Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition (2022/4K)
When it comes to feature films, the 1979 "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" keeps getting revisited and re-released. Paramount Plus released the newest update to the first ever Trek film this year, so Drew Stewart (@StarTrekVisComp) joins the trio to share the history of the troubled film and its history (and need) for updating. What's changed along the years? How many editions are there? Is it finally "fixed"? Will previous critics of the film find something new in this release? We try to answer these questions and more - let us know if you spotted all the differences in the 2022 release.
Drew can also be found on @StarWarsVisComp, and you can find his interview with Wired here: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/star-wars-disney-plus
And his own article in Wired here: https://www.wired.com/story/put-original-star-wars-on-disney-plus/
The Many Timelines of Trek. Time travel can be confusing. Okay, very confusing. And it's not just the "mirror" universes, parallel timelines, alternate futures - it's also the "regular" timeline that Star Trek series revisit on occasion which then changes and ... look, we need a corkboard and lots of yarn to keep track of it all. The trio looks at the recent episode of "Star Trek: Picard," its implications, and how other Trek series which seem to tangle up the so-called "Prime" timeline. We are not responsible for any headaches this discussion may cause. (if you haven't made cover art, might I suggest a screenshot from Agent Daniels taking Archer into the "time room" with all the dizzying events surrounding him)
Reconciling the Star Trek Past With Our History
As "Star Trek: Picard" travels to our future of 2024 as their past in season two, it serves as an opportunity to look at what is recorded as history in Trek that doesn't exactly match our experiences in the past 50 years. Of course, as someone once said, "repeat yourself, it's just a show, I should really just relax." That said - the trio attempts to "prove" that all of Star Trek history, from 1980 to 2024, really happened. The Eugenics Wars? Easily explained. The launch of an untold number of space probes? We go into how "dark NASA" works. How does London have a baseball team? We all know the answer. So join us in a fun exercise of forcing the Star Trek timeline to be true ... after all, Trek is just a documentary, right?
"Rios v. Commander Toby: The Stargazer." The new Sagan-class USS Stargazer was introduced in season two of "Star Trek: Picard," and it already has us wanting more. The trio pitch their idea for a "Star Trek: Stargazer" series, with Captain Rios leading his 25th C. crew throughout the Federation worlds on a mission of goodwill and rebuilding. In our idea for the series, we populate the Stargazer with a larger civilian crew, comprised of Federation specialists to help assist neglected Federation members. The events of the late 24th Century, from Romulan relief to the synth ban, have left the UFP in a weaker state. Rios and his crew are charged with the mission to visit familiar (or even just briefly mentioned) Federation worlds from previous series to learn more about their cultures, help them with their needs, and maybe find themselves in conflict with the missions of Starfleet v. the directives of the Federation. Join us in this imagined Star Trek series that sees the civilian branch of the Federation taking the lead over Starfleet, and let us know what Federation worlds you'd like to see the Stargazer crew visit.
Picard Season Two
Star Trek: Picard is back ... with a bang! And a Borg! And a Q! Season two began with a soft reboot, briefly introducing all the season one characters and their current places in the universe - but we still follow Jean-Luc Picard, his struggles on Earth, and a mysterious mission that places him on a U.S.S. Stargazer, for the second time in his life. So much happens, that the trio tries to catch up -- what were your favorite parts? What surprised you? What happened during "lost" year between seasons one and two? And where will we go from here?