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Star Trek The Next Generation: Goddesses
“She had power over the most magnificent forces on Earth, but she still didn’t feel like she had power over the most important thing of all—her own heart.” ~Josephine Angelini, Goddess (insp)

Featuring:
Deanna Troi as Aphrodite
K'Ehleyr as Artemis
Guinan as Athena
Alyssa Ogawa as Eos
Beverly Crusher as Akeso
Kate Pulaski as Hestia
Lwaxana Troi as Hera
Tasha Yar as Nike
Keiko O'Brien as Demeter
Ro Laren as Nemesis

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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Leigh Hudec; February 23, 1932 – December 18, 2008) was an American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series, Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for being the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series. She was also the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. As the wife of Roddenberry and given her ongoing relationship with Star Trek - participating in some way in every series during her lifetime - she was sometimes referred to as “the First Lady of Star Trek”.

Happy Birthday Majel. Any future Star Trek projects just won’t be the same without you.

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                    gene roddenberry (1921 – 1991), deforest kelley (1920 – 1999)
              james doohan (1920 – 2005), majel barrett-roddenberry (1932 – 2008)
                                                 leonard nimoy (1931 – 2015)

                                           live long and prosper.

Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett attend the debut of the Star Trek exhibit at the Movieland Wax Museum in Hollywood. The display, which featured wax representations of the entire cast, was sold to a fan for $34,000 when the museum closed in 2005. 

Here’s a terrible YouTube video of the exhibit:

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I feel like this moment should be talked about a lot more. This isn’t the only time that Christine essentially says that she would rather die than be forced to do something that would hurt someone she loves. In Plato’s Stepchildren she talks about wanting to be close to Spock for so long, but being forced to be closer produces the response: “Now all I want to do is crawl away and die.” I realize these situations are entirely different, but my point is that death comes up as her preferred alternative to what is happening/could happen more than once. Does anyone else feel like this is a part of her personality that gets overlooked? Chapel doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who would say these things lightly. She is quite calmly telling (android) Kirk that she would rather be killed than be forced to choose between her captain and her fiancé. It begs the question, if she had actually been given a phaser and forced to shoot either Kirk or Korby, would she have instead turned it on herself? Would she have saved Kirk by killing herself? I think she might have.

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Meet Majel Barrett-Roddenberry - The “First Lady of Star Trek”

Why is she important to Star Trek?

  • She has a role in every Star Trek incarnation: Nurse Christine Chapel in TOS and TAS, Dr. Chapel in the following motion picture, (Number One in the Original Series Pilot, “The Cage”), Commander Chapel in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, TNG / DS9 / VOY as Lwaxana Troi, and even made her way into the 2009 reboot of Star Trek as - along with almost every other iteration, series and movie - the iconic ship computer voice.
  • Literally, she is the voice of the Enterprise. If that’s not cool enough I don’t know what is
  • She is the only actor to have a role in all six televised Star Trek series. She even beat Worf (who just seems to show up everywhere!)
  • Even though she’s passed away (and her remains are going to be shot into space), she’s not done her acting career yet
  • And as shown above, she can rock any hair colour, clearly

When Star Trek: The Motion Picture hit screens, it was at the time thought to be the most expensive motion picture ever made, with a total pricetag of $46 million. This included the costs for the never-made Star Trek: Phase II series along with multiple other attempts to bring the series to the big screen.

(In fact, Superman: The Movie ended up beating it with a final budget of $54 million, a fact that was kept hidden for several years after the movie’s release.)