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Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Patrick Stewart's new Star Trek series should "Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard"
The new Star Trek series should do for Picard what Star Wars: The Last Jedi did for Luke Skywalker, says James Whitbrook. "That sort of hoping might rankle longtime Trek fans," he says. "In fact, many of them have spent the last few days desperately hoping for the direct opposite of Star Trek: The Last Jedi. They’ve read Stewart’s own statement that the new show’s Picard would be a 'man who has been changed by his experiences' and shuddered at the mere thought of a disillusioned, weary Picard roaming around an isolated family vineyard swigging freshly-squeezed Targ milk. They’d already had to go through one traumatic fictional upheaval, why wish that on another old hero? Why can’t Picard just be the Picard we saw in TNG and the movies? Because that would be kind of boring, for starters."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green welcomes Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek franchise
"This man," tweeted the actress on Sunday. "How I’ve looked to him over the years for creative education, inspiration and guidance. Absolutely THRILLED that he’s returning to the fold. We stand on your shoulders…"
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 4:52PM EDT
Patrick Stewart to reprise Jean-Luc Picard role for a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It's official: Patrick Stewart will return to the Captain role he made famous on seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. "It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him," Stewart tweeted in confirming his return. Stewart also made a surprise appearance on stage today at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the new series will not be a reboot of The Next Generation but instead is being described as an exploration of the next chapter of Picard's life. Additional details about the new series, including its title, episode count and premiere date, or being kept under wraps." Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman, who's been charged with expanding the Star Trek franchise, will lead the creative team. "With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold," Kurtzman said in a statement. "For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old." ALSO: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman are among the executive producers.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Why doesn't Star Trek do a show from the aliens' point of view?
"Despite being a franchise laden with alien species being discovered and explored, Star Trek usually moves around so much from episode to episode that we don’t really get to dive into a lot of those alien societies beyond a surface level," says James Whitbrook. "Even the more regular aliens we see across Trek shows—primarily Vulcans and Klingons, and then smaller staples like the Bolians, the Ferengi, the Betazoids in The Next Generation, and the Trill in DS9—are often framed by the perspective of a single member of that species, and they’re seen almost wholly within the structural confines of the Federation."
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned one of the best-ever Star Trek episodes, dies at 84
Ellison also wrote episodes of Babylon 5, The Outer Limits and the 1980s Twilight Zone TV series. But he's best remembered for writing the original Star Trek series episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever," which is widely considered one of the best if not the best of all theTrek franchise episodes. "Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be," tweeted Stephen King. "Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there's an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking a** and taking down names."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
How a potential Patrick Stewart-led Capt. Picard Star Trek series could turn out
Star Trek has a sprawling universe of novels, comics and video games exploring Captain Jean-Luc Picard after Star Trek: The Next Generation and his Star Trek movies.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Alex Kurtzman signs five-year deal to help deliver more Star Trek shows
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kurtzman, the Discovery co-creator who was named last week as the CBS All Access drama's new showrunner, has signed a $25 million deal to develop new Star Trek TV series, miniseries and other content, including animation. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, "the new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Capt. Pickard, have been heating up. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot. CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise." ALSO: Potential new Star Trek series include a Wrath of Kahn limited series and Gossip Girl team's Starfleet Academy show.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
How Star Trek: Deep Space Nine brought baseball back to the future
Gene Roddenberry didn't like famous sports being part of the Trek's future universe. But Deep Space Nine was able to change that as the first Trek series premiering following his death. "Nothing was less Gene than Deep Space 9 somehow managing to integrate human baseball back into its world of the future," says Corbin Smith. "Futurism as a philosophy necessitates that something new and great replaces something old, and there are few things older than baseball. But the beloved moldy-oldy bat swingin’ game somehow made a perfect companion for a show about animal nature dancing in concert with the world of the future."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
A scientific journal publishes a bogus Star Trek: Voyagers-inspired research paper
An anonymous biologist, inspired by a similar Star Wars-based stunt, was able to publish a paper based on Star Trek: Voyager's worst episode in the American Research Journal of Biosciences.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Forget the naysayers: Star Trek: Discovery delivered the strongest first Star Trek season since The Original Series
Since last night's finale of the CBS All Access series, Matt Zoller Seitz says "I’ve seen mostly expressions of disappointment or outright hostility, mingled with affection for certain characters, moments, and episodes. This baffles me." In fact, he says, Discovery's first season was so stellar that the series "could be one of the all-time greats if it plays its cards right," he says. "At its best, Discovery surprised and moved me in ways that very few freshman series manage to do. This show has brains, soul, and a big heart. There were missteps here and there, to be sure. But there always are in first seasons, and the ones seen here were minor compared to, say, those of The Next Generation, which became a classic eventually, but was tedious and hesitant until pretty deep into season two. Frankly, I’m having a hard time taking seriously any complaints about plausibility or too-easy resolutions — especially with regard to the finale — when nearly every episode of every Trek series that isn’t a cliff-hanger ends with things being wrapped up neatly with a surprise tactical maneuver or an impromptu peace treaty hammered out in a scene or two, usually by charismatic rule breakers who just improvise on the spot."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery's Season 1 finale was a microcosm of the entire season as a whole
The CBS All Access series showed that dark, gritty reboots of beloved franchises can have a purpose, says Todd VanDerWerff. "It has the eye-rolling stabs at 'adult content' (here a visit to an alien sex club, with plenty of bare flesh all around), the occasionally ridiculous attempts to bring stories full circle, and the genuinely thoughtful consideration of what it would mean to try to truly live by Starfleet’s principles ... The series feels as if it’s earned its deconstruction of the Trek mythos, no matter how many weird missteps it took along the way."
- Executive producer Alex Kurtzman explains the season finale
- Producers see the finale as an opportunity to say, “This is exactly how Discovery fits into the timeline"
- Star Trek: Discovery composer says it's been "mind-blowing" to work for a franchise he's loved since he was a kid
- It seems like Discovery's creative team hasn't figured out what the show is about
- The season finale gave hope to the Discovery skeptics
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Why Star Trek: Discovery is like fan fiction
Source: The A.V. Club
“When I say Star Trek: Discovery is like fan fiction,” explains the AV Club's Zack Handlen, “what I mean is: It’s a show that uses the tropes of an established franchise without any real understanding of how those tropes work; and it’s written without the craft or patience necessary to tell a story that means something outside of our recognition of those tropes. To put it another way, if this was just called Discovery, if the serial numbers were filled off and this was just another science fiction show with aliens and parallel universes and FTL drives, I doubt we’d be talking about it."
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery returns with one of its best episodes
Sunday’s episode will also pay homage to the Trek franchise in surprising ways.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered 25 years ago today
DS9 was groundbreaking for a Star Trek series because, unlike its predecessors, it completely embraced serialization. As Variety explains, Deep Space Nine “was different. From the beginning, the series made clear that certain storylines would run throughout. (It is the only Star Trek to begin with a prophecy.) As it progressed over seven seasons, it transformed from a somewhat darker, more serialized version of previous Trek iterations to a serious-minded precursor to contemporary shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Homeland. ALSO: Deep Space Nine is a great modern binge-watch.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Patrick Stewart calls Star Trek the “one highlight that had the biggest impact on my life”
“Everything would be different from the moment I was cast in that until today,” says the Star Trek: The Next Generation alum.