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Toy Fair 2018: QMX Reveals New ‘Discovery’ Badges, Latest Star Trek Figures And More

TrekMovie.com - 11 hours 51 min ago

At Toy Fair in New York City this week, Quantum Mechanix were showing off their latest and upcoming Star Trek products, including badges, pins, figures and a ship. Check out the latest Trek highlights from QMx.

New Trek badges

QMx is expanding its line of magnetic Star Trek: Discovery badge replicas, revealing three new ones at Toy Fair. The first two are due in April, starting with a fourth year cadet badge as worn by Sylvia Tilly in the first season. It will retail for $14.95.

QMx Discovery cadet badge replica

Also coming in April and retailing for $14.95 is a replica of one of those mysterious black badges seen in the third episode of Discovery, and not seen since. We have been wondering what is up with those badges since then, but the name given by QMx, “Magnetic Black Badge,” was no help.

QMx Discovery black badge replica

QMx’s final Star Trek: Discovery item was a magnetic Klingon emblem badge, arriving in May and retailing for $14.95.

QMx Discovery Klingon badge

QMx were also showing off their Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirror Universe insignia badge, as seen in the recent IDW comic book series. This badge was just made available and you can buy one now at Entertainment Earth.

QMx TNG Mirror badge

Upcoming Trek 1:6 figures

Quantum Mechanix is also continuing to expand its line of 1:6 scale articulated figures. While they weren’t committing to any specific dates, they were showing off a number of prototypes they are developing.

QMx TOS Scotty figure

QMx TOS Sulu figure

QMx Wrath of Khan Khan figure

QMx Wrath of Khan Admiral Kirk figure

QMx Wrath of Khan Captain Spock figure

March Mission Crate items

QMx were also showing off a couple of the items they have inside the March “Star Trek Mission Crate” from LootCrate. Among the various Trek items in the next Mission Crate will be a QMx 6-inch Master Series Locutus figure from Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as a USS Enterprise-D ship.

QMx March Star Trek Mission Crate items

You can order the March Star Trek crate for $39.99.

Planet Express Ship

If you’re a fan of Star Trek there is a good chance you are also a fan of Futurama. If you are, there was another item QMx was showing off at Toy Fair that you may be interested in. They were showing off a prototype of a Planet Express ship model, planned for the second or third quarter of 2018, which will be priced at $59.95.

QMx Futurama Planet Express Ship

More Toy Fair

See our previous report on McFarlane Toys 2018 Star Trek items. TrekMovie will have more Toy Fair 2018 coverage coming up soon.

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In Star Trek: Adversaries Video Card Game, It’s the Captain’s Chair That Everyone Has Their Eye On

TrekMovie.com - 16 hours 11 min ago

Not sure how to get your Star Trek fix now that Discovery is off the air? Well the good people at Puppet Master Games and CBS Interactive can help you fill the gap with the new Star Trek: Adversaries video card game.

Star Trek and card games go way back

Don’t tell my friends who co-host TrekMovie’s Shuttlepod podcast, but the reason I’m so well-versed in Trek lore isn’t because I’ve watched the show so much, read so many books, or spent so much time on Memory Alpha. (Though, of course, I’ve done all those things.)

My encyclopedic Treknowledge comes primarily from the old Decipher Collectible Card Game from the 1990s. Released right when TNG went off the air, the game had you square off against opponents as either Romulans, Klingons, or Federation. (All other non-animated instances of the franchise were later rolled into the game, plus factions like Ferengi, Bajoran, Borg, etc.)

Cards from the 1990s Star Trek Customizable Card Game (CCG)

You constructed a playable deck from your collection of cards bought from over-priced randomized packs at comic book or baseball card shops. Basically, it was one of many card games from that time designed to piggyback off the success of Magic: The Gathering, a game which – in its 25 years – has printed more than 20 billion cards.

I never played Magic, but I loved the Decipher CCG. Seriously, I know the race that killed Kevin Uxbridge’s colony on “The Survivors” was the Husnock because they were one of the best cards in the game. It’s also why I remember Kevin Uxbridge’s name, because he was the best card in the game.

Bringing Star Trek card games into the digital age

But times have changed! And the chance to recreate my personal, card-driven space missions of yore may have returned in digital format, thanks to the good people at Puppet Master Games and CBS Interactive. They have rolled out Star Trek: Adversaries, the first free-to-play online collectible card video game for the final frontier. Several online reviewers have already put let’s play videos up on YouTube.

Players construct a deck based around one of 24 Klingon or Federation flagships, which could be the NX-01 or could be the Sarcophagus ship. Then you square off in either player vs. player (PVP) or single-player campaign. The game is free with in-game microtransactions.

Adversaries looks absolutely beautiful, with 3D animation that’s fun to look at even if you’re not playing. The current set includes 300 cards from across the Prime universe franchise — even Discovery — including 50 additional starships and 140+ iconic crewmembers. This lets players put together their own perfect crew, and I’m sure they have enough expansion cards up their sleeve to beat Jack London at poker in San Francisco.

