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  1. It was 30 years last week that the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “When the Bough Breaks” premiered. February 15, 1988. To put that in perspective, the four-year-old twins – Jessica and Vanessa Bova -- who shared the role of Alexandra, the youngest of the children kidnapped from the Enterprise, are now 34 years old with kids of their own. To mark the anniversary of the first-season episode, StarTrek.com invited the Bova sisters to interview each other about their Trek experience, what it’s like all these years later to still have Trek in their lives, and what they’re each up to now. Here’s what they had to say: Vanessa: How did we land our Star Trek role? Jessica: We went on an audition and got a call back. Our agent at the time was Harry Gold. I remember my mom telling me we got this part and the name was Alexandria, which I, being a four-year-old, had never heard that name before. I thought it was pretty cool and exotic, and it was very, very exciting. Jessica: Vanessa, what do you remember most vividly about the experience? Vanessa: Funny enough, one of the things I remember most was the costume that we wore because it was like papier Mache. It was a beautiful color and I remember the makeup artist doing just a little bit of foundation on my nose and the smell of it. I had a very close relationship with Wil Wheaton and Patrick Stewart, and I loved to have them carry me around the set. It was also really nice filming with somebody that we were close to, even though it had been such a short time. Vanessa: And you? Jessica: I can remember the smell of the set. The acting studio that I’m in now, it has that same smell. Sets all have the same smell. I can't, it's almost like a woody smell. It's fabulous. I remember there was a donut guy in the morning. We’d get there before it was even light outside. Everybody was so nice and I guess we were pretty funny kids. And we had a really, really good time. Vanessa: There's something else I remember… the little white stuffed animal they gave to us… Jessica: Oh yeah. Vanessa: ... To carry around while filming, and we carried it on and off set as well. The last scene, when I go to give Captain Picard a hug and tell him ‘Thank you,’ I stuff the stuffed animal on his back. I wasn't supposed to do that and everyone starting laughing -- and they actually kept it in the scene. So, that was something else that stuck with me. Jessica: I remember they kept making you do that take because you would place your head down and you kept turning it the wrong way... Vanessa: They wanted me to face the camera when I hugged Patrick Stewart and, for some reason, I kept facing the other way. I mean, I was four. Jessica: No, you did great. Jessica: Vanessa, how did you like working with Brenda Strong (who played Rashella, the Aldean kindnapper) Vanessa: Brenda was amazing. She was so kind and sweet and- Jessica: Everybody really was. Vanessa: Everybody was, but she was especially drawn to us and mostly to you, Jessica, because you did most of your scenes with her… Jessica: I did. Vanessa: I remember watching Desperate Housewives and seeing Brenda, and I was so excited for her because when we knew her, she was just another actress trying to make a name for herself. Boy, did she. Vanessa: And you? Jessica: I remember her being kind. There was a scene where she had to hold me and calm me down, and she really made you feel like that was actually happening. She was just so soothing and kind. When I see her now on little things here or there, and especially Desperate Housewives, we have a lot of family that was really into that show, and you almost feel like a sense of pride. It’s that, “Oh, you know, no big deal, that was just my mom.” Jessica: Vanessa, when was the last time you saw the episode, and what’s it like to see yourself frozen in time… Vanessa: ... As a four-year-old? The last time I saw the episode was a month ago. It's on Netflix, so every once in a while, a friend will come over and say, “Hey, can we watch the episode of Star Trek with you in it?” I'm like, “Sure.” Or, whenever I'm watching TV and I scroll through the guide and I see Star Trek is playing, I always click on it to see what season it is, if it's our episode, and a lot of the times, our episode will pop up, which is really cool. Vanessa: Jessica? Jessica: Well, they play reruns every day, weekdays, so I will always look to see if it's our season. It's very, very interesting to see us as little girls. I always imagine that our kids, when they're old enough, they will look like that, so… Vanessa: And watch our show. Whenever I see the episode, it makes me happy because it was a really, really fun experience that I’ll always remember. Jessica: And, we were cute. Our kids are not old enough to have watched it yet. I mean, your little boy is only one. Vanessa: Eleven months. Jessica: Well, he'll be one this month, so we’ve not had them watch mom yet, but our other family members get quite a big kick out of it. Vanessa: For sure. Jessica: How hard is it to believe that February 15th was 30 years since the episode debuted? Vanessa: It’s actually really hard to believe because it doesn't seem that long ago. Because I have such vivid memories of it, it seems like it was only yesterday, but it’s pretty cool and amazing that that was 30 years ago. So much has happened since then, and we're still talking about it today. Jessica: I don't think it seems like 30 years ago, either. I thought we were older, honestly, when we filmed that episode. We would’ve been four. I thought we were six. Jessica: Let’s tell everyone what we did after Star Trek and what we’re doing now… Vanessa: We both did a lot of commercials. A lot of acting stuff, theater… Jessica: A couple of PSAs. I went to acting school. Vanessa went to music school. Vanessa: I studied music in college and trained in opera for 10 years. Then, I started working with several different bands. Jessica: We both went to high school, eventually, and then to college. I studied psychology, but I never gave up on my acting. Sometimes you put things on the back burner. We both got married, started families. I'm currently back in acting school. I like it very much. Vanessa: I'm still singing. I'm working with a band right now… Jessica: And, we did a commercial, as twins, a Geico commercial. I think it only aired on the east coast. It had to have been four years ago now. It seems like yesterday. So, that was the last thing we did together. Vanessa: That was fun. Jessica: We do plan to start submitting twin things again. Vanessa: Redheaded twins, I guess, are not really very common. Jessica: We both live in the L.A. area, in Pasadena. Vanessa: Jessica, what does it mean to be even a small part of something so iconic and long-lasting as Star Trek? Jessica: I didn't realize that we were popular until Facebook became a thing and I’d get messages from people saying, “I don't mean to bother you, but I'm such a fan. Are you the little girl from Star Trek?” And, it would never bother me… Vanessa: I’d get the same thing. Maybe several times a year, people would contact me on Facebook and say, “Are you Vanessa Bova, Jessica Bova's twin? Were you the one on Star Trek? I love your episode. My kids watch your episode.” It's just, it's really, really interesting. Jessica: I try to answer all of them. We recently were contacted about going to a Star Trek convention later this year and we're going to be at the Hollywood Show in April. I don't know why we haven't been doing that the whole time. Star Trek fans are so cool. The whole experience was so cool. Vanessa: Oh, yeah. People will send me photos of themselves at conventions with our trading card and say, “Can I have your autograph? Can you send it to me?” Jessica: I actually don't know which one of us is on the card. When I watch the episode, the only way I can tell, “OK, this is me or this is Vanessa” in scenes is that I’ll remember a bit of having to film scenes. But not every scene do I know. Our mom just sent a picture of us on set so that we could share it with StarTrek.com. I had to say, “Well, wait a minute, which one…” Vanessa: Which one is which? We really are identical. We even talk very, very similarly and yet, watching the episode, it's hard to remember which one is which because we also filmed a lot of scenes where we’d each do half and the other person would do the other half. But it's an honor to be a part of something like Star Trek, especially because now it's so well-known and a bigger and bigger thing. Jessica: It's very encouraging. I can say that I have friends as far away as Germany that have contacted me because they recognize me from Star Trek. One guy, he's my good friend now. We talk at least once a month. We became friends because he contacted me on Facebook. He's around our age, a super-cool guy, big Trekkie, and it was he that made me realize how popular it was and that we’re pretty loved in the community. It feels great. Vanessa: It's funny because when I mention to people that’ve known me for a while or people I just meet that we were on Star Trek, they'll ask what episode and I'll say it, and they'll say, “Oh, my gosh, that was you?” I didn't realize that it was such a community of people and such an important thing that people actually remembered the episode we were in. It's like they already know us because they've been watching us for years. Very, very cool. View the full article
  2. It’s Jeri Ryan’s birthday. And to note the occasion, StarTrek.com thought we’d share some tidbits about the life and career of Star Trek: Voyager's Seven of Nine. Born in Germany Ryan was born in Munich, and her birth name was Jeri Lynn Zimmerman. A proud Army brat, her Master Sergeant father served overseas and she was raised on several military bases in America and Germany. Here She Is…. While attending college at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ryan earned money by participating in local beauty pageants. She even won a few. And, as Miss Illinois in 1990, she came in fourth in that year's Miss America pageant. Seven Won Her Over Initially, Ryan was not interested in auditioning for Seven of Nine. But when she received her audition pages, one of her scenes featured Seven as she recounted memories of laughing as a pre-assimilated child. That convinced her to give it everything she had. She won the role, of course, and debuted as Seven of Nine in “Scorpion, Part II.” Love Was in the Air During the show's run, Ryan and writer-producer Brannon Braga dated. They kept it quiet for a while, but eventually went public with their romance. Seven Again Back in 2014, Ryan reprised her role as Seven of Nine, or at least the character’s voice, for Star Trek Online's Delta Rising. That Outfit So, did Ryan keep her Seven of Nine cat suit or burn the thing? "They didn’t let me keep the cat suit,” Ryan told StarTrek.com in 2011. “I would have loved to have burned it; not so much the cat suit as the corset that was under it. But, no, they didn’t let me have that. I do, however, have an alcove. I figured, 'That’s the least you can give me! Give me my alcove.' (Laughs). So I ha(d) it in my game room." Ryan Today, Part 1 Ryan, on Twitter, describes herself as “Actress, wife, mom, foodie, and gardener. Not necessarily in that order. Occasional binge-tweeter.” Her most recent credits include Bosch, on which she played the femme fatale Veronica Allen, and Major Crimes, in which she returned for one last go-round as her recurring attorney character, Linda Rothman. She’s also wrapped an upcoming film called The Relic, which she shot late last fall in Louisville, Kentucky. Ryan Today, Part 2 Ryan lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Christophe Eme, a respected chef and restaurateur who’s set to open a new wine bar, Kass, in March. Alex Ryan and Gisele Lynn Eme are Ryan's two children. She had Alex with her first husband, Jack Ryan, and Gisele with her second husband, Eme. Please join StarTrek.com in wishing Ryan a happy birthday. View the full article
  3. Khan Noonien Singh is, arguably, Star Trek’s greatest villain. He is a complex character whose intelligence, experience and strength made him a formidable and dangerous adversary for James T. Kirk. Khan’s mythos has proved enduring for Trek fans, who’ve seen this character arise across their screens in different decades and even timelines. This character is compelling not only because his engineered intellect and strength make him a threat to Trek’s protagonists, but because his failing is one that’s easily reflected in our own character and choices. While Khan was compelled by his drive to conquer and gain superiority over others in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, “Space Seed,” it was his need for vengeance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan that cemented his place in Trek lore. On the surface, it could be argued that Khan’s complaint is not entirely without merit. He agreed to be left on a planet that, while difficult, could provide a way of life for him and his crew that would allow them to flourish, but would prevent them from exercising their militaristic and colonial ambition. As Khan recounts the story to first officer Chekov and Captain Terrell, a cosmological explosion caused planetary desolation six months after their arrival, which led to the deaths of several crew members -- including his wife. Neither Kirk nor Starfleet returned to confirm Khan’s viability or whether his planetary conditions had been altered. There is reason for this, given Starfleet’s reticence regarding genetic engineering, but it seems odd that a humanitarian organization such as the Federation would not have registered the potential harm to these people once Ceti Alpha VI had exploded. This began the process of Khan’s 15-year meditation on revenge and an obsession with seeking vengeance upon Kirk for what he’d lost. In an essay originally published in 1625, Francis Bacon wrote that “revenge is a kind of wild justice.” If an initial wrong is an offense against law, Bacon argues that the need for revenge puts law aside altogether. This is especially the case with what he calls private revenge, which acts out of vindictive desire. Public revenge is an account of justice where a wrong committed is repaid in like manner/measure. However, Bacon prefaces both public and private by noting the harmful psychology of revenge in each instance. He writes that people meditate upon revenge in order to keep their wounds fresh, to prevent them from healing, to maintain the desire and need for retribution. This can be easily seen in Khan’s desire for vengeance. He’d kept his wounds fresh and made retaliation his singular object of desire. What’s more, on two separate occasions his first officer warns him of this and attempts to persuade him to leave that path. When Khan first captured the Reliant and later when he successfully stole the Genesis device, Khan’s second-in-command highlights that he’s now free. He has in fact beaten Kirk and proven his superiority over the Starfleet captain. Khan responds, “He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him.” The issue is that while Khan had a starship, he was not free. He was not free from his obsession and longing for revenge. He’d meditated for so long on his wounds that he couldn’t leave them behind or live without them. Ultimately, this obsession leads to his undoing. The thirst for vengeance is never satiated and so it begins to consume itself. It’s easy to see Khan’s desire for revenge be his own undoing; it’s often a villain’s fate. However, in the Kelvin timeline we are introduced to a troubling reversal. Here, Khan is not the only one bent on revenge. Kirk and Starfleet as a whole are at risk of succumbing to a need for vengeance and public protection. Admiral Marcus is obsessed with external threats to the Federation and is willing to sacrifice the Federation’s principles to preserve its structure. In doing so, he resuscitates Khan and holds his crew hostage to manipulate him into doing the admiral’s bidding. In response, Khan attacks Section 31 and later the command council, killing Captain Pike in the process. Khan is once more seeking revenge for his crew and attempting to gain power for his own ends. However, the loss of his mentor lures Kirk to seek revenge. It clouds his judgment and allows him to also be manipulated by Marcus. Kirk’s obsession with avenging Pike’s death and the war declared on Starfleet by Khan brings him close to sacrificing his principles and his friendships. Here, the potential fallout of what Bacon called public revenge is also explored. A public wrong has been done, but both on a personal and institutional level, the desire for vengeance causes the implosion of the individuals obsessed with it. Kirk nearly gives up his Federation and Starfleet values, along with his friendship with Scotty, and as Spock points out, his moral foundation. Marcus gives up what the Federation stands for in his need to violently respond to the Klingons he considered aggressors. Khan’s desire for vengeance against all Federation principles and persons results in the loss of those he held most dear. Once more, revenge consumed itself. In a diary entry written in September 1947, Gandhi wrote, “Anger breeds revenge and the spirit of revenge is today responsible for all the horrible happenings here and elsewhere… Let not future generations say that we lost the sweet bread of freedom because we could not digest it.” In the Prime Universe, Khan had gained his freedom (albeit through violent means), but his obsession with revenge prevented him from digesting that bread. In the end, for Khan, and for Marcus in the Kelvin timeline, revenge was not wild justice, but the abrogation of laws, principles and sanity. The stories of the two Khans show that it’s not just our enemies that can be consumed with a desire for revenge. We, too, must guard against its corrupting tendencies. 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
  4. Clear room on your shelves, everyone, as IDW Publishing is planning a Trek-apalooza for May. StarTrek.com already told you about the five-part Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror miniseries, and now we’re back to share details more details about it and about IDW’s other Trek titles for May. And we’ve got the covers, too. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1 bring the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D face to face with their Mirror counterparts. It’s written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, with art by Chris Johnson and J.K. Woodward, and a Woodward cover; note: he’s creating five connecting covers. Fans should also look for a B cover by Johnson. Through the Mirror #1 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #2, written by the Tipton brothers, will examine what happens when the Enterprise-D discovers a burned-out, pillaged Andorian vessel. Hint: the search for the culprits behind it leads to some startlingly familiar faces. Marcus To and Woodward are handling the art, while Cover A is by Woodward and Cover B is courtesy of To. It’ll run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #3, once again by the Tiptons, addresses interstellar espionage aboard the Enterprise-D, as the Mirror Universe crew infiltrates Captain Picard’s ship. What are they up to? The answers are here. This book’s artists are Josh Hood and J.K. Woodward, with Woodward tackling Cover A and Hood on Cover B. The 32-page tale will cost $3.99. The Tiptons then will be back with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #4. In it, Mirror Picard’s plot is finally revealed, and it’s Enterprise crew versus Enterprise crew, with the fate of a galaxy hanging in the balance. Carlos Nieto and J.K. Woodward provide the art, with Woodward doing the A Cover and Nieto on Cover B. Like the previous installments, #4 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. The miniseries will conclude with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #5, in which Scott Tipton and David Tipton beg the question: Can Captain Picard prevent his Mirror counterpart’s plans for galactic conquest? This time, the art will be by Debora Carita and J.K. Woodward, with Woodward providing the A Cover and Carita crafting the B Cover. The finale will 32 pages and be priced at $3.99. Also available for each issue will be photo covers and covers by concept artist Peter McKinstry as variants. And it’s worth noting that Through the Mirror isn’t quite the end of the saga. IDW has revealed that it sets up a new and exciting chapter in the TNG universe – with more to come later this year. And there’s more! Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 3 collects the entire “I.D.I.C.” storyline from Star Trek: Boldly Go #13–18. Written by Mike Johnson, with art by Josh Hood, Megan Levens, Tana Ford and Marcus To, it features a Tony Shasteen cover. Among the questions the collection seeks to answer: What if Kirk and the Enterprise crew were robots? What if Klingons founded Starfleet? What if Spock wasn't Vulcan? What if all these realities collided? The Vulcan philosophy of celebrating “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” is one of acceptance, but can the universe accept the simultaneous existence of multiple realities? It's a team-up for the ages as numerous incarnations of Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew must work together to stop a foe that threatens all of existence! Featuring the return of Jane Tiberius Kirk and her gender-swapped crew! Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 3 will run 144 pages and cost $19.99. 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
  5. Hot on the heels of their popular Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin Set collection, FanSets is taking pre-orders on their brand-new "Star Trek DS9 25th Anniversary" and “To Boldly Go” pins. The DS9 pin features the words Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the 25 within the Starfleet delta, and the "To Boldly Go" pin is shaped like an old-school television, with the "screen" showing the words "To Boldly Go... Where No Man Has Gone Before" along with the U.S.S. Enterprise in orbit around a planet. The DS9 pin is priced at $12.95. The To Boldly Go pin will cost $9.95. Delivery is expected third or fourth week of March. Go to https://fansets.com/collections/star-trek to pre-order the new pins and to check out the full FanSets line of Star Trek pins. View the full article
  6. It’ll be back to the Mirror Universe for Captain Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D in May, when IDW Publishing kicks off the five-week event comic-book series, Through the Mirror. Fans got their first introduction to TNG’s Mirror counterparts in the miniseries Mirror Broken, which was released last year. In the new saga, the Prime Universe crew of the U.S.S Enterprise-D will come face-to-face for the first time ever with their mirrored counterparts. Through the Mirror is written by Trek and IDW veterans Scott Tipton and David Tipton, who together also wrote Mirror Broken. Through the Mirror will showcase a Who’s Who of talented artists set to rotate throughout the weekly event: Chris Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Marcus To (Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Hood (Star Trek: Waypoint), Carlos Nieto (The Simpsons) and Debora Carita (Dejah Thoris). Further, each issue will also feature a special backup story illustrated by Mirror Broken artist J.K. Woodward in his signature painted style, depicting how the Mirror Universe crew found their way to the Prime Universe and the ways in which Emperor Spock factors in to that. Woodward also provides connecting main covers for each issue along with cover art contributions from Peter McKinstry, Marc Laming, each of the previously named artists, plus photo variants. “The one thing that's never been done in Star Trek's Mirror Universe tales is an all-out clash between universes,” Scott Tipton said in a statement. “The opportunity to set Picard against Picard was just too exciting to resist.” Added David Tipton, “While the previous Mirror Broken series introduced the TNG Mirror characters, this new series will give us not only a closer look at them, but also show them crossing over into the Prime Universe, leading up to an ultimate confrontation between the Enterprise crews.” Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1 will go on sale on May 2, 2018. Subsequent issues will drop each Wednesday in May. 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
  7. The second ship to be recruited into Eaglemoss’ Official Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection is the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031. And, StarTrek.com is pleased to present a deeper look at this iconic starship. Designed by concept artist John Eaves and drawing inspiration from unused designs that Gene Roddenberry worked on in the 1970s -- as well as from an experimental USAF bomber -- the Discovery’s segmented saucer section, triangular secondary hull, two long, angular nacelles and copper-dominant paint scheme are just a few of its standout features. In Federation lore, the Discovery, under the command of Captain Gabriel Lorca, was a 23rd century Crossfield-class science vessel converted into a warship at the outbreak of the Federation-Klingon War. Its 15 decks could accommodate a crew of 136, but its most significant component was the experimental “spore drive” propulsion system that allowed it to travel 90 light years in just 1.3 seconds. Based on the original VFX renditions created for the show, Eaglemoss’ die-cast model of the Discovery has been meticulously crafted under the supervision of Star Trek expert Ben Robinson. Measuring approximately 8.5 inches from front to back, this detailed collector-quality ship has been cast in a specially formulated die-cast metal and hand painted for accuracy. It also comes complete with a display base, as well as an exclusive collector's magazine featuring behind the scenes info, original design sketches and a breakdown of the ship’s on-board technology. Fans who subscribe to the Official Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection enjoy special savings and a host of exclusives. Full details may be found at eaglemoss.com/DiscoveryStarships. Prefer to purchase your favorite ships individually? You can do so either online at shop.eaglemoss.com or at your local comic book shop for the regular price. All of Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available for streaming/viewing 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
  8. Who is your favorite Star Trek couple? That's the question we asked for this past week's StarTrek.com poll. We gave fans the following options: Edith Keeler & James T. Kirk, Beverly Crusher & Jean-Luc Picard, Kira Nerys & Odo, B'Elanna Torres & Tom Paris, and T'Pol & Trip Tucker. Thousands of fans voted, and here are the results: B'Elanna Torres & Tom Paris (28%) Beverly Crusher & Jean-Luc Picard (22%) Kira Nerys & Odo (21%) T'Pol & Trip Tucker (18%) Edith Keeler & James T. Kirk (10%) How did YOUR couple of choice fare? Or did you have a different couple in mind? Let us know below in the comments... Be sure to vote in this week's poll... View the full article
  9. SPOILER WARNING: If you wish to preserve any surprises, please be aware that this article reveals surprises and spoilers from all the various Star Trek TV shows, books, and movies in addition to spoilers from Star Trek: Discovery. With each sequel or prequel version of Star Trek, there are unfamiliar characters, costumes, technologies, and starships to become accustomed to as the new crew’s adventures begin. To help connect the new version to what has come before, it is customary for there to be some obeisance, or show of respect, to the previous incarnations. For example, Star Trek: The Next Generation included a cameo by DeForest Kelley as Admiral Leonard McCoy during its premiere. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine recreated the Borg invasion and featured Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard as an important link to established canon. The U.S.S. Voyager detours to Deep Space Nine during its premiere episode, and Zefram Cochrane makes an archival appearance to help send the NX-01 on its way during Star Trek: Enterprise’s “Broken Bow." Discovery, being set approximately 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series, has featured numerous references to previous versions of Star Trek, as it takes its place amongst the official canon. This is a list of some of the most-fascinating references, although by no measure a definitive or exhaustive list. The list is presented in “award” style for various categories. Do you have any favorites not mentioned? Would you have listed a different winner for a particular category? Please share your thoughts and favorites in the comments below or on the Startrek.com Facebook page. MOST-OBSCURE REFERENCE: Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius Episode: “Vaulting Ambition” “Vaulting Ambition” writer Jordon Nardino tweeted that the name “Iaponius is Latin for Japanese. This (in my fever dream) is a title Hoshi Sato adopted when she named herself Empress, to honor her homeland. "So is Georgiou descended from Hoshi!?" Well...” The two “In a Mirror, Darkly” episodes from Enterprise reveal Hoshi Sato’s diabolical plan to become Empress. Although obscure, the naming reference to Empress Sato with Emperor Georgiou is a nice nod to the Enterprise episodes that the Discovery Mirror Universe is dependent upon for inspiration. MOST-FUN REFERENCE: The Captains’ Sanctuaries Episodes: “The Vulcan Hello,” “Battle at the Binary Stars,” “Context is for Kings” Both Captain Georgiou and Captain Gabriel Lorca have sanctuaries of a sort. For Georgiou, it is her office which is adorned with some fun references to previous Trek adventures. On her shelves are books, whose titles are each names of TOS episodes. Interestingly, one of the volumes is “Mirror Mirror,” which will play a significant role in the latter part of Discovery’s inaugural season. Another item is her bottle of Chateau Picard 2249, a direct reference to the vineyards of Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s family seen in “Family” and “All Good Things.” Georgiou’s prized telescope also – at least symbolically – connects to the telescopes featured in episodes from Enterprise (“Two Days and Two Nights”), TNG (“The Inner Light” and the film First Contact), and Star Trek: Voyager (“Future’s End” and “Blink of an Eye”). Lorca has both his office (where a tribble is known to reside, likely munching on fortune cookies) and his lab. The lab is a veritable feast of Trek Easter Eggs, from a Gorn skeleton (“Arena”) to a dissected Tribble to Cardassian voles (most famously seen in DS9’s “Ferengi Love Songs”). In fact, what may be a big hint to eventual revelation that Lorca is from the Mirror Universe, his lab’s inclusion of voles is a reference to the vole being dissected by Mirror Phlox during “In a Mirror, Darkly.” REFERENCE THAT REVEALS THE MOST ABOUT A CHARACTER: Alice in Wonderland Episodes: “Context is for Kings,” “Lethe” By establishing Michael Burnham’s affinity for Alice in Wonderland, Discovery establishes a familial connection between her and Spock, Sarek, and especially Amanda Grayson. During the Animated Series episode “Once Upon a Planet,” it is revealed that Spock’s mother had a fondness for Lewis Carroll. The original Star Trek referenced Alice in Wonderland directly during “Shore Leave,” when McCoy spies the characters from that world as simulations, and Kirk welcomes Gillian Taylor on board the Klingon ship during Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home with a reference to Alice. Burnham uses Alice literature as a calming device while being chased in Jefferies Tubes in “Context is for Kings,” and the book plays an important role in “Lethe.” MOST-EXTENSIVE PLANETARY CALLBACKS: Lorca’s Tour of the Galaxy Episode: “Context is for Kings” During the third episode of Discovery, fans were introduced to the U.S.S. Discovery and some of the ship’s unique and mysterious technology. Lorca introduces Burnham to the spore drive, giving her a tour of the galaxy via the mycelium network. Burnham’s travels take her to some of the very same places her adopted brother Spock visited during the original series and some other locations familiar to fans. Burnham visits Amerind from “The Paradise Syndrome” at the location of the Preserver’s obelisk, Starbase 11 from “Court Martial,” Janus VI from “The Devil in the Dark,” along with the moons of Andoria and Romulus. MOST-REFERENCED SINGLE STAR TREK ADVENTURE: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Episodes: “The Vulcan Hello,” “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” “Into the Forest I Go,” “What’s Past Is Prologue,” “The War Without, The War Within” It appears that the most-referenced single adventure amongst all the previous Treks is The Wrath of Khan. The Gamma Hydra star system (itself originally mentioned in “The Deadly Years”) which was featured during the Kobyashi Maru test of The Wrath of Khan, is again mentioned during “The Vulcan Hello” episode. The no-win scenario that is the theme of Khan is also a theme of “What’s Past is Prologue” and directly referenced in Saru’s now-famous speech. Ash Tyler and Burnham bond while discussing the needs of the many in “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.” When Stamets risks making too many connections to the mycelium network in the episode “Into the Forest I Go,” Discovery itself makes a connection to Khan. While Hugh Culber worries about Stamets’ fate, he presses his hand against the glass. The scene is directly reminiscent of Kirk and Spock’s moment near the radiation chamber during Khan (and, inverted, in Star Trek Into Darkness). While this may be a bit interpretive, Stamets’ use of terraforming during “The War Without, The War Within” harkens back to Carol Marcus’ Genesis Project. MOST-LITERARY REFERNCE: The Black Fleet Episode: “The Vulcan Hello” The Klingon belief in The Black Fleet, or the afterlife fleet where the honored dead serve, was first introduced by John M. Ford in his 1984 Star Trek book The Final Reflection. It was made canon by its reference in the DS9 episode “Soldiers of the Empire” and again by its inclusion in the episode “The Vulcan Hello” when T’Kuvma speaks of it. It is always fun for fans of the books when there are on-screen nods to the printed adventures. MOST-NAME-DROPPING REFERENCE: The Best Captains Episodes: “The War Without, the War Within,” “Choose Your Pain” The penultimate episode of the first season, “The War Without, the War Within” features a direct spoken reference to the adventures of Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the NX-01 as being the last Starfleet representatives to go to Qo’noS. Even more Starfleet captains are referenced visually in the episode “Choose Your Pain.” As Saru faces his first real command challenge, he asks the computer for help via a list of role models. The captains listed by the computer as possessing quality leadership traits are Jonathan Archer, Robert April (“Counter-Clock Incident”), Georgiou, Matthew Decker (“The Doomsday Machine”), and Christopher Pike (“The Cage”). Of course, each of these captains play important roles in the history of Trek. As a fun aside, Cadet Decker, likely a reference to Matt Decker’s son Will from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, serves aboard the Discovery (“Into the Forest I Go”). MOST-SURPRISING REFERENCE: The U.S.S. Enterprise Episode: “Will You Take My Hand?” The season finale saved the most-direct and surprising reference to The Original Series for its last frames…with Burnham speaking the name Enterprise. After devising a plan to bring peace, Michael and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery make their way to Vulcan to meet their new Captain, when they are diverted by a distress call. The glorious reveal of the U.S.S. Enterprise leaves many questions unanswered until next season. What is wrong with the Enterprise? Will fans get to see any of the characters? The episode features other nice references to TOS, including a guest appearance by Clint Howard, who played Balok in the “The Corbomite Maneuver,” Grady in DS9’s “Past Tense, Part II” and Muk in Enterprise’s “Acquisition.” There is also TOS music – the full original theme -- playing during the credits. OUR PERSONAL FAVORITE: Wee Bairns Episode: “Lethe” The character of Montgomery Scott, played by the much-missed James Doohan, has received some nice attention from Discovery. Firstly, Lorca uses a Scottish accent while pretending to be an engineer during “Despite Yourself.” However, our favorite reference is Lorca’s whisky of choice, a bottle of Wee Bairns brand, a direct reference to both DS9’s use of the same brand (“The Assignment” and “In the Cards”) and, of course, to Scotty who used the phrase on TOS (“The Trouble with Tribbles” and “The Paradise Syndrome”). So, what is your favorite Discovery obeisance? --- Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on the history of Star Trek, and have presented at venues such as Creation Conventions and the St. Louis Science Center. They have written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their extensive collection of Star Trek items has been featured in SFX Magazine. Their theory about the “20-Year Nostalgia Cycle” and research on Star Trek fans has been featured on WGN News, BBC Radio, and in the documentary The Force Among Us. They recently researched all known paperwork from the making of the classic episode "Space Seed" and are excited to be sharing some previously unreported information about Khan's first adventure with fellow fans. Contact the Tenutos at jtenuto@clcillinois.edu or mjtenuto@clcillinois.edu. View the full article
  10. Call Mr. Atoz, because the first season of Star Trek: Discovery is officially in the books. Looking back now, it's amazing to think that just one year ago we didn't know anything about Michael Burnham, Saru, Paul Stamets, Sylvia Tilly, Philippa Georgiou or Ash Tyler. We still don't know much about the real Gabriel Lorca, of course, but that's part of what makes this show so special. As with every other incarnation of Star Trek, the show isn't just about the ships and gadgets and special effects and weird science fiction concepts, though it is fun to argue just how a mycelial spacetime pathway could work as a foundation to advanced technologies. No, it's the relationships (mostly human relationships, but not exclusively) that keep us involved, and Discovery is no different. The interpersonal dynamics between each member of the cast are as knotty as an overgrown pan-dimensional spore, and the rich writing grows into an elaborate network. To that end, here are the seven relationships that kept us glued this season. Captain Lorca and Admiral Cornwell We didn't know it at the time, but that wasn't actually Captain Lorca. I mean, not our Lorca. But the nefarious and manipulative Lorca from the Terran Empire (aka Mirror Universe) knew he had to maintain his deep cover if he was ever to return and topple the throne. Part of that meant maintaining old romances, which called for a horrible bit of subterfuge with Admiral Cornwell. (Who is technically his boss! That makes it even worse!) However, you can tell from her private conversations with him (never during business hours) that there must have been a real trust between Cornwell and “Prime” Lorca. The jury is still out as to whether or not he survived his switch over to the other reality, so it's possible we'll see what's left of “nice” Lorca later on in the series. L'Rell and Voq It's hard to fully root for Klingons, what with their desire to conquer humanity and all, but L'Rell and Voq win some of the chambers of our hearts for their, let's call it dedication. They are followers of T'Kuvma, the Torchbearer, whose isolationist ways may be antithetical to Starfleet, but whose cries for unity and a cessation of internecine belligerence are probably a good thing. T'Kuvma is if nothing else a forward thinker and, it could be argued, has some chill. So when L'Rell and Voq appear to be the only true believers left, they lay it all out on the line for The Cause. Voq must transform himself into Tyler, and L'Rell must give him up. But not before some steamy Klingon lovemaking that, thanks to a mind-reorganization, is misinterpreted as physical assault. Hey, nobody said this show wasn't complicated! Michael Burnham and Ash Tyler Specialist Michael Burnham is a woman of two worlds; a human raised on Vulcan. Ash Tyler, at least the one we know, isn't even a real person. He's the echo of a dead Starfleet lieutenant with the submerged consciousness of the renegade Klingon Voq. So, naturally the two are going to fall in love! Their relationship works as a reflection of where they are in their own self-discovery. Early in the season, Burnham still blames herself for Captain Georgiou’s death and for triggering the Klingon War. (It isn't just she who blames herself; so does the rest of the Federation.) When she begins to grow feelings for Tyler it is part of her path toward forgiving herself. But just as she begins to feel comfortable, Tyler gets the rug pulled from under him. He realizes he's not who he thinks he is, and betrays everyone who believes in him. And he does it in a way that leads us to … Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber We first discover that Lt. Stamets and Dr. Hugh Culber are more than just colleagues in the most intimate way possible: we see them in their pajamas, brushing their teeth. Stamets' wild ride through the mycelial network is grounded in his relationship with his partner, who just so happens to be his physician. The stress Paul puts his body, mind and spirit through literally moves the story forward in space and time – and gets them out of a loop – but that isn't enough for him to rescue Hugh from the unpredictable act of a hidden interloper. Culber's death at the hands of Voq/Tyler is brutal, shocking and swift. We're left with the memories of their warmth, stories of how they first met on Alpha Centauri and a sense that their bond will somehow, in some way, manifest itself in future seasons. Philippa Georgiou and Michael Burnham and Saru We can talk all night about Burnham's mother and father figures. And more is likely coming concerning her upbringing on Vulcan. But one aspect of Burnham's character I find interesting, especially having read David Mack's outstanding prequel novel Desperate Hours, is the “family unit” relationship Burnham has with Captain Georgiou and Lt. Saru. Both Burnham and Saru wanted her approbation and, by and large, it was Burnham who got more of it. She was the first officer and the one who got to zoom off and check out the Klingon Sarcophagus ship even though the radiation could turn her DNA, as Saru put it, into “noodles.” Saru doesn't really trust Burnham at first, but he respects her tremendously. By the end of the season, though, they are the ones who see most eye-to-eye, especially when the Mirror Georgiou comes back with some very un-Starfleet ideas. Michael Burnham and Sylvia Tilly Only Burnham has had a richer arc than Tilly, and not just because she jumped to a parallel universe where she was the galaxy’s most-feared murderess. When Michael first meets Tilly she's a sharp young woman bundled beneath a collection of nervous ticks and self-doubt. But being the only friend to Michael, Starfleet’s most-hated woman, starts her growth toward confidence. Her inability to keep her thoughts to herself becomes he greatest strength: when she sees a friend in trouble she lasers right in and addresses it. This doesn't just make her an ideal lunchmate, it means she’s focused and direct during away missions. Whether tardigrades or Clint Howard is on the loose, Tilly's got Michael's back, and it's clear these two will be side-by-side as they continue to rise through Starfleet. Hopefully with some more unpredictable hairstyles. Michael Burnham and Starfleet If you wanted to sum up Discovery’s entire first season in one scene, it's the moment where Burnham convinces Cornwell not to destroy Qo’noS. Because, let's face it, 14 episodes ago, she might’ve been right there with her. (It’s heavily implied that Sarek, her adoptive father and teacher, signed off on the deal.) There has to be another way. Finding another way is the only thing they have left. Luckily, her Kelpien acting Captain, Saru, and the entire bridge crew of Discovery is there to literally stand with her. The plan she comes up with, convincing both the Terran Emperor and then L'Rell to do something they don't really want to do, is straight from the James T. Kirk playbook. And that's the whole point. We've witnessed Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets buckle for just a tiny moment during some extreme circumstances. The Klingon War has made them question themselves. Burnham, ironically, considering her position in instigating the conflict, sets the course correction. It makes for a cracking bit of television, and for a moment, all seems well. That is, until we get that distress call from a familiar ship (registration NCC-1701) and we cut to black. We'll have to keep these characters in our thoughts during the long wait for season two. Jordan Hoffman is also the host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, from CBS Radio, CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products. Engage is available via Play.it/StarTrek, iTunes and StarTrek.com, with new episodes released weekly. Hoffman is also a writer, critic and lapsed filmmaker living in New York City. His work can be seen on Film.com, ScreenCrush and Badass Digest. On his BLOG, Jordan has reviewed all 727 Trek episodes and films, most of the comics and some of the novels. View the full article
  11. Star Trek Online, the free-to-play online roleplaying game that continues the story of the Star Trek Universe, is bringing you a new set of powerful, maneuverable ships. These Allied Pilot Escorts are now available on PC, and coming soon to Xbox One and Playstation 4. There are nine different ships you can buy, three for your Federation Captains, three for your Romulan Republic Captains, and three for your Klingon Defense Force Captains. Take a look: Federation Captains can fly brand-new Andorian ships, Klingon Defense Force Captains can fly the ships of the Letheans, and Romulan Republic Captains gain access to ships made by the Dewans, the mysterious aliens who once lived on their new homeworld. There are Tactical, Science and Engineering variants of all three types of ships, and all nine are on sale this weekend. Get a burst of speed with the Allied Pilot Escort Bundle. 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
  12. Seven new Star Trek: Discovery-inspired posters are available now from Bye Bye, Robot, with the pieces created by returning artists Mark Brayer and Cliff Cramp and new artist J.J. Lendl. Brayer's image, "Discovery," features his immediately noticeable distinctive style, specifically his strong use of color, graphic shapes and illustrative linework in the detail. The balance between the ship and the planetscape draws the viewer’s eye all the way through this design offering a glimpse into the new show. "Discovery" measures 16”x24”. Cramp contributes four new images to this release, three of which are hand-numbered Limited Editions. His expressive, painterly style brings an old-world feel to modern science-fiction, and his use of deep tones and rich colors serve to show off the grandeur of the new show’s adventures and characters. Featuring tones of purple, gold and terra cotta are the three 18”x24” prints titled: “U.S.S. Discovery” (40 hand-numbered limited edition copies) “Beginnings” “U.S.S. Shenzhou” ( 40 hand-numbered limited edition copies). Cramp's fourth print combines both ships and characters, with a view of the U.S.S. Discovery containing a translucent image of Michael Burnham hinted at in the rainbow colored background. This 18”x24” print, titled “Hope,” is part of a limited edition of 40 hand-numbered copies. And the final two images are from new Bye Bye, Robot artist Lendl. His prints combine vintage influenced style with the contemporary nature of Discovery. These 18”x24” prints are titled “DISCO 1” and “DISCO2.” Collectors will find the use of muted colors, unique distressed textures and detailed linework all combine together to give a retro feel to these new prints. “Enthusiasts of Discovery will be ecstatic to see this stunning new collection of art prints all inspired by the new show,” says Charity Wood, Co-Founder of Bye Bye, Robot. Each art prints is printed on acid-free archival heavyweight cardstock and is available from $25 to $45 each. They are available in the U.S.A. for purchase, beginning today, from byebyerobot.com at the price listed above, plus regular shipping. All of Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available for streaming/viewing 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. It’s been a full meal for Anthony Rapp, as Star Trek: Discovery gave the actor his first-ever series-regular role, and that character, Lt. Paul Stamets, stood front and center for much of season one’s action sequences, science conversations, loving and heartbreaking moments, and several of its most-colorful visual effects scenes involving the spore drive and the mycelial forest. And, let’s not forget the shout-out to his early career breakthrough, Rent, or the fact that he shared quite a bit of time with… Anthony Rapp, as Mirror Stamets. StarTrek.com sat down with the actor last weekend in New York City following his appearance on the post-finale episode of After Trek. Here's what he had to say about his busy, fulfilling first season in the Star Trek universe. What were your expectations heading into Discovery, and how different was reality? I had a meeting with Aaron (Harberts) and Gretchen (J. Berg) after I got the role and they talked me through some of the big-picture stuff. So, I had some notion, but I didn't know all the details and I didn't really, frankly, want to know the details. Part of the joy, I've discovered -- because this is the first time I've ever done a regular role on a TV series -- is to not know, because the characters don't know. What did they tell you in advance? They told me there would be something that would go a little haywire with the spore drive with me. They told me there was something that would go a little rough with Culber, that there would be some consequences. But beyond that, I didn't know exactly what that meant. When it went where it went, it was deeper and more intense than even I would have imagined. Which episodes ranked as your favorites -- and why? There are parts of 13 (“What’s Past Is Prologue”) and 14 (“The War Without, The War Within") where, after we've been through the valley of darkness, I felt the consequences of everything and I felt the ideals of Starfleet really come into fullest focus. I loved Saru’s speech in 13, with everyone around him coming together as a crew, as a team. And the it was fully exemplified in 15 (“Will You Take My Hand?”). Stamets and Culber had a lovely parting sequence after Culber died. What was that like for you and Wilson Cruz to play, and how hopeful are you we’ll see more of Culber and Cruz in season two? I've known Wilson for so long. We were good friends before this, and I knew this had been such a thrilling experience for him, just on a personal level. So, that scene was pretty bittersweet to shoot. We didn't know at that point what’s to come, though we've been told things and we still don't know exactly, but we know that you'll see these two characters interact again next season. I don't know if it'll be flashbacks, if it'll be flash-forwards. Whatever it is, there will be some presence of our relationship will continue, and I’m pleased about that. But still, shooting that particular scene, it was a very bittersweet day for both of us. We had a very strong sense of the kind of moment that that was, and a lot of respect for that. Hanelle Culpepper was the director of that episode, and it was such a bear in terms of it having the Mirror Stamets scenes and a lot of technical stuff, but she just treated it with care and… respect is a word I would like to use to describe it. We just felt really, really well served by Hanelle. We felt we had the room and the support to have the moment be what it was. And I also thought the writing of the scene was poetic and kind of heightened, because it was not actually happening in reality. So, I felt like it had a nice mixture of being in reality and out of reality at the same time. A lot of eyes were on the show, on the Stamets-Culber relationship. As a gay man yourself, what did it mean for you to play those scenes, to be the one to represent that on Star Trek? And what’s your sense of the reaction from both the LGBTQ community and straight people? It meant the world. I was intensely proud. My friend is one of the early, early fans of Star Trek, going to the conventions in the 70s and everything. He told me about mimeographed fan letters and fan fiction, and he's gay and he's very plugged into the LGBT community within the Star Trek fandom. So, I was very aware that there's been this vocal and vibrant segment of the fandom that has felt underserved. So, on that level alone it was meaningful, but then also, Wilson uses the phrase "actor-vist, which I really love because I think it's very true. I've tried to be the best at what I try to exemplify, just to be a part of something that is exemplified, and visibility is the way that you can continue to open people's heart and minds. I wanted to ask you about another scene, one that I found as powerful and important as any scene from the entire first season. It’s the brief interaction between Stamets and Ash Tyler when he apologizes to you for killing Culber. What did you think when you read that on the page, and how much of yourself did you bring to it when the camera rolled? I was very grateful that it existed because I felt like we needed some glimpse of what that would be like, and I thought it was just so interestingly brought to life. It wasn't easy, it wasn't simple, it wasn't cut and dry. I really appreciated that about the scene. In the first draft of the scene I saw, I felt there was a chance for just a little more of a cut to it, just making it even less easy, and they were very open to that. I remember it was a tiny adjustment, just a little extra spice in it. I think that's the nature of grief. It's not clean. And this, it was a very unusual situation, to be confronted with the person who killed your partner, but he isn’t really quite that person. So, we were taking something that was sort of abstract and getting to feel real in the moment. And I think it was a pretty strong scene. How about acting opposite yourself as Mirror Stamets? What was that like for you… and you? It was crazy because it involved a lot of intricate camerawork and we had to match the timing of each character. We recorded myself doing both sides of it, and then I had a photo double who had my voice in his ear so we could match my rhythms in playing against myself. So, it was very weird. And then, for the scene with an actual mirror, we had to do the full version as myself in the mirror because of costume changes. It was one of the craziest short-circuit brain experiences I've ever had, but it was also one of the most fun things I've ever done. And what was it like seeing you with you? At first, it was a little bit like, “Mind blown.” Then, I had to watch the episodes twice to really be able to take it in. The second time I watched them, I was like, “OK,” and I really felt like the scenes were coming across. If we’re being honest, some people within the fan base had their doubts about Discovery before it started and/or early on. Now that season one is complete, do you feel the show won over the doubters? I saw tremendous evidence of people saying, especially leading up to the finale, “Finale! Finale!" And so many people said they didn't know how they were going to feel and how much it's won them over. That's been really nice to see, because we knew how much we loved it and we kept saying, "Trust us, trust us, trust us." I think for many of them, certainly not all of them, but so many people have expressed that we have earned their trust, and that means a lot to us. All of Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available for streaming/viewing 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. Tranya, anyone? Clint Howard, who made his return to Trek with a cool cameo in the recent Star Trek: Discovery first-season finale, is guest #70 confirmed for Star Trek Las Vegas. Creation Entertainment also announced that Robert Duncan McNeill, Chase Masterson and Michael Forest are among the other new additions for the event, which will take place from August 1-5, 2018, at the Rio Suites Hotel. Howard, McNeill, Masterson and Forest join such previously announced guests as William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jason Isaacs, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Colm Meaney, Michael Westmore, James Frain, Ira Steven Behr, Kenneth Mitchell, Gates McFadden and Brent Spiner. Confirmed events so far include the Nevada Pops Orchestra returning to perform a Saturday night concert, while Gary Graham and his group, The Sons of Kirk, will once again serve as the house band. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news of additional guests and events, and go to Star Trek Las Vegas for more information and to purchase tickets. View the full article
  15. The 15th and final pin in FanSets' season-one Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin Set collection is... Michael Burnham... the redeemed Commander Burnham. It, of course, signifies the just-aired season finale, "Will You Take My Hand?" The Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin set, as reported previously, will include a total of 16 pins, specifically 15 episodic pins and an exclusive “Season 1 Pass Holder” pin. Every pin notes the season, episode number and episode title. After each new episode airs, EpisodePins.com will be updated with an image of that episode-specific pin. The pins measure approximately 2 -2 ¼” square in size and feature a key person, ship, alien or item from each episode. As a special bonus, the first episode pin is an oversized 3” x 3” pin that celebrates the launch of latest chapter in the Star Trek saga. Check out the pins that have been released so far: Go to EpisodePins.com to order your Limited Edition Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin set. All of Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available for streaming/viewing 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