Late Night: Pastafarian and Klingon, The Politicians We Love

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 8:00 pm

The stodgy, meanspirited partisan politics of some elected officials often reminds us of why we can’t have nice things. And then there are politicians who really seem to enjoy their jobs, or at least the beginning and end parts.

 

Late Night: Qapla’ : First Klingon Elected to Office in New York State

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 9:00 pm

Klingon Chancellor Martok, under his Earth name of John Hertzler, has been elected to the Ulysses Town Board in Tompkins County, near Ithaca.

Hertzler, an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s film and theater department, has the distinction of being one of only four actors to play seven different characters on the various “Star Trek” incarnations. A working actor, he has also appeared in numerous other television series, and is slated to appear in the upcoming film, Star Trek: Anaxar, which begins production in 2014.

FDL Movie Night: Star Trek and Beyond, with Special Guest David Gerrold

By: Monday March 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Star Trek was groundbreaking when it launched in 1966. A multi-racial crew, including a half-human/ half-Vulcan first officer and as Whoopie Goldberg recounts from her first time seeing the show as a child: “a black lady on television who isn’t a maid.”

Star Trek had a progressive political foundation and celebrated diversity without making it an issue (the series featured the first interracial kiss), touched on pre-marital sex (Captain Kirk sitting on the bed pulls on his boots in Yeoman Janice Rand’s berth), and addressed other issues of the 1960s, focusing on humanitarian and peace-keeping missions–and was the first time fans had ever rallied to save a show.

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