Cross-posted from AOL's Political Machine
It is the third day after seeing the new Star Trek trailer. I still have a slight ringing in my ears and some dizziness, but I think I'm finally coming down. In light of the buzz surrounding the new Trek flick (woohoo!), which recasts our favorite old characters with new actors, Tommy Christopher and I have been doing a little recasting of our own.
Yesterday, we theorized about which members of Starfleet (or otherwise) would be wise choices for the Obama administration and why ... an exercise I clearly won. Today, we are taking that premise and reversing it, deciding who our favorite politicians would be if they were citizens of the Alpha Quadrant, circa 23rd - 24th centuries. Like yesterday, I'll try and include actual political commentary. You can see Tommy's deeply flawed reasoning here.
Considering we're populating this highly advanced civilization with politicians, I thought the best title for my list was ...
Star Trek: The Vexed Generation
1) Obama as Data:
I really don't see who else he could be. Data's character, as I mentioned yesterday, was new to the world. It learned of him as he learned of it. Seems like a perfect fit to me. Besides, who doesn't think Barack Obama has an evil twin brother? You know he does.
2) Ron Paul as Commander Kruge:
4) Bill Clinton as William Riker:
5) John Edwards as ... :
6. Hillary Clinton as a redshirt:
A redshirt, in Star Trek parlance, is not a great thing to be. When there's a landing party, and you've got Kirk, Spock, Bones, and one guy in a red shirt ... well who do you think is going to be making that first contact with the giant galactic brain spider? Yes, ok, my first thought was also Ron Paul, but besides him, it's the redshirt. And you can bet the spider will be hungry. Anyone who watched the election unfold won't be surprised to see Clinton as the redshirt, that ever expendable sidekick. I mentioned in my previous Trek story that Obama was going to need a redshirt during his administration. Did you hear about Hillary taking Secretary of State? Besides, I barely even had to photoshop this one. No Trek redshirt ever looked as dissed as this.
7. John McCain as Captain Kirk:
Kirk the maverick. Kirk would have shot first at Greedo and so would McCain. Kirk often disobeyed orders. Not to mention, to confuse the lines of our reality even further, Shatner often had contentious relationships with other cast-members. Sound like McCain? Besides, I barely even had to photoshop this one either. The resemblance is uncanny, no?
8. Obama Girl as Orion girl:
Last but not least. I thought about coming up with some rationale here, but, you know? Some things just work.
- Political Machine Star Trek blogs:
- Tommy Christopher: Which Star Trek Characters Should Be In Barack Obama's Cabinet?
- Caleb Howe: Obama's Star Trek Casting Call
- Tommy Christopher: Star Trek 2008: The Wrath of McKhain
- Caleb Howe: Star Trek: The Vexed Generation
- the Host Post (with the most): Political Star Trek II