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Angeles watches ‘Discovery’ premiere

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – From her captain’s chair on the USS Discovery, Capt. MIchael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) sends her crew into its missions with a smile and two powerful words.

 “Let’s fly.”

And we did. A dozen USS Angeles members soared to the 32nd century in time to watch the premiere of the fifth and final season of “Star Trek: Discovery.”

We gathered at Lisa Sobien’s and my home April 7 in Simi Valley to watch the Paramount+ episodes “Red Directive” and “Twin Moons” on our 55-inch TV.

We were impressed. “Discovery” characters continue to evolve in poignant and realistic ways as they tackle a dramatic, galaxy-changing search. There will be no plot spoilers here, but it’s safe to say this is one of the most urgent storylines in “Star Trek” history.

Attending the viewing party were Paul Szymborski, Jenny Taylor, Lisa Sobien, Kat Campbell, Kristine and Dennis Cherry, Joe Queen, Lili Queen, Cassie Queen, Jeremy Kranz, Chris Mulrooney and I. We gathered for a crew photo, and some of us appeared in photos with “Let’s fly” foams that the Queen family picked up at the recent WonderCon in Anaheim. They kindly gave them to members.

It was the largest group Lisa and I have hosted since moving last September to the condominium we rent. We formerly lived in Goleta in the Santa Barbara  area. 

Before and after the episodes, Angeles members discussed “Star Trek” and enjoyed chicken, sandwiches and more.

More about this party and “Discovery” will appear in the June edition of Angels Flight, the USS Angeles’ award-winning newsletter. A PDF version is emailed to all crew members. To become a member, click on Join Us.

From left,, Joe Queen, Lili Queen, Cassie Queen, Lisa Sobien and Chris Mulrooney show their “Let’s Fly” spirit at a USS Angeles viewing party April 7 at Lisa’s and Dave Mason’s home in Simi Valley. The crew watched the first two episodes of the new season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” (Photo by Dave Mason/USS Angeles/Angels Flight)
The USS Angeles gathers at Dave Mason and Lisa Sobien’s home in Simi Valley for a viewing party. From left are, in front, Paul Szymborski, Jenny Taylor, Lisa Sobien, Kat Campbell and Dennis Cherry; in back, Joe Queen, Lili Queen, Cassie Queen, Kristine Cherry and Jeremy Kranz.

Sonequa Martin-Green returns to the captain’s chair for the fifth and final season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” ((Photo by Michael Gibson/Paramount+/© 2023 CBS Studios Inc.)

Dave Mason

Commanding officer of the USS-Angeles Rank Fleet Captain

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