There has been a lot of talk about Star Trek in the last week around the web and we have currated some of the most interesting bits for the Great Links, starting off with how The Next Generation is influencing a multi-billion dollar film franchise. We also have Trek news from Jeff Bezos, some fun Trek-related videos from TV around the globe and much more. So, buckle up for this week in Trek.
How Star Trek: The Next Generation helps the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was interviewed this week by Entertainment Weekly and the discussion turned to wrapping up arcs for some of the characters in the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. The man in charge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe said he learned a lesson from the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, that you don’t necessarily have to kill off a character to close their character arc, saying:
When we talk about resolution or a character’s story ending, are we necessarily talking about death?
People always will jump to that. That’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. I talk a lot, because I’m a big-ass nerd, about Star Trek: The Next Generation, “All Good Things.” That to me is one of the best series finales ever. That wasn’t about death. Picard went and played poker with the crew, something he should have done a long time ago, right?
Bezos weighs in on Kirk v Picard
Amazon founder – and huge Star Trek fan with cameo in Star Trek Beyond – Jeff Bezos ran into Sir Patrick Stewart at the Oscars last weekend, and took the opportunity to share his thoughts (via Twitter) on the eternal Trekkie debate: Kirk v Picard. The billionaire is going with Picard.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 10, 2018
Kirk meets Bones scene redone by cartoon voice stars
On this week’s episode of the Nerdist show all about animation – Talking Toons – host and voice actor Rob Paulson (Pinky of Pinky and The Brain, among many other voices) was joined by Butch Hartman (creator of shows like The Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom) and the pair took the time to recreate a scene from the 2009 Star Trek movie, with Paulson playing Kirk as Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron, and Hartman doing McCoy as Keswick from his show T.U.F.F. Puppy.
Fan videos of the week: All the “not doctors” + How does the USS Defiant dock?
This week EC Henry, who makes some insightful videos on YouTube, has a fun look at all the things the Star Trek doctors aren’t.
Another interesting YouTube channel that produces some deep nerding on Trek and other pop culture things is Junkball Media. This week they turned their gaze on the USS Defiant, and specifically how it actually docks.
Star Trek around the world: Canadians debate II v III, Germans spoof Trek for climate change
Of course Star Trek is a global phenomenon, and so this week we bring you some news about what people are saying about Trek around the world. First up, all month long the Space Channel in Canada (home to Star Trek: Discovery) is airing ‘Star Trek Movie Mondays,’ with a new Star Trek feature film every Monday. Tomorrow will be The Wrath of Khan (9e, 6p). And as part of their Trekkiing out all month, there was a segment this week on the Space Channel series Innerspace with a debate over which is better, Wrath of Khan or The Search for Spock, which you can see below.
Star Trek has also popped up in Germany, on the comedy series Die Anstalt (The Institution). The show did a Star Trek-themed skit about Global Warming, featuring celebrity scientist Professor Harald Lesch (known to German Trek fans for presenting a series of Star Trek science segments for the German SciFi channel). You can watch the Die Anstalt sketch below.
More Great Links: Lists and lessons from Star Trek
Here is how the web is talking about Star Trek this week
That’s it for this week’s update. Keep up with all the fun Star Trek from around the web in our Great Links category.