These Are The Voyages Season 2 released April 18, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Books,History,TOS , 24 comments
The eagerly awaited second volume of author Marc Cushman’s exhaustive examination of the production of The Original Series, These Are The Voyages, was released this past Wednesday, and we have a closer look.
The first volume, which covered the history of the series from its earliest stages to the end of season one, was lauded by critics, fans, and cast members for it’s incredible attention to detail. Leonard Nimoy himself called the book’s level of research “astounding…an incredible job”.
The second volume, which covers the entirety of season two and features a forward by Walter Koenig, promises to be even more expansive than the first. According to the promotional materials the second book will cover a variety of interesting topics:
- Learn why Leonard Nimoy almost didn’t return for Season Two.
- Explore why Lucille Ball, whose Desilu Studios had gambled big on financing Star Trek, would lose her studio in trying to keep Star Trek on the air.
- Discover the real reason Gene Coon suddenly quit as series producer in the middle of Season Two.
- Learn which stories by renowned science fiction masters never made it to the screen and why.
- Find out which episodes almost didn’t make it in front of the camera.
- Read the memos from Roddenberry and his staff, and NBC, concerning all 26 episodes from Season Two.
- Witness the continuing deception by the network over the show’s ratings, and how the fans took on a corporate giant to save their favorite series.
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.
Bye Bye Robot releases new TNG movie posters April 4, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Art,Merchandise , 32 comments
Bye Bye Robot, an independent art publisher who has been publishing licensed Star Trek-related artwork since 2011, is releasing 4 new posters inspired by the 4 TNG feature films.
The prints, created by artist Matt Ferguson, are designed to be reminiscent of old movie-house posters from the past. All the posters contain a stylistic similarity.
Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray full details April 1, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , 71 comments
Star Trek Enterprise Season 4 is due out at the end of this month, April 29th (to be exact). With that time fast approaching CBS has now officially sent out finalized details of the Blu-ray discs of this highly anticipated season, widely considered the best season of the series.
We have new excellent sounding documentaries. “In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise,” an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special, which includes Brannon Braga, Mike Sussman, André Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. As with the previous seasons there is also a new four-part documentary “Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise,” which charts the last season of Enterprise. Plus there are new episode commentaries too. Read on for the full details from the press release.
Unleash your inner Warrior with Warnog March 25, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Merchandise , 35 comments
Last night, at the Nightclub & Bar show in Las Vegas, the Tin Man Brewing Company of Indiana and the Federation of Beer, a Canadian company, debuted “Klingon Warnog”, a new craft beer in its line of Star Trek-themed beers. The beer, named after a Klingon ale seen on TNG and DS9, is made with German wheat yeast, Munich malt, and rye, wheat and caramel malts.
According to the press release,
“The flavor draws heavily from the blending of the rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor, a bold beer suited for the harsh Klingon lifestyle.”
It will have notes of banana, clove, and caramel and be 5.5% alcohol by volume.
Star Trek Online finally debuts for Mac OS users March 11, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Star Trek Online , comments closed
More than 4 years after it launched on Windows machines, Cryptic Studios has finally released a Mac client for Star Trek Online.
From the press release:
Free-to-Play MMORPG Now Available For Mac Players
(Redwood City, CA) March 11, 2014 — Perfect World Entertainment Inc., Cryptic Studios, and TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V: TNG) are proud to announce that Star Trek Online, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG, is now live on Mac. Players can choose their destiny and play as Federation, Klingon, or Romulan factions. Explore the galaxy, captain a starship, and engage in epic space and ground battles.
“Star Trek fans have been asking for Star Trek Online on Mac since we launched in 2010. Thanks to the tremendous success we’ve had with the game, we’re excited to be expanding the galaxy again.” said Cryptic Studios CTO & Executive Producer, Stephen D’Angelo. “We know there’s a large gaming community that thrives on Mac and we’re thrilled to finally be able to let them experience Star Trek Online. It simply looks amazing on Mac widescreens.”
IDW to publish new ongoing TOS title from John Byrne March 10, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Comics,TOS , comments closed
This spring, IDW Publishing will launch a new, bi-monthly TOS comic, and TrekMovie has the details.
Last December, IDW released Star Trek Annual 2013, a “photonovel”-style story from legendary comic book writer/artist John Byrne, set during The Original Series and a sequel to “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Taking stills from the series, Byrne utilized digital technology to place the characters in a brand new story:
What John does on these photonovel stories is nothing short of amazing,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Office/Editor-in-Chief. “He’s moved far beyond photo-manipulation and montage to constructing his own set pieces, uniforms, and characters. Much more than just comic stories, these tales are the closest thing to Original Series-era ‘lost episodes’ that the world will ever see.
TNG Season 6 and Chain of Command Blu-ray trailers! March 6, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG Remastered , comments closed
TrekCore has found the trailers for the Season 6 release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray and the single-disc release that accompanies it, “Chain of Command”, due out in June. Season 6 also gives us a glimpse at Deep Space 9 in HD thanks to being shown in the episode ”Birthright”. Check ‘em out after the break.
Trekcore’s “Into Darkness” deleted scenes investigation March 3, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed
As many of you may remember, Paramount Home Video and Bad Robot pulled quite the shenanigans on us consumers when it came time to release Star Trek Intro Darkness on home video. Extras were made retailer (and e-tailer) exclusive, if you wanted a commentary the only way to get that was to get it from iTunes, other special features were only available via Xbox Live, and so on. So most people didn’t get to see the deleted scenes. Well Trekcore has vigilantly assembled all the sources of deleted scenes they can get their hands on. This includes the famous “why Carol Markus has a British accent” scene, as well as the meeting of Kirk and Lucille Harewood (the young girl saved by Khan’s blood early in the movie) during the ending commemoration ceremony. There’s lots more to read in Trekcore’s two articles.
Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3 Blu-ray review January 11, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT,Review , comments closed
We have come to Season 3 in the Blu-ray release schedule, this is the season many feel Enterprise became a show worth watching. Season 3 contains the season long arc of the Xindi threat. It also contains some great one-shot stories outside of the main Xindi narrative such as “Twilight” and “Similitude”, and a couple of pretty lame ones too, such as “Extinction” which is called “one of the singularly most embarrassing episodes of Star Trek I’ve been involved with” by Brannon Braga in the documentary on the set. Read on for the full review of this generally excellent season.
New Year news tidbits January 8, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: Celebrity,Fan Productions,Fandom,Merchandise,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed
A Trek fan turns her basement into a TOS recreation. A new fan film production appears Star Trek: Axanar about the missions of Captain Garth (later in life “Garth of Izar”). TV vet actor Joseph Ruskin passes on, and see the new TOS Ortiz prints for January.
Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray trailer is up! December 18, 2013by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , comments closed
This really seems to be the day of Enterprise news. After today’s earlier Tweet from Brannon Braga about the Writer’s Reunion special feature that will be on Season 4, CBS Home Entertainment quietly put up their trailer for the Season 4 Blu-ray release. StarTrek.com reports that it is coming on April 1, 2014. See the video after the break, be sure to watch in HD and full screen!DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , comments closed
Brannon Braga gave Enterprise fans a little gift today when he posted a picture of the just filmed Writer’s Reunion for Star Trek: Enterprise to Twitter.
In the photo are: Andre Bormanis, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, David A. Goodman, Brannon Braga, Mike Sussman, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.
The previous reunions done for the TNG and ENT Blu-ray sets have all been great. Look forward to seeing this on the Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray set, expected in mid-2014.
