Many Questions, Few Facts About Picard Series

Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart discusses his new series at ‘Star Trek Las Vegas’

As Trekkers, we were all excited over the recent announcement of an upcoming new “Star Trek” TV series to feature the return of Jean-Luc Picard, as confirmed by Sir Patrick Stewart himself. We know that the series is obviously still in development, but as fans, we have since learned very little.

As of now, there is no title, no announced cast, and very little in the way of story hints, other than, as Stewart put it, “Twenty years will have passed, which is more or less exactly the time between the very last movie – Nemesis – and today.” This would set Picard’s series more or less on the cusp of the 25th century, on or about the year 2399.

NextGen Reunion

The famous Next Gen ‘reunion dinner’ photo
L to R – Burton, McFadden, Stewart, Sirtis, Spiner and Dorn

Meanwhile, fellow “Next Generation” cast members Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden and Michael Dorn put in a recent appearance at the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon.  Ms. Sirtis, who had recently created a lot of Internet buzz with a shared photo of a ‘cast reunion’ dinner with Sir Patrick Stewart, almost immediately said of it “I got 30,000 likes [on Twitter]…that is the most likes I ever got. So, don’t ask us anything about Patrick’s show, because we know nothing.” The Deanna Troi actress then clarified, “All I have to say, all we have to say, I am speaking for all three of us now, When Patrick said “Jean-Luc Picard is back,” he didn’t say TNG is back.” The three then made it plain — as of now, they have not been asked to be any part of the new show.

And as for Patrick Stewart, he’s about to portray the Bosley character in a new movie reboot of the “Charlie’s Angels”TV series, which is due out in September of 2019. He’ll also be seen next March as Merlin in “The Kid Who Would Be King.”

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“Star Trek” Honored With Special Emmy Award

Star Trek Special Emmy

Star Trek Gets Special Emmy Award
Left to right — Farrell, Park, Martin-Green, Ryan, Burton and Koenig

The Television Academy recently honored “Star Trek” with its prestigious ‘2018 Governors Award,’ given in recognition of “the visionary science-fiction television franchise and its legacy of boldly propelling science, society and culture where no one has gone before.” The Academy also noted that the franchise has picked up 30 Emmy Awards over the years, and that it has also been responsible for a number of technological innovations in television production, especially in visual and special effects.

Although “Star Trek: Discovery” lost its two bids for Emmys this year, the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony did host a very nice tribute to the franchise, led by Bill Nye (the Science Guy), who said that “Star Trek” “may have started off as an entertainment series, but it changed the world — and I feel that it changed the world for the better.”

Captain James Kirk himself, William Shatner, led a star-studded delegation that included fellow actors Walter Koenig, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell, Jeri Ryan, Linda Park and Sonequa Martin-Green. After a standing ovation, Shatner said “I accept this award on behalf of all the artists who worked to make the show a success.”

Video of the tribute can be found on both Trekmovie.com and YouTube.

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Star Trek Tour — Spend a December Weekend With the Captains

Star Trek set tour captainsIn May, he came.
He saw.
He conquered the crowd.
And not much later, he called up and asked, “Could we please do it again?”
And so we are.
On December 7 and 8, the Star Trek Set Tour in upstate Ticonderoga, New York, will proudly host the return visit of Captain James T. Kirk himself — William Shatner! Mr. Shatner will again be available for photo ops and autographs. By popular demand, he will also be doing several exclusive Q&A chats on the Enterprise Bridge.

Joining Mr. Shatner this time around is Anson Mount, “Star Trek: Discovery”’s newly cast Captain Christopher Pike. Mr. Mount will also be available for autographs and photo ops, and he’ll be doing one ‘Pike On The Bridge’ Q&A. This will mark Anson’s very first visit to the Set Tour and only his second public appearance since being cast as Pike.

Fans are strongly urged to get your tickets and make your hotel reservations now! For more information, visit http://startrektour.com

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Procedure – Star Trek Leadership Lesson #3

Your procedures must be precise. Follow all the steps of the plan first or be precise in following what procedure you plan to follow. This works well with the second lesson of this series, “Rules.” The rules may state that you must follow the preset plans. Just because something seems out of your control doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. If you have a general idea of what should be happening, do it.

A key reason that many are hesitant to do this is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from life and haven’t set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not! Here are 6 steps on how to set a goal and follow that procedure.

6 Proven Steps to Goal Setting

  • You must have a specific goal.
  • You MUST have a specific time in which to achieve your goal.
  • You must write down your goal.
  • You must develop a plan to achieve your goal.
  • You must decide the price you’re willing to pay.
  • You must think about your goal a every day.

(credit: from MattMorris.com)

It’s best to check each step of your solution so you don’t waste time. Why keep hammering at something when you’ve already solved it and are taking the hard way around. Time can be your friend or your enemy.

     “There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle,
it’s just a matter of finding it.” ~Jean Luc Picard to Dr. Crusher, “Attached”

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The Rules – Star Trek Leadership Lesson #2

Order and peace in the Federation are maintained by strict adherence to a set of rules, but sometimes you have to break the rules. Each captain knew the Prime Directive, just as most times you know the rules, or laws, that surround you and your situation. One thing that many of us have noticed over the years is that not all rules makes sense. As the captain of a starship, the consequences were clear: break the Prime Directive and a court martial was likely with dishonorable discharge from service and possible a stay at a penal colony. Fortunately, many of us don’t have this in real life, though we do risk getting fired arrested.

I’m sure many of us will agree that Captain Kirk violated the Prime Directive in (just about) every episode. In A Taste of Armageddon, he directly interfered with two warring planets – Eminiar VII and Vendikar – once the landing party was chosen as casualties of their war.  Kirk’s violation here saved not only his crew, but the two planets and brought in a Federation negotiator.

Captain Picard had the most obedience and respect for the Prime Directive, but still managed to get himself into trouble with it on more than one occasion. Most notably would be First Contact. This interference was necessary, but still a violation that’s plain as day. Without human’s first contact with Vulcans, there wouldn’t have been a future to look forward to or a Prime Directive in the first place. Do we even need to mention Captain Sisko here?

As the leader, if you need to alter a rule, and can do it, then do it. Refusing to give in could hinder your operations and those (lives) of your crew/team. There are always exceptions to a rule as there were to the Prime Directive. Check Memory-Alpha for exceptions.

     “A starship captain’s most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive.”  ~James T. Kirk, 2268 “The Omega Glory”

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It’s All About Perspective – Leadership Lesson #1

The world, excuse me, universe is not just black and white. As each of the main five captains – Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko, and Archer – obtained their leadership position within their respective Star Trek series, their moral code and perspective was set on what was ‘right’. Each captain seemed to begin with the same ideas of future prosperity, adventure and peace. Yet, as each progressed within their missions, their visions changed. Captains Kirk and Picard stayed as true and close to their initial beginning as possible. Both were extremely reluctant to give in to the darkness. Captain Janeway chose to partner with the one who could help the most to keep her crew going, even if that meant a mortal enemy. Captain Sisko did what was needed to keep the peace. Captain Archer once said that mistakes make you human. He became demanding and almost ruthless in his quest to keep society at its most upright.

Sometimes you have to be ready to change your perspective on what or who you believe to be important and/or critical. Every person has their own variation of right and wrong, because of these multiple variations, everyone comes to a crossroads in their life when they start to question themselves on issues that have defined their whole existence. They begin to wonder if what they believe is what they should believe.

“We’re going to stumble, make mistakes… I’m sure more than a few before we find our footing. But we’re going to learn from those mistakes. That’s what being Human is all about.”     -Captain Jonathan Archer, 2152 (Shockwave, Part II)

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22 Important Leadership Lessons in Star Trek – Article Series Intro

You may think this is your average list of what makes a good leader in Star Trek a good leader. You might be right, but you could also look at it from the view of a simple engineering specialist, i.e. me. Webster’s dictionary defines a leader as someone who rules, guides, or inspires others. Inspires. A few select members of the Star Trek universe have managed to encourage many fans, though not all are captains. A sea of fans have found the bright future of Star Trek inspirational because it’s optimistic view of the future is contrary to the general science fiction story. There was no dystopia. The bravery, adventure, and knowledge exhibited over the several series has shown this. This begins our series on 22 leadership lessons we find in Star Trek.

Our 22 leadership lessons are:

  1. Perspective
  2. Rules
  3. Procedures
  4. Responsibility
  5. History
  6. Passion
  7. Vulnerability
  8. Adventure
  9. Bravery
  10. Necessity
  11. Diversity
  12. Delegation
  13. Social Life
  14. Money
  15. Knowledge
  16. Causes
  17. Open-mindedness
  18. Logic
  19. Ideas
  20. Decisions
  21. Crew
  22. Consequences

In the articles to follow, we’ll discuss each important leadership lessons within Star Trek and how each has a place within the show and in real life. If you’re interested in joining in the conversation, feel free.

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Meeting Recap: 2017-06-24

Five members and four guests made it to our June meeting. For any members who were unable to attend, there are several important changes and decisions below. If you do have any further questions, just ask!

There will be a change to the way we sign up new recruits; it will be expected that whomever brings a new person to the club will help them choose the department they place on their application. Rather than choosing a random assignment, please talk with Captain Starshine, LT Wade, or LT Claire Vecchiola to see where we need help the most. The new recruit may choose from that list of departments. This will greatly help the heads of the smaller departments get a larger group of people to draw volunteers from.

To alleviate any current shortfalls in smaller departments, please understand that you may be called upon to fill in for another department every so often, especially on large events. One of these events will be the Sunday, September 10thComic Trade Show and Expo, at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. They’ve concentrated the event on a single day this year, and secured a double booth for our club. This is an all-hands event; please sign up with your department head as soon as possible.

Finally, we will be holding viewing parties for the upcoming CBS show Star Trek: Discovery, at places and times to be determined. It is most likely that we will hold weekly or bi-monthly viewings to watch one or two episodes, along with a monthly marathon viewing session for those that were unable to do before. Either way, keep Sunday, September 24thopen – not only will this be our monthly meeting, but we will be enjoying a viewing party with all the fixin’s at that time!

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RIP — Roger Perry (1933 – 2018)

Roger Perry portrays Capt. John Christopher in Star Trek TOS

Roger Perry portrays Capt. John Christopher in Star Trek TOS

Roger Perry
(May 7, 1933 – July 12, 2018)

Roger Perry, a veteran character actor best known for his roles in Star Trek: TOS and The Facts of Life, has died after a battle with prostate cancer.  He was 85.

Perry got his start as a contract player for Desilu Studios, appearing in such early TV series as Harrigan and Son.  Over the years, he’d rack up over a hundred TV and B-movie parts, including a recurring role on Falcon Crest, as well as appearances on Nanny and the Professor, Ironside, The Bionic Woman, Barnaby Jones and The Facts of Life, in which he took over the role of headmaster at the Eastland Girls Boarding School.  On the big screen, Perry could be seen in both ‘Count Yorga – Vampire‘ films, as well as the infamous horror/comedy classic, The Thing With Two Heads.

However, Perry was best known to Trekkers for his guest appearance in the first-season Star Trek episode, ‘Tomorrow is Yesterday.’  Perry portrayed Captain John Christopher, a 1960s Air Force pilot who suddenly finds himself transported aboard the futuristic Starship Enterprise.  After reviewing the episode several years ago, Perry was not wholly satisfied with his performance.  “Maybe I could have done more at that particular moment with that particular scene. … I say that because one minute he’s in a fighter plane and the next moment he’s in this strange situation where he’s in this room with these different people.  It’s such a momentous moment for him that I think I should have tried some different things.”  Perry did like his Starfleet uniform, and he even asked DeForest Kelley if he could possibly keep his shirt as a souvenir.  Kelly replied that the studio frowned upon such things, and Perry ultimately decided not to do it, a decision he later regretted when the legacy of Star Trek became clear.

For twenty-five years, Perry was married to Laugh-In actress Joanne Worley.  They divorced, and Perry later married actress Joyce Bulifant.

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R.I.P. Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Harlan Ellison at the LA Press Club Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp

Harlan Ellison at the LA Press Club 1986
Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp

Harlan Jay Ellison
(May 27, 1934 — June 28, 2018)
Celebrated science-fiction author Harlan Ellison, best known to Trekkers the world over for penning the classic TOS episode, “The City on the Edge of Forever,” died unexpectedly in his sleep at his Los Angeles home. He was 84. The legendary writer was also well known for his admitted reputation of often being contentious, abrasive, temperamental, and argumentative, even to the point of feuding with “Star Trek”creator Gene Roddenberry over the treatment of his ‘City/Forever’ script.  Over a ten-month period, Ellison’s original draft underwent several rewrites, went more than $50,000 over budget, and played havoc with the production schedule.  However, the final result was a teleplay that everyone could be justly proud of.  To this day, “City/Forever” has remained a cast and crew favorite.  It later won both the Hugo and Writer’s Guild of America Awards.

Ellison was married five times, each one ending within a few years, except for his last.  His published output includes over 1,700 novels, novellas, short stories, screenplays, teleplays, comic book scripts, essays, and a wide range of critical works over his long career, including “A Boy and His Dog” (later made into a 1975 film), “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” and “”Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman.”
“For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”—HE, 1934-2018.

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