Elijah June 14, 2019 169 2
This week, we’re Trekking Out Wilson Cruz’s Entertainment Weekly cover. Then we hear from Zachary Quinto about theft and Leonard Nimoy, Quentin Tarantino wants an R-rated Star Trek, and the late Anton Yelchin is remembered.
In Star Trek Online and gaming news, the Weekend Event store is getting a closeout sale, and an old Star Trek card game is still going strong.
Of course, as always, before we wrap up the show, we’ll open hailing frequencies for your incoming messages
This Weeks COMMUNITY QUESTIONS are:
If you could take ANYTHING from a Star Trek set, what would you take?
Did you ever play the Star Trek Customizable Card game? Are there any old Star Trek tabletop or video games that you do still play?
by Jake Morgan
On June 28th, 1969, Nine New York City Police Officers raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The establishment – it was claimed – was operating without a liquor license, and Stonewall employees were arrested. The bar was cleared and some of the patrons were taken into custody for //QUOTE//not wearing at least three articles of gender-appropriate clothing//END QUOTE//. The bar was a meeting place for gay men, lesbians, and transgender people, and the New York City Police Department had conducted several ‘raids’ on similiar establishments over a short period of time. The men and women who had been thrown from the Stonewall Inn did not scatter as had so often been the case. This time, the people rioted. Over the course of five days, the crowd outside the Stonewall helped to raise awareness of the discrimination and harrasment of the LGBTQ community, and later served as a symbol of resistance for the oppressed.
To commemorate the “Stonewall Riots” 50th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly recruited six of Hollywood’s biggest LGBTQ stars to grace it’s cover – one of which being Star Trek’s Wilson Cruz! Cruz sat down with his fellow cover models and Entertainment Weekly to talk about being part of the LGBTQ community. Wilson told EW //QUOTE//I think it’s important, in light of recent progress, to remember how we got here and that there was a time when this wasn’t possible — that you couldn’t walk down the street in major cities holding your partner’s hand and being your entire self.//END QUOTE//
Cruz also tweeted a photo of his cover, saying //QUOTE//This one goes out to every young LGBTQ kid out there, who has any doubt, whatsoever, that because of who they are or how they LOVE, they can’t achieve their dreams. ¡Si se PUEDE, mi amor! ¡Si se PUEDE!
Thank you @entertainmentweekly for the honor of gracing your #PRIDE issue!//END QUOTE//
This week, the Kelvin timeline’s Mr. Spock – Zachary Quinto – sat down with late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel to talk about his newest series, Nos4a2…and of course – Star Trek.
Kimmel recalled that Quinto hadn’t been on the show since 2009 – when he was there to promote JJ Abram’s Star Trek. In that last appearance, the host suggested Quinto swipe Spock ears as a souvenir – and Quinto admitted he took Kimmel’s advice. After joking a bit about the prosthetics, Quinto said //QUOTE//I don’t keep a lot of stuff. I get rid of stuff, I like to de-clutter all the time. But I do feel like this is such an experience. It’s been such a formative part of my life and my career, that I want something that I can look back on, and I figured the ears are something I can look back on//END QUOTE//
Quinto also spoke about “In Search of”, and his relationship with the late Leonard Nimoy //QUOTE//I Loved that guys so much. We were so close and always talked about not just the role and the experience that we shared on Star Trek, but life and our curiosity. And he was endlessly curious until the end of his life […] [He was] Super intelligent and really engaged and so I felt like it was a way to honor him and stay connected to him.//END QUOTE//
Talking to “Empire”, about his upcoming film – “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” – Director Quentin Tarantino made mention of another project he’s got cooking. Star Trek.
When asked about his involvement on the project, Tarantino replied //QUOTE//There’s a script that exists for it now, I need to weigh in on it, but haven’t been able to do that yet.//END QUOTE//. Tarantino also confirmed his intended film rating, saying //QUOTE//Oh yeah! It’s an R-rated movie. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated.//END QUOTE//
Ahead of a Star Trek 2009-10th anniversary screening, the film’s star – Chris Pine – made an appearance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The purpose – to introduce the official trailer of a documentary that would highlight co-star Anton Yelchin’s life.
“Love, Antosha” documents the life Yelchin – who passed in 2016 at the age of 27 – and features interviews with several of Yelchin’s Star Trek co-stars, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and JJ Abrams. At the trailers release, Pine told the crowd //QUOTE//Obviously we’re here for Anton; he was one of my dear friends and I felt like I was only getting a chance to know him better when he passed. The film is incredible and I think it’ll show you all different sides of the guy that I knew — this curious, fascinating, complex, strange little dude//END QUOTE//.
This week in Star Trek history, we go back to the year 1989 to find out, “What does God need with a Starship”.
On June 9th, 1989, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” premiered. The follow-up to the hugely popular “Voyage Home”, “The Final Frontier” was a financial and critical disappointment which nearly ended Star Trek’s Original Series movie run. William Shatner made his directorial debut and had a hand in crafting the story, but his inexperience was magnified by budget constraints and behind-the-scenes pitfalls – including a writer’s strike
Star Trek’s Sulu – George Takei – originally turned down the opportunity to reprise his role. Citing his personal feelings about the would-be-director, Takei was ultimately convinced to do the film by William Shatner himself. Takei later praised the Actor/Director saying //QUOTE//despite our sometimes strained personal history, I found working with Bill (Shatner) as a director to be surprisingly pleasant.//END QUOTE//
by Anthony Cox
Last week Cryptic announced changes to special events and the relocation of the associated prizes to the Phoenix Prize Packs. Many players still had Weekend Event Vouchers left in their inventory, but not enough to purchase any more items. Well, starting this weekend on PC until August 1st, all items in the Weekend Event Store will be discounted to a single voucher per item. That’s right. Now is the time to get those missing set pieces or final items from the Weekend Event Store. After August 1st you will still be able to spend Weekend Vouchers on Phoenix Prize Packs. So if you already have all of the Weekend items, and have a supply of Voucher, you get a little extra mileage out of those. Captains on console will also be able to take advantage of these discounts starting August 1st.
Operation: Riposte recently launched on console and many Captains are wondering, “Dude, where’s my free tier 6 ship tokens?” Well, in a Ten Forward Weekly Live stream from June 5th, Mike “Ambassador Kael” Fatum, addressed that very issue. //INSERT QUOTE// Not only is the special promotion not coming to consoles anytime soon. If and when it does, it may not even be a free Tier 6 ship.
As we now know most all of the special events are moving towards using Featured TFO Commendations for all rewards projects moving forward,
For those of you who may have forgotten, or never knew, the Star Trek IP was a trailblazer in one aspect of gaming. The Star Trek Customizable Card Game was published by Decipher Inc. and originally launched in 1994, just one year after the mega popular Magic the Gathering card game. Customizable card games, or trading card games, are all about collecting sets of cards and then building a custom deck to play in a game. When the game first released trekkies could build a Federation deck, a Klingon deck, or a Romulan deck. Combining your favorite personnel, starships, events, and equipment to travel along the space line, attempting missions, overcoming dilemmas, and hopefully scoring enough points to emerge victorious. After almost 40 total expansion sets, and even a second edition released in 2002, the game came to an abrupt halt in 2007 after some internal conflicts and legal battles amongst the company’s executives. Shortly thereafter a group of players came together to form The Continuing Committee, a non-profit organization charged with keeping the game alive, designing new cards, and even supporting organized play. After 12 years the Continuing Committee not only has kept the game going, but also improved the gameplay experience. On June 21st they will release their 38th digital expansion set named after the original TOS pilot episode, The Cage. This expansion set features missions, dilemmas, personnel, equipment, and more from the early days of Star Trek. Including some characters never seen in the card game before. For more information about the games, trek out the show notes.
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 June 7, 2019
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