Thursday, May 21, 2015

IDW August 2015 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for August 2015. Two floppies and one trade are coming that month. The Green Lantern crossover continues while the trade collects the Planet of the Apes crossover. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pegg Confirms Star Trek 3 Title, Paramount Wants to Avoid Too Trek-y Film

Apparently Simon Pegg accidently kicked a hornet's nest when he gave an interview to "The Radio Times" and expressed his honest opinion on the subject of movies by saying essentially saying we need more of these big summer tentpole type movies to have "challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions". It is one I agree with but outside the scope of this blog (but feel free to discuss in the comments). Long story short film nerds took offense and so Pegg was forced to walk the interview back and apologize on his website. In doing so it appears he accidentally verified that the title of the next movie when he wrote "I better climb aboard the old hypocropter and fly back to writing Star Trek Beyond."

In addition he confirmed that Paramount did not want the Star Trek films to be too Trek-y and that played into why Roberto Orci's script was scrapped and he was ejected from the director's chair. From Pegg, "They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. ...People don’t see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers." One possible solution he suggested for that perception problem is "make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent."

Friday, May 15, 2015

Adam Savage Completes His Enterprise Captain's Chair

Star Trek: The Original Series fans might get a kick out of the below video where Mythbuster's Adam Savage uses his building skills along with an assist from his friends to complete a near perfect replica of The Enterprise's Captain's Chair that Kirk stat in for the show's run. The chair was then further modified using LEDs, speakers and more to make sure that all the buttons on the chair actually performed a function rather then just a random thing to flick like it was on the show. Pretty cool build.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Grace Lee Whitney 1930-2015

Grace Lee Whitney died this weekend at the age of 85. The actress is most known for playing Yeoman Janice Rand in the first 8 episodes of of Star Trek: The Original Series but forced off the show due to her then drug and alcohol addiction. With help from Leonard Nimoy the actress was able to get back on the road to sobriety. Later she returned to Star Trek for Star Trek movies 1, 3, 4, and 6 along with flashback episodes for Star Trek: Voyager. She was also a mainstay on the Star Trek convention circuit including last year in Las Vegas. Her other credits include guest appearances on multiple shows in the 60s and 70s. Her autobiography "The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy" chronicled her life's up and downs. The actress spent her final years with her family and grandchildren and would prefer to be remembered as a "successful survivor of addiction" with 35 years of sobriety.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

IDW July 2015 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for July 2015. Three floppies are coming that month. Yet another crossover is starting this time as the Star Trek 2.0 crew meet DC's Green Lantern Corps for "The Spectrum War." For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.