Thursday, 15 April 2021

Year Five #20: The Raptor's Wings, part 1 preview

Out this week is issue twenty(ad) of IDW's Star Trek: Year Five(ad) comic series, which is the first half of a new story arc, The Raptor's Wings, written by Brandon Easton with art by Silvia Califano, and colour from DC Alonso. This chapter sees Spock transported back to the Time of Awakening, giving us a look at Mad Max-esque ancient Vulcan, and a fresh take on Vulcan and Romulan history. Half way in, this is already a highlight of a generally excellent series! 

As ever the book is offered in two different covers. The main cover(ad) by Stephen Thompson gives us Spock standing beneath those raptor's wings. Alternatively, the rarer retail incentive cover(ad) by JJ Lendl is a retro movie style poster also featuring Spock, this time within the silhouette of the raptor as seen on the Romulan Bird of Prey.

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

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

TNG ReAction Figures coming soon from Super7

Super7, makers of the retro-styled 3¾ inch scale ReAction Figures are returning to Star Trek with a new TNG collection. They have now revealed an assortment of six characters, which include Captain Picard, Worf, Data, Guinan, Wesley Crusher, and a Borg. These are described as wave one by Super7, so presumably more of the TNG crew will be following later. Continue below for a closer look at each of them:

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

More preview pages from Designing the Final Frontier

A few weeks ago I shared some of the first preview pages from the forthcoming book Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier - How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future(ad). Due out in August, authors Dan Chavkin and Brian McGuire will be taking us on a tour of the design influences and uses of real world products in TOS

Now some more pages, and a slightly updated cover, have been released, giving a much better feel for the book, and delightfully geeky and detail-obsessive book it is. Continue below to check out TOS design spanning architecture to salt and pepper shakers!

Monday, 12 April 2021

The Gift and First Contact comic previews

This past week IDW delivered a double dose of TNG comic reprints. One was specifically to mark First Contact Day, and the other ended up with a surprising connection to this week's big announcements too. Continue below to check out the details and preview pages of The Gift and First Contact in comic form.

Released as a special one shot, The Gift(ad) is a facsimile edition of what was originally a DC Comics annual from 1990. This Q story was written by no less than Q himself, John de Lancie, with some additional dialogue from Star Trek comic writer and novelist Michael Jan Freidman. Art for the book is by DC regulars Gordon Purcell and Pablo Marcos, with colour from Julianna Ferriter. 

Of course de Lancie was announced just this week to be returning as Q soon in Picard season two, so this seems a nice moment to revisit his own take on Q. This particular book was written when Q was still very new, presenting him firmly as a menace to the crew, and still largely an enigma. It sees Q take Picard on a trip to his past, as well as a dark alternate timeline. One of the highlights of Q in comic form here is the choice of how to present him, made of space and stars in many scenes, and toying with the fabric of the universe. The story also has a lot of visual fun in how Q and Picard visit the past, including turning them into ducks! 

For this new printing IDW had J.K. Woodward create a new painted edition of the cover based on the original design by J.K. Moore. Otherwise it seems to be a straight reprint, so one to fill a gap in your collection if you've not picked up the original before.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Next Star Trek movie coming in 2023

After half a decade of bouncing ideas around for the next Star Trek movie, Paramount Pictures seem to finally found one they like, as they have now scheduled the next Star Trek movie for release on the 9th of June 2023. The film will be produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot productions, who also brought us the previous three Kelvin timeline movies. Officially, that is all we know so far. 

io9 report, via "a source close to the project" this is not one of the previously considered scripts that have been in the offing over the past few years - Even though the most recent project know about, from Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez, was only revealed to the world a month ago!

