Happy STAR TREK DAY everybody!
I've been thinking alot today about all the things I love in STAR TREK. The adventures, stories, the characters, settings & ships, and of course - the costumes.
And worn on nearly every Starfleet Uniform we see is my favorite shape in this world - The Starfleet Symbol.
A stylized delta - it’s derived from a combination of the vector component of the original NASA "Meatball" logo & the 1961 USAF Space Command insignia.
The Starfleet Starship Duty Insignia worn in STAR TREK: The Original Series was created by costume designer William Ware Theiss & production designer Matt Jefferies with input from producer Bob Justman & series creator Gene Roddenberry.
The delta, sometimes referred to as "The Flying A" by the show's producers and “The Arrowhead” by Bill Theiss - has evolved into a beloved symbol that today represents the entire STAR TREK Universe.
Originally, the delta conveyed information about the wearer’s duties aboard ship using a series of division symbols.
When paired with a distinctive, elongated “star” the insignia represents someone assigned to the Command division aboard ship.
When it displays the “planet” symbol, it represents the Sciences division.
A stylized “e” stands for Engineering (later Operations), a red “Swiss Cross” is worn by starship personnel assigned to the Nursing Corps, while a block letter “C” stood for “Cadet” and was only seen in “The Cage.”
I've worn the Starfleet Insignia in one form or another almost every day of my life since the age of four.
And in 2007 I had it tattooed on my left arm (it can truly be said that I wear my heart on my sleeve). I doodle it during long meetings, I see it in cloud formations, and I had one in my pocket the time I broke the sound barrier. I took a look around my house this morning and tried to count all the Starfleet deltas I found. I lost count.
In all the versions of that shape seen in the over fifty four years of the franchise, I have a clear favorite.
I still love the one designed by John Eaves for GENERATIONS, and the one Rick Sternbach & Michael Okuda helped Bill Theiss with for TNG. I love the design that Robert Fletcher & Mike Minor came up with for STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan. And I love the version made by Mario Moreira and his prop team for DISCOVERY, and on and on.
But, all of those designs are based upon the original.
Worn week after week for seventy nine episodes, the Original Starfleet Insignia Patch is hands down my favorite version of the symbol.
There's something so appealing about its shape, and satisfying in it's tactile form. It is a symbol I enjoy looking at, and something I enjoy wearing even more.
So yeah, I wear Starfleet deltas, alot.
That symbol projects hope and the determination that our future will be better than our now. It also invites comment, conversation, and comradely. It conveys a little bit about myself to those who recognize it.
I suppose it says "I like Star Trek'', and asks "Do you like Star Trek Too?" Friendships have started over the shared recognition of that shape, and that's really what STAR TREK is all about isn't it? To seek out new friends? That's one way to interpret Captain Kirk's invocation, and a great symbol to have on STAR TREK DAY!
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.
When the first U.S.S. ENTERPRISE flew on to screens in 1966 it did so in a nation with many struggles.
Uncertainty with our rival super power in Russia, problems with China, a foreign war without a clear end, and racial inequality erupting into unrest.
Sadly, in 2020 - many of these challenges are still with us.
But so is Star Trek's hopeful view of the future.
Gene Roddenberry once said that "Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow—it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids—human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things."
STAR TREK's real power though isn't in anticipating the technology that we could use in the future, but in demonstrating how we can interact with each other.
Built into the very DNA of Star Trek is the idea that though we may be different from one another - we can live, work, and dream together. The "other" is not something to be feared, but something to be sought out. Not for what we can take from them, but for what we can share together. Knowledge yes, but deeper than that, understanding.
The current STAR TREK universe of shows confirms Gene's message. Star Trek is set in a future beyond our current problems. It shows us one possible future where we are stronger because we learned to take special delight in our differences and used that strength to achieve anything, even flying faster than light.
In 1966 Nichelle Nicholls broke barriers playing an officer aboard the ENTERPRISE - in a role that captured the imagination of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2020 Sonequa Martin-Green is the lead of DISCOVERY, while Tawny Newsome is first on the call sheet in LOWER DECKS.
And in the years between Lt. Uhura & Cmdr. Burnham - Avery Brooks, and Kate Mulgrew sat in their own respective captain's chairs.
STAR TREK has gone further into the frontier than any other show in demonstrating how much stronger we are when we work together.
