A Tribute to Nichelle Nichols: 1932-2022

Today, Addell and Gary wanted to take a moment to pay their respects and reflect on the passing of Nichelle Nichols.

Actress Nichelle Nichols, the original Lt. Nyota Uhura, passed away on the evening of July 30, 2022. Gary and Addell took a moment to examine the remarkable life of this amazing woman. This special tribute episode of Age of Discovery will include an overview of Nichols’ formative years; her early career as a dancer, singer, and actor; the state of television during the 1960s; the impact of her portrayal of Uhura; her life after Star Trek, and finally, her legacy. Continue reading A Tribute to Nichelle Nichols: 1932-2022

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E2 – “Children of the Comet”

The second episode, “Children of the Comet” was another entertaining adventure for this prequel series. It introduced us to a new alien species, provided new background information for a character we’ve known for 56 years, and showed us a Starfleet captain struggling with an ancient debate: Do we live our lives under the control of free will or divine will? Although the main conflict was wrapped up by the end, we did a glimpse of some story elements that might play out over the rest of the season. Continue reading Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1, E2 – “Children of the Comet”

Depictions of Disabilities in Star Trek

In honor of Kenneth Mitchell and how both he and his character Aurelio managed living with a genetic defect, I wanted to take a look at how Star Trek has addressed special needs throughout the various tv series. The depictions have changed depending upon the prevailing attitude at the times. You can chart the changes in how society has addressed the subject by how the subject has been addressed in Star Trek. Continue reading Depictions of Disabilities in Star Trek

Characters of Color in Star Trek – A Special “Star Trek: Age of Discovery” Episode

In this second special episode, we look at the treatment of people of color within the Star Trek universe. Primarily, we focus on the five live-action television series. As you know, the Original Series (TOS) was a groundbreaking cultural phenomenon … Continue reading Characters of Color in Star Trek – A Special “Star Trek: Age of Discovery” Episode