Choose your flagship

(No idea at this point if there are Kevin Uxbridge and Husnock cards though!)

The music is authentic from the series too, as producer and “Trekspert” Holly Amos showed on her Instagram recently.

Selecting audio for Adversaries. I’ve listened to so much Trek music today.

Two New FanSets Trek Pins

TrekToday Headlines - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:53
Two new Star Trek-themed pins will be of interest to Star Trek fans. The pins are based on the original series, and...
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May 2018 IDW Publishing Trek Comics

TrekToday Headlines - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:50
May will be a busy month for Star Trek comics, with seven Trek-themed comics arriving in stores. The comics include: Star Trek:...
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Sonequa Martin-Green: Stand Up To Cancer

TrekToday Headlines - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:43
Actress Sonequa Martin-Green is the Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador and she has been featured in a new public service announcement encouraging...
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IDW To Launch 5-Week ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation Through the Mirror’ Series In May

TrekMovie.com - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:11

IDW Publishing has announced what they have coming in May, including a number of Star Trek titles. The biggest thing is a special 5-week “event” coming straight from the Mirror Universe. There is also another issue from the second Discovery tie-in.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror 5-week event

Last year’s Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken was a big hit and was even nominated for the Diamond Gem Comic Book of the Year Award. Now the same team behind that book are back in May with a 5-issue series that will be released over 5 weeks. The series is being written by Scott and David Tipton with art by J.K. Woodward and Chris Johnson. According to IDW, the new series “sets up a new and exciting chapter in the Star Trek: Next Generation universe” and they promise there is more to come this year.

Here is the official blurb:

Because you demanded it! Following up the smash-hit miniseries MIRROR BROKEN, the Mirror Universe Next Generation crew is looking for new worlds to conquer, and they’re crossing over to the Prime Star Trek Universe to find them!

Also in each issue: Just how did the Mirror Universe crew find their way to ours, and what does Emperor Spock have to do with it? Backup stories every issue illustrated by MIRROR BROKEN co-creator J.K. Woodward!

Each 32-page issue in the series will be priced at $3.99 and will come with four different covers (A cover by J.K. Woodward, B cover by various artists, variant cover by concept artist Peter McKinstry, and photo cover). You can see a selection of the available covers below. 

Connecting covers by J.K. Woodward

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #1—Cover A: J.K. Woodward

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #2—Cover A: J.K. Woodward

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #3—Cover A: J.K. Woodward

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #4—Cover A: J.K. Woodward

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #5—Cover A: J.K. Woodward

B Covers (various artists)

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #1—Cover B: Chris Johnson

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #2—Cover B: Marcus To

Not available at this time are B covers for #3 (Josh Hood), #4 (Carlos Nieto), and  #5 (Debora Carita).

Photo Covers:

If you want to catch up on the previous series, the trade paperback collection of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken is due out in March.

Also coming in May: Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #2

In addition to the TNG Mirror event, IDW will released the second issue in their second Discovery tie-in comic. Co-written by Discovery writer and Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer and longtime Trek comic book writer Mike Johnson, the “Succession” series is set in the Mirror Universe and is directly tied into the second half of the first season of Discovery.

The 32-page issue is priced at $3.99 and comes with four different covers: A cover by Angel Herndandez, photo cover, a variant cover and a “ships of the line” cover.

Star Trek: Discovery Succession #2 variant cover by Elizabeth Beals

Keep up with all the Star Trek comics news, previews and reviews in TrekMovie’s Comics Category.

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ToyFair 2018: McFarlane Reveals ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Phaser And More

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:34

The annual ToyFair is happening this week in New York City, where toy makers show their upcoming products. McFarlane Toys is one of the Star Trek licensees there, and have a display of their first Star Trek products. The planned 2018 Trek items included the Star Trek: Discovery role play phaser as well as the soon-to-arrive Kirk and Picard figures. 

Discovery phaser

One of the most anticipated items for McFarlane is their role play Star Trek: Discovery phaser, which was on display for the first time. 

McFarlane Toys Star Trek: Discovery role play phaser

The phaser comes with lights and screen-accurate sounds. The rotating barrel sets the phaser for stun and kill, which is also indicated on a light on top as well as a lockable trigger safety. It comes with a removable hand phaser and battery clip with LED. I had a chance to play around with an unpainted prototype, which had impressive detailing and a nice amount of weight. It’s easy to see this becoming a very popular cosplay prop.

Discovery phaser packaging

McFarlane expects it to be available this fall, priced at $34.95.

Kirk and Picard figures coming soon

Also on display were McFarlane’s first Star Trek figures, one for Captain Kirk and one for Captain Picard.

McFarlane Kirk figure

McFarlane Picard figure

These 7-inch scale collectibles have the kind of sculpts you would expect for the highly-regarded McFarlane figures. Each comes with a number of accessories, with a Phaser, Communicator, and Phaser Rifle for Kirk, and a Phaser, interchangeable “Engage” hand, and Ressikan Flute for Picard. Each also comes with a stand.

Detail on Kirk phaser rifle accessory

The Kirk and Picard figures retail for $19.99 each and are due out in April. You can pre-order Kirk and pre-order Picard now at Entertainment Earth.

Discovery figures in 2019, and possibly more Trek too

McFarlane has previously announced plans to do Discovery figures, and Brand Manager Evin Dempsey told TrekMovie a Michael Burnham figure could be available in the first quarter of 2019, but they weren’t yet ready to confirm it. Last summer McFarlane had also announced plans to make a T’Kuvma figure, but that now appears unlikely.

Dempsey noted that the McFarlane license covered the entire franchise of TV and films, with the exception of the Kelvin-era movies. He spoke enthusiastically about how he and other brand managers were fans of the show, and said “we are going to do it right” with respect to Star Trek, adding, “we don’t make a line, we curate a line.” The initial wave of Kirk and Picard figures are just the beginning, and if those go well, he says they hope to make many more Trek figures going forward.

McFarlane’s 2018 line of Star Trek releases is just the beginning

More Toy Fair

TrekMovie will have more Toy Fair 2018 coverage coming up soon.

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Custom 3D Printed Starships

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:11
Star Trek Online is partnering with Mixed Dimensions to introduce “custom 3D printed handcrafted starship collectibles, captured directly from the PC version...
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Toy Fair Bags From The Coop

TrekToday Headlines - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:05
Trek Core had more coverage of items from last weekend’s Toy Fair, which took place in New York City. At Toy Fair,...
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Star Trek Online To Offer Custom 3D Printed Player Starships

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:32

If you really like your ship in the free-to-play MMORGP Star Trek Online, you soon will have the option to have an actual replica. Today Cryptic announced a partnership with Mixed Dimensions to offer players the chance to get “3D handcrafted starship collectibles, captured directly from the PC version of Star Trek Online.”

In a statement, STO executive producer Stephen Ricossa said:

“We are absolutely elated to expand Star Trek Online to the physical universe. Our new partnership with Mixed Dimensions will allow our community to immortalize their favorite starships. We can’t wait to see the reaction from our captains when the first wave of ships begins to roll out.”

After players design their own starship from within the game, they can upload their model to the GamePrint web site, where they will be offered several different purchase options. Captains can commission one of the company’s master artists to hand paint an incredibly detailed, 12” resin high-end collectible version of their starship. They can also order a single-color version or a primed model, which allows them to paint the entire starship themselves. For those who prefer to stick with the classics, GamePrint will also offer completed models replicating 20 of Star Trek Online’s exclusive and most popular starships.

Custom ‘Pathfinder” ship in Star Trek Online

3D printed and painted model of same ship

Another angle on the same ship

Unpainted version

The option to have your ship made into a 3D model will be availalbe in March. Pricing has yet to be announced.

To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com.

 

 

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Composer Austin Wintory Shares Story And Demos From His Attempt To Land ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gig

TrekMovie.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:25

Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, best known for his work in video games and in particular for the award-winning PlayStation game Journey, has revealed he was in the running to score Star Trek: Discovery. Writing on Medium, the life-long Trek fan revealed what he called his “amazing experience” tying to land the Trek gig which eventually went to Jeff Russo.

Three demos

Austin Wintory says after learning that Star Trek was returning to TV he implored his agent to get him in the running. They decided the first step would be for him to develop a theme which could be presented to the Discovery team back in 2016. So Wintory quickly developed an idea and hired an orchestra to perform what he called “a sort of love letter visual montage to the legacy of Star Trek,” which you can see and hear below.

As noted in his account, Wintory knew that without any experience working in episodic television, his chances were long, however the demo piqued the interest at CBS and he was asked to pitch an idea for the music for what would become the SDCC 2016 teaser, featuring the USS Discovery coming out of the dock. You can listen to that demo below.

Another composer was selected, and Wintory moved on saying “I was STOKED. I had had my hat in the ring on a real Star Trek show!” However, a few months later he was surprised to again be approached because “things hadn’t worked out with the composer they’d hired, and they were once again looking.”

This time he was invited in to speak with co-creator and showrunner (at the time) Bryan Fuller. Wintory describes the direction he was given to develop what would be his third demo in attempt to land the Discovery gig:

Bryan also told me something immensely exciting: “for the new demo, please don’t hold back. Give us full, unreserved Wintory. We want something musically aggressive and unique.” (and, as a side note, they hinted a quasi-religious, almost ‘spiritual warrior’ concept for the Klingons in the show, which was a great musical leaping-off point).

You can listen to that last demo titled “Another New Frontier” inside Wintory’s Medium post.

