Unboxing The Hideki Class Shuttle *Star Trek Starship*

The Hideki-class was a warp-capable multipurpose auxiliary craft used by the Cardassian Union’s military during the late 24th century. The class was used as an attack ship, a patrol ship, and a shuttlecraft. Smaller than Cardassian patrol cruisers, these ships could typically carry three to five occupants. The ship was considered approximately equivalent to the Starfleet Danube-class runabout, but equipped with heavier armament giving it sufficient striking power to operate in fleet actions.

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In 2370, a disabled Hideki-class shuttle was tractored into Deep Space 9 after having its engines completely disabled and its life support systems were operating on reserve power. Although its pilot, Natima Lang, claimed they were damaged in a meteor storm, it was clear to the Starfleet repair crew that the shuttle had been hit by Cardassian disruptors. It was determined that it was attacked by a Cardassian warship, which later arrived at DS9 to arrest the shuttle’s crew. However, this was not allowed, and following repairs, the ship was able to slip away from the station unnoticed with help from a cloaking device installed in its central engine core by Quark.

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Later that year, Cardassian colonists living in the Demilitarized Zone utilized modified Hideki-class shuttles, equipped with Galor-class phaser banks, to protect their colonial interests. Two of these vessels attacked a Federation merchant ship, but were deterred, and ultimately destroyed by a fighter operated by the Maquis. That same year, one of the stories Elim Garak told Doctor Bashir to explain his exile from Cardassia, involved Garak ordering to shoot down a Cardassian shuttle with escaped Bajoran prisoners on board, but unfortunately, also the daughter of a prominent Cardassian official. During the Dominion War, the Hideki-class was frequently seen escorting larger Galor-class destroyers. Ships of this type were also occasionally seen on independent patrol routes prior to the outbreak of the war, especially near the Demilitarized Zone along the border with the Federation.

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In 2375, during the waning days of the Dominion War, members of Rusot’s terrorist cell acquired a Cardassian shuttle with up-to-date security protocols for use to transport Rusot, Damar, Elim Garak, Kira, and Odo to the Cardassian repair facility in the Kelvas system. The designation of “pursuit vessel” may also refer to this class, as Gul Dukat described Cardassian pursuit vessels as being years ahead of Danube-class runabouts in “The Maquis, Part I”. Based on the encounter between Evek and Miles O’Brien, this observation is inconclusive, but plausible, at least based on their appearances in the Dominion War. The Star Trek Encyclopedia states that the name Hideki was chosen in honor of Yukawa Hideki, who first postulated the existence of the subatomic pion. Models of the Hideki-class have been released as part of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection and Star Trek: Attack Wing.

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The following specifications, which describes this vessel as a Cardassian fighter, comes exclusively from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual:
Production Base: Cardassia Prime Orbital Three Assembly Facility
Type: Strike fighter
Accommodation: 30 plus flight crew
Power Plant: One and possibly two M/A warp systems; one or more impulse systems
Dimensions: Length, 85.78 meters; beam, 60.14 meters; height, 12.43 meters
Mass: 120,000 metric tonnes (est.)
Performance: Warp 9.5 (observed)
Armament: Four or more spiral-wave disruptors; one medium aft disruptor wave cannon; possibly other weapons
Additionally, according to the Technical Manual, “One interesting note about the Cardassian fighter is that the basic platform seems to have been adapted from that of the USS Defiant, particularly in the forward hull notch, bridge morphology, and aft hull assembly. Starfleet is of the opinion that some classified design documentation may have been compromised.”

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All in all a pretty compact yet tough looking ship design. Though for the longest time I wasn’t interested in getting this model, once I got it I like the way it looks on my shelf. Hope you like the pics and now here is the video. Enjoy!

Passengers

Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García.

Set sometime in the future, the Avalon is a commerical starship on a long voyage from the Earth to the conly planet Homestead II, a journey that takes 120 years. There are 5000 travelers on board and a sizable crew sleeping in hibernation pods. Unfortunately a malfunction occurs when the starship goes through some space debris and a single passenger, mechanic James Preston, is woken up and comes out of his pod. Jim soon realizes that he is alone, except for the android bartender Arthur and though initially he lives it up and moves up to the more expensive suites, he becomes desperate and lonely. He tried fixing the pod and attempts to wake the crew but is unable to get access to their pods.

