Discovery… When Will More News Drop?

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A handful of weeks ago we were promised some news regarding the new Star Trek TV series in October… and we’re now more than half way through that month, with no new information appearing anywhere yet.

In fact, things have been pretty quiet on the Star Trek front in general, with the only real information coming out being reviews of the new Encyclopedia (which looks incredible), some news on the BluRay release of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and some other bits and pieces including information on the release of Star Trek Beyond on BluRay, DVD and Digital Download.

So what’s going on with Discovery?

We don’t know.

I have a sneaking suspicion that if any new information is coming this month, it will fall on October 31.

What makes me say that?

Three things.

  1. Bryan Fuller has made it well know that the 31st of October is his favourite day of the year.  Halloween is one day he looks forward to more than any other.
  2. The Discovery is NX-1031 which we could choose to read as October (the 10th month) 31st.
  3. On Twitter, for a couple of days now, Bryan has been excitedly tweeting a countdown to Halloween.

That countdown could just be him letting his inner kid out to play, or it might be a simple desire to share his glee at the prospect of All Hallows Eve coming closer, but it might also be a hint to those of us who love Star Trek.

This is all just conjecture.  I have no insider information and I don’t know if Bryan is planning anything Star Trek related for the 31st, but it’s something I can imagine he would do.

So, if I’m right, that means we have a little less than a fortnight to wait.  Just a reminder for my Aussie readers, we’re a day ahead of the US.  October 31 in the States is November 1 down under.

If you’re on Twitter, keep an eye out and maybe Tweet Bryan a time or two to let him know how anxious we all are for news on the sixth live action series.  To follow Bryan, simply download Twitter to your device and type in @BryanFuller.  He’ll pop up with a cute little blue tick next to his name letting you know it’s his verified account.

Another account to keep an eye on is @StarTrekRoom which is the verified account for the Star Trek: Discovery writers room.

What else is going on out there that’s Star Trek related?  Like I said, not much, but an interesting article appeared online recently, reminding us of US President Barack Obama‘s love of Star Trek.

Wired scored an interview with the outgoing President, who was their guest editor for their upcoming November issue.

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, and is in the last months of his final term in office (an American President can serve no more than two four year terms), which will end in January 2017.  President Obama will hand off to either former Secretary of State (and former US Senator and First Lady) Hillary Clinton, or American businessman Donald Trump, who are the Democrat and Republican nominees.

And the whole world is waiting on the outcome of that election!

Over the years, President Obama has made no secret of his love for Star Trek, having had his photo taken with Nichelle Nichols in the Oval Office, and recently eulogising Leonard Nimoy after that beloved actor passed away last year.

The US President spent his childhood watching and re-watching Star Trek, so no doubt, like many of us fans, it played a role in shaping his morals and his outlook on life.

The Obamas even had a special preview of Star Trek Beyond at the White House around the time it premiered in July of this year.

As a human being and a leader, Obama is aspirational – and inspirational.  Before assuming high office, he worked his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, and aimed for the stars.  50 of them on a blue background bordered with 13 red stripes.  Though he may not have achieved everything he’d hoped to achieve during his Presidency, he, like John F. Kennedy and other forward thinking leaders, tried to keep his eye on the future without sacrificing what has been hard won in the past.

The fact he’s a Star Trek fan is, you gotta admit, pretty cool.

The Wired interview with the President is brief, but worth a look.

A lot of time Star Trek fans are ridiculed.  I’ve felt it, I’m sure you’ve felt it, but as I often say on this blog, we’re a pretty amazing bunch when we’re on our game.

Many years ago there was a documentary done called Trekkies that starred Denise Crosby (Lieutenant Natasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation).

I haven’t seen it since it first came out, but one fan they interviewed and her segment has stuck with me these last 19 years.  It was a little uncomfortable, because this fan received a lot of ridicule and a lot of media attention, but some people came to her defence and said something that made a lot of sense.

All I can remember is that the fan was a woman who wore a Starfleet uniform to jury duty.  Some mocked her, but others said that (and I’m paraphrasing terribly here) “…if you were on trial wouldn’t you want someone who believed in the ideals of Star Trek on your jury?”

That’s how I feel about Barack Obama.  If you’re going to be the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in history, it’s not a bad thing to have been indoctrinated into the values of peace and diversity, collaboration and respect that are at the core of everything that is Star Trek.  I might not be an American, but Australia and the United States are close allies and everything that happens over there definitely impacts on us.

