There has been quite a bit more news, and wild speculation, about the next Trek movie since Simon Pegg was given the helm. Last week, rumors began to circulate that Idris Elba, a British actor best known to sci-fi fans for his role in Pacific Rim, would play the film’s villain. While many people were […]
Most famous to science fiction fans as the hero who declared “We are canceling the apocalypse!” in Pacific Rim, British actor Idris Elba could be the cause of the next apocalypse in the Star Trek universe, according to an article by Variety. No word on who he might be playing. The article reads: Details of […]
While doing press interviews for an upcoming film, Simon Pegg gave some details about how he landed the screenwriting gig for the next Star Trek movie, and what he hopes to bring to it. More after the jump. Collider’s Christina Radish spoke to Simon Pegg while the actor/screenwriter was doing press junket interviews for his upcoming film Kill […]
IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios have released the penultimate chapter of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The gorillas are on the move. Kirk is on the move. When will Kor make his move? Spoiler review after the break! Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4, March 2015 Written by Scott […]
In the latest of what will no doubt be a very long series of memorials for Leonard Nimoy, Spock heir apparent Zachary Quinto and Conan O’Brien discussed the late actor and director on the latter’s show last night. Quinto dropped by Conan last night to promote NBC’s The Slap, but of course the pair reminisced […]
Damar, Garak, and Kira infiltrate Cardassia, Zek names the new Grand Nagus, Sisko tells Odo that the Federation won’t cure the Founders, Dax and Bashir fall in love, and Yates discovers she’s pregnant. Plot Summary: The USS San Paolo arrives with shields updated to withstand Breen weapons and is rechristened “Defiant.” Meanwhile, Damar, Garak, and […]
Damar, Garak, and Kira infiltrate Cardassia, Zek names the new Grand Nagus, Sisko tells Odo that the Federation won’t cure the Founders, Dax and Bashir fall in love, and Yates discovers she’s pregnant.
Plot Summary: The USS San Paolo arrives with shields updated to withstand Breen weapons and is rechristened “Defiant.” Meanwhile, Damar, Garak, and Kira successfully infiltrate Cardassian space, but are betrayed on the surface as their ship is destroyed. Garak takes the others to the home of his father, Tain, where Tain’s housekeeper Mila agrees to shelter them. Not knowing of the crisis, Odo plans to rejoin Kira until Bashir tells him that Section 31 created the disease killing the Founders. Sisko tells Odo that because of the war, the Federation Council has decided not to cure the Founders. Elsewhere on the station, Quark receives a message from Zek telling him that the Grand Nagus intends to retire and name him as his successor. At first Quark is elated, but then he learns that Zek’s creation of taxation and social welfare programs have changed Ferenginar. Weyoun announces to the Cardassian people that Damar is dead and the resistance has been crushed, which at first demoralizes Kira and Garak until Mila points out that Damar has become a legend and proof of Damar’s survival could spark a revolution among the citizens. While Legate Broka helps the female Founder oversee a retreat to Cardassian space to regroup, Garak smuggles a bomb into a Jem’Hadar base and Damar calls upon Cardassians to perform similar acts of sabotage against the Dominion. On the station, Dax and Bashir agree to remain friends, then fall into each others arms. Quark declares that he won’t become Nagus unless he can do it on his own terms, but Zek explains that no one wants Quark to be Nagus; he had thought he was talking to Rom when he promised to turn over power. Rom accepts the job and the new social changes instituted by Zek and Ishka. When Admiral Ross reports on the Dominion withdrawal to Cardassian space, Martok urges that the alliance press its advantage before the enemy can rebuild, and Sisko and Ross reluctantly agree to an attack. Back in his quarters, Sisko learns that Yates is pregnant and fearful of the Prophets’ warning that their marriage would only bring sorrow, but the elated Emissary promises that nothing will happen to their baby.
