Anti Gravity device at work.

Even though I had the wonderful privilege of working on Star Trek in a very peripheral capacity a few years ago, writing a Trek Graphic Novel for IDW, I still consider myself, first and foremost, a fan…hell, I’m a sickening Trekkie.  I have been since I was a kid, and watched these marvelous stories in their first run, back in the 60s.

And I have a blog, so I’m obligated to mention this birthday of sorts, and make a few personal observations about the show and its characters and what they’ve meant to me as the five year mission stretches out into its 45th year.

On the Sapphire Anniversary of NBC airing “THE MAN TRAP”, I give you my personal choices for —

THE TOP FIFTEEN star trek CHARACTERS of all time!


I'm rosebud, okay? And I'm not a sled this time.

Ah, Gary Mitchell.  For a character that made only one appearance on the show, he’s held a place in my heart ever since.  I think it was because he was Kirk’s best friend since his Academy days, and Gary represented the loss of youth that adulthood inevitably brings.  I don’t want to let him go anymore than I want to let go of my toys and comic books.  Gary was a little less disciplined than Kirk, a little more boyish, and it’s why he wasn’t promoted as fast.  But when Jim loses his best friend in the first episode, it hardened Kirk into a man, and made him a little more relaxed about staying youthful, all at the same time.  When I had a chance to write that Star Trek graphic novel for IDW a couple of years ago, my first chapter strongly featured Gary Mitchell.  I still don’t want to let him go.


Who's a pretty endothermic quadruped? Yes you are...

 I’m an animal lover.  I live with three cats at the moment, and have shared my life and dwelling space with dogs, fish, birds and various other life forms since I was a kid.  A house ain’t a home until it has a pet in it, I always say, and Star Trek was no exception.   The fact that Data the android owned a cat, and treated it with calculated amounts of affection rung my bells.  And if you’ve never heard or read Data’s ODE TO SPOT, you’re in for a treat:

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature.
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
A singular development of cat communications
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents.
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
Oh Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array,
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

Damn straight.  Shakespeare can suck it.

And Porthos was probably my favorite character on ENTERPRISE, other than the sexy Vulcan lady, but that was for different reasons.  They sort of wrote the dog out of the series as the seasons went on, I suspect because he was asking for more money than Scott Bakula, but they should have given in to his demands.  The space race of the 20th Century was begun by animals:  Laika the dog, Ham the Chimp, and John Glenn the senator.  I love that Star Trek recognized their contribution to exploring the galaxy and included them.

Even these damn things.

13 – KOR

Evil, but cheerful. Respect.

The first Klingon, (and for a few conventions we attended together, a fun drinking buddy).  There’s a group of Star Trek fans who seem to only be interested in the culture of the Star Trek Badasses.  These fans wear the gear, speak the language, play with the weapons, and occasionally put on Hamlet in the original Klingon.   Of course, Worf, Gowron, Kang and a few others are all part of the glorious tapestry that is Klingon culture, but if it weren’t for John Colicos, and his brilliant portrayal of Kor, all these poor souls would be pretending to be Wookies, I promise you.

12  – Lt. Uhura

Rocking the Gold!

Besides being one of the most important figures in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, Lt. Uhura was a childhood crush that I’m never getting over.

Back away Templeton. Don't make me cut you.

She was told by no less that Martin Luther King Jr. that she wasn’t allowed to quit the show when she became frustrated by the parts she was getting in the later seasons.  King knew how important it was to see a high ranking African American aboard the bridge, and on away missions, and NO ONE MENTIONED she was black or female except the ghost of President Lincoln.  She was simply part of the crew.  It’s hard for modern audiences to get how big a deal that was in 1966.  I grew up watching Star Trek, and her example (and to a similar extent, Sulu’s) is a big part of why racism makes no sense to me.  If you can do the job, you’re part of the team.

And oh, she was sexy as it gets. I know I shouldn’t have noticed that, but I did.

11 – Commander Will Riker

Like a version of Captain Kirk, but with his own hair, Riker was clearly supposed to be Next Generation’s sexy hero, but he never quite turned out that way.  Instead, he was the middle manager in your office that sort-of behaved like your big brother and wasn’t as cool as he thought he was going to end up in life.  For god’s sake, a trombone?!?  Still, he was the character that got to own Star Trek’s single greatest moment…that cliffhanger at the end of Best of Both Worlds Part One….when Picard/Locutus of Borg tells Riker that resistance is futile and Riker says “FIRE”.  And we all had to wait SIX GODDAMN MONTHS to see what happened.  Riker won me over in those four letters.

