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His screen career has seen him serving on Her Majesty's Secret Service - well, sort of - and at the controls of the TARDIS. But who else has actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson "Bean" in his career? Find out in today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
While Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was still in production as a radio series, the BBC decided it wanted a TV version as well. The choices to be made along the way - animated or live action, laugh track or no - were just part of this ambitious project, as told on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry
TNT's last-minute rescue of Babylon 5 from its failing syndication package meant that the series' much-lauded five-year pre-planned storyline might be completed, but TNT also wanted to make sure a new audience could catch up "In The Beginning" before the story's end, on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Norman C. Lao Music by Devin Curry
John, Holly, and our listeners ponder the nature of sentience, diplomacy, Cronenberg and more in the last episode of Star Trek: Discovery before the break. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
It was January when Buck Rogers aired its Halloween episode, but audiences hardly forgot the over-the-top portrayal of a "Space Vampire" who had quite an effect on Col. Wilma Deering. Hear the story behind the story on todays' Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion and Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
What happens when you take an already-atypical genre TV series and then drop an episode into it that's atypical even for that show? That's how The Prisoner found himself Living In Harmony on the last day of 1967. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Vic Sage Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
The were creepy, and weird, and oh-so memorable. On this day in 1963, "The Zanti Misfits" landed in an iconic episode of The Outer Limits. The effects masters who brought them to life went on to fame of their own as we cover on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Johnny Kolasinski Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry
As we draw another year to a close, it's time for us to reflect on those members of the Star Trek family that we've lost this year. These are the people who, in their varying roles in front of and behind the camera, made Star Trek what it is today. Please join us here at Daily Star Trek News in remembering fondly those who left us in 2021.
Spinning off popular characters from TV shows is nothing new, and in 1981 Doctor Who spun off two companions who resonated with the fans: Sarah Jane Smith and the plucky robot wonder-dog K-9. The pilot aired once, and the series was never picked up, but don't let it be said that an old dog can't be taught new tricks. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Roberto Lewis Music by Devin Curry
The face and voice of Star Trek's Lt. Uhura has had a storied career, which included helping other begin very real journeys into space. Celebrate the life and career of Nichelle Nichols on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ashley Thomas Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
Closing out the season, The Trek Files is pleased to welcome back special guest Adam Nimoy. In this week's show, Adam discusses the sights (and smells) of his boyhood visit to the TOS set as well as creative tensions within the production. A memo about "Maiden Wine" promos discussion about Leonard Nimoy's music career. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes access and exclusive merchandise.
Holly, Norman and our callers aren't holding a Grudge as they dissect the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page facebook.com/missionlogpod every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
Join us as we take Zach's suggestion and discuss the nuances of ritual, religion, and tradition, and how they show up in Star Trek. HOSTS Kennedy Aliza Grace EDITOR Andi Send us your feedback! Email: email@example.com Twitter/Instagram: @womenatwarp Facebook: http://facebook.com/womenatwarp Support the Show on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/womenatwarp Visit our TeePublic Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/womenatwarp For more Roddenberry Podcasts, visit http://podcasts.roddenberry.com And don't forget to subscribe to the Roddenberry Podcasts Master Feed, wherever you get your podcasts.
The first American sci-fi TV hero to make the jump to the big screen did so today in 1951. Join us once again, Video Rangers, for Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere, on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Brian Clayton Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
Decades before Disney's colorful interpretation of the Jules Verne classic, it made for another cinematic spectacle in another age...even if it left a lot of the original story on the cutting room floor. Dive into 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - again! - on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by David Sohl Hosted by Norman C. Lao Music by Devin Curry
It brought Jules Verne's classic tale to the big screen with some impressive production values and a budget that put the studio releasing it at risk. Dive into 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
One person's true face is revealed, another crosses the line to permanently side with evil, while a third emerges from the shadows to the side of good. All that, and we say goodbye to a major part of DS9 when The Changing Face of Evil goes into the Mission Log. Sponsored by listeners like you -
It was a trendsetting production from the classic era of formative British TV science fiction, but it was also trying to make a serious point about a growing social ill. Join us as we climb into Quatermass And The Pit on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
A speech given by Gene Roddenberry in 1989 to the National Space Society is the perfect starting point with this week's guest, an amateur astronomer, asteroid chaser, and space enthusiast. He also happens to have played Tuvok on "Star Trek: Voyager." Tim Russ joins The Trek Files for a discussion of reaching the stars. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles
Disney's fanciful sci-fi epic was in development so long that its original conception hailed from a different era of movie-making than the post-Star-Wars era into which it debuted. Return with us to 1979 and the premiere of The Black Hole on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
Celebrating ten years of the biggest Star Wars MMORPG, we look back (and ahead) at "The Old Republic" and these stories that pre-date "a long time ago..." slide into the bigger canon. Sith or Galactic Republic, choose your side on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ryan Myers Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
Leonard Nimoy's Spock ears are heading to the Smithsonian; LeVar Burton will host next year's spelling bee; and a Star Trek executive producer exits, stage left. Plus special thanks, our holiday schedule, and of course - show and tell and this week's poll. IncrediBuilds Wood Model/Figure kits: Original Series Enterprise NCC-1701: https://amzn.to/3yD9VSa The Next Generation NCC-1701-D: https://amzn.to/3J44D6Q Klingon Bird-of-Prey: https://amzn.to/3FpELQV
This week on Episode 535 of Priority One: Content deals continue at ViacomCBS, so you'll see what IP Bob can guarantee to be on TV. A touching farewell to Tilly, with the character's far future plans on the tip of Mary Wiseman's tongue. In gaming news, some fresh and refreshed games to add to your Trek catalog, and Mudd is back with a fresh Intel in a big ship bundle. And before we review the most recent episode of Discovery, Dr. Robert Hurt tells us how we're looking for planets not just around distant stars, but in distant galaxies! TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds Not Every Loss Is Eternal By Jake Cobb If you haven't watched Star Trek: Discovery's season 4 episode 4 “All is Possible” our next story contains spoilers. You've been warned. Still here? Good! Let's get started! In the aforementioned “All is Possible”, Discovery said goodbye to one of its own: Lieutenant Sylvia Tilly. This week, TVInsider sat down with Tilly actor Mary Wiseman to talk about the episode, her departure, and the future of Tilly. Before going any further, let's get the big question out of the way: will Tilly be back, and in what capacity? Wiseman answered (unsatisfyingly) ”I can say that you'll see me later on in the season.” She continued (also unsatisfyingly) ”I'll say that her hair is slightly different and she's wearing a different outfit.” And she'll make new friends along the way! Image: ViacomCBS, via Tor. Being less vague, Wiseman recalled her on-screen goodbyes, telling TVInsiders Meredith Jacobs ”you tend to create a found family and that's very much the story of our show, both on and offscreen, that we are a found family. So it felt really important to honor those relationships…[i]t kind of feels like...she's going off to do this thing and all of these people show up for her to say, ‘we'll still be here for you when you come back and we love you and we'll miss you'.” It's true, we'll miss you–a lot. ViacomCBS: Deal With It By Cat Hough In some not very shocking news, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish confirmed that Paramount+ is moving towards exclusivity for its major IP franchises, by reducing the amount of third-party licenses...just like the recent buy-back deal for Star Trek: Discovery from Netflix. In a recent media conference, Bakish was asked about the third-party licensing deals and he said that while the company continues to bring in revenue for many deals cut before the launch of Paramount+, its priorities have definitely changed and that they are not likely to renew any prior third-party deals. They are altering the deal. Pray they do not alter it further. Image: ViacomCBS/Trekmovie Bakish elaborated on this, saying, “as we increasingly transition to leveraging our particular franchises and original production for our owned and operated streaming assets, principally Paramount+…that, in turn, will create a decline in that third-party business over time as these deals roll off. I would note that as an example of that, we just took back Star Trek: Discovery internationally from Netflix. And so we now have that property globally. That's clearly a core franchise for us, and it's working.” It appears that these efforts are working for Bakish, as he stated that Paramount+ had its best week ever and best month ever in November. However, Discovery has yet to be confirmed for a fifth season. Historically, additional season pickups are announced around the time of the launch of a new season, which they did for Star Trek: Prodigy. Paramount+ Opens Revenue Channels By Cat Hough Speaking of Paramount+, it just announced the launch of 18 linear channels that let subscribers surf through dedicated-themed collections of shows called Live Channels. The content comes from all ViacomCBS properties including CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and the Smithsonian Channel as well as from other sources. The themed “live” channels, streaming 24 hours per day, feature the service's most-streamed genres or specific franchises like Star Trek. Just think Star Trek Channel: all Trek, all the time. Not like this. Not like this....Image: ViacomCBS, via Space.com Paramount+ Live Channels also will potentially provide a new bucket of advertising inventory for the streaming service to sell. At launch, there won't be ads in the channels for either the Paramount+ Premium ($9.99/month) or the ad-supported Essential ($4.99/month) tiers, but eventually ViacomCBS may introduce ads for customers with the Essential package. Through Dec. 31, new subscribers can try Paramount+ for 30 days free by using the promo code “PEAKSALE.” Quick News Roundup A Star Trek Adventures-based audio play, Star Trek: Europa, is now available as a podcast with 10 episodes online. The series follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Europa, a Luna-class starship with a new prototype positronic-bioneural computer system and an advanced AI. The ship's mission is exploration following the Dominion War. It's available on all of your favorite podcast apps. In other audio news comes a cryptic tweet with very few details. Coming soon fresh outta spacedock is a new STO series, “Ex Astris: The Ships of Star Trek Online.” The tweet comes from Daniel Orrett, writer and creator of the science fiction audio drama Sojourn HQ. Which could imply an audio drama telling the story of STO ships? With no release date, we'll have to simply wait and see. STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds The Mudd-Slinging Continues Unabated By Cat Hough Just in time for the holidays when you have all the extra money, a new bundle hits Mudd's Market on December 22nd! Mudd's Secret Intel Choice Pack will be available for 29,500 Zen, and you can choose any three of the following options: Section 31 Intel Science Destroyer Son'a Intel Battlecruiser Elachi Sheshar Intel Dreadnought Cruiser Na'Qjej Intel Battlecruiser 50x Master Keys 1 Epic Phoenix Box Token 9x T6x Upgrade Tokens 10x Gold Tech Upgrades Image: Cryptic Studios. Or you can spend 60,000 Zen and get Mudd's MEGA Secret Intel Bundle: a one stop purchase to obtain all eight items in the pack at once! NOTE: Both packs are 50% off in the Zen store from December 22 through January 5. Star Trek Faces A Resurgence By Ross McQueen Star Trek: Resurgence is a narrative adventure game featuring dialog choices, relationship building, and exploration. Alongside dialog-driven role playing and rich branching storylines, you will also engage with the Star Trek universe in a variety of other gameplay styles, including shuttle piloting, phaser fights, tricorder scanning, stealth, and micro-gameplay mechanics. https://youtu.be/XNer-6JEJk0 Star Trek: Resurgence follows two principal characters through a single epic story, with gameplay switching between the characters, similar to Telltale's Game of Thrones or Tales from the Borderlands. Star Trek: Resurgence is a single player experience without microtransactions, DLC or other additional monetization models. The Armada Is Mobilized, Captains By Ross McQueen Grab yourself an energy drink or three, a bowl of your favourite snacks and let's LAN party like it's 1999! Actually, the correct temporal coordinates are 2000 and 2001, with Star Trek: Armada and Armada II now available on the GOG store. Anyone else here a Ressikan flute playing? No? Just me? Image: Activision, via GOG. This comes after GOG and Activision teamed up to celebrate 55 years of Star Trek, rereleasing six games including Voyager Elite Force and Star Trek: Bridge Commander updated to work on modern operating systems. In Star Trek Armada, war is raging in the Alpha Quadrant with four races to command. The story is then expanded in Armada II, with Species 8472 entering the fray in Federation Space. Both games are available to purchase on the GOG store. A Dual Trilogy In Fleet Command By Ross McQueen The latest update has dropped for Star Trek Fleet Command, with Patch 37 bringing with it Part 3 of the Duality Arc, with three notable additions to the game as well as the usual collection of new officers, missions and bug fixes. Officer presets are now available, meaning you can create, name, and save specific sets of bridge officers which may then be assigned to your preferred ship. Also a third permanent research queue is now unlockable through the in-game store. Kermit gotta get paid, son. Image: Scopely. On top of this, the Syndicate has now arrived! The morally green Orions bring with them tiers to unlock, daily goal multipliers and an exclusive officer, Ghrush. You can earn Syndicate XP from select events, a daily claim within the Syndicate menu, or from the Offers tab. ASTROMETRICS REPORT For this week's Astrometics Report, we go way past the final frontier to hunt for exoplanets--not just around other stars, but in distant galaxies. And we aren't just talking the homeworld of the Andromedans from the TOS episode "By Any Other Name." They're just from the Andromeda Galaxy, a mere two million light-years away. No, this tantalizing new discovery was found in the Whirlpool Galaxy, or M51, at a whopping distance of 30 million light-years. And this potential planet was found in a particularly wild system. So how do you search for exoplanets in other distant galaxies, when we've only barely started finding them in the nearby reaches of our very own Milky Way galaxy? It's a classic example of the scientific method at work: thinking about what we know, coming up with a hypothetical way to do a different kind of search, and being rewarded with an exciting detection. Now if you've been following exoplanet discoveries, you may already have heard of a search strategy kjnown as the "transit method." In a nutshell, astronomers hunt for planets orbiting other stars by looking for a small tell-tale dip in the star's brightness, that would happen when a comparatively tiny planet passes in front of its star--blocking a little bit of its light. This only works with planetary systems that, by the roll of the dice, happen to be aligned perfectly edge-on with our vantage point, allowing us to see the transits. Statistically that's a pretty small fraction of al the star systems out there. But it's been incredibly productive so far, leading to the discovery of nearly five thousand planets around other stars in the Milky Way. Since planets are small compared to stars, these dips in brightness may be only a fraction of a percent of the star's overall brightness. It works best with stars that are nearby and can be measured precisely. So the obvious question is how could you hunt for transiting planets in other galaxies, where the light of the stars gets mushed into an unresolved haze? X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. DiStefano, et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/Grendler That very question prompted researcher Rosanne Di Stefano and her team to consider looking far past visible light to another part of the spectrum: namely, X-rays. Only the very hottest processes in the universes light up in this high-energy party of the spectrum, including an unusual kind of system called an X-ray binary. These are typically either a compact neutron star, or black hole, in a close orbit around another star. Gas spilling of the star gets swept up into a disc around the super-dense companion. the inner regions of the disc get heated to incredible temperatures. A large galaxy may gave at most a few dozen X-ray binaries that are so bright we can see them millions of light-ears away. but each one is a single compact source. So what if one of those has an orbiting planet that transits in front of the glowing disk? The team reasoned it would produce a transit signature that would briefly dim the X-ray light, so they went looking for one. And that's how they found the candidate planet in the Whirlpool Galaxy, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. It turns out x-ray data sets are ideal for this kind of search. These telescopes typically have to sit and stare at a target for days, or even weeks, to collect enough x-ray photons to build up a picture. Those long staring observations are very similar to those used by exoplanet hunters searching in visible or infrared light. The transit they detected indicates a planet in an X-ray binary system called M51-ULS-1, where they saw the X-ray glow vanish for about three hours. They were able to rule out a variety of other factors that can cause X-ray variability, making a Saturn-sized planet the best explanation for what they saw. The signal was so strong because, in this case, the transiting planet would be much larger than the relatively compact part of the disc emitting the X-rays. So in X-ray binary systems, a planet would pretty much block all of the high energy light for a while. Image: NASA/CXC. Now I have to emphasize this is only considered to be a potential planet since confirmations require multiple transit detections. Unfortunately this planet likely has an orbital period of around 70 years or so, which means confirmation could take a very long time. However it points us towards a whole new way to search for other distant planets in the universe, and the awesome thing is that a lot of the data we need is already in hand. This research was carried out on archival data taken in other research programs--reminding us that our vast collections of research data in astronomy can be used to make new discoveries over time. You can bet scientists will continue searching data from Chandra and other X-ray telescopes for other possible planet transits. I should point out any planets in systems like this are not going to be at the top of the list for habitability searches. Such worlds are going to be flooded with deeply-destructive X-rays way past what you'd get in a doctors office. Our search may be restricted to stars a little closer to home. https://youtu.be/oR3Q7RBGmtc Finally I do have to comment on how excited the whole astronomical community is for the upcoming launch of NASA's Webb telescope on December 22. if you want to learn more about Webb, or the exogalactic exoplanet, make sure to check out Ask the Astronomers Live on universeunplugged.org. Every month our host Phil Lamar chats with a couple of astronomers about some of the coolest, or hottest, discoveries in the universe. You can even bring your own questions if you watch live on YouTube or Facebook.
When "The Dark Crystal" premiered on this day in 1982, audiences weren't sure if it was a Muppet movie for kids or a serious, dark fantasy. It was both, and it had its roots in Saturday Night Live. Get the story on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ryan Myers Hosted by Roberto Lewis Music by Devin Curry
With an eye for the places where science fiction and fact converge, Arthur C. Clarke emerged as one of the top authors of the genre in the 20th century. On his 104th birthday, we look back at the friendly rivalry that made him "second best." Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Johnny Kolasinski Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
While Ezri and Worf face the very real possibility of execution at the hands of the Cardassians, Damar starts to see the cracks in the Dominion plan. Kai Winn and Dukat, meanwhile, cozy up. Break out the springwine and a fruit plate, it's time for Strange Bedfellows to go into the Mission Log. Sponsored by - Sponsored by -
The Sontarans: those war-mongering potato-headed enemies of the Doctor. They made their debut on this day in 1973, and today we give you the full story on their origin and legacy and even how they, uh, make more Sontarans. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
Continuing our discussion of Susan Oliver's career, George Pappy joins The Trek Files this week to share insights into Susan's work as a director. In an industry notoriously difficult for women, Susan had secured a few directing credits and hoped to continue on Star Trek: The Next Generation. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles
Bringing Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the screen was a massive undertaking 14 years in the making and passed through the hands of many talented directors. That may have been what ultimately doomed the film. Get the story on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Norman Lao Music by Devin Curry
John, Holly, and our listeners head back to Starfleet Academy to get stuck in grief, stuck in ice, and discuss the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
The crew takes a close look at some examples of vaccine development, usage, and distribution throughout the Star Trek franchise, with the help of special guest Dr. Morgan Cable. HOSTS Aliza Sue GUEST Dr. Morgan Cable - @starsarecalling EDITOR Jarrah Send us your feedback! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter/Instagram: @womenatwarp Facebook: http://facebook.com/womenatwarp Support the Show on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/womenatwarp Visit our TeePublic Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/womenatwarp For more Roddenberry Podcasts, visit http://podcasts.roddenberry.com And don't forget to subscribe to the Roddenberry Podcasts Master Feed, wherever you get your podcasts.
They came to destroy the Earth - first as a set of trading cards, then as a star-studded film directed by Tim Burton. "Mars Attacks" on this day in 1996, and we have the story on today's ack ack ack ack ack! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry
Nichelle Nichols gets a special award; William Shatner gets a documentary; there's a new Star Trek video game coming to consoles next year; and Paramount+ keeps expanding (here and here). Plus show and tell and this week's poll!
This week on Episode 534 of Priority One: Kurtzman talks crossovers and Nichelle Nichols dances the night away; in gaming, two new starships are available to add to your Star Trek Online collection! TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds Kurtzman's Crossover Qualifications By Rosco McQueen Considering the amount of new Star Trek series either on screen or in development, you may be thinking it's more than likely there will be a crossover event of some kind. Turns out Alex Kurtzman is thinking along the same lines. Kurtzman and Sonequa Martin-Green were guests on the new episode of Deadline's Hero Nation podcast speaking about Burham's journey into the captain's chair. And its many, many detours. Image: ViacomCBS, via Deadline. But the conversation came around to the idea of crossovers, and if that is a real possibility. Kurtzman says yes, but it's got to be good. “Here's the thing about crossovers; I think crossovers can be really, really exciting. But they have to exist for a reason. There has to be a great story reason to do it.” Kutman said he is yet to come up with the right idea for the crossover, as the volume of productions as well as each program's individual identity are distinct, making it a challenge. “Because the flip side to doing a crossover wrong is that people are really disappointed and it impacts both shows. So it's just not a gamble that I would want to take randomly. that being said, it's certainly exciting to think about certain pairings that you're like ‘Wow, what would it be like if those two characters were together or those two crews were together?' But I want to be careful about it.” The same podcast episode asked about the status of the Section 31 series, which has been in development for some time. The only answer Kurtzman would give was brief, saying “We're in a very exciting place. I can't tell you anything yet. But it's still very much alive.” Go ahead. You tell her the show's not happening. Image: ViacomCBS, via Superhero Hype. Nichelle Concludes Her Mission To Earth By Cat Hough If you were watching updates on Twitter from L.A. Comic-Con this past weekend, you undoubtedly saw that Nichelle Nichols made her last-ever public appearance (this was also confirmed on her website). NASA has released a touching Thank You video to Nichols recognizing her impact on the space program through recruiting women and people of color to NASA in the 1970s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wPMlKG16QY Quick News Roundup The story of William Shatner's sojourn into space will be told in a one hour documentary special, aptly titled “Shatner in Space”. The documentary will screen on Amazon Prime as you might expect, seeing as Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon funded Bill's flight. It premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. According to Prime Video, additional territories will launch in 2022. If you haven't been keeping up with The Ready Room with Wil Wheaton on StarTrek.com, you really should. Last week featured the new uniform designs for Discovery Season 4 and an in-depth interview with David Ajala, who plays Cleveland Booker. STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds The Great River Provides Us…with Nog! By Cat Hough Finally, the ship we've been waiting for…mostly because it's not coming via lockbox and it's free! The Eisenberg Star Cruiser [T6] was announced as the Grand Prize award for this year's Q's Winter Wonderland Event. All you have to do is complete various activities available and gain enough Daily Progress to fulfill the Event's overall quota. You can earn Daily Progress once per day, per account. https://youtu.be/8Yofx883hTc This ship features a 4/4 weapons layout and an Ensign Engineering / Command Specialist Bridge Officer Seat, and a Lt. Commander Universal/Miracle Worker Specialist Bridge Officer Seat. It also comes with the Great Material Continuum Universal Console. This console uses a massive network of tight-beam transporter beams to strip away enemy hull at a molecular scale, briefly buffers that matter, then converts it into energy and project into a protective barrier that can be applied to allied starships even at a great distance. This console also provides a passive bonus to Starship Drain Expertise and All Subsystem Energy Levels. Also leveling up this ship will give you access to the Ingenious Tenacity Starship Trait. Using this trait and activating any Specialist Bridge Officer Ability (Intel, Command, Pilot, Temp Op, Miracle Worker) will briefly grant your starship the ability to redirect incoming damage from Energy Weapons into Shield Restoration. A portion of all Energy Damage received during this time (pre-Resistances) will be translated into Shield Restoration for the shield facing which the enemy weapon impacted. Just think of all the yamok sauce that thing could pack. Image: Cryptic Studios. Saturn Rings In The Holiday Season By Thomas Reynolds By the Prophets, has it been a full week since we got a new Infinity Lockbox ship? Never fear, Cryptic has us covered with another dip into the 32nd century Fed fleet registry. Now available on PC, the Saturn Intel Science Spearhead [T6] will run rings around–and through–your enemies. Assuming RNGsus hears your prayers, that is. Like most 32nd century vessels, the Saturn's aesthetics are…challenging, to put it mildly. Consisting of just a flat ring-shaped “saucer” with trailing nacelles, it looks rather like the souvenir bottle openers in the Federation HQ's gift shop. On the other hand, at least everything is attached with no floaty bits to be found. Dr. Hurt ought to be pleased [HA!–Ed]. Yes. I know what everyone else says it looks like. Image: Cryptic Studios. As a Science Spearhead with Intel specialization, the Saturn splits its focus between analyzing opponents and blasting the █████ out of them. Commander Science/Intel, Ensign Universal/Pilot, and Lt. Commander Universal Boff seats lend great flexibility in approaching challenges. The Enhanced Battle Cloak and Dual Cannon compatibility quickly turns those challenges into past tense–no temporal shenanigans required. Come in Peace, Leave ‘Em in Pieces The Saturn's Chakram Projector universal console leans into the circular theme even further, creating a spinning toroid of plot matter–excuse me, programmable matter to sandblast enemies in your vicinity. Ships caught within the death doughnut take kinetic damage with an additional kinetic resistance debuff. You, meanwhile, receive a passive buff to hull and shield penetration with all starship weaponry. Finally, the “Automated Triage” Tier 5 Mastery Trait kicks in a combined instant heal/heal-over-time to you or an ally within 5km whenever the subject dips below 50% hull health. Automated Triage immediately restores 10% of max hull, followed by another 20% of max hull over the next 10 seconds. The trait has a 60-second cooldown, but activating Science Team or an Intel Boff ability shortens it by 10 seconds. https://youtu.be/NeSc1s3fWQA Note that, although it literally says “Science” in the name, you really shouldn't treat it as a science vessel. Everything about the Saturn may make it a hole-in-one for weapons builds. However only one of the mastery package traits improves your Exotic Damage, and neither the Chakram Projector nor Automatic Triage affect it at all. Expect to go cannons hot and leave the Gravity Wells at home. Quick Gaming News Roundup The United Earth Defense Force Vessel is now available in console Infinity Lockboxes. Now XBox and Playstation captains don't have to avoid talking about the Elephant in the room–or not in the room, as the case may be. I bet you forgot about the Elephant. But the Elephant never forgets. And it never forgives. Image: Cryptic Studios.
