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Same in Brazil and in the rest of Latin America. According to the page of a local Star Trek fan club, the first episode will be available in Austrália, Switzerland, Áustria, France and Germany next 17.


Edited. Autocorrect is going full “gremlin” on me.

As a follow up here is how I imagine the exchange

Burnham: Saru, something has really weighted on me for years that I have to get off my chest. Back in the Mirror Universe I inadvertently ate Kelpian. I didn’t know it at the time. I feel really bad about that.

Saru: That is understandable. You didn’t know. It was a savage place.

Burnham: The worst thing is…you guys are delicious. Like really really tasty!!! I can’t get that memory off my mind.

Saru: (Gives a sour look).


I’m on the cruise this year. My deck has decided to do Trek themed door decorations- mine is below.


Oh, by the way, I just wanted to mention that before Corona hit, I was getting ready to direct King Boreas and the Vulcans. It’s something I wanted to do once I read it, and there are more than enough English speaking Trekkers here that we had a cast.



Star Trek Space GIF by Star Trek Fleet Command


The Romulans say: Hold my Ale.


Just going to put this here because ST makes the list not once, not twice, but thrice!


The bridge on Star Trek TOS doesn’t face forward?


Nope. The TL;DR is that originally the turbo lift was supposed to be directly aft, so the ship model was built to reflect that. After initial shooting they moved it clockwise for camera shot reasons (Shatner comes out of the lift, goes to his chair).

The producers went with it, and even in the earliest answers to fan letters they declared that it wasn’t necessary for a star ship’s bridge to actually be oriented forward since they wouldn’t feel inertia.


One little bit of early Trek lore that was lost was the idea of star dates being unique to each ship, due to time dilation and other factors each ship had a “starship own date” much like the Unix Epoch, each ship’s star date based upon when the ship entered service. So by this measure, the star date of the Enterprise is the number of dates* since the ship was officially activated for duty.

Now that would mean different ships would have different star dates. and also that all time measurement is local. Which honestly is too confusing for us even in the early 21st century, so since it was never canon it was simply forgotten.

But it’s still a cool idea I wish they had kept.

*date not having to mean a terrestrial date. If we want to be really, really nerdy, we could say a star date is a million seconds, or ~27.7 hours


Time dilation doesn’t occur under warp drive in the Trek universe and the effect is negligible under impulse as full impulse is actually only a quarter light speed. From the tech manual:

The problem of different local times in travel is a long considered and resolved issue.


Time dilation calculator says that a 4 hour in star system full impulse trip would yield a time difference of 7 minutes. Obviously that would be inconsequential under the usual quarter impulse.


This was in 1966, remember, before there was any canon. The makers were still surprised that Star Trek was so popular and how fans could ask such questions.

Part of the attraction of Trek is for me all the Making Of stories, how Roddenberry, Jefferies and all the others got so much done to give us such a rich world.

One of the good things about the Okudas is how they took all the fan works, the work done by FASA for their role playing game, and finally made a canon. But I do like the contradictory works of early fandom.


So it was an idea that was spitballed by someone that was never actually part of the show?


Never said it was.

The only places where I read about it was in The Making of Star Trek and in fanzines. It was never canon, and fans knew it. It occupies the same space in Trek lore as Franz Joseph’s additions he made when he wrote The Star Fleet Technical Manual with its dreadnoughts, tugs, and stuff like that. I think some of the early novels might have had something like it, but they wildly contradicted one another.

One other idea that was tossed in the dustheap that I found interesting was from the author John M. Ford, who in The Final Reflection had the TOS Klingons be genetic hybrids, created by Klingons to think like humans. They were also part of the FASA supplements, as I think the writers were heavily influenced by him. The writers of Enterprise took a different tack, so it remains non-canon. Discovery seems to have introduced another possible reason why Klingons looked more human as well with VoQ/Ash, but that is again fan speculation.

I repeat: I thought (and still think) it was a neat idea, and would have fit in television’s desire not to be too precise with dates.


Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, call it what you like as long as, occasionally, I get stuff like this:


I really enjoyed Picard series 3, episode 1. It feels a lot more like an adventure than the portentous drama of series 1 and 2 (and don’t get me wrong, I mostly enjoyed the portentous drama), and the first half of the episode really reminded me of the TOS movies with the familiar groove between the TNG cast members who show up. I spent a lot of the episode smiling because it’s good fun even as there seems to be a major threat coming for the Federation. I was worried that it was just going to be the TNG cast going back out for one last adventure but the returning cast all have decent scenes here and most of them look to be sticking around for much or all of the story.

The pacing of plot setups feels more like this is being written as a really long movie as opposed to the “novel for TV”. It’s hard to explain but this doesn’t feel like a roughly standalone episode of TV that has ongoing plot points, like Discovery usually does, and it doesn’t feel as much like a “chapter” in the same way that Picard series 1 and 2 did (and I just rewatched all of Picard so it’s fresh in my mind), it’s an hour of a longer story, but it’s structured to feel satisfying as opposed to just stopping, and it works really well.

I’ll be interested to see what people think of the music, a lot of it is reusing prior pieces from TNG and the TOS and TNG movies. I really liked the score in the prior two series and they dipped into the older stuff from time to time - like the piece of the TNG theme played on a flute in the opening credits, or the Voyager theme playing in some of Seven’s scenes, or the First Contact theme in the Ten Forward sequence in the series 2 finale. But there’s a lot more of it here. I’ve seen it hailed in early reviews and I don’t know if I’m as positive personally but it’s also not horribly incongruous or anything.


Trekin’, huh?


Yes. It Felt like another TNG movie. But hey, I liked It.


ETA a minor Picard spoiler…