After a year of living alone he almost ends his life by nearly jumping out of an airlock. He then notices a beautiful woman named Aurora hibernating in one of the pods. Her video profile reveals a humorous personality and that she is a writer. Jim struggles over the morality of manually reviving Aurora for companionship, but eventually does. He leds her to believe that her pod also malfunctioned like his and shows her around. Aurora, devastated that she may grow old and die before the ship reaches Homestead II, attempts a fruitless effort at re-entering hibernation, just as Jim once tried and failed to do. She comes to accept her situation and begins writing a book about her experiences. Jim and Aurora grow closer, becoming lovers. One evening, exactly a year later, Arthur lets her in on the secret that Jim told him and she is furious! She is distraught, alternately berating, shunning, and physically attacking Jim. Soon after, however, another pod failure awakens Gus, a Chief Deck Officer. The three discover multiple failures in the ship’s systems due to a failed component overloading other components. Gus attempts repairs with Jim and Aurora’s help, while Aurora still blames Jim for stealing her life, claiming it is tantamount to murder.

Gus’s body starts failing and his organs start shutting down caused by the malfunction his pod. Medical tests in the Autodoc, an automated medical diagnostics and treatment pod, show that he has but hours to live. Before his death, Gus gives Jim and Aurora his ID badge to access crew areas and repair the ship, which is experiencing more severe failures each day. The two of them trace an asteroid’s path through parts of the ship’s hull, caused 2 years ago which led to the malfunctions, that damaged the computer administering the reactor. Jim realizes he must vent a fusion reactor by opening an outer vent hatch. Aurora assists Jim while admitting she is terrified of losing him and living on the ship alone. Aurora, from inside the ship, and Jim, outside it, successfully vent the reactor. However, Jim’s tether breaks loose and his damaged spacesuit loses its oxygen supply. Aurora retrieves the seemingly deceased Jim and resuscitates him using the Autodoc.

Jim learns that using the autodoc he can hibernate one person to survive the trip till the ship reaches Homestead II. He offers Aurora the choice of going back to sleep, and she realises this choice would mean that she would never see him again. After 88 years, the ship’s passengers and crew awaken shortly before arrival on Homestead II. They discover vegetation and domestic animals in the ship’s concourse area. Aurora’s completed book is found, and it is revealed that she chose to stay awake with Jim and finish writing her story.

Stunning visually and the special effects are awesome. It is a beautiful movie to watch and well acted. It’s more like a love story set in a starship in space rather than a real science fiction film. I liked it a lot and give it an 8.5 outta 10!

Star Trek Movies Rewatching Done

It took me a while, longer than I thought I would take but I did finish my rewatching of the entire collection of Star Trek movies which is something I do every 2 years. This year with Star Trek Beyond being released (I have watched it once in the theatre and once at home on dvd) I knew I just had to. So a few weeks ago I sat back and watched Star Trek 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness and Beyond for the second time. Then I made up my mind to watch the 10 movies from the original timeline / prime timeline back to back in order.

It took me a long time as initially I planned to only watch them on the weekends. I started on December 8th with The Motion Picture and slowly worked my way through and infact I only watched Star Trek Nemesis, the last movie in the list after midnight on New Year’s Eve but I am counting that as a win. So I guess I am good till 2018. Well actually I might watch them again, perhaps not all of them in order back to back, but some of them sometime this year.

Why? Because it’s Star Trek and I love it.

Rogue One : A Star Wars Story

Although not part of the “episodes” and not centered around this one family of Skywalkers (who people online jokingly refer to to as the single family that keeps messing up the galaxy with their dram) Rogue One : A Star Wars Story is set in the same Universe and is a sequel that sits in wonderfully just before the events of Star Wars Episode 1 : A New Hope. A 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, it is the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.

The story follows the efforts of Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it. Jyn, sees her mother killed and her reclusive scientist father Galen Erso, being taken away by Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic to complete the work on the unfinished Death Star project. Jyn was instructed to hide in a secret place near their home and is found by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera who takes her in. Just what is it with Star Wars and lead characters being separated from their parents? Anakin, Leia & Luke, Rey and now this chick? Kinda seeing a trend over here.

Anyway she grows up and along the way is separated from Saw who felt she might be safer without him. Fifteen years later, Imperial cargo shuttle pilot Bodhi Rook defects, and smuggles a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the moon Jedha. Jyn is freed from Imperial captivity by the Rebels, who plan to use her to track down her father, telling her they will extract him. Along with them is a reprogrammed imperial droid K-2SO travel to Jedha. However, Rebel General Corssin covertly orders Rebel officer Cassian Andor to kill Galen rather than extract him. There they meet blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe and mercenary Baze Malbus, Jyn finds Gerrera, who is holding Rook. Gerrera shows her the hologram, in which her father expresses his love for her and explains that he has covertly compromised the Death Star’s design so it can be destroyed, directing them to find the plans at an Imperial high-security data bank on the planet Scarif.

Grand Moff Tarkin meets with Krennic on the Death Star and expresses skepticism about the project and its management. As a demonstration, Krennic uses a low-powered shot from the weapon to destroy Jedha’s capital and crush Gerrera’s insurgency, forcing Jyn and her group to flee with Rook; Gerrera elects to remain behind and die. Tarkin congratulates Krennic but then uses security breaches under Krennic’s command as a pretext to take control of the project. Krennic travels to Mustafar to seek support from Darth Vader and the Emperor, but Vader rebuffs his appeal. The Rebels track Galen to an Imperial research facility on the planet Eadu, but Cassian chooses not to assassinate Galen. Confronted by Krennic and his troops, Galen admits responsibility for the leaked information. A Rebel bombing raid begins, and Galen dies in Jyn’s arms. The Rebels escape in a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle. Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics from Scarif, but the Rebel leadership does not trust her so she, Cassian, K-2SO, Chirrut, Baze, Bodhi and a few other volunteers use the stolen Imperial shuttle to raid the data bank.

In a huge fight all the rebels are killed but Jyn to transmit the Death Star plans to the Rebel command ship. Tarkin fires the Death Star to destroy the compromised base. Krennic dies in the blast while Jyn and Cassian embrace just before they are killed by the ensuing shock wave. As the Rebel fleet retreats, an Imperial fleet led by Darth Vader intercepts some of the Rebel ships before they can jump to hyperspace. Vader boards the disabled Rebel flagship to retrieve the plans, cutting down the defense party only to watch a small starship escape with them. Aboard the fleeing ship, Princess Leia declares that the plans will provide hope for the Rebellion.

Though I found the story to be good and the visual effects and cinematography excellent I wasn’t as into this film as a lot of others. I liked a couple of the characters but there is very little character development and when they all die it isn’t traumatic. The film seems to be another reason to add to the expanding SW franchise and make a lot more money. I just didn’t feel it. 7.5 outta 10!

Unboxing The Delta Flyer *Star Trek Starships Collection*

Now for a ship or shuttle I must say that is so awesome, unique and iconic that it could have an entire show based around it. I am talking about the Delta Flyer. The Delta Flyer was a specially designed Starfleet shuttlecraft constructed by the crew of the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant in 2375. The vessel was designed to handle environments that would be too hazardous for a standard shuttlecraft and to be slightly larger than the average shuttle, the crew having acknowledged that standard shuttles were of little use in the increasingly hostile and unexplored Delta Quadrant.

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The vessel was a blend of Starfleet and Borg technology, designed in collaboration between B’Elanna Torres, Tom Paris, Tuvok, Harry Kim, and Seven of Nine. It featured a warp-streamlined tetraburnium alloy hull, retractable warp nacelles, parametallic hull plating, unimatrix shielding, and a Borg-inspired weapon system, including photonic missiles, most of which were Paris’ conceptions. For aesthetic reasons, Paris designed some of the flight controls to resemble those from the holodeck simulation of Captain Proton; when Tuvok complained, Paris explained that he wanted to feel the ship and that he was tired of tapping panels. But to Paris’ disappointment, the addition of dynametric tailfins was denied by Tuvok. Instead of having the usual two pilot stations, it had several command stations.

