Star Trek (PC/PS3/X360 - April 23rd, 2013)
As you can see, the Namco Bandai published bro-op shooter based around J.J. Abram’s updated revival of the Star Trek universe has received an official date. Whew. It took almost everything I fucking had not to write “is phasing into stores this Spring.” Literally everything.
Usually, a game adapted from a movie license would earn a hearty shrug from me (especially when its box art is this grotesquely hard on the eyes), but I can’t deny I’m interested to see what developer Digital Extremes manages to do with the property. Their work on The Darkness II, which released all the way back in February, resonated strongly enough to slip into the number ten slot on my Top Picks of 2012 list.
If Digital Extremes can muster up as much devotion and creativity as they put forth into adapting The Darkness comics, then Star Trek is going to turn some heads when it drops next year, abysmal box art and all (look at this two-toned Photoshop nightmare again; if Kirk isn’t channeling Zoolander here than I’m changing my prescription).
July 3rd, 2012
- In Doctor Who news, the latest casting for the seventh season has been revealed. Additionally, Douglas Adams’ unfinished episode “Shada”, is getting a novelisation by long-time writer of the show, Gareth Roberts. Roberts has written some of the more entertaining episodes of Doctor Who - I’m certain his adaptation of Adams’ work will be a perfect fit.
- Total Recall has a new trailer, featuring robots, explosions, and a three-breasted prostitute. Plus, Bryan Cranston is in it. What more can you ask for?
- The cast and crew of Firefly are reuniting at Comic-Con on July 13th, 2012. Show-runner Joss Whedon will take part in a panel with writer Tim Minear, as well as Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, and Michael Fairman, to celebrate the show’s ten-year anniversary. There are rumors circulating the web with fans wildly speculating about the show’s future now that Mr. Whedon has won the hearts of a larger audience. No word yet one way or the other, but you can bet there’ll be a frantic post from me if we get any kind of confirmation on the matter.
- Say hello to “Mi-Fi”: tiny Lego recreations of some of your favorite scenes from science fiction. Personal favorites? The cast of Futurama and this awesome Death Star trench. Featured above: Resistance Is Futile by halfbeak.
- Two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are being brought to theatres on July 23rd, to celebrate the launch of the show’s first season being brought to Blu-Ray, as well as it’s 25 year anniversary. The screenings of “Where No One Has Gone Before" and "Datalore" will be accompanied by a sneak peak at the special footage found on the Blu-Ray. You can watch the trailer and get your tickets here.
That’s the round-up for today. Just as a heads-up, posts will continue to be queued up through the next day or so, on account of my celebrating another year around the sun today. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for a sci-fi/gaming giveaway we’ll be doing soon with The Red Herb. We think you guys are gonna like it, so stay tuned!
The Captains and The Doctors
May 31, 2012
- “Spaceships are very hard not to make cliche. We developed something fresh.” The latest teaser for Prometheus features an in-depth look at the ship itself, giving us a glimpse into the work done behind the scenes to ensure the film’s unique vision, as well as a glance into the minds of some of the actors, creators, and Ridley Scott himself.
- Simon Pegg has revealed that Khan will not be the villain in Star Trek 2. When asked, Pegg said: “It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them.” This leaves a lot of room for speculation, but I’m sure we’ll find out more after SDCC in July.
- Filming for the seventh season of Doctor Who is well underway, with the eleventh episode currently in production. Check out the behind the scenes pictures featuring Clara, the Doctor’s newest companion.
- Speaking of Who, that Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic is hitting shelves this week. It stars Amy Pond and the Eleventh Doctor teaming up with the illustrious Captain Picard to defend against a band of all their worst enemies. Check out a preview here.
- Finally, Michael Dorn, better known as Worf, has reportedly been pitching around an idea for a straight-to-DVD Star Trek movie starring his character "on the front lines, chasing terrorists." I don’t know about you guys, but I would totally watch this film.
Space Command is Giving Science Fiction Back to the Fans
Remember that favorite show of yours that got cancelled? The wonderful sci-fi series you so dearly loved that only survived a season before some faceless executives yanked it from the air? Marc Zicree knows how that feels, and he’s here to help.
I’m really excited about this project, so let’s just cut to the chase. Doug Drexler and the aforementioned Mr. Zicree are currently developing a science fiction series called Space Command that was created by fans, for fans, with no network interaction whatsoever. The concept is this: the show will be comprised of a series of two-hour films, with the structure and development mirroring that of a television series. The episodes will be contained stories that weave seamlessly into one another. In order to have complete control over this project, and with minimal network interference, the creators of the show have started raising money with the intention of fully-funding the show on their own - well, with the help of us, of course. In a matter of just three days, their Kickstarter page raised over $75,000.
It’s not just the concept of the show that’s winning fans over. The cast and crew attached to this series is a veritable “who’s who” of science fiction all-stars. Marc Zicree, head writer and director, has an impressive list of credits to his name, including but not limited to Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: DS9, Babylon 5, Sliders, and The Twilight Zone. His partner Doug Drexler will helm the FX portion of Space Command and has worked on Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. These award-winning visionaries have brought along an impressive cadre of actors, including Armin Shimerman who is perhaps better known as Quark or Professor Snyder, as well as George Takei, who you might recognize as Mr. Sulu.
This project demands a lot of attention. Watch the teaser video here, where Zicree guides you through an introduction to the series and illustrate the direction in which they hope to take the show. Bear in mind, friends, that it looks a bit schlocky at the moment, but I have faith that, with enough backing, Space Command could really be something great. Zicree is a passionate, unapologetic sci-fi nerd, and even goes so far as to admit that most of the influence for Space Command stems from his adoration of old pulp novels, which is something I’d love to see adapted to better suit today’s audiences. It’s a fairly big undertaking, of course. There’s a lot of room for failure. However, at the rate that this project is gathering speed, it might not be long before we see bigger names attached to this project and, if Space Command is a success, a whole new way to enjoy science fiction.
Star Trek Sequel Wraps Filming
After four months of filming, the untitled Star Trek sequel is finally moving on to post production. Lead actors Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg took to the internet to tease fans with a little slice of life behind the scenes, sharing photos via Twitter of their costumes and stage chairs to commemorate the final day of shooting.
The film is moving along right on schedule and is heading toward a release sometime around May of next year. Keep your eyes peeled for a potential sneak peak at San Diego Comic Con this summer.
Star Trek 2 Villains Revealed
There’s been some serious speculation around the web regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s role in the sequel to J. J. Abram’s Star Trek, but sources have finally revealed which protagonist we’ll be seeing next summer. Hit the jump to discover which villain Cumberbatch will portray, as well as additional news and spoilers regarding the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster.
We Live In The Future
There comes a time in every man’s life when you just have to say “fuck it” and build a fully functioning Star Trek phaser. One man did, and the results are downright awesome.
The video seen above is causing quite a stir around the internet, with techies furiously debating over legitimacy, casing and laser specifications, while Trekkies alternate between weeping silent tears of joy and angrily shouting that the laser should be red.
The exact specifications of the device are unknown, much like the video’s origin. No one is certain whether it has been doctored, but either way you have to give the guy credit for his ingenuity and flair. Hell, if I had the capacity to build one of these, I would probably just spend hours annoying my cat with it. Kudos to someone using this to do something slightly more productive, even if it’s only popping a few balloons.
Star Trek Game Slated for 2013
Fans of Abram’s reboot, rejoice! In cooperation with Namco Bandai and Bad Robot, Paramount will be releasing a console companion to the 2009 film early next year. Slightly more flashy than it’s less-expensive cousin, Star Trek Online, the new game features Kirk, Spock, and probably a shit-ton of lens flare. Catch the trailer here.
In 1993 when Stephen Hawking starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, he passed the warp drive on a guided set tour and was overheard as saying: “I’m working on that”.