This Week in Trek – Jan. 13th Edition

It’s a special three-week edition of This Week in Trek, bringing you much movie news, Walter Koenig’s son’s scuffle with the law, a prison visit from a Trek movie actor, a symphony with Sulu, a newborn goat with a familiar name, and much more.

Star Trek (2008 film) [some items contain minor spoilers]

  • The teaser trailer for the new movie will debut online on January 21st, with a promotional site dedicated to the film to launch around that time. See the Trek Movie Report for more information.
  • In the meantime, a supposed leaked teaser trailer that appeared on YouTube has been confirmed to be a FAAAAAAKE!
  • Madea’s Starfleet Academy? UGO announced and confirmed that famed writer/actor/director Tyler Perry will appear in the new film as the superintendent of Starfleet Academy. The report also revealed some plot details on how Kirk and Spock meet in the movie; read this for more.
  • announced Christmas day that a Tribble would be appearing in the new movie, news which was met enthusiastically by the man who invented the tribble, David Gerrold. See our report for more info.
  • Chris Pine (James T. Kirk) discussed Trek and his role for the first time with Hollywood Today.
  • Jennifer Morrison (Winona Kirk) tells TV Guide she didn’t know anything about Trek before signing up, but feels JJ Abrams "has got a really cool vision"
  • Jennifer Garner tells MTV that she’s hoping to be a part of Star Trek, as a Klingon, no matter how small the role.
  • Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has seen the teaser trailer for Star Trek… and he is impressed.
  • Leonard Nimoy (older Spock) appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson a few nights ago, and revealed that there will be not one, not two, but three Spocks appearing in the new film.
  • AICN posted rumors regarding the new movie, including a negative review from a source claiming to have read the shooting script, prompting reaction from co-writer Roberto Orci. Read all about it at
  • Set designer Dawn Brown discussed the sets of Star Trek with SyFy Portal, relating her dislike for the bluescreen sets being used on the film.
  • Will Christmas come early this year? announced that the release date for Star Trek may be bumped up a day or two from December 25th… and it may even be moved to December 19th. See the Trek Movie Report for more.

Trek Stuff

  • IDW Publishing has announced five new Star Trek comic book series for release in 2008 and have also announced plans for a comic tie-in for the new Star Trek film. See our report for details.
  • TrekWeb has a preview of artwork from IDW Publishing’s Alien Spotlight: Borg. You can check it out here.
  • Comic book writer & artist John Byrne discussed his latest Star Trek books,
    Alien: Spotlight: Romulans and the Assignment: Earth series, in an exclusive interview with Newsarama.
  • TrekToday has an excerpt from Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Star Trek: Klingon Empire novel A Burning House. You can read it here.
  • Star Trek: Excelsior – Forged in Fire, the new novel by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels, was published three weeks ago. See for details.

Fan Productions

  • Tim Russ, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig give more of their thoughts on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men in the series’ latest newsletter.
  • Tim Russ also has an interview on directing Of Gods and Men at Sci Fi Pulse.
  • has an exclusive interview with the visual effects artists of Of Gods and Men; you can read it here.
  • The upgraded version of the New Voyages episode “To Serve All My Days” will premiere at a special event to be held at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on March 29, 2008. For more information, see the Cawley Entertainment Company’s official press release.
  • "Ghost Ship," the first episode from the audio series series Star Trek The Continuing Mission was released, get it here.

Trek in the World

  • A baby goat born at Crealy Great Adventure Park at Clyst St. Mary in England has been named Spock because of a mis-shapen ear.
  • Ted Moustakis of New Jersey, who spent $12,000 at Christie’s Star Trek auction last year, is now suing Christie’s and CBS for $7 million for allegedly selling him fraudulent items. Moustakis purchased a uniform and poker visor supposedly worn by Brent Spiner while filming TNG, but the actor has reportedly informed him that the visor is a fake.
  • The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be performing a science fiction-themed concert that will include music from the Star Trek films and television shows. The event takes place at the Strathmore Music Center on January 17h and will continue at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall from January 17th through the 20th. See The Frederick News Post for more details.
  • A guy named Scott has a license plate that reads “BMEUPP.” He must be a Star Trek fan, right? Wrong

Trek on the Web

A preview of the new comic "Gene’s Journal"

