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 70
January/Early February 2014
•  Friday, February 21: Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Dinner
•  Saturday, March 1: TrekTrax Atlanta Volunteer Staff Meeting


•  Saturday, March 15: Atlanta's St. Patrick's Parade
•  Saturday, April 5: TrekTrax Atlanta Volunteer Staff Meeting
•  Friday-Sunday, April 25-27: TrekTrax Atlanta

•  St. Patrick's Parade: To march, or not to march?  YOU decide!
•  Mike Henigan named USS Republic's 2013 Member of the Year
•  Project: Potemkin to film "Ladies Night Out" at TXA
•  Announcing the new KAG ship in Atlanta: the IKV Resurgens
•  Vice Commander, STARFLEET, fired after less than a month
•  Scotty T-Shirts still available
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated January Birthdays
•  December Reenlistments
•  Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Leonard Nimoy's pace slowed by lung disease
•  News from
   — Star Trek Continues releases second episode "Lolani"
   — Star Trek's heart is in television, says Ron D. Moore
   — Phase II releases "Kitumba" as New Year's surprise
   — Star Trek: Renegades releases new two-minute teaser video
•  News from
   — New Star Trek fan film project being presented to CBS
Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Dinner

7:00 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014
China Buffet Chinese Restaurant
North Decatur Square Shopping Center
2887 North Decatur Road, Decatur GA  30033
(404) 299-1303
We had a good turnout for this event in 2010... let's do it again!
Single and alone on Valentine's Day?  Don't be!  Make plans now to join the USS Republic for an evening of fun and friendship at the Republic's fourth almost-annual Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Dinner!  This year, we've arranged for group seating at the China Buffet Chinese Restaurant in the North Decatur Square Shopping Center at the southeast corner of North Decatur Road and DeKalb Industrial Way in Decatur.  The Captain has previously dined at this 100-item buffet and recommends it!  The cost is only $8.50 for dinner plus $1.39 for a drink, so it's quite affordable for just about everybody.  Bring a date, bring a friend, bring your spouse, bring your whole family!

TrekTrax Atlanta Volunteer Staff Meeting

7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014
Three Dollar Cafe, Jr.
Embry Village Shopping Center
3537 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 457-8875
Want to attend TrekTrax Atlanta, but the price of a membership is a little out of reach?  Or, want to be in the middle of things and help out wherever you can?  Good news!  TrekTrax Atlanta has vacancies and needs help in ALL departments.

Anyone and everyone who is planning or who would like to serve as a staff volunteer at TrekTrax Atlanta is requested to attend an important all-staff meeting on Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Three Dollar Cafe, Jr., in the Embry Village Shopping Center in Chamblee, near the I-285 and Chamblee Tucker Road interchange.  We've booked their meeting room and they're waiting for us!  A full-service menu will be available, but dinner is optional.  Visit their web site for more information on their offerings.

Volunteers may actually be assigned to multiple departments on an as-needed basis.

We have a great convention planned for 2014 but we need YOUR help to pull it off.  At this meeting, we'll be briefing the troops on what we already have planned, what we're still working on and what our staffing needs are as we approach the convention in just a few weeks.

THANK YOU for volunteering and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 1!


Atlanta's St. Patrick's Parade: To march, or not to march?  YOU decide!
The USS Republic has marched in Atlanta's St. Patrick's Parade three times, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.  Member participation was great the first year, not as great the second year and downright disappointing the last year... so disappointing, in fact, that we didn't even bother in 2013.  We have the opportunity to march again this year, but your Commanding Officer is reluctant to submit a registration application without the assurance of a decent turnout of members.  So, it's up to you: Will you commit to marching with the USS Republic in Atlanta's St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 15?  The parade starts at noon and runs about an hour and a half.  Your Captain wants a minimum of ten members, preferably in costume, to commit to this event before applying (and he's willing, so we only need nine more people to commit).  The deadline to apply is VERY SOON, so if you would like to participate, please contact the Captain RIGHT NOW!

