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  • 30 May 2016
    Now that summer is approaching in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to think of the pool and the beach, and what to...

    Now that summer is approaching in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to think of the pool and the beach, and what to wear on those sultry days.

    ThinkGeek has introduced a new line of swimwear, the Star Trek: TNG Trekini Swimwear line.

    Included in this line are three one piece swimsuits, which come in blue, gold, or red. Made of 85% polyester/15% spandex, the swimsuits come in sizes from small through 2X. Note that the chest size for 2X is 33″, which in real world sizing is a small, not 2X. The site claims that “measurements look small, but these are taken with the fabric unstretched,” but it’s a safe bet that this is for younger, slimmer women only (who are probably wearing bikinis anyhow, not one-pieces).

    Selling for $59.99 each, the one-piece swimsuit can be ordered here.

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    Next up is the Star Trek: TNG Deanna Troi Swim Shirt. The swim shirt is a great way to avoid sunburn while swimming. It is also made of 85% polyester/15% spandex.

    The sizing is still a bit off (their 2X would correspond to a normal L in women’s sizing) but more women will be able to wear this coverup, which sells for $49.99 and can be ordered here.

    The last item in the Trekini Swimwear line is the Star Trek: TNG Cover-Up Romper. The one-piece grey gauzy cover-up features a gold drawstring waist and piping and is made of 100% polyester. The TNG Cover-up comes in sizes small through 3X. To order the TNG Cover-up, which sells for $39.99, head to the link located here.

  • 27 May 2016
    Nine characters from Star Trek Beyond will be available as Pop! vinyl figures this August. Courtesy of Funko, the characters include Kirk,...

    Nine characters from Star Trek Beyond will be available as Pop! vinyl figures this August.

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    Courtesy of Funko, the characters include Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, Jaylah, and Krall.

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    To pre-order the characters, which will cost $9.99 each, head to the link located here.

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  • 27 May 2016
    According to Zoë Saldana, in Star Trek Beyond, relationships will be tested and not just the Uhura-Spock relationship. Speaking about the Uhura-Spock...

    According to Zoë Saldana, in Star Trek Beyond, relationships will be tested and not just the Uhura-Spock relationship.

    Speaking about the Uhura-Spock relationship, Saldana said, “I think that’s going to be there. Every relationship in this movie will be tested on a very, very high scale. The great thing about this installment is that it’s not only Kirk and Spock and J.J.’s Spock and Uhura, his twist, it’s also Chekov and Scotty. It’s Sulu.

    “So I’m really excited about this because now it’s an ensemble more than ever. Everybody’s relationship, all of their dynamics are tested. Spock and Uhura are going to be tested as well. To what extent? I don’t know. But I mean they made it in the show. They were old in the show. What more can I say without giving it away.

    “You are seeing a very human side to each and every one of these characters that you are going to like a great deal. You get to know a little bit more about them, and it’s not just of Kirk and Spock, and a little bit of Uhura when it concerns Spock. You are going to see how they are going to be tested on a very personal level, because…I think in the first two movies we raised the bar so high that we can only go higher. I think that’s what the writer did with this one.”

    Saldana was “very grateful” to return to Star Trek. “We [were] very happy and excited to be on the bridge. We count our lucky stars to know that, as actors, not only do we have a job, but we’re also going back to the same place where we get to work together. We also have an opportunity as individuals to make right or add whatever layer we wish we would have added to our characters in the installments before. Now we’re having that opportunity to get a second chance, a third chance.”

  • 27 May 2016
    Fans at the Star Trek fan event last weekend got to see the USS Enterprise docking at a large starbase, Starbase Yorktown....

    Fans at the Star Trek fan event last weekend got to see the USS Enterprise docking at a large starbase, Starbase Yorktown.

    Simon Pegg explained a little about the starbase and its purpose. “It’s kind of a diplomatic hub,” he said. “It’s where all the most recent Federation inductees can come and mingle with each other and learn about each other. It’s a kind of lovely.

    “…It’s basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It’s an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It’s been built locally, so it’s very interesting to look at, but it’s where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like ten months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that’s where the story begins.”

    “Designing [Starbase Yorktown],” added Pegg, “you know, you say that in a screenplay, you describe it, and then you get it to a production designer, and they come back with these amazing concept designs. That was the most amazing thing for Doug [Jung] and I. You know, you write away and write away, and then suddenly you see all these boards with this beautifully designed, incredibly imaginative stuff, and you kind of feel like you can take credit for it. Even though you shouldn’t!”

