Episode 16: “Fan Events”, Mystery Aliens, and All Access Rumors (Oh My)


The past week or so has been chock full of news surrounding both the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond and CBS’s new unnamed Star Trek television series. On this edition of the Shuttle Pod, Jared, Kayla, and Brian discuss the Beyond fan event, a new behind-the-scenes photo, rumblings that the upcoming TV series will take place in between Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and The Next Generation, and our latest TrekMovie poll. Plus, we talk about Bob Orci’s role in writing the original script for the third installment of the Star Trek reboot and Orci’s comments here on TrekMovie.

After Star Trek’s no-show at CinemaCon last week, Beyond director Justin Lin et al announced a special “fan event” where the second film trailer will make its big debut. Since then (and, in between recording this podcast on April 13th and publishing it April 18th) we got news that the fan event will be a special screening at the Paramount Lot, complete with celebrity guests and surprises.

We also discuss a very nice behind the scenes pic dropped by Beyond director Justin Lin on social media and on his blog in celebration of First Contact Day. In the post, Lin challenged fans to identify the men behind the latex, and a good number of fans chimed in with the correct guest over the past couple of weeks.

What would the third film of JJ’s Star Trek reboot look like if it were being made from Bob Orci’s original script, which was deemed “too Star Trek-y” by the Paramount powers that be? Based on what we’ve heard from Bob himself, Simon Pegg, and others, it sounds like it was written as a film for Star Trek fans rather that one of the Orci & Kurtzman signature summer blockbuster films.

Finally, the Star Trek rumor on everybody’s mind. We speak, of course, of the story by Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death that CBS’s new Star Trek television show will be set in the prime timeline between Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. What would that look like? What do we hope to see (more Klingons, obviously).

And, for today’s extra content: Kayla presents her first Treknecdote, the term coined by our Jared Whitley to describe those times where Trek invades our daily lives. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to understand why I’m just going to leave you with this image of Thwomp from Super Mario Bros.