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"The Star Trek feature films may be exploring strange new worlds, and abandoning old story plans — and possibly even its familiar cast."


Q: Did you know that one episode of ST The Next Generation (TNG S1:E12 "The Big Goodbye") won a Peabody Award in 1988? -- see

"[T]the producers chose ... the highest quality in writing, decor, acting, and, indeed, all facets of the production. In doing so, they have set a new standard of quality for first-run syndication and this is exemplified in the episode The Big Good-Bye."
-- see

What do you think?


Stametz quote (DSC S1:E8 "Si vis pacem, para bellum"), speaking to Tilly

"Okay, I'll admit that something has been happening to me ... [and reporting it] would put Hugh in an impossible position. As a medical officer, it would be his duty to report the effects of my genetic manipulation. I'd be sent to a Federation lab to be poked and prodded. On the other hand, if he doesn't tell and Starfleet finds out, his career would be ruined. Either way I hurt him."

IMO, this was notable


Q: Did you know that ST Discovery (DSC) was nominated for a Peabody Award in its first season. -- see

DSC was one of only 60 nominees selected in 2017 -- see CBR (formerly Comic Book Resources)

Since the 1930s, the National Association of Broadcasters (US) has supported a prestigious award program similar to the Pulitzer Prizes. The Peabody focuses attention on excellence in broadcasting. -- see


Lorca quote (DSC S1:E8 "Si vis pacem, para bellum"), speaking to bridge crew after the destruction of the USS Gagarin

"There will be time to grieve. This is not that time."

The counter-intuitive thrust of the storyline explores the urgency of the search for peace, harmony and balance in the midst of war." -- see Memory Alpha

FYI -- The title of this episode is a Latin adage which means "If you want peace, prepare for war". -- see

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Burnham quote (DSC S2:E4 "An Obol For Charon"), speaking to Capt Pike

"This sphere is 100,000 years old. Imagine what it knows, what it's seen. Captain, this falls under Discovery's original mission statement as a science vessel."

This is a recurring DSC subject.

Pike quote (DSC S2:E1 "Brother"), speaking to Burnham

"Wherever our mission takes us,, we’ll try to have a little fun on the way too, huh? Make a little noise. Ruffle a few feathers." -- see


L'Rell quote (DSC S2:E3 "Point of Light"), speaking to Klingon High Council

"I will bear a child but once. Now you are my children. As I raise this family to greatness, do not refer to me as Chancellor, for I deserve a fiercer title. From this point forth, you may call me Mother."

This key speech furthered the primary objective of Klingon Chancellor L'Rell. She united the 24 feuding houses of the High Council. -- see Memory Alpha


Pike quote (DSC S2:E2 "New Eden"), speaking to Burnham

"At the very least, this new information creates more context. And context can alter our perspective"

This is a recurring DSC subject.

Lorca quote (DSC S1:E3 "Context is for Kings"), speaking to Burnham

"Universal law is for lackeys; context is for kings"

Q: Do leaders need to be willing to break the rules at the right moment for the right reason?--; and

What do you think?

Burnham quote (DSC S2:E6 "the Sound of Thunder"), reciting a remembered fragment --

“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God” -- Aeschylus

FYI -- Robert F Kennedy recited and explained this quote on the day Martin Luther King was shot -- see; and; video (3:04-3:27 of 5:30)

Q: Did you know that a new "ST Picard" trailer gives us a brief glimpse of Ten Forward on the Enterprise-D? -- see TrekMovie

FYI -- The "Picard" premiere is in Los Angeles on January 13 and in London on January 15. The streaming debut is on January 23 in the US and January 24 globally) -- see TrekCore

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Congrats to @Astro_Christina! Today she has achieved a huge milestone: she now holds the record for the longest continuous stay in space by a woman. Thanks for all of the science you have helped us conduct during your mission so far.

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It’s a new day. It’s a new dawn.

Today @Astro_Christina sets a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by @AstroPeggy. #CongratsChristina on reaching new heights! 

Q: Did you know that the Federation starship U.S.S. Hiawatha (NCC-815) was likely named after a series of US Navy ships?

•USS Hiawatha (SP-183), a patrol vessel in 1917-1920

•USS Hiawatha (ID-2892), a tug in 1918

•USS Hiawatha (YT-265), a tug in 1942-1987

This disabled Starfleet medical vessel appears in DSC S2:E1. The ship was stranded on an asteroid in a debris field. -- see Memory Alpha

Burnham quote (DSC S2:E1 "Brother"), reciting familiar words with a twist

"Space. The final frontier. Above us. Around us. Within us. We have always looked to the stars to discover who we are"

A brief view of NASA's Cassini mission emblem and images of the Saturn rings are offered as visual counterpoint for these few words -- see Memory Alpha; compare NASA; see also Wikipedia

The purpose of the aside is unclear for now


According to DSC producer Heather Kadin, the advantage of setting the show in the future means “no more bumping up against canon.”-- see TrekMovie



Q: Do you remember Jadzia Dax from DS9? Do you recall her symbiotic species was Trill. -- see Wikipedia; and see

In the 3rd season trailer for DSC, we glimpse the distinctive head and neck markings of the Trill. -- see CBS (0:34 of 1:10)

DSC producer Alex Kurtzman has confirmed that DSC will visit the home world of the Trill -- see TrekMovie

What do you think?

Burnham quote (DSC S2:E14 "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2"), speaking to her brother

"There is a whole galaxy out there, full of people who will reach for you. You have to let them. Find the person who seems farthest from you, and reach for them. Reach for them. Let them guide you"

I transcribed the lines from the TV and posted them here -- hoping to learn what others think

For now, I don't follow her logic -- not in general, nor in a context of what we've learned about Burnham and Spock


Q: Did you know that the rights to the Kelvin timeline movies belong to Paramount, not CBS? -- see The Verge 2017

I didn't know, didn't care until today. But I did know that the Star Trek franchise makes big money. I just didn't think it through

The restructuring of Viacom in 2005 -- the corporate divorce of CBS and Paramount -- had consequences which affect how the ST storyline has evolved since that then --see Wikipedia


Q: What are the facts that Trekkies are expected to know?

Canon = the material accepted as officially part of the story in the fictional universe of that story -- see Wikipedia

Star Trek canon = the several television series + the films in the franchise -- see Wikipedia; and see Memory Alpha

Q: How much do continuity and canon actually matter? -- see The Verge 2017

What do you think?

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