The key to loving Star Trek it to accept that roughly 30-40% of the entire franchise is, quite simply, not good. You roll with the weak seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation to get to the good stuff. You endure season three of the original series because season one was so good. You grit your teeth through the bad movies because Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a legit masterpiece. Heck, this is probably the healthy approach to all fandoms. It allows you to really appreciate the good stuff.
When Star Trek convention-goers gathered in 2013 to rank the films from best to worst, Star Trek Into Darkness rightfully ranked in the bottom spot…and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier rightfully fell right under it. The fifth Star Trek movie starring the original crew, directed by William Shatner himself, is a bad movie, a cringeworthy exercise in how to sabotage everything that makes the original series dynamic work. And now, Shatner has apologized for it. Sort of. Kind of. Not really.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: Enterainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is now reporting that the lead in question here is not the captain (at least not when the series begins), making this the first Star Trek series where the lead character of the show isn’t in command of the ship. Rather, the show will be told from the point-of-view of a subordinate, which is a very intriguing notion.
More details about the series are arriving as you read this, so look for those in a separate post from our own Fred Topel. The original article follows.
The temperament of any given Star Trek series is often defined by whoever is sitting in the captain’s chair. James T. Kirk led an adventurous, two-fisted crew through smart, pulpy adventures. The methodical Jean-Luc Picard was all about negotiation, diplomacy, and thoughtful solutions to tricky problems. Benjamin Sisko liked to bend the rules to force solutions, feelings be damned. So the casting of the captain for showrunner Bryan Fuller‘s upcoming Star Trek Discovery is a big deal. The nature of this character, and who is playing the part, may say a great deal about the show itself.
We still don’t know who will be sitting in the big chair, but an old rumor that rules out 49% of the Earth’s population has been all-but-confirmed: the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery will be a woman.
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Even though having big screen battles is all the rage lately, from Batman vs Superman to Captain America vs Iron Man, this year has seen two of the biggest blockbuster battles. Plus, we still have Godzilla vs King Kong coming in a few years. However, even though there are plenty of franchise crossovers happening, it’s pretty much a 110% guarantee that we’ll never see Star Wars vs Star Trek in movie theaters. But we can imagine what it would be like thanks to this cleverly edited new fan trailer where the two popular sci-fi franchises collide in the most epic way possible.
Watch the Star Wars vs Star Trek trailer after the jump. Read More »
Comic-Con 2016 offered our first serious look at Star Trek Discovery, the upcoming television show coming to the CBS All Access in 2017. In addition to the title reveal, a brief “first look” video also premiered, showcasing some very rough test footage showing the U.S.S. Discovery in action. Trek fans have been divided over the design, which looks more rigid than the sleek and sexy U.S.S. Enterprise, but we may have been missing the forest for the trees as we’ve been debating starship design aesthetics. According to series producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, the ship features an important clue concerning exactly when in the Trek timeline the series is set.
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The original Star Trek series crew and the characters from the Abramsverse (i.e., the Kelvin timeline) will collide in a new two-part comic book storyline. This was one of the moire interesting comic book stories we missed during San Diego Comic-Con International 2016. Learn about the Star Trek crossover storyline, after the jump.
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Even though he wasn’t born until four years after the series ended its original run in 1969, director Justin Lin grew up watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reruns would come on at 11pm on Channel 13 in Los Angeles, and from 10 years old until he was 18 years old, he and his family would watch Star Trek after they closed their fish and chips shop and had dinner. So it should come as no surprise that Justin Lin attributes his connection to Star Trek to the connection his family had with the show.
More specifically, the filmmaker believes his father lived vicariously through Star Trek because of the sacrifices he made for that family. Lin explained that his father was a pilot back in Taiwan among plenty other things, but when he decided to give his family a shot at a better life in the United States, he didn’t get a chance to do some of the things he wanted to do back home. As Lin tells Deadline, “He latched on to Trek because of the sense of exploration and discovery, and hope.” Therefore, there was only one way that Justin Lin felt he could honor his father in Star Trek Beyond, and while it’s an obvious tribute, you probably didn’t even notice.
Find out about the Star Trek Beyond tribute to Justin Lin’s father after the jump, but beware of some spoilers. Read More »
In a summer seemingly defined by how disappointing so many movies have been, Star Trek Beyond is an oasis. It’s crowd-pleaser that has something on its mind, a sequel that’s not painfully beholden to massive franchise plans, and a story about the power of positivity overcoming darkness. In short, it’s a unique release for 2016…and the right antidote for 2016.
And since it’s Monday and you’ve had a chance to see it, let’s take a deeper dive into what makes this movie tick.
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In addition to all the madness brought on by Warner Bros. Pictures and Marvel Studios in Hall H today, Trekkies got the chance to enjoy a nice retrospective discussion panel in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The panel assembled the likes of William Shatner, Geri Ryan, Scott Bakula, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn to talk about the iconic sci-fi franchise, their history with their respective shows, and how the series has and should continue to impact the future of our society.
But because this is Comic-Con and the panel was moderated by Bryan Fuller, the creator of the new Star Trek series coming to CBS in 2017, there was one cool announcement to be made. Find out the new Star Trek series title after the jump. Read More »
2016 is a good year for Star Trek fans, with a new movie in theaters right now and a gigantic art show tribute at Comic-Con and a new documentary about Leonard Nimoy arriving in just a few months. This whole 50th anniversary thing is pretty cool. However, the most intriguing new Trek development is the most mysterious and it won’t arrive until 2017. I am, of course, taking about Bryan Fuller‘s new Star Trek television series, which presumably has a title and a premise, even if we don’t know anything about them yet. What we do know is the first director attached to series, as CBS has hired David Semel to helm the first episode of the show.
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