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  1. Star Trek Online, the free-to-play online role-playing game based in the iconic Star Trek universe, is thrilled to reunite 12 of the original cast members from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the new PC expansion, Victory is Life. Joining the crew aboard the infamous space station is Chase Masterson, reprising the role of Leeta, former Bajoran Dabo girl and wife to Ferenginar’s Grand Nagus, Rom. The Star Trek Online team had a chance to sit down with Chase after her recording session at Cryptic Studios to talk about her return to the game -- Captains may remember her as Mirror Universe Leeta in Season 11: New Dawn -- and the incredible work she’s been doing with her anti-bullying organization, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. STO: Welcome back to Star Trek Online, Chase. Thank you for joining us. What is it like returning to the character of Leeta to see how she’s grown? Chase Masterson: I really value the opportunity to do this. Part of the reason why is that I get to show a really more mature Leeta. I get to walk in the shoes of a woman who has been in charge of an entire empire with Rom, for nearly 20 years now. She’s someone who has definitely grown and come into her own. That was something I felt like I really wanted to do for a long time now. We saw quite a lot of that on the show, but here we see a Leeta who has grown into her own shoes. She’s become an intelligent woman, a strategic thinker who is still very much adoring of her husband, but is able to walk beside him in a way that is extremely valuable. STO: One of the interesting things about the character of Leeta is that she started off as more of a comic relief figure and then grew over the course of Deep Space Nine. What was it like playing a role like that? It was really interesting because a lot of people did see Leeta as eye candy. I’m grateful to say that she was in all the sweeps week episodes in that catsuit, and I think that was certainly one of the reasons why. But you have to credit our amazing writing team under the direction of Ira Behr for her growth and René Echevarria, who created Leeta; she was never just a Dabo girl, she was never just eye candy and they always had more of a vision for her than that. They had a vision of a woman who was very compassionate and knew how to stand up for justice. This is a woman who was more than what she looked like. That is such a Star Trek message. It’s what Leeta sees in Rom. He’s not just a book you can judge by his cover, he’s so much more. And that speaks to us in a way that is very important. We are not just what the world sometimes sees, we are so much more. It’s a very solid message of being a hero for yourself and other people. STO: Even after all these years, Deep Space Nine still resonates with so many. Why do you think that is? Ira Behr told us during our fifth season that he thought this was a show that was going to get more popular with time, rather than less. Now that shows can be streamed, people can watch the show in a way that is not as haphazard as it was before. Deep Space Nine was so groundbreaking in terms of it being one of the first serialized shows on television and that’s very much thanks to Michael Piller and of course, Ira Behr. I think this may have intimated fans initially. The show trusted its audience but also demanded a lot. We wanted you to get immersed in the storyline so you tune in every day. Now that’s possible and we see new audiences every day. STO: Today you were one of the first to check out the Deep Space Nine space station in our new expansion, Victory is Life. What did you think? First of all, Quark’s Bar is just amazing. I want to just go there, and damn it, I want to play Dabo! I want to be one of the players. It’s just such a fun place to be. The atmosphere is perfect. I can hear the music as you take me down that promenade. It just feels like home. STO: Is it weird seeing Deep Space Nine as a fully realized 3D space? It really is. When we did the show, we really couldn’t just walk around Deep Space Nine, because part of it was on Stage 4 and some of it was on Stage 7. It was always in pieces for us. This is actually the most cohesive look at Deep Space Nine. This is the answer when fans ask if there will be a Deep Space Nine movie. Unfortunately not, but this is in place of it. The continuation of these stories, it’s really incredible. STO: We wanted to ask you about the anti-bullying organization you started, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Can you tell us a little more about how you got started? I heard about a little girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars. She was a little girl in Evanston, Illinois and the boys were following her around school saying “You can’t like Star Wars, you’re a girl.” Her mom Carrie Goldman asked if any women who like Star Wars or science could encourage her daughter. Hundreds of us responded telling her, “I love science. I love science fiction. Katie, you be you.” I was one of the ones who responded and so we kept in touch. Carrie decided to write a book to end bullying because she saw what a huge issue it was. It’s called “Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs To Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear” and I highly recommend it. She asked me to help get her book into Comic Con and that’s when it all came together for me. I said, “Yes, let’s get it into Comic Con, but let’s do more. Let’s form a coalition to get every fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and all the other genres together with social justice organizations and end bullying.” So forming this intersection between pop culture and social justice, leading people to be the heroes we see on screen is what it’s all about. We are working with clinical psychologists to create anti-bullying curriculum for schools, which we anticipate piloting in the fall of 2018. We’re working with some fantastic organizations that are helping us base it on evidence. So this is not just ideas, this is solid psychological exercises that we’re working on. People are saying we’re already making a difference, that we’re already saving lives. STO: Do you have any messages for those who have experienced bullying firsthand? First off, I want to say to you and anyone else out there, if you were ever bullied, it was never your fault, ever. Not a bit of it. It’s true and it’s really very important to always keep that in mind. Quite frankly, bullying always comes out of the pain of the other person. The minute you see someone being mean to someone else, you know it’s because of fear and insecurity. They need some momentary feeling of power but it’s not real power. Compassion and empathy is power. That’s where our real capabilities to be human come in. STO: Thank you so much for joining us, Chase. It’s been such a pleasure. I’m really grateful to be here. You guys are doing amazing work. Thanks for continuing our stories. Star Trek Online: Victory is Life, will launch on PC in June and later on consoles. To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com. Join Chase Masterson aboard Star Trek: The Cruise III. Click here to enter to win a six-day cruise to the Caribbean alongside Star Trek’s most-popular stars. To learn how you can support the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, please visit http://www.popculturehero.org/. Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One. View the full article
  2. IDW Publishing is wasting no time fast-forwarding to summer, as they’ve just announced their Star Trek titles for July. And StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and exclusive First Looks at art from the upcoming Trek comic-book adventures. First up is Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1, written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton, Tony Shasteen providing the art and cover. This brand-new TNG series picks up where Through the Mirror ended and features untold tales of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. Following their clash with their villainous doubles from the Mirror Universe, the Enterprise crew returns to business as usual, little realizing the serpent in their midst, as one of their own has been replaced. What does Mirror Barclay want, and what’s to become of his Prime Universe counterpart? Terra Incognita will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Fans should be on the lookout for a photo cover and variant covers by J.K. Woodward and Elizabeth Beals! Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4 is written by the tandem of Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, with the art and cover courtesy of Angel Hernandez. In the Mirror Universe, the heroic characters you thought you knew care only for power and glory. In this, the final issue of Succession, see Michael Burnham in the fight of her life. Succession #4 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Variant covers will include a photo and ones with art by Nick Roche, and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Lastly, there’s Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7, the latest effort from writer and photo manipulator John Byrne. It boasts three all-new adventures. First, pulled down to a world made entirely of water, the Enterprise is in danger of literally flooding. Spock and McCoy discover a sinister purpose behind this bizarre planet in "What Pain It Is to Drown." Then, in "The Hunger," a mysterious entity has drifted above the outer rim of the Galaxy for thousands of years, draining life from all the worlds it found there. Now, it has learned of the banquet of populous planets near the heart of the Milky Way and is heading there at terrifying speed… with only the Enterprise standing in its way. Next, Captain Kirk 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, Vol. 7 will be released as a 128-page trade paperback priced at $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
  3. “I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.” That’s what legendary trumpeter Miles Davis said about jazz in his autobiography. It’s a statement that could apply to Star Trek — and specifically to Deep Space Nine. When James Darren joined DS9 as crooner Vic Fontaine late in the sixth season, he injected a sound that unexpectedly turned a spotlight on the heart of the series. Commonly thought of as “that show about the war,” DS9 is really about what the characters are going through on a personal level. The story of DS9 is not that of the Dominion War, but the struggles of the people living through it. The conflict is merely a backdrop, and that’s why jazz works so well. Organic, personal, and at times unpredictable, jazz is everything DS9 is. YOUR WAY Pianist and composer Thelonius Monk once explained how jazz — like DS9 — comes from the heart and may take time for others to understand: “I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing — even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.” In many ways, this is what Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, and the DS9 writing team did for seven seasons. They brought together a group of diverse characters, dropped them off in the wilderness, and let them figure things out as they went along. Instead of the refined and rigid structure of classical music favored by The Next Generation, this crew worked within the modal framework of jazz and improvised their way to saving the Alpha Quadrant. FROM THE HEART The brilliance of DS9’s writing often went unappreciated at the time, but has come to be considered Star Trek’s best by many. Why has it stood the test of time? Like the stories told in jazz standards, those told on DS9 are timeless. In “Image in the Sand,” which ends with Sisko departing for Tyree to search for the Orb of the Emissary, we hear Frank Sinatra’s “All the Way,” the bridge of which goes: Who knows where the road will lead us / Only a fool would say / But if you’ll let me love you / It’s for sure I’m gonna love you / All the way Here, the lyric is literally about Worf’s sadness over the loss of Jadzia — a timeless, very-human emotion grafted onto the relationship between two aliens — but it also applies to Sisko’s search for identity and what the entire crew faces through the remainder of the series. Another example comes from “The Siege of AR-558.” The traditional Star Trek formula would set the firefight to dramatic orchestral music. Doing so puts the focus on the action. Instead, this battle unfolds to “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a 1938 classic by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal that became a favorite during World War II among those in the United States and the United Kingdom whose loved ones were serving overseas. Apart from the link to a past war, the jarring visual and auditory disconnect of that battle shifts the focus from the action to the mental state of the Starfleet officers. It also brings greater impact to Nog’s injury. DIVERSITY AND COOPERATION Wynton Marsalis is one of the best-known jazz musicians of the past 40 years. In October 2004, he performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at an event titled Let Freedom Swing: A Celebration of Human Rights & Social Justice. What he wrote in the program highlights why jazz is such a good fit for DS9. “Jazz means working things out musically with other people. You have to listen to other musicians and play with them even if you don’t agree with what they’re playing. It teaches you the very opposite of racism and anti-Semitism. It teaches you that the world is big enough to accommodate us all. “[It’s a performance by] a group of diverse musicians negotiating in time to create a collective expression that reflects the unique personalities and values of each individual for the good of everyone. The traditions of experimentation and improvisation in jazz resemble the innovative approach of America’s democracy in placing so much faith in its people and in striving to invent something new, different and, perhaps, even better.” Diversity is a cornerstone of Gene Roddenberry’s vision, and cooperation is a must when serving on a crew made up of many alien races. This is even more true of life and service on Deep Space 9, a station that is home to many non-Federation races. What more appropriate genre than jazz could there be to capture the spirit of this series? SENTIMENTAL YOU All Star Trek endures in the hearts of fans, but the nature of that connection differs from series to series. A quarter century on, DS9 continues to form emotional ties on a level that is more often personal compared with the franchise’s other chapters, and it does it in part thanks to music that has endured far longer. Perhaps it’s best summed up by a lyric heard in the series finale, “What You Leave Behind.” For many Niners, this line — first sung in 1936 — sums up how they feel about the show itself: Someday, when I’m awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you / And the way you look tonight. If jazz tells us anything, it’s that — a hundred years from now — we’ll look back at Deep Space Nine with the same sentimentality as that story first shared by Fred Astaire. -- A more in-depth discussion of jazz and DS9 can be found in the podcast episode that is a companion to this article. Listen to The Orb 115: Kind of Like a Jazzcat at http://trek.fm/the-orb/115. -- C Bryan Jones is founder and publisher of the Trek.fm podcast network, host of The Ready Room, co-host of The Orb: A Star Trek Deep Space Nine Podcast, and host of Notes from The Edge, which explores connections between Star Trek: Discovery and the greater franchise. Here on Earth, he lives in Tokyo where he’s editor-in-chief of The ACCJ Journal, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He can also be found on Twitter @cbryanjones, Trek.fm, The Ready Room, The Orb, Notes from The Edge and The ACCJ Journal. View the full article
  4. Tomorrow is a day of beginnings and endings, as IDW Publishing has released their latest Star Trek comic-book adventures, specifically Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1 and Star Trek: Boldly Go #18, which closes out the six-part I.D.I.C. saga. StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and preview pages. Star Trek: Boldly Go #18 is written by Mike Johnson, with art and a cover by Josh Hood. Part six of the six-part I.D.I.C. finds James Tiberius Kirk facing the greatest challenge of his life... with the fate of infinite realities hangs in the balance. Boldly Go #18 runs 32 pages and costs $3.99. IDW is also offering a variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani. Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1 is written by Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, complemented by Angel Hernandez’s art and cover. In this, the second Discovery miniseries from IDW Publishing, your favorite characters from the new dive into an adventure tied directly into the second half of the show’s first season. Succession #1 runs 32 pages and is priced at $3.99. George Caltsoudas has created a variant cover and, as with each issue in this series, fans should be on the lookout for a “Ships of the Line” cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. 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
  5. Welcome to National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day! I, for one couldn’t think of a better reward for surviving another April 15th than to boldly go to work in my favorite PJs. Now, I tend to be fairly traditional, and so my pajamas of choice look pretty much like the uniforms worn by the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. I know what you’re gonna say, so let’s get this out of the way right here and now: Starfleet uniforms have NEVER resembled pajamas (Yes, I have seen The Motion Picture, and...yes OK, THOSE look like footie pajamas, but come on. I love that movie). Anyway, I wear these a lot, and almost always in Command Division Gold. Hey, my dreams, my ship. Of course, the show itself had PJs on display in almost every episode right from the start of Star Trek: The Original Series. We see them in “The Cage,” “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “Dagger of the Mind,” “Space Seed,” and on and on until the end of the series. They were the ever-present Technician’s Uniforms (seen in Sciences Blue, Operations Red, and even Command Green), and showed up on patients in Dr. McCoy’s Sickbay. Made in the 1960’s by a company named Pleatway, these spacey PJs were actually called “AstroJamas” (I love crazy coincidences like that). TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss used modified, off-the-shelf AstroJamas, and made his own for all three seasons, and so it can truly be said that some of the crew of the Enterprise wore pajamas to work. As for the movie era, there were jammies there, too. In The Undiscovered Country, we see Captain Sulu and some of the crew aboard the Enterprise-A wearing Starfleet-issue pajamas (truth be told, I kinda want STVI PJs), and they look comfy, too. Moving into the 24th century, we see lots of jammies throughout from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, but they mostly seem to be individual civilian pajamas and night gowns, and Captain Picard’s collection of sleepwear seems to be the best in the fleet. That being said, I have been known to lounge around my Ready Room, and even flip a pancake or two for my daughter in a pair of 24th century, “Jean-Luc PJs.” They’re comfy and all, but still formal enough I suppose with that high collar to wear to meetings. There’s even a “Onesie” version of these now, which are almost too comfy, especially when stuck somewhere on our planet that’s still cold. Of course, jumping back in time to the NX-01, we find that crew wearing mostly their own jammies again, with Captain Archer favoring just a pair of khaki PJPants. Which brings us up to Star Trek: Discovery and Starfleet’s nifty, new maroon pajamas. Discovery’s Costume Designer Gersha Phillips hit it out of the park with these cool PJs in a red that’s the perfect counterpoint to the “Federation Blue” of her duty uniforms, and ensured that they even had their own small Starfleet insignia. Minimal, comfy and cool, these might be the best jammies in the franchise. Whatever you chose to wear today, and wherever you work, I hope your day is a great one. Me? I have a meeting in an hour, and I’ll be rocking my Starfleet jammies all day. Lounge Long, Live Long and Prosper. John Cooley is a lifelong Star Trek fan and one of the Star Trek product designers at ANOVOS. And check out some of the Trek PJ products available to fans: TOS Captain Kirk PJs from the StarTrek.com Shop TOS Mirror Universe Uhura PJs from ThinkGeek.com TOS Women’s Sleepshirts from ThinkGeek.com TNG Picard Lounger “Footie” PJs from ThinkGeek.com View the full article
  6. Which character was the most logical? StarTrek.com asked that question to readers as part of our latest weekly poll, offering Data, Spock, Tuvok, T’Pol and Odo as reply options. Thousands of fans voted, and here as the results: Data (44%) Spock (33%) Tuvok (17%) T’Pol (3%, 245 votes) Odo (3%, 210) Be sure to vote in this week's poll... View the full article
  7. The striking, irrepressible Arlene Martel would have turned 82 years old today, and StarTrek.com thought we'd take a beat to celebrate the occasion. Martel, who died of a heart attack on August 12, 2014, was a veteran television and film actress whose career spanned parts of seven decades, dating back to the golden age of television. To Star Trek fans, she'll be forever remembered for her spot-on portrayal of T'Pring in the "Amok Time" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. The character -- betrothed to Spock, whom she spurns -- was a sexy, exotic presence in the episode, the first and only TOS episode set on Vulcan. Martel had previously auditioned for roles in the episodes "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "Catspaw." Martel's other credits included the popular The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" (written by Harlan Ellison), the "Twenty-Two" episode of The Twilight Zone, Hogan's Heroes, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, Knot's Landing, A Walk to Remember, Brothers & Sisters, and Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. StarTrek.com chatted with Martel in 2010, and she spoke fondly of her brief but important visit to the Star Trek universe. Noting the enduring popularity of "Amok Time," she said, "It does hold up. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t re-run it as much as they do. I just saw it a couple of weeks ago. It’s re-run almost more than any other episode, and it seems to be so popular because of the mating issue. To see a Vulcan in the heat of his sexuality is a very interesting thing. It’s interesting to see anyone in that situation, if the story is good, but to see someone who’s usually so repressed going through it, I think that captured people’s imaginations. I think that’s the fascination about it. And then to see how this woman deals with that, and the decisions and choices she makes..." "My performance, I think, holds up quite well, especially visually," she continued. "I didn’t have that much to say, but I think you see me and my reactions, and my presence is felt. Looking at it, I can see why they cast me in that role." Martel was a fan favorite at conventions around the world, vibrant and engaging as she interacted with visitors who stopped at her table during her annual appearances at Star Trek Las Vegas and so many other events. She actually passed away soon after a convention appearance in 2014. What was your fondest memory of Martel's performance as T'Pring, or of meeting the actress at a convention? View the full article
  8. Brad Dourif is a character actor’s character actor, an Oscar nominee whose credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Child’s Play films, two installments in The Lord of the Rings saga, Dune, Blue Velvet, Mississippi Burning, Jungle Fever, The X-Files, Priest, Deadwood, Once Upon a Time and many, many, many more. Thanks to his foreboding voice and sinister features, he’s played way more than his share of villains, criminals, psychos and sociopaths. He slipped on his sociopath hat to play Lon Suder, the dangerous, deeply troubled Betazoid crewman, in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes “Meld,” “Basics, Part I” and “Basics, Part II.” Dourif’s latest project is the super-creepy indie horror-thriller Wildling, which will be available on VOD and Digital HD starting April 13, 2018, and is currently in limited theatrical release as well. Wildling centers on Anna (Bel Powley), who’s spent her whole childhood in a single, secluded room, raised by a man she calls "Daddy" (Dourif). Daddy convinces her to fear the "Outside" by sharing horrific, fantastical tales of the "Wildling" and goes to extreme measures to thwart her maturity process. She’s eventually rescued by a small-town sheriff (Liv Tyler) who takes her into her home, and Daddy seems to go away for good. As one might expect, however, hormones kick in, Daddy may not be gone forever, and the mythical Wildling may not be so mythical after all. StarTrek.com recently spoke with the always-fascinating Dourif. The actor filled us in on his current project and recounted his Voyager experiences… Do you remember how you landed the Suder role? Was it an audition or an offer? Did you know if that’d it be a recurring role? Offer. I don't remember if I knew it was recurring or not. Maybe. Maybe. I’d think it was. Did you know that he would die heroically? No. The hook to me doing it wasn’t dying heroically. It was the mind meld (with Tuvok). Who doesn't want to talk like a Vulcan? Were you at all a Star Trek fan? Of course. I mean, I'm not like a huge Trekkie, but I saw Star Trek when I was still quite young. I saw The Original Series with Shatner and Nimoy, right. My mom and I, we both sat and watched it. She was just wanting to see what it was like. Science-fiction was, relatively, at a comeback stage. We were also reading Ray Bradbury then. Given Suder's sociopathic tendencies, how perfect a place was the Maquis for him? He was at home with the Maquis. He did what they needed him to do, which was the dirty work. What do you remember of working with the Voyager regulars, particularly Tim Russ and Kate Mulgrew? Kate was wonderful. I had a great time with her. Tim… we went diving and did all kinds of stuff together. Really? He's just a really good dude, yeah. My girlfriend was there when I did the mind meld scene with Tim, and it was great fun to have her