This Week in Trek – November 4th edition

Before I go on strike, This Week in Trek brings you news on the development of the holodeck, Trek golfing, lots of Shatner, people going under the knife for Vulcan ears, and much more.

What do you mean the strike doesn’t pertain to me…?

Star Trek (2008 film):

  • The writers’ strike which takes effect tomorrow will not impact production on the new film.
  • At last check, the role of Captain Pike was close to being cast, although Josh Lucas is not the leading candidate. Casting for minor roles in the film has been progressing. Also, it was revealed that Spock’s parents, Sarek and Amanda Grayson, will have roles in movie. For more, see the Trek Movie Report.
  • Actress Rachel Nichols (Alias, The Amityville Horror) is rumored to have been cast in a role in the film.
  • Leonard Nimoy believes Trek will “surge” again because of this movie.
  • Composer Michael Giacchino has promised that the theme from the original Star Trek series will be used in the film.
  • LatinoReview “broke the news” that a teaser trailer for the film is in the works. confirmed this and added that parts of the trailer have already been shot.
  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams took convincing to hire Zachary Quinto to play Spock.
  • Quinto was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Friday and, naturally, Star Trek came up. See the video and transcript here.

This Week In Shatner (so much Shat this week…he gets his own section)

  • William Shatner said he would not take part in Star Trek 2008 film for a cameo appearance.
  • The UK’s The Sun Tabloid took recent Shatner statements and made the bold claim that ‘Trekkies everywhere have united in support’ to demand Shatner be included in the film…ummm…clearly they have not visited
  • DVD Snapshot has posted a lengthy interview with William Shatner where he states his novels would make good films and talks extensively about ‘Stalking Santa’ the new DVD he narrated.
  • A group at the Students’ Society of McGill University really likes William Shatner and has submitted four motions to their school which involve the actor. Read this to see what they are.
  • In a ShatnerVision video and in a separate interview Shatner discusses the connections to real world events in his latest novel
  • In another ShatnerVision video (below) The Shat talks about his new book and respect for past Trek writers

Trek Stuff:

  • Peter David’s Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Before Dishonor was released this week. See the book’s listing at Pocket Books for more information.
  • Where no man has gone be-FORE! A putter shaped like the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 is now available for pre-order at the Star Trek Store.

Independent/Fan Productions:

  • The first part of the three-part independent film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men finally has a new release date — December 22nd at 5:01pm. Now watch it get pushed back again…

Trek in the World:

  • Music lovers are undergoing plastic surgery to give themselves pointed Vulcan ears, which “apparently enhances music listening experience.” Plus, they just look so damn cool.
  • A free public lecture on the physics of Star Trek will be held at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona on November 8th. DS9’s Armin Shimerman (Quark) will be making an appearance at the event, entitled “Beyond the Star Trek Universe.”
  • Old news, but The Vegetarian Journal printed an article discussing Spock‘s influence on vegetarianism, entitled Vegging out with Kung Fu and Star Trek.

Trek Science:

  • Star Trek‘s holodeck serves as the inspiration for University of Southern California researchers’ attempts to create realistic “immersive experiences.” In other words — they’re building the holodeck. Well, they’re going to try, anyway.
  • People at MIT have developed a new type of “optical tweezer,” which act like tractor beams according to Wired Science.
  • The communicator, the cloaking device, and Eternal Image’s Star Trek line of funeral products are among NetworkWorld’s Top 10 real life Star Trek inventions.

Trek on the Web:

  • Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry (Gene’s son) discusses the new movie, the most recent series, his Trek Nation documentary, and much more in at interview at UFPCroatia.
  • Digital Spy has named Montgomery Scott a Cult Spy Icon.
  • The women of Star Trek: Voyager ranked third in AfterEllen’s Women in Space list.
  • The BBC has a piece on TOS producer Herbert F. Solow. You can read it here.
  • AICN revealed details on the abandoned movie that was tentatively titled Star Trek: The Beginning. You can read it here.

