Imagine If J.J. Abrams Directed Galaxy Quest

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Galaxy Quest is a great movie, one that has a strong following, but is largely underappreciated. Dean Parisot’s 1999 sci-fi comedy manages to be a pitch perfect spoof of Star Trek, the infamous personas of the cast, and Trekkie culture in general, while still being a love letter to the franchise and its devoted fans. In fact, it’s such a good Star Trek movie, that fans at a recent convention actually voted it number seven on a list of the best films of the family. And what film was voted as the worst Star Trek feature, you might ask? Well that was the most recent installment, this past summer’s J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek Into Darkness. A fun new fan made video explores what could have happened had Abrams directed Galaxy Quest. We would be talking about a very different film indeed. And who knows, maybe once he’s done with Star Wars he’ll reboot the Tim Allen vehicle.

First off in this reimagining, if Abrams helmed Galaxy Quest it would bear the overly serious subtitle The Omega 13 Prophecies. That sounds suitably Abrams-esque. The tone is also much more stern and straightforward action drama. You can see how this enterprising fan re-edits the footage from the source in a nod to the director’s penchant for humorless melodrama. Not that Abrams’ films are without joy, it’s just that, especially in his two Star Trek films, the humor is more of a deadpan sort, the polar opposite of Galaxy Quest. You may also notice a lack of Abrams’ trademark, and oft debated, lens flare. I’m okay with that.


Star Trek Transporter Prank Fools U.K. Mall Shoppers

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Whenever you sit down to watch a movie, either at home or in the cinema, you have a pretty good idea that what you’re looking at isn’t real. That’s even the case sometimes with documentaries, which sometimes stretch the truth to bring audiences over to their side. The above video isn’t taken from a documentary about teleportation or anything, but it might work as a nonfictional look at just how naive some people can be when shown something completely unbelievable. Maybe that’s a bit rude. Replace “naive” with “totally in the moment.”

Inside a U.K. shopping center, famed illusionist Scott Penrose and British on-demand service Blinkbox joined forces to promote the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. But instead of using things like posters and signs, they used a non-patented Star Trek transporter to astound the public by taking random members of the shopping crowd and transporting them to different areas of the mall, all through the use of science!


J.J. Abrams Confirms He Will Not Direct Star Trek 3

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AbramsSince taking the reigns of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has seemed very unlikely, if not impossible, that J.J. Abrams would have time to also helm Star Trek 3 as well. Now, after a lot of hemming and hawing, he has finally confirmed that. That’s good news for Trek-loving Abrams haters, but the Star Wars-loving Abrams haters are still stuck with him for at least one movie.

Abrams broke the news that seemed inevitable to Collider while promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The general consensus was that there was no way Abrams would be able to direct both projects, especially since Episode VII is effectively launching a new era in Star Wars history, courtesy of the Disney buyout and their ambitious plans for the franchise. Asked about how he felt about passing the director’s chair to someone else, Abrams replied:

It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.


Katee Sackhoff Channels Captain Kirk And Hugs Doctor Who Monsters In New Photoshoot

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Katee Sackhoff entered the pantheon of science fiction icons with her performance as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in Ron Moore’s 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot series. She joined the sci-pantheon alongside unforgettable characters like Star Trek’s James T. Kirk, Babylon 5’s G’Kar, and Doctor Who’s Doctor (take your pick which one). Now she’s embracing that science fiction heritage in a very geeky photoshoot for, well, Geek Magazine. Check it out above to see Sackhoff channeling Kirk and Tom Baker’s Doctor, not to mention cozying up to a surprisingly cuddly Dalek.


Star Trek Into Darkness Writer Defends One Of The Flick’s Most Controversial Choices

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HandsStar Trek Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci has been in the unwanted limelight in a major way this week after basically losing his shit on Twitter and yelling at fans who didn’t like the latest Trek sequel. More specifically, he compared naysaying fans to children “acting out” against their parents, and then ramped things up even further by telling those fans to “FUCK OFF!” Of course, he soon backpedaled and apologized, but that sort of thing doesn’t go back in the box. Assuming Paramount doesn’t ship him off to anger management classes, Orci should maybe take a lesson from his writing partner Alex Kurtzman, who used the week of Star Trek Into Darkness’ Blu-ray release to speak honestly about some of the movie’s more controversial elements…without once insulting anybody.

Speaking to Blastr, Kurtzman didn’t make any apologies for Star Trek Into Darkness, not even for the bits that sent some die-hard Trekkies into the stratosphere on fiery columns of pure Nerd Rage. As you might guess…



Star Trek’s September Retro Prints Bring Us Romulans And Gamesters

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EntIncMega-talented artist Juan Ortiz is back once again with the September installment of his ridiculously awesome retro Star Trek episodic posters. For those of you who have somehow missed us raving about these things for the past year, here’s the skinny: about a year ago, Ortiz set out on a massive art project, with his goal to create an original, retro-style poster print for every single one of Star Trek: The Original Series’ 79 episodes. It’s the sort of massive commitment that will give your inner procrastinator fits, but damned if he hasn’t kept up the schedule. The latest batch of four includes prints for the episodes “The Enterprise Incident,” “Court Martial,” “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” and “That Which Survives.”

As is S.O.P. for Ortiz’s prints, the folks from StarTrek.com have posted the four new prints along with commentary from the artist himself. Check it all out below, and then we’ll have details about where you can get your hands on copies of the prints. First up is “The Enterprise Incident,” which you can see above.