Roberto Orci is clearing the decks to get ready to focus on his upcoming directorial debut with the next Star Trek movie. More details below. Orci drops out of Power Rangers to focus on Star Trek This week TrekMovie exclusively reported that Roberto Orci is currently in pre-producting and prepping to make his directorial debut […]
The Ferengi never really caught on as a major adversary for the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation. At last weekend’s Montreal Comic Con, TNG’s Denise Crosby retold the story about how she and others in the cast mocked them from the beginning. Watch it below. Crosby Mocks Ferengi As TNG Villains – ‘I’m […]
There are some new cool Star Trek products that were revealed this week, including a USS Enterprise Messenger Bag and a Die-Cast USS Vengeance from Star Trek Into Darkness. Check it out below. New Star Trek products coming soon… Crowded Coop USS Enterprise Messenger Bag The creative folks at Crowded Coop have just revealed a […]
Things are heating up with the next Star Trek movie (also referred to by the entertainment media as "Star Trek 3" for being the third movie produced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and to be set in the rebooted Trek universe). TrekMovie has an exclusive update on the status of the next Trek feature along […]
TrekMovie has another giveaway opportunity, this time a Star Trek Tee shirt signed by the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner. See below on how you can win it. Signed William Shatner Star Trek Tee Giveaway TrekMovie has teamed up with HolloweenCostumes.com to give away one of their Star Trek Command Uniform Tees. But this is […]
As Kira struggles to run Deep Space Nine with Romulans and without the wormhole, Sisko receives a vision from the Prophets of a mysterious woman. Plot Summary: Admiral Ross visits DS9 to tell Kira, who has been promoted to colonel during the captain’s three-month absence, that a delegation of Romulans will soon arrive at the […]
As Kira struggles to run Deep Space Nine with Romulans and without the wormhole, Sisko receives a vision from the Prophets of a mysterious woman.
Plot Summary: Admiral Ross visits DS9 to tell Kira, who has been promoted to colonel during the captain’s three-month absence, that a delegation of Romulans will soon arrive at the station to set up a base of operations. The war has been going in Cardassia’s favor since the wormhole disappeared, and Kira – who is worried about the cult of the Pah-wraiths emerging on Bajor because the orbs are dark – initially appreciates Senator Cretak’s straightforwardness, agreeing to petition Bajor to let the Romulans set up a hospital on a Bajoran moon. Meanwhile, Worf snaps at crewmembers on the Defiant and demands that Vic Fontaine play Jadzia’s favorite song, “All the Way,” in the midst of which Worf begins to smash holographic tables. Concerned, Bashir and O’Brien attempt to find out how to help Worf and learn that he believes Jadzia is not in Sto’Vo’Kor because she did not die in battle. On Earth, Benjamin Sisko has a vision of digging in the desert on Tyree and finding the face of a woman. When he recreates the face on a Padd, Jake recognizes the woman from a photo he found while cleaning out his grandfather’s back room. Joseph initially refuses to speak about the woman, finally admitting that she was Benjamin’s birth mother who abandoned them both shortly after he was born. He still has a necklace that belonged to the woman, on the back of which Benjamin finds an ancient Bajoran inscription describing an Orb of the Emissary not mentioned in other prophecies. The Emissary believes he must find this hidden orb, but is attacked by a member of the Pah-wraith cult who has somehow learned of the orb as well. While he recovers, Kira confronts Cretak about Odo’s discovery that the Romulans have been hiding weapons in their hospital, and Martok asks Worf – joined by Bashir and O’Brien – to come on a dangerous mission to destroy a Dominion shipyard, a valiant quest that should get Jadzia admitted to Sto’Vo’Kor. As the Siskos prepare to leave Earth for Tyree, they are visited by an unfamiliar young Trill who identifies herself as Dax.
Analysis: I don’t think there’s a single moment of “Image in the Sand” that isn’t perfect. If you’re already upset that the Dominion War is taking over Roddenberry’s vision for Star Trek, you’re going to disagree, but within the arcs that have dominated Deep Space Nine, both short-term and long-term, we get an installment full of promise that they will all be brought to fruition, and if we don’t see every single recurring character during these 40 minutes, we do encounter so many that it’s easy to believe we’ll soon be hearing from the rest. The writers do two very brave things: they demonstrate that Kira is entirely capable of commanding the station, that not only Bajor but Starfleet has confidence in her leadership, and they take Sisko back to his roots, not only in his father’s restaurant on Earth but with a mysterious tie to Bajor’s Prophets from before his birth. I get chills when he turns over his mother’s locket and finds Bajoran writing on the back, just as I squeal with glee when Kira barges in on a meeting between Ross and Cretak to reveal that the Romulans are trying to pull one over on Starfleet as well as Bajor. If Worf gets shortchanged a bit – really, we get to see as much of Quark and Bashir mourning for Dax as we do of her husband – that’s sure to be remedied in grandiose Klingon style in the very near future. And it’s very reassuring to see Martok, striding in to do his duty as a Klingon; to see Nog, fretting about how he could die in battle; to see Vic Fontaine, who provides the only real levity of the episode, distressed that his band is threatening to quit even though Quark points out that, as holograms, technically they can’t. So many small threads tie together not only the series but the entire franchise, from complaints about convoy duty to disturbing religious fanaticism to O’Brien’s deep devotion to his friends, not only to Bashir (since it’s for him, not the dead Jadzia, that he agrees to go on a dangerous mission), but to everyone he and Worf knew on the Enterprise.
Sisko has long known that he’s part of something bigger than himself, both as a Starfleet officer and as the Emissary, and it’s hard to blame him when it all becomes too much for him after Jadzia dies and the Prophets seem to have abandoned him, though three months seems like a shockingly long time. To learn suddenly that his own father might have had an inkling of the son’s destiny and chosen to hide it, to give him a normal life and a stable, loving family…it’s easy to forgive Joseph for hiding the name of Benjamin’s biological mother, for never telling his son about the woman who abandoned them both, but once he discovered that his son was also the Emissary to the Prophets, how could he have failed to look more closely at that pendant with the mysterious writing on the back? Of course, it’s because the writers just made this connection up, but the effect of the revelation for the viewer is much like an orb vision for Sisko, rediscovering a distant past to understand the present. Suddenly it seems likely that Sisko didn’t become the Emissary because he entered the wormhole; he entered the wormhole because he was the Emissary, perhaps since his birth. This might all seem a little much like a high fantasy epic if the rest of his life weren’t grounded in such concrete details – playing piano in the French Quarter restaurant where horses and carriages still carry tourists, cleaning shellfish while trying to get his father’s secret gumbo recipe, listening to jazz in Armstrong Park. I’m not in the least sorry we get to see him not as the Starfleet captain or the Emissary, but the man who grew up in New Orleans and made sure that his space-reared son had the same appreciation he does for the culture from which they emerged. So many men on Star Trek are enormously impacted by the legacies of their fathers (Kirk, Spock, Riker, Data, Worf, Odo, Chakotay, Paris, to name just a few) – how fascinating to learn that the biggest influence on Sisko’s life may not have been the father he loves, but the mother whose name he has only just learned.
On which note, I have to talk about Kira and Cretak, two very strong women with drastically different approaches to their roles. When Kira meets the senator, she thinks she may have gotten lucky to have a kindred spirit on the station – someone who’s as willing as she once was to complain about the working conditions, who’s happy to try alien food, whose requests are straightforward and forcefully stated. Then Kira discovers that Cretak may be as duplicitous as Winn. When she confronts the Romulan, however, she is met not with defensiveness or evasion, but a direct statement of Romulan intent and an indication that Cretak has no intention of falling back on titles or demands for respect to go ahead with her plans. Ross looks a little afraid of both of them, particularly since Kira isn’t at all scared to stand up to him, though she’s far less insubordinate than she was to Sisko in early days. Yet Kira also isn’t worried about being downright mushy with Odo, even on the Promenade. They both get nostalgic about their first kiss even though they’re both dealing with a million other things. After so many years of Star Trek giving us only broken relationships and aliens of the week, it is so lovely to see this, although in retrospect it seems obvious all along that the writers always intended for Odo to go back to his own people in the end. On some level, I think Kira may even know that; she may accept it when Odo tells her she turned him into an optimist when she kissed him, but she’s enough of a realist to realize that even she probably won’t be enough for Odo forever. That may be the very reason she let herself fall for him, knowing that in the end she wouldn’t have to break his heart. I’m sorry that Sisko won’t let himself lean on Kasidy Yates yet the way Kira and Odo obviously lean on each other, but he can’t even face Worf’s pain over Dax right now, so it makes sense. I love how it’s all unfolding: the relationships, the conflicts, the struggle to keep the Federation free.
A new audio series from the creator of Star Trek: The Continuing Mission is seeking voice talent. Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny (ST:SoT) will take place in the Star Trek: The Original Series Mirror Universe following the events of Mirror, Mirror, and will follow the “struggles and battles” between M.U. Captain James T. Kirk and […]
A new audio series from the creator of Star Trek: The Continuing Mission is seeking voice talent.
Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny (ST:SoT) will take place in the Star Trek: The Original Series Mirror Universe following the events of Mirror, Mirror, and will follow the “struggles and battles” between M.U. Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock.
“From the creator of the award winning audio series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission – an all new series is just around the corner. The new series is created by Mathieu Blondin and Sebastian Prooth.
“Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny is now casting voice talent. If you are an actor/voice over artist with your own professional recording equipment and you’d like to have a small part in what promises to be one of the coolest Star Trek shows to date, please contact us!
“Please send your two minute mp3 demo to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word ‘Audition’ in the subject. ”
The Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny website is located here.
Fans can have a sneak peek at the USS Vengeance and three other ships that will be arriving next year courtesy of The Official Starships Collection. The other ships will include a Federation ship, a Klingon ship and an Andorian ship. The USS Vengeance will be a special edition model; produced at a larger size […]
Fans can have a sneak peek at the USS Vengeance and three other ships that will be arriving next year courtesy of TheOfficial Starships Collection.
The other ships will include a Federation ship, a Klingon ship and an Andorian ship.
The USS Vengeance will be a special edition model; produced at a larger size (almost eight-and-a-half inches in length) to “reflect the huge size of the Vengeance.”
As usual, the ship will come with a magazine which “explores the design process and includes never-seen-before concept artwork and all new interviews with the Vengeance’s creators.”
The USS Vengeance can now be pre-ordered at Entertainment Earth, where it will sell for $37.99. Expect to see it in December in the UK and in March in the U.S.
The other three ships coming out in March soon will be:
TrekMovie.com is reporting that Star Trek 3 will begin shooting early next year. Pre-production for the film is already underway. According to unnamed sources, Star Trek 3 will begin filming in mid-February, probably February 15. The pre-production underway includes “pre-vis, early effects tests, set and wardrobe design, and some casting discussions for new characters.” Supposedly, […]
TrekMovie.com is reporting that Star Trek 3 will begin shooting early next year.
Pre-production for the film is already underway.
According to unnamed sources, Star Trek 3 will begin filming in mid-February, probably February 15.
The pre-production underway includes “pre-vis, early effects tests, set and wardrobe design, and some casting discussions for new characters.”
Supposedly, the story will be set “well into the five year mission,” so it will take place well after the events of Star Trek into Darkness. And Earth will not play a significant role in the movie this time.
Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the rebooted Star Trek film series, revealed on NBC’s Today show that the next film may begin shooting in the near future. “I think it’s on the horizon,” Quinto said, adding that “things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the […]
The team behind the The Red Shirt Diaries has released the third episode of the comedic web series, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. The fan series is writen and produced by Ashley Victoria Robinson, who also stars as the low-ranking security officer on the USS Enterprise, Ensign Williams. Watch the second episode below. Ensign […]
Where is Star Trek most popular? It’s an interesting question and one that the folks over at the Movoto recently attempted to answer. In the United States, it appears that Oregon has the highest percentage of Star Trek fans. Followed by Alaska in No. 2, and Washington as No. 3. According to Movoto, the results […]
One question we regularly receive here at TrekNews.net — through email, Twitter, Facebook, and at conventions — is “When will Deep Space Nine be remastered and released on Blu-ray?”. A fair question and one that’s very timely, especially with the seventh and final remastered season of Star Trek: The Next Generation being released in December. […]
Two of the most-passionate groups of fans in all of pop-culture have been trumpeting the superiority of their chosen franchise in an epic bout that’s been raging for more than thirty years — the battle of Star Trek versus Star Wars. While there has been previous crossover between the two franchises, including Star Trek (2009) […]
This special effects latex puppet was used on screen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Realm of Fear". It was designed by Dan Curry and built by modelmaker and sculptor Carey Howe. To create the illusion of liveliness, Curry donned green tights and puppeteered this one of a kind creature against a green screen. The puppet was part of Curry's collection for many years and can also be seen in the TNG Season 6 DVD special featurette "Departmental Briefing Year Six - Profile: Dan Curry".
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dan Curry, who gave me further information about this item and the clay maquette. Also thanks to my friend Thomas Luckau, who contacted Mr. Curry for me.
This is a bright red Isolation suit with helmet worn by "Lt. Commander Data" during the thrilling opening action sequence of Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). It's a complete collection of both "hero" and "stunt double" pieces worn by actor Brent Spiner and his stunt double Brian Avery.
The isolation suit was a type of stealth clothing used by the Federation Starfleet in the 24th century. The suit was equipped with technology that made the person wearing it practically invisible.
This Isolation suit includes Spiner's hero helmet and boots. The helmet has internal padding and an accordion collar. Brent Spiner's gold make-up is still visible inside. The boots are made of rubber. The belt has stunt double Brian Avery's name in it.
The red jumpsuit has a rubber neckline, a Velcro waist for the rubber belt to attach and stirrups for the feet and thumbs to hold the fabric taut. Attached to the jumpsuit on the right sleeve is a “cloaking device” that has sequential red LED lighting triggered by small buttons.
A gray shoulder piece from the Starfleet uniform as well as the yellow tunic is under the Isolation suit. The tunic has the screen matched burnt collar. Remember the scene when Data removes the helmet and is his head "floating" in the air. You can see the the damaged collar after Data was hit by a Son'a disrupter.
Attention Germany: the Season Seven release of the Amazon-exclusive "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Blu-ray steelbook is now available for preorder, including the next collectible Trek pin! The regular S7 Blu-ray set is sure to be close behind, but if you want this special release, order today!
A lone, injured drone is found clinging to life on a desolate planetoid, but after Crusher and La Forge nurse the lone Borg back to health, it begins to take on unexpected aspects of individuality... and Picard must choose whether or not to send him back to the Borg as a living weapon!
The new TOS-era novel series "Star Trek: Seekers" continues in its second release of the summer! "Point of Divergence" continues the Taurus Reach saga first chronicled in "Star Trek: Vanguard," and now the Klingons are pulled into the story, led by famous Captain Kang!
Back when the series was about to begin regular production, it was planned that Janice Rand would be one of the more prominent characters and certainly the main female to bring the sex appeal. However, Nichelle Nichols was always on the bridge in almost every shot that looked back toward Kirk's chair, and she more than amply supplied the sweet, sweet eye candy. And, it was realized that Rand cramped the Captain's style when it came to romancing the alien ladies. So, before long during the first season she was used less and less and finally -sadly- released. However, not before she got the attention of a lot of male viewers, and it is they who will appreciate these unusual promotions images, some taken before production of the series and some during.
(As usual click on the images to enlarge. You might have to click again once it opens to view full-size.)
"Mr. Spock, remind me to keep the temperature down on the bridge in the future."
Bonus: a page from one of the movie magazines back during the series third season, from February of 1969..
Bonus: the packaging of the Pocket Flix film viewer that supplied fans with their own (one-minute) clip for watching whenever they wanted! I bought one about 1978 and it was the first time I could actually "watch" a real part of an episode. This was before videotape players were available to most, and certainly to me. It was taken from the episode "By Any Other Name," and was edited together from the scene where the two security guards were reduced to polyhedrons, and the scene of the barrier-crossing, which was very exciting to own! Such was my mania that I even dubbed those scenes from one of my cassette tapes of the episode to match the editing of the film, then would synch them up as I watched to supply sound!
Bonus link:Star Trek In Cinerama! See how scenes from various episodes of TOS look in widescreen, done without cropping the image. It's "fascinating" to coin a phrase! Except where characters are in the scene twice, then it gets a bit weird.
The first trailer for "Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar" is up and live. This documentary-style movie takes place a little over two decades before the original series. You'll recognize several actors from "Enterprise," "DS9," and "The Next Generation." Why, oh, WHY can't we get special made-for-TV/straight-to-DVD movies like this? WAKE UP PARAMOUNT!!! There is a larger universe out there to be mined and portrayed.
I like the way that the ship design, photography and battles show the influence of the Abram's film, as although I may not agree with the direction of that reboot, I think that the way things looked was incredible. Emulating that here makes for exciting space scenes, and fills in the gaps in the TOS universe canon quite nicely. Also the links to Star Trek: Enterprise (like the older Soval character as portrayed by Gary Graham) help bridge the time from that show up to the original series. The effects are up to cinematic standards, and the actors, like the great Tony Todd, raise it above the level of the amateur fan-film. Here is the link to view it on Youtube, where you can see it full-size in all its HD glory!
UPDATE: You can now watch the 21-minute prelude to the proposed feature-length film by going to this site.Make it so!
Below, some screen captures from the video. Click on each one to enlarge.
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