Star Trek has a long history of trial episodes. From the memorable “Court Martial”, in which Kirk is accused of criminal negligence regarding the death of a member of his crew, to “Rules of Engagement”, in which Worf must defend his actions during a heated battle aboard the Defiant, every Star Trek series has had its own quality moments of courtroom television.
While we have seen many different types of law, from the Federations’ process of jurisprudence (what we are most familiar with today) to the brutal, predetermined show trials of Cardassia, each of these cases utilize a lawyer, or the equivalent of one. Approximately one year ago, a Poll of the Week was run, asking your opinions about the best trial episodes. This Poll of the Week asks for your favorite lawyer, or favorite individual forced to play the part of one. Is it Samuel T. Cogley, the obsessive crackpot that defended Kirk, or Areel Shaw, the prosecution in that case? Perhaps your pick came from a non-Federation world, like Chang, who prosecuted Kirk and McCoy in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, or Kovat, who’s actor elevated the character’s thankless role into an amazing reflection on the dangers of assuming guilt, in the Deep Space 9 episode “Tribunal”. Or perhaps it’s someone not mentioned at all. Give us your vote, and explain away in the comments section!
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Lewis Little and T’Katt Dugoras!
We’re here with another interview with a member of the Academy Training Team for insight on how our training works, and as recognition for all the hard work that goes into training new members each and every week of the year!
This month’s interview is with the writer behind LtCmdr Lael Rosek, playing an Al-Leyan/Human female assigned to the USS Veritas.
THORAN: Hello LtCmdr. Rosek! Can you tell us a little about yourself for the folks who may not know you?
ROSEK: Well, I’m a mom to a brilliant, funny six year old boy and a precocious, happy two year old boy, both of whom are my world. When I’m not with them, I work part time as an Assistant Preschool Teacher caring for two and three year olds. I’ve been writing with 118 on and off for 12 years. Some may remember my first PC, Rebecca Hollendale (2004-2008), a Security/Tactical officer, or my second PC, Elina Kincade (2008-2011), an Engineering officer and later a Nurse.
How did you learn about our community, and what motivated you to join us?
When I first joined back in 2004, I found 118 through a Google search. It was near the top of the results and as I looked at the website, I was really impressed by the application process, so I decided to give it a try. The rest is history.
MARCHLANDS – The USS Constitution crew must retrieve a pirated Starfleet testbed starship while trying to avoid a diplomatic incident.
Huge appreciation to the members who joined in donating in the past few weeks to help us reach our 2018 fundraising goal: Quinn Reynolds, Alex Blair, Mei’konda, Rune Jolara, Thayon Jann, Randal Shayne, and Ferier Lanta!
Thanks to their help, we’re able to fully fund our website, domain names, and software licenses through April 2019. Our community has always been incredibly generous in ensuring that we have the resources necessary to maintain our extensive wiki, website, and active forums – we’re so grateful for all their support.
If you can join these and our other donors in jump-starting our 2019 fundraising, click here to contribute. It only takes a few minutes and we never see your credit card information.
In Star Trek the various crews are often challenged by various enemies from across the galaxy. However, these antagonists are rarely seen beyond a single episode once our heroes defeat them. Sometimes we barely know anything about their personalities beyond what we can guess based on their actions. Their primary purpose is to provide conflict for our heroes to overcome in that episode or movie. While these foes of the week work well we sometimes get to meet a villain again and again over multiple stories. They could only show up in a few episodes scattered through the series or be one of the central antagonists for the entire series, but we really get to know them and learn about their personality and their background. Sometimes this information can put their actions into context and help us understand why they do the evil things that they do.
The Vorta encountered during the Dominion War aren’t completely loyal to the Founders by choice. They have been genetically engineered to view the Founders as gods. While he’s certainly no hero, Khan is similarly dealing with the extreme ambition that his augmentation has left him with. This by no means forgives them of any wrongdoing but it might make us see these villains in a slightly better light. This week’s poll asks you which villain you feel the least sorry for. Who do you feel has the least going for them in your eyes?
Which Star Trek villain do you find the least sympathetic? Be sure to cast your vote!
SECTOR 23 — After battling against the Orion Syndicate, hostile lifeforms, and subspace rifts, the USS Gorkon successfully rescues the crew and civilians aboard Starbase 173
The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officer on his recent promotions! Please be sure to say congratulations if you see him around the forums!
ANDARIS TASK FORCE
- Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant Commander
In the second month of 2018 (2395 for our characters), members of the StarBase 118 Fleet wrote a total of 1,173 sims across seven ships/installations.
Leading the fleet in sim numbers for February was the Embassy of Duronis II with 218 sims. Next came the Andaris Task Force at 206 sims followed by the USS Constitution with 176 sims.
Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!
Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, March 11) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm London / 4am+1 Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.)
Click here to join the chat on Discord. It’s fun and easy, and only takes a minute to get set up if you’ve never signed up on before.
Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month!