The Similarities Between Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5

During the past two decades, fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 have noticed numerous similarities between the popular science-fiction shows. Such comparisons were inevitable, given the debate involving the two series’ genesis.

It truly doesn’t matter which series was made first or which production company may have

Like these two chess pieces, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 have many similarities. 

taken concepts from the other, as each was smart in its own right—also, every borrowed element of other tales predating both shows. Both shows warrant their right place in sci-fi history.

The list below illustrates how tightly the two shows mirrored one another in terms of characterization and concept.

The Stations

  • Both shows were set on huge space stations with single-digit names (Deep Space 9 vs. Babylon 5) situated near transit points of immense power.
  • Both stations were supposed to foster peace between former enemies after a terrible war.
  • Both stations were run by an Earth-based government (the Federation vs. the Earth Alliance) but were located outside the Earth’s solar system (Bajor vs. Epsilon III)
    • Both stations had a marketplace for everyday activities such as restaurants, casinos, and bars, not to mention sex parlors.

The Concepts

  • Both shows focused on a very religious, enslaved group fighting to assert itself against its oppressors.
  • Both oppressive species saw their homeworlds destroyed by the resultant war, due to an outside devious force (the Dominion vs. the Shadows).
  • Both shows had enigmatic god-like entities considered deities by less advanced beings.
  • Both enigmatic god-like species had “evil” counterparts they fought, coming to an ultimate face-off near the end of the series (the Pah-wraiths vs. the Shadows).
  • Both shows had a big story arc with aliens infiltrating Earth’s government to destroy it from within.
  • Both shows had a planetary civil war.

The Commanders

  • Both stations’ commanders were traumatized by a war with a harmful enemy.
  • Both stations’ commanders lost a wife, leaving them depressed and angry.

The Crews

  • Both stations had a defiant female second-in-command who had lost loved ones during a war and both found it hard to trust their new commander.

 

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Intriguing Facts About Original Star Trek Characters (Part III)

Lieutenant Commander Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy

DeForest Kelley, who played Lieutenant Commander Leonard “Bones” McCoy, the Enterprise‘s chief medical officer and one of Kirk’s confidants, almost wasn’t in the original Star Trek series. When he was offered the part, he didn’t want it.

Although NBC turned down the initial Star Trek pilot, “The Cage,” the network wanted Roddenberry to try again. With Shatner as Kirk and Nimoy as Spock, Kelley agreed to play McCoy.

 

Lieutenant Commander Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott

James Doohan, who played Lieutenant Commander Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott, titled the Enterprise‘s engineer after his mother’s father. An expert in many accents, Doohan picked a Scottish dialect for Scotty since, in Doohan’s experience, Scotsmen were top engineers.

Even though Scotty and Kirk appeared to get along well on camera, Doohan stated he liked Captain Kirk, but he didn’t like Bill. He felt Shatner was self-centered and insecure.

 

Lieutenant Nyota Uhura

Despite how the show embraced multiculturalism, Uhura still battled racism. 

Roddenberry’s 1st choice of a name for the Enterprise‘s communications officer was Zulu. Though, since the actress, Nichelle Nichols, is African-American, Roddenberry thought a different name might be better. He picked Uhura. In Swahili, Uhuru means “freedom.”

Unfortunately, even though the show embraced multiculturalism and diversity, Nichols at times encountered racial hostility on the set. When she found out she was the only lead on the series who didn’t have a contract, she almost quit. One of her admirers, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talked her into staying, praising her as an amazing role model.

 

Ensign Hikaru Sulu

The name originally meant for Lieutenant Uhura became that of Ensign Hikaru Sulu. The Enterprise‘s Asian helmsman was portrayed by George Takei. Roddenberry planned to develop and expand the character during the second season, but Takei had agreed to appear in The Green Berets, alongside John Wayne. In the episodes in which Takei was absent, actor Walter Koenig took his place.

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Intriguing Facts About Original Star Trek Characters (Part II)

Commander Spock

The Vulcan Salute which means, “Live Long and Prosper.”

Leonard Nimoy, who played Commander Spock, created the Spock’s Vulcan salute and Spock’s Vulcan “nerve pinch.”

In “Amok Time,” Nimoy presents the Vulcan salute when Spock comes into contact with the matriarch of his home planet, Vulcan. The salute is done with the open hand. The palm is towards the person being greeted. The forefinger and the middle finger are put together, as are the little finger and the ring finger.

Though, a space separates the two pairs of fingers. Nimoy said he got the salute on a gesture that Jewish priests did as they blessed the synagogue’s congregation in an orthodox High Holy Days service he’d had gone to as a boy.

The gesture is the Hebrew letter shin, the first letter of Shekinah, the name of the feminine part of Divinity, which goes into the synagogue during part of the ceremony. Nimoy’s salute is usually accompanied by the verbal greeting, “Live long and prosper.,” similar to the Hebrew expression Shalom aleichem, meaning “peace be upon you.”

Nimoy also created the Vulcan nerve pinch, a method in which pinching a nerve in the shoulder and neck Spock can make a human unconscious. The 1966 episode “The Enemy Within” was for Spock to come out from behind a generator and knock his opponent out. Believing fisticuffs were more suited to the Old West than the 23rd Century, Nimoy instead used the famous pinch that would become a brand of the Vulcan’s fighting style.

He accredits director Leo Penn’s approval of the pinch partly to William Shatner’s acting ability. After listening to Nimoy talking to the director about using the technique, Shatner offered to help Nimoy demonstrate the pinch, and Shatner did such a good job of passing out on cue that Penn was sold on the maneuver’s merit.

 

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Intriguing Facts About Original Star Trek Characters (Part I)

The first Star Trek aired from 1966 to 1969. Now, some of its concepts are laughable, like a computer devoted entirely to library holdings. Other notions are downright sexist, like the miniskirts female officers and enlisted personnel had to wear as part of their military “uniforms.” Though, the starship’s transporter beam and deflector shields are futuristic concepts, even by current standards.

The usual characters and the people who played them also make the first series entertaining to watch, as much now as 50 years ago. Here are some little-known, intriguing facts that raise their interest level for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike.

Captain James T. Kirk

For years, the kiss between,  Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, of African descent and Captain James Tiberius Kirk, of Iowa, was thought to have been the first televised interracial kiss, but research has shown it is, in fact, the third.

Kirk and Uhura kiss in “Plato’s Stepchildren,” the 10th episode of season three, which aired

Their kiss made television history. 

in 1968. They and many other members of the USS Enterprise‘s crew visit the planet Platonius in response to a distress call, only to find that its inhabitants, the Platonians, have telepathic powers. For entertainment purposes, the Platonians use their capabilities to make Kirk try to seduce Uhura.

In the process, Kirk and Uhura exchange a lingering kiss.

British TV had an interracial kiss between Lloyd Reckford, who played a young black Cambridge student, and Elizabeth MacLennan, who was a white working-class girl, in the 1962 televised “You in Your Small Corner.”

Unsure how the kiss between Kirk and Uhura might be accepted at the time, NBC decided to leave it in the episode. Even if Kirk and Uhura’s kiss isn’t groundbreaking, it’s still seen as a television changing moment. This Star Trek episode was watched by way more viewers than the earlier British show.

 

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Original Star Trek Characters Who Can Be a Part of Star Trek: Discovery (Part IV)

Sulu

This really feels quite likely. Even if Sulu isn’t referenced or isn’t in the final two episodes of Discovery’s second season, the idea that he’s already on the Enterprise feels right. In, “Brother,” the first episode of Discovery’s second season, Stamets says he knows an

Star Trek fans can welcome some of their favorite characters back aboard the ship in this season of Star Trek: Discovery.

“ethnobotanist” on the Enterprise.

In the original series, Sulu is completely obsessed with botany, specifically in the episode “The Man Trap.” Also, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” establishes that Sulu has had one other position on the Enterprise before becoming the helmsman. In “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Sulu was the head of the astrophysics department.

 

Uhura

Of all the characters who could be on the Enterprise in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, Uhura would be the baddest. In terms of on-screen canon, we truly don’t know much about what Uhura was doing in Starfleet before joining the Enterprise in The Original Series. It’s not weird to think she was on the Enterprise during the transition between Pike and Kirk.

Like Sulu, it seems like the department Uhura worked for altered a tiny bit during her early years on the Enterprise. In “The Corbomite Maneuver,” Uhura wears gold, signifying she’s in the command section. However, for the rest of the series, Uhura sports the red of the operations sections.

