Horses and Star Trek: Considering Captain Picard’s Saddle

It’s question time here at SFF Equines, and commenter Jazzlet has a good one:

Could you tell those of us who have only ridden other people’s horses a bit about saddles? I’ve seen mention of people with their own saddle, if I remember rightly one TNG Star Trek starts with the Enterprise being completely vacated, but Picard goes back for his saddle and so the story. Anyway that and other mentions made me wonder about saddles, it’s obvious that no one saddle will fit all horses and ponies, but that’s as far as I get.

I was surprised to discover on searching my past articles that I have never actually devoted one to the subject of saddles. I’ve mentioned them in passing here and there, but never done a whole post. That’s a pretty big omission. I will remedy that in the very near future.

In the meantime, I’m captivated by the idea of Captain Picard’s saddle. Here on this very site, a few years ago, Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer wrote about the horsekid side of Star Trek, with special reference to the episode Jazzlet mentioned, “Starship Mine” (The Next Generation, S6 E18). It’s kind of a tragic post. I’m going to mercifully forget that part, and just think about the Captain’s saddle.

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A New Trailer Gives Us a Better Look At Doctor Who’s 13th Season

Jodie Whittaker’s tenure as The Doctor is coming to a close in 2022, with this coming season being her last full run on Doctor Who. The 13th season is a notable departure in a number of aspects, having been fully produced during the pandemic and being an entirely serialized story.

A teaser earlier this month promised that a threat known only as “the flux” was on its way. Now we have a better idea of just what that is.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Renaissance Man”

“Renaissance Man”
Written by Andrew Shepard Price & Mark Gaberman and Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
Directed by Michael Vejar
Season 7, Episode 24
Production episode 270
Original air date: May 16, 2001
Stardate: 54890.7

Captain’s log. Janeway and the EMH are pootling along in the Delta Flyer for a medical conference, the EMH’s opera singing keeping Janeway from sleeping. They encounter a subspace eddy in a Mutara-class nebula. The EMH also says that he thinks he and Janeway should socialize more.

[Fifteen minutes of sleep is all I really need…]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

All the News from This Year’s DC FanDome

This past weekend, Warner Bros. presented DC FanDome, its now-annual giant announcement event revealing its massive slate of upcoming DC universe projects, showcasing a whole bunch of new trailers and first-look clips of the films and TV shows that will be debuting in the next year or so, as well as news and updates about other projects.

Those projects include new TV shows like Peacemaker and Naomi, upcoming movies like The Batman, Shazam 2, Black Adam, and The Flash, and quite a bit more.

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Movie Musical Chairs Continues With New Release Dates for Black Panther 2, The Marvels, Doctor Strange 2, and More

Nothing is writ in stone these days—not book pub dates, and certainly not movie release dates. Disney just announced a slew of release date changes, including new dates for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda Forever, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, and the next Indiana Jones movie. Most are just moving a few months, but some shift into 2023, which still doesn’t sound like a real year.

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The Muslimness of Dune: A Close Reading of “Appendix II: The Religion of Dune”

It is common knowledge that Frank Herbert’s classic Dune novels are chock-full of Islamic and MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) references.  However, as a Muslim reader, I have long maintained that the Muslim influences go deeper than many may have realized. I am of the theory that if one is Muslim, or otherwise intimately aware of Muslim traditions, that person’s experience of Dune differs vastly from any other reader’s encounter with the saga.

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Fifteen Classic SFF Works By Three Extremely Prolific Authors

There are several ways in which authors can provide the public with ample reading material. One is, of course, to compose individual books of great length (like these, for example). Another is simply to write a lot of books. (…No, even more than that!) Of course, not every prolific author writes books worth reading. Allow me to suggest three prolific authors (now deceased) who often (but not always) wrote books worth reading. For each of these three authors, I’ve chosen five works that I think are well worth reading.

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Why I Love Haunted Honeymoon, Gene Wilder’s Underrated Horror-Comedy

Have you got a favorite movie that was either a total bomb at the box office or no one else seems to have ever seen? I’ve got a few, but given the fact that Halloween is nigh, I’d like to talk briefly about one item high on my list right now: the woefully unsung Haunted Honeymoon, which seldom gets mentioned whenever Gene Wilder himself does. This is my Young Frankenstein, my Willy Wonka. And by that I mean a movie starring Gene Wilder that’s close to my heart. I assume we all have one.

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The Trailer for Shudder’s Horror Noire Showcases Six Stories of Black Horror

Horror television network Shudder has a new anthology film coming out later this month: Horror Noire, which features six stories of Black horror from a powerhouse stable of writers: Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards, Al Letson and Ezra C. Daniels.

The film is set to debut on October 28th, and just got its first trailer.

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