there and have me do that scene with her there. She doesn't always get to watch the work, and she's a real artist. I wish I had a tenth of her talent, but she was very interested and I remember it was a really fun day. She's a very hard person to impress, but she was happy and I think she liked what I was doing, for sure. At the end of the episode, after your demise, Tuvok says a Vulcan prayer wishing you in death the peace that you couldn't find in life. How fitting a farewell was that for Suder? I think that was dead on. It was a short little thing. There was another death there, which I think had more meaning to other people, but it was just a private little thing for Tuvok, giving Suder some closure. And I thought that was also appropriate because Suder was sort of an alone person and only one person recognized him. For a sociopath, empathy is impossible and you almost have to create it intellectually, and you never feel it. But I think people felt for him. Suder tried. He really, really tried. Let’s shift to Wildling. You’ve play characters like Daddy/Gabriel before, but there are some glimpses of humanity in this guy, especially at the beginning of the movie. Was that part of the reason you said yes to doing this? Yes. I’d kind of stopped doing bad guys, so I was not going to do Wildling, but then I had a long talk with (director) Fritz Bohm and we decided to really put some humanity in him… and then he goes crazy. Bel Powley and the younger actresses who play Anna are all terrific… Bel felt like my daughter. We really, really clicked first rehearsal and she was wonderful to work with the whole time. She's really a solidly good actress. And everybody else was wonderful, too. This looks like an expensive movie, but I’m guessing it was made on a very small budget… Yeah, that's about it. I just think they were very smart about the look of the movie and found good locations, and most of the stuff was really worked out. I think they kept improving it. We went back and did some re-shoots in which they did even better stuff. Bel’s makeup was great, but, as always, impossible. All special effects makeup is so difficult and hard on the actor. What else will we see you in? IMDB lists about eight projects in pre-production, post production, production and/or announced. But what's actually next for you? I don't know. I'm being very picky now and I don't do bad guys, and all I get offered are bad guys. So, it's going slow. Honestly, I don't care anymore. I'll work if I want to. If I don't, I won't. I don't feel like there's anything I really want to do that I haven't done. I'm at a funny phase at this point, but I'll still work if I find something interesting. View the full article
  9. Star Trek Online, the online roleplaying game that continues the story of the Star Trek universe, is bringing together the cast of Deep Space Nine for the first time in nearly 20 years for our expansion this summer, Victory is Life. Find out what’s happened to your favorite characters in 2410, as they come together again to answer the threat of the Hur’q. Here’s who we’ve already announced: Alexander Siddig as Doctor Julian Bashir, former Chief Medical Officer of Deep Space Nine. Andrew Robinson as Councilor Elim Garak, formerly “just a simple tailor” and covert operative for Cardassia. Armin Shimerman as Quark, DS9’s resident Ferengi entrepreneur and bartender. Aron Eisenberg as Captain Nog, the first Ferengi to join Starfleet, who grew up on DS9. Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun (a cunning Vorta diplomat) and Brunt (a Liquidator of the Ferengi Commerce Authority). J.G. Hertzler as General Martok, hero of the Klingon Empire. Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys, Kai of the Bajoran People. René Auberjonois as Odo, former Chief of Security at DS9, who is now a Dominion Ambassador. Who else has joined the cast? Read on and find out. Chase Masterson’s presence as Leeta has graced the halls of Deep Space Nine for years in Star Trek Online, but only as a hologram or the Mirror Universe version of herself. The “real” Leeta has never met our Captains – until now. Chase is returning for Victory is Life, and bringing Leeta with her. What has her life been like as the wife of the Grand Nagus all of these years? You’ll find out in Victory is Life. And speaking of a certain Grand Nagus, Max Grodénchik is bringing Rom, the always lovable Ferengi who stumbled into leading his people, to Star Trek Online. The Grand Nagus will have a big part to play in the battle against the Hur’q, and you’ll get to experience it with him. In the Deep Space Nine episode, “The Abandoned,” Bumper Robinson played a young Jem’Hadar who was found on Deep Space Nine as a baby. He grew to near adulthood in a matter of days, and despite Odo’s attempts to reason with him, returned to Dominion space to be with his people. That same Jem’Hadar, Dukan’Rex, is now an Elder First, and will be a central character to the story of Victory is Life. It wouldn’t be right to have the Dominion without their gods. Salome Jens returns to the role of the Female Changeling who led her people during the Dominion War. The Changeling has been in Starfleet’s custody since the end of the war – has she changed, or will she be a new threat to the Alpha Quadrant? Find out in June. We’re so excited to have so many talented actors join us for Victory is Life, and we know you’ll love the story we’re going to tell. Stay tuned, Captains. Victory is Life. Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems, and make contact with new alien species. 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
  10. StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Tim O'Connor, the veteran stage, film and television actor whose distinguished career spanned decades and included the role of Ambassador Briam in the fifth-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "The Perfect Mate." According to an April 11 obituary in his local newspaper, The Union, O'Connor passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 5th, while at his longtime home in Nevada City, California. He was 90 years old. Born on Chicago's South Side, O'Connor's pursuit of acting took him to New York and later to Los Angeles. He often played serious authority figures and was probably best known for portraying Elliot Carson -- husband to Dorothy Malone, father to Mia Farrow -- in 416 episodes of the show Peyton Place. His many other credits included The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, All in the Family, Maude, Wonder Woman, Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century, M*A*S*H, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and The Burning Zone. O'Connor also co-founded the Children's Theater in Nevada City and directed numerous productions for the Foothill Theater Company, also in Nevada City. O'Connor is survived by his wife, Sheila MacLurg O'Connor, his son Timothy O'Connor, and three stepsons. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to O'Connor's family, friends, colleagues and fans. View the full article
  11. And the crowd went crazy. Let’s explain: During the Star Trek: Discovery panel two weeks ago at WonderCon, fans were treated to a scene trimmed from the season-one finale, “Will You Take My Hand?”. The 2-minute and 30-second scene, a coda set not long after the events of the finale, featured Emperor Georgiou operating a bar/club in the Orion market on Qo'noS and encountering a supposed Trill named Leland (Alan van Sprang). She thinks he’s Starfleet, but he reveals that he’s part of a “far more resourceful” organization that considers her a “valuable asset,” and he offers her the opportunity to "exert some influence over the fate of this galaxy." Walking away, he leaves behind a case with a black delta shield and says, “Welcome to Section 31.” Moments after the WonderCon attendees watched that scene, they met Alan van Sprang, who played Leland in the scene and will return for more intrigue in season two of Discovery. Following his time on the stage, the actor – a Canadian whose credits include Conundrum, Viper, La Femme Nikita, Earth: Final Conflict, Soul Food, Evel Knievel, Saw III, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead, The Tudors, Saving Hope, Reign and Shadowhunters – ventured into the press room to speak briefly with journalists about the finale scene, Leland and more. StarTrek.com was in the room, and here’s what he had to say: Welcome to the Star Trek universe. Oh, thank you. How does it feel to be part of this massive family? Pretty honored. It's pretty amazing. (Showrunners) Aaron (Harberts) and Gretchen (J. Berg)… I was doing a show called Reign and they took over that show. So, they knew me from that. They gave me a phone call and said, “Hey, would (you) like to come on board.” They didn't know what character, what I'd be doing. This was just sort of thrown in my lap. So, here we go. Tell us about your character… I play Leland, who's the new Section 31 (operative) in the show, and that's basically all I can say. It's basically the intelligence, a non-existent intelligence of Starfleet, and then he brings people on board. Were you aware of Section 31 before? Or even of Star Trek in advance of Discovery? Oh, absolutely. I'd heard of (Star Trek) through The Original Series, but I didn't get familiar with (Section 31) until I played the part. So, I looked back on it in Deep Space Nine. Tell us about the deleted scene from “Will You Take My Hand?” and working with Michelle Yeoh… Well, it was fantastic. I was a huge fan of hers, through Crouching Tiger and James Bond, and I knew who I was going to be working with. I read the script just before, and she was just so easygoing and nice to work with. There was no intimidation. I was very relaxed and we shot that scene, it was really quick, in a couple of hours. It was mostly set-up shots and extras that took the most time. But Michelle was fantastic. It was very easy, it was great. I look forward to the next journey. Fans really haven’t seen this type of Star Trek show before, something serialized from the beginning. What are your thoughts on the serialization aspect? I enjoy that. The show that I just came off of, Shadowhunters, for two and a half years, it was a serialized series as well. It was kind of a soap opera, so it went from episode to episode to episode, and I actually prefer that, because I prefer getting a script and knowing where I'm going from the next episode as opposed to just getting the new guest stars and having to do it with the new structure, new script. I can't wait. How did the producers break it to you that that great scene didn't make the final cut? It was the best news I ever heard. Really? Why? Seriously, because they were introducing it here (at WonderCon), as opposed to just being a teaser, leading up to something in the first season. They just said, “Look, we're going to make a teaser trailer,” and I came out here. No, this is way better than having something on season one as a cliffhanger. I was thrilled. 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
