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  1. Destination Star Trek Birmingham has just added Jonathan Frakes and real-life former NASA astronaut Fred Haise (who piloted Apollo 13 and served as Commander of the Enterprise) to the guest list for the event, which will be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, from October 19-21, 2018. Right now, the latest additions to the guest list are: Along with autographs, photo ops and panels, fans attending both events will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-D, plus see props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum. DST Birmingham also revealed the latest confirmed photos ops, with those set to feature double shoots with Michael Dorn and Terry Farrell, as well as Terry Farrell and Nicole de Boer. Tickets for Destination Star Trek Birmingham are available at www.destinationstartrekbirmingham.com. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about Destination Star Trek guests and programming. View the full article
  2. Star Trek: Discovery – Official Collector’s Edition, available November 28 from Titan Books, is the essential hardcover guide to the galaxy’s newest Star Trek television series. Over the course of 96 pages, it takes fans behind the scenes and into the strange new worlds of Discovery, and is packed with amazing images, including production artwork and exclusive prop photography, as well as extensive features. Star Trek: Discovery – Official Collector’s Edition will cost $12.21. Go to www.amazon.com to purchase it. View the full article
  3. Are you cold? We're cold. And so, apparently, is IDW Publishing, since they're got their eye on February 2018 and their Star Trek titles for that month. StarTrek.com has details and art. Check it all out: Star Trek: Boldly Go #17 Star Trek: Boldly Go #17, written by Mike Johnson, with art and a cover by Marcus To, is "I.D.I.C.” Part 5 of 6, a/k/a the penultimate chapter of “I.D.I.C.” In it, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations has introduced us to myriad versions of the beloved Enterprise crew... but the villain behind it all now threatens to wipe out all realities. Boldly Go #17 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Fans should be on the lookout for a B cover by Fico Ossio, as well as a variant cover by Yoshi Toshitani. Star Trek: New Visions: Isolation Next, there's Star Trek: New Visions: Isolation, the latest book by writer and photo manipulator John Byrne. The story follows Captain Kirk, who has found himself all alone on the Enterprise before — but what happens when each individual member of the crew finds themselves in a similar state? And who is behind this... isolation? New Visions: Isolation will span 48 pages and be priced at $7.99. Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken Lastly, February will also bring with it Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken, by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, with art and cover by J.K. Woodward. For the first time in the history of Star Trek: The Next Generation, go into the alternate “Mirror, Mirror” universe to meet the cold-blooded crew of the I.S.S. Enterprise and their captain, the ruthless Jean-Luc Picard. Inspired by the classic Star Trek episode, this topsy-turvy world hosts an adventure of epic proportions, where nothing is what it seems. TNG: Mirror Broken will be told across 128 pages and will sell for $17.99. For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages. View the full article
  4. You don’t need a spore drive to jump ahead to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. StarTrek.com is right here, right now, with details about out-of-this-world deal on Star Trek-themed products available from both the Star Trek Shop here on StarTrek.com and other online retailers. Check out what the galaxy holds: Black Friday StarTrek.com Shop The StarTrek.com Shop is offering up to 65% off on some products, as well as free shipping on orders over $75 running Monday-Thursday and on orders over $35 Friday-Saturday. Just use the following code: BFSHIP. Click here for week sale and click here for the weekend sale. Anovos All In-stock Star Trek items are 15% from Nov. 24 to Nov. 27. So, that covers the window from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Anovos will also have some special newsletter-exclusive offers available, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter at bit.ly/anovosnews. CafePress CaféPress has a variety of Trek-themed products on sale, including a personalized tea mug, a Live Long and Prosper hoodie, a Lack of Logic pajamas set, a Kobayashi Maru t-shirt, a TNG throw blanket, and a TOS transporter room shower curtain. And be sure to use the code STARTREKGIFT to save $20. Chronicle Books Everything on ChronicleBooks.com is 35% off and available with free ground shipping. Just use the code GIVEBOOKS now through December 15, 2017. Ecell Are your ears burning for a new Star Trek phone case – or two? If so, Ecell is offering a buy one/get one deal for Black Friday. Designs include a range from from each series, including Discovery. Click here to pick up all Trek cases and click here to beam in Discovery cases. Harper Collins Now through December 31, 2017, Harper Collins is offering 20% off, plus free shipping, on The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Reference Guide to the Future, as well as Star Trek: The Book of Lists. Her Universe The Her Universe folks are getting a head start on Black Friday by offering their deals on Thursday, November 23. They’ll have a slew of Trek items on sale, Tees & Tanks at $10, Dresses at $20, 30% Off Regular Items, 40% Off Funko Pops, 50% Off Clearance Items and 20% off site wide all week. Visit HerUniverse.com. IDW Publishing Save up to 60% off on IDW’s many Star Trek titles via their Star Trek Digital Sale. It’ll run from December 20 to January 3, 2018; go to www.idwpublishing.com. Simon and Schuster S&S is also offering a Star Trek Holiday Gift Guide, which will feature about 20 books including some more novelty titles, and all the ST novels published in 2017 at discounted prices. Now through December 3, S&S is also offering Star Trek eBook deals at just 99 cents per title. Among the books available are the Star Trek: Voyager adventures Cohesion, Fusion and Evolution. Star Trek Mission Crate The first Star Trek Mission Crate will be available through January 15th, so be sure to use the code STARFLEET15 to save 15%. Further, subscriptions begin at $39.99, and if you sign up for a full year you’ll receive an exclusive QMx USS Enterprise refit metal replica as a bonus gift. Warp over to loot.cr/startrek. Titan Magazines Subscribe to Star Trek: The Official Magazine today and receive a Free Titan Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection Figure. You’ll also save 5% off the cover price. Click here to subscribe. Torrid Torrid is offering 25% off their products online all week. Among the products discounted are the Star Trek Pajama Top and the Star Trek Pajama Pants. Cyber Monday StarTrek.com Shop Today only, save 25% off everything in the StarTrek.com Shop. Anovos All In-stock Star Trek items are 15% from Nov.24 to Nov. 27. So, that covers the window from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Anovos will also have some special newsletter-exclusive offers available, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter at bit.ly/anovosnews. Chronicle Books Everything on ChronicleBooks.com is 35% off and available with free ground shipping. Just use the code GIVEBOOKS now through December 15, 2017. Ecell Ecell is back with another great deal on their Star Trek phone cases. On Cyber Monday, buy one and get one 50% off. Designs include a range from from each series, including Discovery. Click here to pick up all Trek cases and click here to beam in Discovery cases. Hallmark Get 20% off everything but Keepsake ornaments at Hallmark.com during their Cyber Monday Sale. Harper Collins Now through December 31, 2017, Harper Collins is offering 20% off, plus free shipping, on The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Reference Guide to the Future, as well as Star Trek: The Book of Lists. Her Universe Her Universe’s celebrates Cyber Monday by offering 20% off everything site-wide all week, including their newest release, a Star Trek Fashion Tee. IDW Publishing Save up to 60% off on IDW’s many Star Trek titles via their Star Trek Digital Sale. It’ll run from December 20 to January 3, 2018; go to www.idwpublishing.com. Torrid Torrid is offering 25% off their products online all week. Among the products discounted are the Star Trek Pajama Top and the Star Trek Pajama Pants. View the full article
  5. Lorca? Kirk? Picard? Sisko? Janeway? Archer? Georgiou? According to you, our StarTrek.com readers, one of these legends is the answer to last week's poll question, which was, Which Captain would cook the best turkey? Thousands of fans stuffed the ballot box, and here are the results: Captain Sisko (59%) Captain Picard (14%) Captain Kirk (9%) Captain Janeway (8%) Captain Archer (6%) Captain Lorca (2%, 91 votes) Captain Georgiou (2%, 85 votes) So, did your Captain of choice baste the competition? And don't forget to vote in this week's poll, where we put each Trek series to the test... View the full article
  6. Philosopher Paul Ricoeur writes that myths are not simply false stories or untrue versions of history. While they are not simply equitable with history, they ought to be understood as the narratives that define the heritage and life of a community. They shape communal identity and help constitute a national sense of self. Ricoeur notes that myths are told in universal terms. We are all intended to see ourselves in these narratives and employ them to help us better understand ourselves and the world. He argues that in aiding the construction of our societal selves a myth "confers upon this experience an orientation” and a trajectory. It sets us on a path and shapes who we are. Myths inform us and help us determine where we go. In doing so, myths address the fundamental enigmas of our existence and help us try to make sense of our lives. In the fan-favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Darmok,” Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew are confronted by a mysterious and bewildering alien culture known as The Children of Tama. The Tamarians communicate through metaphors drawn from their own mythologies and founding narratives. This presents problems for the Starfleet crew, who know neither the meaning of the metaphors nor the originating stories from which they are drawn. Communication is impossible and eventually leads to rising tensions between Riker and the first officer of the Tamarian vessel. Despite the myriad problems in communication, this is exactly why the Tamarian Captain has come. He is determined to establish a means of dialogue and is willing to jeopardize relations by kidnapping Captain Picard in order to so. What Picard does not initially realize, but would soon grow to learn, is that the Tamarians’ identity and sense of self are inextricably constituted and shaped by their own cultural myths. The stories of Darmok and Jalad become the interpretive lens by which they make sense of the world and they struggle to communicate with others who do not share that heritage. This draws the audience to contemplate the manner in which their own national assumptions are shaped by their cultural myths and stories. Was our nation forged in revolution and war? Was it brought about through negotiation, compromise, and treaty? How do these origins and the way we narrate them affect our sense of self and national identities? How have these narratives shaped the trajectory of our cultural lives? When we first meet the Children of Tama, the Tamarian captain and his first officer appear to have a disagreement over the course of action. While we do not comprehend the specifics of their dispute, it seems apparent that the first officer had a different reading of both their situation and which stories ought to govern their actions toward the Enterprise. The Tamarian captain begins communicating with the Federation ship by citing “Rye and Jyrie at Lunga.” The audience never learns more of these figures or how their story shapes Tamarian culture. It is only after the first failed attempt to communicate that the Tamarian captain cites Darmok, to which his first officer responds with protest. It seems that Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra was a second option, perhaps an alternative sub-history. I imagine that the attempt to gain friendship with Picard through facing a common enemy is an alternative myth or history that the Captain chose to emphasize and bring to the fore at the protest of his first officer. Each of our nations also have such alternative histories and myths. In Canada, the celebration of “Canada 150” is made complex by the history of a colonizing relationship with our Indigenous people and nations. Many European countries also have colonial histories. In America, there is the history of the trail of tears alongside the histories of slavery and segregation that trouble the dominant cultural myths we share. I imagine Darmok and Jalad to be such an alternative myth that, when told and allowed to shape the actions and perspective of the Tamarian captain, allowed new friendships and cultural growth to occur. After the events unravel with the Tamarian captain becoming injured at the hands of the creature at El-Adrel, Picard recounts the Epic of Gilgamesh for his wounded friend. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Mesopotamian myth that shaped ancient cultures beyond a single nation. This is the originating story that provided much of the source material for the Hebrew myth of the flood found in the Torah. Despite Picard’s insistence that he is not much of a storyteller, he proceeds to recount the heroism and friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. These founding myths shaped human societies and continue to impact our ideas of valor, dedication, and adventure. The stories we use to construct our national and communal selves continue to impact not just individuals, but policy, culture, and countries. The Tamarian captain was not only acquainted with the dominant myths of Rye and Jyrie, but also the sub-altern myths of Darmok. He allowed Darmok to change him and his approach to others in such a way that allowed for new ways of communicating and the forging of new friendships. It is in listening to new and alternative stories, in addition to those we know well, that growth and maturation occurs. At the close of the episode, Picard is reading the Homeric hymns. His encounter with the Tamarians reminded him that becoming acquainted with our own founding myths and learning to recognize how these stories continue to influence and shape us is essential for self-awareness. Even more important is the recognition that how our own founding myths and metaphors shape indelibly how we see the world and communicate with others. The Tamarian captain desired connection and communication at the cost of his life. He desired to not only share his stories, but to learn human stories such as Gilgamesh. It is in this dialogue and sharing of ourselves that genuine encounter occurs. Timothy Harvie is Associate Professor of philosophy and ethics at St. Mary's University in Calgary, Canada. His interests lie primarily in philosophical theology, political philosophy, environmental and animal philosophies, and ideas of the role of hope in society. He is a lifelong Star Trek fan. http://www.stmu.ca/dr-timothy-harvie/ View the full article
  7. The Star Trek: Discovery literary saga will continue in February with the release of Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures. It's written by Dayton Ward, a Trek veteran whose previous books include Hearts and Minds, Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key, Vanguard: Declassified, Seekers: Point of Diversion, Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony and Starfleet Corps of Engineers: Breakdowns, among others. Here's the synposis of Drastic Measures, direct from the publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books: It is 2246, ten years prior to the “Battle at the Binary Stars,” and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation. While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they're too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival. In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”... Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books will release Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures on Feb. 6, 2018, as a 400-page trade paperback priced at $16.00 in the U.S. and $22.00 in Canada. It'll also be available as an eBook and eAudio title. Go to simonandschuster.com to pre-order the adventure. View the full article
  8. Star Trek Online, the MMORPG that continues the story of the Prime Timeline, is pleased to announce the launch of Season 14 on Xbox One and Playstation 4. You can play the game for free on both those platforms and PC right now, and adventure in the Star Trek universe with some of your favorite characters, played by their original actors, such as Jeri Ryan, Leonard Nimoy, and J.G. Hertzler. To celebrate the launch of Season 14 – Emergence, we’re teaming up with Gamespot to offer you the chance to win an Xbox One S, Playstation 4, Plantronic headsets, and other great prizes. Click here to be taken to the contest. This season is filled with new content, returning characters, and an amazing reveal almost a year in the making. This past summer, General Martok was found alive, broken out of prison in grand fashion, and reunited with the Klingons. Just last month, captains in Star Trek Online were able to team up with Captain Geordi La Forge on a mission near the Nexus - last seen in Star Trek Generations. With Season 14, Captain La Forge is back in the captain’s chair of the U.S.S. Challenger, and he’s been working with the fledgling Lukari/Kentari alliance to build a habitable colony world that will reunify their people. There has been a mystery swirling around the motivations of the genocidal Tzenkethi, and the first major puzzle piece will fall into place with the featured episode “Melting Pot” that releases today. In addition to this great new chapter in the Tzenkethi Crusade, captains will be able to participate in a wide variety of new content that is all focused around this brand new Lukari/Kentari colony. Captains will be able to head to orbit and defend the colony from space, as nearly any enemy group will approach and attempt to gain access to the protomatter technology of the Lukari. The Tzenkethi are the most interested in expanding the destructive power of their protomatter technology, and will actually assault the colony itself in order to obtain more of it. Ten (10) captains can work together to clear the beaches of the colony of a massive Xbox One S, Playstation 4, Plantronic invasion, and coordinate with Geordi to get them off the planet altogether. Captain Tzen-Gravu is also stepping up the scope of the Tzenkethi Crusade through a brand new Red Alert. Captains will be tasked with defending planets from the Tzenkethi’s new protomatter weapons, with failure meaning the loss of an entire world. All of this content is built around the amazing new Lukari/Kentari Colony, and fleets will be able to build their own full 5 tier Fleet Holdings on this colony world. This is by far the largest holding fleets will have access to, and it’s packed with amazing visuals, fantastic new rewards that include a unique T6 ship that can be provisioned once the colony is completed, and brand new gameplay options. Fleets will be able to call on up to 20 fleet members to participate in a holographic invasion of the colony world, where everyone succeeds and fails together, and the rewards increased based on the group’s willingness to either take a reward payout or press on for more. To round out Season 14, we’re proud to announce the Miracle Worker specialization. This new primary specialization will allow captains to live out their Scotty, Geordi or O’Brien dreams of being the behind-the-scenes miracle worker that makes their captains look good. By progressing in this specialization, you will unlock a variety of abilities that give you far more adaptability in combat. That’s good, both for yourself and your group. This specialization will also release with a full suite of ground and space bridge officer powers that will give captains the ability to make tweaks to their favorite builds and see the full depth and potential of being a Miracle Worker. Season 14 has been an amazing journey for the entire STO development team, and we’ve had an amazing time playtesting it, both internally and with the community on our test shard. We have Geordi back on an adventure, major reveals in our Tzenkethi Crusade arc, a wide variety of new queued and event based content, the largest fleet holding we’ve ever built, and a brand new primary specialization to give our captains new opportunities to progress. All of this combines into an amazing release that is live now. Thanks for playing, and I look forward to seeing you in game. Steve Ricossa Executive Producer Star Trek Online View the full article
  9. Oscar-winning makeup wizard Joel Harlow created countless aliens from more than 50 species for Star Trek: Beyond. Jaylah, for one, stood out, as did the exotic Natalia, the latter played by Harlow’s step-daughter, Ashley. There were enough anecdotes and photos to fill a book – and now they have. Star Trek Beyond -- The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow, written by Joe Nazzaro, was released last month by Titan Books in October, and it delves into how Harlow and his team of talented creatives set to work on creating Beyond’s aliens and how they documented the entire creative process for each one in exhaustive detail, from preliminary sketches to final make-up application. StarTrek.com caught up with Harlow in Bulgaria, where he’s weaving his magic on the upcoming Hellboy reboot, to talk about the book, creating all those aliens and his readiness for more Trek. How were you presented with the idea of doing the book? I took more photos on Beyond than any other film prior to it. Behind the scenes, character studies, detail sculpture photos, set shots... a true visual treasure trove. I believe that I was speaking to Joe about just how extensive the photo documentation had been, which is what prompted him to ask if I had any desire to do a book featuring our work on the film. I, of course, loved the idea. Too often, on a film, there is so much that is created that never gets a chance in the spotlight... and this is that spotlight for all of the artists and technicians that spent countless hours bringing to life each of our alien characters. What was the collaborative process between you and Joe Nazzaro? Joe and I have done many interviews over the years so, as I suspected, the process was an easy one... a long one for sure, but very easy. I knew the extent of the photos that I had archived over the pre-production, shoot and post-production of the film, but I’m not sure Joe knew how much there would be to sort through. We had the idea of opening up the text to some of the lead artists on the film, which was a great idea, I think. It’s always nice to get the perspective of the artists directly responsible for a specific character or technique. How much of a playground is it for you to work on the Trek films? It’s a dream come true for any artist, I would think. Certainly, for me it absolutely is. There are almost no limitations, nothing holding you back from creating as many or as elaborate makeup characters as possible. Time and imagination are the only limits, but those can be minimized with the dedication of a supremely talented crew. How did Beyond rate as an experience for you? The experience of working on Beyond, from the beginning, felt like the old days for me. A group – a huge group -- of friends in a “garage” making “monsters.” It felt like the reason I got into this business in the first place. Which of the characters and makeups were you personally most fond of -- and why? It’s difficult to narrow them down into favorites. Certainly, Jaylah was a show-stopping makeup. The lion’s share of credit on that goes to Richie Alonzo. One of the characters I got to personally sculpt was an alien we named Reptilicus. Initially we started by populating the film with alien races by sculpting characters on generic lifecasts that I had in a storage unit. This alien started on a lifecast of a well-known actor I had worked with on a previous film. When Reptilicus was cast as actor Danny Pudi, I quickly realized that the difference in facial structures was fairly extreme. Danny did a fantastic job with the character and I instantly liked the look on his face far, far more than the original sculpture... not to mention that it is always rewarding to apply a makeup that you’ve sculpted. You started to touch on this earlier, but it's fairly common that characters get edited down or cut out entirely. Even after all these years in the business, how hard is it to "lose" a character? And what does it mean to you that the characters, in essence, can live on in something like this book? Yeah, it’s never fun to see a character drop off before the final cut. So much time is put into each one that it is a shame that some never reach the big screen... and, going into a film like this, with so many characters, you know some aren’t going to make it. You still have to treat each one as if it is the star of the show, however. I think that is part of the reason I excessively photographed each one, so they would still have a life even if they didn’t make the cut, and this book is the ideal showcase for them. I think that almost every film of this genre deserves a book of this kind. I know I’d certainly appreciate seeing the creative process on other film characters. Justin Lin and Simon Pegg wrote the forewords for the book. What did you take away from their words about you and your work? Of course, it’s tremendously humbling to read words of appreciation from artists you respect. Justin was our director and Simon was one of our writers, and both were instrumental in the creation of Beyond. The characters we were creating would not have been even slightly successful if they didn’t serve the story. To read that we accomplished this was very gratifying. What level of pride do you reach given that your step-daughter Ashley, in makeup as Natalie, ended up gracing the cover? That makeup was very time consuming and very intricate. Of course, it was a nice opportunity to get my stepdaughter the part but, on the flip side, she was the perfect subject to play Natalia. She gave 100% to the makeup without complaining once. The application process started at 12:30 a.m. and we were on set at 9:30 a.m., to shoot an entire day. I’d put her into prosthetics anytime. Natalia was one of those incredible makeup characters that seemed to resonate with everyone who has seen it. An ideal convergence of sculpture, mold making, casting and paintwork, it seemed only logical that it should grace the cover of the book. What do you hope readers/fans take away from immersing themselves in the book? Aside from just enjoying the characters and the artwork, I’d hope that there is a bit more of an understanding about the processes involved in creating a practical makeup character. I also hope that it is very apparent that, though the subtitle of the book features my name, this is actually a chronicle of the makeup artistry of the entire Beyond crew. If another Star Trek film comes to pass, how eager are you to add to your galaxy of characters? Completely, 100% ready and waiting. I can speak for the entire team. We are all in for any future Star Trek projects. Even though we created over 50 alien characters for Beyond, there were hundreds that never made it out of the concept stage. We already have a wealth of ideas ready for the next one. Star Trek Beyond -- The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow spans 208 pages and is available now on Amazon.com priced at $28.46. View the full article
  10. Today, November 15, is National COPD Awareness Day. The day is significant as it brings attention to the importance of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which claims the lives of thousands of people throughout the United States each year. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is currently the third leading cause of death in this country. This day also has great meaning for me personally as my Dad not only struggled with this disease, but he also worked extremely hard to create awareness and attention prior to his passing from complications of COPD on February 27, 2015. To honor my Dad’s legacy, my husband David and I produced a film, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, celebrating Dad’s life, career and his battle with COPD. The film is currently airing on many PBS stations across the country. My Dad was one-of-a-kind, a man full of passion for his craft and the Arts, the love of his family and friends, and his desire to help everyone around him. His was a life cut way too short by this terrible disease. To help honor and support my Dad’s memory, please check with your local PBS station for broadcast information or inquire if they would air Remembering Leonard Nimoy in the future. Thank you! Julie Nimoy View the full article
  11. Can’t get your fill of Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed garden gnomes? ThinkGeek is ready to help, as they’ve just introduced to market a quartet of new TNG gnomes depicting Wesley Crusher, Geordi La Forge, Q and Deanna Troi. The Crusher, La Forge and Troi gnomes stand 10 inches tall each, while the Q gnome clocks in at 9.5 inches tall. The bases read as follows: The TNG gnomes are in stock now and priced at $24.99 each. Go to thinkgeek.com to purchase them. View the full article
  12. Khaaaaaaaan! is coming soon from…. QQQQQQQQMx. Or, more specifically, on the way is a Star Trek: TOS Khan 1:6 Scale Articulated Figure. So, we’re talking the “Space Seed” version of Trek’s greatest villain, standing nearly a foot tall, clad in red, with dark hair, a gold collar insignia and custom black boots. Further highlights include: Fully Articulated Body: More than 30 points of articulation allow the figure to be displayed in multiple dynamic poses. Realistic Portrait: An authentic likeness of Ricardo Montalban as Khan is specially hand-painted. Red Military Jumpsuit: Meticulously researched, this jumpsuit matches the pattern, fabric and color of the original costume. The gold accents are exact replicas of the original pieces. Boots: Using leather-like material cut in the original style of the footwear worn in TOS. Crushed Phaser: Using his super-strength, Khan took Kirk’s phaser and crushed it using his bare hands. Engineering Rod: Kirk was only able to get the better of Khan by beating him with this rod pulled from the engineering console. Star Trek Delta Symbol Display Base: A custom display base featuring the familiar Star Trek delta symbol will hold up the figure and allow more extreme poses. Hands: Specialty hands are included for crushing the phaser and holding the engineering rod. The Star Trek: TOS Khan 1:6 Scale Star Trek Articulated Figure will be priced at $149.99 and is tentatively set to ship in early December. Go to qmxonline.com to join the waiting list. View the full article
  13. It’s almost time to turn the calendar page to 2018. And if you or a Star Trek-loving friend or family member is eager to literally turn that page, there are plenty of Star Trek calendars from which to choose. StarTrek.com breaks down the various options: Star Trek: Discovery (U.S.) The Star Trek: Discovery 2018 Wall Calendar is 24 pages of images of characters and scenes from season one of the newest Trek game in town. It's available at amazon.com. Star Trek: Discovery (U.K) Fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland can set their sights on Danilo’s Star Trek: Discovery Official 2018 Calendar. It's available starting November 15 danilo.com. Ships of the Line (U.S.) The panoramic Star Trek 2018 Ships of the Line Wall Calendar opens horizontally to maximize the detail and drama of each stunning piece of art, with the art, as always, showcasing spectacular images of the most famous Trek vessels in a variety of iconic scenes and settings. The ships have been rendered by such talents as Doug Drexler, John Eaves, D.M. Phoenix, Gabriel Koerner, Matt Boardman, Michael Wiley and Alain Rivard. The Star Trek 2018 Ships of the Line Wall Calendar is available now at amazon.com. Ships of the Line (U.K.) Danilo's Star Trek Ships of the Line Official 2018 Calendar features an iconic image each month alongside a funky date panel, with the the U.S.S. Enterprise and Galileo shuttle among the ships represented. It is available in the U.K. and Ireland at danilo.com. The Original Series (U.S.) Also for U.S. fans, there’s the 2018 Star Trek: The Original Series Wall Calendar, which features Spock on the cover and inside images of Kirk, Scotty, Uhura, Dr. McCoy, Sulu and Chekov, as well as the Enterprise, the Guardian of Forever, and more. The 2018 Star Trek: The Original Series Wall Calendar is available at amazon.com. The Original Series (U.K.) Also from Danilo, and available in the U.K. and Ireland is the Star Trek Official 2018 Calendar. The 12-month calendar features retro Gold Key/poster-style images of Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock and many more. Plus, there is a glossy center spread included. The Star Trek Official 2018 Calendar - Square Wall Format is available now at danilo.com. View the full article
  14. Spoiler Alert! (Stop, if you haven't seen episode #8 of Star Trek: Discovery, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum") Last Time on Discovery… The U.S.S. Gagarin, under attack from six Klingon vessels, reaches out for help from any Starfleet ship in range. The U.S.S. Discovery announced that "We've got your back." Cut to Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) in his captain's chair, growling, "Mr. Rhys (Patrick Kwok-Choon), can I trouble you to fire at something." Despite a valiant effort, including the Discovery taking same major hits, the battle is lost and the Gagarin explodes. "The Gagarin is gone," Lorca announces. "It's over. Black alert!" Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman) do their spore drive thing in engineering, after which Lorca tells the crew, "There will be time to grieve. This is not that time." Back to Stamets and Tilly, something is off with Stamets. "What are you doing down here, captain?" he asks... Tilly. This leads to an awkward exchange between a confused Tilly and a defensive Stamets. Admiral Terral voices his concern, yet again, about Lorca racing into trouble against orders. It risks exposing the spore drive to the enemy. As the conversation continues, Terral explains that Kol (Kenneth Mitchell) of House Kor has managed to revive the Klingon Ship of the Dead and is now sharing its stealth technology with any house that will offer him fealty. And that makes the Discovery's imminent mission at Pahvo Starfleet's highest priority. Terral goes on to note the loss of 462 souls, adding, "That number will increase exponentially until we are able to detect those invisible ships. I am certain I've made myself clear." Lorca replies: "Abundantly." Stardate 1308.9. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Saru (Doug Jones) traverse the beautiful, seemingly uninhabited planet Pahvo. In a personal log entry, Burnham notes that everything on Pahvo vibrates with its own specific tone, giving the planet a signature song of sorts that's broadcast into space via a towering, naturally occurring transmitter. The mission is this, according to Burnham: "It is Starfleet's plan to modify the electro-magnetic frequency of Pahvo's signal and harness it as a form of sonar that can detect the presence of the cloaked Klingon vessels decimating or fleet, make them visible to our sensors, and turn the tide of the war in our favor." In an amusing walk-and-talk moment, Burnham describes to Tyler how Kelpiens have exceeded speeds of 80 kilometers per hour and can sense predators from as far away as 10 kilometers, prompting Saru to comment, "And we particularly enjoy being discussed in the third person... while present." Burnham apologizes, to which Saru responds, "But you are accurate. I possess visual, auditory and tactile receptors more acute than yours. Which is why I am being tortured by this planet's constant noise and you are not." And with that, the Pahvans appear in what appears to be a beautiful swarm of blue fireflies. As one might expect, Saru takes command, attempting to communicate with the Pahvans, while Tyler reaches for a weapon and Burnham turns to her tricorder. So much for uninhabited, right? And they want Burnham, Saru and Tyler to head in the opposite direction of the transmitter. Meanwhile, on the Sarcophagus ship, L'Rell (Mary Chieffo) engages Kol in conversation. He notices the scarring on her face and dubs it an "improvement." These two do not trust each other. Kol demands more than loyalty from L'Rell. She suggests her skills as an interrogator. Down on Pahvo, Saru makes progress in communicating with the Pahvans. Cut to L'Rell back on the Sarcophagus ship, demanding that the imprisoned Admiral Cornwell (Jayne Brook) scream. After a moment of hesitation, Cornwell screams in L'Rell's face, the Klingon screaming back. "Good," L'Rell notes. "You were convincing. The guard is gone. Now, we can talk." Turns out she wants to defect. After the war ends, Tyler tells Burnham, he plans to take a few weeks leave. He knows a place on Lake Shasta. Trout fill the lake. You can watch the stars fall. "Sounds perfect," Burnham says, before catching herself. Their futures look different. "You go back to your lake house," she says, "and I go back to prison." And here we get a variation of the classic Trek exchange, "The needs of the many..." Back on the Discovery, Tilly expresses her concern to Stamets about the changes in him. He once again takes the denial route, at least initially, then concedes something is happening to him. "What I know... changes," he says. "People. Ranks. Incidents. History. It all gets jumbled." He can't tell Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz), as it'd be the doctor's duty to report the effects of his partner's genetic manipulation. Tilly and Stamets agree they'll monitor Stamets' episodes... together. The Pahvans are not just native to the planet. As Saru puts it, "They are the planet." That night, a Pahvan reaches out to Saru, who can no longer tolerate the planet's song, and eases his pain. The experience transforms Saru, who informs Burnham and Tyler that "the Pahvans will grant us anything we want." He requests their communicators, then crushes the devices, revealing that they're no longer necessary, as the Pahvans have invited them to stay on the planet and noting that they will soon "experience this world as I do." And, according to Saru, the Pahvans have already achieved everything Starfleet says they seek. Saru leaves to tell the Pahvans they have accepted their offer. Over on the Sarcophagus ship, L'Rell and Cornwell walk cautiously through the corridors, talking along the way. L'Rell vows to bring about the "end of Kol's days." Spotted by Klingon guards, L'Rell and Cornwell fight, but not before this: "You're not what I expected," L'Rell tells Cornwell, who replies, "Neither are you." The battle is fierce, but the Klingon finally overpowers the admiral, bashing her head into a panel, the latter's body falling to the ground