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Cary's Top Five Favorite Star Trek Characters!


On 05/13/2013 at 06:11 AM by Cary Woodham

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In honor of the release of the upcoming new Star Trek movie, and my review of the new Star Trek game (posting later this week at GamerDad.com), here’s a list of my top five favorite Star Trek characters!

You know what’s funny is that I don’t even LIKE Star Trek.  I’m really more of a Star Wars fan, but that’s only because Star Wars was bigger in the 80’s when I was a kid.  Plus, Star Wars movies had more action and toys and the spaceships didn’t look like pancakes with feet.  And they actually DID stuff in Star Wars instead of sit around in their spaceships waiting for the alien of the day to show up.

But even though I don’t like Star Trek, I know enough about it to write a whole blog and think about five characters in it that are neat.  How do I know so much even though I’m not a fan?  Well, my college roommate was a big Trekkie, so I had to sit and watch all the shows when they came on.  But it really wasn’t that bad.  If that’s the worst I had to put up with from my roommate, than he was still a pretty darn good one.  And he was!  He was my roommate for all four years of college, and a friend in high school and middle school before that.  I’m sure that he had to put up with worse stuff out of me than I did of him.  It’s too bad I don’t hear from him anymore.  Anyway, I also have relatives and stepparents who are into Star Trek, too, so that helped me know more, too.

I know about all the Star Trek shows, so let’s see if I can remember them all.  There was the really old and boring one from the 60’s.  Then in the 80’s and 90’s we had The New Generation which was really popular, but I still thought it was boring.  After that was Deep Space Nine, which was the most boring Star Trek of all because they didn’t even go anywhere.  Then came Voyager, which I liked a little better (meaning, I watched a couple of episodes before stopping), because they did go places.  And finally was Enterprise, which had that Quantum Leap guy as the captain and a really mean Vulcan lady.  And that’s all I know about the TV shows!  Did I miss any?

I’ve also seen all the Star Trek movies.  Why would I do that, since I don’t like Star Trek?  Well, it’s like Sonic the Hedgehog.  I don’t like most Sonic games, but there are a few that I do enjoy, so I’m always willing to give them a try to see if I like them.  Same goes with the Star Trek movies.  Don’t like most of them, but there are a few that I like, so I don’t mind giving them a try, either.  I liked the fourth one where they had to save whales in the 80’s because it was silly and funny.  First Contact was also really good.  The last Star Trek movie, which had a totally new cast and a retelling of the original story, was also fun in a mindless summer movie sort of way, with lots of action and explosions.  So I’m willing to give the new movie a try as well.

And even though I don’t like Star Trek, I do like me a good Star Trek parody.  In the 70’s, Filmation did a Star Trek cartoon.  It really wasn’t a parody, but the animation and writing were so bad it almost could be!  They re-ran it on Nickelodeon when I was little, and back then I did think it was kind of cool.  But then, I was a kid and didn’t know any better.  Speaking of cartoons, a lot of my favorite ones have done hilarious Star Trek parodies, such as Muppet Babies, Eek the Cat, VeggieTales, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Animaniacs.  But I think the best Star Trek parody was one episode of Futurama.  If you’ve seen it, you probably know which one I’m talking about!

Anyway, enough introductions.  Let’s get on to my top five favorite Star Trek characters!  I’m sure I’ll cause many a Trekkie to become disgusted, if I haven’t done so already!

1. Chekov

Actually the reason why Chekov is my favorite Star Trek character has nothing to do with him at all.  Although it was probably a big deal back then to have a Russian character in the cast what with all the Cold War stuff going on back then.  No, the reason why he’s my favorite is because I named a cat after him.  You see, when I was a kid, I got a Russian Blue cat and I wanted to give him a Russian name.  But I couldn’t think of any.  Don’t blame me, I was just a kid!  But then my dad suggested Chekov so I went with that.

