It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been able to update this site on everything that’s been happening. As always, we’ve been extremely busy.
Pensacon 2015: (Yes, it has been that long). The crew of the Continuum had a great time at this year’s Pensacon, and we’re looking forward to bigger things next year. We’re were somewhat spread out this year though with our table with Nomad and Vulcan lute dispalys in the Crowne Plaza lobby and our Captain’s Chair and new Helm/Nav console over at the Deck Bar. (The STARFLEET Milton chapter USS Harry Mudd was also with us in the lobby but had their NuTrek Captain’s Chair and Helm/Nav console in the Crowne Plaza’s bar).
This year’s event was busier than ever! And I have no idea how they’re going to handle their space problems outside of building a new convention center or finding more hotels & using the trolleys as none are in walking distance. There was a waiting line just to get into the dealer’s room on Saturday; many of those working the dealer’s room were afraid to leave in fear they would not be able to get back in. Who knows what’s going to happen next year the con’s hotel block at the Crowne Plaza has already been sold out as well as all the VIP passes?
Twenty years ago today, the USS Voyager was thrown into the Delta Quadrant, where it would spend the next seven years trying to get back home.
It took me a long while to actually appreciate this series. Maybe because it was airing the same time as Deep Space Nine. And I loved (and still love) that series best out of all the Trek series. But DS9 and Voyager were the most dissimilar of the bunch. The former was on a stationary space station in one sector of space; the latter was on a ship that was constantly on-the-move. The former was in the familiar Alpha Quadrant, focusing on several of the already-known alien species but occasionally introducing something new; the latter was the unknown Delta Quadrant, focusing on new alien species but occasionally going back those previously established. The former could call up Starfleet any time they needed them; the latter couldn’t. The former on serial storylines; the latter was more episodic. And so forth and so on… Night and day stuff.
On one hand, it was interesting to get back to exploring. And to do the isolation and survival-stories than they really couldn’t do in the other Trek series. But throughout those seven years, they may have been able to take Voyager out of the Alpha Quadrant, but they couldn’t keep the Alpha Quadrant out of Voyager. Writers kept finding some way for familiar alien and storylines to keep popping up. But on the other hand, a lot of things got “watered down” — the Borg as an adversary being one of them (although they did explore more of the inner-workings of the Borg than The Next Generation ever did). They could only put them at a disadvantage so much before it would be next to impossible for them to recover.
I watched Voyager until DS9 went off the air. And then I stopped until right before the end. It wouldn’t be until years later that I’d go back and see all that I missed. And I found, it was still a good series, one that had a lot of interesting stories. Isolation from the Alpha Quadrant. Civil rights for holograms. Seven of Nine’s human development. Insurrection: Alpha. Species 8472. The Hirogen. The Delta Flyer. Captain Proton.
So happy 20th, Voyager! It was a very good journey.
From “Scientific Method,” fourth season of Star Trek: Voyager:
Looking forward to the weekend of February 27th. 🙂
Well, it’s good to be back. It has been a crazy holiday season, and as always, that cuts fun time with the Continuum a bit short. But life now is slowly getting back to normal…
Or maybe not so “slowly.” And what the heck is “normal” anyway? I’ve gone from been busy at work to being busy with the Continuum all in one swoop.
But for starters, I am glad our website is back up and running. We had a few problems with updating WordPress and eventually it got to the point where it looked like our website threw-up the alphabet. Now that we’ve gotten that worked out, we’ll be sharing more news from our little corner of the universe.
Two very big items coming up in the early part of this year:
First, Pensacon, February 27 to March 1 at the Pensacola Bay Center and Crowne Plaza Hotel. We had such a great time last year, and we’re really looking forward to Year Two. Especially since they’ll be more Star Trek guests of honor in attendance this go-round. Don’t forget to check out our fan table (where we hope to have some new display to go along with our repaired Captain’s Chair) and our fan panel — a Family Feud-type game we’re teaming-up with our sister chapter from Mobile to bring you. We’ll also be helping out with this year’s Star Trek-themed party at the Deck. More details on all of that coming very soon.
Second… and I don’t want to reveal too much about this just yet, not until we get a few more things are finalized… but I, as ship’s CO have been secretly meeting with leadership of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion’s Parjai Squad to organize a charity bowling fundraiser at the end of the April. A little Star Trek and Star Wars fan action that looks to be a lot of fun.
2014 was a great year for us a group. Our membership is back on the rise after a brief dip, and we hope to see it continue to soar. We hope to be more involved in community service than in year’s past. And we’ll be looking at organizing some fun fundraisers to allow us to handle all this excitement! (Don’t forget to check out our Amazon Associates Store to help us with that 🙂 ).
Just one more year to go before the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, and I want to make sure we’re ready to open the floodgates of positive possibilities! And we hope that you’ll all be with us for the ride.
One change and one addition we would like to make you all aware of:
- Our General Meeting’s location has been changed to the The Game Space located at 91 Airport Blvd in Pensacola. These are typically held 7 pm on the first Sunday of the month, our next one being scheduled for September 7.
- We will be having a Pensacon meeting 1 pm on Sunday, September 28 at TBS Comics, 6895A North 9th Ave. While the con doesn’t start until the end of February, we’re hoping to get a head start in deciding the Continuum’s involvement, including our recruiting table, displays, panel, costumes, and the like. Come bring your ideas! We’re also hoping to get nearby STARFLEET chapters involved.
As always, the public is invited, and we look forward to seeing you there!
From Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, “The Bonding”:
From Star Trek: Voyager’s fourth season episode “Prey”:
From the seventh-season DS9 episode “Chrysalis”: