G & T Show 273 – Borg Bugs and VR Arcades
G & T Show 273 – Borg Bugs and VR Arcades is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry and Mike are back for a new episode of the G & T Show. They examine all of the news happening in and around the Star Trek multi-verse. This week, they discuss Star Trek April Fools Day Jokes, General, Technology, Book, Gaming, Movie, and Television News. Also, they plunge into VR and Holodecks, and which were the scarier type of alien species: the Borg or the Conspiracy bugs, Changelings and Undine (Species 8472). Be sure to check out this episode and join in on the fun discussion on this latest episode of the G & T Show.
After the usual round of introductions, they jump straight into this week’s Coffee Klatch. They spent a few minutes talking about Interstate 85 and the fire that brought down over 700 feet of it near Atlanta. It’s a major interchange for the area and will cause problems for the next several months.
Nick compares the Interstate 85 incident to the Air Florida plane crashed into the 14th Street bridge in D.C. It was a horrific incident. Nick assures the chat room that it was not an April Fools Day prank. Terry thinks that companies in the Atlanta area may be rethinking their stance on telework. At least Atlanta has a pretty good metro system, though it will be tested to its limits.
Examining a photo the chatroom shared of the i85, it reminds Mike of what happened with the Bay Bridge in 1989 during the earthquake there. It prompts Nick to mention the show 30 for 30 and an episode centered around the World Series between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants and the earthquake that brought the game to stop. Terry and Nick share their respective memories of that event. She was in L.A. and he was in Germany.
Returning to Coffee Klatch, Mike feels pretty tired and can’t really think of anything interesting that he did this week. Terry reminded him that he helped her shop for parts for a new computer. She hasn’t decided yet if Mike will be building a custom computer or if she’ll be buying one off the shelf, but she had fun with the process. They also played Star Trek Adventures this week as well. Not all of the mechanics have been made available yet and a lot of tweaks are still needed. All he could really say is that it’s been a week.
Nick is upset that NetFlix dropped Buffy in the middle of his rewatch, especially, during its 20th Anniversary. He did discover a new three episode mini-series, called Five Came Back. It’s about a group of film directors who left their jobs during World War II to join the military. He talks about the series and the people that the series featured. It’s on Netflix and he’s amazed by it and the footage it contained.
He also thinks that Spielberg is an immortal since he doesn’t seem to age. Terry attributes it to the way that men naturally ages. They discuss other people that seem to have aged well and a few that don’t seem to age as well. Nick thinks that Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn’t seem to age either.
Terry just worked this week. The days just seemed to blur together.
April Fools Day
Nick avoided most of the festivities. Terry checked it out early in the day looking for what ThinkGeek created. She touches on a few of the items they advertised, including the lap swimming desk, the HotPocket Sleeping Bag, and the Bicycle Horn of Gondor. She hopes that the Bicycle Horn of Gondor and the HotPocket Sleeping Bag will turn out to be real products.
Star Trek April Fools Jokes
Terry, then, turns to the Star Trek themed pranks. Nick immediately jumps out with the cancellation of Star Trek: Discovery. It’s caused so many issues as many people thought it was real. However, Mike points out that the site had changed the post’s date from the 1st to the 2nd, despite being originally published on April 1st. Terry adds that it wasn’t even a legitimate source.
Star Trek.com had a few pranks on their site. The first was a hilarious article about Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward breaking up. Terry loved it including the quotes from their wives. Nick notices that one of the photos used in the article features the G & T Show banner in the background. It made them all very happy to see it.
Star Trek Online released a video introducing their Artisanal Sonification System. Mike thinks it had to do with the sounds and music for the game, but wasn’t sure.
He also points out that Star Trek.com also announced the Warrior’s Energy Drink made with prune juice among other ingredients.
Other Notable Star Trek Jokes
Mike draws attention to the extraordinary effort Mount Vernon put into their April Fools Day prank. They not only created a Klingon Language version of their website but also a video with a Klingon docent providing a tour of the grounds in Klingon make-up and gear while speaking only in Klingon. It was glorious. light-hearted, and fun.
