G & T Show 285 – Moving Story Forward With Impactful Deaths
G & T Show 285 – Moving Story Forward With Impactful Deaths is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike return for an all new episode of the G & T Show. This week, they discuss the latest Book, Television, Movie, Gaming, Convention, Product, and General News from all around the Star Trek Multiverse. For their primary discussion topic, they examine impactful deaths from various series and Star Trek: Discovery to use it in their upcoming series.
After this week’s introductions, they jump into Coffee Klatch with what they have been doing this past week. Nick worked a lot, but managed to read Kelly Thompson’s novel The Girl Who Would be King. He loved it and read it in two and a half days. He watched Ken Burns: The War about World War 2.
Last night, he watched several episodes of GLOW. He blames Mike for not telling him Allison Brie was the star of the show. If he had known, Nick would have watched it sooner. Mike defends the oversight claiming he’s bad with names. Allison Brie played Annie in Community. She’s on Nick’s laminated list. They talk about the show briefly, including some of the cameos and the show’s pitch: like porn you can watch with your kids, finally.
Mike didn’t get a lot of writing done this week. Although he wanted to. Instead, he recorded several episodes of the LEGO Adventures of Big Dude and Lil Dude. This included a special episode, crowning the House Champion in the Battle Arena.
Taking a break from normal gameplay, they had fun trying to figure out what to do in the various Battle Arenas. Lil Dude, Other Lil Dude, and Dudette joined Big Dude. Although Lil Dude won each of the three rounds of the tournament, somehow the game crowned Dudette the winner of the entire tournament. So they don’t know what criteria the game is using to determine winners. Dudette is now House Champion and has bragging rights until the next tournament.
Terry was in Nashville all week speaking at her company’s annual conference with the National American Indian Housing Council. She had eight speaking engagements during it and came back home dead tired.
The conference was successful, but she discovered how much she hates Kansas City airport as a layover stop. She describes problems with the terminal and its lack of eating establishments on the terminal side of the security checkpoint. You have to leave security to get food. Henceforth, she won’t be laying over at Kansas City, unless she decides to go longer and can go visit Dayton.
She shares her opinion of Nashville as the loudest party city she’s been to, even surpassing Las Vegas. Her hotel had a loud band on the roof. However, it plays so loud she could hear it from her room sixteen floors below. Plus the music was everywhere, at every establishment she saw.
Star Trek Adventures
Mike and Nick segue to something else they did together this week. They played Star Trek Adventures while Terry was in Nashville. Mike had an idea that was so crazy that it just might work and it did. Star Trek Adventures is a pen and paper RPG game from Modiphius. Baz and Cush reminded Mike that the PDF rulebook is now available for anyone who preordered it.
Nick provides a short synopsis of where they left off in the game, last time Terry played. Mike was down in Engineering, cut off from the rest of the crew up in the Science and Medical lab. This was due to a broken turbolift. Once he could rejoin, they pinpointed the source of the power drain within the station and within the star: a transphasic lifeform. In addition, the beauty of Mike’s proposed solution to the problem let everyone use their specialties to solve one aspect or another of the problem.
Crazy Enough To Work
After Mike proposed his idea, Cush needed a short break to decide how to divvy up the labor for the task. Cush shared the link to the Adventures of the USS T’Pau playlist. Nick reveals details about the life form before Mike finally reveals his crazy idea. Mike suggested invoking a solar flare directed at the station to create a stream of particles. As a result, the baby aliens could follow it to return to the star. They thought it was a brilliant idea.
Nick goes over some of the tasks and their difficulties in trying to overcome them. Commander Thonir was stuck in a torpedo launch tube trying to manually launch a probe, while Nick attempted to plot its course. Nick describes it as very Trek. Also, while all that was going on, the crew was talking about how off kilter their commander was.
Then, when it was all over, Nick and Mike went up to Ops to hail the T’Pau and confront the Commander. The Commander was rude considering they just saved his station. Mike got snippy and Nick told him where to shove it before beaming back to the T’Pau and concluding the game.
Winding Down Coffee Klatch
Finishing up Coffee Klatch, they recommend checking out the Adventures of the USS T’Pau videos. Also, you can get the rule book from Modiphius to play your own game of Star Trek Adventures with your friends.
Live Love Play is carrying The LEGO Adventures of Big Dude and Lil Dude, so check it out. Mike wishes Ross a happy birthday. Also, new on the G & T Show website is their monthly Star Trek Product News Round up. Check it out to find out about the newest Star Trek products.
There was another article from EW with excerpts from the long-form interview with the Producers of Star Trek Discovery. The article revealed that the characters are not safe in the new series. Hence like Game of Thrones and other modern series, anyone can die at any time. Cherished characters may be killed off. The article suggests there could be one or more impactful deaths during the series. Mike thinks Captain Lorca will be one of the impactful deaths early on in the show. Nick points to Sopranos as one of the first series to feature impactful deaths for beloved and main characters.
Mike finds the idea of impactful deaths as refreshing for a Star Trek show. It keeps the show fresh and could, in theory, keep the show going forever. This would be by continually replacing characters and telling new stories with them. Impactful deaths can periodically shake up a show and breathe new life into it. He’s excited.
Yar & Dax
Nick thinks impactful deaths add a level of realism. Most shows will preserve their main cast — anyone in the show’s opening credits sequence. The exception, of course, was Denise Crosby’s Tasha Yar and Jadzia Dax. Yar was killed off at the end of TNG’s first season, while Dax was killed at the end of season six of DS9. Their impactful deaths changed their respective shows by allowing new characters to join and others to move up the chain of command. Nick didn’t find Yar very likable.
Yar vs Sela
He wonders which had more of an impact on the story, Yar or Sela. Nick, then, asks his hosts to imagine if Enterprise had expendable characters and impactful deaths happened throughout the series and especially during the Xindi Arc.
Mike responds to their first question. The two characters, Yar and Sela, were very different and written for very different reasons. Hence their development was very different. Tasha was supposed to be part of the cast for the duration of the show. Her development was slow and piecemeal just like the rest of the main cast.
Sela was a guest starring role. Her development was swift and the focus on an entire episode. Plus Crosby’s return to the series happened a few more times, each adding to her development. This difference makes it harder to compare the two. Nick thinks Sela had the greatest impact because of it. Terry suggests that most villains do. Nick also thinks the quality of the writing was better in later seasons than the first season.
Furthermore, Nick thinks Yar overreacted too often. Terry dings the writers of the show, stating they couldn’t write women well. She adds that all women on the show seemed to overreact. Nick disagrees and tries to counter with Crusher and Pulaski. Terry thinks Pulaski was written like a man, specifically like McCoy. Hence she came off as a racist fool. Troi, Yar, and Crusher all over reacted and Terry provides an example for each.
In addition, Star Trek writers couldn’t write for women and married couples. It was failed relationships and stereotypical women. However, it did improve in DS9h. She blames Gene Roddenberry. The writer’s room changed for DS9, which aired after Gene’s passing. With it, conflict between the characters and more complex characters was allowed, especially when it came to women.
Impactful deaths which exist for story purposes rather than at the whim of an actor will make Discovery much more interesting for Terry. Crosby wanted to leave TNG. She didn’t like the character and thought the ensemble was too big.
The Script Doctor Is In
The chatroom discussed Tripp’s less than impactful deaths from Enterprise’s series finale. Terry talks about script doctoring the episode These Are The Voyages with Allen. In their version, Tripp’s passing was one of the more impactful deaths than what was in the episode.
Nick asks if Terry and Allen ever tried to script doctor Voyager’s End Game. They start considering some ideas on how to improve the episode. Some of the highlights included Neelix staying behind and no travel.
Nick asks how long should the trip home have taken versus the amount of time they had spent at home. Mike thinks another seven years to make the trip home and a fast forwarding to their home coming for the final act. Nick wanted them to have a much better welcome home. Mike wanted to see them meet with their families and perhaps adjusting to home life.
Leave Them There
Allen in the chatroom suggested leaving Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. They consider it and start brainstorming. Nick doesn’t want to see them almost get there and fall short. It had been done many times. Since Mike inspired Nick to think outside the box, Nick suggests that not everyone decides to make the rest of the journey home. They find a planet and establish a colony world near a guaranteed way home. This could be a stable wormhole which would allow people to come and go as they need.
Nick thinks Chakotay would stay behind. The Paris’ and Harry would go home, but Seven would have stayed in the Delta Quadrant. A colony outpost would be there. The Doctor would have stayed to care for those that remained. The first hour would revolve around finding the way home with the next half hour for deciding who would go and who would stay behind along with their farewells. Then the final half hour would feature their welcome, reunions, and conclude with a memorial to those lost along the way.
Some of their ideas seemed familiar to Mike. He recalls the episode with the Telepathic Pitcher Plant. Nick and Terry don’t immediately recall that episode. Mike tries to refresh their memory.
Lack of Impactful Deaths
During the five series of Star Trek, there were not a lot of impactful deaths. Even the pilot episode of Voyager didn’t deal with the loss of over half their crew. That event alone should have had some repercussions. It was a missed opportunity to deny those impactful deaths.
Nick wonders what happened to those bodies. Terry thinks they were shot into space. The Kobali episode addressed that when one of the dead crewmen returns as a resurrected Kobali. That episode should have been established better throughout the series, because all of a sudden they were confronted with a crewmember that the audience had never seen before. They tried to fill in some gaps with exposition and flashbacks but it took everything out of the impactful deaths. However, DS9 set things up better than Voyager ever did.
Star Trek Adventures Squirrel
Nick quickly returns to Star Trek Adventures. Hence the Captain of the T’Pau may sound like Tripp Tucker, but he’s actually a Betazoid. Also, the latest episode was broadcast live on Trek Radio, by Mario. Nick adds he spoke to Mike about something BLB can do in the future. Mike must speak to Steve about it first.
Slipped in Link
Terry just received a link from CBS. They are doing a big sweepstakes for STLV. Winners will receive a VIP trip for two to STLV. It will include a week in Las Vegas, hotel accommodation for six nights, transportation to and from the airport, round trip airfare, and $500 in spending money. It ends in eight days so enter now. Mike entered during the show. You must create a CBS account and login with the account and click the enter button and that’s it. The convention ticket level are Copper level tickets which reserves a seat for you.
More Discovery News
Continuing with Television News, Terry gladly reports that Jonathan Frakes is directing an episode of Star Trek: Discovery. However, she’s unsure if he will be directing an episode of Orville. Although she is happy to see someone with Trek directing experience joining the crew of Discovery.
Discovery will be filmed in the cinematic ratio of 2:1. Mike thinks it will probably fill most screens better. After some research, they learn he actually had it backwards. The 2:1 aspect ratio will allow more of the scene to be seen across devices. Hence this will force the image to have the strip of black at the top and bottom of the screen. A TrekCore article gave some visual comparisons in the aspect ratio differences.
The character of Harry Mudd will appear in Nine episodes of Discovery. Does that make him a regular or more than a recurring guest, since he will be on the show for half a season. Terry thinks he could be featured in one of the two chapters contributing to the first season. They wonder if his reputation for being a scoundrel will be established or if Stella will show up. They talk about Mudd and Stella.
Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek parody series: The Orville has its release date. It will premiere on Fox on September 26th. That’s two days after the premiere of Star Trek Discovery. Nick sends congratulations to their friend Gabe. He is one of the visual effects artists working on The Orville, and was in the film Trekkies.
Before moving onto their next topic, Mike has some book news directly related to Star Trek Discovery. Also on September 26th, David Mack’s novel, Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, will be released. That is from DefCon’s TrekLit blog. DefCon also mentions that September 26th is also the release date for DS9’s Original Sin. Pocket doesn’t have anything on for October, so Mike suspects that Original Sin will move. However, if it stays, a surprise novel may come out in October. He’s eager to find out, and doesn’t think Desperate Hours will move.
Mirror Broken #2 comes out this week. It’s the second book in the TNG Mirror Universe comic series. J.K. Woodward does the artwork. Also, Eaglemoss has released volume 14 of their Graphic Novel collection. The Vulcan Vengeance is out.
The Return of Martok
Moving onto Gaming News, big news came out this week. July 18th, Season 13.5 will be released and with it a new episode featuring the voice work of JG Hertzler reprising his role of Martok for the game. This intrigues because Martok is dead in the current STO story line. He lost to J’mpok in a challenge for the leadership of the Klingon Empire. So Mike may have to start playing STO again to find out what’s up.
Fast and Furious News
In addition, they quickly touch on some notable articles from the links sections. Terry starts with the announcement that Star Trek Beyond won a Saturn Award for their make-up. For convention news, Star Trek Discovery will have a presence and a panel on Saturday at San Diego Comic Con. A lot of vendors will have exclusive products available, including: Entertainment Earth which will have Big Bang Theory characters action figures in Star Trek Cosplay.
Terry runs through some of the product news quickly. However, Mike wants to draw attention to the TNG poster set. It is similar to the TOS poster that later became a puzzle in that it features the characters from the series. The TNG set has a poster for the heroes and another for the villains. Headlining the villains poster is a giant Romulan Warbird. Nick loves it. Terry follows it up with a mention of the 2018 Ships of the Line calendar is now available for purchase.
Professor of Shakespeare
Armin Shimerman (Quark in Deep Space Nine) tweeted the announcement yesterday that he is the Shakespeare professor at USC. They congratulate him on the news. Terry has seen him perform Shakespeare and believes that his students are in for a treat.
Before moving on, Mike wants to quickly touch on one piece of technology news. The article talks about a crazy ultrasonic 3D printer that will be able to not only 3D print objects, but assemble them. This 3D printer uses an array of ultrasonic emitters to pick up an object and precisely move it. Not only can it do this to plastic and other solid objects, but also to liquids such as solder and water. It does this manipulation by using ultrasonic sound waves and therefore does not need to touch anything.
Once added to a 3D printer, the device not only will be able to print components, but can assemble more complex objects than current 3D printers currently can. Mike is excited because this is an important but still baby step moving them towards an actual Star Trek replicator!
Nick returns the discussion to impactful deaths and the idea of expendable crew. Excluding soap operas, which had fake deaths where people return later with a new actor in place, the first time they could remember a show killing off main characters was in the Sopranos. Mike doesn’t think that it went mainstream until Game of Thrones. Nick disagrees because Sopranos was a big deal at the time.
Terry points out that both shows had war as a primary element. Game of Thrones had people at war, while Sopranos had the mob warring. In each, there were great story reasons for impactful deaths. In Star Trek, they’ve had a squeaky clean reputation. As a result, even war didn’t always end in death. For Star Trek, the mere act of exploring space is dangerous and can lead to characters dying. Mike refers to a quote from McCoy from the 2009 movie about how dangerous space is. That is what they hope to see in Discovery.
WB & Arrow
Enterprise did this to an extent. However, the network constrained them. With streaming services, they have a level of freedom they never had before. Network television today would still try to limit some of the things they want to do. Nick disagrees and thinks that on the WB, they are much more lenient in that regard that other networks. He refers to Arrow and some of the deaths on that show. Nick attributes it to network tv hemorrhaging viewers. Terry could see his point.
Nick asks Terry about why Disney went up almost two points in a day. Terry attributes it to the rumor that Apple may make a play for Disney. A lot of people are down on Disney because of ESPN. However, she thinks it is because Black Panther should do really good at release.
Continuity in storytelling becoming much more important. Even sitcoms are getting away from episodic storytelling. For a show like Happy Days, it didn’t matter if it was the first episode or the 66th. Everything in between didn’t matter for you to enjoy the story. However, today’s sitcoms are more serialized and story-driven than before. Big Bang Theory is an example of that. There was a season long arc with Wolowitz on the International Space Station. The following season, he kept bragging about his time there and how he’s an astronaut.
Johnny Galecki’s house in California burned down this week. Nick sends a shout out to him. Terry didn’t hear about that. Galecki is the heart of the Big Bang Theory.
The Chopping Block
Returning to the discussion of impactful deaths, Terry wonders if the lead character could be on the chopping block. Nick thinks every character should be on the line. Mike disagrees. For shows like the Walking Dead and Star Trek, the audience sees the universe through the lead character’s eyes. They are the window into the universe. Nick thinks the viewpoint could change.
Nick shares his thoughts about TNG. Picard was in the Captain’s chair for much too long. He wanted to see leadership change rather than a single person staying in a position for decades at a time. If they can get new crew men, they should be able to change out crew periodically.
Mike thinks the Enterprise D’s mission was an extended period of time, like ten years or more. Nick and Terry are unsure about that unless it was something mentioned in passing in Encounter at Farpoint. It’s not a generational ship. However, Mike believes they had families because they were planning to be out beyond the standard five year mission.
Terry thought it might have been an open-ended mission. Hence civilians were there with their families. Keiko was a civilian botanist. She believed that the Enterprise was actually more an exploration vessel rather than a military one. It was primarily a civilian ship with Starfleet handling its defense, but their first priority was always exploration. They weren’t war vessels.
Leave the Exploring to the Professionals
Terry thinks each member world of the Federation should be responsible for their own defense. Therefore in times of war, each member world would band together for mutual protection. The exploration and scientific arm of the Federation would get the Starfleet ships. It could be like state’s national guard all under the auspices of the army or air force. Because they didn’t do that everyone beleives they are one big happy family. She sees Kirk and Picard akin to Cousteau or Byrd — true explorers and not paramilitary leaders. They are not general; they are explorers.
A Private Little War
If Discovery will be about war, she hopes to see the explorers as well. Nick and Mike try to clarify that Discovery is not about war. The war with the Klingons (in TOS) was a Cold war. However, the hot war between them ended with the Four Years War shortly after the Battle of Axanar. If anything, this would be the end of the war with the Klingons.
When Terry mentions the TOS episode A Private Little War, they clarify that Kirk was referring to a cold war analogous to the cold war tensions with the Soviet Union. Hence the Klingons and Federation taunted each other rather than fired torpedoes the moment they dropped out of warp. Nick further clarifies that A Private Little War was the closest Vietnam analogy TOS ever did.
Star Trek VI
Also, Nick mentions the recent article on Tor.com by Keith R.A. DeCandido reviewing Star Trek VI. It made him realize something he missed. Keith hates all the movies, especially Star Trek VI. Nick hadn’t realized that the line about Kirk never being this close to a Klingon ship ignored the previous few films when Kirk and crew were in command of a Klingon Bird-of-prey. The movie writers are never or rarely the TV show writers. Nick mentions some of the other issues he had with Keith’s articles. Keith doesn’t think Trek translates well to the big screen.
For The Fans Or The Mass Market
Nick’s next question is about their thoughts as to what is the primary audience for each of the films. Was the Motion Picture made for the fans or for commercial appeal? Terry thinks it was made for the fans and the movie makers rather than for the mass market. Star Trek II was made for the general audience. It also happens to be the best film as voted by the fans. Spock’s death was the most impactful deaths in a Star Trek film. Nick considers it a reboot from the Motion Picture. Star Trek III was made for the fans who could not deal with Spock’s death. Spock’s death was an example of impactful deaths.
Star Trek IV was made for the market. It was a caper film taking place in the current day. That film didn’t require you to know Star Trek to enjoy it. Star Trek V didn’t know what it was going to be. Nick thinks it didn’t have the budget to do what it wanted. Mike thinks the execs stuck their noses too far into it.
They were divided when it came to Star Trek VI. Terry thought that the swan song for TOS crew made it for the fans. However, Mike thought that the film over all was made for mass market appeal, it just also happened to have the swan song to appeal to fans. They agreed with Mike’s point of view, since they needed to talk about the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and how Worf came to be on the bridge in TNG.
Mass Market or Fan Appeal – Round Two
Generations was all fan service. Nick tried to argue they were introducing the TNG characters to the mass market. Mike disagreed. The story of the film was merely a means to pass the torch and bring the two fan communities together. Nick agrees with something Keith said about Generations. The scene on the boat: it didn’t make sense that Worf falling into the water was funny while Data pushing Crusher in was not. It was all funny.
First Contact was mass market all the way and should have been TNG’s first film. Nick thinks Generations was a necessary evil because with it they could destroy the ship and the bridge sets from the television show. Then this let them get something all new for the films. Insurrection was completely fan service. It was a feature length TNG episode and was obviously made for the fans. Nemesis started off created it for the fans but ended up for the mass market. In the end it didn’t do either well. In fact, it insulted both the fans and the mass market. Data’s sacrifice was supposed to be on par with Spock’s in Star Trek III but they missed the mark and it’s the least impactful deaths as a result of it.
Round Three – Fan or Market
The 2009 film was primarily made for the mass market. Terry gives it credit for introducing Star Trek to a new generation of fans. She rates it well but dings it for missing certain Star Trek ideals. Nick hated how Kirk was portrayed. For Into Darkness, it was made for the mass market with the fans being a secondary thought with stuff added or changed after the fact to appease the fandom. Terry thinks it’s an insult to Star Trek in that it was Star Trek in name and logo only.
However, for Beyond, it was the film series’ resurrection. That film was made for the fans. It holds closer to the original source material. It aimed at mass market, but the fans were not an add-on. They were an integral part of the story. Everyone agrees it was the best of the three films. They discuss some of the highlights. Terry would like to see a Trek film without a villain. One where they just have to overcome adversity. They praise the film for introducing a new and interesting character that they hope to see again in the future. They loved the visual aspects of the new films, especially the Yorktown.
Wrapping Things Up
Before getting to announcements, Nick is eager to see how Mike will title the episode. Terry praises him and Janet for all of the work they put in preparing a episode and its accompanying blog post for a single episode of the show. They appreciate their efforts.
There is no announcement from Live Love Play this week. Ross is having some internet issues and won’t have them resolved until after the holiday. That is why he has not been doing his usual play-throughs and website updates. However, he will be back soon so check out his stuff in the meantime.
Nick isn’t sure when the next installment of Star Trek Adventures will be coming, since Cush has an opportunity for professional advancement and will be focusing on that for a while. However, there is a small chance that they may be able to do something on Indepedence day, though it would not involve the entire crew.
Mike quickly takes a moment to talk about something they didn’t get a chance to discuss earlier. The X-Prize has had challenges for turning science fiction into reality. A lot of their challenges has turned Star Trek technology into real world products with the latest being the Tricorder.
Well, they have a new challenge and they are turning their regular challenges on its ear. They are seeking science fiction that identifies a need that future humans will need that currently isn’t being discussed. It’s an interesting challenge. They are looking to inspire and look forward to what comes next. It comes as a result that most of the science fiction stories being told right now are not as forward thinking as they had once been.
Mike hopes that Discovery will give us some of that forward thinking scifi that we’ve been missing but Terry is not optimistic, but will wait and see. We hope that she’s wrong. TOS had the benefit to look forward, even more so than TNG, DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise.
Finally, Mike points out that he’s been including links to Star Trek 3D Print Projects in the Unofficial Productions sections, since he knows that there are a lot of Trek fans and listeners with them. One of the cool projects he found this week was a Borg Cube.
In closing, he asks everyone to check out Semantic Shenanigans, Live Love Play, The LEGO Adventures of Big Dude and Lil Dude, The Star Trek Adventures of the USS T’Pau, and all other BLB Productions. He offers Nick a chance to update the audience about the Gettysburg Address. He’s waiting for someone in Kentucky to get their studio back up so they can discuss an amazing topic. He’s got some other irons in the fire as well.
Join them next week for episode 286 of the G & T Show for news and discussion of all of everything coming out of the Star Trek multiverse.
- First of all, Star Trek Adventures USS T’Pau Episode 2 – 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEZEjFZs0Rs
- G & T Show – Star Trek Product News Roundup June 2017 – http://www.gandtshow.com/star-trek-product-news-roundup-june-2017/
- The LEGO Adventures of Big Dude and Lil Dude Episode 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgW-SRALGes&feature=youtu.be&a
- Star Trek Adventures USS T’Pau Episode 2 – 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiyA8VDjxuw
- Live Love Play’s website – http://www.iliveloveplay.com
- Star Trek Adventures USS T’Pau Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdXKYV3GzRBcYkC8fwLVLnLj2g3Y8c7dn
- Finally, Pre-order Star Trek Adventures Rule Book – https://www.modiphius.net/collections/star-trek-adventures
- First of all, Short News: David Mack’s Discovery: Desperate Hours release date will be September 26th 2017 – https://defcons-treklit.blogspot.de/2017/06/short-news-david-macks-discovery.html
- Preview of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken #2 – https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2017/06/preview-of-star-trek-the-next-generation-mirror-broken-2/
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken #2 – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/06/star-trek-the-next-generation-mirror-broken-2/
- In addition, Review: Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, Vol. 1 – http://trekcore.com/blog/2017/06/review-star-trek-graphic-novel-collection-vol-1/
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds Review – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/06/star-trek-the-next-generation-hearts-and-minds-review/
- Eaglemoss Graphic Novel Collection Star Trek: Vulcan Vengeance Volume 14 – https://shop.eaglemoss.com/star-trek-graphic-novels-/star-trek-vulcan-vengeance
- Finally, Celebrate Audiobook Month with Enigma Tales & Hearts and Minds – http://www.startrek.com/article/celebrate-audiobook-month-with-enigma-tales-hearts-and-minds
- First of all, Star Trek: Discovery storyline revealed – http://ew.com/tv/2017/06/26/star-trek-discovery-storyline/
- Jonathan Frakes To Direct Episode Of Star Trek: Discovery – http://trekmovie.com/2017/06/27/jonathan-frakes-to-direct-episode-of-star-trek-discovery/
- Star Trek: Discovery producers: Major characters won’t be safe – http://ew.com/tv/2017/06/30/star-trek-discovery-characters-killed-off/
- Fox: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Star Trek’ parody gets its release date – https://huluwatcher.com/2017/06/24/fox-seth-macfarlanes-star-trek-parody-gets-its-release-date/
- Also, Star Trek: Discovery’s Two Ships Explained – https://www.space.com/37315-star-trek-discoverys-two-ships-explained.html
- Discovery Filming in Cinematic 2:1 Aspect Ratio – http://trekcore.com/blog/2017/06/star-trek-discovery-filming-in-21-aspect-ratio/
- Harry Mudd to Appear in 9 Episodes of Star Trek Discovery – http://ncc-1031.com/news/harry-mudd-appear-9-episodes-star-trek-discovery/
- Finally, Star Trek: Discovery Book, Comic, Convention Panel – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/06/star-trek-discovery-book-comic-convention-panel/
- First of all, G. Hertzler Joins the Cast of Star Trek Online – https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10552414
- How Disruptor Beam Fits the Giant Worlds of The Walking Dead and Star Trek Into Mobile Games – http://www.outerplaces.com/science-fiction/item/16346-disruptor-beam-mobile-games-thrones-walking-dead
- Star Trek Ascendancy Setup & Rules – Ready Steady Play – https://boardgamegeek.com/video/140570/star-trek-ascendancy/star-trek-ascendancy-setup-rules-ready-steady-play
- The Kobayashi Maru Event! – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10548964-the-kobayashi-maru-event%21
- In addition, Danger Escalates as Star Trek Online Releases Season 13.5 for PC July 18 – http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/300726/Danger_Escalates_as_Star_Trek_Online_Releases_Season_135_forPC_July_18.php
- Preview: The 5th Wing Patrol Ship (Repaint) – http://www.startrek.com/article/preview-the-5th-wing-patrol-ship-repaint
- Star Trek Online rolls out Season 13.5 on July 18 – http://massivelyop.com/2017/06/28/star-trek-online-rolls-out-season-13-5-on-july-18/
- Season 13.5 Comes to PC July 18th – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10549074-season-13.5-comes-to-pc-july-18th
- Finally, STO Fiction: Retaking the Test – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10547183-%22retaking-the-test%22
- Star Trek Beyond Wins Saturn Award For Best Makeup – http://www.treknews.net/2017/06/29/star-trek-beyond-saturn-award-makeup/
- First of all, Tweet: Star Trek: Discovery coming to Comic Con – https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/status/880470978517549056/video/1
- Comic-Con: The Orville, Ghosted & The Gifted Part Of 20th Century Fox TV’s Footprint At Fan Confab – http://deadline.com/2017/06/comic-con-seth-macfarlane-the-orville-the-exorcist-ghosted-craig-robinson-20th-century-fox-tv-1202120668
- Star Trek: Discovery Is Headed To San Diego Comic-Con – http://www.treknews.net/2017/06/29/star-trek-discovery-sdcc-comic-con/
- Furthermore, Discovery Panel Set for Comic-Con – http://www.startrek.com/article/discovery-panel-set-for-comic-con
- SDCC 2017 Exclusive Big Bang Theory in Star Trek Cosplay Figure – http://news.toyark.com/2017/06/30/sdcc-2017-exclusive-big-bang-theory-star-trek-cosplay-figure-258317
- SDCC-Exclusive The Bakersfield Expedition Action Figures – http://www.startrek.com/article/sdcc-exclusive-the-bakersfield-expedition-action-figures
- Finally, Star Trek Week In Vegas Sweepstakes – http://www.cbs.com/star-trek-week-in-vegas-sweepstakes/?ftag=AAM-00-10acj7i&ET_CID=23878&ET_RID=CBSCOM-17779407
- First of all, TNG 30th anniversary poster set – https://shop.roddenberry.com/products/tng-30th-anniversary-poster-set?variant=41996453644
- Star Trek TNG Unisex Track Jacket – Exclusive – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ipln/?cpg=critfbret&utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=retargeting&utm_campaign=criteo%20facebook
- Star Trek Discovery logo mug 11 oz. – http://www.cbsstore.com/star-trek-discovery-logo-mug-11oz/detail.php?p=1434996&v=cbs_startrekdiscovery
- 2018 Ships of the Line Calendar Available Now – http://www.startrek.com/article/2018-ships-of-the-line-calendar-available-now
- Star Trek Discovery women’s slim fit T-shirt – http://www.cbsstore.com/star-trek-discovery-womens-slim-fit-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1435026&v=cbs_startrekdiscovery
- In addition, Star Trek Discovery pullover hoodie – http://www.cbsstore.com/star-trek-discovery-pullover-hoodie/detail.php?p=1435041&v=cbs_startrekdiscovery
- Fabric – Star Trek Stone 63100301 01 – https://www.fabricmill.com/star-trek-stone-63100301-01.html
- Discovery Delta Shield mug 11 oz. – http://www.cbsstore.com/star-trek-discovery-delta-shield-mug-11oz/detail.php?p=1435001&v=cbs_startrekdiscovery
- Star Trek Discovery Delta Shield T-shirt – http://www.cbsstore.com/star-trek-discovery-delta-shield-t-shirt/detail.php?p=1435006&v=cbs-new-arrivals
- 2018 Ships of the Line Calendar Available Now – http://www.startrek.com/article/2018-ships-of-the-line-calendar-available-now
- Also, Star Trek Starships Figure Collection Magazine Special #15 USS Titan – http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/dp.asp?PRID=1650430
- In addition, Star Trek The Next Generation Command Polo – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-command-polo/detail.php?p=1429872&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Keenser Collectibles – http://www.startrek.com/article/keenser-collectibles
- Star Trek Starfleet Academy Phoenix Delta Hoodie – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-starfleet-academy-phoenix-delta-hoodie/detail.php?p=1429867&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Finally, Star Trek The Next Generation Command Jacket – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-command-jacket/detail.php?p=1429877&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- First of all, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Armin Shimerman to be USC professor – http://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/06/29/star-trek-deep-space-nines-armin-shimerman-to-be-usc-professor/
- Saldana: The Need For Diversity In Hollywood – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/06/saldana-the-need-for-diversity-in-hollywood/
- Marlins to Host Star Trek Night on Thursday + Win A Marlins/TNG Jersey – http://www.treknews.net/2017/06/28/marlins-star-trek-night/
- Vulcan hosts Canada Day fundraiser to raise money for new Star Trek-themed pool – http://globalnews.ca/news/3561666/vulcan-hosts-canada-day-fundraiser-to-raise-money-for-new-star-trek-themed-pool/
- The X prize is now backing sci-fi like it backs IRL science – https://www.wired.com/story/x-prize-sci-fi-seat-14c/
- The next frontier in condo sales? It’s straight out of ‘Star Trek. – http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170627/CRED0701/170629869/belgravia-group-virtual-reality-condo-tours-at-renelle
- Also, Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek Generations – http://www.tor.com/2017/06/27/star-trek-the-original-series-rewatch-star-trek-generations/
- Can You Identify Every Character in These Special 30th Anniversary Star Trek: The Next Generation Posters? – http://io9.gizmodo.com/can-you-identify-every-character-in-these-special-30th-1796503227
- Star Trek Beyond Wins Saturn Award – http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-beyond-wins-saturn-award
- 3D Print: Star Trek – The Next Generation Borg Cube – https://www.thingiverse.com/make:354725
- 3D Print: USS Enterprise – Star Trek The Original Series – https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2407701
- If EMdrive is real and scales with Q factor then we get almost Star Trek level Technology – https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/06/if-emdrive-is-real-and-scales-with-q-factor-then-we-get-almost-star-trek-level-technology.html
- Finally, Crazy ultrasonic 3D printer that can assemble electronics – https://www.techspot.com/news/69926-crazy-ultrasonic-3d-printer-can-assemble-electronics.html
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
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