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10 things Dr McCoy is not

Happy 50th Star Trek

Happy 50th Star Trek

Star Trek has been on our screens for 50 glorious years. I love Trek and have seen every episode of every series with the exception of most of Enterprise. Which is on Netflix and on my list as it apparently gets pretty good. Sorry Enterprise… For quite big chunk of my youth, there was only the original series with James T Kirk, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Spock, Uhura, Chekov, Scotty and Sulu. Plus a variety of sexy ladies in mini-skirts and male canon-fodder in red shirts. Then there were the movies. I was about 15 when Next Generation came out and therefore about 17 when that started to get good.

I could go on and on about Star Trek but as someone who writes a science fiction website, it is predictable that I would love it. So I wanted to post something Star Trek related. I saw this clip entitled “10 things Dr Leonard McCoy is not” and thought I would jump on the celebratory bandwagon. Thanks to one of my favourite websites www.io9.com for the clip. Happy 50th Trek.

New Star Trek in 2017

NewTrekThere has been no new Star Trek on TV for over a decade and frankly, look at the state of humanity right now. So there was great excitement when CBS announced that it has decided to make a Star Trek new series. Unfortunately, it will be an exclusive on the CBS All Access, so unless you have that service then I guess you are doomed and can’t watch it ever. (Although I’m sure humanity will find a way.)

In even better news, it isn’t related to the new Star Trek movies, which were fun but now have no planet Vulcan and if a character dies they can presumably now get some super blood and be ok. Also, TV Star Trek should be more cerebral – great scifi ideas and the odd bit of action. Not all action.

Bryan Fuller will be the showrunner – he used to write for DS9 and Voyager. In the writing chair, amongst others, will be Nicholas Meyer, who wrote Star Trek movies Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country, which were films 2 and 6 respectively. So single digit even numbers, which as all Trekkies know, equals good.

More info can be found here: www.startrek.com/news_articles

I can’t wait to find a way to watch this new series. Here is the teaser trailer. It shows bugger all but still got me excited. Trek!

Star Trek Beyond

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Star Trek Beyond

It has been rumoured for months but the third Star Trek film of the reboot is going to be called “Star Trek Beyond”. Justin Lin, who is now the director, confirmed it on Twitter along with a new picture. It’s not the most exciting picture, but filming doesn’t start until next week, so I guess they don’t have a lot to share.

The script is by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg and will apparently hark back to the sense of adventure found in the original Star Trek series. I hope so. I suspect it won’t be one of the ones where they visit a planet that has evolved to be exactly like Rome or 1930s Chicago though. Also, Spock’s brain will probably remain in his head. Hopefully it will be something original. Or somewhere in between, like a being that is much more powerful and hard to understand or even better – a fight with a Gorn.

Star Trek Beyond is produced J.J. Abrams and is scheduled for a July 8, 2016 release.

Possible new Star Trek TV show

Star Trek

Star Trek

If you are a Trekkie try not to get too excited because we are still very much in the realm of internet rumours. But the word is, there might be a new Star Trek series being pitched. There are numerous stories circulating the web on sites like Den of Geek (http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/star-trek/20931/is-a-new-star-trek-tv-series-in-development) that a guy called David Foster is pitching an idea for a series set after Voyager. Apparently it won’t clash with the JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot as that is in a new timeline. Or something. Whatever, it will be Trek.

I don’t know how likely this is going to be though because I had also read other rumours that seem to be talking about different Star Trek series from the one above. One involved Jonathan Frakes (aka Riker) directing some new Trek show but I think that particular story stemmed from confusion about the fact that Frakes is about to direct a TV series of the Librarian franchise. (Which is actually pretty fun in a ‘rainy Sunday afternoon might as well give it a go’ kind of show.) I hope I am wrong as Frakes is a great director.

Yet another rumour was to do with an apparent casting agency looking for a young Deanna Troi. But that could just be a load of Trekkie pervs trying their luck.

I think the big question should be: ‘Why the hell is there no current Star Trek on our TV at all?’ Going by all the fan made stuff appearing on youtube (which I have written about before here and here), there is clearly a big call for it. I’m pretty sure Trekkies would be rabidly keen on it. My main worry is that they will try a reboot or make it all gritty or something. I want a traditional Trek series where the first couple of seasons are pretty average apart from the occasional brilliant episode, then it gets awesome, with all the characters being quite nice and vaguely attractive. Might as well bring Worf into it as well. Can someone make that happen please?

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Star Trek: Renegades

As promised, here is the trailer and the Kickstarter campaign for the new Star Trek: Renegades web film. From the people who brought you Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Which was great, so therefore this will be too!

Here is the trailer:

Looks pretty cool I think, although it is very hard to tell. A hot chick, some hard/smart aliens and an unlikely rag-tag band of misfit humans seems to be the main premise. I love Farscape, so it might work here as well.

There are a lot more details at the official website: Star Trek: Renegades 

Go there boldly now.

 

 

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Full film.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

In a depressing age when there was no Star Trek on TV, a few plucky individuals have banded together to save us all. With internet Star Trek. I’m not sure how I missed this but here is a full length film and it’s really good! I know I have recently been promoting Star Trek Continues and their Kickstarter campaign to make more episodes (which is a great cause as it’s brilliant), but this is excellent professional Trek that deserves a watch.

It is made by Trek legends Walter Koenig (Chekov from Original Trek) and Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager). There seems to be a ridiculous amount of other Star Trek actors in it as well. (See below the video where there is more info about the cast.) I post it now as they want to make a new one. More about that later but there is a mini trailer at the start of this film.

Here is the premise of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men:

Forty years after their first mission, Chekov and Uhura, along with John Harriman, former Captain of the Enterprise-B, come together for the dedication of a very special ship.

However, their reunion is cut short when they receive a distress call from an all-too-familiar planet, where they meet up with an almost-forgotten face, and in an instant something happens, or rather, doesn’t happen, that presses the three friends to embark on a mission that will forever change their lives…

I love all these new Star Treks. Thanks to technology the effects are pretty good; certainly a lot better than a lot of TV scifi when I was growing up. Also, the actors are easily as good as the original cast – or like here, the same actual cast as in the original shows. I’d like to say ‘Keep it up!’ but they already are. I will post details and trailer for their new movie kickstarter campaign in my next post.

So brace yourself and grab a Romulan ale. Here is Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Engage.

Here is more on the cast:
The film stars Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura and Chekov of the original series) and Alan Ruck (Captain John Harriman of the 7th Trek feature film, Star Trek Generations) along with Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand of the original series). Joining them are Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager) and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation); Cirroc Lofton, Chase Masterson and JG Hertzler (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Gary Graham and Crystal Allen (Star Trek: Enterprise), Herb Jefferson (Battlestar Galactica) plus Tim Russ (reprising his role as Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager), who also directs the film.

Producer Sky Conway and Deep Space Nine freelance storywriters Jack Trevino and Ethan H. Calk wrote OGAM. Director of photography is Doug Knapp. More than 50 film professionals (all Star Trek fans) have worked tirelessly to produce this labor of love! Originally released in three parts on the internet in 2008, this film is presented to you as a full 90 minute movie.

Star Trek Continues Kickstarter

Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues

I wrote a while back about the brilliant Star Trek Continues webisode. Well they want to make more and I want to help them. They have started a Kickstarter campaign and as you will see they have already hit their target of $100,000 to make 3 new episodes. But they want to make more. The last two years of the show in fact.

So check out their Kickstarter page and support the arts. There is no Star Trek on TV right now and that makes me feel sad.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/125377036/star-trek-continues-webseries

Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues

You know when you hear the words ‘fan made’ and you think, ‘It’s great that people care and put lots of effort into this, but it’s probably going to be pretty crap.’ Well think that no more you miserable cynic. Just for this particular instance anyway. Because here is a fan made episode of Star Trek continuing on from the original series and it’s pretty damn good. I want to see more! As the original Star Trek series was a five year mission and we only saw three of that, I expect at least two years’ worth of stuff.

It even has Grant Imahara from Mythbusters and Christopher Doohan (son of James Doohan – the original Scotty.) This is actually a follow on episode from one of the original Star Trek episodes – ‘Who Mourns for Adonais’. The guy who plays Apollo is the same actor from the original episode. I’m not sure if the series will continue like this, or even continue at all but I’m a fan of this fan made fiction.

Here is their website: http://www.startrekcontinues.com/

Please do Firefly next.

Here is the episode. Enjoy.

Star Trek versus Star Wars

I should point out now that this is not an article comparing the two. Because that would be stupid and something only idiots would debate about. They are utterly different types of Scifi and I love them both dearly (except cute things in Star Wars and hippy episodes of Trek).

Empire of America.

Having said that this clip is pretty dumb. I just thought I would share it as it is pretty well made and someone put a lot of effort in, and one day they might make something more plausible. Here is the premise:

The Empire in Star Wars is actually America for some reason. Although they have advanced technology San Francisco is the same as now. Maybe they invaded.

Then the Enterprise comes to visit. From the clip, it looks like it was Star Trek 4 and they are bringing a whale back from the 1980s. This pisses off the Empire.

Give it a watch and see what you think. It is undeniably well made:

There are so many problems that I, a self confessed geek, have with this. If it is the the Enterprise returning whales to the sea from Star Trek 4, then why aren’t they in a Klingon Bird of Prey (which can also cloak)? Surely the Enterprise can scan the Death Star and see it is a threat? Why do they hang around? What’s with the reference to the Kobiyashi Maru? (That was a famous unwinnable Trek simulation that Kirk beats by cheating but why would the news caster know about it?) Also, the newscaster mentions the Sea Shepherd from Discovery Channel’s Whale Wars which means this is modern time, so who the fuck are the Empire? Invaders from the past? Why can’t the Enterprise just beam the Whales straight into the sea? Why does the Empire attack? What? Why?

Alright, I’ll shut up. It just makes so little sense it annoyed me a bit. But as I said, well made, so I thought I would share.

Star Trek Into Darkness review

Star Trek Into Darkness

I saw Star Trek Into Darkness the other day (at bloody last) and loved it. If I get a day off, I might go and see it again.

First off, the plot. I won’t go into this too much in case you haven’t seen it. Basically, there is a terrorist afoot and he blows up a small chunk of London when he attacks a Starfleet installation. The terrorist is English (as our accent sounds the most evil and intelligent) and used to be a Starfleet agent. This pisses Kirk off and he asks to pursue the bad guy. That’s as much as I can say.

The movie opens on what feels like an incredibly exciting episode of Star Trek. Frankly, Star Trek Into Darkness could have just consisted of the crew going from one mini adventure to the next and I would have been happy. This sequence gives you a bit of characterisation and a bit of insight into how they now function as a crew. It mostly feels like a mini Trek intro movie like you get with a James Bond film. Exciting as hell but with a tenuous link to the main plot. Then the main movie kicks in and things get more epic.

The set action pieces are spectacular and the 3D is done well. Some people have complained that perhaps they go on a bit too long but I guess that is a matter of taste. And also a matter them being wrong. The action was awesome.

It is the characters and dialogue that really shine. Not only are the dynamics between the characters further established and believable, they are also intelligent and funny. The whole Kirk/Spock thing is the main focus but Sulu, Uhura, Bones and Scotty are great in their supporting roles. Especially the latter two, who get a bit more screen time in this one. Particular praise has to go to Cumberbatch though, who is just superb. He is menacing and intelligent and hard as nails. The acting is a real highpoint in this movie.

Cumberbatch looking menacing

The vast majority of Star Trek Into Darkness reviews, like this one, have been massively positive. Most of the criticism has to do with lens flare effects or minor plot holes (most of which are incorrect and deal with accents or skin colour or how spaceships in the future work or other pointless bollocks). Abrams has taken an established bad guy and let it play out completely differently (with some great mirroring to the original unmentioned film/episode). Some have complained that is misses out on the thoughtful exploratory scifi that played a bigger role in the TV series. They have a point I suppose, but all Trek movies are on a bigger scale with more effects. That’s the point of them. Otherwise it is just a long episode in the cinema, which some of the later Next Gen films felt like.

I think Star Trek Into Darkness is bloody superb. It is fun, exciting and should please Trekkies (like me) and non-Trekkies alike (my wife loved it – although she has a thing for intelligent, sophisticated Englishmen). I think this ‘enjoyment by most people’ was the point. And it succeeds. Highly recommended.

In case you are undecided, here’s a trailer: