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Exclusive: Shazad Latif Talks About Emotional Klingon Return In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2

TrekMovie.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 00:25

TrekMovie had the chance to chat with some of the cast of Star Trek: Discovery at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, including actor Shazad Latif. We talked about returning complex role of Tyler (formerly Voq), the tone of the season, and who he has worked with (and wants to work with) in season two. We have highlights in the article along with a full video of the interview below.

Just call him “Voqler,” but don’t ask him to return to the makeup chair

The big thing for Shazad Latif during the first season was maintaining the secret that his character of Tyler was actually the Klingon Voq. The actor talked about what’s next for him (or them) in season two.

Now that the secret, it’s more about the repercussions. It is more of a balancing act. He is stuck between Starfleet and the Klingons, and how you would handle that. And the fallout, who he has hurt, how he is going to repair stuff, the intimate relationships with L’Rell and Burnham. That’s enough for anyone.

Latif also talked about how the second season has a lighter tone, like more traditional Trek:

The first one was set in wartime and it was very dark, it had to be. My character was dealing with very deep issues and going through a lot of pain and struggle, which is very great for drama. I think this [season] is very much like the old Trek. It has got more lighter moments, which balance it out even more, which I think everyone is going to love.

As for what to call his character that started as Voq, but became Tyler and now has this balancing act, Latif joked it could be “Tosh,” but agreed “Voqler” works. As for the Star Trek: Short Treks the actor didn’t have much to say except to reveal he will not be part of any of the four short episodes, which will be released monthly in the fall.

Latif also said that so far he has not done any more scenes in full Klingon makeup as Voq, and sent out a plea that he hopes it stays that way, joking that if they do need a flashback, he wants a high tech solution:

I hope not [having to do Voq makeup]. I am asking though. No more. …CGI flashbacks — I’d put on the [motion capture] suit. Nothing on the face!

Latif’s last time in Klingon makeup, playing Firewolf (Mirror Voq) in episode 11 of season 1

First episode back was emotional for L’Rell and Tyler, wants more scenes with Tilly

When asked if anything has been particularly challenging this season, Latif talked about filming the first episode back featuring Tyler and L’Rell (Mary Chieffo):

It is always a challenge. When it is a particular episode – we left with me and L’Rell going back to the Klingons – there is a whole episode about that kind of stuff. I can’t say much, but it is a very emotional episode to get back into it when you meet them again. It is always tough to film that kind of stuff, big emotion stuff. It is such high stakes. It is in space. L’Rell is [Chancellor]. These are big ideals. So, you have to really focus and go there 100 percent, because if you go there ninety percent, nobody is going to believe you.

When talking about who else he has worked with in the second season so far, the actor also revealed that he has yet to do any scenes with Anson Mount (Captain Pike) or the recently announced Ethan Peck playing Spock, but he said he was “sure” to do so before the season ended. He also revealed he very much wants to get some lighter scenes with Mary Wiseman’s Tilly, like they had earlier in the first season:

I am trying to get me and Tilly — get more scenes of us together, because in real life we are so close. There is an essence of it in episodes six and seven [in season one] when we meet in the mess hall. There are elements of us all sort of laughing together and then it sort of — I want more of that! More! …She get’s [Tyler]. There is a good friendship there.

Shazad wants Tilly and Tyler to hang again

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Saldana: More Latino Representation Needed

TrekToday Headlines - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:19
Zöe Saldana believes that there needs to be more Latinos in the entertainment and news industries, and she is trying to do...
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What Happens At Star Trek Las Vegas 2018… Ends Up On The Shuttle Pod

TrekMovie.com - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:07

Another summer and another big Star Trek Las Vegas convention has come and gone. The Shuttle Pod crew was there in Las Vegas, we share our thoughts on the main events of the convention. The biggest, most exciting, news was of course the announcement of the return of Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, also nearly the entire the cast of Star Trek: Discovery came out to Las Vegas, and the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine was celebrated. Also announced during STLV was the release date and details for the Blu-ray release of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1.

Listen in as Brian, Jared, Kayla, and Matt look back at the convention.

Shuttle Pod 56: Star Trek Las Vegas 2018


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The entrance to STLV 2018 decorated in a Discovery Mirror Universe theme.

 

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Makeup Designer Glenn Hetrick Predicts “Freak Out” Over Season 2 Klingons

TrekMovie.com - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 03:23

Last month it was announced that Star Trek: Discovery was nominated for two Emmys, including one for  Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. Voting for the Emmys started yesterday and CBS is again ramping up their “For Your Consideration” campaign for the show, including a new interview with the makeup designer where he talked a little bit about season two Klingons, again.

Are you ready for some new Klingons?

Last week we reported on Discovery makeup designer Glenn Hetrick’s panel at Star Trek Las Vegas where he revealed the Klingons were getting a “completely new look” for season two. At that panel Hetrick said that the Klingons we saw in season one were not the whole story and there were more Klingon Houses to reveal. He also noted that the hairless Klingons of season one were inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Rightful Heir,” which told the story of how Kahless cut off a lock of his hair and threw it into a volcano to make the first bat’leth.

Now in a new FYC Emmy interview with Syfy focusing on work for the first season, Hetrick also spoke a little bit about season two, and specifically about that story of Kahless, saying:

“We’re obsessed with that story,” Hetrick said. “And as we unpack it, we’re going to find tons of other reasons for the Klingon look” — which is going to change in season two, he promised. “I think people are going to freak out when this unfurls in front of them.”

In the Syfy interview Hetrick also again noted how we have only seen six of the twenty-four Klingon Houses, indicating there is more to the Discovery Klingons to reveal. The makeup artist has already developed backstories and designs for other houses.  And in his panel, he made it pretty clear that at least some will be more familiar to fans. He has yet to say definitively that we will see Klingons with hair, but he has come close to it. Hopefully, we will get a real glimpse before early 2019 when the second season premieres. Until then, we always have Photoshop.

Fan altered image of T’Kuvma with traditional Klingon hair

Emmy voting has started, Chieffo lends her support to Makeup team

As noted by Glenn Hetrick himself yesterday on Twitter, voting has started for the Emmys. And today he did a bit more promotion for the team who are nominated.

For your kind consideration in the Emmy category: Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for Series, Mini-Series, Movie, or Special.
Thank you to everyone involved, honored to be nominated this year. #creativeartsemmys2018 @StarTrek @startrekcbs @cbsallaccess #votingbegins @glenn_hetrick pic.twitter.com/ZtRHvjlSfe

— Glenn Hetrick (@glenn_hetrick) August 14, 2018

CBS is also using social media to promote the work of the makeup team who are all nominated, including the time-lapse below, showing the transformation of actor Damon Runyan into the Klingon Ujilli, of House Mo’Kai.

Don’t let the speed of this video fool you. From concept to screen, some of the creatures on #StarTrekDiscovery took 600 -700 hours of labor to develop

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #2

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 21:53
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #2 will be released tomorrow, but fans can have a sneak peek at the comic...
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Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock Has Been Cast

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 21:37
The actor who will play Spock in Star Trek: Discovery is Ethan Peck. “Through fifty-two years of television and film, a parallel...
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Ethan Peck Cast As Spock On ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 19:17

The search for Spock is over! Ever since the news hit that Spock would appear in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, fans have been waiting for casting news on who would play the iconic character. Now we have it. CBS has just announced that Ethan Peck, the grandson of movie star Gregory Peck, has been cast in the role.

In a statement, Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman described the casting journey:

Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion.  We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role.  An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning.  Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy.  In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.

A different Spock

Although this is the first official casting announcement for the new Spock, cast and creators for the Discovery spoke at length about the return of the character at San Diego Comic-Con last month.

Alex Kurtzman noted that Discovery‘s Spock will not be the one we’re used to.

The Spock that we meet is ten years [before Star Trek: The Original Series]. So, he is not formed in the same way that he is formed by the time you get to TOS. What we will learn is a lot of what made him the Spock that he was and what will make him the Spock he is, has to do with his family and his sister.

According to the producers and actors, a big part of the second season will have to do with family and specifically the relationship between Spock, and Michael Burnham who was adopted by Spock’s parents Sarek And Amanda. Sonequa Martin-Green explains:

We are going to be really digging into that relationship, and digging into a lot of family dynamics in season two. And not just in that family between Burnham and Spock and Sarek and Amanda, but also with the entire crew.

Where is Spock in season two?

Spock did not appear in the season two first look trailer released at Comic-Con last month but his name was mentioned a few times. The trailer established that at the start of the season Spock has taken leave of his post on the USS Enterprise, and we even see Michael Burnham visiting Spock’s empty quarters.

Michael Burnham explores Spock’s empty quarters

The brief trailer indicates Spock’s leave is tied to the mystery which drives the season and was the reason behind Pike taking command of the USS Discovery. In the trailer, Pike describes they mystery of seven unknown signals spread through the galaxy, which they will investigate. Burnham is also seen in the trailer talking to Saru saying “Spock is linked to these signals, and he needs help.”

Burnham talks to Saru about Spock in the Discovery season 2 first look trailer

Nimoys salute Peck

Shortly following the announcement, the actor posted a photo of himself on Instagram along with Leonard Nimoy’s son and daughter Adam and Jule, along with their spouses Terry Farrell and David Knight. Peck noted:

Beyond all logic, beyond what I thought was possible, I find myself in this reality. It is with great honor and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to. Thank you Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Terry Farrell and David Knight for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the half alien we know as Mr. Spock.

Beyond all logic, beyond what I thought was possible, I find myself in this reality. It is with great honor and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to. Thank you Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Terry Farrell and David Knight for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the half alien we know as Mr. Spock.

Review: Mirror Burnham Faces Her Destiny In Star Trek: Discovery – Succession #4

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:15
Review: Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson
Art by: Angel Hernandez with colors by Mark Roberts

Cover A by Angel Hernandez

Speaking at STLV18, writer Mike Johnson described the story of Succession as a power vacuum that gets very “Game of Thrones-y,” with all of the characters left following the events in the Mirror Universe in the first season of Discovery, vying for the throne of the Terran Empire. Now that we’ve come to the end of what I called the “tie-in we never thought we needed”, I’d say Mike had that pretty spot on. He was also right when he said “It’s pretty bloodthirsty. That’s why the mirror universe is great.”

While the Mirror Universe can sometimes be dismissed as a place populated with “evil twins,” where everything is just the opposite of what we are used to, this series throws that theory out of the airlock because these characters have depth. For example, in Succession L’Rell is an idealistic revolutionary and Mudd is the benevolent champion of the poor and powerless. Johnson and Beyer also find room to play with and develop characters that barely get any exploration on the TV series, such as the bridge crew, although now it appears that we’ll be learning more about their prime counterparts in season two.

Johnson and Beyer’s Mirror Universe sets the stakes high and everyone is fair game. That’s why this story is so exciting to read. Of course, it makes sense that the Mirror Universe would be like Game of Thrones. If the best way to move up in rank is to kill your superior officer, the infighting would be endless.

This is a minor spoilers only review, but if you’re “dying” to know how it ends, check out our earlier preview of this issue with spoilers about the ending you’ll never see coming. IDW editor Chase Marotz said it best, “it’s one of the best endings to a mini-series we’ve ever done.”  It’s rare that you can shock an audience these days because most people have seen pretty much everything. In the case of Succession, you will genuinely be surprised.

It’s going to be really interesting to see how this all unfolds. Is the new Emperor at the end of this series the same one in “Mirror, Mirror?” Will that be addressed? I will say that with so many twists and turns, this is easily one of the best Trek series in years. As long as Johnson and Beyer are at the helm, Discovery comics are in good hands.

5-page preview

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Issue #4 Available now, collection in November

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #4 was released Wednesday, August 1st. It retails for $3.99. You can order it at TFAW with a discount, including 2 different variant covers.

IDW announced at STLV18 that the trade paperback collection with all four issues of Succession will be out in November. You can pre-order it at Amazon for $19.99.

Keep up with all the latest inked Star Trek in TrekMovie’s Comics Category.

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Exclusive: Wilson Cruz Promises Exploration And An Epic Love Story In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:46

TrekMovie had the chance to chat with some of the cast of Star Trek: Discovery at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, including actor Wilson Cruz. We talked about the mysterious return of his Dr. Hugh Culber, how season two is different and how Cruz was impacted by fan reaction’s to the death of Culber in season one. We have highlights and full video of the interview below.

Discovery will be exploring in season two

Wilson Cruz assessed how the tone of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery will be different by talking about what we will see more of this time around:

We are not in wartime, so I feel the stories are not as dark. I feel there is more humor this season, there is more room for that. There is more exploration of the universe. So, in that way, it is a more forward looking season.

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber in season one of Star Trek: Discovery

Season two allows time to mourn

Wilson Cruz would not get into details on how his character returns from the dead in the second season and would only vaguely agree that Hugh Culber in some way helps Stamets cope with the loss of Culber. But, Picking up on what Anthony Rapp said in his STLV TrekMovie.com interview, the actor talked about how season two will allow Stamets the time to finally reflect on that loss:

We were at war last season and although it was heartbreaking for him to know that his partner was killed in such a violent and unneccessary way, we had a moment in the mycelial network where we were kind of able to kind of say goodbye in a way. And he had to finish the war. They had to finish the war, so it didn’t give him enough time to mourn. I think it is fair to say, he will have an opportunity to do that, come season two.

Stamets never had time to mourn in season one, but will in season two

Payoff to epic love story is coming

When asked about fan reaction to the death of Culber in season one, Cruz made a pledge about what is coming in season two:

I heard a lot about it. I felt terrible, except for the fact that it was really good storytelling and I knew where the story was going and I knew that was a neccessary part of where we were about to go. So, it was immediate pain for a really great payoff later, I promise.

The actor also added some context to the character’s death:

I have to say – I get emotional thinking about it – I was very moved by the way fans have reacted to me and that character and the way they reacted to his murder. It broke my heart in many ways. But I knew things they did not, which is why it was so important to me to go out and reassure fans, as soon as it happened, to let them know it was the end of a chapter and not the end of a story. We were promising them an epic love story and part of an epic love story is heartbreak. There has to be some of that. Peaks and valleys, all relationships are made up of it.

Watch the full interview with Wilson Cruz

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ANOVOS Deep Space Nine Niners Gear

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:23
For fans of Deep Space Nine’s Take Me Out to the Holosuite, ANOVOS has announced a range of products based on the...
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New Star Trek Novel Blurbs

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:16
Simon & Schuster has provided details for the first three Trek novels of 2019. Plus – all the books will be released...
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Meet The Winners Of The 2018 Star Trek Las Vegas Costume Contest + More STLV Cosplay

TrekMovie.com - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:25

One of our final articles for our coverage of Star Trek Las Vegas focuses on who it is all about, the fans, and specifically the cosplaying fans. We have details on the annual costume contest, including talking with some of the winners. In addition to photos from the contest, we have also curated some of the great cosplay seen around STLV all weekend.

Disco and DS9 highlighted at costume contest

Dozens of talented cosplayers entered the annual costume contest. This year there were two special categories to commemorate the first season of Star Trek: Discovery and the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Cosplayers lined up for the costume contest, along with some Star Trek celebrity judges (Photo: Eriel Nash)

Clint Wilder won Best in Show when he stunned the audience with his Firewolf (aka Mirror Voq) costume from Star Trek: Discovery. He was inspired long before STLV, “I really enjoy the new Star Trek Discovery and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get cracking on it before the convention…I dove in, I spent about six weeks, got it made, here we are!” Wilder’s wife Amy also entered the contest as Captain Killy. Clint noted, “The family that cosplays together stays together.”

2018 costume contest winner Clint Wilder (Photo: Rich Miles)

Mahogany Harris won the Discovery special category in her Mirror Universe Michael Burnham costume, “…the overall thing took me three months to make. The chest plate and shoulder pieces and my knife were all made of worbla with foam underneath.” One of the hallmarks of her costume was the accouterments and props, “The belts and holster were made out of vinyl with craft foam on top for texture as well and that was all acrylic paint with a sealer applied over top.”

Mahogany Harris captured third place as Michael Burnham in Terran uniform costume  (Photo: Rich Miles)

Bill Arucan and Jennifer Rough won the Deep Space Nine special category as Tosk and Hunter from the episode “Captive Pursuit.” Jennifer’s husband Michael helped in the construction and shared why they chose this unique costume, “We really liked the episode…we haven’t seen any Hunter-Tosk combinations in the con and we’ve been going for ten years now.”  When we asked Jennifer about the comfort of the costume she replied with a laugh, “It’s hot!  There’s not a lot of airflow, but it’s always fun to be a different character.”

Bill Arucan and Jennifer Rough as DS9’s Tosk and Hunter (Photo: Rich Miles)

Veteran cosplayer Chad Buffett won Best in Captain Class as Kol from Star Trek: Discovery. Chad recalled that during STLV 2017 someone remarked that the Klingons of Star Trek: Discovery would be too hard to cosplay and thus cosplayers would dislike the new design. Chad saw this as an opportunity to take on a challenge as well as diversify his costume collection, “I took that personally as a challenge to actually create the costume plus it was time for a new costume.”

Chad Buffett came in second as Kol (Photo: Rich Miles)

Anthony Polito from California amazed the judges with his Tholian costume. winning Best in Lieutenant Class. The construction took about a year and involved styrofoam, joint hinges, and LED lighting.

Anthony Polito came in third with this Tholian costume (Photo: Michael Nguyen)

Rounding out the winners for 2018 was Jason Winningham who won Best in Ensign Class with his creative Discovery costume of a Tardigrade and trainer.

Jason Winningham (right) with other costume contest winners (Photo: Rich Miles)

If there’s one thing people can count on it’s the commitment, creativity, and passion of the fans who compete in the annual STLV costume contest!

Winners of the 2018 Star Trek Las Vegas Costume Contest (Photo: Eriel Nash)

More STLV 2018 Cosplay

The costume contest is just part of the overall cosplay from Star Trek Las Vegas. Fans come every day in costume, some with multiple costumes over the weekend. We saw a lot of creative outfits over the weekend. Below are some organized group shots along with more of our favorites.

Discovery cosplayers group (Photo: Christine Rideout)

Deep Space Nine group (Photo: Christine Rideout)

Mirror Universe group (Photo: Christine Rideout)

Disco shirt group (Photo: Christine Rideout)

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Exclusive: Anthony Rapp Says Captain Pike Sets Lighter Tone For ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2

TrekMovie.com - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 00:35

TrekMovie had the chance to chat with some of the cast of Star Trek: Discovery at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, including actor Anthony Rapp. We talked about the tone of the show in the second season and what’s next for Paul Stamets after the dramatic events impacting him in the last episodes of the first season. We have highlights and full video of the interview below.

Discovery and Stamets emerge from the darkness

Rapp acknowledged that the first season of Discovery had a darker tone than typical Star Trek, but he put that into context:

So much of the darkness was informed by the fact that our captain was from the Mirror Universe. Everything was geared toward telling that story. And how do we reach our ideals, sometimes you have to go through darkness to come out and realize what you really hold up to be true. So, yes it was unfamiliar in some ways, but it was still ultimately steeped in the tenets and beliefs in this universe, always. Going to humanity’s higher purpose. But, yes, it was unusually dark.

And he promised a lighter tone for the second season, led by Anson Mount’s introduction as Captain Pike:

So in [season two] we have moved through this and come out the other side. Pike is sort of an exemplary captain. He is exactly the kind of familiar Starfleet captain you would always want. And I think that alone sets such a different tone. And yes, there is certainly more humor, but there is also this settling that happens after all the craziness of season one and all the massive events. Now, in season two, so much of it gets to settle and we get to deal with it. And there is time and space for all of that, which is really satisfying.

Specifically, regarding his character of Paul Stamets, Rapp said that Stamets will have that time and space to deal with the trauma he went through due to the loss of Hugh Culber in season one:

It’s been really satisfying that it’s not in any way that is cliché or typical. It feels specific and human and true to Stamets, and I’ve been really grateful that the writers have given me that kind of material to work with.

Stamets and Tilly share a moment from the season two first look trailer

Inspired by Patrick Stewart

Rapp, who considers himself a big fan of Star Trek, talked about what it was like for him to witness the big announcement of a new Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek show :

I was in the room when Sir Patrick Stewart announced … that “Jean-Luc Picard is back,” and that was thrilling, and it was also thrilling to see how moved he was and inspired he was. You know, he has been around the block and had tremendous success and to see someone as accomplished as him still have his heart and soul deeply affected was really meaningful and inspiring.

When asked how he felt being part of the Star Trek family and how it is said that once you join you have work for life, Rapp spoke about the richer benefits of being part of the franchise:

[Work for life as Star Trek celebrity is] a great side benefit, for sure, but if it was for doing something that didn’t have meaning or it was … just cashing in … if it wasn’t linked to something that had meaning and heart and soul, it wouldn’t be such a cool thing after all. It is amazing to be part of something that resonates so powerfully.

Ready to snack on Short Treks

Rapp could not confirm if he was going to appear in any of the four Star Trek: Short Treks mini-episodes, which will start running this fall leading up to the season two premiere of Discovery in early 2019. However, he did offer some thoughts on what they are going to be like:

I do know that there is some really cool stuff. I am personally really excited about it, ’cause I think it’s a great new way to explore the world and the characters. I think it’s the perfect little – like, I don’t know, you know when you go to a nice fancy restaurant and they bring you those little treats before the meal? It’s like that. It’s like a really satisfying thing that doesn’t fill you up, but gets you ready for the meal.

The actor also noted that even though Short Treks are indeed short, they still have a lot of effort put into them, saying:

I think it’s really smart, and it also shows a tremendous commitment on the part of CBS and all the creative team. Even though they are short, they are still a lot of work and take a lot of resources. I think it is tremendous that they are giving so much life and energy and creativity, to telling all these stories.

Watch the full interview with Anthony Rapp

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STLV18: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Supporting Bridge Cast Promise More Character Revelations In Season 2

TrekMovie.com - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 03:11

Star Trek Las Vegas included a lot of panels dedicated to Star Trek: Discovery. We have already done reports on panels with Rainn Wilson, Jason Isaacs, Mary Chieffo and other recurring actors, makeup designer Glenn Hetrick, and the six members of the main cast including Sonequa Martin-Green and Anson Mount. We also covered new Discovery merchandise on display and the Discovery expansion of STO.

But believe it or not, there was another actor panel, featuring bridge crew cast Sara Mitich (Airiam), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), and Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), along with Rekha Sharma (Commander Landry) and Sam Vartholomeos (Danby Connor).

Season two will reveal more about characters, including Detmer’s implant

A fan asked if the second season of Discovery would reveal more backstory about the bridge crew. Without wanting to give away much, both Emily Coutts and Sara Mitich said “Yes.” When specifically asked if Detmer’s implant is related to the Borg, the actress did give some details about what we will learn in season two:

It is an original. It is not a Borg piece. You guys will learn more about that soon…It will be explored a little bit more. I know there is not a ton of information on it right now.

Emily Coutts at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018

Moderator Matt Mira jumped in and said he assumed it was due to how she got injured during on the USS Shenzhou during the Battle of the Binary Stars and the implant was used to “put her back together,” to which Coutts replied:

Yeah, it is a healing…That is pretty much it, actually.

Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer, with her implant

Doug Jones has taken Sara Mitich under his wing

Sarah Mitich talked about the process of being transformed into Lt. Commander Airiam and how prosthetics veteran Doug Jones (Saru) has been a big help:

They have got it down to about two hours…I think the makeup is phenomenal. I had never done anything like this before. I had never done prosthetics for Halloween, not for anything. Doug Jones, he was one that took me under his wing. As all of you know, he is king.

Sara Mitich at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018

Mitich went on to talk about how the makeup team takes care of her.

It took some time getting used to and how everything works and I had a lot of questions and they always answered them. And James [MacKinnon] and Hugo [Villasenor] and Chris [Bridges] and Shane [Zander] and everyone in the group who does it is so professional and great, that they take the best care of me.

Sarah Mitich as Lt. Commander Airiam in season one finale of Star Trek: Discovery

Rekha reveals deleted scene that gives context to Landry’s death

One fan seemed perplexed by the decision-making of Commander Landry when she dropped the forcefield, unleashing Ripper the tardigrade and getting herself killed. Actress Rekha Sharma revealed that a deleted scene would have helped add context to Landry’s state of mind:

What they were exploring, which may not have been totally clear. There was a scene that was cut that showed my very complicated relationship with Lorca. Basically he had me wrapped around his little finger and things were getting very, very intense. And I was going to do what ever I could to make my captain happy and to do what I could do to try and save my people.

Rekha Sharma at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018

But, Sharma went on to agree, Landry was not thinking straight:

From the point of view of the story, of course it was a terrible decision. But you know when you think you have a good idea, but you have narrow tunnel vision because you are so scared, and you make terrible decisions because you are in your own little world? Well, that is what Landry did.

Landry telling Lorca she will do “Anything, anytime, Captain”

Sam doesn’t share the same fond memories of Sonequa

Some of the actresses talked about how much they have picked up working with Sonqua Martin-Green. Emily Coutts noted “the way she runs the set as the leading woman is the greatest gift to watch, she brings us all together” with Rekha Sharma agreeing, calling Sonequa a “queen” and drawing a favorable comparison to how Edward James Olmos led the cast when she was on Battlestar Galactica. Sam Vartholomeos then interjected some sarcasm into the love fest, quipping:

I am just going to jump in. I don’t have very fond memories of Sonequa.

Sam Vartholomeos at Star Trek Las Vegas

With a nod to how his character has died violently on the show twice, arguably at the hands of Martin-Green’s character both times, Vartholomeos deadpanned:

I have no idea what these fine women are talking about. I don’t want to be in an elevator with her. I don’t want to be in a room with her. She texted me today to invite me out to dinner, I said “Nope!” Listen to them, but have that in the back of your mind. You see her in an elevator…

Sam Vartholomeos’ Mirror Connor getting killed by Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek makes Oyin try to be a better person

A fan opened up with a question to Oyin Oladejo saying it meant a lot to her to see so many women of color on the show and women with natural hair, and she wondered if the actress had to fight to keep her hair for the show. Oladejo said she was actually ready to change her style, but there was no need:

I had my sides shaved prior to me getting this job. I came on set and realized Emily [Coutts] had her sides shaved. But because I had my sides shaved and I had my hair twisted, I think they went with that look. They tried to accommodate us. There was no fight, whatsoever. I was willing to do whatever, if they wanted to shave my head I was willing to do that, but it was easy.

Oyin Oladejo at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018

In response to a question from a fan about what they learned from Star Trek since starting working on the show, Oladejo gave a heartfelt answer about how the show has changed her:

When reading the scripts, you feel such a connection to it that the longer you do it and the longer you are on set and the more you spend time with the family and the more you spend time with the scripts, on some level you are forced to try to be a better human being. Because, the show demands that of you as an actor. Then you go away and are like “Oh shit, I have to live up to this.” I know it is TV and fictional, but I want to be a better person. I say these lines and hear people say these lines and then we go and wrap after twelve hours and you forget about it, but there is something that remains the next day. On some level you are forced to try to be a better person and Star Trek does that.

Oyin Oladejo as Joann Owosekun in Star Trek: Discovery

Singing and dancing on the disco set

The group talked about life on the set a few times, discussing how they keep things light. Emily Coutts talked about how director Jonathan Frakes saw parallels with the notoriously boisterous set of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

When Jonathan Frakes was directing he was like “Ah, this reminds me of the good old days, back on the bridge shenanigans.” And that is kind of like what it is. You get so deliriously tired that eventually you start singing. Saru gets his long legs up there on the captain’s chair and it is a good old time.

This subject of singing on set came up again, when a fan asked about set pranks, with Coutts revealing:

I don’t think it is pranks, but a lot of singing and dancing. Doug Jones [spearheads the singing]. He is going to get his own show.

And in reference to the dancing, a fan asked if they would back up Shazad Latif’s claim that he is the best dancer in the cast, and in reply, Mitich talked about a scene recently shot:

I don’t know about dancing, but we were shooting recently and [Shazad] pretended to jump out of the front window of the bridge, that was pretty crazy.

Both Mitich and Coutts also talked about how they deal with boredom in scenes when they have no dialog:

Sara Mitich: I know for myself what my buttons are. I made it up in my mind. So, when it is black alert I am going to hit these three buttons and hold this thing like this.

Emily Coutts: I try to create these weird games because there is a lot of automated things, but I like to get it at the right time so it is actually me doing it. And there are numbers that roll, but they stop at weird places, like 177. And I’m like “OK, I’m going to tap it when it gets to 177.”

Star Trek: Discovery supporting actors’ panel at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018

More STLV 2018

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All photos by Andrew Britton/TrekMovie.com

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Star Trek 4 In Trouble?

TrekToday Headlines - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 05:07
Negotiations between Paramount Pictures/Skydance Media and two of the actors slated to star in Star Trek 4 have fallen apart. The actors...
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STLV18: Ron D. Moore talks Star Trek, Franchise Fatigue, Writing Process, And More

TrekMovie.com - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:57

The Star Trek writer from the “golden era” of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and showrunner of his own successful TV shows returned to Star Trek Las Vegas this year. He spoke on a number of topics including being a showrunner, what makes a good story, the role of social media in today’s TV writing, and of course his time on TNG and DS9.

Ron D. Moore talks with Creation’s Adam Malin

Star Trek was ready for change after Enterprise

One of the best moments in Moore’s panel came at the end when a fan asked a question about the dreaded concept of Star Trek franchise fatigue.

When you say something like franchise fatigue it means that, to me, it means that particular flavor had run dry, essentially, to mix my metaphors, essentially that way of doing Star Trek, that way of telling story, and those kinds of stories had run its course. You could just see in the shows, it had fatigue, it was tired. It wasn’t really engaging any more or felt like it was just standing in place. Then it gets reinvented, and then you bring in new people, and you bring in new ideas, and you change up the parameters, and then it all gets reinvigorated again. So, it’s not so much about volume, it’s not really about how many shows there are, it’s really about are you able to still engage the audience and make it seem fresh and exciting. Once you’re in the same place and doing the same show time after time after time, which is what the Star Trek franchise started to feel like by the time that Enterprise ended, it just felt all the same and it didn’t feel new. Then it’s time for a big change, then it’s time to go fallow for a while and plant the ground all over again.

The Trek franchise today

Moore continued to address the fan’s concern that perhaps the news that CBS is interested in some form of Trek content on All Access year-round would lead to a new franchise fatigue:

Where you are now it’s like, Okay it’s all been reinvented, it looks completely different, the style is very different, the stories are different, so it doesn’t feel like you’re in danger of franchise fatigue just because there’s a lot of them coming out. If they’re all the same or if they just start becoming the same meal over and over again, then you’ll run into fatigue and they’ll have the same problems.

Piller fostered the writer’s room

Michael Piller was brought in during the third season of Next Generation to lead the writers’ room. His new blood and his willingness to take risks on young writers fostered an environment like no TV show before it. Piller went on to co-create Deep Space Nine and Voyager as well as write Insurrection.

Michael was an extraordinary guy, I’ve never met anyone quite like him. Michael was truly guileless, he really honestly had no agendas, had no secret things he was trying work you, he pretty much told what we told you is how he felt – sometimes you didn’t want hear how he felt. He was a mentor and really cared about bringing up inexperienced people like me, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria and Naren Shankar. Michael mentored all of us and he was always looking for ways to give people an opportunity to succeed. He was a sweet lovely man. He was a character, he always wore his LA Dodgers baseball cap consistently around the office.

Michael Piller and Rick Berman on the set of DS9

Proud Deep Space Nine pushed Trek’s boundaries

After writing the Trek film First Contact with partner Brannon Braga, the two went on to different Trek shows. Moore made his mark on Deep Space Nine, where he stayed until the end of the series.

It’s hard to believe it’s 25 [years old]. That was a tremendous experience. I always think that for me, The Next Generation was like going to college for television writing, and then graduate school was Deep Space Nine.

Our determination on that staff to push the boundaries of Star Trek, to sort of challenge your assumptions of what Trek was and what it was not. To go serial as much as we could, to make the characters more complicated, to have more ambiguous storytelling, to do challenging things. We just really loved it, we kind of felt like “We’re the forgotten step-child of Star Trek and screw everybody else! Someday they’ll love us.”

A young Ron Moore with James Doohan during the filming of TNG “Relics”

Moore loves a good surprise

The panel started with a discussion about how Moore writes:

I write from a frankly very selfish place, I write stories I want to see or that engage me. I use my own internal barometer in terms of what I think a good story is. There’s a part of me that’s always imagining sitting at home watching it. If it surprises me, if there’s a twist in a character arc, or I thought the story was going to be about this and it turns out to be about that, that always makes me sit up. I think that the element of surprise is a very underrated quality of storytelling.

Social media a distraction from the creative process

Another hot topic that came up is how modern TV writers and producers can now get instant feedback from fans thanks to social media. The role of social media and fan interaction and its influence in the creative process is a contentious one, and Moore was asked to weigh in.

I don’t find it [social media] a particularly useful tool, I think it’s good for publicity of the show. I like that there’s an access point where you can engage fandom and you can talk to people about the show. But in terms of their impact on what we’re doing or their impact on the writers’ room, that I try to put a firewall up and just go “you know what, it ain’t a democracy, we’re not taking a vote on this.” …I just don’t think that’s how you do good creative work, is to sort of open it up to the democratic process, for lack of a better word. I think it is a very internal thing, artists have to decide what they want to do and you work very hard, and then you present it to the audience and you hope that they like it. But it doesn’t feel like a positive thing to try to engage them in the creative process beforehand.

It’s hard because realistically, you’re looking at a couple of a million viewers at least, how many people can you actually listen to online? You’re talking about a handful compared to the real audience.

Ron D. Moore speaking at STLV 2018

Moore’s most satisfying writing experience

After his time with Star Trek, Moore was asked to reboot the ’70s sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica. He started work not long after the September 11 terror attack in America, and saw a chance to do things he couldn’t do on Trek, such as serialized storytelling in a grittier, less perfect world. He would ask tough questions about human nature and what constitutes being human with his critically acclaimed and reimagined Battlestar Galactica TV series.

A young fan asked an excellent question: “Out of all your writing experiences, which one of them left you most satisfied?”

Probably the work on Battlestar left me the most satisfied, and probably the first episode of the first season which was called “33.” It was a very satisfying creative moment, because to this day that was the only script that I sat down and just kind of wrote blind. Where I didn’t have an outline, I had a one-line idea, that was just the fleet jumps every 33 minutes and the Cylons keep chasing them. I just started with “Fade in” and wrote it in one straight shot. I’m very proud of that one.

All eyes on the 33-minute countdown from the Hugo Award-winning Battlestar Galactica episode “33.”

More STLV 2018

We still have a bit more content coming from Star Trek Las Vegas, so stay tuned for more. Click here to see all of our STLV coverage to date.

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Report: ‘Star Trek 4’ Deals For Chris Pine And Chris Hemsworth Have Stalled

TrekMovie.com - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 02:17

There has been a lot of talk in the last few months about the fourth Kelvin timeline Star Trek film, with a script being reportedly done, financing being lined up, a director hired, and predictions of production starting in early 2019. However, a new report puts a major wrinkle into developments.

A Chris crisis

The story of the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond started two summers ago, when Paramount announced the next film in the Star Trek franchise would reunite Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) with his father, played by Chris Hemsworth in 2009’s Star Trek. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have balked at Paramount’s attempt to renegotiate previous deals in an attempt to cut the budget for the film. According to THR, both actors are “walking away from the table.”

The Star Trek 4 announcement, and presumably the deals associated with it, came before the release of Star Trek Beyond, which under-performed expectations. There is a concern that the Trek films have a ceiling and and the studio can’t budget them at the same levels as other tent poles. THR cites insiders saying the Paramount “contends that Trek is not like a Marvel or Star Wars movie and is trying to hold the line on a budget.”

It is certainly true that both Hemsworth and Pine have had bigger franchise film success outside of Star Trek. Pine is currently in production on the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, which brought in over $821 million worldwide. In that same year, Hemsworth starred in Thor: Ragnarok, which brought in $854 million. These numbers dwarf 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, which made $343 million, even though all three films were similarly budgeted. Even if the next Star Trek film can get closer to Star Trek Into Darkness’ $467 million, that still is shy of the typical Marvel and Star Wars film.

Paramount still moving ahead

According to the report, next steps are “unclear,” however their studio insiders are saying that the Star Trek 4 project “remains a priority development and is not being put on hold.” THR says that deals for Star Trek stars Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho “are expected to close.” Negotiations with Hemsworth and Pine could restart, but the report also suggests the possibility of recasting James T. Kirk and George Kirk. Without Pine and Hemsworth, that would certainly be the only way to move forward with the script developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Paramount has yet to fill out its 2020 calendar, but in a conference call just yesterday with analysts, Viacom CEO Robert Bakish trumpeted a turnaround for the studio and promised next year’s slate of releases “will nearly double the number of worldwide theatrical releases compared to 2018 and consistent with the flagship strategy we unveiled last year.” Bakish has previously cited Star Trek as one of the key franchises for the company.  And in  April Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos  shook the world of Trek by announcing the studio had not just one, but two Trek films in development.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to TrekMovie for all the updates on upcoming Star Trek movies.

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Star Trek Online: Age Of Discovery To Add Discovery Actress

TrekToday Headlines - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:52
Recently, Star Trek Online announced its Age of Discovery expansion, and fans were pleased to hear that Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly) would...
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Nichols Has Moderate Dementia

TrekToday Headlines - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:43
According to documents filed in Nichelle Nichols‘ conservatorship, her doctor, Meena Makhijani said that Nichols had moderate progressive dementia. Nichols has been...
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See Patrick Stewart Get Emotional Talking About His Return To Star Trek In Full Announcement Video

TrekMovie.com - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 21:17

The big news in Star Trek this week has been the surprise announcement at Star Trek Las Vegas that Sir Patrick Stewart is returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a new series on CBS All Access. Today CBS released the full video of the announcement, including Stewart’s introduction by executive producer, and the man in charge of expanding the Star Trek TV universe, Alex Kurtzman.

Jean-Luc Picard is back – Watch the announcement

Official photos from Stewart’s announcement at STLV

We posted some of our photos from the event, but CBS has also released some official photos of their own for you to enjoy.

Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas (CBS)

Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas (CBS)

Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas (CBS)

Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas (CBS)

Keep up with all the upcoming Star Trek TV series news here at TrekMovie.com.

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