Star Trek Online launches a new feature episode with LeVar Burton and prepares for Season 14 on October 3

It’s time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so it would be weird if Star Trek Online let that milestone pass by without comment. The latest featured episode, Beyond the Nexus, is a very specific celebration of the show as players seek out a stranded Galaxy-class starship with the help of Captain Geordi LaForge, voiced (as is only appropriate) by the inimitable LeVar Burton.

Burton will also be making an appearance in the upcoming Season 14 patch, where he’ll star in another featured episode alongside Captain Kuumaarke (Kipleigh Brown) at a unified colony for the Lukari and Kentari peoples. The patch will also feature a new fleet holding, new Tzenkethi alerts, a new colony map, and a new primary specialization for players. If you’re one of the man fans who started appreciating the franchise with the voyages of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, it’s a good day to celebrate and a better day to look forward to the future.

Source: Cryptic Studios press release
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sophiskiai

For anyone who wants more of LeVar Burton’s dulcet tones, he’s got a lovely podcast in which he reads out some of his favourite short stories and says a little about why he likes them:
http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/

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Major Glitch

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high…

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Armsman

FYI – They released said episode over a week ago – yesterday they announced its ‘week two’ rewards. (And yes that’s SOP for Cryptic and STO, they release one new episode and add new rewards to it for the next 3-4 weeks so you’ll replay it for the new reward.)

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Jon Sleeper

There’s another episode with Burton coming in the patch in the article. It’s not the Nexus mission.

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Armsman

DOH! – my bad.

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Jon Sleeper

I’d wondered why they changed the Engineer’s “Miracle Worker” power to “Miraculous Repairs” after seven years. I suppose it makes sense. Can’t wait to try the new spec.

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Armsman

Because they they probably don’t want players (or themselves in bug fixing) confusing the two; and they feel “Miracle Worker” better fits as a Specialization name.

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Purewitz

“If you’re one of the man fans”, what about the woman fans? :D

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Melissa McDonald

I had no idea the show is older than me LOL.
TNG rules, though. It’s as good or better than TOS. I’m sorry to say I never liked DS9 or Voyager. Enterprise I actually kind of liked, mostly because of the tear-in-your-eye opening song and sequence that shows how mankind progressed from sailing ships to starships. That was good stuff and made the show more believable.

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semugh

the new series starts this sunday. Here’s your your chance to find a new favorite series lol…

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Roger Melly

I like TNG at the time but looking back on it now the shows set in that era were too Utopian and painted themselves into a politically correct Prime Directive corner . I am kind of glad they have set the new show in a period where there is no Prime Directive but I would have prefered a sequel series where the Federation’s lofty ideals were starting to come apart and human beings actually behaved like human beings rather than some vulcan sub species were everything was perfect and there was little to no conflict and all the negative human traits were forced onto alien races .

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Melissa McDonald

But, that is not true to Gene Roddenberry’s vision. He foresaw a future quasi-utopian Mankind.

One of his best quotes ever was, “We are a child-race, still squabbling amongst ourselves. But when we grow up…”

There are many Christian themes in his vision as well, ranging from TOS episode “Bread and Circuses” and the Son Worshippers, to the final TNG episode where Q admits that mankind is growing, one day, to be greater than they are (angels), and Picard quotes from Hamlet, “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god”

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Hirku

Except the pilot, all of the 1st and most of the 2nd seasons. I use fashion to measure TNG’s episode quality:

Unitards = baaaad.
Two-piece thick uniforms = gooood.

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John Mynard

To be fair, there are some real gems in seasons 1 & 2. It’s not perfection, but you can’t expect perfection right out of gate unless you’ve all your ducks in a row, story-wise before you start and, even B5 couldn’t manage absolute perfection.

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Armsman

Sorry but the original Star Trek (1966-1969) was (and is) probably the BEST first season of Trek produced to date – it came out of the gate running on all cyliders.

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Jon Sleeper

The documentary “Chaos on the Bridge” pretty much explains why the first two seasons of TNG were so bad. I recommend it for any fan. I think it’s still on Netflix.

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thickenergy

Had not heard of that documentary before, but just finished watching it and wanted to thank you for mentioning it.

Looking forward to checking out the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, as well.

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Melissa McDonald

they weren’t bad. Don’t know why anyone would think that. The latter seasons where completely illogical things happened like Troi and Worf having a romance? Yeah that ‘jumped the shark’. When they introduced Worf’s son Alexander, they demonstrated the long-established rule of, “run out of plot ideas? Introduce a cute kid character”. And that is universally the death knell of any TV show.

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Hirku

Yes, they were bad. And the latter seasons you mentioned were also bad. Parts of 2 and seasons 3 & 4 were the good ones. Facts. ; )

Thanks for mentioning the documentary Jon, I don’t have Netflix but I found a good summary of the events on some wiki and it was fun reading about Roddenberry’s demon lawyer, heh.

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Jon Sleeper

We’re going to have to agree to disagree, then. The documentary explains the problems pretty clearly. (And it’s hosted by Bill Shatner).

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