A few weeks ago the Balboa theater in San Francisco hosted a screening of New Voyages’s episode Mind Sifter. With a number of their cast and crew in attendance for both a pre-screening meet and greet and a Q&A session with director Mark Edward Lewis, SFX Supervisor Pony Horton, and actors Jeff Bond (Dr. Leonard […]
This weekend saw TrekTrax (newly redubbed Treklanta) host the very first Star Trek Independent Fan Film Awards and the results are in. It continues to be a great growth year with more amazing productions coming into the field and the existing group maturing and continuing to set the bar for the rest. Before we get to […]
When it comes to seeing Trek come back to TV, the right attitude is “Never give up, never surrender.” But perhaps not in the way you’d expect. At least that’s the takeaway from the rumor that Paramount Television is trying to sell a TV spin-off of Galaxy Quest. Involved in the negotiations are original writer […]
It appears that ‘Star Trek Beyond‘ may be the title of the upcoming Star Trek film, lucky number 13 in the franchise. As far as the storyline is concerned, the title suggests that the new film will venture farther out into the galaxy than we have seen in the previous two Abrams films, as co-writer […]
For those who may live elsewhere (or need a last-minute reminder) April 15 is Tax Day in the United States. HBO comedy host John Oliver recently reminded everyone on his program of this with an extended segment about the IRS, one which featured an in-house produced Star Trek instructional/parody film. Trek Movie posted the five-minute […]
Diamond Select Toys has announced a new Trek-themed item, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Worf Vinyl Bust Bank. The Worf bust bank is the third in the series, following the release of Spock and Kirk bank busts. The seven inch tall bust bank features “detailed, bust-quality paint applications and a coin slot on […]
Diamond Select Toys has announced a new Trek-themed item, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Worf Vinyl Bust Bank.
The Worf bust bank is the third in the series, following the release of Spock and Kirk bank busts.
The seven inch tall bust bank features “detailed, bust-quality paint applications and a coin slot on the Klingon’s back.”
The Lt. Worf Vinyl Bust Bank was sculpted by Patrick Pigott, and will cost $22.99.
TrekToday will provide ordering details when they become available.
The first annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards took place this weekend at Treklanta. The event took place yesterday at Treklanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The following is the list of nominees and winners: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Star Trek Continues — Vic Mignogna Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II — James Cawley Star Trek: Axanar […]
The first annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards took place this weekend at Treklanta.
The event took place yesterday at Treklanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
The following is the list of nominees and winners:
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Star Trek Continues — Vic Mignogna
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II — James Cawley
Star Trek: Axanar — Scott Cobb – WINNER
Starship Exeter — Joel Sarchet, David Weiberg
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Star Trek Continues — Roland Baron, Matt Boardman, Aurore de Blois, Daniel Dod, Doug Drexler, Brian Q. Kelley, Gary Kerr, Gabriel Köerner, Ali Ries, Roland Shaw, Kenneth Thompson, Juvenal Vique
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II — Bing Bailey, Ryan Block, Daren Dochterman, Jeff Forsythe, Pony R. Horton, Tobias Richter, Lee Stringer
Star Trek: Axanar — Stefan Bellersheim, Al Dinelt, Adam Howard, Tommy Kraft, Koji Kuramura, Thomas Loeder, Chris Martin, Jennifer Marx, Oliver Nikelowski, Tobias Richter, Ali Ries, Arnold Sakowski, Trent Smith, Greg Stitz, Dan Uyeno, Enrico Weinert – WINNER
Star Trek: Secret Voyage — Craig F. Sheeler Starship Exeter — Dennis Bailey, Matt Bellemare, Neil Breakwell, Bill Grant, Jimm Johnson, Chet Polo, Art Retallick, Joel Sarchet, Patricia Sasser, Thomas Sasser, Michael Struck, Kenneth Thomson, Jr., Mel Vavaroutsos, David Weiberg, Zane Yarbrough
Starship Valiant — Brady Foster, Craig Frey, Jr.
