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The open interest for GME shows an increasing number of put options, and option premiums are at an unusually elevated level. Trading volumes indicate that traders have been buying puts and selling calls in anticipation of a lackluster earnings announcement. If these bets were to unwind, it could place unexpected upward pressure on the share price of GME.

Accurately predicting the direction a stock will move after earnings is difficult. However, a comparison between the stock's price action and option activity shows that, if GameStop delivers a positive report, the company's share price could rise, moving further above its 20-day moving average after the announcement. This could happen because options are priced for a downward move, but unforeseen good news could catch traders by surprise and create a rapid rise in share price.

A comparison between the details of both stock price and option behavior can grant chart watchers valuable insight. However, it is necessary to understand the context in which this price behavior took place. The chart below depicts the price action for the GME share price as of Sept. 7. This created the setup leading into the earnings report.

Over the past month, the trend for GME stock has the share price falling below and rising well above its 20-day moving average, closing in the top third of the volatility range. In this time period, it's notable that the lowest GME share price was roughly $151 in early August, whereas the highest share price was $225 in late August. The price closed in the upper region depicted by the technical studies in this chart. 

The studies are formed by 20-day Keltner Channel indicators. These depict price levels that represent a multiple of the Average True Range (ATR) for the stock. This array helps to highlight the way the price has risen above the 20-day moving average in the week before earnings. This price move from GME shares implies that investors' confidence is growing as the earnings report approaches.

The Average True Range (ATR) has become a standard tool for depicting historical volatility over time. The typical average length of time used in its calculation is 10 to 20 time periods, which includes two to four weeks of trading on a daily chart.

In this context where the price trend for GME has closed above its 20-day moving average, chart watchers can recognize that traders and investors are expressing growing optimism going into earnings. It's notable that, in the week before earnings, GME's share price has slightly declined. That makes it important for chart watchers to determine whether the move is reflecting investors' expectations for favorable earnings or not.

Option trading details can provide chart watchers with additional context to help them form an opinion about investor expectations. Recently, option traders are favoring calls over puts by a narrow margin. On Tuesday, there were over 53,000 calls traded opposed to nearly 30,000 puts. Normally, this volume indicates that traders are feeling bullish toward the earnings report.

The Keltner Channel indicator displays a set of semi-parallel lines based on a 20-day simple moving average and an upper and lower line. Because the upper lines are drawn by adding a multiple of ATR to the average and the lower lines are drawn by subtracting a multiple of ATR from the average price, then this channel indicator makes for an excellent visualization tool when charting historical volatility.

Option traders recognize that GME shares are in an above average range and have priced their options as a bet that the stock will close within one of the two boxes depicted in the chart between today and Sept. 10, the Friday after the earnings report is released. The green-framed box represents the pricing that call option sellers are offering. It implies a 39% probability that GME shares will close inside this range by the end of the week if prices go higher. The red box represents the pricing for put options with a 30% chance if prices go lower on the announcement. 

It is necessary to note that the open interest featured over 257,000 calls to over 538,000 puts, demonstrating the bias that option traders had, as traders favored puts over calls. This reflects a bearish sentiment around GME earnings. However, because the call box and put box are relatively equal in size, it tells us that the high percentage of put options has only mildly skewed expectations lower. A far more complacent outlook is implied.

The purple lines on the chart are generated by a 10-day Keltner Channel study set at 4 times the ATR. This measure tends to create highly correlated regions of strong support and resistance in the price action. These regions show up when the channel lines make a noticeable turn within the previous three months.

The levels that the turns mark are annotated in the chart below. What is notable in this chart is that the call and put pricing are in such a close range with space to run either way, but with more room to the downside. This suggests that option buyers don't have a strong conviction about how the company will report, even though recent put volumes outweigh call volume. Although investors and option traders do not expect it, a surprising report would push prices dramatically higher or lower.

These support and resistance levels show a large range of support and resistance for prices. As a result, it is possible that any news, surprisingly bad or good, will catch investors by surprise and could generate an unusually large move. After the previous earnings announcement, GME shares fell 27% the day after earnings and continued to fall the following week. Investors may be expecting a similar negative move in the price after this announcement. With plenty of room in the volatility range, share prices could rise or fall more than expected.

GameStop is hardly a bellwether stock, but since the initial madness that drew attention to the company, the stock has been volatile and prone to violent swings in either direction. By market cap, GameStop's earnings shouldn't have a direct effect on indexes. However, with a dedicated following, GME's earnings should have an impact on stocks in the specialty retail sector.

A positive report could lift other stocks in the sector such as Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) or Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA). However, it's more likely to have an effect on other popular online stocks such as AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC). It could also affect exchange traded funds such as iShares' Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (IJH), First Trust’s Nasdaq Retail ETF (FTXD), or VanEck Vectors' Social Sentiment ETF (BUZZ).