It was years in the making, and on this day in 1978, "Superman" got the big-screen treatment he deserved at a star-studded premiere in Washington D.C. When audiences believed a man could fly - on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ryan Myers Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
The graphical user interface of your computer is older than you probably think. On this day in 1968, Dr. Englebart showed off a bit of the future to and audience of the Joint Computer Conference. Hear the story on today's podcast. Watch the "Mother of All Demos" Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
Captain Sisko decides if he's going to follow his heart or follow the Prophets, Kai Winn lets a stranger into her life, and Ezri and Worf torture each other by talking about their problems... between being tortured by the Breen. Mission Log talks 'Til Death Do Us Part. Sponsored by - Sponsored by - Sponsored by -
He was a magician and theatrical illusionist who embraced the new technology of film and, in doing so, revolutionized an industry and paved the way for every science-fiction film made since. Hear the story of George Melies who was born on this day in 1861. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry
For five long years, the team behind the Akatsuki space probe waited. The probe intended for Venus had malfunctioned and ended up in the sun's orbit. Patience and clever thinking paid off though, and on this day in 2015, the little probe that could, finally did. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Roberto Lewis Music by Devin Curry
A call-sheet from the Star Trek pilot episode "The Cage" (originally titled "The Menagerie") features Jeff Hunter as Captain and Susan Oliver as Vina. The Trek Files welcomes George Pappy, director of "The Green Girl" documentary about Oliver, to discuss the actress' rising star at the time. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles
Holly, Norman, and Mission Log Live's callers dissect "Choose To Live", the latest episode of Discovery, with both swords and logic. Please, friends, choose to listen! Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
Ten years after Star Trek aired its last episode, The Motion Picture was a reality. A premiere audience gathered for the highly-anticipated, still incomplete, film along with a gala at one of the Smithsonian's crown jewels. Get a taste of the off-screen drama in today's episode. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ashley Thomas Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry
This week: updates on the Star Trek Universe including Discovery, Prodigy and Picard; William Shatner goes to a fan's wedding; lifetime achievement awards for the Okudas; brand new tiny starships from Eaglemoss and Hero Collector...and much more! Plus a show and tell/giveaway and this week's poll.
This week on Episode 533 of Priority One: ViacomCBS tries to make amends to the world; First Contact celebrates 25 years; Badgey finally makes it into Star Trek Online; and we continue our S4 review of Star Trek: Discovery! TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds How World War III Really Starts By Elio Lleo Before we left you for our Thanksgiving break, we reported that ViacomCBS had pulled Star Trek: Discovery from Netflix, leaving our friends outside of the US and Canada without a way to watch the latest season until sometime in 2022. Well, ViacomCBS has performed a massive international course correction. The fact that DSC was the fourth-most pirated series during Thanksgiving? Completely unrelated. Image: MUSO, via Deadline. Perhaps it was the international uproar. Perhaps it was because their poor planning was so misguided that it made headlines on news outlets like the BBC. Whatever the case may be, Paramount+ announced that Star Trek: Discovery will now be available internationally via Paramount+ or Pluto TV. You can find a detailed list of which platform in which country Discovery will be made available here. Turbulence On Star Trek's Magic Carpet Ride By Elio Lleo It's been 25 years since Star Trek: First Contact premiered in movie theaters. Widely regarded as one of the best films of the franchise, its production wasn't entirely a walk in the park. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Ronald D. Moore shares some behind the scenes stories about the film–including a clash with Sir Patrick Stewart. According to Moore, Stewart wasn't too thrilled about some of the writing so he convinced Rick Berman to replace Moore and his co-writer Brannon Braga with some of his own writers. However, those new writers didn't quite work out…so Braga and Moore were brought back. Awkward. Even more awkward than this, apparently. Image: ViacomCBS, via TrekNews. Moore shares the story: "I remember Patrick at the outset just said something like: ‘It's good to see you. I hope that we can all move on from the things that have happened, and now let's just concentrate on the work.' And I took that in the spirit it was given: [He] wants to move on from this, he's not going to apologize outright, but he kind of is apologizing. And it was never spoken of again. So we just moved on." The Moore You Know Moore also spoke with SyFy about his work on the film. In this interview, there's more discussion about the actual development of the script and it's production. For instance, did you know that one of the original drafts had Riker as the action star–facing off against the Borg aboard the Enterprise. But Sir Patrick wanted in on the action–recalling the episode “Starship Mine.” They even toyed with the idea of setting the film in medieval times! Another version had Picard trying to find affordable rent in San Francisco. Image: ViacomCBS, via American Cinematographer. When asked about scenes for stories