Star Trek: Voyager premiered on January 16, 1995 to considerable initial excitement, although reactions to the show were mixed. Some were excited by the idea of a female captain (with Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway), though others did not care for her character. Promised more conflict and an “edgier” show by producers, with the idea of a Starfleet ship lost in the Delta Quadrant and having to work with members of a Marquis crew.
The first fan-run Star Trek con is generally noted as having been held January 21 – January 23, 1972 at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York City. Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barrett, D.C. Fontana and Isaac Asimov were in attendance.
Star Trek’s presence on LiveJournal dates to at least January 23, 2001, with the creation of the community trekkies.
January 20, 1920 Deforrest Kelley, Doctor McCoy on Tv’s original “Star Trek”
January 20,1930- Edwin “Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, walked on the moon
From Star Trek.com
Don’t you just love it when Star Trek’s fiction becomes reality? It’s happening more and more. The latest case in point: the transparent aluminum that “Professor Scott” swapped for plexiglass in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. According to the Daily Mail newspaper in England, it’s not quite there yet, but it’s inching closer, as scientists have devised a transparent aluminum-based ceramic – aluminium oxynitride — that’s almost as strong as metallic aluminum. Referred to as AION, the material is four times harder than fused silica glass, 85 per cent as hard as sapphire and stable up to a temperature of 1,200C. And how strong is AION? Strong enough, at 1.6 inches thick, to stop .50-caliber bullets which can easily penetrate more than twice that thickness of conventional laminated glass armor.
And… Action! The cameras have begun rolling on the next Star Trek movie and effects work is underway at ILM. On January 14 Paramount made it official with a press release announcing that principal photography has started on its joint venture with Skydance Productions and Bad Robot. The movie is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and the script was written by the trio of Kurtzman, Orci, and Lindelof. Of course the biggest news over the past week has been the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, though it is unclear whether he will actually be playing the villain. We’re certain that more details will see the light of day in the coming weeks, but for now the fact that our journey to May 17, 2013 has begun is exciting!
From the Daily Mail
On Wednesday Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana stopped her car at the scene of a traffic accident in Culver City, CA and help an injured elderly woman. The crash occurred across the street from Sony Studios, where the Star Trek sequel is currently filming. “Zoe witnessed the car accident, and was very quick to help,” says an onlooker to People. She “immediately got on the phone with 911 and she seemed very concerned.” Saldana and another passerby moved the woman to the curb from her car and waiting for emergency crews to arrive. According to the witness, Saldana “returned to the woman’s car and picked up the woman’s handbag and sweater. Zoe was very caring and sweet to the woman.”
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Well known Romulans
Admiral Valdore in 2154
Senator Vreenak, a Romulan male (2364)
Cretak, a Romulan female (2375)
“Romulans. So predictably treacherous!”
The Romulans are a Humanoid race from the planet Romulus in the Beta Quadrant. The Romulans are biological cousins of Vulcans, as they are descended from those who rejected Surak’s reforms during the Time of Awakening. The Romulan Star Empire is the Romulan state and one of the major powers in known space.
Commander Spock once theorized that Sargon’s people may have colonized Vulcan some six million years ago. Sargon believed that Humans and Vulcans (and therefore also Romulans) might even be descendants of their early travelers.
With the discovery of ancient humanoid progenitors in the 24th century, most humanoid life forms in the known galaxy were found to have a “seed” genetic code guiding their evolution to the humanoid form.
Commander T’Pol stated, regarding Vulcans and the planet Vulcan, that “we evolved for life on this planet”.
When Surak’s reforms of embracing logical principles and rejecting emotions spread rapidly across Vulcan in the 4th century, a minority rejected Surak’s ideals. They departed Vulcan in the 4th century; later, some of their descendants established settlements on the planets Calder II, Dessica II, Draken IV, Yadalla Prime and Barradas III, which might have become a center of this new offshoot civilization, called the Debrune, which later died out.
At some point, another group settled on twin planets that became known as Romulus and Remus. While Romulus was a class M planet, Remus was a harsh planet notable only for its dilithium deposits. These two worlds were the foundation of an interstellar empire that expanded to many worlds, reaching across much of the Beta Quadrant. Eventually that power came to be known as the Romulan Star Empire.
Like Vulcans, Romulans have pointed ears, eyebrows that are arched and upswept, and copper-based blood that is green when oxygenated in the arteries, or copper or rust-colored when deoxygenated in the veins. Most Romulans have two brow ridges above the bridge of their nose, forming a V-shape on the forehead. However, a minority of Romulans lack these ridges, making them outwardly indistinguishable from Vulcans.
These “browless” Romulans appear to be confined to the 23rd century, from Mark Lenard’s Romulan Commander in 2266 through toAmbassador Nanclus in 2293.
Despite their common ancestry there are also many subtle internal physiological differences between Vulcans and Romulans. This is evidenced in Dr. Beverly Crusher’s failed attempt to treat a Romulan, Patahk, who had suffered advanced synaptic breakdown, with the methods used to treat Vulcans.
Romulans lack the rigorous mental disciplines developed by the followers of Surak. They are a passionate people, easily moved to extreme emotions.
This lack of mental discipline would seem to explain why Romulans lack the telepathic abilities that Vulcans possess.
There have been numerous instances of Romulans successfully mating with other species, as evidenced in Sela (Human/Romulan), Ba’el (Klingon/Romulan), and the grandfather of Simon Tarses (Human/Romulan). General Korrd indicates in a conversation with Caithlin Dar that Romulan women may have a unique anatomical makeup, with the internal structure of their sexual organs being particularly stimulating to other humanoid species, although such comments are never substantiated.
A reference to Saavik being half-Romulan and half-Vulcan was cut from the final edit of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It was, however, mentioned in the novelization of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
While Vulcans possess much greater physical strength than most humanoids, Romulans are roughly equal to Humans in their strength.
The Terothka virus is a disease unique to Romulan physiology. Romulans are also susceptible to Tuvan Syndrome.
In Romulan society, military/political rank influences social standing. Because Romulans are members of a militant civilization, who consider defending the Romulan Empire and their own personal honor of foremost importance, military service and its accompanying rank are decisive factors in determining social eminence. However, while the military plays an important role in Romulan society, it is the Romulan Senate that controls the government.
The current highest Romulan rank is that of the Praetor, who presides over the Romulan Senate and acts as chief of the executive branch. The Praetor heads the Continuing Committee, which is comprised of the Empire’s most elite individuals, which make decisions of the utmost importance. At one point in Romulan history, their society was ruled by an Empress.
Q never explained what he meant by “Romulan Empress”. It is possible, given Q’s demonstrated ability to travel through time, that this was a position that existed in the past and no longer does. It may also be a figurehead position with no real power, however no relativistically “modern” references indicated such an individual.
By the 24th century, the government of Romulus is dependent upon the Tal Shiar, the Romulan Secret Police, to maintain order and stability among both civilians and the military. The Tal Shiar is known for its brutal tactics, which include routine kidnapping, torture, and assassination. Many Romulans fear even expressing dissenting opinions as not to spark the interest of the Tal Shiar. There also seems to be some degree of tension between the military and the Tal Shiar.
Romulan society is based upon a highly structured caste system. Unlike most of the highly evolved species in the Alpha and Beta quadrants, Romulans still practice slavery, and frequently use conquered races for forced slave labor and shock troops.
Romulans tend to be highly xenophobic, engaging in extended periods of isolationism, and can be perceived as outright racist to other species, believing themselves to be superior. At least some Romulans believe that one day the Romulan Empire will rule the entire galaxy.
Romulan society does not appear to be gender biased. Both males and females command warships, can obtain high political positions and can be members of the Tal Shiar.
Romulans were aware of Humanity for some time before Earth knew of them. Infiltrating the highest levels of the Vulcan High Command, the Romulans were impressed and confused by Humans. The Enterprise NX-01 inadvertently encountered a Romulan minefield at one point, drawing even more Romulan attention. Even after fighting the Earth-Romulan War, it wasn’t until the 23rd century that Humans saw them.
After the Treaty of Algeron went into effect, the Romulans retreated into isolation once again, but they never lost their fascination with Humanity. After an attack by the Borg on a Romulan outpost, which they initially suspected the Federation of committing, the Romulans resurfaced, declaring “We are back.”
Relationships with other species
In keeping with their xenophobic and arguably racist attitudes, the Romulans tend to conquer species rather than form alliances with them, and individual Romulans tend to treat other species with varying degrees of disdain.
That did not prevent them from employing diplomacy when it suited their purposes. Soon after their emergence from a century of isolation in the mid 2260s, they had established at least two embassies with the Federation. One such embassy was a three-way endeavor on the planet Nimbus III, along with the Klingon Empire, and the other was on Earth itself.
Klingons and Romulans once shared an alliance for a number of years, beginning in the 2260s. Over the years, a number of incidents, including the Khitomer Massacre, led the Klingons to develop a deep seated hatred for the Romulans, and the Romulans are arguably the species that Klingon society in general despises most of all.
A Cardassian embassy existed on Romulus for a time, and Elim Garak was “employed” there as a “gardener,” suggesting that the two species maintained an active diplomatic relationship. Romulan and Cardassian agents in the Tal Shiar and the Obsidian Order cooperated in an attempted attack on the Dominion. The Romulans had certainly cut ties with the Cardassians by the time they entered in to the Dominion War, but when their relationship ended prior to this is unclear.
One common saying among the Romulans is “Never turn your back on a Breen.” While this statement could be taken as partially humorous and not in itself indicative of hostilities between the two species, the Breen Thot’s apparent condition that the Breen be given Romulus in exchange for their help in the Dominion War seems to suggest there is some degree of unfriendly history between the two.
The species that Romulans seem to dislike most, however, are Vulcans, and this feud goes back many centuries. The two powers once fought in a war that lasted 100 years, that was ignited due to a misunderstanding created by one of Q’s self-destructive stunts.
The two species would remain distrustful of one another for an incredibly long time, but some Romulans grew tired of this, and a grassroots movement for reunification of the two species was active for a time on Romulus. It was generally assumed that after the split, Romulans and Vulcans were unaware of their common ancestry until the 23rd century. However, it is now known that Romulans had infiltrated various positions of the Vulcan High Command in the 22nd century. How long they had been in these positions is somewhat unclear, as is how this came about in the first place.
The exact date, or even a reasonable timeframe, of the Vulcan/Romulan split it very unclear, though it certainly happened some time after Surak’s teaching were introduced, which, on the Earth calendar, would be 4th century AD or so.
In the mirror universe, the Romulans appeared to be uninvolved in the conflict between the Terran Rebellion and the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance.
Prime Benjamin Sisko, posing as mirror Benjamin Sisko, indicated to Jennifer Sisko that he was going to visit the Romulans to see if he could get their support. This was, in reality, a ruse to explain his return to Deep Space 9.
Culture and tradition
The Romulans lack the rigorous mental disciplines developed by the followers of Surak. Like the Vulcans, the Romulans have given up unrestrained violence as a way of life. However, in the case of the Romulans this has been replaced with a controlled deviousness: As a species the Romulans are generally thought of as duplicitous, a reputation the actions of their government over the last decade has reinforced.
During the 23rd century, Romulans practiced the execution of state criminals, by means both painful and unpleasant. Prior to the presenting of the charges, the Romulans allow the accused a Right of Statement.
Reluctance to rely on overt hostility generally leads the Romulans to play a waiting game with their opponents, attempting to manipulate an adversary into breaking – or appearing to break – an agreement so as to give them a solid justification for striking.
They are also well known for fearing disgrace over death. With this frame of mind, Romulan parents dispose of any newborn carrying birth defects as the alternative would mean a waste of resources.
The totalitarian nature of Romulan society, in which dissent is often a crime and Romulan security officers masquerade as citizens, has led many Romulans to be extremely paranoid.
A common Romulan courtesy is the saying “Jolan Tru”, although what exactly this means is unclear, as it is used both in context of greeting and goodbye.
In the 24th century, a dissident movement began to gain momentum, based on the desire to learn about Vulcan and Vulcan ideals. Their ultimate goal was the reunification of Romulus and Vulcan. Ambassador Spock was deeply involved in this movement. It is unclear what has become of this movement in the aftermath of Shinzon’s failed uprising on Romulus.
While many arguably belligerent and militaristic species, such as Nausicaans, Breen, and even Klingons often sell their fighting skills to the highest bidder, Romulans are rarely, if ever, seen involved in such activities. This is possibly due to the apparent superiority complex of most Romulans, many of whom would likely find such work beneath them, and would prefer to serve the Romulan Empire in some capacity. However, Miles O’Brien once played a game of Tongo with a Romulan mercenary. In cases of anonymity, they are known for commonly using hired assassins, such as the Flaxians, to conduct their off-world “justice.”
Food and Beverages
Jumbo Romulan mollusk
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