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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn – One of the Best Trek Books in Years September 4, 2012

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Ok we thought the first book in this series – Plagues of Night – was a little slow. This book is wall to wall, cover to cover excitement making this an awesome read.

DS9 as we know it is no more.

WOW.

The head of the Tal Shi’ar imprisoned and the Alpha Quadrant cutoff from the Gamma.

WOW.

The pure size of the plot shifts that happen in this book are massive and a delight to this Star Trek fan. No shortage of action or drama in this brilliantly crafted and written book – Highly recommended (but read Plagues of Night first!)

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Star Trek Typhon Pact Plagues of Night – SLOW start, Awesome finish September 4, 2012

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This books was difficult to read – well at least the first two thirds of it.
Then the action kicked in.
If you can get through the ridiculously long and overdone setup in this book you’re in for a real treat.

The big finale that this book leads to reshapes the Star Trek canon as we know it. It is a must read for all Star Trek fans that are following this continuing saga…word of warning though…this book won’t make any sense unless you’ve read the Destiny series or the previous 4 Typhon Pact books.

Star Trek Captain Together For the First Time (Minus Capt Pike) June 4, 2012

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Doesn’t it totally suck that there is no Star Trek on TV anymore (new shows that is). Remember the awesome days when we had both TNG and DS9 on at the same time? those were the days…

Happy 81st Birthday to William Captain Kirk Shatner March 22, 2012

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He’s not Dead Jim!!

William Shatner turns 81 today and he sure seems as vibrant and as relevant as ever.

Sure the Sh*t My Dad Say show didn’t go anywhere.

Sure JJ Abrams didn’t include him in the Star Trek reboot

But that does mean that fans the world over still don’t love shatner.

So on his 81st birthday we have a few special words.

Mr. Shatner:

LIVE LONG & PROSPER!

Saying No to Star Trek ‘s Worf – hilarious February 21, 2012

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We wouldn’t dare of saying NO to mr/lt/commander Worf – but apparently he got rejected a whole lot.

This amazing montage of clips shows just how much he got the NO.

Star Trek The Next Generation Yesterday’s Enterprise Turns 22 February 19, 2012

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It was 22 yrs ago that the Enterprise B helped defend the Klingon Khitomer outpost against a Romulan attack…

WOW does time fly, tonight is officially 22 years since Star Trek TNG 3×15 Yesterday’s Enterprise was first aired. It is easily our favorite TNG episode for so many reasons and the fact that tonight is 22 yrs after it first aired brings back a rush of memories.

REMEMBER when we all waited for new Star Trek episodes week after week? TNG has very few bad episodes and we were always treated to amazing content. Yesterday’s Enterprise went above and beyond though.

We got the return of Tasha Yaar (and not as the Romulan Commander Seeyla); We had a dark world where the collars were just a bit higher, every ship officer on the Enterprise carried a side arm and Klingons were on the verge of toppling the Federation.

Who didn’t get goose bumps when Picard tells the Commander of the Enterprise B in hushed tones that the war was going much worse than was commonly known..and that one ship in the hear and now wouldn’t make a difference but 22 yrs ago in the past it would.

Klingons vs the Federation as it should be…if only for an episode with battle, timeline issues and Picard at his finest hour..and then once the ship goes back in the rift…it’s all good again.

22 years, time does fly. Man do we miss that show..

Star Trek Online Turns 2 February 2, 2012

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We were excited when Star Trek Online first came online – but something happened over the last year. We got bored. It’s well known that playing as Klingon sucks in this game and hey who doesn’t want to be a Klingon.

The game is supposed to soon be getting btr…and perhaps even more important — it’s now Free to Play. We suspect that Free to Play will help keep this game alive another year, maybe two but no more. So if you haven’t tried this out yet, you should cause it’s free and time it likely running out.

 

LEGO Star Trek USS RELIANT – KHAN!!!!! January 22, 2012

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The LEGO ppl sure do love Star Wars, but they’ve never shown any love for Star Trek…but hey that’s what fans are for.

One dude built the USS RELIANT on his own with 15,000 bricks and a year of effort..and what a fine job he has done.

Check out his story – in his own words here – http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=65163

Star Trek Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within – 1 word Review – meh.. January 17, 2012

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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within is the first Star Trek Typhon pact book to ONLY be released as an eBook, making this somewhat of a rare breed.

We’ve read all of the Typhon Pact books so far – and the last one Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony  was a great read.

The Struggle Within is not as broad as the other books, it’s a relatively short book and is confined to two plots that don’t really overlap at all. We get some interesting insight in the Kinshaya and Lt. Choudary (Worf’s woman) …the book serves as a reminder that even inside of the Typhon Pact there are still just regular people that want to be free.

It’s a relatively slow moving book, with a plot that is interesting but not riveting. While we’re waiting for the next big novel, it’s an ok stop gap, but it’s a relatively bland book.

 

Star Trek 3D coming May 17, 2013 January 15, 2012

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It’s Official! The first Star Trek movie in 3D! No word yet in plot but lets hope we see some Klingons!!

JJ Abrams Begins Production On Next “Star Trek” Movie

Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, CA on the sequel to STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. The film will be released on May 17, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Bad Robot Production of a J.J. Abrams Film. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.

Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers. The director of photography is Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC. The production designer is Scott Chambliss. The film is edited by Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. The costume designer is Michael Kaplan. The music is by Michael Giacchino.

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Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm December 18, 2011

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We weren’t particularly big fans of Enterprise when it was on TV…but we have been big fans of the Romulan War series, beginning with Kobyashi Maru which is a FANTASTIC book.

That story continued in The Romulan War – which similarly was a great read..so yeah we had high expectation for To Brave The Storm and Michael Martin delivers.

This is a real conclusion to the Romulan War saga…and a more fitting end to Star Trek Enterprise than the crap that showed up on TV.

We get some real insight into the Romulan Star Empire of the day and Vulcans too…

But perhaps most importantly, we get the final resolution of the whole Trip / T’Pol situation. That resolution doesn’t come until the last page of this book, in a brilliantly crafted literary maneuver of looking back 25 years after the founding of the Federation (and the Romulan War itself).

No, I don’t know how or if any other writer could possibly now extend Enterprise – this is likely it and it’s a fitting end.

William Shatner Mouths off on Star Trek vs Star Wars September 16, 2011

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What’s better? Star Wars or Star Trek.

The ‘original’ Captain Kirk gives us his view and guess what he chooses…

Introduce Yourself Like a Klingon you Peta’Q September 12, 2011

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nuq ‘oH pongwIj’e’ ?

Happy 45th Birthday Star Trek! September 8, 2011

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It was 45 years ago today that the greatest franchise is Science Fiction TV was born – with the airing of the first episode.

YES it sucks that there is no Trek on TV today. And Yes we think the new movies suck too…but with 45 years of TV and movies …we’ve got lots of re-runs to enjoy.

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigation : Watching the Clock review August 24, 2011

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Time travel is a constant theme in the Star Trek canon – this book is the first we’ve seen that specifically deal with the Federation’s temporal agency.

Overall the book is a decent read, though the plot with all of its time jumping, time lines and such is extremely confusing to follow along.

The entire subplot in the axis of time is a disaster and we mostly skipped those section as they were ridiculously convoluted and hard to follow.

The story does interweave nicely with timeline stuff from TNG, Voyager, DS9 and Enterprise episodes. Especially and front and center are the character of Dulmur and Lucsly (spoofs on Muldur and Scully from the Xfiles..remember that show?). Both those characters are pretty well drawn out.

We do get some real insight into the Temporal Cold War that dominated many of Star Trek Enterprise’s stories…and we finally learn the identity of the Sponsor (remember the Suliban).

A decent read, not great, but worth a bit of your….time.

Klingon Language Lessons August 5, 2011

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New words!

Who doesn’t love Klingon…it is the language of warriors and it sounds just so cool. It is every geek’s duty to learn a few words.

Here’s your chance to prove that you are worthy to walk the halls of Stovo’kor

Star Trek PADD now a real iPad app July 22, 2011

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Finally the Star Trek PADD (Personal Access Data Device) is a real thing..aka the iPad.

And finally there is a Star Trek app that looks like a PADD.

 
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Yeaaah we know it’s basically the same stuff you can get for free on Star Trek.com or Memory Alpha today FOR FREE. The iPad PADD app is $4.99 – BUT it’s got TNG’s LCARS interface and it’s just sooooooooooooo slick.

Yes it’s missing some stuff..like a notation on Data’s cat spot..and some other minutia..but for the most part for us as fans..we’ve love every minute of using this app.
IT’S A PADD!!

Star Trek 12 coming out June 29, 2012 June 29, 2011

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The big question for us is if we will getmthe Klingons we should have had before…or will JJ Abrams mess up canon and give us a Borg encounter?

Captain Kirk aka Bill Shatner Interviews Voyager’s Janeway..and every other Star Trek captain June 29, 2011

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Who doesn’t love Shatner? The dude has become a caricature of himself in recent years…in a new series called Shatnerpalooza he takes it even further by interviewing every star trek captain.

Check out the clip below where he interviews Voyager’s Janeway..and she claims she had never heard of him before…aye Aye captain!

Star Trek Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony – Andoria Leaves the Federation. March 23, 2011

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Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony is the third book in the Typhon Pact series.

And YES, the title of this review is a spoiler.

This isn’t a particularly good book so we figured we’d save you the trouble.

The writing is decent and sure we love the crew of the Enterprise, yes it’s great to see Picard maturing as a Father.

Beyond that this book’s plot drags along at a snails pace for hundreds of pages. The general premise is trouble on Andoria with an undercurrent of Typhon Pact intervention. The problem is that the plot is entirely predictable when it’s not boring you to death.

Yes it is a bit interesting to learn more about the Andorians and yes it is neat to see them secede from the Federation, but the pacing just seems wrong in this book.

We did enjoy the other two Typhon Pact books that we’ve read, which both also dealt specifically with one society. Rough Beast of Empire is all about the Romulans – and an excellent read – while Seize the Fire is all about the Gorn. Perhaps the drama of the Romulans and the Gorn just simply is more interesting than the mating habits of the Andorians…then again..no Andorian in this book calls Picard a ‘Pink Skin’ – and that’s just plain wrong.