Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Starship Polaris: Our North Star

The Starship Polaris by Dave Metlesits

With friends and family now departed from our home for Thanksgiving, I have time to post about one of my favorite subjects, Star Trek! Today I bring to you the Starfleet Polaris-class starship, a fan-made ship set in the TOS era of Star Trek. It’s a wonder nowadays to be able to search the internet for literally any topic you want, be it starships, Thanksgiving day recipes, or what-have-you. We have a guiding star in our travels through the internet.

It’s fascinating, because with all this information at our hands we often limit ourselves to only the subjects we love, so focused are we on our guiding star, our Polaris. In pre-internet days, people were very limited in their ability to choose what topics to find information on (hello World Book Encyclopedia), and subsequently read information about topics they may not have chosen if presented with alternatives. How fascinating is it that we have so much more choice and breadth in our information today, but are less generally well-rounded in our knowledge? So go forth today and veer away from your guiding star and read about something you may not have at the top of your favorites list, or better yet, something that was not on that list to begin with!

Starships Update

A fan-made Federation starship.

With the addition of my starship write-up of the Starfleet Excalibur-class starship, I now have stats for over 70 starships from multiple species and spread out over 7 centuries. I must admit to a love affair with the starships of the Star Trek universe, there’s just something so visually appealing about them and how easily recognizable a Federation starship (from above) is, from say, a Klingon starship (see below).

Doesn’t this ship just scream “Aggressive diplomacy”?

The Dominion War

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The Dominion War was a major interstellar war featured in the Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine. When the war arc of episodes began airing many fans were upset, arguing that it went in contravention of the spirit of Star Trek, one that presents a positive vision of the future. DS9, they argued, was too gritty, too negative. There’s definitely some merit to these arguments, but at the same time the Dominion War needed to be shown.

Star Trek has always had this positive portrayal of humanity’s future, but it has always served as a vehicle for issues facing our society. War is something that no other Star Trek series has dealt with in any significant way, and it was a bold move on the part of DS9 to make that leap and devote two seasons to its exploration. We saw many instances where our highly idealized future members of humanity (aka Starfleet) were faced with moral conundrums, sometimes forced to choose a path that would lead to victory at the cost of compromising their own moral code. Some of these people chose the former, some the latter. This perfectly highlights the human condition; do we do what’s convenient or do we do what’s right? If we’re lucky, these choices are mutually inclusive, but we’re not often that lucky in real life. Humanity is constantly evolving, and even in our idealized future, there’s still room to grow and change for the better.

Here’s a Starfleet Javelin-class fighter similar to fighters used by the Federation in the Dominion War.