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Stardate 95369.89 through 95389.04

October 08, 2017 – October 14, 2017

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of GGA Ready Room! Let’s take a look at what Star Trek news we missed last week, shall we? As a reminder: the standard date for the post will be shown in the title but the week being recapped (October 08 through October 14 in this case) will be shown in the main header in Stardate format as calculated by Star Trek: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.

There may be potential spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery in the weekly Star Trek News Round Up. No intentional spoilers are posted, but if you are not fully up to date with the show, please be aware that some links and included commentary on the show may inadvertently leave breadcrumbs or clues that you may want to avoid. No outright spoilers will ever be posted without advance warning. 


Featured Summary


What have our favorite Star Trek players been up to? 

  • Star Trek actor and director, Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker, ST:TNG) has been very vocal with his support of Seth McFarlane‘s The Orville. When considering Frakes as the scifi fan he is, that comes no surprise, and even less of a surprise when you take into account the fact that he is credited as director of an Orville episode (Season 1, Episode 5, “Pria”). The Planetary Union Network is the fan-produced companion podcast to The Orville and Frakes took a moment to pop in and talk about the Star Trek inspired comedy drama:

  • Star Trek: Discovery‘s Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham) is the cover girl and cover story of Watch! magazine for September-October. She discusses her approach to acting, what she holds dear in life, and exactly how much Star Trek she had seen before filming ST:Discovery. See a preview of her story in the pictures below and read a few quotes over at CBS – but be sure to pick up the magazine for the full article!

Star Trek Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green Watch Magazine Cover

Star Trek Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green Watch Magazine

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Counselor Troi, Marina Sirtis, has announced her official fan app! The app is designed to provide fans direct access to the actress’ schedule, from her theater and movie appearances to her convention schedule to even more.

  • Fan favorite, LeVar Burton (Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, ST:TNG) served as the keynote speaker at the Literacy for Life Luncheon that benefited Little By Little, a program designed to introduce literacy to young minds at California WIC locations. They advertise themselves as a “school readiness program” because they help get children, from birth to age 5, involved in reading, much the same way Burton’s Reading Rainbow has done.

  • Jeri Ryan, the reformed Borg, Seven of Nine, from Star Trek: Voyager, has spent the last few years guest starring on TNT’s crime drama, Major Crimes, the retitled/spin-off of Kyra Sedgwick‘s The Closer, as Defense Attorney Linda Rothman. The show recently celebrated their 100th episode and Ryan was in attendance with her husband, Chef Christophe Eme! See her trio of Twitter messages below about messing up her own party arrival announcement…

  • The new face of Spock’s father, James Frain (Sarek, Star Trek:Discovery), responded to the news that the show has wrapped by expressing his wishes that the fans enjoy the show as much as he enjoyed being part of it:

  • Star Trek:Voyager‘s holographic doctor, Robert Picardo, is no stranger to real-world science. He hosts The Planetary Society‘s monthly video podcast, The Planetary Post! But he is also part of movements to teach and spread awareness of climate change. One of the ways he is doing this is by helping to promote a new children’s book on Kickstarter called The Tantrum that Saved the World. The book, co-authored by Megan Herbert and Michael E. Mann, follows one child as she inherits a problem and turns her upset anger into a positive result. It will teach the science behind climate change at a child’s level, as well, allowing for an educational as well as entertaining experience. See Picardo’s endorsement below and back the book, if you choose!

  • When stars open up about having a health issue or a disorder, they help to bring awareness to the disease or illness, which can bring about funding or wider acceptance. Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, “Kelvin Timeline”, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Beyond, Star Trek: Into Darkness) recently sat with WebMD (yes, the health website) and she graces the October issue of their magazine. Not only does she discuss her life with Hashimoto’s Disease, she also delves into her family life, her career, and her push for education and immunizations for all children. The entire magazine can be read online or can be found on the tables of many doctor’s offices.

  • The Spock to Saldana’s Uhura, Zachary Quinto spoke at the Oxford Union as part of their Speaker Series. He spoke on his life, acting, and answered questions of all sorts. The full video, provided by Oxford Union, can be found below:

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:Voyager, Season 4, Episode 6, “The Raven”, October 08, 1997
  • ST:Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 5, “Impulse”, October 08, 2003
  • ST:Discovery, Season 1, Episode 4, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”, October 08, 2017
  • ST:Enterprise, Season 4, “Storm Front”, October 08, 2004
  • ST:Voyager, Season 3, Episode 6, “Remember”, October 09, 1996
  • ST:DS9, Season 4, Episode 2, “The Visitor”, October 09, 1995
  • ST:Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 4, “Dead Stop”, October 09, 2002
  • ST:TNG, Season 1, Episode 3, “Code of Honor”, October 10, 1987
  • ST:TNG, Season 6, Episode 4, “Relics”, October 10, 1992
  • ST:TNG, Season 7, Episode 4, “Gambit, Part I”, October 10, 1993
  • ST:DS9, Season 2, Episode 3, “The Siege”, October 10, 1993
  • ST:DS9, Season 3, Episode 3, “The House of Quark”, October 10, 1994
  • ST:Enterprise, Season 1, Episode 4, “Strange New World”, October 10, 2001
  • ST:TOS, Season 3, Episode 4, “And the Children Shall Lead”, October 11, 1968
  • ST:Voyager, Season 7, Episode 2, “Imperfection”, October 11, 2000
  • ST:Animated, Season 2, Episode 6, “The Counter-Clock Incident”, October 12, 1974
  • ST:TNG, Season 5, Episode 4, “Silicon Avatar”, October 12, 1991
  • ST:TOS, Season 1, Episode 6, “Mudd’s Women”, October 13, 1966
  • ST:TOS, Season 2, Episode 5, “The Apple”, October 13, 1967
  • ST:Animated, Season 1, Episode 6, “The Survivor”, October 13, 1973
  • ST:TNG, Season 4, Episode 4, “Suddenly Human”, October 13, 1990
  • ST:DS9, Season 6, Episode 3, “Sons and Daughters”, October 13, 1997
  • ST:Voyager, Season 6, Episode 4, “Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy”, October 13, 1999
  • ST:TNG, Season 3, Episode 4, “Who Watches the Watchers”, October 14, 1989
  • ST:DS9, Season 5, Episode 3, “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places”, October 14, 1996
  • ST:Voyager, Season 5, Episode 1, “Night”, October 14, 1998
  • ST:DS9, Season 7, Episode 3, “Afterimages”, October 14, 1998


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.

  • The second Star Trek:Discovery novel has been announced! The Desperate Hours sequel will be titled Drastic Measures. It will be released as a paperback, eBook, and audio-book on February 06, 2018, from Simon & Schuster / Pocket Books for $16USD. Dayton Ward will bring to life the story, set ten years before Battle at the Binary Stars (the second episode of Star Trek: Discovery), where a contagion has infected the food supplies of a Federation colony on Tarsus IV, threatening its eight-thousand people. The official synopsis is below:

It is 2246, ten years prior to the “Battle at the Binary Stars,” and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

  • There was an adorable update to #JasonGorn’s journey this week! Ted Sullivan (Co-Executive Producer, Star Trek:Discovery) offers a little behind the scenes image of the little toy Gorn being intimidated by Kenneth Mitchell in costume as Kol on the set of Star Trek:Discovery. To see more Jason Gorn adventures, search Twitter for #JasonGorn!

  • What does it take to transform Doug Jones into Lieutenant Saru? A lot more than just a little makeup and prosthetics! Watch the behind-the-scenes clip from Star Trek below:

  • Are you a trivia nut? Do you own an Amazon Echo? Then you can update Alexa with the Star Trek skill and run through a little trivia provided by CBS! This may seem exciting, and it honestly is, but be prepared to argue with Alexa on a few points – the reviews over on Amazon bring up a few contentious points. It also appears to only include Star Trek: The Original Series trivia, so you may want to give the show a rewatch. If you try your hand at this Amazon Echo skill, let us know your thoughts!

  • Star Trek fan Bree David took indoor gardening to the next level by hand painting little terracotta pots with their own Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms. How adorable are these?

…and the commentary resulting from the painted pots? Plenty. My favorite response comes from JT:

  • Star Trek Timelines has a new character available during their current month-long special event, “Discovery: A New Anomaly”, which kicked off on October 5, 2017. If you play the strategy RPG (available on mobile devices from Disruptor Beam), T’Kuvma will be the 5-Star Legendary crewmember that can be earned. The MegaEvent consists of four smaller events, and you can view the schedule on the developer’s news page HERE. Per Disruptor Beam:

For this month, the featured 5* Legendary crew for all events will be T’Kuvma, the self-styled heir of Kahless the Unforgettable from Star Trek: Discovery. This powerful Klingon will make a valuable addition to any crew.

  • Speaking of games, if you play Star Trek: Online, the ships of the alien race the Tzenkethi (of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)are now available for you to captain! The ships can be unlocked alongside a bevy of bonuses for shields, strengths, and defenses.

Geek Girl Authority Ready Room Star Trek Online Tzenkethi Ships

Tzenkethi Rhas’bej Battlecruiser

Geek Girl Authority Ready Room Star Trek Online Tzenkethi Ships

Tzenkethi Shuk-din Escort

Geek Girl Authority Ready Room Star Trek Online Tzenkethi Ships

Lukari N’kaam Scout Ship


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.
  • January 05, 2018 – January 17, 2018 – Star Trek: The Cruise II in Miami, Florida. Two cruises, each 6 days long, are set to sail from Miami to the Caribbean with various Star Trek stars and themed events. 


The Neutral Fan Zone

Congratulations to Sam Jolly on being this week’s Fan of the Week! 

Geek Girl Authority Ready Room Fan Zone Sam Jolly October 15 2017

Becoming the Fan of the Week is a simple two step process:

  • Follow @geekgirlauth and
  • Tweet any GGA Star Trek article with the tags #GGANews FanZone.


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.

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