Dukat and the Dominion are in control of the 24th Century Alpha Quadrant in the penultimate issue of IDW’s Star Trek Ongoing: The Q Gambit. Can the stakes for Kirk and crew get any higher as they face Q’s ultimate no-win scenario? Find out with a spoiler filled review, plus a 7 page preview, after […]
According to a new report, the list of possible directors for the next Star Trek film is narrowing. More details below. Deadline reports Star Trek 3 Director Short List Deadline is reporting that JJ Abrams and Skydance have narrowed their list down to five possible directors. According to the report the studio has met with […]
Ever since news broke last week that Roberto Orci would no longer be directing the next Star Trek film, there has been a great deal of confusion, speculation, and misinformation regarding Orci’s continuing role as well as the future of the feature film franchise. We don’t profess to have all the facts here, but we’re […]
On Saturday we reported about the Twitter campaign #BringInRiker which aims to draft the former Number One to be the current director for Star Trek No. 3. Yesterday the actor cum director broke silence and began enthusiastically bidding for the part. Riker wants in on the Trek 3 director’s chair Just yesterday, Jonathan Frakes announced […]
After receiving a message that the Nagus has been taken prisoner in the mirror universe, Quark and Rom cross over on a rescue mission. Plot Summary: While praying to the Blessed Exchequer for a chance with Ezri, Quark receives a visit from the woman in question, whom he is so happy to see that he […]
After receiving a message that the Nagus has been taken prisoner in the mirror universe, Quark and Rom cross over on a rescue mission.
Plot Summary: While praying to the Blessed Exchequer for a chance with Ezri, Quark receives a visit from the woman in question, whom he is so happy to see that he fails to pay attention to her leather coat and big knife. This Ezri is from the mirror universe, there to tell Quark that he must obtain a cloaking device for the Alliance or Grand Nagus Zek will die. With Rom’s help, Quark steals the Rotarran’s cloaking device and the pair transport with Ezri to the alternate reality in which a live Vic Fontaine works for the Alliance until he is shot by scruffy alternate Bashir, who works for Miles a.k.a. Smiley. Now a captain, O’Brien insists that he can’t let the evil Alliance have the cloaking device, but Quark insists that no matter whose side he’d prefer, he has to save Zek. The Nagus meanwhile is in an Alliance prison having his lobes massaged by the Intendant, who is being kept alive by Regent Worf as part of the scheme to get the cloaking device. Brunt, who is working for Ezri (and in love with her), breaks Quark and Rom out of prison, but once the Intendant arrives, they learn that Ezri is her lover and is part of the Regent’s scheme. In fact, their predicament is Zek’s fault, since he confesses that he stole Rom’s specs for an interdimensional transporter to cross over in the hope of finding new markets. The Intendant kills Brunt for his lack of loyalty and begs Ezri not to betray her, but Ezri knows that the Intendant intends to have the Ferengi killed and suggests instead that the Regent allow Rom to hook up the cloaking device. Though Rom is successful, the Regent has no further use for the Ferengi and gives Garak permission to dispose of them all. Quark stalls by scoffing that Garak is an amateur if he fails to interrogate them first. When the Regent’s ship drops out of warp to attack Smiley’s, its engines shut down, having been sabotaged by Rom. Ezri assassinates Garak with his own poison so the Ferengi can escape, though she spares the Intendant. Quark, Rom, and Zek are taken to Terok Nor in triumph, though Rom’s good mood is ruined when he learns that in this universe, Leeta lusts not for him but for Ezri.
Analysis: After several dark, thoughtful episodes about alter egos and the roles nature and nurture play in human(oid) development, finally we see a return to the comic potential of the “Mirror, Mirror” setup. “The Emperor’s New Cloak” is one of my favorite Ferengi episodes as well as a charming trip back to a universe of leather clothing and flirtation as currency. It’s particularly enjoyable not only because Rom gets to save the day, thus setting up his future ascension as leader of his people on the non-mirror Ferenginar, but because for all its faults, the mirror universe allows women to do things we rarely get to see within the constraints either of Starfleet or the cultures within the Federation. The Intendant may be a selfish, violent, terrible person, but she has access to the highest echelons of power and always lands on her feet – her litany of all the lovers who’ve betrayed her from Sisko to Bareil to Ezri is particularly amusing because she set every one of them up in one of her power-grab schemes. Both Jadzia and Ezri (the latter an unjoined Trill, thus lacking the memories of the former) are grittier, tough fighters, while Leeta is a no-nonsense administrator. Most of them have had multiple lovers, often at the same time, and if I’m less than thrilled to see that they’re expected to use their sexuality as a commodity to be traded, it’s tempered by the fact that at least it’s acknowledged that that’s what they’re doing – when Troi and Kira were given catsuits to wear on duty, when Seven of Nine was stuffed into a bodysuit, as if those were logical uniforms for military officers, we were supposed to accept it thoughtlessly. It got a depressing seeing the Intendant punished for her bad-girl ways in the previous mirror episodes; it’s much more fun to see her back to her old tricks, playing on Ezri’s sympathies while seducing Regent Worf, all so she can evade Garak’s tantrums and return to power on Terok Nor.
And as tiresome as the Ferengi can become, going on about profits while there’s a galactic war going on, Zek proves here that he deserves to be the Grand Nagus no matter how many Rules of Acquisition he may have thwarted by letting women do business. This is the guy who introduced us to the Dominion by trying to buy his way to power, who attempted to bribe the Bajoran Prophets. It must have driven him crazy to realize that there was an alternate universe where Ferengi were not brilliant businessmen but, Exchequer forbid, altruists; I don’t know whether he knew that Quark and Rom were dead in that universe, but it doesn’t seem to have concerned him that he might have an impact on another Ishka or even another Zek, and he’s not bound by any Starfleet ethical regulations about meddling. Like Rom, I’m disappointed but not surprised that he would cheat on Ishka with the Intendant – let’s face it, we haven’t yet met a character who put up much resistance to the physical charms of the Intendant, not even Sisko or his late mirror universe wife. In fact, Quark’s declaration of devotion to the Nagus sounds more out of character (or more like the late alternate Quark) than any of Zek’s small betrayals. Maybe Quark is playing along for mirror Ezri, who’s familiar with the subdued, loyal Ferengi of the mirror universe rather than the greedy capitalists of Zek’s acquaintance, but for a guy who starts out refusing to worry about Zek’s disappearance because he’s mooning over Dax’s interest in Bashir and offering bribes to the Blessed Exchequer to put a stop to that, the speed with which Quark turns his focus to Zek and an Ezri who was never Dax erases my sense that maybe he really does love Dax more than the preoccupied Bashir ever will. (It’s a shame that even in a universe where women kiss and seduce other women, we don’t get a Bashir/O’Brien kiss, preferably broken up by a jealous Garak.)
I’m not sure why it takes seeing the mirror universe to turn Rom fully into the leader we’ve seen hints that he could be since the union strike on Quark’s bar, but he really comes into his own. Perhaps he’s spurred on by the knowledge that whether his counterpart was as different as mirror Odo or as similar as mirror O’Brien, mirror Rom and his entire family died years earlier. Rom stands up to a menacing Garak twice, refuses to be intimidated by the Regent or the Intendant, and jumps right in when Quark starts taunting Garak to stall for time. Everything about the sabotage on the Regent’s ship from plan to execution was apparently carried out by Rom alone. It’s fortunate for Rom that the mirror Garak actually does seem to be a simple tailor in over his head, even if he likes to cite his resume of assassinations, and that the Emperor – excuse me, the Regent – really does have no cloak, just a bunch of people telling him what he wants to hear. If the title hints at the ending, it doesn’t make it any less amusing when – after telling mirror Garak that his own Garak is a master of sabotage, only to have mirror Garak insist that he knows all there is to know about sabotage as well – the power goes out and Rom gleefully explains that it was sabotage. It takes hours for him to grasp the concept of an alternate universe where some things work the same way while some work the opposite way, but once he does, he seems to understand that he doesn’t have to stick to a predictable script either in that universe or at home. “The Emperor’s New Cloak” is a lovely tribute to Jerome Bixby, who created the “Mirror, Mirror” universe and died shortly before the broadcast of this latest episode set there. I’m so glad our last visit to the reality Spock set in motion is a good one.
Next year, Chattanooga’s Scenic City Opera will feature Mozart and Star Trek. Artistic Director/Founder Laura Sage has announced two shows for next year, and one of them, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio will be Trek-themed. Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio will be performed as an episode of Star Trek and will feature Klingons, Vulcans and […]
Next year, Chattanooga’s Scenic City Opera will feature Mozart and Star Trek.
Artistic Director/Founder Laura Sage has announced two shows for next year, and one of them, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio will be Trek-themed.
Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio will be performed as an episode of Star Trek and will feature Klingons, Vulcans and more.
“It’s just going to be the most wonderful reimagining of the opera,” said Shaw. “I felt like this show was a great way to introduce the company and get people interested.”
Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio is tentatively scheduled for June 2015. Auditions for the production will be held in January.
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot will be producing a new sci-fi movie for Sony Pictures. The movie will be directed by Chris Alender. Featuring the usual Abrams secrecy, not much is known about the project, other than the script “features aliens and is reminiscent of Cloverfield in terms of both tone and budget.” Alender will […]
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot will be producing a new sci-fi movie for Sony Pictures.
The movie will be directed by Chris Alender.
Featuring the usual Abrams secrecy, not much is known about the project, other than the script “features aliens and is reminiscent of Cloverfield in terms of both tone and budget.”
Alender will make his directorial debut in the new Abrams project. Alender’s previous experience was limited to a short film, Eye of the Storm.
The IDW Publishing comics schedule for March 2015 has been released. There will be four publications from IDW Publishing for the month. The comics include Star Trek #43, Star Trek Vol. 9: The Q Gambit, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4, and Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts. Star Trek #43 will begin […]
The IDW Publishing comics schedule for March 2015 has been released.
There will be four publications from IDW Publishing for the month.
The comics include Star Trek #43, Star Trek Vol. 9: The Q Gambit, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4, and Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts.
Star Trek #43 will begin the lead up to Star Trek 3, and is “an all-new adventure produced in association with Roberto Orci! Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise find themselves in uncharted space on their five year mission of exploration…but a new alien threat may end their journey prematurely!”
Written by Mike Johnson with art by Claudia Balboni and a cover by Joe Corroney, the thirty-two page issue will sell for $3.99.
Next up is Star Trek Vol. 9: The Q Gambit. Written by Mike Johnson with art and a cover by Tony Shasteen, Star Trek Vol. 9: The Q Gambit collects issues #35 through #40 of the Q story in one publication.
One-hundred-and-fifty-two pages in length, Star Trek Vol. 9: The Q Gambit will sell for $19.99.
The third Trek IDW Publishing publication will be Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4. In this issue, “an uneasy alliance has been forged between Captain Kirk and Colonel Taylor! But will it be enough to prevent Commander Kor and his Klingons from toppling the regime of Doctor Zaius?”
Written by Scott and David Tipton, with art and cover by Rachael Stott, and a cover by J.K. Woodward, this crossover comic will be thirty-two pages in length and will sell for $3.99.
The fourth Trek comic to debut in March 2015 will be Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts. Written by John Byrne and featuring art and photo-manipulation by Byrne, this issue features the stories A Scent of Ghosts and Memoriam. In Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts, “past and present collide, as the Enterprise takes aboard a special figure from Spock’s past, only to find themselves haunted by a mystery from years before. Plus, a sad farewell.”
Forty-eight pages in length, Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts will sell for $7.99.
There is still speculation about why Roberto Orci left Star Trek 3. Rumor mill has it that it was for one of two reasons. The first story is that Orci quit because “Paramount’s notes on his script were untenable.” Another story claims that Paramount “shut the picture down a month ago and spent the time […]
There is still speculation about why Roberto Orci left Star Trek 3.
Rumor mill has it that it was for one of two reasons.
The first story is that Orci quit because “Paramount’s notes on his script were untenable.”
Another story claims that Paramount “shut the picture down a month ago and spent the time talking to other filmmakers before officially taking Orci off the project,” with Edgar Wright being offered the director’s chair.
Paramount would like Star Trek 3 to be “huge,” said Badass Digest, and more like Guardians of the Galaxy.
Star Trek #39: The Q Gambit will arrive in stores tomorrow, but fans can have a sneak peek of the issue today. In this fifth and final chapter of The Q Gambit, “Kirk and Sisko team up to battle the Dominion. Meanwhile, Spock races the clock to pry the Enterprise and her crew from the […]
Star Trek #39: The Q Gambit will arrive in stores tomorrow, but fans can have a sneak peek of the issue today.
In this fifth and final chapter of The Q Gambit, “Kirk and Sisko team up to battle the Dominion. Meanwhile, Spock races the clock to pry the Enterprise and her crew from the clutches of Dukat. And our old friend Q is up to no good.”
Written by Mike Johnson, and featuring art and a cover by Tony Shasteen, Star Trek #39 was overseen by Roberto Orci. The issue is thirty-two pages in length and will cost $3.99.
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With the departure of Roberto Orci as the director of Star Trek 3, new names have been put forth as possible candidates for the job. Five different people are supposedly on the short list to direct the movie. The potential directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation […]
With the departure of Roberto Orci as the director of Star Trek 3, new names have been put forth as possible candidates for the job.
Five different people are supposedly on the short list to direct the movie.
The potential directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Source Code).
Jones, however, has said that he won’t be doing Star Trek 3. “Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek,” he said via his Twitter account, “but won’t be doing it. Absolutely must make my own thing next, or I’ll die of old age!”
Star Trek 3 is due out in 2016, and filming is expected to begin next year.
Two new ship models from the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection will debut soon, and 2015 promises even more models to come. The next two ships to be released will include a Vulcan and a Klingon ship. Issue 34 will feature the 22nd-century Vulcan Surak-class ship (also called the Suurok-class), which was seen on […]
Two new ship models from the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection will debut soon, and 2015 promises even more models to come.
The next two ships to be released will include a Vulcan and a Klingon ship.
Issue 34 will feature the 22nd-century Vulcan Surak-class ship (also called the Suurok-class), which was seen on Star Trek: Enterprise. This Vulcan ship was created by Doug Drexler, and was inspired by a “rejected Matt Jeffries design for Kirk’s ship.”
Issue 35 will be the 22nd-century version of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. This Bird-of-Prey was a “careful reimagining of Nilo Rodis‘ original design that was done for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.”
Ships that will be making their appearance in 2015 include the classic Matt Jeffries original series USS Enterprise, Zefram Cochran’s Phoenix ship, the USS Centaur, a Steamrunner-class ship, and the TOS Klingon battlecruiser.
The Official Starships Collection is available by subscription here, or sold individually ($19.99 each) at online vendors such as Entertainment Earth. Issue 34 can be pre-ordered here and Issue 35 can be pre-ordered here.
‘Star Trek 3′ Director Search Narrows To Five Following the news of Roberto Orci’s departure from directing the next Star Trek film, Paramount is said to have narrowed to five hot emerging directors in the search to fill the vacant chair. According to Deadline, the studio is eyeing Rupert Wyatt, who directed Rise of the […]
After a thirteen year hiatus, the first Star Trek: Enterprise music release has arrived! La La Land records once again returns to the Star Trek musical universe with this lavish four-disc set, released last Tuesday (12/2). The set contains a generous selection of scores from episodes spanning all four seasons of Enterprise, the prequel series […]
Zoe Saldana, along with her husband Marco Perego, have given birth to twin boys, according to multiple reports. “She had her twins” and she and Marco “are both so excited,” a source told E! News. “They are surrounded by family and friends. All that matters now to Zoe and her husband is that the babies […]
With this month’s release of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s seventh and final season on Blu-ray, John de Lancie, who appeared multiple times as Q, recently reflected on his time as the omnipotent character, the series finale “All Good Things…” and the everlasting impact of the series. When asked if he would have believed the […]
Last week, following the news of Roberto Orci’s departure from directing the next Star Trek film, a grassroots social media campaign, entitled #BringInRiker, gained an enormous amount of momentum on Twitter and Facebook. Thousands of fans worldwide picked up on the campaign to bring in actor/director Jonathan Frakes to helm the third installment of the […]
The Klingon baldric was a sash that traditionally went over the left or right shoulder of noble Klingons. It contained the symbol of a Klingon House or it was used to hold knives and disruptors. In 2009 the look of the famous alien warriors was redesigned by costume designer Michael Kaplan for J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.
The Klingons wear helmets and grey thick coats with a large black baldric. Kaplan described them as his favorite costumes for the film, explaining he modeled the helmets on a horseshoe crab, while the coats were intended to resemble the texture of an elephant or rhinoceros. The baldric is made of leather. The outer layer is calf skin. Two snaps and velcro are mounted inside to fasten the baldric.
Unfortunately the scenes with the new Klingons set on Rura Penthe were cut in Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams tried to avoid a disruption of narrative flow. But the Klingons returned in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Michael Kaplan revised the costumes again. Although the Klingons got new outfits with a different kind of baldric you can see a Klingon with a black baldric which was designed for its predecessor.
The Remans are a humanoid species first seen in Star Trek: Nemesis. They capture Captain Jean-Luc Picard after it is discovered that the Reman Praetor Shinzon is a clone of him. The mask was worn by actor Marti Matulis who worked as background actor in the movie. Matulis served as the fit model for the Reman warrior costumes during the design phase of Star Trek Nemesis, too.
"I got started early on that movie, as the fit model during the design of the Reman costumes. The best place to see me is when Ron Pearlman boards the Enterprise with his commando team. I'm the guy to the left of him as the gang rounds the hallway. I drop to my knee and take out a few red-shirts. Then, toward the end of the firefight, I take a rifle blast from Worf, and go down with a "Eeyorrrgh!" - Marti Matulis
The Remans were created as a response to the challenge of devising a new, terrifying alien race for Nemesis. It was screenwriter John Logan who came up with the idea of featuring Remans as the villains of the 2002 film:
"The idea of the Remans being vampirelike slaves, laboring away in the dilithium mines, never seeing the sun, grew out of our desire to create a truly monstrous race. [...] It seemed obvious to me that the Romulans would subjugate some other race to dig dilithium for them. Much too messy for our pristine and elegant Romulans."
The Reman head application is made of foam rubber. The two piece set consists of a detailed skull cap with sculpted ears, cranial ridges and spray-paint to compete the effect of Reman skin. The second piece is the face application that is designed to cover the top half of the face and has had the same detailed attention paid to it to create the finished Reman appearance. The eyes has been added by Tom Spina who restored the mask.
The Reman makeup is ultimately highly elaborate. "It was a full appliance makeup," explained Michael Westmore, "with a complete face piece that blended in with a headpiece. The actors' lower lips and chins were their own; but everything else was covered with the appliances, which were airbrushed with a marbleized pattern [....] We had eight Reman performers, and we didn't know which one Stuart [Baird] was going to pull up front [in closeup], so they all had to have the full makeup, which included teeth and contact lenses and hands painted to match the face."
The Reman head was sculpted by Earl Ellis. The Remans' ears are made of a semi-translucent latex and included veins. "The ears were neat," commented Michael Westmore. "Stuart [Baird] said, 'I want to be able to see through the ears.' I made the ears out of clear gelatin, so if there's any backlight behind them you can see through them. Then we painted veins on the back of the ears, so if the light was showing through you could even see veining through them."
The concept of the Remans looking akin to vampires was also inspired by their lack of exposure to sunlight. "[Director] Stuart Baird and Rick Berman had the idea that they wanted the Remans to have an almost Nosferatulike feeling, but without making them into vampires," remembered makeup supervisor Michael Westmore, referencing the vampire Count Orlok from the 1922 horror movie Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.
Indeed, the script for Star Trek: Nemesis describes the Remans as having "a disturbing resemblance to the original Nosferatu." Count Orlok actually served as inspiration for the Reman makeup design. Westmore related, "Stuart [Baird] handed me a picture of Nosferatu and said that was exactly what he wanted. He said, 'I need an alien [species] that looks like this.' And that's exactly what we did. I did some sketches for him and then we went to town on it. We designed the head and ears."
The Enterprise crew visits a remote terraforming station with a team working to transform a planet -- but they soon come under attack by a mysterious crystalline life form that fights to keep the "ugly bags of mostly water" from destroying their home! "Home Soil" is next in our trip back through TNG Season One!
Our extended look at TNG Season 7 in high definition begins today, as we take a tour through the first nine deleted scenes from the final year of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," rescued exclusively for release on Blu-ray! First up: "Descent, Part II," "Liaisons," and both halves of "Gambit"!
Check out our new unboxing video featuring the UK exclusive "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Full Journey Blu-ray collection, and decide if this is the box set just for you! (Special thanks to reader John Ryan for providing the original footage!)
(A repost from the past.) From the late summer of 1992, the front of a promotional card advertising the soon arrival of the newest Hallmark Christmas decoration... the Shuttlecraft Galileo!
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And below, the back of the card that tells of a "landing party" where a cardboard Enterprise mobile would be given away. These had been used in earlier promotions, hanging from the ceilings of the stores.
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Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth. By the President: Abraham Lincoln William H. Seward, Secretary of State
When Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered, a lot of people were disappointed, myself among them. I had such high hopes! And we were let down. Although the movie accomplished a lot in terms of restarting the "franchise," and laid the groundwork for the look of everything to come after it, the all-important story and character interaction left a lot to be desired. Writer Harlan Ellison, known best to Trekkers as the author of "City On The Edge Of Forever," reviews the lackluster film in issue #33 of Starlog, published in April of 1980.
Harlan manages to set aside much of his anger at Roddenberry and company over his perceived ill-treatment when writing the TV script, and in much of his review I agree with him, something I rarely do. For example, I felt that the changes made in the filmed script for the series were for the best, and better "Trek" than his original script. Most of his criticisms of the movie, however, are spot-on, and sadly warranted. However, it does end on a note of hope for the sequels, and in that he (and the fans) were rewarded.
Agree? Disagree? Comment!
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"He called me 'lachrymose'? I'll kill 'em! Wait... what does that mean?"
Bonus: below, a page from the same issue, on the comic book adaptation of the movie script.
Bonus #2: Below, an ad from the back cover, for an LED-enhanced jacket movie tie-in.
Bonus #3: Below, the inside front cover, an ad for the light-up movie Enterprise model.
Bonus #4: Below, a one-page write-up by the movie's science adviser on the theory behind the movie's "wormhole" sequence." This sequence, while marred by the crew's "jiggling" in their seats when the camera was not being shaken, was still about the only action scene in the movie that raised a little excitement and suspense. Under that is a single-panel comic taken from the letters page on the same topic.
As an aside, I am not so completely down on ST:TMP that I can't appreciate the good things about it. Seeing the new upgraded Enterprise in loving close-ups was worth the price of admission; the epic score, etc. I still take out the Director's Edition that Wise re-edited occasionally and watch it, as it is the best version. The tightening up of the film and the fixed sound and visual effects add to the experience and allow me to enjoy it more than ever before. But I could still wish for better pacing and story!
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