It has been 55 years for the reason that tv debut of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS), and the franchise continues to develop its attain in movie and tv, bringing delight to new generations of followers. Paramount+ marked the event with Star Trek Day 2021, a live-streamed occasion staged (and taped for posterity) on the Skirball Cultural Heart in Los Angeles.
Co-hosted by Wil Wheaton (aka Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology) and actress Mica Burton (daughter of LeVar Burton), the occasion featured a reside orchestra and back-to-back panels with solid members and creatives from the brand new technology of Star Trek TV reveals: Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds, and Star Trek Prodigy. These occasions had been interspersed with “legacy moments” that includes such iconic previous solid members as George Takei (Hikaru Sulu, TOS), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisco, Star Trek: Deep House 9), Anthony Montgomery (Ensign Travis Mayweather, Star Trek: Enterprise), and Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim, Star Trek: Voyager).
The occasion additionally marked the launch of a month-long “Boldly Go” marketing campaign in honor of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Followers worldwide are invited to submit photographs and movies about their hopes for the subsequent 100 years. The Roddenberry Basis will work with its marketing campaign companions to mix the submissions into a bit of paintings that can finally be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to assist numerous nonprofits. The paintings may even be etched onto a community of satellites slated to be launched in 2022—”a first-of-its-kind space-based artwork set up.”
As Rod Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry’s son, told Deadline Hollywood:
The marketing campaign is about inspiring hope and creating a chance for individuals to take part in constructing a greater future. We wish to acknowledge and in a method thank the followers for his or her position in retaining Star Trek and my dad’s legacy related. And we wish to remind ourselves that we will make a distinction, that collectively we will make sure that the values that gas Star Trek—range, inclusion, and progress—are worthy and achievable. My dad would have beloved the concept of mixing philanthropy and fan participation into real-world influence.
And naturally, the panels supplied the proper alternative to debut plenty of teasers, trailers, and different newsy nuggets for the rising Star Trek streaming tv franchises.
Official trailer for Star Trek: Picard S2
The second season of Picard will not be launched on Paramount+ till subsequent February, however a tantalizing teaser dropped in June, giving us our first have a look at the return of fan-favorite Q (John de Lancie), an extradimensional being with energy over time, area, the legal guidelines of physics, and actuality itself.
We noticed Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) returning to his household winery, calling for Laris (Orla Brady), who unusually wasn’t there. Then Q enters, commenting that Picard appears to be like “a bit older than imagined” (as does Q himself). The teaser was transient, but it surely was clear that Q had performed one thing to the timeline. We received glimpses of all of the adjustments which have come in consequence. We noticed Elnor and Raffi fleeing for his or her lives, Soji dressed all in white and searching very VIP, Rios in a snazzy new Federation uniform with new insignia, and Agnes Jurati in civilian garb. Most surprising of all: Seven of 9 wakes up in an unfamiliar condo to search out her Borg implant is gone.
This new trailer fleshes out these preliminary transient glimpses to provide us a greater sense of what is going on on. Q’s time-tampering mischief has created an alternate actuality the place Earth within the twenty fourth century is actually a totalitarian state. Picard and the crew of La Sirena return in time to the twenty first century to set issues proper once more. Yep, that is the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching) making an ominous look. We are able to additionally count on a little bit of humor to loosen up the drama and excessive cosmic stakes—take a look at Seven of 9 (Jeri Ryan) driving a stolen police automobile as if she had been recreating the well-known French Connection car chase scene. It feels a bit like a cross between Star Trek: The Voyage Residence and Again to the Future II.
The second season of Picard is slated to debut on Paramount+ in February 2022. Stewart introduced throughout his panel look that the present has already been renewed for a 3rd season.
Star Trek: Prodigy trailer
We’re large followers of the animated collection Star Trek: Lower Decks (it was one of our favorite TV reveals of 2020), so we had been intrigued by the first teaser for one more new animated collection, Star Trek: Prodigy, which debuted in the course of the Star Trek Universe panel at Comedian-Con@Residence 2021 in July. Prodigy will probably be a really totally different beast from Decrease Decks, as it’s geared toward a youthful viewers. It is set in 2383 and takes place after the occasions of Star Trek: Voyager.
The present is totally different from Decrease Decks in each tone and visible model, as the primary teaser confirmed. Particularly, the animation will probably be computer-generated and have a extra cinematic model. Producer Alex Kurtzman likened the look to Netflix’s Emmy-nominated animated sci-fi anthology collection Love, Death and Robots, in addition to Ninjago and Trollhunters, the latter two each written by Prodigy creators Kevin and Dan Hageman. (Rod Roddenberry can also be a member of the writing staff.)
The plot entails a “motley crew of younger aliens within the Delta Quadrant” who come across the USS Protostar, an deserted Starfleet ship, and determine it is the proper vessel to get them to the Alpha Quadrant. Kate Mulgrew will return to voice Captain Kathryn Janeway—or fairly, she’s going to seem because the ship’s Emergency Coaching Hologram, who should educate the crew how one can navigate the ship via the vastness of area. From the beginning, Kurtzman vowed to solely carry again “legacy characters” for very particular causes; apparently, Mulgrew’s Janeway met his standards. So did Billy Campbell, who will probably be reprising his position as rogue freighter captain Thadium Okona from Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology.
Rounding out the solid are Brett Grey as Dal, described as a “teen maverick with lots of hope”; Angus Imrie as Zero, a non-corporeal, energy-based lifeform known as a Medusan; Ella Purnell as Gwyn, a Vaunt N’Akat who grew up on a mining planet; Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog, a Tellarite who likes to play satan’s advocate; Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, an animal-loving eight-year-old; Dee Bradley Baker as an indestructible blob named Murf who enjoys chomping on ship components; John Noble as Gwyn’s tyrannical father, the Diviner; and Jimmi Simpson as Drednok, a robotic enforcer who works for the Diviner.
The primary season of Star Trek: Prodigy premieres on October 28, 2021, on Paramount+, and as soon as all ten episodes have aired, they may then air on Nickelodeon. A second season was produced concurrently with season 1 and is predicted to debut in any case ten S1 episodes have aired on Nickelodeon.
Star Trek: Decrease Decks mid-season trailer
Talking of Decrease Decks, we additionally received a mid-season trailer for that present’s second season. Ars Senior Expertise Reporter Andrew Cunningham reviewed the first half of S2 final month, saying that the collection “continues to be giving me just about precisely what I need from Star Trek: episodic enjoyable the place the very cloth of the world/the Federation/the universe/actuality as we all know it’s nearly by no means in mortal peril.” He added, “Decrease Decks by no means asks me to really feel emotions I do not really feel about one-note, tropey characters I simply met, and it is refreshingly mild on mysterious individuals with troubled pasts and unknown allegiances.”
Yep, that about sums up what we love greatest concerning the collection. And it appears to be like like we’ll be getting extra of the identical within the second half of the season, together with the looks of a Borg dice, full with a Borg uttering the well-known line “You may be assimilated.” The second season of Star Trek: Decrease Decks is at the moment airing on Paramount+.
Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds teaser
One of many highlights of Star Trek: Discovery‘s second season was the looks of basic TOS characters Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Quantity One (Rebecca Romijn), and Spock (Ethan Peck). The actors will reprise their roles within the new spinoff collection Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds, created by Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, and Jenny Lumet. It is a prequel to TOS, as Pike and his crew navigate the USS Enterprise via the galaxy, exploring new worlds alongside the way in which.
Whereas we did not get an official teaser throughout Star Trek Day, the above video introduces all the primary solid members. Along with Mount, Romijn, and Peck, Babs Olusanmokun performs Dr. M’Beng; Christina Chong performs La’An Noonien-Singh; Celia Rose Gooding fills Nichelle Nichol’s footwear as Cadet Nyota Uhura; Jess Bush performs Nurse Christine Chapel; Melissa Navai performs Lieutenant Erica Ortegas; and Bruce Orak performs an Aenar named Hemmer.
Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds debuts on Paramount+ in 2022.
As for Discovery, we did not get any new teasers for the upcoming fourth season—aside from a short clip launched by a digital Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced—however we did get a premiere date announcement: November 18, 2021. Within the S3 season finale, planets had been starting to rejoin the Federation, and Discovery got down to carry dilithium from the nebula to planets which have been reduce off by the Burn, presumably bringing the warp drive again and enabling journey between distant worlds as soon as once more.
What can we count on from S4? Per the (intentionally obscure) description, the season “finds Captain Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery dealing with a risk in contrast to any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the influence, they have to confront the unknown and work collectively to make sure a hopeful future for all.”
A household affair
Star Trek has all the time had one of the vital passionate and constant science fiction fandoms, and it gives followers a big international neighborhood with which to share their love (and the occasional grievance) and nerd-gas over tiny details. What’s much less talked about is the tight-knit neighborhood that has grown up across the solid members of the varied movies and TV collection over the many years. That sense of neighborhood was readily obvious in the course of the crimson carpet appearances earlier than the official occasion, which featured writers and solid members of TOS, The Subsequent Technology, Voyager, Deep House 9, Enterprise, Picard, Discovery, Decrease Decks, Unusual New Worlds, and Prodigy all laughing and mingling like they had been at one large multi-generational class reunion.
Wheaton posed along with his former TV mother Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher on TNG) and greeted LeVar Burton (TNG‘s Geordi La Forge) with a heat bear hug. Discovery‘s Wilson Cruz (aka Dr. Hugh Culber) graciously shepherded his barely nervous younger co-stars Blu del Barrio (Adira) and Ian Alexander (Grey) via their first crimson carpet expertise, sometimes reminding the assembled media of their most well-liked “they/them” pronouns. And when Prodigy‘s Hageman brothers posed with solid members Baker and Grey, they had been greeted by Enterprise‘s Anthony Montgomery with a heat, enthusiastic “welcome to the household!”
Could there be many extra new relations to come back.
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