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  1. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    OK final version is up on DeviantArt. Check main topic.
  2. This is the first draft or whatever of a fan-fic series called "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles." To honor the 30th anniversary of TNG, I decided that we should look at the adventures of the first Galaxy-class ship, the USS Galaxy herself. While she was commissioned in 2357, she wasn't assigned to proper missions until early 2360, which is where the series starts, four years prior to the beginning of Picard's adventures on the Enterprise-D. We know the Galaxy has hung in there, lasting at least until 2379 when she was part of Battle Group Omega in "Star Trek: Nemesis." Alas, she fared better than the Enterprise-D. The captain of the USS Galaxy for the first years in operation is Captain Sonal Chandra. Her great-great grandfather was captain of the Constitution-class USS Essex in the 2260's (you saw him as part of Kirk's court-martial board in TOS's "Court-Martial"). If there was any actress I'd want to see portraying her, it would be Archie Panjabi of "The Good Wife" and "Blindspot" fame. The first officer, Lieutenant Commander Sorista, is a female Shrostian. Her look was inspired quite a bit from Frosta from "She-Ra: Princess of Power," of which I had a childhood crush. The chief medical officer is Dr. Warren M'Benga, a descendant of Dr. Jabilo M'Benga who was a recurring TOS character (he was in the episodes "A Private Little War" and "That Which Survives"). The chief engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Jules Damen, is vertically challenged and in earlier days would have been considered a "dwarf." I at the moment would picture him being portrayed by renowned "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage. The chief of security is Lieutenant Olaas, a female Elasian (those people from the TOS episode "Elaan of Troyius") - if anyone was portraying her, I'd prefer Marie Avgeropoulos of "The 100" fame. The Ops officer is a male Saurian (those big-eyed aliens who made their debut in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture") known as Lieutenant JG Gonza. The Flight Control officer (helm officer) is Lieutenant Junior Grade Motylla, a female Jadlian. The race name I made up myself, but she is of the same species (and of the same look) as the communications officer of the USS Shepard from "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," which we saw her making a transmission to Starfleet Command about the condition of their ship after being affected by the whale probe (she was portrayed by the Go-Gos Jane Weidlin - which gave me the name for the alien species). There's a rare photo floating about with her and Nimoy on TrekCore and up close, you can see she was probably supposed to be an alien, with yellow eyes. I have someone doing the USS Galaxy bridge for me as seen in this thread here: There are some differences, as no two ships are exactly alike. I do want to point out that I'm a big outside-the-box thinker here. The first installment is called "The Sound of the Shiant." In this, the USS Galaxy is ordered by Starfleet to investigate a dangerous spate of ion storms in a frontier sector, which has already caused the loss of other ships in the area. Due to the sector not being prone to such disturbances, could this be the work of some unknown intelligence? As with the story, you can download it here: The Sound of the Shiant I adjusted some of the dialogue, elaborated on a few more scenes.
  3. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    And here's chief operations officer Lieutenant Junior Grade Gonza, a Saurian!
  4. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    OK the next one - Lieutenant Olaas, the USS Galaxy's chief of security. She's Elasian (ala Elaan (the Dohlmann of Elas) from TOS's "Elaan of Troyius," which explains the knife she's wearing!
  5. Episode 1.6 "Lethe" Discussion Thread

    I am wondering if there is truth to this Ash being a mole thing - especially when Admiral Cornwall states about his unusual abilities, which does seem like a point in itself. Also - did Stamets volunteer for that "spore jump" again? He seems to enjoy it, although from the previous episode it seems to throw him a bit out of temporal sync (that reflection in the mirror that is). I liked the mention of the Constitution-class Enterprise. One thing to note - the Discovery is definitely a newer ship than NCC-1701 - the original launched in 2245 (in the prime timeline, not the Kelvin-verse). Speaking of Admiral Cornwall, what's going to happen to her? A mind-rip (a la "Errand of Mercy")? That's my guess. That and most certainly death. It does also provide more layers into Vulcan culture, such as ones who aren't too fond of other species (a la humans) and that there are some fanatics at that. Not to mention character development into Burnham as well as Sarek. I know some say Sarek is a lousy father, but hey, how would you feel if you had two children that weren't fully Vulcan at all? Parenting for a 100% Vulcan father would have to be somewhat of a pain in the butt, wouldn't it?
  6. The Klingon Redesign?

    Well, that's possible for them to get a Klingon mole on board the ship. When you stop and think about it, it would be a clever tactic. We've already seen another Klingon mole in the Federation, Arne Darvin from "The Trouble With Tribbles." I agree with Sehlat Vie about the broad range of ethnicities within the Klingons. We don't know how diverse things actually were. Some probably weren't affected by the events in ENT's "Divergence."
  7. Episode 1.5 "Choose Your Pain" Discussion Thread

    I know I'm chiming in late. Did a repeated viewing of the episode here: I liked the touch of the episode by recognizing other Starfleet captains, although there perhaps should be some that weren't mentioned as some have said. Not to mention it's the first time Robert April has been mentioned outside of TAS, which further cements him into being canon. A nice touch is Matt Decker, who Kirk looked up to prior to his fatal error in "The Doomsday Machine." Some things I liked in this episode is the admiral's concern about taking Burnham under his wing, that there are many among Starfleet who don't think it's a good idea. They're not going to just simply "follow suit" and just accept that Burnham is now a crewmember (albeit with no rank at this point in time) on Discovery and not rotting away in prison. That's actually a good thing that they hung a lantern over that. The big thing about this is the tardigrade. Once seen as an essential component for use of the spore drive, it's discovered that they can't exploit it, and that this beast is in fact quite sentient. Saru at first can't comprehend and just wants the spore drive to work but he does have a change of heart and orders Burnham to save its life, which she does. However, it's found out that Stamets injected himself with it and linked himself with the spore drive. Must have been painful. What Lorca did with the Buran's crew is indeed something that is uneasy. He sacrificed his own ship and his own crew, scuttling them, mostly since a quick death was preferable to dying under slow Klingon torture. That's going to be something that probably will come back to haunt the captain down the line. As you know, he doesn't seem exactly a paragon; he's definitely got some renegade in him beyond the shadow of a doubt. And Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Nice introduction to him. He has some of the mannerisms of his TOS counterpart, and he has been exploiting his cellmates to keep him alive. Now that his two recent ones have escaped, it looks like he might have to face some punishment of his own. Although we do know he survives, without getting disfigured or such (although he may have swindled a reputable plastic surgeon!). I like others was a bit surprised at the dropping of the F-bomb in the series. Something that they couldn't do on the networks. Didn't expect to see it; I would have expected it has they decided to do unnecessary unrated director's cuts of ST09 reboot and its two sequels, but not this. Don't mind much about the gay relationship. Though I'm trying to wrap my head around the scene at the end. Stamets walks away from the mirror, but the mirror image shows him standing there for a few seconds before he walks away, with ominous music. Something isn't as it seems. I know one speculation I had was that Stamets when using himself as a navigator for the spore drive is that he was replaced with a "mirror universe" version of himself (and I know there is supposed to be a Mirror Universe episode down the line of Discovery).
  8. AVATAR 2 Delayed Again

    I liked "The Abyss," although I have to say I wasn't too crazy about the first "Avatar" (Unobtanium - seriously?). Overrated.
  9. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    Here's another crewmember - this one is the vertically challenged chief engineer of the USS Galaxy - Lieutenant Commander Jules Damen. And yes, he is based off of Peter Dinklage! Furthermore, the boots he is wearing are anti-grav units, allowing him to float several meters from the ground or deck when the occasion calls for it (the design os actually based off of the GRAVITY boots seen in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," FYI).
  10. Exactly. It's also probably going to be a while before she receives any kind of rank, perhaps the one she gets back is ensign for starters. I mean, it took a full episode before Lorca enlists her as part of the crew, and even so, she has no rank, so even Cadet Tilly outranks her. There's clearly no magic "reset button" going on here, which is a good thing. It's also nice to see a captain who is potentially off his rocker as the main one instead of one being high in moral fiber (maybe with the exception of Archer, and Janeway on occassions e.g. "Tuvix" and "Equinox"). These were the chances that Voyager didn't take, nor did Enterprise (with the exception of the Xindi arc and fourth season). As with Georgiou's fate (of being eaten), I can easily see that with Klingons. I give the writers kudos about Ripper being a much bigger version of an actual Earth organism.
  11. No kidding. Yeah it's a shame that Landry went out so fast, but these things happen. Also, I think they said that there would be killing off of main characters on a level similar to "Game of Thrones," so this kind of thing isn't fully surprising to me. I wonder who the next one will be to kick the bucket? Not that I intend to put Vegas odds on it.
  12. Well there was more to Chernobyl than just that. Chernobyl was a poorly-built nuclear power plant. And there's Captain Archer who decided taking his dog onto an alien planet where he could piss on a sacred plant and get sick was a good idea! LOL
  13. An Interesting Lorca Theory...

    ^ Agreed. I'm not to crazy about these fan theories (or fan theories in general), after seeing them posted, I'm just "meh." I think it would be dumb if he was from the Mirror Universe, it would actually ruin his character some. And I think you mean Captian Ransom from Voyager's "Equinox" instead of Captian Ramsay (there was a civilian Ramsay from an ill-fated freighter in TNG's "Angel One"). Also don't forget Erik Pressman from TNG's "The Pegasus," Admiral Leyton from DS9's "Homefront / Paradise Lost" (and his "henchwoman" Erika Benteen) not to mention Balthazar Edison from the Kelvin-verse (and of course Admiral Marcus from same said 'verse).
  14. Well, Landry certainly was a jarhead beyond the shadow of a doubt, and a fool for trying what she did. And I agree what she did was stupid. As someone who is a full commander with a good deal of experience, she should have known far better than to pull a stunt like that. An inexperienced "red-shirt" type crewmember maybe, but I do think that the part wasn't that well written. It's interesting you know, what if there is another mutiny, one that saves the Federation as opposed to what happened in the first two episodes? It would be a sense of ironic symmetry, wouldn't you say? First, Burnham goes against Georgiou and states that they need to open fire on the Klingons, a mistake that put her in the predicament she is now in. Then, something similar happens, but this time around, she's right and this ends the Klingon war. Something to ponder here...
  15. That's exactly what my mother and I thought when seeing that. Very reminiscent of "Dune." I wonder if that's where they got the inspiration from it. As with complaints about the lighting, it's supposed to be moody. At least it's a darn-sight better than that overly bright JJ-prise bridge! I do have to admit, I'm not too crazy about the Klingon scenes either. I can get used to the look though. However, it's good that they are using their native tongue with subtitles, something I like to see them do when they're not around humans. They should have done this more often in other Trek incarnations.
  16. USS Discovery Final Design

    But at least they have a dang good explanation for it!
  17. USS Discovery Final Design

    This is the Discovery seen in a promotional poster: I know the design was inspired primarily by Ralph McQuarries "Planet of the Titans" Enterprise. However, part of the saucer kind of reminds me of this fake Enterprise sketch that came out in 2007 (two years prior to the "Star Trek" 2009) which was supposed to be the new Enterprise. I wonder if there was some inspiration here for the saucer?
  18. OK I won't mention any more previews on episode discussion threads.
  19. Well I just saw the episode myself tonight. As with Commander Landry, I saw her untimely death coming when she was going to mess with that animal. Corylea, I'm with you. Burnham was definitely open-minded when dealing with that alien watchamacallit from the Glenn. This was a definitely thought-provlking part of the episode. I liked how nature and tech were symbiotic in this, such as it being used to work the spore drive properly, which was used to fend off the Klingons from that Federation colony. Now I see the reason for the rotating saucer parts and after seeing that, I'm not too taken back by it . OK what happened to the mining colony after the Discovery took care of the Klingon attackers? I kind of feel that they should have returned to render aid and assistance to them after they did the deed, since there were probably injured and dying there. Though I did like the impact of the distress call. That was probably my only gripe about the episode. And the nice touch at the end with Captain Georgiou's last will and testament. It's really moving and well, it's sad really that Burnham is not in the position that she had hoped. OK now going into the next episode preview, it is clear that Burnham is not too pleased about "exploiting" this alien creature for use of the spore drive. My guess is considering what's needed and the limitations, Starfleet decided to ditch the technology altogether. In some ways, while I never read the book and saw bits and pieces of the 1984 movie (with Patrick Stewart no less! Also should have been rated R instead of PG-13), it reminded me of "Dune." That being said, Burnham appears to be on the slow path to redemption. It was her actions that helped save the colony world under Klingon attack. Though I do wonder if her path is going to be like the proverbial game of Chutes and Ladders. Things are not going to go back to where she was before the whole fiasco from the first two episodes just like that, which is a good thing (especially after seeing Cadet-to-Captain promotions in another Trek incarnation eight years before!). I know some complain that the Discovery interiors are too dark, to which I say: you need to save whatever energy you have on a space vessel. I mean, you want things to be too bright a la how J.J. Abrams wanted it?
  20. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    OK here's Dr. Warren M'Benga, the chief medical officer of the USS Galaxy! Yes, he is a descendant of the Dr. M'Benga we saw in two TOS episodes ("A Private Little War" and "That Which Survives").
  21. "Redemption II" question

    You're right on that count. Perhaps the Duras were desperate enough after finding out their supply lines were shut down.
  22. "Redemption II" question

    Who is to say there are other metropolises on Qo'noS?
  23. "Redemption II" question

    I said this once and I'll say it again - who said it was the neutral city that was burning? It may not have been that city at all!
  24. Most disappointing Enterprise episode

    Well, I can't really defend "A Night in Sickbay." The whole premise of it (and how Archer got into that predicament) was utterly stupid. I wouldn't let my dog down on some planet knowing something like that would happen.
  25. "Redemption II" question

    Who said the Duras stronghold WAS in the capital city? Just because they have somewhere on home-world doesn't mean it's in the capital city.