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  • 21 Oct 2016
    While Janeway tries to stop the Krenim from destroying Voyager, Chakotay learns what drives their leader to change time. Plot Summary: Voyager...
  • 21 Oct 2016
    The newest Star Trek Online mission, Echoes of Light, features the recently-discovered Lukari. In Echoes of Light, “the reclusive Lukari have realized...
  • 21 Oct 2016
    Players waiting for the Star Trek: Bridge Crew game will have to wait a bit longer. Originally scheduled for a November 29...
  • 21 Oct 2016
    Alex Kurtzman will co-produce a new suspense thriller series for CBS. The thirteen-episode series, called Salvation, will premiere next summer. Salvation “centers...
  • 20 Oct 2016
    Star Trek Timelines has announced that players will be able to play in a squadron. A squadron will consist of up to...
  • 19 Oct 2016
    Star Trek into Darkness‘ Bruce Greenwood will be starring in an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, Gerald’s Game. In Gerald’s Game,...
  • 19 Oct 2016
    This week, the Shuttle Pod crew hop on the Captain’s yacht and head down to the planet of the Ba’ku. It’s a good thing Data is made to serve as a floatation device, because we’re taking a deep dive into Star Trek: Insurrection. Subscribe to Shuttle Pod: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Pocket Casts! Star Trek: Insurrection is a Star Trek movie with a number of problems but a number of really cool moments, too. The Shuttle Pod crew talk about the things they love and hate about the 1998 film, including how it makes our boobs start to firm up (not that we care about such things in this day and age). Some links of note from this week’s podcast: Some say the book about the making of the film is better than the actual film. Michael Piller’s “Fade In”, which was not published before Piller passed away, has just been made officially available for the first time. We definitely recommend that you check that one out. There is also this deleted scene — an alternate ending to Insurrection that didn’t play well during initial test screenings:
  • 19 Oct 2016
    Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen elevate their Final Frontier narrative with Star Trek: Boldly Go #1. The comic takes place during the final few minutes of Star Trek: Beyond, and as the creative duo demonstrate, a lot happened in that short amount of screen time. Cover art for Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 Available from IDW Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Endeavor. Opening with a familiar saucer shape and twin nacelles, each panel draws a ship closer into view only to reveal a surprising name on the hull. Upon this revelation, one thing is apparent, this is not the previous five-year mission by Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen in IDW’s relaunched monthly Star Trek comic. Fresh in its approach as a Star Trek comic, Johnson and Shasteen are filling in the blanks from the conclusion of Star Trek Beyond’s final minutes, between the moment Kirk and company peer upon the construction of the Enterprise A and its inaugural voyage. Turns out, time moves much faster in films than real life (or the comics) and there is an entire new set of adventures taking place during those final on-screen minutes. Thrusting the crew in brand-new situations, Johnson has separated the Enterprise crew, leaving sets of characters together, while placing others in new roles – none of which will be divulged in this review, as part of the joy of this new series is in where and who Johnson put together. There are characters no longer serving onboard a starship, while others have seen their responsibilities drastically changed – some for the better, and some not so much. Honing his Star Trek storytelling craft over the past five years, Johnson has hit his stride as a writer and elevated his narrative with Boldly Go #1. This being a Johnson-penned script, there are a few Easter Eggs to be enjoyed, especially the “Oh, Wow” moment on the last page. The issue also offers Shasteen a different visual challenge, although nothing beats the suspense of his opening and closing pages. Generally, most of the characters are always in their Starfleet uniforms, so it is cool to see Shasteen get to draw a couple of them in different attire, including one terrific TOS throwback. Debuting with seven different variant covers, Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 features the normal newsstand and subscriber covers, as well as a blank edition and several exclusives. Hands down, the best is Shasteen’s Midtown Comics cover, which is a classic homage to an Original Series promotional image. Number one issues are terrific jumping on points for readers, and Boldly Go #1 is no exception. The creative team has become a well-oiled machine and the first issue places the Enterprise crew in while familiar, completely new environments. As the title suggests, it is now time for the characters, creators and readers to Boldly Go.
  • 18 Oct 2016
    Star Trek fans are eagerly awaiting any news about the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery. With the recent announcement that the Original Series episode “Balance of Terror” will be a “touchstone” for the new series, we thought it prudent to take a look back at the history of Romulans in Star Trek. We noticed an odd pattern and have to ask: why are so many Romulans nameless? Could Discovery retcon some key commanders with names? And we found one bit of Trek lore that -no one- else on the Internet has spotted. Like the White Rabbit chasing Alice across an alien amusement park or a Cardassian vole scurrying to find its next meal, Star Trek fans eagerly await every morsel of news they can get about Discovery – both out of curiosity and the insatiable desire to complain about Star Trek on the Internet. Recently it was announced that “Balance of Terror,” which finds its way onto most top 10 episode lists, would serve as the “touchstone” for the new show. A FAVORITE TOS EPISODE “BALANCE OF TERROR” IS A TOUCHSTONE FOR THE #STARTREKDISCOVERY STORY ARC #STARTREK50 #LLAP50 — Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) September 9, 2016 Now that could mean it’s a touchstone for continuity (DSC will heavily involve Romulans, despite our pointed-eared friends’ less than successful two outings on the big screen) or it will be a touchstone for tone – that is the series will feature more adversarial battles of wills against enemy commanders rather than subspace anomalies of the week. Given that the Romulan War would have happened about 100 years before the events of Discovery, we know that won’t be the storyline, but there could still be some legacy from the conflict. My one request is this: please give the Romulan commanders names. There are so many unnamed Romulans that there are multiple Memory Alpha pages dedicated to the subject – and this namelessness isn’t restricted to background aliens; frequently the leaders are just “Romulan commander” or “Romulan captain”. I count two in TOS, two in TAS, two in TNG, two in Nemesis, and one in ENT (though I’m sure they would have had more if they’d gotten to the full seven seasons). The naming convention of not naming Romulans could be to give them an added air of mystery because (as Weyoun says) they’re so “predictably treacherous” – but at this point it would be nice to get some retroactive continuity to help out a couple very notable ones. The most famous unnamed Romulan commander was played by Mark Lenard from that very touchstone episode: He retroactively got the name Keras by a designer for the Star Trek card game who had to go with something. Keras is is of course Sarek backwards; the same idea was used for the unnamed Klingon commander Krase. Keras is okay, but a little too cute even for me. The more interesting one though is the commander from “Enterprise Incident”: The nameless character, played by Joanne Linville, received three names in different books: Thea (Killing Time), Di’on Charvon (The Fate of the Phoenix), and Liviana Charvanek (Vulcan’s Heart). If this character were to appear in Discovery, I would be delighted if they went with the last one. Authors Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz may have picked the name Liviana as an homage to another character named Lavinia, also played by Linville, on The Twilight Zone episode “The Passerby”, which was No. 6 on TrekMovie’s top 10 TZ episodes for Star Trek fans. I have found no corroboration otherwise that this episode was the inspiration for naming the character, but it’s too close to be a coincidence. (That also means tracking this reference down is a TrekMovie exclusive!) Given how well-plowed the field of Trek lore is after 50 years, it’s always nice to find some new bit of trivia. Here’s hoping it can become canonical. So please, friends at Discovery: #BringBackLiviana. Or, at least, please just give any new Romulan commanders names.
  • 17 Oct 2016
    Get a step-by-step video tutorial from Star Trek Beyond's makeup experts on how to create Jaylah, just in time for Halloween.
  • 14 Oct 2016
    Paul Ruditis is becoming a go-to name in the world of Star Trek nonfiction, with The Star Trek Book, the Star Trek Visual Dictionary, and the Star Trek: Voyager Companion to his credit. TrekMovie caught up with Ruditis at Mission: New York to talk about his previous work, what he has coming up, and the challenges of writing guide books for the 50-year old franchise. Ruditis was at Mission: New York promoting his newest work, The Star Trek Book Brotherly love – it might seem an idea born from Gene Roddenberry’s idea of infinite diversity in infinite combinations, or at least one that echoes IDIC. It is also however the moniker for Philadelphia, Pa., which is known across the globe as the City of Brotherly Love. Perhaps it is only fitting that several Star Trek alumni hail from the city, such as John De Lancie, Robert Picardo, and Barry Jenner. Add author Paul Ruditis to the list, as the born and raised Philadelphian has left his own distinct mark on the final frontier with publications such as the recently released The Star Trek Book, the Star Trek Visual Dictionary, A Very Klingon Christmas, and the Star Trek: Voyager Companion. Promoting The Star Trek Book, publisher DK sent Ruditis on a whirlwind tour of events this year, including San Diego Comic Con, book signings in the Pacific Northwest, and Mission: New York. It was at the latter that Ruditis participated as a member of the “Beam Up the Authors” panel in which Ruditis and fellow scribes discussed their experiences pitching and writing in the world of Star Trek. It was actually a rare panel appearance for Ruditis, but it was one he said he could not resist: “My main approach to the panels is trying not to sound like an idiot,” Ruditis explained laughingly. “I don’t do a lot of panels, as I don’t like speaking in public. Traditionally, I find a lot of the media tie-in panels in general, that it’s a lot of complaining about the tie-in publishing process, and I tend to focus on the positives. What I loved about MNY, it was so positive. Star Trek in general is a positive experience. Most people who have written for Star Trek find it to be an enjoyable experience and talk about the positives.” “MNY was actually the first Star Trek-specific panel I was ever on. It was a really wonderful experience, talking about the writing, and what we all bond over – authors and fans alike. Other panels you talk about writing in general, with a Star Trek writing panel, everyone in the room gets what you are talking about. We might look at it differently, but we are all there for Star Trek. It is a really wonderful communal experience.” Writing any book presents its own unique set of challenges. Ruditis seems to excel in divergent ventures when it comes to Star Trek. His most recent work The Star Trek Book, at a high level may appear somewhat similar to his Star Trek Visual Dictionary for DK, but it is actually quite different. The Visual Dictionary focused on images to present its readers the final frontier, while The Star Trek Book was the opposite; it was text-driven with photos used to support the entries. “It was a challenge. First, it was identifying who the reader was. Traditionally, I am thinking of the hardcore fan, the fan who already knows this. So, the first thing I had to wrap my mind around is the fandom is changing, this new generation of fans who might have come in from Voyager, Enterprise or the new movies. Once I had a handle on who the audience was – both the new and hardcore, then I got into the mindset on how I was going to layout the book. The thing about DK books is that you build the outline to how the book is going to layout first. Before I started writing page one of the book, I knew what was on every single page. We had a specific number of pages; single entry, double and four pages. I had to determine which topic would fit in which space. An alien species we’ve barely seen are going to get one page, yet the Federation will get more space. It’s sort of like a puzzle.” Introduced to Star Trek like so many fans, by a parent, Ruditis said he remembered watching The Original Series in syndication with his father, his young mind recalling the colors and planets and nothing more. His father then took Ruditis to see The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, and the subsequent films on the big screen. Still, the lasting impact was not there. Finally, when Ruditis was in high school, The Next Generation premiered and he was hooked. This background came in handy when he was asked to pen The Star Trek Book. Pouring over Ruditis’ extensive entries, readers might think the author did an extraordinary amount of research: “My knowledge of Star Trek comes in handy for these projects. I don’t have remotely the minutiae of Star Trek that say the Okudas have, but my knowledge works because it is not an encyclopedia. A lot of the book I can write from memory, because it is a large brushstroke. We might remember scenes or interactions not exactly as it happened on screen, and that is where most of my research happened, confirming things I already knew.” “Also, I did not have to get bogged down on research because of my contributor, Sandford Galden-Stone, who wrote these incredible sidebar articles. It was so important and wonderful to have him on the book, especially on the timelines. If I had to figure out the where and when of a hundred years of history, the book would not have gotten done on schedule.” Surprises appear around every corner of the Star Trek universe, which is one of the items that Ruditis said he was hoping hardcore fans could enjoy about The Star Trek Book....
  • 20 Oct 2016
    Model Joanie Brosas, known for her incredibly creative cosplay, recently created a video makeup tutorial using MAC Cosmetics Star Trek Collection. In the video, created exclusively for readers, Joanie gives tips and tricks on how to create a beautiful 23rd (or 24th) century look! Check out the video below. MAC Cosmetics announced their Star […]
  • 20 Oct 2016
    Creation Entertainment, the organizers of the Official Star Trek Convention, have announced William Shatner as the first guest to appear at next year’s event in Las Vegas. Creation broke the news on Wednesday afternoon via email, stating that Shatner is scheduled to appear on Saturday during the convention and would be there to “speak, sign […]
  • 14 Oct 2016
    In the Voyager episode “Rise,” Neelix mentions going hunting with his sister, Alixia, in search of arctic spiders on the planet Rinax. In the northern hemisphere on the planet Ktaria VII, there is a geological feature known as the Arpasian range. In the Deep Space Nine episode “One Little Ship,” a character mentions a data […]
  • 14 Oct 2016
    President Barack Obama recently spoke about his love for Star Trek. The president was Wired’s guest editor for the month of November, and chose to center the theme around “frontiers.” In the video clip, Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito interview Obama about Star Trek. The president admits […]
  • 13 Oct 2016 recently caught up with Manu Intiraymi (“Icheb” from Star Trek: Voyager) to talk about his time on the show, life after Voyager, and his unique, multi-genre fan-focused Kickstarter project, The Circuit. Intiraymi came onto Voyager in 2000 as “Icheb,” the young man who had been a Borg drone before joining the Voyager crew. A […]
Forgotten Trek Latest Posts
  • 09 Sep 2016
    Most of the time, this blog is publishing items in my collection. But sometimes, when something extraordinary from Trek's past shows up, I will feature it, like the time the original Phaser Rifle turned up. Today, I saw a post shared by Trek contributor Doug Drexler that came from one Edward Barocela that revealed a wonderful story of a visit to the Star Trek soundstages and a photo not seen since.

    Here is the photo:

    And the story behind the photo:

    Edward Barocela‎ posted to the group STAR TREK - The Original and ONLY Timeline:

    "Nearly 49 years ago, my father Edward Sr., a motion picture engineer, was hired by Film Effects of Hollywood to work on upgrading the optical printers. One Saturday, my brother and I were out with Dad as he ran some errands. He stopped off at work and left us in the lobby of the building as he went inside to do something. Presently, a man walked by and noticed us by ourselves, bored and fidgeting. He said, "Hey, kids, do want to see a real spaceship?" Naturally we said yes, and he gave us directions to a set of double doors. We went through the doors and found ourselves on a small soundstage. And there she was: the Starship Enterprise. They let us work the control console to turn the big model's lights on and off, and to run the engine dome rotors at different speeds. They also let us handle the shuttlecraft and Romulan ship models. Needless to say, this experience made huge impression on me. I was 10 years old. Years later, my mother sent me this photo. I didn't even remember that anyone had taken pictures at the time."

    Too cool!

  • 09 Sep 2016
    Indeed, far beyond anyone's imagination, it has lived long and prospered.
  • 22 Mar 2016
    Happy 85th birthday to the best Captain in Starfleet; past, present, future, alternate future, alternate universe and beyond! He doesn't let age slow him down, and we wish him many more.
    Now would be a good time to revisit some of the many posts here devoted to The Shat by clicking here!
  • 20 Jan 2016
    DeForest Kelly's birthday is today, January 20th. This true Southern gentleman (born in Taccoa, GA) never let the lights of Hollywood get in his eyes and change him from the kind and humble man he was.
    Here is a link to all the posts on this blog that are tagged with his name. A great way to celebrate his memory!

    Bonus: a behind-the-scenes photo of Kelley getting his old-age makeup applied for "The Deadly Years." He had a great time acting in this episode as he took his "crusty old country doctor" persona to the ultimate level!

  • 28 Dec 2015
    Lovely Nichelle Nichols is 83 today. We hope she has a wonderful day of love and appreciation, and that her New Year has much health and happiness. We love you, Nichelle!
    Celebrate by reading some or all of the entries I have made of the past few years, right here.
  • 07 Dec 2015
    On this date in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered across the country. How well I remember the excitement that I, and many other fans, felt! It was to us back then, what the new Star Wars movie is to fans this December. Today's post is devoted to the memories we have of this red-letter date in Trek history. Read a few, a lot, or all of the ST:TMP related posts I have made on this blog by clicking here.

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  • 18 Oct 2016
    While it's available for preorder in all regions, Amazon Canada has the upcoming RODDENBERRY VAULT Blu-ray set - featuring a collection of newly-recovered "Star Trek: The Original Series" footage - for a crazy-low price of just $15.99 CAD - that's $13 USD!
  • 17 Oct 2016
    The Enterprise must stop a planet destroying energy cloud from consuming the entire galaxy, even at the cost of the ship itself. But is the cloud more than it appears? It's "One of Our Planets is Missing," now capped in HD!
  • 15 Oct 2016
    Years after his arrest for illegally attacking Cardassian vessels, former Starfleet captain Benjamin Maxwell is once again a free man, working on a deep space research station - and after O'Brien and Nog arrive at the station and encounter the former officer, an emergency forces them all to work together once more.
  • 15 Oct 2016
    The new STAR TREK ENCYCLOPEDIA hits stores this week in the USA and around the world, a massive update by Mike and Denise Okuda to their 1990's print database of all things Trek. This two-volume hardcover set is long-awaited by many, so get your orders in now - and help support TrekCore in the process!
  • 12 Oct 2016
    In a new video interview released today, outgoing president Barack Obama spent a few minutes discussing why he was such a fan of "Star Trek" - and how the shows’ themes still resonate today.


1914 Joseph Mullendore is born.
1933 Georgia Brown is born.
1940 Julie Parrish is born.
1954 Carmen Carter is born.
1966 Third day of filming on TOS: "Shore Leave". Final draft script for TOS: "Shore Leave" is revised for a third time.
1968 Sixth day of filming on TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy". First draft teleplay for the undeveloped Original Series episode "The Joy Machine" by Meyer Dolinsky is submitted, based on a story outline by Theodore Sturgeon.
1969 Nathan Anderson is born.
1970 Ernest Haller dies.
1972 The Thirty-Second UK Story Arc concludes in Valiant & TV21 #56 with the ninth of nine installments.
1983 Forty-ninth and last day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Principal photography is completed.
1987 Third day of filming on TNG: "The Big Goodbye".
1988 Ninth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Seventh and final day of filming on TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data".
1991 TNG: "Disaster" airs. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is viewed by Gene Roddenberry, three days before his death. Third day of filming on TNG: "Hero Worship". CIC Video releases Next Generation volumes 25, 26, and 27 on VHS in the UK, starting the third season release.
1993 Third day of filming on TNG: "The Pegasus".
1994 Re-shots of Kirk's death scene for Star Trek Generations. Second day of filming on DS9: "Past Tense, Part I". Thirty-fourth and final day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker".
1996 DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong" airs. Sixth day of filming on DS9: "Rapture".
1997 First day of filming on DS9: "Waltz". Second day of filming on VOY: "Hunters".
1998 DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" airs. VOY: "Drone" airs.
1999 Sixth day of filming on VOY: "Blink of an Eye".
2002 Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Precious Cargo". Paramount Home Entertainment releases Enterprise volume 1.12 on VHS in the UK.
2003 First day of filming on ENT: "Chosen Realm". Second-unit filming on ENT: "Carpenter Street".
2004 Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Daedalus".
2009 IDW Publishing releases the trade paperback collection of Mission's End.

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Memory Alpha New Articles
  • 19 Oct 2016
    Presented below is the complete set of final prices realized for the 215 lots of Star Trek memorabilia that were offered in the Propworx Star Trek Auction IX event; which concluded on Saturday September 10th in a live online bidding session hosted through The most expensive item that sold in the auction was a William Shatner screen worn Captain Kirk Class D Starfleet Uniform from ST:TMP, which realized a high bid of $15,000. A Leonard Nimoy worn orange TOS Radiation Helmet from the 1st season episode "The Naked Time" witnessed a high bid of $5,010, and a Star Trek: Phase II Starfleet Command Mini Dress worn by Persis Khambatta in an early wardrobe test photo shoot sold for a maximum bid of $5,000.

    The following values shown are the high bids witnessed on the items and do not include the 23% buyers premium. (Just click on any of the images below to view an enlarged version) ...

  • 08 Sep 2016

    On this historic anniversary date, it is truly a thrill for me to announce the release of "To Boldy Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Two", the second volume in my trilogy of Original Series rare, behind-the-scenes photography books. The entire book series has been greatly honored by the incredibly talented Star Trek (and Hollywood) legend - Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award winning artist Doug Drexler - who has authored the foreword to this brand new publication! (And I am still in a state of disbelief that he has been so very kind to do this and has taken an interest in such a relatively unknown book project!)

    The "To Boldly Go" second season book is a 232 page, full-color interior, softcover and contains a little over 400 rare photos - the majority in vivid color - on large 8.5" x 11" pages, displayed in a similar format to the first season edition. Considering both the Season One & Season Two publications together, over 700 rare, behind-the-scenes production shots, NBC publicity images and candid stills from the making of the first 55 episodes (including the pilots) of TOS are now presented in total!

    As was the practice for the first book, I personally digitally restored all of the rare images that appear in this edition, with the specific goal of recreating the bold and vivid colors that were present in the original episode broadcasts. These rare photos, which originate from my personal collection that is over four decades in the making - beginning in the early '70s with the purchase of about 700 to 800 film clips from Gene Roddenberry's Lincoln Enterprises TOS fan mail order store - have been arranged into individual chapters for each episode; and are accompanied by usually brief but sometimes quite extensive descriptions about the filming or history of the related scene.

    The following article, which I wrote in January of 2014 at the time that about 70% of these images appeared in smaller and entirely black-and-white format in the outstanding Saturn Award winning Jacobs/Brown Press books "These Are The Voyages - TOS" by Marc Cushman, still provides a good overview and introduction to my rare Star Trek image collection:

    Presented below are some samples of the interior pages of "To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Two" (just click on any of the following pictures to enlarge them).

    The book is available for immediate purchase at this Createspace store link (where you can save just over $5 off the purchase price and obtain it for $36.96 instead of its regular price of $42 by using the Discount Code BNWTGQDF when you check out):

    Additionally, this volume will appear on sale at (and international Amazon websites) sometime in the next few days at its full list price (but will likely be subject to free or discounted Amazon member shipping services or other offers). Please Note: The above Discount Code will not work at and is just a special incentive to make the purchase at Createspace, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.

    It is my hope that my fellow Star Trek fans who decide to obtain a copy of this work will be pleased with the presentation of, ideally, a number of rare TOS images that they have not previously seen, and that they will consider the Season Two volume of "To Boldly Go" to be an enjoyable addition to their personal libraries!

    Kindest Regards,


    9/9 UPDATE: The Season Two volume of "To Boldly Go" is now available at at this link (and Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Free 2-Day shipping):

Inside Star Trek Latest Posts
  • 14 Mar 2015
    A prop energy pistol featured in Star Trek: Insurrection for use by characters portraying the Son’a. The item is sturdy molded foam rubber painted black, metallic silver, and gold. The pistol shows signs of wear from production use. Several areas on the item depict rubbing and paint flaking off. The item is rigid but has some give and measures approx. 8 X 7 X 1.5 inches.

    Like the Son'a shotgun the pistol was designed by Ed Natividad. He was both a storyboard and conceptual artist for Star Wars Episode I and II. As a conceptual artist he helped shape the look of Episode I's architectural elements, costumes and weaponry.

    Ed started working at George Lucas' special effects company Industrial Light & Magic in 1994. His work in the film industry has been on various productions such as Star Wars: Episodes I & II, Armageddon, Batman & Robin, Forrest Gump, Matrix II & III and Terminator 3, Transformers and many of the major blockbuster films.

  • 26 Dec 2014
    A screen used vest worn by members of the Maquis. The Maquis were a rebellious organization of Federation-born colonists and discontented Starfleet officers who organized against the Cardassian occupation of their homes in the Demilitarized Zone after their colonies were ceded to the Cardassian Union by Federation Cardassian Treaties in the late 2360s and early 2370s. Starfleet Command considered members of the Maquis to be traitors, while Cardassia considered the Maquis to be terrorists.

    The vest was worn by actor John Franklyn Robbins in his role as Macias throughout the episode "Preemptive strike" of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994. Macias was a citizen of Juhraya, a Federation colony that came under Cardassian rule after a treaty was signed with the Federation. He was the leader of a Maquis cell that opposed the treaty. Macias become a friend with Ro Laren who joins the Maquis in "Preemptive Strike".

    The vest was also used on the set of Voyager by stunt actor Steve Blalock. In the episode "Worst Case Scenario" he plays a Maquis rebel, too. The production team added a velcro patch to the vest for a Starfleet combadge.

  • 17 Nov 2014
    Deleted scene with the new Klingons from Star Trek (2009) © Paramount Pictures
    The Klingon baldric was a sash that traditionally went over the left or right shoulder of noble Klingons. It contained the symbol of a Klingon House or it was used to hold knives and disruptors. In 2009 the look of the famous alien warriors was redesigned by costume designer Michael Kaplan for J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.

    The Klingons wear helmets and grey thick coats with a large black baldric. Kaplan described them as his favorite costumes for the film, explaining he modeled the helmets on a horseshoe crab, while the coats were intended to resemble the texture of an elephant or rhinoceros. The baldric is made of leather. The outer layer is calf skin. Two snaps and velcro are mounted inside to fasten the baldric.

    Unfortunately the scenes with the new Klingons set on Rura Penthe were cut in Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams tried to avoid a disruption of narrative flow. But the Klingons returned in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Michael Kaplan revised the costumes again. Although the Klingons got new outfits with a different kind of baldric you can see a Klingon with a black baldric which was designed for its predecessor.

    Klingons in Star Trek Into Darkness © Paramount Pictures

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