Thursday, June 17, 2021

Star Trek: Picard Season 2 New Teaser Trailer

Paramount+ has released a new teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard season 2.  The series is currently filming in California with a premiere time set for 2022. No specific date was provided. The teaser officially brings Q back to the fold with a problem involving time being "broken" and "the end of the road not taken."

It shows the core cast reacting to evidence of changed timeline indicating they remember what the timeline should be. Its unclear if Q is the creating the problems or seeking Picard out to help solve them.  TNG was at its finest when it played with time so this should be something to look forward too. No specific release date but if they are teasing footage from what is likely from the first episode, than seems like they are aiming for early 2022 release date.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Star Trek: Prodigy Crew and Voice Cast Introduced

Today Paramount+ provided a look at the voice cast and crew of Star Trek: Prodigy. The cartoon series, lead by a training hologram version of Make Mulgrew's Captain Kathryn Janeway, will find “a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.”  

The series is expected to premiere on Nickelodeon and likely stream on Paramount+ but not clear if on both at same time or what.  No release date was provided but cast intros indicates they are likely aiming for this year.

The cast and characters:

  • Rylee Alazraqui (Home Economics) as “Rok-Tahk,” a Brikar and an unusually bright eight-year-old girl. Rok is a bit shy, but not when it comes to her love for animals;
  • Brett Gray (On My Block) as “Dal,” 17 years old and an unknown species, he fancies himself a maverick, who even in the toughest times, holds strong onto his unwavering hope;
  • Angus Imrie (The Crown) as “Zero,” who is a Medusan: a noncorporeal, genderless, energy-based lifeform. Since others would go mad at the sight of their true self, Zero wears a containment suit they made themselves to protect others;
  • Jason Mantzoukas (Infinite) as “Jankom Pog,” a 16-year-old Tellarite. Tellarites are known to relish an argument, and Jankom is no different. Regardless of opinion, he will always play ‘devil’s advocate’ for the sake of hearing all sides;
  • Ella Purnell (Army of the Dead) as “Gwyn,” a 17-year-old Vau N’Akat who was raised on her father’s bleak mining planet and grew up dreaming to explore the stars;
  • Dee Bradley Baker (SpongeBob SquarePants) as “Murf,” whose age and species is unknown but who is an endearing, indestructible blob with curiously good timing and an insatiable appetite for ship parts.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Next Star Trek Film Release Date Revealed

After 5 years and at least 3 scripts that we know of, Paramount has finally committed to a release date for the next Star Trek film. The untitled film is penciled in on June 9, 2023. No other information was revealed. As a result we do not even know if its set in the Kelvin-verse with existing cast or will do something new. It will be produced by JJ Abrams (aka Bad Robot). In theory this movie will be based on script from recently hired Kalinda Vazquez but that is not confirmed either and is rumored to be based on an unknown script. Having said that, seems likely its her script that is being used considering her involvement was just recently announced and no point in doing that if also discussing some other script with Abrams.

Personally I still think its a mistake to release Star Trek in the summer instead of November. The 3 previous movies inability to compete against other tentpoles at the box office have only reinforced this thinking. Properly executed Trek movie is ultimately about hope, peace, and exploration (literally and figuratively) and the best time of year to convey that type of message has always consistently been the Christmas movie season that starts in November. I hope Paramount considers moving to that time period as the project moves forward.

Monday, April 5, 2021

First Contact Day Brings Teasers, Release Dates and Casting News

Today was First Contact Day to celebrate all things Star Trek based on the first contact between humans and Vulcans on April 5th, 2063. Paramount used the day to promote their upcoming slate of TV shows that will be premiering over the next year on their streaming service. 

To start we have news for Star Trek: Picard season 2 teaser.
   

This brings up the casting news. Yep, John de Lancie returns as Q. Joining him will be Brent Spiner, maybe as Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, maybe another character. Also returning is Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Michelle Hurd (Raffi), Santiago Cabrera (Rios), Isa Briones (Soji), Alison Pill (Dr. Jurati), and Evan Evagora (Elnor). Paramount has not confirmed that Whoopi Goldberg will reprise Guinan but the return of Q indicates its a likely possibility. Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard is set to premiere sometime in 2022. 

Next up is the teaser for Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2. The premiere date for the series is set for Thursday, August 12 with the 10 episode season rolling out a new episode each week. The show has also already been renewed for season 3.
  

Last but not least is the first look at Captain Kathryn Janeway as the ship's "Emergency Training Hologram" finally explaining how the actress will be on the show. The CG animated series is set to arrive in late 2021 on Nickelodeon. The series will be set in the Delta Quadrant, which is where Star Trek: Voyager spent its series run. However the show is set in the year 2383 which places it years after the events of Voyager and Star Trek: Nemesis. Here is a new synopsis for the show:
[Prodigy] will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
Last but not least, is the teaser trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 4. The show does not have a release date besides 2021 but I suspect it will be towards the end of the year.
  

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

First Contact Day Virtual Event Announced

Paramount+ has announced First Contact Day online event set for April 5. The date is chosen and named from Star Trek: First Contact. In the movie, April 5, 2063 is the day that Vulcan's made contact with humanity for the first time. It seems much like Star Wars has embraced May the Fifth (Force) as its day, this is Paramount's attempt to do the same for Star Trek. The day will include panels hosted by Wil Wheaton (TNG's Wesley) and Mica Burton (daughter of Levar Burton who played Georgi La Forge).

The panels will include a 25th Anniversary of First Contact, Woman of Star Trek, worlds of Star Trek, origin of Lower Decks via The Next Generation and Star Trek: Prodigy panel. There will also be a streaming marathon of the "Best of First Contacts" which is 10 episodes across all of Star Trek that ties into the franchise's core mission of seeking "out new life and new civilizations". Also during the day fans can get 20% off at Star Trek's Official Shop

The marathon episodes are: 
   Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 1, Episode 18 – “Arena” 
   Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 1, Episode 1 – “Second Contact” 
   Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 7 – “Little Green Men” 
   Star Trek: Short Treks: Season 2, Episode 6 –“Children of Mars” 
   Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 1 – “Scorpion, Part 2” 
   Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2, Episode 2 – “New Eden” 
   Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 7 – “The Infinite Vulcan” 
   Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 1, Episode 6 – “The Andorian Incident’ 
   Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 15 – “First Contact” 
   Star Trek: Picard: Season 1, Episode 8 – “Broken Pieces” 

The schedule is: 
  9:00a PST/12:00p EST - 1st part of marathon 
  12:00p PST/3:00p EST - panels 
  2:45p PST/5:45p EST - 2nd part of marathon 
  6:00p PST/9:00p EST - marathon ends, panels repeat 

As for how to view the day's events, the options are StarTrek.com/FirstContact, PlutoTV and Paramount+'s Twitch Page. After the events conclude they will become available on Paramount+ YouTube Channel and for subscribers on Paramount+.