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  1. Anyone else fascinated by the spore drive technology on Discovery? Did you know Stamets, the character in Discovery who discover-invents the tech is based on a real Mycologist named Paul Stamets? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stamets and check this out... https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world -------------------------------- Clearly something huge will eventually go down on Discovery which sweeps this tech under the rug one way or another, (Section 31? / DTI? / the Mycelium network gets destroyed?) but I am loving every minute of this out of this world sci-fi concept.
  2. They got it specifically for Discovery.
  3. Yes, I do. And they love it as much as I.
  4. He perhaps never went that far but wasn't for lack of trying. Re-watch his OS episodes again, pay attention to what he WANTED or INTENDED to do verses how far he actually got.
  5. About this episode title, does anyone remember Lethe from TOS episode Dagger Of The Mind... http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Lethe There is speculation around the web Admiral Cornwall might become Lethe. https://www.inverse.com/article/37820-star-trek-discovery-original-series-lethe-corwnell-theory I like the idea. I can image Admiral Cornwall becoming Lethe after the Klingons Mind Sift her, cause her to act against the Federation in some way leading to her eventual internment at the Tantalus Colony. Also about this episode, does anyone else see a possible connection between Micheal and Sarek's mindmeld being a huge part of Sarek's Bendii Syndrome?
  6. I get what you're saying, he did seem more ruthless than we remember him but remember no one was actually permanently dead as a result of his actions. His endgame was to steal the ship and hand it and the crew over to the Klingons all in one piece, a very Harry-esque plan. Is all the times he murdered all those people really murder if no is really dead at the end? Of course but not to Harry, it isn't. The repeating temporary deaths of everyone was just a tool he needed to achieve his goals. My biggest regret for the episode is not getting to hear him say something like, 'Me? A murderer? What murders? There's been no murders. Look around, everyone is alive!"
  7. The Discovery props may be original, probably the same ones toured at CCSD, but TOS bridge is a recreation. I wonder if STC donated or sold them theirs?
  8. Finally, a taste of where this series is going and I am more on board than ever.
  9. Okay. It worked for me but to each their own. on reaching 4,000 posts!
  10. People on many shows today sound to me like they are mumbling so I always keep the CC on not to miss anything. What does 'natural dialogue' mean? Do you mean chit-chat, or shooting the breeze kind of dialogue or, like above, you just couldn't understand her?
  11. ^Kinda harsh given its only been two episodes. TNG, DS9, VOY ENT all had more character development within their pilots? The star here is Burnham and for her to already be imprisoned for life is pretty big development, IMO. :lol: Seriously though, finding out all we did about her backstory really did nothing for you? I think it's at least on par with what we learned about the Mains in the previous series.
  12. My first impressions: I liked it. Updating the tech was the right thing to do imo, I can live with the changes. Whenever I watch classic Trek from now on I'll just imagine this tech is present. I really appreciate the Klingons finally getting some long overdue backstory filled in. Looking back now at Enterprise it is easy to see a huge missed opportunity there. Breaking their backstory out of its shell should have been way higher on their do list right out of the gate. I wonder if the Augment infected flatheads will ever make an appearance. lol Despite the recycled, sole survivor of some destroyed outpost storyline, Green as Burnham (burn-ham) just nailed it! She is the best character so far imo. I don't care that Spock never mentioned having an adopted sister, he never mentioned Sybok either. Green's passion for the character was written all over her face. OMG! I loved the Sarek/Burnham mindmeld connection. Such a huge tie-in to previously hinted at, (Spock to Picard: 'We never bonded') capability. And how about that callback to Spock being reeducated in ST3 - brilliant! First impression score for first 2 episodes: B
  13. Finally, the cat is out of the bag concerning these Klingons and just as many suspected had to be the case, they have good reason to look the way they do. Klingon Sarcophagus Ship Secrets Revealed in New STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Producer Interview For months now, we’ve seen images of the intricate sets used aboard the Klingon sarcophagus ship — one of the primary Klingon vessels used in Star Trek: Discovery — but we’ve been left to guess at the nature of the unique starship. Today, however, in a new interview with SFX Magizine, series co-executive producer Ted Sullivan spilled some secrets about the gargantuan vessel and its meaning to the House of T’Ku From writer Ian Berriman’s description of the ship sets, information gleaned from a press visit to the Discovery sets in Toronto: [The] Klingon ‘sarcophagus ship’ — an enormous vessel (three times the size of its Federation counterparts — [belongs] to a 25th Klingon house that we had[n’t previously heard of. Its stepped control deck [is] devoid of the usual consoles, because these Klingons intervace with their computers directly via ornate silver masks. Sullivan explains where this huge ship fits into the story It’s a 200-year-old ship. This is a group of Klingons who’ve gone back to a puritan way of life. They look very different: they wear armor that’s 200 years old and they don’t have any hair. Their commander [T’Kuvma, played by Chris Obi] runs his Klingon house – the house of T’Kuvma – by the rules of Kahless, the Klingon messiah. And he calls himself the second coming of the Klingon messiah. In the past, Klingons have not really cared about their dead – they’re not like marines. But these Klingons are. The outside of the ship is covered in thousands of coffins. Some are 300 years old, some are just two days old. Downstairs is the death room, where they prepare their dead; then the coffins get raised up and put on the outside. Sullivan’s reference to Klingons who “have not really cared about their dead” is something Trek directly addresses all the way back in Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. After Klingon warrior Kunivas dies in “Heart of Glory,” the trio of living Klingons present scream out to Sto-vo-kor to announce his coming to the Klingon afterlife, but afterwards show little interest in the fallen soldier’s corpse. CRUSHER: Is there any special arrangement you would like for the body? KORRIS: It is only an empty shell now. Please treat it as such. In the preview trailers for Star Trek: Discovery, we’ve seen that same ancient ritual performed by members of the House of T’Kuvma; screaming to the heavens over a fallen comrade. However, unlike the warriors of the Next Generation era, their coffin raises through the ceremonial chamber to be mounted on the outside of the sarcophagus ship. That certainly clears up some of the confusion that’s come from those early snippets of life aboard the Klingon sarcophagus ship; the floating casket seems to have no relation to the Torchbearer armor-wearing warrior we see fighting Burnham – and the editing of such video clips was simple misdirection. …we think. http://trekcore.com/blog/2017/09/klingon-sarcophagus-ship-secrets-revealed-in-new-star-trek-discovery-producer-interview/ I an live with everything stated here
  14. It is getting blasted by critics but it has a high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/orville/s01 and IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5691552/ratings?ref_=tt_ov_rt The bad news is its Nielsen numbers are about the same as Son Of Zorn which, (much to my dismay) went down in flames after one season. http://tvline.com/2017/09/12/the-orville-ratings-series-premiere-fox/
  15. First impressions, meh. Not terrible but not great either. Sounds like a mash up of TOS and watered down Michael Giacchino's Kelvinverse themes. Hopefully it will sound better with the show opening visuals. Edited to add, after looping it for almost an hour my opinion isn't growing more favorable, it's worse.
  16. The following cover story appeared in the Aug. 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly (subscribe). We go behind the scenes of the dramatic struggle to return Gene Roddenberry’s legendary sci-fi franchise to the small screen… STARDATE 2017: RED ALERT! The imposing Captai Gabriel Loca strides across the Starship Discovery bridge, squinting at the raging battle on the viewscreen, rattling off orders to his crew with rapid precision. There’s a Federation ship under attack by Klingons, and the Discovery is rushing to join the fight. “Lock on the Bird of Prey!” Lorca barks. “Basic pattern Beta 9. Hard to port! Fire at something, for God’s sakes!” Too late. The Klingons blast the Discovery. Lorca and his shipmates lurch hard to one side. The high-tech set’s thousands of lights flicker anxiously, conveying the ship’s wounds. The director halts the action and Lorca, played by British actor Jason Isaacs of Harry Potter fame, steps off the stage. The episode’s writer, Kirsten Beyer, approaches to give a correction on his “for God’s sakes” ad lib. “Wait, I can’t say ‘God’?” Isaacs asks, amused. “I thought I could say ‘God’ or ‘damn’ but not ‘goddamn’?” Beyer explains that Star Trek is creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a science-driven 23rd-century future where religion basically no longer exists.