Region 2's "Best Electronic Newsletter," 2009
Volume I, Number 29  •  August 2010
CONTENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Saturday, August 28: "Four Days at Dragon*Con" Viewing
•  Fri.-Mon., Sept. 3-6: Republic / TXA Fan Table at Dragon*Con
•  Saturday, September 4: Dragon*Con Parade
•  Sunday, September 5: Republic / Nemesis Room Party
•  Saturday, September 25: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
•  The Republiqué named Region 2's Best Electronic Newsletter
•  Captain Watts interviewed by Fanboys Radio
•  TrekTrax Atlanta announces five new guests for 2011
•  Commanding Officer elections coming in December
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

SIDEBAR
•  August Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
• 
August Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from TrekMovie.com
    — Star Trek Movie Wins DVD Critics Award
    — John Billingsley Talks Playing Phlox Again

    — Star Trek Sequel Will Go "One Step Beyond"
    — Marina Sirtis on Being TNG Sex Symbol & Plastic Surgery
    — Brannon Braga: Seven of Nine Should Have Died in Finale
    — Star Trek Movie Wins DVD Critics Award

UPCOMING EVENTS
"Four Days at Dragon*Con" Viewing

7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 28, 2010
Hosted by Lt JG Dave Churvis & Ens Matt Duncan
412 Ivey Park Lane, Norcross GA 30092
(404)769-4255
 ||  (678) 485-1426  ||  Lt Dave Churvis
PBA producers Gordon Ray (left) and Jack Walsh (center) prepare to interview CO Capt Eric L. Watts in September 2009 for a documentary about Dragon*Con, to be aired on WPBA 30 on August 28.
USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts was interviewed by Public Broadcasting Atlanta in September 2009 for a documentary about Dragon*Con to be broadcast on WPBA 30 on Saturday, August 28, at 9:00 p.m. and again at midnight; Sunday, August 29, at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 31, at 11:00 p.m.  Titled "Four Days at Dragon*Con," the one-hour documentary is "about the 2009 Dragon*Con, not a comprehensive survey of Dragon*Con in general (although there are some diversions into generalities and history, this is intended to be a portrait of one particular con)."  It will include coverage of many of Capt Watts' TrekTrak events, including the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.

Lt JG Dave Churvis and Ens Matt Duncan have graciously agreed to host a viewing of this documentary in their home in Norcross.  The evening will be a potluck dinner event... the Republic will provide paper goods, plasticware and soft drinks; you bring the hot or cold dish of your choice.  Please arrive between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.  We'll enjoy what will sure to be an awesome dinner and then we'll watch the long-awaited documentary at 9:00 in glorious
1080i high def with 5.1 surround sound... heckle the Captain at your own risk!

Dave & Matt's apartment complex, Ivey Brook, is located at the southeast corner of Holcomb Bridge Road and
Peachtree Corners Circle in Norcross.  The complex is gated.  Proceed through the gate directly in front of the entrance to the complex.  You may use #9111 for access, or if for some reason the code isn't working, dial 192 and Dave or Matt will buzz you in.  Apartment 412 is located in the last 400 building of the complex, which is at the back and to the right.  Just ring the doorbell or knock loudly on the door.

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
USS Republic/TrekTrax Atlanta Fan Table at Dragon*Con

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri. to Sun., Sept. 3-5, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon., Sept. 6, 2010
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE,  Atlanta GA  30303
Commander Dave "Grizzly" Slaughter and Friend of the Republic Mari Banks take a duty shift at the Republic's recruitment table at the 2009 Dragon*Con
The USS Republic and TrekTrax Atlanta will share a recruitment / fan table at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, outside the Grand Hall (NOT in the Atlanta Sheraton, as previously announced) all four days of Dragon*Con.  The table must be staffed from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

Year after year, Dragon*Con is consistently our single most important member recruitment opportunity.  This year, we're also using this opportunity to promote, market and sell memberships to our brand new convention, TrekTrax Atlanta. As a start-up convention, it is vitally important that we make as big an impact as possible on the Dragon*Con membership and sell as many memberships as possible.

