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


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.

Green Arrow and Wonder Woman on CW? ‘Arrow’ Bosses Sound Off

arrow_wonder_woman_split_-_h_2012Well… well… well. Wonder Woman, huh? It seems that this may be just more talk than action. I’m mean seriously, do I want to see Wonder Woman? Fuck yeah!!!! But when do we get it? Seriously folks, can we a WW off the ground sometime before I die? Eventually but let’s not rush into things. Hera give me strength.

Could Green Arrow and Wonder Woman co-exist on the same network?

With the CW a month away from launching its take on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, the network seems eager to have its Stephen Amell starrer Arrow potentially joined by another member of the Justice League: Wonder Woman.

The network is eyeing an origin story for the famed female superhero, exploring Wonder Woman’s alter ego Diana of Themyscira in Amazon, which is in the early stages of development under comics scribe Allan Heinberg. (Coincidentally, he co-penned a five-issue JLA arc with DC’s Geoff Johns.)

via Green Arrow and Wonder Woman on CW? ‘Arrow’ Bosses Sound Off.

Gotham Pilot Review


Can a tv series about Batman’s famous home city make it without a Batman? Before I can answer this question, Gotham City has been portrayed as dark and seedy place where even the more wretched hive of scum and villainy of Mos Eisley dare not tread. Yet, the city is the backdrop and rarely do we see it as a city on its own. Burton’s gothic take and Schumacher’s living comic book colors of Gotham were passable but I for one never felt it as a real city.  Nolan’s Batman gave us a better glimpse as we could see the city in night and day but Gotham gives us an even better perspective on a city street level. You could feel the corruption of this city oozing through the screen watching the pilot. Gotham has surprised this die-hard Batman fan to say, yes, this series can survive without a Batman. The same can not be said of Superman’s Metropolis and not Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; just to be clear.

As for the details about this episode, I will have to wait before I chime in and maybe be able to do a podcast on this show. So far, I loved what I saw.

Moon Knight – TV Series? « The Daily P.O.P.


Over at the Daily P.O.P. I read this entry about Moon Knight. Having been old enough to have seen the introduction of this character back in the 70’s when I was heavy into collecting comics. While I have many of the Knight comics, this character never won me over as a top grade “A” must read comic. Flash forward 30+ years forward we in a fury of superheroes translated for the big screen hits such as Iron Man, Hulk, X-Men, Batman and Superman. However, there are few that have made it on the small screen that has managed to have the staying power for more than one season. Most notably Smallville is still going strong into its 8th season. This is one of the exceptions that has drawn a pretty faithful audience. The downside, we have seen shows with well known or psuedo-known characters like The Flash and Birds of Prey, which are guilty pleasures for me, barely make a full season. So, this beg the question, with a lesser know Marvel character like Moon Knight, can it be done properly on the small screen? My answer is to what and see but then again there was Blade the Series on Spike which did nothing to help the movie franchise.

Continue below to read the Daily P.O.P. entry:

In October 2006 Marvel Entertainment announced that a Moon Knight TV series had gone into production with No Equal Entertainment (the guys behind “So Weird” and “The Collector”). There has been no word since on the the series from Marvel Comics, but I have been seeing a spike of hope from the fan community, possibly due to the character’s current comic book series.

This begs the question, what would a Moon Knight television show look like? Judging from the current series by Mark Benson and early comics by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkewicz, it’s very doable. Essentially a vigilante meting out justice on the grimy streets of New York, the program is kind of a no-brainer.

via Moon Knight – TV Series? « The Daily P.O.P.

Battlestar Galactica Season Five coming January 2009 « Show Me SciFi

What I hate is the long delay between the seasons. Fans have been frakked over since the seasons 2 and 3. When I heard season 4 was going to be the last and then split over two years, I was royally pissed. And then the writer’s strike hit which may the split even more possible. But why are the last 10 episodes referred as season 5 when its part of the same season 4? To continue on this rant, since when are 10 episodes considered a season. I bought the reasoning with The Shield on F/X that 13 shows worked to tell their stories. Now Torchwood for its 3rd go around will only have 5 shows?! Are you kidding me?! What the hell is going on?! Don’t say that this is part of a marketing ploy because you are pushing away the fans who support the show week after week, attend the conventions and buy the dvd series. Stop screwing the fans over. That’s why I’ve stopped watching the Scifi Channel. 

Battlestar Galactica Season Five coming January 2009 « Show Me SciFi