in a heap. Though it's a ruse to stall for time, Tyler and Saru engage in a conversation. Saru shares that he is at peace now, in harmony, thanks to the Pahvans. "Everyone wants to defeat the Klingons," Tyler tells him. "I want to hurt them." All of that is in the past now, the Kelpien insists, softly, sympathetically, but Tyler argues you can't just forget as the torture them forced him to endure. And yes, he's willing to become as bad as his tormentors in order to avenge what they did to him. Saru presents Tyler with a green rock that will help him feel the peace and harmony Pahvo offers. It glows as Saru holds it and Tyler places his hands on it. Then, Tyler pulls away and Saru, his threat ganglia raised, realizes he's been duped. He reacts angrily, grabbing Tyler by the throat and demanding Burnham's whereabouts. Burnham reaches the transmitter and races to establish a connection with the Discovery. However, Saru, using his Kelpien speed, closes in fast. Over on the Sarcophagus ship, L'Rell drags Cornwell's body into a space filled with the bodies of Klingons from... House T'Kuvma. They've been unceremoniously dumped there, accorded no honor. "Grafk... Torath... Silrek," she whispers in mounting rage. "I will end Kol. I will avenge you all. I swear it to you." Saru attacks Burnham and bashes the PADD that Burnham connected to the transmitter. She fires her phaser at him, insisting, "Saru, this isn't you." She approaches him, phaser drawn. "Is this what harmony and balance look like?" she asks aloud. "Where is the peace you say you found here?" Saru looks lost. He says, "You have taken it from me. You... won't... stop... taking." She argues there will be no peace for anyone until the war is over -- and staying on Pahvo won't fix anything. "Saru," she implores, "We need you." Tyler arrives with a Pahvan. Saru apologizes to the Pahvan, telling them "Our war is not your mistake to correct." Burnham pleads her case, insisting that Starfleet, like the Pahvans, seeks harmony, but are dealing with a "threat doesn't share that same goal." She stresses that with the Pahvans help and Starfleet's technology, "we can put an end to this conflict." The Pahvan ignores one last please from Saru and the transmitter glows, sending a signal to the Discovery, which promptly beams Burnham, Tyler and a broken Saru aboard the ship. Saru, in sickbay, can barely look at Burnham. He attacked her, could have killed her. Burnham seems forgiving, noting that he wasn't himself, but Saru claims otherwise. "I was," he admits. He'd never known a moment of peace, until Pahvo. On that beat... Kol chastises L'Rell for Cornwell escaping her, and L'Rell walks away, only to be stopped by Kol's guards upon his orders. He says there will be more prisoners before the war ends and acknowledges that a "skilled interrogator will be crucial." He then dips his fingers in red paint and spreads it across her face, marking her as House Kor. L'Rell hides her contempt and utters, "My Lord, I would be honored to serve you." But the moment isn't quite over. Kol boasts that he sees through her deceit and has his guards whisk her away. Just then, a transmission comes through, prompting Kol and crew to head to... Pahvo. On the Discovery bridge, an angry Lorca confronts Burnham. Apparently, the Pahvans have indeed reached out to the Klingons. "What you did, Burnham, is invite the enemy to join us here." Burnham explains, that, no, the Pahvans did that, since their entire existence is an effort to bring harmony to discord: "They think they're helping." Pahvo has been visible on the viewscreen as Lorca speaks. He turns around, surveys the viewscreen. "We're the Pahvans' only line of defense," Burnham points out as she steps to his side. "We have to protect them, sir. We have to fight." Down on Pahvo, the transmitter glows. Next on Discovery… In the new episode titled, "Into the Forest I Go," bypassing Starfleet's orders, Lorca uses the U.S.S. Discovery crew's ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all. Worth Noting: "Into the Forest I Go" serves as season one's fall finale, with six additional new episodes to debut starting in early 2018. This marks the first episode credited to staff writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. Chris Byrne makes his Discovery directing debut with "Into the Forest I Go," after working as second unit director on "The Vulcan Hello." He previously second unit directed on Hannibal, 12 Monkeys and American Gods, and directed an episode of 12 Monkeys. After Trek When Star Trek: Discovery ends, After Trek begins. Stream it Sundays at 9:30pm ET/6:30 PT. Joining host Matt Mira will be: Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world. View the full article
  15. ANOVOS has just unholstered its Star Trek: Discovery Starfleet Phaser Pistol Interactive Prop Replica. A fully-finished, interactive replica, it's been created via 3D print construction that matches the actual hero production pieces from the new hit show. Other highlights include: “Stun" and "Kill" settings selected by side switch on both left and right side, with lit "ring" indicator light at top. ("Stun" is blue; "Kill" is red.) Removable "P1"/cricket phaser from top, with spring-loaded pop-up scope Removable magnetic battery "clip" with lit indicator light goes into pistol handle, as per original asset Replaceable consumer batteries -- no need to worry about shelf-life for unserviceable, custom-made rechargeable batteries Rotating barrel Custom-made display stand Certificate of Authenticity from ANOVOS The Star Trek: Discovery Starfleet Phaser Pistol Interactive Prop Replica, Wave 3, is priced at $500. Visit www.anovos.com to pre-order the phaser. View the full article