Saturday, 24 October 2020

UK Royal Mail issue Star Trek stamps

The Royal Mail in the UK have become the latest postal organisation to introduce a range of Star Trek postage stamps. Due out next month the new Star Trek collection will feature no less than eighteen different characters! These are split between a series of square portraits featuring TV characters from TOSTNGDS9VoyagerEnterprise, and Discovery, and a separate miniature sheet focusing on movie characters from across the franchise. 



Royal Mail have a dizzying assortment of options for stamp collectors, art lovers, and post senders, with specific offers based around the different series, and everything from simple books of stamps to prestige format collectables. Continue below to check out the whole collection.

The next Picard novel, is a Titan novel!

Simon and Schuster have revealed new details of the forthcoming second tie-in novel to Star Trek: Picard, which notably appears to be a Titan novel in a cunning disguise! The Dark Veil(ad) is written by James Swallow, and like the previous Picard novel, Last Best Hope(ad), will be a hardcover release, as well as ebook, and audiobook of course. Here's the cover, featuring Troi and Riker in Picard flashback uniforms. Continue below to find out more:

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Discovery 3x02 Far From Home previews, and other Disco updates

This week's second episode of Discovery season three is Far From Home (if there's a part two to last week's That Hope Is You, Part 1, it's not coming right away). As ever CBS have released a selection of images to preview the episode. There's also lots of bits about related to last week's episode, including more stills, behind the scenes photos, the new logs social media feature, cat pics, and more! Continue below to check it all out, along with confirmation season four is on the way!

Here's the blurb for the new episode:
After the U.S.S. Discovery crash-lands on a strange planet, the crew finds themselves racing against time to repair their ship. Meanwhile, Saru and Tilly embark on a perilous first-contact mission in hopes of finding Burnham.
There's not an episode specific trailer, but there's plenty to enjoy in the new season trailer (also up on StarTrek.com if you prefer):


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Book bits: New novels for 2021, To Lose the Earth excerpts, and more

Lots of Star Trek novels news today, including the first details of many new books coming next year, previews of the newly released Voyager novel, To Lose the Earth, and other covers and previews from the written world of Trek. Continue below for all the latest.

First up, as I reported earlier in the year, two new authors are joining the Star Trek fold, and now the first details of their books have been revealed, via an announcement on SyFy Wire. Both authors represent an effort to diversify the writing pool for Star Trek novels, and both happen to be to be set in the TV eras of their respective shows, which we've not seen for quite some time.

Specifically the TNG novel Shadows Have Offended, by Cassandra Rose Clark, is to be set in the seventh season. The book will focus on Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher, and Worf.

A DS9 novel Revenant, by Alex R. White, doesn't have the timeline pinned down in the announcement, but set to feature Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys, which would seem to limit it to the first six seasons.

They didn't formally announce publication dates for these yet, although Simon and Schuster have recently listed several forthcoming books, and the acronyms probably give us a clue. They are:

  • Untitled TDV(ad), a Picard novel (in hardcover), due January 2021.
  • Untitled SHO(ad), a TNG novel, due in April 2021 - Presumably this is Shadows Have Offended.
  • Untitled DTP(ad), a Discovery novel, due in May 2021.
  • Untitled OATW(ad), a TOS novel, due in June 2021.
  • Untitled STR(ad), a DS9 novel, due in July 2021 - Presumably this is Revenant.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Starfleet deltas for every era and occasion!

Are you looking for a Starfleet delta to adorn your uniform? Or maybe just a little one to discretely add some Trek to your every day? Well you've suddenly got a lot of options; Starfleet deltas from multiple eras are suddenly popping up all over the place, with both full size replicas and mini pins in abundance. Continue below to check out the latest from FanSets, QMx, and Cufflinks.com:

Off the back of successes with full sized combadges earlier in the year FanSets have now embarked on a regular series of delta releases, with future deltas due to see simultaneous releases in three formats: Either full size with a pin-back, full size with a magnetic-back, or mini sized pins.

The first design to get this full spectrum of releases is the Lower Deck's combadge, which thanks to this release we can see realised as a 3D object for the first time. All three versions are currently up for pre-order, ahead of a November release.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Discovery season three episode stills, cast photos, titles, and more

The third season of Discovery is almost here, and of course CBS have been releasing lots of promo bits and bobs to get us in the mood to jump into the the distant future. Continue below for episode stills, cast photos, and the new title sequence.

Episode one is That Hope is You, Part 1, which will focus on Burnham and the new character Book. Here's how CBS describe it:

Arriving 930 years in the future, Burnham navigates a galaxy she no longer recognizes while searching for the rest of the U.S.S. Discovery crew.

And here are some images from the episode, including in this first shot an interesting mix of new and familiar aliens:

Lower Decks canonises the Luna class USS Titan, and other series updates

Something very exciting happened in the last episode of Lower Decks, the Captain Riker's ship, the USS Titan, made its on-screen debut, a decade and a half after being named in Nemesis! To mark this historic moment CBS released a fun little social media poster featuring the ship, Riker, and Troi, who all appeared in the episode. Continue below for more on this, and other updates from Lower Decks.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Discovery season 3 trailer, clip, cast photos and more

The third season of Discovery is just a week away, and ahead of the start of the new far future adventures of the USS Discovery CBS have of course been releasing lots of promotional materials. Continue below for the latest trailer, a new clip, loads of cast photos and other art, details of the new Discovery logs social media, and more!

First up, there's a new season trailer (shared to the web by Naci贸n Trek). Note the view outside the viewscreen at the start; new ships?

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Janeway to return in Star Trek Prodigy

Very exciting news! Captain Kathryn Janeway will soon be returning to Star Trek

As part of New York Comic Con virtual Star Trek panel, executive producer Alex Kurtzman revealed the casting, introducing Kate Mulgrew and the news that she will be reprising the role of the once-captain of the USS Voyager in the new Nickelodeon animated series for kids, Star Trek Prodigy. Check out this joyous moment, and Mulgrew's obvious enthusiasm to bring back one of Trek's greatest captains:


Lower Decks 1x10: No Small Parts previews, and other updates from the series

This week brings us the final episode of the first season of Lower Decks,  No Small Parts. As ever CBS have released a bunch of preview material for the new episode, and lots of new media around the previous episode too, including an awesome cinema-style poster for that movie-inspired episode. Continue below to check it all out. 

Here's the blurb for this week's episode:

The U.S.S. Cerritos encounters a familiar enemy. Tendi helps a struggling recruit find her footing.

And the trailer (also on StarTrek.com if you prefer):


Wednesday, 7 October 2020

DS9: Too Long a Sacrifice #3 covers and excerpt

Out this week is the third (and penultimate) issue(ad) of IDW's DS9 comic miniseries, Too Long a Sacrifice(ad). This time we get an Odo is joined by a new Betazoid character, giving us an interesting insight into the status of the Betazoid people in the Dominion War, and even a tie in to the novel The Battle of Betazed(ad).

The book, and series, is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by Greg Scott and colourist Felipe Sobreiro. It comes in a choice of three covers: Either the A cover(ad) by Richardo Drumond, featuring Odo in action, chasing someones down a corridor. The B cover(ad) is a photo cover, also featuring Quark and Rom. And there's also a retail incentive cover(ad), with art by JK Woodward, showing the station's investigator's on the hunt for Garak.

Continue below to check out all those covers, and a five-page preview.


Thursday, 1 October 2020

Lower Decks 1x09: Crisis Point previews, and other updates from the series

This week brings us already to the penultimate episode of Lower Decks season one. The ensigns appear to be off for some holodeck shenanigans again in Crisis Point. As ever CBS have released preview images and a trailer. Continue below to check out those, plus some other Lower Decks updates. First, here's the blurb for the new episode:
Mariner repurposes Boimler’s holodeck program to cast herself as the villain in a Lower Decks style movie.
And the trailer (also on StarTrek.com if you prefer):


Thursday, 24 September 2020

Lower Decks 1x08: Veritas previews, and other updates from the series

This week brings the eighth episode of Lower Decks, Veritas. As usual CBS have released a trailer and selection of images to tease of things to come. Continue below to check out those, plus other updates from the series.

Here's the blurb and trailer for the new episode:
Mariner, Boimler, Tendi, and Rutherford are caught off guard when aliens force them to testify about a series of seemingly unrelated events.


Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Star Trek Tubbz duck figurines from Numskull

Remember that episode with the alternate timeline where the crew of the USS Enterprise are all ducks... Well, even if that was a crazy dream, Numskull have now brought it to life in a range of Star Trek figurines in their Tubbz range, which reinterprets characters from various video games, TV series and movies into something resembling a classic rubber duck, in cosplay.

Disappointingly it appears they do not properly float as you might expect such duck-formed characters to do so - So no boldly taking take them on strange new bathtime adventures. They are though quite characterful; who knew you could get such individuality into the face of a rubber duck!

This Star Trek wave in the range includes four TOS characters, Captain Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Uhura. Continue below to check them out.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

IDW's Star Trek comics for December, latest Graphic Novel Collection titles, and more.

IDW and Eaglemoss have announced the latest new Star Trek comic titles, including two new books on the way from IDW in December, and four more issues of the Graphic Novel Collection reprints series. Continue below for all the details of those, and other Star Trek comics news.

December will see the continuation of IDW's TOS maxiseries Year Five, with the start of a new story arc, On the Death of a Friend, in issue 18. This will be written by Jim McCann, with art by Angel Hernandez. Here's the blurb:
The Enterprise receives a distress call from Alpha Centauri and arrives to find a planet in the midst of a deadly global pandemic. But is nature responsible for this new virus, or is there something more sinister at play? The final voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue in this new episode from Eisner-winning writer Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men) and superstar artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard)!
The regular cover team returns with the usual options of two covers for this series, both featuring Doctor McCoy. There's either the main cover by Stephen Thompson with some cool sciencey visuals, or the rarer retail incentive retro-movie-poster-style piece by J.J. Lendl, with a bit more of a mad scientist look - The latter also features a black cat, surely indicating another appearance in the series from Gary Seven and Isis?


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Lower Decks 1x07: Much Ado About Boimler previews, and other series updates

This week's seventh episode of Lower Decks is Much Ado About Boimler, which as ever CBS have previewed with a trailer and stills. Check them out below, plus other updates from the series.

Here's the blurb for the new episode:
Mariner tries to impress her best friend from Starfleet Academy who is now a visiting Captain. Boimler is sent to a Starfleet medical ship after a transporter accident puts him “out of phase.”
And here's the trailer, via Naci贸n Trek's YouTube upload (also on StarTrek.com if you prefer):



Cute Star Trek character emoji stickers for every series

For Star Trek Day last week CBS revealed a range of Star Trek emojis, featuring one character for each series in the Star Trek Universe so far. You can see them in action here:


And to celebrate these cute new takes on Star Trek characters, CBS have also made the emojis available as giant sized stickers via the Star Trek Shop. My personal favourite of the bunch is Mariner, representing Lower Decks.


FanSets reveal their Lower Decks crew, and other new pins

Star Trek collectable pin makers FanSets have revealed the first of their Lower Decks pins, with no less than the entire main cast getting a simultaneous release! Continue below to check them out, and for updates on other new and forthcoming pins.

For Lower Decks FanSets have released all the main characters - The four ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Tendi and Rutherford, and the senior officers Freeman, Ransom, T'Ana, and Shaxs - available individually, or as a set.

Unlike the majority of FanSets character releases, these have not been rendered in FanSets' signature style, but instead retain the original look from the animated series. Which makes me kind of want them to now go back and redo all the other characters from the other series in the Lower Decks style!

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Picard's Inquiry class comes to Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online's latest ship has joined the game: From Picard, comes the Inquiry class, as seen in the fleet commanded by Riker in the final episode of season one.

The ship's design is very similar to STO's existing Avenger class, and so has been included in that family of ship variants in the game. Here's how STO describe it's in-universe position:
Initially coming to fame in 2399, with the actions of the USS Zheng He over the planet Coppelius, the Inquiry Class was Starfleet’s most powerful ship for many years. The initial designs and technical breakthroughs of the ship were later used as the starting point for the Avenger-class project. Engineers at Utopia Planetia felt the time was right for another update to the Avenger line, and decided to return to the classic form, and name, of the Inquiry class.

The modern Inquiry Battlecruiser, like other ships of its lineage, are aggressive ships, designed to charge into head-on confrontations and come out unscathed. To further these goals, it comes equipped with a Variable Assault Deflector Array to ensure that it can come out swinging and shrug off any retaliation. This is further tied into its Cruiser Commands, to ensure that its team is as prepared as possible to follow it in its charge. Its sturdy construction and forward-facing weapons mountings round out the package, make it an intimidating sight to be staring down at. Those on the business end of an Inquiry often find their goals rapidly aligning with the Federation’s peaceful ideals.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Year Five #14: Guide of Fire, part 2 preview

Out this week is issue 14 of IDW's TOS: Year Five comic, part-two of the Klingon-focused story Guide of Fire.

The book features some spectacularly dynamic artwork from Angel Hernandez, with lots of reds from colourist Fran Gamboa, and a story that pays off almost every TOS Klingon episode, from writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, who once again deliver another compelling chapter in what is easily one of the best Star Trek comic series ever written.

The usual cover artists for the series give us two cover options. Either the main cover by Stephen Thompson and colourist Charlie Kirchoff, featuring a bloodied Kirk. Or the retail incentive cover from JJ Lendl, the latest in their travel poster series, inviting you to visit the Klingon Empire, or to wait for their invasion to bring it to you!

Continue below to check out those, a five page preview from the book, and details of the latest omnibus from the series.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Lower Decks 1x06: Terminal Provocations previews, and other series updates

This week's new episode of Lower Decks is Terminal Provocations, and as usual CBS have released preview images and a trailer to tempt. Continue below to check them out, plus a round-up of other Lower Decks updates.

First up the new trailer, which as ever Naci贸n Trek have been good enough to get onto YouTube (also on StarTrek.com if you prefer):



Star Trek Day brings new trailers for Discovery and Lower Decks, and much more

Yesterday's "Star Trek Day", to mark the 54th anniversary of Star Trek, brought together actors and creators from across the franchise in a series of virtual panels hosted on StarTrek.com. That included discussion and previews of currently in-production series, and a look back at older series. Continue below to check out all the new trailers and artwork, and for links to all the panels.

Discovery, with it's third season just weeks away, got the most out of the day, with a new trailer, poster, logo, and even a cat!  So first up, check out the trailer, for all kinds of exciting hints of things to come, and the backstory of, Discovery's new far future setting (check it out on StarTrek.com if you're geolocked out of YouTube):



Thursday, 3 September 2020

Discovery to introduce Star Trek's first major transgender and non-binary characters. Plus other Trek-TV updates

Discovery, a show that has already pushed Star Trek's representation forward by several lightyears with it's diverse cast of characters, is continuing it's efforts of showing how truly diverse and inclusive Star Trek can be, by introducing the franchise's first regular transgender and non-binary characters.

Continue below for details of these two new characters, plus other updates on the many Star Trek shows currently in production and development.


Ian Alexander, an Asian-American transgender actor know for his role in The OA, will play a Trill character called Gray. Here's how CBS describe him:
Gray is empathetic, warm and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn.
Blu del Barrio, who seems to be British, is taking on their first major role here, and will play the non-binary character Adira. And here's how CBS describe them:
Adira is highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond their years. They will find a new home on the U.S.S. Discovery and form an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz). 

Lower Decks 1x05: Cupid's Errant Arrow previews, and other series updates

This week's new episode of Lower Decks will be Cupid's Errant Arrow. As usual CBS have released a trailer and preview images. Continue below to check out those, plus a round-up of the latest other updates from the series.

Here's the blurb for the new episode:
Mariner is suspicious of Boimler’s new girlfriend. Tendi and Rutherford grow jealous of a bigger starship’s gear.
And here's the trailer, which as ever Naci贸n Trek have been good enough to get up onto YoutTube:



Thursday, 27 August 2020

Prop Store's latest auction offers Star Trek production pieces from across the universe

Prop Store are today auction of lots of movie and TV stuff in their Entertainment Memorabilia auction, and that includes a huge range of production pieces from all corners of the Star Trek universe. They have some great pieces on offer, including miniatures, matte paintings, concept art, props, and alien prosthetics. I've picked out a few favourites below, although if you want to get any yourself, you'll need to be quick, the auction is in progress today!

My personal favourite is this beautiful study model from the design of Earth Spacedock, from the production of The Search For Spock:


Lower Decks 1x04: Moist Vessel previews, and other series updates

This week will shortly bring us the fourth episode of Lower Decks, Moist Vessel, and ahead of its release CBS have shared lots of promo clips and images. Continue below for a taste of this episode, and all the latest Lower Decks images, video, and art:

First up we have the episode trailer, which as ever has been graciously uploaded to YouTube by Naci贸n Trek:



Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Hell's Mirror, mirror-Khan comic, covers and excerpt

Out this week is IDW's latest mirror universe comic, Hell's Mirror. The TOS story, a one-shot, features Khan Noonien Singh, with a suitable twist for his mirror-self.

