Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0700 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[Trek Exhibit Celebrates New Beginnings]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-exhibit-celebrates-new-beginnings

All good things… It’s a popular adage that’s applied to Star Trek in the past and does so again now. The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will close on May 28 in advance of a national tour, but not before going out in style at MoPOP with a special Star Trek Weekend Celebration to be held May 11-13. The fully immersive exhibition, which showcases Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion, has been at MoPOP for the past two years.

The Weekend Celebration will start on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. with a Star Trek Send-Off Party that will run until 11 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a Q&A session with special guest Chase Masterson of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Online, as well as a dance party with DJ Sir Juan, a Star Trek game lounge, trivia with Geeks Who Drink, photo ops, crafts, drink specials and more. Tickets cost $20-$25 and include admission to Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, and Scared to Death: The Lure of Horror Film, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. Fans of all ages are welcome, but you must be 21+ to drink.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit

The Star Trek Weekend Celebration will continue Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MoPOP. During those days and hours, fans can engage in special screenings of Star Trek (2009) in the JBL Theater, gallery-led tours of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and Star Trek-themed photo ops, arts and crafts, as well as take advantage of retail specials. Tickets cost $17-$28. Access to general admission galleries is included; does not include special exhibitions.

Among the highlights of the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition are set pieces from The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console; more than 100 props and artifacts from the Star Trek television series and many of the films, including an original series tricorder, communicator, and phaser, a Borg cube, Klingon disruptor pistol, Tribbles, etc. Rare costumes include Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy, Lt. Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) dress, Khan garments past and present (the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness outfit, and more.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit

Additionally, there’s a transporter simulator where visitors can create a film that shows them being beamed to another location; a KHAAAAN! video booth where visitors can recreate the memorable scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and spaceship filming models of the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Excelsior, Phoenix, and Deep Space Nine space station. And fans can enjoy a showcase of Star Trek’s impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion that includes a prototype of a real medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, USPS stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.

Tickets are available at MoPOP.org.


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All good things… It’s a popular adage that’s applied to Star Trek in the past and does so again now. The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will close on May 28 in advance of a national tour, but not before going out in style at MoPOP with a special Star Trek Weekend Celebration to be held May 11-13. The fully immersive exhibition, which showcases Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion, has been at MoPOP for the past two years.

The Weekend Celebration will start on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. with a Star Trek Send-Off Party that will run until 11 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a Q&A session with special guest Chase Masterson of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Online, as well as a dance party with DJ Sir Juan, a Star Trek game lounge, trivia with Geeks Who Drink, photo ops, crafts, drink specials and more. Tickets cost $20-$25 and include admission to Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, and Scared to Death: The Lure of Horror Film, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. Fans of all ages are welcome, but you must be 21+ to drink.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit

The Star Trek Weekend Celebration will continue Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MoPOP. During those days and hours, fans can engage in special screenings of Star Trek (2009) in the JBL Theater, gallery-led tours of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and Star Trek-themed photo ops, arts and crafts, as well as take advantage of retail specials. Tickets cost $17-$28. Access to general admission galleries is included; does not include special exhibitions.

Among the highlights of the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition are set pieces from The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console; more than 100 props and artifacts from the Star Trek television series and many of the films, including an original series tricorder, communicator, and phaser, a Borg cube, Klingon disruptor pistol, Tribbles, etc. Rare costumes include Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy, Lt. Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) dress, Khan garments past and present (the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness outfit, and more.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit

Additionally, there’s a transporter simulator where visitors can create a film that shows them being beamed to another location; a KHAAAAN! video booth where visitors can recreate the memorable scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and spaceship filming models of the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Excelsior, Phoenix, and Deep Space Nine space station. And fans can enjoy a showcase of Star Trek’s impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion that includes a prototype of a real medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, USPS stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.

Tickets are available at MoPOP.org.


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trek-exhibit-celebrates-new-beginnings Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Deep Cut: DS9 25th Anniversary Ships]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/deep-cut-ds9-25th-anniversary-ships

Twenty-five years ago this past January, the Star Trek franchise set off in a bold new direction with a Star Trek: The Next Generation companion series, the first not set on board a ship called Enterprise. In fact, the primary setting wasn’t a starship at all, but an old Cardassian mining outpost, abandoned after the end of that civilization’s brutal occupation of Bajor, renovated by the Federation and then relocated to the site of a recently discovered stable wormhole, the only one known to exist in the galaxy. This was a Trek like no other. This was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

A fully functional space station at the galaxy’s farthest reaches, Deep Space Nine and its charismatic crew (some of whom were Enterprise-D transfers) played host to countless visitors from varied civilizations – some familiar, most never seen before. These characters and cultures typically arrived with their own missions, alliances, long-standing grudges and hidden agendas – not to mention modes of transportation.

So let's hang our legs off the promenade’s upper deck as Eaglemoss Collections takes a closer look at some of the classic ships that put into port across DS9’s seven seasons. 

We’ll start with five and then explore another four in our next installment. Regardless, all are yours to own at special 25th anniversary savings, either as part of your subscription to the Official Star Trek Starships Collection or as individual purchases from the Eaglemoss Shop or your favorite comic shop. 


01: Danube Class Runabout

Danube Class Runabout

The smallish (23.1 meters) Starfleet Danube Class runabouts were a vital part of operations for the Deep Space Nine crew, able to serve on a variety of different mission types. The ships in this class were named for famous rivers on Earth, including the U.S.S. Rio Grande, the U.S.S. Yangtzee and the U.S.S. Orinoco (Issue #32 from Eaglemoss), complete with modular sensor “roll bar” attached above the main hull.

Their design lineage can be traced back to 22nd century shuttlecraft, such as the Galileo, with its side opening doors and low-slung warp nacelles. The runabout, however, was a little larger than a typical Starfleet ship-support shuttlecraft, designed for more extended missions if needed, with a modular midsection and a small aft habitat section. A two-person short-range transporter (and food replicator station) was located at either the rear of the roomy cockpit, or further aft in later configurations, allowing the crew to beam down to a planet's surface while leaving the unmanned ship in orbit. The innovative compact warp core was horizontal, rather than vertical, and ran along the top of the craft, giving the runabout a respectable top speed of warp 5. Defensive capabilities consisted of a duranium composite hull with full shielding, six phaser strips, and a micro torpedo launcher under the nose, making this robust ship often a match for much larger vessels. 


02: Bajoran Solar-Sail Vessel

Bajoran Solar-Sail Vessel

The Bajoran Light Ship (Issue #18), also called a Solar-Sail vessel, was a relic from the distant past of Bajoran space exploration. Legend had it that it made it all the way to Cardassia itself almost 800 years prior, just as humans were first sailing Earth's oceans. Was reaching a neighboring star-system in one of these fragile vessels actually possible?

The season 3 DS9 episode “Explorers” tells how Benjamin Sisko recreated this ship from ancient plans to answer that exact question. Powered by the solar winds of Bajor’s sun and using sails resembling a butterfly, this craft had no impulse or warp engines – only a cramped two-person crew compartment. Interior controls were mostly manual cranks and levers, used to adjust the huge reflective sails controlling the ship’s direction. Sleeping accommodations simply consisted of hammocks strung up towards the rear of the habitat module. One of the only changes Sisko made to the original specs was adding an artificial gravity net under the floor, as weightlessness made him queasy.

Apart from the lavish interior set built for this one episode, the on-screen version was one of the earliest examples of a ship made exclusively in CG, versus a practical model.


03: Cardassian Galor Class

Cardassian Galor Class

The most-common warship in the Cardassian fleet, the powerful Galor Class (Issue #14) featured heavily in DS9 during the Dominion War. Fighting alongside Dominion ships, they inflicted heavy damage to the combined Federation and Klingon fleets.

There were three known classes of the Galor class, with the Type III being the most advanced and lethal, as well as a variant known as the Keldon Class used by the dreaded Obsidian Order, the Cardassian intelligence agency. While these warships weren’t a match for the most advanced Starfleet ships, they were usually deployed in groups of three using numerous deceptive tactics to their advantage and so were not to be underestimated.

The ship was 371.88 meters in length, with a crew complement of around 600. Weaponry included at least six spiral-wave disruptors at various positions ship-wide, as well as a photon/plasma torpedo weapon. During the war, many were outfitted with a Breen energy dampening weapon that rendered opposing ships helpless against their offensive battery.

The ship’s colors and design reflect an Egyptian influence; the initial inspiration for the shape draws off the ankh symbol. Other features on the hull harken to pyramids, and even include a sacrificial altar-like feature at the dorsal section’s highest point.


04: Akira Class

Akira Class

A fan favorite, the sleek Akira Class (Issue #12) was built for action and played a major role in winning back Deep Space Nine for the Federation. At 464.43 meters long, it had a crew of 500 and a top speed of warp 9.8. 

Designed to confront threats encroaching on Starfleet’s borders in space, the Akira’s layout presented a narrow target, with the bridge nestled between the raised catamaran-like hull on either side, as well as the rear shuttle landing bay. The saucer section’s nose housed the wide 3-doored forward “launching” shuttle bay area. In effect, this class was not unlike that of an aircraft carrier, built to continuously launch and land a large fleet of auxiliary craft with its massive “fly through” hangar deck contained within the saucer.

An astounding array of weaponry was positioned around the hull, including a weapons pod atop the arch connected to the warp nacelle support pylons. The pod itself housed 13 torpedo launchers; forward facing included five photon and two advanced quantum launchers, with the rear having six additional photon torpedo tubes. Further torpedo launchers were positioned above and below the deflector dish, with starboard and port facing launchers on the saucer’s edge. And don’t forget the six Type 10 phaser strips.


05: U.S.S. Defiant

U.S.S. Defiant

Originally built to defend against a Borg invasion, the relatively small class prototype NX-74205 U.S.S. Defiant (Issue #9) was the Federation’s very first true warship. Every part of the compact design spoke of its purpose, from the cowled warp nacelles attached directly to the oblong hull to the bridge location protected within the ship. The hull itself featured a newly developed type of ablative armoring to protect the ship even in the event of conventional shield failure. Weapons consisted of six torpedo launchers, firing Quantum, Mark VIII and Mark V-IX torpedoes, and four twin-pulse phaser cannons.

The ship was famously megapowered. A class 7 warp coil in a ship of this size (170.68 meters) provided a scorching maximum speed of warp 9.982, with a sustainable cruising top speed of warp 9.5. Additionally, the Defiant was outfitted with a cloaking device on loan from the Romulan Star Empire, something only to be used while in the Gamma Quadrant with the oversight of Subcommander T’Rul. At just 4 decks and a crew of about 40, the Defiant nevertheless proved itself as one of the most-powerful and consistent players in the Dominion War’s hard-fought battles.

And that’s a wrap on part one of our survey of significant ships from DS9. Another four will be profiled in part two, but you can get all of them in the Official Star Trek Starships Collection. New subscribers in the US will not only get their first ship  – TNG’s U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D – for only $4.95, but will also receive the U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 for half price – both with free shipping. Plus, every subscription includes a selection of free gifts valued at over $90 and additional savings of up to 20% off each ship in the collection. In the US, fans can visit st-starships.com for more details.

UK customers can start the collection with the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D and receive the U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 as issue 9 at the regular price. To subscribe in the UK, visit Eaglemoss UK Starship Collection.

Not ready to subscribe? Then drop by the Eaglemoss US Shop to enjoy 10% off (US only) the purchase of any or all DS9 ships, including our Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Bundle, which includes a special edition Deep Space Nine space station and two ships from Season 2. Or look for them at your local comic shop. 

UK customers can visit Eaglemoss UK Shop to view the Deep Space Nine Collection and all of the full line of Starship collections from The Original Series to Discovery.

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Twenty-five years ago this past January, the Star Trek franchise set off in a bold new direction with a Star Trek: The Next Generation companion series, the first not set on board a ship called Enterprise. In fact, the primary setting wasn’t a starship at all, but an old Cardassian mining outpost, abandoned after the end of that civilization’s brutal occupation of Bajor, renovated by the Federation and then relocated to the site of a recently discovered stable wormhole, the only one known to exist in the galaxy. This was a Trek like no other. This was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

A fully functional space station at the galaxy’s farthest reaches, Deep Space Nine and its charismatic crew (some of whom were Enterprise-D transfers) played host to countless visitors from varied civilizations – some familiar, most never seen before. These characters and cultures typically arrived with their own missions, alliances, long-standing grudges and hidden agendas – not to mention modes of transportation.

So let's hang our legs off the promenade’s upper deck as Eaglemoss Collections takes a closer look at some of the classic ships that put into port across DS9’s seven seasons. 

We’ll start with five and then explore another four in our next installment. Regardless, all are yours to own at special 25th anniversary savings, either as part of your subscription to the Official Star Trek Starships Collection or as individual purchases from the Eaglemoss Shop or your favorite comic shop. 


01: Danube Class Runabout

Danube Class Runabout

The smallish (23.1 meters) Starfleet Danube Class runabouts were a vital part of operations for the Deep Space Nine crew, able to serve on a variety of different mission types. The ships in this class were named for famous rivers on Earth, including the U.S.S. Rio Grande, the U.S.S. Yangtzee and the U.S.S. Orinoco (Issue #32 from Eaglemoss), complete with modular sensor “roll bar” attached above the main hull.

Their design lineage can be traced back to 22nd century shuttlecraft, such as the Galileo, with its side opening doors and low-slung warp nacelles. The runabout, however, was a little larger than a typical Starfleet ship-support shuttlecraft, designed for more extended missions if needed, with a modular midsection and a small aft habitat section. A two-person short-range transporter (and food replicator station) was located at either the rear of the roomy cockpit, or further aft in later configurations, allowing the crew to beam down to a planet's surface while leaving the unmanned ship in orbit. The innovative compact warp core was horizontal, rather than vertical, and ran along the top of the craft, giving the runabout a respectable top speed of warp 5. Defensive capabilities consisted of a duranium composite hull with full shielding, six phaser strips, and a micro torpedo launcher under the nose, making this robust ship often a match for much larger vessels. 


02: Bajoran Solar-Sail Vessel

Bajoran Solar-Sail Vessel

The Bajoran Light Ship (Issue #18), also called a Solar-Sail vessel, was a relic from the distant past of Bajoran space exploration. Legend had it that it made it all the way to Cardassia itself almost 800 years prior, just as humans were first sailing Earth's oceans. Was reaching a neighboring star-system in one of these fragile vessels actually possible?

The season 3 DS9 episode “Explorers” tells how Benjamin Sisko recreated this ship from ancient plans to answer that exact question. Powered by the solar winds of Bajor’s sun and using sails resembling a butterfly, this craft had no impulse or warp engines – only a cramped two-person crew compartment. Interior controls were mostly manual cranks and levers, used to adjust the huge reflective sails controlling the ship’s direction. Sleeping accommodations simply consisted of hammocks strung up towards the rear of the habitat module. One of the only changes Sisko made to the original specs was adding an artificial gravity net under the floor, as weightlessness made him queasy.

Apart from the lavish interior set built for this one episode, the on-screen version was one of the earliest examples of a ship made exclusively in CG, versus a practical model.


03: Cardassian Galor Class

Cardassian Galor Class

The most-common warship in the Cardassian fleet, the powerful Galor Class (Issue #14) featured heavily in DS9 during the Dominion War. Fighting alongside Dominion ships, they inflicted heavy damage to the combined Federation and Klingon fleets.

There were three known classes of the Galor class, with the Type III being the most advanced and lethal, as well as a variant known as the Keldon Class used by the dreaded Obsidian Order, the Cardassian intelligence agency. While these warships weren’t a match for the most advanced Starfleet ships, they were usually deployed in groups of three using numerous deceptive tactics to their advantage and so were not to be underestimated.

The ship was 371.88 meters in length, with a crew complement of around 600. Weaponry included at least six spiral-wave disruptors at various positions ship-wide, as well as a photon/plasma torpedo weapon. During the war, many were outfitted with a Breen energy dampening weapon that rendered opposing ships helpless against their offensive battery.

The ship’s colors and design reflect an Egyptian influence; the initial inspiration for the shape draws off the ankh symbol. Other features on the hull harken to pyramids, and even include a sacrificial altar-like feature at the dorsal section’s highest point.


04: Akira Class

Akira Class

A fan favorite, the sleek Akira Class (Issue #12) was built for action and played a major role in winning back Deep Space Nine for the Federation. At 464.43 meters long, it had a crew of 500 and a top speed of warp 9.8. 

Designed to confront threats encroaching on Starfleet’s borders in space, the Akira’s layout presented a narrow target, with the bridge nestled between the raised catamaran-like hull on either side, as well as the rear shuttle landing bay. The saucer section’s nose housed the wide 3-doored forward “launching” shuttle bay area. In effect, this class was not unlike that of an aircraft carrier, built to continuously launch and land a large fleet of auxiliary craft with its massive “fly through” hangar deck contained within the saucer.

An astounding array of weaponry was positioned around the hull, including a weapons pod atop the arch connected to the warp nacelle support pylons. The pod itself housed 13 torpedo launchers; forward facing included five photon and two advanced quantum launchers, with the rear having six additional photon torpedo tubes. Further torpedo launchers were positioned above and below the deflector dish, with starboard and port facing launchers on the saucer’s edge. And don’t forget the six Type 10 phaser strips.


05: U.S.S. Defiant

U.S.S. Defiant

Originally built to defend against a Borg invasion, the relatively small class prototype NX-74205 U.S.S. Defiant (Issue #9) was the Federation’s very first true warship. Every part of the compact design spoke of its purpose, from the cowled warp nacelles attached directly to the oblong hull to the bridge location protected within the ship. The hull itself featured a newly developed type of ablative armoring to protect the ship even in the event of conventional shield failure. Weapons consisted of six torpedo launchers, firing Quantum, Mark VIII and Mark V-IX torpedoes, and four twin-pulse phaser cannons.

The ship was famously megapowered. A class 7 warp coil in a ship of this size (170.68 meters) provided a scorching maximum speed of warp 9.982, with a sustainable cruising top speed of warp 9.5. Additionally, the Defiant was outfitted with a cloaking device on loan from the Romulan Star Empire, something only to be used while in the Gamma Quadrant with the oversight of Subcommander T’Rul. At just 4 decks and a crew of about 40, the Defiant nevertheless proved itself as one of the most-powerful and consistent players in the Dominion War’s hard-fought battles.

And that’s a wrap on part one of our survey of significant ships from DS9. Another four will be profiled in part two, but you can get all of them in the Official Star Trek Starships Collection. New subscribers in the US will not only get their first ship  – TNG’s U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D – for only $4.95, but will also receive the U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 for half price – both with free shipping. Plus, every subscription includes a selection of free gifts valued at over $90 and additional savings of up to 20% off each ship in the collection. In the US, fans can visit st-starships.com for more details.

UK customers can start the collection with the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D and receive the U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 as issue 9 at the regular price. To subscribe in the UK, visit Eaglemoss UK Starship Collection.

Not ready to subscribe? Then drop by the Eaglemoss US Shop to enjoy 10% off (US only) the purchase of any or all DS9 ships, including our Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Bundle, which includes a special edition Deep Space Nine space station and two ships from Season 2. Or look for them at your local comic shop. 

UK customers can visit Eaglemoss UK Shop to view the Deep Space Nine Collection and all of the full line of Starship collections from The Original Series to Discovery.

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deep-cut-ds9-25th-anniversary-ships Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:00:48 -0700
<![CDATA["Skin of Evil" Turns 30 ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/skin-of-evil-turns-30

Is there a more divisive episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation than "Skin of Evil"? The debates over this hour – the exit of Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar – are boundless and ongoing, even now. The episode premiered on April 25, 1988, or 30 years ago today. It came into being because Denise Crosby, not happy with Yar’s development and eager to pursue other opportunities, asked out of her contract. And, Gene Roddenberry obliged. Yar died in a sudden and unsentimental manner, and in the line of duty, killed by the energy creature, Armus.

Skin of Evil

A good many fans felt that Yar deserved a far better send-off. And most of them deemed Armus, basically a walking oil slick, such a silly adversary that it only cheapened Yar's already lackluster demise. On the other hand, there are those fans who -- despite the laughability of Armus -- appreciated the fact that Yar died as many people do, on the job and without warning, with no departing words.

Of course, Yar did utter final words, saying goodbye to her beloved crew (and fans) via a hologram played during a tearful memorial service in the holodeck. And Crosby ultimately -- and triumphantly -- returned to the TNG, both as Yar and Sela, in several memorable episodes and more recently in Star Trek Online.

So, the question remains: What did YOU think of "Skin of Evil"? Was it a total disaster? Or was it almost great? Did it do justice to the Yar character? Or was it too unceremonious a demise? And did you hate Armus as much as everyone else seemed to?

While you ponder those questions, below are some factoids about "Skin of Evil" that may surprise you:


Shrouded in Secrecy

Skin of Evil

The episode, like the creature, was originally called "The Shroud."


Psycho Killer

Some of Joseph Stefano's work

Joseph Stefano conceived the story and co-wrote the teleplay with Hannah Louise Shearer. If the name Joseph Stefano rings a bell, it's for good reason: He penned the screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho and was a veteran of The Outer Limits.


Not There, But There

Denise Crosby,

Crosby's name remained in the TNG credits for the rest of season one, despite her departure in "Skin of Evil." Recounting her decision to leave TNG during an interview in 2003 with Star Trek Magazine, Crosby said, "... I had no dialogue. So what was the point? It was torture to stand there. I felt like I was wasting away. I felt that if I had any chance to become the actor I had trained to be, the kind of actor that I admired, that this was not going to propel me into that. So, I had to leave and, no, I don't regret it."


Making Armus

Armus creature

The mix of stuff used to create Armus included... Metamucil and printer's ink. Armus was played on set by Mart McChesney, who later portrayed Sheliak in "The Ensigns of Command." Ron Gans provided Armus' voice. McChesney, whose only other known credit was the horror film Girls Nite Out, died in 1999, a few days short of his 45th birthday. Gans, meanwhile, was an actor and voiceover artist who passed away in 2010 at the age of 78. His other credits included Dragnet, Lost in Space, Coffy, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Hell Night, The Transformers and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.


Current Crosby

Crosby on Ray Donovan

Crosby most recently recurred on both The Walking Dead and Ray Donovan. She’s also completed the horror films Itsy Bitsy and The Doctor’s Case.

 

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Is there a more divisive episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation than "Skin of Evil"? The debates over this hour – the exit of Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar – are boundless and ongoing, even now. The episode premiered on April 25, 1988, or 30 years ago today. It came into being because Denise Crosby, not happy with Yar’s development and eager to pursue other opportunities, asked out of her contract. And, Gene Roddenberry obliged. Yar died in a sudden and unsentimental manner, and in the line of duty, killed by the energy creature, Armus.

Skin of Evil

A good many fans felt that Yar deserved a far better send-off. And most of them deemed Armus, basically a walking oil slick, such a silly adversary that it only cheapened Yar's already lackluster demise. On the other hand, there are those fans who -- despite the laughability of Armus -- appreciated the fact that Yar died as many people do, on the job and without warning, with no departing words.

Of course, Yar did utter final words, saying goodbye to her beloved crew (and fans) via a hologram played during a tearful memorial service in the holodeck. And Crosby ultimately -- and triumphantly -- returned to the TNG, both as Yar and Sela, in several memorable episodes and more recently in Star Trek Online.

So, the question remains: What did YOU think of "Skin of Evil"? Was it a total disaster? Or was it almost great? Did it do justice to the Yar character? Or was it too unceremonious a demise? And did you hate Armus as much as everyone else seemed to?

While you ponder those questions, below are some factoids about "Skin of Evil" that may surprise you:


Shrouded in Secrecy

Skin of Evil

The episode, like the creature, was originally called "The Shroud."


Psycho Killer

Some of Joseph Stefano's work

Joseph Stefano conceived the story and co-wrote the teleplay with Hannah Louise Shearer. If the name Joseph Stefano rings a bell, it's for good reason: He penned the screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho and was a veteran of The Outer Limits.


Not There, But There

Denise Crosby,

Crosby's name remained in the TNG credits for the rest of season one, despite her departure in "Skin of Evil." Recounting her decision to leave TNG during an interview in 2003 with Star Trek Magazine, Crosby said, "... I had no dialogue. So what was the point? It was torture to stand there. I felt like I was wasting away. I felt that if I had any chance to become the actor I had trained to be, the kind of actor that I admired, that this was not going to propel me into that. So, I had to leave and, no, I don't regret it."


Making Armus

Armus creature

The mix of stuff used to create Armus included... Metamucil and printer's ink. Armus was played on set by Mart McChesney, who later portrayed Sheliak in "The Ensigns of Command." Ron Gans provided Armus' voice. McChesney, whose only other known credit was the horror film Girls Nite Out, died in 1999, a few days short of his 45th birthday. Gans, meanwhile, was an actor and voiceover artist who passed away in 2010 at the age of 78. His other credits included Dragnet, Lost in Space, Coffy, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Hell Night, The Transformers and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.


Current Crosby

Crosby on Ray Donovan

Crosby most recently recurred on both The Walking Dead and Ray Donovan. She’s also completed the horror films Itsy Bitsy and The Doctor’s Case.

 

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skin-of-evil-turns-30 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:42:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Faces in the Dark]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/faces-in-the-dark

Counselor Deanna Troi's empathic abilities and talent for listening to patients bore little resemblance to Major Kira Nerys's hot-headed temperament and lack of patience. While the two women shared other traits, such as bravery and a sense of duty, each tended to call upon their respective trades of counselor and soldier in tense situations. Interestingly, both characters endured experiences where they awoke to see faces not quite their own. When combined with the unique personalities of Troi and Kira, the similar sets of circumstances produced an odd mixture of fascinating parallels and unique divergences.

Counselor Troi in

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Face of the Enemy," confusion overtook Counselor Troi when she found herself surgically altered to appear Romulan on board the D'deridex-class warbird Khazara. Subcommander N'Vek, a member of Ambassador Spock's Romulan underground movement, admitted that he abducted Troi from a conference on Bokara VI and needed her to pose as Major Rakal of the Tal Shiar in order to smuggle high-ranking Romulan defectors to the Federation. Major Kira's own ordeal took place in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Second Skin," when she set out to solve the mystery of Cardassian documents that recorded her imprisonment in a facility which she never visited. Unwillingly seized after arriving on Bajor, Nerys regained consciousness with the face of a Cardassian. Entek, an agent of the Obsidian Order, explained that Kira was actually Iliana Ghemor, an undercover operative whose memory and appearance had been altered in order to infiltrate the ranks of the Bajoran resistance.

Kira's New Face

The analogous details, from the kidnappings and surgical alterations to the bewilderment and involvement of foreign intelligence agencies, masked the underlying differences between the two events. Deanna's removal from an unrelated conference meant she landed in her predicament with no warning whatsoever, whereas the initial stage of Nerys's investigation preceded her own capture. Uncertain of her surroundings and pressured by N'Vek, Troi begrudgingly followed the subcommander's lead on the Khazara until an opportunity arose for the Romulan to flesh out more details of the plan. Kira's own confusion manifested itself as anger, but Entek expressed a relaxed demeanor and assured her that she could take time to recover her memories. The fact that Nerys lacked any trust in her captors exacerbated matters, while Deanna utilized her empathic senses to confirm the truth in N'Vek's words.

A Broken Kira

With a defined goal and a level of verity, Troi retained enough composure to slip into the role of Major Rakal and gained even more confidence as the ruse progressed. In contrast, Kira's certainty about her Bajoran identity gradually eroded as Entek presented her with the corpse of the allegedly original Nerys, she viewed a message recorded by Iliana Ghemor prior to her assignment, and Iliana's father Legate Tekeny Ghemor seemed to express genuine emotion toward her. Kira's mindstate became so fragile that she broke down in front of Tekeny, leading the older Ghemor to decide to help his "daughter" get away from Cardassia and reveal his part in a movement funneling dissidents off-planet. With this information, Kira's eyes opened to the true scope of Entek's deception, as she realized the entire charade centered on Entek's desire to expose Tekeny's ties to Cardassian defectors.

Toreth vs Troi

Troi often sparred verbally with Commander Toreth, the captain of the warbird, but only as much as her ploy warranted. Toreth, portrayed masterfully by Carolyn Seymour, perceived the Tal Shiar as an internal threat to Romulus, a notion with which Deanna and the secret passengers probably agreed. Toreth lost her father to a Tal Shiar investigation, but Troi herself lacked the emotional turmoil during her mission that plagued Kira throughout the ordeal at the Ghemor household. N'Vek, Deanna's handler on the Khazara, spoke the truth to Troi and intended to help the Romulan defectors. Entek, the subcommander's Cardassian counterpart, deceived Kira and Tekeny in order to cut off the escape route for dissidents. The straightforward nature of Troi's unsanctioned assignment and N'Vek's honesty provided the counselor with clarity, something that Kira lacked in her mentally rattled state.

The Enterprise Arrives

Despite Deanna's initial trepidation and Nerys's psychological descent, both characters exhibited incredible strength when the time for action came. Unbeknownst to Captain Picard, the Enterprise-D crew sought the very cargo that Troi wished to smuggle, ultimately bringing the ship within range of the cloaked warbird. Deanna and N'Vek successfully sent Vice-Proconsul M'ret and his aides to Starfleet's flagship via a transporter signal hidden in a weakened disruptor burst, but the Khazara's pilot vaporized N'Vek after Toreth discovered the alterations to the weaponry. Fortunately, the Enterprise beamed Troi back before the warbird departed. Kira rebounded from her depression upon discerning that Entek's operation targeted Tekeny and his allies, but Entek's sudden appearance with armed guards prevented the Bajoran from taking control of the situation. Unlike Picard, Captain Sisko knew of his first officer's disappearance and enlisted Elim Garak to help find her. Sisko, Garak, and Odo arrived just in time, capturing Entek and rescuing Kira and Tekeny. Entek attempted to pull out a hidden weapon, providing Garak with an opening to incinerate the Obsidian Order agent with a disruptor.

A relieved Troi

Both operations proved fruitful for the Federation crews, with high-ranking officials from potentially hostile powers switching their allegiances and receiving asylum. Picard marked the establishment of a path to extract future members of the Romulan underground movement as a happy occasion, while Entek's death prevented the Obsidian Order from uncovering Tekeny's own secretive network of allies. Troi mourned for N'Vek, but easily moved forward with her life once Dr. Crusher restored Deanna's original appearance. However, Kira and Tekeny formed an unlikely bond, with Ghemor allowing Nerys to keep a bracelet previously owned by Iliana's mother and for all intents and purposes claiming the Bajoran woman as a family member. A dying Tekeny Ghemor even returned to see Kira in the DS9 episode "Ties of Blood and Water," after which Nerys even buried the Cardassian next to her own father upon his passing.

Kira and Tekeny

The trials faced by Counselor Troi and Major Kira encompassed superficial similarities and stark differences, with each officer's own personality heavily influencing how they handled their respective ordeals. The most significant contrasts proved to be the mental anguish Kira experienced and the long-term emotional commitment she made to Tekeny Ghemor. Regardless of the uniqueness of the two operations, the most telling takeaways from these episodes consisted of the resourcefulness displayed by both officers and their capability to rely on their crewmates to save them from dangerous dilemmas.


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

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Counselor Deanna Troi's empathic abilities and talent for listening to patients bore little resemblance to Major Kira Nerys's hot-headed temperament and lack of patience. While the two women shared other traits, such as bravery and a sense of duty, each tended to call upon their respective trades of counselor and soldier in tense situations. Interestingly, both characters endured experiences where they awoke to see faces not quite their own. When combined with the unique personalities of Troi and Kira, the similar sets of circumstances produced an odd mixture of fascinating parallels and unique divergences.

Counselor Troi in

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Face of the Enemy," confusion overtook Counselor Troi when she found herself surgically altered to appear Romulan on board the D'deridex-class warbird Khazara. Subcommander N'Vek, a member of Ambassador Spock's Romulan underground movement, admitted that he abducted Troi from a conference on Bokara VI and needed her to pose as Major Rakal of the Tal Shiar in order to smuggle high-ranking Romulan defectors to the Federation. Major Kira's own ordeal took place in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Second Skin," when she set out to solve the mystery of Cardassian documents that recorded her imprisonment in a facility which she never visited. Unwillingly seized after arriving on Bajor, Nerys regained consciousness with the face of a Cardassian. Entek, an agent of the Obsidian Order, explained that Kira was actually Iliana Ghemor, an undercover operative whose memory and appearance had been altered in order to infiltrate the ranks of the Bajoran resistance.

Kira's New Face

The analogous details, from the kidnappings and surgical alterations to the bewilderment and involvement of foreign intelligence agencies, masked the underlying differences between the two events. Deanna's removal from an unrelated conference meant she landed in her predicament with no warning whatsoever, whereas the initial stage of Nerys's investigation preceded her own capture. Uncertain of her surroundings and pressured by N'Vek, Troi begrudgingly followed the subcommander's lead on the Khazara until an opportunity arose for the Romulan to flesh out more details of the plan. Kira's own confusion manifested itself as anger, but Entek expressed a relaxed demeanor and assured her that she could take time to recover her memories. The fact that Nerys lacked any trust in her captors exacerbated matters, while Deanna utilized her empathic senses to confirm the truth in N'Vek's words.

A Broken Kira

With a defined goal and a level of verity, Troi retained enough composure to slip into the role of Major Rakal and gained even more confidence as the ruse progressed. In contrast, Kira's certainty about her Bajoran identity gradually eroded as Entek presented her with the corpse of the allegedly original Nerys, she viewed a message recorded by Iliana Ghemor prior to her assignment, and Iliana's father Legate Tekeny Ghemor seemed to express genuine emotion toward her. Kira's mindstate became so fragile that she broke down in front of Tekeny, leading the older Ghemor to decide to help his "daughter" get away from Cardassia and reveal his part in a movement funneling dissidents off-planet. With this information, Kira's eyes opened to the true scope of Entek's deception, as she realized the entire charade centered on Entek's desire to expose Tekeny's ties to Cardassian defectors.

Toreth vs Troi

Troi often sparred verbally with Commander Toreth, the captain of the warbird, but only as much as her ploy warranted. Toreth, portrayed masterfully by Carolyn Seymour, perceived the Tal Shiar as an internal threat to Romulus, a notion with which Deanna and the secret passengers probably agreed. Toreth lost her father to a Tal Shiar investigation, but Troi herself lacked the emotional turmoil during her mission that plagued Kira throughout the ordeal at the Ghemor household. N'Vek, Deanna's handler on the Khazara, spoke the truth to Troi and intended to help the Romulan defectors. Entek, the subcommander's Cardassian counterpart, deceived Kira and Tekeny in order to cut off the escape route for dissidents. The straightforward nature of Troi's unsanctioned assignment and N'Vek's honesty provided the counselor with clarity, something that Kira lacked in her mentally rattled state.

The Enterprise Arrives

Despite Deanna's initial trepidation and Nerys's psychological descent, both characters exhibited incredible strength when the time for action came. Unbeknownst to Captain Picard, the Enterprise-D crew sought the very cargo that Troi wished to smuggle, ultimately bringing the ship within range of the cloaked warbird. Deanna and N'Vek successfully sent Vice-Proconsul M'ret and his aides to Starfleet's flagship via a transporter signal hidden in a weakened disruptor burst, but the Khazara's pilot vaporized N'Vek after Toreth discovered the alterations to the weaponry. Fortunately, the Enterprise beamed Troi back before the warbird departed. Kira rebounded from her depression upon discerning that Entek's operation targeted Tekeny and his allies, but Entek's sudden appearance with armed guards prevented the Bajoran from taking control of the situation. Unlike Picard, Captain Sisko knew of his first officer's disappearance and enlisted Elim Garak to help find her. Sisko, Garak, and Odo arrived just in time, capturing Entek and rescuing Kira and Tekeny. Entek attempted to pull out a hidden weapon, providing Garak with an opening to incinerate the Obsidian Order agent with a disruptor.

A relieved Troi

Both operations proved fruitful for the Federation crews, with high-ranking officials from potentially hostile powers switching their allegiances and receiving asylum. Picard marked the establishment of a path to extract future members of the Romulan underground movement as a happy occasion, while Entek's death prevented the Obsidian Order from uncovering Tekeny's own secretive network of allies. Troi mourned for N'Vek, but easily moved forward with her life once Dr. Crusher restored Deanna's original appearance. However, Kira and Tekeny formed an unlikely bond, with Ghemor allowing Nerys to keep a bracelet previously owned by Iliana's mother and for all intents and purposes claiming the Bajoran woman as a family member. A dying Tekeny Ghemor even returned to see Kira in the DS9 episode "Ties of Blood and Water," after which Nerys even buried the Cardassian next to her own father upon his passing.

Kira and Tekeny

The trials faced by Counselor Troi and Major Kira encompassed superficial similarities and stark differences, with each officer's own personality heavily influencing how they handled their respective ordeals. The most significant contrasts proved to be the mental anguish Kira experienced and the long-term emotional commitment she made to Tekeny Ghemor. Regardless of the uniqueness of the two operations, the most telling takeaways from these episodes consisted of the resourcefulness displayed by both officers and their capability to rely on their crewmates to save them from dangerous dilemmas.


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

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faces-in-the-dark Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:07:51 -0700
<![CDATA[A Preview: Destination Star Trek Germany]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/a-preview-destination-star-trek-germany

It’s happening! We’ve been talking about it for months, and now it’s upon us: Destination Star Trek Germany will take place this weekend, April 27-29, at The Messe Westfallenhallen in Dortmund. StarTrek.com will be trekking out to Germany to report on all the happenings, but today we’re in preview mode for those of you preparing to join in the fun or still contemplating going.

Guests

DSTG will be a star-studded affair that crisscrosses the entire franchise, from The Original Series to Discovery, with a special emphasis on the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine. Check out who’ll be in the house throughout the weekend, participating in panels (including The Two Daxes!) on the Enterprise and Voyager Stages, signing autographs and posing for photos:

Star Trek, William Shatner, James T. Kirk

star trek discovery, mary wiseman, ensign tilly

star trek discovery, shazad latif, ash tyler

star trek discovery, destination star trek, mary chieffo, l'rell

star trek discovery, destination star trek, kenneth mitchell, kol

star trek, destination star trek, nichelle nichols, uhura

star trek, walter koenig, chekov

star trek, nana visitor

star trek, rene auberjonois, odo

star trek, terry farrell, jadzia dax

star trek ezra dax, nicole de boer

star trek, cirroc lofton, jake lofton

star trek, Max Grodenchik, rom

star trek, Aron Eisenberg, nog

star trek deep space nine, chase masterson, leeta

star trek jeffrey combs

star trek Casey Biggs

star trek, vaughn armstrong

star trek, camille saviola

star trek voyager, robert duncan mcneill, tom paris

star trek voyager, ethan phillips, neelix

star trek, destination star trek, robert o'reilly, gowron

star trek enterprise, connor trinneer, trip tucker

star trek, destination star trek, gary graham, soval

star trek, ira steven behr

star trek, david zappone


Photo Ops

Star Trek: Discovery Captain's Chair

All the guests at DSTG will be available throughout the weekend for professional photo ops. Fans should also be sure to check out the unique photo options, including pics with the actors in a transporter room, William Shatner on the classic bridge with Tribbles, a DS9 group shot with at least 10 cast/crew from the show, and photos with actors in costume/makeup, including Armin Shimerman, Aron Eisenberg, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs and Chase Masterson. Fans can also pose for photos on the transporter, Klingon bridge, Discovery captain’s chair, and against a green screen.  


Museum

DST Museum

Attendees can check out genuine props and costumes from the last 50-plus years of Star Trek only at DSTG. The display will include items from privately owned collections and some never-before-seen Discovery items only recently added. Make sure you take some time to see this special collection of items and see how many you recognize from your favorite episodes and films.


Additional Programming

European Space Agency

Star Trek Timelines, Eaglemoss and Star Trek Online will be in the house. Special panels throughout the weekend will focus on topics including “How DS9 Broke the Mold for Star Trek.” The European Space Agency will host a panel to discuss: Could a gravitational wave really destroy the Starship Enterprise?” Be sure to participate in quizzes and auctions, to check out episodes and movies in the screening room, and to attend a Saturday night concert by the Star Trek Rat Pack. Some of the programming requires a separate admission, so please check your tickets and the schedule to determine if you need to buy a ticket.

Tickets are available at www.destinationstartrekgermany.com. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for our recaps of each day’s events. 

 

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It’s happening! We’ve been talking about it for months, and now it’s upon us: Destination Star Trek Germany will take place this weekend, April 27-29, at The Messe Westfallenhallen in Dortmund. StarTrek.com will be trekking out to Germany to report on all the happenings, but today we’re in preview mode for those of you preparing to join in the fun or still contemplating going.

Guests

DSTG will be a star-studded affair that crisscrosses the entire franchise, from The Original Series to Discovery, with a special emphasis on the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine. Check out who’ll be in the house throughout the weekend, participating in panels (including The Two Daxes!) on the Enterprise and Voyager Stages, signing autographs and posing for photos:

Star Trek, William Shatner, James T. Kirk

star trek discovery, mary wiseman, ensign tilly

star trek discovery, shazad latif, ash tyler

star trek discovery, destination star trek, mary chieffo, l'rell

star trek discovery, destination star trek, kenneth mitchell, kol

star trek, destination star trek, nichelle nichols, uhura

star trek, walter koenig, chekov

star trek, nana visitor

star trek, rene auberjonois, odo

star trek, terry farrell, jadzia dax

star trek ezra dax, nicole de boer

star trek, cirroc lofton, jake lofton

star trek, Max Grodenchik, rom

star trek, Aron Eisenberg, nog

star trek deep space nine, chase masterson, leeta

star trek jeffrey combs

star trek Casey Biggs

star trek, vaughn armstrong

star trek, camille saviola

star trek voyager, robert duncan mcneill, tom paris

star trek voyager, ethan phillips, neelix

star trek, destination star trek, robert o'reilly, gowron

star trek enterprise, connor trinneer, trip tucker

star trek, destination star trek, gary graham, soval

star trek, ira steven behr

star trek, david zappone


Photo Ops

Star Trek: Discovery Captain's Chair

All the guests at DSTG will be available throughout the weekend for professional photo ops. Fans should also be sure to check out the unique photo options, including pics with the actors in a transporter room, William Shatner on the classic bridge with Tribbles, a DS9 group shot with at least 10 cast/crew from the show, and photos with actors in costume/makeup, including Armin Shimerman, Aron Eisenberg, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs and Chase Masterson. Fans can also pose for photos on the transporter, Klingon bridge, Discovery captain’s chair, and against a green screen.  


Museum

DST Museum

Attendees can check out genuine props and costumes from the last 50-plus years of Star Trek only at DSTG. The display will include items from privately owned collections and some never-before-seen Discovery items only recently added. Make sure you take some time to see this special collection of items and see how many you recognize from your favorite episodes and films.


Additional Programming

European Space Agency

Star Trek Timelines, Eaglemoss and Star Trek Online will be in the house. Special panels throughout the weekend will focus on topics including “How DS9 Broke the Mold for Star Trek.” The European Space Agency will host a panel to discuss: Could a gravitational wave really destroy the Starship Enterprise?” Be sure to participate in quizzes and auctions, to check out episodes and movies in the screening room, and to attend a Saturday night concert by the Star Trek Rat Pack. Some of the programming requires a separate admission, so please check your tickets and the schedule to determine if you need to buy a ticket.

Tickets are available at www.destinationstartrekgermany.com. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for our recaps of each day’s events. 

 

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a-preview-destination-star-trek-germany Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:53:24 -0700
<![CDATA[The Series with Most Utopian View of the Future Was...]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-series-with-most-utopian-view-of-the-future-was

Which series had the most utopian view of the future? That's the question we posed for last week's poll question, offering up The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and The Animated Series as reply options. Thousands of fans voted and the winner was...

TNG episode

The Next Generation (69%)

TOS episode, The Paradise Syndrome

The Original Series (16%)

VOY episode Night

Voyager (7%)

ENT episode Hatchery

Enterprise (4%)

DS9 episode Sanctuary

Deep Space Nine (3%)

TAS episode Beyond the Farthest Star

The Animated Series (1%)



And how did YOUR series of choice fare?

Be sure to vote in this week's poll...

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Which series had the most utopian view of the future? That's the question we posed for last week's poll question, offering up The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and The Animated Series as reply options. Thousands of fans voted and the winner was...

TNG episode

The Next Generation (69%)

TOS episode, The Paradise Syndrome

The Original Series (16%)

VOY episode Night

Voyager (7%)

ENT episode Hatchery

Enterprise (4%)

DS9 episode Sanctuary

Deep Space Nine (3%)

TAS episode Beyond the Farthest Star

The Animated Series (1%)



And how did YOUR series of choice fare?

Be sure to vote in this week's poll...

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the-series-with-most-utopian-view-of-the-future-was Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:10:52 -0700
<![CDATA[That Time Iggy Pop Played a Vorta ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/that-time-iggy-pop-played-a-vorta

Boldly going where no one has gone before. It's been in the mission statement since the beginning, first uttered by Zefram Cochrane and adhered to by every writer and producer to work on the Star Trek franchise. Of all the strange new worlds our valiant space explorers have visited, one could argue that among the strangest was when Quark, Rom, Nog (ex-)Liquidator Brunt, cousin Galia and Leck the Eliminator went to Empok Nor to trade a captured Vorta for Moogie. Because that's when Iggy Pop showed up.

Iggy Pop in Deep Space Nine

This week is James Newell Osterberg, Jr.'s 71st birthday, and if you don't know much about the guy, you may not realize how terrific it is that he donned the Vortan grey skin and ridged ears of a middle-management Dominion stooge named Yelgrun. Here's the backstory.

The Michigan native was living in Chicago in the 1960s when he fell in with the burgeoning garage-rock/psychedelic blues bands that were cropping up. (If you don't know what this music sounds like, drop everything and get a copy of the CD collection called “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968.”) He was galvanized by seeing a performance by The Doors, and particularly taken with Jim Morrison's stage persona.

Taking a daring and energetic approach to leading a rock band, as well as the moniker Iggy Pop (one of his earliest bands had been The Iguana), he formed the band The Stooges. They were not a huge success, but they were incredibly influential in crafting a new proto-punk sound that was heavy, fast and angry, but still fun. Their third album, Raw Power, produced by friend and supporter David Bowie, is a landmark piece of dirty, aggressive rock.

The Stooges' live shows, however, are where Iggy made his reputation as someone who was. . . dangerous. It may be hard for young people to understand today, but way back when rock fans had far fewer avenues to get to “know” the stars. There were no videos, no Twitter, no YouTube. A band's reputation was made by urban legend, word of mouth and extremely rare (and highly stage-crafted) TV appearances.

Stories abounded of Iggy being a maniac. He would leap off the stage into the arms of his fans. He would roll around on cut glass. He would vomit on stage. Or would he? Where facts end and where myth begins have now faded into the mists of pop culture history.

In the next phase of his career he retreated again with David Bowie to Berlin to record, among other things, the masterpiece album Lust For Life. Even if you don't think you know some of these songs, you do. The title track and “The Passenger” have been used in many TV commercials, which some might consider “selling out,” while others consider a sly example of “stickin' it to the man.” Trivia fanatics love to point out that the rhythm section, Hunt and Tony Sales, are the sons of the legendary NYC broadcaster and borscht belt comic Soupy Sales.

Ferengi of Deep Space Nine

As the 1980s came, Iggy recorded some more “New Wave” style albums, made hilarious TV appearances (check out YouTube for his couch-chatting skills on the early David Letterman show) and started appearing in small roles in oddball films. This all culminated in 1997 with DS9's “The Magnificent Ferengi.”

By season six of DS9, the Dominion War was raging in full force and a dark tone was evident in many of the episodes. Still, a little levity is always welcome and you could always count on a Quark-centric episode for it. While Quark and Ferengi culture had already been established as something far deeper than a one-note gag (part of what makes DS9 so rich) there's no way to hold back the comedy when you get Armin Shimerman, Max Grodenchik, Jeffrey Combs and the others in their lobes.

Yelgrun with Ferengi

For reasons that are a little vague, the Grand Nagus dispatches Quark to rescue Ishka (Quark and Rom's mother, also the Nagus' lover) from the clutches of the Dominion. The first half of the episode shows our heroes “teaming up” in a manner similar to the film The Magnificent Seven. However, Ferengi, by and large, are not warriors, they are negotiators! Our Magnificent Ferengi fight back the way they know how – by using their noggins.

They enter into a prisoner exchange, using a spare captured Vorta that Sisko has hangin' around. The gang heads to Empok Nor – the decrepit former Cardassian space station. (Question for the scientists reading – just because it is abandoned, why would it be keeled over in the gravity-free environment of space? Looks cool, but kinda makes no sense. . .) The Dominion strongman sent to make the exchange? None other than the subversive, dangerous punk rocker Iggy Pop.

With his deep voice and flatly midwestern accent, Iggy is one of the funniest bad guys in all of Trek. His comeback, “I was cloned,” when Quark shrugs about family is fantastic, as is his weary nodding along to Moogie's financial counseling.

Trek producer Ira Steven Behr originally tried to get Iggy for the season-three episode “Past Tense,” to play the not-all-there character Grady. Scheduling didn't work out, so that went to TOS alum Clint Howard. Ultimately, I think it all worked out for the best.

Iggy's Vorta Yelgrun is eventually captured by the Ferengi and taken back to DS9. But strangely, we never consider him much of a bad guy. We never see him personally harm anyone and, in a way, other than Weyoun, he's one of the finer windows into Vorta culture. He's just a guy doing a job, a little cranky, and with a deadpan sense of humor. Having a rock star on the show would have been cool enough, but Iggy Pop, the writers and producers truly made the most of it, making this one of the best bits of strange casting on the show.

Do you remember how odd it was when you first recognized Iggy Pop beneath all that makeup? And what kind of alien do you think his pal David Bowie should have played, if he ever made a trip to DS9? Let me know in the comments below.


Jordan Hoffman frequently contributes to StarTrek.com via his column, One Trek Mind, and hosted Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast. He is also a writer, critic and lapsed filmmaker living in New York City. His work can be seen on Film.com, ScreenCrush and Badass Digest. On his BLOG, Jordan has reviewed all 727 Trek episodes and films, most of the comics and some of the novels. 

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Boldly going where no one has gone before. It's been in the mission statement since the beginning, first uttered by Zefram Cochrane and adhered to by every writer and producer to work on the Star Trek franchise. Of all the strange new worlds our valiant space explorers have visited, one could argue that among the strangest was when Quark, Rom, Nog (ex-)Liquidator Brunt, cousin Galia and Leck the Eliminator went to Empok Nor to trade a captured Vorta for Moogie. Because that's when Iggy Pop showed up.

Iggy Pop in Deep Space Nine

This week is James Newell Osterberg, Jr.'s 71st birthday, and if you don't know much about the guy, you may not realize how terrific it is that he donned the Vortan grey skin and ridged ears of a middle-management Dominion stooge named Yelgrun. Here's the backstory.

The Michigan native was living in Chicago in the 1960s when he fell in with the burgeoning garage-rock/psychedelic blues bands that were cropping up. (If you don't know what this music sounds like, drop everything and get a copy of the CD collection called “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968.”) He was galvanized by seeing a performance by The Doors, and particularly taken with Jim Morrison's stage persona.

Taking a daring and energetic approach to leading a rock band, as well as the moniker Iggy Pop (one of his earliest bands had been The Iguana), he formed the band The Stooges. They were not a huge success, but they were incredibly influential in crafting a new proto-punk sound that was heavy, fast and angry, but still fun. Their third album, Raw Power, produced by friend and supporter David Bowie, is a landmark piece of dirty, aggressive rock.

The Stooges' live shows, however, are where Iggy made his reputation as someone who was. . . dangerous. It may be hard for young people to understand today, but way back when rock fans had far fewer avenues to get to “know” the stars. There were no videos, no Twitter, no YouTube. A band's reputation was made by urban legend, word of mouth and extremely rare (and highly stage-crafted) TV appearances.

Stories abounded of Iggy being a maniac. He would leap off the stage into the arms of his fans. He would roll around on cut glass. He would vomit on stage. Or would he? Where facts end and where myth begins have now faded into the mists of pop culture history.

In the next phase of his career he retreated again with David Bowie to Berlin to record, among other things, the masterpiece album Lust For Life. Even if you don't think you know some of these songs, you do. The title track and “The Passenger” have been used in many TV commercials, which some might consider “selling out,” while others consider a sly example of “stickin' it to the man.” Trivia fanatics love to point out that the rhythm section, Hunt and Tony Sales, are the sons of the legendary NYC broadcaster and borscht belt comic Soupy Sales.

Ferengi of Deep Space Nine

As the 1980s came, Iggy recorded some more “New Wave” style albums, made hilarious TV appearances (check out YouTube for his couch-chatting skills on the early David Letterman show) and started appearing in small roles in oddball films. This all culminated in 1997 with DS9's “The Magnificent Ferengi.”

By season six of DS9, the Dominion War was raging in full force and a dark tone was evident in many of the episodes. Still, a little levity is always welcome and you could always count on a Quark-centric episode for it. While Quark and Ferengi culture had already been established as something far deeper than a one-note gag (part of what makes DS9 so rich) there's no way to hold back the comedy when you get Armin Shimerman, Max Grodenchik, Jeffrey Combs and the others in their lobes.

Yelgrun with Ferengi

For reasons that are a little vague, the Grand Nagus dispatches Quark to rescue Ishka (Quark and Rom's mother, also the Nagus' lover) from the clutches of the Dominion. The first half of the episode shows our heroes “teaming up” in a manner similar to the film The Magnificent Seven. However, Ferengi, by and large, are not warriors, they are negotiators! Our Magnificent Ferengi fight back the way they know how – by using their noggins.

They enter into a prisoner exchange, using a spare captured Vorta that Sisko has hangin' around. The gang heads to Empok Nor – the decrepit former Cardassian space station. (Question for the scientists reading – just because it is abandoned, why would it be keeled over in the gravity-free environment of space? Looks cool, but kinda makes no sense. . .) The Dominion strongman sent to make the exchange? None other than the subversive, dangerous punk rocker Iggy Pop.

With his deep voice and flatly midwestern accent, Iggy is one of the funniest bad guys in all of Trek. His comeback, “I was cloned,” when Quark shrugs about family is fantastic, as is his weary nodding along to Moogie's financial counseling.

Trek producer Ira Steven Behr originally tried to get Iggy for the season-three episode “Past Tense,” to play the not-all-there character Grady. Scheduling didn't work out, so that went to TOS alum Clint Howard. Ultimately, I think it all worked out for the best.

Iggy's Vorta Yelgrun is eventually captured by the Ferengi and taken back to DS9. But strangely, we never consider him much of a bad guy. We never see him personally harm anyone and, in a way, other than Weyoun, he's one of the finer windows into Vorta culture. He's just a guy doing a job, a little cranky, and with a deadpan sense of humor. Having a rock star on the show would have been cool enough, but Iggy Pop, the writers and producers truly made the most of it, making this one of the best bits of strange casting on the show.

Do you remember how odd it was when you first recognized Iggy Pop beneath all that makeup? And what kind of alien do you think his pal David Bowie should have played, if he ever made a trip to DS9? Let me know in the comments below.


Jordan Hoffman frequently contributes to StarTrek.com via his column, One Trek Mind, and hosted Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast. He is also a writer, critic and lapsed filmmaker living in New York City. His work can be seen on Film.com, ScreenCrush and Badass Digest. On his BLOG, Jordan has reviewed all 727 Trek episodes and films, most of the comics and some of the novels. 

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that-time-iggy-pop-played-a-vorta Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Masterson Talks Reprising Leeta]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/masterson-talks-reprising-leeta

Star Trek Online, the free-to-play online role-playing game based in the iconic Star Trek universe, is thrilled to reunite 12 of the original cast members from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the new PC expansion, Victory is Life. Joining the crew aboard the infamous space station is Chase Masterson, reprising the role of Leeta, former Bajoran Dabo girl and wife to Ferenginar’s Grand Nagus, Rom. The Star Trek Online team had a chance to sit down with Chase after her recording session at Cryptic Studios to talk about her return to the game -- Captains may remember her as Mirror Universe Leeta in Season 11: New Dawn --  and the incredible work she’s been doing with her anti-bullying organization, Pop Culture Hero Coalition.


STO: Welcome back to Star Trek Online, Chase. Thank you for joining us. What is it like returning to the character of Leeta to see how she’s grown?

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Leeta

Chase Masterson: I really value the opportunity to do this. Part of the reason why is that I get to show a really more mature Leeta. I get to walk in the shoes of a woman who has been in charge of an entire empire with Rom, for nearly 20 years now. She’s someone who has definitely grown and come into her own. That was something I felt like I really wanted to do for a long time now. We saw quite a lot of that on the show, but here we see a Leeta who has grown into her own shoes.  She’s become an intelligent woman, a strategic thinker who is still very much adoring of her husband, but is able to walk beside him in a way that is extremely valuable.


STO: One of the interesting things about the character of Leeta is that she started off as more of a comic relief figure and then grew over the course of Deep Space Nine. What was it like playing a role like that?

Leeta kissing Rom on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

It was really interesting because a lot of people did see Leeta as eye candy. I’m grateful to say that she was in all the sweeps week episodes in that catsuit, and I think that was certainly one of the reasons why. But you have to credit our amazing writing team under the direction of Ira Behr for her growth and René Echevarria, who created Leeta; she was never just a Dabo girl, she was never just eye candy and they always had more of a vision for her than that. They had a vision of a woman who was very compassionate and knew how to stand up for justice.

This is a woman who was more than what she looked like. That is such a Star Trek message. It’s what Leeta sees in Rom. He’s not just a book you can judge by his cover, he’s so much more. And that speaks to us in a way that is very important. We are not just what the world sometimes sees, we are so much more. It’s a very solid message of being a hero for yourself and other people.


STO: Even after all these years, Deep Space Nine still resonates with so many. Why do you think that is?

Ira Behr told us during our fifth season that he thought this was a show that was going to get more popular with time, rather than less. Now that shows can be streamed, people can watch the show in a way that is not as haphazard as it was before. Deep Space Nine was so groundbreaking in terms of it being one of the first serialized shows on television and that’s very much thanks to Michael Piller and of course, Ira Behr. I think this may have intimated fans initially. The show trusted its audience but also demanded a lot. We wanted you to get immersed in the storyline so you tune in every day. Now that’s possible and we see new audiences every day.


STO: Today you were one of the first to check out the Deep Space Nine space station in our new expansion, Victory is Life. What did you think?

Victory is Life

First of all, Quark’s Bar is just amazing. I want to just go there, and damn it, I want to play Dabo! I want to be one of the players. It’s just such a fun place to be. The atmosphere is perfect. I can hear the music as you take me down that promenade. It just feels like home.


STO: Is it weird seeing Deep Space Nine as a fully realized 3D space?

It really is. When we did the show, we really couldn’t just walk around Deep Space Nine, because part of it was on Stage 4 and some of it was on Stage 7. It was always in pieces for us. This is actually the most cohesive look at Deep Space Nine. This is the answer when fans ask if there will be a Deep Space Nine movie. Unfortunately not, but this is in place of it. The continuation of these stories, it’s really incredible.


STO: We wanted to ask you about the anti-bullying organization you started, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Can you tell us a little more about how you got started?

Star Trek Cast in Pop Culture Hero Coalition Be Kind t-shirts

I heard about a little girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars. She was a little girl in Evanston, Illinois and the boys were following her around school saying “You can’t like Star Wars, you’re a girl.” Her mom Carrie Goldman asked if any women who like Star Wars or science could encourage her daughter. Hundreds of us responded telling her, “I love science. I love science fiction. Katie, you be you.” I was one of the ones who responded and so we kept in touch.

Carrie decided to write a book to end bullying because she saw what a huge issue it was. It’s called “Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs To Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear” and I highly recommend it. She asked me to help get her book into Comic Con and that’s when it all came together for me. I said, “Yes, let’s get it into Comic Con, but let’s do more. Let’s form a coalition to get every fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and all the other genres together with social justice organizations and end bullying.” So forming this intersection between pop culture and social justice, leading people to be the heroes we see on screen is what it’s all about.

We are working with clinical psychologists to create anti-bullying curriculum for schools, which we anticipate piloting in the fall of 2018. We’re working with some fantastic organizations that are helping us base it on evidence. So this is not just ideas, this is solid psychological exercises that we’re working on. People are saying we’re already making a difference, that we’re already saving lives.


STO: Do you have any messages for those who have experienced bullying firsthand?

First off, I want to say to you and anyone else out there, if you were ever bullied, it was never your fault, ever. Not a bit of it. It’s true and it’s really very important to always keep that in mind. Quite frankly, bullying always comes out of the pain of the other person. The minute you see someone being mean to someone else, you know it’s because of fear and insecurity. They need some momentary feeling of power but it’s not real power. Compassion and empathy is power. That’s where our real capabilities to be human come in.


STO: Thank you so much for joining us, Chase. It’s been such a pleasure.

I’m really grateful to be here. You guys are doing amazing work. Thanks for continuing our stories.


Star Trek Online: Victory is Life, will launch on PC in June and later on consoles. To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com.

Join Chase Masterson aboard Star Trek: The Cruise III. Click here to enter to win a six-day cruise to the Caribbean alongside Star Trek’s most-popular stars.

To learn how you can support the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, please visit http://www.popculturehero.org/.


Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One.

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Star Trek Online, the free-to-play online role-playing game based in the iconic Star Trek universe, is thrilled to reunite 12 of the original cast members from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the new PC expansion, Victory is Life. Joining the crew aboard the infamous space station is Chase Masterson, reprising the role of Leeta, former Bajoran Dabo girl and wife to Ferenginar’s Grand Nagus, Rom. The Star Trek Online team had a chance to sit down with Chase after her recording session at Cryptic Studios to talk about her return to the game -- Captains may remember her as Mirror Universe Leeta in Season 11: New Dawn --  and the incredible work she’s been doing with her anti-bullying organization, Pop Culture Hero Coalition.


STO: Welcome back to Star Trek Online, Chase. Thank you for joining us. What is it like returning to the character of Leeta to see how she’s grown?

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Leeta

Chase Masterson: I really value the opportunity to do this. Part of the reason why is that I get to show a really more mature Leeta. I get to walk in the shoes of a woman who has been in charge of an entire empire with Rom, for nearly 20 years now. She’s someone who has definitely grown and come into her own. That was something I felt like I really wanted to do for a long time now. We saw quite a lot of that on the show, but here we see a Leeta who has grown into her own shoes.  She’s become an intelligent woman, a strategic thinker who is still very much adoring of her husband, but is able to walk beside him in a way that is extremely valuable.


STO: One of the interesting things about the character of Leeta is that she started off as more of a comic relief figure and then grew over the course of Deep Space Nine. What was it like playing a role like that?

Leeta kissing Rom on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

It was really interesting because a lot of people did see Leeta as eye candy. I’m grateful to say that she was in all the sweeps week episodes in that catsuit, and I think that was certainly one of the reasons why. But you have to credit our amazing writing team under the direction of Ira Behr for her growth and René Echevarria, who created Leeta; she was never just a Dabo girl, she was never just eye candy and they always had more of a vision for her than that. They had a vision of a woman who was very compassionate and knew how to stand up for justice.

This is a woman who was more than what she looked like. That is such a Star Trek message. It’s what Leeta sees in Rom. He’s not just a book you can judge by his cover, he’s so much more. And that speaks to us in a way that is very important. We are not just what the world sometimes sees, we are so much more. It’s a very solid message of being a hero for yourself and other people.


STO: Even after all these years, Deep Space Nine still resonates with so many. Why do you think that is?

Ira Behr told us during our fifth season that he thought this was a show that was going to get more popular with time, rather than less. Now that shows can be streamed, people can watch the show in a way that is not as haphazard as it was before. Deep Space Nine was so groundbreaking in terms of it being one of the first serialized shows on television and that’s very much thanks to Michael Piller and of course, Ira Behr. I think this may have intimated fans initially. The show trusted its audience but also demanded a lot. We wanted you to get immersed in the storyline so you tune in every day. Now that’s possible and we see new audiences every day.


STO: Today you were one of the first to check out the Deep Space Nine space station in our new expansion, Victory is Life. What did you think?

Victory is Life

First of all, Quark’s Bar is just amazing. I want to just go there, and damn it, I want to play Dabo! I want to be one of the players. It’s just such a fun place to be. The atmosphere is perfect. I can hear the music as you take me down that promenade. It just feels like home.


STO: Is it weird seeing Deep Space Nine as a fully realized 3D space?

It really is. When we did the show, we really couldn’t just walk around Deep Space Nine, because part of it was on Stage 4 and some of it was on Stage 7. It was always in pieces for us. This is actually the most cohesive look at Deep Space Nine. This is the answer when fans ask if there will be a Deep Space Nine movie. Unfortunately not, but this is in place of it. The continuation of these stories, it’s really incredible.


STO: We wanted to ask you about the anti-bullying organization you started, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Can you tell us a little more about how you got started?

Star Trek Cast in Pop Culture Hero Coalition Be Kind t-shirts

I heard about a little girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars. She was a little girl in Evanston, Illinois and the boys were following her around school saying “You can’t like Star Wars, you’re a girl.” Her mom Carrie Goldman asked if any women who like Star Wars or science could encourage her daughter. Hundreds of us responded telling her, “I love science. I love science fiction. Katie, you be you.” I was one of the ones who responded and so we kept in touch.

Carrie decided to write a book to end bullying because she saw what a huge issue it was. It’s called “Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs To Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear” and I highly recommend it. She asked me to help get her book into Comic Con and that’s when it all came together for me. I said, “Yes, let’s get it into Comic Con, but let’s do more. Let’s form a coalition to get every fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and all the other genres together with social justice organizations and end bullying.” So forming this intersection between pop culture and social justice, leading people to be the heroes we see on screen is what it’s all about.

We are working with clinical psychologists to create anti-bullying curriculum for schools, which we anticipate piloting in the fall of 2018. We’re working with some fantastic organizations that are helping us base it on evidence. So this is not just ideas, this is solid psychological exercises that we’re working on. People are saying we’re already making a difference, that we’re already saving lives.


STO: Do you have any messages for those who have experienced bullying firsthand?

First off, I want to say to you and anyone else out there, if you were ever bullied, it was never your fault, ever. Not a bit of it. It’s true and it’s really very important to always keep that in mind. Quite frankly, bullying always comes out of the pain of the other person. The minute you see someone being mean to someone else, you know it’s because of fear and insecurity. They need some momentary feeling of power but it’s not real power. Compassion and empathy is power. That’s where our real capabilities to be human come in.


STO: Thank you so much for joining us, Chase. It’s been such a pleasure.

I’m really grateful to be here. You guys are doing amazing work. Thanks for continuing our stories.


Star Trek Online: Victory is Life, will launch on PC in June and later on consoles. To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com.

Join Chase Masterson aboard Star Trek: The Cruise III. Click here to enter to win a six-day cruise to the Caribbean alongside Star Trek’s most-popular stars.

To learn how you can support the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, please visit http://www.popculturehero.org/.


Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One.

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masterson-talks-reprising-leeta Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:06:39 -0700
<![CDATA[PREVIEW: July's Trek Journeys]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/preview-julys-trek-journeys

IDW Publishing is wasting no time fast-forwarding to summer, as they’ve just announced their Star Trek titles for July. And StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and exclusive First Looks at art from the upcoming Trek comic-book adventures.

First up is Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1, written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton, Tony Shasteen providing the art and cover. This brand-new TNG series picks up where Through the Mirror ended and features untold tales of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. Following their clash with their villainous doubles from the Mirror Universe, the Enterprise crew returns to business as usual, little realizing the serpent in their midst, as one of their own has been replaced. What does Mirror Barclay want, and what’s to become of his Prime Universe counterpart?

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Terra Incognita will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Fans should be on the lookout for a photo cover and variant covers by J.K. Woodward and Elizabeth Beals!

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4 is written by the tandem of Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, with the art and cover courtesy of Angel Hernandez. In the Mirror Universe, the heroic characters you thought you knew care only for power and glory. In this, the final issue of Succession, see Michael Burnham in the fight of her life. 

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4

Succession #4 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Variant covers will include a photo and ones with art by Nick Roche, and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

Lastly, there’s Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7, the latest effort from writer and photo manipulator John Byrne. It boasts three all-new adventures. First, pulled down to a world made entirely of water, the Enterprise is in danger of literally flooding. Spock and McCoy discover a sinister purpose behind this bizarre planet in "What Pain It Is to Drown." Then, in "The Hunger," a mysterious entity has drifted above the outer rim of the Galaxy for thousands of years, draining life from all the worlds it found there. Now, it has learned of the banquet of populous planets near the heart of the Milky Way and is heading there at terrifying speed… with only the Enterprise standing in its way. Next, Captain Kirk has found himself all alone on the Enterprise before, but what happens when each individual member of the crew finds themselves in a similar state? And who is behind this... "Isolation?"

Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7

Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7

New Visions, Vol. 7 will be released as a 128-page trade paperback priced at $17.99.

For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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IDW Publishing is wasting no time fast-forwarding to summer, as they’ve just announced their Star Trek titles for July. And StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and exclusive First Looks at art from the upcoming Trek comic-book adventures.

First up is Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1, written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton, Tony Shasteen providing the art and cover. This brand-new TNG series picks up where Through the Mirror ended and features untold tales of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. Following their clash with their villainous doubles from the Mirror Universe, the Enterprise crew returns to business as usual, little realizing the serpent in their midst, as one of their own has been replaced. What does Mirror Barclay want, and what’s to become of his Prime Universe counterpart?

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Terra Incognita will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Fans should be on the lookout for a photo cover and variant covers by J.K. Woodward and Elizabeth Beals!

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4 is written by the tandem of Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, with the art and cover courtesy of Angel Hernandez. In the Mirror Universe, the heroic characters you thought you knew care only for power and glory. In this, the final issue of Succession, see Michael Burnham in the fight of her life. 

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4

Succession #4 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99. Variant covers will include a photo and ones with art by Nick Roche, and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

Lastly, there’s Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7, the latest effort from writer and photo manipulator John Byrne. It boasts three all-new adventures. First, pulled down to a world made entirely of water, the Enterprise is in danger of literally flooding. Spock and McCoy discover a sinister purpose behind this bizarre planet in "What Pain It Is to Drown." Then, in "The Hunger," a mysterious entity has drifted above the outer rim of the Galaxy for thousands of years, draining life from all the worlds it found there. Now, it has learned of the banquet of populous planets near the heart of the Milky Way and is heading there at terrifying speed… with only the Enterprise standing in its way. Next, Captain Kirk has found himself all alone on the Enterprise before, but what happens when each individual member of the crew finds themselves in a similar state? And who is behind this... "Isolation?"

Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7

Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 7

New Visions, Vol. 7 will be released as a 128-page trade paperback priced at $17.99.

For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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preview-julys-trek-journeys Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:46:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Why Jazz is the Perfect Sound for DS9]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/why-jazz-is-the-perfect-sound-for-ds9

“I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.” That’s what legendary trumpeter Miles Davis said about jazz in his autobiography. It’s a statement that could apply to Star Trek — and specifically to Deep Space Nine.

James Darren as Vic Fontaine

When James Darren joined DS9 as crooner Vic Fontaine late in the sixth season, he injected a sound that unexpectedly turned a spotlight on the heart of the series. Commonly thought of as “that show about the war,” DS9 is really about what the characters are going through on a personal level. The story of DS9 is not that of the Dominion War, but the struggles of the people living through it. The conflict is merely a backdrop, and that’s why jazz works so well. Organic, personal, and at times unpredictable, jazz is everything DS9 is.


YOUR WAY

Pianist and composer Thelonius Monk once explained how jazz — like DS9 — comes from the heart and may take time for others to understand: “I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing — even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.”

Ronald D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr

In many ways, this is what Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, and the DS9 writing team did for seven seasons. They brought together a group of diverse characters, dropped them off in the wilderness, and let them figure things out as they went along. Instead of the refined and rigid structure of classical music favored by The Next Generation, this crew worked within the modal framework of jazz and improvised their way to saving the Alpha Quadrant.


FROM THE HEART

The brilliance of DS9’s writing often went unappreciated at the time, but has come to be considered Star Trek’s best by many. Why has it stood the test of time? Like the stories told in jazz standards, those told on DS9 are timeless.

In “Image in the Sand,” which ends with Sisko departing for Tyree to search for the Orb of the Emissary, we hear Frank Sinatra’s “All the Way,” the bridge of which goes:

Who knows where the road will lead us / Only a fool would say / But if you’ll let me love you / It’s for sure I’m gonna love you / All the way

Worf (Image in the Sand)

Here, the lyric is literally about Worf’s sadness over the loss of Jadzia — a timeless, very-human emotion grafted onto the relationship between two aliens — but it also applies to Sisko’s search for identity and what the entire crew faces through the remainder of the series.

Another example comes from “The Siege of AR-558.” The traditional Star Trek formula would set the firefight to dramatic orchestral music. Doing so puts the focus on the action. Instead, this battle unfolds to “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a 1938 classic by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal that became a favorite during World War II among those in the United States and the United Kingdom whose loved ones were serving overseas.

Apart from the link to a past war, the jarring visual and auditory disconnect of that battle shifts the focus from the action to the mental state of the Starfleet officers. It also brings greater impact to Nog’s injury.


DIVERSITY AND COOPERATION

Wynton Marsalis is one of the best-known jazz musicians of the past 40 years. In October 2004, he performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at an event titled Let Freedom Swing: A Celebration of Human Rights & Social Justice. What he wrote in the program highlights why jazz is such a good fit for DS9.

The Deep Space Nine Crew

“Jazz means working things out musically with other people. You have to listen to other musicians and play with them even if you don’t agree with what they’re playing. It teaches you the very opposite of racism and anti-Semitism. It teaches you that the world is big enough to accommodate us all.

“[It’s a performance by] a group of diverse musicians negotiating in time to create a collective expression that reflects the unique personalities and values of each individual for the good of everyone. The traditions of experimentation and improvisation in jazz resemble the innovative approach of America’s democracy in placing so much faith in its people and in striving to invent something new, different and, perhaps, even better.”

Diversity is a cornerstone of Gene Roddenberry’s vision, and cooperation is a must when serving on a crew made up of many alien races. This is even more true of life and service on Deep Space 9, a station that is home to many non-Federation races. What more appropriate genre than jazz could there be to capture the spirit of this series?


SENTIMENTAL YOU

All Star Trek endures in the hearts of fans, but the nature of that connection differs from series to series. A quarter century on, DS9 continues to form emotional ties on a level that is more often personal compared with the franchise’s other chapters, and it does it in part thanks to music that has endured far longer.

A scene from

Perhaps it’s best summed up by a lyric heard in the series finale, “What You Leave Behind.” For many Niners, this line — first sung in 1936 — sums up how they feel about the show itself:

Someday, when I’m awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you / And the way you look tonight.

If jazz tells us anything, it’s that — a hundred years from now — we’ll look back at Deep Space Nine with the same sentimentality as that story first shared by Fred Astaire.


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A more in-depth discussion of jazz and DS9 can be found in the podcast episode that is a companion to this article. Listen to The Orb 115: Kind of Like a Jazzcat at http://trek.fm/the-orb/115.

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C Bryan Jones is founder and publisher of the Trek.fm podcast network, host of The Ready Room, co-host of The Orb: A Star Trek Deep Space Nine Podcast, and host of Notes from The Edge, which explores connections between Star Trek: Discovery and the greater franchise. Here on Earth, he lives in Tokyo where he’s editor-in-chief of The ACCJ Journal, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He can also be found on Twitter @cbryanjones, Trek.fm, The Ready Room, The Orb, Notes from The Edge and The ACCJ Journal.

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“I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.” That’s what legendary trumpeter Miles Davis said about jazz in his autobiography. It’s a statement that could apply to Star Trek — and specifically to Deep Space Nine.

James Darren as Vic Fontaine

When James Darren joined DS9 as crooner Vic Fontaine late in the sixth season, he injected a sound that unexpectedly turned a spotlight on the heart of the series. Commonly thought of as “that show about the war,” DS9 is really about what the characters are going through on a personal level. The story of DS9 is not that of the Dominion War, but the struggles of the people living through it. The conflict is merely a backdrop, and that’s why jazz works so well. Organic, personal, and at times unpredictable, jazz is everything DS9 is.


YOUR WAY

Pianist and composer Thelonius Monk once explained how jazz — like DS9 — comes from the heart and may take time for others to understand: “I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing — even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.”

Ronald D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr

In many ways, this is what Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, and the DS9 writing team did for seven seasons. They brought together a group of diverse characters, dropped them off in the wilderness, and let them figure things out as they went along. Instead of the refined and rigid structure of classical music favored by The Next Generation, this crew worked within the modal framework of jazz and improvised their way to saving the Alpha Quadrant.


FROM THE HEART

The brilliance of DS9’s writing often went unappreciated at the time, but has come to be considered Star Trek’s best by many. Why has it stood the test of time? Like the stories told in jazz standards, those told on DS9 are timeless.

In “Image in the Sand,” which ends with Sisko departing for Tyree to search for the Orb of the Emissary, we hear Frank Sinatra’s “All the Way,” the bridge of which goes:

Who knows where the road will lead us / Only a fool would say / But if you’ll let me love you / It’s for sure I’m gonna love you / All the way

Worf (Image in the Sand)

Here, the lyric is literally about Worf’s sadness over the loss of Jadzia — a timeless, very-human emotion grafted onto the relationship between two aliens — but it also applies to Sisko’s search for identity and what the entire crew faces through the remainder of the series.

Another example comes from “The Siege of AR-558.” The traditional Star Trek formula would set the firefight to dramatic orchestral music. Doing so puts the focus on the action. Instead, this battle unfolds to “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a 1938 classic by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal that became a favorite during World War II among those in the United States and the United Kingdom whose loved ones were serving overseas.

Apart from the link to a past war, the jarring visual and auditory disconnect of that battle shifts the focus from the action to the mental state of the Starfleet officers. It also brings greater impact to Nog’s injury.


DIVERSITY AND COOPERATION

Wynton Marsalis is one of the best-known jazz musicians of the past 40 years. In October 2004, he performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at an event titled Let Freedom Swing: A Celebration of Human Rights & Social Justice. What he wrote in the program highlights why jazz is such a good fit for DS9.

The Deep Space Nine Crew

“Jazz means working things out musically with other people. You have to listen to other musicians and play with them even if you don’t agree with what they’re playing. It teaches you the very opposite of racism and anti-Semitism. It teaches you that the world is big enough to accommodate us all.

“[It’s a performance by] a group of diverse musicians negotiating in time to create a collective expression that reflects the unique personalities and values of each individual for the good of everyone. The traditions of experimentation and improvisation in jazz resemble the innovative approach of America’s democracy in placing so much faith in its people and in striving to invent something new, different and, perhaps, even better.”

Diversity is a cornerstone of Gene Roddenberry’s vision, and cooperation is a must when serving on a crew made up of many alien races. This is even more true of life and service on Deep Space 9, a station that is home to many non-Federation races. What more appropriate genre than jazz could there be to capture the spirit of this series?


SENTIMENTAL YOU

All Star Trek endures in the hearts of fans, but the nature of that connection differs from series to series. A quarter century on, DS9 continues to form emotional ties on a level that is more often personal compared with the franchise’s other chapters, and it does it in part thanks to music that has endured far longer.

A scene from

Perhaps it’s best summed up by a lyric heard in the series finale, “What You Leave Behind.” For many Niners, this line — first sung in 1936 — sums up how they feel about the show itself:

Someday, when I’m awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you / And the way you look tonight.

If jazz tells us anything, it’s that — a hundred years from now — we’ll look back at Deep Space Nine with the same sentimentality as that story first shared by Fred Astaire.


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A more in-depth discussion of jazz and DS9 can be found in the podcast episode that is a companion to this article. Listen to The Orb 115: Kind of Like a Jazzcat at http://trek.fm/the-orb/115.

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C Bryan Jones is founder and publisher of the Trek.fm podcast network, host of The Ready Room, co-host of The Orb: A Star Trek Deep Space Nine Podcast, and host of Notes from The Edge, which explores connections between Star Trek: Discovery and the greater franchise. Here on Earth, he lives in Tokyo where he’s editor-in-chief of The ACCJ Journal, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He can also be found on Twitter @cbryanjones, Trek.fm, The Ready Room, The Orb, Notes from The Edge and The ACCJ Journal.

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why-jazz-is-the-perfect-sound-for-ds9 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:54:49 -0700
<![CDATA[A Day of Beginnings and Endings ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/a-day-of-beginnings-and-endings

Tomorrow is a day of beginnings and endings, as IDW Publishing has released their latest Star Trek comic-book adventures, specifically Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1 and Star Trek: Boldly Go #18, which closes out the six-part I.D.I.C. saga. StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and preview pages.

Star Trek: Boldly Go #18 is written by Mike Johnson, with art and a cover by Josh Hood. Part six of the six-part I.D.I.C. finds James Tiberius Kirk facing the greatest challenge of his life... with the fate of infinite realities hangs in the balance.

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Boldly Go #18 runs 32 pages and costs $3.99. IDW is also offering a variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani.

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1 is written by Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, complemented by Angel Hernandez’s art and cover. In this, the second Discovery miniseries from IDW Publishing, your favorite characters from latest series dive into an adventure tied directly into the second half of the show’s first season.

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Succession #1 runs 32 pages and is priced at $3.99. George Caltsoudas has created a variant cover and, as with each issue in this series, fans should be on the lookout for a “Ships of the Line” cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

 

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Tomorrow is a day of beginnings and endings, as IDW Publishing has released their latest Star Trek comic-book adventures, specifically Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1 and Star Trek: Boldly Go #18, which closes out the six-part I.D.I.C. saga. StarTrek.com is pleased to share details and preview pages.

Star Trek: Boldly Go #18 is written by Mike Johnson, with art and a cover by Josh Hood. Part six of the six-part I.D.I.C. finds James Tiberius Kirk facing the greatest challenge of his life... with the fate of infinite realities hangs in the balance.

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Preview Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Boldly Go #18 runs 32 pages and costs $3.99. IDW is also offering a variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani.

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1 is written by Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, complemented by Angel Hernandez’s art and cover. In this, the second Discovery miniseries from IDW Publishing, your favorite characters from latest series dive into an adventure tied directly into the second half of the show’s first season.

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1

Succession #1 runs 32 pages and is priced at $3.99. George Caltsoudas has created a variant cover and, as with each issue in this series, fans should be on the lookout for a “Ships of the Line” cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

 

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a-day-of-beginnings-and-endings Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:40:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day... Trek-style]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/wear-your-pajamas-to-work-day-trek-style

Welcome to National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!

The Motion Picture

I, for one couldn’t think of a better reward for surviving another April 15th than to boldly go to work in my favorite PJs. Now, I tend to be fairly traditional, and so my pajamas of choice look pretty much like the uniforms worn by the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. I know what you’re gonna say, so let’s get this out of the way right here and now: Starfleet uniforms have NEVER resembled pajamas (Yes, I have seen The Motion Picture, and...yes OK, THOSE look like footie pajamas, but come on. I love that movie). Anyway, I wear these a lot, and almost always in Command Division Gold. Hey, my dreams, my ship.

Pajamas from

Of course, the show itself had PJs on display in almost every episode right from the start of Star Trek: The Original Series. We see them in “The Cage,” “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “Dagger of the Mind,” “Space Seed,” and on and on until the end of the series. They were the ever-present Technician’s Uniforms (seen in Sciences Blue, Operations Red, and even Command Green), and showed up on patients in Dr. McCoy’s Sickbay. Made in the 1960’s by a company named Pleatway, these spacey PJs were actually called “AstroJamas” (I love crazy coincidences like that). TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss used modified, off-the-shelf AstroJamas, and made his own for all three seasons, and so it can truly be said that some of the crew of the Enterprise wore pajamas to work.

Captain Sulu's PJ's

As for the movie era, there were jammies there, too. In The Undiscovered Country, we see Captain Sulu and some of the crew aboard the Enterprise-A wearing Starfleet-issue pajamas (truth be told, I kinda want STVI PJs), and they look comfy, too.

Captain Janeway's PJs

Moving into the 24th century, we see lots of jammies throughout from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, but they mostly seem to be individual civilian pajamas and night gowns, and Captain Picard’s collection of sleepwear seems to be the best in the fleet.

Captain Picard's PJ's

That being said, I have been known to lounge around my Ready Room, and even flip a pancake or two for my daughter in a pair of 24th century, “Jean-Luc PJs.” They’re comfy and all, but still formal enough I suppose with that high collar to wear to meetings. There’s even a “Onesie” version of these now, which are almost too comfy, especially when stuck somewhere on our planet that’s still cold.

Enterprise PJs

Of course, jumping back in time to the NX-01, we find that crew wearing mostly their own jammies again, with Captain Archer favoring just a pair of khaki PJPants.

Star Trek: Discovery PJs

Which brings us up to Star Trek: Discovery and Starfleet’s nifty, new maroon pajamas. Discovery’s Costume Designer Gersha Phillips hit it out of the park with these cool PJs in a red that’s the perfect counterpoint to the “Federation Blue” of her duty uniforms, and ensured that they even had their own small Starfleet insignia. Minimal, comfy and cool, these might be the best jammies in the franchise.

Whatever you chose to wear today, and wherever you work, I hope your day is a great one. Me? I have a meeting in an hour, and I’ll be rocking my Starfleet jammies all day.

Lounge Long, Live Long and Prosper.


John Cooley is a lifelong Star Trek fan and one of the Star Trek product designers at ANOVOS.

 

And check out some of the Trek PJ products available to fans:

TOS Captain Kirk PJs from the StarTrek.com Shop

TOS Mirror Universe Uhura PJs from ThinkGeek.com

TOS Women’s Sleepshirts from ThinkGeek.com

TNG Picard Lounger “Footie” PJs from ThinkGeek.com

 

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Welcome to National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!

The Motion Picture

I, for one couldn’t think of a better reward for surviving another April 15th than to boldly go to work in my favorite PJs. Now, I tend to be fairly traditional, and so my pajamas of choice look pretty much like the uniforms worn by the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. I know what you’re gonna say, so let’s get this out of the way right here and now: Starfleet uniforms have NEVER resembled pajamas (Yes, I have seen The Motion Picture, and...yes OK, THOSE look like footie pajamas, but come on. I love that movie). Anyway, I wear these a lot, and almost always in Command Division Gold. Hey, my dreams, my ship.

Pajamas from

Of course, the show itself had PJs on display in almost every episode right from the start of Star Trek: The Original Series. We see them in “The Cage,” “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “Dagger of the Mind,” “Space Seed,” and on and on until the end of the series. They were the ever-present Technician’s Uniforms (seen in Sciences Blue, Operations Red, and even Command Green), and showed up on patients in Dr. McCoy’s Sickbay. Made in the 1960’s by a company named Pleatway, these spacey PJs were actually called “AstroJamas” (I love crazy coincidences like that). TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss used modified, off-the-shelf AstroJamas, and made his own for all three seasons, and so it can truly be said that some of the crew of the Enterprise wore pajamas to work.

Captain Sulu's PJ's

As for the movie era, there were jammies there, too. In The Undiscovered Country, we see Captain Sulu and some of the crew aboard the Enterprise-A wearing Starfleet-issue pajamas (truth be told, I kinda want STVI PJs), and they look comfy, too.

Captain Janeway's PJs

Moving into the 24th century, we see lots of jammies throughout from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, but they mostly seem to be individual civilian pajamas and night gowns, and Captain Picard’s collection of sleepwear seems to be the best in the fleet.

Captain Picard's PJ's

That being said, I have been known to lounge around my Ready Room, and even flip a pancake or two for my daughter in a pair of 24th century, “Jean-Luc PJs.” They’re comfy and all, but still formal enough I suppose with that high collar to wear to meetings. There’s even a “Onesie” version of these now, which are almost too comfy, especially when stuck somewhere on our planet that’s still cold.

Enterprise PJs

Of course, jumping back in time to the NX-01, we find that crew wearing mostly their own jammies again, with Captain Archer favoring just a pair of khaki PJPants.

Star Trek: Discovery PJs

Which brings us up to Star Trek: Discovery and Starfleet’s nifty, new maroon pajamas. Discovery’s Costume Designer Gersha Phillips hit it out of the park with these cool PJs in a red that’s the perfect counterpoint to the “Federation Blue” of her duty uniforms, and ensured that they even had their own small Starfleet insignia. Minimal, comfy and cool, these might be the best jammies in the franchise.

Whatever you chose to wear today, and wherever you work, I hope your day is a great one. Me? I have a meeting in an hour, and I’ll be rocking my Starfleet jammies all day.

Lounge Long, Live Long and Prosper.


John Cooley is a lifelong Star Trek fan and one of the Star Trek product designers at ANOVOS.

 

And check out some of the Trek PJ products available to fans:

TOS Captain Kirk PJs from the StarTrek.com Shop

TOS Mirror Universe Uhura PJs from ThinkGeek.com

TOS Women’s Sleepshirts from ThinkGeek.com

TNG Picard Lounger “Footie” PJs from ThinkGeek.com

 

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wear-your-pajamas-to-work-day-trek-style Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:50:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Poll Says Trek's Most-Logical Character Was... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/poll-says-treks-most-logical-character-was

Which character was the most logical? StarTrek.com asked that question to readers as part of our latest weekly poll, offering Data, Spock, Tuvok, T’Pol and Odo as reply options. Thousands of fans voted, and here as the results:

Data

Data (44%)

Spock

Spock (33%)

Tuvok

Tuvok (17%)

T'Pol

T’Pol (3%, 245 votes)

Odo

Odo (3%, 210)


Be sure to vote in this week's poll...

 

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Which character was the most logical? StarTrek.com asked that question to readers as part of our latest weekly poll, offering Data, Spock, Tuvok, T’Pol and Odo as reply options. Thousands of fans voted, and here as the results:

Data

Data (44%)

Spock

Spock (33%)

Tuvok

Tuvok (17%)

T'Pol

T’Pol (3%, 245 votes)

Odo

Odo (3%, 210)


Be sure to vote in this week's poll...

 

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poll-says-treks-most-logical-character-was Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:58:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Celebrating the Memory of Arlene Martel]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/celebrating-the-memory-of-arlene-martel

The striking, irrepressible Arlene Martel would have turned 82 years old today, and StarTrek.com thought we'd take a beat to celebrate the occasion. Martel, who died of a heart attack on August 12, 2014, was a veteran television and film actress whose career spanned parts of seven decades, dating back to the golden age of television. To Star Trek fans, she'll be forever remembered for her spot-on portrayal of T'Pring in the "Amok Time" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.

The character -- betrothed to Spock, whom she spurns -- was a sexy, exotic presence in the episode, the first and only TOS episode set on Vulcan. Martel had previously auditioned for roles in the episodes "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "Catspaw."

Martel's other credits

Martel's other credits included the popular The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" (written by Harlan Ellison), the "Twenty-Two" episode of The Twilight Zone, Hogan's Heroes, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, Knot's Landing, A Walk to Remember, Brothers & Sisters, and Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

Spock and T'Pring

StarTrek.com chatted with Martel in 2010, and she spoke fondly of her brief but important visit to the Star Trek universe. Noting the enduring popularity of "Amok Time," she said, "It does hold up. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t re-run it as much as they do. I just saw it a couple of weeks ago. It’s re-run almost more than any other episode, and it seems to be so popular because of the mating issue. To see a Vulcan in the heat of his sexuality is a very interesting thing. It’s interesting to see anyone in that situation, if the story is good, but to see someone who’s usually so repressed going through it, I think that captured people’s imaginations. I think that’s the fascination about it. And then to see how this woman deals with that, and the decisions and choices she makes..."

"My performance, I think, holds up quite well, especially visually," she continued. "I didn’t have that much to say, but I think you see me and my reactions, and my presence is felt. Looking at it, I can see why they cast me in that role."

Martel in

Martel was a fan favorite at conventions around the world, vibrant and engaging as she interacted with visitors who stopped at her table during her annual appearances at Star Trek Las Vegas and so many other events. She actually passed away soon after a convention appearance in 2014.

What was your fondest memory of Martel's performance as T'Pring, or of meeting the actress at a convention?

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The striking, irrepressible Arlene Martel would have turned 82 years old today, and StarTrek.com thought we'd take a beat to celebrate the occasion. Martel, who died of a heart attack on August 12, 2014, was a veteran television and film actress whose career spanned parts of seven decades, dating back to the golden age of television. To Star Trek fans, she'll be forever remembered for her spot-on portrayal of T'Pring in the "Amok Time" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.

The character -- betrothed to Spock, whom she spurns -- was a sexy, exotic presence in the episode, the first and only TOS episode set on Vulcan. Martel had previously auditioned for roles in the episodes "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "Catspaw."

Martel's other credits

Martel's other credits included the popular The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" (written by Harlan Ellison), the "Twenty-Two" episode of The Twilight Zone, Hogan's Heroes, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, Knot's Landing, A Walk to Remember, Brothers & Sisters, and Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

Spock and T'Pring

StarTrek.com chatted with Martel in 2010, and she spoke fondly of her brief but important visit to the Star Trek universe. Noting the enduring popularity of "Amok Time," she said, "It does hold up. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t re-run it as much as they do. I just saw it a couple of weeks ago. It’s re-run almost more than any other episode, and it seems to be so popular because of the mating issue. To see a Vulcan in the heat of his sexuality is a very interesting thing. It’s interesting to see anyone in that situation, if the story is good, but to see someone who’s usually so repressed going through it, I think that captured people’s imaginations. I think that’s the fascination about it. And then to see how this woman deals with that, and the decisions and choices she makes..."

"My performance, I think, holds up quite well, especially visually," she continued. "I didn’t have that much to say, but I think you see me and my reactions, and my presence is felt. Looking at it, I can see why they cast me in that role."

Martel in

Martel was a fan favorite at conventions around the world, vibrant and engaging as she interacted with visitors who stopped at her table during her annual appearances at Star Trek Las Vegas and so many other events. She actually passed away soon after a convention appearance in 2014.

What was your fondest memory of Martel's performance as T'Pring, or of meeting the actress at a convention?

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celebrating-the-memory-of-arlene-martel Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:16:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Catching Up with 3-Time Voyager Guest Star, Brad Dourif ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/catching-up-with-3-time-voyager-guest-star-brad-dourif

Brad Dourif is a character actor’s character actor, an Oscar nominee whose credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Child’s Play films, two installments in The Lord of the Rings saga, Dune, Blue Velvet, Mississippi Burning, Jungle Fever, The X-Files, Priest, Deadwood, Once Upon a Time and many, many, many more. Thanks to his foreboding voice and sinister features, he’s played way more than his share of villains, criminals, psychos and sociopaths. He slipped on his sociopath hat to play Lon Suder, the dangerous, deeply troubled Betazoid crewman, in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes “Meld,” “Basics, Part I” and “Basics, Part II.” Dourif’s latest project is the super-creepy indie horror-thriller Wildling, which will be available on VOD and Digital HD starting April 13, 2018, and is currently in limited theatrical release as well.

Wildling centers on Anna (Bel Powley), who’s spent her whole childhood in a single, secluded room, raised by a man she calls "Daddy" (Dourif). Daddy convinces her to fear the "Outside" by sharing horrific, fantastical tales of the "Wildling" and goes to extreme measures to thwart her maturity process. She’s eventually rescued by a small-town sheriff (Liv Tyler) who takes her into her home, and Daddy seems to go away for good. As one might expect, however, hormones kick in, Daddy may not be gone forever, and the mythical Wildling may not be so mythical after all.

StarTrek.com recently spoke with the always-fascinating Dourif. The actor filled us in on his current project and recounted his Voyager experiences…


Do you remember how you landed the Suder role? Was it an audition or an offer? Did you know if that’d it be a recurring role?

Brad Dourif as Lon Suder

Offer. I don't remember if I knew it was recurring or not. Maybe. Maybe. I’d think it was.


Did you know that he would die heroically?

mind meld (with Tuvok)

No. The hook to me doing it wasn’t dying heroically. It was the mind meld (with Tuvok). Who doesn't want to talk like a Vulcan?


Were you at all a Star Trek fan?

Of course. I mean, I'm not like a huge Trekkie, but I saw Star Trek when I was still quite young. I saw The Original Series with Shatner and Nimoy, right. My mom and I, we both sat and watched it. She was just wanting to see what it was like. Science-fiction was, relatively, at a comeback stage. We were also reading Ray Bradbury then.


Given Suder's sociopathic tendencies, how perfect a place was the Maquis for him?

He was at home with the Maquis. He did what they needed him to do, which was the dirty work.


What do you remember of working with the Voyager regulars, particularly Tim Russ and Kate Mulgrew?

Kate was wonderful. I had a great time with her. Tim… we went diving and did all kinds of stuff together.

Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ

Really?

He's just a really good dude, yeah. My girlfriend was there when I did the mind meld scene with Tim, and it was great fun to have her there and have me do that scene with her there. She doesn't always get to watch the work, and she's a real artist. I wish I had a tenth of her talent, but she was very interested and I remember it was a really fun day. She's a very hard person to impress, but she was happy and I think she liked what I was doing, for sure.


At the end of the episode, after your demise, Tuvok says a Vulcan prayer wishing you in death the peace that you couldn't find in life. How fitting a farewell was that for Suder?

I think that was dead on. It was a short little thing. There was another death there, which I think had more meaning to other people, but it was just a private little thing for Tuvok, giving Suder some closure. And I thought that was also appropriate because Suder was sort of an alone person and only one person recognized him. For a sociopath, empathy is impossible and you almost have to create it intellectually, and you never feel it. But I think people felt for him. Suder tried. He really, really tried.


Let’s shift to Wildling. You’ve played characters like Daddy/Gabriel before, but there are some glimpses of humanity in this guy, especially at the beginning. Was that part of the reason you agreed to do this movie?

Brad Dourif as Daddy in the horror / fantasy film WILDLING an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Yes. I’d kind of stopped doing bad guys, so I was not going to do Wildling, but then I had a long talk with (director) Fritz Bohm and we decided to really put some humanity in him… and then he goes crazy.


Bel Powley and the younger actresses who play Anna are all terrific…

Bel Powley as Anna in the horror / fantasy film WILDLING an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Bel felt like my daughter. We really, really clicked first rehearsal and she was wonderful to work with the whole time. She's really a solidly good actress. And everybody else was wonderful, too.


This looks like an expensive movie, but I’m guessing it was made on a very small budget…

Brad Dourif as Daddy in the horror / fantasy film WILDLING an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Yeah, that's about it. I just think they were very smart about the look of the movie and found good locations, and most of the stuff was really worked out. I think they kept improving it. We went back and did some re-shoots in which they did even better stuff. Bel’s makeup was great, but, as always, impossible. All special effects makeup is so difficult and hard on the actor.


What else will we see you in? IMDB lists about eight projects in pre-production, post production, production and/or announced. But what's actually next for you?

I don't know. I'm being very picky now and I don't do bad guys, and all I get offered are bad guys. So, it's going slow. Honestly, I don't care anymore. I'll work if I want to. If I don't, I won't. I don't feel like there's anything I really want to do that I haven't done. I'm at a funny phase at this point, but I'll still work if I find something interesting.

 

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Brad Dourif is a character actor’s character actor, an Oscar nominee whose credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Child’s Play films, two installments in The Lord of the Rings saga, Dune, Blue Velvet, Mississippi Burning, Jungle Fever, The X-Files, Priest, Deadwood, Once Upon a Time and many, many, many more. Thanks to his foreboding voice and sinister features, he’s played way more than his share of villains, criminals, psychos and sociopaths. He slipped on his sociopath hat to play Lon Suder, the dangerous, deeply troubled Betazoid crewman, in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes “Meld,” “Basics, Part I” and “Basics, Part II.” Dourif’s latest project is the super-creepy indie horror-thriller Wildling, which will be available on VOD and Digital HD starting April 13, 2018, and is currently in limited theatrical release as well.

Wildling centers on Anna (Bel Powley), who’s spent her whole childhood in a single, secluded room, raised by a man she calls "Daddy" (Dourif). Daddy convinces her to fear the "Outside" by sharing horrific, fantastical tales of the "Wildling" and goes to extreme measures to thwart her maturity process. She’s eventually rescued by a small-town sheriff (Liv Tyler) who takes her into her home, and Daddy seems to go away for good. As one might expect, however, hormones kick in, Daddy may not be gone forever, and the mythical Wildling may not be so mythical after all.

StarTrek.com recently spoke with the always-fascinating Dourif. The actor filled us in on his current project and recounted his Voyager experiences…


Do you remember how you landed the Suder role? Was it an audition or an offer? Did you know if that’d it be a recurring role?

Brad Dourif as Lon Suder

Offer. I don't remember if I knew it was recurring or not. Maybe. Maybe. I’d think it was.


Did you know that he would die heroically?

mind meld (with Tuvok)

No. The hook to me doing it wasn’t dying heroically. It was the mind meld (with Tuvok). Who doesn't want to talk like a Vulcan?


Were you at all a Star Trek fan?

Of course. I mean, I'm not like a huge Trekkie, but I saw Star Trek when I was still quite young. I saw The Original Series with Shatner and Nimoy, right. My mom and I, we both sat and watched it. She was just wanting to see what it was like. Science-fiction was, relatively, at a comeback stage. We were also reading Ray Bradbury then.


Given Suder's sociopathic tendencies, how perfect a place was the Maquis for him?

He was at home with the Maquis. He did what they needed him to do, which was the dirty work.


What do you remember of working with the Voyager regulars, particularly Tim Russ and Kate Mulgrew?

Kate was wonderful. I had a great time with her. Tim… we went diving and did all kinds of stuff together.

Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ

Really?

He's just a really good dude, yeah. My girlfriend was there when I did the mind meld scene with Tim, and it was great fun to have her there and have me do that scene with her there. She doesn't always get to watch the work, and she's a real artist. I wish I had a tenth of her talent, but she was very interested and I remember it was a really fun day. She's a very hard person to impress, but she was happy and I think she liked what I was doing, for sure.


At the end of the episode, after your demise, Tuvok says a Vulcan prayer wishing you in death the peace that you couldn't find in life. How fitting a farewell was that for Suder?

I think that was dead on. It was a short little thing. There was another death there, which I think had more meaning to other people, but it was just a private little thing for Tuvok, giving Suder some closure. And I thought that was also appropriate because Suder was sort of an alone person and only one person recognized him. For a sociopath, empathy is impossible and you almost have to create it intellectually, and you never feel it. But I think people felt for him. Suder tried. He really, really tried.


Let’s shift to Wildling. You’ve played characters like Daddy/Gabriel before, but there are some glimpses of humanity in this guy, especially at the beginning. Was that part of the reason you agreed to do this movie?

Brad Dourif as Daddy in the horror / fantasy film WILDLING an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Yes. I’d kind of stopped doing bad guys, so I was not going to do Wildling, but then I had a long talk with (director) Fritz Bohm and we decided to really put some humanity in him… and then he goes crazy.


Bel Powley and the younger actresses who play Anna are all terrific…

Bel Powley as Anna in the horror / fantasy film WILDLING an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Bel felt like my daughter. We really, really clicked first rehearsal and she was wonderful to work with the whole time. She's really a solidly good actress. And everybody else was wonderful, too.


This looks like an expensive movie, but I’m guessing it was made on a very small budget…

Brad Dourif as Daddy in the horror / fantasy film WILDLING an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Yeah, that's about it. I just think they were very smart about the look of the movie and found good locations, and most of the stuff was really worked out. I think they kept improving it. We went back and did some re-shoots in which they did even better stuff. Bel’s makeup was great, but, as always, impossible. All special effects makeup is so difficult and hard on the actor.


What else will we see you in? IMDB lists about eight projects in pre-production, post production, production and/or announced. But what's actually next for you?

I don't know. I'm being very picky now and I don't do bad guys, and all I get offered are bad guys. So, it's going slow. Honestly, I don't care anymore. I'll work if I want to. If I don't, I won't. I don't feel like there's anything I really want to do that I haven't done. I'm at a funny phase at this point, but I'll still work if I find something interesting.

 

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catching-up-with-3-time-voyager-guest-star-brad-dourif Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:06:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Victory Is Life, STO's DS9 Reunion Is Real ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/victory-is-life-stos-ds9-reunion-is-real

Star Trek Online, the online roleplaying game that continues the story of the Star Trek universe, is bringing together the cast of Deep Space Nine for the first time in nearly 20 years for our expansion this summer, Victory is Life. Find out what’s happened to your favorite characters in 2410, as they come together again to answer the threat of the Hur’q. Here’s who we’ve already announced:

  • Alexander Siddig as Doctor Julian Bashir, former Chief Medical Officer of Deep Space Nine.
  • Andrew Robinson as Councilor Elim Garak, formerly “just a simple tailor” and covert operative for Cardassia.
  • Armin Shimerman as Quark, DS9’s resident Ferengi entrepreneur and bartender.
  • Aron Eisenberg as Captain Nog, the first Ferengi to join Starfleet, who grew up on DS9.
  • Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun (a cunning Vorta diplomat) and Brunt (a Liquidator of the Ferengi Commerce Authority).
  • J.G. Hertzler as General Martok, hero of the Klingon Empire.
  • Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys, Kai of the Bajoran People.
  • René Auberjonois as Odo, former Chief of Security at DS9, who is now a Dominion Ambassador.


Who else has joined the cast? Read on and find out.

Leeta and Nog

Chase Masterson’s presence as Leeta has graced the halls of Deep Space Nine for years in Star Trek Online, but only as a hologram or the Mirror Universe version of herself. The “real” Leeta has never met our Captains – until now. Chase is returning for Victory is Life, and bringing Leeta with her. What has her life been like as the wife of the Grand Nagus all of these years? You’ll find out in Victory is Life.

Rom and Nog

And speaking of a certain Grand Nagus, Max Grodénchik is bringing Rom, the always lovable Ferengi who stumbled into leading his people, to Star Trek Online. The Grand Nagus will have a big part to play in the battle against the Hur’q, and you’ll get to experience it with him.

Weyoun and Dukan Rex

In the Deep Space Nine episode, “The Abandoned,” Bumper Robinson played a young Jem’Hadar who was found on Deep Space Nine as a baby. He grew to near adulthood in a matter of days, and despite Odo’s attempts to reason with him, returned to Dominion space to be with his people. That same Jem’Hadar, Dukan’Rex, is now an Elder First, and will be a central character to the story of Victory is Life.

Female Changeling

It wouldn’t be right to have the Dominion without their gods. Salome Jens returns to the role of the Female Changeling who led her people during the Dominion War. The Changeling has been in Starfleet’s custody since the end of the war – has she changed, or will she be a new threat to the Alpha Quadrant? Find out in June.

We’re so excited to have so many talented actors join us for Victory is Life, and we know you’ll love the story we’re going to tell. Stay tuned, Captains.

Victory is Life.


Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems, and make contact with new alien species. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One. To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com.

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Star Trek Online, the online roleplaying game that continues the story of the Star Trek universe, is bringing together the cast of Deep Space Nine for the first time in nearly 20 years for our expansion this summer, Victory is Life. Find out what’s happened to your favorite characters in 2410, as they come together again to answer the threat of the Hur’q. Here’s who we’ve already announced:

  • Alexander Siddig as Doctor Julian Bashir, former Chief Medical Officer of Deep Space Nine.
  • Andrew Robinson as Councilor Elim Garak, formerly “just a simple tailor” and covert operative for Cardassia.
  • Armin Shimerman as Quark, DS9’s resident Ferengi entrepreneur and bartender.
  • Aron Eisenberg as Captain Nog, the first Ferengi to join Starfleet, who grew up on DS9.
  • Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun (a cunning Vorta diplomat) and Brunt (a Liquidator of the Ferengi Commerce Authority).
  • J.G. Hertzler as General Martok, hero of the Klingon Empire.
  • Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys, Kai of the Bajoran People.
  • René Auberjonois as Odo, former Chief of Security at DS9, who is now a Dominion Ambassador.


Who else has joined the cast? Read on and find out.

Leeta and Nog

Chase Masterson’s presence as Leeta has graced the halls of Deep Space Nine for years in Star Trek Online, but only as a hologram or the Mirror Universe version of herself. The “real” Leeta has never met our Captains – until now. Chase is returning for Victory is Life, and bringing Leeta with her. What has her life been like as the wife of the Grand Nagus all of these years? You’ll find out in Victory is Life.

Rom and Nog

And speaking of a certain Grand Nagus, Max Grodénchik is bringing Rom, the always lovable Ferengi who stumbled into leading his people, to Star Trek Online. The Grand Nagus will have a big part to play in the battle against the Hur’q, and you’ll get to experience it with him.

Weyoun and Dukan Rex

In the Deep Space Nine episode, “The Abandoned,” Bumper Robinson played a young Jem’Hadar who was found on Deep Space Nine as a baby. He grew to near adulthood in a matter of days, and despite Odo’s attempts to reason with him, returned to Dominion space to be with his people. That same Jem’Hadar, Dukan’Rex, is now an Elder First, and will be a central character to the story of Victory is Life.

Female Changeling

It wouldn’t be right to have the Dominion without their gods. Salome Jens returns to the role of the Female Changeling who led her people during the Dominion War. The Changeling has been in Starfleet’s custody since the end of the war – has she changed, or will she be a new threat to the Alpha Quadrant? Find out in June.

We’re so excited to have so many talented actors join us for Victory is Life, and we know you’ll love the story we’re going to tell. Stay tuned, Captains.

Victory is Life.


Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems, and make contact with new alien species. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One. To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com.

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victory-is-life-stos-ds9-reunion-is-real Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:28:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Remembering TNG Guest Star, Tim O'Connor, 1927-2018]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-tng-guest-star-tim-oconnor-1927-2018

StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Tim O'Connor, the veteran stage, film and television actor whose distinguished career spanned decades and included the role of Ambassador Briam in the fifth-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "The Perfect Mate."

star trek the next generation, Ambassador Briam, tim o'connor

According to an April 11 obituary in his local newspaper, The Union, O'Connor passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 5th, while at his longtime home in Nevada City, California. He was 90 years old.

Born on Chicago's South Side, O'Connor's pursuit of acting took him to New York and later to Los Angeles. He often played serious authority figures and was probably best known for portraying Elliot Carson -- husband to Dorothy Malone, father to Mia Farrow -- in 416 episodes of the show Peyton Place.

Twilight Zone, Tim O'Connor

His many other credits included The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, All in the Family, Maude, Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, M*A*S*H, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and The Burning Zone. O'Connor also co-founded the Children's Theater in Nevada City and directed numerous productions for the Foothill Theater Company, also in Nevada City.

O'Connor is survived by his wife, Sheila MacLurg O'Connor, his son Timothy O'Connor, and three stepsons. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to O'Connor's family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Tim O'Connor, the veteran stage, film and television actor whose distinguished career spanned decades and included the role of Ambassador Briam in the fifth-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "The Perfect Mate."

star trek the next generation, Ambassador Briam, tim o'connor

According to an April 11 obituary in his local newspaper, The Union, O'Connor passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 5th, while at his longtime home in Nevada City, California. He was 90 years old.

Born on Chicago's South Side, O'Connor's pursuit of acting took him to New York and later to Los Angeles. He often played serious authority figures and was probably best known for portraying Elliot Carson -- husband to Dorothy Malone, father to Mia Farrow -- in 416 episodes of the show Peyton Place.

Twilight Zone, Tim O'Connor

His many other credits included The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, All in the Family, Maude, Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, M*A*S*H, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and The Burning Zone. O'Connor also co-founded the Children's Theater in Nevada City and directed numerous productions for the Foothill Theater Company, also in Nevada City.

O'Connor is survived by his wife, Sheila MacLurg O'Connor, his son Timothy O'Connor, and three stepsons. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to O'Connor's family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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remembering-tng-guest-star-tim-oconnor-1927-2018 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:21:35 -0700
<![CDATA[6 Minutes with Alan van Sprang]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/6-minutes-with-alan-van-sprang

And the crowd went crazy. Let’s explain: During the Star Trek: Discovery panel two weeks ago at WonderCon, fans were treated to a scene trimmed from the season-one finale, “Will You Take My Hand?”. The 2-minute and 30-second scene, a coda set not long after the events of the finale, featured Emperor Georgiou operating a bar/club in the Orion market on Qo'noS and encountering a supposed Trill named Leland (Alan van Sprang). She thinks he’s Starfleet, but he reveals that he’s part of a “far more resourceful” organization that considers her a “valuable asset,” and he offers her the opportunity to "exert some influence over the fate of this galaxy." Walking away, he leaves behind a case with a black delta shield and says, “Welcome to Section 31.”

Emperor Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Leland (Alan van Sprang)

Moments after the WonderCon attendees watched that scene, they met Alan van Sprang, who played Leland in the scene and will return for more intrigue in season two of Discovery. Following his time on the stage, the actor – a Canadian whose credits include Conundrum, Viper, La Femme Nikita, Earth: Final Conflict, Soul Food, Evel Knievel, Saw III, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead, The Tudors, Saving Hope, Reign and Shadowhunters – ventured into the press room to speak briefly with journalists about the finale scene, Leland and more. StarTrek.com was in the room, and here’s what he had to say:

Welcome to the Star Trek universe.

Oh, thank you.


How does it feel to be part of this massive family?

Pretty honored. It's pretty amazing. (Showrunners) Aaron (Harberts) and Gretchen (J. Berg)… I was doing a show called Reign and they took over that show. So, they knew me from that. They gave me a phone call and said, “Hey, would (you) like to come on board.” They didn't know what character, what I'd be doing. This was just sort of thrown in my lap. So, here we go.


Tell us about your character…

I play Leland, who's the new Section 31 (operative) in the show, and that's basically all I can say. It's basically the intelligence, a non-existent intelligence of Starfleet, and then he brings people on board.


Were you aware of Section 31 before? Or even of Star Trek in advance of Discovery?

Oh, absolutely. I'd heard of (Star Trek) through The Original Series, but I didn't get familiar with (Section 31) until I played the part. So, I looked back on it in Deep Space Nine.


Tell us about the deleted scene from “Will You Take My Hand?” and working with Michelle Yeoh…

Emperor Georgiou

Well, it was fantastic. I was a huge fan of hers, through Crouching Tiger and James Bond, and I knew who I was going to be working with. I read the script just before, and she was just so easygoing and nice to work with. There was no intimidation. I was very relaxed and we shot that scene, it was really quick, in a couple of hours. It was mostly set-up shots and extras that took the most time. But Michelle was fantastic. It was very easy, it was great. I look forward to the next journey.


Fans really haven’t seen this type of Star Trek show before, something serialized from the beginning. What are your thoughts on the serialization aspect?

I enjoy that. The show that I just came off of, Shadowhunters, for two and a half years, it was a serialized series as well. It was kind of a soap opera, so it went from episode to episode to episode, and I actually prefer that, because I prefer getting a script and knowing where I'm going from the next episode as opposed to just getting the new guest stars and having to do it with the new structure, new script. I can't wait.


How did the producers break it to you that that great scene didn't make the final cut?

Leland

It was the best news I ever heard.


Really? Why?

Seriously, because they were introducing it here (at WonderCon), as opposed to just being a teaser, leading up to something in the first season. They just said, “Look, we're going to make a teaser trailer,” and I came out here. No, this is way better than having something on season one as a cliffhanger. I was thrilled.


Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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And the crowd went crazy. Let’s explain: During the Star Trek: Discovery panel two weeks ago at WonderCon, fans were treated to a scene trimmed from the season-one finale, “Will You Take My Hand?”. The 2-minute and 30-second scene, a coda set not long after the events of the finale, featured Emperor Georgiou operating a bar/club in the Orion market on Qo'noS and encountering a supposed Trill named Leland (Alan van Sprang). She thinks he’s Starfleet, but he reveals that he’s part of a “far more resourceful” organization that considers her a “valuable asset,” and he offers her the opportunity to "exert some influence over the fate of this galaxy." Walking away, he leaves behind a case with a black delta shield and says, “Welcome to Section 31.”

Emperor Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Leland (Alan van Sprang)

Moments after the WonderCon attendees watched that scene, they met Alan van Sprang, who played Leland in the scene and will return for more intrigue in season two of Discovery. Following his time on the stage, the actor – a Canadian whose credits include Conundrum, Viper, La Femme Nikita, Earth: Final Conflict, Soul Food, Evel Knievel, Saw III, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead, The Tudors, Saving Hope, Reign and Shadowhunters – ventured into the press room to speak briefly with journalists about the finale scene, Leland and more. StarTrek.com was in the room, and here’s what he had to say:

Welcome to the Star Trek universe.

Oh, thank you.


How does it feel to be part of this massive family?

Pretty honored. It's pretty amazing. (Showrunners) Aaron (Harberts) and Gretchen (J. Berg)… I was doing a show called Reign and they took over that show. So, they knew me from that. They gave me a phone call and said, “Hey, would (you) like to come on board.” They didn't know what character, what I'd be doing. This was just sort of thrown in my lap. So, here we go.


Tell us about your character…

I play Leland, who's the new Section 31 (operative) in the show, and that's basically all I can say. It's basically the intelligence, a non-existent intelligence of Starfleet, and then he brings people on board.


Were you aware of Section 31 before? Or even of Star Trek in advance of Discovery?

Oh, absolutely. I'd heard of (Star Trek) through The Original Series, but I didn't get familiar with (Section 31) until I played the part. So, I looked back on it in Deep Space Nine.


Tell us about the deleted scene from “Will You Take My Hand?” and working with Michelle Yeoh…

Emperor Georgiou

Well, it was fantastic. I was a huge fan of hers, through Crouching Tiger and James Bond, and I knew who I was going to be working with. I read the script just before, and she was just so easygoing and nice to work with. There was no intimidation. I was very relaxed and we shot that scene, it was really quick, in a couple of hours. It was mostly set-up shots and extras that took the most time. But Michelle was fantastic. It was very easy, it was great. I look forward to the next journey.


Fans really haven’t seen this type of Star Trek show before, something serialized from the beginning. What are your thoughts on the serialization aspect?

I enjoy that. The show that I just came off of, Shadowhunters, for two and a half years, it was a serialized series as well. It was kind of a soap opera, so it went from episode to episode to episode, and I actually prefer that, because I prefer getting a script and knowing where I'm going from the next episode as opposed to just getting the new guest stars and having to do it with the new structure, new script. I can't wait.


How did the producers break it to you that that great scene didn't make the final cut?

Leland

It was the best news I ever heard.


Really? Why?

Seriously, because they were introducing it here (at WonderCon), as opposed to just being a teaser, leading up to something in the first season. They just said, “Look, we're going to make a teaser trailer,” and I came out here. No, this is way better than having something on season one as a cliffhanger. I was thrilled.


Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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6-minutes-with-alan-van-sprang Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:16:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Discovery Locks in Tig Notaro as Season 2 Guest]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/discovery-locks-in-tig-notaro-as-season-2-guest

Comic/actress/podcaster/writer Tig Notaro is set to guest star on Star Trek: Discovery during the show’s upcoming second season. Notaro will play a character named Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the U.S.S. Hiawatha.

Notaro regularly tours the country performing standup and has appeared on Conan, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many other programs. Her film and TV acting credits include The Sarah Silverman Program, Walk of Shame, Bob’s Burgers, Fresh Off the Boat and One Mississippi (which she wrote, produced and directed as well). She also was the subject of the acclaimed documentary, Tig, which chronicled her battle with breast cancer (which she beat) and effort to have a baby with her partner (which she did successfully, welcoming twin sons in 2016).

Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Comic/actress/podcaster/writer Tig Notaro is set to guest star on Star Trek: Discovery during the show’s upcoming second season. Notaro will play a character named Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the U.S.S. Hiawatha.

Notaro regularly tours the country performing standup and has appeared on Conan, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many other programs. Her film and TV acting credits include The Sarah Silverman Program, Walk of Shame, Bob’s Burgers, Fresh Off the Boat and One Mississippi (which she wrote, produced and directed as well). She also was the subject of the acclaimed documentary, Tig, which chronicled her battle with breast cancer (which she beat) and effort to have a baby with her partner (which she did successfully, welcoming twin sons in 2016).

Star Trek: Discovery's first season is available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. It's available on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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discovery-locks-in-tig-notaro-as-season-2-guest Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:14:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Trek Swimwear Set to Wow]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-swimwear-set-to-wow

Ready to hit the beach at your version of Risa? If so, ThinkGeek is here to help, as they've just unveiled some Star Trek swimwear that'll have you lounging in style.

ThinkGeek TNG Swimwear

Up first -- for the guys this time -- are Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed swim trunks. The trunks come in the traditional trio of TNG colors, feature an elastic waist with outside drawstring, polyester mesh lining, faux fly and side pockets, as well as TNG uniform styling at leg opening and a (non-functioning) combadge on left thigh. They're available in sizes ranging from Small to 3X, priced at $49.99 and in stock now. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase them.

ThinkGeek TOS Swimwear

Next -- also for the guys -- are Star Trek: The Original Series-theme swim trunks. The trunks feature the traditional TOS colors, a rank braid along the hem and a division insignia on the left thigh. Other specs include an elastic waist with outside drawstring, polyester mesh lining, faux fly and side pockets. They're also available in sizes ranging from Small to 3X, priced at $49.99 and in stock now. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to buy them.

ThinkGeek Women's One Piece

And there's something new for the ladies, too: a TNG Ships One-Piece Swimsuit, with lavender, peach, red and gold ships printed on purple. The ships are the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, U.S.S. Stargazer, a Ferengi Marauder, a Klingon Battlecruiser, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, a Klingon Vor'cha, a Romulan Scout Ship, a Romulan Warbird, and an unidentified Nebula-class and Galaxy-class ship. They're available in sizes Small to 2XL and priced at $59.99. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to beam them up now.

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Ready to hit the beach at your version of Risa? If so, ThinkGeek is here to help, as they've just unveiled some Star Trek swimwear that'll have you lounging in style.

ThinkGeek TNG Swimwear

Up first -- for the guys this time -- are Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed swim trunks. The trunks come in the traditional trio of TNG colors, feature an elastic waist with outside drawstring, polyester mesh lining, faux fly and side pockets, as well as TNG uniform styling at leg opening and a (non-functioning) combadge on left thigh. They're available in sizes ranging from Small to 3X, priced at $49.99 and in stock now. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase them.

ThinkGeek TOS Swimwear

Next -- also for the guys -- are Star Trek: The Original Series-theme swim trunks. The trunks feature the traditional TOS colors, a rank braid along the hem and a division insignia on the left thigh. Other specs include an elastic waist with outside drawstring, polyester mesh lining, faux fly and side pockets. They're also available in sizes ranging from Small to 3X, priced at $49.99 and in stock now. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to buy them.

ThinkGeek Women's One Piece

And there's something new for the ladies, too: a TNG Ships One-Piece Swimsuit, with lavender, peach, red and gold ships printed on purple. The ships are the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, U.S.S. Stargazer, a Ferengi Marauder, a Klingon Battlecruiser, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, a Klingon Vor'cha, a Romulan Scout Ship, a Romulan Warbird, and an unidentified Nebula-class and Galaxy-class ship. They're available in sizes Small to 2XL and priced at $59.99. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to beam them up now.

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