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Oct. 13th, 2016

Star Trek fanon, canon, headcanon

So I've been reading more TOS fics. Including the reboot Trek stuff since beggars can't be choosers. Been noticing a lot of fanon poppping up that didn't make sense in context of the new series. Then I went back and looked over some episode transcripts of TOS and lo and behold, it wasn't really canon there either.

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Oct. 10th, 2016

If Twilight Zone did Star Trek...


Comment 1: "My personal and admittedly macabre theory is that human transporter chiefs exist primarily because the transporter is fully capable of reconstituting a subject from new base matter when the pattern of a subject has been recieved, but the matter stream is completely or partially lost.
When this occurs, no record is kept, and the computer isn't called upon to note the action in any way. The chief makes the call, which is too morally complex to be left to a computer, and he/she adds new matter to the stream.
Everyone prefers not knowing. There's nothing to be gained from knowing.
Only the transporter chief knows that the person stepping off the transporter pad isn't actually the same person who left on the away mission. Part of his/her duty is to never speak of it to anyone."

Comment 2: "Explains O'Brien's PTSD. Among many other reasons."


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Oct. 5th, 2016

Get your MilSciFi out of my Trek plz

Been going back over the Star Trek fandom lately, reading some fanfics and playing STO (trying to get my shiny Vulcan D'kyr decked out for a spin). It's pretty obvious to see the influences of the nuTrek franchise and other more recent military-oriented sci fi shows in the fandom. A couple of things always starts to pop up in discussions and I'm getting a little tired of them.

1. Carriers and fighters.

The influence from the newer Battlestar Galactica series is obvious. Also evident are the fans of modern carrier doctrine. Now, I'm not going to argue what makes sense in terms of military doctrine or 'realism', since any writer can twist the universe to suit the argument either way. Instead, I'm going to argue based on the kind of story telling for why this is a bad idea.

What do we get when we have carrier/fighter based ships? Ace jockey characters along the line of Top Gun, Starbuck...or Tom Paris. You get a bunch of stories where there will be a reason for your starship and the majority of your characters/crew to not be able to be on-scene while the ace fighter makes his daring run on the death star. Again and again and... yeah.

I watch Star Trek for the exploration and the culture clash/meeting of minds between the cast and the rubber aliens of the week. Even DS9, it was more fun when the story was about political machinations and social commentary of how far a moral person/society can sink to when the situation gets desperate. If I want to read/watch about the pluck of the typical anti-authoritarian maverick (and I don't), it's not going to be in my Trek.

2. Bigger/more is better.

You see this a lot with the nuTrek Enterprise, now with like 10x the size of the TOS Enterprise and 20x the guns. I have to wonder how much of this is due to fanboys and production crew waving their epeens at each other and trying to throw better numbers out for the next Star Trek vs Star Wars debate. Or I'm giving them too much credit even for that, and it's just about how much CGI they can throw onto the silver screen.


3. Militarization, militarization, militarization; no peaceniks allowed.

I see all these forum posts going on and on about how the TNG era was a bunch of hippies went 'Peace at any Price', and that if the TNG Federation had been better armed and militarized, they wouldn't have had the hard time they did with the Borg, the Dominion, etc. I have to wonder if this is a generation disconnect between the generation that came out of WWII and was still feeling the stings of Vietnam, versus the current post-911 generation who're feeling the pressure of the USA's sole superpower status slipping away.

The thing is, it doesn't matter how over-militarized or well-armed the Federation or its ships are on paper. From a story telling perspective (and this applies to both canon and any well written fanfic), their enemy is always going to be bigger and better if there is actually going to be suspense. At no point were they ever going to "fare better" against the Borg or the Dominion or the alien enemy of the week, or those stories would suck!

Also, the 'moar dakka' adherents are missing the whole point to those stories. None of them were about resolving conflict through force. The Borg were defeated in TNG by lateral thinking (TBOBW) and via the theme of individuality versus blind conformity (I Borg, Descent). The Dominion were defeated by cowboy diplomacy (wormhole aliens), normal messy diplomacy (Klingon alliance), moral sacrifice (Romulan alliance), and a stumble on the slippery slope (Section 31). As in the real world, unilateral militarism is not the answer, and shouldn't be the answer.

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Oct. 29th, 2014

Quoted for truth XD

"Essentially, Starfleet is the Jackie Chan of the Alpha Quadrant, constantly shouting 'I WANT NO TROUBLE!' while holding a shipload of civilians in one hand and an unstable superweapon in the other yet easily fight off bigger meaner aggressive thugs." -- Damar (Source)

Also, just linking this poke at STO for fun:

"Although they did also dumb down the Borg by taking away their adaptation ability in space. Not that adaptation was the most logical thing in ground combat, anyway, since the drones adapted to all non-physical/kinetic damage. Including the toxin in my Gorn's saliva... which could apparently then be 'changed to a different frequency' with the standard remodulator." -- Kavris (Source)

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Oct. 12th, 2014

History never forgets the name...

Finally finished the previous old "new" episodes on STO before the new new expansion pack is due out next week. Heh. Anyways, while I was micromanaging all my stuff in STO, I got thinking of the history of the Enterprises and decided to do some checking. I am taking STO as the sequel to the TV/movies, while ignoring all the novels.

Enterprise 1701 - launched in 2245 and destroyed in 2285 (STII) -- 40 years
Enterprise A - Renamed in 2286 (STIV) and decommissioned(?) in 2292 -- 6 years
Enterprise B - Launched in 2293 (ST8) & lost in 2329 -- 36 years
Enterprise C - Launched in 2332 & lost in 2344 (TNG 3:15) -- 12 years
Enterprise D - Launched in 2364 & destroyed in 2371 -- 7 years
Enterprise E - Launched in 2372 & lost in 2408 -- 36 years
Enterprise F - Launched in 2409 (STO)
Enterprise J - Up and running some time in 25xx (ENT)

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Mar. 14th, 2012

I <3 RP'ers

Seriously, some most of the people who rant and froth on the forums of any game can stand to chill a little. Maybe take after this guy.

Also, to all those bigots (anthro-centric?) people ranting about how we've always had a human captain of the Enterprise...

1. Capt. Spock (Ent-1701 in STII while it was stationed at the SF Academy)
2. Capt. Data (Ent-E in the ST Reboot prequel comics which are officially canon)

People who claim they don't "count" as non-human need to be suffocated under a mountain of tribbles.

Personally, I have no problems with a non-human captain of the Ent-F. As long as they have not officially killed off Data (again), which they haven't, it's all good. (My head-canon is now that the Ent-E was decommissioned and Data retired from Starfleet to be a professor at Cambridge or something like in that future AU in "All Good Things").

Jan. 26th, 2012


Apparently Star Trek Online just switched to free-to-play (cosmetic microtransaction) model.

Hm. >.>

Inner geek tingling...

EDIT: Also, a completely unrelated, hilarious TNG fan vid. And a cute SW mst3k

EDIT2: Apparently, my video card is too old for STO. Can only run at low settings. Foo. It's not like I'm there for the gameplay. :P

Dec. 7th, 2011

TNG (& other) fic recs

Cashew asked me about Q/Picard fics, sometime back. I mentioned that the TNG fanfic-dom is already teeny compared to the TOS fic-dom, much less have good fics for a particular pairing.

Of course, that didn't stop me from going out and see what I could find. And lo, among all the chaff, there were a few gems. *beams*

Thank You by icarus_chained - I've actually recced some HL fics by this author before. His TNG fics are great too. Very fluffy fic, this one. Squee-worthy.

Infatuation by sasha_anu - A not so happy ending fic, with characterization that really stands out. And I admit, Patrick Stewart Picard unleashing his verbal "fangs" is *hot*.

Untitled? fic by maraceles - Lies somewhere on the spectrum between the first two fics I guess.

