In a new interview, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne – co-writers along with Roberto Orci for the upcoming Star Trek film – talk about their background with the franchise, where they see the next movie headed and how much producer J.J. Abrams is involved. Details from the writing team after the break.
Though the idea of webcasters analyzing old episodes of Star Trek is one that’s relatively new, some people have been at it since before it could qualify as nostalgia. Indeed, while our friends at Mission Log – whom we looked at yesterday – started in 2012, Chuck Sonnenberg was reviewing episodes of Voyager while the ship was still stuck in the Delta Quadrant. In the last article in our Remember Me series, we explore yet another way to look back at Star Trek’s run; and, this time we’ve got statistics! Hit the jump for Part Three.
Today there is an update on the previously reported Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign from Star Trek TNG star LeVar Burton. The campaign has now broken a Kickstarter record. There are only 2 days left so you still have a chance to help (and they have lowered pricing on some get some Star Trek event rewards too). Plus is Burton hinting he wants to return for the just announced Community Season 6?
Great science fiction takes real science concepts and stretches them past their limits. Time and time again, we’ve seen that scenario reversed, where real life scientific pursuits are first conjured up in the minds of sci-fi writers (cell phones, anyone?). Trek tech inspiring real products is nothing new. This month, designs for a faster-than-light ship, a handheld tricorder-like device (yes, another one), and even talk of creating real food replicators has all popped up in the news. Plus, Trek is making its presence known in low Earth orbit thanks to a Trekkie astronaut. Hit the jump for more.
In Part Two of our three part series, Remember Me, TrekMovie takes another look back at Star Trek nostalgia. The Mission Log podcast, which you can now find on TrekMovie.com, has taken on the immense challenge of picking apart Star Trek one episode at a time. What does this perspective teach us about Trek’s past, present, and future? What makes Trek good, how do different incarnations of Trek appeal to different kinds of fans, and how might a look at Trek’s past help us figure out what’s coming next? Hit the jump for Part Two.
The documentary “To Be Takei” about Star Trek star George Takei comes out in August and features interviews with the new Sulu John Cho along with George’s original Trek co-stars Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and even William Shatner. Watch the brand new trailer below, plus the latest episode of George’s webseries "Takei’s Take" where he talks Trek and social media.
Prolific web-based publisher NGames has teased a new free-to-play Star Trek MMO that takes place after the events of Star Trek: Voyager and is set in Fluidic Space. Players must either side with the Klingons or the Federation as they control fleets, explore, and battle Species 8472. The game will be released on NGames-operated Games321.com. NGames promises more information in the coming weeks, but so far they’ve only given us a single screenshot of the game (above).
Today we start our look at a look back: Star Trek nostalgia in all its forms. Why is it that nostalgia for all things Trek (even for those who weren’t alive during Trek’s original run) has become a common thread in online forums? And how has the fandom changed since the 1960’s? In Part One of the three part series Remember Me, Trekmovie’s Jared Whitley sat down with J.D. Payne (co-writer of the 2016 Star Trek movie), Mission Log Podcast’s John Champion, SF Debri’s Chuck Sonnenberg, and more to discuss how the changing TV landscape and our ever increasing connectivity with other fans has changed the way we watch new TV and discuss classic shows. Hit the jump for Part One.
A super-popular (and funny) Star Trek Twitter feed is being turned into a full fledged book. For those unfamiliar with @TNG_S8, it is a hilarious, spot-on parody of The Next Generation, which takes the form of episode synopses from an imaginary eighth season. Find out more below the jump.
This weekend’s episode of Adult Swim’s stop-motion animation series Robot Chicken will include a segment with the "Star Trek TNG Night Crew," featuring voice acting from real Star Trek stars Sir Patrick Stewart and Chris Pine. Watch it below.
Thursday night in Burbank was the last stop in awards season, with the 40th Saturn Awards – honoring the best in science fiction and fantasy. Last summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness went into the night with five nominations, but got shut out. There were also more Trek-related winners and losers at the Saturns. Details below.
In a just released podcast interview, Roberto Orci discussed the challenge he faces as a first time director for the next Star Trek movie, dropped some hints for the setting and about new aliens, talked about visiting the set of Star Wars to pick up tips from JJ Abrams, opined on Kirk sex scenes and a gay character and more. See below for highlights and to listen tot he podcast.
In this week’s episode of the Mission Log, John and Ken dive into yet another fan-loved film, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. It’s got everything! Mini Spock! Genesis planet! 1980’s hair cuts! Klingon bastards! Have a listen to the break down of the story of TSFS, how it was perceived during its debut in 1984, and how it holds up today. Listen to the latest Mission Log episode in our sidebar to your right, or hit the jump for embedded audio goodness.Then, tell us what you think in the comments!
While we might only be getting one on-screen adventure every few years at the moment, the Star Trek people at CBS are kept pretty busy dreaming Star Trek stuff from every corner of the Star Trek universe. Read on below for news of the latest licensees, and all the Star Trek goodies they are creating; including cookie jars, Borg Cubes, tribbles, and a galaxy full of starships.
A new article from Forbes is sparking some debate on how much Hollywood studios value franchise fans, including Star Trek fans. The article even caught the interest of Star Trek writer/producer (and soon to be director) Roberto Orci, who was mentioned in it. More below.
Star Trek’s new Spock is more than an actor, he is a thespian on par with the best of the British, or that is at least what he wants you to beleive in the new web campaign for Newcastle Brown Ale. The first ad was released today, watch it below.
On Tuesday night’s airing of The Wil Wheaton Project (only his 5th episode), the Star Trek: TNG actor turned sardonic geek culture commentator had a biting take on the recent news announcing the next Star Trek film was coming in 2016, but without JJ Abrams returning to the director’s chair. Watch the clip below.
Season 6 of Star Trek: The Next Generation was released today on Blu-ray. We have compiled video previews of some of the new special features from the set. Watch them below
A Star Trek fan, known only as “Daniel,” has created a web-based game where players can explore the Enterprise-D in pixelated, isometric form. Featuring common areas, such as the bridge, ready room, andcaptain quarters, the game also contains little-seen rooms like restrooms, science labs, and staircases. Players have the ability to move freely throughout the ship, and they can even save their progress and pick it up later. Visit Pixeltrek.com to start playing.
Today Paramount announced a new 4-disc Blu-ray set for the two JJ Abrams’ Trek features – 2009’s Star Trek in HD and the IMAX version of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness . Also included are digital versions, all the previously released bonus material (including some only available via some retailers) and new bonus material. See box art and full disc by disc details below. [UPDATE: Now Available For pre-order]
Season 6 is arguably the best season of TNG. The writers that we associate with TNG’s better episodes were all present, the production staff had TNG down cold, the visual effects were at their peak technologically, and the episodes covered a diverse group of subjects and genres. Read on to see how the season looks re-mastered and details of the treasure trove of deleted scenes the CBS Digital team were able to find, available June 24th in North America.
The Trek world has been abuzz since the announcement that Bob Orci will officially take over the director’s seat for the next Star Trek film. TrekMovie sat down with Mike and Denise Okuda in an exclusive interview covering Trek’s past, present, and future. The Okudas have been involved with Trek in one way or another as early as The Motion Picture with Mike having worked on every live action Star Trek production since The Voyage Home, along with the current project of remastering Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD for Blu-ray. Suffice to say that this pair has a unique perspective on where Trek has been and where it is (or should be) going. Hit the jump for more.
This week has Star Trek celebrity news with Mulgrew winning an award, Quinto hanging with ‘Girls,’ Sir Pat hanging with Yoda, Saldana going green, Takei as Grand marshal and Pegg seeking happiness. Get all the latest below.
BREAKING: Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director JJ Abrams is currently shooting the next Star Wars movie, but it appears he will not be shooting the one after that. Reports are coming out today that Looper director Rian Johnson is in talks to helm Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Another week, another episode of the Mission Log Podcast. This week, hosts John and Ken continue their look back at the Original Series movies with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Hailed by many as the best Star Trek film, the Wrath of Khan has become iconic in modern popular culture. From Ricardo Montalban’s stunning performance (and glistening chest) to the infamous KHHHAAAAAAN! scream by Captain Kirk to the heartwarming (and arguably unimitatable) final scene between our captain and science officer. This is it. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Seriously. What else is there to say? Follow the adventures of the Mission Log each week right here on TrekMovie. Just keep your eye on our sidebar for the latest episode! And don’t forget to tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Summer 2014 is shaping up to be a fine time for Star Trek comics from IDW Publishing and elsewhere. In addition to Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever five-part adaptation, the monthly Star Trek series will begin a six-issue story arc featuring Q, the new crew, time travel, and some niners. We’ll also see another John Byrne photocomic and a one-shot special issue featuring the doctors. No, not the Doctors, the other ones, the Starfleet doctors. But what about the Doctor?
Along with the boxed set of Season 6, the single disc release of ”Chain of Command”, the critically acclaimed two-part episode that deals with torture, prisoner’s rights, and handling the change of leadership under a new commanding officer, will also be available to purchase on June 24 in the USA. As with other single-disc releases, both parts have been edited together to make one 90-minute TV movie.
BREAKING: Paramount has confirmed what should have been obvious, the next Star Trek feature film will be released in 2016. The news comes from the CineEurope conference being held in Barcelona Spain where Paramount Senior VP Edward Ryan outlined the studio’s plans for the future.
The crew of Star Trek Continues has released their latest episode and this time they boldly take on Mirror Mirror, one of the favorite TOS episodes. Spock with a beard and Uhura (and the other female crewmembers with bare midriffs) in a galaxy ruled not by Starfleet, but by the evil Terran Empire.
Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for one of the best Star Trek episodes ever broadcast is finally brought to life by veteran Trek writers and artists from IDW Publishing. Spoilers for the first installment of a five-issue mini-series after the break.