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  1. Prepare the younguns: Another animated series for Star Trek is on its way, due 2021.
  2. I am nearly at the end of a rewatch of DS9, the first complete one I did since my original viewing about a decade ago (though I have watched some individual episodes since) I am fortunate enough to have some notes from that time about my thoughts as well as things that came up from memory and I thought I’d write them briefly (I tell a lie) on this thread. Certain things are better than I remembered, DS9 is a pretty strong series even in the slower first two seasons (certainly better than Next-Gen’s first two seasons) The cast is far stronger than I remembered it, their chemistry is excellent, to the point I’d say I’d pick them over Babylon 5’s (who have brilliant characters such as Molari, Garibaldi, Bester, Ivanova, and Jakar, but not a universally brilliant cast, IMO… in fact, some of them are even terrible.) Jadziah is a better character than I remembered. I didn’t like her in my original viewing because I found her to be a little vain and carefree in what were serious surroundings. She still was that in the first few seasons, but I thought she got a lot better in season 3 or 4 as she got a more jaded a little darker in her outlook. I also found her personality much more charming and rewatching season 6 was a sombre experience knowing what would happen. Ezri was still as charming… even sweet as I remembered (teenaged me had a minor crush on her) though I do wish she had been given more time to play the role. I think the series did the best it could in an unexpected situation (which is DS9’s consistent strong suit) The season gives her more attention than any other character even though it’s supposed to wind-down the series, but it still wasn’t enough. In a way, I wish they’d done it sooner or not at all. In the same way, I kind of wish Kurzon would have played Dax in the first season. I also think it did Jadziah no favours. We barely know who she is outside of Kurzon’s shadow. Ezri at least gets a family episode; Jadziah didn’t even get that. How much more interesting it would have been to have had Kurzon in season 1, even if Jadziah had stayed until 6 with Ezri only in 7. It would have told a complete narrative of its own, death, life, and rebirth. I also take back my thoughts on Dukat. I thought the 6 & 7th seasons did him a disservice, but this time, I think he’s a very consistent villain. I guess I got too carried away thinking he might become more of an anti-hero (a role always reserved for Garrek) But when you really think about it, he was always there to be the antagonist, even when he wasn’t. The brilliant thing DS9 did was just frame the antagonist role in a more complex way than we generally see; sometimes, he's the antagonist by virtue of challenging the protagonist’s concept of evil with gray. Sometimes, he’s petty and vengeful, but he’s always his own man. Even the Pa Wraiths couldn’t put a stop to his womanizing. I think Kira might be the only female Bajoran he didn’t woo (not for lack of trying mind you. I almost got to shipping them) Though I disliked how Odo became the sappy romantic in my original viewing, I can’t say those characters don’t have chemistry and the story of how they end up together is a very sweet one, even if it ends on a bittersweet note. Other worthy mentions include Jake, Nog, as well as all the characters I liked from before who are still as good as I remembered (basically the entire cast) Its just Jake and Nog in particular who stand-out both because those aren’t generally easy roles to play over such a long course of time, and because they were consistently well written and down to earth. My main point of critique against the show is the Dominion War arc. When I really thought about it, I came to the conclusion that it didn’t make any sense. We keep being told how the Dominion is winning the war and the chances are against the Federation and its allies, and yet, we keep seeing them beat the crap out of them. We keep getting told how the Alliance is taking out vital strategic resources only for it to have no affect on the course of the war. Shipyards destroyed (several times)? They have others. Not enough white or Jemhadar? They found some and started breeding them in the Alpha Quadrant. Season 5 ends with the Dominion taking over DS9, while the Allied fleet successfully takes out the Cardassian shipyards. Next time we see them, the allied fleet is battered and on the retreat. We never see those defeats, only their aftermath and the success around the corner, which then evaporates offscreen. That whole stage of the show should have been an entire season of defeats and retreats to give the conflict and the Dominion the appropriate scope and tension, instead, they take DS9 back a few episodes later, even though the writers later decide they still need that war to go on all the way to the end of the show. That’s why I think DS9 could have used one an extra season, or at least focus season 6 on the early stage of the war and 7 on the turning point. At some point, all the stuff with the prophets conflicted too strongly with the war leaving the series unable to tell either as effectively as they could have done in my opinion. Up until then, DS9 did a good job of focusing on one thing at a time; the Cardasians, the Marquis (with the Dominion gradually superseding them as the villains) When we finally get to the Dominion, it gets muddled the Pa Wraiths. Still good, but not as good as I remembered it. All in all, I’d still say it had the strongest overall plots (if not necessarily all the individual episodes) and cast of any Star Trek show. It managed to do the critique of that universe in a nuanced and controlled way. Even Section 31 was done as a very isolated thing which based on the information of the episode, we can’t even say really was Federation sanctioned or even that big of a deal. I blame later Star Trek from going too far with it. To put it in another way, yes, Paradise may have come under a few threats; a coup attempt, Dominion invasion, effective civil war between the Marquis and the Federation, and other challenges to Rodenberry’s idyllic future. That said, the soldiers always transported away at the end leaving Paradise to remain as such, even somewhat improved for having withstood the trial of a less kind reality. It never sought to undermine that vision, just to challenge it. I can't say newer shows have always held true to that principle, while others seemed more comfortable going back rather than fowards. It remains the height of the franchise, in my opinion, and one it didn't reach again since. It will be interesting to see if my less generous views on Voyager and Enterprise will change as I rewatch them Your thoughts?
  3. Ok, got a question for you? We know that if you turn off the safe guards in a holodeck then bullets become real, cars can run you over and phasers can kill. Keeping that in mind, if all safe guards are turned off could you order up an emergency comms transmitter through the holodeck and actually transmit and receive a signal?
  4. Looking for some help. I am looking at playing with a mobile holographic emitter project that my IC will be working on. Based on our current timeline has there been any work already done with MHE's that I can feed off of? Would there be any reason why I could not develop one at this point in our timeline? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Joel/Jack Kessler
  5. Anybody else reading this? I got sent the first one through work and I’m about halfway through it now. S’pretty fun! It’s positioned as a big wrap up for the current Trek Expanded Universe but I’ve felt really that’s it’s fairly more accessible than I was expecting as a single novel experience. I’ve been slightly disconnected from the current EU aside from a few novels here and there but I’ve been pretty pleased with it so far. I was just curious if anyone here were planning on trying them out.
  6. Hello. I went through all my files that I saved over the years. All the ideas for possible stories that I want to write and I found one of them. I think I created this idea around 2009. Somewhere. Called Star Trek: The Fourth Dimension. Something to do with either a time ship or a ship with a temporal warp core that got lost through time. I even had a full credits list of who starred in them. It was supposed to be an idea for a possible TV show. In the time after ENT ended and we entered this period where we needed another Star Trek show or we can't live without one. So I created one. Or tried to. This was my synoposis. The Story starred Captain Lewis C. Kirk and his crew transported through time, became lost and tried to find a way home. Like Voyager only its temporal. The "Time Ship" is able to go into different dimensions and time. The ship can create a rip in time and space in order to go to different universes. Kind of like Doctor Who...in a sense... At that time, because I was young as it was around 2009, I didnt know a lot of rules. So, my story kinda contradicts with what Paramount considers original. Like for example, Lewis C. Kirk is the great grand nephew of the famous James T. Kirk. Fixable. Meaning, I have a chance to either delete him or give him a new name. The First officer is a half human-half Romulan female. The second officer is a male Vulcan. I have a chief engineer named John "Scotty" Jessen who's a....you guessed it. Scottish. My creativity wasnt very good back then. I was creative, but it had its limits. I also created a new race called the Melorians. They have "special" powers. They are telepathic and have the ability to go through walls. They do have their limits. I even have a half human, half Melorian that shares the same powers but with its own limits. There is a recharge limit. He has to rest everytime he goes through walls. And the thicker the walls, the longer he has to rest. ALSO.....he is the only one of his race with the ability to become......invisible. Yup. Invisible. Its very rare its like a genetic abnormality. Also, he is also born deaf due to his ears being malformed. He became deaf and has special devices surgically attached to his ears. Essentially, the half Melorian is me. I named him Ensign Toby Ghost Sloan. At that time when I created him, I felt invisible in RL. And I dreamt that I could go through walls lol....anyways. The last two, or maybe three. Doctor Zora Nebulae is the CMO. She is a non native of the Alpha Quaduant as she is from the Delta Quaduant. I won't reveal much of her. I do have her written down completely, but spoilers. You understand. Anyways, I can tell you this though. I named her Nebulae for a special reason. Her green skin color can change depending on her mood and she is capable of healing. I'm assuming its a special ability that she has that she can heal without the use of technology. That's all I can say...She is and will remain a mystery. Secondly, I also have a strange combination of half Klingon half Cardassian who is a literal tank and is ten times stronger OR has ten times the strength of a Klingon. I will work on that. Finally, I have a ships AI. An Artificial Intelligence called Lomarr. Supposedly similar to Data but with the traits of "Andromeda's" AI, Rommie. But not Rommie in a sense. Similar. Lomarr can be either male or female and I think, they can be both. It's an artificial computer in the form of a human. So.....what do you think? Feel free to bash me, but please, be nice to me. I created all those back in the ancient time that is 2009....or 2010. I want to recreate this story, if it has potential? Maybe you can help me? Or encourage me? Maybe I'll have time to pursue all this idea...
  8. Did anyone catch what the two names were that the Barzan botanist called his two daughters after Barzan II moons? I couldn't quite understand what he said.
  9. Does anyone believe their is a correct way to write for Section 31? I’ve seen it abused in the past way to much which is why so many sims leave it to fleet management or game masters to run them. however I believe if a group actually discussed it and there were rules in place a section 31 mission or arc would bring out some great game play and character development (minus all the abuse).
  10. Hi everyone! I've always been interested in the minor ship classes in Star Trek - the ones that show up for about five seconds in an episode or two or else exist to be blown up in some way or other. My personal favourite of these is the Sydney class (like the USS Jenolan) because it has a design that I just find really neat as a midway point between a shuttle and a larger ship. What's your favourite?
  11. The first two minutes of Discovery season 3 is out on YouTube right now! I have no idea what's going on, but it's pretty intense. Go check it out! I'm not going to post the link because there's mild language so view at your own discretion.
  12. In case you missed it, here's the official trailer: And they've released a clip from the first episode today at Comic-Con@Home:
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