10 – QUARK

The hunnies dig big ears.

Star Trek’s great comedy relief character was the main reason that DS9 worked for me.  I was never that fond of Captain Sisko (at least until he shaved his head) and really didn’t like Major Kira – they were both humourless stumps.  But the Ferengi with a lust for profit and a secret heart of gold was Trek’s guarantee of a smile each week.  The one where the Ferengi go to Roswell is tied with Trouble with Tribbles as the funniest episode of Trek ever made.


One of them is DOOMED!

He’s Dead Jim.  The poor bastard is up-the-ass screwed.  You know it, Kirk knows it and so does the guy on the transporter who you never heard of before today. That’s what duty is all about, my friend –  staying calm and carrying on.  But don’t despair, he has his own entry in wikipedia, his own society, his own movie!  He’s only on screen for eight minutes, but he goes out a star!

Great career move, kid!

When Picard and Riker wore red shirts in the pilot for TNG, I was sure they were going to die before the first commercial break.   They broke the curse for a few years, but you’ll notice in the new Star Trek movie, the guy in the red re-entry suit that goes after the Romulan bad guys on the big space drill goes SPLAT when the other two don’t.


In a universe that included sentient androids, sympathetic hortas and a pointy eared devil as one of the heroes, we’re allowed to call the ship a character.  And she was played by Majel Roddenbery for decades so she even had to sleep with  the producer to get the part.

Look at her warp drives. She was practically begging for it.

The Enterprise was a huge part of the success of the franchise.  It was large enough that entire stories could be set aboard her when the budget ran low for alien rock formations.  It was fast enough that it could get you across the galaxy by five thirty tomorrow morning.  And when the engines canna take it, there’s excitement a’brewing.  When she died in SEARCH FOR SPOCK, I choked up as much as I did when Spock died in the previous movie.  And though she came back, she didn’t have to Pon Farr anybody, so it wasn’t as much fun.


"I’m a DOCTOR, not a plot device!".

Actually McCoy was one of the best plot devices in modern fiction.  Playing hot to Spock’s cold, or emotion to Spock’s logic, McCoy served as the other half of the two-headed Greek Chorus that Kirk and the viewers relied on to get them through the story each week.   What started out as a support character, McCoy became an essential part of every tale, getting his own title card in the second season, and embedded into the Id/Ego/Superego triangle that made the core of Star Trek work.

McCoy at work, showing "emotion".


I have to admit, he wears that uniform as well as Uhura did.

Kirk was a super-hero, but Picard was the father figure that solved everybody’s problems, and managed to make bald men sexy again after Yul Brenner died.  He “made it so” with calm, reasonable decisions, and never lost his shit unless he was gunning down Borg, which was understandable (and damn cool, actually).  Where the original crew was very much a group held together by military rank, and shared duty, Picard’s presence made the Next Generation cast into a family.  Brilliant.


 Uh-huh.  That’s right.  You know what I’m talking about.  Almost as much as Vulcans, the Orion Slave Girls became a symbol for Star Trek, even for people that never watched the show.  She featured strongly in the pilot, tempting Captain Pike like an apple in paradise.  She showed up in the final credits of almost every episode.  She and her sisters showed up in a few memorable episodes of ENTERPRISE, the new movie, and every nerd’s dreams for a few decades now.

She even looked a hell of a lot like Batgirl that one time.

Orion Slave Girls are what Leia’s Slave Bikini WISHES it was,  if it wasn’t the  nerd-wienie-shrinking girl-next-door virgin pretense that it actually is.    Orion Slave Girls put out, my friend.  And they know how to do the ice cube tricks and everything.

4 –   WORF

No denying it. Worf is the bad ass pimp of the Trek Universe.

He’s the ultimate outsider – the enemy of the federation, sitting on the bridge of the Enterprise, and he can kill you with his left ball if he feels like it.  He was the living embodiment of controlled rage, bottled up in Star Trek’s longest running character (eleven seasons of TV and five of the movies!) and he was just the balance that Captain Picard’s calm demeanor needed to make the Next Generation the mega-hit that it was.

And he owned Gene Simmons' hair with more style than Gene did.

3 –  DATA.

I got no strings, and I have fun. I'm not tied down to anyone.

 The wooden puppet that wants to be a real boy has never been done better.  Pinocchio was the inspiration, but Roddenbery, Spiner and company did SO much with the idea – exploring what constituted identity, sentience and humanity, from feelings of love, duty and creativity, to being “fully functional, programmed in multiple techniques”.

Demonstrate your programming, big boy.

And because they were constantly creative with him, the character actually grows and develops over the course of the series and films.  He learns he has “family”, he learns to dream, and he eventually gets his emotion chip, and learns to deal with genuine fear, sadness, sexuality, and the rest of human experience.   Just like we all did when we got our emotion chips at puberty.


Second only to the Beatles as THE 60s pop icon.

 When I was a teenager, I used to get painful, debilitating migraine headaches.  I mean kick-you-in-the-skull, blinding, enraging pain that would last for days.  There was no medicine that would help and it got so bad some times I thought I’d die from the sheer agony of it all.   With nothing but desperation driving me, I tried Spock’s mantra from many episodes of the show.  “There is no pain.  Pain is an illusion”.  I’d say it to myself, trying to Vulcan the hell out of that problem.

And, by the great bird of the galaxy, it worked. It was a life changing lesson –  that the mind can control the body.  That you can decide to survive the unsurvivable.  You can beat back the worst crap storm if you absolutely need to, by power of will.

Spock means that much to me.  He transcended a mere fictional character and became a part of my basic DNA when I was young.  I got to meet Leonard Nimoy once, and I couldn’t help it, inside my head I was telling myself I was in the room with Mr. Spock.  He matters so much to me that, even though it would have been funny, I resisted posting a photograph of Spock with his shirt off being held at gun point by Nazis .

No I didn't.

But I almost resisted and that’s what matters.   I’ve also tried the nerve pinch thing on the neck a few times, but that part turns out to be fictional.


Yes, that's a laser in my pocket, and yes, you're glad to see me.

He’s tied with Batman as the best Super-Hero ever created, and according to Eddie Murphy,  Captain Kirk is the coolest white man ever born.  I’m hard pressed to put it any better than that.

There’s a moment in the first Star Trek motion picture, where Kirk takes command of the ship before they all head out into space to take on V-Ger, and quite probably die.  Right after he leaves the bridge, Uhura smiles and tells Sulu  that now that Kirk is back in charge, they just might come home alive.  That she was brave enough to go into space, fully expecting to die, tells you much about Uhura’s courage.  But suddenly expecting to survive simply because Kirk is in command…that tells you everything you need to know about Kirk.

Plus, he got to make out with the hot alien ladies, and he got to do this:


That’s Star Trek’s other great moment (along with Riker saying “fire.”) and they’re both four letter words.

I don’t know about you, but I wanted to grow up to be Captain Kirk, and like the memory of Gary Mitchell, I’m not quite ready to let go of that idea either.  Star Trek has been my comfort food, my fan favorite, my joie de vie and my guilty pleasure, almost constantly since I was little.  I’m a little older than the franchise itself, but as long as we’re both here, I’ll be celebrating each anniversary with them, with just as much joy as I did the first time the Man Trap came on my TV and scared the poop out of this four year old boy.

See you Trekkies in five years when we pass out the silver.

PS:  I had two runners-up, but a list of 17 sucks…so here are the honorable mentions:

I have a schoolboy crush on Ezri Dax, and I can't help it.

He's somewhat of a retread of DATA's machine-that-wants-to-be-a-man bit, but Robert Picardo made "The Doctor" a unique character all to himself.

UPDATE:   When you type things up quickly at six in the morning, the brain goes fuzzy.  I cannot believe I didn’t include Q in the list, and that’s a mistake.  He likely would have come in somewhere in the top ten, maybe around eight or nine.  Forgive me for overlooking that great character.  Amazingly enough, I’ve gotten emails lobbying for Garek more than anyone, and no mentioned Q at all….so somehow, we ALL forget him!

I think it's possible he memory-wiped me.


Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS Star Trek Moment:

Presented without comment.

24 responses to “HAPPY 45th BIRTHDAY STAR TREK! YAY!

  1. Somehow I thought the old school minor charcaters of the Gorn or Finnegan would garner an honorable mention! lol! Nice grouping pal! =)

    • LOVE the Gorn. Love Finnegan, (Love Balok and Mirror Spock, too) but in a list that includes such minor B-List characters as Gary Mitchell, Spot, Lt. Red Shirt, Orion Girls and Will Riker, I didn’t want to overwhelm with the second stringers.