* “How about ‘for f—‘s sake’?” Isaacs shoots back. “Can I say that?” “You can say that before you can say ‘God,'” she dryly replies. The director wants to try the scene again. “Sure,” Isaacs gamely shrugs. “It’s not my money.” Quite true. It’s CBS All Access that’s footing the bill for Star Trek: Discovery, an ambitious venture to not only reboot Trek on television after a 12-year absence but also fuel CBS’ fledging original-content streaming service at a time when traditional broadcasters are striving to compete in the digital era (in fact, Netflix will distribute the show overseas). And while the scene with Lorca might sound like classic, old-school Trek, the show will evolve the franchise in ways never before attempted. Discovery(set to premiere Sept. 24) is serialized, for starters, with a greater focus on characters’ personal lives, and with fatally realistic life-and-death stakes. Plus, there’s the show’s cast. If this was yesteryear’s Trek, Isaacs would be the star. Instead, The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green (who we’ll meet later) is taking center stage as Trek‘s first black female lead. Yet figuring out exactly how to bring Trek back to television wasn’t easy, and that’s one thing about the franchise that’s never changed. STARDATE 2015: GENESIS When the Original Series launched 51 years ago, it changed not only television but the world. Roddenberry’s radical depiction of a harmonious post-racial United Federation of Planets lasted only three seasons amid modest ratings and the creator’s infighting with NBC,..... MORE http://ew.com/tv/2017/08/22/star-trek-discovery-cover-story/
  17. Lots of New STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Information Arrives from August Press Visit to Toronto Sets In late August, press from around the world were able to beam up to the Star Trek: Discovery sets in Toronto, and several reports from that visit have begun to debut online as we are now officially two weeks away from having seen the first episode of the upcoming series. First up, TV Guide’s Alexander Zalben got to shoot a bit of video on the USS Discovery bridge set, and here’s a look at the real-life transparent displays, our first great view at how these innovative set designs rely more on practical effects than digital compositing. Lots of New STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Information Arrives from August Press Visit to Toronto Sets In late August, press from around the world were able to beam up to the Star Trek: Discovery sets in Toronto, and several reports from that visit have begun to debut online as we are now officially two weeks away from having seen the first episode of the upcoming series. First up, TV Guide’s Alexander Zalben got to shoot a bit of video on the USS Discovery bridge set, and here’s a look at the real-life transparent displays, our first great view at how these innovative set designs rely more on practical effects than digital compositing. As part of their on-set interviews, TV Guide learned a few secrets not yet revealed from the series, such as: *Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) has a standing desk in his ready room, rather than the traditional chair-and-desk configuration seen in previous captains’ offices *Viewscreen communication has been upgraded to holographic displays in the series, to allow “two actors in a a room, playing a scene” – per producer Aaron Harberts *Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) will be primarily based out of the USS Discovery’s engineering section below decks, paired up with Tilly (Mary Wiseman) and Stamets (Anthony Rapp) for a key part of the storyline — a section of the ship that also features a mystery room and a strange “reaction cube,” both of which details about are being kept under wraps. *Lorca has a secure-access room referred to by producers as “Lorca’s menagerie,” without offering any more details on this tantalizing space aboard ship *A bottle of Chateau Picard wine has a spot in Captain Georgiou’s (Michelle Yeoh) Shenzhou ready room In addition, several of the cast speak in yet another new interview video focusing on some of the more negative ‘anti-diversity’ feedback some people have expressed towards the show. On the burgeoning Klingon War that impacts the first season of the show, Harberts spoke about how the United Federation of Planets approaches such a conflict. [The] question becomes… how do you end a war, how do you find peace, without crushing and annihilating your opponent? And to me, that’s the Star Trek way of doing a war story. It’s not the Federation annihilates the Klingons. It’s Starfleet and the Federation figure out a way to truly make peace. Now we know that when TOS picks up, that peace doesn’t last. But we have to find peace in our time, in our slice of the Star Trek pie. That’s a really important thing to us, and we’re going to offer up a way that these two warring factions come to an understanding. “Anyone remember when we used to be explorers?” This quote from Captain Picard in Star Trek: Insurrection seems to apply to the crew of the Discovery, revealed now to actually be a science vessel during times of peace: These Starfleet officers who find themselves in war are very quick to remind the audience that they didn’t sign up to do that. That they are explorers first, that they are diplomats first… in fact, Discovery is a science vessel that has been conscripted for the war effort. … [Stamets’] methods and life’s work is now being converted to be used for the war effort, and that bothers him greatly. Much ado has been made about the time period Discovery is placed in — a year after “The Cage,” and about a decade before Captain Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise — and Harberts himself expressed a bit of frustration about how the tales told during the most recent Trek television series, Star Trek: Enterprise, impacts their storytelling abilities. The only thing that’s felt limiting is the era and time that we are telling our story, because you’ve got ‘Enterprise’… I find that ‘Enterprise actually’ has made things the most limiting, because of some of the retconning that they did in certain ways. And we consider Enterprise canon as well in certain ways, and just as valid, and we’re always trying to kind of make sure that that’s taken into consideration. Finally, Harberts took on the “overblown” report that from last month that Discovery characters “can’t say ‘God'” — emphasizing that is strictly a character note for Gabriel Lorca (Isaacs), and not for the Trek universe as a whole. You will come to understand why [Lorca] has faith — or doesn’t have faith — is of vital importance. We had no interest in killing God, you know, and by God I mean anyone’s God. So the fact of the matter is I don’t think religion is going anywhere. Polls may say differently, but I think faith and hope and spirituality, whatever you may think that is, we’re carrying that into the future. We have to. I think that the world is, and our Star Trek universe, is open to any and all belief systems. … I want to actually do some storylines about [faith]…. Let’s talk about what place it has in the future. Let’s talk about what it makes people do. Let’s talk about encountering new ones. http://trekcore.com/blog/2017/09/lots-of-new-star-trek-discovery-information-arrives-from-august-press-visit-to-toronto-sets/
  18. NEW TV Guide article 23 Secrets We Learned on the Star Trek: Discovery Set By Alexander Zalben For a show called Star Trek: Discovery, they do like to keep things mysterious. CBS All Access' reboot of the venerable sci-fi series will launch on Sept. 24 (it will also broadcast its first episode on CBS, before moving full time to the streaming service), yet not much is known about the plot. And when TV Guide visited the set of the show in August, one of the most frequent phrases we heard was, "we can't tell you that." Despite all the secrecy, there are some facts we do know. The series is returning 12 years after the last TV expedition, Star Trek: Enterprise. It's set approximately 10 years before the original series, which starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and focuses on the start of a cold war between the human led Federation, and the often villainous Klingons, before they became the Klingon Empire and one of the main antagonists of multiple series and movies. And speaking of movies, this series takes place in what's called the Prime timeline, meaning it will not reference or tie into the relatively recent movie reboot, which takes place in what's called the Kelvin timeline. As we (sorry) discovered, the show won't contradict the movies in any way, but at the same time will very much follow its own path. Oh, and for the first time its star is a woman who is not the captain of the ship. The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green won't be taking the helm, but she will be anchoring the cast as Michael Burnham, first officer of the Federation ship USS Shenzhou, raised by Spock's (Nimoy) father, who transfers to the Discovery for -- you guessed it -- mysterious reasons. The show also stars a bevy of recognizable faces, including Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca of the Discovery, who has secrets of his own; international superstar Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, captain of the Shenzhou and Burnham's mentor; Doug Jones as Saru, the Discovery's science officer and new type of alien called a Kelpian; and Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz as Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, the first openly gay couple in Star Trek history. There's a lot more we learned while on set -- and a lot that stayed secret, as co-showrunner and executive producer Aaron Harberts toured us and other press outlets around the massive sets of Discovery. Here's everything we learned -- and a few secrets we can't tell you yet: 1. Lorca isn't your run-of-the-mill captain. Beyond his dark disturbing secrets -- and we've got some theories on those we'll share at a later date -- Jason Isaacs' Lorca isn't your typical Starfleet captain. That starts with his allergy to chairs. Where previous captains like Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Kirk (Shatner) spent a lot of time in the captain's chair, or in their office (more on that in a second), Lorca will spend a lot of time down near the viewscreen. This was a choice Isaacs made, presumably to give the very physical actor more room to play and engage with the rest of the cast. 2. The tech isn't stuck in the '60s, but it does pay tribute. Despite taking place pre-Original Series (aka ST:TOS), the tech has been updated to reflect a more modern aesthetic. "We are living in present day language of what the future is bringing us," Harberts noted while standing over the Discovery's communication station. "But also firmly nestled in those ten years before the original series." That means there are the buttons and knobs omnipresent in ST:TOS are still there on the consoles, but as part of a slicker design. And the displays are cutting edge (for 2017, at least): they're real television screens that haven't been released in stores yet. The screens go completely transparent, and are loaded with graphics that play in time with the action (since the TVs aren't touchscreen enabled). 