He also points out a few others that came across his desk as well, including Paramount requiring vertical screens for their next Star Trek film, CBS All Access purchasing the Star Trek subedit and then having people congratulate Garret Wang about it, and George Takei won’t run for Congress.
Let’s Get Serious
Nick shares a link with everyone about Star Trek Author Peter David’s plea for assistance. David wrote the New Frontiers novels, comics, other novels, and was responsible for killing off Janeway. His post did not serve as an April Fools joke and was posted before the day. He is in trouble with the IRS with issues that were not of his own making. He needs to raise $88,000. It’s a sad situation. He had a stroke a couple years ago and is down on his luck right now. Terry doesn’t wish any ill on him but doesn’t actively support this particular endeavor.
Star Trek: Discovery
Next, they jump to Television News. Nick mentions once more the prank about Star Trek: Discovery’s cancellation. Terry dismisses it when she checked the source of that particular prank.
However, she goes on to talk about some real casting news for the show. Rainn Wilson has been cast as Harry Mudd for the series. Nick thought that was a joke. Some people are upset about the revelation. Nick thinks he’s too thin to be Harry Mudd. Mike points out that this could be before he married Stella. She addresses the unhappiness that some people are expressing about Mudd being involved with the series.
When the series was announced, Terry hoped that it would take place after Nemesis or after the destruction of Romulus. But, when it was revealed that it would in fact take place ten years before TOS, she knew that the possibility existed of seeing characters from TOS appear on the show, including Mudd. She finds the outcry for new and original characters unconvincing and ironic, since it seemed a lot of them were fans of the Axanar production.
Discovery Wish List
Nick asks if the series will at any point introduce us to the character of Carol Marcus. She’s undecided. The show isn’t about Kirk. Nick argues that she could appear without it being linked to Kirk. Terry doesn’t want to know what she’s doing. She wants to see Diego Reyes once and vague mentions and references to a new station being built along the edge of the frontier, hinting at Vanguard.
Nick would be open to seeing an Admiral Al Rivera in Discovery. Mike thinks it would probably shatter the universe if that happened as different time frames and different universes would have to converge. He thinks the result would be akin to Star Trek: Timelines. Nick and Terry haven’t played Timelines recently.
Nick spends a few moments trying to figure out what role other members of the Star Trek Online team would have if they were to inspire a character in Star Trek: Discovery. Zero is the one a little harder to pin down, though Nick could see her as Harry Mudd. Terry agrees that she could see Zero as some kind of rogue.
New Star Trek: Discovery Rumors
Continuing to talk about Star Trek: Discovery, Mike mentions the Chris Obi video that came out this week. He sheds some light that a new theory about Chris Obi’s role in Discovery has come to light. They believe that he is going to play the Klingon Chancellor. someone on Twitter had asked him about it, and his response was to create a video proclaiming himself the King of Klingons. He was playing off someone’s tweet, so it can not be construed as a confirmation. Terry thinks that it is probable though. Terry mentions Sarek being in the show and his role as an Ambassador, which in her mind gives credence to the Obi as Chancellor theory. Mike uses that statement to lead to the next Discovery fan theory: The Treaty of Armens and the Sheliak.
Then, Nick states that their discussion of fan theories and rumors makes them sound like the Alex Jones show. Terry agrees a little with that statement, but they don’t believe them. Nick points out that Star Trek fandom has just as many conspiracy theorists. Terry points out that they are looking forward to the show and are trying to figure out what is going on. Nick agrees and doesn’t necessarily think that its a bad thing. It was just an observation he had made.
The Treaty of Armens
Returning to the Treaty of Armens discussion, they state the theory came about by fans piecing together various pieces of information that had come out. The timeframe for the Treaty of Armens works with Discovery’s timeline. However, Mike points out that Fuller had initially said that the event Discovery centers around was something mentioned in a specific episode of TOS. The Treaty of Armens was only referenced in TNG. The Treaty of Armens does not fit that particular detail. Either the fans have it wrong, or its a red herring.
Fuller and Discovery’s Design Aesthetics
Terry addresses Fuller’s departure from Discovery once again. She sees alot of people that believe that he left the show because he and CBS could not agree on the look it would use. They state he wanted it to appear more in line with TOS with more of a 60’s sensibility, while CBS was pushing for something that appeared much more modern. Mike doesn’t think that’s right. With Fuller’s track record and specifically with what he had done with Pushing Daisies, Mike believes Fuller would push the envelope and create a more modern take on Discovery’s aesthetics and design.
Nick predicts that some people will complain that discovery will appear too modern. It happened with Enterprise. Nick doubts that they would be able to get over that. Mike chimes in that the Enterprise Romulan War novels address the difference between Enterprise and TOS. Summarizing it, Mike explains that the Romulans developed a weapon capable of taking over a starship by hacking their digital signals. In order to overcome the Romulan hack, Starfleet began developing systems with more analog designs such as those seen in TOS.
Jelly Bean Buttons and MiniSkirts
Terry thinks Star Trek fans need to lighten up. Technology and modern sensibilities have evolved and the show needs to reflect those changes. Jelly Bean Buttons and toggle switches don’t look like the future for modern audiences. Also, Nick added mini-skirts to that. He thinks there would be protests if they had the crew in miniskirts. Terry points out that they already did that with the movies. Miniskirts are cute but they are stupid, especially for a crewman working on the ship and needing to get on their knees. Nick’s mind hits the gutter, and suggests it’s the same reason why skants were invented.
Then, Terry adds that Enterprise’s jumpsuits were more appropriate for a work environment and in her opinion made T’Pol look even better than her stretchy pant suit. Women in most of the series looked better when they were wearing the uniform than when they were wearing something else. She uses Seven of Nine, Troi, and Kira as examples. Nick admits that Dax in the TOS miniskirt was spectacular. They take a detour to laugh about Bashir’s hair in DS9’s Tribble episode.
Returning to the topic, Terry restates her opinion that Discovery shouldn’t take a step back in order to shoe-horn itself into a backwards 60s aesthetic. They need to look forward not backward and fans should get over it and move on. Fans are protective of what they love. Terry understands that as she feels protective of TNG. But, she would accept a more modern design for a TNG-era show if one were to be produced in the future. Nick looks on the bright side and says that Vasquez Rocks will always be there.
They take a detour into Squirrelville. He was Mike in Mike and Molly. Mike states that he’s also playing the role of the Colonel in the show Sun Records. The episode Mike just finished watching had Elvis record his first hit record. Nick is interested in checking out the show. He goes on to say that if they ever decide to reboot the Honeymooners, he’d like to see Billy Gardell as Ralph Kramden. Sun Records is on CMT.
Terry found a link Mike had shared that related to last week’s show regarding the Borg. Terry reads the headline of the article which made Terry think that the author must have listened to the show. Mike found it to be an interesting read. The Borg were supposed to be an insect race but the writer’s strike caused TNG to change directions. It would have made the Romulans and the Federation work together to investigate the Borg. It would have taken the show in a different direction.
When asked if he would have liked to have seen the Borg taken in a different direction, Mike states that the Borg were scary enough as it is and doesn’t think they would have been as frightening. The reason the Borg that we knew worked so well was because they represented a path humanity could actually follow. The cybernetic Borg were a worse case scenario, a cautionary tale of what technology and cybernetics run amok could potentially look like. By having them portrayed as a bug race instead, would have taken that away and made them more like all of the other aliens in Star Trek.
Nick doesn’t completely agree with Mike, but it would depend on the writing. The Borg Bugs had the ability to come across like something from The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It was the same with the Changelings in DS9. Terry chimes in, agreeing that the only way to tell that someone was infected was with the Changeling blood tests and the tail nub for the neural parasites. Nick is saddened though that the Romulans ended up getting shafted with the route they ended up taking.
Assimilation vs. Infiltration
Mike tries to make his point regarding the differences between Changelings and the Bugs to the Cybernetic Borg a matter of perspective. He argues that with Changelings and the neural parasites, it happens to other people, while the Borg assimilation can happen to them and everyone. Nick explains that its frightening when you are all alone and cannot trust anyone around you. Hitchcock used it. Mike agreed that it could be frightening.
Terry adds that each group has very distinct types of fear associated with them. The Borg are like locusts they over you with sheer numbers. They eat and move on, growing as they do, leaving a wide path of destruction. Assimilation is what makes them scary. Whereas, the Changelings and the Conspiracy Bugs try to control you from within, from infiltrating.
Mike agrees but thinks that the most frightening of the two would be the one that affects him directly. With infiltration, it’s happening around him. He’s not in any direct danger unless he somehow gets on their radar. With the Borg Assimilation, it can take him over and he could become one of them.
Nick explains that with the Bugs, they can take you over. However, Mike chimes in that he’s not important enough for them want to take over. It doesn’t matter when it comes to the Borg. Nick goes on that the bugs can directly affect you once they get into positions of power over you. Mike doesn’t think that he would not be a candidate to be taken over.
Viva La Resistance
Terry states that the moment you started challenging their power, he would become a threat to them. Nick uses the French Resistance as an example of how an average everyday person could become a target.
The Resistance wouldn’t become a target until after the take over has happened and things have already started happenings. It’s a means of protecting what they have not as a means of obtaining their goals. With the Borg, if you’re in their way or if they could use you, you’re a target.
The chatroom suggests that the bugs attempted to take over Riker as a means of reaching their goals, which was to get to Picard and take control of the Enterprise. It was a means to an end – a way to achieve their goal. It would not have been as affective if they had infected a junior cadet with the hopes of reaching Picard. However, if you wanted to infect the Academy, infecting the junior cadet would be the way to go. It’s direct and focused. Terry compares it to a systemic disease. Once it takes hold, it starts to spread throughout.
They do agree that both are horrifying. Mike just thinks that the Borg scenario frightens viewers a lot more.
Bringing It Back to Discovery
However, the concept laid out that the Romulans and the Federation could have worked together against the Borg Bugs would have made a great opportunity to tell some interesting stories. It was a disservice that those relationships were not explored. Although Discovery will feature Klingons rather than Romulans she hopes the new show will have them and will explore those relationships in new ways. Although the Federation had never seen a Romulan, it doesn’t mean that they won’t be in the new series or even on the ships impersonating Vulcans. She wants to see a much broader universe not just a three camera show set on a starship.
Nick asks if she’d be interested in seeing it shot in a documentary style similar to that used in BSG with the camera chasing the action in stead of the camera always knowing where the action will take place. Terry wouldn’t mind and hopes that it will be that way. Mike chimes in that when Nick said documentary style, the first thing he thought of because of the Rainn Wilson announcement was a Star Trek documentary shot in the style of The Office.
Keep Them Coming Back For More
Discovery will have one ongoing story told in an episodic nature as standalone chapters. The episodic thing makes Mike nervous. He doesn’t think a Marvel Netflix show would be as successful if it were released weekly as it is being released all at once. Terry agrees. They are past the straight episodic storytelling as well as the curtain rod approached used in DS9, where an episodic story is told but the larger story is hung from it and progresses little by little. Discovery has to be bigger than that for it to hold her attention.
Especially, for a subscription service, they have to hook people immediately and pull them through the show’s entire run. They don’t want people to drop out and stop paying their subs or waiting until the entire season has been released so they can binge it all at once. Nick admits to wanting to hold off on subscribing until he can binge the entire series. Mike considered it as well, but the way he likes to watch new Star Trek, it wouldn’t work as well. He likes to rewatch a new Trek episode over and over again. That’s how he watched Enterprise when it was on the air.
Terry asks Nick if he decides to binge, he risks coming across spoilers. He admits that is a risk he’s willing to take. He doesn’t like it when people whine about spoilers. It serves as one reason why he goes to watch Marvel films on the first viewing when he can. He hasn’t decided whether or not, he’ll subscribe. He starts asking what series are available on All Access. Terry tracks down a list of available shows and mentions a few that are currently available.
Warner Bros. Doesn’t Get It
Prompted by a link Mike shared, Nick begins a tirade against Warner Bros’ lack of a color palette in their DC films. He loves that Wonder Woman is coming across as a great character, but she shouldn’t be the only one in a film like Justice League. Marvel is Technicolor IMAX compared to DC’s pan and scan black and white. WB learned the wrong lessons from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Nick hates Superman. He loves the actors that portray him but hates what DC has done with it. Terry interrupts Nick and promises to let them come back to it, but she wants to hear more about this link first.
The Rise of VR Arcades
IMAX and Warner Bros. are partnering up to create VR content exclusively for IMAX’s VR Arcades that are attached to the release of certain projects such as Justice League, Aquaman, and others. There’s VR Arcades at the Cottonwood Mall near Terry’s house. She describes what the VR Arcades are like. They have ten or so VR headsets and equipment set aside in its own section inside of a shop in the mall. Nick shares a story of falling over his couch while playing a VR game.
IMAX and Warner are acknowledging the rising technology. But, it also means that VR Arcades that will be producing exclusive content. But these VR Arcades will also have Star Trek Bridge Crew available to play. Mike clarifies that IMAX has been rolling out their own VR Arcades and this deal will allow them to have custom content that is only available for them. However, they are not limiting content to their own. Star Trek Bridge Crew will also be available at these VR Arcades.
Terry wonders if Star Trek Bridge Crew at VR Arcades will have network mode or if they will be limited to single player or multi-player local modes. Mike doesn’t see why they would limit it. He imagines a scenario where Terry, Nick, and Mike each visits VR Arcades in their respective areas at the same time and play together. Terry thinks that would be an awesome scenario.
From VR Arcades To Holodecks
Nick states his opinion that VR Arcades are a precursor for Holodecks, which prompts Mike to produce another link for Technology News that identifies the key components required to create a working Holodeck. It describes what we have already figure out; what we’re working on; and what still needs to be figured out.
While Mike opens the article, Terry explains that the VR technology is prohibitively expensive for the quality of technology that you get. Mike thinks that is why VR Arcades are a good idea. She adds until the price comes down and they become much more affordable. At that time, these businesses will be in trouble. That is why its important for this deal between IMAX and Warner is so important. It adds to the theater going experience. It’s the only saving grace that VR Arcades have in the long run.
Building A Holodeck
In order to build a Holodeck, five pieces of technology are essentially required to make it work.
The first piece of technology that is required is Virtual Reality. Since we’ve been talking about it, it’s pretty obvious that we have started making strides in this area.
Then, there’s Augmented Reality. If you’ve played Pokemon Go, you’ve used AR. It takes the real world and modifies. Sony and Microsoft are playing with AR as well and they over lay computer graphics over real world objects. The couch Nick tripped over could be a potential rock in an AR game.
Then, the next bit of technology needed for a Holodeck is the ability to sense humans. Microsoft has Kinect and Nintendo has the Wii, which is able to sense real world motion and translate it into video games. As part of this, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana also help sense humans by listening to people talk and giving them the things they need or want.
Holodecks: What We Still Need
Then, there are are two pieces of technology that are currently being developed or are still out of reach. The first is Artificial Intelligence that can understand and predict what people are doing. There are examples of AI currently at work with some of the Voice Assistance mentioned above, but it’s far from perfected.
Finally, the last piece of technology required for a Holodeck is probably one of the more important ones. It has to come across to the user as almost human. The AI has to fool people well enough and make them believe that they are interacting with a real person rather than an AI. Mike compares it to the TNG episode with the Bynars and Minuette and how much better the Holodeck became after that upgrade. He also alludes to The Doctor and Vic Fontaine as examples of the epitome of Holodeck technology.
Playing Star Trek Bridge Crew in VR Arcades
Returning to VR Arcades and Star Trek Bridge Crew, Terry is interested in the idea of playing Star Trek Bridge Crew with her friends across the country at the same time. When she played the demo of Star Trek Bridge Crew, she was playing with three other people. She didn’t know where they were located but they were not within her immediate area. VR games have an advantage over the Holodeck in that it is location agnostic as long as you have an Internet connection. Holodecks required local participants. The Holodeck in TNG and follow up series were more like VR Arcades in that was where the technology was located.
Terry plays MMO because she can play with friends from all over the world. But, doing it in VR gets her excited. She imagines Star Trek Online in VR and going on away missions with your friends. She imagines people in Engineering, or standing behind a bar, or any number of scenarios, rather than the motion sickness inducing flying through space is one aspect of STO in VR that Mike wouldn’t want. She’s interested in seeing how the technology advances over the next ten years.
Winding down the discussion on VR Arcades, Terry sends greetings to Brandon Felczer. He recently moved to Ireland and is now a partner at a brand new bar and retro arcade in Dublin Called Token. It opens in May. She sends congratulations out to him.
DC vs. Marvel
Nick returns to the a discussion of the Justice League trailer and other DC films as they compare to Marvel’s offerings. In the recent Justice League trailer, he was pleased to see them trying some witty banter. However, it fell short compared to the Spider-man trailer that landed this week, which had a lot more comedy in it. Terry admits that it was the first time she’s ever wanted to see a Spider-man movie. Nick attributes it to whimsy. Terry was disappointed with Justice League.
There’s a rumor going around that Joss Whedon will be directing a BatGirl film. Nick is excited about it, but they are concerned with Warner Bros. handling of other DC properties. Terry attributes the success of Marvel and Harry Potter to the fact that they have one person in charge of the franchise. DC does not. Terry thought Justice League was a cheap knock-off of The Avengers.
He likes the casting for Justice League, including Superman, but the writing isn’t as good. Gadot’s Wonder Woman comes across as the heart and soul of the Justice League. Terry thinks that its because she’s not a Black Widow knock-off or a copy of any other character Marvel has. She is unique. Every one of DC’s heroes seems to have a better Marvel analog. Wonder Woman is a real hero, unlike some of the other characters in Justice League.
Bringing It Back To Star Trek? Maybe … Not
Using Chris Pine who is also in Wonder Woman, Nick brings us back to Star Trek. Terry is pleased that in Star Trek Beyond, Kirk has finally become the Captain she always wanted from the first two films. He now cares more for his crew than he does himself. It sparks something in Nick and he returns to his discussion of the Justice League trailer and how colorless the film is compared to Marvel. DC’s characters have had some bright colors and in the trailer they are dark. He thinks that it drained the soul from the films.
Finally, Mike chimed in that he agrees. DC Characters are supposed to be these bright and hopeful heroes and their costumes should reflect that, but in the trailer they don’t. They are not the beacons of goodness and examples to live by but in their current iteration they are not. He hopes that Wonder Woman is the exception but its unclear until the release of the movie. They need to recapture what makes these characters special and their costumes are only a portion of it.
Nick asks Mike to compare it to SuperGirl. She is hopeful and inspires people to aspire to do better. That is exactly what these DC super heroes should do but is missing from the movies. She wants to be a hero and on film, while Superman is overplaying the reluctant one.
Team Cap or Team Iron Man
Now that Terry has seen The Avengers Civil War, which side is she on? She can see both sides. Nick is Team Cap. She’s also Team Cap, but that’s probably due to the fact that she knows the comic books and what is likely to happen in the future. She talks about Bucky briefly.
Ross didn’t get the Live Love Play announcements to Mike in time for this week’s show. However, Mike does help him out with a few details including the news that a new installment of “For The Love Of …” (LLP’s Interview series) has released a new interview with Jason Tondro, so check it out.
Semantic Shenanigans has released their long awaited seventh episode: Julia The Documentary Slayer. Check it out on their website as well.
Finally, G & T Show has a couple of post on their website. First up is the March 2017 edition of the Star Trek Product News Round Up. They also have the official announcement for Star Trek Online’s Season 13 Launch Date. Check out those posts.
Next week, Terry will be in Chicago for work but should be back in time for next week’s show. Saturday Nick will be celebrating his anniversary with his lovely wife. He’s unsure if he will be present next week, so stay tuned. The week after that Mike will be in New Mexico visiting Terry.
Join them next week for an all new episode of the G & T Show as they discuss all of the fun and news from every corner of the Star Trek multi-verse.
- Star Trek Product News Round up March 2017 – http://www.gandtshow.com/star-trek-product-news-march-2017/
- Star Trek Online Season 13 Launch Date Announced – http://www.gandtshow.com/star-trek-online-season-13-launch-date/
- Live Love Play – For the Love Of … Arthur Lives! With Jason Tondro – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/arthur-lives-jason-tondro/
- Live Love Play – http://www.iliveloveplay.com
- Semantic Shenanigans Episode 7 – Julia The Documentary Slayer – http://www.semanticshenanigans.com/semantic-shenanigans-documentary-slayer/
- DS9: Original Sin confirmed as the January 2018 Novel – https://defcons-treklit.blogspot.de/2017/03/short-news-ds9-original-sin-confirmed.html
- The Endeavor discovers a white hole in IDW’s Star Trek: Boldly Go #6 – http://www.blastr.com/2017-3-28/star-trek-boldly-go-idw-preview
- Mack: Real World Inspiration for latest novel – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/03/mack-real-world-inspiration-for-latest-novel/
- David Mack Talks Star Trek: Discovery And His Tie-in Novel – http://trekmovie.com/2017/03/31/interview-david-mack-talks-star-trek-discovery-and-his-tie-in-novel/
- Peter David is in Trouble and Needs Help – http://www.peterdavid.net/2017/03/31/i-am-in-desperate-trouble/
- Elon Musk’s new company said to seek brain-computer link – https://www.cnet.com/news/elon-musks-new-company-said-to-seek-brain-computer-link/
- Star Trek’s Holodeck: from science fiction to a new reality – http://theconversation.com/star-treks-holodeck-from-science-fiction-to-a-new-reality-74839
- Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures – http://www.mercedsunstar.com/entertainment/article141063478.html
- What would a Logan style Star Trek film look like? – https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/03/27/logan-style-star-trek-film-look-like/
- Could the Yorktown Space Station From Star Trek Beyond exist? – https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/03/25/yorktown-space-station-star-trek-beyond-exist/
- Of Star Trek, Mark Twain, and helmets: 15 new species of wasps with curious names – https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/pp-ost032717.php
- Badass German kids show performs intro in Klingon – http://io9.gizmodo.com/badass-german-kids-show-performs-intro-in-klingon-1793656211
- Are there branches (banking) in the Star Trek universe? – https://www.finextra.com/blogposting/13878/are-there-branches-in-the-star-trek-universe
- Hollywood Science Fiction Museum seeks fans to help restore Star Trek Bridge and Crew Wax Figures – https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/03/26/hollywood-science-fiction-museum-seeks-fans-help-restoring-star-trek-bridge-crew-wax-figures/
- New York has a $100 Liquid Platinum Margarita – http://www.thedailymeal.com/liquid-platinum-margarita-cocktail-delilah-nyc-rael-petit/32517
- Milwaukee garage door painted to honor Star Trek (TWOK) with Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelly likenesses – https://twitter.com/karenpilarski/status/846206335637229569
- Milwaukee’s Star Trek-painted garage gets Shatner’s attention – http://www.wisn.com/article/milwaukees-star-trek-painted-garage-gets-shatners-attention/9191613
- Set phasers to stun: Penn Museum to host Star Trek night – http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/things_to_do/Set-phasers-to-stun-Penn-Museum-to-host-Star-Trek-night.html
- Robert Legato to present keynote at 2017 NAB Show’s “The Future of Cinema Conference produced in partnership with SMPTE – https://www.shootonline.com/spw/robert-legato-present-keynote-2017-nab-shows-future-cinema-conference-produced-partnership-smpte
- TV Legends: How Did a writer’s strike change the Borg forever – http://www.cbr.com/borg-star-trek-next-generation-writers-strike/
- William Shatner to star in Romantic Comedy – https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/03/30/william-shatner-star-romantic-comedy/
- Pine Boldly Goes with Thunderbirds – http://www.startrek.com/article/pine-boldly-goes-with-thunderbirds
- Arrested Development: The Next Generation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJmjftVNIK8&feature=share
- Texas Actor Recreates Star Trek Show in 11 New Episodes – http://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/Texas-Actor-Recreates-Star-Trek-Show-in-11-New-Episodes-417734453.html
- Star Trek: TNG Q T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-q-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265886&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek: TNG Is This Seat Taken T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-is-this-seat-taken-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265856&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek: TNG Ten Forward T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-ten-forward-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265826&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Legacy Proof Coin Collection – http://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/910717_.html
- Star Trek: TNG Locutus T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-locutus-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265811&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek: TNG Gowron T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-gowron-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265876&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek: TNG Fully Functional T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-fully-functional-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265821&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- TNG 30th Anniversary Lapel Pin – https://shop.roddenberry.com/collections/tng-30th-anniversary/products/tng-30th-anniversary-pin?variant=36184479948
- Star Trek: TNG Facepalm T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-facepalm-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265861&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek: TNG Borg Construct T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-borg-contruct-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265786&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek: TNG Borg Queen T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-borg-queen-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265816&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Bye Bye, Robot Unveils 4 New Prints – http://www.startrek.com/article/bye-bye-robot-unveils-4-new-prints
- Star Trek Starfleet Recruitment Poster T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-starfleet-recruitment-poster-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265841&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek Terran Empire T-Shirt – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-terran-empire-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1265791&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek Online Season 12 for Xbox One and PS4 Launches April 18 – http://www.christianpost.com/news/star-trek-online-season-12-for-xbox-one-ps4-release-date-news-update-launches-april-18-178705/
- First Contact Day Event in Star Trek Online – https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/03/30/star-trek-online-first-contact-day-event/
- Star Trek Online – First Contact Day Writing Contest – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10447593-first-contact-day-writing-contest
- Announcement – First Contact Day is Coming to Star Trek Online – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10453732-first-contact-day
- Imax & Warner Bros. Form VR Production Pact for Justice League, Aquaman Content and more – http://deadline.com/2017/03/justice-league-aquaman-imax-warner-bros-production-pact-1202053597/
- Star Trek Online – First Contact Day Rewards – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10451803-first-contact-day-celebration-rewards%21
- Star Trek Online First Contact Day Celebration – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10439813-first-contact-day-celebration%21
- STO’s Season 13 – Escalation Launching April 25th – http://www.startrek.com/article/stos-season-13-escalation-launching-april-25
- Star Trek Online – Allied Escort Bundle Stats – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10447343-allied-escort-bundle-stats
- Star Trek Online – The Allied Escort Bundle – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10445563-the-allied-escort-bundle%21
- Possible revelation (and video) about Chris Obi’s Star Trek: Discovery Character – https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/03/29/chris-obis-star-trek-discovery-character-spoiler/
- Star Trek: Discovery and the Treaty of Armens – https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/03/30/star-trek-discovery-treaty-armens/
- Rainn Wilson, His Name Is Mudd … On Discovery – http://www.startrek.com/article/rainn-wilson-his-name-is-mudd-on-discovery
April Fools’ Day Jokes
- Star Trek Discovery Cancelled after filming just two episodes – http://www.react365.com/58df2316bce42/star-trek-discovery-cancelled-after-filming-just-two-episodes.html
- Ward Dilmore Writing Duo Calls It Quits – http://www.startrek.com/article/ward-dilmore-writing-duo-calls-it-quits
- Star Trek Online’s The Artisanal Sonification System is Here – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10453933-the-artisanal-sonification-system-is-here
- Kahless Brand Warrior Energy Drink – http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-kahless-brand-warrior-energy-drink
- Mount Vernon: The Klingon Visitation Guide – http://www.mountvernon.org/klingon
- George Takei Runs for Congress, Mount Vernon Welcomes Klingons and More Star Trek April Fools 2017 – http://trekmovie.com/2017/04/01/george-takei-runs-for-congress-klingons-visit-mount-vernon-and-more-star-trek-april-fools-2017/
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