Notes for 32

June 16th is Captain Picard Day. (How June 16th got picked is still a little vague to me – but those with slide rules bigger than mine determined that Stardate 47457.1 is June 16th.)

In the episode “The Pegasus” we watched as the Enterprise’s children presented works of art dedicated to the noble captain of the NCC-1701-D

The Vulcan Advocate posted a new interview with TOS actor Walter Koenig and here is an excerpt.

Koenig spoke highly of the new cast of the J,J. Abrams Trek movie, calling them “very, very good” actors who are also “very professional.”

But things have changed in movies, which have become far more dependant on computer graphics imaging (CGI), he said.

“The (new Star Trek) film is evocative of this time, in terms of technology that is available. The different way of making films — a lot more CGI, a lot more eye candy, a lot more dependence on technology than we had,” said Koenig.

“I think possibly we were compelled to make the story a little bit more personal and a little bit more human and a little bit more character-driven because we did not have the technology to fall back on.”

Whereas the climax in the new Star Trek movie is an extraordinary technological achievement, the climax in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan — one of Koenig’s favourite Star Trek films — was a very emotional ending that offered more substance, he said.

“It was not a visual, sensory experience,” he said of the climax in Wrath of Khan. “It was a very emotional ending — the death of Spock, Kirk’s reaction, all of that. It was devastating and left you with something more than you’ve got when leaving the new Star Trek movie.”

Star Trek Online lead content designer Scott “Goatshark” Shicoff shares details about the upcoming No-Win Scenario event in this entry of the STO Season 6 News Dev Blog series.

“I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.”

– Captain James T. Kirk

Unlike Captain Kirk, you won’t be able to cheat your way to victory in our version of a no-win scenario. Captains will be tested to see how long they can hold out against an ever-increasing enemy attack courtesy of a new Holodeck training program. To help with general preparedness, with each simulation, a random enemy force will be chosen to test the group’s mettle. While each enemy group will require different tactics, one thing remains constant: protect the defenseless transport.

The No-Win Scenario event ends when either the transport is destroyed or players successfully defeat the 10th and final wave. Player rewards are increased with each successful wave defense; the farther you get, the more you’re rewarded. Special titles can also be unlocked for those that are able to defeat wave 6 and above.

To participate, use the PvE Queue to join either a public or private queue. This event is always available, but if you play during certain hourly events (calendar updates to be announced at a later date) you will earn even more rewards. No-Win Scenario is available to both Federation and Klingon players and is targeted at 5-person groups. You must be a Vice Admiral or Lieutenant General to participate.

We’ll see you in-game and in the queues for No-Win Scenario when it launches with Season 6: Under Siege.

June 13

Malcolm McDowell was born on this day in 1943. The British actor, interviewed earlier this month on StarTrek.com, is known to Trek fans as the notorious Dr. Tolian Soran, a/k/a “The Man Who Killed Kirk,” as it was his character’s actions brought about the demise of Trek’s legendary captain.

Scenes for “Broken Bow,” the two-hour premiere of Enterprise, were filmed on this day in Bakersfield, California. The production shot on location in Bakersfield on the 12th and 13th, shooting the cornfield scenes and also the silo battle and explosion sequences.

June 14

Nana Visitor wed Siddig El Fadil (a/k/a Alexander Siddig) on this day in 1997. The DS9 co-stars started out as friends, fell in love, married and remained a couple until their divorce in 2001. Together, they had a son, Django, named after the jazz legend Django Reinhardt.

Tales from the Captain’s Table was published on this day in 2005. The anthology book, released by Pocket, gathered together short stories about new starship captains. Among the authors contributing to Tales from the Captain’s Table were Christie Golden, John J. Ordover, Heather Jarman, Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels, and David R. George III.

June 15

Production was well underway on the TNG pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” in the summer of 1987. And on this day that year, John de Lancie was on set shooting the first of four days of scenes in Q’s courtroom.

Chuck Menville passed away on this day in 1992 at the age of 52. Menville wrote “The Practical Joker” episode of The Animated Series and co-wrote the TAS episode “Once Upon a Planet.”

June 16

John Cho, Star Trek’s latest Sulu, was born on this day in 1972. Also born on this day, in 1970, was Clifton Collins Jr., who played Nero’s number one in Star Trek (2009). Happy early birthday, John and Clifton, from everyone at StarTrek.com.

The DS9 episode “Call to Arms” aired on this day in 1997. The hour, which kicked off the Dominion War, was the finale of the fifth season.

June 17

Joe Piscopo was born on this day in 1951. The comedian and former Saturday Night Live star played “The Comic” in the TNG episode “The Outrageous Okona,” in which Data attempts to grasp the concept of humor. Look for an interview with Piscopo later this week on StarTrek.com.

David Gerrold submitted a story outline to TOS called “A Fuzzy Thing Happened to Me…” on this day in 1967. The episode that eventually resulted, called “The Trouble with Tribbles,” remains one of the most popular episodes of any Star Trek series ever produced.

The Trekkies, they did get a bit freaked out [about killing Captain Kirk]. I think they have come to realize that actually I did them a favor. Because we have released this whole thing and now JJ Abrams has gone on and made some actually good movies…It is very fun times that they have revived it and I think it has given it new energy. I think it needed that. My god. How many more of these things. Patrick Stewart spouting off for another forty minutes. Jesus! If you find that exciting, hey go watch paint dry!

Tell us how you really feel Malcolm! The veteran British actor soon realized that he was going to get some feedback on this when he he asked “Somebody is photographing? This is going to be on the bloody Internet isn’t it?” He then noted “I keep forgetting about this f–king Internet.”

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2 thoughts on “Notes for 32

  1. Were the first two paragraphs related to the rest of this piece? I got a bit confused there…

    Not sure what McDowell is talking about. Patrick Stewart stopped the talking in the last few films and started beating the shit out of things and driving desert buggies.

  2. There is a paragraph that seems to have disappeared somehow explaining the link between Picard Day and the children showing him drawings on the Enterprise bridge. As for Malcolm for some reason he is very bitter about his Trek experience.

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