Will this continue the adventures of the familiar Kelvin timeline crew? Will Jaylah come back? - I strongly hope for both! - Or will it be something completely new in the Kelvin or Prime timelines? Production must be getting underway fairly soon to make that date just over two years away, so we'll no doubt here some more details fairly soon.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Prodigy theory: The series ship will be USS Voyager's missing Aeroshuttle

With the announcement that the new animated children's TV series Star Trek: Prodigy will take place in the Delta Quadrant some years after the USS Voyager visited, and that Captain Janeway's part in the series will be in the form of an emergency training hologram, it starts to get one wondering: What is this Starfleet ships the young alien crew the series is about are going to take command of, and how did a holographic Janeway find herself installed there? Well one idea springs to my mind: The Aeroshuttle!

The what? For those unfamiliar: The Aeroshuttle is one of those almost forgotten ideas you sometimes get in TV production, a concept brewed up early on in development of the series, but never called upon by the needs of the plot. It is a distinctive smallcraft attached to the underside of the USS Voyager's saucer section, in much the same way the captain's yacht is on the USS Enterprise-E. 

Monday, 5 April 2021

New trailers and updates for Picard season 2, Discovery season 4, Lower Decks season 2, and Prodigy!

Big Star Trek TV news day! To mark First Contact Day today hosted a series of panels, including reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the best TNG movie, behind the scenes and cultural impacts of other Trek, and some major new Trek-TV news for most of the currently in-production series, including lots of new trailers, and release date updates. Continue below for a round-up of the day's news:

The first big announcement of the day is that the original Q, John de Lancie, will be returning for Picard season two, which is set to arrive in 2022. This was revealed in this teaser trailer:

Patrick Stewart and de Lancie, along with host Wil Wheaton discussed this a little in the panel as well, in which Stewart noted Q's reappearance comes at a "shattering moment" of trauma for Picard, which may or may not be directly related to Q's motivation to return.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

TNG characters join the Tubbz ducks in cosplay collection

Last year Numskull brought us one of the odder Star Trek collectables of recent times, their range of TOS character Tubbz ducks in cosplay(ad) - Which while modelled after a classic rubber duck alas are not designed to float properly like one. Now they're back with The Next Generation to add to your duck collection...

The TNG assortment includes Captain Picard(ad), Geordi La Forge(ad), Deanna Troi(ad), and Worf(ad) - If you ever wondered what a Klingon, or bearded, duck looks like, now you know! 

Like other characters in the Tubbz range (which spans many more franchises than just Star Trek), each duck comes in its own miniature bathtub, which with a bubble top forms the packaging too. Continue below to check them all out:

Latest starship model kit box art from Round 2 Models

Round 2 Models have released lots of new box art for forthcoming Star Trek model kits, with new or re-issued kits on the way from Voyager, TOS, and DS9. Continue below to check out the latest kits:

On the way in the next few months is a brand new new 1:1000 scale USS Voyager kit. Round 2 have now released box art for two versions of this kit, in either solid grey or clear plastics; the latter ready for extensive lighting. Both versions come with clear elements for the nacelle elements, deflector dish, and the big mess hall windows. They also come with landing gear parts, and of course the nacelles can be posed in impulse or warp angles. The built kit will be about 13.5 inches long.

TNG shuttlecraft tent, and Star Trek multitools, for the practical/survivalist trekkie

Ukonic, makers of Star Trek pizza cutters, glassware, and loungewear, are branching out into outdoor pursuits and DIY with their latest releases. Continue below to check out their range of multitools in various forms. But first, what I think might be the first officially licensed Star Trek tent(ad)

Not just any tent, this tent is a type-6 shuttlecraft (the Justman specifically)! Yes that right, you can pitch up anywhere (you're allowed), and re-enact all your favourite oops-we-crashed-a-shuttlecraft episodes. This is a two-person pop-up tent, and is available from Toynk(ad) right now. Behold:

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Hallmark brings little starships back to the Christmas tree, plus their latest Mirror Mirror figurines

Hallmark have revealed their 2021 Keepsake Christmas decoration range, which includes three new Star Trek releases - Those include the expected continuation of the Mirror, Mirror Storytellers range, and the welcome return of Hallmark's little starships to hang on the tree too. Continue below to check them out.

