Countdown to Star Trek: Discovery – 171 days to go

August 13th, 2016

A few more pieces of information came out this week, giving a better picture of how the show is going to be.

  • The lead of the show will be a female Star Fleet lieutenant. This is interesting, in that all the previous shows have had the captain of the ship (or station) as the lead. Given that we’ve had years of stories focusing on the command crew I think it’ll be a good change of pace.

  • The timeline will be 10 years before the start of The Orginal Series. This allows for some overlap, but not too much. It is going to make it quite difficult to have a ‘look and feel’ too different from TOS without the show feeling disconnected from the timeline. I’ll wait and see how the on-set pictures look, but a bit worried about this. I’d prefer something a bit further removed, really.

  • It’s about ‘an incident in the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but never fully explored’. From the timeline this is the Klingon-Federation Cold War period, although I think there’s been so much time spent on Klingons I’d prefer something a bit fresher.

  • Season one is thirteen episodes. Good – for a heavily serialised story that’s about right, even Game of Thrones with ten per season ends up with a bit of filler.

  • More info (possibly a trailer) coming in October.

Countdown to Star Trek: Discovery – 191 days to go

July 24th, 2016

The first details of the new show are starting to appear:

  • It will be called ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. Nice name, terrible abbreviation.

  • It takes place in the ‘prime’ timeline (that is, not the one of the past three movies).

  • It will be a ‘serial’ show, with each episode building the story over the course of a season.

  • The setting is the USS Discovery, NCC-1031. Which suggests that it’s set somewhere between the time of Enterprise (2150s) and The Original Series (2260s).

The only premiere date set so far is ‘January 2017’, so my countdown is based on 31 January. I’ll be doing updates as new information appears. So far, it’s hard to tell.

I’d love to see the Romulan war, but that’s too close to Enterprise’s timeline. It could be the first conflict with the Klingons (the 2220s), which would also be good.

Trekathon 739: Star Trek Beyond (MOV)

July 22nd, 2016

A rescue mission goes badly wrong.

Spoiler warning for the new movie. See it first, then read on.

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Bond Villain Business Plan Reviews: For Your Eyes Only

October 3rd, 2015

Business Plan Summary: Steal UK Military hardware from a wrecked ship and sell it the Soviet Union.

Founder/Leader: Aristotle Kristatos, organised crime. Feared in his area for his brutality and effectiveness. Has a history of playing one side against the other.

Key Personnel: Emile Locque, Hitman. Knows when to stay out of trouble, quiet and effective.

Support Staff: Eric Kriegler, biathlete. Hopefully better at biathlon than killing enemies, as he falls into the ‘too elaborate’ trap.

Technology: None.

Review: It’s nice to see a simple plan for once – steal something from a wreck and sell it to the highest bidder. No complications, little possibility for revenge, no need to kill people to keep them quiet.

Recommendation: Strong Invest.

Bond Villain Business Plan Reviews: Moonraker

September 28th, 2015

Business Plan Summary: Annihilate all people on the Earth, and then repopulate using genetically perfect specimens from an orbiting station.

Founder/Leader: Hugo Drax, CEO Drax Industries. While he’s led an impressive company that has incredible technology, Mr Drax is impatient and easily angered. Mr Drax wants people to have ‘amusing’ deaths – here’s a suggestion: imagine all the fun you could have by quickly killing your enemies and then having them stuffed.

Key Personnel: None.

Support Staff: Jaws, previously staff for Karl Stromberg.

Technology: Shuttle technology together with a very large space station that has radar jamming technology.

Review: Unlike the previous plan assessed, this plan deals much better with the side effects of annihilating all of humanity. There will be a much better world to inherit than a nuclear wasteland. On the other hand, Mr Drax will still be around, and a nuclear wasteland would be preferable to that.

Recommendation: Do not invest.

Bond Villain Business Plan Review: The Spy Who Loved Me

September 28th, 2015

Business Plan Summary: Trigger a nuclear war between the superpowers, so that the survivors can live on under the sea.

Founder/Leader: Karl Stromberg, shipping tycoon. A reclusive individual, with great wealth. Decisive, but a little prone to displays of overcomplicated revenge.

Key Personnel: None.

Support Staff: Jaws, assassin. Seemingly indestructible, methodical and effective.

Technology: Underwater city, with submersible main base/entrance.

Review: As the company founder would admit, there isn’t a lot of profit in this plan. But as opportunities to live as kings in the world of the future are also worth considering, we should still consider this plan carefully.

There are two real questions – first, why bother destroying the world. The underwater city would function just as well without destroying the world, and obviously secrecy has been maintained well to date.

Second, what happens to the oceans when the world is destroyed? Worldwide nuclear winter, high levels of nuclear fallout, and stray nukes going off in the ocean. None of that sounds good for living under the water.

Recommendation: Do not invest.