Last weekend we reported on an interesting new animation on YouTube called "Klingon Propaganda" which led to a ‘Klingon website’. There have been subsequent videos this week adding to the mystery which has been the subject to much speculation on this site and many others. Now the man behind the video has come forward and explained to TrekMovie what it is all about.
Next week IDW will release the third and final issue of "Star Trek: Romulans Schism" series, which brings to an end John Byrne’s ‘Romulan Saga’ of comics. We have the exclusive preview of that, plus a look at the newly announced IDW Star Trek comics coming in January.
Happy (early) Halloween from Science Friday! This week, take a look at the successful Ares 1-X launch, a real life Star Trek translator, new planet exploring robots, and get some last minute geeky Halloween costume ideas, plus see some suggestions sent in by TrekMovie readers. All this and so much more. Plus, celebrate the Internet’s 40th birthday!
The latest project for Star Trek Voyagers’ captain Janeway is providing voice work for Bioware’s new fantasy role-playing video game "Dragon Age Origins". In a new interview promoting the game, Kate Mulgrew also talked Star Trek, including talking about the latest JJ Abrams movie, and the next one too. See below for excerpts.
Arriving in November is the next Star Trek novel from Pocket Books, "Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice", which is the second Vanguard book for 2009. Written by David Mack, "Precipice" has the Starbase 47 team involved in intrigue and espionage with the Klingons in a race for mysterious ancient alien technology. To get you started, you can read chapter one, below.
In our Star Trek Online update we have a whopping 27 new screenshots to show you from Cryptic’s upcoming MMORPG, but wait there’s more! Cryptic also released Part 2 of their video history chronicling the events that lead up to setting of the game (the war between the Klingons and the Federation in 2409). Plus we have some details on cool pre-order bonuses and more clues on the release date.
The fan production Star Trek Phase II is gearing up for a big November. After long last, part 2 of "Blood and Fire" will be released on November 20th, and to make up for the long wait, the first act of their next episode "Enemy: Starfleet" will be released the same day. We have more details and preview video and images below, plus an update on James Cawley’s Buck Rogers web series.
Following yesterday’s "indoctrination" video, there is what appears to be another entry in the viral campaign started last weekend by the "Klingon Propaganda" video. This time it is a very short piece of Federation propaganda responding to the Klingons, promoting the message of diversity.
Ready for more Klingons? Tonight during the Scream 2009 awards, Spike TV debuted one of the DVD/Blu-ray deleted scenes from the 2009 Star Trek movie. The scene shows Nero being interrogated by the Klingons while at Rura Penthe prison, and it is now online, check it out below. Plus we have some news on special Star Trek movie releases overseas.
Last week we reported that you can vote for the new Star Trek movie for a couple of award shows. The nominations for People’s Choice Awards are still being voted on, but Star Trek did win the Hollywood Movie Award, just a week after picking up the the top Scream Award (which aired Tuesday night). See below for more details and pictures of Zachary Quinto picking up the award at the Hollywood Film Festival on Monday.
On Sunday TrekMovie first reported on a new viral video titled "Klingon Propaganda" which contained clues leading to a Klingon website. The mysterious video has been sweeping around web since, and today there is a new video live-action video from the same source which shows the Klingon plot may be even more insidious. We have that below, plus a translation and more details on the first video.
This week in Sci-Fi Movies, we’ve got announcements for new movies based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Doc Savage, Conan character descriptions, details on how The Avengers and Thor will connect and more, including the latest box office numbers, casting bites, images and videos.
CBS has confirmed the final details and episode lists for the upcoming second volumes of ‘Best of Star Trek The Original Series’ and ‘Best of Star Trek The Next Generation’ DVD sets. See below for the full press release.
Another piece in the puzzle that is the Star Trek sequel has fallen into place as JJ Abrams has now confirmed that, although he is co-producing, he will not return to the director’s chair for the fourth Mission: Impossible film. More details on that below, plus comments from Abrams on Superman
Back in 1976 Gene Roddenberry released an album called "Inside Star Trek" which included conversations with many Trek luminaries and others, it didn’t sell that well, but was released on CD in 1999. And today the folks at Roddenberry.com have put one of the more interesting tracks, a conversation with William Shatner, online in a ‘hidden section’ of their website. Find out how to listen to it below
Tomorrow night Spike TV airs their Scream Awards, and as we reported last weekend, JJ Abrams new Star Trek film does very well. We now have some clips from the show, where you can see William Shatner on stage accepting an award for the movie and talking to JJ Abrams about how he isn’t in it.
The Klingons were created in the 60s to be the Star Trek stand-ins for the Cold War ‘Red Menace’. This week an impressive new video was uploaded to YouTube titled ‘Klingon Propaganda’, which runs with the notion by creating a motivational cartoon from the Klingon perspective in the style of 20th century Communist Propaganda. And it is so well-made, it raises the question as to whether or not it is ‘Fan Made’ or something more.
This week in Sci-Fi TV, we’ve got you covered with the first eight minutes of the new ABC series V, David Goyer taking full showrunning duties on FlashForward, some updates on Lost, Justice League casting news on Smallville, a scheduling change for Dollhouse and more, including the latest television ratings, casting bites, images and videos.
Last weekend we reported that Star Trek writing team of Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman were now talking about delivering the script for the sequel in mid 2010 for a potential 2012 release. But now Star Trek’s Uhura Zoe Saldana says she has been asked for details on her 2010 schedule, implying that their still may be a chance for shooting next year. How does this all add up? TrekMovie asks a trusted source to help us sort it all out.
Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently said they have more time to hand in their Star Trek sequel, so things are still in that deep thinking stage. In a new interview, producer JJ Abrams talked about what direction he sees the next Trek is going, and how he wants it to be ‘deeper’. JJ also talked about what to call the sequel. Details below plus photos of Abrams presenting an award to Zoe Saldana.
Star Trek is headed back to theme parks. Today CBS, along with the Mad Science Group, announced ‘Star Trek Live’ a new traveling interactive stage show which will be combining "science and entertainment" using Star Trek. More details below, plus TrekMovie has the exclusive first look at the logo and marketing brochure.
Back in March we reported that Harlan Ellison was suing CBS and Paramount for merchandising royalties related to his classic episode "City on the Edge of Forever." Yesterday on his site, Ellison announced the suite was "over" and that he was "pleased with the outcome" and that there would be an agreed statement coming.
In the 1970s, between the end of Star Trek The Original series and the first Star Trek feature film, Gene Roddenberry developed a number of sci-fi TV pilots, which aired as TV movies, but never made it to series. Now Warner Brothers has made Genesis II and Planet Earth available via their video-on-demand DVD program. See below for our thorough review of both titles.
Welcome back to Science Friday! I missed you all so much last week. So, to make up for it, this week we’ve got a double dose of awesome. Discover 32 new exoplanets, go or no-go for NASA’s new rocket, save the polar bears, and help redefine the shape of our solar system. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: $1 Million Batmobile!
Following Star Trek Nemesis, Wil and Troi Riker left the USS Enterprise E to star in their own series of books, set aboard the USS Titan.This week, the Library Computer discovers some very intentional programming kinks as it looks at James Swallow’s “Synthesis”, the fifth Star Trek: Titan novel, .
Cryptic Studio’s highly anticipated massive multiplayer game, Star Trek Online, is taking a big step towards its release today with the announcement that the game is now ready for the closed beta test. This is a big milestone that indicates the game is still on track for release in early 2010. We have details below on how you can enter, including a TrekMovie contest giving away a few guaranteed spots for the beta test. [UPDATE: TrekMovie contest over]
We already reported that at the 2009 Screenwriters Expo last weekend, Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman announced that they are now shooting to finish their sequel script in eight months (instead of two) and the film is now likely slated for 2012. In a new interview from the event, the pair go into more details about what that extra time gives them, as well as talking about more aspects of Star Trek and more.
Last weekend JJ Abrams Star Trek movie led the Spike Scream Awards with six wins based on Internet voting. Today The People’s Choice Awards opened their nomination process with Star Trek already listed in most of the movie categories. Details on that below, plus Star Trek at the Hollywood Film Festival and even more Star Trek Oscar Buzz.
The third issue of Star Trek: Nero hits the streets this week and the visceral art featured in previous issues takes a back seat to storytelling with a blast from Trek past. If you’re bothered by spoilers, go directly to your local comic shop, do not pass go, do not collect 200 credits.
William Shatner is, as often noted here before, the master of all media. So, it is no surprise that he has a connection to the biggest story of the week…Balloon Boy, no joke. We have details on that below, plus the latest news from Bill, including video from Big Apple Comic Con.