Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blog #35: Top 10 Best Trek Scenes, Part V

Hello friend and welcome back to the Trek1701 blog. for the next 5 blog entries I will be discussing my favourite Trek scenes, arranged in a Top 10 format.  Each entry will feature 2 scenes, counting down to my favourite Trek moment. I have included scenes from the movies and the television series. Here we go:
 
 
Picard sits upon the 'Captains Throne' on the bridge of the Enterprise D
 
#2- TNG: Guinan convincing Picard/Restoring history/Defending the Enterprise C
'Yesterdays Enterprise' is perhaps the best TNG episode they made in my opinion. Everything about this episode is great: time-line changed, Tasha is back: Troi and Worf are gone, the Enterprise and her crew are at war with the Klingon Empire, and only Guinan seems to know that things have changed, even though she is not sure herself. Whoopi Goldberg gave perhaps her best performance as Guinan in this episode, both her and Patrick Stewart were great together in this episode. Going on his faith in his friend Guinan, Picard decides to believe her and insist that the Enterprise-C go back in time to certain death in order to prevent the war with the Klingons. The Enterprise D and her crew must battle against 3 Klingon warships in order for the Enterprise C to safely make it back to its own time. Enterprise D suffers heavy damage and it will be destroyed by a warp core breach as a result of being hammered by the Klingons. Commander Riker himself gets killed in a bridge explosion, but the Enterprise C makes it back and time is restored back to normal, with only Guinan seemingly aware what has happened. The last 5 minutes of this episode feature perhaps the best TNG battle scene made.
 
 
The Enterprise D defends the Enterprise C against the Klingons



Locutus of Borg
 
#1- TNG: Picard abducted/Locutus revealed/Cliffhanger
'Best Of Both Worlds' featured the first TNG cliffhanger, and perhaps it's best. Picard gets abducted, turned into a Borg and Riker orders the Enterprise to fires it's deflector dish which will not only destroy the Borg and Picard (Locutus), but the Enterprise itself. This whole episode was great and was perhaps Jonathan Frakes best performance as Riker. Not only is this the best TNG cliffhanger, but perhaps the best cliffhanger in TV history.
 
Captain Riker and First Officer Commander Shelby
 
 
And that is that. See you again next time for some blogging. Live Long And Prosper!
 
 
Be sure to check out my most recent blog post on the Random Nerdness blog called 'Star Trek: Stargazer' at www.randomnerdness.blogspot.com
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blog #34: Top 10 Best Trek Scenes, Part IV

Hello friend and welcome back to the Trek1701 blog. for the next 5 blog entries I will be discussing my favourite Trek scenes, arranged in a Top 10 format.  Each entry will feature 2 scenes, counting down to my favourite Trek moment. I have included scenes from the movies and the television series. Here we go:
 
 
#4- TNG: The Defector: Picard  owns Tomalok/ Admiral Jarok speech
This is perhaps my favourite Romulan episode ever. A Romulan defector crosses the line and Picard must debate what he should do: Cross the Neutral zone to stop a war, or perhaps to start one? The Enterprise and defector Admiral Jarok were set up and the Enterprise is at the mercy of 2 Romulan warbirds commanded by Commander Tomalok, played brilliantly by the late Andreas Katsulas (Babylon 5's 'G'Kar'). Picard refuses to surrender hi ship and very calm and cooly reveals his ace up his sleeve: Cloaked Klingon Warships at his command surrounding the romulan ships. Tomalok has no choice but to back down and leave, which leaves the pawn Admiral Jarok to commit suicide for his betrayal. It in many ways is a very moving episode, and Picards ready room speech to Jarok is one of the best ever delivered by Captain Picard.
 
 
 
#3- Star Trek II: Khans revenge/ Kirk strikes back!
Khan comes back and he wants his pound of flesh from Admiral Kirk. Ricardo Montalbon was absolutely brilliant playing the villainous Khan. This film is the best Star Trek film ever made hands down. Khan using his captured USS Reliant cripples the Enterprise, and only Kirks cunning keeps him and his crew alive, which leads into the movies stunning final space battle between the Reliant and Enterprise. Kirk outmanoeuvres Khan yet again and Khan dies, but not before making one last effort to kill his mortal enemy, thus forcing Spock to sacrifice himself to save his shipmates. Khan and Kirk are so engaging when they interact with each other the viewer, myself included, don't realize they never actually share screen time together. Their battles take place in space and via communication channels. And their exchanges are so powerful they don't actually need to physically battle each other, something they should have used in the TNG films...
 
