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  • CBS/Paramount Ordered To Turn Over Documents To Defense
    22.10.2016 15:00:30
    In a decision issued just hours after a hearing, Federal Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick ordered CBS and Paramount to give Axanar’s attorneys documents the studios had so far resisted turning over in discovery. In his order issued October 21 Eick told the studios’ attorneys they must accede to a number of the requests for documents made by the defendants in a recent Motion to Compel Discovery. He gave the studios an October 28 deadline to comply; the deadline for completing discovery was November 2. On Twitter, Axanar producer Alec Peters, a named defendant, called the order “a big win in court today.” His surrogate’s blog, Fan Film Factor, summed it up like this: Axanar got pretty much everything they wanted and the studios are going to have a very busy week ahead. … [It’s] a big win for Axanar during the discovery phase. The actual trial is completely separate, but for right now, the defense is going to have a very happy weekend. However, with the exceptions in discovery requests listed below, the order officially denied the defense motion to compel discovery. Withdrawals and Exemptions The judge’s order formally noted what was reported last week that Axanar’s attorneys had withdrawn the part of the motion challenging the studios’ chain of title to the ownership of Star Trek’s copyrights, as well as the defense’s complaint that plaintiffs’ attorneys had mischaracterized when the parties had met to confer about discovery. The order exempted the required studio documents covered under attorney-client privilege but rejected the plaintiffs’ general objection that the defense requests were “overbroad, unduly burdensome” and that the records being sought “are not relevant to any party’s claim or defense.” Privilege Log Even though their attorneys may claim that many studio documents fall under the protection of attorney-client privilege, Eick ordered the plaintiffs to produce a privilege log specifically identifying all documents withheld under claim of attorney- client privilege. The defense would then be able to challenge withholding of any particular document. What the Plaintiffs Must Turn Over The judge’s order goes on to specify what documents, communications or witnesses plaintiffs must produce that had been requested by the defense in the following areas: Axanar’s Commercial Impact Specifically, the court ordered the plaintiffs to supply: All records the studios may have relating to the commercial impact of fan films on the studios’ Star Trek property. The defense originally sought records regarding all fan films, not just ones inspired by Star Trek, but Eick limited the request only to infringed Star Trek works specified in the studios’ legal complaint. Documents and communications demonstrating how both the market for Star Trek has been affected by Axanar, and its actual financial impact (“or lack thereof”) on the studios’ business. A limited summary showing only the studios’ revenues and profitability related to Star Trek since 2009. The defense had wanted every document related to Star Trek’s profitability, revenue, ticket sales and product sales. Fan Films Eick also required CBS and Paramount to produce the following documents, but only affecting the time period since 2009. Fan Films Since 2009 All non-privileged documents relating to Star Trek fan films, but only since 2009, the year the rebooted Star Trek motion picture, produced by J.J. Abrams, was released. Defendants had sought documents prior to 2009. Legal Action Against Fan Films Documents referring to the studios’ decision whether to pursue legal action against fan productions, including takedown notices on platforms like YouTube, cease and desist letters (C&Ds), and legal complaints with respect to a long list of fan films enumerated in the motion. Eick’s order limited the required documents to only those since 2009 not covered by privilege. Axanar Takedown Notices Documents and communications about whether the studios contemplated sending a DMCA takedown notice to YouTube or other online hosts regarding the short film, Prelude to Axanar or the so-called “Vulcan Scene.” Eick’s order limiting the documents to those not covered by attorney-client privilege would apply to these documents as well. Fan Film Guidelines Documents related to any fan film guidelines considered by the studios, including research, analysis, or communications. To the extent such documents involved legal issues, attorney-client privilege could well apply here, too. J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin Notably, the judge allowed the defense request for records regarding the May 20, 2016, statements made by Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin at a publicity event for Star Trek Beyond, specifically relating to Abrams’ comments supporting Axanar as a fan production and claiming that “within the next few weeks, it will be announced this [lawsuit] is going away” so that “fans would be able to continue working on their project.” ‘Common Interest’ Privilege However, as with the other documents, the court order exempted documents covered by attorney-client privilege, which is what the plaintiffs largely claimed explained their refusal to provide the documents in the first place. Given the plaintiffs’ assertion that documents on this topic were privileged under the ”common interest“ doctrine, this part of the discovery motion could continue to be disputed. Harm and Injury Eick also ordered the plaintiffs to provide written responses to questions posed by the defendants regarding: HARM The injury the studios claim to have suffered as a result of Axanar’s actions. DAMAGES A computation of the damages claimed for each cause of action in the lawsuit. Actual vs. Statutory Damages Under copyright law, however, the studios can elect to specify the basis on which they want to calculate damages against Axanar. Plaintiffs can opt for either actual damages caused by the alleged infringement, which would be supported by the kinds of records the defense was seeking in discovery, or statutory damages of $150,000 per instance of infringement. Producing Witnesses The judge granted the defense request for the studios to produce witnesses for deposition who could discuss communications between the studios, J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin regarding fan films generally, the lawsuit, and Axanar. Those witnesses could well include Abrams and Lin themselves. At such depositions, however, it is likely the plaintiffs will object to specific questions requiring information protected by attorney-client privilege. Willful Infringement Defendants claim communications with Abrams and Lin are directly related to the studios’ allegation...
  • Shuttle Pod Podcast Episode 24 – A Deep Dive Into Star Trek: Insurrection
    20.10.2016 00:08:46
    This week, the Shuttle Pod crew hop on the Captain’s yacht and head down to the planet of the Ba’ku. It’s a good thing Data is made to serve as a floatation device, because we’re taking a deep dive into Star Trek: Insurrection. Subscribe to Shuttle Pod: The TrekMovie.com Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Pocket Casts! Star Trek: Insurrection is a Star Trek movie with a number of problems but a number of really cool moments, too. The Shuttle Pod crew talk about the things they love and hate about the 1998 film, including how it makes our boobs start to firm up (not that we care about such things in this day and age). Some links of note from this week’s podcast: Some say the book about the making of the film is better than the actual film. Michael Piller’s “Fade In”, which was not published before Piller passed away, has just been made officially available for the first time. We definitely recommend that you check that one out. There is also this deleted scene — an alternate ending to Insurrection that didn’t play well during initial test screenings:
  • COMIC REVIEW: Star Trek: Boldly Go #1
    19.10.2016 19:56:56
    COMIC REVIEW: Star Trek: Boldly Go #1
    Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen elevate their Final Frontier narrative with Star Trek: Boldly Go #1. The comic takes place during the final few minutes of Star Trek: Beyond, and as the creative duo demonstrate, a lot happened in that short amount of screen time. Cover art for Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 Available from IDW Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Endeavor. Opening with a familiar saucer shape and twin nacelles, each panel draws a ship closer into view only to reveal a surprising name on the hull. Upon this revelation, one thing is apparent, this is not the previous five-year mission by Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen in IDW’s relaunched monthly Star Trek comic. Fresh in its approach as a Star Trek comic, Johnson and Shasteen are filling in the blanks from the conclusion of Star Trek Beyond’s final minutes, between the moment Kirk and company peer upon the construction of the Enterprise A and its inaugural voyage. Turns out, time moves much faster in films than real life (or the comics) and there is an entire new set of adventures taking place during those final on-screen minutes. Thrusting the crew in brand-new situations, Johnson has separated the Enterprise crew, leaving sets of characters together, while placing others in new roles – none of which will be divulged in this review, as part of the joy of this new series is in where and who Johnson put together. There are characters no longer serving onboard a starship, while others have seen their responsibilities drastically changed – some for the better, and some not so much. Honing his Star Trek storytelling craft over the past five years, Johnson has hit his stride as a writer and elevated his narrative with Boldly Go #1. This being a Johnson-penned script, there are a few Easter Eggs to be enjoyed, especially the “Oh, Wow” moment on the last page. The issue also offers Shasteen a different visual challenge, although nothing beats the suspense of his opening and closing pages. Generally, most of the characters are always in their Starfleet uniforms, so it is cool to see Shasteen get to draw a couple of them in different attire, including one terrific TOS throwback. Debuting with seven different variant covers, Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 features the normal newsstand and subscriber covers, as well as a blank edition and several exclusives. Hands down, the best is Shasteen’s Midtown Comics cover, which is a classic homage to an Original Series promotional image. Number one issues are terrific jumping on points for readers, and Boldly Go #1 is no exception. The creative team has become a well-oiled machine and the first issue places the Enterprise crew in while familiar, completely new environments. As the title suggests, it is now time for the characters, creators and readers to Boldly Go.
  • For Star Trek: Discovery, A Romulan By Any Other Name Would Smell As Treacherous
    18.10.2016 23:00:48
    For Star Trek: Discovery, A Romulan By Any Other Name Would Smell As Treacherous
    Star Trek fans are eagerly awaiting any news about the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery. With the recent announcement that the Original Series episode “Balance of Terror” will be a “touchstone” for the new series, we thought it prudent to take a look back at the history of Romulans in Star Trek. We noticed an odd pattern and have to ask: why are so many Romulans nameless? Could Discovery retcon some key commanders with names? And we found one bit of Trek lore that -no one- else on the Internet has spotted. Like the White Rabbit chasing Alice across an alien amusement park or a Cardassian vole scurrying to find its next meal, Star Trek fans eagerly await every morsel of news they can get about Discovery – both out of curiosity and the insatiable desire to complain about Star Trek on the Internet. Recently it was announced that “Balance of Terror,” which finds its way onto most top 10 episode lists, would serve as the “touchstone” for the new show. A FAVORITE TOS EPISODE “BALANCE OF TERROR” IS A TOUCHSTONE FOR THE #STARTREKDISCOVERY STORY ARC #STARTREK50 #LLAP50 pic.twitter.com/3UqKS46Tnu — Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) September 9, 2016 Now that could mean it’s a touchstone for continuity (DSC will heavily involve Romulans, despite our pointed-eared friends’ less than successful two outings on the big screen) or it will be a touchstone for tone – that is the series will feature more adversarial battles of wills against enemy commanders rather than subspace anomalies of the week. Given that the Romulan War would have happened about 100 years before the events of Discovery, we know that won’t be the storyline, but there could still be some legacy from the conflict. My one request is this: please give the Romulan commanders names. There are so many unnamed Romulans that there are multiple Memory Alpha pages dedicated to the subject – and this namelessness isn’t restricted to background aliens; frequently the leaders are just “Romulan commander” or “Romulan captain”. I count two in TOS, two in TAS, two in TNG, two in Nemesis, and one in ENT (though I’m sure they would have had more if they’d gotten to the full seven seasons). The naming convention of not naming Romulans could be to give them an added air of mystery because (as Weyoun says) they’re so “predictably treacherous” – but at this point it would be nice to get some retroactive continuity to help out a couple very notable ones. The most famous unnamed Romulan commander was played by Mark Lenard from that very touchstone episode: He retroactively got the name Keras by a designer for the Star Trek card game who had to go with something. Keras is is of course Sarek backwards; the same idea was used for the unnamed Klingon commander Krase. Keras is okay, but a little too cute even for me. The more interesting one though is the commander from “Enterprise Incident”: The nameless character, played by Joanne Linville, received three names in different books: Thea (Killing Time), Di’on Charvon (The Fate of the Phoenix), and Liviana Charvanek (Vulcan’s Heart). If this character were to appear in Discovery, I would be delighted if they went with the last one. Authors Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz may have picked the name Liviana as an homage to another character named Lavinia, also played by Linville, on The Twilight Zone episode “The Passerby”, which was No. 6 on TrekMovie’s top 10 TZ episodes for Star Trek fans. I have found no corroboration otherwise that this episode was the inspiration for naming the character, but it’s too close to be a coincidence. (That also means tracking this reference down is a TrekMovie exclusive!) Given how well-plowed the field of Trek lore is after 50 years, it’s always nice to find some new bit of trivia. Here’s hoping it can become canonical. So please, friends at Discovery: #BringBackLiviana. Or, at least, please just give any new Romulan commanders names.
  • Watch ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Makeup Artists’ Tutorial for Your Jaylah Halloween Costume
    17.10.2016 21:20:58
    Watch ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Makeup Artists’ Tutorial for Your Jaylah Halloween Costume
    Get a step-by-step video tutorial from Star Trek Beyond's makeup experts on how to create Jaylah, just in time for Halloween.
  • Catching Up with Star Trek Author Paul Ruditis
    14.10.2016 20:58:19
    Catching Up with Star Trek Author Paul Ruditis
    Paul Ruditis is becoming a go-to name in the world of Star Trek nonfiction, with The Star Trek Book, the Star Trek Visual Dictionary, and the Star Trek: Voyager Companion to his credit. TrekMovie caught up with Ruditis at Mission: New York to talk about his previous work, what he has coming up, and the challenges of writing guide books for the 50-year old franchise. Ruditis was at Mission: New York promoting his newest work, The Star Trek Book Brotherly love – it might seem an idea born from Gene Roddenberry’s idea of infinite diversity in infinite combinations, or at least one that echoes IDIC. It is also however the moniker for Philadelphia, Pa., which is known across the globe as the City of Brotherly Love. Perhaps it is only fitting that several Star Trek alumni hail from the city, such as John De Lancie, Robert Picardo, and Barry Jenner. Add author Paul Ruditis to the list, as the born and raised Philadelphian has left his own distinct mark on the final frontier with publications such as the recently released The Star Trek Book, the Star Trek Visual Dictionary, A Very Klingon Christmas, and the Star Trek: Voyager Companion. Promoting The Star Trek Book, publisher DK sent Ruditis on a whirlwind tour of events this year, including San Diego Comic Con, book signings in the Pacific Northwest, and Mission: New York. It was at the latter that Ruditis participated as a member of the “Beam Up the Authors” panel in which Ruditis and fellow scribes discussed their experiences pitching and writing in the world of Star Trek. It was actually a rare panel appearance for Ruditis, but it was one he said he could not resist: “My main approach to the panels is trying not to sound like an idiot,” Ruditis explained laughingly. “I don’t do a lot of panels, as I don’t like speaking in public. Traditionally, I find a lot of the media tie-in panels in general, that it’s a lot of complaining about the tie-in publishing process, and I tend to focus on the positives. What I loved about MNY, it was so positive. Star Trek in general is a positive experience. Most people who have written for Star Trek find it to be an enjoyable experience and talk about the positives.” “MNY was actually the first Star Trek-specific panel I was ever on. It was a really wonderful experience, talking about the writing, and what we all bond over – authors and fans alike. Other panels you talk about writing in general, with a Star Trek writing panel, everyone in the room gets what you are talking about. We might look at it differently, but we are all there for Star Trek. It is a really wonderful communal experience.” Writing any book presents its own unique set of challenges. Ruditis seems to excel in divergent ventures when it comes to Star Trek. His most recent work The Star Trek Book, at a high level may appear somewhat similar to his Star Trek Visual Dictionary for DK, but it is actually quite different. The Visual Dictionary focused on images to present its readers the final frontier, while The Star Trek Book was the opposite; it was text-driven with photos used to support the entries. “It was a challenge. First, it was identifying who the reader was. Traditionally, I am thinking of the hardcore fan, the fan who already knows this. So, the first thing I had to wrap my mind around is the fandom is changing, this new generation of fans who might have come in from Voyager, Enterprise or the new movies. Once I had a handle on who the audience was – both the new and hardcore, then I got into the mindset on how I was going to layout the book. The thing about DK books is that you build the outline to how the book is going to layout first. Before I started writing page one of the book, I knew what was on every single page. We had a specific number of pages; single entry, double and four pages. I had to determine which topic would fit in which space. An alien species we’ve barely seen are going to get one page, yet the Federation will get more space. It’s sort of like a puzzle.” Introduced to Star Trek like so many fans, by a parent, Ruditis said he remembered watching The Original Series in syndication with his father, his young mind recalling the colors and planets and nothing more. His father then took Ruditis to see The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, and the subsequent films on the big screen. Still, the lasting impact was not there. Finally, when Ruditis was in high school, The Next Generation premiered and he was hooked. This background came in handy when he was asked to pen The Star Trek Book. Pouring over Ruditis’ extensive entries, readers might think the author did an extraordinary amount of research: “My knowledge of Star Trek comes in handy for these projects. I don’t have remotely the minutiae of Star Trek that say the Okudas have, but my knowledge works because it is not an encyclopedia. A lot of the book I can write from memory, because it is a large brushstroke. We might remember scenes or interactions not exactly as it happened on screen, and that is where most of my research happened, confirming things I already knew.” “Also, I did not have to get bogged down on research because of my contributor, Sandford Galden-Stone, who wrote these incredible sidebar articles. It was so important and wonderful to have him on the book, especially on the timelines. If I had to figure out the where and when of a hundred years of history, the book would not have gotten done on schedule.” Surprises appear around every corner of the Star Trek universe, which is one of the items that Ruditis said he was hoping hardcore fans could enjoy about The Star Trek Book....
  • President Obama Talks Importance of Star Trek with Wired
    13.10.2016 00:06:50
    Star Trek fan and U.S. President Barack Obama, serving as guest editor for Wired’s November issue, discussed with Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT media lab Director Joi Ito how he grew up on Star Trek, the importance of the series, and how the Enterprise and her crew are like the United States: diverse, cooperative, and up for any challenge. Obama, in a sweeping interview about technology and the future, mentioned that he was a “sucker” for Star Trek as a kid. He used to watch the same twenty episodes over and over again. “I was a sucker for Star Trek when I was a kid. They were always fun to watch. What made the show lasting was it wasn’t actu­ally about technology. It was about values and relationships. Which is why it didn’t matter that the special effects were kind of cheesy and bad, right? They’d land on a planet and there are all these papier-mâché boulders. [Laughs.] But it didn’t matter because it was really talking about a notion of a common humanity and a confidence in our ability to solve problems.” The President lauded Star Trek’s depiction of a diverse crew working across boundaries, either real or perceived, to solve problems. “Star Trek, like any good story, says that we’re all complicated, and we’ve all got a little bit of Spock and a little bit of Kirk [laughs] and a little bit of Scotty, maybe some Klingon in us, right? But that is what I mean about figuring it out. Part of figuring it out is being able to work across barriers and differences. There’s a certain faith in rationality, tempered by some humility. Which is true of the best art and true of the best science. The sense that we possess these incredible minds that we should use, and we’re still just scratching the surface, but we shouldn’t get too cocky. We should remind ourselves that there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know.” Obama felt that a more recent piece of art, 2015’s The Martian, also demonstrated Star Trek’s spirit of coming together to overcome difficulties and solve problems. A recent movie captured the same spirit—The Martian. Not because it had a hugely complicated plot, but because it showed a bunch of different people trying to solve a problem. And employing creativity and grit and hard work, and having confidence that if it’s out there, we can figure it out. That is what I love most about America and why it continues to attract people from all around the world for all of the challenges that we face, that spirit of “Oh, we can figure this out.” And what I value most about science is this notion that we can figure this out. Well, we’re gonna try this—if it doesn’t work, we’re gonna figure out why it didn’t work and then we’re gonna try something else. And we will revel in our mistakes, because that is gonna teach us how to ultimately crack the code on the thing that we’re trying to solve. And if we ever lose that spirit, then we’re gonna lose what is essential about America and what I think is essential about being human. Take a look at Wired’s short summary of the President’s remarks dealing with Star Trek, or check out the full interview.
  • Larry Nemecek’s Portal 47 Speaks To Robert Butler Live This Wednesday
    11.10.2016 17:00:13
    Journey back to Talos IV this Wednesday when Larry Nemecek (aka “Dr. Trek”), talks to Robert Butler, the director of “The Cage”, in a special live web teleconference that should thrill Trek and pop culture buffs alike. Robert Butler had a long and varied directing career, helming The Fugitive, Batman, Mission: Impossible, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, and countless other shows in a 37-year career that dates back to the late 1950’s.  He is best known to Star Trek fans for directing the show’s first pilot, which ultimately was rejected and later repurposed as the two-part first season episode “The Menagerie”, where we met Christopher Pike, Vina, and those mysterious fellows with the big heads, the Talosians. Portal 47, Larry Nemecek’s online service, which offers a “monthly insider deep-dive” into the world of Star Trek, is speaking to Robert Butler this Wednesday in a live teleconference at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern.  In honor of Portal 47’s first anniversary, the show will be free.  To listen in and send Robert your questions, you must reserve a virtual “seat”, which you can do here. More information on the event and Portal 47 can be found at Larry’s Trekland website.  
  • George Takei is “Very Excited” for Star Trek: Discovery
    11.10.2016 03:07:45
    George Takei, speaking in an interview with Digital Spy, expressed his excitement for Star Trek: Discovery and its showrunner, Bryan Fuller. Takei also declared his interest in reprising the role of Hikaru Sulu on the new show. Takei is very happy that Star Trek is returning to television, telling Digital Spy: “The potential for storytelling in the new TV version is going to be enormous and absolutely tantalising. I’m sure with Bryan Fuller at the helm of the TV series, it’s going to have that Gene Roddenberry element.” Takei feels that Fuller will have the opportunity to deal more specifically with the issues of our time. When asked if he would be willing to reprise the role of Sulu on Discovery, Takei said: “As long as they want me to, I’ll be there. I’m proud of my association with Star Trek and I want to see it live even longer and prosper even more than it already has!” For the full article, including his thoughts on the Kelvin Timeline films, check out Digital Spy.  
  • Mental Health in Star Trek is More Than Seeing a Counselor
    10.10.2016 16:00:12
    Mental Health in Star Trek is More Than Seeing a Counselor
    In part two of my editorial on mental illness and Star Trek, being published on World Mental Health Day 2016, I will focus on two other examples of Star Trek portraying mental health issues that depict a positive future where illnesses are understood and the people around our characters help. I also suggest that we work together to break down stigmas, and be there for those we love when they struggle with mental illness. At Star Trek conventions, it is not uncommon for someone to bravely step up to the microphone and state that a series, a character, or Star Trek itself, helped save their lives during a rough time. James Doohan often recounted a famous story of receiving a letter from a depressed fan who wanted to commit suicide. Doohan was so distressed that he looked up the woman’s phone number, called her, and asked that she attend the next nearest convention to her, one in Indianapolis. She showed up, and Doohan realized that the woman was genuinely suicidal. He felt as if she was not receiving the proper help, so he did what he could and made her promise to attend another convention in two weeks in St. Louis. Doohan kept this up for some time, inviting the woman to 18 conventions over the course of years. During each interaction, Doohan spoke to the woman with kindness and encouraged her with his words and smile. Unfortunately, the woman failed to appear at the 19th convention. Doohan had lost her contact information, could not reach her, and feared the worst. The woman went silent for eight years before contacting Doohan again, this time to tell him that she was alive and well, and that her life was back on track, and to thank him for what he had done as she had just completed a Masters in Electrical Engineering. The woman attributed where she was in life to Doohan, who, until the his unfortunate passing, maintained that was the best thing he had done in his life. These words come from a man who fought in World War II as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment. He was a soldier who stormed Juno Beach at Normandy on D-Day. His actions helped the Allies turn the tide against Nazi Germany. Yet, despite such an incredible life as a soldier and then an iconic actor, Doohan viewed his finest accomplishment as doing what he could to help keep this young woman going and not give up on life. My previous article covered the ineffectiveness of counselors in Star Trek. However, therapy is only one way an individual can seek help from mental illness. Having understanding people around us can give us the strength to fight our illness. To mark World Mental Health Day 2016, we examine Star Trek: Voyager, and particularly two great examples of how friends and colleagues should react when someone they care about appears to be suffering from mental illness in “Extreme Risk” and “Night” from season five. B’Elanna Torres in “Extreme Risk” In “Extreme Risk,” B’Elanna Torres appears to be suffering from depression and engaging in self-harm. That depression began when she learned from Chakotay that many of her friends in the Maquis had been massacred by the Cardassians. B’Elanna was concerned because, instead of remorse, she felt numb. As a result, B’Elanna began using risky programs in the holodeck with the safeties off. Every time she would get injured there, it would remind her that she felt something. What is impressive about this depiction is that, as soon as Captain Janeway picked up on Torres’ behavior–detached in briefings, uninterested in building the Delta Flyer, not arguing with Seven of Nine–she asked Tom Paris and Chakotay to check on B’Elanna and see what was going on. When Janeway learned about B’Elanna’s use of the holodeck after Torres turned the safeties off whilst testing the Delta Flyer’s ability to tolerate a dense atmosphere, Janeway left her in the Doctor’s care and refused to allow her to return to duty until she was doing better. The Doctor actually diagnosed B’Elanna with clinical depression. In order to get to the bottom of B’Elanna’s depression, Chakotay visited her quarters and asked her to show him her holo programs so that he could tell the Captain they were safe. Chakotay found a recreation of a massacre, one that B’Elanna only ran for 47 seconds before she began harming herself. Chakotay pointed out that perhaps B’Elanna is afraid that once she allows herself to feel something, she will not be able to stop. She cannot just shut off her emotions, and she will eventually have to let herself grieve. B’Elanna explains that when she was six, her father walked out. When she was 19, she got kicked out of Starfleet. She was separated from the Maquis a few years later, and just when she feels safe, she learns of the massacre. B’Elanna feels as if she has lost every family she has ever had. Chakotay tries to convince with her that the crew of Voyager is her new family, and they will not let her stop living her life. B’Elanna does not know how, but Chakotay says they will figure it out together. When under attack from the Malon, Torres asks Chakotay if she can go on the Delta Flyer to assist with the micro fracture problem. She tells him that this is something she needs to do. B’Elanna proves to be essential to the mission as the external hull pressure nearly destroys the Flyer. Upon returning, B’Elanna thanks Chakotay for what he did in forcing her to face her demons in the holodeck. She then goes to the mess hall and orders her favorite banana pancakes, smiling and laughing after she takes a bite as she is seemingly on the mend. This is an excellent representation of how friends and colleagues should help those they care about when they are dealing with mental illness. All of B’Elanna’s friends recognized that something was wrong with her, and work...
Star Trek News, Reviews, and Culture
  • [TUTORIAL] MAC Cosmetics Star Trek Collection
    20.10.2016 23:58:41
    Model Joanie Brosas, known for her incredibly creative cosplay, recently created a video makeup tutorial using MAC Cosmetics Star Trek Collection. In the video, created exclusively for TrekNews.net readers, Joanie gives tips and tricks on how to create a beautiful 23rd (or 24th) century look! Check out the video below. MAC Cosmetics announced their Star […]
  • First Guest Announced For 2017 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention
    20.10.2016 02:35:45
    Creation Entertainment, the organizers of the Official Star Trek Convention, have announced William Shatner as the first guest to appear at next year’s event in Las Vegas. Creation broke the news on Wednesday afternoon via email, stating that Shatner is scheduled to appear on Saturday during the convention and would be there to “speak, sign […]
  • [REVIEW] New and Improved Star Trek Encyclopedia
    14.10.2016 16:42:55
    In the Voyager episode “Rise,” Neelix mentions going hunting with his sister, Alixia, in search of arctic spiders on the planet Rinax. In the northern hemisphere on the planet Ktaria VII, there is a geological feature known as the Arpasian range. In the Deep Space Nine episode “One Little Ship,” a character mentions a data […]
  • President Obama Talks the Importance of Star Trek
    14.10.2016 14:23:26
    President Barack Obama recently spoke about his love for Star Trek. The president was Wired’s guest editor for the month of November, and chose to center the theme around “frontiers.” In the video clip, Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito interview Obama about Star Trek. The president admits […]
  • EXCLUSIVE: Manu Intiraymi Talks ‘Voyager’, The Convention Scene, The Circuit
    13.10.2016 13:05:12
    TrekNews.net recently caught up with Manu Intiraymi (“Icheb” from Star Trek: Voyager) to talk about his time on the show, life after Voyager, and his unique, multi-genre fan-focused Kickstarter project, The Circuit. Intiraymi came onto Voyager in 2000 as “Icheb,” the young man who had been a Borg drone before joining the Voyager crew. A […]
  • WATCH: Things Get Incredibly Awkward During William Shatner’s Interview With ‘Good Morning Britain’
    08.10.2016 17:44:09
    While promoting the Destination Star Trek Europe convention in Birmingham, UK on Friday, William Shatner was (awkwardly) interviewed by the hosts of Good Morning Britain. “Are we on the air?” Shatner asked jokingly, while holding a mobile phone as he sat in the captain’s chair on a recreation of the Enterprise bridge. “This primitive place! […]
  • An Absolutely Epic Moment Just Took Place During Destination Star Trek Europe
    07.10.2016 20:21:07
    Original Series actors William Shatner, Walter Koenig and George Takei put their differences aside to take part in an incredible moment that brought together more than twenty Star Trek actors and celebrities in a single photo. Shatner, Takei and Koenig Back Together Again! The historic moment took place on a recreation of the original Enterprise […]
  • We’re Giving Away STAR TREK BEYOND In Digital HD!
    06.10.2016 20:16:34
    In celebration of this week’s digital release of STAR TREK BEYOND, TrekNews.net and VUDU are giving away codes to redeem the film in high-definition HDX format. For a chance to win, all you have to do is: Follow @TrekNewsNet on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and tell us your favorite scene from STAR TREK BEYOND […]
  • STAR TREK BEYOND Is Getting Beamed To The International Space Station
    04.10.2016 21:43:56
    Star Trek Beyond is not only beaming into your living room when it releases today on digital platforms, but it has also gone somewhere Star Trek has only gone before on the screen: space itself. The well-reviewed summer blockbuster has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS), the multinational home of intrepid astronauts who […]
  • British Film Institute Celebrates 50 Years of STAR TREK
    03.10.2016 14:43:11
    This past weekend, the British Film Institute (BFI) celebrated Star Trek’s golden anniversary with an event honoring the impact the franchise has had on not just entertainment but on society at large. TrekNews.net was invited to take part in the festivities and, most memorable of all, to spend time with the event’s guest of honor […]
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  • Star Wars Battlefront: Erscheinungstermin und Trailer zur Bespin-Erweiterung
    17.06.2016 07:37:16
    Am 5. Juli erscheint die Star Wars Battlefront Bespin-Erweiterung . In dieser Erweiterung kann man auf Karten der Wolkenstadt u.a. im Palast des Administrators kämpfen. Dafür stehen unter anderem die neuen Waffen X-8 Nachtschütze und EE-4 Blaster zur Verfügung. sowie die neuen Charaktere des …
  • Die Star Wars Show Episode 6 vom 15.06.2016
    16.06.2016 08:46:10
    Die neueste Ausgabe der Star Wars Show dreht sich weitestgehend um Star Wars Videospiele, im Speziellen um die auf der E3 kurz angerissenen Spiele von Respawn und Visceral. Nichts Neues, aber kurzweilig und eine weitere Bestätigung, dass die beiden Spiele Third-Person-Action-Adventures werden.
  • Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission Teaser Trailer von der E3
    15.06.2016 07:30:03
    Sony hat auf seiner E3 Pressekonferenz in Los Angeles die PlayStation exklusiven Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Missionen vorgestellt in einem - doch sehr kurzen - Teaser Trailer. Wirklich aussagekräftig ist der Trailer nicht, aber er zeigt: Wir sind als X-Wing Pilot mittendrin statt nur dabei.
  • LEGO Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht E3 Trailer
    15.06.2016 07:23:31
    Auf der laufenden E3 in Los Angeles wurde ein neuer Trailer zu LEGO Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht gezeigt, in dem wir u.a. einen kurzen Blick auf eine X-Wing Mission erhaschen können.
  • Vorschau auf die kommenden Star Wars Videospiele von EA
    13.06.2016 07:45:45
    Electronic Arts haben die E3 Videospiele-Messe in Los Angeles mit deren Pressekonferenz eröffnet und neben den diversen bekannten Spielemarken auch eine Vorschau aufkommende Star Wars Videogames gegeben.
  • Die Star Wars Show vom 08.06.2016
    09.06.2016 20:13:56
    Angus MacLane, Co-Regiesseur von Pixar’s Findet Nemo 2: Findet Dory, spricht über seine Karriere und wie Star Wars ihn beeinflusste, Andi und Peter besuchen ILMxLAB für eine Runde durch das virtuelle Tatooine, sowie mehr.
  • Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht nach 168 Tagen aus den US-Kinos genommen
    08.06.2016 07:42:50
    Nach 168 Tagen und einem US-Einspiel von knapp 937 Mio. $, wurde Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht letztmals in einem US-Kino ausgestrahlt. Ich vermute man lässt sich einen kleinen Re-Release vor Episode 8 und/oder 9 nicht nehmen um der Milliarde noch näher zu kommen.
  • Die Star Wars Show Episode 4
    02.06.2016 20:59:47
    Die vierte Episode der offiziellen Star Wars Show ist online. Mit dabei ist unter anderem Special Effects Guru Dennis Muren.
  • (Unbegründete) Panik um Nachdrehs zu Star Wars: Rogue One
    02.06.2016 20:53:00
    Eigentlich wollte ich dieser Meldung keine Aufmerksamkeit schenken aber ich denke man muss Aufklärung leisten. Wie Darsteller aus Star Wars: Rogue One mitgeteilt haben sind für den Juni Nachdrehs für den Film angesetzt worden. So weit nichts besonders betrifft dies doch nahezu jede größere …
  • Die Bioware Story - Dokumentation über den Star Wars: The Old Republic Entwickler
    02.06.2016 20:34:29
    Bioware, der Entwickler der Star Wars Videospiele Knights of the Old Republic und The Old Republic, wird in der folgenden knapp 20minütigen Doku kurz vorgestellt bzw. deren Firmengeschichte beleuchtet. Einige nette Einblicke in die Entstehung zweier der erfolgreichsten Star Wars Videospiele.
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  • Trailer zu Thriller My Engine's Fragile Sound
    12.04.2013 03:24:31
    Thema: Kino 
    Regisseur/Autor Leonardo Antonio hat eine ungewöhnliche Perspektive für seinen Thriller My Engine's Fragile Sound gewählt: die eines ungeborenen Kindes, das aus dem Bauch seiner durch Brandwunden schwer entstellten und im Koma liegenden Mutter das Geschehen kommentiert. (mehr)
  • Jetzt wir's immer bunter: Fox macht Firefly-Fans Probleme
    11.04.2013 13:26:40
    Thema: Serien 
    Fans der Seite Firefly sind machmal auch an ihren selbstgemachten Strickmützen zu erkennen. Jayne (Adam Baldwin) hatte in der Folge "The Message" eine orangegelbe Strickmütze in einem Carepaket von seiner Mutti bekommen und damit die Fangemeinde begeistert. Nun hat sich der Sender Fox, bei dem die Rechte an Firefly und dem Strickobjekt liegen eingeschaltet...
  • Matt Damon stürmt Elysium
    10.04.2013 11:12:33
    Thema: Kino 
    Ihr erinnert euch an Neil Blomenkamp? Den Regisseur von District 9? Den hat die Faszination für Science Fiction nicht verlassen und sein neues Projekt Elysium mit Matt Damon in der Hauptrolle steht schon in den Startlöchern. Damon darf sich mal wieder als Action-Star versuchen, denn er soll die Menschen auf der Erde retten. Die leben im Jahr 2159 in furchtbaren Zuständen, während einige Reiche auf einer Raumstation in Saus und Braus leben. Der Film läuft am 22. August in Deutschland an, mit dabei ist auch Sharlto Copley, der Hauptdarsteller aus District 9.
  • Mal wieder eine Dracula-Verfilmung
    10.04.2013 03:34:17
    Thema: Kino 
    Ursprünglich sollte der Film Dracula Year Zero heißen, doch mittlerweile hat man sich für den klassischen Titel Dracula entschieden. Dabei hätte der Titel gut gepasst, denn Regieneuling Gary Shore wählt einen etwas anderen Ansatz als sonst. (mehr)
  • Damon Lindelof produziert Mysteryserie für HBO
    10.04.2013 03:14:48
    Thema: Science Fiction 
    In The Leftovers, die auf dem gleichnamigen Roman von Tom Perrotta basiert, geht es um die Kleinstadt Mapleton, in der auf einmal eine Reihe von Einwohnern verschwinden. Die Zurückgebliebenen glauben, dass sie "entrückt" worden sind, also von Gott in den Himmel gerufen wurden. Im christlichen Glauben läutet dieses Phänomen die Endzeit ein. Kein Wunder also, dass die nicht entrückten Einwohner von Mapleton ein wenig frustriert sind und sich fragen, was sie falsch gemacht haben.
  • Neues Featurette zu Iron Man 3
    09.04.2013 21:23:39
    Thema: Kino 
    In einem neuen Featurette zu Iron Man 3 sprechen die Schauspieler über ihre Figuren, was den dritten Teil von seinen Vorgängern unterscheidet und was die Zuschauer erwartet.  Zu Wort kommen neben  auch Robert Downey Jr., Gwynneth Paltrow und John Favreau. Der Streifen läuft am 1. Mai in Deutschland an.
  • Action auf indisch: Idharammyilatho
    09.04.2013 13:32:43
    Thema: Kino 
    Hauptdarsteller Allu Arjun, der von seinen Fans entweder Stylish Star oder Bunny (?) genannt wird, ist einer der großen Stars des Tollywood-Kinos, der Filmindustrie, die ihren Sitz im indischen Staat Andhra Pradesh hat. In Idharammyilatho (noch nie war ich so dankbar für Copy/Paste) spielt er einen netten Typen, der aus irgendwelchen, im Trailer schleierhaft bleibenden Gründen zur Mordmaschine wird.
  • Bunyip: ein uraustralischer Monsterfilm
    09.04.2013 12:43:57
    Thema: Kino 
    Bei einem Bunyip handelt es sich um ein Monster aus der Mythologie der australischen Ureinwohner, das sich meistens in Sümpfen herumtreibt und Menschen frisst. Es gibt keine verlässlichen Aussagen über sein Aussehen (sagt Wikipedia), aber die Filmemacher Miri Stone und Denby Weller stellen ihn sich so vor. (mehr)
  • Wahrscheinlich kein Hellboy 3
    09.04.2013 02:43:23
    Thema: Kino 
    Guillermo del Toro hat nie offiziell ausgeschlossen, dass er einen dritten Hellboy-Film machen möchte, und auch Ron Perlman hat mehrfach gesagt, er ginge davon aus, dass Teil 3 kommen wird. Nun hat Hellboy-Erfinder Mike Mignola jedoch in einem Interview mit Comic Book Resources praktisch in einem Nebensatz erklärt, dass dem nicht so ist. (mehr)
  • Britain is Great: ein neues Star Trek-Poster
    08.04.2013 22:09:14
    Thema: Kino 
    Das neue Poster zu J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness zeigt zwar nichts, was mit Star Trek zu tun hat, dafür den britischen Sherlock-Darsteller und Schauspiel-Export-Schlager Benedict Cumberbatch vor einem brennenden London des 23. Jahrhunderts.
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  • Michael Pena untersucht "The Bringing"
    20.08.2016 13:42:40
    Thema: Horror Allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 20.08.2016 13:42: Michael Pena (Ant-Man; The Martian) hat für eine Rolle im Horror-Thriller "The Bringing" von "Sherlock" Regisseur Jeremy Lovering bei Columbia Pictures unterschrieben. ...
  • Jared Leto kommt zur "Blade Runner" Fortsetzung
    20.08.2016 13:30:51
    Thema: Science Fiction Allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 20.08.2016 13:30: Jared Leto (suicide Squad) kommt zur Cast von Denis Villeneuves "Blade Runner" Fortsetzung bei Alcon Entertainment. ...
  • Keira Knightley spielt die Zuckerfee im "Nussknacker"
    18.08.2016 13:40:10
    Thema: Fantasy Allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 18.08.2016 13:40: Keira Knightley wird die Zuckerfee in der kommenden Realverfilmung von "Der Nussknacker" bei Disney Pictures spielen. ...
  • Scott Eastwood macht mit "Ecstasia" Science Ficiton
    18.08.2016 12:48:05
    Thema: Science Fiction Allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 18.08.2016 12:48: "Fast And The Furios 8" und "Suicide Squad" Schauspieler Scott Eastwood probiert nun das Science Fiction Genre aus, im dem er zur Cast von "Ecstasia" unter der Regie von "The...
  • "Star Wars" Schauspieler Kenny Baker ist tot
    15.08.2016 10:17:01
    Thema: Darsteller, Autoren, Zeichner, usw. 
    Von AllanDanton am 15.08.2016 10:17: Der berühmte britische Schauspieler Kenny Baker ist im Alter von 83 Jahren nach langer Krankheit verstorben, wie der Guardian berichtet. Der nur 1,12 Meter große Baker ist wohl am besten bekannt für seine Rolle des R2-D2...
  • Zweiter Trailer zu "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
    12.08.2016 16:03:32
    Thema: Star Wars 
    Von AllanDanton am 12.08.2016 16:03: Einige Monate nach dem ersten Teaser haben Walt Disney Pictures und Lucasfilm nun den zweiten Trailer von "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" unter der Regie von Gareth Edwards veröffentlicht: ...
  • Warner entwickelt "Man of Steel 2"
    10.08.2016 16:11:08
    Thema: Comics allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 10.08.2016 16:11: Nachdem der erste "Man of Steel" der bislang bei den Kritiken erfolgreichste Film der DC Extended Universe Filme ist, ist es wenig überraschend, das Warner Bros. Pictures aktiv mit der Entwicklung einer direkten Fortsetzung...
  • Liosngate begründet, warum "Divergent" in TV wechselt
    10.08.2016 15:57:00
    Thema: Science Fiction Allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 10.08.2016 15:57: Vor einige Wochen hat Lionsgate überraschend bekanntgegeben, dass sie den vierten und letzten "Divergent" Kinofilm zu Gunsten eines abschließenden TV-Films und eines möglichen Spinoff-TV-Serie wegfallen...
  • DIsney bestätigt Titeländerungen der nächste "Avengers" Filme
    04.08.2016 13:54:31
    Thema: Comics allgemein 
    Von AllanDanton am 04.08.2016 13:54: Disney und Marvel Studios haben bestätigt, dass sie ihren "Avengers: Infinity War" Filmzweiteiler neu benennen werden, ähnlich wie es DC bei "Hustice League" und Lionsgate beim...
  • Joe Carnahan schreibt "Uncharted" Film
    04.08.2016 11:30:52
    Thema: Computer- und Konsolen-Spiele 
    Von AllanDanton am 04.08.2016 11:30: "The Grey" und "Narc" Regisseur Joe Carnahan ist an Bord gekommen, um den aktuellsten Script-Entwurf für die Film-Adaption der "Uncharted" Videospiel-Reihe bei Sony Pictures zu schreiben....

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