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2018-11-06 02:04 PM
bobmac If anyone is interested.

Star Trek: Short Treks “Calypso” will run on Space on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9 PM ET for 20 minutes, with repeats the next day.

2018-10-08 11:35 AM
Dr.Dave Season 2 will premiere on Space simultaneously. (Source)
2018-10-07 10:40 PM
2018-10-02 03:14 PM
NeilN I'm with reidw on this. TOS, TNG, DS9 (to a lesser extent), and VOY made it a point to show humanity had evolved and learned some lessons from the Eugenics Wars and WW III and was better. The characters on STD would be right at home on any of today's contemporary drama series. Show something different! The reboot films also suffer from similar issues. Pretty to look at, but the plots of the last two are paint-by-numbers yawnfests.
2018-10-02 12:22 PM
gbamber Ever since the animated series piggy-backed on the fan-success of the original series, Star Trek has always been re-imagined. So, after TOS, nothing has been the same as the original. I remember how some people were so upset at the TNG Klingons being so different... and now it's deja vu... updated Klingons for an updated audience. STD reminds me of the latest movies which are more action-orientated, like before them The Wrath of Khan and First Contact. Yes, definitely too much action but I guess that's what younger audiences want.

Every new movie and series takes the basic Trek template and pushes it further based on contemporary effects and culture. It just can't remain stuck in the 60s. So it is the same yet not the same. Spock to Data to hologram Doctor to 7of9 to Saru .... all of them using the same character template of identity crisis/conflicts/fitting in.

I'm hoping STD develops more character-driven arcs and amusing/optimism.

I've enjoyed reading the STD novels.
2018-10-02 11:53 AM
So why don't the creators just give it a new name, place the stories in a new universe and stop trading on a well established and beloved franchise?
They are profiting by trading on the name and that's the only reason. TV shows that don't get instant audiences don't get or keep advertisers and don't last as long. The history of spinoffs and sound-alike TV series has a long history. Star Trek is one of the biggest franchises to take advantage of it's name. Would Star Trek: TNG have been as popular by any other name? How about Star Trek: The Movie? How about the abundance of Law & Order and CSI spinoffs? How about all the current reboots including Magnum PI? Some of those producers tried similar shows under different names and they were cancelled quickly. Star Trek: Discovery by any other name probably wouldn't get made with the same production or promotion budget and it wouldn't attract the same quality of actors and other personnel.
2018-10-02 11:36 AM
reidw @gbamber : You admit that it is not the same as any previous Trek. So why don't the creators just give it a new name, place the stories in a new universe and stop trading on a well established and beloved franchise? The new Discovery series is many things, most of them good on their own, but it is not in concept or theme any part of the Star Trek we know and love. It is getting close to fraud to call it Star Trek. Star Trek series were always full of optimism and the good of humanity. The new series is nothing but paranoia, duplicity and hate portrayed almost as if they were virtues.

(Note: I'd make the same complaint against all all the remakes, reimaginings, and reboots, with which we are now being inflicted at the movies and on TV. Latest abomination: the new Magnum PI).
2018-10-02 09:26 AM
Dr.Dave Star Trek: Short Treks “Runaway” will run on Space on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 PM ET for 20 minutes, with several repeats and the next day on CraveTV.

Full Press Release
2018-09-20 11:01 PM
Dr.Dave Star Trek Short Treks Schedule Revealed

CBS All Access will begin to roll out Star Trek: Short Treks, the four standalone stories building toward the early 2019 return of Star Trek: Discovery. Each short will run approximately 10-15 minutes and will roll out on the following schedule:

“Runaway” – Thursday, Oct. 4
“Calypso” – Thursday, Nov. 8
“The Brightest Star” – Thursday, Dec. 6
“The Escape Artist” – Thursday, Jan. 3

No word on whether CraveTV and/or will stream them.


Star Trek Discovery Heads to Blu-ray

Star Trek: Discovery: Season One will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections, available to U.S. and Canadian fans, will feature all 15 first-season episodes of the CBS All Access series, as well as featurettes and other special features that will include cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted and extended scenes.

Fans in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order on now.
2018-06-19 09:10 PM
Dr.Dave Star Trek Kurtzman Inks 5-Year Trek Extension

Alex Kurtzman, veteran writer-producer and co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery, has inked a five-year extension of his production agreement with CBS Television Studios that calls for him to extend the Star Trek franchise for television, developing new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation.
2018-04-30 12:51 PM
gbamber Discovery is a totally awesome series.

I've watched all the previous 6 Trek series numerous times, likewise all the movies, read every single novel, almost every non-fiction book about Trek, gone to many conventions, met many of the actors (including a private lunch with Majel Barrett), and so on. I'm not saying this to boast or brag, but to illustrate that I've immersed myself with Star Trek for most of my 55 years of life. I love Star Trek! I love SF and have read widely and watched practically every SF TV series ever made.

Discovery isn't set in the previously known Trek universes. That is why the Klingons are different, why the technology and people are the same in some ways, yet different. Thus, these aren't inconsistencies with previous Trek, but a wondrous new canvas to creatively draw upon. The mirror universe concept is ripe to explore and Discovery has done it superbly.

It reminds me of the Battlestar Galectica reboot... similar yet so incredibly modernized and expanded.
2018-04-30 11:44 AM
ExDilbert The biggest issue I have with ST: D is that it is a prequel. As such, it has an abundance of inconsistency and creativity issues. It feels more like a sequel. One glaring example is the spore drive. Why was it was never mentioned in 'later' series?

The use of the Star Trek name is obvious. It attracts a ready made audience that any other name might not get. ST: D does a good enough job that I am willing to overlook the problems the name introduces.
2018-04-30 11:28 AM
reidw @ExDilbert : I could agree with most of what you say but what I object to is when some lazy writers hitch their new wagon body to an old chassis. The result is likely to please no one. The problem today in TV and movies is the lack of originality. At one time sequels and series of shows were the exception not the rule. Now they're the norm. A provocative movie like Shape Of Water comes along and everyone is stunned when the creators say no sequel is planned. If E.T. came out today does anyone doubt that the studios would be pushing for E.T. 2? The amount of creativity that must have been available back then then compared to today is staggering to think about. Rod Serling's Twilight Zone turned out a polished, provocative and original one off sci-fi story every week as did The Outer Limits and on a lower level of quality the 1950's Science Fiction Theatre. No one even tries that anymore for a number of reasons not all artistic.

Yes the new ST offers some new ideas and that's good but it didn't have to graft them on to the existing Star Trek "universe". The Discovery story could just as easily been set in another imaginary universe with its own rules, customs, geography, politics, aliens etc. By putting it into the already well developed "universe" of the Federation it was bound to get itself into trouble with the many long time devoted fans who are notorious for demanding consistency to a level few other TV series or franchise movies are ever expected to reach.
2018-04-30 11:23 AM
Originally Posted by reidw View Post
The answer as I said in an earlier post is to treat Star Trek Discovery not as the latest inheritor of the Star Trek mantle but rather as an independent entity free of the 50 years of baggage classic Star Trek carries with it. When you do that the series becomes a quite enjoyable piece of TV science fiction.
If we're talking about taking it as a standalone sci-fi show then there's better ones (in my opinion) out there. 12 Monkeys, The Expanse, Dark Matter (unfortunately cancelled), Killjoys, The Orville...
2018-04-30 11:18 AM
JamesK ^^^^
Gene's son Eugene is involved with Discovery. However, I agree the stuff without it is lacking. They seemed to have traded plot and intelligence for special effects etc..
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