Staffing the table is not difficult.  All it takes is a smiling face and the ability to speak confidently about both our chapter and our convention.  The table will be well-stocked with flyers, applications, gift incentives and other printed materials... all you have to do is smile, have fun and gratefully accept their membership payments.

A minimum of two people are needed at the table during the times listed below.  Shifts are only 90 minutes each; the start time of each shift is shown below.  Please click the Shift Number you'd like to volunteer for and send an email to
the Captain indicating which Shift Number you've chosen.
USS Republic / TrekTrax Atlanta Fan Table at Dragon*Con
TIME
FRI
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
MONDAY
10:00 am
11:30 am
1:00 pm
2:30 pm
4:00 pm
 
5:30 pm
7:00 pm
Note: Last shift of each day includes table breakdown.
Here are the rules and guidelines for all fan tables, as provided by Dragon*Con management:
Tables must be staffed by Dragon*Con members.  In other words: yes, you WILL need to purchase badges and wear them at all times!
Table staffing hours: Fan-tables must be continuously staffed during the day, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at a minimum.  On Monday, plan on staffing your table until 2 or 3 p.m.
In deference to our dealers and exhibitors, who pay for the privilege, no general merchandise sales are permitted at fan tables or band tables.  You can sell logo merchandise from your organization and other items made exclusively for and by your club, band or organization.  Dragon*Con does not charge a percentage of merchandise sales.
No raffles or other games of chance are allowed.  Sorry, but they contravene the laws of the State of Georgia.
Electrical power: Be sure to bring your own extension cords and splitters.  Any cords must be taped down.  Power in the Hyatt for tables has historically been available at most locations but there may be a charge.  Plug-ins may be limited.
If you need Internet access at your table, you'll have to arrange this with the individual hotel.  Although our host hotels offer wireless access in guest rooms, this service is usually restricted or blocked in the lobby and function-space areas.
Table placement will be at the sole discretion of the respective Concourse directors or their assistants.  We'll work with you as much as possible, but we can make no promises.
Dragon*Con Parade

10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2010
Peachtree Street at Auburn Avenue
Downtown Atlanta
Email ENS2 Joanne Trew
Members and friends marched behind the Republic's banner in the 2009 Dragon*Con parade.  ENS2 Joanne Trew (right of center, holding tribbles) will once again coordinate the Republic's participation in the D*C parade.
For the second year in a row, ENS2 Joanne Trew is coordinating the Republic's participation in the annual Dragon*Con parade.  We heartily encourage everyone to come out on Saturday morning and march with us behind our banner!

Members and friends who plan to march with us must meet at the staging area at Woodruff Park (4½ blocks south of the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street) in costume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The parade goes forward on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, rain or shine.  Start time is 10:00 a.m.  The parade starts at Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue, follows Peachtree Street north to Baker Street (at the Hyatt Regency), continues east on Baker Street to Courtland Avenue and ends at the Marriott Marquis' back entrance.

If you are planning to march with us, please let Ensign Joanne know!  She has registered the USS Republic to march as a group in the parade but everyone who plans to join us is also encouraged to join the Dragon*Con Parade YahooGroup for parade rules and policies, a route map and additional information.
USS Republic/IKAV Nemesis Dragon*Con Room Party

7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 5, 2010
The Atlanta Sheraton
165 Courtland Street, Atlanta GA  30303
Room number to be announced
The USS Republic was the sole host of TrekTrak's "Happy Hour at Ten Forward" event from 2007 to 2009.  The "Klingon Disco" theme was a convention favorite.
The USS Republic and the IKAV Nemesis are joining forces to bring you a Star Trek room party at Dragon*Con!  Come and join us for a relaxing evening of fun and music, in casual Trek attire if at all possible.

We need donations for this event: finger foods, snacks, sweets, drinks, etc.—are all welcome.  The Nemesis has been planning this party and it promises to be a good one, so let's make sure that we help them out as much as we can.  
Please let Ensign Joanne Trew know what you can bring, so that we don't end up all bringing the same thing.

If you would rather donate funds to help pay for our room party, please visit the House Koloth web site and scroll down to the PayPal link.  They're not asking for much, just $5.00 or so from everyone, which means more drinks and food for everyone!

The room number won't be known until Kevin & Theresa Parker check into the Sheraton on Friday.  As soon as we know what the room number is, it will be announced at the USS Republic / TrekTrax Atlanta fan table at the Hyatt Regency.
Fifth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010
Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 || www.midtownbowl.com
The Republic's Fourth Annual STARFLEET
Bowling Challenge, September 2009
Join the USS Republic for our Fifth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We've challenged the Klingon Assault Group to meet us in the alley... we'll see who shows up!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already paid for the lane rental.  We have rented two lanes which accommodate up to six players each.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes and choose your ball.  First ball rolls promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

The 2007 Bowling Challenge turned out to be a huge media event with lots of TV cameras and the 2008 and 2009 Challenges were just as much fun.  Plan to wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled family-friendly event!

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Republiqué named Region 2's Best Electronic Newsletter
More than four months after the 2010 Region 2 Awards Banquet in March and with no fanfare, the "Richard Daystrom Cyberspace Awards" (i.e., web site and newsletter awards) were finally—and quietly—announced in the July 2010 Region 2 Update... the first issue of the bimonthly report published in a year and a half.  The USS Republic's monthly eZine, The Republiqué, was named Region 2's Best Electronic Newsletter.  Best Printed Newsletter went to The Anvil, published by Birmingham, Alabama's USS Hephaestus, and the "New Letter [sic] of the Year" award went to The DaVinci Pilot, published by Columbus, Georgia's USS DaVinci.

In the web site awards, Tallahassee, Florida's USS Khai Tam won the Most Informative award, while the Best Chapter Site and Superior Achievement & Performance awards both went to the USS San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico—a brand new chapter launched just this past March.

Criteria for judging, eligible candidates, runners-up (if any) and the judges' specific citations for selecting the winners were not included in the article, which can be found here.

The Republic congratulates the Hephaestus, DaVinci, Khai Tam and San Juan on their awards.

The Republic has not yet received any printed certificate that normally accompanies such awards.  Our Recruiter of the Year award certificate arrived earlier this year, following the Summit.
Captain Watts interviewed by Fanboys Radio
Following the June 9 screening of the Star Trek: Phoenix episode "Cloak & Dagger, Part 1" at The Shelter nightclub in Atlanta, hosted by Fanboys Radio, Captain Eric L. Watts was interviewed by "Kitti Ninja" from Fanboys Radio.  The interview has been broken into two parts and published on YouTube by Fanboys Radio, the first part about Captain Watts' reaction to the Star Trek: Phoenix screening and the second part about the upcoming TrekTrax Atlanta convention.

The USS Republic would like to thank Fanboys Radio for inviting Captain Watts to do this interview and for helping to promote TrekTrax Atlanta!
TrekTrax Atlanta announces five new guests for TXA 2011
The TXA executive committee is pleased to announce three celebrity guests and two distinguished guests for TrekTrax Atlanta:

Tim Russ
Actor, director, writer and musician Tim Russ is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Tuvok in all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001.  Prior to Voyager, Russ played Devor in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Starship Mine," T'Kar in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures," and a USS Enterprise-B bridge officer in the feature film Star Trek: Generations.

During Voyager, Russ directed the fourth-season episode "Living Witness."  In 2003, he directed the short film Roddenberry on Patrol, a comedic look at Gene Roddenberry's search to create Star Trek, and in 2007, he both directed and reprised the starring role of Tuvok in the 2007 fan film, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

The multitalented Russ has also released four CDs: Only a Dream in Rio (1998), Tim Russ (2000), Kushangaza (2001) and Brave New World (2003).
  
Barbara March
March played the recurring role of the Klingon Lursa, sister of B'Etor from the House of Duras, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Redemption," "Redemption II" and "Firstborn," the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Past Prologue," and the feature film Star Trek: Generations.

March is married to Alan Scarfe, who played Admiral Mendak in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Data's Day", Tokath in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Birthright, Part II," and Augris in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Resistance."
  
Gwynyth Walsh
Walsh played the recurring role of the Klingon B'Etor, sister of Lursa from the House of Duras, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Redemption," "Redemption II" and "Firstborn," the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Past Prologue," and the feature film Star Trek: Generations.  She also played Nimira in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Random Thoughts."

Other credits include Total Security, L. A. Law, The Portrait, The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, Blood Ties, Kingsgate, Nightheat and Deserters, for which she earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Actress.
  
Larry Nemecek
For Larry Nemecek, theatre and journalism degrees added up to a life in newspapers and two state AP newswriting awardsóuntil the 1992 publication of The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion from Pocket Books, twice revised, that began when his fanzine TNG guide found its way to the show's grateful staff writers.  That book kicked off a move to Los Angeles and a life ever since spent living and working in Treklandóa past, present and future all now chronicled at his larrynemecek.com web site and TREKLAND blog, chock-full of deep thoughts and even deeper video interviews with folks from all across Trekland.

Aside from his books, Larry is best known as managing editor of the glossy, licensed Communicator magazine from 1998 until its 2005 hiatus, content producer to the old startrek.com at CBS Interactive, and photo editor/consultant for the entire six years of the Star Trek Fact Files.  He and wife Janet also sold a story that became the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Prophecy," and he's even appeared in two Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II episodes, "Come What May" and "To Serve All My Days."

Currently, he brings you the Q&A and archive photo columns in Titan/U.K.'s current Star Trek magazine, is a recurring guest blogger at the relaunched startrek.com, and writes episode notes for the Japanese Fact Files DVD edition.  Consultant projects include DVD sets and commentary, events like the former Star Trek: The Experience complex in Las Vegas and the World Tour, and on-camera comments for specials on Canadian TV and the Biography Channel, among others.
  
Emmett Plant, Fan Guest of Honor
Plant is a writer, composer and producer who has produced over twenty Star Trek audiobooks for CBS/Paramount, in addition to composing and producing soundtracks for countless interactive entertainment products.  He has also written features and produced video segments for Gawker Media's io9.com, and worked as an editor and author on Slashdot, Geeknet's popular "News for Nerds" web site.

Blurring the boundaries between technology and entertainment, Plant has also served as the CEO of the Xiph.Org Foundation, which is responsible for a vast number of freely licensed multimedia codecs, from Theora to Vorbis to FLAC.

Plant is also the commanding officer of the USS Blackheart, the chapter of STARFLEET International chartered in Philadelphia, with a focus on production for media nerds, both professional and amateur.
  
For more information about TrekTrax Atlanta and these guests, please visit the TXA web site.
Commanding Officer elections coming in December
Captain Eric L. Watts' second two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will soon be coming to a close, and all members in good standing will soon be asked to cast their vote for the candidate they want to lead and administrate this chapter for the next two years.

Candidates for the position must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET International, must have taken and passed Officers Training School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC), and must be at least 18 years of age.  Members interested in taking OTS and OCC should visit the STARFLEET Academy web site.  In accordance with the Republic's Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy, members who take and pass both courses receive an automatic promotion to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Lt. JG).

As of August 14, there are four members of the Republic who hold the necessary credentials to hold the office of Commanding Officer.  They are:

  Lt JG David Churvis   Commander Brian Holloway
  Captain Matt Ebeling   Captain Eric L. Watts

