Regardless of how much you and I want to see Star Trek return to the TV, we aren’t the ones who control the latinum. The big problem is the sticky nature of this IP. Corporate ownership of Star Trek is not under one house: Paramount has film rights and CBS has TV rights. Beyond the […]
Heading to the Grand Canyon State’s biggest pop culture event this weekend? Prepare yourself for the festivities with TrekMovie’s official guide to Phoenix Comicon 2015! Phoenix Comicon 2015 is just around the corner, and we here at TrekMovie can’t wait! The pop-sci convention, which touts itself as the “signature pop culture event of the southwest”, […]
“Star Trek – it’s iconic, but many misunderstand its meaning,” quoth the creators of a documentary short released today entitled Our Star Trek: The Fifty Year Mission. What does Star Trek and the vision of creator Gene Roddenberry mean to fans that watch the series’ (old and new) in the modern era? That’s the question […]
Phoenix Comicon (PhxCC) is just around the corner, and Trekkies are deep into preparing their costumes for the big event. TrekMovie’s costuming expert Michael Nguyen talked with cosplayers from all over the Grand Canyon State to find out how they get Trekked out for the con. Whether they’re making costumes, commissioning them, or buying parts […]
Marking the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States for honoring those who died serving in the Armed Forces. We don’t know if Starfleet has any such celebration, but it probably needs one – Memory Alpha exhaustively details the many, many Starfleet crew who died in the 22nd, 23rd, […]
QMx has released a third Tribble, the Star Trek Tribble Plush – Platinum. The company had previously released a brown Tribble, and a ginger Tribble. “More mortal enemies of the Klingon Empire are here: adorable Tribbles (Polygeminus Grex) in a rich blended silvery gray. “Featured in Star Trek: The Original Series, the soft, furry creatures […]
QMx has released a third Tribble, the Star Trek Tribble Plush – Platinum.
The company had previously released a brown Tribble, and a ginger Tribble.
“More mortal enemies of the Klingon Empire are here: adorable Tribbles (Polygeminus Grex) in a rich blended silvery gray.
“Featured in Star Trek: The Original Series, the soft, furry creatures from Iota Geminorum IV, whose sole purposes are to eat and make baby Tribbles, are looking for good homes — like yours.
“These all-polyester, 3.5-inch Tribbles have extra-long fur with a slight sheen. Each one comes in a special container that features Tribble Tips and is designed to keep it tidy and safe in the presence of Klingons.”
The Star Trek Tribble Plush – Platinum sells for $9.99 and can be ordered here.
Star Trek Online will feature another Star Trek actor, this one from Deep Space Nine. Aron Eisenberg will join the cast of Star Trek Online to reprise his role of Nog. The first Ferengi to enter Starfleet Academy, Nog saw action in the Dominion War, where he was injured. “Since the end of the Dominion […]
Star Trek Online will feature another Star Trek actor, this one from Deep Space Nine.
Aron Eisenberg will join the cast of Star Trek Online to reprise his role of Nog.
The first Ferengi to enter Starfleet Academy, Nog saw action in the Dominion War, where he was injured.
“Since the end of the Dominion War, Nog has stayed in Starfleet and worked his way up the ranks. He served time on several exploration missions, returned to DS9 for a tour as chief engineer, and then moved to Utopia Planitia to work with the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Now he commands the SCE ship U.S.S. Chimera. And like all Starfleet captains in this troubled time, Nog is stepping up to do what he can to help defend the galaxy from the Iconians.”
Simon Pegg finds some aspects of writing to be difficult. First of all, Pegg knows that some people are all too ready to be critical of the next movie. “It’s a lot of pressure and it feels like there’s a huge number of people who are waiting to tear it to pieces, but then, that’s […]
Simon Pegg finds some aspects of writing to be difficult.
First of all, Pegg knows that some people are all too ready to be critical of the next movie.
“It’s a lot of pressure and it feels like there’s a huge number of people who are waiting to tear it to pieces, but then, that’s just the world at the moment,” he said.
In addition, Pegg finds it very difficult to write for one specific group. “I find it very hard to write for women,” he said. “It’s mine and [Shaun of the Dead co-writer Edgar Wright‘s] self-confessed weakness – whenever we’ve written scripts together, the women in our films are the weakest characters. It’s hard – you can understand the opposite sex, and yet still there’s a degree of authenticity that’s hard to achieve.”
But once he gets past those hurdles, Pegg turns to romantic comedies for inspiration. Why? “Because it’s all about relationships,” he said. “Myself and Doug Jung, who are writing it together, we’re writing about characters that already exist, so there are preexisting relationships there; it’s a familial setting. It’s not a romantic comedy exactly, but there are human relationships in it, and that’s what’s at the heart of a romantic comedy, too.”
Two new ships from the Official Starships Collection will make their debut in the UK in August, and in other countries shortly thereafter. The ships include one Federation ship and one Klingon ship. Issue Fifty-two will include a Centaur-class ship. The Centaur-class ship was created in the twenty-fourth century and saw action in Deep Space […]
Two new ships from the Official Starships Collection will make their debut in the UK in August, and in other countries shortly thereafter.
The ships include one Federation ship and one Klingon ship.
Issue Fifty-two will include a Centaur-class ship. The Centaur-class ship was created in the twenty-fourth century and saw action in Deep Space Nine’s Dominion War.
The Centaur-class ship will arrive in the US in November. The ship and magazine will cost $19.99 and can be pre-ordered here.
Issue Fifty-three will feature a Klingon Attack Ship, seen in several Star Trek: Enterprise episodes (Affliction and Divergence).
The Klingon Attack Ship will cost $19.99, and can be pre-ordered here.
Terry Farrell, Deep Space Nine‘s Dax, was nervous when she got the news that she was to play Jadzia Dax, and sad when the time came for her to leave the show and character behind. Being offered a strong female character role made it easy to say yes to playing the Trill. “Everything about how […]
Terry Farrell,Deep Space Nine‘s Dax, was nervous when she got the news that she was to play Jadzia Dax, and sad when the time came for her to leave the show and character behind.
Being offered a strong female character role made it easy to say yes to playing the Trill.
“Everything about how (the creators) described Dax – she lived many lifetimes, she was a science officer, she was a strong female character – all of those things were incredibly appealing about her, especially being in the Star Trek universe,” said Farrell. “It’s as close to a solid job you can get in Hollywood as an actor. All of that was incredibly appealing and very nerve-wracking and exciting. I lost ten pounds between the week I read the first time and the last time out of excitement and nerves. I hardly slept at all. When I got it, I burst into tears, I was so excited.”
At first, Farrell was intimidated by Avery Brooks, but an appeal for help changed that. “During my first scene, I was so incredibly intimated by him,” she said. “I couldn’t top him because he’s so intense. I went up to him on a lighting break and pulled him aside. I had to appeal to his gentler side. I explained to him that I was twenty-eight; I wouldn’t be able to top him; and if he could help me out a little bit so it wouldn’t be so much more glaringly obvious that he was more powerful than I was. He softened and opened up. It was the beginning of a really, nice straight-forward relationship. I really liked working with him very much.”
The Worf/Dax relationship represented an interracial marriage to Farrell, who thought it was very well-written. “It was handled gracefully and crossed barriers,” she said. “(Michael Dorn and I) were friends. Before we did a scene, we were like, ‘Let’s see if we can make something happen here.’ I don’t know if (the creators) let us think we had something to do with it, but we felt like we did. I really, really liked working with Michael.”
Her favorite story though, was that of Lenara and Dax in Rejoined. “For my character, it made most sense since it was already explained I’ve been a man and woman several times,” said Farrell. “Gender wasn’t the issue. For the worm/symbiont, it was a matter of the being it was embodied in. When they approached me about it, it felt quite natural and a giant opportunity to support and be there for people who need people to stand up for them.”
“Today, I still get a lot of people thanking me for that, that it gave them strength, and that it made them feel like they weren’t alone, it inspired them to be themselves – all the things I was hoping it would do,” said Farrell. “Not only me, but all the people involved with the show.”
Farrell left Deep Space Nine when her six-year contract was up, but it was not because she wanted more money. She wanted less screen time because she was burning out after six years. But Rick Berman had no interest in working with her on cutting back her appearances; for him it was all or nothing. “I did suggest in the wake of that I could be recurring…not be in every episode,” she explained. “Rick wouldn’t have any of that. It was basically, ‘Here’s the offer. If you want it, sign it. If you don’t, it’s really been nice working with you.’ I went with ‘It’s really been nice working with you’ – I added that because it really sounds nicer. I don’t think Rick was thinking that at all. That was unfortunate.”
Now retired from acting, Farrell is a full-time parent to her son. She still makes convention appearances though, and fondly remembers her Deep Space Nine days. “I’m just so honored that I got to be a part of a group that told a story that made people feel like they were a part of something positive.”
Chris Pine is in negotiations for a role in Warner Bros. Wonder Woman movie. Wonder Woman is due to be released in June of 2017. Pine would play Steve Trevor, Diana Prince’s love interest. Prince (Wonder Woman) is being played by Gal Gadot. Originally, Scott Eastwood was in the running for the part, but signed […]
Chris Pine is in negotiations for a role in Warner Bros. Wonder Woman movie.
Wonder Woman is due to be released in June of 2017.
Pine would play Steve Trevor, Diana Prince’s love interest. Prince (Wonder Woman) is being played by Gal Gadot.
Originally, Scott Eastwood was in the running for the part, but signed on for a guaranteed supporting part in Suicide Squad instead.
In the Wonder Woman comics, Trevor “was an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II whose plane crashed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons. He was nursed back to health by the Amazon princess Diana, who fell in love with him and followed him when he returned to the outside world. There she became Wonder Woman (and also his co-worker, Diana Prince).”
Wonder Woman is written by Jason Fuchs, and will be directed by Patty Jenkins.
A new bobble head courtesy of Bif Bang Pow! will feature a scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock Bobble Head will make its debut at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con on July 8th. The Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock Bobble Head “features a miniature-sized Spock […]
A new bobble head courtesy of Bif Bang Pow! will feature a scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
The Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock Bobble Head will make its debut at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con on July 8th.
The Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock Bobble Head “features a miniature-sized Spock swimming with two humpback whales as depicted in the motion picture Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Unlike other bobble heads, the unique aspect of this collectible is the fact that the tail of each whale bobbles instead of the head.”
Limited to 1,998 convention-exclusive pieces, each individually numbered, the Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock Bobble Head will be available on July 8 at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con. The whale bobble head will cost $30.00.
Canadian television viewers will get to see William Shatner as a guest star on Murdoch Mysteries later this year. Murdoch Mysteries is currently in production for its ninth season, due to air on CBC this autumn. Shatner will take on the role of Mark Twain in his guest appearance. Actor Yannick Bisson, who plays William […]
Canadian television viewers will get to see William Shatner as a guest star on Murdoch Mysteries later this year.
Murdoch Mysteries is currently in production for its ninth season, due to air on CBC this autumn.
Shatner will take on the role of Mark Twain in his guest appearance. Actor Yannick Bisson, who plays William Murdoch on the series, tweeted out the news with a photo of the call sheet for the episode.
“Based on the series of novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries is set at the turn of the 20th century and revolves around Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto constabulary, who uses ground-breaking forensic techniques to close his cases.”
“On the set of Murdoch Mysteries with @yannick_bisson,” said Shatner, via his Tumblr site. “I play Mark Twain look for me coming soon!” Shatner included a photo of himself as Mark Twain.
Murdoch Mysteries will air on CBC in the autumn, and next year on UKTV’s Alibi Channel.
Last December marked the 35th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (TMP) and in the process, it ushered in an era of Star Trek movies that still exists today, including the new cinematic universe that was ushered in through 2009’s J.J. Abrams’-helmed reboot. With the impending release of next year’s Star Trek Beyond, written […]
With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek just around the corner, a new documentary, centered around the fan production, Star Trek Continues, explores the fan series and those who create it. Our Star Trek: The Fifty Year Mission, from Star Stuff Cinema, has launched a, IndieGoGo fundraising campaign will help enter the independent film and […]
Following a much-publicized interview with the Radio Times, in which Simon Pegg talked about the “dumbing down” of science-fiction cinema, the co-writer of the next Star Trek film, took to his blog to respond to an outpouring of fan backlash. In an essay titled “Big Mouth Strikes Again,” Pegg attempted to clarify his earlier statements. […]
Simon Pegg, the co-writer of the upcoming third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise and the film’s “Scotty,” recently spoke to Radio Times Magazine and warned of the “dumbing down” of what audiences expect from a sci-fi film. “Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and […]
Adam Savage, best known as one of two co-hosts of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, is a card carrying and proud geek. He’s also a self-described Trekkie. In the latest episode of his new podcast Tested, Savage shows how he built a classic Star Trek replica of Kirk’s command chair from scratch. You can watch the […]
The family of Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Janice Rand on Star Trek, has confirmed the actress died over the weekend at the age of 85 in Coarsegold, California Whitney, a recovering alcoholic, has spent the last 35 years helping others with addiction problems. Her family credits her with having helped thousands of people […]
It’s been more than two decades since its premiere. Does Voyager’s inaugural mission hold up in the 21st century? More than twenty years ago, on January 16th, 1995, Star Trek: Voyager (VOY), the third spin-off from The Original Series (TOS) and the fourth official Star Trek series, premiered. It was a bold move for many […]
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the final episode of Enterprise, “These Are The Voyages…”, which aired on May 13, 2005 on UPN. The show’s finale marked the end of Star Trek’s run on television. In the past decade, fans worldwide have asked “When will Star Trek return to TV?”. With no clear answer […]
Nach dem Bird-Of-Prey enthält Ausgabe 8 aus der Reihe “Die Offizielle Raumschiffsammlung” mit dem Schlachtkreuzer der K’t’inga-Klasse ein weiteres Weltraum-Vehikel der Klingonen. Fans von Janeway und Co. dürfen sich über die USS Voyager freuen, die dem neunten Heft beiliegt. Beide Modelle aus dem Hause Eaglesmoss haben wir uns näher angeschaut. Schlachtkreuzer der K’t’inga Klasse, Ausgabe 8 Der klingonische Schlachtkreuzer aus
Die Enterprise wird von einem rätselhaften Schwarm zweidimensionaler Lebensformen erfasst und mitgerissen. Ihre Flugbahn führt zu einem kosmischen Band, dessen Gravitationskräfte das Schiff in Stücke zu zerreißen drohen. Versuche mit den Lebensformen in Kontakt zu treten gestalten sich schwierig, da Counselor Troi ihre telepathischen Fähigkeiten verloren hat. Hintergründe und Wissenswertes: Kim Braden, die Fähnrich Janet Brooks spielt, verkörpert in Star
Ausgabe sechs und sieben der Reihe “Star Trek: Die offizielle Raumschiffsammlung” beinhalten einen romulanischen Warbird aus der TNG-Ära und mit der USS Defiant ein weiteres markantes Raumschiff der Sternenflotte. Wir haben uns die Miniaturmodelle und die Hefte beider Ausgaben näher angeschaut. Romulanischer Warbird (D’Deridex-Klasse), Ausgabe 6 Das markante Erscheinungsbild des Warbirds, das an einen Raubvogel erinnert, ist unverwechselbar. Andrew Probert,
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.
Barclay is forced to confront his greatest fears as he discovers a strange colony of lifeforms inhabiting the transporter matter stream. We have brand new high definition Blu-ray screencaps from TNG Season 6's "Realm of Fear" for you to check out today.
The full-series "Star Trek: Enterprise" Blu-ray box set is out in the UK and Germany this month, and we've got the first photos of this new massive release! All 24 Blu-ray discs in one big set -- read on to see the inside of this high definition collection!
Romulans and Klingons living together in peace?! That's what Worf discovers when he gets stranded at a long-forgotted Romulan prison camp in the Neutral Zone, drawn in by rumors of his long-dead father living on the remote planet. Data's dreams ended in the last episode, so it's all Worf for "Birthright, Part II"!
Last week, most of the hand-picked advisory team for the ongoing USS Enterprise preservation project decended upon the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, where they got their first up-close-and-personal look at the historic starship and spent the day brainstorming their best ideas with the museum team!
When "The Wrath of Khan" director Nick Meyer wanted a more nautical look and feel on the ship, he started with a dramatic (and to many, a welcome) redesign of the uniforms. Often, if a director on a sequel doesn't like some aspect of the design on the previous movie, he hires another person to come in and do what he wants. Fortunately, instead of going to someone else Meyer asked ST:TMP Costume Designer Robert Fletcher to return. Here is an interview with Fletcher from the pages of Enterprise Incidents (the news stand edition as opposed to the earlier fanzine version), issue #18, published June, 1984
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Bonus photos: Leonard Nimoy in a very early 1967 promotional appearance in costume and makeup at a parade. He never appeared in public in character again. Here is a link to an article about it.
Not much to post this time, but I wanted to spotlight a couple of images I found around the web. First, an amazing painting of 'The Cage" found at www.SpaceboyComics.com! They do a fantastic job of combining all of the most iconic images from the pilot.
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Bonus: I have found this photo only one other place, in an article that I posted awhile back. But here is the photo itself without the cheap magazine paper degrading the image. This is a special photo made behind the scenes of "Plato's Stepchildren." Wow!
Bonus link: A well-done video mashup bringing the Enterprise and crew into conflict with the Star Wars universe!
And, so close on the heels of losing Leonard, we now say goodbye to another Trek crewmember, Grace Lee Whitney. She passed on May 1st, one month after her 85th birthday. (Read an official announcement article here.) You can find out more about her work and life here; you may be surprised how many other roles she had outside of Trek.)
Initially planned to be a larger part of the show (as evidenced in the publicity photos where she was featured prominently with Shatner and Nimoy), the producers quickly realized that her character put a damper on the romantic dalliances of the Captain and put her in less and less shows. Grace's short and turbulent time as part of the show came to an end when she was unceremoniously let go during the first season (they could have at least written her out in a dramatic way, instead of not addressing it at all). The slide into depression, alchoholism and other kinds of addictions dragged her into a downward spiral that she struggled with for many years. She credited Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelly with helping her get work and help, and she openly professed that turning to Christ gave her strength to change her life. This didn't make her an angel; she was a flawed individual with issues still to be worked out, as all of us who know the Lord are. But it is only through the unmerited favor of God through Christ (which is known as grace) that any of us can find deliverance and peace.
As a believer also, I know that she is now beyond any struggles and is with Him forever. We won't forget you, Grace, and your life touched many people who are also struggling with similar troubles. Your short time on Trek made a big impact on the viewers, and you had many devoted fans who will miss you. Godspeed!
Below, a couple of photos of Nimoy and Whitney having some fun on set. The top is a rare photo with Nimoy and Whitney having some fun behind the scenes. And in the next one, Rand seems to be teasing Spock about his ears! She is showing the same fascination with them that many women did. And note in the bottom photo (from the filming of "The Undiscovered Country") how close Leonard's pose is to the one above it!
"Did anyone ever tell you how sexy your ears are, Mr. Spock?"
We miss them both.
Bonus link: Fellow blogger ProvidenceMine has posted her personal tribute to Grace. Read it here.
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