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“Star Trek Timelines” strategy game announced for mobile and web April 9, 2014

by Brian Drew , Filed under: Games,Merchandise , trackback


Disruptor Beam, a Boston-based game developer, has announced the development of Star Trek Timelines, a multiplayer strategy RPG set in the Prime Universe that will cover every era of the franchise’s history, from the Enterprise-era through the TNG-era.

The developer, who released Game of Thrones Ascent last year, is designing the game in a way that makes “mixing and matching” crews from different eras a possibility.

Disruptor Beam CEO Jon Radoff explains:

 Temporal anomalies, mirror universes and time travel have been recurring themes throughout all the Star Trek series and several of the films. This will form the basis of Star Trek Timelines, and gives us the opportunity to explore a lot of “what-if” scenarios: what if Spock and Jean-Luc Picard got to serve on the same ship? What would it be like to have members of the mirror universe’s Terran Empire on your crew? This game will allow you to join forces with your favorite characters from across the many eras and universes from Star Trek lore—and then make decisions that impact the future of civilizations, star systems and the galaxy itself.

 

Radoff also wants to emphasize that this isn’t anything like more recent Star Trek strategy games:

 Let’s talk for a moment about what Star Trek Timelines won’t be: it isn’t a first-person shooter or a MMORPG-oriented environment where the action is about running around and blasting everyone with your phasers. There are already Star Trek games that feature first-person action—and we also feel that a combat-oriented game wouldn’t really capture the vision of Star Trek. Instead, we’re going to focus on giving you beautiful vistas of outer space, artistic renderings of your favorite characters, and a conflict mechanic where science and diplomacy are just as important as your ability to fire photon torpedoes. This means that some aspects of the game will be more “abstract” than you’d experience in a first-person perspective game – but we think it’s the right way to create the right experience for Star Trek.

 

Radoff goes into a great deal more detail about the project in a blog post here. http://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/entry/vision-for-star-trek-timelines

The game is very early on in its development.  When released it will be available on iOS and Android platforms, as well as web browsers.

TrekMovie will bring you more information about this cool-looking project as we get it.

Comments

1. Mathias - April 9, 2014

First…ENGAGE!

2. Danpaine - April 9, 2014

Neat idea. Looking forward to seeing some screenshots.

3. Victor Hugo - April 9, 2014

This is a great idea.

I look forward to it!

4. dscott - April 9, 2014

Fantastic!! A “real” Star Trek game, not Halo with a starfleet skin.

5. Bird of Prey - April 9, 2014

Yep, definitely sound like an interesting concept! I am intrigued!

6. THX-1138 - April 9, 2014

I have some reservations about the platform they are choosing. Mobile devices are typically the domain of “Buy in” type games, where one has to pay money for upgrades or to open new levels. Not good. Also the trailer is monumentally short of any meaningful game content. Not good.

Now if the concept is true and executed properly I would play it. Certainly a Star Trek video game should have some conflict, but my tastes would be better served by an exploration game.

7. EFFeX - April 9, 2014

I’m looking forward to it, I’ve been waiting for a good Star Trek game on Android. This one sounds interesting.

8. RenderedToast - April 9, 2014

That generic Trek theme rip-off has set the bar pretty damn low already.

9. Mad Mann - April 9, 2014

I thought that Starfleet Academy from the 1990s was the best Star Trek ever, it felt most like a real Star Trek experience than any game ever made. I agree that Star Trek should NOT be just a shoot-em-up. I would also like to explore strange new worlds, perform rescue operations, use diplomacy, conduct investigations in space, support scientific endeavors, etc. That’s the kind of Star Trek game I would like.

10. I am not Herbert - April 9, 2014

interesting… =)

at least SOMEBODY is gearing up for the big 50th… =P

11. Z3R0B4NG - April 10, 2014

am i the only one who has no interest in mixing and matching crewmembers of different TV Ships?

either give me my own custom crew, or give me a full Replica TV Crew…

also the Music is AGAIN not Star Trek music, how come that all Star Wars games always blast the original Themes but none of the Star Trek Games ever do?

Whats the reason that CBS’s Star Trek license for games doesn’t include the Music of all the TV Shows by default?