Captain Watts is willing to serve a third term as the Republic's CO.  If any other eligible person announces his or her candidacy, paper ballots will be mailed to each member in good standing in November.  Cast ballots can then be mailed to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the Republic's Christmas Party in December.  Ballots will be counted by three noncandidate members and the results announced during the evening.  The new Commanding Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January 1, 2011.
Personnel Records
Congratulations to ENS1 Lea Hepler for winning Fourth Place in the 2010 STARFLEET Annual Short Story Contest with her story, "What Price Salvation?"  The judge for this competition was none other than the legendary Dorothy (D. C.) Fontana.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
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Mid-Summer Urgent Business Meeting  ||  July 31, 2010
Members and friends of the USS Republic gather at the China One Restaurant in Sandy Springs, Georgia, to discuss and resolve several important issues and items of urgent chapter business.
Seated: Ens Robert Teague, ENS3 John Stump, Dana Tyler, ENS3 Marilyn Teague, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS3 Todd Dissinger, Ens Ken Cribbs, ENS3 Chris Seckinger, ENS1 Zannetta Law, Theresa Parker, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Kevin Parker.
Standing: ENS2 Daniel Wolfgang, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS2 Joanne Trew, ENS2 Julianne Trew, Ens Eddie Hines, ENS2 Jeff Trew, Richard Tucker, Chris Jones, Ens Barry Bynum, ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick, ENS2 Will Dover, Lt. JG Dave Churvis, Ens Matt Duncan.

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

Sunday, August 1
Ens Bill Lahaise
ENS3 Russell J. Broomfield

Tuesday, August 3
Ens Kevin Harris

Thursday, August 5
ENS2 Jeff Trew

Friday, August 6
ENS3 Chris White

Tuesday, August 10
CRMN2 Jenilee Trew
Capt Eric L. Watts

Wednesday, August 11
Ens Raye Anne Hurst

Monday, August 16
Ens Eric Hendrix

Tuesday, August 17
Ens Drew Schlosser

Friday, August 20
Ens Amanda Whitcomb

Monday, August 23
Ens Kelli M. Orr

Wednesday, August 25
ENS2 William H. Dover

Thursday, August 26
Ens Scott Ash

Monday, August 30
Lt JG Christian M. Shepherd

Tuesday, August 31
Ens Eric Solomon

MEMBER REENLISTMENTS
These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in July


ENS3 Glenn Albertini
ENS3 K'La Albertini
ENS1 Eric Lange
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS1 Daniel Wolfgang

AUGUST MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in August


Ens Elizabeth Miller
CRMN Jessica Anne Curtiss
Ens Eric Curtiss
ENS2 Chadd Franklin

ABOUT THE REPUBLIC
Commissioned on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek in Atlanta, Georgia, the USS Republic NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI) and a member of STARFLEET Region 2.  The Republic currently has 62 active members (as of August 25), is the largest chapter of STARFLEET in Region 2 and may or may not still be the largest chapter of STARFLEET in the world.

The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, frequently partnering with other local science fiction groups in the Atlanta area for joint activities, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.

Membership in the Republic includes membership in STARFLEET International.  Annual dues are $25 per person for both groups (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Membership in the Republic includes access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and a personalized laminated membership card which entitles the member to discounts and rebates on products and services offered by our Member Benefits Program partners.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join is on our award-winning web site.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

USS REPUBLIC ONLINE

RELATED SITES

OUR MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM PARTNERS

NEWS from
Star Trek Movie Wins DVD Critics Award
by TrekMovie.com Staff
August 9, 2010
The theatrical release of J. J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek movie did well with the critics and now the home video release has followed suit, winning the top title at the DVD Critics Awards.  There is also news that Star Trek may be available soon for Netflix HD streaming.

Star Trek a winner at home
The Star Trek movie home video release won Best Theatrical Title of 2009 at the DVD Critics Awards.  This is actually the second big award won for the home video release of Star Trek.  Back in January, the DEG: Digital Entertainment Group Awards awarded Star Trek as the best theatrical title of the year.

Star Trek coming to Netflix streaming
Currently, the Star Trek 2009 movie is in its "pay TV window" and is available exclusively on EPIX.  However, EPIX (co-owned by Paramount) is only available in limited areas.  However, Variety reports that EPIX is close to signing a deal with Netflix to bring their movies to Netflix subscribers for HD streaming, including the Star Trek movie.
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John Billingsley Talks Playing Phlox Again
by TrekMovie.com Staff
August 19, 2010
John Billingsley spent four years aboard the NX-01 as Dr. Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise.  And in a new fan Q&A, the actor says he is ready to play Phlox again, as well as weighs in on the controversial finale for the series.

Billingsley on returning to Trek & Enterprise Finale
The actor is open to it, but doesnít expect he will ever play the Enterprise doctor again, saying:

Iíd be delighted.  But is there any chance that one could make a wager on the odds of it happening?  Iíd bet my house it wonít happen, but if it did, sure, Iíd want to be involved.  I enjoyed playing Phlox.

Billingsley also weighed in on the controversial final episode for Star Trek: Enterprise, "These are the Voyages," noting that he understood why Rick Berman and Brannon Braga wanted to write something that wrapped up the era from Next Gen to Enterprise, but he felt it didnít work with the work being done by Manny Coto (showrunner for the 4th season):

It was as if suddenly somebody from another cosmos dropped in and wrote the script, above and beyond the fact that the
Enterpriseís story was swallowed up by the framing device.  I think people had just gotten used to Mannyís voice.  I missed it in the final episode.  Frankly, it should have been a two-parter.  Our storyline needed to wind upÖ.

Iím all over the map on this one because I have a lot of different feelings about it.  My problem with the final episode, ultimately, was that by jumping ahead however many years we jumped ahead, it was as if anything we did in the third and fourth seasons had no real weight.  It seemed like the third and fourth seasons were being dismissed, which Iím sure was not the intention, but that was one of the things that bothered me.
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Star Trek Sequel Will Go "One Step Beyond"
by Anthony Pascale
August 23, 2010
E Online caught up with Star Trek producer and Star Trek sequel producer / co-writer Damon Lindelof at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend.  They asked him what we can expect in the Star Trek sequel, where Lindelof didnít get specific, but did say they were going to try to take it another step:

The bar is very very high for the sequel.  We are looking at a movie like
The Dark Knight which actually went one step beyond Batman Begins.  It was really about something and at the same time was a superhero movie.  We donít want to abandon all the things that made the first movie work ó have it be fun and emotional, but we also want the movie to thematically resonate, so we are putting on our highfalutin' hats.

Eís reporter followed up, asking if that means they will be trying to save the rainforest, and Lindelof quipped back, "I think Avatar did a pretty good job of getting the save the rainforest message across; maybe we will put a bumper sticker on the Enterprise."

Dark Knight comparison — deeper, not darker Trek
Some Trek fans may be concerned that a comparison to The Dark Knight indicates a much darker Trek sequel, possibly abandoning the classic Roddenberry Trek optimism aspirations of the 2009 Star Trek.  However, comparisons to the renwed Batman franchise are nothing new for this team.  In the run up to the 2009 Star Trek, the film makers would often cite Christopher Nolanís 2005 film Batman Begins as a benchmark.  However, the Star Trek movie was clearly a very different kind of origin story than Batman Begins in terms of tone and style.  Over the summer, Star Trek producer Bryan Burk talked to TrekMovie about the Trek/Batman comparison:

Öour aspirations are for the [
Star Trek sequel] to be even bigger and better than the first one.  I donít mean that just in scope, I mean content and characters and emotionally.  We had a lot of conversations about Batman Begins and how that movie kind of re-invented that franchise, and we looked at what The Dark Knight did and how that really ramped it up and they went to a different place with that film, and how those two films keep re-inventing themselves and are not the same thing every time.

So the team looks to the work Nolan has done as a benchmark in terms of quality and in terms of success.  It is worth noting that both Star Trek and Batman Begins had similar global grosses at the box office ($372M for Batman vs. $385M for Trek).  Last fall, when TrekMovie asked J. J. Abrams if they are thinking of ways of improving performance overseas, again the director pointed to The Dark Knight as a model of a sequel that brought in more moviegoers overseas (as it did domestically).  Abrams did also note that he didnít think Trek would be able to match The Dark Knightís $1 billion total, but it is a nice goal to set.  Even more important than money, Abrams also told TrekMovie last November that the plan for the Star Trek sequel (again like what was done in The Dark Knight) was to "go a little bit deeper," and that, too, is a good goal.

The Star Trek sequel is due June 29, 2012, and in a twist of fate, Christopher Nolanís next Batman film will hit theaters three weeks later.
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Marina Sirtis on Being TNG Sex Symbol & Plastic Surgery Regrets
by TrekMovie.com Staff
August 24, 2010
Before Jeri Ryan and Jolene Blalock, Star Trek: The Next Generation looked to Marina Sirtis to add sex appeal to the sci-fi franchise in the '80s and '90s.  In a new and very frank interview, Sirtis talks about what that was like for her and regrets she has as well.

Marina Sirtis talks openly about being a "sex symbol" and plastic surgery
Marina Sirtis, Star Trek: The Next Generationís half-Betazoid counselor Troi, was donning futurist body suits long before Jeri Ryan on Star Trek: Voyager and Jolene Blalock on Star Trek: Enterprise.  The actress has a very frank and open (and adult) conversation with Kougar magazine, talking about her career, aging and being a "cougar."  Here is what the actress had to say about being "the body" of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

That was way past, yeah.  If they only knew.  People say to me — because Iím a bit of a feminist with a small "f."  People say, "How can you be a feminist when people regard you as a sex symbol?"  And Iím like, okay, first of all, when youíve been ugly, if you had said to me when I was 12, youíre going to be a sex symbol when youíre older, I wouldíve laughed and said, "Are you high?"  So, to me, itís like a huge compliment.  And especially as Iím older.  I was in my 30s when I became a sex symbol; it wasnít something that happened when I was young.  And I think itís great.  I mean, I really think itís great.  However, the body, it was hard to maintain!

In the extensive interview, the actress talks about aging and specifically about plastic surgery, noting some regrets:

It doesnít make sense for actresses to have plastic surgery because thereís no point in looking 40 when youíre 60 because you know what?  Theyíre gonna hire somebody whoís 40.  Theyíre not gonna hire you — first of all, you look like youíve been caught in a wind tunnel!  So it doesnít make sense for actresses.  Iím going to quote Eileen Atkins here, "If all the actresses look young, whoís gonna play the old parts?"  Right?  One of the reasons Iím so adamant against plastic surgery is because I fell into that trap of being the Hollywood starlet.  And I had beautiful boobs.  But as I got older, of course they got softer and they didnít stay where I wanted them to stay so I went and had my boobs done.  It is the worst thing I ever did; I regretted it from day one, which is maybe why Iím so adamant against everything else now, because I hate Ďem.
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Brannon Braga: Seven of Nine Should Have Died in Finale
by Anthony Pascale
August 24, 2010
Veteran Star Trek writer / producer Brannon Braga, the same writer who controversially wrote the deaths of both James T. Kirk and Charles "Trip" Tucker," has revealed in a new interview that he also wanted to kill off another of Trekís best known characters: Seven of Nine.

Braga on Seven and Voyager finale
Bragaís latest comment comes from an interview in the latest issue of SFX magazine (via SciFi Pulse), where he reveals how he thinks the Voyager finale could have benefited from one more element, namely the death of Seven.  Braga states:

It was my feeling that Seven of Nine should have died.  If you watch the episode "Human Error" written by Andre Bormanis, it was not only a heart-breaking episode in that Seven of Nine learns, as she begins to explore her human emotions, that she canít experience them.  Thereís a Borg chip inside her that will kill her if she tries to do so.  First of all, thatís kind of an interesting "rape victim" analogy or whatever you want to call it, about a damaged woman who canít get past what happened to her, but I also always saw it as a crucial episode that would set up the finale.

This was a woman who knew she was neither here nor there.  She couldnít go back to the Borg, nor would she want to, but she could never be fully human, so she was doomed.  And I wanted to have her sacrifice herself to get her shipmates home.

Kill Seven?
After taking so much flack for killing Kirk in Generations and Trip in the Enterprise finale, it is surprising that Braga would open up the floor to suggest even more death.  However, it is an interesting prospect.  Of course, the Voyager finale "Endgame" did kill off Seven in an alternate timeline, which was then "fixed" by the future Janeway going back in time to set things right.  However, that death was not tied into her Borg implants reacting against emotions, but was just a mention of a death on some away mission.
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