that he wished hadn't been cut, Moore explains: "There were just expanded sequences. There was just more action in general, more fighting the Borg in the corridors, and going into different places on the ship. And I think there was more humor. A lot of the jokes got cut down. I think we had more fun with Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Cochrane's relationship on Earth, where he gets her drunk. We had more to that sequence scripted and that was fun to write, too. Rick might have made us cut it because he was always a little too–he was always kind of worried that maybe the humor would be too corny or something." The Other Kind of Star Trek Royalty One aspect of the film that Trekkies like to debate is the introduction of the Borg Queen. Well, Trekkies aren't the only ones that debated her introduction. According to Moore: "...it was a choice that was also antithetical to the idea of the Borg. The whole concept of these villains was that they were a collection, and that there were no individuals. And that's what made them the faceless, implacable 'resistance is futile' enemy. But it also limited how to deal with them dramatically…[s]o we really went back and forth about it internally…[w]e decided that the story would be better if we had some individual to deal with." Comparing thee to a summer's day, you're making everyone overly sweaty. Image: ViacomCBS, via American Cinematographer. "To craft scenes around, to do an intimate kind of dialogue back and forth and help get inside characters' heads–like Data in particular, and Picard. So what we came up with...a Borg Queen that controlled at least this collective of that particular ship, not necessarily that she was the queen of the whole Borg…" For more insight about the film and its production process, be sure to Trek Out both interviews. Whoopi Brings Trek Full Circle By Cat Hough Well, while we're talking about Picard: the next season is premiering in February, and we're getting bits of information about the upcoming season, including Michelle Hurd's view on working with Whoopi Goldberg. Michelle Hurd told a fan via Cameo what filming Picard Season 2 was like, saying “I pinch myself. I am a fan too, I literally pinch myself when on set or get to work with these amazing iconic creatures.” She was referring to both John de Lancie's return as Q and Goldberg's return as Guinan. Hurd went on to say that working with Goldberg was, “the bomb. She is SO cool. She is just cool, she is just Whoopi. That's all you can say.” Of course, not everyone's working relationship was as cordial. Image: ViacomCBS, via Agony Booth. Not much is known about how Guinan may fit into Season 2 of Picard. We know that her character has demonstrated a special ability to sense changes in timelines, which could factor into the time travel and alternate timelines featured in the upcoming season. Speaking of Whoopi, she interviewed Sonequa Martin-Green on The View recently, and if you haven't had a chance to watch it, you really should. Martin-Green includes a very touching acknowledgement to Goldberg's history on Star Trek and how she and Nichelle Nicols paved the way for her to take on the Captain role on Discovery. Martin-Green told Goldberg, “I am your accomplishment, and I thank you.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25gVG34L-0 Quick News Roundup Now, here are a few headlines that we didn't discuss but might interest you. If you haven't signed up for Paramount+ but have been eager to share Star Trek: Prodigy with your kids, then set your set-top-boxes and TiVos to record the Nickelodeon premiere happening Friday, December 17th at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Speaking of Prodigy, if you're eager to continue the adventure, you'll have to wait until January 6, 2022 for episode 6. IDW Publishing announced it would release Star Trek: Klingons in February 2022. This comic book series will chronicle the legendary life of Kahless, the Unforgettable [wait, who?--Ed.]. This release will be the first installment in a series of extra-long one-shots spotlighting the Star Trek franchise's most iconic alien species. It's written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and features artist Timothy Green II. In an excellent in-depth interview, featured as a part of Rolling Stone's Last Word series, LeVar Burton reflects on his Jeopardy! experience, the magic of Star Trek conventions, the lasting importance of Roots, and the advice he got from his friend Fred Rogers–so make sure to trek out the link in our show notes. STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds Has Q Found Some Chill At Last? (No.) By Cat Hough https://youtu.be/cJMGnx7_ZKA It's that time of year again, again. Time to get those scarves and sweaters and head to Q's Winter Wonderland, where you can participate in your choice of Winter Wonderland Activities and get a new Tier 6 Starship…that had yet to be announced at the time of this recording [It was announced as the cross-faction Eisenberg-class Star Cruiser on Cryptic's Ten Forward Weekly stream the following day, December 1st–Ed.] This means that, just like last year, Daily Progress toward earning your new starship can be obtained by participating in any of the following activities: Fastest Game on Ice Klingon Ice Fishing Tides of Ice The Fast and the Flurrious Cones of Conduct The Kramp'Ihri That's not a mistaken date; 2020 will simply never end. Image: Cryptic Studios. Once you run one of those events to earn your Daily Progress, you will also get various Holiday Ornaments, used in different combinations to purchase things in the Winter Event store. New this year: Glacial Nanopulse Bat'leth, because revenge is a dish…well, you get it. The Warnog Rescue Targ and the Barrel of Warnog. Exactly what it sounds like: it's a barrel, full of warnog. Lower Decks-themed sweaters, including ones from the Chu Chu Dance, The Dog, Badgey, and everyone's favorite evil Jeffrey Combs computer, Agimus. This year's epohh variant, the Glacial Epohh, is the same glorious glacial blue as the Bat'leth. Mmm. Minty. Image: Cryptic Studios. Well Someone's Going To Have A Blast A more surprising addition for this year's event is a new Breen Ground Set. The set centers on cold damage, specifically a new Polar Blast ability: a cold damage AOE centered on a single target. Breen Cryoshaper Armor [HP] [Mob] [ResEn] ∞ [Active] Ablative Ice Shield generates a shield of ablative ice, providing temporary Health] that grows each time the wielder deals Cold damage, with the extra Health based on Cold damage dealt. [Passive] Massive Control Resist grants very high fire and cold resist, moderate energy resist, and light physical/kinetic resist Breen Cryoshaper Personal Shield [Reg]x3 ∞ When the shield is broken, deals a Polar Blast to whatever broke it. Breen Cryoshaper Universal Kit Frame +Kit Performance +Cold Damage Using a Cold Kit Module deals a Polar Blast to the primary target. Breen Cryoshaper Thermal Depletion Pistol [CrtH] [Dmg]x2 ∞ Deals Cold Damage Secondary fire: a Polar Blast to three targets in a cone Set Bonuses 2 Pieces +50% Temp Health gained from Cryobarrier Polar Blasts slow Foes and gain a 10% chance per Foe hit to spawn another Polar Blast 3 Pieces Dealing Cold Damage to an enemy debuffs its Cold Damage Resistance Rating 4 Pieces Cryoshaper Weapon primary attack gains 100% weapon firing cycle speed Plot twist: all four of these models are also Jeffrey Combs. Image: Cryptic Studios. Q's Winter Wonderland will be available from December 7th, 2021 to January 6th, 2022. This event will run simultaneously across all platforms (PC and console). STO Looks Into The Crystal Ball Sphere By Cat Hough In a recent interview with StarTrek.com, Design Director Al Rivera and Staff Writer Paul Reed discuss what it was like to incorporate Star Trek: Discovery into Star Trek Online. The two discussed their initial reactions to hearing about the new show and how having new content to draw from and how that has helped add more content to the game. Because Captains in the game have gone to all four quadrants, made peace with the Founders, saved time itself, and even won, barely, a war against the ancient Iconians, having new Star Trek shows like Discovery gives the team that extra bit of inspiration. Reed already has an interesting idea for how to tie the lore into the far future setting of Discovery's third and fourth seasons. “Say for example, are the Iconians still around in that time era? And if so, what are they doing? Have they evolved? Have they changed? Are they still mad? It's been a long time, but I'd like to go into some pockets of our lore in that far future and then tie in with the Discovery team in some way. So, seeing how the Iconians handled the Burn for example would be pretty cool.” Then again, how can you possibly top this? Image: Cryptic Studios, via StarTrek.com Rivera had some of his own ideas for stories to tap into. “And they got all the Sphere data, what was that about? That's a perfect example of a story where we can jump off of and talk about what that was, or what's a gormagander? Let's talk about that. So there are opportunities there.” Well, we're excited to play all of these stories in-game. Anytime now. Cheers to Club 47! By Elio Lleo In a recent tweet, Environment Artist Nick Duigid reminisced about the launch of Club 47 on ESD seven years ago! Nick says it doesn't get much traffic these days–but the launch party looked like a really good time. https://twitter.com/Tumerboy/status/1462211110514266112?s=20
The path to film Frank Herbert's epic "Dune" is studded with successes and failures along the way. Then there was the Sci-Fi Channel attempt at a "Dune" mini-series that debuted this day in 2000, co-produced by a greeting card company. We'll look at what got the novels to the small-screen on today's Sc-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry
Star Trek stories made the transition from TV to comic books to novels to animation, but on December 2, 1979, the crew of the Enterprise started a new voyage on the daily pages of newspapers in their own comic strip. Hear all about it on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Holly Amos Hosted by Roberto Lewis Music by Devin Curry Promotional consideration - Eaglemoss
All Captain Sisko wants at the end of the war is a nice little place on Bajor to call his own and the had of Kasidy Yates in marriage. He's going to hear from the Prophets on that one. You just know it. Penumbra goes into the Mission Log. Sponsored by - Sponsored by - Sponsored by -
The name says it all. "The Green Slime" premiered on December 1, 1968, and its groovy-international-psychedelic-pop style became an instant cult classic. Something screaming 'cross your mind? Green slime... on today's Sci-Fi 5. The Green Slime theme song! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by David Sohl Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry
The video game that tied in with the hit "Buck Rogers" TV show was, unfortunately, released a couple of years after the series' unceremonious cancelation. It did alright but failed to launch a new Buck franchise. Hear the story on today's show. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry Supporting the Hollywood Food Coalition
"Oscar, Where Are You?" That's the question posed in a behind-the-scenes photo from the first Star Trek pilot, "The Cage." Today, we welcome back guest Emmy Lou Crawford (Carey Foster) who is in that very picture to share stories of working on TOS and working with "uncle Rod." See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles