This is a toss up for me between City on the Edge of Forever and Star Trek IV The Voyage Home. I’m siding with City on the Edge of Forever because it is simply an exceptional episode that expanded the scope of an emotional story that could be told within an hour long TOS episode.
I really wish that they revisited the Guardian of Forever in TNG, it doesn’t feel like a massive jump to have this dormant Guardian wake up during this era. Maybe demand to speak to Kirk and they send for his equivalent in Picard. Just feels like a great concept to leave on the shelf.
Oh man this was a tough one, there are a bunch of stand out episodes that I really like in this show, the one that is my all time favourite feels like a cop-out but I can’t deny it. Trials and Tribulations is one of the most perfect homages to the original series that has ever been done. The attention to detail and the joy of seeing those wonderful TOS uniforms on our DS9 heroes are priceless.
The problem with this choice is that it’s obviously not just their show – the blending of the two really make this episode pop.
I would then like to mention the episodes that came very close to this, In The Pale Moonlight and The Visitor. Two exceptionally powerful episodes. I’d also mention that I’m very partial to Emissary and wonder if this is not the best of all the Star Trek pilot episodes.
Just before drawing this I sat and watched the whole episode and I’m more than okay with my choice – a really fun episode for all involved.
I don’t know, there’s so many positions that I just wouldn’t be suited to but I can’t imagine actively not wanting them, Engineering comes to mind. I’m not mechanically minded but then working away in the lower decks, eating my cube food and listening to Uhura singing over the intercom might be okay.
I’m going to say Security, there seems to be a lot of standing around and if they’re not standing around they’re being eaten by salt vampires or shoved off cliffs. So yes I going with Security and I’m drawing Ensign Perez because I like the uniform (I mean it would be horrible to wear and doesn’t feel practical but it always stood out to me).
My favourite character is the Captain and so why not dream big LOL.
I actually really like plants and nature which is odd I guess as it’s not something I’ve ever considered doing in my life. So if I couldn’t be Captain (and to be fair I’m not convinced I’d be a great Captain) then a botanist sounds pretty good. Work in the hydroponics or airponics bay, explore strange new plants like “hand plant“, grow stuff, dodge spores and stuff like that. I don’t think I’d be that great at it as I struggle to keep tomatoes growing but then I’ve never really dedicated myself to it.
Probably don’t get shot at as much and you don’t have to wear a red shirt 😉
Update – I picked this one a few days ago as I was preparing my schedule around making sure I could draw these and what exactly I would be drawing and in the days following this it has been a bit of a revelation. I never considered learning more about plants than my rudimentary knowledge of them from high school biology. To be honest it wasn’t until really considering what I would like to do on a starship that it ever crossed my mind and now it is something I’m actually really considering pursuing, not professionally but I had a look at some botanical science courses and I actually think I might sign up for one of them.
It’s just weird, this is a frivolous Star Trek challenge to give me something to focus the illustrations on and yet here I am considering life choices.
I remember watching The Best of Both Worlds part one on television in Australia with no idea what was coming, there was no internet to spoil things then. Ending on that amazingly good cliffhanger was agonising because in Australia we had no idea when the show would be coming back or even if the channel that carried it would show it (science fiction shows have been notoriously handled in Australian prime time – even our own produced Farscape was relegated to late night Christmas binge watching).
So seeing Picard walk out as that Borg was just really damn good, jaw-dropping television.
Whilst Patrick Stewart is always brilliant I think that Jonathan Franks and Riker get a real chance to shine in this two parter, that last scene which tightens in to focus on Riker and he orders Worf to open fire is wonderful and a great moment for the character.
Truth be told it’s Captain Kirk, I know I’ve already featured him but he’s my favourite Star Trek character, despite loving them all dearly. Not really much else to say that hasn’t already been said, I do want to mention how much I appreciate Chris Pine’s take on the character. I think he filled some very large and intimidating boots to capture the essence of the character.
He said that he didn’t watch the show to avoid studying Shatner and doing what could have been an awful imitation and so I think that it’s fantastic that there are scenes in Star Trek 2009 that he seems to be channelling Shatner’s Kirk. Especially the scene where he sits in the chair for the first time, I expect if what he says is true then the direction of JJ Abrams must be applauded.
As a side note, I think the novels (especially the film adaptations) have also helped shape my mind view of the character and I love the uneasy position of admiration Kirk is placed in after the V’Ger incident. A very public saving of Earth (I assume Picard’s time travelling adventure from First Contact were probably not advertised to the wider population) saw him elevated from the best Captain in the fleet to the saviour of Earth and all the hero worship that followed.
