Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:48:07 -0700 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[Kate Mulgrew's Best Non-Trek Roles ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/kate-mulgrews-best-non-trek-roles

It's Kate Mulgrew's birthday! If you're here at StarTrek.com, we don't have to tell you that Star Trek: Voyager was arguably her finest hour as an actress, but she's enjoyed a long and enduring career. So to celebrate Mulgrew's big day, StarTrek.com thought we'd look at her other most-memorable roles:

Ryan's Hope

Star Trek, Kate Mulgrew, Ryan's Hope

Early in Mulgrew's career, she co-starred on this soap opera, playing the character Mary Ryan. Mulgrew started in 1975 and beamed off (sorry, couldn't resist) in January 1978 after more than 400 episodes. A trio of other actresses assumed the role over ensuing seasons, but none made the mark that Mulgrew had. Mulgrew eventually returned to say goodbye... as Mary's ghost.

 

Mrs. Columbo

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Mrs. Columbo

Mulgrew starred as Kate Columbo, the wife of the beloved, disheveled crime-solver, Lt. Columbo, in this Columbo spin-off series that debuted in 1979. Mrs. Columbo was a newswoman with a young child and a knack for solving crimes. Sadly, everyone involved with Columbo, including Peter Falk, stayed clear of Mrs. Columbo and ABC canceled the show after just one season and 13 episodes.

 

Throw Momma from the Train

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Throw Momma from the Train

Some fans might argue that their favorite film role of Mulgrew's is Maj. Fleming in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which co-starred her friend and future Voyager guest star Joel Grey, but we're going with Throw Momma from the Train. This Danny DeVito-directed black comedy, released in 1987, is considered by many to be a classic. In it, struggling novelist and community college writing teacher Larry (Billy Crystal) announces out loud his desire to see his ex-wife Margaret (Mulgrew) dead, dead, dead. Who overhears that but Owen (DeVito), a creepy fellow who wants his vile mother, Momma Lift (Anne Ramsey) dead, dead, dead? Owen then plots to kills Margaret, believing that, Hitchcock-style, Larry will return the favor and kill Momma Lift, but nothing -- including Margaret's apparent murder -- goes as planned. Among Mulgrew's most memorable moments: a successful, boastful, Larry-hating Margaret being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

 

Tea at Five

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Tea at Five

PC: Matthew Lombardo

How many times over the decades have people cited the resemblance between the voices and looks of Mulgrew and the legendary actress Katharine Hepburn? Waaay too many to count. So it surprised no one and entertained everyone when Mulgrew portrayed Hepburn in several productions of the one-woman play Tea at Five, starting with one at Hartford Stage in 2002. She also led a staging in New York City.

 

Orange Is The New Black

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black

Mulgrew co-stars on the water-cooler popular Netflix series as Galina “Red” Reznikov, the tough-as-nails, yet motherly, inmate and head chef at Litchfield Penitentiary. Season five of OITNB will drop on June 9. Among her funniest lines: "I have a birthmark on my left butt cheek that's shaped like a scarab. Doesn't make me Cleopatra," and "I worked with the Russian mafia. We make the Italians look like guppies," and "All problems are boring until they're your own." 

 

So, what's your favorite non-Trek Muglrew role or project? And please join us in wishing Mulgrew a Happy Birthday!

 

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It's Kate Mulgrew's birthday! If you're here at StarTrek.com, we don't have to tell you that Star Trek: Voyager was arguably her finest hour as an actress, but she's enjoyed a long and enduring career. So to celebrate Mulgrew's big day, StarTrek.com thought we'd look at her other most-memorable roles:

Ryan's Hope

Star Trek, Kate Mulgrew, Ryan's Hope

Early in Mulgrew's career, she co-starred on this soap opera, playing the character Mary Ryan. Mulgrew started in 1975 and beamed off (sorry, couldn't resist) in January 1978 after more than 400 episodes. A trio of other actresses assumed the role over ensuing seasons, but none made the mark that Mulgrew had. Mulgrew eventually returned to say goodbye... as Mary's ghost.

 

Mrs. Columbo

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Mrs. Columbo

Mulgrew starred as Kate Columbo, the wife of the beloved, disheveled crime-solver, Lt. Columbo, in this Columbo spin-off series that debuted in 1979. Mrs. Columbo was a newswoman with a young child and a knack for solving crimes. Sadly, everyone involved with Columbo, including Peter Falk, stayed clear of Mrs. Columbo and ABC canceled the show after just one season and 13 episodes.

 

Throw Momma from the Train

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Throw Momma from the Train

Some fans might argue that their favorite film role of Mulgrew's is Maj. Fleming in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which co-starred her friend and future Voyager guest star Joel Grey, but we're going with Throw Momma from the Train. This Danny DeVito-directed black comedy, released in 1987, is considered by many to be a classic. In it, struggling novelist and community college writing teacher Larry (Billy Crystal) announces out loud his desire to see his ex-wife Margaret (Mulgrew) dead, dead, dead. Who overhears that but Owen (DeVito), a creepy fellow who wants his vile mother, Momma Lift (Anne Ramsey) dead, dead, dead? Owen then plots to kills Margaret, believing that, Hitchcock-style, Larry will return the favor and kill Momma Lift, but nothing -- including Margaret's apparent murder -- goes as planned. Among Mulgrew's most memorable moments: a successful, boastful, Larry-hating Margaret being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

 

Tea at Five

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Tea at Five

PC: Matthew Lombardo

How many times over the decades have people cited the resemblance between the voices and looks of Mulgrew and the legendary actress Katharine Hepburn? Waaay too many to count. So it surprised no one and entertained everyone when Mulgrew portrayed Hepburn in several productions of the one-woman play Tea at Five, starting with one at Hartford Stage in 2002. She also led a staging in New York City.

 

Orange Is The New Black

Star Trek, Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black

Mulgrew co-stars on the water-cooler popular Netflix series as Galina “Red” Reznikov, the tough-as-nails, yet motherly, inmate and head chef at Litchfield Penitentiary. Season five of OITNB will drop on June 9. Among her funniest lines: "I have a birthmark on my left butt cheek that's shaped like a scarab. Doesn't make me Cleopatra," and "I worked with the Russian mafia. We make the Italians look like guppies," and "All problems are boring until they're your own." 

 

So, what's your favorite non-Trek Muglrew role or project? And please join us in wishing Mulgrew a Happy Birthday!

 

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kate-mulgrews-best-non-trek-roles Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:48:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Discovery Adds To Its Ranks]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/discovery-adds-to-its-ranks

Star Trek: Discovery continues to bring new cast members on board. The latest additions, revealed today, include Shazad Latif, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan.

Star Trek Discovery Shazad Latif Lieutenant Tyler

Shazad Latif will star as Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Latif is known for his role as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the television series Penny Dreadful. Latif was originally announced in the role of Kol, now played by Kenneth Mitchell.

Star Trek Discovery Rekha Sharma Commander Landry

Rekha Sharma is set as Commander Landry, the Discovery’s security officer. Sharma’s television credits include Battlestar Galactica and The 100.

Star Trek Discovery Kenneth Mitchell Kol

Kenneth Mitchell will portray Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Mitchell’s television credits include the fan-favorite Jericho on CBS, The Astronaut Wives Club and Frequency.

Star Trek Discovery Clare McDonnell Dennas

Clare McConnell gets in on the action as Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. McConnell’s film credits include Dim the Fluorescents, slated for release this fall.

Star Trek Discovery Damon Runyan Ujilli

And, cast as Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire, is Damon Runyan. His television credits include Suits, Supernatural and Gangland Undercover.

Star Trek: Discovery will be available in countries around the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Star Trek: Discovery continues to bring new cast members on board. The latest additions, revealed today, include Shazad Latif, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan.

Star Trek Discovery Shazad Latif Lieutenant Tyler

Shazad Latif will star as Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Latif is known for his role as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the television series Penny Dreadful. Latif was originally announced in the role of Kol, now played by Kenneth Mitchell.

Star Trek Discovery Rekha Sharma Commander Landry

Rekha Sharma is set as Commander Landry, the Discovery’s security officer. Sharma’s television credits include Battlestar Galactica and The 100.

Star Trek Discovery Kenneth Mitchell Kol

Kenneth Mitchell will portray Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Mitchell’s television credits include the fan-favorite Jericho on CBS, The Astronaut Wives Club and Frequency.

Star Trek Discovery Clare McDonnell Dennas

Clare McConnell gets in on the action as Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. McConnell’s film credits include Dim the Fluorescents, slated for release this fall.

Star Trek Discovery Damon Runyan Ujilli

And, cast as Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire, is Damon Runyan. His television credits include Suits, Supernatural and Gangland Undercover.

Star Trek: Discovery will be available in countries around the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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discovery-adds-to-its-ranks Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:57:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Talking With DS9 & ENT Guest Star Dennis Christopher]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/talking-with-ds9-ent-guest-star-dennis-christopher

Star Trek, over the past 50-plus years, has cast more than a few fan favorites in the many shows and movies. Case in point: Dennis Christopher, a character actor extraordinaire whose credits span from A Wedding, Breaking Away, Fade to Black, Chariots of Fire and It to It’s My Party, Profiler, FreakyLinks, Angel, Deadwood and Graves, not to mention the Deep Space Nine episode “The Search, Part 2,” in which he played the Vorta, Borath, and the Enterprise hour “Detained,” which cast him as the Suliban character Danik. StarTrek.com has long sought to interview Christopher and, thanks to his impending appearance this weekend at The Hollywood Show – which will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel  – we finally snagged a half-hour of the amiable actor’s time to discuss Trek, his career and his current project, the aforementioned political comedy series Graves

Star Trek

How familiar were you with the franchise in general, and Deep Space Nine specifically, when “The Search, Part II” came your way?

I was into it a lot. It's almost a cliché to say that you're a fan of Star Trek because it seems to be where it all started. Of course, you're a fan of it. I really like the combination of people that were working on the show.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Search, Part II, Dennis Christopher

You played Borath, a Vorta, in the episode. What do you recall most about the experience?

Well, first of all, the makeup trailer is nothing like anything you've ever seen in the world. I was intrigued by this character. The character, the last time that character appeared, was as a shifter in that it changed sex. The last time the character was portrayed it was played by a woman, and now was being portrayed by me, as just the progression of the character. It wasn't in place of. It's just the character now was appearing this way. That particular group of people did that, as protectors and guardians of the wormhole. That interested me a lot. Then, when I walked into the trailer, watching Rene (Auberjonois) and Salome (Jens) get transformed for their part, the hours and hours… it was fascinating. Then, they had their hands on me, the makeup artists. By the time you're in makeup, you're in that other world. It's just a great way to spend some time.

Star Trek, Fade to Black, Dennis Christopher

You'd been in heavy makeup before, obviously, with Fade to Black. But had you ever undergone a process quite as intensive as what it took to turn you into a Vorta?

Fade to Black was pretty intensive with the mummy makeup. So much of it was not costumes, but was actually done with peeling parchment, as far as the mummy was concerned. I've had a few experiences where I've worked with special effects houses with makeup and casting molds of my head, stuff like that. It was pretty amazing to get that pineapple finally attached to the top of my head, I must say. It's the greatest thing for getting in character. It's the greatest thing for morning meditation. It takes so long. Then, the rest of the time in the chair, you're just getting into what you're going to do.

Jonathan Frakes directed that episode. What was your takeaway from working with him?

I felt very honored to be part of that because Jonathan's a great guy and a wonderful, wonderful director. He picked me specifically because he wanted me to be in the Star Trek family. I really appreciated that opportunity. It was a pleasure to work with him. It's always a pleasure to work with directors that have had experience acting. Jonathan's one example. Quentin Tarantino's another. It's just great to work with people that know what the process is and what you're going through and what it takes to come up with what you're coming up with. I find them so grateful for anything that you provide that it just turns into a wonderful collaboration, even though you're portraying their character and their story.

Star Trek, Enterprise, Detained, Dennis Christopher

Eight years go by and there you are on Enterprise. How surprised were you that Trek came calling again?

I was very surprised, pleasantly so. I guess they liked what I’d done. And I guess word gets out about who they like and who can put up with the makeup. It does get to be, for the people that are in it a lot, or recurring a lot, an ordeal. I was thrilled to be in there again. A good friend of mine, John Fleck, had played many aliens, including a member of my Suliban tribe. He filled me in on what I was about to expect with being turned into that green pebble man I played.

It was great to work with a child (Jessica D. Stone), too. That was what I really liked, that aspect of a father in this concentration camp. It was a real nuanced role, a lot more nuanced than I had in Deep Space Nine, I feel, because it was a father-and-child struggle of he was defending their position or trying to survive, but he was also trying to teach his child not to hate these people that were imprisoning us and enslaving us. They were trying to round up and corral this race of people. Then, being in charge of taking care of the other two Starfleet members, it was great. And the political overtones were interesting to me, with echoes of current-day events. It was particularly good, that one.

How did you enjoy working with Scott Bakula?

He's just such a fine actor. I look up to him as somebody who's built a really fine career on television, just the different parts that he's played. The series with him and Ray Romano and Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age, was one of my favorites. So, I think he’s just fantastic.

Star Trek, Enterprise, Detained, Dennis Christopher

How was the makeup for Danik done?

They take an impression and then they build a certain amount of it. It goes down to the shoulders and the neckline, not knowing what's necessarily going to happen with the costume or the microphones or whatever. They tend to cover you in the top area of your body. Then, of course, there's the hands and I don't know if we had shoes or if we had bare feet. I can't remember that. It was mostly prosthetics. Then, they do a special thing on your face with applications. Then, the added smaller applications so that it moves with your face, although it still was constricting. Most of what you had to portray emotionally, we had to do with our voices. That's why the child that I worked with did such a great job, because we couldn't rely on our faces very much, our facial expressions, through all the latex. So, there's challenges and there are things that are more wonderful than you can imagine. Then, when you get on the set, there are challenges to overcome with that costuming and makeup, that present new challenges. It's a very stimulating job to have, working on a Star Trek episode.

How pleased were you with the finished episode?

I liked it. I thought they did a really good job in editing. But it’s been ages… I let things go when they're done.

Star Trek, Enterprise, Detained, Dennis Christopher

Is that a general strategy you’ve learned over the years?

Being in the business as long as I've been, I've come to terms with the fact that if you're not leading the ship, and it's not just a single portrait, but a panorama of characters and people, I'm very content to be part of the whole. I have to release any personal expectations I have about projects because, in the end, your first allegiance is to the words on the page. The second is to the director and the producers that made this happen. There's a lot of work you do to free yourself from feeling like this is your project, if you know what I mean.

I have to release things when they're finished and go on. There are some episodes of Graves that I haven't had the opportunity to see yet. You just have to keep releasing so you can go onto the next thing. I've learned from episodic television, from my days on Angel, as well, things can change every day on a TV script. You can get pages right before you go on. That changes everything or everything you've made up in your imagination because it's not on the page anymore. You have to be very fluid in TV, whereas film and theater, you know what you're saying. Rehearsal is a little bit more organic. Once you're on the set of an episodic, you move fast, you have to be ready to move fast. You have to be ready to change whatever your conceptions of the character are in a split second, if it calls for that. That's way different than rehearsing a play and different from making a film.

You mentioned Graves, the series you’re in with Nick Nolte. How’s that going?

I really like it a lot. It's fast-paced. It's really funny. It's topical. I had no idea how funny Nick Nolte was. He's a great guy to work with. Some awards, first-class. Everybody is just great. It's packed with great cameos from people that are actors and people that act in politics. We've had Bernie Sanders. We've had John McCain. We've had Giuliani. We've had Barney Frank. I'm sure it's going to be the same way this coming season.

Star Trek, Breaking Away, Dennis Christopher

And, this weekend, you will be The Hollywood Show. What do you enjoy most about those events? Meeting the fans, sharing old stories?

I haven't done them for a number of years. I'm doing The Hollywood Show this weekend and Chiller in October, and I’m really excited about both of them. The last time I was on the circuit, I just loved it so much. I'm a theater guy. Part of the reason I'm an actor is for other people, for the live feedback. When you get to meet people who appreciate the work you do, it's really great to have a dialogue with them. In the theater, you get the feedback from live human beings right away. In film, you don't know if they're watching you in a theater, on a computer. Either way, you don't have any interaction. Same with TV. These autograph shows really give me a chance to interact with people the way I interact with them when I work in theater.

Star Trek, Dennis Christopher

What are the photos you find yourself signing the most of? We’re assuming Fade to Black, Breaking Away, Star Trek, maybe Profiler, a little bit of Django Unchained...

Well, it may have changed, and I'm going to find that out when I do The Hollywood Show. But it depends on the venue, I’d imagine. I've got enough cred in horror and science fiction to be able to satisfy anybody's needs for that if they're fans of those particular movies. It’s all the things you mentioned -- Fade to Black, Star Trek, Breaking Away, Django Unchained – but also Chariots of Fire and other things, too. The Hollywood Show is going to inform me what people are interested in. But, in general, you never know what people are going to like. It depends on the age of the people, really.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Search, Part II, Dennis Christopher

Going back to Trek for our last question… Star Trek just celebrated its 50th anniversary. What does it mean to you to be a part of that whole phenomenon?

My whole life has been being a part of great things. I got the opportunity to work with Bob Altman on two films. I worked with Federico Fellini. I've worked with Quentin Tarantino. It goes on. I've worked with Lillian Gish. From Lillian Gish to Elle Fanning, I've worked with a lot, a lot, a lot of different people. I'm proud of any associations and Star Trek is right up there with some of the best things. I didn't have a lot to do on Trek, but I'm so glad to be a part of that world.

For more information about The Hollywood Show, go to www.hollywoodshow.com.

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Star Trek, over the past 50-plus years, has cast more than a few fan favorites in the many shows and movies. Case in point: Dennis Christopher, a character actor extraordinaire whose credits span from A Wedding, Breaking Away, Fade to Black, Chariots of Fire and It to It’s My Party, Profiler, FreakyLinks, Angel, Deadwood and Graves, not to mention the Deep Space Nine episode “The Search, Part 2,” in which he played the Vorta, Borath, and the Enterprise hour “Detained,” which cast him as the Suliban character Danik. StarTrek.com has long sought to interview Christopher and, thanks to his impending appearance this weekend at The Hollywood Show – which will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel  – we finally snagged a half-hour of the amiable actor’s time to discuss Trek, his career and his current project, the aforementioned political comedy series Graves

Star Trek

How familiar were you with the franchise in general, and Deep Space Nine specifically, when “The Search, Part II” came your way?

I was into it a lot. It's almost a cliché to say that you're a fan of Star Trek because it seems to be where it all started. Of course, you're a fan of it. I really like the combination of people that were working on the show.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Search, Part II, Dennis Christopher

You played Borath, a Vorta, in the episode. What do you recall most about the experience?

Well, first of all, the makeup trailer is nothing like anything you've ever seen in the world. I was intrigued by this character. The character, the last time that character appeared, was as a shifter in that it changed sex. The last time the character was portrayed it was played by a woman, and now was being portrayed by me, as just the progression of the character. It wasn't in place of. It's just the character now was appearing this way. That particular group of people did that, as protectors and guardians of the wormhole. That interested me a lot. Then, when I walked into the trailer, watching Rene (Auberjonois) and Salome (Jens) get transformed for their part, the hours and hours… it was fascinating. Then, they had their hands on me, the makeup artists. By the time you're in makeup, you're in that other world. It's just a great way to spend some time.

Star Trek, Fade to Black, Dennis Christopher

You'd been in heavy makeup before, obviously, with Fade to Black. But had you ever undergone a process quite as intensive as what it took to turn you into a Vorta?

Fade to Black was pretty intensive with the mummy makeup. So much of it was not costumes, but was actually done with peeling parchment, as far as the mummy was concerned. I've had a few experiences where I've worked with special effects houses with makeup and casting molds of my head, stuff like that. It was pretty amazing to get that pineapple finally attached to the top of my head, I must say. It's the greatest thing for getting in character. It's the greatest thing for morning meditation. It takes so long. Then, the rest of the time in the chair, you're just getting into what you're going to do.

Jonathan Frakes directed that episode. What was your takeaway from working with him?

I felt very honored to be part of that because Jonathan's a great guy and a wonderful, wonderful director. He picked me specifically because he wanted me to be in the Star Trek family. I really appreciated that opportunity. It was a pleasure to work with him. It's always a pleasure to work with directors that have had experience acting. Jonathan's one example. Quentin Tarantino's another. It's just great to work with people that know what the process is and what you're going through and what it takes to come up with what you're coming up with. I find them so grateful for anything that you provide that it just turns into a wonderful collaboration, even though you're portraying their character and their story.

Star Trek, Enterprise, Detained, Dennis Christopher

Eight years go by and there you are on Enterprise. How surprised were you that Trek came calling again?

I was very surprised, pleasantly so. I guess they liked what I’d done. And I guess word gets out about who they like and who can put up with the makeup. It does get to be, for the people that are in it a lot, or recurring a lot, an ordeal. I was thrilled to be in there again. A good friend of mine, John Fleck, had played many aliens, including a member of my Suliban tribe. He filled me in on what I was about to expect with being turned into that green pebble man I played.

It was great to work with a child (Jessica D. Stone), too. That was what I really liked, that aspect of a father in this concentration camp. It was a real nuanced role, a lot more nuanced than I had in Deep Space Nine, I feel, because it was a father-and-child struggle of he was defending their position or trying to survive, but he was also trying to teach his child not to hate these people that were imprisoning us and enslaving us. They were trying to round up and corral this race of people. Then, being in charge of taking care of the other two Starfleet members, it was great. And the political overtones were interesting to me, with echoes of current-day events. It was particularly good, that one.

How did you enjoy working with Scott Bakula?

He's just such a fine actor. I look up to him as somebody who's built a really fine career on television, just the different parts that he's played. The series with him and Ray Romano and Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age, was one of my favorites. So, I think he’s just fantastic.

Star Trek, Enterprise, Detained, Dennis Christopher

How was the makeup for Danik done?

They take an impression and then they build a certain amount of it. It goes down to the shoulders and the neckline, not knowing what's necessarily going to happen with the costume or the microphones or whatever. They tend to cover you in the top area of your body. Then, of course, there's the hands and I don't know if we had shoes or if we had bare feet. I can't remember that. It was mostly prosthetics. Then, they do a special thing on your face with applications. Then, the added smaller applications so that it moves with your face, although it still was constricting. Most of what you had to portray emotionally, we had to do with our voices. That's why the child that I worked with did such a great job, because we couldn't rely on our faces very much, our facial expressions, through all the latex. So, there's challenges and there are things that are more wonderful than you can imagine. Then, when you get on the set, there are challenges to overcome with that costuming and makeup, that present new challenges. It's a very stimulating job to have, working on a Star Trek episode.

How pleased were you with the finished episode?

I liked it. I thought they did a really good job in editing. But it’s been ages… I let things go when they're done.

Star Trek, Enterprise, Detained, Dennis Christopher

Is that a general strategy you’ve learned over the years?

Being in the business as long as I've been, I've come to terms with the fact that if you're not leading the ship, and it's not just a single portrait, but a panorama of characters and people, I'm very content to be part of the whole. I have to release any personal expectations I have about projects because, in the end, your first allegiance is to the words on the page. The second is to the director and the producers that made this happen. There's a lot of work you do to free yourself from feeling like this is your project, if you know what I mean.

I have to release things when they're finished and go on. There are some episodes of Graves that I haven't had the opportunity to see yet. You just have to keep releasing so you can go onto the next thing. I've learned from episodic television, from my days on Angel, as well, things can change every day on a TV script. You can get pages right before you go on. That changes everything or everything you've made up in your imagination because it's not on the page anymore. You have to be very fluid in TV, whereas film and theater, you know what you're saying. Rehearsal is a little bit more organic. Once you're on the set of an episodic, you move fast, you have to be ready to move fast. You have to be ready to change whatever your conceptions of the character are in a split second, if it calls for that. That's way different than rehearsing a play and different from making a film.

You mentioned Graves, the series you’re in with Nick Nolte. How’s that going?

I really like it a lot. It's fast-paced. It's really funny. It's topical. I had no idea how funny Nick Nolte was. He's a great guy to work with. Some awards, first-class. Everybody is just great. It's packed with great cameos from people that are actors and people that act in politics. We've had Bernie Sanders. We've had John McCain. We've had Giuliani. We've had Barney Frank. I'm sure it's going to be the same way this coming season.

Star Trek, Breaking Away, Dennis Christopher

And, this weekend, you will be The Hollywood Show. What do you enjoy most about those events? Meeting the fans, sharing old stories?

I haven't done them for a number of years. I'm doing The Hollywood Show this weekend and Chiller in October, and I’m really excited about both of them. The last time I was on the circuit, I just loved it so much. I'm a theater guy. Part of the reason I'm an actor is for other people, for the live feedback. When you get to meet people who appreciate the work you do, it's really great to have a dialogue with them. In the theater, you get the feedback from live human beings right away. In film, you don't know if they're watching you in a theater, on a computer. Either way, you don't have any interaction. Same with TV. These autograph shows really give me a chance to interact with people the way I interact with them when I work in theater.

Star Trek, Dennis Christopher

What are the photos you find yourself signing the most of? We’re assuming Fade to Black, Breaking Away, Star Trek, maybe Profiler, a little bit of Django Unchained...

Well, it may have changed, and I'm going to find that out when I do The Hollywood Show. But it depends on the venue, I’d imagine. I've got enough cred in horror and science fiction to be able to satisfy anybody's needs for that if they're fans of those particular movies. It’s all the things you mentioned -- Fade to Black, Star Trek, Breaking Away, Django Unchained – but also Chariots of Fire and other things, too. The Hollywood Show is going to inform me what people are interested in. But, in general, you never know what people are going to like. It depends on the age of the people, really.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Search, Part II, Dennis Christopher

Going back to Trek for our last question… Star Trek just celebrated its 50th anniversary. What does it mean to you to be a part of that whole phenomenon?

My whole life has been being a part of great things. I got the opportunity to work with Bob Altman on two films. I worked with Federico Fellini. I've worked with Quentin Tarantino. It goes on. I've worked with Lillian Gish. From Lillian Gish to Elle Fanning, I've worked with a lot, a lot, a lot of different people. I'm proud of any associations and Star Trek is right up there with some of the best things. I didn't have a lot to do on Trek, but I'm so glad to be a part of that world.

For more information about The Hollywood Show, go to www.hollywoodshow.com.

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talking-with-ds9-ent-guest-star-dennis-christopher Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:24:34 -0700
<![CDATA[STO Season 13 – Escalation Available Now on PC]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/sto-season-13-undefined-escalation-available-now-on-pc

Star Trek Online: Season 13 – Escalation is available now on PC and will arrive at a later date on Xbox One and PlayStation4, it was announced by Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios. The latest season of STO introduces brand-new episodic content and gameplay features to the 100% free-to-play MMORPG based on the Trek franchise. This encompasses a new featured episode continuing the Tzenkethi War story arc, improvements to matchmaking and a new War Games system that enables players to team up in competitive PvE and PvP scenarios.

Check out the new trailer for Season 13 – Escalation:

The war against the Tzenkethi rages on with the arrival of Season 13 – Escalation. The mission begins as captains accompany Captain Kuumaarke and the Lukari on a journey to their former home planet, New Kentar. Their exploration into the past is interrupted by the Tzenkethi, who threaten to destroy everything the Kentari have built for themselves. These events all take place in the new featured episode “Mirrors and Smoke,” which is now available with today’s update.

Star Trek

Season 13 – Escalation also marks the debut of War Games. This new system offers Star Trek Online captains new ways to compete with one another by pitting two teams of five players against each other in competitive PvE and PvP scenarios. Players join forces to solve puzzles and race through the galaxy earning valuable rewards, including class-specific ships and captain gear. To optimize this new type of queue, a new Player Potential System has also been introduced to match players of similar skill. Learn more about these features and other content introduced with Season 13 below:

Star Trek

  • New Featured Episode – In the new episode, “Mirrors and Smoke,” captains will travel with the Lukari to New Kentar and defend the planet from the Tzenkethi.

Star Trek

  • War Games System – Season 13 marks the debut of War Games, three new competitive PvE and PvP scenarios which pit two teams of five players against each other for rewards. 
    • “Core Assault” A space-based 5v5 Convergence-class scenario, where two flights of captains compete to cross the finish line in a space station based in the Adelphous System.
    • “Twin Tribulations” A space-based 5v5 Gauntlet-class scenario which allows two teams to race through a holo-constructed version of the space station in the Omega Leonis System.
    • “Binary Circuit” – A ground-based 5v5 Gauntlet-class scenario where captains will solve puzzles and complete various challenges in a Borg Co-operative Cube.]

Star Trek

  • Rebalance Pass – A full rebalance pass has been made to ground and space combat to ensure that no matter what choice captains make when outfitting their skills or ship, it isn’t a wrong one.

Star Trek

  • Player Potential System – Matchmaking for PvP in Star Trek Online has been improved with the new Player Potential System, which evaluates players based on various factors, such as their characters’ equipment, specialization and participation in competitive matches.

Star Trek

  • New Reputation – Captains who participate in Season 13’s War Games queues will be rewarded with new Competitive Marks and Assessed Stratagems. These items can be submitted for Reputation XP, class-specific starships and high-quality captain gear.

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.

 

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Star Trek Online: Season 13 – Escalation is available now on PC and will arrive at a later date on Xbox One and PlayStation4, it was announced by Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios. The latest season of STO introduces brand-new episodic content and gameplay features to the 100% free-to-play MMORPG based on the Trek franchise. This encompasses a new featured episode continuing the Tzenkethi War story arc, improvements to matchmaking and a new War Games system that enables players to team up in competitive PvE and PvP scenarios.

Check out the new trailer for Season 13 – Escalation:

The war against the Tzenkethi rages on with the arrival of Season 13 – Escalation. The mission begins as captains accompany Captain Kuumaarke and the Lukari on a journey to their former home planet, New Kentar. Their exploration into the past is interrupted by the Tzenkethi, who threaten to destroy everything the Kentari have built for themselves. These events all take place in the new featured episode “Mirrors and Smoke,” which is now available with today’s update.

Star Trek

Season 13 – Escalation also marks the debut of War Games. This new system offers Star Trek Online captains new ways to compete with one another by pitting two teams of five players against each other in competitive PvE and PvP scenarios. Players join forces to solve puzzles and race through the galaxy earning valuable rewards, including class-specific ships and captain gear. To optimize this new type of queue, a new Player Potential System has also been introduced to match players of similar skill. Learn more about these features and other content introduced with Season 13 below:

Star Trek

  • New Featured Episode – In the new episode, “Mirrors and Smoke,” captains will travel with the Lukari to New Kentar and defend the planet from the Tzenkethi.

Star Trek

  • War Games System – Season 13 marks the debut of War Games, three new competitive PvE and PvP scenarios which pit two teams of five players against each other for rewards. 
    • “Core Assault” A space-based 5v5 Convergence-class scenario, where two flights of captains compete to cross the finish line in a space station based in the Adelphous System.
    • “Twin Tribulations” A space-based 5v5 Gauntlet-class scenario which allows two teams to race through a holo-constructed version of the space station in the Omega Leonis System.
    • “Binary Circuit” – A ground-based 5v5 Gauntlet-class scenario where captains will solve puzzles and complete various challenges in a Borg Co-operative Cube.]

Star Trek

  • Rebalance Pass – A full rebalance pass has been made to ground and space combat to ensure that no matter what choice captains make when outfitting their skills or ship, it isn’t a wrong one.

Star Trek

  • Player Potential System – Matchmaking for PvP in Star Trek Online has been improved with the new Player Potential System, which evaluates players based on various factors, such as their characters’ equipment, specialization and participation in competitive matches.

Star Trek

  • New Reputation – Captains who participate in Season 13’s War Games queues will be rewarded with new Competitive Marks and Assessed Stratagems. These items can be submitted for Reputation XP, class-specific starships and high-quality captain gear.

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.

 

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sto-season-13-undefined-escalation-available-now-on-pc Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:52:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Borg & Five Captains Coins Ready To Beam Up ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/borg-five-captains-coins-ready-to-beam-up

The Royal Canadian Mint has just released their latest Star Trek coins. The two new coins, one featuring the five Trek Captains and the other the Borg, pay tribute to Trek’s status as a pop-culture phenomenon, its enduring impact and also its legions of devoted Canadian fans. The coins include:

Star Trek: Five Captains

This 2-oz pure silver, colored, glow-in-the-dark coin features a rich color application over engraved portraits of captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway and Archer. The portraits are positioned around an engraved delta shield insignia and against a space background; they gently overlap the outer band in which the words "CANADA," "STAR TREK" and the year "2017" are engraved. When viewed in the dark, glow-in-the-dark elements reveal a second image on the reverse—a head-on view of U.S.S. Enterprise in flight. Between the Enterprise's phaser beams lies an illuminated delta shield insignia; it bears the five-point star that is indicative of a command rank.

 

Available in both Canada and the U.S., the coin is priced at $194.95 (Canadian), limited to a mintage of 5,000 worldwide and comes in a premium graphic box.

Star Trek: The Borg

This 1-oz pure silver, colored coin, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, features the exterior of a Borg cube vessel. Against this engraved background, a colorful depiction of a tension-filled scene finds a Borg cube locking onto the U.S.S. Enterprise with its green tractor beam, as part of their relentless pursuit to assimilate technology, worlds and even beings. The coin also includes the words "STAR TREK," "CANADA" and the year "2017,” all engraved in a Star Trek font. 

Available in both Canada and the U.S., the coin is priced at $112.95 (Canadian), limited to a mintage of 10,000 worldwide and comes in a premium graphic box.

 

Go HERE to purchase the Five Captains coin and HERE for the Borg coin. And go HERE to check out the Royal Canadian Mint’s full line of Star Trek coins.

 

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The Royal Canadian Mint has just released their latest Star Trek coins. The two new coins, one featuring the five Trek Captains and the other the Borg, pay tribute to Trek’s status as a pop-culture phenomenon, its enduring impact and also its legions of devoted Canadian fans. The coins include:

Star Trek: Five Captains

This 2-oz pure silver, colored, glow-in-the-dark coin features a rich color application over engraved portraits of captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway and Archer. The portraits are positioned around an engraved delta shield insignia and against a space background; they gently overlap the outer band in which the words "CANADA," "STAR TREK" and the year "2017" are engraved. When viewed in the dark, glow-in-the-dark elements reveal a second image on the reverse—a head-on view of U.S.S. Enterprise in flight. Between the Enterprise's phaser beams lies an illuminated delta shield insignia; it bears the five-point star that is indicative of a command rank.

 

Available in both Canada and the U.S., the coin is priced at $194.95 (Canadian), limited to a mintage of 5,000 worldwide and comes in a premium graphic box.

Star Trek: The Borg

This 1-oz pure silver, colored coin, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, features the exterior of a Borg cube vessel. Against this engraved background, a colorful depiction of a tension-filled scene finds a Borg cube locking onto the U.S.S. Enterprise with its green tractor beam, as part of their relentless pursuit to assimilate technology, worlds and even beings. The coin also includes the words "STAR TREK," "CANADA" and the year "2017,” all engraved in a Star Trek font. 

Available in both Canada and the U.S., the coin is priced at $112.95 (Canadian), limited to a mintage of 10,000 worldwide and comes in a premium graphic box.

 

Go HERE to purchase the Five Captains coin and HERE for the Borg coin. And go HERE to check out the Royal Canadian Mint’s full line of Star Trek coins.

 

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borg-five-captains-coins-ready-to-beam-up Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:47:29 -0700
<![CDATA[7 New Trek Stamps Beam Into View ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/7-new-trek-stamps-beam-into-view

After dropping hints last week through a series of intercepted Starfleet transmissions, our friends at Canada Post today revealed a bold new set of Star Trek stamps. On the heels of their 2016 collection, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 2017 release explores the best of what came next in the storied Star Trek franchise.

The first five stamps pay tribute to Starfleet’s finest leaders: James T. Kirk and his counterparts Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway and Jonathan Archer. These fearless explorers saved the galaxy time after time, even in the face of the seemingly unstoppable villains who now loom behind them in the background of their stamps.

The two additional stamps celebrate the intrepid Class-F shuttle and the ominous Borg cube.

Canada Post may not have settled the age-old debate over who was the best captain to grace a Starfleet bridge, but you can campaign for your favourite through the mail. Their 2017 Star Trek collection is now available online at canadapost.ca/startrek or post office locations in Canada.

Admiral Kirk vs. Khan Noonien Singh

 

Captain Picard vs. Locutus of Borg

 

Captain Sisko vs. Dukat

 

Captain Janeway vs. the Borg Queen

 

Captain Archer vs. Commander Dolim

 

The Shuttlecraft- Galileo

 

The Borg

 

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After dropping hints last week through a series of intercepted Starfleet transmissions, our friends at Canada Post today revealed a bold new set of Star Trek stamps. On the heels of their 2016 collection, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 2017 release explores the best of what came next in the storied Star Trek franchise.

The first five stamps pay tribute to Starfleet’s finest leaders: James T. Kirk and his counterparts Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway and Jonathan Archer. These fearless explorers saved the galaxy time after time, even in the face of the seemingly unstoppable villains who now loom behind them in the background of their stamps.

The two additional stamps celebrate the intrepid Class-F shuttle and the ominous Borg cube.

Canada Post may not have settled the age-old debate over who was the best captain to grace a Starfleet bridge, but you can campaign for your favourite through the mail. Their 2017 Star Trek collection is now available online at canadapost.ca/startrek or post office locations in Canada.

Admiral Kirk vs. Khan Noonien Singh

 

Captain Picard vs. Locutus of Borg

 

Captain Sisko vs. Dukat

 

Captain Janeway vs. the Borg Queen

 

Captain Archer vs. Commander Dolim

 

The Shuttlecraft- Galileo

 

The Borg

 

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7-new-trek-stamps-beam-into-view Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:52:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Catching Up with TOS Guest Star Shari Nims]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/catching-up-with-tos-guest-star-shari-nims

Shari Nims’ Hollywood resume reveals just three credits, all of which date back 50 years: the Elvis Presley film Easy Come, Easy Go, the role of Sayana in “The Apple” episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, and an episode of The Wild Wild West. However, after that, Nims left the business. If you’re going to go three and out, you could do far worse than Trek, The Wild Wild West and an Elvis movie. Nims will be appearing this weekend at The Hollywood Show, an autograph event to be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, and it provided the perfect opportunity for StarTrek.com to at long last chat with Nims about Trek, her brief acting career, and her life today…

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

First, what's life like for you these days? Married? Kids? Grandkids? Where do you live?

My life is great. I am not married and I share a home with my dog, Sonny, a Havanese. I have a daughter who is married with two children, 18 and 26, who are close by. We, along with my brother and his family, live in San Diego. My father and mother, who just passed away, at 92, were also close by.

You will be attending The Hollywood Show. How do you enjoy meeting the fans, answering their questions, posing for photos and signing autographs, and also reconnecting with your colleagues?

That will be my first convention in Hollywood. I am looking forward and excited to meet fans of Star Trek and go back in time. I have heard the fans are great and embracing. Sounds like a good experience. I will see, soon. If you are planning to come to the gala, come by and say hi.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

Let's go back in time, nearly 50 years. What did you know about Star Trek at the time? And, how did you land your role as Sayana in "The Apple"?

I was a newbie with an agent who sent me out on interviews is how I got the part. I was not too familiar with Star Trek prior to my working on it, but it didn't take long before I was. I interviewed with the casting director of Star Trek, who I remember was really nice to me, and not long after was told I had been chosen for the part. Sayana and I were same generation. She also was young and naive/ignorant, and I could relate to her being introduced to a foreign way of life. She was also bold, with Makora, her partner in crime, in testing the forbidden waters, as is typical with most teenagers. So, no worries. It wasn't much of a stretch. 

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

That outfit, hair and makeup, not to mention the flowers in your hair, gave you quite the exotic look. What do you remember of the costume and hair fittings, of each element?

I didn't like the makeup much. I didn't think my family would recognize me. The makeup was a surprise and not my "usual look," but I warmed up to it, except for having to leave the house at 3 a.m. for makeup call. The costume was O.K. because I was used to wearing bathing suits. So, I was comfortable. But I still wasn’t sure about the outfit I wore until I saw all the other aliens on set. Makora and I matched, so that was good. I liked the wig and flowers. I had an abundance of hair, a full mane, with flowers, which were in fashion at the time

What else do you recall about the experience?

Everyone on set seemed happy and ready to work. I don't remember many retakes, so the time seemed well spent. Some sets you are waiting for hours. I quickly realized why all the big stars had trailers.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

How did you enjoy working with your Makora... David Soul?

David Soul had just moved from New York, as I recall, and was a trained actor. He was the first guy I was scripted to kiss. It was apparent he was serious about the part. He was professional and respectful. Had I not had a boyfriend at the time, we might have dated.

How satisfied were you with the finished episode?

It was several years before I saw the episode, as I was doing a play when “The Apple” aired. I remember it was difficult to watch without being overly critical. Today, I think it's sweet.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

Now let's go back a little further, as many people don't know your story. Where are you from? How and why did you get into performing?

I was born in Santa Barbara, CA. My family moved to Riverside. Laguna Beach was where I went for summer fun. I met Ozzie Nelson, who had a home there, playing beach volleyball below his home. Mr. Nelson asked me to think about going to college in L.A. and working as an extra on his show. Several months later, he called and asked if I wanted to start work on the Ozzie & Harriet Show, which I did. I became a member of SEG and SAG, and from there became involved in commercials and other small projects. I did lots of plays at the Santa Monica Playhouse, and acting classes.

Star Trek

If our research is correct, you appeared with Elvis in Easy Come, Easy Go, in Star Trek, and then in an episode of The Wild Wild West. First, is that accurate? And, if so, why did you leave the business after those jobs?

Easy Come Easy Go was a first bit part. I spent a week on a boat on Catalina Island. Everyone got sea legs. Elvis was sweet, soft-spoken and very polite. He rowed me out in a dinghy to show me his compound. I didn't want to get out and meet his posse; not sure why. He was quite a bit older than I at that time and I was not star-struck. But he was sooo sweet. When we were in the boat, I had to lean in in order to hear him because he was so soft-spoken. I was so sad to learn of his struggles later on.

And, yes, I had a bit part on Wild Wild West. One of my first role. I played his "girlfriend." I have never seen nor remember the title of the episode. At that time, I didn't think of having pictures taken on set. I remember Bob (Conrad) being short and wearing heels... I think I was taller than him.  He was very sweet as well and really cute, said I reminded him of his daughter. He had a boxing coach on set and was impressive. I liked the glamorous costume, and, as I remember, they gave me a trailer to use to change and hang out in. That was pretty neat, and the set was friendly and upbeat.

I left Hollywood because I was impatient and ignorant of the business, even though I had a commercial agent, acting agent and manager. It was not something I had ever aspired to do. Also... I got pregnant, married and moved to the beach and didn't look back until years later and realized the opportunity I had been given. I lived in the Hollywood Hills, working only for about three years. As I go through my "Hollywood" album, I realize I did a lot in such a short period of time and have wondered what life would be like had I had the burning desire, needed support, patience and guidance required for someone like myself.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

If someone is only going to have three Hollywood credits, she or he could do a lot worse than an Elvis movie and Star Trek. What does it mean to you to be connected with not one, but two pop culture phenomena: Elvis and Star Trek?

I am extremely grateful and happy to be a part of Star Trek, as well as meeting Elvis and the other various actors, and for the opportunities and jobs I was given. Not to mention, it was the most money I had ever received for a day’s work. Had I known then what I know now.

Go to www.thehollwyoodshow.com for more information about The Hollywood Show.

 

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Shari Nims’ Hollywood resume reveals just three credits, all of which date back 50 years: the Elvis Presley film Easy Come, Easy Go, the role of Sayana in “The Apple” episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, and an episode of The Wild Wild West. However, after that, Nims left the business. If you’re going to go three and out, you could do far worse than Trek, The Wild Wild West and an Elvis movie. Nims will be appearing this weekend at The Hollywood Show, an autograph event to be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, and it provided the perfect opportunity for StarTrek.com to at long last chat with Nims about Trek, her brief acting career, and her life today…

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

First, what's life like for you these days? Married? Kids? Grandkids? Where do you live?

My life is great. I am not married and I share a home with my dog, Sonny, a Havanese. I have a daughter who is married with two children, 18 and 26, who are close by. We, along with my brother and his family, live in San Diego. My father and mother, who just passed away, at 92, were also close by.

You will be attending The Hollywood Show. How do you enjoy meeting the fans, answering their questions, posing for photos and signing autographs, and also reconnecting with your colleagues?

That will be my first convention in Hollywood. I am looking forward and excited to meet fans of Star Trek and go back in time. I have heard the fans are great and embracing. Sounds like a good experience. I will see, soon. If you are planning to come to the gala, come by and say hi.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

Let's go back in time, nearly 50 years. What did you know about Star Trek at the time? And, how did you land your role as Sayana in "The Apple"?

I was a newbie with an agent who sent me out on interviews is how I got the part. I was not too familiar with Star Trek prior to my working on it, but it didn't take long before I was. I interviewed with the casting director of Star Trek, who I remember was really nice to me, and not long after was told I had been chosen for the part. Sayana and I were same generation. She also was young and naive/ignorant, and I could relate to her being introduced to a foreign way of life. She was also bold, with Makora, her partner in crime, in testing the forbidden waters, as is typical with most teenagers. So, no worries. It wasn't much of a stretch. 

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

That outfit, hair and makeup, not to mention the flowers in your hair, gave you quite the exotic look. What do you remember of the costume and hair fittings, of each element?

I didn't like the makeup much. I didn't think my family would recognize me. The makeup was a surprise and not my "usual look," but I warmed up to it, except for having to leave the house at 3 a.m. for makeup call. The costume was O.K. because I was used to wearing bathing suits. So, I was comfortable. But I still wasn’t sure about the outfit I wore until I saw all the other aliens on set. Makora and I matched, so that was good. I liked the wig and flowers. I had an abundance of hair, a full mane, with flowers, which were in fashion at the time

What else do you recall about the experience?

Everyone on set seemed happy and ready to work. I don't remember many retakes, so the time seemed well spent. Some sets you are waiting for hours. I quickly realized why all the big stars had trailers.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

How did you enjoy working with your Makora... David Soul?

David Soul had just moved from New York, as I recall, and was a trained actor. He was the first guy I was scripted to kiss. It was apparent he was serious about the part. He was professional and respectful. Had I not had a boyfriend at the time, we might have dated.

How satisfied were you with the finished episode?

It was several years before I saw the episode, as I was doing a play when “The Apple” aired. I remember it was difficult to watch without being overly critical. Today, I think it's sweet.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

Now let's go back a little further, as many people don't know your story. Where are you from? How and why did you get into performing?

I was born in Santa Barbara, CA. My family moved to Riverside. Laguna Beach was where I went for summer fun. I met Ozzie Nelson, who had a home there, playing beach volleyball below his home. Mr. Nelson asked me to think about going to college in L.A. and working as an extra on his show. Several months later, he called and asked if I wanted to start work on the Ozzie & Harriet Show, which I did. I became a member of SEG and SAG, and from there became involved in commercials and other small projects. I did lots of plays at the Santa Monica Playhouse, and acting classes.

Star Trek

If our research is correct, you appeared with Elvis in Easy Come, Easy Go, in Star Trek, and then in an episode of The Wild Wild West. First, is that accurate? And, if so, why did you leave the business after those jobs?

Easy Come Easy Go was a first bit part. I spent a week on a boat on Catalina Island. Everyone got sea legs. Elvis was sweet, soft-spoken and very polite. He rowed me out in a dinghy to show me his compound. I didn't want to get out and meet his posse; not sure why. He was quite a bit older than I at that time and I was not star-struck. But he was sooo sweet. When we were in the boat, I had to lean in in order to hear him because he was so soft-spoken. I was so sad to learn of his struggles later on.

And, yes, I had a bit part on Wild Wild West. One of my first role. I played his "girlfriend." I have never seen nor remember the title of the episode. At that time, I didn't think of having pictures taken on set. I remember Bob (Conrad) being short and wearing heels... I think I was taller than him.  He was very sweet as well and really cute, said I reminded him of his daughter. He had a boxing coach on set and was impressive. I liked the glamorous costume, and, as I remember, they gave me a trailer to use to change and hang out in. That was pretty neat, and the set was friendly and upbeat.

I left Hollywood because I was impatient and ignorant of the business, even though I had a commercial agent, acting agent and manager. It was not something I had ever aspired to do. Also... I got pregnant, married and moved to the beach and didn't look back until years later and realized the opportunity I had been given. I lived in the Hollywood Hills, working only for about three years. As I go through my "Hollywood" album, I realize I did a lot in such a short period of time and have wondered what life would be like had I had the burning desire, needed support, patience and guidance required for someone like myself.

Star Trek, The Original Series, The Apple, Shari Nims

If someone is only going to have three Hollywood credits, she or he could do a lot worse than an Elvis movie and Star Trek. What does it mean to you to be connected with not one, but two pop culture phenomena: Elvis and Star Trek?

I am extremely grateful and happy to be a part of Star Trek, as well as meeting Elvis and the other various actors, and for the opportunities and jobs I was given. Not to mention, it was the most money I had ever received for a day’s work. Had I known then what I know now.

Go to www.thehollwyoodshow.com for more information about The Hollywood Show.