  12. Comic/actress/podcaster/writer Tig Notaro is set to guest star on Star Trek: Discovery during the show’s upcoming second season. Notaro will play a character named Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the U.S.S. Hiawatha. Notaro regularly tours the country performing standup and has appeared on Conan, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many other programs. Her film and TV acting credits include The Sarah Silverman Program, Walk of Shame, Bob’s Burgers, Fresh Off the Boat and One Mississippi (which she wrote, produced and directed as well). She also was the subject of the acclaimed documentary, Tig, which chronicled her battle with breast cancer (which she beat) and effort to have a baby with her partner (which she did successfully, welcoming twin sons in 2016). 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. Ready to hit the beach at your version of Risa? If so, ThinkGeek is here to help, as they've just unveiled some Star Trek swimwear that'll have you lounging in style. Up first -- for the guys this time -- are Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed swim trunks. The trunks come in the traditional trio of TNG colors, feature an elastic waist with outside drawstring, polyester mesh lining, faux fly and side pockets, as well as TNG uniform styling at leg opening and a (non-functioning) combadge on left thigh. They're available in sizes ranging from Small to 3X, priced at $49.99 and in stock now. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase them. Next -- also for the guys -- are Star Trek: The Original Series-theme swim trunks. The trunks feature the traditional TOS colors, a rank braid along the hem and a division insignia on the left thigh. Other specs include an elastic waist with outside drawstring, polyester mesh lining, faux fly and side pockets. They're also available in sizes ranging from Small to 3X, priced at $49.99 and in stock now. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to buy them. And there's something new for the ladies, too: a TNG Ships One-Piece Swimsuit, with lavender, peach, red and gold ships printed on purple. The ships are the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, U.S.S. Stargazer, a Ferengi Marauder, a Klingon Battlecruiser, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, a Klingon Vor'cha, a Romulan Scout Ship, a Romulan Warbird, and an unidentified Nebula-class and Galaxy-class ship. They're available in sizes Small to 2XL and priced at $59.99. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to beam them up now. View the full article
  14. Star Trek: Discovery has been nominated for a Peabody Award, it was announced today. Discovery earned its nomination in the Entertainment category and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is one of a total of 60 Peabody nominees for the "most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media" in 2017. The Peabody Award winners for Entertainment will be revealed on April 19, and all the winners and finalists will be feted during a gala event at Manhattan’s Cipriani Wall Street on May 19. "True to tradition, we are proud to present a rich mix of excellence in the craft of storytelling," Jeffrey P. Jones, Peabody’s executive director, said in a statement. “These stories reflect important social issues and exemplify the power of diverse voices and platforms in media today." The Discovery team acknowledged the Peabody nomination with a gracious tweet: 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
  15. He’s ready to blind you with science! Thomas Dolby, the music-tech pioneer who got the world dancing with his biggest hit, “She Blinded Me with Science,” is the latest addition to the celebrity guest list for next year's Star Trek: The Cruise III. Dolby has not only merged technology with music for over 35 years, but he revolutionized ringtone technology and served as musical director of the annual TED Conference for a decade. In 2016, Dolby published his biography, Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology. He is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he'll launch their first Music for New Media program this fall. “Star Trek is the perfect fusion of technology, science and culture,” Dolby said in a statement. “What the franchise has done for science and curiosity is immeasurable, and I’m genuinely excited to be a part of this voyage that celebrates all things Star Trek.” Entertainment Cruise Productions, the team behind Star Trek: The Cruise III, has announced that the Norwegian Jade will launch from Miami, Florida, on Friday, January 4, 2019, making stops at Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), Grand Cayman and Jamaica before returning to Miami on Thursday, January 10. Visit Star Trek: The Cruise III to book now, and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news about additional Star Trek guests and activities set to take place during the cruise. View the full article