Vela Kurv’s Perspective on Star Trek TNG’s “Haven”

Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

Riley Rose, Writer

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime occurrences within the execution of a command’s long-term mission are outside the realm of your control. Captain Picard is at a loss to intervene on a promise made a longtime ago by Counselor Troi to wed Wyatt Miller. Picard can lose his valued officer who has special counsel abilities – she can read the emotions of all negotiating parties for Captain Picard – as he performs his command and diplomatic duties. About all Picard can do to counter her leaving, is offer her betrothed a home with his wife aboard ship. Miller’s medical abilities as a physician would be welcomed by Dr. Crusher, but alas it is not to be.

 

The wedding is canceled when Miller, chooses to take up residence with the Tarellians in hope of finding a cure for their plague and fulfilling his lifelong dream of uniting with one of the Tarellians who he’s dreamed about his entire life. Counselor Troi embraces Miller’s choice, this was a promise she never thought she would have to fulfill, so Picard is off the hook to replace one special officer he has begun to build a valued relationship with. Sometimes there are unexpected benefits that find their way to the responsibilities of your command.

Lorabella

 

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Vela Kurv Sees the Trouble Brewing in Star Trek Voyager’s “Prime Factors”

Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

Riley Rose, Writer

 

 

 

What begins as signs of crew camaraderie between two merged crews (Voyager and Maquis) becoming one, winds up as one crews’ willed conspiracy to get home in their lifetime. The new Voyager crew makes a clandestine exchange without Janeway’s authorization for a Sikarian trajectory believed to provide transporter-like conveyance across 40,000 light-years, more than half the 70,000 (equating to 70 years travel time) needed to get Voyager home to Earth. Uniting these crews in this scenario also unifies their single purpose, but also defies Janeway’s orders tied to Starfleet regulations which forbid the violation of local (Sikaris) law.

 

Janeway finds that her own torn convictions of following Starfleet regulations in this situation conflicts with her primary objective which is to explore for wormholes and any special technology that would cut years off Voyager’s journey home. Unfortunately binding principles forbid her from negotiating with the Sikarian’s unofficial channel to acquire the trajector. In the end, all unauthorized means is exposed by B’Elanna and to Janeway’s surprise her trusted friend and Chief of Security Officer, Tuvok.

Janeway threatens B’Elanna against such treacherous actions in the future. She also warns Tuvok to consult with her before acting in such an egregious manner because she relies on Tuvok’s constrained practice of moral guide to keep her in check with Starfleet’s binding principles. This Starfleet moral code is absolute to Janeway but in the end will it prove to garner her crew’s loyalty and regard despite the long journey home? Such a choice is a tall one to make for the sake of command. But probably worth the calluses if character can take the heat and conviction. This soldier asks: how high must the sacrifice be for the sake of moral compass? This is the question of command and the commitment required to serve and protect.

Lorabella.

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Fall into Temptation (Blue Moon, #2) Book Review

I am definitely a fan of this series, written by Lucy Score. Blue Moon is filled with intelligent, family focused residents who are driven to want to fall in love. The town seems drawn to good hearted heroes and delicious intrigue to resolve the mystery behind the two that are destined to find each other but challenged to resolve their differences in the most unique setups. I find the stories filled with lighthearted fun that also makes me laugh and giggle and curious to see how the stories will find their romantic end. The originality of each step is what I enjoy the most. Blue Moon is just a lot of Rom-Com fun!

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Vela Kurv Experiences “The Big Goodbye” with Star Trek TNG

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Captain Picard must deal with the unexpected in Star Trek TNG’s “The Big Goodbye” episode. The Enterprise-D is ordered to make a diplomatic contact with a reclusive civilization known as the Jarada. Planning for a technological malfunction in a brand new vessel only recently launched from dock was not anticipated. The mission gets delayed when a holdeck malfunction traps the captain with some of his crew inside of it.In this scenario, Riker (the second-in-command) is not able to step into the captain’s shoes, because the Jarada will only accept a precise enunciation of a formal greeting in the Jarada very complex language and only from the ship’s captain. Thankfully Picard is able to belay the threat of his own demise inside the holodeck just as his competent helmsman Geordi La Forge and young acting ensign Wesley Crusher navigate through malfunctioning circuitry and free their captain. The mission is saved with Picard’s correct pronunciation and a new alien race relationship for The Federation is begun.A leader must have a competent staff he can count on to aid him in the execution of assignments and in assisting to conquer the stumbling blocks that prevent a leader from carrying out the orders that only he can accomplish. The requirements of command are so vast, I have much to consider in selecting who and how I will work when I am ready to begin my own command.

Lorabella

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Vela Kurv Reviews Betrayal in Star Trek TNG’s “Datalore”

Vela Kurv Academy School Log

Anticipating betrayal is never a commander’s immediate conclusion, until the threat of such begins to reveal a trail and even then, it is usually lagging in final belief. Captain Picard’s Lieutenant Commander, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard the Enterprise-D. Picard realizes the value Data brings to Starfleet. His positronic brain allows him impressive computational capabilities, and his superior strength has saved the life of crewmen as in “The Big Goodbye” when he easily carries an injured crewman to sickbay saving his life. Data was discovered in the Omicron Theta system out in the open cavern of a barren crater filled planet.

On the Omicron Theta planet the Enterprise-D crew and Data discover his amoral brother, Lore, and learn that Data was not the first android constructed by the famed cyberneticist Dr. Noonien Soong. Lore fails in an attempt to betray the Enterprise-D to the same Crystalline Entity he befriended and allowed to attack the Omicron Theta Federation colony. The entity destroyed all of the colony inhabitants. Data is attacked by Lore, after he learns of Lore’s intentions to allow the Crystalline Entity to consume the crew. Data successfully saves the ship’s crew and beams his brother into space at the episode’s conclusion.

Captain Picard, like the rest of the Enterprise crew (but excluding young ensign Crusher), easily trust Data’s brother (Lore) because of the quality of the character of Data who so desires to be human. They never suspect that Lore could be jealous because Lore has human emotions that Data does not possess. Lore was rejected by the colony inhabitant’s when they learned of Lore’s self superior beliefs. Data was created, preferred, and Lore was resultantly deconstructed by Dr. Soong, thereby learning to hate his brother. Crusher’s youth aids the crew by his distrust of Lore and assists Data in regaining his consciousness to defeat Lore. Such a complicated scenario would be hard to anticipate by a commander, when the intent of the investigation was to simply gather information.

My conclusion is that a commander must find a way to anticipate the unexpected without being constantly on guard and ready to shoot. Balancing the scales of right and wrong and knowing when to act upon their course in either direction is always a leader’s burden. This is one muscle I’m sure I will develop.
Lorabella

Vela Kurv Reviews Betrayal in Star Trek TNG’s “Datalore”

Vela Kurv Academy School Log

Anticipating betrayal is never a commander’s immediate conclusion, until the threat of such begins to reveal a trail and even then, it is usually lagging in final belief. Captain Picard’s Lieutenant Commander, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard the Enterprise-D. Picard realizes the value Data brings to Starfleet. His positronic brain allows him impressive computational capabilities, and his superior strength has saved the life of crewmen as in “The Big Goodbye” when he easily carries an injured crewman to sickbay saving his life. Data was discovered in the Omicron Theta system out in the open cavern of a barren crater filled planet.

On the Omicron Theta planet the Enterprise-D crew and Data discover his amoral brother, Lore, and learn that Data was not the first android constructed by the famed cyberneticist Dr. Noonien Soong. Lore fails in an attempt to betray the Enterprise-D to the same Crystalline Entity he befriended and allowed to attack the Omicron Theta Federation colony. The entity destroyed all of the colony inhabitants. Data is attacked by Lore, after he learns of Lore’s intentions to allow the Crystalline Entity to consume the crew. Data successfully saves the ship’s crew and beams his brother into space at the episode’s conclusion.

Captain Picard, like the rest of the Enterprise crew (but excluding young ensign Crusher), easily trust Data’s brother (Lore) because of the quality of the character of Data who so desires to be human. They never suspect that Lore could be jealous because Lore has human emotions that Data does not possess. Lore was rejected by the colony inhabitant’s when they learned of Lore’s self superior beliefs. Data was created, preferred, and Lore was resultantly deconstructed by Dr. Soong, thereby learning to hate his brother. Crusher’s youth aids the crew by his distrust of Lore and assists Data in regaining his consciousness to defeat Lore. Such a complicated scenario would be hard to anticipate by a commander, when the intent of the investigation was to simply gather information.

My conclusion is that a commander must find a way to anticipate the unexpected without being constantly on guard and ready to shoot. Balancing the scales of right and wrong and knowing when to act upon their course in either direction is always a leader’s burden. This is one muscle I’m sure I will develop.
Lorabella

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Star Trek Inspires The Creation Of Vela Kurv, A Biracial Female Superhero

Vela Kurv Becomes on sale now on Amazon
-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer
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Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek

What would it be like if we had a world of totally equal opportunity, if we had no inequality, no disease and no poverty? What if we lived in a world where mankind only needed tobetter itself? What might that world look like?

Such was a world created by Gene Roddenberry, in the original Star Trek series (1966-1969), officers serving and coexisting in rank on a bridge of multi ethnicities. Nichelle Nichols, (cast as Nyota Uhura), has shared the story of how she met MartinLuther King during the Civil Rights Struggle while she contemplated leaving the Star Trek series. She explained how she told Roddenberry, she was leaving the show and he asked her to reconsider, because he was building something of significance. Making a statement about the inequity of a society in which they were living.

Nichols was invited to an event and as luck would have it,she meets Martin Luther King that night. He sought her out and told her how much her show meant to him. Nichols explained that she was leaving the show. He told her, she couldn’t do that. What she represented was too important. Roddenberry’s Star Trek was the only show that he would allow his children to watch because of the multi ethnicities that served together of equal rank (all officers) and of equal capability and training.Nichols decided to stay on the series after her conversation with King.

How Star Trek Influenced Vela Kurv’s Creation

Star Trek had such a resonating tone of truth for me. It spoke to me as a child; I would watch the syndicated reruns everyday after school during my elementary school days. The truth of opportunity and capability resonated with me, as well. How could it not, resonate with everyone, I thought.

This television series did something extraordinary during a very turbulent time in the United States. Star Trek was able to shine a light on inequity, on prejudice and racism and on the plight of war. In fact, so much of the series connected with me, that I was driven to create my own biracial female superhero inside my own world of science fiction, her name is Lorabella Kurv Wiles, also known Vela Kurv. Presently Vela Kurv Begins and Vela Kurv Becomes are in print and for sale on Amazon.

Vela Kurv Finds Its Way To Story

The backstory of Vela Kurv is somewhat surreal. Vela Kurv is part of a line of women created by the combustion of a star, the Constellation Vela. Lorabella becomes Vela Kurv because of her alien and human bloodline. Like all superheroes, she struggles with her own humanity. She has a lesson to learn in dealing with her own father, who happens to also be the commanding officer of Earth’s military.

The struggle of humanity exists for us all in how we view our own world and circumstances. The scales of justice don’t always feel balanced because the struggle for equality has never been just. I can only hope for a world filled with truth, justice and equality for all men, women and children but until that day becomes a reality, I have made make my commentary through the world of Vela Kurv and I show how this biracial female superhero seeks to balance the scales of right and wrong, because she believes that it’s possible. She fights to make justice the prevailing truth inside the world of Vela Kurv.