Analysis: “The Dogs of War” is the closest thing to comic relief that we get during the concluding arc of Deep Space Nine. Though a lot of serious, scary things happen during the course of the episode, overall it fits the formula of a classical romance: some of the heroes rise to meet great challenges with rousing speeches, others find love and expand their families. And the Ferengi storyline is genuinely hilarious – poking fun at then-current politics with Zek promising “a kindler, gentler Nagus” and at then-current Star Trek with Quark parodying Picard’s “The line has to be drawn here!” speech. Some humor is greatly needed before the epic war story that we all know is coming, not to mention the resolution of the Bajoran arc which we’ve had indications all season was never going to end well for the Emissary, and the Ferengi deliver, mostly because Quark lives down to our lowest expectations of him. For a while there I worried that they were going to try to turn him into a hero and have him go along with Zek’s plans for reform on Ferenginar. His reversion to an employee-harassing, brother-baiting, welfare-slamming greedy capitalist might be seen as a failure of Federation values, but the Federation deserves reminders that it’s not the utopia it likes to pretend to be and Quark deserves to realize that the bar he built under Cardassian occupation and used for who knows how many self-serving illicit deals is exactly where he belongs, even if he briefly sells it to Rom, who kindly gives it back to him upon ascending the highest Ferengi position. It’s perfect that Rom ends up as Nagus, though he might prefer to be Ferenginar’s top engineer. He shares his mother’s concern for women and the underprivileged with Leeta’s understanding of the needs of the working class. Quark’s humorous enough when he’s keeping his bar “pure” by watering the wine and making up the weight, but he’d be a corrupt disaster as a social leader, someone who’d make Gowron look reasonable.
I’m allowed to compare Quark to Thenardier from Les Miserables because it’s impossible to watch Damar transform into a revolutionary leader chanting slogans and not expect the Cardassians to break out into “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (well, it’s impossible for me, anyway). The speed with which he turns a minor terrorist act into the spark that will ignite a revolt isn’t entirely convincing, but it’s exciting to watch in the way that a grand operatic performance can be. I’m not sure which I love more in these final episodes, watching Damar turn into the leader that Cardassia so desperately needs or watching him able to rise to the occasion only because he has Kira there to help him do so. Using Damar’s reputation as the man who couldn’t be killed may be Mila’s idea, but it’s Kira who persuades Damar that he can take this legend and use it to recruit a much larger force than the soldiers he’d originally considered to be his rebel army. Garak seems oddly passive – one would expect the secret son of Enabran Tain to have both more contacts and more ideas about how to save the planet from which he has so long been exiled, particularly now that he has the ear of the legate who was once Dukat’s right-hand man – but it’s obvious that he’s off his stride after having to turn for help to Mila, who is his mother in the Pocket Books novels and, it’s broadly hinted, in canon as well. Otherwise it’s hard to fathom why a self-declared old woman no longer concerned about politics or power would take in Tain’s long-banished son, the Dominion’s top target for assassination on Cardassia, and a Bajoran woman wearing a Starfleet uniform. Surely she knows not only that her own life will be at risk but that the kill all the friends and family of every Cardassian seen associating with this trio of renegades.
I’m not crazy about how Bashir and Dax came together, but it’s clear that the writers intended to throw fans a couple of happy endings in the midst of all the death and separation. This couple’s first kiss is as contrived as Odo’s and Kira’s was – I don’t believe in either case that after years as friends, the passion became so overwhelming that an out-of-character public display of affection was the only possible outcome – but fine, they’re both somewhat immature despite their respective enhancements, the one scientifically contrived, the other the result of inheriting several lifetimes’ worth of memories, and they appear to be determined to inject some joy into what’s sure to be a dark time for their Starfleet careers. They are both fundamentally lonely, since he’s never felt like an average human and she wasn’t raised as an average Trill; since O’Brien is so often too busy with his family for Bashir and Worf will never love Ezri the way he loved Jadzia, they might as well find solace in one another. Still, Section 31 can’t possibly be done with Bashir – nor, one would hope, he with them, since he apparently agrees with Odo more strongly than Sisko does about the atrocity of creating, deploying, and failing to treat the Founders’ disease. Why should Odo agree not to save his people after Sisko’s people systematically set out to murder them and refused to offer the cure? The issues are both moral and practical, because eventually the Klingons and Romulans are sure to find out that some Federation renegades tried to exterminate an entire race of people, and everyone in the galaxy is going to reject any sort of alliance with an organization that would do such a thing. Even the Cardassians’ treatment of the Bajorans pales in comparison. I realize that Sisko has a lot on his mind, but his telling Odo not to take matters into his own hands to reverse what they both acknowledge to be genocide is one of my least favorite moments in Sisko’s Starfleet career, a moment that makes it easier for me to accept the Prophets’ dictum that he will not find happiness with Yates.
Star Trek‘s George Takei is calling for a boycott of Indiana. The reason for Takei’s anger is because of a bill, SB101, recently passed in the state. According to the bill, “state and local government cannot substantially burden a person’s religion, including if that burden stems from a rule, unless the government has a ‘compelling […]
Star Trek‘s George Takei is calling for a boycott of Indiana.
The reason for Takei’s anger is because of a bill, SB101, recently passed in the state.
According to the bill, “state and local government cannot substantially burden a person’s religion, including if that burden stems from a rule, unless the government has a ‘compelling interest’ and it is the ‘least restrictive’ means of doing so.”
This could mean that service could be denied on the basis of religious grounds. Say that a baker did not agree with gay marriage because of his religious beliefs; according to the interpretation of this bill, he could not be forced to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple who came into his business.
Those supporting SB101 believe that it “protects fundamental religious rights,” but opponents believe that it will “legalize discrimination,” especially against same-sex couples.
“I am outraged that Governor Pence would sign such a divisive measure into law,” said Takei. “He has made it clear that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome in his state. The notion that this bill was not driven by animus (hostility) against our community is belied by the record and frankly insulting.
“I will join many in demanding that socially responsible companies withdraw their business, conferences and support from his state and that LGBTs and our friends and supporters refuse to visit or do business with Indiana. It is a sad day for the Hoosier state, and indeed for the many good people of Indiana, for whom this law now stands as a terrible blight upon that state’s reputation.”
“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” said Pence. “I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue.”
There will be thirty-five conventions, shows or appearances in April and May that will feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies. April begins with The Great Philadelphia Comic Con will be held April […]
There will be thirty-five conventions, shows or appearances in April and May that will feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.
April begins with The Great Philadelphia Comic Con will be held April 3-5 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. In attendance at this convention will be Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
Next up is Fan Expo Vancouver, which will be held April 3-5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In attendance at Fan Expo Vancouver will be William Shatner and Brent Spiner (Saturday only).
First Contact Day Weekend will be held April 4-5 at the Space Centre in Leicester, England. In attendance at First Contact Day Weekend will be Garrett Wang, Larry Nemecek, Una McCormack, and James Swallow.
The Middle East Film & Comic Con will be held Apr. 9-11 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In attendance at the Middle East Film & Comic Con will be William Shatner.
The Supanova Pop Culture Expo Melbourne will be held April 10-12 at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Melbourne, Australia. In attendance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo will be Walter Koenig, Christopher Lloyd, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
On that same weekend, the Steel City Con will be held April 10-12 at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. In attendance at Steel City Con will be Gates McFadden.
Also happening April 10-12 will be MegaCon, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In attendance at MegaCon will be Ron Perlman (Reman Viceroy) and Clifton Collins, Jr. (Ayel in Star Trek (2009)) (Saturday only).
The Oz Comic Con Perth will be held April 11-12 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre in Perth, Australia. In attendance at Oz Comic Con will be Dominic Keating and Marina Sirtis.
Hero Fest will be held April 11-12 at the Holiday Inn in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In attendance at Hero Fest will be Denise Crosby.
Super MegaFest Spring Fever Spectacular will be held April 17-19 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts. In attendance at the Super MegaFest Spring Fever Spectacular will be Jonathan Frakes.
Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast will be held April 17-19 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Australia. In attendance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast will be Walter Koenig, Christopher Lloyd, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
StarFest will be held April 17-19 at the Denver Marriott DTC and Denver Hilton Garden Inn in Denver, Colorado. In attendance at StarFest will be Aron Eisenberg, Terry Farrell, Max Grodenchik, Rick Sternbach, Armin Shimerman, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore.
On the same weekend, CyphaCon will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In attendance at Cyphacon will be Jeffrey Combs and Larry Nemecek.
The Oz Comic Con Adelaide will be held April 18-19 at the Adelaide Showgrounds in Adelaide, Australia. In attendance at Oz Comic Con Adelaide will be Dominic Keating and Marina Sirtis.
Treklanta will be held April 24-26 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In attendance at Treklanta will be Sean Kenney (Christopher Pike) and Keith R.A. DeCandido.
Bangor Comic & Toy Convention will be held April 24-26 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. In attendance at the Bangor Comic & Toy Convention will be Deep Roy.
Chevron 8.2 will be held April 24-26 at the Radisson Edwardian Blu in Heathrow, England. In attendance at Chevron 8.2 will be Connor Trinneer.
Chiller Theatre will be held April 24-26 at the Sheraton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey. In attendance at Chiller Theatre will be Denise Crosby, James Darren, and Lee Meriwether.
Sherlocked will be held April 24-26 at the ExCel in London, England. In attendance at Sherlocked will be Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Hollywood Show will be held April 24-26 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, California. In attendance at The Hollywood Show will be Jack Donner, Mariette Hartley, Malcolm McDowell, Julie Newmar, Saul Rubinek, William Schallert (Nilz Baris), Grace Lee Whitney, and Morgan Woodward (Captain Ronald Tracey-The Omega Glory).
Fan Expo Regina will be held April 25-26 at the Canada Centre East at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In attendance at Fan Expo Regina will be Jonathan Frakes.
The Antwerp Convention will be held April 26 at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. In attendance at the Antwerp Convention will be Gates McFadden.
The Wales Comic Con will be held April 26 at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, Wales. In attendance at the Wales Comic Con will be Garrett Wang.
Wrapping up April will be STICCON will be held April 29- May 3 at the Palacongressi in Bellaria, Italy. In attendance at STICCON will be Alexander Siddig.
May begins with the Philadelphia Comic Con, to be held May 7-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. In attendance at the event will be Karl Urban (Saturday & Sunday only).
Next up is the Northern Fan Con will be held May 8-10 at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. In attendance at the Northern Fan Con will be John de Lancie and William Shatner.
Ottawa Comiccon will also be held May 8-10 at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In attendance at the Ottawa Comiccon will be Jonathan Frakes, Walter Koenig, Malcolm McDowell, Nichelle Nichols, Marina Sirtis, and Wil Wheaton.
The Motor City Comic Con will be held May 15-17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. In attendance at the Motor City Comic Con will be Terry Farrell and Gates McFadden.
FedCon will be held May 21-24 at the Maritim Hotel in Duesseldorf, Germany. In attendance at FedCon will be Richard Arnold, Jonathan Del Arco, Manu Intiraymi, Tim Russ, Jeri Ryan, and Tony Todd.
Comicpalooza will be held May 22-25 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. In attendance at Comicpalooza will be George Takei.
The Denver Comic Con will be held May 23-25 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. In attendance at the Denver Comic Con will be Christopher Lloyd, Nichelle Nichols, and Garrett Wang.
The Phoenix Comicon will be held May 28-31 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In attendance at the Phoenix Comicon will be Chris Doohan.
The O Comic Con will be held May 29-31 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In attendance at the O Comic Con will be Walter Koenig.
Fan Expo Dallas will be held May 29-31 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. In attendance at Fan Expo Dallas will be Jeri Ryan.
May wraps up with Awesome Con, to be held May 29-31 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. In attendance at Awesome Con will be William Shatner, George Takei and Bob Greenberger.
Tomorrow, Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto will be appearing on an HBO show. Quinto will be one of the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher. The show, which will air Friday at 10 PM on HBO, will feature former Governor Mike Huckabee as the first guest. The mid-show interview guest will be Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti. […]
Tomorrow, Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto will be appearing on an HBO show.
Quinto will be one of the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher.
The show, which will air Friday at 10 PM on HBO, will feature former Governor Mike Huckabee as the first guest.
The mid-show interview guest will be Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti. The roundtable panel will include Quinto, S.E. Cupp (a conservative commentator), and Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass).
Real Time with Bill Maher is currently in its thirteenth season.
Today would have been Leonard Nimoy‘s eighty-fourth birthday, and William Shatner shared a few memories about his long-time friend. Shatner also defended his decision to remain at a Red Cross fundraising event instead of hurrying back to Los Angeles to attend Nimoy’s funeral. The pair originally met in 1964 during filming of a The Man […]
Today would have been Leonard Nimoy‘s eighty-fourth birthday, and William Shatner shared a few memories about his long-time friend.
Shatner also defended his decision to remain at a Red Cross fundraising event instead of hurrying back to Los Angeles to attend Nimoy’s funeral.
The pair originally met in 1964 during filming of a The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode (The Project Strigas Affair).
“And I have no memory of it,” said Shatner, referring to that first meeting. “I guess, at the time, his was just another face. Long and lean, but just another face.”
Shatner explained what drew him to Nimoy. “His sense of humor,” said Shatner. “Leonard was very funny. We’d get on stage together and we’d start laughing. It was silly; we were laughing so hard at each other.”
There was criticism of Shatner when he honored his fundraising commitment for the Red Cross instead of returning for Nimoy’s funeral. “The Red Cross had asked me some months ago to appear, and they built the evening around the celebrity appearance,” he said. “Leonard died and, faced with that choice, I didn’t think anybody would notice one way or the other, quite frankly. But on Friday, when I was in Florida, I thought I’d better say something on Twitter. So I said, ‘I’m honoring the dead, but I’m celebrating the living by doing a good deed.’ I didn’t think that anybody would notice. Well, everyone got into a debate.
“But to my mind there’s no debate. You and I right now are celebrating Leonard’s memory, but we’re not raising any money for people who are suffering. But in that case I could celebrate his memory and raise money. At that event, which was a one thousand-person dinner, I said, ‘I’d like to take a moment and remember Leonard and Maurice Hurley.’ I didn’t know yet about Harve Bennett. So I had about a thousand people think about Leonard and Maurice. To me there was no question about what I had to do.”
With Nimoy gone, Shatner feels his own mortality, but his response is to keep on working instead of retiring and sitting in a rocking chair. “The footsteps are getting louder,” he said. “What was it the baseball player (Satchel Paige) said? ‘Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.’ So I say keep your eyes focused on the future and not on the past.”
But when it comes to Nimoy, “All of our memories of him will only die when we die,” said Shatner.
A new product from The Coop (formerly The Crowded Coop) will help keep one’s change all in one place. The Star Trek Delta Coin Pouch will be available beginning this July. Made of faux leather, each four inch tall pouch includes the insignia of the department (blue for Science/Medical, Red for Engineering/Security, and Gold for […]
A new product from The Coop (formerly The Crowded Coop) will help keep one’s change all in one place.
The Star Trek Delta Coin Pouch will be available beginning this July.
Made of faux leather, each four inch tall pouch includes the insignia of the department (blue for Science/Medical, Red for Engineering/Security, and Gold for Command). The pouch is also shaped like the Star Trek delta symbol.
The coin pouches can be pre-ordered now for a July release. The cost for one of the pouches will be $9.99.
To order any of the pouches, head to the link located here.
A new Indiegogo fundraiser by George Takei will help the Japanese American National Museum. Takei seeks to raise $250,000 in the fundraiser. “As an actor and an activist, it has been my life’s mission to tell the incredible story of the thousands of families who endured the Japanese American Internment during World War II,” said […]
A new Indiegogo fundraiser by George Takei will help the Japanese American National Museum.
Takei seeks to raise $250,000 in the fundraiser.
“As an actor and an activist, it has been my life’s mission to tell the incredible story of the thousands of families who endured the Japanese American Internment during World War II,” said Takei. “The upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance and the Japanese American National Museum(JANM) are the intersection of my art and activism. Inspired by my life experiences and those of internees like me, the show celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. I consider it my ‘Legacy Project,’ and I’ve come up with a way for the JANM to be a part of it. But I need your help.”
Takei explained where the money raised by the campaign would go. “Typically, a show gets to Broadway with funding by a group of producers and investors,” he said. “Allegiance‘s producers have accepted my call to action for crowdfunding, with a minimum goal of $250,000, but with the potential for much more. The contributions here will act as if they had been invested by the JANM. The show will assign a proportional percentage of its profits to the museum, creating a source of funding for it in perpetuity.
“The museum, Allegiance, and I share the same mission: to tell stories that educate and ensure that we never forget, and never repeat, the tragedy of the Japanese American internment. By giving today, your dollar is helping Allegiance get to Broadway this fall and helping create a new endowment for the museum, a permanent source of revenue for this wonderful institution.”
The campaign started on March 20 and will run through May 19. Already $157,000 has been raised, three-fifths of the goal of the campaign.
To find out more about the campaign and/or to donate, head to the link located here.
An actor has been named as the potential villain in Star Trek 3. Plus – Simon Pegg updates fans on the progress of the movie. Idris Elba is reported to be in “early talks” to take on the role of the villain in Star Trek 3. It isn’t yet known what race the villain will […]
An actor has been named as the potential villain in Star Trek 3.
Plus – Simon Pegg updates fans on the progress of the movie.
Idris Elba is reported to be in “early talks” to take on the role of the villain in Star Trek 3.
It isn’t yet known what race the villain will be, although some rumors made mention of the Klingons being the villain this time around.
Elba, a British actor, is best-known for his roles in HBO‘s The Wire (Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell), BBC One‘s Luther, The Office (Charles Miner) and as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
In other Star Trek 3 news, Simon Pegg spoke about the writing process for Star Trek 3 and the pressure that he and co-writer Doug Jung is under to deliver the good. “…the time-frame we’re working in is extremely tight. It means we’re having to come up with the goods. We can’t be lazy about it. We can’t procrastinate. We have to come up with the stuff because the production is hammering on the door saying, ‘When can we build this? What are we gonna we build? Who is in it?’ I don’t know! Let’s write it and we’ll find out. It’s an interesting process.”
The script has to be finished early this summer. “Come hell or high water, June,” said Pegg. “I’m busy writing it. It’s an ongoing thing. I’m sure we’ll be finessing it, right through the shoot.”
Pegg is aware of the need to make a good movie. “Yeah. It’s weird to walk into something and take ownership of it, in a way,” he said. “Everything else that I’ve written has been mine, from the very germ of the first idea, or shared with Edgar [Wright] or Nick [Frost]. But with this, I’m walking into a realm that doesn’t belong to me, and I have to treat it with a degree of respect. Obviously, I always treat things with respect, but I have to abide by certain rules and do right by the original series, and not be too post-modern with it and not be too aware of itself. I have to try to take on the spirit of the show, rather than fill it with stuff that people will just go, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s from episode something or other.’ It’s more than that.”
Over the weekend the rumor mill started churning with speculation that British actor Idris Elba would play a Klingon as the main villain in the next Star Trek film. Simon Pegg, who has been busy writing STAR TREK 3 with Doug Jung, was asked about the the pressure he’s under to turn in a script […]
They say “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. As much as this statement is true in life, it certainly is true for Star Trek, specifically Trek on television. This May, it will have been a decade since we have last seen Star Trek broadcast as a weekly series. On May 13th, 2005, the Enterprise episode […]
Idris Elba, the British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ, who is best known for playing Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO series The Wire and Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim, is in early talks to play the villain in the next Star Trek film. It’s being speculated that Elba would potentially play a Klingon. […]
During a press event to promote the new film Kill Me Three Times, Simon Pegg talked about writing the next Star Trek film, getting the script finished by June and his respect for the Star Trek franchise. Pegg — who was brought in last year to write the Star Trek 3 script, following Roberto Orci’s […]
Today, William Shatner, the actor who played the legendary Captain James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series and seven Star Trek motion pictures, turned 84 years old. The Montreal-born actor started his career as a Shakespearean stage performer in Stratford, Canada and on Broadway in New York City in the early 1950’s. Though […]
On Thursday, May 21, Star Trek‘s George Takei will be honored with the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Roger Baldwin Award during the 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner. Named after the founding figure in the international human rights movement, The Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty was established in 1989 in honor of the principal founder of […]
Leonard Nimoy — Remembering the Man Behind Spock a special collector’s edition book is set to be released this month from the editors of Entertainment Weekly. The book will be filled with tributes to his life and images from his career in television and film. It will also include an essay from former NASA astronaut […]
Kate Mulgrew’s autobiography, Born With Teeth — A Memoir, is set to hit stores on April 14th. To promote its release, Mulgrew is scheduled to appear at nine book signings. Details and a complete list of book tour dates below. The book, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon, will be available in hardcover, […]
Leonard Nimoy, Spock, has moved on to the next emanation. He'll be greatly missed. Leonard lived life like so many others before him, but with more humanity than most. He had his problems and often spoke publicly about them. To me, his candor was a great sign of his humanity. He wanted others to learn from his mistakes and potentially live a better life. He was a lover and creator of art. His photography was beautifully simplistic and conveyed the essential elements of humanity and spirituality.
His acting career spanned many decades and of course contained his portrayal of logical Vulcan Spock. Spock... what can I saw about that character other than he was the heart of Star Trek's humanity. An ever-present mirror that reflected humanity's and society's good and sometimes bad sides. Leonard and Spock touched so many lives and generations of fans.
Leonard was always wonderfully kind to fans at conventions. He handled himself with grace and never spoke down to fans when answering sometimes mundane questions. We had the opportunity to see him several times over the years and never walked away without a smile and a warm heart.
I'm really at a loss for words on Leonard's passing. I wish I could express how I and so many other fans around the world must be feeling. He will be profoundly missed.
Bye Bye, Robot has announced its launch of Five new officially licensed Star Trek posters...one poster for each of the live series. As with many of Bye Bye, Robot's previous posters, all of these new posters are printed on acid-free heavyweight coverstock that is thicker than normal paper...more akin to business card thickness. Further, the acid-free nature of the paper makes them archival. These five new prints were painted by four different artists; two returning artists, and two artists who are new to Bye Bye, Robot.
CBS Watch! magazine released a Star Trek special collector’s edition this week. Retailing for $9.99, the issue features an inside look at the show and releases never-before-seen photos. It hit the newsstands yesterday, December 1st, so they're still out there waiting for you.
We also happened to be handed two of the photos that are included in this collectors issue, and thought you might like to get a sneak peek. Check them out below.
The Orions were among the first alien species introduced in Star Trek. A slave girl, or rather the illusion of one, was played by Susan Oliver in the ill-fated pilot episode “The Cage.” The “green girl” was the creation of Fred Phillips who also made Spock’s Vulcan look for the original Star Trek television series. […]
The design of the drydock that first appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture originated in the aborted second Star Trek television series, Phase II. When the script for what was supposed to be the series’ pilot episode, “In Thy Image,” called for a drydock, illustrator Mike Minor came up with a design that closely […]
Welcome back to Forgotten Trek! As you can see, we have a new look. We needed to update our theme and this one, by Automattic, is pretty cool. It has a fluid layout, so you can read the website better on tablets and mobile devices. It also tucks away the menu in the upper-right corner, […]
A prop energy pistol featured in Star Trek: Insurrection for use by characters portraying the Son’a. The item is sturdy molded foam rubber painted black, metallic silver, and gold. The pistol shows signs of wear from production use. Several areas on the item depict rubbing and paint flaking off. The item is rigid but has some give and measures approx. 8 X 7 X 1.5 inches.
Like the Son'a shotgun the pistol was designed by Ed Natividad. He was both a storyboard and conceptual artist for Star Wars Episode I and II. As a conceptual artist he helped shape the look of Episode I's architectural elements, costumes and weaponry.
Ed started working at George Lucas' special effects company Industrial Light & Magic in 1994. His work in the film industry has been on various productions such as Star Wars: Episodes I & II, Armageddon, Batman & Robin, Forrest Gump, Matrix II & III and Terminator 3, Transformers and many of the major blockbuster films.
A screen used vest worn by members of the Maquis. The Maquis were a rebellious organization of Federation-born colonists and discontented Starfleet officers who organized against the Cardassian occupation of their homes in the Demilitarized Zone after their colonies were ceded to the Cardassian Union by Federation Cardassian Treaties in the late 2360s and early 2370s. Starfleet Command considered members of the Maquis to be traitors, while Cardassia considered the Maquis to be terrorists.
The vest was worn by actor John Franklyn Robbins in his role as Macias throughout the episode "Preemptive strike" of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994. Macias was a citizen of Juhraya, a Federation colony that came under Cardassian rule after a treaty was signed with the Federation. He was the leader of a Maquis cell that opposed the treaty. Macias become a friend with Ro Laren who joins the Maquis in "Preemptive Strike".
The vest was also used on the set of Voyager by stunt actor Steve Blalock. In the episode "Worst Case Scenario" he plays a Maquis rebel, too. The production team added a velcro patch to the vest for a Starfleet combadge.
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.
'Star Trek 3' co-writer Simon Pegg weighed in today on last week's rumor that British actor Idris Elba would be joining the cast of the next film, possibly in the role of an unspecified Klingon -- and he was quick to shoot down that speculation.
'Star Trek 3' co-writer Simon Pegg weighed in today on last week's rumor that British actor Idris Elba would be joining the cast of the next film, possibly in the role of an unspecified Klingon -- and he was quick to shoot down that speculation/
"Star Trek 3" co-writer Simon Pegg is back with more insight into the sequel film's development process, talking about his approach to taking on the next "Trek" story, reaching back to the franchise's roots, and the status of the original Bob Orci script -- read on to learn more!
It's been two months since any new information was released on the status of the next Abramsverse sequel, but this week we've finally got some updates on the status of the next "Star Trek" film from script co-writer Simon Pegg, and a possible look at one of the first guest actors cast for the 2016 movie!
Are the newly-developed Exocomp worker robots just another tool for Starfleet's engineering teams, or are they a brand new form of artificial life? It's up to Data to determine if the little repair drones are worth protecting in "The Quality of Life," the next episode in TNG Season 6's HD release!
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This is the saddest Birthday commemoration I've ever had to post on this blog, coming only weeks after the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He would have been 84. Celebrating his birth so soon after his passing makes it that much more poignant. Below are some images from a publicity photo session made just before the series started filming, when the costumes were not quite what we would come to know. The shots are interesting in that they pose Nimoy with some stock chemical equipment, as if it was short-hand for saying "he's a scientist, because here he is doing science stuff with test tubes and such." Anyone out there know what that spiral tube is he is holding and what it does?
This particular set of images is special to me since the first ever photo I cut out and saved from the show was a close-up from this session.
I would like to close out this post with a simple poem written by Leonard. It could be to a loved one, it could be a prayer to God. I would like to turn it around back toward Leonard, and use it to thank him for sharing his life with us. Thank you For a world Of kindness Thank you For your Endless patience Thank you For your Sensitive understanding Thank you For Your Love As Spock once told McCoy, "Remember." We will, Leonard. We will. And like McCoy, we will carry a part of you within us, always.
Happy (belated, it was on March 22nd) 84th Birthday to William Shatner, a man that makes the Energizer Bunny tired just watching him! Shatner brought a lightness to a role that could have been deadly serious, giving us a quick-shooting, hard-kissing, karate-chopping, outrageously-bluffing and awe-inspiring Captain that always led, never sent his officers into action.
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"Yeah, I'm kind of a big deal."
In honor of Bill, go back and view all of the Shatner-centric posts on this blog. The Power of Shat compels you!
I've never really known how to address birthdays of the deceased. You can't really say "Happy Birthday!" as it is a wish for someone that is no longer here to do so. So I am simply saying "let's celebrate this person's life on the anniversary of their birth." James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920, and if he were still with us, he would be 95, and we would be wishing him "Happy Birthday, Jimmy!" We wish you were still with us. We celebrate your memory and contribution to Trek by a toast of a glass of something green.
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