Trek Franchise

There Be Whales Here: The Voyage Home at 30

On November 26, 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home debuted on movie screens across the United States.  The film’s lighthearted tone and environmental message struck a chord with moviegoers, and became the first Star Trek film to have crossover appeal with mainstream audiences who normally wouldn’t be interested in the adventures of the Enterprise crew.  The movie often referred to as “the one with the whales” continues to charm audiences today, and we wanted to mark its 30th anniversary with a remembrance not only of the film, but of the time it was made in. We hope you enjoy it.



INTERVIEW: Denise and Mike Okuda Discuss Latest Version of The Star Trek Encyclopedia

The fourth revision of the Star Trek Encyclopedia written by the husband/wife duo Mike and Denise Okuda, is a massive two-volume hardcover edition. This latest revision includes information up to Star Trek: Into Darkness, and took several years to compile. Read on for our interview with the Trekspert couple.







Shuttle Pod 25: Beyond Star Trek Beyond – What’s Next For The Kelvin Timeline and Discovery?

This week, the Shuttle Pod crew talk the future of our favorite franchise. Given Star Trek Beyond‘s performance at the box office, will there be a fourth Kelvin timeline film? Do Beyond‘s low box office numbers put more pressure on Star Trek: Discovery to keep the franchise afloat? And, what does the exit of fan favorite Bryan Fuller as show runner mean for the show’s future?


BREAKING: Bryan Fuller Stepping Down As Showrunner of “Star Trek: Discovery”

Bryan Fuller will remain an executive producer of Discovery, but will hand off the day-to-day showrunning responsibilities to executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, with Akiva Goldsman joining the production in a “top creative role”. We’ve also learned more details about casting, which is nearly complete.




For Star Trek: Discovery, A Romulan By Any Other Name Would Smell As Treacherous

Star Trek fans are eagerly awaiting any news about the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery. With the recent announcement that the Original Series episode “Balance of Terror” will be a “touchstone” for the new series, we thought it prudent to take a look back at the history of Romulans in Star Trek. We noticed an odd pattern and have to ask: why are so many Romulans nameless? Could Discovery retcon some key commanders with names? And we found one bit of Trek lore that -no one- else on the Internet has spotted.


Catching Up with Star Trek Author Paul Ruditis

Paul Ruditis is becoming a go-to name in the world of Star Trek nonfiction, with The Star Trek Book, the Star Trek Visual Dictionary, and the Star Trek: Voyager Companion to his credit. TrekMovie caught up with Ruditis at Mission: New York to talk about his previous work, what he has coming up, and the challenges of writing guide books for the 50-year old franchise.





Mental Health in Star Trek is More Than Seeing a Counselor

In part two of my editorial on mental illness and Star Trek, being published on World Mental Health Day 2016, I will focus on two other examples of Star Trek portraying mental health issues that depict a positive future where illnesses are understood and the people around our characters help. I also suggest that we work together to break down stigmas, and be there for those we love when they struggle with mental illness.


Michael Piller’s Book Recounting Insurrection’s Production Now on Sale

Michael Piller, known to Trek for his work on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, authored a ‘textbook’ on screenwriting, based on the production of the feature film Star Trek: Insurrection. That book was never published and thought to be lost to time after Piller’s passing. Now for the first time ever, Piller’s Fade In is officially available in published form at michaelpiller.net.


Shuttle Pod Podcast Episode 23 – Mission New York Debrief + Latest in Star Trek Gaming

This week, Brian and Kayla hop onto the Shuttle Pod to talk about the recent big Star Trek convention, Mission: New York, as well as the latest and greatest in Star Trek video games. Brian even talks about his recent hands on experience with the upcoming Star Trek virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew.



Star Trek Beyond Lukewarm at the Box Office

Star Trek Beyond has largely exited theatres domestically and now heads to home video release, first debuting on digital downloads (iTunes/VUDU/etc.) tomorrow (Oct. 4) and on disc in a few more weeks (Nov. 1). In our estimation, the film underperformed at the box office globally to the point where it looks to be unprofitable for Paramount Pictures, at least for now. This article examines the near-final numbers for Beyond, seeks to answer the question why this happened, and analyzes what this could mean for the future of the Kelvin Timeline on the big screen.


New Documentary Series Teleportation 2161 Examines Star Trek’s Legacy in France

Star Trek has never been a popular show in France, only gaining some popularity there after the recent JJ Abrams reboot films. Teleportation 2161 is a new French 10-part documentary series just translated into English, Spanish, and German that takes a look back at the 50-year-old franchise and what it means to the French in a time when it’s still uncool to be a Trekkie.



Hits and Misses at ReedPOP’s Star Trek: Mission New York

ReedPOP, purveyors of the most recent Star Trek convention in New York City, have a reputation for putting on some of the best conventions around, including New York Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration. While providing some fresh alternatives to the Star Trek convention scene, the company’s background did not prevent issues from arising at its first ever Star Trek event.


Star Trek’s Poor Depiction of Mental Illness in a Hopeful Future

The medical advances depicted in Star Trek are nothing less than extraordinary, but solutions have not been found to maladies that millions in our world are struggling with: mental illness. This article examines the few instances where characters are depicted as struggling with mental illnesses, and sadly concludes that Star Trek’s writers completely failed to present us with a future where such illnesses have been eliminated, nor one where mental illness does not carry the stigma it carries today. This is a two-part article, with the second describing my own struggle with mental illness and how I use Star Trek to help. 






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