Category: Star Trek

Day 30 – Favourite Trek Series – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Star Trek

Day 30 - Favourite Trek Series - 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Star Trek
Day 30 - Favourite Trek Series - 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Star Trek
Star Trek

Wow, we’re finally here with a couple of days left before the new year!  This has been an extremely fun ride, there were at least a couple of them that I didn’t think I could make work but I think they worked out well.  They’ve certainly inspired me to take up the daily challenge again and now I can’t wait for January 1st (well actually I probably can LOL).

There was a time when Star Trek didn’t require the “TOS” to denote it, it was simply Star Trek.  What an amazing franchise to grow so vast that it actually required me to check for a list of official abbreviations to set up categories on the new site.  It is such a huge tapestry of stories and characters that all point towards hope.

It’s my hope that the makers of Discovery remember this amongst all their whiz bang special effects and gritty HBO story telling and ground breaking f-bombs.  That at its core Star Trek is about hope, for a better tomorrow.  Not an easy tomorrow and not one devoid of challenge but of that future where we didn’t destroy ourselves through petty bullshit.

One day soon, humanity is going to be able to harness incredible energies, maybe even the atom… energies that could ultimately hurl us to other worlds in… in some sort of spaceship. And the men and women that reach out into space will be able to find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world and the cure their diseases. They will be able to find a way give each other hope and a common future. And those are the days worth living for.

I love the original series of Star Trek and the films that followed and then on to the next generations of Trek.  Star Trek is bigger than making a buck for a television studio, Star Trek is inspirational and it should always be made with that goal in mind.  To inspire.

Thank you for following along with the 30 Day Trek Challenge, I’d love to hear which one was your favourite or if you do the challenge yourself.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day 28 – Name Your Own Starship – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – The USS Sagan – NCC-606

Day 28 - Name Your Own Starship - 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - The USS Sagan - NCC-606
Day 28 - Name Your Own Starship - 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - The USS Sagan - NCC-606
The USS Sagan – Oberth Class Science Vessel NCC-606

I purposely avoided looking this one up online as I wasn’t 100% sure if a Starship had been named after Carl Sagan yet on screen which from what I can tell now it hasn’t which is a travesty.

Like many others Carl Sagan’s Cosmos introduced me to so many concepts about space, in fact I still have the hard cover Cosmos book and can’t imagine ever parting with it.

I would only be natural then for the Sagan to be a science vessel and the Oberth class is the most science’y class of starship.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day 27 – Character You Would Date – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – B’Elanna Torres

Day 27 - Character You Would Date - 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - B'Elanna Torres
Day 27 - Character You Would Date - 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - B'Elanna Torres
B’Elanna Torres

Man I really struggled with this, yeah it’s all a bit of fun and stuff but I really hate it when characters like Seven and T’Pol (or any of the women of Star Trek but these two really cop it) are reduced to objectifying comments.  It’s all a but reductionist and dismissive of the performances and complexity of the roles, of course it’s a created problem through the powers that be’s obsession with cat suits.

T’Pol and Seven are both extraordinary characters that are easily datable but I’m going to go with B’Elanna Torres.  I already married a fierce, strong, intelligent warrior woman well out of my league so she seems the natural choice.  Of course I don’t think Tracey should worry just yet.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Merry Christmas to anyone actually reading this on publish day (I scheduled this – as this goes live I’m hopefully already in a food coma).

Day 26 – Planet You Would Most Like to Visit – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Bajor

Day 26 - Planet You Would Most Like to Visit – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Bajor
Day 26 - Planet You Would Most Like to Visit – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Bajor
Bajor

I think the Planet Bajor is one of the absolutely most interesting and culturally rich places made up for Star Trek.  I mean all the other cultures are interesting and stuff but a seven year story arc following the development of this recovering planet following a savage occupation and then it’s new found importance after the discovery of the stable wormhole really solidifies Bajor as a character.

Everything we see of Bajor seems very tranquil and beautiful. A lot of good honest agriculture and spiritual reflection.  I just really like the place.

This illustration was a bit of a revelation in itself, I don’t think I’ve ever really committed to drawing the architecture of Star Trek (or any really) and I’m surprised that I was able to transfer my style to the task and make it feel very much mine.  I really enjoyed the process and I’m really happy with the end result so I think you’re going to see more of this in the new year.

Any planet requests?

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

 

Day 25 – Favourite Enterprise Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Carbon Creek

Day 25 – Favourite Enterprise Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Carbon Creek
Day 25  – Favourite Enterprise Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Carbon Creek
Carbon Creek

Surprisingly enough this was a tough call, almost all of season four of Enterprise could land in my favourite list and there are episodes sprinkled throughout the other three seasons which are real treats.  Enterprise really shines on repeat viewing and it’s such a shame we’ll never get a chance to revisit these characters unless T’Pol shows up in Discovery.

Carbon Creek is just a fun episode, ironically full of emotion with an extremely satisfying ending.  These are the Vulcans, not the hyper arrogant race we’ve been bombarded with.  They are extremely smart and awkward when it comes to emotional races and this is captured perfectly.

Like The Inner Light I feel slightly guilty picking an episode that doesn’t feature the whole cast but this is just plain good storytelling.

If I ever actually make it over to the US I do plain on visiting the street that served as Carbon Creek.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

 

Day 24 – Best Overall Space Vessel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit

Day 24 – Best Overall Space Vessel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit
 Day 24 – Best Overall Space Vessel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit

What can I say, the Constitution Class Refit is my first love. As much as I loved the original series of Star Trek I really got hooked by the films and therefore the refit movie model.

It’s a beautiful design, it takes the original Enterprise and revamped it completely for the big screen without losing the ship’s essence.  It even had an on screen explanation why it looks so different.

I hate drawing the ships, they are so technical and I feel I struggle with them but I do love getting to know the design better, more intimately than you get just by looking at it in pictures.  I remember doing one of the models and I just loved that it drew my attention to small details that washed over me previously.

Drawing a starship is a little like that experience because you have to really examine it, especially in my style of drawing, you have to work out what it is that defines the ship and retain that whilst dropping other details.

This is actually part of a seven part commission series so I’m going to be getting to know ALL the Enterprise’s quite well over the coming month or so.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day 23 – Best Trek Tech – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – The Hypospray

Day 23 – Best Trek Tech – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – The Hypospray
Day 23 – Best Trek Tech – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – The Hypospray
The Hypospray

I thought this was going to be a hard one until I started listing off all the tech in my head and realised that I didn’t care about transporting places, or shooting stuff and I already have a communicator.

No the one piece of tech that would improve my life immensely is the simple hypospray.

I hate needles.

I mean that I really HATE needles.

The hypospray is one piece of Trek technology that I cannot wait to arrive.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day 22 – Favourite Trek Movie – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Star Trek III The Search for Spock

Day 22 – Favourite Trek Movie – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Star Trek III The Search for Spock
Star Trek III The Search for Spock

The way I always answer this question is which Trek film would I most readily watch at the moment and it shifts a lot.  But Star Trek III has enough stand out stuff that makes me love it slightly more than the others.

The soundtrack is exquisite and probably my favourite of them all.  Kirk’s reaction to the death of David, the Enterprise limping home under the eye of Janice Rand and of course the destruction of the Enterprise are all amazing.  The Klingons are great villains in this and the return of Spock is hugely satisfying.

I’m also looking forward to revisiting this poster next year when I do the complete series of posters again!

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

 

Day 21 – Least Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Chakotay

Day 21 – Least Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Chakotay
Day 21 – Least Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Chakotay
Commander Chakotay

Man I really didn’t want to do this one at all.  I thought long and hard about all the characters and I realised that of all of them poor Chakotay was the one character who I feel they gave absolutely nothing to do and then on the odd occasion that he did get stuff it’s just stuff that I wouldn’t bother rewatching.

Now that’s nothing to to with Robert Beltran’s performance, I just remember thinking in the first season of Voyager, this is going to be an interesting character and then he never really was, and never really got to do anything.

So to make it up to him I at least went the extra mile with this and put him in an interesting place doing what he would have loved!

Ironically “least” favourite doesn’t really mean anything – give me a Chakotay episode any day over a Transformers movie

 

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

PS you all would hated me if I said Q 😛