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[[Image:StarWords.JPG|thumb|248px|Gaze upon its power and beauty, and tremble. '''TREMBLE!''']]
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[[Image:Star trek curry.jpg|thumb|300px|Crew of the Enterprise back aboard after visiting a curry house on the Klingon homeworld.]]
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<div style="margin-left: 60px;">For those interested in the full story, the [[Scientists|self-proclaimed experts]] at [[Wookieepedia]] think they have an article about '''''<noinclude>[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars Star Wars]</noinclude>'''''.</div></div>
 
{{Q|It's a trap!|Admiral Ackbar (on the shameless commercial scam to buy Lucas' movie merchandise)|Star Wars}}
 
   
''(Also known as "Episode IV: A New Hope", but only to those pretentious jerks who like to pretend they know about Star Wars but don't even '''care''' about the '''real''' Star Wars like '''I''' do.)
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A long long time ago, when men were men and women were women and Klingons were – well to be perfectly honest - just basically men as well - '''Star Trek''' burst onto the screens of a grateful American nation.
   
In 1975, [[George Lucas]] had an idea. Not an idea as simple as one that you or I might have, of course, as the idea was not had by you or me. It was had by George Lucas. Yes, George Lucas, already the brilliant mastermind behind such works as ''[[American Graffiti]]'', but who really cares about that, anyway? He made [[fuck]]ing STAR WARS!!
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== Origin ==
   
Well, he made six of them as to separate all this into chapters of a serial since this he realized he could make more money and draw a larger audience if he stretched this out. All he wanted to do was special effects and making movies was his way of making BILLIONS for his special effects along. This six-part saga was going to be a NINE-part series, but even Lucas himself got fed up with this damn thing.
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[[Image:Star trek planet.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Roddenberry's vision was that all other habitable planets would be incredibly bland looking]]
Well, he had this idea, and he made his movie(s). A [[movie]] which took place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....
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Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek’s creator) hated the planet Earth after falling off his bike onto it, badly grazing his knee.''”The only reason every damn television series is set on this damn planet is because of institutional racism - nothing more, nothing less”'', he commented - his words here spoken by an actor in a weak attempt to conceal inebriation at the hands of Klingon Mind Lager. ''" But it's ridiculous; there's billions of planets out there and only one of them is Earth. Unless of course you count parallel universes, which I do...but that's just a hobby…and to be honest I've lost count."''
   
It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base have... etc, etc, DEATH STAR!!, etc, Princess Leia, etc, save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy!!
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Roddenbury also much preferred the future to the past as he hadn’t had a nasty bike accident in the future. ''"The present day is only one day out of about 3000 billion days available to set a television show in."'' Roddenberry continued, naked as the day he was born and starting to sway wildly, ''"I wanted to set my television show on one of those other 3000 billion days." ''
   
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Roddenberry set to work, asking his mother if he was allowed to create a television series not set on Earth and not in the present day. Her answer was apparently ‘yes’, as long as it wasn't set next Wednesday after 15:00 - as that's when she was getting her hair done by Ms Haddison around the corner. With next Wednesday out of the picture Roddenberry set the show in the mid twenty-third century - a century that hasn't, even to this day, happened.
   
==Plot Summary==
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== Pitching Star Trek ==
[[Image:Star-Destroyer.JPG|275px|thumb|Pursued across the galaxy by Imperial Star Destroyers such as this one, our heroes must...... do something.]]
 
Star Wars takes place "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," if you are slow and didn't quite get that the first time I mentioned it. Yes, George Lucas was such a [[genius|mastermind]], he didn't have to set his story in the future, which is clearly a Sci-Fi [[cliché]]. Instead, Star Wars takes place in the past, completely ignoring every law of [[science]] and [[common sense]] about technology there is to ignore. The movie also takes place in an alternate galaxy, because it seems like it should. Really, look at the [[Milky Way]]. BORING! Unless you throw in an extra dimension or two, you just can't make our humble [[galaxy]] interesting.
 
   
So, the movie begins, with Lucas, in his eternally laudable sense of storytelling, giving us a bit of background info on the [[story]]. Apparently, at the start of the movie, it is a period of [[civil war]]. Also, it is a period of galactic unrest, and um.....Princess Leia's ship....yeah, anyways, the bad guys are after the good guys. There are lasers, and cool [[EXPLODE!!!|explosions]] and stuff, so....yeah.... I forget exactly what happens next, since I went upstairs at this point to grab my [[popcorn]]. Anyways, a couple of these robots (I know, robots in a sci-fi movie! Who would've thought?) wind up on a desert planet, apparently [[Tatooine|Yootapootapowpow]], or some such creative name, where they meet [[Luke Skywalker]]. [[Princess Leia]] , meanwhile, is captured by the heavy-breathing [[Darth Vader]], who apparently is not a very nice person. Presumably both characters are lonely and would like friends. He and Leia pass the time by staring menacingly at one-another and threatening to blow up planets.
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Roddenberry went to TV Executives at Paramount to discuss his ideas by using this music video. ''"I wanted to name the series after my favourite cat 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' but they didn't believe this to be a snappy enough title. We compromised with 'Star Trek' and to be fair, the cat would still answer to that name as long as he knew there was a bit of food in it for him." ''
   
Meanwhile, the two robust robots fall indirectly into the hands of a spry, rather whiny young lad named Luke Skywalker. His robotic companions lead him to the humble abode of three sand people, who proceed to beat the living shit out of Luke, until an old man comes along and asks them to leave. The old man, after revealing himself to be Ben Kenobi, takes a shot at Luke as well. Luke takes this opportunity to whine, and is again punched, this time by C3P0, one of the droids.
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On the strength of the pitch, a pilot entitled "La Cage" was commissioned. A dispute over biscuit allocation caused a strike at [[Paramount]] and so filming was cancelled in favour of shouting. A year later (the time it takes the Earth to orbit the [[sun]]) Roddenberry pitched another story and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (about a [[woman]] - a species no Star Trek fan has yet discovered) was produced. A dispute over on-set masturbation brought the second strike, and Roddenberry was forced to start again, eventually making "The Man Trap" (sponsored by Morton Salt), which wasn't very good but had a reasonable gay following.
   
They reach Ben's [[home]], where Luke is told of his father, one of my personal favorite parts of the movie. Ben speaks to Luke: ''"Uncle Owen... never told you about your father..." ''
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TV Executive Marcus Howdawg decided to support the show despite low pilot ratings, as he found the show to be a great escape from the demands of his [[feminist]] girlfriend - who had only the week before asked him to have a 'conversation'.
   
Luke says that ''"He told me enough. He told me '''''[[you]]''''' killed him!"''
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== Regular Characters ==
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[[Image:Kirks chair.jpg|200px|thumb|right|He's just like you - and he's the captain!]]
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=== James The Kirk ===
   
''"No,"'' says Ben. ''"'''<big>[[I]]</big>''' am your father. Search your feelings, boy! You know it to be true!"''
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To get the nucleus of the character of Kirk, you have to look at his slight paunch. Roddenbury was insistent that the Captain of the Enterprise should be a man who the audience could engage with and as such he insisted Shatner looked like the kind of guy who is a sexy beast, the kind of guy who could sleep with more women per year than every other man in the history of the world has only thought about having sex per year (and this counts just thinking about the possibility of having sex).[[Image:Spock hand.jpg|thumb|130px|left|Though Vulcans naturally have six fingers, tight budgets meant that Spock's back-story included his middle finger's loss during a miss-timed death-grip. To indicate he had a finger missing Nimoy had to constantly hold his hand in this uncomfortable position. This is undoubtedly why he wishes others to, "Live long, and 'prosper'."]]
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However, in an attempt to humanize the image of the actor (William Shakespear) they subsequently had Kirk sleep with only some women on the show so all other men on the planet can not be threathened by his supreme awesomness.
   
[[Image:Leia_chewbacca_baseball.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Chewie's father always wanted him to be a baseball player.]]
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=== Spock ===
At this point, Luke's hand is chopped off by Obi Wan's [[lightsaber]], and the entire Cantina goes silent. Luke, now with one hand less than before, recruits the help of the rugged and manly space captain [[Han Solo]], whose gruffness hides his soft spot for [[UnScripts:The Young and the Uncyclopedians|soap operas]] and [[Kitten Huffing|kittens]]. Put simply, Han Solo is '''not''' a [[Wikipedia:Stock characters|stock character]], nor is '''anyone''' else in the Star Wars movies, and anyone that says they are is obviously not an expert on the movie like me.
 
   
Along with Han, they meet [[Chewbacca]], the lovable yet internally tortured companion of Han. His greatest dream was always to be a spaceship-piloting smuggler-mercenary-type thing, but his father always wanted him to be a [[baseball]] player. ''"Someday I'll make you proud, [[dad]],"'' sighs Chewie as he boards Han's spaceship.
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Often referred to as Kirk's "shipboard wife", the character of Spock was, in fact, based on the little known, and exotic (to most Star Trek fans) gender, "women". The writers were strongly influenced by their disinterested and disdainful wives who would regard their husbands every action as, ''"Illogical!", "Watching grown men chase a ball around a field!"'', they would protest.
   
At this point, the movie moves into space, territory previously uncharted by science fiction, which Lucas bravely opted to venture into. [[User:High Gen. Grue|Han Solo]], Chewbacca, Obi-Wan, and Luke take off in Han's spaceship, the Centuryhawk, [[technobabble|or some such device]]. There are a couple space battles, but they all get to the Death Star and rescue the trigger-happy Princess Leia, who proceeds to somehow wind up with a firearm and shoot nearly every human, alien, and droid in the station. This clears the way for her, Han, Luke, and Chewbacca to escape the Death Star while Obi-Wan Kenobi wanders away and apparently gets lost, being the senile old man he is. Darth Vader finds him, and he is not really the nicest of people. A downright meanie-head, if you'll excuse my fucking language. Yeah, he kills Obi-Wan. It really didn't take him very long, either. Obi's last words are..... irrelevant, really, because he comes back later as a ghost, anyways.
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Plans to have an alien race in the series called "Women" was overruled by the only member of the production staff not under the influence of some particularly potent Skunk. This overruling was never challenged, because most [[Nerds]] seldom encounter "Women", so are not fully aware of their existence. Instead they settled upon the compromise of having a race in which both genders would act in a similarly, irritatingly logical manner.
   
[[image:kfcporkins.jpg|thumb|One of the many [[fat|famous]] and [[fat|talented]] actors of the Star Wars series, [[fat|relaxing]] between [[fat|takes]].]]
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Being a Vulcan, Spock apparently experiences a state known as the Pon Farr, but for reasons of some possible hormonal abnormality, seems to be trapped in it permanently. Though, he won’t talk about it... to anyone... at all. “Leave me alone! We do not discuss it with off-worlders.” Instead, he is obliged to sneak around demonstrating it, at every available opportunity, to almost any female who manages to avoid Captain Kirk. When not emerging from these well timed, romantic, musical interludes (generally, following a commercial) he spends much of his time: weeping, moping, throwing objects in rage, incensed with indignation, exploding in bouts of hysteria, sulking, laughing, crying, smirking, or smashing things in anger, when not murderously attempting to asphyxiate a close friend. Aside from this, he appears to have an amazing degree of control over his emotions.
At this point, there is a final, climactic, frantic, conclusive, final, climactic battle. In space, of course, as Lucas's aforementioned genius permits the aforementioned battle in the aforementioned movie to take place in the aforementioned setting, space. Space, of course, being aforementioned, like many other aforementioned aforementionings.
 
   
Essentially, Luke is flying through some evil-looking canyon-y thing, when Darth Vader has locked onto his spaceship with his lasers. Darth is dramatically pausing before finishing his opponent, which he knows will certainly happen, because all the odds are in his favor and at this point [[nothing]] could possibly go wrong to stop him. Suddenly, and completely unexpectedly, Han Solo appears in his spaceship, which was apparently not around for any of the actual battle and just showed up at the end to serve as a [[Lord of the Flies|Deus Ex Machina]]. Either way, he shoots Darth Vader's ship, and Luke shoots some shiny things down a hole, which was apparently important, because it makes the Death Star [[a splode|explode]].
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Spock is the most beutiful liveform in the whole universe (that's a fact!)
   
At this point, I assumed the movie was over, because only a filmmaker with such brilliance as Lucas could think to end a page with an ''explosion''. Still, there was more! An [[award]]s ceremony where Luke, Han, Chewie, and the droids all get medals, presumably for being in what is without question the greatest fucking movie of all time.
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=== Doctor McCoy ===
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==Critical Acclaim==
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Known as 'Bones' because of the fused and individual bones supported and supplemented by ligaments, tendons, muscles and [[cartilage]] that go into making up his skeleton, Bones has no medical knowledge whatsoever due to technological advances making such skills redundant. He simply follows instructions given to him by moving triangles on the wall of his sick-bay. His pronouncements of ''"He's dead Jim"'' given during away missions, are the guess of an amateur or prompted by some special hand held device. His primary duties are to loiter on the bridge, to lean on the railings, and to be an annoyance and impairment to command procedures.
[[Image:Starwars_battle.JPG|225px|thumb|right|The purportedly "anachronistic" 1970s special effects.]]
 
As soon as the movie was released, it instantly fell under a constant waterfall of acclaim and praise. Of course, the movie came out in 1977, so no evidence of this praise actually exists today. Still, anybody who was anybody went to see Star Wars, and then went [[home]] to tell everyone how awesome it was. Star Wars is also considered one of the first "High Concept" movies, which, despite having absolutely no idea what that means, I will mention here. Even today, it is praised as one of the best [[science fiction]] movies of all time, by critics such as [[Me|myself]], as I am now an expert on the movie, having just watched it.
 
   
One of the things critics praise about the movie is its intricate symbolism. For example, did you know that the seemingly outdated 1970s special effects are actually symbolic of the internal, emotional battles of [[man]]? They are. Not only that, note the numerous, supposedly unintentional holes in the plot, where the movie seems "inconsistent" to the untrained [[eye]]. These represent the [[chaos]] of modern society, and indeed the entire universe, as Lucas saw it in his artistic mind's eye at the time.
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[[Image:Scotty solitary.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Doohan's two-week spell in solitary confinement proved an extra headache for script-writers.]]
   
Still Star Wars' [[Star Wars Marital Aids|symbolism]] proved to be accessible enough for both the "Average-Joe" moviegoer and the wolf-like critics, who gaze intently at the screen, waiting... waiting for a flaw to exploit, and an excuse to destroy any chance the movie had for ever making any money and ruining a director's credibility, all in one fell swoop. Damn you, critics! Why? WHY??? Luckily, Star Wars was basically perfect on every cinematic level, so no critics [http://www.rottentomatoes.com anywhere] disliked it, and Lucas's credibility remained intact. Well, until the sequels, at least...
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=== Welshy ===
   
....DUNH DUNH DUUUUUUUUUUNH!!!
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Convicted murderer James Doohan played the role of Montgomery Scott, the ship's chief engineer. Doohan was considered too dangerous to interact with the other actors and thus all his scenes were filmed in his cell in the West LA Correctional Facilty, decorated to look like the engine room. The set eventually had to be digitally added, because Doohan kept killing his guards with the styrofoam walls in his eager bids at freedom. He eventually escaped and went on a murder spree in which the only connection between the victims was that they were wearing red shirts.
   
==Sequels, Prequels, Novels, Comics, Spin-offs, Spoofs, and What Little Credibility the Franchise has Left==
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=== Foreigners ===
[[Image:GreedyMoney.PNG|150px|thumb|left|Lucas's ethical dilemma.]]
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[[Image:Uhura1.jpg|120px|left|thumb|Lt. Uhura]]
In the beginning, there was only one Star Wars. Of course, after a success such as Star Wars, fans, and the faceless [[Hollywood]] corporations are left wanting more. The fans want more movie time so that they can pretend that their boring life is action-y and explosion-riddled for a couple of hours. The faceless Hollywood corporations want more so that they can leech money off of said fans until there is nothing left to take, and they control all the money. This is because if they control the money, they [[Dune|control the spice]], and if they control the spice, they control the universe. Still, this left Lucas with only one option: numerous sub-par [[sequel]]s!
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Renowned racist Roddenberry insisted on having ethnic minorities in the Star Trek crew so as to give them nothing of any use to do, thus reinforcing the stereotype of lazy foreigners. So underused were the characters of Sulu and Chechov, they were both replaced by mannequins in the third-series. The only line they would ever utter in this final year was the pre-recorded 'Aye Aye Captain'.
   
Well, the first two sequels, also known as the second and third movies, also known as the fifth and sixth episodes, weren't really that bad. It was the third and fourth sequels, also known as the fourth and fifth movies made, also known as the first and second episodes, that really sucked. The fifth and final sequel, also known as the sixth and final movie, also known as the third episode and finale to the prequels, was largely unnoticed. Supposedly it didn't suck, but by the time it came out, everyone had lost all faith in the Star Wars franchise, and none of my friends ever even mentioned it at lunch.
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Nichelle Nichols broke ground by being the first actress to appear in a sci-fi series with a 'disconnected ear'. Nichelle's right ear was chopped of in a bread slicing accident weeks before filming commenced; this forced her to play the part of Uhura whilst continuously holding her ear in position allowing her to hear her colleague's lines. Unfortunately this meant she was recast from her intended role of futuristic African sex slave to that of Telephone Operator.
   
===Sequels===
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[[Image:Star execution.jpg|thumb|right|140px|1960's serial killers 'The Tennessee Two' are executed by robot probe Nomad.]]
[[Image:Wikipedia_logo_Death_Star.png‎|thumb|200px|Death Star under construction]]
 
Anyway, the sequels can be summarized rather quickly. In ''The Empire Strikes Back'', Darth Vader is Luke's father. No he wasn't dead. Yes, he's Luke's father. Yes, Obi-Wan was lying. Yes, Vader is Luke's father. Yes, Darth had sex with Luke's mommy and nine months later a baby came out that grew up on [[Tatooine|Tatoo....Tatoo....that dry planet]] and was named Luke. In other words, '''Darth Vader was Luke's goddamn father!!''' Really.
 
   
In ''Return of the [[Jedi]]'', Luke goes to the "New Death Star", which I assume was like "New Coke", and vastly inferior to the original. There, Luke fights Darth Vader one last time. Did I mention that said Darth Vader is Luke's father? He is. Anyways, Luke wins, Vader dies, and so does the [[Emperor]], because Darth throws him off a cliff into some giant pit-thing, which apparently leads to something bad, and/or something that he would not survive hitting at terminal velocity. Luke buries Darth Vader, who I should probably mention is Luke's father. This is the end of the series. Well, not really.
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=== Red Jumper Row ===
   
===Prequels===
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Reece Binspoon of Utah, convicted of the old first-degree, was the first man in the USA to be executed for real on a prime-time television drama. An initiative of Roddenberry and the American Government, men from death-row would be executed whilst playing minor characters on away-missions. Such executions were not compulsory; Death Row inmates had to volunteer to have their death recorded as part of a Star Trek episode. ''"Nobody can forgive these people for the crimes they have committed,"'' Roddenberry said at the time, "'' but in having their life taken for the entertainment of an American audience, at least they are giving their victims families some comfort.''"
[[Image:Star wars porn.jpg|thumb|220px|right|Star Wars Episode II: <s>The Production of the Clones</s> The Attack of the Clones.]]
 
   
The Star Wars prequels, released much later than the original than the two sequels, follow the life of a young Anakin Skywalker. We watch as he blossoms from a young [[child]], full of hope and a sense of adventure, to a whiny teenager with a temper issue. He falls in love with Queen [[Padmé]] Amidala of Naboo. Apparently, she cheated on him with Obi-Wan, because one day Anakin gets really angry at both of them all of a sudden. He chokes Padmé (with the Force, because I guess he can do that now) and attacks Obi-Wan. Needless to say, this upsets Obi, who, after trying to "talk things out," chops off all of Anakin's arms and legs and pushes him into a [[Volcano|giant lava pit]].
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Amnesty International refused to campaign against this practice stating, "Whilst we understand why some consider this barbaric, the first consideration is how the execution serves the narrative of an episode."
   
Luckily, Anakin seems to have [[Dungeons and Dragons|rolled for +17]] and is impervious to [[blood]] loss, post-traumatic shock, [[lava]] melting, and immobility due to lack of bodily appendages. He slowly worms himself out of the lava in what could only be described as an amusing display of a pathetic attempt to move. The Emperor finds him, and, from what I can tell, turns him into a robot, and Darth Vader is born, completing the prequels.
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Oh, and I should probably say that the prequels are lame. That's what all the ''real'' Star Wars fans say, and I feel that I am finally ready to join their ranks, as I have seen (parts of) almost every Star Wars movie! So yeah, fuck the prequels!
 
   
==Critical Acclaim of the Other Stuff==
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===Guest Stars===
[[Image:Star Wars empire currency.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Proof that Star Wars easily outranks George Washington as the USA's most important person ever.]]
 
Despite being massive, epic failures (on the "entertainment" level), the three Star Wars prequels made Lucas a lot of [[money]], furthering Lucas and his puppet-masters' plans to "control the world." Not only that, but both of the original sequels are regarded by [[everyone]] as some of the best sequels of all time. At least, I assume so; I thought that one I saw was pretty good. Way better than [[Your mom|Big Momma's House 2]]. Anyway, these sequels are a testament to the fact that some movie directors can make a sequel that doesn't suck, they just choose not to. The newer prequels, meanwhile, show that sometimes you just can't win em all. More than any other symbolism in these, there is this: quit while you're ahead. George Lucas has never said anything [[smart]]er. After all, I would know.
 
   
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A variety of guest stars appeared to make the series seem more realistic. Most were former sex partners of Gene Roddenberry and his horses. For many, it became the line on their resume they usually highlighted and put three exclamation points after.
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Ricardo Montalban used it to break out of his Latin-lover stereotype and progress to roles as Sikh-lovers. Michael Dunn's growth as a thespian was stunted because his toga was needed for alien women's clothing. Diana Muldaur spring-boarded her career by guesting twice on Star Trek. This led to many roles on NBC Mystery Movies and, to the chagrin of Trekkie redheads, the sexy second-season doctor on ST:TNG, Dr. Pulaski. Maria, her child fathered by Roddenberry, sang Midnight at the Oasis but nothing else worth mentioning. Roger C. Carmel was hired thrice to characterize Harcourt Fenton Mudd, including his more lifelike portrayal on ST:The Animated Series. Julie Newmar's stunning performance in Friday's Child led most people to believe she was even weirder than her Catwoman character made her look. John Drew Barrymore's failure to show when contracted to play Lazarus broke his family's heart and led to his subsequent years as a pious monk. As Elaan of Troyius, France Nuyen confirmed rumors that Vietnamese men had a chance with French women.
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Quite a few has-been actors were lucky enough to be cast on the sequel shows. John Colicos reprised his role as Kor, a war-mongering Klingon-Canadian. Mark Lenard came back as Sarek although he'll always be most famous as Aaron Stempel on Here Come the Brides. Michael J. Pollard, however, was unwilling to play a child on ST:Voyager. Ron Howard's goofy-looking brother Clint portrayed a goofy-looking American on ST:DS9. Majel Barrett Roddenberry's voice, of course, was used as the voice of each of Stephen Hawking's wives. Her Lwaxana Troi character on ST:TNG won a Saturn Award in the category for Best Captain-Tease.
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Phasers are common energy-plasma weapons used on Star Trek. The word "phaser" is an acronym of "Photon Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radish-gas". The weapon emits a beam of a type of subatomic particles known in 23rd-century scientific terminology as "rapid nerdons". Upon being fired at a sentient being aboard a spaceship, space station or outside the atmosphere of a planet, these particles cause the pores in the skin of the buttocks to form a suction, usually resulting in the victim's underpants, if worn, to suddenly cling to the buttocks. This is known in Starfleet Academy parlance as a "space wedgie".
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Phasers come in several different sizes, from small hand-held models to big ol' whoopass ship-mounted cannons. Hand-phasers can be small enough to be concealed in the user's palm, while still usable for administering the near-lethal "wedgie". The smallest model used in The Original Series could be snapped onto the back of the somewhat larger pistol-handled model for additional range, to the shock of distant bystanders who would have no idea of the space wedgie's origin.
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Upon depletion of energy, a portable nerdon energy packet could be connected to the weapon for recharging. When this ran out, rubberbands were wrapped around the top of the weapon from front to back, which could be flicked off with the thumb, causing the band to fly forward and slap into the targeted person's face. Thus Kirk could have shot one at Charlie X and said, "That'll teach you to sit in my chair, you scene-stealing, up-staging little punk!" (Though since he had none, he had to settle for picking him up by the rear elastic of his underpants and giving him a brownie).
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Klingons have been known to get angry and belligerent after having rubberbands shot at their faces. Vulcans, while usually maintaining a calm composure afterwards, have described it as "highly annoying", and it has sometimes been known to trigger a premature Pon Farr, much to the surprise of the shooter.
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Huge whoopass rubberbands can also be connected to the external ship's phasers and shot down at the surface of a planet, if the ship is in orbit. When the Enterprise encountered Apollo in "Who Mourns for Adonis" holding his hand over the saucer section of the Enterprise and warning them, "You will obey me... lest I close my hand", Kirk ordered a huge-ass rubberband shot down at his face. "Ow!" Apollo shrieked, looking up at the sky. "Where'd ''that'' come from?"
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Later when Kirk became aware that Apollo had the intention of impregnating one of the female crewmembers, he ordered Sulu to shoot another one, this time aiming a little lower. When it smacked into Apollo's crotch, he raised one knee exclaiming, "Dang, that smarts!"
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However, due to his being within the atmosphere of a planet, as well as his composition consisting of energy, when a phaser was fired at him, instead of creating a suction in the pores of his buttocks, it merely caused the abdominal gases present in the colon to begin increasing rapidly. "Dang, that gave me the farts!" he exclaimed.
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When the landing party beamed down, they were all seen holding their noses, exclaiming "P-U!" though the 1960s TV censors required the sound to be turned off for that part.
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==Special Effects==
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[[Image:redshirt.gif|thumb|280px|left|Special effects gave the show its life.]]
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[[Image:Series3 effects.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Series 3 used models to recreate the impressive voyages of the Starship Enterprise.]]
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Without the complex jiggery-pokery of Computer Graphics Innit (CGI), producing a fictional action series set in space was always an expensive and troublesome operation. It meant such programs had to be filmed in space itself. Though a full mock-up of The Enterprise was built, it did not have its own engines and thus had to be pulled around by ropes attached to a Jupiter space rocket.
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Many papier-mache boulders were depicted on the surfaces of the planets visited. Due to the limited budget, these were simulated by the use of real boulders painted to look like papier-mache. This, however, caused a large number of fatal accidents: thus the tradition of Red Shirt fatalities, and Dr. McCoy's catch phrase began. Director: "Gene! Some dummy just banged his head on a boulder again!" Gene: "So?!... Just put a red shirt on 'em, and have DeForest say, 'He's dead, Jim.' "
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Gene Roddenberry gave away a few tricks of the trade in an interview with [[Walter Cronkite]] - though due to the zero-gravity environment in which the interview took place, all of the letter u's floated away: '' "Obviosly, in the corse of the series, The [[Enterprise]] visits a nmber of alien worlds. With the limited range of the Jpiter rocket, we cold only really get to the moon, and though we toyed with the idea of the Enterprise continally discovering the [[Moon]] every episode, we finally conceded this would be fcking appalling. Ths we jst painted the moon different colors to represent different planets visited. Granted the moon is only a third of the size of Earth, bt painting it did take a considerable amont of time and indeed paint, especially in near weightless conditions"''.
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By the third season of Star Trek, Lenard Nimoy's insistence that his prosthetic ears be made entirely out of gold meant that budget cuts had to be found elsewhere. This forced the production team to abandon out in space filming and use models. ''"It wasn't ideal"'', [[William Shatner]] commented from his own mouth by the dexterity of his tongue, ''"but we just had to work around it and only use half of it. It's sad in a way - but so was the death of Princess Diana and the end of the movie E.T"''
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*The automatic doors in the Enterprise were opened and closed by invisible dogs.
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== Language ==
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The first series was performed entirely in the original Klingon with no subtitles, in an attempt to appeal to the fictional alien species. The experiment proved unsuccessful, and later series used the language spoken by the Queen of England, though a variety of it spoken by a group of England's colonies that rebelled in 1776.
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[[Image:Ussenterpriseblueprint.jpg|thumb|200px|''Star Trek'' covered such themes as space congestion]]
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== Narrative Devices to Allow Deep Space Travel ==
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[[Image:Dog-star-trek-costume.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Roddenberry used new methods for adding a realistic propulsion system to the early Enterprise]]Gene's first problem was to design and build a ship of the size and technological girth to house, support and maintain almost twelve crew members the forty years it would take for the show to reach [[cult]] status. When first planning the opening episodes he went through various issues of ship design and locomotion, eventually settling on attaching the ship to seventeen herds of wild Space-Terriers, which can best be described as massive fast moving asteroids with legs, tail and wet tongues. To the left is a rare photo of the Starship Enterprise under a new idea whereby the motorisation of the space ship was controlled by up to eight [[beer]] in industrial sized metallic cans. This design soon became the standard all future Enterprise would be based on.
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You have to travel pretty fast to travel around outer-space and Roddenberry knew this. He came up with a measurement called Warp Speed whilst ice skating in Belgium. "I decided to make Warp 1 equal to 100mph." Roddenberry explained, "I know this sounds fast for, what is effectively the Enterprise’s first gear, but I don't think you should misunderestimatistand the size of outer-space. It's many times larger than earth. It’s bigger than America for god’s sake!"
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Warp 2 became 200mph and then up in 100 mph chunks with warp 9 being 900mph. "Warp 10 was 2000mph instead of 1000mph because I felt that it should be an out-there kind of figure." Roddenberry continued, "Twice the speed of Concorde - in effect - the Enterprise travelling at full-whack could get you from London to Sydney in just two hours!!"
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== Star Trek’s Politics ==
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[[Image:pinko_enterprise.png|right|thumb|180px|The less-than-subtle sign of Communism in Star Trek]]
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Continuous drunken accusations that Star Trek has connections to [[communism]] have dogged the show rather like a dog would. Money abolished - in Star Trek's universe absolutely. And if that wasn't enough it is argued, the left of left helter-skelter ran to treating women and blacks with respect. Of course religion is no match for technology in this red spockosphere. Gregorian calendar? Not a chance - we're working with Tsar-dates here. If a five year mission sounds like a long time, a five year plan most certainly does not.
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== On Set Relationships ==
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Much has been written about the frosty atmosphere present on set between Shatner and his co-stars. ''”Personally I’ve never had a problem with the fat prick, dammit”, '' DeForest Kelly said in an interview published in the July 1991 edition of '' Efficient Baking '', “'' But it did grow slightly tiring when Bill would constantly insist on improvising rather than following the script. His off the cuff remark that he had to go call his wife totally ruined the tension of my removal of Spock’s brain. Kirk didn’t even have a wife dammit.” ''
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''”I said at the time and I’ll say it again”'' Kirk has since responded, ''”This is sci-fi man, it’s out of space…you guys ever heard of time-travel?’ ''
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In 2007, Paramount/ CBS/ VIACom decided that the horse had not been beaten enough, and decided to ask J.J. Abrams, well known ventriloquist dummy of ''Steven Spielberg'' - to reboot the Star Trek universe. The studio executives had already cornered him in the schoolyard, wedgied him, then took his lunch money. He saw an oppurtunity to be able to earn the money to buy the custard in the Paramount Cafeteria. He signed writer Roberto Orci, a Second Grade Dramatic Writing Arts graduate and a waiter named Alex Kurtzman to reboot the franchise. No one is quite sure who Damon Lindelhof is or what he does, but rumors persist that he was found living behind a couch eating slow mice and licking condensation from the windows.
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Casting was announced as follows:
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*'''Leonard Nimoy''' ''("Fringe"-wasn't-enough-exposure-Spock)''
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A decrepit old Vulcan who has apparently forgotten everything he ever learned in the Original Series and mind-humps Chris Pine with reverb and repeater effects borrowed from his great grandson's guitar equipment and some peyote probably obtained through ''Danny Trejo''. Sadly reports he never got to beat on Chris Pine. Further noteworthy were his efforts to block William Shatner from appearing and stealing what's left of his career, until voiceover work on "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" could begin. Originally cast as a science officer in the original version now suffering from Space-Alzheimers who doesn't think there might be a problem with a planet being sucked into a black hole visible to the naked eye, without running for his motherf**king life.
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*'''Zachary Quinto''' ''("Heroes"-wasn't-enough-exposure-Spock)''
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*'''Eric Bana''' ''(The-only-interesting-character-with-pointed-ears-in-the-movie-Nero)''
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Bana relished the role of Nero and gave his all with complete apathy in the characters emoting and evidentally took cues from Christian Bale's ''Batman'' for when he was ''really'' pissed. He got to beat on Chris Pine too. Bana apparently won the role after ''Russell Crowe'' announced he "...wouldn't be caught dead after readin' that!" then gathered his self respect, punched out a reporter, and remade yet another ''"Robin Hood"'' movie. ''(Good move, Russ...)''
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*'''Zoe Saldana''' ''(Nyota "THE HOE" Uhura)''
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This version of Uhura is only loosely based on Nichelle Nichols portrayal of the dignity of the character, making clear innuendos about oral sex to Quinto's "Heroes"-wasn't-enough-exposure-Spock to secure a position aboard the Starship Enterprise; Valley-Girl vocal intonations and all. Even ''she'' got to beat on Chris Pine ''(...before she took her clothes off, no less - you GO girlfriend!)'' She's been widely praised as approaching the role with the grace of a stripper.
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*'''John Cho''' ''(Hikaru "I-got-the-job-because-J.J. Abrams-shot-milk-out-of-his-nose-watching-"Harold & Kumar" Sulu)''
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Cast as the stereotype helmsman. During a fight scene obviously meant to downplay George Takei's coming out, flips out an oversized Swiss Army Knife, securing further Takei/ Sulu-centric phallic extension jokes. He was even given some lines.
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*'''Simon Pegg''' ''(Montgomery "Just-killing-time-til-"Mission Impossible IV"-Scott, aka "Scotty")''
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For no good reason made jokes in his introduction as a character referenced by innuendo James Doohan and his weight gain. Unknown to audiences was Pegg's overjoyment of his role that he completely missed the fact that he was only a token character who did nothing to advance the plot. ''(No seriously - watch it again, Nimoy does all the work)'' It was reported that the water pipe scene in the Engineering section wasn't scripted, and Abrams continued to roll camera as Pegg nearly drowned. He wanted to beat up Chris Pine, but it would have led to his scenes being deleted.
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*'''Jason Matthew''' ''(Un-named Enterprise Security Officer, a.k.a. "Cup Cake")''
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Yet another character who can apparently easily kick Chris Pine's ass.
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*'''Jack Black''' ''(Shallow Hal)''
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While it had nothing to do with "Star Trek", it was a vastly more entertaining and believable film. He could probably beat up Chris Pine too.
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*'''Chris Hemsworth''' ''(George "I-got-ten-minutes-in-the-opening-then-it's-off-to-film-"THOR"-Kirk)''
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The patriarch of the Kirk clan who got only a little screen time, but manages to prove that the Kirk family is good at getting the snot beaten out of them. ''(I mean *really*... am I the only one who went to this movie and DIDN'T beat the crap out of a Kirk???)''.
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*'''Bruce Greenwood''' ''(Admiral Chris "I-don't-see-any-issue-placing-cadets-in-command-of-my-ship-in-a-warzone" Pike)''
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A largely unknown Canadian actor filling the shoes of the late Jeffery Hunter. The wheelchair Greenwood occupied at the end of the film was actually needed as the oversized cockroach he was forced to swallow was in the fact, the real thing in an attempt by Eric Bana to ensure he wasn't upstaged. Chris Pine wanted to beat him up.
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No one actually cares about the rest of the cast.
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The Starship Enterprise itself was redesigned for the film to resemble a 1960's automobile, complete with fins on the nacelles and a Buick hood ornament on the saucer. Notable on-board amenities include an Apple I-Store on the bridge, a Budweiser Brewery in the engineering section, and giant metal tanks in the communications centre... makes perfect sense.
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The film was generally well received except by people who brought sunglasses to the theater to see past the lens flares to hide the special effects flaws. (''Vagina-monster on '''Hoth''', people''...) Unfortunately, there was no such filter available for the bad plot and dialogue. Others who are generally mesmerized by bright and shiny objects reportedly enjoyed the film. George Lucas declined to comment.
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Crew of the Enterprise back aboard after visiting a curry house on the Klingon homeworld.

“Who do you think is the better captain, Kirk or Kirk?”
~ William Shatner on Patrick Stewart

A long long time ago, when men were men and women were women and Klingons were – well to be perfectly honest - just basically men as well - Star Trek burst onto the screens of a grateful American nation.

Origin

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Roddenberry's vision was that all other habitable planets would be incredibly bland looking

Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek’s creator) hated the planet Earth after falling off his bike onto it, badly grazing his knee.”The only reason every damn television series is set on this damn planet is because of institutional racism - nothing more, nothing less”, he commented - his words here spoken by an actor in a weak attempt to conceal inebriation at the hands of Klingon Mind Lager. " But it's ridiculous; there's billions of planets out there and only one of them is Earth. Unless of course you count parallel universes, which I do...but that's just a hobby…and to be honest I've lost count."

Roddenbury also much preferred the future to the past as he hadn’t had a nasty bike accident in the future. "The present day is only one day out of about 3000 billion days available to set a television show in." Roddenberry continued, naked as the day he was born and starting to sway wildly, "I wanted to set my television show on one of those other 3000 billion days."

Roddenberry set to work, asking his mother if he was allowed to create a television series not set on Earth and not in the present day. Her answer was apparently ‘yes’, as long as it wasn't set next Wednesday after 15:00 - as that's when she was getting her hair done by Ms Haddison around the corner. With next Wednesday out of the picture Roddenberry set the show in the mid twenty-third century - a century that hasn't, even to this day, happened.

Pitching Star Trek

Roddenberry went to TV Executives at Paramount to discuss his ideas by using this music video. "I wanted to name the series after my favourite cat 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' but they didn't believe this to be a snappy enough title. We compromised with 'Star Trek' and to be fair, the cat would still answer to that name as long as he knew there was a bit of food in it for him."

On the strength of the pitch, a pilot entitled "La Cage" was commissioned. A dispute over biscuit allocation caused a strike at Paramount and so filming was cancelled in favour of shouting. A year later (the time it takes the Earth to orbit the sun) Roddenberry pitched another story and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (about a woman - a species no Star Trek fan has yet discovered) was produced. A dispute over on-set masturbation brought the second strike, and Roddenberry was forced to start again, eventually making "The Man Trap" (sponsored by Morton Salt), which wasn't very good but had a reasonable gay following.

TV Executive Marcus Howdawg decided to support the show despite low pilot ratings, as he found the show to be a great escape from the demands of his feminist girlfriend - who had only the week before asked him to have a 'conversation'.

Regular Characters

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He's just like you - and he's the captain!

James The Kirk

To get the nucleus of the character of Kirk, you have to look at his slight paunch. Roddenbury was insistent that the Captain of the Enterprise should be a man who the audience could engage with and as such he insisted Shatner looked like the kind of guy who is a sexy beast, the kind of guy who could sleep with more women per year than every other man in the history of the world has only thought about having sex per year (and this counts just thinking about the possibility of having sex).
Spock hand

Though Vulcans naturally have six fingers, tight budgets meant that Spock's back-story included his middle finger's loss during a miss-timed death-grip. To indicate he had a finger missing Nimoy had to constantly hold his hand in this uncomfortable position. This is undoubtedly why he wishes others to, "Live long, and 'prosper'."

However, in an attempt to humanize the image of the actor (William Shakespear) they subsequently had Kirk sleep with only some women on the show so all other men on the planet can not be threathened by his supreme awesomness.

Spock

Often referred to as Kirk's "shipboard wife", the character of Spock was, in fact, based on the little known, and exotic (to most Star Trek fans) gender, "women". The writers were strongly influenced by their disinterested and disdainful wives who would regard their husbands every action as, "Illogical!", "Watching grown men chase a ball around a field!", they would protest.

Plans to have an alien race in the series called "Women" was overruled by the only member of the production staff not under the influence of some particularly potent Skunk. This overruling was never challenged, because most Nerds seldom encounter "Women", so are not fully aware of their existence. Instead they settled upon the compromise of having a race in which both genders would act in a similarly, irritatingly logical manner.

Being a Vulcan, Spock apparently experiences a state known as the Pon Farr, but for reasons of some possible hormonal abnormality, seems to be trapped in it permanently. Though, he won’t talk about it... to anyone... at all. “Leave me alone! We do not discuss it with off-worlders.” Instead, he is obliged to sneak around demonstrating it, at every available opportunity, to almost any female who manages to avoid Captain Kirk. When not emerging from these well timed, romantic, musical interludes (generally, following a commercial) he spends much of his time: weeping, moping, throwing objects in rage, incensed with indignation, exploding in bouts of hysteria, sulking, laughing, crying, smirking, or smashing things in anger, when not murderously attempting to asphyxiate a close friend. Aside from this, he appears to have an amazing degree of control over his emotions.

Spock is the most beutiful liveform in the whole universe (that's a fact!)

Doctor McCoy

Known as 'Bones' because of the fused and individual bones supported and supplemented by ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage that go into making up his skeleton, Bones has no medical knowledge whatsoever due to technological advances making such skills redundant. He simply follows instructions given to him by moving triangles on the wall of his sick-bay. His pronouncements of "He's dead Jim" given during away missions, are the guess of an amateur or prompted by some special hand held device. His primary duties are to loiter on the bridge, to lean on the railings, and to be an annoyance and impairment to command procedures.

Scotty solitary

Doohan's two-week spell in solitary confinement proved an extra headache for script-writers.

Welshy

Convicted murderer James Doohan played the role of Montgomery Scott, the ship's chief engineer. Doohan was considered too dangerous to interact with the other actors and thus all his scenes were filmed in his cell in the West LA Correctional Facilty, decorated to look like the engine room. The set eventually had to be digitally added, because Doohan kept killing his guards with the styrofoam walls in his eager bids at freedom. He eventually escaped and went on a murder spree in which the only connection between the victims was that they were wearing red shirts.

Foreigners

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Lt. Uhura

Renowned racist Roddenberry insisted on having ethnic minorities in the Star Trek crew so as to give them nothing of any use to do, thus reinforcing the stereotype of lazy foreigners. So underused were the characters of Sulu and Chechov, they were both replaced by mannequins in the third-series. The only line they would ever utter in this final year was the pre-recorded 'Aye Aye Captain'.

Nichelle Nichols broke ground by being the first actress to appear in a sci-fi series with a 'disconnected ear'. Nichelle's right ear was chopped of in a bread slicing accident weeks before filming commenced; this forced her to play the part of Uhura whilst continuously holding her ear in position allowing her to hear her colleague's lines. Unfortunately this meant she was recast from her intended role of futuristic African sex slave to that of Telephone Operator.

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1960's serial killers 'The Tennessee Two' are executed by robot probe Nomad.

Red Jumper Row

Reece Binspoon of Utah, convicted of the old first-degree, was the first man in the USA to be executed for real on a prime-time television drama. An initiative of Roddenberry and the American Government, men from death-row would be executed whilst playing minor characters on away-missions. Such executions were not compulsory; Death Row inmates had to volunteer to have their death recorded as part of a Star Trek episode. "Nobody can forgive these people for the crimes they have committed," Roddenberry said at the time, " but in having their life taken for the entertainment of an American audience, at least they are giving their victims families some comfort."

Amnesty International refused to campaign against this practice stating, "Whilst we understand why some consider this barbaric, the first consideration is how the execution serves the narrative of an episode."


