Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IDW January 2015 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for January 2015. Two floppies and one trade are available. The Abrams-verse comic starts (or continues? not really sure) the five year mission as the Enterprise and The City on the Edge of Forever comic gets the trade treatment. I don't really recommend buying but it is a fascinating look at how a script gets revised into one of the most beloved TV shows of all time. The core ideas are there but whoever took the editor's pen to Harlen's script back in the 60's did an amazing job of losing unnecessary beats and characters while focusing on the core concepts and story. The improvement is so dramatic that I would argue that whoever did the re-write probably deserves co-writer credit as I frankly found the "pure" Ellison version to be often silly, meandering, and boring. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shatner Not Confirmed for Star Trek 3

After a two word tweet (since deleted) from William Shatner that said "I'm baaaaccckk!!!", multiple entertainment websites (those with paid reporters) have assumed that meant the actor is officially part of Star Trek 3. Which could be true. But those words do not comfirm it. They could mean a host of other things especially for someone as busy as Shatner who is constantly traveling and going to conventions. End result is it all remains rumor until either officially confirmed or the movie comes out (whichever is first). Until then the speculation is fun and what blogs like this live on. Still it is pretty bad when your average blogger does a better job highlighting an unconfirmed rumor than the mainstream media that has literally gone to school to know better.

Top 100 Star Trek Episodes of All Time

io9.com has created their list of top 100 episodes of Star Trek. The list is all eras of the Trek TV series with Voyager getting a surprising showing in the list. Personally Deep Space Nine remains my favorite Trek of all time not so much because of the characters but because it was willing to stretch the boundaries of the Trek and work in the moral gray areas that the other shows mostly avoided. Below is their top 10, click here to review the entire list.

io9 Top 10
10) Mirror, Mirror (TOS)
9) All Good Things (TNG)
8) The Inner Light (TNG)
7) In The Pale Moonlight (DS9)
6) The Trouble with Tribbles (TOS)
5) Darmok (TNG)
4) The Visitor (DS9)
3) City on the Edge of Forever (TNG)
2) The Best of Both Worlds (TNG)
1) Balance of Terror (TOS)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cho: Reuniting Cast for Fourth Star Trek Tough

John Cho has finally said what I have suggested for years now - that after Star Trek 3, the franchise will probably have to be rebooted or recast again. In an interview to promote his new show Selfie (co-star is the stunningly gorgeous Karen Gillan), he talked about the possibility of the cast coming together after their three picture contracts end.

Zachary Quinto has said the Star Trek cast all signed up for three movies, so the next one is the end of the contract. Since those characters go on forever, do you really expect this to be the last one for your team, or for you as Sulu?
The reason I hesitate is just wondering if we could get everyone. It seems to be an all or nothing proposition. I want to say, for me, sure, let’s do another. I enjoy that group. I enjoy what Star Trek films do in general and say in general. And I will say one of the pleasures of having been in Star Trek movies has been seeing what effect they have in society, like astronauts saying, “I kind of got into this line of work because my imagination was sparked from watching ‘Star Trek.’” That is very cool. What I’m trying to say is, I just stand by that product. Getting a whole cast together, that’s tough.

I understand, if one of the cast is unavailable, there’s no point having most of you and recasting one role.
I would have to think about that. I guess you’d have to see when you got there, but I would like to keep it all together.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Star Trek 3 Shooting in Vancouver

TrekMovie is reporting that when principle photography for Star Trek 3 starts around mid-February 2015, most of the filming will take place in Vancouver, Canada. The previous Star Trek films were mostly shot in the Los Angeles area but the change to "Hollywood North" is mostly driven by tax incentives. It doesn't hurt that the area has been used for TV and film for decades now and so has all the resources they will need to shoot the film regardless of whatever "alien" location that might be needed for the story plot.

Filming there will also include rebuilding the Enterprise sets all over again as a rebuild. The decision was made in part because the Enterprise set was repurposed into the Vengeance set and so between restoring it and shipping it, just became more cost effective to rebuild. It has also been indicated that some filming will take place in Seoul, Korea. As usual though, no details on the story plot or what the locations will be used for.