Comics, Trinneer, Abrams, Futurama…and Foley? It is Slow News Day Roundup Time

Its been a slow couple of days around TrekMovie HQ…here a few things to tide you over

5 years after DC comics (through WildStorm) dropped its license, Star Trek is headed back to comics (not counting the recent ‘manga’). According to Newsorama, IDW (who do comics for CSI, 24 and other franchises) are picking up the Trek Comic baton. Their first foray will be for the 20th anniversary of TNG next year (has it been that long?). IDW also hint at a Trek XI adaptation. Anything has to be better than Marvel’s Trek/X-Men crossovers.

Unlike some of his TNG colleagues, Star Trek Enterprise’s Conner Trinneer seems to be open minded towards Abrams Trek XI. The actor tells SFX Magazine (via Scifi Pulse) "I certainly hope JJ Abrams is doing it (Trek XI) I think that would be fantastic. And I’m sure Star Trek is going to continue in some form, at some point down the line." Trineer also says he prefers to get paid but is open to being in a fan film…they can certainly use the help.

Speaking of Enterprise, remember all those people trying to ‘save Enterprise’ last year by bombarding Paramount with letters and phone calls. Well it appears that one of those people was disgraced Congressman Mark Foley. The Foley scandal is the hottest topic in politics and may cost a party control of congress. According to Twitch Guru Foley took time out from his busy schedule of soliciting teenage boys to petition to save Enterprise. Note to Trek United…may want to  drop his name from any future promotions.

Like Star Trek, Futurama is a show that ended before its time. The show sported more Trek references than you could shake a stick at, including the last ‘reunion’ of the TOS cast in 2002. Well like Trek, the show is coming back from the grave and will begin airing new episodes next year on Comedy Central, check out the ‘Futuram Returns’ trailer. And if you don’t like it then you can bite my shiny metal ass.

JJ Abrams has 3 TV shows currently running and a little movie project (can’t remember the name right now), but seems to find time to work on shows he isn’t even paid for. Abrams pal Greg Grunberg tells the Futon Critic that J.J. is such a huge fan of Grunberg’s new show ‘Heroes’ that he is talks to the shows producer about scripts more then Grunberg does. He also says the only downside to his new hit show (which has just got picked up for a full year) is that he is no longer working with his best buddy…aww isn’t that sweet. Hey JJ…how about that other script…the one about the guy with pointy ears? ring any bells?


NOTE: for those waiting for the review of ‘City on the Edge of Forever’…we ran into some tech issues, but should have something Wednesday…sorry for the delay 


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I am looking forward to when IDW gets a TOS comic book going, which I hear is a few months after TNG book gets started.

As for ‘Heroes’ it’s a pretty interesting show so far, Jeph Loeb and Bryan Fuller are helping to do some good work over there.

Heroes is by far my favorite new show. In fact, my woman & I have a standing Monday night “Date” to watch it every week. Very Interesting so far…
Futurama is Coming back????
That is Great News, Thanks!

Mmm… The Foley bit is true. As a former TU’er, I remember this. We had this guy who worked for a prominent lobbying agency who went around to a number of Congressmen and looked for signatures on a Save Enterprise. He got two: one, IIRC, from Montana, and the other from Florida. I didn’t connect that with Foley until just now. Jensen was featured on the front page of Roll Call magazine and his embarrassed employer asked in no uncertain terms that he cease and desist. The petition died right there, just early enough that it had no traction and just late enough that it had Mark Foley’s name on it.

Hey, I have a story idea for trek11: Kirk appears in the late 24th century. At once everyone believes he escaped from the nexus and that it was just an interdimensional clone that died for real on veridian 3. But following the story Spock and Picards crew find out that this guy is just a shapeshifter belonging to a new internal rebellion of the dominion… Now, what do you think of this idea?

Do we really want a sequel to generations?Any Trek w/Shatner would have to be a sequel to that too long, TV show ,as movie bore.

want a real idea for XI:

go ahead with the prequel. Focus on capturing the characters fully in the story, in actor’s who can present the essence (both visually and portrayal) of the characters we know and love (and if that means new faces so be it) and have a story that is a Star Trek story and not something to emulate whatever other franchise is popular at the time. As for plot:

-Have Kirk and Spock at the academy during their final year. Have the subplotting of the film revolve around their upcoming graduation and them moving on with their future. Don’t have it stretch the 4 yrs, and dont have them know each other until the final year.

-Have both Kirk and Spock conflict with one another upon first meeting. Kirk’s complete “rush in there” mentality would cause great contention between Spock’s “logic is everything” state of mind at this point in their lives. By the end of the film u can show how both allow for these absolutes in ideas to be subtlely broken by the other. It is not a complete understanding between the two as is shown between them later on, but it sets the ground work for character growth already shown between the two in the TOS and films.

-Have Kirk actually at a point by the end of the academy where he is in conflict about pursuing the career to reach the captain’s chair he has always desired or to remain with a young Carol Marcus. From an interesting story point, Kirk should actually come to the decision to stay with Carol but she is the one who says no to the idea; after having a conversation with Gary Mitchell. Have too where Carol finding out she is pregnant but never telling Kirk. (even have Spock meet her in the film as well, since in Star Trek II when both are face to face their is an exchange of awareness between the two that shows they know of each other.)

-Have Kirk deal with the Kobayoshi Maru scenario. Even though many fans already expect it, but this scene would really be important to establishing his character. If done right, it can help to show Kirk’s realization of “thinking outside of the book” and notion of set rules to help get the desired result.

-Have the later part of the film deal with a new area: probably something along the lines of a final exercise that Kirk, Spock and other graduates must accomplish before graduation. Perhaps a ship-to-ship simulated battle between two Federation vessels that have been altered for simulation combat. Kirk, Spock, Mitchell and a crew of cadets will be pitted against an experienced crew with a far superior ship. The whole exercise would revolve around the idea that it will take strong leadership from the command crew of Kirk-Spock, along with their own ingenuity and creativity in real world scenarios to overcome the odds of what awaits them. Here the establishment of the roots to the Kirk-Spock bridge partnership can be shown. (Then take into account if u have an event occur where the superior vessel faces a now real danger and Kirk is forced to sacrafice his vessel to save both crews. Just imagine a scenario that to where Kirk and Spock are the last to leave their ship so it maintains its course, and they are forced to run up 14 decks as terminals explode around them before they can be beamed off safely.) This way, with a real danger by the end a clearer sense of why Kirk and Spock are so close can really be firmly cemented.

-Then just have the film end with both Kirk and Spock leaving for their first assignments, really unsure if they will meet again.

beyond that, simply have character moments we have come to know for each- have Kirk climbing a rock facing, have both Kirk and Spock playing chess, Have Spock meditating in his room, things of that sort.

what do u think?

Christ, WHY would Ent have been worth saving?

Still, I’m glad to see more Futurama.

acb…I like your Koybayoshi as an opening sequence for xi.would introduce Kirk and Spock as newbies in a scene where their forced to interact .It eliminates alot of “hello ,how are you “,type character narrative and also foreshadows the relevance of spock’s death scene in Trek 2 .

I just can tell what I would like to see. ST3 was a sequel to ST2 and ST4 was a sequel to ST3. Why not making a sequel to ST7? The whole TNG movies stand for theirself and that makes me worry, especially in relation to the TOS movies. Why not going back and forward at the same time? star trek is a big universe and has got many different fans within the last 20 years. Lets play with opportunities in various combinations.

I can’t believe Star Trek has been absent from comics for 5 years now. I own every comic version of Star Trek (not counting that manga crap) and am looking forward to IDW’s version.