Guest Stars

A variety of guest stars appeared to make the series seem more realistic. Most were former sex partners of Gene Roddenberry and his horses. For many, it became the line on their resume they usually highlighted and put three exclamation points after. Ricardo Montalban used it to break out of his Latin-lover stereotype and progress to roles as Sikh-lovers. Michael Dunn's growth as a thespian was stunted because his toga was needed for alien women's clothing. Diana Muldaur spring-boarded her career by guesting twice on Star Trek. This led to many roles on NBC Mystery Movies and, to the chagrin of Trekkie redheads, the sexy second-season doctor on ST:TNG, Dr. Pulaski. Maria, her child fathered by Roddenberry, sang Midnight at the Oasis but nothing else worth mentioning. Roger C. Carmel was hired thrice to characterize Harcourt Fenton Mudd, including his more lifelike portrayal on ST:The Animated Series. Julie Newmar's stunning performance in Friday's Child led most people to believe she was even weirder than her Catwoman character made her look. John Drew Barrymore's failure to show when contracted to play Lazarus broke his family's heart and led to his subsequent years as a pious monk. As Elaan of Troyius, France Nuyen confirmed rumors that Vietnamese men had a chance with French women. Quite a few has-been actors were lucky enough to be cast on the sequel shows. John Colicos reprised his role as Kor, a war-mongering Klingon-Canadian. Mark Lenard came back as Sarek although he'll always be most famous as Aaron Stempel on Here Come the Brides. Michael J. Pollard, however, was unwilling to play a child on ST:Voyager. Ron Howard's goofy-looking brother Clint portrayed a goofy-looking American on ST:DS9. Majel Barrett Roddenberry's voice, of course, was used as the voice of each of Stephen Hawking's wives. Her Lwaxana Troi character on ST:TNG won a Saturn Award in the category for Best Captain-Tease.

Weapons

Phasers

Phasers are common energy-plasma weapons used on Star Trek. The word "phaser" is an acronym of "Photon Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radish-gas". The weapon emits a beam of a type of subatomic particles known in 23rd-century scientific terminology as "rapid nerdons". Upon being fired at a sentient being aboard a spaceship, space station or outside the atmosphere of a planet, these particles cause the pores in the skin of the buttocks to form a suction, usually resulting in the victim's underpants, if worn, to suddenly cling to the buttocks. This is known in Starfleet Academy parlance as a "space wedgie".

Phasers come in several different sizes, from small hand-held models to big ol' whoopass ship-mounted cannons. Hand-phasers can be small enough to be concealed in the user's palm, while still usable for administering the near-lethal "wedgie". The smallest model used in The Original Series could be snapped onto the back of the somewhat larger pistol-handled model for additional range, to the shock of distant bystanders who would have no idea of the space wedgie's origin.

Upon depletion of energy, a portable nerdon energy packet could be connected to the weapon for recharging. When this ran out, rubberbands were wrapped around the top of the weapon from front to back, which could be flicked off with the thumb, causing the band to fly forward and slap into the targeted person's face. Thus Kirk could have shot one at Charlie X and said, "That'll teach you to sit in my chair, you scene-stealing, up-staging little punk!" (Though since he had none, he had to settle for picking him up by the rear elastic of his underpants and giving him a brownie).

Klingons have been known to get angry and belligerent after having rubberbands shot at their faces. Vulcans, while usually maintaining a calm composure afterwards, have described it as "highly annoying", and it has sometimes been known to trigger a premature Pon Farr, much to the surprise of the shooter.

Huge whoopass rubberbands can also be connected to the external ship's phasers and shot down at the surface of a planet, if the ship is in orbit. When the Enterprise encountered Apollo in "Who Mourns for Adonis" holding his hand over the saucer section of the Enterprise and warning them, "You will obey me... lest I close my hand", Kirk ordered a huge-ass rubberband shot down at his face. "Ow!" Apollo shrieked, looking up at the sky. "Where'd that come from?"

Later when Kirk became aware that Apollo had the intention of impregnating one of the female crewmembers, he ordered Sulu to shoot another one, this time aiming a little lower. When it smacked into Apollo's crotch, he raised one knee exclaiming, "Dang, that smarts!"

However, due to his being within the atmosphere of a planet, as well as his composition consisting of energy, when a phaser was fired at him, instead of creating a suction in the pores of his buttocks, it merely caused the abdominal gases present in the colon to begin increasing rapidly. "Dang, that gave me the farts!" he exclaimed.

When the landing party beamed down, they were all seen holding their noses, exclaiming "P-U!" though the 1960s TV censors required the sound to be turned off for that part.

Special Effects

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Special effects gave the show its life.

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Series 3 used models to recreate the impressive voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

Without the complex jiggery-pokery of Computer Graphics Innit (CGI), producing a fictional action series set in space was always an expensive and troublesome operation. It meant such programs had to be filmed in space itself. Though a full mock-up of The Enterprise was built, it did not have its own engines and thus had to be pulled around by ropes attached to a Jupiter space rocket.

Many papier-mache boulders were depicted on the surfaces of the planets visited. Due to the limited budget, these were simulated by the use of real boulders painted to look like papier-mache. This, however, caused a large number of fatal accidents: thus the tradition of Red Shirt fatalities, and Dr. McCoy's catch phrase began. Director: "Gene! Some dummy just banged his head on a boulder again!" Gene: "So?!... Just put a red shirt on 'em, and have DeForest say, 'He's dead, Jim.' "

Gene Roddenberry gave away a few tricks of the trade in an interview with Walter Cronkite - though due to the zero-gravity environment in which the interview took place, all of the letter u's floated away: "Obviosly, in the corse of the series, The Enterprise visits a nmber of alien worlds. With the limited range of the Jpiter rocket, we cold only really get to the moon, and though we toyed with the idea of the Enterprise continally discovering the Moon every episode, we finally conceded this would be fcking appalling. Ths we jst painted the moon different colors to represent different planets visited. Granted the moon is only a third of the size of Earth, bt painting it did take a considerable amont of time and indeed paint, especially in near weightless conditions".

By the third season of Star Trek, Lenard Nimoy's insistence that his prosthetic ears be made entirely out of gold meant that budget cuts had to be found elsewhere. This forced the production team to abandon out in space filming and use models. "It wasn't ideal", William Shatner commented from his own mouth by the dexterity of his tongue, "but we just had to work around it and only use half of it. It's sad in a way - but so was the death of Princess Diana and the end of the movie E.T"

FAN FACT:

  • The automatic doors in the Enterprise were opened and closed by invisible dogs.

Language

The first series was performed entirely in the original Klingon with no subtitles, in an attempt to appeal to the fictional alien species. The experiment proved unsuccessful, and later series used the language spoken by the Queen of England, though a variety of it spoken by a group of England's colonies that rebelled in 1776.

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Star Trek covered such themes as space congestion

Narrative Devices to Allow Deep Space Travel

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Roddenberry used new methods for adding a realistic propulsion system to the early Enterprise

Gene's first problem was to design and build a ship of the size and technological girth to house, support and maintain almost twelve crew members the forty years it would take for the show to reach cult status. When first planning the opening episodes he went through various issues of ship design and locomotion, eventually settling on attaching the ship to seventeen herds of wild Space-Terriers, which can best be described as massive fast moving asteroids with legs, tail and wet tongues. To the left is a rare photo of the Starship Enterprise under a new idea whereby the motorisation of the space ship was controlled by up to eight beer in industrial sized metallic cans. This design soon became the standard all future Enterprise would be based on.

You have to travel pretty fast to travel around outer-space and Roddenberry knew this. He came up with a measurement called Warp Speed whilst ice skating in Belgium. "I decided to make Warp 1 equal to 100mph." Roddenberry explained, "I know this sounds fast for, what is effectively the Enterprise’s first gear, but I don't think you should misunderestimatistand the size of outer-space. It's many times larger than earth. It’s bigger than America for god’s sake!"

Warp 2 became 200mph and then up in 100 mph chunks with warp 9 being 900mph. "Warp 10 was 2000mph instead of 1000mph because I felt that it should be an out-there kind of figure." Roddenberry continued, "Twice the speed of Concorde - in effect - the Enterprise travelling at full-whack could get you from London to Sydney in just two hours!!"

Star Trek’s Politics

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The less-than-subtle sign of Communism in Star Trek

Continuous drunken accusations that Star Trek has connections to communism have dogged the show rather like a dog would. Money abolished - in Star Trek's universe absolutely. And if that wasn't enough it is argued, the left of left helter-skelter ran to treating women and blacks with respect. Of course religion is no match for technology in this red spockosphere. Gregorian calendar? Not a chance - we're working with Tsar-dates here. If a five year mission sounds like a long time, a five year plan most certainly does not.

On Set Relationships

Much has been written about the frosty atmosphere present on set between Shatner and his co-stars. ”Personally I’ve never had a problem with the fat prick, dammit”, DeForest Kelly said in an interview published in the July 1991 edition of Efficient Baking , “ But it did grow slightly tiring when Bill would constantly insist on improvising rather than following the script. His off the cuff remark that he had to go call his wife totally ruined the tension of my removal of Spock’s brain. Kirk didn’t even have a wife dammit.”

”I said at the time and I’ll say it again” Kirk has since responded, ”This is sci-fi man, it’s out of space…you guys ever heard of time-travel?’


2009 Parody Film

In 2007, Paramount/ CBS/ VIACom decided that the horse had not been beaten enough, and decided to ask J.J. Abrams, well known ventriloquist dummy of Steven Spielberg - to reboot the Star Trek universe. The studio executives had already cornered him in the schoolyard, wedgied him, then took his lunch money. He saw an oppurtunity to be able to earn the money to buy the custard in the Paramount Cafeteria. He signed writer Roberto Orci, a Second Grade Dramatic Writing Arts graduate and a waiter named Alex Kurtzman to reboot the franchise. No one is quite sure who Damon Lindelhof is or what he does, but rumors persist that he was found living behind a couch eating slow mice and licking condensation from the windows.

Casting was announced as follows:

  • Leonard Nimoy ("Fringe"-wasn't-enough-exposure-Spock)

A decrepit old Vulcan who has apparently forgotten everything he ever learned in the Original Series and mind-humps Chris Pine with reverb and repeater effects borrowed from his great grandson's guitar equipment and some peyote probably obtained through Danny Trejo. Sadly reports he never got to beat on Chris Pine. Further noteworthy were his efforts to block William Shatner from appearing and stealing what's left of his career, until voiceover work on "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" could begin. Originally cast as a science officer in the original version now suffering from Space-Alzheimers who doesn't think there might be a problem with a planet being sucked into a black hole visible to the naked eye, without running for his motherf**king life.

  • Chris Pine (James "THE DOUCHE" Kirk)

Reimagined as a juvenile delinquent who's every antisocial antic is rewarded by those around him (just like real life, according to the writer; drawing comparisons to J.F.K., George W. Bush and Justin Bieber. Lists of offences committed by Cadet Kirk is a source of jokes at West Point and Annapolis). This James T Kirk is apparently completely unable to defend himself in any situation or capacity; even after three years at a quasi-military academy. His promotion to Captain of the Enterprise was completely expected, not having had to earn it AND skipping over 6 paygrades past his peers who have toiled their way through for promotion must surely have awarded him the due respect of his classmates and crew.

  • Zachary Quinto ("Heroes"-wasn't-enough-exposure-Spock)

An inept young Vulcan who never watched The Original Series and beats the tar out of Chris Pine. Leonard Nimoy disallowed him the use of the reverb effects. This character is also apparently, though Vulcan by upbringing, not affected the Vulcan need to get funky once every seven years, going as far as to jeopardize his career by having an affair with a cadet under his command. He is further noted for putting Winona Ryder out of her misery.

  • Eric Bana (The-only-interesting-character-with-pointed-ears-in-the-movie-Nero)

Bana relished the role of Nero and gave his all with complete apathy in the characters emoting and evidentally took cues from Christian Bale's Batman for when he was really pissed. He got to beat on Chris Pine too. Bana apparently won the role after Russell Crowe announced he "...wouldn't be caught dead after readin' that!" then gathered his self respect, punched out a reporter, and remade yet another "Robin Hood" movie. (Good move, Russ...)

  • Zoe Saldana (Nyota "THE HOE" Uhura)

This version of Uhura is only loosely based on Nichelle Nichols portrayal of the dignity of the character, making clear innuendos about oral sex to Quinto's "Heroes"-wasn't-enough-exposure-Spock to secure a position aboard the Starship Enterprise; Valley-Girl vocal intonations and all. Even she got to beat on Chris Pine (...before she took her clothes off, no less - you GO girlfriend!) She's been widely praised as approaching the role with the grace of a stripper.

  • John Cho (Hikaru "I-got-the-job-because-J.J. Abrams-shot-milk-out-of-his-nose-watching-"Harold & Kumar" Sulu)

Cast as the stereotype helmsman. During a fight scene obviously meant to downplay George Takei's coming out, flips out an oversized Swiss Army Knife, securing further Takei/ Sulu-centric phallic extension jokes. He was even given some lines.

  • Simon Pegg (Montgomery "Just-killing-time-til-"Mission Impossible IV"-Scott, aka "Scotty")

For no good reason made jokes in his introduction as a character referenced by innuendo James Doohan and his weight gain. Unknown to audiences was Pegg's overjoyment of his role that he completely missed the fact that he was only a token character who did nothing to advance the plot. (No seriously - watch it again, Nimoy does all the work) It was reported that the water pipe scene in the Engineering section wasn't scripted, and Abrams continued to roll camera as Pegg nearly drowned. He wanted to beat up Chris Pine, but it would have led to his scenes being deleted.

  • Jason Matthew (Un-named Enterprise Security Officer, a.k.a. "Cup Cake")

Yet another character who can apparently easily kick Chris Pine's ass.

  • Jack Black (Shallow Hal)

While it had nothing to do with "Star Trek", it was a vastly more entertaining and believable film. He could probably beat up Chris Pine too.

  • Chris Hemsworth (George "I-got-ten-minutes-in-the-opening-then-it's-off-to-film-"THOR"-Kirk)

The patriarch of the Kirk clan who got only a little screen time, but manages to prove that the Kirk family is good at getting the snot beaten out of them. (I mean *really*... am I the only one who went to this movie and DIDN'T beat the crap out of a Kirk???).

  • Bruce Greenwood (Admiral Chris "I-don't-see-any-issue-placing-cadets-in-command-of-my-ship-in-a-warzone" Pike)

A largely unknown Canadian actor filling the shoes of the late Jeffery Hunter. The wheelchair Greenwood occupied at the end of the film was actually needed as the oversized cockroach he was forced to swallow was in the fact, the real thing in an attempt by Eric Bana to ensure he wasn't upstaged. Chris Pine wanted to beat him up.


No one actually cares about the rest of the cast.

The Starship Enterprise itself was redesigned for the film to resemble a 1960's automobile, complete with fins on the nacelles and a Buick hood ornament on the saucer. Notable on-board amenities include an Apple I-Store on the bridge, a Budweiser Brewery in the engineering section, and giant metal tanks in the communications centre... makes perfect sense.


The film was generally well received except by people who brought sunglasses to the theater to see past the lens flares to hide the special effects flaws. (Vagina-monster on Hoth, people...) Unfortunately, there was no such filter available for the bad plot and dialogue. Others who are generally mesmerized by bright and shiny objects reportedly enjoyed the film. George Lucas declined to comment.

In 2011, Robert Orci emerged from a bathroom with fecal matter smeared toilet paper and announced the screenplay for "Star Trek II" was ready. It will begin shooting in January 2012, aiming for a 2013 release. He stated he isn't worried because... "if the Mayans are right, then no one will see how awful this is."

He then savagely beat Chris Pine.

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