Tag Archive: Star Trek XII


By C.J. Bunce

There be SPOILERS here…

Let it be known that we here at borg.com will never pass up an opportunity to talk about borgs, from wherever they may originate, be it the 1960s or 1970s or 1980s or even the 2010s, or some future century.  As filming wraps next week in San Francisco for the next Star Trek movie, the release of the new Trek/Doctor Who crossover is getting closer.  And borgs from two franchises and several time periods will finally collide.

Just as we previewed the covers for the coming Issue #1 and Issue #2 of the IDW Publishing mash-up series with the long title, Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Assimilation,² the comic industry Previews catalog published the cover to Issue #3 this week.  And it doesn’t take much of a discerning eye to notice some cool… cosmic anomalies:

If you can get past the smirk-inducing, albeit true to the original series, belly button shot of Captain James T. Kirk (cleverly included by artist Elena Casagrande), there is something amiss here… this is a Next Generation spin-off series, right?  And isn’t that the fourth Doctor?  And isn’t that the older version of the borg Cybermen?  What’s going on here?

It turns out that the Writers Tipton have some tricks up their sleeves for us, in the realm of some time travel between the 24th century of Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s Enterprise-D and the 23rd century of Captain Kirk’s original Enterprise (“with no bloody A, B, C, or D,” as Scotty would say), including an appearance by the shuttle Galileo (currently rotting somewhere in a yard in Ohio, if recent reports are accurate).  And a visit from the Fourth Doctor, to boot.  That’s a lot to bring together, but we Trekkiewhovians (WhovaTrekians???) are up for it.

And there’s one more bit of fun–color art for an alternate cover for Issue #1 by artist Tony Lee:

And this adds one more twist to the fun, with an appearance by The Borg from Star Trek Voyager, specifically Seven of Nine before she was separated from the Collective.

This is a further variant, a retailer edition signed by artist Tony Lee, available only from UK comics retailer Forbidden Planet:

Can’t wait?  Neither can we. Issue #1 will be released May 30, 2012.

This year San Diego Comic-Con International began planning early to remedy multiple day registration errors last year and an all-day Saturday of waiting and uncertainty.  The first step was allowing registration at Comic-Con in person last July.  A well-thought out new EPIC registration process resulted in a big success today for those not buying tickets in person last year, although SDCC has one more technical link issue to fix for next year to make registration a completely smooth process.  For most, showing up online at 8 a.m. Pacific resulted in the desired tickets.  Entry to the online “waiting room” was still available at 8:40 a.m. although the 4-day passes were sold-out by then.  Many fans had tickets purchased within 20 minutes–a big difference from 5 or more hours of waiting last year.

SDCC started this year by requiring interested participants to sign-up for a Member ID.  This was available for several months and announced at last year’s Comic-Con.  The ability to get a Member ID ended in February, so those who wanted to buy badges had plenty of time to get the Member ID but if they didn’t then they were not allowed to attempt to register today. SDCC included both a video and a 4-page step-by-step guide to ensure smooth registration.  Individuals with Member IDs received emails earlier this week about this Saturday’s morning registration.  Access began with an online waiting room and a number showing the registrant’s order in line which ticked downward very quickly, refreshing every 120 seconds.

Some people reported link issues from the email, but several websites identified a fix that involved merely re-typing the link in the browser which fixed the problem.

This year is expected to again house more than 130,000 comic book, genre, film, TV, and video game fans for the annual four-day pilgramage to San Diego in July.  Featured comic book names this year include Sergio Aragones, Klaus Janson, Jim Lee, Jeff Lemire, Marc Silvestri, J. Michael Straczynski, Herb Trimpe, and Mark Waid.

With big studios gearing up the marketing for Star Trek XII, Man of Steel and The Hobbit, and The Dark Knight Rises premiering the week after Comic-Con, fans can also expect some surprises and possible appearances on behalf of these films this year.  And it’s no time like the present to start your write-in campaign to try to get The Hobbit and Star Trek XII star Benedict Cumberbatch to make his first big Comic-Con appearance!

C.J. Bunce

Editor

borg.com

(***some spoiler photos lie ahead, and even more spoilers abound if you scan the Internet, including one that may show the outcome of the above scene that is not shown or discussed below)

Will this be the year of Benedict Cumberbatch?  The star of the BBC’s successful TV series Sherlock also was tapped to play the villain in The Hobbit, and not soon afterward was tapped to be the villain in the next Star Trek movie.  This week the Web was bombarded with the first released set photos from the 12th entry in the Star Trek film franchise.  But still no word yet from the studio on the nature of Cumberbatch’s character.   But that won’t stop some spirited speculation from the fan base.

Early on rumors surfaced that J.J. Abrams might be thinking of a reprise of Ricardo Montalban’s Khan from the original series and the second Trek movie.  Javier Bardem was supposedly signed up for the role as an unspecified villain, but then backed away.  Is it possible much younger Cumberbatch was selected for the same villain role?  It would seem unlikely Abrams would risk a Khan remake.  We know from Star Trek 2009 that Abrams did take steps to cast at least similar looking actors for roles played by other actors previously in the franchise, such as Spock’s father Sarek.  Cumberbatch may be a similar villain, but seems like an unlikely choice as Khan.

But the new photos definitely show both strength–withstanding a Vulcan nerve pinch–and a certain level of… derangement?

Is it possible that Cumberbatch will reprise an original series character like the imbalanced Commodore Matt Decker?  The official Star Trek magazine’s most recent issue featured a history of Starfleet characters who went a little mad.  Is that a coincidence, or something to prepare us all for our next favorite Trek villain?

Arguing against that line of thought is Cumberbatch’s outfit.  He appears to be wearing standard slacks and a black Starfleet shirt similar to James T. Kirk’s in Star Trek 2009, before Kirk was promoted as second-in-command of the Enterprise.  Yet this same shirt appears to be standard dress under all male Starfleet officers’ uniforms… so maybe he just removed his color-identifying tunic and that doesn’t help sleuth out much here.

Will Abrams address the cornerstone of the new movie series–fixing the timeline?  If so, could we see a visit from Captain Braxton, the timecop from Star Trek Voyager?

Note the Starfleet emblem on Cumberbatch's chest

Better yet, has Abrams decided to break away into his own new stories and leave all original secondary characters behind?  If so, this may just be a new disenfranchised Starfleet crewmen who is just a little tired of Spock’s logic.  Speaking of logic, does anyone else think it odd that the master of controlling his emotions is yet again seen a bit out of control?

We also can see the new production will be saving money on uniforms, choosing to keep the same costumes and props from the last film instead of mixing it up a bit.  This was a common money-saving move of prior Trek films.

Confirmation that Zoe Saldana will return as Uhura

There’s really just one thing this fan is hoping for: Klingons.  Isn’t it time to face the #1 nemesis of the original crew?  And how about a visit from Nurse Chapel and Yeoman Rand?  And some more outworld aliens like we saw in the Riverside, Iowa bar scene, like Lieutenant Arex from the animated series–who can finally realistically be depicted in a live action film?

Ultimately we won’t know until the movie premieres in 2013, and hopefully the studio won’t leak too many more images before then.  It’s like eating a cake before it has been baked.  More often than not studios tend to show you the entire movie in the previews, and who wants that?

C.J. Bunce

Editor

borg.com