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  • 29 Jul 2016
    Torres discovers a holonovel set early in Voyager’s mission in which Chakotay leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. Plot Summary:...

    Torres discovers a holonovel set early in Voyager’s mission in which Chakotay leads a mutiny and takes over the ship.

    Plot Summary: While purging deleted computer files, Torres comes across a holodeck simulation in which the user takes the role of an anonymous Starfleet ensign invited by Chakotay to join in a mutiny against Janeway. Torres tells Paris about it, and soon the program has become wildly popular with the crew. Tuvok admits that he wrote the program as a training exercise for security officers in the event of a Maquis mutiny early on in the voyage, but he never completed it, as the likelihood of insurrection seemed increasingly remote. Paris asks to try his hand at writing an ending and listens to suggestions from various crewmembers who want romance and adventure, but Tuvok finds the planned additions to be ludicrous and insists on contributing to the denouement. When the two officers open the narrative parameters file, an image of Seska appears and immediately takes them prisoner on the holodeck. Through the character, they learned that Seska found the program before she left Voyager and rewrote it to kill the main players one by one, sabotaging Voyager’s systems to prevent anyone from leaving the holodeck without setting off a reaction that would destroy the ship. Torres hacks into the program to leave weapons for Chakotay and Paris while Janeway rewrites the story to allow outside adversaries to appear. With the safeties off, Tuvok takes advantage of the holographic weapons, using one to backfire and kill Seska in the same way that she kills the holographic Janeway within the simulation. Tuvok promises that if he ever creates another holonovel, it will be set far from Voyager’s reality.

    Analysis: “Worst Case Scenario” is one of my favorite Voyager episodes, as much for the fan fiction it generated as for the fan fiction Tuvok, Paris, and Seska write within the confines of the story. What a shame that it’s missing the all-important romantic additions for which Torres lobbies Paris. Where’s the one in which Chakotay uses his sparkling eyes and rare smirk to seduce the anonymous ensign (who can be either gender) to win over a loyal Starfleet officer to his cause, or the one in which the anonymous ensign walks in on Paris examining Torres’s sensor array, or the one in which Janeway lowers Chakotay’s shields by bringing his plasma injector online and dragging him into her subspace rift…all right, I’ll stop, I’m just saying that if I had the same access to the program as Paris, a lot more would go on between the time Seska finds herself hoist on her own plaser rifle and the time the program gets deleted. There would be nacelles lifting, thrusters firing, particle streams releasing, warp cores exploding, and like Torres, I’m not too hung up on what’s in or out of character…after all, before a couple of weeks ago, I would have found Torres expressing interest in romance novels to be out of character. Not to mention handing over her agency in a story that begins with her making a discovery and exploring it on her own to the boy she likes, who then gets to be far more involved than Torres herself gets to be, both within the holo-scenario and in the story about neutralizing its threat. But that’s a gripe, and what I feel when I watch “Worst Case Scenario” is mostly glee.

    Ironic, isn’t it, that this was the best Janeway episode Ken Biller had written to date, considering that it’s about a mutiny? (Yes, that’s four times in this half-season that the writing staff played around with the idea of Janeway losing her ship, but who’s counting…oh wait, I am.) I will never be sorry that the show didn’t stage an actual mutiny or even have Chakotay putting Janeway on the defensive about Starfleet all the time, which would have weakened her position in command, but I’m equally not sorry that they play with the idea here and that both Janeway and Chakotay respond to the idea with winks and grins. Chakotay claims at the end that he doesn’t want to be the bad guy next time, but he definitely enjoys the notion that Tuvok finds him a strong and worrisome adversary capable of turning Starfleet crewmembers in addition to holding on to the loyalty of all the Maquis. It isn’t Chakotay but Seska who appears not to have planned for every eventuality, just as she didn’t when she defected to join the Kazon. The holographic versions of the characters seem even more two-dimensional than usual, but they also make me nostalgic, reminding me of how I saw them when we knew very little about them. Of course in those early days Tuvok would script Torres and Ayala as completely loyal to Chakotay, Kim as a by-the-book ensign in need of correction, Paris as an unknown quantity, and himself as too much of a prig to see what’s really going on.

    If there’s a problem with “Worst Case Scenario” now, it’s the same as when it originally aired, which is that it points out how quickly the writers dropped the ball on what could have been many weeks of Starfleet-Maquis tensions that showed us over time why Starfleet’s is the better way. We don’t need a mutiny to see angry dissidents come to appreciate how certain kinds of hard compromise and negotiation make for a stronger position than “the Maquis way” aka a punch to the face, which is a vast oversimplification of the issues many crewmembers had, not only with the Federation policy in the zone that caused the creation of the Maquis, but with the way Starfleet principles are sometimes used as a cover for condescension, domination, even imperialism, and how a military structure might be considered an asset rather than unduly restrictive when people are going to be living and working in it conceivably every moment for the rest of their lives. These are things we should be shown rather than told, and a certain amount of compromise, on things like the dress code, where we never see anyone in the mess hall in casual clothes unless it’s a reception for aliens, would have added color to the show in more ways than one. As Paris says in this episode when he wants to script a Janeway who’s planning to execute half the crew for treason, sometimes a good story can come out of questionable characterization, and this is one of those times. We get scheming Bajoran Seska! We get smirking dominant Chakotay! I just wish the show did a better job of integrating who the characters become in their play time on the holodeck with who they are on duty.

  • 29 Jul 2016
    Earlier this year, TrekToday reported that seven Pin Mates were due out this summer courtesy of Bif Bang Pow. Three more Trek-themed...

    Earlier this year, TrekToday reported that seven Pin Mates were due out this summer courtesy of Bif Bang Pow.

    Three more Trek-themed Pin Mates, plus a bridge set for them were seen at the recent San Diego Comic-Con.

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    The three extra Pin Mates include a wrap-uniform variant of Captain Kirk, Spock with a painted on tricorder, and Nurse Chapel.

    Some of the Pin Mates are available here. More will surely follow.

  • 29 Jul 2016
    CBS Corporation‘s profits for the second quarter have exceeded expectations, thanks to Star Trek Discovery. CBS Corporation posted a 27.4 percent rise...

    CBS Corporation‘s profits for the second quarter have exceeded expectations, thanks to Star Trek Discovery.

    CBS Corporation posted a 27.4 percent rise in quarterly profit.

    CBS All Access and Showtime OTT have surpassed two million subscribers, about evenly split,” said Chief Executive Leslie Moonves during the results call on Thursday. “That’s well ahead of where we’d thought we’d be this early in the game.

    We’ve licensed our Star Trek franchise in the international marketplace, guaranteeing our new series will be profitable even before it launches and begins driving subs here in the U.S. and on CBS All Access. We greatly expanded our SVOD revenue for The CW ensuring its profitability for years to come.

  • 29 Jul 2016
    For Doug Jung, the main story of Star Trek Beyond was questioning the validity of Federation. Gene Roddenberry‘s concept of Star Trek...

    For Doug Jung, the main story of Star Trek Beyond was questioning the validity of Federation.

    Gene Roddenberry‘s concept of Star Trek included a utopian world, but Star Trek Beyond questioned that via Krall. “How do we look at those things now,” said Jung. “Can a utopian world exist? Should it exist? Is it even good for the greater thing? What does the Federation stand for and is that necessarily something that realistically everybody would want? Those questions, to me, were interesting thematic things to talk about first and try to ingrain into the characters and the story.”

    Another focus of the movie was on character development. “I just wanted to spend time with these characters and see them and evolve them in a way that we hadn’t really seen in the last couple movies,” said Jung. “We’re introduced to them and a lot of the relationships were inferred and based upon collective history over the last fifty years. But on screen to see them paired up in certain ways, or just to really understand what their friendships and their relationships are about, that, to me, was really, really, really exciting to do.”

    Jung does have a favorite scene in the movie; in fact he has three favorites. “I’ll go chronologically here,” said Jung. “One is Kirk’s conversation with Bones in the officers’ mess on the Enterprise. And it works the best for me because you get to see what their relationship is. You see it. You understand that Bones has grown into this real confidante for Kirk, not just the other side of the triumvirate. And you see that they have a really deep understanding of each other. It works on another level because it was harkening back to the conversation they had in Wrath of Khan. It’s nice to kind of show that. I also think it was a nice character set-up for Kirk and introducing his issues in the movie.

    “The other one that I thought worked great was pretty much every Bones/Spock scene. I just loved those. I loved writing them. Bones/Spock, I just thought they were great. The two of them, Karl and Zachary, are just great in those characters and the way they played off each other was phenomenal.

    “The [third scene that] worked really well. It’s funny, it’s a minor scene, when they’re reunited on the Franklin and Spock is talking about using the necklace to track their location and Bones is saying, ‘You have a radioactive piece of jewelry.’ To me, in that group dynamic, it was a moment where they’re doing everything that you expect the Enterprise crew to do, which is problem solve collectively. But it’s just injected with so much personality and humor that I just wanted to be with them.”

  • 28 Jul 2016
    The Star Trek Beyond Funko pop vinyl figures are arriving in stores, as promised earlier this year, and one of the figures...

    The Star Trek Beyond Funko pop vinyl figures are arriving in stores, as promised earlier this year, and one of the figures is Captain Kirk wearing a survival suit.

    The line includes Kirk (regular and survival suit), Spock, Bones, Sulu, Chekov (regular and survival suit), Scotty, Uhura, Jaylah and Krall.

    All have been spotted in stores minus the Chekov survival suit figure, which appears to be delayed.

  • 28 Jul 2016
    Anovos will be offering a high-end version of the survival jacket worn in Star Trek Beyond. The jacket is created “using reference...

    Anovos will be offering a high-end version of the survival jacket worn in Star Trek Beyond.

    The jacket is created “using reference and measurements taken from the original screen-used Beyond production assets. The identical style fabrics have been custom dyed to match the distinctive quilted panels seen in the Beyond garment. The jacket’s abrasion panels feature a rubberized texture pattern and the Starfleet arrowhead insignia badge and hardware are replicated in cast rubber and finished in silver.”

    To be available in sizes small through 2X, the jacket will cost $575.00. Anovos will offer “flexible payment plan options.”

    According to Maegen Hensley, Anovos Director of Soft Goods Productions, the jacket “can be worn as an everyday jacket, not just a costume piece.”

  • 27 Jul 2016
    Nichelle Nichols will be seen on The Young and the Restless soap opera in September. The actress will portray Lucinda, “a character...

    Nichelle Nichols will be seen on The Young and the Restless soap opera in September.

    The actress will portray Lucinda, “a character who shares an ’emotional connection’ to a main cast member,” in a two-episode arc.

    “I’m thrilled and honored to be a member of the cast of this historic moment in daytime television,” said Nichols. “I’ve been a huge fan of The Young and the Restless for decades. I’m equally honored to be from Chicago like the Bell family who created this incredible TV show.”

    The two-episode arc will begin on the 11,000th episode of The Young and the Restless, which will air on September 1.

  • 30 Jul 2016
    Star Trek Beyond has been out for over a week, so now it’s time to talk about all the cool little winks, nods, and less than obvious “Easter eggs” in the film. There were many really great homages to past Trek in Beyond. For great coverage of the homages, we highly recommend friend of TrekMovie Laurie Ulster’s post on Screen Rant, she did a great job. Our version then, will focus on smaller and less obvious or more real-world (rather than in-universe) nods, cameos, etc. Music Michael Giacchino worked some homages to TOS and TOS-movies into his score: When Kirk and Chekov are in Jaylah’s trap there’s a small refrain that sounds like the “Shore Leave” music from TOS. As the Enterprise arrives at Altamid, there are sort of haunting space chimes, that are very reminiscent of a TMP score track titled “Games”. Calling the Beastie Boys “classical music” is both a Futurama reference and a long running joke in Sci-Fi in general to call contemporary pop music “classical music.” Famous Names The Franklin was lost in the Gagarin Radiation Belt – This is a double reference, it was mentioned in the ENT episode “Strange New World”, and it is named after Yuri Gagarin, first man in space. The USS Franklin‘s registry number is NX-326, Leonard Nimoy’s birthday is March 26th or (3/26), it was confirmed by production staff that this was another way in which Beyond pays tribute to him. The bridge escape pods were named Kelvin Pods in the movie because of the sacrifice of George Kirk on the bridge of the USS Kelvin as seen in Star Trek (2009). It also bears a resemblance to the all purpose spacedock “Worker Bee” units from TMP. A nod to Captain Picard’s old ship can be overheard as the crew disembarks on to the Yorktown, the USS Stargazer NCC-2893 is called out of the starbase’s communication system. The USS Franklin is named for Frank Lin, Justin Lin’s father. The dedication plaque even has a tiny space between the “Frank” and “lin” as a way to signify the namesake. Other fun bits Kirk tells Spock to “skip to the end” a reference to Simon Pegg’s Spaced. When Bones comes into the officer’s lounge he finds Kirk drinking Saurian Brandy, a long running favorite adult beverage of choice in Trek series. The ephemera control panel on the Franklin. John Cho tweeted this picture recently. Trek production staff have often had fun with the tiny labels on control panels which are never going to seen up close. Scotty discusses the various theories about the Franklin‘s disappearance, he mentions a “giant green space hand”, which is a reference to the TOS episode “Who Mourns for Adonais?” But did you catch that during the end credits a giant green hand appears after all the cast names and crew, right when the names Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot come up on screen? From the left, the giant hand fills screen and dissolves. This one will have to wait for home video to get a good screen capture. The hand is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment. Cameos Justin Lin’s son is the green boy that the camera whizzes past but pauses on briefly, on the Yorktown Greg Grunberg plays Commander Finnegan, the name is a call back to Finnegan from “Shore Leave.” Grunberg is a life-long friend of JJ Abrams and pops up in pretty much every show or movie JJ is involved with. Grunberg was also the angry voice of Kirk’s step-father when the young Kirk took his classic car out for a joyride in Star Trek (2009). Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, plays the alien Starfleet officer who calibrates the universal translator for Kalara’s language. Screenwriter Doug Jung appears as Ben (Sulu’s husband). Danny Pudi from cult sitcom Community along with Fast and Furious alum Kim Kold, are two of the aliens that intimidate Scotty after he crashes on Altamid. We’re sure there’s even more, so feel free to add to the list in the comments. Remember for this version, we purposefully skipped listing the homages, because Laurie did a great job covering them here: http://screenrant.com/retro-references-star-trek-beyond/ Just like we did with Star Trek Into Darkness, we’ll revisit this article when Star Trek Beyond is available on home video and make a new version with screenshots from the movie.
  • 29 Jul 2016
    Star Trek: Discovery Executive Producer and Showrunner Bryan Fuller had additional things to say about the new show at the press junket held at San Diego Comic Con immediately after the Hall H panel where the title of the series was announced. Regarding the look and feel of Discovery, Fuller told Nerdist that “we were looking for a new aesthetic. We can’t just go back to the same aesthetic. You look at what J.J. Abrams did with that 2009 movie, which reinvented Star Trek in such a wonderful way and claimed that territory. So we had to strike new ground that had Star Trek in its DNA at a fundamental level. To make a commitment to the fanbase, who are aware of Star Trek and its iterations—both the shows that made it to the airwaves and the ones that didn’t. So it felt like a really nice way to let the hardcore Star Trek audience know that I have their backs.” Fuller did not rule out previous Star Trek actors appearing on Discovery, saying “Never say never, I love everybody on that panel [William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Scott Bakula]. I would love to work with them in some capacity. And I won’t stop until I do. So wish us luck.” If you happened to miss it, Fuller tweeted out a rather familiar-looking chair, which is under construction: BUCKLE UP #SDCC @StarTrek 50th ANNIVERSARY PANEL #UnderConstruction @WilliamShatner @JeriLRyan @BrentSpiner @akaWorf pic.twitter.com/PvzvgALWuQ — Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) July 18, 2016
  • 28 Jul 2016
    Star Trek Beyond has been specially formatted for the new immersive Barco Escape three-screen format. Wondering if you should spend the extra quatloos for the unique experience? Read our review to see what we thought. Barco Escape has been heavily publicizing the release of Star Trek Beyond in their format, which combines three screens (one main screen in the center surrounded by two screens angled in toward the audience on either side). They say it will make you feel as though you are IN the movie. They say it’s the future of cinema. They say YOU should go see Beyond at one of the (very few) Barco Escape theaters. Are they right? Here’s what we can tell you. The Barco Escape trailer for Star Trek Beyond The Look: Where it works, and where it doesn’t For the most part, I found that the three Barco screens really did achieve an immersive look and feel. It wasn’t applied to the whole movie, but instead the most suitable scenes were selected for “Barco-ization”. It tended to work best for large, sweeping shots, and I found it worked spectacularly well for the scenes showing off the Yorktown. As the camera flew through, it really felt like being inside the space station – almost like being on an amusement park ride. Other shots, like a closeup pan of the front of the Enterprise, didn’t work nearly as well. The straight lines of the Big E made it very obvious that the side screens were angled inward and really highlighted the seams between the three screens. While almost all of the Barco-ized moments utilized the side screens to extend the scene, they took a slightly different approach in one particular instance. Toward the beginning of the film, Captain Kirk and Bones share an emotional scene in which they discuss Kirk’s birthday and Chekov’s choice in liquor. Outside the window is a beautifully rendered view of stars blurring by as the ship flies along at warp speed. For some reason, instead of using the two peripheral screens to extend the scene, they show the view outside the window, which ends up looking more like a couple of screen savers and really distracts from a touching moment. Besides a couple of missteps, though, I actually really enjoyed the experience. I often found myself wishing more scenes – like a gorgeous shot of the Enterprise warping out of Yorktown station and some wide open establishing shots – had gotten the Barco treatment. Overall Recommendations Overall, seeing Star Trek Beyond in Barco Escape definitely added something to the moviegoing experience. And, unlike the complaints that some people have about adapted IMAX and 3D films (oh, the headaches), it definitely doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the film. So, what’s the verdict? Should you see Star Trek Beyond in Barco Escape? I’d say yes, particularly if you are going for a second viewing after first seeing Beyond on a standard screen. It’s worth seeing what Barco adds to your experience, and, although the majority of the film still plays only on the main screen, those little moments where it hits just right are worth the price of admission. Pricing varies, but we’ve found that Barco Escape screenings only cost $2-3 more than a standard screening, on average. It’s a new and exciting experience, and the guys at Bad Robot did a fantastic job of adapting the film for Barco’s three screens. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed seeing the Yorktown spread across three screens. The scenes really do surround you, and I got giddy at the feeling of being on the space station, as if I was experiencing the engineering wonder, along with Kirk and crew, for the very first time. Find a Barco Escape theater near you Looking to get in on the three-screened action? There are capable theaters in the US, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Belgium, and the U.A.E. Go to ready2escape.com to find your local.
  • 28 Jul 2016
    With last week’s release of Star Trek Beyond, TrekMovie’s Laurie Ulster takes a look back at the lead up to the film that began Trek’s foray onto the silver screen, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. As we inched closer to the premiere date of Star Trek Beyond, I started time traveling. One minute it’s June of 2016, and I’m counting the days until I see the new movie. I’m hoping it’ll be great, worrying that it won’t.  The next minute, it’s 1979. I’m thirteen, and I’m standing in line outside a movie theater that hasn’t opened for the day yet, waiting to see the first show of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I’m full of excitement, and some of the same combination of hope and fear that I’ll have again in 2016. I was born the same year Star Trek was, so by the time I was old enough to watch it, it was already over. I saw it all in syndication, multiple times a day (back before DVRs and streaming TV), but everyone on it had moved on and nobody talked about it anymore. The Animated Series was barely a blip on my radar; I don’t think it even aired where I lived. (One of you readers will know; you always know.) But I was obsessed, which made me a lonely nerd. You want to try being an adolescent girl who was into Star Trek in 1976? I didn’t think so. For those of you who grew up with Star Trek: The Next Generation, or in that golden era when there was a movie and two TV series in production at the same time, it’s hard to imagine. But there was a long time when I thought it had all passed me by, the way the Beatles did. I bought the books and the Inside Star Trek album, I ordered Posterbooks from catalogs, but merch was scarce. The most active world was the fan fiction one; long before the internet, you’d have to track these things down and then mail them money orders (if you were in Canada, which I was), and they’d arrive, months later, made mostly of construction paper and staples, but giving me a window into the world of fandom I wasn’t sure really existed until I held it in my hands. And then one day, on the back of a comic book, I saw it: an ad for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It may have been a full year before the movie came out, or at least it felt that way, but I knew it was coming, and so I waited. And waited. It wasn’t like now, when I can scour the web and Twitter for updates, getting snippets of footage, watch a trailer over and over, and feel the world of fandom all a-quiver in anticipation. It was just me, and a picture on the back of a comic book, stuck to the wall of my bedroom with Sticky Tack. On December 7, 1979, with my mother’s permission, her cousin and husband took me away from school for the day. We got to the theater hours before they opened. We were not the only ones there, a revelation to me. I remember looking up at the marquee, still the kind where someone had to climb up on a ladder and put the letters up one by one. WILLIAM SHATNER. LEONARD NIMOY. No way, I thought. But there they were. These days, when you watch that movie, it seems pretty bloated. The pace is slow, the story takes forever to unfold, and they milked those expensive, beautiful visuals for all they were worth. They circled around and around the Enterprise until we were almost dizzy. I drank in every slow, sweet moment. I’d read about Persis Khambatta shaving her head, I knew who Will Decker’s father was, and I laughed at every word out of McCoy’s mouth. I didn’t know that Ilia and Decker were giving us the origins of the Troi-Riker romance, but I got all the subtext; who better to understand doomed romance than a 13 year-old girl? The pace was perfect for a fan like me. We clapped at the jokes, cheered at the arrival of each character, whispered about Kirk’s new seat belt, and recoiled in horror at the transporter accident, then secretly celebrated because it meant one thing: Spock was coming. Slow? It wasn’t slow at all. It was a gift to be savored. I don’t get that same sense of excitement about movies like I did that day, but I’ve gone to see every single Star Trek movie on opening day ever since. We closed on our house the day Nemesis came out, and after we signed the papers and looked at each other in astonishment, wondering why we still didn’t feel like grown-ups, my husband and I went to see the movie, then moved the next day. I’ve skipped work (and taken co-workers with me), I’ve rearranged plans, I’ve gone to events. Each one is exciting, but that feeling I had before that first movie remains unmatched. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be that kid again. I was at the Star Trek Beyond premiere at Comic Con in San Diego. The movie played on an outdoor IMAX screen, accompanied by a live orchestra. The cast and crew came out to introduce the movie, and when they were done, the orchestra started to play and we were treated to a spectacular light show and fireworks. My heart swelled and rose out of my chest, and the movie started, and I thought, just like I did in 1979: here it comes. The premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego Comic Con 2016 Image courtesy Paramount Pictures Just before the end of the movie, I looked up. We were at the marina, outdoors, and I realized that we were really watching Star Trek under the stars. I was sitting next to an astronomy expert, and he saw me...
  • 27 Jul 2016
