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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
“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.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery’s structural problem might be a CBS All Access flaw
“Discovery has the exact same structural problem as All Access’s other original series, suggesting that the conflicting impulses to tell bite-sized and elongated stories might be a feature, not a bug,” says Alison Herman. “When the most unrepentantly conventional network starts making an effort to ape Netflix while also staying true to itself, identity crises naturally follow. The Good Fight, too, quickly falls into procedural-like rhythms, only to quickly run out of room for them and its longer-term narratives. The issue isn’t unique to CBS: NBC was adventurous enough to invest in The Good Place, an almost purely serialized comedy with just 13 episodes a season, but then stuck the show with an awkward, months-long hiatus just as the story was starting to gain momentum — two years in a row. Discovery hitting pause after just nine hours feels similarly abrupt. Networks are branching out from their traditional way of doing things; they’re just not quite ready to go all the way.”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery’s latest episode is the “Star Trek-iest” yet
Last night’s episode was practically a checklist of Trek mainstays. ALSO: This was the best episode of the season.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
In defense of Star Trek: Discovery as a Star Trek universe show
“Some fans feel like the show simply doesn’t fit into the utopian vision of the franchise, and that the characters feel compromised compared to the paragons of past series,” says Jamie Loveett. “The reality is that the Star Trek universe has never been as perfect and idealized as some fans think, and that compromised characters doing questionable things have always been a part of it.” ALSO: Rainn Wilson gave into this inner geek while guest-starring on Discovery.
Posted Monday 10/23/17 at 2:56PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery renewed for Season 2
CBS All Access’ pickup comes six episodes into the Star Trek series’ 15-episode first season. ALSO: 5% of CBS All Access users suffered Discovery streaming glitches.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 11:40PM EDT
When reviewing Star Trek: Discovery, do you write for the newbie or the superfan?
It’s a question that TV critics have to consider: “For whom am I writing this?” says James Poniewozik. “The pat answer would be ‘everybody,’ but that would willfully ignore what media and fan culture are today.” As we live in the golden age of superfan, Poniewozik has to be mindful of every viewer. “So I write for the center of the Star Trek bell curve: the fan who may have seen a lot of the previous programs, or a little, or none at all, but who’s interested in Discovery.”
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 9:51PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery utters the F-word for the first time in the Star Trek franchise history
“We were aware of it, and we embraced it, and we had a blast with it,” says Discovery star Anthony Rapp of using the F-bomb. He adds that "we didn’t drop the F-bomb in Star Trek by telling something to go f*ck themselves. It’s like we did it by saying ‘this is f*cking cool.'” ALSO: Why the latest episode was “reprehensible.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery co-creator tells fans not to worry about the show’s darker tone
"You can not make Star Trek without respecting and honoring the fact that the essential vision that (Gene) Roddenbury had was an optimistic one of the future," says executive producer Alex Kurtzman.