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Star Trek Discovery’s latest casting – three Klingons – gives us the impression that there is a helluva story arc in development.DSC_Klingon.jpg

We welcome all the new additions to our Trekkie collective! The new cast must all be looking at there twitter notifications and it looks like this….

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In addition to Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Michelle Yeoh who were announced recently, yesterday Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo were also added to the lineup. For character info and bio’s see the Startrek.com article.

The bit that intrigues us is the Klingon wording on the image.

We took straight to deciphering it but it’s been more tricky than anticipated. Some bits are straight forward however the font looks new so there’s an element of interpretation.

Over the five hours we spent picking it apart (and searching the house/garage/loft for the Klingon dictionary) we have changed our minds on it a bit.

 

The first word is giving us the most difficulty. Is the first letter in the first word ‘r’ or ‘gh’ ? At first we thought it was ‘r’

This makes the word either ghetwI’ meaning pretender although this could mean ‘role play’ – not necessarily meaning deception.
Or it could be retwI’ which from a bing translate shows as ‘time period ago’. But we can’t find anything more official to back that up. What do you think?

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Thank you to @boleon74 for sending us this alphabet in different fonts for reference!

The second word appears to be luwIvlu’ta’

This is where I confess that I have attempted to learn Klingon many times!! (unsuccessfully, obviously). But words this long with apostrophes need to be broken down. I learnt that from trying to translate a Klingon drinking song!

lu is a pre-verb (is that the right term!?) so refers to who is doing the action, he/she/they

wIvlu’ is the verb in the middle of the word, this means to choose.

ta’ means done

Therefore I believe luwIvlu’ta’ can be translated as ‘they have chosen’ 

The next word qul is easier to translate as there are less symbols and it a well used word in the Klingon language ‘fire‘.

The last word we thought we had translated as ‘play’ but when we looked at other letters we think we got h and y mixed up. We think this says yIchu’ which can translate as engage. That’s a much more fitting word for the Trek universe!

Now it may be that this phrase was translated a day ago and is well reported already but we have been purposely ignoring because  we’re having lots of fun trying to work it out for ourselves!

That said, we work better as a collective so we’d love to hear your feedback. Are our translators working correctly? What do you think they are trying to tell us?

Our hunch is that it’s something like ‘some time ago, they chose to fire. Engage’ or ‘they chose to engage in fire’ or maybe even ‘the pretender chose to engage in fire.’? Depending on how we feel about that first letter?

It isn’t exactly leading us on a wild chase to Qo’noS and back but it could be a tag line to the show or a hint about the Klingons involvement. Either way, we want to know!!

PS. If you don’t follow Star Trek Discovery on Instagram, you should! They have been releasing announcements before their twitter and Facebook accounts. Not by much, but hey, we’ll take it! @startrekcbs

Choose your own crew with Sky Cinema UK

To Celebrate the Sky Cinema dedicated Star Trek Movies channel, Sky Cinema are giving us the chance to pick our own crew!

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It’s not easy! We spend many hours discussing this amongst ourselves and with many of you. In fact, we were talking to Jordan Hoffman from the Official Engage Podcast just a couple of weeks ago about the complexities of picking your own crew. Its not just about the  individuals, its the relationships and how crew members complement each other. Whilst the likes of Spock, Data, Seven of Nine, Odo and T’Pol are brilliant characters. Would they all work well together? probably …. but the ship might not be as exciting without people like Dax, Tom Paris and Geordi for them to bounce off.

As you can see from the video above, Picard is a legend amongst the new cast! And rightly so. Also, they need to watch more Star Trek!

Hope you’re enjoying watching back to back Star Trek movies on Sky Cinema as much as we are! Which movie have you watched the most? And Let us know who you pick for your crew…..

CBS Action – Brief history of Trek

If you take a look at the ‘features‘ section on CBS Action’s website you might notice some familiar faces!

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It’s us! We have contributed to their Treklog feature and we’d love to know what you think?

For you old timers you’ll know all about the history of Star Trek but hopefully it sets a background for new fans joining us. We also throw some opinions in for good measure.

What do you think? Did we accurately describe the major themes behind each series?

Where are you on the journey? Were you there from the beginning? Were you part of the great assimilation of the 1990’s? Or like our Trekkie In Training, part of the 21st century resurgence of Star Trek fandom?

CBS Action is available on Sky 148, Virgin 192, Freeview 64 and freesat 137

 

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

Portal 47 with Larry Nemecek

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.

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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 …

… and the 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 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*!

USS Riker’s Beard Recuiting Now!

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.

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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!

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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!

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Your Mission:

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!

We have the Captain’s word, you’ll never wear a red shirt whilst lifting heavy objects! You can check out some of their work from this video at the SF Ball earlier this year. If you think you can help you can find the Riker’s Beard Facebook group “The Good Ship USS Riker’s Beard” (closed group) or contact the Captain on captain@rikersbeard.co.uk

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Alexander killed K’Ehleyr!

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.

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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;)

What not to buy a Trekkie for Christmas

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

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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!

Enterprise cheeseboard

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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!??

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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!

Virtual Reality Tour of the Enterprise D

This preview of the VR tour of the Ent-D has been floating around a couple of days. We finally sat down to watch it.

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We are now convinced that if holodecks were to ever become a thing. We would be full blown Barclay style holo-addicts. You’ll find us at Holo’s Anonymous on a tuesday evening saying ‘It’s been 5 weeks since my last holosuite but I relapsed bad last night. I slept in my holographic quarters on board the Ent D again. Then I ran Vulcan Love Slave two in the holographic ships holodeck! I had to say ‘computer end program’ 6 times to get out!”

As for this preview of the Enterprise. Yep we’d live there. We’d buy an Oculus Rift for this!

Friendly request though. Please move Ten Forward off deck two. *Battling our nit-picking stereotype here*

The Red Shirt Diaries Season 2 – A chat with Ashley

After binge watching S1 of The Red Shirt Diaries (thanks for joining us on our tweet-along!) we got in touch with Ashley (aka Ensign Williams) for a chat before the launch of Season 2.

Season 2 launched last week with the Menagarie pt 1 & 2 now available and it continues it’s fitting tribute to TOS with its wit, style and improved fancy visual effects!


How did you get started with RSD?
I had had the idea for THE RED SHIRT DIARIES right after I graduated from university with the intent of building a show around a rewatch of TOS. I’d never seen TOS in order and blogs are such a popular medium that it seemed a natural match.

When I met Jason Inman I told him about the idea and he was able to bring the skills and understanding of youtube to THE RED SHIRT DIARIES and start it into production. (for those who don’t know, Jason worked for Rhett and Link and currently writes/produces for Screen Junkies and co-hosts DC All Access). 

I remember Jason saying that it would be pretty easy to make THE RED SHIRT DIARIES happen and it has turned out to be the project I’ve given the most of my time and creative energy to!

Any plans for covering other series of Trek after RSD?

Chris Jones from Trek.fm gave us the title MEMOIRS OF A GOLD SHIRT that we’ve always tossed around as an idea for a TNG web series, but that is as much planning as we’ve done beyond finishing the second season right now.

I’m a gigantic Niner, so there’s always the chance that we’ll skip right over to a series about Terok Nor!

If you were to die as a red shirt, how would you like to go!?
Kicking and screaming and taking a part of Captain Kirk with me, because let’s be honest, it’ll be his fault.

Will we see Gertrude again?

YES.

Your favourite fan girl moment?
Meeting Conner Trinneer at STAR TREK LAS VEGAS this year. He knew about THE RED SHIRT DIARIES (which is insane), but he was just so genuinely nice and really sets the bar on how to conduct oneself in public.

Anything else you’re working on?

Jason and I cohost a podcast called GEEK HISTORY LESSON and this week’s episode is a discussion called BEST STAR TREK CREW EVER and we’re building our ideal crews out of all the shows/universes. 

24th Century Socialites. Often found in Quarks, Ten Forward and the VIP bars of Risa