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076 Excellere Ezine

076 Excellere Ezine

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The Whole World of Star trek ..........By Director Shafer.
The Whole World of Star trek ..........By Director Shafer.

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Published by: Alfredo Juillet Frascara on Apr 04, 2012
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 Ezine "Excellere" Number 76.
  January- february 2010.Casa Juillet . Chile. English Version. 
The Whole World of Star trek ..........By Director Shafer. 
1. WHAT IS STAR TREK?For those among us living in a cave the last 40 years, Star Trek was atelevision science fictionshowthat aired on NBC television for threeseasons, from 1966, until 1969, and which chronicled the adventures ofthe StarshipEnterprise, a paramilitary exploration vessel sent out byan organization known as Starfleet Command to explore strangenewworlds on behalf of the United Federation of Planets. It has become,in the interceding years, a global phenomenon,withsequels andprequels made of the original show. There are now Star Trek books,movies, comics, cartoons, games, etc. andtheyall spawned from theoriginal television series.Because Star Trek has ingrained itself in so many areas ofentertainment and culture, those discussions can be far afield,soalmost everything is on topic here, since almost everything can beconnected to Star Trek. A reference to the relevancetoStar Trek isusually appreciated in all subjects discussed here.-------------------------------------------II. TREK SLANGUAGE 4. THAT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT I SEE ALL THESE STAR TREKRELATEDWORDS AND ACRONYMS BEING THROWN ABOUT.WHAT DO THEY MEAN?As with any culture, Star Trek has created a bit of its own language.Here are some of thephrases that arepart of the world of Star Trek. B&B: Everywhere else, this stands for "Bed & Breakfast". Here, itrefers to the last initialsof the two men, Rick Berman and BrannonBraga, that have been in charge of the Star Trek franchise sincemidwaythrough TheNext Generation's run. Sometimes not held in highesteem by fans of TOS, because of perceived lack of respect forthatshow,but they take heat from fans of all the shows. CANON: Short dictionary definition of Canon: "A body of works orwritingsrecognized as approved or official." In Star Trek "Canon" isa word thrown about to indicate absolute truths about whathappened onthe show. Thus, what constitutes canon is the actual content of theepisodes of the various Star Trek televisionshows and theatricalfeatures. For obvious reasons, this excludes fanfic. It also excludesthe novels, technical manuals, andother products such as the comicbooks from Gold Key, Marvel, and DC, despite the fact that these are"officially licensed"products. In addition, the half-hour animatedtelevision series featuring the voices of most of the cast of StarTrek (TAS) isgenerally excluded from canon as well, possibly becauseit was produced by Filmation, rather than Paramount, thoughnoofficialreason has been given. Interpretations of Canon create a lotof the discussions in alt.tv.star-trek.tos. CLASSIC TREK:Another name for The Original Series, which was used inthe late 80's, after the premier of The Next Generation, when the"NewCoke" fiasco was fresh in everyone's mind, the idea being that TheNext Generation was to New Coke what TheOriginalSeries was to Coca-Cola Classic. A few wits went so far as to apply the nickname "DietTrek" to the Animated Series.With theadvent of the internet, thename "Classic Trek" gradually gave way to the easier-to-type "TOS".Nowadays, the term"ClassicTrek" can be taken to loosely refer to theentire onscreen adventures of the original crew, namely the originalSeries, theAnimated Series, and the first 6 "Star Trek" movies. DS9: Abbreviation for the fourth Star Trek series, "Star Trek:DeepSpace Nine", which appeared as a syndicated show from 1993 to 1999.This was the first show to not feature the
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starshipEnterprise, as itwas set aboard a stationary space station. Its only connection to TheOriginal Series is an occasionalreference to that show in very rareepisodes. This show takes place at roughly the same time period asTNG, roughly 80yearsafter TOS. ENTERPRISE (Ship): Name of the ship (Registry Number NCC-1701) That isused throughout the run of TheOriginalSeries. Ship was finallydestroyed in the motion picture, "Star Trek III: The Search forSpock." ENTERPRISE A (Ship):Shipintroduced at the very end of Star Trek IVand used during the next two TOS movies. ENTERPRISE (Show): The sixthshow in theStar Trek franchise.Enterprise is the first 'Star Trek' franchise series to be set priorto the events of TOS. Show debuted onThe Paramount Network in 2001,and is set approximately 100 years before the events of The OriginalSeries. The onlyconnectionto the Original Series is use of the nameEnterprise and some of the alien species and planets first mentionedin TheOriginalSeries, though such references frequently contradictpreviously established facts. FANFIC: Short for Fan Fiction.Unlicensedwritings about TOScharacters by fans of the show. REDSHIRTS: Security Guards that appear on the show, usually onlylongenough to die a grisly death. They are named this because of the colorof their shirts. (Duh) RETCON: "RetroactiveContinuity". A process where things that wereconsidered true in an early episode are changed in later episodes,sometimesdeliberately, sometimes accidentally. In many cases, thelast word is considered, the authoritative one, though thisissometimes highly debatable. Also, not all changed concepts arenecessarily mutually exclusive. For example, if CaptainKirk has onemiddle initial in the pilot, but a different middle initial is usedevery other time such is referenced, this could beconsidered achange, or it could just be that he's got two middle initials. SLASH: A term used by writers of fanfic toindicate a pairing of twoor more Star Trek characters. The term comes from the "slash" usedbetween the characters in thewriting. Such as, Spock/Chapel, whichwould be fan fiction that would have a Spock and Christine Chapelrelation in it.Slashfiction can take many forms, homosexual;heterosexual and multi species pairings are not uncommon. There arefour othernewsgroups, alt.tv.star-trek.tos.slash,alt.sex.fetish.startrek, alt.startrek.creative.erotica,andalt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated, specially devoted todiscussions of this nature. K/S: A particular type of slashfan fiction devoted to theorizing ahomosexual relation Kirk and Spock. This particular genre of fanfichas been the subjectof a long-term trolling attack on this newsgroupthat has stretched over several years. The topic is, strictlyspeaking, off topichere, and belongs rather in one of the fournewsgroups mentioned above. TAS: Abbreviation for The Animated Series,which ranfor two seasonsin 1973 and 1974. This was the first sequel to TOS. No longerconsidered Canon by the powers atParamount, butit did have GeneRoddenberry's approval, and direct participation, and had many of theOriginal Series actors and writersworking on it. TMP: Abbreviation for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first StarTrek movie. TNG: Abbreviation for"StarTrek: The Next Generation", the 3rd StarTrek series, and the second sequel to the original. This show appearedinsyndicationfor 1987 until 1994. This show takes placeapproximately 80 years after The Original Series, and had an all-newcast, withonlyvery rare appearances by cast members from TOS TOS: Acronym for "Star Trek", the original series, that ran from1966until1969 on NBC television. This show (along with TAS) is theprimary focus of this group, and is by far the best of any StarTrekseries. All other Star Trek shows are pale imitations of this, theoriginal and the most entertaining. TPTB:Abbreviationfor "The Powers That Be". Usually used in aderisive tone when you are PO'ed about something that the creators oftheshow havedone. TIIC: Acronym for "The Idiots In Charge". A more derisive term forTPTB. VOYAGER (Show): Name of the shipand seriesfeatured in the fifth StarTrek series, "Star Trek: Voyager", which appeared on The ParamountNetwork, from 1995 until2001.Set in the same time frame as TheNextGeneration, about 80-90 years after the events of TOS, this showhas only passingreferences to The Original Series.--------------------------------------------------------------------------III. 5. WHAT DO SOME OF THESE OTHER NON-TREK RELATED ABBREVIATIONS ANDACRONYMS MEAN?Here are some basic Newsgroup words andacronyms you might see bandiedabout... AFAIK: As Far As I Know alt (or) alt.: Usually seen with a dot after it, as"alt."(pronounced: alt-dot) this refers to a large variety ofnewsgroups that discuss "alternative" topics. CROSSPOST: To post amessage to several newsgroups simultaneously- an action usually frowned on in Internet culture. . FAQ: Frequently
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AskedQuestions: (pronounced: fak (or) F-A-Q). Alist of recurring questions and answers related to a newsgroup,software, Website,or whatever. FAQ lists prevent newsgroupdiscussions from being overrun by common user questions. FLAME: To sendnasty orinsulting messages, usually in responseto someone's having broken the rules of netiquette. FLAME WAR: When anonlinediscussion degenerates into a series ofpersonal attacks against the debaters, rather than discussion of theirpositions. Aheated exchange. FWIW: For What It's Worth FYI: For Your Information GOOGLE: This is a search engine forsearchingUsenet., thelargest information utility in existence. Quite simply it is thesearch engine for the newsgroups It can be foundat http://www.google.com HTH: Hope This (or That) Helps. IMHO: In My Humble Opinion. IIRC: If I RememberCorrectlyIMNSHO: In My Not So Humble Opinion IMO: In My Opinion J/K: Just Kidding! KILLFILE: Another word formessage filtering.There are settingsin your usenet software that let you filter out USENET postings tosome extent, by excluding messagesoncertain topics or from certainpeople. LOL: Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love) LURK: To read messages in anewsgroup or chat area without everposting or replying yourself. LURKER: A visitor to a newsgroup or online servicewho onlyreadsother people posts but never posts his or her own messages, thusremaining anonymous.NETIQUITTE: The rules of etiquettethat govern online interactionon the Internet. NEWBIE: Somebody new to the Internet or to computers in general.If youarereading this you are probably a Newbie. NEWSGROUPS: A part of the Internet which allows users to "post"and "replyto"messages from other users. OT: Off Topic. When starting a thread that is off the topic ofTOS, it is generally consideredgood Netiquette to begin the thread'stitle with "OT: " to identify it as such. PLONK: A shorthand way of saying "I amplacing you in mykillfile, so don't bother talking to me any more because I won't hearit." Legend has it that the wordPlonk is an acronym for "Please LeaveOur Newsgroup: Killfiled". Yeah, whatever. As a word of warning, don'ttell someoneyou'replonking them unless you really intend to followthrough. It frequently happens that someone says they'replonkingsomeone, butcan't resist continuing to read their messages to seetheir reaction. If this person gets caught responding to theplonkedperson's messages a week later, they may never hear the end of it. POV: Point of View. ROTFL: Rolling On TheFloorLaughing. ROTFLMAO: Rolling on the Floor laughing my a$$ off. SHOUTING: Chatters and Usenet posters will oftentell othersto"stop shouting." It's another way of saying, "TURN OFF YOUR CAPSLOCK!" Generally speaking, chatting, posting,and sendinge-mail inall uppercase is considered rude. TROLL: The act of posting a message in a newsgroup that isobviouslyexaggeratingsomething on a particular topic, hoping totrick a newbie into posting a follow-up article that points out themistake. A"Troll" is a person that spends all their time trying todisrupt the normal discussion of a particular newsgroup tobringattention onto themselves. As with all newsgroups, alt.tv.star-trek.tos has its share of Trolls, and you will quicklylearn who theyare. Watch and see who seems to be causing most of the problems in thenewsgroup, and be prepared to useyourkillfile. Do not let Trollsdisrupt your enjoyment of the Star Trek newsgroup experience. USENET: Often referred to as justthe "newsgroups", USENET is adistributed bulletin board system.--------------------------------------------------------------------------IV. THE MAIN PEOPLE BEHIND STAR TREK 6. WHO ARE SOME OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN THESHOW?CAPTAIN KIRK, (James T. R. Kirk): Captain of The Enterprise during theentire run of The Original Series. Played byWilliamShatner. COMMANDER SPOCK: Half Vulcan, Half Human First officer and Scienceofficer of the Enterprise throughoutthe run of The Original Series,played by Leonard Nimoy. Has a father, Sarek (Played by Mark Lenard),and a mother, Amanda(Played by JaneWyatt) LT. COMMANDER MCCOY, (Leonard H. McCoy): Chief Medical Officer of theEnterprise throughout most of The OriginalSeries. Played by DeforestKelly. Nicknamed "Bones" by Captain Kirk. LT. COMMANDER SCOTT, (Montgomery Scott,aka Scotty):
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