:: The Blue Report :: Issue 106 :: September 2018
Letter From The Editor [by Leslie]
Get ready to be beamed aboard to this special September edition of the Blue Report!
Star Trek the Original Series first aired September 6th 1966, as such, the staff here at the Blue Report decided that in the aftermath of amazing celebrations from OTF's own 21st anniversary, we would celebrate 52nd anniversary of the show that started it all!
So grab your Earl Grey, hot. Cuddle your breeding tribbles. Set the warp drive. See what your fellow OTFer's have to celebrate Star Trek with and Engage!
Live long and prosper!
Bridge Crew Bulletin: The After Party Life [by AJ]
*dusts self down; clears some empty bottles out of the way to make a little room*
Sorry, I was just trying to clear away some of the debris following the Outpost's 21st birthday! What a weekend that was, I'm sure you will all agree! But seeing as you're here, I suppose I'd better give you an update on Bridge Crew activities, huh?
Well, some of us are still nursing hangovers - yes, still - and recovering from the efforts and exertions during the anniversary. We genuinely hope you had fun during the anniversary events! Speaking just for myself, I thought it was a lot of fun, and had a great time! It was good to see some old faces, and the events - wow, great fun! But, as the saying goes, life goes on. This, I think, is very much the message. We had a great anniversary, and now we are turning our eyes
to the coffee machine
to the horizon, looking to ensure we have a steady supply of events and games to keep everyone coming through the doors - once the Engineering team have replaced the busted hinges. Again, alcohol, sorry!
But we all want the Outpost to flourish and thrive, and be a place that draws people back time after time, whether you be a newly arrived member, or an old face popping by on the spur of the moment. As custodians of this beloved community, you can rest assured we're going to be working very hard to ensure this happens. The anniversary shows just how popular our events are, and how creative and talented our membership base is; we're looking for ways - new and old - to tap into this and to truly make the Outpost special.
All the remains is to say a huge thank-you from all of us here at the Bridge Crew. 21 years is far too short of time to spend among such excellent and admirable hobb-people! But truly, it is YOU that makes this place special, and without you, we wouldn't be here. Thank-you.
Now if you'll excuse me, Tanya has threatened me flogged if I don't get her office back into a workable state by the end of the day!
-AJ, on behalf of the Bridge Crew!
Promotions and Awards [by Carol]
So promotions came a little early in August. As per usual promotions and awards were handed out at the anniversary. Hard to believe OTF is 21, right? Let's take a moment to think about that and pat OTF on the back...
Any way! If you're interested in seeing who all got promoted and who received awards? Check out Tanya's update over here
. The whole list is there!
Congratulations to everyone who received an award or got promoted. You're all amazing people! Good job!
Sir Patrick Stewart Returns as Jean-Luc Picard [by Mashed Potatoes]
In huge news that was revealed at the Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 Convention, it was revealed that Sir Patrick Steward would be returning as Jean-Luc Picard.
Alex Kurtzman, who is Star Trek Discovery's co-creator, and showrunner, walked onto stage as a late addition to STLV. And right behind him was Sir Patrick, to reveal the news.
"Jean-Luc Picard... is back"
Stewart talked a little about the journey to this point. He mentioned that after Star Trek Nemesis wrapped up, he was sure that the journey was over for Picard. And when he was first approuched to return at the beginning of the year, he turned it down. But after months of talk, he changed his mind.
"I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.""
"During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason, to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more."
But of course, why read about it, when you can watch the man himself tell you about it?
Not a lot of details were given about the untitled Star Trek. There isn't even a script yet. No hints of other characters joining yet either. But he did tease us with a little bit of information.
"He may not, and I stress may not, be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual. Someone who has been changed by his experiences. Twenty years will have passed, which is more or less exactly the time between the very last movie, Nemesis, and today."
"It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different. It will come to you with the same passion, and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans, exactly as we had it before."
So far, the creative team consists of James Duff (Discovery executive producer), Akiva Goldsman (former Discovery executive producer), Kirsten Beyer (Discovery writer, Star Trek novelist), Michael Chabon (Pulitzer prize-winning author).
Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin (Discovery executive producer), Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth (Roddenberry Entertainment COO) are all executive producers on the show.
This is some big news for Star Trek. What are your thoughts on it all? Are you excited? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
A Quick Chat With Vic Fontaine [by Carol]
After a long weekend of celebrating OTF's 21st birthday I went in search of everyone's favourite Hologram Vic Fontaine to see if he'd answer some questions for me. I found Vic helping Guinan, Wuher, and the other bartenders cleaning up after the festivities. Vic, on the condition that Guinan took a break from tidying, ever so graciously sat down for a few minutes to answer my questions.
Click here to see what Vic and I talked about!
Before we start let me just say thank you for taking the time to sit with me.
Vic Fontaine: Oh you're more than welcome kid.
1. Outpost 10F just celebrated it's 21st birthday; how does that make you feel?
Vic Fontaine: It's amazing to think we've been running that long. I had no idea that we'd be so lucky. It helps that we have such a great crowd of regulars.
2. Speaking of the regulars how did it feel to see so many people over the weekend
Vic Fontaine: Well, you know kid, like I said. We have such a great crowd of regulars. And it was good to see some new faces. Some old faces; I got to play cards with some of the old boys too.
3. What did you think of the party that Navi threw together for the Outpost?
Vic Fontaine: I've seen some amazing shindigs in my day but this one was stellar. Navi certainly knows how to plan a birthday bash. She can plan my next one. Although it would have been nice to to have been asked to sing. Maybe next time.
4. What was your favourite event from the party?
Vic Fontaine: I have to say I really enjoyed the voting booth. The results were hilarious and delightful. But if I could make a suggestion for next time? Best Bar Tender or Host maybe...
5. Sure, we'll keep that in mind! Anything else you'd like to see at next year's party?
Vic Fontaine: More dancing, more singing.
6. One last question and I'll let you get back to work! Any party/celebrating advice for our readers?
Vic Fontaine: Two pieces of advice. One; stay hydrated! And two? Have fun! Celebrations are about having fun and enjoying yourself. If you can't have a good time? There's no point in showing up to the party.
Thanks for the time Vic!
Vic Fontaine: No problem kid! Happy to help where I can.
What did you think of the party? Did you wish Vic had taken to the stage and sang? Let us know in the comments!
What We Left Behind: DS9 Documentary [by Mashed Potatoes]
What We Left Behind: Star Trek Deep Space Nine Documentary is looking back at the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. It's celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek and 25 Years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with this unique, independent documentary from 455 Films, directed by Ira Steven Behr (DS9's executive producer and showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of "The Captains," "For The Love Of Spock").
In 2017, they had asked for some money to help with post production, paying for clips for the documentary, and making it happen. You can see the original video here, featuring some of your favourite DS9 characters!
And now, they have a new video, asking for more money. They want to upgrade more clips from DS9 from the original SD, to HD.
Here is their new video:
I must say, that DS9 looks great in HD. I really wish that CBS would pay attention, and work at upgrading all of DS9 to HD, like they did for TOS, TAS, TNG, ENT, DIS and all the movies. Only DS9 and VOY are left in SD. I own TOS and TNG on Blue-Ray and they look amazing!
What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to seeing this documentary? Were you a fan of DS9?
Trekkie Gift Buying Guide [by Carol]
Hello fair chatters!
In the spirit of celebrating Star Trek I thought I would boldly
browse the internet and check out potential gifts that any Trekkie might enjoy. Wether you're searching for a birthday gift or an early Christmas shopper? I thought this guide might be helpful for that "hard to buy for" Trekkie you may know. Or for that Trekkie you really adore! Either way I found a bunch of cool stuff that might appeal; let's get in to it!
A collector's coin. This coin is modeled after the Deep Space Nine station.
It'll be cool for any DS9 fan or coin collector.
A lovely little assorment of goodies from ThinkGeek. Whenever shopping for a nerdy gift I usually turn to ThinkGeek. They have all the best stuff really and more often than not I end up treating myself while browsing. So check these things out:
Wireless Vulcan Earbuds
Illuminated Schematic Display
Warpcore Car USB Charger
Another really great place to find nerdy gifts is Amazon. I've gotten a lot of amazing gifts from Amazon for my nerd friends. The only catch with Amazon is sometimes you have to browse for a little while. It takes a bit of work to find what you're looking for. And to save you some searching? I found these wonderful options:
A vintage t-shirt
A cool vintage looking poster
These amazing wine glasses
(Which I may get for myself!)
Enterprise D Keychain
Naturally these gifts aren't for everyone but they are some great suggestions and certainly a starting place to check out gift ideas! Let me know if you bought any of these or have been gifted something similar!
Recipe: Easy Apple Butter [by Jadzia Jaxx]
Well, it's that season, apples have been turning up at work from
everyone's yards, trees, friends, their uncles etc. Do you have a bunch
of fall apples and they are too tart to eat? Or you just have too much because your replicator went crazy? Then this recipe might be the solution you need. I've been making this
for a couple days this weekend, and this is my take on apple butter,
turned our perfectly! Next I will be doing apple/pear butter, because the
pears keep coming too.
Easy Apple Butter
Preserving Method: Water Bath Canning
Makes about 6 half-pint or 3 pint jars
Apple butter is an excellent accompaniment for roast pork or a wonderful
substitute for jam or jelly on your morning toast.
YOU WILL NEED
- 4 pounds apples (about 12 to 16 medium)
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 6 BallÂ® half-pint or 3 BallÂ® pint glass preserving jars and lids
- Optional: BallÂ® freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner + Multicooker
- CORE and peel apples. Cut apples into quarters.
- COMBINE apples and water in a large saucepan. Cook apples at a simmer
until soft. Puree mixture using an electric food strainer or food mill. Measure
2 quarts of apple pulp; return apple pulp to saucepan. Add sugar and spices,
stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook at a gentle boil over medium heat until
apple mixture is thick enough to mound on a spoon, stirring frequently to
prevent sticking. If mixture becomes too thick, add a small amount of water
or apple juice for desired consistency. Remove from heat.
- LADLE hot butter into a hot jar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air
bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and adjust band to finger-tip tight.
Place jar in boiling-water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
- LOWER the rack into simmering water. Water must cover jars by 1 inch.
Adjust heat to medium-high, cover canner and bring water to a rolling boil.
Process half-pint or pint jars 10 minutes. Turn off heat and remove cover.
Let jars cool 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner; do not retighten bands if
loose. Cool 12 hours. Check seals. Lids should not press up and down when
center is pressed. Label and store jars.
Did you try this recipe? Do you like apple butter? Let us know in the comments!
Meeting Marina Sirtis: A Comic-Con Story [by Carol]
In the glorious year of 2012 the city of Ottawa (it's in Canada) announced it's first Comic Con
! My little nerd heart was filled with delight; a comic con nearby? It couldn't get any better than that!
It wasn't long after the first announcement of the Comic Con's arrival that I had visions of all the nerd toys, collectables, and clothes in my mind. I didn't dare to imagine who would show up at our little comic con as a guest. It was safer that way and I was less likely to be disappointed. However; when the guest announcements started to trickle in I could feel my excitement building! Who would they announce next? Would it be somebody I wanted to see? And then the day came when they announced the guest of my dreams for my first comic con; Marina Sirtis
I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I watched it with my family and I watched it by myself. Star Trek: TNG was basically a staple to every day life in my home. You were guaranteed that somewhere in the house at 5pm the television would be on and Star Trek: TNG would be playing.
As a Trekkie I'm a TNG girl. TNG is my Star Trek. And as a TNG fan? Deanna Troi was my hero. Growing up watching Deanna Troi I saw a character who was brave, passionate, fierce, and vulnerable in a good way. She, although a fictional character, taught me much about being kind to others and taking into consideration how they might feel.
On May 13th 2012
I got to meet Marina Sirtis
and tell her that Deanna Troi was my hero growing up. I can very vividly remember meeting her. I was standing in line growing more nervous by the moment. Little nerd me even started shaking; I was about to meet Marina Sirtis and I couldn't really believe it. The whole thing felt surreal to me. I kept waiting for something to go wrong or for somebody to tell me she'd cancelled. And you would think seeing her come out to sit at her autograph table would have helped with my nerves; it didn't.
