As its air date creeps ever closer at 1/50000th impulse speed, trickles of information have been released about the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. Details have been released today about three new cast members who are going to be putting on a Starfleet uniform and getting onboard the USS Discovery. Added to the cast are Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Weeds, and Phineas and Ferb), Terry Serpico (Army Wives, The Inspectors, and Sneaky Pete), and Sam Vartholomeos (Debuting on Star Trek: Discovery). Unlike other casting announcements from major productions, CBS has provided details as to who each new member of Starfleet will play. Details after the bump.
Twitter has taken center stage as President Donald J. Trump started his first 100 days in office in ways Twitter has in no other presidency before. Besides Trump’s own tweets as POTUS, the Twitter backlash from the silencing of the National Parks Twitter accounts, which quickly spawned Alt-accounts that continued to tweet about Climate Change. Now we’ve stumbled onto another Twitter Alt account: Dukat, the newly elected President of the Federation of Planets. It seems that Dukat, much like Trump, can’t stop tweeting. (more…)
Usually, when a fan-film is made, it’s no big deal. You can scroll through YouTube on any given day and see a quick fan-film for some of your favorite movies uploaded without any major studio grievances aired. However, the Star Trek fan film Axanar has been met with many legal issues from Star Trek’s parent company Paramount Pictures. After raising more than $1 million through crowdfunding to produce a feature-length fan film within the Star Trek universe with high production values, Paramount filed a lawsuit against the production company. Star Trek directors JJ Abrams and Justin Lin both did not see an issue with the fan film and urged Paramount to drop the lawsuit and let the film be made, but Paramount continued to move forward with it, until now.
Fans will have to wait longer for CBS‘s return to Star Trek on the small screen. Star Trek: Discovery won’t make the scheduled May premiere date. Reasons for the delay are not detailed, just the usual “What’s best for the series” vagueness. Star Trek: Discovery did cast an interesting and long time Star Trek character, Spock’s father Sarek. (more…)
The saga of Pararmount Pictures Vs the Makers of the fan film Axanar continues as a legal decision yesterday allowed the lawsuit, which is now been before the courts for a year, to proceed to a jury trial. In a legal good news/bad news situation, the first, best defense of the Axanar producers to get the lawsuit thrown out of court was itself thrown out by the judge, but U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner decided to not go so far as to end the case himself, and will let the question that the case hinges on answering be decided by a jury later this year. (more…)
CBS All Access‘ Star Trek: Discovery continues casting with the addition of Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Anthony Rapp (The Knick). The pair joins Michelle Yeoh as bridge members on the new Star Trek series that will air a pilot and then become exclusive on CBS All Access. What roles will the two be filling? (more…)
Whether you love or hate Star Trek: First Contact, there’s no denying that it came out at a time where Star Trek, as a franchise, was still at its zenith. It was Star Trek’s 30th anniversary, there were two successful series on the air, and along came First Contact to become, at the time, the second most successful Trek movie in the history of the box office. Nearly 10 years after the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it seemed like this was a ride that was never going to end, but in re-watching First Contact now I couldn’t help but hear a double meaning in the Borg Queen’s words. “Watch your future’s end.” (more…)
Sorry Star Trek fans. It appears that your next trip to boldly go where no man has gone before will be delayed. Star Trek: Discovery the new show in the fan-beloved series set to debut on CBS All Access in May 2017, pushed back from its original January 2017 scheduled debut has now hit another asteroid road block, and this one’s big; Series co-creater and Showrunner Bryan Fuller is stepping down from his duties. (more…)
The week of November 4 will be the 25th anniversary of the first airing of “Unification Part I”, the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that finally brought together the two generations of Trek in a meaningful and substantive way. Given how easily universe-building seems to come for producers in the year 2016, one can perhaps not appreciate the logistical challenges in getting one part of the franchise to crossover with another, even if it’s just one-time only, but maybe that’s what made it so special. Aside from Spock and Picard finally appearing side-by-side, “Unification” marked an important turning point in Star Trek at one of its most difficult times. (more…)
Peace in our time. Earlier this summer, J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin told a group of Trekkies that war was over, and that war was the one between the corporate lawyers of Paramount/CBS and the makers of the Star Trek fan film Axanar. The lawsuit attempting to bar the filmmakers behind Axanar from completing their film has been a sticking point for fans, many of whom – including this one – have spent long hours in yellow and blue sweaters and exploring the backyard as if it were a strange new world, all while capturing the whole thing with a camcorder. So while CBS thinks they have their eye on the big picture, they’re actually losing all the little people that make a fanbase. (more…)