Star Trek Discovery S01E05 Review: Choose Your Pain

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Lorca captured Star Trek Discovery Choose Your PainIn “Choose Your Pain,” Star Trek: Discovery showcases the skills of its cast in an episode filled with conflict, collaboration, and moral uncertainty. The story reveals more about the Discovery characters we’ve already met, brings back someone from Star Trek’s future/past, and introduces a new recruit for the crew. “Choose Your Pain” not only serves to help us understand the characters better but also takes a shot at explaining the complicated organic drive to the audience once again. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E04 Review: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

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Burnham analyzing Star Trek Discovery Butchers KnifeNow that we’ve been introduced to the USS Discovery, her crew, and her mission, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” gives us a taste of what these Mycelium spores can do. We’re also reminded that the newly unified Klingon Empire remains a serious threat to the Federation. Exploring concepts of morality in wartime, Star Trek: Discovery follows some of the same themes we’ve seen in other franchise series such as Deep Space Nine. Yet the show continues to forge its own path, embracing the dramatic practices of contemporary television. “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” shows us that you don’t have to be a redshirt to die on Star Trek: Discovery. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E03 Review: Context Is for Kings

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Michael Burnham Star Trek Discovery Context is for KingsIn “Context Is For Kings,” we finally get to meet the namesake of Star Trek: Discovery. The starship Discovery is a brand-new ship on a mysterious mission. It’s a scientific vessel, but with locked lab doors and black alerts. And it may hold the secret to winning the war against the Klingons. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery Review: The Vulcan Hello & Battle at the Binary Stars

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STD Planet walkThe much-anticipated new series Star Trek: Discovery premiered on CBS with all the excitement fans could hope for. The presence of Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) gives the trekker audience a familiar character to help introduce protagonist Lieutenant  Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). In “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham serves aboard the USS Shenzhou along with Captain Phillipa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Lieutenant Saru (Doug Jones). After an introduction to the characters, we’re thrust into a dangerous conflict with a Klingon crew led by T’Kuvma (Chris Obi). Continue reading

Star Trek 50th Anniversary: 5 Ways Gene Roddenberry Changed the World

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Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy) Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Doctor McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Commander Scott (James Doohan)

The original series of Star Trek may have only had three seasons, from September 1966 to June 1969, but its influence continues to be felt today. Not only did Star Trek continue on to become a media franchise though television spinoffs, movies, novels, comics, games, and magazines, but Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future had a powerful impact on the way that people came to see the world. Star Trek celebrates its 50-year anniversary this year, allowing us an opportunity to look back at how this beloved series changed the world. Continue reading

The Changeling

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changeling2A mother had her child taken from the cradle by elves. In its place they laid a changeling with a thick head and staring eyes who would do nothing but eat and drink. In distress she went to a neighbor and asked for advice. The neighbor told her to carry the changeling into the kitchen, set it on the hearth, make a fire, and boil water in two eggshells. That should make the changeling laugh, and if he laughs it will be all over with him. The woman did everything just as her neighbor said. When she placed the eggshells filled with water over the fire, the blockhead said:

Nun bin ich so alt    Now I am as old
Wie der Westerwald,    As the Wester Wood,
Und hab nicht gesehen,    But have never seen anyone
Daß jemand in Schalen kocht.    Cooking in shells! Continue reading