Science Fiction has seen an epic resurge in pop culture popularity in recent years. From the expansion of gaming culture, to new Star Wars films, and to the trendiness of nerdy conventions, it’s truly a golden age for stories dreaming of scientific possibilities.
One of the most classic outlets of this futuristic, scientific, space wanderlust has always been Star Trek. The franchise has been a vital part of the science fiction consciousness since Captain Kirk took helm of the USS Enterprise in 1966. Like many sci-fi classics, it’s been a strong component of this resurge and its return has spawned a new slew of films and series.
Eaglemoss Hero Collector made a great showing at San Diego Comic Con International 2017, this year looks to improve upon last year’s success. This year they will be showcasing the next entries of their Discovery model collection, their XL Starships line, the Special Issue vessels, and their upcoming Star Trek character bust collection.
All these can be found at booth #3249. Here is a quick preview of the items expected to be on display.
There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:
The leading actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.
There were the weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars. These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.
But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast. Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do. But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.
Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:
Star Trek: Discovery‘s Sonequa Martin-Green tweeted out a surprise family connection with the original Star Trek‘s Spock today that certainly seems to come out of left field. It turns out that Commander Michael Burnham played by Martin-Green is the half-sister of our favorite Vulcan science officer. Go ahead and scratch your head, we’re doing the same, and then click-through for more details. (more…)
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…)
In late 2014, Adam Nimoy and his father made the first plans to create a documentary about Spock, exploring behind-the-scenes Star Trek footage in more detail than any book or film had done before. When Leonard Nimoy tragically passed away following complications with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in February of 2015, the project quite aptly became both a celebration of and a tribute to the man who portrayed him for so long. (more…)
Unless you’ve got access to Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine, it’s only videos like this one from 1976 that can shed light on the early days of Star Trek fandom. You’d expect that there would be a lot of changes since then and you’d be right, conventions have gotten much bigger, there are a lot more fans, a lot more merchandise, and Cosplayers continue to roam the convention halls, but some things never change, including those awkward convention interviewers. (more…)
After a slew of production delays, Star Trek 3 (tentatively titled Star Trek Beyond) has officially started filming, but Paramount Pictures is looking even farther ahead than that. They’ve reportedly signed Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto to reprise their leading roles as Kirk and Spock, respectively, for the 4th installment of the sci-fi franchise. These deals aren’t a guarantee for a fourth movie, though; Paramount will see how Star Trek 3 fares in theaters first before any concrete plans come into play. (more…)
We’re all still coming to grips with the loss of Leonard Nimoy and people are celebrating his life and contributions in a number of ways. The day he passed away a number of fans and Star Trek Online players gathered on Vulcan to pay their respects. Cryptic Studios, the creative group behind Star Trek Online announced an in-game memorial and it went live today. (more…)
Cryptic Studios, the creative group that runs Star Trek Online has announced the addition of an in-game memorial to both Spock and Leonard Nimoy. It’s being reported that throughout yesterday, about 1000 players traveled to the planet Vulcan in-game to pay their respects in an impromptu memorial service around the Fountain on Vulcan. (more…)