2011 also saw a lot of interesting media releases in the world of Star Trek, including new music CDs, new TV broadcasts and DVDs, new internet and and video game content and new artwork. Today we take a look at the best of the year in Star Trek media.
BEST STAR TREK MUSIC, VIDEO & ART OF 2011
Best Music Release – Star Trek: TNG Collection Vol. 1
2001 saw some interesting musical releases, mostly from non-official sources such as albums from the band Five Year Mission and William Shatner’s "Seeking Major Tom" sci-fi themed music CD. But the best Star Trek music of the year was more music from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Last year saw FSM’s wonderful 14 CD Ron Jones Star Trek TNG collection. And in 2011 La La Land wins the best of the year with Volume 1 of their Star Trek TNG collection. The 3CD set was a collector’s dream with 3 hours of previouisly unreleased music
from TNG, along with excellent set of liner notes.
Best DVD/TV Broadcast – "The Captains"
The 45th anniversary year of Star Trek saw a few new documentaries. Late 2010 saw "The Captains of the Final Frontier" on the Bio Channel. This year saw a couple of interesting documentaries about Star Trek conventions, including the "Back to Space Con" DVD. And recently we finally got a chance to see Rod Roddenberry’s impressive "Trek Nation" journey of discovery. There was even an odd Trek-related DVD in 2011 ("Trek Stars Go West") compiling westerns with the stars
of the original Star Trek. There was even an adult film "Star Trek: The Next Generation – A XXX Parody" (which offers a porn-free version that is as good as the best fan film and even respects canon!)
But the favorite entry of the year was the broadcast (and subsequent DVD release) of William Shatner’s "The Captains." The documentary gave fans a unique opportunity to see the original Kirk sit down with his fellow Trek captains and talk candidly about how Star Trek had affected their careers and even their personal lives.
Best Video Re-release – Netflix/Amazon Star Trek Streaming
Continuing the tradition of Star Trek embracing each new medium to release content, 2011 saw the release of Star Trek via online streaming to both Netflix and Amazon Unbox. Both services now have every single episode (including the animated series). These are available to view via a computer or other enabled devices including TVs, Blu-ray players and mobile devices. Both are commercial free and part of the regular subscriptions.
Best Computer/Video Game – Yoostar 2
The world of Star Trek gaming has slowed down lately. The Star Trek Online MMORPG continues to run with new updates, but 2012 will see the game go through a big change to Free-to-play which will hopefully revitalize the title. There was hope for another browser based game from Gameforge, but that is now in doubt. A new console game linked to the new movie universe has been announced, but that wont be until next year (at the earlist). So this year the most new fun to be had with Star Trek and videogames comes from Yoostar 2, which is the new version of the music karaoke game (for the Kinect for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system utilizing the PlayStation®Eye) which lets you play out scenes from TV and movies, including a number of Star Trek scenes. The basic box set comes with a few Star Trek selections and there are a number of additional
scenes you can buy online as well.
Best Art – Mondo Tees "City on the Edge of Forever" Poster
2011 saw a good selection of new Star Trek art. There was the launch of the Star Trek Fine Art collection, and the fun Star Trek Mosaics made from fan photos. Plus Light Speed Fine Art continue to offer interesting Star Trek prints. However, TrekMovie must again look to the creative folks and Mondo Tees for their innovative line of Star Trek inspired posters. There were a number of (the way too limited) releases in 2011, but the favorite was the one inspired by the episode "City on the Edge of Forever" for its simple evocative design.
More 2011 look back to come
Stay tuned for more retrospective looks back at the year that was.