Between new episodes of LDS, I've been re-watching DISCOVERY season two. I love it! As an old ORIGINAL SERIES fan, I can't help but love the introduction (reintroduction?) of Captain Christopher Pike.
Christopher Pike is literally the prototype of a Starfleet captain as originally created by STAR TREK’s creator, Gene Roddenberry. The Captain Christopher Pike we meet in "The Cage" was designed to be the very model of a thoughtful, measured, compassionate, leader. Qualities that were transferred whole cloth to Captain James T. Kirk when STAR TREK's second pilot was made a year later.
The transition from Pike to Kirk was an invention of necessity when Jeffery Hunter was unavailable for "Where No Man Has Gone Before," but Pike has always represented a path not taken. What would the adventures of the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE have been like with her original crew of Capt. Pike, his first officer Number One, and their "half-Vulcan science officer" Spock? We're about to find out!
In 2021 (hopefully) we will see the first episodes of the new series, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS! It will recount the adventures of the original Enterprise, (NCC-1701) years before Jim Kirk assumes command. It will also be a return to a more episodic version of STAR TREK, very much in line with TOS itself.
While there will be a thorough line of character growth and development, this new show returns to the "planet" of the week sort of format so familiar to generations of Trekkies & Trekkers. More than that, it's a return to STAR TREK's original concept & characters not seen (depending on your point of view) since "The Menagerie."
I can't wait. THIS is (almost) everything I've ever wanted from the franchise. NEW, weekly adventures aboard the original - albeit visually updated - U.S.S. ENTERPRISE / NCC-1701 ("No bloody A, B, C, or D")!
By happenstance, Galen became best friends with one Orson Krennic while studying the Futures Program on Brentaal in 40 BBY. Krennic would of course go on to later become the Director of the Imperial Military's Department of Advanced Weapons Research.
By the time of The Clone Wars, these two had lost touch and Galen, along with his wife, were captured and imprisoned by the Iron Gauntlet Legion. During a prisoner exchange, the now Director Krennic ‘rescued’ the couple. Unknown to Galen, Krennic’s true intentions were to put Galen in his debt in order to persuade him to use his knowledge of kyber crystals in the development of the Death Star’s superlaser.
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But what was the cause of the confusion in the first place? The change in shade to the naked eye (under most lighting conditions, even natural light) is so subtle that you’d be hard pressed to even discern it. Under most conditions it’s just a pinch more gold/yellow, but in an episode of Star Trek the shirt would turn decidedly gold. Why?
There were actually a number of different factors that led to this color shift. Stage lighting and optical color timing did their part to shift the color of the intended green to gold, but another factor had to do with the film stock The Original Series was shot on.
The Eastman Kodak 5251 negative film that was used for TOS had a color range that favored a warmer pallet. This tended to shift things more towards a yellow shade, and how we get a gold tunic from the green that William Ware Theiss intended for the show's "Unrestricted Line Officers."
Taking all that into account even regular photography can shift the color of the tunic to something more gold. I call this “The Camera Trick”, and if you saw us at conventions in the past you might have seen it.
Here I am in my tunic, pictured outdoors in natural daylight without a filter.
Let's take a look at one of our Premier Kirk Tunics. The same shirt, in two photos with different lighting.
Taken indoors, artificial light, no filter. One with the camera flash (left) and one with no flash (right).
I just hold my phone in camera mode over it and what happens is exactly what happened with TV cameras in 1969 – the Command Tunic turns gold!
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The military isn’t one entity, it’s made up of many moving parts and countless enlisted individuals. How does someone end up joining the bad guys? What’s the appeal? Over the next three articles we’re going to be taking a look at three separate paths that could lead someone to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of terror.
It goes without saying that the most likely place to look for less than willing participants would be the ranks of foot soldiers. The Imperial Army’s intentions aren’t the best and not many would be willing to die for the ever expanding power of their higher officers. That brings us to our first subject, FN-2187, later known as Finn.
Abducted as a child, Finn was forced into a First Order operation known as Project Resurrection.
Thousands of children were snatched from their homes, most of them too young to have formed any real memories of their birth parents, and molded into elite Stormtroopers.
Finn showed early promise as a cadet serving under Captain Phasma and was generally considered to be an ideal example of the success of the program.
