Past Updates 2015
New editorial: The Trouble with Star Trek's Self-Image.
The Ex Astris Excellentia Award goes to the Enterprise-D 3D Project. Congratulations!
Here is our season 6 update of the Notable Changes in TNG Remastered. We will continue the articles on the single episodes once the according galleries at TrekCore are ready.
The next two Voyager season 2 reviews: "Parturition" and "Persistence of Vision".
The first trailer for "Star Trek Beyond" has been released. It consists of nothing but explosions, fights, flying people and the other usual stuff and does the contrary of getting me excited. I still hope the actual movie has a bit of substance, unlike this immature trailer.
On different news, I have converted the whole Starship Database to CSS and improved the layout.
I'm working on further code and layout improvements. The latest changes can be found in the various scripts such as the Guestbook, now coded to fit into a viewport of 640 pixels, and with bigger fonts and form fields.
I continue my Voyager season 2 reviews with "Non Sequitur" and "Twisted".
Here is a big new article that I have compiled together with Jan Herfort. We investigate Voyager's Crew Complement, the number of seen or mentioned casualties, the development of the crew count over time, the number of different seen crew members and different names, and more. Overall, with a few simple assumptions it makes more sense than previously assumed.
Here are four new ship designs in the Journal of Applied Treknology.
Here is a new story: Encircled by Travis Anderson. Feeling a noose tightening around them, the Maquis cell on Ronara Prime struggles with Federation and Cardassian threats all around. Including a potential strategic development that would change the balance of power in the Alpha Quadrant.
I have also set up a page for news about the new TV series, which (like all static EAS pages) allows commenting.
Here are two new game reviews by Andrew Friden, of Star Trek ConQuest Online and Star Trek: Hidden Evil.
Vulcans are frequently said to be incapable of lying, although it is clear that Spock as well as other Vulcans occasionally lied. A new article by Joe Richardson investigates the myth: Vulcan Lies and Errors.
Time for an update of the Links page.
I have reviewed "Divided We Stand", the latest episode of Star Trek Continues.
I have redesigned the EAS index page, getting rid of the nested tables in favor of mobile-friendly divs. Also, I hope that more people find the way to important guide pages such as the Trek Feeds. Finally, after some complaints that the design was too busy I have moved the direct links to sub-index pages to sub-menus that appear when hovering above the section symbols to the right. I am aware that this is a step away from my concept to show as much as possible at a glance, but it really helps to keep the design clean.
I have discovered a secret(!?) RSS feed that allows me to compile a list of recent Disqus comments, without the need hire a department of programmers who can handle APIs. You can find the recent posts on the EAS Today page, so you know what is going on and where to comment.
More content can be seen in the new layout, such as the EAS Fleet Yards.
Furthermore, I have added the Disqus comment box to the Fan Fiction section.
Continuing my Voyager season 2 reviews. Here are "Projections" and "Elogium", the so far best and worst episode of the series, respectively.
Here is my review of the pilot episode of Star Trek: Renegades. In my view the most exciting unofficial Star Trek film ever made.
New story by Travis Anderson in the series The Cause: Counter Terror. The Federation and the Cardassians have finally united around a single issue: the Maquis. Establishing a joint task force, the law enforcement specialists hand picked for the assignment will stop at nothing to bring in every last member of the Maquis. Starting with the Maquis commander himself, Cal Hudson.
Here is a new Treknology Reference Guide, compiled by Joe Richardson. It lists the earliest appearances of various Earth/Starfleet technologies in Star Trek, as a supplement to the Treknology Encyclopedia and the various articles in the Investigations section.
Here is a new story in the Star Trek Universal series by J. Grey and R. Cane: The Barman - "There's always more than two sides to every story."
A new story by Travis Anderson: Death of the Reich. Ekos and Zeon have contacted Starfleet with an urgent request that a starship be sent to investigate unusual solar activity. The Enterprise-B is dispatched and what Captain Harriman and his crew discover is nothing short of a nightmare.
Starting my Voyager season 2 reviews. Here are "The 37's" and "Initiations".
The Starship Gallery has been completely reworked. Besides the new layout I have also improved many of the old scans, especially those from the book Star Trek Mechanics.
I have been busy with the format conversion lately. All articles in the Investigations section, all Gallery pages, the Treknology Encyclopedia and some pages in the Quick Reference section, such as The Tribbles, can be seen in the new CSS layout with bigger thumbnails.
Here is a very detailed review of the classic video game Star Trek: 25th Anniversary by Florian Haag.
A new article by Dávid Metlesits describes The Evolution of the TOS Captain's Chair.
