Issue #111

Letter from the Editor [by Wyvern]

Greetings Fellow OTFers and welcome to the February Issue of the Blue Report!

This edition contains interesting information about Saturn, ideas for Valentine's Day Gifts, a review for one of Netflix's new shows, a new article from a new member, Star Trek, sound information from Keith, and more! So hopefully there is something here for everyone to enjoy!

Blue Report Editor
Also, cats rule the universe.

Blurb From the Bridge [by Bridge Crew]

Happy New Year! Firstly, we want to thank all of you OTFers for your continued patronage and contribution to the community.

The Blurb from the Bridge is something we started doing a while ago, and recently it has fallen by the wayside. At the time, there were a lot of changes going on at OTF, so we used it to convey some of that. As the changes have taken effect and the upheaval has settled, we'd like to use it more now as a platform to share our thoughts and developments, and address anything we see as pertinent to you, the OTF community in general. Over the coming months, we will bring you new ideas that we are working on, or rehash some things that have been around since the beginning of OTF which some of our newer members may not be aware of.

We look forward to the coming year at OTF, and thank you for being a part of it.

Until next time.

Bridge, signing off.

The Rings Of Saturn Are Surprisingly Young [by Mashed Potatoes]


It would seem that the rings of Saturn are younger than expected. By a lot. And they won't last all that much longer either.

Back in 2017, right before plunging into Saturn's atmosphere, the Cassini space probe took some measurements of Saturn's rings which allowed scientists to better guess the age of the rings. This was something that we couldn't do from Earth and could only be done with a probe currently orbiting the planet.

"Previous estimates of the age of Saturn's rings required a lot of modelling and were far more uncertain. But we now have direct measurements that allow us to constrain the age very well," Luciano Iess from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, told BBC News.

The new estimate puts the age of the rings at less than 100 million years old. So around the time that dinosaurs ruled the Earth. And they're only expected to last another 100 million years. Which isn't all that long, considering Saturn has been a round for about 4.5 billion years.

One theory was that the rings were about as old as the planet, or maybe slightly younger. Another theory was that they were very recent. Now, thanks to Cassini doing multiple flybys through the gaps in the rings during it's final days, we have a better idea on the age.

Though that wasn't all that we learnt. We were also able to better estimate the mass of the rings. Their current mass is about 15,400,000,000,000,000 tonnes, or about two-fifths the mass of Mimas - the Saturn moon that looks like the "Death Star" weapon in the Star Wars movies. That puts them as 20 times less massive than previous estimates.

And those rings won't last forever either. They're falling into Saturn, at a rate of about one Olympic-sized swimming pool every half-hour. So in 100 million years or so, Saturn will be ringless once again.

"The rings we see today are actually not that impressive compared with how they would have looked 50-100 million years ago," said Dr Tom Stallard from Leicester University, UK.
"Back then they would have been even bigger and even brighter. So, whatever produced them must have made for an incredible display if you'd been an astronomer 100 million years ago."

Sadly, Cassini is unable to tell us how the rings were formed. But, whatever it was, would have been amazing to see. Maybe one day we'll find out.

Have you seen Saturn's rings through a telescope? Tell us about your experience below!

Review of Netflix's Tidelands [by Carol]

About The Show:
Tidelands is a Netflix original show originating out of Australia. Netflix labeled this original show is "ominous" and "steamy". Netflix gave the series the rating of TV-MA which means it's not suitable for anyone under the age of 17. Tidelands's story line according to the Netflix description is, "After a 10-year prison sentence, Calliope 'Cal' McTeer returns home to Orphelin Bay, where her brother Augie is dealing with a fisherman's murder."

If I worked for Netflix I would probably add a few more labels to the show. I would label it, "Dark. Mysterious. Sexy. Paranormal. Supernatural. Violent. Action." Because simply calling Tidelands "ominous" and "steamy" does the show no justice. It's far more than just "steamy"; it's sexy and beautiful. And it's definitely way more than "ominous". I realize that Netflix uses its labels as a way to categorize their shows by genre but shows like Tidelands fits more than two categories.

Filmed in Australia Tidelands takes place in the fictional town of Orphelin Bay. With filming locations around Queensland, Australia; Orphelin Bay is absolutely gorgeous. The scenery in Tidelands is positively beautiful. It was actually rather breathtaking. I would say, in fact, that the scenery is a huge part of what makes Tidelands sexy. Australia is a gorgeous country.

The soundtrack to a television show or movie is a huge part of the experience and it can sometimes affect how I feel about the show. The soundtrack to Tidelands didn't disappoint. It was beautiful and moving. Netflix sadly missed the opportunity to use only Australian music for the soundtrack. However; the soundtrack is everything that I would want it to be for Tidelands. The music was enchanting in many ways. Each song was pretty much perfectly matched for the scene it was used in. And if it was available for purchase? I would 100% get the soundtrack.

Most of what makes Tidelands sexy though is it's cast. The cast of Tidelands is extremely attractive. I find myself wondering if the casting call looked something like, "Only Beautiful People Need Apply." Because there wasn't a single unattractive adult character in the show. Our two leading ladies, Charlotte Best (Cal) and Elsa Pataky (Adrielle), are stunning and super talented. Oh, and yes, there are a lot of nude and sex scenes.

The heroine of the show is Cal the ex-con and the villain, well the villain isn't totally clear right away and I loved that. Especially since I had a difficult time liking Cal. I almost found Cal McTeer to be a disappointing heroine. I honestly found her extremely annoying at first. Until I really understood what had happened to her I felt like Cal McTeer was just a whiny and moody drama queen that loved being the center of attention. But Cal was wronged and she's really so much more than just a "ex-con". She's broken but strong, hopeful but lost, lonely and kind, and extremely fierce.

One of the main reasons why I checked out Tidelands is because of Elsa Pataky. You may recognize her from Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and Fate of The Furious or you may only know her as "Chris Hemsworth's wife". Either way I came to Tidelands for Elsa. Because I had seen her in the Fast & Furious movies and in the TV series Queen of Swords. Elsa Pataky takes on a serious role in Tidelands and she doesn't disappoint. Her character Adrielle is mysterious, extremely clever, super seductive, and powerful without a doubt. Elsa plays Adrielle brilliantly enough that if you watch Tidelands for anything? Watch it for her.

Oh! And I spotted a little easter egg watching Tidelands when it came to Elsa Pataky. Her character Adrielle can be seen wearing earrings that look remarkably similar to Mjolnir; Thor aka Chris Hemsworth's hammer.

The story line is so much more than what Netflix describes. It's more than an ex-con coming home and her brother dealing with a murder. There's mystery, intrigue, supernatural elements, and murder. Tidelands pulls you in with the stunning scenery, beautiful people, and the enchanting music but it's the story that keeps you coming back for more. I found myself needing to know what happened next and to have all the answers. The Tidelands episodes range from 36 to 47 minutes long and none of the episodes disappointed; I enjoyed them all.

If you enjoyed Game Of Thrones, True Blood, or Outlander? You will enjoy Tidelands. And I absolutely do recommend it. I even recommend you giving it a try if you've never watched Game Of Thrones, True Blood, or Outlander. Give it a try! Go on! Do it for the scenery, do it for the pretty people, do it so you can find out what gives Tidelands a "supernatural" element.

A Word From the Keith [by Keith Is Brilliant]

Dear OTF,

Grow a beard. Get you some Kifilis. Get Stuck Like Wash.



P.S. Shane smells like butt.

Valentine's Day Ideas [by Jadzia Jax]

Valentine's Day is a tricky holiday. You never really know how it is going to go until you have been dating someone for a while. You see, a lot of people don't like Valentine's Day, but there is no one who doesn't want to celebrate it. For some people, it is important that they show they aren't too involved in a "Hallmark holiday". If you are dating one of these, you need to come up with just the right Valentine's Day ideas. These valentines gift ideas can neither be too extravagant nor too cheap. They can neither be too enthusiastic nor too dry and ironic. In short, you need to play it just right.

Dating an Anti V-Day Person
If you are dating someone who isn't so excited about Valentine's Day, I recommend valentines gift ideas that don't have that much to do with the holiday. When most people think about Valentine's Day ideas, they think about valentines chocolate. Of course, giving Valentine's Day candy can be a great thing if you're dating a complete cheese ball, but if you are dating someone a little bit more sophisticated, you should forget it all together. You should consider Valentine's Day ideas with candy only if they don't involve hearts. It's all right to be a little bit cheesy, but too cheesy can ruin your entire holiday.

Of course, no matter who you are dating, I've always thought that flowers make great Valentine's Day ideas. Everyone loves flowers, especially when followed by dinner and a movie. Getting flowers always brightens up the house, and flowers are not so specific to Valentine's Day that they will come across as excessively silly. In short, flowers not only make a great Valentine's Day idea, but a great idea for any time of year.

As Long as it comes from the Heart
But the best Valentine's Day ideas are the ones that come from the heart. I don't mean sappy cards, I mean things that shows how much you love the person.

I've always thought books make good Valentine's Day ideas. Most of the people I have gone out with in the past were always big readers, and readers always love getting books. There is no better way to show them that you care. Not only do books make good birthday presents, but they also make good Valentine's Day ideas. I guess it all depends on who you're going out with, as I said before. If you can't figure out what Valentine's Day ideas to go with, perhaps you don't know the person as well as you thought you did.

The Complicated World of Love [by Mashed Potatoes]


February is the month of love. Valentines Day. Because of course, there is only one day a year to shower the person you love with chocolate, flowers, presents, and whatever else you decide to shower them in.

But in all seriousness, love can be very confusing, stressful, and frustrating. It can also be wonderful, bliss, and relaxing. Love has its up, and its down. Though one would hope that it has more ups than downs.

Now, I don't have much experience with dating. And I don't have much experience with women. But I'm learning, and slowly figuring things out. It hasn't always been easy. It's been tough at times. Luckily I've had some very good friends who have helped me along the way. So I figured that I would write a short article about what I've learned.

One thing that I've learned is that it never turns out the way it does in the movies. At least, it hasn't for me anyways. Some of the ideas that I've tried from movies turned out horribly. One example is giving flowers, not everyone likes flowers. They die too quickly, and then you end up throwing them away. So, exactly one year later, I gave a potted plant instead. They don't die as quickly (well, unless she forgets to water it.. haha), and her reaction was much better. She loved it. Granted, I gave an Aloe Vera plant, which isn't exactly romantic.. But it's practical. She likes plants that don't need lots of water. And a week before, she had burned herself, and what's great for burns? Aloe Vera. I learned from my mistake of flowers, and using what I knew about her, and listening to her, I was able to give a much better gift. She still has it, and it's still alive.

It's the small things that go the furthest I've found. Yes, big gifts are nice. Who doesn't like a piece of jewelry after all? But the small gifts and gestures are what seem to win the heart. Such as baking a birthday cake, in the shape of a heart, and giving it to your significant other in public. Watching them blush and smile is a wonderful feeling. Especially when the cake actually tastes good, and looks presentable. It was a small gift, that didn't cost much at all to make. But the thought was there, as was the time to make it. I got a better reaction from that cake than I did other gifts that cost a lot more money. heart-cake

Remember the small things, and make anniversaries from it. There are several things every year that I celebrate. Stupid little things. But, they're an excuse to tell her that I love her, and a reason to make her smile. One example is, a couple of years ago, friends at work use to bug us since we were always talking to each other. We were just friends at the time, but they started calling her my girlfriend. Then, they decided to call her my fiancee. When I told her this, she laughed, then asked where her ring was. So, I went out that night, and bought her a Ring Pop. The next day, I gave it to her, and she laughed, showing it to all her friends. That following year, I gave her another Ring Pop. And now, every year, on that day, I give her a Ring Pop. It's a small, stupid little anniversary, but it's fun, and makes her smile. And really, that's all that matters.

Don't just listen to words. Pay attention to actions, and body language. As they say in Game of Thrones, 'Words are wind'. It's the actions that count. And sometimes, it's the subtle actions we need to watch for. Not everyone is straight forward in their actions. Sometimes, you have to watch closely. An example is when we went to Build-A-Bear. I was looking forward to getting a Spock teddy bear. But, they were sold out. So what did she do? She hopped onto her phone right away, and ordered it online for me. I didn't ask her to. She saw I was disappointed, and right away, she fixed it. It was one of the sweetest things someone had done for me. I sleep with him every night.

But at the same time, recently I was feeling very frustrated with everything. I can't remember how we got onto the topic, but I asked her "Do you want me to give up?". Her answer was "I don't care.. I don't know..". Now, those words might sound hurtful, but her body language told a completely different story. I had put her on the spot, and her walls were up. Partly anyways. While she said she didn't care, her body language showed that she did care. She truly didn't want me to give up. And it showed after that too. If I had listened to her words, and not her body language, I don't know what I'd have done. But, luckily I watched her closely. And over the next bit, we grew closer. We've had many talks, and each time we have one of our talks, it truly helps us understand each other better, and grow together. Never stop communicating.

Now of course, doing this like this sounds like it's easy to win someone over. It's not always easy. Some women have a difficult past. They've built walls that are strong and tough, to help protect them from getting hurt again. This can make things difficult and frustrating for both parties. They will hold themselves at arms distance, and often use sarcasm. Now sometimes, it's just easier to walk away, and accept it. But of course, I can't do things the easy way. I keep trying. I keep picking away at the walls. At times, I've thought of walking away. That it's simply too difficult. But at the end of the day, I love her, and so I pick up my pickax, and I keep attacking the wall with everything I have. And it's working. It's been slow going at times. But it's working. My hard work is starting to pay off.

Love can be a battle at times, but in the end, it's a wonderful thing. Finding your better half is the best feeling in the world. The hard work that you put into it pays off in the end. Watching them smile, hearing them laugh, feeling them close to you. You need to remember though that what works for one person, doesn't mean it will work for someone else. Everyone is different. And advice from friends is great. But they can't feel what you feel. Listen to their advice, but also listen to yourself. Only you know what you want. What matters is your own happiness. It's your life after all.

Do you have some love advice to give? Let us know below!

Basic Healthy Tips [by Sasha_J]

How do we stay healthy and maintain our diet?

Let's start by looking at how we should eat.

It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer calories.

For some of us that means simply cutting down on the size of our meals and burning off excess ones with a little walking after meals or light exercise.

For others it can mean a whole change in what we buy to eat and how we cook it. Using less trans fats and different oils then we have in the past can help a lot.

Read more for tips on being healthy. - If you fry a lot of meats try grilling them and swapping sunflower oil, vegetable oil, and lard for some olive oil.
- Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you're getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
- Fruits and Vegetables are important and it is recommended you eat 5 portions a day.

You might think you're getting a portion of fruits and vegetables in a smoothie from someplace like Starbucks but depending on how the smoothie is made you might not not be getting a complete portion. Most store bought smoothies contain additional sugars or sweeteners that aren't good for your body. Homemade smoothies offer more control allowing you to limit the extra sugars. And homemade smoothies offer a higher chance of being a complete portion of fruits or vegetables.

Let's see if we can break it down.

Unsweetened 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies can only ever count as a maximum of 1 portion of your "5 Portions A Day". Aim for at least 5 portions (a total of 400g) of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. Preferably natural and raw. Dried fruit, fruit or vegetable juices, and smoothies can cause tooth decay so they should only be eaten or drunk as part of a meal rather than a between-meal snack.

Remember eating healthy is not just going to help you lose weight or change your lifestyle on its own. You should also try to raise the heart rate to a steady level by briskly walking, jogging, or running short amounts each day to help control your weight and help reduce the stress we put our body though.

You can do small things even if you're in the house making a coffee or tea. You can do a few stretches while waiting for the kettle to boil. If you have free weights you can do some arm curls and if you don't have free weights you can use dried goods or small canned goods. The weight does not need to be too heavy, it is there to provide some resistance, not weigh you down. It might not feel or seem like it on it's own, but doing this counts as part of your 30 minutes to an hour a day of exercise.

Remember you only need to raise the heart rate a little, it does not have to race, just simply beat faster to re-oxygenate the blood.

As part of my quest to be healthier and promote a healthier lifestyle I am going to hunt down some healthy recipes that are simple and easy to make.

Now a healthy recipe for something to eat for breakfast:

Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Bubble & Squeak
Serves two people


- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil

- 140g white cabbage, finely chopped

- 2 spring onions, finely sliced

- 300g whole new potato

- 1 tbsp snipped chives

- 2 medium eggs, at room temperature

- 75g smoked salmon


- Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water until tender, then drain.

- Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan or wok. Sweat the cabbage and the spring onions in the pan for a couple of mins. Meanwhile, chop and squash the potatoes roughly, then add to the pan along with the chives. Cook for 4-5 mins, flip it over (don’t worry if it breaks) and cook for a further 4-5 mins.

- Meanwhile, bring a small pan of water to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat so it is just simmering. Crack the eggs into the pan and simmer for about 3 mins until the whites are cooked and the yolk is just beginning to set. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

- To serve, divide the bubble & squeak between 2 plates, place the smoked salmon and poached eggs on top and grind over a little black pepper, to taste.

