Captain’s Log, Supplemental: August 10, 2022

Greetings, Crew!

There's still time to sign up to donate blood at our Dr. Jane Dusek Memorial CONvergence Blood Drive on Saturday! There are a few open slots left - you can find them at THIS LINK. We'll be there greeting donors and sharing the news of Jane's passing with our con friends. Stop by and visit!

A few tidbits to share:

  • Patrick Stewart has said that he would love to do another Star Trek movie after Picard wraps.
  • The Enterprise-D will return in Star Trek: Picard, Season 3.
  • Several Star Trek stars will appear at DragonCon in a few weeks, including William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Anson Mount, Garrett Wang, Michelle Hurd, Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp!
  • Speaking of Dragon, the Trek Track sounds really fun. Events include The Away Team Photo Scavenger Hunt, Klingon Karaoke, a Trek based improv show, Star Trek Kids Fest, the Ten Forward Party and the ever-popular Miss Star Trek Universe Pageant. Now I want to GOOOOOOO....

That's all for now. See you around the Galaxy!

Mary

Captain’s Log, Supplemental: August 3, 2022

Greetings, Crew!

It's been a tough week for us. We've lost one of our long-time crew members and friends - Jane. In her 29 years with our club, Jane participated in many activities, fundraisers and events. She also served as First Officer for a long run, ending in June 2022. She was one of those members that attended almost every function and volunteered to work at most of them. She was also our dear friend. She will be hugely missed.

We are planning to honor Jane with a memorial get-together. The tentative date is October 8th (after our club meeting). We will be inviting friends and colleagues from Jane's life. We'll also be letting people know at CONvergence next week during the blood drive and collecting names of those that want to be informed of our plans. We are calling the drive the Dr. Jane Dusek Memorial Blood Drive, in honor of the many years she single-handedly did our recruitment calling for more than 30 blood drives. More information will be posted as we learn the details.

On top of that, the news came of Nichelle Nichols' passing. She was an inspiration to so many of us. It's interesting to realize how she impacted my worldview that a woman can obviously become a scientist and leader - the generation before us didn't think that way. Channel 9 reached out for an interview, and I'm super excited to say that one of our friends was featured in the story and did a beautiful job sharing his tribute! Check out this LINK to see!

See you around the Galaxy!

Mary

 

 

The Wrath of Khan 40th Anniversary

We've decided on a date and location for a group movie outing. We'll be going to AMC Southdale 16 on September 5th (note a change from our previous tentative date) for the 7pm showing.

Click HERE for a link to buy tickets. If you do buy, let us know by adding your name to the signup sheet here on our website. We'll communicate with you if there is a plan for dinner.

CONvergence Blood Drive

Our 21st CONvergence blood drive is on August 13th. If you'll be at the con (or not) please help. Click HERE to claim your appointment time. If you won't be at the con, here's another option for you. On August 5th we're having one here in St Anthony Village (shameless plug - yes!). HERE is the link to that one. Thanks in advance for saving lives!

Captain’s Log, Supplemental: July 20, 2022

Greetings, Crew!

Congratulations to our members that played TC Trek Trivia last Wednesday. Four teams tied for first place, including two with USS Nokomis members! We had to miss it this month - good job everyone!

A few fun pieces of news have hit the airwaves recently. First, the new Star Trek movie is now expected on June 9, 2023 (according to Paramount Studios). The first season of Strange New Worlds has finished, and the next new airing is the August 25th Lower Decks Season 3 premier. As Comic Con proceeds this weekend, we'll surely hear news of other upcoming shows, including Season 3 of Picard. HERE is a guide to the Star Trek Universe in Comic Con.

This may be rumor and not really news, but it's still fun: The show-runners of Strange New Worlds have reportedly talked to Jason Isaacs about the possibility of Captain Gabriel Lorca making an appearance on the show. It makes sense, as the show takes place at the same time as the first season as Discovery. Sounds like fun!

That's all for now. See you around the Galaxy!

Mary

 

2022 Star Trek Hallmark Ornaments

Hey, collectors! It's that season again - when those of us with a Star Trek tree start picking up our new treasures.

I'm super disappointed this year because there will be no limited edition Comic Con Star Trek ornament this year (for the first time since 2015). I've enjoyed the challenge of finding the ISS Enterprise, USS Bounty and others. If you collect Star Wars ornaments, however, you'll be happy to hear that they are releasing the Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid (kinda cute!).

The regular season releases include two more interactive figures for the Storytellers Interactive Lights and Sound USS Enterprise network. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott is available now, to be followed by Doctor Leonard McCoy on October 8th. The USS Enterprise from Strange New Worlds will also be released in October!

Check out all of the Star Trek Ornaments HERE

 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on September 8th

The sign-up sheet is posted for our movie outing on the 56th anniversary of the Original Series. The showings are at 7:00pm and we will go to Southdale or Rosedale (depending on where seats are available). Please sign up by the end of July so we know how many want to go. You'll buy your own tickets, and we will make a dinner reservation for the group.

Captain’s Log, Supplemental July 13. 2022

Greetings Crew!

Do you know what today is? It's the day when you (if you're an Amazon Prime member) can sign up for two months of Paramount+ for 99 cents a month! If you haven't seen all of the new Trek yet, jump on it. For more information, go to this LINK     

Speaking of jumping on it, we have a couple of single tickets remaining for tomorrow night's St. Paul Saints game. They are $18. If you'd like one, let Mary know.

I can't let this week go by without mentioning the finale of Strange New Worlds. Holy Skipper, Batman! I can't give details, of course, until you all get that 99 cent deal and watch it, but it just might be the single best hour of Trek since the Original Series. I'm not giving specifics, but I may have paused the program a lot of times to savor the moments! Watch it and let me know what you think.

As you know, we had planned to pack food for Feed My Starving Children next week. Unfortunately, we only had two people on the signup list. Therefore, we've cancelled our reservation to allow another group (hopefully) to fill our spot. We will be sending along the proceeds from our recent Pampered Chef party to support the organization.

I hope you're all enjoying the summer and the ever-changing weather. Take care, and see you around the Galaxy!

Mary

 

 

Captain’s Log, Supplemental: July 6, 2022

Greetings, Crew!

We are planning to go as a group to the movies! The 40th anniversary director's cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is showing on the big screen for Star Trek Day. At this point, the plan is for Thursday, September 8th. We're working on a relatively central location, like Rosedale or Southdale. More information to come.

According to startrek.com, you can also get the newly restored Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition on September 6, 2022. It's on "4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ with a bonus Blu-ray Disc™ filled with new and legacy special features from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will also be released in a Limited-Edition Collector’s Set entitled “The Complete Adventure,” which includes the new Director’s Edition, the theatrical cut, and a special longer cut all on 4K Ultra HD along with special features on Blu-ray. In addition, Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection will arrive on September 6 with all six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew on 4K Ultra HD." Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth highest grossing movie of the year and earned three Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. And the rest was history...

Sounds like I'm going to the store. Well, see you around the Galaxy!

Mary

Captain’s Log, Supplemental: June 29, 2022

Greetings, Crew!

I hope everybody gets a little time this weekend to relax and do something that makes you smile. The weather looks like it will be fabulous, with a few storms on Monday. Whatever you are doing - working, picnicking, staying in to watch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - have a nice time.

Speaking of Strange New Worlds, did you see the sneaky-cool Easter Egg in the last episode? If you didn't, here's a hint: it is related to Deep Space Nine. Now, go watch it again! It's fun to see some light-hearted Trek, ala Tribbles, Shore Leave, Captain Proton.

Flipping over to Star Trek: Lower Decks, which has been on the back burner, there's some new news. Creator Mike McMahan was quoted in an article this morning. He mentioned that the show will be going back to where Star Trek has gone before. "The plan with a show like "Star Trek: Lower Decks," according to McMahan, is to "build out those monocultures into something that's more textured." His reasoning here seems to be that the show can dig into facets of certain Trek cultures that may have been missed on the first go-round, when previous Trek crews only visited a planet or met a group one time during what was, based on Trek's track record, likely a high-pressure situation. So where does "Star Trek: Lower Decks," with its ability to take a slightly more tourist approach, want to stop and look around a bit longer?" That sounds intriguing - I'd love to see them go to Rigel IV, or Alpha Centauri, or Altair VI (which is known for its excellent shore leave facilities, of course).

A sharp-eyed member noticed a mistake in my last Captain's Log (gasp!). The Minnesota Saints game we are attending is on July 14th, not the 4th. Oops, sorry. There are still tickets available - hint hint.

And one last scoop - the Love Boat soon will be making another run! Yes, it's true. A reality show is in the works that will feature singles looking for love aboard the Regal Princess. The Love Boat is one of my favorite shows, but a reality show?! Maybe not. I'll stick with my DVDs of the original. OK, it's not Star Trek, but it has a ship, on a voyage, with crew members, and adventures???

Have a great holiday weekend, and see you around the Galaxy!

Mary