|Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM||comments (0)|
Last year we saw how the Astraeus crew hoped to travel to Titan, but were thwarted by Beverly Barlowe’s evil spy consortium. They kidnapped the crew and placed them in pod beds, giving them a virtual Eureka. There they would invent things which the Consortium could promptly steal for their own purposes. But with Allison Blake in the mix, things started to go wrong. Holly Marten watched a wound on her forearm return before her eyes, so she dutifully reported to Sheriff Jack Carter...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
“How you have fallen from Heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the Pit...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM||comments (3)|
On both sides of the Cross, I’ve met people who are confused by mind powers, especially when they turn up in science fiction. Levitation, reading minds, and anticipating needs; Spock’s mind meld, Counselor Troi’s mental probing, and ESP.
However, in spite of the overwhelming belief that we use only 10% of our brain, there is no scientific justification for any of these. Why would God create an organ, and consign a tiny amount of it for its use? Not the Go...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM||comments (0)|
Today my blog day falls on Halloween itself, so I wanted to do something very special with it. What better topic than to discuss the author of Halloween, Satan? Last week I reviewed several episodes in Star Trek and Doctor Who which throw the word “devil” around like a rag doll, so today I’ll discuss the Next Generation episode, “Devil’s Due.”
In some perverse way, I like this story, despite that the the...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM||comments (2)|
Isn’t it strange how often the word “devil” pops up in sci-fi? Usually it’s a general term for a variety of other negative things.
1) In “Shore Leave,” Captain Kirk called his old tormentor Finnegan “my own personal devil.” 2) “The Doomsday Machine” had Commodore Decker claiming the conical weapon which had destroyed his starship was the devil. 3) Captain Pike in “The Menagerie” was sent to a “le...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 5, 2012 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
One of the most unique wars I’ve ever seen is in original Star Trek’s “A Taste of Armageddon.” As usual when biblical names and phrases show up in a title, it has nothing to do with its biblical counterpart—in this case, the final strike against the Jews by the Antichrist’s forces (Revelation 19). Rather, it concerns a pair of sister planets who wage war solely by computer.
I said it was unique, not reasonable. Let’s start ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 25, 2012 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
We have talked about “The Savage Curtain” where Spock meets Surak, “the father of all we became” (May 23). We’ve talked about the weird ritual in “Amok Time” where he battles Captain Kirk for legal claim on T’Pring (October 6, 2010). Now we have “All Our Yesterdays,” another original Trek offering that leaves...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 20, 2012 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
It’s funny how Earth-like planets never seem to have names of their own. Funnier still how many planets in the Trek universe are described as “gardens of Eden,” despite that realistically, several qualities about them had come after the real garden was closed.
Both are the case in original Star Trek’s “A Private Little War.” Kirk had been here as an ensign, so he already knows something about the culture,...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM||comments (14)|
Our blog chain topic for June is “Pursuit,” and I found myself in a quandary where to focus my remarks. So many scenes in sci-fi are about reaching the finish line first, or about chasing and being chased. I finally wrote one about Starfleet’s ongoing war with the Romulans; as of last week, the blog had been ready to go. Then I saw Gene Roddenberry’s 1974 movie The Questor Tapes for the first time in years, and I felt it had a lot more potential for carrying the...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
References to history tend to be dicey in the Trek universe. Not only are some of the situations contrived, but if we don’t research and learn the truth, we’ll believe what the fiction tell us over reality. It is, in fact, the same phenomenon as when secular producers attempt to make a Bible movie; their lesser knowledge makes them make mistakes.
On December 9, 2009, I noted several bobbles in ...Read Full Post »