Podcast: All Access Remembers Nichelle Nichols And Ponders The Latest Star Trek News

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Tony and Laurie keep it short this week and just focus on the latest news. They start with a discussion of the legacy of the great Nichelle Nichols, who died on July 30th, and how much she meant not just to Star Trek fans but to people across the globe who poured out their sentiments on social media. They parse through the latest tweets from Star Trek: Picard season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas (including a look at the new composer for the show) and round up the interviews done with the Strange New Worlds cast in San Diego after the Comic-Con panels. They wrap things up with some amazing footage and interviews with Nichelle Nichols that fans will definitely want to check out.


Star Trek Icon Nichelle Nichols Has Passed Away

From Star Trek To The White House, The World Remembers Nichelle Nichols

Zoe Saldana, Celia Rose Gooding, Sonequa Martin-Green, Whoopi Goldberg, And More Pay Tribute To Nichelle Nichols

Woman in Motion on Paramount+

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Showrunner Teases Season 3 Villain, Which Enterprise, And Worf’s Dominion Connection

See ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 3 Orchestra Pay Homage To Jerry Goldsmith, With Score From New Composer

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Cast Teases Kirk & Spock Bonding, And Season 2 “On Steroids”


Tony: Nichelle Nichols in National Air and Space Museum promotional film

Laurie: Nichelle Nichols’ interview with the Television Academy about filming the “Plato’s Stepchildren” kiss

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Thank you Laurie and Tony for the podcast.

The only thing about Wesley’s Kirk that I’m wondering about is that they say he’s going to be more “fun” in season 3… but younger Kirk was never fun. Wasn’t he a stack of books on legs, as per Gary Mitchell? Doesn’t this mean serious and studious?

I mean in season 2…

That was when he was at the academy wasn’t it?

I’d not assume that that ment he never had any fun…..or set aside the books, while devising the cheat for the Kobayashi Maru. Or working on his ‘ladies man’ credentials. I could easily see young Kirk as a ‘work hard, play harder’ kinda guy. Boring isn’t much fun at the Academy Xmas party….

Why do characters have to be archetypes based on one line from 50 years ago when they hadn’t fleshed out the characters yet? Mitchell could have just been ribbing him.

Exactly. James R. Kirk was never fun, but James T. Kirk was a lot of fun :-)

I don’t think he wasn’t fun. I think he was a really serious student at Starfleet Academy, and probably a good guy to be around—plus he’s still the guy who figured out how to beat the Kobayashi Maru, so he already had a sense of risk and adventure. And then I assume once he was serving aboard the Farragut, he’d loosened up a little, had some adventures, and was more relaxed.

I think you’re right.

Pine’s Kirk is a different character, but other than a line about how his aptitude tests were off the charts, I think they overplayed the ladies man/irreverent cadet angle a little.

Nothing against the actor, but so far, I don’t see Shatner’s or Pine’s charisma in Wesley’s Kirk.

I hope that’s what “more fun” means – not that the character’s going to be cracking jokes constantly.

Hunter, Mount and even Greenwood all had/have plenty of charisma as Pike.

It’s kind of like casting Superman or Bond – there’s got to be that spark there. It can’t be put on.

The pilot’s writing aside, hasn’t Shatner said that he amped up the acting after early criticism that he was wooden as Kirk?

That said, my favourite Kirk has always been in that pilot and first couple of episodes filmed – followed by the first three movies.

I didn’t love Wesley’s Kirk either, I also felt the charisma was missing. Let’s hope he finds it in season 2, since he’s going to be around a lot.

I do agree that Mount and Greenwood had lots of charisma… but Hunter was as charismatic as a block of wood. And don’t forget that we saw an alternate timeline Kirk. A Kirk that did not have the benefit of McCoy or Spock. A very different version of the Kirk we know.

Hunter’s Pike was in a different place, so he was playing the character as someone much darker, someone at a crossroads. And while I agree about how different Kirk would be without McCoy and Spock, I also think Kirk would’ve had charisma early on. But It’s an interesting theory. I will ponder.