Great Links: Quark Meets the Apocalypse + Sir Patrick Lobster + Spock’s Space Fun Helmet + More

Has it been a week already? Believe it or not, it’s already time for another Great Links. This week in Trek on the Web: Armin Shimerman Kickstarts the Apocalypse; Sir Patrick Stewart in his most challenging role yet: a lobster; play Star Trek with the Official Spock Space Fun Helmet; and MORE!


Armin Shimerman in cast of Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse (+ Kickstarter)
Our lovable Quark is working along side quite a cast of characters in the upcoming (currently being Kickstarted) feature film Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse. Check out this video Armin did with Harry Groener (Buffy’s ‘The Mayor’), and then go and check out the project. It looks like it’s going to be an entertaining film by some talented people!

Armin & Harry’s latest video

Official Kickstarter video

Sir Patrick Lobster… our favorite English captain tweeted a pic of his Halloween costume

The Star Trek Space Fun Helmet… just like the real thing!
Apparently, this is Official Star Trek Merchandise. Good think they labeled “SPOCK” in big black lettering. Otherwise, how would you know?

Rare Photos of Gene Roddenberry from the Roddenberry Entertainment Archives
The Roddenberry Archives have released a couple of intimate photos of the Great Bird of the Galaxy, Gene Roddenberry, during his normal life at home. The photos were posted exclusively on the Trek Initiative wikia page. The author of the post there writes:

“It’s unclear exactly when these pictures were taken, though they appear to be from around the late ’60s TOS time-frame.”

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November 2, 2013 7:48 am

Ummm, ok.

Trek Lady
November 2, 2013 7:56 am

LOL! CoolPT, I wasn’t sure quite how to respond to this hodgepodge of stories, but I think you nailed it. :)

Phil DaGooner
November 2, 2013 7:56 am

Been a quiet week, huh?

Chancellor Gowron
November 2, 2013 8:09 am

Why didn’t Captain Picard ever dress like that?

November 2, 2013 8:16 am

It’s not really candid shots of Roddenberry unless he’s railing Nichelle from all angles.

Bird of Prey
November 2, 2013 8:33 am

That helmet is hilarious!! :-D

November 2, 2013 8:37 am

” Why didn’t Captain Picard ever dress like that ? ”
Where is Q when you need him

November 2, 2013 10:29 am

I enjoyed the performance of Mrs Peel, the cat : )

Actually the “Apocalypse” movie looks pretty fun. Remember: “If they want to eat you — they’re not your friends!”

November 2, 2013 10:48 am

Trek helmet also had decal for “Kirk.” At the time, it didn’t seem like such a great item, but it has a 70s charm now.

November 2, 2013 10:56 am

So, did Gene’s plant die from neglect or shame at being placed near the tacky statue?

Not sure about Sir Patrick’s Rock Lobster, but he seems to be enjoying it.

I remember seeing the Spock helmets when I was a wee nipper, but I don’t remember them coming with their own lens flares.

Good stuff, Kayla! Thank you!!!

Admiral Stedman
November 2, 2013 11:23 am

I hate when I get my space helmet mixed up with some other guys space helmet. I’d want my name on mine too. Space Lice are right up there with Ceti Eels.

November 2, 2013 12:11 pm

I remember that helmet! Even as kids we were pretty much- WTF?!? It seemed so “Lost In Space” in its cheesiness. Not at all cool like the StarTrek Tracer Pistols that shot the tracer disks. Had a couple of those. God! Wish I still did!

And that Steward picture is hilarious! I literally LOL’d!

Thanks Kayla! Fun stuff…exclamation mark

November 2, 2013 1:07 pm

STAR TREK 2016 NEWS ALERT — Joe Cornish to Direct, Filming Starts next Summer

November 2, 2013 2:00 pm

I’m sorry but who is Joe Cornish ? I never heard of him before.

November 2, 2013 2:06 pm

Never mind, just found his IMDB page. The guy directed mostly TV shows & just one movie, Attack the Block! Why they would pick him over Rupert Wyatt ?

November 2, 2013 3:41 pm

Did you not read the Collider link I provided? Wyatt is too busy?

That’t why I provided the link — it tells you who Cornish is and about Wyatt not being available? Is the link not working?

November 2, 2013 3:55 pm


I read your comment first & my reaction was, who ? Then I read the article & checked the IMDB page.

Why would they hire an inexperienced director to make the the 50th anniversary movie ?

Red Shirt Diaries
November 2, 2013 3:56 pm


MJ’s Collider link is working for me. It provides the info you are asking about. Go to Collider directly and find it if it’s not working for you???

MJ, thanks for breaking this huge Trek movie news on


November 2, 2013 4:06 pm

Ahmed, reading between the lines, it sounds like they have been working since May to find a director for the next movie, with Wyatt at the top of the list, and they haven’t gotten any takers. So my guess is that they are now on Plan B — trying to identify the best of the “up and coming” newbie directors.