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The idea to design a larger, more efficient shuttle than the cramped class 2 shuttle was first given to the Delta Flyer’s designer, Lieutenant junior grade Tom Paris, by the former Borg drone Seven of Nine in 2375. Captain Janeway later authorized the craft’s construction, which was led by Paris, in order to retrieve a multispatial probe that was lost in the atmosphere of a gas giant and in danger of being stolen by the Malon. The Malon began work on a shuttlecraft also, and finished theirs before the Flyer was complete. When the Malon sent out their shuttle, the Flyer was deployed early, despite a flaw in the vessel’s structural integrity. The Flyer was successful in retrieving the probe, but a hull breach started to occur. B’Elanna Torres designed a makeshift device that deployed a temporary force field, successfully containing the breach.

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The Delta Flyer’s second mission was to infiltrate a Species 8472 terrasphere. Paris, Kim, and Chakotay took the Flyer out to investigate the terrasphere. When the undercover Chakotay was revealed, Voyager rendezvoused with the Delta Flyer. The Delta Flyer encountered near-destruction in its third mission when it got caught in an ion storm and crash landed three kilometers under rock on a class M planet. Life support began to fail and Paris, Samantha Wildman, and Tuvok did not believe they could be rescued. The Voyager crew was able to dig through the rock and locate the Delta Flyer. The crew and the Flyer were beamed aboard. In early 2375, Voyager was equipped with a quantum slipstream drive and used it in an attempt to return to the Alpha Quadrant. The Flyer, piloted by Chakotay and Kim, rode the slipstream ahead of Voyager in order to chart the slipstream and send appropriate phase corrections to Voyager. Unfortunately, the drive proved unstable and nearly caused Voyager to lose structural integrity. Fortunately, a Harry Kim from an alternate timeline where the ship had been destroyed, was able to transmit a phase correction directly to Seven of Nine’s Borg implants which shut the drive down. Use of the drive was then abandoned until it could be better understood.

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A few months later, the Delta Flyer was used to go underwater on The Waters of the Moneans. The Flyer was able to take large amounts of stress, entering great depths of water. It was even able to reach the core of the ocean which was quite deep underwater. This core was actually a large containment field generator. During a mission where Voyager crew stole a Borg transwarp coil, Seven of Nine was captured by the Borg. The coil was installed on board the Delta Flyer, for which it was used to proceed to the unicomplex to retrieve Seven. When Kathryn Janeway beamed into the complex, she was stuck there with Seven when the Borg Queen activated a dispersal field. Seven was able to disable the Queen’s interface to the collective and the field was deactivated. With Janeway and Seven retrieved, the Flyer proceeded back to transwarp and returned to Voyager, pursued by the Queen’s diamond; they were briefly forced to transfer power from life support to the shields during the pursuit to give themselves the necessary shield strength to reach the exit point before they were captured.

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When Voyager encountered a graviton ellipse, the Delta Flyer was sent in to locate the Ares IV command module, which was lost in the ellipse in 2032. The crew of Tom Paris, Chakotay, and Seven of Nine examined several artifacts trapped in the ellipse before finding the command module. While the Flyer attempted to tractor the module out of the ellipse, the ellipse was hit by a dark matter asteroid. The Delta Flyer was severely damaged and Chakotay was injured. Aboard Voyager, B’Elanna Torres devised a method to use an ion distributor from the Ares IV to repair vital components of the Flyer. Seven beamed to the Ares IV module where she located the distributor and downloaded the sensor data and logs of the Ares IV commander, John Kelly. She returned to the Flyer with the distributor and Kelly’s body. The distributor was connected to the Flyer power systems and the shuttle was able to escape before the ellipse returned to subspace. During a period of shore leave on Voyager, Janeway took the Flyer to a nearby planet in the Norcadian star system. When Seven and Tuvok were kidnapped by Penk, Voyager engaged in battle with his vessel. Penk was able to disable Voyager, but Janeway arrived in the Flyer and was able to disable Penk’s signal antenna, forcing Penk to lower power to his ship’s force fields. This allowed Seven and Tuvok, along with several other competitors held hostage aboard the ship, to be rescued. Janeway and the Flyer returned to Voyager.

Well there’s more info about the Delta Flyer so I guess I will save it for the closer look post & video. Anyways I hope you like the photos and here is the unboxing video.

Suicide Squad

What the heck is this film all about? This is a superhero film?? What a load of messy crap and this pile of garbage made almost $750 million at the box office?? What? Suicide Squad is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller have cameos as Batman & The Flash.

Amanda Waller, who leads a secret government organization called A.R.G.U.S. and in the aftermath of Superman’s death (as shown in Batman vs Superman : Dawn of Justice) assembles Task Force X, a team of dangerous criminals imprisoned at Belle Reve Prison consisting of elite hitman Deadshot, former psychiatrist and the Joker’s lover Harley Quinn, pyrokinetic ex-gangster El Diablo, opportunistic thief Captain Boomerang, genetic mutation Killer Croc, and specialized assassin Slipknot. hey are placed under command of Colonel Rick Flag to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. Another possible recruit is Flag’s lover  Dr. June Moone, an archaeologist possessed by a witch-goddess known as the “Enchantress”. Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana an expert martial artist and swordswoman, who is assigned to Flag also volunteers for the missions.

Needless to say Enchantress breaks loose and converts a bunch of people in a subway into a horde of monsters, and summons her brother to assist, her deciding to eradicate humankind with a mystical weapon for Waller imprisoning her. Waller sends the squad to the area informing everyone except Flag and the soldiers that it is a terrorist attack. What happens next is a bunch of confusion, loud explosions and shouting and a bunch of things that I did not find interesting at all. The directing is bad, the characters are terrible (Harley Quinn is the only exception and Margot Robbie did a find job in her role as the nutty lady) and the film is actually boring. The redeeming of a remorseful character is usually something that can make a movie, give it an emotional edge but in the death of El Diablo embraces his abilities and manages to distract Incubus long enough for the bomb to detonate underneath, killing them both.

The movie is a success but whyyyyyy? What is supposed to be so good about the movie? Nothing much. Even Jared Leto as the Joker is wasted in it and hopefully he and Robbie will get to show up in more DCEU films. The rests can go to hell as far as I am concerned. 5 outta 10!

Star Trek Movie Watching

I have 4 days off from work this week – took two days leave and two days is my weekend – so it’s as good as a time as any to start my Star Trek movie watching. I do this every two years, watch all the movies in order. This year because of Star Trek Beyond getting released, I started off with the reboot films and have seen Beyond 2 times already.

This afternoon I watched Star Trek The Motion Picture and it blew me away with the vision and grandeur of production for that time which was truly amazing. And I have seen this film 3 times before! By the end of the year I will have finished all remaining 9 films. I hope to do this every 2 years for as long as I live. Star Trek is a passion and a longing for me and it’s always a pleasure to watch, read or discuss about it.

As 2016 comes to a close I will be watching Star Trek till the end cause I am also re-watching Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Star Trek Movies Ranked

Well it’s time to rank all 13 Star Trek Movies. Yes I know I call it Roshan’s Eleven but since there are 13 films in total, I will be ranking them all. This list does change from time to time and I go back and forth. I will be watching all the films before the end of the year so it will be interesting to see if my list does have changes in positions.

Without further ado, here is my ranking:

  1. Star Trek  : The Wrath Of Khan
  2. Star Trek : First Contact
  3. Star Trek : The Undiscovered Country
  4. Star Trek : The Voyage Home
  5. Star Trek : Generations
  6. Star Trek : Beyond
  7. Star Trek : The Motion Picture
  8. Star Trek : Nemesis
  9. Star Trek : The Final Frontier
  10. Star Trek : The Search For Spock
  11. Star Trek : Insurrection
  12. Star Trek (2009)
  13. Star Trek : Into Darkness

Unboxing The TOS Era Romulan Bird Of Prey

As far as classic alien ships goes, this one is probably the most famous and the most gorgeous looking one (atleast as replicated here cause we did see very little of it in TOS). And rightly so! This one is the Romulan Bird of Prey as seen in Star Trek The Original Series. Or 23rd Century Romulan Bird Of Prey if you so choose to call it and Eaglemoss has gone a splendid job in giving us a model.

