These Are The Voyages Season 2 released April 18, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Books,History,TOS , 95 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.
Happy Birthday. Surely, the best of times. March 26, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Celebrity,Nimoy,Shatner,This Week In Trek,TOS,Trek Franchise , 28 comments
It is the beginning of spring here in the Western Hemisphere, which means it’s time to celebrate the birthdays of Trek royalty.
Today is the 83rd birthday of Spock Prime himself, Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy, who recently disclosed that he has a smoking-related illness called COPD isn’t letting anything slow him down. It was announced recently that he will be hosting two special “space-themed” performances by the Boston Pops in May, featuring music from many science fiction classics, including, of course, Star Trek. More information, including ticket prices, can be found at The Boston Pops website.
Mr. Nimoy took to Twitter to mark the day and to thank everyone for their good wishes:
Living long and prospering. Great family and friends and 100′s of honorary grandchildren. Many. Many thanks. LN
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 26, 2014
He also received a message from an old friend of his:
Happy Birthday to my dear friend @TheRealNimoy
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2014
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.
Ortiz TOS episode art prints colleced into a limited edition book and new TAS posters September 14, 2013by Matt Wright , Filed under: Art,Books,TAS,TOS , comments closed
Pop artist Juan Ortiz who has been creating retro movie-style posters for all Original Series episodes recently completed all TOS episodes. Titan Books is now releasing the entire TOS collection in a limited edition coffee table book in the US and UK. It’s a great deal for those who want all of the episode posters in one collection. Ortiz has now moved on to The Animated Series, and is on a fourth wave of posters for those episodes.DVD/Blu-ray,Star Trek Into Darkness,TOS,TOS Remastered , comments closed
To coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray, CBS and Paramount have teamed up to offer a new “best of” TOS Blu-ray disc release available the same day as the Blu-ray release of Star Trek Into Darkness, September 10. This includes various “prime universe” episodes that are related to the characters or themes of Into Darkness in some way. It naturally includes “Space Seed” for the introduction of Khan and “The Cage” for a look at Pike as captain, and more. There is a little bit of new content on this disc, there are new video introductions recorded by Rod Roddenberry. Plus an announcement of new TOS DVD packaging.
Shatner Pitches Abrams For Star Wars + Ellen Tries To Make Chris Cry + More Trek Celeb Talk Show Clips May 16, 2013by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Abrams,Celebrity,Shatner,Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed
The Star Trek Into Darkness celebs are continuing their talk show duties this week and we have some clips of their appearances below, including last night on Kimmel when JJ Abrams got pitched by William Shatner for a part for Kirk in the next Star Wars. See that plus clips with Pine, Quinto, and Saldana below.Celebrity,Nimoy,ST09 Cast,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed
The two Spocks are back together again. Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy have teamed up for a promotional video for Audi that is rife with fun Trek references (although it is not an official Paramount co-marketing thing). Watch ‘The Challenge’ below.
According to JJ Abrams, there is still a chance he could return to the director’s chair for a third Star Trek movie (even though he is set to direct the next Star Wars movie). This revelation and more comes from a new lengthy Playboy interview with Abrams. JJ also points to a young director he has his eye on and talks a bit about William Shatner too. Excerpts below.
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."
TrekInk: Review of Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics Vol. 1 and a request from Library of American Comics April 15, 2013by Mark Martinez , Filed under: Books,Comics,Review,TOS , comments closed
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.
Watch: Preview Of George Takei On ‘Transformers Prime’ April 12, 2013by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Orci/Kurtzman,TOS , comments closed
Tonight’s episode of Transformers Prime features Star Trek actor George Takei voicing one of the Transformers. And you can watch a clip of Takei’s work from the show below.
Kirk’s Phaser Rifle Sells For $231K At Auction April 7, 2013by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Memorabilia,TOS , comments closed
Another piece of Star Trek history has made big money on the auction block. This time it was Kirk’s phaser rifle from the original series Star Trek pilot which sold at auction this weekend for $231,000 – a record for a Star Trek prop.
Star Trek/Star Wars Gags Abound On April Fool’s Day 2013 April 1, 2013by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Great Links,Humor,Shatner , comments closed
It’s April Fool’s Day and so people and sites across the interweb are having some fun, and there are a few cases where Star Trek is part of the gag. And this year it seems JJ Abrams cross-franchise work has inspired a lot of Star Wars/Star Trek gags. See below for a roundup of the Star Trek April Fool’s Day pranks
Star Trek Game Rematches William Shatner and The Gorn + UPDATE: New ‘Vulcan Reborn’ Promo Game March 28, 2013by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Shatner,Star Trek (JJverse game) , comments closed
The new Star Trek co-op game (for PC, PS3 and Xbox360) is has Kirk and Spock from the new universe trying to save a Vulcan colony from an invasion of the Gorn. And Paramount has released a new video promo of the game featuring William Shatner and a TOS Gorn re-enacting the classic fight scene from "Arena." Check it out below. UPDATE: There is also a new online promo game.
Watch: Takei & Hamill In ‘The Neighbors’ + Sirtis Cast In NCIS [UPDATE: Billingsley Returns To Nikita] March 26, 2013by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Sci-Fi,TNG,TOS , comments closed
Wendesday’s season finale of ABC’s sci-fi sitcom The Neighbors brings together Star Trek and Star Wars with guest roles for George Takei and Mark Hamill. See below for a promo and some stills. And in other Star Trek guest star rules, Marina Sirtis is headed to NCIS. [UPDATE: John Billingsley is returning to Nikita next week...watch the promo]
Malachi Throne Dies At Age 84 March 14, 2013by Jeff Bond , Filed under: Celebrity,TNG,TOS , comments closed
Veteran character actor Malachi Throne’s death was announced on March 14, 2013. Throne was well-known to Star Trek fans for his role as Commodore Mendez in the two-part episode “The Menagerie,” but he had more connections to Trek and other high-profile genre productions over the course of his lengthy career.
Watch: William Shatner Beams Into Oscars As Capt. Kirk February 24, 2013by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Shatner,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed
The Academy Awards were held tonight in Hollywood and the opening of the show, hosted by big Star Trek fan Seth MacFarlane, featured William Shatner reprising his role as Captain Kirk. Watch how Kirk traveled through time to help Seth below.
Shatner: JJ Abrams Gave Audience What Early Star Trek Movies Couldn’t + UPDATE: Also Jokes Abrams is ‘Pig’ For Taking Star Wars Too February 10, 2013by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Abrams,Celebrity,Shatner,ST09 Cast , comments closed
On Friday William Shatner’s voice will be heard in the animated feature Escape From Planet Earth. While doing publicity for the movie, Bill again weighed in on the new Star Trek, this time heaping praise on director JJ Abrams and the new Kirk, Chris Pine. More details (and video) below. [UPDATE: Another video interview added with Shatner joking Abrams is a 'pig']
Shatner: JJ Doesn’t Know What To Do With Me + Watch Bill’s Live Chat To ISS At 10:30 AM (EST) [UPDATED] February 7, 2013by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Shatner,Star Trek (2009 film),Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed
Once again William Shatner is weighing in on his lack of participation in the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies. Bill seems to believe that JJ Abrams doesn’t know what to do with him and he appears dubious about why they never told him about the scene they wrote for him in the 2009 movie. More details below- and in other Shatner news – watch Bill’s live chat to space at 10:30 AM Eastern. [UPDATE: Chat is over - we have recorded version to watch below].
New Set of Star Trek Retro Posters Revealed + Designs Now Also Available On T-Shirts February 5, 2013by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Apparel,Art,TOS , comments closed
The seventh set of the cool retro style posters promoting individual episodes of the original Star Trek have been revealed. The new set of four prints from Qmx includes "Amok Time," "Operation Annihilate," "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" and "Day of the Dove." And now the designs of this series of posters are available on T-Shirts as well. More info below.