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STAR TREK DAY - The Starfleet Symbol

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.

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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!

LLAP,
John 

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HAPPY STAR TREK DAY!

Happy STAR TREK DAY everyone!

If you consider yourself a Trekkie, Trekker, Trekkor, Trekkist, or merely a STAR TREK fan - this day is yours. Celebrate it! 

September 8th is when we commemorate the birth of Star Trek Fandom; what better way to celebrate this day than by giving thanks for everything "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" Gene Roddenberry has bestowed upon us.

On this day in 1966, NBC aired "The Man Trap" -the first televised episode of Gene Roddenberry's new show STAR TREK. 54 years later we live in a world that was in part shaped by his creation. From the Padd (sic) that you may be reading this on, to the cell phone in your pocket, there's very little in the technology we use every day of our lives that hasn't been influenced by STAR TREK. If the 20th Century was "The Atomic Age", then the 21st could well be called "The Star Trek Age."

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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.

Together is how we should celebrate STAR TREK today! 

Whether your favorite show is TOS or Deep Space Nine. Maybe you prefer Voyager and DISCOVERY or really love Lower Decks. Perhaps Enterprise is your thing, or The Next Generation & PICARD. Perhaps the Animated Series or you love The Motion Pictures and maybe even Short Treks. 

The point is that there is STAR TREK enough for everyone, with even more to come. 

In production - Strange New Worlds, Section 31, & Prodigy with more seasons of Discovery, Picard & Lower Decks already on the way. An amazing story for every taste, and a taste of every kind of story. STAR TREK has it all! 

It's here for every one of us to enjoy, and maybe we can even learn something about ourselves while watching our heroes boldly going where no one has ever gone before!

Have a happy STAR TREK DAY, and Live Long and Prosper!

-John

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23 Weeks of NEW Trek - Captain Christopher Pike

These "23 Weeks of Star Trek" are quickly becoming our favorite season this year!

It's hard to believe that we're just four episodes into STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, and simultaneously that much closer to the Premier of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY's third season! AND the Star Trek Universe is about to welcome a whole new group of fans as DISCOVERY's inaugural season will air on CBS starting September 24th!

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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. 

Anson Mount was perfectly cast as the modern incarnation of Jeffrey Hunter’s classic, prime timeline character.

He was the perfect counterpoint to season one's duplicitous Captain Gabrael Lorca.

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")!

What all this means is that for the first time since "The Cage" we'll all get to watch STAR TREK on our TVs as it was originally conceived by The Great Bird of the Galaxy himself!

Really, more than ever before, STAR TREK LIVES!

🖖 LLAP,
John

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JOIN THE EMPIRE - Part Two Galen Erso

In Part One, we explored one way you’d end up working for the Imperial Military; conscription from birth. Today we'll be talking about the service of another unwilling participant, Galen Walton Erso.

You may be familiar with Galen as the father of Jyn Erso, the stalwart protagonist of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Born on the planet Grange, Galen grew up in a poor neighborhood with slim prospects. Exceptional from a young age, however, he quickly out-learned his fellow classmates and by secondary school had established himself as something of a prodigy. By the age of 25 he was considered an expert in the fields of crystallography and energy enhancement. This made him a prime candidate for abduction by the Imperial Military.

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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.

After some resistance, and fearing for his family’s safety, Galen fell under Krennic’s influence. He began working tirelessly on the project despite Krennic’s reluctance to show him what the potential laser’s ultimate purpose would be. 

Ultimately, after learning of the weapon’s true nature, Galen built a crucial flaw into the Death Star’s design; the very one that Luke Skywalker would later exploit, destroying the Death Star base.

Galen Erso may not have ever intended to work alongside the empire but he became entangled in it’s dark web all the same. 

In the next and last part of our series, we’ll be looking at what it’s like to WANT to be in the Imperial Army through a closer look at one of it’s most dedicated Generals: Armitage Hux.

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"What Color was Captain Kirk's Tunic"

STAR TREK: The Original Series "Requiem for Methuselah" 
As broadcast in 1969(left), and color corrected for TOS: Remastered in 2008(right).

“Why is your Captain Kirk tunic green?”

When ANOVOS first brought our Premier Star Trek tunics to some of the conventions we attended, we always got the same questions: “Why is your Captain Kirk tunic green?” “Shouldn’t Captain Kirk’s shirt be gold?” and so on. 

While we can understand the confusion, the fact is that the costume William Shatner wore in the third season of Star Trek was this precise shade of avocado-green, and that it only looked gold on camera. When we told customers this some understood and some didn’t, and some walked away saying that they didn’t care what color it was on the stage, Kirk’s tunic was gold. 

 It was the last comment that always got to us. “You don’t care? We’ve made a tunic that could pass for an original in the Smithsonian, and you don’t care?”. It turns out some prefer their memory to the real thing. Regardless, we decided to stick to our pursuit of accuracy and focus on creating a perfect copy.


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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!

So here we are - The definitive Classic Star Trek Command Tunic. The third Season uniform for those that want a precise replica of what William Shatner wore as Captain James T. Kirk.

It has correct patterning taken directly from original sources, full length zipper (to allow for the actor’s hair and make-up), spring weave collar fabric, body fabric made from custom milled diamond weave double knit fabric, our perfected rank braid and Starfleet Starship Duty Insignia, and the actual “avocado-green-gold” color formula used by the Star Trek costume department. All proudly Made in the USA.

This costume tunic replica is crafted by hand for those collectors who want nothing less than what was worn on the sound stage.

At the same time we are Trekkies ourselves, and so it was also designed to be a perfect wearable replica of the uniform tunics worn by Captain Kirk aboard the Enterprise in 2269.

🖖 LLAP,
John 
  

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JOIN THE EMPIRE - Part One FN-2187

Star Wars is typically considered to be a pretty solid example of the classic Hero’s Journey template of storytelling. Whole books have been written on the subject. There’s a clear good side and a clear bad side, you know who to be cheering on from the very beginning, and that can be comforting as a viewer.

The villain of Star Wars is, of course, the Darkside itself-- however, most of the films are fought subverting not the dark force users but the Imperial Military that uses them to terrorize a galaxy far, far away.

The Imperial Military is a clear stand in for real-world fascist regimes that we’re all familiar with. This is another method used to instantly establish where the story stands and who we should be backing from the get-go. 

The Imperial Military is almost cartoonishly evil at first blush. But perhaps we take this big baddie for granted.

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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.

By the time of his first real mission, a deployment to Jakku with Kylo Ren to track down a map that would lead to the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, Finn lacked the ruthlessness that was required of him in his position.

After witnessing the massacre at the village Tuanul, Finn became disillusioned and took the opportunity to defect entirely, kicking off the events that would transpire over the course of the latest trilogy. 

Without this act of rebellion, who knows where our heroes would have ended up.


Next time, we’ll be talking about the service of another unwilling participant, Galen Walton Erso.


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Han Solo - The Mistakes of the Father

In our first article exploring Han Solo's origins, we talked a lot about Han’s strained relationship with his father. While the plots of the newer movies tend to focus on the turbulence between Kylo Ren and his own father, Han, the origins of their troubles probably lie somewhere deep in the latter’s rocky childhood.

Because his father abandoned him, Han was extremely nervous about the prospect of having a child. Regardless of Ben Solo’s memories of his father’s feelings for him, it could easily be said that Han used his nervous energy to become over protective of his son. As his birth approached, Han hired a nanny droid and obsessively cared for Leia. She frequently had to chide him not to overdo it so much. It goes without saying that once the baby was born, Han loved him deeply.

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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.

The conclusion of Ben, now Kylo Ren, and his father’s troubled relationship is heavily explored in the newest Star Wars trilogy. Without spoiling anything, it can be said that the new films are an exploration of the conclusion of Han himself. 

A son, a pirate, a friend, a husband, a father.

Han Solo to this day has been persevered as one of film’s most beloved characters and it’s easy to see why-- despite his upbringing, despite his father’s abandonment, despite being a rotten no good scoundrel, he overcame it all in the end. 

Film buffs may claim Han is the textbook example of an anti-hero but, in my opinion, that’s overthinking it. Han is just as much a hero as Luke, maybe more.

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23 Weeks of NEW Trek -The Message of LOWER DECKS

I'm almost surprised at how much I'm enjoying STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS! It's pure comfort food, something like "Chicken Soup for the Trekkie Soul." Each episode brings with it another condensed dose of Star Trek love. "Envoys” for instance, gave us a little gift after little gift of Trek lore & references, but like any good Star Trek episode there was a message in there too.

Be true to who you are, and everyone on the ship will celebrate that truth with you.
Could there be ANYTHING more Star Trek than a message like that?!? WOW. This is the message of "Lower Decks." With each episode clocking in around twenty five minutes, it may just be the purest distillation of Star Trek ever offered to the fans. And sadly those minutes click by quickly. The wait between episodes is hard, but that wait affords time for rewatching & reflection. Something else I should have expected from a show bearing the name STAR TREK. 

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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.

 Growing up, I often thought about how much fun we had with Star Trek, in our uniforms, and I wanted to bring them back for the now grown kids who had worn them back when the franchise was new. 

I'm happy wearing mine whenever I can, and it reminds me of the first time STAR TREK was new & fun.


That's what "Lower Decks" is to me. It's Star Trek that's new & fun! It's also garnering a whole new audience of younger Trekkies & Trekkers (like my own kidlet) that are watching it and finding just as much there to love as I do. 

More than that, between its own stories and references to earlier adventures - it’s forming new connective tissue between itself, and all the stories we loved in the past. 

It’s proof positive that STAR TREK can tell new stories in new ways, and continues to seek out new audiences and new fandoms. Still boldly going where no show has gone before!

🖖LLAP,
John  

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Han Solo - On the Run

By the time Han Solo makes his very first appearance in A New Hope it’s clear that he’s deep into the lifestyle of a rogue. In fact when we first meet him he’s already in over his head with a deal gone wrong.  

As we established in our last piece Exploring Han Solo's Origins, Han started out making ends meet as an orphaned youth working the streets of Corellia. Solo: A Star Wars Story, follows him from this time up through joining, and later escaping, the Imperial Army in order to make an escape from his home planet. All of these early adventures planted the seed for the kind of life Han would be destined to pursue-- the only skill sets he had were stealing, lying and running. And running is just what he did.

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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.

Ultimately, it was running spice that finally got Han in so much trouble with the infamous Jabba the Hutt. They successfully worked for him for many years, even becoming Jabba’s top smugglers. One day, while running a large order of Spice for Jabba, the Falcon was faced by an imperial blockade. Faced with having to either be caught or abandon the cargo, they dropped Jabba’s shipment and escaped to a nearby planet. This betrayal began the game of cat and mouse between the two and Jabba, culminating in the now famous scenes in Star Wars: A New Hope.

Han Solo’s life of crime can (and does) fill several books. From what we know about him, it’s undoubtedly that he went on dozens, maybe hundreds of adventures worth talking about. In our next blog we’ll explore his most dangerous and mysterious adventure of all -- fatherhood.

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Trip Tucker's NX-02 Patch

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.



We were given the best reference the Star Trek archive had for our recreations of patches from Enterprise, but we went beyond that and spoke directly to the artists who originally designed them for the series itself. 

I've got one of these sewn to one of my old flight jackets, and love that it blends in with all of my old USAF patches. Every once in a while another Trekkie will notice the patch when I'm wearing that jacket, and it never fails to start a conversation, or friendship. It may be weird, but then the motto on the patch holds true.

LLAP,
John  

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


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