Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:50 -0800 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[32 Years Ago Today: Nimoy Gets His Hollywood Star]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/32-years-ago-today-nimoy-gets-his-hollywood-star

January 16, 1985 was officially declared Leonard Nimoy Day in Los Angeles. On that date, Star Trek's favorite Vulcan received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony featuring Bill Welsh, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood. Star Trek figures in attendance included Gene Roddenberry, Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Harve Bennett, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry and Walter Koenig.

"There is no way in the world that I could have hoped or possibly even dreamed that a day like this would come in my life," Nimoy said when he got to the podium. He went on to add, "I find myself in a rather illogical position. My star is on the ground and my head in the stars."

Nimoy's Star can be found at 6651 Hollywood Blvd.

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January 16, 1985 was officially declared Leonard Nimoy Day in Los Angeles. On that date, Star Trek's favorite Vulcan received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony featuring Bill Welsh, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood. Star Trek figures in attendance included Gene Roddenberry, Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Harve Bennett, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry and Walter Koenig.

"There is no way in the world that I could have hoped or possibly even dreamed that a day like this would come in my life," Nimoy said when he got to the podium. He went on to add, "I find myself in a rather illogical position. My star is on the ground and my head in the stars."

Nimoy's Star can be found at 6651 Hollywood Blvd.

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32-years-ago-today-nimoy-gets-his-hollywood-star Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:50 -0800
<![CDATA[Character That Best Represents Humanity Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/character-that-best-represents-humanity-is

And the answer is... Data. The question, posed in the latest StarTrek.com poll, was Which character best represents humanity? In addition to Data, the other reply options were The Doctor, Odo, Seven of Nine, Spock and T'Pol. Here are the results:

Data (48%)

Spock (19%)

The Doctor (18%)

Seven of Nine (10%)

Odo (4%)

T'Pol (3%)


Does the Data, er, data, match up with your choice?

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And the answer is... Data. The question, posed in the latest StarTrek.com poll, was Which character best represents humanity? In addition to Data, the other reply options were The Doctor, Odo, Seven of Nine, Spock and T'Pol. Here are the results:

Data (48%)

Spock (19%)

The Doctor (18%)

Seven of Nine (10%)

Odo (4%)

T'Pol (3%)


Does the Data, er, data, match up with your choice?

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character-that-best-represents-humanity-is Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise -- Day Six Recap]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-day-six-recap

Stardate 2017.01.14… It was a beautiful, sunny day in Nassau, as Star Trek: The Cruise neared the end of its journey. Fans went to the beach, diving, snorkeling and visited some of the historic locations on the island. Back on board, after returning to the Enterprise/The Pearl, everyone enjoyed another full slate of activities. StarTrek.com was there and checks in with this recap and photos:

Max Is Back, in 13 Forward, featured Max Grodenchik singing songs and telling stories. He performed some original songs and adapted popular modern songs, with the lyrics changed to reflect his memories, trials and fun moments while working on DS9.. His song for Leeta: "Dabo Girl." His song for Armin Shimerman: "Rubber Butthead." Another amusing tune: "Autograph-itis."

Hosted by Dane Butcher, Game Show Hour: Liar's Club gave the standing-room-only crowd the sight of Robert Picardo, Vaughn Armstrong, Joe Piscopo and Robert O'Reilly being given an obscure word for which they needed to provide the definition. Non stop laughter ensued, thanks to the guys' hilarious stories and crazy answers, many of which were true. The funniest moments were when Picardo kept forgetting he was supposed to tell the truth and had to offer multiple answers -- because he'd lied to begin with.

Steven Rankin joined Jordan Hoffman to host the fourth and final night of trivia. As he'd guested on TNG, DS9 and Enterprise as a Romulan, Klingon, Cardassian and Terran, it seemed fitting that the theme was "a little bit of everything." Participants finished Jem'Hadar battle phrases and knew what Clint Howard actually drank when he sipped Tranya. Everyone was stumped when asked who voiced the young, regenerated Spock's screams in Star Trek III (answer: Transformers' Frank Welker.) Rankin also revealed who bought him his very first drink when he turned 21: an actor visiting his college campus named Leonard Nimoy.

And the final show of the cruise was Showtime: An Evening with William Shatner. Joe Piscopo introduced Shatner, who told the crowd in the Stardust Theater that this was his first cruise, and that he'd really enjoyed spending time with his family, an away team of 14 strong, including him. His cabin overlooked the pool, he explained, and he'd look out the window at fans in the hot tub waving hi to him. He would also hear the midnight movies at the pool... and was shocked to hear his voice bellowing until the early hours of the morning.

Professor Laurence Krauss then joined Shatner to talk about physics and electromagnetism. Krauss ended up giving Shatner a physics lesson.

Shatner, having invited questions for fans, was asked for his best advice for becoming a starship captain. His reply was pure Shatner: "Get an agent!"

Late into the night, the Yacht Rock Revue performed in 13 Forward, while DJ Needles spun tunes in the Atrium.

And the Cocktail of the Day was Romulan Ale, a mix of Bacardi rum, Everclear alcohol, blue curacao and ginger ale.

In case you missed them, check out our recaps of Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four and Day Five.

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Stardate 2017.01.14… It was a beautiful, sunny day in Nassau, as Star Trek: The Cruise neared the end of its journey. Fans went to the beach, diving, snorkeling and visited some of the historic locations on the island. Back on board, after returning to the Enterprise/The Pearl, everyone enjoyed another full slate of activities. StarTrek.com was there and checks in with this recap and photos:

Max Is Back, in 13 Forward, featured Max Grodenchik singing songs and telling stories. He performed some original songs and adapted popular modern songs, with the lyrics changed to reflect his memories, trials and fun moments while working on DS9.. His song for Leeta: "Dabo Girl." His song for Armin Shimerman: "Rubber Butthead." Another amusing tune: "Autograph-itis."

Hosted by Dane Butcher, Game Show Hour: Liar's Club gave the standing-room-only crowd the sight of Robert Picardo, Vaughn Armstrong, Joe Piscopo and Robert O'Reilly being given an obscure word for which they needed to provide the definition. Non stop laughter ensued, thanks to the guys' hilarious stories and crazy answers, many of which were true. The funniest moments were when Picardo kept forgetting he was supposed to tell the truth and had to offer multiple answers -- because he'd lied to begin with.

Steven Rankin joined Jordan Hoffman to host the fourth and final night of trivia. As he'd guested on TNG, DS9 and Enterprise as a Romulan, Klingon, Cardassian and Terran, it seemed fitting that the theme was "a little bit of everything." Participants finished Jem'Hadar battle phrases and knew what Clint Howard actually drank when he sipped Tranya. Everyone was stumped when asked who voiced the young, regenerated Spock's screams in Star Trek III (answer: Transformers' Frank Welker.) Rankin also revealed who bought him his very first drink when he turned 21: an actor visiting his college campus named Leonard Nimoy.

And the final show of the cruise was Showtime: An Evening with William Shatner. Joe Piscopo introduced Shatner, who told the crowd in the Stardust Theater that this was his first cruise, and that he'd really enjoyed spending time with his family, an away team of 14 strong, including him. His cabin overlooked the pool, he explained, and he'd look out the window at fans in the hot tub waving hi to him. He would also hear the midnight movies at the pool... and was shocked to hear his voice bellowing until the early hours of the morning.

Professor Laurence Krauss then joined Shatner to talk about physics and electromagnetism. Krauss ended up giving Shatner a physics lesson.

Shatner, having invited questions for fans, was asked for his best advice for becoming a starship captain. His reply was pure Shatner: "Get an agent!"

Late into the night, the Yacht Rock Revue performed in 13 Forward, while DJ Needles spun tunes in the Atrium.

And the Cocktail of the Day was Romulan Ale, a mix of Bacardi rum, Everclear alcohol, blue curacao and ginger ale.

In case you missed them, check out our recaps of Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four and Day Five.

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star-trek-the-cruise-day-six-recap Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:50:31 -0800
<![CDATA[Celebrating Dress Up Your Pet Day... Trek-style ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/celebrating-dress-up-your-pet-day-trek-style

Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day, everyone! In order to celebrate the occasion, StarTrek.com invited fans to share, on our Facebook page, pics of their pets in Star Trek attire. Many of you took us up on the invitation, and here are some of our favorites, which include a few shots of pets with Trek names rather than in Trek gear:

Cece Pitts Henderson --  This is our dog Karma Chibi. I'm not too sure if she likes Star Trek but she has been assimilated. LLAP.

Kyleigh Fowler --  I'm not sure if he likes it or not... but his name is Worf, son of Mogh.

Jami Lyn  -- My mom's three Trek pups: Delilah/Uhura, Dylan/Spock, and Chase/Kirk

Alan David Harrison -- This is a photo of Odo. He passed away a few years back. He was a wonderful dog and partial to Deep Space Nine.

Anita Ansamaa -- When I brought him home from the shelter, he laid down on the other end of the sofa from me after having a pretty tentative look around. I leaned over and asked him if he'd like to named Percival Tiberius McCoy? He licked my forehead and gave me a headbutt. My Mother witnessed this and said, "No one will ever believe you!" Percy has his Kirk days. Percy has his Bones days, but he's all awesome.

Kris Kallies -- This is my cat Spot. Yes, named after Data's cat. He responds in the episodes where Spot is a character.

Jennifer Artesi --  My Loki gave this miniature Klingon warrior an honorable death.

Brian Erin Proosow -- This is Riker, our 9-month-old newfoundland, sitting at the table playing the Game of Life, Pirates of the Caribbean edition. Big dogs play to win.

Astrid Rose -- My birds are named Quark, Data, and Spock. Is that Trek enough?

Amelia Siemsen Moran -- This is Geordi. He is a blind black cat... He does own a VISOR, but only wears it on special occasions

Michelle Lee Anne -- Our new kitten Spock playing with a Tribble

Lucy Angel Eames -- Spock with Spock :) (One of my many Trek named ratties)

Constance-Marie Hall -- My little one got a collar and Tribble for Christmas!

Veronica Bigio Maupin -- My cat got an Ugly Doll Kirk for Christmas.

Kara Richelle Jones -- LOL, he's never seen it, but his name is Tiberius!

Debra Carey-Knox Ensign -- Northstar Rascal reporting for duty

Montse Mons -- My dog ​​was called Trekky.

Helena Blankespoor -- Mr. Sulu snuggling with his Tribble and Capt. Bear

Eva Streich -- Loves it!

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Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day, everyone! In order to celebrate the occasion, StarTrek.com invited fans to share, on our Facebook page, pics of their pets in Star Trek attire. Many of you took us up on the invitation, and here are some of our favorites, which include a few shots of pets with Trek names rather than in Trek gear:

Cece Pitts Henderson --  This is our dog Karma Chibi. I'm not too sure if she likes Star Trek but she has been assimilated. LLAP.

Kyleigh Fowler --  I'm not sure if he likes it or not... but his name is Worf, son of Mogh.

Jami Lyn  -- My mom's three Trek pups: Delilah/Uhura, Dylan/Spock, and Chase/Kirk

Alan David Harrison -- This is a photo of Odo. He passed away a few years back. He was a wonderful dog and partial to Deep Space Nine.

Anita Ansamaa -- When I brought him home from the shelter, he laid down on the other end of the sofa from me after having a pretty tentative look around. I leaned over and asked him if he'd like to named Percival Tiberius McCoy? He licked my forehead and gave me a headbutt. My Mother witnessed this and said, "No one will ever believe you!" Percy has his Kirk days. Percy has his Bones days, but he's all awesome.

Kris Kallies -- This is my cat Spot. Yes, named after Data's cat. He responds in the episodes where Spot is a character.

Jennifer Artesi --  My Loki gave this miniature Klingon warrior an honorable death.

Brian Erin Proosow -- This is Riker, our 9-month-old newfoundland, sitting at the table playing the Game of Life, Pirates of the Caribbean edition. Big dogs play to win.

Astrid Rose -- My birds are named Quark, Data, and Spock. Is that Trek enough?

Amelia Siemsen Moran -- This is Geordi. He is a blind black cat... He does own a VISOR, but only wears it on special occasions

Michelle Lee Anne -- Our new kitten Spock playing with a Tribble

Lucy Angel Eames -- Spock with Spock :) (One of my many Trek named ratties)

Constance-Marie Hall -- My little one got a collar and Tribble for Christmas!

Veronica Bigio Maupin -- My cat got an Ugly Doll Kirk for Christmas.

Kara Richelle Jones -- LOL, he's never seen it, but his name is Tiberius!

Debra Carey-Knox Ensign -- Northstar Rascal reporting for duty

Montse Mons -- My dog ​​was called Trekky.

Helena Blankespoor -- Mr. Sulu snuggling with his Tribble and Capt. Bear

Eva Streich -- Loves it!

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celebrating-dress-up-your-pet-day-trek-style Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:03:57 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise -- Day Five Recap]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-day-five-recap

Stardate 2017.01.13… Due to an ion storm, the Norwegian Pearl/U.S.S. Enterprise could not reach Risa, which is to say weather conditions prevented Star Trek: The Cruise from landing at Great Stirrup Cay. So, a full day of on-ship activities was added, complementing the already-planned events and giving fans additional time in the company of many of their favorite stars. StarTrek.com is here with photos and a recap of Day Five…

Hundreds of participants met in Leeta’s Bliss Ultra Lounge for the first Cryptic Clue Scavenger Hunt, a ship-wide hunt for clues to complete a puzzle. Teams solved riddles posted around the ship and were steered toward more clues. Ultimately, each successive clue came together to form the puzzle’s solution, which spelled out the word Enterprise. Teams then returned with the solution to Leeta’s Lounge, with the fastest team winning a Star Trek prize package. And the overall scavenger hunt winner was… Joann Prisco.

Fans flocked poolside for Q's Masquerade Carnival Games. For example, the Star Trek Dart Game challenged players to use three darts to match two photos of Star Trek characters. It’s way harder than you think!

Then there was Crazy Ball.

The packed Captain’s Club was the site of a Klingon Opera with Robert O'Reilly. TNG’s Gowron recruited six fans to help him; two performed solo pieces, while the other four joined him on stage to sing famous Klingon songs. It actually became a Klingon sing-along. Fans in the audience even broke out into impromptu songs.

Dane Butcher hosted the Not So Newlywed Game in 13 Forward, and it was standing room only and laugh after laugh. Among the contestants were Jan and Bob, married 52 years and from Ashville NC; Chris and Vaughn Armstrong, wed for 38 years; Brigit and Casey Biggs, together 12 years; and Eva and Rob from Vancouver, Canada, who are truly newlyweds, married for just three months.

Questions included Most embarrassing moment as a couple? That thing your woman does to turn you on? If your wife sent you shopping to buy a brassiere, what size would you buy? What do you think your wife would say is your most annoying habit in bed?

Our favorite question, no doubt, was Which Star Trek episode title best describes your love life? The replies included “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “The Naked Now,” “Two Days and Two Nights,” “If Wishes Were Horses” and “Learning Curve.”

Coming in fourth place were Jan and Bob, while Chris and Vaughn landed in third, and Bob and Eva snagged second place. And the winners… Casey and Brigit.

Many fans made time to check out the Star Trek. 50 Artists. 50 Years. exhibition. It’s made the trek around the world and is currently housed aboard the Pearl, in the Splash Academy Youth Center on Deck 12.

The Enterprise Blues Band delivered another out-of-this-world performance.

Vaughn Armstrong hosted Beers Around the Galaxy, welcoming fans into the Klingon Karnivoria for a beer tasting. Armstrong, an “IPA beer guy” who once shot a commercial for Miller Reserve, led the assembled fans in tasting three beers and then a surprise fourth one, namely the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Golden Ale. Steve Rankin jumped in to join Armstrong in leading the conversation.

The Get Up and Sing Thing featured Robert Picardo and Jordan Bennett, with Felicia on keys. Bennett warmed up the crowd by singing snippets of “every song ever written,” then welcomed a daring fan who sang the Titanic theme song. That prompted Picardo to invite onto the stage anyone one else who could sing any other disaster songs.

Picardo, who really can sing, performed several numbers, including “The March of Unrequited Love.” Bennett closed out the evening with take on “Hallelujah,” by his late, great fellow Canadian, Leonard Cohen.

Reminiscing with Ferengi Love Songs was exactly that, lots of reminiscing and Ferengi love songs – funny Star Trek parody tunes -- sung by Max Grodenchik and Chase Masterson.

Football Fantasy: Sirtis’ Spurs Standpoint presented Marina Sirtis sharing stories about her love of football… a/k/a soccer. She dated more than one Tottenham player, but wouldn’t name names! How’d she get into football? She attended an all-girls school and the nearest boys were… Tottenham. So, instead of going to the library, she’d sneak off to Tottenham.

Fans already knew that she takes her football very, very seriously. But during this session they learned she’s really quite obsessed. She’s a bad loser, she admitted. She once ripped an arsenal fan’s hat off and stomped on it. Her brother, she revealed, won’t take her to games anymore. And, dream come true time… almost: her brother played for a Greek team, but got recruited by an American college and went to school instead of going into pro football. He “didn’t listen” to his older sister. But all’s well that ends well. She has a Twitter relationship with Tottenham. They invited her onto the pitch for the first time ever, and she was “sobbing” over the experience.

Showtime: A Night at Vic Fontaine’s was a treat for James Darren fans. The Vegas-style show features songs from Darren’s illustrious career, including several familiar to DS9 aficionados. And between songs he told stories. The best: He wanted a scotch and received three from fans, trading a kiss for one of them. Smart man, smart fan.

Risa's Festival of the Moon Party took place under a full moonlit sky, with Terry Farrelll and Dane Butcher hosting. Butcher wore Picard's Risa uniform, which Anovos created for him for the occasion. On display was some Targ-B-Que a supersize Risa symbol.

Yacht Rock Revue rocked out, while fans rocked their costumes.

And the Cocktail of the Day was the Risa Moon Shine, with Midori liqueur, Malibu rum, pineapple juice and a splash of coconut cream.

Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Six. And, in case you missed them, check out our recaps of Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four.

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Stardate 2017.01.13… Due to an ion storm, the Norwegian Pearl/U.S.S. Enterprise could not reach Risa, which is to say weather conditions prevented Star Trek: The Cruise from landing at Great Stirrup Cay. So, a full day of on-ship activities was added, complementing the already-planned events and giving fans additional time in the company of many of their favorite stars. StarTrek.com is here with photos and a recap of Day Five…

Hundreds of participants met in Leeta’s Bliss Ultra Lounge for the first Cryptic Clue Scavenger Hunt, a ship-wide hunt for clues to complete a puzzle. Teams solved riddles posted around the ship and were steered toward more clues. Ultimately, each successive clue came together to form the puzzle’s solution, which spelled out the word Enterprise. Teams then returned with the solution to Leeta’s Lounge, with the fastest team winning a Star Trek prize package. And the overall scavenger hunt winner was… Joann Prisco.

Fans flocked poolside for Q's Masquerade Carnival Games. For example, the Star Trek Dart Game challenged players to use three darts to match two photos of Star Trek characters. It’s way harder than you think!

Then there was Crazy Ball.

The packed Captain’s Club was the site of a Klingon Opera with Robert O'Reilly. TNG’s Gowron recruited six fans to help him; two performed solo pieces, while the other four joined him on stage to sing famous Klingon songs. It actually became a Klingon sing-along. Fans in the audience even broke out into impromptu songs.

Dane Butcher hosted the Not So Newlywed Game in 13 Forward, and it was standing room only and laugh after laugh. Among the contestants were Jan and Bob, married 52 years and from Ashville NC; Chris and Vaughn Armstrong, wed for 38 years; Brigit and Casey Biggs, together 12 years; and Eva and Rob from Vancouver, Canada, who are truly newlyweds, married for just three months.

Questions included Most embarrassing moment as a couple? That thing your woman does to turn you on? If your wife sent you shopping to buy a brassiere, what size would you buy? What do you think your wife would say is your most annoying habit in bed?

Our favorite question, no doubt, was Which Star Trek episode title best describes your love life? The replies included “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “The Naked Now,” “Two Days and Two Nights,” “If Wishes Were Horses” and “Learning Curve.”

Coming in fourth place were Jan and Bob, while Chris and Vaughn landed in third, and Bob and Eva snagged second place. And the winners… Casey and Brigit.

Many fans made time to check out the Star Trek. 50 Artists. 50 Years. exhibition. It’s made the trek around the world and is currently housed aboard the Pearl, in the Splash Academy Youth Center on Deck 12.

The Enterprise Blues Band delivered another out-of-this-world performance.

Vaughn Armstrong hosted Beers Around the Galaxy, welcoming fans into the Klingon Karnivoria for a beer tasting. Armstrong, an “IPA beer guy” who once shot a commercial for Miller Reserve, led the assembled fans in tasting three beers and then a surprise fourth one, namely the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Golden Ale. Steve Rankin jumped in to join Armstrong in leading the conversation.

The Get Up and Sing Thing featured Robert Picardo and Jordan Bennett, with Felicia on keys. Bennett warmed up the crowd by singing snippets of “every song ever written,” then welcomed a daring fan who sang the Titanic theme song. That prompted Picardo to invite onto the stage anyone one else who could sing any other disaster songs.

Picardo, who really can sing, performed several numbers, including “The March of Unrequited Love.” Bennett closed out the evening with take on “Hallelujah,” by his late, great fellow Canadian, Leonard Cohen.

Reminiscing with Ferengi Love Songs was exactly that, lots of reminiscing and Ferengi love songs – funny Star Trek parody tunes -- sung by Max Grodenchik and Chase Masterson.

Football Fantasy: Sirtis’ Spurs Standpoint presented Marina Sirtis sharing stories about her love of football… a/k/a soccer. She dated more than one Tottenham player, but wouldn’t name names! How’d she get into football? She attended an all-girls school and the nearest boys were… Tottenham. So, instead of going to the library, she’d sneak off to Tottenham.

Fans already knew that she takes her football very, very seriously. But during this session they learned she’s really quite obsessed. She’s a bad loser, she admitted. She once ripped an arsenal fan’s hat off and stomped on it. Her brother, she revealed, won’t take her to games anymore. And, dream come true time… almost: her brother played for a Greek team, but got recruited by an American college and went to school instead of going into pro football. He “didn’t listen” to his older sister. But all’s well that ends well. She has a Twitter relationship with Tottenham. They invited her onto the pitch for the first time ever, and she was “sobbing” over the experience.

Showtime: A Night at Vic Fontaine’s was a treat for James Darren fans. The Vegas-style show features songs from Darren’s illustrious career, including several familiar to DS9 aficionados. And between songs he told stories. The best: He wanted a scotch and received three from fans, trading a kiss for one of them. Smart man, smart fan.

Risa's Festival of the Moon Party took place under a full moonlit sky, with Terry Farrelll and Dane Butcher hosting. Butcher wore Picard's Risa uniform, which Anovos created for him for the occasion. On display was some Targ-B-Que a supersize Risa symbol.

Yacht Rock Revue rocked out, while fans rocked their costumes.

And the Cocktail of the Day was the Risa Moon Shine, with Midori liqueur, Malibu rum, pineapple juice and a splash of coconut cream.

Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Six. And, in case you missed them, check out our recaps of Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four.

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star-trek-the-cruise-day-five-recap Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:14:29 -0800
<![CDATA[Not Your Grandma's Brooches Available Now]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/not-your-grandmas-brooches-available-now

Her Universe has put a fresh spin on old-school brooches, and the results -- a Star Trek Vintage Style Brooch Set -- is available now from ThinkGeek.com. The Star Trek Vintage Style Brooch Set features four acrylic brooches that depict the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, a TOS Science Insignia and a shooting star retro design with all three original insignias.

Part of the ThinkGeek Star Trek Collection by Her Universe, the pins look equally at home putting the finishing touch on that fabulous scarf or hanging out with all your con badges on the strap of your laptop bag. Bonuses of the more modern-form factor: they're lightweight and you won't lose any of the gemstones out of them, since there aren't any. The dimensions are: Original Enterprise - 0.6" wide x 1.3" tall, Enterprise D - 1" wide x 1.3" tall, TOS Science Insignia - 1.2" wide x 2" tall, and shooting star design - 2" wide x 0.5" tall.

The set is in stock now and costs $34.99. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase.

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Her Universe has put a fresh spin on old-school brooches, and the results -- a Star Trek Vintage Style Brooch Set -- is available now from ThinkGeek.com. The Star Trek Vintage Style Brooch Set features four acrylic brooches that depict the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, a TOS Science Insignia and a shooting star retro design with all three original insignias.

Part of the ThinkGeek Star Trek Collection by Her Universe, the pins look equally at home putting the finishing touch on that fabulous scarf or hanging out with all your con badges on the strap of your laptop bag. Bonuses of the more modern-form factor: they're lightweight and you won't lose any of the gemstones out of them, since there aren't any. The dimensions are: Original Enterprise - 0.6" wide x 1.3" tall, Enterprise D - 1" wide x 1.3" tall, TOS Science Insignia - 1.2" wide x 2" tall, and shooting star design - 2" wide x 0.5" tall.

The set is in stock now and costs $34.99. Go to www.thinkgeek.com to purchase.

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not-your-grandmas-brooches-available-now Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise -- Day Four Recap]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-day-four-recap

Stardate 2017.01.12… The Norwegian Pearl/U.S.S. Enterprise was back in cruising mode, with her captain steering her toward the next port of call. That, of course, meant everyone on Star Trek: The Cruise spent their day on the ship, partaking in a seemingly endless array of activities, from a technology talk, a visit with the Pearl’s captain and a Klingon Pub Krawl to a Joe Piscopo stand-up routine, a renewal of vows ceremony and a United Federation of Planets Intergalactic Gala & Awards Presentation. The StarTrek.com team spread out across the ship and is pleased to report back with photos and a recap of Day Four of Star Trek: The Cruise...

Action was theme of the morning, as fans gathered at 9:30 am for a session called Fights on the Bridge: Self Defense When Your Phasers Malfunction, featuring Steve Rankin. The actor crafted a story with a brave group of fans who volunteered to act out an entire scene, which involved the TOS bridge crew confronting angry Klingons. Rankin explained that pulling it off meant applying defense tactics, including the nerve pinch, learning how to fall properly, and using the emotions of the moment to convey one’s action convincingly… and safely.

Over in the Stardust Theater, fans got their laugh on with The Voyages of Voyager, a panel with Ethan Phillips and Robert Picardo, hosted by Jordan Hoffman. The old friend and co-stars reminisced about their days on the show and happily teased each other.

“You were wardrobed to look like a sofa bed,” Picardo told Phillips.

“Before I tell a joke, I practice it on my wife,” Phillips explained, adding, “I practice on Bob.”

And, in a serious moment, Phillips addressed how he equipped Neelix to be a good morale officer when the show’s storyline made the situation on board so dire. “Don’t give in to despair,” he said. “Don’t keep your troubles and doubts secret. The more you keep your secrets to yourself, the more they will grow. Open up to the people who you care about, and who love you, and never give in to hopelessness and despair.”

Bringing Forth The Next Generation gave us the panel combo of Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie and Denise Crosby, with Jordan Hoffman moderating. De Lancie discussed having recently returned from a 15,000-mile sailing voyage.

Crosby told the crowd she's been enjoying her recurring role on Ray Donovan and the fact that she's slowly and steadily gotten to evolve the character over time.

Sirtis said that the best concert she ever attended was David Bowie and recounted how his drummer tossed a drumstick to her, but a male friend pushed her out of the way to catch it. Years later, Sirtis read an interview with Bowie in which he said he used to have his drummer throw drumsticks to the girls he thought were cute.

Science took center stage when astronaut Rick Searfoss and space enthusiast Robert Picardo joined forces for To Boldly Go: Real Spaceflight… Then, Now and Soon. “As Trek fans,” Searfoss noted, “we (astronauts) get the concept of boldly going.”

The Cruise’s biggest name, William Shatner, surprised the crowd during his poolside session. He decided to interview his grandchildren and have them interview him. “There’s something in our genes,” Shatner said. “They’ve never been on stage before.”

Shatner’s granddaughter informed her grandpa that she likes the new Star Trek films with “the cute guy,” referring to Chris Pine. Shatner playfully shouted, “I was the cute guy!!!!”

A definite highlight of Star Trek: The Cruise was the Klingon Pub Krawl with Chancellor Gowron, hosted by Jordan Hoffman. Robert O'Reilly went all out as Gowron, from wearing a full uniform to loudly krooning Klingon songs.

The Krawl started with Risa moonshine in 13 Forward, followed by Blood Wine at the Klingon Karnivoria. From there, it was on to Leeta's Bliss Ultra Lounge for some Star Trek 50th anniversary beer. The songs got louder and far more off-key as the Krawl karried on, and more and more Qapla’s kood be heard booming throughout the ship. Many a selfie was taken as well.

The Women’s View brought together Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby and Chase Masterson for a spirited conversation. “There’s something wonderful,” said Farrell, who grew up with four sisters, “about women supporting women.”

“Women’s health,” Sirtis said, “we must fight for it.” She told the crowd that she’d been elected to her political group’s local board. “I decided to stop whining about it and go do something about it.”

A fan asked, What can we do to help the next generation? “Education,” Sirtis replied. Crosby said, “Listen to them. Encourage them and give them more of a voice.” And Masterson answered, “Everyone really does have a lot of power. You just need to use it.”

Over in 13 Forward, Ethan Phillips led The Ingredients to Cooking & Comedy, joined by Brigit Binns, who’s the wife of Casey Biggs and a real cookbook author best known for Eating Up the West Coast: The Best Road Trips, Recipes, and Restaurants from California to Washington.

Phillips and Binns told lots of food jokes, whipped together some Mool and shared anecdotes. Phillips, for example, recalled that when he wrote The Star Trek Cookbook, he beamed up recipes from friends, family and fellow Star Trek actors, and added Voyager-y names and descriptions.

As the sun set outside, Terry Farrell led the Renewal of Vows Ceremony in 13 Forward. There, 80+ couples renewed their vows tonight with Terry, who’s an ordained minister, and Dane Butcher. The ceremony was written specially for the Star Trek Cruise. Ten couples exchanged vows at a time.

You are the logic to my Vulcan,

You are the stun to my phaser,

You are the energize to my make it so, 

You are the 7 to my 9,

You are the purr to my Tribble,

You are the fantasy to my Holodeck,

You are the guardian to my forever,

You are the great bird to my galaxy,

You are the bridge to my enterprise,

You are the captain to my starship, 

I promise to contrive our journey...

where no one has gone before!

 

Wedding cake and individual couple photos with Terry followed.

Joe Piscopo took to the microphone at the Stardust Theater for Showtime: A Night at Charnock’s Comedy Club. Actually, Piscopo took to the microphone twice, as he performed the entertaining show back to back to accommodate all the fans who wanted to see him.

Piscopo performed numerous impressions, told jokes, shared anecdotes about his days on Saturday Night Live and sang several songs. Among the stories: creating the famous Stevie Wonder skit on SNL with Wonder and Eddie Murphy. And he sang songs by Johnny Cash (during which he strummed an electric guitar), Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter and Bruce Springsteen.

Trek After Twilight launched with the United Federation of Planets Intergalactic Gala & Awards Presentation, which was hosted by Casey Biggs and featured the Enterprise Blue Band (Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong, Steve Rankin and, for this night, Rankin’s wife, Susie Glaze). The poolside concert attracted tons of people in formal wear, Starfleet as well as normal, and the actors mingled and posed for photos with fans afterward.

As for the awards presentation portion of the event, John de Lancie and Denise Crosby presented…

Door Decorating Contest (2 winners)

Nadha Greer & Alan Shaw

Clyde & Deborah De Hart

Moneans Ship Building (2 winners)

Becky & Ali Fatash

Mike & Nancy Yee

Terry Farrell and Robert Picardo presented…

Blackjack Tournament

Allison Pauls

Bob O’Reilly and Ethan Phillips presented…

Proxima Centauri Bowling Competition

Jim Valera

Poker Tournament

1st place – Johnny Pettry

2nd place – Casey Biggs (who didn’t win a prize!)

3rd place – Stanley Baran

Marina Sirtis presented….

Crews Feud

To DS9 team captained by Terry Farrell. Sirtis, however, didn’t want to give Farrell the award; she’s too competitive!

And the fun continued late into the night, with DJ Needles spinning.


Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Four. And, in case you missed them, check out our Day One, Day Two and Day Three recaps.

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Stardate 2017.01.12… The Norwegian Pearl/U.S.S. Enterprise was back in cruising mode, with her captain steering her toward the next port of call. That, of course, meant everyone on Star Trek: The Cruise spent their day on the ship, partaking in a seemingly endless array of activities, from a technology talk, a visit with the Pearl’s captain and a Klingon Pub Krawl to a Joe Piscopo stand-up routine, a renewal of vows ceremony and a United Federation of Planets Intergalactic Gala & Awards Presentation. The StarTrek.com team spread out across the ship and is pleased to report back with photos and a recap of Day Four of Star Trek: The Cruise...

Action was theme of the morning, as fans gathered at 9:30 am for a session called Fights on the Bridge: Self Defense When Your Phasers Malfunction, featuring Steve Rankin. The actor crafted a story with a brave group of fans who volunteered to act out an entire scene, which involved the TOS bridge crew confronting angry Klingons. Rankin explained that pulling it off meant applying defense tactics, including the nerve pinch, learning how to fall properly, and using the emotions of the moment to convey one’s action convincingly… and safely.

Over in the Stardust Theater, fans got their laugh on with The Voyages of Voyager, a panel with Ethan Phillips and Robert Picardo, hosted by Jordan Hoffman. The old friend and co-stars reminisced about their days on the show and happily teased each other.

“You were wardrobed to look like a sofa bed,” Picardo told Phillips.

“Before I tell a joke, I practice it on my wife,” Phillips explained, adding, “I practice on Bob.”

And, in a serious moment, Phillips addressed how he equipped Neelix to be a good morale officer when the show’s storyline made the situation on board so dire. “Don’t give in to despair,” he said. “Don’t keep your troubles and doubts secret. The more you keep your secrets to yourself, the more they will grow. Open up to the people who you care about, and who love you, and never give in to hopelessness and despair.”

Bringing Forth The Next Generation gave us the panel combo of Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie and Denise Crosby, with Jordan Hoffman moderating. De Lancie discussed having recently returned from a 15,000-mile sailing voyage.

Crosby told the crowd she's been enjoying her recurring role on Ray Donovan and the fact that she's slowly and steadily gotten to evolve the character over time.

Sirtis said that the best concert she ever attended was David Bowie and recounted how his drummer tossed a drumstick to her, but a male friend pushed her out of the way to catch it. Years later, Sirtis read an interview with Bowie in which he said he used to have his drummer throw drumsticks to the girls he thought were cute.

Science took center stage when astronaut Rick Searfoss and space enthusiast Robert Picardo joined forces for To Boldly Go: Real Spaceflight… Then, Now and Soon. “As Trek fans,” Searfoss noted, “we (astronauts) get the concept of boldly going.”

The Cruise’s biggest name, William Shatner, surprised the crowd during his poolside session. He decided to interview his grandchildren and have them interview him. “There’s something in our genes,” Shatner said. “They’ve never been on stage before.”

Shatner’s granddaughter informed her grandpa that she likes the new Star Trek films with “the cute guy,” referring to Chris Pine. Shatner playfully shouted, “I was the cute guy!!!!”

A definite highlight of Star Trek: The Cruise was the Klingon Pub Krawl with Chancellor Gowron, hosted by Jordan Hoffman. Robert O'Reilly went all out as Gowron, from wearing a full uniform to loudly krooning Klingon songs.

The Krawl started with Risa moonshine in 13 Forward, followed by Blood Wine at the Klingon Karnivoria. From there, it was on to Leeta's Bliss Ultra Lounge for some Star Trek 50th anniversary beer. The songs got louder and far more off-key as the Krawl karried on, and more and more Qapla’s kood be heard booming throughout the ship. Many a selfie was taken as well.

The Women’s View brought together Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby and Chase Masterson for a spirited conversation. “There’s something wonderful,” said Farrell, who grew up with four sisters, “about women supporting women.”

“Women’s health,” Sirtis said, “we must fight for it.” She told the crowd that she’d been elected to her political group’s local board. “I decided to stop whining about it and go do something about it.”

A fan asked, What can we do to help the next generation? “Education,” Sirtis replied. Crosby said, “Listen to them. Encourage them and give them more of a voice.” And Masterson answered, “Everyone really does have a lot of power. You just need to use it.”

Over in 13 Forward, Ethan Phillips led The Ingredients to Cooking & Comedy, joined by Brigit Binns, who’s the wife of Casey Biggs and a real cookbook author best known for Eating Up the West Coast: The Best Road Trips, Recipes, and Restaurants from California to Washington.

Phillips and Binns told lots of food jokes, whipped together some Mool and shared anecdotes. Phillips, for example, recalled that when he wrote The Star Trek Cookbook, he beamed up recipes from friends, family and fellow Star Trek actors, and added Voyager-y names and descriptions.

As the sun set outside, Terry Farrell led the Renewal of Vows Ceremony in 13 Forward. There, 80+ couples renewed their vows tonight with Terry, who’s an ordained minister, and Dane Butcher. The ceremony was written specially for the Star Trek Cruise. Ten couples exchanged vows at a time.

You are the logic to my Vulcan,

You are the stun to my phaser,

You are the energize to my make it so, 

You are the 7 to my 9,

You are the purr to my Tribble,

You are the fantasy to my Holodeck,

You are the guardian to my forever,

You are the great bird to my galaxy,

You are the bridge to my enterprise,

You are the captain to my starship, 

I promise to contrive our journey...

where no one has gone before!

 

Wedding cake and individual couple photos with Terry followed.

Joe Piscopo took to the microphone at the Stardust Theater for Showtime: A Night at Charnock’s Comedy Club. Actually, Piscopo took to the microphone twice, as he performed the entertaining show back to back to accommodate all the fans who wanted to see him.

Piscopo performed numerous impressions, told jokes, shared anecdotes about his days on Saturday Night Live and sang several songs. Among the stories: creating the famous Stevie Wonder skit on SNL with Wonder and Eddie Murphy. And he sang songs by Johnny Cash (during which he strummed an electric guitar), Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter and Bruce Springsteen.

Trek After Twilight launched with the United Federation of Planets Intergalactic Gala & Awards Presentation, which was hosted by Casey Biggs and featured the Enterprise Blue Band (Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong, Steve Rankin and, for this night, Rankin’s wife, Susie Glaze). The poolside concert attracted tons of people in formal wear, Starfleet as well as normal, and the actors mingled and posed for photos with fans afterward.

As for the awards presentation portion of the event, John de Lancie and Denise Crosby presented…

Door Decorating Contest (2 winners)

Nadha Greer & Alan Shaw

Clyde & Deborah De Hart

Moneans Ship Building (2 winners)

Becky & Ali Fatash

Mike & Nancy Yee

Terry Farrell and Robert Picardo presented…

Blackjack Tournament

Allison Pauls

Bob O’Reilly and Ethan Phillips presented…

Proxima Centauri Bowling Competition

Jim Valera

Poker Tournament

1st place – Johnny Pettry

2nd place – Casey Biggs (who didn’t win a prize!)

3rd place – Stanley Baran

Marina Sirtis presented….

Crews Feud

To DS9 team captained by Terry Farrell. Sirtis, however, didn’t want to give Farrell the award; she’s too competitive!

And the fun continued late into the night, with DJ Needles spinning.


Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Four. And, in case you missed them, check out our Day One, Day Two and Day Three recaps.

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star-trek-the-cruise-day-four-recap Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:38:50 -0800
<![CDATA[The Tzenkethi Are Coming]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-tzenkethi-are-coming

The Tzenkethi are coming to Star Trek Online on PC. Learn about this dire new enemy force from the people who created them...


Concept Design

In the history of Star Trek Online, we don’t think there has been any enemy group as challenging to bring to life as the Tzenkethi. We explored a wide range of ideas from the “femme fatale” kind of alien to the current “brute” iteration. At some point the Tzenkethi had four, two, six legs and even tentacles. We ended up with the reptilian type, but we tried not to make them look like a generic reptilian. They have dragon-like heads, rhino-like skin and four arms. Two arms are really strong and two are weaker for nimble, precise handling. Their backs have a set of bony plaques that give the impression of a turtle-like shell, giving these already powerful creatures one less weak spot. Fully armored, each individual Tzenkethi resembles a walking weapons platform.

Hector Ortiz
Concept Artist


Systems Design

The Tzenkethi are a force that can match any member of the Alliance. They’re a militant warp-capable species, and they’re highly intelligent. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a fight with the Tzenkethi to be a fight you could get better at by knowing more about them. Your first fight with them will probably be your most difficult one.

What this meant was that they needed actions for many different situations. They will keep their enemies on their toes by being outfitted with technology that allows them to potentially deploy multiple types of drones, or fire a grenade launcher with multiple firing modes. Beyond this technology, the Tzenkethi needed to be resilient, but not a damage sponge.

We pursued what we called “smart-tanky.” We wanted their technology to lend itself to potential survivability, but all of it can be countered.

An example of this execution is their backpacks; based on protomatter technology, they are a strong power source for the Tzenkethi armaments. While alive, a Tzenkethi can utilize the technology that their backpack is equipped with for offensive or support capabilities. When a Tzenkethi falls, sometimes their backpacks remain in a powered state. This allows nearby Tzenkethi to reuse the incredible restorative power from it until the backpack’s power reserves are depleted.

Ultimately, the powerful stature of a Tzenkethi cannot be ignored. Proud, higher ranking Tzenkethi are outfitted with the best technology available. However, if they feel their technology isn’t getting the job done, you will often see them throw down their weapons and go in with their natural might to finish it.

We don’t want to spoil all their tricks, however. Finding those out will be part of the fun. We’re confident that the Star Trek Online community of captains is up to the challenge of anything the Tzenkethi can throw at them.

Matt Campbell
Systems Designer


Art Creation

We’re excited to share some behind-the-scenes art development of these unique creatures for Star Trek Online.

First, these guys were absolutely one of the most challenging of any of STO species – in the ranks of difficulty comparable to the Bluegills and Undine. Because of the extra arms, tail, and extreme body proportions, there was a lot of back and forth, revisions, and collaboration across many departments throughout the process before it came to the final game versions.

Hector Ortiz did the bulk of the original concept work, designing the body, suit, guns, and backpack. After that, we decided we wanted more distinction in the silhouettes between ranks. Since this species is on its own animation skeleton with very non-humanoid proportions, it can’t easily share any of our normal equipment or clothing, so anything we wanted for them had to be created from scratch.

Using Hector’s designs as a basis, we created a set of modular armor for four ranks: Ensign, Lieutenant, Commander and Captain. One of the biggest goals for the group was to get the idea across that their technology was highly advanced without forgetting that the Tzenkethi are proud of their natural strength and size. Something else we had talked about was the idea of the small arms interacting with alien tech keyboards and displays on the gauntlets and maybe the waist plate while the big arms held the big guns.  

Work on the actual body started with very low-poly basic shape and proportions in 3DS Max. This was then brought into Zbrush to sculpt out a very high-poly, high-detail model.

Another low poly model was made from that to make the game version, ensuring that joints animate well, and as much detail is kept from the high poly as possible. Other textures are created including color, and in this case – glow.  

At this stage, there was testing and revisions done both to the model and skeleton. As you can see in the WIP image, some of the proportions don’t feel quite right yet – shoulders stiff and high, head a little too big, etc. The suit is an early version as well.

Next, the armor was built in 3DS Max, and most of the detail for the armor bits was done through Photoshop and a normal map creation tool called Crazy Bump.

Finally, after all the parts are in and the colors are tweaked, we have the complete Tzenkethi critter group.

Joe Jing
Character Artist


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

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The Tzenkethi are coming to Star Trek Online on PC. Learn about this dire new enemy force from the people who created them...


Concept Design

In the history of Star Trek Online, we don’t think there has been any enemy group as challenging to bring to life as the Tzenkethi. We explored a wide range of ideas from the “femme fatale” kind of alien to the current “brute” iteration. At some point the Tzenkethi had four, two, six legs and even tentacles. We ended up with the reptilian type, but we tried not to make them look like a generic reptilian. They have dragon-like heads, rhino-like skin and four arms. Two arms are really strong and two are weaker for nimble, precise handling. Their backs have a set of bony plaques that give the impression of a turtle-like shell, giving these already powerful creatures one less weak spot. Fully armored, each individual Tzenkethi resembles a walking weapons platform.

Hector Ortiz
Concept Artist


Systems Design

The Tzenkethi are a force that can match any member of the Alliance. They’re a militant warp-capable species, and they’re highly intelligent. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a fight with the Tzenkethi to be a fight you could get better at by knowing more about them. Your first fight with them will probably be your most difficult one.

What this meant was that they needed actions for many different situations. They will keep their enemies on their toes by being outfitted with technology that allows them to potentially deploy multiple types of drones, or fire a grenade launcher with multiple firing modes. Beyond this technology, the Tzenkethi needed to be resilient, but not a damage sponge.

We pursued what we called “smart-tanky.” We wanted their technology to lend itself to potential survivability, but all of it can be countered.

An example of this execution is their backpacks; based on protomatter technology, they are a strong power source for the Tzenkethi armaments. While alive, a Tzenkethi can utilize the technology that their backpack is equipped with for offensive or support capabilities. When a Tzenkethi falls, sometimes their backpacks remain in a powered state. This allows nearby Tzenkethi to reuse the incredible restorative power from it until the backpack’s power reserves are depleted.

Ultimately, the powerful stature of a Tzenkethi cannot be ignored. Proud, higher ranking Tzenkethi are outfitted with the best technology available. However, if they feel their technology isn’t getting the job done, you will often see them throw down their weapons and go in with their natural might to finish it.

We don’t want to spoil all their tricks, however. Finding those out will be part of the fun. We’re confident that the Star Trek Online community of captains is up to the challenge of anything the Tzenkethi can throw at them.

Matt Campbell
Systems Designer


Art Creation

We’re excited to share some behind-the-scenes art development of these unique creatures for Star Trek Online.

First, these guys were absolutely one of the most challenging of any of STO species – in the ranks of difficulty comparable to the Bluegills and Undine. Because of the extra arms, tail, and extreme body proportions, there was a lot of back and forth, revisions, and collaboration across many departments throughout the process before it came to the final game versions.

Hector Ortiz did the bulk of the original concept work, designing the body, suit, guns, and backpack. After that, we decided we wanted more distinction in the silhouettes between ranks. Since this species is on its own animation skeleton with very non-humanoid proportions, it can’t easily share any of our normal equipment or clothing, so anything we wanted for them had to be created from scratch.

Using Hector’s designs as a basis, we created a set of modular armor for four ranks: Ensign, Lieutenant, Commander and Captain. One of the biggest goals for the group was to get the idea across that their technology was highly advanced without forgetting that the Tzenkethi are proud of their natural strength and size. Something else we had talked about was the idea of the small arms interacting with alien tech keyboards and displays on the gauntlets and maybe the waist plate while the big arms held the big guns.  

Work on the actual body started with very low-poly basic shape and proportions in 3DS Max. This was then brought into Zbrush to sculpt out a very high-poly, high-detail model.

Another low poly model was made from that to make the game version, ensuring that joints animate well, and as much detail is kept from the high poly as possible. Other textures are created including color, and in this case – glow.  

At this stage, there was testing and revisions done both to the model and skeleton. As you can see in the WIP image, some of the proportions don’t feel quite right yet – shoulders stiff and high, head a little too big, etc. The suit is an early version as well.

Next, the armor was built in 3DS Max, and most of the detail for the armor bits was done through Photoshop and a normal map creation tool called Crazy Bump.

Finally, after all the parts are in and the colors are tweaked, we have the complete Tzenkethi critter group.

Joe Jing
Character Artist


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

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the-tzenkethi-are-coming Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:07:50 -0800
<![CDATA[Timelines Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Convergence Day]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/timelines-celebrates-1st-anniversary-with-convergence-day

One year ago, Disruptor Beam launched an incredibly ambitious project: Star Trek: Timelines. Bringing together ships, heroes, villains and beloved storylines from all of Star Trek history, Star Trek Timelines set out to create the best Star Trek mobile game ever, a goal we strive to reach every day.

To celebrate our anniversary, players are invited to participate in our first Convergence Day celebration, marking the beginning of the temporal anomaly crisis that drives the narrative of Star Trek Timelines. The Convergence Day Galaxy Event starts today, Thursday, January 12th and runs through the weekend.

With this event comes fresh crew: a new version of the popular and devious Ferengi Quark, who conceived of Convergence Day, and C.O.P. Founder Picard, a new version of the popular captain voted on by players during the event “The Second Battle of New York.” At the end of this event, with Captain Archer indisposed, qualifying players voted for Captain Picard to replace him as one of the founders of the Coalition of Planets.

In addition, as players celebrate their own anniversaries of playing Timelines, they will receive a special reward avatar—Alfa 177 Canine. All players will also receive a Supply Kit, more crew slots and discounted Dabo Wheel pulls throughout the weekend.

Just as the Star Trek universe continues to expand, so will Star Trek Timelines. We look forward to our continuing mission for this year and the many years to come. Year two is just the beginning.

Available now on the App Store, Facebook Games, Facebook Gameroom and Google Play, Star Trek Timelines merges the characters, stories and settings from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Gather your favorite heroes -- or villains -- to build your dream crew, explore the galaxy and lead Starfleet through a crisis threatening the very fabric of time and space. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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One year ago, Disruptor Beam launched an incredibly ambitious project: Star Trek: Timelines. Bringing together ships, heroes, villains and beloved storylines from all of Star Trek history, Star Trek Timelines set out to create the best Star Trek mobile game ever, a goal we strive to reach every day.

To celebrate our anniversary, players are invited to participate in our first Convergence Day celebration, marking the beginning of the temporal anomaly crisis that drives the narrative of Star Trek Timelines. The Convergence Day Galaxy Event starts today, Thursday, January 12th and runs through the weekend.

With this event comes fresh crew: a new version of the popular and devious Ferengi Quark, who conceived of Convergence Day, and C.O.P. Founder Picard, a new version of the popular captain voted on by players during the event “The Second Battle of New York.” At the end of this event, with Captain Archer indisposed, qualifying players voted for Captain Picard to replace him as one of the founders of the Coalition of Planets.

In addition, as players celebrate their own anniversaries of playing Timelines, they will receive a special reward avatar—Alfa 177 Canine. All players will also receive a Supply Kit, more crew slots and discounted Dabo Wheel pulls throughout the weekend.

Just as the Star Trek universe continues to expand, so will Star Trek Timelines. We look forward to our continuing mission for this year and the many years to come. Year two is just the beginning.

Available now on the App Store, Facebook Games, Facebook Gameroom and Google Play, Star Trek Timelines merges the characters, stories and settings from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Gather your favorite heroes -- or villains -- to build your dream crew, explore the galaxy and lead Starfleet through a crisis threatening the very fabric of time and space. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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timelines-celebrates-1st-anniversary-with-convergence-day Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise -- Day Three Recap ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-day-three-recap

Stardate 2017.01.11… The Norwegian Pearl/U.S.S. Enterprise landed in spacedock in Cozumel, Mexico on Wednesday morning, kicking off Day Three of Star Trek: The Cruise. Fans spent the morning and afternoon on excursions ranging from chocolate tours to a visit to Mayan ruins in Tulum, and much, much more. Some fans used the time to relax by the pool and also to check out many of the ongoing Trek activities aboard the ship. The late afternoon found fans beaming back to the ship, as the day’s on-board activities came alive, starting with a poolside Afternoon at the Movies screening of Star Trek: Insurrection. StarTrek.com was there for everything and here’s our recap of Day Three:

The Star Trek Museum attracted many fans throughout the day. Located on the Atrium on Deck 7, next to the Captain’s Club, it’s filled with props and costumes for the Trek shows and movies. Some of the cool items included costumes, a Ferengi tooth sharpener, the Picard Family album, the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition and a Trill symbiont.

The talented John Paladin, a favorite at conventions, is on board handling makeup for the many events, doing makeup for fans and conducting demonstrations, including one in which he transformed a Human into a Trill. He’ll be showing off his makeup magic all week long.

Trek-themed gaming and books are available to be played and perused throughout the Promenade on level seven. It’s a popular spot, as fans take breaks, relax and meet fellow fans and gamers all through the day.

Over in the Stardust Theater, fans gathered for Crews Feud – TNG vs. DS9. Hosted by Dane Butcher, it pitted the TNG team of Denise Crosby, John de Lancie and Joe Piscopo, joined by two fans, against the DS9 team of Terry Farrell, Max Grodenchik and Chase Masterson, joined by two fans. Crosby captained Team TNG and Farrell captained Team DS9, and Butcher used questions culled from a pre-cruise online survey of fans.

Among the memorable clashes, What’s a four-letter word that every woman wants? Team DS9 got 2 of 5, and Team TNG guessed CASH to steal. No one guessed… KIRK. Name a Starfleet species from Star Trek? Team DS9 started with KLINGON. Farrell guessed TRILL, but it wasn't even on the board! VULCAN was #1, and DS9 won with ANDORIAN.

Question during the double points round: Name something you beat? Team TNG took control with GAME (as in the tridimensional chess), but only got 2 of 7. Team DS9 stole with… EGGS.

Did we mention that during the opening of the Feud, the Gorn ran on stage? And that he started dancing the Macarena? Now, we have!

And the winner was… Team DS9.

Jordan Hoffman, host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, recorded an Engage session live, right on the Pearl. He was joined by Terry Farrell and Denise Crosby, who were still in playful battle mode post-Crews Feud

Farrell talked about performing Love Letter with Marina Sirtis earlier on the cruise and spoke of the show’s ongoing relevance. She actually stepped in for Jonathan Frakes after he canceled his appearance do to a directing engagement. Farrell revealed that she and Marina got together for four rehearsals in Los Angeles in advance of the cruise, and also that she’d actually done the play in the past with her now ex-husband.

Crosby said that she’s loved catching up with her friends on the cruise and also spending time with her college-bound son, who is on board this week.

Joe Piscopo then made a surprise appearance, serenading Farrell and Crosby with his famous Frank Sinatra impersonation. Crosby joked that it was like seeing Bing Crosby and Sinatra back together again, which led to talk about Bob Hope and Crosby movies and Crosby’s mention of her late father-in-law, Blake Edwards, who directed the Pink Panther movies and helped her get her SAG card by giving her a role in his movie, 10. Actually, she explained, he had to edit a TV version of it and Crosby was in that.

Piscopo admitted that he’d never actually played bingo before this week, "and I'm a Catholic,” though he’d been to bingo nights with his family. He cracked up the audience one more time by breaking into song as Sinatra and Springsteen.

Roll with us on this one, but, yes, there’s a bowling alley on the Enterprise/Pearl, located in Leeta’s Bliss Ultra Lounge. And, there’s an ongoing Proxima Centauri Bowling Competition, occurring throughout the week of cruising. We’re tracking the scores and will keep you updated.

Trek After Twilight kicked off with Max Is Back, featuring Max Grodenchik on stage in 13 Forward. Grodenchik told stories and performed some of his favorite Ferengi songs, many of which came from a popular show that he’d performed often over the years, The Ferengi Family Hour.

The Sky High Bar on Deck 13 was the place to be for Samuel Clemens’ Havanas and Aperitifs, or cigars and drinks with Terry Farrell and Marina Sirtis, who teamed up to replace an under-the-weather James Darren.

John de Lancie hosted Q’s Masquerade Ball, featuring the Yacht Rock Revue. Due to weather, the party moved indoors, into 13 Forward. While the Yacht Rock Revue band set up, Q worked the room talking to fans, answering questions and celebrating some of his incredible costumes. The band took over and the dance floor filled as the clock moved past midnight.

And, wow, fans went all out with their costumes for the ball. We saw Q’s, of course, Jaylah, Andorians, the Gorn, an Orion Girl, Klingons, Sarek and Amanda, Arachnia, the Grinch (?!) and many more.

If you’ve ever seen Ethan Phillips at a convention, you know he’s one of the funniest guys in the galaxy. Now, pop him on a stage, give the man his own show – Late Night Comedy with Ethan Phillips – let him loose at 11:15 at night, have Robert Picardo open for/introduce him and you’re in for some blue jokes and loud laughs. And that is precisely what everyone experienced: joke after joke, and nonstop laughter. As the end of Phillips' show neared, he pulled Picardo back up on stage -- and they told some jokes together. Just what the Doctor ordered.

The Drink of the Day, by the way, was the Raktajino. It’s a sinful blend of chocolate liqueur, butterscotch Schnapps and a splash of half and half, finished with chocolate syrup.

Also among the drink options at the ship’s bars: The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Beer and the wine featuring Juan Ortiz's TOS artwork.

Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Four. And, in case you missed them, check out our Day One recap and Day Two recap.

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Stardate 2017.01.11… The Norwegian Pearl/U.S.S. Enterprise landed in spacedock in Cozumel, Mexico on Wednesday morning, kicking off Day Three of Star Trek: The Cruise. Fans spent the morning and afternoon on excursions ranging from chocolate tours to a visit to Mayan ruins in Tulum, and much, much more. Some fans used the time to relax by the pool and also to check out many of the ongoing Trek activities aboard the ship. The late afternoon found fans beaming back to the ship, as the day’s on-board activities came alive, starting with a poolside Afternoon at the Movies screening of Star Trek: Insurrection. StarTrek.com was there for everything and here’s our recap of Day Three:

The Star Trek Museum attracted many fans throughout the day. Located on the Atrium on Deck 7, next to the Captain’s Club, it’s filled with props and costumes for the Trek shows and movies. Some of the cool items included costumes, a Ferengi tooth sharpener, the Picard Family album, the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition and a Trill symbiont.

The talented John Paladin, a favorite at conventions, is on board handling makeup for the many events, doing makeup for fans and conducting demonstrations, including one in which he transformed a Human into a Trill. He’ll be showing off his makeup magic all week long.

Trek-themed gaming and books are available to be played and perused throughout the Promenade on level seven. It’s a popular spot, as fans take breaks, relax and meet fellow fans and gamers all through the day.

Over in the Stardust Theater, fans gathered for Crews Feud – TNG vs. DS9. Hosted by Dane Butcher, it pitted the TNG team of Denise Crosby, John de Lancie and Joe Piscopo, joined by two fans, against the DS9 team of Terry Farrell, Max Grodenchik and Chase Masterson, joined by two fans. Crosby captained Team TNG and Farrell captained Team DS9, and Butcher used questions culled from a pre-cruise online survey of fans.

Among the memorable clashes, What’s a four-letter word that every woman wants? Team DS9 got 2 of 5, and Team TNG guessed CASH to steal. No one guessed… KIRK. Name a Starfleet species from Star Trek? Team DS9 started with KLINGON. Farrell guessed TRILL, but it wasn't even on the board! VULCAN was #1, and DS9 won with ANDORIAN.

Question during the double points round: Name something you beat? Team TNG took control with GAME (as in the tridimensional chess), but only got 2 of 7. Team DS9 stole with… EGGS.

Did we mention that during the opening of the Feud, the Gorn ran on stage? And that he started dancing the Macarena? Now, we have!

And the winner was… Team DS9.

Jordan Hoffman, host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, recorded an Engage session live, right on the Pearl. He was joined by Terry Farrell and Denise Crosby, who were still in playful battle mode post-Crews Feud

Farrell talked about performing Love Letter with Marina Sirtis earlier on the cruise and spoke of the show’s ongoing relevance. She actually stepped in for Jonathan Frakes after he canceled his appearance do to a directing engagement. Farrell revealed that she and Marina got together for four rehearsals in Los Angeles in advance of the cruise, and also that she’d actually done the play in the past with her now ex-husband.

Crosby said that she’s loved catching up with her friends on the cruise and also spending time with her college-bound son, who is on board this week.

Joe Piscopo then made a surprise appearance, serenading Farrell and Crosby with his famous Frank Sinatra impersonation. Crosby joked that it was like seeing Bing Crosby and Sinatra back together again, which led to talk about Bob Hope and Crosby movies and Crosby’s mention of her late father-in-law, Blake Edwards, who directed the Pink Panther movies and helped her get her SAG card by giving her a role in his movie, 10. Actually, she explained, he had to edit a TV version of it and Crosby was in that.

Piscopo admitted that he’d never actually played bingo before this week, "and I'm a Catholic,” though he’d been to bingo nights with his family. He cracked up the audience one more time by breaking into song as Sinatra and Springsteen.

Roll with us on this one, but, yes, there’s a bowling alley on the Enterprise/Pearl, located in Leeta’s Bliss Ultra Lounge. And, there’s an ongoing Proxima Centauri Bowling Competition, occurring throughout the week of cruising. We’re tracking the scores and will keep you updated.

Trek After Twilight kicked off with Max Is Back, featuring Max Grodenchik on stage in 13 Forward. Grodenchik told stories and performed some of his favorite Ferengi songs, many of which came from a popular show that he’d performed often over the years, The Ferengi Family Hour.

The Sky High Bar on Deck 13 was the place to be for Samuel Clemens’ Havanas and Aperitifs, or cigars and drinks with Terry Farrell and Marina Sirtis, who teamed up to replace an under-the-weather James Darren.

John de Lancie hosted Q’s Masquerade Ball, featuring the Yacht Rock Revue. Due to weather, the party moved indoors, into 13 Forward. While the Yacht Rock Revue band set up, Q worked the room talking to fans, answering questions and celebrating some of his incredible costumes. The band took over and the dance floor filled as the clock moved past midnight.

And, wow, fans went all out with their costumes for the ball. We saw Q’s, of course, Jaylah, Andorians, the Gorn, an Orion Girl, Klingons, Sarek and Amanda, Arachnia, the Grinch (?!) and many more.

If you’ve ever seen Ethan Phillips at a convention, you know he’s one of the funniest guys in the galaxy. Now, pop him on a stage, give the man his own show – Late Night Comedy with Ethan Phillips – let him loose at 11:15 at night, have Robert Picardo open for/introduce him and you’re in for some blue jokes and loud laughs. And that is precisely what everyone experienced: joke after joke, and nonstop laughter. As the end of Phillips' show neared, he pulled Picardo back up on stage -- and they told some jokes together. Just what the Doctor ordered.

The Drink of the Day, by the way, was the Raktajino. It’s a sinful blend of chocolate liqueur, butterscotch Schnapps and a splash of half and half, finished with chocolate syrup.

Also among the drink options at the ship’s bars: The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Beer and the wine featuring Juan Ortiz's TOS artwork.

Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Four. And, in case you missed them, check out our Day One recap and Day Two recap.

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star-trek-the-cruise-day-three-recap Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:50:11 -0800
<![CDATA["The Squire of Gothos"... 50 Years Later ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-squire-of-gothos-50-years-later

And the latest Star Trek: The Original Series episode to turn 50 is… “The Squire of Gothos.” Dominated by William Campbell’s flamboyant performance as the powerful and petulant Trelane, "The Squire of Gothos" debuted on January 12, 1967. StarTrek.com celebrates the episode's 50th anniversary by sharing some facts, figures and anecdote about the entertaining TOS installment.

  • This was the 18th episode of TOS’s first season.

  • “The Squire of Gothos” was one of writer Paul Schneider’s two contributions to TOS. He also wrote “Balance of Terror.”

  • Production on this hour spanned from October 28, 1966 to November 7, 1966.

  • Memorable bit of dialogue #1: "Do you know ,” Trelane pointed out to Kirk, “that you're one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?"

  • Campbell played Trelane in this episode, and the Klingon, Koloth, in “The Trouble with Tribbles.” He played Koloth again in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, “Blood Oath.” Though it wasn’t meant to be, Campbell, like many a Trek fan, hoped he’d get to play Trelane again and assumed he’d share scenes with a certain Star Trek: The Next Generation character. "I expect that they'll someday reprise the Squire of Gothos (character), preferably in a battle with Q (John de Lancie)," he told journalist Ian Spelling during a 1994 interview with The Chicago Tribune. “They're so alike, and I know John quite well. I’ve always thought it’s a hell of an idea." A longtime favorite at conventions, Campbell was 84 in 2011, when he died peacefully and, appropriately, in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home and Hospital, a facility for which he worked tirelessly as an advocate, volunteer and fundraiser.

  • According to Memory Alpha, “Uhura refers to a ‘Spacefleet Command,’ even though the names Starfleet and Starfleet Command originated several episodes earlier in ‘Court Martial,’ and again in the two-part episode ‘The Menagerie.’"

  • Michael Barrier made the first of his three TOS appearances in this episode. He played Lt. DeSalle here, a biologist in "This Side of Paradise" and an assistant chief engineer in “Catspaw.”

  • This was the one and only TOS episode directed by Don McDougall, whose long Hollywood career spanned from 1951 to 1985. Prior to Trek, he’d worked with DeForest Kelley on several shows, including Trackdown and Bonanza, and with Leonard Nimoy on The Virginian. McDougall passed away in 1991 at the age of 73.

  • Leslie (Eddie Paskey) sat in the captain’s chair twice on TOS, once in this episode and once in “The Alternative Factor.”

  • Memorable bit of dialogue #2: "I object to you,” Spock told Trelane. “I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose."

  • Barbara Babcock provided the voice of Trelane’s mother. The actress also played Mea 3 in “A Taste of Armageddon” and Philana in “Plato’s Stepchildren,” and voiced both the Beta 5 computer and Isis in “Assignment Earth,” Loskene in “The Tholian Web” and Zetar in “The Lights of Zetar.”

  • Memory Alpha notes that “An M-113 creature is among the trophies on display in Trelane's castle. When McCoy (the creature's last defender in "The Man Trap") sees it, he does a double-take. During the scene the howling music theme from that episode is heard. It is possible that Trelane had observed Planet M-113 with his telescope at some point.”

  • Memorable bit of dialogue #3: "You broke it!” Trelane shouted/whined at Kirk. “You broke my sword!"
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And the latest Star Trek: The Original Series episode to turn 50 is… “The Squire of Gothos.” Dominated by William Campbell’s flamboyant performance as the powerful and petulant Trelane, "The Squire of Gothos" debuted on January 12, 1967. StarTrek.com celebrates the episode's 50th anniversary by sharing some facts, figures and anecdote about the entertaining TOS installment.

  • This was the 18th episode of TOS’s first season.

  • “The Squire of Gothos” was one of writer Paul Schneider’s two contributions to TOS. He also wrote “Balance of Terror.”

  • Production on this hour spanned from October 28, 1966 to November 7, 1966.

  • Memorable bit of dialogue #1: "Do you know ,” Trelane pointed out to Kirk, “that you're one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?"

  • Campbell played Trelane in this episode, and the Klingon, Koloth, in “The Trouble with Tribbles.” He played Koloth again in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, “Blood Oath.” Though it wasn’t meant to be, Campbell, like many a Trek fan, hoped he’d get to play Trelane again and assumed he’d share scenes with a certain Star Trek: The Next Generation character. "I expect that they'll someday reprise the Squire of Gothos (character), preferably in a battle with Q (John de Lancie)," he told journalist Ian Spelling during a 1994 interview with The Chicago Tribune. “They're so alike, and I know John quite well. I’ve always thought it’s a hell of an idea." A longtime favorite at conventions, Campbell was 84 in 2011, when he died peacefully and, appropriately, in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home and Hospital, a facility for which he worked tirelessly as an advocate, volunteer and fundraiser.

  • According to Memory Alpha, “Uhura refers to a ‘Spacefleet Command,’ even though the names Starfleet and Starfleet Command originated several episodes earlier in ‘Court Martial,’ and again in the two-part episode ‘The Menagerie.’"

  • Michael Barrier made the first of his three TOS appearances in this episode. He played Lt. DeSalle here, a biologist in "This Side of Paradise" and an assistant chief engineer in “Catspaw.”

  • This was the one and only TOS episode directed by Don McDougall, whose long Hollywood career spanned from 1951 to 1985. Prior to Trek, he’d worked with DeForest Kelley on several shows, including Trackdown and Bonanza, and with Leonard Nimoy on The Virginian. McDougall passed away in 1991 at the age of 73.

  • Leslie (Eddie Paskey) sat in the captain’s chair twice on TOS, once in this episode and once in “The Alternative Factor.”

  • Memorable bit of dialogue #2: "I object to you,” Spock told Trelane. “I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose."

  • Barbara Babcock provided the voice of Trelane’s mother. The actress also played Mea 3 in “A Taste of Armageddon” and Philana in “Plato’s Stepchildren,” and voiced both the Beta 5 computer and Isis in “Assignment Earth,” Loskene in “The Tholian Web” and Zetar in “The Lights of Zetar.”

  • Memory Alpha notes that “An M-113 creature is among the trophies on display in Trelane's castle. When McCoy (the creature's last defender in "The Man Trap") sees it, he does a double-take. During the scene the howling music theme from that episode is heard. It is possible that Trelane had observed Planet M-113 with his telescope at some point.”

  • Memorable bit of dialogue #3: "You broke it!” Trelane shouted/whined at Kirk. “You broke my sword!"
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the-squire-of-gothos-50-years-later Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:25:12 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise -- Day Two Recap]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-day-two-recap

Stardate 2017.01.10, the U.S.S. Enterprise/Norwegian Pearl cruised effortlessly toward Cozumel, Mexico, while, on board, fans participating in Star Trek: The Cruise enjoyed a full day of activities, from a morning yoga class with Terry Farrell to an after-midnight Star Trek Under the Stars screening of Star Trek: First Contact. StarTrek.com is there on the ship, and we’re pleased to report back with photos and a recap of Day Two:

It was 9 a.m. when the early birds on the ship joined Terry Farrell poolside for a yoga session. Farrell’s a pro, by the way. When she left acting for a while years ago, she taught yoga.

Cruises are famous for their vegetable carvings. So, what do you create for a Star Trek cruise? Easy, you whip up Klingon-themed carvings of Gowron – a tribute, of course, to Trek cruise participant Robert O’Reilly – and call them Klingon Karvings.

A cruise must have music, and, during the VIP T-Shirt Party, DJ Needles did the honors, with a cameo appearance by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, who played a full set later in the evening. Every fan received a Star Trek: The Cruise t-shirt in command yellow, and many of them switched into the shirt during the party.

Let’s be real: How many people can say they’ve played Bingo with Joe Piscopo? Well, everyone who got in on the fun at 13 Forward when the funnyman and friends hosted a Bingo session.

Piscopo told those in the room that the occasion brought him back to his childhood in New Jersey and the church bingo nights he attended. Fans enjoyed his non-stop jokes, impersonations and… shadow puppets. A fan asked if she could get a hug from Piscopo if she won, prompting cruise director Dane Boucher to promise that Piscopo would come to her cabin if she won. As it said on someone’s shirt: “What happens on the holodeck…” Oh, and a fan from Brooklyn, New York, took home the top prize.

And now let’s talk about meals – and a few dinner specials. Every cruise needs chefs, and Star Trek: The Cruise has one of the best in the galaxy. Neelix is cooking up specials all week at the Summer Palace Dining Room, and La Cucina is offering special Starfleet pizzas throughout the cruise.

Among the pizzas, there’s:

Dr. Gillian Taylor Pizza: a favorite that she shared with Kirk, featuring mushrooms, pepperoni and extra onion.

Hoshi Sato’s Fiorella’s Pizza: classic Hawaiian style pizza from Fountain Street in San Francisco, loaded with ham, pineapple and cheese.

Tom Paris Pizza: the pizza that Paris craved while suffering the effects of crossing the Transwarp Threshold in 2372, brimming with pepperoni and Kavarian Olives.

Bashir 62 Pizza: a meat lover’s pie with a Jack in the box surprise, it’s topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham and salami, with garlic and basil.

The Hungry Vulcan Pizza: You’ll live long and prosper with this one, which boasts mushrooms, peppers, olives, onions, tomatoes and cheese.

Other cool bits:

Turbolifts: The ship’s elevators have been replaced with the latest Starfleet turbolifts. Check out the special messages!

Cocktail of the Day: Andorian Ale… Raspberry flavored vodka, blue curacao and sprite!

Around the ship, out on the deck and also inside, fans could get in on a variety of activities, including panels, autograph and photo sessions, shows, exhibitions and more.

Real-life astronaut Richard Searfoss – a retired United States Air Force colonel, NASA astronaut and test pilot who ventured into space aboard the shuttles Columbia and Atlantis, and was part of the final Spacelab mission – teamed up with moderator Jordan Hoffman for an informative panel.

Searfoss, discussing what it’s like to launch a space shuttle, said, “It’s a really great ride… as long as you don’t think that you might die while you do it.” He also noted that, “Human space exploration has received broad bipartisan support and neglect over the years,” and shared his belief that outreach to Congressional representatives will be useful in moving the space program forward.

Go climb a rock! Brave fans heeded that call, getting in on an activity playfully dubbed El Capitan Rock Climbing with Steve Rankin. Frequent Trek guest Rankin didn’t just urge people on, but rather he bounded up the rock climbing wall.

Mid-afternoon, over in the Stardust Theater, John de Lancie attracted a standing-room-only crowd for his much-anticipated one-man show, called… One Man Show. Marina Sirtis introduced her old friend, de Lancie, warning that material would be quite "blue." And it was, particularly his reading of epic Billy Markham poems. De Lancie exited the stage to a standing ovation.

While the Enterprise-D has Ten Forward, the Pearl has 13 Forward. It’s the biggest club on the ship and home for the cruise's performances, games, chats, dancing and more.

Blackjack has been an on-board favorite, with the tables featuring custom Star Trek felts. The tables were full all day, but the crowds positively overflowed when Marina Sirtis settled in to play/host a Blackjack Tournament.

Sirtis sat at each table, taking turns playing against five players, occasionally giving advice to novices or playfully trying to sit in for another player at another table. She gambled away her chips and gave thumbs up to those brave enough to place large bets. Sirtis also cheered on those that won, though, understandably, she was much more exuberant when she managed to win a hand and a few chips.

Fans raised their glasses with... Damar. Well, not quite, but close, since they enjoyed a Wine Tasting with Casey Biggs. And Biggs knows his wines. He starred in commercials for Paso Robles, serving as the Paso Wine Man, a suave wine aficionado. And, with a full house at the Klingon Karnivoria restaurant overlooking the pool, Biggs spoke at length about the process of winemaking, as well as the conditions in different winemaking regions that make those better for producing particular varieties, all the while leading a tasting of six wines, including three reds and three whites, from across the world.

Back outside, poolside, in fact, Terry Farrell, Chase Masterson and James Darren talked about their lives, careers and time on Deep Space Nine during a panel moderated by Jordan Hoffman. Fans heard familiar stories and new ones, too, and Masterson discussed in detail her anti-bullying campaign, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Best new story? Darren shared a remarkable anecdote about playing football with Elvis Presley during his Vegas shows.

Professor Lawrence Krauss presided over a panel called The Physics of Star Trek. He noted, for example, that physicists were happy with Star Trek VI because it got spherical blood in Zero G right, and he used a balloon to demonstrate the potential of manipulating space itself in order to travel. Also, in a nutshell, he explained that if you can have warp drive, you can have wormholes, and pointed out that, with our telescopes, we’re able to bring the universe to us. That's possibly more effective than space travel as we currently think about it.

The Stardust Theater, in the evening, played host to On the Holodeck... A Show That Defies Reality, featuring Robert Picardo and Jordan Bennett. John de Lancie introduced Picardo and Bennett, who wrote their musical-comedy revue especially for this cruise. It started as a small show they performed several years ago, they explained, which they expanded into the version fans saw last night.

Picardo started by singing the Star Trek: The Original Series theme song, complete with Gene Roddenberry's lyrics. Picardo and Bennett, the latter an original Les Miserables cast member, reminisced about how they met 30 years ago. Among the songs they performed were tunes from Broadway, Monty Python, the Beatles and the Moody Blues. Picardo also wowed the crowd of 1,000 strong with a rendition of the Doctor's opera song from "Virtuoso."

The show concluded with the audience "twisting the night away" and a standing ovation for Picardo and Bennett.

And the shipboard fun continued on late into the evening with Trek After Twilight -- Holo-Nights. The entertainment included a round of Trek trivia (with Casey Biggs), a performance by guitarist Michael Lamper, with special guest Marina Sirtis (a/k/a Mrs. Lamper), DJ Needles spinning music, an under the stars screening of First Contact and The Holo-Nights Party with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The party featured dancing and incredible fan costumes, and Denise Crosby was on hand to award prizes for the top costumes.

Visit StarTrek.com again to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Three. And read our Day One recap.

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Stardate 2017.01.10, the U.S.S. Enterprise/Norwegian Pearl cruised effortlessly toward Cozumel, Mexico, while, on board, fans participating in Star Trek: The Cruise enjoyed a full day of activities, from a morning yoga class with Terry Farrell to an after-midnight Star Trek Under the Stars screening of Star Trek: First Contact. StarTrek.com is there on the ship, and we’re pleased to report back with photos and a recap of Day Two:

It was 9 a.m. when the early birds on the ship joined Terry Farrell poolside for a yoga session. Farrell’s a pro, by the way. When she left acting for a while years ago, she taught yoga.

Cruises are famous for their vegetable carvings. So, what do you create for a Star Trek cruise? Easy, you whip up Klingon-themed carvings of Gowron – a tribute, of course, to Trek cruise participant Robert O’Reilly – and call them Klingon Karvings.

A cruise must have music, and, during the VIP T-Shirt Party, DJ Needles did the honors, with a cameo appearance by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, who played a full set later in the evening. Every fan received a Star Trek: The Cruise t-shirt in command yellow, and many of them switched into the shirt during the party.

Let’s be real: How many people can say they’ve played Bingo with Joe Piscopo? Well, everyone who got in on the fun at 13 Forward when the funnyman and friends hosted a Bingo session.

Piscopo told those in the room that the occasion brought him back to his childhood in New Jersey and the church bingo nights he attended. Fans enjoyed his non-stop jokes, impersonations and… shadow puppets. A fan asked if she could get a hug from Piscopo if she won, prompting cruise director Dane Boucher to promise that Piscopo would come to her cabin if she won. As it said on someone’s shirt: “What happens on the holodeck…” Oh, and a fan from Brooklyn, New York, took home the top prize.

And now let’s talk about meals – and a few dinner specials. Every cruise needs chefs, and Star Trek: The Cruise has one of the best in the galaxy. Neelix is cooking up specials all week at the Summer Palace Dining Room, and La Cucina is offering special Starfleet pizzas throughout the cruise.

Among the pizzas, there’s:

Dr. Gillian Taylor Pizza: a favorite that she shared with Kirk, featuring mushrooms, pepperoni and extra onion.

Hoshi Sato’s Fiorella’s Pizza: classic Hawaiian style pizza from Fountain Street in San Francisco, loaded with ham, pineapple and cheese.

Tom Paris Pizza: the pizza that Paris craved while suffering the effects of crossing the Transwarp Threshold in 2372, brimming with pepperoni and Kavarian Olives.

Bashir 62 Pizza: a meat lover’s pie with a Jack in the box surprise, it’s topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham and salami, with garlic and basil.

The Hungry Vulcan Pizza: You’ll live long and prosper with this one, which boasts mushrooms, peppers, olives, onions, tomatoes and cheese.

Other cool bits:

Turbolifts: The ship’s elevators have been replaced with the latest Starfleet turbolifts. Check out the special messages!

Cocktail of the Day: Andorian Ale… Raspberry flavored vodka, blue curacao and sprite!

Around the ship, out on the deck and also inside, fans could get in on a variety of activities, including panels, autograph and photo sessions, shows, exhibitions and more.

Real-life astronaut Richard Searfoss – a retired United States Air Force colonel, NASA astronaut and test pilot who ventured into space aboard the shuttles Columbia and Atlantis, and was part of the final Spacelab mission – teamed up with moderator Jordan Hoffman for an informative panel.

Searfoss, discussing what it’s like to launch a space shuttle, said, “It’s a really great ride… as long as you don’t think that you might die while you do it.” He also noted that, “Human space exploration has received broad bipartisan support and neglect over the years,” and shared his belief that outreach to Congressional representatives will be useful in moving the space program forward.

Go climb a rock! Brave fans heeded that call, getting in on an activity playfully dubbed El Capitan Rock Climbing with Steve Rankin. Frequent Trek guest Rankin didn’t just urge people on, but rather he bounded up the rock climbing wall.

Mid-afternoon, over in the Stardust Theater, John de Lancie attracted a standing-room-only crowd for his much-anticipated one-man show, called… One Man Show. Marina Sirtis introduced her old friend, de Lancie, warning that material would be quite "blue." And it was, particularly his reading of epic Billy Markham poems. De Lancie exited the stage to a standing ovation.

While the Enterprise-D has Ten Forward, the Pearl has 13 Forward. It’s the biggest club on the ship and home for the cruise's performances, games, chats, dancing and more.

Blackjack has been an on-board favorite, with the tables featuring custom Star Trek felts. The tables were full all day, but the crowds positively overflowed when Marina Sirtis settled in to play/host a Blackjack Tournament.

Sirtis sat at each table, taking turns playing against five players, occasionally giving advice to novices or playfully trying to sit in for another player at another table. She gambled away her chips and gave thumbs up to those brave enough to place large bets. Sirtis also cheered on those that won, though, understandably, she was much more exuberant when she managed to win a hand and a few chips.

Fans raised their glasses with... Damar. Well, not quite, but close, since they enjoyed a Wine Tasting with Casey Biggs. And Biggs knows his wines. He starred in commercials for Paso Robles, serving as the Paso Wine Man, a suave wine aficionado. And, with a full house at the Klingon Karnivoria restaurant overlooking the pool, Biggs spoke at length about the process of winemaking, as well as the conditions in different winemaking regions that make those better for producing particular varieties, all the while leading a tasting of six wines, including three reds and three whites, from across the world.

Back outside, poolside, in fact, Terry Farrell, Chase Masterson and James Darren talked about their lives, careers and time on Deep Space Nine during a panel moderated by Jordan Hoffman. Fans heard familiar stories and new ones, too, and Masterson discussed in detail her anti-bullying campaign, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Best new story? Darren shared a remarkable anecdote about playing football with Elvis Presley during his Vegas shows.

Professor Lawrence Krauss presided over a panel called The Physics of Star Trek. He noted, for example, that physicists were happy with Star Trek VI because it got spherical blood in Zero G right, and he used a balloon to demonstrate the potential of manipulating space itself in order to travel. Also, in a nutshell, he explained that if you can have warp drive, you can have wormholes, and pointed out that, with our telescopes, we’re able to bring the universe to us. That's possibly more effective than space travel as we currently think about it.

The Stardust Theater, in the evening, played host to On the Holodeck... A Show That Defies Reality, featuring Robert Picardo and Jordan Bennett. John de Lancie introduced Picardo and Bennett, who wrote their musical-comedy revue especially for this cruise. It started as a small show they performed several years ago, they explained, which they expanded into the version fans saw last night.

Picardo started by singing the Star Trek: The Original Series theme song, complete with Gene Roddenberry's lyrics. Picardo and Bennett, the latter an original Les Miserables cast member, reminisced about how they met 30 years ago. Among the songs they performed were tunes from Broadway, Monty Python, the Beatles and the Moody Blues. Picardo also wowed the crowd of 1,000 strong with a rendition of the Doctor's opera song from "Virtuoso."

The show concluded with the audience "twisting the night away" and a standing ovation for Picardo and Bennett.

And the shipboard fun continued on late into the evening with Trek After Twilight -- Holo-Nights. The entertainment included a round of Trek trivia (with Casey Biggs), a performance by guitarist Michael Lamper, with special guest Marina Sirtis (a/k/a Mrs. Lamper), DJ Needles spinning music, an under the stars screening of First Contact and The Holo-Nights Party with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The party featured dancing and incredible fan costumes, and Denise Crosby was on hand to award prizes for the top costumes.

Visit StarTrek.com again to read our recap of Star Trek: The Cruise, Day Three. And read our Day One recap.

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star-trek-the-cruise-day-two-recap Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:16:00 -0800
<![CDATA[How to Decide on a Trek Cosplay]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/how-to-decide-on-a-trek-cosplay

My friend Mindy and I have a tradition: on the drive home after the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, we decide on next year’s costume. It usually needs a few hours of debate because we take our dress-up games very seriously. By the end of the drive, we (usually) have a plan. And one year in which to accomplish it.

Here are some of the questions to ask yourself when deciding what to do for a cosplay.

What character or idea do you like?

Cosplays are most effective when you’re sharing something you love. That could be a specific character from a specific episode. I remember helping a young girl dress like Janeway from “Bride of Chaotica!.” I had asked my new friend what she wanted to be for Halloween, and she looked sheepish as she responded “You won’t know what it is. And my mom thinks I shouldn’t do it.”

“Try me,” I said.

“Arachnia...”

“… Queen of the Spider People!” I said, completing the sentence with her. It was such a joy to see her eyes light up as we got her dressed up as a favorite character. Her mom learned a lesson that day.

But you don’t have to blindly copy another person’s costume design. Come up with your own ideas and variations. One of my favorites I’ve done is “Stuck in Transport” – with an insanely glittery DS9/Voyager Starfleet uniform, accented with Christmas lights and sound effects.

The point is to choose something that makes you smile. It’s your time and money, so you might as well put a little heart into it, too.

What is the desired effect?

Do you want to “Wow” people? Maybe group cosplay. Not only is it more fun to be with a group of cosplayers, you look more impressive when you’re all together. Or do a costume that may have never actually been on an actor. Striking versions of non-human characters like a Tholian or Species 8472 were recent winners in the Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay Contest.

Seeking friends who share your particular geekitude? Do a super-specific costume from an episode you love, that only those who know/love that episode will ever recognize.

Want people to take your picture? Do something easily recognizable, but not seen in every episode. The Borg or Klingons, for example. Probably best not to dress in a regular Starfleet uniform, unless you’re in a group cosplay. Also, costume construction should be top-notch, or the costume idea super-clever.

Thinking about messing around with friends? Try a couple’s costume, or a group costume.

If you don’t care what anyone else thinks, then do whatever you want! However, there will be other people there, so it’s only polite to think of them. Keep it appropriate for the expected audience, particularly if there will be children around. Also, if it’s really crowded, a large, unwieldly cosplay may be a safety hazard if you don’t plan accordingly.

Myself, I like to make people laugh and put a little bit of story in the costume itself. So, I do things like the DS9 wormhole that appears and disappears from the skirt or the Star Trek/Star Wars crossover, Darth Borg.

Building or buying? What’s your budget in time and money?

These questions are closely connected. The more time you have, the more you can shop around and get good deals. The more creative you are in building, the less money you’ll pay someone else to make a thing.

You don’t have to sew to cosplay. There are good resources for reproduction costumes online. Anovos is the highest-quality, costs more and takes a bit more time. Poke around Google to find other resources of mid-range quality. If you’re short on time or money, there are mass-produced Starfleet costumes available online. The fabric and fit on these costumes is not the best, but will work if your goal is simply to have a good time cosplaying.

You can commission costumes from seamstresses near you. The advantage is the person building your costume can measure you and have you come in for fittings during the construction process, so the costume fits you well. You’ll also have more input/advice on material choices. It can take several weeks to months to have specialized clothing constructed, so this option only works if you have time.

Some cosplays can be pieced together from off-the-rack items. For instance, my DS9/Voyager Starfleet costume’s grey undershirt is a men’s workout shirt I bought on clearance. Some episodes take place during the 20th and 21st centuries, like TOS’s “A Piece of the Action” and Voyager’s “Future’s End.” For these cosplays, buy clothing that closely resembles the screen-used costumes. You can find items at secondhand stores, like water guns or audiotape cases, that with a bit of paint can become laser guns and Starfleet medical totes. Creativity and time allow for a wider variety in your cosplays without having to spend a lot of money.

If you're building, what is your skill level in designing and constructing?

If you choose a cosplay within your skill level, you’re more likely to achieve the desired effect with the final product, and so will be able to build upon success. However, sewing is not rocket science. Just start doing it. There is almost no sewing mistake that can’t be fixed. You may spend a lot of time unpicking at first, but don’t stress about that. Start simple, with something like a TOS officer’s shirt. You’re not going to be making Dax’s wedding dress right off the bat.

If you’re not sure if your cosplay idea is within your skill level, talk to cosplaying friends for their advice. Then go ahead and give it a try. If you get in over your head, you’ll learn a whole lot. There’s really nothing to lose. It’s just playing dress-up.

If you have questions, you can find me on Twitter @tanaquill1558 or on Facebook at facebook.com/brookie.wilkins

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My friend Mindy and I have a tradition: on the drive home after the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, we decide on next year’s costume. It usually needs a few hours of debate because we take our dress-up games very seriously. By the end of the drive, we (usually) have a plan. And one year in which to accomplish it.

Here are some of the questions to ask yourself when deciding what to do for a cosplay.

What character or idea do you like?

Cosplays are most effective when you’re sharing something you love. That could be a specific character from a specific episode. I remember helping a young girl dress like Janeway from “Bride of Chaotica!.” I had asked my new friend what she wanted to be for Halloween, and she looked sheepish as she responded “You won’t know what it is. And my mom thinks I shouldn’t do it.”

“Try me,” I said.

“Arachnia...”

“… Queen of the Spider People!” I said, completing the sentence with her. It was such a joy to see her eyes light up as we got her dressed up as a favorite character. Her mom learned a lesson that day.

But you don’t have to blindly copy another person’s costume design. Come up with your own ideas and variations. One of my favorites I’ve done is “Stuck in Transport” – with an insanely glittery DS9/Voyager Starfleet uniform, accented with Christmas lights and sound effects.

The point is to choose something that makes you smile. It’s your time and money, so you might as well put a little heart into it, too.

What is the desired effect?

Do you want to “Wow” people? Maybe group cosplay. Not only is it more fun to be with a group of cosplayers, you look more impressive when you’re all together. Or do a costume that may have never actually been on an actor. Striking versions of non-human characters like a Tholian or Species 8472 were recent winners in the Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay Contest.

Seeking friends who share your particular geekitude? Do a super-specific costume from an episode you love, that only those who know/love that episode will ever recognize.

Want people to take your picture? Do something easily recognizable, but not seen in every episode. The Borg or Klingons, for example. Probably best not to dress in a regular Starfleet uniform, unless you’re in a group cosplay. Also, costume construction should be top-notch, or the costume idea super-clever.

Thinking about messing around with friends? Try a couple’s costume, or a group costume.

If you don’t care what anyone else thinks, then do whatever you want! However, there will be other people there, so it’s only polite to think of them. Keep it appropriate for the expected audience, particularly if there will be children around. Also, if it’s really crowded, a large, unwieldly cosplay may be a safety hazard if you don’t plan accordingly.

Myself, I like to make people laugh and put a little bit of story in the costume itself. So, I do things like the DS9 wormhole that appears and disappears from the skirt or the Star Trek/Star Wars crossover, Darth Borg.

Building or buying? What’s your budget in time and money?

These questions are closely connected. The more time you have, the more you can shop around and get good deals. The more creative you are in building, the less money you’ll pay someone else to make a thing.

You don’t have to sew to cosplay. There are good resources for reproduction costumes online. Anovos is the highest-quality, costs more and takes a bit more time. Poke around Google to find other resources of mid-range quality. If you’re short on time or money, there are mass-produced Starfleet costumes available online. The fabric and fit on these costumes is not the best, but will work if your goal is simply to have a good time cosplaying.

You can commission costumes from seamstresses near you. The advantage is the person building your costume can measure you and have you come in for fittings during the construction process, so the costume fits you well. You’ll also have more input/advice on material choices. It can take several weeks to months to have specialized clothing constructed, so this option only works if you have time.

Some cosplays can be pieced together from off-the-rack items. For instance, my DS9/Voyager Starfleet costume’s grey undershirt is a men’s workout shirt I bought on clearance. Some episodes take place during the 20th and 21st centuries, like TOS’s “A Piece of the Action” and Voyager’s “Future’s End.” For these cosplays, buy clothing that closely resembles the screen-used costumes. You can find items at secondhand stores, like water guns or audiotape cases, that with a bit of paint can become laser guns and Starfleet medical totes. Creativity and time allow for a wider variety in your cosplays without having to spend a lot of money.

If you're building, what is your skill level in designing and constructing?

If you choose a cosplay within your skill level, you’re more likely to achieve the desired effect with the final product, and so will be able to build upon success. However, sewing is not rocket science. Just start doing it. There is almost no sewing mistake that can’t be fixed. You may spend a lot of time unpicking at first, but don’t stress about that. Start simple, with something like a TOS officer’s shirt. You’re not going to be making Dax’s wedding dress right off the bat.

If you’re not sure if your cosplay idea is within your skill level, talk to cosplaying friends for their advice. Then go ahead and give it a try. If you get in over your head, you’ll learn a whole lot. There’s really nothing to lose. It’s just playing dress-up.

If you have questions, you can find me on Twitter @tanaquill1558 or on Facebook at facebook.com/brookie.wilkins

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how-to-decide-on-a-trek-cosplay Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise -- Day One Recap]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-day-one-recap

Star Trek: The Cruise has boldly set sail, beginning its trek from Miami to Cozumel to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas to Risa and… beyond. The fun started in the port in Miami, as 2,300-plus fans – many dressed in full uniform -- boarded the Norwegian Pearl midday and explored the ship.

Among the highlights of Day One:

The Captain’s Club featured an incoming transmission from Starfleet welcoming fans.

All around the ship, fans are discovering Trek-themed Easter eggs, including bottles of Chateau Picard. The vintage? 2267. A very good year.

And how about all the Janeway items peppered around the Nebula Café. Coffee, anyone?

William Shatner, the man himself, Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk, greeted fans with a rollicking introduction as the ship officially set sail. Shatner joked that the Norwegian Pearl is smaller than the Enterprise, but shared his belief that for the next week, the Pearl would serve as the Enterprise in everyone’s imaginations. “Let’s pretend it’s the Enterprise,” Shatner implored,” and we’re going where no one has gone before.”

Cruise host Dane Butcher then introduced several of the other Trek guests to the fans aboard:

Chase Masterson told the crowd, “Yes, every ship needs a captain, but I think every ship needs a Dabo girl, too.”

Ethan Phillips revealed that he’d be performing a comedy show twice during the cruise. “It may get a little blue,” he teased, “but not too bad.”

Robert Picardo greeted everyone by saying, “Please state the nature of the nautical emergency,” and then announced that on Tuesday he and his friend, Jordan Bennett, would be performing an original show complete with music and comedy.

John de Lancie, who is set to host a Masquerade Ball, joked, “This is like a convention, but you have to bring your Dramamine. I’m delighted to be here.” De Lancie promised that he’d be reading a poem “with something to offend everyone.”

Denise Crosby shared that she’s been on a couple of previous Trek-themed cruises, but that “this takes the cake.”

Robert O’Reilly welcomed the crowd… in Klingon. We know we heard the words Kirk and Qapla! several times.

Max Grodenchik cracked everyone up by saying there was no way to top O’Reilly’s greeting, but he sure came close with a spot-on “Moooogieeeeeeee” that got everyone cheering.

Check out the flag raised high in the air above the Pearl, er, Enterprise…

Right after the launch event, Phillips and de Lancie good-naturedly took selfies with fans.

Over in the Stardust Theater, William Shatner introduced Terry Farrell and Marina Sirtis, who then sat side by side and performed Love Letters. The moving show, written by A.R. Gurney in 1998, follows two characters as they read aloud excerpts from a lifetime of postal communications between them. Farrell and Sirtis actually performed the show twice during the evening.

Quark, bless his Ferengi heart, set up Leeta with her very own place, Leeta's Bliss Ultra Lounge, and the headliner tonight was Chase Masterson, performing Leeta Live. Leeta's is an Asian-inspired lounge and, appropriately, Max Grodenchik introduced Masterson, who took the stage to sing some of her favorite songs and several stories, including the famous story about meeting Avery Brooks and him remembering her as "Cathy" from a Nordic Trac commercial.

Joe Piscopo, James Darren and Robert O’Reilly joined host Dane Butcher in 13 Forward for Comic Capers, a Q&A session with the trio. It was the first time they had ever been on stage together. They shared a few Trek stories, but primarily told many of their favorite tales from across their long careers. All three paid tribute to Frank Sinatra. Darren and Piscopo recounted intimate stories of dealing with the legendary crooner, whether it was hearing his grudging praise of Piscopo's impersonation of the singer, or Darren's many encounters with him.

Talking about live performances, Darren said, "Once you perform in front of a live audience, your own home (life) is a letdown." Unlike the fleeting nature of live performance, Piscopo noted that "The great thing about Star Trek is that it's forever!" And O'Reilly revealed his detailed his upcoming show with Max Grodenchik and also on-board surprises during the cruise: "I have a secret plan for Max: I'm going to SING to him!"

Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow for our recap of Day Two of Star Trek: The Cruise.

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Star Trek: The Cruise has boldly set sail, beginning its trek from Miami to Cozumel to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas to Risa and… beyond. The fun started in the port in Miami, as 2,300-plus fans – many dressed in full uniform -- boarded the Norwegian Pearl midday and explored the ship.

Among the highlights of Day One:

The Captain’s Club featured an incoming transmission from Starfleet welcoming fans.

All around the ship, fans are discovering Trek-themed Easter eggs, including bottles of Chateau Picard. The vintage? 2267. A very good year.

And how about all the Janeway items peppered around the Nebula Café. Coffee, anyone?

William Shatner, the man himself, Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk, greeted fans with a rollicking introduction as the ship officially set sail. Shatner joked that the Norwegian Pearl is smaller than the Enterprise, but shared his belief that for the next week, the Pearl would serve as the Enterprise in everyone’s imaginations. “Let’s pretend it’s the Enterprise,” Shatner implored,” and we’re going where no one has gone before.”

Cruise host Dane Butcher then introduced several of the other Trek guests to the fans aboard:

Chase Masterson told the crowd, “Yes, every ship needs a captain, but I think every ship needs a Dabo girl, too.”

Ethan Phillips revealed that he’d be performing a comedy show twice during the cruise. “It may get a little blue,” he teased, “but not too bad.”

Robert Picardo greeted everyone by saying, “Please state the nature of the nautical emergency,” and then announced that on Tuesday he and his friend, Jordan Bennett, would be performing an original show complete with music and comedy.

John de Lancie, who is set to host a Masquerade Ball, joked, “This is like a convention, but you have to bring your Dramamine. I’m delighted to be here.” De Lancie promised that he’d be reading a poem “with something to offend everyone.”

Denise Crosby shared that she’s been on a couple of previous Trek-themed cruises, but that “this takes the cake.”

Robert O’Reilly welcomed the crowd… in Klingon. We know we heard the words Kirk and Qapla! several times.

Max Grodenchik cracked everyone up by saying there was no way to top O’Reilly’s greeting, but he sure came close with a spot-on “Moooogieeeeeeee” that got everyone cheering.

Check out the flag raised high in the air above the Pearl, er, Enterprise…

Right after the launch event, Phillips and de Lancie good-naturedly took selfies with fans.

Over in the Stardust Theater, William Shatner introduced Terry Farrell and Marina Sirtis, who then sat side by side and performed Love Letters. The moving show, written by A.R. Gurney in 1998, follows two characters as they read aloud excerpts from a lifetime of postal communications between them. Farrell and Sirtis actually performed the show twice during the evening.

Quark, bless his Ferengi heart, set up Leeta with her very own place, Leeta's Bliss Ultra Lounge, and the headliner tonight was Chase Masterson, performing Leeta Live. Leeta's is an Asian-inspired lounge and, appropriately, Max Grodenchik introduced Masterson, who took the stage to sing some of her favorite songs and several stories, including the famous story about meeting Avery Brooks and him remembering her as "Cathy" from a Nordic Trac commercial.

Joe Piscopo, James Darren and Robert O’Reilly joined host Dane Butcher in 13 Forward for Comic Capers, a Q&A session with the trio. It was the first time they had ever been on stage together. They shared a few Trek stories, but primarily told many of their favorite tales from across their long careers. All three paid tribute to Frank Sinatra. Darren and Piscopo recounted intimate stories of dealing with the legendary crooner, whether it was hearing his grudging praise of Piscopo's impersonation of the singer, or Darren's many encounters with him.

Talking about live performances, Darren said, "Once you perform in front of a live audience, your own home (life) is a letdown." Unlike the fleeting nature of live performance, Piscopo noted that "The great thing about Star Trek is that it's forever!" And O'Reilly revealed his detailed his upcoming show with Max Grodenchik and also on-board surprises during the cruise: "I have a secret plan for Max: I'm going to SING to him!"

Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow for our recap of Day Two of Star Trek: The Cruise.

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star-trek-the-cruise-day-one-recap Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:24:27 -0800
<![CDATA[New DS9, VOY & ENT Complete Series Sets on the Way]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/new-ds9-voy-ent-complete-series-sets-on-the-way

If you're a Deep Space Nine, Voyager or Enterprise fan and don't yet own the shows in their entirety, the time to do so is almost upon you, courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Media Distribution. Star Trek: Enterprise -- The Complete Series DVD and, via an early exclusive with Best Buy, Star Trek: Enterprise -- The Complete Series Blu-Ray are available now. Then, on February 14, the Enterprise Blu-ray collection will be available nationally, along with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- The Complete Series DVD. And, on March 7, fan can beam up Star Trek: Voyager -- The Complete Series DVD.

 

The Voyager DVD set is available on Amazon.com for the pre-order price of $104.54. Go HERE to purchase it. The Enterprise DVD set is priced at $50.21 on Amazon.com. Go HERE to buy it. Go to www.bestbuy.com to pre-order the Enterprise Blu-ray collection for $74.99 and HERE to pre-order the nationally-available Blu-ray set for $77.99. And go to Amazon.com to pre-order the Deep Space Nine DVD collection for $95.99.

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If you're a Deep Space Nine, Voyager or Enterprise fan and don't yet own the shows in their entirety, the time to do so is almost upon you, courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Media Distribution. Star Trek: Enterprise -- The Complete Series DVD and, via an early exclusive with Best Buy, Star Trek: Enterprise -- The Complete Series Blu-Ray are available now. Then, on February 14, the Enterprise Blu-ray collection will be available nationally, along with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- The Complete Series DVD. And, on March 7, fan can beam up Star Trek: Voyager -- The Complete Series DVD.

 

The Voyager DVD set is available on Amazon.com for the pre-order price of $104.54. Go HERE to purchase it. The Enterprise DVD set is priced at $50.21 on Amazon.com. Go HERE to buy it. Go to www.bestbuy.com to pre-order the Enterprise Blu-ray collection for $74.99 and HERE to pre-order the nationally-available Blu-ray set for $77.99. And go to Amazon.com to pre-order the Deep Space Nine DVD collection for $95.99.

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new-ds9-voy-ent-complete-series-sets-on-the-way Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Trelane's Jacket: From Trek to Gilligan's Island to The Monkees]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trelanes-jacket-from-trek-to-gilligans-island-to-the-monkees

Television viewers watching their favorite shows during January and February 1967 might have had a sense of triple déjà vu. Popular sitcoms Gilligan’s Island and The Monkees, along with Star Trek, then in the middle of its first season, all used the same, memorable costume that Star Trek fans know as “General” Trelane’s cloak and jacket from "The Squire of Gothos."

The costume was not designed by William Ware Theiss, the talented designer responsible for nearly all of the costumes seen on the original Star Trek. Rather, as a time and cost saver, the exquisite costume worn by actor William Campbell in his portrayal of Trelane was rented from the Western Costume company. The company, founded in 1912 by LL Burns, is still in business today and has designed and supplied costumes used in many of Hollywood’s most famous films, including True Grit, The Ten Commandments and Titanic. As such, there were multiple versions of the Trelane costume made used in many productions in addition to Star Trek

During that winter of 1967, the costume was featured heavily on television shows. Star Trek was the first to use it that season, featuring both the cloak and the long jacket worn by Trelane as he fancied himself a military leader. Pioneering fans Betty Jo and John Trimble shared with Startrek.com in 2014 that William Campbell so loved playing the role of Trelane that he was given a version of the jacket purchased from the Western Costume company by a fan at Equicon one year.

Eleven days later, the cloak portion of the costume would appear again on Gilligan’s Island. In the January 23, 1967, episode “Lovey’s Secret Admirer” Mrs. Howell and her husband have a disagreement which leads her to have a dream where she is Cinderella. Dressed as a handsome prince, Thurston Howell III dons the cloak from the same costume group that was worn by Trelane, which is featured heavily later in the episode. Also of note is that Gilligan’s costume for his Fairy Godfather dream role in that same episode would be reused as the costume worn by Korob, played by Theo Marcuse, about 10 months later on the October 27, 1967, episode of Star Trek, “Catspaw.”

The long jacket worn by Trelane would again surface on the February 6, 1967, episode of The Monkees, also airing, like Star Trek, on NBC. The episode was “The Prince and the Paupers” whose plot was inspired by the 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (who we all know time travels to the 24th Century in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Time’s Arrow”!). In the episode, Davy changes places with his duplicate, the Prince Ludlow, who must marry soon to keep his title. Michael Nesmith’s character Mike and the real Prince’s butler wear the Trelane jacket, sometimes on screen together at the same time.

In future articles, we will continue to explore the re-use of TOS costumes and props on other shows, a trend that continued for many years… including the famous re-use of Colonel Green’s costume from “The Savage Curtain” as Mork’s spacesuit on Mork & Mindy. Until then, live long and prosper, and Na-nu! Na-nu!


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


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Television viewers watching their favorite shows during January and February 1967 might have had a sense of triple déjà vu. Popular sitcoms Gilligan’s Island and The Monkees, along with Star Trek, then in the middle of its first season, all used the same, memorable costume that Star Trek fans know as “General” Trelane’s cloak and jacket from "The Squire of Gothos."

The costume was not designed by William Ware Theiss, the talented designer responsible for nearly all of the costumes seen on the original Star Trek. Rather, as a time and cost saver, the exquisite costume worn by actor William Campbell in his portrayal of Trelane was rented from the Western Costume company. The company, founded in 1912 by LL Burns, is still in business today and has designed and supplied costumes used in many of Hollywood’s most famous films, including True Grit, The Ten Commandments and Titanic. As such, there were multiple versions of the Trelane costume made used in many productions in addition to Star Trek

During that winter of 1967, the costume was featured heavily on television shows. Star Trek was the first to use it that season, featuring both the cloak and the long jacket worn by Trelane as he fancied himself a military leader. Pioneering fans Betty Jo and John Trimble shared with Startrek.com in 2014 that William Campbell so loved playing the role of Trelane that he was given a version of the jacket purchased from the Western Costume company by a fan at Equicon one year.

Eleven days later, the cloak portion of the costume would appear again on Gilligan’s Island. In the January 23, 1967, episode “Lovey’s Secret Admirer” Mrs. Howell and her husband have a disagreement which leads her to have a dream where she is Cinderella. Dressed as a handsome prince, Thurston Howell III dons the cloak from the same costume group that was worn by Trelane, which is featured heavily later in the episode. Also of note is that Gilligan’s costume for his Fairy Godfather dream role in that same episode would be reused as the costume worn by Korob, played by Theo Marcuse, about 10 months later on the October 27, 1967, episode of Star Trek, “Catspaw.”

The long jacket worn by Trelane would again surface on the February 6, 1967, episode of The Monkees, also airing, like Star Trek, on NBC. The episode was “The Prince and the Paupers” whose plot was inspired by the 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (who we all know time travels to the 24th Century in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Time’s Arrow”!). In the episode, Davy changes places with his duplicate, the Prince Ludlow, who must marry soon to keep his title. Michael Nesmith’s character Mike and the real Prince’s butler wear the Trelane jacket, sometimes on screen together at the same time.

In future articles, we will continue to explore the re-use of TOS costumes and props on other shows, a trend that continued for many years… including the famous re-use of Colonel Green’s costume from “The Savage Curtain” as Mork’s spacesuit on Mork & Mindy. Until then, live long and prosper, and Na-nu! Na-nu!


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


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trelanes-jacket-from-trek-to-gilligans-island-to-the-monkees Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Poll Says Trek Pet Fans Would Like to Own Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/poll-says-trek-pet-fans-would-like-to-own-is

Heeeeey, Enterprise won a StarTrek.com poll! The question we asked was, If you had to own a Star Trek pet, which would you choose. Fans could select from Porthos the Beagle, I-Chaya the Sehlak, Christina the Tarantula, Spot the Cat, Isis the Cat, a Tribble and Neelix the Cat. More than 4,000 fans voted and here are the enterprising results:

Porthos the Beagle (39%)

Spot the Cat (24%)

A Tribble (20%)

Isis the Cat (8%)

I-Chaya the Sehlak (5%)

Neelix the Cat (3%)

Christina the Tarantula (1%)


And how did YOUR pet of choice fare?

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Heeeeey, Enterprise won a StarTrek.com poll! The question we asked was, If you had to own a Star Trek pet, which would you choose. Fans could select from Porthos the Beagle, I-Chaya the Sehlak, Christina the Tarantula, Spot the Cat, Isis the Cat, a Tribble and Neelix the Cat. More than 4,000 fans voted and here are the enterprising results:

Porthos the Beagle (39%)

Spot the Cat (24%)

A Tribble (20%)

Isis the Cat (8%)

I-Chaya the Sehlak (5%)

Neelix the Cat (3%)

Christina the Tarantula (1%)


And how did YOUR pet of choice fare?

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poll-says-trek-pet-fans-would-like-to-own-is Sun, 08 Jan 2017 07:13:44 -0800
<![CDATA[Kirk & Spock Statue Paperweights Ready to Beam Up]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/kirk-spock-statue-paperweights-ready-to-beam-up

Icon Heroes has just announced that they're producing Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock statue paperweight sets that will be available this month. The exclusive sets will also be extremely limited, with just 150 sets made worldwide.

Each of the Star Trek Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock Statue Paperweights stands approximately 7.5 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. They're also cast in high-quality resin, individually numbered and expertly painted. A certificate of authenticity will be included in each box.

The sets cost $109.99 and are available now for pre-order. Icon Heroes will ship the products later this month. Go to www.iconheroes.com to beam yours up.

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Icon Heroes has just announced that they're producing Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock statue paperweight sets that will be available this month. The exclusive sets will also be extremely limited, with just 150 sets made worldwide.

Each of the Star Trek Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock Statue Paperweights stands approximately 7.5 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. They're also cast in high-quality resin, individually numbered and expertly painted. A certificate of authenticity will be included in each box.

The sets cost $109.99 and are available now for pre-order. Icon Heroes will ship the products later this month. Go to www.iconheroes.com to beam yours up.

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kirk-spock-statue-paperweights-ready-to-beam-up Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Loot Pets Crate Features Trek Item ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/loot-pets-crate-features-trek-item

Here's some fetching news. Everyone loves their Loot Crates, which often feature Star Trek-themed items, and this month, the pet version of Loot Crate, called Loot Pets, will feature an ORIGINS crate with a Star Trek item. We can't tell you what it is, of course, as being surprised is half the fun, but ORIGINS looks back at the early days of beloved pop culture icons.

Sign up by January 19th before 9pm in order to receive this month's Loot Pets crate. And, for $3 off, use the following promo code: TREKPETS, at lootcrate.com/lpstartrek.

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Here's some fetching news. Everyone loves their Loot Crates, which often feature Star Trek-themed items, and this month, the pet version of Loot Crate, called Loot Pets, will feature an ORIGINS crate with a Star Trek item. We can't tell you what it is, of course, as being surprised is half the fun, but ORIGINS looks back at the early days of beloved pop culture icons.

Sign up by January 19th before 9pm in order to receive this month's Loot Pets crate. And, for $3 off, use the following promo code: TREKPETS, at lootcrate.com/lpstartrek.

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loot-pets-crate-features-trek-item Sat, 07 Jan 2017 05:45:52 -0800
<![CDATA[7 Things You Should Know About Aron Eisenberg]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/7-things-you-should-know-about-aron-eisenberg

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Aron Eisenberg, the fan favorite who played Nog, celebrates his birthday today. And, to mark the occasion, StarTrek.com thought we'd share "7 Things You Should Know About Aron Eisenberg."

 

  • The actor was born with only one kidney, which was defective and failed when he was in his early teens. He went on dialysis at age 14 and had his first transplant at 17, from a cadaver.

  • Eisenberg's earliest credits included an episode of the series Straight Up, the TV movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes and the features The Horror Show, Playroom and Beverly Hills Brats, all in the late 1980s.

  • When he was cast as Nog, the producers told him nothing about the character, nor was he aware of how many episodes he'd be called upon to do. As he told StarTrek.com in a 2012 interview, "I thought every episode I was doing might be my last episode."

  • Eisenberg ultimately played Nog in more than 40 episodes of DS9. He also portrayed Kar, the young Kazon-Ogla, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Initiations.”

  • On December 29, 2015, Eisenberg underwent a kidney transplant -- the second of his life. Quite miraculously, Eisenberg spent only four months on the waiting list before finding a match. That match? A friend named Beth Bernstein, who'd seen Eisenberg's Facebook post about needing a new kidney, offered to donate one of hers to him, and was a match for Eisenberg. "She is just so incredibly selfless to give to me like this," Eisenberg told StarTrek.com in 2015, "that words cannot express my gratitude to her."

  • Eisenberg -- who describes himself as "actor, filmmaker and proud father" on his Twitter page -- @AronEisenberg, still acts and still attends Star Trek conventions. He's also a professional photographer who shoots landscapes, concerts, corporate photography, portraits and more via his company, Aron Scott Photograpy. Go to www.aronscottphotography for details.

  • The actor and Malissa Longo, his girlfriend of three years, got engaged on November 26, 2016.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Aron Eisenberg, the fan favorite who played Nog, celebrates his birthday today. And, to mark the occasion, StarTrek.com thought we'd share "7 Things You Should Know About Aron Eisenberg."

 

  • The actor was born with only one kidney, which was defective and failed when he was in his early teens. He went on dialysis at age 14 and had his first transplant at 17, from a cadaver.

  • Eisenberg's earliest credits included an episode of the series Straight Up, the TV movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes and the features The Horror Show, Playroom and Beverly Hills Brats, all in the late 1980s.

  • When he was cast as Nog, the producers told him nothing about the character, nor was he aware of how many episodes he'd be called upon to do. As he told StarTrek.com in a 2012 interview, "I thought every episode I was doing might be my last episode."

  • Eisenberg ultimately played Nog in more than 40 episodes of DS9. He also portrayed Kar, the young Kazon-Ogla, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Initiations.”

  • On December 29, 2015, Eisenberg underwent a kidney transplant -- the second of his life. Quite miraculously, Eisenberg spent only four months on the waiting list before finding a match. That match? A friend named Beth Bernstein, who'd seen Eisenberg's Facebook post about needing a new kidney, offered to donate one of hers to him, and was a match for Eisenberg. "She is just so incredibly selfless to give to me like this," Eisenberg told StarTrek.com in 2015, "that words cannot express my gratitude to her."

  • Eisenberg -- who describes himself as "actor, filmmaker and proud father" on his Twitter page -- @AronEisenberg, still acts and still attends Star Trek conventions. He's also a professional photographer who shoots landscapes, concerts, corporate photography, portraits and more via his company, Aron Scott Photograpy. Go to www.aronscottphotography for details.

  • The actor and Malissa Longo, his girlfriend of three years, got engaged on November 26, 2016.
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7-things-you-should-know-about-aron-eisenberg Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800