 

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catching-up-with-tos-guest-star-shari-nims Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:46:16 -0700
<![CDATA[A Picture is Worth a Dozen Names ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/a-picture-is-worth-a-dozen-names

The single most-important resource in our research into the remarkable artists and technicians who made Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan are the hundreds of behind the scenes photographs taken by Bruce Birmelin during production. Many of these are preserved in the “Papers of Nicholas Meyer Collection” at the University of Iowa Libraries. Meyer, the writer and director of TWOK has been kind enough to help during the past decade as we try to identify the extraordinarily talented behind the scenes personnel who helped make TWOK special despite the limitations of time, budget, and technology.

One of our favorite of the behind the scenes images taken during production was this one. Although the directory sign of Starfleet Training Command is visible in the film, the focus of the scene is rightly on Kirk and Spock, and hence the clarity of the names listed on the directory are hazy even with the best high-definition systems. This behind the scene image, however, is not only great because of the obvious affection and comradery that exists between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, but because – to out delight - many of the names featured on the sign are visible. Never meant to really be seen clearly by audiences, the names are in-joke tributes of real behind the scenes artists.

The graphics in the film (and Star Trek: The Motion Picture) were designed by Carole Lee Cole, responsible for all the starship interfaces.  Cole and her team were also responsible for all the signage of the movie. This image allows us to see those names – one more way to appreciate the artists and technicians we admire.

Featured on the directory sign:

Admiral J.R. Jennings is actually production Joseph Jennings (whose many contributions to Star Trek included design work on the refitted Enterprise from TMP)

Rear Admiral M. Minor is art director Mike Minor (whose contributions included suggested renaming the Omega Device to the Genesis Device and changing the original story conceptualization as a weapon into a more suitable Federation terraforming device that could be turned into a weapon by villainous forces)

Rear Admiral L. Cole is graphic designer Carole Lee Cole

Vice Admiral D. Gluck is set designer Daniel Gluck

Captain D. Maltese is set designer Daniel Maltese

Captain M. Becker is special effects artist Martin Becker

Captain C. Graffeo is set decorator Charles Graffeo

Lt. Commander J. Longo is property master Joseph Longo

Vice Admiral G. Rescher is cinematographer Gayne Rescher (whose contributions helped make TWOK look more expansive than the budget actually allowed… Rescher’s lighting and camera movement, along with first camera Craig Denault, made audiences believe that they were looking at two different starships when in actuality both the Reliant and the Enterprise bridges were the same set, and whose artistry helped make small sets look like bigger spaces).

Commander D. Arakelian is assistant to producers Deborah Arakelian

Captain R. Fletcher is costume designer Robert Fletcher (whose brilliant designs for TWOK gave writer/director Nicholas Meyer the nautical symbolism he hoped for…a design choice that Nicholas Meyer’s wife had called “nautical but nice”)

Captain A. Henry is wardrobe supervisor Agnes Henry

Commander D. Wise is first assistant director Doug Wise (the nephew of TMP director Robert Wise and whose talented work is featured in five of the six TOS films)

Commander J. Wong is Nicholas Meyer’s assistant Janna Wong Healy

All that real-life talent – all concentrated on the 2nd level of the Starfleet Training Command.


Special thanks to Nicholas Meyer and the University of Iowa.

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.

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The single most-important resource in our research into the remarkable artists and technicians who made Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan are the hundreds of behind the scenes photographs taken by Bruce Birmelin during production. Many of these are preserved in the “Papers of Nicholas Meyer Collection” at the University of Iowa Libraries. Meyer, the writer and director of TWOK has been kind enough to help during the past decade as we try to identify the extraordinarily talented behind the scenes personnel who helped make TWOK special despite the limitations of time, budget, and technology.

One of our favorite of the behind the scenes images taken during production was this one. Although the directory sign of Starfleet Training Command is visible in the film, the focus of the scene is rightly on Kirk and Spock, and hence the clarity of the names listed on the directory are hazy even with the best high-definition systems. This behind the scene image, however, is not only great because of the obvious affection and comradery that exists between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, but because – to out delight - many of the names featured on the sign are visible. Never meant to really be seen clearly by audiences, the names are in-joke tributes of real behind the scenes artists.

The graphics in the film (and Star Trek: The Motion Picture) were designed by Carole Lee Cole, responsible for all the starship interfaces.  Cole and her team were also responsible for all the signage of the movie. This image allows us to see those names – one more way to appreciate the artists and technicians we admire.

Featured on the directory sign:

Admiral J.R. Jennings is actually production Joseph Jennings (whose many contributions to Star Trek included design work on the refitted Enterprise from TMP)

Rear Admiral M. Minor is art director Mike Minor (whose contributions included suggested renaming the Omega Device to the Genesis Device and changing the original story conceptualization as a weapon into a more suitable Federation terraforming device that could be turned into a weapon by villainous forces)

Rear Admiral L. Cole is graphic designer Carole Lee Cole

Vice Admiral D. Gluck is set designer Daniel Gluck

Captain D. Maltese is set designer Daniel Maltese

Captain M. Becker is special effects artist Martin Becker

Captain C. Graffeo is set decorator Charles Graffeo

Lt. Commander J. Longo is property master Joseph Longo

Vice Admiral G. Rescher is cinematographer Gayne Rescher (whose contributions helped make TWOK look more expansive than the budget actually allowed… Rescher’s lighting and camera movement, along with first camera Craig Denault, made audiences believe that they were looking at two different starships when in actuality both the Reliant and the Enterprise bridges were the same set, and whose artistry helped make small sets look like bigger spaces).

Commander D. Arakelian is assistant to producers Deborah Arakelian

Captain R. Fletcher is costume designer Robert Fletcher (whose brilliant designs for TWOK gave writer/director Nicholas Meyer the nautical symbolism he hoped for…a design choice that Nicholas Meyer’s wife had called “nautical but nice”)

Captain A. Henry is wardrobe supervisor Agnes Henry

Commander D. Wise is first assistant director Doug Wise (the nephew of TMP director Robert Wise and whose talented work is featured in five of the six TOS films)

Commander J. Wong is Nicholas Meyer’s assistant Janna Wong Healy

All that real-life talent – all concentrated on the 2nd level of the Starfleet Training Command.


Special thanks to Nicholas Meyer and the University of Iowa.

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.

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a-picture-is-worth-a-dozen-names Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Trek 50th Collection Wins Top Prize at Home Media Awards]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-50th-collection-wins-top-prize-at-home-media-awards

Star Trek beamed up the top prize at the 7th annual Home Media Awards, which honor the best home video releases of 2016. Title of the Year went to Star Trek: 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection also named Best Franchise Collection.

 

Other Trek winners included Star Trek: The Original Series — The Roddenberry Vault (Best Extras/Bonus Materials)


And the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan — Director’s Cut Blu-ray (Best Restoration).


Congrats to all involved!

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Star Trek beamed up the top prize at the 7th annual Home Media Awards, which honor the best home video releases of 2016. Title of the Year went to Star Trek: 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection also named Best Franchise Collection.

 

Other Trek winners included Star Trek: The Original Series — The Roddenberry Vault (Best Extras/Bonus Materials)


And the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan — Director’s Cut Blu-ray (Best Restoration).


Congrats to all involved!

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trek-50th-collection-wins-top-prize-at-home-media-awards Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:44:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Star Trek 101: The Borg]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-101-the-borg

Star Trek 101, StarTrek.com's newest regular column, serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films. Today, we learn about the Borg...

Star Trek

The Borg collective is an amalgamated group of many subjugated races: human, Klingon, Vulcan – you name it. The Collective assimilates every sentient being it encounters, improving the individual by removing “imperfect” organic body parts and replacing them with technologically superior artificial ones – such as eyes that emit laser beams and hands that double as buzz saws.

Star Trek

What the Collective lacks in free will, it makes up for in wholehearted dedication. All members dress the same (basic black, with complementary circuitry and tubing)., act the same (zombie-like), and spout the same party line: “You will be assimilated” and “Resistance is futile.”

Star Trek

Their most common form of transportation is the gigantic and deadly Borg cube, armed with powerful energy weapons and capable of self-repairing damage almost immediately.

Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found); and Rules of Accusation. Their most recent non-Star Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History.

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Star Trek 101, StarTrek.com's newest regular column, serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films. Today, we learn about the Borg...

Star Trek

The Borg collective is an amalgamated group of many subjugated races: human, Klingon, Vulcan – you name it. The Collective assimilates every sentient being it encounters, improving the individual by removing “imperfect” organic body parts and replacing them with technologically superior artificial ones – such as eyes that emit laser beams and hands that double as buzz saws.

Star Trek

What the Collective lacks in free will, it makes up for in wholehearted dedication. All members dress the same (basic black, with complementary circuitry and tubing)., act the same (zombie-like), and spout the same party line: “You will be assimilated” and “Resistance is futile.”

Star Trek

Their most common form of transportation is the gigantic and deadly Borg cube, armed with powerful energy weapons and capable of self-repairing damage almost immediately.

Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found); and Rules of Accusation. Their most recent non-Star Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History.

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star-trek-101-the-borg Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:38:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Creating Gorgeous Portaits of Nichelle Nichols]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/creating-gorgeous-portaits-of-nichelle-nichols

Robin Damore isn’t a devoted Star Trek fan. In fact, the artist from Portland, Oregon, is better known for her oil portraits and an annual Santa Claus painting. And it wasn’t even painting that connected her to Star Trek – it was a photo assignment a dozen years ago for a 2004 book called Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage and What We Learn from Them, by Katherine Martin.

One of the subjects in that book is Nichelle Nichols, and Damore's photos accompany a chapter about the remarkable life of the woman who portrayed Lt. Uhura. Photographer (and then-budding portrait artist) Damore was so taken with Nichols that she decided to do a painting based on a photo from that session.

“I was hired to go to L.A. to shoot Nichelle Nichols,” Damore recalls. “I didn’t really know who she was. I went to her house and waited while she got ready, and then she appeared. She comes down looking like a goddess. I shot a bunch of pictures of her outside. We had a ball. We really hit it off together.”

Damore started as a photographer and advertising agency owner, honing her skills with the help of photographer friends who critiqued her early photography portrait work. “They would pick two that were acceptable out of a roll of 36,” Damore says. “And that’s how I learned to work out the problems of light, composition and creating foreground in a photograph.”

“Later, I started drawing every day,” she continues, “drawing in meetings and drawing with the kids. And I got to the point where I wondered if I could paint as well."

Damore took a one-week painting class in Seattle, and then a three-week intensive class with a Russian master painter in New York. Returning from New York, she was inspired to paint a portrait of Nichols using one of her favorite images from the shoot as her resource material. The portrait took shape in a temporary painting studio she designed into one of the model homes of a homebuilder’s tour in Portland.

“I worked on this painting of Nichelle as tens of thousands of people toured the house through all of August,” Damore explains. “And over and over people would recognize her. ‘Oh, my gosh! That’s Nichelle Nichols! How did you meet her?’ Everyone’s got a story about growing up and watching the show, and several people told me they had named their daughters after her.”

While the original painting was finished a decade ago, Damore finally arranged to show it to Nichols when she came to the Portland area for a comic convention in 2015. During a stop at the artist’s studio, Nichols saw for herself what the artist had completed years before.

“She cried when she saw the painting and said, ‘Oh, it’s beautiful and I’ve got to have it,’” and so it hangs today in Nichols’ California home. That conversation inspired another photo session, and another work of art.  

“We were in my shooting studio, the backdrop and lights were already set up,” Damore explains. “And she immediately knew what to do. She just knows the camera. She knows what angles are good. She has such beautiful, expressive hands. I decided to add this gold and turquoise scarf. She draped this scarf over herself and created this incredible flair and personality, and she transformed herself into ‘royalty’ before my eyes. I shot a couple hundred photographs over the course of 20 minutes.” Later, Nichols and Damore decided which pose would work best as a new portrait.

Thirteen years after the original portrait, Damore has just finished another life-size painting of an older and even wiser Nichols using an approach to realism based on the painting style of the old masters. The final brushstrokes were applied last month. 

The artist had so many requests for prints that she's decided to offer two limited-edition prints in two sizes: small (13”x19”) and large (17”x22”). Interested fans can email Damore directly (Robin@RobinDamore.com).

“People ask me all the time how long it takes to do a painting,” Damore says. “I usually say, ‘It depends on how much I suffer,’ but this painting was like butter – no suffering – just delicious. This most recent painting of Nichelle is a thing of beauty. It took only 2.5 weeks to complete. A photo of the new painting has already been shared nearly 12,000 times on social media. That’s the biggest response I’ve ever had to anything I’ve ever done. I think this is my best work to date,”

Dave Arland has been a Nichelle Nichols fan since 1972, when he first saw Star Trek in syndication in Indianapolis.

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Robin Damore isn’t a devoted Star Trek fan. In fact, the artist from Portland, Oregon, is better known for her oil portraits and an annual Santa Claus painting. And it wasn’t even painting that connected her to Star Trek – it was a photo assignment a dozen years ago for a 2004 book called Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage and What We Learn from Them, by Katherine Martin.

One of the subjects in that book is Nichelle Nichols, and Damore's photos accompany a chapter about the remarkable life of the woman who portrayed Lt. Uhura. Photographer (and then-budding portrait artist) Damore was so taken with Nichols that she decided to do a painting based on a photo from that session.

“I was hired to go to L.A. to shoot Nichelle Nichols,” Damore recalls. “I didn’t really know who she was. I went to her house and waited while she got ready, and then she appeared. She comes down looking like a goddess. I shot a bunch of pictures of her outside. We had a ball. We really hit it off together.”

Damore started as a photographer and advertising agency owner, honing her skills with the help of photographer friends who critiqued her early photography portrait work. “They would pick two that were acceptable out of a roll of 36,” Damore says. “And that’s how I learned to work out the problems of light, composition and creating foreground in a photograph.”

“Later, I started drawing every day,” she continues, “drawing in meetings and drawing with the kids. And I got to the point where I wondered if I could paint as well."

Damore took a one-week painting class in Seattle, and then a three-week intensive class with a Russian master painter in New York. Returning from New York, she was inspired to paint a portrait of Nichols using one of her favorite images from the shoot as her resource material. The portrait took shape in a temporary painting studio she designed into one of the model homes of a homebuilder’s tour in Portland.

“I worked on this painting of Nichelle as tens of thousands of people toured the house through all of August,” Damore explains. “And over and over people would recognize her. ‘Oh, my gosh! That’s Nichelle Nichols! How did you meet her?’ Everyone’s got a story about growing up and watching the show, and several people told me they had named their daughters after her.”

While the original painting was finished a decade ago, Damore finally arranged to show it to Nichols when she came to the Portland area for a comic convention in 2015. During a stop at the artist’s studio, Nichols saw for herself what the artist had completed years before.

“She cried when she saw the painting and said, ‘Oh, it’s beautiful and I’ve got to have it,’” and so it hangs today in Nichols’ California home. That conversation inspired another photo session, and another work of art.  

“We were in my shooting studio, the backdrop and lights were already set up,” Damore explains. “And she immediately knew what to do. She just knows the camera. She knows what angles are good. She has such beautiful, expressive hands. I decided to add this gold and turquoise scarf. She draped this scarf over herself and created this incredible flair and personality, and she transformed herself into ‘royalty’ before my eyes. I shot a couple hundred photographs over the course of 20 minutes.” Later, Nichols and Damore decided which pose would work best as a new portrait.

Thirteen years after the original portrait, Damore has just finished another life-size painting of an older and even wiser Nichols using an approach to realism based on the painting style of the old masters. The final brushstrokes were applied last month. 

The artist had so many requests for prints that she's decided to offer two limited-edition prints in two sizes: small (13”x19”) and large (17”x22”). Interested fans can email Damore directly (Robin@RobinDamore.com).

“People ask me all the time how long it takes to do a painting,” Damore says. “I usually say, ‘It depends on how much I suffer,’ but this painting was like butter – no suffering – just delicious. This most recent painting of Nichelle is a thing of beauty. It took only 2.5 weeks to complete. A photo of the new painting has already been shared nearly 12,000 times on social media. That’s the biggest response I’ve ever had to anything I’ve ever done. I think this is my best work to date,”

Dave Arland has been a Nichelle Nichols fan since 1972, when he first saw Star Trek in syndication in Indianapolis.

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creating-gorgeous-portaits-of-nichelle-nichols Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:00:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Trek Series Best for a New Fan Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-series-best-for-a-new-fan-is

Which series is the best for a new fan? That's the question StarTrek.com asked readers for our latest weekly poll. Thousands of Trek fans voted, and here are the results:

Star Trek, The Next Generation

The Next Generation (51%)

Star Trek, The Original Series

The Original Series (23%)

Star Trek, Voyager

Voyager (11%)

Star Trek, Enterprise

Enterprise (8%)

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine

Deep Space Nine (7%)

And how did YOUR choice of introductory Trek show fare?

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Which series is the best for a new fan? That's the question StarTrek.com asked readers for our latest weekly poll. Thousands of Trek fans voted, and here are the results:

Star Trek, The Next Generation

The Next Generation (51%)

Star Trek, The Original Series

The Original Series (23%)

Star Trek, Voyager

Voyager (11%)

Star Trek, Enterprise

Enterprise (8%)

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine

Deep Space Nine (7%)

And how did YOUR choice of introductory Trek show fare?

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trek-series-best-for-a-new-fan-is Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:46:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Nimoy Doc Set for PBS Boston and Trek Las Vegas ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/nimoy-doc-set-for-pbs-boston-and-trek-las-vegas

It's the logical choice. Remembering Leonard Nimoy, the documentary about Nimoy produced and directed by his daughter Julie and son-in-law David Knight, will premiere next month on WGBH Boston.

Star Trek, David Knight, Julie Nimoy

“David and I are so thrilled to be able to air our documentary on public television," Julie Nimoy said in a statement. "Dad would be so happy knowing that his story will premiere in his beloved hometown of Boston, where he never forgot his roots."

As previously reported here at StarTrek.com, Remembering Leonard Nimoy is an intimate journey into the Star Trek legend's personal life. The stories shared in the documentary span from from his childhood growing up in Boston to his early career in Hollywood to his breakout role as Spock on Star Trek, and it also explores, in detail, the final years of his life, when he bravely battled Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Star Trek, Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Remembering Leonard Nimoy features interviews with Nimoy's family members, including his children, Julie and Adam, his wife Susan, stepson Aaron and his six grandchildren, in which they share poignant stories and special memories. Also included are never-seen-before home videos and photographs.

Beyond the airing on WGBH, Creation Entertainment has confirmed that the documentary will screen during Star Trek Las Vegas, the official Star Trek convention. STLV will be held in August at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas.

To learn more, go to www.rememberingleonardfilm.com.

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It's the logical choice. Remembering Leonard Nimoy, the documentary about Nimoy produced and directed by his daughter Julie and son-in-law David Knight, will premiere next month on WGBH Boston.

Star Trek, David Knight, Julie Nimoy

“David and I are so thrilled to be able to air our documentary on public television," Julie Nimoy said in a statement. "Dad would be so happy knowing that his story will premiere in his beloved hometown of Boston, where he never forgot his roots."

As previously reported here at StarTrek.com, Remembering Leonard Nimoy is an intimate journey into the Star Trek legend's personal life. The stories shared in the documentary span from from his childhood growing up in Boston to his early career in Hollywood to his breakout role as Spock on Star Trek, and it also explores, in detail, the final years of his life, when he bravely battled Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Star Trek, Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Remembering Leonard Nimoy features interviews with Nimoy's family members, including his children, Julie and Adam, his wife Susan, stepson Aaron and his six grandchildren, in which they share poignant stories and special memories. Also included are never-seen-before home videos and photographs.

Beyond the airing on WGBH, Creation Entertainment has confirmed that the documentary will screen during Star Trek Las Vegas, the official Star Trek convention. STLV will be held in August at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas.

To learn more, go to www.rememberingleonardfilm.com.

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nimoy-doc-set-for-pbs-boston-and-trek-las-vegas Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:15:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Catching Up with 5-Time Trek Guest, James Cromwell]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/catching-up-with-5-time-trek-guest-james-cromwell

James Cromwell and Star Trek seem to go hand-in-hand. The Oscar-nominated actor is a five-time Star Trek guest star, as he portrayed Prime Minister Nayrok in The Next Generation hour "The Hunted," Jaglom Shrek in the TNG two-parter "Birthright," Minister Hanok in the Deep Space Nine installment "Starship Down" and Zefram Cochrane first in Star Trek: First Contact and again when he turned up, briefly and uncredited, in the Enterprise pilot, “Broken Bow.” He also appeared, in archive footage, in the Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly." But the connections don’t stop there. His ex-wife, Julie Cobb, guest starred as Yeoman Thompson in the TOS episode "By Any Other Name," while their daughter, Rosemary Morgan, played Piri in "The Chute" episode of Voyager. And we won’t even get into the many other fascinating overlaps, which include his working with William Shatner on Barbary Coast and with Genevieve Bujold, who, for a minute, played Voyager's Captain Janeway before ceding the role to Kate Mulgrew, on Still Mine.

Cromwell’s current project is The Promise, a film that depicts the Armenian genocide and its deeply personal toll. The story follows the intersecting lives of an American reporter (Christian Bale), an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac) and a worldly Armenian woman (Charlotte Le Bon), as they engage in a love triangle amidst the final, brutal days of the Ottoman Empire. Cromwell tackles a key supporting role as a real-life figure, Ambassador Henry Morgenthau. The film opens today, and StarTrek.com sat down with Cromwell, a most-thoughtful and tall figure, earlier this week at a New York City hotel. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, he talked about his career, The Promise, other upcoming films and his Trek work.

Star Trek, James Cromwell, Babe

Your credits span more than 50 years. When you started out, what were your aspirations? Did you want to be a star, a working actor, or maybe something in between?

Stardom is something that I don't even conceive of. I'm a character actor. I would like to play leading roles. I think I could play leading roles, but I was never offered that opportunity until very recently. My father started in the theater in 1910. My stepmother was in the Group Theatre, and my mother was an actress in New York. I believed in the theater. I was trained to be a theater director. I got into acting because getting work as a director was very difficult. So, I considered acting a job. I did my job. I learned to do it the best I could, and I love it, but I never – and I still don't, to this day -- take it all very seriously, because I know that people are influenced by a star-making machine, which has nothing to do with the work that I do.

Star Trek has come in and out of your life several times over the years, and it somehow became a bit of a family affair…

It has. My ex-wife was on The Original Series and my daughter, Rosie, was on another Trek show.

Voyager.

Right. Rosie had the makings of a very nice actress, and her mother was a wonderful actress, so it's not surprising to me at all. I enjoyed my experiences, but I have to be honest and tell you they were a long time ago and they’ve kind of blurred together, though I do have some vivid memories of First Contact. So, you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t remember all the details.

Star Trek, The Next Generation, The Hunted, James Cromwell

Your first appearance was as Nayrok in “The Hunted”…

I'd played the head of some planet, I remember…

Yes, you were the Prime Minister of Angosia III and you had a very prominent mustache.

Right, I did (laughs), but it’s the episodes with the makeup that have stayed in my mind.

Star Trek, The Next Generation, Birthright Part 1, James Cromwell

Which brings us to “Birthright, Part I and II,” in which you played Jaglom Shrek.

Michael Westmore and his team loved that makeup. Creating that look, it was so involved. The life mask was a very odd sensation because it wasn't quite as quick-drying as it is now. So, it took a lot more time, and I was breathing through a straw in my nose. And then the making of the mask, and then the... how meticulously it has to be glued when it's put on, so that the face itself can still move. Then, what hair I had, they curled it up and put a pin in there, and it was very tight. After about, oh, I don't know, five or six hours, man, it's like somebody is taking your head, and they have it like this (he gnarls his fingers), like squeezing it in a vise. It was very intense. But it was a great look.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Starship Down, James Cromwell

A couple of years later, you were back in front of Michael Westmore to play Minister Hanok in the DS9 episode “Starship Down”…

That was another crazy makeup, with the long nose, and I worked with Armin Shimerman. Armin, bless his heart. I just remember how much I enjoyed working with him, because I think he's a lot of fun, and he loved that character he played.

Star Trek, Star Trek: First Contact, James Cromwell

Next, you played Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. Apparently, you auditioned for the role after Tom Hanks was unable to play the character due to another commitment.

I was not aware of that. Is that true? Tom Hanks? All I know is I had a delightful time. They were very supportive of me. I really enjoyed Jonathan (Frakes). I allowed myself to have as much fun as I possibly could with that character. I loved his cowardice and his way of avoiding everything, and he was a delight to play. The film was very successful, and I am always amazed by the intensity of the loyalty of the people who enjoy Star Trek. It's amazing.

How did they rope you in again for Enterprise, when you made your cameo as Cochrane in “Broken Bow,” the pilot?

I'll be danged. I don't remember a freaking thing about it. My attention now, lately, has been on so many other things besides the work. The work, it comes and it's nice, and I don't have to make as much of effort as I did before Babe to get work, so I tend to sort of do them as well as I can and then walk away. The continuity of my life is really my politics.

Star Trek, James Cromwell, The Promise

Photo Credit: Jose Haro Copyright: © 2016 Survival Pictures. All Rights Reserved

Your politics and life as an actor really seem to intersect with your latest film, The Promise. Why did you want to be a part of this project?

It's important to me, first of all, to do something that has an element of truth in it, that educates and informs, and hopefully inspires instead of just entertains. And I’m really pleased to play such an extraordinary part as the ambassador, because he's extraordinary.

Heading into The Promise, how much did you know about the Armenian genocide and about Ambassador Morgenthau’s role in the events that transpired?

I knew a lot about the genocide itself. I didn't know very much about Morgenthau, so I was delighted to learn, and I was incredibly impressed. I think he should probably have a movie of his own. There’s a scene in the movie where he’s asked by Talaat Pasha, "Why are you, a Jew, so interested in what's happening to Christians?" But of course, Jews are noted for that, because they went through so much, and he had helped people who had suffered in the pogroms, and did so later in Poland. So, I'm impressed with his courage, his compassion and his outrage at what he saw, and how he persisted in trying to get Wilson and the administration to support the Armenians. I think Wilson's hands were tied, the same way they were in getting into the first World War, by... interestingly enough, apropos of today, a Republican legislature that was isolationist and reactive, and totally and completely unhelpful.

Star Trek, James Cromwell, The Promise

Photo Credit: Jose Haro Copyright: © 2016 Survival Pictures. All Rights Reserved

How satisfying is it that, A, this movie actually got made, and B, that it will have a chance to be seen on a big screen?

Well, the purpose of the industry is to make money. The way to make money is to repeat what you did before, which made money, to have as little imagination as possible put into the thematic content. They're just vehicles for CGI, explosions and mindless entertainment that confuses and disempowers people. So, Hollywood doesn't want to take a chance that any subject it might bring up with some importance and shine light on would offend some ticket-buyer somewhere, and that they might lose the $15. That's anathema, and they don't do it. So, I am very happy this movie was produced.

Another reason why I’m happy this movie was made is that we don’t acknowledge our genocides. People say this was the first genocide of the 20th century, but when you think about what Leopold did in Belgium, that's completely unknown in this country. Somebody said, "Well, where did Belgium, where did Western Europe get all their money?" They got it from basically pillaging Africa. Not only that, the slave trade, the gold that came out of South America, and then slavery, and diamonds, and whatever else, rubber, and everything that came out of Congo and Africa, that's where Europe became the powerhouse that it was, because it looted every place else. And part of that looting, of course, is that you develop techniques of dividing people. The Belgians began it, but the Germans completed it, about setting the Hutus against the Tutsi. They arbitrarily chose the Tutsi because they were tall and the Hutus because they were short, and started what turned out to be the Rwandan genocide. We continue to repeat our history until we learn from it, and you only learn from it when it's presented to you, and you must confront it and make a choice.

Star Trek, James Cromwell

So, what's next for you?

Marshall is done, and it'll come out in October. I play the judge in a court case that Thurgood Marshall was involved in. He was not allowed to question witnesses or make statements or anything, so he had to just go through the local lawyer, and it's when he was, of course, one of the lawyers at the NAACP, just a couple of years before he was appointed to the Supreme Court. I'm also doing the next Jurassic Park movie. We’re halfway through that. I'm playing the continuation of the Richard Attenborough part, because Mr. Attenborough, Sir Richard, is no longer with us. So, I'm playing his partner, who developed the process of cloning. And there are ramifications. That's all I can say. And I have this production of Lear, King Lear, that I want to do. I'm getting close to the age he’s supposed to be. I have two directors in Canada, one to shoot it, and the other one to direct the actors. And, by God, I hope we raise the money and do this bloody thing as a film. It’s on my bucket list.

To learn more about The Promise, visit http://thepromise.movie/

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James Cromwell and Star Trek seem to go hand-in-hand. The Oscar-nominated actor is a five-time Star Trek guest star, as he portrayed Prime Minister Nayrok in The Next Generation hour "The Hunted," Jaglom Shrek in the TNG two-parter "Birthright," Minister Hanok in the Deep Space Nine installment "Starship Down" and Zefram Cochrane first in Star Trek: First Contact and again when he turned up, briefly and uncredited, in the Enterprise pilot, “Broken Bow.” He also appeared, in archive footage, in the Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly." But the connections don’t stop there. His ex-wife, Julie Cobb, guest starred as Yeoman Thompson in the TOS episode "By Any Other Name," while their daughter, Rosemary Morgan, played Piri in "The Chute" episode of Voyager. And we won’t even get into the many other fascinating overlaps, which include his working with William Shatner on Barbary Coast and with Genevieve Bujold, who, for a minute, played Voyager's Captain Janeway before ceding the role to Kate Mulgrew, on Still Mine.

Cromwell’s current project is The Promise, a film that depicts the Armenian genocide and its deeply personal toll. The story follows the intersecting lives of an American reporter (Christian Bale), an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac) and a worldly Armenian woman (Charlotte Le Bon), as they engage in a love triangle amidst the final, brutal days of the Ottoman Empire. Cromwell tackles a key supporting role as a real-life figure, Ambassador Henry Morgenthau. The film opens today, and StarTrek.com sat down with Cromwell, a most-thoughtful and tall figure, earlier this week at a New York City hotel. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, he talked about his career, The Promise, other upcoming films and his Trek work.

Star Trek, James Cromwell, Babe

Your credits span more than 50 years. When you started out, what were your aspirations? Did you want to be a star, a working actor, or maybe something in between?

Stardom is something that I don't even conceive of. I'm a character actor. I would like to play leading roles. I think I could play leading roles, but I was never offered that opportunity until very recently. My father started in the theater in 1910. My stepmother was in the Group Theatre, and my mother was an actress in New York. I believed in the theater. I was trained to be a theater director. I got into acting because getting work as a director was very difficult. So, I considered acting a job. I did my job. I learned to do it the best I could, and I love it, but I never – and I still don't, to this day -- take it all very seriously, because I know that people are influenced by a star-making machine, which has nothing to do with the work that I do.

Star Trek has come in and out of your life several times over the years, and it somehow became a bit of a family affair…

It has. My ex-wife was on The Original Series and my daughter, Rosie, was on another Trek show.

Voyager.

Right. Rosie had the makings of a very nice actress, and her mother was a wonderful actress, so it's not surprising to me at all. I enjoyed my experiences, but I have to be honest and tell you they were a long time ago and they’ve kind of blurred together, though I do have some vivid memories of First Contact. So, you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t remember all the details.

Star Trek, The Next Generation, The Hunted, James Cromwell

Your first appearance was as Nayrok in “The Hunted”…

I'd played the head of some planet, I remember…

Yes, you were the Prime Minister of Angosia III and you had a very prominent mustache.

Right, I did (laughs), but it’s the episodes with the makeup that have stayed in my mind.

Star Trek, The Next Generation, Birthright Part 1, James Cromwell

Which brings us to “Birthright, Part I and II,” in which you played Jaglom Shrek.

Michael Westmore and his team loved that makeup. Creating that look, it was so involved. The life mask was a very odd sensation because it wasn't quite as quick-drying as it is now. So, it took a lot more time, and I was breathing through a straw in my nose. And then the making of the mask, and then the... how meticulously it has to be glued when it's put on, so that the face itself can still move. Then, what hair I had, they curled it up and put a pin in there, and it was very tight. After about, oh, I don't know, five or six hours, man, it's like somebody is taking your head, and they have it like this (he gnarls his fingers), like squeezing it in a vise. It was very intense. But it was a great look.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Starship Down, James Cromwell

A couple of years later, you were back in front of Michael Westmore to play Minister Hanok in the DS9 episode “Starship Down”…

That was another crazy makeup, with the long nose, and I worked with Armin Shimerman. Armin, bless his heart. I just remember how much I enjoyed working with him, because I think he's a lot of fun, and he loved that character he played.

Star Trek, Star Trek: First Contact, James Cromwell

Next, you played Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. Apparently, you auditioned for the role after Tom Hanks was unable to play the character due to another commitment.

I was not aware of that. Is that true? Tom Hanks? All I know is I had a delightful time. They were very supportive of me. I really enjoyed Jonathan (Frakes). I allowed myself to have as much fun as I possibly could with that character. I loved his cowardice and his way of avoiding everything, and he was a delight to play. The film was very successful, and I am always amazed by the intensity of the loyalty of the people who enjoy Star Trek. It's amazing.

How did they rope you in again for Enterprise, when you made your cameo as Cochrane in “Broken Bow,” the pilot?

I'll be danged. I don't remember a freaking thing about it. My attention now, lately, has been on so many other things besides the work. The work, it comes and it's nice, and I don't have to make as much of effort as I did before Babe to get work, so I tend to sort of do them as well as I can and then walk away. The continuity of my life is really my politics.

Star Trek, James Cromwell, The Promise

Photo Credit: Jose Haro Copyright: © 2016 Survival Pictures. All Rights Reserved

Your politics and life as an actor really seem to intersect with your latest film, The Promise. Why did you want to be a part of this project?

It's important to me, first of all, to do something that has an element of truth in it, that educates and informs, and hopefully inspires instead of just entertains. And I’m really pleased to play such an extraordinary part as the ambassador, because he's extraordinary.

Heading into The Promise, how much did you know about the Armenian genocide and about Ambassador Morgenthau’s role in the events that transpired?

I knew a lot about the genocide itself. I didn't know very much about Morgenthau, so I was delighted to learn, and I was incredibly impressed. I think he should probably have a movie of his own. There’s a scene in the movie where he’s asked by Talaat Pasha, "Why are you, a Jew, so interested in what's happening to Christians?" But of course, Jews are noted for that, because they went through so much, and he had helped people who had suffered in the pogroms, and did so later in Poland. So, I'm impressed with his courage, his compassion and his outrage at what he saw, and how he persisted in trying to get Wilson and the administration to support the Armenians. I think Wilson's hands were tied, the same way they were in getting into the first World War, by... interestingly enough, apropos of today, a Republican legislature that was isolationist and reactive, and totally and completely unhelpful.

Star Trek, James Cromwell, The Promise

Photo Credit: Jose Haro Copyright: © 2016 Survival Pictures. All Rights Reserved

How satisfying is it that, A, this movie actually got made, and B, that it will have a chance to be seen on a big screen?

Well, the purpose of the industry is to make money. The way to make money is to repeat what you did before, which made money, to have as little imagination as possible put into the thematic content. They're just vehicles for CGI, explosions and mindless entertainment that confuses and disempowers people. So, Hollywood doesn't want to take a chance that any subject it might bring up with some importance and shine light on would offend some ticket-buyer somewhere, and that they might lose the $15. That's anathema, and they don't do it. So, I am very happy this movie was produced.

Another reason why I’m happy this movie was made is that we don’t acknowledge our genocides. People say this was the first genocide of the 20th century, but when you think about what Leopold did in Belgium, that's completely unknown in this country. Somebody said, "Well, where did Belgium, where did Western Europe get all their money?" They got it from basically pillaging Africa. Not only that, the slave trade, the gold that came out of South America, and then slavery, and diamonds, and whatever else, rubber, and everything that came out of Congo and Africa, that's where Europe became the powerhouse that it was, because it looted every place else. And part of that looting, of course, is that you develop techniques of dividing people. The Belgians began it, but the Germans completed it, about setting the Hutus against the Tutsi. They arbitrarily chose the Tutsi because they were tall and the Hutus because they were short, and started what turned out to be the Rwandan genocide. We continue to repeat our history until we learn from it, and you only learn from it when it's presented to you, and you must confront it and make a choice.

Star Trek, James Cromwell

So, what's next for you?

Marshall is done, and it'll come out in October. I play the judge in a court case that Thurgood Marshall was involved in. He was not allowed to question witnesses or make statements or anything, so he had to just go through the local lawyer, and it's when he was, of course, one of the lawyers at the NAACP, just a couple of years before he was appointed to the Supreme Court. I'm also doing the next Jurassic Park movie. We’re halfway through that. I'm playing the continuation of the Richard Attenborough part, because Mr. Attenborough, Sir Richard, is no longer with us. So, I'm playing his partner, who developed the process of cloning. And there are ramifications. That's all I can say. And I have this production of Lear, King Lear, that I want to do. I'm getting close to the age he’s supposed to be. I have two directors in Canada, one to shoot it, and the other one to direct the actors. And, by God, I hope we raise the money and do this bloody thing as a film. It’s on my bucket list.

To learn more about The Promise, visit http://thepromise.movie/

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catching-up-with-5-time-trek-guest-james-cromwell Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:22:52 -0700
<![CDATA[STO's Season 12 - Reckoning Available Now ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/stos-season-12-reckoning-available-now

Star Trek Online: Season 12 – Reckoning is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation4, it was announced today by Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios. The newest update to the Star Trek-themed free-to-play MMORPG on consoles marks the introduction of a brand-new enemy, the dreaded Tzenkethi. Captains can now face off against this powerful, militant species on both Xbox One and PS4, as they participate in a new featured episode, two space queues and a full-space battlezone.

Check out the trailer for Season 12 – Reckoning:

Season 12 – Reckoning continues the mission from the last major expansion to release on consoles, Agents of Yesterday. Captains have discovered an abandoned space station from Star Trek: The Original Series next to a remote planet in the Alpha Quadrant. Upon further investigation, they learn the planet’s entire life force has been wiped out by a protomatter bomb. All signs point to the Tzenkethi, a powerful and highly intelligent warp-capable species, as the culprit. Captains must now team up with the Lukari and a Klingon escort led by General Rodek (voiced by actor veteran Trek actor Tony Todd) to stop the Tzenkethi forces from carrying out another cataclysmic attack.

Star Trek

These events transpire in the new featured episode, “Of Signs and Portents.” Season 12 also offers console players new content to explore, including a challenging new reputation, two new space queues and new Research and Development school. A full list of features includes:

Star Trek

  • New Featured Episode – In the brand-new episode, “Of Signs and Portents,” captains team up with the Lukari and a Klingon escort to fight off Tzenkethi forces.

Star Trek

  • New Reputation – “The Lukari Restoration Initiative” allows players to earn marks toward weapons and gear infused with protomatter technology to defend themselves from the Tzenkethi.

Star Trek

  • New Crafting School – Season 12 introduces a new Research School to the R&D System, allowing captains to create new kits and modules.

Star Trek

  • Two New Space Queues

“Gravity Kills” – Captains will lead an attack on a Tzenkethi protomatter facility and collect Hawking particles to drop enemy special defenses.

“The Tzenkethi Front” – Players will defend the Eta Serpentis system from a Tzenkethi attack by turning their protomatter weapons against them.

Star Trek

  • Full Space Battlezone – Captains will head into final frontier to lead an all-out war against the Tzenkethi, in an effort to stop the production and deployment of protomatter weapons.

 

Go to www.playstartrekonline.com to download and play Star Trek Online today… for free.

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Star Trek Online: Season 12 – Reckoning is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation4, it was announced today by Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios. The newest update to the Star Trek-themed free-to-play MMORPG on consoles marks the introduction of a brand-new enemy, the dreaded Tzenkethi. Captains can now face off against this powerful, militant species on both Xbox One and PS4, as they participate in a new featured episode, two space queues and a full-space battlezone.

Check out the trailer for Season 12 – Reckoning:

Season 12 – Reckoning continues the mission from the last major expansion to release on consoles, Agents of Yesterday. Captains have discovered an abandoned space station from Star Trek: The Original Series next to a remote planet in the Alpha Quadrant. Upon further investigation, they learn the planet’s entire life force has been wiped out by a protomatter bomb. All signs point to the Tzenkethi, a powerful and highly intelligent warp-capable species, as the culprit. Captains must now team up with the Lukari and a Klingon escort led by General Rodek (voiced by actor veteran Trek actor Tony Todd) to stop the Tzenkethi forces from carrying out another cataclysmic attack.

Star Trek

These events transpire in the new featured episode, “Of Signs and Portents.” Season 12 also offers console players new content to explore, including a challenging new reputation, two new space queues and new Research and Development school. A full list of features includes:

Star Trek

  • New Featured Episode – In the brand-new episode, “Of Signs and Portents,” captains team up with the Lukari and a Klingon escort to fight off Tzenkethi forces.

Star Trek

  • New Reputation – “The Lukari Restoration Initiative” allows players to earn marks toward weapons and gear infused with protomatter technology to defend themselves from the Tzenkethi.

Star Trek

  • New Crafting School – Season 12 introduces a new Research School to the R&D System, allowing captains to create new kits and modules.

Star Trek

  • Two New Space Queues

“Gravity Kills” – Captains will lead an attack on a Tzenkethi protomatter facility and collect Hawking particles to drop enemy special defenses.

“The Tzenkethi Front” – Players will defend the Eta Serpentis system from a Tzenkethi attack by turning their protomatter weapons against them.

Star Trek

  • Full Space Battlezone – Captains will head into final frontier to lead an all-out war against the Tzenkethi, in an effort to stop the production and deployment of protomatter weapons.

 

Go to www.playstartrekonline.com to download and play Star Trek Online today… for free.

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stos-season-12-reckoning-available-now Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:37:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Reliant (Repaint) for Attack Wave 30]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/reliant-repaint-for-attack-wave-30

EMERGENCY TRANSMISSION: Khan has escaped Ceti Alpha V and has taken control of the U.S.S. Reliant.

This May, WizKids/NECA will release Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 30, and StarTrek.com has the exclusive First Look at the ships in the upcoming expansion packs, continuing with the U.S.S. Reliant (Repaint).

The U.S.S. Reliant is a Miranda Class starship devoted to science and scouting missions. As such, it has a primary weapon value of 2, with 2 agility, 3 hull, and 3 shields. At Range 1, the U.S.S. Reliant becomes more potent by adding an additional +1 attack die.

Star Trek

Players will no doubt remember the U.S.S. Reliant from the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. In this Expansion Pack, Khan Singh is the Captain of the U.S.S. Reliant after taking over the ship following his escape from Ceti Alpha V. Khan Singh is as powerful as he is dangerous. With a Captain Skill of 8, there are few Captains more skilled than Khan. Khan gets his revenge through his special ability that allows him to convert Battle Stations results to Critical Hits instead of hits. You can add in a weapon that ignores shields like the Phased Polaron Beam (2nd Division Battle Cruiser or 4th Division Battleship Expansion Pack) to further cripple your enemies.

Unwilling to go down without a fight, Khan’s final trick comes in the form of an Elite Talent, I Stab at Thee. If your ship was just destroyed, roll 3 attack dice and inflict the resulting damage on all ships within Range 1 of your ship. These ships do not roll defense dice against this damage. Crafty players have found ways to exploit this powerful card by combining it with Cheat Death (U.S.S. Enterprise Expansion) to blow up any ships within range again and again until nothing else is left. Khan himself would be proud!

Star Trek

Are Auxiliary Power Tokens giving you trouble? Pavel Chekov is the answer to all your problems. Chekov’s ability allows you to remove 1 Auxiliary Power Token after performing a white maneuver. If you plan to stress your ship, Pavel Chekov is the man to have on board. Just watch out for Ceti Eels.

Even if you already own the U.S.S. Reliant, you are going to want to purchase the new repaint for both its dynamic new paint job as well as the powerful upgrades it contains. Make sure to contact your Friendly Local Game Store to reserve your copy now.

Visit WizKids/NECA at WizKids.com/AttackWing for additional information about Star Trek: Attack Wing. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for more First Looks and previews, coming soon.

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EMERGENCY TRANSMISSION: Khan has escaped Ceti Alpha V and has taken control of the U.S.S. Reliant.

This May, WizKids/NECA will release Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 30, and StarTrek.com has the exclusive First Look at the ships in the upcoming expansion packs, continuing with the U.S.S. Reliant (Repaint).

The U.S.S. Reliant is a Miranda Class starship devoted to science and scouting missions. As such, it has a primary weapon value of 2, with 2 agility, 3 hull, and 3 shields. At Range 1, the U.S.S. Reliant becomes more potent by adding an additional +1 attack die.

Star Trek

Players will no doubt remember the U.S.S. Reliant from the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. In this Expansion Pack, Khan Singh is the Captain of the U.S.S. Reliant after taking over the ship following his escape from Ceti Alpha V. Khan Singh is as powerful as he is dangerous. With a Captain Skill of 8, there are few Captains more skilled than Khan. Khan gets his revenge through his special ability that allows him to convert Battle Stations results to Critical Hits instead of hits. You can add in a weapon that ignores shields like the Phased Polaron Beam (2nd Division Battle Cruiser or 4th Division Battleship Expansion Pack) to further cripple your enemies.

Unwilling to go down without a fight, Khan’s final trick comes in the form of an Elite Talent, I Stab at Thee. If your ship was just destroyed, roll 3 attack dice and inflict the resulting damage on all ships within Range 1 of your ship. These ships do not roll defense dice against this damage. Crafty players have found ways to exploit this powerful card by combining it with Cheat Death (U.S.S. Enterprise Expansion) to blow up any ships within range again and again until nothing else is left. Khan himself would be proud!

Star Trek

Are Auxiliary Power Tokens giving you trouble? Pavel Chekov is the answer to all your problems. Chekov’s ability allows you to remove 1 Auxiliary Power Token after performing a white maneuver. If you plan to stress your ship, Pavel Chekov is the man to have on board. Just watch out for Ceti Eels.

Even if you already own the U.S.S. Reliant, you are going to want to purchase the new repaint for both its dynamic new paint job as well as the powerful upgrades it contains. Make sure to contact your Friendly Local Game Store to reserve your copy now.

Visit WizKids/NECA at WizKids.com/AttackWing for additional information about Star Trek: Attack Wing. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for more First Looks and previews, coming soon.

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reliant-repaint-for-attack-wave-30 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:06:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Head to the Beach... Trek-style ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/head-to-the-beach-trek-style

Want to head to the beach in Star Trek style? Now's the time, thanks to ThinkGeek, which has introduced a brand-new line of Star Trek: The Original Series Trekini Swimwear and upgraded its Star Trek: The Next Generation Trekini Swimwear line, unveiled last year.

Star Trek, The Original Series

Star Trek, The Original Series

Star Trek, The Original Series

The Star Trek: The Original Series Trekini Swimwear line features stylish two-piece swimsuits that are available in an array of colors and sizes. The TOS Trekinis incorporate uniform-accurate details and a retro-inspired design. They're priced at $29.99 for top and $29.99 for bottom. View the collection at http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-trek-trekini-swimwear/.

Star Trek, The Next Generation

Star Trek, The Next Generation

Star Trek, The Next Generation

ThinkGeek celebrates TNG's 30th anniversary with its refreshed Star Trek: The Next Generation Trekini Swimwear line. They've been reimagined to be more comfortable than ever and, based on fan feedback, designed to offer an even better fit. They cost $59.99 each. View the collection at http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-trek-trekini-swimwear/.

Both lines come in sizes Small to 4X and are in stock now.

 

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Want to head to the beach in Star Trek style? Now's the time, thanks to ThinkGeek, which has introduced a brand-new line of Star Trek: The Original Series Trekini Swimwear and upgraded its Star Trek: The Next Generation Trekini Swimwear line, unveiled last year.

Star Trek, The Original Series

Star Trek, The Original Series

Star Trek, The Original Series

The Star Trek: The Original Series Trekini Swimwear line features stylish two-piece swimsuits that are available in an array of colors and sizes. The TOS Trekinis incorporate uniform-accurate details and a retro-inspired design. They're priced at $29.99 for top and $29.99 for bottom. View the collection at http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-trek-trekini-swimwear/.

Star Trek, The Next Generation

Star Trek, The Next Generation

Star Trek, The Next Generation

ThinkGeek celebrates TNG's 30th anniversary with its refreshed Star Trek: The Next Generation Trekini Swimwear line. They've been reimagined to be more comfortable than ever and, based on fan feedback, designed to offer an even better fit. They cost $59.99 each. View the collection at http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-trek-trekini-swimwear/.

Both lines come in sizes Small to 4X and are in stock now.

 

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head-to-the-beach-trek-style Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:49:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Catching Up with DS9 and VOY Guest Star, Kaitlin Hopkins]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/catching-up-with-ds9-and-voy-guest-star-kaitlin-hopkins

Kaitlin Hopkins is currently head of the Musical Theater BFA program at Texas State University, but to the general public she’s best known as an actress whose credits include Another World, Wings, The Practice, Spin City, Recue Me, several Law & Order episodes, The Nanny Diaries and Confessions of a Shopaholic, as well as Deep Space Nine and Voyager. She played Kilani, the powerful, seductive Vorta in “The Ship,” the 100th episode of DS9, and later portrayed Dala in Voyager installment, “Live Fast and Prosper,” which aired 17 years ago today. StarTrek.com caught up with Hopkins for an extensive interview, and here’s what she had to say… 

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Voyager

How aware of Star Trek were you before your Deep Space Nine episode came along?