  • 27 May 2016
    After a Vulcan engineer tries to force Torres to mate with him, the effects of pon farr impair her judgment during a...

    After a Vulcan engineer tries to force Torres to mate with him, the effects of pon farr impair her judgment during a dangerous away mission.

    Plot Summary: Voyager has discovered a planet with deposits of gallicite, which the ship urgently needs to refit its warp coils. The crew finds evidence that a civilization once colonized the planet, but they appear to be long gone. While Torres tries to prepare for an away mission to retrieve the gallicite, Lieutenant Vorik astonishes her by asking her to marry him, citing the ways in which they complement each other. When she refuses, he seizes her and initiates a mind-meld which she ends by punching him in the face. The EMH examines Vorik and concludes that he has the symptoms of pon farr, though both Vorik and Tuvok are reluctant to discuss anything as private as the Vulcan mating drive even with each other. As the EMH encourages Vorik to meditate and suggests a holographic Vulcan woman as a sex partner, Torres leads an away team with Paris and Neelix, unaware that she is being affected by Vorik’s blood fever. Neelix becomes injured in an accident that enrages Torres, who then insists that she should find the gallicite herself. Chakotay and Tuvok beam down to help Paris find her, then also find aliens living underground. Torres picks a fight with one and ends up trapped in a cave with Paris, who can see that she’s both aggressive and lustful. She suggests that they have sex, but Paris fears that she’ll regret it afterward because she’s not in her right mind, although he changes his mind when they are rescued and Tuvok insists that Paris must help Torres or she will die. Meanwhile, Vorik beams himself down to the planet and sabotages the ship to prevent anyone from following. Seeing Torres embracing Paris, Vorik challenges the other man to ritual combat, but Torres insists that she will act as her own champion. She and Vorik engage in a martial arts battle that cures their blood fever. Torres suggests to Paris that they pretend none of it ever happened, though he says he’d like to see her ferocious sexual side again. Voyager trades technology for the gallicite, only to discover that the underground aliens are so fearful because their colony was decimated by the Borg.

    Analysis: I know a lot of people love this episode. It’s the first time Paris and Torres admit that they have feelings for each other – the real beginning of their canonical relationship. It’s the start of the Borg arc that will shape Janeway and Chakotay’s characters for the rest of the series. It gives us a Vulcan connection with the original series. We get to see the Doctor bragging about his comprehensive knowledge of sexual behavior, characters in tight climbing gear, hand-to-hand Klingon-Vulcan combat, a whole bunch of scenes set somewhere other than on the ship. I understand that there are aspects of “Blood Fever” many viewers enjoy. So let me warn you now, this review will not celebrate any of those things. I might even hate “Blood Fever” as much as I hate “Retrospect” – the one in which Seven of Nine experiences rape and is condemned for telling anyone about it. I will never get past the fact that “Blood Fever” is the episode which makes clear that Starfleet not only pardons but tries to aid sexual predators if they use the excuse that they just couldn’t help themselves. It’s the episode in which a crewmember sexually assaults his superior officer and the head of security refuses to do anything about it – even to protect her from a second assault – because the inability to control one’s violent sexual impulses is considered too much of a personal matter. It’s the episode in which (I can’t believe I have to type this sentence) Tuvok orders Paris to have sex with Torres after Paris has repeatedly expressed that he doesn’t want to have sex, not like this, not under these circumstances. Imagine if Kirk had demanded Uhura help Spock in “Amok Time” even as Uhura was saying that, while she really liked Spock, she did not want to have sex with him. Or imagine that Spock had assaulted Uhura the way Vorik assaults Torres, and consider that anyone not as strong as a half-Klingon probably wouldn’t be able to fight off a Vulcan. It’s vile. The only reason Vorik isn’t a rapist is because, as he declares in his proposal, he has chosen the strongest woman on the ship, someone whose biology suggests that she likes brutal sex. Torres may manage to avoid physical violation by Vorik, but she’s still a victim of sexual violence. And even if no touching had happened in this episode, there’s so much hideous rhetoric about sex in “Blood Fever” that it’s hard to watch.

    Vorik’s “proposal” is itself a demonstration of male entitlement. Vorik comes to Torres with a shorter list of things he can offer her as a mate than the list of things he imagines she can provide for him. The Doctor hasn’t yet confirmed that he’s experiencing pon farr, so Vorik believes his behavior to be logical and justified. He gives two seconds of lip service to her talents and bravery before he starts bullying her, first with a 20th century heterosexist assumption that she must want a male life mate and surely fears the likelihood that none of the other limited choices aboard would pick her, then with the brag that he’s the only man around who can handle a woman like her because of his Vulcan prowess. (It’s rare for me to cheer when someone solves a problem by punching someone else, but I whooped aloud when she smashed his face.) The escalation from declarations of desire to demands for reciprocation and violence upon rejection may be scripted here as typical for Vulcans, based on original series precedent, but it’s also far too typical an experience for human women in the presence of men who’ve been told that persistence and aggression are the keys to winning over a partner and that sex is owed to a man who follows what he believes to be the nominal rules of courtship. Vorik’s response to Torres’s refusal is to try to take what he wants. “I meant to be gentle, but she tried to move away,” he tells Tuvok as if Torres and not Vorik is responsible for his subsequent aggression. Tuvok tacitly agrees that it would be logical for Torres to mate with Vorik once it’s obvious that the assault has given her pon farr symptoms, though Tuvok notes that Torres has never been logical, which we know to be a Vulcan insult. Janeway goes along with Tuvok and the Doctor in accepting Vorik’s right to work out his problem on his own as is Vulcan custom, but it doesn’t seem to occur to any of them that Vorik may very well attack Torres again or choose a woman less equipped to fight him off. If the Doctor believes that Vorik can transfer his affections to a holographic sex doll and forget about Torres, surely he must recognize the possibility that Vorik might choose another live, independent female as a mate. Yet Vorik is treated as a sympathetic victim rather than as a threat to every woman on the ship. Doesn’t Chakotay, who was deceived and essentially raped by Seska, have anything to say?

    I’m trying to put aside both my incredulity that Starfleet would protect Vulcan privacy by putting non-Vulcans at risk over pon farr and my annoyance that a sentient hologram would create a sex-slave hologram. It’s not like the latter is a new idea on Star Trek, though I’d think the EMH of all people would be slightly more concerned with the way holograms can be programmed to submit to anything even when they’ve also been given intelligence. For the mind meld aspect of pon farr to be relieved, wouldn’t she have to have a sophisticated mind? I understand that Vorik isn’t equipped to undertake the full kal-if-fee ritual we witnessed during “Amok Time” and Torres probably has even less experience with Klingon bonding rituals than Worf did when he and K’Ehleyr hurled themselves at one another, but substituting a few minutes of violent combat for a mating bond is ridiculous given that we’ve been told the violence of Klingon and Vulcan mating rituals exists specifically because there’s so much more to sex than mindless rutting. The Vulcan bond is meant to be much more than physical. Here, violence and sex are interchangeable releases of tension. I’m not sure why the Doctor thinks a hologram could help Vorik any more than his own left hand. As for Klingon mating behaviors, as uncomfortable as I am with the fact that Dax and Worf often end up in the infirmary afterward, they’re supposed to be consensual. In “Blood Fever” we have Torres biting Paris as mindlessly as Vorik tries to force a meld on her, then repeatedly trying to overrule Paris’s objections to sex with her when she isn’t in control of herself. The fact that Paris never feels threatened the way Torres evidently does with Vorik does not make the behavior less troubling. We’ve often seen that Paris doesn’t take sex overly seriously, and since he’s basically a good guy, I imagine he might engage in it to save anyone’s life, even Vorik’s. But how ironic that the guy who’s most often been seen pursuing women attached to other men, treating twin sisters as if they’re interchangeable, and indulging himself with holographic women becomes the one serving as a role model in not taking advantage of woman whose judgment is impaired. There’s not much joy when he finally agrees to save her life because he’s aware that she may feel violated anyway and consider him the instrument if not the cause.

    If “Blood Fever” has a saving grace, it’s this discovery about Paris, who suddenly seems more enlightened about sexuality than Tuvok, the Doctor, and Janeway, whose main role during this episode is to play the chaste leader and make uncomfortable faces while her EMH gleefully reads off lists of mating behaviors across the galaxy. Remind me again about how it would be wrong for her and Chakotay to have an entirely consensual relationship, but it’s okay for Vulcan officers to go on deep space missions where they may rape crewmates or die trying. Paris has made comments previously about being sorry he missed seeing inappropriate shipboard fraternization and thinking Kim should ignore fidelity in favor of snagging a Delaney sister before they’re taken, but his understanding of and insistence upon consent is one of the sexiest things ever to appear on Voyager. I don’t much like how Torres is written once she becomes Paris’s love interest, but I would never fault her for choosing him after this discovery. I’m very well aware that it’s a staple of ancient, beloved Kirk/Spock fan fiction for their first time to take place under similar circumstances to those either borrowed by or used less creatively in “Blood Fever”: Spock is near death from pon farr, Kirk is willing to do absolutely anything to save him. One can interpret Kirk’s prior canonical behavior toward nominal females of every species, shape and complexion as resolutely heterosexual or as indicative that – to quote Gene Roddenberry’s famous footnote from the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Kirk has “no moral or other objections to physical love in any of its many Earthly, alien, and mixed forms” for himself as well as for everyone else. In any case, whether one believes Kirk would act reluctantly and with distaste for the act or whether one believes becoming Spock’s mate is Kirk’s secret dream, we’ve seen incontrovertible evidence that Kirk would end his career without hesitation for Spock, that Kirk would give his own life to save Spock…that Kirk loves Spock. I’ve never been a fan of what gets called “non-con” in fiction so readers who enjoy the trope don’t have to call it rape, but this is a rare instance where I can see the difference – that even if someone’s too impaired to give proper consent and the situation wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice for an encounter, the depth of love allows the characters and their relationship to come through unscathed.

