Posts Tagged ‘telepathy’

Happy Anniversary Star Trek!

Its been quite a ride, Star Trek. 45 years ago, the first series aired its first episode (not the first filmed) to an unsus­pect­ing audi­ence. The result, after the three years of the “five year mis­sion” was noth­ing short of the bgin­ning of a rev­o­lu­tion in tele­vi­sion, movies and pop­u­lar cul­ture. And sprin­kled in among the five dif­fer­ent series and many movies are fre­quent sto­ries about mind con­trol­ling aliens, tele­path­ic con­trol, hyp­no­sis and even the Vul­can Mind Meld (cre­at­ed because the Stan­dards & Prac­tices depart­ment object­ed to Spock hyp­no­tiz­ing a patient, say­ing it was a med­ical pro­ce­dure and that McCoy should do it.)

And, of course, I must post a shout to Bjo Trim­ble, the lady who was most respon­si­ble for the let­ter-writ­ing cam­paign that got the orig­i­nal series’ renew­al for the third sea­son. Fail­ing that, the series might not have been run in syn­di­ca­tion (not enough episodes to mar­ket) and there­fore nev­er achieve the pop­u­lar­i­ty it did. Because of her and the thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple who del­uged NBC with let­ters, it sur­vived long enough to final­ly find its place, and now phras­es like “beam us up” and terms like “trans­porter” and “warp fac­tor 9” are part of every­day slang.

The “Lensman” Series by ‘Doc’ E E Smith

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Descrip­tion: The “Lens­man” series by ‘Doc’ E E Smith is one of the clas­sics of the pulp era of sci­ence fic­tion. A bat­tle between Impos­si­ble oppo­sites, with whole civ­i­liza­tions as pawns and coun­ters in the game. There are bat­tles in space between fleets so large they dwarf whole solar sys­tems, weapons so immense as to stag­ger the imag­i­na­tion, and crim­i­nal con­spir­a­cies that cov­ered galaxies.

Yet at the cen­ter of the series was the bat­tle between the sup­port­ive men­tal giants of the plan­et Arisia and the con­quer­ing Eddo­ri­ans from anoth­er uni­verse. The Arisians find the Eddo­ri­ans too tough to take on them­selves, but find their relent­less phi­los­o­phy of con­quest unpalat­i­ble, and resolve to oppose them. To that end, the Arisians began a slow, mil­lions of years long project to pro­duce the men­tal pow­er need­ed to final­ly elim­i­nate the Eddorians.That tale, told in var­i­ous stages, makes up the sto­ry line.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “The “Lens­man” Series by ‘Doc’ E E Smith”

Looker

No, not the movie “Look­er” but some­one obvi­ous­ly based on it.

I’m talk­ing about the DC Comics char­ac­ter Look­er, and she was quite appro­pri­ate­ly named.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Look­er”

“X‑Men: First Class”

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In a sum­mer where comics-based movies are com­ing out almost every cou­ple of weeks, its takes a lot to stand out. But could a movie build­ing on the rep­u­ta­tion of a movie series, act­ing as a pre­quel to them, com­pete with the rest of the comics movies?

Yes, I believe it does.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““X‑Men: First Class””

‘Creature Comforts’ — “X‑Men: To Serve and Protect” #1

Its a bat­tle of the mind con­trollers: in one cor­ner, Emma Frost, the White Queen, one of the strongest telepaths on the plan­et; in the oth­er cor­ner, the Man­drill, whose enhanced pheromone pow­er turns any female into his ador­ing ser­vant. But in any such con­test, the odds favor the smartest, and the Man­drill was nev­er known for being very bright.

Descrip­tion: Emma Frost was pam­per­ing her­self at a pres­ti­gious day spa in San Fran­cis­co when a ruckus out­side draws her atten­tion and her ire at being inter­rupt­ed. It seems the Man­drill was using his mind con­trol pheromones to com­mand all of the women cus­tomers at the spa to hand over all of their cash and valu­ables. Not that Emma has any con­cern for her fel­low women, but she was annoyed at hav­ing her time inter­rupt­ed and at the pos­tur­ing pompous­ness of the Man­drill. Since her sec­ondary muta­tion allows her to trans­form into a dia­mond-hard form that does­n’t need to breathe, the Man­drill’s pheromones have no effect on her. But his mind is like an open book to her, albeit she likens read­ing it to “bathing in excre­ment”, and that, for the poor Man­drill is just how she pun­ish­es him, by manip­u­lat­ing his mind. And then goes back to her spa session.

Com­men­tary: Emma Frost nev­er real­ly got over being the impe­ri­ous White Queen from back in the days of the Hell­fire Club: she’s still haughty, bitchy, con­temp­tu­ous and smug­ly supe­ri­or, although she does reserve her worst for those who she thinks deserve it, in this case, the Mandrill.


Legalisms: The White Queen, Emma Frost, the Man­drill and their rep­re­sen­ta­tions are copy­rights, trade­marks and reg­is­tered trade­marks of Mar­vel Char­ac­ters, Inc.

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