Shortly after recording the third demo Bryan Fuller stepped down from Discovery, but Wintory was asked to still submit the demo. In early 2017 he was told he wasn’t selected as the composer, but he had no regrets and was happy to be “seriously considered for a major show, one with massive childhood and personal significance.”

Wintory’s tale has some parallels with Star Trek VI composer Cliff Eidelman who revealed late last year he also was in the running to get the job for Discovery. There are likely more composers out there who were up for the job before Jeff Russo eventually was chosen, and maybe they too will come forward and share some of their music for what could have been.

Star Trek writer is a fan

After Wintory revealed his story on Medium, Discovery staff writer Bo Yeon Kim had a fangirl moment, showing her excitement over having the Journey composer pitching for Star Trek.

Okay I'm trying to calm down but BUT JOURNEY AND @awintory'S SCORE FOR THE VIDEO GAME MADE SUCH A HUGE IMPACT ON ME AS A WRITER

— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) February 19, 2018

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

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

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Trek-Themed Toys At Toy Fair 2018

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:40
The Toy Fair 2018 took place in New York this weekend, and there is plenty of forthcoming merchandise for Star Trek fans....
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Comics: Back To The Mirror Universe For The Next Generation

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:35
This spring, the crew of The Next Generation will return to the Mirror Universe in a new IDW Publishing comic series. The...
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Star Trek: Discovery Season Two Hints

TrekToday Headlines - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:31
Now that the Star Trek: Discovery finale has aired, fans are waiting for news about the second season and hints of what...
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Writers Talk Captain Pike, Klingons Having Two ‘Organs’ And More

TrekMovie.com - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:23

We have been talking about the Star Trek: Discovery season finale all week, but there are still a few bits to catch up on including what show writers are saying about the finale and what is coming next. We also have Sonequa Martin-Green and Anthony Rapp talking finale and season two and more.

Showrunners talks Pike and unlikely return to Mirror Universe for S2

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, co-showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg talked about the season finale and the next season. Discussing what role the USS Enterprise will play in the second season, Harberts was clear that it would not dominate the show, saying:

More than anything, it is about what new stories does this provide for our crew, for Michael Burnham, for Saru, for Tilly. Our main interest is Discovery. However, if the presence of the Enterprise can show us new things about our crew, the better.

However, Harberts indicated that Captain Pike will play a role in season two, saying:

The thing to consider about Captain Pike is, from an audience and writer’s point of view, there is something very exciting about a key character from [Star Trek: The Original Series] who’s only been explored in two episodes of the original series — three if you consider how [the rejected pilot for the original series] “The Cage” works into the puzzle in TOS. When we think about the idea of Captain Pike, it opens up some large possibilities. We will never say never to exploring him a little bit more.

Gretchen Berg also indicated that they are done with the Mirror Universe (for now):

I’m really proud of the story we told in Mirror, and we’re going to let people sit with those for a while and maybe we’ll be going back again in the future. But for right now, enjoy those episodes from the last year!

This is in their rear view mirror for now

Writer talks about Klingon organs and why we wont see movie elements in ‘Discovery.’

Star Trek: Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt were guests on this week’s The Alpha Quadrant podcast with Garrett Wang and Aron Eisenberg. The writing team talked about their history of collaborating and working on Discovery.

One highlight was when Yeon Kim talked about a subject mentioned in our finale easter eggs article, notably how Discovery has introduced the fact that Klingons have two ‘organs’:

That was an ongoing writers’ room debate. According to canon, Klingons have two organs, they have two of everything, right? So … we had this debate, when we say two of everything, does that include the penis?… I think this was something that [EP/Director] Akiva [Goldsman] really liked the notion of. He just kept joking, “Klingons have two dicks, Klingons have two dicks.” And then finally showed it on television.

She also discussed how the writers on Discovery are limited in that they are not allowed to deal with characters and elements from the Star Trek feature films, saying:

Just because of the rights issue, we can’t use anything from the films, so that’s just something that we’re always aware of. ALL films, ’cause it’s a Paramount property, not CBS.

Thanks to Akiva Goldsman “Klingons have two dicks” is now canon

Rapp talks about Culber’s return

It has been already established that Wilson Cruz will appear in the second season of Discovery, and in a new interview with the official site, actor Anthony Rapp talks a little about what he has been told about Culber coming back:

We didn’t know at that point what’s to come, though we’ve been told things and we still don’t know exactly, but we know that you’ll see these two characters interact again next season. I don’t know if it’ll be flashbacks, if it’ll be flash-forwards. Whatever it is, there will be some presence of our relationship will continue, and I’m pleased about that.

This is not the end for Stamets and Culber

Sonequa talks family reunion

In another official video from CBS, Sonequa Martin-Green talks about the journey of Michael Burnham through the first season, ending with a reunion with Amanda and Sarek.

Tweet of the day: Preview of new Enterprise bridge?

Star Trek author Dayton Ward – who wrote the recent Discovery tie in Drastic Measures – has a message for those who may be thinking about redesigning the look of the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

If the #StarTrekDiscovery crew doesn't make the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise look like this, Ima gonna be pissed. pic.twitter.com/5lq9aFipvC

— Dayton Ward (@daytonward) February 16, 2018

More Disco Bits:

Here are some more links with what people are saying about Discovery:

Vox: How Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Place find humanity in hell.

TVLine: Will Star Trek fans nitpick the Enterprise?

Fandom.Wikia: The ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Klingons Are the Best in the Franchise.

Vulture: Why Star Trek: Discovery Needs To Evolve.

The Verge: Saru is Star Trek: Discovery’s unsung hero.

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

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

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A Closer look At The USS Enterprise In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

TrekMovie.com - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:00

The reveal of the USS Enterprise as led by Captain Pike was a big twist in the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. The inclusion of the ship has led to a lot of fan debate. While we can’t settle any of those debates today, certainly not before we see what they’re planing to do with the Enterprise in season two, we can do what Trekkies do best, which is to analyze the new “Disco” design of the most famous ship in the Star Trek franchise.

The new tweaks to the classic design are certainly interesting, and contain a variety of influences, primarily of course the final version of the classic Enterprise model that was used for The Original Series. There are also details from the pilot version as seen in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” and the later refit version first seen in The Motion Picture. Also in the mix of influences are the NX-class from Star Trek: Enterprise, and yes, a dash of the Kelvin-universe USS Enterprise as well.

The original Enterprise(s)

For those who may be unaware, the filming model for The Original Series’ USS Enterprise looked somewhat different in the first pilot “The Cage.” It was updated again for the second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” and was then more dramatically re-worked a third time when the show was picked up for series.

The classic series version of the Enterprise

The season finale of Discovery takes place in 2257, which sets it in between the two pilots, with the “The Cage” set in 2254 and the second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before” set in 2265. The two pilot versions of the Enterprise are fairly similar. One of the easiest differences to spot between the pilot and series versions is the look of the nacelle caps (Bussard Collectors in TNG-era parlance). In the pilots they were a simple reddish-brown and had a spike protruding, matching the spike in the deflector dish. Speaking of the deflector dish, it was quite a bit larger than it would be in the final series version. There were some other differences too; the back of the warp nacelles initially had minimal detail in “The Cage,” and later in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” had a simple grille that looked like vents, rather than the funky and futuristic-looking balls they would have in the series. The bridge modules were also different; in both pilots they were taller. Various hull markings were changed between each pilot and the series as well.

The second pilot version of the Enterprise

Comparing originals to Discovery’s Enterprise Nacelle caps

Let’s start with two of the most obvious attributes of the pilot versions. The nacelle caps are not spiked. Realistically I didn’t expect them to keep this feature of the pilot model, it was done for simplicity’s sake in 1964 and certainly isn’t the iconic look we all know. What’s more, in Discovery they need as many light sources as they can get, since they render the space scenes pretty dark. The nacelles’ spinning lights are less colorful than the TOS version, but they are overall similar to it.

Get a load of those nacelle caps

Deflector Dish

Moving down to the deflector dish, the Discovery team chose to go with the smaller, more detailed, version seen throughout the series. It would have been nice if they’d used the larger version, but again, the iconic design is the series filming model, which they’ve stayed pretty true to in this area of the ship.

Deflector dishes a plenty

Saucer Section

While we’re observing the bow of the ship, the saucer is pretty similar to the classic Enterprise. It does have a steeper taper on the edge, making it somewhat unique to this interpretation, but is otherwise pretty close, including the same long triangular markings on the underside.

A classic TOS shot that shows off the bow of the ship

A good look at the saucer and the deflector dish.

Engines

Swinging around to the stern of the ship, let’s look at the engines. In “Where No Man Has Gone Before” there was simple vent grating at the back of the warp nacelles. This one was a nice surprise —  in the back of the nacelles of the Discovery version we find a glowing grid of vent holes.

Vents R’ Us

This last detail is more obscure: only in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” do the impulse engines have multiple nozzles in the back. While not exactly the same, you can see the Discovery impulse engines have three segments on each side.

Let’s get Impulse-ive

Details that connect to the past and future NX Nacelles

One nice bit of design that ties this version of the USS Enterprise to what came before are the nacelles. These seem to be heavily influenced by the design seen in the NX-class of Star Trek: Enterprise. The glowing blue on the inside flank of the nacelle, the more obvious “clamps” around the nacelle caps, and even the thicker pylons that hold up the nacelles, all echo the NX-01.

NX-alicous

Refit and ready to “Disco”

Of course the other influence that is readily apparent is the (future) refit of the Constitution-class. The lines of the bottom and aft of the engineering section on up to the shuttle bay are very similar to the refit. Likewise the nacelle pylons come out of the hull in much the same manner as they do in the refit. The refit also introduced a number of extra spot lights to better show the hull texture and the Starfleet identification markings in the darkness of space. These same kind of floodlights are present in the Discovery version.

