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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

Trek Bastard #2: Great Minds Think About Kirk

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It was sad news for Trekkies last week as is was announced that Star Trek: Discovery, the new series from Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and Star Trek 2009 co-writer Alex Kurtzman, would be delayed five months. January was looking a little soon for a series that hasn’t even announced a cast yet. In fact, all we know about Discovery so far is that it features a female lead who isn’t the captain, and that it takes place a decade before the voyages of the original starship Enterprise. If setting a new series in the Kirk era seems bold, it’s actually not. As Trek’s waited quietly in hyper-sleep for its TV return, two of the biggest ideas offered has involved a Kirk some capacity. (more…)

Trek Bastard #1: Why ‘Star Trek’ Matters

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This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series as “The Man Trap”, the first Star Trek episode to make it to air, bowed on NBC at 8:30 pm on September 8, 1966. It was a Thursday night, and the new sci-fi premiered against My Three Sons on CBS and Bewitched on ABC. Now both of those shows are popular and still well-known series in their own right, but only one of the three went on to spin-off 13 movies, six series, hundreds of novels, comics, and video games, not to mention create an entire industry of fan obsession with its own brand name: Trekkies.

Despite that success though, Star Trek sometimes feels like an after thought at 50. The most recent movie, Star Trek Beyond, enjoyed some positive, but not overwhelming success this past summer, its been 12 years without a TV series on the air, and the output of newer, shinier franchises like Marvel and Star Wars seems to have eclipsed the comparatively simple ambitions of Star Trek: to boldly go where no one has gone before. Here’s the thing though, we need Star Trek. Now more than ever.  (more…)

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Last year, a legend among the acting world and nerd community, Leonard Nimoy, passed on. He was known to most as the actor of near-mythic Star Trek character, Spock. It was a shock to many of his fans, even though he had lived to be a ripe age of 83, and had been quietly suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). As the world grieved, tributes were made, virtual memorials were erected, and many spoke out about what Nimoy, and his most favorite character, meant to them. Most touchingly, his son Adam Nimoy, began work on a film (or rather, shifted the focus of his film a bit, as production had begun before the tragic loss). Now, at SDCC 2016,we get our first real trailer of For The Love Of Spock(more…)