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Best (and Worst) of Star Trek in 2007 December 31, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Trek Franchise , trackback

As the year wraps up, TrekMovie.com takes a look back and picks the best and worst Trek had to offer over the last year.


TREKMOVIE.COM BEST OF 2007
Counting down here are the top 10 Trek stories and events of the year

10. Star Trek to Mars
On August 4th Star Trek blasted its way to Mars as part of NASA’s Phoenix mission. On board the Phoenix Mars lander was a DVD which included “art, literature, and sounds, all celebrating humanity’s fascination with the Red Planet.” This included the dedication plaque for the Starship Enterprise-D, which in Star Trek lore is to be built at the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards on Mars. This event, like the recent designing of real mission patches by Trek designer Mike Okuda, shows the continued connection between Star Trek and real science.

9. Star Trek The Tour gets going
It was a long time coming, but details and dates Star Trek The Tour were finally announced recently with tickets going on sale just a few weeks ago. The 50,000 square foot traveling interactive exhibit of Star Trek sets, props, models, motion-simulator rides will visit 40 cities around the country, kicking off in Long Beach California on January 18th, 2008. The tour looks fun and will build the profile for Trek in the general public.

8. Star Trek II finally gets action figures + return of Mego
Last summer in honor of the 25th anniversary of the film, Diamond Select announced a series of fifteen figures from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Although the film is one of the most popular in the franchise it never had a full line of action figures. Plus these new figures have nice touches such as glasses for Kirk and a Ceti eel for Chekov. In addition DST also released 2 ST:TWOK ships. Diamond Select are also to commended for bringing back the classic Mego toys from our childhoods (or your dad’s childhood).

7. Its A Wrap Star Trek Auction
Throughout 2007 CBS Paramount have been auctioning off the remainder of their five warehouses worth of stuff built up over decades of continuous Trek production. In weekly E-Bay auctions managed by Its A Wrap Hollywood five thousand items ranging from props, uniforms, set pieces and some models have been sold to over a thousand collectors, many of whom are fist time collectors. The ongoing auction is likely to last until mid 2008.

6. The Fan Lib Star Trek contest
In a first of its kind event, CBS worked with Fanlib.com to create the Kirk v Picard script writing contest. KvP allowed fans to participate in the creation of a script for a showdown between Kirk and Picard. Fanlib brought in Trek writing vet Andre Bormanis as the judge and Will Wheaton and George Takei as hosts to give the event more high profile as well as giving fans a chance to feel truly involved in creating their own bit of Trek.

5. The Menagerie showings
Although no film was released this year, Trek fans did have a chance to go see Star Trek on the big screen. The airing of the remastered two part episode “The Menagerie” may have been a marketing ploy for DVDs but it was a great event for fans across globe. And it was a nice trial run Kirk, Spock, Pike and the gang who will show up a year from now.

4. Star Trek comics return
In 2001 DC comics sub-brand Wildstorm dropped their Trek license and for the first time since 1967 there was no one making Star Trek comics. But with the release of the six part series “Star Trek The Next Generation: The Space Between,” IDW brought Trek back to comics and then kept it going with the release of three other series (“Star Trek Year Four,” “Klingon Blood Will Tell,” and “Alien Spotlight”). Recently the announced five new series for the first half of 2008 with more to come so it looks like Star Trek comics are back.

3. New Voyages, Of Gods and Men and fan films
For years there have been independent Star Trek fan films, but in 2007 they really hit the big time. In the Summer Star Trek New Voyages released “World Enough and Time” which was truly the first of these independent productions that came close to resembling a professional production. TV Guide agreed by awarding it the “Webisode” of the year. Just last week part 1 of Star Trek – Of Gods and Men featuring Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols was released which also showed that someone besides Paramount can make a serious Star Trek production. Another high point of the year was Daren Dochterman’s “Trek Enhanced” version of “The Doomsday Machine.” 2007 also saw the launch of a number of new smaller scale fan productions showing that this facet of Trekdom is flourishing more than ever.

2. Star Trek Remastered on TV and DVD
The digital remastering of Star Trek The Original Series (aired in syndication) began in 2006, but got off to a bit of a rocky start. In 2007 CBS-Digital seemed to get their bearing (and a better model of the Enterprise) and really made the old show shine again. To top it off CBS decided not to wait until the project was complete and brought out the first season of TOS for HD-DVD/DVD combo. Although it was a bit pricey, the set turned out to be a good one and even came with a free phaser remote control if you also bought a new HD-DVD player.

