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In Review | Discovery S3E3 "Children of Earth"


"This ship bears the name Discovery. Never has that been more fitting, or more prescient. She has carried us into the future, and it will be our privilege to make that future bright. Let us begin. Together." - Captain Saru of the U.S.S. DISCOVERY



Ten weeks to go in the Twenty Three Weeks of Star Trek, and the adventure just keeps getting more intense, and more fun! Oh, there may be SPOILERS here, but then you've already seen up to this point, right?


Finally! Discovery has her commanding officer, and of course it's Captain Saru! I've actually been waiting for Doug Jones to sit down in that captain's chair for a while now, and while Discovery may have another captain in its future, for now Saru is the best Kelpian for the job.


Last week's episode "Children of Earth" also brought us viewscreen-to-viewscreen with what our world looks like in 3189. And it's weird.

Having seceded from the United Federation of Planets after The Burn, Earth is an isolated planet. Insular, and shielded from any who might prey upon it. It's a huge departure from the founding member & powerful capital world of the Federation.


On arrival the Discovery finds the EDF (Earth Defence Force) protecting the planet, and they mean business. Jonathan Frakes does an exceptional job depicting the concern and near paranoia of the EDF's officers, and how that contrasts against our ship full of Starfleet officers.


I'm having so much fun with Discovery's new season. The story playing out here is turning into one of my favorites in the entire franchise, and I can't wait to visit Trill in this week's "Forget Me Not." 

 LLAP,
 John


John Cooley

John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.

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Captain's Alternate Uniforms | Wraps

Did you know that from the very start of STAR TREK, a captain has always had the option of wearing a different uniform of the day from the rest of the crew? 


During TOS, Captain James T. Kirk often wore one of two Command Green Wraparound Tunics. The First of these (and my favorite) can be seen in episodes like "The Enemy Within” and “Court Martial”. 

I always thought it looked sharp. It's more structured and detailed than it's brighter second season counterpart. 


I especially loved it's early first season “reverse helix” captain's rank braid on the shoulders. 

Original Series costume designer William Ware Theiss was an absolute genius when it came to details and the braid on the shoulders is a perfect example. 

On one level you can see where the shape he's chosen resembles the gold oak leaf clusters (sometimes called "Scrambled Eggs" by military service members) that adorn the bills of Command grade officer's service caps in the Armed Forces. 

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The Season two wraparound tunic is a bit less structured and so more form fitting than the season one version. It's also a slightly different weight of wool, and a lighter, warmer shade of green than the earlier version. 

This style was worn in a number of episodes including "A Journey to Babel" and "The Trouble With Tribbles." Our replica of this famous uniform was designed with the invaluable assistance of the amazing Greg Jein. 

Jein was gracious enough to allow us to examine an original 1967 wrap from his incredible collection. From this original William Shatner screen worn tunic we were allowed to take measurements, photos, and patterns, which enabled us to reproduce an extremely exacting replica that matches the original in every way including fabric weight and color.

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This tunic uses custom-milled and dyed wool fabric and features second season captain's rank braid on the cuffs, Starfleet Insignia on the wraparound hook and loop fastener, and even utilizes the unique system of elastic “hook and eye” straps that attached the hem of this high waisted tunic to the uniform’s pants.

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We worked hard to capture the essence of these screen-used original uniforms, so no expense was spared in faithfully recreating both of Captain Kirk's wraparound tunics.  

 We had the fabric custom milled & dyed, and discovered that the only way to attain the correct look and complex cornering was that each piece had to be hand stitched. A process requiring no less than three workers to complete each replica.

Of course the tunics feature Captain Kirk's Starfleet Command Division Insignia on the wraparound hook and loop fastener of his belt. And both of them utilize a unique system of elastic “hook and eye” straps that were used to attach the hem of this high waisted tunic to the uniform’s pants.

I love these uniforms! Command Green, and ready for anything. 

Whether Captain Kirk was fighting himself, or trapped in a mountain of tribbles - he always looked cool in the final frontier!


🖖 LLAP,

 John

John Cooley

John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.


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Trek R' Treat!

"Captain Kirk, can you hear me?

There is a curse on your ship.
Leave this place or you will all die."

 - The deceased Crewman Jackson to Captain Kirk in "Catspaw"

Crewman Jackson, dead on arrival in “Catspaw.” 


Star Trek was built for Halloween. No really. 

When one considers the origins of the franchise, there is a thread of "the creepy" in its DNA. In the history of Sci-Fi there is a close relationship with and appreciation for fear. 

Not too many years before Gene Roddenberry launched the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE on her maiden voyage another genius of that era had already created what was possibly the greatest sci-fi, fantasy & horror anthology series ever, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone.

William Shatner in The Twilight Zone episode, “Nick of Time” 



What Gene gleaned from Rod’s show was that anthologies are fun but expensive - with new people, locations, props and costumes needed week after week. 

One of Gene's ideas for Star Trek was that he could make a weekly Sci-Fi anthology series more cost effective by using a permanent cast, with standing sets, equipment, and uniforms.

 Of course the reality was that with high attention to detail, high production value (for the era) and setting it on a starship a few hundred years in the future guaranteed that Star Trek was still the most expensive show of its day.



Star Trek's initial concept as a mildly creepy anthology series is really evident in its early episodes. 

Come on, the first episode of The Original Series features a vampire!

Captain Kirk under the spell of the M-113 (Salt Vampire) creature in “The Man Trap.”  

Within the first handful of shows we're treated to death, mass insanity, duplication, murder, mad scientists, childish gods, ghoulish despots in disguise and more. 




Even “Lurch” shows up at one point. 

Ruk, an original android left behind by The Old Ones in “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” 


 As the series goes on there’s entities that feed on violent emotions, body switching, possession, and “Jack The Ripper.” 


Scotty, moments after being possessed by Redjac - also known as Jack the Ripper in “Wolf in the Fold.” 




Early Star Trek is creepy. 

And really aren't those the best episodes? 

The Original Series is hardly alone in exploring it's spooky side, but it was the best (in this author's opinion) at it. 



At some point or another, every Star Trek series has touched the etheric plane, and shown us everything from body horror to ghosts bound to candles. 

Beverly Crusher is the latest victim of a generational haunting in TNG’s “Sub Rosa.” 

But TOS’ "Catspaw" (which aired Halloween week in 1967) is the franchise's only intentional “Holiday Special”, and that's perhaps as it should be. 

The wizard Korob, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the sorceress Sylvia in “Catspaw.”  



It has it all - mindless zombies, sympathetic magic, aliens, witches, warlocks, dungeons, castles, and one very large black cat. 

Maybe that’s the trick. 

Star Trek and Halloween together make a perfect treat. Afterall, what could be more appropriate than overcoming one’s primal fear in the final frontier?

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LLAP & Happy Halloween! 

 John

John Cooley

John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.

 

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23 Weeks of Trek - Discovery Ep2 and the Future

Last week brought us the second episode of Star Trek: Discovery's third season, and some news about the future of the Star Trek Universe.


Last week's premiere episode gave us Commander Burnham's arrival in the 32nd century. "Far From Home" brings us the crew of the U.S.S. DISCOVERY herself, and it seems that everyone just kind of crashes into the future.


We've all just arrived in a lawless galaxy. Without the Federation & Starfleet, and with only limited travel possible - local traders, pirates, and petty warlords rule.


Look at that picture...saloon doors! If you ever wanted a return to Star Trek's early "Wagon Train to The Stars" concept, well here it is! New worlds to explore, checking in on settlements, assisting colonies. Connecting people with one another. That's what Star Trek always did best, and here it is again for all of us to enjoy & learn from.


All that, and mystery too. Where is Michael Burnham, what's happened to the galaxy in the 930 years that they've missed. Where is Starfleet, how did The United Federation of Planets collapse, and what's become of Earth?


We have enough adventures in 3188 to last us into 2021, and we can't wait to see what today’s episode brings us next! OH! And speaking of what’s next…


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In what was perhaps the worst kept secret in the universe, Star Trek: Discovery has OFFICIALLY been renewed for it’s FOURTH season! Pre-production has been underway for quite a while under strict Covid protocols which included requiring Discovery’s cast and crew to quarantine before filming commences in Ontario, Canada on November 2nd. Beyond Discovery - Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds are already in heavy development, and all three shows will be in production in 2021.


Between those shows AND Star Trek: Lower Decks seasons 2 & 3, Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Section 31, Short Treks, The Ready Room (and maybe some other surprises) the next few years are going to be an amazing time to be a Trekkie, and we couldn’t be happier! 


LLAP,
John



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Capt. Janeway Returns

There's been a lot happening in the STAR TREK UNIVERSE these days, and one of the coolest has to be the news that Kathryn Janeway is returning to that universe in Nickelodeon's Star Trek: Prodigy!

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23 Weeks of Trek | Discovery Returns!

FINALLY, The 23 Weeks of STAR TREK brings us the premiere of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY season 3!


I've only been looking forward to this season for four years! 

Discovery's first three story arcs were set in the 23rd Century in order to firmly establish the ship and her crew as having originated in an earlier era of Star Trek history. 

Following that Discovery's lead character, Michael Burnham, quite literally led the U.S.S. DISCOVERY into a far distant future. To a time and situation no Starfleet ship has ever encountered before. 

There's a different feeling going into this season than the last two, and a sense of wonder and excitement to see the story finally arrive at it's primary destination. 

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Wednesday night a few of us were privileged to see the premier episode of season three, "That Hope Is You, Part 1." 

It's fantastic! 

The story is fresh, nuanced & complex, but deeply rooted in Star Trek lore. I couldn't have wanted more...except more episodes right then! 



Which they provided by surprising us with episode two, “Far From Home.” 

This is the strange new world we were promised back in 2016, and it's fascinating. 

There's a lot to unpack here. New problems & solutions, new friends, felines, & foes, and everywhere - HOPE


The situation the crew of Discovery faces this season is unique, but at every unexpected turn the response is invariably one of optimism. 

Sometimes it's not stated overtly. Sometimes it's expressed in an action rather than words, but it's always there. 

It's one of the overriding themes this season, and that's perfectly appropriate as that aspirational feeling is part of the very fabric of Star Trek.


The timing of all of this is remarkable, and I would be remiss not to mention it - as hope is something we all need in our lives. 

Eight months into a strange new world of our own, and three weeks from a historic election, we need Star Trek's primary lesson now more than ever.


Stated simply - There will be a future for us all, and it will be better than our today. 

Gene Roddenberry knew that to be the truth, and made it the guiding principle of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES. 

Gene once observed that, “Star Trek was an optimistic show that said, ‘There is a future for us humans, the human adventure is just beginning.’" 

In a time when so many people were saying, ‘In 20 or 30 years, it’s all gonna go boom,’ it was a breath of fresh air to turn on the TV and hear them say, ‘Hey! We’ve just begun. Most of our adventures are ahead of us.' 

It’s a spirit of optimism.


Season three of Discovery shares that sense of optimism, and then some. It says "Ok, this is the hand we've been dealt, how do we win?" 

The answer is of course, together

Together, we can do amazing things. If "the Human adventure is just beginning," then what are we waiting for? Let's get to it!


LLAP,

 John



John Cooley

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23 Weeks of NEW Trek - Week Ten

Nine weeks into the "23 Weeks of Star Trek", and STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS unlocked a whole new level of cool last week with episode "Crisis Point." 

We got to see Ens. Mariner's Khan fixation come out to play in the name of "therapy.” It gave us more insight into Mariner's relationships aboard the U.S.S. CERRITOS & her Captain, and a whole lot of fun along the way.  

Lower Decks continues to amaze with it's depth. 

How even with its relatively short weekly runtime - it still manages to shoehorn a little message into each episode. 

Another reminder that this show is pure STAR TREK down to its core!

This week brings with it the last episode of LDS, "No Small Parts." I can't help but be a little sad. 

In its first season Lower Decks has done something unexpected. It not only proved that it was a good Star Trek show, it became one of our favorite Star Trek shows ever! 

Seeing Starfleet from the point of view of it's newest members was expected, but what that point of view would show us about ourselves wasn't something I counted on. The young crew of the Cerritos demonstrates the wide eyed enthusiasm I expected, but Beckett Mariner is something else entirely.

Ensign Mariner is something we've seen glimpses of in the past with Wesley Crusher - she's a "Starfleet Brat." 

With a father who's an Admiral, and a Mom who's a Captain, Beckett grew up on starships. She's been on a few different ships in her life and career, and she's seen some things - not all of them good, but she joined Starfleet anyway. 

Her perspective on what a good officer should be is unique. It's something quite different from her friends, or anyone who's only gone through The Academy. Her indoctrination into Starfleet began long before most people, she's known Starfleet her whole life. 

Unlike Wesley who took off with The Traveler into places & times unknown, Beckett joined Starfleet and stayed. The best of her class, it was expected that she'd be the first among them to make Captain. But then, life doesn't always work out as we expect.

It's THAT kind of depth that I didn't expect from a 25 minute long, animated comedy show. BUT, I should have known to expect it from any show with “STAR TREK” on its title card. 

The purest versions of Star Trek have always had that introspective nature, and Lower Decks has that built into its DNA.

So long for now U.S.S. CERRITOS.

We grew very, very fond of you all this season. We're happy to know that with Season 2 in animation, and Season 3 stories on the way - that there will be a lot more STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS to come!

🖖 LLAP, 
John


p.s. OK STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, you’re on deck! Time to show us what 3187 looks like...    

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STAR TREK & The Number 47

The Number 47

I’m supposed to be writing about our STAR TREK™: FIRST CONTACT / DEEP SPACE NINE - Premier Line Command Uniform Jacket, but as it turns out this is the 47th blog in this particular series of stories. 

And I couldn't let this occasion pass without mentioning the number 47.

The number 47 shows up a LOT in dialog & computer screens throughout 24th century era Star Trek. All the "47s" in Star Trek originate with Next Gen, DS9 and Voyager writer Joe Menosky. 

Joe attended Pomona College in California where there is a club called "The 47 Society" whose members believe that there exists mathematical proof that all numbers are equal to 47 and that the number 47 occurs with greater frequency in nature than other numbers. 

It was Joe that seeded the first 47's into the stories he wrote, and once the Star Trek Art Department got in on the joke 47s started appearing everywhere. The number 23 (half of 47 rounded down) shows up a lot in Star Trek as well as the occasional reversed number - 74. TNG era executive producer Rick Berman once quipped that, "47 is 42, corrected for inflation." 

Here's a bit of trivia for you, there are 47 people listed in the credits of STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT as "Other Crew." Seriously, go check it out at the IMDB- I'll wait.

The Starfleet uniforms first seen in First Contact (and shortly after in DS9's fifth season episode "Rapture") were intended to be for the Next Gen cast what the "The Wrath of Khan" era uniform had been for the original cast. A more structured, more "military" form of Starfleet uniform. It utilized a similar woven wool for the uniform’s taupe grey, ribbed shoulders (which itself had been inspired by the shoulder detail of Captain Picard’s “Darmok” flight jacket). 

Also like the TWOK uniform, it reduced the wearer’s division color to an undershirt and stripe on the cuff. 

It was a uniform designed for more serious material, and it worked! The new uniforms looked...still look heroic.  

Even the new combadge (designed for STAR TREK: GENERATIONS) seemed more at home on the new uniforms as John Eaves had given them "wings" that recalled the backing board of TWOK era officer's chest badge.

The First Contact/DS9 Uniforms were serious uniforms for more serious times. They saw Borg invasions, and The Dominion War. New worlds and new civilizations were defended by the heroic actions of the Starfleet members that wore them. 

Those uniforms - much like the TWOK uniforms of an earlier generation - became fan favorites. They helped to define a unique era of Star Trek, and even showed up recently in a flashback on the show STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS.

The FC/DS9 uniforms are a favorite around here, and we're happy whenever we revisit them. Whether they're aboard the Sovereign Class U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, the U.S.S. QUITO, or the U.S.S. DEFIANT ("Little?"), to us they'll always look cool.

John Cooley

John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.

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23 Weeks of Trek | Last Week of September

For the record I'm treating the 23 Weeks of Star Trek like a new holiday season in my calendar (I hope it repeats next year). And this week brought us a whole bag full of Trek presents! I hope you're enjoying STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS as much as we are, but also looking ahead to the future - that's what STAR TREK is all about right? 

While we all await a formal announcement of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Season Four, we saw some signs (literally) of life this week with the sound stages prepping for filming to begin while some of the cast arrived in Toronto.


For now though, Season Three of DISCOVERY is only three weeks away! Which is both exciting and a bit sad because its arrival marks the end of LOWER DECKS' first season. 

We've all grown really rather fond of our crew of Lower Deckers around here, and none of us are ready to see them go. 

BUT, we also know that Mike McMahon & his team are already hard at work on Season Two, and breaking stories for an eventual Season 3! So, it looks like there's more fun ahead for the U.S.S. CERRITOS!

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There really hasn't been a more exciting time to be a Trekkie than right now! 

We have two new episodes of LOWER DECKS to go, a whole new season of DISCOVERY, and season one just premiered on CBS’ flagship network. It seems like everyday we're talking about STAR TREK either amongst ourselves, with our friends at CBSVIACOM, or our friends and colleagues who also work in and around the franchise. There's fantastic stuff for all of us on the horizon, and we can't wait to see it all!


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