Wednesday, May 20, 2020

StarPodLog #19

We're taking it back to where it all started: Starlog Magazine Issues 1 & 2! We discuss each article and how it related to science fiction and the world around us in 1976.



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Space: 1999
Bionic Woman
Six Million Dollar Man
King Kong
Star Wars
War of the Worlds
Logan's Run
1976 Television Season
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Publication date-Stardate 2020.05.20
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

StarPodTrek: The Survivor and Albatross

Can we talk about the Star Trek animated series? It was a great '70s cartoon by Filmation that was made to be a continuation of The Original Series. First, the Romulans are back in "The Survivor". Then, Dr. McCoy is charged with murder in "Albatross". Our discussion is too cool to miss!

Topics: Star Trek, cartoons, TAS, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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Star Trek
cartoons
Filmation
TAS
Star Trek: The Animated Series


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Publication date-Stardate 2020.05.13
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Sunday, May 3, 2020

StarPodLog Dr. No


We're back with another Special Edition! James Bond first blasted onto the movie scene with Dr. No. We are joined by superfan Matt Sherman to discuss the first action/adventure film starring the best British spy of all time!

Topics: James Bond, Sean Connery, Ian Fleming, Dr. No

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James Bond
Sean Connery
Ian Fleming
Dr. No






Publication date-Stardate 2020.05.03
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Monday, April 20, 2020

StarPodTrek Episode 17


One of the most popular Trek novelists, John Jackson Miller, talks about writing for Star Trek! The Star Trek fan audio show "Chronicle" is taking fandom by storm! Its creator tells us all about it! The IDW comic story of Discovery's Paul Stamets sheds some new light on this awesome character! And sadly, Klingon Assault Group member extraordinaire Jerry Rice joins the Black Fleet.


Topics: geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek, Star Trek books, Star Trek fan films, Star Trek comics, Klingon Assault Group




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Star Trek
Star Trek books
Star Trek fan films
Star Trek comics
Klingon Assault Group
KAG
IDW
John Jackson Miller
Star Trek Chronicle

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John Jackson Miller interview 23:45
Chronicle interview 41:00
Trek Comic Scene 1:17

Publication date-Stardate 2020.04.20
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

StarPodTrek: Dagger of the Mind


Now we get to see the Vulcan mind meld for the first time. And we get to find out just what loneliness can do to a person.  And who knew that Starfleet had Christmas parties? Rehab for the criminally insane goes criminally insane!


Topics: geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek, TOS, Dagger of the Mind

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Star Trek
TOS
Dagger of the Mind

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Publication date-Stardate 2020.04.12
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

StarPodlog #18

The Shake Ups discuss the best and worst cartoons of 1980. Quarantine is no fun...unless you can game! JP from First Ones Entertainment talks about gaming while you're stuck at home. Rememer comic book spinner racks? They were the best for spotting your favorite new comics!

Topics: cartoons, 1980, comics books, gaming

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comic books
cartoons
1980
gaming




Publication date-Stardate 2020.04.08

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

StarPodTrek Episode 16


We are back with another Trektacular episode! Stuck in the house? Hero House Comics has mail order comics and Star Trek novels. The board game Five Year Mission's creator David E. Whitcher is no stranger to gaming. He tells us how he made his number one Trek game so much fun. Ladies Trek Library takes on the epic and socially relevant novel Picard: Last Best Hope. Finally, we salute Klingon Assault Group's founder John Halvorson, who recently passed away.






Topics: sci-fi, fantasy, Star Trek

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Star Trek
Comic Books
Picard
Picard: Last Best Hope
Klingon Assault Group
Five Year Mission
gaming


Publication date-Stardate 2020.30.31

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

StarPodLog The Rise of Skywalker

Here it is folks! We discuss the epic end to the Skywalker saga! Kylo, Rey, and Finn were great additions to the final trilogy, but there's nothing like the classic characters Luke, Leia, and Han. And here comes Emperor Palpatine! The Force is with us as Checkpoint Charley's Kevin Packard joins us to discuss The Rise of Skywalker!

Topics: sci-fi, fantasy, Star Wars

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Star Wars
Checkpoint Charley
Rise of Skywalker
Princess Leia
Kylo Ren
Mandalorian


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Publication date-Stardate 2020.03.28

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Monday, March 23, 2020

StarPodTrek: What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Join us for an examination of an episode about the social implications of cloning, androids, and immortality. The late Majel Barrett shines as Nurse Christine Chapel. We also get the Addams Family's Lurch, a sexy female android, and a naked Kirk! This is Robert Bloch's "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy

Tags:
Star Trek
TOS
Ted Cassidy
Robert Bloch

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Publication date-Stardate 2020.03.23
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

StarPodLog Radio Episode 2



Welcome back for another fun episode! Fan favorite Jeff Wiley talks about the first album of the iconic band KISS. Also, we discuss our visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Biloxi, Mississippi. 

Topics geeky, sci-fi, fantasy, music, KISS

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Action figures
Comic Books
KISS
rock music
Hard Rock Cafe


Publication date-Stardate 2020.03.17
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

StarPodTrek Episode 15


Starfleet International is a long-standing Star Trek fan club with members all over the world. The crew of the SFI ship USS Wernher von  Braun reveal why Star Trek and Trek fandom have endured so long. Jonathan Lane from Fan Film Factor talks about Star Trek, fan films, and everything in between. Star Trek: New Visions: Resistance was a Star Trek comic with a novel idea!

Topics: geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek

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Star Trek
IDW Comic Books
Potempkin Pictures
CBS All Access Picard
Fan Films
Starfleet International


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Friday, February 21, 2020

StarPodLog #17


Find out what's up with Dragonfly Comics & Collectibles, the fun new comics store in White House, TN. Dragon Con's Tony Barletta joins us to talk about George Perez's Wonder Woman. ShadowCon's Sir Duke Kane helps conclude our overview of The Hobbit. Plus, the latest news in the geek world and our upcoming cons!

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https://www.clarksvillecon.com/ClarksvilleCon/Welcome.html
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https://m.facebook.com/OnARollPodcast/
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Topics: sci-fi, fantasy

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Comic Books
Wonder Woman
Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkein
George Perez
SCA
Society of Creative Anachronism


Publication date-Stardate 2020.02.21
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Monday, February 17, 2020

Balance of Romulans


           Our first glimpse of the Romulans on Star Trek was in the episode "Balance of Terror", a brilliant episode which gave us so much to study. The Romulans were, and still are, a very complex race. On the surface, they had pointed ears and slanted eyebrows to match the Vulcans. And yet,  they were so different from the Vulcans in character. The Vulcans are logical, unemotional, and worship peace above all. The Romulans are warlike and emotional.   

                   In the episode, the Romulans pulled a sneak attack on several Federation outposts, with the Federation not even knowing who had attacked them. Of course, they did have their suspicions. The outposts were bordering the Romulan Neutral  Zone, so it was reasonable to assume it was the Romulans.  The Romulans had been silent for over a century and now suddenly appeared with a powerful energy plasma weapon and a cloaking device, giving them a weapon of ultimate destruction and a weapon of ultimate stealth. No one could see them coming until they were ready to fire their weapons, and then it was too late. Yet, they had no warp drive, thereby showing to Kirk and crew that they were not invulnerable. They did not have the most advanced technology in every way. They made up for their slower ships by utilizing power and subterfuge, while the Enterprise could use speed, backing away from the plasma energy blast, to null the effects of the Romulan plasma weapon. With both sides having their strengths and weaknesses, playing cat and mouse in what seemed like an even match, it was a long match of wits, before one side was able to claim a win.
                Most of the episode followed the Enterprise crew, but the few scenes we got to see on the Romulan ship were very telling and highly relevant to the story. There were noticeable parallels between the Enterprise crew and the Romulan crew. The most obvious being that Captain Kirk was similar to the Romulan Commander. They were both good, seasoned leaders who didn't want a war between their two factions. They knew the death toll for war would probably be high on both sides. The Commander seemed much more contemplative than just a man of action. He was analytical and thoughtful. He knew it was wise to "study the enemy, seek weakness". Kirk was also being contemplative and using strategy. As the Commander stated at the end, they could have been friends in another life. It's really unfortunate that they didn't get to converse with each other until the very end, for if Kirk had known the Commander was as reluctant as he himself was to start a war, they may have come up with a way to prevent it without any loss of lives. Kirk confided in McCoy, asking him what if he made the wrong decision.  In the same vein, the Centurion was the one the Commander confessed to that their mission would be "successful" by defeating the Federation ship and bringing on a war that he didn't want. Both leaders had their trusted advisor whom they were glad to have at their side.

               The Enterprise's Lt. Stiles was like the Romulan, Decius, as they both represented the negative side of their respective races. Stiles' bigotry was fed by the loss of his relatives in the previous Federation/Romulan conflict over a century ago, and was further fueled upon learning that Romulans had pointed ears and slanted eyebrows like Vulcans. He hated Spock for no other reason than the fact that he was an alien. He encouraged Kirk to destroy the Romulan ship as Decius encouraged his Commander to destroy the Enterprise. Both Stiles and Decius were arrogant and questioned their superiors' orders. Seeing the interactions of both ships reminded the viewing audience of how similar we all are, and how someone we think of as the enemy is not so different as we would like to believe. Stiles was redeemed at the end by Spock saving his life. If someone who carried as much hatred as Stiles could have a change of heart, then maybe it could have been possible for the Romulan crew, if they had survived.

               The Centurion died when the Enterprise's phaser hit the Romulan ship. The Centurion’s death was foreshadowing of what would happen to the rest of the Romulan crew. He was the first Romulan to die in this episode. Fitting, as he was probably the oldest. But he was the Commander’s most trusted advisor and friend. His death seemed to signify the coming deaths of the entire crew, for their most experienced soldier was gone. It was also a death that let the Commander know how serious this battle was, and that their advanced technology would not make them the easy victors they had thought they would be with their new technological advances. In the end, he kept his pride by destroying his ship and not letting himself and his crew be taken as prisoners.
                From the beginning of the episode, the Romulans were the ones who crossed the Neutral  Zone and entered Federation space, literally crossing the line that had previously been agreed upon by both sides. Destroying Federation outposts, they were the overconfident aggressors, thus laying the groundwork for future storylines with the Romulans. Later Trek stories about the Romulans on screen, in books, and in fan fiction have depicted them as a race full of military and political intrigue. Always the smug, strategizing people, they have been one of the enduring races of Trek, both as adversaries and, in some stories, as unlikely allies.
 
-by the Honorable Kavura


Saturday, February 15, 2020

StarPodTrek: Balance of Terror


Here it is - The introduction of the Romulans on Star Trek! Modeled after the ancient Romans, they are creatures of duty. See their cool Bird of Prey ships before the alliance with the Klingons, and before the bumpy foreheads and shoulderpads. Catch up on their culture before they landed on the new Picard series. Hey, is that Spock's dad?! We bring you our discussion of one of our favorite episodes of all time!!
https://www.theromulanwar.com/
Topics geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek, TOS, Romulans, Balance of Terror

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Star Trek
Romulans
TOS
Balance of Terror


Publication date-Stardate 2020.02.15
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

StarPodLog Radio Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of StarPodLog Radio! Music is eternal. It is a huge part of our lives, providing companionship during both happiness and sadness. StarPodLog Radio will discuss how music and various musical artists affect our lives and how they have permeated and filled the geek world in a unique way.

We begin with The King himself - Elvis! He was a paragon of music with style and talent that will never be forgotten. Our blue suede shoes are all shook up!

Topics: Elvis, Elvis Presley, Graceland

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Elvis
Elvis Presley
Graceland

Publication date-Stardate 2020.02.09
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Friday, January 31, 2020

A Star Trek Primer: History and Culture


What do you think of when someone says "Star Trek"? Dr. Spock? Trekkies? Geeks? Nerds?

 Star Trek started out as a TV show. It grew into a cultural phenomenon all over the world. It has lasted for 53 years in television, movies, books, comic books, toys, games, memorabilia, and conventions. First of all, full disclosure. I met my husband at a Star Trek convention. So you could say I owe my current and future lifetime of happiness to Star Trek.
The original Star Trek series debuted on television in 1966. Yes, it looks dated with its mini-skirts and beehive hairdos. But it is often rated as having some of the best episodes ever on TV. The classic episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" is the best example. Even non-fans have heard of tribbles. My favorite character is the logical, pointy-eared Mr. Spock. (No, not Dr. Spock. Doctor Spock was a human who wrote books on how to raise children.) Spock, aptly portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, was a very complex character. He was half human and half Vulcan. Vulcans, as many of us know, suppress their emotions. So Spock was always dealing with having human feelings and trying to keep in line with his Vulcan upbringing. And then there was Kirk. Now, who can forget William Shatner as Captain Kirk? Kirk was the classic hero, both a fighter and a ladies' man. Also handsome and charming and the best captain of a starship there ever was. The show also sported a racially diverse cast, including Japanese, African, Russian, and Scottish, which was unusual for the time. Star Trek also had TV's first interracial kiss between a white man and a black woman. Furthermore, it pushed the boundaries of storytelling with episodes about diversity, hatred, racism, war, religion, and many other social topics. This sixties show was the show that started it all. Then it spawned six more shows, plus ten movies. There are several new shows currently in production.

The animated Star Trek series aired from 1973-1974. It had most of the same main characters as the original live action series. It is highly laudable for being a cartoon that was actually written for adults, with the same type of hard-hitting stories the original had. Star Trek: The Next Generation (also called “TNG” or “Next Gen”) came along in 1987. It was notable for being the first sequel to a TV show and for breathing new live into an old show with aging actors. It was a new, updated show for a new generation. Sure, other shows had spinoffs, but nothing with an entirely new cast. I have met people who grew up on TNG and honestly think it is the first, original Star Trek show. It had a very '80s look, which was totally cool for the time. Furthermore, it had the best new adversaries in Q and the Borg. Q was an all-powerful being who was funny, cynical, and always a thorn in the crew’s side. But usually when you saw him, you knew he was going to teach the crew a valuable lesson in humanity, while learning something himself. The Borg was a cyborg race that assimilated other beings into their “hive” by giving them cybernetic implants that completely took over their bodies and minds. The episodes with the Borg also brought up issues of what it meant to be human.
Then came Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. While they did not gain the popularity of the original or TNG, they were no less significant. They each added richness to the Trek canon in their own way. Then there were the newer Trek incarnations, beginning with a new reboot movie in 2009. It used an all new cast playing the original characters. It was more glitzy and glamorous, with more adventure and less overall character development. Then there were two more Trek movies with the same starring cast. Star Trek also got a modern look with the new series Star Trek: Discovery. Discovery is a prequel that is set ten years before the original. It had moderate success with season 1, but really hit pay dirt with season 2, bringing back new versions of old favorites like Spock, and getting back to more stories about humanity; stories that made the franchise a cultural phenomenon in the first place. And now there is Star Trek: Picard, the newest series, which is breaking all kinds of streaming records on CBS All Access.

        With its 8 television shows and 13 movies, Star Trek has had a cultural impact like no other media creation. Take Klingons for example, Star Trek's arguably most popular race. The Klingons have their own language that is real and spoken throughout the real world. There are even translations of literary creations into the Klingon language, including works of Shakespeare. And the Klingon language is in Bing's language translator. The Vulcans are another popular and instantly recognizable race from Star Trek. The Vulcan salute, which Leonard Nimoy invented from a Jewish hand salute, is a very well-known gesture that everyone associates with Spock and Star Trek. I see strangers do the Vulcan salute when they see me wearing a Star Trek t-shirt. And who could ever forget the song by Information Society "What's On Your Mind", which uses a soundbite of Spock saying "pure energy". The soundbite was so awesomely recognizable as Spock's resonant, baritone voice. I've even heard Captain Kirk mentioned in popular songs, such as "99 Luftballoons" by Nena and a remix of "That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain. The '80s pop band T'Pau, with their one hit wonder "Heart and Soul", got their band name from a Star Trek episode.

Nichelle Nichols, Uhura, at one time talked about quitting the show when it was still in production in the 1960s. She met Martin Luther King, Jr., whom she didn't know at the time was a fan. She told him she wanted to leave the show. He convinced her to stay because her character was an African woman who was an officer on a starship. That's a groundbreaking role. Nichelle was also a role model for Whoopi Goldberg, who saw Uhura on Star Trek and recognized her as a black woman on TV who wasn't a maid. Uhura obviously made waves and changed a lot of lives.
                Star Trek is also popular with politicians. Democratic former President Barack Obama has admitted to being a fan, and had a picture taken with Nichelle Nichols. Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich mentioned Star Trek in his lectures at Kennesaw State University as a show about the "spirit of invention and discovery", and he even appeared at a Star Trek convention to talk about the space program. And Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of Georgia, claims to be a fan who knows even the most minute details of Trekdom. Thus Star Trek even reaches across political parties, gender, and race. It is a show that appeals to, yes, geeks and nerds, but so many others as well.
                There are many annual Star Trek conventions worldwide. Fandom is still alive and thriving at cons, with cosplayers and autograph seekers never ending. The most visible con is Star Trek Las Vegas, a sanctioned Star Trek convention that always has over a hundred actors from Trek, from the most famous to the ones who appeared briefly on one episode and never had a line. There is Star Trek Destination, a yearly con in Europe. There is a Star Trek cruise every year that boasts some of the biggest Trek stars, such as William Shatner and George Takei. Trekfest is held in Riverside, Iowa every year. Riverside, IA is a small town that had itself officially declared the future birthplace of Captain Kirk. (It has been stated on Trek that Kirk is from Iowa, but not where in Iowa.) There is currently a petition to get Bloomington, Indiana named as the future birthplace of Captain Janeway, the captain on Star Trek: Voyager. There is a city in Canada called Vulcan, Alberta that publicizes itself as a Star Trek town, after Star Trek's planet Vulcan. They have regular tourists and a Star Trek convention every year. And there are a slew of other local yearly Trek conventions across the US and around the world.

I love spotting Star Trek references on other TV shows. In my younger days, I used to write down every show that happened to make a reference to Star Trek. The list got so large that I eventually gave up. Too bad I don't still have it! There was the time Frasier spoke in perfect Klingon at his son's Bar Mitzvah. There was the time Seinfield talked about a "katra" from the third Trek movie. Even NCIS had a character who spoke Klingon! My parents, who had no interest in Star Trek, always recognized Shatner and Nimoy when they were on any show. Anyone who is on Facebook and sees all the memes is familiar with several pictures of Picard, who is used in several standard memes. Star Trek has made the cover of Time magazine and People magazine, not to mention one of my favorites, MAD magazine! "Trekkie", a fan of Star Trek, is the only word in the Oxford English dictionary that describes a particular type of fan. A model of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek is on display at the Smithsonian. There have been many famous guest stars on Star Trek, mainly because they asked to be on the show. The most prominent was Whoopi Goldberg, who had a recurring role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Other famous people who were on Star Trek: Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Christian Slater, The Rock, Stephen Hawking, Seth MacFarlane, and Mick Fleetwood, just to name a few.
                Star Trek has proven itself to have staying power. It will live in the hearts of fans forever. With the current and upcoming shows and movies, it will live on to inspire new generations. Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry, and everyone else who had a hand in it, have made something that is not only unique, but something that embraces humanity and the future in a way that nothing else can, and in a way that nothing else ever has or ever will again.

-by The Honorable Kavura

Thursday, January 30, 2020

StarPodTrek Episode 14

The new series Star Trek: Picard has a prequel comic book series called "Star Trek: Picard: Countdown". We'll tell you if it's worth reading. Ladies Trek Library discusses "No Time Like the Past" by Greg Cox, a novel that puts Seven of Nine in a new adventure with Captain Kirk! The passing of Rene Auberjonois of Deep Space 9 was a shock to the fan community.


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https://www.clarksvillecon.com/ClarksvilleCon/Welcome.html

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Comic Books
IDW
Greg Cox
Picard
Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek Countdown
Deep Space 9
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rene Auberjonois


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

StarPodTrek Special Episode 11

Star Trek has entered our culture and changed our lives forever. Thinking about taking the dive and becoming a Trekkie? Here's our advice on where to begin! Already a fan? Then sit back and enjoy our fascinating discussion of the Star Trek phenomenon!

Topics: geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek

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Star Trek
Picard
Discovery
DS9
TNG
Voyager
Spock
Captain Kirk


Publication date-Stardate 2020.01.22
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

StarPodTrek Special Episode 10

Here it is: our 50th episode! Thank you for taking part in our continuing mission!

The animated Star Trek series was way cool. Listen as we discuss the first animated episode, "Beyond the Farthest Star". Then, "The Infinite Vulcan" give us a humongous Spock! The Star Trek Year 4 comic book series picks up right where the original television series left off and takes us into the boldest new stories ever! Cartoons and comics are the things that would whet our appetites and keep us coming back for more!

https://fiveyearmission.net/







Topics: Star Trek, TAS, IDW Comics

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Comic Books
Star Trek
TAS
TOS
IDW

Publication date-Stardate 2020.01.07
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Docking at Starbase Indy 2019


Docking at Starbase Indy 2019
Mission Event:     Starbase Indy
Stardate:              11.29.19 -- 12.01.19
Location:              Wyndham Indianapolis West in Indianapolis, Indiana

Activity: Q&A Panel with Tracee Lee Cocco
                You may not recognize the name, but Tracee Lee Cocco has appeared numerous times on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. She was a background character, usually a Starfleet officer, and sometimes an alien. In person, Tracee is the nicest, funniest, most loveable person you could ever meet. She was also seen several times on Ten Forward as Picard's girlfriend. Hey, that means they should have her on the new Picard series. Well, we actually have a petition for that! Nayr and I started a petition here
 https://www.change.org/p/return-leiutenant-jae-tracee-lee-cocco-to-the-star-trek-universe?cs_tk=AoA1Mk4wERakO4WB6V0AAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvLodkJbb5GtZ1xYUjqOrQPY%3D&utm_campaign=e2214eb89f8d45d18c3ed1b0ad39e490&utm_medium=email&utm_source=recruit_sign_digest&utm_term=cs
to get Tracee back on Star Trek. Tracee has expressed to us that she is thrilled about the idea, and thanked us for starting it! We already have over two hundred signatures.

Activity: Janeway Project Panel

                The Janeway Project is a movement to have a monument of Captain Janeway displayed in Bloomington, IN, the future birthplace of Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. The founders of the project, along with some of their friends on the project's committee, did a wonderful panel at the con. They had already started a public fundraiser on Patronicity. They were very close to their goal at the time of the con. At this time, a few weeks after the con, they have reached their goal! This project was also supported by Dr. Erin Macdonald, astrophysicist and guest at the con, who spoke during the panel. She said that Janeway was a huge inspiration for her to become a scientist, which she even mentioned in her Ph.D. dissertation. The unveiling has now been set for May 23, 2020.

Sighting: Moxie Anne Magnus
Oh, and who could forget Moxie Anne Magnus? She’s a comedian drag queen who appears at many cons in the Southeast. She did her own variety hour, had a guest table at the Dinner with the Stars, and was a host for the Opening Ceremonies. She’s always hilarious! You can also find her walking around the con. You can't miss her, with her Janice Rand hairdo and her high heel boots. She’s great fun to talk to.

Around the Con:
                Even with all of our excitement, we still found time to walk around the con. There was a large room with fan tables and celebrity autograph tables. There were also fan tables for Starfleet Command and the Janeway Project. There was a silent charity auction that had some cool stuff. We got a "Balance of Terror" t-shirt at the auction that we just love. There was a lady vendor in the vendor's room that always has stuff we like. We bought several books from her. The most popular thing I saw in the vendor's room was a crocheted Star Trek shawl. I saw several people wearing them around the con. One guest that was missing was Chris Doohan. His mother died right before the con, so he had to cancel. We all signed a card for him and bestowed our condolences. The con promoters announced that he will be a guest at next year’s Starbase Indy, so we look forward to seeing him then.
               
Mission Log: Starfleet Command             
                One of the highlights of Starbase Indy is always the presence of Starfleet Command, an international Star Trek fan club based in Indiana. Nayr and I have been members of SFC for several years now. The club had their annual meet-and-greet dinner Friday night. We had awesome food and Trek'd out with all our friends. Right at the end, when we were posing for a group picture, con guest Tracee Lee Cocco happened to be walking by and got in the picture with us!
                The next morning was the annual SFC awards ceremony. Nayr got the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award. Then he got a promotion to Ensign, just minutes afterward. Then came the big announcement I had been waiting for. A new ship was commissioned: the USS Athena, with myself as the Commanding Officer and Nayr as the Executive Officer. We had been working on getting a new ship for several weeks before the con, so this was the long-awaited culmination of our hard work. We had already been trying to get new members, so at the time of commissioning, our ship already had eleven members. The next day, because the rules didn't allow it to be done on the same day, I was promoted to Lieutenant. So, yeah, it was a huuuuge weekend for us! It will be great having our own Starfleet Command ship--our own fan group in our area!


-by The Honorable Kavura