Sunday, September 25, 2022

'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' in streaming science fiction at the 2022 Saturn Awards

Yesterday, I told my readers "Stay tuned for the streaming science fiction nominees. Star Trek vs. Star Wars!" The Star Wars franchise leads as Deadline Hollywood reported "Lucasfilm and Disney’s Star Wars franchise also scored big with 10 nominations overall, behind series’ like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Star Wars: The Bad Batch." Star Trek trails with six total nominations for "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," "Star Trek: Discovery," and "Star Trek: Lower Decks."

Now for the two franchises' nominations in nine categories.

Science Fiction Series (Streaming)

The Expanse (Amazon)
For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
Lost in Space (Netflix)
The Mandalorian (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
The Orville: New Horizons (Hulu)
Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+)
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" has four nominations, the most of any streaming science fiction series, followed by "For All Mankind," "Lost in Space" and "The Mandalorian" with two each, and one each for "The Expanse," "The Orville: New Horizons," and "Star Trek: Discovery." I consider "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" the favorite based on total nominations, but it has a very tough field to beat. "Star Trek: Discovery" won Best Science Fiction Television Series and "The Mandalorian" won Best Television Presentation (under 10 Episodes) at last year's Saturn Awards while "The Expanse" won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Also, both "For All Mankind," which I think is finally correctly classified as science fiction, and "Lost in Space" have more nominations than any of the three previous award winners. I suspect the Saturn Award voters will choose "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," but I'm voting for "The Mandalorian."

That written, I think one of the reasons a lot of other Saturn Awards voters will pick "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" is its balance of innovation and nostalgia, something I've seen a lot of in drum corps. Gold Derby captured that in its interviews of the show's creators and cast, beginning with Christina Chong ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds'): 'How amazing... to inspire younger generations'.

Christina Chong ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds'): 'How amazing it is... to inspire younger generations.' As a prequel to "Star Trek," the series follows Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn). Gold Derby editor Rob Licuria hosts this webchat.
Chong and Licuria focused on innovating within a tradition. So did Nami Melumad ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' composer): 'Feels like going home for me as a Trekkie'.

Nami Melumad ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' composer): 'It feels like going home for me as a Trekkie because I love the original series.' As a prequel to the legendary 1960s series, it follows Captain Christopher Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One. Gold Derby editor Rob Licuria hosts this webchat.
I may not be voting for "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," but I would not be upset if it won.

Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in Part 3 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — streaming video with updates from 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards and 'Severance' vs. 'Stranger Things' at the 2022 Saturn Awards.

Limited Event Series (Streaming)

The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
Hawkeye (Disney+ / Marvel)
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Ms. Marvel (Disney+ / Marvel)
Moon Knight (Disney+ / Marvel)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
Now for the limited series nominees, which "WandaVision" could have qualified for as well. While this installment focuses on superheroes, they're not the subject of the most nominated show, "Obi-Wan Kenobi," which has five nominations to three each for "Hawkeye" and "Moon Knight" and two each for "Midnight Mass," "Ms. Marvel" and "The Book of Boba Fett." I'm voting for "Obi-Wan Kenobi" and I think the rest of the Saturn Awards electorate will as well.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi" is the most nominated Star Wars property at these awards. "The Book of Boba Fett" and "The Mandalorian" both have two, and "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" has one in the next category.

Animated Series

Arcane (Netflix)
Blade Runner: Black Lotus (Crunchyroll / Adult Swim)
The Boys Presents: Diabolical (Amazon)
Invincible (Amazon)
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
What If? (Disney+ / Marvel)
Three of these nominees are about superheroes, "The Boys Presents: Diabolical," "Invincible," and "What If...?" While "The Boys Presents: Diabolical" is the fifth nomination for the franchise and serves as a tiebreaker with "Leverage: Redemption," it almost certainly won't win. Instead, I think the Saturn Award will go to one of "Arcane" (the professionals' choice), "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" (continuing the tradition of Star Wars animation winning at the Saturn Awards), or "What If...?" with "Star Trek: Lower Decks" as a potential spoiler. I'm planning on voting for "Arcane."
No "Rick and Morty," but who needs it when "Star Trek: Lower Decks" has a nomination.

Now for the acting categories.

