Now this is one that is fraught with danger. Rather than over analysing this one I decided to go with the character I could most easily cosplay. I mean I say easily but of course I would have to wait a couple of months for my hair to grow back.
Commander Riker is not a bad character to be compared to anyway and I’ve always had a soft spot for him and felt that he was under utilised throughout the films. And yes there were episodes where he probably should of just had a cold sonic shower but he really shines as Number One and Jonathan Frakes seems to really love being involved with Star Trek.
So I’m not going to scratch any deeper into this than here is photographic evidence I could pull together a pretty okay Riker cosplay:
I didn’t want to do the obvious choice which is Year From Hell Part 2 but some very wise people on Twitter reminded me to be true to my choice for it is what it is.
Also it’s true.
I don’t even feel cheated at the end of the episode when everything reboots, it’s a relief to be honest because the alternate time line is truly horrifying for our intrepid crew. So with this being the predictable choice I’ve decided not to go the predictable image to draw.
I chose the shot of Seven of Nine before Tuvok and her leave the ship. I spotted the screencap over on TrekCore where I do all my reference shot browsing and it really struck me as quite poignant.
Mainly because of the hair, Seven’s hair is always so immaculate and for it to be messed up like this speaks volumes, especially as she is caring for Tuvok at the same time.
So apologies to everyone waiting on the Janeway pocket watch but I kinda really love drawing Seven.
This was really a toss up between the Gorn and the Mugatu. I’m not sure if the Mugatu is considered a “race” as such but I decided that they would be more fun to draw anyway. I like the idea of this giant monster of the week kind of creatures which I don’t know if the other series captured quite so well.
So the Mugatu are just fun and probably not as well known to non-Trek fans, certainly no one I know connected the dots between Zoolander’s Mugatu character (Ben Stiller is a massive Star Trek fan). For a modified gorilla suit it’s surprisingly well put together though I think unicornirilla would have been a superior name for the species.
There are literally so many fantastic Star Trek novels, growing up I was a massive fan of the James Blish adaptations and the Alan Dean Foster books. I must have read the film adaptations 100s of times but the book that really jumped out at me was the ultimate in fanboy stories – William Shatner’s* The Return.
It has Spock, McCoy, the TNG characters plus some DS9 characters thrown in for good measure all fighting the Borg. It was often thrown around by Shatner as his solution to the dismal Kirk death in Generations but in reality it just wouldn’t have been film-able.
That being said there is one aspect of the story that I personally accept as canon (even though it really isn’t) and that is that V’Ger was of Borg. The machine planet that Voyager 6 crashed on was the Borg home world and they were the ones who repaired it and give it the ability to assimilate all that was learnable.
I mean their missions weren’t that dissimilar, the Borg assimilate biological and technological distinctiveness into their own and V’Ger was learning and digitalising everything it encountered. Same mission just different evolutionary pattern.
You could even wonder if Voyager 6’s simple programming set the Borg off, assimilating everyone.
It’s a good fun read and more importantly because it wasn’t strictly canon it showed what kind of imagination could be brought to the Star Trek universe.
Now if you’re a keen Star Trek historian you might notice something familiar about those Borg (apologies to Durinda Rice Wood).
Okay I’ll admit it, I am misinterpreting this one on purpose in order to make my life easier. I could have drawn the box to the Star Trek 25th Anniversary game which is my favourite Star Trek game but visually I don’t think it would be very interesting and besides it has such beautiful artwork on it already why try and interpret that?!?
In researching this one I also discovered that one can buy at a very reasonable rate a copy of this game on GOG.com and it works on the Mac so I’m a little bit excited to be playing that on my big screen and hearing the cast read all their lines. It’s truly wonderful fun and in the spirit of the original series. I actually owned this game when it first came out without the voices (I think it was on 3.5 inch disks?!?!? and my computer struggled to play it.)
So this game aside what did I do for today’s entry?
Now, I’m going to let you in a little bit of head canon. In my mind T’Pol went on to be highly respected on Vulcan for her role in the birth of the Federation. Due to her personal experience she took on a special interest in Ambassador Sarek’s half human son Spock, becoming a mentor and before transferring to the Enterprise he sought her council regarding serving on board the flagship and predominantly human ship.
T’Pol was the one who introduced him to 3D Chess.
I read somewhere that Jolene Blalock has been approached about reprising her role in Star Trek Discovery’s second season. I dearly hope this is true as she is one of my favourite characters. Blalock herself was a huge Star Trek fan and I always felt she never got treated well.
Also yes there was a couple of days break in the challenge, my computer died and I lost a day to fixing it as well as doing the Discovery Trekmas piece.
Best is again a relative term, however I’m going with Commander Spock on this one, I LOVE Riker, Kira, T’Pol, and I’m okay with Chakotay but Spock became an international icon, he’s probably one of the finest characters in all of Star Trek and he’s referred to at least once as the best First Officer in the fleet so I’m going with Mister Spock.
I had a bit of fun with this one and broke out a charcoal pencil I hadn’t had the chance to use yet. Probably not what it was intended for but I do like the scribble nature of it. You can’t be too precise with it all especially when the painting side of things runs the charcoal into the colours. Again if you’re going to do a challenge you might as well experiment a little.
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.