There’s a small line in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country where the C in C says to the President of the Federation “Sir. …Those men have literally saved this planet.”. I think that’s a nice reminder of where the crew of the Enterprise and Captain Kirk sit in the public consciousness within the Star Trek universe.
I drew him in the TOS EVA Suit because I just like the look of it and I don’t get to draw it enough.
I was a latecomer to Firefly but I was lucky to come to it with almost perfect timing. I heard vague rumours about the show but for ages I didn’t bother checking it out, I’m not even sure if it actually aired on Australian free to air television, if it did it would have been late at night and I somehow missed it.
So I got a copy of the first two episodes through dubious channels and fell in love with it, immediately, without even realising it. I bought the DVDs the day after and for the next fourteen nights we watched an episode (novice binge watchers back then). The timing was spot on because barely a month or so on Serenity was released in cinemas.
So it was a real treat to go from watching this amazing show and then jumping straight into the big screen continuation. That screening was full of browncoats and they were so into it. It is still one of my favourite shared viewing experiences (I have very few positive shared viewing experiences), we still talk of the guy who gasped so loudly in the aftermath of the Serenity crashing, the whole cinema was silent except for this one guy. Poor bastard must have have had a heart attack at the next scene.
The soundtrack is beautiful and the film is wonderfully shot with character moments for everyone. It’s a film that has it’s own problems but none of which particularly concern me.
I still love Serenity, in fact I upgraded it to 4K, I’m not sure I can tell the difference but the film is beautiful in HD and even the special effects still hold up. So it’s a keeper for me, though I do have to offload the Blu-ray.
This is part of an ongoing series where I examine each movie in my Blu-ray collection to evaluate if I should keep it (I’m attempting to streamline as I feel it’s growing too big again). Read about the project here.
Sometimes when doing commission pieces a unique request will arrive in my inbox with a challenge. A long time supporter of Star Trek Scribbles and Lee Draws Stuff sent me a tentative message over on Etsy asking if I’d be interested in some kind of mash up. After seeing Michael quote Alice in Wonderland on Star Trek Discovery she was delighted as it is her favourite book and it really resonated with her.
I was heading off to Tasmania at the time so we discussed it, she locked in the request and I gave her the month I was away to really think about what sequence from the book she’d like to see. I’m familiar with it, I’ve read it and I’m a fan of the novel but I’m not a devotee and not really up to the challenge of capturing that without guidance.
Flash forward and after clearing a few commission pieces I checked back in and was given three sequences from the book to see what I thought. Well the Cheshire Cat was already admittedly marinating in the back of my head whilst I hiked through the wilderness. So when the conversation with the cat in the tree came up I jumped at it.
Fortunately it was her favourite as well.
So then it was to decide how to mash these two together and this was left to me. Should Michael be dressed as Alice, should Alice’s world be merged more into the Discovery universe or vice versa? Some quick research into the classic look and feel of the Cheshire Cat and I saw the page that the passage appears on and everything clicked into place perfectly.
One last decision though and I think I went the right way, should the Tardigrade be smiling?
This one is a no-brainer because frankly at any given point any of the “enemy” species on Star Trek can flip and become aligned. We’ve seen it with the Klingons and the Romulans but there are one species that do not give a shit about peaceful cohabitation and that is the Borg.
Also, it’s really fun to draw them.
Whilst I do appreciate all that they did with the Borg I do feel that deep down they weakened them as an enemy by adding the Borg Queen. Up until that point, they were a relentless assimilation machine that couldn’t be reasoned with. I mean it’s possible that Locutus also chipped away at this terrifying oppressive force but I get why they did it, some sort of concept of facilitating assimilation more readily to avoid wasted resources as misguided as that may have been. I try to imagine that they’ve done it in the past and other Borg figureheads have been created and reabsorbed.
But the Borg Queen added a convenient weak point, an interactive point to engage with the Borg and try and reason or negotiate. The Borg were in my opinion much more terrifying when they were a blank wall of assimilated faces.But don’t get me wrong, the Borg Queen is a great character still and there are patterns in nature that are reflected in this so it’s not unprecedented.
Fun fact: This is actually the 100th Star Trek illustration for this year.
I’ve also posted over on Patreon a video showing the complete process of drawing this – from pencil line to the final touches – only $1 a month gets you access to these kinds of things plus helps me buy ink!!!
I’ve got a new rig to record these videos on and it really makes the whole process a heck of a lot easier to do, one of these days I shall outline my set up for those who are interested. I was actually surprised how clearly this came up, sorry if it’s a little too long but I’m still experimenting with what is a watchable speed.