Stardate 95331.59 through 95350.74
September 24, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Welcome to the thirteenth 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 (September 24 through September 30 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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Star Trek: The Next Generation Turns 30!
On September 28, 1987, “Encounter at Farpoint” premiered on televisions across the country. The Next Generation was the first televised live action Star Trek since The Original Series ended in 1968 and it not only aired for seven season, it spawned Deep Space Nine and Voyager. It also brought with it the long standing debate over which captain is better: Kirk or Picard? (Writer’s note: If you say Kirk, you’re wrong.) For many, especially those too young for Kirk’s era, it was the first introduction to Star Trek and the Federation. No matter when you found Trek, the impact the show has had on the world is immense, and people that were young with The Next Generation are now the generation in charge. One result of this is the recent reboot with the films set in the Kelvin timeline and Star Trek: Discovery.
- Producer and writer Rick Berman sat down with startrek.com for an interview on the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation. Berman spoke of many behind the scenes things, including the apprehension that the show wouldn’t be a success. Part One of the interview can be found HERE and Part Two is HERE.
- Bye Bye, Robot has released two new posters from Tracie Ching and Charity Wood to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation. Ching’s poster is a character spread featuring the main cast: Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis). Wood’s poster is a stylish rendition of the USS Enterprise with a watercolor background; the art style of the ship would make it right at home in an episode of Archer, actually. Each are currently listed for $25, though Wood’s poster is shown to be $30 when at full price.
- Because the show would not exist without the fine actors and actresses of Star Trek, here’s how they celebrated:
I love my Star Trek family… and that includes all of you! Happy Anniversary to us!!! https://t.co/SN0RbzcBjA
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) September 28, 2017
Who could've known 30 yrs ago, that I'd be celebrating the anniversary of TNG in Parsippany, N.J.-Miracles can happen!
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) September 28, 2017
So much affection for these old, wildly attractive people on the 30th anniversary of TNG. Sincere thanks to all.
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) September 29, 2017
I can't believe it's been thirty years. Happy anniversary to the best space family anyone could ever ask for. I love you guys. pic.twitter.com/PDuthdB6YD
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 28, 2017
The Premiere & Reception of Star Trek: Discovery
- If you missed the televised premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, you missed the history of the Vulcans and the Klingons. Luckily, a clip titled “A Vulcan Hello” has been uploaded to YouTube. In the clip, Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) advocates firing the first shot at the Klingon ship they have stumbled across by using the Vulcan history she has learned as an example. But there’s just one problem: as Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) points out, violence is never a solution to prevent war.
- Author David Mack knows that your first taste of ST:Discovery was not enough and points you toward the new novel, Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours…
— David Mack (@DavidAlanMack) September 25, 2017
- A little behind the scenes tidbit on Captain Georgiou’s bookshelf:
— Aaron Baiers (@abaiers) September 25, 2017
- What does the Star Trek royalty say?
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 25, 2017
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 24, 2017
Actually Bryan Fuller's Klingons were much different. So, no they didn't look like that…
— Michael Dorn (@akaWorf) September 25, 2017
- What do the fans have to say? Well, it’s a mix of reactions from joy to hope to disappointment. Overall, though, there is plenty of upset over having to pay for CBS All Access…
— Nerdist (@nerdist) September 25, 2017
— Dan (@TrekCave) September 25, 2017
— Ksenia Z. (@lorna_ka) September 25, 2017
— Darrien J. (@darrienjw) September 25, 2017
— BeardVonBeard (@revphan) September 25, 2017
I had never become so invested in a crew so fast as I did in the first two episodes of #startrekdiscovery
— Andy (@AndyYoureAStar) September 25, 2017
#StarTrekDiscovery It is illogical for me to pay for another streaming service when I already pay $200 in cable and Netflix for one show.
— JohnP (@jchito14) September 25, 2017
Money doesn't exist within the #StarTrek Federation.
So why should we pay for CBS All Access to watch #StarTrekDiscovery? 🤔
— Matt (@nosoupforgeorge) September 25, 2017
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 4, “Nemesis”, September 24, 1997
- ST:Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 3, “Extinction”, September 24, 2003
- ST:Discovery, Season 1, Episode 1, “The Vulcan Hello”, September 24, 2017
- ST:Discovery, Season 1, Episode 2, “Battle at the Binary Stars,” September 24, 2017
- ST:TNG, Season 7, Episode 2, “Liaisons”, September 25, 1993
- ST:Voyager, Season 2, Episode 5, “Non Sequitur”, September 25, 1995
- ST:Enterprise, Season 1, Episode 1, “Broken Bow, Part I”, September 26, 2001
- ST:Voyager, Season 3, Episode 4, “The Swarm”, September 27, 1996
- ST:Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 2, “Carbon Creek”, September 27, 2002
- ST:TNG, Season 1, Episode 1, “Encounter at Farpoint”, September 26, 1987
- ST:TNG, Season 6, Episode 2, “Realm of Fear”, September 26, 1992
- ST:DS9, Season 2, Episode 1, “The Homecoming”, September 26, 1993
- ST:DS9, Season 3, Episode 1, “The Search, Part I”, September 26, 1994
- ST:TOS, Season 3, Episode 2, “The Enterprise Incident”, September 27, 1968
- ST:Animated, Season 2, Episode 4, “The Albatross”, September 28, 1974
- ST:TNG, Season 5, Episode 2, “Darmok”, September 28, 1991
- ST:TOS, Season 1, Episode 4, “The Naked Time”, September 29, 1966
- ST:TOS, Season 2, Episode 3, “The Changeling”, September 29, 1967
- ST:Animated, Season 1, Episode 4, “The Lorelei Signal”, September 29, 1973
- ST:TNG, Season 4, Episode 2, “Family”, September 29, 1990
- ST:DS9, Season 6, Episode 1, “A Time to Stand”, September 29, 1997
- ST:Voyager, Season 6, Episode 2, “Survival Instinct”, September 29, 1999
- ST:TNG, Season 3, Episode 2, “The Ensigns of Command”, September 30, 1989
- ST:DS9, Season 5, Episode 1, “Apocalypse Rising”, September 30, 1996
- ST:DS9, Season 7, Episode 1, “Image in the Sand”, September 30, 1998
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.
- Jenny Parks and Chronicle Books previously released Star Trek: Cats and they are now announcing a sequel! Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats is set to release in April, 2018, and it follows cat-versions of the Enterprise on adventures dealing with the Borg and the holodeck. Parks is a scientific illustrator and puts her skills to work on this 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ hardcover book – just look at the level of detail on the cover and the interior image revealed by startrek.com! The book will release for just under $15, a perfect price point for your home library.
- The next episode of The Planetary Post has been released! Once again, Voyager’s Doctor (Robert Picardo) hosts The Planetary Society‘s monthly video podcast and starts off by celebrating NASA‘s Voyager probes with the announcement and reading of the winning message from NASA’s recent contest by fellow Star Trek icon, William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk, ST:TOS). A brief mention and tribute reprisal of NASA’s recently destroyed Cassini probe includes some of the images it sent during its final descent into Saturn. There is also an update on OSIRIS-REx‘s mission, including a sling-shot maneuver around Earth, as it makes its way to the Asteroid Bennu. To find out more and to hear what Bill Nye (The Science Guy and the CEO of The Planetary Society) had to say at the International Astronautical Congress, watch the video below:
Who doesn’t love an Odo story? The next Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel is Odo-centric. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: I, The Constable, Odo must rely on his previous position as a security officer and lessons learned in borrowed books about private eyes to track down and rescue Quark on Ferenginar. The book, co-written by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann will be released by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books on November 13 for $2.99 and can be preordered at simonandschuster.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.
- 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.
Neutral Fan Zone
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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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