Vela Kurv Considers Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek TNG’s “The Battle”

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv


How to prepare for being blindsided? Captain Picard is offered a gift from Ferengi Daimon Bok, the hulk of Pickard’s former command, The U.S.S. Stargazer. What begins as a gift becomes the tool for revenge. Bok uses this gift as an elaborate ploy to gain revenge on Picard for killing his son in the Battle of Maxia. Bok tries to put a nail in Picard’s coffin by falsifying the ship’s records of the battle laying blame on Picard instead of a documented self defense maneuver. Finally, Bok physically injures Picard by using a mind-control device to change his perception of reality and set him up to be destroyed aboard the Stargazer by Picard’s present commanding ship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.
In the end, Bok’s falsified records begin the unraveling of the truth. However, rescuing Picard from his own demise now becomes Riker’s (Picard’s second-in-command) objective as well as his duty. I believe it is Picard’s own logic and presence of mind that enables him to push through the fog of mind-control and free himself from his impending plight. But probably the additional contributing factor is the respect that he’s earned to push Riker and the rest of his crew, Counselor Troi and Doctor Crusher to dig deep for answers.

In the end, not only is a leader responsible for the constant oversight of their own balance of senses but the richness of the relationship they foster with their crew. In order for subordinates to have your back, they have to first want to. Engendering this type of loyalty has to be an aspect of the commander’s character. Talk about working on the internal humanity, this is truly the challenge of responsibility.

Signing off, Lorabella.

Vela Kurv Examines “Ex Post Facto” with the Starship Voyager

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv


Another curious episode drawing from Latin for its title “from a thing done afterward”, which refers to the concept of retrospective? A law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions committed or relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law. Chief Helmsman Tom Paris is accused of murder on a planet occupied by the Banean people and instead of being sentenced to death; their new punishment is the implantation of memories of the murdered victim into Paris’ mind so that he regularly relives the murder through the eyes of his victim.

 

Janeway is determined to prove his innocence, a commander standing by her pilot that she desperately needs to get her crew home, so Voyager flies in to investigate this conviction. Tuvok determines that Paris is innocent, a pawn in a warzone between the feuding Banea and Numiri. The Banean doctor is proved guilty. Paris is released, and the doctor arrested along with Ren’s wife who was complicit in the murder of her husband. Voyager leaves the Banean homeworld and continues its journey.
Janeway’s strength is shown and proven by Paris’ innocence. Her judgment is also proven to be of good merit, another lesson for a leader (me) building her chops of command to draw from.

Signing off, Lorabella

Vela Kurv Explores “Eye of the Needle” with the Starship Voyager

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

 

This is a curious analogy of science and faith. The title reminds me of a bible verse: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24. Similar verses are in Mark 10:25 and Luke 18:25). Two questions occurred to me: what an eye of the needle analogy on a show all about science and what relevance does it have to Janeway and the Starship Voyager trying to find a way home? Home that is 70,000 light-years away, even?

 

 

In the bible verse, the reference is all about whether or not a rich men can enter Heaven; they can get in but only if they put their faith in God rather than in their riches. Well the relevance answer is that the message is all about the persistence of a young Ensign (Harry) Kim who believes he can find a way back home; it is his perseverance that uncovers a decaying wormhole which may allow Voyager to transport home to Earth. Janeway encourages Chief Engineer B’Lanna Torres to investigate her discovery of piggy backing the ship’s transporter to the relay inside the wormhole in order to transport the entire crew back to the Alpha Quadrant and find their way home.

Foiled again, the ship doesn’t find its way home; it turns out the wormhole traverses some 20 years into the past and Starfleet prohibits against the altering of timelines. The test becomes how the leader Janeway expands her new relationships with her new crew and learns to build camaraderie and trust. Yet and still, the adventures of Janeway’s command continue, Voyager’s crew is grossly disappointed by their inability to transport home; nor are they given the satisfaction of notifying Starfleet that they’re alive but lost. Chief Tactical Officer Tuvok reveals that the Romulan scientist Telek R’Mor (who received Voyagers broadcast for help through the relay) dies before he can transmit the crews messages to family, friends, or Starfleet notifying them of their plight and location (lost in the Delta Quadrant). Here is where the Captain must grip the reins of command and find a way to lead when hope is at its lowest.

Signing off, Lorabella