  2. There must be something wrong with my browser. On my computer screen, it looks like you picked Kirk as #1, instead of the obvious choice, Wesley Crusher.

    Here’s why Wes is number one (as if any explanation were needed);
    1. His name is CRUSHER. Totally badass.
    2. If it weren’t for Wesley, every VCR on the Enterprise would be flashing “12:00 AM” all the time.
    3. Uses the Holodeck for private Miami Sound Machine concerts
    4. Rocks the red/yellow/green stripes on that turtleneck his mom bought him
    5. never slept with Tasha Yar

  3. This is a cruel list to write, Ty. Every fiber of my geeky being wants to post a lengthy appeal for the inclusion of Khan, Chief O’Brien and Garak. But I’m staying strong. I’m keeping it together. MUST NOT ENGAGE NERD MODE.

    PS: Did you ever see the Star Trek improv parodies performed in Toronto by The Chumps? I went to the 25th anniversary celebration in Toronto many years ago and they were performing, which began my long obsession with their shows. You haven’t lived until you see the dramatic Khan / Kirk battle from ST2:TWOK recreated with guys wearing flashlight-lit models on hardhats throwing ping pong balls at each other in the dark.

    • Not only did I see the Chumps Trek parodies, I was IN one or two of them. I had a member of the Chumps (Sam Agro) as a roommate at the time, and would see the shows almost weekly. I was brought up on stage at least twice to play a minor character when they needed a warm body. Some of the best Trek fan work ever done!

      And hey, in a Top Twenty, I would have probably included Chief O’Brien, maybe even Garek, both great characters. I’m not sure I would have included Khan, though…he’s a memorable villain, but Sarek, T’Pol, Chekov, Scottie and Dr. Pulaski would have sneaked in ahead of him. Khan was great for what he put Kirk through, but on his own, he was Captain Ahab with big tits.

  4. thought we were talking about the original show not all the garbage that followed it

    • Really…garbage? I’ll give you Voyager is mostly garbage, but there’s so much rich, meaty goodness in Worf, Data, Picard, and Quark that you’re robbing yourself of some great moments of TV by ignoring them. Your mileage may vary, but it’s hard to dismiss them so sweepingly.

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  6. I was with you for most of it, but you lost me when you picked Ezri over Jadzia, still, Diff’rent Strokes an’ all that…

    • Jadzia was lovely, no question, and I liked that the “old man” came across in her performance, but the actress was as wooden as Dutch Shoe in general, and had no chemistry with her husband at all. Ezri and Worf had the hots, clearly. And it really pleased me that the new body for Dax was NOT trying to be the same character. That really hit home how the hosts mattered to the Trill inside. Plus, I go for cute as much as I go for elegant. Who can defend the crushes we all get?

  7. I have to echo previous comments that the inclusion of Khan would be most suitable over a few of the others included on your list. Great work, nonetheless.


    Steven Willis

  8. Yep. It’s Kirk, now and always. And Shat-Kirk – not that fugly guy in the wannabe movie.

  9. Shat-Kirk. Isn’t there a website that shows that kind of stuff? Anyhow I echo your crush for Ezri. She was on a Canadian made sci-fi show just before she got this gig and I thought she had something special even then…maybe it was just the pixie haircut.
    I loved TOS and TNG but it was DS9 that really made me love Trek. Conflict baby, and there was a LOT of it on that space station. Odo hates Quark. Quark hates Odo. Sisko hates that religious chick who in turns hates him. It was also the Trek that I think had the most complete story arc and the continuity lover in me cried YES!
    Anyhow, here’s hoping someone gives us a new series soon and here’s also to the next movie. Keep Trek alive! I think I WILL try that new series from IDW after all.

  10. Thanks for this. I wanted to write up something for my own blog, but I’ve got this damn vitamin D deficiency that’s out of whack and I can’t concentrate to save my life. [Nerd nitpick: There was no Orion slave girl in “The Cage.” That was Vina appearing as one.]

