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It looks great! Really high quality TV. It also looks like it fits in with the Kelvin timeline much more comfortably than with Prime. I wish it were another alternate universe so that they were free to surprise us some more. It's only 10 years before Kirk, but it looks a lot more advanced IMHO.

I'm properly excited now, though my one reservation is the character who is biologically bred to sense death. What is all that about? Scientifically, this is nonsense. It also looked quite foreboding, Star Trek must at a fundamental level be optimistic, so hopefully this is just tone for the trailer.

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Discovery does seem to be in trouble. Endless delays and poor promotional material are hurting confidence. I think an opportunity to tie in with the movies might have generated some interest. Marvel certainly do this with Agents of Shield. For me, Beyond was easily the weakest entry from the new films. I expect another Trek film and hope that Abrams can be involved and revitalize the franchise as he did in 09.

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Trials and Tribbleations was a masterpiece, clever and funny. Simply a wonderful homage. I think Discovery has enough callbacks, what with Sarek, Klingons and all. Maybe a CG recreation, like Tarkin in Rogue One?

Hearing a lot of worrying rumours about Discovery. I've pretty much found enough sources to confirm that CBS has dissolved its in house FX team to outsource the work to Pixamondo. That's great news as Pixomondo have worked magic on the latest movies. Apparently, the FX produced by the in house team wasn't up to standard, hardly a surprise after the awful CG discovery ship promo.

More concerning are the reasons behind Fuller leaving. Apparently, he felt that the hard reboot would be rejected by fans.

I'm also hearing crazy stuff, like Sarek being an inter dimensional being, the ship being part Klingon and bonkers stuff about the series spanning multiple mirror universes.

Midnight edge have a peice on the problems behind the scenes, and they have form for being correct about such things. I hope Discovery ends up being in an alternative timeline to the prime universe, I can even accept a hard reboot, but the producers need to ensure that they don't end up making a nonsense product that appeals to no one!



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"This ain't 1966 anymore and neither is it 1987 if you get my drift."

And there's the problem with doing a prequel. It can't help but look and feel more modern. Star Trek should be about the future. IF these are Klingons then it's a big mis-step, it's like if they suddenly redesigned Vulcans to have rounded ears.

I'm thinking that they are actually a forebear of the Klingons that we know, as there was (since deleted) promo art showing a Klingon sarcophagus ship.

I'm also thinking that the split badge might refer to a split timeline. This would explain the modern looking starship from the latest promo video. A starship that's totally out of place with TOS.

All they need to do is explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilisations. So far, we've seen it all before:
Klingons
Andorians
Vulcans
Heck, even the Starship isn't original and is based on a rejected concept drawing.

Trouble with a prequel is, if like Enterprise, you introduce new aliens, like say, the Xindi. What will happen is that people are going to say "why haven't I seen them before?" STV suffered this, with Sybok, ST:NEM suffered this with the stupid Remans, and we know how good those productions were. Enterprise ended an 18 year run of highly rated TV series, STV almost ended the TOS adventures and Nemesis laid waste to the entire franchise!

I want this to be good, so badly. But everything I've seen, from shoddy CG graphics to this new image fills me with concern. This might suck, and it might suck badly.

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Liking the look of the giant sets, indicates high production value. That wire frame ship screams 24th century, so I'm wondering if time travel is involved. If it's supposed to be a TOS ship then whats going on with those warp nacelles?

Liking the uniforms, which seem to be halfway between Enterprise and Kelvin costumes. Though the use of the delta is weird as that was Enterprise specific in TOS. This though, I can overlook.

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I'm concerned with regards to Discovery. For a start, the limited promo material that we've had has been terribly shoddy. The awful design and the clunky 90's graphics looked laughable and shouldn't have been released. Not to mention announcing with some fanfare that you've got Brian Fuller, only to get rid of him deep into production. Then, there was a 360 degree promo video that's just terrible, a real head slapper that one.

Then there's the whole prequel concept. It didn't work for Enterprise or the Star Wars prequels. That's because you've got so much continuity to adhere to, or in the case of Star Wars, the technology looks to modern and more sophisticated than in the past.

TOS and TNG tried hard to show a realistic depiction of the future. Nothing dates like Sci-Fi though and Discovery is going to struggle as it's depicting a past-vision of the future. They should've set it in an alt-universe like the new movies, where they aren't beholden to canon.

Trek should be progressive and forward thinking. I, sadly think that this new Trek is doomed to failure. Like Enterprise before it, I think we'll see HUGE ratings for the premiere, followed by a massive drop off and early cancellation.

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ST09 and STID were big films that had a wide appeal. They certainly made Trek relevant again after the lamentable Nemesis movie and Enterprise TV series. Beyond though had no hook for the audience, and no big name star like Cumberpatch. For me, Beyond was a series of tired tropes and I'm curious to know what Bob Orci's script was about.

i'm very worried about Star Trek Discovery. Setting it in the Prime Timeline exposes it to all the problems that Enterprise faced. They should have set it post-TOS in the Kelvin universe where they could be freed of canonical expectations. Who knows, maybe the writers will introduce another alternate universe for this very reason?

My concern with Star Trek as a whole is that there is no 'head man' steering the ship. Star Trek Beyond should have started the hype for Star Trek Discovery by featuring it as a call back in some way. Certainly, we see this working well for Marvel's Agents of Shield.

Ultimately, the challenge for Star Trek is to overcome its roots as the Original Series and even TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT now feel terribly dated and the technology shown looks more out of date than what we use today (witness Picards comedy laptop, poor user interfaces etc..).

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Hmmm, I was far more interested in the unresolved sub-plot. This episode managed to be even more heavy handed than ‘Let that be your last battlefield’ – quite an achievement.

If this had come out in 1966, then it would have been a brave and uncompromising critique of our sexist culture. But it's 2016 and much like having a gay crew member, whether you are male or female, or a trans-gendered species should be irrelevant.

How could it be that in a 23rd Century society, after unifying all cultures of humanity, overcoming poverty…yada yada… that there would be arbitrary and meaningless reasons for discriminating against women? It seems impossible. Blaming it on Tellarites wasn’t a bad idea, but then they un-did that reason in the episode. So, what’s the remaining reason? Star Fleet Command is composed of chauvinist pigs who just don’t see the full value and potential of women officers? Seems at odds with the progressive society in which the story is set.

STC is by far the best fan production out there, it looks very professional. I hope they get special dispensation to carry on. I think though, that it's quality and popularity will ensure that it must change to meet the new guidelines. Such guidelines are fair enough after Axanar seems to have successfully robbed Star Trek's fans of thousands of dollars to build a for-profit studio.

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Let's not count our tribbles just yet. The films box office stands at $213 million and is yet to open in many territories. China could be a big surprise, I expect a bare minimum of $100 million there, though it is predicted to take 150. The film will likely make $350 million in total as a low ball estimate. Making it Paramounts most successful movie of the year. This all but guarantees a sequel, just that they'll lower the budget a bit for the next one.

I think that it hasn't met expectations in the US and UK because it just isn't that good. It's like Generations and Insurrection, inconsequential with a weak, trite plot and a poorly fleshed out villain. ST09 and Into Darkness were much better films, more epic in scope with better stories and stronger supporting actors. The next film needs JJ back, badly. Justin Lins direction was flat, lifeless and workman like. Also, Trek needs an A lister like Chris Hemsworth, possibly coupled with another big draw like Tom Hanks for example. The marketing for the movie was limited because Paramount realised that they had a very average movie on their hands. Honestly, that first trailer that was panned pretty much summed up this plotless movie.


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Hi Clive, thought you might enjoy this rare footage of the aero shuttle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhZ6D-PLssQ
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