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  • 29 Aug 2016
    ThinkGeek is offering Star Trek: The Next Generation Varsity Hoodie, which will come in three colors. The officially-licensed hoodie comes in Science...

    ThinkGeek is offering Star Trek: The Next Generation Varsity Hoodie, which will come in three colors.

    The officially-licensed hoodie comes in Science Blue, Command Red, or Gold Operations.

    The hoodie is made of 55% wool/45% viscose for the body, and 65% PU/35% viscose sleeve, and a polyester lining.

    The jacket includes two pockets on the outside as well as one interior pocket, plus a chenille combadge patch on the chest, a chenille Starfleet patch on the back of the hoodie, and a Starfleet Command patch on the right arm.

    To order the Star Trek: The Next Generation Varsity Hoodie, which sells for $69.99 each, head to the link located here. Sizes range from small through 2X.

  • 29 Aug 2016
    A new trailer for the COPD Highly Illogical: A Special Tribute To Leonard Nimoy has been released. COPD: Highly Illogical—A Special Tribute...

    A new trailer for the COPD Highly Illogical: A Special Tribute To Leonard Nimoy has been released.

    COPD: Highly Illogical—A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy is a documentary film made by Julie Nimoy and David Knight, that seeks to “educate viewers about COPD through Leonard’s and others’ personal stories of courage, as well as the latest information about treatments and the quest for a cure.”

    The documentary is narrated by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s John de Lancie, and is due out this November.

    “COPD Highly Illogical: A special tribute to Leonard Nimoy” Trailer from Longridge Video Productions on Vimeo.

  • 29 Aug 2016
    In an interview with KERN-FM radio’s Nerd World Report With Hop & Herc, Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller provided more information...

    In an interview with KERN-FM radio’s Nerd World Report With Hop & Herc, Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller provided more information on the forthcoming series.

    The details included the universe (Prime vs. Kelvin), setting of the show, aliens, music, Number One, and when to expect more news, such as casting news.

    Discovery is set in the Prime universe instead of the Kelvin universe. “Really, when we developed this story, it could take place in either Prime or the Kelvin [timeline] – the timeline was relatively inconsequential, but there was the cleanliness of keeping our series independent of the films,” said Fuller. “That way, we don’t have to track anything they’re doing. they don’t have to track anything we’re doing – and you can have two distinct universes.”

    The series will be set ten years before the original series. “[This time setting] came pretty organically, because we are going to try to achieve a new look for Star Trek that is very much Star Trek, but also our interpretation of Star Trek,” said Fuller. “I love each of the shows I work on to have a distinct aesthetic…so it seemed like a good place to start our signature look for the Star Trek universe and work our way forward as we tell the stories.”

    We “will be very serialized,” said Fuller. “But time is something that we have the opportunity to play with in uncharacteristic ways.”

    Expect changes when it comes to familiar aliens. “One of the very cool things that we get to do on this show is – we get to re-imagine all of the alien species that we’ve seen before in the series, and do something a little unique with that,” said Fuller. “We were looking at a specific species’ costume on Friday, and Jesse Alexander, who is one of the writers, was commenting on the cosplay aspects of it, and how [the design] has gone a kind of quantum leap forward – and what were the people who do cosplay going to do?”

    When it comes to music, will some of the music from the original series be used in Discovery? “We’ve talked about the musical approach to this show, because music is so important to Star Trek, and it’s the voice in many ways. We all remember the Spock vs. Kirk fight [Amok Time] and the score for that – it would be great to pay homage to some of those things.

    “I don’t think we’d use [the same tracks] specifically, but it’s certainly something that we’ve had discussions about and I don’t yet know if we’re going to commit to that. [The title theme song] is still in discussion.”

    A familiar name will be heard in Star Trek: Discovery. “Our character, when we introduce the protagonist, she is called ‘Number One’ in honor of Majel Barrett‘s character in the original pilot.” Number One is the female lead and a first officer.

    When can fans expect more news about the show, which will have thirteen episodes in its first season? “We’ll probably have some [casting] announcements in October,” said Fuller. “As of right now, we’ve met with fantastic actors, and of course there’s people that I’ve worked with before that I would love to have on Star Trek, and we’re trying to figure out everybody’s schedules – but we’re very early on in the process.”

  • 26 Aug 2016
    As Seven of Nine is forced to adapt to human limitations, Kes continues to evolve into a more powerful state. Plot Summary:...

    As Seven of Nine is forced to adapt to human limitations, Kes continues to evolve into a more powerful state.