…hopefully this will be not another rip off game like Star Trek Trexels was …with Paywalls everywhere.


nothing against Tablet games, but i also wouldn’t mind some REAL Star Trek games again. Star Trek Online certainly has its fanbase but after 4 years with it it just doesn’t have anything left for me and the new stuff is just more of the same, while the Story gets ignored to the point that it is just a vessel to introduce the next mark farming zone or to sell the next C-Store Ship. *MEH*
And i don’t need to mention “Star Trek – The Game”, do i?

12. Disinvited - April 10, 2014

#11. Z3R0B4NG – April 10, 2014

“also the Music is AGAIN not Star Trek music, how come that all Star Wars games always blast the original Themes but none of the Star Trek Games ever do?” – Z3R0B4NG

The answer is simply that before the 2005 split old Paramount was better at wrangling musical copyrights. “New” (its really old Paramount) CBS doesn’t bother because apparently new Paramount got the music wranglers. You’ll also notice on the packaging of CBS TV shows on disc printed on or after the 2005 divorce a message “MUSIC HAS BEEN CHANGED FOR THIS HOME ENTERTAINMENT VERSION”; this is why the original HAWAII 5-0 pressed before 2005 has all the original Don Ho music and the ones reprinted after do not, for example.

13. dscott - April 10, 2014

@ 11. Z3R0B4NG,
You don’t “have” to, it’s just an option. Nothing I care much for myself, but doesn’t sound mandatory for interesting gameplay.

Also, I know Trek Trexels is a paywall game, but if you’re patient (and can’t sleep sometimes, like me) you don’t have to pay a dime. I haven’t, and I’m maxed out waiting on more content with millions in resources and thousands in dilithium.

14. LogicalLeopard - April 10, 2014

You know what would make a good Trek experience? A Star Trek Online type game in which you made your own unique character and instead of being a captain, you were part of a crew. Groups of people would be assigned to a ship, and you could participate in group missions. Instead of the dumbed down, “can’t miss it” plot advancement in TNG, you’d have a lot of different options. So say, if you’re playing the science officer, and you forget to scan the planet to determine suitability, and your team beams down, they die on the spot. Or if you’re the tactical officer, and you don’t look at an available tactical report that lists that the planet is in a civil war, when people start shooting and take you by surprise, there won’t be shields that kick in, you die if you can’t get a phaser out in time. The missions would be mission briefing and tricorder intensive. If you didn’t take advantage of the information at hand, you fail. Also, you could chat with your fellow players and brainstorm solutions to the problems. That would be fun, and more true to Trek.

That would probably be a good idea for Star Trek Online to work on, so when people got sick of shooting at each other and buying new ships in STO, they could actually band together and do something interesting to break up the monotony. Others could also use the foundry to create their own missions. And I bet if given the opportunity, Trek fans could come up with some stunning “episodes.”

15. LogicalLeopard - April 10, 2014

Hmm, this actually has me excited. Imagine what not only the exploration missions could be like, but the battles? If every player plays a department head, tac officers would have a display on their screen that allowed them to target and fire the phasers and torpedoes at different enemies. The helmsman would actually be responsible for steering the ship and altering speeds, the medical officer would actually have a sickbay display in which they had to assign medical teams and triage patients, thus improving “crew health” and ship performance, the ops officer would run damage control, your engineer would allot power and repair crews, your science officer would monitor sensors, etc. And any one of those officers could drastically effect the outcome of the fight. Say the game starts at 6:00GMT, and your CMO is at his front door arguing with the pizza guy about his order. While he’s arguing real time, casualties are coming into the sickbay and NOT being treated, and dying, which gives everyone else less crew resources to do their jobs. Your science guy notices that the other ship’s warp core is unstable. And instead of telling the captain, or the tactical guy so he can TARGET IT, he answers a text on his phone? Maybe the enemy repairs it and bounces back to destroy your ship, after the crucial opportunity is missed.