  • 26 May 2016
    Fans of the various Star Trek calendars will have six choices this year. Two of the calendars, Ships of the Line and...

    Fans of the various Star Trek calendars will have six choices this year.

    Two of the calendars, Ships of the Line and the Star Trek 2017 Wall Calendar: The Original Series have released previews of their content.

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    The Ships of the Line calendar features a cover by Doug Drexler. The ships in this calendar include:

    • Enterprise and Fesarius from The Corbomite Maneuver. Michael Wiley
    • TOS Shuttle. Gabriel Koerner
    • SS Botany Bay. Koerner
    • Space Seed – Descent. Botany Bay. Drexler
    • Shuttle. Dave Morton
    • Enterprise and Gr’oth. The Trouble with Tribbles. Tobias Richter
    • Enterprise and Nomad. The Changeling. Drexler
    • Enterprise and Romulan D7s. The Enterprise Incident. Matt Boardman
    • The Tholian Web. Alain Rivard
    • Balance of Terror – Duel of the Flagships. Enterprise and Romulan Bird of Prey. D.M. Phoenix
    • Constitution class ships. The Ultimate Computer. Dan Uyeno
    • F-104 Starfighter jet and Enterprise. Tomorrow is Yesterday. John Eaves

    The other five calendars are the Star Trek 2017 Wall Calendar: The Original Series, the Star Trek Daily 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar, the Star Trek 2016-2017 16-Month Engagement Calendar, the Star Trek 2017 Poster Calendar: 50 Artists – 50 Years, and the Star Trek Beyond 2017 Wall Calendar. All can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

  • 26 May 2016
    Last year, it was rumored that former Real Madrid football manager Carlo Ancelotti would have a cameo in Star Trek Beyond, and...

    Last year, it was rumored that former Real Madrid football manager Carlo Ancelotti would have a cameo in Star Trek Beyond, and Ancelotti has confirmed those rumors.

    “I am a doctor on the Enterprise,” said Ancelotti. The cameo evidently includes the doctor treating an injured alien.

    Ancelotti got his role due to his friendship with Zoë Saldana‘s husband. “The husband of actress Zoë Saldana is Italian, and I have a good relationship with the family,” he said. “They were in Vancouver to film the movie, and they asked me to watch. I went, spoke to the director, and he said: ‘I’ll put you in – small part’.”

  • 29 May 2016
    Who says Star Trek isn’t sexy? Who says women can’t be nerdy-sexy too? No one! Especially not with TrekGeek’s new line of Star Trek inspired swimwear. ThinkGeek, always a good place to pick up fun fan gear, is branching out to boldly go where no product has gone before: the beach. They just released a whole Star Trek: TNG Trekini Swimwear line, including a TNG uniform-inspired one-piece swimsuit. Why we never saw these on TV, we don’t know, because it’s exactly how they’d do it on the Enterprise. Swimmers can opt for Science, Operations, or Command and all get an embroidered combadge. And in true Star Trek form, they’re super inclusive: sizes range from small through 2X, and there are removable bust cups. If you have sun-sensitive skin, Deanna Troi would feel your pain, which is why there’s a swim shirt modeled after her lavender look in the second and third seasons of TNG. Of course it’s sensitive AND smart: SPF 90 smart. When you’re done swimming in your fabulous Star Trek swimsuit, or even if you’re just having a shy moment, there’s the cover-up romper to relax in. A little reminiscent of Picard’s sexy-weird pajamas from the season 1 episode “Devil’s Due,” (when Ardra surprised him in his nightwear), it’s a loose, gauzy cover-up with a drawstring waist—and it’s got the embroidered combadge, too. Who could resist the captain in his sexy-weird PJs? Plus we all know it’s going to be a Star Trek summer; now we know what to wear. Love that they’re going after female fans now, too, because there are a lot of us. Laurie Ulster is a transplanted Canadian who fell in love with Manhattan about 10 minutes after her arrival at NYU. After many years as a television producer, where networks like MTV had her producing everything from musician interviews in dive bars all over the East Village to game shows in Malaysia, she made the switch to digital, overseeing sites at Fuse and A&E. She’s also a freelance writer and a longtime Star Trek fan, who is still wondering what it’ll be like when she grows up.
  • 29 May 2016
    Returning for a three-peat, master composer Michael Giacchino announced this week that he has begun scoring the music for Star Trek Beyond. Adding the musical score is one of the final parts of the movie-production process, in that everything needs to be done and edited before the music can be added as the final layer. Star Trek Beyond begins TODAY. pic.twitter.com/92ammbjPi5 — Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) May 24, 2016 Giacchino’s contribution to Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were high points of the films, providing an emotional core that transcended action blockbuster fare. His heart-melding “Labor of Love” from 2009 makes you wish YOU’D been born to this song. To capture the spirit of the Vulcans in 2009, Giacchino employed the two-string Chinese Erhu, a two-stringed fiddle, most clearly heard in the piece “That New Car Smell.” No word if Beyond will feature the same exotic instrument. (I’m rooting for at least one Ressikan flute, though.) Giacchino is a frequent collaborator with J. J. Abrams, having also done the music for Alias, Lost, Mission Impossible 3, and Super 8. Here he is leading his orchestra in the main Trek theme. pic.twitter.com/VUG0vdQA8b — Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) May 26, 2016 And some more photos and videos the conductor posted to Instagram this weekend: Your browser does not support the video tag. As the individual responsible for NuTrek’s music, he (well, probably at the behest of JJ Abrams) did bring the Beastie Boys Sabotage into the Star Trek universe with 2009, which was unpopularly incorporated into Beyond’s first trailer. We’re looking forward to Giacchino’s own stellar music come July 22 when Beyond hits theaters!
  • 28 May 2016
    When the new Star Trek Beyond trailer dropped, many fans were quick to notice a massive space station. But, what exactly is that thing? Simon Pegg reveals the newest Starbase, and confirms some spoilery photos we saw during the Dubai shoot. [SPOILERS] Beware of spoilers! That gigantic space station, space ship, starbase thing we got a glimpse of in the second Beyond trailer? It turns out, according to the film’s co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg, that it’s the massive Starbase Yorktown. In an interview with IGN, Pegg explains that Yorktown is located on the very edge of Federation space, and it’s here that Beyond‘s narrative begins when the Enterprise docks with the base. “It’s a kind of diplomatic hub,” said Pegg. “It’s where all the most recent Federation inductees can come and mingle with each other and learn about each other. It’s a kind of lovely…” When asked if the Yorktown is anything like a certain other famous spaceport, Mos Eisley, Pegg laughed and responded, “No, no — that’s a wretched hive of scum and villainy! This is the opposite of that.” “You can imagine — me and [co-writer Doug] Jung joked that there were various aliens with leaflets, handing them out to other aliens like, ‘Come and see our world!’” Pegg said. “But it’s basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It’s an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It’s been built locally, so it’s very interesting to look at, but it’s where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like 10 months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that’s where the story begins.” We’ve already seen the Yorktown Back in October, we got our first glimpse at Starbase Yorktown, via photos leaked during the film’s shooting in Dubai. And, to get an idea of how big the Yorktown really is: remember all of those outdoor scenes? Yep, all of that is onboard the Yorktown. Happening now #StarTrekBeyond filming in #dubai #jlt pic.twitter.com/tpPhbCjtyZ — Nabil Narch (@NabilNarch) October 13, 2015 Starfleet officers running about during shooting in Dubai The Yorktown under attack, as see in the second Beyond trailer Watch the new trailer, and this time keep an eye out for scenes on the Yorktown! Read the full interview at IGN.
  • 27 May 2016
