Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

And you thought this kinda stuff started with Chakotay

Right, just because he had a traditional Native American upbringing that doesn't make him an Indian Tracker. How do you know his people weren't farmers?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The question of O'Brien's rank just got even more strange

There has been a question that has perplexed Trekkies for decades: just what is going on with Chief O'Brien's rank?

The franchise's favorite hard working everyman started out as just a glorified extra for the first season of the The Next Generation, filling in on the bridge whenever Geordi or Worf was away. It would not be until the second episode of Season 2 that he got a name then it wouldn't be till the second episode of Season 4 that we learn he was actually enlisted and not an officer. In the fourth season of Deep Space Nine his rank settles at Chief Petty Officer (complete newly designed rank insignia).

However if we add the comic book continuity to this things go really strange...

Pre-TNG O'Brien aboard the USS Rutledge holding the rank of Commander!
O'Brien not long after coming aboard the Enterprise-D, rank of Ensign. For the love of... what had you done O'Brien to be demoted four steps in rank?
 Episode 20 of Season Two, O'Brien has been doing good for him self, he got bumped back up to Lieutenant back in Episode 1 of this season...
 ... only to be busted to Lieutenant Junior Grade by the end of the episode.
Nope. back up to full Lieutenant just in time for Worf's adoptive father to declare him a Chief. Worf's father says it then it must be so: turn in your pips.

By Season 6 of TNG O'Brien gets the single hollow pip of Chief. This is the look of a man who realizes he must now take orders from Lieutenant Barclay.

 Reassigned to a ramshackle space station called Deep Space Nine, O'Brien manages to hold on to his single half pip for four seasons until he is graced with a promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade bringing him back to the realm of officers... at least for the length of the issue:

 By the fourth episode of Season 4, Starfleet decides to just make a rank especially for O'Brien (we only see one other person with this rank insignia in the entire franchise and for her it is a temporary rank), they must have realized that further demotions are unnecessary as simply being Miles Edward O'Brien is punishment enough.

Closing Thought: Colm Meanely who plays the Chief is second to only Michael Dorn in the number of Star Trek appearances, showing up in 211 episodes and in both the pilot and finale of two series, not bad for someone who started as just a day player on the show.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thats cats for you

 Apparently there was a comic were cats take over the the Excelsior (which was under the command of Admiral Kirk). I am honestly shocked references to this don't show up more often on the internet.

So cats consider humans to be an inferior species, and are quite merciless. That seems quite accurate...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fast track for promotion

In "Starfleet" for half a day and already he got made a Lieutenant. I bet Harry is off sticking his head in the warp core about now.

And yes The Doctor did make his own private Starfleet out of the primitive natives of this planet. Guessing when Starfleet programed him they didn't bother with minor things like the Prime Directive.

Who needs the Prime Directive?

SPOCK: Then the Prime Directive is in full force, Captain? 

KIRK: No identification of self or mission. No interference with the social development of said planet. 

MCCOY: No references to space, or the fact that there are other worlds, or more advanced civilizations.

Wait, how big is Spock?

With the way Spock hangs over in to the other frame for a second I thought we were dealing with another giant Spock.