Red Shirt, thanks man! I know this site is understaffed, so I am constantly monitoring other genre news sites so that I can help to break stories like this on My pleasure to break the news here on possibly the biggest Star Trek news story during the 2nd half of 2013.

November 2, 2013 4:14 pm

Variety is reporting that this guy, Joe Cornish, turned Star Trek 13 down back in May.

“No formal offer has been made and Cornish could pass on the project a second time. He last turned down the sci-fi tentpole in May.”

November 2, 2013 4:18 pm

btw, nice job on breaking the news here, MJ. I read it first here when I came to the site & saw your link.

November 2, 2013 4:26 pm

@20. I doubt this would be out if he wasn’t the guy. He’d have to be a complete dumb-ass to turn this down. I am 90% sure he will be the guy.

November 2, 2013 4:30 pm

Hmm. Cornish would be an interesting choice. Attack the Block! is a great low budget sci fi film. He directed the young cast to some outstanding performances. And the alien creatures are damned ferocious and creepy. Wonder what he would do with a large budget?

November 2, 2013 4:44 pm

Man! If a 2014 summer shoot is the goal it sure begs the question how far along is the script right now? Hope übermystery and secrecy is not going the be the road Bad Robot takes this time. Wow! And how will the 50th be acknowledged? Moviewise and/or otherwise? God, let it be great!

Red Dead Ryan
November 2, 2013 4:48 pm


Read the article again. It said the producers are aiming to begin filming in (late) 2014 for either a 2015 or ’16 release date.

Dave H
November 2, 2013 4:58 pm

I see three factors as to why Paramount can’t attract any heavyweights like Wyatt to direct the next Trek movie:

1. The “spoiled/misbehaving fans” factor. Everyone on the public “scifi internet” got a dose of reality this year on how negative, whiny and spiteful “some” Star Trek fans can be — a few “bad apples” overacted to their dislike of STID, and it went viral on the Internet. This would give any established director pause on whether he wanted to take on a movie known that such fans might react in an extreme negative manner to his product as well.

2. The “I don’t want to be JJ’s bitch” factor. Any director taking this job, is going to be overseen by JJ, as JJ is still running this Enterprise. This is likely perceived as limiting control and artistic license to any director coming in. If you have already “made it.” like a Wyatt, for example, you probably don’t want to be “JJ’s bitch” for this movie.

3. The “working with ‘Crazy Bob’ uncertainty” factor. Bob’s very public batter with negative fans over STID, and combined with what is now common knowledge of his “publicly perceived” extremist conspiracy and 9/11 Truther opinions, would have to give anyone who wanted to be director some pause, to make sure that this guy was someone that they could really work with (and want to work with) for 2 years

November 2, 2013 4:59 pm

I was referencing the Collider article.

Dave H
November 2, 2013 5:04 pm

As a follow-up to my post, I would bet that Wyatt would have given a completely different response if Paramount came to to him and said, “we’ve closed Bad Robot’s deal on Trek, and we’d like to give you the lead help us produce and direct the next Trek movie, and to pick your own scriptwriter and determine the story concept.”

Red Dead Ryan
November 2, 2013 5:23 pm

Dave H.,

I completely agree with all of your points. I would also add that there has been some “disputes” between Paramount, Bad Robot, and CBS in regards to merchandising. Some have also said that the relationship between the three groups has become dysfunctional. Not sure many big-name directors would want to work under those conditions where the suits can’t put aside there egos.

Add in the fact that Paramount is considering slashing the budget big time and you have a detterent for A-list directors who demand full control over their projects.

Red Dead Ryan
November 2, 2013 5:25 pm



November 2, 2013 5:45 pm

@26. Dave H

” The “working with ‘Crazy Bob’ uncertainty” factor.”

Crazy Bob, really ? I may disagree with his writings but I will not call him crazy. And I don’t see any reports that say big shot directors are afraid to work with him.

November 2, 2013 5:49 pm

@ 25. Red Dead Ryan – November 2, 2013

“Read the article again. It said the producers are aiming to begin filming in (late) 2014 for either a 2015 or ’16 release date.”

It said summer 2014, not late 2014

“There’s no official deal just yet, but Deadline notes that Paramount is readying Star Trek 3 to start filming in summer 2014, which would mean a late 2015 or 2016 release is possible (the latter is more likely). ”

November 2, 2013 11:09 pm

Star Trek back on TV, most likely…me and Orci are happy, thanks for talking CBS.

Dave H
November 2, 2013 11:17 pm


Ahmed, you are taking my point out of context. I said that directors might think about working with Bob given it’s “now common knowledge of his “publicly perceived” extremist conspiracy and 9/11 Truther opinions.”

I am not saying that is my perception or feelings. But read what was said by some others about Bob on public internet sites recently, and you will see that this public perception is out here. For example, from

“We’re living in a world where content creators have more access to their fans than ever and vice versa (a Post-Empire world, as Bret Easton Ellis would say), and we’re all still trying to figure out where the line between “too much” and “just enough” fan interaction is. Star Trek writer Roberto Orci seems to have found it recently, when, after arguing with fans on a Star Trek message board, he deleted his Twitter account. Which is a big loss, frankly, because his timeline was a constant spew of nutty 9/11 conspiracy theories and I always found it pretty entertaining.”

So again, this public perception” of Bob is out there, Ahmed. I am just commenting on it. Don’t shoot the messenger.

November 2, 2013 11:21 pm

Ahmed, Dave,

I love Orci, and think he has been great for Star Trek. But I certainly do see how someone in Hollywood who doesn’t know him, might want to take baby steps with him and do their homework on him before they committed to work with him for a couple of years. I mean, Bob is pretty far out their with some wacky ideas on the world and politics, and he does have a public temper when people don’t see eye to eye with him — you would agree with that, of course, Ahmed?

November 2, 2013 11:23 pm

@32. Well, the article may be off a bit. If you really started filming next summer, then why would the movie not be released until 2016 — that is two years. I think if they really started filming next summer, then a holiday 2015 release would be more likely.

Alf, in pog form
November 3, 2013 1:57 am

Patrick Stewart now auditioning to play Zoidberg??

November 3, 2013 2:03 am

Joe Cornish has directed Trek before

This from Adam and Joe

November 3, 2013 3:12 am

” I will not call him crazy.”

I won’t call him crazy either.

Besides, anyone comfortable with their own beliefs ( no matter what those beliefs may be ) should have no problem working with him…in my opinion.

…He himself does not necessarily agree on everything with everyone, and yet, still seems to be able to work with many different people… :

(posts 67 & 71) :

John from Cincinnati
November 3, 2013 5:08 am

That helmet looks like a nerd beacon

November 3, 2013 6:25 am

Joe Cornish eh? I grew up watching the Adam and Joe show on British TV and I can guarantee this guy is a complete sci fi nerd. These guys were televising the kind of stuff robot chicken were doing 10 years before robot chicken. An out and out trekkie, you may be surprised. Watch his work, then whine and bitch. Afterall, half you guys masturbate over Wrath of Kahn, yet I don’t remember that directors name being in the credits for TMP.

November 3, 2013 6:32 am
November 3, 2013 8:41 am

@33. Dave H

“So again, this public perception” of Bob is out there, Ahmed. I am just commenting on it. Don’t shoot the messenger.”

My apology. After reading & other sites, it does looks like some people in Hollywood got this perception about Bob.

But even with that, Bob still manages to get lot of new projects.

November 3, 2013 8:42 am

@34. MJ

” I mean, Bob is pretty far out their with some wacky ideas on the world and politics, and he does have a public temper when people don’t see eye to eye with him — you would agree with that, of course, Ahmed?”

lol, yeah.

November 3, 2013 8:44 am

@ 35. MJ — THE GRAND RETURN !!! – November 2, 2013

“@32. Well, the article may be off a bit. If you really started filming next summer, then why would the movie not be released until 2016 — that is two years. I think if they really started filming next summer, then a holiday 2015 release would be more likely.”

Or maybe they are going to shoot TWO movies back to back & release them in 2015 & 2016!! I know, this is is just a dream :)

I am not Herbert
November 3, 2013 9:00 am


LOVE the Star Trek Space Fun Helmet! SO dorky!! =)

(btw: great job photoshopping onto nu-spock!)

LOVE the Roddenberry pics too!

thanks Kayla! =)

I am not Herbert
November 3, 2013 9:34 am

ok, the elephant in the room:

BobOrci is NOT crazy… but he IS tainted by all of this… (he’ll be ok) ;-)

Bob IS starting to see through some of the lies: 9/11 = false flag, JFK murdered by CIA / Bush Sr., secret gov’t, illuminati / cabal, etc, etc…

BUT, he is still a catholic, and therefore a slave to dogmatic views… he is still a tool of the machine… and unfit to create “Star Trek” =(

BUT, the new pope IS a good man! …and the truth will come to light!! =)

Scott McC
November 3, 2013 9:52 am

29 Red Dead Ryan

“Paramount slashing the budget big time”?

Can’t say I’ve heard about that, do you have any more info? I’d hate to see Trek go back to the biscuit barrel days of low budgets.

November 3, 2013 10:00 am

@ 37. Addendum.

I won’t call him crazy either for, amongst other reasons, I, too, love debate and hate “groupthink “…

Red Dead Ryan
November 3, 2013 10:31 am

#47. I am not Herbert

Please stop resorting to the bait and troll tactics.


No source in particular, but there’s been rumors that Paramount is considering a significant budget cut since STID — according to the studio — hasn’t made much of a profit.