Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Harry Potter Alumni, One Other Join Discovery

Two more cast members have been announced for Star Trek: Discovery which is currently filming. Jason Isaacs (Lucisu Malfoy in Harry Potter films, bunch of other things) will play Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery. The show is setup so he is the main star but instead will focus on his first officier Lt. Commander Rainsford as played by Sonequa Martin Green which may explain the late casting announcement. In addition to Issacs, Mary Wiseman (Longmire) has also joined the cast as Starfleet Academy cadet Tilly doing her senior study tour on the Discovery. There is still no release date for the show but current rumors but it at end of summer.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pic of Discovery's Klingons?

An pic posted to social media by an actor on the set of Star Trek: Discovery probably cost him any chance of ever working on the series again also revealed either the new look of the Klingons or a new alien race for the show. Considering the look seems to lean heavily on the Star Trek Into Darkness Klingon design, well if it looks like a duck... However keep in mind that since this show is set 10 years before The Original Series, the Klingons then were without ridges or other battle implements due to the Klingon Augment Virus as explained in the 4th season of Star Trek: Enterprise (the best season of the show, rest is meh)

Of course the real reason for the look is due to budget limitations of the time where the makeup and costumes alone would have blown the entire TOS episode budget so a wig, simple costume and body paint was the norm. However, Discovery doesn't have those limitations and there is no reason to be bound by TOS' limitations if they can just make a story tweak or two to avoid it. So in this case what if an attempt to cure the augment virus created this new version of Klingons that our heroes must deal with in an episode or two?

Discovery Adds Three More Castmates

The currently filming Star Trek: Discovery has announced three more actors joining the cast. Sam Vartholomeos (first major role) is playing Ensign Connor while Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay and Craig) as Chief Medical Officier Dr. Nambue, both assigned to the USS Shenzhou. Terry Serpico (The Purge: Election Year) will play a high ranking Starfleet official. I suspect there will be more cast announcements considering it seems the story involves two starships (Discovery and Shenzhou) along with intrigue in Starfleet with outside enemies too. At this point it isn't clear who the core cast even is. As for when the show will premiere, CBS has not announced a new premiere date.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Deep Space Nine Documentary Crowdfunding Campaign Begins

A new Indiegogo campaign has launched to fund the Star Trek documentary called "What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". The documentary is a 25th anniversary look back at the series as the cast discuss the series and the writers break out a hypothetical 8th season. The core cast is participating except for Avery Brooks. Do not read to much into that as that actor essentially retired after DS9 and has only made very rare appearances in Star Trek related events.

I have to admit to be highly interested as I did watch the series from its 1993 premiere (still have the pin commemorating its start) to its final episode "What You Leave Behind" and read almost all the books published since then. To me DS9 is the current pinnacle of Star Trek potential (well starting around mid season 3 when everyone started to gel and by end of season 4 were firing on all thrusters) and what I will be comparing Discovery against, be it fair or not. Considering the passage of time, I hope to age as well as the cast has. Especially Chase Masterson who was basically wasted on the show but "wow!" about summarizes what I though when saw her in video below and did a quick search for her.

Sadly the The Next Generation blu-ray sets didn't sell in sufficient quantities to warrant a follow-up with a hi-def version of DS9 so this is probably going to be the last new DS9 thing that get made with the cast and crew. The campaign has already achieved its goal of $150,000 but more money means better production, more interviews and hopefully a better documentary so it you interested in donating, head over to Indiegogo to donate.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Logo, Brief Behind the Scenes Tease as Discovery Begins Production

A new video has announced that Star Trek: Discovery has officially begun principle photography of the 1st season of the CBS All Access Series. The video also provides a tease at the sets, costumes and ships for the show. While it is hard to tell, the new logo of the show has also been modified in the delta symbol. In the Original Series the delta was essentially the ship patch for the Enterprise but later co-opted to represent the Starfleet as a whole so likely this modified version is specific for Discovery. Stills from the video can be found at TrekMovie.