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The Shuttle Pod Explores New Star Trek Shows, The Latest Rumors, And “Calypso”

TrekMovie.com - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 21:41
Shuttle Pod 61 – ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’, Section 31 Rumor, Picard Show, and “Calypso”


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Brian, Jared, Kayla, and Matt make their way through the latest news and rumors about upcoming CBS Trek shows, including the official announcement of a new cartoon series called Lower Decks, and the rumors of a Michelle Yeoh show focusing on Emperor Georgiou in Section 31. We also discuss some of the comments made by author Michael Chabon about his outlook on writing for the untitled Picard show.

Finally, last week saw the release of the second Short Treks episode, co-written by Chabon, titled “Calypso.” Listen along as we discuss this rather unusual Star Trek short.

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Star Trek Vs. Transformers #2

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 23:28
Tomorrow, IDW Publishing‘s Star Trek Vs. Transformers #2 debuts, but fans can have a sneak peek of the issue today. In Star...
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Sam Vartholomeos: Dying Twice In Star Trek: Discovery

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 23:20
Actor Sam Vartholomeos, who appeared as Ensign Connor Danby in the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, and who died in...
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Stan Lee Passes

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 23:08
The legendary Stan Lee, who created or co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Black Panther, and more, died yesterday at...
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Star Trek Community Shows Solidarity With Marvel After Stan Lee Passes

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 00:42

Today, legendary comic book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee passed away at age 95. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The man who made the optimistic mantra “Excelsior!” his catchphrase is being mourned and remembered by genre fans around the world, including Star Trek fans and luminaries.

Lee, Marvel, Star Trek

Lee began his comics career at the company that would become Marvel in 1939, and by the 70s had risen to become its publisher. Marvel’s first connection to Star Trek came in 1980 when it published an adaptation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and began an ongoing Star Trek series that ran through to 1982. Marvel again acquired the Star Trek license in 1996 and published a number of Star Trek comic series, mini-series and standalones for the next three years. Like all Marvel comic books of this era, the opening pages stated: “Stan Lee Presents.”

Stan Lee and Marvel’s connection to Star Trek began in 1980

Lee’s legendary status is mostly due to creating iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. Lee appeared in Rod Roddenberry’s 2013 documentary about his father, Trek Nation, saying of Star Trek, “damn, this is good,” and complimenting Gene Roddenberry’s skill at the creation of characters and story in Star Trek, calling him a “master.” (see clip below)

Cameos with Patrick Stewart and a Star Trek fan film

The characters created by Lee helped to make Marvel one of the biggest players in Hollywood, spawning numerous franchises at multiple studios. Lee is famous for making fun cameos in the various films based on Marvel characters, including the X-Men series featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Sir Patrick Stewart. Lee appeared in the same scene as Stewart in the 2006 film X-Men: Last Stand.

But Lee’s cameos extended outside of Marvel to even include a Star Trek fan film. Lee appeared as an admiral in the Starship Farragut vignette “Trek Isolation: A Great Responsibility,” in 2015. You can watch that vignette below.

Star Trek luminaries remember Stan Lee

A number of prominent figures in Star Trek have taken to social media to express their sadness on Lee’s passing and admiration for his work.

Thank you, Stan. You inspired us all… pic.twitter.com/7trQ9wV28d

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) November 12, 2018

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RIP Stan Lee. May you rest among the stars.

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What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I've ever played? Stan Lee's fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.#StanLee #RIP @TheRealStanLee pic.twitter.com/EPST2GkNTu

— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) November 12, 2018

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Legend

Watch Bonus Clips From ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 1 Blu-ray

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 00:00

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow in the USA and Canada, so look for a review on the Blu-ray set from TrekMovie in the coming days. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up all the clips CBS has been teasing for some of the bonus features in video clips. Here they are for your viewing enjoyment:

International release coming in the next few weeks

As previously announced, Trekkies in other parts of the world will have to wait a few weeks to get their hands on the set:

  • U.K. – November 19
  • Scandinavia – November 19
  • Benelux – November 21
  • Brazil – November 21
  • Spain – November 21
  • Germany – November 22
  • Australia – November 28
  • Italy – December 4
  • France – December 4
Available on iTunes now

For those who prefer a digital copy, Season 1 is now available on iTunes for folks in the USA. While the iTunes season includes most of the bonus content of the upcoming Blu-ray release, there are two pieces of bonus content not included. One is the “Feeding Frenzy” feature (previewed above), and the second, and most significant, is the deleted scenes that are on the disc versions. Click here to buy on iTunes.

Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else. The second season will debut on All Access and Space on Thursday, January 17th, 2019, and on Netflix January 18th.

The first season of Star Trek: Discovery will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news here at TrekMovie.

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The Planetary Post – Farewell Kepler

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 21:41
In March 2009, the Kepler spacecraft was launched. Named after astronomer Johannes Kepler, Kepler was designed as a three-year mission to explore...
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Giveaway: Star Trek Running And Cycling Gear Fit For A Captain

TrekMovie.com - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 21:24

There are plenty of Star Trek-themed products out there for whatever your passion may be. At TrekMovie, we like to highlight some of the products that rise above the rest. Brainstorm Gear offers a wide array of Trek-themed running and cycling products, including hats, jerseys, and tees. The designs are varied and interesting, and perhaps more importantly, the product quality and customer service is top-notch. TrekMovie’s own Christine Rideout is an avid cyclist who was drawn to Brainstorm Gear’s Trekkie offerings when she was looking for a way to show off her nerd pride on her rides. “The products are really high quality,” says Rideout. “And their customer service is great. Whenever I wanted to exchange products or try different sizes, the company made it super easy.”

TrekMovie’s Christine Rideout shows off her Trekkie pride in a San Diego race.

Christine Ridout sporting the very cycling jersey we are giving away!

Giveaway: Win Your Very Own Brainstorm Gear from TrekMovie

Like some of the products you see and want to own your very own? Well, you’re in luck. TrekMovie and Brainstorm Gear have teamed up to give away FOUR prize packages full of awesome Trek-themed products!

How to win: To win your own Star Trek Brainstorm Gear, head on over to TrekMovie’s Instagram page. Once there, follow our page, like the post, and tag a friend. We will be choosing winners at random and will notify winners via Instagram DM on November 16th.

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You can win Star Trek cycling and running clothes from Brainstorm Gear! Check out Brainstorm’s cool Star Trek collection at http://brainstormgear.com Grand Prize: ONE Grand Prize winner will receive a Galaxy Pop cycling shirt in the size of your choosing. First Prize: THREE First Prize winners will receive one running shirt (men’s, women’s, or the women’s Floret design) plus one running hat in the color of your choosing. How to win: To win your own Star Trek Brainstorm Gear, follow our Instagram page, like this post, and tag a friend. We will be choosing winners at random and will notify winners via Instagram DM on November 16, 2018. #startrek #startrektos #startrektas #cycling #running #workout #trekkie #bikelife #cyclingkit #jersey #hat #shirt #brainstorm

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Grand Prize: ONE Grand Prize winner will receive a Galaxy Pop cycling shirt in the size of your choosing.

Grand Prize: Galaxy Pop Cycling Jersey

First Prize: THREE First Prize winners will receive one running shirt (men’s, women’s, or the women’s Floret design) plus one running hat in the color of your choosing.

First Prize Pack: One Running Shirt (Men’s, Women’s, or Floret) and one running hat.

Special BOGO Offer for TrekMovie Readers

Right now, Brainstorm Gear is offering a special “buy one, get one free” offer for TrekMovie.com readers! Use the offer code SPRIDE for the Galaxy Pop & Final Frontier Cycling Jerseys and SPRUN for the short sleeve Trek running shirts and caps. (SP is for Shuttle Pod, our podcast — check us out!)

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Rumor Mill: Yeoh In New Trek Show?

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:37
Is it possible that Michelle Yeoh will return in her role as Mirror Universe former Emperor Phillipa Georgiou in a new Trek...
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Report: Michelle Yeoh In Talks For Star Trek Section 31 Series

TrekMovie.com - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 04:37

Coming just a couple weeks after an animated Star Trek series was announced, another Star Trek TV series could be in the works, this time a direct spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery. 

Star Trek: Section 31?

Deadline is reporting exclusively that CBS is in talks with actress Michelle Yeoh to lead a new Star Trek TV series. First appearing in Star Trek: Discovery’s 2-part pilot where her character of Captain Georgiou was killed off, Yeoh still returned a number of times during the first season, most notably playing Geogiou’s Mirror Universe counterpart. Yeoh and both of her characters have proven to be popular with fans and the actress is also riding high as one of the stars of the current hit movie Crazy Rich Asians.

The CBS plan would be for Yeoh to play her Emperor Georgiou character, in her capacity as an operative for Section 31. Yeoh is already set to appear in the second season of Discovery and was featured in the NYCC trailer in her Section 31 outfit. According to the report, the Yeoh Star Trek show is in the early planning stages, but “looks likely to focus on a continuation of her Discovery Season 2 adventures in Starfleet’s Section 31 division.” There is no indication yet if they are looking at this show as a limited or ongoing series.

Secret agent Georgiou may be getting her own show

CBS has been talking about more Star Trek and Yeoh

CBS is not commenting officially on the report from Deadline and so far there are no corroborating stories in the other trades like Variety or The Hollywood Reporter. However, a Yeoh-led Discovery spinoff would be consistent with comments made the producers in charge of Star Trek’s expanding television universe as well as CBS executives. In fact back in August CBS executive vice president for original content Julie McNamara not only confirmed they were considering Discovery spinoffs but said one headed by Michelle Yeoh had been discussed. And just last month, CBS brought Michelle Yeoh to the New York Comic Con panel as a surprise guest.

Michelle Yeoh at New York Comic Con in October (CBS)

And just last week acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello briefed investors on the expanding plans for Star Trek, also noting that more was to come, saying:

All Access will continue to be home to all things Star Trek. And we are expanding the franchise in a big way. Star Trek: Discovery was an international sensation, and we’ll be launching season 2 on January 17. In addition, we’ll have a new separate Star Trek scripted series starring the legendary Patrick Stewart, who will reprise his role as the beloved Captain Jean-Luc Picard; also, a new Star Trek adult animated series called Lower Decks, which has landed in CBS All Access with a two-year pickup. And we expect to have more Star Trek announcements coming shortly.

One could also now read a bit more into an Instagram post Yeoh made following her appearance at New York Comic Con last month. In it, she simply wrote “Section 31,” which could mean more than just sharing her character’s new look.

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Section 31

Review: ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’ Gets Mythological In “Calypso”

TrekMovie.com - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 03:30
“Calypso”

Star Trek: Short Treks Episode 2 – Debuted Thursday, November 8th
Teleplay by Michael Chabon; story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW

The second episode of Short Treks is an interesting departure from both Star Trek: Discovery and the short “Runaway.” It focuses on a new character played impressively by Aldis Hodge, who has the ship’s AI as his only companion. Michael Chabon’s Star Trek debut as a writer was delightfully thoughtful as he skillfully wove a tight and emotional two-character drama set on board the USS Discovery. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s tale inspired by literary mythology effectively uses the smaller scale of Short Treks to tell a poignant stand-alone story.

Aldis Hodge in “Calypso”

RECAP

[SPOILERS BELOW]

Alone

“Calypso” starts us off with a mystery, revealing an unknown dying man in an escape pod of unfamiliar design, binge-watching ancient cartoons. Drifting in what appears to be an unstable region complete with space lighting turns out to be lucky after all as the USS Discovery comes along to capture the pod.

Gotcha!

Things remain ominous as this man awakens in a dark sickbay totally alone. He shows his resourcefulness by immediately seeking out the first medical instrument he can find to use as a weapon. But it turns out he isn’t alone; a voice identifying itself as Zora soon introduces herself, telling the man that she saved him but couldn’t save his pod. As a consolation, she makes him a custom set of threads and introduces him to the joys of synthesized food in the mess hall.

Where am I?

After the tension is broken with a good meal, Zora reveals that she isn’t a real person, but instead an artificial intelligence. She laughs while passing the Turing Test, saying, “Oh dear, you thought I was alive?” It has been said that the ships in Star Trek are characters themselves and “Calypso” takes this to a whole new level. And in the spirit of sharing, the man says that people call him Craft, although that isn’t his true name but is based on his nature, and the custom of his planet of Alcor IV. He describes himself as a “reluctant” soldier, who has been at war with a group called the V’draysh, from whom he stole a pod because he just wants to go home and see his wife and daughter.

Then Zora drops the big bomb that she has been alone on the Discovery for almost 1000 years, putting this mini-episode in the 33rd century, well beyond any moment in Star Trek future history (and a testament to the designers and builders of the Crossfield Class that that ship is still in pretty good shape after all that time). Explaining why she is more advanced than any Starfleet computer seen in the 23rd or 24th century, Zora says she has spent her time evolving herself. One thing is clear: she is a lot nicer than the feisty food replicator that harassed poor Tilly in last month’s Short Treks episode.

