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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 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 Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Doug Grindstaff, Star Trek's sound effects maestro, dies at 87
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Grindsaff, a five-time Emmy winner, came up with Star Trek's Tribble coos, communicator beeps and the whoosh of Enterprise bridge doors opening and closing. In a 2016 interview, Grindstaff said Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry "wanted to paint the whole show (with sound) like you were painting a picture. And he wanted sounds everywhere. One time I asked him, 'Don't you think we're getting too cartoony?' Because I felt it should be a little more dignified, but he wanted sound for everything."
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 Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Acclaimed science fiction writer Harlan Ellison also spent time as a TV critic
Source: The A.V. Club
Ellison, who died last week at age 84, did some small screen work that included writing the beloved "The City on the Edge of Forever" episode of Star Trek. But as shown by his IMDB writing credits, he had a fractious relationship with writing for the small screen and the big screen -- a relationship that he got to delve into during a three-year stint in the 1970s as TV columnist for the Los Angeles Free Press. The essays, in which he'd critique everything from the host of teen music shows to newsmagazines, were compiled in the books The Glass Teat (1973) and The Other Glass Teat (1975). As William Hughes explains, Ellison was "an insider with an outsider’s soul, Ellison looked at the mass media and saw the most powerful informational weapon in the world being used primarily for the dissemination of mediocrity and meanness, and he pushed back against it with all his considerable talent, wit, and ire. He was pretty on-point about the Smothers Brothers, too."
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 Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Cristin Milioti had never seen Star Trek before starring on Black Mirror's "USS Callister" episode
The actress says after landing her role, she intentionally stayed away from Star Trek. “I wanted to use whatever confusion I might have, because that’s what she might be experiencing as well," she says. "So I watched about two minutes of one episode and was like, ‘I don’t want to watch any more of this.'”
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Leonard Nimoy's son marries Star Trek actress Terry Farrell
Adam Nimoy tied the knot with the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alum on what would have been his dad's 87th birthday.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
William Shatner narrated Chicago's Star Trek-themed pitch to Amazon
Source: Curbed Chicago
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a "super Trekkie," so the city made a video to appeal to his fandom in selecting a new headquarters. ALSO: Ranking every Star Trek main TV character.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
Apple is making a space drama with Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore
Apple has given a straight-to-series order on an untitled series that “explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.” Moore, who successfully created the Battlestar Galactica reboot of the 2000s, will go back to his space roots after working on Starz’s Outlander. Moore’s space drama experience also includes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. This is the third scripted series Apple has ordered, following the Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show series and the Amazing Stories reboot.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery miss something essential about Star Trek by focusing on the furniture
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“The uniforms, the aliens, the stuff you can make GIFs out of,” says Darren Franich. Some of the finest hours of Trek, from Kirk through Janeway, are stage-y talk operas about smart people on a bridge set. Discovery and The Orville both set up deflector shields to avoid this basic reality: The former with a lot of glimmering special effects and self-important this is serious! action, the latter with a forced casualness and not-unoccasional d*ck jokes to satisfy (Seth) MacFarlane’s base.”
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
Black Mirror previews its Star Trek-themed episode
Jesse Plemons is Captain Daly on the “USS Callister” episode.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
William Shatner unblocks Star Trek: Discovery’s Jason Isaacs on Twitter
“He who must not be named’s bff is now unblocked,” Shatner tweeted in an apparent reference to Isaac's Harry Potter past. In response, Isaacs jokingly tweeted back “To be unblocked by @WilliamShatner I had to marry off a ginger royal, fire an intercontinental missile at Japan and get Trump not to insult heroic Native American code-talkers in front of an offensive painting of their worst enemy (that he put there). #TwoOutOfThreesNotBad.”
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:12PM EST
Original Star Trek captain William Shatner blocks Star Trek: Discovery captain Jason Isaacs on Twitter
Source: The Independent
“I’ve been blocked by @WilliamShatner,” Isaacs tweeted. “The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive Captain? Was it the end of sentence minor-key uptick? The quizzical eyebrow (and blue eyeliner)? The just too-tight uniform? Forgive me my sins - it's an homage, I swear.” Although Shatner hasn’t publicly addressed the blocking, some point to an interview that Isaac did in which he hoped that Shatner would not guest-star on Discovery, though he added: “I’m happy to meet Will Shatner in real life in a restaurant.”
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 2:00PM EST
Angry Trump supporters keep mistaking LeVar Burton for LeVar Ball
Source: New York Daily News
The president is not feuding with the Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star.