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Where in the world was Jimmy Doohan? You name it! That's where you could find the beloved James Doohan, who portrayed Montgomery Scott, heroic engineer of Star Trek (now celebrating 50 years of adventure).

Maybe you met him, too. Jimmy did a ton of SF conventions in the USA (as well as Canada, Australia, England and Germany) throughout the late 1970s, ’80s, ’90s. He graced video stores and other promotional appearances, autograph shows, parades. There were hundreds of chances to meet Jimmy. He was, in part, doing it all for the money. An older man with a much younger new family, he knew he might not be able (or around) to pay for college and his kids’ other expenses unless the bucks were made today and put aside for tomorrow.

Star Trek's Jimmy Doohan at Plastic Galaxy Convention

But it was more than money. Jimmy Doohan (who died in 2005) truly loved people and seemed to like nothing more than to stand around, drink in hand, surrounded by fans and talk with anyone about life, World War II (where he served heroically), and, of course, being "Scotty." A hale fellow well met! He also discussed his career in an entertaining autobiography, Beam Me Up, Scotty (co-authored with Peter David), and numerous Starlog interviews.

We learned so much about Jimmy in those chats. "You're part of my forum," he quipped to Starlog's Kathryn M. Drennan in 1989 (issue #146) before detailing life-changing backstories. "I was wounded on D-Day," he noted, as part of the First Wave assault on Juno Beach in 1944. After recovering, he became an Air Observation Pilot, reputedly "the craziest pilot in the Royal Canadian Artillery (not Air Force)," as sometimes erroneously reported. "There wasn't anything that I didn't try [as a flyer]. If it was in the air, there was no way that I didn't absolutely adore it. And I can remember vividly everything that happened."

In the late 1940s and '50s, he became "Canada's busiest actor," racking up 4,000 radio show appearances and 400+ TV gigs. "If an actor has any pride in himself, he always wants to do more," Jimmy told Robert Greenberger (#62, 1983).

So, he moved to Hollywood. And accents were key to his success. "I've been doing dialects ever since I can remember -- since I was allowed to go to movies, from age six or seven," Jimmy explained to Jim George & J. Cat McDowell (#94, 1985). "I can remember my mother telling me that I used to change accents when I would walk from one room to another."

That's a versatility he frequently demonstrated at conventions. He had a standard routine on stage at Trek cons where before taking audience questions he would detail in differing accents how Scotty might sound if he was another nationality (his upper-class British take was hilarious). He would also explain all the things that would occur if Scotty was in command ("Number one, I would get the girl!"  Spock would stay out of his Engine Room so there would be no more star-upstaging-the-expert-engineer, last-minute, save-the-ship antics. "That really bugged me!" And "I would limit Ensign Kirk to only one woman every four months!"). And, so often, Jimmy would field the same F.A.Q.s (Frequently Asked Questions) from the audience.

Star Trek's James Doohan in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Favorite TOS episode? "The Doomsday Machine."

America's space program? "That's the future of the country. We have to have a good space program to advance our technology. We have to keep dreaming about what to do in space."

More Trek films with the classic cast? "We showed our age in each of those movies, and the audiences didn't stop coming."

Fans? "I love them! I have so much fun with them."

I once asked him, as we sat side-by-side at an autograph table, if he ever tired of answering the same bloody things over and over and over again. "You know, Dave," he said, "it’s the first time they have asked me the question." So, that latest inquirer also deserved his best answer. What a great attitude! And one I’ve taken to heart to this day.

"Actors never retire!" Jimmy announced to Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier (#112-113, 1986). "I'm quite content to be an actor, that's all I want. I just want to be the best actor I can possibly be. That's what I promised God I was going to do, and He certainly hasn't put any barriers in my way, other than typecasting me in Star Trek."

Furthermore, "I read for many roles," he admitted in 1985. "Some of the 'experts' say they can't get rid of the picture of me as a Scotsman. So, as far as Hollywood is concerned, I will probably forever and ever play a Scotsman, and I don't want to do that, cause I was trained for other things."

Years later, Jimmy clarified matters for Lynne Stephens (#176, 1992). "To get me to work, people just have to ask me. Because my experiences are so varied. I'm of the opinion that there isn't anything I don't know how to do... I did so much."

And again, "I know I'm Scotty and that's it. It's just one of those things."

James Doohan in Star Trek: The Original Series

Jimmy Doohan was ubiquitous. I met him at the very first Starlog Festival, a convention held in Chicago in spring 1984. Ultimately, I did more than 200 cons as a guest — and Jimmy was at about 25 of them. Atlanta. Atlantic City. Baltimore. Buffalo. Cleveland. Denver. Philadelphia. Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Silver Spring. Etc. At least two of three Star Trek cruises on which I sailed (he helped lead the singing of "Happy Birthday" to me in an Everglades area restaurant when the date coincided with a park outing). And more.

Where in the world was Jimmy Doohan? Everywhere!

I attended a press event at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida — and a surprise guest trotted on stage to tout the first of a short-lived series of Disney-sponsored, theme park-based SF conventions. Jimmy Doohan!

My then-girlfriend and I were in NYC, at the off-Broadway version of Return to Forbidden Planet (a musical mixing Shakespeare, rock & roll songs and science fiction), and the gigantic video screen came on with pretaped footage of this production’s surprise local narrator. Jimmy Doohan!

I did another con in Chicago, more than a decade after my first there, and a fellow guest posed with most attendees (for individual photo ops) while appropriately dressed in surprising traditional Scottish garb, a kilt. Jimmy Doohan!

James Doohan as Scott in Star Trek (1966)

But my best memory of Jimmy Doohan comes from a con in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I had been there as a kid and visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, a fabulous showcase of art and artifacts from the real West as well as Western movies and television. It includes the Hall of Great Westerners, the Hall of Great Western Performers (i.e. actors) and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. I suggested to con organizer Jonathan Harris that we fly to Oklahoma a day early to allow for a museum visit. So, he arranged it.

Jon, his parents and his wife Susan were in one small rental car. Jimmy had his own rental and extra space, so I ended up riding shotgun with him. Let me tell you: If you don’t know someone very well, after spending most of a day alone together in a car, you will. You have no choice but to talk to each other. He chatted about his exploits in WWII and how a "Dear Jim" letter made him want "to show her" and prompted him to become an actor. It was pretty serious stuff. And I thought, for a time, I was talking to the real Jimmy Doohan.

We got the V.I.P. tour of (what was then known as) the Cowboy Hall of Fame, complete with a personal guide — and it was great fun to have Jimmy along to ooohh and ahhh over the legends of the West. But, nonetheless, my finest time was spent alone with him in a rental car, zooming in, about and around Oklahoma City.

That and having him give me an autographed, official Jimmy Doohan caricature refrigerator magnet. It holds court forever, still Scotty, on my Frigidaire.

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.

Copyright 2016 David McDonnell

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Where in the world was Jimmy Doohan? You name it! That's where you could find the beloved James Doohan, who portrayed Montgomery Scott, heroic engineer of Star Trek (now celebrating 50 years of adventure).

Maybe you met him, too. Jimmy did a ton of SF conventions in the USA (as well as Canada, Australia, England and Germany) throughout the late 1970s, ’80s, ’90s. He graced video stores and other promotional appearances, autograph shows, parades. There were hundreds of chances to meet Jimmy. He was, in part, doing it all for the money. An older man with a much younger new family, he knew he might not be able (or around) to pay for college and his kids’ other expenses unless the bucks were made today and put aside for tomorrow.

Star Trek's Jimmy Doohan at Plastic Galaxy Convention

But it was more than money. Jimmy Doohan (who died in 2005) truly loved people and seemed to like nothing more than to stand around, drink in hand, surrounded by fans and talk with anyone about life, World War II (where he served heroically), and, of course, being "Scotty." A hale fellow well met! He also discussed his career in an entertaining autobiography, Beam Me Up, Scotty (co-authored with Peter David), and numerous Starlog interviews.

We learned so much about Jimmy in those chats. "You're part of my forum," he quipped to Starlog's Kathryn M. Drennan in 1989 (issue #146) before detailing life-changing backstories. "I was wounded on D-Day," he noted, as part of the First Wave assault on Juno Beach in 1944. After recovering, he became an Air Observation Pilot, reputedly "the craziest pilot in the Royal Canadian Artillery (not Air Force)," as sometimes erroneously reported. "There wasn't anything that I didn't try [as a flyer]. If it was in the air, there was no way that I didn't absolutely adore it. And I can remember vividly everything that happened."

In the late 1940s and '50s, he became "Canada's busiest actor," racking up 4,000 radio show appearances and 400+ TV gigs. "If an actor has any pride in himself, he always wants to do more," Jimmy told Robert Greenberger (#62, 1983).

So, he moved to Hollywood. And accents were key to his success. "I've been doing dialects ever since I can remember -- since I was allowed to go to movies, from age six or seven," Jimmy explained to Jim George & J. Cat McDowell (#94, 1985). "I can remember my mother telling me that I used to change accents when I would walk from one room to another."

That's a versatility he frequently demonstrated at conventions. He had a standard routine on stage at Trek cons where before taking audience questions he would detail in differing accents how Scotty might sound if he was another nationality (his upper-class British take was hilarious). He would also explain all the things that would occur if Scotty was in command ("Number one, I would get the girl!"  Spock would stay out of his Engine Room so there would be no more star-upstaging-the-expert-engineer, last-minute, save-the-ship antics. "That really bugged me!" And "I would limit Ensign Kirk to only one woman every four months!"). And, so often, Jimmy would field the same F.A.Q.s (Frequently Asked Questions) from the audience.

Star Trek's James Doohan in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Favorite TOS episode? "The Doomsday Machine."

America's space program? "That's the future of the country. We have to have a good space program to advance our technology. We have to keep dreaming about what to do in space."

More Trek films with the classic cast? "We showed our age in each of those movies, and the audiences didn't stop coming."

Fans? "I love them! I have so much fun with them."

I once asked him, as we sat side-by-side at an autograph table, if he ever tired of answering the same bloody things over and over and over again. "You know, Dave," he said, "it’s the first time they have asked me the question." So, that latest inquirer also deserved his best answer. What a great attitude! And one I’ve taken to heart to this day.

"Actors never retire!" Jimmy announced to Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier (#112-113, 1986). "I'm quite content to be an actor, that's all I want. I just want to be the best actor I can possibly be. That's what I promised God I was going to do, and He certainly hasn't put any barriers in my way, other than typecasting me in Star Trek."

Furthermore, "I read for many roles," he admitted in 1985. "Some of the 'experts' say they can't get rid of the picture of me as a Scotsman. So, as far as Hollywood is concerned, I will probably forever and ever play a Scotsman, and I don't want to do that, cause I was trained for other things."

Years later, Jimmy clarified matters for Lynne Stephens (#176, 1992). "To get me to work, people just have to ask me. Because my experiences are so varied. I'm of the opinion that there isn't anything I don't know how to do... I did so much."

And again, "I know I'm Scotty and that's it. It's just one of those things."

James Doohan in Star Trek: The Original Series

Jimmy Doohan was ubiquitous. I met him at the very first Starlog Festival, a convention held in Chicago in spring 1984. Ultimately, I did more than 200 cons as a guest — and Jimmy was at about 25 of them. Atlanta. Atlantic City. Baltimore. Buffalo. Cleveland. Denver. Philadelphia. Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Silver Spring. Etc. At least two of three Star Trek cruises on which I sailed (he helped lead the singing of "Happy Birthday" to me in an Everglades area restaurant when the date coincided with a park outing). And more.

Where in the world was Jimmy Doohan? Everywhere!

I attended a press event at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida — and a surprise guest trotted on stage to tout the first of a short-lived series of Disney-sponsored, theme park-based SF conventions. Jimmy Doohan!

My then-girlfriend and I were in NYC, at the off-Broadway version of Return to Forbidden Planet (a musical mixing Shakespeare, rock & roll songs and science fiction), and the gigantic video screen came on with pretaped footage of this production’s surprise local narrator. Jimmy Doohan!

I did another con in Chicago, more than a decade after my first there, and a fellow guest posed with most attendees (for individual photo ops) while appropriately dressed in surprising traditional Scottish garb, a kilt. Jimmy Doohan!

James Doohan as Scott in Star Trek (1966)

But my best memory of Jimmy Doohan comes from a con in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I had been there as a kid and visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, a fabulous showcase of art and artifacts from the real West as well as Western movies and television. It includes the Hall of Great Westerners, the Hall of Great Western Performers (i.e. actors) and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. I suggested to con organizer Jonathan Harris that we fly to Oklahoma a day early to allow for a museum visit. So, he arranged it.

Jon, his parents and his wife Susan were in one small rental car. Jimmy had his own rental and extra space, so I ended up riding shotgun with him. Let me tell you: If you don’t know someone very well, after spending most of a day alone together in a car, you will. You have no choice but to talk to each other. He chatted about his exploits in WWII and how a "Dear Jim" letter made him want "to show her" and prompted him to become an actor. It was pretty serious stuff. And I thought, for a time, I was talking to the real Jimmy Doohan.

We got the V.I.P. tour of (what was then known as) the Cowboy Hall of Fame, complete with a personal guide — and it was great fun to have Jimmy along to ooohh and ahhh over the legends of the West. But, nonetheless, my finest time was spent alone with him in a rental car, zooming in, about and around Oklahoma City.

That and having him give me an autographed, official Jimmy Doohan caricature refrigerator magnet. It holds court forever, still Scotty, on my Frigidaire.

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.

Copyright 2016 David McDonnell

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forever-scotty Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Preview: Building Star Trek]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/preview-building-star-trek

The Smithsonian Channel documentary Building Star Trek is set to premiere on September 4 at 8p.m. ET/PT. The program will feature a star-studded lineup of astronauts, engineers, writers, innovators and Star Trek actors who'll celebrate to the 50th anniversary of the show that inspired the space age. Among the participants are Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Professor John Howell of the University of Rochester; Dr.  Margaret Weitekamp, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; Dr. Sonny Kohli, Team Leader of Cloud DX, one of the finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE; David Grier, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University, who is developing a real-life Tractor Beam; and Dr. Rob Afzal, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow Laser Sensor and Systems, who is working to harness the power of lasers.

Star Trek Smithsonian Interview

StarTrek.com recently spoke with Elliot Halpern of yap films, Executive Producer of Building Star Trek. Halpern discussed his personal appreciation of Star Trek and previewed what viewers will see on September 4 when they check out the documentary. Here's what he had to say:


First, how deep does your own love of Star Trek run?

I was nine years old and starting Grade 6, when Star Trek: The Original Series premiered in September 1966. One of my friends was the first on our block to have this amazing invention: a color TV. So my friends and I would go to his house and, rapt, watch Star Trek together. It was the very first show I ever saw in color, which seemed appropriate because it was projecting an incredible new world. I was a huge sci-fi and comic book fan and the series blew me away.  I spent each week waiting for the next episode. It was the heady days of the Apollo program and the idea of exploring the universe, of the last frontier, really captured my imagination. Inspired by the show, for my birthday that year, I got my first telescope. I dreamed of going to the stars one day, but for the time being I was totally enthralled by observing them and by exploring them through Star Trek. And while I was interested in all the subsequent series and films, TOS is still for me “Star Trek." You never get over your first love!


How did you get involved with Building Star Trek?

In the fall of 2014, with the 50th anniversary of TOS on the horizon, it was an amazing opportunity to pay homage to a beloved institution that personally meant so much to me. Working with Smithsonian Channel was a great fit.

Star Trek: The Original Series


Give audiences a sense of what they will see with Building Star Trek

We didn’t want to make a nostalgic looking-back kind of film. We wanted to do something very Star Trek: look into the future. So the idea was to take all of Star Trek’s amazing science and technology — as embodied in all of its cool props, like the phaser and the tricorder — and investigate how that tech is still influencing cutting-edge developments of today. Passionate scientists inspired by Star Trek are right now creating real-life tractor beams, competing for the Tricorder Prize, and making missile-hunting phasers and claoking devices, among other cool stuff. We also follow the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s conservationists as they meticulously restore the original 11-foot model of the Enterprise used in TOS. There is one other major element of the show. The EMP Museum in Seattle created an immersive exhibit of the TOS bridge. We follow them as they scour the world for all of the TOS props and sets, everything from a phaser and a Tribble to the captain’s chair and console.


What elements of the Trek phenomenon personally fascinate you the most — and why?

Its endurance; the cultural and moral values it champions, and the science and technology it has and continues to inspire. At the end of the day, the things that have really stayed with me are the idealized Planet Earth — everyone working together— and the ethical/philosophical questions that the series regularly posed.

Star Trek Smithsonian and Lasers


We'll hear from scientists and actors and writers, etc. How tough or easy was it to wrangle some of the people, and once you got them, what kinds of contributions did they make to the project? Please give us a few examples...

The folks featured in the special were very gracious about giving us some of their time. The writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold gave us amazing perspectives on what is was like to work on the series, the creative challenges, the ambitions, and the audience response; for example, that judging by the fan mail from female viewers, Leonard Nimoy was the show’s stealth sex symbol, not William Shatner. Current stars Simon Pegg and Karl Urban gave us this great, loving look back at TOS to discover what its appeal was — with humor and intelligence. And Nichelle Nichols revealed for the first time on camera why she really didn’t think the groundbreaking kiss between Uhura and Kirk was such a big deal. But you’ll have to watch the film to find out.


From inception to completion, how long have you been involved in Building Star Trek, and what were your day-to-day responsibilities on the project?

I think we first started talking with Smithsonian Channel in the fall of 2014 and we delivered July 2016, so I was involved with this for over a year and a half. As an executive producer and creative director of yap films inc., I had oversight over all aspects of development and production.

Star Trek Smithsonian Ship


What are some of the discoveries/revelations made in Building Star Trek that most surprised you, and that you think will most surprise viewers or resonate with them?

On a personal note: Early on in the process of putting the film together, Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, invited a group of individuals with a special expertise in all things Star Trek to provide advice on the conservation of the original 11-foot model of the Enterprise. We had an opportunity to film that meeting. I was very excited about actually seeing the model first-hand. But I didn’t expect to have such a strong emotional reaction to being in its presence. It gave me the chills. It blew me away. I thought back to the nine-year-old boy I was when I first watched the series. I couldn’t have imagined then that someday — 50 years into the future -- I would actually be making a film about my favorite series and find myself only inches away from the iconic model. It was really amazing.

It’s these kinds of experiences that keep me excited about making documentaries. I hope viewers will have the same reaction to seeing these beloved objects close-up, whether it’s the enterprise or the captain’s chair or the console. I think the whole story about what happened to the set of the Enterprise after the series went off the air will really be of interest to viewers. As well, the fact that 50 years later, the series and its vision of the future has inspired so many of the world’s leading scientists to boldly go into a future where some of Star Trek’s most fanciful inventions are becoming a reality.


Building Star Trek will premiere on-air and stream for free on www.smithsonianchannel.com on September 4, 8PM ET/PT.

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The Smithsonian Channel documentary Building Star Trek is set to premiere on September 4 at 8p.m. ET/PT. The program will feature a star-studded lineup of astronauts, engineers, writers, innovators and Star Trek actors who'll celebrate to the 50th anniversary of the show that inspired the space age. Among the participants are Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Professor John Howell of the University of Rochester; Dr.  Margaret Weitekamp, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; Dr. Sonny Kohli, Team Leader of Cloud DX, one of the finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE; David Grier, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University, who is developing a real-life Tractor Beam; and Dr. Rob Afzal, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow Laser Sensor and Systems, who is working to harness the power of lasers.

Star Trek Smithsonian Interview

StarTrek.com recently spoke with Elliot Halpern of yap films, Executive Producer of Building Star Trek. Halpern discussed his personal appreciation of Star Trek and previewed what viewers will see on September 4 when they check out the documentary. Here's what he had to say:


First, how deep does your own love of Star Trek run?

I was nine years old and starting Grade 6, when Star Trek: The Original Series premiered in September 1966. One of my friends was the first on our block to have this amazing invention: a color TV. So my friends and I would go to his house and, rapt, watch Star Trek together. It was the very first show I ever saw in color, which seemed appropriate because it was projecting an incredible new world. I was a huge sci-fi and comic book fan and the series blew me away.  I spent each week waiting for the next episode. It was the heady days of the Apollo program and the idea of exploring the universe, of the last frontier, really captured my imagination. Inspired by the show, for my birthday that year, I got my first telescope. I dreamed of going to the stars one day, but for the time being I was totally enthralled by observing them and by exploring them through Star Trek. And while I was interested in all the subsequent series and films, TOS is still for me “Star Trek." You never get over your first love!


How did you get involved with Building Star Trek?

In the fall of 2014, with the 50th anniversary of TOS on the horizon, it was an amazing opportunity to pay homage to a beloved institution that personally meant so much to me. Working with Smithsonian Channel was a great fit.

Star Trek: The Original Series


Give audiences a sense of what they will see with Building Star Trek

We didn’t want to make a nostalgic looking-back kind of film. We wanted to do something very Star Trek: look into the future. So the idea was to take all of Star Trek’s amazing science and technology — as embodied in all of its cool props, like the phaser and the tricorder — and investigate how that tech is still influencing cutting-edge developments of today. Passionate scientists inspired by Star Trek are right now creating real-life tractor beams, competing for the Tricorder Prize, and making missile-hunting phasers and claoking devices, among other cool stuff. We also follow the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s conservationists as they meticulously restore the original 11-foot model of the Enterprise used in TOS. There is one other major element of the show. The EMP Museum in Seattle created an immersive exhibit of the TOS bridge. We follow them as they scour the world for all of the TOS props and sets, everything from a phaser and a Tribble to the captain’s chair and console.


What elements of the Trek phenomenon personally fascinate you the most — and why?

Its endurance; the cultural and moral values it champions, and the science and technology it has and continues to inspire. At the end of the day, the things that have really stayed with me are the idealized Planet Earth — everyone working together— and the ethical/philosophical questions that the series regularly posed.

Star Trek Smithsonian and Lasers


We'll hear from scientists and actors and writers, etc. How tough or easy was it to wrangle some of the people, and once you got them, what kinds of contributions did they make to the project? Please give us a few examples...

The folks featured in the special were very gracious about giving us some of their time. The writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold gave us amazing perspectives on what is was like to work on the series, the creative challenges, the ambitions, and the audience response; for example, that judging by the fan mail from female viewers, Leonard Nimoy was the show’s stealth sex symbol, not William Shatner. Current stars Simon Pegg and Karl Urban gave us this great, loving look back at TOS to discover what its appeal was — with humor and intelligence. And Nichelle Nichols revealed for the first time on camera why she really didn’t think the groundbreaking kiss between Uhura and Kirk was such a big deal. But you’ll have to watch the film to find out.


From inception to completion, how long have you been involved in Building Star Trek, and what were your day-to-day responsibilities on the project?

I think we first started talking with Smithsonian Channel in the fall of 2014 and we delivered July 2016, so I was involved with this for over a year and a half. As an executive producer and creative director of yap films inc., I had oversight over all aspects of development and production.

Star Trek Smithsonian Ship


What are some of the discoveries/revelations made in Building Star Trek that most surprised you, and that you think will most surprise viewers or resonate with them?

On a personal note: Early on in the process of putting the film together, Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, invited a group of individuals with a special expertise in all things Star Trek to provide advice on the conservation of the original 11-foot model of the Enterprise. We had an opportunity to film that meeting. I was very excited about actually seeing the model first-hand. But I didn’t expect to have such a strong emotional reaction to being in its presence. It gave me the chills. It blew me away. I thought back to the nine-year-old boy I was when I first watched the series. I couldn’t have imagined then that someday — 50 years into the future -- I would actually be making a film about my favorite series and find myself only inches away from the iconic model. It was really amazing.

It’s these kinds of experiences that keep me excited about making documentaries. I hope viewers will have the same reaction to seeing these beloved objects close-up, whether it’s the enterprise or the captain’s chair or the console. I think the whole story about what happened to the set of the Enterprise after the series went off the air will really be of interest to viewers. As well, the fact that 50 years later, the series and its vision of the future has inspired so many of the world’s leading scientists to boldly go into a future where some of Star Trek’s most fanciful inventions are becoming a reality.


Building Star Trek will premiere on-air and stream for free on www.smithsonianchannel.com on September 4, 8PM ET/PT.

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preview-building-star-trek Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:43:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Data and His Artistic Pursuits]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/data-and-his-artistic-pursuits

The characters of Star Trek: The Next Generation engage in artistic endeavors in many of the show’s 179 episodes. Commander William Riker plays jazz music, while Captain Jean-Luc Picard has his interest in Shakespeare and Ressikan music. Dr. Beverly Crusher directs plays and Worf enjoys Klingon opera. This constant attention to art and creativity in the narratives of The Next Generation represents the Star Trek theme that in the future, humanity will improve itself. Picard reveals in Star Trek: First Contact that "We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity." The fictional characters of TNG are what writer Henry Miller called “truly alive.” Star Trek Data Typing

Ironic, then, that the most artistically active character from TNG is an android. Data is a robotic version of Pinocchio, wishing to obtain the human emotions he was denied by design. Data realizes that the quest, in comparison to the boon, is more meaningful, and he wishes to learn about the human experience despite his lack of emotions. He will not be human physically, but art provides him an appreciation for humanity. Indeed, art and creativity are Data’s textbooks of understanding. Picard, who is coaching Data in a play as King Henry teaches “you are here to learn about the human condition... and there's no better way than embracing Shakespeare” (“The Defector”). Data engages in numerous art forms: poetry (“Schisms”), painting (“Birthright”), acting (“The Defector” and “Emergence”), violin (“Sarek”), oboe (“In Theory”), and singing (Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis).

Data is sometimes successful at his art, and, at other times, the crew reacts with trepidation and incredulousness at his poems or painting. With poetry such as Data’s “Ode to Spot” written for his cat, it is understandable that the crew is often uncertain how to react to the android’s art: “O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display/connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array/And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend/I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend" (“Schisms”).Data Playing Oboe in Star Trek

The reason why Data's art is successful sometimes and other times - not quite so - may be found in the ideas of poet Sir Stephen Spender who believed that the necessary traits of artists are concentration, memory, inspiration, faith and song. 

Data obviously has very little problem with concentration being an android. In “A Matter of Time” reveals he is able to listen to 150 different musical compositions at the same time, yet reveals that “in order to analyze the aesthetics, I try to limit myself to ten or less.” His memory is no slouch either, sharing with Commander Riker that “I remember every fact I am exposed to, sir.” Data also possesses the inspiration to be a good artist. He is inspired by his fellow crew, from Captain Picard, who challenges him to learn about humanity through acting in Shakespeare’s plays, to Dr. Beverly Crusher, who offers advice on the arts. He expresses delights in everyday experiences, from growing a beard (“The Schizoid Man”) to learning about Sherlock Holmes (“Elementary, Dear Data”).Data from Star Trek Painting

If Data has a problem, it may be that he is short sometimes on faith and song, at least in the sense that Spender defines the terms. Confidence in one’s artistry is what Spender means by faith and confidence in one’s own unique voice is the song. The most common criticism of Data’s art by his fellow crew is that he should stop imitating the works of others, and start expressing his own experiences. For example, after Picard credits Data with a fine performance of King Henry, the android reveals he has been studying the performances of famous thespians, and Picard chides that “you must discover it through your own performance, not by imitating” (“The Defector”). When recommending ways to improve his poetry, Data is told by Geordi, “Next time, don't worry so much about rhyme and meter. Some of the world's greatest poets didn't pay attention to rules.” Spender and Geordi might suggest that Data needs to listen to his own proverbial voice.

