There is one thing all Starfleet officers have in common. They all went through intense training at the "Starfleet Academy" before serving in their respective starships.
Learning how to communicate with alien cultures and fixing a starship were both part of the experiences in the Academy. So, no matter who your favorite "Star Trek" character is, they were once cadets at the most celebrated training facility in the universe, Starfleet Academy.
I think that the communication classes would be my favorite, and maybe even do a study abroad program in Jupiter would be fun. Either way, joining the Starfleet Academy would be like getting accepted in any of our Ivy League universities—but with a way cooler job at the end. And, instead of taking Spanish classes, you would learn Klingon.
Other than that, it's like any other university, where SWAG is an essential part of showing your pride. You know, like how everyone seems to have a Harvard sweatshirt even though there's no way all these people went to Harvard. Anyway, these fresh items will show people you're fit to be a live-action pilot at any starship.
What's more fitting for a student than a deal? Nothing. This t-shirt comes with free stickers! Wear this red shirt to class and use those stickers to decorate your favorite water bottle. That is the ultimate college look. Plus, it shows that San Francisco pride.
School isn't school without your favorite hoodie. Many students wear only hoodies and jeans year round. And, that's still better than the incredible amount of students who wear sweatpants, or even pijamas. Besides if all you do is study and play video games this is your uniform.
Prove that you aced the Kobayashi Maru Scenario and passed every flight simulator test thrown your way. This alumni t-shirt shows you have the wisdom to portray a Starfleet officer with the likes of Walter Koenig, William Shatner and George Takei. Just make sure that you don't confuse your Starfleet alumni shirt with the one from your actual school during the reunion.
Again, any stereotypical college student has a backpack covered in pins and buttons. I'm sure young Pavel Chekov-like cadets would also cover their bags with cool buttons if it didn't infringe with the uniform regulations.
You deserve a class ring. Even if your training on exploring new worlds and fighting federation enemies mainly consists on a pc game released in 2000, yes I'm talking about the Klingon Academy. This is the perfect accessory to show off when you want to prove that you are both a Trekkie and a dedicated scientist, or engineer, or explorer, or whatever you are.
This is like a "Starfleet for Dummies" kind of book. But, let me tell you, it is good. Going to school means reading a bunch of books anyways, so might as well read one you are actually going to enjoy. According to the Amazon description, this book will alow you to learn all the basic skills a Federation officer needs. Like "mapping countless solar systems, greeting new species and establishing ties with civilizations large and small." Basically, this book turns you into the next Commander Chekov.
All schools have sport teams. Which means that you will need to rock some game-day approved attire. This is exactly what baseball tees were made for. This tee includes the Delta emblem, and is one of the comfiest t-shirts you could own.
Since we are on the subject of school sport many are not expectations, but jocks, even at the academy. Granted, they might not be as obsessed in who the captain of the football team is as regular American universities, but sports require a degree of discipline and effort that I'm sure Starfleet appreciates. So, whether you were a jock at your own school, or the captain of the chess team, you can wear this awesome shirt and show who's the champion of parrises squares.
Nothing says "graduate" like a diploma. Most of us spend thousands and thousands of dollars (and end up in debt) just for that piece of paper. Thankfully this one is pretty cheap. You can get a Starfleet certificate proving that you are done with your warp studies and Klingon language classes even if you have no idea how to say "hello." Either way, you can put it up in a frame and start collecting degrees without the debt and stress that comes with college.
I know I've been going on and on about everything students need. But, we have stuff for your favorite Trekkie teacher too. Because we all know they'd rather be working at the Starfleet Academy than in some other school where you can't use the transporter to beam wherever you want, and replicators to have your favorite meal for lunch every day. Plus, they can use this for their car while blasting the "Star Trek" soundtrack by Ron Jones, and feel like they are driving through the CBS Studios.
No matter how you wish to show your Trekkie pride, we all know that you would have aced the Academy. Although I am thankful we do not have to go through those training exercises that leave you in the middle of the desert for months in order to see your survival skills. I think that the Starfleet Academy experience overall might be more fun in theory than in practice. But hopefully someday we do have the means to create starships and explore where no ship has gone before.
It seems like any event is an excuse to bring new gifts. There are birthday parties, holiday parties, engagement parties, baby showers, and housewarming parties. It's exhausting to think about the number of gifts we need to buy. And, they all expect you to be creative and thoughtful. So, let us help with the perfect gift for the ultimate Star Trek fan.
