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Star Trek Magazine

Star Trek Magazine Star Trek Special Edition 2016

Providing in-depth coverage of all aspects of Star Trek, from the classic years of Kirk and Spock, through Jean Luc Picard, Captains Sisko, Janeway and Archer to the new JJ Abrams movies, Star Trek Magazine is your indispensable guide to the Star Trek universe. Every issue contains star-name interviews, great analytical features and exclusive photography from the CBS archives.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Titan Publishing Group
Fréquence:
Quarterly
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captain’s log stardate: 70345.3

On the 8th of September, 2016, it will have been 50 years to the day since the very first episode of Star Trek aired on television. As we all know, “The Man Trap” was not the first to be filmed – two pilots and several regular episodes were already in the can – but its story of a gruesome, shape-shifting, salt-sucking monster ticked all the boxes when it came to choosing which episode would most effectively introduce the show to the viewing public. People seemed to like it. Star Trek Magazine celebrates that historic half-century in this special edition, which reprints a host of exclusive interviews and features, covering the earliest days of Star Trek up to the present day. Alongside special features on the history of ships named Enterprise, and…

14 min.
unlocking the cage making the original star trek pilot!

As diehard fans will know, not one but two pilot episodes were made to try and sell Star Trek to TV executives. Ultimately, it was Kirk & co’s exploits in 1965’s “Where No Man Has Gone Before” that actually convinced NBC to carry the series. And yet it was 1964’s “The Cage” that presented creator Gene Roddenberry’s first take on Trek – similar to what came later, but different... No Kirk, Shatner, redshirts, phasers or tricorders… but you could still make out Spock, the Enterprise, transporters, and the bridge – even if all were dressed in more somber colors. Some might say “The Cage” is a purer Star Trek than what we came to know. After all, this was Roddenberry’s original concept: star-spanning storytelling with uncensored social commentary. And was it…

1 min.
sold as unseen

Because “The Cage” was primeval Star Trek in look, feel and faces, it was seen as useless for primetime or even the rerun era. What’s more, no station wanted to interrupt its color Star Trek reruns for a lower quality, black-and-white film: The color neg had been lost, and the only color print at budget-conscious Desilu had been the one cut up to supply the flashback scenes for “The Menagerie.” So, when Gene trotted out a viewing of “The Cage” as part of his college tours of the 1970s, the first wave of militant Trekkers only got to see the studio’s B&W copy – the only intact version then known to exist. Fast forward a decade into the home-video era, four Star Trek movies and a whole genre evolution later, and…

1 min.
the western connection

“Wagon Train to the Stars” – what does Roddenberry’s original 1964 Star Trek pitch line really mean? After a peak of 25 series in 1959, 10.5 of the 25 hours of primetime TV were still Westerns in spring 1964. But that’s a simplistic point: in his attempt to sell his pitch, why did Gene not dub Star Trek “Bonanza to the Stars”, or “Gunsmoke to the Stars”? The answer reveals more awareness of what he was pitching to any network, to wit: those two Western classics featured a cast family who also mostly stayed put, on a familiar home base: Dodge City, and the Ponderosa ranch. Wagon Train had a regular cast, but their “home base” was the titular wagon train: which, by definition, was always on the move. In other…

10 min.
i’m a doctor, not a stand-up comedian

When you think of comedy in Star Trek, what comes to your mind? Tribbles? The EMH being snide, or Data trying on some ridiculous human characteristic? Spock and McCoy exchanging zingers? Probably it’s all of the above, and much more. Comedy is woven throughout the tapestry of Star Trek’ episodes and movies. Nearly all of Star Trek’ comedy is character-driven, drawing its laughs from well-known and sometimes extreme character quirks, such as Quark’s insatiable greed for profit. The comedy arises either from the character constantly being thwarted – Quark never does come out ahead in his schemes – or from the exasperation of other characters who play the straight man to those quirks. For example, Scotty’s well-known love for his ships, his engines, and a glass of good Scotch is a steady…

1 min.
ferengi follies

Even before Quark brought his brand of sarcastic humor to Deep Space Nine, the Ferengi were becoming a reliable source of comedy. A serious threat only in the earliest Next Generation episodes, they quickly devolved into buffoonish villains or hapless comedians. What makes the Ferengi so funny? Their looks, their mannerisms, and most important, their extremely “politically incorrect” culture, the polar opposite of Federation ideals. Greed is good, females are chattels, and most other species are honest suckers waiting to be fleeced. In mocking “hu-mons” – or when mocking everyone else – Quark often says exactly what we are thinking about another character’s idealism, their high morals, or whatever else they take pride in. When informed by Odo that the large influx of Bajorans on the station is not a convention, but…