Apr 24, 2020
This week on Priority One: We trek out Rosario Dawson’s Star Trek ambitions a couple of Star Trek alum hope to return to their former roles, and homages galore! Star Trek Online lifts our spirits with a second helping of the Winter Event, STO honors medical professionals, and a favorite federation ship gets a facelift. Then we open hailing frequencies for your incoming messages!
Of course, as always, before we wrap up the show, we’ll open hailing frequencies for your incoming messages
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by Jake Morgan
From Christopher Lloyd to Christopher Plummer, Chris Pine to Chris Helmsworth - boy that’s a lot of Chris’s - Star Trek has attracted some outstanding talent. Chrisitian Slater’s cameo in Star Trek VI - another Chris - and Whoopie Goldberg’s recurring role as Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation proved to Hollywood stars that a little pushing could land them in their favorite franchise; and Rosario Dawson has taken notice.
Dawson sat down with “Variety After Show”’s Audrey Cleo Yap to talk about her role as Allegra Dill on USA’s “Briarpatch”, but the 40 year-old Actor also talked about her desire to be in Star Trek. Dawson is rumored to be playing a part in Disney+’ s popular Star WARS series, “The Mandalorian”, and while she couldn’t confirm the rumor, she mentioned the 2 Star-franchises are bucket list acting jobs.
LeVar Burton is amazing. Whether playing the inspirational Kunta Kinte in the “Roots” miniseries, taking us on a reading adventure via “Reading Rainbow”, or soaring through the galaxy as Geordi LaForge, there isn’t much he can’t do. Well, except maybe keep a secret.
Much like his former co-star and close friend, Jonathan Frakes, Burton may have let slip details for an upcoming appearance on Star Trek. Sitting down with ET’s Lauren Zima, Burton all but guaranteed an appearance on “Star Trek: Picard”
You want a Pike series. We want a Pike series. And yes, Anson Mount wants a Pike series. In an interview with Space.com, the unabashed Trekkie Anson Mount recounted being cast in the role of the iconic Captain,reiterated that actors aren’t decision makers,and didn’t waffle on his thoughts about reprising Pike.
by Shane Hoover
The days are getting longer again. The birds and the budding trees welcome the sun’s warmth. We gaze out our Shelter-In-Place windows and… “Snowmen are coming down Blue Lozenge lane!”
In a completely unexpected move to help players distract themselves from cabin fever, Q’s Winter Wonderland is returning to Star Trek Online. From April 24th to May 4th, on all platforms, players can head back into the Winter Event for all of the usual festive activities. There’s even great news for players who didn’t complete 2019’s Winter Event. Those players can take this opportunity to continue earning Daily Progress toward the T6 Fe’Ihri Fe’Range Dreadnought Carrier. Just for this special event, though, another prize has been offered. By turning in Ornaments collected in Event activities, players can earn a Lobi Package of 200 Lobi Crystals. This Lobi prize is claimable once per account.
Polish up your frosted boots and sharpen your Klingon Ice Fishing Gauntlet, captains. We’ll see you on the snow!
This past Saturday, April 18th, Star Trek Online invited all players to show their gratitude to medical workers around the world. Players responded by the hundreds, cramming instances of Deep Space Nine’s upper promenade. Decked out in every Star Trek medical uniform you can imagine, and a few you probably can’t, players stood shoulder to shoulder to hold a torch for those risking their health to help the suffering. To see screenshots from many players who joined the demonstration, Trek out Star Trek Online’s Twitter account via the link in our show notes.
Over the past few weeks, four Star Trek Online development team members tested their skills at designing a Risian Science Vessel for the 2020 Summer Event. On April 15th, concept artist Hector Ortiz finally got his hands on those drawings. On a two hour live stream, which you can now view on STO’s YouTube channel, Hector turned those rough sketches into more polished concepts. While two hours may not be enough for even Hector to create four fully complete concept art drawings, the results were amazing. If you’re looking for something interesting to watch while you’re at home this week, Trek out the video link in our show notes. And keep your eyes on STO’s social media channels. When Hector has finished his concept drawings of all four ships, the final designs will be opened up for community voting.
On Tuesday, Ambassador Kael posted a news blog announcing both a new type of C-Store bundle and an updated ship model to launch it. A brand new model and material for the Akira-Class Heavy Escort will be the first ship offered in the new “Ships of the Line” bundle. The bundle, which will cost 6000 Zen, will contain the T6 Alita Heavy Strike Wing Escort, the T5 Armitage Heavy Strike Wing Escort, the T3 Thunderchild Heavy Escort Refit, and one Fleet Ship Module. The new look for the Akira-Class is the most detailed and screen-accurate look for the ship yet, bringing it closer to its appearance in the film Star Trek: First Contact. For a short time, from April 23rd to April 30th at 10am Pacific Time, the new Akira bundle will be 35% off in the C-Store. For those who already own one of these ship classes, the updated model is available freely in the Ship Customization screen.
Thomas Marrone sat down recently with Eric Campbell from QueueTimes, the team that produces the Star Trek Adventures RPG show “Clear Skies”. For an hour and a half, Cryptic’s Lead Ship and UI Artist chatted about the game, his work, and the process of designing a brand new Galaxy-Class variant for “Clear Skies”. The interview is well worth a watch, so just follow the link. But towards the end of that stream, Thomas took a moment to tease STO players with the reveal of a brand new model for the beloved Klingon Bird of Prey. The new model looks far more detailed and accurate than any Bird of Prey currently in game, even including Klingon script of the ship’s name on the wing. If you’re in a hurry to see the new Bird of Prey, skip ahead in the video to the 1 hour 30 minute mark.
Starting on April 30th, PC players have an “Item Upgrade” weekend through May 4th. During this event, item upgrade tokens provide 100% more Technology Points.
And a special three week Bonus XP Event has just begun on all platforms. Until May 15th, earn double XP throughout the game.
Due to the issues with the event, we are extending the First Contact Day celebration until April 30th on PC and May 7th on Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Join us for TFO Thursday - each Thursday we team up with other Armada members to earn marks and dilithium.
Tribbles and bits - cannibal tribble edition.