    Incidentally, this is also the 20th anniversary of The Undiscovered Country. I ordinarily wouldn’t stoop to self-promotion, but in the spirit of sharing our relationships with Star Trek I offer this post of mine on the Flickchart blog about how the teaser poster for Star Trek VI is responsible for me becoming a Trekker and what it all meant to me at the time: http://blog.flickchart.com/index.php/posters-of-prominence-star-trek-vi-the-undiscovered-country/

    Which reminds me…General Chang would easily have made my list. As would Captain Sisko. Kirk, Picard, Janeway and Archer had it easy; they got to be the ones to pop in, tell everyone how to fix their lives and skedaddle onto the next opportunity to be paternalistic. Sisko had to live with his problems, day in and day out. Plus, Ben Sisko was a family man. Not only did we see his close relationship with Jake, but with his dad Joseph as well. And Sisko cultivated a sense of family and community on DS9, as well. Yes, families were present on The Next Generation, but they were much more prominent on DS9 and it was made clear from Day One that’s how Ben Sisko wanted it. (I will, however, grant you he became significantly cooler when he shaved his head.)

  11. I find that a lot of people really responded to DS9 as the best of the new generation Trek shows, and while I liked it very much, it didn’t seem to get under my skin the way the first two series did (and to a small extent, Enterprise…I know I’m alone in loving that series!). On DS9, I loved Quark, Ezri and Worf, really liked Odo, O’Brien and Garek, and grew to like Bashir, Nog and Jadzia over the years. But I never warmed to Sisko, Gul Dukat, Kai Winn, and Kira, who were kind of the main characters of the show. I had a similar problem with Voyager, never growing to like Janeway or Chakotay at all and only really liking Tuvok, The Doctor, Paris, and Seven of Nine, but DS9 at least had much, much better writing than the hapless Voyager. I think there’s something about wanting the main characters to be the best characters that puts DS9 in third place for all the various series in my pantheon. For Enterprise, I found I liked ALL the characters quite a bit, in fact, other than TOS, Enterprise is the only series where I really liked the entire cast, but some of the writing on Enterprise crashed and burned, especially the third season’s obsession with the Xindi weapon makers. I will admit, the final season of DS9 was by far the best season, and had it gone a few more seasons with THAT level of ass kicking shit hitting the fan, it might have moved up a notch. Enterprise also went out on its best season (I always recommend to people who gave up on ENT to watch season four and tell me that’s not entertaining Trek stuff…).
    You’ll notice that NO ONE lobbied for any more characters from Voyager. Even though it went seven seasons, no one misses it. I think Voyager, more than anything, was responsible for the engine wearing down on Trekkie fandom…

  12. You know, I passed on Enterprise entirely in its first run. After 14 years of moving forward in the 24th Century, I was just disappointed to go backwards. I felt like it was a signal nobody had any fresh ideas, and it was marketed more as a rehash of Voyager (T’Pol was obviously meant to keep Seven of Nine viewers’ attention). Later, I got to watching the reruns on SyFy (Syfy?) and found I actually liked the show. I’m not entirely in love with it, mind you; I feel that 2001-2005 was a very turbulent time ripe for more thoughtful social commentary than what they gave us–just as the original series cleverly narrated the end of the Sixties. I also still feel too many of their tie-ins with franchise continuity were ham-fisted and felt like fan fiction at times (Archer sent to Rura Penthe, and escaping?).

    Speaking of Voyager, I’ve always characterized it as “Friends in Space” and that had a lot to do with my lack of interest in it. Which is a shame, because I still maintain it had the best pilot episode of the entire franchise and my hopes were really high for it. Spending two entire seasons with the Kazon was a drag, and it seemed like consequences were awfully selective on that show whereas on DS9 a throwaway comment in one episode could be the basis for a major story arc later. It just felt like a step backwards in storytelling to me.

    Still, it’s not fair to blame that show for the dissipating interest in the franchise. At the time Enterprise hit the air, we’d just had eight full years of having two shows on the air concurrently, plus three movies. While I and some others went gaga over DS9, I know we’re in the minority. Voyager fans almost always outnumber us, be it at conventions or online discussions and polls. I don’t understand it, but I’ve made my peace with it. The truth is, neither of the two fan bases did a lot of overlapping; us Niner fans found Voyager vapid and they found our show dreary. Neither fan base was strong enough on its own to keep the thing going.

    Disappointing movies didn’t help matters any; I later came around on Insurrection when I realized my real problem with it was that it wasn’t First Contact, but even at that the most common criticism was that it was just a two-hour episode of The Next Generation. The bookend movies of the TNG run were both pretty disappointing (though they do have their moments). It’s hard to keep anything going when the fan base splits like we did over DS9 and Voyager and lost our excitement over the one thing we agreed on (TNG).

