A couple of months ago we were teased with a new project called ‘Portal 47‘ from “The universe’s renowned authority” on all things Star Trek, Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek.
Portal 47 is now up and running and sounds amazing! It comes across as a virtual convention. If anyone has been to one of Larry’s talks or stall at a convention you will know he is a wealth of knowledge with memories, archives and friends from all series.
“Portal 47 may not be for all Trek fans but if you crave a new way to get a virtual backstage pass and hear from new voices of people who were there, like a min-con package all year long no matter where you live… Then beam aboard and deep-dive through the Portal with us!” – Larry Nemecek
But why wait to go to a convention to get the chance to just glimpse? Instead Larry offers Portal 47 as an immersive experience where he shares his knowledge, treasure trove, questions and answers and even chats with other Trek guests.
So what do you get? Taken from Larry’s press release:
EVERY MONTH we’ll meet at virtual Portal 47 for your access pass:
• My live, one-hour group telebriefing interview with a real-life Trek veteran from the series, movies and more, with your questions…
…and the recoding afterwards.
• A live, one-hour group roundtable “Ask Dr. Trek” telebriefing with me —on a topic, or your Q/As; decide what you want …
… andthe recording afterwards.
• Open the vault: Exclusive Archive Access via one rare or exclusive audio, document and/or image file to download monthly. That object may well be the opening spark for our ADT Roundtables!
•Three-day early advance access to all new guest vidchats and other undated posts at my TREKLAND blog.
• Exclusive access to our new Portal 47 closed community on Facebook, just for our Portal Passers… where we can talk further or set up new areas for our various deep-dives.
•15% DISCOUNT once a month on your winning bid at my Trekland Trunk events .. or on my own future merchandise. (Hmmm.. I guess that means… Portal 47 cards?)
• AND YES, EVEN LIVE:
•An ANNUAL Portal 47 meetup drink and munchies at Vegas Trek, Comic-Con SanDiego, or a local con near you where I am a guest. Even if it’s just the two of us! (Trekkie Girls Hint: Larry is already signed up to at least 2 UK conventions in 2016)
• PLUS a 20% DISCOUNT on my new, one-day personal TREKLAND TOURS of choices off a menu of Trek film site locations, when you are in LA! (To be announced this winter)
We asked Larry what he has planned in the near future and there’s even more reason to sign up, If you join in November you’ll get an actual call sheet from DS9, Voyager or Enterprise!
Larry is also planning to bring in European timezone friendly calls. He just needs another 6 European based members to join the portal.
Pretty exciting eh!? There are various membership options and with the exchange rate in our favour (for us Brits), it works out cheaper than a trip to the cinema. To sign up, visit Portal 47 or perhaps give membership as a gift to a friend? *hint hint*!
If you haven’t heard of the USS Riker’s Beard then shame on you and on your hoooouuuuse!
The good crew of the USS Riker’s Beard are a group of Trekkies who met at the first Destination Star Trek London, all sharing the same hotel. The crew had brought with them the humble beginnings of their bridge set which has been slowly added to in the intervening years. Like all great crews they quickly built a strong rapport and meshed into one superb unit.
At the first DSTL the Riker’s Beard was simply then named the USS Customs House after their hotel. They later changed to the current name a name eponymous with all things great about science fiction generally in honour of the mighty hirsute one. The crew then started to build their ship from the inside out!
The Ship’s Captain, James Dillon has been building some incredible replica sets such as the Command chairs from the Enterprise D, a transporter set and panels. The crew assemble these at conventions across the UK and collect money on behalf of various charities at each event.
This crew promptly escape from these events to the United Kingdom underground where, to this day, they survive as agents of good. If you have a convention, if no one else can help, and if you can find them then maybe you can book USS Riker’s Beard!
However the Riker’s Beard project is approaching a point of critical mass and needs additional crew to help maintain their presence as well as build their new super secret next construction project! If you are based in or near the Kent area and can help with assembling, transporting or storing these sets? Do you have skills with electronics, lighting, carpentry or special effects? Do you have a trailer, van or lorry to help with transporting these items? Do you have access to secure, safe and dry storage spaces for large sections of the sets? If the answer to any of these is yes then then the Good Ship Riker’s Beard needs you!
Heads up, this is literally all I’m going to talk about for the next 12 months. We did our live periscope last week to discuss our collective thoughts but after listening to The Ready Room podcast on Trek.fm with Christopher Jones and guest Larry Nemecek it has go me thinking about what I want to see.
Btw, I rarely get a chance to listen to podcasts but I’m glad I took the time to listen to this one (scroll to bottom of this post to play). It provides logic behind the decision to stream and how the development of previous incarnations of Trek can provide insight into the development of this series.
Decision to Stream
I have no strong feelings about this. When streaming services first arrived, it seemed that they were regular TV’s poor relation. Remember the campaign to get Enterprise on Netflix and how many fans felt it wouldn’t do the show justice? Those days are behind us now. Streaming is where we are now. I often read history books about TNG’s launch (I’m trying to make myself sound younger than I am!) and read about the controversy of it being ‘syndicated’. I googled ‘syndication’, I barely understand it now. Times have moved on and from everything I have read about choosing to deliver Trek via streaming, it sounds a good business strategy that proves they have the utmost faith in Star Trek.
But like TNG and syndication, I suspect this is an American problem. Here in the UK we have channels such as CBS Action ‘The home of Star Trek’ that I’m sure will be CSB’s preferred outlet. We have tweeted them and asked. Funnily enough, they didn’t answer! Unless they are planning to release CBS All Access in other markets globally? As for the monthly cost?
In our live chat I stated that I think it’s going to be set in the JJ Universe. And I mean that in the way I mean “I don’t want anything special for Christmas’ I WANT THE PRIME UNIVERSE SO BAD!!!!
It feels like a forbidden wish. If I wish it too hard, I’ll jinx it. I would love to see what happens to the Federation after Voyager returns. What career path did Seven of Nine take? Did Bajor ever join the Federation? Has Cardassia recovered from near annihilation? Did they restore Data’s backup file onto B-4? Did Geordi ever find his mothers ship? Did anyone hear from Captain Sisko ever again?
I know a lot of these questions are covered in books, I’ve read a fair few but it’s not the same. It’s not real.
After listening to the podcast below I felt a bubbling of excitement when Larry spoke of how it would be a wise business decision to have the new series based in the Prime Universe. It’s a sure bet to please. Most fans support it. But no. I must go through the kolinahr because I cannot allow myself to get too excited!
Earlier on this year this news story broke about a fan, Michael Gummelt, who owned the rights to startrekbeyond.com – a website where he has developed a very detailed idea for a Star Trek series now called ‘Star Trek: Unchartered’. Obviously, the Founders people who make Star Trek needed that domain for their movie so they took a look and must have liked what they saw because they invited him to Paramount to pitch his idea. The story itself sounds rather plausible for the type of story they might develop. In an interview with TrekMovie he answers the question ‘what universe is it set in?’
“Star Trek Uncharted” is set sometime in the future, distant enough that it doesn’t really matter which universe it takes place in. It’s universe-agnostic. In my fantasy world where the series actually gets made, it would need to establish itself as its own show, with its own identity. Only once it’s accomplished that would it need to establish its place in the lore. In any case, I imagine it would be up to Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot to decide if they wanted to use it as a “shared universe” show along the lines of Agents of SHIELD. – Michael Gummelt, TrekMovie
That sounds like the sort of speak CBS would like to hear. It is reminiscent of Enterprise and the Movies, that it is given its own space (pardon then the pun) in which to develop, independent of existing timelines which could be restrictive. So either Paramount really like Gummelt’s idea or they had to sweeten him into handing over his domain name with no fuss.
I said in our video that hands down, I want a female Captain. Doesn’t need to be a big deal but the 6th Captain, by rules of probability and to reflect the gender equality that exists in the future, it’s got a be a woman Captain.
In the interest of moving forward and breaking ground (although Star Trek would be a late runner to this) I’d like to see a Human gay character, male or female. Star Trek has embraced this subject using metaphors (alien relationships) but let’s show that for our own cultures and species, it’s not an issue in our future.
Much like the shows before it, I imagine it will hire new faces and I support this, it allows you to get to know that character without any preconceptions.
That said. Gillian Anderson for Captain, all the way!!
How good would it be if David Duchovny made a guest appearance too!! …… As an agent from temporal investigations!!! **Splashes cold water on my face** …. Nope **Opens wine**
Continuing my fantasy that this will be in the Prime Universe (and at a date set sometime after Voyager’s return). I’ve even casted the first officer.
Michelle Forbes baby!!! There is a lot of scope for the Ro Laren character. Maybe it’s a mixed crew again and she is in the Bajaron Militia and seconded to Starfleet when Bajor joins the Federation? (because THAT has to happen, right!). I see Anderson’s Captain as a mellow Picard type. A listener, a diplomat but friendlier and more caring to the crew. She’d throw parties on the Battle Bridge for the ships children just for fun. But Ro… Ro is Ro!
But going back to preconceptions with known actors. Remember when Zachary Quinto was cast as Spock? There was part of me that was worried I wouldn’t see past Sylar (baddie in Heroes). Could I ever see in him our belovered Spock? Eventually I could, but it was a process that started long before the release of the film.
Quinto appeared alongside Leonard Nimoy at the 2008 Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, a move that allowed the fans to separate him from the cold blooded murderer Sylar into the Green Blooded hobgoblin we know and love.
Where am I going with this? It’s the 50th year Anniversary celebrations next year. We know there’s a big celebration in Las Vegas and we’re praying to the prophets, to Sto Vo Kor and that God from Star Trek 5 that Destination Star Trek will pop up for the occasion. This will be the perfect opportunity to show off the new assemble. Throw them in the deep end! Let us fans stare at them like we’re Ferengi eyeing up a group of Dabo Girls! And let us get their autographs before they’re too famous!
We know Alex Kurtzman is at the helm. I’m very happy with this. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him. He is a Star Trek fan himself and some excellent credits to his name such as Fringe and Alias. I hope he has tough skin though because like most helmsmen they take a lot stick from the fans. This is something I’ve never understood. Surely if you love a series as much as fans love Star Trek, why such venom towards the caretaker of the franchise?
Apparently they are looking for a writer still. Like most fans, I pine for Ronald D Moore!
It doesn’t look like former Producers Rick Berman or Brannon Braga are involved either.
Unless the concept is something like Starfleet Academy or the Klingon empire, I’m presuming they’ll be a ship. My gut feel is they will go with a ship based series again.
I can warm to any ship, a bit like a car, they all have personality no matter what their ability. Star Trek has an ability to anthropomorphise it’s starships, making it part of the crew. I like sleek ships and ships that feel like home. I preferred the more luxurious feel of the Galaxy Class over the Defiant. I don’t care if the Defiant can do sweet manoeuvres. I don’t want to sleep in a bunkbed!
Same for the NX01, it doesn’t look like the sort of ship you can roam around in your PJ’s – although the Enterprise NX01 crew preferred nudity!
I’ll let other fans get excited over whether it has a Quantum Slipstream, Grapplers or Tractor beams. I like potted plants in the corridor and messy Quarters
For the Fans
For the Trekkie Girls we are excited to have new content to explore. At the moment it feels like every convention that has a Star Trek guest, it’s a blessing. But finally we are going to be contemporary! This is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Star Trek where for the first time in over a decade we’ll not only be celebrating the past 50 years, we’ll be looking in to the future too. Which is what Star Trek is ultimately about.
I’m particularly excited about the ‘next generation’ of fans. Such as my Son. Ok he’ll only be two years old when it starts but you got to start them young! This will be his Star Trek.
So there are my initial thoughts. But there are a lot more questions. What will it be called? When will the next bit of information be released? How far down the development process are they? You can count on the Trekkie Girls to be there every bit of the way as we explore this Undiscovered Country.
Here is the excellent podcast by Trek.fm featuring Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek
Last Saturday we took to Periscope Live to discuss all aspects of the New Star Trek Series. Take a look to see who we’d like to be cast, what universe we’d like it to be in and chat with our twitter followers about their thoughts.
How this evaded the chief of security, a Sherlock Holmes loving Android and sophisticated forensic technology is remarkable.
Found on one of the Star Trek fan groups on Facebook and posted with permission from it’s original poster Allen Thompson. This theory has changed the way we think of sweet little Alexander.
By Allen Thompson….
Duras did not kill K’ehleyr! Alexander did! My evidence..
First he was a aggressive little boy that wanted to attack other children! That episode showed it.
A future episode also showed he liked to lie.
But let’s get back to the episode that k’ehleyr was killed in. Worf comes in with Alexander to find her lying in blood. Does Alexander freak out?? No! He just stands their with almost evil stare. This little kid was not raised Klingon. He was raised more like a human. He should of freaked!! But let’s continue.
Worf ask who did this
“Gowron?” He asked
What does she say? Duras!! It was duras!! No she says “Alexander”
She just pointed out her killer!! Well Worfs ain’t listening. So with her dying breath she puts Alexanders hand on Worfs. She is hoping he would take the little homicidal brat into custody. But no Worf tells him to look at death. Again Alexander “not raised as a tough Klingon” just stairs with almost Norman Bates stare at his dead mom;)
In previous years, we have scouted the net far and wide looking for the best gifts to help give the Star Trek fan in your life that perfect prezzie.
This year we thought we’d do things a bit differently. You see the problem with being such a well known fan of Star Trek is that it makes for easy gift giving. You can buy just about anything with the brand name stuck to it. Not to sound ungrateful but some products can range from weird to plain horrendous. So here’s a few of our favourite ‘What `the Spock, did they actually make that?’ products….
The Wrath Of Khan – Spock dying – Christmas tree decoration
When Hallmark were looking at Star Treks greatest moments to immortalise them, did they ever think ‘Spock dying on a Christmas tree might be a bit naff?’ Clearly not! You can enjoy this beautiful scene of death during the festive season too. Hey, why not have Tasha being shot by Armus of Jadzia being killed by Dukat too?
USS Enterprise Flying Disk
What is the point of this product! This more useless than a D-12 Bird of Prey being navigated by Guinan’s feelings! We suspect they want it to behave like a frisbee but even in the promotional video their best shot is them chucking an Enterprise shaped piece of plastic between them!
Newly released and obviously aimed at the desperate Christmas shoppers. It looks perfect because, well, cheese and it’s the shape of the Enterprise. But honestly, an Enterprise shaped cheeseboard!? How do people come up with this! We will admit to owning the Enterprise shaped bottle opener and the pizza cutter is clever but this!? Ok the cracker stacker is a nice touch. But Nacelle shaped cutlery!??
This isn’t meant to offend anyone who loves these products, it’s just a bit of fun. If throwing an Enterprise shaped lump of plastic floats your boat then that’s Takei by us!
As Star Trek fans go, anything Trekkie-ish is good with us!
We don’t want to give spoilers about exactly what they played as the show has just started its tour but here’s an overview of how it went and what you can expect.
The live orchestra is positioned under a large screen that plays clips from all movies and series to accompany the music. It was split into segments that is narrated by Michael Dorn. The segments included dedications to different aspects for example; each crew, to the captains, to aliens and the Enterprise. There were also themes such as wisdom, family and allies. The clips they played on the screen weren’t necessarily related to the imagery shown with it. This worked well because we got to see how TOS would look with the new Movies soundtrack and visa versa.
There were other segments that were dedicated to individual scenes from a particular episode. In that case they would play just that one clip and music.
The attendance of Ron Jones and Jay Chattaway as guest composers was a real treat and the audience loved them. Ron played scores from early TNG but without any video to accompany it. This allowed us to refocus on the music as we kept finding ourselves slipping back to the visual.
Which reminds us of our last post where we discussed our expectations. We found it hard to isolate our favourite musical scores from our favourite scenes in Trek, but having attended this concert we have learned that our favourite scenes, have the best musical scores. And that’s not a coincidence. We have learnt that it’s not just good writing and visual effects that make a great scene, but it’s when good writing, acting, effects and music scenes all come together, that’s when the movie magic occurs.
The scores chosen for the concert managed a good balance, throwing the audience into laughter and lots of tears! (Holographic tissues please!). Although the clips chosen were very TOS centred with little DS9 and very little Voyager.
If Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is coming to a town near you we recommend you book fast. With no new television series being aired, this is the perfect way to reconnect with the show and appreciate it in a new light.
Altogether it was a great evening. And much like choosing our favourite scenes, we have learnt that it’s not just a good concert that makes a great event. It’s the atmosphere of hundreds of Trekkies enjoying themselves, it’s the incredible location and helpful staff of The Royal Albert Hall and it’s the company, the friends you meet and make on the way. And yeah, the bottles of bubbly helped too!
Highlights: ok, can’t resist this spoiler! The mashup of First Contact and Best of Both Worlds.
Would have like to have seen: more from Enterprise, Voyager and DS9
Relieved because: we don’t need to eat our Tricorders as per a bet.
We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come and see us and say hi, it is always great to see our Facebook and Twitter friends at Star Trek events. We are always overwhelmed by your kindness. Especially to Liam who saw that were were in need of TWOK insignia badges and made some for us himself and to Neil who saw we needed personalised Trekkie Girls coasters from all our champagne guzzling and made some for us! You’re all lovely.
Big thank you to Rick at The Royal Albert Hall for your support. Live along and Prosper!