The medical advances depicted in Star Trek are nothing less than extraordinary, but solutions have not been found to maladies that millions in our world are struggling with: mental illness. This article examines the few instances where characters are depicted as struggling with mental illnesses, and sadly concludes that Star Trek’s writers completely failed to present us with a future where such illnesses have been eliminated, nor one where mental illness does not carry the stigma it carries today. This is a two-part article, with the second describing my own struggle with mental illness and how I use Star Trek to help.
Articles by John Duchak
Star Trek Online’s console debut on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One provides new gamers an exciting experience and existing STO players an opportunity to experiment with different factions and classes on a new platform.
Star Trek: Discovery executive producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller tweeted yesterday that a favorite episode from The Original Series, “Balance of Terror,” is a “touchstone” for DSC’s story arc.
Star Trek Online has been released on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One today in North America, far earlier than anyone has expected. The free-to-play MMORPG game is available for download from the Playstation and Xbox stores.
Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller on August 27th called in to radio show Nerd World Report with Hop and Herc to talk about the new series. He touched on the tradition of calling the second-in-command “Number One”, music production, and deciding upon the timeline for the show (Kelvin or Prime).
This week marks a month since Star Trek: Beyond’s release on July 22nd. While the film has been praised by general audiences, fans, and critics alike, it has failed to replicate the box office success of the previous two films of the Kelvin Timeline, only earning $146.8 million domestically and $84.2 million internationally for a total gross of $231 million. This article seeks to examine why the film, seemingly so enjoyed by millions, did not do better at the box office.
During the last golden age of Star Trek on television from 1993-2005, fans became ever more connected due to the internet, and specifically fan sites dedicated to Trek and message boards. While this was wonderful in bringing us together, every episode and series was analyzed, criticized, and the writers sometimes vilified. Of the many who faced the ire of Trek fans during the respective runs of Voyager and Enterprise, none received as much vitriol as Brannon Braga despite him being responsible for some of the most celebrated Star Trek episodes in the entire franchise.
Star Trek: Discovery Executive Producer and Showrunner Bryan Fuller spoke with IGN regarding the continuing evolution of the design of the U.S.S. Discovery from the teaser that was shown at San Diego Comic Con. Fuller said that the ship has significantly changed as the version featured in the SDCC teaser was not the final design, but also confirmed that the Discovery is based on Ralph McQuarrie’s designs for the Enterprise in the Planet of the Titans aborted film.
Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed today that the new series will be set ten years before The Original Series, essentially bridging the gap between Enterprise and TOS. The show will focus on an event in Federation history that has been talked about but never explored. Fuller also confirmed that the show will feature a human female lead (a lieutenant commander, not a captain), a gay character, and lots of aliens.
While Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller could not attend the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, he beamed in via a recorded video. Also, TrekMovie caught up with DSC executive producers Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth to learn more about their role in the new show.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr today revealed that he has been working on a documentary on DS9 for several years that explores what the show was really about and its lasting impact on the Star Trek franchise and culture. After the announcement, TrekMovie secured an exclusive interview with Behr to further discuss the project, which he hopes will be out in 2017.
A long and profitable run for Star Trek Beyond at the domestic box office is in question as the film only took in $24.7 million in its second week in release, second to Jason Bourne’s $59.2 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Beyond barely edged out newly-released Bad Moms to secure the second place spot, but saw its earnings drop 58.2% from its opening weekend.
The man who plays Leonard McCoy talks Beyond, the relationship between Spock and McCoy, and the reason he was initially hesitant to return.
Star Trek Beyond Director Justin Lin, in an interview with Collider, stated that his initial cut for Beyond clocked in at 2 hours 27 minutes, which was reduced in editing to 2 hours and 2 minutes. For fans hoping for an extended director’s cut of the film, do not get your hopes up just yet.
Star Trek: Discovery Executive Producer and Showrunner Bryan Fuller had additional things to say about the new show at the press junket held at San Diego Comic Con immediately after the Hall H panel where the title of the series was announced.
Four days before the release of Star Trek Beyond, Paramount Pictures, Skydance, and Bad Robot announced that “Star Trek 4″would be made with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as George Kirk. However, J.J. Abrams’s comments on July 20th at the red carpet premiere of Beyond in San Diego cast doubt on the status of the film.
Star Trek Executive Producer Bryan Fuller today announced at San Diego Comic Con that the new Star Trek series set to debut in January 2017 will be called Star Trek Discovery. The series will focus on the adventures of the U.S.S. Discovery, a ship of an unknown class with the registry NCC-1031, set in the Prime Timeline.
Star Trek Beyond, the latest entry in the franchise, is projected to take in $60 million over its opening weekend, according to Variety.
Chris Pine, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg continued on their PR blitz just before the opening weekend of Star Trek Beyond as guests of First Lady Michelle Obama, who invited the trio to introduce a screening of the film for the Joining Forces initiative at the White House.
Paramount last night released the fourth and final trailer for Star Trek Beyond.
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and Bad Robot this morning issued a press release announcing that a fourth Star Trek film set in the Kelvin Timeline was in production.
Star Trek Online’s Agents of Yesterday expansion officially rolled out to players on Wednesday and I have played my way through it with great pleasure. Cryptic Studios have really put together an excellent expansion that brilliantly recreates the look and feel of The Original Series and places players in missions that are related to, and at times in the middle of, TOS episodes.
Star Trek Beyond writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung recently discussed the upcoming film with the official Star Trek magazine in its June issue. The pair touch on their writing process, being life long Trekkies, and a bit more about Beyond.
A final trailer for Star Trek Beyond has been released by Paramount Pictures this morning.
Anovos Productions has unveiled and begun taking pre-orders on Star Trek Beyond uniforms for men and women.
Star Trek 2017 showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed more details about the highly-anticipated new series in an interview with Moviefone.
Star Trek 2017 show runner Bryan Fuller in an interview with Collider revealed a heap of new details on the much-anticipated new Star Trek series scheduled to debut in January 2017.
The producers of Star Trek Beyond have decided to dedicate the film to Anton Yelchin following his tragic death on June 19th, according to Hollywood Life. The filmmakers are allegedly in the process of adding a tribute to the film’s end credits.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee model owned by Anton Yelchin that was involved in his tragic death on June 19th had previously been subject to a recall by manufacturer Fiat Chrysler after the company found that electronic shifts could spring back to their position after being moved to a different gear, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond composer Michael Giacchino sat down with StarTrek.com to discuss his score for Star Trek Beyond, which just wrapped up recording last week.