Wednesday, April 18, 2018

40 Plus Star Trek Alumni Join Snoop Dogg's Unbelieveable Parody Film

Below the trailer, complete with James T Kirk puppet, of a parody film that was executive produced by Snoop Dogg along with Nichelle Nichols (TOS Uhura) and a few others. I am not entirely sure what it is parodying but the key thing is has culled from all eras of Star Trek to build its cast. Here is a sampling: Garrett Wang, Chase Masterson Tim Russ, Armin Shimerman, Vaughn Armstrong, Gary Graham, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Robert Picardo, Marina Sirtis, Nana Visitor, Walter Koenig, Michael Dorn, Julie Warner, Dina Meyer, Olivia d’Abo, Jeffrey Combs, John Billingsley, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs, Gary Lockwood, Michael Forest, Jack Donner, Connor Trinneer, Manu Intiraymi, Dominic Keating, Brenda Bakke, Patti Yasutake, Steve Rankin, Michael Dante, Sean Kenney, BarBara Luna, Beverly Washburn, Celeste Yarnall, Bobby Clark, Jasmine Anthony, Menina Fortunato, McKenzie Westmore, Crystal Allen and Christopher Doohan.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Captain Pike Cast for Star Trek Discovery

The end of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery revealed an updated look for the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. It has now been revealed that the actor chosen to take over the role Anson Mount (Black Bolt in The Inhumans). The character has shown up before in Star Trek. The official "first" time is for The Menagerie that retooled footage from the unaired pilot "The Cage" when Jeffrey Hunter was going to be the lead of the series. In the recent movies set in the Kelvinverse, Bruce Greenwood also played the role before being killed off in the second movie. During this time Spoke was a science officer on the Enterprise but I suspect Original Series bridge crew member will always remain off screen and never re-cast. There is currently no information on when the 13 episode second season will air but likely not until at least this winter be it late 2018 or 2019.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery Returns Sunday

This Sunday, Star Trek: Discovery returns to conclude its first season each Sunday until the finale in February. The episodes are called 1.10 "Despite Yourself" (airing 1/7), 1.11 "The Wolf Inside" (1/14), 1.12 "Vaulting Ambition" (1/21), 1.13 "What's Past is Prologue" (1/28), 1.14 "The War Without, The War Within" (2/4), and 2.15 "Will You Take My Hand?" (2/11). If curious you can find character posters here and images from the upcoming episode here. A clip from the Jonathan Frakes (Riker) episode is over at Facebook. The new episode will air in the United States on CBS All Access starting Sunday at 8:30pm ET, in Canada on the Space Channel at 8:00pm ET, and elsewhere in the world on Netflix by Monday 2:00am ET.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Turns 25

Turns out January 3 was the 25th Anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Personally I think its the best of the Star Trek series. Not in the first three seasons but the final four as it was allowed to go in directions the franchise has not gone in before or since (Discovery has the potential). Variety has an article up where they spoke with the cast and creators as they looked back on the franchise. Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) did not participate but he purposely stepped out the of the limelight many years ago so not really a surprise. The rest of the cast was part of it with Nana Visitor (Kira), Rene Auberjonois (Obo), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir), and many more including my still long term crushes of Terry Farrell and Nicole de Boer (Dax). Chase Masterson (Leeta), looking outstanding, continually reminds me that DS9 made poor use of her while Penny Johnson Jerald (Kasidy Yates) also participated, I guess taking time off from chewing the scenery on The Orville. Any case its a brief but nice walk down memory lane so be sure to read the look back over at Variety. Coming this summer will be an in depth crowd funded documentary called "What We Left Behind: Looking Back at ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" that will also celebrate its 25th year.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Scriptwriter Hired for Star Trek 4

Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) has been hired to write a Star Trek script based on a story idea from Quentin Tarantino. Earlier this month Smith, Lindsey Beer (Gozilla vs Kong, Dungeons & Dragons), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation), and Megan Amram (The Good Place, Silicon Valley) assembled a writers room with Tarantino to flesh out his Trek story. Now the pair will work together to devise a script that Tarantino may later direct with JJ Abrams executive producing.

No details have yet to be revealed about the story so could go anywhere and that includes not necessarily involving the current movie cast as I suspect Paramount would ok a soft reboot if the script needs it and Tarantino signs on to direct. Not saying this is the case, just at this stage all possibilities are open especially since Paramount signed off on allowing a R-rated Trek movie. Smith will basically have all of 2018 to hammer out a script that Tarantino, Abrams and Paramount can approve as the potential Trek director is gearing up to film is Manson Family movie that will start filming in Spring 2018. Including time for post-production that means Tarantino will not be able to focus on directing Star Trek until late 2018, early 2019.