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  1. The largest Star Trek event in the world is ready to welcome fans from across the galaxy. Destination Star Trek Birmingham will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, and it promises wall-to-wall Trek fun all weekend long, with star talks, screenings, presentations, exhibits, autograph and photograph opportunities, a museum, a world premiere and much, much more. Below are just a few of the highlights: Celebrity Guests DST will welcome 50 guests, spanning from actors – including most of the Star Trek: Discovery cast – to authors, astronauts, producers, artists and more. And they’ll all be available for autographs and photo ops. What We Left Behind DST will host the Red Carpet World Premiere of the Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind. It’ll take place on Saturday evening at the event and fans can walk the red carpet with many of the show’s stars. Once seated in the main auditorium, the producers will introduce the film -- with help from the DS9 cast. Red carpet festivities will begin at 6.15pm. The documentary should finish by 9.15pm, followed by a party at the Hilton. (Party ticket sold separately). Parties The fun doesn't stop when the hall closes. DST will host themed parties on Friday and Saturday nights at the nearby Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Friday night is the Being William Shatner Party. Will you come dressed as Kirk? Denny Crane? T.J. Hooker, The Big Giant Head -- or a creative mashup? Saturday is the Mirror Mirror Party, with appearances by Chase Masterson and Max Grodenchik, and a performance by the Enterprise Blues Band. Retro Gaming Zone Fancy playing some of your favorite old pinball and videogames? Well, here’s your chance. Forty games will be available to play, for free, all weekend long. DST will also have a dedicated board games area where you can play beloved games or maybe discover a new one. This area will also be free to play across all three days. Screening Room Want to sit back, relax and enjoy some of your favorite old Trek episodes? Then be sure to visit the Screening Room, where you can watch everything from “Space Seed” and “Trials and Tribble-ations” to “Our Man Bashir,” “The Xindi” and “Blink of an Eye.” Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit At Destination Star Trek, you will have the special opportunity to see original props and costumes from Discovery’s Mirror Universe. These are being shipped over from the production and are heading straight back after, so you have to be there. This exhibit is free for attendees. Masquerade Event The Destination Star Trek Birmingham Cosplay Masquerade will be held at the NEC on Saturday, October 20. Cosplayers can book themselves a place by submitting an application form to enter the final. Visit the DST site for details about times, judging, prizes and more. Special Photo Opps DST will be the place to engage in a number of rare, cool photo opportunities. Be sure to look captain-like on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, NCC-1701-D and Klingon bridges. And, DST will give fans the thrill of posing with several actors who’ll be back in their familiar visages, including Armin Shimerman as Quark, Aron Eisenberg as Nog, Max Grodenchik as Rom, Casey Biggs as Damar, Robert O'Reilly as Gowron. The surefire highlight: Shimerman, Grodenchik and Eisenberg all in costume for a Ferengi Family Photo. Meet the Scientists Trek has had a profound influence on many lives and inspired many viewers to pursue a life in science. So, DST has invited the European Space Agency (ESA) to the event. Over in The Science Zone, you can chat with them about all things space and their latest projects, see their models, and more. They’ll also present several panels – free for attendees -- each day throughout the weekend. Those on hand will include Erik Kuulkers, Janine Pforr, Andrea Boyd, Mario Cypko, Shahrzad Hosseini, Markus Landgraff, Richard Moissl and Aybi Demirsan. Tickets for Destination Star Trek Birmingham and the full schedule are available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for highlights from the event and details about the best DSTB exclusives. View the full article
  2. Which Mirror Universe character is the most fierce? That's the question StarTrek.com posed to fans for this week's poll, giving as reply options Georgiou, Hoshi, Kira, Kirk, Lorca, Mayweather, Spock and Uhura. We love that the ladies of Trek really dominated the results. Check them out: Georgiou (22%) Kira (21%) Spock (17%) Hoshi (16%) Lorca (9%, 485 votes) Kirk (9%, 455 votes) Uhura (4%) Mayweather (1%) How did your Mirror Universe character of choice fare? Be sure to vote in this week's poll... View the full article
  3. Hello, StarTrek.com readers: In the new Planetary Post, we get a spectacular private tour of the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory. Walk in Albert Einstein’s footsteps and pay homage to the place where astronomers first discovered that the universe is expanding. Also — we celebrate Astronomy Day, World Space Week, NASA’s birthday and MY birthday! How much celebration can you stand? Find out, and just tell them The Doctor sent you! And to learn more about the Planetary Society, go to planetary.org. Robert Picardo View the full article
  4. The Edosians are a peaceful, polytheistic race from the planet Edos, located on the outer rim of the Milky Way galaxy. Though not part of it, they have formed a loose alliance with the Federation, coming under its agreements in trade, science, and emergency aid. There has even been a decorated Edosian in Starfleet Physiology Edosians are a tripodal species, with three legs, three arms, and three digits on each hand and foot. Their skin is orange, with bony features underneath. Edosians have an extremely long life cycle. Home World Edos is a planet in the Triangulum constellation, on the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. It serves as a jumping-off point for science teams studying the great energy barrier beyond the rim. It is home to plant life, such as the Edosian orchid, and sea life including the Edosian suckerfish. Culture Edosians are a peaceful species, having never engaged in a war. They worship many gods. All beings on Edos are equal – there are no social castes or class levels. Due to their long life cycles, Edosians often limit families to just one child. This makes them precious, and Edosian families are extremely close. They also keep detailed ancestral records, dating back for centuries, sometimes even millennia. Edosian technology is on the same level as that of Earth. Its architectural style favors function over aesthetics. Edosians pass on family and cultural history through story-songs. The sessica, similar to the flute, is one Edosian instrument. Arex An Edosian named Arex served as navigator on the U.S.S. Enterprise from 2269-2270, replacing Pavel Chekov, who had been a student of his at Starfleet Academy many years prior. Though he served as space navigation instructor at the Academy, Arex didn’t attend. He first spent 10 years in the merchant space fleet. He entered Starfleet as a technician and worked his way up to the rank of Lieutenant. Arex first became an officer through a “field commission” during a battle with the Klingons, where he took command of his cruiser after all the officers were killed. He surprised the Klingon ship, disabled her, and brought her to face Federation charges. By the time he served on the Enterprise, Arex was known as the best navigator in the fleet. During his time in Starfleet, he earned three decorations for bravery and held a Citation for Conspicuous Valor. On the Enterprise, Arex proved to be a versatile crewman, sometimes manning the science station or the conn. In an emergency, he could even operate the helm-navigation console alone, thanks to his multiple limbs. Legacy Much of the flora and fauna of Edos was used by other cultures for medicinal purposes. For example, the Edosian slug, a mollusk native to the planet, was used in the 22nd century by Dr. Phlox, chief medical officer on the Enterprise NX-01. Dr. Phlox also made medicinal use of the Edosian suckerfish. Because of its similarity to the catfish, when Enterprise-D commander William Riker was playing Enterprise NX-01 chef in the holodeck, he considered using the Edosian suckerfish as a stand-in for a meal. The Edosian orchid was used in gardens throughout the galaxy, including at the Cardassian embassy on Romulus. The plant produces beautiful flowers, but they are extremely poisonous. Background Edosians were introduced to the Star Trek universe with Lt. Arex in Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973. Though most of the original show’s cast returned to lend their voices to their cartoon counterparts, the budget didn’t allow for all of them, and Walter Koenig’s Chekov was cut from TAS. Instead, Arex was created as a semi-regular character and James Doohan did double duty as the voice of Scotty and Arex (as well as other, smaller roles throughout the run. Arex was in almost every episode, but he wasn’t given much background – not even a first name. His personal history first appeared in a newsletter written by Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana in 1973. Later, a biography of Arex was published in a 1974 catalog provided by Lincoln Enterprises, the Star Trek merchandising company run by Majel Barrett. In April 2018, Arex earned another honor. To commemorate the 45th anniversary of TAS, Hallmark announced a convention-exclusive ornament set of Arex and fellow TAS alien, M’Ress. Robin Berla Meyers is a NYC-based writer and TV producer specializing in pop and geek culture. Her work has been seen all over the world, on things like BBC America, AMC, and The Verge. Her mom introduced her to Trek when she was 3 years old, and she never stopped watching. View the full article
  5. Captains, welcome to the Age of Discovery. This is a landmark event for Star Trek Online as it marks the first time that the game has run parallel with a live Trek television show. We are already experiencing fantastic new synergies collaborating closely with CBS and the show writers. Captains will experience this right away in a re-imagined Federation starting experience working alongside Cadet Sylvia Tilly (voiced by Star Trek: Discovery's Mary Wiseman) as players set out on epic, multi-release adventures. In AoD’s maiden voyage, players will journey to iconic locations from Discovery, exploring the depths of the Dilithium Mines of Corvan II, boarding the new experimental Crossfield class starship, the U.S.S. Glenn, and defending Starbase 1 from a fearsome attack by the Klingon House of D’Ghor. Captains will also come face to face with the vicious J'Ula, matriarch of the House of Mo'Kai and sister of T'Kuvma who will stop at nothing to reunite the Klingon Empire. This, however, is just the beginning in Age of Discovery. Multiplayer missions, formerly known as “Queues,” have been expanded and rebranded as Task Force Operations (TFO). This change is certainly not in name only. Throughout AoD, we will be introducing exciting new TFOs that advance the narrative, while remastering and recreating others. This kicks off with the all-new TFO, Defense of Starbase 1, followed shortly thereafter by our first Featured Task Force Operation – Battle at the Binary Stars. In this new 3-Week Event, players will have an opportunity to earn exclusive rewards fighting side-by-side with fellow captains in one of the most important battles in Federation history. Additionally, Task Force Operations introduce a new engagement feature, which offers captains big bonus payouts for supporting other players by joining Random TFOs. This Random TFO feature further ensures that all captains will easily find groups to experience all the diverse TFO content in the game. Is there is particular TFO that you have never played or have trouble finding groups for? We've got you covered here as well. Select the Task Force Operation that you want to play and it will be quickly filled by other players seeking out the Random TFO bonuses. Stay tuned, as there is much more in the works for this evolving feature. We’ve also completely overhauled the Mission Journal. Careful handling has gone into this undertaking, ensuring that our very best stories are presented to players early in the leveling experience. Some episodes have or will be undergoing a remastering process, while others have become optional. Another big change here is the removal of level requirements. With the exception of certain pivotal episodes (for training and continuity purposes), players will no longer be level gated in the experience. Captains will also notice that many previously gated Task Force Operations are now unlocked while leveling. This gives newer players greater access to play with friends, get a taste of the end-game experience and a huge head start on Reputation Marks. And speaking of Reputations, this system has been expanded in Age of Discovery as well. All current reputations have been raised to Tier 6. There are fantastic rewards to be found here, including improved reputation traits, damage improvements for reputation weaponry, Fleet Ship Modules, vanity materials, account-wide reputation gear discounts and much more. In short, building this first installment in Age of Discovery and working with Mary Wiseman has been an amazing experience for our development team. Additionally, we want to thank you for all the great feedback and continued support. While we have many more stories and features planned in the coming months, we are thrilled to be launching Age of Discovery: Part 1. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in game very soon. Andre Emerson Executive Producer Star Trek Online Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game that allows players to explore the Star Trek universe from within. Players can forge their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy as a Klingon Warrior, rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird or carry out daring missions on behalf of the Dominion as a Jem’Hadar soldier. Captains can also explore iconic locations from the Star Trek universe, make contact with new alien species and battle alongside other players in customizable starships. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One. To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com. View the full article
  6. Are you ready for an Ensign-level mission? Then, lower your shields, surrender your candy and get ready to make your own candy-box Borg earrings... Wondering what to do with trick or treat goodies from Halloween? Luckily, we’ve got an up-cycled project that will put all those mini-candy boxes to good use. It’s the perfect fashion accessory for any queen or drone looking to add stylistic distinctiveness to their own. Supplies: -2 boxes of mini candy (we used Milk Duds) -Grey/Silver and Black Acrylic paints -1 black plastic needle point sheet -Adhesive or Craft Glue -Paint brush or foam brush -1” silver earring hooks (2 of them) -Scissors Step One: Empty and enjoy your candy (this is the easiest and most fun step of all) Step Two: Run your fishhook earring through the center top of the box from the opened end. It’s important to do this step before sealing your box. Step Three: Use a small amount of craft glue to seal the flaps shut on the opened end. Step Four: Protect your work surface with a newspaper or drop cloth and paint all four sides of the box pewter grey with your acrylic paint. Let dry for at least 1/2 an hour. Step Five: While your paint is drying, cut pieces of your needle point sheet to fit all four sides of the box. Those will then be glued to the surface. Also, cut out random shapes from the needlepoint sheets, such as tiny squares and rectangles. These will look like the random ship pieces stuck to the side of the Borg cube. Step Six: Once your paint is dry, glue the needle point cut outs to the four sides. Then, add your smaller pieces on top in any way you’d like. TreknoTip! If the plastic pieces aren't sticking to the needlepoint sheet, you can glue some dark green felt to the back of the pieces to give more grip. Step Seven (of Nine): Allow to air dry and then paint the black sheets with some grey and silver paint to add distress to your ship. Optional: you can add small green or red brads to represent tractor and cutting beams. Want to add more stylish distinctiveness to your home? Check out our Borg cube tissue box cover tutorial. Mary Czerwinski is a Los Angeles-based crafter and host of an online DIY-series, Glue Guns & Phasers. She hosts crafting workshops at Star Trek conventions and local businesses. Czerwinski was featured in the Star Trek Craft Book. View the full article
  7. Oyin Oladejo loved every second of both Star Trek: Discovery’s first season and her time at Star Trek Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and for good, deeply personal reasons. Aside from the fact that they were both “fantastic” experiences, Oladejo, in the days before landing her role as ops officer Joann Owosekun, had just about abandoned her dreams of acting. So now, here she was, celebrating Discovery’s first season, meeting excited fans all weekend long and gearing up for the show’s sophomore year. StarTrek.com caught up with Oladejo at STLV to discuss all of the above and more. Here’s what the soft-spoken actress had to say in this, the latest in our series of StarTrek.com interviews building toward the November 13 release of Star Trek: Discovery: Season One on Blu-ray and DVD... How familiar were you with Star Trek when you became involved with Discovery? I actually did not know much about Star Trek. I had heard of it in the same vein as Star Wars or Lord of The Rings, as things that you should see. But also, I did not know it was Star Trek before getting the job. It was after I got the job that I realized it was Star Trek. I was like, "This is going to be a Southern show or something." Then, the audition was very scientific. I'm like, "How... Southern show?" Then I just decided to let it go. Can we assume that once you figured out it was Star Trek that you went and did some research? Yes. Yes. Because I needed to know how they spoke. It was a huge franchise and I spoke to my agent about it, and she said, "You need to watch it from the beginning.” I found out there were 700 episodes. I didn't know how to do this, but then somebody directed me to go to The Next Generation. So, I watched a few of those and I realized that there was more than just a science-fiction aspect to it. I was pulled in. I was sold, like, “This is what I want to do.” As a woman of color, did you check out Nichelle Nichols at all on The Original Series? She broke a lot of ground. No, I did not... I did not think about it that way until later on when people started saying, “This is such a huge thing. Nichelle did this, started this and that's how you are able to get on it…” Then, I went and did research about Nichelle and, oh my God, she opened a lot of doors for a lot of people. What was your audition process like? It wasn't much. I was ready to quit acting. I was completely done. I love performing. I love the arts. I stumbled into it. It wasn't something I chose to do when I was young. But then I was just feeling that I wasn't being fulfilled, so I decided that I was done with acting. I told my agent that and she said, “Do this one last audition.” Two days later, she was like, “They want you -- and by the way it's Star Trek." I was in Vancouver, cleaning houses and landscaping, and I got the call saying, "You got it. You need to fly back in two weeks." That's really a life-changing call... Yes, it was. But it was all self-taped. I was like, "Fine I'll do this one last audition." I taped it, did a few takes and I'm like, "Fine, I'll send it in." I did different auditions in the past for film or TV, and I never booked anything because people told me, "Your accent…," or things like that. I was like, "I'm not going to get this TV stuff." But I did. What's your sense of Joann? Who she is and what she's about? How much of that has to be for backstory in your own head until it's developed on screen? That's actually what it feels like right now because we don't know where she's going to go, what her backstory is. Watching the way she is on screen right now, I feel like she's very close to me. I feel like she's a very, very strong person and a fighter, but she's very soft inside. She's very sensitive and very spiritual, but she needs to appear very strong in order to deal with life and deal with the expectations of being Starfleet, and for people to take her seriously and want her to be in a position of responsibility. Which episodes were most interesting for you? Were there certain character moments that you were glad you got to play? I really loved the Mirror Universe. One, because of Michelle Yeoh. I am a huge fan of her, but also to be on the opposite end, to be on the backside, it's pretty freaking cool. That’s the episode I think that stood out for me the most. I thought my outfit was pretty sexy. I'm not sure I could fight in it if I ever got into a real fight. I went in for a fitting. I saw the dress piece with the long boots and I was sold. Then, they were like, "There's more,” and they put the shield on me. Then, because we are bridge crew, we don't carry any weapons. I have a knife and a phaser. They said, "This is what you're wearing." And all I said was, "Yes, yes, yes." How did your games of Mafia go? Jason Isaacs swears that Sonequa Martin-Green cheats… Sonequa has the Mafia nights to bring everybody together. She's the best at that game, but she's horrible. She will tell you to your face, "I'm not lying to you." She'll be so serious and you'll believe her. Of course, she’s lying. She's killing us. She's taking every single person out one by one. How's season two going? So, so good. So good. I feel a bit more relaxed. I feel a bit more comfortable to take risks, make mistakes, and the crew, cast, everybody's just as supportive as last year. The stories that are being told, I'm being moved more than I've ever been moved. Every table read so far, I always leave with tears because the stories just hit you. It's going really, really well. You're a fresh face to many people. Where are you from and how and why did you got into acting? It just happened. It wasn't what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to school for law. I had a case that I had to be in court for. I was just watching the way lawyers were and I realized, “I don't want to do this.” That was it. I didn't have anything else to do. I was working as a box office person at a Canadian opera company, answering phones and selling tickets. I got promoted as a supervisor after a few months, saw my first opera and said, "They look like they're having fun. I want to have fun for the rest of my life." A friend said, "Apply to theater school." I googled theater school. This was all in Toronto. I applied to the first theater school that came up in Google. I got in, and since then I've been doing this. It's not something like I've always wanted to do it for my whole life. You just saw an opportunity and took it… Exactly. I moved from Nigeria when I was 16. That was 2001. Any other acting credits people should look for? I was in a short, but it was just a snippet. I’d mostly done theater before Discovery. This is really my first gig. Last question: How happy are you that you decided to do this one last audition for your agent? Very, very happy. I feel like the universe was like, "If you don't do this, then you're stupid." Star Trek: Discovery on Blu-ray Star Trek: Discovery: Season One will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections, available to U.S. and Canadian fans, will feature all 15 first-season episodes of the CBS All Access series, as well as featurettes and other special features that will include cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted and extended scenes. Fans in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order on Amazon.com now. Star Trek: Discovery's second season will premiere on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the U.S. and Canada, and in the rest of the world on Friday, January 18, 2019. View the full article
  8. StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of actress Celeste Yarnall, who played Martha Landon, Chekov’s love interest in The Original Series episode “The Apple” and was a beloved figure on Star Trek convention circuit. Yarnall succumbed to ovarian cancer on October 7 after a brave four-year battle with the disease, a battle she chronicled in detail for StarTrek.com via a series of guest blogs. She was surrounded by family upon her death, which occurred at her home in Westlake Village, California. As an actress, Yarnall counted among her credits such television shows as The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Land of the Giants, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Columbo, Melrose Place and on and on, and such films as The Nutty Professor, Live a Little, Love a Little (in which Elvis Presley crooned “A Little Less Conversation” to her), The Velvet Vampire (a cult fave from Roger Corman that, along with Eve and Beast of Blood, established her scream queen cred), Scorpio, Bob and Ted and Carol and Alice, The Mechanic, Funny About Love (directed by Leonard Nimoy) and the upcoming comedy, Unbelievable!!!!!, on which she served as a producer. An utterly stunning beauty in her youth -- and still radiant to the end -- Yarnall was the last Rheingold Girl, earning the honor in 1964. More recently, she had been a regular on the sci-fi convention/autograph show circuit and authored several books about holistic health care for both humans and pets. She was also an entrepreneur, public speaker and avid dancer (particularly the Argentine Tango), appeared in recent documentaries about Elvis Presley and Star Trek, including William Shatner’s Get a Life!, and served as the muse and inspiration for her British husband’s art. As noted, Yarnall wrote several guest blogs for StarTrek.com, detailing her illness after she was diagnosed in late 2014 with stage 3 Primary Peritoneal cancer, or ovarian cancer. In her first entry, in February 2015, she kicked it off with the following words: “I have cancer.” She ended it with: “And, I think Dr. McCoy would be proud of this: My doctor has some exciting things for me planned, as we banked a bit of my tumor for future use to make a vaccine to give me to help my body defend itself against this cancer. This is very expensive and not covered by insurance and I will need to travel most likely by air to Texas to get these shots regularly. He has other things in mind, too, but again this requires your help. Please join me on my journey so that I can get well and get back out in the world and be of help to others, which is what I like doing best, through my books, personal appearances, speaking engagements, film production and on and on. However I can reach and inspire people to help themselves personally and help our planet come together in oneness and peace, I want to do it, and sharing my cancer story is part of that. Thank you so much dear friends! All my love and blessings to each and every one of you and Nazim and I wish you all a healthy, happy 2015!” In one of her final public appearances, Yarnall greeted fans and participated in a guest star panel in August at Star Trek Las Vegas. Yarnall is survived by her husband, Nazim, daughter, Cami, and granddaughter, Gaby. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and fans. View the full article
  9. Star Trek Beyond's Jaylah, the staff-wielding and tech-savvy alien portrayed by Sofia Boutella, proved to be a popular addition to the franchise and inspired numerous cosplayers and fan artists to render their own interpretations of the character. Many viewers identified with Jaylah's disposition and conduct, sympathizing with her nature on a personal level. Let's look at five signs that indicate your temperament might also run parallel with Altamid's most-intriguing resident. Are you quick to make friends? After enduring a bumpy ride to Altamid's surface in a photon torpedo, Scotty found himself alone and unaware of his surroundings. Several locals attempted to take advantage of Scotty's confused state, until Jaylah intervened and convinced the unruly gang to disperse by displaying her proficiency in hand-to-hand combat. I don't know about you, but I only employ my best martial arts moves when I am hoping to impress a new pal. Oblivious to their recently established friendship, Scotty mistook Jaylah's need to borrow parts from the downed torpedo as an attempt to steal Starfleet property. Jaylah employed her knife to persuade the engineer of their relationship's cordial nature and offered to help find the U.S.S. Enterprise's surviving crew members in exchange for the Scotsman's technical support. Scotty agreed to the conditions, finally recognizing Jaylah's desire for an amicable alliance. Do you enjoy "beats and shouting?" Jaylah's status as a music aficionado revealed itself as she worked with Scotty to make repairs on the U.S.S. Franklin. Jaylah did not know it at the time, but her melodic tastes coincided with what Spock later referred to as the classical genre. Like many of us, the intense alien enjoyed passing the time by listening to her favorite songs and tinkering with the starship's varied technological deficiencies. One must appreciate the simple pleasures in life when marooned in solitary on a distant world. Jaylah's song selections may not be your cup of tea, but the exhilaration and stress relief that accompany such artistic expressions transcends musical styles. The upbeat reactions from Sulu and Chekov upon hearing the unfamiliar sounds aboard the Franklin stand as a testament to music's universal appeal. Of course, the fact that the "beats and shouting" aided the crew's endeavor to destroy Krall's fleet probably boosted the enthusiasm in their responses. Have you ever behaved rebelliously? Rank and ceremony meant little to Jaylah, as her free spirit permitted her words and actions to flow in an uninhibited fashion. While touring the Franklin's bridge, Jaylah casually plopped down in the command chair normally reserved for the officer in charge. A visibly chagrined Captain Kirk stood by her side, yet the defiant young woman either did not notice or felt no inclination to bow to authority. The pattern continued when Jaylah initially refused Kirk's request to go to Krall's base. Jaylah's rebellious streak also manifested in more exhilarating ways. After finally agreeing to accompany the crew on their rescue attempt, Jaylah showed no qualms about charging into danger on a motorcycle with Kirk at high speed. The insubordinate alien later encouraged the captain to risk everyone's lives and make the Franklin fly in order to pursue Krall and his swarm. Heck, even Jaylah's decision to play Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" and the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reflected her mutinous mindset. Are you protective of your favorite possessions? Despite the rapport she formed with Kirk and his senior staff, Jaylah still needed to highlight some boundaries between her friends and her belongings. Scotty emerged as the chief culprit, compelling Jaylah to warn the engineer not to set off the traps surrounding the Franklin or break her futuristic boombox during the process of upgrading its capabilities. In the latter situation, Scotty's inability to fine tune the device without shocking himself left Jaylah with no alternative but to complete the modifications herself. As the Franklin barreled through Starbase Yorktown's shielded space doors, Jaylah understandably expressed displeasure over the damage done to her house. Kirk's choice to deploy the starship as a barricade to intercept Krall's three remaining vessels inflicted further scars upon a hull which Jaylah undoubtedly never had insured. Considering the ship's Federation origins and Jaylah's assistance in thwarting Krall's attack, hopefully Starfleet opted to foot the bill for any necessary repairs. Do you demonstrate resourcefulness? Perhaps Jaylah's most-defining trait was a knack for inventive solutions, which permeated her storyline in Star Trek Beyond. Left with nothing following her escape from Krall's compound, Jaylah went on to discover a crashed starship, set up various contraptions to cloak her whereabouts and form a defensive perimeter, learn an alien language, fix numerous systems on the abandoned craft, survive amid hostile neighbors, and find a nifty staff to ward off any pesky intruders. These feats were all accomplished before she even encountered Scotty and his Enterprise cohorts. In the short time span between saving Scotty and protecting Yorktown, Jaylah's ingenuity and technical prowess proved invaluable to her new Starfleet friends. The combination of those skills and Jaylah's bravery made quite the impression on Captain Kirk, who took the drastic step of securing entry to Starfleet Academy for the alien woman. I would say that going from fending for one's own life and living in a scuttled vessel to escaping Altamid and being accepted into a prestigious institution in mere days is about as resourceful as you can get. Jay Stobie is a freelance science fiction writer who contributes articles to the official Star Trek website and Star Trek Magazine. He can be found on Twitter at @CaptStobie and Instagram @JayStobie. View the full article
  10. There were plenty of questions, and even a few revealing answers, as the cast of Star Trek: Discovery and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin sat down with journalists for a series of roundtable conversations on late Saturday afternoon, right after they’d completed the Discovery panel at New York Comic-Con. There was conversation about season one, some discussion about the Star Trek: Short Treks, and couple of teases about season two. Check out some of the most memorable exchanges: MARY WISEMAN Your Star Trek: Short Treks segment, “Runaway,” aired the other day. What did you think of it, and what impact will it have on Tilly moving forward? For example, will we see your mom again? I don't know. I don't know as far as my mom. I love just adding in a little bit of backstory about who she's dealing with, where she comes from, how she became the person she is today, and beginning to see her grapple with situations where she doesn't have as much backup. She really leans on her many mentors in the first season and this season she'll have to kind of step up a bit more. So, my short, I think it will function more as backstory and an enriching story. If it will come into play in the larger arc of the season, I don't know. I think for right now it's quite a standalone, so people can watch (or not), and it won't ruin the experience if they don't catch up. DOUG JONES Your upcoming installment of Star Trek: Short Treks is “The Brightest Star,” in which we’ll see a younger Saru on his home planet, Kaminar. Tell us a bit about the planet… It's kind of a vacation destination, yes. When you see it you'll be like, “Oh, I kind of want to end up there.” We have rich plant life, we have water, we have landscaping, we have a village. But… you'll see. Think of where would a race of supermodel aliens live. How helpful, informative, for you was it to learn more about Saru’s background? It was, because in the short we go back and discover how he grew up and (about) his curiosity, how it got him off the planet. He's the only one of his kind who's ever been off that planet. He's the one who joined Starfleet, and the first to go through the Starfleet and become an officer. So, you find out in the short how much fear I did deal with in my real world, and how it became part of our daily routine. Here was just an inherent thing that we just had to live with, even though it looks euphoric and vacation-like, there's something dastardly going on with our predator species. So, we get to know more about all that through the short and in season two, there's some tie-in. WILSON CRUZ We know there's only so much you can touch on this, but regardless of how we're seeing Dr. Culber in season two, what's it like for you to play a character that's dead? Well, I have to say it was dark. You know, he's my witness (looking at Anthony Rapp next to him), I had to go to a pretty dark place to do some of the stuff that we had to go through this season and just imagine what it would be like to know what it feels like to be away from the people that you love and the things that you love to do -- and the trauma of that. ETHAN PECK How quickly did you connect with the character of Spock? The character that was on the page, the pages that I got, very quickly, because it's a guy who is… what would appear to be someone who had never felt emotions and was trying to make intellectual sense of them. And it seemed to me like sort of an existential crisis. And I felt like, I'm 32, and we all go through that around this age. So, that was kind of recent in my life repertoire. Your Spock is set 10 years before the Spock we know from Star Trek: The Original Series, so he’s not quite cooked yet, right? Yeah. That's a nice way of putting it. I think that you have to have somewhere to go with him, right? Nimoy is inimitable and Quinto played an alternate universe Spock. And so, he's written on the page very differently. And slowly but surely, he will become, I think, who we've come to love and adore in The Original Series. ALEX KURTZMAN & HEATHER KADIN Shows evolve in a season as they’re going along. What in season one was not planned that really ended up working in ways you didn't even imagine? KADIN: Well, one thing we didn't intend in the beginning, it was originally a 13-episode order and the last two episodes were born out of our partners being really happy with it and the network wanting more. I think the writers…, as opposed to just extending the story that was there, really came up with more story than was originally intended and we got to spend more time and I think got to unveil a couple things we wouldn't have otherwise. What else? KURTZMAN: There's a tremendous learning curve at the production level for a show this size in the first season. KADIN: Are you going to talk about eight ("Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"), because that’s the one I was going to say? KURTZMAN: Yeah. So, in episode eight, which is the episode where they go to Pahvo, it was our first away mission. There were many things about that episode that didn't exist when we shot it, like the look of the Pahvan, for example. And when we saw the look of the Pahvan, we felt that it was not in keeping with the sort of the scope and scale and feel of our show. We attempted to go practical with the Pahvan, so we had an actor, a dancer, actually, in costume -- and it just didn't look right. So, when we were editing the show, we decided to make the character a visual effect, and that really changed the look of everything. So, we changed the look of the planet, the look of the species. That used to be a person. ANSON MOUNT What was lit like stepping into the show as the new kid on the block when the cast had already had a year to mesh together? Well, technically, it's hard being the new kid because you know you're with a group of people that have found their stride and you're trying to find yours. It's a lot easier if you're all trying to find your stride together. But inter-personally, I couldn't imagine a more welcoming, more hospitable cast. Star Trek: Discovery's second season will premiere on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the U.S. and Canada, and in the rest of the world on Friday, January 18, 2019. Star Trek: Discovery on Blu-ray Star Trek: Discovery: Season One will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections, available to U.S. and Canadian fans, will feature all 15 first-season episodes of the CBS All Access series, as well as featurettes and other special features that will include cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted and extended scenes. Fans in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order on Amazon.com now. Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world. View the full article
  11. Well, this week's StarTrek.com poll question certainly got fans in the corner of one particular favorite character. We asked, Which character deserved to become a Captain? And readers could choose from Data, Guinan, Jadzia Dax, Malcolm Reed, Saru, Tuvok and Uhura. Thousands of fans voted, and here are the results: Data (48%) Jadzia Dax (16%, 1,767 votes) Tuvok (16%, 1713 votes) Uhura (10%) Saru (5%) Malcolm Reed (4%) Guinan (2%) Be sure to vote in this week's poll... View the full article
  12. Star Trek: Discovery beamed down to Madison Square Garden today during New York Comic-Con to beat the drum for the show's upcoming second season. During a panel with cast and executive producers, fans were treated to a New York Comic-Con Discovery season-two trailer debut and were given first look at Discovery's Spock, played by Ethan Peck; Number One, played by Rebecca Romijn; and Section 31’s newest recruit, Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh. Romijn moderated the panel, which featured a conversation with cast members including Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Anson Mount and Ethan Peck. They were joined by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. StarTrek.com was in the house and is pleased to several major takeaways from the NYCC Discovery panel: Behold the Red Angel The trailer revealed that the crew is dealing with a mystery involving seven signals. Additionally, Spock has experienced visions of something called the Red Angel, which Michael Burnham confirms that she's seen, too. "The seven signals, who sent them and what do they mean is the drive of season two," Alex Kurtzman told the audience. "There's a conversation of science versus faith, and what does faith mean?" Bearded Spock Fans got their first look at Discovery's Spock... and he's got a beard. Ethan Peck addressed how he landed the coveted role, explaining, "The audition was absolutely outrageous. In the beginning, I didn't know what I was reading for, but toward the end I found out who it was and had a panic attack. A few days later, I got a text message from the casting director that said, 'Welcome aboard, Mr. Spock.'” Later in the panel, Peck touched on a plot point of interest to every fan: "We have to start Spock in a place where we see how he becomes the Spock we know standing beside Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise." Paging Mr. Green Kenric Green, an actor and the husband of Sonequa Martin-Green, will appear during season two. When prompted by Romijn to share the big casting news, Martin-Green could barely contain her joy and pride. "My husband, my amazing husband, Kenric, the love of my life, is going to be on the show. I can't say in what capacity yet. But that's very, very exciting. And I'm incredibly grateful." Where's Dr. Culber? Another season-two secret is how Dr. Culber will figure into the proceedings, given that he's dead, but everyone knows that Wilson Cruz will be back on the show. Cruz playfully addressed the situation by saying, "They left me for last because there's only one thing I can say about this whole thing... We find him where we left him. Honestly, I cannot tell you anything more than that. But that's your clue." Georgiou vs. Georgiou Baddies have more fun, or so said Michelle Yeoh of the Section 31 version of Georgiou, a/k/a Emperor Georgiou. "She is pure," the actress said of the Mirror Universe counterpart. "My god, she is pure. I have more fun playing Section 31 Georgiou. Poor Captain Pike, he thinks I'm Captain Georgiou. He has no idea who I am. Very few people know who Georgiou really is." Romijn Goes Dark Romijn stepped out of her moderator role for a moment to address a fan question about playing Number One. "When I got the role, it was a big secret," she said. "But you've all seen the trailer now. The first thing they asked me was, would I wear a wig. I was a fan of The Original Series. So, putting on that wig, it was pretty mind-blowing." Star Trek: Discovery's second season will premiere on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the U.S. and Canada, and in the rest of the world on Friday, January 18, 2019. Star Trek: Discovery on Blu-ray Star Trek: Discovery: Season One will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections, available to U.S. and Canadian fans, will feature all 15 first-season episodes of the CBS All Access series, as well as featurettes and other special features that will include cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted and extended scenes. Fans in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order on Amazon.com now. Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world. View the full article
  13. Photos from the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Discovery have just been released. Among those featured in the photos are Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Spock. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) Michael Burnham, Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Captain Pike (Anson Mount) Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Captain Pike Spock (Ethan Peck) Philippa Georgiou Michael Burnham Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) Season two of Star Trek: Discovery will launch on Thursday, January 17, 2019 on CBS All Access. After the January 17 premiere night, all-new episodes of Discovery’s 13-episode second season will be available on-demand weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S. Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world. View the full article
  14. Season two of Star Trek: Discovery will launch on Thursday, January 17, 2019 on CBS All Access, executive producer Alex Kurtzman announced today during the packed Discovery panel at New York Comic-Con. Also during the panel at Madison Square Garden, which featured the show’s cast and executive producers, fans were treated to the debut of official season-two trailer, which included glimpses of Discovery’s Spock, played by Ethan Peck; Number One, portrayed by Rebecca Romijn; and Section 31’s newest recruit, Philippa Georgiou, with Michelle Yeoh back in the role. After the January 17 premiere night, all-new episodes of Discovery’s 13-episode second season will be available on-demand weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S. View the full article
  15. Star Trek crews have been encountering powerful aliens since the very first journey of the Phoenix alerted a passing Vulcan ship. However, only a few of those aliens claimed to be gods, and fewer still had truly god-like abilities to back up those assertions. Still, some encounters did lead to life forms who wielded genuine power beyond the understanding of our brave human crews. Were they simple aliens, wayward gods, or something in between? Whatever the answer, here are just a few of the most powerful beings encountered by Federation crews over the centuries. Apollo Apollo presented Kirk and the Star Trek: The Original Series crew with an interesting case in “Who Mourns for Adonais?” While he may not have been truly supernatural, he was by all appearances the actual god Apollo of Greek myth. Thousands of years ago, he and others of his species had arrived on Earth to eventually form the pantheon of Greek gods, drawing power from some combination of human adulation and extra-dimensional energy focused through their temples. But before long the honeymoon was over, the ancient Greeks had moved on to other belief systems, and the alien gods left Earth for greener pastures and new followers. Unfortunately, they landed on Pollux IV, an empty rock without a single worshiper to be found. Trapped and lonely, Apollo’s brothers and sisters eventually ascended to a higher plane, vanishing from our dimension. Apollo refused, believing humanity would soon take to the stars, find him, and finally rejoin their long-lost religion. Though he was eventually found by the Enterprise, Kirk and crew were unwilling to become slaves to this tiny god, and even less willing to leave behind Palamas, a crewmember and target of Apollo’s love. After Kirk was forced to destroy Apollo’s temple, the ancient god apologized for his behavior and ascended in a fog to join his brothers and sisters, leaving the Enterprise crew to mourn the loss of a living piece of ancient Earth history. The Traveler Explorer, prophet, god? Whatever the case, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s The Traveler remains one of the canon’s most-intriguing and powerful aliens. He played a key role throughout TNG, especially for young Wesley Crusher. The Traveler initially appeared as a simple scientist’s assistant and warp field enthusiast in “Where No One Has Gone Before.” While Counselor Troi sensed something was up with the un-readable “assistant,” the truth was fully revealed when The Traveler began phasing into subspace while manipulating the Enterprise warp field. Over the course of the series it’s revealed that The Traveler was an extra-dimensional alien able to manipulate warp fields, and even space-time itself, purely with his mind. Initially a mysterious figure on a journey of exploration much like the Enterprise’s own, The Traveler eventually formed an intense personal connection with Wesley Crusher, saying he recognized abilities in the young ensign that were far beyond simple genius. The alien appeared several more times over the years to help the Enterprise crew out of a jam, but his final purpose centered on Wesley, who was also eventually able to phase into subspace. Once the young ensign was older and better educated, The Traveler judged him ready to become a true extra-dimensional apprentice, and together the pair departed the Enterprise for the last time to explore the universe together. Pah-wraith and Prophets Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s wormhole aliens were the most “realistically” god-like in all the series -- capable of powerful psychological influence and communication with believers, but extremely limited in the physical plane. They were also one of the canon’s only examples of “living” gods with an established, active religion still being practiced even into the age of the modern Federation. Over the course of DS9 it’s revealed that the Prophets were extra-dimensional beings residing in the Bajoran wormhole. Little was known about their origins or true motives, except that they established contact with Bajor thousands of years ago via orbs left in orbit around the planet. Over time, the Prophets found it necessary to expel criminal or unwanted elements of their own population, banishing the exiles to our universe. Those exiles eventually became the Pah-wraith, a competing faction whose members often presented themselves as fire spirits. The war between the two factions drove the major story developments of DS9 and made the Prophets a key component of the Dominion War, all of Bajoran history, and everything that followed for the Federation. Stephen Ashley is a freelance writer currently taking a break from Brooklyn in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. He credits the syndicated TNG reruns of his youth for launching his love affair with Star Trek and all things science fiction. To learn more about this subject, please visit www.LearningForASmallWorld.com. The course "Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology” provides greater depth on this and many more aspects of the history and impact of Star Trek. View the full article