Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009

Volume I, Number 63
Late June/Early July 2013

•  Saturday, July 27: Away Mission to The Wolverine
•  Saturday, August 3: Away Mission to Europa Report
•  Saturday, August 10: Away Mission to Night at the Museum


•  Saturday, September 28: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
•  Sat., October 12: Project: Potemkin Open House (Albany GA)
•  Saturday, December 7: Farragut Fest 2013 (Kingsland GA)
•  Saturday, December 21: USS Republic Christmas Party

•  Republic senior command appear in FOX 5 Atlanta newscast
•  T
he TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 Postmortem Report
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer

•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  June Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Member Reenlistments
•  June and July Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster

•  News from
   — Star Trek, after Darkness: What is next for the franchise?
   — Costumed Trekkies to attempt new world record
   — Fan production Star Trek Continues releases first episode

Away Mission to The Wolverine

2:50 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013
Regal Atlantic Station 16
261 19th Street NW
Atlanta GA  30363
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men's first solo outing.  Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont / Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character's adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai.  Knight and Day's James Mangold directs.

Please join us for the last matinée-priced showing of the day (only $9.50 for adults) at the Regal Atlantic Station 16 at Atlantic Station (compared to $17.00 for adults at the 10:05 p.m. showing later the same day at the same theater).  This will be our first "away mission" to this theater (don't forget that we are not going to the Regal Hollywood 24 in Chamblee), so please be sure to wear your Republic t-shirt or sport shirt or other Star Trek-related shirt (Star Trek costumes at your own discretion for this event).  If the theater allows, we'll take a group shot after the movie and some of us will likely go somewhere nearby for dinner.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

Click the link below to purchase your ticket(s) online and let the Captain know if you're planning to attend and we'll do our best to get seats together for our group.

Away Mission to Europa Report

Saturday Afternoon, August 3, 2013
Exact Time and Location to Be Announced
A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, Europa Report follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system.  When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean.

After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.

Showtimes have not yet been announced, so save the date now and plan for a late afternoon screening (i.e., the last matinée-priced showtime) with your friends and crewmates aboard the USS Republic.  Exact time and location will be announced in the next issue of The Republiqué.

Away Mission to Night at the Museum

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville GA  30120
(770) 386-0576
From the Tellus Science Museum web site:

August 10 isn't just any old night at a museum; it's Tellus' annual Night at the Museum, an evening of fun unlike any other.

The fifth year of this staple event will feature unique guests from the worlds of science and science fiction that will delight fans both young and old.  All children will receive a special autograph book to capture the signatures of everyone from Amelia Earhart to Darth Vader.

More than 30 characters will be wandering the galleries of Tellus educating visitors on how science and science fiction often intersect and influence each other.  From
Star Wars to Star Trek, from physics to aviation, all the bases are covered at Night at the Museum.  Kids and kids-at-heart are encouraged to talk to the characters, take photos and, of course, collect autographs.

Also returning this year are the infamous Tellus Mad Scientists.  They will be back with more zany and unique experiments in the theater.  There's no telling what will pop up (or explode) during their demonstrations.

Children 12 and under are encouraged to dress up as their favorite science or science fiction character and be part of a special parade at 8:00 p.m.  Please no adult costumes; let's avoid confusing the crowd. Night at the Museum runs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  The Café will be open until 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for Tellus Science Museum members and $20 for non-members.

Advance tickets are available for members to purchase now.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 1.  Keep an eye on this page to see a list of characters as they are confirmed!

Call (770) 606-5700 ext 431 to purchase your tickets.

Save the date and plan to join your friends and crewmates aboard the USS Republic for this exciting away mission to the Tellus Science Museum.  Arrangements for carpooling to Cartersville will be announced in the next issue of The Republiqué.

Characters and cosplayers from several popular franchises
participated in last year's Night at the Museum, August 4, 2012.
Photo courtesy of the 501st Georgia Garrison

USS Republic senior command appear in FOX 5 Atlanta newscast
USS Republic NCC-1371 Executive Officer Admiral Mike Henigan responds to a question from FOX 5 Atlanta reporter Eric Len at the Star Trek Into Darkness movie premiere at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24 in Chamblee, Georgia, on Friday, May 17, 2013.  To Admiral Henigan's left is USS Republic Commanding Officer Captain Eric L. Watts.  To Captain Watts' left, not seen in the close-up but seen briefly in the shot of the three of them walking together, is Region 2 Zone 2 Zone Coordinator Admiral Kelly Hilliard.  All three gentlemen answered several questions during the interview, but only one reply made it to the final cut in this 51-second news clip.

Originally broadcast at 10:45 p.m. ET on Friday, May 17, 2013, during the FOX 5 Atlanta News at Ten newscast and subsequently posted on the FOX 5 Atlanta web site.  Copyright © 2013 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow.

Setting up for this interview did not come without its own share of unfortunate drama.  For details, see the caption under the photo from this event under Recent Chapter Event Photos below.
The TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 Postmortem Report
The third annual TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA), the Star Trek convention hosted by the USS Republic, was held April 19-21, 2013, at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter in Chamblee.  This was the second consecutive year that TXA billed itself as "The National Klingon Konvention" and the first year as "The Star Trek Fan Film Festival."  It was also host of "The USS Republic 25th Anniversary Celebration."  Our Guest of Honor was Manu Intiraymi, best known as "Icheb" from the last two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.  Special Guests included Keith R. A. DeCandido, the prolific writer/editor of many Star Trek novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and eBooks; Ken Feinberg, who played the Alien Captain in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon;" Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, author, publisher, psychologist, Klingon language expert and founder of the Klingon Language Institute; and Emmett Plant, a writer, composer and producer who has produced over twenty Star Trek audiobooks for CBS/Paramount.  More than two dozen additional guests were also in attendance, including cast and crew members from the Star Trek fan productions Project: Potemkin, Star Trek: Reliant, Starship Farragut and Star Trek: Valkyrie; musical acts il Troubadore: The Klingon Music Project and Go, Robo! Go!; popular Klingon Karaoke hosts "Keela & Katkith;" "Moxie Magnus," an entertainer and stage performer; and Merrybellies, a five-woman belly dancing troupe who often performs as Orion slave girls.

Over the course of the three-day convention, TrekTrax Atlanta presented over 50 different events on three concurrent tracks of programming: one dedicated to the Star Trek universe in general, another devoted to the Klingon Empire in particular, and a third designed specifically for costuming and makeup.  Special events included a VIP champagne reception, a "Trekkies Got Talent!" talent show, a Star Trek Universe costume contest, musical performances by two live bands, a "Klingon Ballet" and of course, the 14th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.  TXA also hosted a gaming room, a dealers room and a con suite.  As the central feature of our "Star Trek Fan Film Festival," 43 different Star Trek fan films, including episodes from various series and several standalone films, were broadcast—or at least, were supposed to have been broadcast—over one of the hotel's in-house TV channels.  In addition, these same films were screened—until Sunday, at least—via projector and film screen in the sitting area adjacent to the hotel restaurant.  As part of the USS Republic's 25th Anniversary Celebration, a group portrait was taken of as many past and present members of the Republic as we could corral in one place at one time.

Most of this year's attendees will tell you that they had a great time at this year's convention, citing the many events and activities that were presented as planned.  We are grateful for the many positive comments we've received telling us that we did a great job and the strong encouragement we've received to continue.  In spite of this praise, however, and unlike our first two conventions in 2011 and 2012, our 2013 convention was not the overall operational success we had hoped it would be.  A number of things we'd planned did not go as well as we had hoped or, worse, did not go at all.  Some of these things can and will be easily forgotten, while others will continue to affect how we do things for months, if not years, to come.

One of our confirmed special guests, James Cawley, best known as the creator, executive producer and as Captain James T. Kirk in the fan film series Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, and the designated Guest of Honor of our Star Trek Fan Film Festival, was involved in an automobile accident on the way to his departure airport on Friday morning which totalled his vehicle.  We are grateful that Mr. Cawley was unhurt, but the accident caused him to miss his flight and he was unable to rebook the flight at a later time, causing him to miss our convention altogether.  His absence caused a couple of panels to be cancelled, including the screening of a "rough cut" of an upcoming Star Trek: Phase II episode that has not yet been released.
While we're very pleased that the paid attendance of our VIP Champagne Reception this year was the highest it's been so far, we're also very disappointed that the quality of food and service at this year's reception was unacceptable.  What was supposed to have been "heavy hors d'oeuvres" was little more than snack food not much better than what we were already offering in our own con suite, and we actually had to hunt down the service personnel twice during the event for champagne, of which they apparently didn't want to bring out more than one bottle at a time (for 24 people!).
Attendees of our first two conventions in 2011 and 2012 may remember that we had a full-size replica of a Federation starship command chair at the hotel that was used as a prop for photo opps both with and not with our celebrity guests, which turned out to be very popular with our attendees.  In fact, photos with and/or in that chair was the activity that allowed us to raise $200 for the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund last year.  For 2013, we had arranged for that same chair to be brought back to the hotel to be used as the central prop of our celebrity photo shoots.  We even comped a membership to the owner of the chair for his trouble.  Unfortunately, and for reasons that remain unclear to us to this day, the owner of the chair did not bring the chair to the hotel as previously agreed.  We spoke to the owner of the chair on Saturday evening.  He had not forgotten about the convention, nor was he ill, nor was he apparently unable to transport the chair; he simply... changed his mind.  He would not volunteer any reason or excuse for his change of mind; explaining to him how important it was that he bring the chair to the hotel as agreed fell on deaf ears.  To this day, we don't know the real reason why this person failed to keep his promise.

What might have otherwise been a minor annoyance and embarrassing inconvenience takes on much more serious ramifications when you understand that photo opportunities with our Guest of Honor in that chair was included in our contact with him as a significant (if secondary) source of revenue for him, in addition to his appearance fee.  In fact, revenue from photo opps could even have potentially exceeded his appearance fee.  When the chair did not arrive and it became clear that it wasn't coming, we tried to salvage the photo opps, but the truth of the matter is that no one was willing to pay $20 for a portrait with our Guest of Honor in front of a plain blue background and a couple of fake potted tree plants.  Worse, our failure to provide a command chair replica for photo opps with our Guest of Honor technically put us into breach of contract with him.  Although we tried our best to explain the situation to him, he was understandably unhappy with us and the loss of significant income.  To his credit, he maintained a professional demeanor in front of our attending members and did not discuss the matter publicly.
When we were negotiating a contract with our host hotel back in August 2012, they made us a number of offers and concessions they hadn't previously made in order to keep our business, which they were in danger of losing because of their having already booked another convention on the same weekend as the dates we wanted.  These included free meeting room rent, guaranteed; no room nights commitment or attrition clause; a free hospitality suite; and, with two conventions in the house at the same time and not enough meeting room space available for a video screening room, the opportunity to put all of our video programming on an in-house hotel TV channel that could be seen in every hotel guest room and on at least three of the TVs in and around the lobby and atrium on the bottom floor of the hotel.  This clause included us having access to their equipment so that we could play our DVDs on time and in proper order around the clock, as part of our "Star Trek Fan Film Festival."

When we approached the hotel in early April to determine the specific logistics of making this work, we were informed that the hotel had replaced their previous television programming system in December with satellite programming and due to that change, there was no longer a DVD player "in house" that we would have access to in order to broadcast our DVDs.  When we reminded the hotel of our contract and their obligations, it quickly became clear to us that they had forgotten about this clause in our contract and that they were no longer able to play our video programming on their in-house TV system.  With the "Star Trek Fan Film Festival" an integral part of our convention programming and with our expectations unambiguously detailed in our legally binding contract, we made it clear that we expected the hotel to meet their contractual obligations at whatever expense to them may be required.  Even as late as Friday afternoon on the first day of our convention, and with Opening Ceremonies only hours away, there was still some doubt as to whether the hotel would be able to meet its obligations.  Somehow or another, the hotel managed to rig up at the last minute some kind of patched-in equipment that allowed them to broadcast a DVD from a standard DVD player on one of their in-house TV channels.  However, they would not allow us access to that equipment and informed us that we would have to let the front desk personnel know each and every time it was time to change out the DVDs.  With some of our videos only a few minutes long and others more than an hour long, this quickly became a logistical disaster.  To make matters worse, they were never able to tell us, exactly, which channel our DVDs were being broadcast on, and only by scrolling through the channels one by one did any of our attendees ever actually find our video programming.  Inexplicably, the TV in our con suite was not hooked up to the hotel's TV system, making it impossible to show the videos in the con suite.  And on top of all this, the hotel also brought in a DVD projector and film screen at their expense to set up in the sitting area next to the hotel restaurant instead of broadcasting our videos on three of the lobby/atrium TV sets as agreed.  Trying to keep the videos constantly running was already enough of a challenge on Friday and Saturday; then, on Sunday morning, the DVD projector and film screen mysteriously disappeared, without explanation, never to return.  By Sunday, any and all attempts to keep the DVDs running on anything were completely abandoned by hotel personnel.  As far as TXA management is concerned, our "Star Trek Fan Film Festival" (or the video programming part of it, at least) was a disaster and we place the blame squarely on the shoulders of hotel management, who we feel is in breach of contract for failing to meet the terms of our agreement.

