Has anyone else seen “The Orville”? TNG-era Star Trek but with more jokes… Sci-fi comedy! I feel like Seth McFarlane made this show for me!
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Captain Kirk has a reputation as a ladies’ man, but I always felt (and I think it’s there if you watch the show) that he was more of a romantic. This is a LEGO custom minifigure I got from… somewhere I can’t remember.
Originally, a bowl of rainbow sherbert – the food of the gods – was to star in the part of Meteor Madness ice cream (and it still did, technically). But there were two problems with that. First of all, the bright purple, green and orange of the sherbert in its natural state didn’t photograph well, looking washed out and bland. It also wasn’t consistent with the bright purple popsicles that I’ve used to depict Meteor Madness ice cream previously. So the sherbert got a quick purple makeover, complete with toxic-looking and inexplicable blue and green highlights. It’s also worth mentioning how difficult it is to shoot a comic strip with my cat around once food of any kind appears on the table. Commander Schwartz and Captain Kirk were constantly menaced by a giant housecat who wanted their ice cream during the making of this comic. I hope they didn’t end up eating any cat hair! Here’s a photo showing that my cat was already up to no good even before I brought out the sherbert…
And yes, I did thoroughly enjoying eating that large bowl of sherbert as I photographed the comic! Sadly, I did not end up in the MEGO Toys dimension.
There are references to four classic Star Trek episodes in this comic. Can you name them?
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I love the classic, bug-eyed Gorn just as they were. One showed up years later on an Enterprise episode, but there were three major problems: It was way too limber; the eyes were all wrong; and it was the crap-crap-crappiest CGI they could manage. The Gorn almost appeared in the 2009 Star Trek movie, and they would have looked even worse! No, Star Trek designers! Stop messing with perfection and just accept the original Gorn in all their lumbering, Cheetah-print, silvery fly-eyeball glory!
This goes ALL the way back to “Satan in the Shadows,” in which it was revealed that Captain Kirk, William Shatner specifcally, is Commander Schwartz’s hero. It makes sense, right? (He’s also mine!)
These toys are the classic MEGO Captain Kirk and Enterprise Bridge, the re-releases by Diamond Select Toys, anyway. They’re hella fun and the design of the Enterprise playset is delightfully wacky. This Captain Kirk toy was also a favorite guest star of mine on Twisted Toyfare Theater back in the day, if anyone remembers Toyfare magazine. That feature was a predecessor to Robot Chicken.
So, when Schwartz postulated that he and Galanos were abducted by alien chiropractors, he wasn’t far off.
The Interstellar Starfighter (6979-1) is one of my favorite LEGO spaceships. It looks like an alien version of the Starship Enterprise, and boy does it photograph well. It’s got some great features, too, like the detachable craft in the back that holds on to the main ship with magnets; a cool cockpit with two of the fantastic UFO aliens at the helm; a battery-powered system of light-up red tubes and a creepy noise that sounds like the mysterious ship’s powerful engines at work; and those wonderful neon green parts that always look like they’re glowing – that’s not just a lighting trick. It’s also huge, especially at a time when LEGO vehicles tended to skew smaller than they do now. I know some people get down on UFO because of the large, printed saucer pieces that weren’t of much use in anything else, but I maintain that it is one of LEGO’s best-designed themes. It’s one of my favorites at least, which is probably why I tracked down most of the sets in recent years!
This is the first time I revealed the name of the cloaked alien – Megalos. His brother, Thorsos, was identified way back in “Date Night (Part 19),” which also explained his obsession with Schwartz. You can see more of their sibling rivalry in “The Bad Side of Town (Part 11).”
I’ll admit to having been skeptical of the fan-produced Star Trek series “New Voyages (Phase II).” But I just finished watching the episode “World Enough And Time,” starring original Sulu George Takei, and was absolutely FLOORED. It’s easily one of the best Star Trek episodes I’ve ever seen, and that is not an exaggeration. Heart-wrenching and beautiful. I highly recommend it. See the episode HERE.