Star Trek Reboot

Three years ago brought us the new J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek universe.  This reimagining was met with mixed reactions from fans but the popularity of it was unquestionable, as evidenced by the release of the second installment in the new franchise coming to the screen next year.  Since then, the desire to add to the Star Trek mythos has grown, attracting some big names that also happen to be big fans.

The Bryan Fuller/Bryan singer super-combo have expressed interest in making new Star Trek episodes for television, though not much has been heard on that front.  Some months ago, everyone’s favorite Klingon, Michael Dorn, proposed a tentatively titled project by the name of Star Trek: Captain Worf.  Though this seemed at first like a pipe-dream, it looks like Dorn might be making serious headway on his brain-child.

When talking about the project with Trek News, Dorn had this to say about its conception and his motivation:

I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this.

And these comments on the likelihood of the project coming to fruition:

Interestingly enough it has gotten traction. I was very surprised, I was on a movie not too long ago, where one of the producers was basically lobbying to be part of it. He was like “Michael, I’d love to write it, if you haven’t.” So at this point, my agents and my manager are looking at all the avenues and trying to figure out which is the best one. My agent and manager have been in the business for awhile, so they’re very savvy about where to start and how to get it going. Like I said, in this business you never know and I’ve been through pitching things and I never want to do that again [laughs]. It’s pretty brutal, but definitely I think once again, if Paramount or CBS or anybody thinks this is a viable thing, they’ll jump on it.

Well, sounds good so far, right?  Like maybe it has a chance somewhere down the road?  The main problems is, with the reboot changing the face of the Star Trek universe and a second movie coming up that will establish the new world’s boundaries even further, everything is in a state of flux.

Only time will tell if Dorn’s dream (and the dream of countless fanboys/girls) comes true.  If he does get a shot, it’s highly probable that he’ll have to unlearn all the back-story from his decades of Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and various movies.  Abrams’s vision is almost certain to lead all future Star Trek productions, which means Dorn will be following his lead.

So what do you folks think?  Good idea/bad idea?  Reboot world or original recipe?  Speak your mind, for we hath commanded you!

 

Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up on this one.

George Takei Talks Cameos

J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot storyline pretty much put the kibosh on any further cameos from the original cast besides Leonard Nimoy’s “Old Spock” by simply changing the timeline and replacing with a younger cast. 

Now even though most of us came to understand that simple fact, there was always the hope that one of the original cast could play another part, maybe an older relative of their original character or a new character altogether.

We all kinda liked the thought of seeing those beloved original Trek actors make some kind of appearance in the next Trek movie and/or the next one after that.

That’s not gonna happen.

George Takei, the origianl Hikaru Sulu on TOS and in six feature films, has always been vocal about Star Trek and it’s various incarnations is letting everyone know what he thinks about J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and the possibility of any future cameos:

“I thought it was a terrific movie. It really had pace, and rhythm and action, and it had to be done with a younger cast. All of that running in the corridor, I can’t imagine Bill Shatner running.
Leonard (Nimoy) made a cameo in the first one, and I thought they would include the still-living one of us in the subsequent ones, but I think they made a policy decision they’re going to try to get away from that confusion, and the story track of bringing an old ancient Spock back.”

“So they don’t have any cameos for any of us in the next one, and from what I understand, should there be another J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie (beyond the one currently being filmed), it will be without any of us.”

Now this doesn’t mean that there might not be cameos from some of the other actors involved in the Star Trek Universe. Don’t forget that Scott Bakula of Star Trek: Enterprise was directly referenced in the 2009 reboot. A cameo from Admiral Archer would make good sense. Another might be Star Trek: Next Generation’s Brent Spiner as Arik Soong (Data’s creator), That would be a nice nod to the fans of Next Gen.

What cameos would you like to see? This NerdBastard is hoping for a visit from none other than Sparks McGee . . . 

Daily Dragon , the daily Dragon Con news and update site recently asked Kate the following:

DD: When you did your Captains interview with William Shatner, what did you take away from that experience? Any new thoughts on Star Trek or your performance as Captain Janeway?

KM: My greatest thought was that we really must break the glass ceiling here in Star Trek. It’s not enough that I was the first female captain. There needs to be a continual push to open the door for women in positions of authority. In an absolutely equal way, of course. In talking to Bill I thought: This has been very much a boy’s club for a long, long time. I had the privilege and honor to be the first female, but that’s an establishment that needs now to be developed.

DD: With the reboot happening in movies, do you have any insights on what’s down the line with Star Trek? Do you think we’ll see characters from Voyager and the other next gen shows but with different backgrounds?

KM: They’ve worked long and hard for the past few years on the prequel notion. But I think they should go on and develop what happens to the characters after Voyager landed. In a movie.

Kate Mulgrew has been struck with the latest case of space dementia and has “Let’s make a Voyager Movie” fever. There’s no cure for this career debilitating virus, only isolation and a permanent seat on the convention circuit between Lou Ferrigno and that guy from Ghostbusters.

Wow, that came off pretty harsh didn’t it?

This NerdBastard liked Voyager, (Hey that rock hurt!) so it surprised me when the above statements poured out when starting this article. Really though, what was not answered in the Voyager series that was not answered by the series itself and the following books in the series?

Voyager got home, story over, commence happy ending.

There have been some other harsh comments left on *Cough-Cough* Internet sites about her weight and acting skills. I always thought she did a great job as the first Female Captain of a Star Trek series. That was an important milestone. If she came off as wooden in the first couple of seasons I saw that as her character slowly adapting to her new role as Captain, but a Voyager movie?

Don’t think so.

After the successful Abrams Star Trek Reboot why go backwards? Is there any reason Kate couldn’t play an ancestor in the Janeway family tree. Captain Janeway came from a long line of Star Fleet officers if this NerdBastards memory is not turning to jello with age. Kirk trying to use his sexy gaze while butting heads with an Great-Great-Grandmother Admiral Janeway would be fun.

What this NerdBastard would really like to see in the next movie is another female starship captain. There were twelve of those beautiful Constellation Class ships in the fleet. Have Kirk and the new female captain knock heads during a mission. Lots of sexual tension, posturing, maybe even some past one night stand romance between the two, cadet and captain? Oh the Fan fiction is starting brew.