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This Week In Trek (week ending 8/18/08) August 18, 2007

by Charles Trotter , Filed under: This Week In Trek , trackback

TrekMovie.com is proud to announce the triumphant return of "This Week In Trek" – your comprehensive guide to everything about Trek reported here and elsewhere.

For this week in Trek we bring news ranging from from Bakula on Comedy Central, to Trekkie Dating to Real Tricorders to a possible political campaign?

More details below.


Star Trek (2008):

Trek in the world:

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Where are they now:

Editors Note: I want to welcome Charles Trotter to the TrekMovie.com family as our news correspondent and the compiler of ‘This Week In Trek’. Chuck will help ensure that this is the only site you need to visit to keep fully informed about what is going on in the world of Trek.

Comments

1. Aaron R. (Sisko lives in the hearts of kids everywhere...) - August 18, 2007

Welcome Mr. Trotter this news brief looks great! Glad to have the this week in Trek back! Looked at the Siddig Doomsday movie site… Interesting looks kind of like a take off of 28 days later same feel at least and I loved both those movies.

Aaron R.

2. Aaron R. (Sisko lives in the hearts of kids everywhere...) - August 18, 2007

Oh oh oh 2nd!!!!

3. Heywood Jablome - August 18, 2007

Awesome chuck, this is exactly the right type of summary article needed for this site. Keep up the great work!

Klingons fart in airlocks

4. Craig - August 18, 2007

Cool. I would like just one site to go to for all Trek news.

5. Sleeper Agent X - August 18, 2007

Welcome, Chuck! Thanks for keeping us informed and up to date!

6. Anthony Pascale - August 18, 2007

um….what do you think this site is craig?

7. Kreso - August 18, 2007

Let’s not be too cocky, shall we? :) You don’t need that competitive c*ap, just do your best and people will recognise it. Without self-promoting paroles.

8. Matt - August 18, 2007

Woo y find made it in. I’m a Trekmovie contributor….kinda

9. Craig - August 18, 2007

I keep thinking I still need to check some of the other Trek sites but since people in the Trek franchise post here now I don’t need to go those other site.

10. DavidJ - August 18, 2007

Hmm, haven’t seen the original ending for Generations before, and I gotta say it’s not that bad. It’s still pretty anticlimatic as a whole, but it’s not NEARLY as cheesy and contrived as all the bridge stuff in the final version.

There’s something a little edgier and more realistic the way it plays out here, with Kirk and Soran simply kicking the crap out of each other, Kirk getting shot in the back (which would have worked a lot better if it came out of nowhere) and Picard later blowing a big ass hole in Soran’s chest.

11. Craig - August 18, 2007

David I think they should have let Kirk live and had him Picard and Riker beam up to the Farrogut from the Enterprise D wreckage.

12. Nathan - August 18, 2007

Actually, David, I think the revised ending is 100% better; in the original, while Kirk is beating up Soran, all Picard gets to do is work some stupid keyboard for what seems like an inordinate amount of time. I think that the revised ending is much better in this respect; having both of them go after Soran makes much more sense plot-wise, and it’s a lot more fun for the audience to see the ‘two captains’ go at it together. As for Kirk’s death, the original version of it is quite horrible; he fulfills his purpose in the mission (decloaking Soran’s missile), and then is immediately killed, for no other reason than that he’s fulfilled his purpose, and the writers promised to kill him off. The revised ending makes his death meaningful by actually having him die for something, as opposed to just getting knocked off like a glorified Redshirt. Kirk’s death in the released Generations, I still maintain, is quite good; but I think all of us would wish that they’d just let him live….how hard would it have been? Regardless, Generations is still one of the better Star Trek films.

13. Lao3D - August 18, 2007

Great news wrap-up — who needs the Sunday Times??

Quantum tunneling sounds pretty cool, unless and until they poke a hole through to another dimension and we’re all sucked through it like so much goo.

And I remember visiting Linlithgow more years ago than I care to remember, having no idea of its (future) place in Trek history. I hope the Four Mary’s Pub is still there…

14. CmdrR. - August 18, 2007

waaaaabooowhimperpooey… my video player won’t show me the Generations clip.

Cool articles, though. I am totally stupid when it comes to relativity, but the explanation they offer for faster than light subatomic particles leaves holes you could drive a dreadnaught through.

15. DavidJ - August 18, 2007

#12

Yeah but in the new version it seems even more ridiculous that Soran is able to fend off not only Kirk but Picard too. And the whole thing comes across way too coreographed. I like it better when it’s simply Kirk and Soran wailing on each other — that was always Kirk’s thing anyway. I never cared for “Picard, the action hero” in the movies. He always looked kinda cheesy running around with a phaser rifle and punching guys out.

And like I said, I thought Kirk getting shot in the back would have worked if it was a SURPRISE (the scene is directed horribly as is; seeing Soran wake up and reach for his gun completely robs the scene of it’s power.)

Of course, all that being said, the ending and Kirk’s death never bothered me NEAR as much as all the other cheesy stuff that goes on in this movie.

16. Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space - August 18, 2007

Wow, they REALLY improved the film quality when they re-shot that ending. ;)

17. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 18, 2007

Thanks for the welcome, everyone. I’m glad you enjoyed the weekly wrap-up; I had a blast compiling it and look forward to the reports of coming weeks. I feel it is only right, however, to thank to Anthony, Matt, and everyone else who submitted their news tips. Keep them coming, guys! :)

18. Nathan - August 18, 2007

# 15

Well, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this. Though I agree with you on your dislike of the Picard-action-hero mentality, I still think Picard & Kirk versus Soran makes for a much better scene than Kirk versus Soran and Picard versus Windows.

Oh, and the ‘Quantum tunneling’ thing is really cool, if it turns out to be true. We’ll see.

19. Crusade2267 - August 18, 2007

Some of those shots were used in the theatrical release… the “guy dangling on a rope falling down a cliff,” for one, though it was Kirk in this one, and Soran in the released version. All in all, I like what came out in the theater better.

20. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 18, 2007

Since the alternate Generations ending is the hot topic at the moment, I’d like to say that I prefer the theatrical version… although, woulda been nice if they just let Kirk live. Oh, well. It was… fun… while it lasted. Oh, my….

21. Kevin - August 18, 2007

Yikes, the ending of Generations could have been far worse.

Our bad guy Soran jumping up and down to catch the Nexus which obviously way out of reach.

Kirk gets shot in the back.

Picard just decides shoot Soran point blank in the chest killing him.

At least they made it a little better. Of course they still killed off Kirk and destroyed the Enterprise D, but at least it was that bad.

Hmmm… a sort of tricorder device… which can actually be called a tricorder b/c of Roddenberry’s contract. Of course they’ve done it before, but they didn’t have that many capabilities. I’m still waiting on a working phaser. Or even a powerful hand laser.

Bring on the holodeck. I’ll live in there. Reality’s for suckers.

22. James Heaney (fka Wowbagger) - August 18, 2007

Welcome, Chuck. Nice work here–some stuff even I didn’t know yet.

Props on the Generations vid.

But why the frell did that weird guy who can’t spell get editorial space in the American Chronicle? That is, hands-down, the dullest, most poorly presented version of the post-Nemesis plan (an idea I already consider a lame rehash in so many ways) that I have ever seen. There are dozens of people on this site who could do a better job of that article!

23. Mark - August 18, 2007

Well, here’s one you guys missed – an article on our friend Joan Collins, who, at one point, needed Edith Keeler’s assistance.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=476107&in_page_id=1773

24. Mark - August 18, 2007

Apparently there’s a limit on the length of a link. Add 476107&in_page_id=1773 to the link above to get to the article.

25. RuFFeD_UP - August 19, 2007

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? Me and about 20 other people on the IMDB board for Trek 11 were like OMFG??? DID HE GET SHUT DOWN??

26. Viking Bastard - August 19, 2007

“Director/producer J.J. Abrams will be heading to Iceland to look look over locations scouted for filming back in June. Paramount has sent budgeting plans to Pegasus and Sega Film, the two Iceland-based production companies competing for the film.”

That’s Saga Film, actually.

27. TrekNerd - August 19, 2007

Shatner Hasselhoff ’08.

Why am I not suprised by that ticket?

28. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 19, 2007

#26 Viking Bastard

Oops… :-/

29. Xai - August 19, 2007

Wellllcoooooooooome… Chuck!

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31. FREAKAZOID - August 20, 2007

Someone please tell me if they are putting “Shatner/Hasselhoff ’08″ on a t-shirt!

32. Q - August 21, 2007

“It’s eHarmony for Trekkies: a report by ABC News discusses Sweet on Geeks, an online dating service for “geeks” like Star Trek fans.”

But what if your a nerd; What do you do then?

Sorry, just looking out for all us nerds……

33. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 24, 2007

It’s a bit late in the game, but I just found out that Richard Compton, who appeared in the TOS episodes “The Doomsday Machine” and “The Enterprise Incident” and who later directed TNG’s “Haven,” died on August 11th. Since the report was not discovered until today, I shall include it in next week’s wrap-up, even though it should have been added here.

That said, it would be nice if major media outlets would report deaths like Compton’s. The original report, at Angel Cartwright’s blog (http://acartwrightstudio.blogspot.com/) was posted on August 12th; I only learned about it via a post that was added yesterday at Google Groups obituaries. Does this mean I have to start scanning through everybody’s blog in search of Trek-related deaths? Oy!

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