Ten Forward Episode 202: Ten Forward BEYOND
Aug22

Ten Forward Episode 202: Ten Forward BEYOND

  Join Sina, Not-So-Evil Dan and Chris Johnson for a timely (TIMELY!) review of Star Trek Beyond. Special thanks go to Paul Wright for rescuing this recording and editing it into a respectable show. He earns the Platinum Pinecone Prize. Podcast (ten-forward): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:06:28 — 60.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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10 things that may be too Star Trek-y for Star Trek Beyond  -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick
Sep30

10 things that may be too Star Trek-y for Star Trek Beyond -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick

The next Star Trek film has already had its fair share of ups and downs, from a game of musical chairs for directors to the hot topic of whether this is going to be the last film in the series. When Simon Pegg took on the role of co-writer it seemed like things were going on the right track, even if the new film has been given the silly title of Star Trek Beyond and there’s been talks of constant rewrites. Then he said something more worrying – not counting when he lashed out at disappointed fans over Star Trek Into Darkness or those wanting spoilers: He said that the previous working script was considered too Star Trek-y for Paramount. Given that it’s a Star Trek film, you’d expect it to be incredibly Star Trek-y, especially since it’s being released in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise. He’s also added that the film needs to capture the sort of audience that The Avengers did, and that the idea is to make it a Western or a heist movie only set in the Star Trek framework. There’s some truth to that, but what factors could have been too Star Trek-y? And more than that, is it a bad idea to throw them away? Here are ten of the key components of Star Trek they may have meant…   Allegory: At it’s best, Star Trek has always been about trying to make us think. While working on the original series, Nichelle Nichols apparently told Gene Roddenberry what it was he was doing: “You’re telling morality plays!”, to which he grinned and replied, “Yes, but don’t tell anyone.” Like the best science fiction, Star Trek has done more than show exploration, intergalactic wars and personal relationships; It’s told stories about prejudice, arrogance, the harsh realities of war, politics, oppression, class wars… and so much more. It took issues which affect us all and made us think about them. It’s one of the aspects that’s been somewhat lost in recent years, but putting it in again wouldn’t hurt.   Klingons: Not just Klingons, but Romulans, Cardassians, Andorians and even the Ferengi. These are well-established alien races within Star Trek. There was a brief appearance of rebooted Klingons (or Blingons as some have chosen to call them) in Star Trek Into Darkness and rumour has it that they may return. Then again, some rumours claim that they’ll be introducing an altogether new race of aliens to menace our heroes. Is that necessarily a good thing? Introducing new races in the films has never been overly successful (yes, that includes the Son’a from...

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The Self-Sustaining Star Trek  -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick
Jan17

The Self-Sustaining Star Trek -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick

First JJ Abrams stepped down as director of the next Star Trek film, then Roberto Orci left. I don’t know if Orci’s departure was a decision made on friendly terms, but from his statements online, and the announcement that he isn’t writing the script either, it doesn’t look like it. I appreciate what he’s helped to bring to the films, just as I did with JJ Abrams, although I’m still not sure if the Bad Robot team has helped Star Trek or hurt it. In typical Orci fashion, his bluntness and defence of Bad Robot have rubbed many fans the wrong way. As he rightly pointed out, he makes films and we don’t. I can’t disagree with him on that. But the implication he made was: what right do the fans have to bad-mouth our efforts? There’s a simple answer: we ARE fans. Not only that, but we’re the ones buying the tickets to see those movies that he’s making… or not making, in this case. The fans are paying for it, and they deserve something good. Star Trek as a franchise may be owned by Paramount/Viacom, but its soul belongs to the fans. As Enterprise‘s sad history proved, you can’t just slap the name Star Trek on something and expect the fans to instantly buy it. No. The fans deserve quality, and on a regular basis too. They need Star Trek to be a self-sustaining source of excellent entertainment, not just for a couple of movies that come out every three or four years… but far beyond that, and on a more regular basis. One of the biggest issues is that there’s been a lack of vision lately. That may sound ridiculous, since those guys from Bad Robot did come up with a bold new future for Star Trek, and their two films did make money. But one of the biggest lessons in storytelling is that there’s a huge difference between concept and long-term execution. The Bad Robot concept was to reboot Star Trek and make it more like Star Wars, which meant jettisoning much of the slower, story-driven philosophical aspects of the earlier shows and films, and pumping up the action. It’s a concept – and one that’s worked pretty well – but is it one that can sustain itself in the long term? Probably not, which may explain why the new film’s plot was rumoured to be more “classic” Star Trek. Rewriting forty years of canon to reboot everything wasn’t a great long-term plan, although it was a good concept, and one that was arguably necessary. When Bad Robot came into the game the Star Trek...

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Fan Film Review: Star Wreck – In The Pirkinning   By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick
Aug11

Fan Film Review: Star Wreck – In The Pirkinning By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick

  In the reaches of deep space, a fleet of starships led by Captain Pirk are preparing to enter a strange dimensional rift called the maggot hole. Is it good? Bad? Who knows? But that’s where the story starts, and it’s quite an odd one. After this brief intro, the film flashes back to where the previous Star Wreck apparently ended, with dim-witted Captain Pirk and his crew stranded on Earth in our time period. Plingon Commander Dwarf is a hotdog vendor, the android Commander Info is nowhere to be found and Pirk is having little success in picking up women in fast food burger bars. Despite warnings of violating the First Directive and tampering with the timeline, Pirk figures that he can create a new destiny for Earth that will bring him power, fame and fortune. They just need a new ship to do it. The Vulgars tried to make first contact with Earth, but instead wound up hitting the party scene, and their ship got sold to the Russians. Seizing this opportunity, Pirk and his crew decide to take it by force and turn it into their new S.S. Kickstart. After a few years it’s ready, and soon Pirk sets out on a course of global conquest to become Emperor. It’s an easy enough job taking over, but the people of Earth don’t appreciate his leadership. Another problem is that even though a new spacefleet is assembled, none of their ships can get past twist factor 2 to explore and conquer new worlds. So when they find the maggot hole in space it seems like their prayers have been answered. Pirk makes plans to invade… only to find a parallel reality where their new enemies from a alternate Earth occupy a large space station called Babel 13. The scene is set for an epic battle between two sci-fi realities, where the inept Pirk must match wits with his long-winded counterpart Johnny K. Sherrypie. Will Babel 13’s drunk security officer Mikhael Garybrandy stay sober for long enough to do anything significant? Will Commander Dwarf ever solve the mystery of why his tactical station is the only place on the bridge that doesn’t have a chair? Will Pirk ever be able to bed a woman successfully? Parodies are always walking a fine line, and taking on both Star Trek and Babylon 5 is a tough job to do. When you add the fan-film aspect, and that this was apparently made by five guys in two rooms, it can become a worrying sign. Yet incredibly it works, and works well. Not every joke is going to get you laughing, the...

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Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray Trailer
Dec21

Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray Trailer

  These are the Voyages… In the final harrowing season of Star Trek: Enterprise, timelines collide as Captain Jonathan Archer and his crew rally with humans and other species to form the Federation and prevent intergalactic war. Starfleet and the crew of the Enterprise are put to the test as they fight to avoid a deadly virus on the ship, deal with an alternate “mirror” universe, battle radical alien factions, and prevent the alteration of history — including a Nazi-occupied America. If the Temporal Cold War is not brought to an end, history and life as they know it will be forever altered. Synopsis: Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, follow Starfleet’s earliest forays into deep space with breathtaking 1080p high definition picture and remastered 7.1 sound. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) commands the Enterprise NX-01, the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier. With his trusted Chief Engineer, Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer), Science Officer T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), and security expert Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), Capt. Archer is tasked with exploring new, unknown star systems in this groundbreaking, action-packed...

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Star Trek Enterprise Season 3 Blu-ray Contents
Nov12

Star Trek Enterprise Season 3 Blu-ray Contents

CBS Home Entertainment have released details for the complete season 3 of Star Trek Enterprise on Blu-ray. Star Trek Enterprise Season 3 All 24 Exciting Episodes Presented In Spectacular High Definition, Plus A Never-Before-Seen Three-Part Documentary, When The Six-Disc Set Debuts January 7, 2014 US And January 27, 2014 UK HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 8, 2013) – The original starship Enterprise continues its historic voyage into the final frontier of high definition when STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE—SEASON THREE on Blu-ray makes its debut on January 7 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring all 24 episodes from the third season, the six-disc Blu-ray set also includes never-before-seen special features that are exclusive to this release: “In A Time of War,” a new three-part documentary, and a new featurette entitled “Temporal Cold War: Declassified.” In addition, the Blu-ray includes bonus material previously released on DVD such as commentaries, deleted scenes from select episodes and archival mission logs for an in-depth and immersive viewing experience. With breathtaking 1080p high-definition picture and remastered sound, the STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Blu-ray releases have received rave reviews. Starring Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE follows the adventures of the Enterprise NX-01, the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier, and her intrepid crew of brave explorers. In addition to all-new commentary tracks on select episodes with some of the franchise’s most notable names, the high-definition collection includes the newly produced “In A Time Of War.” This retrospective, multi-part documentary offers fans an inside look at the making of the series’ groundbreaking third season, which was the first in the franchise to feature a year-long story arc. In this piece, the writers and production staff discuss the complexities of plotting the Xindi story arc along with the development of the key themes seen in the show’s pivotal third season. The collection also includes the exclusive featurette, “Temporal Cold War: Declassified.” In this never-before-seen piece, the show’s creators, cast and production team reveal details about the original story arc that was never fully explored; in addition, the group discusses how the temporal cold war would have ended if the series had continued. STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE – SEASON THREE on Blu-ray will be available in 1080p with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, German 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Stereo Surround and Japanese Stereo Surround. The discs also include English SDH, French, German, Japanese and Dutch subtitles. The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada. The disc breakdown is as follows: Disc One: Episodes The Xindi Anomaly Extinction Rajiin Special Features Text...

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UK: Pre-Order Star Trek Enterprise S3 On Blu-ray Now
Nov07

UK: Pre-Order Star Trek Enterprise S3 On Blu-ray Now

Star Trek Enterprise season 3 on Blu-ray is available to pre-order from Amazon UK for £50.00. The price will probably drop nearer to £40 by the time it is released. All 24 episodes and a variety of behind-the-scenes featurettes and bonus material will be available on January 27, 2014.  Following the attack on Earth in the season 2 finale “The Expanse”, the crew of Enterprise attempt to seek out the Xindi and stop them from launching their much larger, and much more devastating, weapon, the Xindi weapon. Included in the set are the following special features: The Xindi Saga Begins Star Trek Enterprise moments: Season 3 Star Trek Enterprise profile: Connor Trinneer A Day in the Life of a Director: Roxann Dawson Deleted scenes, outtakes, and photo...

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Joe Cornish set to direct Star Trek 3?
Nov05

Joe Cornish set to direct Star Trek 3?

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is in the frame to direct the next Star Trek movie, the third in the recent series of reboots masterminded by JJ Abrams. Due to his commitments on Star Wars, Abrams recently confirmed he would not return to direct Star Trek 3 despite the success of the second instalment, Into Darkness, and Cornish has now emerged as the frontrunner to replace him, according to Deadline. Cornish made waves with his 2011 debut, Attack the Block, which rose above its relatively limited budget of £8m to pull off some impressive special effects sequences. Though he has not directed since, he secured writing jobs on major Hollywood productions The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man, directed by Steven Spielberg and Edgar Wright respectively. He is also working on an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s dystopian sci-fi novel Snow Crash. Star Trek 3 is due to begin shooting in the middle part of 2014. Original article The...

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Enterprise Ring Ship Artisan Replica
Oct28

Enterprise Ring Ship Artisan Replica

New from QMx is the first starship Enterprise – U.S.S. Enterprise XCV-330. The USS Enterprise (XCV-330), previously the UESP Enterprise (7) and also the SS Enterprise, was the first spacecraft named Enterprise to be designated a starship. The UESP Enterprise was originally built as a Starliner, a manned interstellar probe, by the United Earth Space Probe Agency in the mid-to-late 21st century, as one of Earth’s earliest attempts at interstellar travel. Product details The U.S.S. Enterprise XCV-330, with its distinctive ring-shaped engines, is a starship of myth, seen only as an illustration or painting — until now. QMx is thrilled to present an extremely limited edition of this supposed precursor to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Design Concept The XCV-330 was originally conceived by designer Matt Jefferies for Gene Roddenberry’s planned follow-up to Star Trek: The Original Series. Although that show was never greenlit, this amazing retro ship appeared as artwork in the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise and in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. For the 2013 J.J. Abrams blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness, their Artisan prop and model shop, QMx FX Cinema Arts, was asked to illustrate the history of starflight in the new Star Trek time line. The 14 filming miniatures they created can be seen stretching across the credenza in Admiral Marcus’ office, starting with the Wright Flyer and ending with the U.S.S. Vengeance. In the History of Starflight collection, the XCV-330 fills the role of Earth’s first sub-light, interplanetary and interstellar space vehicle. Making the Ships QMx built an idealized version of U.S.S. Enterprise Ring Ship for Star Trek Into Darkness (STID) from scratch by hand. It is a unique, one-of-a-kind miniature. When developing the collectible model, QMx FX Cinema Arts combined elements of 3-D files supplied to them by digital artist Mark Rademaker with the filming miniature used in STID to create a final model that is both modern and retro, and looks entirely functional and believable. Rademaker’s Ring Ship design, which takes Jefferies’ original drawings and renders them into a much more realistic, modern ship, can be seen in the 2011 Star Trek Ships of the Line Calendar. Superior Construction Their custom-built Enterprise Ring Ship Artisan Replica is made of cast resin and is reinforced with a metal armature. It is hand painted with colors taken from both the Star Trek: The Original Series Enterprise and the Star Trek (2009) Enterprise. Externally and inside the ring, the QMx Enterprise Ring Ship Artisan Replica has been carefully masked and hand painted with multiple layers of automotive paint to create a textured Aztec pattern. The ring measures approximately 7.75 inches in diameter. The ship is 12 inches long and is 13 inches high when placed on the included custom-built display stand. The display stand...

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Create & Win With Star Trek Starships Collection Competition
Oct22

Create & Win With Star Trek Starships Collection Competition

Eaglemoss have announced a competition to recreate their favourite scenes from Star Trek, using Instagram Video. The sequence fans can recreate is from The Original Series episode “The Enemy Within.” Each week of the competition, Eaglemoss will reveal a new theme via the Star Trek Starships Facebook Page, and fans will have a full week in which to submit entries. Entries can NOT use video footage, animations, music or images from any Star Trek shows or movies. You, your friends and pets, as well as puppets, figures and animation of your creation are all fair game. Prizes will be awarded each week. Third prize will be a custom-made Star Trek poster. Second place will be a custom-made Star Trek poster and a piece of Star Trek merchandise from the official store. And first place will be the custom-made poster, a piece of Star Trek merchandise from the official store and a free subscription to the Star Trek Starships Collection. Fans in the UK and US are able to enter the competition today and will run until midnight GMT on November 18.  For full details visit their Facebook page Source...

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