By the time I got to Marina's autograph table I was so nervous and shakey I could barely speak. I told her about watching TNG growing up. Marina, very kindly asked me how old I was, when I told her she laughed pointing out that TNG and I basically grew up together. (TNG ran from 1987 to 1994.)
I thought that was a cool observation.
I remember thinking she was a really lovely human being and trying to thank her for portraying a character that was such a huge part of my life but at that point I started crying. My nerves finally got the better of me. And what did Marina Sirtis do? She didn't send me on my way or say anything negative. She came around her autograph table and hugged me. That's right. Marina Sirtis hugged me. She got me a kleenex from her purse and told me that I was really sweet. Marina then proceeded to crack a couple of jokes and make sure I was okay before I left her autograph table.
Meeting Marina Sirtis was a wonderful experience. I'll always remember her kindness and how perfectly normal she was. And she was just as lovely the second time!
On September 6, 1966, the world was forever changed. And for once, it was changed for the better. Star Trek lands on TV sets.
52 years later, and Star Trek is still changing the world around us. To celebrate Star Trek's birthday, The Blue Report is doing a special Star Trek issue.
So, I asked OTF members to answer a few Questions, and here are your responses!
If you could meet one Star Trek actor/actress (living or dead) for a day, who would it be?
- Lzrman: Robert Picardo. Cause he was my favorite Voyager Character and an interestin character at that.
- Carol: Marina Sirtis! And I have met her! I'm actually writing about the experience for this issue of The Blue Report.
- Navi: Leonard Nimoy. <3 He has always been my love. Just a fabulous human from beginning to end, not to mention his glorious Spockness.
- Keith: "Lauren" from Deep Space 9...because Hilary Shepard Turner is super hot and has aged VERY welll.
- T'Pel Kestra: Honestly, I have a chance to meet pretty much all of them, aside from the one's who've passed. All but one. And that's Gregory Wagrowski. The guy who played Captain Solok. He doesn't do the convention circuit.
- Robert: Bones McCoy. Deforest Kelly.
- Ray: Definitely Wil Wheaton. I've never actually seen him in Star Trek but judging by his Twitter account I definitely would not mind chatting with him for a day. Possibly mostly about hockey.
- Leslie: I am actually going to go outside of the parameters of the question and pick a living and a dead actor. Definitely Sir Patrick Stewart and Majel Barrett.
- Dmitri: Patrick Stewart because he is a person who has provided such a moral steer to a character on mainstream TV. The power of Star Trek is that it is, essentially, a morality play. And it is contemporary as right now in the U.K. I feel we are going through a moral crisis with Brexit. Patrick Stewart has been vocal in backing a second referendum on the principle of Brexit but is also working on a new show based on the life of Picard. I think the morality, vision and leadership of this character is so badly needed at a time when we as a society are so deeply fragmented. This is testament to Star Trek's power to bring people together and transcend the here and now.
- Senses: Leonard Nimoy, although I did meet him at a Star Trek convention already. He was fascinating there and I would love to hear more of his thoughts. And DeForrest Kelly because he seemed to have a great sense of humor.
- Tanya: I would have Geordi Laforge come and go full Reading Rainbow on Hannah's class.
- Mashed Potatoes: The late James Doohan. Scotty has been one of my favourite characters for a long time. He was funny, and smart. I really wish I could have met him before he passed away..
- Jade: Nana Visitor, Zoe Saldana, and Karl Urban. And Chris Pine.
- Missy: DeForest Kelly, William Shatner, Lenord Nimoy, Chris Pine, Anton Yelich, George Takei, Walter Koenig, James Doohan & Simon Pegg. I've already met Karl Urban *points to her photo op w/him in her doss*
You have access to a holodeck for the weekend. What program would you run? (Family Friendly answers please.. Morn is borrowing all of Quarks adult programs)
- Lzrman: Sherlock Holmes, perhaps cause he's such am mysterious individual and a thinker and figuring out the scene. Similar to real life.
- Carol: I would either run a Game of Thrones related program so I could deal with Joffery and Little Finger myself. Or I would run a Star Wars program because I think that would be hilarious; using a Star Trek technology to do a Star Wars thing?