The book is written by J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Matthew Dow Smith, and colours from Candice Han. You can find this in two different covers, either the main one, also by Smith, or a retail incentive by George Caltsoudas. Naturally both feature Khan.

By way of a micro-review, it's a cracking tale, with a very satisfying alternate life for Khan. My favourite of IDW's growing collection of mirror universe stories by far.

Continue below to check out the covers, and a five-page preview:

Saturday, 22 August 2020

IDW's November Star Trek comics, latest Graphic Novel Collection titles, and more comic updates

IDW have announced their solicitations for November, which include the start of a new Voyager miniseries, and a Gary Seven origin story! Continue below for all the details of those, plus the latest books in Eaglemoss' Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection (including the first ever reprint of a super rare Brazilian comic), and other Star Trek comic updates.

The big news from IDW's latest announcements is that November will see the start of their first ever Voyager comic miniseries (and only second ever stand-alone Voyager comic, following the one-shot mirror universe tale Mirrors and Smoke). The four-part series will be focused on Seven of Nine, and is called Seven’s Reckoning, and will be written by Dave Baker, with art by Angel Hernandez, and colours by Ronda Pattison. Here's the blurb for issue one:
After Voyager encounters a damaged alien ship deep in the Delta quadrant, what at first seems to be a simple repair mission becomes much more complicated for Seven of Nine as she becomes involved in an ancient conflict that will put her newfound humanity to the test. From writer Dave Baker (Action Hospital, F*ck Off Squad, Star Trek: Waypoint) and artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard Countdown, Star Trek/Green Lantern).
The first issue will be offered in at least three covers. Either the A cover by Angel Hernandez, a B photo-cover, or a retail incentive cover by Jefferey Veregge. So far just the Hernandez design has been revealed:



Thursday, 20 August 2020

Star Trek Online's new support carriers

Star Trek Online have introduced a new range of "support carrier" ships to the game.

Available in designs from the Jem'Hadar, Romulans, Klingons, and Caitians (the latter the Federation entry), the large ships all feature two hangers, and come pre-equipped with a support frigate and squadron and fighters. In each case those support ships are repurposed pre-existing designs.

The hangers can each support either two support frigates, or six squadrons, if you get hold of more - The latter is a new function that operates a group of smallcraft instead of just one, so each carrier is able to hold six squadrons each, and so are able to deploy thirty-six fighters, plus two frigates.

Continue below to check out the details of each design, plus some other STO ship updates.

My favourite of the bunch if the Jem’Hadar Vanguard Support Carrier, because it's a cracking new Jem'Hadar design:


Wednesday, 19 August 2020

DS9: Too Long a Sacrifice #2 covers and excerpt

Out this week is the second issue of IDW's DS9 comic miniseries, Too Long a Sacrifice. This time we get an Odo and Worf team-up, as the crime fighting duo try to find out more about the explosive start to the case, as seen in the previous issue.

The book, and series, is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by Greg Scott and colourist Felipe Sobreiro. This issue is available in a choice of three covers: Either the A cover by Richardo Drumond, featuring Odo and an ominous shadowy figure. The B cover is a photo cover, also featuring Odo. And there's also a retail incentive cover, with art by JK Woodward, and you guessed it, Odo again, this time with a few suspects he's pondering.

Continue below to check out all those covers, and a five-page preview, plus some detailed on the Picard: Countdown omnibus, which is also out this week.


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Fansets launch more full size prop pins, plus all the latest character pins from across the Trekverse

Collectable pin makers Fansets have been busy as ever lately with lots of pins based on Picard, and the promise of lots of Lower Decks pins coming first. They've also got a healthy sprinkling of designs spanning almost every corner of the Trekverse too. Continue below to check out all the latest.

Fansets' newest thing is branching out into full size prop pins, which are strictly collectable pins and definitely not prop replicas (as they make a point of pointing out quite a lot, I dare say for licensing agreement purposes!).

Their newest release is one that should please 24th century fans, a full size reproduction of the Voyager combadge, also seen in DS9, TNG movies, and Picard flashbacks. This has a nice matte finish, just like the original prop, and a double pin-back to make it extra secure - But remember folks, this isn't a prop replica, no sirree. I mean, who would ever think of wearing this pin-on-able thing that looks like a prop often worn on a costume? What a weird idea that would be...


Monday, 17 August 2020

Lower Decks round-up: Temporal Edict previews, behind the scenes, merch and more!

Got all the latest Lower Deck's bit and pieces here, including previews of the third episode, Temporal Edict, the latest clips, stills, and graphics, behind the scenes bits and bobs, and new merch, including the new weekly T-shirt design. Continue below to check it all out!

First up, a general season trailer, and a pretty funny one too, focused on Mariner (which is also on Instagram if you're geolocked out of the YouTube version):



Friday, 14 August 2020

Star Trek novel news: A Contest of Principles cover, and More Beautiful Than Death and Die Standing exceprts

Star Trek novel news aplenty in this update, including new covers and new excerpts from TOS, Kelvin, and Discovery books. Continue below for all the latest.

First up a brand new cover, for the next TOS novel, Greg Cox's A Contest of Principles. This new design has just popped up recently on the Simon and Schuster Digital Catalog, and is a strikingly new take on Star Trek cover design. I like it!


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Non-Fiction previews: The Motion Picture, Dan Curry, and Voyager books

Lots of new previews for forthcoming Star Trek non-fiction books have been released, giving us a peak inside the new books dedicated to The Motion Picture, Voyager, and the wide ranging work of visual effects master Dan Curry. Continue below to check out preview pages from them all!

First up, the film that redefined the look of Trek in a way that echoes until this day, and brought Star Trek to the big screen. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Inside the Art and Visual Effects is set to give us a look at how that film was created, and is packed full of beautiful imagery.

The book is written by Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki, and will be coming from Titan Books next month (although some are in the wild already). Here's a reminder of the blurb:
The official guide to the film artistry of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Forty years ago, Star Trek: The Motion Picture brought Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise crew to the big screen and changed the course of the Star Trek franchise. Now, celebrate this landmark anniversary by discovering the visual artistry that made this an enduring science fiction classic. For the first time ever, explore archival material created by legendary Star Trek collaborators, including Robert Abel, Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, Andrew Probert, and Ken Adams.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Lower Decks round-up: Season trailer, Ready Room, posters, art, and more

With the series now underway, there's lots of ongoing Lower Decks promotion coming from CBS. Continue below for the return of The Ready Room, some fun character posters, clips and stills, and artwork from the series.

First up, the trailer for the season, with lots of new footage from future episodes. The ever helpful Naci贸n Trek were good enough to get it up on YouTube, but if you prefer more official channels, you'll also find it on StarTrek.com and Instagram.



Saturday, 8 August 2020

Paramount considering where to go next with Star Trek movies

It seems Paramount are taking a fresh look at their Star Trek movie options. According to Deadline, the new President of Motion Picture Group At Paramount, Emma Watts is apparently considering what path is best to take, in a hope of revitalising the movie wing of the franchise. Deadline's reporting of reveals new details of previously announced projects in development, and where they currently stand as prospects.

What Deadline have a feel of, is that while Paramount see some of the scripts they have in the works as good potential spin-offs - Working as stand-alones akin to Logan next to the wider X-Men franchise - They feel a need to first revitalise a core movie franchise, and to build on that.

Lower Decks Shirt Collective has begun

To mark the release of each episode of Lower Decks, the animation studio behind the series, Titmouse, are producing a special T-shirt, available for one week only, from their Titmouse Stuff store.

You can pick up each design weekly, or subscribe to the whole collection for a discount, and get an extra bonus design too. After each new episode airs a new shirt becomes available, and the previous design is vaulted for the rest of time - They only print what is ordered.
Continue below for a closer look.

Week one brings us aboard the USS Cerritos, and the T-shirt design supplies us with a "general purpose garment" for use on the ship. Here's how Titmouse describe it:
Welcome to Starfleet, ensign! Bravery! Leadership! Ambition! These are all concepts that you can forget about when you're relegated to the lower decks of the U.S.S. Cerritos. Don't complain, someone's gotta do the grunt work around here. Here's your standard-issue general purpose garment in glorious HEATHERED GRAY and mysterious FAIRLY DARK BLUE! Featuring the exterior top view of the ship that you're inside the bottom of!
And the neat thing about the shirts is, Titmouse promote them by having the characters model them:


Friday, 7 August 2020

Picard soundtrack comes to vinyl

Lakeshore Records have announced the details of their forthcoming vinyl edition of Jeff Russo's Star Trek Picard season one soundtrack. The two-disc release, due in October, will feature 24 tracks from the first season's score, and is presented on striking Borgish-green splatter discs. Continue below to check out the package, and for the track listing:


Year Five #13: Guide of Fire, part 1 preview

Out this week from IDW is Star Trek Year Five #13, the start of a new story arc in the series, the Klingon-focused Guide of Fire. As well as Klingons, this issue is stuffed full of wider Starfleet goodies, which should please starship fans, with a whole fleet ready to welcome the Enterprise back to Federation space. The issue also sees The Motion Picture design elements starting to appear, including new uniforms!

The book is written by Year Five showrunners Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with Angel Hernandez on art duties, coloured by Fran Gamboa.

As ever for the series, the book is available in two covers: Either the main cover, by Stephen Thompson, which features a wide range of starships, and was coloured by Charlie Kirchoff. Or there's the retail incentive cover from JJ Lendl, with a retro style movie poster to kick off the new story-arc.

Continue below to check out the covers and a five page preview, plus some other Year Five updates:

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Lower Decks round-up: 23 weeks of Trek, international distribution, stills, clips, billboards, art, and more!

With Lower Decks soon to start, CBS have been busy pumping out lots of promo. Continue below for the latest images and clips, and update on (the hope of) international distribution, billboards and social media graphics, and some cool art from the creators of the show.

First though, new promos for both Lower Decks and Discovery promise a forthcoming 23 week period of new Star Trek. Here's the banner version:


And here's the trailer (also on Instagram if you're geolocked out), which features some new clips from both shows:



Saturday, 1 August 2020

Volante Design's Captain Pike jacket

Volante Design, makers of cool jackets based on Starfleet uniforms, have dropped their latest design, the Starfleet 2257, aka, the Captain Pike jacket. The gloriously yellow jacket is based on the Discovery Enterprise command uniform, and is a pretty loyal recreation:


The jacket is made from water-resistant stretch cotton sateen fabric, which has a "luxurious brushed feel". Rather neatly, it has a badge backing pocket, to hold the magnet backer if you choose to wear it with a QMx magnetic replica badge (so you can ping the badge of without fear the back will fall away to places unknown). Improving on the actual uniform it has two external pockets, plus an internal one. Best of all, it just looks damn cool!

There's just one little catch, for the time being, they're only going to make 25 of them! So if you want one, better get in there quick. They're expecting to ship this month. Continue below to check out more pictures:

Friday, 31 July 2020

Eaglemoss book previews: Star Trek Cocktails and Spock Mindfulness

Eaglemoss are expanding their Star Trek book offerings beyond starships, with new books covering a wide range of subjects and points of view. Two books coming soon are Star Trek Cocktails, and Mr Spock's Little Book of Mindfulness, and previews have now been released for both. Continue below to check them out.

Star Trek Cocktails is, straightforwardly, a book about cocktails with Star Trek twists. Due out in November, it is written by Glenn Dakin, with recipes from mixologists Simon Pellet and Adrian Calderbank, illustrations by Adrian Salmon, and photography by David Burton and Jess Esposito.

The book will be a hardcover release, and two covers are currently circulating; one which implies it will be a cloth-bound book, the other with just the digital art:

Set your taste-buds to stunned! These Cosmic recipes will take you where no one has gone before. They're cocktails, Jim, but not as you know them....

Have you ever longed for a taste of Romulan Ale? Or pined for the mellowing effect of Dr McCoy's Mint Julep? Perhaps a Fuzzy Tribble would get you purring? Or a soothing sip of Captain Picard's Earl Grey Martini? This voyage into the future of stylish drinking is a must for all Star Trek - and cocktail - fans. With a galaxy of illustrations, and a witty garnish of quotations, this book will help you celebrate your favorite show.

Mix the classic cocktails served on Starfleet starships throughout the Federation! Picard, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, Quark, and more - try out each crew member's favorite!