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The Romulan Bird-of-Prey was a type of space vessel that was in service with the military of the Romulan Star Empire during the latter half of the 23rd century. Gaining its name from the bold pattern of an alien bird’s feathers painted on the ship’s ventral hull, the Romulan Bird-of-Prey was the successor of a 22nd century counterpart of similar design.

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The Federation Starfleet first encountered this vessel in 2266, when a single ship of this type crossed the Romulan Neutral Zone and attacked several border outposts, destroying them utterly. The USS Enterprise responded to the alert and engaged in a tense game of cat-and-mouse with the intruder for more than ten hours, before the Bird-of-Prey was destroyed. (TOS: “Balance of Terror” The Romulans later used larger numbers to patrol their border with the Federation in force. Typically during an incursion, one Bird-of-Prey would bring a starship out of warp with a plasma torpedo to allow the ships in its battle group to attack the target en masse. When the Enterprise violated the Neutral Zone on the orders of Commodore Stocker in 2267, it was ambushed by a squadron of ten Birds-of-Prey. (TOS: “The Deadly Years”

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After the Romulan-Klingon Alliance of 2268, the Bird-of-Prey was largely supplanted by the more massive and more versatile Klingon D7-class battle cruiser, although some were used in concert with the D7s. (TOS: “The Enterprise Incident” Information on this class of starship was assimilated in 2375, by the Borg drone One, from the database aboard USS Voyager. (VOY: “Drone” Remarkably similar in design to contemporaneous Federation starships, the Romulan Bird-of-Prey was designed with a sole primary hull configuration.

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Grey in color, with its namesake bird design painted on the hull, the Bird-of-Prey was essentially a saucer with parallel warp nacelles mounted port and starboard of the main body. The aft of the ship was designed with a raised “fin.” (TOS: “Balance of Terror”, etc.) Although incapable of matching the Federation’s Constitution-class starship one-on-one, the ship still featured several technological advances that were previously unattainable to Federation science: the first practical invisibility screen, and the massively powerful plasma torpedo. This class of starship had a single forward torpedo launcher. It also carried a number of nuclear weapons. With these combined abilities, the Bird-of-Prey was able to strike its enemies at will, practically undetected and unchallenged.

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Well I hope you liked the photos. Unfortunately, I lost the video of the unboxing but will put up the closer look video soon.

4 For 4 In The DC Verse

OK, so who else is a fan of the DC universe in the television series? I find that I like the tv shows a bit more than the movies, though the Wonder Woman & Justice League movies coming up next year will surely balance the tip more towards the movie side of things. Though I did like Batman vs Superman to be honest, compared to Man Of Steel, it was waaay better. But for me the 4 tv shows – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl & Legends Of Tomorrow – really are among my favourite shows to watch of all time. Though I feel that The Arrowverse is more what they are referred to as the movies aren’t connected to the series.

Which I think is a shame! Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl in particular are awesome casting with Legends also hitting the top marks in that department (but I shall mentioned a few things later). They have memorable characters and even if the plots and storylines seem more tv friendly they do have their darker moments as well. And this post is in particular as this coming week, starting Monday, we have a storyline that will span 4 days and the 4 shows in which the heroes will come together to fight an invading alien force. The story will start off with the ending moments of a Supergirl episode on Monday, move onto The Flash where the storyline takes off, then continue on the Arrow before concluding on Legends Of Tomorrow.

Invasion!” sees all of the main cast members for each series appear in at least their own series, with Melissa Benoist appearing as Supergirl across the entire crossover. Multiple actors and characters from previous Arrow seasons also return to reprise their roles in the Arrow episode, as it is the series’ 100th. All three episodes in The Flash, Arrow & Legends will be titled as “Invasion”. Things look very exciting indeed with an alternate timeline also in place in Arrow and something about a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust.

I am tempted to wait till Friday and watch them all back to back after I have downloaded them all. I guess I will wait and see.

Arrival

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker with Mark O’Brien & Tzi Ma in supporting roles.

This is not a movie for all but if you are a lover of scifi then you owe it to yourself to go and watch this movie. It’s introspective, deep and very meaningful and it’s about the human experience as well. It’s a sad story on a personal level but it’s also about hope and the better future for humanity at the same time. It’s slow moving and methodical and is devoid of the usual cliches, action oriented scenes and explosions and bluster and glory that comes along with usual aliens arriving on earth type situations.

We see linguistic professor Louise Banks whose daughter dies of a rare form of incurable cancer. 12 large extraterrestrial spacecrafts arrive in our earth’s atmosphere and hover just above 12 different nations across the globe. Louise is asked by US Army Colonel Weber to join a team to find out why they have come. Accompanied by theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly, Louise makes contact with two seven-limbed cephalopod-like aliens, which they call “heptapods”, and Ian nicknames them Abbott and Costello. Louise learns that the aliens have a written language with circular shapes and symbols that are very complicated. As Louise becomes more proficient in the language, learning simple words and phrases, she starts to see images of herself with her daughter. However things get tense when she asks the aliens what they want and the reply is “offer weapon”.

Similar translations (use weapon) are deduced at other sites, leading other nations to close down communications, and some to scramble their military believing the message indicates a threat. However, Louise thinks that “weapon” might have an alternative translation such as “tool.” Explosions sneaked into the craft by rogue soldiers explode but one of the aliens saves Louise and Ian by pushing them away from the area of impact. They both wake up in the base camp with a concussion, as the spacecraft moves higher into the sky. Ian works out that the pattern of symbols relates to the concept of time, and that it was one twelfth of the whole “gift”; hence nations must co-operate to get all of the information. Tensions increase as China prepares to attack it’s alien ship. Louise goes to the US ship and it sends down a smaller craft for her. She meets Costello, who communicates that Abbott is dead due to the blast. Louise asks about her visions, and Costello explains that she is seeing the future: this reveals that her ‘visions’ are not flashbacks but flash-forwards. Costello communicates that they have come to “help humanity” by sharing their language, which changes the perception of time, and is the “weapon” or “tool” they offer. The aliens also foresee that in 3000 years time they will need humanity’s help.

When Louise returns back she finds the camp being evacuated and she sees a new vision of being a UN meeting and being greeted by Chinese General Shang who thanks him for convincing him to suspend his attack. Shang goes on to say that as she called his private number and said the same words that his wife told him before dying, he called off the attack. Louise is shown Shang’s private number and he whispers the words to her in the vision. Back in the present, Louise steals a satellite phone and calls Shang, repeating what he told her in the vision. The Chinese attack is called off and the other nations resume contact with each other, and the twelve spacecraft leave the Earth, seemingly disappearing in the atmosphere. As they pack to leave, Ian tells Louise that he has fallen for her they discuss life choices and whether they should change if you could see the future. Louise sees a vision of Ian as the father of her daughter. Her vision continues with Ian asking her, further into the future, if she wants to make a baby. Louise sees herself replying “Yes,” wanting to share a short time with her future child rather than prevent her ever from existing.

Like I said very personal and touching film in the midst of a the-aliens-are-here-do-we-attack-them kinda film. Not for everyone and that’s ok. It is a good film with an able cast and a compelling story that moved me. A 10/10 for Amy Adams while the movie gets an 8/10.

Unboxing The Klingon Augment Ship

Here is a ship which I couldn’t remember from the series as being a stand out but looked amazing as a model and then did the research and watched the episodes it appeared it again just to see it. So I did and I just had it have it. I am talking about the Klingon Augment ship as seen in a couple of episodes of Star Trek Enterprise.

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Laneth’s starship was a type of small warship in the service of the Klingon Empire under the command of a Klingon Augment, Lieutenant Laneth. It was armed with disruptors. In 2154, Laneth’s starship attacked and destroyed a Rigelian freighter that kidnapped Phlox from Earth. The Klingon ship then transported Phlox to the Qu’Vat colony.

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Later, Laneth’s starship engaged Enterprise NX-01, which was analyzing the freighter’s debris. During the engagement, a boarding party was dispatched, and planted a computer virus on board Enterprise. In the process of the raid, one of Laneth’s crew members, Marab, was captured while attempting to return to his ship. In the final draft script of “Affliction”, Laneth’s starship was described as “a small, sleek alien vessel.” That description was followed by a bracketed note which pointed out, “Although we don’t know it, this vessel is a new type of Klingon ship.” “Affliction” teleplay writer Mike Sussman once remarked, “The reason that ship exists was because we wanted to hide the fact that the people beaming aboard Enterprise were Klingon.”

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This configuration of Klingon ship, which is similar to a 22nd century style of Klingon Bird-of-Prey, was designed by John Eaves. When the Klingon Augments’ ship first appeared, it wasn’t meant to look recognizably Klingon at all, so as to initially conceal the identity of the ship’s Klingon crew members. As a result, Eaves was asked to make the vessel seem as if it might be Klingon without looking too familiar.

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Because there had been so many Star Trek productions and associated spacecrafts by the time Laneth’s ship was designed, giving it a completely new look was challenging. “It was kind of like I had writer’s block. I didn’t know what other shapes to do!” John Eaves exclaimed. He began the design process by drawing three rough concept sketches. One of the illustrations, showing quite a familiar Klingon design with wings and an extended neck, was immediately rejected for looking too familiar. Another of the designs demonstrated a style that was much smaller and more compact, while also resembling Goroth’s starship from ENT Season 2 offering “Bounty”. The design of this vessel was thereafter influenced by John Eaves reacting to his “artist’s block” by heading to the Paramount mill, which was somewhere new and different for him to look for inspiration. He later recalled, “They had this long level that bowed in the middle – you’d hang it on a string and it would give you a floating level – and that was where the shape for this ship came from.”

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So there you have it, not too much background information – infact I don’t think we see the inside of the ship much during it’s appearances in the two episodes. So I hope you enjoy the pics and here is the unboxing video.

Unboxing The Vulcan D’Kyr Type Ship *Star Trek Starships Collection*

And it’s now time for a friendly alien ship that looked awesome on screen. I just wish the model could have been as awesome but it’s still good and I am happy to have it in my collection. As seen in Enterprise only, I am talking about the Vulcan ship the D’Kyr type or class!

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The D’Kyr-type was a type of Vulcan starship operated by the High Command during the mid-22nd century. Some of these vessels were given the designation of combat cruiser in the 2150s. In 2154, a number of these starships were present at the Battle of Andoria, carrying out the ill-wishes of then – Administrator V’Las, which included not only attempting to invade Andoria – but almost going to war with Earth by trying to destroy Enterprise NX-01.

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Later that year, several of these combat cruisers were incorporated into an Andorian-Earth-Tellarite-Vulcan fleet, consisting of 128 ships, combined to create a sensor grid formed to detect a Romulan marauder that threatened to destabilize the entire region. In the mirror universe, Vulcan rebels utilized this class of vessel to engage the Terran fleet in 2155, and were among the rebel ships that attacked the ISS Avenger.

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The outboard plan of the Vulcan combat cruiser’s design consisted of a flattened, conical shaped hull that flared out and around the circular warp nacelles and coming back together at the aft section of the ship, where the impulse engines were placed. Ships of this class were armed with both photonic and particle weapons, as well as deflector shield technology. Particle beam emplacements include a forward emitter, two ventral emitters, and two aft emitters. In combat, these vessels were superior in firepower to Starfleet’s NX-class and nearly comparable in firepower to the Andorian battle cruiser. This class was inferior to a force of three Tholian starships, and in the vessels utilized in the mirror universe were significantly inferior to a single Federation Constitution-class starship.

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This class was capable of traveling a hundred light years in a few weeks. (ENT: “Future Tense” When the warp drive was not in use, the ship’s annular-warp nacelle was dropped into the vertical position; when the engines were powered down, or preparing to launch its auxiliary craft, the nacelle was folded horizontally into the primary hull. D’Kyr type starships had at least thirteen decks. The bridge for the D’Kyr-type included a panel where the commanding officer stood when speaking over the comm. Starships of this type were equipped with a large shuttlebay (part of which was located on deck 7) that spanned from bottom to top of the mid-section of the ship, just in front of the warp-ring area, and the auxiliary ship that docked inside the warp ring. Vessels of this type were usually equipped with at least two shuttlecraft.

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Hope you liked the pics and now enjoy the unboxing video!