–Thanks to TrekCore for pointing out Braga’s tweet
EXCLUSIVE Clips from Larry Nemecek’s TREKLAND On Speaker: “All Good Things…” Words & Deeds December 12, 2013by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: History,Memorabilia,Merchandise , comments closed
TrekMovie was excited to receive exclusive clips from the new CD by Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek, TREKLAND: On Speaker Volume 2. In the new CD, available for $21.99 on the Trekland Blog, you’ll hear direct from some of Trek’s greatest including Ronald D. Moore, Michael Piller, and more. What’s special about this CD series is that you’re getting a unique perspective — you’re hearing from the people who made Trek while they were making it. The audio is from conversations way back when — in the 90′s. Hit the jump to hear some clips from the new CD.
Musical Trek merchandise – Nemesis Deluxe Soundtrack released December 10, 2013by Matt Wright , Filed under: Merchandise,Music , comments closed
There is big news this week for fans of Star Trek soundtracks, is that the full soundtrack to Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: Nemesis is being released in an expanded deluxe edition by Varèse Sarabande. Also if you’ve ever wanted to play Spock’s Vulcan lyre now you can via iPad app.
Larry Nemecek’s Stellar Cartography Full Review & Unboxing December 5, 2013by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Books,Merchandise,Review , comments closed
Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library is the latest and greatest book out from trekspert Larry Nemecek. Inside Stellar Cartography is so much more than a book. It comes with 10 large, high-quality posters suitable for framing or simply admiration, plus the 48-page book with additional prints of the larger maps and the history and context behind those maps, including tales about the various cultures and interactions within each of the maps. TrekMovie was delighted to get a copy of the new book. See our full review and an unboxing video after the jump.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 5 Blu-ray review November 17, 2013by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG Remastered , comments closed
Season 5 continues the well oiled machine that we knew as TNG. Season 5 is one of the best seasons of TNG. Of course Season 5 includes “The Inner Light” and other excellent episodes such as “Power Play”, “I,Borg” and “Cause and Effect.” Read on to see how the season looks re-mastered and details of the generally excellent new bonus features, available November 19th in North America.
Star Trek: The Next Generation “Unification” Blu-ray review November 15, 2013by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG Remastered , comments closed
Along with the boxed set of Season 5, the single disc release of ”Unification”, the special 25th anniversary celebration of the two generations meeting, will also be available to purchase on November 19 in the USA. As with other single-disc releases, both parts have been edited together to make one 90-minute TV movie.
Enterprise Season 3 Blu-ray full details! November 12, 2013by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , comments closed
Star Trek Enterprise Season 3 is due out in the new year, January 7th, 2014 in North America. With that time fast approaching CBS has now officially sent out the details of the Blu-ray discs and the revised cover art (it still basically the same, but uses corrected Season 3 images of T’Pol and Archer).
As we’ve come to expect from the Blu-ray bonus material team of Roger Lay, Jr. and Robert Meyer Burnett there is a new 3-part documentary charting the change in tone and direction that took place for Season 3 called “In a Time of War”. They also have an interesting sounding new feature called “Temporal Cold War: Declassified” which as the name implies is about the temporal cold war, it contains interviews with the writers and producers about what else might have gone on with the temporal cold war arc if Season 3 hadn’t changed directions. Plus there are new episode commentaries. Read on for the full details from the press release. (more…)
Exclusive Interview with These Are The Voyages author Marc Cushman October 27, 2013by Nancy Garrett , Filed under: Books,Interview,Merchandise , comments closed
Next Generation writer Michael Piller said: “A writer is very much like the captain on a star ship facing the unknown. When you face the blank page and you have no idea where you’re going. It can be terrifying, but it can also be the adventure of a lifetime.” After completing These Are The Voyages, a three-volume set about The Original Series, author Marc Cushman surely must have experienced the ultimate of adventures. Season One is out now, with Two and Three on the way. TrekMovie.com sat down with author Marc Cushman to talk about his experiences writing the historical Trek series. Hit the jump for our incredibly in-depth extensive interview.