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21 Jan 2023

25th Anniversary of EAS

The world of Star Trek was a very different one in the mid-1990's, a full generation of fans ago. I will always remember this as the one and only Golden Age, although after the end of TNG "only" two series, DS9 and Voyager, were on the air at the same time. I had to wait for the episodes at least half a year until they were released on VHS, but it didn't feel like I was left behind. It was a great time to be a Trek fan, especially if you were a nerd. The emerging internet was populated by tech-savvy people like me, who were sitting in front of bulky CRT monitors and were more or less patiently waiting for their downloads to complete. I personally had the advantage of a much faster connection at my university, but generally video streaming and most of the bandwidth-consuming pastimes of today were still a dream in the age of the 28.8 kBit/s modem. Every byte of data we could obtain was somehow precious. Smartphones or social networks would not exist until a decade later. Yet, information on Star Trek was relatively easy to come by if Altavista was your friend. While the studio and the network still mostly relied on traditional communication channels, plenty of fan websites provided pictures, episode reviews, production news and links to other sites. Star Trek in Sound and Vision, Sector 0-0-1, The STArchive, Maximum Defiant, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Mr. Video Productions were among my early favorites.

Following the previews and the speculation on the upcoming feature film "Star Trek: First Contact" and particularly the evolution of the Enterprise-E design in 1996 was my probably most impactful early internet experience. My real-life friends and I used to look up the news almost every day. This arguably fueled our anticipation of a new movie like never before and never again. Then "First Contact" was released, and we loved it! And that was just the start of the madness. It may be hard to believe in the digital age, but after purchasing the VHS cassette, my friend Thorsten and I knelt in front of TV, freeze-framed the movie and tried to sketch up the new ships with pencil and paper. After discussing the ship classes from "First Contact" and other technical issues with other fans in newsgroups and forums, some time in 1997 I felt like sharing my Trek knowledge and creating my own site. Incidentally, I had just started a job as a research assistant in the field of microelectronics. I argued that our university institute shouldn't be the last one without a website, and so my professor assigned the task to me. I began to learn a bit of HTML, or rather how to use the WYSIWYG editor Microsoft Frontpage, so I could kill two birds with one stone.

On 21 January 1998, I uploaded an effectively nameless site "Star Trek - by Bernd Schneider" to the university server - actually to an obscure sub-directory of the new institute website so it wouldn't raise too much unwanted attention. This initial version of the site consisted of pictures of six starships designed by me, a review of the Enterprise-E model (which I had bought in the NASM shop on a trip to an electronic devices conference in Washington D.C.), an outline of my later time travel analysis, a short list of inconsistencies (not even including the Klingon foreheads) and a few jokes. There were 43 files with a total size of 314 kilobytes.

Read the rest of the story: 25th Anniversary of EAS.

Bernd Schneider

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  • 19 Apr 2024

    On North Star:

    Seems to be a standard thing that when there is some sort of tie in to Earth's history in a Star Trek episode, it's always US history. Wouldn't you know it, it's the second time that the Hollywood Old West pops up. They could have had a bunch of Spanish Conquistadors, Japanese samurai, ancient Romans, or Zulu warriors who along with their families were kidnapped and enslaved, revolted, and then did their best to replicate what they knew on another planet. but beyond the Fourth Wall in any Star Trek episode, the primary audience lurks, and that of course, is the US TV audience who want to see what they are already familiar with, or at least think they are familiar with.

    "And where does the coffee come from in such an arid prairie" Bernd, I'm sure you are familiar with the term ersatz coffee. Ersatz steel, ersatz whiskey, and ersatz gunpowder might have been a bit more problematical, though.

  • 19 Apr 2024

    On Rajiin:
    Didn't they teach Archer during his training that the mission comes first? Yes, slavery is horrifically wrong no matter when or where it exists. But there isn't a damn thing that Archer could have done to stop the Orion's and their slave trading. He should have just walked away without trying to free her. Because he didn't stick to the mission, he ended up bringing a spy aboard.

  • 19 Apr 2024

    Some thoughts about The Expanse:

    "If it was all vaporized, it would have burnt many kilometers of ground on either side. Moreover, it would have created a catastrophic pollution of Earth's atmosphere."
    But then, vaporizing beings, equipment, walls or doors with phasers which often happened on TOS, less often later, would have caused some toxic gases dangerous for anyone who breathed them.

    "seems to me specifically like a promotion for George Bush's "crusade" against the evil. With the Vulcans playing the part of "Old Europe". The only ironic undertone in this respect is the reason for the Xindi attack, that they have done it in preemptive self-defense." Yes, it made about as much sense as did the 2003 plunge into Iraq. Worse, the Xindi were not trying to take out our ability to create a planet killing weapon, but are trying to wipe us out of existence. W, in all his naivete probably sincerely believed that we could create a western style liberal democracy for Iraq and likewise Afghanistan. I never believed the invasion was a plot to get control of the oil reserves. I believe he meant well, But what's that they say about hell being paved with good intentions. I hoped to hell for the good of the world that I was wrong and W was right, but he was so wrong.

  • 19 Apr 2024

    This is exemplary work. So very grateful for this!

    One note for the future: Unification Part I had another model shot they couldn’t find and had to recreate in CGI, rather beautifully, at 29:42.

  • 15 Apr 2024

    Like humans in a cosmic horror story. You just simply CAN'T comprehend all the things you seen. So, you TRICK yourself on how it works. Denial is a common aspect of life, however a VERY dominant force that tell you "Hey, that tiger-creature is right next to a good fruit-tree. Sneak badly to grab some fruit and get out alive."

  • 15 Apr 2024

    My head canon to ST humans finding human-oid alien life.

    Man rejects God. Man becomes God. That new God creates life from denial. Man's denial is part of the STABILITY of the damned universe!

    Trek's redemption arc is to just DIE. Let another sci-fi show create a legacy format and explore interesting ideas Trek didn't or rarely had the back to deal with like "Is homophobia still alive?" or "Alien nut-whacks try to resurrect an evil-imprisoned super-being-that-is-not-a-god!"

  • 15 Apr 2024

    That brings into another question: Why IS history allowed to repeat even when the folk retain some aspect of remembering the logic of the episode? Ugly and real answer; there's a literal mind monster attached to your head sucking your brains out bit by bit using all kinds of weird mind magic, so you don't fight it off. Even in Trek, things like those mind-parasites exist just to survive and feed!

  • 15 Apr 2024

    There is an anachronism in Carbon Creek. The "State Highway 138" street sign is a distinctly 90's/early 2000's design.

  • 14 Apr 2024

    On Cogenitor: Trip was so morally and ethically right, but in terms of the mission, wrong. For a real life comparison, imagine a Western diplomat in Saudi Arabia, and things they see that might disgust them, but have to look the other way, as they are guests in the country. Or imagine a West German diplomat to the US in the 50s or early to mid 60s witnessing Jim Crow in action, or better still, a member of the West German military in the US for training in the same situation. They'd have no choice to look the other way, because even if they could do something about it - and they couldn't - they'd be failing in their duty, and would face consequences. Yes, I was glad to see Trip be the person rather than Archer. With all of Trip's talk about cowboys, and how the Montanans supposedly invented warp drive, he sometimes looked like a throwback not to the early 20th century, but the 19th. It was good to see him as basically normal twenty second century guy.

  • 14 Apr 2024

    Lower Decks being cancelled is surprising. I thought it was the show everybody liked.