1. Star Trek feature gets greenlight/Abrams agrees to direct
I bet you were wondering when we would get around to this. By far the biggest and best news of the year was that Paramount greenlit a big budget Star Trek feature film. Most thought that after the disastrous performance of Star Trek Nemesis in 2002 and the cancellation of Star Trek Enterprise in 2005 that Trek was done…at least for a while. But JJ Abrams and his band of merry men (Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk) got Trek back to the front burner at Paramount in 2006. However it wasn’t until February of 2007 that Abrams finally signed on to direct and the studio finally agreed to give him the freedom and budget to bring Trek back in a big way. The second biggest set of stories about the film were the flurry of casting stories over the fall (many of which were scooped here on TrekMovie.com). Most fans have been delighted at most selections, especially the return of Leonard Nimoy as Spock and the selection of Zachary Quinto as younger Spock. Throughout the year Abrams, Lindelof, Kurtzman and especially our friend Bob Orci have been saying all the right things about their approach to respecting Trek’s past while creating an inviting epic movie for a new audience. Over the next year we will learn much more and see if they can pull it off. The next big step will be the release of the teaser trailer on January 18th.

WORST OF TREK IN 2007
Of course it has not been all good for Trek this year. Below are the news items and events that we could have lived without. The following are in no particular order

Startrek.com team fired
In order to cut some costs CBS decided to fire the entire staff for the official site STARTREK.COM. For over a decade the site has been the source for official news and information about one of the biggest franchise’s in the world, but CBS decided that they no longer needed to update it (or could no longer afford it). In addition the way CBS handled it was also not a high point. The staff was only given a couple of hours notice and the subsequent CBS corporate-speak announcements gave little indication as to the future of the official site.

Star Trek Merchandising (aka Star Trek: The Funeral)
Star Trek may be on an upswing, but it certainly isn’t back. One only needs to look at Trek products to see that there is a long way to go. There is still a regular stream of Trek books from Pocket Books, but it is not at the pace it was in years past and this year had just one book each for fans of DS9 and Enterprise plus Voyager fans had to look to the TNG books to find their friends. There were also fewer Hallmark ornaments, fewer calendars. Although Diamond select have released some good figures in 2007, Trek toys still seem to be more of a niche collector item (just compare the availability of Star Trek vs Star Wars in you local toy store). And don’t even get me started on the bears. The only new items seemed to be niche products totally out of left field, including funeral products, golf clubs and slot machines. Let’s hope that with the new movie we can finally see a renaissance in Star Trek merchandising.

Perpetual’s troubles and Trek gaming going nowhere
Another area of Trek that is decidedly weak right now is gaming. Trek fans look longingly at other franchises and the steady stream of games only to see not a whole lot going on with Trek. In 2006 Bethesda Softworks picked up the Trek license four years after Activision sued Paramount to get out of it, but the three games they released in 2006 didn’t exactly light the world on fire. In 2007 they only released only one game (“Conquest” which was pretty good), and have no games announced for 2008. 2008 was to be the year that Perpetual released the MMORPG “Star Trek Online” but that is now pushed to 2009. In addition 2007 has been a PR nightmare for Perpetual with them canceling their only other game in development, news of a lawsuit and rumors that they may move to ‘micro-payments’ for STO instead of the traditional monthly fee (used by virtually all successful MMORPGs like World of Warcraft). Perpetual did recently release the first ever in-game images trying to put to rest concerns that the game was totally vaporware and hopefully in 2008 they can step up and show that STO will be a reality in 2009. Bottom line…Trek gaming is not dead, but it isn’t exactly thriving.

TNG’s 20th Anniversary fizzle
In the past anniversaries in Trek have been big occasions. Both the 30th and 35th anniversary for The Original Series had TV specials. TOS’ 40th in 2006 was a bit lower key, but was tied into an auction at Christies, higher profile conventions, the launching of Star Trek Remastered, a number of special 40th anniversary products and a History Channel special. But when it came time for The Next Generation’s 20th all we got was a new box set of the series with a couple of special features. Some cast members appeared together at various Trek conventions but never more than three at a time and Patrick Stewart seemed no where to be found. TrekMovie.com and the official site did our part to celebrate the event, but in the end it just didn’t seem enough for such a great show and landmark in Trek history. But for one last time TrekMovie.com says happy 20th anniversary to Star Trek: The Next Generation…we remember!

No Star Trek on TV
Although the big news about Trek these days revolves around the eleventh feature film, Trek is primarily a TV franchise. Starting in 1987 Star Trek had a series or two on the air for eighteen years straight. In 2005 that came to an end with the cancellation of Star Trek Enterprise. It appears that CBS (who control Trek on TV) aren’t even going to think about Trek until after they see what happens with the new movie and they will likely wait until we see how George Lucas does with his live action Star Wars TV series which may show up in 2009.

Shatner in Star Trek saga and movie secrecy
The new Star Trek movie may have been the best news of the year, but it also generated some of the most annoying news of the year as well. At the top of that list must be the ongoing going saga that is “will William Shatner appear in Star Trek?” All year long there have been rumors, stories, confirmations, debunkings, accusations, counter-accusations and more. The whole thing has been handled poorly by all parties involved. The saddest part is that even though the film is in production, the saga is still ongoing. Some believe that the whole mess is part of some secret plan, (which it is not) but that brings up the second most annoying part of the new movie…the secrecy. It has become legendary now in Hollywood that the new Star Trek is the most secret project in town. Even the actors are complaining about how they have to go around wearing hoods in enclosed golf carts. Hopefully starting with the release of the trailer this cone of silence will start to be lifted. JJ if this movie is half as good as you guys say it is, then trust us fans with some pictures and scoops and we will be an unstoppable army of evangelists dragging everyone we know to see this movie.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Well that is it for 2007. This is the last story of the year and as a personal note I would like to thank all of you for visiting and commenting and helping make this the fastest growing and number one site for Trek news on the web. I would also like to thank all the contributors like Chuck, Matt and the Tenutos. Happy New Year to all of you and have a drink on me.

What was your best and worst?
So do you agree with the TrekMovie.com assessment? (unlikely since Trekkies cannot agree that water is wet) What are your favorite stories of 2007? Let us know in the comments below…and how about some of the 99% of visitors who never comment coming out of the woodwork to delurk and say hi.

Comments

1. Harry Ballz - December 31, 2007

Let me be the first to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!

2. Greg Stamper - December 31, 2007

The same to you Harry Baltz and to All of Us, Everyone!

3. ster j - December 31, 2007

Dare I say first?

4. ster j - December 31, 2007

Well, I hesitated and lost the slot. I should have gone with my first thought and wished everyone a healthy and prosperous new year! (Bangs head on wall)

5. NCC-73515 - December 31, 2007

so much text

6. mctrekkie - December 31, 2007

It wouldn’t be a new year without a Harry Ballz” in the “first” chair

Happy new year and thanks Anthony for all the hard work.

7. NCC-73515 - December 31, 2007

why can’t this site be the new official homepage? ;)
did you ever ask cbs?
it’s what i wish to you for the new year :D

lucas makes a sw-series??? well that’s…. interesting. i only have one fear: if ST08 is a huge success, the public will gain interest in sci-fi, which brings lucas more viewers. if ST08 is not successful, public will not take any notice of it – and watch wars anyway. i will never understand why, but star wars is always stealing trek the show… in a way… at least that’s my impression. many friends of mine think that SW and SG are great, but ST is boring. so i would be pleased if there would only be more trek, and no more wars, in the future. that would direct the attention back to real sci-fi! ;)

8. El Ghost Host - December 31, 2007

Happy new year, everyone.

I hate to nitpick on my very first comment, but I am surprised at the exclusion of George Takei’s appearances on the Howard Stern Show. Since the move to Sirius Satellite Radio, Stern and his crew have made amazing radio. But when George is sitting in the studio, the show turns into pure magic. He is so open, warm, funny, and, most importantly, he gets it. He understands what the show is truly about and revels in it Everyone is taken by his wit and charm. I hope he returns to the show often; it is very special when he does.

*El Ghost Host*

9. AJ - December 31, 2007

My five-year old son has different bears, a Klingon, a Borg, a Ferengi officer, and a Vulcan science officer. I think I got them in Vegas a few years ago. Maybe one day, he’ll actually care, if JJ and team can pull this off!

May 2008 be a good year of fresh starts for all of us who need one, including our old friend Star Trek.

10. Sean4000 - December 31, 2007

Trek XI is a BIG BEST for Trek in 2007. TOS-R, IMO, not so big.

11. A Writer - December 31, 2007

JJ – Keep the secrecy. Please.

What is wrong with not knowing the plot of a movie before you see it? I know enough to get me in the theatre: Nimoy is in it. Quinto is in it. They’re using the TOS characters. I’m there. I’m secretly wishing that Picard (Stewart) will be in it, but I’m not holding my breath.

12. Harry Ballz - December 31, 2007

It’s a great pleasure chatting with each and every person on this site. I look forward to stimulating conversation and debate leading up to the movie’s premiere in December, 2008!!

It might be the tranya talking, but……I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! :)

13. Ryan T. Riddle - December 31, 2007

There were other things in Trek toys going on other than the TWOK action figures (which ROCK!) that wasn’t mentioned — the return of Mego-style retro cloth 8″ action figures! The original Megos remain the best Trek figure ever made and their return via retro-style figures brings back my fond childhood memories. Even though I wasn’t born when these babies made their debut, there were still enough figures in circulation to be sold at Sears, J.C. Penny and Gemco in the early 80s that I had nearly the entire crew. I carried these things with me from Chicago to San Diego to Hawai’i and back to San Diego. Ah, the things this generation has missed out on.

14. SPB - December 31, 2007

DID “STAR TREK IV” EVER HAVE AN ACTION FIGURE LINE?

Call me crazy, but I’d love to stick a TREK IV Spock figure on top of my computer at work, complete with white, Vulcan hippie robes and ’80s headband!

Did Playmates ever produce a figure like this?

15. Sebastian - December 31, 2007

Also wishing a Happy New Year to all. Got a few bones to pick with the big screen roll-out of “Menagerie.” The theater my wife, friends and I saw it in had a very dark image (like wearing a pair of Ray-bans!) with over-saturated color (skin tones looked a hot orange). And the ticket prices; much higher than a regular feature film for a 40 yr old TV episode!? We were all a bit slapped by that one! Now, I love Star Trek; grew up with it. But this has not always been a franchise that treats its fans well. Bad enough the Creation Cons (and cons they HAVE been, of late) gouge us with overpriced tickets and autographs (compared to even a few years ago), but to overcharge us fans just to watch a TV show in a communal environment? That just plain sucks! Shame on you, CBS and Paramount, for your guilt-less milking of the loyalty of fans! If I’d known of the substandard presentation and overcharging of tickets in advance, I would’ve stayed in and watched my first edition DVD of “Menagerie” (the DVDs; another forum by which to stick-it to the fans with all these damned re-issues! To hell with them; I’ll watch my “lo-def” originals!). May the New Year of 2008 bring a little sanity and generosity to the keepers of the (ever-more expensive) franchise flame! And all my hopes for a great new Trek film! Hope they don’t charge 4 bucks extra to see it!

16. Noleuser - December 31, 2007

I believe this might be my favorite web site. Happy New Year Everyone! RED HOUR fast aproaches!! FESTIVAL!

17. NZorak - December 31, 2007

#7

Star Wars is fantasy dressed up like science fiction while Star Trek is the genuine article. In my experience the two franchises have two very different fan bases, and while the casual scifi enthusiast might like both, very few people are passionate about both. They really cater to two different audiences. I honestly think that the success or failure of Trek ’08 will have next to no effect on the Star Wars TV shows, while the opposite is also true.

18. Gary Seven - December 31, 2007

Happy New Year to All!

Thank you Anthony, for making my 2007 a little bit better.

I hope the new movie is good, I hope “The Ultimate Computer RM is good, and most hearteningly…..

It’s one year closer to the 23rd Century.

19. Irene - December 31, 2007

Happy New Year and the Best is yet to come!!
I am very proud of all you have done this year
and it just keeps getting better.
Loving You, Mom

20. Gary - December 31, 2007

Whopppie!!!! 123456!

21. Stanky McFibberich - December 31, 2007

Best:
Star Trek Remastered
Dochterman’s Doomsday

Worst:
Star Trek XI

22. TrekNerd - December 31, 2007

The new Star Trek movie is coming out this year! Woo-hoo!

Anthony, what was the final decision regarding the redesign of this site? I like the format as it is, but what about the reformatting of the forums so that anyone can post in any topic they like?

By the way, first for 2008!

23. TrekNerd - December 31, 2007

Wait a minute! What coast is this site published in?!

24. Harry Ballz - December 31, 2007

So, Stanky, I see you went with NO resolutions this year…..

You’re consistent, I’ll give you THAT…….. :)

25. MiamiTrek - December 31, 2007

Harry Ballz, you are THE MAN!

To all of my new friends here, Feliz Año Nuevo – Happy New Year!!!

The top on my Best of Trek list has to be….

…..TREKMOVIE.COM

And yes, please JJ – Keep up the secrecy!

I wish you all a safe and prosperous New Year and I look towards all kinds of discussions while we hurtle towards December 25th and a new Star Trek movie!

26. Will - December 31, 2007

I agree with your list, but one thing should be split up between the “best” and “worst”.

Best, Trek XI being greenlit.

Worst, Abrams and all his buddies being involved with it. Seriously, am I the only person who felt that MI:III sucked? I mean, seriously, I fell asleep during it, both times I tried to watch it. And redesigning classic trek? Not letting anyone know just how drastic the redesigns are? That’s some “Worst of” material, in my opinion.

Sure, it could turn out (and I hope it does) that all the “we’ve redesigned” things is just a big fake out to generate discussion and then in the end it’s a nice, only slightly updated, look.

27. TrekkyStar - December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!
360 days till Star Trek 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!

28. Harry Ballz - December 31, 2007

Will, I understand your point of view, but I’m a fairly picky film buff and even I didn’t hate MI:III, even though I DESPISE Tom Cruise……………have patience and you may be rewarded….. :)

29. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 31, 2007

First!!

Happy New Year!

30. Sean4000 - December 31, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

31. Etha Williams - December 31, 2007

The growth of trekmovie.com should have been among the “bests” for 2007. :)

I actually think the bears are rather cute. If I had more $, I might even get one.

All in all, a pretty good year for Trek, IMO.

Happy New Year!

32. Smitty - December 31, 2007

The Shatner saga is by far one of the worst of the year.

Became a weekly drama for while didn’t it?

-cs™

33. Jeffrey S. Nelson - December 31, 2007

New TV Guide says Ricardo Montalban will voice a cow on upcoming episode of Family Guy. Sounds like a moo-ving segment to look forward to.

34. Harry Ballz - December 31, 2007

I won’t UDDER a word against that recommendation…………

35. Michael DeSanto - December 31, 2007

No mention of the writers’ strike and the negative impact it may have on the upcoming film?

36. DJT - December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!
May you all live long and prosper.

“Don’t you just love New Year’s?
You can start all over.
Everybody gets a second chance.”

37. Daren Doc - January 1, 2008

Yay… I made the list! Thanks!

Happy New Year! :)

38. FYI: "First" is LAME. - January 1, 2008

I agree that water is wet.

Happy New Year.

Looking forward to this Christmas.

39. Data_Lives_in_B4 - January 1, 2008

Love this site. Been reading it every day since early 2007. I love how u update it even more than once per day!

40. SPB - January 1, 2008

#17 Nzorak –

Speak for yourself! Count me as one of the “very few” who loves both STAR TREK and STAR WARS equally, but for different reasons, mainly the epic spectacle of WARS versus the rich characterization (and infinitely better dialogue) of TREK.

I grew up at the perfect time in the ’70s… watching the TREK Animated Series plus the original episodes in syndication, then being blown away by STAR WARS in ’77. Pure ’70s geek nostalgia has a lot do to with my never being able to rid either TREK or WARS from my DNA (much to the mild chagrin of my wife)!

(But it ain’t blind love… let’s face it: The STAR WARS prequels, plus VOYAGER and ENTERPRISE, pretty much stink!)

41. Pointy-Ears - January 1, 2008

And that’s the year it was.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

42. SPB - January 1, 2008

# 17 Nzorak –

One other thing: I’d say the (financial) success of the STAR WARS Prequels (plus BATMAN BEGINS and CASINO ROYALE) had a LOT to do with STAR TREK XI being greenlit!

Plus, let’s not forget that the original STAR WARS in ’77 helped usher in the STAR TREK movie franchise. So like it or not, WARS does have an impact on what eventually gets greenlit in the TREK universe. If the WARS TV series does gangbusters, then we may see a new TREK TV series after all. Sadly, Paramount hasn’t exactly been leading the charge during the last few decades.

43. CaptainRickover - January 1, 2008

Trekmovie.com is really the best Star Trek side created by fans ever. It’s far better as the official side ever was. Congratulations!

Best Star Trek-thing in 2007: 1.) Discovering Trekmovie.com, as I’ve said allready. 2.) The last Star Trek new voyages episode: I hope, CBS have seen this and thinks about a Star Trek Excelsior series. 3.) TOS-R: Some great additions for the existing episodes, the USS Antares for example.

Worst Star Trek things in 2007: 1.) Shatner. I really have enough of him! 2.) Star Trek XI secrecy. I hate it to be left alone in the mist! 3.) TOS-R. I have seen know every ep on DVD, but it seems to me, that they have only a few scenes really remasterd. In most CGi-shots, the Enterprise looks terrible. Phasers looks still very cheesy. Not worth the money (in Germany 149 €!).4.) Cancellation of Startrek.com. I can’t and will not understand this. 5.) My big Polar Light NX-01 model crashed from the table; beyond of any repair.

About the Star Trek vs. Star Wars thing. I like them both, but I think Star Trek XI will have no negative influence for the upcoming life-action Star Wars show. If ST08 rocks, it will do SW some good, if it bombs, Star Wars will not care. The SW-show will be nevertheless a huge hit (for one or two seasons of course). But if GL brings up such “good” actors as the guy played Anakin and such good written storys as Episode 1, the show will be lost after season 3.

The SG-shows are in most cases no good scfi, but they have some energy in it, that makes them entertaining. A new Star Trek show needs a similiar energy, presented by it’s characters. All special effects and action will not save a show, if it’s boring to watch the characters. That was for me the problem with VOY and ENT and sometimes with TNG too. I think, that’s what’s made the first SW-trilogy or TOS so successfull even after 30 or 40 years. The characters of both franchises are full of such an character-energy, that make it a fun, to watch them. I can only hope, that the new Star Trek will transport a similiar energy, to make Star Trek interesing again, but more usefull would be a new tv-show with new characters full of living energy.

Hope you understand, what I mean.

BTW: Happy new year everyone!

44. FredCFO - January 1, 2008

TOS Remastered has been a good thing mostly. Too bad it took awhile to develop the right digital model. Too bad they waited to come off the shot-for-shot principal. It would be nice if they added extra SFX scenes to flesh out some of the stories. But overall, I’ve liked it.

As to Shatner, did he have a say in Kirk getting killed off in Star Trek Generations? Or was he thinking that a Spock-like resurrection was in the cards? (His books pushed that idea.)

CBS didn’t buy Paramount to put on of its key assets on the shelf. So TOS remastered, Star Trek XI. The Industry that is Star Trek will live long and prosper.

Happy New Year everyone!

45. FredCFO - January 1, 2008

“2007 also saw the launch of a number of new smaller scale fan productions showing that this facet of Trekdom is flourishing more than ever.” Let’s name ‘em:

Starship Exeter “The Tressaurian Intersection” is now 75% complete (Jimm and Josh Johnson, Dennis Bailey et al — http://www.starshipexeter.com).

Star Trek Intrepid released “Heavy Lies the Crown” (Nick Cook and crew from Scotland — http://www.starshipintrepid.net).

Starship Farragut released two episodes — “The Captaincy” and “For Want of a Nail”. ( John Broughton, Paul Sieber — http://www.starshipfarragut.com).

All with high production values….

46. NCC-73515 - January 1, 2008

#42 SPB
Lucas took many things from Trek. Remember that Trek existed for 11 years before Wars came out ;)

47. Go Spock! - January 1, 2008

Happy 2008!

48. Enterprisingguy - January 1, 2008

I agree that water can be wet.

But like Trek it can take on many forms.

Trek has always been best when it’s “steamy”!

Happy New Year to all and thanks for all the laughs and insights! This truly IS the best Trek site of all!

49. Sebastian - January 1, 2008

Regarding the comment that Star Wars is fantasy dressed as sci-fi, and that Trek is the genuine article. As a fan of both franchises (equally, for different reasons) I beg to differ. Trek is every bit as much fantasy as light sabers and the force. Transporter technology, for example. Utter fantasy. Warp drive, too, is a fantasy method of travel “dressed up” in scientific clothing. Read Lawrence Krauss’ books on the exact subject. Not that one cannot enjoy the lesser of the scientifically viable franchises simply because it’s not plausible. Approaching the speed of light may be possible someday. Exceeding it never will be. Transporting a human being atom by atom across space and keeping him ALIVE (when it is imposible to even gauge the exact quantum state of an atom at any one time) is lunacy; Transporters were created because Trek producers (at the time) couldn’t afford to land the big ‘E’ every week! It’s all the same realm of “science” as light sabers! But don’t fool yourself; BOTH franchises are wonderful works of fantasy. Don’t hold your breath to be beamed up anytime soon! Happy New Year! Best wishes for the new Trek movie!

50. Scott Gammans - January 1, 2008

Under the “Worst of 2007″ category I’d place the cessation of the Star Trek-Remastered reviews. What’s up with that? :(

51. T Negative - January 1, 2008

Happy new Year!!

I have been a denizen of TrekMovie since September of 2006 and it is BY FAR my favorite Trek website. Great Job!!

My favorite thing regarding Trek has been the Remastered project. Watching these 40+ year old shows in glorious HD has been a treat that I never expected.

Going forward in the coming years, I hope to see Star Trek back on the TV screen. Star Trek was meant to be on TV and hopefully the movie does so well that the we get to see all new adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock on board the USS Enterprise on the little screen!!

52. trekee - January 1, 2008

Happy new year all.

2008 looks to be full of possibilities… Fingers crossed.

53. dalek - January 1, 2008

Can’t argue with that list. The Return of Trek and World Enough and Time being the highlight, and the return of Shat debaccle the worst.

“The whole thing has been handled poorly by all parties involved.”

Agreed!

Happy New Year To One and All :) !!!

54. Dr. Image - January 1, 2008

Best of Trek? This site! The epicenter of all good things!
NHY you guys!

55. Robogeek - January 1, 2008

Happy New Year — and thanks for all the great work you and your compatriots have done with this site. TrekMovie.com definitely deserves a spot on any “Best of Trek in 2007″ list.

56. Woulfe - January 1, 2008

2008 is here WOOT !

Great list.

Can’t wait to see what the best and worst for 2008 will be.

Only a year to go to find out, eh ?

57. Leonel - January 1, 2008

“JJ if this movie is half as good as you guys say it is, then trust us fans with some pictures and scoops and we will be an unstoppable army of evangelists dragging everyone we know to see this movie.”

VERY WELL SAID. May this point not be missed.

Anthony, thanks for compiling the list!! And the editorials. Great job.

ps – water is wet? ;-)

58. Andy Patterson - January 1, 2008

Anthony and gang, Happy New Year! Has been a good one. Here’s to be a good one ahead.

59. Captain Dunsel - January 1, 2008

Have to say my top is hearing Nimoy had agreed to return–put a real stamp of authenticity on this project.

My low would have to be reading tiresome posts by people who clearly are not willing to give the new movie a chance but are negative at every turn.

Anthony–well done and thanks. Happy New year to all Staters (ST08’ers).

60. Andy Patterson - January 1, 2008

I like to think I’m part of the “smaller scale fan productions” that were listed.

61. MiamiTrek - January 1, 2008

I have to agree Captain Dunsel…

Those who have summarily dismissed the film based on their interpretation of what they have read or just based some misguided sentiment that it shouldn’t be meddled with at all can be very tiresome. They are of course entitled to their opinion, but how about trying to read the book before throwing it into the fire, so to speak.

It is rather impossible to gauge the quality at this point, but from my perspective, I think we are going to be into a treat.

But hey, if you like watching and re-watching 79 TOS episodes and no have room for an expansion in this universe, then have at it. We’ll miss you at the theaters.

62. Keith R.A. DeCandido - January 1, 2008

I’m a little disappointed that not a single novel, eBook, or short story anthology was mentioned. Pocket Books’s novel line DID celebrate TNG’s 20th anniversary with three post-NEMESIS novels, an anthology, an eBook miniseries, and a “lost era” novel focusing on Picard. And this year also saw the continuation of ENTERPRISE past its final episode with THE GOOD THAT MEN DO, the two MIRROR UNIVERSE trade paperbacks, the conclusion of the VULCAN’S SOUL and CRUCIBLE trilogies, continuing the VANGUARD and TITAN series, and much much more.

Pocket Books has consistently kept the TREK flame burning longer than anyone, and at least as successfully as anyone.

(Oh, and while I share your enthusiasm for IDW’s comics line, that actually kicked off in 2006…..)

63. RandyYeoman - January 1, 2008

For Trek books….nothing that came out this year was really that interesting and there were a few stinkers in there too. In used to buy almost all trek books, but this year I stopped. I hope tht 2008 things get better

oh and IDW’s first comic was released on January 17 2007
http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/History_Lesson

64. Rick - January 1, 2008

I always enjoy the good and bad of most everything as it makes life more interesting. ;) Anyways a year from now we will all be talking both good and bad about a new Trek film! Till that moment comes up everyone here and beyond have a GREAT 2008! Also thanks Anthony for a great TREK site! I cannot recall how I came across it, but I am glad I stumbled into it on my cyber journeys. Heck it is one of the first sites I tend to jump into when I jump on-line.

Beaming up…

65. steve adams - January 1, 2008

Serioulsy ..#15 I agree. Not only on your points about the cost of tickets but the dvd reissues. Jessh can’t they get it right the first time.
Oh I forgot its like candy they keep repackaging for us…and of course there’s HD and all that stuff you JUST GOTTA have….. :)
^
Also tip:
its a (Pain in the shat) but sometimes you have to get up and go up to the theatre staff and tell them that the picture guality is bad. They usual get someone to clean it up within min.
If not, you “in mass” ask for your money back.
That usual gets things rolling at a movie theatre. :)
^ don’t stand for bad film projection. !!
That’s my advice for 2008.

66. steve adams - January 1, 2008

#17 NZorak. Have to say yea on the differences between Wars and Trek.
However:
Like it or not Star Wars has had more of an effect on the direction of Star Trek then you might realise…
^
Star Trek the Motion picture was released after Star Wars broke open the Box offices. Paramount was working on Star Trek (Phase 2/ tv series)but scrapped the whole idea in able to capitalise on the revenue another big Star related film would generate.
^
Then Star Wars does the then original prequel films…
After 21 seasons (combined) Star Trek goes prequel with (Enterprise).
^
Now with all the redo’s and do,over’s in hollywood Trek is going to reboot: kinda like the Matrix I guess?

67. The Vulcanista - January 1, 2008

Best of Trek 2007: This site!

Happy 2008 everyone! Peace and long life.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

68. Robert Bernardo - January 2, 2008

Antnony Pascale wrote:

> Some cast members appeared together at various Trek conventions
> but never more than three at a time and Patrick Stewart seemed no
> where to be found.

Not a Star Trek convention but Patrick Stewart showed up at the Jules Verne Film Festival in December in order to honor William Shatner with the JV Lifetime Achievement Award. It was great seeing Patrick and Bill joking with each other.

69. BlastFurniss - January 2, 2008

Here’s a worst…the way Spike and G4 treat Trek like an afterthought usually airing it in the wee morning hours. Looks as if G4 has dropped TNG completely too (anyone know for sure….it does’t come up when I search my Directv guide for it). KRAD will be happy to know the Pocket Books line makes my best of. Lots of good stuff released this year. Hopefully the new flick is a huge hit and we’ll see more titles released.

70. Iowagirl - January 2, 2008

#68

Yes, agreed!

And in addition to the TWOK action figures (no. 8 Best), we were provided with a wonderful 25th anniversary tribute video.

71. Wayne Lacina - January 2, 2008

Best=Star Trek in general
Worst=How Paramont handles this franchise and how they continune to stick it to the fans.
May all the fans live long and prosper in 2008

72. MiamiTrek - January 2, 2008

^ How exactly is Paramount “sticking it” to the fans?

73. Eyewillit - January 2, 2008

TrekMovie.com is number one on my list! You guys make it fun to be a trekkie again. Thanks for all your hard work and have a great New Year!!!

74. Sean4000 - January 3, 2008

This site is a monument to Trek’s continuing fan support. I’m glad i can be a part of it. Thank you Anthony!

of course my site, under construction, will also be a huge part of Trek. ;)

75. seangh - January 3, 2008

Better late than never – happy New Years trekmovie.com and all my brothers and sisters in trekdom!

76. TJ Trek - January 4, 2008

Alright let me say this about the secrecy. I think JJ is a brilliant man when it comes to TV/film and the business. If this movie turned out to be a big flop, that would hurt JJ big time (I think). why? beause of the fact the he DID demand such secrecy. I don’t think he would take this gamble if he didn’t think it would work outt. I envision that the movie will be really good, and that it will have a better second weekend then first. Those who were brave enough to try it opening day will be like “That was so cool, I have to tell all my friends” and then those same guys will show up the following weekend with there friends and fill up the seats.

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