After an agonizing wait, CBS has finally lifted the veil from Star Trek Discovery. Discovery will be airing on CBS All Access this fall after premiering on the the regular television network. The new Star Trek series has also been enlarged from 13 episodes to 15 and each episode will be followed by Talking Trek, which will be a special post-show talk program as has been popular with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
Despite all of the new information that we now have about the series, it’s interesting to note that the U.S.S. Discovery herself is nowhere to be seen in this first trailer and indeed I doubt if anything that’s been shown so far is from much beyond the pilot. This is very exciting for me as the show seems to be saving it’s biggest surprises for later.
The trailer has given me plenty to speculate about until our next look at Discovery (perhaps at SDCC this year?) but it certainly looks absolutely spectacular; while pulling some visual cues from the recent Kelvin timeline films, there’s certainly never been a Star Trek television series that’s ever looked this stunning. It’s clear that CBS is very serious about making this the highest possible kind of must-watch TV by bringing the Star Trek franchise into a television landscape irrevocably changed by HBO.
I think I share the feelings of many longtime Star Trek fans when I say that I still wish that this new series were set in the post Dominion War/Nemesis era of the Prime universe but Discovery looks so promising that my trepidation over another prequel story is being eclipsed by my excitement at seeing a totally new take on the franchise that I love so much.
I can’t wait to see where this new story takes us!
This past weekend at San Diego Comic Con, executive producer Bryan Fuller revealed a new teaser video for the new CBS All-Access Star Trek series. It’s important to note that the design of the new ship is still subject to changes and the CGI is also not representative of how the final product will look when the show launches in January; this is very much a ‘teaser’ video meant to whet the appetite of fans and give us something to chew on as we wait for more information about this new Star Trek show.
The design of the U.S.S. Discovery is heavily influenced by Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for the shelved 1976 Star Trek film Planet of the Titans. It’s very interesting to see that the new Star Trek series isn’t focused on another ship bearing the name Enterprise but rather a brand-new (old?) vessel. I’m greatly anticipating more information on Discovery and I’m just very happy that we finally have a new Star Trek TV series heading our way after all these years.
You can find out more about the Planet of the Titans project here.
After many months of rumors that CBS was interested in getting Star Trek back on television, the official word came down the line yesterday and subsequently exploded my twitter feed. Here is an excerpt from the announcement article as it appears on the official Star Trek site:
“CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.
The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.
The new program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series.
The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Both films were produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.”
There is a note at the end of the press release which mentions that the new series will not be related to the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film which is set to be released by Paramount Pictures next summer. This leaves us knowing precious little about this new endeavor to resurrect Star Trek for television audiences. Will the new series be set in the prime universe with all of the other television shows and films? Or will it instead take place in the rebooted universe created by JJ Abrams and his team for the most recent trilogy of movies? I enjoy Abrams’ work and I am very excited for his new Star Wars film but Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are not names that inspire confidence when considering good storytelling. The 2009 Star Trek film managed to be an extremely enjoyable and re-watchable film despite it’s penchant for being anti-Vulcan but 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness was an atrocious showcase of half-baked ideas strung together to provide action scenes without any of the charm of its predecessor. It also managed to steal some of the most memorable moments from The Wrath of Khan without providing any notable scenes on it’s own. I should note that it isn’t said anywhere that Roberto Orci is involved with the new television series but with 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 2007’s Transformers under Alex Kurtzman’s belt….I just really hope that this new Star Trek series is considerably better than those two films.
Despite being critical of some of the names behind the announcement and the concern that the new series may be hamstrung by being developed specifically for CBS All Access; I really am excited by the prospect of finally getting a new Star Trek television series after all these years.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about this new Star Trek project as the announcements roll in over the next year leading up to the premiere.
I realize that this is very old news but I wanted to write a little about the new X-Files series that will be airing in just a couple of months. This past March, Fox announced that The X-Files would be returning for a 6-episode ‘event’ series that would continue the story and include the main cast. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson would be reprising their roles as Mulder and Scully; the Lone Gunman would be back as well as the Smoking Man; and Mitch Pillegi would return as Walter Skinner. Big-time X-Files fan and comedian Kumail Nanjiani will also be guest-starring in one of the episodes. Overall, they managed to really get the band back together. With the exception of a film in 2008, there hasn’t been a new X-Files story since 2002.
I’ve been watching the X-Files since about 1995-1996 and stayed with it fairly consistently until the 8th season. I never fully watched the final year of the show but I did tune into the finale and subsequently realized that I had missed a lot. Since earlier this summer I’ve been slowly re-watching the series and listening to Kumail Nanjiani’s wonderful podcast about the X-Files and found myself revisiting some stories that I only vaguely remembered from my childhood. The show had some really excellent stretches of episodes and some terrifying scenes that have stayed with me since I was a kid. I am really looking forward to what Chris Carter has cooked up for this new series!
The X-Files returns on Sunday, January 24th for a two-night premiere continuing on the 25th. New episodes will then air every Monday night at 8 PM.
BBC America has announced that Doctor Who shall return to American television screens for a further six episodes on August 27th at 9pm. Coupled with this announcement was a very exciting trailer for the final half of series 6 featuring The Silence, Weeping Angels, and Cybermen.
No tears at the end of this current series of Doctor Who we still have series 2 of Steven Moffat’s Sherlock to anticipate later this fall as well as the traditional Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Hopefully this time around we learn the secret of the astronaut and the Doctor’s ‘death’….
With the passing of last weekend’s 2011 San Diego Comic Con comes the arrival of a new trailer for the television adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. Looks like we will be getting to see Hershell’s farm in this block of episodes and I am also hoping to see the group arrive at the prison by the season finale. AMC has announced that the new 13-episode season will begin on October 16th at 9pm.
Otherwise, its the same old thing. Zombies are scary and they eat people and that makes for rather easy to swallow television.
With the impending release of Doctor Who Series 6 on April 23rd the BBC and BBC America have released two new trailers for the program.
A press night was held last night in England featuring a screening of the first two episodes in the new series The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon which immediately caused an explosion of excellent reviews from the British press.
Until the 23rd I’ll be doing my best to avoid all the spoilers I can for the opening story…