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.
Now the next few posts will be catching up on some rather old pieces of news that I hadn’t had a chance to get around to talking about yet. Between my twitter account and the podcast I’ve also been a little wary of repeating myself endlessly on a few topics.
Now, the last Star Trek film, Into Darkness, I hated with the passion of a primordial volcano. This newest film certainly went through quite a bit of development drama before being attached to director Justin Lin. The first trailer for Beyond, which premiered around the same time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, didn’t do much to warm my heart to the prospect of another film set in this alternate timeline. This new trailer however quickly convinced me to pick up a ticket. There are some really superb shots of the Enterprise in this new trailer, my favorite being the quick scene of the ship bending space at about the 25 second mark. That’s probably my favorite warp drive image of all time, if that indeed is warp drive.
So I really, really hope that this movie will be good. I certainly feel a bit more satisfied with this being the 50th anniversary film after this trailer than I was with the sort sequences I had seen before in the earlier teaser.
Also, both the limited-edition poster given out at a fan even last month and the standard theatrical one-sheet are AWESOME:
So, what’s the chance that we’ll get some news about the new TV series at SDCC this year?
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.
USS Reliant model kit
Starting this month, AMT will begin releasing a new line of Star Trek model kits under the ‘Ships of the Line‘ banner. There will be four ships to begin the line: the original TV series USS Enterprise, the USS Reliant from The Wrath of Khan, the USS Defiant from Deep Space Nine, and a Klingon D7 battlecruiser. Each ship will also come with a large-format trading card featuring art from the Ships of the Line calendar series. AMT states that each ship will feature an easy, snap-together assembly and will require no glue or paint. This will be nice for me, as I always find myself drooling over AMT’s larger models but I have no patience for cementing parts together and painting the ship to make it look somewhat finished. Hopefully the new line does well enough to merit further ships being added to the collection.
In other Ships of the Line news, the first images have been released for the 2016 Ships of the Line calendar. The cover features a very nice picture of the Enterprise D and, as always, this calendar continues to be the best choice for starship pin-ups in this region of the Alpha Quadrant. Amazon.com also has a posting for a Ships of the Line poster set due out in October.
2016 calendar cover
Sources: The Trek Collective, Tower Hobbies
Half-way through 2011 we come to that always welcome announcement of another Star Trek Ships of the Line calendar. Featuring all new art from some of the best starship artists around, this calendar is always a welcome sight for those who require ample nacelles to guide them through their year.
I’ll be posting a few images here but for those who want more information and images of the calendar please head on over to the original post on Trekmovie!
This quite sexy image was linked from Simon Pegg’s Twitter account last night leaving many people to wonder what the nature of the image really is.
It is indeed official — it has been confirmed that the ship model in the image was one created by ILM for promotional materials. So, even though the script is still being written, this is the first promotional image for the 2012 Star Trek sequel.