Sanity & its sequel Reality by Tiggy Malvern - Excuses, excuses... wherein a fic actually takes into account the backdrop of ST:FC and the Dominion War.

Hypothetically Speaking by Alara J Rogers - Post-Nemesis. Good effort on trying to consolidate Q's depiction in VOY with TNG.

And now, an actual Reboot!Trek fic rec. Something I actually like out of this new timeline! Gasp!

Not All Those Who Wander - Spock Prime making his way through the new universe he's stuck in.

EDIT: Some more non-slash TNG fics...

Lost in the Woods and its sequel No Good Deed - TNG crossover with Firefly, though the sequel is more two separate stories dealing with the aftermath of the first fic. I liked the plotting, the characters, and how this is a perfect example of how a good xover can be written of series that are completely imbalanced on a versus scale. The random pinyin was a little bit annoying, but it's also Firefly canon, so oh well.

Some non-ST fic recs

The Anubis Saga - SG-1 x kitteh. Yeah, you heard right. XD

The ZPM Equation - Stargate (SG-1 and Atlantis) crossover with Numb3rs.

Structural Integrity - SG-1 episode tag for "Shades of Grey". I usually don't like angst-fics, but this one certainly jerked my heart out. Great fic exploring the friendship and closeness of SG-1.

Nov. 20th, 2011

Star Trek Canon Recs

ST:TOS Must See
1.14 Balance of Terror - introduces the Romulans
1.22 Space Seed - set the stage for STII
1.26 Errand of Mercy - cements Fed-Klingon relationships in the 23rd century
1.28 The City on the Edge of Forever - one of the highest fan-rated eps
2.1 Amok Time - introduces Vulcan; Spock gets dumped at the altar
2.4 Mirror, Mirror - introduces the Mirror Universe, revisited in DS9/VOY/ENT
2.10 Journey to Babel - introduces Spock's family (Sarek had his own following)
2.15 The Trouble With Tribbles - fluffy (literally!) & hilarious ep; revisited in DS9
3.10 Plato's Stepchildren - blah ep famous for historic first televised interracial kiss

ST:TOS Other Suggested Picks
1.15 Shore Leave - plenty of slashy subtext
1.16 Galileo Seven - great character growth ep for Spock
1.25 Devil in the Dark - introduces the popular Horta species
2.17 A Piece of the Action - fluff and crack
STII - fan favorite movie
STIV - my favorite movie
STVI - also fan favorite movie

ST:TNG ep recs )

EDIT: Various images I came across on my way to choosing my icon.

Dec. 14th, 2010

fic recs

HP/Marvel comics xover - Pure crack. I was in tears. *heheh*

HP/ST:TNG xover - another hilarious fic featuring Q inflicting his presence on Hogwarts. I get the feeling it didn't quite end at the last chapter tho...

On the Way to Greatness - A serious non crossover HP fic this time. This is a Harry sorted into Slytherin fic which tries to avoid all the cliches of the genre.

The Best Revenge - A Snape mentors Harry fic where the adults aren't incompetent and are willing to step up to take the risks that a student shouldn't be left to deal with.

Jun. 19th, 2010

WIP favorites

A Change in the Weather
BVS/SG1 - Buffy x Jack O'Neill

Perpetual Tuesday
BVS/SG1 - Buffy x Mini-Jack

Bunny Buffy What's the Difference
Like Father Like Daughter
BVS/NCIS/(Tom Clancy) - Gibbs as Buffy's dad

I Just Want to Know Where I Come From
BVS/Criminal Minds - David Rossi as Buffy & Dawn's dad

A Day in the Life by imjustaguy
Culture/BG03 crossover. Discontinued.

Culture Shock by Ruskbyte
Culture/HP crossover. Discontinued.

Voyage of the Aesir by Sayle
Stargate/Star Trek/Babylon 5 crossover. Asguard and ST centric so far.

XSGCOM: Terra from the Deep
SG1/X-COM. Part 2 of an epic series.