Last year was the first without a little ship since the Star Trek collection began in 1991 - We got a big ship instead, see below - But the smaller format is thankfully back this year. The starship for 2021 will of course be the latest hero ship, the star of Picard, La Sirena. So far Hallmark have just released a fairly low resolution rendering of this in their Dream Book catalogue, so we'll have to wait for a clearer look of the real thing closer to release. La Sirena is expected in October, and will include sound features, with clips from the show.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Eaglemoss tease future ships for the new Star Trek Universe Starships Collection

With the first issue of Eaglemoss' new Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection(ad) due to ship to subscribers in the next week or so, they have sent subscribers a pamphlet to introduce the series, including teases of possible future ships in the series.

The series will include ships from all the in-production live action TV series, with Picard dominating the first ten issues or so, before switching tracks to focus on Discovery season three. The new promo material teases several ships from Discovery not previously seen in promotion for the collection, and also names some of the more obscure background ships for the first time.

Designing the Final Frontier preview

Out this August is a gloriously geeky Star Trek book that will appeal to a very special blob of people in a venn diagram of Star Trek fans and those with an interest in design history! Coming from publisher Weldon Owen and author and design expert Daniel Chavkin is Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier - How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future(ad).

Simon and Schuster, who are distributing the book, have now released a new cover (still marked as not final in their Digital Catalog), which also lists Brian McGuire as an author or contributor. They've also released a few preview pages. Continue below to check them out.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Mego's latest TOS and Discovery action figures

Mego are making a busy start to the year for Star Trek toy collectors, with lots of new action figures newly released or coming soon based on Discovery and TOS. Continue below to check out their Scotty, Doctor McCoy, Salt Vampire, Michael Burnham, and...

Here's the Disco version of Captain Pike(ad), supplied with classic TOS Mego-styled equipment (cute), but an appropriately Disco styled uniform, complete with printed deltas on the boots.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Year Five covers and updates, and other Star Trek comics news

IDW have released their June released, which include two Star Trek titles. Continue below for the details of those, and other Star Trek comic updates.

June will see just one new Star Trek comic, the finale of the magnificent TOS: Year Five series. As with the rest of the three-part story, issue twenty-four is written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with art by Stephen Thompson. Here's the blurb:

Their journey has taken them to the edge of the known universe and beyond. They’ve faced down impossible odds, conquered incredible enemies, and now, here in the shadow of home, their mission will come to an end... and nothing will ever be the same. The crew of the Enterprise will put it all on the line in the grand finale of Star Trek: Year Five from showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Gotham City Garage, Green Arrow) and artist Stephen Thompson (Satellite Falling, Die Hard: Year One).

As usual the book will be offered in two different covers, with the main by Thompson as well, and a more elusive retail incentive cover by JJ Lendl. So far just the latter has been revealed:

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Funko Pops return to Star Trek The Original Series with new mirror universe characters and more

Funko have revealed a new assortment of Star Trek characters in their Pop! vinyl figure collection, returning to The Original Series for a second time, with a mostly Mirror, Mirror themed set of characters.

UPDATE: And have now announced the range will also include Khan; check him out below. 

According to Entertainment Earth(ad), most of the characters are expected in June (although most other retailers say July): Khan(ad), alongside Captain Kirk in his captain's chair(ad)mirror-Uhura(ad)mirror-Sulu(ad)mirror-Spock(ad), and mirror-Kirk(ad). Spock holding Isis will be available directly as a exclusive, and the Gorn(ad) a Target exclusive.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Black alert: USS Discovery pizza cutter has arrived

The real purpose of the USS Discovery's spinning saucer has finally been confirmed; it's a pizza cutter! Yes the inevitable has finally arrived, thanks to Ukonic, we can now get our very own USS Discovery pizza cutter(ad), the third starship to take on the task! Continue below to check it out:

Two quirky new Star Trek books from Robb Pearlman

There's no let up in the new Star Trek book announcements this month! Two more newly revealed books are both by Robb Pearlman - Who has previously given us quirky Trek books including Body by Starfleet: A Fitness Guide(ad)Redshirt's Little Book of Doom(ad), and Fun with Kirk and Spock(ad) - These latest books will be giving us some Starfleet inspiration, and the world according to Grudge the cat. Continue below to check them out.

