Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:45:44 -0800 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[Poll Says Series with the Best Writing Was... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/poll-says-series-with-the-best-writing-was

More than 13,000 fans voted in the latest StarTrek.com poll, in which we asked, "Which series had the best writing. The reply options were The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Check out the results:

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Deep Space Nine (36%)

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The Next Generation (33%)

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Voyager (13%)

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The Original Series (12%)

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Enterprise (5%)

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The Animated Series (1%)

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

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More than 13,000 fans voted in the latest StarTrek.com poll, in which we asked, "Which series had the best writing. The reply options were The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Check out the results:

star trek deep space nine

Deep Space Nine (36%)

star trek, The Next Generation

The Next Generation (33%)

star trek voyager

Voyager (13%)

star trek the original series

The Original Series (12%)

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Enterprise (5%)

star trek the animated series

The Animated Series (1%)

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

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poll-says-series-with-the-best-writing-was Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:45:44 -0800
<![CDATA[The Discovery Lock Box]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-discovery-lock-box

Star Trek Online, the free to play online role-playing game set in the future of the Star Trek Universe, is proud to announce its first wave of content from Star Trek: Discovery. You can head to startrekonline.com and play for free, taking your adventures into the latest saga on the final frontier.

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Next week, STO will be releasing the Discovery Lock Box. This box gives Captains a chance at three brand-new starships, the Crossfield Class Science Vanguard, known to most as the U.S.S. Discovery, the Walker Class Light Exploration Cruiser, also known as the U.S.S. Shenzhou, and the Sarcophagus Dreadnought Carrier, known to the galaxy far and wide as the Ship of the Dead. These ships recreate the look and feel of Star Trek: Discovery and allow you to put yourself in Captain Lorca’s chair.

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The box also has a chance to award plenty of new items, including Harry Mudd’s outfit, screen-accurate weapons from the show, a brand-new pet, and even a miniaturized spore drive for your Captain. It will be available next week, and you can create an account for free right now at startrekonline.com.

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Star Trek Online, the free to play online role-playing game set in the future of the Star Trek Universe, is proud to announce its first wave of content from Star Trek: Discovery. You can head to startrekonline.com and play for free, taking your adventures into the latest saga on the final frontier.

star trek discovery, star trek online, sarcophagus

Next week, STO will be releasing the Discovery Lock Box. This box gives Captains a chance at three brand-new starships, the Crossfield Class Science Vanguard, known to most as the U.S.S. Discovery, the Walker Class Light Exploration Cruiser, also known as the U.S.S. Shenzhou, and the Sarcophagus Dreadnought Carrier, known to the galaxy far and wide as the Ship of the Dead. These ships recreate the look and feel of Star Trek: Discovery and allow you to put yourself in Captain Lorca’s chair.

star trek discovery, star trek online, harry mudd

The box also has a chance to award plenty of new items, including Harry Mudd’s outfit, screen-accurate weapons from the show, a brand-new pet, and even a miniaturized spore drive for your Captain. It will be available next week, and you can create an account for free right now at startrekonline.com.

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the-discovery-lock-box Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:44:02 -0800
<![CDATA[FIRST LOOK: Discovery's "Vaulting Ambition"]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-discoverys-vaulting-ambition

"Vaulting Ambition" is the title of this weekend's original episode of Star Trek: Discovery, and new photos have just been released. In the episode, Burnham heads to the I.S.S. Charon with a special "gift" for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. And Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.

The episode is the show’s 12th episode. Check out the photos below:

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Emperor Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh)

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Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs)

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Emperor Georgiou

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Emperor Georgiou & Captain Lorca

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Emperor Georgiou & Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)

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Emperor Georgiou

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Captain Lorca

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Emperor Georgiou & Michael Burnham

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Emperor Georgiou & Michael Burnham

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Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) & First Officer Saru (Doug Jones)

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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"Vaulting Ambition" is the title of this weekend's original episode of Star Trek: Discovery, and new photos have just been released. In the episode, Burnham heads to the I.S.S. Charon with a special "gift" for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. And Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.

The episode is the show’s 12th episode. Check out the photos below:

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Emperor Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh)

star trek discovery, jason isaacs, captain lorca

Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs)

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Emperor Georgiou

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Emperor Georgiou & Captain Lorca

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Emperor Georgiou & Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)

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Emperor Georgiou

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Captain Lorca

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Emperor Georgiou & Michael Burnham

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Emperor Georgiou & Michael Burnham

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Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) & First Officer Saru (Doug Jones)

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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first-look-discoverys-vaulting-ambition Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:20:34 -0800
<![CDATA[Shazad Latif Talks "The Wolf Inside" ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/shazad-latif-talks-the-wolf-inside

Shazad Latif must have whiplash at this point. The actor joined Star Trek: Discovery, cast as Kol. Then, suddenly, he was no longer Kol, but rather Lt. Ash Tyler. However, as the publicity machine ramped up last year and the show’s actors chatted about their respective characters, Latif revealed barely anything about Tyler. Now, of course, we all understand why. Latif was not only portraying Tyler, but also the Klingon, Voq, and not just Voq, but Voq as Tyler, and also Mirror Voq, whom fans finally met in “The Wolf Inside.” StarTrek.com spoke the other day with Latif, who seemed relieved and sounded excited to at long last lift the lid on his character(s), the Discovery experience so far, and things to come as season one warps toward its conclusion. WARNING: Spoilers ahead if you’ve still not watched “The Wolf Inside”…

Fans were playing guessing games about the Tyler-Voq connection. Plus, you were originally cast as Kol. How big a kick did you get out of sitting back and hearing/seeing all the theories?

star trek discovery, lorca, tyler

It's kind of fun. The main thing is I was focusing on trying act these two roles at the same time, so I didn’t really see much of that going on. But it was fun to know it was going on and to know that people were interested and passionate about it.

You spent a full year living with these secrets. We met you at various red-carpet events and heard you speak during the Comic-Con panels. You could barely say anything. How hard was that?

It was like having a muzzle on.

Whom did you confide in along the way?

I confided in my girlfriend, my mother, my brother, my agent. They were the only people that I could say these things to, but it was nice because it created a nice energy around what we're doing on set, even if people guessed it right. It's more about how we executed it, how we played it out. But it was very hard to keep the secret. I felt like Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd.

How much of a relief is it now that the cat's out of the bag and you can finally talk about it?

star trek discovery, burnham, tyler

I can't stop talking about it now. I do these interviews now and it's just all coming out. It's nice to be able to talk about the characters, and about the acting ... There's a lot of freedom.

Let's break some of that down. You've actually been playing Tyler, Voq, the Tyler-Voq combo, and also Mirror Voq.

Basically, four characters.

Right. How massive an acting challenge has it been?

star trek discovery, voq

You lock yourself in a room for the whole weekend. You start with trying to learn the basics, learning your lines, and then you try to figure out the journeys, the basic questions: who, what, when, where, why? And then different arcs, and trying to connect each one, connecting Tyler and Voq, making sure Mirror Voq has a relation to both of those, and voice-wise through the characters. I was trying to get the essence of them, and the sense of where they are in the story. It's mad fun, this is. It can drive you crazy, but it's something I enjoy doing.

What are your thoughts as to where Voq's thoughts and memories are at the moment? And are they gone for good, or are they retrievable?

star trek discovery, tyler, burnham

I think they’re retrievable. It's all coming in and out of waves. He'll always be there. You're going to see some of that in the next three episodes, what happens with that. They deal with all of that issue, because he and Voq both, in time, need to come to a head, you know? Something's got to give, basically.

How intensive was the makeup?

star trek discovery, voq

It's not nice getting up at 3 in the morning and doing all that stuff -- contacts lenses in the eyes, which hurt, and feeling claustrophobic, and sweating profusely for like 12 hours. It's horrible, horrible stuff. But I will say, mask work is very freeing, because there's no trace of me. I don't feel like me underneath. I'm doing a different language. I feel completely free. You feel like you're hidden. It's like when you're a kid and you put sunglasses on; it's that kind of same feeling.

Were there any days where you did Voq in the morning and Tyler in the afternoon?

star trek discovery, tyler, burnham, voq

There was a pickup where we had to do some torture scenes. That was the only time that ever happened, because otherwise it's too much. But that day with both, we had to fit it in, and that was quite funny. It was just three hours and then ripping it all up, literally tearing off the Voq face and then going to do Tyler and getting tortured. That was fun.

How about the voices, because you've got Tyler, Voq, and Mirror-Voq all going on?

star trek discovery, tyler

Well, one, you've first got to try and nail the American accent as best you can. Most actors always know that one because we watched Hollywood movies from age five or whatever. But then Voq is another language. That's a whole other thing, just getting the Arabic-sounding person, and the Spanish rolling r's and all that kind of stuff, making sure that all of that works. It’s fun to get into another language, and that hides you more. And then Mirror Voq is the scariest because you want to make sure it doesn't sound weird. Klingons speaking English can be very risky. My voice was sort of based on a First Nations-like tribal leader and just getting evidence of that in there. Being in Canada, it felt right. I also wanted to make sure it related to Tyler and Voq's voices, so that it wasn't completely new or random.

How are Sonequa Martin-Green and Mary Chieffo as scene partners?

star trek discovery, tyler, burnham

They are fantastic. We all have this nice camaraderie on set. We all just feel very... It's very emotional when we all do those intense scenes, and we take a lot of care with them. It's very sensitive and tender. Even if it's a crazy scene where we're pointing a gun in the other’s face, there's still an element of softness. We always wanted that. Also, with both Sonequa and Mary, Tyler always seems to be cradled either in their bosom or he's the weak one suffering and these strong female characters surround him.

star trek discovery, l'rell, tyler

It's always such a nice feeling to do that. It's quite rare for that to be in a show, where the guy is just not this classic action hero. Just letting go with Sonequa and Mary is great because they're such giving partners and we can just listen and hear each other. It’s been a beautiful experience, actually.

You shot very different scenes with Mary and Sonequa. How night and day were those scenes to shoot, or is intimacy intimacy in its own weird way?

star trek discovery, burnham, tyler

Intimacy is exactly that, yeah, intimacy. There's different things you can do. Sometimes in the sex scenes, you have to be very sensitive to what everyone's doing and just hear people. It's all very strange, and weird, and fun.

What was it like that day on set when you filmed the scene in which Tyler kills Dr. Culber?

star trek discovery, culber

That was incredibly tough. That was a very sad one. It was the first time me and Wilson sort of got to work together properly. And, med bay scenes, there's always someone suffering or in pain. There's a very vulnerable tension in med bay scenes, and Wilson (Cruz) and me, it was very sad because we had this one great scene and then that was it, I snap his neck in the next scene. It was very strange to kill someone, to say goodbye to them in this weird way. I kept hugging him.

You also acted quite a bit with this guy named Shazad Latif. What was that like, to act with yourself?

star trek discovery, tyler, voq

That was very strange. I did the Voq scenes on the first day. We had two really intense days in that tent, and I did the Voq scenes first. The stand-in, who is a brilliant actor in his own right, he would learn my movements and we'd spend a day working each other. Tyler didn't really have many lines in that scene. It was easy to just watch, learn that, and then the next day he could do the same, and then I would fight the stunt version of Voq, which was a separate guy. It was wild. I mean, I'll never experience that again, fighting yourself.

Without giving too much away, in what direction are things heading for Tyler and Voq, and is there any hope for the Tyler/Burnham relationship?

star trek discovery, burnham & tyler

I think there is. I think there's always time for love. I mean, who knows? Who knows? Everything's going to come to a head. There's a four-way thing going on because Voq and L'Rell have their own love story. Tyler has got to plead his case for killing Culber. There's so many things about to happen. Voq's got to try and contact L'Rell. And that's all in the last few episodes, so it's going to be pretty intense.

Switching gears, we’ve been particularly impressed with Discovery’s diversity, on screen and behind the camera. As an actor of color yourself, what's that meant to you?

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This, for me, is normal. This is how I see the world when I walk out every day. This is just my view of it, so Star Trek's very, very, very important to me in that sense, because they see it how I see it. We just need other shows and movies to do it, too, or to do more of it. We need more behind-the-scenes people -- the directors, producers, people with the money – involved in making it happen. It needs to trickle down from them. It's a good thing for everyone if that happens. It is a slow process, and it will happen, but it takes time. It just takes time.

Right now, between Discovery and The Commuter, you're on a hit show and in a hit movie, plus you came to Discovery pretty much right from the very cool Penny Dreadful. How satisfying a time is this in your career?

star trek discovery, penny dreadful, shazad latif

It's very good. There’s a lot of positive energy right now. The roles are very different. I've got a film (called Profile) that's premiering at Berlin, which is directed by Timur Bekmambetov. He did Wanted with Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy. It's an indie movie he's doing, and it's at the Berlin Film Festival there, the world premiere. I'll be playing someone completely different in that. So, yeah, it's a good time. It's a good time.


Star Trek: Discovery
 airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Shazad Latif must have whiplash at this point. The actor joined Star Trek: Discovery, cast as Kol. Then, suddenly, he was no longer Kol, but rather Lt. Ash Tyler. However, as the publicity machine ramped up last year and the show’s actors chatted about their respective characters, Latif revealed barely anything about Tyler. Now, of course, we all understand why. Latif was not only portraying Tyler, but also the Klingon, Voq, and not just Voq, but Voq as Tyler, and also Mirror Voq, whom fans finally met in “The Wolf Inside.” StarTrek.com spoke the other day with Latif, who seemed relieved and sounded excited to at long last lift the lid on his character(s), the Discovery experience so far, and things to come as season one warps toward its conclusion. WARNING: Spoilers ahead if you’ve still not watched “The Wolf Inside”…

Fans were playing guessing games about the Tyler-Voq connection. Plus, you were originally cast as Kol. How big a kick did you get out of sitting back and hearing/seeing all the theories?

star trek discovery, lorca, tyler

It's kind of fun. The main thing is I was focusing on trying act these two roles at the same time, so I didn’t really see much of that going on. But it was fun to know it was going on and to know that people were interested and passionate about it.

You spent a full year living with these secrets. We met you at various red-carpet events and heard you speak during the Comic-Con panels. You could barely say anything. How hard was that?

It was like having a muzzle on.

Whom did you confide in along the way?

I confided in my girlfriend, my mother, my brother, my agent. They were the only people that I could say these things to, but it was nice because it created a nice energy around what we're doing on set, even if people guessed it right. It's more about how we executed it, how we played it out. But it was very hard to keep the secret. I felt like Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd.

How much of a relief is it now that the cat's out of the bag and you can finally talk about it?

star trek discovery, burnham, tyler

I can't stop talking about it now. I do these interviews now and it's just all coming out. It's nice to be able to talk about the characters, and about the acting ... There's a lot of freedom.

Let's break some of that down. You've actually been playing Tyler, Voq, the Tyler-Voq combo, and also Mirror Voq.

Basically, four characters.

Right. How massive an acting challenge has it been?

star trek discovery, voq

You lock yourself in a room for the whole weekend. You start with trying to learn the basics, learning your lines, and then you try to figure out the journeys, the basic questions: who, what, when, where, why? And then different arcs, and trying to connect each one, connecting Tyler and Voq, making sure Mirror Voq has a relation to both of those, and voice-wise through the characters. I was trying to get the essence of them, and the sense of where they are in the story. It's mad fun, this is. It can drive you crazy, but it's something I enjoy doing.

What are your thoughts as to where Voq's thoughts and memories are at the moment? And are they gone for good, or are they retrievable?

star trek discovery, tyler, burnham

I think they’re retrievable. It's all coming in and out of waves. He'll always be there. You're going to see some of that in the next three episodes, what happens with that. They deal with all of that issue, because he and Voq both, in time, need to come to a head, you know? Something's got to give, basically.

How intensive was the makeup?

star trek discovery, voq

It's not nice getting up at 3 in the morning and doing all that stuff -- contacts lenses in the eyes, which hurt, and feeling claustrophobic, and sweating profusely for like 12 hours. It's horrible, horrible stuff. But I will say, mask work is very freeing, because there's no trace of me. I don't feel like me underneath. I'm doing a different language. I feel completely free. You feel like you're hidden. It's like when you're a kid and you put sunglasses on; it's that kind of same feeling.

Were there any days where you did Voq in the morning and Tyler in the afternoon?

star trek discovery, tyler, burnham, voq

There was a pickup where we had to do some torture scenes. That was the only time that ever happened, because otherwise it's too much. But that day with both, we had to fit it in, and that was quite funny. It was just three hours and then ripping it all up, literally tearing off the Voq face and then going to do Tyler and getting tortured. That was fun.

How about the voices, because you've got Tyler, Voq, and Mirror-Voq all going on?

star trek discovery, tyler

Well, one, you've first got to try and nail the American accent as best you can. Most actors always know that one because we watched Hollywood movies from age five or whatever. But then Voq is another language. That's a whole other thing, just getting the Arabic-sounding person, and the Spanish rolling r's and all that kind of stuff, making sure that all of that works. It’s fun to get into another language, and that hides you more. And then Mirror Voq is the scariest because you want to make sure it doesn't sound weird. Klingons speaking English can be very risky. My voice was sort of based on a First Nations-like tribal leader and just getting evidence of that in there. Being in Canada, it felt right. I also wanted to make sure it related to Tyler and Voq's voices, so that it wasn't completely new or random.

How are Sonequa Martin-Green and Mary Chieffo as scene partners?

star trek discovery, tyler, burnham

They are fantastic. We all have this nice camaraderie on set. We all just feel very... It's very emotional when we all do those intense scenes, and we take a lot of care with them. It's very sensitive and tender. Even if it's a crazy scene where we're pointing a gun in the other’s face, there's still an element of softness. We always wanted that. Also, with both Sonequa and Mary, Tyler always seems to be cradled either in their bosom or he's the weak one suffering and these strong female characters surround him.

star trek discovery, l'rell, tyler

It's always such a nice feeling to do that. It's quite rare for that to be in a show, where the guy is just not this classic action hero. Just letting go with Sonequa and Mary is great because they're such giving partners and we can just listen and hear each other. It’s been a beautiful experience, actually.

You shot very different scenes with Mary and Sonequa. How night and day were those scenes to shoot, or is intimacy intimacy in its own weird way?

star trek discovery, burnham, tyler

Intimacy is exactly that, yeah, intimacy. There's different things you can do. Sometimes in the sex scenes, you have to be very sensitive to what everyone's doing and just hear people. It's all very strange, and weird, and fun.

What was it like that day on set when you filmed the scene in which Tyler kills Dr. Culber?

star trek discovery, culber

That was incredibly tough. That was a very sad one. It was the first time me and Wilson sort of got to work together properly. And, med bay scenes, there's always someone suffering or in pain. There's a very vulnerable tension in med bay scenes, and Wilson (Cruz) and me, it was very sad because we had this one great scene and then that was it, I snap his neck in the next scene. It was very strange to kill someone, to say goodbye to them in this weird way. I kept hugging him.

You also acted quite a bit with this guy named Shazad Latif. What was that like, to act with yourself?

star trek discovery, tyler, voq

That was very strange. I did the Voq scenes on the first day. We had two really intense days in that tent, and I did the Voq scenes first. The stand-in, who is a brilliant actor in his own right, he would learn my movements and we'd spend a day working each other. Tyler didn't really have many lines in that scene. It was easy to just watch, learn that, and then the next day he could do the same, and then I would fight the stunt version of Voq, which was a separate guy. It was wild. I mean, I'll never experience that again, fighting yourself.

Without giving too much away, in what direction are things heading for Tyler and Voq, and is there any hope for the Tyler/Burnham relationship?

star trek discovery, burnham & tyler

I think there is. I think there's always time for love. I mean, who knows? Who knows? Everything's going to come to a head. There's a four-way thing going on because Voq and L'Rell have their own love story. Tyler has got to plead his case for killing Culber. There's so many things about to happen. Voq's got to try and contact L'Rell. And that's all in the last few episodes, so it's going to be pretty intense.

Switching gears, we’ve been particularly impressed with Discovery’s diversity, on screen and behind the camera. As an actor of color yourself, what's that meant to you?

star trek discovery,

This, for me, is normal. This is how I see the world when I walk out every day. This is just my view of it, so Star Trek's very, very, very important to me in that sense, because they see it how I see it. We just need other shows and movies to do it, too, or to do more of it. We need more behind-the-scenes people -- the directors, producers, people with the money – involved in making it happen. It needs to trickle down from them. It's a good thing for everyone if that happens. It is a slow process, and it will happen, but it takes time. It just takes time.

Right now, between Discovery and The Commuter, you're on a hit show and in a hit movie, plus you came to Discovery pretty much right from the very cool Penny Dreadful. How satisfying a time is this in your career?

star trek discovery, penny dreadful, shazad latif

It's very good. There’s a lot of positive energy right now. The roles are very different. I've got a film (called Profile) that's premiering at Berlin, which is directed by Timur Bekmambetov. He did Wanted with Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy. It's an indie movie he's doing, and it's at the Berlin Film Festival there, the world premiere. I'll be playing someone completely different in that. So, yeah, it's a good time. It's a good time.


Star Trek: Discovery
 airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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shazad-latif-talks-the-wolf-inside Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:56:11 -0800
<![CDATA[FIRST LOOK: Discovery Episodic Pins]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-discovery-episodic-pins

Pins 9, 10 and 11 in FanSets' Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin Set collection are... Kol/Burnham from "Into the Forest I Go," Captain Tilly from "Despite Yourself" and Mirror Sarek from "The Wolf Inside."

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star trek discovery, the wolf inside, mirror sarek, episodic pins

The Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin set, as reported previously, will include a total of 16 pins, specifically 15 episodic pins and an exclusive “Season 1 Pass Holder” pin. Every pin notes the season, episode number and episode title. After each new episode airs, EpisodePins.com will be updated with an image of that episode-specific pin. The pins measure approximately 2 -2 ¼” square in size and feature a key person, ship, alien or item from each episode. As a special bonus, the first episode pin is an oversized 3” x 3” pin that celebrates the launch of latest chapter in the Star Trek saga.

Check out the pins that have been released so far:

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

Go to EpisodePins.com to order your Limited Edition Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin set.

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Pins 9, 10 and 11 in FanSets' Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin Set collection are... Kol/Burnham from "Into the Forest I Go," Captain Tilly from "Despite Yourself" and Mirror Sarek from "The Wolf Inside."

star trek discovery, episode pins, kol, burnham

star trek discovery, captain tilly

star trek discovery, the wolf inside, mirror sarek, episodic pins

The Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin set, as reported previously, will include a total of 16 pins, specifically 15 episodic pins and an exclusive “Season 1 Pass Holder” pin. Every pin notes the season, episode number and episode title. After each new episode airs, EpisodePins.com will be updated with an image of that episode-specific pin. The pins measure approximately 2 -2 ¼” square in size and feature a key person, ship, alien or item from each episode. As a special bonus, the first episode pin is an oversized 3” x 3” pin that celebrates the launch of latest chapter in the Star Trek saga.

Check out the pins that have been released so far:

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

star trek discovery, Episodic Pins

Go to EpisodePins.com to order your Limited Edition Star Trek: Discovery Episode Pin set.

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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first-look-discovery-episodic-pins Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:56:42 -0800
<![CDATA[Stars Revealed for 2019 Cruise]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/stars-revealed-for-2019-cruise

Straight from the deck of the Norwegian Jade and Star Trek: The Cruise II, Entertainment Cruise Productions has just revealed 16 more Trek stars who’ll join the previously announced Wil Wheaton on Star Trek: The Cruise III when it sets sail in 2019. Here's the current line-up:

star trek, odo, rene auberjonois

star trek, casey biggs, damar

star trek, mary chieffo, L'Rell

star trek, denise crosby, tasha yar

star trek, wilson cruz, dr. culber

star trek, john de lancie, q

star trek the cruise, michael dorn, worf

star trek the cruise, jonathan frakes

star trek, chase masterson, leeta

star trek the cruise, gates mcfadden, dr crusher

star trek, ethan phillips, neelix

star trek, robert picardo, the doctor

star trek, marina sirtis, deanna troi

star trek, brent spiner, data

star trek, Connor Trinneer

star trek the cruise, nana visitor

star trek, wil wheaton, wesley crusher

Star Trek: The Cruise III will launch from Miami, Florida, on Friday, January 4, 2019, making stops at Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), Grand Cayman and Jamaica before returning to Miami on Thursday, January 10.

Visit Star Trek: The Cruise III to join the presale, and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news about Star Trek guests and activities set to take place during the cruise.

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Straight from the deck of the Norwegian Jade and Star Trek: The Cruise II, Entertainment Cruise Productions has just revealed 16 more Trek stars who’ll join the previously announced Wil Wheaton on Star Trek: The Cruise III when it sets sail in 2019. Here's the current line-up:

star trek, odo, rene auberjonois

star trek, casey biggs, damar

star trek, mary chieffo, L'Rell

star trek, denise crosby, tasha yar

star trek, wilson cruz, dr. culber

star trek, john de lancie, q

star trek the cruise, michael dorn, worf

star trek the cruise, jonathan frakes

star trek, chase masterson, leeta

star trek the cruise, gates mcfadden, dr crusher

star trek, ethan phillips, neelix

star trek, robert picardo, the doctor

star trek, marina sirtis, deanna troi

star trek, brent spiner, data

star trek, Connor Trinneer

star trek the cruise, nana visitor

star trek, wil wheaton, wesley crusher

Star Trek: The Cruise III will launch from Miami, Florida, on Friday, January 4, 2019, making stops at Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), Grand Cayman and Jamaica before returning to Miami on Thursday, January 10.

Visit Star Trek: The Cruise III to join the presale, and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news about Star Trek guests and activities set to take place during the cruise.

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stars-revealed-for-2019-cruise Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:22:38 -0800
<![CDATA[Klingons, Andorians, Vulcans and Tellarites, Oh My!]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/klingons-andorians-vulcans-and-tellarites-oh-my

Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites and Klingons, oh my! What a sight it was, all these disparate aliens teaming up – joined by Michael Burnham, nearly derailed by Ash Tyler – to take on the Terran Empire in “The Wolf Inside,” this past weekend’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery. The hour was loaded with “Firsts” for Discovery and throwbacks/tributes to Trek’s Mirror past. StarTrek.com breaks it down:

A Different Kind of Rebel Alliance

star trek discovery, tellarites, voq, mirror spock

The misdeeds of Humans in the Mirror Universe have made reluctant allies of such longtime Trek favorites as the Klingons, Tellarites, Andorians and Vulcans. It’s the answer to Burnham’s question, “How have you come to compromise and embrace each other?” Think about that for a moment. A powerful, trenchant, timely notion. But the fight is just getting started, for, as Mirror Voq noted, “The Humans seek Klingon extinction,” and as, Burnham replied, “The Terrans will not stop until all of his enemies are destroyed.”


Like Son, Like Father 

star trek discovery, mirror sarek

We’d seen Vulcans before on Discovery, and even spent time down on their planet earlier this season. But, for the first time ever on any Trek series, we met Mirror Sarek, whose appearance – complete with severe goatee – echoed that of Leonard Nimoy’s darker Spock in the TOS episode, “Mirror, Mirror.” The Mirror Voq introduced Mirror Sarek as a figure who “sees all” and whose “wisdom pierces minds.” He then mind-melded with Burnham and, though the payoff will likely come later, it’s clear that Sarek loves and respects her and is proud of her accomplishments. Do we actually like Mirror Spock? 

Looking a Little Blue

star trek discovery, andorians

Sure, we saw plenty of Andorians on Star Trek: Enterprise, and a few here and there in TOS, TAS, The Motion Picture, The Voyage Home and TNG, but, on Discovery, we got a tease in “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” courtesy of a disguised Harry Mudd, and a taste in “Despite Yourself.” Finally, in “The Wolfe Inside,” we met Shukar, played by Riley Gilchrist, who served under Voq and handed over to Burnham the much-need data crystal. As of the episode’s final moments, Shukar’s fate remains unresolved. 

Vote for Voq

star trek discovery, voq

Voq, the mysterious pale Klingon, is dead, but long live Mirror Voq, who serves as leader of the rebels. He seems honorable and of the mind that anyone – even Burnham – who is an enemy of the Terran Empire is an ally in the rebels’ fight. On a related note, did YOU guess that Ash Tyler was Voq? It seems that L’Rell really did a number on Tyler, physically and emotionally, and that Voq was “reduced” to a mere human. Interesting word choice, reduced, right?

Tell Us about Tellarites

star trek discovery, tellarite

Viewers glimpsed their first Discovery Tellarite in “The Wolf Inside,” but they’re really an old favorite. Fred Phillips created the very first one virtually overnight for the TOS episode “Journey to Babel,” and we’ve seen them since in “Whom Gods Destroy,” as well as TAS, The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country, Enterprise and, via archive footage, in one episode each of TNG and Voyager. There’s still plenty more to learn – we hope -- about the Tellarite who’s part of Voq’s inner circle on Discovery.  So, stay tuned.

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites and Klingons, oh my! What a sight it was, all these disparate aliens teaming up – joined by Michael Burnham, nearly derailed by Ash Tyler – to take on the Terran Empire in “The Wolf Inside,” this past weekend’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery. The hour was loaded with “Firsts” for Discovery and throwbacks/tributes to Trek’s Mirror past. StarTrek.com breaks it down:

A Different Kind of Rebel Alliance

star trek discovery, tellarites, voq, mirror spock

The misdeeds of Humans in the Mirror Universe have made reluctant allies of such longtime Trek favorites as the Klingons, Tellarites, Andorians and Vulcans. It’s the answer to Burnham’s question, “How have you come to compromise and embrace each other?” Think about that for a moment. A powerful, trenchant, timely notion. But the fight is just getting started, for, as Mirror Voq noted, “The Humans seek Klingon extinction,” and as, Burnham replied, “The Terrans will not stop until all of his enemies are destroyed.”


Like Son, Like Father 

star trek discovery, mirror sarek

We’d seen Vulcans before on Discovery, and even spent time down on their planet earlier this season. But, for the first time ever on any Trek series, we met Mirror Sarek, whose appearance – complete with severe goatee – echoed that of Leonard Nimoy’s darker Spock in the TOS episode, “Mirror, Mirror.” The Mirror Voq introduced Mirror Sarek as a figure who “sees all” and whose “wisdom pierces minds.” He then mind-melded with Burnham and, though the payoff will likely come later, it’s clear that Sarek loves and respects her and is proud of her accomplishments. Do we actually like Mirror Spock? 

Looking a Little Blue

star trek discovery, andorians

Sure, we saw plenty of Andorians on Star Trek: Enterprise, and a few here and there in TOS, TAS, The Motion Picture, The Voyage Home and TNG, but, on Discovery, we got a tease in “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” courtesy of a disguised Harry Mudd, and a taste in “Despite Yourself.” Finally, in “The Wolfe Inside,” we met Shukar, played by Riley Gilchrist, who served under Voq and handed over to Burnham the much-need data crystal. As of the episode’s final moments, Shukar’s fate remains unresolved. 

Vote for Voq

star trek discovery, voq

Voq, the mysterious pale Klingon, is dead, but long live Mirror Voq, who serves as leader of the rebels. He seems honorable and of the mind that anyone – even Burnham – who is an enemy of the Terran Empire is an ally in the rebels’ fight. On a related note, did YOU guess that Ash Tyler was Voq? It seems that L’Rell really did a number on Tyler, physically and emotionally, and that Voq was “reduced” to a mere human. Interesting word choice, reduced, right?

Tell Us about Tellarites

star trek discovery, tellarite

Viewers glimpsed their first Discovery Tellarite in “The Wolf Inside,” but they’re really an old favorite. Fred Phillips created the very first one virtually overnight for the TOS episode “Journey to Babel,” and we’ve seen them since in “Whom Gods Destroy,” as well as TAS, The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country, Enterprise and, via archive footage, in one episode each of TNG and Voyager. There’s still plenty more to learn – we hope -- about the Tellarite who’s part of Voq’s inner circle on Discovery.  So, stay tuned.

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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klingons-andorians-vulcans-and-tellarites-oh-my Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:12:04 -0800
<![CDATA[FIRST LOOK: Star Trek: Lost Scenes ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-star-trek-lost-scenes

Think you’ve seen every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series and know everything about them? Think again. Star Trek: Lost Scenes, due out in August from Titan Books, is written by Trek experts – and frequent StarTrek.com guest bloggers – David Tilotta and Curt McAloney, and packed with hundreds of carefully curated, never-before-seen color photos. All images have been professionally restored to their original, vibrant colors and are used to chronicle the making of the series, reassemble deleted scenes that were left on the cutting-room floor, and showcase bloopers from the first pilot through the last episode.

star trek, Lost Scenes

More specifically, Lost Scenes:

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Takes an unprecedented look at more than 50 deleted scenes, many of which have never been seen before, assembled from hundreds of photos and original script excerpts.

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Goes behind the scenes of TOS with previously unpublished photos of the optical effects, filming miniatures, makeup, exterior shooting locations, bloopers and more.

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Is packed with more than 700 full-color photos, each restored to pristine condition.

Star Trek: Lost Scenes will be released as a 272-page hardback book. It will cost $39.95 in the U.S. and £29.99 in the U.K. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for details about pre-ordering the book.

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Think you’ve seen every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series and know everything about them? Think again. Star Trek: Lost Scenes, due out in August from Titan Books, is written by Trek experts – and frequent StarTrek.com guest bloggers – David Tilotta and Curt McAloney, and packed with hundreds of carefully curated, never-before-seen color photos. All images have been professionally restored to their original, vibrant colors and are used to chronicle the making of the series, reassemble deleted scenes that were left on the cutting-room floor, and showcase bloopers from the first pilot through the last episode.

star trek, Lost Scenes

More specifically, Lost Scenes:

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Takes an unprecedented look at more than 50 deleted scenes, many of which have never been seen before, assembled from hundreds of photos and original script excerpts.

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Goes behind the scenes of TOS with previously unpublished photos of the optical effects, filming miniatures, makeup, exterior shooting locations, bloopers and more.

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Star Trek: The Lost Scenes

Is packed with more than 700 full-color photos, each restored to pristine condition.

Star Trek: Lost Scenes will be released as a 272-page hardback book. It will cost $39.95 in the U.S. and £29.99 in the U.K. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for details about pre-ordering the book.

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first-look-star-trek-lost-scenes Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Discovery Episode #11 Primer: "The Wolf Inside"]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/discovery-episode-11-primer-the-wolf-inside

Episode #11 of Star Trek: Discovery will run this weekend. In advance of previewing the new episode, let's comb through the epic events of last week's installment, "Despite Yourself"...

Previously on Discovery...

Saru was on the mark at the very end of "Into the Forest I Go" when he stated, "Captain, I'm afraid I don't know where we are." As "Despite Yourself" opens, the U.S.S. Discovery crew tries to figure out is going on and struggles to comprehend their readouts and determine if any of the seemingly dead Klingon ships presented any threat to them. What's going on raises Saru's threat ganglia.

star trek: discovery, Captain Lorca

The Vulcans -- yes, the Vulcans -- power up their weapons, prompting Captain Lorca to shout, "Red Alert! Shields up!" The Vulcans eve fired on the Discovery, but an assist comes from the U.S.S. Cooper, which at last word was undergoing a retrofit at Utopia Planitia. Burnham reports that the quantum signature of the Cooper, as well as that of the Vulcan cruiser, are "inconsistent with ours," which makes no sense to Saru, who notes that "All matter native to our universe resonates with the same quantum signature." Nothing can change that. Or can it?

"That's true, unless..." Lorca starts to say, the frightful notion creeping into his tone, "... This is not our universe."

star trek: discovery, saru, michael burnham & captain lorca

Cut to Lorca, Burnham and Saru piecing together the clues. Lorca and Stamets believed the spore drive could jump between parallel universes. It was just a theory, one Lorca and Stamets were working on since the first successful long-range jump to Corvan. "Stamets was keen to chase it with me..." Lorca explains, "after the war." Lorca acknowledges that he pushed Stamets too hard, and Burnham points out that Stamets accidentally brought them to where they are now.

"Now, what we need to do is understand where we are and how to survive," Lorca says. "And then we'll find a way home."

Meanwhile, over in sickbay, Tilly tries to reach Stamets, who's still in a state of neurological dysregulation unlike anything Dr. Culber has ever seen. At one point, though, he pushes Culber with inexplicable strength and shouts "To the palace!"

star trek: discovery, tilly, stamets, culber

Tilly apologizes to Culber for Stamets' condition, for not telling him sooner about the side effects Stamets had been experiencing, but Culber says, "You didn't do this," as she'd only been following Stamets' orders.

star trek: discovery, lorca, stamets, culber

And in walks Lorca, prompting Culber to comment, "Speak of the devil." Lorca informs Culber he's assigning a different doctor to Stamets over the matter of professional objectivity. Culber seethes, arguing, "Suddenly, you care about protocol?"

Tyler flies a worker bee over to the Klingon debris and is in the process of scanning it when flashbacks rock him to his core. He experiences images of torture, ripped flesh, sees cutting through bone. Finally overcoming the horrific visions, he sets back about extracting the data core and notices dead bodies in a ship... Vulcan and Andorian bodies. Tyler successfully extracts the data core.

Lorca seems satisfied, but turns to Burnham to say, "He's safe now," referring to Tyler, and clearly hinting that he's on to their burgeoning relationship. He leans in and stresses that he needs to be sure he could rely on his crew, especially now. "So, can I rely on you, Burnham?" Lorca wonders. Burnham insists he can.

star trek: discovery, L'Rell, Lt. Tyler

Over in the brig, Tyler confronts the source of his nightmares, L'Rell. They apparently did “so many things" together, she insinuated sexily. "You have such appetites." He recalls procedures, surgeries and more, and wants answers. "Sweet Tyler," she implores. "Open this cell and I'll tell you everything you want to know." He does so, leaving himself vulnerable to being played and controlled. "Whom do we seek?" she asks. He replies, "Kahless." Finally, upon being asked by the Klingon, "What's your name?" he snaps out of the reverie, demands
again to know what she's done to his body and mind, and storms out of the brig. L'Rell, in Klingon, utters, "You will come back to me."

star trek: discovery, Lt. Tyler, Michael Burnham

Tyler confesses to Burnham that he's experiencing flashbacks, but doesn't want to tell the captain because PTSD regulations require quarantine. He asks Burnham to trust him, and she agrees to do so, as long as he promises to tell her if he can't handle things. Cue another flashback, which causes him to crush an empty glass in his hand.

The data core is open, and Burnham and Tilly attempt decipher its meaning. "Is it possible that in this universe," Burnham ponders, "the Vulcans, Andorians and Klingons have some sort of alliance?" Tilly replies, "Allied against... Against us?"

star trek: discovery

Lorca, Saru, Tyler and Tilly join Burnham in engineering to discuss her finding. They are indeed in an alternate universe, one governed by a fascistic, human-only organization known as the Terran Empire. Terran, as in Earth. Most everything they know from their universe, it exists here, too. "You mean," Tyler asks, "we could literally meet another version of ourselves?" Yes, Burnham replies, and "The Terrans appear to be the antithesis of us in every way" and are ruled by "a faceless emperor." As for the rebels, they're made up of all non-
human species "fighting for their freedom."

star trek: discovery,

Back on the bridge, the crew soon realizes that they must assumes the roles of the other Discovery crew. Tilly becomes Captain Tilly... or Captain Killy, so lethal is she. The U.S.S. Discovery is quickly rechristened the I.S.S. Discovery. Everyone now sports Terran uniforms. Well, not quite everyone. "I am presumed dead," Burnham informs Lorca. "You're a fugitive wanted for my murder." Further, Burnham reveals, she was captain of the Shenzhou and even in the mirror universe, Lorca commanded the Buran. His crew, like before, is dead.

On opposite sides of a power struggle, Lorca killed Burnham. And he'd attempted a coup against the Emperor. Soaking in the details, Lorca beckons Burnham to the window. "Look out there," he says. "Come on. Amazing, isn't it? A different universe and yet somehow the same people have a way of finding each other... Might be the strongest argument that I've ever seen for the existence of destiny." Burnham replies, "I'm not sure I believe in destiny." Lorca, unusually soft-spoken, tries to convince her otherwise, ending his argument with, "You were destined for something more."

star trek: discovery, lorca, burnham

Burnham dismisses Lorca's destiny argument again, insisting that "Destiny didn't get me out of prison, captain. You did." Lorca stops the discussion. "Well, let's agree to disagree... for now. So... who is this emperor?" He then suggests that it's not a bad thing that he and she are ghosts and notes that he's got a potential way home he didn't know how to exploit until that moment. "I think you might end up saving us all..."

"It's a suicide mission," Saru observes, upon hearing the plan. It involves Lorca and Burnham boarding the I.S.S. Shenzhou together, as their Terran selves, with Lorca as Burnham's bounty.

Back in sickbay, Culber references a Manchurian test during a conversation with Tyler, but Tyler insists he's not imagining anything. Stamets shouts "Stay out of the palace!" Culber goes over to Stamets and they share a moment. "Paul, I'm not going anywhere," Dr. Culber says to his partner. "I'm staying right by your side. It'll be OK." Stamets' eye revert to normal for a brief second. "Be careful," he warns Culber. "The enemy is here."

star trek: discovery, burnham, tilly

The time has come. Burnham encourages Tilly, who's still freaked out by having to pretend to be tough and in command. Lorca enters the room, and he's impressed.

star trek: discovery, captain tilly

"Well, let's not keep these assholes waiting," Tilly says, sounding strong for an instant before questioning herself. "Too much?" she wonders. Lorca replies, "No. Not here. Here... just right."

star trek: discovery, iss discovery

On the viewscreen, it's Captain Danby Connor... back from the dead it would seem. Lorca is ready for his closeup. He smashes his face against a wall, bloodying himself. "Showtime," he says!" The crew sells Connor on their ploy. Burnham wants her ship, but meets with a bit of hesitation from Connor. Tilly intones, "Is that how you treat your long-lost captain? If you greeted me that way, Connor, I'd cut out your tongue and use it to lick my boots." Connor prepares for their arrival.

Culber confers again with Tyler, telling him about all the brutal things the Klingons actually did: "bone crushing," possibly putting another, new personality atop his own. In short, the Klingons transformed Tyler both physically and mentally. But into what? Culber wants to perform more tests, but Tyler loses his cool. Then, without warning, he snaps Culber's neck. Cut to Stamets, helpless as he utters, "The enemy is here."

Later, Tyler joins Lorca and Burnham in the transporter room. He has no memory of what just occurred. As they prepare to beam over to the I.S.S. Shenzhou, Lorca makes it clear than cover cannot be blown. "Do whatever you must," he says passionately." Burnham and Tyler both concur, calling Lorca captain. Lorca points out it's the last time they can call him captain, "hopefully just for a while."

star trek: discovery, lorca, burnham, connor

In the I.S.S. Shenzhou's transporter room, Captain Connor greets Lorca, Burnham and Tyler. He tries assume control of Lorca, but Burnham refuses to let that happen. She wants to take Lorca to the bring... personally, as "there are any number of souls aboard, looking to serve up his severed head for their own glory."

star trek: discovery, Tyler, burnham, lorca, connor

Over in the I.S.S. Shenzhou's brig, Captain Connor gleefully introduces what awaits Lorca. "Only the finest agonizer booth reserved for the treacherous Lorca..."

star trek: discovery, Captain Connor, Captain Burnham

Tyler stays behind with Lorca while Burnham and Captain Connor enter a turbolift. Connor, knowing he needs to make his crew fear him, grabs his dagger and a massive, momentarily gravity-defying fight ensues.

star trek: discovery, captain burnham

The doors open, with the I.S.S. Shenzhou crew, after a moment, applauding Burnham. Detmer -- Mirror Detmer, who no longer sports her eye modification -- says, "The chair is yours, captain." Burnham orders that Captain Connor's body be disposed of. "Long live Captain Burnham!" the I.S.S. Shenzhou crew shouts. "Long live the Empire!"

With that, the I.S.S. Shenzhou and the "I.S.S." Discovery go their separate ways.

star trek: discovery, burnham, tyler

A beat-up, dead tired Burnham enters her quarters, only to be surprised by Tyler, who'd let himself in. Tyler expresses his devotion to her. Whatever happens in this mirror universe, to him or to her, and however they change, he's there to protect her. "Nothing will ever stand in the way of that," he says. "Nothing. Do you understand what I'm saying?" They embrace. "Yea," she says. "I'm saying it back." They kiss and then fall into bed.

But not everyone is finding solace. Lorca -- in an agonizer booth, tortured unendingly -- cries out in agony. However, to borrow the tagline from another beloved sci-fi franchise, in space no one can hear you scream.

Next on Discovery...

star trek: discovery, burnham & lorca

In "The Wolf Inside," as the crew continues their guise, Burnham undergoes a merciless mission in hopes of helping the U.S.S. Discovery return home. Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

Worth Noting

star trek: discovery, captain burnham

The teaser for "The Wolf Inside" reveals that the action remains in the mirror universe, giving us glimpses of an Andorian, Stamets clutching Culber's body, and a bearded Mirror Sarek melding minds with Burnham. And exactly who is Tyler fighting?

star trek: discovery, captain burnham

"Maybe..." Burnham suggests ominously, "none of us really know what darkness is waiting inside."

star trek: discovery, tj scott

The episode is director by T.J. Scott. His 60-plus credits as a director alone span from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus: War of the Damned to Black Sails, Orphan Black, Bates Motel and Gotham.

After Trek

When Star Trek: Discovery ends, After Trek begins. Stream it Sundays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT. Joining host Matt Mira will be:

star trek: discovery, ted sullivan, shazad latiff


Star Trek: Discovery
 airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Episode #11 of Star Trek: Discovery will run this weekend. In advance of previewing the new episode, let's comb through the epic events of last week's installment, "Despite Yourself"...

Previously on Discovery...

Saru was on the mark at the very end of "Into the Forest I Go" when he stated, "Captain, I'm afraid I don't know where we are." As "Despite Yourself" opens, the U.S.S. Discovery crew tries to figure out is going on and struggles to comprehend their readouts and determine if any of the seemingly dead Klingon ships presented any threat to them. What's going on raises Saru's threat ganglia.

star trek: discovery, Captain Lorca

The Vulcans -- yes, the Vulcans -- power up their weapons, prompting Captain Lorca to shout, "Red Alert! Shields up!" The Vulcans eve fired on the Discovery, but an assist comes from the U.S.S. Cooper, which at last word was undergoing a retrofit at Utopia Planitia. Burnham reports that the quantum signature of the Cooper, as well as that of the Vulcan cruiser, are "inconsistent with ours," which makes no sense to Saru, who notes that "All matter native to our universe resonates with the same quantum signature." Nothing can change that. Or can it?

"That's true, unless..." Lorca starts to say, the frightful notion creeping into his tone, "... This is not our universe."

star trek: discovery, saru, michael burnham & captain lorca

Cut to Lorca, Burnham and Saru piecing together the clues. Lorca and Stamets believed the spore drive could jump between parallel universes. It was just a theory, one Lorca and Stamets were working on since the first successful long-range jump to Corvan. "Stamets was keen to chase it with me..." Lorca explains, "after the war." Lorca acknowledges that he pushed Stamets too hard, and Burnham points out that Stamets accidentally brought them to where they are now.

"Now, what we need to do is understand where we are and how to survive," Lorca says. "And then we'll find a way home."

Meanwhile, over in sickbay, Tilly tries to reach Stamets, who's still in a state of neurological dysregulation unlike anything Dr. Culber has ever seen. At one point, though, he pushes Culber with inexplicable strength and shouts "To the palace!"

star trek: discovery, tilly, stamets, culber

Tilly apologizes to Culber for Stamets' condition, for not telling him sooner about the side effects Stamets had been experiencing, but Culber says, "You didn't do this," as she'd only been following Stamets' orders.

star trek: discovery, lorca, stamets, culber

And in walks Lorca, prompting Culber to comment, "Speak of the devil." Lorca informs Culber he's assigning a different doctor to Stamets over the matter of professional objectivity. Culber seethes, arguing, "Suddenly, you care about protocol?"

Tyler flies a worker bee over to the Klingon debris and is in the process of scanning it when flashbacks rock him to his core. He experiences images of torture, ripped flesh, sees cutting through bone. Finally overcoming the horrific visions, he sets back about extracting the data core and notices dead bodies in a ship... Vulcan and Andorian bodies. Tyler successfully extracts the data core.

Lorca seems satisfied, but turns to Burnham to say, "He's safe now," referring to Tyler, and clearly hinting that he's on to their burgeoning relationship. He leans in and stresses that he needs to be sure he could rely on his crew, especially now. "So, can I rely on you, Burnham?" Lorca wonders. Burnham insists he can.

star trek: discovery, L'Rell, Lt. Tyler

Over in the brig, Tyler confronts the source of his nightmares, L'Rell. They apparently did “so many things" together, she insinuated sexily. "You have such appetites." He recalls procedures, surgeries and more, and wants answers. "Sweet Tyler," she implores. "Open this cell and I'll tell you everything you want to know." He does so, leaving himself vulnerable to being played and controlled. "Whom do we seek?" she asks. He replies, "Kahless." Finally, upon being asked by the Klingon, "What's your name?" he snaps out of the reverie, demands
again to know what she's done to his body and mind, and storms out of the brig. L'Rell, in Klingon, utters, "You will come back to me."

star trek: discovery, Lt. Tyler, Michael Burnham

Tyler confesses to Burnham that he's experiencing flashbacks, but doesn't want to tell the captain because PTSD regulations require quarantine. He asks Burnham to trust him, and she agrees to do so, as long as he promises to tell her if he can't handle things. Cue another flashback, which causes him to crush an empty glass in his hand.

The data core is open, and Burnham and Tilly attempt decipher its meaning. "Is it possible that in this universe," Burnham ponders, "the Vulcans, Andorians and Klingons have some sort of alliance?" Tilly replies, "Allied against... Against us?"

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Lorca, Saru, Tyler and Tilly join Burnham in engineering to discuss her finding. They are indeed in an alternate universe, one governed by a fascistic, human-only organization known as the Terran Empire. Terran, as in Earth. Most everything they know from their universe, it exists here, too. "You mean," Tyler asks, "we could literally meet another version of ourselves?" Yes, Burnham replies, and "The Terrans appear to be the antithesis of us in every way" and are ruled by "a faceless emperor." As for the rebels, they're made up of all non-
human species "fighting for their freedom."

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Back on the bridge, the crew soon realizes that they must assumes the roles of the other Discovery crew. Tilly becomes Captain Tilly... or Captain Killy, so lethal is she. The U.S.S. Discovery is quickly rechristened the I.S.S. Discovery. Everyone now sports Terran uniforms. Well, not quite everyone. "I am presumed dead," Burnham informs Lorca. "You're a fugitive wanted for my murder." Further, Burnham reveals, she was captain of the Shenzhou and even in the mirror universe, Lorca commanded the Buran. His crew, like before, is dead.

On opposite sides of a power struggle, Lorca killed Burnham. And he'd attempted a coup against the Emperor. Soaking in the details, Lorca beckons Burnham to the window. "Look out there," he says. "Come on. Amazing, isn't it? A different universe and yet somehow the same people have a way of finding each other... Might be the strongest argument that I've ever seen for the existence of destiny." Burnham replies, "I'm not sure I believe in destiny." Lorca, unusually soft-spoken, tries to convince her otherwise, ending his argument with, "You were destined for something more."

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Burnham dismisses Lorca's destiny argument again, insisting that "Destiny didn't get me out of prison, captain. You did." Lorca stops the discussion. "Well, let's agree to disagree... for now. So... who is this emperor?" He then suggests that it's not a bad thing that he and she are ghosts and notes that he's got a potential way home he didn't know how to exploit until that moment. "I think you might end up saving us all..."

"It's a suicide mission," Saru observes, upon hearing the plan. It involves Lorca and Burnham boarding the I.S.S. Shenzhou together, as their Terran selves, with Lorca as Burnham's bounty.

Back in sickbay, Culber references a Manchurian test during a conversation with Tyler, but Tyler insists he's not imagining anything. Stamets shouts "Stay out of the palace!" Culber goes over to Stamets and they share a moment. "Paul, I'm not going anywhere," Dr. Culber says to his partner. "I'm staying right by your side. It'll be OK." Stamets' eye revert to normal for a brief second. "Be careful," he warns Culber. "The enemy is here."

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The time has come. Burnham encourages Tilly, who's still freaked out by having to pretend to be tough and in command. Lorca enters the room, and he's impressed.

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"Well, let's not keep these assholes waiting," Tilly says, sounding strong for an instant before questioning herself. "Too much?" she wonders. Lorca replies, "No. Not here. Here... just right."

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On the viewscreen, it's Captain Danby Connor... back from the dead it would seem. Lorca is ready for his closeup. He smashes his face against a wall, bloodying himself. "Showtime," he says!" The crew sells Connor on their ploy. Burnham wants her ship, but meets with a bit of hesitation from Connor. Tilly intones, "Is that how you treat your long-lost captain? If you greeted me that way, Connor, I'd cut out your tongue and use it to lick my boots." Connor prepares for their arrival.

Culber confers again with Tyler, telling him about all the brutal things the Klingons actually did: "bone crushing," possibly putting another, new personality atop his own. In short, the Klingons transformed Tyler both physically and mentally. But into what? Culber wants to perform more tests, but Tyler loses his cool. Then, without warning, he snaps Culber's neck. Cut to Stamets, helpless as he utters, "The enemy is here."

Later, Tyler joins Lorca and Burnham in the transporter room. He has no memory of what just occurred. As they prepare to beam over to the I.S.S. Shenzhou, Lorca makes it clear than cover cannot be blown. "Do whatever you must," he says passionately." Burnham and Tyler both concur, calling Lorca captain. Lorca points out it's the last time they can call him captain, "hopefully just for a while."

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In the I.S.S. Shenzhou's transporter room, Captain Connor greets Lorca, Burnham and Tyler. He tries assume control of Lorca, but Burnham refuses to let that happen. She wants to take Lorca to the bring... personally, as "there are any number of souls aboard, looking to serve up his severed head for their own glory."

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Over in the I.S.S. Shenzhou's brig, Captain Connor gleefully introduces what awaits Lorca. "Only the finest agonizer booth reserved for the treacherous Lorca..."

star trek: discovery, Captain Connor, Captain Burnham

Tyler stays behind with Lorca while Burnham and Captain Connor enter a turbolift. Connor, knowing he needs to make his crew fear him, grabs his dagger and a massive, momentarily gravity-defying fight ensues.

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The doors open, with the I.S.S. Shenzhou crew, after a moment, applauding Burnham. Detmer -- Mirror Detmer, who no longer sports her eye modification -- says, "The chair is yours, captain." Burnham orders that Captain Connor's body be disposed of. "Long live Captain Burnham!" the I.S.S. Shenzhou crew shouts. "Long live the Empire!"

With that, the I.S.S. Shenzhou and the "I.S.S." Discovery go their separate ways.

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A beat-up, dead tired Burnham enters her quarters, only to be surprised by Tyler, who'd let himself in. Tyler expresses his devotion to her. Whatever happens in this mirror universe, to him or to her, and however they change, he's there to protect her. "Nothing will ever stand in the way of that," he says. "Nothing. Do you understand what I'm saying?" They embrace. "Yea," she says. "I'm saying it back." They kiss and then fall into bed.

But not everyone is finding solace. Lorca -- in an agonizer booth, tortured unendingly -- cries out in agony. However, to borrow the tagline from another beloved sci-fi franchise, in space no one can hear you scream.

Next on Discovery...

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In "The Wolf Inside," as the crew continues their guise, Burnham undergoes a merciless mission in hopes of helping the U.S.S. Discovery return home. Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

Worth Noting

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The teaser for "The Wolf Inside" reveals that the action remains in the mirror universe, giving us glimpses of an Andorian, Stamets clutching Culber's body, and a bearded Mirror Sarek melding minds with Burnham. And exactly who is Tyler fighting?

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"Maybe..." Burnham suggests ominously, "none of us really know what darkness is waiting inside."

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The episode is director by T.J. Scott. His 60-plus credits as a director alone span from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus: War of the Damned to Black Sails, Orphan Black, Bates Motel and Gotham.

After Trek

When Star Trek: Discovery ends, After Trek begins. Stream it Sundays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT. Joining host Matt Mira will be:

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Star Trek: Discovery
 airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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discovery-episode-11-primer-the-wolf-inside Sun, 14 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Poll Says Most-Confident Captain Is...]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/poll-says-most-confident-captain-is

Several thousand fans participated in this week's StarTrek.com poll, replying to the following question: Which Captain is the most confident? According to you, that captain is...

Captain James T. Kirk (42%)


Captain Jean-Luc Picard (29%)


Captain Kathryn Janeway (11%)


Captain Benjamin Sisko (8%)


Captain Gabriel Lorca (7%)


Captain Jonathan Archer (2%)


And where did your confident captain land amongst the results?

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

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Several thousand fans participated in this week's StarTrek.com poll, replying to the following question: Which Captain is the most confident? According to you, that captain is...

Captain James T. Kirk (42%)


Captain Jean-Luc Picard (29%)


Captain Kathryn Janeway (11%)


Captain Benjamin Sisko (8%)


Captain Gabriel Lorca (7%)


Captain Jonathan Archer (2%)


And where did your confident captain land amongst the results?

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

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poll-says-most-confident-captain-is Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:07:01 -0800
<![CDATA[Re-Engineer Your Items in Star Trek Online]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/re-engineer-your-items-in-star-trek-online

Star Trek Online, the free to play online roleplaying game that continues the story of the Star Trek universe, has announced a brand-new feature. Soon, Captains will be able to salvage items they obtain in the field and use that salvage to redesign the upgrades for their ground and space gear. Play for free today at StarTrekOnline.com, and journey through the stars with such Star Trek actors as Leonard Nimoy, J.G. Hertzler and Jeri Ryan.

Have you ever crafted a Beam Array and spent resources upgrading it, only to end up getting a mod that doesn’t quite fit the build you’re going for? We have been working away on a new feature that will allow you to re-roll certain mods, granting you the ability to finally craft and modify certain pieces of Equipment to your own satisfaction.

In order to Re-Engineer a piece of equipment, we’re introducing a new resource into the game: Salvage. Salvage is rewarded to Captains from salvaging equipment obtained from loot drops they receive. A new contextual action can be taken after highlighting a particular piece of loot, much the same way you would discard or inspect an item. Salvaging the piece of equipment will destroy it and reward an amount of Salvage based on the equipment’s Mark and Quality.

The cost of Re-Engineering a piece of equipment will be dependent on how many available mods you wish to re-roll, with the cost per mod decreasing as you opt in to additional mod randomization. We’re still fine-tuning the numbers, and will be looking for feedback from Tribble to finalize the exact amounts.

With the new Re-Engineering system, we have taken the opportunity to create several new Epic mods. Weapons, Shields, Engines, Deflectors, Secondary Deflectors and Ground Armor have all received an assortment of new Epic Mods. We’ve chosen to maintain the existing Epic mod as the default mod that is selected when a piece of equipment is upgraded to Epic, which you can then choose to re-roll if you desire.

Robert “CrypticRidi” Hrouda
Systems Design
Star Trek Online

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Star Trek Online, the free to play online roleplaying game that continues the story of the Star Trek universe, has announced a brand-new feature. Soon, Captains will be able to salvage items they obtain in the field and use that salvage to redesign the upgrades for their ground and space gear. Play for free today at StarTrekOnline.com, and journey through the stars with such Star Trek actors as Leonard Nimoy, J.G. Hertzler and Jeri Ryan.

Have you ever crafted a Beam Array and spent resources upgrading it, only to end up getting a mod that doesn’t quite fit the build you’re going for? We have been working away on a new feature that will allow you to re-roll certain mods, granting you the ability to finally craft and modify certain pieces of Equipment to your own satisfaction.

In order to Re-Engineer a piece of equipment, we’re introducing a new resource into the game: Salvage. Salvage is rewarded to Captains from salvaging equipment obtained from loot drops they receive. A new contextual action can be taken after highlighting a particular piece of loot, much the same way you would discard or inspect an item. Salvaging the piece of equipment will destroy it and reward an amount of Salvage based on the equipment’s Mark and Quality.

The cost of Re-Engineering a piece of equipment will be dependent on how many available mods you wish to re-roll, with the cost per mod decreasing as you opt in to additional mod randomization. We’re still fine-tuning the numbers, and will be looking for feedback from Tribble to finalize the exact amounts.

With the new Re-Engineering system, we have taken the opportunity to create several new Epic mods. Weapons, Shields, Engines, Deflectors, Secondary Deflectors and Ground Armor have all received an assortment of new Epic Mods. We’ve chosen to maintain the existing Epic mod as the default mod that is selected when a piece of equipment is upgraded to Epic, which you can then choose to re-roll if you desire.

Robert “CrypticRidi” Hrouda
Systems Design
Star Trek Online

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re-engineer-your-items-in-star-trek-online Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[FIRST LOOK: Discovery's "The Wolf Inside"]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-discoverys-the-wolf-inside

This weekend's brand-new episode of Star Trek: Discovery is "The Wolf Inside," and new photos from it have just been released. In it, as the crew continues their guise, Burnham undergoes a merciless mission in hopes of helping the U.S.S. Discovery return home. Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

The episode is the show’s 11th episode. Check out the photos below: 

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First Officer Saru (Doug Jones), Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) & Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp)

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Science Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)

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First Officer Saru & Cadet Tilly

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Science Specialist Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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This weekend's brand-new episode of Star Trek: Discovery is "The Wolf Inside," and new photos from it have just been released. In it, as the crew continues their guise, Burnham undergoes a merciless mission in hopes of helping the U.S.S. Discovery return home. Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

The episode is the show’s 11th episode. Check out the photos below: 

star trek discovery, Saru, Tilly & Stamets

First Officer Saru (Doug Jones), Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) & Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp)

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Science Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)

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First Officer Saru & Cadet Tilly

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Science Specialist Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series airs on Mondays on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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first-look-discoverys-the-wolf-inside Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:13:05 -0800
<![CDATA[STLV Adds Isaacs, TNG Trio]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/stlv-adds-isaacs-tng-trio

The Star Trek Las Vegas line-up continues to grow. Jason Isaacs, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Michael Westmore (who will be turning a celebrity into a Cardassian) are now on board for Star Trek Las Vegas 2018, to be held August 1-5, 2018, at the Rio Suites Hotel.

With the additions of Jason Isaacs, the TNG favorites and Michael Westmore, Creation Entertainment is fast closing in on 60 guests spanning the entire franchise. Among those already announced: William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, James Frain, Kenneth Mitchell, Michael Dorn and Brent Spiner.

Confirmed events so far include the Nevada Pops Orchestra returning to perform a Saturday night concert, while Gary Graham and his group, The Sons of Kirk, will once again serve as the house band.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news of additional guests and events, and go to Star Trek Las Vegas for more information and to purchase tickets.

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The Star Trek Las Vegas line-up continues to grow. Jason Isaacs, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Michael Westmore (who will be turning a celebrity into a Cardassian) are now on board for Star Trek Las Vegas 2018, to be held August 1-5, 2018, at the Rio Suites Hotel.

With the additions of Jason Isaacs, the TNG favorites and Michael Westmore, Creation Entertainment is fast closing in on 60 guests spanning the entire franchise. Among those already announced: William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, James Frain, Kenneth Mitchell, Michael Dorn and Brent Spiner.

Confirmed events so far include the Nevada Pops Orchestra returning to perform a Saturday night concert, while Gary Graham and his group, The Sons of Kirk, will once again serve as the house band.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news of additional guests and events, and go to Star Trek Las Vegas for more information and to purchase tickets.

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stlv-adds-isaacs-tng-trio Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise II - Day 6]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-ii-day-6

Day Six of Star Trek: The Cruise II brought the festivities to a close, but not before fans experienced nearly 15 hours of wall to wall programming, from panels and parties to a Klingon Pub Krawl and karaoke, and from Gates’ Tap Class to Gorn’s Gong Show. Here’s a recap on just some of the day’s highlights...

Deep Space Nine Reunion

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Deep Space Nine Reunion

Poolside was the place to be for this chat, led by Ian Spelling, with Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Michael Dorn, Vaughn Armstrong, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs and Max Grodenchik. Much of the conversation centered on the show’s 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in the upcoming documentary, "What We Left Behind."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Michael Dorn

“Wow, 25 years,” Dorn said. “All these years later you have a different outlook. What's interesting is that I found I can look at it differently now."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Rene Auberjonois

“Documentaries are complex,” Auberjonois notes. “It’s an animal that takes over. It will be more interesting than what we could have known. Plus, Armin and I had a hot affair. That’ll be in there.”

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Armin Shimerman

“Only two weeks!” Shimerman swore, referring to the supposed affair.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Vaughn Armstrong

The supporting/recurring actors marveled at how the writers and producers made time to develop their respective characters. “I loved it,” Armstrong stated. They just started giving me things and having this (acting) instrument allowed me to play those characters. It was amazing."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Max Grodenchik

Grodenchik said he “wondered if I would be back each season." And he was, which was a gift that kept on giving. Shimerman interjected, “We boldly stayed in one place. And because of that we could do all the recurring characters. Max was as equally an important character as Quark."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Jeffrey Combs

Combs couldn’t pick one guest star with whom he was most excited to have shared scenes. “I have four...” he noted and cited Andrea Martin, Henry Gibson, Iggy Pop and Louise Fletcher.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Nana Visitor

Visitor thought long and hard when asked what Major Kira might be up to if someone were to make a two-hour reunion telemovie. “I imagine she became more powerful and more alone,” the actress said. “There's a sadness there."

Discussing DS9’s legacy, Biggs noted, “To each individual, I would compel you to be conscious of what you leave behind."


Utopia Planitia Shipyards Sea Trials

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But does it float? Can it transport 6 beers across the pool? Those were among the criteria during this poolside contest that pitted fan-made boats — made of garbage! — against fan-made boats. Among the boats: an Imperial battle cruiser (cloaked; so it was hidden within silver wrapping until needed), Starship Crikey, Klingon garbage scow, a medical shuttle crusher and the I.S.S. Bucket. Among the refuse used: beer bottles, garbage bags, plates, poster tubes and rolled Post-its.

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Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Search for Spock

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robb Pearlman

The full title of this panel really tells the whole story: The Ship-wide Search for Spock Cryptic Clue Hunt with Robb Pearlman. Eight Spocks were hidden around the ship, with dozens of intrepid fans spreading out, clues in hand, to see if they could find them all before time ran out. Logically, a good time was had by all.

Klingon Pub Krawl

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robert O'Reilly

The Klingon Karnivoria, quite appropriately, served as the starting point for the loud, raucous, ridiculously fun Pub Krawl led by Robert O’Reilly in full Gowron regalia. The sold-out event was jam-packed with fans klamoring to follow in Chancellor Gowron’s footsteps. Qapla’!


Oh My!!!

Star Trek: The Cruise II, George Takei

Fans glimpsed two empty chairs positioned by the Borg Cube screen. Who’d been joining Takei for his talk? It turned out to be Brad Takei, and the two interacted like, well, an old married couple. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II, George Takei

Takei recalled his first conversation with Gene Roddenberry. The Trek creator called him Tuh-Kai rather than Tuh-Kay. The word Takai, he told Roddenberry, meant “expensive.” Takei revealed that Roddenberry said, “I never want to call actors expensive...,’ and he never called me Tuh-Kai again."


Code of Honor

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Michael Dorn

Denise Crosby and Michael Dorn teamed up to screen “Code of Honor,” widely considered the worst-ever episode of TNG. Dorn came out first. After noting he was not in the episode and hadn’t seen it in 30 years, he said, “There is, in every series, in a long running series, an episode that stands out. Usually it’s the best episode. I’ll say this is the most-interesting Star Trek ever... for a myriad of reasons. What’s also interesting is we have the actor who figured prominently in it...” And with that, Denise Crosby took the stage.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn

For the next hour, Crosby and Dorn stopped and started the episode, offering memories and commentary as they attempted to, as Dorn put it, “deconstruct what went into this masterpiece.” Joked Crosby, “I have white wine for this. I have to be fortified.” As laughable and even racist as the episode may be, Crosby and Dorn noted, the idea was reasonable, everyone’s heart was in the right place, what wasn’t said was more worthwhile than what was said, and the episode simply didn’t work.

Gorn's Gong Show

Jeffrey Combs, Connor Trinneer and Vaughn Armstrong joined an apparently caffeinated Gorn to judge this contest, in which fans performed a variety of acts. The whole idea was to garner 10’s from the judge and avoid getting gonged by the Gorn. Among those participating: a bagpipe player, a couple of keyboardists, an ex-soldier who played songs from The Wizard of Oz on his... harmonica, a 15-year-old who yo-yo-ed to the TOS theme music, a singing-dancing-rapper — and more.

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Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


A Bones-Chillingly Good Q&A

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

Karl Urban, fighting off the effects of some bad food he ate just before the cruise, chatted with Ian Spelling during an entertaining, informative Q&A, the final poolside one of the cruise.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

Looking back at 10 years of his crew’s Trek films, he cited two things that stand out: the fans and the great people he gets to work with, with chemistry being very important. "J.J. does a good job of putting people together,” he noted.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

When asked about taking on the iconic McCoy role made famous by DeForest Kelley, Urban said, “It feels like putting on a big, warm jumper... When doing the first movie, the challenge was making the character identifiable. For me, it was identifying what the very essence of that character was. I’ve since also been able to put some of my own stamp on the character as well.”

Riker's Chair Mounting Competition

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Jonathan Frakes

This was pretty damn epic, folks. A large and enthusiastic crowd greeted Jonathan Frakes and cheered on their favorite contestants — including a nimble dancer and a woman with a full Riker beard — as they performed their best “full Riker,” with Frakes sharing his own moves and judging the contestants. 

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Style points were a must! As the Commander himself put it, “Nowhere else in the world is anything like this happening!” And since the winner was declared with time to spare, Frakes happily answered questions from the audience for the remaining time.

Wine Tasting

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Casey Biggs

Packing the Grand Pacific dining room, a crowd of wine enthusiasts listened — and tasted! — as Biggs explained different varietals and offered a technique for enhancing the experience of wine: BLIC, an acronym for Balance, Length, Intensity, Complexity. For the record, Biggs himself is a winemaker and notable as the Paso Wine Guy online.

The Future of Human Space Exploration

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Rick Searfoss

Using current examples such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin projects, former NASA astronaut Rick Searfoss offered some vision into the near future, as we are beginning the transition to long-duration space flight. Most practical ideas, he noted, “will come from public and private partnerships.”

The Women's View

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Kitty Swink, Denise Crosby, Lolita Fatjo, Nana Visitor, Marnie Mosiman

Talk about a provocative hour. Denise Crosby led a conversation with Nana Visitor, Kitty Swink, Lolita Fatjo and Marnie Mosiman, and it was an open, meaningful conversation with members of the audience, including a few guys, about the position and role of women in our society and how we can all strive to live the dream of Star Trek... free of gender and racial prejudices and inequality.


BFF

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo seemed to take extra-special delight in sharing the stage with his old pal and very talented musician, Jordan Bennett. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robert Picardo

Together, they presented a lighthearted musical comedy revue that celebrated their 40 years of friendship and kept the audience tapping their feet and laughing.

Last Call

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

Star Trek’s current Dr. McCoy settled into a chair on the stage of the Stardust Theater and, for a full hour, answered fan questions. He was funny, detailed and charming as he talked about Trek, Dredd, working with Al Pacino in Hangman, The Lord of the Rings and much more.

Drink of the Day

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Many a fan made one last toast with their drink of the day in hand, and that colorful drink was the brilliantly named, James Tea Kirk. The ship’s bartenders brought it to life using Bacardi Superior Rum, gin, vodka, blue curaco and lemon-lime soda. 

The Voyage Home

As the day wrapped, fans showed off their final costumes. Here are a few:

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Star Trek: The Cruise II


Read the Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four and Day Five recaps and keep watching StarTrek.com for the daily updates on Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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Day Six of Star Trek: The Cruise II brought the festivities to a close, but not before fans experienced nearly 15 hours of wall to wall programming, from panels and parties to a Klingon Pub Krawl and karaoke, and from Gates’ Tap Class to Gorn’s Gong Show. Here’s a recap on just some of the day’s highlights...

Deep Space Nine Reunion

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Deep Space Nine Reunion

Poolside was the place to be for this chat, led by Ian Spelling, with Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Michael Dorn, Vaughn Armstrong, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs and Max Grodenchik. Much of the conversation centered on the show’s 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in the upcoming documentary, "What We Left Behind."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Michael Dorn

“Wow, 25 years,” Dorn said. “All these years later you have a different outlook. What's interesting is that I found I can look at it differently now."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Rene Auberjonois

“Documentaries are complex,” Auberjonois notes. “It’s an animal that takes over. It will be more interesting than what we could have known. Plus, Armin and I had a hot affair. That’ll be in there.”

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Armin Shimerman

“Only two weeks!” Shimerman swore, referring to the supposed affair.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Vaughn Armstrong

The supporting/recurring actors marveled at how the writers and producers made time to develop their respective characters. “I loved it,” Armstrong stated. They just started giving me things and having this (acting) instrument allowed me to play those characters. It was amazing."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Max Grodenchik

Grodenchik said he “wondered if I would be back each season." And he was, which was a gift that kept on giving. Shimerman interjected, “We boldly stayed in one place. And because of that we could do all the recurring characters. Max was as equally an important character as Quark."

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Jeffrey Combs

Combs couldn’t pick one guest star with whom he was most excited to have shared scenes. “I have four...” he noted and cited Andrea Martin, Henry Gibson, Iggy Pop and Louise Fletcher.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Nana Visitor

Visitor thought long and hard when asked what Major Kira might be up to if someone were to make a two-hour reunion telemovie. “I imagine she became more powerful and more alone,” the actress said. “There's a sadness there."

Discussing DS9’s legacy, Biggs noted, “To each individual, I would compel you to be conscious of what you leave behind."


Utopia Planitia Shipyards Sea Trials

Star Trek: The Cruise II,

But does it float? Can it transport 6 beers across the pool? Those were among the criteria during this poolside contest that pitted fan-made boats — made of garbage! — against fan-made boats. Among the boats: an Imperial battle cruiser (cloaked; so it was hidden within silver wrapping until needed), Starship Crikey, Klingon garbage scow, a medical shuttle crusher and the I.S.S. Bucket. Among the refuse used: beer bottles, garbage bags, plates, poster tubes and rolled Post-its.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Search for Spock

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robb Pearlman

The full title of this panel really tells the whole story: The Ship-wide Search for Spock Cryptic Clue Hunt with Robb Pearlman. Eight Spocks were hidden around the ship, with dozens of intrepid fans spreading out, clues in hand, to see if they could find them all before time ran out. Logically, a good time was had by all.

Klingon Pub Krawl

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robert O'Reilly

The Klingon Karnivoria, quite appropriately, served as the starting point for the loud, raucous, ridiculously fun Pub Krawl led by Robert O’Reilly in full Gowron regalia. The sold-out event was jam-packed with fans klamoring to follow in Chancellor Gowron’s footsteps. Qapla’!


Oh My!!!

Star Trek: The Cruise II, George Takei

Fans glimpsed two empty chairs positioned by the Borg Cube screen. Who’d been joining Takei for his talk? It turned out to be Brad Takei, and the two interacted like, well, an old married couple. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II, George Takei

Takei recalled his first conversation with Gene Roddenberry. The Trek creator called him Tuh-Kai rather than Tuh-Kay. The word Takai, he told Roddenberry, meant “expensive.” Takei revealed that Roddenberry said, “I never want to call actors expensive...,’ and he never called me Tuh-Kai again."


Code of Honor

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Michael Dorn

Denise Crosby and Michael Dorn teamed up to screen “Code of Honor,” widely considered the worst-ever episode of TNG. Dorn came out first. After noting he was not in the episode and hadn’t seen it in 30 years, he said, “There is, in every series, in a long running series, an episode that stands out. Usually it’s the best episode. I’ll say this is the most-interesting Star Trek ever... for a myriad of reasons. What’s also interesting is we have the actor who figured prominently in it...” And with that, Denise Crosby took the stage.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn

For the next hour, Crosby and Dorn stopped and started the episode, offering memories and commentary as they attempted to, as Dorn put it, “deconstruct what went into this masterpiece.” Joked Crosby, “I have white wine for this. I have to be fortified.” As laughable and even racist as the episode may be, Crosby and Dorn noted, the idea was reasonable, everyone’s heart was in the right place, what wasn’t said was more worthwhile than what was said, and the episode simply didn’t work.

Gorn's Gong Show

Jeffrey Combs, Connor Trinneer and Vaughn Armstrong joined an apparently caffeinated Gorn to judge this contest, in which fans performed a variety of acts. The whole idea was to garner 10’s from the judge and avoid getting gonged by the Gorn. Among those participating: a bagpipe player, a couple of keyboardists, an ex-soldier who played songs from The Wizard of Oz on his... harmonica, a 15-year-old who yo-yo-ed to the TOS theme music, a singing-dancing-rapper — and more.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


A Bones-Chillingly Good Q&A

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

Karl Urban, fighting off the effects of some bad food he ate just before the cruise, chatted with Ian Spelling during an entertaining, informative Q&A, the final poolside one of the cruise.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

Looking back at 10 years of his crew’s Trek films, he cited two things that stand out: the fans and the great people he gets to work with, with chemistry being very important. "J.J. does a good job of putting people together,” he noted.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

When asked about taking on the iconic McCoy role made famous by DeForest Kelley, Urban said, “It feels like putting on a big, warm jumper... When doing the first movie, the challenge was making the character identifiable. For me, it was identifying what the very essence of that character was. I’ve since also been able to put some of my own stamp on the character as well.”

Riker's Chair Mounting Competition

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Jonathan Frakes

This was pretty damn epic, folks. A large and enthusiastic crowd greeted Jonathan Frakes and cheered on their favorite contestants — including a nimble dancer and a woman with a full Riker beard — as they performed their best “full Riker,” with Frakes sharing his own moves and judging the contestants. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Style points were a must! As the Commander himself put it, “Nowhere else in the world is anything like this happening!” And since the winner was declared with time to spare, Frakes happily answered questions from the audience for the remaining time.

Wine Tasting

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Casey Biggs

Packing the Grand Pacific dining room, a crowd of wine enthusiasts listened — and tasted! — as Biggs explained different varietals and offered a technique for enhancing the experience of wine: BLIC, an acronym for Balance, Length, Intensity, Complexity. For the record, Biggs himself is a winemaker and notable as the Paso Wine Guy online.

The Future of Human Space Exploration

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Rick Searfoss

Using current examples such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin projects, former NASA astronaut Rick Searfoss offered some vision into the near future, as we are beginning the transition to long-duration space flight. Most practical ideas, he noted, “will come from public and private partnerships.”

The Women's View

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Kitty Swink, Denise Crosby, Lolita Fatjo, Nana Visitor, Marnie Mosiman

Talk about a provocative hour. Denise Crosby led a conversation with Nana Visitor, Kitty Swink, Lolita Fatjo and Marnie Mosiman, and it was an open, meaningful conversation with members of the audience, including a few guys, about the position and role of women in our society and how we can all strive to live the dream of Star Trek... free of gender and racial prejudices and inequality.


BFF

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo seemed to take extra-special delight in sharing the stage with his old pal and very talented musician, Jordan Bennett. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Robert Picardo

Together, they presented a lighthearted musical comedy revue that celebrated their 40 years of friendship and kept the audience tapping their feet and laughing.

Last Call

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Karl Urban

Star Trek’s current Dr. McCoy settled into a chair on the stage of the Stardust Theater and, for a full hour, answered fan questions. He was funny, detailed and charming as he talked about Trek, Dredd, working with Al Pacino in Hangman, The Lord of the Rings and much more.

Drink of the Day

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Many a fan made one last toast with their drink of the day in hand, and that colorful drink was the brilliantly named, James Tea Kirk. The ship’s bartenders brought it to life using Bacardi Superior Rum, gin, vodka, blue curaco and lemon-lime soda. 

The Voyage Home

As the day wrapped, fans showed off their final costumes. Here are a few:

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Read the Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four and Day Five recaps and keep watching StarTrek.com for the daily updates on Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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star-trek-the-cruise-ii-day-6 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:12:36 -0800
<![CDATA[Amazon Launches Star Trek Shop]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/amazon-launches-star-trek-shop

Amazon has just introduced a brand-new Star Trek Shop featuring products inspired by Star Trek: Discovery and the entire franchise. Products include exclusive tees, cases and pop sockets. The shop will open with Discovery and Star Trek: The Original Series-themed items, with products from other Trek adventures to be added in the coming months.

And, all products will be available with Amazon Prime. Check out some of the products below:

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for details about new and upcoming products. 

 

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Amazon has just introduced a brand-new Star Trek Shop featuring products inspired by Star Trek: Discovery and the entire franchise. Products include exclusive tees, cases and pop sockets. The shop will open with Discovery and Star Trek: The Original Series-themed items, with products from other Trek adventures to be added in the coming months.

And, all products will be available with Amazon Prime. Check out some of the products below:

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for details about new and upcoming products. 

 

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amazon-launches-star-trek-shop Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:48:39 -0800
<![CDATA[INTERVIEW: Voyager's Doctor Chaotica, Martin Rayner ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/interview-voyagers-doctor-chaotica-martin-rayner

Martin Rayner played one of the most-colorful characters in all of Star Trek, even if his scenes were in black and white. The actor portrayed the megalomaniacal, mustache-twirling, Janeway-obsessed Doctor Chaotica in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, namely "Night," "Bride of Chaotica" and "Shattered." Chaotica was just one role in a long, busy career that's seen Rayner concentrate mostly on stage work, but has also encompassed such films and shows as Victor Victoria, Dallas, Problem Child, Frasier and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The actor's current project is also an old project. Rayner will play a dying Dr. Sigmund Freud in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's upcoming production of the Mark St. Germain comedy-drama, Freud’s Last Session. The Show will open on January 13 and the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. and run through March 4.

Back in 2010, when Rayner was battling prostate cancer while performing the show off-Broadway in Manhattan, he collapsed during a performance. True to the rallying cry, "The show must go on," Rayner ended up in the hospital that night, but returned to the stage the very next day. Rayner's latest turn in Freud's Last Session provided StarTrek.com the opportunity to chat with Rayner, who talked about the show, his health and his memories of bringing Doctor Chaotica to life...

Martin Rayner and Martyn Stanbridge
You're about to star in Freud's Last Session, again. Is this your first time back in the role since the Off-Broadway production?

Yes, it is. I don't usually revisit roles, but with the time going by, and then with life experiences, I thought I maybe could do it better.

Martin Rayner and Martyn Stanbridge
What continues to appeal to you about the show and the role?

For an actor, it's like going to the gym. It's got so many levels to work on that you never get bored. We did 850 performances in New York and didn't ever get stale. That’s because it's material with endless layers to explore. By that I mean the layers between two great minds and their egos and all of that, and then simply the pitfalls and the advantages of the material itself, because everything in the play was either spoken or written by the two guys. It's all things they said or thought. It's complicated stuff that you can fall into all kinds of traps with, like declaiming or putting spins on it or making it too speechified. The secret is to find the passion and thought underlying the dialogue because it's a lot of talking.

Martin Rayner and Martyn Stanbridge

You casually mentioned you've had some life experiences between then and now, but they were life-altering events. How have they changed your performance?

Well, quite a lot has happened, actually. At the time I did it in New York, I was fighting cancer and had been given five years to live. The New York Times did an article about this, saying, “The actor playing Freud in his last three weeks of life with cancer, is battling cancer.” They suggested I wasn't going to make it. It really affected my career for a while. People would say, "Well, is he still around? Is he alive?" So, that was a major thing, because I've been living with that cancer now since 2006. That’s more than 10 years. I've beaten the doctors’ prediction by five years. That's been an interesting little constant trend, as you might say. Then in March of 2017, my aorta dissected and I wasn't supposed to survive that. The hospital called my family and said, "He's probably not going to make it. You should come now."

I think what saved me was that I was up in my little cottage north of San Francisco and it happened very suddenly while I was working and digging a muddy trench in the rainy season. The circumstances just happened to save me. I was helicoptered up the Stanford Hospital, where a legendary surgeon happened to be on duty, who basically saved me. So, my life changed on a dime. What' I've been doing since March is I got on my feet really quickly and sort of surprised everyone, and I'm even running now. Also last year, my brother died of the cancer I have. He also had prostate cancer, but we went after it in different ways and, sadly, he didn't make it. As you can imagine, dealing with these things has been hard, but everyone is dealing with something.

So, coming back now to revisit Freud, I’d been away from acting for a while and things are different. They have to be. I think we always grow. Actors grow more between jobs rather than during jobs. You have life happening. You come back to your work and think, “Oh, I used to fall into that trap. That's a silly thing to do.” So, there's that part of it and then, having come back to a role after eight years, you have quite a different take. Plus, of course, it’s a different director and a different partner in crime.


Let's talk about Voyager and Doctor Chaotica. First, what did you know Star Trek in general and Voyager specifically?

I didn't know Voyager. I knew the original Star Trek because in England as a kid, I watched it and loved it. I never thought I’d be in it. I never thought I'd be in America. My grounding was TOS, but I wasn’t watching a lot of television, period, later on. I went in for a cold audition. No one knew me and I remember this particular moment in that audition where the stage manager gave me a chair and said, "You can do what you like with this chair." There were all these studio people sitting there, so I said, "Oh, OK, I think I'll destroy it with a look." These people looked up and said, "Who the hell is this?"

I did this way over-the-top, very-evil version of the audition and left. As I was walking out, they came running. "Can you come back in?" They said, "Can you now do it very, very small and very truthfully?" I did that, and I basically could tell I had it and that I was a natural for it. It was so fun to do, because on the first day there was this microphone, this old-fashioned microphone with a cord, and I was in this art deco outfit. I took the cord and snapped it, like a real snap of the wire, and the sound man said, "No, no, no. You can't do that with the sound... Now we're going to have to put it in everywhere." The director said, "No, let him do it." So, I did it, and then Kate Mulgrew picked up on the idea. When she got the microphone, she did the same thing. Everyone started cracking this whip. I don't know, there was something about that moment where I felt like I had permission to be me.

It just became such fun. Chaotica was such an over-the-top character, yet in a way, you also had to be true and real. What I love about it now, looking back, is it's kind of timeless because it's on the Holodeck. My son always says, talking about my credits, "Well, the cool one is Star Trek." I say, "But I've done all the other things." "Yeah, but Star Trek's cool."

Did you know it’d be a recurring role?

It was one episode at the time. The writers liked it and went on to the second one and then the third one. Toward the end, they started talking about a spinoff, like that Saturday morning pictures idea of a character like Chaotica. It was just an idea, and then it sort of went away.

When you were playing the role, did you have Ming in your head, or no?

Not at all, because the truth is, I was ignorant about Ming the Merciless. It was purely my instant reaction to the material. I thought, “Oh, I know who this guy is.” He was a big bad, very theatrical, yet he's got reality and fight in him. He's yearning. He’s in love with Arachnia. And he’s just gone astray. I’ve always had a soft spot for him, this poor guy. These roles only come along now and again. And it’s been very good to me, actually, because I've done some Trek conventions and signed trading cards and various things. I got quite lucky, really.

How did you get on with the Voyager cast?


Very well. Kate and I got along great. We’d sit during breaks and smoke, and she’d tell me about her family. I know that “Bride of Chaotica” was one of her favorite episodes. She was so good in it. All the actors loved the episodes because the holodeck scenes were fun for them. It was a nice break from the usual.


What do you recall of the costume and the fact that your scenes were shot in color but aired in black and white?

They were shot in color so they could be made into sepia. I have a color photograph of me on the throne in my full outfit. It's really beautiful. But it looks fantastic in the sepia effect. The make-up, I didn't even know what that was going to be until I sat in the chair and they took, I guess, a couple of hours to do it. What I liked about it was that it was still nicely me. I wasn’t completely covered over by makeup. So, that was my ego that I felt, but I thought, “People still know it's me.” They had all this new technology with air brushing, and it was pretty fascinating to watch them do it.


Just as you didn't know Chaotica would recur, can we assume you didn’t know “Shattered” would be your last time in the role?


Exactly. I didn't know. It seemed like, “I've had my great episode, so what more can I expect?” So, “Shattered” was a bit of a nice, little bonus. The only thing was, I know they were talking about having an action figure and, again, the writers kept mentioning the idea of a spinoff. But I knew better than to expect anything to come from that.

We’ve been at conventions and seen quite a few Chaoticas, often accompanied by Arachnia. Have you had the pleasure?

Yes. I’ve seen a lot of young men dressing up as Chaotica, and they did quite well. They’d come up and I'd be full of admiration with the way they’d put it all together. I'm sure there were Arachnias. I just didn't see a whole lot of them. I do remember one convention, I was walking down the corridor and Kate Mulgrew was coming the other way with her entourage. I didn't want to intrude, so I just said, "Hi Kate," and I walked on. I heard her say, "Who's that?" She'd never seen me out of makeup. Somebody said, "That's Chaotica." She said, "Stop,” turned around and came back. And we went off and had lunch.


The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information about Freud’s Last Session, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

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Martin Rayner played one of the most-colorful characters in all of Star Trek, even if his scenes were in black and white. The actor portrayed the megalomaniacal, mustache-twirling, Janeway-obsessed Doctor Chaotica in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, namely "Night," "Bride of Chaotica" and "Shattered." Chaotica was just one role in a long, busy career that's seen Rayner concentrate mostly on stage work, but has also encompassed such films and shows as Victor Victoria, Dallas, Problem Child, Frasier and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The actor's current project is also an old project. Rayner will play a dying Dr. Sigmund Freud in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's upcoming production of the Mark St. Germain comedy-drama, Freud’s Last Session. The Show will open on January 13 and the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. and run through March 4.

Back in 2010, when Rayner was battling prostate cancer while performing the show off-Broadway in Manhattan, he collapsed during a performance. True to the rallying cry, "The show must go on," Rayner ended up in the hospital that night, but returned to the stage the very next day. Rayner's latest turn in Freud's Last Session provided StarTrek.com the opportunity to chat with Rayner, who talked about the show, his health and his memories of bringing Doctor Chaotica to life...

Martin Rayner and Martyn Stanbridge
You're about to star in Freud's Last Session, again. Is this your first time back in the role since the Off-Broadway production?

Yes, it is. I don't usually revisit roles, but with the time going by, and then with life experiences, I thought I maybe could do it better.

Martin Rayner and Martyn Stanbridge
What continues to appeal to you about the show and the role?

For an actor, it's like going to the gym. It's got so many levels to work on that you never get bored. We did 850 performances in New York and didn't ever get stale. That’s because it's material with endless layers to explore. By that I mean the layers between two great minds and their egos and all of that, and then simply the pitfalls and the advantages of the material itself, because everything in the play was either spoken or written by the two guys. It's all things they said or thought. It's complicated stuff that you can fall into all kinds of traps with, like declaiming or putting spins on it or making it too speechified. The secret is to find the passion and thought underlying the dialogue because it's a lot of talking.

Martin Rayner and Martyn Stanbridge

You casually mentioned you've had some life experiences between then and now, but they were life-altering events. How have they changed your performance?

Well, quite a lot has happened, actually. At the time I did it in New York, I was fighting cancer and had been given five years to live. The New York Times did an article about this, saying, “The actor playing Freud in his last three weeks of life with cancer, is battling cancer.” They suggested I wasn't going to make it. It really affected my career for a while. People would say, "Well, is he still around? Is he alive?" So, that was a major thing, because I've been living with that cancer now since 2006. That’s more than 10 years. I've beaten the doctors’ prediction by five years. That's been an interesting little constant trend, as you might say. Then in March of 2017, my aorta dissected and I wasn't supposed to survive that. The hospital called my family and said, "He's probably not going to make it. You should come now."

I think what saved me was that I was up in my little cottage north of San Francisco and it happened very suddenly while I was working and digging a muddy trench in the rainy season. The circumstances just happened to save me. I was helicoptered up the Stanford Hospital, where a legendary surgeon happened to be on duty, who basically saved me. So, my life changed on a dime. What' I've been doing since March is I got on my feet really quickly and sort of surprised everyone, and I'm even running now. Also last year, my brother died of the cancer I have. He also had prostate cancer, but we went after it in different ways and, sadly, he didn't make it. As you can imagine, dealing with these things has been hard, but everyone is dealing with something.

So, coming back now to revisit Freud, I’d been away from acting for a while and things are different. They have to be. I think we always grow. Actors grow more between jobs rather than during jobs. You have life happening. You come back to your work and think, “Oh, I used to fall into that trap. That's a silly thing to do.” So, there's that part of it and then, having come back to a role after eight years, you have quite a different take. Plus, of course, it’s a different director and a different partner in crime.


Let's talk about Voyager and Doctor Chaotica. First, what did you know Star Trek in general and Voyager specifically?

I didn't know Voyager. I knew the original Star Trek because in England as a kid, I watched it and loved it. I never thought I’d be in it. I never thought I'd be in America. My grounding was TOS, but I wasn’t watching a lot of television, period, later on. I went in for a cold audition. No one knew me and I remember this particular moment in that audition where the stage manager gave me a chair and said, "You can do what you like with this chair." There were all these studio people sitting there, so I said, "Oh, OK, I think I'll destroy it with a look." These people looked up and said, "Who the hell is this?"

I did this way over-the-top, very-evil version of the audition and left. As I was walking out, they came running. "Can you come back in?" They said, "Can you now do it very, very small and very truthfully?" I did that, and I basically could tell I had it and that I was a natural for it. It was so fun to do, because on the first day there was this microphone, this old-fashioned microphone with a cord, and I was in this art deco outfit. I took the cord and snapped it, like a real snap of the wire, and the sound man said, "No, no, no. You can't do that with the sound... Now we're going to have to put it in everywhere." The director said, "No, let him do it." So, I did it, and then Kate Mulgrew picked up on the idea. When she got the microphone, she did the same thing. Everyone started cracking this whip. I don't know, there was something about that moment where I felt like I had permission to be me.

It just became such fun. Chaotica was such an over-the-top character, yet in a way, you also had to be true and real. What I love about it now, looking back, is it's kind of timeless because it's on the Holodeck. My son always says, talking about my credits, "Well, the cool one is Star Trek." I say, "But I've done all the other things." "Yeah, but Star Trek's cool."

Did you know it’d be a recurring role?

It was one episode at the time. The writers liked it and went on to the second one and then the third one. Toward the end, they started talking about a spinoff, like that Saturday morning pictures idea of a character like Chaotica. It was just an idea, and then it sort of went away.

When you were playing the role, did you have Ming in your head, or no?

Not at all, because the truth is, I was ignorant about Ming the Merciless. It was purely my instant reaction to the material. I thought, “Oh, I know who this guy is.” He was a big bad, very theatrical, yet he's got reality and fight in him. He's yearning. He’s in love with Arachnia. And he’s just gone astray. I’ve always had a soft spot for him, this poor guy. These roles only come along now and again. And it’s been very good to me, actually, because I've done some Trek conventions and signed trading cards and various things. I got quite lucky, really.

How did you get on with the Voyager cast?


Very well. Kate and I got along great. We’d sit during breaks and smoke, and she’d tell me about her family. I know that “Bride of Chaotica” was one of her favorite episodes. She was so good in it. All the actors loved the episodes because the holodeck scenes were fun for them. It was a nice break from the usual.


What do you recall of the costume and the fact that your scenes were shot in color but aired in black and white?

They were shot in color so they could be made into sepia. I have a color photograph of me on the throne in my full outfit. It's really beautiful. But it looks fantastic in the sepia effect. The make-up, I didn't even know what that was going to be until I sat in the chair and they took, I guess, a couple of hours to do it. What I liked about it was that it was still nicely me. I wasn’t completely covered over by makeup. So, that was my ego that I felt, but I thought, “People still know it's me.” They had all this new technology with air brushing, and it was pretty fascinating to watch them do it.


Just as you didn't know Chaotica would recur, can we assume you didn’t know “Shattered” would be your last time in the role?


Exactly. I didn't know. It seemed like, “I've had my great episode, so what more can I expect?” So, “Shattered” was a bit of a nice, little bonus. The only thing was, I know they were talking about having an action figure and, again, the writers kept mentioning the idea of a spinoff. But I knew better than to expect anything to come from that.

We’ve been at conventions and seen quite a few Chaoticas, often accompanied by Arachnia. Have you had the pleasure?

Yes. I’ve seen a lot of young men dressing up as Chaotica, and they did quite well. They’d come up and I'd be full of admiration with the way they’d put it all together. I'm sure there were Arachnias. I just didn't see a whole lot of them. I do remember one convention, I was walking down the corridor and Kate Mulgrew was coming the other way with her entourage. I didn't want to intrude, so I just said, "Hi Kate," and I walked on. I heard her say, "Who's that?" She'd never seen me out of makeup. Somebody said, "That's Chaotica." She said, "Stop,” turned around and came back. And we went off and had lunch.


The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information about Freud’s Last Session, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

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interview-voyagers-doctor-chaotica-martin-rayner Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise II - Day 5]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-ii-day-5

The Norwegian Jade pulled into Costa Maya, Mexico, setting the stage for Day 5 of Star Trek: The Cruise II. Most fans spent the day off the ship, visiting Mayan ruins, having fun at the nearby water park, and/or indulging in other excursions and activities. Later on and into the evening, all the action was back on board. And StarTrek.com has the scoop:


Max Is Back!

star trek the cruise, Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik, introduced reverently by Armin Shimerman as his "comic relief and my pain in the ass" during DS9, came to the stage apologizing for a music mixup that left him without access to many of his music files. He nonetheless gamely entertained the assembled crowd with songs he described as "leftovers" from his Star Trek Rat Pack act. Singing lyrics inspired by his time on DS9, accompanied by familiar, contemporary song melodies, the ditties included "Ferengi, Ferenga", "Alehouse Quark", "Auto-graphitis", with storylines culled from Trek lore and his fellow actors.

star trek the cruise, Max Grodenchik, Armin Shimerman

Having introduced Grodenchik, Shimerman stayed in the audience and was frequently goaded into joining his friend on stage. He finally relented, duet-ing with Grodenchik on "The Paramount Song.”

Liar’s Club

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Phil Plait, Robb Pearlman & Jeffrey Combs

Anyone who thought Ethan Phillips’ raunchy standup act wasn’t blue enough probably felt right at home at this event, which featured Phil Plaitt, Robb Pearlman and Jeffrey Combs. The trio arrived with drinks in hand, and proceeded to lie their way through providing the definitions of such words as blenophobia, crapulence, erectarrine, hemi-pygic.


Blackjack Tournament

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer led the night’s poker tournament, interacting with the fans playing at his table and the crowd standing all around him. Even from a distance, you could hear the cheers and boos of people reacting to the cards the dealer dealt.


In Search of Lost Time

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Brent Spiner

One of the highlights of the cruise is watching familiar Trek actors display another facet of their talent. Case in point: Brent Spiner, who wowed a full house with his Cabaret act that incorporated song and stories.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Brent Spiner

Among the choice anecdotes: several years after TNG ended, he was in New Orleans to shoot a movie. He needed a suit and with the wardrobe department, the options were narrowed down to three. One was too big, another too small and third third fit like a glove. Since wardrobe tends to make the rounds in the film and TV, business, Spiner looked at the jacket’s label to see who’d worn it before him. It read: Brent Spiner... The Next Generation.


Holo-Disco Party

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Fans boogied at this 70s-themed party, with Band 47, looking chic oversized shades, Afros and period outfits, cranking out the disco classics. Check out some of the great outfits sported by fans....

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Trek Dining & Bars

Much to the delight — general and gastronomical — of fans, the Jade’s restaurants have been rechristened with Trek-style names and, in many cases, Trek-themed food items, with Neelix himself suggesting daily specials. Among Neelix's Dish of the Day in the Grand Pacific dining room are: Chicken a la Sisko, Pasta Boudin, Kohlanese Stew, Unhura's Lemon Chicken, Alfarian Hair Pasta and Dr. McCoy's Pork & Tennessee Smoked Baked Beans.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

At Sandrine’s II, diners may enjoy a full menu of Trek-style French cuisine including Plomeek Spicy Soup, Sisko's Creole Shrimp, Seven of Nine's Fettran Risotto, Chicken Warp Core-don Bleu, a Bolian Souffle and Sisko's Betazoid Uttaberry Crepe.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The Klingon Karnivoria is inspired by the Brazilian churrascarias of Earth and the feasting halls of Qo’noS. And the food included heart of targ, Gaga, and Kraft leg accompanied by a falcon of bloodwine.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The social center of the Jade, 13 Forward (appropriately on the 13th floor on the forward part of the ship), serves as the social center of the ship. In addition to a fully stocked bar, it’s home to a stage encircled by rows of comfortable seats, perfect for fans checking out Q&A’s, one-man shows, late night music and celebrity bingo.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The Shore Leave Bar in the ship’s atrium has been a fan favorite, situated in the heart of the Jade, serving great drinks, screening cool Trek content and offering Geeki Tiki mugs.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The Pit Stop bar overlooking the pool is inspired by Route 66. Don't miss the "Easter Eggs" featuring some of the best license plates from across the galaxy.


Drink of the Day

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Fans with a sweet tooth were quick to beam up Tuesday’s drink, Orion’s Belt. It’s a combo of Midori, Malibu Rum, pineapple juice and cream.


Read the Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four recaps and keep watching StarTrek.com for the daily updates on Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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The Norwegian Jade pulled into Costa Maya, Mexico, setting the stage for Day 5 of Star Trek: The Cruise II. Most fans spent the day off the ship, visiting Mayan ruins, having fun at the nearby water park, and/or indulging in other excursions and activities. Later on and into the evening, all the action was back on board. And StarTrek.com has the scoop:


Max Is Back!

star trek the cruise, Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik, introduced reverently by Armin Shimerman as his "comic relief and my pain in the ass" during DS9, came to the stage apologizing for a music mixup that left him without access to many of his music files. He nonetheless gamely entertained the assembled crowd with songs he described as "leftovers" from his Star Trek Rat Pack act. Singing lyrics inspired by his time on DS9, accompanied by familiar, contemporary song melodies, the ditties included "Ferengi, Ferenga", "Alehouse Quark", "Auto-graphitis", with storylines culled from Trek lore and his fellow actors.

star trek the cruise, Max Grodenchik, Armin Shimerman

Having introduced Grodenchik, Shimerman stayed in the audience and was frequently goaded into joining his friend on stage. He finally relented, duet-ing with Grodenchik on "The Paramount Song.”

Liar’s Club

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Phil Plait, Robb Pearlman & Jeffrey Combs

Anyone who thought Ethan Phillips’ raunchy standup act wasn’t blue enough probably felt right at home at this event, which featured Phil Plaitt, Robb Pearlman and Jeffrey Combs. The trio arrived with drinks in hand, and proceeded to lie their way through providing the definitions of such words as blenophobia, crapulence, erectarrine, hemi-pygic.


Blackjack Tournament

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer led the night’s poker tournament, interacting with the fans playing at his table and the crowd standing all around him. Even from a distance, you could hear the cheers and boos of people reacting to the cards the dealer dealt.


In Search of Lost Time

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Brent Spiner

One of the highlights of the cruise is watching familiar Trek actors display another facet of their talent. Case in point: Brent Spiner, who wowed a full house with his Cabaret act that incorporated song and stories.

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Brent Spiner

Among the choice anecdotes: several years after TNG ended, he was in New Orleans to shoot a movie. He needed a suit and with the wardrobe department, the options were narrowed down to three. One was too big, another too small and third third fit like a glove. Since wardrobe tends to make the rounds in the film and TV, business, Spiner looked at the jacket’s label to see who’d worn it before him. It read: Brent Spiner... The Next Generation.


Holo-Disco Party

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Fans boogied at this 70s-themed party, with Band 47, looking chic oversized shades, Afros and period outfits, cranking out the disco classics. Check out some of the great outfits sported by fans....

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Trek Dining & Bars

Much to the delight — general and gastronomical — of fans, the Jade’s restaurants have been rechristened with Trek-style names and, in many cases, Trek-themed food items, with Neelix himself suggesting daily specials. Among Neelix's Dish of the Day in the Grand Pacific dining room are: Chicken a la Sisko, Pasta Boudin, Kohlanese Stew, Unhura's Lemon Chicken, Alfarian Hair Pasta and Dr. McCoy's Pork & Tennessee Smoked Baked Beans.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

At Sandrine’s II, diners may enjoy a full menu of Trek-style French cuisine including Plomeek Spicy Soup, Sisko's Creole Shrimp, Seven of Nine's Fettran Risotto, Chicken Warp Core-don Bleu, a Bolian Souffle and Sisko's Betazoid Uttaberry Crepe.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The Klingon Karnivoria is inspired by the Brazilian churrascarias of Earth and the feasting halls of Qo’noS. And the food included heart of targ, Gaga, and Kraft leg accompanied by a falcon of bloodwine.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The social center of the Jade, 13 Forward (appropriately on the 13th floor on the forward part of the ship), serves as the social center of the ship. In addition to a fully stocked bar, it’s home to a stage encircled by rows of comfortable seats, perfect for fans checking out Q&A’s, one-man shows, late night music and celebrity bingo.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The Shore Leave Bar in the ship’s atrium has been a fan favorite, situated in the heart of the Jade, serving great drinks, screening cool Trek content and offering Geeki Tiki mugs.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

The Pit Stop bar overlooking the pool is inspired by Route 66. Don't miss the "Easter Eggs" featuring some of the best license plates from across the galaxy.


Drink of the Day

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Fans with a sweet tooth were quick to beam up Tuesday’s drink, Orion’s Belt. It’s a combo of Midori, Malibu Rum, pineapple juice and cream.


Read the Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four recaps and keep watching StarTrek.com for the daily updates on Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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star-trek-the-cruise-ii-day-5 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:19:32 -0800
<![CDATA[PREVIEW: Boldly Go, Vol. 2]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/preview-boldly-go-vol-2

Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 is IDW Publishing’s latest all-new comic-book adventure featuring the current version of the Enterprise crew. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art by Tony Shasteen and Megan Levens, as well as a George Caltsoudas cover, the story follows the Federation and the Romulans as they convene in the wake of the Borg attack. However, the precarious peace is threatened by the murder of a key diplomat... and a Starfleet cadet is the prime suspect. At the heart of the tale is Star Trek Beyond’s breakout character, Jaylah.

Featuring characters from IDW’s Starfleet Academy series, Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 gathers together issues #7–12. It runs 144 pages and is priced at $19.99. Check out StarTrek.com's exclusive preview below:

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

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Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 is IDW Publishing’s latest all-new comic-book adventure featuring the current version of the Enterprise crew. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art by Tony Shasteen and Megan Levens, as well as a George Caltsoudas cover, the story follows the Federation and the Romulans as they convene in the wake of the Borg attack. However, the precarious peace is threatened by the murder of a key diplomat... and a Starfleet cadet is the prime suspect. At the heart of the tale is Star Trek Beyond’s breakout character, Jaylah.

Featuring characters from IDW’s Starfleet Academy series, Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 gathers together issues #7–12. It runs 144 pages and is priced at $19.99. Check out StarTrek.com's exclusive preview below:

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

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preview-boldly-go-vol-2 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:30:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Cruise II - Day 4]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-cruise-ii-day-4

Day Four of Star Trek: The Cruise II offered the perfect combination of fun in the sun and onboard activities. The Norwegian Jade pulled into port in Belize, to Norwegian’s gorgeous, new private island — dubbed Risa for the occasion — where fans walked just a short distance and settled into chaise lounges on the beach or at the pool, play games or try the zipline, grab lunch, rent a kayak and more.

Risa Scavenger Hunt

Star Trek: The Cruise II,

For many fans on this day, the adventure on Risa began with a treasure hunt. Fans received sheets with riddles/clues, along with pencils, and had to track down the riddle answers and fill out their sheets. More than 100 people participated and only 2 people got all the answers right.

Sand Castle Competition

Star Trek: The Cruise II,

Groups of creative fans trekked to this event, crafting impressive castles in the shape of a Starfleet delta, Klingon warbirds, the Enterprise, a Borg cube and the Enterprise bridge. Check out the sand creations:

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


High Lord Cuckoo Face, 3 Little Klingons & O' Reilly Too

Star Trek: The Cruise II, robert o'reilly

The title of Robert O’Reilly’s panel alone lured fans — a full house — to 13 Forward on Monday evening. And the explanation came early... O’Reilly and his wife had triplet boys years ago. He didn’t let them watch him as Gowron on Trek for a while, “lest they be scared by me or think they’re going to look like me.” When the boys did, they didn’t like the name Gowron. And this they dubbed him “High Lord Cuckoo Face.” “It kind of fits, you know?” he said rhetorically. “I couldn’t argue with them!” O’Reilly then regaled the audience with tales of fatherhood, the joys and horrors of raising baby boys that turn into teens and then young adults; they’re 21 now. He read a poem, “The Jabberwocky,” and talked about his life and career, and his appreciation of Star Trek. All in all, he kept fans rapt for an hour. It was funny, bittersweet and a deeply personal O’Reilly-audience experience.

Star Trek Squares

Star Trek: The Cruise II

One of major hits of the entire cruise, George Takei served as the center square of this funny, often profane Trek-ified version of The Hollywood Squares. Also participating... two fans, Jonathan Frakes, Rene Auberjonois, Denise Crosby, Phil Plait, Ian Spelling, Robb Pearlman, Kurt Larson of Information Society, and the Gorn. JT Watters, our cruise director, masterfully oversaw the chaos. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II, george takei

Star Trek: The Cruise II, jonathan frakes

Star Trek: The Cruise II, denise crosby

Star Trek: The Cruise II, rene auberjonois

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Gorn

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Risa's Festival of the Moon Party

Star Trek: The Cruise II, jonathan frakes

The weather was perfect for a late-night outdoor party, and Jonathan Frakes got it started. He implored the crowd to behave themselves and not to drink and drew, which drew big laughs, and exited the stage, leaving Band 47 to crank out nearly two hours of classic dance songs that had everyone dancing. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


The Science of Soil

Star Trek: The Cruise II, James Cassidy

James Cassidy isn’t just a member of Information Society, but he’s also a professor. During a panel that even Spock would find fascinating, he made the argument that all life is derived from the energy of the sun, which is “processed” by photosynthesis in plants. All of them derive their nutrients from soil; soil is formed by rocks that have dissolved in water over millennia. “Inside a single pinch of soil there are over 1 billion living organisms... and tens of thousands of different species in that pinch of soil are processing the elements needed for life,” Cassidy said. “Every atom in your body started out in a rock whose nutrients and minerals were broken down by plants. Protecting the soil is Job #1 for earthlings.”


Live Art

Star Trek: The Cruise II, JK Woodward

Renowned artist JK Woodward’s piece of the day was a painting of a Romulan Warbird in deep space. Woodward discussed his process: he works with gouache, a very flexible medium that can mimic oil paints, watercolor, or acrylic, which makes it perfect for the effects he likes to achieve. A trick for creating star fields: a toothbrush. Dipped in water and white paint, he sprinkles droplets across the black sky. A painstaking and exacting artist, he revealed that a single page of a comic takes him 20 hours to complete.


Drink of the Day

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Chaotica’s Death Ray packed a punch. The drink of the day combined Coconut rum, Bacardi Superior, Bacardi 151, banana liquer, pineapple juice and cranberry juice into a villainously tasty concoction. 


The Star Trek Game Room

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Fans who want to meet other fans, just want to try something different or need to relax... can be found in the perfect place, a living room-style game room with a fun assortment of games to play.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

And so, throughout the cruise, we’ve glimpsed fans assembling a Trek puzzle or playing Star Trek Risk, Star Trek Catan, Star Trek Panic and Star Trek Fleet Captains.


Star Trek Library

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Still can’t get enough Trek? Then, check out the library, filled with more than 100 paperback Trek novels. There are titles by Diane Duane, Peter David, Alan Dean Foster, Greg Cox, David Mack, Barbara Paul and dozens of other authors.

Read the Day One, Day Two and Day Three recaps and keep watching StarTrek.com for the daily updates on Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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Day Four of Star Trek: The Cruise II offered the perfect combination of fun in the sun and onboard activities. The Norwegian Jade pulled into port in Belize, to Norwegian’s gorgeous, new private island — dubbed Risa for the occasion — where fans walked just a short distance and settled into chaise lounges on the beach or at the pool, play games or try the zipline, grab lunch, rent a kayak and more.

Risa Scavenger Hunt

Star Trek: The Cruise II,

For many fans on this day, the adventure on Risa began with a treasure hunt. Fans received sheets with riddles/clues, along with pencils, and had to track down the riddle answers and fill out their sheets. More than 100 people participated and only 2 people got all the answers right.

Sand Castle Competition

Star Trek: The Cruise II,

Groups of creative fans trekked to this event, crafting impressive castles in the shape of a Starfleet delta, Klingon warbirds, the Enterprise, a Borg cube and the Enterprise bridge. Check out the sand creations:

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


High Lord Cuckoo Face, 3 Little Klingons & O' Reilly Too

Star Trek: The Cruise II, robert o'reilly

The title of Robert O’Reilly’s panel alone lured fans — a full house — to 13 Forward on Monday evening. And the explanation came early... O’Reilly and his wife had triplet boys years ago. He didn’t let them watch him as Gowron on Trek for a while, “lest they be scared by me or think they’re going to look like me.” When the boys did, they didn’t like the name Gowron. And this they dubbed him “High Lord Cuckoo Face.” “It kind of fits, you know?” he said rhetorically. “I couldn’t argue with them!” O’Reilly then regaled the audience with tales of fatherhood, the joys and horrors of raising baby boys that turn into teens and then young adults; they’re 21 now. He read a poem, “The Jabberwocky,” and talked about his life and career, and his appreciation of Star Trek. All in all, he kept fans rapt for an hour. It was funny, bittersweet and a deeply personal O’Reilly-audience experience.

Star Trek Squares

Star Trek: The Cruise II

One of major hits of the entire cruise, George Takei served as the center square of this funny, often profane Trek-ified version of The Hollywood Squares. Also participating... two fans, Jonathan Frakes, Rene Auberjonois, Denise Crosby, Phil Plait, Ian Spelling, Robb Pearlman, Kurt Larson of Information Society, and the Gorn. JT Watters, our cruise director, masterfully oversaw the chaos. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II, george takei

Star Trek: The Cruise II, jonathan frakes

Star Trek: The Cruise II, denise crosby

Star Trek: The Cruise II, rene auberjonois

Star Trek: The Cruise II, Gorn

Star Trek: The Cruise II


Risa's Festival of the Moon Party

Star Trek: The Cruise II, jonathan frakes

The weather was perfect for a late-night outdoor party, and Jonathan Frakes got it started. He implored the crowd to behave themselves and not to drink and drew, which drew big laughs, and exited the stage, leaving Band 47 to crank out nearly two hours of classic dance songs that had everyone dancing. 

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Star Trek: The Cruise II


The Science of Soil

Star Trek: The Cruise II, James Cassidy

James Cassidy isn’t just a member of Information Society, but he’s also a professor. During a panel that even Spock would find fascinating, he made the argument that all life is derived from the energy of the sun, which is “processed” by photosynthesis in plants. All of them derive their nutrients from soil; soil is formed by rocks that have dissolved in water over millennia. “Inside a single pinch of soil there are over 1 billion living organisms... and tens of thousands of different species in that pinch of soil are processing the elements needed for life,” Cassidy said. “Every atom in your body started out in a rock whose nutrients and minerals were broken down by plants. Protecting the soil is Job #1 for earthlings.”


Live Art

Star Trek: The Cruise II, JK Woodward

Renowned artist JK Woodward’s piece of the day was a painting of a Romulan Warbird in deep space. Woodward discussed his process: he works with gouache, a very flexible medium that can mimic oil paints, watercolor, or acrylic, which makes it perfect for the effects he likes to achieve. A trick for creating star fields: a toothbrush. Dipped in water and white paint, he sprinkles droplets across the black sky. A painstaking and exacting artist, he revealed that a single page of a comic takes him 20 hours to complete.


Drink of the Day

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Chaotica’s Death Ray packed a punch. The drink of the day combined Coconut rum, Bacardi Superior, Bacardi 151, banana liquer, pineapple juice and cranberry juice into a villainously tasty concoction. 


The Star Trek Game Room

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Fans who want to meet other fans, just want to try something different or need to relax... can be found in the perfect place, a living room-style game room with a fun assortment of games to play.

Star Trek: The Cruise II

And so, throughout the cruise, we’ve glimpsed fans assembling a Trek puzzle or playing Star Trek Risk, Star Trek Catan, Star Trek Panic and Star Trek Fleet Captains.


Star Trek Library

Star Trek: The Cruise II

Still can’t get enough Trek? Then, check out the library, filled with more than 100 paperback Trek novels. There are titles by Diane Duane, Peter David, Alan Dean Foster, Greg Cox, David Mack, Barbara Paul and dozens of other authors.

Read the Day One, Day Two and Day Three recaps and keep watching StarTrek.com for the daily updates on Star Trek: The Cruise II.

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star-trek-the-cruise-ii-day-4 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:26:09 -0800
<![CDATA[Jason Isaacs Set for DST Birmingham]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/jason-isaacs-set-for-dst-birmingham

Jason Isaacs, who's already been announced as a guest at Destination Star Trek Germany this April, will now also make the trek to the U.K. for Destination Star Trek Birmingham. Set to be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, from October 19-21, 2018, the event will also feature appearances by a couple of Isaacs' Star Trek: Discovery co-stars - Mary Chieffo (L'Rell) and Kenneth Mitchell (Kol) - along with Trek celebrities from across the franchise and the Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Fans attending DST Birmingham will enjoy photo ops, autographs and panels, as well as be able to assume command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-D, and check out props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum. 

Visit Destination Star Trek for tickets and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about guests and programming.

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Jason Isaacs, who's already been announced as a guest at Destination Star Trek Germany this April, will now also make the trek to the U.K. for Destination Star Trek Birmingham. Set to be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, from October 19-21, 2018, the event will also feature appearances by a couple of Isaacs' Star Trek: Discovery co-stars - Mary Chieffo (L'Rell) and Kenneth Mitchell (Kol) - along with Trek celebrities from across the franchise and the Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Fans attending DST Birmingham will enjoy photo ops, autographs and panels, as well as be able to assume command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-D, and check out props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum. 

Visit Destination Star Trek for tickets and keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about guests and programming.

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jason-isaacs-set-for-dst-birmingham Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:53:48 -0800