Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:06:38 -0700 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[New Beyond Spots Released]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/new-beyond-spots-released

How about some Star Trek fireworks as we all celebrate the July 4 holiday? Paramount Pictures has just released a quartet of new 30-second spots -- "Last Resort," "Discover," "Bold" and "Big Attack"  -- and exclusive character clips in support of the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, with the trailers giving viewers fresh glimpses of scenes and providing previously unheard snippets of dialogue.
















 

Star Trek Beyond opens July 22.

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How about some Star Trek fireworks as we all celebrate the July 4 holiday? Paramount Pictures has just released a quartet of new 30-second spots -- "Last Resort," "Discover," "Bold" and "Big Attack"  -- and exclusive character clips in support of the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, with the trailers giving viewers fresh glimpses of scenes and providing previously unheard snippets of dialogue.
















 

Star Trek Beyond opens July 22.

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new-beyond-spots-released Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:06:38 -0700
<![CDATA[The Starfleet Academy Experience Preview]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-starfleet-academy-experience-preview

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum hosted an exclusive press preview yesterday of the interactive exhibition Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy ExperienceStarTrek.com was on hand for the event during a glorious summer day in New York City, and has a selection of photos for fans to check out below.

Special guests included George Takei, Star Trek's original Hikaru Sulu, who happily flashed the Vulcan greeting gesture as he greeted the crowd; former NASA Astronaut and Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid, Mike Massimino, President of the Intrepid Museum; Susan Marenoff-Zausner; President and CEO of EMS, Christoph Rahofer.

Part of the ongoing Star Trek 50th anniversary celebration, the exhibition will open to the public on July 9. It will offer visitors the chance to experience life as a Starfleet Academy cadet, as they attend the Academy's Career Day in the 26th century.

After student orientation, cadets will visit nine zones focused on the training center's specialties: Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Command and Science. Following these interactions, cadets will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training. The Starfleet Academy Experience will be presented in a dedicated 12,000 square foot indoor space specially designed for the experience on Pier 86.

Die-hard Star Trek fans may recognize many of the props and costumes on display from the television show. In addition, there will be plenty of interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, voice recognition to communicate in Klingon, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors, planet projection mapping, holograms and a target game using Star Trek's iconic phasers.

During the preview, Jordan Hoffman of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast spoke with Takei about the memorable sword fighting scene in “The Naked Time.” Takei would pretend to fence in his backyard as a child, playing The Adventures of Robin Hood. When the producers asked if he could fence, he said yes, having no formal training.

“I opened it (the phonebook) up to fencing lessons, there was a studio right on Sunset Boulevard and so I made an appointment the next Saturday,” said Takei. “I took my first fencing lesson from a Mr. Faulkner, who turned out to be the man who choreographed the fencing sequences in The Adventures of Robin Hood.”  

Massimino, who is a longtime Trek fan, remembers staying up all night and viewing Star Trek (2009) from space.

"NASA had contacted Paramount,” Massimino told Hoffman. “(They) somehow worked on an agreement and loaded a copy on the computers that we got to watch in space."

To hear more of these interviews, tune in to Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast next week.

The Intrepid Museum will also host a number of Star Trek-themed public programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary, including movie nights, themed Operation Slumbers (the Museum's popular overnight experience), education programs, two Trek-focused summer camp weeks, themed Astronomy Nights and more.

The experience will open to the public on Saturday, July 9 and remain open through October 31, 2016. Tickets are now on sale for the general public. They're available to purchase through the Museum’s website and at the Museum’s Welcome Center box office located at 46th Street and 12th Avenue. Entry tickets will be timed and advance purchase is strongly recommended. 

The experience will be open Sundays–Thursdays from 10:00am–8:00pm and Friday–Saturday from 10:00am–9:00pm. Last entry will be one hour prior to closing. All tickets will be timed entry. Tickets will be available for $25 Adults, $18 Children, $23 Seniors and FREE for children 4 and under. Special discounted prices are available for groups of 15 or more. For group sales, please contact Intrepid Museum’s sales representatives at StarTrek@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646.381.5010.  Special pricing is also available for Museum members.  

 

For more information on The Starfleet Academy Experience, including VIP ticket packages and other programming at the Museum please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org/Startrek.

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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum hosted an exclusive press preview yesterday of the interactive exhibition Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy ExperienceStarTrek.com was on hand for the event during a glorious summer day in New York City, and has a selection of photos for fans to check out below.

Special guests included George Takei, Star Trek's original Hikaru Sulu, who happily flashed the Vulcan greeting gesture as he greeted the crowd; former NASA Astronaut and Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid, Mike Massimino, President of the Intrepid Museum; Susan Marenoff-Zausner; President and CEO of EMS, Christoph Rahofer.

Part of the ongoing Star Trek 50th anniversary celebration, the exhibition will open to the public on July 9. It will offer visitors the chance to experience life as a Starfleet Academy cadet, as they attend the Academy's Career Day in the 26th century.

After student orientation, cadets will visit nine zones focused on the training center's specialties: Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Command and Science. Following these interactions, cadets will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training. The Starfleet Academy Experience will be presented in a dedicated 12,000 square foot indoor space specially designed for the experience on Pier 86.

Die-hard Star Trek fans may recognize many of the props and costumes on display from the television show. In addition, there will be plenty of interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, voice recognition to communicate in Klingon, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors, planet projection mapping, holograms and a target game using Star Trek's iconic phasers.

During the preview, Jordan Hoffman of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast spoke with Takei about the memorable sword fighting scene in “The Naked Time.” Takei would pretend to fence in his backyard as a child, playing The Adventures of Robin Hood. When the producers asked if he could fence, he said yes, having no formal training.

“I opened it (the phonebook) up to fencing lessons, there was a studio right on Sunset Boulevard and so I made an appointment the next Saturday,” said Takei. “I took my first fencing lesson from a Mr. Faulkner, who turned out to be the man who choreographed the fencing sequences in The Adventures of Robin Hood.”  

Massimino, who is a longtime Trek fan, remembers staying up all night and viewing Star Trek (2009) from space.

"NASA had contacted Paramount,” Massimino told Hoffman. “(They) somehow worked on an agreement and loaded a copy on the computers that we got to watch in space."

To hear more of these interviews, tune in to Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast next week.

The Intrepid Museum will also host a number of Star Trek-themed public programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary, including movie nights, themed Operation Slumbers (the Museum's popular overnight experience), education programs, two Trek-focused summer camp weeks, themed Astronomy Nights and more.

The experience will open to the public on Saturday, July 9 and remain open through October 31, 2016. Tickets are now on sale for the general public. They're available to purchase through the Museum’s website and at the Museum’s Welcome Center box office located at 46th Street and 12th Avenue. Entry tickets will be timed and advance purchase is strongly recommended. 

The experience will be open Sundays–Thursdays from 10:00am–8:00pm and Friday–Saturday from 10:00am–9:00pm. Last entry will be one hour prior to closing. All tickets will be timed entry. Tickets will be available for $25 Adults, $18 Children, $23 Seniors and FREE for children 4 and under. Special discounted prices are available for groups of 15 or more. For group sales, please contact Intrepid Museum’s sales representatives at StarTrek@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646.381.5010.  Special pricing is also available for Museum members.  

 

For more information on The Starfleet Academy Experience, including VIP ticket packages and other programming at the Museum please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org/Startrek.

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the-starfleet-academy-experience-preview Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:35:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Explore The Kelvin Timeline ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/explore-the-kelvin-timeline

The sheer destruction from the Hobus supernova has weakened the barrier between our reality and one strangely similar to our own, leaving a strange temporal anomaly in its wake. This anomaly serves as a gateway between our universe... and a quantum universe both similar and different to our own. Interdimensional travel between these two realms is now a possibility... as the crew of the U.S.S. Kelvin found out -- to their dismay.

Players will soon be able to journey to the alternate reality seen in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. A new mission awaits our captains there, along with other exciting surprises. Look for future updates on new Star Trek Online content as the launch day approaches, and we’ll see you in-game for the release of Agents of Yesterday.

For more Star Trek Online news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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The sheer destruction from the Hobus supernova has weakened the barrier between our reality and one strangely similar to our own, leaving a strange temporal anomaly in its wake. This anomaly serves as a gateway between our universe... and a quantum universe both similar and different to our own. Interdimensional travel between these two realms is now a possibility... as the crew of the U.S.S. Kelvin found out -- to their dismay.

Players will soon be able to journey to the alternate reality seen in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. A new mission awaits our captains there, along with other exciting surprises. Look for future updates on new Star Trek Online content as the launch day approaches, and we’ll see you in-game for the release of Agents of Yesterday.

For more Star Trek Online news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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explore-the-kelvin-timeline Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA["Sledgehammer" Music Video Released]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/sledgehammer-music-video-released

Music superstar Rihanna considered herself "honored" to be asked to record the theme song for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. A lifelong Trek fan, whose father turned her on to Trek at a young age, Rihanna contributes the song "Sledgehammer," which not only will be featured on the Beyond soundtrack and can be heard in the third Beyond trailer, but which is available now as a single along with an accompanying music video.

