Star Trek: Discovery

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Launching Sunday, Sept. 24 with a broadcast premiere on CBS airing at 8:30/7:30 p.m.c.

The 15-episode season will be released in two chapters. The first eight of 15 episodes will be shown from Sunday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 5. The second eight will begin in  January 2018 for the second chapter.

Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet during their continous  missions to seek out new civilizations and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must discover that to truly understand alien life forms, he must first understand himself.

A new ship will be featured, new characters, and missions. They will cling to the same ideology and dreams for the future that inspired a generation.

Being a life-long trekkie I can’t wait.

Jack.

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Star Trek: Nemesis – Movie Review

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Greetings trekies,

I have a Star Trek – Nemesis movie review that you’re sure to like.

Star Trek NemesisThe movie begins in the Romulan Imperial Senate. A representative from the military is presenting Shinzon of Remus’ proposal.  Shinzon wants to unite Romulus and Remus. The Praetor, the leader of the Senate, rejects his proposal.

Green Dust kills the Romulan Imperial SenatorsSenator Taláura had an urgent appointment with the Tholian Ambassador. Upon leaving, she left a small round box on the table.  The box opened and sprayed a green dust in the air above the Senators.  The dust killed them all. Their bodies turned to stone and crumbled.

The movie switches to Captain Picard as he makes the best man toast at Will Riker and Deanna Troi’s wedding reception.  They will have a wedding ceremony on Betazed, the “no clothing allowed,” planet.

Later, Mr. Worf picks up a Positronic Signal on Kolarus III, in the Kolarun System. The signal is from an android like Data.

Mr. Warf

Mr. Worf

“There is a problem!”  said Geordi, “The Kolarun System is close to the Romulan Neutral Zone. With Captain Picard’s approval, Will Riker orders, “Warp five to the Kolarun System.”

“I am reading six Positronic Signals,” said Geordi.

On Kolarus III they discover a replica of Data, in six pieces as Captain Picard tries out the Argo. The Argo is a new, small ATV.

Later:

Back on the Enterprise, they learn that Dr. Soong created this prototype of Data and named it B-4. He created B-4 before he created Data.  B-4 is less sophisticated than Data.  Data and B-4 are brothers.  “Geordi, reassemble B-4,” orders Captain Picard.

Captain Picard gets an alpha priority communication from Starfleet.  Admiral Janeway wants Jean-Luc to go to Romulus. The Romulan Imperial Senate has a new Praetor, Shinzon of Reman. Captain Picard orders, “Warp eight to Romulus.”

At Romulus, they face the Reman War bird, Scimitar. They meet Praetor Shinzon, the human, and his Viceroy, the Reman.

Reman War Bird  Scimitar.

Reman War Bird Scimitar.

They later learn that Shinzon is a clone of Captain Picard.  Shinzon and Jean-Luc become acquainted.

Geordi learns that Shinzon’s ship is a Thalaron Generator.  They now know that Shinzon is no diplomat.

Shinzon and his Viceroy perform a violation on Deanna in her and Will’s room.

We learn that Shinzon put B-4 on Kolarus III to gain information about Starfleet.  The information that B-4 receives from the Enterprises computers is incorrect, thanks to Data.

Data reaffirms that Shinzon’s ship is a Thalaron Generator , a great weapon.

They learn that Shinzon was created with temporal RNA sequencing. He has accelerated aging, he is dying.

The Dying Shinzon

The Dying Clone Shinzon

Geordi is concerned, “Shinzon’s ship has a Cascading Biogenic Pulse!”

Captain Picard orders, “He is going to attack earth. He must not be allowed to use his weapon. All other concerns are secondary,”  He further orders, “All hands…battle stations.”

The Enterprise warps toward sector 1045 where there are seven star ships. There is protection in numbers.  The problem is, Shinzon’s fully cloaked ship is right behind the Enterprise as it speeds through space.

The Enterprise enters the Bassen Rift. They lose all communications due to the space interference.   Captain is concerned for the ship’s safety. He orders, “Commander Riker, evasive maneuvers.”   Shinzon attacks the Enterprise.

As Captain Picard attempts to talk Shinzon out of destroying earth, he reveals his true plan.  “I want to be remembered for all time.”

Suddenly two Romulan ships appear. “This is Commander Donatra of the War bird Valdore. Might we be of assistance?”

The battle begins; two Romulans and the Enterprise vs. Shinzon.

As Shinzon overpowers his opponents, Deanna gets revenge for the earlier violation by Shinzon and his Viceroy. She enters Viceroy’s mind and pinpoints their ship.  “Remember me. Now!”    Mr. Worf fires!    “Fire at will,” ordered Captain Picard.

As the Enterprise is crippled, Captain Picard orders the Enterprise to ram Shinzon’s ship.

Captain Picard

Captain Picard

Shinzon orders, “Deploy the weapon. Kill everything on that ship. Then set a course for earth. We must complete our mission.”  The Thalaron intermix procedure is initiated.

Captain Picard beams to Shinzon’s ship to stop the weapon from destroying the Enterprise. Data secretly follows, through space. Picard battles Shinzon as the weapon readies itself.  Picard kills Shinzon.

With 30 seconds left before the Thalaron Generator fires, killing the Enterprise and everyone on board, Data puts a portable transported on Captain Picard.  “Good-bye,” said Data.  Captain Picard is beamed on board the Enterprise.

With two seconds before the annihilation of the Enterprise, Data blows up the Thalaron Generator.  Data dies in the explosion.

Captain Picard defeats Shinzon

Captain Picard defeats Shinzon

The deck crew honors Data’s memory.

Later, Commander Riker says good-bye to captain Picard.  Will Riker is assuming command of the Titan.

The movie ends.

As a writer, I love a story with a strong antagonists. Shinzon is a great antagonist. I really liked the design of the space ships as well. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Until our paths cross again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home Movie Review

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I have a Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home Movie Review.  I hope you enjoy it.

The movie began as an unknown probe is traveling through space on route to the Terran Solar System. It has disable every ship and space station along the way. It was disabling the U.S.S.  Saratoga as the movie begins.

Crippling  Alien Probe

Crippling Alien Probe

We learned that Admiral Kirk and his gallant crew were charged with nine violations of Starfleet regulations due to their actions while rescuing their shipmate Spock.  The Klingon Empire was outraged by star fleet’s miniscule actions. They wanted severe punishment.

Kirk and crew have been on Vulcan for three months.  They have been working on the rickety Klingon vessel while observing Spock as he continued with his speedily recovery.  Their plans are to return to earth and face their punishment for their unethical behavior while rescuing their shipmate Captain Spock.  In an attempt at historical irony, Dr. McCoy named their vessel, HMS Bounty.

As this is taking place, the U.S.S. Saratoga passes by the alien probe as the probe speeds toward earth. The probe’s powerful transmissions disable the helpless Saratoga.  As the probe continues, its powerful transmissions disable every space ship and space station in its path.

Kirk and crew leave Vulcan in their decrepit Klingon ship and proceed toward earth.

The alien probe reaches earth and sends a transmission signal into earth’s oceans. The powerful transmission immediately begins to cripple the helpless planet.  The citizens of earth are clueless as to how to respond to the probe. The President of United Federation of Planets sends out a planetary distress signal, “Do Not Approach Earth.  The transmissions of an orbiting probe are causing critical damage to this planet.”

Kirk and crew receive the distress signal. They listen to the probe’s transmissions. Immediately Mr. Spock  has an idea. After a brief search, he discovers that the probe is attempting to communicate with humpback whales.  Humpbacks have been extinct since the 21th century. Communication is therefore impossible.  They devise a plan. Time warp is their only option.  They plan to pick up tremendous speed and slingshot around the sun and go into time warp. Dr. McCoy’s response to the plan is classic. “That’s crazy.”

The Enterprise Crew Attempt Time Warp

The Enterprise Crew Attempts Time Warp

Their plan works. They come out of time warp on the Pacific basin, near the west coast of North America in the late 20th century.   Uhura hears whale songs coming from San Francisco.

Mr. Scott quickly discovers that the Klingon ship suffered severe damage during the time warp process. The ships dilithium crystals are decrystallizing. The technology doesn’t exist to recrystallize them.  Again Spock has an idea, according to him the later 20th century was the nuclear fusion era.  Nuclear fusion was used in nuclear powered naval vessels. The nuclear fusion reactors used high-energy photons  to do their work.  His theory was to collect these photons and inject them into the dilithium chamber in an attempt to cause crystalline restructuring. “Theoretically it might work.”

Kirk ordered the ship sat down in Golden Gate Park and began their risky tasks.

Kirk and Spock find two humpback whales named George and Gracie at the Cetacean Institute in Sausalito. They meet Dr. Gillian Taylor, assistant director of the Maritime Cetacean Institute as they discover their whales.

Captain Kirk ans Mr. Spock in San Fransisco

Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock in San Francisco

Mr. Scott and Dr. McCoy search for a large piece of transparent aluminum to use to construct the enormous aquarium. They discovered Plexicorp.  Meanwhile, Mr. Sulu finds a helicopter to transport the sheet of aluminum.  Mr. Scott discovers that Dr. Nichols, the plant manager at Plexicorp, still uses polymers. He shrewdly offers Dr. Nichols a trade.  He offers him  the formula for transparent aluminum in exchange for a large, six inch thick sheet of plexiglass.  Dr. Nichols gladly excepts the offer. Mr. Sulu transports the plexiglass to the ship.

Uhura and Chekov go to a naval base in Alameda in search of the photons. They discover a nuclear powered naval vessel named “U.S.S. Enterprise.”  They gather the high-energy photons.  Uhura is beamed back to the ship with the photons. Mr. Chekov is captured. During the capture, he is critically injured. He is transported to Mercy Hospital in the Mission District for emergency surgery. His condition is grave.

In a daring rescue, Admiral Kirk, Dr. McCoy, and Dr. Gillian Taylor go under cover as surgeons to find Mr. Chekov.  In a splendid moment of kindness and compassion, Dr. McCoy cures a woman that is receiving kidney dialysis while on his way to finding Chekov.  The team finds Chekov as he is being prepared for surgery.  Dr. McCoy  repairs the damaged artery in his brain.  As they race to escape they are beamed back to the Golden Gate Park next to their ship.  Dr. Taylor gives Kirk the radio frequency for the whales, 401 megahertz. She then tricks him and is beamed inside along with Admiral Kirk.

Kirk gives the order and they peruse the whales in open ocean. Mr. Scott beams George and Gracie aboard while saving them from whale hunters.

Mr. Scott beams up George and Gracy The Humpback Whales

George and Gracie The Humpback Whales are Beamed Aboard

With the crystalline restructured dilithium crystals, and George and Gracie, they gain speed and sling shot around the sun again. They go into time warp.

As they awake from the warp, the probe renders their ship powerless.  They fly uncontrolled into San Francisco bay.

Spock evacuates the crew as Admiral Kirk swims under water to open a hatch thus freeing himself and George and Gracie.  He and the whales escape.

George and Gracie communicate with the probe.  They quickly finish their chat. The probe stops the transmissions and begins to leave.

Earth quickly begins to recover as George and Gracie journey to open ocean.

The movie ends with Admiral Kirk and crew answering for their crimes against Starfleet. All charges are dropped except for Admiral Kirk. Disobeying Starfleet orders was the final charge.  For punishment, Admiral Kirk is reduced to Captain. He is given the new U.S.S. Enterprise to command.

The movie ends.

I hope you enjoyed my review of  Star Trek IV –  The Voyage Home. This is a very interesting, unique, and well written movie.

Tell we talk again.

“May good fortune guide your path”   J. A. Ireland

STAR TREK Movie Review

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I have another Star Trek movie review. This movie entitled   “Star Trek” is a restart of the series when the characters are young and the enterprise is new. This is their first voyage.

The movie begins with the antagonists, Captain Nero and his scary, claw and tentacle-like space ship coming out of a black hole. Captain Nero immediately attacks the U.S.S. Kelvin that is nearby and cripples it.

Nero

The Revenge Driven Mad Captain Nero

After crippling the Kelvin, he orders the Kelvin’s Captain to beam on board his vessel. Nero is searching for Ambassador Spock.  As Lieutenant George Kirk assumes command of the Kelvin, Captain Nero kills the former captain due to his unwillingness to reveal the whereabouts of Spock.

The acting U.S.S. Kelvin Captain, George Kirk orders, “General Order 13.   Evacuate the ship!”  As the evacuation is taking place, acting Captain George Kirk flies the Kelvin into Nero’s ship, severely damaging it, all while George Kirk’s wife delivers their son, James Tiberius Kirk.

Then the movie switches to Iowa and James T. Kirk the young daredevil and rebel, followed by a young Spock on Vulcan.  We get a glimpse into their youth.

The movie jumps to Captain Pike as he recruits the defiant and rebellious James Kirk for his crew on the newly constructed U.S.S. Enterprise.  We see the assembly of the enterprise crew.  We meet Jim Kirk, Leonard Mc. Coy (Bones), Nyota Uhura, and the very egotistical Spock.

Captain Nero reappears.  He is still searching for Ambassador Spock.  He wants Spock to watch as he destroys Vulcan.  He believes that Spock was responsible for the destruction of his home planet, Romula.

As Nero begins to carry out his plan, he causes a lighten storm in space.  This storm is detected by Starfleet and the enterprise is called into action. The new ship and new crew warp to Vulcan.

Nero's ship

Captain Nero’s Creepy   Menacing  Claw-Like  Space Ship

Captain Nero drills a hole in Vulcan and drops the red matter into the core of the planet. The red matter causes a black hole to form in the center of Vulcan. The black hole consumes the planet from the inside as both, the new and old Spock watch.

Nero has taken Captain Pike prisoner and puts a Centaurian Slug in him. It attaches to his brain stem and releases a toxin to force him to answer his questions.  This happens as he targets and peruses earth.

The conflict on board the enterprise begins. Under the encouragement of the older Ambassador Spock, Jim Kirk battles acting Captain Spock for command of the Enterprise. Once Jim Kirk has established his role as acting captain, he orders the enterprise turned around as they peruse Captain Nero.

The newly humbled Spock rejoins Captain Kirk as his first officer. Together, they carry out a surprise attack on Nero’s ship. As Spock disables the drill that is drilling into Earth’s crusts, Kirk battles Nero and rescues the now crippled Captain Pike.

In retaliation for Spock disabling his drill, Captain Nero tries to kill Spock even though Spock is carrying red matter. Spock crashes his ship into Nero’s vessel.  He, Kirk, and Pike are beamed on board the enterprise at the last possible moment.

Captain Kirk fires on Nero’s ship, destroying it as a black hole forms and sucks Nero’s ship into it.  As the enterprise is sucked in as well, Scotty releases charges to explode in space. Upon detonation, the enterprise is hurled away from the black hole.  Once her engines are free of its pull, the enterprise speeds away at maximum warp.

STAR TREK CHARACTORS

STAR TREK Shipmates United With Captain James T. Kirk

At this moment of triumphant, the crew unites under Captain James T. Kirk’s leadership.

Later at Starfleet, Jim Kirk ceremonially relieves Captain Pike and officially becomes Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

What a great movie. I really like the inner conflict between the crew.  Mr. Spock’s character was quite different in this movie.

Captain Nero played an awesome antagonist.  Revenge is a powerful motive.  I hope you enjoy my review.

Tell we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,  J. A. Ireland

Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan — Movie Review

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Dear Star Trek Fans,

I have a review you’re sure to like. Ricardo Montalban gives an all-star performance in this Star Trek movie. This is no doubt one of the greatest Star Trek movies.

The movie begins in the 23rd Century. The Enterprise is on a training mission to Gamma Hydra, section 14, coordinates 22-87-4. The Enterprise is approaching the Klingon Neutral Zone.

Khan

Khan – The Genetically Engineered Renegade from Earth’s Past

The ship receives a distress call from The Kobayashi Maru out of Altair VI Gama Hydra, section 10—in the neutral zone. Lieutenant Saavik orders, “Mr. Sulu, plot an intercept course.”

The Enterprise enters the Klingon Neutral Zone. Mr. Spock states, “We are now in violation of treaty.”  Three Klingon Cruisers fast approach.

Admiral Kirk enters the bridge. “Prayer, Lieutenant Saavik. The Klingons don’t take prisoners.  Mr. Spock orders, “Trainees to the briefing room.”

James T. Kirk took the Kobayashi Maru test three times when he was a cadet at the academy. The day of Lieutenant Saavik’s test, Admiral Kirk is celebrating his birthday. Also at the time of the test, Mr. Spock is captain of the Enterprise.

The movie switches to the Starship Reliant. The Reliant is on an orbital approach to Ceti Alpha VI, in connection with Project Genesis. Captain Terrell and First Officer Pavel Chekov are searching for a lifeless planet. They are looking for a test planet for the Genesis Experiment. They pick up a minor energy flux reading on one dynoscanner.

Chekov said, “It could be a particle of preanimate matter caught in the matrix.”

Captain Terrell ordered, “Contact Dr. Marcus on the comm-pic.”

After obtaining Dr. Carol Marcus’ approval, Captain Terrell and First Officer Pavel Chekov  beam down to Ceti Alpha VI. They discover a wasteland planet. They also discover the crew of the SS Botany Bay. The Reliant’s crew attempts to contact Captain Terrell on the planet—without success.

Captain Terrell and Chekov are captured by Khan and his renegade crew. They are in the Botany Bay. Khan remembers Pavel Chekov.

Khan is a product of late 20th century genetic engineering. He and his crew are over 200 years old. They were exiled from Earth in 1996 – while in cryogenic freeze within the Botany Bay.

Khan and Crew in Botany Bay

Khan and Crew in Botany Bay with Captives

Captain James T. Kirk marooned the Botany Bay and 70 crew members on the planet 15 years ago—on Ceti Alpha V.

“Ceti Alpha V had life!” Chekov insisted while being held captive in the Botany Bay by Khan and his crew.

“This is Ceti Alpha V!” Khan shouted angrily. “Ceti Alpha VI exploded six months after we were left here. The shock wave shifted the orbit of Ceti Alpha V. Everything was laid waste. Admiral Kirk never bothered to check on our progress. It was only due to the fact of my superior intellect that we were able to survive. I was a prince on Earth, 200 years ago. I had millions under my command…You thought this was Ceti Alpha VI. You didn’t expect to find me.”

Captain Terrell and Chekov are introduced to Ceti Alpha V’s only remaining indigenous life form. Khan places a baby creature in each of their heads. “The creatures enter through the ears. They wrap around the cerebral cortex. These babies killed twenty of my crew, including my beloved wife.”

The movie switches to the Enterprise and an inspection by Admiral Kirk. During the inspection, Chekov is on board the Reliant. He calls Regula 1. “Dr. Marcus, Reliant will be there in three days. Please be ready to turn over all materials on Project Genesis—to be tested on Ceti Alpha VI. Starfleet Command gave the order—the General’s staff. Admiral Kirk gave the order.”

During the inspection, Admiral Kirk gets an urgent comm-pic from Space Lab Regula 1. Dr. Carol Marcus wants an explanation for the order. The transmission is jammed at the source. Dr. Marcus is concerned and orders her crew to hide.

Admiral Kirk assumes command of the Enterprise. Kirk announces, “By orders of Starfleet Command, I’m assuming command of the enterprise. Plot a course for Space Laboratory Regula 1. Warp five, Mr. Sulu.”

The movie switches to Khan. Against his crews advice, he plans his revenge on Admiral Kirk. “I’ll chase him ‘round the moons of Nibia and ‘round the Antares maelstrom and ‘round perdition’s flames before I give him up.”

Commander Uhura tries to contact Regula 1 without success.  Kirk explains Project Genesis to Spock and McCoy.

Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk Making Rapid Fire Decisions in Wrath Of Khan

Soon, the Reliant is closing fast on the Enterprise. Khan said, “There’s an old Klingon Proverb—revenge is a dish best served cold.”  Khan attacks the Enterprise.

After the successful attack, Jim Kirk learns that Khan is commanding the Reliant. Khan seeks revenge against Kirk. He blames Kirk for the death of his wife.

Kirk puts Reliant’s prefix number, 16309, into the Enterprises’ computer and lowers Reliant’s shields.  Kirk attacks Khan.

After the battle, Kirk orders, “Best speed to Regula 1.”

Later, the Enterprise arrives at Regula 1. Khan was already there and killed part of the crew while searching for Genesis. Kirk and crew beam into the core of the planet and rescue Dr. Marcus and her son. While there, Kirk, McCoy, and Saavik get a glimpse of Genesis.

Back on board the Enterprise, Kirk and Mr. Spock devise a plan. They flee to the Mutara Nebula.  When Khan’s pilot slows rather than following the Enterprise into the magnetic space cloud, Kirk says, “I’m laughing at the superior intellect!”

Khan yells, “Full Power!”  The Reliant follows the Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula. Inside the space cloud, Kirk uses his experience to outwit the inexperienced Khan and defeats him.

Khan Cursing James T. Kirk while dying

Khan Cursing James T. Kirk while dying!

While dying, Khan engages the Genesis Bomb. While the Genesis Wave is building to detonation, he says, “To the last, I will grapple with thee. From hell’s heart, I stab at thee. For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”

While the Enterprise futilely attempts to escape, Mr. Spock quietly leaves the bridge and rushes to engineering. Before Spock goes into the radiation chamber to make repairs to the warp drive, he gives his Katra to McCoy-using mind transference. “Remember.”

Spock restores the power. Mains are back on line. “Go Sulu!” Kirk orders.

The Genesis bomb explodes as the Enterprise is warping away.

Spock dies in the chamber from radiation poisoning while Kirk helplessly looks on.

At Spock’s funeral, his body is sent down to the new Genesis planet. We see the vast vegetation that has formed and is growing. It is a beautiful new planet. We also see Mr. Spock’s Mark VI Casket within the vegetation.

The Enterprise leaves the planet and travels to Ceti Alpha V to pick up the crew of the USS Reliant that Khan marooned there.

This is an outstanding movie. As always, the actors give all star performances. The ending is a heart breaker. I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

 

 

Star Trek: Captain Kirk – New Vs. Old

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capt Kirk and spockI have a Star Trek comparison.  Captain Kirk. New vs Old.

 I’d like to express the differences that I’ve noticed between the two Captain Kirks – from a writers perspective.

First off, let me say  I truly liked both Captain Kirks.  In my opinion, both Kirks did an exceptional job.  They were both terrific in their roles.

Having given the proper credit up front, as a writer of  children’s  books, when I create a protagonists, it’s important to me that the protagonist is  forced to deal with their own inner-personal issues.  They must be flawed.

For me, protagonists not only solve the impossible case, against all possible odds, with the antagonists fighting against them, they do so with  inner-personal conflicts that fight against them as well.

To put it simply, the first Captain Kirk was too strong for me.  From this children books writer’s perspective, he was lacking flaws.

capt Kirk and spock

I preferred the later.  He was more flawed.  In this case, for me more flawed is better. Just my opinion.

Having said that. I’m a huge Star Trek fan.  I’ve seen every Star Trek movie ever made more times than I can count. You know what I mean.

I grew up with Star Trek as many of us did.

I will confess, Mr. Spock has always been one of my favorite characters.  My other favorite  is Dr. McCoy. I’ve always enjoyed the conflicts between them.  In my opinion, both actors were incredible.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this comparison.  Agree or disagree, let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear your opinion.

“May good fortune guide your path”

J. A. Ireland