The refit USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

A similar view of the Discovery Enterprise

Thick necked

One change that affects the lines of the ship is the new neck. While somewhat reminiscent of the refit, it appears to be a little bit shorter and about 50% wider, making it look a bit stubby and less graceful than either the original or refit Enterprise. We’ve seen this kind of stubby and wide design before, but it comes from an alternate universe. Thankfully this general design idea is all that’s taken from the Kelvin-universe.

Necks of USS Enterprise

Uniquely “Disco”

Let’s get this one out of the way: Yes this Enterprise has a window on the bridge, like all Starfleet starships in Discovery. The top of the saucer is similar to the original series version, but the bridge module is even flatter and wider than the classic series version. It seems like this was done to make a wider bridge which would accommodate that window.

The window is lit up, right where you’d expect it, under the bridge dome.

So far we’ve seen how the Discovery USS Enterprise melds influences from the rest of the franchise, but there are two totally unique oddities with this new design. For reasons I can’t fathom, there is a slit with rounded corners in the nacelle pylons. This seems to be pure “Discoization,” and people online are already calling this detail “the potato peeler.” No other ship we’ve seen in Discovery has this kind of cutout in the pylon. Even more unusual is the extended platform for the shuttlebay; we’ve never seen a shuttle craft actually need an extra landing strip before, and it gives the design an awkward “lower lip.”

The pylon “slit” and the shuttlebay “lip”

 

What do you think of the USS Enterprise redesign for Star Trek: Discovery? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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

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

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Bye Bye Robot Unveils 7 New ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Art Prints

TrekMovie.com - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:28

Today Bye Bye Robot, purveyors of fine art from the future, released seven brand new Star Trek: Discovery art prints, of which three are a special limited edition run with only 40 prints being produced. The prints are officially licensed by CBS and are available on Bye Bye Robot’s online store now.

Limited edition art prints

Three of the new art prints, two featuring the USS Discovery and the third featuring the USS Shenzhou, have been printed in a very limited run of only 40 prints. All limited edition prints are 18″ x 24″ printed on acid-free heavy weight 10pt cardstock and are hand numbered. They sell for $45 each. All limited edition prints are by Bye Bye Robot artist Cliff Cramp, whose use of deep tones and rich colors serve to show off the grandeur of the new show’s adventures and characters.

Featuring tones of purple, gold, and terra cotta are the three prints entitled: “U.S.S. Discovery”, “U.S.S. Shenzhou”, and “Hope”. Each piece focuses on a detailed view of the ships or characters.

“Hope” Limited Edition print by Cliff Cramp.

“USS Discovery” Limited Edition print by Cliff Cramp.

“USS Shenzhou” Limited Edition print by Cliff Cramp.

Four new Discovery art prints

Bye Bye Robot also has up for offer four new permanent additions to their collection of Discovery art prints for sale. These new prints sell for $25 each and come printed on acid-free heavy weight 10pt cardstock.

The first new image is by returning artist Mark Brayer. His distinctive style is immediately noticeable
with his strong use of color, graphic shapes, and illustrative linework in the detail that makes the poster almost feel like the cover of a retro sci-fi novel. The balance between the ship and the planetscape draws the viewer’s eye all the way through this design offering a glimpse into the new show. This 16”x24” print entitled “Discovery” fits right into his other book‐cover style offerings.

“Discovery” by Mark Brayer.

The second print comes from artist Cliff Cramp, who also designed the three limited edition prints shown above. His piece, “Beginnings” focuses on a close-up view of Michael Burnham in her space suit, harkening back to Discovery‘s premiere, where it all began.

“Beginnings” by Cliff Cramp.

The final two images are by artist J.J. Lendl and are his first contribution to Bye Bye Robot’s offerings. His prints combine vintage influenced style with the contemporary nature of Star Trek: Discovery. These two 18”x24” prints are entitled, “DISCO 1” and “DISCO2.” In them the viewer will find the use of muted colors, unique distressed textures, and detailed linework all combine together to give a retro feel to these new prints.

“DISCO 1” by J.J. Lendl.

“DISCO 2” by J.J. Lendl.

For more information or to purchase, visit Bye Bye Robot now.

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12 Questions Raised By The ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season One Finale

TrekMovie.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 23:10

Star Trek Discovery capped off its freshman season this past Sunday in an episode that answered a lot of the questions posed through the season (click here to read TrekMovie’s review of the episode, and here for our podcast about it). The finale also raised a number of new questions that we’re eager to see answered in season two.

Red alert! The questions below will contain lots of spoilers for folks who have not watched the finale episode of the season, so proceed at your own risk.

How long will the big “E” stick around?

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the finale was the arrival of the of the USS Enterprise (no bloody A, B, C, or D!), reimagined in the Star Trek: Discovery style. The arrival of the ship was more than a cameo and Discovery’s producers have indicated that the Enterprise will play a role in season two, but not a dominant one. It’s possible the ship could just beam over Discovery’s new captain and be on its way, but the more intriguing possibility is that there will be more dealing with whatever was behind the finale’s cliffhanging priority one distress call.  For now producers are not confirming if we will ever see the interior of the ship. Given Alex Kurtzman’s comments, if we see inside, we expect some kind of updated look that will pay homage to the original. And, if we see any of the crew, we won’t be surprised to see them wearing the standard Starfleet uniforms everyone else is wearing on Discovery too.

To boldly revisit where many have gone before …

Will we see Pike or Spock?

The finale established that the garbled distress call from the Enterprise came from Captain Pike, who commanded the ship before Kirk. If the Enterprise is sticking around, there is a good possibility they will be recasting Pike, originally played by Jeffrey Hunter in the Star Trek pilot “The Cage.” As the timing of the finale is only a few years after “The Cage,” it is quite possible a number of the other characters seen in that episode are on board and could show up on Discovery. One intriguing possibility is Dr. Boyce (originally played by John Hoyt) as we know the Discovery is down a doctor. And even if a character wasn’t seen in “The Cage,” there is no reason they couldn’t be on board, opening up the possibility of seeing any number of canon characters. Certainly the most intriguing notion is Mr. Spock. Based on canon, and knowing exchanges between Sarek and Michael Burnham, Star Trek’s most famous Vulcan is also on that ship. However, show producers have indicated they are not looking to recast such a major and iconic role. 

Sir, those officers seem to be out of uniform.

Who will be sitting in the Captain’s chair?

Season one of Discovery ends with the ship en route to Vulcan to pick up their new Captain, with Saru in charge as acting captain. While there’s a bit of a fan movement to promote Saru to actual captain, it seems unlikely that the writers would set us up for an introduction only to pull it back. So, who this new captain? Online speculation has advanced a number of possibilities, including T’Pol (she’d be a spry 170 years old). Of course, just because the captain is on Vulcan, doesn’t mean the new captain is a Vulcan. A laundry list of minor characters are being speculated by fans, including Pike’s “Number One,” or even Pike himself. Then again, it could also be a brand-new character. Lorca (Jason Isaacs) proved to be a popular character with big shoes to fill, so we are hoping they continue that trend and come up with someone new.

Probably not this guy.

Now redeemed, what’s next for Michael Burnham?

The focal character for Star Trek: Discovery is Michael Burnham, and more than anything, the arc of the first season was about her redemption. The finale neatly book-ended her fall from grace in the season opener to being able to forgive herself for the betrayal of her captain. She was also reinstated with her rank as Commander and assigned as science officer for the Discovery. With the finale tying things up for Burnham, it opens up the question of what will the focus of her arc be for the second season, and beyond? The pilot opened with the possibility for her to get her own command, so is her ambition back? And if so, that could bring Burnham back into some conflict with her old friend and sometimes rival, Saru. The finale also saw Michael say goodbye to her first love. So, will she keep an ember burning for the Klingon/Human Tyler, or will someone new catch her eye? Maybe the new captain? The slate is blank for Michael now.

You won the war, now what are you going to do? Go to Disneyland?

What is the status (and future) of the spore drive?

Over the course of the first season, effectively using Discovery’s revolutionary Displacement Activated Spore Hub drive required either the ethically dubious use of a Tardigrade or a tardigrade-infused human, risking their mind to mycelial oblivion. So, the final moments of the finale had the ship returning to the use of old-fashioned warp drive. However, newly promoted Lt. Commander Stamets indicated that Starfleet is seeking a technological spore drive interface. Earlier episodes in the season seemed to be leading up to drive being determined to be too risky to use, but the finale indicates Starfleet is not ready to shelve it. And if the ship is in a jam, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for them to not take the risk and plug Stamets back in. In fact, co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg said on After Trek, “you don’t own a Maserati and keep it in the garage.” So, the question remains then, why didn’t spore drive technology become widespread in the 23rd century and beyond? 

They still know how to make spores, you know.

Without spore navigation, what is Stamets going to do with himself?

If Stamets’ days as the plug-and-play human interface for the spore drive are over, what will be his role on the ship? The Discovery is still a science ship, but Stamets’ spore “kiddos” are no longer driving it, so he’s going to have some time on his hands. There are 300 science labs on board, some of which were guarded when we first saw them, so there’s probably more weird science for Paul to get into. One strong possibility that would keep Paul playing with his space fungus is him trying to reconnect with his lost love, Hugh Culber, who was last seen hanging out in the mycelial network.

And will he remove those implants or keep them as a souvenir?

How will Discovery‘s war with the Klingons transition to the cold war we know?

The ending of the Klingon-Federation war in the finale felt a little too quick and simple. Just because L’Rell has a bomb doesn’t mean the 24 great houses are going to stay unified and happy to put the war behind them. Producers have said that they are moving on from the war story, but have also indicated that L’Rell and Tyler (formerly Voq) will play a part in the second season. We know that by the time of The Original Series, tensions with the Klingon Empire remain high with the Federation so it is unlikely there is much detente, and it is unclear if there will be an official armistice or treaty ending the war. The chances that L’Rell and her bomb can stop all her fellow Klingons from causing trouble for the Federation is low, so expect some flare ups in the second season. Side note: Do L’Rell and Tyler have to sleep in shifts if possession of that detonator is all that’s holding the Empire together?

L’Rell’s got her suit back, and a bomb, but is it enough?

And what does this mean for Tyler and L’Rell?

Speaking of Tyler, the finale showed him sort of re-embrace his origins as Voq, at least to some extent. He decided to stay with L’Rell to help her and to bridge the gap with the Federation. His transformation into a human may make it hard for him to continue his role as the “Torchbearer” of Klingon ideals and honor, as he could just become an object of scorn. Voq was already that before his transformation, and then failed in his mission anyway, so his chances of getting his status elevated now that he’s a human seem slim. And then there is Tyler’s extremely complicated love life. Will L’Rell and Tyler resume their romantic relationship? Will T’Lell become a thing? (Sorry, is that Ty’Rell?). Even though the Klingon War story line was not entirely satisfying, these two characters and actors stood out and hopefully they will be explored further in season two.

Reunited, but will it feel so good?

How can Starfleet — and Cornwell — rebuild with integrity?

Starfleet just fought a devastating war against the Klingons, losing one third of their ships and 20% of their territory, and in response, they came THIS close to committing genocide. How will Starfleet rebuild itself both physically and morally? Admiral Cornwell ordered the destruction of an entire planet, which is Terran Emperor-level bad guy stuff. Yes, she was fairly easily persuaded to shift gears, but will there be any repercussions for her and others – including Sarek – who were complicit in the ordering a war crime?  These acts are not the kinds of things we expect from the Federation or Starfleet and hopefully the fallout from these decisions will not be just swept away.

Cornwell’s got some ‘splainin to do.

How will the Sarek family deal with this ‘reunion?’

We know from the TOS episode “Journey to Babel” that Spock and his father had not spoken to each other for eighteen years, and season one of Discovery ends just about halfway through that period. But Sarek is aboard the Discovery at the end of season one. How will they avoid speaking to each other, especially with Spock’s sister Michael aboard?  Then again, let’s not forget that the Sarek-Spock feud was all about Spock’s choice to join Starfleet and Sarek’s disapproval of his choice. Having Sarek arrive on a starship full of glowing approval for Michael Burnham’s career choice is sure to reopen old wounds. (Shhh…don’t tell your brother about the genocide thing!). 

Tell Captain Pike I’m not here.

What is Georgiou’s next move?

As former Terran Emperor Georgiou slinked off into the shadows a free woman, bound only by her non-existent conscience, what will she be up to in season two?  We’ve seen Georgiou’s brutality; she spent her life devoted to building her own personal power and imposing her will on the rest of her universe. Why would she stop now? Will she team up with Orion pirates? Rebuild an empire? Will she do it all in that fabulous feathered cape? You don’t bring Michelle Yeoh back to life without a game plan and even though nothing has been said, it is a good bet she will be back in season two and probably causing some trouble.

If you love someone, it doesn’t always mean you should set them free …

What is the mission of the USS Discovery now?

Since it was introduced in episode three, the USS Discovery was a ship tasked to help win the war with the Klingons. With the war now over, what will the mission of the ship be? There was no indication in the finale as to where the ship was headed after it picked up the new captain on Vulcan. The ship was originally designed to be a science vessel, so perhaps it could be returning to its roots? Michael Burnham’s speech to Starfleet did talk about returning to “exploring strange new worlds,” something core to Starfleet and Star Trek since the beginning. The producers of the show have also talked about how the second season will look at the “collision of science and spirituality” which sounds pretty intriguing. We are hoping that we can get back to meeting some strange new life forms and new civilizations, and maybe not shooting at them.  

Time for this disco to get back to the science party.

One thing’s for sure, the writers and producers of Star Trek: Discovery season two have a lot to think about. We are optimistic that they’ll find creative solutions to some of these questions, and will surprise us with a bunch more as well.

 

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

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

 
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Star Trek: Discovery Art Prints

TrekToday Headlines - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 22:48
Seven new posters from Bye Bye, Robot will be of interest to Star Trek: Discovery fans. The posters were created by Mark...
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Join Shatner At Star Trek Convention

TrekToday Headlines - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 22:36
A new Omaze fundraising campaign offers a fan and a guest access to William Shatner at the Official Star Trek Convention. “Get...
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