  • 13 Apr 2024
    Lower Decks has been canceled, Strange New Worlds has been renewed. Here is my comment.
  • 12 Apr 2024
    My review of DIS: "Jinaal". After a promising start of the season, things begin to fall apart in the third episode.
  • 10 Apr 2024
    I have added still 90 more images (mostly from the Shipyards books) to the gallery pages for Delta Quadrant, Part 1 and Delta Quadrant, Part 2.
  • 06 Apr 2024
    And here comes DIS: "Under the Twin Moons". The second episode can't quite keep up with the premiere, not primarily because of less action but because of the awkward ways that characters get involved in the story.
  • 05 Apr 2024
    Here is my review of DIS: "Red Directive". The fifth and final season begins with a good amount of action, decent character interaction and a galactic mystery with a connection to classic Trek.
  • 31 Mar 2024
    Update for the alien fleet chart Alpha & Beta Quadrant. I have added more than a dozen ships, recalculated some sizes and replaced the depictions with better ones where necessary. Note that only ships are included whose design sizes are known or that can be scaled with a reasonable margin of error.
  • 28 Mar 2024
    A new article by Jörg and me looks at Redresses of the Romulan Scout. This article has been in the making for almost two decades. And it will probably have to be updated as soon as next week, after the Discovery season 5 premiere has aired. So stay tuned.
  • 23 Mar 2024
    There are many Chinese characters in Soong's places in TNG: "Datalore" and "Brothers". Most of them can be identified by now, although not all of them make sense. Read in a new article by Lin Jingqiu.
  • 18 Mar 2024
    Over 50 new images of Discoverse Federation Vessels. I have also replaced all database side views of 23rd century and 32nd century Discovery ships with larger versions, where available.
  • 16 Mar 2024
    Fleet chart update: Discoverse Federation and Discoverse Klingon. There are a few new ships, and the side views are much better now. A big thanks to Pundus for the kind support! While I was at it, I also added large images from Eaglemoss publications to the Discovery Klingon Ship Gallery.
  • 09 Mar 2024
    I have finally added the starships from Star Trek Picard to the Federation fleet chart, which has therefore grown enormously. Speaking of sections that have not seen an update in years, I think Star Trek + Design deserves an EAE Award. Congratulations, Eno!
  • 02 Mar 2024
    Massive ship gallery update with some 120 new images of Various Starfleet Vessels and (now on a separate page) of Wolf 359 & DS9TM Starfleet Vessels. Many thanks to Nathan Horton.
  • 22 Feb 2024
    Site maintenance: I fixed the broken links to the relocated TrekCore TNG Blu-ray galleries in all 145 TNG Observations articles.
  • 21 Feb 2024
    The oldest TNG Observations are reworked up to "The Battle" now. I also wrote a script to scan the whole site for missing resources, thanks to which I could fix two dozen broken thumbnails or image links that had come to pass with the latest improvements.
  • 17 Feb 2024
    Once again, there are over 50 new images in the Starship Gallery, mostly on the pages for the Vulcans and for the Miranda Class.
  • 11 Feb 2024
    Here are two more revised Voyager season 5 reviews, of "The Fight" and "Think Tank". I have also updated the oldest TNG Observations up to "The Last Outpost" with corrections, better images and more references.
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  • 25 Oct 2023
    The USS Stargazer cautiously investigates a spatial anomaly that appears to be bending space-time. Slowly engulfing the vessel with bursts of light and a cacophony of indecipherable noise. Is this really a natural phenomena or generated by a sinister force?

    #startrekpicard
    #startrekfanart

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  • 16 Oct 2023
    Presenting my interpretation of the delightfully mean-spirited little Exocomp, the mathematically perfect Peanut Hamper. She is one of the best things that happened to Trek :D

    Model by me

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  • 11 Feb 2023
    This Engineering complex was commissioned by Ray9012. In an emergency situation the heavy door seals of the warp core area from the rest of main engineering.

