Looks like “The Brightest Star,” the next #ShortTreks, will make Trek history

UPDATE: “The Brightest Star” is beautiful, an old-school planetary culture exploration disguised as some well-received background on both Saru and his Kelpian people, well-timed in the Prime timeline … while at the same time, raising a host of new questions. It’s bizarrely and freshly off-kilter as to the “predators” of the famously “prey” Kelpians, and exactly who and how the …

My ‘Stellar Cartography’ maps/book set gets a 2018 update for Discovery—and more

But hurry:  The online pre-order special ends soon! Yes, it’s an all-NEW update of the showy Star Trek: Stellar Cartography wall maps and book set — coming Oct. 9 with TEN large 2-D maps from various Trek eras and cultures and a guidebook. The itch that first got me into Star Trek backgrounding is back again, courtesy of the good …

19 years ago, we lost DeForest Kelley

As you longtime Treklanders know, I always like to mark DeForest Kelley‘s birthday… his passing date, not so much. Even though I always stop to think about it. But June 11 is a bittersweet Trek date in a month that is otherwise filled with happy ones, like movie premiere and finale anniversaries.  As a kid, long before any bloody A,B, …

Portal 47’s Spring Open House May 16 with makeup great Mike Westmore

Once again, Portal 47 is going to crank open the hangar bay doors and share our monthly guest Telebriefing experience highlight with everybody who wants to come —this time, with the incredible Oscar- and Emmies-winning makeup legend Michael Westmore. The free, global and virtual event is Wednesday, May 16 from 7-8 pm Pacific — a mix of  interview chat from …

QUICK TAKES on that new Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 sneak peek trailer

Are you breathing a little easier yet? With filming into a second week in Toronto, a new BTS Discovery Season 2 peek dropped today (see it here, below the fold). Yes, you see new sets being built (the two-story Klingon monstrosity is gone to salvaged “fold and hold,” so there’s gobs of new room for new Starfleet sets — mainstream, …

‘The Trek Files’ Roddenberry podcast is here: Listen, and get a ‘launch party’ gift!

We announced it at SDCC, I’ve been teasing it all over the place.. and today it’s finally here:  THE TREK FILES! (Don’t miss the “launch party invitation,” below) Maybe you have seen or heard the news all over the global Trekverse already, but The Trek Files is my new 15-minute downloadable podcast each Tuesday, right from Roddenberry Podcast Network, as …

No, I Am Not Making This Up. Again.

No amount of either lying or birthday cake will ever change this for me, on this day. Just as when I first realized it….five years ago. And I’ve never even set foot at Pomona College.  

Five years ago today, it all began: the full-length run of Star Trek Continues

In the midst of anniversary season, I want to make sure to add this: Five years ago today —on three weeks’ notice, then after a fog-delayed plane and an unplanned three-hour rental car ride— THIS happened (above). Cameras rolled  on Day 1 on “Pilgrim of Eternity,” and I was plunged into a completely new “family” and experience that simply blew …

Happy 25th, Deep Space Nine! I recall when you didn’t have the last laugh

Break out the silver-pressed latinum! It’s the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine—the original “darker and grittier” Star Trek. You’ll all be wading through accolades all day and all week about this time from 1993, I know. And as always, I might even point out its anniversary as June 29, 1992, the date of its first writer’s guide, or even …