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Stardate 95178.37 through 95197.52

July 30, 2017 – August 05, 2017

Welcome to the fifth 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 (July 30 through August 05 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.


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In the News: What did we miss?

Were there any juicy tidbits that GGA did not feature this week? Find it here!

  • There were a few Star Trek Las Vegas panels that we did not feature! Find them sprinkled throughout below!
  • Star Trek Las Vegas opened with astronaut and scientist Dr. Mae Jemison (also a guest on ST:TNG as Lieutenant Palmer) expressing her gratitude for Star Trek as a guide and inspiration. She especially singled out both Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, ST:TOS) and Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko, ST:DS9) as role models that shaped her. As a surprise, Nichols stepped out on stage to welcome Jemison to Las Vegas!
Geek Girl Authority Star Trek Ready Room Dr. Mae Jemison and Nichelle Nichols at Star Trek Las Vegas 2017


What have our favorite Star Trek players been up to? 

  • William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk, ST:TOS) did a little voice work over on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! The episode featuring his character, Grand Pear, aired on Saturday, August 5. Shatner originally confirmed his brony status on Twitter last year and also hinted at a role on My Little Pony earlier this year, but he pretty much announced his pony-debut by sharing a Yahoo! preview article this past week. You can catch the encore episode during the My Little Pony marathon on Discovery Family on Saturday, August 12, at 11am. Additionally, you may be able to find the episode on YouTube.

  • Nearly the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation gathered for a 30-year anniversary reunion panel in Las Vegas! And, yes, I do mean almost the entire cast:  Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Brent Spiner (Commander Data), LeVar Burton (Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), and Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher); plus, the fan favorites Denise Crosby (Lieutenant Tasha Yar / Romulan Commander Sela) and John de Lancie (Q). Among other things discussed, the pay discrepancy between male and female stars in Hollywood came to the front of the conversation with confirmation that Sirtis was almost replaced by Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine, ST:Voyager) in the feature film Star Trek: Nemesis during contract negotiations. — As a side, one of my favorite Sirtis responses: a fan named her son Patrick Tiberius Kirk, after Sir Patrick Stewart and William Shatner’s character which prompted Sirtis to say, “Why would you do that to your child?” — Watch the entire panel below courtesy of Heather Ferris:

  • Star Trek Las Vegas also brought together the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The panel started with Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys),  Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog) and Ira Steven Behr (writer, show runner, producer, uncredited extra), with a surprise visit by Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax). Of note, Auberjonois builds on a statement he made on the GaaaysInSpaace panel regarding Odo’s sexuality and relationship with Kira as compared to Jadzia Dax. Another major question, posed toward the end, asked the cast to provide their opinion on the abuse of military and religious power in the show. To Watch the entire panel, unofficially themed around FAMILY, below courtesy of Heather Ferris:


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.

  • As noted in the GGA article STLV 2017: 10 Essential STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Take-Aways, ST:Discovery will have companion novels and comic-books! All three media will be interconnected, with all authors and writers sharing information for a complete, seamless universe. The comic book will be released by IDW Publishing in October and the novel, Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours, will be released by Simon & Schuster in September.


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.


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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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