If you’ve been keeping up with us on the blog, you may have noticed a strong streak of nerd in us (case in point: the 16 Game of Thrones Characters Who Are Giving You Major Deja Vu). Over the long weekend, we finally had a chance to catch up on all of the new summer blockbuster flicks, and in honor of the most bombastic and insane Trekkie film EVER, Star Trek: Into Darkness, we rounded up a few of our favorite femmes from the series. It’s not really a long weekend without a few too many visits to IMDB and Wikipedia, right?
Kate Mulgrew was excellent at playing the very Katherine Hepburn-esque Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager—few women have as much serious gravitas as her. Our favorite (yet controversial) Janeway moments? Brokering an alliance with the Borg. And, you know, frequently breaking the prime directive.
Jolene Blalock played the ever-restrained Commander T’Pol on Star Trek: Enterprise—second-in-command aboard the Enterprise NX-1 and Vulcan guide to the intrepid human crew who was sent to explore the universe. While she often tried to keep her emotions in check, our favorite part of T’pol was her occasional inability to keep her feelings from spilling out.
Nana Visitor played Kira Nerys, the Bajoran fiery femme who was second-in-command on the space station in Deep Space Nine. Maybe we’re a little biased, but we love ladies who aren’t afraid to speak their mind—and who aren’t afraid to rock a bold, cropped haircut.
Gates McFadden may be one of our most favorite redheads ever. As Chief Medical Officer Dr. Beverly Crusher (and Mother to genius boy Ensign Wesley Crusher) on The Next Generation, we appreciated her on-the-ball attitude—and, her complex, maybe-maybe not relationship with Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Jeri Ryan is an enduring vision in our heads as the soulful but sexy Seven of Nine, a human who spent her youth as a Borg drone. For any Battlestar Galactica fans out there, we can’t help but think that she was a bit of a character reference for Number Six.
Whoopi Goldberg may be famous for Sister Act and a slew of other films, but we have a soft spot for her occasional appearances on The Next Generationas Guinan—wise barkeep of the USS Enterprise’s lounge, Ten Forward.
Is it strange for us to admit that we secretly always wanted to be Marina Sirtis? As half-human, half-betazoid Counselor Deanna Troi on The Next Generation, Sirtis’ character had empathic abilities that gave her insight into navigating sticky situations.
Security officer Tasha Yar, played by Denise Crosby, was one tough lady with the perfect touch of femininity. (Quite similar to Captain Janeway above). SPOILER ALERT: Yar meets a sad and unfortunately meaningless end early in The Next Generation series—don’t worry, you see her again later—but we always thought fondly of her quick wits and kick-butt attitude.
Nichelle Nichols memorably played Communications Officer Uhura in the original Star Trek—and was one of the first black women to ever appear on television in a major role. As if that wasn’t enough, who could forget the ground-breaking interracial kiss she shared with Captain Kirk in 1968.
Modern day Uhura in Star Trek: Into Darkness, played by Zoe Saldana, is an expert xenolinguist—aka studies and speaks Alien languages—and has the great pleasure (or torture) of being romantically entangled with supremely logical Spock. If you haven’t seen the new movie we don’t want to give anything away—but we love her spunky take on diplomacy.
Jadzia Dax played the fascinating Science Officer from Deep Space Nine. As a Trill, the already incredibly intelligent Jadzia has the great honor of living in symbiosis with a creature named Dax—which imbued her with the memories and abilities of the seven individuals that Dax had partnered with before her. As creepy as it sounded to be joined to an entirely separate being, we’d be on board with having seven other peoples’ skills, too.
Roxann Dawson was unforgettable as the deeply conflicted half-human, half-klingon B’Elanna Torres—and the first major Hispanic character in Star Trek. She was a tough cookie as chief engineer on the Voyager. We couldn’t imagine being stranded in a far corner of the universe or so constantly butting heads with Captain Janeway.
Another incredibly entertaining series we can’t get enough of? Arrested Development—here are our favorite jokes from the hilarious series.