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A Fistful Of…. Other Worlds

Beyond the final frontier lies worlds even stranger than those encountered by heroic starship crews week after week. Running parallel to our world are many more. Some slightly different, some dramatically so and with each possibility time splinters into further alternate realities where everything that could be, is.

“The Needs Of The Many…” Retro Review: The Wrath of Khan

The first shot of the crew sitting at their regular stations, only for a new face – Saavik – in the big chair before everyone dies isn't quite the shock now as it was in 1982. Mainly as it's all too familiar to us. By now we all know the story. Admiral Kirk comes back to his old command to inspect Spock's class of cadets as they undertake field duty while, far out in the depths of the final front...[Read More]

“Dare to do better.” Retro Review: Star Trek 2009

Both the original and Next Generation crew had said their last farewells on the big screen, while on TV Star Trek's eighteen year run had suffered franchise fatigue and low ratings, leading to the cancellation of prequel series Enterprise. Certain that there was still plenty of final frontier to explore, Paramount moved forward with a bold relaunch of the franchise. Forming a new universe, bringin...[Read More]

A Fistful of Q’s Best Moments!

In just a handful of episodes across three series so far, Q has become a bit of an iconic character since first being encountered at Farpoint where he put humanity on trial for being a barbaric and flawed species. Since then he's revisited the Enterprise, shattered the Continuum by having it's first child since the dawn of existence, tried to mate with Captain Janeway and generally became both a f...[Read More]

A Fistful of Admirals (Comms Preview)

Despite following the brave leaders sitting in the Captains chair, or destined to take it, for decades the captains of Starfleet changed the face of the galaxy on a weekly basis. But even deep into the final frontier, you still have to answer to the boss...

Star Trek, LGBT & Me.

The concept of IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations – has always been core to the ideology of Star Trek and to SFC. As we celebrate Pride month, a celebration of diversity in itself, we’re proud to introduce the first post from Churchill’s CO Stephen Lester in sharing his experiences in what brought him to the world of Star Trek and to SFCQ2. Hello, my name is...[Read More]

Diversity and Inclusion in Star Trek

Sovereign’s Sam Lewis (right) and their wife, Claire. Diversity and Inclusion in Star Trek June marks Pride month, celebrating diversity and inclusivity in the LGBT+ community. Star Trek has had mixed success with representation of LGBT+ individuals despite being otherwise representative of other minorities such as people of colour and those with a disability. Despite these hiccups the endur...[Read More]

Raising a Glass to the Fathers of the Future

Darting from planet to planet, discovering the unknown, Star Trek has shown that relationships are a struggle when your main focus is on exploring the unknown. Yet beyond the great adventure, one of the most complex relationships shown on screen have been between parents and their children. Family drama is one of televisions most loved tropes and Star Trek has mined that particular well more than ...[Read More]

Star Trek’s Most Shocking Moments… (Comms Highlights)

Since the first series of Star Trek in 1966, the franchise has gone on to become one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises in history. Each series has delivered new surprises, discoveries and bold revelations, alongside its beloved characters and traits that are echoed throughout popular culture, over 50 years later. With stories of exploration, both of space and of ourse...[Read More]

Retro Review: Way of the Warrior (Comms Highlights)

Whenever you ask a DS9 fan where to start, the answer is rarely from the beginning. The first seasons of the show were good, sometimes great. The foundations were laid for a darker show than the flagship adventures of the Enterprise We had Federation turncoats in the Maquis; an uneasy peace between Bajor and their former oppressors in Cardassia; there was politics and religion crossing over on all...[Read More]

For The Uniform! The Motion Picture Era (Comms Highlights)

Starfleet’s wardrobe always seems to change. Different producers and designers always bring something new to the table, whether it’s a need to create a more militarised uniform, something nice and simple for a more real-world feel, or sometimes – just sometimes – space pyjamas. Last issue saw us chart the early half of 23rd Century, looking Starfleet style from the era of Robau and Geo...[Read More]

The Legacy of the Next Generation

Decades after the original crew launch their five year mission, 1987 introduced us to a new era of Star Trek as Captain Jean Luc Picard took centre stage of an all new Enterprise. The relaunch of the series was a bold move, replacing the lovable figures of the original crew with an all new cast, including an Android and a Klingon on the bridge! At the time it was a shocking change, but now for man...[Read More]

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