Stardate 95178.37 through 95197.52
August 06, 2017 – August 12, 2017
Welcome to the sixth 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 (August 06 through August 12 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!
- One lingering bit of news from Star Trek Las Vegas: Coming in 2018, the Star Trek Film Academy will give fans the ability to get the full episode creation experience! James Cawley, panel owner/moderator, made the announcement during the Original Series Set Tour panel, which also included Star Trek alumni Denise Okuda (special effects producer), Michael Okuda (special effects producer), Doug Drexler (special effects technical consultant), and Daren Dochterman (visual effects). Cawley mentioned the hope of bringing on board other Star Trek veterans, including Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker, ST:TNG; director) to help teach academy hopefuls. Students will get the chance to work from concept to shoot and be able to take their final product home (an exact launch date and price has not been announced). Per Cawley:
You are going to be able to come to our sets and it will be an academy experience. You are going to be able to learn how to make a Star Trek episode. You are going to go from script to stage over a six to seven day period and you are going to work with people who actually made Star Trek episodes…You get to feel and experience what it is like to work on Star Trek…We’re going to pretend it’s 1966 and you’re an employee of Desilu Studios.
What have our favorite Star Trek players been up to?
- ST:Voyager‘s holographic doctor, Robert Picardo, works alongside the Planetary Society to host their monthly video-podcast, Planetary Post. In the most recent episode, Picardo uses the upcoming eclipse (August 21, 2017) as an excuse to take a trip to NASA/JPL. During his visit, he interviews Gary Blackwood (manager of the Exoplanet Exploration Program), who explains what Starshades are and how they will be used for the search for exoplanets. Blackwood’s crew step in to help explain different parts of the project, from the reasoning behind the shape to the origami inspired folds. Watch the eclipse episode below and subscribe to the Planetary Society’s YouTube channel for more!
Real Life Trek Tech
It is no secret that Star Trek inspired an entire generation to seek STEM careers and that technology on the shows has prompted invention and innovation in real life. Whenever progress happens, we’ll try to document it right here!
- The global competition Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE was recently awarded to Final Frontier Medical Devices, a team from the United States. The win provides the team, made up of real doctors and engineers (all of whom are Star Trek fans!), with $2.5M to move forward with their prototype device kit – which was created in their spare time on a kitchen table! Their kit is designed to be used in the comfort of your home for smaller, less life threatening diagnoses, with the ultimate goal being to keep emergency rooms clear of people just needing a quick “what’s wrong with me” answer. The devices link with DxtER (pronounced “dexter”), an artificial intelligence base that is taught how to make diagnoses from real life case studies and patients. Congratulations, FFMD! Watch their profile below and then click over to the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE page to see the runners up and their innovations!
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.
- Do you play the Star Trek: Attack Wing card game? New expansions are arriving soon – Wave 1’s U.S.S. Grissom is the first to be previewed at Wizkids.com. The new expansion will feature the Oberth Class science ship, the U.S.S. Grissom, and the cards action/abilities are intended to follow those of the U.S.S. Grissom and crew from the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. It will include the ship, ship modifiers, Captain J.T. Esteban, and crew cards (including an updated William T. Riker). In addition, there will be captains tokens and ship tokens. This expansion pack is printed with the new and upgraded visual iconography for easier and faster game play. There is no release date associated with this expansion, but it is available for preorder (MSRP $10 USD) from your local game shop.
- If you play Pocket Starships, get ready to battle the Borg! Pocket Starships: Star Trek: Borg Invasion is coming this fall and the first action-filled teaser has been released! Back in June, Startrek.com broke the news that Pocket Starships would be gaining new ships and worlds based on Star Trek content thanks to an agreement between SPYR and CBS Consumer Products. The agreement includes designs and intellectual property from ST:The Next Generation, ST:Deep Space Nine and ST:Voyager. Borg Invasion kicks off the partnership with a nice little space battle:
- Star Trek: Discovery released a series of character based teasers on Twitter. The first is a 40-second teaser while the rest are 10-seconds. They feature Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Lieutenant Saru (Doug Jones), Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), and Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp). In case the tweets don’t make it clear, ST:Discovery premieres September 24th on CBS All Access.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 7, 2017
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 8, 2017
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 9, 2017
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 10, 2017
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 11, 2017
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 12, 2017
- A new behind-the-scenes book is forthcoming from Titan Books by Jeff Bond. A companion to the new movies (collectively considered the “Kelvin Timeline”), the book features concept art and set photography. The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline will be released December of this year and is available for preorder on Amazon.com. Take a sneak peek below, courtesy of startrek.com:
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, 2017 – Star 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, 2017 – Star 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.
- September 08 & 10, 2017 – Star Trek: Into Darkness In Concert in Kansas City, Kansas. The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra will perform the live score while the movie plays on the screen at the Kauffman Center!
- September 13, 2017 – Star Trek: Beyond In Concert in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will perform the live score while the movie plays on the screen at Benaroya Hall!
- September 14 & 15, 2017 – Star Trek (2009) In Concert in Milan, Italy. The Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choir of Milan Giuseppe Verdi will perform the live score while the movie plays on the screen at LaVerdi!
- September 26, 2017 – Star Trek: The Next Generation’s 30th Anniversary Night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies host the Washington Nationals while celebrating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation! The first 3,000 fans with a promotional ticket get a Captain Jean-Luc Picard bobblehead!
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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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