Monday, December 19, 2016

Star Trek Starfleet Academy - (1997)

Below Star Trek - Starfleet Academy is spliced together with Star Trek - Klingon Academy. These two video games have been combined into a movie. The good news is you can now watch both (1997) editions right here at Star Trek Sci Fi Blog. Its worth realising Harve Bennett had originally penned "Star Trek: The Academy Years" as Star Trek: The First Adventure. The plan was to project the Star Trek movie missions onto the big screen.

It turns out differences in money, power, creativity, ego, health, availability altered the eventual flow of Star Trek's "First Adventure" in our timeline. While Fans still have "Star Trek Starfleet Academy" (game) and the spliced(movie) to enjoy. What really happened afterwards? Long story short, along came Star Trek 2009.

So I've done a little digging and found an interesting segment on Memory Alpha you might find fascinating.

The 2009 film Star Trek, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, superficially borrowed the same basic premise of Bennett's film by returning the franchise to the Academy years of the original crew, how they first met, and how they first came aboard the USS Enterprise. Aside from these surface similarities, the plotlines of these two films are significantly different. When asked about the 2009 film, Bennett said, "I did see it. I'm not the audience for that. Rapid cuts. Explosions. Gore for the sake of gore. Either that makes me a dinosaur or there's a generational problem, but that's not J.J.'s fault."

Who deserves the credit for Star Trek's First Adventure? which was also made into a blockbuster movie in (2009)?

1. Gene Roddenberry
2. J.J. Abrams
3. Harve Bennett

Merry Christmas Everyone, 

Live long and Prosper.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Don Marshall Star Trek Actor dies at 80

On a sad note, well known Land of the Giants, Star Trek actor, Don Marshall passed away peacefully on Oct 30th. His daughter, son and twin brother Doug were at his bedside. He was 80. Don starred in Star Trek's classic "galileo-seven"  playing the spirited Lieutenant Boma.


Fans will remember him for challenging Mr Spock's insufferable logic when the shuttlecraft crash lands on planet Taurus II. We know the ion storm threw them off course but heres the thing. The G7 crew were low on fuel and had to achieve orbit.

So who gets to choose? demands Boma of Mr Spock. Meanwhile the creatures were attacking! Don Marshall will not be forgotten by fans, RIP Don and thanks for making us laugh.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Bryan Fuller bids farewell to Star Trek Discovery as the Lead writer and creative trek mastermind. He stays on as Executive Producer while moving on to other projects. Lately trek's fledgling Discovery series has been making headlines with Alex Kurtzman and  Bryan Fuller. They wrote Star Trek Into DarknessStar Trek 2009, DS9 and Voyager a while ago kicking them up with the super mythological, and psychological extraordinaire.

The sticking point for trek's producers appears to exist in Star Trek TOS. Writers keep drawing upon the magnetic nature of its classic lifeforms, amazing story arcs and strange unknowns.

 Meanwhile a conflict of interest has arisen with Fuller organizing his time between Trek, American Gods and Amazing Stories which means one had to go.

So now Star Trek fan Bryan Fuller is stepping aside to juggle his duties. The plan is to clear a path for new ideas giving Star Trek Discovery's lifeforms breathing room to traverse the galaxy, analyze strange unknowns and wow the fans.

It clear CBS welcomed a kindred spirit to explore and develop the continuity of Star Trek's timeline. The word at Variety is Fuller, teased out new revelations to the fan community at Comic Con. Mythological diversity, using a LGBT character, the welcome delight of aliens,  and also what greatness a leading woman would take, clearly on the table.

What we're doing is not necessarily new in Star Trek but we get to embrace it in a modern way that Star Trek has not indulged in much in the past.

Over the last few days fans are finding out now Bryan Fuller is stepping away as the showrunner for the new CBS Star Trek Discovery show.  So whats happened?

Show business trekkies!

The day to day running of Star Trek Discovery leaves Fullers lieutenants - Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts taking over the show. Writer director Akiva Goldman is also expected to join "Discovery" in a top creative role. Supporting Berg and Harberts. Filming will begin next month with a 2017 premiere date - pushed back to May.

Heres what we know about Star Trek Discovery so far:

1. The series is 10 years before Star Trek the Original Series.

2. Mysterious  history will emerge.

3. A fascinating amount of aliens will boldy go where no alien has gone before in Star Trek's universe.

4. The lead character is not going to be a male captain. Qualities will include: a neurosis, sense of humor and shes female.

5. "Its not on Earth and its not on a planet."

6. New young blood ready to shoot first and ask questions later - all based on TOS iconic characters of course. Robots get the thumbs up. Don't you just love Robots?

