For those of you younger readers this might not seem like much of a big deal. It’s just another blooper reel, there are hundreds on the Internet at a click of a mouse button. For those of us old enough to remember the Before Times of the Internet, we remember seeing the mythical original series Star Trek Blooper Reel once or perhaps twice a year in a crowded, unusually hot hotel conference room at the annual local Sci-Fi convention. No one even had it on VHS back then unless you bought it off the bootleg video table. You could always find it in a darkened corner of your local comic book convention. You knew the table because every VHS tape had a photocopied cover. Now you just click and enjoy.
These days you just wait for Paramount Home Video to release a huge DVD/Bluray like the recently released Star Trek: The Compendium, then either buy it, or just wait for someone to post all of it a bit at a time to Youtube.
Let’s get to the blooper reel, it’s what you clicked through for anyways. I must say that it is very well done. Almost too well done, it’s almost as if those involved expected a blooper reel and wanted to make sure they were in it.
You must have smiled or chuckled a bit at that. Simon Pegg is hysterical and while most of you probably got Karl Urban‘s little gold shirt joke, if you didn’t, just ask your families Star Trek Nerd to explain it to you. Every family has one. I gotta warn you though, if their anything like me you’re going to get more than a quick explanation, buy yourself a large coffee and find a comfortable seat before you ask.
Star Trek: The Compendium gives you both of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness along with a ton of bonus features like the blooper reel. What else comes with it? I’m glad you asked and have included this handy list of wonders found only on Star Trek: The Compendium:
• Star Trek in high definition
• Commentary by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci
• To Boldly Go— Taking on the world’s most beloved science fiction franchise was no small mission. Director J.J. Abrams, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof, and executive producer Bryan Burk talk about the many challenges they faced and their strategy for success.
o Branching Pods:
? The Shatner Conundrum
? Red Shirt Guy
? The Green Girl
? Trekker Alert!
• Casting— The producers knew their greatest task was finding the right cast to reprise these epic roles. The cast, for their part, talk about the experience of trying to capture the essence of these mythic characters. The piece concludes with a moving tribute to Leonard Nimoy.
• A New Vision— J.J. Abrams’ vision was not only to create a Star Trek that was a bigger, more action-packed spectacle, but also to make the spectacle feel real. Every aspect of production—from unique locations to the use of classic Hollywood camera tricks—was guided by this overall objective.
o Branching Pods:
? Savage Pressure
• Starships—Abrams and production designer Scott Chambliss were careful to pay tribute to the design of the original Enterprise, but they also wanted to make it futuristic and cool for a modern audience. This chapter focuses on the unique stories behind the creation of the film’s starships.
o Branching Pods:
? Warp Explained
? Paint Job
? Bridge Construction Accelerated
? The Captain’s Chair
? Button Acting 101
? Narada Construction Accelerated
? Shuttle Shuffle
• Aliens— Designers Neville Page and Joel Harlow talk about the hurdles they faced creating new alien species, recreating the Romulans and Vulcans, and designing the terrifying creatures on Delta Vega for the new Star Trek.
o Branching Pods:
? The Alien Paradox
? Big-Eyed Girl
? Big Bro Quinto
? Drakoulias Anatomy 101
• Planets— From the frozen landscape of Delta Vega to the desert plains of Vulcan, Scott Chambliss and the art department had a number of radically different planets to create. Abrams’ desire to shoot on real locations whenever possible led the production team to a number of strange and surprising locations.
o Branching Pods:
? Extra Business
• Props and Costumes— Property master Russell Bobbitt had the unique challenge of designing props that were both true to the original series and pertinent to today’s technology. Likewise, costume designer Michael Kaplan talks about how he designed costumes that paid homage to what came before yet were relevant and timeless.
o Branching Pods:
? Klingon Wardrobe
• Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek— When famed sound designer Ben Burtt was hired to create sounds for the first Star Wars film, he took his inspiration from the original “Star Trek” series. Burtt jumped at the opportunity to pay tribute to the sounds that sparked his career with the sounds he created for the new Star Trek.
• Score— As a fan of the original series, composer Michael Giacchino embraced the challenge of creating new music for Star Trek while preserving the spirit of Alexander Courage’s celebrated theme.
• Gene Roddenberry’s Vision— J.J. Abrams, Leonard Nimoy, previous Star Trek writers and producers, and scientific consultant Carolyn Porco describe and commend the optimistic and enduring vision of Gene Roddenberry.
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
• Starfleet Vessel Simulator—Explore extensive data on the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan ship, the Narada. Submerse yourself in breathtaking 360° views and close-ups and review detailed tech information.
• Gag Reel
• Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX Version in high definition
• Enhanced Commentary
• The Voyage Begins…Again – Go behind-the-scenes as filming begins on the next Star Trek adventure.
• Creating the Red Planet – Experience the creation of a never-before-seen alien world, as featured in the action-packed opening sequence of the film.
• Introducing the Villain
• Rebuilding the Enterprise – See the design and construction of a bigger, interconnected Enterprise set.
• National Ignition Facility: Home of the Core – Location shooting at the National Ignition Facility.
• Attack on Starfleet – Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and witness the creation of the shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters.
• Aliens Encountered – The design and application of alien makeup.
• The Klingon Home World – Discover the stunning world of Kronos, and see how the filmmakers reinvented the Klingons for a new generation.
• The Enemy of My Enemy – Find out how, and why, the identity of the film’s true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.
• Vengeance is Coming – A comprehensive look at the design and production surrounding the black ship.
• Ship to Ship – An in-depth and thrilling look at the filming of the iconic space jump sequence, which both defied the laws of physics and pushed the limits of visual effects.
• Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock – Leonard Nimoy makes a cameo appearance and reflects on his history with Trek.
• Down with the Ship – Discover the stunt & VFX work involved to make the Enterprise roll over.
• Kirk and Spock – Explore the dynamic relationship between the film’s heroes.
• Brawl by the Bay – Sit in with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch as they revisit their intense preparation for the film’s breathtaking climax.
• Continuing the Mission – An inspiring look at the partnership between the film’s crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front.
• Unlocking the Cut – A discussion with the film editors about their monumental task.
• The Sounds of Music (and FX) – A discussion with film composer Michael Giacchino and sound designer Ben Burtt.
• Visual Affection – A comprehensive look at the creation and implementation of visual effects.
• Safety First – A prank pulled on the cast.
• Theatrical Trailers
• Deleted Scenes
• NEW! Gag Reel
• NEW! Fitting the Future—A look at the film’s out-of-this-world costumes.
• NEW! Property of Starfleet—Sourcing and tracking the film’s myriad props.
The STAR TREK: THE COMPENDIUM Blu-ray set available for purchase includes Digital Versions of both films that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.
Now that is a lot of Star Trek to wade through. Looking at that list made me wonder how long it would take to watch every Star Trek television episode and movie. The episodes alone would take about 22 days if you watched them back to back without sleep. Then the twelve movies would take another full day of binge watching without interruption. Add another day’s worth of DVD extras and that’s about 24 days of continuous Star Trek binge watching.
In other words, watching all the Star Trek that’s ever been made without a break would kill you. Kill you deader than any first time Away Mission Redshirt Crew Member that wants to touch that pretty flower!
So, please, for the love of Kahless, watch responsibly taking many breaks to sleep, eat, go to the bathroom, maybe take a shower, talk to another living person, and don’t forget to pay your monthly bills so the utilities stay connected. Get to it and get your Trek on!