Trekathon 742: Context is for Kings (DIS)

October 2nd, 2017

Star Trek goes ‘Alien’. Spoilers after the break.

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Trekathon 741: Battle at the Binary Stars (DIS)

September 25th, 2017

Two episodes of the new series down, and while there’s a lot more series to go, it’s off to a strong start. Spoilers after the jump.

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Trekathon 740: The Vulcan Hello (DIS)

September 25th, 2017

Star Trek is back on TV after 12 years off screen. So far – too early to tell, but there’s a fair bit of promise here. Spoilers after the jump.

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Countdown to Star Trek: Discovery – 1 day to go

September 24th, 2017

One more sleep until a new Star Trek TV series premieres. The last time I could say that was September 2001, 16 years ago.

(It was 21 years between the premieres of TOS and TNG, so it’s not a record).

The early reviews (or to be more accurate, the headlines of the early reviews as there is no way I’m reading that now) seem fairly positive. But I maintain my skepticism from the earlier posts in this series. But I’m also excited – this will be only the second time I’m watching a Star Trek series as it launches.

(TOS and TNG premiered before my TV watching, VOY and ENT never captured my interest when they were on. I’m fairly certain I watched DS9 from its start, but honestly would struggle to prove that).

The main things I’m looking for are:

  • Is this Star Trek, or generic SF show number seven? This is both a question of history, but also one of philosophy – Star Trek at its best is the excitement and danger of exploration, and the battle for the moral high ground.

  • Is there a reasonable explanation for the fourth iteration of Klingon makeup? More to the point, does it mean something, or is it just a gratuitous change because a makeup designer wanted something more modern (looking at you here, Star Trek Into Darkness Klingons)?

  • How is the continuity with The Original Series? Sarek and Harry Mudd are two of the most obvious points, but I’ll be surprised if we don’t get a few other easter eggs.

  • Is it a good TV show? Does it have interesting characters telling an interesting story?

  • Is there an explanation for why we go from the set design seen in the trailers to the set design of TOS within 10 years? This matters not at all to me (for some reason it feels very different to the Klingon makeup), but I’d like to see them at least try. DS9 made it work.

I’ll be returning to the Trekathon series as of tomorrow, writing up some brief thoughts on each episode. Assuming everything works and it appears on Netflix according to schedule that is.

Countdown to Star Trek: Discovery – 96 days to go

June 20th, 2017

At long last, a release date has been announced:

After being delayed twice, Star Trek: Discovery finally has a premiere date: Sept. 24.

Which means I finally have a proper countdown again, and it’s a little over three months until we see what this one will be like.

Countdown to Star Trek: Discovery – 166? days to go

May 19th, 2017

In the biggest news yet, there’s an actual trailer for Star Trek: Discovery

This looks to be pretty early (maybe first episode or two only) material. And there’s a lot to be optimistic about. While the design is a bit ‘Abrams Movies’, the dialogue feels a lot like more classic Star Trek. It looks gorgeous, with a lot of callbacks to the Original Series in design and special effects.

The major element I tripped over was the Klingons. While I’ve seen some things that suggest that there’s going to be an in-universe explanation for the new appearance (‘ancient Klingons’), I feel like it’s a bit unnecessary. But there’s the bigger point that the Klingons are not a good villain, and doing something with the Romulans would be a lot more interesting.

Still, enough for me to upgrade back to ‘guardedly optimistic’. That trailer looked, more or less, like Star Trek to me.