Monday, February 24, 2020

ISAAC ASIMOV SPEAKS

Isaac Asimov, (lifelong friend of Gene Roddenberry) had this to say at a NYC Star Trek Convention in 1973 which I believe you'll find fascinating.

They (producers/actors) speak about the mission of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 being to boldly go (a split infinitive I heard every single time) to boldly go where no man has ever gone before.




They (Paramount Pictures/Gene Roddenberry) mean it primarily I suppose, "territorially" they're visiting stars that no man has till then, ever visited. The crew of the starship Enterprise are going through vast distances (at warpspeed 😁) no man has ever penetrated.

 

 In addition here is a brave crew encountering problems that man has not faced. Star Trek really presented the Brotherhood of intelligence (Federation/Starfleet), it mattered not what form the intelligence (lifeforms) took or what kind of universe the intelligence built for it.

 If it (alien lifeforms) was intelligent it was intelligent enough to build a culture, then it had the right to live in that culture. It had the right to exist and be and no other culture had a right to interfere with it as long as it was not endangering cultures beyond itself.

So trekkers what is Captain Kirk/Picards starship Enterprise primary mission objective?

In over 50 years the USS Enterprise has been upgraded, defended and battled it out while meeting new lifeforms. The quest for knowledge continues while keeping the peace in the galaxy.

Does Captain Picard chit chatting with Romulans in Star Trek Picard sit well with you?

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers.

Monday, February 10, 2020

STAR TREK PICARD - THE END IS THE BEGINNING

"The End is the Beginning"
First aired: 6 February 2020
Writers:
Michael Chabon & James Duff
Director:
Hanelle M. Culpepper
Stardate: 2385/2399
Cast: Patrick StewartAlison PillIsa BrionesHarry TreadawaySantiago CabreraMichelle Hurd,
Hi trekkers, heres my rundown of Star Trek Picard episode 3. We know Picard's rationale with Fleet  Admiral Clancy at Starfleet H.Q. fell on deaf ears. Clearly Picard had a fight which signified a new direction. Give me a new ship or fire my butt. What do you think happened? Patrick Stewart does a deadly job appearing shocked, later.

PICARD TRIES LOGIC AND FAILS


He tells Raffi outside Starfleet H.Q. the news from banned, dismantled synths and halted research but why would the Tal Shiar attack attack a (synthetic?) fleet designed to protect them? states Admiral Picard and yeah he got canned so its easy to see trekkers. Isn't it? Starfleet is guilty of hiding something. News of Picards resignation got Raffi fired so its clear why she was cheezed off.


RAFFI AND PICARD OUTSIDE STARFLEET HQ

 Its a great story and one which leaves millions of Romulans on their home planet up sh*t creek facing a super nova, haha Ah but no, c'mon seriously lets be decent. Even though Starfleets seems to have adopted an crap attitude cursing our pointy eared Romulan friends to burn (given the Mars attack) was all the excuse Starfleet needed.

PICARD AT RAFFI'S

Why is the Federation turning its backs? Some say, Starfleet used to be heralded as the perfect driving force for "we come in peace" in the galaxy but Picard is really undoing 54 years of unity in the Federation. Why I hear you cry? To begin we have secret Romulan assassins operating on Earth which is an interesting sub-plot in episode 3.

COMMODORE O - WHATS SHE AFTER?


It has been voiced that patrick Stewart took on Star Trek Picard because he believed the show could represent the current world we live in the wake of Brexit and Donald Trumps presidency. Theres a guy on youtube who says " This opening definitely hammers that home with a government more interested in helping itself than people who may end up emigrating to Earth, so what do think my trekker friends?

2368 AND SOJI


2368 has been working aboard the borg cube and mentoring Soji who is adept at communicating to nameless borg humanoids owing in part to her android capabilities which she is unaware.


Do you think Bruce Maddox created Soji?
Will STP producers ressurect Data from Soji positronic "DNA"?
Which is your favorite ST picard episode?
Bet you love the ending, engage! It was obvious he was going to say it!
Seven and Data....

SEVEN AND DATA


Live Long and Prosper.

Monday, February 03, 2020

MAPS AND LEGENDS - Dahj, F8 and Data

"Maps and Legends"
Production number: 102a
Written by
Michael Chabon & Akiva Goldsman
Directed by
Hanelle M. Culpepper
STARDATE: (2385/2399)
Episode 02

Hi trekker friends - Celebrating First Contact Day Star Trek Picard begins this 2nd episode with the "holiday" crew at Utopia Planitia Shipyards cracking jokes, so what could possibly go wrong? So much was right about Mars with the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D in orbit. Theres a lot of exciting, fascinating story in Maps and legend with the Romulans up to no good hatching their evil plans aboard that borg cube.

USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D


 Meanwhile Mr Pinkerton lets the synthetic lifeforms out for work duties. These fellow "synths" have the freedom to work within the perimeter of the space station because until the incident, androids etc were tried, tested and trusted! So far so good until one of  the humanoids says something really dumb-ass and mean. Sheesh - thats wiseguys for you! If you've been watching so far it was like F8 had a knee-jerk reaction.

F8'S CREWMATES SNEER AND LAUGH AT HIM


  "He creeps me out" says one female earthie within earshot of him. This is not good... not good at all... cos like what other explanation is there? How should you react to an unfriendly remark or continual smear campaign against your good character? and all you do everyday is work hard? F8 then begins to compromise other synthetics and renders the Shipyard defenceless by lowering the shields. Its like plastic guy had a total meltdown, clearly F8 is having a very bad day.

F8 HAS A VERY BAD DAY ON UTOPIA


 After creating mayhem by unleashing the deadly Mars defense grid upon itself and murdering Utopia's staff, F8 turns a gun on himself, sniff. So what in Mars went wrong?

PICARD: She came here to find safety, I owe it to her to find out who killed her and why. 

So Picard goes to Starfleet HQ to enlist admiral Clancy's help and give him a ship - instead he gets a swift kick up the rear end, haha.

PICARD "I was standing up for the Federation for what it represents! For what it should STILL represent!"

CLANCY "How dare you lecture me!"
CLANCY DENIES PICARD HIS SHIP

"This is no longer your house, Jean-Luc, so do what you're good at: go home. Request denied."

- Kirsten Clancy, denying Picard's request for reinstatement

QUESTIONS
Can Picard find out who killed Dahj and Why?
Deep fear and loathing of artificial intelligence and synthetic life is justified!
Were the Romulan right to eliminate all androids and synthetics?
The ban on cybernetics is justified or without cause?
 Will we see Data resurrected by using a piece of Soji positronic software?


LIVE LONG AND PROSPER, TREKKERS

Monday, January 27, 2020

STAR TREK PICARD WINS TREKKER FANS

DATA
WHY ARE YOU STALLING CAPTAIN?

PICARD STAR TREK, Episode 1
"Remembrance"
Production number: 101
First aired: 23 January 2020

PICARD
I DON'T WANT THE GAME TO END



The new Picard series is receiving trekker jubilation faster than light speed. First of all isn't it great seeing friendly Captain Picard again? Now 14 years on, retired Admiral, Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is aboard the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D at poker. All is not what it seems in "Ten Forward" because we're seeing Picard's dream..... in a 2399 plotline. Isn't this a warp back in time?

ADMIRAL JEAN LUC PICARD AT MARS 

Studying Picard is positronic superwhiz "Data" (Brent Spiner) as they both bet the odds and play poker. Data beats Picard with a flush only its not over 'cos like suddenly beyond the spatial safety of the galaxy class flagship, Mars lights up on fire.

The new Star Trek Picard premiere is filled with plenty of action packed entertainment and a stylish cgi USS Enterprise-d starship which veers over to one side and when Data disappears Picard wakes up. Its fair to say enemy rogue androids set the thread in this first episode  "Remembrance." These synthetics move in for the kill targeting Mars snuffing out lives without even opening hailing frequencies!

USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D

A matrix of mystery surrounds the synthetics attacking Mars and the strike force Dahj encounters in this episode.  Why Federation outrage ensues, Hunting sentient "synthetics" to extinction was unheard of right?

DAJI'S LOVER DIES


Picard quit Starfleet soon after because, as he says to the rather annoying reporter in anger, "Starfleet was no longer Starfleet."  The cinematic effects are pretty cool blazing away through the Enterprise-D windows. I have to admit Picard has cool dreams, haha


DAJI FIGHTS FEDERATION ASSASSIN IN MORTAL COMBAT 

There is I have to admit a lot of back story here with strong characters. Picards dreams trying to reach out. Greater Boston area and then Picard's Chateau. Dahj (Isa Briones) is the first intended victim. Curiously like an android possessed she activates and slaughters her would be assassins, but like she kicked their butts -


PICARD TELLS DAJI SHES DATAS DAUGHTER



"ahhh she's activating!!!" meaning Dahj killer android instincts come online. Tragically she never knew about her "synthetic" abilities or came to grips before the reality of her android identity is broken to her by Jean luc Picard.

PICARD WATCHES POWERLESS TO HELP


Of course time catches up and the killer Federation assassins zone in on Picard's and Dahj lifeform co-ordinates. Some might say running isn't the admirals specialty anymore, so keeping up is a major drag on the old guy. Picards face contorts in shock as he realizes Dahj is fighting a losing battle against the synthetics.

DAJI DIES


 Theres little he can do and Dahj fights moving cutting through the air faster than you can see until one of the Federation assassins gets her....she melts and explodes dying horribly before Picards eyes......

BORG CUBE HARVESTED BY ROMULANS


The awesome logic of this epic tale is androids are made in pairs. Data, Lor, makes sense right? Turns out Dahj has a twin sister Soji,(Briones) aboard a Borg Cube run by Romulans packed with warbirds.

SOJI  IS DAJI SISTER


A. What did you make of Picards pet pit bull, No 1?
B. Do you get a sense that alien borg cube is lurking in deep space for a reason?
C. The Federations moral compass has changed, assasins out for blood, is not very diplomatic or, "we come in peace" friendly, is it?
D. Data emotion chip kept a tight reign on experiencing terror and overt emotionalism. Do you think Soji has an emotion chip?
E. Whatever happened to Bruce Maddox?
PICARD AND NO1
THERES NO LEGACY AS RICH AS HONESTY,
WHO SAID THAT NO 1?

Live Long and Prosper trekkers.

Monday, January 20, 2020

STAR TREK PICARD DAY


Star Trek PICARD is a global inspiration for movie audiences. The "Picard" series got the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on the 13th Jan, 2020. Local fan clubs, press and lucky trekkers lined up with invites to the Arclight Cinema Dome, later enjoying the first three episodes of Star Trek Picard.


Jeri Ryan said "it’s indeed very cinematic and feels like you’re watching a movie. However, the cinematography doesn’t take away from the plots that are being established."




S.T. Picard castmates in attendance with Patrick Stewart included Jeri Ryan, Johnathan Del Arco, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Evan Evagora at this cool Trek event!




 It was awesome "dancing doctor" Gates McFadden beamed by to say Hi!, her nickname never stuck but Dr Crusher definitely left her mark in Star Trek TNG. Paramount honcho Rick Berman and Rod Roddenberry checked in for the premiere with Star Trek Discovery's Wilson Cruz along for the trek. Two days after the Los Angeles Premiere, many of the cast and crew were in London for the UK Premiere. While trekker reactions were mixed, reception to the premiere was a big hit!

When do we get to see the Star Trek Picard series?

Star Trek: Picard will premiere on January 23, 2020. It will be available on CBS All Access in the USA and on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel and CraveTV in Canada. It will premiere on Amazon Prime Video for the rest of the world on January 24. Episodes will be released weekly.

What are you rooting for in Star Trek Picard?
Who are you hoping will emerge victorious in Star Trek Picard?
Who do you think is the villain?
Is Brent Spiner B4 or Data?

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Monday, January 13, 2020

STAR TREK TNG - PEN PALS

Star Trek TNG
Stardate 42695.3
Penpals
Writers: Melinda M. Snodgrass

Its Starfleets first and foremost rule - a principle of noninterference with Federation races and cultures, a rule born from painful historical experience. Apparently Starfleet is very serious about the Prime Directive and doesn't like it being violated.

 So while the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D checks out catastrophic volcanic geothermal activity in the Selcundi Drema System, guess who's fooling around with the hailing frequencies and its not Uhura aka Nichelle Nichols!!




Nope fraid not. Its our friendly android, Lieutenant Commander Data aka Brent Spiner! so what could possibly be going down while he's extending the ship's sensor range?  a female voice from space speaks.... Is anybody out there? Her name is Sarjenka. All DATA had to do was keep quiet.... instead he says YES! Now, Captain Picard has problems.

 Lets face it, Picard isn't over the moon when he realises - Data has ignored the Prime Directive. It's broken man! Now what are we gonna do? Its game over man - haha ok not quite. The female voice, Sarjenka talks to her penpal Data over the Enterprise-D comm panel and Picard listens fuming



Help can be given if asked for which shoulda coulda maybe, really, didn't happen. Its interesting because here's an android not supposed to be swayed by emotion... yet Data kept the "Penpal" communication going for 6 weeks! why? Then you've got Picard who says "Data I want you to sever all contact with Drema 4."

"Data. Data, where are you? Why won't you answer? Are you angry me? Please, please, I'm so afraid. Data, Data, where are you?"
PICARD: "Wait. Oh, Data. Your whisper from the dark has now become a plea. We cannot turn our backs."

Could you have flicked the hailing frequency off?
Was Data right or wrong to break the Prime Directive?
Picard acted on overt emotionalism, exactly the type of thing the Prime Directive is designed to prevent.
Is Picard emotionally out of control in Pen Pals?

Live Long and prosper, Trekkers
   
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