Oh, and bonus if your screen shakes during a battle! Maybe realistically, you’ll try to fire the phasers and end up hitting a button that launches a probe *LOL*Maybe that’s too realistic, Worf never did that…

16. LogicalLeopard - April 10, 2014

Combine headphones, and you’d have a pretty fun experience. People giving updates on the shields, engines, weapons. The captain yelling out orders. And fleet actions? How cool would that be? You could actually have a communications officer to keep in touch with the group captain or admiral. You could yell out formation commands like Sisko!! (joy!) If the admiral dies, another captain would have to take over the fleet, like Picard in First Contact. You could move in to assist ships with extra medical teams and engineering teams for repair. And if they really wanted to make it awesome, you could beam over boarding parties to wreak havock on enemy ships, or have security personnel repel boarding parties on your ships.

Crews could form together like fleets do now, or be randomly assigned in hourly “episodes.” I’m not a video game designer, but how hard would this be to incorporate into STO, I wonder? Way I see it, they have an uphill battle in fighting boredom. Once my characters reach level 50 I lose interest. I haven’t even been through all the missions.

17. starro - April 10, 2014

Remember when Star Trek Online promised all this stuff too? Yeah….

18. I am not Herbert - April 11, 2014

Is the US or the World Coming to an End?

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/09/us-world-coming-end-paul-craig-roberts/

19. Corylea - April 11, 2014

A game where science and diplomacy are at least as important as weapons sounds very interesting. I wish it were going to be a PC game, rather than a mobile game, though.

So, does that mean I can have real Spock and Mirror Spock on the same ship? That might lead to some interesting situations… :-)

20. I am not Herbert - April 12, 2014

The Astounding ‘Conspiracy Theories’ of Wall Street Genius Mark Gorton – JFK’s Death, The Cabal, 9/11

http://gawker.com/the-astounding-conspiracy-theories-of-wall-street-geniu-1561427624

21. I am not Herbert - April 12, 2014

This Small Device Extracts Oxygen Underwater

http://humansarefree.com/2014/04/this-small-device-extracts-oxygen.html#more

22. I am not Herbert - April 12, 2014

Ahmed: this one is for you, my friend, re: the “matrix”… ;-)

http://humansarefree.com/2014/03/about-dimensions-holograms-reality-and.html

23. dswynne - April 12, 2014

@ “I am not Herbert”: If the world does end, I will sit back, and drink a bottle of a particular wine that I am saving for a special occasion while listening to Christopher Cross’ “Sailing”.

24. Mike Barnett - April 15, 2014

Herbert –
What the heck is the matter with you? Keep that conspiracy garbage of this Trek site.

25. Keachick (Rose) - April 15, 2014

Why not, Mike Barnett? There is nothing else happening or at least not being reported on this site. Not all the links have to do with notions of conspiracy.

26. Mike Barnett - April 15, 2014

So, 20+ comments in to a new article you are ready to throw in the towel and use this particular comment thread to start talking about subjects that aren’t related to the article…like conspiracies?

Would it be OK if I posted something random here like boll weevil facts or in-depth analysis of each episode of McHale’s Navy?

The “Chat” tab is where you should go for off-topic discussions.

27. JonSnow - April 16, 2014

Sigh when are we gonna get a real AAA Star Trek PC/PS4/XBOX One game that’s not a bad movie tie in or has crappy pay walls on mobile.

Give me a good single player RPG or a modern Birth of the Federation II!

At least star wars fans have the new Star Wars Battlefront too look forward too!

28. Disinvited - April 16, 2014

#26. Mike Barnett – April 15, 2014

Actually, that is pretty much par for the course at trekmovie.com: when a chain remains fallow for a few days and isn’t closed, it often gets co-opted for discussion of other things.

Moderators will often put the kibosh on OT discussions if people start having on topic things to contribute but until then, complaining about about OT on a chain that hasn’t had any on topic contribution from 4-11 to as of yet just seems to be a prescription to get the chain closed and it is difficult to see what is gained when that occurs?

Your mention of CHAT is appropriate, but owing to the clunky nature of trekmovie’s comment system most of the contributors there have enjoyed an above-the-fray oasis from the minutia that gets extensively commented on in these far more publicly and easily viewed chains.

Is this ideal? By no means, but as Anthony Pascal is absent and apparently not taking an active hand in his site’s operations, its comment system is not likely to receive the massive update that this site’s popularity indicates it deserves. Until then, it would behoove us all to realize that while things aren’t ideal, it can be made more manageable by executing a bit of civility and good humor as in:

“Sorry guys, I’m sure you find the discussing on the price that Leonard Nimoy’s toe lint went for on eBay riveting, but I have something on topic to contribute.” and in that manner rerail the derailed conversation.

Besides, only contributing messages since the creation of a chain complaining about others being off-topic doesn’t exactly count as making an on topic contribution, either. Does it?

29. Keachick (Rose) - April 16, 2014

#26 – Who is throwing in the towel? No one is prevented from commenting on the topic of this thread. It is just that the comments section of this thread has been quiet…

People are going a bit off-topic on threads here all the time. Besides, one of the links related to how the universe might be seen/experienced. I would have thought that was a Trek related.

30. Son of Captain Garth - April 16, 2014

@Z3R0B4NG

“And i don’t need to mention “Star Trek – The Game”, do i?” Um, could you? I don’t understand what’s being implied by the question? Was it a particularly bad game? A cautionary tale, perhaps?

I’m not much of a gamer, frankly, so I don’t have very strong opinions about it. The last video game I played was an old-fashioned starship shooter that was actually created by a fan of the Starship Exeter fan film. It was a nice, little diversion.

31. Mike Barnett - April 16, 2014

28. Disinvited – April 16, 2014

Thanks – that makes perfect sense when you put it that way. I stand corrected.

32. I am not Herbert - April 16, 2014

…this BEING a Trek site, one would hope for open minds… ;-)

…like that of lovely Rose =)

33. I am not Herbert - April 16, 2014

BREAKING News: Flight 370 Passenger Managed to Send Photo From Hidden iPhone Tracing Back to U.S. Military Base Diego Garcia

http://humansarefree.com/2014/04/breking-news-flight-370-passenger.html

34. THX-1138 - April 17, 2014

So I don’t have to keep on topic?

I like chicken. But not exclusively. Being an omnivore, I’ll eat almost anything organic.

Anyway, here’s a link you can click:

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

35. Ahmed - April 17, 2014

Re-post from Trek 3 writer thread

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Star Trek – Horizon

Star Trek: Horizon is a feature-length film set during the time of Enterprise (the fifth Star Trek series).

The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand in the war, the Coalition forms an alliance with T’mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6lvauYhw70

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36. Phil - April 17, 2014

@33. More like Faking News……

37. PEB - April 17, 2014

Anybody know, what happened to TrekWeb? It seemed to have imploded.

38. Disinvited - April 17, 2014

You are welcome.

In other news:

“This is the first validated, Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star. We can now say that other potentially habitable worlds, similar in size to our Earth, can exist. It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction.” – Dr. Elisa Quintana, NASA SETI Institute

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/0417/Earth-sized-planet-discovered-Is-our-galaxy-teeming-with-habitable-worlds

39. Keachick (Rose) - April 17, 2014

OT – First, Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all enjoy the holiday time.

Second –

Chris Pine – “On roles that he wouldn’t do…

“Not too much dark stuff. I always used to think that I would do [those sorts of roles], but now I prefer comedy.”
– See more at: http://www.getthegloss.com/news/what-does-chris-pine-find-sexy#sthash.DTgCBFqD.dpuf

This is interesting because not so long ago he was saying that he would like to do more dark roles and wanted to play a darker Kirk. I wonder if his change in attitude may have had something to do with the character he played in Z for Zachariah and about the whole tone/feel of this movie. It is based on a book dealing with dark post-apocalyptic theme and people who are not so nice. Perhaps doing this kind of film made him feel more depressed etc than he initially thought that it would.

Chris will be playing a character who is involved in a bad love relationship in a stage play being performed July/August this year…hmmm

In the link above, Chris also mentioned that he thought the best invention of the last 100 years was high heels! Thoughts – agree/disagree?

40. I am not Herbert - April 18, 2014

if you are a man, yes… also, the thong is a pretty good invention IMHO ;-)

41. Ahmed - April 18, 2014

The Q is coming to a bookstore near you!

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Q Stops By J.J. Abrams’ New Star Trek Universe To Make Trouble

No, your eyes do not deceive you — that’s Picard’s fan favorite nemesis Q, holding the new crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in his omnipotent hands! Q takes a trip to visit the new movie-verse in IDW’s Star Trek’s comic’s next adventure, and we have the exclusive details!

Besides the premiere of Star Trek #35’s cover above (courtesy of artist Tony Shasteen), we spoke to writer Mike Johnson to find out what happens when Kirk and his young crew meet Q.

io9: What brings Q to this new timeline?

Mike Johnson: At first: curiosity. A beloved Trek character from the original timeline makes a cameo appearance at the beginning of the story (issue #35) and tries to convince Q to leave the new timeline alone. But Q can’t resist a new sandbox to play in and cool new toys to play with: toys like Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew. Ultimately we’ll learn that there is something unique to the new timeline that affects Q directly, although he would rather the humans not know what it is.

io9: He’s definitely the Q we know from The Next Generation, correct?

MJ: Indeed. The Q Continuum exists outside of the alternate timelines that our tiny flesh-brains occupy. Every Q is the same Q across all parallel realities, and this Q maintains both his fascination with and his contempt for the human species in particular.

http://io9.com/q-stops-by-j-j-abrams-new-star-trek-universe-to-make-t-1564357914

42. I am not Herbert - April 18, 2014

Malaysia Flight 370: Hijacked by CIA (secret gov’t) AWACS?

http://humansarefree.com/2014/03/malaysia-flight-370-hijacked-by-us-air.html

43. I am not Herbert - April 18, 2014

I must admit: the Flight 370 “Hidden iPhone Photo Tracing Back to Diego Garcia” does seem very suspicious… (fabricated? planted? diversion?)

…but is it any less SUSPICIOUS than the whole situation?? i think not…

I definitely think we are being lied to, and our time/money is being wasted on searching in the way that is being done =(

44. I am not Herbert - April 18, 2014

the pilot was definitely up to something… and i’ll bet he was working for the CIA (whether he knew it, or not)… =(

they (secret gov’t / CIA) scared the shyte out of us with 9/11 (false flag), so we gave into the fascists (classic nazi tactics)… now they can operate almost with impunity… =(

45. Phil - April 18, 2014

@41. Lovely, first they make a ham-fisted effort to resurrect Khan, then another effort to resurrect Trek’s most cartoonish villain. I’m telling you, space hippies are next. Maybe they can look for Spocks brain…

If Bob had anything at all to do with this, he needs to be dragged out back and beaten with light sabers.

46. Ahmed - April 18, 2014

@45. Phil

It is not just Q that will be resurrected but also DS9 !!

“The Q Gambit will kick off with Star Trek issue #35, as the mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will witness the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Trek lore, beginning with the crew of a very familiar space station.”

And Bob is working as the “Creative consultant” on the Star Trek comics.

47. Phil - April 18, 2014

@42-44. Fake. Fake. Fake. If you’re going to make stuff up, at least be creative with it. Don Lemon’s black hole story is more credible at this point…

48. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

Q is part of the Star Trek universe(s), just like Daleks and Cybermen are part of the Dr Who universe.

The really puzzling bit is why the Doctor has not met Q and why one of the Enterprises has not had dealings with a Dalek or two.

I mean, how many universes, indeed earths, are there and why are they so very separate?

Mind you, I would rather not see a Dalek or Cyberman in Star Trek, but the possibility (however improbable) should not be discounted.

Come now – let’s not be having any more mention of any Khan. He has been so very done. It was either crisp him or freeze him…

49. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

What? No more opinions on whether high heels are one cool invention? After all, Carol Marcus and Nyota Uhura wore heels, although not quite as high as the ones I suspect CP was referring to. I wonder if the really high heels will still be around in the 23rd century. I do think that one James Kirk would certainly approve…:)

Let’s not be having drivel words like “sexist” enter into any discussion. Millions of women choose to wear high heels because they may want to feel and appear sexy and it is NOT sexist for women to want to be seen as possibly being sexy by others.

