A Painting of Gene Roddenberry

Captain’s log: Stardate 202007.28. I commissioned a digital artist to do a portrait of the late Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, to pay homage to him. What makes it unique is that it is a composite of two photos, and it shows The Great Bird Of The Galaxy in the engine room of the Enterprise. I will have this framed and hang it on the wall of my office. No copyright infringement intended.

The Enterprise at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201906.30. So I wake up this morning and receive an email from one of my former students, who goes by the nickname Dodo. She writes: “Hi professor, This is Dodo . I visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington and just saw this Star Trek spaceship hehe. It reminds me of our class! Have a great summer .

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A Review of Two New Star Trek Children’s Books

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201902.16 For those of you with little ones who need to be exposed to classic Star Trek at the earliest possible age, I recommend the new books I Am Captain Kirk and I Am Mr. Spock, both available on amazon.com, and are thankfully based on classic Star Trek, not the reboots. The artwork is outstanding, although Kirk doesn’t look much like William Shatner. I sent both books to my niece so she can read them to my four-year-old great nephew. Let’s get a new generation to love classic Star Trek! Live long and prosper.

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This Side of Paradise and the End of the Kelvin Timeline

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201901.18. I am on holiday and thought I’d update the log. One of the most popular episodes of TOS featured in my class is This Side of Paradise, and it’s one of my favourites too. My students seem to rate this episode higher than The City on The Edge of Forever, and I think it is because they, mostly young Koreans, seem to prefer Spock-oriented stories over those that focus mainly on Kirk. In the book The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates there is a chapter called “Destroying Utopias: Why Kirk is a Jerk” by David Kyle Johnson in which the author takes issue with Kirk’s decision to remove the spore-infected but extremely happy and healthy colonists on Omicron Ceti III because man was not meant to be completely happy all the time. Kirk says man will not achieve anything if he does not have a “challenge”, but Johnson says the people on the planet have already overcome all adversity and are happy so they don’t need to be challenged. They, he says, have already reached what all men and women want and strive for, so they should be left alone. He also points out that Omicron Ceti III would be ideal planet for people suffering from terminal diseases and depression, and I think he makes a pretty good point there. Is Kirk a jerk? I would say not usually, but in This Side of Paradise I think he was. He had to get his crew back, that is true, but the colonists should have had the right to stay if they wanted to remain wonderfully happy and healthy.

In other news, I don’t need to be infected by spores to be happy that Star Trek 4, the latest instalment in the dreadful Kelvin timeline started by JJ Abrams in 2009, has been cancelled. This is good news for all Star Trek traditionalists and I hope to see a return to old school Star Trek in the new animated show starring Patrick Stewart.

I’ve attached a public domain photo of Leonard Nimoy and Jill Ireland from This Side of Paradise for your enjoyment. Live long and prosper.

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