The first Star Trek book from publisher Smart Pop (which Pearlman is also Editor in Chief of), Starfleet Is... Celebrating the Federation's Ideals(ad), is coming in September, and presents imagery from across the franchise with simple captions of what Starfleet stands for. Here's the cover and blurb:

Monday, 15 March 2021

Screen-Trek updates: SNW cast revealed, another movie pitch, lost Trek TV and film projects, and new documentary series

Lots of Star Trek TV and film updates recently, so continue below for a round-up of the latest from Strange New Worlds, the Khan prequel miniseries, another potential film pitch, a couple of lost Star Trek projects, and a new documentary series!

First up, CBS have announced several new cast members for the Captain Pike series Strange New Worlds, and they did so with this upbeat video:

Saturday, 13 March 2021

The Borg Cube record player is coming, resistance is futile

What's a thing you never knew you needed but you absolutely need? Why a Borg Cube record player of course! Resistance (to disco beats) is futile!

This is coming soon from CherryTree, makers of Borg Cube PCs, and yes, this is also a PC as well! Here it is in action:

Four more Eaglemoss books expand the Shipyards, Designing Starships, Celebration, and Nerd Search series

The Star Trek publishers are a busy bunch lately, as here are yet more new Star Trek books to look forward to this year! This latest selection of four newly announced books all come form Eaglemoss and Penguin Random House, but each offer a very different sort of book. Continue below to see what's coming.

First up, an interesting development in the increasingly vast "encyclopedia of starships" Star Trek Shipyards(ad) series: Eaglemoss will be creating a second edition of the Starfleet Ships 2294 - The Future volume(ad) in this series, to add in the new ships from Picard and Discovery season three. 

Book bits: New TOS and TNG novel covers, new children's book, and another starships book!

Lots of new Star Trek books and new book covers to look at today! Including a brand new children's book, another volume in the Star Trek Shipyards series, and new novel covers.

Note both the new novel covers below are marked as being potentially not final in Simon and Schuster Online Catalog. First up, behold the new cover for the next TNG novel, Shadows Have Offended(ad). This will be the first Star Trek novel from Cassandra Rose Clarke, and is due in July:

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Star Trek Shipyards: Delta Quadrant books previews

Eaglemoss and Penguin Random House have released a large selection of preview pages for two of their forthcoming books, the latest entries in the Star Trek Shipyards(ad) series, The Borg and the Delta Quadrant: Akritirian to Krenim(ad), and Delta Quadrant: Ledosian to Zahl(ad). Continue below to check them.

The Shipyard series typically collects the in-universe sections of the magazine from Eaglemoss' starship model collections, with previous books charting Starfleet Starships(ad) (over two volumes(ad)), other Federation ships(ad), and Klingon ships(ad). Each of those books has had some brand new content due to handful of ships not being made as models by Eaglemoss yet. In the case of these books, which effectively present a log of all the ships encounter in Star Trek: Voyager, there is much more new content, as there are an awful lot of Voyager ships that haven't been made as models yet. As a result I think these are two of the most exciting volumes in the series so far!

The first book, The Borg and the Delta Quadrant: Akritirian to Krenim(ad), is due out in April. Here's a reminder of the blurb:

Featuring ships of the Borg and vessels of the Delta Quadrant, the first of two companion volumes of ships from STAR TREK: VOYAGER.

This volume begins with the ships operated by STAR TREK‘s greatest villains: the Borg, including the Borg Cube and Sphere, the Borg Queen’s Ship, the Renegade Borg Vessel and the Borg Tactical Cube. From there, it profiles more than thirty-five ships operated by the species Voyager encountered in the Delta Quadrant, featuring ships from A – Akritirian to K – Krenim.

With technical overviews and operational histories, the ships are illustrated with CG artwork – including original VFX models made for the show.

After you read this, be sure to check out the companion volume – THE DELTA QUADRANT: Ledosian to Zahl, which profiles more than 50 ships of the Delta Quadrant species, among them the Lokirrim Warship, the Species 8472 Bioship, and the Vidiian Warships.

With previously unseen artwork specially created in CG the two official volumes form the most comprehensive account of Delta Quadrant ships from STAR TREK VOYAGER ever produced.


Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Eaglemoss starships previews next special, XL, STO ships and more

There's been a run of news from Eaglemoss' starships collections of late, but this latest update brings the welcome return of new ships from the the original range. Continue below to check out the latest special issue, XL issue, STO ships, more updates from new Universe series, and Build the Enterprise-D too!

First up, TrekCore have released some early previews for expected June releases. That includes the latest oversized special issue(ad) in the original Official Starships Collection, and the latest in the growing collection of space station models: Relay Station 47, from the TNG episode Aquiel

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Wear a Borg Cube on your back, plus other Star Trek backpacks and lunch boxes

The Star Trek Shop has launched a new range of Star Trek backpacks, which include a Borg Cube design, meaning you can help the Collective bring order to chaos as you take the Borg with you on your daily excursions (in the event you're going anywhere right now!). It's one of five designs in the range, continue below to check them out.

Perhaps calling this a Borg Cube is a bit of a stretch, as it's more a Borg rounded-oblong... But it's inspired by a Borg Cube at least, specifically The Artifact, from Picard, with it's distinctive trenches - If you are looking for a strictly Cube-shaped practical container, check out the lunch boxes below too.

Michael Chabon introduces the secret civilization of the Romulans

Star Trek Picard creator, writer, and executive producer, Michael Chabon has been over the last few months occasionally sharing fascinating background articles on various aspects of the people and places featured in Picard. His latest piece introduces us to Romulan society, giving us a fascinating insight into the Romulan worldbuilding that informed what we saw on screen, and hopefully will continue to expand the species' lore as the series continues. Continue below for a look at some of the highlights from this latest post, and his previous articles.

This Romulan backstory adds ever more layers of deception and subterfuge to the Romulan culture. My favourite element looks for where the roots of this might lie, in the nature of Romulus itself:

Legend holds that the basis of Romulans’ fixation on deception and the hiding of secrets is the unusually high proportion of mimetic (camouflage-using) native animals and plants that the first settlers of Romulus found on arrival, snakes that look like flowering vines, flowers like lizards, mammals that alter their coloration according to patterns in light falling on them. Best known of these to outsiders, of course, is the so-called “warbird” after which Romulans have long patterned their military starships. The plumage of this raptor has unique optical properties that mimic the wavelength of ambient light, causing the birds to “disappear” against a clear blue sky, a phenomenon that is said to have inspired the most celebrated, and most Romulan, of all Romulan technologies: the cloaking device.

Of course, that could just be a classic Romulan “cover story.” Romulans are addicted to cover stories.

Friday, 5 March 2021

Kalinda Vazquez to write latest Star Trek movie

The ongoing efforts to get another Star Trek movie into production seem to have started over once more, with Deadline reporting Paramount have signed up Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez to write a new Star Trek movie. There's no detail just yet on which crew or timeline might feature in the film, although it will be a Bad Robot production, who of course previously brought us the three Kelvin timeline movies.

Vazquez's has previously written the Pike-focused Short Treks episode Ask Not, and Discovery's recent return to the mirror universe, Terra Firma, Part 2. She has also been a consulting producer for the latter half of Discovery season three. Her other cool Star Trek connection is that she is named after a Star Trek character! Kelinda the Kelvan, from the TOS episode By Any Other Name.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

More Picard ships previewed from Eaglemoss' Star Trek Universe starships collection

To formally mark the launch of Eaglemoss' new Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection(ad), IGN have released lots of new images, including the first look at several models in the collection - The series will eventually feature ships from all the current live action Star Trek series, but for the first ten issues it's all Picard, so this gives us some of our best looks yet at several of the ships from that series. Continue below to check them out.

Review: Picard season one on bluray

I recently rewatched Picard, via the bluray edition of the first season(ad). Continue below for my thoughts on the season as a whole (some vague spoiler discussion after the first few paragraphs), and the offering of extra features on the bluray.

The Story

Despite hearing it from the producers repeatedly when the series was being promoted, what really struck me in the rewatch was truly how much the series is like a long film. Not just that it feels like a film, but is a much more engaging experience to watch that way. 

So much so that I now really wish they're released the whole series as four or five two-hour-ish episodes. It would have been a bold departure from the normal format for Star Trek that I think would have done the story a great service. But with that not being the case, the whole series now being available, on bluray or streaming, we can still watch it like that anyway.

I liked Picard a lot watching it as it came out, but viewing back as a whole I really love it. The word that keeps coming to me thinking of it, is beautiful. For several reasons.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Eaglemoss' Star Trek Universe starships series opens for subscriptions and teases future ships

Eaglemoss' new Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection(ad) is now open for subscriptions in the US - UDPDATE: And now in the UK(ad), Germany(ad), and other parts of Europe(ad) too - and the revamped website is teasing several forthcoming ships in the series, which will be a mixture of ships from all the currently in-production live action Star Trek series; Picard, Discovery, and Strange New Worlds. Continue below to check out all the new previews, and newly revealed details for the series.

Lower Decks season one bluray and DVD on the way

Lower Decks season one is getting its home video releases this May, with bluray(ad) and DVD(ad) sets available, including a steelbook(ad) version of the bluray. Continue below for all the details of the extra features and all the different formats.

The two-disc set will of course include all ten episodes of the first season, along with a nice selection of behind the scenes special features, some two hours worth, exploring the production of the series - Very welcome given this hasn't been as much a focus of CBS's social media around the series compared to the live action series. 

These promise a look at the animation process, the design of the opening titles, music of the series, and discussion of various in-universe subjects. There's also an all out movie-style trailer for the movie-style episode Crisis Point: The Rise of Vindicta, and deleted scenes.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Voyager Documentary crowd funder flies through stretch goals in just its first day!

A crowd funding campaign to make a Voyager Documentary has got off to a phenomenal start, just about tripling its initial goal to raise $150,000 to complete the film, in less than 24 hours. It's already flying through several layers of stretch goals to make the film longer and more elaborate.

The Voyager Documentary (snazzier title awaited) is being put together by 455 Films, who previously brought us the similar format DS9 documentary What We Left Behind(ad), as well as other Star Trek documentaries For The Love of Spock(ad), Chaos on the Bridge(ad), The Captains(ad), and Get a Life!(ad).

The previous DS9 documentary brought together cast and crew to reflect on the production and lasting legacy of the series, and the new Voyager documentary will presumably take a similar approach. 

With the impressive start to funding, they've already raised enough to make a longer film, with some nice graphics, and additional footage, and are well on the way to adding in some original music. The DS9 film ultimately raised almost $650,000, which also allowed them to undertake HD remastering of select clips for the film; a real highlight, with DS9 and Voyager the only Star Trek series not currently available in HD - So I'm very much hoping that will be the next stretch goal for this campaign too.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Eaglemoss starship updates: Picard Romulan Bird of Prey, XL La Sirena, STO's USS Shran, and more

Eaglemoss' latest round of solicitations have given first looks at several new starship models, including a couple of Picard ships and the latest in the Star Trek Online collection. Continue below to check out all those, and other Eaglemoss starship updates.

First up, the third issue of the new Star Trek Universe collection, which will eventually include ships from all the currently in-production live action series. The first ten issues are all set to focus on Picard though, and issue three is the refit classic Romulan Bird of Prey(ad). Eaglemoss have released several images of the model, but alas teases that they are, they're not showing off the underside and it's Bird of Prey print just yet!

Star Trek novel updates: First Coda blurbs, details of next DS9 novel, and audiobook covers

More Star Trek novel news! Following the recent reveal of the 2021 line-up of Star Trek novels, Simon and Schuster have now updated their Online Catalog with blurbs for the books coming towards the end of the year, including the first details of the Coda trilogy. Continue below for all the details.

The Coda trilogy is set to tie-up the reality of the Star Trek litverse which has been told over the last couple of decades, but was alas shunted into an alternate timeline by the new canon events of Picard. All three of the new blurbs start with the following intro, which confirms we are getting one last enormous TNG/DS9/Titan/Aventine crossover:

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse—only to find that some fates really are inevitable.

Book 1: Moments Asunder(ad), by Dayton Ward kicks off the trilogy in September:


The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy begins when the unexpected arrival of an old friend triggers a desperate mission to avert a fast-spreading temporal disaster.

James Swallow continues in October with Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow(ad):


The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy continues as friends become foes, the Temporal Apocalypse accelerates, and the catastrophe’s true cause is revealed.

And David Mack closes the trilogy in November with Book 3: Oblivion's Gate(ad):


The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy comes to a shattering conclusion as the Temporal Apocalypse forces Starfleet’s greatest heroes to make the greatest sacrifices of their lives.

Temporal Apocalypse!! Blimey. Who is the mysterious old friend, what is the nature of the disaster, how will this all mesh the litverse with the canon reality? I cannot wait to find out!

USS Voyager-J Janeway class comes to Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online have revealed the first of the 32nd century Starfleet ships to join the video game, the USS Voyager-J type, Janeway class Command Science Vessel. Thanks to lots of pictures and video, that means we all get to enjoy our best views yet of one of the more prominent ships of Disco's future. Continue below to check it out:

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

First look at Prodigy's alien crew, plus other Trek TV updates

ViacomCBS have released the first image from the forthcoming animated Star Trek series aimed at younger viewers, Prodigy, revealing one of the most diverse cast of characters of any Star Trek series, which for the first time will have a main crew that's all aliens! Check them out below, plus some other Trek TV updates.

There are no additional details of these characters yet, but from we we can see, we've got a non-humanoid robot, a shorter humanoid with a cybernetic arm, a tall blue-skinned humanoid, with really interesting metal-work in their costume, a purple skinned humanoid, a blue-blob creature, and an enormous crystalline-skinned being. You can read from their expressions and attire a diverse grouping of attitudes and backgrounds, sure to cause some drama when the series begins later this year.

These are "outcasts", which together form "a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation." Part of that salvation will come via the leadership of Kathryn Janeway who returns in this series - It's not yet known when it is set (in relation to Voyager), or how she interacts with this crew of youngsters.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Year Five heads towards its finale in IDW's May comic releases

IDW have released their solicitations for May, which include a double dose of Year Five(ad), as the final three-part story in the series begins. Continue below for all the details of those, other updates from the series, and more comics news.

Year Five's finale, Ithaca, begins in issue 22(ad). The original creative team that began the series is returning; writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, and artist Stephen Thompson. Here's the blurb:

For five years, the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew have journeyed to the edge of the known universe, tackling impossible challenges and menacing foes along the way. But the biggest challenge of all awaits them here at home... and no matter what happens, the lives of Captain Kirk and his crew will be changed forever. The grand finale of Star Trek: Year Five begins here with a new issue from showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Gotham City Garage, Green Arrow) and artist Stephen Thompson (Satellite Falling, Die Hard: Year One).

The book is offered in the usual choice of two covers, with Thompson also behind the main cover, which features Kirk departing the Enterprise bridge. Alternatively the rarer retail incentive cover is by JJ Lendl, who is this time drawing on the ancient Greek theme of the title:

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Next Picard novel is a Rios adventure, plus titles for the mysterious C trilogy

Some Star Trek novel news today, with lots of new details for the next Picard novel, and teasing titles for the mysterious trilogy until now only known as Untitled C. Continue below for all the latest.

First up, Simon and Schuster have released the title, author, cover, and blurb for the next Picard novel, John Jackson Miller's Rogue Elements(ad). As the cover makes clear, this book will help us get to known the captain of La Sirena, Cristóbal Rios: