USS Bellerophon

The USS Bellerophon (NCC-74705) was a 24th century Federation Intrepid-class starship operated by Starfleet. Under the command of Admiral William Ross, the Bellerophon transported Federation delegates to Romulus for a conference on Dominion War issues in 2375. (DS9: “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” ) The Bellerophon was the only Intrepid-class starship other than the USS Voyager ever seen in Star Trek, and the only one to appear outside of Star Trek: Voyager.

The Bellerophon sets were a reuse of the USS Voyager sets from Star Trek: Voyager. This resulted in the Bellerophon having a galley-style counter in the mess hall instead of the two food service replicators, seen in “Caretaker“, and captain’s dining room, mentioned in “Phage“. “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” writer Ronald D. Moore named the Bellerophon after the HMS Bellerophon, a British warship which served as part of a fleet commanded by Lord Nelson in the early 19th century. This vessel was in turn named after the Greek mythological hero Bellerophon, who rode the winged horse, Pegasus. Coincidentally, the USS Pegasus was featured in another episode written by Moore, namely TNG: “The Pegasus“.

The Bellerophon was also the name of the starship that colonized planet Altair IV in the film Forbidden Planet. That film was said to be among Gene Roddenberry’s inspirations for creating Star Trek. This was at least the second starship to bear the name, the first being the Nebula-class vessel USS Bellerophon seen in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot “Emissary“.

Voyager’s Demon Class Beings

The things that come to you in the shower. I was in the shower earlier today when I started thinking that it was so sad about what happened to the Voyager crew duplicates from the Demon class or class Y planet (created in the season 4 episode # 23 “Demon” ). The being or “silver blood” comes to know about being “alive” for the first time after it comes into contact with Harry Kim & Tom Paris and duplicates them.

They then get to replicate the crew of the ship and even creates another Voyager and have the abilities and memories of the crew. Later in season 5 they are all killed after they start to deteriorate and try to find their class Y planet. No one is aware of what they achieved in that year of their existence and it’s a shame even the real Voyager isn’t aware of them.

I just had to sit and watch the episode “Demon” this afternoon before I had to get coffee and get ready to go to work. The episode is darkly haunting and beautiful in ways, especially when they are on the planet. I love these kind of episodes. I don’t have time to watch “Course : Oblivion” now so I will wait for when I come back home and then watch it.

RIP Aron Eisenberg

Actor Aron Eisenberg (January 6, 1969 – September 21, 2019) has died. Aron was an American actor and filmmaker known for his role as Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Born to a Jewish family.He was born with only one, partially functioning, kidney and received a kidney transplant at the age of 17. This limited his growth to 5 feet (1.52 m).

Eisenberg appeared on TV shows including Tales from the Crypt, Amityville: The Evil EscapesParker Lewis Can’t LoseThe Wonder Years, and General Hospital. He guest-starred in “Motherly Love”, an episode of Brotherly Love. Eisenberg had a repeating guest star role in the ’90s TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack, in which he played the character Jerry. He appeared in films such as The Liars’ ClubPuppet Master IIIStreets, and House 3. Eisenberg starred as Nog, a Ferengi, through all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Although the part called for him to appear under heavy makeup, he appeared without makeup as a news vendor in the episode “Far Beyond the Stars”.

He later guest-starred as a Kazon, called Kar, on “Initiations”, an episode of Star Trek Voyager. Eisenberg has also performed on stage in such productions as The Indian Wants the Bronx, On Borrowed Time and Minor Demons. He has occasionally directed for the theater, as in the 1997 production of On Borrowed Time and the 1998 production of The Business of Murder at the Conejo Players Theater.

Eisenberg worked as a professional photographer, opening his own gallery sometime before 2013. In August 2015 Eisenberg was once again diagnosed with kidney failure. He underwent a successful kidney transplant on December 29, 2015, the medical bills for which were crowdfunded. On September 21, 2019, Eisenberg was rushed to hospital in what was described as “critical condition”. He died at the age of 50 later that day.

Deep Space Nine Leaves Me Shattered…Again!

That’s it. Just finished watching the series finale of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and I am a crying, emotional mess. Why did it have to end that way? Now I can’t go to work my evening shift.

Me: Boss, I can’t come in to work today.

Boss : Why such short notice?

Me : It’s not my fault. The war is over, the battle is won and the treaty is signed. But Worf is going away to be the Federation ambassador to the Klingons and joins Martok, Miles is off to earth to teach at the academy, and has taken Keiko, Molly & Yoshi with him, Odo has joined the great link and it looks like it was a final goodbye between him and Kira and that is just heart breaking and then….SIsko is with those stupid wormhole aliens who now want him there for who know how long, leaving a pregnant Cassidy and his son Jake behind in DS9. Rom already left for Ferenginar. And yeah Ezri & Julian have become a couple and the station is in good hands with Kira but to see Jake & Kira stare out from the station looking at the stars and wondering if we will ever see Odo & Benjamin again and then the sad version of the theme music plays and I….I….I….I…???

Boss: Ok. These are friends of yours? Or family?

Me: ???

Boss: Ok leave granted!

Star Trek Blows A Guy’s Mind!

This happened a few days ago. I have a Star Trek starships collection by Eaglemoss that is about 52 in total displayed in one of my bookshelves in my bedroom in my apartment. We’ve had some issues with termites and hence we have had to take apart the three built in cupboards in one bedroom and the 2 in mine as well as all the kitchen cabinets. The last section to go was my built in cupboards that serve as my wardrobe and storage for some junk. While the guys who were getting the job done were in my room one of them noticed my starships and touched one of them and then looked at the Deeps Space 9 model. He had a smile on his face and looked at me. I thought he must think these are toys.

He asked me what they were and I took about 30 minutes to tell him that they were models of starships from the Star Trek franchise. He had never heard of Star Trek before, barely spoke any English. I told him it’s this vision of the future and explained what the show is about and how things work and how technological advancements are shown in this series and aliens and etc etc.

I could literally see his mind being blown. He had the biggest look of wonderment in his face. Did I say mind blown? No, I think I “Blasted” his mind with this information and I could see that he was left in awe as he left my apartment.

Thanks Star Trek & Eaglemoss!

Please Stand By

Please Stand By is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Ben Lewin and based on the 2008 short play of the same name by Michael Golamco, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, Alice Eve, River Alexander, and Patton Oswalt, and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures. After playing at various film festivals, the film was simultaneously released theatrically and on-demand on January 26, 2018.

Wendy (played by Dakota Fanning) is an autistic young woman who stays in a group home in Oakland, California monitored by her primary caregiver, Scottie (played by Toni Collette). She is fixated by Star Trek and spends her time writing a 450-page Star Trek script to enter in Paramount Pictures’ screenwriting contest in hopes of winning the $100,000 prize. Wendy is visited by her sister Audrey (Alice Eve), who shows Wendy pictures of her infant daughter, Ruby, and reveals that she is selling their childhood home. Wendy asks Audrey to take her home, arguing that she will be able to buy back the house and help Audrey care for Ruby once she wins the screenwriting contest. Audrey refuses, telling Wendy she isn’t capable of caring for a baby. Wendy has a meltdown and Audrey leaves in tears.

Wendy misses the date to submit the script via post so she sneaks out of the house early the next morning and is followed by the group home’s small dog, Pete (who is in a Star Trek themed outfit knitted by Wendy) and decides to hand it over in person to Paramount Pictures. Wendy and Pete board a bus to Los Angeles, but are kicked off and left by the side of the road after Pete urinates in the bus. She then walks into a small town and is mugged off most of her money. At a nearby store where she goes to buy some food, she is nearly tricked out the rest of her cash but an elderly woman named Rose comes to help her. Rose sympathizes with Wendy as her grandson also has autism, and lets Wendy accompany her on the senior citizens’ bus. The bus driver subsequently falls asleep at the wheel, crashing the bus. Following the bus crash, Wendy wakes up in a hospital in Bakersfield. Still determined to turn in her script, Wendy leaves Pete at the hospital, attacks a nurse, and escapes. During her escape, Wendy loses part of her script. She gathers used paper and begins rewriting the script.

While this is happening Scottie realizes that Wendy is missing and along with her son heads to find her. Audrey too joins the search, leaving her baby in the hands of her husband. The Bakersfield hospital notifies Scottie and Audrey of Wendy’s whereabouts; police continue the search from there. Sam and Scottie find the missing script pages while scouring the hospital. Wendy then attempts to buy a bus ticket to Los Angeles, but is unable as she has no money. She ultimately stows away on the next bus to Los Angeles, hiding herself inside a baggage compartment. Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Wendy wanders around until two police officers recognize her from the missing person’s report. Officer Frank (Patton Oswalt) gains Wendy’s trust by speaking to her in Klingon. The officers take Wendy to the police station, where she is reunited with Audrey and Scottie. They bring Wendy to Paramount Pictures so she can deliver her script.

A rude mailroom worker tells her that the scripts have to be sent by post but Wendy is able to sneak past security and submit the script to the turn-in box. Satisfied that she has completed her mission, Wendy tells her sister she did it to prove that she was more capable than Audrey thought. Wendy returns back to the group home where she later receives a letter from Paramount stating her script was not chosen, but encouraging her to continue writing. Despite the rejection, she is satisfied with everything she has accomplished. Wendy visits Audrey and holds her niece for the first time and the two sisters bond again.

It’s a sweet movie ably acted by the powerhouses of Fanning & Collette & ably supported by Alice Eve and the rest of the cast. It’s a coming of age film with a Star Trek hue that will make us Trekkies very happy. I give the film an 8 outta 10 for the low budget, art & film festival type movie that it is.

A TV Show I’d Love To See Get Made

Write about a TV show or documentary you’d love to see get made.

It’s no secret that I love Star Trek. You just have to look at my posts here, on Facebook etc to know that I love this franchise and wish that I was living in a futuristic era based on Star Trek and beyond. I want more Star Trek in my life. I know that Discovery is on but the fanbase is divided on the show.

We have a new Jean-Luc Picard show coming up and maybe a Section 31 show as well from the franchise. While the Picard show is something that I am looking forward to but I want more. What I really want is a show set much out more in the future. The reason is we can do a lot more in terms of special effects and making the technology of the show’s timeline look a lot of fantastical since the early 2000s. Hence, we should forget about the 24th century era where Nemesis ended and move on to 100 years past it or more.

Bring in a new cast and crew and create new ideas and show more exciting things that are rooted in scientific possibilities. Get some good science fiction writers & actual scientists to boost the future tech and otherworldly science credibility and get some good stories out there. Explore what we can see and beyond. I want a show in the vein of The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine. And give the show’s producers more money.

What A Trek!

In 1986-87 there was a short lived sitcom called What A Country which was a Mind Your Language ripoff. But the show had a Star Trek connection as the cast included former tennis player Vijay Amitraj who had a cameo in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) as a starship captain Joel Randolph, the late George Murdock who was “God” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Best of Both Worlds (as well as a recurring character Dr. Salik in Battlestar Galactica) and Ada Maris who played loans for people with ccjs Captain Erika Hernandez in Star Trek Enterprise.

The 4th Kelvinverse Star Trek Movie Shelved

The news broke that the 4th Kelvinverse Star Trek movie is now shelved! The untitled film which would have been the fourth in the franchise which began with 2009’s J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” has been “shelved.” The film, which in one iteration would reportedly have brought back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in a time travel adventure, first ran aground in August 2018 when Hemsworth and James T. Kirk actor Chris Pine reportedly exited the film over budgetary issues. The last film in the series, “Star Trek Beyond,” was released in 2016.

What does this mean for Star Trek? Well, along with Star Trek : Discovery, which will launch it’s season 2 premier in a few days, we also have the Jean-Luc Picard series which is on the way and is being developed. Along with that there seems to be the push to have a few more series based in the Star Trek universe and have like a Marvel or DC kinda cross over thing happening. I am not sure if that will be the case and if all the newer series will be during the same timeline (the Picard series will be set 20 years after the events of Star Trek : Nemesis so atleast that show will be set in the 24th century).

