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“Kiss the girl, get the key. They never taught me that in the Obsidian Order.”
     -- Elim Garak


If transporters are the signature piece of speculative technology of Star Trek as a whole, then the holodeck has become that for the TNG era. Makes sense, considering how badly the unrepentant gamer in me desperately wants one. The chance to explore my favorite gaming universes, from Rapture, to Brightness Falls, or even just the West Indies in 1720, would be too much to resist. Yet it’s undeniable that the holodeck gets really weird really quickly.

*Correction: I was quickly ripped a new one today in Wonder Woman Wednesday by the people who rightly called me out on the fact that it was Donfeld and not Bob Mackie who designed the costume for the '70s Wonder Woman TV series. I also removed the possibly misconstrued Bruce Jenner joke. I'm not transphobic ; I just think she's an a--hole. So, for those of you who are very non-Wonder Woman and ugly in your thoughts and actions, here is the new, hyper-edited, P.C. version of Wonder Woman Wednesday. I hope it meets with your approval, although I will never know as those who are quick to condemn seldom relinquish a compliment. "Thank you" very much.

“You know what I like about Klingon stories, Commander? Nothing. Lots of people die, and no one makes any profit.”
     -- Quark


DS9 spent the bulk of its first season trying (and failing) to be TNG. The next two seasons saw it diverging from the path, figuring out what sorts of stories it could tell. By this point in the fourth season, the show had carved out enough of an identity to be comfortable telling what turns out to be an anti-TNG story, starring one of the most popular characters of that show.

"Change is good . . . unless it's pennies."
     -Michael Fitzgerald Troy


In 2013, DC Comics and Cartoon Network joined forces to introduce cartoon shorts that would be played in between shows during their block of DC Comics-themed Saturday morning cartoons. And, it was awesome!

“The speed of technological advancement isn’t nearly as important as short-term quarterly gains.”
     -- Quark


When The X-Files debuted, a friend of mine called to tell me they’d made a show just for me. He wasn’t wrong. I had been obsessed with cryptozoology since I was old enough to have obsessions, and as I matured, this developed into an overarching love of conspiracies and the paranormal. I have since channeled this love in the most, or least, constructive way possible (depending on your viewpoint), by writing a series of books (blatant plug!), but this kind of story will always resonate with me.

Hola, Wonder Woman Wednesday Warriors!

Words don't spoil me now! (In other words, spoilers below!)

“I hate the Gamma Quadrant.”
     -- Quark


Calling Wrath of Khan the best Star Trek movie is one of the most uncontroversial statements it’s possible to make. Of course, making it on the internet practically guarantees someone will respond with a 10,000-word post beginning with the word, “Um.” “Um” is the “don’t eat, cat poop” of sentence structures. Once you see it at the beginning, you can comfortably not look at the rest.

"Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

“It’s really good to see you again, Dax. That sounds so strange. I mean, I’m looking at a different face, hearing a different voice, but somehow it’s still you.”
     -- Dr. Lenara Kahn


Of all the various flavors of Trek, DS9’s alien aesthetic and experiments in serialization have allowed it to age the most gracefully, yet even it is not immune to the passage of time. When you’re trying to pin down what aspect is the most dated, you usually go to the obvious: the clunky desktop computers, the sartorial nightmares Garak seems to be churning out as part of an elaborate prank, or the wall-to-wall carpeting. But, far more obvious, far more weird to the modern eye, is what’s missing.

Greetings, fellow Amazons. Welcome to another thrill-seeking edition of Wonder Woman Wednesday.

A while back, I interviewed Ethan Van Sciver about his work on the new Wonder Woman digital first series, Sensation Comics. Sensation was, and continues to be, one of the comics I look forward to the most. It has an open story frame and allows creators to do different takes on everyone's favorite heroine, Wonder Woman. Last week's Sensation #47 contained the third part of a three-chapter story pitting Wonder Woman against Superwoman written by Barbara Randall Kesel entitled "Besties." I've always loved the character of Superwoman and was thrilled to see her go up against Diana for this awesome tale.

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