Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:30:31 -0700 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[Introducing the Discovery Starships Collection]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/introducing-the-discovery-starships-collection

Eaglemoss Collections is known for its long tradition of producing starships from every Star Trek series and film. Star Trek: Discovery Starships is the company’s newest spin-off collection, and it includes die-cast models featuring the brand-new ship concepts and designs from Star Trek: Discovery.

U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031

Star Trek Discovery, U.S.S. Discovery

Captain Gabriel Lorca / Model Length 10"

U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227

Captain Philippa Georgiou / Walker Class / Model Length 7.8"

Each ship in the Discovery collection has undergone extensive reference study and been reproduced with the supervision of Star Trek expert Ben Robinson for accuracy and detail. Further, each Discovery Starship is die-cast, hand-painted and comes with both a display stand and an informative in-depth magazine accentuating production artwork, highlighting the ships’ history, design, and the technology on board, along with its crew and weapons. In terms of size, Discovery Starships are approximately 7 inch to 10 inches in length - in the range of specials.

Eaglemoss, in response to overwhelming demand for this highly anticipated collection, is reserving issues for early subscribers. By purchasing today, you are reserving your spot to be the first to receive one of a limited quantity of Star Trek: Discovery Starships issues.

Subscription Option: Reserve today and get the Walker Class U.S.S. Shenzhou for only $9.95. The first ship will start shipping in January 2018. Through this special offer, fans have the opportunity to reserve a subscription to this limited edition collection. Then get a new ship from Discovery delivered to your door each month. Go to Discovery Starships Collection to subscribe.

Preorder Ship Only Option: Not ready to subscribe? Preorder the U.S.S. Shenzhou today for $54.95 at Eaglemoss Collections.

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Eaglemoss Collections is known for its long tradition of producing starships from every Star Trek series and film. Star Trek: Discovery Starships is the company’s newest spin-off collection, and it includes die-cast models featuring the brand-new ship concepts and designs from Star Trek: Discovery.

U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031

Star Trek Discovery, U.S.S. Discovery

Captain Gabriel Lorca / Model Length 10"

U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227

Captain Philippa Georgiou / Walker Class / Model Length 7.8"

Each ship in the Discovery collection has undergone extensive reference study and been reproduced with the supervision of Star Trek expert Ben Robinson for accuracy and detail. Further, each Discovery Starship is die-cast, hand-painted and comes with both a display stand and an informative in-depth magazine accentuating production artwork, highlighting the ships’ history, design, and the technology on board, along with its crew and weapons. In terms of size, Discovery Starships are approximately 7 inch to 10 inches in length - in the range of specials.

Eaglemoss, in response to overwhelming demand for this highly anticipated collection, is reserving issues for early subscribers. By purchasing today, you are reserving your spot to be the first to receive one of a limited quantity of Star Trek: Discovery Starships issues.

Subscription Option: Reserve today and get the Walker Class U.S.S. Shenzhou for only $9.95. The first ship will start shipping in January 2018. Through this special offer, fans have the opportunity to reserve a subscription to this limited edition collection. Then get a new ship from Discovery delivered to your door each month. Go to Discovery Starships Collection to subscribe.

Preorder Ship Only Option: Not ready to subscribe? Preorder the U.S.S. Shenzhou today for $54.95 at Eaglemoss Collections.

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introducing-the-discovery-starships-collection Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:30:31 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: Discovery Main Title Sequence ]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/watch-discovery-main-title-sequence

The Star Trek: Discovery main title sequence has just been released. And it's 95 seconds of superb music, some of which strikes iconic notes, and colorful animation that builds out elements of the show -- including ships, weapons, an EV suit and more -- that will soon become very familiar to viewers.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access tonight, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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The Star Trek: Discovery main title sequence has just been released. And it's 95 seconds of superb music, some of which strikes iconic notes, and colorful animation that builds out elements of the show -- including ships, weapons, an EV suit and more -- that will soon become very familiar to viewers.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access tonight, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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watch-discovery-main-title-sequence Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:29:35 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: Michelle Yeoh Takes the Captain's Chair on Discovery]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/watch-michelle-yeoh-takes-the-captains-chair-on-discovery

CBS All Access has just released a new video, "Michelle Yeoh Takes the Captain's Chair on Star Trek: Discovery," which offers a detailed look at Captain Philippa Georgiou and the actress who plays her. Over the course of the almost-three-minute-long video, viewers will see new footage and hear from Yeoh, co-star Sonequa Martin-Green and several of the show's writers, producers and directors.

Check it out:

Head to www.CBS.com for more on Captain Philippa Georgiou's inherent optimism.

 

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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CBS All Access has just released a new video, "Michelle Yeoh Takes the Captain's Chair on Star Trek: Discovery," which offers a detailed look at Captain Philippa Georgiou and the actress who plays her. Over the course of the almost-three-minute-long video, viewers will see new footage and hear from Yeoh, co-star Sonequa Martin-Green and several of the show's writers, producers and directors.

Check it out:

Head to www.CBS.com for more on Captain Philippa Georgiou's inherent optimism.

 

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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watch-michelle-yeoh-takes-the-captains-chair-on-discovery Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:14:51 -0700
<![CDATA[A Discovery Premiere Primer]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/a-discovery-premiere-primer

Are you ready? Star Trek: Discovery is ready for launch and StarTrek.com is here with a handy-dandy Premiere Primer to thoroughly prep you for the experience.

The Setting

Star Trek: Discovery, Saru, Michael Burnham & Captain Georgiou

Discovery unfolds about a decade before the time in which Kirk and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series did their thing aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. So, we’re talking roughly the 2250’s. That puts the show in the Prime timeline, during which everything from Enterprise, The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, as well as the TOS and TNG features occurred. 

The Story

Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham & Captain Georgiou

Discovery will follow characters aboard two ships, the U.S.S. Shenzhou, captained by Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), and the U.S.S. Discovery, led by Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs). Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) – a human raised since childhood as the ward of the Vulcan, Sarek --  is the series’ protagonist, a real first for Trek, as the tale will be told through the eyes of someone who is not the captain. Add into the mix, the Klingons, who serve as the antagonists, but will not necessarily be demonized.

Star Trek: Discovery, L'Rell & T'Kuvma

“We will be discovering the Federation and Starfleet in a time of war, and how the Federation has to look at itself and make some decisions about how it needs to behave and act,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told StarTrek.com. “You're going to find a character in Michael Burnham, who was basically ready to be promoted to the Captain's chair and makes some choices that change her life, and for that reason, what she thought she was going to get, who she thought she was, all of her time with Sarek training to be a captain… is now sort of a far-off vision, and she's going to be discovering who she really is. We're going to be discovering the Klingons from a point of view I don't think we've done before.

Star Trek: Discovery, T'Kuvma

“Mainly, when you cut away to Klingons (in previous Treks), they're screaming "Qapla!" and firing torpedoes,” Harberts continued. “(And on Discovery) you're going to find a race of people who have their own philosophy, know it's a philosophy of isolationism and it's a philosophy of wanting to maintain their own unity in the face of their own... The Klingons have never been more fractured at this time, and they want to unite. They want to focus on themselves rather than focus on anything else outside that. We'll discover that, too. We'll discover how a war breaks out sort of by watching it happen on both sides.”

Starfleet Characters

Viewers will meet a wide variety of Starfleet characters over the course of Discovery’s 15 first-season episodes. Here’s a quick look at several of the Starfleet figures:

Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham

Michael Burnham is First Officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Through her Vulcan upbringing, she has cultivated a razor-sharp logic and intellect. Discussing the character with StarTrek.com, Sonequa Martin-Green said, “You are entering this world through the eyes of a first officer who has this aspiration to be greater, and to be more, and to be captain, of course. And so, you get to see me on that journey, but you get to see all of the pitfalls, and you get to see the turmoil, and you get to see the failures. You get to see the mistakes. You get to see the triumphs. I think that it is an incredible.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Georgiou

Captain Philippa Georgiou of the U.S.S. Shenzhou is a strong, seasoned leader. Unpretentious and charismatic, you'd follow her anywhere. “Georgiou, she is a war veteran,” Michelle Yeoh told StarTrek.com. “She has seen the horrors of war. But she is a very compassionate person. As I look into her, she, by heart, is an explorer. She loved the universe. She loved the ability and possibility of seeing new stars, new novae being born. She's always awed by that. That's what I love about this character. She's not cynical. She's not jaded by all the things. She firmly believes in the hope and the goodness of humanity.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Lorca

Captain Gabriel Lorca, The captain of the U.S.S. Discover is a formitable leader with a decisive charisma that hides many secrets. "This is a very interesting, messed-up guy with a bunch of things going on inside," Jason Isaacs confirmed to StarTrek.com. "And it's not apparent when you first meet him. He's got all kinds of agendas that are involved. You just look for meat and potatoes, something to act. If I thought, 'Oh, do I want to be Bill Shatner or Patrick Stewart?'... I would have run crying and hidden in a cupboard.

Star Trek: Discovery, Saru

Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and Lieutenant Commander on the U.S.S. Shenzhou, is Kelpien, an alien prey species that have biologically fostered the ability to sense threats. “Lt. Saru is a species of alien you've never seen in any Trek canon before,” Doug Jones explained to StarTrek.com. “That's the exciting part, that I get to help develop him. I would’ve been terrified to take on a species that had already been established because the fans are watching every move, jot, and thing you do. It's also daunting because I want to get this right, so that he becomes one of those characters that can be beloved and appreciated and can be emulated in later incarnations down the road through someone else.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Sylvia Tilly

Cadet Sylvia Tilly, A Starfleet Academy cadet in her final year of study, Tilly is assigned to the U.S.S. Discovery and becomes roommates with Michael Burnham. "I get to live so close to my own experience,” Wiseman said, referring to the fact that she, like Tilly is a rookie. "That makes it really easy. Some crazy sci-fi thing happens and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God! That’s so cool!’ And that ‘s how it feels. Plus, I have really warm, wonderful, capable people around me, which makes that even better.”  

Star Trek: Discovery, Sarek

Sarek, a formidable Vulcan, is a beloved character who has appeared often throughout the Star Trek franchise. He is also, of course, Spock’s father. “It seems really interesting, the whole Vulcan ideal, where (Vulcans) basically come to the conclusion that emotion, all emotion, is a problem,” James Frain noted to StarTrek.com. ““And that is just so alien to us. Ultimately, is it really achievable? And who is this guy who is like a U.N. Ambassador who marries a human being? I mean, how did that happen? Who is this guy? That's what I feel like I'm doing every day when I come to work.”

The Klingons

The Klingons, as noted earlier, really get their due in Discovery. There’s an effort to unite the two dozen long-divided Klingon houses, and rapprochement doesn’t come easy, even with a common enemy.

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingons

"The show is often told from both points of view,” writer-producer-director Akiva Goldsman said at San Diego Comic-Con, referring to the Klingons and Federation. “It is certainly about the Federation but there are significant sections of the narrative that are purely from the Klingon point of view – and in Klingon. It's a real piece of the show. It will allow the audience to participate in who is right and who is wrong."

Star Trek: Discovery, T'Kuvma

"It's been super-fun to take a species that feels well-established,” writer Kirsten Beyer noted at Comic-Con, “and to imagine what a certain period in their history may have produced. It has given us all kind of new ways to talk about and experience Klingons."

Star Trek: Discovery, T'Kuvma

T’Kuvma is a Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses. He is played by Chris Obi whose character remains a bit mysterious.

Star Trek: Discovery, L'Rell

L’Rell is a Klingon and the battle deck commander of T'Kuvma's Klingon ship. Speaking about the character during an interview with StarTrek.com, actress Mary Chieffo enthused that, “This exploration of ‘the other’ is exciting, and I think we really are going to get a great window into both sides. I'm speaking to this because it really did strike me that how the Federation perceives me, L'Rell, is very different from how, say, Kol perceives me within the Klingon world. Who I am, to him, is very different. That’s something we haven’t seen.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Kol

Kol is a Klingon warrior from the House of Kor. “He’s… the leader,” Kenneth Mitchell revealed to StarTrek.com. “You first meet him in holograph form, and he's an alpha Klingon amongst the house leaders, amongst the 24 house leaders. He has these disagreements and conflicts with T'Kuvma and his house, and it launches that relationship throughout the rest of the season. Kol is on a bit of a path to power, and he also wants to protect his people, not only amongst the Klingon houses, but also amongst the Federation.

Star Trek: Discovery, L'Rell

In a cool, bold move, the Klingons speak Klingon. As such, viewers at home will mostly hear Klingon and see their dialogue translated into English. “I love it,” Mary Chieffo said, detailing how the Klingon actors pull it off on set. “I've reached the point now where I can read and write it pretty well. I’m still not fluent, because the syntax is opposite of anything I know, but it's a really ultimately liberating process. Often in film and TV, it’s, “OK, we're going to show up on the day, and we're just going to find it and capture that lightning in a bottle." We can’t do that because we have to memorize the meaning of each word and the structure of each sentence, and make sure you really understand it logically, so that you can then inhabit it emotionally. I spend a lot of time with our dialect coach, Rea. We have these two-hour sessions where we go through and she helps me refine the sounds.”

The Ships

Star Trek: Discovery, U.S.S. Discovery

U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031: Traverses the galaxy under the command of Gabriel Lorca, a man who rarely settles into his captain’s chair, as he prefers to be in the heart of the action at all times. The ship boasts a viewscreen, but holographic projections are the preferred method of communicating. StarTrek.com was on the set recently and reported that the bridge is sleek and colorful, and more modern-looking to the eye than the TOS or Enterprise bridges. That said, there were actual buttons and knobs on the assorted consoles. Conversely, the transparent screens at the crew stations are uber-high-tech. “We’re trying to bring things up just a little bit so that we were living in our present-day language or what the future's going to be bringing us,” Harberts explained, “but also continuing to sort of stay nestled in those 10 years before The Original Series.”

Star Trek: Discovery, U.S.S. Shenzhou

U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227: A Walker Class ship captained by Philippa Georgiou. “The Shenzhou feels almost more like a battle ship, even though it's a Starfleet vessel and intended for exploration, diplomacy,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told a group of journalists visiting the show’s sets in August. “There's an intensity when you step onto this bridge. Not to say that Discovery isn't (intense, too), but the angles, the sharp lines, the ceiling kind of comes down to a much... The headroom there is a lot narrower. I would say it's almost more Hunt for Red October inside that bridge. It feels a little more cramped."

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingon Sarcophagus Ship

Klingon Sarcophagus Ship: According to writer Ted Sullivan, per an interview with SFX Magazine, it “is a 200-year-old ship. In the past, Klingons have not really cared about their dead – they’re not like marines. But these Klingons are. The outside of the ship is covered in thousands of coffins. Some are 300 years old, some are just two days old. Downstairs is the death room, where they prepare their dead; then the coffins get raised up and put on the outside.”

Star Trek: Discovery will debut tonight on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on tomorrow on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Are you ready? Star Trek: Discovery is ready for launch and StarTrek.com is here with a handy-dandy Premiere Primer to thoroughly prep you for the experience.

The Setting

Star Trek: Discovery, Saru, Michael Burnham & Captain Georgiou

Discovery unfolds about a decade before the time in which Kirk and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series did their thing aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. So, we’re talking roughly the 2250’s. That puts the show in the Prime timeline, during which everything from Enterprise, The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, as well as the TOS and TNG features occurred. 

The Story

Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham & Captain Georgiou

Discovery will follow characters aboard two ships, the U.S.S. Shenzhou, captained by Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), and the U.S.S. Discovery, led by Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs). Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) – a human raised since childhood as the ward of the Vulcan, Sarek --  is the series’ protagonist, a real first for Trek, as the tale will be told through the eyes of someone who is not the captain. Add into the mix, the Klingons, who serve as the antagonists, but will not necessarily be demonized.

Star Trek: Discovery, L'Rell & T'Kuvma

“We will be discovering the Federation and Starfleet in a time of war, and how the Federation has to look at itself and make some decisions about how it needs to behave and act,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told StarTrek.com. “You're going to find a character in Michael Burnham, who was basically ready to be promoted to the Captain's chair and makes some choices that change her life, and for that reason, what she thought she was going to get, who she thought she was, all of her time with Sarek training to be a captain… is now sort of a far-off vision, and she's going to be discovering who she really is. We're going to be discovering the Klingons from a point of view I don't think we've done before.

Star Trek: Discovery, T'Kuvma

“Mainly, when you cut away to Klingons (in previous Treks), they're screaming "Qapla!" and firing torpedoes,” Harberts continued. “(And on Discovery) you're going to find a race of people who have their own philosophy, know it's a philosophy of isolationism and it's a philosophy of wanting to maintain their own unity in the face of their own... The Klingons have never been more fractured at this time, and they want to unite. They want to focus on themselves rather than focus on anything else outside that. We'll discover that, too. We'll discover how a war breaks out sort of by watching it happen on both sides.”

Starfleet Characters

Viewers will meet a wide variety of Starfleet characters over the course of Discovery’s 15 first-season episodes. Here’s a quick look at several of the Starfleet figures:

Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham

Michael Burnham is First Officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Through her Vulcan upbringing, she has cultivated a razor-sharp logic and intellect. Discussing the character with StarTrek.com, Sonequa Martin-Green said, “You are entering this world through the eyes of a first officer who has this aspiration to be greater, and to be more, and to be captain, of course. And so, you get to see me on that journey, but you get to see all of the pitfalls, and you get to see the turmoil, and you get to see the failures. You get to see the mistakes. You get to see the triumphs. I think that it is an incredible.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Georgiou

Captain Philippa Georgiou of the U.S.S. Shenzhou is a strong, seasoned leader. Unpretentious and charismatic, you'd follow her anywhere. “Georgiou, she is a war veteran,” Michelle Yeoh told StarTrek.com. “She has seen the horrors of war. But she is a very compassionate person. As I look into her, she, by heart, is an explorer. She loved the universe. She loved the ability and possibility of seeing new stars, new novae being born. She's always awed by that. That's what I love about this character. She's not cynical. She's not jaded by all the things. She firmly believes in the hope and the goodness of humanity.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Lorca

Captain Gabriel Lorca, The captain of the U.S.S. Discover is a formitable leader with a decisive charisma that hides many secrets. "This is a very interesting, messed-up guy with a bunch of things going on inside," Jason Isaacs confirmed to StarTrek.com. "And it's not apparent when you first meet him. He's got all kinds of agendas that are involved. You just look for meat and potatoes, something to act. If I thought, 'Oh, do I want to be Bill Shatner or Patrick Stewart?'... I would have run crying and hidden in a cupboard.

Star Trek: Discovery, Saru

Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and Lieutenant Commander on the U.S.S. Shenzhou, is Kelpien, an alien prey species that have biologically fostered the ability to sense threats. “Lt. Saru is a species of alien you've never seen in any Trek canon before,” Doug Jones explained to StarTrek.com. “That's the exciting part, that I get to help develop him. I would’ve been terrified to take on a species that had already been established because the fans are watching every move, jot, and thing you do. It's also daunting because I want to get this right, so that he becomes one of those characters that can be beloved and appreciated and can be emulated in later incarnations down the road through someone else.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Sylvia Tilly

Cadet Sylvia Tilly, A Starfleet Academy cadet in her final year of study, Tilly is assigned to the U.S.S. Discovery and becomes roommates with Michael Burnham. "I get to live so close to my own experience,” Wiseman said, referring to the fact that she, like Tilly is a rookie. "That makes it really easy. Some crazy sci-fi thing happens and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God! That’s so cool!’ And that ‘s how it feels. Plus, I have really warm, wonderful, capable people around me, which makes that even better.”  

Star Trek: Discovery, Sarek

Sarek, a formidable Vulcan, is a beloved character who has appeared often throughout the Star Trek franchise. He is also, of course, Spock’s father. “It seems really interesting, the whole Vulcan ideal, where (Vulcans) basically come to the conclusion that emotion, all emotion, is a problem,” James Frain noted to StarTrek.com. ““And that is just so alien to us. Ultimately, is it really achievable? And who is this guy who is like a U.N. Ambassador who marries a human being? I mean, how did that happen? Who is this guy? That's what I feel like I'm doing every day when I come to work.”

The Klingons

The Klingons, as noted earlier, really get their due in Discovery. There’s an effort to unite the two dozen long-divided Klingon houses, and rapprochement doesn’t come easy, even with a common enemy.

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingons

"The show is often told from both points of view,” writer-producer-director Akiva Goldsman said at San Diego Comic-Con, referring to the Klingons and Federation. “It is certainly about the Federation but there are significant sections of the narrative that are purely from the Klingon point of view – and in Klingon. It's a real piece of the show. It will allow the audience to participate in who is right and who is wrong."

Star Trek: Discovery, T'Kuvma

"It's been super-fun to take a species that feels well-established,” writer Kirsten Beyer noted at Comic-Con, “and to imagine what a certain period in their history may have produced. It has given us all kind of new ways to talk about and experience Klingons."

Star Trek: Discovery, T'Kuvma

T’Kuvma is a Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses. He is played by Chris Obi whose character remains a bit mysterious.

Star Trek: Discovery, L'Rell

L’Rell is a Klingon and the battle deck commander of T'Kuvma's Klingon ship. Speaking about the character during an interview with StarTrek.com, actress Mary Chieffo enthused that, “This exploration of ‘the other’ is exciting, and I think we really are going to get a great window into both sides. I'm speaking to this because it really did strike me that how the Federation perceives me, L'Rell, is very different from how, say, Kol perceives me within the Klingon world. Who I am, to him, is very different. That’s something we haven’t seen.”

Star Trek: Discovery, Kol

Kol is a Klingon warrior from the House of Kor. “He’s… the leader,” Kenneth Mitchell revealed to StarTrek.com. “You first meet him in holograph form, and he's an alpha Klingon amongst the house leaders, amongst the 24 house leaders. He has these disagreements and conflicts with T'Kuvma and his house, and it launches that relationship throughout the rest of the season. Kol is on a bit of a path to power, and he also wants to protect his people, not only amongst the Klingon houses, but also amongst the Federation.

Star Trek: Discovery, L'Rell

In a cool, bold move, the Klingons speak Klingon. As such, viewers at home will mostly hear Klingon and see their dialogue translated into English. “I love it,” Mary Chieffo said, detailing how the Klingon actors pull it off on set. “I've reached the point now where I can read and write it pretty well. I’m still not fluent, because the syntax is opposite of anything I know, but it's a really ultimately liberating process. Often in film and TV, it’s, “OK, we're going to show up on the day, and we're just going to find it and capture that lightning in a bottle." We can’t do that because we have to memorize the meaning of each word and the structure of each sentence, and make sure you really understand it logically, so that you can then inhabit it emotionally. I spend a lot of time with our dialect coach, Rea. We have these two-hour sessions where we go through and she helps me refine the sounds.”

The Ships

Star Trek: Discovery, U.S.S. Discovery

U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031: Traverses the galaxy under the command of Gabriel Lorca, a man who rarely settles into his captain’s chair, as he prefers to be in the heart of the action at all times. The ship boasts a viewscreen, but holographic projections are the preferred method of communicating. StarTrek.com was on the set recently and reported that the bridge is sleek and colorful, and more modern-looking to the eye than the TOS or Enterprise bridges. That said, there were actual buttons and knobs on the assorted consoles. Conversely, the transparent screens at the crew stations are uber-high-tech. “We’re trying to bring things up just a little bit so that we were living in our present-day language or what the future's going to be bringing us,” Harberts explained, “but also continuing to sort of stay nestled in those 10 years before The Original Series.”

Star Trek: Discovery, U.S.S. Shenzhou

U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227: A Walker Class ship captained by Philippa Georgiou. “The Shenzhou feels almost more like a battle ship, even though it's a Starfleet vessel and intended for exploration, diplomacy,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told a group of journalists visiting the show’s sets in August. “There's an intensity when you step onto this bridge. Not to say that Discovery isn't (intense, too), but the angles, the sharp lines, the ceiling kind of comes down to a much... The headroom there is a lot narrower. I would say it's almost more Hunt for Red October inside that bridge. It feels a little more cramped."

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingon Sarcophagus Ship

Klingon Sarcophagus Ship: According to writer Ted Sullivan, per an interview with SFX Magazine, it “is a 200-year-old ship. In the past, Klingons have not really cared about their dead – they’re not like marines. But these Klingons are. The outside of the ship is covered in thousands of coffins. Some are 300 years old, some are just two days old. Downstairs is the death room, where they prepare their dead; then the coffins get raised up and put on the outside.”

Star Trek: Discovery will debut tonight on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on tomorrow on Netflix in the rest of the world.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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a-discovery-premiere-primer Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: U.S.S. Discovery Soars Over NYC]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/u-s-s-discovery-soars-over-nyc

It was far from a UFO that appeared over the Hudson River tonight in New York City. The U.S.S. Discovery made a special appearance in advance of the Star Trek: Discovery premiere, flying across the river and continuing north up the Hudson, before turning around right before the George Washington Bridge. The U.S.S. Discovery made a second appearance, flying along the New York City skyline before returning to spacedock.


Spoiler...
 It really wasn't the U.S.S. Discovery. The "ship" was actually a two-ton exoskeleton with LED lighting, produced by Remarkable Media, and carried by a Black Hawk helicopter. 


Star Trek: Discovery
 will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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It was far from a UFO that appeared over the Hudson River tonight in New York City. The U.S.S. Discovery made a special appearance in advance of the Star Trek: Discovery premiere, flying across the river and continuing north up the Hudson, before turning around right before the George Washington Bridge. The U.S.S. Discovery made a second appearance, flying along the New York City skyline before returning to spacedock.