    DC and IDW Comics’ crossover of two properties is a match made in a hopeful heaven. Disappointed that there is no new Star Trek comic on shelves today? Don’t be, as the DC Comics App has released the Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover from 2011. Each issue, which had already been available on the IDW App, is $1.99 and is yet another fantastic testament to Gene Roddenberry’s vision for humanity and a better tomorrow. Penned by Chris Roberson (Vertigo Comics, Superman) and illustrated by the twin-brother duo of Jeffrey and Philip Moy, who have previously drawn Legion of Super-Heroes for DC Comics, the crossover should leave fans of both franchises extremely pleased with all of its references and background images. The story combines some of the very best story elements from both universes to truly tell a tale of where no one has gone before. Opening on a familiar backdrop of space with what appears to be a Starfleet ship with the accustomed text, “Space …”, accompanying the images, readers are in for a surprise when turning to page two as all hell breaks loose. Turns out this is not any Federation that has been established previously in either series, although Star Trek fans may quickly assume they actually know what is happening, which would be a mistake. Time travel at its heart allows storytellers to depict a “what if” tale that would not happen under normal circumstances. Some of the best Star Trek episodes and films have relied on this trope, to great success. In order to bring both universes together, the Legion time bubble and Star Trek’s transporter both appear to have simultaneous malfunctions that land them in what appears to be an alternate reality, in the same time and same place. However, be careful, as this story is unpredictable and all is not as it seems. Five issues forced Roberson to limit his participants, which meant sadly, Scotty was not a member of the main tale. In addition to well known Legion members, the author also included the Talok Shadow Lass to round out the DC five. Jeffrey Moy’s likenesses were excellent for both sets of characters, as was Roberson’s writing of most of the character’s personalities. Unfortunately, Roberson’s portrayal of Captain Kirk leaned towards the player and sometimes creepier aspect, which actually could detract from a Star Trek fan’s enjoyment but plays into the stereotype for casual fans. Speaking of fan enjoyment, Roberson expertly introduces the worlds of both universes to readers via two-page spreads when they first meet, giving readers a quick overview to understand the character motivations. Turns out both believe in a better tomorrow where humanity worked together for the betterment of everyone. Roddenberry himself would most likely have been proud of Roberson’s clever script. Astute readers will catch all the references adroitly littered throughout the pages, including images of races from both universes, as well as shout outs to a certain Russian navigator and communications officer from the Enterprise. In fact, one of Chekov’s lines will have viewers of the latest film, Star Trek Beyond, wondering if Simon Pegg and Doug Jung had read the story themselves. “… I finally realized that tomorrow could be better than today.” Roddenberry could not have written the words better himself. Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes is still available in print for those fans and readers who have yet to embrace digital technology or still prefer to hold stories in their own hands. Readers who enjoy this crossover might also want to check out some of the other more popular Star Trek comic crossover events, such as Star Trek/Green Lantern: Spectrum War, set in the Kelvin Timeline; the TOS era Planet of the Apes miniseries and X-Men one shot, as well as The Next Generation’s Doctor Who event and X-Men one shot.
  • 30 Jul 2016
    The much-talked about art exhibit Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years., which debuted at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, is scheduled to beam down to New York City at the Paley Center for Media from September 16 to 25. If you’re not familiar with the exhibit, Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years. is curated by CBS […]
  • 27 Jul 2016
    Star Trek Beyond ruled the box office in its opening weekend, generating almost $60 million against competitors The Secret Life of Pets and Ice Age: Collision. This $60 million comes from its $22 million showing on Friday, its $20.6 million showing on Saturday, and its $16 million showing on Sunday. Its first Monday showing generated […]
  • 27 Jul 2016
    2016 is an amazing time to be a Star Trek fan. Not only do we have a new feature film, Star Trek Beyond, to satisfy our big-screen needs, but the franchise’s 50th anniversary is prompting celebrations worldwide. Such an impressive milestone means countless commercial items have sprung up in the form of books, comics, collectibles, […]
  • 27 Jul 2016
    My journey through all of Star Trek is one series nearer to completion. I finished Star Trek: Enterprise, which completes all of the live action series. All I have left is the Animated Series. The end is in sight! Enterprise wasn’t nearly as bad as fan opinion led me to believe it would be. Sure, […]
  • 26 Jul 2016
    Unseen footage from Star Trek: The Original Series will be released as a collector’s edition Blu-ray set entitled Star Trek: The Roddenberry Vault, announced by Rod Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The set will contain never-before-seen footage, newly-produced special feature documentaries, all-new interviews with cast […]
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    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.
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  • 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.

  • 14 Sep 2015
    Today, September 14th, is Walter "Chekov" Koenig's 79th birthday. Hope he has a great one!

    In honor of everyone's favorite Russian accident-prone screamer, read over all the previous posts about Walter from this blog!

  • 14 Jul 2015
    Mike Minor made some significant artistic and production design contributions to the original series third season, the aborted Phase 2 series, ST: The Motion Picture and ST II: The Wrath of Khan. In this extensive interview from issue #14 of Enterprise Incidents, published February of 1984, we find out the extent of his involvement. (See his Star Trek wiki page here.) As you may recall, I posted another article on Mike earlier from Starlog, but this one goes much more in-depth. He worked on many other genre productions, not the least of which was Star Wars. It's tragic that he passed away so young in 1987 and we never got to see what he might have done since then.
    (Click on images to enlarge. Once open, you may have to click again to view full-size.)
    Bonus: from the same issue of EI, comes this fan drawing of the Mutara Nebula battle.

    Bonus #2: Publicity photo of Kirk once again baffling Spock with his propensity for somehow inexplicably winning against the Vulcan.
    "How does he DO that?"
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  • 30 Jul 2016
    We’ve got another new STAR TREK BEYOND poster out of South Korea today, with the first inclusion of Sean Heargraves’ gorgeous Yorktown Base in the film’s advertising campaign - with the whole Enterprise crew coming to its defense!
  • 29 Jul 2016
    Well, just because STAR TREK BEYOND is out in the USA and many countries around the world, that doesn’t mean we’re done seeing new advertising art! A new poster for the film arrived from South Korea today, featuring the Enterprise crew, Jaylah, and the crashed and smoking saucer of their downed vessel.
  • 28 Jul 2016
    In today's CBS corporate earnings call, CEO Les Moonves announced that due to international distribution sales, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is already profitable - before the first day of shooting has even arrived. Plus: hints towards the lifespan of the nascent new series!
  • 27 Jul 2016
    The new line of STAR TREK BEYOND Funko POP! vinyl figures are arriving to fans (and available in stores) now, and photos have surfaced of the FYE-exclusive Captain Kirk variant, wearing his blue “survival suit” from the film - but there's no sign yet of the possibly-cancelled Chekov variant in the wake of Anton Yelchin's tragic death.
  • 26 Jul 2016
    Despite surviving INTO DARKNESS through the power of editing, Jason Matthew Smith's redshirt Lt. Hendorff - that's "Cupcake," to some of you - returned for STAR TREK BEYOND... but was cut from the final film once again.

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1931 William Wintersole is born.
1938 Michael Bell is born.
1947 Todd Ramsay is born.
1948 Carel Struycken is born.
1963 Robert Kerbeck is born.
1966 Final script draft for TOS: "Dagger of the Mind" is submitted. Chris Sprouse is born.
1968 Fourth day of filming on TOS: "The Empath". The escape from the Vians' lab is filmed today. Final script draft for TOS: "The Tholian Web" is submitted.
1975 James Blish dies.
1987 Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Haven". Revised final draft of TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before" is submitted.
1990 First day of filming on TNG: "Brothers".
1991 Second day of filming on TNG: "Ensign Ro".
1998 Third day of filming on DS9: "Afterimage".
2001 First day of filming on ENT: "Unexpected".
2002 Eighth day of filming on ENT: "Minefield".
2003 First day of filming on ENT: "Rajiin".
2004 Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Storm Front, Part II".
2015 Twenty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek Beyond.

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Memory Alpha New Articles
  • 14 Jul 2016
    Presented below is a collection of images, including some behind the scenes views, from the 13th Star Trek feature film, "Star Trek Beyond", directed by Justin Lin and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban. The highly anticipated motion picture is set to launch into theaters across North America in just 8 days on July 22, 2016.

    The movie will be dedicated to the memory of the talented actor Anton Yelchin, who portrayed the character of Pavel Chekov in this production as well as the first two J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot films, and who tragically passed away far too young at the age of just 27 on June 19th in a freak automobile accident.

    This latest installment in the ongoing Star Trek adventure returns the U.S.S. Enterprise crew to the mission of exploring new reaches of uncharted space, and features some redesigned Starfleet uniforms and technology. Sharing the writing credits for this film are Simon Pegg, who also plays Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott on screen, and Doug Jung ...

  • 06 Jul 2016

    On Friday, July 1, 2016, Gen. John R. Dailey, the Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. presided over ceremonies that celebrated both the 40th anniversary of the opening of the building in 1976 as well as the official public re-opening of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

    A wonderful component of the Flight Hall re-opening for all Star Trek fans worldwide was the return to public display of the cherished 11 foot Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise filming miniature; which has been the subject of an extensive, highly sophisticated, almost 2 year long restoration effort that has spectacularly succeeded in returning the model to it's late 60's in-studio, original filming state - and has ensured that this national treasure will survive for the enjoyment of future generations.

    The Enterprise model now occupies a place of honor alongside such historic craft as the Wright Brothers' Flyer; Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis; Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1 aircraft; John Glenn's Mercury Friendship 7 capsule; an Apollo Lunar Module, LM-2; and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia within the 19,000 square foot, fully renovated Flight Hall - the major redesign of which was enabled through a generous $30 million gift from The Boeing Company.

    It is truly fitting that the restored U.S.S. Enterprise miniature has been returned to public display during 2016 - the 50th anniversary year of the franchise itself - as we are just over two months away from celebrating the historic broadcast of the 1st televised Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap", which aired on September 8, 1966. The starship model is now exhibited in a special, climate controlled display case and appears in front of a beautiful, Robert McCall space mural which serves as a stunning backdrop.

    Below are some images of the restored model, courtesy of the Smithsonian NASM and photographer Kelly M. Phillips in association with Trekcore.com. Readers are encouraged to visit http://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=132 to view the complete gallery of 37 detailed images taken by Kelly Phillips during a special press preview of the exhibition hall that was held on June 28, 2016.

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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