The Tau'ri's Destiny
SG1/SGU AU. Destiny returns to Earth before being damaged. Humanity gates there in 1992. Forced disclosure soon after.

Special Agent Harris series

May. 18th, 2010

Highlander and Xover recs

Pure HL recs )

HL Xovers )

BVS xover recs )

Other xover recs )

Non-xover )

Jan. 11th, 2008

K/S fics

All slash of course. Caveat lector (I think it goes?)

There seems to have been updates to the trekiverse archives since I last browsed. (Or at least, the bajillion downloads I have from there don't include some of these.)

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Dec. 21st, 2007

Blooper Reel (Take Two)

Title: Blooper Reel (Take Two)
Fandom: Star Trek TNG
Pairing: Geordi/Data
Genre: Humor/Romance
Rating: PG for kiss
Warnings: Slash
Summary: A scene from the episode Force of Nature takes an unexpected turn.

The Spot plot-kitty bit me. Blame her. )

Apr. 13th, 2004

Misc. Stuff

Not a slash archive, but while I was looking through the various K/S sites, I came across the Sarek & Amanda Group site, and they've got some very nicely written (non-slash) pieces in the archive. I especially like It's All Relative, by Saidicam, Selek, and T'Lea, which brings in the whole family on board the Enterprise. Fun, fun, fun. Also loved the other stories in the same universe/sequence by those same author(s).

In other news, my "The Statistics of Touching" got currently has the second most reviews of all my fics up on ffnet. ^_^ I was checking out the stories of those reviewers who also have accounts on ffnet, and I came across Gifts of Wood, which is a very cute and fluffy LOTR fic. Heheh... Gandalf and Thranduil come up with the ME answer to Santa Clause for the Yule celebration.

Meh, and also, what's up with CBR again? It seems to be down for me all morning. Blah.

Apr. 12th, 2004

And again: Holeee Great Bird of the Galaxy! :-p

My inner geek has just died and gone to sweet, sweet heaven.

Okay, the animation isn't the best, but what would you expect from a fan production? Me, I'm more impressed that they were able to cobble up a pretty intriguing story idea that could cram all the cameo shots in. I think *every* character that appeared on there was a major character from one of the Trek's. Dammit, why couldn't the offical Trek writers/producers come up with something of that caliber? Pffft.

Oh, and the K/S? Sooooo in there. It's pretty obvious they were trying to go for non-controversial uber-friendship. But my gutter-mindedness kept screaming "slash! slash!" every time the two of them talked to each other. ^_^;;


I was just browsing the TrekBBS TOS board for information on when Paramount's gonna turn out a DVD box set when I came across this hilarious post.

Guartho wrote in reply to the thread titled "What exactly was wrong with TOS uniforms?":

It all boils down to Gene Roddenberry's vision of sexually liberated humans. It's the most efficient uniform for random sexual encounters. The women's skirts were short with nice low necklines and the men's pants tight, shirts tear-away. Starfleet uniforms have no belts allowing perfect, awkward-free and smooth pant removal.

The famous and puzzling lack of pockets came about in the 2230's when Starfleet crews became tired of the pick-up line "Is that a universal translator in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" From then on "Nice shoes, wanna @#%%," has been more than sufficient and catapulted the fledgling Federation leather boot industry into the position of the Fed's biggest domestic industry.

However, even in the sextacular funworld of the 23rd century, sexual relationships within your own department can be bad for morale. Therefore everyone wears bright colors to denote department, allowing a moment's notice to tell if that hunk o' ensign or sweet dish o' lieutenant is off-limits or not. Each ship has its own insignia for similar reasons. When two crews encounter one another, crew members can tell easily if their interest is from the other ship and totally fair game, regardless of department.

Interestingly enough, even though he was Cassanova on-screen, our beloved Captain's position of ultimate authority prevented him from 'interacting' with anyone on board. This lead to his incredible sex-drive whenever he set eyes on a woman outside of his crew.

The rank stripes have nothing to do with sex. C'mon... you gotta fly the ship sometime!

*laughs self silly* Owie. ^_~

Apr. 9th, 2004

K/S Recs

Well, actually, there's so many on this zine site: Side By Side, that I thought I'd just link the main site and let whoever's interested peruse the fics there as they wish. Many wonderful stories there ranging from drabbles to mini-novellas, drama to parodies.

Generally, though, I think the later editions have better qualities of writing than the earlier ones. So might be good to read the zines backwards by issue. Of course there are a few fics that are spread over two issues, but I don't think there are more than two or three of those.

Edit: And I suppose I'll also plug my favorite one from that archive - Through the Looking Glass, by Rari, from Issue #7. Features a guest star of the Mirror!Spock, who's a cool character in his own right, both on the show and in that fic.

Edit: also see link

The Statistics of Touching

Okay, here's my entry for the last Friday's challenge from [info]cashew, under the topic of statistically abnormal behaviors. I think it came out okay.

Title: The Statistics of Touching
Fandom: Star Trek TOS
Characters: Kirk/Spock, Sarek/Amanda
Genre: Drama.
Rating: PG
Warnings: Slash
Summary: While stuck in sickbay, Kirk has an awkward and illuminating conversation with the parents of his Vulcan friend.

the story )

Apr. 8th, 2004

More K/S slashy goodness

What can I say? They're perfect for each other. THE classic slash couple. ^_^

These are screencaps of the *original* episodes/movies. Unaltered. No photoshop manipulation needed. And the subtitles inside the pictures are also the original script. Unaltered.

Errand of Mercy - Physical contact much? In tights, no less.

Shore Leave - [falsetto]Darling! Save me![/falsetto]

STI: The Motion Picture - Just look at those last two images. @_@

STIV: The Voyage Home - C'mon, how many guys would sit *that* close to each other? In public, no less. And here we all thought Vulcans don't like to touch/be touched because of the whole touch-telepathy thing. *eg*

STV: The Final Frontier - Dear gods... Talk about subtext... 72 pt font subtext. They outta rate the movie R just for this one scene.

STV: The Final Frontier - Zero-G tango. *snicker*

STV: The Final Frontier - aka. "Please Captain, not in front of the Klingons."

I am muchly amused. ^_^

Mar. 20th, 2004

Today is a book day, a fun day, a good day...

Well, [info]cashew did a much better job than I of summarizing our day spent bookstore raiding today. So go see her lovely entry here for her recap.

Borders was fun. I broke down and finally bought Diane Duane's Spock's World, which has long been held to be official fanon for STTOS, as oxymoronic as "official fanon" can be considered. Also look forward if we ever get our hands on a copy of "The Ring". That was one freaky manga, IMO, even in the text. I just know I'm gonna spend most of the movie hiding behind my hands, wimp that I am. :p

B&N in Emeryville is huuuuuuuuuuge. It's paradise, basically. ^_^ Read the Trek book Badlands I, which is a book which has two separate stories taking place in the badlands (an area of space first introduced in the Maquis arc in late TNG). The first took place in TOS era, and the second took place in the TNG era.

The slashy bit? Well, the Enterprise (original one) had just captured a Romulan smuggler, a very charismatic female captain, who's doing her best to try and convince Kirk that she wasn't smuggling what Starfleet had sent the Enterprise to investigate, and they should let her ship go. Kirk gets disturbed by the fact that he's starting to believe her and trust her words. All of a sudden, he realizes that he's trusting her because she's a lot like Spock, who he trusts implicitly (this is actually in the narration, which includes a string of adjectives which Kirk uses in his mental monologue to describe his Vulcan XO. ^_- ) Moreover, he notes that the Romulan captain has some of the same *subtle gestures and facial expressions and other small details of her persona* as Spock... gee, Cap'n... You sure have noticed a lotta very small details about that first officer of yours. *nudge nudge wink wink* :p

Hehe... so very hot.

ADDENDUM: Also read the manga Psychic Academy 1. The plot and characters were interesting. But the clothing fashions in that book? So, very, very, very scary... in the ugly, cringe-worthy kinda way. I mean, metal panty-shaped underwear on outside of a *guy*'s clothing? Armor-like uniforms for female students which have a metal cap over their groin (actually, it's over their lower abdomen, not groin area)? So... ick. Also, the art style for girls in that manga is totally fanservice. All the girls have huge melons on their chests. It looks very, very painful. *cringe*

Yep. This was a very, very productive day. A very Good day. :D

PS: Oh yeah... and we came across one of my former roomies at B&N, who finally gave me my part of the deposit check on our previous apartment. Ah well, better late than never. :p

Mar. 12th, 2004

Star Trek K/S fic recs (M-Z)

Continued from before. Entries from Trekiverse, M-Z.

(Note: All of my fic recs can be found under the "Fanfic Links" category in my Memories page.)

Warning: Many of these fics are NC-17 slash!

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Star Trek K/S fic recs (fics A-L)

These are all from the Trekiverse Archive, under the K/S pairing. Surprisingly, almost half the fics there were readable, and maybe 25% or so were even good. Compared to the 1% or so good fics rate that I'm used to in more recent fandoms like HP and LOTR, these were total gems. ^_^

Warning: Many of these are NC-17 slash!

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Mar. 9th, 2004

New fandom?

Well, okay, I've been a fan of Star Trek, both classic and TNG in the past. But I think I'm revisiting that fandom again from all the recent TOS (especially K/S) fics.

Oh, and speaking of subtext on this most classic fandom wherein much of slash-tradition hails from? Take a look at this. What's the word, cashew? ...eyef*ck? :D

Oh, and icons... I need icons. I'm open to suggestions to which (one or few) is the best. ^_^

Mar. 4th, 2004

Fanfics for fun

Ah... it's been quite a while since I've (over)indulged in fanfics. I found today's foray into the untamed wilds of to be quite fulfilling. Of course, it helped that I followed the experience-honed tactic of avoiding all the popular fandoms and restricting my search to the ones not overwhelmed by raving idiots such as those typically found responsible for 90% of HP and LOTR fics. So without further ado, the fics.

Fandom: Highlander

Elementary, My Dear Dawson is a Sherlock Holmes crossover. Admittedly, it has been a loooong while since I've read Arthur Conan Doyle, but I think that the author managed to capture some of the tone of the typical Sherlock Holmes story. Of course, the main plot was rather drab and straightforward, but I liked it more for the... ambience, I guess. The fact that Methos is one of my fangirl obssessions and favorite HL character might've also factored into my enjoyment. ^_^

A Guy Named Nick is a very short Christmas story. It's somewhat unique in that it uses a OC for a purely plot-driven purpose and not as a Sue-type... even if I found the kid annoying for daring to disagree with Methos on anything (but then again, that's probably just fangirl bias :p). Aaaanways, the main story is short and cute, and I think what was said and how it was said suits Methos' character quite well. You can never tell if he's actually being serious... :p

No Room At the bar is yet another Christmas story; ostensibly of the first Christmas... I suppose you could call it an AU version of the Christian tale of Jesus' birth. Not for the religiously puritan, even if the subject is treated surprisingly seriously. Should be taken with a grain of salt and a dash of humor.

Fandom: Comics (Nightwing in particular)

She Loves Me Not - somewhat humorous fic following the (recent?) canon event of the breakup between Nightwing & Oracle. Certain ladies in the superhero business just happen to be passing by Bludhaven. And our poor hero is entirely unaware of the whole business that unfolds in the short story. *snicker*

After The Fall - a followup to another (even more recent?) even in canon. More of a dialogue/mood piece centering on a... heartfelt? ...conversation between 'Wing and Batman after said event. I wouldn't know if anyone is OOC, and I don't really care; I liked it.

WARNING: The rest of these recs feature SLASH/SHONEN-AI! )

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