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  • 17 Feb 2017
    Star Trek’s virtual reality debut will have to wait a couple of months longer, as developers put the finishing touches on the game and create an additional experience that features a very famous starship from Trek’s history. Bridge Crew has been having a bit of trouble getting out of drydock, having now been delayed twice. It’s new release date is May 30th. While the news is disappointing, there is a potential silver lining: game publisher Ubisoft and developer Red Storm Entertainment announced that they’ve been busy crafting a full VR model of the original Enterprise bridge. It will be playable in the game’s Ongoing Missions mode, which creates randomized story missions. The core game, which takes place in the Kelvin Timeline and features a brand-new ship called the USS Aegis, will remain the same. I played the game last September at Mission: New York and got to speak to Bridge Crew’s Senior Creative Director, David Votypka. At the time, I asked him if there were any plans to add bridges from TOS or TNG, and his cagey answer made me suspect something like this was in the works. You can read my brief interview with Mr. Votypka and get my (virtual) hands-on experience with the game by clicking here. Votypka felt it was appropriate to include the original NCC-1701 in light of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary: We felt it was important to include a part of classic Star Trek with this game…the original USS Enterprise is such an iconic part of the franchise–it’s the ship that started it all. The adventures and relationships that took place on the ship are a special part of Star Trek history, so we were determined to give players the opportunity to create their own adventures and stories on this classic ship. We’re very excited to see player reactions when they step onto the USS Enterprise original bridge for the first time, and experience Star Trek: Bridge Crew in a whole new way. Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available on the Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and HTC Vive platforms for $59.99.
  • 17 Feb 2017
    The new DS9 doc "What We Left Behind" just keeps getting better, thanks to a growing crowd-funded budget.
  • 16 Feb 2017
    The illustrator worked on Star Trek: Waypoint #3 and is filling in for Tony Shasteen on two-issue story of Star Trek: Boldly Go. Spending my Sunday night examining Zachary Quinto’s face in careful detail because I have pretty much the best job ever. — Megan Levens (@SadMeganGirls) February 6, 2017 Jealous? Star Trek fans can’t be blamed for feeling envy when one of their own gets to become a part of the franchise. Add artist Megan Levens’ name to that list after illustrating the Deep Space Nine story for Star Trek: Waypoint #3. However, Levens time in the Final Frontier did not end there. She has been hired to fill in for regular Star Trek: Boldly Go artist Tony Shasteen, who is busy drawing the new Star Trek: Discovery comic for IDW. Levens joins Johnson (who is also writing the Discovery comic) and Ryan Parrott for a two-part arc in Boldly Go #7-8, titled “Murder at Babel,” which reunites the Enterprise crew with Jaylah. She joins the new characters Johnson and Parrott introduced in Starfleet Academy in 2015. “Sarah Gaydos and I just had a great time working on the Waypoint story,” Levens recalled. “She said, ‘do you want to do more Trek?’ She offered and I said, ‘yes please.’” “Pinch me” moments for Levens have come at a flurried pace of late. When Star Trek Editor Gaydos approached her for the Waypoint anthology, Levens was just happy to be included. The fact she was given a DS9 tale with writer Cecil Castellucci made it all the more special, with the icing on the cake it being a Major Kira story. “It was really meaningful to do a Major Kira story; she was my favorite character, DS9 was my show,” Levens said. “Being able to put my mark on that world was really amazing. I was a huge Trekker when I was in junior high and high school. It’s been really interesting to revisit that. Working on Star Trek is sort of a homecoming with me.” Levens continued, explaining how she was able to capture Kira’s passion in Waypoint #3, “I just connected to the really strong female friendships I’ve had in my life, and pulled from those emotions. As a transplant to California, I related to the idea of finding a new family in friends and colleagues – I had those emotions in general. I joked with Sarah that I drew a lot of terrible DS9 fan art in high school. Of course, drawing characters from her favorite show did have one drawback for Levens. “I held myself to such a high standard on the Waypoint story. When I was drawing Bashir, who I had a huge crush on – he was so dreamy – I feel like I did not capture his likeness well.” While DS9 still holds a special place in her heart, as she has matured, so as her Star Trek tastes. These days, Levens finds herself drawn to the Vulcan characters of the franchise. Now she is drawing Spock, Sarek and T’Laan (the “awesome” protagonist from Starfleet Academy comic) in Boldly Go. Getting the opportunity to put her distinctive mark on two parts of the franchise is not bad for an artist who got her start drawing on the walls of her parent’s house. Star Trek is not Levens’ first foray into the world of licensed comic books either, as she worked on a seven-issue run of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer last year. She was able to take the lessons learned from her stint at the Hellmouth and incorporate them into her work on the Final Frontier. Her time on Buffy allowed her to refine her illustration style, which she has carried over to her work on Star Trek. One of the difficulties in drawing licensed characters is being able to capture the actor’s appearances so networks will sign off on the art. In many of those stories, readers can see that character images came directly from reference photos. While it does not take away from the story or the artist’s ability, it does alter how the story is told. Levens however is one of those rare artists who are able to capture actor likenesses without surrendering their own individual style – the results of which leave the reader with a terrific experience. “I actually had the great fortune of being on a panel with Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer artist). He made the point, for him, he always approached actor likenesses as not drawing a photo of that character, but their likeness – they have to have character cues; Buffy’s eyes, Spike’s chin. I try to create a character design that isn’t tied to an individual still photo; otherwise, the head will have to turn a certain way. I’ve designed something that looks enough like Chris Pine, who I am working on right now.” A picture can tell a thousand words. When looking at a photograph, it can be obvious what is going on in the subject’s mind. However, an illustrated picture of a person can be hit or miss depending on the artist’s style. Levens’ technique is tailor-made to display emotion a she always manages to capture what is going through her character’s mind at any given moment – especially in her illustrations of their eyes (refer to the last panel of Waypoint #3 as Kira walks the promenade). “There’s that old saying, that ‘eyes are the windows to the soul.’ You can tell a person by the emotion that comes through the eyes. Every actor, there is something unique there. If I can just pull that off slightly, that sells the rest of it more.” Before Star Trek and Buffy, Levens’ sequential story-telling was less action and more character-driven. Stories like Ares and Aphrodite for Oni Press and Madame Frankenstein for Image Comics, both with writer Jamie Rich, are character studies. The nice bit about Star Trek and Buffy for Levens is that those titles gave her new...
  • 15 Feb 2017
    Jaylah takes center stage as Mike Johnson reveals her background, how she came to be on Altamid, and what exactly went down between her father and Manas.
  • 14 Feb 2017
    A well executed repackaging of the single-season sets that offers a tremendous amount of content for a great price.
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  • 30 Dec 2016
    A rarely-seen publicity photo of Nimoy with the Vulcan lyrette prop.