Trek Celebrity News:

  • A number of TV shows with Star Trek connections — including Heroes (featuring Zachary Quinto, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei), Battlestar Galactica (created by Ronald D. Moore), 24 (with John Billingsley), and Lost (co-created by Star Trek producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof) — will be impacted by the writers strike which takes effect tomorrow.
  • Gwynyth Walsh and Barbara Walsh — who played the Duras sisters on Trek — were among the special guests at this year’s Manitoba Comic con and Sci-Fi Expo, held October 27th and 28th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • J.G. Hertzler (Martok), who is currently teaching acting at Cornell University, is the subject of a story at The Ithaca Journal. Enjoy.
  • The Shakespeare Company’s production of Tamburlaine, which stars Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) in the title role, began its run in Washington, DC, on October 30th. See the Shakespeare Company site for more information.
  • Martian Child opened in theaters nationwide on November 2nd. Starring John Cusack, the film is based on a novel by TOS writer David Gerrold, who is also credited executive producer. See the official site for more information.
  • Zachary Quinto (Spock in the new film) has chosen the United Talent Agency (UTA) to represent him, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Star Trek (2008) production members Maryann Brandon (editor) and Michael Kaplan (costume designer) are also represented by UTA.
  • Simon Pegg‘s (the new Scotty) old series Spaced is being retooled for American audiences for the Fox network, according to Variety.
  • Robert Picardo was seen on two different TV shows this week. He first appeared in the Joe Dante-directed, Halloween-themed episode of CSI: NY, which aired October 31st. He then played a bad guy on the November 2nd episode of the ABC series Women’s Murder Club. The latter features Linda Park (Hoshi Sato) as a regular, but she did not appear in Picardo’s episode.
  • ABC has ordered a full season of Tim Russ‘ (Tuvok) comedy series Samantha Who?, according to Variety. There is no word yet on how or if the writers strike will impact this series.
  • Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand) was among the guests and the 17th annual United Fan Con held this weekend.
  • Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) is among those featured in a series of British ads for the Nintendo DS.
  • George Takei‘s (Sulu) name came up in Digital Spy’s list of actors who have been on more than one “high profile cult show.”
  • The first images of Jolene Blalock (T’Pol) on the set of Starship Troopers: Marauder are available at
  • Heart of the Beholder, an independent film starring TNG and DS9 actor Michael Dorn (Worf), is having a wee bit of trouble finding a distributor.
  • Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) will be seen in tomorrow night’s two-hour special episode of Prison Break. It will be his second appearance after the October 22nd episode, “Interference.”
  • Russell Watson, the singer who performed “Where My Heart Will Take Me” for Star Trek: Enterprise, is in stable condition and is said to be “recovering well” following emergency surgery to once again remove a brain tumor. He had suffered a regrowth of the tumor that was first removed in September of last year.

YouTube Video of the Week
Not a new video, but newly on YouTube. A feature from Hard Copy in 1991 on the ‘Women of Trek’

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Like the ears

uhhhhh…..not sure what to think about the ears….

thanks for the updates anthony!

your welcome….but you should thank Chuck Trotter

I don’t really believe the thing about the ears.

The “music-faun” ear thing is a practical joke on the part of the surgeon.

Not that some folks don’t do stuff like this – but the photo shown with this article and the other photos at that surgeon’s site are Photoshop gags.

Here’s the page with the photos of supposed procedures:

Notice that in every case the hair, lighting, complexion (including beard growth among the men) is identical in the before and after pictures – pluse the remarkable uniformity of the ear tips from “patient” to “patient.”

They just changed shirts before taking their “after surgery” pictures, and Photoshop did the rest.

Actual examples of this kind of body-modding generally turn out – as you might expect – a good deal less elegantly or uniformly:

Ah, I see Anthony posted the link to the real thing just before I did. :lol:

I suppose the plastic surgeon may actually be engaging in fraud with his page of non-existent surgeries – but the story about “secret music-faun clubs” that accompanies it is so tongue-in-cheek that I assumed it was a joke that the surgeon expects people to recognize as such.

/// Time warp ///

Chevy Chase, news anchor for SNL’s Weekend Update in the 1970’s is pulled through time by a freak accident at NBC Studios in New York. He re-appears on the set of the present day Saturday Night Live and is handed a late-breaking news item.

“This just in…. Generalismo Francisco Franco is still dad and William Shatner is STILL not in the movie.”

This may go on for months…

And look! The redesign for the movie Enterprise is now a putter… That gray shape the viewscreen?

Just a point of clarification – Samantha Who? airs on ABC, not CBS.

I know this because my mother is obssesed with Dancing With The Stars, which airs just before it on Monday nights.

#8 SHOULD have read “still dead”.

Apparently the writer’s strike won’t apply to me … because I can’t.

I like Vulcans and thier philosophy but doing my ears….don’t think so!
Thanks for puting this together Anthony.

I just hope that if holodecks are successfully made, they take care to make them safer than they are in the Trek universe…otherwise I’m not stepping foot in one…

Definitely agreed with Dennis here, the ear thing is a joke. My friends found it while we were all searching for ways to get pointy Vulcan ears for Halloween….but can you imagine walking into a job interview with those ears? Or on a date? Or anywhere aside from a Star Trek convention? ;P

And what’s this about TrekMovie being even slightly anti-Shatner? I say “Trekkies everywhere have united in support’ is a very positive thing…maybe it’ll get Shatner into a role as Kirk’s father? I seriously can’t imagine how Abrams would justify saying no to that one….

Okay….I LOVE THE EARS. I don’t care how weird or stupid anyone says it is. So. Freaking. Cool.

If I only I wasn’t so scared, then I could get myself a pair…..

November 4rd? Blooper Material for sure. lol.

oops my bad. Chucks original draft sayd ‘3rd’ but since it went up today i changed the 3 to a 4, but not the rd to a th

RE: anti-shatner
nice try. this site has run more shat stories than any other. The comment was related to ‘trekkies being united’…anyone who visits this or any site knows that trekkies can rarely agree water is wet…and certainly not agree that shatner MUST be in the new movie

The ears make me think of elves more than vulcans, you would have to get the eyebrows too. I’m sure some Lord of the Rings enthusiasts would like the surgery.

#11 Ron Mosher — You’re welcome. But please, call me Chuck. ;)

Chuck, you forgot John Cho’s appearance on How I Met Your Mother last Monday!

Ear pointing?
While their at it they might as well get their head pointed also
Just how stupid and far gone are these people?
Lets see…..Pointed ears – pierced noses and tongues and what not (below the belt)
Phase in life that they’ll carry with them forever… pathetic.

Simmon peggs old series Spaced is being retooled for American audiences. what the ??? ! what was wrong with it , it was fine , it was funny , why retool , it ? cant americans not watch it the way it is , or are the exec’s at fox just bored

Thanks for the updates Chuck (pretends he wouldn’t have assumed otherwise)…

Is that putter a joke? I don’t play ‘a good walk spoiled’ so don’t know if putting small warp engines on the side of the putter will actually give increased power to the swing or not, might make it less controlla….

…actually, I’m bored already with it and don’t want to know now.

As for “Spaced”, has the original been shown in the US and if so, how was it recieved? I’d have thought the context was so far removed from middle America that they’d just not get it. ESPECIALLY Scooter raving beside the Pelican crossing…

I just don’t see the point in endlessly regurgitating old shows…. oh hang on…

the sun is full of bull!!!!

#24 raulpetersen

Agreed, the Sun tabloid can be full of bull, but is the U.K.’s bestselling newspaper unfortunately, and the fact is, like many other outlets, that it has picked up on some negatively impacting news on this upcoming Movie. We can unfortunately expect a lot more of the the same from reviewers and commentators around the world when the Movie actually comes out, if things remain the same…

I dunno. Of all the trek related things I have ever seen, that putter has got to be the worst looking thing ever.

The ears aren’t much more absurd than affectations like earrings and less severe than procedures like breast implants or sex changes.

Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.

Be that as it may, the plastic surgeon’s images are not real.

Did anyone notice the model in the ear pic looks serious when her ears are round, but is smiling when they’re pointy? Boy, she got that ALL wrong, didn’t she? :)

She and the other chick on that page changed their shirts between photos but kept their same jewelry and accessories on – a necklace in this case, dangling earrings and a green pony-tail tieback in the other. :lol:

#20 Pragmaticus — Oh, sorry. I’d add it to the list, but I’m on strike. :-P

The fake photoshop image in the Halloween article looked good, compared to the reality of real ear-pointing, which makes one look deformed, by cutting out a section and bringing the two parts together.

Leave “Spaced” alone. A remake will bomb terribly. It’s not gonna be the next “the office”, so just leave it alone. Wankers.