Podcast: All Access Lives Logs And Propers With The Latest ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’

All Access Star Trek episode 116 - TrekMovie

[Review starts at  20:09]

Anthony and Laurie use a recent interview with Zoe Saldaña to talk about the uncertain future of the next Star Trek movie, then get into some of the details on an upcoming auction of props and costumes from Star Trek: Picard as well as the latest SkyShowtime launches in Europe. They discuss a theory about the Borg that connects VoyagerProdigy, and Picard, then take a look at the newest Admiral Janeway log on Instagram. After that, they review Prodigy‘s newest episode, “All the World’s a Stage.” They wrap up with a story about Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Nimoy hanging out together and Neil Shurley’s episode of Enterprise Incidents about TOS’ “The Way to Eden.” (Yeah, brother.)


Zoe Saldana Thinks Delay On ‘Star Trek 4’ Is More Than Just Scheduling

James Gunn, Peter Safran Are Mapping Out “Eight to 10-Year Plan” For DC [THR]

Props And Costumes From ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Seasons 1 & 2 Going Up For Auction

SkyShowtime Launching In Europe With ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ And ‘Prodigy’ But Not ‘Discovery’

Dark ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Theory About Zero Connects The Borg From ‘Voyager’ To ‘Picard’ And Beyond

LISTEN: Star Trek: Lower Decks – The Borg Hive (ASMR Loop)

Listen: Janeway Reveals Possible TNG Connection To The Diviner In New ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Log


Interview: ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Writer Aaron Waltke On Red Shirts, Galileo’s Fate, And The Spirit Of Starfleet

The Tell of Captain Walker and the Apocalypse from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Voyager’sMuse” and “Nemesis


Tony: When Jimi Hendrix met Spock: the incredible story of the guitar legend’s encounter with a sci-fi icon

Laurie: Neil Shurley talks “The Way to Eden” on the Enterprise Incidents podcast

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I don’t think making another Kelvin Universe movie is likely. I could totally see a Section 31 movie with Michelle Yeoh. Or a Lower Decks movie. You can make those for under 100 million USD. Trek is strong on TV and if a movie happens, it should be connected to one of the current series. Hey, maybe they could even bring back Picard. As long as Akiva Goldsman stays away from the script!

Michelle Yeoh is definitely a global star who can sell a movie… she might be their best bet at this point, but it’s really hard to tell. I don’t think a Lower Decks movie would get people into theaters, and I feel the same about Section 31. They need broader appeal. (Agree about Akiva.)

I think a Section 31 movie could be popular. Not because the average movie-goer knows or cares what S31 is, but because it would be sold as a movie about Michelle Yeoh being an outer space secret agent who does kung fu.

I had been thinking that a Michelle Yeoh Section 31 multiverse hopping movie would have been very cool, and could have stopped in the Kelvin Universe.

But given her incredible work in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, it would be somewhat redundant.

The Guardian of Forever still offers a lot of scope even so.

A moderate cost vehicle with Yeoh could be very good at attracting a new audience to the franchise.

The most discouraging thing is that Paramount hasn’t been able to exit the relationship with JJ. Abrams. At this point, the contract has to be close to dying on the basis of failure to produce product.

Once she’s hopping multiverses, there’s no moderate cost, though. And it’s hard to justify making a movie at all if you’re not going to spend a lot of money with the hopes of huge returns, because you could just do it on TV. It’s a tricky thing!

It’s tricky.

I am not sure what makes a movie worth going out to the theatre for.

If it’s only astonishing effects and lots of stuff blowing up, perhaps.

While the multiverse can demand lots of expense in alternative cgi renderings, it needn’t. It would instead need to be story driven. Done well, it might succeed in launching a television product that goes beyond Yeoh.

But as long as the Bad Robot contract is in effect, Paramount’s going to be constrained to the kind of movie that production house is known for. Not a great fit.

I think we are in a strange time of redefining what makes a movie worth going to the theatre for, and the industry isn’t quite sure what that is yet once you step outside blockbuster territory. These are interesting times, that’s for sure. I hope things change. I loved all the “small” moves I saw in theatres over the years, and I relish the opportunity to GO to the movies and devote my full attention to a big screen. But I don’t go often these days because there are so few choices about what to see.

Why has Paramount not given the movies over to Alex Kurtzman and his team to develop? There are many people in that organization with feature film experience. They have demonstrated success in storytelling with both new and legacy characters.

I think that what Paramount needs is a movie that will make the world excited about Star Trek as a concept again. And I think a good way to do that right now would be to spend a gazillion dollars and get EVERY Trek crew involved in it. Shatner, Stewart, Brooks, Mulgrew, Bakula, Pine, Martin-Green, Mount; they’re all there, and maybe even the animated folks as well. As many of the supporting castmembers as the screenplay can find room for. Set it on Deep Space Nine and have all the ships docked there at the same time. Gonna cost a fortune; gonna make a billion. Might not make a lick of sense, and if it’s great nobody will care.

The bottom line is that unless Paramount swings for the fences, they may as well sit in the dugout the rest of the game.