50. Phil - April 18, 2014

Yes, Rose, Q is part of the Trek universe – I would just have to hope that the people making the creative decisions would fight the urge to keep revisiting the familiar. Q is intrigued by Kirks refusal to accept the no-win scenario? Sorry, but Q is omnipotent, he should be as interested in that as I am about why my dog chases squirrels. Besides, history is littered with real life examples of individuals who prevailed in a no-win scenario…so it’s really not that original of a concept at all, least of all one that a god-like being would interested in exploring further.

Yeah, they need to leave Khan in the freezer. And drop Carol off somewhere before they hit the five year mission road. Actually, I can think of a few things about the five year mission that might make for interesting storytelling….

51. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

How would any one of us know what a god-like being is interested in? I guess the IDW comic writers figured that this Q could be interested or have “Kirk drive him crazy”. Q is omnipotent which also makes him bored. Q does not need to have a certain *Trust*, *Faith*, that by chancing something the outcome will be a better one than by not chancing something. That is who Kirk is. Yes, there have been lots of people in history, but Q has chosen to stick his beak into Kirk’s business…well, because he can and because he can be an annoying little dick and knows it.

Of all the Trek characters, Q along with Guinan, are the only two people that we might expect to see in this alternate universe, due to their non-human natures. As for the others, leave them back in the prime universe…except that Q can take this Kirk and Spock etc to the other universe of the future. Oh dear…:)…:( what to do?

I guess Carol Marcus could be dropped off somewhere – that research station, but only in order that Jim Kirk discovers the love of a Menosian woman and the world she comes from.

52. Disinvited - April 18, 2014

#49. Keachick (Rose) – April 18, 2014

My recollection was heels themselves were invented so men, who did not ride sidesaddle, could keep their feet in the stirrups better.

http://theboard.byu.edu/questions/11137/

And their higher forms were never the exclusive purview of female fashion until more recent times.

53. Phil - April 18, 2014

Q could be a fan of WC Fields and Mae West, I suppose. Or Peter Capaldi…

54. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

#52 Wow! Who knew? I certainly didn’t. I wonder if Chris Pine knows this…

Lord only knows what the fashion for men and women might be, come the 23rd century. Perhaps the dress uniform for men depicted in the early seasons of TNG may not be as silly or as “effeminate” as some people seem to think.

Men and women have worn various versions of a lava lava (Samoan word) in many places, mainly around the warmer regions of the earth and both Greek and Roman men and women wore togas or other similar type clothing.

As Chris said, in relation to high heels but it could apply to any type of clothing, it all depends how the person wears them and feels in them. If they look and feel comfortable and confident, then it’s a going thing…

55. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

#42 – I have read an article associated with the link you posted – the one about time slip where two examples were given. One was with a much more modern car being on the same street at a time when people were still riding in a horse-driven cart and another showing a man wearing sunnies and modern clothing in a group of people apparently in the 1940’s.

Ever heard of photoshopping? It seems that somebody has been inspired by a Fringe episode…:)

I am not Herbert – You need to think more carefully about what can be done with a photograph today and how many people think that it is cool/fun to try to hoodwink or deceive “suckers” by using modern photographic techniques. I hate it myself, because this kind of stuff also hides and distorts our understanding of what might really be possible.

The style of writing re the link about the missing Malaysian airline you posted has made me a little wary as to its validity.

56. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

#40 – Yes, indeed. The thong – you mean, like this?…:)

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/352044525-maori-welcome-for-royal-couple

57. I am not Herbert - April 18, 2014

heh! nice one! ;-)

58. Keachick (Rose) - April 18, 2014

Since it is quiet, some more OT about the man who plays “my captain” – from high heels (and thongs) to The Finest Hours. This film may well interest Marja in particular as it deals with a true story about the Coast Guard and their heroic efforts to rescue people from heavy Atlantic seas…

Chris Pine is in talks to be in this latest Disney movie and will play one of the Coast Guard crew.

“The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy.

The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.

The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind’s eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.

Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it’s a miracle — and a testament to their bravery — that any came home to tell their tales at all.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven together their extensive research and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable tale of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one that truly tells of the Coast Guard’s finest hours.”

59. LogicalLeopard - April 21, 2014

39. Keachick (Rose) – April 17, 2014
OT – First, Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all enjoy the holiday time.

Second –

Chris Pine – “On roles that he wouldn’t do…

“Not too much dark stuff. I always used to think that I would do [those sorts of roles], but now I prefer comedy.”
– See more at: http://www.getthegloss.com/news/what-does-chris-pine-find-sexy#sthash.DTgCBFqD.dpuf

This is interesting because not so long ago he was saying that he would like to do more dark roles and wanted to play a darker Kirk. I wonder if his change in attitude may have had something to do with the character he played in Z for Zachariah and about the whole tone/feel of this movie. It is based on a book dealing with dark post-apocalyptic theme and people who are not so nice. Perhaps doing this kind of film made him feel more depressed etc than he initially thought that it would.

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It could be just a more nuanced answer. He said he’d like to do dark roles. He didn’t say how many. He’s just saying that he wouldn’t want to do too many dark roles, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to do some. As for Kirk, a “darker” Kirk isn’t necessarily a “dark” role, because Kirk is only going to get to a certain length of “darkness” before he’s not the Kirk of his timeline. A “dark” Kirk could be equivalent to a “dark” Sisko from “In the Pale Moonlight.” Dark for the character, but not a “dark character.” My personal opinion, but I think we need to see a moral upswing in the character. This whole arc for Kirk (which has been phenomenal, btw, imnsho) appears to be leading him towards a PrimeKirk style balance. I think it’s time for that now.

By the way, I’m going to have to visit IMDB to learn about Z for Zachariah. I read it almost 25 years ago in elementary school, but I don’t remember there being more than two main characters, and one of those characters comes into the picture halfway through the book, as I remember. I dunno, maybe other characters are in flashbacks.

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In the link above, Chris also mentioned that he thought the best invention of the last 100 years was high heels! Thoughts – agree/disagree?f

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Disagree. Yes, they add to the allure of women, but out of all the things women do to torture themselves to look better, that’s one of the weirder ones, in my opinion. I could care less about them, and if I could, I would burn all of my wife’s to eliminate foot/leg/back problems.

60. Keachick (Rose) - April 21, 2014

Hi LogicalLeopard – For some reason, I thought you were a woman.
I agree about the high heels. Trying to wear them has caused me much agony and I have had all those problems, especially neck pain and headaches.

I do wonder if the more expensive designer brands of high heels are made of better materials which somehow provide more support and comfort, but how much more – that is the question. I would hope so.

Disinvited’s amazing link just shows how so many humans over the centuries are slaves of fashion and will do anything to appear other what they are. I guess the invention of the stiletto heel in particular, which I think is what Chris Pine is referring, is another in a line of torture implements. They are there to amuse, to titillate, to get an enjoyable rise but not much more… I was tempted to say misogynist but it seems that men have also been and put themselves through similar.

61. Keachick (Rose) - April 21, 2014

Chris Pine’s character in the film Z for Zachariah is man named Caleb. From what I have read, Caleb is a made up character, for the film. I have not read the book (did not know about it until reading about his casting in this film), however those who have read it do talk, I think, about a stranger who does appear at one point. I think that is who Chris is playing and the character has been given more development and greater interaction with the two leads than what may be in the book.

62. LogicalLeopard - April 22, 2014

Well, my handle is pretty gender neutral, so that’s understandable. But no, I would highly doubt that more expensive heels would provide more support. They’re all altering the natural position of the feet/legs, which alters the posture, which makes all the muscles (like the neck, shoulders, etc) work harder, I would think. I think the more expensive ones are just that…more expensive. It is true, we do enslave ourselves to fashion with no appreciable gains. I wouldn’t call it misogynistic, because the intent of the high heels is to produce a certain attractive look, not to hurt women. A blind eye is just turned towards the pain. And from what I understand, after a person becomes accustomed to wearing them, there’s not a lot of pain involved, if any. I think that women often go through some very unhealthy and unnecessary beauty rituals. Since female beauty is more prized than male beauty, women go through a lot more.

As for Z for Zachariah, I went and saw that the cast list only has three people. I can see why they made up the Caleb character: for one, it’s hard keeping the audience’s attention with only one character on screen (think Tom Hanks in that movie where he’s stranded on the island), and two, there are elements in the book that may be softened by the presence of another character. I don’t know about Pine or the female lead, but when I found out Chiwetel Ejiofor was playing Loomis, I was ALLLLLLLL INN!!! *LOL* If you’ve ever seen the deliciously creepy villain he played in Serenity, you’ll know it’ll be worth watching a movie with three actors if he’s one of them.