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55 Moments Celebrating 55 Years of Star Trek

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1. “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations” - The Original Series - The phrase that could be considered the thesis statement of Star Trek, “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations,” occurred in the season three episode “Is There No Truth in Beauty?” This Vulcan philosophy celebrates the infinite ways that we are different, and uplifts this as something to celebrate.

2. "Leave your bigotry in your quarters, there’s no room for it on the bridge” - The Original Series - In a striking move for a show made in the 1960s, Kirk scolds a crewmember for expressing anti-Vulcan sentiments, stating “Leave your bigotry in your quarters, there’s no room for it on the bridge.” It’s a statement that has rung true for Trek - there’s no room for hatred or bigotry in the future.

3. Tribbles! - The Original Series - One fluffy tribble is no trouble, but, unfortunately, for the crew of the Enterprise, one tribble led to a full infestation. Throw in a dispute over grain and some Klingons and you’ve got the recipe for a perfectly wonderful and humorous episode of The Original Series.

4. “Amok Time” - The Original Series - Where would Star Trek be without "Amok Time"? The episode that launched countless fanfictions is revered for how it helped shape the course of modern media fandom. Plus, Spock smiles, and who doesn’t love the normally stoic Vulcan smiling?

5. "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield" - The Original Series - The Enterprise encounters two aliens, who are mirror images of each other and set on destroying the other due to a civil war. When they return to their home planet, they find they are the sole survivors of a civil war that destroyed both races. A commentary on how hate can only destroy, it is a memorable and powerful hour of Star Trek.

6. "A Taste of Armageddon" - The Original Series - In this striking anti-war episode, the crew of the Enterprise must face a culture that has perfected the art of war with a neighboring planet. One of the morality plays that defines The Original Series, it’s another striking commentary on how war is a destructive force and that we should all strive for peace.

7. Khan - The Original Series/Star Trek Into Darkness - One of Trek’s most memorable villains is Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered tyrant with dreams of galactic domination and vengeance. Portrayed by Ricardo Montalban in The Original Series and Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness, no other Star Trek villain has quite captured the public’s imagination like Khan.

8. Spock’s sacrifice - The Wrath of Khan - The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and when Spock sacrifices himself to save Kirk and the Enterprise, he reminds his grieving friends of this before he dies. The emotional conclusion to The Wrath of Khan is one of the most emotional moments in the franchise as we say goodbye to a very dear friend.

9. Spock’s resurrection - The Search for Spock - When presented with an opportunity to save his dearest friend, Kirk and his fellow officers committed mutiny and sacrificed a great deal to save Spock. Sometimes, the needs of the few do outweigh the needs of the many, as Spock returned to reunite with his friends.

10. Saving the whales - The Voyage Home - What’s more fun than saving whales, time traveling, and Italian food? Nothing. There’s a reason The Voyage Home is so beloved and the sheer joy of the film has helped cement it in the hearts of fans. #TheOneWithTheWhales

11. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy go camping - The Final Frontier - The Final Frontier sees the crew trying to find God with Spock’s half brother, but before the action starts, Kirk takes his two best friends camping. It’s a sweet scene featuring Spock mispronouncing marshmallows and a campfire sing-along, with Spock reflecting upon the words of Row, Row, Row Your Boat and deciding that “Life is not a dream.”

12. Star Trek gets animated - The Animated Series/Lower Decks/Prodigy - Star Trek first explored the animated side of the universe with The Animated Series, and has continued to do so with the comedic Lower Decks and the made-for-families Prodigy.

13. "Encounter at Farpoint" - The Next Generation - After The Original Series was canceled, fans clamored for more Trek on TV. It finally came in the form of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which inspired a universe’s worth of new Trek and new fans.

14. “The Measure of a Man” - The Next Generation - What truly makes a man? Data’s personhood is put on trial when Dr. Maddox wants to disassemble him for parts. Picard must defend his friend, and Riker is put in the terrible position of having to prosecute Data.

15. "The Outcast" - The Next Generation - In an episode fans are still discussing today, Riker tries to help a young woman assert her identity in a society that chooses to remain genderless.

16. “I am Loctus of Borg” - The Next Generation - In one of the most memorable cliffhangers in TV history, Picard is assimilated into the Borg Collective and Riker must fire on his captain. While Picard is eventually rescued, the event sent ripples throughout the Trek universe and kept fans glued to their televisions.

17. "I, Borg" - The Next Generation - In the wake of Picard’s assimilation into the Borg, the discovery of an injured drone who finds his own identity and independence throws everything we know about the Borg out of balance. Hugh’s self-determination made him an instant fan favorite, leading to the character’s return in Star Trek: Picard.