I don’t really have any pictures of what Chekov looked like, but if you do a search for the Russian Blue cat breed, you can pretty much see what he was.  Only thing fairly unique to Chekov was that he was a very long cat.  His tail was as long as the rest of his body, and when he’d lay on top of the recliner, he’d streeeetch out so he reached both ends.  He looked like a weasel when he did that.

Chekov was a smart cat, too!  I taught him all sorts of tricks.  He’d play fetch with those little spongy golf ball sized cat toys. Any cat owners out there know which ones I’m talking about.  I also taught him how to open closed doors by jumping up and turning the doorknob.  I almost got him to where he could use the toilet instead of the litterbox, but I was worried he might fall in the toilet when we were away, so I stopped teaching him that trick.

Chekov was also very well behaved.  If he did anything wrong, I’d usually only have to tell him “No” once and he would never do it again.  Spraying him with water wouldn’t work, as he’d just stand there with his mouth open, ready for a drink.  We even took him on a road trip from Texas to Alabama once, and he did great!  And most cats and cars don’t mix!

He was also my gaming buddy, too.  When I’d play NES, he’d either sit in my lap and try to bat at the big red buttons on my NES Advantage, or he’d stand at the TV and swat at the moving sprites on screen.  Definitely one of my favorite pets.  If I ever got another cat, I’d try to get a Russian Blue (from a rescue place of course).  And I’d know just what Russian name to give him this time: Karnov!  Of course, I certainly won’t be getting a cat any time soon with our dog Venus around.  But that’s OK; Venus is great in her own right.  At any rate, that’s why Chekov is my favorite Star Trek character.  Any time I watch one of the old Star Trek shows or movies with the old cast, and they address Chekov, I expect the response to be “Meow.”

2. Tribbles

Even if you don’t know much about Star Trek, you probably know what Tribbles are.  Those cute little fuzzballs from one of the more famous classic episodes.  I think it would be cool to buy a Tribbles toy, but I’m not paying that much for an oversized dust bunny!  One time in college, my roommate was watching Deep Space Nine.  But it ended up being one that I liked, too, because it had the old Tribbles episode in it.  The plot involved travelling back in time to that moment in the original show, and they cleverly used bits from the old show in the new one.  It was pretty neat.  I should add that if my roommate wanted to watch Star Trek and I didn’t, oftentimes I would just play a Game Boy game or do homework or whatever, so it wasn’t like I was forced to watch his shows or anything like that.

3. Spot the Cat

In the New Generation show, one of the characters was an android and he had a pet cat named Spot. I thought that was pretty funny so his cat is one of my favorites.  One time in one of the Star Trek movies with the new cast, everyone kept leaving the bridge to go help solve some impending disaster.  Captain Baldy first gave Beardy control of the bridge, and so on.  Pretty soon I think the counselor had control of the bridge!  At that moment, I turned to my college roommate and said that if this keeps up, Spot the Cat is going to be in charge!  That made him laugh!

4. Hologram Doctor Man

I watched Voyager for a few episodes before stopping, and one of the funnier characters was a doctor guy who was actually a hologram.  Personally I think he was a real person, but he was just really lazy. “All crew members must come to deck 6 immediately to beat up some bad aliens, now!” “Oh, I can’t, I’m just a hologram and can’t leave this room.  Oh well.”  He did have a funny cameo in the First Contact movie, though.

5. 789

After I stopped watching Voyager, my college roommate told me that later on, they added a new character.  I guess they wanted to boost ratings by introducing a pretty female character in a tight outfit.  But uh oh!  She couldn’t act very well.  That’s OK, they just made her be a robot Borg so she could just talk like a robot.  Problem solved.  I don’t remember seeing this character much, but everything that came out of her mouth was hilarious and cracked me up.  I’m not even sure if I’m getting her name on the show right, though.  Sounds like a joke punchline.  Why was 6 afraid of 7?  Because 789!  Her name could’ve been 345 or 915 for all I know.  Maybe one of you smart Trekkies can fill me in.

And that’s all for now!  In the comments section, tell me your favorite Star Trek characters and feel free to correct any mistakes or gaps I made in my blog, as I know there are some.  I just don’t feel like doing any research.  Later!  --Cary


 

Comments

leeradical42

05/13/2013 at 08:27 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Lol a pancake with feet lol never heard that one before, i wasnt a fan of the original but like alot of shows growing up it was good clean fun. Anyway however i did like deepspace nine although other then Data really didnt have a favorite but i did like Piccard as the best Captain lol looking forward to reading your reveiw on Gamerdad.com i registered with them bet never got the activation email mmmmmm i may try again later.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:06 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

I don't know anything about how to register on the GamerDad.com site.  I just provide content, I don't worry about the nuts and bolts of the site.  But I did see that you commented on one of my reviews!

Aboboisdaman

05/13/2013 at 08:49 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

I don't think I have ever even seen an episode of Star Trek lol. Sealed

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:07 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Wow that's kind of hard to do.

Homelessrook

05/13/2013 at 09:49 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

7 of 9 not 789. She number 7 of a 9 borg.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:09 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Hmmm, I like my name better.  Actually they should've tried to give her a real name instead of just numbers.  She's not a race car or anything like that.

transmet2033

05/13/2013 at 10:19 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Did not watch any star trek until the jj abrams film cam out in 2009.  Then I watched a handful of the boring old original series.  I would have to say that Bones is probably my favourite character.  

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:10 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Ha ha!  'Boring old series.'  You should check out the boring old cartoon, too.

transmet2033

05/13/2013 at 08:57 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

I am a fan of the characters on TOS.  I think that star trek would have failed if the characters were not as fantastic as they were.

Cary Woodham

05/14/2013 at 05:46 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

I take it TOS stands for The Original Series?  I know, I'm an idiot.

Super Step

05/13/2013 at 11:40 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yeah, I was never interested in the TV shows either, but I liked the new one for the same reasons you mentioned.

Only characters I remember are Tribbles, and that's cause I have George Takei as a "friend" on Facebook, and he posted a meme with those; well, I'd heard them referenced before, but that was how I knew what they looked like.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:13 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yeah sometimes a mindless summer movie is a good thing.

Rangergirl

05/13/2013 at 04:18 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Sigh. The first one is not boring and has a lot going for it if you give it a chance. And Deep Space Nine actually had a real story arc and character development. Voyager is my least favorite. The captain spent all her time whining and the cast were all way too PC for my taste. As for the JJ Abrams movie, I think it is an abomination and probably won't bother watching the new one.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:15 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Character development?  Aw you know I don't watch TV for that. :)

One thing I did like about the old Star Trek was the campiness.  In fact, I wish it was more campy.  But then, it probably wouldn't have been as good for fans if it were.

KnightDriver

05/13/2013 at 04:43 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

I had high hopes for Voyager: female captain, interesting crew, lost in space theme. I watched the pilot but every time I tried to go deeper into the show, it bored me. When they added Jeri Ryan, I just rolled my eyes and really gave up trying to watch it.

Also, what's the deal with every character having a really prominent, shiny forehead with super high bangs. Does giant foreheads equal super intelligence? I now refer to Voyager as "that show with the foreheads". It just makes me giggle every time I see an episode.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:16 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yeah Voyager bored me, too.  But then, they all did.  Maybe foreheads are just cool in the future?

KnightDriver

05/15/2013 at 01:23 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

They're definitely funny now.

Cary Woodham

05/15/2013 at 06:01 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

It's the fashion statement of the future...today!

KnightDriver

05/15/2013 at 03:55 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Voyager Cast

This is the ultimate collection of shiny, could-project-a-movie-on, foreheads. Apparently we will all look like this in the future. Heavens to Murgatroyd!

Cary Woodham

05/15/2013 at 07:12 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Wow I don't even remember most of the people in that cast.  I must've really not paid much attention when I watched that show.

