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Little Known Facts: Star Trek, Captain’s Yacht

It was Saber’s site What’s Up With That?!? and a few of her posts that had me interested in the hidden facts behind everyday things. Not wanting to blatantly steal her ideas, I decided to concentrate solely on the things that interest me. That would include mostly movies and television. For instance, did you know that two of the most quoted lines from cinema are misquoted?

In Casablanca, Bogart never said, “Play it again Sam.” What he actually said was “You played it for her, you can play it for me…If she can stand it, I can. Play it!” It was Bergman who said, “Play it, Sam.”

Captain Kirk will perhaps be misquoted for generations to come. Perhaps the most misquoted TV line, “Beam me up, Scotty,” was never uttered by Shatner. He did come close once by saying, “Scotty, beam me up.”

Today’s little known fact comes from Star Trek coincidentally. I’m going to take a leap of faith and assume anyone reading this post has seen Air Force One. Supposedly their is an escape pod for the President in case of emergency. It turns out that Galaxy Class and Sovereign Class Federation ships also have something similar to an escape pod. It is called the Captain’s Yacht and it is directly below the main bridge on the very bottom of the saucer section. Conflicting information suggests it was not meant for escape for the vessel’s captain but for diplomatic envoys, such as the transportation of dignitaries and ambassadors.

Although the design schematics for the Federation vessels clearly show the Captain’s Yacht, they were never shown on the series or movies and never mentioned either. Patrick Stewart said the name of his yacht was The Calypso. On The Enterprise-E, (Star Trek: Insurrection) it was The Cousteau.

I’m not one who likes to spend lots of time doing research so don’t expect these Little Known Facts often. Only when my spirit moves me.

Sovereign Class Captain’s Yacht

Tomorrow’s guest blogger is Ava Aston. I hope you had the time this week to visit Ava’s blog, Recording Artist Ava Aston’s Blog. If not I would advise you to do so to get you even more excited about her post tomorrow. She is an amazing blogger and a great singer. I hope in addition to reading her blog you have the chance to listen to some of her songs on YouTube!

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Star Trek XII Information

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Morning Wood. Its ongoing mission to explore strange new blogs, to seek out new lifeforms and new commentaries. To boldly go where no blogger has gone before.

Seriously. I am officially a trash picker. I opened up this post knowing with certainty that I had finished it last week. To my amazement only the above first sentences were here. Am I crazy? I remember writing this on a notepad last week when I was watching Undercovers. Afterward I created a new post and typed the whole thing out. Maybe I closed out the computer without saving the post. Only heaven knows!

Regardless, I found myself looking to find a balled up piece of paper in the bottom of the trash can and there it was with a couple of ideas for new posts as well. Thank goodness I’m lazy and that trashcan doesn’t get much use.

Are you a fan of Star Trek, the original series? Did you enjoy the latest Star Trek movie? There is news out concerning the next Star Trek movie, Star Trek XII. Due to be released in 2012, JJ Abrams (creator of Undercovers), has given some insight on the film. There are two absolutes about the next Trek movie. First, Khan will not be the villain as many Star Trek fans were hoping to see. Second, the script is said to have a traditional character from the original series.

Unless Abrams is not telling the truth, Khan is out of the picture. I’m wondering who it might be because there are a great number to choose from. Will the person be a friend or foe? I have spoken with some folks at Lightspeed Productions and they tell me that in some of the art work they sell you can see what appears to be computer chips and processors. I was informed that it’s there because the Borg around in Kirk’s time.

I don’t want to see the Borg, the Talosians, the Klingon’s, Romulans or even Harry Mudd. What I did want was a Next Generation (before Generations) movie with Janeway, Sisko, Picard and Kirk all joined together to fight against some of the members of the Q Continuum. Since Kirk is both dead and in the Nexus I don’t see my dream movie coming to fruition.

To my surprise I learned in Star Trek lore, the Q Continuum was around in the original series. The Q in question (like what I did there), was Trelane. The character of Trelane from the episode, The Squire of Gothos is a young spoiled Q. That is who I would love to see in the next Star Trek movie. An even younger Trelane who  is even more childish and immature.

If you are a fan of the show or the movies do you have any suggestions for a traditional Star Trek character to appear in the movie? Perhaps a better question for me is when will they fix the time line to align with what we know Trek to be.

Skyline opens today. If you see it, let me know what you think of it.

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Best/Worst Small Screen To Big Screen Movies

sixmillionIt seems that Hollywood is never trying to reinvent itself. If it has worked in the past, let’s recycle the idea. Television shows from past decades are being turned into big budget films and some have been a great financial success and some have bombed. Some have been critical success stories and some have bombed with the critics as well as the public.

Quite frankly I am sick of the piss poor remakes of television shows that I have loved or grown to love from watching the reruns. In addition I am tired of waiting for shows that I loved to get the big screen treatment they deserve. It remains doubtful if I will ever get to see these.

The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Casper The Friendly Ghost did very well at the box office yet I didn’t like them. I didn’t like The Brady Bunch, Get Smart, Speed Racer, The Honeymooners, Wild Wild West, and most recently, The Land Of The Lost. Nobody that I know who saw the movie had anything nice to say about it. For me, I only laughed once and it was in the first three minutes of the show. If Matt Lauer had not been in the movie it would have been a complete waste of my time.

Maybe Hollywood would make better movies if they were forced to donate to charity the difference between the amount of money a film makes and how much it costs to make. The script never should have been approved and the person who approved it should have lost their job by now.

startrekSome of the movies that I did enjoy were Serenity (from Firefly), The Fugitive, Mission Impossible, Star Trek I-XI, Police Squad (Naked Gun Series), and Transformers. I’m sitting here writing and wondering what are some of the movies that you liked from TV shows? Which are the ones you hated?

Soon to be seen is the A-Team. Really looking forward to the action and banter in this movie. Also Johnny Depp is set to star in Dark Shadows.

In the upcoming years I would like to see a franchise started for The Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman series. I would love to see, even if it is just straight to DVD, a Monk movie. They are sure to end the series with the case of his wife solved but with so much crime…

I would like to see Speed Racer get the treatment it deserves, so another remake should be in the making. Wonder Woman was a great show for a hormone ravaged teenager so I’d like a movie of that show as well. If this truly is the last year for 24 coming up, of course I want it to go to the big screen. Ultraman and Remington Steele dukeswould also make my list. My list could go on a little while longer but I will spare you.

I am interested in what you have to say. Please leave some suggestions. Maybe a Hollywood exec will read my blog and start the wheels in motion.


*November 1, 2009 this morning at 2:00 am Daylight Savings Time ends and you should turn your clocks back on ehour. Yes, you gain an hour of sleep.


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