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Johanna MacLaren

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  1. The fact that the woman is his fiance suggests that if she survives, they will marry and produce offspring. Each life will have myriad ramifications for the future and change countless lives. In addition, each of those offspring might make momentous discoveries, inventions, etc, which could further change the entire culture.
  2. I voted for transporter as a huge time and resource saver, but I'd also love the holodeck...SOOOOO much more creative than tv or movies.
  3. For me it was the first time they actually destroyed the Enterprise. I sat in the theater feeling as if I'd gone down with the ship feeling every tree and boulder ripping through the bulkheads.
  4. It has to be when Spock is dying in the reactor core, and Kirk can do nothing but see him die after their long service and friendship together. It was that fact that this was the culmination of their many years that made this a great scene, and why it was so tone-deaf to reverse it in the newer movie where Kirk and Spock had no significant history together.
  5. I'm also with Jamie. Looks like they're substituting explosions for plot, but I'm going and hoping for a happy surprise.
  6. I would actually like it in the PAST. I would love to see a starship caught in our time trying to obey the prime directive while dealing with this culture. Think of it exploring Vulcan and all the other worlds as they were in 2015.
  7. Gibbs is a fun choice, but I'm going with Han Solo. Now given his talents, he might be best suited for tactical. However, it is clear that Han is not one to follow orders, so to get the best of his talents, he needs the center chair. He'd be in that swash- buckling tradition of James Kirk. He defeated the Empire with the rattle trap Millennium Falcon. Think what he could do with a first class starship!
  8. I have always wanted someone from Starfleet to travel backwards in time...long, long ago through a wormhole that took them far, far away to discover a society as advanced as the 24th century. Who better than Picard, who has had a wealth of experience in dealing with challenges to his assumptions? I'd like to see his analytical mind encounter the Force, not to mention the Sith and the Jedi. He enjoys fencing, so a good light sabre might be right up his alley.
  9. I immediately had to eliminate the Klingons since Johanna would starve. She just couldn't eat food that moves. However, Ferengar would interest her because her captain, Brek, is a Fire she'd like to understand better. Also, people tend to think they know everything about Ferenghi culture...business, business, business. Yet, there has to be more to produce people like Brek and other multidimensional characters from that culture.
  10. As a Terran/Betazoid hybrid I'd like to speak the languages of both cultures. In RL I am trying to learn Gaelic, one of the Celtic languages. It is amazingly hard. I do throw in an occasional phrase for my MacLaren characters.
  11. I prefer either Irish or English Breakfast Tea with milk and sugar piping hot....and NEVER in a Styrofoam cup.
  12. While Odo was the least likeable to me, I want a body guard who can always be where I need him.A guy who can be a cobweb or knicknack really fits the bill. He was always ready to drop a bad guy too. As to Worf, I couldn't have a guy around who drank prune juice and ate stuff that slithered on the plate! ( Excuse me while I gag.)
  13. Anyone who could maintain his temper around Wesley Crushed while remaining kind and wise would have to be great with his own child...Picard!
  14. I have to agree with Sal. TOS gets my vote if only because it was a ground breaker which opened sci-fi as an accepted genre on TV and inspired so many spin offs, not necessarily all Star Trek. It established something entirely new in sci fi at the time. It presented an optimistic view of the future with aliens who were rational and interesting. This was a huge step away from the sci-fi movies of the time which was nearly universal in its paranoia that all aliens were monsters bent on destroying or colonizing earth. I think it was also the first series in color. Prior to Star Trek only sports were in color. People who'd never watched sci-fi did it to see something in color other than football! The series hooked a lot of those viewers. Soon everyone was using terms like "beam me up" or "warp." The idea that this show stayed on past a first season with such an innovative approach to programming is testament to how extraordinary it was...despite the really cheesy looking uniforms. The following series all started with a popular foundation, but TOS was the pioneer. That said, honorable mention goes to NG which took the huge chance of replacing the handsome, swashbuckling captain with a bald, middle aged CO who was more diplomat than action figure without a Vulcan in sight.
  15. I have to go with Data because he is so eager to be human that he is willing to try most anything. Further, he has learned to tap dance, play and instrument and who knows what else. Even when he is goofy doing a new thing, he's amusing. Now, Picard is the person I'd like to have dinner with full of great conversation and class, but I don't see him being the guy for a swim party or bicycling, or motorbiking. Data would try any activity.
  16. While I love all furry things, I have to say that dogs top my list, so Porthos had to get my vote. Then there was his fine name right out of the Three Musketeers and the fact that beagles are just so darn cute!
  17. It was really a toss up between Scotty and Bones. I thought that Scotty captured the humor of the original best. Not that I blame the actors, but the personality transplant that was done with Kirk and Spock put them out of the running. I'm still reeling from a furious, screaming Spock! Kirk is less an assault to the senses ( or would that be the memory) but there is a difference between a swashbuckler and a dysfunctional loose canon who seems incapable of avoiding fisticuffs. Sadly, the producers/directors do not see the difference so that it becomes impossible to believe that anyone would give the new Kirk a captaincy of a garbage hauler much less the responsibility for a Federation starship with hundreds of lives depending on his judgment. I'm with Sal; Bones and Scotty would be a hoot.
  18. I selected "other" because there was no option for annoying. Q could be amusing and campy; but for the most part, he was just annoying. He was too juvenile to hate and too annoying to love. Watching Q was often like going to a friend's house where the kids are so badly behaved that you want to slap them silly, but you have to just put up with them.
  19. It does have to be Nimoy since he set the standard by which all others are measured. That said, Tim Russ was great because he more than anyone added just a little more coolness one might expect given that he was full Vulcan while Spock had that undercurrent of emotion from his human mother. Sadly Quinton, as talented as he is was forever doomed as a believable Vulcan when the writers/directors had the horrible idea for Spock to do the "Kirk" scream of KAHN!!!! Then going off in a very human rage. That stands as one of the worst decisions in Star trek history.
  20. TOS did break a lot of ground. In addition to African American top brass, it also had the first inter-racial kiss on American television between Uhura and Capt. Kirk in the episode where they ran into the Greek gods who were playing with them. (I just never recall segment titles, sorry). I always found that interesting since it only took several hundred years for TV to catch up with Shakespeare who had inter-racial marriage during the Renaissance in Othello!
  21. I voted that I liked him best as Captain Kirk, but I almost felt as if his Kirk role should have been divided into Kirk in TOS and Kirk in the movies. As he matured, he really became a far more interesting character. My favorite example of this was when he portrayed a perfect blend of the traditional risk-taking, swashbuckling Kirk of TOS and the cagier, savvier more mature captain in Wrath of Kahn. The older Kirk was far more humorous and had more charm as he both accepted and resented some of the limitations of getting older. The best possible scene was when he struggled with the glasses Bones had given him as he was trying to get the necessary codes for one of his famous last ditch efforts to save the ship. The glasses served as another great prop when he sold them antiques to get some money in The Journey Home. Reminded that they had been a gift, he quips, "That's the beauty of it; they will be again." He had hated those glasses in Wrath, but he still made clever use of them in Journey. I found the movie Kirk far more interesting.
  22. Despite McCoy' fears to the contrary Spock's decisions never were just coldly logical. He always acted in the best interests of the crew. Combine that with superior strength and intelligence and one has the ideal officer.
  23. So many wonderful scenes and episodes involved Mr. Spock, but the deep pathos of Wrath of Kahn cannot be equaled. It is why the new movie's role reversal of the scene was such a flop. Leonard Nimoy was such a talent, and I'm grateful that he gave me so many hours of entertainment. Prior to his portrayal of the intellectual Vulcan, alien species were always the enemy, entities to be feared. With Spock came the idea that the universe might just be filled with truly interesting beings of integrity. I'll miss him. Of course, one of my happier favorites is Spock giving the neck pinch to the obnoxious guy with the boombox on the bus in The Journey Home. Goodbye Mr. Spock.
  24. I would have preferred that last choice to be less pejorative such as I don't think 3D adds much and the glasses give me a headache. I don't like calling other people's ideas stupid...so rude.
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