No matter if they are Star Trek Discovery or The Original Series fans.
Q is not the only one with a delusion of grandeur. Many people believe they are a gift to humanity. One of them might be your friend. This is the perfect gift for the one who believes they are a God or Goddess. I personally love it.
People have all sorts of posters to make their room be more personalized. This vintage-looking poster makes me wonder what WWE fights would look like in the Star Trek universe.
If you know someone who loves food as much as sci-fi this is a great gift. Besides, who would ever imagine Captain Kirk on a shaker?
This officially licensed clock looks as cool as you'd think. The vinyl record look makes it look classy, and it ties together any room. I think I've watched enough HGTV shows to recognize good taste when I see it, and this is it.
Throughout the years we've seen 8 different versions of the USS Enterprise. I guess you could collect them all. But, here we have four to get your favorite Trekkies started. The black and white look goes great with the wall clock shown above.
Red wine, red alert, who can tell the difference. These wine glasses will make any wine and movie nights Spock approved. It is better if you drink wine while watching your favorite Star Trek The Original Series episodes.
Wesley Crusher inspired many Star Trek The Next Generation fans. Many of us dreamed of attending Starfleet Academy in the hopes of becoming the next Starfleet captain. So, what better way to help them represent the Academy than with a Certificate. Now they can feel like they graduated with honors, even if they skipped a few classes.
Coffee is the single best substance in the galaxy. It's warm, gives you energy, and tastes great. This is a great Star Trek gift for someone who has to cram for finals, or has an important presentation and needs both caffeine and the support of an amazing captain.
This night light will make it feel like you really are living in the future. The lamp is controlled by touch, which that in itself is cool, but also shows your favorite starship. And, it looks like a 3D hologram. It is perfect for anyone who wishes to make their quarters feel more like the 24th Century ones.
Candles are one of the nicest things about this world. They're cute, relaxing, and smell nice. Plus, fire. And this set includes three smells: Vulcan Pon Farr, Earl Grey Tea, and Janeway's Coffee. I particularly love the smell of Earl Gray, I know me and Captain Picard would be best friends. Which would be your favorite?
Speaking of my love for Earl Grey, if your friend feels the same way about loose leaf tea this tin is the perfect present. It looks like the replicator to make it seem more authentic. The tin is empty so you can fill it with your favorite teas. Even if it's not Earl Grey. I promise we won't tell. You might want to get a heat changing mug as well to complete the set.
Any adult needs a good coaster set to protect that fancy furniture or that Ikea furniture. Either way, a coaster set is of the essence. However, few people think to buy one when they move. This gift is ideal for housewarming parties. It's a thoughtful detail that won't break the bank. Plus, they'll think of you anytime they have people over and they don't have to clean up a water ring on their favorite coffee table.
Raise your hand if you have ever snuck in alcohol to a party or even a family event. Let me tell you, Thanksgiving with my family is hard. That is nearly impossible to do without a good flask. Besides, "to go boldly where no one has gone before" are great words to live by, no matter the occasion.
Now, for your friend with perpetual wanderlust. That friend who wants to explore, meet new cultures, have adventures, or even just Spring Break in Cabo. These tags will help a lot. If we've learned anything from Star Trek is that we need to get out of our comfort zone. We need to experience things for ourselves and be open to new people and adventures. And since most of us are not lucky enough to head out to space just yet, traveling within our planet will have to do. Great tags for a great adventure.
Our communicators, sorry our phones are the one thing people take everywhere these days. If you want your friend to remember you all the time give them something they can take with them. Something like a pop socket for their phone. It makes playing Candy Crush way more comfortable. Plus, it's the perfect stocking stuffer.
Have you ever wanted to be able to call someone just by hitting a pin on your shirt? Now you can. This Wand Company badge lets you connect to your phone through Bluetooth so you can talk to the rest of your crew just by hitting your shoulder.
Finding the perfect gift for your favorite Trekkie can be complicated. But, we searched all over and found the best gifts for the men in your life.
Sure, you can always get them a cute card or something, but sometimes unusual or creative gifts are the best. And the best ones are fantastic Star Trek props and trinkets. And I'm sure your brother, boyfriend, boy who is a friend, or uncle will love everything from a drone to a bottle opener.
If it's their birthday, you might want to go all out (although usually, it's the thought that counts), but we also have small stocking stuffers or gifts that will help them remember how much you care. So whether it's just a t-shirt or something more personal, it's creativity and intention that counts.
If your special someone happens to love Klingons (cause they are the best), and they happen to love building models and replicating their favorite starships these two will be a great gift! They can build both a Vor'Cha Class spaceship and a Bird-of-Prey. You know, just in case we ever need someone who understands Klingon engineering.
For the pizza lovers out there we have the only tool you'll ever need. It's perfect for the chefs who love to command the kitchen with their own pizza recipes, or for those who would rather order delivery. It's also great for a "Star Trek" themed pizza party or to eat alone while you're binging your favorite Star Trek series. Maybe you can also get inspired by Troi's favorite desserts and have pizza and chocolate cake.
Mr. Laforge: How are you Data?
Data: How am I? I'm functioning within normal parameters.
That is still one of my favorite quotes of The Next Generation. This heat changing mug is for all Data fans out there. As long as we have hot coffee or "Tea. Earl Gray. Hot" I think we will be functioning within normal parameters.
Your very own captain's chair from the original series to feel like Captain Kirk. Once it's inflated you will be inclined to say things in a dramatic Starfleet captain fashion like "red alert!" You'll be commanding your own bridge in no time. Although, maybe stay away from sharp objects when using it.
We all know that part of going to college is finding your favorite beer glass. Yes, even in Starfleet. Just because they were all studying hard to become the next Starfleet officer doesn't mean students don't know how to party. After all, even Jean Luc Picard was somewhat of a party boy back in the days. So, cheers! or "IwlIj jachjaj" as Klingons would say. Which directly translates to "may your blood scream."
We all know those guys who seem to have just moved into their apartment. There's nothing more than a bed and maybe a La-Z-Y Boy chair. It might be a "men" thing but honestly, some people need to put a little more effort into their homes. Help them feel more at home by adding some personality to their space. This wall clock will ensure that they're always on time and happens to look incredibly cool. You could also give them a poster, but most people have those. A clock seems way more original, plus it has all the starships.
Star Trek fans are also on the go, but we all know we'd rather be at home eating snacks and binging Star Trek (although many argue between The Original Series and The Next Generation). They need caffeine intake to be as efficient as Data analyzing some mathematical equations. So, this is the gift that allows them to live their life on the go while being direct about their intentions. Because, yes, we'd all rather be watching Star Trek.
Monopoly is also known as the board game that has separated families for as long as it has been around. And, that may apply to the whole galaxy. Now, imagine playing Monopoly with a bunch of Klingons that might not be so nice about losing. It sounds like a fun night that will bring the competitive nature out of anyone. The game is also bilingual in English and Klingon. Still, a great gift.
You can't go wrong with a Funko POP figure of your favorite Trekkie's favorite character. This officially licensed figure of Captain Picard is so cute anyone will want to collect all the TNG officers. In fact, they should try to collect all Star Trek Funko POP! figures.
Phaser guns are one of the coolest aspects of Starfleet. This replica is exactly the one they use in Star Trek Discovery, and it is one way to have a tiny part of the Star Trek universe. Plus, it's fun to pretend you can stun those who are annoying you.
Drones are the logical first step to piloting your own starship. That is how Captain Archer began his interest in engineering and what lead him to the Enterprise. So, maybe by giving someone this gift you can spark the interest of our future engineers.
Any beer lover has his favorite bottle opener. This one is the Enterprise. I'm sure Captain Picard wouldn't love the idea of using the Enterprise to open a bottle of Bud Light, but it looks classy and cool and Picard doesn't have to know.
This jigsaw puzzle includes over 100 characters featured in the original series. This 3000 piece puzzle will definitely take some time to complete but once it's done I'm sure they'll spend even more time trying to name all the characters.
We can all stop pretending that we don't care about getting gifts for our birthday or the holidays, and we have some "Star Trek" gift ideas that can help if you are a bit stuck on what to get those around you.
Yeah, spending time with those we love is very important, and blah blah, but gifts are fun, and they're an excellent way to show people you love them, and sometimes you pay attention to what they like.
Whether you live in the Star Trek universe or good old regular Earth, getting a gift for someone can show that you care about them, no matter the price. Finding the perfect gift for someone can be like a sport. But it can be hard and confusing. After all, even Spock found the perfect gift for Captain Kirk's birthday—even if the message was a bit confusing.
KIRK: It had the virtue of never having been tried. Oh, by the way... thank you for this.
SPOCK: I know of your fondness for antiques.
KIRK: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Message, Spock?
SPOCK: None that I'm conscious of... except, of course, happy birthday."
Needless to say, I think Trekkies will like these presents.
Transporting is still not a reality. Dispersing someone at a molecular level and rebuild them in a different location still seems scary and way in the future. But, we have something that comes close.
This heat changing mug has Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Uhura start at the transporter room and appear on a Planet's surface when you add your favorite coffee or tea. The colder the weather gets the more appropriate this gift is, so it's perfect for a Holiday party. Energize!
In The Next Generation, the Enterprise is so important that it even gives birth (yes, that was a weird episode for all). But the Enterprise has become a character in its own right.
This tiny version of the USS Enterprise is the perfect stocking stuffer or for that person that won't leave their house without their jewelry. And goes well with any outfit. Plus, it is one way to remind people where their loyalty stands.
A coloring book is a great gift for all those creative Trekkies out there. Let your imagination guide you and see in how many colors you can picture Captain Kirk. Each picture places your favorites in different adventures. This book is also perfect for children who are looking to join Starfleet when they grow up and continue getting inspired by their creativity.
Socks are fun. Spock socks are even better. Even Star Trek fans love getting new socks during the Holidays. These are some fun ones with Spock's iconic ears. And, they are perfect to wear even with your nicest suit to add a bit of... personality.
This officially licensed lamp by Wand Company is so cool! The mood light can light up in several colors and it's controlled by a phaser. So, every time you turn the light on you can feel like your stunning a Romulan without any actual violence involved.
Help them collect all Star Trek logo buttons and use them with their favorite denim jacket. You can even give them said denim jacket if you need another less sci-fi oriented present. Plus this can become a tradition and you can gift them different pins and buttons each year. You never have to think of what to get them again. So we gave you two present ideas... you're welcome.
Being a part of Starfleet is a dream of many. That starts with education. And, if you're looking for a gift for your favorite student what better accessory than a class ring? Particularly for someone who is going into any STEM field, maybe a future engineer?
Get all that academic bling!
Again, pins are buttons might just be the best small gifts. These pins are perfect for the minimalist in your life. Usually, Star Trek accessories can be a bit dramatic and colorful. So, these pins are perfect if you want to hide the communicator in your work attire. The ranking set looks great with all jackets, and it's an easy way to have a subtle reminder of your favorite Starfleet officers.
Let's be honest, jeans and a t-shirt is the perfect everyday attire. And you can never have enough t-shirts in your closet. This is perfect for those Trekkies who can't wait to be in command. Wear this to any sports practice and you will definitely show who is ready to be captain. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it's a really comfortable t-shirt.
For the creative writers out there or people who want to journal for self-care, this notebook is perfect! It will make you feel like Captain Picard if Captain Picard had to write the logs instead of recording them on the computer. Who knows maybe the next Gene Roddenberry in our midsts, and this might be the notebook that starts a whole new series.
So, whether you are throwing the best "Star Trek" themed Holiday party, a Klingon ritual, or you are celebrating your best friend's birthday these gifts that focus on "Star Trek" themes will definitely get you some friendship points. Or honestly, get some of these gifts for yourself because you deserve to treat yo' self every once in a while.
George Takei made an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, and talked about the unlikely rise of Star Trek, his friendship with Spock actor Leonard Nimoy and his thoughts about the Trump presidency.
Despite now being considered one of the most iconic sci-fi shows of all time, Star Trek was not a bonafide hit when it first aired, lasting just three seasons before being canceled.
"We were low-rated all three seasons. After they canceled us, the syndicators put us on five nights a week. Not one night a week, but Monday through Friday, and that's when we finally found our audience."
But the show's initial lack of success didn't stop the cast from forming close, lasting bonds.
When asked about his relationship with Nimoy, Takei recalled:
"He was a deep thinker as well as a guy with a great sense of humor. Totally opposite Spock. But he was also someone I enjoyed conversations with on the sets the most, because he was a well-informed, au courant person, and we loved talking politics."
Speaking of politics, Takei—a vocal critic of President Donald Trump—didn't hold back during the interview, saying:
"I think we have an orangutan inhabiting our White House."
But despite the current political divide, Takei remains optimistic that impeachment "will happen."
You can watch the entire interview below: