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Stardate 95101.76 through 95118.18 

July 02, 2017 – July 08, 2017

Welcome to the inaugural edition of GGA Ready Room! Here you will find a weekly round up of Star Trek news from the previous week. The standard date for the post will be shown in the title  but the week being recapped (July 2 through July 8 in this case) will be shown in the main header in Stardate format as calculated by ST:Online – this calculator will be used since there is not a standard format across all the television shows and feature films and it is easily accessible.

 

Featured Summary

Since Star Trek: Discovery will be our next adventure, there has been a lot of ST:D content on the site leading up to this inaugural GGA Ready Room! 

 

What have our favorite Star Trek players been up to? 

  • George Takei (Hikaru Sulu, ST:TOS) spoke with the South China Morning Post about his recent activities. His stint on the off-Broadway show Pacific Overtures has finally ended and he is soon to begin work as the creative director of Fifth Journey, a Hong Kong based gaming company that works on “mobile games, virtual reality entertainment, and Esports” as potential marketing promotions for the film industry. Takei’s role will be to work with the game based on the stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings.
  • After the surprise announcement that LeVar Burton (Geordie LaForge, ST:TNG) has started a Reading Rainbow-like podcast (LeVar Burton Reads), the actor made an appearance as a guest panelist at the National Education Association’s Rep Assembly.
    • Though this occurred before July 02, it is of important note: Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard, ST:TNG) announced that he wrote the forward in a book written by the CBE of Refuge, a charity he works closely with in honor of his mother.

  • The first featured female captain, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Katherine Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager) spoke at Denver Comic Con. She gave advice on life and acting and talked about her own career. One of the things she talked about was refusing to allow her character to be sexualized for ratings, which prompted the arrival of most fans’ favorite redeemed Borg member, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Her entire panel can be watched below, courtesy of Denver Comic Con:

 

A Look Back This Week in Star Trek History

What episodes of what shows aired this time in history? What movies were released? If these are questions you constantly ask, you’ll find the answer here!

  • ST:TNG, Season 2, Episode 21, “Peak Performance”, July 8, 1989

 

Mixed Media

Whether it be fan art, a mash-up music video, music from the series, game related news, or just recently discovered concept art, below you will find all the arts of Star Trek from this week.

  • Did you know that you can view and purchase select prints of the 50 Artist. 50 Years. exhibit from the 50th celebration of Star Trek? StarTrek.com has the full collection with interviews with the artists. I can’t decide which one I want to purchase! If you buy one, tweet at us or send us a picture of it hanging in your office or house!
  • July is Klingon Month in Star Trek: Timelines! On Thursday, July 06, the game started their July mega-event, “A Good Day to Lie,” in which the Klingon Empire is at risk of self destruction after the kidnapping of Chancellor Martok. Players are tasked with earning the respect and honor of Klingon warriors while trying to rescue the chancellor and keep the Empire from falling.

 

Official Federation Sanctioned Events

If you are lucky enough to live near enough, one of the following events coming up this month may be of interest to you. If you do attend, take pictures and let us know how it went!

  • May 21, 2016 – December 31, 2017Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds in Seattle, Washington. This event is an exhibition showcasing the impact that Star Trek has had on every day life from culture and arts to technology and even sports.
  • July 08, 2016 – November 05, 2017Star Trek: The Exhibition – Blackpool in Blackpool, United Kingdom. Tour Star Trek’s fifty years of history! Andrew Edwards, stage designer, designed the exhibition with originals from the shows and movies for your viewing pleasure.
  • May 02, 2017 – July 30, 2017 Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, New York. From StarTrek.com: Experience the iconic franchise with this meticulously designed TOS set tour that brings memories to life.
  • July 13, 2017 – July 14, 2017 Star Trek (2009): Live in Concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s a movie screening. It’s a live orchestral event. How can this not be on your list to attend?? Watch the 2009 J.J. Abrams film that kicked off the Kelvin timeline with a live orchestra playing along. If you can’t make it to the show in Minnesota, maybe you can catch it in Milan, Italy, in September…. 
  • July 23, 2017 – Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert in London, United Kingdom. This is another symphonic event, but it showcases all the music of the fifty years of Star Trek.

 

En Memorium

Red shirts are not the only crew members lost in Star Trek. We pay our respects to the following men and women that served their time with Starfleet, the Federation, or touched some form of the Star Trek universe:

  • Star Trek: The Original Series stuntman & stunt coordinator Loren Janes (1931-2017) passed away at the age of 85 on June 24, 2017, but his connection to Star Trek was acknowledge on Startrek.com on July 02, 2017. In addition to his work on ST:TOS, Janes worked as both a stuntman and an actor with many notable men and women in Hollywood, including Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, and Michael Douglas, as well as Debbie Reynolds. His extensive film credits include GGA favorites Planet of the Apes (1968) and Blazing Saddles (1978).

Loren Janes, IMDB

  • Star Trek: The Original Series guest star Skip Homeier (1930-2017) passed away at the age of 86 on June 25, 2017, with news of his passing being reported on Startrek.com on July 02, 2017. Homeier played two different characters in ST:TOS, Melakon (“Patterns of Force”) and Dr. Sevrin (“The Way to Eden”). Though he retired from acting in 1982, Homeier is credited with over one hundred roles, including small parts on 1978’s The Incredible Hulk, 1964’s The Addams Family, and 1963’s The Outer Limits.

Skip Homeier as Dr. Sevrin in “The Way to Eden”, Photo by CBS Photo Archive – © 1969 CBS Photo Archive

 

The Neutral Fan Zone

Look, Star Trek is all about unity and peace. How else can we embrace that than by celebrating our GGA followers? Since this is the first GGA Ready Room, we’ll get started with me, your host and cruise director for this fun ride. This way I can showcase the format and maybe inspire you to submit your own self for Fan of the Week! 

GGA Ready Room Fan Zone Talyna Morrison July 09 2017

How to submit yourself for the GGA Ready Room Fan Zone: Follow @geekgirlauth and tweet any GGA Star Trek article with the tags #GGANews #FanZone. That’s it! 

 

Boldly Go On Your Way

This wraps up this week’s GGA Ready Room! Thank you for joining us as we explore the universe of Star Trek, one week at a time. If I missed anything, please let me know and it’ll be included in next week’s news round up! Until next time, boldly go on your way, in your own way, and report back your findings.

Talyna
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