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  • 29 Dec 2016
    From the mighty and legendary issue number 2 (from 1972) of the incomparable and unforgettable publication "The Monster Times," comes this centerfold poster of Star Trek by artists Gray Morrow. How many had this hanging up in the room as a kid?

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  • 28 Dec 2016
    Lovely Nichelle Nichols is 84 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.
  • 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!

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  • 19 Feb 2017
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  • 19 Feb 2017
    While the next big La-La Land STAR TREK soundtrack collection is due in just a few weeks – their first STAR TREK: VOYAGER set – we have some more updates to report on future score sets from the music label, including when we can expect to see more DEEP SPACE NINE music, and a second VOYAGER collection!
  • 18 Feb 2017
    When various members of the Enterprise crew, including Commander Riker, appear to be randomly disappearing from the ship (and returning just as mysteriously), they must work together to recover memories of their trips away from home - but after learning the crew may be subjects of an alien science experiment, Riker must risk his life to stop them!
  • 16 Feb 2017
    A few weeks ago, La-La Land Records finally announced their long-awaited Star Trek: Voyager soundtrack collection – coming February 28 – after over a year of anticipation for the first real release of series score in over twenty years. Now, we’ve got the first breakdown of the upcoming collection, with more than five hours of Delta Quadrant melodies across a limited-run, four-disc set!
  • 14 Feb 2017
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1926 Richard Matheson is born.
1930 Patricia Smith is born.
1936 Marj Dusay is born.
1938 Richard Beymer is born.
1951 Edward Laurence Albert and David A. Kimball are born.
1955 Michael L. Maguire is born.
1964 Willie Garson is born.
1967 Justin Louis is born. Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Operation -- Annihilate!".
1971 The Nineteenth UK Story Arc begins in TV21 & Joe 90 #74 with the first of four installments.
1988 Rihanna is born.
1989 TNG: "The Dauphin" airs.
1991 Second day of filming on TNG: "The Drumhead".
1992 John Kneubuhl dies. Fourth day of filming on TNG: "The Perfect Mate". Pocket TNG novel Spartacus is published.
1993 DS9: "The Passenger" airs.
1994 DS9: "Shadowplay" airs.
1995 DS9: "Prophet Motive" airs. VOY: "Eye of the Needle" airs.
1997 Third day of filming on VOY: "Worst Case Scenario".
1998 Fourth day of filming on DS9: "The Reckoning". Third day of filming on VOY: "One".
2002 Fifty-second day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2003 Third day of filming on ENT: "Cogenitor".
2004 Sixth day of filming on ENT: "The Council".

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  • 25 Nov 2016
    Below are a pair of exciting photos that were in circulation on social media last month, which were taken on October 7th at the Destination Star Trek Europe 50th Anniversary convention in Birmingham, UK. As can be seen, this very special moment on a replica of the Original Series Enterprise Bridge featured William Shatner, George Takei and Walter Koenig posing at their command module stations, along with a number of fellow celebrities from the Trek franchise and even the U.S. space program (in the form of Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden, seen wearing the light blue NASA jacket)! Truly a historic gathering to celebrate five decades of a magnificent franchise ...

  • 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) ...

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