We’ve rounded up the few morsels of Trek goodness that happened over the holiday break for your enjoyment.
Get a better look at Hugh in Star Trek: Picard
TVLine got an exclusive look at the new state of Hugh (the ex-Borg?) just before Christmas. This new look for Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco) is reminiscent of the bits and pieces 7 of 9 still has, but it looks a bit more gruesome. What is likely a synthetic (or harvested) human eye can be seen. Also of interest is the costume Hugh wears; the yoke piece is similar to the Romulan uniforms seen in TNG.
Children of Mars?
In the recent trailer released on Facebook (and also shown in theaters), a planet that pretty clearly looked like Mars was shown in a nightmare/flashback. Our resident scientists (Kayla and Andy) have identified that it is indeed Mars, and even specified the region: it is a mirrored image of Syrtis Major.
It’s possible the image was flipped to make it seem like a different planet (which was a common technique in older Trek productions) or just an oversight. Mars may, in fact, come to play, with the final Short Treks episode of the second season (due to be released January 10) being a prequel tie-in to Picard season one, titled “Children of Mars.”
Who knows if it’s *supposed* to be Mars, but our in house NASA scientists have ID’d the planet in the background of the new Picard trailer. It’s a mirrored image of the Syrtis Major area on Mars! pic.twitter.com/nskLz4bwkd
— TrekMovie.com (@TrekMovie) December 21, 2019
Behind the scenes of toon Short Treks
CBS put up some videos about the making of the animated shorts, with interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at creating the animation.
TNG cast gathers for holiday party
It’s well known that the Next Generation cast enjoys spending time together, and the holiday season is no exception. In the mix are the families of LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, ’90s Trek head honcho Rick Berman in the middle, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis.
Funny who you run into at Christmas time. pic.twitter.com/NCM6pu720m
— Rick Berman (@berman_rick) December 23, 2019
Discovery films at historic Canadian penitentiary
Just before the holidays, the Discovery cast and crew spent 2 weeks filming in Kingston, Ontario. The local newspaper, The Kingstonist, shared the gossip just before the holidays: The DSC crew had been filming at the Kingston Penitentiary, a historical prison site that’s now used for tourism. Alex Jansen, Film Commissioner with the Kingston Film Office is quoted in the article: “The Kingston Film Office did indeed host Season Three of Star Trek: Discovery in Kingston over the past two weeks. We kept everything entirely confidential at the express request of the production, but I can confirm that we hosted them for five days of pre-production, two days of shooting, and they’re in the process of finishing three days of wrap-up.”
CBS Trek productions get an official science consultant
Dr. Erin MacDonald, a huge Trekkie and a face that many Star Trek Las Vegas-goers may recognize for her space talks, took to social media to let fans know she’s been engaged as the official science consultant for the CBS Trek franchise. This is welcome news, and we look forward to her input shaping the science in the science fiction of Star Trek.
I’m excited to share that I’ve recently joined the @StarTrek team as a Science Consultant. Can’t wait to be working alongside the incredible cast & crews of the #StarTrekUniverse! pic.twitter.com/kXhKeNAmMh
— Erin Macdonald, Doctor of Spacetime (@drerinmac) December 20, 2019
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