Better Living Through Star Trek

The classic, original Star Trek first aired on NBC on this date in 1969, and 43 years later Kirk, Spock, the Enterprise and Tribbles have become an enduring part of pop culture lexicon, albeit with a select yet rabid fan base. Now I’m not here to debate the merits of Star Trek (I’m more of a Star Wars guy) or offer any kind of geek fanboy mumbo-jumbo on the mythology of Star Trek. I’m not even going to try to say, “Yeah, well, so’s your mother” in  Klingon!

Rather, I’m here to offer soothing mental relaxation and an effective way to shake off the stress of the workweek simply through the James T. Kirk Method, which is aptly demonstrated by William Shatner in the above scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (there should be no debate that ST2: TWOK was the best of the Star Trek films, hands down!).

Here’s how it works: Did the workweek fry your brain and kick your ass? Was the bus on time at all this week? Did you have to deal with so many idiot bosses, managers, clients and coworkers that you just want to scream? It’s James T. Kirk to the rescue, so follow along. Let’s all do this together.

Step one: Clench that jaw!
Step two: Let those eyes get slightly buggy!
Step three: Feel the emotion build from deep in your gut.
Step four: Think briefly about what you’re going to say (keep it brief!)
Step five: Just let loose in all your Kirkian glory!

Ahhhhh … feel better now? Repeat if you feel the need. And then boldly go where no man has gone before, or live long or prosper, or … whatever!

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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13 Responses to Better Living Through Star Trek

  1. hahaha, i am so trying these tips!!!! 😀 They seem to work for Shatner! 😛

  2. Stephen, If I didn’t already love your site, I would love it now! I’m a Star Trek fan from way back, who not only watched almost every episode of every Star Trek show on tv, but also saw all the movies. I fell madly in love with Patrick Stewart as well as Leonard Nimoy (Kirk I revered as a sort of hero who didn’t especially ring my chimes), and I enjoyed the antics of the crews so much that I got to the point where I could repeat lines verbatim (luckily, I didn’t obtrude this on others by doing so in theatres). So all I have to say about you continuing your wonderful site is “Make it so!” I trust you will accept that as adequate emphasis, since it comes from the command center (and the heart)!

    • Hey Victoria! Awesome! Actually, in retrospect, I may be more of a fan than I admit. I’ve seen every episode of the original series, The Next Generation (the very best of the TV series; Picard was awesome!) and Deep Space Nine, which was interesting, and which had it’s moments, but was also the point at which I began to lose interest, and not through any fault of the show, which always maintained a high degree of integrity. But I gotta love me my Kirk from The Wrath of Khan … he’s so over top he’s come around the other side to the point he’s cool again! Make it so, number one!!!

  3. Angeline M says:

    Here’s one more tip….when doing this be sure to warn your spouse….scared the devil out of him.

  4. I thought becoming my own boss would cure the anger problem. WRONG. Now I get mad at ME!

  5. I love both Star Trek and Star Wars (the ones with Joseph Campbell’s influence.) Wrath of Khan is my least favorite of the ST films. I like “The Voyage Home” and “First Contact” lol

  6. mariadesuede says:

    I prefer read Isaac Asimov, “La fin de l’éternité” should be “The end of eternity” in English, and Serge Bussolo, but Star Trek was a good serie as well, treating questions of today, even if it was in space, but the eternal questions are there… Oupsss, philosophy… Je suis désolée… “I’m sorry”

  7. Drew says:

    I couldn’t do the bug-eyed bit… That’s a bit physically impossible for me hahaha!

  8. Regina says:

    That hits the target dead centre! Great answer!

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