For more information about Atlanta's St. Patrick's Parade, please visit their web site.
Admiral Mike Henigan named USS Republic's 2013 Member of the Year
Since 2007, the USS Republic's annual Member of the Year award has been presented to the one person whose contributions and service to the chapter during the previous twelve months exceeded those of any other member.  At the Republic's annual Holiday Party in December, Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts presented this prestigious award for 2013 to Adm Mike Henigan.

Admiral Mike is paradoxically and simultaneously one of the Republic's oldest and newest members.  He has been a member of STARFLEET International since 1988 and he first joined the Republic shortly after relocating to Atlanta in 1994.  He served as the Republic's eighth commanding officer for about a year in 1998 and remained a member in good standing until late 2006, when he transferred to the USS DaVinci in Columbus, Georgia, just a few months after Captain Eric's election as commanding officer in May of that year.  While on board the DaVinci, Mike and a handful of other former members of the Republic launched the USS Atlanta in 2007, of which he served as commanding officer until December 2012.  During those five years, the Republic and the Atlanta coexisted sometimes as partners, sometimes as competitors; sometimes on good terms, sometimes... not.

Adm Mike Henigan and Capt Eric L. Watts appear together on a FOX 5 Atlanta newscast about the premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17, 2013.  Click the photo to watch the video.
Captain Eric and Admiral Mike first began discussing the possibility of reuniting the two ships in 2009, but it wasn't until the Republic's joint Holiday Party with the Atlanta in 2011 that the two of them finally agreed to make it happen.  Captain Eric declared 2012 as the Republic's "Year of the Phoenix" and all chapter activities during those twelve months were planned and held jointly between the two chapters until that year's Holiday Party, when the USS Atlanta was officially decommissioned and her crew transferred to the Republic.  Upon the Atlanta's decommissioning, Admiral Mike accepted the position of the Republic's Executive Officer, and the two of them have worked as a team ever since.

Captain Eric stated that this year's Member of the Year award was given to Admiral Mike not so much for his service to the Republic over the past year as it was for his 25 years of service to STARFLEET and the noble sacrifice of his own chapter one year ago in order to help bring peace, harmony and reunification to STARFLEET fandom in Atlanta.

Congratulations to Admiral Mike Henigan on this well-deserved award!
Hyperspace and Go, Robo! Go! to perform at TrekTrax Atlanta
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that Hyperspace and Go, Robo! Go! will perform as part of our "Saturday Night Live Music" concert block on April 26.

Formed in September 2011, Hyperspace is a nerdy pop punk band from Atlanta comprised of Jason Kochis (guitar, vocals), Ryan Paul (drums, backing vocals, brony advocate) and Todd Ensworth (bass, backing vocals).  The band mixes punk, distorted guitars and catchy songs to create their own brand of pop punk.  Their songs tend to be about girls (with or without glasses), Star Wars, Dragon*Con, comic books and other nerdy stuff.

Go, Robo! Go! is a post-pop/nerd rock band hailing from Atlanta comprised of Matt Nix (vocals, guitar), Joe Dolan (bass, vocals) and Chris Preziotti (drums).  Since 2007, the group has been collectively entertaining audiences with their blend of catchy rock and roll and undeniable good looks.  With lyrics that draw inspiration from tentacle monsters, apocalyptic scripture, gay romance in the 1800s and demon possession—and a sound that combines new-age electronics and programming with old-school, fiery guitar-driven rock—the band touts a catalog that is equally as dynamic as their energetic, critically acclaimed live show.  Celebrating the release of their new EP, Still Unprofessional, the band is looking forward to a year of giant explosions and uncomfortable noises.

TrekTrax Atlanta will be held April 25-27 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria hotel.  The convention features Arlene Martel (T'Pring from Star Trek "Amok Time"), Felix Silla (Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Retah from Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), Jeremy Roberts (Lt. Cmdr Dimitri Valtane from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: Voyager "Flashback") and Keith R. A. DeCandido as our celebrity guests, two tracks of programming, many special events and activities, plus a dealers room, gaming room, video programming, con suite and much more.  Visit the web site for more information and to purchase your membership today!
Project: Potemkin to film "Ladies Night Out" at TrekTrax Atlanta
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that Project: Potemkin will be filming another vignette for their web-based Star Trek series during the convention on Saturday night, April 26.  Project: Potemkin filmed "Closing Time" at the 2013 TrekTrax Atlanta and had so much fun doing it, they're doing it again!

"Ladies Night Out" will feature the talents of Renda Carr as Dr. Maura Drake, Abby Evans as Lt. Tyler Landon, Leslie Lewis as Lt. Seren and Christin Woods as Ensign T'Noshi.  The script was written by David Eversole and Randall Landers.  To be filmed, directed and edited by Landers, this production will be shown at TrekTrax Atlanta and released online the same weekend.  Any attending member of TrekTrax Atlanta who has a Star Trek movie-era Starfleet costume (a "monster maroon," as they're often called) has a very good chance of being included in the filming, most likely as an extra; please contact Randall Landers and let him know of your availability.

Project: Potemkin is southwest Georgia's Star Trek fan film series, having 14 productions online, with another 13 scheduled to be released through the next year.  Set after the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the cast is comprised of professional, amateur and student actors from throughout the Albany, Georgia, area.  The stories range in duration from five minutes to an hour in length.  Most are short, sweet and to the point, and many evoke the tone of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone and even The Outer Limits.

Join the cast and crew of Project: Potemkin in their panel presentations for sneak previews of forthcoming productions and visit them at their fan table where you can make a donation and take your choice of DVDs.

TrekTrax Atlanta will be held April 25-27 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria hotel.  The convention features Arlene Martel (T'Pring from Star Trek "Amok Time"), Felix Silla (Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Retah from Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), Jeremy Roberts (Lt. Cmdr Dimitri Valtane from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: Voyager "Flashback") and Keith R. A. DeCandido as our celebrity guests, two tracks of programming, many special events and activities, plus a dealers room, gaming room, video programming, con suite and much more.  Visit the web site for more information and to purchase your membership today!
Announcing the new KAG ship in Atlanta: the IKV Resurgens
USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts made the formal announcement at the Republic's Holiday Party in December and the following "Special Report" was published in the Winter 2013 issue of the Klingon Assault Group's quarterly newsletter, Mindscanner, a few days later.

Once upon a time, the Atlanta area was a hotbed of Klingon activity: the KPV Arrow QeyHa' (Atlanta), the IKAV Battle Fury (Decatur), the IKV Defiant Blade (Union City), the KPV Eagles Talon (Snellville), the IKAV Fek'lhr's Fury (Woodstock), the IKAV Nemesis (Lawrenceville), the IKAV QIbtaj (Lawrenceville), the IKV Saman qo' (Marietta), the IKV Talon's Revenge (Smyrna) and probably others whose names and adventures have been lost to the ages.

To the best of my knowledge, only two of these ships—Fek'lhr's Fury and Nemesis—still officially exist, although sadly, neither of them have been active in any meaningful way in several years, with the latter having been recently declared "in drydock" by the current commanding officer.

I, personally, think this is a terrible shame.  The Klingon Assault Group has a long and proud history of activity and community service in this, the largest city in the southeast, and I, personally, believe that something should be done to restore the pride and presence of KAG in the city of Atlanta.  I, personally, believe that I am the person to take on that challenge.

In 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, Union Army General William T. Sherman's troops captured the city of Atlanta and burned much of it to the ground.  Twenty-three years later, in 1887, after much of the city had been rebuilt and established as the economic center of the "New South," the Atlanta city government created and adopted a new city seal incorporating the mythical phoenix and the motto "Resurgens," which is Latin for "resurrection" or "rising again."

With this in mind, I am pleased and excited to announce the formation of the IKV Resurgens.

It is my intent and goal to stoke the embers of a dying KAG in Atlanta and, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, rebuild and restore a meaningful Klingon presence in this city.

My service to Star Trek fandom is already well-known to most people who know me personally.  For those who don't, I was the founder and president of the United Federation of Trekkers in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1980 to 1988.  I was also Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming from 1993 to 2009 and have been the commanding officer of the USS Republic (SFI) since 2006.  I am the founder and chairman of TrekTrax Atlanta, the Star Trek convention in Atlanta, as well as the creator, producer and host of the world-famous Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.  I have been a member of the Klingon Assault Group since 2005 and until now was assigned to the Nemesis.  I played the Klingon bartender in the Project: Potemkin vignette "Closing Time" and appeared as a Klingon in the YouTube music video "We Are Klingon."

I believe that I am well-qualified to take on the challenge of launching a successful new KAG ship in Atlanta and I am pleased to already have the support of Dark Moon Fleet Deputy Fleet Commander IXL Colonel Keela zantai-Septaric (Leila McMichael), Dark Moon Fleet Commander Admiral Kolex zantai-QIHqem (Darren Carter) and Thought Admiral Krikor epetai-jechwI' (Krikor Ajemian) in this endeavor.

The events and activities that the IKV Resurgens will participate in in the months and years ahead will be decided by its crew, which is in the process of being assembled.  I expect that the Resurgens crew will likely be most interested in community service activities and high-profile events, and the first such events that might be considered are the annual St. Patrick's Parade in March and a presence at TrekTrax Atlanta in April.  Other events and activities after that time (or even possibly before) can and will be considered, but before that can happen, we must actually have a crew.  With that in mind, I invite you to join me on this exciting new journey aboard this brand new ship.  If you are already a member of KAG and would like to join or transfer to the Resurgens, let me know and I will send you an invitation to join the Resurgens' members-only Facebook group, which has been created but is currently designated as "secret."

That page will go public upon the completion of some paperwork required by KAG for official recognition, and I am currently working with Dark Phoenix Quadrant Commander Marine Lt. Col. HoS duqwI' sutai-DevnoH (Chris Jones) towards that goal.  Once that is done, the IKV Resurgens will be a member of the Dark Phoenix Quadrant (Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida) of the Dark Moon Fleet (eastern United States) of KAG.

For the glory of the Empire... Q'pla!

Lt. Korgoth vestai-LaMarr (Eric L. Watts)
Commanding Officer, IKV Resurgens

As of February 9, the crew of the IKV Resurgens also includes Andrea Benton, Mike Henigan, Karen Neal and Dustin Strobel.  If you would like to join the Resurgens, please contact Korgoth.
Vice Commander, STARFLEET, fired after less than a month on the job
As reported in the November 2013 issue of The Republiqué, Admiral Wayne Lee Killough, Jr. and Commodore Reed Bates were elected Commander and Vice Commander of STARFLEET, respectively, with their terms of office to begin on January 1, 2014.  The following announcement was posted on the Region 2 Facebook page on January 24:

Dear Members:

As you are all aware, STARFLEET is not just a fan club... but a corporation that must be handled professionally.  The running of this organization depends on leadership styles meshing and the leaders working together as a unit.  Sometimes, this works out and the leadership grows together.  Sometimes, sadly, it is apparent that there must be a change made for the greater good of the organization.  As the line goes, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one."

In life, we are faced with situations to where our hearts and our heads do not agree.  I would love to be able to always follow my heart... but that is not what you, the membership, elected me to do.  You elected me to use my head and to ensure this organization is run to the best of my abilities.  That being said, it is my duty to notify you that a change is being made within the Executive Committee [EC].

This change is not being done lightly.  Several weeks have been spent weighing this issue and asking, "What is best for STARFLEET?"  After discussing this situation (one that has been growing for quite some time) with the rest of the EC, I feel this is the best decision for STARFLEET itself.

Effective immediately, Commodore Reed Bates has been relieved of her duties as Vice Commander, STARFLEET.  Issues arose prior to taking office, and more have occurred since.  I feel for my team to work together, we must have trust in each other and our abilities to better [serve] Fleet as an organization.  Sadly, at this time, we do not have that feeling with Reed.

I wish the best for Reed in her future endeavors.  I want to personally thank her for her service to this organization and its members.

Commodore Reed Bates (left) and Admiral Wayne Killough (right) munch down on "a plate full of warm, homemade cookies" during their 2013 campaign for Commander and Vice Commander, STARFLEET
The position of Vice Commander, STARFLEET is one that must be confirmed by the Admiralty Board.  Once this confirmation has been secured, I will make an announcement on the new VCS.  Until that time, Admiral Robert Westfall, as next in the order of succession, will assist me in handling all duties that would normally fall to the Vice Commander.

In Service,

Fleet Admiral Wayne Lee Killough, Jr., SFMD
Commander, STARFLEET

As of February 9, no additional information about this matter has been posted to the Region 2 Facebook page.
Scotty T-Shirts still available
This stunning and dramatic portrait of everyone's favorite chief engineer is available on a high-quality 50/50 polycot t-shirt.  This exclusive, limited edition t-shirt is available only from TrekTrax Atlanta, only in black and only in sizes Medium to 3XL for only $20 postpaid.  Visit the TrekTrax Atlanta web site and click the Merchandise button to order.  Please allow five business days for delivery.  This collector's item is offered as a fundraiser for TrekTrax Atlanta.  Thank you!
Personnel Records

STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  Over 60 Academy Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real world topics.  Each college offers dozens of different courses at varying levels of challenge from super-easy to really hard.  In total, there are nearly 1,000 different courses available.  Take a course today!

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!

Library Computer
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on location in full costume before or between scenes look at Mad magazine issue #115 from December 1967.  This issue contained the Star Trek parody "Star Blecch."  The term would be used repeatedly in following Mad parodies (i.e.,Star Blecch III: The Search for Plot, Star Blecch: The Next Degradation, Star Blecch: Voyeur, Star Blecch: Worst Contact, and so on).  This shot was probably taken during the filming of "A Private Little War."
Recent Chapter Event Photos
USS Republic Holiday Party  ||  December 21, 2013
Adm Kelly S. Hilliard, XO Adm Mike Henigan, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell, CDT Zarena Nova Tucker, ENS3 Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker and Ens Chris Jones.
A Honeybaked™ spiral ham, fried chicken, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, fresh veggies and more were among the many delicious dishes served at the Republic's holiday dinner.
USS Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts gives a low-key State of the Chapter address which establishes a new direction of member-driven events and activities for 2014 that do not have to be scheduled around his work schedule and do not require his attendance.


Wednesday, January 8

Ens Tov B. Brog

These members renewed their memberships in December. Thank you!

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS1 Renardo Hunter
ENS2 Tracy O'Quinn
ENS2 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker

These members' dues expire in February and March.
  Please renew now!

Lt. Katherine E. Cline
ENS1 Edward L. ("Eddie") Hines
Lt JG Robert Louis Simon

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 February 5, 2014, the Republic crew includes 38 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.



Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker

NEWS from
Leonard Nimoy's pace slowed by lung disease
By Tom Watkins
February 7, 2014
(CNN) -- The man who dared to boldly go where no one had gone before has revealed that he can't go as many places as he used to.
"I'm doing OK," Leonard Nimoy tweeted Friday.  "Just can't walk distances.  Love my life, family, friends and followers."
Nimoy announced last week that he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—30 years after having given up cigarettes.
"Not soon enough," tweeted the 82-year-old actor and director who played Spock, the half-human science officer aboard the Starship Enterprise from 1966 to 1969 on the TV series Star Trek and in movies during the decades since.  "I have COPD.  Grandpa says, quit now!!!  LLAP."
Nimoy, who told an interviewer last year that he flunked chemistry in high school, may not have grasped the long-term risks associated with smoking, but his announcement is not surprising, said Dr. Richard Casaburi, a pulmonologist at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute in Torrance, California.
Smoking could very well be responsible for the appearance of symptoms of COPD decades after quitting, because it is a progressive disease and lung function declines with age, said Casaburi, who is not involved with Nimoy's treatment.
COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the United States—after heart disease and cancer—and smoking is responsible for the vast majority of cases, he said.
Some 12 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the disease, and perhaps another 12 million have it, but don't know it, he said, adding that about 30% of people who smoke will get clinically significant COPD.  "The mystery really is why everybody doesn't get it."
Initial symptoms can include cough, sputum production and shortness of breath, especially on exertion, which limits their activity.
But medications typically can ease the symptoms, he said.  "It's a disease of the older person, but the damage is started when they're young."
Though smoking rates have declined in the United States in recent years, COPD takes years to develop, so the incidence is rising, said the 66-year-old doctor.  "We're now seeing the results of people my age who started smoking in the 1960s and now are reaping the consequences."
He predicted the incidence will decline sharply over the next 20 to 30 years.
More severe symptoms can require oxygen therapy and may lead to pneumonia and heart failure, said Dr. Norman Edelman, senior medical consultant to the American Lung Association.
He praised Nimoy for his announcement and his admonition to stay away from tobacco.  "We're delighted," Edelman said in a telephone interview.  "The more people speak out, the more ammunition we have to fight—for not only smoking cessation but for research that will lead to better treatment of COPD."
Funding has been limited by the belief among some that patients have only themselves to blame, a point of view that is unfair, he said.  "These people deserve the best treatment that we can provide," he said, adding that most smokers take up the habit before they are adults.
But Nimoy's illness has not interfered with his goal of living long and prospering.  In 2010, life expectancy at birth for someone born in the United States reached 78.7, and Nimoy, who is 82, appears to be continuing to prosper, too.  "Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th," he wrote.  "Still enjoying my life. LLAP."
© 2014 Cable News Network

NEWS from
Star Trek Continues releases second episode "Lolani"
By Brian Drew
February 9, 2014
The fan production Star Trek Continues will premiere its second installment this weekend.  Star Trek Continues, a TOS-era production, made a splash last year when it released its first episode, "Pilgrim of Eternity"—a sequel to the second season TOS episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?", which featured the return of actor Michael Forest as Apollo.  The second episode, "Lolani," which was crowd-funded as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall, debuted before a live audience Saturday night at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo, and has now been made available online.
"Lolani" features appearances by two longtime genre favorites.  Lou Ferrigno (yes, THE Lou Ferrigno), whom many fans remember fondly as The Incredible Hulk, will be playing an unspecified role.  Erin Gray, known to many fans as Colonel Wilma Deering in the 1979 television revival of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, will be playing Commodore Gray.
The series stars voice actor Vic Mignogna (who is also executive producer) as Captain Kirk, voice actor Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Spock, Trek author Larry Nemecek as Dr. McCoy, Chris Doohan as Scotty, Mythbusters' Grant Imahara as Sulu, Kim Stinger as Uhura, Michele Specht as Dr. McKennah and Steven Dengler as Drake.
After a successful run on Kickstarter, Star Trek Continues has been funded for another three episodes.  More information about the production, which includes several video vignettes, can be found at
© 2014 SciFanatic Network

Star Trek's heart is in television, says Ron D. Moore
By Matt Wright
February 5, 2014
The web site Digital Spy recently caught up with Ron D. Moore to interview him about his new SyFy Channel show Helix.  They couldn't help but talk a little Trek with him.
I think its home and its heart is really in television.  That's really what Star Trek is—the core concept is really a TV show.
I think the features are good and I really admire what J. J. Abrams has done with the last two films—I think it's great—but the heart and soul of that franchise demands a return to television.
The kinds of stories that you'll tell in the features are not the kinds of stories that made that show so popular.  The features all have to be action-oriented.
The TV shows were morality plays... they were more thematic, they were examining society in different ways.  Sometimes the stakes were just one crew member's life, sometimes the stakes were just one alien world, or the Enterprise.
On bringing Trek back to TV:
The TV show is really what Star Trek is to me.  I think the features are great, but I think it has to return to TV if it's going to remain an ongoing franchise.
On being the one to relaunch Trek on TV:
I'd love to do Star Trek again, in all honesty, but I also don't have a great new Star Trek idea.  I'm not saying I know exactly how to do a new TV show—I don't.  Maybe I shouldn't do it until I have that great epiphany!
© 2014 SciFanatic Network

Star Trek: Phase II releases "Kitumba" as New Year's surprise
By Matt Wright
January 5, 2014
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages), the long-running fan film project, has released its newest episode, titled "Kitumba."  This is a Klingon-centric episode that was developed from an original 1977 Phase II script, when TOS was going to be relaunched as an updated TV series.
Originally a two-part story draft for the Star Trek: Phase II TV series in 1977, it was rewritten into a one-part episode for this production.  A good deal of the episode takes place on Qo'nos, the Klingon homeworld, which was shot on location at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, and at a local restaurant.  Members of the International Klingon Federation helped out with the location shoots.
The Phase II team is busy cranking out more episodes.  Their next episode, "The Holiest Thing," is due out in February.  And there are two more episodes at various stages in the production pipeline after it.  "Kitumba" is the last episode in front of the camera for the founder of the project, James Cawley.  He will be replaced by professional actor Brian Gross starting with the next episode due out in February.
More information on "Kitumba" and alternate viewing/downloading links, including versions with subtitles, can be found here.
© 2014 SciFanatic Network

Star Trek: Renegades releases new two-minute teaser video
By Matt Wright
December 27, 2013
Fan production Star Trek: Renegades has released a new two-minute preview video.  Renegades is from the same group that made the incredibly popular TOS-era fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.  The production has multiple Trek alums involved as well as other familiar names from sci-fi TV and movies.  Walter Koenig, Tim Russ (also directing), Robert Picardo, Gary Graham (Soval in Star Trek: Enterprise), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb in Star Trek: Voyager) and quite a few more.  It is expected to be completed by Summer 2014.
It is ten years after Voyager's return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis.  The Federation's main suppliers of dilithium crystals are disappearing.  Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds.  And this phenomenon is not natural—someone or something is causing this to happen.  This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation's normal jurisdiction.  For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager's former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31.  Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew—mostly outcasts and rogues—even criminals.  This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it—at all costs.  But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?
Click here to see the new trailer.
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New film project being presented to CBS: Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time
By Brian Wilkins
January 1, 2014
A new independent Star Trek film project is currently in production.  Starring Voyager‘s John Savage ("Equinox" Parts I and II) as Captain Rudy Ransom, Gary Lockwood reprising his TOS "Where No Man Has Gone Before" role as Gary Mitchell, and Blanca Blanco as Lt. Cmdr. T'Lexa, Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time is written by Camren T. Burton and John Savage.
The filmmakers plan to present the film to CBS in the next year, as a pilot for a potential television series.
Also attached to the project is veteran special effects makeup artist, film and model maker, VFX artist Steve Neill.
Additionally, TMZ is reporting that former WWE wrestler and announcer Matt Striker has just signed on to play the part of a Rumulan Commander.
The IMDB synopsis of the film reads:
Fifteen years after the destruction of the USS Equinox (approximate stardate 2393), Captain Rudy Ransom, who was beamed from his doomed ship by the Krotownans, is held prisoner in the Delta Quadrant for crimes against the race including trespassing in Krowtownan space and the deaths of Krowtown crew members.  Captain Ransom has very few choices, but one chance to return to the Alpha Quadrant some 30.000 light years away.
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