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forceawakens-5Normally, I don’t post trailers to my blog but honestly, this new Star Wars trailer just give me pure happiness and joy. I have to keep it for future enjoyment.


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Wagon train to the stars. The Rifleman in space. These old show concepts were used to pitch the tv series Star Trek and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sure, I get the concept of True Detective for a new Star Trek series but before we can even entertain that thought there’s one big pressing issue and that has to do with the reboot of the franchise in 2009. Right from the beginning of the film, we get arrival of Nero killing Kirk’s dad in the beginning of the film and later caused the destruction of Vulcan which caused an alternate Trek history. How will this new direction be addressed? Once this is determine then the direction of the franchise as whole can be mapped out ala Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sadly, I have no insight about when things will get hammered out but while we need a Gene Roddenberry or Kevin Fiege (MCU) type, there has to be an overseer to put together a new Trek universe and please don’t bring back Rick Berman. He did an admirable job carrying the torch after Roddenberry died but it’s time to have some fresh new blood.

So, my two cents, as if anyone reads my blog, there is no Picard, Sisko and Janeway. We do have  Starfleet and a Federation plus we see similar aliens but that’s it; we have a blank canvas. Anything is now possible with the update sfx for tv. BSG was cinematic for the small screen and I was dazzled except for that bullshit Starbuck ending. We can have great space battles and cool action scenes that can rival movies. Think what J.J. Abrams did with the reboot movie but with less lens flare. Just sayin’ – less lens flare.

Star Trek debuted on television on September 8, 1966. The original series was a cult hit, barely eking out a three-season run until syndicated reruns made it ubiquitous. Paramount, which owned it, took a chance on a Star Trek feature film in the late ’70s, and a cult property became a cultural phenomenon.

The early ’90s brought the height of the franchise. Star Trek: The Next Generation was a legitimate sensation, the sixth Star Trek feature film debuted to good box office (just under $75 million in 1991 dollars and just under $150 million when adjusted for 2015) and warm reviews, and Deep Space Nine (arguably the best Trek series) was being prepped.

But now, Star Trek is in trouble.

We’re one year away from Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, and it looks like what fans will get in terms of celebration is the latest installment of the new movie franchise. The third film in the series will be released in July 2016, but it’s been plagued by development problems, including the original director departing and a yet-to-be-finalized script for a film that starts shooting next month. Yeah, there will probably be a TV special or something that unites the surviving cast members of the franchises in addition to the movie. But is that enough?

via How to save Star Trek: Make it the True Detective of science fiction – Vox.


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It’s been a while, a long while, since I last rant about Star Trek Into Darkness on my podcast for the worst film of 2013. Given time, the failed attempt of the 2009 Star Trek sequel, I am looking for redemption. Star Trek will be turning the big 5-0 next year which means they quality for a Jitterbug cell phone and lower car insurance rates from AARP. Still, there is a lot to look forward to in achieving this milestone except on the big screen. Robert Orci who was on the writing team with Alex Kurtzman wrote some good stuff like Transformers and Star Trek.

Since JJ Abrams was not coming back, Robert was not only going to write the story but also direct it. This was not a cause for alarm at first but when it was discovered that the story was going involve an undoing of the new Trek timeline and with possible Shatner involvement, I am really glad that this has been halted. We do have a new director Justin Lin, from the Fast and Furious franchise but there is no story at this time. This concerns me more than the lack of Justin’s scifi credentials. JJ was able to make the Trek franchise accessible and fun for everyone with a much needed reboot. We should this franchise go then? Insert the opening Star Trek theme… cue Kirk “Space The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…” Let’s get back to its roots

I would love nothing more to see our space gang explore the final frontier as it is meant to do. The Trek universe has been reset but it needs to be repopulated. Paramount needs to spend the time to map out what this new new future will be. From there, there needs to be big bads or baddies that meet our crew from time to time. One two our movie is not enough to set up a villain let alone make it a compelling one. Kahn works because we saw him on tv during the Space Seed episode and then many years later on the big screen. The new Kahn failed to prove anything compelling because there was no history. The new movie needs to be about what is the new universe is about and set it up like the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it can be done. We just need another Great Bird of the Galaxy to make it happen!

 There was some heartening news over the holidays for those of us who are longtime Star Trek fans. And there was some alarming news, none of which has been mitigated since.

The next Star Trek film in the rebooted franchise now has a launch date in its 50th anniversary year of 2016. It opens on July 8th, which happens to be my birthday. But there are plenty of signs of disarray, with little evidence that the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest scifi cultural phenomenons of all time has much in the way of celebration in store. This stands in stark contrast to the recent 50th anniversaries of the James Bond and Doctor Who franchises.

Star Trek, the rebooted 2009 movie that presented the original series characters living in a new timeline, provided a great renewal for the franchise. With Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams off to his first love Star Wars after a promising and exciting first film and a maddening follow-up, and co-writer and producer of the 2009 and 2013 films Roberto Orci in and out of the director’s chair, the anniversary film finally has a director. It’s Justin Lin, from the Fast and Furious franchise.

via Star Trek’s Troubling 50th Anniversary | William Bradley.


Believe me when I say that this article and title is right on the money. While both Trek movies from 2009 combined made over a billion dollars, I believe Paramount is not thinking long-term enough. Fine, the new director Robert Orci has written a boatload of tv shows and some great movies as well as serving as either producer or executive producer. Star Trek 3 will be his first outing at least that is what I found on IMDB. I’m not so keen about this idea because this is not the normal course of action to hire directors especially on big movies like Trek.

On the Fly II with Eric Stoltz, makeup artist/sfx Chris Walas from the first movie became the director of the sequel. Sadly, anyone following David Cronenberg’s work has a hard act to follow regardless. Walas taking over the reigns for the Fly 2, while it had some good moments, failed to rival or even come close to the first. Let’s move to Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation which was headed by Phil Tippet. Star Wars fans and other great visual f/x movies will know that Phil’s great talent is making great visual f/x. Trying to follow the very skilful job that Paul Verhooven did in the first Starship Troopers was next to impossible much like the same problem Walas had. The budget was smaller to fit a smaller story and except for nudity to keep me awake there was very little to watch. I love Phil and will always have a place in my heart as he played the Rancor monster in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Another example is Frank Marshall. He has been a phenomenal producer and executive producer. One could almost watch any Spielberg movie and see Frank’s name. He had also turned to directing and has had some modest success. His first movie was Arachnophobia but I believe his better movie was Alive which was based on the plane crash in the Andes Mountain. However, Congo adapted from Michael Crichton’s book of the same name is sadly forgettable. All these examples are to help illustrate that hiring Robert Orci maybe a mistake given the track records of those I mentioned. However, let us look forward to a future where Paramount can be happy with the future of Star Trek.

Taking a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Paramount needs to re-establish the Star Trek Universe (STU). Let’s start with mentioning the original series (TOS) that started the franchise. We then get three Star Trek movies one of the best Trek movie of all times. Star Trek gets back to tv with The Next Generation (TNG). Trek 4 makes a big splash with Nimoy taking the director’s chair and making this a more accessible film for non Trek fans. Trek 5 is nearly killed by Shatner’s hand but 6 makes up the last movie for the original cast and ends their run on a high note. TNG then takes over with their turn on the big screen: Generations and First Contact (their best movie by Frakes). Luckily another Trek series on tv comes into play Deep Space Nine (DS9). TNG fires back on the screen with Insurrection also directed by Frakes but lacks any real bite like First Contact. Star Trek launches Voyager (VOY) on the small screen. TNG makes one last movie Nemesis (worst ever). The last Trek series is called Enterprise (ENT). And then the two movies by JJ Abrams. Got that? Moving on.

Why did I go through all that? To showcase my Trek nerd cred… sh’yeah. More importantly, where do we go with STU? Abrams movie gave us a rebooted Trek universe that can allow us to do anything or do it all over again. Let’s do some creative planning and make this next movie a launch for bigger things. I believe the time is right for another Trek series on tv. Last year, there were rumors of two series in the vein of CSI. UHM, OK? But I would rather see 5 year missions or show how TNG, DS9, or VOY might fare in this alternate Trek history Maybe we get a Picard with hair? A female Data? Or nasty Ferengis as was once visioned by Roddenberry? Think of the possibilities for use fans and for the fans of the future. In between, lace these series with movies on the big screen and empire for Paramount can rise though not as mightly as MCU but still better than the Spiderman franchise over at Sony. Now is the time to plan big.

Paramount Pictures is taking a huge risk naming screenwriter Roberto Orci to direct the next film in the Star Trek movie franchise, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the the following video.

According to an exclusive report in Variety last week, Orci, whose screenwriting credits include work on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, will team with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to write the threequel. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Good news, right? If only it were that simple. Instead, history shows the franchise is suffering decelerating returns. According to The-Numbers.com, Star Trek earned a combined $578.6 million including box office, DVD, and Blu-ray revenue. Star Trek Into Darkness earned $540.4 million on the same basis. Orci is taking on a turnaround story.

via The Star Trek Movie Franchise Is Headed Backwards (VIAB).

Super 8 Movie Review Haiku

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Scifi
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I saw Super 8

The Goonies meets Cloverfield

I saw this before