    Also, between you and me, the comics and novels really took a nosedive in the mid-90s, with few exceptions. The supplemental, non-canonical stories eventually reached a point of storytelling incest, almost entirely concentrated on conflating characters and situations from one series with those of another. I know some fans like that kind of “universe building,” but it just isn’t terribly engaging for a reader like me.

  13. Re: #9 The Guy In The Red Shirt

    The Red Shirt in the bottom picture is Lt. Leslie, played by Eddie Paskey. He actually appeared ALIVE in that very same episode seen walking the sick bay and Kirk’s quarters! According to Paskey, a scene in the script for “Obsession” that had all three victims of the landing party attacked by the creature would have them coming back to life later in sickbay due to a miracle potion. For reasons unknown, this scene was not filmed.

    In fact, he’s been in almost every episode of ST: TOS, except for the last 10 or so episodes during the third season. There used to be a website devoted to Leslie with screen caps and a whimsical write-up on just what he was actually doing in every episode.

    Some Mr. Leslie Facts:
    You can usually find him sitting to the right of the turbo shaft with hsi back to you, and even sometimes as a relief helmsman or navigator. Other than Spock, DeSalle, and Scotty, he’s the only other crew member to have sat in Kirk’s chair. He’s also seen in engineering, and a lot of times is part of the security detail in the landing parties. His biggest speaking role was in “This Side Of Paradise” in which Kirk tells him to get back to his station while waiting in line to beam to to the planet, in which he refuses. Kirk then tells him it’s mutiny and he agrees. In DC Comics Who’s Who, his first name is said to be “Frank”, while in “Naked Time” Spock calls him Ryan, and in “Mudd’s Women”, McCoy calls him Connors.

    Also, in the Star Trek drinking game, you’re supposed to take a drink every time he appears and if he speaks you have to chug your whole drink down!

    More info on him can be found here:


    • I was aware of most of those facts about Mr. Leslie. Like transporter technician Kyle, he’s one of the unsung heroes of Star Trek, working in the background and unseen. I might be wrong about this, but I have a nagging memory that SULU once sat in the command chair when Kirk and Spock were on an away mission. I don’t recall which episode it was, but I recall wondering why it wasn’t Scotty…was it an animated episode? I know Uhura gets a shot at command in one of the novels (Uhura’s Song)…is that where the memory is coming from? Is it a novel that gives Sulu his opportunity for command?

      • Uhura took command in the animated episode, “The Lorelei Signal” after all the male crew members fell under the spell of the Taurean women. This is not to say that she didn’t also take command in a novel, of course. And while I can’t cite offhand Sulu sitting in the center chair, I too have the memory of him doing so for some reason.

  14. When TNG first appeared I was thrilled. New Star Trek! But eventually I found it didn’t live up to the original. A new emergency crops up! Hold a meeting! And too many times the techno solution to things was some kind of pulse.

    When I was a kid, I didn’t want to be Kirk when I grew up, I wanted to be Spock.

  15. You’re not alone in liking Enterprise. It took a couple of seasons to find their groove, but they did some great stuff, especially once Manny Coto came on board. The retcon stuff I ignore for the most part, but where they go to the alternate universe and get the Constitution class starship. Classic stuff.

    I’d add Gary Seven because he had Isis and Assignment: Earth would have been a great spin off..


  16. Hello Ty,

    my name is Sydney Robinson and I was Jerry Robinson’s great-neice. I came across your page here having found the portrait you did of my Uncle Jerry and discovering your connection to him through further reading of your posts. I was touched by the kind things you had to say about him, and pleased to see how you’ve carried on his work and his characters through your art. Thank you for having expressed the impact he made on your life; it’s always a pleasure to know how many people he impacted.

    Sydney Robinson

    • Sydney! Thanks for that thoughtful note. You great Uncle was obviously a hero and inspiration for me since I was ten years old. I only met him in person a handful of times, but meeting him on the page all those years was one of those reasons life is worth living.
      My very best to you and your family.
      Ty the Guy.

      (sorry this ended up at the end of this Star Trek post, but this is where Sydney posted, so this is where I has to replies.)

  17. Hey, I love your wit and humor on your comments on the Star Trek characters and appropriate photos. Thank YOU so much for your amazing testimony on how you healed yourself of migraines. I’ve suffered them for 40 years and I have been a Spock fan since the series aired. (yeah, I’m getting old). I did not put 2 and 2 together like you did on the mind over matter stuff. I’ve been healed of many things but these migraines are a big hurdle. Will give it the old Trekkie try. Thanks!

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