    Background info:
    "The USS ENDURANCE (NCC-1914-A) was constructed following the conclusion of the Dominion War as Starfleet attempted to step down from its war footing and return to its primary mission of peaceful exploration. As one of the final Galaxy-Class starships built, Endurance is a test platform for new technologies intended for future classes. She was specifically designed for long range, deep space exploration, the original mission intended for the Galaxy-Class but one that was seldomly realized. Her new matter / anti-matter reactor incorporates advancements from the Sovereign and Intrepid designs and provides almost 30% more power output with nearly double the efficiency of the original USS GALAXY. Second-generation Bio-Neural computer cores with a dedicated Engineering core further increases the efficiency and automation of ENDURANCE’s engineering systems. Additionally, Engineering Design Labs and industrial replicators located in Main Engineering and several cargo bays increase the ship’s ability to repair itself, provide large-scale assistance to starships and outposts."

    You can see the bridge of the Endurance-A here, created by Rekkert : USS Endurance-A Bridge Cutaway

    All Endurance-A interior images

    Modelled and rendered with Blender. Computer display textures made with Inkscape.
    Based on and inspired by original designs from:
    - Ray9012 (layout and concepts)
    - Rekkert (LCARS colour scheme)
    -Star Trek (Paramount)

    Resources used:
    - Galaxy class model by rossrobotics (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution)

    Commission date: July 2022

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  • 13 Aug 2023
    Emblem of Starfleet, late 2370s. (Well.... their badges....)

    The Star Trek franchise is owned by Paramount and CBS.

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  • 19 Apr 2024

    After an exhausting but fulfilling week at work (3-day class trip with my 5th-graders...) I need a cozy comfort blanket now. And I found it! 😊🖖
    It's so sparkly in 4K! 🌟

  • 19 Apr 2024

    Back in the day, I always assumed that these shots in show the bridge of a Romulan Warbird. The scripts to "The Enemy"↖️, "The Defector"↗️, "Tin Man"↙️ and "Future Imperfect"↘️ identify the room as the commander's ready room, however.

  • 19 Apr 2024

    #StarTrekDiscovery "Face the Strange" spoilers


    I like the theory that "Calypso"⬆️ and all the "Funny Face" music Zora listens to was just a dream of hers ↙️↘️ in 3218, trying to cope with the loss of her crew 27 years earlier, as hinted at in 's "Face the Strange"➡️by her listening to "Que será, será".

  • 18 Apr 2024

    There was no time travel involved in "Jinaal" but the "Last time on " sequence at the beginning of the episode features a shot of pre-refit USS Discovery and Starfleet Headquarters with a raised distortion field, re-used from season 3's "Die Trying". 😅

  • 18 Apr 2024

    No new footage of a Romulan Warbird was created for 's "Future Imperfect"⬅️. All of the footage of the decloaking Warbird was originally created for "The Neutral Zone"➡️.
    ex-astris-scientia.org/article

  • 18 Apr 2024

    Turns out there are two connections in this scene from ⬆️↗️now:
    The Ubald Klug Terrazza sofa, also seen in 's "Disengage"⬇️ and 's "Jinaal"↘️ and the backdrop, also seen in 's "Final Mission"↖️ and "Tapestry"↙️.😊

  • 18 Apr 2024

    There's a new sculpture ever so briefly seen in Riker's future quarters in 's "Future Imperfect". I think it's another female torso and it is never seen again, as far as I know (so far)...😅

  • 18 Apr 2024

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu 30 Jahren !
    Mein Kumpel Andi und ich hatten einen Deal: Er hat mir jeden Samstag im holländischen Fernsehen und später auf Englisch im auf VHS aufgenommen, ich ihm dafür die neueste Folge von Kalkofes Mattscheibe auf Premiere. In der Schule wurden dann die Videokassetten wöchentlich ausgetauscht. Ich freute mich damals riesig über die Crossover ⬇️ und liebe beide Sendungen nach wie vor. 🖖📺
    Auf 30 weitere Jahre, wir sehen uns auf Rigel VII! :-)

  • 18 Apr 2024

    #StarTrekDiscovery "Face the Strange" spoilers


    In case the alien weapons dealer in 's "Face the Strange"⬅️ seemed familiar: he's an Annari, first seen in the episode "Nightingale" but most closely resembling Valen in "The Void"➡️. A very faithful recreation of the make-up! :-)

  • 18 Apr 2024

    Ich bin einer von 15 Finalisten für den ersten Communicator Award - 'A Tribute to Star Trek Fandom' und bin noch vollkommen baff, besonders in Anbetracht der Mitnominierten! 🙈🙈

    communicatoraward.com/

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  • 13 Apr 2024
    Lower Decks Canceled, Strange New Worlds Renewed - Comment: Lower Decks has been canceled; Strange New Worlds has been renewed. Here is my comment. The latest news and comments on ongoing Star Trek productions
  • 12 Apr 2024
    Review of DIS: "Jinaal": My review of DIS: "Jinaal". After a promising start of the season, things begin to fall apart in the third episode. Star Trek Discovery season 5 episode guide and reviews
  • 10 Apr 2024
    Update: Still More Delta Quadrant Starship Images: I have added still 90 more images (mostly from the Shipyards books) to the gallery pages for Delta Quadrant, Part 1 and Delta Quadrant, Part 2. Gallery of ships from the Delta Quadrant from Voyager seasons 5-7
  • 06 Apr 2024
    Review of DIS: "Under the Twin Moons": And here comes DIS: "Under the Twin Moons". The second episode can't quite keep up with the premiere, not primarily because of less action but because of the awkward way that characters get involved in the story. Star Trek Discovery season 5 episode guide and reviews
  • 05 Apr 2024
    Review of DIS: "Red Directive": Here is my review of DIS: "Red Directive". The fifth and final season begins with a good amount of action, decent character interaction and a galactic mystery with a connection to classic Trek. Star Trek Discovery season 5 episode guide and reviews
  • 31 Mar 2024
    Fleet Chart Update Alpha & Beta Quadrant: Update for the alien fleet chart Alpha & Beta Quadrant. I have added more than a dozen ships, recalculated some sizes and replaced the depictions with better ones where necessary. Note that only ships are included whose design sizes are known or that can be scaled with a reasonable margin of error. Size comparison charts of all Star Trek starships (except the uncertain ones)
  • 28 Mar 2024
    My kind of humor! Quality STEM joke right there lol 😂🖖 #LLAP
  • 28 Mar 2024
    New Article: Redresses of the Romulan Scout: A new article by Jörg and me looks at Redresses of the Romulan Scout. This article has been in the making for almost two decades. And it will probably have to be updated as soon as next week, after the Discovery season 5 premiere has aired. So stay tuned. All appearances and modifications of this ship, spanning over 30 years of Trek
  • 23 Mar 2024
    New Article: Chinese Writing in Noonien Soong's Labs: There are many Chinese characters in Soong's places in TNG: "Datalore" and "Brothers". Most of them can be identified by now, although not all of them make sense. Read in a new article by Lin Jingqiu. Identification of the labels and thoughts about Soong's name
  • 18 Mar 2024
    50 New Discoverse Federation Ship Images: Over 50 new images of Discoverse Federation Vessels. I have also replaced all database side views of 23rd century and 32nd century Discovery ships with larger versions, where available. Gallery of Discovery Federation starships
  • 16 Mar 2024
    Fleet Chart Update Discoverse and New Discoverse Klingon Ship Images: Fleet chart update: Discoverse Federation and Discoverse Klingon. There are a few new ships, and the side views are much better now. A big thanks to Pundus for the kind support! While I was at it, I also added large images from Eaglemoss publications to the Discovery Klingon Ship Gallery. Gallery of Discovery alien starships
  • 12 Mar 2024
    It has become customary for the studio to make episodes available in advance for the access media. But instead of the rave reviews with flowery language that we may have expected, their statements about DIS S5 are unusually thoughtful and acknowledge the show's weaknesses (so clearly that it upsets a couple of commenters). "While there have been many welcome changes, updates, and evolutions in season 5, the show still holds on to some frustrating elements. For example, Discovery has never been interested in the details for things like understanding how the ship’s hierarchy works and defining character roles and responsibilities, and that trend continues. Thirty-second century technology continues to blow right past technobabble to simply become magic. The bridge crew gets little moments here and there, but they remain mostly in the background to make room for the main cast. And while there has been some improvement, the series often forgets the axiom that it is better to show than to tell. And, as noted before, if you aren’t a fan of those scenes when they stop the action to have a sidebar about their feelings, you’re out of luck: This show is just never going to let those go." (Anthony Pascale for Trekmovie.com, https://trekmovie.com/2024/03/11/early-review-star-trek-discovery-flies-into-a-new-adventure-in-season-5/) "The biggest single improvement comes from ditching the repetative narrative construction that became a drag on the series each outing. Season 2’s Red Angel storyline locked the show into a mystery that took until that year’s finale to be answered, and Season 3 did the same with the mystery behind The Burn. Last year’s central question about the DMA (and the extra-galactic Species 10-C) was another full-season mystery that seemed to get stuck in the mud before finally resolving in the finale, leaving a lot of fans exhausted and ready for some kind of change to the storytelling." (Alex Perry for TrekCore, https://blog.trekcore.com/2024/03/our-star-trek-discovery-season-5-spoiler-free-review/) Disclaimer: I naturally haven't seen anything of season 5 except for the trailers yet. I hope it will be enjoyable. It is not my intention to make this into a case along the lines of "Discovery is bad, even the last supporters ditch it now". Rather than that, I hope that avid Discovery fans will not treat criticism like heresy any longer. Just like those who don't like Discovery should apply measured criticism instead of all-out dismissal.
  • 09 Mar 2024
    Fleet Chart Update and EAE Award for Star Trek + Design: I have finally added the starships from Star Trek Picard to the Federation fleet chart, which has therefore grown enormously. Speaking of sections that have not seen an update in years, I think Star Trek + Design deserves an EAE Award. Congratulations, Eno! Size comparison charts of all Star Trek starships (except the uncertain ones)
  • 02 Mar 2024
    120 New Ship Images: Massive ship gallery update with some 120 new images of Various Starfleet Vessels and (now on a separate page) of Wolf 359 & DS9TM Starfleet Vessels. Many thanks to Nathan Horton. Gallery of the many kitbashed designs created for TNG and DS9
  • 22 Feb 2024
    Maintenance: Links to TrekCore Galleries: Site maintenance: I fixed the broken links to the relocated TrekCore TNG Blu-ray galleries in all 145 TNG Observations articles. Observations about sets, props, visual effects and bloopers in TNG and Star Trek: Picard
  • 21 Feb 2024
    Improved Observations and All Broken Images Fixed: The oldest TNG Observations are reworked up to "The Battle" now. I also wrote a script to scan the whole site for broken resources, thanks to which I could fix two dozen broken thumbnails or image links that had come to pass with the latest improvements. Observations about sets, props and visual effects in TNG: "The Battle"
  • 20 Feb 2024
    A fun look at TNG's imperfections, with some things that Jörg Hillebrand already spotted, plus some new ones. Picard's hands on the flute are hilarious! Too bad there will be never such a video on Discovery because that series is perfect. 🙄 Hello friends! It’s been a while... It’s me, Mr. Plinkett! Now, you all know I love Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve been watching episodes on the Blu Ra...
  • 18 Feb 2024
    A really cool comparison of the "Angel One" workprint and the final episode. The preliminary matte painting is especially interesting. Well, they could have used that one instead of the later re-uses of Angel 1. The following video compares 2 versions of the classic STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION episode called "Angel One". On the left side you can see scenes from th...

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