The Australian Federal Budget for 2013-14 was released yesterday. At lunch today, I was amused to notice that the front page of our local newspaper here in Launceston, The Examiner, has directly referenced Star Trek Into Darkness in order to make comment.
The full-page comic shows Prime Minister Julia Gillard dressed in a command gold Starfleet uniform, and treasurer Wayne Swan dressed as Spock and performing a Vulcan salute. They are sitting atop a fairly authentic new-timeline Starship Enterprise. The name Enterprise has been crossed out and ‘Deficit’ written in its place.
Don’t worry I’m not going to make any political comment. Politics makes me cringe. I’d just like the say the fact that the Starship Enterprise has made the front page of the Examiner is pretty darn cool, but more than that, it demonstrates that Star Trek has regained it’s place in mainstream culture, just like in the glory days of The Next Generation.