchestral performance… or not…

 

Ever since the September 8, 1966 birth of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek Universe, this visionary man has provided Sci-Fi screenwriters a golden opportunity to [1] offer up their parable-like morals and [2] present their problem solving models to put them into practice.

Against Roddenberry’s futuristic backdrop of the United Federation of Planets… a macrocosm of the United States of America… Sci-Fi does have the potential…

“To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

This genre liberates writers, with spines, scruples and the drive to go the extra mile (kilometer / light-year / parsec), to tackle more down-to-Earth, present-day, contentious issues. For over half a century, now, there have been plenty of small and big screen storylines to offer a glimmer of hope to the casual and chronic Trekkers, alike… to inspire humanity to Think Big!

Indisputably, one of Star Trek’s most honorable, admirable and recognizable characters is Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Upon hearing his take-no-crap-from-anybody, soul searching sermons, wrongdoers (oft instantly) feel strongly compelled to mend their errant and/or evil ways.

Let’s take a closer look at our two, featured, Next Generation, YouTube clips. For anyone who has yet to watch the full TV episodes, you are now linked to the plot synopses… SPOILERS AND ALLThe First Duty and The Pegasus. No time? Spare me the details, you say? Not to worry, the remainder of this post can get you up to Warp 9.9 speed.

Each video vignette features a Picard subordinate who has [1] demonstrated ferocious, misguided loyalty to a flagrantly lawless, egotistical superior officer, [2] this heedless allegiance has resulted in the needless loss of life, [3] via the deliberate suppression of the truth, he has participated in a self-serving conspiracy to cover up and bury the facts, which a subsequent Star Fleet investigation is so desperately in search of and [4] the inquisitors all suspect they are being lied to / BS’d.

The First Duty

The Pegasus

When Picard’s independent inquests uncover truth’s distortion / demolition, he becomes rightfully and royally PO’d. He instinctively, instantly sets aside his role as galactic explorer in order to preserve, protect and defend Federation rules and regs (an interstellar “United States” Constitution). As for anyone who has the unmitigated gall to subvert such ideals… be they an ethically adrift subordinate or superior… they will incur the Captain’s unmitigated wrath until, somehow, someway, they can manage to relocate their moral compasses… realign / re-calibrate their moral sensors.

Since Sci-Fi does have the potential “To boldly go where no one has gone before,” let’s apply this to today’s front page news.

Would it not be totally sensational for we, the multiple billions of ethical folks… worldwide… to ear and eyewitness Patrick Stewart reprising his Star Trek role… delivering, yet, another passionate, stern sermon… in this instance… directed squarely at the U.S Senate… just prior to the kickoff of Trump’s Impeachment Trial.

It is conceivable that Mr. Stewart could stare down and scare the crap out of the wayward, devoid of all ethics, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his like-minded, mindless throng of hardcore strange… REALLY STRANGE… bedfellows of Donald J. Trump… i.e., convince them to [1] mend their evil ways, [2] honor their Oath of Office, [3] conduct a fair and impartial hearing and [4] if (IF?) convicted, grant the fake prez his much deserved, Constitutional Ouster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Vid of the Day’s 5 Minute Mission…

OK, OK, it’s fess up time. I am a Star Trek geek or Trekkie or Trekker or whatever. But, even if you’re not into Sci-Fi, you’ll still feel emotionally uplifted by this clip’s musical masterpiece. Hell, even an emotion denying Vulcan would regard this a feel good medley.

What we’ll be ear-witnessing, here, is a five minute retrospective… representative of this five-decade-old franchise’s small and large screen theme songs.

As the soundtrack to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision / his spirit of interstellar amity / diplomacy, this also serves as a reminder that we can apply such sentiments to our more down to Earth matters. Additionally, as is true with Gene’s own screenplays and those of his writers, too, this clip also functions on multiple levels.

Starting with the orchestra, we witness multiple hundreds of folks singing and playing in harmony.

Beyond that, Star Trek scenarios do remind us that no matter how formidable unfriendly adversaries may appear… no matter how fiercely they may wage their wars against humanity, the righteous, indomitable human spirit can and will prevail.

To e.g. that… if fantasy’s futuristic Earthlings have been able to repeatedly outwit the Borg, why shouldn’t we view our own reality’s worldwide, recalcitrant leaders as equally inept?

More to the point, humanity’s very survival depends on our ability to channel that Star Trek / Roddenberry winning, positive attitude:

Resistance is NOT Futile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Mr. Worf… Fire!”

There are select Star Trek TV episodes that I will always re-watch… even though I’ve totally lost count of how many times I’ve previously seen them.

I know… I know… were Mr. Spock present, he would certainly point out…

“That’s totally illogical. You already know… by heart… these entire story-lines and their happy endings, too. You’ve gotten to the point where you can even blurt out character lines… oft verbatim… oft even in sync.”

At that point, I’d counter with…

“So… I’m an actor wannabe! So… I know their / “my” lines… what’s wrong with any of that? Besides, were not happy endings normally foregone conclusions even when these episodes were first run?”

But to set all debating aside…

Earlier, on Wednesday evening…. courtesy of the H & I (Heroes & Icons) Network… I got to relive Star Trek TNG’s 3rd season ending cliffhanger… The Best of Both Worlds (Part One). I courageously boarded Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s Enterprise 1701-D to help my crew mates engage and conquer the Borg… i.e., save humanity from assimilation / being reduced to mere automatons / drones.

BACKSTORY: Back in the day of home-taped VHS cassettes… I had tons of fun seamlessly, selectively editing into The Best of Both Worlds (Part Two), the Battle of Wolf 359 scene footage (culled from the debut episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9).

But, to get back to my main topic…

Never has there ever been a finer example of Sci-Fi screenplay writing and episode scheduling. After all, with Part One originally airing on June 18, 1990 and Part Two on September 24, 1990, we, the TNG geeks wound up anxiously waiting to discover whether the Federation or the Borg had prevailed. True, we were already expecting a happy ending… but there was still one unanswered  Q: Would it take one episode or more to achieve plot closure? Hell… the writers could’ve easily transformed this Man vs. Machine conflict into an entire season… and I think their opting out from that was a mistake.

Even though Part Two’s airing is tomorrow night… 19 hours and 30 minutes from my posting time… the wait will still feel much longer. Even so… as it was in the Distant Past… I can still feel the anticipation in the Here & Now! Thanks H & I!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

99 Word Blog (#037) Happy 50th Star Trek!

 

12-year-young Tom’s Log… Earth Date 09.08.1966 20:30 hours… Via my B&W viewscreen, I’ve eye-witnessed the birth of the Star Trek universe… made first contact with the NCC-1701 U.S.S. Enterprise crew. WOW!!!

62-year-older Tom’s Blog… Earth Date 09.08.2016 08:50 hours… Original Trek, subsequent five small screen spinoffs and thirteen big screen films have boldly taken us where no one has gone before!

Despite the oft terrifyingly gone wrong, first contacts with new life and civilizations, Star Trek’s undying, underlying, unifying message…

HOPE… the promotion of interracial harmony and peaceful coexistence… then… now… here… and perhaps… someday… our extending this spirit to light-years distant worlds.