Category Archives: Star Trek

My thoughts on Star Trek: Picard

October, 2020

I’ve wrapped up Star Trek: Picard last night. Liked it very much, more than I thought I would. In some ways I felt it was a bit padded. Too many character sub-plots, too many story lines — would have been much better with, say, five or six episodes rather than 10.

Acting, cast, special effects all great; the story is a convoluted and even hard to follow at times but the payoff in the final episode (Picard and Data saying good-bye) was worth it and seeing the Rikers again also poignant.

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Binge-Watching Star Trek Discovery during COVID-19 — a VERY entertaining Trek

by Robert Gillis

One of the benefits of quarantine (such as it is) — I’m halfway through Star Trek: Discovery Season 2.

The reviews I read all talk CANON. And how the show violates canon.

As a die hard Trekker since 1982 who can quote entire movies (really) and knows what year Kirk took command of the Enterprise (2265) and knew Uhura’s first name 30 years before it was made canon (Nyota), and gets every reference and Easter egg and homage, I find more and more I don’t really care about visual differences in continuity, what is canon and what isn’t, why changes are made, what is official and what is not.

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy


by Robert Gillis 2/2015

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The man from Boston who did so well for himself as an actor, poet, writer, director, photographer, has passed on. He was a role model and inspiration for so many.

Although not recently, I attended MANY Star Trek conventions in the 1980s and early 1990s and saw him speak twice. He was always a gentlemen, always graceful, always so engaging, so grateful, always had so much to say.

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Thoughts on the 2009 J.J. Abram Star Trek movie

by Robert Gillis, 5/2009

Approximately three gazillion people have written reviews for this new Star Trek film, and about 90% are positive. (This pleases this Trekker immensely, and the idea that a TREK film will break $200 million — and possibly $400 million or more, is just incredible.)

Since so many reviews have been written, covering every aspect of the film, a review by me wouldn’t be very interesting. For a detailed history of the film, cast, creative process and far more, visit

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Humor: The missing William Shatner scene in J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2009!

Trekmovie reported, “…Star Trek: 2009 writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said that William Shatner’s cut scene was in the movie and then was written out in a later draft. It would have been at the very end of the movie when Spock Prime meets the younger Spock and speaks to him about the long and enduring friendship that Spock and Kirk needed to form. Spock Prime would have said “Don’t take my word for it” and produced a small holographic device that would have projected a message from the elder Kirk.”)
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Thoughts on the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie teaser trailer and what trekkers REALLY care about

Enterprise under construction
by Robert Gillis

Acknowledging,and still standing by, what I wrote previously (CLICK HERE) about the idea of an eleventh Star Trek movie, I must admit that I am following development and production of the film closely and am liking what I am hearing and seeing so far.

Perhaps JJ Abrams will succeed in breathing new life into the tired (exhausted?) Trek franchise after all.

That said, recently the impressive teaser trailer for the film was released.

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Star Trek: Let the Franchise rest in peace… Unless…

Kiek and Spock in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

by Robert Gillis

At the 2006 Comic Con, Paramount Pictures unveiled this teaser poster for Star Trek 11, due in 2008 and to be produced/directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, etc).

Now, anyone who knows me will be surprised to hear this but I say it now — Star Trek is dead, let in rest in peace.

As one of the foremost Trekkers I know, the guy who can quote verbatim dialogue from the movies, the guy who has seen “Wrath of Khan” EASILY over 200 times, I say it’s time to let Star Trek rest.

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Star Trek: Insurrection Review

Star Trek Insurrection
Star Trek: Insurrection
By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/1998

Star Trek continues to live long and prosper. “Start Trek: Insurrection,” the ninth Star Trek feature film and third film outing for the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (ST:TNG) cast, is a solid action story, featuring a morality tale, humor, and for the first time in a while for a Trek film, romance. In addition, this movie features far more location shooting than any previous trek film, which gives the film a grand scale.

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Star Trek: Corel

by Robert Gillis (1996)

“STAR TREK” is a registered trademark of and © CBS (or Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom Corp). This story is fan fiction and absolutely no copyright infringement is intended by anything on these pages.

INTRODUCTION. Sometime in 1992, my best friend, David, moved to New Jersey to get married. As one way for us to stay in touch, I conceived a Star Trek story called “Beyond the Warp Barrier” – I’d write one chapter, he’d write the next, and so on.

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by Robert Gillis, 1985

Historians note:

Back in the 1980s my friends and I (especially David, JB and I) liked to write stories featuring ourselves in science fiction / Star Trek type scenarios. This is one such adventure.

As we went our separate ways to college, writing these silly stories was one way for us to keep in touch and continue the madness. There are a billion in-jokes and “you had to be there” moments in this one but I’m not changing a thing — this is how we were.

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Review: Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek First Contact
by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 11/1996

“They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn HERE!”

–Captain Jean-Luc Picard

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Star Trek, Paramount Pictures has just released the eighth Star Trek motion picture and the second to feature the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” (ST:TNG). The movie is “Star Trek: First Contact,” and it stands on its own as one of the best Star Trek movies in the series.

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