Star Trek Continues — Vic Mignogna, Ralph M. Miller, Michelle Siles, Fred Steiner
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II — George Duning, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Mark Edward Lewis, Joseph Mullendore, Fred Steiner (Composers); Jeff Bond (Music Editor)
Star Trek: Axanar — Alexander Bornstein (Composer), Frank Serafine (Supervising Sound Designer/Editor), Jesse Akins (Sound Designer), Ramsey Mellette (Sound Mixer) – WINNER
Starship Exeter — Christopher Budd, Stephen Cadena, Stan Ginsley, Hetoryn, Graham Hutchins
BEST ORIGINAL STORY OR SCREENPLAY
Star Trek Continues, Fairest of Them All — James Kerwin, Vic Mignogna
Star Trek Continues, Lolani — Paul Bianchi, Huston Huddleston, Vic Mignogna
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, Mind-Sifter — Rick Chambers, Shirley Maiewski
Star Trek: Axanar, Prelude to Axanar — Christian Gossett, Alec Peters – WINNER
Starship Exeter, The Tressaurian Intersection — Dennis Bailey, Jimm Johnson, Joshua Caleb, Maurice Molyneaux
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OR ACTRESS
April Chamberlain — Ensign Torres, Starship Valiant
Clay Sayre — Kor, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II – WINNER
Robert Withrow — Adm. Withrow, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II
Rivkah Raven Wood — Dr. Hamlin, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II
BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS
Richard Hatch — Cmdr. Kharn, Star Trek: Axanar
J. G. Hertzler — Adm. Samuel Travis, Star Trek: Axanar
Vic Mignogna — Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek Continues – WINNER
Tony Todd — Adm. Marcus Ramirez, Star Trek: Axanar
Christian Gossett — Star Trek: Axanar, Prelude to Axanar – WINNER
James Kerwin — Star Trek Continues, Fairest of Them All
Mark Edward Lewis — Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, Mind-Sifter
Trek fans and residents of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada came together to pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy this weekend. Attendees shared their memories of the actor and described his impact on their lives and on the community. Fans saw a video “chronicling the life and times of Nimoy,” and a stained glass portrait of Spock was […]
Trek fans and residents of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada came together to pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy this weekend.
Attendees shared their memories of the actor and described his impact on their lives and on the community.
Fans saw a video “chronicling the life and times of Nimoy,” and a stained glass portrait of Spock was presented to the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station by Rick Howard, Vulcan town councillor.
“He was such a humbling man to visit with,” said Vulcan mayor Tom Grant. “He had this ability to lower himself to our level and make you feel like you were one of them.
“He made me feel like I was welcome, he made me feel like I was a friend. No matter where he was he didn’t look down on anybody.”
“I loved the event,” said Ron Mussli, a Trek fan from Calgary. “I’ve been a Star Trek fan since my teens, so it’s been about forty-give years at least.
“I wanted to see the memorial for Nimoy because I found him to be an exceptional character in the original series. It just felt appropriate to come down and enjoy the atmosphere.”
“We thought we should be here today,” said former Vulcan Resident Jeff Cummings. Cummings, now residing in Edmonton, works for The Lung Association. “Leonard Nimoy has done so much with regards to raising awareness about COPD.
“We were really heartbroken when he passed away because he did so much after being diagnosed with COPD to raise awareness and prevention.
“We were really touched on a personal level and it really impacted us. One of my coworkers broke into tears when he heard of Nimoy’s passing. He was so talented and down to earth. To be here today to see just how much of an impact he has in the Town of Vulcan is truly amazing.”
A Middle East location may be used for filming part of Star Trek 3. The location would be Dubai, set in the United Arab Emirates. According to The National, several sources have claimed that the latest Trek movie will film there, towards the end of the year. Shooting will “begin around November. We are told […]
A Middle East location may be used for filming part of Star Trek 3.
The location would be Dubai, set in the United Arab Emirates.
According to The National, several sources have claimed that the latest Trek movie will film there, towards the end of the year.
Shooting will “begin around November. We are told that non-disclosure agreements have already been signed with major local crew, and a significant part of the movie will be filmed here.”
Recently, the new Star Wars film shot scenes in the Abu Dhabi desert, southwest of Dubai.
William Shatner appeared recently at the Middle East Film & Comic Convention in Dubai.
As to be expected, there was no official confirmation of the plans to film in Dubai. The Dubai Film and TV Commission refused to comment on the matter.
Janeway and Paris get caught in a subspace fissure and thrown back in time one day before a cataclysm that will wipe out all life on a planet. Plot Summary: At the same moment that Voyager is rocked by a shock wave from an explosion, Kes wakes with a vision of the inhabitants of a […]
Janeway and Paris get caught in a subspace fissure and thrown back in time one day before a cataclysm that will wipe out all life on a planet.
Plot Summary: At the same moment that Voyager is rocked by a shock wave from an explosion, Kes wakes with a vision of the inhabitants of a dying world. When Voyager scans the nearby planet, the crew finds that the entire population has been killed by a massive polaric energy discharge. During the investigation, Janeway and Paris fall into a subspace rift and find themselves in the past, hours before the disaster. While Chakotay orders Kim and Torres to find a way to communicate with the missing crewmembers, Janeway and Paris disguise themselves as natives and attempt to discover whether they can use the polaric energy conduits that power the planet to get them back to their own time. Paris wants to warn the people they meet of the impending disaster, but Janeway tells him that the Prime Directive forbids them from interfering. Then they are accidentally involved in a skirmish between the authorities guarding the energy facilities and dissidents who oppose the dangers of polaric energy, and are captured by the dissidents, who believe they are spies from the government. After Janeway learns that the dissidents intend to move up the time of their planned intervention to moments before the disaster, she realizes that Voyager’s arrival may already have disrupted the planet’s timeline by forcing the dissidents to rush a planned act of sabotage. Believing that the dissidents’ intervention must be the cause of the explosion, she tries to warn the authorities. Paris is shot in the ensuing struggle. Following the dissidents into the power facility, Janeway tries to stop them from accessing the planetary power supply. At that moment, Torres activates an energy beam to try to locate Voyager’s missing crewmembers through the subspace fissure. Janeway realizes that her own crew’s rescue attempt will cause the polaric energy discharge and uses her phaser to cut off the beam. As subspace fractures, the timeline resets, and no one remembers the incident except Kes, who asks to see the thriving planet on the viewscreen to prove that her vision was only a nightmare.
Analysis: As much as I enjoy the character development in Voyager‘s early episodes, it was pretty silly of the writers to kick off the show with two time travel paradoxes, particularly this second one in which all the positive crew interactions are erased as the explosion timeline disappears. All that remains canonically is Paris being a selfish player who doesn’t take Kim’s relationship with his girlfriend seriously, and Kes having supernatural gifts that unfortunately resemble some of the more ludicrous empathic powers of Deanna Troi. Overall, nearly everything about “Time and Again” feels like a Next Gen script repurposed for Voyager, right down to the captain being annoyed by a meddling child and the first officer and most logical crewmember having an argument about the captain’s interpretation of the Prime Directive. Some of the more obvious issues that might come up for discussion, such as Chakotay’s unswerving focus on retrieving the captain against whom several of his Maquis crewmembers would like to mutiny and the lieutenant whom Chakotay considers a self-interested mercenary, don’t get a moment of attention. Janeway’s recitation of the purpose of the Prime Directive sounds just like what Picard would say; there’s no trace of Kirk’s sense of personal responsibility and belief that if he’s in a position to avert a disaster, perhaps that’s what he’s meant to do. Chakotay, too, very much resembles Picard in command in this story, and as much as I like that he listens to everyone on the crew, even Kes and her irrational-sounding intuitions, it’s hard to see where he developed such a style in the Maquis, where there surely wasn’t time to sit down and come to a consensus before every firefight or act of sabotage. I get the impression that the writers threw broad outlines at the actors and hoped that the performances would fill in the gaps, which might work with really strong, original, action-packed science fiction stories but doesn’t work so well in talky episodes where even the aliens look and act like humans.
Which is not to say that I don’t really enjoy these early episodes, many of which are among my favorites despite the anomalies of the week. There’s immediate, believable chemistry among most of the cast members, something it took nearly a full season for Next Gen to develop and was spotty on Deep Space Nine until the writers had figured out which of the station’s inhabitants made for valuable recurring guest stars. I may not like Paris focusing on snagging the Delaney Sisters before someone else gets to them, but I do appreciate seeing him take a bullet for a child, and he and Kim have a nice rapport in their scenes together. It’s also nice to see Kim and Torres working together on a scientific problem, since their previous interaction at the hands of the Caretaker mostly involved her trying to pump him up and him trying to calm her down. There’s the complete delight of getting to know the Doctor, who makes it clear in “Time and Again” that he does, in fact, have a programmed sense of humor and his sarcasm is not just a quirk of his speech patterns. “It seems I’ve found myself on the Voyage of the Damned,” he announces upon learning that the captain is missing, after which he assures Kes – whose species he has never encountered before – that she has a lovely brain. The crew spends so much time alternately being relentlessly perky, as if they weren’t lost 70,000 light years from home, and being unhappy/afraid/troubled, which could happen to anyone who kept bumping into spatial anomalies, that it’s a pleasure to have one character who’s snarky and aggrieved purely by nature. The tension between Chakotay and Tuvok is interesting to watch since it will never completely go away; their personal styles and priorities are just too different, and they’re a bit competitive about guessing what Janeway would do, since Tuvok would like her to be a captain who prioritizes Starfleet values while Chakotay always tends to put people and their suffering above the letter of the law.