However, Finn’s indoctrination wasn’t airtight.
The canon is careful to point out several moments in his youth where outside influences seem to have come through. He enjoyed reading the Kade Genti comics that his friend snuck in as well as other contraband. The Imperial Army failed to fully separate him from his humanity.
Ben Solo’s parents couldn't hide away from their extremely busy lives for long. Because she was an important politician, Leia didn't sit idly at home and often had to travel far and long. Finding himself the husband of someone so prestigious, Han fell into a sort of first-husband role, turning from his life of crime to a successful career as a sport race driver. He sponsored important races, raced for charity, and more.
Despite his best efforts, Han started to drift further and further from his son. Ben Solo was often left alone at home.
Making matters worse, the Solo’s worked hard to protect young Ben from the knowledge of his lineage. They worried how knowing the true identity of his grandfather would affect him. Once he did learn the truth, Ben’s trust in his parents was broken. The events that followed while training under Luke completely separated him from his family and sent him hurtling into the dark side.
Han was so dismayed by Ben’s downfall that he left Leia to return to the smuggler's life of crime. After many years on the straight and narrow, there’s no doubt that he did this as a form of punishment inflicted on himself. Perhaps he felt that he never truly deserved his loving family in the first place. He became just like his own father, a runaway. Han traveled the stars with his pain.
During the week between episodes I've found myself re-watching the first cartoon Star Trek ever produced, "The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's STAR TREK." Bit of a wordy title, yeah? We'll just call it STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, or TAS for short. TAS was something I watched a lot in the '70s, and as a kid I didn't really separate it from "The Original Series", it was all just "Star Trek" to me. My friends and I would watch it alongside the syndicated reruns of TOS we got after school. Everyday there were episodes of our favorite show - "Real or cartoon", it didn't matter to us. We loved it all.
On Saturday mornings - right after The Animated Series aired we'd all "beam down" outside on the banks of the lake behind our houses. All of us (every one) wearing our "Star Trek Shirt."
In those days we were all wearing different colors of the same short sleeved Starfleet Uniform "Tunic." Our engineer was in red, our "Spock" (my friend "Tack" had his black hair cut into shape not unlike Mr. Spock's with bangs and all) wore blue, and I was always wearing gold or green. We carried a collection of different devices for our "landing party equipment", but most everyone had a Remco utility belt with a miniature phaser, communicator, and a tricorder. We would play for hours running around on the surface of some strange new world wearing our uniforms, and "being" the characters we had just been watching on TV. It was too much fun.
"Fun", is what we had in mind when we recreated those original short sleeved Star Trek Shirts for Trekkies today.
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After the events of “Solo”, Han and Chewbacca seemed to prefer to stick to relatively petty crime. He ran marked Sabbac decks to the casino of the planet Marquinn, smuggled spice all over the galaxy and dodged the empire all along the way. Make no mistake, the Imperial Army had every intention of recapturing Han and bringing him to justice. They never caught him. The duo quickly made a name for themselves as the best around.
Like all good pirates, Han had a place to stash all of his treasure.
After he and Chewie crash-landed on an unnamed planet in the Monsua Nebula, the duo fought through storms and cyclones to reveal a secret oasis. Finding the storms a suitable deterrent, they located a hidden cave and declared it their secret spot. Over the years they hide all manner of treasures and trinkets from their adventures there, including a nostalgic store of Corellian wine for Han.
Capt. Hernandez: "Commander, drop by the quartermaster's at the end of your shift."
Cmdr. Tucker: "Ma'am?"
Capt. Hernandez: "Might want to update your uniform."
::Indicating his sleeve with the "Enterprise" patch still attached::
Cmdr. Tucker: "Aye, Captain."
- Trip Tucker and Erika Hernandez aboard the NX-02 COLUMBIA.
When Trip Tucker transfers to Columbia from the Enterprise its for a number of reasons, mostly personal rather than professional. Headhunted by Captain Erika Hernandez to be Chief Engineer aboard her newly finished NX-02, Trip initially refused to leave Enterprise but later accepted the transfer.
For Trip it ended up being a relatively short assignment to Columbia, but for us it marked a fun block of episodes in the final season of STAR TREK: Enterprise. Those are some of our favorites from that series, and so we couldn't resist recreating Trip's assignment patch from his sojourn to Enterprise's sister-ship.