Spoiler...
 It really wasn't the U.S.S. Discovery. The "ship" was actually a two-ton exoskeleton with LED lighting, produced by Remarkable Media, and carried by a Black Hawk helicopter. 


Star Trek: Discovery
 will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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u-s-s-discovery-soars-over-nyc Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:49:10 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: Martin-Green Beams to Rachael Ray Show, The Talk]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/watch-martin-green-beams-to-rachael-ray-show-the-talk

Sonequa Martin-Green, the star of Star Trek: Discovery, has been back out on the talk show circuit to support the upcoming CBS All Access series, which will premiere tomorrow. Yesterday, Martin-Green chatted with Rachael Ray on the Rachael Ray Show, touting that Discovery features “so many firsts.” She also appeared on The Talk, sitting in the Discovery captain’s chair as the hosts – Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood – asked her questions while dressed in Discovery uniforms. Well, most of them were in Discovery uniforms.

Check out video of both appearances:

Rachael Ray Show



The Talk

One of the highlights: video footage, taken by Martin-Green’s husband, of Martin-Green’s reaction to finding out she’d won the role of Michael Burnham on Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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Sonequa Martin-Green, the star of Star Trek: Discovery, has been back out on the talk show circuit to support the upcoming CBS All Access series, which will premiere tomorrow. Yesterday, Martin-Green chatted with Rachael Ray on the Rachael Ray Show, touting that Discovery features “so many firsts.” She also appeared on The Talk, sitting in the Discovery captain’s chair as the hosts – Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood – asked her questions while dressed in Discovery uniforms. Well, most of them were in Discovery uniforms.

Check out video of both appearances:

Rachael Ray Show



The Talk

One of the highlights: video footage, taken by Martin-Green’s husband, of Martin-Green’s reaction to finding out she’d won the role of Michael Burnham on Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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watch-martin-green-beams-to-rachael-ray-show-the-talk Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:21:25 -0700
<![CDATA[INTERVIEW: Discovery Writer, Voyager Novelist Kirsten Beyer]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/interview-discovery-writer-voyager-novelist-kirsten-beyer

It’s been said that Star Trek is a family affair. Kirsten Beyer is proof positive of that. Beyer, best known as the long-running author of the Star Trek: Voyager novels, is now part of the Star Trek: Discovery writing team, and she was on hand at Star Trek Las Vegas last month – with her very proud husband and eight-year-old daughter in tow – when CBS All Access and StarTrek.com started to lift the veil on Discovery. Beyer, who is not only on the Discovery writing staff, but is serving as the show’s liaison to the groups working on the Discovery tie-in novels and comic books, was front and center for much of STLV. She participated in two of the four Discovery panels and also spent many hours graciously interacting with fans throughout the weekend. And, between panels, Beyer took some time to sit down with StarTrek.com to discuss her Discovery experience thus far, preview her next Voyager novel, Architects of Infinity, and muse about indoctrinating her daughter into Star Trek.   

Star Trek: Discovery, Kirsten Beyer

What does Star Trek mean to you?

Star Trek is the reason I wanted to be a writer, so it's hard to overstate how much this universe means to me, this mythology and the thousands and thousands of people who have created it.

How did you first hook up with, not the show, but Star Trek, as it’s almost 10 years ago now that you started with the Voyager novels?

It is almost 10 years ago. I had managed to... I reached out to the Voyager television series when they still had an open submission policy, so from that I managed to get a number of pitch meetings while that show was on the air, the first one of which was actually with Bryan Fuller. I had this wealth of material that I had developed about Voyager and Star Trek in general that I then took to Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books, and was eventually ... Just sort of one of their editors, when he finally inherited the Voyager line, reached out to me to start writing for them, initially with a short story and then a novel, and then it all just sort of spit-balled from there.

Star Trek: Voyager

Your next Voyager book is Architects of Infinity, due out in December. What’s the basic premise?

Architects of Infinity is back to exploring and the scientific mysteries that most Starfleet officers sign up for in the first place. The one after that is To Lose the Earth. I was contracted for two at the outset of this project, and it's just taken me an incredibly long time to do them.

How different an exercise is writing for TV versus sitting at a desk and writing a book?

It's completely different. Not even just the part where beforehand you're coming up with ideas, where it was always just me and my editor, maybe. So (with the show), at first, having to share that process with nine different people broke my brain. I literally didn't understand how to follow somebody else's ideas through to a logical end and add my own to that mix. But, like anything, you do it long enough and it starts to make sense to you. Now I feel like, "Of course, TV has to be created this way." But initially I was like, "Well, who tells stories this way? Why would you ever do it this way?" It didn't make any sense.

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman, Kirsten Beyer, Ted Sullivan

And now? How does the collaboration with Discovery’s other writers work? You drop a piece, somebody builds on it? Somebody builds a piece, you get input? Back and forth like that?

It's about versions, right? It's about recognizing that for any story you want to tell or any fraction of the story, there's 1000 versions of it, and which one resonates the most? Something that you might imagine in one way, somebody else comes at it from a completely different point of view, and suddenly it knocks your socks off. So, a lot of it is just being open to that, allowing yourself to go with what the room is doing, so that you're not holding too tight to your own stuff. You have to allow everything to just belong to everyone.

What's it been like to write something on the page and see it come to life on the stage?

I spent so much time in Toronto crying it was ridiculous, partially because our actors are breathtaking and partially because, that magic thing of now it's alive was really overwhelming the first time out, I have to say. Ted (Sullivan) was talking onstage about our Saru episode, and how Doug (Jones) would just give all of himself, and then we would just sit there and cry on each other for like 20 minutes between setups. It was my favorite thing.

You started out as an actor, right?

Yes, I actually started out in life as an actor myself. I have a Masters of Fine Arts and Acting from UCLA. That's where I met my husband. So, there's nothing mysterious to me about what they do, and yet I’m so pleased by the way our cast just does what they do. I am blown away.

Star Trek: Discovery, Kirsten Beyer, Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman

The Saru episode is your big one, but is there a particular character whose voice you hear in your head, that you're most attached to for whatever reason?

Tilly (Mary Wiseman). She is a Starfleet officer unlike anything we have seen before, partially because of her inexperience. We're building from that notion that canon tells us both Kirk and Spock served these cadet years. We don't know what they were exactly. We don't know a lot about that, but we just ... It's there in history for us. So, we've imagined Tilly actually doing the same thing on our ship. I didn't hear her voice, though, until we cast Mary, and until I started to hear Mary. The minute she opened her mouth at the first table read, I was like, "Oh, my God." She just has her own rhythms, her own sensibilities. You're never going to mistake Mary for anybody else. And for me, that marriage between those two is perfect. Any time I get to write her, I'm just tickled.

You are the liaison between Discovery as a show and the other elements, namely the novels and comic books. How is that going and what does that involve for you?

I have a lot more work to do on the show now than I did when we started, and so my time is very, very limited. In addition, once we moved into production, everybody in Toronto heard about me as the girl you could ask anything about Star Trek to, so the emails and the phone calls ... It's a great problem to have, but it's a lot. So, serving as the liaison, part of it is that I still get to work professionally with the people I was with before on the novels, and I've been brought into this whole new world of comic books, which is fabulous. But it's the thing that I usually get to at the end of the day when I am most tired, and yet it requires so much focus. To read an entire novel two or three times. To make sure that the little changes that have happened in the room are now going to reflect it. It's an ambitious project that we have taken on ourselves to try to tie this series to its tie-in properties in a way that nothing has before, and I'm very proud so far of what we have done. The amount of energy it's going to require to sustain that, I don't know, but we're going to keep trying. It's going to be the goal, but Jiminy Christmas.

Star Trek: Discovery, Kirsten Beyer

How involved were you working with Mike Johnson on the Discovery comic books?

He has taught me comics. Really, I didn't intend to be a co-author, but what happened is he and I are just great collaborators. We would sit down and just for hours talk story. This side of the story was tasked with the Klingon story. Where did this particular guy come from? So, imagining all of that, it was incredible. He is a great partner. Together, we build story. He then goes and puts it in the right format, and now that I've seen that a few times, I begin to understand, but still. We're still working on the first, and I'm watching that come to life before my eyes day by day. It's just yet another way of getting into story, which I'm much more open to now. Initially, like I said, my brain felt broken, but now it's more like, "Oh, OK, I see."

Story-wise, what excites you about the story you're telling in the comic book?

The truth about T'Kuvma. It's who he is, and where he came from, and how we got to that moment. I don't think it's anything you expect or anything you've seen before.

Your 8-year-old daughter has been here at STLV this whole time, soaking in this whole Trek experience – so excitedly -- along with you. Is there a part of you that has her in mind when you're writing Discovery, because she really is the next generation?

I've been trying to share Trek with her in bits and pieces. Some of it is a little excessive at her age, because I don't want to scare her. Although nothing scares her, which is very strange to me because I was so scared as a kid. But she ... I've been trying to give her a little bit of The Original Series. Of course, I’ve been trying to give her a little bit of Voyager, because someday I want her to read Mommy's books and know what that whole story is. But the one show that I just couldn't get as excited about was Enterprise. I've been showing her all these things. She'll watch into it for a while, whatever, and then she leaves. One night, I was watching Enterprise for work, literally, and she walks in and she's glued to the set. She's like, "Mommy, this is the best thing I've ever seen," and I'm like, "Oh, no. Honey, no. It's really actually not." This just got her rolling. So, she is very much in my mind, but I will say, I do think a lot of what we're doing thematically (on Discovery) is probably too adult at this point for her right now. I'm not going to be able to keep her from watching it for long, but there are going to have to be discussions.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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It’s been said that Star Trek is a family affair. Kirsten Beyer is proof positive of that. Beyer, best known as the long-running author of the Star Trek: Voyager novels, is now part of the Star Trek: Discovery writing team, and she was on hand at Star Trek Las Vegas last month – with her very proud husband and eight-year-old daughter in tow – when CBS All Access and StarTrek.com started to lift the veil on Discovery. Beyer, who is not only on the Discovery writing staff, but is serving as the show’s liaison to the groups working on the Discovery tie-in novels and comic books, was front and center for much of STLV. She participated in two of the four Discovery panels and also spent many hours graciously interacting with fans throughout the weekend. And, between panels, Beyer took some time to sit down with StarTrek.com to discuss her Discovery experience thus far, preview her next Voyager novel, Architects of Infinity, and muse about indoctrinating her daughter into Star Trek.   

Star Trek: Discovery, Kirsten Beyer

What does Star Trek mean to you?

Star Trek is the reason I wanted to be a writer, so it's hard to overstate how much this universe means to me, this mythology and the thousands and thousands of people who have created it.

How did you first hook up with, not the show, but Star Trek, as it’s almost 10 years ago now that you started with the Voyager novels?

It is almost 10 years ago. I had managed to... I reached out to the Voyager television series when they still had an open submission policy, so from that I managed to get a number of pitch meetings while that show was on the air, the first one of which was actually with Bryan Fuller. I had this wealth of material that I had developed about Voyager and Star Trek in general that I then took to Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books, and was eventually ... Just sort of one of their editors, when he finally inherited the Voyager line, reached out to me to start writing for them, initially with a short story and then a novel, and then it all just sort of spit-balled from there.

Star Trek: Voyager

Your next Voyager book is Architects of Infinity, due out in December. What’s the basic premise?

Architects of Infinity is back to exploring and the scientific mysteries that most Starfleet officers sign up for in the first place. The one after that is To Lose the Earth. I was contracted for two at the outset of this project, and it's just taken me an incredibly long time to do them.

How different an exercise is writing for TV versus sitting at a desk and writing a book?

It's completely different. Not even just the part where beforehand you're coming up with ideas, where it was always just me and my editor, maybe. So (with the show), at first, having to share that process with nine different people broke my brain. I literally didn't understand how to follow somebody else's ideas through to a logical end and add my own to that mix. But, like anything, you do it long enough and it starts to make sense to you. Now I feel like, "Of course, TV has to be created this way." But initially I was like, "Well, who tells stories this way? Why would you ever do it this way?" It didn't make any sense.

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman, Kirsten Beyer, Ted Sullivan

And now? How does the collaboration with Discovery’s other writers work? You drop a piece, somebody builds on it? Somebody builds a piece, you get input? Back and forth like that?

It's about versions, right? It's about recognizing that for any story you want to tell or any fraction of the story, there's 1000 versions of it, and which one resonates the most? Something that you might imagine in one way, somebody else comes at it from a completely different point of view, and suddenly it knocks your socks off. So, a lot of it is just being open to that, allowing yourself to go with what the room is doing, so that you're not holding too tight to your own stuff. You have to allow everything to just belong to everyone.

What's it been like to write something on the page and see it come to life on the stage?

I spent so much time in Toronto crying it was ridiculous, partially because our actors are breathtaking and partially because, that magic thing of now it's alive was really overwhelming the first time out, I have to say. Ted (Sullivan) was talking onstage about our Saru episode, and how Doug (Jones) would just give all of himself, and then we would just sit there and cry on each other for like 20 minutes between setups. It was my favorite thing.

You started out as an actor, right?

Yes, I actually started out in life as an actor myself. I have a Masters of Fine Arts and Acting from UCLA. That's where I met my husband. So, there's nothing mysterious to me about what they do, and yet I’m so pleased by the way our cast just does what they do. I am blown away.

Star Trek: Discovery, Kirsten Beyer, Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman

The Saru episode is your big one, but is there a particular character whose voice you hear in your head, that you're most attached to for whatever reason?

Tilly (Mary Wiseman). She is a Starfleet officer unlike anything we have seen before, partially because of her inexperience. We're building from that notion that canon tells us both Kirk and Spock served these cadet years. We don't know what they were exactly. We don't know a lot about that, but we just ... It's there in history for us. So, we've imagined Tilly actually doing the same thing on our ship. I didn't hear her voice, though, until we cast Mary, and until I started to hear Mary. The minute she opened her mouth at the first table read, I was like, "Oh, my God." She just has her own rhythms, her own sensibilities. You're never going to mistake Mary for anybody else. And for me, that marriage between those two is perfect. Any time I get to write her, I'm just tickled.

You are the liaison between Discovery as a show and the other elements, namely the novels and comic books. How is that going and what does that involve for you?

I have a lot more work to do on the show now than I did when we started, and so my time is very, very limited. In addition, once we moved into production, everybody in Toronto heard about me as the girl you could ask anything about Star Trek to, so the emails and the phone calls ... It's a great problem to have, but it's a lot. So, serving as the liaison, part of it is that I still get to work professionally with the people I was with before on the novels, and I've been brought into this whole new world of comic books, which is fabulous. But it's the thing that I usually get to at the end of the day when I am most tired, and yet it requires so much focus. To read an entire novel two or three times. To make sure that the little changes that have happened in the room are now going to reflect it. It's an ambitious project that we have taken on ourselves to try to tie this series to its tie-in properties in a way that nothing has before, and I'm very proud so far of what we have done. The amount of energy it's going to require to sustain that, I don't know, but we're going to keep trying. It's going to be the goal, but Jiminy Christmas.

Star Trek: Discovery, Kirsten Beyer

How involved were you working with Mike Johnson on the Discovery comic books?

He has taught me comics. Really, I didn't intend to be a co-author, but what happened is he and I are just great collaborators. We would sit down and just for hours talk story. This side of the story was tasked with the Klingon story. Where did this particular guy come from? So, imagining all of that, it was incredible. He is a great partner. Together, we build story. He then goes and puts it in the right format, and now that I've seen that a few times, I begin to understand, but still. We're still working on the first, and I'm watching that come to life before my eyes day by day. It's just yet another way of getting into story, which I'm much more open to now. Initially, like I said, my brain felt broken, but now it's more like, "Oh, OK, I see."

Story-wise, what excites you about the story you're telling in the comic book?

The truth about T'Kuvma. It's who he is, and where he came from, and how we got to that moment. I don't think it's anything you expect or anything you've seen before.

Your 8-year-old daughter has been here at STLV this whole time, soaking in this whole Trek experience – so excitedly -- along with you. Is there a part of you that has her in mind when you're writing Discovery, because she really is the next generation?

I've been trying to share Trek with her in bits and pieces. Some of it is a little excessive at her age, because I don't want to scare her. Although nothing scares her, which is very strange to me because I was so scared as a kid. But she ... I've been trying to give her a little bit of The Original Series. Of course, I’ve been trying to give her a little bit of Voyager, because someday I want her to read Mommy's books and know what that whole story is. But the one show that I just couldn't get as excited about was Enterprise. I've been showing her all these things. She'll watch into it for a while, whatever, and then she leaves. One night, I was watching Enterprise for work, literally, and she walks in and she's glued to the set. She's like, "Mommy, this is the best thing I've ever seen," and I'm like, "Oh, no. Honey, no. It's really actually not." This just got her rolling. So, she is very much in my mind, but I will say, I do think a lot of what we're doing thematically (on Discovery) is probably too adult at this point for her right now. I'm not going to be able to keep her from watching it for long, but there are going to have to be discussions.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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interview-discovery-writer-voyager-novelist-kirsten-beyer Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:38:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Matt Mira To Host After Trek]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/matt-mira-to-host-after-trek

Star Trek: Discovery's live companion after-show, After Trek, premieres Sunday evening on CBS All Access with host Matt Mira of the Nerdist. The first live, in-studio guests will include Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), James Frain (Ambassador Sarek) and executive producer and co-showrunner Aaron Harberts.

After Trek will serve as the ultimate weekly forum for Trek fans, with in-depth discussions and recaps of the latest Discovery episode. Each After Trek episode will feature Mira talking in-studio or via video feed with Discovery cast members and crew along with past Star Trek talent and celebrity fans. While watching, fans will be able to “engage” with the show via social and other interactive elements by using the hashtag #AfterTrek.


The inaugural episode will be available exclusively to CBS All Access subscribers on Sunday, September 24 (11:00pm, ET/8:00pm PT). Starting Sunday, October 1, all subsequent After Trek episodes will be available to stream live at 9:30pm ET following new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. In addition, all episodes will be available to watch on demand for CBS All Access subscribers.

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Star Trek: Discovery's live companion after-show, After Trek, premieres Sunday evening on CBS All Access with host Matt Mira of the Nerdist. The first live, in-studio guests will include Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), James Frain (Ambassador Sarek) and executive producer and co-showrunner Aaron Harberts.

After Trek will serve as the ultimate weekly forum for Trek fans, with in-depth discussions and recaps of the latest Discovery episode. Each After Trek episode will feature Mira talking in-studio or via video feed with Discovery cast members and crew along with past Star Trek talent and celebrity fans. While watching, fans will be able to “engage” with the show via social and other interactive elements by using the hashtag #AfterTrek.


The inaugural episode will be available exclusively to CBS All Access subscribers on Sunday, September 24 (11:00pm, ET/8:00pm PT). Starting Sunday, October 1, all subsequent After Trek episodes will be available to stream live at 9:30pm ET following new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. In addition, all episodes will be available to watch on demand for CBS All Access subscribers.

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matt-mira-to-host-after-trek Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:25:58 -0700
<![CDATA[STO Season 14 - Emergence]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/sto-season-14-emergence

Star Trek Online is pleased to announce that Season 14 – Emergence will be coming to Star Trek Online on PC on October 3rd, and following soon to Xbox One and Playstation 4. In Emergence, players will reunite with Captain Geordi La Forge for a brand-new Featured Episode, “Melting Pot.” You’ll accompany La Forge and Captain Kuumaarke (voiced by Kipleigh Brown) to a new colony world, established by the Lukari and their long-lost sister species, the recently rediscovered Kentari. How will these two long-separated species learn to interact and coexist? You’ll find out, in “Melting Pot.”

Further, the update brings with it a fresh, five-tier Fleet Holding, the Colony itself on Dranuur. Players and their fleets will help the two races build a new world together, and unlock great rewards for their fleets in doing so. There will also be a new Tzenkethi Red Alert, two new fleet holding defense queues, and a new Primary Specialization called “Miracle Worker,” bringing your Captain the engineering wonders of our favorite Chief Engineers of the past, such as Montgomery Scott, Geordi La Forge and B'Elanna Torres.

We can’t wait for you to try all of this new content, Captains. We’ll see you in game very soon, on October 3rd.

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Star Trek Online is pleased to announce that Season 14 – Emergence will be coming to Star Trek Online on PC on October 3rd, and following soon to Xbox One and Playstation 4. In Emergence, players will reunite with Captain Geordi La Forge for a brand-new Featured Episode, “Melting Pot.” You’ll accompany La Forge and Captain Kuumaarke (voiced by Kipleigh Brown) to a new colony world, established by the Lukari and their long-lost sister species, the recently rediscovered Kentari. How will these two long-separated species learn to interact and coexist? You’ll find out, in “Melting Pot.”

Further, the update brings with it a fresh, five-tier Fleet Holding, the Colony itself on Dranuur. Players and their fleets will help the two races build a new world together, and unlock great rewards for their fleets in doing so. There will also be a new Tzenkethi Red Alert, two new fleet holding defense queues, and a new Primary Specialization called “Miracle Worker,” bringing your Captain the engineering wonders of our favorite Chief Engineers of the past, such as Montgomery Scott, Geordi La Forge and B'Elanna Torres.

We can’t wait for you to try all of this new content, Captains. We’ll see you in game very soon, on October 3rd.

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sto-season-14-emergence Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Discovery Warps into Star Trek Timelines]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/discovery-warps-into-star-trek-timelines

For the first time in more than a decade, a new Star Trek series will beam into your living room with the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. We’re celebrating this new entry into the world we love in the best way we know how: by bringing Discovery into STAR TREK TIMELINES.


New players will already see Michael Burnham and Lt. Saru in our tutorial. Soon, with our October Mega-Event, “Discovery: A New Anomaly,” we’ll be adding more crew, more ships and more stories into the game. But first, take a peek at the Launch Trailer for Discovery in STAR TREK TIMELINES.


Mega Event "Discovery: A New Anomaly"

On Thursday, October 5th, “Discovery: A New Anomaly" begins. The month-long event will introduce Discovery to players while bringing ships and crew into the game. New crew coming to the game will include Captain Philippa Georgiou, Lt. Saru, Michael Burnham, T'Kuvma, Gabriel Lorca, Paul Stamets, Harry Mudd, Young Sarek, Ash Tyler, and Sylvia Tilly. The Event schedule is as follows, without spoilers.

"Shooting Star"
Thursday, 10/5 - Tuesday, 10/10

"Lock and Load"
Thursday, 1/12 - Monday, 10/16

"The Wrong Place"
Thursday, 10/19 - Monday, 10/23

"Powderkeg"
Thursday, 10/26 - Monday, 10/30

In addition, new ships from Discovery will make their way into the game. Starting with the U.S.S Shenzhou, you’ll soon be able to level up many of your favorite Discovery ships.

Enjoy, Captains, and don’t forget to watch the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery.

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For the first time in more than a decade, a new Star Trek series will beam into your living room with the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. We’re celebrating this new entry into the world we love in the best way we know how: by bringing Discovery into STAR TREK TIMELINES.


New players will already see Michael Burnham and Lt. Saru in our tutorial. Soon, with our October Mega-Event, “Discovery: A New Anomaly,” we’ll be adding more crew, more ships and more stories into the game. But first, take a peek at the Launch Trailer for Discovery in STAR TREK TIMELINES.


Mega Event "Discovery: A New Anomaly"

On Thursday, October 5th, “Discovery: A New Anomaly" begins. The month-long event will introduce Discovery to players while bringing ships and crew into the game. New crew coming to the game will include Captain Philippa Georgiou, Lt. Saru, Michael Burnham, T'Kuvma, Gabriel Lorca, Paul Stamets, Harry Mudd, Young Sarek, Ash Tyler, and Sylvia Tilly. The Event schedule is as follows, without spoilers.

"Shooting Star"
Thursday, 10/5 - Tuesday, 10/10

"Lock and Load"
Thursday, 1/12 - Monday, 10/16

"The Wrong Place"
Thursday, 10/19 - Monday, 10/23

"Powderkeg"
Thursday, 10/26 - Monday, 10/30

In addition, new ships from Discovery will make their way into the game. Starting with the U.S.S Shenzhou, you’ll soon be able to level up many of your favorite Discovery ships.

Enjoy, Captains, and don’t forget to watch the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery.

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discovery-warps-into-star-trek-timelines Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:44:32 -0700
<![CDATA[CHECK 'EM OUT: New Discovery Episodic Photos]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/check-em-out-new-discovery-episodic-photos

Brand-new episodic photos have just been released from the first two installments of Star Trek: Discovery, "The Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars." Check them out below:  

Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingon leader, T'Kuvma

Klingon leader, T'Kuvma

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingons L'Rell and T'Kuvma

Klingons L'Rell and T'Kuvma

Star Trek: Discovery, Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek

Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Brand-new episodic photos have just been released from the first two installments of Star Trek: Discovery, "The Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars." Check them out below:  

Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingon leader, T'Kuvma

Klingon leader, T'Kuvma

Star Trek: Discovery, Klingons L'Rell and T'Kuvma

Klingons L'Rell and T'Kuvma

Star Trek: Discovery, Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek

Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek

Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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check-em-out-new-discovery-episodic-photos Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:40:20 -0700
<![CDATA[INTERVIEW: Discovery Writer-Director, Akiva Goldsman ]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/interview-discovery-writer-director-akiva-goldsman

Akiva Goldsman won’t deny it. He’s the ultimate Star Trek fanboy. He also happens to be a veteran screenwriter, producer and director who is adding Star Trek: Discovery to a lengthy list of film and television credits that includes Batman Forever, Practical Magic, A Beautiful Mind (for which he won an Academy Award), I, Robot and The Da Vinci Code to I Am Legend, Fringe, Lone Survivor, Underground and Rings. Goldsman – who played a Vulcan Council Member in Star Trek (2009) and a Starfleet Admiral in Star Trek Into Darkness – is a writer-producer on Discovery and is directing two first-season episodes. StarTrek.com met up with Goldsman at Star Trek Las Vegas… or tried to. Remember the walk-and-talks on The West Wing? This chat with Goldsman was conducted with him over the course of about 10 minutes as he ping-ponged from the Discovery Exhibit at STLV to the backstage area of the Leonard Nimoy Theatre in advance of his Discovery writers panel with Kirsten Beyer and Ted Sullivan, which would take place moments later. Here’s what he had to say:

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman

How deep is your affection for Star Trek and what do you appreciate most about it?

So deep. So sadly, pathetically deep. Deep like a crazy person. Deep like my first Star Trek convention was in 1976. Deep like I got J.J. (Abrams) to put me in both movies. I have a bubble gum card from the first one with my character on it. I don't even think he has a name. I'm just Vulcan Science Council, but I've got a bubble gum card. It's in Lucite in my office. I had the ship blueprints when they came out. I got the Christie’s catalog (for the famous Trek auction). There are deeper, but I'm pretty good.

The story goes that you literally lobbied J.J. Is that true?

I did, 100%. I literally just asked him. I've known J.J. for a long time. I introduced him to his wife, so I thought I would call in that favor. Twice.

So, what's the bigger thrill for you: being in two Star Trek movies, or writing/directing a Star Trek series?

Oh, writing Star Trek, being part of building Star Trek. Being in a movie is actually horrific. The idea of it is delightful, but unless you're an actor, it's actually just hard and anxiety-provoking that you will fail. But the idea that I get to be part of re-creating or inductively creating this piece of this universe is impossible (for him to wrap his head around). I can't imagine anything for work that could make me happier.

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman

What excites you most about this story that you're telling with Discovery?

Well, I think I'm really excited to be able to do longform storytelling in Star Trek, because I think that's the gift of what's happening on television now is the full embrace of serialized narrative. I did a show some years ago called Fringe, and we were still in the bargaining phase with the networks of one standalone and then serialized, standalone, serialized. Now, with Discovery, we're fully serialized, which is awesome, and we're telling a kind of story that we believe is important, which is about diversity, it's about inclusion. It's about how cultures co-exist, and I think that has always been timely, but I think it's unbelievably timely right now.

You just used the word timely. How complicated is it to do timely when Discovery is set 10 years before the events of The Original Series, which was timely back when it was on the air more than 50 years ago?

(Laughs knowingly) Look, I think all Star Trek is timely. And I think that part of when Star Trek works is it manages to really nicely address social context, but it does it in a way that isn't overt. What is great about science-fiction is it's a beautiful carnival mirror for human experience. And, because it requires imaginative participation, I think it allows people to explore parts of themselves that they are less able to in more conventional genre projects.

Star Trek: Discovery

You know some fans out there are worried about this being a prequel. They worry about the Klingons looking so different. They're worried about Michael Burnham, the central character, not being a captain. What do you say to allay their fears?

Give us a chance. Look, as I said, I put my love for Star Trek up against almost anyone's, and I'm really proud of the show, and I think it really is deeply Star Trek. I think that'll be enough.

We know you can’t discuss details of the first episode you directed, but how did you enjoy directing Trek, and what did you feel you brought to it?

I loved it. I couldn't have had a better time. It was an honor. And, by the way, it was sort of a hybrid between TV and features because it's character drama, but it's deep visual effects. So, it was sort of nice to be able to exercise both gears.

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman

Did you cast yourself in a role in your own episode?

I did not, but there's still time. I'm directing the season finale.

And then lastly, Discovery is being made for CBS All Access and Netflix. What does that let you do that you’d not be able to do if you were on a traditional network?

I think it just gives you more opportunity to go where the story wants you to go, and we're trying to take on themes that are resonant. And, also, they are themes that would have always been tackled by Star Trek, but you just feel a little less confined, I think.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Akiva Goldsman won’t deny it. He’s the ultimate Star Trek fanboy. He also happens to be a veteran screenwriter, producer and director who is adding Star Trek: Discovery to a lengthy list of film and television credits that includes Batman Forever, Practical Magic, A Beautiful Mind (for which he won an Academy Award), I, Robot and The Da Vinci Code to I Am Legend, Fringe, Lone Survivor, Underground and Rings. Goldsman – who played a Vulcan Council Member in Star Trek (2009) and a Starfleet Admiral in Star Trek Into Darkness – is a writer-producer on Discovery and is directing two first-season episodes. StarTrek.com met up with Goldsman at Star Trek Las Vegas… or tried to. Remember the walk-and-talks on The West Wing? This chat with Goldsman was conducted with him over the course of about 10 minutes as he ping-ponged from the Discovery Exhibit at STLV to the backstage area of the Leonard Nimoy Theatre in advance of his Discovery writers panel with Kirsten Beyer and Ted Sullivan, which would take place moments later. Here’s what he had to say:

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman

How deep is your affection for Star Trek and what do you appreciate most about it?

So deep. So sadly, pathetically deep. Deep like a crazy person. Deep like my first Star Trek convention was in 1976. Deep like I got J.J. (Abrams) to put me in both movies. I have a bubble gum card from the first one with my character on it. I don't even think he has a name. I'm just Vulcan Science Council, but I've got a bubble gum card. It's in Lucite in my office. I had the ship blueprints when they came out. I got the Christie’s catalog (for the famous Trek auction). There are deeper, but I'm pretty good.

The story goes that you literally lobbied J.J. Is that true?

I did, 100%. I literally just asked him. I've known J.J. for a long time. I introduced him to his wife, so I thought I would call in that favor. Twice.

So, what's the bigger thrill for you: being in two Star Trek movies, or writing/directing a Star Trek series?

Oh, writing Star Trek, being part of building Star Trek. Being in a movie is actually horrific. The idea of it is delightful, but unless you're an actor, it's actually just hard and anxiety-provoking that you will fail. But the idea that I get to be part of re-creating or inductively creating this piece of this universe is impossible (for him to wrap his head around). I can't imagine anything for work that could make me happier.

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman

What excites you most about this story that you're telling with Discovery?

Well, I think I'm really excited to be able to do longform storytelling in Star Trek, because I think that's the gift of what's happening on television now is the full embrace of serialized narrative. I did a show some years ago called Fringe, and we were still in the bargaining phase with the networks of one standalone and then serialized, standalone, serialized. Now, with Discovery, we're fully serialized, which is awesome, and we're telling a kind of story that we believe is important, which is about diversity, it's about inclusion. It's about how cultures co-exist, and I think that has always been timely, but I think it's unbelievably timely right now.

You just used the word timely. How complicated is it to do timely when Discovery is set 10 years before the events of The Original Series, which was timely back when it was on the air more than 50 years ago?

(Laughs knowingly) Look, I think all Star Trek is timely. And I think that part of when Star Trek works is it manages to really nicely address social context, but it does it in a way that isn't overt. What is great about science-fiction is it's a beautiful carnival mirror for human experience. And, because it requires imaginative participation, I think it allows people to explore parts of themselves that they are less able to in more conventional genre projects.

Star Trek: Discovery

You know some fans out there are worried about this being a prequel. They worry about the Klingons looking so different. They're worried about Michael Burnham, the central character, not being a captain. What do you say to allay their fears?

Give us a chance. Look, as I said, I put my love for Star Trek up against almost anyone's, and I'm really proud of the show, and I think it really is deeply Star Trek. I think that'll be enough.

We know you can’t discuss details of the first episode you directed, but how did you enjoy directing Trek, and what did you feel you brought to it?

I loved it. I couldn't have had a better time. It was an honor. And, by the way, it was sort of a hybrid between TV and features because it's character drama, but it's deep visual effects. So, it was sort of nice to be able to exercise both gears.

Star Trek: Discovery, Akiva Goldsman

Did you cast yourself in a role in your own episode?

I did not, but there's still time. I'm directing the season finale.

And then lastly, Discovery is being made for CBS All Access and Netflix. What does that let you do that you’d not be able to do if you were on a traditional network?

I think it just gives you more opportunity to go where the story wants you to go, and we're trying to take on themes that are resonant. And, also, they are themes that would have always been tackled by Star Trek, but you just feel a little less confined, I think.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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interview-discovery-writer-director-akiva-goldsman Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:15:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Remembering TNG Guest Star, Mark La Mura, 1948-2017]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/remembering-tng-guest-star-mark-la-mura-1948-2017

StarTrek.com is saddened to report the death of Mark La Mura, a veteran actor whose many credits included the role of John Doe in "Transfigurations," a third-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. According to Deadline.com, La Mura succumbed to lung cancer on September 11 at the age of 68.

The actor, who hailed from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was best known for his long-running, Daytime Emmy-nominated role as Mark Dalton on the soap opera All My Children. His other credits included Kojak, The Russia House, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Army Wives and, most recently, the HBO movie, The Wizard of Lies.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mark La Mura

Back in 1990, La Mura -- officially credited as Mark Lamura -- stepped into the Trek universe as a Zalkonian refugee, dubbed John Doe, who was treated aboard the Enterprise-D. Doe's breed was transmutating into energy-based beings while the Zalkonian junta attempted to annihilate them. Doe was successful, with Dr. Crusher's help.

La Mura is survived by his wife and daughter. Please join StarTrek.com in offering condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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StarTrek.com is saddened to report the death of Mark La Mura, a veteran actor whose many credits included the role of John Doe in "Transfigurations," a third-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. According to Deadline.com, La Mura succumbed to lung cancer on September 11 at the age of 68.

The actor, who hailed from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was best known for his long-running, Daytime Emmy-nominated role as Mark Dalton on the soap opera All My Children. His other credits included Kojak, The Russia House, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Army Wives and, most recently, the HBO movie, The Wizard of Lies.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mark La Mura

Back in 1990, La Mura -- officially credited as Mark Lamura -- stepped into the Trek universe as a Zalkonian refugee, dubbed John Doe, who was treated aboard the Enterprise-D. Doe's breed was transmutating into energy-based beings while the Zalkonian junta attempted to annihilate them. Doe was successful, with Dr. Crusher's help.

La Mura is survived by his wife and daughter. Please join StarTrek.com in offering condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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remembering-tng-guest-star-mark-la-mura-1948-2017 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:32:49 -0700
<![CDATA["Alexa, Open Star Trek"]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/alexa-open-star-trek

With four simple words, "Alexa, open Star Trek," fans can unlock daily trivia challenges from more than 50 years of Star Trek television, including special Star Trek: Discovery questions. The official Star Trek skill on Amazon Alexa also features exclusive interviews from the Discovery cast and sneak peeks into the making of the new series.

And check out what happens when you say or ask such things as:

"Alexa, red alert!"

"Alexa, speak Klingon."

"Alexa, what is your mission."

"Alexa, revenge is a dish best served cold."


Change Amazon Echo's Wake Word to "Computer"

Fans can also command their own computer by changing the wake word in the Alexa app:

  1. Go to the menu and select Settings in the Alexa app.
  2. Select your device.
  3. Scroll down and select Wake Word.
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select the wake word Computer, and then select Save. 


Star Trek: Discovery
premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, September 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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With four simple words, "Alexa, open Star Trek," fans can unlock daily trivia challenges from more than 50 years of Star Trek television, including special Star Trek: Discovery questions. The official Star Trek skill on Amazon Alexa also features exclusive interviews from the Discovery cast and sneak peeks into the making of the new series.

And check out what happens when you say or ask such things as:

"Alexa, red alert!"

"Alexa, speak Klingon."

"Alexa, what is your mission."

"Alexa, revenge is a dish best served cold."


Change Amazon Echo's Wake Word to "Computer"

Fans can also command their own computer by changing the wake word in the Alexa app:

  1. Go to the menu and select Settings in the Alexa app.
  2. Select your device.
  3. Scroll down and select Wake Word.
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select the wake word Computer, and then select Save. 


Star Trek: Discovery
premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, September 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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alexa-open-star-trek Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:48:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Remembering DS9 Guest Star Bernie Casey, 1939-2017]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/remembering-ds9-guest-star-bernie-casey-1939-2017

StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of veteran actor and Deep Space Nine guest star Bernie Casey. He died on Tuesday at the age of 78, following a brief, sudden illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Casey started out as a NFL wide receiver and made the transition to acting full time after retiring early from a Pro Bowl football career. His many, many film and television credits included Brian's Song, Boxcar Bertha, Cleopatra Jones, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Never Say Never Again, Bay City Blues, Revenge of the Nerds, The Martian Chronicles, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Under Siege and Girlfriends

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Bernie Casey

Back in 1994, Casey portrayed Lt. Commander Calvin Hudson in the DS9 episodes "The Maquis, Part 1" and "The Maquis, Part 2." Hudson, the Starfleet attache to Federation colonies within the newly established Demilitarized Zone, formed and led the Maquis, in the process clashing with his old friend, Sisko (Avery Brooks).

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Bernie Casey

"I've not followed any of the Trek series but have seen episodes now and again," Casey told Ian Spelling of the New York Times Syndicate in a 1994 interview. "I did `The Maquis' because I wanted to work with Avery Brooks, whom I admire as an actor."

Casey was also a respected poet and painter whose art was displayed in galleries worldwide. Please join StarTrek.com in offering condolences to Casey's family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of veteran actor and Deep Space Nine guest star Bernie Casey. He died on Tuesday at the age of 78, following a brief, sudden illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Casey started out as a NFL wide receiver and made the transition to acting full time after retiring early from a Pro Bowl football career. His many, many film and television credits included Brian's Song, Boxcar Bertha, Cleopatra Jones, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Never Say Never Again, Bay City Blues, Revenge of the Nerds, The Martian Chronicles, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Under Siege and Girlfriends

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Bernie Casey

Back in 1994, Casey portrayed Lt. Commander Calvin Hudson in the DS9 episodes "The Maquis, Part 1" and "The Maquis, Part 2." Hudson, the Starfleet attache to Federation colonies within the newly established Demilitarized Zone, formed and led the Maquis, in the process clashing with his old friend, Sisko (Avery Brooks).

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Bernie Casey

"I've not followed any of the Trek series but have seen episodes now and again," Casey told Ian Spelling of the New York Times Syndicate in a 1994 interview. "I did `The Maquis' because I wanted to work with Avery Brooks, whom I admire as an actor."

Casey was also a respected poet and painter whose art was displayed in galleries worldwide. Please join StarTrek.com in offering condolences to Casey's family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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remembering-ds9-guest-star-bernie-casey-1939-2017 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:12:58 -0700
<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Discovery's Anthony Rapp]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/exclusive-interview-discoverys-anthony-rapp

Most people, when they consider the name Anthony Rapp, immediately and understandably associate him with Broadway musicals, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and If/Then, as well as the landmark original production of Rent. But he’s also done his share of films and television shows, among them Adventures in Babysitting, Dazed and Confused, The X-Files, A Beautiful Mind, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Other Woman, Psych and The Good Fight. To that impressive list, it’s time to add Star Trek: Discovery. The show casts the actor, who is openly gay, as Lt. Paul Stamets, who is the science officer/astromycologist aboard the U.S.S. Discovery, and is in a relationship with the ship’s doctor, Hugh Culber, played by Wilson Cruz. StarTrek.com joined several other journalists for a recent roundtable conversation with Rapp. Here’s what he had to say:

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

What did you know about Star Trek before coming aboard Discovery?

I watched stuff when I was a kid. I watched the first three movies in the theaters and certainly some of The Original Series on TV in re-runs after school. That was my real affiliation to it, and I saw the first J.J. reboot movie. But, always for me, it was Kirk and Spock and Khan, and the bugs that crawl in people's ears in Wrath of Khan. But I missed the rest of it because at the time, in the mid-late 80s, I was working a lot and I just wasn't watching any TV, or almost no TV. So Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, totally passed me by at the time. When I got cast in the role (on Discovery), I did a deep dive into re-watching TOS stuff and then going really deep into Next Gen, and now I've started Deep Space Nine also. My plan is to keep going all the way through and at least watch each... I'm watching like curated lists of things.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz

For such a progressive show, would you agree that Star Trek took a long to reach the point of including a gay couple?

I think some of it is network pressures. I don't know, honestly, what conversations were happening with producers. I don't really know. This is all pure speculation. I'm pretty sure that Frakes did go on record that he advocated for that for that non-gender character (in an episode of TNG) to express as male, though. I think, right? Or something like that. So, there were missed opportunities, you could say, but I don't... It is 12 years since the last series occurred on TV and a lot has shifted in TV, in general, since then. I just think it's a confluence of all those circumstances. For better or for worse it just has been... I think it was a blind spot probably more than anything. I don't know if it was willfully avoided. I can't speak to that.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

Now that it’s happening, how ready are you to represent that?

Very ready, yeah. Very ready. (Wilson Cruz and I) have both been activists, out actors, for decades, anyway. So, it's part of who we are. It feels very much in keeping with that.

The show doesn’t make a big deal about it. Stamets and Culber are just another couple…

The fact that it does exist is a big deal in the sense that it does represent something that hasn't been represented before. So, it's both things at once.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

We've heard a little bit about what Burnham goes through. What is the journey that Stamets is on?

I'm wondering how much I can talk about. It's not just what I'm not allowed to, it's that I wouldn't want to… I'm like an anti-spoiler person as a consumer of culture. I think that when you first encounter me I'm a little... Stamets is super-smart and is the expert in his field, and so he encounters other people and can be a little impatient, or flinty, or short with them. So, part of the journey is getting to know these people with whom I'm first sort of like, "Who are you? What good are you to me?" And then getting to know, “Oh, maybe you are some good to me.” Seeing the evolution of my character's relationship with all these other people.

And then you also get to see the softer side in my relationship with (Hugh). More than that, I don't really want to touch on too much because it just gets into the spoilery stuff. But, this is my first time being a regular on a TV show, so I don't always know what is coming. Sometimes, I get little hints dropped, but I don't really want to know because Stamets doesn't know. I get to read along with everyone else as the scripts come in and discover, no pun intended, what's coming. And it's always felt like it rings true. It feels organic and authentic, and that's the most important thing to me.

How realistic are the sets and how much green screen are you dealing with?

We have tons of practicality to all of our environments. The only green screen, really, that I've encountered... There's a scene where I'm in the shuttle bay and I'm looking out, essentially, kind of onto the star field. That's a green screen that I'm looking at. I wish I could see the planets, for sure. But the bay itself is real. Everything is very real, the hallways, the bridge. There's not much green screen really, really at all. I've only had one and that was when I was encountering that creature, that, clearly, they could not bring in.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

How are you managing with all the scientific dialogue, the infamous Trek technobabble?

Well, it's really not babble in the sense that all is rooted in meaning. It's not just made-up gobbledygook. It actually means something. So, that is helpful. And, of course, we have our glossaries and dictionaries and we can ask questions. I'm not saying that it's like Shakespeare in the sense that... It's not poetry like that, but you have to wrap your head around a different way of expression. So, it's similar in that sense.

You're mostly known for doing stage work. You’re previous TV was guest shots or recurring roles. How different has this TV experience been for you, in terms of the time and dialogue and speed of a series regular role on a weekly show?

The big difference is having less time with the material, getting the material sometimes a day before, two days before, three days before, or whatever, before having to download it onto my brain. But I'm developing that muscle. What one of the joys of it has been is getting to learn the journey as it goes. It's cool to do a play, or a musical, that's two hours, two and a half hours, and you know the journey. You can do A to Z every night. I love that. But I also love, sort of, really living in the unknown. I'm so grateful to be on something that has twists, and turns, colors and all that stuff.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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Most people, when they consider the name Anthony Rapp, immediately and understandably associate him with Broadway musicals, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and If/Then, as well as the landmark original production of Rent. But he’s also done his share of films and television shows, among them Adventures in Babysitting, Dazed and Confused, The X-Files, A Beautiful Mind, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Other Woman, Psych and The Good Fight. To that impressive list, it’s time to add Star Trek: Discovery. The show casts the actor, who is openly gay, as Lt. Paul Stamets, who is the science officer/astromycologist aboard the U.S.S. Discovery, and is in a relationship with the ship’s doctor, Hugh Culber, played by Wilson Cruz. StarTrek.com joined several other journalists for a recent roundtable conversation with Rapp. Here’s what he had to say:

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

What did you know about Star Trek before coming aboard Discovery?

I watched stuff when I was a kid. I watched the first three movies in the theaters and certainly some of The Original Series on TV in re-runs after school. That was my real affiliation to it, and I saw the first J.J. reboot movie. But, always for me, it was Kirk and Spock and Khan, and the bugs that crawl in people's ears in Wrath of Khan. But I missed the rest of it because at the time, in the mid-late 80s, I was working a lot and I just wasn't watching any TV, or almost no TV. So Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, totally passed me by at the time. When I got cast in the role (on Discovery), I did a deep dive into re-watching TOS stuff and then going really deep into Next Gen, and now I've started Deep Space Nine also. My plan is to keep going all the way through and at least watch each... I'm watching like curated lists of things.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz

For such a progressive show, would you agree that Star Trek took a long to reach the point of including a gay couple?

I think some of it is network pressures. I don't know, honestly, what conversations were happening with producers. I don't really know. This is all pure speculation. I'm pretty sure that Frakes did go on record that he advocated for that for that non-gender character (in an episode of TNG) to express as male, though. I think, right? Or something like that. So, there were missed opportunities, you could say, but I don't... It is 12 years since the last series occurred on TV and a lot has shifted in TV, in general, since then. I just think it's a confluence of all those circumstances. For better or for worse it just has been... I think it was a blind spot probably more than anything. I don't know if it was willfully avoided. I can't speak to that.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

Now that it’s happening, how ready are you to represent that?

Very ready, yeah. Very ready. (Wilson Cruz and I) have both been activists, out actors, for decades, anyway. So, it's part of who we are. It feels very much in keeping with that.

The show doesn’t make a big deal about it. Stamets and Culber are just another couple…

The fact that it does exist is a big deal in the sense that it does represent something that hasn't been represented before. So, it's both things at once.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

We've heard a little bit about what Burnham goes through. What is the journey that Stamets is on?

I'm wondering how much I can talk about. It's not just what I'm not allowed to, it's that I wouldn't want to… I'm like an anti-spoiler person as a consumer of culture. I think that when you first encounter me I'm a little... Stamets is super-smart and is the expert in his field, and so he encounters other people and can be a little impatient, or flinty, or short with them. So, part of the journey is getting to know these people with whom I'm first sort of like, "Who are you? What good are you to me?" And then getting to know, “Oh, maybe you are some good to me.” Seeing the evolution of my character's relationship with all these other people.

And then you also get to see the softer side in my relationship with (Hugh). More than that, I don't really want to touch on too much because it just gets into the spoilery stuff. But, this is my first time being a regular on a TV show, so I don't always know what is coming. Sometimes, I get little hints dropped, but I don't really want to know because Stamets doesn't know. I get to read along with everyone else as the scripts come in and discover, no pun intended, what's coming. And it's always felt like it rings true. It feels organic and authentic, and that's the most important thing to me.

How realistic are the sets and how much green screen are you dealing with?

We have tons of practicality to all of our environments. The only green screen, really, that I've encountered... There's a scene where I'm in the shuttle bay and I'm looking out, essentially, kind of onto the star field. That's a green screen that I'm looking at. I wish I could see the planets, for sure. But the bay itself is real. Everything is very real, the hallways, the bridge. There's not much green screen really, really at all. I've only had one and that was when I was encountering that creature, that, clearly, they could not bring in.

Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp

How are you managing with all the scientific dialogue, the infamous Trek technobabble?

Well, it's really not babble in the sense that all is rooted in meaning. It's not just made-up gobbledygook. It actually means something. So, that is helpful. And, of course, we have our glossaries and dictionaries and we can ask questions. I'm not saying that it's like Shakespeare in the sense that... It's not poetry like that, but you have to wrap your head around a different way of expression. So, it's similar in that sense.

You're mostly known for doing stage work. You’re previous TV was guest shots or recurring roles. How different has this TV experience been for you, in terms of the time and dialogue and speed of a series regular role on a weekly show?

The big difference is having less time with the material, getting the material sometimes a day before, two days before, three days before, or whatever, before having to download it onto my brain. But I'm developing that muscle. What one of the joys of it has been is getting to learn the journey as it goes. It's cool to do a play, or a musical, that's two hours, two and a half hours, and you know the journey. You can do A to Z every night. I love that. But I also love, sort of, really living in the unknown. I'm so grateful to be on something that has twists, and turns, colors and all that stuff.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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exclusive-interview-discoverys-anthony-rapp Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:31:36 -0700
<![CDATA[The Discovery Premiere - A Night I Won't Soon Forget]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/the-discovery-premiere-a-night-i-wont-soon-forget

When “Encounter at Farpoint” first aired, I watched it in my Grandmother's kitchen in South Jersey. “Let him go watch his program,” she said, as the rest of the extended family sat in the living room. Now, a lifetime later, I saw the next chapter in Star Trek, Discovery, unveiled at its world premiere in the Cinerama Dome at Hollywood's Arclight Theater. A night I won't soon forget. 

