Waiting to discover more about new Trek series

Two episodes aren’t enough to determine whether one should continue to buy “Star Trek: Discovery” from CBS All Access for $5.99 per month, but there are several indicators that make watching at the least next few episodes an attractive idea.

The first two episodes show promise, but also raise serious issues for some Trek enthusiasts such as at least one major variance with Star Trek canon.

While the first episode aired on CBS’ broadcast outlets, the second is only available from CBS All Access online service. In addition to Star Trek, nearly the entire catalog of old and new CBS programming is available through the subscription service. This writer didn’t sign up for the service for the other programming, only the exclusive online availability of the new Star Trek.

Probably the first thing that viewers will notice is that they won’t see the Discovery in either of the first two episodes. The action occurs outside the spaceships and  inside the U.S.S. Shenzou and a Klingon ship. You will see a multitude of Federation and Klingon ships in battle scenes, but they are part of the ensemble in support roles for the central antagonists.

From the first,scene, it appears Klingons will play a major if not dominant role in the new series. The new series begins with a fierce speech by a Klingon chieftain trying to rally the other tribes, getting ready to deal with the humans. In his words (translated in subtitles), the most dangerous words are, “We come in peace.”

The Klingon ship is inside Federation territory.

While patrolling Federation space, the Chenzou encounters an object of unknown origin in the same vicinity. Commander Michael Burnham, a human raised by Vulcans, persuades her captain to let her take a space walk to find what the object is.

While on the surface of this object, Burnham encounters a Klingon and the result is a death. That death leads to a violent conflict between the two enemy empires.

Upon her return to Chenzou, Burnham is treated for exposure to massive levels of radiation. She, however, runs from her bed to warn the captain that the Klingons are coming and the Federation ship should attack before it is attacked, employing a strategy referred to as “The Vulcan hello.”

A conflict develops between Burnham and the captain, longtime friends on the starship, and Burnham is sent to the brig.

As the battle ensues, Burnham finds herself in deeper trouble. By the second episode, Burnham is tried and convicted and locked up.

If you haven’t seen the first two episodes, I’ve already given you several spoilers, but I will hold back on sharing other tidbits.

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There are other items of note. One is the clear violation of Trek canon by the use of holograph technology. This show takes places before The Original Series and in the Trek timeline follows Star Trek Enterprise. On the timeline, the Next Generation followed the Original Series.

There was no use of holography by the Federation before the Next Generation. If one checks out the relatively new “Star Trek Encyclopedia” by Denise and Michael Okuda, there are lots of listings for various types of holographic imaging.

There are, however, no uses of that technology by the except by the Romulans in two Enterprise episodes. In “Babel One” and “United,” the Romulans used holographic projectors to create skins for ships  that would make them appear of any design. And that’s it until  Next Generation. …

The technical prowess of the new series is undeniable. Yet, many questions remain that need to be answered.

One concern about the new series is the role of Klingons. Michael Dorn, who starred as the Klingon Worf, reportedly had pitched a series idea to CBS about Klingons.

I certainly hope this series isn’t just about the conflicts with the Klingons. There is so much to explore and discover in the universe before the Original Series.

I guess we will start to discover that as we watch the future episodes.

 

 

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There goes the sun — Aug. 21, 2017

Do you know where you will be when the sun disappears from the sky on the afternoon of Aug. 21, 2017?

If you don’t know, don’t worry: this is just a temporary event to be seen across the United States for just a few minutes from Lincoln Beach, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., as the path of the total eclipse of the sun follows an eastern route.

It will be the first total eclipse in the the United States in 37 years.  The thin path of the totality will pass through portions of 14 states.

The significance of the event will draw millions of people from around the world. Small cities such as Hopkinsville, Ky., will become big cities while serving as prime places to view (with protective glasses) the rare, awe-inspiring sight.

During a total eclipse, the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Ore., at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT, the NASA website states.  Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.  From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Ill., where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.

During a recent presentation at the Mooresville Public Library, Link Observatory Space Science Institute Executive Director/CEO Greg McCauley discussed what the eclipse experience will be like. He presented several videos.

 

Avon Beatles exhibit open; presentation set for Sept. 13

20170801_151114The new RDH Great Stories Beatles Memories and Memorabilia exhibit at the Avon-Washington Township Public Library, 498 Avon Ave., Avon, Ind., is now open and will be on display throughout August. The theme is “The Continuing Magic of the Beatles.”

On Sept. 13 in that library, Ronald Hawkins will give his next Beatles’ presentation. This one will be on the continuing magic theme and will begin at 5:30 p.m..

The event will include videos, live music, a discussion of items Hawkins’ collection, and a trivia contest with prizes. The live music will be provided by Martinsville High School student Tyler Russell.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. To register go to http://avonlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.  20170801_150950

AYNL delivers powerful version of Lennon’s Working Class Hero

During Friday’s Abbey Road on the River in Jeffersonville, Ind., the great Canadian-based All You Need is Love performed a powerful version of John Lennon’s R-rated (for language) “Working Class Hero.” Video by Ronald Hawkins of RDH Great Stories.

Asking a big question at Abbey Road 2017

Longtime Abbey Road on the River favorites Hal Bruce and Jay Goeppner entertained Friday, June 26, with a variety of John Lennon tunes during their acoustic set. Among them was the early Lennon song “If I Fell.” Video by Ronald Hawkins.

Backstage and on stage with Jake Clemons and company

Jake Clemons, nephew of the late Clarence Clemons and a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, heading onstage during the first night of Abbey Road on the River 2017 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. All photos by Ronald Hawkins.

Guitarist Mark Rashotte of All You Need is Love playing with Jake Clemons band.

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