Sunday, May 22, 2016

'Star Trek' trailers and news for a Sunday

I may geek out more about "Star Wars" on this blog than "Star Trek," but the universe of the United Federation of Planets and Star Fleet was my first science fiction media fandom.  As such, last week was a good week for me and others who share this particular enthusiasm.  First, Wednesday saw Star Trek Television Logo and First Look Teaser Revealed by CBS.

At the CBS Upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall in New York on May 18, CBS unveiled the logo for the new STAR TREK television series within the first-ever promotional video for the highly-anticipated program.
It's been more than a decade since "Star Trek: Enterprise" went off the air, resulting in no more new "Star Trek" on television.  The movies have had to fill the gap.  In fact, for once, the movies are leading the TV series.

Speaking of the movies, Paramount released Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2 on Friday.

To survive, they must go beyond. Watch the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond now!
Looks even more action-packed than the first two, which is saying something.  Then again, the director is the same one as for "Furious 7"; he knows how to film action.

The unveiling of the trailer saw more good news, as J.J. Abrams revealed Paramount is dropping their lawsuit against a Star Trek fan film, allowing it to live.

Aside from debuting the second trailer to the Justin Lin Directed Star Trek Beyond, JJ Abrams revealed to the Paramount's Star Trek event audience that CBS and Paramount Pictures would be dropping the lawsuit against Alec Peter, who was behind the upcoming fan film Star Trek Axanar. Abrams also let the crowd know that it was actually Beyond's Justin Lin who convinced Paramount and CBS to drop the suit. Usually fan-made projects are not a problem, but the assumption that most have come to is that because of the immense amount of crowdfunding that was done (over 600,000), the companies got uncomfortable with the project's large size.
Good news worthy of the series' fiftieth anniversary!


  1. I was very happy to read that the lawsuit was dropped. Even with the money that the fan production had raised ( 2 million I think ) that's nothing compared to the monster budgets of today's Hollywood blockbusters. It's not even a drop in the bucket. To be honest with you, I think that the fan production of Star Trek Continues is the first show that got me excited about Star Trek in many, many years. Neither JJ Abrams or CBS are doing it for me.

    1. That news pleased me, too. The best part of the suit was an amicus brief arguing for the public domain status of Klingon. It was blogged about at It was hilarious and even used the language.