18. “The Inner Light” - The Next Generation - Picard lives a whole life in 20 minutes as he is given a glimpse into the culture of a dying world. The episode emphasizes the power of memory and storytelling and stands as one of the most powerful episodes in The Next Generation.

19. La Forge takes a stand against ableism - The Next Generation - In the episode “The Masterpiece Society,” Geordi La Forge pushes back against a society that doesn’t allow disabilities in its citizens. “Who gave [the founders] the right to decide whether or not I should be here?” La Forge says, before he saves the civilization using his VISOR.

20. Klingon Culture - The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine/Discovery - Klingons began their Star Trek journey as enemies of the Federation, but as the franchise continued we learned more and more about their culture. Worf especially helped showcase the world of the Klingons, making them more developed and interesting than ever before.

21. Data and his emotion chip - Generations - Data’s quest to be more human has always made him one of the franchise’s most human characters of all. As Data experiences human emotions in Star Trek Generations, we feel every emotion along with him.

22. Picard and Lily say goodbye as Zephram makes first contact - First Contact - The crew of the Enterprise-E is present as Zephram Cochrane extends a hand in friendship to the Vulcans, therefore cementing humanity’s place amongst the stars. Picard tells his new friend Lily, a citizen of the 21st century, that he envies her, about to step into a bright future, before he beams back aboard the Enterprise and lets Lily and humanity take their first steps into a better world.

23. Sisko and Janeway break new ground - Deep Space Nine/Voyager - Captain Benjamin Sisko and Captain Kathryn Janeway broke new ground in the nineties as the first Black captain and the first female captain to lead Star Trek shows. With the continuing Star Trek stories, more people of color and women have taken center stage in these stories, emphasizing the franchise’s commitment to diversity.

24. Sisko meets the Prophets - Deep Space Nine - In the pilot episode of Deep Space Nine, Sisko meets a race of aliens that the Bajorans view as prophets. What follows is an exploration of time and trauma that helps establish the emotional arc of Sisko for the rest of the series, as the prophets force him to relive memories of his wife’s death at the battle of Wolf 359.

25. The Mirror Universe - The Original Series/Deep Space Nine/Enterprise/Discovery - What’s better than one Spock, or one Kira, or one Burnham? Two! The Mirror Universe stands a twisted version of the Star Trek we know, and one that is endlessly fun to watch. Check out Deep Space Nine and Discovery for some of the key moments in the Mirror Universe.

26. "Past Tense" - Deep Space Nine - Sisko, Bashir, and Jadzia are sent back to 2024, where Sisko and Bashir get swept up in a riot for the rights of unhoused people. With Sisko stepping into the role of revolutionary Gabriel Bell, this episode showcased Sisko’s righteousness and courage as well as eerily predicted the future.

27. "Rejoined" - Deep Space Nine - Jadzia Dax’s tragic love affair with Lenara Kahn broke ground for Star Trek in season four of Deep Space Nine. The pair shared the first same-sex kiss in Star Trek history, and the episode remains a powerful moment for LGBTQ+ fans who celebrated the incredibly queer narrative present in the episode.

28. Tribbles Part Two - Deep Space Nine - To celebrate the anniversary of "The Trouble With Tribbles," the crew of DS9 had to travel back in time to save Captain Kirk from an angry enemy who wanted to dispose of him via an exploding tribble. It is every inch the delightful romp you could want, and it’s an excuse for the crew to step into those familiar The Original Series uniforms.

29. The Dominion War - Deep Space Nine - A quadrant-spanning conflict between the Federation and their allies and the Dominion defined DS9’s later seasons, exploring the consequences of war in the Star Trek universe. Captain Sisko and his crew stood on the frontlines and grew as both individuals and as a unit as they faced off against the odds.

30. Sisko’s monologue from “In the Pale Moonlight” - Deep Space Nine - As Sisko wrestles with his inner demons, he breaks the fourth wall to address the audience directly as he grapples with the cost of the Dominion War. It’s one of Star Trek’s more grim moments, but Avery Brooks’ acting and the stellar writing help it stand out in a darkly memorable fashion.

31. "Far Beyond the Stars" - Deep Space Nine - As Sisko journeys back to the 60s to live as sci-fi writer Benny Russell, who dreams of a space station captained by a Black man, this iconic episode highlights the importance of imagining a future for everyone. Sisko is both the dreamer and the dream, as are we all in a sense.

32. Nog’s journey - Deep Space Nine - From following in Quark’s footsteps to becoming the first Ferengi officer in Starfleet, Nog blazed a trail that was all his own.

33. Journey to the Delta Quadrant - Voyager - In the series premiere, Janeway and her crew as well as several Maquis fighters are stranded in an unknown quadrant with no way to get home. The premise of exploring a completely unknown part of the universe, as well as the fight to get home, sets up Voyager’s exploration perfectly and introduces fans to a new corner of the galaxy.

34. "Year of Hell" - Voyager - In this two part episode, Voyager is caught in a temporal wave and trapped in a hellish new corner of the Delta Quadrant. Fortunately, Janeway is able to reset the timeline, and the two part episode ranks highly on any list of Voyager’s top tales.

35. Seven of Nine’s journey - Voyager/Picard - A Borg drone turned Fenris Ranger, Seven of Nine has fought for her own identity throughout the course of her time on Voyager and Picard.

36. Janeway breaks the Temporal Prime Directive to save the crew - Voyager - Showing just how determined she was to get her crew home safely after their journey through the Delta quadrant, Janeway broke the ultimate temporal rule to save the day in the two part finale “Endgame.” Featuring an encounter with the Borg Queen, the explosive finale saw the crew of Voyager finally return to Earth after seven long years.

37. "Carbon Creek" - Enterprise - The Vulcans made first contact years before Zephram Cochran’s flight, or so T’Pol tells Archer as she recounts the story of her great-grandmother crash landing in 1960s America. The fish out of water story ends on a hopeful note, with Vulcan Mestral choosing to stay on Earth to observe the bright future humanity had in store for them.

38. Temporal Cold War - Enterprise - Why does Starfleet have such strict rules about time travel? Captain Archer encountered an agent from the future who revealed there were forces at work trying to manipulate the past for their benefit. There’s a reason Starfleet doesn’t — or at least tries not to — mess with the past.

39. "Terra Prime" - Enterprise - In this heartbreaking episode near the end of Enterprise’s four year journey, Trip and T’Pol discover their genes have been combined to create a baby as proof that aliens and humans shouldn’t mix. As the crew of the NX-01 takes a stand, fans all teared up when T’Pol defended her daughter by insisting “her name is Elizabeth.”

40. The birth of the Federation - Enterprise - At the conclusion of Enterprise’s four year run, fans got to witness the birth of the United Federation of Planets, and Archer’s election as president. The Federation has helped define Star Trek, and seeing the day it was created was a powerful moment for fans that helped conclude Archer’s journey.

41. The timeline splits - Star Trek (2009) - A star going supernova destroyed Romulus and, as an older Spock fled vengeful Romulan Nero, caused the timeline to branch around the destruction of the U.S.S. Kelvin and the birth of one James Tiberius Kirk. This allowed for three new movies centered on the Enterprise crew: Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond.

42. Spock meets young Kirk - Star Trek (2009) - Marooned on an ice planet by his timeline’s Spock, a young Kirk meets the other timeline’s Spock (with Leonard Nimoy reprising his role.) When Spock tells Kirk that he has been and always shall be his friend, it’s a powerful moment for both an older Spock and a younger Kirk, even if the latter doesn’t quite believe him yet.

43. "The Vulcan Hello" and "The Battle of the Binary Stars" - Discovery - After far too long with no Trek on television, Star Trek: Discovery burst onto screens with an explosive opening. It was also the fandom’s first introduction to Michael Burnham, who helped usher in a new era of Star Trek.

44. Meeting a new Pike, Number One, and Spock - Discovery - In Discovery’s second season, fans got to meet the fabled first captain from Star Trek’s original pilot, Christopher Pike, along with his first officer Number One and Burnham’s adopted brother Spock. The three will headline an upcoming series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, centered on their adventures in the early days of the Enterprise, exploring an era of Trek that fans have been eager to see since the 60s.

45. Discovery leaps into the future - Discovery - In a moment of sacrifice, Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery chose to jump to an unknown point in the future to save the universe. This took both them and viewers into a time heretofore unexplored in the Star Trek universe, and set up a whole new galaxy’s worth of adventures.

46. Aditya Sahil keeps the faith - Discovery - When Burnham appears in the 32nd Century, she and new friend Cleveland “Book” Booker find a non-commissioned officer at an old relay station named Aditya Sahil. Sahil explains that he has been keeping the faith that one day the Federation will return, and that Burham signaled a new hope. Fans got to see him again in the third season finale, where he became a lieutenant and told Burnham that they’d both found their way home. Sahil represents the hope of Star Trek that we all carry - that no matter what, things will get better.

47. Adira’s coming out - Discovery - Beautiful in its simplicity, the scene in which Adira asserts their pronouns are they/them to a supportive Stamets, who instantly switches to using the right ones, was a milestone for representation in the franchise. An empowering moment for Adira is also a moment for both trans and cis fans to celebrate the Star Trek universe becoming more inclusive.

48. Burnham’s promotion - Discovery - In the third season finale, “That Hope Is You, Part 2,” Burnham finally received a much deserved promotion to captain of the U.S.S. Discovery. When she gives the order to fly, it’s impossible not to cheer.

49. Picard and Data say goodbye - Picard - In one final scene in season one of Star Trek: Picard, Picard is able to properly bid his old friend farewell. As Data muses about the beauty in mortality, it’s impossible to not tear up.

50. Riker saves the day - Picard/Lower Decks - Fans knew Riker as Picard’s Number One, but twice now has he swooped in to be a hero on two separate shows. After helping Picard save the day in Star Trek: Picard and coming to the Cerritos’ aid in Star Trek: Lower Decks, we’re even bigger fans of his than ever before — and we didn't think that was possible!

51. Lower Decks takes us to a new side of Starfleet - Lower Decks - We’ve seen the heroes of Starfleet save the day from the bridge, but what about those working on the lower decks? Lower Decks envisions what day to day life is like for the ensigns aboard a less important ship, with humor and heart. The series serves as Star Trek’s very first comedy series.

52. Prodigy becomes the first kids show - Prodigy - Star Trek has been enjoyed by families for years, but with Star Trek: Prodigy the franchise is finally creating a show aimed at kids. Will a hologram of Captain Janeway help an intrepid crew of kids fly a starship and save the day? We think so!

53. Women in Trek - From Lt. Uhura on-screen and D.C. Fontana off to the present day, women have helped shape Star Trek both on and off-screen since the 60s. These women have blazed a trail for others to follow and we can’t help but call them our heroes.

54. Scientific advancements in our universe - Star Trek has helped inspire scientists to try and recreate the futuristic tech seen on screen. Now, the next big invention has to be a replicator, right?

55. The fandom - Where would Star Trek be without the fandom? From early letter writing campaigns and zines to today’s thriving online world, the fandom is a key part of what makes Star Trek so special.

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Star Trek: Elite Force, Bridge Commander, and more are now on GOG

PC Gamer 08 September, 2021 - 11:09am

Star Trek Day brings six Final Frontier oldies to the platform, with two more on the way.

Another good thing about this Star Trek Day is that GOG has added six classic Star Trek games to its lineup, all of them running on Windows 10 and most (all but Star Trek: Hidden Evil, according to the listings) supporting local multiplayer action. Here's what they've got:

The Elite Force games are really good shooters—better than you might expect from a show that, at least post-TOS, tends to focus more on the chatty side of deep space exploration. For Trekkers with a more well-developed taste for explosions, Starfleet Command 3 is a very well-regarded ship combat simulator that gives players control over Federation, Klingon, and Romulan forces across a series of story-driven campaigns, and we actually declared Bridge Commander—essentially a Kobayashi Maru test, minus the vicious side-eye from Starfleet Academy students who think they're smarter than you—to be "the greatest Star Trek game ever."

Online editor and resident Trek guy Fraser Brown shared similar sentiments after hearing about the re-release on GOG. 

He's also a big fan of the Elite Force games, which don't always get their due as the excellent shooters that they are. 

And he has some thoughts on Hidden Evil, which was somewhat less impressive in its day:

Hey, they can't all be winners. Two more "new" Star Trek games are on the way: Star Trek: Armada, an RTS that offers the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, and Borg as playable factions, and the sequel Armada 2, are "coming soon" and can be wishlisted now. And if you want even more, GOG also has Interplay's Star Trek games—Star Trek 25th Anniversary and Judgment Rites, which are both on sale for 30% off, along with Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Command: Gold Edition.

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GameStop posts mixed quarterly results: Here's how the stock is doing

Star Trek 08 September, 2021 - 10:18am

The video game retailer posted an adjusted loss per share of 76 cents vs. a Wall Street estimate of 67 cents with revenue of $1.18 billion compared to $1.12 billion expected. Perhaps more so than the results, investors will be looking for any clues about the company's transformation strategy. 

GameStop says it ended the period with cash and restricted cash of $1.78 billion. It also entered into a fulfillment center lease in Reno, Nevada in order for its network to span both coasts of the U.S. 

GameStop went through a C-Suite overhaul after Ryan Cohen, the co-founder of e-commerce platform Chewy (CHWY), joined the board in January and became chairman in June. Cohen, known as "Papa Cohen" by the "meme" crowd, has said he's not ready to reveal specifics about his strategy yet. 

"We are trying to do something that nobody in the retail space has ever done,” said Cohen at the company's annual meeting in June. 

As with the last two quarterly results, there was no question and answer period for analysts on Wednesday's earnings call. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has a Sell rating and $50 price target on GameStop. He wasn't optimistic investors would hear details about Cohen's transformation strategy on Wednesday.

"I ... am waiting for his brilliant strategy, and it's not going to be brilliant. If it was brilliant, then he would have let us know, months and months and months ago," Pachter told Yahoo Finance in a phone interview. 

"He's trying to revolutionize an industry that has already passed him by. He's audacious, and he's wrong on this one," added the analyst. 