3. ... But the buttons are touch enabled. This came as a surprise as one of the other outlets on the tour touched a button on Lorca's captain's chair, expecting nothing to happen. Instead, a small viewscreen built in to the arm of the chair swiveled upwards, so the captain can deliver an address to his crew. Aside from the alarmed production staff and surprised press members, what's most impressive is how practical the sets are. They aren't all actors hanging out on green screens, and digital touches later in post. That's there, and the team does utilize digital techniques -- but as much as can be practical and interacted with on set, is. 4. Diversity, diversity, diversity. When producer Bryan Fuller came on board Discovery, one of his biggest pushes was to keep the sense of forward movement in casting and diversity Gene Roddenberry's original vision brought to Star Trek. Fuller eventually left steering the ship full time, in favor of showrunners Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg, but that push remains. It starts with the main cast, of course, but continues with the day players: Harberts noted that he's "very proud" of the incredibly diverse Toronto-based actors they've brought in to fill out the bridge of the Discovery (as well as the other ships). "It's amazing the depth of talent we've been able to mine here," Harberts added. MORE: http://www.tvguide.com/news/star-trek-discovery-set-visit-spoilers/
  19. Characterizations, Treknology, Treknobabble, it really has it all. It's a shame someone can parody Star Trek better than Trek owners can create actual new canon. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the Discovery story hits a home run.
  20. by JAMES HIBBERD Star Trek: Discovery will continue the venerated sci-fi tradition of using a fantastic setting to tackle real-world issues — only in a bigger way than any Trek series has done before. The upcoming CBS All Access drama tells the serialized story of a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. The show is set a decade before 1966’s original series — which premiered 51 years ago today — during which the Federation and Klingons were in a Cold War standoff that reflected yesteryear’s U.S.-Soviet relations. In Discovery, war breaks out and the Klingons leading the charge have some ideological ideas inspired by the 2016 electoral divide. “The allegory is that we really started working on the show in earnest around the time the election was happening,” showrunner Aaron Harberts says. “The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme. The Klingons are not the enemy, but they do have a different view on things. It raises big questions: Should we let people in? Do we want to change? There’s also the question of just because you reach your hand out to someone, do they have to take it? Sometimes, they don’t want to take it. It’s been interesting to see how the times have become more of a mirror than we even thought they were going to be.” While such topics have been explored across Star Trek‘s six previous series and 700 episodes before, the serialized nature of Discovery‘s 15-episode debut season allows for a greater depth of storytelling. “The thing about the war is it takes Starfleet and the Federation and forces them to examine their ideas and ethical rules of conflict and conduct,” Harberts says. “It provides a backdrop to how we want to be as a society and that analysis and self-reflection is new for Trek. They’ve done it in certain episodes in the past, but this is a true journey for the institution in itself.” “In times of stress and conflict it can bring out the best of us and the worst of us,” adds fellow showrunner Gretchen J. Berg. “But but ultimately brings out the best in our Starfleet officers.” The Toronto-based production is currently shooting its 13th episode, and producers note that President Donald Trump’s tense stand-off with North Korea has some reflections in the show as well. “North Korea is in our thoughts as we finish the series,” he says. “What began as a commentary on our own divided nation — in terms of Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters — has blown out to North Korea and how we’re right on the brink. [The U.S. is] actually right at the place where Starfleet finds itself in episode one and we couldn’t have anticipated that happening. But how do you end conflict when both sides have such strong opinions?” MORE: http://ew.com/tv/2017/09/07/star-trek-discovery-trump-political-divide/
  21. I can't believe it has been that long. The only thing I have done longer than being alive is being a Trek fan. lol Cheers!