Again, like Sulu, did Uhura have a completely different job on the Enterprise before Kirk taking over? If so, having Uhura on Discovery would be the nicest treat for Trekkies.

 

 

Seeing Spock

During an interview, Sonequa Martin-Green stated the show would include more young Michael flashbacks during the season. While her admission isn’t corroboration that Spock will cameo, it does imply a younger version of the iconic Vulcan will show up on Discovery at some point.

Not only would fans go crazy, but his presence implies another connection between the latest Trek and its predecessors.

 

 

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Original Star Trek Characters Who Can Be a Part of Star Trek: Discovery (Part II)

Nurse Chapel

Legendarily, Majel Barrett played not only Number One in “The Cage,” and Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation, but Nurse Chapel as well in the Original Series. There is no specific date when Nurse Chapel joins the USS Enterprise. But it’s not crazy to think she’s been around for a while. Could Chapel have served with Spock and Pike before Kirk took over? In some ways, this makes sense if only because you get the sense that she and Spock have known each other for a long time.

Dr. Piper

You forgot about him, didn’t you? That’s correct, after Boyce and before Bones, there was nobody’s favorite Star Trek doctor: Dr. Piper. In the second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Piper replaced Boyce as the chief medical officer. This is the only episode with this character, and why Bones ultimately replaces him is the subject of a good amount of non-canonical apocryphal reconciliation.

For instance: In the 1985 DC Comics story “All Those Years Ago,” Bones replaces Boyce after the chief medical officer of the Enterprise but must take a leave of absence since he’s going through a divorce.

Even the 1985 comics suggests that Dr. Piper may return on Star Trek: Discovery.

Also, Bones’ divorce is the reason given for his absence in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” in the novel Strangers From the Sky. In all these scenarios, Piper was the short-term replacement for Bones. All of which could mean he’s briefly serving on the Enterprise during the time of Discovery.

 

Gary Mitchell

In the original series canon, Gary Mitchell was allegedly someone Captain Kirk directly requested for the Enterprise. In theory, there’s no way we could hear about or see Gary Mitchell on Discovery since he’s not really supposed to be on the Enterprise just yet. However, all we know is that Kirk wanted Mitchell on the Enterprise, which possibly means Mitchell was already there and Kirk just wanted to be sure he stayed on the Enterprise.

 

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Kelso

Kelso was destined to become one of Star Trek’s first “red shirts”.

Right next to Mitchell in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” was Lee Kelso. In some ways, this dude was destined to become one of Trek’s very first “red shirt” even though he was sporting a kind of off-salmon tunic. Be that as it may, Lee seems very familiar with the Enterprise in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” which means it’s truly possible he’s already on the Enterprise in the Discovery episodes.

Scotty

This is a huge one. In the Discovery episode, “An Obol For Charon,” Pike says that the Enterprise has a chief engineer named Louvier. In the same episode, Pike says “I don’t feel the Enterprise will ever have a chief engineer more in love with his ship.” Clearly, this is a foreshadowing joke about Scotty, who will always love the Enterprise way more than whoever this Louvier dude is.

As Discovery has shown, it’s not unusual for a starship to have more than one engineer. This means Scotty could be a junior engineer on the Enterprise at this point in time, working under Louvier and loving the Enterprise.

Oddly at this point in time, Scotty could also be serving aboard the USS Discovery. Why? Believe it or not, we’ve never truly seen the chief engineer of the Discovery. Stamets is an engineer, but he isn’t the chief engineer. Reno is an assistant engineer. In the second season of Discovery, there has been passing references to “the chief engineer,” but we’ve never really seen this person.

Moreover, in the first season of Discovery, in the episode, “Despite Yourself,” Captain Lorca pretends to be the chief engineer of the Discovery, by doing an impression of Scotty! If Mirror Lorca knows about Scotty, it seems highly likely Scotty is around, either on the Enterprise or close by on the Discovery.

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Original Star Trek Characters Who Can Be a Part of Star Trek: Discovery (Part I)

Star Trek: Discovery just launched yet another band of adventurers into far-out of space to try to find new life and new civilizations. Set almost 10 years before Kirk and his crew started their five-year mission, the show is both a retelling of the long-running franchise and an examination of a vital event in the history of Star Trek: Federation-Klingon War.

Based on the huge twists and turns we’ve seen in a couple of seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, the remaining two episodes will provide numerous surprises to fill two starships. It’s now no secret that the USS Enterprise is coming back for the huge finale episodes.

Rebecca Romijn will come back as Number One—the first officer of the Enterprise. Anybody else? Could other unforgettable characters from the original series be hanging around the Enterprise? Could we get a peek of them in this episode?

Based on the timeline, here are a few characters from Star Trek: The Original Series who could possibly be on the USS Enterprise in the last two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery season 2.

Dr. Boyce

Fans can welcome back Dr. Boyce and his martini’s in the new season of Star Trek: Discovery.

In the earlier pilot episode “The Cage,” Dr. Boyce was the chief medical officer of the USS Enterprise. He was famous for making Captain Pike warm martinis and dropping some good advice. We realize Dr. Boyce must have left the Enterprise sometime between the original series and the events of Discovery, mostly because Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy permanently replaces him.

Still, it’s possible Dr. Boyce is still onboard. Don’t feel a passing reference to Boyce is possible? Well, in Star Trek Into Darkness, Boyce’s name was right on a screen as the physician for Captain Kirk after all of the happenings with the Cumberbatch-Khan situation. When it comes to Star Trek, the fact of the matter is you just never know.

 

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The Future of Star Trek According to Alex Kurtzman

 

Alex Kurtzman is walking that fine line of making Star Trek that both the back in the day fans and the new Trekkie fans can enjoy.

In an interview, Kurtzman stated that everybody, including the older folks, must be incorporated with the new generation. There has to be respect for both and yet it must also forge new ground. The plan is to have several shows.

Alex Kurtzman is working hard to find a unique balance in the production of a modern Star Trek series that will appeal to the old and new audience.

Kurtzman stated the timeline when it comes to making a new Star Trek show. It takes basically 12 months from writing to completed show, similar to animation.  The planning begins two or three years before the writing process.

Star Trek: The Picard Show

Many fans are very interested in Star Trek: The Picard Show and just how Jean-Luc Picard has grown. Plenty has happened to Jean-Luc Picard in the intervening years. He had to deal with some old things and some old things. Both things come together and he’s made choices that he’s not really feeling great about. Fans will find out what happened to cause him to leave Star fleet.

Kurtzman stated also that it would be remiss to say we would see Spock on Discovery again. We’ve clearly jumped so far into the future that it doesn’t make sense. Though, the notion of bringing Rebecca, Anson, Ethan, and the Enterprise back, is feasible. Everyone loved it so much. To come up with a way to do that is something that we’re thinking about all the time.

“The fans have been heard. One of the most satisfying things is to see how truly the fans have embraced Number One, Pike, Spock, and the Enterprise. The notion of getting to tell more stories with them would be delightful for old fans, new fans, and anyone who is even interested in any and all things Star Trek.

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Essay: Star Trek: TNG “The Measure of a Man”

Based on my interpretation of Hasker, the viewpoint of the body or mind issue that was shown by Piccard in the synopsis from Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Dualism view. Picard said, “Data has rights, amongst them the right to refuse to have an experimental process like this.” Picard credits both physical and mental and physical attributes to the Data (robot).

Data

This view compares to Hasker’s statement that “dualism starts by taking very seriously the fact that human beings have both mental and physical properties.” It further signifies that even though the body and mind are different, they aren’t separate, but constantly interacting.

Also, this answers the question as to whether or not Data had a soul and if she ever had a soul. Since, God didn’t breathe into the nostrils of robots, they aren’t living souls. We aren’t beholden to treat robots ethically. On this basis, I don’t agree with the decision of the judge. Likewise, Maddox was justified in his claims that Picard was being emotional and irrational since Data had no soul and couldn’t be killed.

Moreover, I won’t rule out the likelihood that artificial intelligence will someday be possible. We use many technologies now that were once thought to being unreasonable. Also, according to scientific research, it’s not a question of if they can, but rather when they will construct self-reproducing AI robots. Though, even if mankind can build artificial intelligence, the robots will not be able to make their own worldview as human beings. They will be subjected to the software developer’s programming and they won’t have a soul. Concluding, I will address this area with reverence and extreme caution, for, the Scripture says, man was “…fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14).

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