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10 Dullest Star Trek Aliens

Published June 8, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Not every Star Trek alien that comes across our TV screens or computer monitors can be interesting. It’s just not going to happen. I’ve accepted that. When creating a “universe” there are going to be some background aliens, those aliens that are only there to prove that there is in fact a universe. They usually have the status of background alien: they walk the halls of starships, mill around at social events or are just one of many in a crowd shot. This is forgivable.

What is not forgivable are those featured aliens that make you wonder why did the writers even bother. Aliens that have so much potential but week after week, series after series, the writers refuse to fulfill. Or worse yet those aliens that are obvious plot devices to further a storyline that has nothing to do with them.

These aliens usually appear for only one episode and are never seen or heard from again but they shall be immortalized on this list – the 10 Dullest Star Trek Aliens.

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Star Trek: The Real Reason Why NBC Cancelled The Original Series Revealed?

Published January 28, 2014 by gossipzoo

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We all know why the original Star Trek TV series was cancelled don’t we? Despite the volume of fan support, this simply didn’t translate into viewing figures and the series couldn’t compete. Well, it seems that according to the latest evidence produced in Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn’s book These Are the Voyages: The Original Series: Season One, that this isn’t the entire truth.

Cushman and Osborn’s book is the first in a trilogy about the Original Series and so we won’t know exactly why the series was cancelled until the third season book comes out. But what makes this information so reliable? Well, they have licenced the Nielsen Ratings for each season – the first time they have ever been published. In the first season, the show was the first or second place in its timeslot for every single episode. It was even beating series such as Bewitched during the first season.

We already know some alternative ratings while we wait for the Nielsens. The very first episode of Star Trek received 19.8 percent and 40.6 percent on the Trendex 26-city rating. This means that it was watched by 19.8 percent of all potential television viewers, and an incredible 40.6 percent of all of those watching television at the time. Sure back then there wasn’t the vast volume of channels to whittle away the ratings as there is today, but NBC agreed for a full season within three months and it was renewed for a second season during the following March. According to the Trendex ratings, Star Trek was pushed further down the ratings after ABC moved Bewitched and Love on a Rooftop to compete with it and the show dropped to third in the time slot. However, it seems that on the wider Nielsen ratings, this affect wasn’t seen.

Of course, as with all situations, the networks can’t stop messing with the time slots. So for the second season, it was moved to Friday nights. It was the original “Friday night death slot”. Star Trek beat ABC in the ratings, but was still ranked second in the timeslots. The overall Trendex share had dropped to only 22.5 percent. The thing is, that the show wasn’t even meant to be airing on in the death slot – it had been promised a Tuesday night time slot in order to boost viewers from the first season even further. But after they couldn’t jiggle the time slots, all that was left was the Friday night slot.

Star Trek was hit hard by the Friday night slot – it meant younger viewers couldn’t watch it and besides, this was the sixties – their key demographic simply wasn’t watching television on a Friday night. In fact, the biggest success of that timeslot was the movie of the week on another network. Yep, Star Trek kept losing out to a random movie each week. NBC to their credit looked to replace The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Star Trek on Monday nights but that just didn’t happen either and it stayed on Friday evenings.

Rumours were spread that cancellation was imminent, although NBC denied this. A fan campaign led by Bjo Trimble (and possibly engineered by Gene Roddenberry) resulted in around 160,000 letters of support being sent to the network. This was of course in a time without the internet or any real way to organise the support – just fanzines. NBC finally realised that Friday night for Star Trek was a terrible idea, and tried to move it to a Monday night instead for the third season. It was going to replace Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, but the presenters kicked up such a fuss and threatened to go to another network that this plans were scrapped. Again Star Trek didn’t have anywhere else to go and it was dumped on an even worse time slot on Friday nights – airing at 10pm.

With that bad a timeslot and with only 181 NBC affiliates out of 210 showing the series, there was simply no way that Star Trek could survive given the budget (even if the third season had been reduced). The actors weren’t happy with the product that the third season was producing and Gene Roddenberry had already walked out. In the end, the ratings weren’t there, it was too expensive and it simply had no one fighting the show’s corner on a daily basis with the network.

The truth of the matter is that NBC took a show that was winning its timeslot and messed with it until it couldn’t possibly survive. I can point to at least three shows this season that the American networks are doing the same thing to, as it is far easier to avoid a negative reaction to a show if no one is watching it or liking it anymore. With Star Trek, NBC simply didn’t bargain that the fan base was as stubborn as hell (good on you all!) and wouldn’t stop wanting the product.

Of course we can all say that NBC made a mistake in cancelling Star Trek. But perhaps the greater mistake is by CBS – after all, they passed on Star Trek and made Lost in Space instead.

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10 Sexiest Star Trek Aliens

Published October 13, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of… yadda yadda yadda, where the freaks at? Let’s face a fact about Star Trek here. Sure, there’s a lot of contemporary themes, high-minded concepts and morality plays going on in Gene Roddenberry’s intergalactic sandbox. But somehow it just means so much more to us (men) when there’s a hot alien chick in the mix. Lets us test our own morality with hypothetical questions like: “Chick with a bug’s head… do her/don’t do her?” Pointless really since the answer is always ‘do her’.

In that respect, here for you now I’m going to list my picks for ten sexiest Star Trek aliens, drawing from the pool of all television and film sources save for the Animated Series. Why stop there? Because that would just be weird. I mean, they’re cartoons for crying out loud. And sorry ladies but we’ll be focusing on female aliens here. Why only females? Because otherwise – not to be insensitive but – ewww. While I’m sure there have been plenty of good looking dude aliens in Star Trek, I never noticed them. Except that one time in that Original Series episode with that Apollo guy. He was a pretty good looking dude. And he did wear a toga the whole time which is kinda like a mini-skirt so maybe… NO! No exceptions, dudes are out. Even though Apollo had really great legs.

Along the way you’ll notice that beyond the aforementioned exclusions, this list also omits any aliens who were regular cast members on their respective shows and/or films. (ie. Jadzia Dax, T’Pol, Leeta the Dabo Girl, Savvik, Guinan… what?) The whole list could’ve been compiled with such naturalized alien ladies and where would the challenge be in that? So without further ado and a general SPOILER ALERT for any plot points or details I might give away, here we go.

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