At this early stage, Neelix and his bombast remain a bit of an irritant, and it’s hard to know what to make of Kes (“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced”). I feel like most of what I like about her can be credited to Jennifer Lien’s understated performances, not to her scripted dialogue. It’s nice that Chakotay doesn’t dismiss her extraordinary abilities until he has some proof that they’re genuine, but it’s also not clear how listening to her helps him or the crew. Which leaves Janeway, who has a decidedly mixed outing. Yes, I love a captain who’s hands-on enough to go on away missions; no, I don’t think it’s very smart to enter potentially life-threatening situations when her top priority is supposed to be finding a way to get her crew home. It’s a pleasure to watch her on the planet, first trying to solve the scientific problem of their time displacement, then trying to talk her way around the dissidents and government officials, and finally having to work on her own after Paris’s injury as she slowly comes to realize that her own crew may be responsible for the disaster that levels a planet. Her decision-making process is a lot like the one in “Caretaker,” in which she’s aware of the Prime Directive but also aware that merely by being there, she and her people are already involved in events that could end in a holocaust. Janeway’s behavior when no one on her crew can see her is very much like her behavior when they can – she’s not concerned about her ability to defend herself, she doesn’t look for backup, and she has no problem giving orders to aliens, whether friends or foes. It may be a fairly silly storyline, which makes Janeway look more silly than one would hope for spending time and resources getting involved – you’d think by now she’d start to realize that any attempt to study a situation may constitute interference – but she acquits herself well during the action. But without any sort of payoff, even a momentary discussion of whether volatile polaric ions could help Voyager get home, “Time and Again” ends up feeling like waste of time and energy.
Fans waiting for the original USS Enterprise NCC-1701 from the Official Starships Collection will be pleased to hear that the model will release this year. This summer (UK) and autumn (US), the original USS Enterprise model will finally be available. The USS Enterprise is Issue 50 of the Official Starships Collection. It will arrive in […]
Fans waiting for the original USS Enterprise NCC-1701 from the Official Starships Collection will be pleased to hear that the model will release this year.
This summer (UK) and autumn (US), the original USS Enterprise model will finally be available.
The USS Enterprise is Issue 50 of the Official Starships Collection. It will arrive in the UK in July, followed by a September release in the U.S.
The NCC-1701 US Enterprise is made of “die-cast, high-quality ABS materials which are hand-painted with an incredible level of detail.”
To pre-order the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, which costs $19.99, head to the link located here.
The Town of Vulcan will pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy this weekend. Although not named after Star Trek‘s Vulcan, the town gradually built its tourism industry on Star Trek. “The Town, Tourism and our fans all figured that was a real good way to say goodbye to a man that was so good to our […]
The Town of Vulcan will pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy this weekend.
Although not named after Star Trek‘s Vulcan, the town gradually built its tourism industry on Star Trek.
“The Town, Tourism and our fans all figured that was a real good way to say goodbye to a man that was so good to our Town,” said Shannon Clarke, Vulcan Tourism‘s assistant administrator. “It’ll almost be the five year anniversary (since his visit). It was amazing. It really helped put Vulcan on the map that day and helped get us a license with CBS to be the Star Trek Capital of Canada as well.”
The mayor of Vulcan, Tom Grant, and former Vulcan Tourism Coordinator, Dayna Dickens, will be in attendance at the event, which takes place Saturday, April 25 at 2 PM at the Cultural Recreation Centre in Vulcan.
There will be a “special presentation,” and organizers of the memorial tribute will “show a video in Nimoy’s honor.”
