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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." 


John Cooley

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


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A Closer Look at Our Star Trek Discovery Uniforms!

The U.S.S. DISCOVERY has rocketed from the past to the future, and so have our Star Trek: Discovery Uniforms! These uniforms have been one of the most complex replicas we've attempted, with material, design, durability, and detail challenges unlike anything we've ever encountered before.

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John Cooley November 02, 2020 3 tags (show)

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! 


John Cooley

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

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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, 

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

John Cooley

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

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John Cooley October 08, 2020 4 tags (show)