    With CBS and Paramount reportedly drafting guidelines for fan films, Axanar producer Alec Peters has reached out to at least nine fan productions for their support of rules Peters wants the studios to accept, and isn’t having much luck. This article is cross-posted at Axamonitor. Among the rules included in Peters’ proposal were a time-limit on fan films’ running time, an end to crowdfunding via platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, restrictions on perks that could be offered to donors and the ability to pay professional cast and crew who work on fan productions. Proposed Guidelines AxaMonitor obtained copies of Peters’ proposed guidelines from multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The document reads: According to pro-Axanar blogger Dave Heagney Jr., Peters has contacted almost every major fan film producer seeking suggestions on guidelines. Eight joined a private Facebook chat group to discuss Peters’ first draft. “I just felt that all the active fan films should be able to share their thoughts together in a constructive way,” Peters said. “Most of them don’t speak to CBS, and clearly we are communicating with them regularly, so it felt like the right thing to do.“ Included among the group of fan producers Peters contacted was James Cawley, leader of the long-running and well known Star Trek: New Voyages, who stated in a post on Trek author Dave Galanter’s Facebook page that he rebuffed Peters’ efforts: And now, like clockwork, Alec is texting and trying to make nice, so we will all join him in creating guidelines to give to CBS. I politely declined and received several insults…. sigh. In the blog posted following AxaMonitor’s publication, Peters stated: “Unfortunately, James Cawley of Star Trek: New Voyages said no without even hearing a proposal. He was the only one who declined. Everyone else wanted to at least see what a set of proposed guidelines would look like.” Crowdfunding Preserved Peters’ proposal, Item 3, to end crowdfunding was not well received by some of the fan producers, according to a transcript of their conversation obtained by AxaMonitor, as they worked to revise Peters’ first draft. “Nix #3,” one of the producers told Peters. “Rule #3 [ending crowdfunding] would basically END fan films. Why would we want to do that?” Another producer agreed: “I would take out #3 and let them [CBS and Paramount] decide if they want that stopped.” “I well remember many fan films don’t fundraise,” Peters said. “We can nix it. … But you do all realize that Star Wars does not allow crowdfunding? And there is no way CBS will allow it to move forward [but] it is done.” The crowdfunding ban was removed from version 2 of Peters’ proposal. Professional Actors in Fan Films At least one of the fan producers also disagreed with Peters’ proposal that fan films using actors who are SAG-AFTRA members be forced to become signatories to the actors union’s New Media Agreement. “I would also remove #6. … New Media is still something that actor unions are ironing out today,” that producer told Peters. “That isn’t something that can really be enforced at this time, so I wouldn’t include it in the rules.” Peters disagreed: “Disagree on SAG. That is important. … And New Media is what we all are. SAG is putting a lot of effort behind it. Would be naive to ignore.” The rule remained in version 2 of the proposal. Analysis of the Proposal This is a brief analysis of each guideline in Peters’ proposal: Disclaimer — Similar disclaimer language has been in use by most fan productions, including Axanar, at CBS’ insistence for many years. Perks – The prohibition against Star Trek marks reflects the packaging practices Axanar has long used in its full line of merchandise; it does not address visual representations of Star Trek copyrighted elements either in the packaging or the actual physical merchandise, however, just the removal of the words “Star Trek.” Crowdfunding Ban — This is arguably the most controversial plank in Peters’ proposal. Since wouldn’t likely be retroactive, it would leave Axanar with the hundreds of thousands of dollars it has left from three crowdfunding campaigns, while precluding other fan films from seeking such funding in the future. Donations — This guideline would still allow productions to solicit direct donations without the reach offered by Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It would also preclude productions from paying their “principals,” a term not actually defined in Peters’ proposal. If it means producers or some other above-the-line employees, it would exclude the kind of payments Peters previously made to himself using donor funds, such as a $38,000 salary as producer, and $3,099 in dues and fees for Peters’ membership in the actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA. Paying Cast and Crew — Axanar is not the only fan film that has paid professional actors and select crew members for working on its production. Peters has previously made the case that the high quality delivered in Prelude to Axanar and promised for Axanar is not possible without compensating professionals who contribute to the films. Actors’ Union — In most respects, this guideline is superfluous. Under SAG-AFTRA’s Global Rule One, no actor who is a union member may work on any kind of film, television or Internet production that is not a signatory to its applicable agreements. Running Times — It’s not clear what the implications of adhering to this 50-minute rule would be on the planned feature-length production of Axanar. Does proposing such a limit mean Axanar’s running time would be substantially cut? Or would Peters attempt to make an end run around his own rule by splitting Axanar up into multiple “episodes,” much as he proposed in the film’s most recent Indiegogo campaign? Licensing — This guideline mirrors the status granted by LucasFilm to works submitted to its Star Wars fan films contest. Note, however, that apart from the five-minute entries in its contest, LucasFilms offers no guidelines for the larger body of fan works. Court of Public Opinion Peters’ guidelines are,...
  • 27 May 2016
    The next batch of Star Trek Beyond character photos are here, and feature Zachary Quinto’s Spock and Anton Yelchin’s Pavel Chekov.
  • 30 May 2016
    Paramount has released three new character posters to promote the upcoming release of STAR TREK BEYOND. Today’s posters feature Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Uhura and John Cho as Sulu. The new posters follow the same aesthetic style of those released last week. Posters with McCoy, Jaylah, Spock and Chekov were unveiled on […]
  • 28 May 2016
    In an unexpected turn of events, Star Trek Beyond producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin announced during a fan event on May 20 that Paramount will end their lawsuit against fan film studio Axanar Productions. The studio and its head, Alec Peters, were sued by Paramount late last year for violating Star Trek intellectual […]
  • 27 May 2016
    Memorial Day is upon us, which means it’s the unofficial start to summer! Our friends over at ThinkGeek have just unveiled a new line of Star Trek-inspired women’s swimwear that they’ve dubbed “Trekini Swimwear” just in time for those hot days by the ocean or at the pool. Included in the line is a one-piece […]
  • 27 May 2016
    Julie Nimoy, the daughter of Leonard Nimoy, and her husband David Knight have provided TrekNews.net with raw footage from their upcoming film COPD Highly Illogical: A special tribute to Leonard Nimoy in which Nimoy’s son Adam discusses the last few months of his father’s life. Leonard Nimoy, who passed away in February 2015, due to […]
  • 26 May 2016
    Paramount has provided us with two new STAR TREK BEYOND posters. The posters, made available to TrekNews.net on Thursday, feature Zachary Quinto as Spock and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. The posters add to those released on Wednesday, featuring “Bones” and Jaylah. You can check out both of the new posters below. Tell us your thoughts […]
  • 24 May 2016

