Category: Star Trek

MAJEL BARRETT RODDENBERRY 1932 – 2008

Published December 18, 2008

A sad day for Star Trek fans — Majel Barrett Roddenberry died this morning at her Bel Air home from leukemia. She was 76.
Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Though she started her acting career in the 1950s on shows like Leave It To Beaver and The Lucy Show, it was her association with Star Trek, and its creator, that will forever be her legacy.

Appearing in Star Trek’s first pilot, The Cage, as Number One, second in command to Capt. Pike, brunette Barrett was re-cast as blonde Nurse Chapel after the network ordered television’s first mulligan. Thanks to that do-over, Barrett’s association with this series would continue for another 40+ years.

Barrett married Roddenberry in 1969 after the series was canceled.

After reprising her role as a higher-ranked Christine Chapel in Star Trek – The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home (1986), she would, of course, go on to be the voice of the Enterprise computer on nearly every incarnation of the series. She also (in a semi-recurring role) played Counselor Troi’s mother on The Next Generation.

Most recently, she completed voice-over work as the voice of the Enterprise’s computer in J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek, opening in May. Thank God, it wouldn’t have been the same without her.

What I remember most about Majel, was Nurse Chapel’s unrequited crush on Mr. Spock from the the original series — even Spock seemed somewhat bemused and flattered by it.

Come to think of it, she was also able to hold her own against Dr. McCoy when he was at his most cantankerous.

Classy lady — boldly gone.

The First Lady of Star Trek
STAR TREK: AMOK TIME — SPOCK AND NURSE CHAPEL
a very nice scene — fondly remembered



Thanks to trekmovie.com for the banner. Click here for a cool fan vid.

NEW STAR TREK TRAILER ONLINE

Published November 17, 2008

official movie logo
The full trailer for J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot was released to theaters last Friday, attached to Quantum of Solace. (Alas, the theater where I saw that disappointing movie did NOT show the trailer — doubly disappointing!) However, while fanboys did of course bootleg this sucker on their phones and stick it up on YouTube, I have waited until today, when the official trailer went up, to post anything here.

YOUNG KIRK CONTEMPLATES HIS FUTURE ENTERPRISE
Kirk and Enterprise
WINONA RYDER AND BEN CROSS AS AMANDA AND SAREK
Amanda and Sarek
For more images from the new film, go here.

The official Star Trek movie website has recently upgraded its design, and while there are still some bugs to be worked out, you can watch the new trailer in glorious high-def by clicking here. If you’ve only seen the bootleg, this one is way better.

Or you can watch the one embedded below.

Take a look and let me know what you think.



NEW STAR TREK IMAGES!

Published October 15, 2008

The first official images of Kirk and Spock in uniform from J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek will appear in next week’s Entertainment Weekly (read the whole article by clicking that link). Just thought I would give you a sneak peek.

Some of you will find this mildly interesting, while others will be having a full blown nerdgasm.

Here you go … I’ll post more when they are available.

BROMANCE! ZACHARY QUINTO AS SPOCK AND CHRIS PINE AS KIRK
Spock looks too shiny. Who did his make-up? Madame Tussaud?
Quinto and Pine as Spock and Kirk
QUINTO AS SPOCK — OMG!
Quinto as Spock -- OMG!
SPOCK LOOKS PISSED … THAT’S NOT AWFULLY VC
Quinto as Spock
NEW CAST SANS SPOCK
Karl Urban … another dead ringer as Doctor McCoy
Star Trek new cast
NEW CAST ON BRIDGE
This is going to be totally awesome!
new cast on bridge
An official trailer will be attached to November 14th’s Quantum of Solace.

KIRK TO ENTERPRISE? THE MYSTERY CONTINUES

Published September 20, 2008

I wrote months ago regarding my theory of William Shatner’s involvement in J.J. Abrams new Star Trek movie. If this a subject that interests you, please read that post, Is J.J. Abrams Pulling A Fast One? before continuing with this article. (Else, this ain’t gonna make no sense.)

We’ve still got months to go before that May 8, 2009 release date and the rumor mill is churning again. William Shatner has been quite vocal of late regarding his disappointment at not being in this movie. If you take my theory into account, this is either a ruse or he is telling the truth.

When J.J. Abrams was asked about this, he responded thusly:

We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn’t quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn’t want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. [But] his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that.

Hercules over at Ain’tItCoolNews recently had this to say about that:

Would a smarter group of filmmakers have written a story in which an aged Spock travels back in time to Kirk’s Starfleet Academy days to avert some sort of Romulan mischief? Would those filmmakers have had Spock (since he’s gone to the trouble of jumping back to Kirk’s youth) maybe hand a Marty McFly note to young Kirk warning him to steer clear of the Enterprise-B’s maiden voyage? Would those filmmakers have shot a scene in which Spock returns to the future to greet a resurrected Kirk sharing a cocktail with Admiral Sulu? Would those smarter filmmakers go to elaborate lengths to keep 77-year-old Shatner’s appearance a secret?

Which is what I’ve been saying all along.

Addressing that issue, The Shat and his daughter Liz posted a video two days ago on his TheShatnerProject channel. (Man, between that and ShatnerVision and WilliamShatner.com, this guy is all over the place. Go Bill!)


WILLIAM SHATNER’S MESSAGE TO J.J. ABRAMS




Will William Shatner show up in this film? Even Hercules from AICN seemed to think this was not such a tough storytelling problem. With months to go and both Abrams and Shatner seemingly still quite amiable to each other, anything could happen.

