TODAY IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE” DEBUT, Y’ALL

Drama, pathos, sister ships, most visual effects ever, a bittersweet tragic hero of such gravitas in a bravura ballsy performance rivaled only by Ricardo Montalban’s Khan, a Top Five (Top Two?) Best McCoy Scene Ever in the series, and best score ever and Jaws’ ripoff, er, inspiration. And THAT is why “The Doomsday Machine” by Norman Spinrad, guest starring William …

STV: Meet David Mack, NYT best-seller who pioneered the first Discovery novel

I’ve known David Mack for years long-distance until we can meet-up at cons and such, but what an honor for him to be chosen the first author of a new Trek series’ original novel, Desperate Hours, which went on sale two days after Discovery‘s US premiere. Especially this time, since Discovery is pioneering a closer connection than ever before between …

Happy birthday TNG—A look back at 30, just as the new kid on the block takes off

It’s officially The Next Generation‘s 30th birthday today, counting its on-air premiere—even as, we always say, it actually “premiered” across a whole week until Oct. 4, Monday through Sunday, in various markets. And later to the rest of the world, of course.  I said as much on TNG‘s 25th anniversary —and wow, look: we’ve been in the Blog Era that …

LA Alert! This SUNDAY join me, Gene Coon protege Andreea Kindryd—and The Improvised Generation

Save the date, SoCal Trekland: I am so excited for our first Trekland/Portal 47 production! THIS SUNDAY at 6 pm in Los Feliz, I get to present an unheralded witness to little-known Desilu Trek and ’60s history— live, and partnered with an incredibly talented pro Trek improv troupe… with hosted after-show meet-n-greet photo opps! But hurry—it’s only 45 seats (see …

Whoa, no hangover here: It’s Trek Vegas time! Here’s my own slice(s) of #STLV

Yes, it’s Trek Vegas time baby — #STLV is here. Here FINALLY is my schedule and events —in many ways, it’s an evolving vibe for me! (Amd LONG!) And to be honest, I’d been concerned about that “hangover” after last year’s Five-O Fever … but the past few weeks my spirits have way picked up because: — WHAM, the big-time …

STV: Quick chats with our new Discovery cast & crew from San Diego Comic-Con

Finally— here’s most of my 20 minutes on video with the Discovery folks we were able to grab in the red-carpet rope line at DSC’s post-panel press events. We had no clue what had been said in the Ballroom 20 mass panel, but I wanted to get at my subjects with typically Trekland angles—or so I hoped. Enjoy! And just …

FLASH: CBS “Discovery” plans @ San Diego Comic-Con explode with more events, galleries

For all those (weirdly and wrongly) claiming “CBS botched the 50th”… as I debunked on my very first  Trekland Tuesday LIVE, and elsewhere… comes exciting news today that, though late,  CBS is really on its game in the San Diego Comic-Con arena for getting fans (and maybe fans-to-be!) excited for the Sept. 24 debut. We knew about the big Ballroom …

UPDATED: My San Diego Comic-Con: A Trekland double-dose and a Portal 47 newbies bonus!

UPDATE! Now with SDCC app links… NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT coming…  CBS #DSC events update … a new Facebook fan page for Trekkers bound for SDCC … AND BONUS club meetup for new Portal 47 signees!   Hey! Here’s my San Diego Comic-Con plans! Can it be a year since the biggest Trek footprint at SDCC in history? Wow. Well, CBS has …

Well, THIS is interesting: From bargain bin to priceless antiquity auction?

NOW look what just popped up on Amazon today… Just a couple months after it went on seemingly permanent markdown, to which many of you were alerted and responded … today my “Star Trek: Stellar Cartography” from 47 North/Amazon turned up like a Gutenberg Bible knockoff. Under USED prices: The “New” listing” is all over the place, but apparently not …

Even if the Star Trek: Discovery info drought ends at the Upfronts… just chill

Well—will this period of Trek history be remembered five years from now, much less 10 or 15? I’m talking about the relentless Discovery drumbeat of doom and even anger at the lack of info (aside from casting and some early-early trailers, of course… aside from that) that has permeated the interwaves for some time. I mean, I know delays and …

STV: Mike Westmore on his aliens *and* classic Hollywood on exhibit, Part 3

Such a great visit and personal tour that Star Trek makeup icon Mike Westmore gave us at his career retrospective at his alma mater that it took up three online visits! (See below the fold) But yes, even as the “Lifeforms” exhibit wraps April 30 at UC-Santa Barbara’s Art Design & Architecture Museum on campus, these online visits will live …

STV: Noelle Hannibal, 1st Vulcan woman on Earth*, says Happy First Contact Day!

Happy “First Contact Day!” Want to hear from a witness? I mean, it’s only 46 years until the T’Plana-Hath catches Zefram Cochrane’s pioneering warp trail while passing nearby to Sol, and its Vulcan crew decide they better check it out… and humanity’s first First Contact (on the record!) makes history. So here‘s a celebration today you weren’t expecting, (below the …

Headed to Vegas Trek? Hop aboard our one-day “Kirk Memorial” Tour Aug. 1 now

Are you headed to the big Creation Star Trek Las Vegas convention this year? Want to add on a memorable side trip to your Vegas experience? You may have heard about the big #LA2Vegas Trek film site tour that @GeekNationTours produces every other year that I lead. After our biggest-ever 50th anniversary tour last year, you can’t sign up for …

STV: Michael Westmore tours us through his exhibition at UC-Santa Barbara, Part 2

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our tour of the “Lifeforms” career retrospective of the Trek and non-Trek work of makeup legend Michael Westmore—led by the man himself! In this segment, you get everything facecast, android and Borg, with some never-before-displayed pieces from the series and films—and all with commentary from Mike. The exhibit remains on view through April 30 …

It’s another Cajun Trek for me back to CyPhaCon — and I can’t wait!

One of the best little conventions around is hardly a secret any more—and I’m so excited to be on the guest bill again for CyPhaCon April 7-9 in Lake Charles, La. So, hey East Texas and Mississippi—as well as Louisiana of course—it’s well worth the drive. Be there, or be regrettin’ it. Like most fan-run cons, the parent Cypha LLC …

STV: Athena Massey ‘Remembers’ Jessen on Voyager in new vidchat

“Remember” was a slyly powerful little third-season Voyager episode about repressed cultural shame, and I had a chance last year to vidchat with the lovely and thoughtful Athena Massey about her pivotal guest role as Jessen in that episode. And about how fandom surprised her at first, though she’s now seen often at conventions and signing shows. Athena, as you …