Paramount Pictures has also just released a video in which Rihanna discuses her fandom and the importance to her of the song. She explains that Star Trek "has been a part of me since my childhood" and that it's "never left me." So, the decision to record "Sledgehammer" was entirely "automatic."  As for the song itself, it "needed to be big, impactful, very emotional, dramatic and haunting... All at the same time."

Mission accomplished.

Star Trek Beyond will open on July 22. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the latest Enterprise adventure.

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Music superstar Rihanna considered herself "honored" to be asked to record the theme song for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. A lifelong Trek fan, whose father turned her on to Trek at a young age, Rihanna contributes the song "Sledgehammer," which not only will be featured on the Beyond soundtrack and can be heard in the third Beyond trailer, but which is available now as a single along with an accompanying music video.

Paramount Pictures has also just released a video in which Rihanna discuses her fandom and the importance to her of the song. She explains that Star Trek "has been a part of me since my childhood" and that it's "never left me." So, the decision to record "Sledgehammer" was entirely "automatic."  As for the song itself, it "needed to be big, impactful, very emotional, dramatic and haunting... All at the same time."

Mission accomplished.

Star Trek Beyond will open on July 22. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the latest Enterprise adventure.

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sledgehammer-music-video-released Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:18:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Hogs Enterprise NCC-1701-A Takes Flight]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/air-hogs-enterprise-ncc-1701-a-takes-flight

Air Hogs has just introduced a U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A quadcopter. Modeled after the Kirk's beloved ship as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the Enterprise boasts four 3 1/2"-diameter propellors built into its hull, enabling whomever captains her to guide the ship forward, backward, up, down or sideway.

Six-axis stabilization provides superior flight stability, allowing the ship to be tossed into the air and throttled up simultaneously. Its four-channel 2.4 GHz remote provides digital proportional control of rotor speed for flights from 200 feet away. Also, the ship plays 10 sounds from Star Trek: The Original Series, including photon torpedoes and red alert, and its 10 LEDs replicate the ship’s hull and nacelles’ lights. A rechargeable battery provides up to seven-minute flights from a one-hour charge via its USB cable. The product also comes with a display stand and remote control (which requires four AA batteries).

The Air Hogs U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A will be available at stores starting July 1. It will cost $129.99.

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Air Hogs has just introduced a U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A quadcopter. Modeled after the Kirk's beloved ship as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the Enterprise boasts four 3 1/2"-diameter propellors built into its hull, enabling whomever captains her to guide the ship forward, backward, up, down or sideway.

Six-axis stabilization provides superior flight stability, allowing the ship to be tossed into the air and throttled up simultaneously. Its four-channel 2.4 GHz remote provides digital proportional control of rotor speed for flights from 200 feet away. Also, the ship plays 10 sounds from Star Trek: The Original Series, including photon torpedoes and red alert, and its 10 LEDs replicate the ship’s hull and nacelles’ lights. A rechargeable battery provides up to seven-minute flights from a one-hour charge via its USB cable. The product also comes with a display stand and remote control (which requires four AA batteries).

The Air Hogs U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A will be available at stores starting July 1. It will cost $129.99.

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air-hogs-enterprise-ncc-1701-a-takes-flight Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Art Exhibition Hits NYC]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/art-exhibition-hits-nyc

"Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years", the global art exhibit tour, will make its only New York area stop at The Paley Center for Media from September 16 to 25, 2016. Commemorating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary and curated by CBS Consumer Products, the exhibit will feature original 2-D and 3-D artwork, expressed through various mediums, by 50 artists from 10 countries, including the late actor/photographer Leonard Nimoy and actress Mayim Bialik. The Paley Center will also present fan-favorite screenings and host special Star Trek-themed events throughout the week at its 25 West 52nd Street location.

Prior to its New York debut at the Paley Center, "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years" will open at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21 and then make various stops before arriving at Paley in Manhattan on September 16, during Trek’s 50th anniversary month. The Paley Center’s gallery will become a centerpiece of the celebration and welcome the public to view the exhibit of illustrations, photographs, sculptures, paintings, graphics and more, during regular business hours. 

In addition to the exhibit, The Paley Center will continue its Trek 50th celebration with 10 days of fan-selected screenings, family events and panel discussions. Fans can also pose for photo ops with backdrop re-creations of the Enterprise bridge -- with authentic costumes and the Gorn’s planet from the TOS episode “Arena,” complete with a Gorn re-creation. 

The celebration will kick off with an exclusive Paley Members-Only preview day on Thursday, September 15. Visit paley.me/startrek for details and follow the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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"Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years", the global art exhibit tour, will make its only New York area stop at The Paley Center for Media from September 16 to 25, 2016. Commemorating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary and curated by CBS Consumer Products, the exhibit will feature original 2-D and 3-D artwork, expressed through various mediums, by 50 artists from 10 countries, including the late actor/photographer Leonard Nimoy and actress Mayim Bialik. The Paley Center will also present fan-favorite screenings and host special Star Trek-themed events throughout the week at its 25 West 52nd Street location.

Prior to its New York debut at the Paley Center, "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years" will open at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21 and then make various stops before arriving at Paley in Manhattan on September 16, during Trek’s 50th anniversary month. The Paley Center’s gallery will become a centerpiece of the celebration and welcome the public to view the exhibit of illustrations, photographs, sculptures, paintings, graphics and more, during regular business hours. 

In addition to the exhibit, The Paley Center will continue its Trek 50th celebration with 10 days of fan-selected screenings, family events and panel discussions. Fans can also pose for photo ops with backdrop re-creations of the Enterprise bridge -- with authentic costumes and the Gorn’s planet from the TOS episode “Arena,” complete with a Gorn re-creation. 

The celebration will kick off with an exclusive Paley Members-Only preview day on Thursday, September 15. Visit paley.me/startrek for details and follow the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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art-exhibition-hits-nyc Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:30:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Star Trek Timelines Battle Arena]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-timelines-battle-arena

In Star Trek Timelines, a temporal anomaly crisis has thrown together ships and characters from throughout Star Trek’s 50-year history. This has resulted in more ship-to-ship combat than most Federation Captains see in an entire career. In order to ensure the battle-readiness of the fleet, Starfleet Command has designated a portion of Federation Space as a Battle Arena.

Captains who choose to enter the Battle Arena will test their wits and their firepower while commanding iconic ships against other players in 3D ship-to-ship combat. Players are grouped into Divisions based on the rarity of their ships and crews, ensuring a level playing field. To move up the Leaderboard, a Captain must defeat a higher-ranked player to assume their position. Daily rewards are calculated based on Leaderboard ranking, with players higher on the leaderboard and in more powerful divisions receiving the greatest rewards.

The Battle Arena brings a new dimension of play to Star Trek Timelines for existing and new players alike. It is simple enough that new players can grasp the basics and dive into the action right away, while existing players will be excited by the possibilities that more powerful ship and crew combinations offer. For players who have stepped away from the game, this is the perfect time to come back. The rewards include ship schematics and other fantastic prizes, so dedicated players will be able to build a powerful fleet and crew in a whole new way.

For more information about the Battle Arena, check out June 24th episode of the Disruptor Stream, where our team answers questions and demonstrates game features. Detailed instructions on gameplay can be found in the Cadet’s Manual, and discussion with our amazing player community never stops on the Star Trek Timelines forum. The Bridge Crew email newsletter will reward you with in-game perks and make sure you are among the first to know about new features and game developments.

Available now on the App Store and Google Play, Star Trek Timelines merges the characters, stories, and settings from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Gather your favorite heroes and even villains to build your dream crew, explore the galaxy, and lead Starfleet through a crisis threatening the very fabric of time and space. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates - and don’t forget to rate us if you love playing.

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In Star Trek Timelines, a temporal anomaly crisis has thrown together ships and characters from throughout Star Trek’s 50-year history. This has resulted in more ship-to-ship combat than most Federation Captains see in an entire career. In order to ensure the battle-readiness of the fleet, Starfleet Command has designated a portion of Federation Space as a Battle Arena.

Captains who choose to enter the Battle Arena will test their wits and their firepower while commanding iconic ships against other players in 3D ship-to-ship combat. Players are grouped into Divisions based on the rarity of their ships and crews, ensuring a level playing field. To move up the Leaderboard, a Captain must defeat a higher-ranked player to assume their position. Daily rewards are calculated based on Leaderboard ranking, with players higher on the leaderboard and in more powerful divisions receiving the greatest rewards.

The Battle Arena brings a new dimension of play to Star Trek Timelines for existing and new players alike. It is simple enough that new players can grasp the basics and dive into the action right away, while existing players will be excited by the possibilities that more powerful ship and crew combinations offer. For players who have stepped away from the game, this is the perfect time to come back. The rewards include ship schematics and other fantastic prizes, so dedicated players will be able to build a powerful fleet and crew in a whole new way.

For more information about the Battle Arena, check out June 24th episode of the Disruptor Stream, where our team answers questions and demonstrates game features. Detailed instructions on gameplay can be found in the Cadet’s Manual, and discussion with our amazing player community never stops on the Star Trek Timelines forum. The Bridge Crew email newsletter will reward you with in-game perks and make sure you are among the first to know about new features and game developments.