“California’s in the midst of a 4-year-old drought,” William Shatner told Yahoo’s David Pogue. “They tell us there’s a year’s supply of water left. If it doesn’t rain next year, what do 20 million people in the breadbasket of the world do? In a place that’s the fifth-largest GDP — if California were a country, […]
Happy 78th birthday to Star Trek‘s original Hikaru Sulu, George Hosato Takei, who was born on April 20th in 1937 in Los Angeles. As an actor, politician, activist, and writer, Takei has had a career many would hope for but few achieve. He and his family were sent to relocation centers during World War II […]
Following last month’s news of Idris Elba being in talks to play the Star Trek 3 villain, Deadline is reporting that Algerian actress Sofia Boutella has signed on for a lead role in the film. Boutella is best known for her role as the femme fatale blades-for-legs assassin Gazalle in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret […]
From their first introduction on The Next Generation to later their central role on Deep Space Nine, the Cardassians were never just “plain and simple”. In the Season 4 episode of Enterprise entitled “The Forge”, there is a wonderfully insightful conversation between the Vulcan Ambassador to Earth, Soval and Admiral Maxwell Forrest of Earth’s Starfleet. […]
The team behind Star Trek: Renegades has released an official trailer for the upcoming fan film. With some major Trek actors attached to the project — including Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, and Robert Picardo — combined with some incredible visual effects, this is definitely a project to keep an eye on. Check out the trailer […]
On Thursday, Creation Entertainment announced the addition of five new guests to this year’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. The additions of Kate Mulgrew from Voyager, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn from The Next Generation, and George Takei from The Original Series bring the celebrity guest list to 76. Creation has […]
On Wednesday, Apple released update 8.3 for iOS devices. One of the updates includes new emoji icons, including a Vulcan salute emoji. Approved as a new Unicode symbol in 2014, the new emoji is now visible to users on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 — although, you can’t pick it from the the character […]
Last weekend at Fan Expo Vancouver, Brent Spiner was asked by a fan to authenticate one of his original Star Trek: The Next Generation gold tunics. Taking it one step further, Spiner surprised onlookers by trying the 20+ year-old top on and proving that it still fits. Check out a few photos below from Fan […]
Leonard Nimoy, Spock, has moved on to the next emanation. He'll be greatly missed. Leonard lived life like so many others before him, but with more humanity than most. He had his problems and often spoke publicly about them. To me, his candor was a great sign of his humanity. He wanted others to learn from his mistakes and potentially live a better life. He was a lover and creator of art. His photography was beautifully simplistic and conveyed the essential elements of humanity and spirituality.
His acting career spanned many decades and of course contained his portrayal of logical Vulcan Spock. Spock... what can I saw about that character other than he was the heart of Star Trek's humanity. An ever-present mirror that reflected humanity's and society's good and sometimes bad sides. Leonard and Spock touched so many lives and generations of fans.
Leonard was always wonderfully kind to fans at conventions. He handled himself with grace and never spoke down to fans when answering sometimes mundane questions. We had the opportunity to see him several times over the years and never walked away without a smile and a warm heart.
I'm really at a loss for words on Leonard's passing. I wish I could express how I and so many other fans around the world must be feeling. He will be profoundly missed.
Bye Bye, Robot has announced its launch of Five new officially licensed Star Trek posters...one poster for each of the live series. As with many of Bye Bye, Robot's previous posters, all of these new posters are printed on acid-free heavyweight coverstock that is thicker than normal paper...more akin to business card thickness. Further, the acid-free nature of the paper makes them archival. These five new prints were painted by four different artists; two returning artists, and two artists who are new to Bye Bye, Robot.
CBS Watch! magazine released a Star Trek special collector’s edition this week. Retailing for $9.99, the issue features an inside look at the show and releases never-before-seen photos. It hit the newsstands yesterday, December 1st, so they're still out there waiting for you.
We also happened to be handed two of the photos that are included in this collectors issue, and thought you might like to get a sneak peek. Check them out below.
The Orions were among the first alien species introduced in Star Trek. A slave girl, or rather the illusion of one, was played by Susan Oliver in the ill-fated pilot episode “The Cage.” The “green girl” was the creation of Fred Phillips who also made Spock’s Vulcan look for the original Star Trek television series. […]
The design of the drydock that first appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture originated in the aborted second Star Trek television series, Phase II. When the script for what was supposed to be the series’ pilot episode, “In Thy Image,” called for a drydock, illustrator Mike Minor came up with a design that closely […]
Welcome back to Forgotten Trek! As you can see, we have a new look. We needed to update our theme and this one, by Automattic, is pretty cool. It has a fluid layout, so you can read the website better on tablets and mobile devices. It also tucks away the menu in the upper-right corner, […]
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.
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.
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.
This month brings the final issue in the five-part "Star Trek" / "Planet of the Apes" crossover series -- find out what happens when Starfleet, Klingons, and the simian warriors of Earth clash in this concluding chapter of "The Primate Directive!"
After being trapped in the Enterprise computer for four years, holographic villain James Moriarty returns to life and finds there's no escape from his holodeck prison -- and when he takes control of the starship on the edge of destruction, it's up to Picard, Data, and Barclay to outthink the mad genius!
It's been a few months since we heard anything from our friends at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, where they're studying the Enterprise model for renovation -- but today, we're seeing the first look at new X-rays of the model's structure!
Have your salt shakers ready, as today rumors are swirling about the title of the next "Star Trek" film, which may have found a name in "Star Trek Beyond" -- but keep in mind this has not been officially confirmed by the notoriously-secretive Bad Robot production team.
As the crew of the Enterprise-D investigate the disappearance of a remote Starfleet space station's crew, Geordi begins to fall for one of the missing science officers as he journeys through her video diary -- but when the presumed-dead Aquiel Uhnari turns up alive, the mystery only deepens further!
From the pages of Enterprise Incidents magazine (news-stand version) issue #14, published February of 1984, comes this article on the creation of the original Galileo shuttlecraft. It was made by the model kit company AMT in exchange for the rights to make and market the model kit of the ship!
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Below is an article from issue #18 of EI, that shows the shuttle as it was in the summer of 1984, sitting outside exposed to the elements for years. Over the decades there have been a number of article in various publications that showed where the shuttle was at the time and how bad it looked from the neglect.
The story of the Little Shuttlecraft That Could has a happy ending, though! The Galileo was in the news last year when a new and definitive restoration of it was completed, and it found a home on display in the Space Center Houston in Texas. Read all about the various homes the ship had over the years, the several re-discoveries and earlier restorations, at the official site. There is a nice article on it here also. Since then it has even been used in the "Fairest Of Them All" episode of the fan film series "Star Trek Continues," which you can view below.
Below is a photo of the Galileo, fully restored to her former glory and possibly even beyond!
Bonus: Below, the cover art of the AMT Galileo model. A friend had bought the model and was going to throw away the box, but I begged it, the cover of which I cut out and put in my scrapbook album.
Link: read an earlier post on the Galileo with some blueprints, right here.
George Takei, known to TOS fans everywhere as Hikaru Sulu, celebrated his 78th birthday on April 20th. Mr. Sulu's professionalism, likeability, and many hobbies, such as botany, fencing, guns and more made him an interesting character. And George's outgoing personality and rapid-fire laugh made him a convention favorite of many fans! Below is an autographed photo I got from him by proxy while he was at a convention in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the mid-70's. One guess as to why I missed the con!
Happy Birthday to Grace Lee Whitney! As Janice Rand, she got a raw deal, unceremoniously booted to make room for other women in Kirk's life, but she will always be there in the earlier episodes for us to enjoy. Below, some nice photos showing the progression of her look; first, from before the series started, one of a large number of promotional photos, this time in a costume left over from "The Cage" and featuring her with her long blonde hair let down. View some of the earlier posts featuring Grace here, as there are more good photos.
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And below, Grace as Rand as we saw her in the series, basket weave intact. Saucy!
Below, a headshot from "The Motion Picture."
Bonus #2: Below, from Starlog, a hilarious cartoon that looks at one of the most out-of-character moments for Spock in the entire series. At the end of the great episode "The Enemy Within," Spock, while signing off on a report for Janice Rand, says the line below with an uncharacteristically creepy leer. I know the episode was an early effort, when not all the characters were nailed down yet, but the line is something that would have been unsavory coming from anyone, much less Spock. Even coming from Kirk himself it would have been weird, if not completely unexpected. But Spock? It's like he was mentioning the unpleasantness in such a slimy way in order to see if he could get in on some of that action himself. Not cool.
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