02-17-16 • Featured, TVPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Star Trek is making a long awaited return to TV in 2017. In an announcement late last year, CBS, who owns the TV rights to Trek, revealed that Star Trek reboot co-writer and Sleepy Hollow co-creator Alex Kutzman would be developing the new show for CBS’ streaming service All Access, and last week it was revealed that Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller would be the showrunner. Almost immediately, Trekkies everywhere began to speculate what the new show might look like, what it will be about, and maybe which of our favorite aliens will pop up along the way.
The bigger question, though – and the preoccupation of the following piece – is how Fuller and his team might improve or change Star Trek for the year 2017 and beyond. TV has changed a lot since Enterprise signed off for the final time in 2005, ending 18 years of ongoing voyages, and in order to stand out in a world with over 400 ongoing series airing annually, Star Trek will be waging a very tough fight for the attention of the general audience. So what can the new Trek do to get that attention?
Below are eight humble suggestions on how the new Star Trek can separate itself from what’s been done before Trek-wise, and how it can stake its claim as the first great Trek of the 21st century. (more…)
After tossing the idea around “behind the scenes” for several months, the powers-that-be at Netflix have officially signed on to produce an updated version of Lost in Space, the science-fiction saga first created for TV by Irwin Allen back in the 1960s. The streaming service reportedly won a bidding war in order to be the new home for the show.
Many of us that are finely attuned to the pop culture world have already heard the story floating around the internet, but in case it hasn’t crossed your path yet, let me overview it for you: Private Eye, a British satire magazine with a penchant for being spot-on with its BBC-related insider info, is reporting that Doctor Who won’t have a full season produced in 2016, a rumor that surely makes Whovians across the globe grip their sonic screwdrivers tight in angsty anticipation. While we can’t confirm whether the rumor is true, the news may not actually be as bad as you think.
NOT actual artwork from the upcoming comic series (image via Pinterest)
Call me biased, but THIS is news about an ’80s property that isn’t out to bastardize or rebootmakeimagine the original, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Comic company IDW has announced that, later this year, they will be releasing a Back to the Future comic book series that will focus on the “origin story” of the meeting of the series’ two most major characters, teen-everyman Marty McFly and eccentric inventor Emmett “Doc” Brown.
You might have to excuse some excessive fangirling here because the little middle schooler within me is freakin’ the fuck out right now. Next summer there will be a new, official – like straight outta creator Naoko Takeushi‘s mouth – Sailor Moon anime series.
AHHH!! BEST. NEWS. EVER!!!
…oh god…gotta breath…gotta breath…
Anyway, this stellar news was announced at a recent event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the manga where Takeushi and the original voice actors for Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino and Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba, Kotono Mitsuishi and Tohru Furuya were present. Some are reporting Mitsuishi and Furuya will be reprising their roles, but I’m unable to confirm this since I can’t read Japanese. We can confirm the idol group, Momoiro Clover Z, who sang the show’s original theme song “Moonlight Densetsu,” will be recording the new series’ theme song.
This new series releasing in 2013 will be a retelling of the original manga so consider this a Sailor Moon reboot. The series is also getting a worldwide release and I’m hoping this means us here in the States will be able to see it just as quickly. Though, it would be kind of fun relying on bootleg fan subs, just like the good ‘ole days.
Let’s all be thankful this reboot is coming from Japan and is not a craptacular, American, re-imagining. In fact, they already tried and it was so awful it never saw the light of day.
Honestly, it’s so terrible I wouldn’t mind seeing them produce at least one episode. Just so we can laugh at it.
Am I the only losing their mind over the news or are any of you bastards out there closet Sailor Moon fans? There are a milliong questions zooming through my brain right now. What will the designs look like? How updated will it appear? When released in U.S. will it be dubbed by the same people? What channel will air it? Will she be called Usagi or Serena? AHH! How can I wait a whole year!?!?!?
What’s even better than Scott Pilgim? More Scott Pilgrim, right? You’ve had to wonder if after the hugely successful film adaption we’d see more comics follow? Oh wait – the film was a flop because today’s audiences are stupid and couldn’t recognize something epic and awesome if it bit them on the ass. But Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was the critic’s and nerd’s darling, we just gobbled it up and wanted more! After the comic books you might have been left with a craving for more, but there wasn’t any more to be had.
Could we eventually see more Scott Pilgrim from creator Bryan Lee O’Malley?
I have to be honest, if I was doing a new scott pilgrim book in 2012 I could make a LOT of money and get a LOT of tumblr notes (lol). But listen, I’m really married to the idea that stories have beginnings, middles and ends. I set out to make a story that had an ending. I’m always bummed out by manga that goes on for 30+ volumes and just seems to be going nowhere. I set out to tell the story of Scott and Ramona in this limited scope. I think I was only like partially successful all-around, but I at least accomplished my goal.
If I do more Scott Pilgrim stories in the future, it would have to be a ‘new saga’ that had a different focus. I’ve had a few ideas for that, but I don’t have any specific plans to return to SP anytime soon, because I want to start a whole new unrelated series. That’s my plan for immediately after “Seconds” (which is a stand-alone book).
Well, that sounds like a big no, but I wouldn’t completely rule out the chance he might revisit that world. He just needs a good reason to.
In the meantime, “a whole new unrelated series”? I’m down! I’ve learned my lesson after coming to Scott Pilgrim only after the film. Now I’ll never miss a new Bryan Lee O’Malley book again, and neither should you!
Basically, ever since J.J. Abrams Star Trek flick reinvigorated the franchise the question of when Star Trek would return to the small screen has been hovering around like so many sentient, energy mist aliens. No incarnation of Star Trek has been on television since Enterprise was cancelled in 2005, but now word is David Foster is getting ready to pitch a new Trek series.
At this years Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, Foster spoke of his ideas for a Star Trek series with What Culture,
The series concept is fully developed, subject to change of course, with a solid 5-7 year series plan, pilot script and a conceptualized finale that intends to define Star Trek for generations, extensive character bios, costume and ship/set designs, and more. This is a drastic departure from the typical 8-10 page treatment of the previously pitched Star Trek series ideas that have not included even a pilot script.
While wanting his series to get back to the roots of Gene Roddenberry‘s original intentions for Star Trek, Foster also lists Joss Whedon, Ron Moore, Manny Coto, and J. Michael Straczynski as influences. This series will also, surprisingly, not take place in Abrams’ alternate Trek ‘verse, but rather follow the events post-Voyager, back in Universe A.
The series is highly energized with a much younger cast, and uses cutting-edge future technologies with newly envisioned special effects and designs. It includes Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, Vulcans, Trill, and many more. The Klingons are getting very restless since the Praxis incident forced them to come to the peace tables, and are tired of having to rely on the Federation for support. The Ferengi have discovered a vast new resource that has propelled them towards instant riches and power beyond anything they have previously experienced.
Who else would be totally stoked for Star Trek to return to television? A show of hands. Oh, right, well, how about sounding off in the comments below. Me? I’ve been craving new Star Trek ever since the credits began rolling after the 2009 movie. It’s impossible to wait years between films, I need my Star Trek on a weekly basis!