Director Kevin Smith, recently saw an early cut of the film and had this to say:

It’s really strong, [J.J. Abrams] was rejiggering the opening few scenes. It’s one of those things where you first heard about it and were like, no they’re not going to redo ‘Star Trek’! And then you see the movie and you think, wow he did pull it off! He turned it into a viable renewed franchise. Chris Pine is fantastic. It is a star-making performance. From his first scene forward, this dude is not doing an impression of Shatner. He is doing young Kirk. He doesn’t have the slow delivery mannerisms of Shatner, but it’s totally James T. Kirk, the bravado, the self-assuredness. It’s such a great performance. You can’t take your eyes off the guy. Anytime he’s not on the screen you’re waiting for him to get back. And the chick [Zoe Saldana] who plays Uhura is really great. They made Uhura really interesting.

Now I’m counting days again.

Get this widget!




9/15/08 – UPDATE

The story continues … J.J. Abrams has just responded back to Shatner in a video which can be viewed by clicking here.

NEW STAR TREK INTERVIEWS

Published June 10, 2008

We’ve still got another 11 months or so until the new Star Trek movie is released to theaters, but buzz around J.J. Abrams’ reboot of this iconic series is already incredibly good. In fact, Paramount has already ordered a sequel – that’s gotta be some kind of record.

A couple months ago, I posted my theory regarding Abrams’ dubious claim that William Shatner is not involved in this film – you can read it here.

Below are some recent interviews with Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto … check out the eerie resemblance in that banner behind the two of them. At least we know Quinto can cock a wry Vulcan eyebrow.


E! ONLINE INTERVIEW – LEONARD NIMOY AND ZACHARY QUINTO




E! ONLINE INTERVIEW – ZACHARY QUINTO

JAMES T. KIRK ~ HEROIC LOTHARIO

Published March 28, 2008

I’ve already written about my theory regarding William Shatner and the new Star Trek film (Is J.J. Abrams Pulling a Fast One?). So, since I’ve got a Trek jones on, I thought I would put up a little tribute to my favorite skirt chasing, ass kicking, over acting Starship Captain.

I found three hilarious videos to post, each displaying our hero’s athletic agility, animal prowess, and charm with the ladies (some green ladies, but … ladies). I’m surprised Dr. McCoy never said, “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor not a VD clinic!”

Since I couldn’t decide which one I liked best … you’re getting them all.
Shatner as Kirk

JAMES T. KIRK ~ I NEED A HERO




JAMES T. KIRK ~ HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?




JAMES T. KIRK ~ JUST A GIGOLO

IS J.J. ABRAMS PULLING A FAST ONE?

Published February 26, 2008

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past few months, you know that über-producer/director J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost) is currently shooting the new re-boot of Star Trek. The eleventh film in the franchise, once slated for a Christmas 2008 release, has been pushed by Paramount to May 8, 2009. According to the studio, the reasoning behind this is not due to production trouble, but simply because they have enough faith in this film to compete as a summer blockbuster.

Simply titled, Star Trek, the film chronicles the early days of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of our gallant crew. Leonard Nimoy (who has gushed in a most un-Vulcanlike manner about the tremendous quality of the script) reprises his iconic role here, passing the torch to Zachary Quinto (Heroes) as his younger self. And boy is Quinto is a dead ringer for the half-human/half-Vulcan Science Officer (see below).
Nimoy & Quinto
FIRST LOOK – QUINTO AS SPOCK
Quinto as Spock
Relative newcomer Chris Pine (the son of CHiPs actor Robert Pine) is recieving great buzz as the new James Tiberius Kirk — he’s not quite the doppelganger Quinto is, but I’m willing to give him a chance.
Shatner & Pine
So what about the Shat?

William Shatner filmed Kirk’s death scene in 1994’s Generations … but this IS Star Trek, this IS science fiction, is there no way to bring back our favorite Captain for one last curtain call? According to Abrams: no. He says he would love to bring Shatner into the production (as would a legion of fans), but that cramming him into the film in an unbelievable way would only hurt the story. Kirk died. Period.

But wait … according to many reports, this film is going to feature scenes between both Spocks, old and young. It has also been confirmed that time travel is going to play a major part in this story. That said, why is changing the future (in the past) so Kirk does NOT die so difficult? Jim Kirk’s death in Generations was terribly unheroic. Falling off a bridge? Excuse me? Trekkies are still reeling over that faux pas.

Now that the writer’s strike is over, the film is still in production, and we’ve more than a year until the release (see the time clock below), I would like to offer my theory. Both Abrams and Paramount know how much reuniting Nimoy and Shatner in this film would mean in box office dollars alone. This is a no brainer. You don’t make a film about young Kirk and Spock without bringing Shatner in to climax the movie. His explanation about resurrecting Kirk in an unbelievable way does not hold water given the story’s time travel devices.

Spock died in Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan (one of my favorite films of all time). But in Star Trek III – The Search For Spock, Kirk risked his career, and blew up his ship, and sacrificed his son, to bring him back. To have Spock reciprocate in this new film, simply because he misses his old friend, would be profoundly emotional, deeply moving, and a fitting send off for two of the most iconic characters in popular culture.

I think everyone involved in this film (all of whom have signed non-disclosure statements) is holding back a wonderful surprise. Whether from a storytelling point of view, or a financial one, this theory is only … (cocking right eyebrow) logical.

Spock to Kirk in Star Trek III after being resurrected: “My father says that you have been my friend – you came back for me.”

Kirk: “You’d have done the same for me.”

The countdown is on … here’s to old friends returning favors.

Get this widget!



STAR TREK ~ teaser trailer



WORDSLINGER’S NOTE ~ CBS.com is now showing all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek for free on their site (these are not the re-mastered shows, but whuddya want for nothin’?). They are also featuring the first two seasons of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, all in large format, high quality. Again, for free. Check ’em out here.