KnightDriver

05/16/2013 at 04:01 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

All I see now is foreheads. I'm sorry, but I just can't help myself.

Cary Woodham

05/16/2013 at 07:21 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Write a letter on each of their heads to spell out something.  Like 'F-O-R-E-H-E-A-D-S.'

KnightDriver

05/17/2013 at 02:30 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

And there's nine of them! Perfect!

I did the image but I can't get it on here from Flickr. Oh well. I'll put it in my profile instead. 

Cary Woodham

05/17/2013 at 05:48 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Ha ha! I just went and looked at it.

Star Trek game review up at GamerDad.com, BTW.

KnightDriver

05/19/2013 at 10:37 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

I've heard the game isn't too good but I just saw the movie and it's great. I still want to play the game, bugs and all.

Cary Woodham

05/20/2013 at 05:30 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

I saw the movie this weekend, too!  Lots of fun.

Alex-C25

05/13/2013 at 05:00 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Much like Aaron, I had never seen any of the Star Trek shows, which I hope to do someday. However, I had seen Abrams reboot and I liked it a lot and I can't wait to see Into Darkness.

Let's just hope that a raging Trekkie doesn't come here and see your blog.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:17 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yeah I just write about stuff I don't know about and don't really worry about making anyone mad.  Probably not a good thing, but eh, it's my blog so I can do what I want (within reason of course).

smartcelt

05/13/2013 at 06:27 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

My parents were so into the original series and TNG. We watched tons of it,so I guess it grew on me. Tribbles! Who could forget those furry buggers. My favorite character on the original show was Scotty. He was brash and liked to fight! And drink some whisky now and then,too. Homelessrook beat me to it on the 7 of 9 thing. Thought I was gonna look knowledgeable on Star Trek,which I certainly am not! Now Star Wars is entirely a different matter. I know my stuff in that arena. My favorite Star Trek villain would have to be Khan. That was my favorite film in the group,too. The Wrath Of Khan.

Cary Woodham

05/13/2013 at 07:18 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

You know what science fiction series I know my stuff on?  Mystery Science Theater 3000.  That's my most favoritest TV show of all time ever!

KnightDriver

05/15/2013 at 01:25 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yea man! MST3K 4ever!

Cary Woodham

05/15/2013 at 06:02 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yup, best show ever.

AkaiNeko4

05/13/2013 at 10:56 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

I have seen almost teh entirety of teh original series (my Mom's a huge fan, and our local library had most of it; family time and all that). Tribbles are awesome and easy to make by hand. Also why no McCoy or Scotty? Or those poor redshirts? Or Harry Mud?

Cary Woodham

05/14/2013 at 05:48 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

I would think Tribbles would be easy to make.  Just reach under the couch and nab a few dust bunnies.

Yeah I liked the extras with the red shirts.  "Captain, i found something over here...AUUUGGGHHH!"

BrokenH

05/13/2013 at 11:09 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Tribbles are adorable! I also like the "hawt green women" from the first Star-Trek. Picard,Riker,Warf,Data,Jordy,Janeway,Benjamin Cisco,Parish,7 of 9,Ahura,Sulu,Bones,and Spoke are likewise cool!

Cary Woodham

05/14/2013 at 05:48 AM Reply | Permalink | Report

Spoke?

I like how they made fun of the hot green alien women in the new Star Trek movie and video game.

NSonic79

05/16/2013 at 03:03 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

What a wonderful list! Such detail and explaination on your history with Star Trek was a pleasure to read. It must be very excisting to get into Star Trek all the way this time thanks to the much needed Reboot!

I feel the compulsion to write my own top 5 of star trek characters! A series such rich in character development who can't, moreso with the new Star Trek movie out now! My inspiration has returned!!!

Cary Woodham

05/16/2013 at 07:19 PM Reply | Permalink | Report

Yes you should write a blog about that.

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