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A Milestone Month: September Marked Four Notable Star Trek Anniversaries October 8, 2012

by Joseph Dickerson , Filed under: Editorial,History , comments closed

This past September marked four important anniversaries in Star Trek history: two most fans are well aware of, one that many may have forgotten, and a fourth the anniversary of an event many fans still regret happened. All are worth noting here.
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Should Star Trek Come Back to TV? An Objective Evaluation October 2, 2012

by Joseph Dickerson , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Editorial,Trek on TV , comments closed

Op-Ed guy Joseph Dickerson joins us again, this time to talk about Trek’s role on the small screen. Fans were informally surveyed by Larry Nemeck at the official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last August as to what they wanted from Trek. The overwhelming response was that the fans want Star Trek back on TV. “Star Trek started on TV, and Star Trek is best suited to be a TV show,” one fan said. But does the idea of a new Star Trek TV series make sense for CBS-Paramount? Joe gives us a bit of perspective on how to answer this question from both a business and creative perspective.
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In Praise of the Doomsday Machine (and William Windom) August 30, 2012

by Joseph Dickerson , Filed under: Editorial,Review,TOS , comments closed

In this latest guest post by Joseph Dickerson, we dive into the Original Series episode “The Doomsday Machine” and revisit why it might just be one of the best episodes of Star Trek. Dickerson’s review is timely, too, and, after William Windom’s (Commodore Decker) passing this month, serves as an homage to the great actor and a thank you for portraying one of our (dare I say?) favorite characters. Hit the jump for the review.
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NBC News Analyst Suggests Colorado Shooting Suspect Was “Dark Trekkie” [UPDATE: Apology Issued] July 20, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Fandom , comments closed

One of the regular features of TrekMovie.com is to report when Star Trek interacts with the zeitgeist, usually in fun ways like references on sitcoms or other media. However, sometimes Star Trek or its fans can be portrayed in ways that are not flattering and an example of that came this morning on MSNBC when an NBC analyst suggested that the suspected murderer in the Colorado Batman movie screening mass shooting was a "dark Trekkie." Watch the clip below. [UPDATE: Van Zandt apologizes]

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Remembering Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – 30 Years Later June 4, 2012

by Dayton Ward , Filed under: Editorial,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),History , comments closed

Still considered by most to be the best film of the franchise, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released on June 4th, 1982, or exactly 30 years ago today. So today in a guest blog for TrekMovie, Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward remembers what were surely, the best of times from three decades ago…

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Orci: Star Trek Sequel Is Not Remake May 10, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Orci/Kurtzman,Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed

The reports about the Star Trek sequel over the last couple of weeks have generated a lot of discussion across the web and here at TrekMovie.com. As he does from time to time, Bob dropped by the site today and made a comment about the chat, this time a short blurb, but with important implications. See more below, plus my thoughts on the latest debates. [NOTE: Article discusses potential spoilers]

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Terra Nova Cancelled – What Does This Say For Future Of Sci-Fi & Star Trek TV? March 6, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Editorial,Sci-Fi,Trek on TV , comments closed

One of the biggest shows this fall was the time travel series Terra Nova, which included Star Trek vets Brannon Braga and René Echevarria as executive producers, along with Steven Spielberg. The ambitious and expensive show aired eleven episodes and has been on the bubble, but now Fox has decided it will not pick up Terra Nova for a second season.

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One Year To Go For Star Trek Sequel…Or Is It? June 29, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed

We are exactly one year away from June 29, 2012, which is the officially scheduled release date for the the sequel to JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek. So should we all start our countdown clocks? As the film has yet to get into official pre-production, most seem to expect that the next Star Trek will require a bit more waiting.  

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29 Years Ago Today…Khaaaaaaan!! June 4, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Feature Films (TMP-NEM) , comments closed

On June 4th, 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released, and Star Trek changed forever. In the intervening 29 years nine more Star Trek feature films have been released, yet this relatively low budget entry is still considered the best of the franchise. Today TrekMovie celebrates Khan.

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Could Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Re-Animate Star Trek? May 13, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Orci/Kurtzman,Star Trek (2009 film),Trek on TV , comments closed

While many franchises have TV animated series, Star Trek hasn’t gone down that road since the 1970s. Now with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman seeing success with their animated Transformers series, TrekMovie asked Orci if they might do the same with Trek. His reply on Twitter has launched a lot of speculation. Details below.

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Flashback: ‘Star Trek’ Wrapped 3 Years Ago Today + Bob Orci Asks: How Much Time Elapsed Between Films? March 27, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Star Trek (2009 film),Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed

Today is the three year anniversary of a big milestone for the 2009 Star Trek movie. On March 27th 2008, JJ Abrams called cut and wrapped principle photography on his first Trek film. With production on the next film still months away, today we ponder a question posed by sequel co-writer Roberto Orci – how much time will have passed for the characters between the two films?

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Science Supplemental: Breathtaking Saturn Video From Real Cassini Photos + Why Carolyn Porco was a Great Trek Science Advisor March 15, 2011

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Editorial,Science/Technology,Star Trek (2009 film) , comments closed

A new breathtaking video of the Jewel of the Solar System, Saturn, and her moons has been circulating the internet today. Saturn is gorgeous, we all know this. So what makes this video so special? It was made using ONLY NASA/JPL photos taken by the Cassini Spacecraft. No CGI, no 3D models. Just photographs.

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TrekMovie LiveTweet Watch Party: Star Trek: The Motion Picture 7PM (Pacific) Sunday March 6, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TrekMovie.com , comments closed

This afternoon I got into a twitter debate with Free Enterprise director Robert Meyer Burnett over the virtues of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first Trek feature from 1979. We have decided to live tweet-watching the film starting at 7PM pacific. You can follow along below.

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Entertainment Weekly Picks ‘Top 100 Characters of Last 20 Years’ – No Star Trek Names On The List May 29, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Great Links,Trek Franchise , comments closed

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands now) counts down what they are calling the "100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years". While the list include a number of well known sci-fi characters, not a single character from the Star Trek franchise made the list.

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Star Trek Online Debuts With Strong Sales – Could Help Future Of Star Trek Games March 15, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Games,Star Trek Online , comments closed

The market research company NPD has released its list of top selling PC games for February and the new massive multiplayer game Star Trek Online is in the top five, twice. Both the regular version of the game and the Collectors Edition made it on the shortlist. Could strong sales for STO help finally reawaken the world of Star Trek games?

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Analyzing Star Trek’s Chances At Academy Awards – Time For Trek’s First Oscar? March 4, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Editorial,Star Trek (2009 film) , comments closed

This weekend is the Academy Awards, and JJ Abrams Star Trek movie is nominated in four categories. Although previous Trek films have received nominations, so far the franchise has yet to pick up a win. Star Trek has some tough competition going in, but if prognosticators are to be believed, this may be the year Trek picks up some gold.

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Rebuttal To New Scientist Article On Impossibility of Star Trek Warp Travel February 17, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Science/Technology,Trek Franchise , comments closed

Yesterday New Scientist posted an article titled "Starship pilots: Speed kills: especially warp speed." This article is getting a lot of play across the web on other sci-fi sites. Debating the science of science fiction may be dubious, but TrekMovie would at least like to point out how Star Trek has already addressed the issues presented by New Scientist, and that there is some back-up from real science. 

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Editorial: Going Boldly, or Barely Going? February 7, 2010

by Michael & Denise Okuda , Filed under: Editorial,Science/Technology , comments closed

Yesterday TrekMovie presented an editorial by former Star Trek science advisor Andre Bormanis, supporting the new proposed change in NASA’s human spaceflight policy that including cancelling the Constellation program. Today we present an different point of view from veteran Trek designers (and active space advocates) Mike and Denise Okuda.

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Editorial: President Proposes Bold New Approach to Exploring the Final Frontier February 6, 2010

by Andre Bormanis , Filed under: Editorial,Science/Technology , comments closed

In 2008 Star Trek writer/producer and science advisor Andre Bormanis wrote an editorial here at TrekMovie about the presidential campaign and the future of NASA, advocating the Constellation program. Barack Obama (a Trekkie) went on to win the election and this week his administration announced a major shift in NASA policy, including the cancellation of Constellation. Today Andre is back with his thoughts on the new NASA.

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George Lucas Talks Star Wars Critiques – A Lesson For Star Trek? January 6, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Sci-Fi,Star Trek (2009 film) , comments closed

The following has no direct link to Star Trek, but is about that other big Star franchise, Star Wars (which most of us are fans of as well). George Lucas was a guest on last night’s Daily Show with John Stewart, who did some fanboy grilling of the producer/director. Lucas had an interesting perspective on some of the nitpicking, and made some points which could apply to Star Trek as well.

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