Article by Shannon

Hello everyone and welcome to the March issue of the Blue Report!

This is issue is a very light hearted issue. It has your normal monthly memes that DeBoe has put together; the chat saves for the month by Cameron, and of course a crossword puzzle put together by SF_Warp!

However, this month DeBoe and Robert have put together a debate on whether or not JJ Abrams will be a good or bad director for the Star Wars movies. What are your thoughts on the topic? Deboe has also picked the winner of the Caption Contest!

And as always there are the promotions and awards for the month of March. Congratulations to everyone that has received an award or promotion!

I hope everyone enjoys this issue!

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Article by Adge

The following members have been promoted. Your records have been updated accordingly.

To CL4:

  • Darth_Dad

  • Ensign Cantwell
  • To CL3:

  • Mela
  • Ashley Werner
  • Congratulations to the promoted members. If you wish to recommend someone for promotion, feel someone has been overlooked, or have any related comments or questions, feel free to email the Executive Council.

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    Monthly Awards

    Article by Adge

    Hi everyone,
    It is my pleasure to present the monthly awards for February 2013.

    Outstanding Patron: CL8 Ohm
    Ohm has been extremely valuable doing a lot of work fixing and adding functionality to our existing systems.

    Unsung Hero: CL5 DeBoe
    DeBoe has been working very hard in Communications over the past few months, helping to update the Yearbook code with Ohm; putting together the Secret Santa event webpage; and has recently taken charge of the Yearbook Team and has already made positive and encouraging steps.

    CL2 with Honors: CL2 Mela

    Congratulations to you all!

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    February Caption Contest Winner

    Article by DeBoe

    Congratulations to RPMObsession (a.k.a. Candice) for winning our innaugural Caption Contest!

    Here was the winning caption:

    "And, that would be Rear Admiral AJ. Yes, he is shaking his butt for Hobbie/Iain/Hal. That's the only way to get things done around here. You'll learn how soon enough..."

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    J.J. Abrams to direct the new Star Wars movies. Is this a good thing or bad?

    Article by DeBoe

    With the news that J.J. Abrams will be directing the new Star Wars movies, a lot of discussion has been generated by both Star Trek and Star Wars fans. Is this a good move for Disney? Will J.J. devote enough time to this project since he is already dedicated to a Star Trek trilogy? Robert Werner and I discuss below:

    Robert: He's directing/directed Star Trek 2 and working on a third. Who's to say he has time to do a proper job that the SW Fans deserve?

    DeBoe: The proposed release date for the first Star Wars movie is 2015. I'm assuming JJ has a plan already for his next Trek movie, if he doesn't already have most of it finished. That leaves plenty time to work on his Star Wars project. If not, we waited from 2009 to 2013 between Star Trek movies, so the third could take just as long to finish.

    Rob: He NEVER watched any Star Trek until he was told he was going to direct it. He admits that in multiple interviews on Netflix and even Star But he did it anyway, and used the "Alternate Universe" plot to throw away old facts. Basically throwing away the old Generation of fans. What if he does that to the old Generation of Star Wars Fans?

    DeBoe: He did his homework, though. You can't say he didn't. As for the alternate universe, it's not a new concept for the Star Trek universe. See these episodes:

    TOS:   Mirror, Mirror

    ENT:   In a Mirror, Darkly
               In a Mirror, Darkly Part II

    DS9:   Crossover
               Through the Looking Glass
               Shattered Mirror
               The Emperor's New Cloak

    Rob: He even said in an interview that he didn't want the job at first. He said "I'd rather stay in the seats and enjoy it". If you didn't truly want to do something, why put 110% into it?

    DeBoe: Anyone's mind can be changed. If he didn't put any effort into the movie, it would have shown. As for wanting to do this Star Wars project, and whether he is a fan, look at this quote from Sound designer Ben Burtt, who worked with Abrams as sound designer and sound editor on Star Trek and Super 8:

    "J.J represents the next generation of filmmakers from those that were making Star Wars when I started. When he was a teen, he was a fan of Star Wars, and a great deal of his love for movies came out of his reaction of that first Star Wars film. You feel that he's already invested so many years in it, and he's going to propel it forward in a new way. In other words, you're having a fan who has grown up and developed tremendous directorial skills finding himself at the steering wheel to take the franchise into the next stage. I feel like I'm there watching history turn over from one era to another."

    Rob: Who's to say he won't try to make a dramatic change of facts that might even upset the older generation of SW Fans? In Star Trek (2009) he made it look like Kirk was born in Space, not on Earth. Who's to say he won't make it look like Luke was born on Endor?

    DeBoe: Was there really a dramatic change of facts? I'm sure Kirk would have loved to known he was born in space. The alternate timeline allowed Abrams to include discrepancies, as there would be if timelines shifted. This may seem like a lazy excuse to allow Abrams to be creative, but, in Star Trek form, there is some scientific basis in this plot. See, The Butterfly Effect
    Will he do the same for Star Wars? I don't think he will, since there is no precedence for alternate timelines/universes and/or time travel in Star Wars as there is with Star Trek.

    Ending Remarks by Robert:

    Overall I'd say that I'll gladly go and watch it. But I'm going to be skeptical going in and hopefully optimistic coming out. I'm hoping for constant facts, good plot, and something to set up the new series of films so the others are just the same (hopefully good) if not better than the others that are soon to come. I predict plenty of special effects, just unsure of facts and plot. Overall I'd go and see it. Maybe not opening night, but after a couple days and person-to-person reviews of what they thought.

    Ending remarks by DeBoe:

    I'm also going to see it, and ever since I had heard Disney bought Star Wars and was making new movies I have been skeptical. But I enjoyed JJ's Star Trek movie so I am optimistic for Star Wars. Disney has proved themselves over the last four or five years in finding good directors for their franchises; Look at the movies they've released after buying Marvel (Iron Man 1&2, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, The Avengers), so I am positive they have found a great director for Star Wars.

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    Chat Saves!

    Article by Cameron

    Thor is pretty hot

    Cameron Blinds Kiko

    Yay Beer

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    The Monthly Meme

    Article by DeBoe

    An interruption to all the seriousness. Here is some silliness.

    Picard knows how to get permoted.

    Andrew Maxwell's a little disappointed.

    Admiral AJ, at it again.

    Stormtroopers, the red shirts of the Star Wars universe.

    And finally... Picard's smart phone preferences revealed

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    Crossword Puzzle

    Article by R. K. Wigal

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