Star Trek: Discovery Season Three Lurches Closer

There wasn’t really supposed to be a break in new ‘Star Trek’ content this year. If everything had gone the way that CBS imagined that it would, we’d have started the year with ‘Star Trek: Picard,’ moved swiftly on into the third season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ and then concluded 2020 with the first season of the ‘Discovery’ spin-off starring Michelle Yeoh’s character Philippa Georgiou and her shady team of Federation black-ops specialists. Unfortunately, as we all know, nature and world events had other ideas. The less said about that, the better.

The current reality is that ‘Star Trek: Picard’ has concluded its first season (pleasing most viewers with some fairly self-indulgent fan-service, even if it wasn’t to everybody’s tastes), but we’re still waiting to see what happens next with the other two series. With all things considered, we can probably write off the idea of seeing the as-yet-untitled Michelle Yeoh spin-off until 2021. It hasn’t started filming yet, and if it hasn’t started filming yet, there’s no chance it’s going to become available before the end of this year. It just isn’t possible to make a big-budget television series that quickly anymore. CBS won’t want to cut corners with one of their most valuable properties, and so they’ll take as much time over that as they deem necessary.

‘Discovery,’ though, is another story. As every ‘Star Trek’ fan already knows, ‘Discovery’ finished filming months ago. It might even have finished filming before the end of 2019. The show is ‘complete’ enough that short trailers have been aired, including a brief trailer that was shown at the end of ‘Picard’ in some global territories (albeit not the United States of America, where the show was actually made), but there’s yet to be an announcement about when the third season will actually become available to watch. The fan base of ‘Discovery’ isn’t as large as the fan base of ‘Picard’ (mostly because the show is less nostalgic and is also, by ‘Star Trek’ standards at least, a bit sexy and foul-mouthed), but it does have its fans, and those fans have anxiously begun to worry about where their show might be up to.

Fortunately, for those concerned fans, we have some good news. The third season of ‘Discovery’ will definitely air this year – it will just take a little longer to get there than most of us were hoping for. The delay is down to production issues that couldn’t be avoided given the current global circumstances. Even though all of the episodes have been recorded, the post-production process involves the addition of several complicated auditory and visual effects, and that process is still ongoing. Nevertheless, it’s close enough to completion for several figures close to the production to confirm that most of the wait is already over, and we’ll be watching new weekly episodes of ‘Discovery’ before we know it.

The last season of ‘Discovery’ ended on a cliffhanger with (look away now if you don’t want to read spoilers) Captain Pike returning to the Enterprise along with Spock to head off on new missions of his own, and Burnham and the crew of the ‘Discovery’ trapped in the far future. From an ‘official’ point of view, the very existence of the starship Discovery and its crew have been wiped from official records, and all who know of her are sworn to secrecy, Pike and Spock included. That was a neat way of explaining why Leonard Nimoy’s Spock never mentioned having an adoptive sister during the original series, but also frees the show up to go wherever it likes free from the constraints of established continuity.

As the ship and her crew are now hundreds of years beyond the date of any ‘Star Trek’ series seen before, almost literally anything could happen in the new season. We find ourselves wondering whether the Borg still exist and whether they’re still a threat. We also find ourselves wondering how on Earth Georgiou is going to get back to the present, given that she’ll presumably have to do so in order for the spin-off show to work. Does Starfleet even exist in this future? If so, would they welcome their long-lost ship returning home, or would they shun any attempt at contact out of fear that their dark secrets will be revealed when Discovery returns? We imagine that we’ll get answers to some – if not all – of these questions during the season, but it bodes well that there are so many potential avenues for the show to explore before we’ve even seen the first episode.

Without wanting to jinx the prospects of the show, it seems almost inevitable that the third season will be followed by a fourth. We already know that there will be a second season of ‘Picard,’ and as well as the Michelle Yeoh project, we’ve also heard rumors that Anson Mount has signed up for a ‘Captain Pike’ spin-off. ‘Star Trek’ is a major moneymaker for CBS, and that will be all the more important as the company looks to expand its streaming platform. As is the case with all of the other streaming platforms that have appeared recently, the idea of the CBS All Access service is to replicate the experience a user has when logging in to a 2020 slot site, where one portal leads to a plethora of entertainment options. The comparison is an apt one – such is the allure of ‘Star Trek’ that there have been several online slots made about the game in the past, although none based on source material more recent than ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’ We don’t know if ‘Discovery’ is popular enough yet to be re-imagined as an online slots game. We don’t know if it ever will be. It has been shown to drive interest and subscriptions for the company that makes it, though, and for that reason alone, we suspect that it will be around for quite some time to come yet.

More than any other series of ‘Star Trek,’ the third season of ‘Discovery’ promises to boldly go where no-one has gone before – and it will be doing so in the very near future. Watch this space for dates!

Knockaround and Discovery Partner on Shark-Inspired Sunglasses for Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary

$5 from every $35 pair of sunglasses sold will be donated to Oceana in their ongoing effort to protect the world’s oceans.
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SAN DIEGO, CA (June 11, 2018) Knockaround, a San Diego-based sunglasses company, is excited to announce the release of this year’s official 2018 Shark Week sunglasses. This is Knockaround’s 4th installment of their annual Shark Week collaboration with Discovery. A portion of proceeds from this years’ release will go to Oceana, the leading international conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring the world’s oceans.
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This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, the massively successful week-long programming block on the Discovery Channel, dedicated to the mysterious marine animals. Such a special year for the network demands an equally celebratory design for the limited-run sunglasses. Built on Knockaround’s durable and high-quality Fort Knocks frame style, the 2018 Shark Week sunglasses feature a translucent breakwater blue frame with Great White jaw graphics, silver hardware, and polarized predator red lenses. Every pair comes with a shark tooth microfiber protective pouch and Shark Week 30th anniversary commemorative packaging.
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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THESE SHADES BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!
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“Partnering with a program as popular as Shark Week to create a unique, fun pair of shades is always a highlight of the year,” said Adam “Ace” Moyer, founder and CEO of Knockaround. “Naturally, as a company based less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, we jump at the opportunity to help preserve the marine habitat we all share by donating to Oceana.”
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Matt Littlejohn, SVP Marketing & Communications for Oceana added “Sharks are critical for our seas and marine ecosystems but many species are in trouble and need help. We are grateful for Knockaround’s support of Oceana and our campaigns to help protect sharks and oceans around the world.”
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Starting Wednesday, June 13th, the Shark Week sunglasses will be available to purchase for $35 on Knockaround.com with $5 from every pair sold going to Oceana. To date, Knockaround has donated over $30,000 to the non-profit to help fund science-based ocean research. Tune into Discovery starting July 22nd for Shark Week 2018, featuring eight days of shark-centric specials that aim to educate about the powerful predators of the sea while clearing up misconceptions.
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ABOUT KNOCKAROUND
Knockaround is the original, affordable sunglasses company, founded in 2005 in San Diego. Centered around durable shades that are both practical and stylish, Knockaround provides high-quality sunglasses that won’t break the bank. Knockaround has grown to offer eight different frame styles in a wide range of colors as well as ongoing limited edition releases, collaborations, and an interactive, online “design your own” custom sunglasses shop. Knockaround sunglasses have been featured in well-known media outlets such as GQ, US Weekly, and The Today Show, and have been worn by several celebrities including Jessica Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman, Snoop Dogg, and John Legend. For more information, visit us at Knockaround.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@Knockaround).
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ABOUT OCEANA
Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 200 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit Oceana.org to learn more.

 

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Love & Family Expo is September 12 & 13, 2015 at Museum of Discovery and Science

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – September 3, 2015 – The Museum of Discovery and Science announced today that it will host the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Love & Family Expo for the second year in a row on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and September 13, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m. It will be a fun-filled family-themed weekend event produced by Entercom South Florida 101.5 LITE-FM, Magic 102.7, 790 AM The Ticket and the new 104.3 FM The Shark.

The Kids Love & Family Expo is a celebrity-filled extravaganza with everything that KIDS LOVE! With over 75+ interactive activities and exhibits for kids, the Museum of Discovery and Science is already something that KIDS LOVE! And while the kids are having fun, parents will discover the latest and greatest in products and services to make their busy lives healthier, easier, and more enjoyable from more than 50 sponsors & exhibitors!!!

Visitors will get a chance to meet celebrities, such as TV’s Lea Black from the Real Housewives of Miami and Genevieve Goings from Choo-Choo Soul on Disney, Jr. Plus, a special appearance from Kid KJ “Lil’ Monster Truck Jam and Ride”. Take a ride in a real monster truck, watch Kid KJ demonstrate monster truck tricks, and get an up close look at the monster trucks in Kid KJ’s & The Mighty Monsters collection! Don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be appearances from favorite your storybook characters – Madeline, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog – on the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Storytelling Stage throughout the Kids Love & Family Expo!
Museum President/CEO Kim Cavendish stated, “The Kids Love and Family Expo is truly a treat for the entire family. Costume characters, local exhibitors, dancing and prizes highlight this special two-day event. Plus, visitors will get to explore the hundreds of interactive exhibits that the Museum has to offer. Come one, come all.”

To learn more about the Kids Love and Family Expo, visit: http://tinyurl.com/kidsexpo15
Kids Love and Family Expo 2014 Photos: http://tinyurl.com/kidsandfam

 

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Broward Health, Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. Exhibit only admission prices are $14 adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call 954.467.MODS (6637) or www.mods.org

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Discovery Times Square

Photos by Liz Phillips
Note: There are spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier within this article.

For New York City-bound Avengers fans looking to bridge the Marvel Cinematic Universe gap between April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, they needn’t look any further than Discovery Times Square’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Located in the heart of midtown, the exhibit replicates an actual SHIELD base with state of the art interactive exhibits and Marvel artifacts. We got the chance to tour this unique experience during its preview period in late May and were glad to return last week to see its completion and test whether we were worthy of our newly-issued SHIELD ID cards.

Upon entry into the exhibit, “probationary” level agents are scanned and welcomed with an official message from none other than Agent Felix Blake (Titus Welliver). After Blake’s message, the entry room gives way into the further secret headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D. It should be noted for anyone reading this in confusion in light of what occurred in The Winter Soldier that this exhibit hails directly from Phase 1 in the MCU timeline, right after the events of the Avengers. Though it begs the question: How awesome would a HYDRA station be? Bring on the digitized Dr. Zola and his databanks brain, Marvel! But I digress.

After briefing, each Avenger gets highlighted starting with beautiful costume displays of the SHIELD agents Black Widow and Hawkeye (even if the mannequin’s arms don’t hold a candle to Mr. Renner’s). Beside them are the suits of SHIELD higher-ups Agent Phil Coulson and Director Nick Fury. Like most all of the props on view throughout the exhibit, the costumes are accompanied by touch screens giving in-depth info on the items on display. Other noteable props we encountered on our tour included Loki’s infamous helmet and scepter, the Tesseract portal device and of course, Captain America’s iconic shield.

What makes this exhibit special however, beyond its wealth of actual props and costumes, is that ID everyone was issued. As the station’s staff move recruits from the designated rooms of Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man, would-be agents can scan into interactive exercises that test their skills versus the Avengers. Spoiler alert: None of us are stronger than Steve Rogers. It also allows users to share some of their results with Facebook if they chose to connect with the social network upon registering their ID.

Unsurprisingly, the most interactive room is that of Tony Stark himself where visitors can watch themselves get suited up on screen and maneuver Iron Man in his virtual garage or operate an actual robotic arm.*

The largest space belongs to Thor, whose costume from the first film is cleverly displayed as a gift from Asgard to Midgard. Beside it, S.T.A.T.I.O.N. boasts apparently the largest holographic projection in North America, that of Thor’s legendary hammer, Mjolnir. Across from these artifacts, agents can virtually manuever through stars in a program the center developed in collaboration with NASA. Jane Foster would be proud.

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.  at Discovery Times Square is now open and you can find ticketing information on their official website

(Special thanks to Heather for being our model agent!)

*Our team discovered an amusing Easter egg in regards to this arm, clearly the exhibitors know their NYC audience! Head on over to our TUMBLR page to enjoy our short video as well as additional photos from the exhibit.

Discovery Channel adds Shark Savers as conservation partner for Shark Week’’s 25th Anniversary

Discovery Channel and Shark Savers, a shark conservation non-profit organization, are teaming up for the 25th Anniversary of the highly popular Shark Week, the network’s annual weeklong programming event devoted entirely to the ocean’s apex predators.

Shark Week, kicking off this year on August 12th at 9PM E/P, attracts millions of viewers each summer. And once they learn that a growing number of shark species are threatened with extinction, and that tens of millions are killed annually for the shark fin trade, many will feel compelled to both learn more and take action.

Through Discovery’s conservation page discovery.com/savethesharks and Shark Savers’ website www.sharksavers.org, people can join the fight for sharks by learning more about why they are so important to our planet, educating their community and taking a pledge against shark fin soup.

“Shark Week is how millions of people learn about sharks, and we will bring additional knowledge and action to that conversation”, said Michael Skoletsky, Executive Director of Shark Savers. “Sharks are critically important to our ocean ecosystem and yet are being killed by the tens of millions a year, mostly for their fins. Sharks are in trouble and they need all our help.”

One of this year’s new Shark Week programs features Shark Savers’ Board Chair, Wendy Benchley. How Jaws Changed the World examines the effect that the Jaws book and film, written by the late Peter Benchley, had on the world. Initially, the unexpected effect was to shape a highly negative public perception of Great White Sharks. Paradoxically, over time, Jaws also contributed to a new generation of shark scientists and conservationists and even some key individuals to devote their lives to shark conservation.

Brooke Runnette, Executive Producer of Shark Week, said, “While Shark Week’s primary purpose is to entertain, we also know that our audience loves sharks as much as we do, and that means making a commitment to protecting sharks. Shark Savers was chosen as one of our new shark conservation partners because they have the programs and campaigns to enable our audience to actively participate in the important task of shark conservation.”

Discovery Channel’s SHARK WEEK is cable’s longest-running programming event and will celebrate its 25th anniversary with all-new specials beginning Sunday, August 12 at 9pm ET/PT.
About Discovery Channel: Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Shark Savers: Shark Savers is dedicated to saving sharks and mantas through building awareness, education, and action. Founded in 2007 by six long-time divers with a shared passion, our mission is to save the world’s dwindling shark and manta populations. Today, more than 25,000 members from 99 nations share that passion. Focusing on action and results, Shark Savers’ programs result in more protections for sharks and mantas, locally and globally. By leveraging broad professional experience and ocean expertise, Shark Savers brings this important issue to the public in many compelling forms, motivating people to stop consuming sharks and shark fin soup, working for the creation of shark sanctuaries, and empowering divers as advocates and citizen scientists for sharks. For more information: www.sharksavers.org