 
 
Top 2 next week! Stay tuned...  
 
 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog #33: Top 10 Best Trek Scenes, Part III


Hello friend and welcome back to the Trek1701 blog. for the next 5 blog entries I will be discussing my favourite Trek scenes, arranged in a Top 10 format.  Each entry will feature 2 scenes, counting down to my favourite Trek moment. I have included scenes from the movies and the television series. Here we go:
 
 
#6- TNG: "There are Four lights"!/ Jellico making enemies
Picard is replaced as Captain of the Enterprise by Captain Edward Jellico, and Picard is captured while on a secret mission for starfleet into Cardassian space. Picard is tortured by Gul Madred while back on Enterprise Jellico is pissing everyone off who crosses his path. Patrick Stewart gives perhaps his best performance as he plays a man who is both mentally and physically tortured. "There are Four lights" is perhaps one of the most famous Picard lines to be recited by fans. It was hard to see Picard beaten down the way he was but it made for great drama and a great performance by Stewart. Meanwhile Ronny Cox as 'Jellico' did a great job stirring up the status quo on the Enterprise. The heated exchanges between Jellico and Riker were very cool with both Cox and Frakes giving great performances.



 
#5- Star Trek III: Stealing the Enterprise/ Kirks revenge for death of son
How cool was it to see the old boys working together to steal the Enterprise and rescue Spock. The scene where they actually steal the ship out of space dock is absolutely awesome. Then later in the film Kirk is fighting the man who ordered the death of his son, Kruge, played wonderfully by Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future). Do you realize that this is the only original series film where Kirk actually physically fights the bad guy. Picard fought the villain in every TNG film, but Kirk only ever fought Kruge. Kinda weird considering Kirk was the fighter and Picard was the diplomat. Despite the fact that Kruge was trying to kill him Kirk tries to save him, before kicking him to his certain death. Freakin awesome!


 
More next week! TTYL

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blog #32: Top 10 Best Trek Scenes, Part II

 
Hello friend and welcome back to the Trek1701 blog. For the next 5 blog entries I will be discussing my favourite Trek scenes, arranged in a Top 10 format.  Each entry will feature 2 scenes, counting down to my favourite Trek moment. I have included scenes from the movies and the television series. Here we go:
 
 
#8- TOS: Kirk allows true love to die/ "Lets get the hell out of here"
Kirk travels back in time to 1930's Earth and finds perhaps his one true love in Edith Keeler (Joan Collins). Then he learns from Spock that Edith Keeler must die in order to restore the future from which they came. Kirk lets her get hit by a car, holding McCoy back as he tries to save her, and allows his love to die in order to save billions. Very heavy stuff here folks, would you allow the love of your life die in order to save lives? This episode was written by sci-fi writing legend Harlan Ellison, and is perhaps the greatest episode of Star Trek ever made, out of all of the series. And it ended on a powerful note when Kirk says "Lets get the hell out of here". 'Hell' being a word seldom heard on conservative 60's television. You feel Kirks pain when he realizes what he had to do. Great acting by William Shatner.
 
 
 
 
#7- DS9: Defending DS9 against a Klingon invasion
Shit really hit the fan when the Federation defied the Klingon Empire by not sanctioning the Klingon's invasion of the Cardassian Union. Then the Klingon's come to DS9 and attack the station. DS9 and her crew are more than ready battling the Klingon fleet, and the Klingon boarding parties fight the DS9 crew in hand to hand combat. This the first episode of DS9's 4th season really stepped up the action and overall quality of the series with Michael Dorn(TNG) bringing his Worf character to DS9 and joining the cast. This is when DS9 got really good and started to become the best Trek series of all time (thus far). They boosted their special effects, making them better than Trek movie quality.
 
 
 
Till next time...