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    The Undiscovered Country
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    The Original Series

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  1. Rated R Star Trek is a dumb idea.

    In my mind, those guys were Star Trek: Enterprise’s “jump the shark” moment.
  2. Rated R Star Trek is a dumb idea.

    Did someone say “space nazis”?
  3. Rated R Star Trek is a dumb idea.

    The point is not that QT should do "Star Trek: Logan," but rather that folks could have more of an open mind about what is and what is not Star Trek. Throughout its run, Star Trek has dabbled into different genres to great success--hard core sci-fi, mystery, drama, comedy, action, and yes, westerns--Star Trek has drawn upon all of these influences. There is plenty of room in the Star Trek universe for it to do a film that dovetails nicely with the western genre. It is in the shows blood as envisioned and originally pitched by Gene Roddenberry. Part of the western genre is about exploration and pushing into the frontier after all.
  4. Rated R Star Trek is a dumb idea.

    JJ Abrams, Paramount, and QT are not naive to the fact that R-rated films can limit the audience size and money-making potential. Part of QT's concept probably involves some money-saving aspect that made it appeal to JJ and Paramount. Perhaps he is focusing on only a few main characters? Perhaps he is abandoning the Abrams cast? Perhaps he is focusing on a narrower less effects driven plot? I think a movie like Logan is a good example of what can be done on a modest budget. Fox knew that Logan would not get as large of an audience as compared with PG-13 films. As a result, the film focused on a few main stars (Stewart and Jackman) instead of the usual X-men ensemble. They also had to carefully plan out where they used CGI. I suspect that QT is going to take a few pages out of the Logan playbook. Another aspect of Logan I anticipate QT will adopt is its references to classic westerns. Let us not forget that Star Trek was originally billed a "space western" or "wagon train to the stars." I could see QT making this pitch to JJ. Let's bring it back to its roots--Star Trek is a space western. JJ has an "aha" moment and buys into it. Then they go hire Mark Smith--writer of the most critically acclaimed epic western in recent history and write a truly epic "space western." Sounds promising to me. As for the idea that Star Trek must be "family friendly," there are a few realities that one should not overlook. Like most of us, I discovered Star Trek as a kid; however, we are not kids anymore and neither is the Star Trek fan base. It is aging despite Abrams efforts to appeal to a younger audience. The vast majority of Star Trek fans are adults and are mature enough to handle an R-rated Star Trek film.
  5. Bryan Fuller Exits "American Gods."

    He did suggest when he left that, if they want him back for Season 2, they know his number.
  6. Bryan Fuller Exits "American Gods."

    I wonder if he will return to Star Trek: Discovery? I certainly would not mind having him back in the writers room.
  7. Isaacs Blocked by Shatner on Twitter

    “If you have stunt celebrity cameo casting, it completely pulls them out of it.” -Isaacs I see where Isaacs is coming from with that statement, but for Shatner, that’s got to hurt ... “stunt celebrity.” I am so pleased to have Isaacs in the Trek fold, and I love the actor’s straight talk, which I find refreshing. However, it’s far from tactful all the time. He’s no “Sir” Patrick in that regard. So yeah, Shatner’s pissed.
  8. Fox Selling FF and X-MEN Movie Rights to Disney

    Disney is already fleecing theater owners over Star Wars showings. Demanding bigger takes and prime screens for long windows. Consumers loose out in the end because those costs will be ultimately be passed on to theater goers. Seen the price of a Disney animation movie bluray lately? Out of control. Competition is our friend.
  9. Episode 1.8: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” Discussion Thread

    I understand why Fuller tried to shift the focus off the Captain and the bridge, and the writers have been marginally successful there at least with not spending too much time on the bridge. Unfortunately, I think the Burnham character was really Fuller’s vision and without him in the writers room, what is to stop them from going a different direction. I think it is a case of the writers enjoying writing for Lorca, Stammets, Tilly, and Saru more. THEY don’t find Burnham’s character as interesting as Fuller did, so the follow through on Burnham being the focal point is kind of unravelling before our eyes. And frankly, I’m fine with it, because like others here, Burnham is not my favorite character ... but then, that’s also due to the writers too.
  10. Episode 1.8: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” Discussion Thread

    I know what you mean. Unfortunately, I feel like it is partly a result of the serialized storytelling. I know one might say, “but DS9 had serialized episodes that stand on their own as classics.” And that is true. But to have an episode concept that is all “it’s own thing” within the confines of the big Star Trek tropes they have already carted out (war with the Klingons), I don’t know if we will see that Season 1. Like many, I feel that the Klingon scenes and intrigue just aren’t that well put together. It’s frustrating and makes me look forward to the start of Season 2 when hopefully they will have ended the Klingon arc and we can get some more original concepts. At least, the character exploration in Discovery has taken the drivers seat, while the plots seem highly derivative of much that we have seen before either in Star Trek or elsewhere. That is good and bad, but when you have a plot that plays out slowly over an entire season, the character development is probably what is going to make individual episodes stand out anyways. At least, they are getting that right for the most part.
  11. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

    Good points. I'm pretty convinced you both are right now that I think about it. Still, it is nice to have a new Star Trek series to postulate ridiculous theories about!
  12. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

    Yeah maybe. I do see your point. Still, odd coincidence.
  13. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

    Meh, minor detail. Age is subjective. She doesn’t look THAT much younger.
  14. SPOILER WARNING ... Alright, so I just read an article pointing out that there is a character named Lethe from the TOS “Dagger of the Mind.” She is a therapist that has undergone some psychological trauma that makes her no longer the person she once was. The episode heavily featuring Admiral Cornwall is called “Lethe.” She simply has to be this person ... Tomorrow’s episode might give more insight into her trauma. Agree? Disagree?
  15. Episode 1.6 "Lethe" Discussion Thread

    Yeah, I am hopeful about Tyler too. I really think something must have happened to Lorca more than bright shiny lights in his eyes on that Klingon ship. Maybe the triangular scar is revealing of that? He did not look very worse for the wear after that scene. He looked almost ... too good if you know what I mean. I like to think that is more of a clue than an oversight. That’s a very good point. Or, at least, it fits Lorca’s character. I really don’t see Jean-Luc behaving this way. I guess I am still pretty incredulous about the Admiral, however. That SHE would do that. Maybe she thought loosening him up would get better at the truth. I can’t believe she just couldn’t contain her desire for him.