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USS Discovery Star Trek 2016 take off

Surprising fans at San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon, CBS revealed the second teaser for the next Star Trek television series.  It’s called Star Trek: Discovery, and like Star Trek Voyager before it, it will focus on another ship of the Starfleet line.  USS Discovery NCC-1031 will be the talk of Star Trek fans everywhere next year.

The ship, shown taking flight in the preview, borrows from concept drawings dating back between the original series and the movies.  It has a very modern look seen in both Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, and even Enterprise, but also carries that sleek look of Voyager.  And from beneath it even sports the sprawl of a classic Klingon ship.  But this is the new look of Starfleet’s best.  And it looks pretty good.

USS Discovery Comic Con clip

This appears to be a classic design lending some credence to the rumor that the series will take place after Star Trek VI:  The Undiscovered Country.  David Semel will direct the first episode.  Showrunner Bryan Fuller was joined on the panel this afternoon by William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner

Straight from Comic-Con, check out this trailer for Star Trek: Discovery:

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Star Trek Beyond Fly spot USS Enterprise inside Starbase Yorktown

Review by C.J. Bunce

In the fiftieth year of Star Trek, fanboy Simon Pegg proved that the franchise has never been stronger.  Probably more so than any prior entry in the now 13-movie catalog, Star Trek Beyond found a way to be the most loyal to the original series, with the writers weaving a story you could also find comfortably set within Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager.  And director Justin Lin showed that an action heavy film can also tell a good story.

Get ready.  Star Trek Beyond, opening this weekend in theaters everywhere, is also the most fun of the Star Trek movies since Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, thanks to clever and witty dialogue and circumstances that put the Bones and Spock relationship at center stage.  By movie’s end, diehard Star Trek fans will find themselves trying to categorize the latest big budget blockbuster against the past even-numbered films, generally regarded as the cream of the crop.  That consideration alone elevates the movie into the top echelon of all Trekdom, a welcome jolt for the franchise.

Better than the admittedly good Abrams contributions Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond taps more subtlely into throwbacks we love, like a look at the Enterprise itself and spacedock in a way we haven’t seen since Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek III:  The Search for Spock.  And speaking of the original Star Trek III, this third reboot mirrors many key moments from that film, despite having an entirely different plot.

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What does it mean to serve on a ship on a long voyage?  What toll does it take on the captain and his or her crew?  Beginning with a humanitarian mission that we think Jean-Luc Picard would have appreciated, including an in-world guest actress (Sofia Boutella) like none other we’ve seen in Star Trek, featuring a strong actor–Idris Elba–as a brilliantly conceived unique–yet also familiar–villain, and dividing up the crew in twos to highlight the strengths of the characters–Star Trek Beyond is practically flawless.  Star Trek Beyond is not just good Star Trek, it’s great Star Trek.

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Mego retro bridge diamond select

For those fans of the original Star Trek series who remember playing with the classic Mego action figures decades ago, the image of the classic Enterprise bridge playset brings back plenty of memories in this 50th anniversary year of Star Trek.  Thanks to Diamond Select Toys and Entertainment Earth, those who never completed their collections now can fill in gaps with reintroduced action figures, or build their own collection from scratch for a new generation.

First off, the bridge is back, complete with all the features of the classic playset.  Interchangeable view screens, vanishing transporter room–it’s made from vinyl and cardboard construction, designed in the original fold-up style with carrying case.  And it’s created for the original and new 8-inch cloth-uniformed figures.

You can also pick up three 2-figure sets of the Mego-style figures.  Choose from Mr. Spock and original series-style Khan from the episode “Space Seed.”  Or check out the brand new sculpts for a background Red Shirt security crewman and Cheron from the episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.”  This Cheron has reversed coloring compared to the prior version released by Diamond Select.  And the Red Shirt is issued in two versions, one with brown or black hair, plus officer markings.

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The third action figure package includes a Gorn from the episode “Arena,” and Lieutenant Sulu.  Like the Cheron and Red Shirt, these sculpts have never been released before.

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night court

More than fifty years ago Newton Minow, the first FCC commissioner, called television a vast wasteland.  The prospect of 500 channels available and nothing to watch was forecast back in the 1970s and today it sometimes seems like it’s a truism more often than not.  But if you get tired of new programming–and make no mistake plenty of great television shows are airing this year–a few recently added channels to your local line-up may remind fans of classic TV why they jumped onboard in the first place.

Three channels: MeTV, COZI TV and LAFF, are a destination for those who just want to pop in now and then for a dose of the past.  Even pay channel Starz has begun broadcasting classic television series.  No doubt much of the programming may not hold up to current audiences.  Clothes, hairstyles, and stale, formulaic half-hour and hour plots may not keep your 21st century attention.  Yet many shows seem to hold up quite well.  As time goes on two of my favorites, Simon & Simon and Magnum, P.I., seem to drift farther and farther away, yet the comedy of Night Court and Cybill remains laugh-out-loud funny.

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Classic TV gold, like The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, may be a bit much in big doses.  Only a diehard fan would stream these beginning to end.  Yet, try popping in once in a while and it’s like visiting an old friend.  M*A*S*H and The A-Team hold up quite well.  In particular, the formula established by The A-Team, no doubt based on decades of series that came before it, can be found continuing on to this day in series like Leverage and Burn Notice.  Even series like Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels can be fun, if you don’t take their 1970s approach to TV too seriously.  And you may find yourself engrossed in Quantum Leap all over again.

So what’s playing, where, and when?

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Kirk phone

Fiction and reality finally came full circle this week.  As another release for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, The Wand Company has created what many Star Trek fans have always hoped for: Captain Kirk’s communicator as a working flip phone.  It’s where reality got the idea for the flip phone in the first place, right?

ThinkGeek is selling the new Bluetooth communicator, the first fully-functional wireless Star Trek Communicator.  It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to make and receive telephone calls, listen to music, or consult Siri or Google Now.  It includes 20 authentic sound effects and Enterprise crew voice clips and was designed using 3D scans of an original series prop.

And, of course, it features the trademark flip-to-answer functionality.

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Check out these previews of the new Star Trek Communicator:

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ST Beyond Enterprise

We’ve seen Kirk and Spock duke it out for screen time over the years, both getting their own scenes where they sacrifice all for their crew.  Isn’t it time Bones gets the spotlight?  Will the next film be the one to put the ship’s doctor to the test?

We have been fans of all the Star Trek television series and movies from day one.  In this 50th year of Star Trek, the franchise catches up to the benchmark only recently passed by Doctor Who and James Bond.  Even the bottom of the Star Trek catalog is better than the best of many other franchises.   That bottom is in the eye of the beholder.  For many its Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.  For others it is Deep Space Nine or Enterprise.  Whatever your view, it’s sure to spark a conversation (and controversy) among Star Trek fans.

Next year a new streaming weekly series will no doubt clear the way for more chatter among fans like we saw when Star Trek: The Motion Picture was first released, when Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired, and the pilot of each series thereafter.  And of course the J.J. Abrams reboot films spurred its own schism between the fan base.   But for good or bad we’ll keep coming back and find something awesome about every new image of Star Trek on the big or small screen.

ST Beyond

Paramount has released several TV spots in the past few days that provide even more glimpses at an Enterprise under attack, our familiar crew, and new aliens and villains.  Check them out, after the break:

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Star Trek Beyond Kirk poster    Star Trek Beyond Krall posterSince the first Star Trek reboot movie Paramount Pictures has presented fans with some attractive individual character posters.  In 2008 hundreds of fans waited at the Paramount booth at San Diego Comic-Con to land a set of four featuring Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Uhura.  The marketing team followed up with two sets of character posters for the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, including action shots for each of Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Scotty, Chekov, and newcomers Khan and Carol Marcus.

The character posters are back again.  In this 50th year of Star Trek, Paramount has issued a new set of movie posters for display at movie theaters and other public display areas for the 13th film in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, this time featuring Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Chekov, and new featured aliens Sofia Boutella’s Jaylah and Idris Elba’s Krall.  This is in addition to a teaser poster, a Star Trek: The Motion Picture-inspired poster that appears to be the official standard release poster, and an international release poster reminiscent of one of the posters for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Note that the Sulu and Uhura posters have a pretty glaring error.  Can you spot them?  Will it have an impact on their collectability and future value?

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These are pretty sharp and definitely the style we’d expect as giveaways at Comic-Con.  The world premiere will be at Comic-Con this year, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Embarcadero Marina Park, shown in IMAX.  The San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform the score and the cast will make an appearance.  Follow the San Diego Comic-Con website for details and a chance to get tickets.

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ST Beyond poster

Along with a new poster, this weekend Paramount launched an attempt to save face from last year’s first trailer debacle with a more traditional sci-fi action film trailer attempting to hit all the marks detractors of the first trailer have long been hoping for.  But what is this about?  Is it really just an action-packed road race across the stars?  The first of the reboots–the 2009 J.J. Abrams film Star Trek–was a trek to the past.  The 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness looked back to the series’ most popular and possibly darkest villains.  So what is the “beyond” in this year’s Star Trek Beyond?  The preview doesn’t provide much of a clue.

What does come through after about a dozen views and reviews is that the next Star Trek film, as with earlier Trek stories, looks back to earlier films for inspiration or all-out copying.  A scene with the Enterprise in spacedock conjures the long, long scene where Scotty flies Kirk to the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  The Enterprise is ripped apart here evidently for good, harkening back to the destruction of the ship in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.  If we’re back in STIII territory, can we at least see Commander Kruge again?  Please?

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The new trailer reveals a movie that appears to have more in common with Star Trek Nemesis and Star Trek Insurrection than any other past incarnation of Star Trek.  It is difficult to look at the prosthetics on Idris Elba’s lead villain and not think of Star Trek Nemesis’s Reman warriors.  And a planet-based story is something more along the lines of Star Trek Insurrection, Voyager’s “Basics” two-parter, and the original series episode “Arena”.

Is there going to be anything new for Star Trek fans in Star Trek Beyond? 

Check out this second trailer for Star Trek Beyond:

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Star Trek 2017 TV Series Logo

It’s not much but the first teaser for the next Star Trek television series could be telling.  It features the new logo for the series, which doesn’t air until 2017, following the 50 year anniversary of the original 1960s series.  It features familiar notes from the classic Star Trek theme, and a journey through the stars similar to the footage that accompanies the end credits to the J.J. Abrams movies.

CBS presents a new adventure.  New Crews.  New Villains.  New Heroes.  New Worlds.

The “New Worlds” shows an attempt to return to the series’ roots, the search for strange new worlds.  But it’s the plurals that may be sharing some of what fans have been after.  New Crews?  So will this be a series of one-shot episodes?  A series of multi-episode story arcs?  An all-out anthology?  The reboot Battlestar Galactica offered up a reasonably successful spin-off following another vessel’s exploits.  Is that the kind of story the new producers are working on?  Or will each season follow another strange new world and crew?

We still know nothing about the sixth Star Trek series, but fans are hopeful.  Check out this first teaser for the series:

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One of the coolest events going on this year to commemorate 50 years of Star Trek is a new four-part mini-series from IDW Publishing.  Plenty of great issues of Star Trek in comics are coming your way this year, but tomorrow IDW releases the second of four variant covers that we think will bend your view of time and space.  At least as far as the Final Frontier is concerned.

IDW artist Tony Shasteen has created four variant covers for the series Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, and each interprets Star Trek movie posters of the past.  For these posters, the new crew of the Enterprise portrayed by the actors from J.J. Abrams’ movies replace the original series actors.  The results will make the classic Star Trek fan have a double-take.

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It also makes you see what untapped places the new universe of Star Trek could conquer.  Who doesn’t want to see Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Mr. Spock in an update of the classic maroon uniforms from Star Trek II-VII in one of the coming sequels?  And Kirk in his classic shell-design civilian outfit from Star Trek II-IV?  IDW is giving us a peek at what that could look like.

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