- Navi: I would run a simulation where I am fabulously wealthy and live in a giant house that is always clean, and my baby sleeps whenever I want her to, and I don't have to work and all I have to do is mom, watch Netflix, and nap in my giant luxurious bed.
- Keith: 2005 Ashes. I would kill to relive the 2005 Ashes.
- T'Pel Kestra: That's a hard one. Probably a mass tour of some of the coolest places in the Galaxy.
- Robert: Probably some sort of wrestling event.
- Ray: I'm not sure. Do they have any X-Wing simulators in there? :(
- Leslie: The Holodeck has very few limitations, you could create almost any program that your imagination can come up with. So I would definitely have a mixed bag of a program that would have everything; magic, science, mystery...really, I would play a program that I could be a leaf on the wind.
- Dmitri: Gosfield Hall a Tudor Mansion of Henry VIII where I got married. One of the happiest days of my life. I'd love to spend a day there walking the grounds with the wife.
- Senses: Medieval Fighting. Actually that fantasy version of Medieval life with a battle thrown in.
- Tanya: We'd do chariot races and go all Ben Hur.
- Mashed Potatoes: I want something with lots of magic. So I would want to create something from the Sword of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind.
Star Trek has affected the lives of people around the world. How has it affected yours?
- Lzrman: Gives you an insight into what the future may eventually hold. Who knows maybein 20-50 years we will eliminate world hunger and century's later, maybe money will be a thing of the past.
- Carol: Star Trek fostered my interest in Science Fiction across books, television, and movies. It inspired me on a creative level. It inspired me to be a better person. Also, above all else, it brought my whole family together. We're all Trekkies to some level. My mom and sister moreso than myself but we are a family of Trekkies!
- Navi: For those who perhaps had a hard time making friends as adolescents, Star Trek gave me common ground with others who were misunderstood and provided the foundation for new friendships. Also, I firmly believe that my exposure to the messages all of the series espouse has cultivated my appreciation for diversity and compassion for other people.
- Keith: What's Star Trek?
- T'Pel Kestra: It made me feel less like a worthless freak. Odo was a huge favorite growing up because I related to him so much. He was the odd one out. The cast off. But he was so much more than that.
- Robert: Star Trek affected me in a major way. My mother was a big fan of the original series and kept it all on VHS. When I was born she had me watch the tapes. Eventually my first words were "Kirk and Spock".
- Ray: I was entertained by the three movies I have watched.
Oh, and also it led to the creation of an internet community that has taken up quite a lot of my time over the past fifteen years and led me to some of my strongest friendships!
- Dmitri: OTF taught me the importance and skill of leadership and Star Trek taught me the power of principle. Leadership without principle means nothing. As someone working now in politics it is a powerful lesson. It has shaped my life.
- Senses: Showed me that someone else had the same hope for how the world should be instead of how it is. Also put me in contact with other people who felt the same..
- Tanya: It helped build the perfect storm through the Outpost that landed me in my life today.
- Mashed Potatoes: Well, Star Trek did of course lead me to OTF. But it also helped me find friends in school. It helped give me an interest in computers. But the biggest influence that it had on my life was astronomy. Because of Star Trek, I use to go out with my binoculars, and stare at the stars of hours at end. I'd look up, staring at globular clusters, and galaxies, and wonder if there was alien life near any of them. I was a member of the RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) for a number of years, taking part in the classes.
Q snaps his fingers, and makes Earth and Risa vanish by mistake. But he'll send you to live on an alien planet as compensation. Where do you tell Q to send you?
- Lzrman: The end of time
- Carol: Q can send me to Hoth. I like Hoth. It's much like Canada.
- Navi: Raxacoricofallapatorius! Just kidding. I'll go chill on Bajor, post Dominion War. It's such a pretty place. Or he can just make me a Q. I'd be cool with that.
- Keith: Mars.
- T'Pel Kestra: Vulcan. To the surprise of no one.
- Robert: Romulus. Totally Romulus.
- Ray: Csilla would be interesting... Q can send me a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, right?
- Leslie: I don't need a planet, just set me on a space-worthy starship that I can either pilot by myself or with a reliable crew and watch how I soar.
- Dmitri: Bajor. It seems to be a beautiful planet and post Cardassian occupation they may be in need of secular political leadership. :P
- Senses: Bajor. I would enjoy their arts and how reverent they can be to their beliefs. I also like their clothing. :)
- Tanya: To Mustafar to brood with Kylo Ren and eat Doritos together.
- Mashed Potatoes: It's been a very hot summer, so I want somewhere cold.. So I pick Andoria. The Andorian homeworld looked pretty in Star Trek Enterprise, and I like the Andorians. So I'd like for Q to send me there.
- Jade: Road trip to Q'Nos.
Thank you everyone for the responses! It was great reading everyone's reply. Do you have anything you'd like to add? Comment below!
SkyView: An App for Modern Stargazers [by Carol]
One of the many things Star Trek has brought in to my life is an interest in astronomy. For as long as I can remember I've always enjoyed looking up at the night sky and studying star-charts. To me our solar system is a magical and wonderful place that should be explored fully. To do that and to boldly go beyond our solar system isn't as easy as transporting up to the Enterprise then going unfortunately. So, for now I have to content myself with stargazing which isn't always easy thanks to light pollution; however, I've found an app for iPhone and Android that lets me do that a little easier. The app in question? SkyView Lite.
Before you check out the app yourself here are a few things you may want to know;
1. The app does use data if you want to use it outside of home. So unless you have a plan or can connect to nearby wifi? You'll have to stay close to home with it. However, it doesn't use a lot of data.
2. The app works based on your location so you'll have to make sure that your location settings are turned on for the app.
3. The app works with your camera so you can do nifty things like take screenshots of you or your friends holding Mars.
4. Each constellation and planet also comes with a little information note. Just tap the circled i and the app will tell you a little something. So it's fun and educational
5. The Lite version is free. The pro version costs around $3 which isn't really that much. But to be honest you can have a lot of fun with the Lite version.
If you're interested in checking out SkyView? You can get it here for Apple
and here fore Android
. The Lite version is free on both Apple and Android.
What's your favourite constellation? Favourite planet? Did you check out SkyView? Let us know in the comments!
Book review: The Search for Spock [by Mashed Potatoes]
Book Title: The Search for Spock
By: Robb Pearlman
Illustrated by: Craig Boldman
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
Date Release: 2017
The Search For Spock is a great book, with 15 adventures. Lots of memorable characters, with plenty of twists and turns. It's a Star Trek book of exploration.
There isn't much reading involved in this book actually.. So it's a very easy read.. But it has great pictures, and isn't that makes a great book so great? Pictures are the most important part of any book!
Basically, this book is just like Where's Waldo? (Or Where's Wally?). It's A Highly Illogical Parody. But it's still a fun book. Inside each of the pages, you not only need to find Spock, but you also need to find various characters, ships and aliens found throughout the Star Trek Universe.
You do need a good knowledge of Star Trek to be able to find everything in the book though. At the back of the book, there is a checklist of everything you need to find, besides Spock. So unless you know who Kolos the Medusan, or Leila Kalomi are, you might have troubles, and need to load up Memory-Alpha.
Overall, the book is nicely illustrated, though it's easy to tell that a lot of the fill in characters are repeated a few times. I found that a couple of the characters it asks you to find are hard to tell if you found the right person or not. They don't quite look like who they're suppose to be. But overall, they did a great job. I had a lot of fun when I got this for Christmas last year, and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Where's Waldo?.
Ad: OTF's Creativerse [by Carol]
Do you like to game? Do you like Minecraft?
If so check out Creativerse, free on Steam
! And if you do check it out? Drop Brent
a line in chat! He'll give you all the information you need to connect to the Outpost 10F world!
Everyone loves potatoes. How could anyone not? And it's comforting to know that while TV and baseball don't make it to the 24th century, potatoes do.
Potatoes have made several appearances in Star Trek, ranging from Star Trek Enterprise, to Star Trek Voyager.
In fact, potatoes are so important, that by the 24th century, they're on the periodic table. Potatoeium (Qu) is an element with an atomic weight of 70, and is part of the Gamma series. It's not known however what the atomic number is, as periodic tables seem to be sorted by atomic weight, not number.
In 2264, potatoes were brought to Omicron Ceti III in an attempt to colonize the planet. Animal life would only last a week, due to the Berthold rays, however plant life, such as potatoes, were able to grow.
Mashed potatoes were even used to save Charles Tucker and Malcolm Reed in 2151 after there was a breach in the shuttlepod's hull.
From the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 25), "If a shuttlepod was pressurized to 15 psi (Earth sea level), and if there was a hole in the hull was 1/8 inch in diameter, the pressure on the hole would be less than 3 ounces. We think it's reasonable that mashed potatoes could resist that force, at least for a little while, especially if there were any chunks of potato in the mash. (We checked with a NASA engineer, who pointed out that mashed potatoes would freeze in space, which would further help it to keep air in.) By the way, Trip's mashed potatoes were prepared by Star Trek: Enterprise food stylist Dorothy Duder, who provided most of the edible props on that show. We've never tried her mashed potatoes, but her chocolate chip cookies have been known to command the attention of the entire art department."
Baked potatoes were even able to help both Harry Kim and Tom Paris recover from being placed in the Akritirian prison in 2373. Once they got back to Voyager, they began to plan their feast. And what goes better with a steak than a baked potato?
In 2376, Azan and Rebi cloned potatoes as part of their science project, since Seven of Nine wouldn't allow them to use their original idea of cloning Naomi Wildman.
The cloned potatoes were auctioned off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. The potatoes weren't real however. They were made out of painted resin.
So what was your favourite appearance of potatoes in Star Trek? Do you want to see more potatoes in Star Trek? Let us know!
Oh No, Not Another Prequel [by Leslie]
With over 12 years since Star Trek: Enterprise graced our television screens, it was only natural that Trekkies everywhere would be excited at the news of a new Star Trek series. Although the recent movies involving the alternate timeline are good entertainment, Star Trek has been known to thrive on the episodic necessity of television.
As a Trekkie myself, however, I am disappointed that new installments in Star Trek seem to be solely focused on prequels.
Star Trek: Discovery, boldy being the next door neighbour to where we've been before.
Discovery has a lot going for it, one of those things being that it holds most of the same values of it's predecessors that helped entice viewers across the globe. It has some great characters, advanced technology, it challenges the moral compasses of Starfleet officers. Even amidst a war, it still has a sense for exploration.
The story lines, plot devices and characters all could have been placed later in the timeline. Not necessarily after Star Trek: Nemesis which aired in 2002, but even along side one of the other television shows. The universe is big, they wouldn't have to step on each other's toes. Unfortunately, they have once again put their creativity in a box that can cause series repercussions in the Star Trek timeline. I'm sure at some point, if it isn't cancelled, they will explain any missteps. Star Trek has never left any loose ends. (Disclaimer for people who aren't as enlightened about Star Trek: That is sarcasm.)
It seems that Star Trek creators have decidedly stopped thinking of the universe as infinite and instead rely on old enemies and stomping grounds. Hopefully the disease inflicting the Klingon's to change their appearance doesn't get worse. It's a point of massive discontent among Trekkies I've discussed the show with.
At this rate, I look forward to the new Sir Patrick Stewart installment with extreme excitement, even if it's just Jean-Luc Picard cruising around space on a retirement starship saving planets here and there and being awesome.
Granted, there was a very good reason for Discovery to start out as a prequel to The Original Series. Bryan Fuller who was the original show runner for the series had envisioned multiple serialized anthology stories. Much akin to American Horror Story. Where it would start out at the time of Star Trek: Discovery and continue on through The Next Generation and beyond until maybe we finally started to boldy go where no one has gone before, again.
Alas, there were quite a few ideas that were scraped once Bryan Fuller and the CBS were on the outs and he stepped down as show runner. Including uniforms that were closer to the ones used on the Original Series. One of his most important ideas, however, managed to make it through to production. That being, having a woman of colour be the primary character of the show.
Discovery may be yet another prequel, but there is still hope for the future. So don't forget to make sure you catch up on season 1 before the second season starts in January!
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