I think the enormity of it all hit me when I was on the red (okay, blue) carpet, recording audio for ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast. Every actor, writer and producer I spoke to seemed like they were part of a circle of friends who knew a great story, and decided they were going to let you in on it.

Star Trek: Discovery, Heather Kadin

Some of them, like producer Heather Kadin, said she'd been working on Star Trek: Discovery for over two years. More than anything else, they just wanted to share. 

What grabbed me was the way this new and modern show has bent over backwards to respect the fifty years of franchise history. The “first fans” of Star Trek, Bjo and John Trimble, were some of the earlier guests to arrive, and a small collection of revelers in costume off to the side of the theater began shouting their names.

Star Trek: Discovery, Bjo & John Trimbles

The Trimbles initiated the first letter-writing campaign in the late 1960s which kept Star Trek on the air, thus granting the show a third season, meeting the threshold for rerun syndication - a domino effect that led us to today. Now, five decades later, they were taking selfies with young Trek fans.

Star Trek: Discovery, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz

This respect for the elders was matched by enthusiasm for tomorrow. That same cosplay crowd went wild when Mary Chieffo, in an elegant green gown, and looking nothing like her Klingon character L'Rell, made her way down the carpet. In a way, it didn't make sense. No one had seen the show yet. For all they knew, they'd hate it. It is not logical to judge something before you've examined it yourself! But Chieffo has already been mixing it up with fans, talking about learning Klingon and her radical makeup. Her passion for this project is obvious. 

Star Trek: Discovery

I was privileged to stand just a few feet from a photo op of the whole Discovery gang posed with Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.

Star Trek: Discovery, Nichelle Nichols, Sonequa Martin-Green, William Shatner

Moments later I spoke with Sonequa Martin-Green, who told me that that was the first time she'd met the original Uhura face to face. “This is yours now,” she told her. “Enjoy the ride.” It was another great example of the old and new coming together.

Inside (where I sat next to a gal who said “Wait, are you the podcast guy? I follow you on Twitter!”) a slew of producers and actors came onstage for a quick bow before screening the first two episodes. This show is huge and very modern, but still instantly recognizable as Trek. And when we first saw some closing credits, I couldn't tell if I'd seen only one or both episodes. I'd completely lost all sense of time. Traveling at warp can be disorienting. And I can't wait to take another ride. 

Jordan Hoffman is also the host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, from CBS Radio, CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products. Engage is available via Play.it/StarTrekiTunes and StarTrek.com, with new episodes released weekly. Hoffman is also a writer, critic and lapsed filmmaker living in New York City. His work can be seen on Film.com, ScreenCrush and Badass Digest. On his BLOG, Jordan has reviewed all 727 Trek episodes and films, most of the comics and some of the novels. 

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When “Encounter at Farpoint” first aired, I watched it in my Grandmother's kitchen in South Jersey. “Let him go watch his program,” she said, as the rest of the extended family sat in the living room. Now, a lifetime later, I saw the next chapter in Star Trek, Discovery, unveiled at its world premiere in the Cinerama Dome at Hollywood's Arclight Theater. A night I won't soon forget. 

I think the enormity of it all hit me when I was on the red (okay, blue) carpet, recording audio for ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast. Every actor, writer and producer I spoke to seemed like they were part of a circle of friends who knew a great story, and decided they were going to let you in on it.

Star Trek: Discovery, Heather Kadin

Some of them, like producer Heather Kadin, said she'd been working on Star Trek: Discovery for over two years. More than anything else, they just wanted to share. 

What grabbed me was the way this new and modern show has bent over backwards to respect the fifty years of franchise history. The “first fans” of Star Trek, Bjo and John Trimble, were some of the earlier guests to arrive, and a small collection of revelers in costume off to the side of the theater began shouting their names.

Star Trek: Discovery, Bjo & John Trimbles

The Trimbles initiated the first letter-writing campaign in the late 1960s which kept Star Trek on the air, thus granting the show a third season, meeting the threshold for rerun syndication - a domino effect that led us to today. Now, five decades later, they were taking selfies with young Trek fans.

Star Trek: Discovery, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz

This respect for the elders was matched by enthusiasm for tomorrow. That same cosplay crowd went wild when Mary Chieffo, in an elegant green gown, and looking nothing like her Klingon character L'Rell, made her way down the carpet. In a way, it didn't make sense. No one had seen the show yet. For all they knew, they'd hate it. It is not logical to judge something before you've examined it yourself! But Chieffo has already been mixing it up with fans, talking about learning Klingon and her radical makeup. Her passion for this project is obvious. 

Star Trek: Discovery

I was privileged to stand just a few feet from a photo op of the whole Discovery gang posed with Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.

Star Trek: Discovery, Nichelle Nichols, Sonequa Martin-Green, William Shatner

Moments later I spoke with Sonequa Martin-Green, who told me that that was the first time she'd met the original Uhura face to face. “This is yours now,” she told her. “Enjoy the ride.” It was another great example of the old and new coming together.

Inside (where I sat next to a gal who said “Wait, are you the podcast guy? I follow you on Twitter!”) a slew of producers and actors came onstage for a quick bow before screening the first two episodes. This show is huge and very modern, but still instantly recognizable as Trek. And when we first saw some closing credits, I couldn't tell if I'd seen only one or both episodes. I'd completely lost all sense of time. Traveling at warp can be disorienting. And I can't wait to take another ride. 

Jordan Hoffman is also the host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, from CBS Radio, CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products. Engage is available via Play.it/StarTrekiTunes and StarTrek.com, with new episodes released weekly. Hoffman is also a writer, critic and lapsed filmmaker living in New York City. His work can be seen on Film.com, ScreenCrush and Badass Digest. On his BLOG, Jordan has reviewed all 727 Trek episodes and films, most of the comics and some of the novels. 

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the-discovery-premiere-a-night-i-wont-soon-forget Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:24:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Discovery's World Premiere]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/discoverys-world-premiere

This is the kind of night it was: William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols joined the cast and producers of Star Trek: Discovery for a group photo on the blue carpet at the Discovery world premiere, held Tuesday at the iconic Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Standing on either side of Sonequa Martin-Green, Shatner and Nichols literally passed the torch to yet another generation. Special guests, spouses, friends, TV crews, cameramen, fans… everyone oohed and aah-ed and soaked in the moment, so memorable, cool, fun and historic it was.

For more than 90 minutes before and after that remarkable moment, Trek talent brand-spanking new, classic and everything in between walked the carpet and spoke to StarTrek.com:

Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham)

star trek discovery, sonequa martin-green, michael burnham

“The secret is out of the can!” the energetic actress enthused. “Honestly, I’m really excited to talk about the story. We’ve had to talk about a lot of things and sort of tiptoe around it because we don’t want to tease it or spoil it, but now I’m really excited to talk about the story, because I think it’s really courageous.” 

Akiva Goldsman (Discovery Executive Producer)

star trek discovery, akiva goldsman

“Discovery is ready to be born. It’s unlike any Star Trek you’ve ever seen, in that it is so fundamentally and essentially Star Trek, in a way that I’m terribly proud of. And yet it brings with it the scope and the breadth of a movie. That’s pretty exciting.”

Doug Jones (Discovery's Saru)

star trek discovery, doug jones, saru

Addressing whether he prefers people recognizing him or the anonymity provided by the many prosthetics-heavy characters he’s portrayed, the actor said, “I’m 57. I’ve been through 30 years of an acting career. I’ve had moments like this. I’ve had moments of going to Starbucks and nobody knows who I am. I’ve enjoyed both. So, when it’s announced who I am and why I’m there, I can do the celebrity thing. It’s great fun, but I don’t count on it. It’s not who I am. I want a minute at Starbucks having my mocha and talking to a friend in peace. That’s me, too.”

William Shatner (The Original Series)

star trek discovery, william shatner

“They asked me to come down and give a little history,” he said. “So, here I am. It’s understanding the anticipation of opening night. Even though it was filmed months ago, and it’s existed now in its final form for a while, it is opening night. Now, you and I and the rest of the world are going to look at it and say, ‘Oh, we like it or we don’t like.’ Opinion is going to be formed this evening as if the curtain went up. And that’s fun to be a part of.”  

Kirsten Beyer (Discovery Writer)

“Nineteen months later… it’s totally surreal," Beyer said, "but I’m also so excited for people to finally see it. I think they’re going to be blown away?” By what? “How current it actually feels, while at the same time totally being Star Trek.”   

Jeff Russo (Discovery Composer) 

star trek discovery, jeff russo, composer

Acknowledging the challenge of paying homage to the music that Trek fans know and love while creating fresh music as well, “It’s difficult,” he said.  “It’s difficult. I did a good amount of research and listening to all the themes, because it’s part of our world and part of our universe. But what I came to, for our main title theme, the importance was to go back to the beginning. And I posed this question to the producers. I was like, ‘Look, I know we want to write a new theme, and I really want to do that, but I feel like I need to tip my hat to Alexander Courage’s original theme.’ And not the middle part of it, which is the main part of it, but the big emotional moment that happens during that theme, which is the big fanfare. Alex Kurtzman said, ‘Absolutely, 100 percent do that.’ So, starting from there I worked backwards. I thought, ‘How can I fit that in? how is that going to work?’ And I wanted to make the middle sound a little more modern, a little more like what we might do today in a movie, but not be like the Star Trek movies. So, it was kind of a difficult thing. Finally, I wrote something and presented it to them, and they loved it.”  

Shazad Latif (Discovery's Ash Tyler)

star trek discovery, shazad latif, ash tyler

Among the highlights of his Discovery experience so far? Standing on the transporter. “It’s pretty incredible,” he raved. “It’s really weird because it’s all pretending. You know you’re not really transporting. It’s kind of weird acting. It’s actually one of the hardest things to act.”

Alex Kurtzman (Discovery Executive Producer)

star trek discovery, alex kurtzman

“I never could have imagined that we’d be showing this at the Cinerama Dome,” the writer-producer-co-creator said. “We definitely did set out to blur the line between television and movies, which television is doing now anyway. So, in building this universe, in building this version of Trek, we all wanted it to feel like a massive cinematic experience.” 

Bjo and John Trimble (The Couple That Saved Star Trek)

Star Trek Discovery, Bjo & John Trimble

“It’s wonderful to be here, amazing,” John told us. “I just wish I had a miniscule piece of the action!” Bjo echoed his comment. “Pretty much that,” she said. “Who knew? No one could have predicted this. They thought we were a bunch of crackpots…” John interrupted. “Well, we were a bunch of crackpots, but we were nice crackpots.” Bjo smiled and added, “That’s true. That’s what we were. But here we are, out in Hollywood, at this premiere. Amazing.”

Ted Sullivan (Discovery Writer)

“I just want people to see the actual show, so that they don’t have to theorize about it, fantasize about it, be conspirator-alizing about it,” Sullivan explained. “I just want the show to be seen because I’m so proud of it. Everyone associated with it is so proud of it. I think when people see it, they will realize why there really needs to be Star Trek right now. I’m so excited to be telling this story.”

Mary Wiseman (Discovery's Sylvia Tilly)

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Wiseman, Sylvia Tilly

The actress, much like her character, Tilly, is a newbie. “I get to live so close to my own experience,” Wiseman said. That makes it really easy. Some crazy sci-fi thing happens and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God! That’s so cool!’ And that ‘s how it feels. Plus, I have really warm, wonderful, capable people around me, which makes that even better.”  

John Billingsley (Enterprise)

Star Trek Discovery, John Billingsley

“We had a premiere for Enterprise,” he recalled. “It was at the Paramount lot. Everyone was so full of joy… for about 17 days! I would have no advice to give (the Discovery) cast because every animal is so different. You just can’t know, is it a hit? Is it a flop? Just enjoy it, whatever the hell it is.”

Anthony Montgomery (Enterprise)

Star Trek Discovery, Anthony Montgomery

“I’m rooting for them,” he said. “You know me, I’m always rooting for the best for everyone and for everything. I’ve seen what everyone else has so far, just the trailers. But I think this should be a very fun ride.”

Heather Kadin (Discovery Executive Producer)

Star Trek Discovery, Heather Kadin

“I just want the audience to bear with us and know that because we’re telling this story in a way we’ve never told a Trek story before, one story over 15 episodes, that by the end people are going to feel like, ‘Oh, they knew what they were doing. They tied everything up.’ I want people to know we’ve got them, and I want them to enjoy it.”