Available now on the App Store and Google Play, Star Trek Timelines merges the characters, stories, and settings from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Gather your favorite heroes and even villains to build your dream crew, explore the galaxy, and lead Starfleet through a crisis threatening the very fabric of time and space. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates - and don’t forget to rate us if you love playing.

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star-trek-timelines-battle-arena Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Klingon-Inspired Bags for Men and Women ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/klingon-inspired-bags-for-men-and-women

The Coop has just added two new Star Trek: The Next Generation Klingon-themed bags to their wide array of Trek products. There's a Klingon Messenger Bag and a Klingon Handbag.

Inspired by Klingon males, the Klingon Messenger Bag is a two-toned faux leather bag with complementary gray finish, custom metal Bat'leth trim on the front flap (with faux suede accent), a Klingon icon stamped on the front flap, as well as a custom-printed Klingon nylon lining. And the adjustable strap is screenprinted with a Klingon sash pattern. Large enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, the Klingon Messenger Bag costs $79.95.

Next, the Klingon Handbag is inspired by Klingon females and it offers most of the same elements as the Messenger Bag: two-toned faux leather bag with complementary gray finish, custom metal Bat'leth trim on the front flap (with faux suede accent), a Klingon icon stamped on the front flap, as well as a custom-printed Klingon nylon lining and an adjustable strap. The Klingon Handbag costs $59.95.

Both products are available now at www.thecoop.com.

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The Coop has just added two new Star Trek: The Next Generation Klingon-themed bags to their wide array of Trek products. There's a Klingon Messenger Bag and a Klingon Handbag.

Inspired by Klingon males, the Klingon Messenger Bag is a two-toned faux leather bag with complementary gray finish, custom metal Bat'leth trim on the front flap (with faux suede accent), a Klingon icon stamped on the front flap, as well as a custom-printed Klingon nylon lining. And the adjustable strap is screenprinted with a Klingon sash pattern. Large enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, the Klingon Messenger Bag costs $79.95.

Next, the Klingon Handbag is inspired by Klingon females and it offers most of the same elements as the Messenger Bag: two-toned faux leather bag with complementary gray finish, custom metal Bat'leth trim on the front flap (with faux suede accent), a Klingon icon stamped on the front flap, as well as a custom-printed Klingon nylon lining and an adjustable strap. The Klingon Handbag costs $59.95.

Both products are available now at www.thecoop.com.

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klingon-inspired-bags-for-men-and-women Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-humble-comics-bundle-star-trek

IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle are celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary by teaming up to offer a bundle of 50 volumes of comics -- worth more than $400 and benefitting a number of worthwhile charities. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW includes stories by John Byrne, Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton, David Tipton, David Messina, Brannon Braga, J.K. Woodward and many more. It also features the Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove, a Humble exclusive, all-new hardcover book by comic book luminary John Byrne (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

Pricing breaks down as follows:

Customers can name their price of $1 or more for Star Trek Classics: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Next Generation - Ghosts, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive, Star Trek: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Countdown, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, Star Trek: Movie Adaptation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool’s Gold, and Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 1-2.

Those who pay $8 or more also receive Star Trek Classics: Vol. 4: Beginnings, Star Trek Classics: Vol. 5: Who Killed Captain Kirk?, Star Trek: Vol. 4-6Star Trek Archives: Vol. 1-3Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 3-4Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 1, Star Trek: Nero, Star Trek: Khan, and Star Trek: Spock Reflections.

Customers can pay $15 or more to receive Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, Star Trek: Vol. 10-11, Star Trek: Legion of Super-HeroesStar Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of ForeverStar Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 2, Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 3, Star Trek: Year Four, Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment, and Star Trek: Assignment Earth.

By paying $25 or more, customers will receive all of the above plus an all-new, Humble exclusive trade paperback shipped to their homes anywhere in the world. The Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove features a brand new story that picks up where the fan favorite TOS episode “Arena” left off. Master photostory artist/writer John Byrne presents the comic-book return of the Gorn, as the Federation’s first attempts at a Gorn peace treaty take a dire turn. As an extra-special bonus, this issue also contains a re-presentation of Star Trek: Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor #1, written, penciled and inked by Byrne.

To see the bundle, visit www.humblebundle.com

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publishers and charities. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW supports both Traveling Stories and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and customers can also choose a favorite charity from our database of over 30,000 charities.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW runs from now until Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. PST.

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IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle are celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary by teaming up to offer a bundle of 50 volumes of comics -- worth more than $400 and benefitting a number of worthwhile charities. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW includes stories by John Byrne, Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton, David Tipton, David Messina, Brannon Braga, J.K. Woodward and many more. It also features the Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove, a Humble exclusive, all-new hardcover book by comic book luminary John Byrne (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

Pricing breaks down as follows:

Customers can name their price of $1 or more for Star Trek Classics: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Next Generation - Ghosts, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive, Star Trek: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Countdown, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, Star Trek: Movie Adaptation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool’s Gold, and Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 1-2.

Those who pay $8 or more also receive Star Trek Classics: Vol. 4: Beginnings, Star Trek Classics: Vol. 5: Who Killed Captain Kirk?, Star Trek: Vol. 4-6Star Trek Archives: Vol. 1-3Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 3-4Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 1, Star Trek: Nero, Star Trek: Khan, and Star Trek: Spock Reflections.

Customers can pay $15 or more to receive Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, Star Trek: Vol. 10-11, Star Trek: Legion of Super-HeroesStar Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of ForeverStar Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 2, Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 3, Star Trek: Year Four, Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment, and Star Trek: Assignment Earth.

By paying $25 or more, customers will receive all of the above plus an all-new, Humble exclusive trade paperback shipped to their homes anywhere in the world. The Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove features a brand new story that picks up where the fan favorite TOS episode “Arena” left off. Master photostory artist/writer John Byrne presents the comic-book return of the Gorn, as the Federation’s first attempts at a Gorn peace treaty take a dire turn. As an extra-special bonus, this issue also contains a re-presentation of Star Trek: Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor #1, written, penciled and inked by Byrne.

To see the bundle, visit www.humblebundle.com

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publishers and charities. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW supports both Traveling Stories and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and customers can also choose a favorite charity from our database of over 30,000 charities.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW runs from now until Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. PST.

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the-humble-comics-bundle-star-trek Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Engage Podcast Explores New Fan Film Guidelines]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/engage-podcast-explores-new-fan-film-guidelines

Jordan Hoffman, on this week's episode of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, welcomes John Van Citters of CBS. The chief topic of conversation is the new Star Trek fan film guidelines issued last week by CBS and Paramount Pictures, with Hoffman asking questions posed by fans and the two tackling individual points of the guidelines, providing tremendous insight into the process. Van Citters also discusses his lifelong love of all things Trek.

"I thought it was important to give John Van Citters an opportunity not only to clarify some of the guidelines, but to let him explain the rationale behind them," Hoffman told StarTrek.com. "There has been a lot of speculation about this process. No doubt there is a period of adjustment up ahead, but I came away from this conversation with a much clearer understanding, as well as enthusiasm for what kinds of fan films await in the future."

Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, from CBS Radio, CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products, was created with both longtime and new Star Trek fans in mind. Hoffman, who pens StarTrek.com's recurring One Trek Mind column, interacts with enthusiasts, interviews guests and debates the minutiae of the 50-year-old fictional universe. Engage is available via Play.it/StarTrek, iTunes and StarTrek.com, with new episodes released weekly.

Listeners can engage with Hoffman on the official Facebook page of the podcast and on Twitter.

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Jordan Hoffman, on this week's episode of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, welcomes John Van Citters of CBS. The chief topic of conversation is the new Star Trek fan film guidelines issued last week by CBS and Paramount Pictures, with Hoffman asking questions posed by fans and the two tackling individual points of the guidelines, providing tremendous insight into the process. Van Citters also discusses his lifelong love of all things Trek.

"I thought it was important to give John Van Citters an opportunity not only to clarify some of the guidelines, but to let him explain the rationale behind them," Hoffman told StarTrek.com. "There has been a lot of speculation about this process. No doubt there is a period of adjustment up ahead, but I came away from this conversation with a much clearer understanding, as well as enthusiasm for what kinds of fan films await in the future."

Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, from CBS Radio, CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products, was created with both longtime and new Star Trek fans in mind. Hoffman, who pens StarTrek.com's recurring One Trek Mind column, interacts with enthusiasts, interviews guests and debates the minutiae of the 50-year-old fictional universe. Engage is available via Play.it/StarTrek, iTunes and StarTrek.com, with new episodes released weekly.

Listeners can engage with Hoffman on the official Facebook page of the podcast and on Twitter.

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engage-podcast-explores-new-fan-film-guidelines Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Bruce Greenwood Joins Star Trek: Mission New York]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/bruce-greenwood-joins-star-trek-mission-new-york

Bruce Greenwood, who played Admiral Christopher Pike in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, will beam down to the Big Apple for Star Trek: Mission New York. A three-day 50th anniversary event presented by CBS Consumer Products and ReedPop, Star Trek: Mission New York will take place September 2-4, 2016, in Manhattan. 

ST:MNY will offer fans a mix of celebrity guests, real-world science figures, presentations, interactive exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise and events. Greenwood joins the previously announced Trek guests William Shatner, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Brannon Braga, Walter Koenig, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Cirroc Lofton, Anthony Montgomery, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Robin Curtis, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Dan Werthimer and Phil "The Bad Astronomer" Plait. They will all be on hand for talks, autographs and photo opportunities. 

Werthimer is one of the real-world science guests, following Jeff Volosin (NASA TESS Project Manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Matt Ritsko (NASA TESS Deputy Project Manager for Resources at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Also on tap, as previously revealed: Hallmark will showcase their exhibitor exclusives and the FanBros, a/k/a the voice of the urban geek, will be in the house.

Adult and kids tickets are available now at pre-show prices, and they'll be sold by day and as part of a three-day specially priced package. Further information about ST:MNY – including additional guest announcements, hotel information and exhibitors – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for ongoing coverage, and also be sure to visit www.StarTrekMissions.com and the Star Trek: Mission New York social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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Bruce Greenwood, who played Admiral Christopher Pike in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, will beam down to the Big Apple for Star Trek: Mission New York. A three-day 50th anniversary event presented by CBS Consumer Products and ReedPop, Star Trek: Mission New York will take place September 2-4, 2016, in Manhattan. 

ST:MNY will offer fans a mix of celebrity guests, real-world science figures, presentations, interactive exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise and events. Greenwood joins the previously announced Trek guests William Shatner, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Brannon Braga, Walter Koenig, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Cirroc Lofton, Anthony Montgomery, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Robin Curtis, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Dan Werthimer and Phil "The Bad Astronomer" Plait. They will all be on hand for talks, autographs and photo opportunities. 

Werthimer is one of the real-world science guests, following Jeff Volosin (NASA TESS Project Manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Matt Ritsko (NASA TESS Deputy Project Manager for Resources at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Also on tap, as previously revealed: Hallmark will showcase their exhibitor exclusives and the FanBros, a/k/a the voice of the urban geek, will be in the house.

Adult and kids tickets are available now at pre-show prices, and they'll be sold by day and as part of a three-day specially priced package. Further information about ST:MNY – including additional guest announcements, hotel information and exhibitors – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for ongoing coverage, and also be sure to visit www.StarTrekMissions.com and the Star Trek: Mission New York social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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bruce-greenwood-joins-star-trek-mission-new-york Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/enterprise-studio-model-back-on-display

The studio model of the Star Trek starship Enterprise is now on exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. After taking it off exhibit in 2014, assembling a special advisory committee, examining it using x-ray radiography, searching out long-lost photos, and planning the work in great detail, months of hard work culminated in several weeks of painting, detail work, rewiring, and final assembly. In the end, the whole project was a tremendous collaboration.

The Enterprise model, a genuine television star of the 1960s, now rests in the south lobby of Milestones (near the Independence Ave. entrance) in a new, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled case. From the center of the Hall, the restored Enterprise rests with its camera-ready side on full view. Walk around to the back to see the less-decorated port or left side, where the wires bring power to the internal lights and motors. The model’s internal lighting has been replaced with modern LEDs, which will come to life at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm local time each day. An interactive touchscreen attached to the case allows visitors to learn more about the model, Star Trek, and the Museum’s long interest in imagined spaceflight.

The final stages of the conservation treatment came together in the last few months. In April 2016, the Enterprise model, in pieces, was in the large artifact booth in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. Special Advisory Committee member Gary Kerr was dubbed our “oracle,” double-checking his notes and diagrams before any detail went onto the model. (There are 952 holes in the faux grill inside the starboard nacelle. He counted.) And Bill George and John Goodson, both of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), worked with Kim Smith of Pulse Evolution to carry out the physical detailing. Together, they were consummate professionals, bringing their expertise into an ongoing conversation with the Museum staff. More than once, the whole team stopped work to discuss the choices being made, assuring that everyone agreed before proceeding.

Before this dream team of model painters arrived, the Enterprise model’s body had already been expertly cleaned, reinforced, and repaired by Engen Conservation Chair Malcolm Collum, Dave Wilson, and Sharon Norquest (with a much-appreciated assist by Lauren Horelick). Then the whole model (minus the upper saucer paint, of course, which is original paint from the 1960s) was painted with a base color that had been carefully matched by the Museum’s Dave Wilson to the production base color that had been uncovered in multiple places on the model in sanding tests.

Kim’s first step was mixing the colors that would be used for the weathering, details, and markings. The detail paints were mixed to match the colors that Dave had carefully revealed, and were adjusted and balanced for appropriate contrast and intensity based on comparisons with the historic images.

A full-scale mockup of several of the model’s parts (nacelles and secondary hull) provided a way to test paints, techniques, and finishes before applying any paint to the actual artifact. Some eagle-eyed fans even caught sight of the mockups on the Restoration Shop floor and wondered online whether the Enterprise work was underway. The actual artifact pieces stayed in the paint booth, the large artifact bay, or otherwise out of public view through most of the process.

The masking was an art form itself. Bill, John, and Kim layered up Post-it® notes because the low-tack adhesive would be least likely to affect the base paint. And then they created fine edges using masking tapes, burnished to create a seamless transition between colors. The end result, as you can see in these photos, is beautiful – bringing the model back to what it would have looked like at the end of shooting season two, after the Trouble with Tribbles episode.

On Friday, July 1, the Museum will celebrate the 40th birthday of its building in Washington, DC, and the ceremonial reopening of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. Come join us for an all-night public party at the Museum:

Two members of the special advisory committee, Mike and Denise Okuda, have graciously agreed to appear as official guests in the overnight events, introducing the midnight showing of Galaxy Quest. Other advisory group members will also be here. And still others will be following along on social media. If you cannot join us in person for the Museum’s 40th birthday party beginning at 8:30 pm on the terrace closest to the National Mall (free and open to the public), tune in to C-SPAN 3 to watch and participate via social media. The Museum will also be webcasting events all night

Margaret A. Weitekamp contributed the blog and is a curator in the Space History Department.

This post originally appeared on the Smithsonian Nation Air and Space Museum's blog.

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The studio model of the Star Trek starship Enterprise is now on exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. After taking it off exhibit in 2014, assembling a special advisory committee, examining it using x-ray radiography, searching out long-lost photos, and planning the work in great detail, months of hard work culminated in several weeks of painting, detail work, rewiring, and final assembly. In the end, the whole project was a tremendous collaboration.

The Enterprise model, a genuine television star of the 1960s, now rests in the south lobby of Milestones (near the Independence Ave. entrance) in a new, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled case. From the center of the Hall, the restored Enterprise rests with its camera-ready side on full view. Walk around to the back to see the less-decorated port or left side, where the wires bring power to the internal lights and motors. The model’s internal lighting has been replaced with modern LEDs, which will come to life at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm local time each day. An interactive touchscreen attached to the case allows visitors to learn more about the model, Star Trek, and the Museum’s long interest in imagined spaceflight.

The final stages of the conservation treatment came together in the last few months. In April 2016, the Enterprise model, in pieces, was in the large artifact booth in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. Special Advisory Committee member Gary Kerr was dubbed our “oracle,” double-checking his notes and diagrams before any detail went onto the model. (There are 952 holes in the faux grill inside the starboard nacelle. He counted.) And Bill George and John Goodson, both of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), worked with Kim Smith of Pulse Evolution to carry out the physical detailing. Together, they were consummate professionals, bringing their expertise into an ongoing conversation with the Museum staff. More than once, the whole team stopped work to discuss the choices being made, assuring that everyone agreed before proceeding.

Before this dream team of model painters arrived, the Enterprise model’s body had already been expertly cleaned, reinforced, and repaired by Engen Conservation Chair Malcolm Collum, Dave Wilson, and Sharon Norquest (with a much-appreciated assist by Lauren Horelick). Then the whole model (minus the upper saucer paint, of course, which is original paint from the 1960s) was painted with a base color that had been carefully matched by the Museum’s Dave Wilson to the production base color that had been uncovered in multiple places on the model in sanding tests.

Kim’s first step was mixing the colors that would be used for the weathering, details, and markings. The detail paints were mixed to match the colors that Dave had carefully revealed, and were adjusted and balanced for appropriate contrast and intensity based on comparisons with the historic images.

A full-scale mockup of several of the model’s parts (nacelles and secondary hull) provided a way to test paints, techniques, and finishes before applying any paint to the actual artifact. Some eagle-eyed fans even caught sight of the mockups on the Restoration Shop floor and wondered online whether the Enterprise work was underway. The actual artifact pieces stayed in the paint booth, the large artifact bay, or otherwise out of public view through most of the process.

The masking was an art form itself. Bill, John, and Kim layered up Post-it® notes because the low-tack adhesive would be least likely to affect the base paint. And then they created fine edges using masking tapes, burnished to create a seamless transition between colors. The end result, as you can see in these photos, is beautiful – bringing the model back to what it would have looked like at the end of shooting season two, after the Trouble with Tribbles episode.

On Friday, July 1, the Museum will celebrate the 40th birthday of its building in Washington, DC, and the ceremonial reopening of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. Come join us for an all-night public party at the Museum:

Two members of the special advisory committee, Mike and Denise Okuda, have graciously agreed to appear as official guests in the overnight events, introducing the midnight showing of Galaxy Quest. Other advisory group members will also be here. And still others will be following along on social media. If you cannot join us in person for the Museum’s 40th birthday party beginning at 8:30 pm on the terrace closest to the National Mall (free and open to the public), tune in to C-SPAN 3 to watch and participate via social media. The Museum will also be webcasting events all night

Margaret A. Weitekamp contributed the blog and is a curator in the Space History Department.

This post originally appeared on the Smithsonian Nation Air and Space Museum's blog.

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enterprise-studio-model-back-on-display Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:32:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Panic Cooperative Game Gets The Trek Treatment ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/panic-cooperative-game-gets-the-trek-treatment

Justin De Witt's popular Castle Panic game gets the Star Trek treatment with... Star Trek Panic. Available now from USAopoly, the cooperative game lets players assume the roles of Kirk, Spock and other crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise. To complete your mission and win the game, you must work together to defend the ship from alien threats while you perform vital tasks and explore strange new worlds and new civilizations.

Star Trek Panic
is meant for ages 13 and up, and it can be played by one to six players. It costs $39.95 and can be ordered now from the Star Trek Shop.

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Justin De Witt's popular Castle Panic game gets the Star Trek treatment with... Star Trek Panic. Available now from USAopoly, the cooperative game lets players assume the roles of Kirk, Spock and other crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise. To complete your mission and win the game, you must work together to defend the ship from alien threats while you perform vital tasks and explore strange new worlds and new civilizations.

Star Trek Panic
is meant for ages 13 and up, and it can be played by one to six players. It costs $39.95 and can be ordered now from the Star Trek Shop.

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panic-cooperative-game-gets-the-trek-treatment Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Marlins vs. Mets At Marlins Star Trek Night ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/marlins-vs-mets-at-marlins-star-trek-night

The Miami Marlins don't need no holosuite. The Marlins are inviting Trek fans out to ballpark for Star Trek Night on July 23 at 7:10 p.m. when the hometown team takes on those strange invaders from New York, the Mets. Fans attending the game at Marlins Park in Miami can select one of several seating options, which start at $30 and include a ticket and a Marlins/Star Trek t-shirt.

Go to www.miami.marlins.mlb.com to purchase tickets now. Gift item redemption will be located at the Special Events kiosk at Section 14.

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The Miami Marlins don't need no holosuite. The Marlins are inviting Trek fans out to ballpark for Star Trek Night on July 23 at 7:10 p.m. when the hometown team takes on those strange invaders from New York, the Mets. Fans attending the game at Marlins Park in Miami can select one of several seating options, which start at $30 and include a ticket and a Marlins/Star Trek t-shirt.

Go to www.miami.marlins.mlb.com to purchase tickets now. Gift item redemption will be located at the Special Events kiosk at Section 14.

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marlins-vs-mets-at-marlins-star-trek-night Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Rihanna Goes 'Beyond' in Final Trailer]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/rihanna-goes-beyond-in-final-trailer

Paramount Pictures has just released the final trailer for Star Trek Beyond. The trailer features the debut of "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna. Check out the latest scenes and "Sledgehammer" in the trailer below.


Listen to the full track below:

Star Trek Beyond will open on July 22. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the latest Enterprise adventure.

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Paramount Pictures has just released the final trailer for Star Trek Beyond. The trailer features the debut of "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna. Check out the latest scenes and "Sledgehammer" in the trailer below.


Listen to the full track below:

Star Trek Beyond will open on July 22. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the latest Enterprise adventure.

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rihanna-goes-beyond-in-final-trailer Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:36:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Autograph Trek]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/autograph-trek

It’s truly surreal to be asked for your autograph.

Especially when your signature doesn’t actually have any real value. But hey, after I started guesting at science fiction conventions in 1983, I found that a certain (select) number of attendees wanted my autograph. Either just because I was a guest or because they knew I edited magazines. Thus, over the years, they asked me to sign Starlog, Comics Scene, Fangoria, an Official Star Trek or James Bond Movie Magazine or one of my three ongoing TV Trek licensed publications (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager).

I was pleased and flattered and touched. After all, anyone holding a magazine out for signing was (presumably) one of our readers. Therefore, meeting me and reading Starlog might mean something to them, make them even more loyal to our publications (Buy more issues! Help pay my rent! I will edit for food!). And in the words of Singing in the Rain’s legendary Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), getting that signature indicated all "our hard work ain’t been in vain for nothin’." A workaholic, I have to admit — and not to humble brag — I exhausted myself editing all those magazines, usually simultaneously; the workload was endless, massive and insane, so any appreciation was always gratifying. Here, have a cookie. Good Dave!

Now, I have a small number of photos autographed by actors but I truly value the books signed by some of my favorite authors — like Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Ron Goulart, Ellis Peters, "Charles Todd," L. Sprague de Camp — and novelist friends of mine like Will Murray, Lee Goldberg and the late A.C. Crispin (who wrote that great Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son). Usually, pals have obtained the actors’ autographs, but the writers, with some exceptions, I’ve gotten myself. (Well, Joe Nazzaro did get me Starlog-reader-turned-Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon and Ian Spelling hit up Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on my behalf. Thanks again, guys.)

Sitting at autograph tables beside celebrities I’ve heard Colm Meaney laugh heartily, Ethan Phillips bless autograph seekers, George Takei sing. Fast-on-the-draw John de Lancie couldn’t sit still during several backed-up, multi-celeb autograph queues and raced down the line rapidly signing photos as fans waited for the other, seated, slower signers. And Terry Farrell smiled so dazzingly at every congoer, I thought I’d be blinded.

In more recent years, the pernicious influence of sports memorabilia events (and all those signed baseball cards and other collectibles) has prompted a dramatic increase in the number of genre celebrities charging for autographs, still pictures (inscription included) or a posed photo opportunity with them. Depending on the venue, some folks still sign for free (their fees and expenses underwritten by the con). There are even autograph shows, primarily in Los Angeles, New York and other big city areas, where there’s no convention programming, cosplay or guest Q&As; there are just all sorts of celebrities (TV stars! Centerfold models! Wrestlers!) sitting at tables piled with photos, books and other stuff, signing for money.

Now, one can hardly blame underemployed actors and others for earning extra bucks this way, especially those who endured early deprivations or grew up in the shadow of the Great Depression. And some folks have truly altruistic reasons for charging. The wonderful Mark Lenard (Spock's Dad!) used to sell photos (in case you didn't bring your own for signing). Monies thus earned were donated to diabetes charities. Kevin McCarthy, star of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, devoted all funds he accumulated by signing pix and/or selling autographs to his many young grandkids' college funds. Lost in Space's Mark Goddard (who left acting to become a teacher of special needs children) used convention photo revenue to purchase more school supplies for his students. I hung out with Mark, Kevin and Mark at Trek cons, and I think their motivations were, well, incredibly noble. A tip of the (unautographed) baseball cap to all three!

On a lighter note, I’m one person who never charged. Mainly because who the devil would pay for my signature

These days, with personal experiences in mind, I think I would have sufficient chutzpah to solicit money. Yep, I'd have magazines and books on hand at my table to sell and a donations jar, the whole take going to charities that have since touched my life, diabetes and the disabled.

Finally, I’ve told this shaggy fan story once before in print, but it’s part of the whole signature magilla, so please, sir, let’s have another! There was some concern about the following autograph anecdote. Because maybe, perhaps someone would be offended. Did we really want to brew a brouhaha? A tempest in a trekpot? Not another one! However, let me emphasize that this is the TRUE tale of ONE fan and is in no way meant to represent more than that a single specific guy, not a group or fandom at large. No tarnishing intended! I'm a proud fanboy of long-standing and (perhaps) more fanatic than you, you or the next fellow about certain stuff (Doc Savage! Marvel Comics! Bond, James Bond!). And let me reiterate: I previously related this anecdote in Starlog (to a readership of 100,000+); here, at StarTrek.com, the audience is potentially much larger, but some of you may have already heard this fable. 

I'll tell it again: Years ago, I was doing an SF con (with guests from Trek, Doctor Who and other genre TV shows). The con’s managers asked me to sit alongside several writers at the autograph table. I didn’t expect to sign many magazines or program books but I was happy to agree to their wishes.

My immediate neighbor was an old acquaintance who had written Trek books as well as all sorts of other novels and ephemera. Once again, I’m withholding his (or her) identity. Let’s call this author "Dickens Twain." Not his real name.

He and I weren’t as busy with congoers seeking signatures as the media guests were so we had lotsa time between autograph seekers to chitchat. Finally, a fan approached Dickens Twain with a pile of six or eight paperbacks.

"I’m such a big fan," I remember the guy saying something like that (yes, I was listening in on their conversation, having nothing else to do for the moment). "You write great books."

"Thank you very much," said Dickens Twain as he (or she) signed one paperback, then another.

"And if you ever stop writing Star Trek novels," the fan announced brightly, his voice then lowering in a bit of dialogue I’ve never forgotten, "I will track you down and kill you."

Dickens Twain just continued signing the rest of the books. He calmly shook the fan’s hand. The fan collected his autographed possessions, said farewell and walked off.

I looked at Dickens Twain and he at me. No words were spoken between us about the incident. Maybe it was a dual hallucination, brought on by CATB (Chronic Autograph Table Boredom)? Could we have just imagined it all? Was that fan merely being funny? Or was he deadly serious? Well, respectively, probably not; don’t think so; didn’t seem like it; no, I hope not. Had it really happened? Sadly, yes.

Frankly, I couldn’t believe what I had heard, though I can certainly understand, as a veteran fanboy, that specific attitude of entitlement, of being owed more of your favorite author’s book series. I was always kind of peeved when Philip Jose Farmer, another SF fave of mine, started a new series instead of doing yet another entry in one of his many established ones. John D. MacDonald and Ed McBain occasionally irritated me with new novels that didn’t happen to feature Travis McGee or the 87th Precinct cops. And, more recently, some fans have wondered why George R.R. Martin has done anything (Cons! TV scripts! Website posts!) other than finishing that long-awaited sixth volume in the A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones saga, The Winds of Winter. Do you know what I mean now about fannish great expectations?

As Dickens Twain (who’s still alive and writing as if his life depended on it) might have penned years ago: When we fans do like something, it’s "Please, sir, may I have some more? Also, how about an autograph?"


David McDonnell, "the maitre’d of the science fiction universe," has dished up coverage of pop culture for more than three decades. Beginning his professional career in 1975 with the weekly "Media Report" news column in The Comic Buyers’ Guide, he joined Jim Steranko’s Mediascene Prevue in 1980. After 31 months as Starlog’s Managing Editor (beginning in October 1982), he became that pioneering SF magazine’s longtime Editor (1985-2009). He also served as Editor of its sister publications Comics Scene, Fangoria and Fantasy Worlds. At the same time, he edited numerous licensed movie one-shots (Star Trek and James Bond films, Aliens, Willow, etc.) and three ongoing official magazine series devoted to Trek TV sagas (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager). He apparently still holds this galaxy’s record for editing more magazine pieces about Star Trek in total than any other individual, human or alien.

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It’s truly surreal to be asked for your autograph.

Especially when your signature doesn’t actually have any real value. But hey, after I started guesting at science fiction conventions in 1983, I found that a certain (select) number of attendees wanted my autograph. Either just because I was a guest or because they knew I edited magazines. Thus, over the years, they asked me to sign Starlog, Comics Scene, Fangoria, an Official Star Trek or James Bond Movie Magazine or one of my three ongoing TV Trek licensed publications (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager).

I was pleased and flattered and touched. After all, anyone holding a magazine out for signing was (presumably) one of our readers. Therefore, meeting me and reading Starlog might mean something to them, make them even more loyal to our publications (Buy more issues! Help pay my rent! I will edit for food!). And in the words of Singing in the Rain’s legendary Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), getting that signature indicated all "our hard work ain’t been in vain for nothin’." A workaholic, I have to admit — and not to humble brag — I exhausted myself editing all those magazines, usually simultaneously; the workload was endless, massive and insane, so any appreciation was always gratifying. Here, have a cookie. Good Dave!

Now, I have a small number of photos autographed by actors but I truly value the books signed by some of my favorite authors — like Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Ron Goulart, Ellis Peters, "Charles Todd," L. Sprague de Camp — and novelist friends of mine like Will Murray, Lee Goldberg and the late A.C. Crispin (who wrote that great Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son). Usually, pals have obtained the actors’ autographs, but the writers, with some exceptions, I’ve gotten myself. (Well, Joe Nazzaro did get me Starlog-reader-turned-Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon and Ian Spelling hit up Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on my behalf. Thanks again, guys.)

Sitting at autograph tables beside celebrities I’ve heard Colm Meaney laugh heartily, Ethan Phillips bless autograph seekers, George Takei sing. Fast-on-the-draw John de Lancie couldn’t sit still during several backed-up, multi-celeb autograph queues and raced down the line rapidly signing photos as fans waited for the other, seated, slower signers. And Terry Farrell smiled so dazzingly at every congoer, I thought I’d be blinded.

In more recent years, the pernicious influence of sports memorabilia events (and all those signed baseball cards and other collectibles) has prompted a dramatic increase in the number of genre celebrities charging for autographs, still pictures (inscription included) or a posed photo opportunity with them. Depending on the venue, some folks still sign for free (their fees and expenses underwritten by the con). There are even autograph shows, primarily in Los Angeles, New York and other big city areas, where there’s no convention programming, cosplay or guest Q&As; there are just all sorts of celebrities (TV stars! Centerfold models! Wrestlers!) sitting at tables piled with photos, books and other stuff, signing for money.

Now, one can hardly blame underemployed actors and others for earning extra bucks this way, especially those who endured early deprivations or grew up in the shadow of the Great Depression. And some folks have truly altruistic reasons for charging. The wonderful Mark Lenard (Spock's Dad!) used to sell photos (in case you didn't bring your own for signing). Monies thus earned were donated to diabetes charities. Kevin McCarthy, star of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, devoted all funds he accumulated by signing pix and/or selling autographs to his many young grandkids' college funds. Lost in Space's Mark Goddard (who left acting to become a teacher of special needs children) used convention photo revenue to purchase more school supplies for his students. I hung out with Mark, Kevin and Mark at Trek cons, and I think their motivations were, well, incredibly noble. A tip of the (unautographed) baseball cap to all three!

On a lighter note, I’m one person who never charged. Mainly because who the devil would pay for my signature

These days, with personal experiences in mind, I think I would have sufficient chutzpah to solicit money. Yep, I'd have magazines and books on hand at my table to sell and a donations jar, the whole take going to charities that have since touched my life, diabetes and the disabled.

Finally, I’ve told this shaggy fan story once before in print, but it’s part of the whole signature magilla, so please, sir, let’s have another! There was some concern about the following autograph anecdote. Because maybe, perhaps someone would be offended. Did we really want to brew a brouhaha? A tempest in a trekpot? Not another one! However, let me emphasize that this is the TRUE tale of ONE fan and is in no way meant to represent more than that a single specific guy, not a group or fandom at large. No tarnishing intended! I'm a proud fanboy of long-standing and (perhaps) more fanatic than you, you or the next fellow about certain stuff (Doc Savage! Marvel Comics! Bond, James Bond!). And let me reiterate: I previously related this anecdote in Starlog (to a readership of 100,000+); here, at StarTrek.com, the audience is potentially much larger, but some of you may have already heard this fable. 

I'll tell it again: Years ago, I was doing an SF con (with guests from Trek, Doctor Who and other genre TV shows). The con’s managers asked me to sit alongside several writers at the autograph table. I didn’t expect to sign many magazines or program books but I was happy to agree to their wishes.

My immediate neighbor was an old acquaintance who had written Trek books as well as all sorts of other novels and ephemera. Once again, I’m withholding his (or her) identity. Let’s call this author "Dickens Twain." Not his real name.

He and I weren’t as busy with congoers seeking signatures as the media guests were so we had lotsa time between autograph seekers to chitchat. Finally, a fan approached Dickens Twain with a pile of six or eight paperbacks.

"I’m such a big fan," I remember the guy saying something like that (yes, I was listening in on their conversation, having nothing else to do for the moment). "You write great books."

"Thank you very much," said Dickens Twain as he (or she) signed one paperback, then another.

"And if you ever stop writing Star Trek novels," the fan announced brightly, his voice then lowering in a bit of dialogue I’ve never forgotten, "I will track you down and kill you."

Dickens Twain just continued signing the rest of the books. He calmly shook the fan’s hand. The fan collected his autographed possessions, said farewell and walked off.

I looked at Dickens Twain and he at me. No words were spoken between us about the incident. Maybe it was a dual hallucination, brought on by CATB (Chronic Autograph Table Boredom)? Could we have just imagined it all? Was that fan merely being funny? Or was he deadly serious? Well, respectively, probably not; don’t think so; didn’t seem like it; no, I hope not. Had it really happened? Sadly, yes.

Frankly, I couldn’t believe what I had heard, though I can certainly understand, as a veteran fanboy, that specific attitude of entitlement, of being owed more of your favorite author’s book series. I was always kind of peeved when Philip Jose Farmer, another SF fave of mine, started a new series instead of doing yet another entry in one of his many established ones. John D. MacDonald and Ed McBain occasionally irritated me with new novels that didn’t happen to feature Travis McGee or the 87th Precinct cops. And, more recently, some fans have wondered why George R.R. Martin has done anything (Cons! TV scripts! Website posts!) other than finishing that long-awaited sixth volume in the A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones saga, The Winds of Winter. Do you know what I mean now about fannish great expectations?

As Dickens Twain (who’s still alive and writing as if his life depended on it) might have penned years ago: When we fans do like something, it’s "Please, sir, may I have some more? Also, how about an autograph?"


David McDonnell, "the maitre’d of the science fiction universe," has dished up coverage of pop culture for more than three decades. Beginning his professional career in 1975 with the weekly "Media Report" news column in The Comic Buyers’ Guide, he joined Jim Steranko’s Mediascene Prevue in 1980. After 31 months as Starlog’s Managing Editor (beginning in October 1982), he became that pioneering SF magazine’s longtime Editor (1985-2009). He also served as Editor of its sister publications Comics Scene, Fangoria and Fantasy Worlds. At the same time, he edited numerous licensed movie one-shots (Star Trek and James Bond films, Aliens, Willow, etc.) and three ongoing official magazine series devoted to Trek TV sagas (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager). He apparently still holds this galaxy’s record for editing more magazine pieces about Star Trek in total than any other individual, human or alien.

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autograph-trek Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Your Favorite Trek Couple Was... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/your-favorite-trek-couple-was

For our latest StarTrek.com poll, we asked... Who was your favorite Star Trek couple? The reply options were Worf and Jadzia, Riker and Troi, B'Elanna and Tom Paris, T'Pol and Trip, Picard and Crusher, and Worf and Troi. More than 5,000 fans voted, and here are the results:


Worf and Jadzia Dax (30%)

Riker and Troi (25%)

B'Elanna and Tom Paris (18%)

T'Pol and Trip (13%)

Picard and Crusher (11%)

Worf and Troi (3%)

And where in the results did YOUR couple of choice land?

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For our latest StarTrek.com poll, we asked... Who was your favorite Star Trek couple? The reply options were Worf and Jadzia, Riker and Troi, B'Elanna and Tom Paris, T'Pol and Trip, Picard and Crusher, and Worf and Troi. More than 5,000 fans voted, and here are the results:


Worf and Jadzia Dax (30%)

Riker and Troi (25%)

B'Elanna and Tom Paris (18%)

T'Pol and Trip (13%)

Picard and Crusher (11%)

Worf and Troi (3%)

And where in the results did YOUR couple of choice land?

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your-favorite-trek-couple-was Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:04:14 -0700
<![CDATA[The Prey Saga To Continue with The Jackal's Prey]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-prey-saga-to-continue-with-the-jackals-prey

Is it October already? Of course not, but Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books has just announced their Star Trek novel for that month, and it's Star Trek: Prey -- Book 2: The Jackal's Prey. StarTrek.com has details about the tome, written by John Jackson Miller, as well as an exclusive First Look at the cover art.

Here's the synopsis:                                                           

The Klingon-Federation alliance is in peril as never before. Lord Korgh has seized control of the House of Kruge, executing a plot one hundred years in the making. The Klingon cult known as the Unsung rampages across the stars, striking from the shadows in their cloaked birds-of-prey. And the mysterious figure known as Buxtus Cross launches a scheme that will transform the Klingon Empire forever.

Into danger flies Admiral William T. Riker and the U.S.S. Titan, charged with protecting the peace forged nearly a century before during the Khitomer Accords. Aided by Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise, Riker and his officers scour the stars, seeking to find the Unsung and uncover the truth behind the conspiracy before time runs out.

Yet even as Commander Worf departs on a deeply personal mission of honor, hidden sinister forces seek to turn the crisis to their advantage. And the conspirators’ plans threaten to spiral out of control, jeopardizing the very empire they aspire to rule...

Star Trek: Prey -- Book 2: The Jackal's Prey is part of a trilogy that stretches from Star Trek: The Original Series to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The Jackal's Prey will run 352 pages and be available on October 25 as a mass market paperback and eBook. It will cost $7.99. Go to www.simonandschuster.com to pre-order the adventure.

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Is it October already? Of course not, but Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books has just announced their Star Trek novel for that month, and it's Star Trek: Prey -- Book 2: The Jackal's Prey. StarTrek.com has details about the tome, written by John Jackson Miller, as well as an exclusive First Look at the cover art.

Here's the synopsis:                                                           

The Klingon-Federation alliance is in peril as never before. Lord Korgh has seized control of the House of Kruge, executing a plot one hundred years in the making. The Klingon cult known as the Unsung rampages across the stars, striking from the shadows in their cloaked birds-of-prey. And the mysterious figure known as Buxtus Cross launches a scheme that will transform the Klingon Empire forever.

Into danger flies Admiral William T. Riker and the U.S.S. Titan, charged with protecting the peace forged nearly a century before during the Khitomer Accords. Aided by Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise, Riker and his officers scour the stars, seeking to find the Unsung and uncover the truth behind the conspiracy before time runs out.

Yet even as Commander Worf departs on a deeply personal mission of honor, hidden sinister forces seek to turn the crisis to their advantage. And the conspirators’ plans threaten to spiral out of control, jeopardizing the very empire they aspire to rule...

Star Trek: Prey -- Book 2: The Jackal's Prey is part of a trilogy that stretches from Star Trek: The Original Series to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The Jackal's Prey will run 352 pages and be available on October 25 as a mass market paperback and eBook. It will cost $7.99. Go to www.simonandschuster.com to pre-order the adventure.

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the-prey-saga-to-continue-with-the-jackals-prey Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[The Lost Film of TOS ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-lost-film-of-tos

Compact digital cameras with high storage capacities are so common today that it’s easy to forget that Star Trek: The Original Series was shot entirely with large analog cameras and lots of 35 mm film. And by lots of 35 mm film, we mean LOTS of 35mm film. So much so, in fact, that if you added the amount of film from the broadcast print of the first pilot to that from the 79 subsequent episodes, you’d have a spool of film that would stretch about 360,000 feet if unrolled. And when you consider that far more film than that was actually used to make the series – e.g., film for the negatives, the optical effects, the multiple unused camera angles, the outtakes, the work prints and so on — then the amount of film consumed was truly staggering.

So, what’s become of all it?

Well, while TOS was being produced, most of the film was stored safely in studio vaults so that the production company could have quick access to it. But after the series ended, and this is depressing to write, only the negatives of the completed episodes were saved. The bulk of the remainder was discarded because no one thought, back then, that it was worth saving. TOS was, after all, just another canceled series.

Unfortunately, this means that most everything that was filmed that wasn’t in the aired episodes – things like the unused scenes, the outtakes, the behind-the scenes elements – was also discarded. (There are a couple of notable exceptions such as the film in the blooper reels and some miscellaneous strips and short rolls, but, by and large, the vast majority of the film is presumed gone).

So, is all this unseen TOS history lost?

Fortunately, the answer to that question is a qualified no, thanks in large part to the fans of TOS and some serendipitous distributed storage. You see, although the original unused motion picture film was destroyed, it’s still possible today to view still images of the missing film from surviving 50-year-old single frames. Let’s digress a bit and explain that in more detail.


Time Warp: Factor 1968

Back in the late 1960’s, the fans of TOS clamored for souvenirs of their favorite space show, so Gene Roddenberry obliged them. He – along with Bjo and John Trimble – established a company called Star Trek Enterprises (later renamed Lincoln Enterprises and then Roddenberry.com) that sold authentic Star Trek merchandise. Star Trek Enterprises had many different items in their catalogs, including scripts, stationary, posters and film clips. And it’s in this latter item – the film clips – where some of the missing film can be found.

Film clips, sometimes referred to today as “film cels,” are single frames of film that are cut from a roll of motion picture film. The ones from TOS that Lincoln Enterprises sold were cut predominantly from work prints (positive copies of the camera negatives) that were obtained directly from the studio. Those little frames were priceless gems because they were bits of authentic film that were actually handled by the production company. We fans usually mounted them in slide holders so that they could be projected onto walls or screens with projectors, and we were ecstatic because – in the era before Beta and VHS tapes, laser discs, DVDs, Blu-rays and streaming digital services – the film clips allowed parts of TOS to be viewed right in our homes at any time.

Lincoln Enterprises sold thousands and thousands of film clips worldwide and, fortunately for us historians, these work print “discards” were direct copies of all of the film that went before the cameras while TOS was being filmed. Thus, many film clips show things that never made it into the episodes, such as the bloopers, deleted scenes and behind the scenes elements. (If you bought any film clips from Lincoln Enterprises, then there’s a pretty good chance that you received some frames of this unused and unseen film. Based on our study of several million film clips, about 4% of an average random lot contained unseen production clips.)

If you own any film clips, however, you may have noticed that their color has been changing over time.


Red Shift

No physical storage medium really lasts forever, and camera film is no exception. Since its inception, photographic film has used a variety of light-sensitive emulsions and support bases and many of them have deteriorated over time such as the cellulose nitrates and some of the dye-based cellulose acetates. Regrettably, this latter film is what TOS was shot on.

When TOS was being produced in the 1960’s, the positive prints for it were made on Eastman Kodak film stock that was chemically unstable. The chemicals that were used to generate the colors of magenta, cyan and yellow were prone to decomposition, which is resulting in the originally intended colors shifting. The magenta dye is the most stable, followed by the yellow and cyan dyes. In plain English, what this means is that as this film stock ages, it becomes “warm” and fades to a magenta/red color. And there is currently no inexpensive process for chemically reversing it. We estimate that in the next 50 years or so, the color in this film will be lost forever.

Ouch.

So, similarly as we’ve asked before, is all of the lost and now found film from TOS being lost forever?

In a word, no… at least not yet.


Cyan Shift

Using modern, professional film scanning equipment, a computer and appropriate software, it’s possible to digitally restore the faded film to its original color and pristine condition. The process is a bit laborious to do properly, especially when you consider that these bits of red plastic also have been accumulating dust and scratches for around 50 years. We think it’s worth it, though, because there’s no other way to view this lost TOS history. If you’re interested, you can see some examples of our restoration work at startrekhistory.com.

Over the coming months, we’ll be presenting at StarTrek.com some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes pictures, scenes from the episodes that were cut as they were being assembled and, of course, bloopers that occurred during filming. All of these images come courtesy of the Lincoln Enterprises film clips that we fans bought and distributively stored for the last 50 years.

To close this article, we’ll leave you with a still from a short scene that was deleted from Act Two of “Dagger of the Mind.” The trimmed material was supposed to have occurred after Helen Noel (played by Marianna Hill) reminded Kirk that they had met previously because he had dropped in to the science lab Christmas party. In case you’re wondering, the text that accompanies this scene comes directly from the shooting script of the episode.

Until next time...

David Tilotta is a professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and works in the areas of chemistry and sustainable materials technology. You can email David at david.tilotta@frontier.com. Curt McAloney is an accomplished graphic artist with extensive experience in multimedia, Internet and print design. He resides in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and can be contacted at curt@curtsmedia.com. Together, Curt and David work on startrekhistory.com. Their Star Trek work has appeared in the Star Trek Magazine and Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula M. Block with Terry J. Erdmann.

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Compact digital cameras with high storage capacities are so common today that it’s easy to forget that Star Trek: The Original Series was shot entirely with large analog cameras and lots of 35 mm film. And by lots of 35 mm film, we mean LOTS of 35mm film. So much so, in fact, that if you added the amount of film from the broadcast print of the first pilot to that from the 79 subsequent episodes, you’d have a spool of film that would stretch about 360,000 feet if unrolled. And when you consider that far more film than that was actually used to make the series – e.g., film for the negatives, the optical effects, the multiple unused camera angles, the outtakes, the work prints and so on — then the amount of film consumed was truly staggering.

So, what’s become of all it?

Well, while TOS was being produced, most of the film was stored safely in studio vaults so that the production company could have quick access to it. But after the series ended, and this is depressing to write, only the negatives of the completed episodes were saved. The bulk of the remainder was discarded because no one thought, back then, that it was worth saving. TOS was, after all, just another canceled series.

Unfortunately, this means that most everything that was filmed that wasn’t in the aired episodes – things like the unused scenes, the outtakes, the behind-the scenes elements – was also discarded. (There are a couple of notable exceptions such as the film in the blooper reels and some miscellaneous strips and short rolls, but, by and large, the vast majority of the film is presumed gone).

So, is all this unseen TOS history lost?

Fortunately, the answer to that question is a qualified no, thanks in large part to the fans of TOS and some serendipitous distributed storage. You see, although the original unused motion picture film was destroyed, it’s still possible today to view still images of the missing film from surviving 50-year-old single frames. Let’s digress a bit and explain that in more detail.


Time Warp: Factor 1968

Back in the late 1960’s, the fans of TOS clamored for souvenirs of their favorite space show, so Gene Roddenberry obliged them. He – along with Bjo and John Trimble – established a company called Star Trek Enterprises (later renamed Lincoln Enterprises and then Roddenberry.com) that sold authentic Star Trek merchandise. Star Trek Enterprises had many different items in their catalogs, including scripts, stationary, posters and film clips. And it’s in this latter item – the film clips – where some of the missing film can be found.

Film clips, sometimes referred to today as “film cels,” are single frames of film that are cut from a roll of motion picture film. The ones from TOS that Lincoln Enterprises sold were cut predominantly from work prints (positive copies of the camera negatives) that were obtained directly from the studio. Those little frames were priceless gems because they were bits of authentic film that were actually handled by the production company. We fans usually mounted them in slide holders so that they could be projected onto walls or screens with projectors, and we were ecstatic because – in the era before Beta and VHS tapes, laser discs, DVDs, Blu-rays and streaming digital services – the film clips allowed parts of TOS to be viewed right in our homes at any time.

Lincoln Enterprises sold thousands and thousands of film clips worldwide and, fortunately for us historians, these work print “discards” were direct copies of all of the film that went before the cameras while TOS was being filmed. Thus, many film clips show things that never made it into the episodes, such as the bloopers, deleted scenes and behind the scenes elements. (If you bought any film clips from Lincoln Enterprises, then there’s a pretty good chance that you received some frames of this unused and unseen film. Based on our study of several million film clips, about 4% of an average random lot contained unseen production clips.)

If you own any film clips, however, you may have noticed that their color has been changing over time.


Red Shift

No physical storage medium really lasts forever, and camera film is no exception. Since its inception, photographic film has used a variety of light-sensitive emulsions and support bases and many of them have deteriorated over time such as the cellulose nitrates and some of the dye-based cellulose acetates. Regrettably, this latter film is what TOS was shot on.

When TOS was being produced in the 1960’s, the positive prints for it were made on Eastman Kodak film stock that was chemically unstable. The chemicals that were used to generate the colors of magenta, cyan and yellow were prone to decomposition, which is resulting in the originally intended colors shifting. The magenta dye is the most stable, followed by the yellow and cyan dyes. In plain English, what this means is that as this film stock ages, it becomes “warm” and fades to a magenta/red color. And there is currently no inexpensive process for chemically reversing it. We estimate that in the next 50 years or so, the color in this film will be lost forever.

Ouch.

So, similarly as we’ve asked before, is all of the lost and now found film from TOS being lost forever?

In a word, no… at least not yet.


Cyan Shift

Using modern, professional film scanning equipment, a computer and appropriate software, it’s possible to digitally restore the faded film to its original color and pristine condition. The process is a bit laborious to do properly, especially when you consider that these bits of red plastic also have been accumulating dust and scratches for around 50 years. We think it’s worth it, though, because there’s no other way to view this lost TOS history. If you’re interested, you can see some examples of our restoration work at startrekhistory.com.

Over the coming months, we’ll be presenting at StarTrek.com some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes pictures, scenes from the episodes that were cut as they were being assembled and, of course, bloopers that occurred during filming. All of these images come courtesy of the Lincoln Enterprises film clips that we fans bought and distributively stored for the last 50 years.

To close this article, we’ll leave you with a still from a short scene that was deleted from Act Two of “Dagger of the Mind.” The trimmed material was supposed to have occurred after Helen Noel (played by Marianna Hill) reminded Kirk that they had met previously because he had dropped in to the science lab Christmas party. In case you’re wondering, the text that accompanies this scene comes directly from the shooting script of the episode.

Until next time...

David Tilotta is a professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and works in the areas of chemistry and sustainable materials technology. You can email David at david.tilotta@frontier.com. Curt McAloney is an accomplished graphic artist with extensive experience in multimedia, Internet and print design. He resides in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and can be contacted at curt@curtsmedia.com. Together, Curt and David work on startrekhistory.com. Their Star Trek work has appeared in the Star Trek Magazine and Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula M. Block with Terry J. Erdmann.

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the-lost-film-of-tos Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:15:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Big Bang Theory Meets TOS in SDCC-Exclusive Figures ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/big-bang-theory-meets-tos-in-sdcc-exclusive-figures

Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, Penny, Bernadette and Amy from The Big Bang Theory will meet Star Trek: The Original Series in a limited-edition group of 3 3/4-inch scale action figures that will be available as 2016 Entertainment Earth San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives from Bif Bang Pow! Each exclusive figure features five points of articulation (neck, shoulders and hips) and showcases the characters in TOS uniforms. Plus, the figures of Sheldon, Howard, Raj, Penny, Bernadette and Amy come equipped with their very own Communicator, Phaser and Tricorder accessories.

Further, the packaging for each figure includes a pop-out diorama of a unique stage set from the series. And, as Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusives, each limited-edition figure is individually numbered with a holographic sticker.

The figures, which are intended for fans ages 14 and up, will be available for the first time on July 20, 2016 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con. Not attending San Diego Comic-Con 2016? They're available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth now. If supplies remain after the show, pre-orders will be filled and shipped in August 2016.

Continue to check Entertainment Earth for pre-order details and the latest convention exclusive news.

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Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, Penny, Bernadette and Amy from The Big Bang Theory will meet Star Trek: The Original Series in a limited-edition group of 3 3/4-inch scale action figures that will be available as 2016 Entertainment Earth San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives from Bif Bang Pow! Each exclusive figure features five points of articulation (neck, shoulders and hips) and showcases the characters in TOS uniforms. Plus, the figures of Sheldon, Howard, Raj, Penny, Bernadette and Amy come equipped with their very own Communicator, Phaser and Tricorder accessories.

Further, the packaging for each figure includes a pop-out diorama of a unique stage set from the series. And, as Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusives, each limited-edition figure is individually numbered with a holographic sticker.

The figures, which are intended for fans ages 14 and up, will be available for the first time on July 20, 2016 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con. Not attending San Diego Comic-Con 2016? They're available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth now. If supplies remain after the show, pre-orders will be filled and shipped in August 2016.

Continue to check Entertainment Earth for pre-order details and the latest convention exclusive news.

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big-bang-theory-meets-tos-in-sdcc-exclusive-figures Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700