In spite of these disappointments and challenges, which, to be honest, many of our attendees weren't even aware of, most of our attendees had a great time at the convention.  Highlights include the filming of a Project: Potemkin vignette called "Closing Time" on Saturday night, which boasted the participation of cast members from Star Trek: Reliant and Star Trek: Valkyrie and the makeup supervisor from Star Trek: Phase II, a "rough cut" of which was "world-premiered" at the convention on Sunday afternoon; and the 14th Annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant featuring five contestants.  To the best of our knowledge, all other programming events went off exactly as planned and without incident.

In 2011, TrekTrax Atlanta attendance numbered 25 guests, 45 staff volunteers and 187 paid memberships for a total attendance of 257 persons.  In 2012, attendance numbered 33 guests, 45 staff volunteers and 162 paid memberships for a total paid attendance of 240 persons, a 6.6% decrease from the previous year.  In 2013, TrekTrax Atlanta attendance numbered 43 guests and comps, 41 staff volunteers and 97 paid memberships for a total paid attendance of 181 persons, a startling 24.6% decrease from the previous year.

The causes of this alarming one-year drop in attendance and what to do about it have been the subjects of discussion and debate among both our attendees and our volunteer staff since this year's Closing Ceremonies and continuing to this very day.  A significant decrease in paid advertising and fewer in-person promotional appearances at other conventions seem to have been factors, as well as (with all due respect to our guests this year) the lack of any high-profile, well-known media guests from the Star Trek franchise, such as a series regular.  An increased reliance on social media and email marketing does not appear to have resulted in any noticeable growth in attendance.

Given the well-publicized financial difficulties that TXA found itself in following our first two conventions, one might assume that a one-quarter drop in attendance would automatically spell certain doom.  Surprisingly, that is not the case.  Surprisingly, thanks to the two Trekkiepalooza fundraisers we held in 2012, the Indiegogo fundraising campaign we held in early 2013 and a whole bunch of stuff being sold on eBay over the course of the last year, we were able to pay off a significant portion (although not all) of our outstanding debt from previous years.  Surprisingly, after all invoices were paid and all checks had cleared, TrekTrax Atlanta 2013—as a standalone event with its own twelve-month fiscal year—actually broke even, almost to the penny.  The exact number?  $5.16 in the black.  After two years of conventions that finished thousands of dollars in the red, we are absolutely thrilled to have finished our third year in the black... even if only by five measly bucks.

What this means for the future of the convention is that after three years, we have finally figured out how to properly and appropriately budget for an event for which we now have a much more realistic expectation of paid attendance.  The success or failure of TrekTrax Atlanta should not and cannot be measured by attendance alone; it must also be measured by financial performance.  Now that we know how many people we can reasonably expect to attend next year's convention, we can now develop a realistic budget to finance it, without the numerous unnecessary luxuries we paid for the first two years.  Does this mean we'll be scaling back on some of the things we previously offered?  Perhaps.  That remains to be seen.  What we can say for sure, however, is that TrekTrax Atlanta 2014 will be both smaller in size and broader in scope as we move forward, maximizing our strengths and minimizing our weaknesses.  As always, our biggest asset is YOU, and we look forward to your support and participation in the months ahead.
Personnel Records

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Recent Chapter Event Photos
Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere (Vinings)  ||  May 15, 2013
Bill Reichart, ENS3 Marq Collins, Richard Burke, Angela Tebbe Burke, D. A. Moore, Ens Theresa Parker, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell, Gerry Crete, ENS3 Tracy O'Quinn and ENS1 Wil Sims at the AMC Parkway Pointe in Vinings.

