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23 Weeks of NEW Trek | Badgey

The 23 Weeks of Star Trek just keeps giving us new things to play with, and last week didn't disappoint.

On Star Trek Day, we talked about one of our favorite shapes in the world - The Starfleet Symbol. 

Who could have guessed that by the end of that week we would be given a floating, anthropomorphic version of that very icon?

STAR TREK™: THE FINAL FRONTIER Captain Kirk Bomber Jacket 

This Captain's Bomber Jacket is a varsity-style command-casual uniform top worn by commissioned Captains in Starfleet. 

Reserve Yours Now!

Badgey is...let's be honest, one of the best things to have come out of Star Trek in a long time. 

He's yet another gift from the amazing creators of STAR TREK: Lower Decks, and whatever else he is - training program, assistant, friend, foe, nemesis - Badgey is a hell of a lot of fun. 

Just don't make him mad.

I just can't get enough, and it really seems like the rest of the fandom can’t either.

Over the last few days we've seen memes & videos, gifs & animations, wallpapers, and at least one t-shirt (btw, my daughter wants a plush Badgey). 

And I know for a fact that there's more Badgey stuff to come.

I suppose it was inevitable. It was a matter of time before the Starfleet badge became a character itself within the franchise. 

To be fair, Badgey (brilliantly voiced by Jack McBrayer) is fun, and based on time honored tropes of 24th Century Star Trek. Transporter glitches and simulations that develop their own personality and sense of self awareness. 

From McNary and Minuet to Moriarty, Badgey takes his place in the tradition of Holodeck characters gone wrong.

My guess is that we haven't seen the last of Badgey. I hope he sort of becomes a Q-like character, or at least something like TNG's Professor Moriarty. 

Someone (somebadge?) that can pop up from time to time over the course of the whole series.

Love ya, Badgey! Please don’t hurt anybody.


John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

John Cooley September 24, 2020 0 tags (show)