After much pre-release hoopla, we have our review copy of the Blu-ray of J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness. In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. Read on for our review of the Blu-ray release.
Conventional Trekker wisdom says that Enterprise didn’t get good until Season 3, but as I looked over Season 2’s episodes I was a little bit surprised to see how many episodes I looked forward to revisiting. There are some very good episodes nestled throughout Season 2, though the less said about “Precious Cargo”, the better. As Scott Bakula says in the cast reunion feature on the set, about half-way through season 2 things changed for the better. I’m inclined to agree. Read on for the full review of Enterprise Season 2 on Blu-ray!
Season 4 is the start of the well oiled machine that we knew as TNG, coming off the success of Season 3 and the attention of using the cliffhanger format for “The Best of Both Worlds”, Season 4 is the first season to have all of the production staff that would be there through the series end. Season 4 contains a lot of fan favorites such as Family, Brothers, Data’s Day, The Wounded, The Drumhead, Qpid, and Redemption. Read on to see how the season looks remastered and details of the new bonus features.
Along with the boxed set of Season 4, the single disc release of the two-part cliffhanger “Redemption” is also available starting today in the US. Like The Best of Both Worlds that was released with Season 3, both parts have been edited together to make one 90-minute TV movie.
While Star Trek films have had 8 different directors (Wise, Meyer, Nimoy, Shatner, Carson, Frakes, Baird, and Abrams), the composer club is slightly more exclusive with six (Goldsmith, Horner, Rosenman, Eidelman, McCarthy, and Giacchino). It is arguable that amongst all the behind the scenes artists, the composer has the most power to influence the emotional energy of a film, perhaps even more than the director or cinematographer. The music influences what the audience feels, and when it is done right, it enhances the actor’s performances, the director’s vision, and the cinematographer’s created mood. When the music fails to resonate, it harms a film through distraction or obvious manipulation. Michael Giacchino’s music for Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the former soundtracks, helping to enhance the story and giving STID additional emotional life. Hit the jump for our full review of the Star Trek Into Darkness sound track.
TrekMovie, in its desire to provide a broad response to the release of the latest Star Trek film, reached out to Free Enterprise writer/producer and founding publisher of Geek Magazine, Mark A. Altman, for his thoughts on the latest film. After much cajoling, a reluctant Altman, who the Los Angeles Times once called, “the world’s foremost Trekspert” agreed to share his thoughts with us (with no major spoilers).
We interrupt our regularly scheduled anticipation of Star Trek Into Darkness for a brief, but entertaining visit with Sulu and Chekov in Star Trek #20, the last prequel issue of IDW Publishing’s ongoing series. Comic spoilers ahead.
Bad Robot’s iOS app Action Movie FX has been updated with five brand new Star Trek FX, including transporter, warp, phaser, photon and an Enterprise flyby. Check out some sample movies from this cool new update below.
After now seeing Star Trek Into Darkness twice (once in 2D and once in 3D) I am finally ready to give my opinion on JJ Abrams second entry for the franchise. Below is my review with a completely spoiler-free summary (really no plot details or even character names). The rest of the review contains some spoilers, but nothing not revealed in any trailer, commercial or clip.
It is time to catch up on some of the new 2013 Trek novels so today we have two reviews of novels from the original Star Trek series universe: Tony Daniel”s "Devil’s Bargain" and David R. George III’s "Allegiance In Exile."
Star Trek: The Video Game comes out next week. I have had a chance to play with the game a little and give you first impressions of the game below, along with four game play videos. Plus there is a new making-of video released by Paramount showing the new Star Trek doing their voice work for the game.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 7493.5 – On a survey mission through an uncharted sector of the galaxy, we have picked a radio transmission from an unexplored sun system. This is how the newspaper adventures of the Enterprise began, back in December 1979. Most Trekkies aren’t familiar with these comics, but that’s ok, because IDW’s Library of American Comics can help. More after the break.
The countdown to Star Trek Into Darkness continues this week with the release of the fourth and final issue of Countdown to Darkness from IDW Publishing. Klingons, Kirk, April, Keenser, intrigue and SPOILERS ahead. Ok, maybe more Scotty than Keenser, but there’s lots of stuff happening, including the trade paperback for those of you who’ve been waiting.
IDW Publishing originally scheduled release of Star Trek #19 for next week, but Diamond Comic Distributors had other plans and everyone gets to learn a little about Montgomery Scott’s background this week. Spoilers and more ahead.
The countdown actually gets dark in the penultimate issue of IDW Publishing’s prequel to Star Trek Into Darkness. Countdown to Darkness #3 will be released this week and April won’t leave anything to chance or Kirk. Spoilers ahead.
After a delay of several months, Brannon Braga’s bewildering Borg brawl to end all Borg brawls concludes this week, with the fourth and final issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive. Spoilers, nanoprobes, green Borg goo, Seven, and a poll ahead.
IDW Publishing releases Star Trek #18 this week. This issue of the ongoing series focuses on Uhura, the beginning of her relationship with Spock, and an event that takes place when she was a child. Spoilers ahead.
The prequel to Star Trek Into Darkness continues this week with Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #2, from IDW Publishing. We learn more about Captain Robert April and we’re briefly introduced to another iconic character with an alternate universe twist. Spoilers ahead.
IDW Publishing returns home from the Mirror Universe with Star Trek #17, the latest chapter in the ongoing series. This standalone issue features McCoy, in a detailed and introspective portait of the Chief Medical Officer. Spoilers ahead.
Leonard Nimoy may best be remembered as Mr. Spock from Star Trek, but he also spent six seasons exploring the unexplained in the classic 70’s television series “In Search of…”. The show was recently released on DVD, and TrekMovie brings you a look at the series, it’s DVD release, and offers you a chance to win a complete collection of the paranormal classic. Our review and details on our contest follow the cut.
In the months since their encounter with Nero, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise have been exploring strange new worlds, new civilizations, and now, they must face a grave new threat to the security of the Federation. IDW Publishing releases Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #1 this week, the first chapter of a four-issue prequel to Star Trek Into Darkness. Comic spoilers ahead. Will there be movie spoilers too? One more time. Spoilers.
A two-part alternate Mirror universe tale concludes this week in issue #16 of the ongoing Star Trek series from IDW Publishing. Or is it part two of a Mirror alternate universe? You’ll have to decide for yourselves. Spoilers and other comics news after the break.
The final paperback from the Star Trek Vanguard series has come and gone, but there was one more story to tell. The final release in the series is the new e-book, "Star Trek: Vanguard – In Tempest’s Wake," by Dayton Ward. in this novella, Capt. Kirk reflects life in "interphase." Find out how it all works out in the TrekMovie review below.
Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 concludes and Brannon Braga’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive continues. This week’s fresh Star Trek comics from IDW Publishing are bad to the Borg. Previews, spoilers, and a brief rant ahead. We also have previews of both new comics
IDW has released their March previews for Star Trek comics and we have the covers and details for you below. Plus TrekMovie catches up on some of the other recent Star Trek comic news to get you up to speed. There has been a lot of activity, including a stunning collection of Star Trek newspaper strips. Spoilers ahead.
The wait is over for Star Trek Into Darkness, well actually for the first nine minutes of the movie which can bee seen at IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit this weekend. Today TrekMovie analyzes this prologue in detail. See below and also chat about it in the comments section. You can also chat about the new trailer which is also showing in non-IMAX domestic Hobbit screenings (and will be online on Monday). Warning: Spoilers.
Today, December 13, 2012, marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Star Trek: Nemesis, the final film with the Next Generation crew and last film before the JJ Abrams team took over the franchise. Today TrekMovie’s John Tenuto takes a look back at Nemesis ten years later.
It’s the big-ticket Star Trek item of the season (well, for book-lovers, anyway). Join us for a look at “Federation: The First 150 Years.” Find out how this history from the future weighs in – and watch the unboxing video to see how all the components work – below.
David Mack really got his mojo on for “The Persistence of Memory”, but can he keep his game on for a follow-up? Well, Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise had better hope so, because an interstellar operation is about to blow up right in their faces in the newly released second novel in the Cold Equations trilogy, “Silent Weapons." The TrekMovie review follows below.
As the holiday season draws near, your favorite Klingon may be in need of some technical help with his or her Bird-of-Prey. Never fear, the fine folks at Haynes have your friend’s technical needs in mind as they roll out their brand new Owners’ Workshop Manual for the iconic Klingon starship. The TrekMovie review below.