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A William Shatner Star Trek Discovery cameo is in the works…in William Shatner’s mind. The actor, who originated the role of Captain Kirk on the 1960s Star Trek series and went on to reprise the role in seven more feature films, is eager to return to the character. And if that means defying Kirk’s death in Star Trek: Generations, then so be it.

Because Shatner has an idea to bring his Captain Kirk back on deck in CBS All Access’ new Star Trek TV series.

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Star Trek Discovery Choose Your Pain Review 2

Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did “Choose Your Pain” turn Star Trek into a horror show?

“Choose Your Pain” is, as the title suggests, filled with tons of pain, including the minor pain of seeing another Stamets continue to look in his bathroom mirror while the real Stamets walked away. The only levity found in this episode, aside from the first usage of the f-word in Star Trek history, was Rainn Wilson’s highly enjoyable Harry Mudd. Seeing this Star Trek OG character was a sight for sore eyes. Speaking of sore eyes, let’s get into the types of pain caused by both the Klingons and Starfleet.

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star trek discovery The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry Review bridge

In this week’s episode of Star Trek: Discoveryaptly-titled “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,” the unofficial theme was definitely “Who’s got it worse?” Because there were plenty of losers in this episode. The most definite loser — aside from the poor folks who died in the space mines—was the poor mega-tardigrade.

This week, the crew had to find a way to save crucial Starfleet mines — and the families who work them — from Klingon fire. Many had died already, thanks to Stamets not knowing how to set a proper course with his new instantaneous warp technology. Actual navigation was the other issue — with such new bio-based tech, how could one successfully chart a course to a far-off planet? Enter the tardigrade, the monster from last episode. It turns out that it’s not a killing machine after all; it’s actually a docile creature that can interact with the spores that fuel the warp technology. But the animal’s navigation skills come at a cost — they basically have to torture it to get their warp to work. Why?! Leave the poor animal alone! Was this possibly one of the darkest moments in Star Trek TV history? Because I don’t remember even tribbles being tortured.

Now let’s go over exactly who else got the short end of the stick this week in our The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry review.

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Star Trek Discovery season 1

When a creator/showrunner bails on a show before it airs and its release date gets pushed back multiple times, those are normally pretty large red flags that a TV series may be in trouble. But despite the rocky start coming out of the space dock, it seems as if Star Trek: Discovery has leveled out nicely so far. The new series experienced excellent word of mouth after its premiere, and now CBS has decided to shift its first season around to include one more episode in 2017 before it takes a break and returns with the second half of season one.
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(This review contains spoilers! If you haven’t seen the third episode, then live long and prosper and get out of here.)

This week on Star Trek: Discovery, in an episode titled “Context is for Kings,” we learned that Michael is, in fact, Spock’s adopted sister. Some hardcore fans won’t consider this canon — from I’ve seen on Twitter, it seems it’s solely because Michael is a black woman. But it’s canon, so get used to it.

In this episode, Michael is supposed to be going towards the prison colony to start her life sentence for mutiny, among other charges. But she’s rerouted to the U.S.S. Discovery, where Capt. Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) wants to use her skillset for his ultimate mission of creating faster warp capabilities using co-opted Starfleet research. That research is what Lt. Starmets (Anthony Rapp) has been working on for years, along with his research partner (who seemed like a lot more than just his “research partner” and “best friend” if you know what I’m saying).

Unfortunately, his partner, who was on the U.S.S. Glenn, is killed along with everyone else on the ship in a freak accident that has something to do with the research conducted — the way to create a faster warp speed is by using spores that are basically the energy of the entire universe, meaning the universe is a living, breathing thing. Starmets is tasked with leading a crew, including Michael and her insufferable bunkmate Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) on a mission aboard the ghost ship and recover the valuable findings from Starmets’ partner’s studies, while trying to escape a huge space monster. Michael is later recruited by Lorca to officially join the Discovery to help him achieve that faster warp give something meaningful back to Starfleet. Or so he says.

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Star Trek Discovery season 2 2019

After a troubled production period that featured multiple delays and the exit of longtime Trek fan Bryan Fuller as its original showrunner (he was apparently pushed out by CBS after he failed to deliver scripts on time), the long-awaited Star Trek: Discovery finally beamed onto televisions last night in its premiere episode. You can read two reviews here on /Film – one from a seasoned Trek veteran, and another from someone without that level of expertise when it comes to the sci-fi franchise – but the general reaction to the show has been positive so far.

So fans might be a little bummed to discover that Star Trek Discovery season 2 might not arrive until early 2019. It looks like you may have to set your phasers to “wait.”
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Star Trek Discovery review

(We are running two reviews of Star Trek: Discovery – one from an old school Star Trek fan and one with less experience in this iconic universe. Here is the second of the two reviews.)

Star Trek: Discovery feels like J.J. Abrams’ Trek films.

Your mileage may vary on whether or not that’s a good thing. For me, a non-Trekkie whose familiarity with the universe doesn’t really extend beyond the original series timeline, I had no idea what to expect with this new series. But my enjoyment of the Abrams movies – including the Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond, which Abrams produced – was enough to carry me through the first two episodes of Discovery with a basic understanding. If you’re also a non-Trekkie looking for a series gateway, this is a good place to start. Read More »

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(We are running two reviews of Star Trek: Discovery – one from an old school Star Trek fan and one with less experience in this iconic universe. Here is the first of the two reviews.)

Star Trek: Discovery has brought the historic Gene Roddenberry property back to the network that started it all for the U.S.S. Enterprise. Thankfully for CBS and many Star Trek fans, Star Trek: Discovery doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it stands up to the original and the movies while retaining the classic Star Trek cerebral nature.

Perhaps this intro reads more Vulcan than I would like it; speaking in standard human terms, Star Trek: Discovery is fun, exciting, and provides us with one of the most interesting protagonists we’ve seen in a while. It’s not without its issues, though, which we’ll get to soon enough.

If you’ve seen the first two episodes, keep reading; if you’re afraid of spoilers, you’d better bounce now.

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Akiva Goldsman is no stranger to the minefield of fan franchises. Akiva Goldsman and I bonded when I interviewed him for Underground and shared my love for his maligned adaptation of Winter’s Tale. He survived the original Batman sequels and most recently headed up a writers room for Transformers: The Last Knight. He came aboard Star Trek: Discovery when Bryan Fuller left to focus on American Gods.

Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before The Original Series and tells a continuing serialized story involving the war between The Federation and Klingons. Goldsman spoke with /Film at the CBS party for the Television Critics Association.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Plot details revealed of YouTube Red’s Karate Kid sequel, Cobra Kai.
  • The Punisher releases its first official images.
  • CBS won’t lift the Star Trek Discovery review embargo until it airs.
  • The Game of Thrones season 7 Blu-ray is packed with new details and bonus content.
  • And more!

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