J.J. Abrams Argues That It’s Possible To Love Both Star Trek And Star Wars

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AbramsWhen Lucasfilm was looking for a new director to take the helm for Star Wars: Episode VII, there were many qualified candidates to choose from. No one thought J.J. Abrams would take the job because of his duties with Star Trek, but lo and behold, when Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm came calling, Abrams jumped franchises. So where does that leave Star Trek?

Many fans believe that it’s near sacrilege for someone to crossover from Star Trek to Star Wars. How could one person direct a Star Trek movie then direct a Star Wars movie next? That’s crazy talk. Abrams has always been a lifelong Star Wars fan, but he also has love for Gene Roddenberry’s most famous creation. In a recent interview with Tavis Smiley, Abrams talks about his devotion to both science fiction properties. He explained:

That’s crazy. I would say this: as someone who has become a late in life Trekkie, I really think there’s room for both these things. It’s funny because ‘Star Trek’ in some ways informs ‘Star Wars’. We did ‘Star Trek’…my love of ‘Star Wars’, the energy of it and sort of the comedy and rhythm of it I think affected ‘Star Trek’. They’re such different worlds though. The stories, the characters, the universes. One is sort of our future, much more science based in theory. ‘Star Wars’ is like a fairy tale that happens to take place in space. They’re very different beasts.


Star Trek Retro Prints Have Power-Mad Godlings And An Enterprise In Kirk’s Eye

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GothosIt’s October! You know what that means: Halloween decorations going up, people shopping for costume ideas (even ones that are really stupid), and me eating all the candy long before any trick-or-treaters reach my door. (They can get a job and buy their own damn candy.) But it also means a new month is here, and with each new month comes another lovely batch of artist Juan Ortiz’s rather excellent retro-style Star Trek episodic posters.

If you have somehow missed the monthly posts of these things over the past year or so, here’s the skinny: last year one Juan Ortiz set out on a massively ambitious quest, a quest to create a unique, retro-style poster for each and every one of Star Trek: The Original Series’ episodes. I’ve lost count at this point of how many he’s done, so I have no clue how close we are to him reaching the end of the project. All I know is, I’ll miss his monthly injection of awesomeness into my life.


Does This Star Trek Themed Commercial Tell Us Who Will Direct The Next Movie?

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GE has decided to hitch their wagon to Star Trek with a new commercial that features John Cho taking another turn as Mr. Sulu and Joseph Gatt, back as the creepy looking Science Officer 0718. The effects in this TV spot are solid, and I don’t know if this was filmed on the actual Enterprise bridge set, but it certainly looks like it was. Sure it’s cool to see some new Trek footage, even if it wants you to buy stuff, but none of this is the truly interesting part. What really makes this commercial something to examine is that it could give us a hint at the director of Star Trek 3. Be warned, what follows is highly speculative and is in no way official at all.

The rebooted Star Trek franchise has been without a leader since J.J. Abrams vaulted from one beloved sci-fi property to another, taking the job helming Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney. According to Gatt’s Facebook page, this commercial was directed by David Gordon Green, which has led some to wonder if he could be Abram’s ultimate replacement. Paramount has made rumblings about wanting to have a new Star Trek movie ready for 2016 in order to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s classic. If they intend to stick to that timeline, it makes sense that they would start process before too long.


Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller Wants To Make A Star Trek Series

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FoxWhile J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films are divisive hot-button issues for many fans, they have still been pretty successful at the box office (Into Darkness pulled in half a billion dollars worldwide). But even the Trek fans who like Abrams’ take on the franchise can’t help but wish the series would find its way back to the TV landscape. After all, that’s where it was born, and where most of its finest hours unfolded. Bryan Fuller (pictured above with a fox, for some reason) may be boldly going where no gore has gone before with NBC’s Hannibal, but the former Trek writer also has an idea for a new series set in Roddenberry’s universe…if they’d only let him make it.

It wouldn’t be the first foray into Trek for Fuller. The creator of such beloved but short-lived shows as Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me began his career writing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Speaking to Crave Online, Fuller says:

So having spent four years on staff and another year of freelancing before that on Star Trek, it’s a very near and dear property to my heart, and also a philosophy. I would love to create a Star Trek show, so that’s on my dream docket.


Happy Birthday To Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Today In Science And Science Fiction

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TysonWith the rampant anti-intellectualism and distrust in science that continues to plague our country these days, we need passionate, well-spoken defenders to cut through the B.S. and speak the truth. In the 1980s, Carl Sagan filled that role very well, with his Cosmos series capturing the imaginations of many young people who went on to pursue careers in science. Sagan passed away in 1996, but the torch has been passed in recent years to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York and the go-to guy whenever a news agency needs somebody to provide easily digestible sound bites for a new science story. Tyson turns 55 years old today.

The Sagan parallels will become even more direct in the not-too-distant future, with Tyson set to host a new incarnation of Sagan’s Cosmos, set to air on Fox sometime in 2014. Tyson has the knowledge and the passion to be a great host for a new Cosmos, but he also shares one other quality with Sagan that makes him even more ideal. He’s got a touch of the poetic about him, a way of speaking about the universe that elicits excitement and wonder in the listener. Compare two of our favorite videos below: Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” speech, and Tyson’s “Most Astounding Fact.”


Star Trek Into Darkness And Transformers Get The Rust Knocked Off In Japanese Commercials

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I’ve never parked my multi-billion-dollar spaceship underwater before, and even if I did, I have no idea how I’d get it out. But assuming I could, how on earth (or wherever) would I be able to stop the damned thing from rusting? Turns out the Japanese company Kure has a solution with their rust-prevention lubricant Kure 5-56, as seen in a recent advertisement where their spokesman enters the Star Trek universe and talks about how their product can get the job done. At least I assume that’s what he’s saying. Considering it’s a Japanese commercial, this may very well be a milk commercial, or maybe this guy is running for local government.