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.
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 remember watching this episode when it first aired and being struck by how brilliant a concept this was played out extremely well by Patrick Stewart. It’s a shame my favourite episode wasn’t one that used the entire cast but this is just a great story and it’s only able to be told so effectively because of all of the episodes that come before it.
It’s a bit of a mind fuck when you realise that Picard has lived a whole lifetime, it has to mess with you. I’ve only lived forty years and it’s completely shaped me as a person, now imagine living out another 40 years in a different life and having those memories and experience. The character himself must be forever changed and I appreciate that the flute becomes a regular reminder of this throughout the remainder of the series.
It really does paint Picard in an extraordinary light, the mental fortitude of having survived complete assimilation into the Borg collective, living out an entire life, helping to shape Klingon politics and witnessing the birth of warp drive first hand amongst so much else.
A really nice episode to rewatch for this challenge.
I struggled with deciding this one and then went for the first thing that kept popping into my head. I remember beaming (excuse the pun) when newly-demoted Captain Kirk sees the Enterprise-A for the first time and says “My friends, we’ve come home.” The music swells with the original series which to this point has largely been absent from The Voyage Home soundtrack and it adds a nice happy ending for the last three films.
The end scene as they all settle into their roles on the bridge just tops it off and declares that the crew is ready to go off boldly going where no one has before again.
So that’s my pick for the happiest moment in Star Trek, there are plenty more but it’s the one that jumps to mind first.
The natural choice here is almost immediately to go to the death of Spock. It is one of the most iconic death sequences and funerals not only in science fiction but in film in general. But so far this list has been very TOS heavy and I wanted to highlight a scene that took me completely by surprise and I will unashamedly admit that bawled like baby when I saw it.
At the end of Enterprise they have done such a good job at being so likeable a cast that it doesn’t matter if the first two seasons were wasted with troubled writing. In the episode Terra Prime Trip and T’Pol’s child is dying and Dr Phlox leaves them alone with the child and speaks to Captain Archer on his way out:
When you invited me to join this crew, I thought it would be an interesting diversion for a few months. Some time away from the complications of family, which on Denobula can be extremely complicated. I didn’t expect to gain another family. (close to tears) It hurts as if she were my own child.
Even reading that makes me well up a little. It is a beautiful scene, it is perfectly executed by both Phlox and Archer and it deserves a mention.
Look, I love all the Captains of Star Trek and the idea of who’s best is an argument no one can ever win, all you can go with is your own personal preference and if the Earth is in danger and we’re sending one starship out to save us (which happens way too often in Star Trek) then I’m sorry but I want Captain James T. Kirk in command.
People throw a lot of shade at the Kirk character and frankly most of it is gross exaggeration and generalisation. Also to break the fourth wall slightly, to suggest that Shatner can’t act and is rubbish as Kirk is pretty much the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Sure there’s some hokey stuff going on in Star Trek but then there’s some amazing work as well and the amazing outshines the crap.
I always maintain the true measure of the character is shown in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home when in a patched up captured Klingon vessel with a skeleton crew on their way home to face court martial they encounter a threat to Earth. To save Earth they have to undertake a ridiculously dangerous mission that they are completely ill equipped for. Kirk doesn’t hesitate, not for a second because the other way is to let Earth perish.
This was a hard one for me actually because I really loved the Enterprise refit / A. It’s a beautiful refit of the original Enterprise and to be honest if I hadn’t seen Star Trek Remastered then I might have still gone with it. There’s nothing more majestic than the Enterprise limping home in Star Trek III however I am going with the original Enterprise.
Classic TOS Enterprise, it’s hard to go by her and with updated special effects she looks amazing. It’s the original, end of story.
A close second apart from the Enterprise A would be the Klingon Bird of Prey – particularly the HMS Bounty. Some very fond feelings for that ship, especially the awesome shot of her hovering above a whaling ship, sadly a problem we still have.
The Vulcans are synonymous with Star Trek and I always enjoy Vulcan storylines (more so than Klingon ones) so it was hard to go past them. I enjoy drawing them the most, though to be fair Andorians and Tellarites are also pretty damn fun to illustrate.
They’ve had a pretty rough run of it especially in Enterprise where they were painted in a very different light and in my opinion probably a little too harshly. Their stoic logic was supposed to be the thing that gave the impression they were arrogant and superior not actually being arrogant and superior as a culture.
It just feels like a disingenuous and lazy way to handle them writing wise.
The Bajorans were a very close second for me, a race that has a rich culture that is explored throughout seven years of Deep Space Nine, they are a really interesting race and I hope if they ever actually get back to making post Voyager Star Trek that we see the Bajorans integrated into the Federation. And yes I know technically they weren’t in the Federation.
It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these daily challenges so when I saw TrekkieRob post this over on Twitter I thought this would be cool to adapt to a drawing challenge.
So kicking off with day one what is my favourite Star Trek TOS episode? Well I think I only really discovered this semi recently when recording the Star Trek First Watch podcast. I was struck by how fine an episode The Devil in the Dark is and was completely taken aback that it’s my favourite episode.
It’s shot amazingly, and it feels like everything awesome about Star Trek, the crew working together to solve a threat that turns out to be life that we don’t understand yet. Even the Horta a creature design that has no right to be as effective as it is on screen is wonderful. So as good as The City on the Edge of Tomorrow is, this episode beats it out by a Horta’s nose.