I have also added a new page for Video Game Guest Reviews. See reviews of Elite Force 2 and Bridge Commander by Marten van Wier.
On a different note, almost 50% of all articles in the Investigations section have been converted to the new layout, such as Re-Uses of the New York Streets Set. I have started to work on the Galleries too.
It's been some time, but here is the next article in our series: Observations in TNG: "Realm of Fear". See Barclay's strange encounter in the transporter beam in the HD screen cap gallery at TrekCore.
I have converted the articles about prop re-uses (such as Re-Used Props - Furniture) to a more attractive layout, with much bigger thumbnails, fully CSS-based and suited for mobile devices. My goal is to process some 60% of the site using the interactive PHP thumbnail generator and HTML recoder that I have been debugging for many days and nights but that has paid off already now.
The images in a number of articles such as on Alien Monocultures in Star Trek have been improved. I'm not sure when or if I can take care of the rest of some 600 pages.
I have improved the layout and the images of the Character Bios, and supplemented some information. I hope I will find the time to compile the complete Enterprise crew biographies eventually.
I have compiled a small gallery with screen caps of Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand from TOS, movies and Voyager.
Disqus comments are now enabled on all pages. I intend to keep them as long as the moderation can be handled and as long as the section remains ad-free.
Grace Lee Whitney 1930-2015. It's so sad that another original crew member passes away so soon.
Test phase of the Disqus commenting system. I still need to verify how I can keep the site clean and whether I can leave the comments open for guests. You can help me with your comments on a test page and by taking part in the poll.
All EAS pages sport a new header. While it doesn't include new functions for now (I'm thinking of adding extendable menus), it should look more attractive and should work better on small displays. I still need to address some browser compatibility issues. I will decide about a viewport size later, so the pages (except those with table-based layouts, which are a hopeless case) will be rendered bigger on mobile devices.
Here is a new article by Jörg about the Appearances of the Ferengi Marauder, in which he investigates every single shot of the ship.
I have posted Andrew Friden's review of the Elite Force Expansion Pack. More game reviews are on the way.
Jörg has compiled a massive article with 160 pictures that illustrates all appearances of the Romulan D'deridex-class Warbird in all Star Trek series and investigates the differences from the first to the second filming miniature and the CG model. Also included are the ship designs from Enterprise that are based on the Romulan Warbird.
Two more Voyager season 1 reviews: "Emanations" and "Prime Factors".
Here are my reviews of two more Voyager episodes: "Eye of the Needle" and "Ex Post Facto".
Going through the extensive screen cap galleries at TrekCore, I had the idea to compile a special tribute gallery, with one picture of Leonard Nimoy as Spock from each episode or movie in which he appeared. It is also the prototype of a new gallery style with bigger thumbnails and a "fluid" layout. Believe it or not, I didn't create this page with an HTML editor but with Excel.
A few personal words on the passing of Leonard Nimoy.
See my reviews of VOY: "Phage" and "The Cloud".
New Poll: Pick your favorite Spock quote.
A sad loss for the world of Star Trek: Leonard Nimoy dies at the age of 83. "He's not really dead. As long as we remember him."
The TOS episode reviews (including the guest reviews) have been converted to the new layout.
Alice Orbán has sent me many new or improved images for the Starship Database. Here is the first batch with more accurate side views of the Arkonian shuttle, the Borg scout, the second Malon freighter, the Tarkalean freighter, the Tellarite shuttle, the Valdore and a few smaller changes.
Jay Stobie reviews Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack.
The conversion of the DS9 episode reviews (including guest reviews) to the new format is completed.
A new article by Frank Bitterhof deals with commercially available Acoustic Panels as Wall Coverings in TNG.
The Enterprise reviews have been brought up to the new standard, leaving only TOS and DS9 with the old layout.
See our Observations in TNG: "I, Borg". TrekCore has a gallery with 386 HD screen caps from this episode, in which a Borg regains his individuality and Picard has to change his mind about how to deal with him.
The EAS Fleet Yards index page has received an overhaul, including new comparison charts of my old ship designs.
Riker's quarters and Crusher's quarters complete BobyE's reconstructions of the senior officers' quarters on the Enterprise-D. Also new: turbolifts on the Enterprise refit, Enterprise-A, Enterprise-B and Enterprise-E.
I am reworking the layout of all episode pages for better readability and HTML 4 compliance. This is a process that allows no automation (except for search & replace iterations in a text editor) and will still take several months. For now, I have finished the TNG pages and the Voyager season 1 reviews that are currently being updated anyway.
Happy New Year! No big update today, but check out the article on on Real Stars and Bayer Names that I updated with the latest information from TNG-R episodes.