Ever feel like you are being watched?

Together

With Zora unable–or simply unwilling–to break with standing orders to hold position and take him home, Craft settles in, crashing in the transporter room in a hammock. The pair passes the time working their way through the food menu, celebrating “Taco Tuesday,” playing games, and getting to know each other. The ominous tone of the earlier scenes shifts into a lightness, helped along by Jeff Russo’s particularly effective score. Eventually, Zora introduces Craft to what she says is her favorite film in the archive, the 1957 musical Funny Face starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

Starfleet regulation 18 sub-section 4 clearly stipulates using bridge hologram projector for personal use is not permitted

Clearly happy for the company, Zora does everything she can for Craft, even recreating the sounds of home for him. Aldis Hodge impresses as scene by scene and moment by moment we can see his scarred veteran soften up and finally bond with his disembodied companion and host. Their story is so compelling that for now, the audience can completely set aside questions about what happened to the Discovery and its crew.

Zora takes requests for any sound you like

Eventually, Craft becomes so appreciative of Zora that he devises a way to give something back. With time on his hands, he teaches himself how to dance and uses the replicator to help with some Fred Astaire in Funny Face cosplay. And for the ultimate date, he invites Zora – and not an Audrey Hepburn, but Zora’s vision of herself – onto the bridge, turned Parisian dream dancefloor.

This is when things get a bit too real. Craft realizes he is falling in love with Zora, which he sees as a betrayal to the family that drove him to undergo a dangerous odyssey to return home. There shouldn’t be a dry eye in the house as a heartbroken Zora actually tries to comfort Craft, pleading that she isn’t a real person. In just 13 minutes, Chabon and director Olatunde Osunsanmi have made us genuinely care about these two, helped along by strong performances by Aldis Hodge and Annabelle Wallis.

Disco dancing

Apart

Things wrap up quickly as this is a short form episode, with Zora revealing that she has fixed her last shuttle for Craft to continue on his journey home. She even creates a fancy golden suit for him just for the occasion,  providing what seems like Craft’s tenth wardrobe change …impressive for just fifteen minutes of runtime.

Discovery gets its first sexy catsuit

After just coming out of a millennium of isolation, Zora makes what seems like the ultimate sacrifice, giving up a piece of herself to again face the void of space alone. Craft returns the affection, offering Zora the gift of giving him a name, which she does: “Funny Face.”

For his visit to the USS Discovery, Craft gets the ultimate souvenir

ANALYSIS It’s all Greek to me

It should come as no surprise that Michael Chabon’s Star Trek debut displays writing at a whole different level and style than we are used to on Discovery. It may be set in the 33rd century, but “Calypso” is steeped in literary tradition going back millennia and most specifically to Homer’s Odyssey, the tale of the Greek hero Odysseus journeying home after a war, just as Craft is doing.

The first clue to this Greek influence is in the title itself.  Calypso is the name of an immortal nymph cursed to live forever on the island of Ogygia, where every 1,000 years, a mortal she was fated to fall in love with would wash up on shore, stay with her for a time, and then leave her behind. Most famously, she fell in love with Odysseus and held him on her island for seven years. Craft’s name is also a reference to Odysseus, who was described as “crafty” for his cunning: Odysseus outwitted the Cyclops Polyphemus by refusing to give his name, saying instead, “My name is Nobody.” There are many more parallels between this Short Treks episode and Greek mythology, even down to Craft’s final golden flight suit as a stand-in for the Golden Fleece sought by Jason and the Argonauts.

Even with all this Greek mythology, Chabon found time to include references to Betty Boop and the 1950s musical romance Funny Face, both of which weren’t just cultural namedropping, but actually important plot points. Pretty impressive for a short form episode.

Discovery is now a cyclops

Is it Star Trek?

“Calypso” makes good on the promise of the producers to use Short Treks as a way to experiment with format, style, and tone within Star Trek. The 1,000 years-ahead timeline completely removed this mini-episode from the goings-on of the crew of the USS Discovery, clearly by design. Chabon told CNET that he saw this episode as “isolated from the vast tapestry of Star Trek.”

“Calypso” raises many questions. What happened to the crew? When did the crew abandon the ship? Is this really the USS Discovery and does that mean that the ship is assured to survive during the run of Star Trek: Discovery? How did the computer evolve itself? Did Zora invent the technology that allowed her to move chess pieces, fix scars, and repair a shuttlecraft? Does the Federation exist in the 33rd century? How did human society lose the knowledge of both tacos and Tuesdays?

This episode clearly had no intention of answering any of these questions; instead, it used the format of Short Treks and the standing Discovery sets to tell a compelling sci-fi tale. “Calypso” is essentially what they call in the theater a “two-hander” — a play with just two characters. It was also reminiscent of some classic two-hander-style episodes of The Twilight Zone, such as “Two” and “Nothing in the Dark.”

“Calypso” is a short story that could fit into any sci-fi anthology; one could argue it really isn’t Star Trek at all, as it adds little or nothing to the overall story of Discovery or Star Trek in general. But at its core, this episode explores a fundamental question of what it means to be human, and what could be more Star Trek than that?

Who wants to live in a future without tacos?

The future looks bright

Yes, “Calypso” doesn’t offer new insights into Star Trek: Discovery or any particular character, but it seems clear that was never the intention. The other three episodes for this spin-off series will deliver on that, but this entry was instead an experiment in sci-fi storytelling in a Star Trek setting and with Star Trek themes. On that account, this mini succeeded well beyond expectations.

This episode also bodes well for the future of the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series set to begin production in April 2019, as Michael Chabon is an executive producer and writer on the show. His thoughtful and literary style is a welcome addition to Star Trek.

Star Trek: Short Treks continues to bring us nice little monthly morsels as we await the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, which debuts on January 17th. The preview for December’s entry “The Brightest Star” gives us an intriguing glimpse into what looks like a Saru origin story. The hardest part?  Waiting a month for the next snack.

Having isolinear memory chips means never having to say goodbye

Random thoughts
  • Starfleet branding has now extended to popcorn boxes, already coveted by fans on social media.
  • Looks like the famous “Disco” t-shirts have been redesigned with a different font.
  • Question: Could Craft’s red owl tattoo be a reference to Discovery season two’s mysterious “red angel”?

Starfleet branded popcorn — still delicious after 1,000 years

 

Star Trek: Discovery is available in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Star Trek: Short Treks will be available in the USA on CBS All Access. It will air in Canada on Space and stream on CraveTV.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery and Short Treks news at TrekMovie.

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Star Trek: Discovery – A Woman’s Journey

TrekToday Headlines - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 00:22
In a new clip from a Star Trek: Discovery behind-the-scenes featurette titled A Woman’s Journey, Michelle Yeoh and executive story editors Bo...
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Chabon: Two Types of Computers And A.I.s In Trek

TrekToday Headlines - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 00:15
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, a lifelong Trek fan, spoke to Deadline about his recent Star Trek: Short Treks episode Calypso and...
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Michael Chabon Feels Responsibility To The Canon And Ideals Of Star Trek For Jean-Luc Picard Series

TrekMovie.com - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:58

While promoting tonight’s episode of Star Trek: Short Treks, writer and executive producer Michael Chabon also spoke about his work on the unnamed Jean-Luc Picard series, and the responsibilities he feels now that he is crafting Star Trek history.

Chabon seeking spaces in canon for Picard series

Speaking to CNET, in addition to talking about Short Treks, Micheal Chabon spoke about the show that has everyone talking, the unnamed Jean-Luc Picard series featuring the return of Sir Patrick Stewart. Little is known about the show, but Chabon did talk about his approach to the canon of Star Trek, saying:

Any Star Trek writer, any writing room on any Star Trek show after, let’s say, The Original Series had a responsibility to consider canon, to know your canon. Just speaking for me, that’s an incredible pleasure — to have a legitimate excuse, and get paid, to nerd out completely!

At the same time, and this is true when you’re dealing with any kind of canon, there’s always gaps. There are cracks. There are contradictions. There are mysteries that we never got to hear the explanation of, when people allude to things in canon and don’t give any further explanation. Maybe the greatest example in all canon ever is the giant rat of Sumatra from Sherlock Holmes. Fans and writers ever since have tried to come up with possible explanations for that. So I think it’s important not just to view canon as a barrier, as a perimeter beyond which you can’t go, a kind of a grid that you’re trapped on. You try to find the loopholes. You find the empty areas. You find the things the canon doesn’t seem to have anything to say, and you say it.

And if you’re really lucky and you get to be working on a Star Trek show then what you say becomes canon itself!

Michael Chabon on set for his Star Trek: Short Treks episode “Calypso” (Photo: Instagram/Michael Chabon)

Focusing on the ideals of Trek

In addition to seeing how he has a responsibility to Star Trek canon, Chabon also spoke about his responsibility to hold up the ideals of Trek, saying:

Now that I’m working on the show and now that I’m part of Star Trek, I feel like it’s my responsibility to make sure that the current model is true to the ideals of the original show, the ideas of tolerance and egalitarianism. Obviously, you look at the way women are represented on The Original Series, and that show fell far short of its stated ideals of egalitarianism, although at least they did have women in some positions of responsibility. But I think we have this responsibility to continue to articulate a hopeful, positive vision of the future. I think if anything that’s more important now than it was when The Original Series came out. It was really important then, and it had a profound impact, socially, with Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge of the Enterprise, and this message that we can think our way out of our most primitive violent instincts.

To me, dystopia has lost its bite. A, we’re living in it, and B, it’s such a complete crushing series of cliches at this point. The tropes have all been worked and reworked so many times. There was a period where a positive, optimistic, techno-future where mankind learns to live in harmony and goes out into the stars just to discover and not to conquer, that was an overworked trope. But that is no longer the case. A positive vision of the future articulated through principles of tolerance and egalitarianism and optimism and the quest for scientific knowledge, to me that’s feels fresh nowadays.

Patrick Stewart and the Picard show writers room in September (Photo: Twitter/Patrick Stewart)

Picard is a hero for today

The writer and executive producer also sees freshness in Star Trek: The Next Generation, agreeing that Jean-Luc Picard is the hero we need today:

Yes, Captain Picard is the hero we need right now. He exemplifies in some ways even more then James Kirk — and I’m not gonna get into the Kirk vs Picard argument because I love Captain Kirk, he was my first captain — but Picard is even more of an exemplar of everything that is best about Star Trek’s vision for the future.

… And he wasn’t such a hound dog as Captain Kirk.

Chabon sees Picard as a hero for today

 

Keep up with all the news on the Picard show and other upcoming Star Trek TV shows here at TrekMovie.com.

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Reminder: ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’ Episode 2 “Calypso” Debuts Tonight

TrekMovie.com - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 00:00

The second Star Trek: Short Treks episode debuts tonight. Short Treks are four standalone mini-episodes related to Star Trek: Discovery, they are being released one a month from October through January. This month’s was written by Discovery writer Sean Cochran and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Preview: “Calypso”

Star Trek: Short Treks – Episode 2

After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.

The mini-episode will be available in the US on CBS All Access at 9:30 pm ET (6:30 pm PT). In Canada it airs on Space at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT), it will be available on CraveTV Friday at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT).

Promo trailer

Photos Writer teases episode… with sombrero

Writer Michael Chabon shared a behind-the-scenes picture from “Calypso” when it was being filmed back in July.

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If, like me, you have always felt that there aren’t quite enough sombreros on #StarTrek, then I think you are really going to enjoy “Calypso,” starring @aldis_hodge and directed by @olatundeo, which drops TONIGHT on @cbsallaccess. (Photo taken on set, 7/5/18.)

A post shared by Michael Chabon (@michael.chabon) on Nov 8, 2018 at 12:46pm PST

What say you?

TrekMovie will be posting a full review of “Calypso” tomorrow. But you don’t have to wait to offer your views in the comments below.

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Meaney In New Drama

TrekToday Headlines - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 21:58
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Colm Meaney has taken on a role in The Banker, a drama directed by George Nolfi. Meaney...
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Sarek’s Choice

TrekToday Headlines - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 21:54
A short clip at StarTrek.com features Star Trek: Discovery co-executive producer Jordan Nardino. The clip comes from one of the extras on...
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Hodge: Who Is Craft?

TrekToday Headlines - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 21:50
Tonight, the Calypso Star Trek: Short Treks episode will be released, and Aldis Hodge, who plays Craft in the short episode, describes...
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Isaacs: Playing A Character With A Big Secret

TrekToday Headlines - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:13
One of Star Trek: Discovery‘s best villains in the first season was Captain Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs. In an interview...
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ThinkGeek Star Trek Sale

TrekToday Headlines - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:10
A sale over at ThinkGeek should be of interest to Trek fans, with thirty percent off of select items. Over one hundred...
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