Thursday, May 18, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery Trailer, Stills, and Talking Trek Aftershow

Wednesday was "upfronts" for CBS where they presented their plans for the 2017-2018 television season for the United States (and really the world since most of their shows air worldwide). Part of that presentation focused on Star Trek: Discovery that included a trailer (below) and announcing the season will expand from initial plan of 13 episodes to 15. There will also be an aftershow called "Talking Trek" but no details on how, where or who will host the show was not revealed.

The show is said to be said in the Star Trek "prime" universe 10 years before The Original Series but I would understand if you assumed it was the movie's Kelvin-verse (or was later revealed to be) considering everything from set design, Klingons, how its shot, and over all look and feel seems to come directly from the recent three movies (get a taste in new pictures below).

I have mixed feelings on that but ultimately understand the business and story thinking behind it as today's special effects technology would be hampered if forced to go retro in designs on everything. Do able but kind of working with one hand tied behind your back for no reason except to pray to the continuity gods. If not in the US, can see the Netflix version here. Screencaps with theories here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First Image from Star Trek: Discovery

Entertainment Weekly has posted the first official image from Star Trek: Discovery. It basically reveals nothing except that Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) have a conversation on a desert like location. About the only Star Trek detail of note is the old school communicator and tricorder on Martin-Green. The show is still on track for a Fall 2017 unless CBS announces something different during this week's reveal of their 2017-2018 TV season plans.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Star Trek Discovery Announces Four New Cast Members

Star Trek: Discovery has four new cast members and assigned an existing cast member a new role. The new hires are:

- Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), playing Lieutenant Tyler. He was going to a Klingon named Kol
- Kenneth Mitchell (Frequency), now assigned the role of Kol who is a commanding officer of the Klingon Empire.
- Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica), Starship Discovery security officer named Commander Landry
- Clare McConnell (newbie actor), a Klingon Empire leader named Dennas
- Damon Runyan (Suits), a Klingon Empire leader named Ujilli

At this point either this show has a really large ensemble cast or they are announcing guest actors for whatever reason. As for when the show will finally be released, CBS is sticking with "Fall" but if the looming writers' strike starts that date could be pushed to next year as the series is still filming and the strike would likely delay completion of the show.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Martin-Green Character Name for Star Trek: Discovery

The lead character of Star Trek: Discovery finally has a character name. With the long predicted death of her character on The Walking Dead, CBS finally officially verified that Sonequa Martin-Green was cast as the lead character on the upcoming Trek show. When her casting was first revealed, the rumored name was Lieutenant Commander Rainsford. Now we know the character name is First Officer Michael Burnham. So info wise not much as changed except the accuracy of the character name. Past that nada. This does mean that Martin-Green is now a little more free to talk about the casting but not the particulars of the show it self.

From talking to The Hollywood Reporter she said "Star Trek came way later, after [her TWD character death] was all said and done. We were shooting the finale before the opportunity for Star Trek about." On the choice to go with a first officer perspective she said "Being the first officer on the ship is going to be a wild ride because we haven't seen that happen before in the Star Trek canon, we haven't seen the story be told from the perspective of the first officer rather than the captain. It's going to open up so much potential for new storylines because not being the captain automatically gives you a different perspective."

As for the overall show she said to TVLine that "This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon,” she says. “It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey. Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain. To be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling."

Friday, March 31, 2017

Harry Mudd Cast in Star Trek: Discovery

It seems Star Trek: The Original Series character con artist Harry Mudd will be trying to use his unique charms on the crew of Star Trek: Discovery in its first season. The character will be played by Rainn Wilson (The Office) but no details on how many episodes the character will be in. In TOS he showed up for two episodes ("Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd"). For a reminder of the Mudd character click here.