This special advance screening, two days before the original release date (before Paramount inexplicably bumped it back a day a week before the previously announced premiere), was made possible by a partnership with Allied Integrated Marketing of Atlanta.
Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere (Chamblee)  ||  May 17, 2013
Region 2 Zone 2 Zone Coordinator Adm Kelly Hilliard, ENS2 Eddie Hines, Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts and Executive Officer Adm Michael Henigan at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24 in Chamblee.

We had previously arranged to meet FOX 5 Atlanta at this theater for an interview.  However, much to our surprise, when they arrived, theater management unceremoniously threw them off the property, stating that they didn't have permission to be there.  Your Captain and the Admirals ended up driving to a nearby business' parking lot to meet FOX 5 for the interview.  We were so upset at the way theater management treated the press that we gave our free tickets back, packed up our table and left.  Ensign Hines, however, stayed for the free movie.

As a result of this incident, the USS
Republic has chosen to terminate our longstanding relationship with the Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24 in Chamblee.  All future "away missions" to movie premieres will be held at a different theater.
Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere (Alpharetta)  ||  May 18, 2013
Cdt Zarena Nova Tucker, ENS3 Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange and "Ensign Wolfy" at the Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta.

Unlike previous appearances, those of us in costume posed for photos with theater patrons with the promise we'd send them a copy of the photo to their email address.  We collected two dozen new email addresses for our distribution list... welcome!
TimeGate  ||  May 24-26, 2013
CO Capt Eric L. Watts, as sick as the proverbial dog with a week-old case of bronchitis that would continue to linger for another two weeks, dragged himself and only one box of merchandise to display at this year's TimeGate.


Tuesday, June 4

ENS2 Renardo Hunter

Friday, June 7
ENS1 Michael Shipley

Saturday, June 22
ENS3 Karen Neal

2 New Members in May!

Ens Tov B. Brog
Crmn Eliya Brog

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in May.  Thank you!

Capt Michael Cowart

These members' dues
expired in
June and July.  Please renew now!

ENS1 Lea Hepler
Ens Patricia Houk
ENS1 Elisa Roper
Cmdr David A. Slaughter

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  As of July 22, 2013, the Republic crew includes 43 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.
Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is collected by the chapter (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 additional privileges that occasionally become available.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web site.



AS OF JULY 22, 2013
Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Star Trek, after Darkness: What is next for the franchise?
By Joseph Dickerson
July 11, 2013
As readers of this site know, Star Trek Into Darkness opened domestically and internationally late spring and has earned over $443 million dollars.  This is a success for Paramount, albeit a modest one.  It's not a flop, by any measure... but it's not a home run, either.  It's a solid double or triple, but Paramount (like all studios do with summer blockbusters) was swinging for the fences.  So, what's next?  Well, to quote Donald Rumsfeld, there are some "known knowns" and "known unknowns."  Let's cover what we know, and spend some time theorizing what comes next.
"Modest"?  You may be thinking, "How is $443 million a ‘modest' success?"
It's a modest success for several reasons.  First, it cost almost $190 million to make, and Paramount spent a considerable amount of money on advertising above and beyond the production cost (at least $50 million, by one estimate).  Second, not all of that $443 million goes to Paramount—a significant percentage goes to the theaters that show the film (1/3 to 1/2, depending on what is negotiated and how long the film runs).  Finally, while it exceeded the international ticket sales of the first film, it did not have the 2X multiplier against domestic box office that other summer films (like Iron Man 3 or Fast and Furious 6) achieved.
Add to that the demographics of the people who paid to see Star Trek Into Darkness (only 25% were under 25, much less than the 35% that the first film attracted, according to The Wrap), and you can definitely see that things were not as hoped.
The 50th Anniversary
2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, and releasing a new Star Trek film that year is a no-brainer.  Like Skyfall showed last year, there's a lot of benefit that can be gained from releasing a film that ties into an anniversary year.  Will it happen?  Paramount has not yet officially stated that there will be a third Star Trek film, which is surprising—they announced a sequel to Star Trek shortly after that film opened.  However, co-writer Damon Lindelof has stated in interviews the film is going ahead.  Paramount is rumored to be looking for a new director to replace J. J. Abrams (who is committed to directing the next Star Wars film).  Names of directors that are purportedly being considered have been Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Matt Reaves (Cloverfield), Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men).  Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, was also a rumored name on Paramount's short list, but he recently stated in an interview he is not interested in directing Star Trek or any other franchise film.
They [Paramount] are firm about having a movie out by the 50th anniversary [in 2016] and we are all trying to see if we can all make it work together. — Orci and Kurtzman in an interview with
Bad Robot
At this point, it looks like Bad Robot will continue to be involved in any potential sequel to Into Darkness, and the writers of the film have discussed wanting to bring Klingons back as the main villains of any third film.  Since Bad Robot is J. J. Abrams' production company, he will presumably have some input into the story and creative decisions even with his commitment to Star Wars: Episode VII.
Above and beyond that, the ongoing Star Trek comic book (supervised by Trek movie writer Bob Orci) will continue to tell new stories set after Into Darkness and adapt classic TOS episodes.  As the comic laid hints as to what would happen after Into Darkness, it may be worth keeping an eye on for "clues" as to what will take place in the third film.
A lower-budget sequel?
How will Paramount respond to the modest success of Star Trek Into Darkness?  Possibly by reducing the budget of the third film.  This could be a good thing, in that a reduced budget could increase focus on telling a tight story and on character moments.  A Star Trek sequel with a reduced budget wouldn't be anything new—Paramount cut the budget for the first Trek sequel, and in return we got The Wrath of Khan.  Less money doesn't mean reduced quality—sometimes budgetary constraints can produce creative solutions and better ideas.
A return to television?
Star Trek started on television, and many fans think that Star Trek is better suited to episodic TV than to films (former Star Trek writer and show runner Ronald D. Moore has also said as much in interviews).  Writer/producer Bryan Fuller, who is currently working on the series Hannibal, has repeatedly said he would love to helm a new Star Trek series.
Will it happen?  Maybe, but don't count on it
Thanks to a large splitting up of Viacom properties in 2005, two different companies effectively own the Star Trek franchise: CBS Studios now owns Star Trek as a television property and Paramount Pictures owns the film properties.  While they have a relationship where the "Star Trek" name and characters are cross-licensed to one another, there are two different managements that exist and these managements would have to work together to make a new Star Trek series.  This won't be easy, because corporations are... interesting places (think Dilbert).  Doing Star Trek on TV again would require a significant investment in sets and special effects before a single episode is filmed, and it would take a big commitment for any network or cable channel to green-light such a production.
An animated series has been rumored for some time, and such a series would cost less than a live-action series... but there are challenges there, as well.  What is the target audience?  Will it be a "dumbed-down" version of Trek for younger viewers?  Or will it be a more intelligent series, like the recent Star Wars: Clone Wars show?  When would it be set, and would it attempt to bring in recognized voice actors (like Patrick Stewart) to appeal to fans?
A lot of moving parts have to come together to make a successful Star Trek series.  Is it worth trying?  Absolutely.  But, as noted above, there are challenges.
Continued merchandising, video releases and tie-ins
There are multiple companies producing Star Trek merchandise: Diamond Select, Simon and Schuster, Round 2 Models, Her Universe and more.  New games, posters, collectibles and clothing items will continue to be made, all intended to separate fans from their hard-earned latinum... err, dollars.  CBS is busy remastering all the Star Trek: The Next Generation seasons, and have recently started releasing Enterprise on Blu-ray.  A high definition remastering of Deep Space Nine may also occur, depending on how the Blu-ray sets of ST:TNG and Enterprise sell.
However, things aren't all rosy when it comes to merchandising.  Star Trek: The Video Game, released to tie-in with the new film, flopped with tepid sales and horrible reviews.  Hasbro released Star Trek building sets (through its Kre-O line) to tie-in with the new Star Trek film, though soft sales may halt the creation of additional sets.  Finally, the soft economy (along with online streaming services) has reduced "catalog" sales on all home video titles, and this has impacted the sales of season and movie sets.
While there's a lot of fan-centered merchandise on the market for the various franchises, there are also a whole lot of Star Trek fans out there... and many of them will continue to purchase Trek-related products to line their shelves and display cabinets for the foreseeable future.
Ongoing fan productions
While it may be at least three years since we get new Trek on the big screen, there IS new Trek being made.  In addition to the Star Trek: Phase II production, Star Trek Continues recently premiered to much praise.  While both productions have some shortcomings due to its low budget, both are entertaining original takes on the original series, telling new stories with the involvement of some of the creative team from the original series (such as D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold).  This is in addition to other "one-off" fan efforts and older shows that have ceased production.  So check out these interesting takes on the Star Trek universe.
Star Trek lives!
Star Trek is still a viable franchise, with fans around the world excited to share their love of the series with their fellow Trekkers (or Trekkies, depending on your preference).  While some fans were frustrated with some of the creative decisions in the latest film, many others enjoyed the film.  The reason for such strong reactions, both pro and con, is simple: People LOVE Star Trek, and it holds a special place in people's hearts.  And as long as it provokes such a passionate reaction, Star Trek will never die.
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Costumed Trekkies to attempt new world record this August
By Nancy Garrett
July 15, 2013
Thousands of Star Trek fans will be convening in Las Vegas in August again, to listen to celebrity panels, bid on memorabilia, attend planetary science discussions, stand in lines for autographs and photo opps, and debate the merits of the latest Star Trek motion picture.  And again this year, they will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most people dressed in Star Trek costumes at one location.
Breaking the Guinness World Record
The 12th Annual Star Trek Las Vegas Convention is set again to be one of the largest gatherings of Star Trek fans, so one wouldn't think this would be much of a challenge.  The magic number needed is 1,064—1,064 Trekkies costumed as any Star Trek character (or object!) that was part of five television series or twelve motion pictures.  (The sixth series is Star Trek: the Animated Series, but we don't yet have the technology to transform into a cartoon character.)  Last year, Vegas fans had their chance to break their 2011 record of 1,040, but fell short.  Destination Star Trek London fans beat them to it, setting a new record of 1,063 in October 2012.
Star Trek costume record-setting is nothing new.  Convention cities have been going back and forth in the world record competition—it comes off like a horse race.  As each year begins, conventions leave the post, going neck and neck, one event surging forward of the other by a length or a nose.  Las Vegas has been alternating costumed record attempts with events in London, Tampa, Atlanta and Germany's FedCon.  Many other cities make the attempt, but can't come close to the winner's circle.
It All Began With Only 99 Fans
Reports say the origin of the first title began in London in February 2010, with a mere 99 costumed fans.  In May 2010, record attempts were made by the Tampa convention and Germany's FedCon, with the Europeans taking the honors at 507.  But the record would be upset again, as Star Trek Las Vegas counted 543 costumed fans.  Atlanta's Dragon*Con won the year's best with 571.  Moving forward to 2011, the title went back across the ocean as FedConXX claimed 691.  But in August that year, Las Vegas Trekkies gathered in full force and 1,040 costumed fans passed through the doors of the DeForest Kelley Theatre to pull out far ahead of the pack.
Last year, Star Trek Las Vegas fans attempted to unseat their own record, but couldn't top it.  Destination Star Trek London's October convention not only attracted all five Star Trek captains to the program, but also drew 1,063 costumed fans for the record attempt, and the Guinness World Record moved back to the U.K.
Next month, Las Vegas Trekkies will have the chance to redeem themselves.  Some fans have tried to analyze what went wrong in 2012.  There has been talk of scheduling and program conflicts.  Other important events were happening simultaneously.  Other fans complained they were turned away by staff because their footwear or costume didn't meet the requirements.  A few have suggested that Las Vegas fans simply lost interest in a second record attempt.
Star Trek Into Darkness, released this year, gives fans a whole new realm of opportunities for costumes and uniforms.  Now that another city, country and continent holds the record, maybe there'll be more incentive to bring the honor back to what many Trekkies consider to be the premier convention: Creation Entertainment's Star Trek Las Vegas.  What do you think?  Can they do it?
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Fan production Star Trek Continues releases first episode
By Matt Wright
May 30, 2013
The fan production Star Trek Continues, a new TOS-era fan film led by anime voice actor Vic Mignogna as Kirk and featuring Chris Doohan as Mr. Scott (his Dad's old job), Trek author Larry Nemecek and Mythbuster Grant Imahara as Mr. Sulu, has now completed their first episode, "Pilgrim Of Eternity."  As previously reported, it features the return of original actor Michael Forest as Apollo.  Keep a lookout for a cameo by Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber, Trek art department alum Doug Drexler as the holographic cowboy, and the voice of the ship's computer sounds pretty familiar, too.
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