    Drei verschiedene Kinoposter sind bislang zum dreizehnten Film erschienen. Ein neues internationales Plakat zu Star Trek Beyond, dass auch in deutschen Kinos aushängen wird, fällt sehr farbenfroh aus. Abgebildet sind die Charaktere Kirk, Jaylah, Spock, Uhura, Scotty und der neue Gegenspieler Krall. Ein anderes Filmplakat wirbt schlicht mit dem Schriftzug „Beyond“ und verzichtet auf den […]

    The post Star Trek Beyond: Die Kinoposter zum Film appeared first on Star Trek HD.

  • 21 May 2016

    Das Warten hat ein Ende. Am Freitagabend zeigte Paramount Pictures während eines großen Fan-Events den Trailer zu Star Trek Beyond. Der Film von Regisseur Justin Lin kommt am 21. Juli weltweit in die Kinos. Update: Der Trailer in deutscher Sprache Im Rahmen eines exklusiven Fan-Events gaben Produzent J.J. Abrams, Regisseur Justin Lin sowie die Schauspieler […]

    The post Star Trek Beyond Trailer ist da! appeared first on Star Trek HD.

  • 18 May 2016

    CBS hat heute im Rahmen seiner Upfront-Präsentation in New York den ersten Teaser-Trailer zur neuen Star Trek Fernsehserie, die Anfang 2017 ausgestrahlt wird, veröffentlicht. Die Veröffentlichung eines ersten Teaser kam für viele überraschend, zumal in Kürze die erste längere Trailer von Star Trek Beyond gezeigt wird. Der Teaser zur neuen Serie zeigt die Erde und […]

    The post Erster Teaser-Trailer zur neuen Star Trek Serie ist da appeared first on Star Trek HD.

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

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

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

  • 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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TrekCore Latest Updates
  • 30 May 2016
    Today, some more news has broken about next year’s STAR TREK television revival! Kirsten Beyer, who has been crafting the Star Trek: Voyager relaunch novel series since 2009, confirmed to TrekCore that she will be joining Bryan Fuller and the rest of the writing staff for the 2017 Star Trek series coming to CBS All Access.
  • 30 May 2016
    It’s a holiday in the USA, but it seems that Memorial Day won’t stop new STAR TREK BEYOND posters from hitting our inbox! Today, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Zoe Saldana join the other cast getting their own character posters, featuring Scotty, Sulu, and Uhura among the Swarm vessels.
  • 29 May 2016
    After notorious hypochondriac Lt. Barclay is treated for a real illness, his reaction to the cure sends a strange virus throughout the Enterprise - and soon the entire crew is "de-evolving" back into primitive beasts from their homeworlds' past! Data and Picard must save the ship - before the captain loses himself to the affliction!
  • 28 May 2016
    STAR TREK film composer Michael Giacchino, who announced the start of BEYOND scoring sessions earlier this week, took to social media to sneak preview some snippets from the recording, as well as four track titles from the upcoming soundtrack.
  • 26 May 2016
    Well, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise: Funko announced today that they’ll be rolling out a line of STAR TREK BEYOND-themed line of their omnipresent Pop! Vinyl figures later this summer, to coincide with the release of the upcoming film.

