An Ace of Fandom


I wanted to be Data when I was a kid and still wouldn’t be all that upset if I woke up all Data like one day. In some ways I identified with him more than the others on the show.

And that episode where he has to go through a trial to prove he is a sentient being with rights just because he’s different? Will always be one of THE big Trek episodes that will always be important and shaping of a young kid growing up on it.

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The rank of Captain is generally held by the commanding officer of a starship. Captains may also serve as starbase commanders, the heads of experimental engineering teams, and head divisions of support personnel.

All known (canon) women captains in Starfleet.

Thanks to many contributors at Memory Alpha for the information, and TrekCore for the screencaps.

Thanks for putting this together - it’s a great resource! 

For all the people who still insist James T Kirk is the youngest captain to ever serve in starfleet. He was, once, but not since TNG and it’d be nice to know more about the story of the woman who holds that honour now.


Can we make this a thing.

Seriously pissed with this scene for so many reasons and just, gah. 


Can we make this a thing.

Seriously pissed with this scene for so many reasons and just, gah. 


never and always touching and touched.

*bittersweet wince*

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things that say a lot about a person

  • their favorite star trek series
  • their favorite star trek character
  • whether or not they cry during the wrath of khan
  • how often they quote james kirk 
  • if they know james kirk is a nerd
  • how fiercely protective they are of leonard mccoy
  • how many times a day they think about spock
  • their inability to have a conversation without making a star trek reference
  • more than once
  • more than twice
  • too many times to count
  • why is everyone leaving me
  • star trek

… who DOESN’T know that James Kirk is a nerd?!




Remember when Disney was all like ‘fuck how races work and homogeneous casts and couples’?

Black and white couple produce fillipino-american child. White dude is the valet. White step mother, one white step sister, one black step sister. Just a jumble, and it ought to happen again.

Some facts from imdb:

First multi-racial cast performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Whitney Houston was producing Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and was to star in it until she decided that Brandy Norwood would make a better Cinderella. Brandy would not do it unless her idol Whitney took the Fairy Godmother role.

Brandy Norwood became the first African-American to play Cinderella. This version broke viewer-ship records when it debuted, and it holds the record for the bestselling video for a made for TV movie.

So fuck any noise where people say audiences don’t want to see a mixed race couple, or more people of color. This was a success from television. I still remember Brandy singing Impossible. 

That ought to happen again. Mixed race live action cast where the relationships don’t made genetic or racial sense.

This was my life when it came out…

This is my standard for diversity casting.

This is a good movie. It doesn’t give a shit on how genetics work, just casts a diverse range of people and it’s never treated oddly at all and Cinderella is pretty great too. 

Is it cheesy as hell and full on 90s kids movie? Hell yeah. But it’s revels in it. 

Only found out about this movie and got interested enough to go watch it cause of gifs on tumblr so go watch it guys if you’re looking for a feel good fairy tale type movie. 

(Source: lifeisblaq)

Farscape Creator Confirms That A Movie Script Is In The Works


*does a happy dance*

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Feels About Western Portrayals of Mulan Post-Disney


So I really enjoyed the Disney movie, don’t get me wrong. I loved the songs and how bizarrely sexy Chang’s pixels were, and everything. But I hate what it did to the story of Mulan and how it is now viewed in the Western imagination (triggered by seeing a tumblr photo showing that Mulan was included in OUAT).

Mulan is not a fairy tale.

I repeat.

The story of Hua Mulan, a female war-hero, is NOT a fairy tale.

Unlike Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Belle, Mulan is a woman who actually existed and lived her story (not the Disney version). Hua Mulan is a young woman who lived in China during the Wei dynasty. This was a period of relative unrest and the bordering tribes of Loulan were again raiding the borders of China and massing for an invasion. In response, the emperor issued a draft, requiring one male from each family to report for military service. Unlike the popular Western characterization, Mulan was not a tomboy, but an extremely filial daughter. In fact, the traditional Chinese depiction of her (out of armor) is one of a young woman weaving before a window and sighing out of worry for her father. Because Mulan’s father was advanced in years and her brother was still a child, Mulan decides to take her father’s place in the draft. 

Mulan spends over a decade fighting to protect her country along the borders of China. When she returns as a victorious soldier, the emperor is so moved by her filial piety and her patriotism that he pardons her crime of “deceiving the emperor” (the most severe crime possible in ancient China - since the emperor asked for men to serve in the army and Mulan pretends to be a man, she is guilty of this crime, which is punishable by the execution of nine generations). Mulan refuses the emperor’s offer of a position as a court official (women serving as court officials was not completely unheard of in ancient China, contrary to popular belief), and instead asks that the emperor provide her with a strong horse to bring her home, so she can care for her aging parents. 

The story of Mulan is so enduring and beloved in Chinese culture because it is a story of the two most important values in Chinese culture: “忠”/”patriotic loyalty” and “孝”/”filial piety” (I could ramble on about the significance of how these two kanji are constructed, but I won’t~) There is, in fact, no “I” or “me” or “want” in the story of Mulan - “Reflections,” a beautiful song, is a gross misinterpretation of what the story is about - it is a story about “family” and “duty” and “must.” The traditional story of Mulan tells us that soldiers do notwant to go to war, but that, when the country has need, they must go to war. Mulan, like every other soldier she fights alongside, goes to war to serve her nation and protect her family - not because she was “nonconformist” or looking for an opportunity for self-discovery/adventure. 

So my issue with Mulan being relegated to a Disney “princess” in Western media is two-fold: Mulan is a very real, historical heroine unlike the other “princesses” (except Pocahontas) and Mulan’s story is not a story about a woman (like Snow White or Cinderella), but the story of a nation and the soldiers who give up everything to serve it. When we write or think about Mulan, we should be writing and thinking about her in the context of George Washington or Lafayette, historical symbols of patriotism, rather than in the context of Cinderella or Rapunzel or “Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away …”


(Aside: Mulan’s also hardly the only woman to be celebrated for taking up arms to defend her nation. There is the equally celebrated story of the Yang family’s wives who were martially trained continued to fight to repel the invasion even after all of their husbands had fallen in battle. Princess Pingyang who not only led an army to her husband’s defense, but also mustered the entire army she led. In fact, Mulan has so many historical compatriots in Chinese history that there is even a title for these women: 巾帼英雄)

I knew Mulan wasn’t a fairy tale, I always thought she was a legend. Like Robin Hood or Arthur just a bit older and less meddling by Normans. From what I gather her legend springs from a ballad and there’s a few versions of her story around, didn’t know there was proof she was a real person which doesn’t take away from her story or meaning or us messing it up.

But everything says she’s legend, and so is Robin Hood who is also in OUAT (and Excalibur was mentioned in it) so she isn’t alone in that. And they’re messing around with all the stories, so she isn’t alone there.

I can kinda get it, I’m worried what they’ll do if Arthur ever turns up, because he isn’t Disney, he’s so much more than that, and he is near and very dear to people in my neck of the woods. 

Back to the main topic though I don’t know a ton about the original legend of Mulan and I may go off and look it up some more but what I do know of it is a beautiful story. 

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Guys, you don’t understand.

It’s the Piano Guys.









"omfg is that a next generation top? so you think picard is better than kirk? wow loser kirk is way better!"



"what, really? you like the reboot? you’re not a trUE fan omfg i bet you’ve never even seen the original series!?!!!?!?"










i think my favorite thing about this is that the light fixture looks like a tiny crown

Life long Trekkie raised on TNG and DS9, and I also like AOS. Nobody better try and tell me I’m not a real Trek fan or Trekkie. 

As a side note, I just ordered that TNG command jacket off of Think Geek not long back and awaiting delivery all the way over in the UK. In an ideal world I’d have one from each of the major uniform eras (TOS main, TOS movies main, TNG, DS9/VOY, DS9 latter, ENT, AOS) but I’ll make do with the one. I admire that OP has three.

Spider-Man 2 - A Warning

Saw the movie today, I loved it with a few quibbles. But be careful, there is a point where there’s a quick flashing scenes that could trigger photosensitive epilepsy. I’m not an expert but I’m pretty sure it’s enough for that, it took me aback and made me aback and google is telling me I’m probably right.

So I thought I’d give people a heads up.




but really though “i can’t be a kirk in this house, if you can show me I’ll stay” defines so much of his character. for jim being a kirk means fighting and fucking and abandoning up until the very end of your short life. his life has been showing sam how to stay, but sam isn’t here anymore.

I’m SO ANGRY this was taken out! This explain the goddamned changes between AOS Kirk and TOS Kirk!  TOS Kirk DID follow every rule, get good grades, and obey every order. It wasn’t until SO much later that he realized he didn’t have to. That sometime he could do better by not being who everyone told him to be. 

AOS Kirk is an angry kid who isn’t following the rules to spite. He’s trying to live up to what a Kirk is through his brother’s eyes. But he only ends up hating the name because he can never seem to be enough for it. 

TOS is James T. Kirk, passionate, but controlled, thoughtful and mature.

AOS is Jim Kirk, young, angry and living in the shadow of his own last name.

This one damned scene explains so much. This was an entirely different way of living. This isn’t just about his father dying. This is about when and how he realized he didn’t have to do the expected.

This is about WHY he became the reckless man we see in AOS. 

This one tiny scene shows us a motive for the wildness of AOS’ Jim Kirk. This takes it out of the realm of “he’s young and doesn’t understand why he has to play by the rules.” 

TOS Kirk ignores the rules because he knows they could be wrong, he knows it could make actions better.

AOS Kirk ignores the rules because he thinks he’s supposed to, he thinks it will make him better.

Good points, and yeah far more important than Uhura stripping off. Though really they should have not had Uhura strip and give her a good scene AND have this scene in also. 

(Source: nyotas)





i think it’s a universal truth that everyone in our generation takes pluto’s losing its planetary status as a personal offense


pluto is smaller than russia. why did we ever even consider it a planet?




Yeah, but it aint a planet, not a full on one. Even aside from the ‘there are bigger things out there we don’t call a planet’ bit, the word planet has to mean something and so they defined it in a perfectly reasonable way. And Pluto don’t fit.

It’s a dwarf planet though, it isn’t like it’s been downgraded to asteroid or something.