It is when Data imitates – when he does not show confidence in his own art (voice) and own voice (song) – that his art isn’t quite what he hopes. The paintings and poems aren’t really failures, though, because artistic endeavors are never really failures. Indeed, it is Data’s desire to try to be an artist that is most important. Data is inspired to learn about humanity through art. And when Data looks at his artistic expressions and endeavors, he too can claim, as Spender does, “What failures there are!” 

 

Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on the history of Star Trek, and have presented at venues such as Creation Conventions and the St. Louis Science Center. They have written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their extensive collection of Star Trek items has been featured in SFX Magazine. Their theory about the “20-Year Nostalgia Cycle” and research on Star Trek fans has been featured on WGN News, BBC Radio and in the documentary The Force Among Us. They recently researched all known paperwork from the making of the classic episode "Space Seed" and are excited to be sharing some previously unreported information about Khan's first adventure with fellow fans. Contact the Tenutos at jtenuto@clcillinois.edu or mjtenuto@clcillinois.edu.

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The characters of Star Trek: The Next Generation engage in artistic endeavors in many of the show’s 179 episodes. Commander William Riker plays jazz music, while Captain Jean-Luc Picard has his interest in Shakespeare and Ressikan music. Dr. Beverly Crusher directs plays and Worf enjoys Klingon opera. This constant attention to art and creativity in the narratives of The Next Generation represents the Star Trek theme that in the future, humanity will improve itself. Picard reveals in Star Trek: First Contact that "We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity." The fictional characters of TNG are what writer Henry Miller called “truly alive.” Star Trek Data Typing

Ironic, then, that the most artistically active character from TNG is an android. Data is a robotic version of Pinocchio, wishing to obtain the human emotions he was denied by design. Data realizes that the quest, in comparison to the boon, is more meaningful, and he wishes to learn about the human experience despite his lack of emotions. He will not be human physically, but art provides him an appreciation for humanity. Indeed, art and creativity are Data’s textbooks of understanding. Picard, who is coaching Data in a play as King Henry teaches “you are here to learn about the human condition... and there's no better way than embracing Shakespeare” (“The Defector”). Data engages in numerous art forms: poetry (“Schisms”), painting (“Birthright”), acting (“The Defector” and “Emergence”), violin (“Sarek”), oboe (“In Theory”), and singing (Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis).

Data is sometimes successful at his art, and, at other times, the crew reacts with trepidation and incredulousness at his poems or painting. With poetry such as Data’s “Ode to Spot” written for his cat, it is understandable that the crew is often uncertain how to react to the android’s art: “O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display/connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array/And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend/I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend" (“Schisms”).Data Playing Oboe in Star Trek

The reason why Data's art is successful sometimes and other times - not quite so - may be found in the ideas of poet Sir Stephen Spender who believed that the necessary traits of artists are concentration, memory, inspiration, faith and song. 

Data obviously has very little problem with concentration being an android. In “A Matter of Time” reveals he is able to listen to 150 different musical compositions at the same time, yet reveals that “in order to analyze the aesthetics, I try to limit myself to ten or less.” His memory is no slouch either, sharing with Commander Riker that “I remember every fact I am exposed to, sir.” Data also possesses the inspiration to be a good artist. He is inspired by his fellow crew, from Captain Picard, who challenges him to learn about humanity through acting in Shakespeare’s plays, to Dr. Beverly Crusher, who offers advice on the arts. He expresses delights in everyday experiences, from growing a beard (“The Schizoid Man”) to learning about Sherlock Holmes (“Elementary, Dear Data”).Data from Star Trek Painting

If Data has a problem, it may be that he is short sometimes on faith and song, at least in the sense that Spender defines the terms. Confidence in one’s artistry is what Spender means by faith and confidence in one’s own unique voice is the song. The most common criticism of Data’s art by his fellow crew is that he should stop imitating the works of others, and start expressing his own experiences. For example, after Picard credits Data with a fine performance of King Henry, the android reveals he has been studying the performances of famous thespians, and Picard chides that “you must discover it through your own performance, not by imitating” (“The Defector”). When recommending ways to improve his poetry, Data is told by Geordi, “Next time, don't worry so much about rhyme and meter. Some of the world's greatest poets didn't pay attention to rules.” Spender and Geordi might suggest that Data needs to listen to his own proverbial voice.

It is when Data imitates – when he does not show confidence in his own art (voice) and own voice (song) – that his art isn’t quite what he hopes. The paintings and poems aren’t really failures, though, because artistic endeavors are never really failures. Indeed, it is Data’s desire to try to be an artist that is most important. Data is inspired to learn about humanity through art. And when Data looks at his artistic expressions and endeavors, he too can claim, as Spender does, “What failures there are!” 

 

Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on the history of Star Trek, and have presented at venues such as Creation Conventions and the St. Louis Science Center. They have written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their extensive collection of Star Trek items has been featured in SFX Magazine. Their theory about the “20-Year Nostalgia Cycle” and research on Star Trek fans has been featured on WGN News, BBC Radio and in the documentary The Force Among Us. They recently researched all known paperwork from the making of the classic episode "Space Seed" and are excited to be sharing some previously unreported information about Khan's first adventure with fellow fans. Contact the Tenutos at jtenuto@clcillinois.edu or mjtenuto@clcillinois.edu.

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data-and-his-artistic-pursuits Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Starfleet Division You'd Choose Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/starfleet-division-youd-choose-is

StarTrek.com, for our latest weekly poll, asked As a Starfleet Academy cadet, which division would you choose? Command, Communication, Engineering, Medical and Science were the reply options. More than 4,000 fans participated in the poll and here are the results:

Star Trek Command Captain Kirk

Command (41%)

Star Trek Science Officer Spock

Science (26%)

Star Trek Engineering Officer Montgomery Scott

Engineering (17%)

Star Trek Communications Officer Uhura

Communication (8%)

Star Trek Medical Officer Dr. McCoy

Medical (7%)

So... how did YOUR choice of division fare?

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StarTrek.com, for our latest weekly poll, asked As a Starfleet Academy cadet, which division would you choose? Command, Communication, Engineering, Medical and Science were the reply options. More than 4,000 fans participated in the poll and here are the results:

Star Trek Command Captain Kirk

Command (41%)

Star Trek Science Officer Spock

Science (26%)

Star Trek Engineering Officer Montgomery Scott

Engineering (17%)

Star Trek Communications Officer Uhura

Communication (8%)

Star Trek Medical Officer Dr. McCoy

Medical (7%)

So... how did YOUR choice of division fare?

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starfleet-division-youd-choose-is Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[ThinkGeek Launches TNG Varsity Hoodies]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/thinkgeek-launches-tng-varsity-hoodies

ThinkGeek has just unveiled Star Trek: The Next Generation Varsity Hoodies. You can choose Blue (Science), Red (Command) or Gold (Operations), and each hoodie has a chenille combadge patch on the chest and "Starfleet" written across the back shoulders, plus a Starfleet Command patch on the right sleeve.Star Trek ThinkGeek Hoodies

Other specs include seven (7) snaps up the front, two outside pockets and one inside pocket, as well as striped and ribbed cuffs, waist and neck. The product, which is made of 55% wool / 45% viscose body, 65% PU / 35% viscose sleeve, 100% polyester lining, comes in sizes ranging from small to 2X. The hoodies are in stock now ThinkGeek.com and cost $69.99 each.

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ThinkGeek has just unveiled Star Trek: The Next Generation Varsity Hoodies. You can choose Blue (Science), Red (Command) or Gold (Operations), and each hoodie has a chenille combadge patch on the chest and "Starfleet" written across the back shoulders, plus a Starfleet Command patch on the right sleeve.Star Trek ThinkGeek Hoodies

Other specs include seven (7) snaps up the front, two outside pockets and one inside pocket, as well as striped and ribbed cuffs, waist and neck. The product, which is made of 55% wool / 45% viscose body, 65% PU / 35% viscose sleeve, 100% polyester lining, comes in sizes ranging from small to 2X. The hoodies are in stock now ThinkGeek.com and cost $69.99 each.

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thinkgeek-launches-tng-varsity-hoodies Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Latest 366 Project Photos from Roddenberry Vault ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/latest-366-project-photos-from-roddenberry-vault

StarTrek.com, as we do each month, is pleased to share the latest photos from the 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault. The latest photos include shots of Gene Roddenberry speaking to Trek fans, a letter from an Air Force officer to Roddenberry, a fanmade Enterprise, a young fan's letter, the TOS cast visiting a Trek exhibit at a wax museum, Roddenberry's boat (note the name), Roddenberry captaining his boat, European Trek fans (circa 1970) and a contact sheet capturing moments from the 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Shrine Auditorium in 1991.Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Speaking to fansStar Trek Roddenberry Vault - Letter from Air Force Officer

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Fan made Enterprise Ship

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Letter from Young Fan

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Letter from Young Fan

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Wax Figures

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Star Trek Boat

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Captain Gene on Boat

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - European Fans

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - 25th Anniversary

The 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault is a Facebook page on which Roddenberry.com posts a photo a day in order to celebrate Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the 50th anniversary of his enduring creation. As fans know, Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, who will serve as an executive producer on the new Star Trek television series, heads up Roddenberry.com.

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StarTrek.com, as we do each month, is pleased to share the latest photos from the 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault. The latest photos include shots of Gene Roddenberry speaking to Trek fans, a letter from an Air Force officer to Roddenberry, a fanmade Enterprise, a young fan's letter, the TOS cast visiting a Trek exhibit at a wax museum, Roddenberry's boat (note the name), Roddenberry captaining his boat, European Trek fans (circa 1970) and a contact sheet capturing moments from the 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Shrine Auditorium in 1991.Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Speaking to fansStar Trek Roddenberry Vault - Letter from Air Force Officer

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Fan made Enterprise Ship

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Letter from Young Fan

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Letter from Young Fan

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Wax Figures

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Star Trek Boat

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - Captain Gene on Boat

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - European Fans

Star Trek Roddenberry Vault - 25th Anniversary

The 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault is a Facebook page on which Roddenberry.com posts a photo a day in order to celebrate Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the 50th anniversary of his enduring creation. As fans know, Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, who will serve as an executive producer on the new Star Trek television series, heads up Roddenberry.com.

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latest-366-project-photos-from-roddenberry-vault Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[How-To Videos for M-A-C Trek Makeup ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/how-to-videos-for-m-a-c-trek-makeup

M-A-C Cosmetics' Star Trek-inspired collection of makeup is available now online and due to beam into M-A-C stores in just a few days, and to support the line, they've just released a series of How-To videos and even an amusing blooper reel. As previously reported, M-A-C's Trek line is inspired by Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina.

Fans who attended San Diego Comic Con and Star Trek Las Vegas got a sneak peek at some of the products in the 25-piece special deco collection that will encompass lip, eye and face products. And now fans everywhere will have their chance to get in on the fun -- and rock the style.

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, in black, will sell for $23 US and $28 CAD.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer signature styles on the way are Skin of Evil (yellowish green with black chunks -- frost), Holla-Deck (gold sparkle -- frost) and Enterprise (silver chrome -- frost). Each nail lacquer is priced at $14 US and $16.50 CAD.

Lipstick options are set to include The Enemy Within (neutral gold shimmer -- frost), Where No Man Has Gone Before (pink with gold pearl -- lustre), Kling-It-On (deep purple with fine pink glitter -- frost) and LLAP (icy rose champagne -- frost). Each lipstick will cost $18.50 US and $22.50 CAD.

Lipglass will be available in Pleasure Planet (muted gold shimmer), Khaaannnn! (berry with red reflects), Set to Stun (light silver with gold pearl) and Warp Speed Ahead (plum with blue and pink reflects). Each Lipglass will cost $17.00 US and $20.50 CAD.

The lash product will be Wink of an Eye, which will cost $16 US and $19.50 CAD.

Also, keep an eye open for a trio of Superstick Liquid Eye Liners. There's On the Hunt (true black), Nocturnal (bright silver pearl) and Pure Show (bright yellow gold pearl). Each eye liner will cost $22 US and $25.50 CAD.

Two brush choices will be available, including 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush ($25 US and $30 CAD) and 246 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush (also $25 US and $30 CAD).

Then, available only in North America, there are Trip the Light Fantastic Powders. They include Luna Luster (sheer wash of soft rose shimmer), Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl). The powders will sell for $34 US and $39.50 CAD.

Finally, M-A-C will offer -- also only in North America -- Pressed Pigment Eye Shadows. Keep your hailing frequencies open for To Boldly Go (reddish copper with sparkle -- frost), Midnight (cobalt blue with pearl sparkle -- frost), Bird of Prey (dark olive green with sparkle -- frost), The Naked Time (taupe pearl with sparkle -- frost). Each eye shadow will cost $23 US and $27.50 CAD.

All of the products are now available at www.MACCosmetics.com and will be available in M-A-C stores on September 1. Follow #MACStarTrek for the latest updates on the product line. 

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M-A-C Cosmetics' Star Trek-inspired collection of makeup is available now online and due to beam into M-A-C stores in just a few days, and to support the line, they've just released a series of How-To videos and even an amusing blooper reel. As previously reported, M-A-C's Trek line is inspired by Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina.

Fans who attended San Diego Comic Con and Star Trek Las Vegas got a sneak peek at some of the products in the 25-piece special deco collection that will encompass lip, eye and face products. And now fans everywhere will have their chance to get in on the fun -- and rock the style.

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, in black, will sell for $23 US and $28 CAD.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer signature styles on the way are Skin of Evil (yellowish green with black chunks -- frost), Holla-Deck (gold sparkle -- frost) and Enterprise (silver chrome -- frost). Each nail lacquer is priced at $14 US and $16.50 CAD.

Lipstick options are set to include The Enemy Within (neutral gold shimmer -- frost), Where No Man Has Gone Before (pink with gold pearl -- lustre), Kling-It-On (deep purple with fine pink glitter -- frost) and LLAP (icy rose champagne -- frost). Each lipstick will cost $18.50 US and $22.50 CAD.

Lipglass will be available in Pleasure Planet (muted gold shimmer), Khaaannnn! (berry with red reflects), Set to Stun (light silver with gold pearl) and Warp Speed Ahead (plum with blue and pink reflects). Each Lipglass will cost $17.00 US and $20.50 CAD.

The lash product will be Wink of an Eye, which will cost $16 US and $19.50 CAD.

Also, keep an eye open for a trio of Superstick Liquid Eye Liners. There's On the Hunt (true black), Nocturnal (bright silver pearl) and Pure Show (bright yellow gold pearl). Each eye liner will cost $22 US and $25.50 CAD.

Two brush choices will be available, including 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush ($25 US and $30 CAD) and 246 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush (also $25 US and $30 CAD).

Then, available only in North America, there are Trip the Light Fantastic Powders. They include Luna Luster (sheer wash of soft rose shimmer), Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl). The powders will sell for $34 US and $39.50 CAD.

Finally, M-A-C will offer -- also only in North America -- Pressed Pigment Eye Shadows. Keep your hailing frequencies open for To Boldly Go (reddish copper with sparkle -- frost), Midnight (cobalt blue with pearl sparkle -- frost), Bird of Prey (dark olive green with sparkle -- frost), The Naked Time (taupe pearl with sparkle -- frost). Each eye shadow will cost $23 US and $27.50 CAD.

All of the products are now available at www.MACCosmetics.com and will be available in M-A-C stores on September 1. Follow #MACStarTrek for the latest updates on the product line. 

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how-to-videos-for-m-a-c-trek-makeup Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Celebrating the Night Skies from Our National Parks ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/celebrating-the-night-skies-from-our-national-parks

Inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and technology has always been a part of Star Trek's legacy. I have particularly admired how Nichelle Nichols influenced so many young women to pursue careers at NASA and in STEM since the 70's. As a new board member of The Planetary Society, and through my monthly video newsletter, The Planetary Post, I hope to join Nichelle and promote the message that, if you love Star Trek, you love space exploration and science.

On this episode of the Planetary Post, we celebrate the vibrant night skies that are visible from some of the U.S. National Parks. And, by the way, it's the NPS's centennial. My friend CaLisa spoke to some caretakers of the National Parks, and I can assure you they're far nicer than the Caretaker from Voyager. Also, Dr. Bruce Betts stops by for a Random Space Fact about the OSIRIS-REx Mission that is launching soon.

To learn more about The Planetary Society, please visit www.planetary.org. And just tell them The Doctor sent you. Oh, and don't miss next month's Planetary Post tribute to Star Trek's 50th anniversary.

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Inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and technology has always been a part of Star Trek's legacy. I have particularly admired how Nichelle Nichols influenced so many young women to pursue careers at NASA and in STEM since the 70's. As a new board member of The Planetary Society, and through my monthly video newsletter, The Planetary Post, I hope to join Nichelle and promote the message that, if you love Star Trek, you love space exploration and science.

On this episode of the Planetary Post, we celebrate the vibrant night skies that are visible from some of the U.S. National Parks. And, by the way, it's the NPS's centennial. My friend CaLisa spoke to some caretakers of the National Parks, and I can assure you they're far nicer than the Caretaker from Voyager. Also, Dr. Bruce Betts stops by for a Random Space Fact about the OSIRIS-REx Mission that is launching soon.

To learn more about The Planetary Society, please visit www.planetary.org. And just tell them The Doctor sent you. Oh, and don't miss next month's Planetary Post tribute to Star Trek's 50th anniversary.

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celebrating-the-night-skies-from-our-national-parks Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[STO Research and Development Pack Promotion]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/sto-research-and-development-pack-promotion

For a limited time, Star Trek Online is running a promotion that will provide an additional bonus when opening a Research and Development Pack.

When you purchase a Research and Development Pack from the C-Store and open it, you will receive either 10 Lobi Crystals or Special Requisition Pack - 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship, in addition to the Research and Development Pack.

One of three new 23rd Century T6 Starships
Opening this Special Requisition Pack - 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship will award one of 3 ships depending on the character’s faction:

•    Temporal Light Cruiser [T6] – Constitution Class (Starfleet Only)
•    D7 Temporal Battlecruiser [T6] (Klingons Only)
•    T’liss Temporal Warbird [T6] (Romulans Only)

One of three new 23rd Century T6 Starships

Each of the above ships come with their 23rd Century iconic costume in addition to both free and paid ship costume unlocks:

•    The Temporal Light Cruiser has access to the Constitution Refit, Excalibur and Vesper costumes for free and it can use the Exeter’s costume if that starship is owned.
•    The D7 Temporal Battlecruiser has access to the K’t’inga and K’t’inga Refit costumes for free and it can use the Koro’t’inga’s costume if that starship is owned.
•    The T’liss Temporal Warbird has access to the T’varo costume for free and it can use the Malem’s costume if that starship is owned

Note: Only newly purchased Research and Development packs will offer the chance to win the Special Requisition Pack – 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship during this promotional event. Packs purchased before or after the event will not offer bonus Lobi or the Special Requisition Pack – 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship. Packs purchased during the event, but opened after the event ends will still benefit from this promotion’s bonus rewards.

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

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For a limited time, Star Trek Online is running a promotion that will provide an additional bonus when opening a Research and Development Pack.

When you purchase a Research and Development Pack from the C-Store and open it, you will receive either 10 Lobi Crystals or Special Requisition Pack - 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship, in addition to the Research and Development Pack.

One of three new 23rd Century T6 Starships
Opening this Special Requisition Pack - 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship will award one of 3 ships depending on the character’s faction:

•    Temporal Light Cruiser [T6] – Constitution Class (Starfleet Only)
•    D7 Temporal Battlecruiser [T6] (Klingons Only)
•    T’liss Temporal Warbird [T6] (Romulans Only)

One of three new 23rd Century T6 Starships

Each of the above ships come with their 23rd Century iconic costume in addition to both free and paid ship costume unlocks:

•    The Temporal Light Cruiser has access to the Constitution Refit, Excalibur and Vesper costumes for free and it can use the Exeter’s costume if that starship is owned.
•    The D7 Temporal Battlecruiser has access to the K’t’inga and K’t’inga Refit costumes for free and it can use the Koro’t’inga’s costume if that starship is owned.
•    The T’liss Temporal Warbird has access to the T’varo costume for free and it can use the Malem’s costume if that starship is owned

Note: Only newly purchased Research and Development packs will offer the chance to win the Special Requisition Pack – 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship during this promotional event. Packs purchased before or after the event will not offer bonus Lobi or the Special Requisition Pack – 23rd Century Tier 6 Ship. Packs purchased during the event, but opened after the event ends will still benefit from this promotion’s bonus rewards.

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

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sto-research-and-development-pack-promotion Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Cho, Forbes Co-Starring in Columbus]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/cho-forbes-co-starring-in-columbus

John Cho has just locked in his next project, and Star Trek's current Sulu won't be the only familiar Trek name in it. Columbus will also feature Michelle Forbes -- Ensign Ro from Star Trek: The Next Generation -- as well as Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey and Rory Culkin. The film marks the writing-directing debut of the filmmaker known as ::kogonada.

Cho and Forbes as Sulu and Ensign Ro

According to the press release announcing the project, Cho plays Jin, the estranged son of a prominent architectural critic, who suddenly finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Forbes portrays Maria, a recovering addict and the single mother of Casey (Richardson), a young woman who finds solace in the architecture that surrounds her.

Columbus is currently shooting in Columbus, Indiana.

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John Cho has just locked in his next project, and Star Trek's current Sulu won't be the only familiar Trek name in it. Columbus will also feature Michelle Forbes -- Ensign Ro from Star Trek: The Next Generation -- as well as Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey and Rory Culkin. The film marks the writing-directing debut of the filmmaker known as ::kogonada.

Cho and Forbes as Sulu and Ensign Ro

According to the press release announcing the project, Cho plays Jin, the estranged son of a prominent architectural critic, who suddenly finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Forbes portrays Maria, a recovering addict and the single mother of Casey (Richardson), a young woman who finds solace in the architecture that surrounds her.

Columbus is currently shooting in Columbus, Indiana.

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cho-forbes-co-starring-in-columbus Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[De Lancie Joins Timelines at Mission New York]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/de-lancie-joins-timelines-at-mission-new-york

Will you be at Star Trek: Mission New York next week? You won’t want to miss the Disruptor Beam team, who'll be there in full force with Star Trek Timelines in the Gaming Zone. And, we’ll be joined by a very special guest - Q himself, the one-and-only John de Lancie. Read on for the full download on what Disruptor Beam has going on at ST:MNY...

Exclusive Trading Card Giveaways (Friday - Sunday)

Star Trek Timelines Trading Cards

Visit the Star Trek Timelines booth to collect exclusive collectible trading cards that are redeemable for characters within Star Trek Timelines. Disruptor Beam will be giving away a new card (for free) every hour of the show - Friday through Sunday. Day 1 giveaways include Captain Kirk (10am), Lt. Jadzia Dax (11am), Second Battle for New York / USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (12pm), Security Chief Worf (1pm), and Captain Janeway (2pm), plus many more. Collect them all by visiting the booth and stay tuned at DisruptorBeam.com for the full schedule of giveaways.

Didn’t get the character card you wanted? Visit the Star Trek Timelines booth for daily swap meets at 4pm to trade with other attendees.


“Second Battle for New York” In-Game Event (All Weekend)

Star Trek Timelines - Characters

Disruptor Beam will host an exclusive in-game event throughout the ST:MNY weekend called The Second Battle for New York. The temporal powers that once fought a war to change history are at it again - this time trying (in vain) to prevent the current temporal anomaly crisis from ever occurring. Stay tuned to DisruptorBeam.com for more details on this event next week.


“Putting the Galaxy in Your Pocket” Panel, with John de Lancie (Saturday 11am)

Whether you’ve been playing everyday since the game launched in January, have played just a little or not at all - come to the Star Trek Timelines panel, hosted by John de Lancie, on Saturday at 11am to learn more about the process of developing a Star Trek mobile game During the session, you’ll not only be able to to ask the development team questions about the game, but you’ll have the chance to win a Timelines t-shirt. More details on the Mission New York website.


Poster Signings with John de Lancie (Saturday at 10am and 1:15pm)

Last, but not least, visit the Star Trek Timelines booth on Saturday to collect a miniature version of the Star Trek Timelines launch poster, created by the famed comic book artist Cat Staggs. And better yet, get your poster signed by John de Lancie himself between 10am - 10:30am or 1:15pm - 2:15pm, both on Saturday in the Star Trek Timelines booth.

The Disruptor Beam team hopes to see you all at Mission New York.


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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Will you be at Star Trek: Mission New York next week? You won’t want to miss the Disruptor Beam team, who'll be there in full force with Star Trek Timelines in the Gaming Zone. And, we’ll be joined by a very special guest - Q himself, the one-and-only John de Lancie. Read on for the full download on what Disruptor Beam has going on at ST:MNY...

Exclusive Trading Card Giveaways (Friday - Sunday)

Star Trek Timelines Trading Cards

Visit the Star Trek Timelines booth to collect exclusive collectible trading cards that are redeemable for characters within Star Trek Timelines. Disruptor Beam will be giving away a new card (for free) every hour of the show - Friday through Sunday. Day 1 giveaways include Captain Kirk (10am), Lt. Jadzia Dax (11am), Second Battle for New York / USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (12pm), Security Chief Worf (1pm), and Captain Janeway (2pm), plus many more. Collect them all by visiting the booth and stay tuned at DisruptorBeam.com for the full schedule of giveaways.

Didn’t get the character card you wanted? Visit the Star Trek Timelines booth for daily swap meets at 4pm to trade with other attendees.


“Second Battle for New York” In-Game Event (All Weekend)

Star Trek Timelines - Characters

Disruptor Beam will host an exclusive in-game event throughout the ST:MNY weekend called The Second Battle for New York. The temporal powers that once fought a war to change history are at it again - this time trying (in vain) to prevent the current temporal anomaly crisis from ever occurring. Stay tuned to DisruptorBeam.com for more details on this event next week.


“Putting the Galaxy in Your Pocket” Panel, with John de Lancie (Saturday 11am)

Whether you’ve been playing everyday since the game launched in January, have played just a little or not at all - come to the Star Trek Timelines panel, hosted by John de Lancie, on Saturday at 11am to learn more about the process of developing a Star Trek mobile game During the session, you’ll not only be able to to ask the development team questions about the game, but you’ll have the chance to win a Timelines t-shirt. More details on the Mission New York website.


Poster Signings with John de Lancie (Saturday at 10am and 1:15pm)

Last, but not least, visit the Star Trek Timelines booth on Saturday to collect a miniature version of the Star Trek Timelines launch poster, created by the famed comic book artist Cat Staggs. And better yet, get your poster signed by John de Lancie himself between 10am - 10:30am or 1:15pm - 2:15pm, both on Saturday in the Star Trek Timelines booth.

The Disruptor Beam team hopes to see you all at Mission New York.


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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de-lancie-joins-timelines-at-mission-new-york Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Catching Up with TOS's Kara, Tanya Lemani ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/catching-up-with-toss-kara-tanya-lemani

Kara, the Argelian belly dancer from “Wolf in the Fold,” remains – in the minds of Star Trek fans across the galaxy – one of The Original Series’ most-indelible, most-beautiful characters. Tanya Lemani (then credited as Tania Lemani) portrayed Kara, whom the Redjac entity killed as she walked a foggy street with Scotty, working in front of the camera for just a single day back in 1967, but the actress-dancer departed with a lifetime of stories and memories, stories and memories fans are still excited to hear nearly five decades later. There are colorful tales about the costume, of course, but she also dated William Shatner, and James Doohan asked her out, too. Even now, she’s still dancing and, yes, she easily slips into a replica of her Kara costume; the original sadly went up in flames when a fire consumed her house.

Lemani – full of energy and warmth, and looking years younger than her age – recently attended Star Trek Las Vegas, partaking in the celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. She happily greeted fans, signed autographs and posed for pictures, and she joined several of her fellow TOS guest stars on an informative panel. Lemani also made time to sit down with StarTrek.com for a detailed conversation about her life, career and Trek experience. Here’s what she had to say.

Lemani dressed in character Kara's outfit
How much of a love fest is this convention for you? When you come here and these people know you, and know more about what you did on Star Trek than you do in many respects?

Absolutely. It is so true. I was so shocked when I first started going to these events, because little kids would come up to me and say, "Miss Lemani?" I'd go, "Yes?" I see the little kids. They said, "Oh, we saw you." I said, "You saw me? Where?" "On Star Trek." And then they'd go into this discussion about it. And I’m just listening to them. I said, "Do you want a picture?" They'd go, "No, I don't have any money." I said, "Don't worry. You pick the picture you want."

Don't tell that to too many people. You'll be giving away a lot of pictures.

Not people. But little kids, you know? I just was so thrilled that little kids would know me, after all those years. I was just thrilled. And I’d give them the pictures no problem. But you know what it is? It is this... When you're working, and you're really having a hard time trying to get a job, and it's a tough business – tough, tough business, very competitive. And also, in those days, it was the kind of business where they’d take advantage of you if you were young and naive and stupid like I was. [LAUGHTER] I was very stupid. I’d get myself into more trouble. And I'd say, "Oh my God. How do I get out of this one… without hurting anybody's ego?

So you pay the price of going through that. Trying to get a job, and trying to survive, and so on and so forth. And now, it's paying off. You see people, and they're excited to see you. It lifts your spirits. You say, "Oh my God. It was worth it. It was." You give up so much of your time and your life when you're young, doing this, for the love of it. But I was just a little kid. The minute I started walking, I danced. It was a natural thing to me. And then I studied ballet. And at age seven, for the first time, I was on stage playing a lead. Everybody went crazy, because I would get myself into the role so much. It was a dramatic role. When I would come home I’d tell Mom, "Mommy, Mommy, I don't want to play that part. I want to play the happy girl." Because I would get myself into the role so much. I discovered that I loved it so much, doing it, acting?

The story goes that your agent sent you to audition for the episode, and neither you, nor he, really knew what Star Trek was…

I did not know. I’d never really got a chance to see it. So he said, "Just go get the job. Don't worry about it." So I went and auditioned. And I found out that they wanted someone who can deliver lines and who could dance. I guess I also looked right for the part. So I feel that that's why I got the role. And of course, afterwards, when I got the role, they wanted to try different makeup on me. For four days, I went to makeup. And they paid me for it, so I said, "I don't care."

That was Fred Phillips who was doing all this work on you?

I think so. I think so, yeah. But what happened is, they would put feathers on me. Different color feathers into my eyelashes, eyebrows, nose. Everywhere. Ears. And they would send me to Joe Pevney, the director. Joe Pevney would look and say, "Less!" "Less! Less!" Every time, you know? And at the end, he says, "I just want to see her face. I want to see her face. Don't worry about it." So that's how it happened. I loved working with him because he was a good director. And he was the nicest guy. So that was the beginning of it.

We’re going back almost 50 years now. What else do you remember of making that episode?

It was 48 years ago. I'm old, but not -- two years older!

We owe you two years. Here are your two years back. But please go on...

Right, right. I remember Joe Pevney talking to me about my close-up. Not every director really goes so deeply into it. I was saying my lines, and he says, "I don't want you to do that. I want you to look in that camera like a tunnel, as if you're in a tunnel. I want you to talk to Scotty through a tunnel, and really focus on him as if he's on the other side of the tunnel. You have to whisper to him. Whisper to him, so nobody could hear you." He just hypnotized me. And that's one of the things I remember very clearly. Of course, I remember Shatner cracking jokes, and Jimmy Doohan, he was a sweetheart. He was kind of pushing me away from Shatner.

Lemani as Kara

Well, they weren’t fans of each other, even back then….

Yeah. He was like, "Oh, don't talk to him. Don't talk to him." I said, "Oh, okay. Whatever." But he would talk to me. Jimmy Doohan and I, we went out to dinner a couple of times. We talked all night. I really liked him, but I wasn’t attracted to him that way. We just became friends. Great friends. When they gave him this farewell thing in Hollywood, people said, "Oh, well, he'll not remember you." He saw me, and he just lit up like a Christmas tree. I loved him. It brings tears to my eyes, really, because I really, really cared about him. He was a sweet, passionate man.

You told a story during your panel at Star Trek Las Vegas about Shatner asking you out when you worked with him on a pre-Trek pilot, Alexander the Great. You said no because were you 16 at the time and he was still married, and you didn’t date married men. He asked you out again after you shot “Wolf in the Fold.” By then, you were 18 and he was divorced, right?

Right. He was divorced by then. So I said yes. We dated for a while and we had a very good time.

What's it like when you see him now?

We’re friends. We're definitely friends. I'll tell you a little story of just a few years ago. His career was really down, before Boston Legal. I was working behind the camera. I was a location manager on a movie called Land of the Free. He had the secondary role. So I saw him then, and we talked. Then, after that, I was going to Berlin, Germany, for this event that I was helping my girlfriend to put together. We Brought Mickey Rooney and Charlton Heston and Claudia Cardinale, who I worked with earlier. We brought some of these stars to this event in Berlin. They were giving awards. So they asked me about Shatner. I go, "Yes, I know Shatner. I'll ask him."

So I talked to him. And he wanted a certain amount of money and everything. So we settled. He'd just gotten married to Elizabeth, the latest. They just got married. So we all went to Berlin. We had a great time, and he got an award and so on and so forth. Later on, I’ve also arranged for him to go to the opening in Miami for this big art show. He was honored, etc., etc. So, yes, we are friends. I haven't seen him the last couple of years, but I’m going to try to see if I can sneak in and say hi to him when he's signing or something, because I would love to say hi to him.

Tell us about your “Wolf in the Fold” outfit. What do you remember of the fitting for that? That was Bill Theiss… 

Yes, Bill Theiss.

How involved were you in bringing that to life?

They wanted me to bring costumes, and I did. I had nice costumes and I brought them. "Try this one, try that one. Do you have a red one?" I think I did have a red one, because they wanted a red costume. Later I found out why. They looked and looked. They said, "Okay, we'll hold this one and we'll hold that one." But they didn’t say anything. I had a bra on, and they said, "Oh, can we use your bra?" I said, "Yeah. Sure." But they had to cover it, because of the cleavage. Of course, they put in a little button, or flower, into my belly button. Then they brought me the skirt to try on. I tried it on, and I thought, "That was a weird thing." But it was pretty. I thought it was beautiful. So I said, "Yeah. At least I’m not wearing a belly dance costume. It's better-looking than just a belly dance costume." So I was happy about it. They then made adjustments, and this and that. They brought the headpiece, which I loved.

Lemani poses in character Kara's outfit

You did this one episode, 48 years ago. You couldn't have known when you made it that anybody was going to give a damn about this single appearance in this weird little show from the '60s...

Absolutely. I can't believe it. I still feel like I’m in a dream sequence of some kind.

What are you up to these days?

I'm a writer, and I’ve done a lot of behind-the-camera work, as well. I've studied acting heavily. I did a lot of stage productions. A lot of stage. I played Cleopatra on stage. I have done everything from classical pieces to contemporary comedy… everything, because I loved the art of acting. I was cast a certain way because of the way I looked. Today, people are more broad-minded about how you look. You can look different, and it's okay, but in those days, they typecast you. And I was typecast. So I loved acting. And when I got married and I had my little boy and everything, my acting slowed down and I went behind the camera. I learned quite a bit, quite a bit about the art of making movies. It helped me with my writing. So now, I write screenplays. I have an author who brought me two books. I wrote one screenplay for him, which I just love the story.

It's an adaptation called Kira's Diary. It's about a 17-year-old Jewish girl and 23-year-old Nazi lieutenant in a concentration camp, falling in love against all odds and atrocities. It just hit me a certain way. "I have to write this screenplay." It came out fantastic, because I believe, just like Roddenberry did when he cast Star Trek, it’s all different nationalities and colors. I don't care what nationality, what religion, we're all people. We feel the same love or hate. But in this case, love. I believe that if we all start spreading love, maybe, maybe, maybe if each one of us somehow, through different ways, spreads love that we could come to some kind of agreement all over the world. But what’s going out there now, it’s sad.

So I wrote that, and the same author, he loved what I wrote. He brought me another one, which is a high action piece. I’m finishing now. Then I’m starting my next book. The book I have at my table is mostly about my career in Hollywood, but the next one is going to be different. It will be about my parents in Russia, what they had to go through and how they escaped from Russia with all that was going on, the persecution and on and on, and then how they escaped to Iran. My Mom escaped on foot, over the mountain. Anyway, it's a beautiful, interesting story. So with all of that, I can't believe I am here today, at the 50th anniversary of this beautiful, fantastic voyage that Roddenberry created. I’d met him, and I loved him. Great, great man. He created such futuristic ideas. And I am so honored to be a part of this anniversary.

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Kara, the Argelian belly dancer from “Wolf in the Fold,” remains – in the minds of Star Trek fans across the galaxy – one of The Original Series’ most-indelible, most-beautiful characters. Tanya Lemani (then credited as Tania Lemani) portrayed Kara, whom the Redjac entity killed as she walked a foggy street with Scotty, working in front of the camera for just a single day back in 1967, but the actress-dancer departed with a lifetime of stories and memories, stories and memories fans are still excited to hear nearly five decades later. There are colorful tales about the costume, of course, but she also dated William Shatner, and James Doohan asked her out, too. Even now, she’s still dancing and, yes, she easily slips into a replica of her Kara costume; the original sadly went up in flames when a fire consumed her house.

Lemani – full of energy and warmth, and looking years younger than her age – recently attended Star Trek Las Vegas, partaking in the celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. She happily greeted fans, signed autographs and posed for pictures, and she joined several of her fellow TOS guest stars on an informative panel. Lemani also made time to sit down with StarTrek.com for a detailed conversation about her life, career and Trek experience. Here’s what she had to say.

Lemani dressed in character Kara's outfit
How much of a love fest is this convention for you? When you come here and these people know you, and know more about what you did on Star Trek than you do in many respects?

Absolutely. It is so true. I was so shocked when I first started going to these events, because little kids would come up to me and say, "Miss Lemani?" I'd go, "Yes?" I see the little kids. They said, "Oh, we saw you." I said, "You saw me? Where?" "On Star Trek." And then they'd go into this discussion about it. And I’m just listening to them. I said, "Do you want a picture?" They'd go, "No, I don't have any money." I said, "Don't worry. You pick the picture you want."

Don't tell that to too many people. You'll be giving away a lot of pictures.

Not people. But little kids, you know? I just was so thrilled that little kids would know me, after all those years. I was just thrilled. And I’d give them the pictures no problem. But you know what it is? It is this... When you're working, and you're really having a hard time trying to get a job, and it's a tough business – tough, tough business, very competitive. And also, in those days, it was the kind of business where they’d take advantage of you if you were young and naive and stupid like I was. [LAUGHTER] I was very stupid. I’d get myself into more trouble. And I'd say, "Oh my God. How do I get out of this one… without hurting anybody's ego?

So you pay the price of going through that. Trying to get a job, and trying to survive, and so on and so forth. And now, it's paying off. You see people, and they're excited to see you. It lifts your spirits. You say, "Oh my God. It was worth it. It was." You give up so much of your time and your life when you're young, doing this, for the love of it. But I was just a little kid. The minute I started walking, I danced. It was a natural thing to me. And then I studied ballet. And at age seven, for the first time, I was on stage playing a lead. Everybody went crazy, because I would get myself into the role so much. It was a dramatic role. When I would come home I’d tell Mom, "Mommy, Mommy, I don't want to play that part. I want to play the happy girl." Because I would get myself into the role so much. I discovered that I loved it so much, doing it, acting?

The story goes that your agent sent you to audition for the episode, and neither you, nor he, really knew what Star Trek was…

I did not know. I’d never really got a chance to see it. So he said, "Just go get the job. Don't worry about it." So I went and auditioned. And I found out that they wanted someone who can deliver lines and who could dance. I guess I also looked right for the part. So I feel that that's why I got the role. And of course, afterwards, when I got the role, they wanted to try different makeup on me. For four days, I went to makeup. And they paid me for it, so I said, "I don't care."

That was Fred Phillips who was doing all this work on you?

I think so. I think so, yeah. But what happened is, they would put feathers on me. Different color feathers into my eyelashes, eyebrows, nose. Everywhere. Ears. And they would send me to Joe Pevney, the director. Joe Pevney would look and say, "Less!" "Less! Less!" Every time, you know? And at the end, he says, "I just want to see her face. I want to see her face. Don't worry about it." So that's how it happened. I loved working with him because he was a good director. And he was the nicest guy. So that was the beginning of it.

We’re going back almost 50 years now. What else do you remember of making that episode?

It was 48 years ago. I'm old, but not -- two years older!

We owe you two years. Here are your two years back. But please go on...

Right, right. I remember Joe Pevney talking to me about my close-up. Not every director really goes so deeply into it. I was saying my lines, and he says, "I don't want you to do that. I want you to look in that camera like a tunnel, as if you're in a tunnel. I want you to talk to Scotty through a tunnel, and really focus on him as if he's on the other side of the tunnel. You have to whisper to him. Whisper to him, so nobody could hear you." He just hypnotized me. And that's one of the things I remember very clearly. Of course, I remember Shatner cracking jokes, and Jimmy Doohan, he was a sweetheart. He was kind of pushing me away from Shatner.

Lemani as Kara

Well, they weren’t fans of each other, even back then….

Yeah. He was like, "Oh, don't talk to him. Don't talk to him." I said, "Oh, okay. Whatever." But he would talk to me. Jimmy Doohan and I, we went out to dinner a couple of times. We talked all night. I really liked him, but I wasn’t attracted to him that way. We just became friends. Great friends. When they gave him this farewell thing in Hollywood, people said, "Oh, well, he'll not remember you." He saw me, and he just lit up like a Christmas tree. I loved him. It brings tears to my eyes, really, because I really, really cared about him. He was a sweet, passionate man.

You told a story during your panel at Star Trek Las Vegas about Shatner asking you out when you worked with him on a pre-Trek pilot, Alexander the Great. You said no because were you 16 at the time and he was still married, and you didn’t date married men. He asked you out again after you shot “Wolf in the Fold.” By then, you were 18 and he was divorced, right?

Right. He was divorced by then. So I said yes. We dated for a while and we had a very good time.

What's it like when you see him now?

We’re friends. We're definitely friends. I'll tell you a little story of just a few years ago. His career was really down, before Boston Legal. I was working behind the camera. I was a location manager on a movie called Land of the Free. He had the secondary role. So I saw him then, and we talked. Then, after that, I was going to Berlin, Germany, for this event that I was helping my girlfriend to put together. We Brought Mickey Rooney and Charlton Heston and Claudia Cardinale, who I worked with earlier. We brought some of these stars to this event in Berlin. They were giving awards. So they asked me about Shatner. I go, "Yes, I know Shatner. I'll ask him."

So I talked to him. And he wanted a certain amount of money and everything. So we settled. He'd just gotten married to Elizabeth, the latest. They just got married. So we all went to Berlin. We had a great time, and he got an award and so on and so forth. Later on, I’ve also arranged for him to go to the opening in Miami for this big art show. He was honored, etc., etc. So, yes, we are friends. I haven't seen him the last couple of years, but I’m going to try to see if I can sneak in and say hi to him when he's signing or something, because I would love to say hi to him.

Tell us about your “Wolf in the Fold” outfit. What do you remember of the fitting for that? That was Bill Theiss… 

Yes, Bill Theiss.

How involved were you in bringing that to life?

They wanted me to bring costumes, and I did. I had nice costumes and I brought them. "Try this one, try that one. Do you have a red one?" I think I did have a red one, because they wanted a red costume. Later I found out why. They looked and looked. They said, "Okay, we'll hold this one and we'll hold that one." But they didn’t say anything. I had a bra on, and they said, "Oh, can we use your bra?" I said, "Yeah. Sure." But they had to cover it, because of the cleavage. Of course, they put in a little button, or flower, into my belly button. Then they brought me the skirt to try on. I tried it on, and I thought, "That was a weird thing." But it was pretty. I thought it was beautiful. So I said, "Yeah. At least I’m not wearing a belly dance costume. It's better-looking than just a belly dance costume." So I was happy about it. They then made adjustments, and this and that. They brought the headpiece, which I loved.

Lemani poses in character Kara's outfit

You did this one episode, 48 years ago. You couldn't have known when you made it that anybody was going to give a damn about this single appearance in this weird little show from the '60s...

Absolutely. I can't believe it. I still feel like I’m in a dream sequence of some kind.

What are you up to these days?

I'm a writer, and I’ve done a lot of behind-the-camera work, as well. I've studied acting heavily. I did a lot of stage productions. A lot of stage. I played Cleopatra on stage. I have done everything from classical pieces to contemporary comedy… everything, because I loved the art of acting. I was cast a certain way because of the way I looked. Today, people are more broad-minded about how you look. You can look different, and it's okay, but in those days, they typecast you. And I was typecast. So I loved acting. And when I got married and I had my little boy and everything, my acting slowed down and I went behind the camera. I learned quite a bit, quite a bit about the art of making movies. It helped me with my writing. So now, I write screenplays. I have an author who brought me two books. I wrote one screenplay for him, which I just love the story.

It's an adaptation called Kira's Diary. It's about a 17-year-old Jewish girl and 23-year-old Nazi lieutenant in a concentration camp, falling in love against all odds and atrocities. It just hit me a certain way. "I have to write this screenplay." It came out fantastic, because I believe, just like Roddenberry did when he cast Star Trek, it’s all different nationalities and colors. I don't care what nationality, what religion, we're all people. We feel the same love or hate. But in this case, love. I believe that if we all start spreading love, maybe, maybe, maybe if each one of us somehow, through different ways, spreads love that we could come to some kind of agreement all over the world. But what’s going out there now, it’s sad.

So I wrote that, and the same author, he loved what I wrote. He brought me another one, which is a high action piece. I’m finishing now. Then I’m starting my next book. The book I have at my table is mostly about my career in Hollywood, but the next one is going to be different. It will be about my parents in Russia, what they had to go through and how they escaped from Russia with all that was going on, the persecution and on and on, and then how they escaped to Iran. My Mom escaped on foot, over the mountain. Anyway, it's a beautiful, interesting story. So with all of that, I can't believe I am here today, at the 50th anniversary of this beautiful, fantastic voyage that Roddenberry created. I’d met him, and I loved him. Great, great man. He created such futuristic ideas. And I am so honored to be a part of this anniversary.

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catching-up-with-toss-kara-tanya-lemani Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[TIFF to Celebrate 50 Years of Trek ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/tiff-to-celebrate-50-years-of-trek

The Toronto International Film Festival's fall slate will kick off with a cinematic exploration of 50 Years of Star Trek, set to run from September 8 to December 30 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The programming, presented with CBS Consumer Products, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise with screenings and episode marathons, as well as Trek Talks, an inventive series of conversations that will explore Star Trek's influence on our culture.

50 Years of Star Trek — September 8 to December 30

Beginning with a screening of the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap" on Festival Street (September 8), 50 years to the day the episode debuted on television, TIFF will show another 15+ screenings of Trek films and television episodes, as well as additional screenings of sci-fi films influenced by the series. Working with CBS Consumer Products and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), TIFF will present Trek Talks, roundtable discussions and keynote presentations that consider Trek's cultural impact in the areas of television, film, space, technology, education, social justice and politics.

Fans will have the opportunity to (re)discover all of the franchise's major motion pictures, including the original six features, Star Trek: The Next Generation tetralogy and the latest J.J. Abrams-produced additions to the canon. Introductions by two special guests are also in the works: Star Trek: The Motion Picture will be introduced by Douglas Trumbull, the special effects producer for the film; and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, will be introduced by the director of the film, Nicholas Meyer. From October 12 to November 16, Trek Talks will consider the values and ideals at the core of Star Trek — those of progress, tolerance, technological innovation and social equity — to once again inspire contemporary audiences to seek hope in a world that can, at times, seem dark and chaotic.

Trek Talks will include a keynote presentation on Star Trek and space from Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen on October 12; a presentation from theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss on the ways in which Star Trek has anticipated, influenced and inspired new technologies on November 2; and a talk from astronaut, doctor, and educator Mae Jemison on November 16, exploring the interplay between arts and science, and how sci-fi as a genre can help us envision a better future.

Also, The Fifth Quadrant: Sci-Fi Cinema After Star Trek program will set its sights on exploring the franchise’s influences across the history of science-fiction cinema, as the films included in this retrospective program are greatly indebted to Star Trek’s technological and cultural achievements. Screenings in this series will include: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (2002); Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979); and Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982).

TIFF’s annual fundraiser, BOOMBOX, will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. On October 27, BOOMBOX: Warp Speed will take guests through a building-wide, multi-sensory adventure at TIFF Bell Lightbox, as TIFF sends guests on a mission to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and civilizations and to boldly go where no one has gone before, Tickets for BOOMBOX: Warp Speed are on sale now at tiff.net/events/boombox.

Full details on special guests, events, screenings and ticket prices will be available at tiff.net/startrek.

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The Toronto International Film Festival's fall slate will kick off with a cinematic exploration of 50 Years of Star Trek, set to run from September 8 to December 30 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The programming, presented with CBS Consumer Products, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise with screenings and episode marathons, as well as Trek Talks, an inventive series of conversations that will explore Star Trek's influence on our culture.

50 Years of Star Trek — September 8 to December 30

Beginning with a screening of the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap" on Festival Street (September 8), 50 years to the day the episode debuted on television, TIFF will show another 15+ screenings of Trek films and television episodes, as well as additional screenings of sci-fi films influenced by the series. Working with CBS Consumer Products and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), TIFF will present Trek Talks, roundtable discussions and keynote presentations that consider Trek's cultural impact in the areas of television, film, space, technology, education, social justice and politics.

Fans will have the opportunity to (re)discover all of the franchise's major motion pictures, including the original six features, Star Trek: The Next Generation tetralogy and the latest J.J. Abrams-produced additions to the canon. Introductions by two special guests are also in the works: Star Trek: The Motion Picture will be introduced by Douglas Trumbull, the special effects producer for the film; and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, will be introduced by the director of the film, Nicholas Meyer. From October 12 to November 16, Trek Talks will consider the values and ideals at the core of Star Trek — those of progress, tolerance, technological innovation and social equity — to once again inspire contemporary audiences to seek hope in a world that can, at times, seem dark and chaotic.

Trek Talks will include a keynote presentation on Star Trek and space from Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen on October 12; a presentation from theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss on the ways in which Star Trek has anticipated, influenced and inspired new technologies on November 2; and a talk from astronaut, doctor, and educator Mae Jemison on November 16, exploring the interplay between arts and science, and how sci-fi as a genre can help us envision a better future.

Also, The Fifth Quadrant: Sci-Fi Cinema After Star Trek program will set its sights on exploring the franchise’s influences across the history of science-fiction cinema, as the films included in this retrospective program are greatly indebted to Star Trek’s technological and cultural achievements. Screenings in this series will include: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (2002); Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979); and Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982).

TIFF’s annual fundraiser, BOOMBOX, will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. On October 27, BOOMBOX: Warp Speed will take guests through a building-wide, multi-sensory adventure at TIFF Bell Lightbox, as TIFF sends guests on a mission to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and civilizations and to boldly go where no one has gone before, Tickets for BOOMBOX: Warp Speed are on sale now at tiff.net/events/boombox.

Full details on special guests, events, screenings and ticket prices will be available at tiff.net/startrek.

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tiff-to-celebrate-50-years-of-trek Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Mission NY Adds Nimoy Charity Auction, Welcomes NASA]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/mission-ny-adds-nimoy-charity-auction-welcomes-nasa

Star Trek: Mission New York continues to ramp up with new event updates to its schedule. The latest updates include a charity auction of Leonard Nimoy's personal items, including a set of Spock ears and an autographed Star Trek Bloopers album, with the proceeds going to COPD research. And, just confirmed: NASA figures -- including astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Michelle Taller, Dave Lavery and Jeffrey Sheehy, joined Adam Nimoy and moderator Robert Picardo -- set for a Trek Talks panel discussion about Star Trek's impact on space exploration; a rare panel with IDW/Trek comic book legend John Byrne; the opportunity to play Star Trek: Bridge Crew in the Gaming Zone; and the chance to check out TOS set and prop replicas from the Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour.

NASA Photo 8.23.16

Mission New York, a three-day event, presented by CBS Consumer Products and ReedPop, will take place September 2-4 in Manhattan. ST:MNY will offer fans a mix of celebrity guests, real-world science figures, presentations, interactive exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise and more, including several other Trek Talks. Trek guests include William Shatner, Peter Weller, Brannon Braga, Walter Koenig, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell (who will also serve as a cosplay judge), Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Bruce Greenwood, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Cirroc Lofton, Anthony Montgomery, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Robin Curtis, Brannon Braga, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Dan Werthimer, Phil "The Bad Astronomer" Plait, and Star Trek: Discovery writers Nicholas Meyer and Kirsten Beyer. 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. Further, the director's cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will be screened during the weekend, and John de Lancie will be on hand to represent Star Trek Timelines; he'll be at booth #436.

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. 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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Star Trek: Mission New York continues to ramp up with new event updates to its schedule. The latest updates include a charity auction of Leonard Nimoy's personal items, including a set of Spock ears and an autographed Star Trek Bloopers album, with the proceeds going to COPD research. And, just confirmed: NASA figures -- including astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Michelle Taller, Dave Lavery and Jeffrey Sheehy, joined Adam Nimoy and moderator Robert Picardo -- set for a Trek Talks panel discussion about Star Trek's impact on space exploration; a rare panel with IDW/Trek comic book legend John Byrne; the opportunity to play Star Trek: Bridge Crew in the Gaming Zone; and the chance to check out TOS set and prop replicas from the Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour.

NASA Photo 8.23.16

Mission New York, a three-day event, presented by CBS Consumer Products and ReedPop, will take place September 2-4 in Manhattan. ST:MNY will offer fans a mix of celebrity guests, real-world science figures, presentations, interactive exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise and more, including several other Trek Talks. Trek guests include William Shatner, Peter Weller, Brannon Braga, Walter Koenig, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell (who will also serve as a cosplay judge), Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Bruce Greenwood, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Cirroc Lofton, Anthony Montgomery, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Robin Curtis, Brannon Braga, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Dan Werthimer, Phil "The Bad Astronomer" Plait, and Star Trek: Discovery writers Nicholas Meyer and Kirsten Beyer. 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. Further, the director's cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will be screened during the weekend, and John de Lancie will be on hand to represent Star Trek Timelines; he'll be at booth #436.

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. 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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mission-ny-adds-nimoy-charity-auction-welcomes-nasa Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Attack Wing Wave 26 Preview -- The Koranak (Repaint)]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/attack-wing-wave-26-preview-the-koranak-repaint

The Dominion threat has returned with the Cardassian Ship, Koranak. 

This September, WizKids/NECA will release Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 26 and StarTrek.com has the exclusive First Look at the ships in the upcoming expansion packs, continuing with the Koranak (Repaint).

From the very beginning, the Dominion has been one of the most powerful factions in the game. Known primarily for their large warships, Cardassian Ships, while slower and less agile than other ships, bring impressive firepower and cunning tactics to Attack Wing, making them a popular choice for players wanting to deal heavy damage. The Koranak is no exception. 

The Koranak is a ship you will see played often for both its named and generic version. The generic Keldon Class ship boasts a powerful 5 primary weapon value at a very reasonable cost of 24 SP. Meanwhile, the named version of the ship, the Koranak, adds, among other things, a powerful special ability. Instead of making a normal attack, the Koranak can attack two different ships at -2 attack dice each. Veteran players will often pair the Koranak with the Dominion Crew Card Remata’Klan (Wave 6 - 2nd Division Cruiser Expansion Pack) that adds +2 to your Captain Skill and +2 attack dice for all of your attacks this round.


Also included in the Koranak Expansion Pack is arguably one of the best and most played Captains (after Jean Luc Picard from the Starter Set). We are speaking of none other than Gul Dukat. What makes Gul Dukat so great is his ability to take an Evade or a Battle Stations Action as a Free Action every turn. Being able to have a Battle Station token to convert your rolls to hits in addition to whatever other Action you choose to perform is a very powerful combination. Now factor in the Koranak’s special ability to attack 2 ships per round and you can see why this ship should be feared.

As if this wasn’t enough to convince you to play the Koranak, consider the other cards that come in this Expansion Pack. Another world class upgrade card found in this pack is Boheeka. His ability seems simple enough, if you have a Battle Station token beside your ship, when you attack you may covert one blank result into a hit. Combined with Gul Dukat, who can perform a Battle Stations Action as a Free Action, you can see the wonderful synergy and action economy that can be found within this expansion. Boheeka guarantees at least one extra hit if any of your attack dice roll blank results.

Players will enjoy the opportunity to add more of these powerful ships to their collections as well as appreciate the new metallic paint job. If you liked the new paint schemes found in the 2016 Blind Booster Packs, you will love the new dynamic paint job on the Koranak.

The Cardassians have returned and the Koranak can once again be found at your friendly local gaming store. Boost the strength of your fleet using this powerful ship and upgrades in your next game and dominate.

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

 

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The Dominion threat has returned with the Cardassian Ship, Koranak. 

This September, WizKids/NECA will release Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 26 and StarTrek.com has the exclusive First Look at the ships in the upcoming expansion packs, continuing with the Koranak (Repaint).

From the very beginning, the Dominion has been one of the most powerful factions in the game. Known primarily for their large warships, Cardassian Ships, while slower and less agile than other ships, bring impressive firepower and cunning tactics to Attack Wing, making them a popular choice for players wanting to deal heavy damage. The Koranak is no exception. 

The Koranak is a ship you will see played often for both its named and generic version. The generic Keldon Class ship boasts a powerful 5 primary weapon value at a very reasonable cost of 24 SP. Meanwhile, the named version of the ship, the Koranak, adds, among other things, a powerful special ability. Instead of making a normal attack, the Koranak can attack two different ships at -2 attack dice each. Veteran players will often pair the Koranak with the Dominion Crew Card Remata’Klan (Wave 6 - 2nd Division Cruiser Expansion Pack) that adds +2 to your Captain Skill and +2 attack dice for all of your attacks this round.


Also included in the Koranak Expansion Pack is arguably one of the best and most played Captains (after Jean Luc Picard from the Starter Set). We are speaking of none other than Gul Dukat. What makes Gul Dukat so great is his ability to take an Evade or a Battle Stations Action as a Free Action every turn. Being able to have a Battle Station token to convert your rolls to hits in addition to whatever other Action you choose to perform is a very powerful combination. Now factor in the Koranak’s special ability to attack 2 ships per round and you can see why this ship should be feared.

As if this wasn’t enough to convince you to play the Koranak, consider the other cards that come in this Expansion Pack. Another world class upgrade card found in this pack is Boheeka. His ability seems simple enough, if you have a Battle Station token beside your ship, when you attack you may covert one blank result into a hit. Combined with Gul Dukat, who can perform a Battle Stations Action as a Free Action, you can see the wonderful synergy and action economy that can be found within this expansion. Boheeka guarantees at least one extra hit if any of your attack dice roll blank results.

Players will enjoy the opportunity to add more of these powerful ships to their collections as well as appreciate the new metallic paint job. If you liked the new paint schemes found in the 2016 Blind Booster Packs, you will love the new dynamic paint job on the Koranak.

The Cardassians have returned and the Koranak can once again be found at your friendly local gaming store. Boost the strength of your fleet using this powerful ship and upgrades in your next game and dominate.

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

 

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attack-wing-wave-26-preview-the-koranak-repaint Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:40:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Peter Alexander Unveils Men's Trek Sleepwear]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/peter-alexander-unveils-mens-trek-sleepwear

If you're a fan who eats, drinks and sleeps Star Trek, then you're in luck, as Peter Alexander is ready to help you with the sleep part. Peter Alexander's New Capsule Star Trek Sleepwear Collection for Men is available now. The colorful line from Australia includes two tee shirts, one that reads "Beam Me Up Scotty!" ($59.95 AUD) and another that features an image of Spock, the Vulcan greeting gesture and the words "Live Long and Prosper" ($59.95 AUD), as well as several pajama pants options: Star Trek Comic Drop Crotch Shorts ($69.95 AUD), Spock and Kirk Classic PJ Pants ($79.95 AUD), Starship Enterprise Classic PJ Pants ($79.95 AUD) and Starship Enterprise Mid Short ($59.95 AUD).

Beam Me Up Scotty

Live Long and Prosper

Star Trek Comic Drop Crotch Shorts

Spock and Kirk Classic PJ Pants

Starship Enterprise Classic PJ Pants

Starship Enterprise Classic Mid Short

The Peter Alexander New Capsule Star Trek Sleepwear Collection for Men is available now in shops and online. Go to www.peteralexander.com.au for additional details and to purchase the items.

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If you're a fan who eats, drinks and sleeps Star Trek, then you're in luck, as Peter Alexander is ready to help you with the sleep part. Peter Alexander's New Capsule Star Trek Sleepwear Collection for Men is available now. The colorful line from Australia includes two tee shirts, one that reads "Beam Me Up Scotty!" ($59.95 AUD) and another that features an image of Spock, the Vulcan greeting gesture and the words "Live Long and Prosper" ($59.95 AUD), as well as several pajama pants options: Star Trek Comic Drop Crotch Shorts ($69.95 AUD), Spock and Kirk Classic PJ Pants ($79.95 AUD), Starship Enterprise Classic PJ Pants ($79.95 AUD) and Starship Enterprise Mid Short ($59.95 AUD).

Beam Me Up Scotty

Live Long and Prosper

Star Trek Comic Drop Crotch Shorts

Spock and Kirk Classic PJ Pants

Starship Enterprise Classic PJ Pants

Starship Enterprise Classic Mid Short

The Peter Alexander New Capsule Star Trek Sleepwear Collection for Men is available now in shops and online. Go to www.peteralexander.com.au for additional details and to purchase the items.

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peter-alexander-unveils-mens-trek-sleepwear Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Pin Mate Wooden Enterprise Bridge Set Coming Soon]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/pin-mate-wooden-enterprise-bridge-set-coming-soon

Take an adventure like never before with the Star Trek: The Original Series Pin Mate Wooden Enterprise Bridge Playset with Kirk, Spock and Nurse Chapel – Entertainment Earth Exclusive from Bif Bang Pow! - available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth.

Hop aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and travel to unknown worlds far and wide for hours of space exploration with this unique and rare wooden playset that is designed in a retro-style and features 360-degree artwork on the interior and exterior. Inside, the bridge playset comes complete with a Captain's Chair and various work stations surrounding the perimeter. Plus, you can choose to enjoy the playset from above (with bridge completely intact) or remove the front section of the bridge for tons of eye-level play.

Three rare Pin Mate wooden figures -- Captain James T. Kirk in a green tunic, First Officer Spock in blue and Nurse Chapel in blue -- come with the playset and are also designed with intricate 360-degree artwork that includes hand-painted details alongside limited decals. Each character in the set measures 2-inches tall and is uniquely numbered on the bottom of the figure (as well as on the packaging): Captain Kirk is number 8; Spock is number 9; and Nurse Chapel is number 10.

Limited to only 500 units, each Entertainment Earth Exclusive set is individually numbered with a holographic sticker. The product is meant for ages 14 and up.

Pre-order the Bridge Playset now.

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Take an adventure like never before with the Star Trek: The Original Series Pin Mate Wooden Enterprise Bridge Playset with Kirk, Spock and Nurse Chapel – Entertainment Earth Exclusive from Bif Bang Pow! - available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth.

Hop aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and travel to unknown worlds far and wide for hours of space exploration with this unique and rare wooden playset that is designed in a retro-style and features 360-degree artwork on the interior and exterior. Inside, the bridge playset comes complete with a Captain's Chair and various work stations surrounding the perimeter. Plus, you can choose to enjoy the playset from above (with bridge completely intact) or remove the front section of the bridge for tons of eye-level play.

Three rare Pin Mate wooden figures -- Captain James T. Kirk in a green tunic, First Officer Spock in blue and Nurse Chapel in blue -- come with the playset and are also designed with intricate 360-degree artwork that includes hand-painted details alongside limited decals. Each character in the set measures 2-inches tall and is uniquely numbered on the bottom of the figure (as well as on the packaging): Captain Kirk is number 8; Spock is number 9; and Nurse Chapel is number 10.

Limited to only 500 units, each Entertainment Earth Exclusive set is individually numbered with a holographic sticker. The product is meant for ages 14 and up.

Pre-order the Bridge Playset now.

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pin-mate-wooden-enterprise-bridge-set-coming-soon Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:06:13 -0700
<![CDATA[The Mystery Ally of the Dominion War ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-mystery-ally-of-the-dominion-war

Any Star Trek: Deep Space Nine aficionado familiar with the Dominion War can tell you that the conflict took place between the Federation Alliance (the United Federation of Planets, Klingon Empire and Romulan Star Empire) and the Dominion, Cardassian Union, Breen Confederacy, and Son'a Command. However, would that answer be correct? Following Damar's defection, the Dominion installed Legate Broca as the new leader of the Cardassian Union. When the Female Changeling recommended falling back to Cardassia to regroup in the DS9 episode "The Dogs of War," Weyoun theorized the Federation would be timid and leave them alone. Broca replied, "But what about the Klingons, and the Romulans, and...," at which point he was cut off. Was Broca about to mention an as yet unnamed member of the Federation Alliance? If so, who could it be?

Ferengi Hostage

In the episode "Valiant," Jake Sisko believed that Starfleet was sending Nog to visit the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance to deliver a proposal which would allow the Ferengi to side with the Federation. While the mission was sidetracked in that particular episode, were further attempts to bring the Ferengi into the war made? And were they successful? After all, the Dominion had previously taken Grand Nagus Zek's lover Ishka hostage, and the outcome of the war would influence systems throughout the region. It is possible that these factors convinced the Ferengi that aligning with the Federation would be more beneficial (and profitable) than remaining neutral.

The Son'a were known to manufacture ketracel-white for the Dominion's Jem'Hadar soldiers at some of their colonies, including at Devos II. Did the events of Star Trek: Insurrection convince the Son'a to switch sides? While their reunification with the Ba'ku might provide excellent motivation to ally with the Federation, the evidence to support such a move is not as clear. The mention of ketracel-white production for the Dominion on Devos II in "Penumbra" occurs after the events of Insurrection. It is also possible that Devos II was one of only a few Son'a colonies to continue their support of the Dominion, or that the Dominion had subjugated the colony and forced them to produce the much-needed drug.

Bajoran Fleet

Bajor signed a non-aggression pact with the Dominion prior to the Second Battle of Deep Space Nine, but the planet did so only at the urging of Captain Sisko. The Federation retook the Bajoran station following Operation Return, and afterward DS9 served as a critical base for the Federation Alliance. Most importantly, it was revealed in "Image in the Sand" that the Bajorans had allowed a Romulan military hospital to be built on one of the many Bajoran moons. The Bajorans clearly sided with their Emissary and the Federation, but their small fleet of starships were very limited in their capabilities. It is unlikely that the Dominion ever mentioned them in the same breath as military equals with the Federation, Klingons and Romulans.

Cardassian Liberation Front

The Dominion retreat to the Cardassian system came soon after Damar revolted and created the Cardassian Liberation Front. The Cardassian rebels launched several successful attacks and seemed to be on the cusp of causing more problems for the Dominion. However, Damar was betrayed, and the Dominion announced they'd crushed the rebellion by destroying their bases. That announcement came several scenes before Broca's remarks about Federation allies in "The Dogs of War." Since the rebellion was considered by the Dominion to be at an end, and the Cardassian fleet had yet to switch to the Federation's side, Broca was probably not going to mention the Cardassian Liberation Front as a Federation ally. The worry that more Cardassian soldiers and citizens could be drawn to the rebel cause was a concern for the Dominion, but as with the small Bajoran military, the Dominion did not anticipate entire fleets of starships eventually siding with the Federation Alliance.

Tholian

Odo mentioned that the Tholians and Miradorn, like the Romulans and Bajorans, signed nonaggression pacts with the Dominion in "Call to Arms." When it appeared as if the Dominion betrayed their pact with the Romulans, it is possible it jeopardized the stability of their pacts with the Tholians and Miradorn. A Changeling was responsible for the death of a Tholian observer during a bombing at the Antwerp Conference in "Homefront," but that did not prevent the signing of their pact over a year later. Neither the Tholians nor the Miradorn merited mentions after "Call to Arms," so their treaties with the Dominion may have remained in place.

Miradorn

Little is known about the mysterious Tzenkethi race, except that they had previous disputes with the Federation and lived in a region of space near DS9. The Dominion sent a Changeling to infiltrate the Defiant and eradicate a Tzenkethi colony in order to create another rift between the Federation and Tzenkethi in "The Adversary." The plot was unsuccessful, but it remains unknown if knowledge of the events became public or were provided to the Tzenkethi. Their proximity to DS9 and possible awareness of the Dominion plot may have inclined the Tzenkethi to forget their previous animosities with the Federation and join the fight against the Dominion.

Infiltrator Defiant

The potential exists that the mystery ally was a never-before-mentioned species, or even a lesser power like the Orions, Gorn or Nausicaans. The Orion Syndicate collaborated with the Dominion in "Honor Among Thieves," but the stance of the official Orion government was unknown. Following Captain Kirk's fight with the Gorn captain, little indication was given about the status of Gorn-Federation relations, other than the fact that a human colony existed on the formerly contested planet in the 2370s. Nausicaans were well-known mercenaries, but the series never explored their government. However, it would make sense for Orion, Gorn, or Nausicaan starships to be absent from scenes of the Federation Alliance fleets, since their own militaries may have been too small to contribute to the war's major battles.

Orion Syndicate Dominion

Considering the information above, the two most likely candidates are the Ferengi and Tholians. Enough incentive existed for either government to enter the war, despite the fact that neither was directly mentioned or depicted as being part of the Federation Alliance. In addition to the Dominion's capture of the Ferengi leader's lover, the Federation actively courted the Ferengi as allies. The Tholians had a nonaggression pact with the Dominion, but tensions over the murdered Tholian diplomat and the dissolution of the Dominion's pacts with Romulus and Bajor could have eroded this relationship. Quark, Rom, or Nog would've almost certainly mentioned any Federation-Ferengi pact in dialogue at some point if one had been established, so if forced to choose, my guess is that the mystery ally was inevitably the Tholian race.

Who do you believe it was?


Jay Stobie is a science fiction writer who admits he has a perfectly normal obsession with Star Trek. He can be found on Twitter at @CaptStobie.

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Any Star Trek: Deep Space Nine aficionado familiar with the Dominion War can tell you that the conflict took place between the Federation Alliance (the United Federation of Planets, Klingon Empire and Romulan Star Empire) and the Dominion, Cardassian Union, Breen Confederacy, and Son'a Command. However, would that answer be correct? Following Damar's defection, the Dominion installed Legate Broca as the new leader of the Cardassian Union. When the Female Changeling recommended falling back to Cardassia to regroup in the DS9 episode "The Dogs of War," Weyoun theorized the Federation would be timid and leave them alone. Broca replied, "But what about the Klingons, and the Romulans, and...," at which point he was cut off. Was Broca about to mention an as yet unnamed member of the Federation Alliance? If so, who could it be?

Ferengi Hostage

In the episode "Valiant," Jake Sisko believed that Starfleet was sending Nog to visit the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance to deliver a proposal which would allow the Ferengi to side with the Federation. While the mission was sidetracked in that particular episode, were further attempts to bring the Ferengi into the war made? And were they successful? After all, the Dominion had previously taken Grand Nagus Zek's lover Ishka hostage, and the outcome of the war would influence systems throughout the region. It is possible that these factors convinced the Ferengi that aligning with the Federation would be more beneficial (and profitable) than remaining neutral.

The Son'a were known to manufacture ketracel-white for the Dominion's Jem'Hadar soldiers at some of their colonies, including at Devos II. Did the events of Star Trek: Insurrection convince the Son'a to switch sides? While their reunification with the Ba'ku might provide excellent motivation to ally with the Federation, the evidence to support such a move is not as clear. The mention of ketracel-white production for the Dominion on Devos II in "Penumbra" occurs after the events of Insurrection. It is also possible that Devos II was one of only a few Son'a colonies to continue their support of the Dominion, or that the Dominion had subjugated the colony and forced them to produce the much-needed drug.

Bajoran Fleet

Bajor signed a non-aggression pact with the Dominion prior to the Second Battle of Deep Space Nine, but the planet did so only at the urging of Captain Sisko. The Federation retook the Bajoran station following Operation Return, and afterward DS9 served as a critical base for the Federation Alliance. Most importantly, it was revealed in "Image in the Sand" that the Bajorans had allowed a Romulan military hospital to be built on one of the many Bajoran moons. The Bajorans clearly sided with their Emissary and the Federation, but their small fleet of starships were very limited in their capabilities. It is unlikely that the Dominion ever mentioned them in the same breath as military equals with the Federation, Klingons and Romulans.

Cardassian Liberation Front

The Dominion retreat to the Cardassian system came soon after Damar revolted and created the Cardassian Liberation Front. The Cardassian rebels launched several successful attacks and seemed to be on the cusp of causing more problems for the Dominion. However, Damar was betrayed, and the Dominion announced they'd crushed the rebellion by destroying their bases. That announcement came several scenes before Broca's remarks about Federation allies in "The Dogs of War." Since the rebellion was considered by the Dominion to be at an end, and the Cardassian fleet had yet to switch to the Federation's side, Broca was probably not going to mention the Cardassian Liberation Front as a Federation ally. The worry that more Cardassian soldiers and citizens could be drawn to the rebel cause was a concern for the Dominion, but as with the small Bajoran military, the Dominion did not anticipate entire fleets of starships eventually siding with the Federation Alliance.

Tholian

Odo mentioned that the Tholians and Miradorn, like the Romulans and Bajorans, signed nonaggression pacts with the Dominion in "Call to Arms." When it appeared as if the Dominion betrayed their pact with the Romulans, it is possible it jeopardized the stability of their pacts with the Tholians and Miradorn. A Changeling was responsible for the death of a Tholian observer during a bombing at the Antwerp Conference in "Homefront," but that did not prevent the signing of their pact over a year later. Neither the Tholians nor the Miradorn merited mentions after "Call to Arms," so their treaties with the Dominion may have remained in place.

Miradorn

Little is known about the mysterious Tzenkethi race, except that they had previous disputes with the Federation and lived in a region of space near DS9. The Dominion sent a Changeling to infiltrate the Defiant and eradicate a Tzenkethi colony in order to create another rift between the Federation and Tzenkethi in "The Adversary." The plot was unsuccessful, but it remains unknown if knowledge of the events became public or were provided to the Tzenkethi. Their proximity to DS9 and possible awareness of the Dominion plot may have inclined the Tzenkethi to forget their previous animosities with the Federation and join the fight against the Dominion.

Infiltrator Defiant

The potential exists that the mystery ally was a never-before-mentioned species, or even a lesser power like the Orions, Gorn or Nausicaans. The Orion Syndicate collaborated with the Dominion in "Honor Among Thieves," but the stance of the official Orion government was unknown. Following Captain Kirk's fight with the Gorn captain, little indication was given about the status of Gorn-Federation relations, other than the fact that a human colony existed on the formerly contested planet in the 2370s. Nausicaans were well-known mercenaries, but the series never explored their government. However, it would make sense for Orion, Gorn, or Nausicaan starships to be absent from scenes of the Federation Alliance fleets, since their own militaries may have been too small to contribute to the war's major battles.

Orion Syndicate Dominion

Considering the information above, the two most likely candidates are the Ferengi and Tholians. Enough incentive existed for either government to enter the war, despite the fact that neither was directly mentioned or depicted as being part of the Federation Alliance. In addition to the Dominion's capture of the Ferengi leader's lover, the Federation actively courted the Ferengi as allies. The Tholians had a nonaggression pact with the Dominion, but tensions over the murdered Tholian diplomat and the dissolution of the Dominion's pacts with Romulus and Bajor could have eroded this relationship. Quark, Rom, or Nog would've almost certainly mentioned any Federation-Ferengi pact in dialogue at some point if one had been established, so if forced to choose, my guess is that the mystery ally was inevitably the Tholian race.

Who do you believe it was?


Jay Stobie is a science fiction writer who admits he has a perfectly normal obsession with Star Trek. He can be found on Twitter at @CaptStobie.

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the-mystery-ally-of-the-dominion-war Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Captain Who'd Make Best Starfleet Instructor Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/captain-whod-make-best-starfleet-instructor-is

Jean-Luc Picard for the win, please. We kind of saw this one coming from a million parsecs away. StarTrek.com, for our latest weekly poll, asked Which captain would make the best instructor at Starfleet Academy? The reply options were James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway and Jonathan Archer. More than 4,000 fans voted, and here are the results:


Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard (50%)


Kathryn Janeway

Kathryn Janeway (19%)


James T. Kirk

James T. Kirk (13%)

 

Benjamin Sisko

Benjamin Sisko (12%)

 

Jonathan Archer

Jonathan Archer (7%)



And how did YOUR captain of choice fare?

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Jean-Luc Picard for the win, please. We kind of saw this one coming from a million parsecs away. StarTrek.com, for our latest weekly poll, asked Which captain would make the best instructor at Starfleet Academy? The reply options were James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway and Jonathan Archer. More than 4,000 fans voted, and here are the results:


Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard (50%)


Kathryn Janeway

Kathryn Janeway (19%)


James T. Kirk

James T. Kirk (13%)

 

Benjamin Sisko

Benjamin Sisko (12%)

 

Jonathan Archer

Jonathan Archer (7%)



And how did YOUR captain of choice fare?

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captain-whod-make-best-starfleet-instructor-is Sun, 21 Aug 2016 05:19:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Cruise II Set for 2018; Takei to Host]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/cruise-ii-set-for-2018-takei-to-host

Oh, myyy! Anyone lamenting the fact that Star Trek: The Cruise, setting sail from January 9-15, 2017, is sold out, need not fret, as Entertainment Cruise Productions has just announced that Star Trek: The Cruise II has been locked in for 2018. And the cruise will be hosted by Star Trek's original Hikaru Sulu... George Takei.

George Takei

Star Trek: The Cruise II will welcome fans aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade on January 5, 2018, and set sail through January 11, 2018. If you're joining the fun for Star Trek: The Cruise 2017, you have until January 15, 2017 to rebook your cabin for Star Trek: The Cruise II. The complete site for Star Trek: The Cruise II will go live next month, on September 1.

“Entertainment Cruise Productions has just informed me that over 2,000 fans have pre-registered for Star Trek: The Cruise II," Takei said in a statement. "I am so excited and honored that so many of you are so eager to vacation with me and my Star Trek colleagues (soon to be announced)."

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news about additional Star Trek guests and activities set to take place during Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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Oh, myyy! Anyone lamenting the fact that Star Trek: The Cruise, setting sail from January 9-15, 2017, is sold out, need not fret, as Entertainment Cruise Productions has just announced that Star Trek: The Cruise II has been locked in for 2018. And the cruise will be hosted by Star Trek's original Hikaru Sulu... George Takei.

George Takei

Star Trek: The Cruise II will welcome fans aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade on January 5, 2018, and set sail through January 11, 2018. If you're joining the fun for Star Trek: The Cruise 2017, you have until January 15, 2017 to rebook your cabin for Star Trek: The Cruise II. The complete site for Star Trek: The Cruise II will go live next month, on September 1.

“Entertainment Cruise Productions has just informed me that over 2,000 fans have pre-registered for Star Trek: The Cruise II," Takei said in a statement. "I am so excited and honored that so many of you are so eager to vacation with me and my Star Trek colleagues (soon to be announced)."

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news about additional Star Trek guests and activities set to take place during Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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cruise-ii-set-for-2018-takei-to-host Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700