Other Favorite Blue Carpet Moments

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell

Discovery's Mary Chieffo (L'Rell) & Kenneth Mitchell (Kol)

 

Star Trek Discovery, Aaron Harberts, Jonathan Frakes

Discovery Executive Producers Aaron Harberts & Gretchen J. Berg with The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes

Star Trek Discovery, Glenn Hetrick, Neville Page

Discovery's Creature Designers Glenn Hetrick & Neville Page

Star Trek Discovery, Susan Nimoy

Julie Nimoy, daughter of Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek Discovery, Michelle Yeoh, Akiva Goldsman

Discovery's Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou) with Executive Producer Akiva Goldsman

Following the blue carpet festivities, it was into the screening, where an energized crowd was introduced to the producers and cast. Martin-Green spoke briefly, noting an inscription on a plaque aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou. “It says, ‘All existing things are one,’” Martin-Green explained. “And we ARE one, and we are here together now.” She added, “Let’s be in it together and enjoy the ride.”

Star Trek Discovery, Nichelle Nichols, Sonequa Martin-Green, William Shatner

Following the screening, StarTrek.com talked for a moment with Nichelle Nichols. She “loved” the experience of helping Discovery launch and was “proud” to see Martin-Green up there on the big screen. “I felt,” Nichols said warmly, “like that was me up there.” Earlier, on the blue carpet Nichols told Martin-Green, "It's yours now. Enjoy the ride."

Premiere Party

And then it was on to the after-party at the Dream Hotel just a couple of block away. Fans cheered as the Trek stars arrived and entered the event, and StarTrek.com was inside to capture additional moments. Check out our pics:

Star Trek Discovery, Michelle Yeoh, Ted Sullivan

Discovery's Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou) with Discovery writer Ted Sullivan

 

Star Trek Discovery, Sonequa Martin-Green, Shazad Latif

Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnhman) & Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler)

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif

Discovery's Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly) & Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler)

Star Trek Discovery, Nana Visitor

Deep Space Nine's Nana Visitor

Voyager's Roxann Dawson, Enterprise's Connor Trinneer & Deep Space Nine's Nicole de Boer

Star Trek Discovery, Wilson Cruz, Dr. Hugh Culber

Discovery's Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber)

Star Trek Discovery, Jason Isaacs, Gabriel Lorca

Discovery's Jason Isaacs (Gabriel Lorca)

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell

Discovery's Kenneth Mitchell (Kol) & Mary Chieffo (L'Rell)

Star Trek Discovery, Anthony Rapp, Paul Stamets

Discovery's Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets)

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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This is the kind of night it was: William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols joined the cast and producers of Star Trek: Discovery for a group photo on the blue carpet at the Discovery world premiere, held Tuesday at the iconic Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Standing on either side of Sonequa Martin-Green, Shatner and Nichols literally passed the torch to yet another generation. Special guests, spouses, friends, TV crews, cameramen, fans… everyone oohed and aah-ed and soaked in the moment, so memorable, cool, fun and historic it was.

For more than 90 minutes before and after that remarkable moment, Trek talent brand-spanking new, classic and everything in between walked the carpet and spoke to StarTrek.com:

Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham)

star trek discovery, sonequa martin-green, michael burnham

“The secret is out of the can!” the energetic actress enthused. “Honestly, I’m really excited to talk about the story. We’ve had to talk about a lot of things and sort of tiptoe around it because we don’t want to tease it or spoil it, but now I’m really excited to talk about the story, because I think it’s really courageous.” 

Akiva Goldsman (Discovery Executive Producer)

star trek discovery, akiva goldsman

“Discovery is ready to be born. It’s unlike any Star Trek you’ve ever seen, in that it is so fundamentally and essentially Star Trek, in a way that I’m terribly proud of. And yet it brings with it the scope and the breadth of a movie. That’s pretty exciting.”

Doug Jones (Discovery's Saru)

star trek discovery, doug jones, saru

Addressing whether he prefers people recognizing him or the anonymity provided by the many prosthetics-heavy characters he’s portrayed, the actor said, “I’m 57. I’ve been through 30 years of an acting career. I’ve had moments like this. I’ve had moments of going to Starbucks and nobody knows who I am. I’ve enjoyed both. So, when it’s announced who I am and why I’m there, I can do the celebrity thing. It’s great fun, but I don’t count on it. It’s not who I am. I want a minute at Starbucks having my mocha and talking to a friend in peace. That’s me, too.”

William Shatner (The Original Series)

star trek discovery, william shatner

“They asked me to come down and give a little history,” he said. “So, here I am. It’s understanding the anticipation of opening night. Even though it was filmed months ago, and it’s existed now in its final form for a while, it is opening night. Now, you and I and the rest of the world are going to look at it and say, ‘Oh, we like it or we don’t like.’ Opinion is going to be formed this evening as if the curtain went up. And that’s fun to be a part of.”  

Kirsten Beyer (Discovery Writer)

“Nineteen months later… it’s totally surreal," Beyer said, "but I’m also so excited for people to finally see it. I think they’re going to be blown away?” By what? “How current it actually feels, while at the same time totally being Star Trek.”   

Jeff Russo (Discovery Composer) 

star trek discovery, jeff russo, composer

Acknowledging the challenge of paying homage to the music that Trek fans know and love while creating fresh music as well, “It’s difficult,” he said.  “It’s difficult. I did a good amount of research and listening to all the themes, because it’s part of our world and part of our universe. But what I came to, for our main title theme, the importance was to go back to the beginning. And I posed this question to the producers. I was like, ‘Look, I know we want to write a new theme, and I really want to do that, but I feel like I need to tip my hat to Alexander Courage’s original theme.’ And not the middle part of it, which is the main part of it, but the big emotional moment that happens during that theme, which is the big fanfare. Alex Kurtzman said, ‘Absolutely, 100 percent do that.’ So, starting from there I worked backwards. I thought, ‘How can I fit that in? how is that going to work?’ And I wanted to make the middle sound a little more modern, a little more like what we might do today in a movie, but not be like the Star Trek movies. So, it was kind of a difficult thing. Finally, I wrote something and presented it to them, and they loved it.”  

Shazad Latif (Discovery's Ash Tyler)

star trek discovery, shazad latif, ash tyler

Among the highlights of his Discovery experience so far? Standing on the transporter. “It’s pretty incredible,” he raved. “It’s really weird because it’s all pretending. You know you’re not really transporting. It’s kind of weird acting. It’s actually one of the hardest things to act.”

Alex Kurtzman (Discovery Executive Producer)

star trek discovery, alex kurtzman

“I never could have imagined that we’d be showing this at the Cinerama Dome,” the writer-producer-co-creator said. “We definitely did set out to blur the line between television and movies, which television is doing now anyway. So, in building this universe, in building this version of Trek, we all wanted it to feel like a massive cinematic experience.” 

Bjo and John Trimble (The Couple That Saved Star Trek)

Star Trek Discovery, Bjo & John Trimble

“It’s wonderful to be here, amazing,” John told us. “I just wish I had a miniscule piece of the action!” Bjo echoed his comment. “Pretty much that,” she said. “Who knew? No one could have predicted this. They thought we were a bunch of crackpots…” John interrupted. “Well, we were a bunch of crackpots, but we were nice crackpots.” Bjo smiled and added, “That’s true. That’s what we were. But here we are, out in Hollywood, at this premiere. Amazing.”

Ted Sullivan (Discovery Writer)

“I just want people to see the actual show, so that they don’t have to theorize about it, fantasize about it, be conspirator-alizing about it,” Sullivan explained. “I just want the show to be seen because I’m so proud of it. Everyone associated with it is so proud of it. I think when people see it, they will realize why there really needs to be Star Trek right now. I’m so excited to be telling this story.”

Mary Wiseman (Discovery's Sylvia Tilly)

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Wiseman, Sylvia Tilly

The actress, much like her character, Tilly, is a newbie. “I get to live so close to my own experience,” Wiseman said. That makes it really easy. Some crazy sci-fi thing happens and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God! That’s so cool!’ And that ‘s how it feels. Plus, I have really warm, wonderful, capable people around me, which makes that even better.”  

John Billingsley (Enterprise)

Star Trek Discovery, John Billingsley

“We had a premiere for Enterprise,” he recalled. “It was at the Paramount lot. Everyone was so full of joy… for about 17 days! I would have no advice to give (the Discovery) cast because every animal is so different. You just can’t know, is it a hit? Is it a flop? Just enjoy it, whatever the hell it is.”

Anthony Montgomery (Enterprise)

Star Trek Discovery, Anthony Montgomery

“I’m rooting for them,” he said. “You know me, I’m always rooting for the best for everyone and for everything. I’ve seen what everyone else has so far, just the trailers. But I think this should be a very fun ride.”

Heather Kadin (Discovery Executive Producer)

Star Trek Discovery, Heather Kadin

“I just want the audience to bear with us and know that because we’re telling this story in a way we’ve never told a Trek story before, one story over 15 episodes, that by the end people are going to feel like, ‘Oh, they knew what they were doing. They tied everything up.’ I want people to know we’ve got them, and I want them to enjoy it.”

Other Favorite Blue Carpet Moments

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell

Discovery's Mary Chieffo (L'Rell) & Kenneth Mitchell (Kol)

 

Star Trek Discovery, Aaron Harberts, Jonathan Frakes

Discovery Executive Producers Aaron Harberts & Gretchen J. Berg with The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes

Star Trek Discovery, Glenn Hetrick, Neville Page

Discovery's Creature Designers Glenn Hetrick & Neville Page

Star Trek Discovery, Susan Nimoy

Julie Nimoy, daughter of Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek Discovery, Michelle Yeoh, Akiva Goldsman

Discovery's Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou) with Executive Producer Akiva Goldsman

Following the blue carpet festivities, it was into the screening, where an energized crowd was introduced to the producers and cast. Martin-Green spoke briefly, noting an inscription on a plaque aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou. “It says, ‘All existing things are one,’” Martin-Green explained. “And we ARE one, and we are here together now.” She added, “Let’s be in it together and enjoy the ride.”

Star Trek Discovery, Nichelle Nichols, Sonequa Martin-Green, William Shatner

Following the screening, StarTrek.com talked for a moment with Nichelle Nichols. She “loved” the experience of helping Discovery launch and was “proud” to see Martin-Green up there on the big screen. “I felt,” Nichols said warmly, “like that was me up there.” Earlier, on the blue carpet Nichols told Martin-Green, "It's yours now. Enjoy the ride."

Premiere Party

And then it was on to the after-party at the Dream Hotel just a couple of block away. Fans cheered as the Trek stars arrived and entered the event, and StarTrek.com was inside to capture additional moments. Check out our pics:

Star Trek Discovery, Michelle Yeoh, Ted Sullivan

Discovery's Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou) with Discovery writer Ted Sullivan

 

Star Trek Discovery, Sonequa Martin-Green, Shazad Latif

Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnhman) & Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler)

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif

Discovery's Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly) & Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler)

Star Trek Discovery, Nana Visitor

Deep Space Nine's Nana Visitor

Voyager's Roxann Dawson, Enterprise's Connor Trinneer & Deep Space Nine's Nicole de Boer

Star Trek Discovery, Wilson Cruz, Dr. Hugh Culber

Discovery's Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber)

Star Trek Discovery, Jason Isaacs, Gabriel Lorca

Discovery's Jason Isaacs (Gabriel Lorca)

Star Trek Discovery, Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell

Discovery's Kenneth Mitchell (Kol) & Mary Chieffo (L'Rell)

Star Trek Discovery, Anthony Rapp, Paul Stamets

Discovery's Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets)

Star Trek: Discovery will debut September 24 on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. The series will premiere on Netflix in the rest of the world on September 25.

Star Trek Discovery CBS All Access

Star Trek Discovery Space Channel CraveTV

Star Trek Discovery Netflix

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discoverys-world-premiere Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:45:35 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: First Officer Michael Burnham A Woman Of Two Worlds]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/watch-first-officer-michael-burnham-a-woman-of-two-worlds

CBS All Access has just released a new video revealing Michael Burnham's journey to self-discovery. Check out the Star Trek: Discovery video:

For a closer look at Star Trek: Discovery's main character, head to www.CBS.com.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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CBS All Access has just released a new video revealing Michael Burnham's journey to self-discovery. Check out the Star Trek: Discovery video:

For a closer look at Star Trek: Discovery's main character, head to www.CBS.com.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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watch-first-officer-michael-burnham-a-woman-of-two-worlds Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:55:51 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: Behind-The-Scenes Look At Star Trek: Discovery's Artful Production]]> http://origin-www.startrek.com/article/watch-behind-the-scenes-look-at-star-trek-discoverys-artful-production

CBS All Access has just released a new video revealing a behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek: Discovery and their artful Production. Check out the video:

To delve a little deeper into the massive production, head to www.CBS.com.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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CBS All Access has just released a new video revealing a behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek: Discovery and their artful Production. Check out the video:

To delve a little deeper into the massive production, head to www.CBS.com.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

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watch-behind-the-scenes-look-at-star-trek-discoverys-artful-production Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:52:41 -0700