A new feature of TrekMovie.com, we take a look back on the news of the week reported here and elsewhere.
- The big news of the week was our report that JJ Abrams confirmed that Kirk will indeed ‘appear’ in Star Trek XI. This along with his ‘message to the fans‘ last weekend shows a bit of a growing openness on Abrams part.
- The only other movie news was a brief mention of Star Trek XI in Variety, where it was listed as one of the big movies that Paramount has high hopes for in the next year.
- Diamond Select has a couple of new ship models available: A Battle-damaged Refit Enterprise (ST II: TWOK) and a battle-damaged Enterprise E. More at Diamond Select.
- IDW have released some new cover artwork for upcoming Trek comic books
Trek in the Real World:
- Scientists are at work on real life Trek-like ‘deflector shields.’ The magnetic fields would protect astronauts from harmful radiation, but probably couldn’t take a hit from a Klingon disruptor. More at New Science.
- The TNG episode "The High Ground" will finally air in the UK & Ireland. The show was pulled from the air schedule because it predicted a unified Ireland, but will be shown at an arts festival in Belfast in May, details at BBC.com.
- Star Trek Enterprise is now available on iTunes.
- The town of Riverside, Iowa declared itself the birthplace of James T Kirk, and now want to erect a Star Trek museum, more at Reuters.
- In much much sadder news, it has been reported that one of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings was a Trekkie. MorningCall.com and CNN.com report how Professor G.V. Loganathan incorporated Star Trek into his Engineering classes.
Where are they now:
- Gene Roddenberry is going to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle (yah I was as surprised as you that he wasn’t in it already). More details at StarTrek.com.
- Roddenberry’s successor as the head of the franchise Rick Berman is thinking of his legacy as well, as evidenced by his desire to be write a memoir of his Trek experiences.
- Kate Mulgrew’s new show Black Donnellys has been cancelled. Mulgrew joins William Shatner (Show Me the Money), John Billingsley (The Nine) and Tim Russ (Twenty Good Years) all of whom have had new shows cancelled this season. JJ Abrams also had the same misfortune with his show Six Degrees . It would no be a surprise of if Linda Park’s Raines joined them, leaving Jeri Ryan as the only Trek alum on a new (Shark) season to get to a second.
- John Billingsley may bounce back, the Enterprise actor told TrekMovie.com at last week’s Grand Slam he is in a pilot for a new comedy with Mad About You’ star Paul Reiser.
- JJ Abrams’ show Lost is coming back for a 4th season, but Broadcast and Cable reports that it may take the same route as 24 and air its entire season without repeats starting in January 2008.
- Trek XI producer and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will be a featured speaker at the MI6 Game conference in May
- Various Trek actors such as George Takei, Nana Visitor and Conner Trinneer appeared at last week’s GrandSlam, StarTrek.com has a good summary.I was there for my first Creation Convention and had a lot of fun, but one thing was clear looking at the aging and sparse crowd…we need more Trekkies!
- Colm Meaney will be appearing on Broadway in the play Moon For The Misbegotten, he is interviewed in Broadway World about the role (talks a little Star Trek as well).