Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Friday, May 25th, 2012

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This is essential reading because it finally explains Nimbus III.

Star Trek: Vanguard: Declassified

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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Four short stories from before, during and after the current Vanguard arc. Loved it.

I’ll always love you, Bridy Mac.

One Trek Mind #3: 10 Least-Likely Trek Guest Shots

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

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One thing I love about being the biggest Star Trek fan among my friends and co-workers is late night texts. Sometimes it’ll just be random badass Worfquotes, but frequently I receive shocked casting discoveries: “What the heck is So-and-so doing on the Enterprise?!?”

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One Trek Mind: Make It A Trek-sgiving!

Jordan | Tales Of Hoffman,The Star Trek Project | Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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“We Star Trek fans may celebrate the Talaxian holiday of Prixin of exclaim “Peldor joi!” during the Bajoran Gratitude Festival, but the fact remains that most of our family and friends are Terran. This means it is time, once again, for Thanksgiving.”

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One Trek Mind: 10 Least Threatening Star Trek Villains

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal,The Star Trek Project | Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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“When Captain Kirk declared “risk is our business” in the season-two TOS episode “Return to Tomorrow” yes, he was discussing the nobler aspects of human potential. But he was also talking about big, nasty, oftentimes hairy space creatures that could turn your internal organs into chunky tomato soup with a glance. The strange, new worlds of Star Trek have some of the best villains in science fiction, but with all that infinite diversity in infinite combinations come a few that no amount of disbelief suspension can make scary. Here, then, are the 10 Least Threatening Star Trek Villains.”

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Open Secrets

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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I won’t lie and call this a masterpiece, but it is an extremely enjoyable and brisk read continuing the fun fun fun that is the Vanguard series.

The noble T’Prynn: forever locked in a Katra battle with the devious Stel from a koon-ut-kal-if-fee gone wrong!
The righteous Diego Reyes: on trial for a crime he’s defiantly proud to admit he committed.
The calculating Chel, Ambassador Jetanien, slurping fetid soup and trying to negotiate back channel deals between the Federation, the Klingons, the Tholians and. . .who else?
The enthusiastic Ming Xiong, a young scientist and researcher put in harm’s way to discover the truth behind the mysterious Taurus Reach Genome.

And, etc etc.

It’s a lot of fun, if you can’t tell. Reading Trek fiction with your pals Kirk & Spock (or Picard or whomever) always feels like a little bit of a put-on. The expanded universe stories do it for me. I’ve already got Book 5 in the series. . .but may not jump in right away.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: A Stitch in Time

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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I’m not going to read the “Season Eight” Deep Space Nine expansion novels. At least not this year. I can say, however, that this one (which is, unofficially, the first of two books in that continuing series) is quite good. Really.

I mean, think about it – what DS9 did best was present rich, full, fascinating characters, and Elim Garak was one of the best ones. So much of what made him interesting was his mysterious past and now it’s time to learn the whole story.

Yes, friends, its the Garak’s full backstory – everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite Cardassian tailor/intelligence operative. His childhood, schooling, early years with Obsidian Order and his eventual banishment to Terok Nor is all here – in surprisingly readable prose from . . .Andrew Robinson? The actor who played him? Hey, why not.

The framing device is a letter composed to Dr. Bashir from Cardassia Prime just after the end of the Dominion War, so if this was meant as a gateway drug to Season Eight, well, it just might have worked.

Star Trek: Infestation

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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First, how awesome is that cover?
This dopey 2-issue arc is part of IDW’s greater crossover series involving most of their licensed brands (GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Transformers.) I’m ignoring the rest of it because it a) reeks of boardroom nonsense that, at the very least, is disrespectful to the mythologies of these universes, and b) because zombies are so fucking played out that even joking about how played out they are is a joke.

But a Trek comic must be read if I’m to keep my blood pressure down, and this has a few good yuks. It is set in the movie timeline, so expect to see Spock call Kirk “Admiral” and expect to see those dopey helmets on the security staff. Also: I can not tell a lie. I really liked the dopey sentient computer/robot who looked like a washing machine that could smile. Wouldn’t mind seeing him again some day.

Star Trek: Captain’s Log

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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Four one-shots from esoteric captains: Sulu, Pike, Jellico and Harriman. Yes, Harriman.

Hardcore Trekkies only, please.

Star Trek: SCE #64 (What’s Past Book Four) – Distant Early Warning by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

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The purchase of my new Amazon Kindle inspired me to sink my teeth into my first official e-book.

While this and many other SCE (Starfleet Corps of Engineers) titles have been released in omnibus editions, I zeroed in on this one for two reasons. It is a prequel of sorts to the Star Trek: Vanguard series, of which I have read the first three of (currently) five, and it is named for a Rush song.

If this is any indication of what the SCE books are like, they are zippy problem-solving tales of the biggest nerds in a nerdy Universe. (It’s no surprise these characters would be the ones for early adapters of e-books.) The ship, the Lovell, is like a flying IT department and it is pretty awesome.

Anyhow, not too much of what the Vanguard is actually like carries over from this short tale, so I would hardly call it essential. I will call it fun, however, and I read 85% of it on a flight from Dallas to Austin. . . which ain’t that long.

Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Exile

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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What happened after Khan, the survivors of the Botany Bay and Marla McGivers beamed down to Ceti Alpha V, but before Captain Terrell and Pavel Chekov ran afoul of the group on (what they thought was) Ceti Alpha VI?

It’s a question we’ve long been asking. So much so that, a few years back, there was a novel written: To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh.

But expanded universes know no canon!

This 4-issue comic is similar to the novel in some of the major beats, but not all. It’s a fun read for Khan fans, and also features some pretty cool art. (Marla McGivers in a flesh-colored catsuit that teeters on the edge of pornographic, for example.)

This is also a good arc for folks who are only Trek fans on a surface level. Pretty much everyone knows Space Seed and TWOK, right?

Star Trek: Alien Spotlight 2

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Sunday, December 26th, 2010

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The second collection of one-shots focused on a particular species, Alien Spotlight 2 isn’t quite as flawless as the first one, but does feature some fun stuff.

The Cardassian entry is tied directly to goings-on in the “Season 8″ DS9 novels and, as such, I didn’t quite know what was going on. (Though it was nice to see my old friends Garak and Kira again.)

The Klingon entry offers some really nice insight into the life of Kang – perhaps the most famous Klingon of all after Worf. The Q and Romluan entries are fine, and the Tribbles one is kinda idiotic, but points for trying.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Sunday, December 26th, 2010

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Any and all complaints about The Space Between must be muted. This was IDW’s first mission into Trek comics, and the overall work they’ve been doing since then (2007) has been phenomenal.

While the ongoing series of the Peter David years is fun, the small-arcs coming out of IDW have, for the most part, been great.

This collection seems, at first, unconnected. Simple stories from throughout the NCC-1701-D’s travels. Riker with no beard. Sick Bay run by Dr. Pulaski. Then, at the end, we realize there has been a connecting thread – and one that goes pretty deep into Sector 31.

Hats off to deep cuts like Quatrotriticale grain and the NX-02′s shuttle pods.

Star Trek: Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Monday, December 20th, 2010

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(Just because I’m done with the shows doesn’t mean the Star Trek Project can’t march on!)

Book 3 of the Vanguard Series and now the shit is really starting to hit the fan.

All of the enigmas of the first two books are coming to light. The Tholians and their special relationship to the Godlike Shedai. The myriad Federation characters aboard and docking at Starbase 47 are (if they’ve survived) in place now for what looks like an ultimate showdown both within and without. (And if this isn’t all leading to the Genesis Device, I don’t know what is.)

There are a lot of characters here, including one of the best drawn Vulcans ever, T’Prinn. She suffers from Val’reth – a horrible living death, due to the invasive katra of her dead betrothed that she killed during koon-ut-kalif-ee.

I’m also very fond of the drunken space pirate Cervantes Quinn, and not just for all the easter egg Rush references that surround him.

Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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An interesting 4-comic arc dealing Kirk’s Enterprise as ambassador to potential new entrants to the Federation, as well as the flagship for Journey to Babel-esque diplomatic necessity. The moral is that that thorough investigation is key to making sure the right people join the club, even if it is the more difficult decision.

Plus: Andorians!

Star Trek (2009), J.J. Abrams, A

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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Okay, you know what kinda-sorta-maybe starts to fall apart once you’ve seen it 100,000 times? The script to this movie.

What, precisely, does Spock Prime have in mind when he sends Kirk back to the Enterprise? I know, I know – it is that the K/S love has to happen, yeah, I get that – but, on a concrete level, how is sending Kirk back essential to stop Nero? And why does Scotty go with him?

And how to they get from their near-rendezvous in the Laurentian System all the way to Saturn in, like, 30 seconds?

The answer to the second question is also the answer to the first. Scotty “updates” the warp drive. Lucky bastard Kurtzmann & Orci really can’t be cornered on this one. Send me some red matter.

These Are The Voyages…, ENT 4

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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Okay, before I tear the concluding episode of all Star Trek television a new nacelle, let me state for the record that it isn’t horrible. And, yes, it is kinda fun to see Riker and Troi again. Kinda.

It just seems odd and wrong that the final episode isn’t about he NX-01, but is actually a footnote from an already existing TNG episode. Truth be told, it took me a minute to remember the episode Pegasus – and to go back there in my mind just seemed kinda awkward. Funny that Malcolm should use the phrase “All Good Things,” as that truly is the only final episode that really, really knocked it out of the park.

I mean – of all the things for Trip to sacrifice himself on? A few random pirates out of nowhere? Saving Shran’s daughter? Just so. . .odd! Ugh – now I’m getting all angry!

Terra Prime, ENT 4

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Saturday, November 13th, 2010

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One last miracle mission for the NX-01 – they’ve got to save the future for diversity and exploration.

Sadly, T’Pol and Trip’s cloned daughter Elizabeth doesn’t make it and I’ll be damned if I didn’t have something in my eye when Archer held Phlox in his arms.

Listen, I know that this is the real last episode of Enterprise – the final episodic chapter of Star Trek – at least in this timeline.

I’m about to watch the notorious These Are The Voyages. . ., and, truth be told, I’m a little nervous.

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