    Plot Summary: The Doctor operates on Seven of Nine, who has collapsed after demanding to be returned to the Borg Collective. Kes summons medical tools via telekinesis and removes a Borg implant from Seven of Nine using only her thoughts. Though Kes finds this exhilarating, Tuvok suggests that she meditate to learn to control these new abilities, leading Kes to discover even more powers. In the Starfleet database, Janeway discovers that Seven of Nine’s birth name was Annika Hansen and that she was assimilated at a young age after her maverick parents entered a remote region of space. Chakotay warns that it may be impossible for her to become human after growing up Borg, but Janeway insists that Annika can learn to replace a collective with a community, though Seven of Nine insists that Janeway should have let her die. When Janeway asks for assistance in removing modifications the Borg made to Voyager, Seven of Nine initially agrees to help, then knocks out Kim to take over a communications node and try to contact the Borg. Before the bridge crew has time to react, Kes notices the incursion and uses the ship’s circuitry to shock Seven of Nine. But Kes’s use of telekinesis also weakens the ship’s infrastructure. Waking in the brig, Seven of Nine warns Janeway that any attempts to “assimilate” her will fail. Janeway shows Seven of Nine pictures of herself as a young human girl, saying that in time she will accept her individuality and will no longer wish to return to the Collective. During a visit with Neelix in the mess hall, Kes – along with the ship – begins to destabilize at the molecular level. She tells a reluctant Janeway that she must leave Voyager to explore her new powers. As Kes and her shuttle disappear in a burst of energy, she restarts Voyager’s warp engines, throwing the ship safely beyond Borg space, ten years closer to home. The Doctor removes nearly all of Seven of Nine’s implants and she promises not to try to assimilate the crew again, confessing to Janeway that she remembers Annika’s favorite color was red.

    Analysis: Though it always makes me sad to see Kes leave Voyager (and Voyager), and I will never stop wincing about the way we’re introduced to newly human (and newly objectified) Seven of Nine, “The Gift” remains one of this show’s best episodes. Not only does it grapple with questions that dominate both the original series and its sequels, but it’s also an extraordinary story about extraordinary women who rise to meet a wide range of intellectual and emotional challenges. At its core, this trilogy of episodes is a coming-of-age story for two adolescents with the bodies of grown women but the life experiences of young girls, and an adult woman who must balance roles as their maternal figure and clan matriarch more than military captain, though she is called upon to make decisions about their welfare that will affect the entire crew. Both Kes and Seven of Nine (whom I’m going to call Seven from now on for convenience’s sake) are only just beginning to discover who they really are, with bodies that have become unfamiliar to them and inherited abilities from species with whom they can’t communicate to share the experiences of others like themselves. Even in Kes’s now-distant home, she knew no other Ocampa developing the powers she now can unleash, and apart from Jean-Luc Picard, whose assimilation was brief and bitter, no human before Seven has become fully Borg and been fully recovered. What a pleasure it is to see Janeway willing to admit that she isn’t sure how to proceed, that she’s going to make mistakes, that she sometimes makes choices based purely on instinct and they may very well be wrong – it’s a nice contrast to the Janeway who slapped down Chakotay for disagreeing with her at the start of the crisis with the Borg, more like the Janeway from the end of “Caretaker” when Voyager’s journey began.

    “The Gift” may focus on Kes and Seven of Nine, but it’s probably the best Janeway story of the entire series. Often when episodes concentrate on the captain, it isn’t in her role as captain of a starship – she’s off the ship in “Time and Again” and “Resistance”; she’s lost control in “Persistence of Vision” and “Basics”; she’s not in charge in “Resolutions” and “Coda” – whereas here, she’s very much in command. But rather than isolating herself on the holodeck and holding junior officers at arm’s length, she behaves as if she believes her own rhetoric about the crew being a family. Instead of interacting with phony misbehaving children in a holographic Victorian fantasy, she’s faced with the loss of a crewmember who’s practically a daughter and the addition of a foster child who wants nothing to do with new rules and expectations. She’s still a bit of a control freak – it would make sense for her to let Tuvok try to help Seven as well as Kes, given that Tuvok might be able to recreate for an ex-Borg the experience of mental collaboration, to wean Seven more slowly from collaborative thinking into verbal communication, particularly since Seven is suffering such anguish at being alone – but she’s more willing to listen to Chakotay’s concerns, she doesn’t micromanage the Doctor as he disables Seven’s implants, she trusts Torres and Kim to do the best they can with an ongoing engineering crisis that ultimately requires a deus ex machina solution. This Janeway is confident in her authority yet knows when it’s time to take a step back, all while she’s dealing with one blossoming young adult leaving the nest – probably forever – and an angry child-woman moving in with all her strange equipment, her hard-to-ignore body modifications, and her extremely provocative wardrobe. These developments aren’t anyone’s fault – Kes’s inability to control her evolution puts the ship at risk, and the Doctor gets to decide which prosthetics must remain with the preposterous catsuit and heels that he insists Seven needs to wear – but they’re a big change in what’s been the status quo.

    I’m a little frustrated that Kes isn’t given more of a chance to say goodbye to the men who’ve been so significant in her life to date: Neelix, her rescuer and lover, Tuvok, her guide and mentor (who gets the episode’s final, silent last moments to ponder Kes’s loss), the Doctor, her father figure and teacher…not to mention Paris, her could-have-been husband, and Kim, her might-have-been son-in-law. The scene in the mess hall in which Neelix and Kes discuss their now-long-past breakup seems like far too little for closure, considering that they dated for at least two years and seriously considered having a baby together. We should see more evidence of what they’ve meant to each other than jokes about Neelix’s cooking. As is often the case in serious episodes, the Doctor largely serves as comic relief, which would be more welcome if it wasn’t at the expense of character; the loss of Kes should be a grave personal and professional blow to him and it’s quite astonishing that he doesn’t insist on performing more medical tests to be certain that what she believes to be evolution isn’t some sort of alien interference, especially so close to the Borg and Species 8472. I won’t even get started on the sexism of the comments the Doctor makes about Seven of Nine’s appearance, since it’s obvious he’s serving as a mouthpiece for the leering writers and producers who’ve “programmed” him, but it’s a contributing factor to why I’ve never been a fan of the couple in a romantic sense, though the writers will continue their use of the Doctor as their mouthpiece by having him pine for Seven for a long time. No Galatea should wind up stuck with her Pygmalion – she should grow up to be her own person, not begin to conform to what someone else wants her to be, especially not a pseudo-parental figure – which means I’m really turned off by the three major Seven of Nine ‘shipper pairings, namely Seven/Doctor, Seven/Chakotay, and Seven/Janeway.

    We see here the beginning of an argument that will go on for several seasons about whether a Janeway who will imprison Seven in the name of freeing her can ever be trusted to see Seven as an independent person. Janeway is reluctant enough to let Kes go, initially saying she can’t let her leave on the basis of Kes’s intuition, requiring Kes to demonstrate that she hasn’t lost her judgment and isn’t under any outside influence. When Seven accuses that Janeway will not concede to a Borg the same cherished right to choose her own fate, calling the captain hypocritical, Janeway can only fall back on the argument that because the Borg took away Seven’s rational choices as a child, Janeway must step into the parental role and make choices for her. “Then you are no different than the Borg,” accuses Seven, and it’s hard to argue. It’s a beautifully played scene between two strong performers whose chemistry is probably fueled by their thinly-veiled (or at times, since the show left broadcast, not-at-all veiled) animosity. Janeway steps up what she perceives as human advantages, her verbal dexterity and wry humor, her warmth and sympathy, which Seven counters by demonstrating her physical prowess, her dramatic gestures, her ability to turn phrases sarcastically back on themselves. We don’t often get to see Janeway cry, but Kate Mulgrew always lets us see when she’s suffering, whereas with Seven, Jeri Ryan gives subtle hints of the character’s pain without allowing her displays of strength to slip. I’ll always miss what might have been a rich conflict between Janeway and Chakotay, who met as equals and never fully developed the arguments about Starfleet and Maquis, loyalty to institutions versus loyalty to people. But there’s no question that, from this point on, the battle of wills between Janeway and Seven about individuality, privacy, independence, and humanity become the compelling focus of Voyager.

  • 26 Aug 2016
    Icon Heroes will be at next month’s Star Trek Mission New York where they will be offering limited edition merchandise. The company...

    Icon Heroes will be at next month’s Star Trek Mission New York where they will be offering limited edition merchandise.

    The company will set up at booth #323, where fans can pick up several items, including:

    • NCC-1701 Saucer Mouse Padd $15 (limited to one hundred in all)
    • Mr. Spock Card Holder $35
    • TOS Delta Shield/NCC-1701 Paper Clips Assortment $20.

    Star Trek Mission New York will take place Sept 2-4 in New York City.

  • 26 Aug 2016
    Five NASA-themed Trek Talks will take place during next month’s Star Trek: Mission New York. The convention takes place September 2-4 at...

    Five NASA-themed Trek Talks will take place during next month’s Star Trek: Mission New York. The convention takes place September 2-4 at the Javits Center in New York City.

    According to a press release, “NASA’s Trek Talks at Star Trek: Mission New York will give fans the opportunity to be fully immersed in the fascinating ways in which Star Trek has impacted space exploration, from paving the way for new technologies, to fostering an interest in the exploring beyond Earth, and dreaming up alien life.”

    The discussions will include Trek actors, astronauts, engineers and scientists.

    Several of the talks are described below. Other discussions will “focus on health care, literary references, fashion in the series and more.”

    On Sept. 3 at 12:15 p.m., in the Ugly Bags of Mostly Water panel, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bobak Ferdowsi and Phil Plait (writer of Slate‘s Bad Astronomy blog), will discuss what real aliens might look like.

    The same day at 3:30 p.m., NASA scientists Matt Ritsko and Jeff Volosin will discuss different ways to find alien planets. The duo work on the agency’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project, which is currently in development.

    On Sept. 4 at 11:45 a.m., the two will return to discuss TESS in more detail, including how it will spot faraway planets and how its spacecraft will be built and managed.

    On Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m., Dan Werthimer, chief scientist for SETI at the University of California, Berkeley, and Ferdowsi will talk about first contact and the search for life in the universe.

    On Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m., a NASA panel will discuss how the Star Trek ethos and technologies have inspired real NASA developments, and how the future of spaceflight will mirror and differ from the Star Trek version. This panel will feature Kjell Lindgren, NASA astronaut; Michelle Thaller, NASA‘s deputy director of science communications; Dave Lavery, a program executive for solar system exploration at NASA; Jeffrey Sheehy, a senior technical officer at NASA; and Adam Nimoy. The panel will be moderated by Star Trek: Voyager‘s actor Robert Picardo.

  • 26 Aug 2016
    John Cho will be starring in a drama titled Columbus. In addition to Cho, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Michelle Forbes will...

    John Cho will be starring in a drama titled Columbus.

    In addition to Cho, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Michelle Forbes will also be in the film.

    Columbus “revolves around a man and young woman from opposite sides of the world, each mourning the potential loss of a parent,” said Director Kogonada.

    Cho plays the estranged son of a prominent architectural critic, in Columbus, while Forbes plays a recovering addict.

    Columbus is currently shooting in Columbus, Indiana. Kogonada was inspired after a visit to the town. “I felt an immediate sense for a film that would take place there, which would implicitly explore the promise of modernism (an ongoing quest for me),” he said.

  • 29 Aug 2016
    The Smithsonian Channel special focuses on the refurbishment of the Original Series Enterprise model on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and looks forward to how today’s scientist are bringing us into the 23rd century. The documentary airs Sunday September 4th at 8 pm EDT. Check out the trailer and clips from the special below. “These guys saw it coming.” Exclusively focusing on The Original Series, The Smithsonian Channel’s Building Star Trek joins the long list of celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the franchise Gene Roddenberry created in 1966. Aptly titled, the episode’s focus will be on the Smithsonian’s restoration and conservation efforts of the original 11-foot, 250-pound Enterprise, as well as a look at the futuristic technology first predicted as a plot device to move the story along for the writers of TOS. “If we can have one object at the Smithsonian of imagination, inspiration that is so important to real space flight, it’s got to be the starship Enterprise.” Lauded for their efforts to once again hang the original model of the Enterprise in the Smithsonian, part of the documentary centers on the attempts to repair and ensure the preservation of the model. During the trailer, one specialist even states they are concerned that hull is just going to split in half. Fifty years a is a long time, and while the series itself was innovate, the Final Frontier was constructed on a small television budget. The materials used for the sets, props and models were not designed to stand the test of time, let alone 50 years. However, that’s not all Building Star Trek will offer, as the documentary also emphasizes those futuristic technologies that are still in the works. Scientists talk about their ongoing efforts to realize a cloaking device, a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow discusses actually creating a hand phaser, and we hear about the continuation of efforts from XPrize’s medical tricorder contest. Interviews include such Star Trek luminaries as Nichelle Nichols, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and David Gerrold, the latter two of which take the opportunity to remind the audience that Star Trek is both about the unknown and inclusion. “It would be somewhat ignorant of us to believe we are the only form of life to exist,” Karl Urban stated in the trailer. “There’s a place for you on the starship Enterprise, not just white men, we are all going,” David Gerrold added. Join The Smithsonian Channel four days before the televised birth of Star Trek, on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. EDT and enjoy a unique look at the franchise 50 years later. The Enterprise, which is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is already there and waiting for you.
  • 29 Aug 2016
    Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller on August 27th called in to radio show Nerd World Report with Hop and Herc to talk about the new series. He touched on the tradition of calling the second-in-command “Number One”, music production, and deciding upon the timeline for the show (Kelvin or Prime). The Protagonist  Fuller revealed that the show’s main character, who was previously revealed to be a female lieutenant commander (with caveats), would be the U.S.S. Discovery’s first officer and would be referred to as “Number One” as an homage to Majel Barret Roddenberry’s character from Star Trek’s first pilot, “The Cage.” Fuller would not say exactly when during the series we will learn the actual name of the character, but that it would be during the first season. Fuller, dodging the question of whether it would be in the pilot, quoted Spock from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by concluding his remarks on the subject by saying “If minutes were hours…” Elaborating on Discovery’s protagonist, Fuller remarked “When we introduce our protagonist, she is called Number One for that very reason, in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original pilot. And as we were first talking about the series and talking to CBS, we said “Initially, we will only call this character Number One, because in the 60’s, in the first pilot, Gene Roddenberry was very progressive, and he had a female first officer, and CBS [NBC] executives at the time said America is not ready for a female in a command position.” Despite the series being featuring this new Number One as its protagonist, it will be an ensemble cast. Prime vs Kelvin Timeline Fuller said that when he and executive producer Alex Kurtzman were initially developing the story, they felt it could take place in either timeline and that, in his opinion, the timelines were inconsequential to the story they wanted to tell. However, Fuller noted that he and Kurtzman had decided to set Discovery in the Prime Timeline in order to keep the new series independent of the films. As a matter of practicality, the writing staff for Discovery would therefore not need to keep track of what the writers associated with the films were doing, and vice versa. Fuller felt that there was something nice about setting Discovery in the Prime Timeline as there are so many aspects of The Original Series that would be fun to explore with updated production values. “Reimagining” Star Trek Fuller has stated in previous comments that Discovery would “reimagine” Star Trek. When pressed for specifics, Fuller mentioned that one of the cool things they get to do with the show is reimagine all of the alien species that the audience has seen before in Star Trek. Fuller, along with the show’s writing staff, wanted to do something a little unique with the look of aliens. Commenting on this, Fuller said “It’s fun for all of us who have fetishized the look of these species over the years of watching Star Trek, and it’s fun for us to put a new spin on old favorites.” When specifically pressed about the look of the Klingons in Discovery and whether they would have forehead ridges, or look like they did in The Original Series, Fuller would not comment. Continuing, Fuller said that “we’re going to try to achieve a new look for Star Trek that is very much Star Trek, but also our interpretation of Star Trek. And I love [for] each of the shows I work on to have a distinct esthetic. So being able to apply the color palette of some of these, whether it’s Hannibal or Pushing Daisies, and going a different direction with science fiction, it just felt like it was a good place to start our signature look for the Star Trek universe and work our way forward as we continue to tell stories.” Given the timeframe of ten years before The Original Series, Fuller said that the crew’s uniforms would be completely different that those seen in “The Cage.” Fuller continued, saying “I think that when you see it [the uniform] I can tell you specifically what the influences are, and that the styles that [they adopted] a transporter accident in their approach. A happy transporter accident. I think when you see the design, you’ll say “It’s a little bit of this, it’s a little bit of that.” Bringing up a wardrobe test that occurred recently, he said “it was interesting to think okay we need to take these colors, and we have to put them against the bulkhead that has the ship colors, and see what’s going to be the best looking esthetic for the show. So taking the sets and wardrobe and lighting into effect.” Discovery’s Production as it Stands Today Fuller noted that the show’s pilot would be a two-part episode, with the first hour written by he and Alex Kurtzman, while the second hour was written by Nicholas Meyer. Fuller did not reveal whether the show’s two-hour pilot would air all at once, or be broken up into two episodes. Out of the 13 episodes of the show’s first season, Fuller said that the scripts had been written for the first three episodes. Script outlines have been developed for episodes four and five, but they are not complete yet. However, Fuller and his writing team have fleshed out the story arc for the entire first season. Story concepts have been developed for the remaining episodes. Fuller noted that Star Trek has primarily been episodic, with the exception for the Dominion War arc on Deep Space Nine. He said that Discovery will be very different from the majority of Star Trek as it will be serialized. As previously reported, CBS has ordered a 13-episode first season of Discovery. Fuller strongly recommended against doing 26-episode seasons as other Star Trek shows have done, noting that he thought it would fatigue the show. Fuller’s ideal season would be ten episodes, but that the future beyond season one of Discovery changes weekly so the episode orders for additional seasons have yet to be determined. Regarding CBS...
  • 27 Aug 2016
    The new Star Trek Beyond character Jaylah is a dynamic addition to film and potentially the crew. Here I make my case for why she is among the strongest characters of the franchise and should stick around should another Kelvin film be made. Fresh is not generally a word associated with someone or something that is celebrating its 50th birthday. While J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the aging Star Trek franchise in 2009, the introduction of a new character that resonates with audiences has been missing from both the television shows and feature films arguably since Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, in Star Trek Beyond’s Jaylah, fans have been presented with a character that offers a new vitality as well as the potential of a new role model to an aging franchise that needed a reboot to once again connect with the zeitgeist. Innovation has always been at the forefront of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, especially the aspects in which he personally created. Two of those revolutionary moments came in the characters of Uhura in The Original Series and the aforementioned Worf. Both represented powerful images in times of social upheaval, and sadly, both are still needed today. While Jaylah’s origins are not as unique as those two, her inclusion is no less important for a franchise that needed to go back to the original characters Roddenberry created to remain relevant and interesting to audiences. Exciting debuts are hard to achieve, and yet Justin Lin, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were able to accomplish just such a feat when Jaylah, superbly portrayed by the talented Sofia Boutella, bursts on screen to rescue Scotty from a marauding band of scanners. As soon as the audience set eyes on her, it was evident Jaylah was a strong and independent character, not defined by her gender or race, but by her perseverance to survive and ingenuity to repair the USS Franklin, a type of technology she had never encountered. Sofia Boutella brought the character of Jaylah to life Dynamism is a lot like charisma, one either has it or not. It is difficult to manufacture, and yet Jaylah possesses a passion, spirit, and vivacity for life that has not been seen in Star Trek for a long, long time. Taking nothing away from the stronger female characters that came before Jaylah in the Final Frontier, like Janeway, Torres, and Kira, Star Trek’s newest addition is responsible for saving the entire crew of the Enterprise. When introduced to Scotty and Kirk, she does not wither into the background, but remains an integral component in the crew’s rescue, escape, and ultimate defeat of Krall. Debuting on television screens in 1966, Uhura famously connected with a disenfranchised part of the population that had never been portrayed in other than a servant role. Martin Luther King stated it was the only television show to be viewed in his home. Following in Uhura’s footsteps was Janeway when Voyager debuted in 1995, as the first female captain to lead a Star Trek show. Again, a new generation of viewers were inspired by her inclusion and role. While Zoe Saldana’s Uhura has been a revelation in terms of growth and strength, her character already had an impact on audiences. Struggling with the depiction and inclusion of strong female characters, popular culture has come under fire, and rightfully so, for its handling of female comic book characters, as well as women in film. Another Abrams production broke down the barrier a bit when the character of Rey was introduced to the world in the latest Star Wars film. Her character was the best part of the film, and introduced the typical male-dominated fandom of the franchise to young women. Opportunity are always present to make an impact and impression on audiences and Abrams’ Rey accomplished its goal. Now Jaylah has the potential to do for Star Trek what Rey achieved in Star Wars. This is why Jaylah’s story continuing in the Kelvin Timeline is essential and vital that she not be a one-off character. The director and screenwriters already opened the door with her admittance to Starfleet Academy, and it would not be beyond the realm of possibility for the amount of time needed to pass in the fictional universe for her to join the crew for its potential fourth cinematic adventure. She is spirited, powerful, positive and courageous – all the attributes all people should look for in a role model. As the Great Bird of the Galaxy once said: “Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” Whether it be man, woman, Russian, Klingon or anybody, regardless of orientation and background.
  • 26 Aug 2016
    Grieving over the tragic news one year ago of the untimely death of Star Trek II and III composer James Horner, fans of the musician poured onto social media to celebrate, lament and share stories of the famed composer. One of those fans just happened to be Varèse Sarabande’s Robert Townson, who as luck would have it, was able to share a very special career moment in 2013 with Horner at the Hollywood in Vienna concert. While commiserating with fans online, Townson noticed the one sliver of sunshine for everyone was his posts about the concert itself and time he spent with Horner. Thus was born, Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner project. Townson was in a unique position to produce the Blu-ray concert, as he’s done the same for over 1,300 film scores and concerts throughout his career. While he only knew Horner as a professional colleague, Townson was as touched by his music as everyone else and jumped at the opportunity to conduct a symposium with Horner on his creative process and career while in Vienna, in the very same auditorium that his Academy Award winning father Harry Horner worked. “It was a lovely opportunity and one I cherish now,” Townson explained. “It was the first time he had heard a concert of his film music in a concert hall. One of the services this concert and new Blu-ray give is an almost kind of cathartic experience. Fans get to see James himself reacting to hearing his music performed in a concert hall and experiencing what his music meant to people.” “He was so moved by it,” Townson continued. “The moments throughout the concert, where the camera cut to James experiencing this for the first time, he was tearing up. Seeing that now in light of the tragic events that unfolded is very comforting to people. To whatever degree he knew his work was important before this, in this setting the degree of his extraordinary contribution to the world of music was truly irrefutable.” The 17-track concert Blu-ray, conducted by David Newman, features a track titled “Star Trek Suite” as well as Horner’s memorable “End Titles” to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and other films including Braveheart, Avatar, Titanic, Legends of the Fall and more. In addition, the organizers, including Hollywood In Vienna Director Dr. Sandra Tomek presented Horner with the Max Steiner Film Achievement Award. His moving acceptance speech as well as the above symposium are also included on the Blu-ray release. “In his speech, he said it was the most important moment of his life, when he received the Max Steiner Award, with the audience cheering on their feet,” Townson added. Solitary as so many composers are, sitting alone in quiet rooms, writing music and playing the piano, the notoriously shy Horner always turned down previous invitations to attend concerts or offers of his music being played live. However, when he was approached in 2013, he decided to attend the special event in his honor, which gave him an opportunity to pilgrimage to where his father’s professional career began with Max Reinhardt. Providing organizers and fans with a rare opportunity to celebrate Horner’s career, the concert allowed a fitting tribute to his work that spanned three decades, beginning with The Hand in 1981 and prematurely ending with his final feature films in 2015, Wolf Totum, Southpaw and The 33. In between, Horner also wrote film scores for memorable movies such as Cocoon, Field of Dreams, Glory, The Rocketeer, Patriot Games, Apollo 13, and Titanic (for which he won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Score and Best Original Song). Tabbed by Nicholas Meyer to write the score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the then 27-year old composer only had seven previous credits to his name at that point. Dreaming of becoming a classical composer, Horner actually looked down on a career in film scoring; all of which changed with Wrath of Khan. Meyer wanted to distance this new film from the previous Star Trek: The Most Picture, which also meant not reusing any of Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic music from the movie. “The film needed a powerful score,” Horner explained to Starlog Magazine’s Tom Sciacca in 1982. “The score is designed to help create a feeling of tremendous speed and power for the Enterprise.” “Spock never had a theme before, and I wanted to give him a theme to tie the whole of Genesis and Spock by the end of the film,” Horner added, “so that it would all mean something. The theme for Spock, incidentally, is actually heard at the Leaving Drydock sequence.” Unique in its own way, rather than being compared to the incomparable Goldsmith score, fans embraced Horner’s music for Star Trek II, which would take its proper place as one of the film series more indelible scores. The composer even has a brief cameo in the film, as a cadet walking the corridors and preparing the Enterprise for its final confrontation with Khan. Joining the production of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Horner believed his Star Trek II gig to be a one-time journey to The Final Frontier. But as fans know all too well now, The Wrath of Khan truly kicked off Star Trek’s second life. “Initially when I was doing Star Trek II there was no Star Trek III,” Horner shared in a 2010 Wrath of Khan Blu-ray featurette interview. “Star Trek III got formulated somewhere along the end while we were doing it. I had to change the end of Star Trek II musically, and they changed the cut so that it merged into the beginning of Star Trek III, and it actually held me in very good stead. Star Trek II was really to me, an emotional story between Kirk and Spock and that really paid off in a big way obviously in the next movie. I always look for those types of things in the films I do. It’s...
  • 26 Aug 2016
    The Jaylah actress discusses being cast in Star Trek Beyond, her career thus far, and transforming into the franchise’s newest lifeform. Expletives have been something added to further the humor of Star Trek films since Captain Kirk’s “double dumb-ass on you” in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Brent Spiner’s Data took it one step further in Star Trek: Generations and of course the JJ screenwriters have embraced the concept of colorful metaphors to an entirely new level. But Sofia Boutella’s “holy shit” moment came when she was actually cast as Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, according to a new article in the August edition of Empire Magazine. “It wasn’t until the callback that they told me it was Star Trek, and what character I was playing. Then they took me to the make-up trailer and said, ‘This is what you’re going to look like.’ And I was like, ‘Holy shit.’” A dancer since the age of five, Boutella has revealed herself to movie audiences in two defining pop culture roles recently, first as the assassin Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s The Kingsman and of course this summer as Jaylah. Establishing a new character in a fifty-year franchise that has seen its fair share of amazing new life portrayed by talented actors is nothing to sneeze at, however Star Trek Beyond Director Justin Lin explained the potential rewards of Jaylah, as well as casting the actress in the role. “I knew if we did it right,” Lin told Empire, “it would be great to have a new character who could potentially join the family. “I knew as soon as I saw her,” he said. “Usually when you’re writing you try to find someone to fit [what you’ve written], but I started crafting the character to Sofia’s strengths. I wanted someone who when you meet them has this strength, but you realise it might be a mask.” More fascinating nuggets from the article include Boutella’s dancing background, staying away from the temptation of easy money, as well as her familiarity with Star Trek and packing for her audition. She has been cast in the latest Mummy remake, as the Mummy, starring alongside Tom Cruise. With the potential of Jaylah appearing in future Star Trek films according to Lin, it appears Sofia Boutella will be sticking around for a bit, much the benefit of filmgoers and Star Trek fans. “To be honest, I’m not very familiar [with Star Trek]. I saw the two films of the new franchise but I didn’t grow up watching it. It’s the same with Star Wars; it just wasn’t a part of me growing up. I wasn’t geeking on it to be honest.” Read the full interview at Empire.
  • 29 Aug 2016
    The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek Book Review If you read the first volume of the The Fifty-Year Mission duology – titled The First 25 Years – and thought it was brimming with content, then you […]
  • 29 Aug 2016
    The team behind COPD Highly Illogical: A special tribute to Leonard Nimoy, which is being produced by Nimoy’s daughter Julie and her husband David Knight, has released a new trailer for the upcoming documentary film. COPD Highly Illogical: A special tribute to Leonard Nimoy strives to educate viewers about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) through […]
  • 29 Aug 2016
    Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed some interesting details about the upcoming show, during a recent interview with KERN-FM radio’s Nerd World Report. Here’s some of the highlights: • The main female character, that had been discussed earlier this month, will be called “Number One”. When we introduce our protagonist, she is called ‘Number […]
  • 24 Aug 2016
    Star Trek Mission: New York is fast approaching, beaming down to the Javits Center in New York City on Friday September 2nd through Sunday September the 4th. This is the first year for Mission New York as a convention and it’s offering an impressive and unique line-up for all three days. is here to […]
  • 21 Aug 2016
    Star Trek in gaming will have a special presence at the Star Trek: Mission New York convention on September 2-4. CBS Consumer Products and ReedPOP, the convention organizer, are bringing Star Trek: Bridge Crew to the show floor. The main attraction of the Gaming Zone, Bridge Crew is a virtual reality game developed by Ubisoft, […]
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.
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    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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  • 29 Aug 2016
    The Smithsonian Channel will debut on September 4 its documentary BUILDING STAR TREK, which pays tribute to the Original Series by examining its impact on culture and technology while simultaneously charting the development of the two exhibits at the Smithsonian and EMP museums.
  • 28 Aug 2016
    It’s been just a few weeks since STAR TREK: DISCOVERY showrunner Bryan Fuller made his first comments to the setting and casting of the upcoming series, and in a new interview last night, Fuller offered up much more on DISCOVERY and some of the behind-the-scenes decisions going into 2017’s new STAR TREK adventure.
  • 28 Aug 2016
    It’s the final issue of IDW Publishing’s first five-year run of Kelvin Timeline "Star Trek" comics, the concluding chapter of “Connection,” uniting the two Trek timelines to solve a crisis that spans both universes! But don't worry, just because this tale ends with Issue #60, it's not the end for IDW's "Star Trek" comic line!
  • 27 Aug 2016
    Back in January, La-La Land Records announced that new Star Trek soundtrack releases were being prepared for debut in 2016, and after long months of waiting, we finally have some idea of when they’ll be available: their TREK 50th, ENTERPRISE Vol. 2, and VOYAGER collections are coming in the next few months!
  • 23 Aug 2016
    We heard from Simon Pegg and Doug Jung several times leading up to the release of STAR TREK BEYOND that Memory Alpha - the Star Trek wiki - was a big resource in their writing process... and now Dan Carlson, co-founder of Memory Alpha, reveals how MA helped the BEYOND script!


1928 Harvey Hart is born.
1936 Arnold Lessing is born.
1949 Christopher Collins is born.
1966 Seventh and final day of filming on TOS: "Miri". Production went one day over schedule.
1967 The score for TOS: "The Doomsday Machine", composed by Sol Kaplan, is recorded.
1969 The Seventh UK Story Arc continues in Joe 90: Top Secret #33 with the third of four installments.
1978 Eighteenth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1983 Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1989 Fourth day of filming on TNG: "The Bonding".
1991 Third day of filming on TNG: "The Game". Revised final draft script for TNG: "Unification II" is submitted.
1993 Second day of filming on TNG: "Dark Page".
1994 Final draft script for DS9: "The Abandoned" is submitted.
1995 Final draft script for DS9: "Rejoined" is submitted.
1996 Second day of filming on VOY: "Warlord" on Paramount Stage 8 and 9.
2000 Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Flesh and Blood".
2001 First day of filming on ENT: "Breaking the Ice".
2002 Eighth and final day of filming on ENT: "Marauders".
2004 Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Cold Station 12". Star Trek: The Original Series season 1 DVD released in Region 2.
2012 William Sully dies. Kathleen Nicholson Graham dies.

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  • 29 Aug 2016
    On Saturday, September 10, 2016, starting at 10:00 am Pacific Time, the Propworx Star Trek Auction IX will take place in a live, online bidding session at A total of 215 lots of Star Trek memorabilia will be offered in the sale, which is highlighted by a Leonard Nimoy worn TOS orange Radiation helmet from the 1st season episode "The Naked Time"; 4 different screen worn Starfleet Captains uniforms (2 feature film Shatners, 1 Stewart and 1 Mulgrew); an extremely rare Star Trek: First Contact Enterprise-E Bridge Console; an amazing 32 lots of various Federation and alien phaser weapons (including a few Klingon knives); and 47 lots of beautiful concept artwork by Emmy Award winning Star Trek Costume Designer Robert Blackman. The phaser offerings are particularly noteworthy, given the wide selection of weapon styles and varieties represented in the sale - that range from small pistols to the largest Federation EVA rifles - that one would be very hard pressed to find a collection of Star Trek phasers ever offered before in a single auction that is more comprehensive than this.

    Interested bidders may register to participate in the sale directly on the website at this link:

    Presented below are some highlights from the Propworx Star Trek Auction IX offerings ...

  • 23 Aug 2016
    Below are some photos of the various Star Trek actors and celebrity guests on stage at the Creation Official 50th Anniversary Star Trek Las Vegas Convention which took place at the Rio Suites Hotel from August 3 - 7, 2016. The event was expanded over a 5 day timeframe and featured a particularly strong representation from TOS guest stars; some of whom were making their first or a very rare appearance in Vegas.

    From Wednesday, August 3rd, in the panel "Star Trek Guest Stars of the Original Series", from left: Sherry Jackson (Andrea), Celeste Yarnall (Yeoman Martha Landon), Sabrina Scharf (Miramanee), Tania Lemani (Kara) and BarBara Luna (Lieutenant Marlena Moreau) ...

    From the panel "Amazing Talents that have graced Star Trek", Elinor Donahue (Commissioner Nancy Hedford of TOS "Metamorphosis") and Gregory Itzin (Ilon Tandro of TNG) ...
    Legendary Star Trek superfans Bjo and John Trimble are presented with a recognition award by CBS Vice President John Van Citters:
    From Thursday, August 4th, in the panel "The Sons of Trek", from left: Adam Nimoy, Rod Roddenberry and Chris Doohan ...
    From the panel "Tribute to Nichelle Nichols", Nichelle with host Adam Malin ...
    From Friday, August 5th, George Takei on the main stage ...
    From the panel "Star Trek: Voyager Part 1", from left: host Adam Malin, Tim Russ, Ethan Phillips and Garrett Wang ...
    From Saturday, August 6th, in the panel "Star Trek: The Next Generation Stars - Part 3", from left: Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes ...
    Host Scott Mantz and Walter Koenig ...
    Host Adam Malin and William Shatner ...
    Scott Bakula ...
    From Sunday, August 7th, in the panel "Aliens of Star Trek: The Original Series", from left: Bobby Clark (Gorn), Clint Howard (Balok), Jack Donner (Tal) and Sandy Gimpel (M-113 Salt Vampire) ...

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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