If you’d like to check out the Wired article on President Obama, it’s right here.

That’s it for now.  As soon as any news hits the net about series six, I’ll post it here.

To our American friends, good luck as your election day draws closer.  From over here, it’s looking tense and strange and a bit nasty.  Hopefully the person elected to lead your country will do so with grace and a strong understanding of both your own country’s needs and the needs of the wider global community.

Live long, and prosper.

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Discovery Shifts from Warp to Impulse

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CBS All Access have just announced a slight delay in the release of the sixth live action Star Trek TV Series.

The USS Discovery won’t launch in January of 2017 as originally promoted, and will instead warp across our screens in May of that year.

The decision was made to slow down production on the new series at the request of the production team, headed by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman.

In a release from the studio, Bryan and Alex shared the following:

“Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood.

“We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality.

Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”

Also chiming in on the delay, CBS Television Studios president David Stapf, added extra information that should excite most fans:

“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling,” David said. “They are building a new, very ambitious Star Trek world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.”

So… why the delay?

As everyone involved in the production is saying, it’s to make sure this new ‘build’ of the universe is done right and done well.

Let’s face it, there is no more complicated series on television other than maybe Doctor Who.  50 years of history means that no matter where in the timeframe a new series is set, there’s 50 years of tradition, story-telling, characters, events and technology to keep track of.  It’s a huge task and you can understand why they would want to take some time to make sure everything is perfect.

The other possibility is that they are at the casting point, and perhaps one or more of the actors they want are unavailable until later in the year.

We could speculate more, but it’s doubtful we’ll hear anything concrete until closer to the release of the first episode.

It’s a little frustrating that we have to wait a few more months, but I’d rather them get it right than produce something they’re not happy with – because chances are, considering the calibre of the creative staff, if they’re not happy with it we won’t be either.

Hopefully, to keep us all completely engaged and enthusiastic, Bryan and Alex will release more news over the intervening months than they might have originally been planning to.

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Star Trek Series VI Has a Name

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Fans were promised new information on the sixth live action television series at this year’s San Diego Comic Con… and CBS did not disappoint.

Executive Producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, with a little help from William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan and Scott Bakula gave attendees some much anticipated news – not as much as we could have hoped for, but some pretty amazing stuff, including the name of the starship the new crew will be boldly going in.  As you can probably tell from the above image, the new ship is the USS Discovery, and in fine Star Trek tradition the series has been named after the vessel.  The registration?  NCC-1031.

What else was revealed?  The series WILL take place in the prime timeline, alongside Star Trek: EnterpriseStar Trek: The Original SeriesStar Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.

While the sharing of information pretty much stopped there, Bryan and CBS had one more surprise – some test footage of the new ship launching from inside an asteroid base somewhere in the galaxy.

As mentioned above, the footage is a test reel, so the graphics aren’t final and are a little less ‘smooth’ than we would usually see on screen, but they are still, never the less, beautiful.  It’s also highly unlikely that the visuals shown come from the pilot episode.

The ship design is, in my opinion at least, amazing… and has some interesting differences to the ships we’ve seen onscreen before.

You’ll notice in the first five images above, that the front of the warp nacelle’s are unique, with three globes containing energy, instead of the usual one.

You’ll also note that the design of the impulse engines in the second set of five images are very similar in appearance to those seen on the reboot Enterprise.

When in the prime timeline will the show take place?  It’s hard to tell.  The only real points of reference we can draw from are the ship’s registration (NCC-1031) and the images on the video.

The registration seems to hint at the original series time period or maybe even a little before.  The ship also looks like it could come from the original series or the original series’ movie era, but Starfleet has shown us that it likes to ‘change up’ it’s ship designs, which means there is a possibility the show could come after Star Trek: Voyager.  I don’t get that feeling, though.  The new style nacelle design seems too retro and along with the original series (albeit the reboot original series) style impulse engines everything seems to indicate we’ve gone back to that period in Trek’s history to explore it via another crew’s perspective.  Another design choice that screams pre-TNG can be found in image 12 (the second image in the third set of five photos) where part of the saucer bears a very interesting likeness to the USS Franklin‘s saucer section as seen in Star Trek Beyond.  What also needs to be pointed out is the almost bronze colour of the Discovery.  I don’t remember seeing a Starfleet vessel that colour before.

If you’re thinking the ship looks particularly familiar, you’re not imagining it, the ship is actually based on the original designs done by famed artist Ralph McQuarrie for Star Trek: Planet of the Titans, a movie that was under consideration in the mid-70’s prior to the development of Star Trek: Phase II, the 1970’s television series that eventually became Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

You’ll note from these original concepts that Ralph created, that the Enterprise is exiting an asteroid and that the artists who created the film drew heavily from those paintings to show the first launch of the Discovery and our first look at it.  Being the 50th Anniversary year, I love that they did that.  It’s a beautiful homage.

Heather Kadin, another member of Star Trek: Discovery‘s creative team, has said that the design is not final, and Bryan has said they’re trying to work out how they can use them as they’re around 40 years old and the artist passed away in March of 2012.  It’s also possible the images are owned by Paramount.

I hope they find a way to use the designs, because I love them.  They’re still Star Trek but fantastically retro and unique when compared with all the other ships we’ve seen.  Plus, I miss the circular command module and was never the biggest fan of the spearhead shaped command modules of the Enterprise-E and the Voyager.

The very last piece of news we know right now is that the new series airs in January of next year and has a 13 episode order that will play out in an arc, rather than in the more episodic style of previous series’.

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Star Trek: Discovery is being produced by a stellar creative team, including Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Nicholas Meyer, Kirsten Beyer, Vincenzo Natali and, it seems, the late great Ralph McQuarrie.

If you’d like to watch the footage shown at the San Diego Comic Con visit the official Star Trek website here or the wonderful TrekNews here.  You can also find the video on most Star Trek news sites on the web.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of the most hopeful and inspiring series to ever hit television.

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Hopefully more news will come soon.  We’ll most likely start to get some information about the casting process in a month, maybe two at the outside – but I imagine that will come incrementally as a build up to the premiere.  I feel like the next bit of big news we’ll get will be a confirmation of when in the prime timeline the series will be set.

Honestly, whatever news they drop next is going to make me happy.  I don’t care how apparently inconsequential!  If they just release an image of the new insignia I’ll probably be grinning with excitement.

I’m READY for this series.

Happy 50th everyone!

Thank you, CBS and Bryan Fuller for whetting our appetites.

So excited for January!

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Star Trek Update – Series VI, Beyond & New STB Trailer

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A lot of news has popped up in recent days on both the new Star Trek television series and Star Trek Beyond, which is now less than a month away from its international release.

We’ve heard from Bryan Fuller, Justin Lin, Chris Pine, Idris Elba, the ‘Powers that Be’ at CBS, and… Rihanna!

But first, let’s dive into the new series – something most of us are chomping at the bit to hear more about.

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We still don’t know what the full name of the new series is, what timeline it happens in or the name of the starship (or starships) it takes place on.  We don’t know the name of any crew, and while meetings have happened with a handful of actors, to the best of our knowledge no one has been cast yet.

We do know, however, that what some of us (myself included) were theorising, is flat out wrong.

Namely, the new Trek being an anthology series.

I’m a little sad about that, and a little relieved… I had really warmed to the idea of seeing Star Trek episodes from all over the timeline, but I was also wondering if that would allow me to develop a relationship with the new crew(s?) – which is something that’s important to me.  I enjoy the special effects and challenging story lines, but the thing that keeps bringing me back to Trek are the characters I love.

So what does “new crews” mean if it doesn’t mean a peek into the lives of various officers across Starfleet’s rich history?  It could mean anything.  A starbase crew and a starship crew, working together to protect the final frontier (a bit DS9 but you never know)?  An exploratory fleet led by a commodore?  The possibilities aren’t endless, but there are quite a few.  All I can say is… “let the speculation begin… again!

We also learned that the first arc of the season has been plotted, and the first six episodes of what will be a 13 episode season have been broken.  That means the major beats have been decided upon and they’re being written into script form.  Just as exciting, Bryan has suggested other canon Trek characters will appear in the series, eventually!  Though probably not in the first season.  That last bit might be the biggest timeline related clue we’ve been given to date, because to me that screams PRIME TIMELINE!

Shooting on the new series will start in September and run through to March, which means you won’t be able to stream the whole series in one big binge, but will have to wait to download it weekly.

Bryan also reminded us that because the new Trek wasn’t on a network, it wouldn’t be subject to network broadcast standards, something that was the bane of Gene Roddenberry’s existence when he created the first series 50 years ago.

To read more revelations about the new series, and to watch a video of Bryan telling us what he can, visit TrekCore here and here.

In news that bridges both the Prime and Alternate Trek universes, CBS has finally given an official name to the timeline created in 2009’s blockbuster hit Star Trek.

That period of Trek history has been called many things, among them NuTrek, the J.J.Verse and the AbramsVerse.

Not anymore.  It’s now called the “Kelvin Timeline” after the starship caught in the middle of the Nero incident that brought about the new film universe.

To read more about that development, visit io9 here.

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In movie news, the beautiful Rihanna, the popular award-winning mega-star, has recorded a song for the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack!  It’s called “Sledgehammer.”

For those of you who didn’t know, Rihanna is a huge Trek fan.

She announced her contribution on Twitter.  To the best of my knowledge this has never happened in canon Trek before.  Popular (and not so popular) music has been featured in previous films and at least one series, but no artist has done a James Bond on us and recorded a brand new song for us to live long and prosper by.  The fanfilm Star Trek: Renegades starring Walter Koenig and Tim Russ went there with Automatik Eden, but that’s it.

To learn more, visit the wonderful TrekCore here.

Rihanna’s song features in the third and final Paramount promo for the film, which is a mix of previously seen footage and new footage.  Visit ScienceFiction.com here to see the new clip and hear a sample of Rhianna’s moody and atmospheric tune.

Justin Lin, Chris Pine, and Idris Elba have also shared some information on the new movie via SFX Magazine.

We’ve heard a lot of it before, but there are some new insights.

We’ve also heard from Michael Giacchino, who has released the set list for the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack.  In typical Michael fashion, almost every title has a humorous twist!  Some people might consider the below to be spoilers, so don’t read on!  Just scroll past the chunk of titles listed in italics below.

Logo And Prosper
Thank Your Lucky Star Date
Night On The Yorktown
The Dance Of The Nebula
A Swarm Reception
Hitting The Saucer A Little Hard
Jaylah Damage
In Artifacts As In Life
Frankin, My Dear
A Lesson In Vulcan Mineralogy
Motorcycles Of Relief
Mocking Jaylah
Crash Decisions
Krall-y Krall-y Oxen Free
Shutdown Happens
Cater-Krall In Zero G
Par-tay For The Course
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To read what Justin has to say about the film, visit TrekCore here.

To read what Chris and Idris have to say, once again, visit the amazing TrekCore here.

Lastly, to read about Michael and the soundtrack, go to TrekCore one more time here.

As more news on Star Trek Beyond and Star Trek Series VI is splashed over the internet, I’ll feature it here at Star Trek: Sentinel.

Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella and the late Anton Yelchin.

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Series VI Update

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The creative team behind the new Star Trek live action series is continuing to grow.

As we all wait anxiously for casting news, information on the time period the series will take place in, and some hint as to whether or not the show will be based on a starship, starbase, or somewhere entirely different, Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman have added another talented individual to their writing staff.

For me, this is pretty exciting, because I’ve been a fan of this person for a few years now, and have loved every one of her excellent Star Trek: Voyager relaunch novels.

Kirsten Beyer has a well deserved reputation for being one of the major driving forces behind the success of the Voyager relaunch series, along with Christie Golden who left the series 12 years ago.

Kirsten is known for her ability to seamlessly weave authentic character action and intention in with random bits of Voyager history, and brand new concepts to create a compelling and often challenging novel that is never less than entertaining.

Kirsten knows Voyager and it’s characters like, I would hazard to guess, no one else.  When you read her books, you hear the voices of Janeway and the series regulars as if you were listening to an actual episode, and she paints images with words worthy of any major motion picture’s visuals.

To read more about Kirsten’s appointment to the new series, click here to visit the TrekCore article.

We know that Kirsten will be writing episodes for the new series, but we still don’t know anything substantial about the show.

Kirsten’s inclusion could be seen to be an indication that the new series (or at least part of the new series) might take place after Star Trek: Voyager and in the prime timeline.  However, she could have been hired solely for her true to character dialogue, her world-building ability, and her overall knowledge of Star Trek.

While we all wait for more news on Series VI, consider picking up some of Kirsten’s works and giving them a read.  Hopefully you’ll agree with me and see she is an exceptional author who the Trek novel series is very lucky to have.

Bryan Fuller keeps impressing with the team he is collecting around him.

I can’t wait until January 2017.

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Star Trek Beyond and Series VI Trailers

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As anticipation builds for the release of Star Trek Beyond and the sixth live action Star Trek television series, two new trailers have dropped in the space of two days to remind us all that Star Trek is definitely alive and well in this, it’s 50th Anniversary year.

As well as two new trailers, there are two new movie posters, with one of them paying homage to the very first Star Trek movie poster ever, 1977’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

That poster was created by Bob Peak, a very famous Hollywood artist.  You can check out Bob’s work here.

The official Star Trek website has all the news on the two up and coming Trek productions, as well as a special focus on the recent major fan event that was held in Los Angeles on the 20th of May, featuring J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin and some of the stars of Star Trek Beyond.

You can go directly to the report on the special fan event by clicking here if you’re not in the mood to navigate through the site.

Now, let’s talk about the preview for the next film.

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The new trailer for Star Trek Beyond, and the second official trailer released by Paramount, is AMAZING.

I could break it all down for you, but that would be a waste of time because you really need to watch it.

As a long time fan, it feels like we might finally have a Star Trek feature film to rival the incredibly poignant and powerful Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Whereas the first trailer focused on action, action, action and more action, and had a slightly unexpected soundtrack blare out at us when we hit play, the second trailer takes us on a deeper journey, hinting at a movie that has just as much substance to it as it does noise and bluster.

The action is still there, but more importantly so too are the characters we’ve come to love, and for at least one of them, they’re at something of a crossroads in life that has the potential to add a whole other dimension to the film.

I know that Into Darkness was meant to be something of a homage to The Wrath of Khan, and one that fell short and was ultimately a little misguided, but this preview reminded me of the tone and feel of Wrath of Khan and what made that movie great, and it filled me with a new level of anticipation.

What makes Wrath of Khan so special for me and what makes it my gold standard for Star Trek films, is that the movie has grown with me.  When I first saw it, I wasn’t even a teenager.  At that impressionable age, what stood out was the epic space battle, the Ceti-Eels, Khan and how ruthless he was, and how much the crew of the Enterprise seemed like a family.

As the years have passed, I’ve come to appreciate just how multi-layered the movie is.  Kirk’s musings on life and his angst at being desk bound because he’s so experienced and others feel he should be guiding rather than doing, resonated with me when I found myself at a similar point in my career.  Uhura’s objection to Kirk’s comment that roaming the galaxy is a game for the young, speaks to me because I’m still bucking the fact that while I feel young, I’m actually cruising toward middle age.  These insights into something we all endure, the process of ageing and maturing, make me respond to the movie on a whole other level and look at life in a completely different way.  Kirk’s line, “I feel young”, still moves me to this day and reminds me that at every stage of life every single one of us has something invaluable and unique to offer.  Which, thanks to The Wrath of Khan, has become very much a big part of Star Trek‘s overall philosophy of inclusion.

Beyond appears to riff on similar universal experiences.  Kirk is trying to discover who he is, outside of the shadow of his father.  Spock cautions us on fear.  McCoy reminds us that it’s okay to fear death, so long as we remember to live.  The two plus minute trailer packs a whollop of emotion and action into it, from Uhura’s declaration her friend and Captain will come for her and the crew, to Shohreh Aghdashloo’s counsel on how easy it is to get lost, and her reminder that all we can really depend on in life are the people who undertake the journey with us.  Add to that a villain so steeped in hatred for the Federation and the very vision and ideals we as fans so admire, and the promise of an epic but intimately personal movie is made.

To watch the trailer, click here.

Below are a series of screencaps from the preview.  The first five photos show a pensive Kirk as he ponders what it means to ‘be’ Jim Kirk.  There’s also a unique shot of the Enterprise departing what might be the Yorktown, a starbase somewhere far from Earth.  We also see the first real new warp effect since the first movie in the reboot timeline – and it’s beautiful.  The screencap does not do it justice.  In any way.

The next five shots show the crew setting out, the attack by the swarm that cripples or destroys Enterprise, and a fantastic new shot of the deadly new enemy as they board the ship.

The following screencaps show what happens when you piss off a certain Communications Officer, McCoy following Jim’s order to abandon ship, and Kirk on the ground aiming a phaser at someone out of shot.

The next images show us that Uhura and Spock’s relationship is still going strong, that Spock and McCoy continue to rub each other the wrong way, and hints that Uhura and a great many of the Enterprise‘s crew fall into the hands of the film’s new villain, Krall.

The final screencaps show us an enemy learning all he can about James T. Kirk, Uhura warning that villain that their captain will come for them and he won’t be in a merciful mood, and two shots of the new heroine – Jaylah, played by Sofia Boutella.

One of the most surprising things about the new trailer was the ship it appears the Enterprise crew escapes in.

An NX class starship, last seen in Star Trek: Enterprise.  Could it be the USS Franklin?  The images below are grainy, but I swear it’s an NX vessel.  Watch the preview, and let me know if you agree!

All in all, this preview looks incredible.  I think Justin Lin has done it.

I was already excited to see this film, now I’m crazy-impatient to see it.  I can’t wait for the Australian premiere.  I’ll be lining up early and going multiple times.

Thank you, Paramount, Justin Lin, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung for what looks like it will be one of the best Star Trek films in a very long time, and maybe the best Star Trek film ever.

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A couple of days before the second official preview for Beyond broke, equally exciting news hit Star Trek fandom.

A teaser trailer for the new television series.

The trailer doesn’t show us anything, other than the beautiful new logo for the new production and a few gorgeous shots of Earth and deep space.

But, it does possibly answer one question many of us have been asking for a few weeks now – will the new Trek be an anthology show?

The answer is in the screencaps below.

New CREWS?  It doesn’t say, outright, that the new series will be an anthology series, but that’s one heck of a strong hint.

The last four screencaps from the teaser promise us new villains, new heroes and new worlds.

And I can’t wait!

After watching the teaser, I was left thinking that if it is an anthology series, it won’t just jump backward and forwards along one Trek timeline – it will also visit the alternate timeline created in 2009 by J.J. Abrams.

I have nothing to base that on, other than a lense flare effect I saw as I was watching the trailer that made me think of J.J..

When you think about it, it’s a simple way to meet every fans expectations.  A lot of fans prefer what is called the Prime Timeline, and some prefer what’s often called the AbramsVerse.  As well as honouring both, an anthology series opens up some very interesting story ideas as the writers explore Trek’s lengthy prime history across the 22nd, 23rd and 24th centuries, and how similar events might play out differently in the alternate timeline created by Nero.

The more I think about it, the more I hope they go the anthology route.

Things are starting to get very exciting for fans, and finally it’s starting to feel like the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

As more news comes to light, I’ll pop it up here… but right now, I’m  just going to pop up that beautiful homage to Star Trek: The Motion Picture one more time because I am in love with the new Beyond poster.

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Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba, and was written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung and directed by Justin Lin.

Star Trek Series VI is being developed by Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Singer, Rod Roddenberry, Heather Kadin, Trevor Roth and Nicholas Meyer.

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A Star Trek Film and Series Update

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We’re only weeks away from the release of Star Trek Beyond, and only months away from the release of the as yet unnamed sixth live action Star Trek television series.

Simon Pegg recently spoke about the upcoming feature film he co-wrote, in particular addressing some fans’ concerns around the recent re-shoots that took place last month.

This always happens in filmmaking,” Simon said.  “Often, when you get into the edit and you look at the movie and think, ‘Oh, it’s a shame we didn’t get that reaction shot’ or, ‘Maybe in this scene we could have brought in [some] aspect of the developing plot.’

So, having a cut of the movie, we were able to assess – and thankfully, given the freedom – to go in and do touch-up kind of things on what we already had, which is a great opportunity.

Simon also spoke out in defense of Beyond’s director, Justin Lin, who some fans fear might have turned the third Trek film in the reboot series into a The Fast and the Furious in space… and for many fans the first official trailer made those fears worse.

What many of fans forget is that while Justin is best known for injecting new energy into the Furious franchise, he’s made eight other films and has also directed a handful of TV episodes including installments of the comedy Community and the hit crime drama Scorpion.

I hate people saying that because it’s Justin Lin it’s just going to be Fast & Furious in Space! It’s a kind of reductive, asinine criticism.

Justin’s history as a filmmaker started off with a Sundance movie called Better Luck Tomorrow.  He’s a smart, sensitive guy.

To read more, visit TrekCore here.

The Captains

In other Trek news, the new Star Trek series will follow in Star Trek Beyond‘s footsteps and film in Canada.  The latest series will break with tradition and film outside of the United States, which will be the first time a Star Trek television series has filmed entirely in another country.

TrekCore confirmed this news for us a few days ago.  For more information read their article here.

It’s not unusual for expensive, effects heavy series to film outside of the US, to take advantage of the various tax breaks available in some countries. The Battlestar Galactica remake filmed in Canada, and more recently the science fiction mini-series Childhood’s End and the brand new science fiction series Hunters filmed in Australia.

It makes sense CBS would choose to save a few dollars on what will be an effects heavy series, if not the most effects heavy live action television series in history.

Other than the filming location and the creative talent behind the show, we still don’t know anything else about this new Trek.

It’s due to start filming in September, and a cast should be in place around June/July.

Hopefully, we’ll get more news in the coming weeks.

Star Trek Beyond opens on the 22nd of July, and Star Trek series six starts airing in January 2017, with the pilot episode showing on CBS and the rest of the season on CBS All Access.

We’ll do our best to keep you in the loop as more information comes to light.

With the release of these two new projects, and the Paramount/CBS lawsuit against Axanar and the issues that is causing for fan films, it’s an interesting time to be a Star Trek fan.

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Ahead, Rumour Factor 8

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Some pretty spectacular rumours have found their way onto the internet today about the upcoming, and as yet untitled, Star Trek: Series VI.

According to Birth, Movies, Death, the new series will NOT be in the alternate timeline featured in the J.J. Abrams reboot era.

Birth, Movies, Death claim that the new series will take place some time after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and in the prime universe timeline.

I’m not sure if the rumour they’re referring to is a Chinese Whispers version of Nicholas Meyer’s recent statement around how much Bryan Fuller loves that film, or if it’s an actual leak from the writers room of the new series?

It’s certainly fertile ground for a series, and the only real glimpses we’ve had into that period of Trek history were the scenes from Star Trek: Generations that led up to the death of Captain James T. Kirk.

If this is true… it’s pretty fantastic!  I would really enjoy seeing how the peace treaty went down between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire after the Khitomer Accords were first signed.  I would love to see a series where an Excelsior class ship was sailing across my screen – plus an old Constitution/Enterprise class!  All of that would thrill a lot of long time Trek fans, plus the politics and drama inherent in a newly formed alliance might make for the kinds of story-telling that would bring new fans into the fold.

But that’s not the only rumour Birth, Movies, Death shared.

Apparently the crew featured in this new series won’t sail on a ship called Enterprise.

I don’t know how I feel about that?  No.  That’s a lie.  I do know how I feel about that.  I’m not too happy.  I’m not opposed to it, watching the crews of DS9/Defiant and Voyager go boldly was a lot of fun… but it would be so good to see the crew of the Enterprise B.  A new crew, obviously, to the one seen in Generations, but never the less a new collection of heroes for my Star Trek loving heart to fall for.

The second last rumour shared was that the Klingons – or at least some Klingons – would be the bad guys.  Now, I’m still Klingoned out after Next Gen, DS9 and Voy, but I’m open to having that challenged by Nick Meyer, Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Rod Roddenberry, the creative team behind the new series.

The final rumour?

The new series will be a seasonal anthology.  What does that mean?  It means the first season will be set after The Undiscovered Country, but the second season might be set just after the Vulcans make first contact with Earth, while the third season could be set during the time of Captain Rachel Garrett and the Enterprise C and so on.

I stress that these are JUST rumours, and Birth, Death, Movies is not disclosing its sources, so take all of these with a bucket of salt, and a side of salt.  Liberally sprinkled with salt.  At least until one of the Producers tells us the rumours are fact, or until CBS announces something official.

Still, I gotta say, I’m loving the speculation!  I’m not sure how a seasonal anthology show would work in the Star Trek universe, but I’m not opposed to the idea.  It’s a fascinating and totally unexpected twist!

To read the article from Birth, Movies, Death click here.

No doubt, the rumour mill will warp into overdrive in these next few months before the launch of the new series in January of 2017.  In that mix will be some truth – but there will also be a lot of craziness.

Let’s have some fun with what we hear, and may Star Trek live long and prosper.

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Series VI Update – Rod Roddenberry, and those Promo Images

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Unless you’re a Trek fan who has completely avoided the internet all month, you know that Rod Roddenberry, the son of the Great Bird of the Galaxy and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, was appointed one of the Executive Producers of the new Star Trek television series.

Rod recently spoke with TrekZone, Australia’s first Star Trek fan site (and a bloody awesome one to boot), in an exclusive interview about the new series.

In the interview, he spoke about the messy Axanar lawsuit and the upcoming new Star Trek series.

Rod wisely did not wade too deeply into the very murky waters surrounding the CBS/Paramount vs Axanar Productions lawsuit, but did express his support of – and for – fanfilms based in the universe created by his father.

Rod pretty much said that so long as they treat the material and CBS and Paramount with respect… more power to them.

Rod has shown a great deal of love for fan films in the past, and as much as he enjoys all of them, he did admit he does feel one is a step above all the others.  Rod’s choice?  Star Trek: Continues.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s incredible.  Visit their website here and start watching the six episodes they currently have online.

When asked about the new series, Rod couldn’t say much.

I know very little about the direction. I’ve had two meetings with Bryan Fuller and he is still developing the concept and he’s brought the writers together and they’re still developing the concept.  What I’m excited about is the team that’s been put together by CBS.  They’ve brought, of course, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Heather Kadin together and I’ve had the opportunity to meet them.

During the interview, Rod stated he has “tremendous hopes” for the new series, and appears to have a great deal of faith in the creative team.

There’s a lot more from Rod about the new series.  To read about it you can visit TrekNews here.  To watch it at TrekZone, visit the site here and look for the link to the video.

Congrats to the TrekZone team for nabbing the interview!

And now, to that image that almost broke the internet, that we were all hoping was from the new Star Trek series.

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TrekCore have spoken to CBS and confirmed that the above still and it’s companion are NOT from the new Star Trek television series.

They are from a production of some sort, but one that is unrelated to the new Trek series.

Given Rod’s interview (go watch it at TrekZone now) mentioned above, we know that the series is still in the conceptualisation stage.

That’s cutting things close.  The series is due to launch in ten months.  It’s completely doable, but it means it will be all systems go from the moment the concept is finalised and approved.

Last year I was on the set of a US science fiction production that was filming the final episode of it’s first season – four months before the first episode would even air.  Most of that first season was already in post-production.  It was a new production, it was science fiction and it was effects heavy, so a lot of care was being taken to get it right.  What that means is that the time frames for the new Trek production will be tight because it’s a new production with a relatively new creative team, it’s Star Trek so it’s fair to assume it will be effects heavy, and it’s the jewel in CBS‘s crown – meaning a lot of care will be taken with it, especially because it will be the cornerstone of CBS All Access.

I’ve been involved in two scifi TV series, so I’ve had a very limited amount of real world experience in that genre, but my understanding is that it takes a lot of time and preparation to launch a brand new series, and especially a science fiction show.

TV production is fast paced, but pilot episodes (often an hour and twenty in length) are often treated like feature length films with directors and actors given the time they need to get it right.  

On average it takes six to eight days to shoot an hour long TV episode and about another week to do post.  It takes on average three months to do principal photography for a feature length film.

If the script for the first episode of the new series is locked down by the end of April and then casting is completed by the end of May, followed by – let’s say two months for principal photography, that gives CBS six months for effects work, reshoots and promotion.

That’s intense.

It looks like it will be an exciting last half of the year for all of us as we wait for more insight into the production.

As more information comes to light, I’ll be sure to post about it here.

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Series VI Update – Promotional Video

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Images have leaked on Facebook from what appears to be the production of a promotional video for the new Star Trek series.

The post comes from one of the cameramen filming the scene.  The post doesn’t name the new Star Trek series, but does mention it’s for something that will air in January 2017 – which makes it likely the images are related to the new series due out in ten months.

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One of the images shows what appears to be an astronaut about to step onto a sandy, rock strewn terrain.  The actor is being filmed against a green screen and he has been described by a couple of Trek fan sites as a stand-in.

A stand-in is often used to test camera angles and effects shots.  They’re usually required to stand in place or walk through a set series of actions, so that a production team can get everything rigged before bringing an actor on stage.  They’ll be wearing the exact same costume as the actor they’re standing in for, and will have the same makeup on so that the colour can be tested as well as how the light hits an actors face.

The photo doesn’t tell us a lot.  If it is for a promo, it could be for a series of images that quickly show us the history that has taken place in the lead up to whatever timeframe the series is set in, or it could be a tiny snippit of something we will see in the actual series.

There just isn’t enough information for anyone to make any sort of accurate guess.  The photo hasn’t received any comment from CBS so it is also entirely possible it has nothing to do with the new Star Trek series.  The amazing guys over at TrekCore are seeking confirmation from the person who posted the shots.

To check out additional information on the above image and one extra photo, visit the TrekCore article here.  TrekNews have also featured it here.

As always, as news comes to light on the new Star Trek series, I’ll post it.

January 2017 can’t come fast enough!

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