What's your favourite healthy snack? Let Sasha know in the comments!

Valentine's Day Geeky Gift Ideas [by Carol]

Hey guys!

As you may or may not be aware Valentine's Day is right around the corner. I mean it's literally ten days away. For some people Valentine's Day is just a Hallmark made holiday and not worth celebrating. For other people it's an opportunity to get super romantic and to spoil their loved one. If you're one of those people who like the romance side of Valentine's Day and enjoy spoiling your partner? I've got a list of some wonderful gift ideas you can give!

From ThinkGeek:
Star Wars I Love You / I Know Faux Leather Bracelet
LED Space Fleece Blanket
Earth & Moon Bath Bomb Set
Geode Gems Bath Bomb Set
Plush Planetary Bouquet
Star Wars Death Star Glasses Set of 4
Star Wars Plush Bouquet - Endor
Harry Potter Crest Jacquard Ties
Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set

From Amazon:
Fujfilm Instax Mini 26 + Rainbow Film Bundle
I Love You This Much Coffee Mug
I'm Trying To Be Awesome Coffee Mug
The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary Blu-ray or DVD
Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Blue-ray or DVD
Star Wars Character Aprons

From TeeTurtle:

The Night Sky
MoonGlow Jewelry

All of these ideas make wonderful gifts year round so if Valentine's Day isn't your jam? Then maybe you'll find an idea or two for spontaneous gifts! Everybody loves to be a surprised with a gift once in a blue moon for no reason.

What's your favourite holiday? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Did you like any of these gift suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

Trek Short Review - Escape Artist [by Mashed Potatoes]

The final Trek Short aired and this time, it can be viewed on Netflix outside of Canada and the US. All Trek Shorts have been made available now for Netflix users. Though viewers in Canada and the US still got to see it first. Maybe next time, Netflix viewers won't have to wait so long.

My Review: Contains Spoilers

I actually enjoyed this Trek Short. For the most part, the Trek Shorts have been really good, and this one is among the best. It was funny, with a great twist. Very enjoyable. And once again, it didn't feel rushed. It was a great length, giving us a view of a great character. When I first heard they were recasting Harry Mudd, I wasn't too pleased. I was sure they would ruin a great character. I was wrong.

This episode focuses on Harry Mudd as he gets captured by various bounty hunters, and has to escape. Unlike before, where Harry Mudd was seen as a killer, tormenting Discovery, this time he's seen as the con artist, just like he was in the Original Series. And does a great job of it too. The tongue can be a powerful tool, and he knows how to use it to get what he wants. Be careful of people who can so easily manipulate words and suck you in. Someone doesn't have to kill you to be dangerous.

My only real complaint about the episode is the change to the Tellarites.. Not a huge change, but still annoying how they always feel the need to change things. They can't keep anything canon.. But overall, not a big deal in terms of the episode. It's still a great episode.

What are your thoughts on this Trek Short? Do you like this Harry Mudd? How does he compare with the original?

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe [by Carol]

Hey guys!

So as 99.5% of you know I really love Pumpkin Spice Lattes (or PSL if you prefer). As it turns out I also really enjoy pumpkin smoothies. I got to try one in December and it was amazing to say the least. So I thought for this issue of The Blue Report I would make one and share the recipe with you!

To make this recipe you'll need a blender first and foremost. If you don't have one there's really no point in getting all of the ingredients. So, if you have a blender and you're ready to move on, the ingredients you'll need are...

(Note: Peanut butter will work too! And if you have a nut allergy in general? You can skip this.)
(Note: Any regular coffee of your choice will work.)
(Note: Any milk works but keep in mind Almond, Rice, or Coconut milk will affect the flavour.)
(Note: I really, really enjoy caffiene so I added espresso for an extra kick.)

From here it's pretty straight forward. To make the smoothie you'll need...

2 tbsp of espresso powder
1 cup of canned pumpkin
1 small or medium banana
4 tbsp of almond butter
1/2 a cup of brewed coffee
1 cup of milk
Pumpkin Pie Spice seasoning (add as much or as little as you want)

What I did was I made the coffee first and set it aside so that it could cool. While the coffee was cooling I put everything else in the blender to mix up. Which, by the way, I have the NutriBullet from Magic Bullet but literally any blender will work. Once the espresso powder, canned pumpkin, banana, and almond butter are in the blender I added the coffee then the milk. This left the pumpkin pie spice seasoning to be added. And I'll be perfectly honest here I have no idea how much PPS (Pumpkin Pie Spice) I added. Because I just kept shaking the container and didn't measure. But I'd suggest starting out with 1 tbsp and continue to add to your preference.

Once you're ready mix everything up! Transfer it over to a glass (or don't), sprinkle on some PPS for garnish, and enjoy!

Did you try this smoothie? Do you drink smoothies regularly? What's your favourite smoothie to get? Let us know in the comments! Pumpkin Spice Smoothie.txt Displaying Pumpkin Spice Smoothie.txt.

Star Trek Updates And News [by Mashed Potatoes]


Well, there has been a lot of Star Trek news revealed over the past few weeks, so here's a summary of everything that you might have missed!

While CBS hasn't confirmed if there will be a season 3 of Star Trek Discovery yet, it seems that Heather Kadin is already making plans. While doing an interview with TrekCore, she mentioned Mirror Universe Philippa Georgiou will return in season 3.

Mirror Universe Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh, will be the lead in a Section 31 series. The series is currently untitled, and has no release date. Though by the looks of it, it will be after Star Trek Discovery is finished according to an interview with Julie McNamara. The series has been confirmed, but is still being planned. It will be led by Bo Yeun 'Boey' Kim and Erika Lippoldt.

It looks like there will be more than one animated series. Alex Kurtzman has confirmed that they're working on a second animated series. "There's other animated things that we're building that are an entirely different perspective and an entirely different tone [from Lower Decks]," Kurtzman said of the kids-focused series, which could land elsewhere beyond CBS All Access. "What's exciting about it is not only looking at each animated series as what's the different tone, but what's the different technology we can apply to these things so that visually they're entirely different?"

There will be two more Trek Shorts as well. And both will be animated. They will be released after Discovery has concluded. The first will be directed by Star Trek Kelvin Timeline composer Michael Giacchino, and the second will be directed by Discovery director and producer Olatunde Osunsnami.

A little more information has been given about the Picard series! Although a title is still missing. "We don''t have a name for it yet. I'd love to give you an official title; there's a lot of conversation about that right now." Alex Kurtzman told Variety during an interview. But, what we do know is "Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire," Kurtzman tells The Hollywood Reporter.

It also wasn't an easy task of getting Sir Patrick Stewart to agree. The actor had said no to many offers throughout the years. When Kurtzman spoke to his agent, Stewart said he wanted a three page outline. Kurtzman however came back with a 34 page outline. It seems that they're looking forward to more than just one season as well.

"It was a difficult decision, because I loved being Picard and working on that series for seven years - it was a great experience with a wonderful cast and production team. I mean, there have been so many proposals. "We'd like to have you in uniform [for some] comedy shows," and I've always said "Nope, nope, no, I'm done."

I agreed to a meeting with the people who were going to produce this new version of 'Star Trek' only because I wanted to seriously, respectfully, explain to them why I was turning the project down. But in that first meeting, which only lasted an hour and a half or so, I heard just enough to realize this was something very unusual, and I was intrigued.

I said, "Will you ask [the writers] to put something on paper," as these different story ideas were coming up, so I could really have time to look about and study what they wanted to do - will they did and I think I got 16 pages.

To say I was hooked [right away] wouldn't be quite true, but I was extremely interested, but I still wanted to know more. What I was afraid of, is that in some way, this is going to be jokey. And I don't want to do that. I respect the work on 'Next Generation,' and also it changed my life in every way.

And I said, "You know what? I think I'm up for this." But I asked a lot of questions, and they answers were all very satisfying. I was struck by how clever these people were that I was talking to, who can tell a narrative very well, and seem to be tuned into what an actor might need to hear.

So I signed on. I've been in the writers room for a total of three weeks over the last couple of months, the work that's being done is extraordinary - basically, I just sit and listen. These clever guys, ideas going backwards and forwards... and what we have coming up is exciting.

It's exciting for me because it excites me as an actor. Oh the story, is great... but it references the present day, at times, and that's all I can say. I'm not saying we're in the present day, we're not, but the world we find Jean-Luc Picard in is not quite the world that we left him in."

Does all this Star Trek news make you as excited as it makes me? Which are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

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