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The Snow Queen by TaraLJC The Snow Queen by TaraLJC
This was created for the 'Ship Wars "Fairy Tale" challenge

I was surprised at how easily the Hans Christian Anderson literary fairy tale can be mapped onto "The Cage". It's always been one of the stories I totally loved as a kid, mainly because like "Tam Lin" (which which it might well be based--I've always been a bit fuzzy on that) it's about the guy being the damsel in distress, while the awesome girl has to go save his ass. And it's sort of timeless, in that everyone can relate to losing your best friend when he gets stolen away by a pretty face. I mean, that's the plot of everything from "Some Kind of Wonderful" to Chloe and Clark on Smallville.

(Only, you know, Miss Amanda Jones isn't actually evil. And neither, really is Vina--hence the Talosians being in there because it's about the fantasy of Vina, not the real person.)

This was actually ridiculously easy to picture, and ridiculously difficult to actually assemble. Mostly because I could see in my head what I wanted, but couldn't really find the stock to make it happen. So the triptych format is a compromise, and I actually really like where it took me, design-wise.
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Moogiesgirl77 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Wow, that's incredibly beautiful, thank you!
MychelleWonderland Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I have a hard time finding good fanarts about "The Cage" characters, but I'm glad that I have found yours. Is truly amazing and absolutely beautiful. Congratulations for your work, is really impressive!
TaraLJC Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Thank you so very much! I adore Pike and Number One, and Boyce & Barry have sneaked into my heart as well. I'm hoping for a sneak peek at Number One in the next film, but also just as happy to keep playing with "The Cage" characters off in my own little corners of Trek fandom, unmolested by pesky stuff like canon ;)
Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hands down the best group art shot I have seen of Jeffrey Hunter, Amanda Jones, Majel Barrett, and the Talosians. The Cage is my favorite episode from this series. Margaret Wander Bonnano wrote Burning Dreams - a continuation of Pike and Vina after the Menagerie two parter (only two part episode from the respective series).

Yes the real Vina looks quite different, but that's the result of Talosians knowing nothing about humans when they first encounter her following the ship's crash on Talos years before happening upon the burnt out Christopher Pike.
TaraLJC Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Thanks so much for the kind words. I actually prefer "Vulcan's Glory" by Dorothy Fontana to all the other Pike-ea novels and comics. Also, I think you meant Susan Oliver (the actor who played Vina in "The Cage").
Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. Back in the day, she went by D.C. Fontana (that's how she was listed on the credits) though it might be redundant to say this to anyone familiar with Trek history. Yes, Susan... its been awhile so I forgot who the actress, but not the character naturally. I think Majel was actually her body double when the Talosians had her looking like an Orion woman and Majel is taller than her too.

Its been awhile since I read any Trek novels written by those who were a part of the series from its inception. The Menagerie was original introduction to these characters (i.e. Christopher Pike, Vina, and Number One).

Have you been following Star Trek: Vanguard?
Dahlia-Xat1968 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
This is gorgeous....speechless here......
TaraLJC Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Thank you so much! It was for an art challenge based on fairy tales, and I was shocked at how *well* "The Cage" can be mapped onto the Hans Christian Andersen tale...
elibeens Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I really like this. It does lend itself well to that tale, as you say, and there's a sort of rich irony that Number One isn't the snow queen in this istance, given her cool demeanor.
TaraLJC Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
When the challenge came up, I was struck by how closely "The Cage" parallels Andersen's story in so many ways. Particularly the way Gerda rescues Kai.
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