March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, and the Roddenberry Foundation has teamed up with Chase Masterson’s Pop Culture Hero Coalition.
Every donation you make to Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s HEROIC campaign – helping kids with serious disabilities in schools – will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Roddenberry Foundation. For more information, go to priorityonepodcast.com/heroic.
We’re Trekking Out Star Trek’s 2019 PaleyFest appearance in Los Angeles. The cast and crew talk Discovery Season 2, Season 3, Pike, and even drop more details about the untitled Picard Series! And In Star Trek Online and gaming news, we’re discussing the new Upcoming Content Roadmap for Star Trek Online.
COMMUNITY QUESTION: How do you think Star Trek: Discovery season 2 will end? Give us your best, worst, and wildest #Trekulations!
by Jake Morgan
This past week, PaleyFest LA – “the premier television festival in the country” – hosted some of TV’s biggest stars. On Sunday March 24th, Star Trek had it’s turn at PaleyFest to promote all things Trek.
In a Red Carpet discussion with SyFy Wire, Star Trek Head Alex Kurtzman spoke about the final few episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s sophomore season: “We are entirely aware of everyone’s questions and criticisms; I’ve read everything, and I see where everyone’s like, ‘Well, the spore drive never existed!’ and ‘What, Discovery was never around!’ and all of those things, we’re totally aware. You will get an answer.” When asked if the answers will be satisfying, Kurtzman replied, “I damn well think so, yes.”
The cast seemed to agree with Kurtzman’s assertions. Ethan Peck, our newest Spock, said of the wrap-up, “I personally think that the end of the season is going to be tremendous … when [Kurtzman] first told me about it I was like in tears, I just had chills… so good.”
Anthony Rapp echoed previous comments, saying “I believe very strongly that it will leave people satisfied … As someone who cares about continuity, to some degree, I was like, ‘If this doesn’t make people happy, I don’t know what else we can do.'”
Alex Kurtzman also took the opportunity to discuss Star Trek: Discovery Season 3…sort of. In a Red Carpet interview with Nerdist, Kurtzman said of the upcoming season, “Well it’s Sunday and I just came from the writers’ room right to the press line, so season three is well on its way. Now we have some very concrete ideas, none of which I will tell you about.”
And while Kurtzman said that fan reaction to Season 2 was “pretty positive,” he also mentioned that he appreciated hearing criticism as well. “I really love hearing what the fans have to say about the show about what worked for them and what worked for them less well. I like hearing it. It informs the way we write. Everything gets taken back to the writers’ room and talked about, so everybody’s heard.”
You can’t talk about the transition from season 2 to season 3 without mentioning the loss of stand-out Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike – and the cast and crew didn’t!
Executive Producer Heather Kadin said of Pike’s departure from the series, “If anything it’s not going to feel like a sendoff, because I think that’s what everyone thinks is going to happen. I think it will just become incredibly clear why he’s not continuing on, cause he has to go do TOS, so we have to make sense of that.”
Ethan Peck said of Mount and his departure, “I just admire the heck out of him as an actor and as a captain. There’s some things upcoming that I think will prove to be very exciting for fans of Captain Pike.”
Finally, the 2019 Star Trek PaleyFest panel ended with a topic that has been on everyone’s mind – the upcoming Picard series. Alex Kurtzman told the crowd he couldn’t say much, but “Here’s what I will tell you. I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited. It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. The only way this universe, I think, works correctly is if each show is really different and speaks to a different part of Star Trek.”
Kurtzman explained the difference between Discovery and the as-yet-untitled series, saying “This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways. We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He in some ways has to go through a gauntlet to find that again. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard. We’re thrilled at what we’re going to deliver. I know Patrick is really excited. The cast is coming together beautifully. And I will give you nothing else.”
And don’t forget that Thursday, April 4th is First Contact Day. Visit Bozeman, Montana, where Zefram Cochrane made first contact with Vulcans. Participate in the model Phoenix Races and earn yourself a Tommy Gun special reward.
Moving on to Priority One Armada news. It is my great pleasure to announce that we have five new recipients of the Armada’s Medal of Honor. This is the highest award that can be issued to any member of the Armada, and therefore, it is the most difficult to earn.
We would like to officially recognize Captain @Phantom247 of Priority One-Gamma fleet, Captain @Chainshock of Priority One-Beta fleet, Captain @advisorypanda of Priority One-Gamma fleet, Vice Admiral @Bullzz of Priority One-Alpha fleet and Admiral @eris2311 of the Priority One-Epsilon fleet for their incredible loyalty, commitment and generosity to the Priority One Armada and to their respective home fleets.
The Medal of Honor reflects the incredible dedication that has been made to the Priority One Community. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, any member of any rank must have completed any 4 of the following: 1) Earned all 3 level 50 career flashes; 2) Earned the 5 gold star energy credit badge; 3) Have earned the Dilithium Trader Medal; 4) Have earned the 5 million Fleet Credit Medal; 5) Have earned the Outstanding Service Medal; or 6) Have earned 1 block of Gold Pressed Latinum*.
So, today, we are honored to present our highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, to Captain @Phantom247, Captain @Chainshock, Captain @advisorypanda, Vice Admiral @Bullzz and Admiral @eris2311. On behalf of the entire Armada, I would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for your dedication and service to the Priority One Armada Community.
For the 2nd straight year the Priority One Armada will be phased shifted into the alternate (Mirror) Universe for the month of April. While in the Mirror Universe we will conduct ourselves as such. We will therefore be changing the name of the Armada to Priority One Empire.
Imperial Intelligence has learned Admiral Leeta and a sizable portion of the Terran Fleet has decided to challenge our entry into their realm. Emperor Winters and his loyal Lords of the Admiralty will lead our forces to victory over Admiral Leeta and the Terran Empire. To ensure our victory your leaders have planned some special events and giveaways.
From April 1st to 30th loyal officers of the Empire will have a chance to win a T5 Mirror Ship. One ship will be awarded to a loyal officer everyday. All you have to do to win is be logged into any P1E FED/KDF Fleet. This giveaway is open to armada members from the rank of Lt. to Captain.
Make sure you don’t miss Priority One Empire Live, every Saturday in April. This year viewers will have a chance to enter into a drawing for a T6 Styx Terran Dreadnought Cruiser which will be given away on April 27th.
Finally, on April 27th we will fight the final battle against Admiral Leeta and the Terran Empire. Visit our Twitch channel at twitch.tv/priorityone
We would like to thank all of the following members who donated all the prizes to make this event possible. Captain Shadezslayer, Vice Admiral Bullzz, Vice Admiral Nicki, Vice Admiral Marc, Vice Admiral Panzer, Admiral Hunter, Admiral James, Admiral Rikers and finally Admiral Cat.
For more information about Empire Month visit our website. Long Live the Priority One Empire!
Upcoming events from across the Roddenberry Podcast Network
This Saturday, March 30th, Kenna will be appearing alongside Larry Nemecek (from The Trek Files) and Ken Ray (from Mission Log), discussing toxic online fan culture at WonderCon. That’s Saturday, March 30th, 7-8pm, in Anaheim, California.
Then at the end of April, our sisters from other misters, Sue and Jarrah from Women at Warp, will be appearing on several panels at AwesomeCon in Washington, DC.
For more information on these events and others, keep an eye on our social media channels.
Elio is a Northern New Jersey Cuban-American and graduate of Kean University, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance in 2011. He has performed in internationally renowned performance halls such as Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and in Beijing, China as a representative for Kean University. Since 2012, he has had the wonderful opportunity to Executive Produce Priority One – the premiere Star Trek Online podcast. Whether recruiting, managing the global team of talented volunteers, arranging interviews with special guests, editing, web-development, finding sponsors, managing crowd funding, or writing content for the podcast, Elio has a hand in it all. A long-time Trekkie, Elio has been watching the series since he was a child and sneaking in late night, back-to-back, episodes of TNG reruns. He finally embraced the Trekdom in college and spent many hours catching up on the entire multiverse…. instead of studying.
Elijah March 22, 2019
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