What personal micro loans I really hope is that they return to the core of Star Trek and make it more about exploration – both in the physical realm and what it is to be human (or Vulcan or Trill or Klingon) rather than what we have had so far in recent years. I wasn’t too happy with the Kelvinverse, with the exception of Star Trek : Beyond; a movie which felt like it was true Star Trek and not littered with JJ’s drivel. I want a strong franchise set past the events of Nemesis and have a strong crew that will take us forward.

The Search For Spock’s Horses

So I had posted in October that I was planning my 2018 Star Trek movies rewatching. This is something I do every 2 years and usually towards the end of the year, November-December. I have watched the first 3 films and I was reminded of something.

As a kid I only remember the Star Trek Motion Picture but I don’t remember watching the full movie. I am talking about when I was 7-9 years old, (1983-85) though the movie came out in 1979. But that’s when I remember my extended family watching and talking about that film and how excited they monthly loans no credit check were then an Indian actress, Persis Khambatta, had a major role in it. The only other Trek movie I remember watching before I became a Trekkie at the age of 19 in 1995 was Star Trek III : The Search For Spock.

Back in the late 80s & 1990s we had memberships in a few VHS video lending library. And at one small one in Palarivattom, I remember picking up the Search for Spock as I was curious about the franchise. I must have been 13 or 14 at the time and didn’t know much about Star Trek. For some reason, I remember this movie having the Klingons riding on horses. I dunno why but that’s what I remember even though it’s not in the film. Although when I later watched the movie many years later, I did not remember the story but I was trying to look out for the horses.

This time too on Sunday, when I direct pay day loan was rewatching the movie for the 10th time, I was looking out for the horses. No horses anywhere!

The Search For Star Trek DVDs

I have been looking but failing to find all the first 10 Star Trek movies on dvd in India. Unless it’s for some crazy money. This is crazy. It’s Star Trek! STAR TREK! I have the last 3 ones which are from the reboot/alternate universe or Kelvinverse movies from 2009 to 2016 onwards but I want the first 10. The ones that are personal loans online no credit check near and dear to me.

Ofcourse I could get them on Amazon.com but the price in dollars vs rupees is also crazy. I’m gonna wait and see if I get some freelance online work that I was contacted for and if so, some of the payment is pretty good. Like $100 for one job and if I can get a couple of those or more (like I was told) then I can buy these sets that I really like and have them displayed in my collection and watch the movies on dvd finally.

But it’s crazy being a movie fan in India and finding it so difficult to get proper dvd releases at decent prices. Why do you think Indians pirate movies via download a lot? The crazy prices when we want to buy legally would kill us.

Buying DVDs To Start A Collection

Well I have finally done it! I have dipped my toes into the dvd collection world and made my first proper purchases of dvds. So, usually I would get pirates copies (what are sold as dvds but are copies with cheap print outs of the dvd covers) and the Torrents ofcourse, like most of India and the developing world does. But things have changed a lot since then. Now we have legal options for downloading or streaming movies like Sony LIV, HotStar, Amazon Prime or Netflix. While those are getting really popular and are available for less money on a monthly or yearly basis, I still crave the physical media.

So on checking prices for movies on dvd online in both Flipkart and Amazon India, I finally made my first 3 purchases. I wanted them to be from the original movie series but it’s still Star Trek and that’s fine in my book. So I bought the Kelvinverse trilogy movies of Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016) on a great deal. They are individual cases and all that, though I do remember seeing a box set I think. But these are for great prices on a limited deal. Infact, I could have gotten it even cheaper had I placed the orders last night. But I waited till morning and thus lost the Star Trek Beyond dvd that was selling for a cheaper rate.

It’s gonna be slow and I won’t be able to afford to buy many dvds on a monthly basis but I will build my collection. Blurays are out of the question for now. But someday that too will be easier to buy.