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1939 Michael J. Pollard is born.
1942 Buddy Joe Hooker is born.
1944 Peter E. Berger is born.
1948 Michael Piller is born.
1952 Mike W. Barr is born.
1953 Colm Meaney is born.
1957 John Nesterowicz is born.
1963 Cynthia Gouw is born. Scott Chambliss is born.
1964 Tom Morello is born. Mark A. Sheppard is born.
1970 The Thirteenth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #36 with the fifth of seven installments.
1991 Thirty-second day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1993 DS9: "Dramatis Personae" airs.
1996 Thirty-eighth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact. Star Trek Monthly issue 16 released.
2001 Twelfth day of filming on ENT: "Broken Bow".
2007 Nick Ramus dies.

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  • 22 May 2016
    A spectacular exhibition of screen used props, costumes, starship filming models, and set fixtures that is rich in Original Series memorabilia and spans the entire Star Trek franchise - representing perhaps the most impressive collection of Star Trek production artifacts ever assembled for public display - opened its doors yesterday at the EMP Museum in downtown Seattle, Washington. The special exhibit, called "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds" will run for just over 9 months from May 21st until Feb. 27, 2017 and features more than 100 rare artifacts and high-tech video displays, all presented in a highly appealing labyrinth-like floor layout which is accented by bright orange rock-like pillars and structures that evoke what one might expect to encounter on a TOS landing party exploration mission. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a stunning display consisting of Captain Kirk's Command Chair and the restored Helm and Navigations Console from the Original Series Desilu Bridge set arranged in the same orientation as they appeared together in all 79 classic TOS episodes, and presented alongside a pair of Starfleet uniforms worn by William Shatner and DeForest Kelley. In a nearby display case, the costumes of Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols are shown with some original TOS Bridge control panels, and an adjacent case presents a group of rare screen used TOS hand props - together on public display as a set for the first time ever - that includes a Tricorder, a Phaser Pistol, a Communicator, a Hypospray, and a Medical Scanner. In addition to all of the rare memorabilia on hand, the exhibit even provides several photo-op areas where visitors can pose in a replica of the Original Series Captain's Chair, can record footage of themselves re-creating William Shatner's iconic "Khaaaaaaan!" scream in a special booth, or be "beamed up" in a mock Transporter set. And fans can even crawl through a recreation of a Jefferies tube along with many other interactive experiences.

    Presented below is an extensive collection of photographs that document the exhibit in wonderful detail. These photos were selected from several large online galleries that were published by the websites SeattleRefined.com, SeattleTimes.com (Credit: Brady Harvey), king5.com (for Western Washington's NBC televison station affiliate K5), and bellinghamherald.com (Credit: Elaine Thompson of Associated Press) as part of their coverage of the opening of "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds".

    Detailed information about the EMP Museum and its complete set of exhibits, along with a storefront to purchase admission tickets to the Star Trek and all other attractions, can be found at: http://www.empmuseum.org/

    Especially for Original Series fans, this exhibition represents a historic opportunity to personally view some incredible artifacts of the first and finest series in the franchise as they have never been presented together before!

  • 20 May 2016
    On Saturday, June 4, 2016, starting at 10:00 am Pacific Time, the Propworx Star Trek Auction VIII will take place in a live, online bidding session at LiveAuctioneers.com. A total of 152 lots of Star Trek memorabilia will be offered in the sale, which is highlighted by 131 lots of beautiful concept artwork created for the Star Trek: TNG, DS9 and Voyager television series by Emmy Award winning Star Trek Costume Designer Robert Blackman. Many of the individual lots in The Blackman Collection feature multiple pieces of artwork that often exhibit rich and vibrant colors and, in the majority of cases, Mr. Blackman has attached swatches of fabric to his drawings that represent samples of the actual material used by the Costume Department to fabricate the design for production. All of the lots of concept artwork feature low starting bids of either $50 or $100, which might prove to be a very affordable way for collectors to add many attractive pieces of Star Trek history to their memorabilia collections.
    Interested bidders may register to participate in the sale directly on the LiveAuctioneers.com website at this link: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/88886_propworx-star-trek-auction-viii/?rows=120
    Presented below are some highlights from the Propworx Star Trek Auction VIII offerings ...

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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