I feel a great disturbance…..in the canon…..

Forgive my poor attempt at wordplay friends, but given 2 of the 3 things I’m going to lay out here, I thought it apt (and by ‘canon’, I mean my own ‘head canon’/’personal canon’ here).

 

First off, for those who haven’t heard already, Barry Jenner (Adm. William Ross) passed away this past Tuesday (8/9) in Los Angeles from complication of acute myeloid leukemia.

Remembering DS9’s Barry Jenner, 1941-2016

 

Secondly, I stumbled upon some, what looked like in-game, renders of a revised/reskinned D-5 class (that basically took the D-5 from ENT and updated it to fit within the TOS era)

(scroll to the bottom)
http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/D5_class

 

I’m not quite sure whether they’re from the “Agents of Yesterday” update to Star Trek Online or whether they’re from someplace else.  I’ve also been unable to find any better visuals in this same style.  If I can though and this is indeed the D5 and not another class, then it might very well be a game changer and up end a good chunk of history that I’ve personally gotten used to.

Finally, I’ve come across a great TMP trailer that resonates with me.  An opening voice over from Spock, together with tight pacing and a powerful instrumental track by John Murphy (“What Do You See?”) really make it stand out as more than just another fan edit.

 

https://youtu.be/VquTJzu6xHM

 

Hope you all are having/have had a great weekend

 

Jolan Tru

My Thoughts on ST: Beyond *(no spoilers)*

Hey all……..hope everybody’s been having a great weekend so far.  In my portion of the U.S., we’re getting fried at the moment.  To escape the heat though, I made it over to my local cinema and caught the newest Star Trek installment.

I honestly had my reservations given how much I love the ‘Prime’ timeline (the TOS and TMP eras in particular), but I walked away pleasantly surprised.  For all those who are reading this and are skeptical or otherwise on the fence……….go see it!  This is easily the best entrant in the ‘Kelvin Timeline’ by far.  To be fair, the plot is a bit simplistic (though no more so than Nemesis….) and director Justin Lin’s fast pacing doesn’t help.  Viewed overall though, it’s a solid picture.  There are some great easter eggs too – if they don’t elicit a ‘warm, fuzzy’ feeling from longtime fans, they should at least be good for a small chuckle/smirk 🙂

I for one can’t wait until it hits Netflix and then DVD/BluRay.

 

Jolan Tru

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RIP Vance…….

Seriously am at a loss for words over this tremendous loss to fandom…….

“From Neale Davidson‘s sister-in-law:

“It’s with a very heavy heart that I must announce that my brother in law, Neale Davidson, passed away around 3:30am (Colorado time) at the age of 44 from a massive stroke. He was surrounded by family and went peacefully.”

 

Full post in this Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaynz/

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Drone Musings……

Hey all……..doing my normal read-through of my defense/foreign-policy blogs this morning has jogged my memory a bit regarding something I forgot to post regarding a subject that I’m surprised Trek hasn’t broached yet (at least to a substantive degree) – drones.

 

Toward the end of my treatise on the Class F shuttle, I mention how Starfleet briefly retained only two squadrons, one for training and one which saw its craft converted to target drones.  That last bit right there is something the USAF actually does with certain fighters and something I ran across again when I skimmed through the last “Hobbyist’s Guide……..” installment (Parts II/III).  In his piece about the Killer Bee (an augmented Work Bee that approximates the capability of a Light Fighter), Timo broaches an area that I’m honestly surprised hasn’t been explored yet.

In real life here, much ink is spilled over the development of unmanned drones by various militaries (Northrop Grumman’s X-47B and Dassault’s nEUROn being but two examples).  There’s even mention of drones being controlled in the air by F-35 pilots.  Now I know that on screen, starships (and in DS9‘s case, a space station) garner much of the attention for obvious reasons.  In TrekLit it’s also kind of easy to understand, as starfighters and their ilk have extremely limited utility as story-telling vehicles/set pieces.  Going back to that last Hobbyist’s Guide installment and reading on, the Peregrine (Federation Attack Fighter) and the ‘Maquis Raider’ (not going to bother getting into the name issue on that) are described as being highly modular and exceptionally easy to upgrade, making the whole issue a moot point.

Will I get into that?  Well, it’s possible at least from an experimental standpoint, but I’m going to have to do some more reading.  From a tactical standpoint, the focus for most of the major powers during the 23rd Century has been “bigger and better”.  The UFP has weaponry, the Klingons have sheer size/brute force and the Romulans have their cloaking technology.  There’s nothing there that presents a clear/pressing need for a specialized small craft/combatant.  Logistically, Starfleet runs a pretty tight ship.  Its front-line forces may have multiple classes with overlapping mission profiles, but with the inception of the Class II program (their first/earliest attempt to ‘do more with less’ – building everything from gunboats and corvettes to surveyors & light transport-tugs off of a single basic spaceframe), we get our first glimpse at the ‘multi-mission’ paradigm that will emerge around the turn of the century.

To that end, I think that most of the specialized missions too large for shuttlecraft, yet too mundane for a destroyer, frigate or other starship of similar size should fall to the Corvette – larger than a cutter (runabout), yet smaller than a destroyer, used for policing, patrol and basic support missions and a type which we’ve seen/heard  comparatively little of in this period.  The Antares class concept I had already planned to include as a surveyor (link), Timo included as a corvette under a different class name (Procyon).  Then you have the penultimate Corvette design, La Fayette as I wrote it and the issue seems to be solved………or does it?

Going back to what I wrote on the Class F, I put that only about 90% of the shuttlecraft fleet had completed its major propulsion refit before the whole effort was canceled.  From a logistical standpoint,  giving remote bases, colonies and the like the capability to operate drones – say, a squadron of Killer Bees for defense and perhaps a Pershing (upgraded Sherman class Cargo Drone) for transport/resupply duties would simplify things greatly.  Again though, I’m going to have to do some more reading to try and get an idea of how Starfleet drones work before I can formulate any ideas.

 

 

Peace and Long Life

-The Dockmaster

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Venturing into the Lost Era……..on TV??

Hello again all……..am not sure if it’s bad form to put up an un-related/’general’ post so soon after I came back from the dead so to speak, but I just now stumbled upon some rumors regarding the new ‘Star Trek’ series CBS is putting together and thought them too intriguing to keep to myself.

 

We May Know When The New Star Trek Series Will Be Set

 

All of this is far from confirmed, but when you’ve got Brian Fuller & Nicholas Mayer together in the Lost Era (to start off…?) and the format switching from a serial production to possibly an anthology (anyone remember ‘The Lost Era’ novels??), I’d say that’s reason to get excited about Trek on TV again.

 

These are only rumors though and there’s still the issue of CBS making this a cornerstone of their own online-only portal (which is a great for storytelling, escaping the constraints of network/cable TV, but inconvenient for consumers – making the show and then licensing it for however much to an already established service like Netflix, with its wide viewer base, would’ve been a better move).

 

Only time will tell though I guess – we still have a long way to go until the first episode.

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Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated…….

Well what can I say after suddenly vanishing after three months? Not a whole lot. I was feeling burnt out/bored and wanted to devote some time to other things.

 

No matter though. Writing such as I do here is something I enjoy and something I view as a healthy escape. I slowly started getting back into it this past weekend and hope to make it a regular thing again.

 

So what am I working on? Well, the same as I was before, getting things together for my big TOS era compilation. I looked and I had finished the Class G/”Voyager” Long Range shuttle right around the first of the year I think. I’ve moved on and started work on the next class on my list that I haven’t previously written about – Pyotr Velikiy. Being a Cruiser (CA), this starts to crowd the field a bit with the assortment of Destroyers and Frigates Starfleet already has or is set to have. I took a look at how it was presented in the Hobbyist’s Guide……. and considered the justification presented there – that Starfleet needed to hedge their bets in case the structural engineering and M/AM powerplant of Constitution failed. That seems plausible……but here, I have Constitution entering service in 2220 and Pyotr Velikiy in 2239 – any kinks or flaws in Constitution’s design would be worked out by 2235 at the absolute latest I think.

 
An alternative that I’ve been letting percolate in my head here involves issues of politics and strategy. Back when I was writing on Constitution and I delved into the 4YW, I touched on Starfleet’s reticence to send ships like the Enterprise et al. to the front lines – utilizing them strictly in the exploratory and scientific arenas. This was the impetus for the development of Surya and other frigate classes, but I think over the long term, creating another Cruiser class makes sense.

 
Outfitted in a very balanced sense like Constitution, you would have a ‘hero’ class leading the order of battle during times of conflict (like the 4YW), while also expanding and building on exploratory and scientific capabilities by a significant order of magnitude. Constitution’s capabilities in these areas are already pretty well known. Together with it’s companion Pyotr Velikiy, they form a firm foundation that allows more specialized surveyors like Cahuya and Antares to truly flourish – at least those are my thoughts at the moment.

 

The Hobbyist’s Guide has been recently updated, though I haven’t had the chance to dig down into it and discover what changes have been made.  Also, Neale Davidson of Jaynz fame reclaimed his ‘jaynz.info’ domain and is going to be redoing his great Jaynz Ships of Star Fleet TOS guides (this group on Facebook is where I gleamed these latest bits).

 

Once again, it’s great to be back.  Hopefully I haven’t lost too many of my loyal readers, but to whoever sees this – all is most definitely well 🙂

 

Peace and Long Life

-The Dockmaster

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