Actor in a Streaming Series

• Tom Hiddleston, Loki (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Oscar Isaac, Moon Knight (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Anthony Mackie, Falcon & The Winter Soldier (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Ewan McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
• Anson Mount, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
• Adam Scott, Severance (Apple TV+)
• Antony Starr, The Boys (Amazon)
Four of the nominees are from streaming superhero shows, Tom Hiddleston, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Mackie, and Antony Starr. Isaac's acting impressed me and I might just vote for him, but I'm not sure he'll win. Adam Scott did something similar in "Severance" and he's nominated for an Emmy. Antony Starr won two Critics Choice Super Awards for this role. Neither professional opinion is likely to sway the Saturn Awards voters, who I think are just as likely to go for Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi or Anson Mount as Captain Pike. Between the two of them, I'd vote for McGregor.
Still am.

Actress in a Streaming Series

• Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (Netflix)
• Britt Lower, Severance (Apple TV+)
• Erin Moriarty, The Boys (Amazon)
• Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Beth Riesgraf, Leverage: Redemption (FreeVee)
• Kate Siegel, Midnight Mass (Netflix)
• Ming-Na Wen, The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
Erin Moriarty and Elizabeth Olsen are the superhero nominees in this field. I'm voting for Elizabeth Olsen, who was nominated for an Emmy. So is Britt Lower, but I liked Olsen more. She might even win.
Ming-Na Wen is the one actress from either franchise in this field. I'm surprised neither Sonequa Martin-Green nor Rebecca Romijn made the cut.

Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series

• Zach Cherry, Severance (Apple TV+)
• Ethan Hawke, Moon Knight (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Joel Kinnaman, For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
• Elliot Page, Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
• Ethan Peck, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
• Joseph Quinn, Stranger Things (Netflix)
• John Turturro, Severance (Apple TV+)
The superhero nominees are Ethan Hawke from "Moon Knight" and Elliot Page from "Umbrella Academy." I found Hawke more compelling as the villain in "Moon Knight," but I don't know if I'll vote for him. Joseph Quinn was even more of a scene-stealer in "Stranger Things" and Ethan Peck has won before as Spock.
I've decided to vote for Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in "Stranger Things."

Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series

• Patricia Arquette, Severance (Apple TV+)
• Danielle Brooks, Peacemaker (HBOMax)
• Jess Bush, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
• Nell Tiger, Free Servant (Apple TV+)
• Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Moses Ingram, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
• Aleyse Shannon, Leverage: Redemption (FreeVee)
This is a really great field. Kathryn Hahn earned an Emmy nomination as Agatha Harkness in "WandaVision" and I'm probably going to vote for her...She lost the Emmy, but she might still win the Saturn, just as she won Best Villain in a Series at the Critics Choice Super Awards.
I think Moses Ingram turned in a better performance in "Obi-Wan Kenobi" than Jess Bush in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," but they have the bad luck to be competing against Patricia Arquette and Kathryn Hahn, who I'm planning on voting for in the role of a lifetime.

Performance by a Younger Actor (Streaming)

• Vivien Lyra Blair, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
• Maxwell Jenkins, Lost in Space (Netflix)
• Gaten Matarazzo, Stranger Things (Netflix)
• Sadie Sink, Stranger Things (Netflix)
• Hailee Steinfeld, Hawkeye (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Iman Vellani, Ms. Marvel (Disney+ / Marvel)
Between Hailee Steinfeld and Iman Vellani, I'd pick Steinfeld. But I don't have to. Instead, I'm planning on voting for Sadie Sink.
Vivien Lyra Blair grew on me as the series progressed, but I think Maxwell Jenkins gave a consistently better performance over his three seasons on the show. Too bad for him that Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson is my favorite of the three siblings in "Lost in Space." After all, her character came up with the name of the show in universe.

Guest Performance in a Streaming Series

• Jensen Ackles, The Boys (Amazon)
• Levar Burton, Leverage: Redemption (FreeVee)
• Hayden Christensen, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
• Rosario Dawson, The Mandalorian (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
• Robert Englund, Stranger Things (Netflix)
• Tony Dalton, Hawkeye (Disney+ / Marvel)
• Jonathan Majors, Loki (Disney+ / Marvel)
The superhero choices are Jensen Ackles and Jonathan Majors. I think the Emmys snubbed Majors, so I might vote for him. I also might vote for Rosario Dawson. I haven't decided yet.
I've decided to vote for Rosario Dawson.

I plan on writing one more installment on the home entertainment nominees before I vote. Stay tuned.

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