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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


‘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.


I’m afraid that I have to disagree with @levarburton, here…

the Federation is definitely portrayed as at least a socialist state.  You can tell because Voyager enthusiastically developed a barter economy the moment that they were cut off from the Alpha Quadrant, and its infinite energy (which meant infinite matter, thanks to the replicator).  This, by the way, doesn’t bother me: I’ve long understood that you absolutely NEED magic spells in order to make socialism actually work.


Just saw “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

Not bad.  Actually, it was pretty damned awesome.  These are not movies for hyper-purists*; but I had a good time and that’s what I wanted out of this evening.

So go ahead and see it.

Moe Lane

*They are, however, movies for fans.

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