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Sam is one of the original founders of Trekkie Girls. Loves a Tranya, would permanently reside on Risa and wants to be Lwaxana Troi when she grows up.

Michael Burnham and the Vulcan Connection. Spock/Uhura’s Daughter?

There’s a lot of speculation of a Vulcan connection surrounding Star Trek Discovery’s lead character Michael Burnham. In the trailer, it appears as if a young Burnham is raised on Vulcan. But it goes beyond those ‘on point’ eyebrows and pixie haircut.
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In the trailer Burnham seems to talk with a Vulcan inflection at times. But she also shows emotion backing up speculation that she could be human, raised by Vulcans.
But as I lay awake last night considering all the possibilities, a theory of my own popped into my head. To use our new favourite meme:
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Yes I know we’ve only seen a few minutes of footage but it’s fun to guess. This is pretty far out…..
What if Michael Burnham is Spock and Uhura’s child from the future??…. Stay with me!….
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Star Trek writers love having characters with internal conflict/mixed heritage such as Spock, B’Elanna Torres, Troi etc. So I suspect they might do the same with Burnham.
Then I was thinking about Uhura from the movies, how well written and utilised her character was but there is scope for more.
When Burnham recommends firing at the Klingons, she was feisty but in control and it reminded me of Uhura. Discovery has taken lots of inspiration from the Kelvin Timeline. It would be conceivable that they may wish to recapture some of those Uhura traits in another character.
That got me thinking. What if she was the future child of Spock and Uhura?
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I couldn’t post a picture of Spock and Uhura kissing. I just couldn’t.
Now we have a ‘sort of’ confirmation that Discovery is set in the Prime Universe. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this series had some connection to the Kelvin Universe. Some of the best episodes of Star Trek centre around a connection to another series/timeline. Think of  episodes like DS9 Trials and Tribulations, VOY Flashback, ENT Regeneration and TNG Relics.
Here’s how I would pitch it.
Discovery runs for a couple of seasons doing it’s thing, establishing itself.
Burnham has no idea who her parents are, she’ll come across as an orphan child with a Worf complex. Sarek is her father figure and mentor.

Then the forth Kelvin movie drops. It’s about Spock trying to finish Ambassador Spock’s work. That includes finding a way to save Romulus.

Lets have a quick look at the timeline:

2233 – Narada/Nero incident
2255 – Start of Star Trek Discovery
2258 – Star Trek 2009 movie
2265 – Start of TOS (Where no man has gone before)

So Spock (Kelvin) is trying to save Romulus (Prime) using time travel, slingshots or funky transporter tricks. He is trying to get to the 24th Century but in a moment of certain peril, he and Uhura (who is pregnant) find themselves thrownback to 2233 (goddammit Captain Braxton).
They realise that they have an opportunity to save Vulcan instead.
In a heartbreaking scene reminiscent of James Kirk’s birth scene in Star Trek ’09, Spock and Uhura sacrifice themselves to save the world leaving their child with Sarek and Amanda Grayson.

Their daughter would be mostly human but I suspect with the state of Vulcans in the Kelvin universe it would be important for Spock to have his child raised as a Vulcan. So he sends her back to be raised by his own family….remember in the Kelvin universe Spock gets on with his daddy so thats ok!

All of this would unravel later in the series in conjunction with the movie.

Either way, speculating makes me feel excited about the series. It also helps me allay any fears I have about this being a TOS Prequel.
I’ll admit I wanted a 24th/25th Century prime timeline series but there’s still a lot to play with in this time frame and as Picard says “things are only impossible until they are not.”

  What do you think?

 

Also See:


Star Trek Discovery Cast


Discovery FAQs

Star Trek Discovery Trailer Reaction

 

Star Trek Discovery’s 1st Trailer has finally arrived and here is Trekkie Girl Sam’s  reaction!

Trailer Reaction

What an evening! I had been watching the Twitter feeds all night. Upon hearing that Les Moonves (CBS CEO) explain that some “short clips” would air, I presumed there would be a planned release from Star Trek/CBS whereby all social media channels would drop the clip at the time of the Upfronts to avoid crappy leaks. Unfortunately crappy leaks happened. I shouldn’t have looked, but I’m only human!
But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the actual trailer.

Here’s my reaction, it’s extra authentic as I failed to hit pause on the record!:

BTW that was a highly emotional response for a Brit!
Everything about this is impeccably Star Trek. It truly feels like Star Trek is back, but new. I hate, hate, hate to use this term but ‘as a woman’ it feels even more like my Star Trek.
Even though Star Trek has had some incredible female leads in the past, the casting and gender seems less forced. Not sure why I feel that way after one small trailer. Maybe it’s because the genders of the officers isn’t a selling point of the show this time?

I’m intrigued by Lt Saru’s character, I believe he’ll be Star Trek’s new darling. He has that Spock/Data/Doctor vibe about him.

The Klingons…. I don’t actually have much to say about the Klingons at this point. Yes they look different, but Klingons look different every decade. It’s an interesting time between the Federation and Klingon Empire and with so many Klingon characters cast in discovery, I’m happy they are regaining centre stage again.
I always struggle when people complain about the superficial elements of Star Trek, most fans of the show are so because of the superior storytelling. In which case the appearance of the show is either irrelevant or serve as an improvement to the franchise.

Witnessing how dedicated the actors are to their characters and to the franchise, certainly helps:

Initial Teaser image

This morning during the CBS Upfronts (a network presentation to showcase their upcoming shows) they treated us to this picture, and this was our initial reaction:

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This planet and it’s costumes conjure a feeling of familiarity and our thoughts immediately went to Nimbus III – The Planet of Galactic Peace from Star Trek The Final Frontier.

There’s also something very Vulcan about it (like it has the Vulcan Instagram filter on!). Reminds us of Enterprise: The Forge.

However Trekmovie.com has reported that the scene from the new image was filmed in Jordan. We all know Vulcan can only be filled at Gorn Rocks!

Or Sisko digging in the sand avoiding his emotions whilst morning the death of Jadzia searching for the prophets?

It could even be something completely unique?

Update: There has since been  new images released on StarTrek.com

Other News

Number of episodes per season has increased to 15 per season – yay!
CBS also announced that an after show would accompany Star Trek Discovery named ‘Talking Trek’. Twitter is ablaze with host suggestions from your favourite Star Trek bloggers 😉

For frame by frame stills, check out and praise the good folks of Trekcore for their efforts!

Netflix special trailer:

 

Update on Release Date?

Still saying ‘fall’ (autumn). But like I say in the video, they’re doing a great job. Take all the time you need!

Also See:


Star Trek Discovery Cast


Discovery FAQs

Fedcon Bonn Germany – 2nd – 5th June

Continuing our mission to attend the worlds best Star Trek events, the Trekkie Girls have locked their targets onto FedCon 26 which is being held in Bonn Germany 2nd – 5th June 2017.

There’s a stellar Trek lineup this year including LEVAR BURTON (Geordi La Forge), MICHAEL DORN (Worf), MARINA SIRTIS (Deanna Troi), GATES MCFADDEN (Beverly Crusher), CHASE MASTERSON (Leeta)  JOHN DE LANCIE (Q) and COLM MEANEY (Miles O’Brien) .  Also appearing are some great non-Trek Guests like Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and David Hasslehoff!.

With so many Next Generation actors appearing, it looks the perfect place to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek The Next Generation.

The convention is located in the city of Bonn near Cologne-Bonn airport which boasts five direct flights to the UK. It is also an hour and half from the soon-to-be-opened official Star Trek Roller Coaster located at Movie Park Germany (unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’ll be open in time for this event).

Sam and Carole will be attending all weekend, blogging, live tweeting and live streaming from the event.

SF BALL 23 – Review, Gates McFadden, Patti Yasutake and Larry Nemecek Interviews

This year we were delighted to experience a bit more of what the SF Ball has to offer. Having previously only been able to attend for a day, new ticket options meant we were able to experience the much talked about Saturday night cabaret.

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It also allowed us to immerse ourselves in a different type of convention. We are admittedly more accustom to large scale events and some purely fan led events. We feel the SF Ball sits in it’s own special category. As the Borg would say “It is unique”. The organisers are clearly fans, of that, there is no doubt. But there is a professionalism and reputation (from both customers and the talent) which has made this event last for over two decades. There’s a passion for the event’s success, it’s value and for the charity it seeks to raise money for – The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Many have told us that it is the last ‘traditional fan led convention’. Where fans would take over a hotel for a weekend, play games, watch episodes and geek out together.

We got the vibe that this was more of a social experience (we LIKE this!). At large conventions our feet do not touch the ground, we run from stage to stage to photo ops to autograph queues then bar queues! And we love those style conventions, we see lots of guest stars in one place, we get to see them interact with each other etc (we LOVE this too!). But we also loved the chilled out nature of the SF Ball. It’s not manic, the Grand Harbour Hotel is a superb venue. And we totally abused the 25% discount at the bar (remarkably that included Champagne so we probably ruined that!)

The Ball

We set off Saturday afternoon to give ourselves plenty of time to get ready, chill out and get ready, plus celebrate Carole’s engagement and Sarah’s birthday before we went down. We live in the town next to Southampton, so not a long drive but it took us nearly two hours. An hour was spent in traffic within viewing sight of the hotel!

Our hotel room was spacious with a view of cruise ships. We’d 100% recommend staying here. But we always recommend staying in the event hotel for any convention…unless it’s particularly horrendous!

We head to the bar and catchup with friends. We love that where ever we go in the world we always see similar friendly faces.
The theme for the ball that evening was Game of Thrones. Only Carole has earned that geek card though. The room was dressed in a winter theme (winter is coming btw).

After a delicious three course meal, Chris Barrie (Rimmer, Red Dwarf + Mr Brittas, The Brittas Empire) takes the stage and delivers the cabaret, telling anecdotes from his time of Red Dwarf, The Brittas Empire and Spitting Image.

Then its party time! The dance floor comes out, the bubbles start flowing and we’re free to mingle with the guests. At the bar we had a lovely chat with Patti Yasutake who is honestly the sweetest person. We were kindly given the opportunity to interview Chris Barrie but we politely declined as we are only  Star Trek bloggers and didn’t want to waste his time even though we’d love to chat to him. But, the beauty of the Ball means even though there are fewer guest stars, you have the opportunity to have a more intimate experience with them. So we plucked up the courage and bought Chris a drink! He was a real gent and chatted away to us about his time on TV and everything else!

The rest of the night was purely geek heaven. Chatting away with Larry Nemecek and Andrew (one of the SF Ball Organisers) about everything Star Trek, including a thorough discussion on how Spot got from Data’s quarters to the Cargo bay in Generations. This opened up a minefield of other debatables such as where is Data’s quarters? Andrew thought they were in the drive section. But a tweet out gave the response they were on deck 2. But that’s right under the bridge!? There’s no windows so it’s got to be in the middle somewhere? Answers on a postcard to Utopia Planitia please.

We called it a night at silly o’clock in the morning which was silly as we wanted to be up for Larry’s talk at 10am. We made it….just!

Larry Nemecek

Larry gave an all encompassing look at the 50 year phenomenon that is Star Trek and spoke more in depth on the fan favourite subjects such as Fan Films (looking at you Axanar!) and Discovery. Larry is able to provide a unique insight to life behind the scenes on Star Trek. If you’re ever at a convention and he is a guest, be sure to say ‘hi’. He is super approachable, always has cool stuff to show you and even sell you. Larry is also married to Janet Nemecek who worked as a script coordinator on Voyager and First Contact. Janet often attends with Larry and is a joy to talk too. If you find getting to conventions difficult then you need to check out Portal 47, a monthly ‘mini con’ where you can hear all Larry’s stories, ask questions and talk to guest stars.

Straight after Larry’s talk we headed up to the posh suite on the top floor to interview him. Which was funny because we have had the privilege of spending lots of time Larry and we have never got round to doing a video interview. It was conducted at warp speed!

Gates McFadden and Patti Yasutake

The talk with Gates McFadden and Patti Yasutake was one we had been looking forward to and we weren’t disappointed. One thing we have always appreciated about Star Trek is how it portraits the ‘lower ranks’. Ok lets put the red shirts aside for this. In TNG we saw how much the senior crew respected those who served under them. From what we have observed this relationship seems to be mirrored between the actors and the crew. There’s a line in Time’s Arrow when Data tells Guinan that ‘served together on a starship”. The language indicates equality and respect for Guinans job and function on the Enterprise.

Nurse Ogawa was one of the first regulars we recall . Her developing relationship with Dr Crusher over the series allowed us a brief insight into the personal lives of the crew. It gave the Enterprise more depth and community. … Ok we were chuffed as Tribble to see them both together!

Whilst Gates and Patti took the time to answer many audience questions it also felt like we were able to enjoy the company of two friends catching up. They had a great report sharing anecdotes of their time on TNG. We even learned some new things!:

After the talk we were ushered into the posh suite again where we teamed up with our friend Jon from Visionary Trek to chat with Gates and Patti who were an absolute joy!

We owe a massive thanks to Andrew for holding the Camera this long!

We spent the rest of the event checking out the vendors, catching up and drinking the bar dry…of Diet Coke and Earl Grey Tea!

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening and day. Stay tuned to see our interview with the SF Ball Team for more insights into this fab event.

Highlights: Seeing Gates and Patti together and thanking them for being role models.

+ Seeing fans do extraordinary things to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Charity such as shaving their heads and Neil Carpenter who is committing to run 1701 miles this year! 

5 Political and Ethical Lessons from The Drumhead

Unapologetic political post with opinions!

I’m writing this post under my own name as with everything in politics. It’s a personal thing. It’s also collective. And it feels good to share.

I’ve been open about my political leanings. I’ve worked in that battle field. I’ve stood for election many times and served public office for some years. My underlying principles have been always been Liberal and Star Trek was the influence and educator for me.

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But I was born in Hawaii!

When I went to bed the night of the US Election, I noted that I felt the same as I did the night of the EU referendum. Smug reassurance that everything was going to be fine and go the way I thought it would… and should.

Watching the results come in that night  I felt like the crew of DS9 checking on the weekly casualty reports during the Dominion war.

Whilst Star Trek appeals to Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, the overwhelming majority of us all share it’s core philosophy.  That’s why campaigns like ‘Trek Against Trump’ gained such widespread support. And why I have only encountered a handful of a Trump and Brexit supporters – hey we’re all internet friends!

But the next morning as I sat drinking my 4th Diet Coke at 6.30am, with a screaming 2 year old, a vomiting dog, news that a relative had passed away and Trumps face grinning through the TV. I nearly surrendered to the fact that humanity is in the midst of a self destruct phase. Then I heard Captain Picard’s voice calmly speaking. img_1226

That’s when I remembered that doing nothing isn’t an option. So I rewatched The Drumhead and in my angry, defeated mindset, Picard reminded me to keep fighting the cause.

You’ll recall a Klingon exchange officer is accused of smuggling information to the Romulans but denies causing an explosion in engineering. This leads to an investigation into the crew which reveals a young officer lied about his Romulan heritage when applying to Starfleet. The Drumhead is one of Star Trek’s finest hour. But Picard’s words to Worf chime true at anytime and during any political climate.

This was the moment for me I realised that Star Trek isn’t just a ‘utopian vision’. It’s a working political model. It is continually tested and challenged. This is where Star Trek can give us hope during these times.

So whether you’re feeling sorry for yourself and the frightening shift away from liberalism, freedom and common sense, Or if you’re conservative and believe in devolving power to the lowest possible level, Here’s five lessons we can take away from the TNG episode The Drumhead. Let me know what you think. Are there any you’d add?

  1. Constantly reevaluate your own beliefs and hold them to account.

I have put this first as I believe it is the most important and key to our development and growth as a person.  Picard does this early on in the episode when talking to Admiral Satie. She wants to begin the investigation by limiting Tarses movements based on her Betazoid assistant’s intuition (that Tarses is hiding something). She makes excellent points. She speaks calmly, she’s intelligent and her argument has plenty of merit. You can see Picard considering carefully. When she asks if Picard would act on similar advice from Counsellor Troi, he acknowledges the hypocrisy of his stance and resolves to correct it instead of making excuses for himself. I’ve rarely ever seen a politician .. or person admit this during a confrontation.

2. Let your logic and emotions work together in harmony.

There’s a reason why that guy in your office, who claims ‘he identifies mosts with Vulcans’ because he ‘doesn’t let emotions get in his way’ – is a complete Jerk. This is because unlike Vulcans, he has not completed the Kolinahr and he doesn’t follow the teachings of Surak. When human beings try to suppress their emotions, things go bad. This is where Picard excels and Admiral Satie fails. Picard can sometimes seem cold when in fact he is always congruent with his emotions. Perhaps this is why they don’t always come bursting out (unlike that guy in your office!). He is quick to notice his gut feeling and tells Worf “This doesn’t feel right”.

Admiral Satie on the otherhand seems very ‘in control’ of her emotions, which in our culture is applauded. She is quick to loose control though when her buttons are pushed. There are similarities to Trump here. They both are capable of provoking intense feelings in others – particularly fear. However when Picard used Satie’s fathers words against her and when Alec Baldwin, Cher and every media outlet used Trumps words against him, their fragile inner emotional state can’t cope.

3. Everyone believes they are the goodies and doing what’s best.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that no matter how awful or misguided someone’s beliefs are, Everyone thinks they are doing what’s ‘best’ or ‘necessary’ despite the actual outcome. The same is true with Picard and Satie. In fact they have much more in common than not. They both want the truth, they both want to protect the values of the Federation.

I often had to remind myself of that when I was working with (what I now consider) moderate opposition parties. The difference is in the policy and how you will achieve the goal. Satie believes that the overarching importance is “protection of the Federation” – and any measure however unsavoury is worthwhile for the great of good. However Picard sees the rights of the individual as sovereign. That by protecting the one, you are upholding the values of the Federation which you seek to protect. We see Picard implement a person centred policy many times, e.g. Measure of a Man, The Offspring, Insurrection.

On a side note, I once considered taking an action that was morally questionable but for a good cause. I watched the DS9 episode “In the pale moonlight” where Sisko brings the Romulans into the war. After watching that episode I was convinced it was the necessary thing to do. But after weeks of considering it I thought to myself “Would Picard have done that?”. I thought of the Drumhead and realised that Picard would have found another way. For me and my conundrum, it wasn’t the ‘right’ thing to do.

4. Step up to your duty.

Whether you’re a voter, party member or president-elect. We all have a role and responsibility.

When Picard sees that Tarses will need legal representation he calls on Commander Riker who steps up to protect Tarses without hesitation. When it is suddenly revealed that he is part Romulan, the audience gasps and we’re all thinking he is guilty as hell. Riker may have reacted with a presumption of innocence and jumped to Simons rescue. Or he felt the same as the audience but knew his duty was to protect Simon. Either way. Classy.

Not only is this a reminder on how to treat others but with lots of big news stories hitting out headlines almost daily it’s vital to continually scrutinise, challenge and determine what is actually important.

5. Lecturing other people about their beliefs rarely changes their mind.

Picard eloquently explains his position to Satie, as does she. As she won’t change her mind, Picard needs to remove her power. He does this by enlightening others. He provides evidence so Admiral Henry from Starfleet Security, the rest of the crew and even Satie’s staff can see her for what she really is.

Hateful words spread fear but silencing them can give their cause credibility, as they claim to be repressed. Picard puts the spotlight on Satie and allows her to reveal the full extent of her fanaticism.  This allows followers like Worf to re-evaluate their own stance. Picard took a person centred approach again as he is aware that change comes from within and given the full facts, a person can make an informed decision. The draw back is that the person receiving that decision changing information generally has to be well balanced, constantly re-evaluate their own beliefs, has harmonised their emotions with their logic and will step up to do their duty. Which is why it worked so much better in 2367 than in 2016.

Shaka … When the walls fell.

 

Star Trek Discovery – Timeline revealed, Who we hope to see…

At the Television Critics Press Association Press tour (we don’t know what that is either!) Bryan Fuller spilled some goodies about the new Star Trek series Discovery.

If you haven’t read all about it, check out this article from Variety who were reporting live from the event. Then come back whilst I speculate with my thoughts!
Here’s a cheat sheet of the news thanks to Screen Junkies.discofacts

Just as a caveat to the above, I can’t find any direct source that states the series will be set in the Klingon Wars. It’s probably a good guess as a lot of events have been ruled out such as the Romulan war (Battle of Axanar) and The Kobayashi Maru.  Bryan Fuller did mention Amanda Grayson too but it didn’t read as definite that her character is included.

Whilst in Vegas, Carole and I spent a lot of time speculating with others when we thought Discovery would be based. I believed it would be based in the 29th Century, that it was a timeship and each season it would cover a different point in Star Trek history, filling in all those loose ends or raising new questions…. by the way, if you like that idea CBS… call me! I have more ideas!

Now we have a timeline we can start speculating!

Continue reading Star Trek Discovery – Timeline revealed, Who we hope to see…

MAC Cosmetics Trek Inspired Collection

Load credit card and prepare to fire glitter! We are LOVING this! MAC Cosmetics and Star Trek are going on a joint mission to create a Trek inspired collection.

As MAC enthusiast myself I think this is a perfect collaboration. Why? MAC has a culture of acceptance. It’s ethos is to celebrate diversity and it’s own words “we are for All Ages, All Races, All Sexes.”

They have taken the ‘all races’ part literally this time as their collection boasts Orion, Betazoid, Borg and Human influences as this image/advert indicates.

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Guessing they didn’t want to pay Jeri, Marina and Nichelle for use of their image!

The irony is, the day before this was announced we were on the MAC Cosmetics site eyeing up their body paints for our Orion Slave Cosplay we are hoping to achieve at the Star Trek Las Vegas and Destination Star Trek conventions later this year,

Perhaps a specially commissioned Green Paint will be included?

I’d like to add how refreshing it is to see new markets being explored for collaboration with Star Trek merchandise. It’s great to see it branching outside novelty and collectables.

When purchasing Star Trek products I choose ones that express my interest, but are also useful and beautiful in my home. This ticks all three of those boxes which is actually rare for Star Trek merchandise these days.

Here’s what we’re hoping to see….

Seven of Nine

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Seven is all about dem lips! That’s Borg Perfection right there. Actually, they should name a lipstick ‘Borg Perfection’!

Seven isn’t heavy on the makeup, it’s all rather subtle. What would be nice is eyeshadows that work well with hooded eyelids (Like I have – Sam!). Also this would be a great time to bring back the Taupe eyebrow pencil that was discontinued. Rename it ‘The Queen’ or something!

Deanna Troi

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MAC have a few options available to them  thanks to Deanna’s changing looks over the series. But I think this is my favourite. Its just so 2370! umm I mean 90’s!

The 1990’s seem to be having a moment so let Deanna and her 50 shades of brown eyeshadow, the smokey eye and power blush rule!

Uhura

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Uhura’s look is iconic and is practically the ‘go-to’ look for most women cosplayers when doing a Star Trek look.
For the Uhura collection the obvious look is recreating that perfect eyeliner with the feline flicks. Some whispery falsies would work well too. The rest of Uhura’s look is in her amazing complexion which is as clear as her hailing frequencies. We’ll also be needing some nail polish because Uhura is always well manicured.

Orion Slave Girl

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There’s a couple of directions they can go with the Orions. If we are to take their image as a clue, I’d suspect they’ll go with the Enterprise look over the nu-trek style (yay!). ce4d22c260b1e6c0529a7733c0457bd6

There isn’t much difference between the Enterprise girls and the iconic Vina from TOS. The only major difference being the shade of lipstick. Personally, I think the dark lip suits the Green girls better. (Don’t even get me started on the orange colour from the movie!).

Not only am I hoping for a body paint (purely selfish reasons!) but also someway of blending that look into the eyes. – A green smokey, some glitter? A contouring and finishing product would also help recreate this look.

 

So we will wait and see. And wait a long time too, because it won’t be available until 25th August online and inshore 1st September. We hope this is internationally, but we’ll let you know!

Here’s the garb from StarTrek.com:

This summer, MAC will introduce a collection of makeup inspired by Star Trek and, more specifically, Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina. The 25-piece special deco collection will encompass lip, eye and face products.

Star Trek is an iconic pop culture phenomenon whose storylines pushed gender and racial boundaries,” MAC creative director James Gager said in a statement. “For its 50th anniversary, we celebrate each of Star Trek‘s powerful women in a transcending, transformational makeup collection.”

Follow ‪#‎MACStarTrek‬ for updates

New Series Wishes

By Sam

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.

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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?

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Which Universe?

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?

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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.

Cast

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!!

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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!

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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!

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Crew

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.

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The Ship

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

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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.

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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

We are Hugh

You may recall my trektastic pregnancy announcement with the TNG crew at DSTG last February. Well it’s a long overdue introduction but we named our little one Hugh. Although it was very nearly Jean-Luc, right down to a heated discussion in the registars office. Who, by the way, was a Trekkie herself and was very keen on the name.

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Born September 15th 2014 by C-Section – how envious I am of Samantha Wildmans transporter delivery or indeed, Borg maturation chambers!

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