Trek Celebrity News

  • William Shatner earned his second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in Boston Legal, but the award went to Jeremy Piven for Entourage. (Interestingly, Piven starred in Smokin’ Aces with Chris Pine, the man currently filling Shatner’s boots on Star Trek).
  • In the meantime, the Shat is busy making more Priceline commercials, and tells the Los Angeles Times that he may owe Priceline for his job on Boston Legal.
  • Patrick Stewart has gone on record as saying that his time on Star Trek is over and that he has no feelings regarding the new movie. See our report for more details.
  • In the meantime, Trekkies are lining up to see Stewart’s performance as Macbeth at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, according to The Brooklyn Paper.
  • Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) has recovered from his recent injury and returned to the title role of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Tamburlaine on December 28th, according to The Washington Post.
  • George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) will be narrating the aforementioned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra sci-fi-themed concert this week.
  • Takei will also be among the guests at this year’s OmegaCon, to be held March 14-16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) has announced on his blog that he has filmed a four-minute video for Star Trek: The Tour in which he plays Crusher as the chief assistant engineer of the USS Titan, holding the rank of lieutenant commander. Tim Russ will also be in the video, reprising his role as Tuvok, now the tactical officer of the Titan. See our own report for more details on The Tour!
  • Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) discussed food with Clarion Ledger. Apparently, she loves Peking Duck.
  • Actor Tom Hardy (Shinzon in Star Trek Nemesis) has been granted permission to visit notorious British criminal Charles Bronson in prison, according to Yorkshire Post. Hardy will be playing Bronson in the movie Bronson: My Story, which starts filming next month.
  • LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) will give an address at Wake Forest University on January 21st as part of their week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See Wake Forest’s site for more information.
  • Nichelle Nichols’ (Uhura) new film, Lady Magdelene’s, will hold its world premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival, which will be held from January 31st through February 3rd in San Diego. See the official press release for more details.
  • Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien) has been nominated by the Irish Film and Television Awards for his role in the film Kings, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Actor and film editor Andrew Koenig (Tumak in DS9’s “Sanctuary”), the son of original Trek star Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), was arrested while protesting at the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, as reported by Pasadena Weekly. According to Koenig, he was held for nine hours for blocking somebody’s view with the picket sign he was carrying.
  • Doomsday, the new sci-fi action thriller starring Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir) and his uncle, Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Tolian Soran), has received a release date. The film is currently set to hit theaters on March 14th.
  • Alice Krige, Star Trek‘s original Borg Queen, has joined the cast of the film Solomon Kane, based on the pulp magazine character. See Variety for more details.
  • Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, the son of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, will be attending this year’s Galaxyfest.
  • Michael Ansara (Kang, etc.) is one’s Immigrants of the Week. I’m sure Mr. Ansara is very proud.
  • The Fringe, the TV pilot written and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the team behind the new Star Trek), will begin shooting in Toronto later this month according to andPOP.
  • The first part of Comanche Moon, a three-part mini-series starring Karl Urban (the new Dr. "Bones" McCoy), premiered tonight on CBS.
  • More photos of Jolene Blalock (T’Pol) from the set of Starship Troopers 3 are available at the movies official site.

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And a splendid time was guaranteed for all! :)

When you put spoilers on the daily items, you put a warning before them. But here you don’t…

Starship troopers 3….WOW, how bad can that possible be?

Am taking my son to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra “Sci-Fi Spectacular” this Thursday night. As noted above, George Takei is hosting it. Sounds like an interesting program…

John Williams: Main Title from Star Wars
Various: Lost In Syndication, Arr. Jack Everly
John Williams: Adventures on Earth: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
John Williams: Can You Read My Mind? from Superman
John Williams: Superman March
Various: Star Trek Through The Years, Arr. Calvin Custer
Richard Strauss: Theme from 2001 A Space Odyssey
John Williams: Close Encounters of the Third
Diane Warren: Where My Heart Will Take Me from Star Trek Enterprise
John Williams: Hedwig’s Flight from Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone
John Barry: Somewhere In Time
Bernard Herrmann: The Day The Earth Stood Still
John Williams: Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
John Williams: The Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars

I’ll let you know how it is…

Where are the Screenshots of the Remastered Episode “Who mourns for Adonais?”! One of my favorites! :(


: )

Anyone catch Ricardo Montalban on Family Guy? He was the voice of a cow, and mentioned the death of ‘his beloved wife’. It was fairly amusing.

That Starship Troopers thing is direct to video, right? RIGHT?! Please tell me a studio isn’t spending money on releasing that turkey theatrically.

#8: Yes, it’s a direct to DVD movie.

Another great post that none of the previous versions of the original Trek website were ever able to put together. This is the new official Trek site to many of us.

Is it just me, or does Sulu look a bit flaming in that picture?

Hahahahaa… just kidding…. love yeah Takei!!! :)

#7 sean – yes, I saw that episode also, it was called “McStroke.” That was a brand new episode and Mr. Montalban sounded great. I was surprised because I had heard his health was not good. His voice sounded strong and youthful. I love his accent.

Good one Demode! LOL.

I just read in an article that Tyler Perry is among some actors named in connection to a steroids-HGH investigation coming out of Albany, NY. Here’s the link in case anyone is interested (it does count as news, I suppose):

if the new teaser trailer doesn’t feature Mugatu I will just shat! :)

# 11 Beat me to it! Haaahaa!
What’s funnier is that George probably approves!

Great summation of stuff, Charles & Anthony.
This is THE site!

The gaseous anomalies article was just too good…

Hmmm…..what if next time we disagree with a posted comment here, we refer to the writer of said post as a “gaseous anomaly”??

I’m just sayin’…………. :)

Great article!

” Now feel that, human flesh against human flesh
We’re the SAME
We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives
We couldn’t escape each other even if we wanted to,
That’s how you do it by remembering who and what you are,
A bit of flesh and blood afloat, in a universe without end and the only thing
thats truly yours, is the rest of humanity,
Thats where our duty lies ”

Hope the new movie has writing like that.
: )

Jolene Blalock’s movie resume looks like she never got out of the gate. Soon, the Sci-Fi Channel will be able to do weekend long blocks of her films.

McStroke was cute, I guess. One good stem cell joke. Montalban’s talent was wasted. Was there an ending, or did McFarlane just stop… again?

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta ( performed a sci-fi theme concert yesterday (Jan 13) which openned with the TOS fanfare and the conductor’s voice over of the “Space, the final frontier..” speech, which then cut to the TMP theme. The guy even invited everyone in the audience and the orchestra to do the Vulcan salute and say “Live long and prosper”.

My Three Spocks.
So, the venerable Nimoy is potraying the Fred McMurray role? Quinto is the Chip role? Leaves one more Spock… maybe baby Spock.

Mr. Stewart, we’d like to offer you $250,000 to play Picard in a nacho ad… “Just when I thought I was out…”

Poor Miss Blalock. Perhaps the goat and her will work together on screen someday… with Carrot Top.

Why is there a picture of Diane Keaton snogging with a baby goat at the top of this article?? Meesa so confused!

#5: “Where are the Screenshots of the Remastered Episode “Who mourns for Adonais?”!”

Yeah. Where are they? Did someone forget?

Starship Troopers 3?? I didn’t even know they’d made a “2”!

“Who mourns for Adonais?”

Apparently, no one.

uh … Adonis.

Apparently “Who Mourns for Adonais” is Jason Alexander’s
all time favorite episode.
Jason of course played Mr. George Costanza in a little known sitcom called Seinfeld.

: )

#26: The second movie was released in 2004.

I hadn’t seen Who Mourns for Adonis in maybe twenty years or more. I can’t believe just how good it was.
The last line was such a great summary of the idea that we move on, but with respect to the past- Kirk said something akin to “after all the Greeks gave to us… I wonder… what would it have hurt to have gathered just a few laurel leaves?”

Notice: laurel leaves- not tribbles. Keep tribbles out of the film. They were annoying enough in 2,3,4,5, and 6 atop venerable Shatner’s head.

What happened to the Good Old Days ?

For Star Trek: Remastered’s Inaugural season, we had a preview page posted all week, with the What To Expect predictions from Anthony, everybody’s pre-show comments, even some posters commenting as they watched, and best of all, SpockBoy’s truly brilliant music videos.
(I realize the promos are no longer being streamed at

Then Mondays, we would get a new page with screenshots, and FX video, everybody’s comments, and then at some point, an official review from its round robin of guest reviewers.

I miss all of the above.

I guess was always intended to be about the upcoming movie, and the remastered pages were just filler.

We need somebody to start !

I’m still waiting for someone to tell me why Diane Keaton and a baby goat are the headline picture for this discussion thread.


I actually didn’t sit through the whole thing, but was flipping channels and lucked into hearing Montalban. I thought the bit with him was funny, but I admit that Family Guy has a tendency to grate on me. Just an endless stream of unrelated flashback sequences. It can be funny, but it’s a bit like watching 22 minutes of one-liners.

the screenies for who mourns are coming…patience is a virtue

Oh, Mr. Pascale, you do make us laugh.

(thanks — dying to see “the hand”)

We know the screencaps are coming. You always pull through for us.
I am interested in the other stuff too (SpockBoy’s music videos, the What To Expect speculation/pre-reviews topic, the official review, etc)

Oh no. Now I get it.

The Movie will have the Enterprise dropping in the Federation Mobile Infantry to fight the Romulan/Bug Alliance.

Led by Jolene Blalock, of course.

I hope the battles in “The Ultimate Computer” and “Elaan of Troyus”(Remastered) will be the best of the ENTIRE Remastered-Project.

Why they didn’t change the CGI-Model of the Enterprise in the HD-DVD-Box?
(“The Naked Time”,”Balance of Terror”,”Miri”,”Arena”,”The Devil in the Dark”, “The City on the Edge of Forever”). The Big-E looks so awful.

And the biggest question:
Kirk said: “Fire Phasers”
And CBS shows: Photon-torpedos??? (“Balance of Terror”,”Errand of Mercy”)

Xindi –
And the biggest question:
Kirk said: “Fire Phasers”
And CBS shows: Photon-torpedos??? (”Balance of Terror”,”Errand of Mercy”)

supposedly those are proximity phaser settings that just look like photon torpedoes. That was that way in the original. Dunno. I still think it was somebody’s big blue boo-boo.

You suppose #40? It’s simple, the phasers COULD function as proximity flack in “Balance of Terror”. Why? Because photon torpedoes wouldn’tbe invented by the writers until a few episodes later.

That’s a great thing about TOS, they were just making it up at the time.

Fun and cool info. What was Walter’s son protesting? Also it almost looks like Denise Crosby is holding Spock the goat.;) Gee I did not now there was a new remastered Trek this weekend. They bounced them around the schedule on the SF bay area I tend to forget they are on. Of course it doesn’t help that they are on at 1 or 2 AM. Pretty sad to this day how they did the whole remastered deal. Oh well such is life.

Oh yeah Spock Boy really loved that KFC STAR TREK commercial so very cool!!! Beaming up!

And a tip of the “Don’t bother to get it right” cap to:

The Timaru Herald for calling Leonard Nimoy’s character Dr. Spock.

After 40 years of being the most iconic TV show in history, you think that they might finally know the difference between a well known child doctor and a well known Vulcan.

Jolene Blalock has other distinguishing attributes besides her acting.

I hear that Shatner turned down a cameo in Starship Troopers III. If true, I vow to never watch another direct to video sequel that he is not in.

Starship Troopers 2.
Where is the “Golden Rasberry”??? :D

The first movie was great, the second: SUCKS!!!!

Thanks for the “Phaser/Torpedo-Question”!!!

#29 spockboy

In case you didn’t know, Jason Alexander played a character of insidious intelligence in a little-known series called “Star Trek: Voyager”. I know, I know. I’m being a smart ass. (Or should I say “gaseous anomaly”? #18 HB) The episode was called “Think Tank” (Episode 214, Season 5). Loved Janeway’s closing remark to him.

#24 Scott Gammans

“Meesa?” I would drop that expression because the one who originated it is hated world-wide (probably even more than Wesley Crusher).

#33 and #42 (Scott and Rick)

If it’s Denise Crosby, time has not been kind. She was gorgeous. It does kinda look like Diane Keaton (sorry, Diane).

Love Trek Celebrity News!!


I’ll stop using “meesa” if someone will explain that damn picture at the top of the thread (third request!!)

From Star Trek’s Top Nebulas, Ionic Disturbances and Gaseous Anomalies:

“The movie’s plot is simple: a spaceship full of Chippendales dancers (it’s true, the actors are Chippendales dancers) lead by an evil Mexican named Khan, decides to kill William Shatner. You will not read a better sentence this week.”

I just LOVE that plot summary!

One thing though – they said the movie is the best there is, yet the Mutara Nebula wasn’t among the top three mentioned. I mean come on: it was upstaged by a gas cloud beamed aboard in an Animated Series episode. And no mention of what bumps in the nebula can do to energizers which bypass like a christmas tree..

hmm.. ;-)

(ps – no offense to TAS fans.. I just thought that sounded funny!)

#47 Scott Gammans

Here I am to save the day!!!!!!!!

Apparently the baby goat has a misshapen ear, so it has been given the name “Spock”.

THAT’S IT, MY MAN. What a letdown, eh?

However, it didn’t say who was holding him. It would be more significant if it WAS Denise Crosby (or someone else from ST).

Okay — you said you’d stop using “meesa” if the picture got explained. (It’s for your own good, anyway.)

I’ll be watching. :lol:


Scott Gammans:

Sorry. Me again. Meant to tell you that if you are here making comments, then you probably have access to this info. It was under “This Week in Trek” (January 13th Edition) under “Trek in the World”.

ttfn Jar-Jar.