It’s that time of year again, so the brand new 2021 Star Trek Advent Calendar Project begins here. As I did with the 2019 project, the images will represent multi-part stories from Star Trek tv series. Last time it was TNG and DS9, so this year we move on to VOY and ENT. And so we begins this year’s project with the series premier of Star Trek: Voyager, titled “Caretaker”.
This episode is especially poignant in light of the recent passing of René Auberjonois, who displayed his perpetual mastery of the character Odo in this two-part story.
Season 3 opened with this episode after giving us our first glimpse of the mysterious and intimidating Jem’Hadar in the closing episode of the previous season. Here we are introduced to a new hairstyle for Dax, the station making preparations to repel a Dominion attack if necessary, and what would become a permanent fixture for the station and the series……
the USS Defiant. And no sooner does it arrive than we see the crew point it toward the Gamma Quadrant and search for the Founders, leaders of the Dominion. What we learn about them will change the life of one member of the crew in ways that continue to reverberate through the final episode of the series.
Missed a few days up updates here on the site, so I’ll get everyone caught up here, then post today’s Advent Calendar image separately.
This phase of the calendar takes us into what many people consider their favorite Trek series. Continuing and evolving storylines, deeper character conflict, a religious component largely absent before this point and a new adversary for the Federation in the form of three different alien species that threatened the entirety of the Alpha Quadrant.
This is Start Trek: Deep Space Nine
The series that brought Star Trek back into the heart of modern culture came to an end with this feature-length story. It brought their story to a close while showing us a possible future for the crew, and taking them back to where their journey began.
Day 10: All Good Things…
In the 80s and 90s it always stuck out to me the number of action heroes with the first name John. They were everywhere! For years I wondered what it would look like if they all got put together in one movie. So recently I did a search for “movie characters named John” and found quite a list. Many of them were little-known characters or otherwise unremarkable for this concept, but I managed to find more than enough to put together an Expendables-style cast of Johns. Sure, there’s a villain or two. Sure there are a few less notable examples included. But overall…..I think I’d watch this movie.
If for no other reason than being able to see three Arnolds on screen as three different characters.
The #TrekAdvent for today is one of the most gripping #StarTrek TNG stories there is. A covert mission. A new Captain of the Enterprise. A Cardassian jailer, and one of the most memorable questions in the history of Trek.
“How many lights do you see?”
In preparation for the episode, Patrick Stewart was provided tapes from Amnesty International which he reviewed as a way to inform his performance during the torture scenes. He filmed the initial scene, of being suspended by the wrists, fully nude on a closed set.
As an additional note; the torture/interrogation storyline was influenced heavily by the 1991 film Closet Land by writer/director Radha Bharadwaj. This is an outstanding film starring Madeleine Stowe and Alan Rickman, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Day 6: Chain of Command.