My stepfather and I used to watch the original Star Trek together, and he was a huge fan. I remember when I booked Deep Space Nine; I thought he was going cry, he was so excited. He was an extremely successful film and television writer, so it always tickled me that Star Trek, and also the Star Wars films, made him a bit star struck. This is a guy who wrote Thunderball for Sean Connery and worked with Judi Dench and many other famous actors, but he was a massive fan of anything Star Trek. I actually think it was largely because I watched all the episodes of all the Star Trek shows that I had such a strong sense of how to play the role in the audition. I was on an international tour for a year with an opera, and the only English-speaking program on TV when we played Hamburg Germany for a month was Voyager, and when we played Helsinki, Finland, it was Murder, She Wrote. I booked both those shows when I returned. I’d watched a lot of episodes.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Ship

How did you land your role as Kilana in “The Ship”?

I auditioned for it. I had a wonderful agent at the time at the Gersh Agency who submitted me and was able to get me an appointment. Also, the casting director had seen my work in the theater in Los Angeles. I think that helped.

What intrigued you most about the storyline, and how Kilana played such a major role in pushing the story forward?

I just loved that the writers were willing to take a risk and trust that basically two people just standing still for the large majority of the episode, negotiating, was going to be compelling enough to sustain the audience. I have to say, and not because I was in it, but I thought the writing on DS9 was incredible, but most especially I thought the structure of the storytelling and writing on that episode was both unique and brilliant.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Ship, Kaitlin Hopkins, Avery Brooks

How did you enjoy working with Avery Brooks?

Wow, well, I was young actress who had been raised in the theater, and there was this great actor who I knew his work in the theater outside of his success in television. It was incredible to work opposite him in those scenes. He has such incredible focus and plays strong intentions with high stakes. Nothing is ever causal in his work. I knew that going in and really took the time to study a few of the more-recent episodes in terms of style and tone, so I could match whatever he gave me in the scenes. I knew to hold my own with him, I was going to have to work hard on this character and be very specific with every word I said. I have to say, it was also a little intimidating to be (one of) the first female Vorta. I knew the network executives and creative team on the show, were extremely invested in everything being perfect when introducing a new character, so there was a pressure there to do it well. Even though I was a small part of the Star Trek legacy, I felt a responsibility to make sure I really fit into the world, if that makes sense. The acting style on the shows was so specific and you see that reflected in the number of actors who came from classical Shakespearean backgrounds. Anyway, it was an honor to work with Avery. He is a consummate professional, a gentleman and a great, great actor.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Ship, Kailtlin Hopkins

You delivered one of the episode’s best lines in one of the episode’s most memorable exchanges: "Duty? Starfleet, the Federation? You must be pleased with yourself. You have the ship to take back to them. I hope it was worth it.” How tricky was it to get that line, and the whole scene, just right?

Ha-ha, well, what I remember was thinking, “Holy cow, I have some great dialogue as this character,” and frankly, when a character is that well defined in the text, it isn’t that hard. Your job becomes not to screw it up, and let the text do its job. Seriously, I still have that script. I kept it because if you’re a nerd like I am -- raised by a writer, and married to one too -- you look at the structure of the words on the page and it is so clear how to deliver the lines. The rhythm of how she spoke, versus how the Captain spoke, and how carefully she chose her words... She would think about everything before she spoke, never revealing anything, trying to read the Captain first before she made her next move. That was what I loved about playing that scene so much. There wasn’t a lot on the page, but they allowed for the scene to be played in behavior and reactions. It was like a beautifully structured tennis match. Often television, especially now, the scripts are written to do at a fast pace. Look at something like Scandal, as an example, which goes back to Aaron Sorkin and shows like The West Wing, and a fast-paced banter and characters who think on their feet.  

And yes, Star Trek certainly had a lot of action, too, but there was something really unique in all the Star Trek shows, that they had in common, and that was the negotiations, and taking the time to try to understand and read their opponent as the Enterprise and its crew determined their best move. It’s like a great chess game, and the tension of “The Ship” episode was incredible, watching and waiting for the next move on the board. Check, mate. I don’t feel like I can take a lot of credit for that; it was the writers. I guess the part I did well was being good at text and character analysis and being able to take what was on the page and play it. It was one of the best-written television scripts I even did.

Star Trek

What other anecdotes can you share about the episode? The makeup transformation into a Vorta?

I remember I had to get up at 2 a.m. to arrive for a 4 a.m. call time. It took about three and half hours for them to get me into hair and makeup. Actually, after I was cast they had me come to the studio lot, and they spent an afternoon trying different wigs, and costume options and took tons of photos so the executives could decide which hairstyle and costume they felt would best define the first time we saw Kilana. Actually, if you go on my website, there are two photos taken while we were shooting, but if you look in my album called “Behind the Scenes,” there is a photo from that “test” day on the studio lot, and you can see the wig is very different than what ended up on the air. They ultimately decided that one was too severe and they wanted a softer, sexier look for her. It felt more… right, too. It allowed me to play a more-calculated character who was using her softness and vulnerability as a weapon to manipulate her prey. The “test” wig was so strong, more of a warrior look, and I don’t think I could have played those qualities as effectively. I just don’t think the Captain would have fallen for it if she was that steely-looking, if that makes sense. I would have played those scenes differently, more outwardly combative, not using her looks in as manipulative a way. I love the adjustments they made the wig that finally made it into the episode. 

Star Trek, Voyager, Live Fast and Prosper, Kaitlin Hopkins

A few years go went by and you appeared in the Voyager episode “Live Fast and Prosper.” Was that the result of an offer or an audition? Either way, as far as you know, what impact did your previously being on DS9 have on you being cast for Voyager?

It was an audition. And honestly, I’m not sure if having done DS9 was a factor in my being cast. I just remember I did a kickass Janeway impersonation from watching every episode. I was a big fan, as I said, and I think that more than likely was what booked it for me. This is probably not known, but there was an amazing scene in that episode where I also impersonated Seven of Nine. It was so fun playing her, and I loved that scene, but the episode was too long and ultimately, they cut it. Looking back, I wish it had been possible to get a copy of it. I think the fans would have loved it. I know I loved doing it, especially since they made my boobs huge in the costume. It was fun to pretend for a day I remotely had her figure!

What did Kate Mulgrew say to you about your impersonation?

She was very nice to me. I really liked her. She wasn’t on set when I shot the scene where I impersonated her, so I’m not sure how she felt about it. But I hope she would have enjoyed it. She struck me as someone with a good sense of humor.

Star Trek, Voyager, Live Fast and Prosper, Kaitlin Hopkins

What else do you recall from shooting the episode?

So glad you asked that. We shot in the middle of the desert and it was, I think, close to 113 degrees that day. The ship that we were standing on was metal. I can’t even imagine what the temperature was with the sun beating down onto that metal and these waves of heat would waft up and smack us in the face. I remember every time they yelled cut, they would bring water, trying to keep us hydrated and had shammy cloths soaked in ice water to put on our necks and wrists during breaks. So, the poor actors who were the Jem’Hadar standing behind me, their head pieces covered their heads almost completely in rubber, and we were in the middle of a scene and all of a sudden I hear a big “clunk” behind me, and the director yells “Cut!” One of them had fainted from the heat. I have to say it was one of the funniest things I have every watched, the playbacks, and all of sudden one of my Jem’ Hadar just falls out of frame. He was fine, just overheated, but that was one of those moment you were like “Oh, the things I do for love of acting!”

I also remember they had special contacts made that made my eyes lavender. They were beautiful. The only other thing I remember that was really cool in terms of a “fan girl” moment I had was when I was on the studio lot and going through all the wardrobe and hair tests, I got to go into a huge costume storage area. It seemed like it was an entire sound stage in terms of size, and thousands of costumes were on electric racks, like at the dry cleaners, where you could press a button and racks of officer uniforms would fly by until they found what they wanted. It was really cool.

If you could play any character from Trek other than the ones you played, who would you want to portray -- and why?

That is such a hard question… I honestly don’t know, but I guess one that was a series regular, how about that? Actually, to be honest, I would have loved to have explored Kilana more. I wish it had been a character that could come back. I would have loved to have played her for a longer period of time, there was so much to work with, and I felt like I really understood what made her tick.

Star Trek, Kaitlin Hopkins, Bat Boy

Trek fans know you from your two episodes, but if people run into you on the street, what of your other performances are they most eager to talk about with you?

Usually originating the role of Meredith in Bat Boy - The Musical, which was a huge cult hit off-Broadway. I was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was very proud to be part of that production. Oh, and of course, soap opera fans of Another World. I played Dr. Kelsey Harrison for three years. That show was a blast.

Star Trek, Texas State University, Kaitlin Hopkins

Let’s talk about the present. How long have you been the Head of Musical Theater at Texas State University? And what does it mean to you to both work so closely with your husband, Jim, and to help shape the next generation of actors?

We have been here since fall of 2009. We came here right after I closed the Dirty Dancing national tour in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre. I was actually supposed to go back to New York and do the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie, but this opportunity came along, and I am so glad I had the good sense to take it. I’m not sure I can express what an incredible thing it is to work with some of the best young talent in the country and have the opportunity to help them find their voices as artists. I also feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get to work with my husband every day. It has kind of been a theme since we met 15 years ago doing a musical called Bat Boy. We kept getting hired to do shows together and we loved working together, so we just kind of kept looking for those opportunities.

Another example is a show we did called Bare: A Pop Opera. When Jim started writing plays and transitioning out of performing, I became his dramaturge and director, and when we started teaching, we taught master classes together in musical theater performance, auditioning, and acting. We still do. When I was asked to come to Texas State and design a new musical theater program, we just naturally did that together too. In addition to being the head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program here, Jim also serves on the musical theater faculty. It’s pretty awesome to be able to have our work and personal life together. The only time it is hard is when we teach classes together on Fridays because there isn’t anyone home to walk our dogs. Thank goodness for our students; they are also excellent dog walkers. We have two corgis, Lilydale and Barkley. They are everything, they are spoiled and we are hopelessly devoted to them.

Star Trek, Kaitlin Hopkins

IMDB lists Dutchman Revisited as an upcoming documentary, with you as one of its producers. This year is the 50th anniversary of Dutchman, so what can you tell us about the project? And about your involvement?

I can’t believe you found that. My late father, Gene Persson, was the producer of both the film and original play, and my mother starred in the film, the great Shirley Knight, arguably one of the finest actresses of our time. And I’m not saying that because she is my mom. She is pretty incredible. It is a trip to be teaching at a university and realize both your parents are in textbooks, in theater history classes, film classes, African American Studies classes or all of the above. I’m extremely proud of their legacy and the impact this play had on the Civil Rights Movement. My stepmother, and my brother, Lukas, who is a film editor and screen writer, and myself, have been collecting interview footage of the creative team from Dutchman that are still with us, including my mother, of course. I’m happy to say my brother and I were able to get an incredible interview with the playwright, the incomparable Amir Baraka, before he died. Anyway, we are using those interviews as part of a documentary to include on the new DVD release. I guess I take after my father; producing is genetic.

Star Trek, SVU, Kaitlin Hopkins

Are you still acting – or at least open to it?

Yes, absolutely. I just tend to be more selective. I did a production of Present Laughter, a Noel Coward play, a few summers ago at the Two Rivers Theatre in New Jersey. It was directed by David Lee, who created and directed many episodes of Frasier. Amazing comedy director. Anyway, the cast was incredible and I couldn’t say no. I have always wanted to work with two of the actors who were also in it, Veanne Cox and Michael Cumpsty.  I have watched Veanne in the film Erin Brockovich about 100 times; she is so brilliant. Fortunately, the play happened in the summer, so I didn’t have to miss teaching any classes. I have left a few other times for short gigs, like doing a reunion concert at 54 Below in New York of Bare, and also for a few play readings. Just kind of depends on what it is. I would love to do TV and film work again; it’s been a while. The last two films and shows I did were a year or so before I came to Texas State. I did The Nanny Diaries and Confessions of a Shopaholic, and also all three of the Law & Order shows. My favorite was SVU, but they were all great characters.

Star Trek, Voyager, Live Fast and Prosper, Kaitlin Hopkins

Last question: Star Trek has been celebrating its 50th anniversary year. What does it mean to you to be a part of the franchise on this huge occasion?

I’m actually so excited I’m not sure I can put it into words. I feel lucky, first of all, that I had one, let alone two experiences with Star Trek. I feel honored to be a small part of such a massive legacy. I remember at the time feeling so proud that I had been cast as a Vorta on the series, and I feel that way about being part of this anniversary. Proud. Proud to be part of the huge ensemble of actors who brought these characters and story to life on the screen. I mean, it’s Star Trek! I don’t know how it gets better than that. I remember the first time I saw one of the trading cards with my characters on them, it was amazing. Not to mention the experience on both sets was professional, and welcoming, and you know how hard those regulars worked. Every person made an effort to make me feel part of something, and they were so generous. I was fortunate enough for 30 years to consider myself a working actor. If you are lucky over the years, you get one or two opportunities to play roles you are really proud of. Kilana certainly falls into that category for me.

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Kaitlin Hopkins is currently head of the Musical Theater BFA program at Texas State University, but to the general public she’s best known as an actress whose credits include Another World, Wings, The Practice, Spin City, Recue Me, several Law & Order episodes, The Nanny Diaries and Confessions of a Shopaholic, as well as Deep Space Nine and Voyager. She played Kilani, the powerful, seductive Vorta in “The Ship,” the 100th episode of DS9, and later portrayed Dala in Voyager installment, “Live Fast and Prosper,” which aired 17 years ago today. StarTrek.com caught up with Hopkins for an extensive interview, and here’s what she had to say… 

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Voyager

How aware of Star Trek were you before your Deep Space Nine episode came along?

My stepfather and I used to watch the original Star Trek together, and he was a huge fan. I remember when I booked Deep Space Nine; I thought he was going cry, he was so excited. He was an extremely successful film and television writer, so it always tickled me that Star Trek, and also the Star Wars films, made him a bit star struck. This is a guy who wrote Thunderball for Sean Connery and worked with Judi Dench and many other famous actors, but he was a massive fan of anything Star Trek. I actually think it was largely because I watched all the episodes of all the Star Trek shows that I had such a strong sense of how to play the role in the audition. I was on an international tour for a year with an opera, and the only English-speaking program on TV when we played Hamburg Germany for a month was Voyager, and when we played Helsinki, Finland, it was Murder, She Wrote. I booked both those shows when I returned. I’d watched a lot of episodes.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Ship

How did you land your role as Kilana in “The Ship”?

I auditioned for it. I had a wonderful agent at the time at the Gersh Agency who submitted me and was able to get me an appointment. Also, the casting director had seen my work in the theater in Los Angeles. I think that helped.

What intrigued you most about the storyline, and how Kilana played such a major role in pushing the story forward?

I just loved that the writers were willing to take a risk and trust that basically two people just standing still for the large majority of the episode, negotiating, was going to be compelling enough to sustain the audience. I have to say, and not because I was in it, but I thought the writing on DS9 was incredible, but most especially I thought the structure of the storytelling and writing on that episode was both unique and brilliant.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Ship, Kaitlin Hopkins, Avery Brooks

How did you enjoy working with Avery Brooks?

Wow, well, I was young actress who had been raised in the theater, and there was this great actor who I knew his work in the theater outside of his success in television. It was incredible to work opposite him in those scenes. He has such incredible focus and plays strong intentions with high stakes. Nothing is ever causal in his work. I knew that going in and really took the time to study a few of the more-recent episodes in terms of style and tone, so I could match whatever he gave me in the scenes. I knew to hold my own with him, I was going to have to work hard on this character and be very specific with every word I said. I have to say, it was also a little intimidating to be (one of) the first female Vorta. I knew the network executives and creative team on the show, were extremely invested in everything being perfect when introducing a new character, so there was a pressure there to do it well. Even though I was a small part of the Star Trek legacy, I felt a responsibility to make sure I really fit into the world, if that makes sense. The acting style on the shows was so specific and you see that reflected in the number of actors who came from classical Shakespearean backgrounds. Anyway, it was an honor to work with Avery. He is a consummate professional, a gentleman and a great, great actor.

Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, The Ship, Kailtlin Hopkins

You delivered one of the episode’s best lines in one of the episode’s most memorable exchanges: "Duty? Starfleet, the Federation? You must be pleased with yourself. You have the ship to take back to them. I hope it was worth it.” How tricky was it to get that line, and the whole scene, just right?

Ha-ha, well, what I remember was thinking, “Holy cow, I have some great dialogue as this character,” and frankly, when a character is that well defined in the text, it isn’t that hard. Your job becomes not to screw it up, and let the text do its job. Seriously, I still have that script. I kept it because if you’re a nerd like I am -- raised by a writer, and married to one too -- you look at the structure of the words on the page and it is so clear how to deliver the lines. The rhythm of how she spoke, versus how the Captain spoke, and how carefully she chose her words... She would think about everything before she spoke, never revealing anything, trying to read the Captain first before she made her next move. That was what I loved about playing that scene so much. There wasn’t a lot on the page, but they allowed for the scene to be played in behavior and reactions. It was like a beautifully structured tennis match. Often television, especially now, the scripts are written to do at a fast pace. Look at something like Scandal, as an example, which goes back to Aaron Sorkin and shows like The West Wing, and a fast-paced banter and characters who think on their feet.  

And yes, Star Trek certainly had a lot of action, too, but there was something really unique in all the Star Trek shows, that they had in common, and that was the negotiations, and taking the time to try to understand and read their opponent as the Enterprise and its crew determined their best move. It’s like a great chess game, and the tension of “The Ship” episode was incredible, watching and waiting for the next move on the board. Check, mate. I don’t feel like I can take a lot of credit for that; it was the writers. I guess the part I did well was being good at text and character analysis and being able to take what was on the page and play it. It was one of the best-written television scripts I even did.

Star Trek

What other anecdotes can you share about the episode? The makeup transformation into a Vorta?

I remember I had to get up at 2 a.m. to arrive for a 4 a.m. call time. It took about three and half hours for them to get me into hair and makeup. Actually, after I was cast they had me come to the studio lot, and they spent an afternoon trying different wigs, and costume options and took tons of photos so the executives could decide which hairstyle and costume they felt would best define the first time we saw Kilana. Actually, if you go on my website, there are two photos taken while we were shooting, but if you look in my album called “Behind the Scenes,” there is a photo from that “test” day on the studio lot, and you can see the wig is very different than what ended up on the air. They ultimately decided that one was too severe and they wanted a softer, sexier look for her. It felt more… right, too. It allowed me to play a more-calculated character who was using her softness and vulnerability as a weapon to manipulate her prey. The “test” wig was so strong, more of a warrior look, and I don’t think I could have played those qualities as effectively. I just don’t think the Captain would have fallen for it if she was that steely-looking, if that makes sense. I would have played those scenes differently, more outwardly combative, not using her looks in as manipulative a way. I love the adjustments they made the wig that finally made it into the episode. 

Star Trek, Voyager, Live Fast and Prosper, Kaitlin Hopkins

A few years go went by and you appeared in the Voyager episode “Live Fast and Prosper.” Was that the result of an offer or an audition? Either way, as far as you know, what impact did your previously being on DS9 have on you being cast for Voyager?

It was an audition. And honestly, I’m not sure if having done DS9 was a factor in my being cast. I just remember I did a kickass Janeway impersonation from watching every episode. I was a big fan, as I said, and I think that more than likely was what booked it for me. This is probably not known, but there was an amazing scene in that episode where I also impersonated Seven of Nine. It was so fun playing her, and I loved that scene, but the episode was too long and ultimately, they cut it. Looking back, I wish it had been possible to get a copy of it. I think the fans would have loved it. I know I loved doing it, especially since they made my boobs huge in the costume. It was fun to pretend for a day I remotely had her figure!

What did Kate Mulgrew say to you about your impersonation?

She was very nice to me. I really liked her. She wasn’t on set when I shot the scene where I impersonated her, so I’m not sure how she felt about it. But I hope she would have enjoyed it. She struck me as someone with a good sense of humor.

Star Trek, Voyager, Live Fast and Prosper, Kaitlin Hopkins

What else do you recall from shooting the episode?

So glad you asked that. We shot in the middle of the desert and it was, I think, close to 113 degrees that day. The ship that we were standing on was metal. I can’t even imagine what the temperature was with the sun beating down onto that metal and these waves of heat would waft up and smack us in the face. I remember every time they yelled cut, they would bring water, trying to keep us hydrated and had shammy cloths soaked in ice water to put on our necks and wrists during breaks. So, the poor actors who were the Jem’Hadar standing behind me, their head pieces covered their heads almost completely in rubber, and we were in the middle of a scene and all of a sudden I hear a big “clunk” behind me, and the director yells “Cut!” One of them had fainted from the heat. I have to say it was one of the funniest things I have every watched, the playbacks, and all of sudden one of my Jem’ Hadar just falls out of frame. He was fine, just overheated, but that was one of those moment you were like “Oh, the things I do for love of acting!”

I also remember they had special contacts made that made my eyes lavender. They were beautiful. The only other thing I remember that was really cool in terms of a “fan girl” moment I had was when I was on the studio lot and going through all the wardrobe and hair tests, I got to go into a huge costume storage area. It seemed like it was an entire sound stage in terms of size, and thousands of costumes were on electric racks, like at the dry cleaners, where you could press a button and racks of officer uniforms would fly by until they found what they wanted. It was really cool.

If you could play any character from Trek other than the ones you played, who would you want to portray -- and why?

That is such a hard question… I honestly don’t know, but I guess one that was a series regular, how about that? Actually, to be honest, I would have loved to have explored Kilana more. I wish it had been a character that could come back. I would have loved to have played her for a longer period of time, there was so much to work with, and I felt like I really understood what made her tick.

Star Trek, Kaitlin Hopkins, Bat Boy

Trek fans know you from your two episodes, but if people run into you on the street, what of your other performances are they most eager to talk about with you?

Usually originating the role of Meredith in Bat Boy - The Musical, which was a huge cult hit off-Broadway. I was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was very proud to be part of that production. Oh, and of course, soap opera fans of Another World. I played Dr. Kelsey Harrison for three years. That show was a blast.

Star Trek, Texas State University, Kaitlin Hopkins

Let’s talk about the present. How long have you been the Head of Musical Theater at Texas State University? And what does it mean to you to both work so closely with your husband, Jim, and to help shape the next generation of actors?

We have been here since fall of 2009. We came here right after I closed the Dirty Dancing national tour in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre. I was actually supposed to go back to New York and do the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie, but this opportunity came along, and I am so glad I had the good sense to take it. I’m not sure I can express what an incredible thing it is to work with some of the best young talent in the country and have the opportunity to help them find their voices as artists. I also feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get to work with my husband every day. It has kind of been a theme since we met 15 years ago doing a musical called Bat Boy. We kept getting hired to do shows together and we loved working together, so we just kind of kept looking for those opportunities.

Another example is a show we did called Bare: A Pop Opera. When Jim started writing plays and transitioning out of performing, I became his dramaturge and director, and when we started teaching, we taught master classes together in musical theater performance, auditioning, and acting. We still do. When I was asked to come to Texas State and design a new musical theater program, we just naturally did that together too. In addition to being the head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program here, Jim also serves on the musical theater faculty. It’s pretty awesome to be able to have our work and personal life together. The only time it is hard is when we teach classes together on Fridays because there isn’t anyone home to walk our dogs. Thank goodness for our students; they are also excellent dog walkers. We have two corgis, Lilydale and Barkley. They are everything, they are spoiled and we are hopelessly devoted to them.

Star Trek, Kaitlin Hopkins

IMDB lists Dutchman Revisited as an upcoming documentary, with you as one of its producers. This year is the 50th anniversary of Dutchman, so what can you tell us about the project? And about your involvement?

I can’t believe you found that. My late father, Gene Persson, was the producer of both the film and original play, and my mother starred in the film, the great Shirley Knight, arguably one of the finest actresses of our time. And I’m not saying that because she is my mom. She is pretty incredible. It is a trip to be teaching at a university and realize both your parents are in textbooks, in theater history classes, film classes, African American Studies classes or all of the above. I’m extremely proud of their legacy and the impact this play had on the Civil Rights Movement. My stepmother, and my brother, Lukas, who is a film editor and screen writer, and myself, have been collecting interview footage of the creative team from Dutchman that are still with us, including my mother, of course. I’m happy to say my brother and I were able to get an incredible interview with the playwright, the incomparable Amir Baraka, before he died. Anyway, we are using those interviews as part of a documentary to include on the new DVD release. I guess I take after my father; producing is genetic.

Star Trek, SVU, Kaitlin Hopkins

Are you still acting – or at least open to it?

Yes, absolutely. I just tend to be more selective. I did a production of Present Laughter, a Noel Coward play, a few summers ago at the Two Rivers Theatre in New Jersey. It was directed by David Lee, who created and directed many episodes of Frasier. Amazing comedy director. Anyway, the cast was incredible and I couldn’t say no. I have always wanted to work with two of the actors who were also in it, Veanne Cox and Michael Cumpsty.  I have watched Veanne in the film Erin Brockovich about 100 times; she is so brilliant. Fortunately, the play happened in the summer, so I didn’t have to miss teaching any classes. I have left a few other times for short gigs, like doing a reunion concert at 54 Below in New York of Bare, and also for a few play readings. Just kind of depends on what it is. I would love to do TV and film work again; it’s been a while. The last two films and shows I did were a year or so before I came to Texas State. I did The Nanny Diaries and Confessions of a Shopaholic, and also all three of the Law & Order shows. My favorite was SVU, but they were all great characters.

Star Trek, Voyager, Live Fast and Prosper, Kaitlin Hopkins

Last question: Star Trek has been celebrating its 50th anniversary year. What does it mean to you to be a part of the franchise on this huge occasion?

I’m actually so excited I’m not sure I can put it into words. I feel lucky, first of all, that I had one, let alone two experiences with Star Trek. I feel honored to be a small part of such a massive legacy. I remember at the time feeling so proud that I had been cast as a Vorta on the series, and I feel that way about being part of this anniversary. Proud. Proud to be part of the huge ensemble of actors who brought these characters and story to life on the screen. I mean, it’s Star Trek! I don’t know how it gets better than that. I remember the first time I saw one of the trading cards with my characters on them, it was amazing. Not to mention the experience on both sets was professional, and welcoming, and you know how hard those regulars worked. Every person made an effort to make me feel part of something, and they were so generous. I was fortunate enough for 30 years to consider myself a working actor. If you are lucky over the years, you get one or two opportunities to play roles you are really proud of. Kilana certainly falls into that category for me.

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IDW Publishing will heat up the summer with a wide array of Star Trek comic books due for release in July. There are new titles and special collections on the way, and StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and exclusive art from the upcoming books:

Star Trek: Boldly Go #10

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Star Trek: Boldly Go #10, by Mike Johnson, with art by Tony Shasteen, centers on Scotty, who returns to the Yorktown base to check on construction of the new Enterprise… only to find that building the flagship comes with unexpected perils. Boldly Go #10 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99, and fans should be on the lookout for an A cover by George Caltsoudas and a B cover by Jason Badower. And then there’s also a Cryssy Cheung variant cover.

Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 5

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Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 5 is from photo-manipulator John Byrne, who serves as writer, artist and cover man. This volume collects the Star Trek: The Original Series universe stories “Swarm,” “The Hidden Face,” “Sam,” and the never-collected-before short story "More the Serpent Than the Dove." Vol. 5, which collects issues #12–14, will run 128 pages and cost $17.99.

Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds

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Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds, written by Mike Johnson, with Angel Hernandez providing the art and cover, spans 152 pages and continues the epic crossover adventures, Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War. In it, Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan lead the combined might of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps on an all-new adventure against new foes. It’ll cost $24.99. Also available: Star Trek/Green Lantern TP Spectrum War; $19.99.

 

Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 3

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Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 3 features the efforts of writers John Stokes, Jim Baikie, John Canning, Ron Turner and Frank Bellamy. This third volume reprints all comics from 1972 to 1979 and concludes the series that presents the complete Star Trek UK comics. Bonus material includes various one-shots and annuals, as well as strips created for various merchandise and toys. StarTrek.com guest blogger Rich Handley provides the second half of a detailed encyclopedia of all things Star Trek from these British comics. Vol. 3 will run 272 pages and cost $49.99.

Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #3

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Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #3 (of 6) is by Scott Tipton & David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward, an A cover by Woodward and a B cover by George Caltsoudas. In it, the heist is on, as Jean-Luc Picard and his cadre of mutineers set their plan into action, with the spoils the greatest prize of all: the Empire's only Galaxy-class starship, the U.S.S. Enterprise. Broken Mirror #3 will run 32 pages and $3.99. And be on the lookout for a variant cover by Tony Shasteen.

Star Trek Waypoint #6

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Star Trek Waypoint #6, which traverses both the TOS era and the never-before-seen Phase II era, is by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, with Gabriel Hardman and Christopher Herndon providing the art. Gabriel Hardman crafts the A Cover and Tom Whalen is on the B Cover. The story follows Nurse Chapel as she questions whether or not to continue her medical training… until a shuttle incident prompts her to make decisions that will forever change her future. In the second story, Captain Kirk is forced to work with the Romulans after a biological weapon is unleashed, with unexpected - and surprising - results. Waypoint #6 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99.

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. 

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IDW Publishing will heat up the summer with a wide array of Star Trek comic books due for release in July. There are new titles and special collections on the way, and StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and exclusive art from the upcoming books:

Star Trek: Boldly Go #10

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Star Trek: Boldly Go #10, by Mike Johnson, with art by Tony Shasteen, centers on Scotty, who returns to the Yorktown base to check on construction of the new Enterprise… only to find that building the flagship comes with unexpected perils. Boldly Go #10 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99, and fans should be on the lookout for an A cover by George Caltsoudas and a B cover by Jason Badower. And then there’s also a Cryssy Cheung variant cover.

Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 5

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Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 5 is from photo-manipulator John Byrne, who serves as writer, artist and cover man. This volume collects the Star Trek: The Original Series universe stories “Swarm,” “The Hidden Face,” “Sam,” and the never-collected-before short story "More the Serpent Than the Dove." Vol. 5, which collects issues #12–14, will run 128 pages and cost $17.99.

Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds

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Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds, written by Mike Johnson, with Angel Hernandez providing the art and cover, spans 152 pages and continues the epic crossover adventures, Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War. In it, Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan lead the combined might of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps on an all-new adventure against new foes. It’ll cost $24.99. Also available: Star Trek/Green Lantern TP Spectrum War; $19.99.

 

Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 3

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Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 3 features the efforts of writers John Stokes, Jim Baikie, John Canning, Ron Turner and Frank Bellamy. This third volume reprints all comics from 1972 to 1979 and concludes the series that presents the complete Star Trek UK comics. Bonus material includes various one-shots and annuals, as well as strips created for various merchandise and toys. StarTrek.com guest blogger Rich Handley provides the second half of a detailed encyclopedia of all things Star Trek from these British comics. Vol. 3 will run 272 pages and cost $49.99.

Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #3

Star Trek

Star Trek

Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #3 (of 6) is by Scott Tipton & David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward, an A cover by Woodward and a B cover by George Caltsoudas. In it, the heist is on, as Jean-Luc Picard and his cadre of mutineers set their plan into action, with the spoils the greatest prize of all: the Empire's only Galaxy-class starship, the U.S.S. Enterprise. Broken Mirror #3 will run 32 pages and $3.99. And be on the lookout for a variant cover by Tony Shasteen.

Star Trek Waypoint #6

Star Trek

Star Trek Waypoint #6, which traverses both the TOS era and the never-before-seen Phase II era, is by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, with Gabriel Hardman and Christopher Herndon providing the art. Gabriel Hardman crafts the A Cover and Tom Whalen is on the B Cover. The story follows Nurse Chapel as she questions whether or not to continue her medical training… until a shuttle incident prompts her to make decisions that will forever change her future. In the second story, Captain Kirk is forced to work with the Romulans after a biological weapon is unleashed, with unexpected - and surprising - results. Waypoint #6 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99.

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. 

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idw-to-heat-up-summer-with-trek-comic-adventures Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:21:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Shatner & Lloyd Set To Share Senior Moment]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/shatner-lloyd-set-to-share-senior-moment

Captain Kirk and Commander Kruge together again? Not quite, but it'll be the next best thing, as Star Trek III: The Search for Spock adversaries William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd are set to reunite for the romantic comedy Senior Moment, according to the trade paper Variety.

Star Trek, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

As previously reported, via Variety, "Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for NASA. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked."

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Lloyd is currently on view in the film Going in Style. Production on Senior Moment will commence in the next few weeks.

 

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Captain Kirk and Commander Kruge together again? Not quite, but it'll be the next best thing, as Star Trek III: The Search for Spock adversaries William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd are set to reunite for the romantic comedy Senior Moment, according to the trade paper Variety.

Star Trek, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

As previously reported, via Variety, "Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for NASA. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked."

Star Trek

Lloyd is currently on view in the film Going in Style. Production on Senior Moment will commence in the next few weeks.

 

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shatner-lloyd-set-to-share-senior-moment Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:50:21 -0700