I also nominate him to play whatever villain they get for the next Star Trek movie. And the Bond villain. And a Sith Lord.

63. I am not Herbert - April 22, 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-real-reason-a-fox-executive-was-sacked-over-mh370-fundraiser-20140422-zqxrq.html

64. Disinvited - April 22, 2014

#63. I am not Herbert – April 22, 2014

SkyNet won’t mark the rise of the machines:

http://www.myplainview.com/lifestyles/article_76a6c158-ca46-11e3-b3fb-0019bb2963f4.html

DriveNet will. SkyNet will come with the first flying cars.

But before they can get us the have to dodge:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/22/asteroid-impacts

”A nuclear weapons test warning network — the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation — in Canada has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001: all due to asteroid impacts. This could be just the tip of an iceberg, says the non-profit B612 Foundation.

Information released for the foundation’s Earth Day press conference says new data analysed by physics and astronomy professor Peter Brown at Western University, Canada, shows a large number of asteroid impacts on Earth during the last decade. The data came from large listening stations that pick up the low-frequency infrasound pulse from the explosions. Twenty-six of them ranged in energy between one and 600 kilotons. The atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 exploded with an impact of 15 kilotons. Thankfully, many of these asteroids exploded too high in the atmosphere to damage things too much on the ground. If they do make it through, they are more likely to land in water than on land, as is shown in the video.

Wired.co.uk contacted Edward Lu, former astronaut and CEO of the non-profit B612 Foundation, who said previously the likelihood of such an impact was considered to be around 30 percent in your lifetime. Professor Brown’s research puts the likelihood closer to once every 100 years for a major (city killer) impact. The last city killer asteroid documented to have hit Earth was the one that fell in June 1908 in Tunguska with an explosive energy of around five megatons.

Lu said: “The visualisation shows that asteroid impacts are not rare — but actually 3-10 times more common than we previously thought.

“While most large asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire country or continent have been detected, less than 10,000 of the more than a million dangerous asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire major metropolitan area have been found by all existing space or terrestrially-operated observatories,” stated Lu.

“Because we don’t know where or when the next major impact will occur, the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid has been blind luck.”” – ”Astronaut: ‘blind luck’ protects us from ‘city-killer’ asteroids”, Science, Wired.co.uk, 22 April 14 by James Chesters

I’ve always thought Hubble should be replaced with S.I.D. (Space Intruder Detector)

65. Disinvited - April 22, 2014

#60. Keachick (Rose) – April 21, 2014

Remember when we were discussing DUIs?:

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Sleeping-girl-killed-in-alleged-drunk-driver-crash-5416309.php

Well look what came on the heels of that report:

http://news.yahoo.com/planned-powdered-alcohol-product-hits-snag-u-regulators-194426108–finance.html

66. Disinvited - April 26, 2014

I believe I have an answer to the question: “Will a studio turn a blockbuster sized production budget over to a first time director?

The resource I have used is imdb.com and for the purposes of seeking in a manageable manner I have taken the approach that if the first time directors might have prior work not listed in the imdb, then those works are not germane as, if those directors haven’t bothered to make sure they are noted then they were most likely not factors of any significance in their getting hired for their first gigs. Other mitigating factors that I was unable to take into account are foreign born directors who may have had access to better than U.S. arts education who were able to take advantage of government supported projects and programs such as those offered through the BBC and CBC. But then, if I recall correctly, Orci wasn’t born in the U.S. so I have no idea what opportunities that may have afforded him, in his formative years, either?

Simon West first time directed CON AIR. Estimated budget $75 million (adjusted for inflation $110 million).

The answer appears to be: yes.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0922346/?ref_=tt_ov_dr#director

67. Disinvited - April 26, 2014

#66. Disinvited – April 26, 2014

Frama ramalanga dingdong! Matt, sorry I posted that to the wrong chain. Feel free to delete it if you deem it worth the effort.

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