Pachter is one of a handful of analysts still covering GameStop. Some have stopped coverage since the 'meme' stock craze took off. 

Year-to-date the stock is up around 950% following a massive short squeeze in January spurred by Reddit's WallStreetBets traders. Six months after the GameStop saga, GME continues to be a retail trader favorite. 

In June, Jeffries analyst Stephanie Wissink noted "the company's social, PR, and individual investor focus is a sign of clear recognition of their audience. The gamer remains a strong supporter - both as a consumer and investor.”

Wissink designated a Hold rating with a $190 price target on the stock. 

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The stock market was having a generally weak session on Wednesday, with all three major averages in the red throughout the morning. On a positive note, the company announced the launch of its Square Register hardware in Canada, which could bring larger sellers in the key international market into Square's ecosystem. On the other hand, we learned that PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is spending $2.7 billion to acquire Japanese buy now, pay later (BNPL) company Paidy.

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William Shatner reflects on 55 years of 'Star Trek' — and that controversial 'SNL' sketch

Yahoo Entertainment 08 September, 2021 - 10:00am

Funnily enough, though, one of Shatner's most famous Trek moments didn't occur in an actual Trek series or movie. Thirty-five years ago, on Stardate 12.20.86, the actor hosted Saturday Night Live and took center stage in a notorious skit penned by Robert Smigel, John Vitti and George Meyer. (Shatner himself credited Bob Odenkirk and Judd Apatow in his 1999 memoir, Get a Life!) The sketch found Shatner visiting a Star Trek convention and lecturing obsessed fans (played by Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon) to — say it with us now — "Get a life!"

The dismayed looks on the faces of SNL's fake fans mirrored the reaction within actual Trek fandom, where that sketch proved as troublesome as a loose Tribble aboard a Constitution-class starship. After all, here was Kirk himself mocking fans over their passion for the very thing that transformed him into a TV icon. While it may not have been the writers' intention, the sketch cemented the idea in the pop culture consciousness that Trekkers were a group to be ridiculed. 

Over three decades later, Shatner is keenly aware that his "get a life" gag rubbed Trekkers the wrong way. But he also remains tickled by the jokes that the SNL writers penned for him. "I understood [the controversy], but I also understood that it was so amusing that most people would laugh, which they did," the actor tells Yahoo Entertainment now. "Some people didn't, and I'm sorry. But it was meant in fun. And I advise you to laugh." 

One person who has a hard time laughing at the sketch is Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry. In a separate interview, the CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment — who was 12 years old when the episode aired — says that he has a complicated relationship with Shatner's SNL appearance. "I don't love it," he admits. "But I can also let go and maybe give it a loose chuckle."

Roddenberry adds that he never discussed the sketch at length with his father, but believes the Star Trek creator's deep affinity for the franchise's fans would have made it difficult for him to let go and laugh. "He truly loved the fans," the younger Roddenberry notes. "He always gave them credit and loved them and knew that they were the ones that kept Star Trek on the air. So I don't think he would've appreciated the comment. However, Saturday Night Live is about pushing boundaries and satirizing social situations, so looking at it from that point of view, that is a very valid and funny joke." 

"My father and I have a personal connection to the fans," Roddenberry continues. "My experience has been that people have been inspired by Star Trek to do great things. Sure, they wear a Klingon costume on the weekend, but they go on with their lives during the week. They aren't these crazy, lost individuals who didn't know the difference between reality and Star Trek." 

Today, of course, fandom is a force that's celebrated rather than mocked. As a result, Roddenberry feels that Shatner's "get a life" moment has been supplanted by more loving Trek send-ups like the 1999 comedy favorite Galaxy Quest. "I don't think [that sketch] has an impact anymore. That was then. So I'm not upset about it, but if I'm being honest, I don't appreciate that comment. Galaxy Quest is an example of a humorous, beautiful love letter to fans. I love that kind of humor and poking fun at Star Trek and fandom in a loving way. It's just the whole 'get a life' thing."

Shatner's SNL sketch isn't the only notable Trek anniversary happening on this particular Star Trek Day, which celebrates the launch date of the original series, Sept. 8, 1966. We spoke with the former captain-turned-admiral-turned-captain, as well as Roddenberry, about some of the seminal moments in the franchise's long, prosperous history.

Let the Starfleet record show that Shatner wasn't technically the first actor to sit in the Enterprise's captain's chair. Jeffrey Hunter preceded him in Roddenberry's first pilot episode, "The Cage," which NBC declined to air. (Portions of "The Cage" were later incorporated into the two-part Season 1 episode "The Menagerie," and the pilot was finally released in full in 1986.) After parting ways with his first star, the creator stumbled upon Canadian-born Shatner, who had parlayed his success as a stage actor at his native land's renowned Stratford Festival into a burgeoning TV career in Hollywood. 

Captain Kirk took command of the Enterprise in Roddenberry's second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." While that episode sold NBC on making Star Trek an ongoing series, it wasn't viewers' first encounter with the Enterprise crew. Instead, the show launched on Sept. 8, 1966 with "The Man Trap" — the sixth episode to be filmed and the first to air on network television. Written by George Clayton Johnson, "The Man Trap" finds Kirk and his officers facing off against a space monster that feeds on the salt contained in human bodies.

"We laughed at that one," Shatner says of that supposedly fearsome foe. "Imagine! I was at Stratford and this is a what?! It sucks the salt? OK, it sucks the salt out of your body. Different rules now."

The actor may have found the monster amusing, but sci-fi fans were immediately taken with Star Trek, gifting the show with a small, but devoted viewership that encouraged the network to keep the Enterprise flying for three years. But the secret heroine of Trek's longevity was none other than comedy legend Lucille Ball, whose production company, Desilu Productions, financed the series and kept the money flowing even as Trek tried and failed to cross over into the mainstream. That connection between I Love Lucy and Star Trek is something that never fails to delight Trekkers. 

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For his part, Shatner thinks that Ball's contribution to the franchise's history is limited to production those first three seasons. "[Desilu] put the money behind the beginning of Star Trek, so they were peripherally involved," he says. "But the resurrection of Star Trek was made by other people. I met [Lucille Ball] once, and she was a beautiful woman and a great comic. But I don't think she was quite as functional as you point out." (Ball passed away in 1989.)

Roddenberry, on the other hand, proudly considers Ball to be an honorary Trekker. "When anyone asks me when I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall the most, it would have been the first introduction between my father and her," he remarks. "My father had pitched the show to many of the networks and they all turned him down. She was the one willing to take the risk, and I've got to give her credit for saying: 'We're going to do something different. We're going to give this show a shot and screw anyone who doesn't think it's right for television.' That's my vision of her, and I'ld love to see that dramatized one day onscreen." 

The month before his SNL appearance, Shatner led the Enterprise crew on their fourth big-screen mission, The Voyage Home, which remains the franchise's funniest movie. And it would have been even funnier had the filmmakers succeeded in their rumored plan to cast former Not Ready for Primetime Player Eddie Murphy in a major role in the time-traveling adventure. Screenwriter Steve Meerson shared that secret with The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film's 30th anniversary in 2016, and apparently it was news to Roddenberry and Shatner as well.

"I hadn't heard that about him," confesses Shatner, who later made a cameo in Murphy's 2002 comedy, Showtime. "I don't know whether that was true or not. If it was, I don't remember!" Roddenberry can't corroborate Meerson's account either. "I've heard the same thing, but I can't tell you anything more because I simply don't know," he says. "That was still an incredible movie." (Star Trek IV is newly available in a just-released 4K box set of the first four Trek movies.)

Fortunately, Shatner does recall one of the film's most laugh-out-loud moments, when Spock uses the Vulcan nerve pinch to quiet down an unruly bus passenger. Asked whether he and Nimoy — who also directed the movie — knew how hilarious that scene was going to be when they shot it, Shatner indicates that they suspected they were onto something. "[The way] it was written, with the proximity of him and [us] and the music we didn't understand, we understood it was meant to be humorous, yes." 

The final voyage of the original Enterprise crew premiered in theaters in December 1991, two months after Gene Roddenberry passed away. And his son admits that his family's loss made The Undiscovered Country a difficult watch for many years. "That was an incredibly raw and emotional time, so I didn't pay too much attention to it originally." But the younger Roddenberry adds that he recently revisited the movie, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that its storyline — which finds Kirk having to help the Federation broker peace with the Klingons — resonates well in the present day,. 

"Kirk's son was killed by the Klingons, so he has this hatred for them," Roddenberry explains. "Now there's an opportunity for humanity and Klingons to come together, and the challenge of him overcoming that [hatred] is incredibly powerful. And it's incredibly important to have that message today, because we're in such a divisive time. Being empathetic to someone even if you disagree with what they're saying is the backbone of Star Trek." 

For Shatner, the most rewarding part of making The Undiscovered Country was finally getting the chance to act onscreen opposite fellow Canadian and Stratford Festival alum Christopher Plummer, whose Shakespeare-quoting Klingon general tried to undermine the peace effort. The two actors were both born in Montreal a year apart, and rose through the ranks together. (Plummer died in February at the age of 91; Shatner celebrated his 90th birthday in March.) "Chris and I were a double helix," he says now. "I followed him through the channels of theater, radio and live television. We met at Stratford, and I was his understudy for Henry V."

"We were good friends from a distance, because he was always somewhere else" Shatner continues. "I admired him, and respected him. It was so much fun to finally be associated with him on [The Undiscovered Country]. I had a great time." 

Shatner officially passed the Star Trek baton to The Next Generation crew in Generations, with Kirk's divisive death capping off the climax of that movie. And while he has yet to reprise the role onscreen, he's open to the idea of revisiting the Enterprise in the same way that Nimoy's Spock became part of the rebooted Trek film franchise launched by J.J. Abrams in 2009. "When I saw that movie, I called [Leonard] and said, 'Leonard, you know you're old when you go back in time and you're still old,'" Shatner remembers. "He didn't laugh!" 

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William Shatner remembers 'Star Trek's cancellation as 'a low point in my life'

USA TODAY 07 September, 2021 - 08:17pm

William Shatner celebrates Star Trek Day (Sept. 8), remembers the canceled TV series, the franchise's bold movie future and his friend Leonard Nimoy.

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William Shatner chats with USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander about "Star Trek," his new album "Bill" and misconceptions about his life and career. USA TODAY

Fifty-five years after "Star Trek"aired its first episode on Sept. 8, 1966, the culture-altering sci-fi TV series continues to hurtle through galaxies.

Star Trek Day arrives Wednesday, after Paramount announced a "Star Trek" movie for 2023, the fourth in the new timeline, with "WandaVision" director Matt Shakman and J.J. Abrams producing.

Meanwhile, 90-year-old William Shatner, the seemingly dilithium crystal-charged OG Enterprise captain, is celebrating the release of the first four "Star Trek" movies in 4K, while also speaking out about "Star Trek," love and loss on his introspective new spoken word album, "Bill" (out Sept. 24), which features musical guests such as Brad Paisley and Joe Jonas. 

The cancellation of TV's "Star Trek" in 1969 was "a low point in my life," Shatner tells USA TODAY. "It was the last chapter as far as I was concerned at that time. But as life does, sometimes, what is down comes up."

Shatner discusses the universal upsides that followed and pays tribute to his friend and co-star Leonard Nimoy, who died in 2015.

William Shatner: I agree with you. We need to see a Prime Kirk 55 years after the fact, and maybe 20 pounds heavier. How would you explain that? That's their dilemma. 

What you've just said (about the movie) is news to me and I'm delighted to hear it. But my (studio) connection is frayed. Not afraid. Although I'm a little afraid of being frayed. 

Shatner: I had been to Cape Canaveral as Captain Kirk, with the red carpet treatment. I had signed something saying, "See you on the moon." When our "Star Trek" ratings went up, they appropriated more money for the space program. So I felt a part of this. And there was Neil Armstrong, walking on the moon. This incredible moment for humanity.

And I'm lying on a bed in an RV, looking through a window at the moon, watching this on a little four-inch black-and-white television set on my belly. I'm in a pasture on Long Island doing summer stock theater. I'm at a very low point watching this high point. 

Shatner: It was wonderful. The whole newness. We had been canceled and all of a sudden, there was all this money poured into the production. We thought, we're off and running into the major movie arena. We weren't. The movie wasn't the success we hoped it would be.

But the special effects, even the ship itself, were so primitive in the television show. You look at it now, it's almost laughable. And we were discovering things as we went along. It's like the rushes would come in after shooting, and we'd say, "Oh, no! We're falling the wrong way on the bridge." Until we found the results, we were fumbling.

Shatner: No. I'd like them to believe the fantasy and let them buy the T-shirts, for which I have no financial interest. 

Shatner: They plucked a hair from her body and did a DNA test. It didn't turn out. No, Kaley Cuoco is not my daughter. I'd rather they didn't believe that because I've got three beautiful daughters. But if they want to believe that Kaley Cuoco is related, she's a beautiful, lovely young lady. I would be delighted to have her as a member of our family.

Shatner: I actually got that out. Leonard was being buried on a Sunday morning, and I had agreed to (attend) a Red Cross charity thing at Mar-a-Lago that year. I had to decide. I decided for the charity. I said to the people at the charity that there'll be things erected for Leonard – but they're all ephemeral. Everything dies. Everything turns to dust. The only thing that remains are our good deeds, that's the legacy.

Shatner: It was that signal, no question, to all life in the universe. Or a signal to buy the album, I guess.

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The 9 Greatest 'Star Trek' Friendships in the Franchise

Collider.com 07 September, 2021 - 11:30am

To celebrate the new entrants, let’s look back at some of the greatest duos in Star Trek so far. These are pairs who’ve been through thick and thin and come out on the other side as two peas in a pod.

Admittedly, Star Trek has far more wonderful friendships than this list includes, but many of them are mentor-mentee relationships, like Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) and William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) or antagonistic ones like Odo (Rene Auberjonois) and Quark (Armin Shimerman). Those relationships are too much hard work. We’d rather our real-life friendships embodied these safe, non-toxic ones.

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