Spock Action Figure from The Cage

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201801.12.

I think Spock looks better without the field jacket, so he will stay that way. In other news, I finally got around to buying Voyager seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, which will complete my collection. I also ordered US versions of Star Trek 2, 3, and 4 on DVD even though I already have the Korean versions. I will keep the Korean DVDs at school for viewing in my class and the American ones for home viewing. Live long and prosper.

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Commander Riker

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201712.4. As some of you know, I have grown a beard, and as a result, I look more like Number One, Commander William Riker, than I do Kirk or Picard. So here I am on the bridge of 1701D as Riker. It makes sense really as it was Riker’s beard that got me interested in growing my own beard, albeit nearly 30 years after I first saw his.

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Starship Recommissioned

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.19. With the purchase of an inexpensive acrylic stand from a vendor on eBay, the repaired starship Enterprise has been recommissioned and is on display in my office, as per the photo below. I was prepared to buy a whole new model just to get a replacement display stand, which would have been expensive, but luckily that was not necessary. By the way, note the title of the book next to the Enterprise. It seemed appropriate. Live long and prosper.

Enterprise Acrylic Stand

 

Starship Disabled

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.3. I am saddened to report that one of my favourite models of the starship Enterprise was damaged, and part of its display stand lost, by the cleaning staff when they came to my office today. I bought some superglue to repair the model, and tried to think of what to do about the missing stand. I tried to hang the model from the ceiling, but it didn’t look right, so I went on eBay and found a vendor who sells custom-made acrylic display stands for this model. They’re not cheap, but I can get one after payday. Rather than blame the cleaning staff, which I know would get me nowhere, I tried to come up with a compromise and we’ll see if it works. In the meantime, I have another model of the Enterprise at home, and although it is not as detailed as the one that was in my office, it will substitute until I get a new stand. After reading so much about stoicism in my Ethics of Star Trek class, I try to practice it as much as possible. 

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Spock Tie

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201706.7. Last week we watched and analyzed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Nietzsche would likely consider Khan a slave and a failure as an Overman because his desire for revenge overwhelmed him, whilst Spock’s self-sacrifice to save his crew made him a strong candidate for an Overman. Speaking of Spock, check me out in this 1998-vintage Spock collage tie that arrived today. I think I look rather cool and logical in it. Live long and prosper.

Roger Spock Tie 7 June 2017

Journey to Babel

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201705.6. Class was cancelled due to a national holiday, but next week we are going to watch and analyze two excellent Spock-oriented episodes, Journey to Babel and Amok Time. Here’s my take on Journey to Babel and a public domain photo. Live long and prosper.

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Gene Roddenberry and Animal Rights

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201704.30. Last week we watched and analyzed “The Devil in the Dark” and learned about Gene Roddenberry’s views on animal rights. In Judith Barad’s book The Ethics of Star Trek, Roddenberry says that although he was not a vegetarian, he had serious concerns about factory farms and that he hoped someday to be able to eat a steak without killing an animal. Ethicist Tom Regan also discusses the conditions necessary for an animal to be a “Subject of a Life” which Barad applies to the very intelligent animal (the Horta) encountered in the episode. Just as interesting, in my view, is the fact that William Shatner’s father passed away while he was filming this episode, but didn’t let it affect his performance. Say what you like about Shatner’s acting, I think he’s a real pro, and he shined in this episode. Attached are public domain photos of Roddenberry and Shatner for your edification. Live long and prosper.