Jun
24
2016
9

So, poll: the new Star Trek. Suck, or not-suck?

I just read a bunch of articles that set off warning bells in my head. Not so much the political stuff – Trek is one of those IPs that gets a lot of mutually-exclusive, broad-spectrum fan love – but because there may be cussin’ and maybe a bare rear or two*. Which is, when you think about it, a rather unusual thing to have happen in that particular series.

This is the point where I would write Not that I’m a prude or anything – but, Hell: maybe I am a prude, when it comes to Star Trek. Which would be kind of funny, really.

Moe Lane

*It all has to do with streaming services, apparently.

Jun
24
2016
5

Watch me commit heresy over Paramount’s new Star Trek fan film rules.

There’s nothing particularly unusual about them.  To sum them up: there’s a half hour limit on productions, the work has to be studiously non-commercial and amateur (for example: no more cameos from people who were in a previous Star Trek production), stick disclaimers anywhere and keep it clean*.  And, oh, yeah: if you buy Star Trek uniforms or gear for your movie, use the official stuff. (more…)

May
21
2016
1

Maybe – MAYBE – JJ Abrams and Justin Lin can get Paramount to back down on Axanar.

Short version? Well, the Star Trek: Axanar fan film folks got hit by a copyright infringement suit by Paramount – and, I will be honest, here: speaking as a backer of the project I wasn’t happy to find out that they didn’t get permission from Paramount first, because you need to get permission for this sort of thing for precisely this reason – and JJ Abrams is now saying that he’s gotten Paramount to maybe back down. Abrams is of course the executive producers, and he’s apparently joined in this with Justin Lin, who directed the latest Star Trek flick (Star Trek: Beyond). If you’re a cynic, you may be of the opinion that Paramount is not so much seeing the light as they are the bottom line. Paramount would rather like Beyond to make lots of money, please.

Still: it would be nice if we can get this Axanar mess resolved. The concept (Garth of Izar and a Klingon-Federation war!) is awesome and we were unlikely to get it otherwise. Plus, it never hurts to remind people that it’s getting easier and easier to make movies.

Via… everybody, really. But I’ll give @emccoy_writer the credit because I saw her Tweet first.

May
19
2016
6

The “Star Trek” series teaser trailer.

…which tells us NOTHING.

Unless the scratches are significant in some way. And perhaps they are.  …God, this is like Kremlinology all over again.

Apr
14
2016
9

New Star Trek series!

Original continuity, which is fine.  I mean, I’m one of those horrible people who enjoy what Abrams is doing with the movies, but it’s best if those stay one-offs. After all, the Star Trek timeline is complicated enough as it is

According to Birth.Movies.Death, the new as-yet-untitled Star Trek series will first return to the timeline previously rebooted by J.J. Abrams’ film series, but still take place after the original Enterprise crew have made their mark on the galaxy. Set sometime between Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and The Next Generation TV series (thereby making original cast cameos unlikely), the new series will be “heavily serialized” with a new, non-Enterprise ship.

Via @smorton101368.  The show will be out in 2017, on CBS ‘All-Access streaming,’ whatever that means.  Although I suppose that I could hazard a guess.

Jan
20
2016
23

Quote of the Day, Tremble In Fear At This Speculation edition.

The leadup will take too long to explain, so just click through, this one time. OK? OK.  So heeeeeere’s the quote:

…With JJ Abrams having helmed both the Star Trek and Star Wars movie franchises, this is the sign that the worst idea for a crossover event ever is in the works and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. It’s the theoretical universe-destroying contact between Redshirts that must always die and Stormtroopers that must always miss. If any of us survive and manage to rebuild our lost civilization, remember to keep the knowledge of where our hubris became too great and brought our works to ruin.

There’s only one reason why this can’t happen.  Disney owns Star Wars. Paramount owns Star Trek. I don’t think that either company is willing to let the other get its dirty mitts on each other’s intellectual property.

Moe Lane

PS: The Federation would kick the Empire’s asses, of course.

Jan
09
2016
1

So apparently the Axanar project DIDN’T have the rights to do a Star Trek movie..

I have to admit: I assumed that they had the rights to do a Star Trek movie. If I had known that they had not, I probably wouldn’t have kicked in money to fund the project. I only say ‘probably’ because I recognize that there are indeed numerous gentleman’s agreements going on out there between studios and fan groups, and that it may have indeed been reasonable for the Axanar project people to assume that CBS and Paramount would green-light their fan movie project.

But CBS and Paramount have not, and Star Trek is in point of fact their intellectual property. My personal opinion on how those companies should exercise their property rights is thus automatically trumped by the opinion of the companies themselves. And I wouldn’t expect this movie to get made any time soon, either…

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t know if I’m going to try to get my money back. Doing so may require more effort and lifespan than I’m prepared to spend on the effort. But I’m still not happy.

Dec
07
2015
12

Quote of the Day, …I Am Not Sure How To Process This Star Trek News edition.

Mayyybe something bad; mayyybe something good*.

Reportedly an original draft of the script was a little “too Star Trek-y,” and when [Simon] Pegg and [Doug] Jung took over the goal was to “make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent,” according to Pegg.

I mean, I like watching footage of cars crashing into brick walls in slow-motion as much as anybody else does. But can you sustain my interest with that sort of thing for a solid 90 minutes? …I am not convinced that you can.

Moe Lane

*Classical reference.

Nov
02
2015
13

Hey, a new Star Trek television series!

Interesting how they’re going to do it, too. Or at least how they’re currently planning to do it; 2017 is a goodly way away. Well, OK, a bit over a year away.  Anyway…

The new Star Trek has been picked up straight to series at CBS, with the premiere slated for the network in January 2017. Subsequent episodes will air on its digital and VOD platform, CBS All Access. The premiere and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.Star Trek marks the first original series developed specifically for CBS All Access.

No idea whether it’s in the same continuity as the current movie series, in other words.  Watching people fight over that should prove entertaining. After all, it’s been far too long since the last nerdwar involving Star Trek…

Aug
20
2015
3

In case you haven’t heard: ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ comes out in July 2016.

They’re filming it now. Same cast, with Idris Elba (hopefully in full Stacker Pentecost Mode) and some guy from one of the Fast and Furious movies that I’ve never seen – which is all of them, come to think of it. Anyway, I note this because the website above took the time to remind me that Star Trek will be 50 years old next year, and I am a firm believer in spreading the pain around.

I’d say ‘sorry’ – but we know that’s a lie, really.

Jul
16
2015
1

The Star Trek: Axanar saga continues.

You may remember this project from earlier:

…they’re essentially building a feature film from the ground up.  And more or less out of nothing: their first Kickstarter got the twenty minute film you see above.  The second Kickstarter got them the funds to build a film studio.  Now they’re raising money via Indegogo to actually make the film itself. I just dropped a few bucks in the kitty there myself.

Via Ed Driscoll over at Instapundit.

Moe Lane

PS: By the way, if Kerry and Kevin Conran ever read this: guys, Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow was AWESOME. Especially the way that you got the robots to move properly.

Aug
25
2014
4

‘Star Trek: Axanar.’

Saw this via Facebook:

It was a Kickstarter that I somehow missed; it looks pretty danged spiffy. Basically, it’s going to be a documentary narrating a key moment in the early history of the United Federation of Planets (pre-TOS); I look forward to watching the final version.

Site by Neil Stevens | Theme by TheBuckmaker.com