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Poll of the Week: Would YOUR Character Run For President?

Many officers approach Starfleet with high hopes and ambitious dreams. In some cases, these dreams include reaching the captain’s chair, or even the admiralty – a noble conclusion to a fine career of service and exploration. However, in some rare cases, Starfleet officers have gone beyond even these remarkable achievements, and have taken up positions in governance and civil service, or, as with Jonathan Archer, the presidency.

It goes without saying that politics and civilian work do not appeal to all characters in our universe, or people in our world, and that acting as the president of a trillion individuals united under a single banner would be no easy feat. But someone must fill the role, and who better than an officer that has spent their life in the pursuit of the Federation’s ideals?

How interested would YOUR character be in acting as President of the United Federation of Planets?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Lower Decks Interview: Ens. Alieth, Thor

The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community: the writer behind Ensign Alieth, who is playing a Vulcan female medical officer assigned to the USS Thor. 

SHAYNE: Tell us a little bit about the writer behind the character- where in the world do you hail from?

ALIETH: Hi, Shayne! I greet you from a small town in the Spanish mountains! My name is Andrea and I’m a little more expressive than my character (laughs). In real life I’m a freelancer and I work mostly in design and illustration.

You play a medical officer- a role I’ve always found a bit tricky! What drew you to that profession?

In fact, when I applied to join the 118, I tried to assume the role of science officer. However, there was another colleague at the Academy who was applying for the same position, so I was re-assigned as a doctor. Actually, I had a lot of fun with that, since the combination of Vulcan stoicism and a doctor’s concern for her patients is such a wonderful balance to portray. 

So, once I graduated from the Academy, I was encouraged to adopt the medical career and I was happy to accept it. 

I must also admit that I’ve always loved medical shows and that the EMH and McCoy are two of my favourite characters on Star Trek, so it’s certainly a position I’ve embraced with enthusiasm.

Who doesn’t want the chance to say “I’m a doctor, not a…” from time to time?


Poll of the Week: Crossing The Great Barrier?

It was a staple of The Original Series for its entire run – visited three times over the seasons, the Great Barrier stands as one of the more esoteric and dangerous threats the crew of the starship Enterprise ever faced.

As more of the Milky Way galaxy is explored and examined, it’s only natural that curious eyes and intrepid spirits should turn outward. Starfleet’s mission, one of discovery and protection, make the Great Barrier a tempting target for starship crews across the quadrants. But attempting to penetrate the enormous purple energy field usually comes at a great (or absolute) cost. Even advanced races struggle to make the trip beyond.

We’re forced to wonder how wise such an attempt might be, but the unknown origins, and equally unknown purpose of the barrier, make for a tempting mystery. And though dangerous, the secrets the barrier holds are enticing.

This Poll of the Week asks: Under what circumstances would you cross, or enter, the Great Barrier?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Thoughts On Picard?

Before the first episode of Picard was released, we ran a poll asking you what you were looking for in the new show. Most of y’all wanted a juicy story to get involved in! There is plenty of debate regarding whether the show delivered that, but as with any new piece of media, it will take some time to understand the legacy of the show in the context of future seasons.

We may ask for more thoughtful consideration in the future, but for right now, what did you think of the first season of Picard? Did it satisfy? Did it disappoint? Did it not interest you? Have you not watched it?

So what did you think of Picard – good, bad, or something else?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Jean Luc Picard as the character Dixon Hill

Poll Of The Week: Secret Agent Man

You’ve heard of James Bond – the suave, capable, utterly fearless (and often sexist) spy that never fails to get the girl – or get into trouble?

Our cultural understanding of a secret agent is often informed by his actions and character. But, naturally, there’s so much more potential for a worthy character to follow in his footsteps! Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway and Archer almost always managed to get the job done…

So the question is: Which of the captains do you think would make the best secret agent? Whatever you chose, know that there’s at least one thing the captains and Bond have in common: Q is never far away!

Head to the forums now to vote in the poll, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section!


Poll of the Week: Transporter Body Modification?

The setting, spirit and lore of Star Trek make for countless avenues of exploration. One of these is the fantastic technologies permitted. A sufficiently, shall we say, “unconventional” mind is capable of imagining all sorts of new and weird potential uses for the technology. Sure, you could take the conventional route when it comes to major bodily changes for your health and appearance, but why bother when you could do something inadvisable and ridiculous?

With that in mind, would you be willing to use the transporter to purposefully change parts of yourself?

Head to the forums to register your vote in the poll now. And don’t forget to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: STO-king The Flames!

About two years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of playing a game with a number of my friends from the fleet. Though I’d played the game for a number of years, it was the first time I’d actually done it as a group. I had so much fun that it still rings in my mind today, and I long to try it again. The game, as you might have guessed from my oh-so-witty title, was Star Trek Online – a free-to-play MMORG set in a truly chaotic version of our beloved fictional universe. One of the best space combat simulators I’ve come across, STO permits people from around the world to easily find each other, and enjoy some battle together.

Some of you may have seen the hilarity that ensues when a number of our group participate in a round or two of Bridge Crew, and I’d like to see how viable that idea is in regards to STO. We have a fleet, but because there’s been little success in getting a solid presence in game, it hasn’t made much progress.

With that in mind, this week’s poll asks you for your opinion on Star Trek Online! Have you played it and enjoyed it? Never heard of it? Not a fan?

Head to the forums to register your vote in the poll now. And don’t forget to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Prequel captain?

Prequels are a sensitive subject in many television and literary communities. While some believe them to be generally interesting, positive ideas, the sudden abundance of stories-before-stories has others taking a more cynical viewpoint.

Whatever your stance on this issue, it’s difficult to deny that the Star Trek captains we know and love have had very interesting histories, oftentimes touched on in their respective shows in interesting ways. Kirk’s days at the Academy and his time on the Farragut and Republic had profound effects on his decisions and character years later. Picard’s early command of the Valiant and his background in archaeology have been touched on in novels, and might yield an interesting dive into how he became the man known more commonly to fans. Archer’s time as a test pilot during the race to warp 5, and the resulting tensions and issues with the Vulcan people, might well be a fascinating examination of how Earth grew and changed from war-ravaged hell to peaceful utopia.

This week’s poll asks which captain you’d most like to see a prequel series focus on.

Head to the forums to add your vote in the poll, and don’t forget to leave a comment!


Interview With Fleet Captain Roshanara Rahman

Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles.

This month we’re interviewing recently promoted Flag Officer Fleet Captain Roshanara Rahman – Rich – commanding officer of the USS Veritas. Let’s get started!

SHAYNE: Some time has passed, but it bears repeating – congratulations on your promotion to Fleet Captain!  Last time we had the pleasure of talking with you, you had just launched the USS Veritas. Can you tell us more about how your ship has grown and progressed since launch?

RAHMAN: It’s hard to believe we’re warping off into our fourth year/season! When we originally designed the Shoals campaign region, we wanted to create a more intimate setting to allow us to fully explore the worlds and people within it for the next several years, and we still have places that we haven’t even seen yet! The crew has changed over the last couple of years, most notably when nearly half of them went over to help launch the USS Montreal under then-Commander Mei’konda in 2395 (2018). Since then, the crew has remained pretty much the same, and we have such a great group of talented and strong storytellers, and it’s a joy to lead them as their captain.


Poll of the Week: New Year’s Resolution

Across the world, humans recently took various and generally well-meant oaths to improve themselves in some way or another. These resolutions follow an ancient tradition generally attributed to the Babylonian civilization of some four thousand years ago. Since then, countless resolutions have been started, to varying levels of success.

Most alien characters in Star Trek follow their people’s teachings, faith and customs to some extent, but given the nondenominational nature of this particular tradition, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to think that individuals of any race might find it somewhat appealing.

Does your character have a new year’s resolution?

Click here to head to the forums now and register your vote in the poll. Don’t forget to leave a comment in the thread!


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