7. No Romulan War, No Kobayashi Maru, maybe some Section 31 and an iteration of Amanda Grayson's storyline, (Spock's Mother) into the show.

8. Lee Pace as has agreed to play a Vulcan.

9. Seven characters will play key figures in the show.

10. Graphic scenes, profanity is still being weighed up owing to the wider audience CBS ALL Access will be able to reach.

11. Star Trek Discovery is planned to premiere in the US in January 2017

12. Discovery will be on Netflix by the end of 2017.

13. Robots are cool.

14. The rank of the lead character is a Lieutenant Commander and her name is No 1 ?

15. No Captain?!

Will you be watching Star Trek Discovery on CBS or Netflix? Who do you want to be Discoveries Lead Writer? Who are you rooting for? Man, Alien or Woman? What kind of leader are you hoping for? Captain, Alien, Robot or Android? Is Star Trek trying to be too politically correct?

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers

Monday, October 10, 2016


William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Robert Duncan McNeill, Armin Shimerman, Christopher Lloyd, Martha Hackett and Alice Krige (the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact) but no Nichelle Nichols beam over to the UK to meet the fans for Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.

Many fans eager to meet the stars tweeted while they waited. Trekkers with Admiral VIP Tickets swept by tons of people waiting in queues which took two hours to get past the check points. The only catch is VIP treatment cost £2,999! Standard Tickets were far cheaper.

Adam Nimoy, Leonard Nimoys son is seated in command of the Galaxy Class USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D seen here. Space babes Marina Sirtis and Terry Farrell were also among the stars this weekend at Birmingham's Destination Star Trek  Convention.

Over the weekend thousands of Star Trek fans queued for hours to get in on the action with their Star Trek TV/Movie heroes. Marie Gordon flashes her Lieutenant stripes on her red bridge officers duty uniform to curry favor but no can do! It just goes to show. Even Star Trek Lieutenants have to wait. haha!!!

On Sunday William took part in answering questions for the fans. Heres a fun video he made specially for fans.


Walter Koenig appeared with George Takei live onstage at Star Trek's Birmingham Convention. These two Chekov and Sulu navigate and pilot the Starship USS Enterprise 1701

This photograph says it all. Its the launch for Star Trek's UK Destination event and the expression on the stars faces is fascinating...... William Shatner has done it again. The look on Walter Koenig's face is priceless.


These sci-fi ladies are making the most out of Star Trek's 50th Destination Event. They probably handed their tricorder, phasers and communicators over to an Ensign during the photoshoot. So whats not to like?

 Its life....... but not as we know it!   Jim!

Live long and Prosper, Trekkers

Saturday, July 30, 2016






Its Star Treks 50th Anniversary so you'll be sure to have something to enjoy with STAR TREK BEYOND. You might say this is Chekov's last stand in this adventurous new Star Trek movie. The action sequences are thrilling and the visual effects are stunning.

So go see Beyond you'll be delighted that you did. Its got a cold hearted villain Krall who chews up the landscape and interesting to see new Spock trying to understand his own death in the movie- in loving memory of  Leonard Nimoy and for Anton.

Live Long and Prosper

Monday, July 18, 2016


Its been a busy week for Sci-Fi with Star Trek Beyond showing in London last week and Sydney too. I'm not counting my tribbles yet before they become fully gorged but STB is 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and 71% on Metacritic so far.

So now Star Trek Beyond is set for US release on the 22nd of July 2016 and is opening up in theaters worldwide and beyond. We've been waiting for 3 sensational years to see a new STAR TREK movie since STID. How long is that? Approx 1095 days. I hope you're all set for a trektastic time!

 The question in my mind is: why did Captain Kirk wreck the bl**dy ship again? Is it really the Captain's fault the Enterprise got ravaged by alien "Swarms" with their leader  "Krall at the heart of the matter? Word has it Idris Elba's character means business because he wants the "ITEM", badly.

Scotty, Jaylah and Kirk

 Ahhha! I hear you ask. What is the item? SPOILER ALERT: So now the five year mission for the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 is finally justified when the crew discover this ancient "death machine" in the furthest reaches of unexplored space. But do they know what it is? It seems time is running out for our Gallant Crew and worse still for the Federation itself. Unity and Peace in the Galaxy may very well depend upon our friends very survival.

Three years into the Enterprise's five-year deep-space mission our mysterious Swarm ringleader Krall (Idris Elba) sees an opportunity. He has to get the ancient "death machine" of ultimate power, an artifact which Kirk's crew are custodians. I know what your thinking - its looking hopeless because the Enterprise crew are stranded on an alien planet!!! Hey. At least Scotty teams up with feisty Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a potential love interest if only he'd stop calling her lassie.

The good news is Paramounts 3D and; 2D Star Trek threequel is directed by (Fast and Furious) Justin Lin (produced by J.J. Abrams) How many of our movie predictions will come true? 40 stunt people is a good indication of where Star Trek Beyond is headed with special effects and alien relationships evolving with this interstellar space adventure. Curiously Star Trek Into Darkness had 90 reinforcements.

Why is Uhura screaming with the grey alien looking on?


 MattTwentySix had this to say: It's a little Insurrection-ish once they're planet- side. There's another major twist with the villain (though I enjoyed it). But it gets the characters really right. It basically has a fantastic first act, an okay second act, and a fun ending that both serves as an ending to this cast and a jump-start to further adventures with them.

 What do you think? Have you got your "Starfleet" T-shirt all nice and pressed for the movie? XD, Go on do tell us if you have!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Star Trek Beyond kicked off for its UK debut in London Monday last with British Star Trek fans squealing in delight and super  sci-fi fans flying in from across the waters to see their Star Trek heroes at Leicester Square. Trekcore have an awesome gallery of 65 STB Premiere shots taken from the July 12th seen here.. You can watch the white carpet extravaganza for STB's British Premiere for fun - here.  Were you in the audience?



Monday, July 11, 2016


Heres a recent photo of the villain 'Krall' played by Idris Elba for the next trek movie - STAR TREK BEYOND on 22nd July. It turns out Elba revealed this photo of himself looking mean from the movies set. (Trekcore)


It seems Krall is ready to unleash his burning hatred upon the Federation for reasons not yet known except for a "GLOWING GREEN ARTIFACT" as the only clue and guess where it is? So now we guess why the swarm ships attack the USS Enterprise NCC 1701.


Monday, July 04, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Trailer #3 Rihanna "Sledgehammer."

Heres the third major Star Trek Beyond trailer by Director Justin Lin.. Hes the real deal with Star Wars Director JJ Abrams producing Star Trek Beyond. So now this trekkie blockbuster is set to hit movie theaters in REAL 3D and IMAX 3D for 22nd July. However the sudden death of Anton Yelchin has affected everyone who knew the poor lad at home and abroad. Trailer #3 features a striking song by Barbadian music artist Robyn Rihanna Fenty with "Sledgehammer"

Shes one of the more popular songwriters/singers on the face of the planet with sales exceeding 200 million records worldwide. Robyn is big Star Trek news and has a beautiful voice. So now here  she is giving her song to Star Trek Beyond. You guys will just have to watch the movie to enjoy her music which is remarkable and operatic enough to give the Enterprise crew all the punch they deserve. "I hit a wall"

Will Rihanna's voice steal the show?

or will Director Justin Lin win the audience over with his fast and furious moves in Star Trek Beyond?

Live Long and Prosper...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Star Trek Beyond - The Show Must Go On

Star Trek Beyonds latest addition for the thirteenth is finally shaping up with the master of disguise - J.J.Abrams producing and Justin Lin directing. So now heres trailer 3.

Its five year mission has according to Simon Pegg "a lot more to the film". The shields have weakened and with this final third trailer, I think Anton Yelchin would have wanted the show to go on.

We have his characters he played for fans to enjoy off the big screen. They're large as life so go see them. Rememory, We Don't Belong Here, Porto and Star Trek Beyond are due out later in the year.


Chekov, Captain Kirk and Sulu. -  Star Trek 2009


Heres Anton Yelchin featured
in a Star Trek Beyond character poster as Chekov with the rest of
the crew (below) fighting off the Swarm ships in their unique Starfleet colors. Finally after a long five month delay we get to see them. Thank you Paramount Pictures.


Giacchino’s latest musical score and Pop star Rihanna's “Sledgehammer,” will also be a part of Star Trek Beyond

You might well ask who were Star Trek's aliens? Heres two standing beside Star Trek Beyond director, Justin Lin who also directed in Community and the Fast and Furious 6. Panny Pudi and Kim Kold before and after.




 The rest of Star Trek's aliens include Idris Elba (Krall), Sofia Boutella (Jaylah), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Fiona Vroom (Green Girl) and Deep Roy we know as Scottys sidekick - Keenser. The crew of the USS Enterprise Ncc1701 is commanded by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) with Zoe Saldana (Uhua), Karl Urban (bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty) John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. You'll be able to catch them in action on July 22th when the captain breaks the Enterprise again. It seems like a fitting end for the great ship - considering.

Live Long and be Prosper.

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