We are now heavily in the midst of convention season, and the biggest of the big is happening this week upcoming week in San Diego. With Star Trek: Discovery in production on season 2, the announcement of a new era for Trek on TV, two Kelvin-verse movies in the works, and lots of new merchandise, we may be in for quite a newsy year at Comic-Con. There are things we know are coming, some things we are expecting and a few things we are just holding out hope for. Here is our definitive list of what we most want to learn at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
1. Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 News And Previews
The biggest Star Trek event happening at Comic-Con this year is undoubtedly the Star Trek: Discovery panel being held in the famous Hall H on Friday at 1:30pm. With CBS booking the biggest room at SDCC, scheduling a post-panel press event and bringing much of the cast and executive producer and showrunner Alex Kurtzman, we are expecting they’ve got some exciting things to share about the second season if Discovery. Our bet is that we will get to see a trailer or some video preview or clip. There should also be some news and details about what is in store for next season, including a release date and maybe more casting revelations, like they did at WonderCon earlier this year and at SDCC last year. People are known to go to extremes to catch all the action in Hall H, but TrekMovie will make it easy with for you, so check back on Friday afternoon for our live coverage.
2. News About Other Star Trek TV Shows
This year’s Comic-Con is also coming on the heels of the huge announcement that Star Trek is being expanded on television. There are no confirmed details on exactly what shows CBS has in store, but rumors have been flying about, including one in which Patrick Stewart could reprise his role as Captain Picard. With CBS booking Hall H, maybe they are at SDCC to make more news beyond Discovery. Alex Kurtzman, who has been put in charge of the expansion of Star Trek on TV, will be there and we are hoping he will throw us some tidbits about his plans.
3. A Closer Look in the Star Trek: Discovery Gallery
Much like they did last year, Star Trek: Discovery is taking over the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery during Comic-Con. Last year, we got a ton of first looks at concept art and props and costumes for the Klingons and Starfleet used in Season 1 of Discovery before the show ever aired. This year, it’s the Mirror Universe that will be on display. For one thing, it will be awesome to get a closer look at some of the Season 1 Mirror Universe items, but we’re also hoping for some hints at what is in store for Season 2! There will also be a small shop loaded with some very cool items, including Comic-Con exclusives.
4. The Orville Season 2 News And Previews
It may not be Hall H, but our adopted show The Orville will be putting on a panel in Comic-Con’s third largest space, the Indigo Ballroom (Saturday at 4pm in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront). On the panel will be creator Seth McFarlane and others from the show including Star Trek alumnus and Orville executive producer Brannon Braga. We’re excited to see what is in store for the second season, which is well into production. The show is so clearly a love letter to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and we know of at least one Trek guest star for season two (Robert Picardo), but could there be more? Much like the Discovery panel, we expect to see a season 2 trailer or preview in addition to some news about what’s to come.
5. What’s Next For Star Trek comics
This year IDW brought their Star Trek: Boldly Go series to a close, as well as John Byrne’s New Visions series. The second Discovery mini-series (Succession) is about to wrap up as well. IDW is hosting their “Big News” panel on Saturday at 1pm in Room 25ABC. There is a good chance that they will talk about their Star Trek line and might even have some news about upcoming Trek comics, perhaps even announcing the next Discovery tie-in. They may also have more to show us from the previously announced two mini-series launching over the next few months (Star Trek: The Next Generation Terra Incognita and an Animated Series/Transformers crossover).
6. A Look at the Full Star Trek Line from Mego
Famed 1970s toymakers Mego just announced their big return exclusively at Target, and Star Trek is among their featured brands. They will be announcing more details about the new toy lines, including what’s in store for their Trek line, at a Comic-Con panel this Friday at 1pm in Room 32AB. This panel is almost certain to have a good amount of news about the Star Trek toys, so we’re excited to hear what the panelists have to say. They will also be showing off some of the first wave of Mego figures at their booth.
7. Update On Long-awaited Star Trek Toys from Diamond Select
We know Diamond Select is slated to show of their Comic-Con Exclusive Cloaked Romulan Bird of Prey toy this week, and we’re hoping they’ll also announce updates on a few long-awaited products, and maybe they’ll even announce some new ones. For three years we have been waiting for updated details and glimpses for three previously announced Star Trek toys from Diamond Select Toys: Star Trek: The Next Generation role play “Cobrahead” Phaser toy, an electronic U.S.S. Reliant ship from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and a Borg “select” figure diorama. We are hoping SDCC 2018 is when they are finally ready to show us what’s next for Trek and DST.
8. Tidbits on Upcoming Star Trek Movies
There has been a lot buzz about the follow up to Star Trek Beyond, and another Star Trek movie from Quentin Tarantino that would follow that up, but these movies are still a long way off from theaters and it is certainly way too early for Paramount to be making a promotional push for Star Trek at SDCC. This year the only Paramount panel is one in Hall H for Bumblebee, which comes out in December, so they aren’t even doing anything for their 2019 movies like Top Gun. However, Trek hope springs eternal, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any surprise Kelvin-verse posters or other hints that might be laying around. Plus it’s possible that some cast or crew associated with the Trek films will be at SDCC promoting more current projects, but can end up talking Trek and revealing some news as well.
9. What Captain Kirk Signature Whiskey Tastes Like
In the category of “just plain cool and unique” Star Trek products comes the new James T. Kirk Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Silver Screen Bottling Co. The new bourbon will be featured at Comic-Con along with some other spirits that will make their debut. I like my whiskey well enough, and I’d like to imagine that James Kirk’s signature brew would have a mildly peaty, somehow smarmy taste. Plus they’d look great in my Think Geek Starfleet whiskey glasses!
10. Star Trek Comic-Con Exclusives and Updates From Other Licensees
We’ll definitely be hitting the exhibit hall to look out for some recently announced Star Trek products like new Hallmark ornaments and new ship models from Eaglemoss. In addition, there are a good number of Star Trek themed Comic-Con exclusives this year that we are excited to get our hands on, including a Saru bust by Gentle Giant and some kind of phaser-controlled mood light rock from ThinkGeek (we have to see this one to understand it).
We’ll also be looking to get updates on plans from some of these licensees. One vendor we are particularly eager to drop by is McFarland Toys, who are known for making very high quality products and have announced a line of Star Trek toys and figures, but their first Discovery toy ended being put on hold. Maybe Comic-Con will be an opportunity to get an update on when to expect them on store shelves, if at all.
The Exhaustive SDCC Schedule Still To Come
These are just some of the highlights at this year’s Comic-Con. If you’re looking for a reference material to help you plan your week, check back tomorrow for TrekMovie’s exhaustive guide to everything Star Trek at SDCC 2018.
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