PLANET OF THE APES (Boom! Studios) and STAR TREK (IDW) have announced a crossover. Is Star Trek really Star Trek anymore?
Okay, I have to admit that this really appealed to my inner geek. I have been a long-term fan of the Roddenberry Star Trek. Sadly, I really don’t enjoy the post-Roddenberry Trek as much. I was fortunate enough to meet Majel Roddenberry and she gave me an autograph. We spoke for some time though she was quite busy. I will never forget her kindness. At any rate, Star Trek has not been the same after Gene and Majel passed away.
As many of you know, my geekiness takes on a sorts of strange, unusual, and mysterious topics. Having said that, one of my earliest geeky addictions was Star Trek. Sadly, I am not as enamored by the latest incarnations of Star Trek but I love the nostalgia of the early Trek and the crafts created by fans. Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting reminds us of what makes makes a fan of a show truly special.
Live Long and Cross-Stitch!
Ever wondered what Spock would look like on a baby’s onesie? Well, now you can see, in this fun collection of thirty cross-stitch projects made with love by Star Trek fans. If you’re looking for ideas for putting your favorite character on a tote bag or pillow—or perhaps hanging a lovely framed “Qo’noS Sweet Qo’noS” in the entryway to let everyone know that a Klingon-speaker lives here—then look no farther. Whether you’re a lifelong Trekkie or just a Starfleet cadet, you can show your Star Trek pride by decorating your home, your clothes, and your children with cross-stitched Star Trek quotes and iconic images.
George Takei for President!
- Leonard Nimoy as Dr. William Bell on Fringe.
Just when he thinks he’s out, they beam him back in.
How else to describe Leonard Nimoy’s enduring, at times conflicted relationship with Star Trek, the franchise that’s defined his career for more than four decades — regardless of how many times he swore it off or believed it was finished?
“Countless times, I thought it was done,” he admits on the phone from Los Angeles.
But this time, says the 79-year-old actor-director-photographer, there are no more possibilities. Spock, his pointy-eared alter-ego, will live long and prosper. But it will be without Nimoy.
“I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto,” he says, referring to the actor who portrayed a youthful Spock in last summer’s smash Star Trek relaunch. “He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue.”
In other words, don’t expect to see Nimoy in the next Trek sequel, scheduled for 2012. And don’t expect to see him anywhere else, either. Having just shot what will be his final appearance as enigmatic genius Dr. William Bell in TV’s Fringe, he says he’s retiring from acting altogether.
“I’ve been doing this professionally for 60 years,” he says with a laugh. “I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.”
After all, his involvement with Fringe was never intended to be permanent. Rather, he’d only agreed to appear in a few episodes as a favour to J.J. Abrams, who produces Fringe and, of course, directed Star Trek.
“I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable,” Nimoy says. “But since J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I owed him something. And I’m glad I did it because he promised me a good story, and it was.”
Also in question? How many more science-fiction conventions he has in his future. He’ll be at this weekend’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo which “could be the last go-round for that too,” he says, noting he only has a few more public appearances planned.
Not that he doesn’t enjoy them. He describes each one as “a love fest. I’m so grateful to the fans. I call these kind of experiences a victory lap … It’s like having a family meeting — a family reunion.”
That goodwill mirrors how his own emotions about Trek have mellowed. Famously, his 1975 autobiography was entitled I Am Not Spock. By 1995, when he published his second autobiography, the title had been modified to I Am Spock.
He explains he made peace with the iconic series during the 1980s and particularly with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which he directed. “I felt like Star Trek IV was my personal statement on Star Trek.”
Now, typecasting be damned, he feels no regrets about donning the ears that made him famous. “Since Star Trek began in 1966, I’ve never had to worry about where the next job was.”
Rather, with his acting and filmmaking career behind him, he wants to concentrate on photography, citing an exhibition he has coming up in Massachusetts. He acknowledges he was met with skepticism initially about this latest creative venture, “but I’ve built credibility now in the art world.”
And among the general population, too. He recalls an incident in which he and Tom Hanks were approached by a young man who wanted his picture taken with Hanks. When Hanks asked who would take the photo, the man turned to the now former Mr. Spock.
“He said, ‘Mr. Nimoy, you’re a wonderful photographer. Would you take our picture?’ ”
‘Spock’ headed to Vulcan, Alt.
If Leonard Nimoy is going to be in Calgary, it only seems logical that he pays a visit to Vulcan too.
“I couldn’t resist,” he says with a very un-Spock-like laugh. “I thought, ‘Since I’m coming to Calgary, why not Vulcan?’ ”
Thus the Southern Alberta community of about 1,900 will get its long-awaited chance to host Nimoy on Friday, ahead of his scheduled appearance at this weekend’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.
Nimoy’s fondness for the town is well-documented. Vulcan generated worldwide headlines last spring when Nimoy backed its bid to host the premiere of 2009’s Star Trek film. Ultimately, Paramount bused about 300 residents of Vulcan — which has long capitalized on the fact it shares the name of Spock’s home planet — to Calgary for a private screening.
Not surprisingly, news of Nimoy’s visit has again put Vulcan in the spotlight.
In addition to touring the town’s Trek museum, Nimoy will have his iconic Vulcan salute canonized in a handprint ceremony. He’ll also be there for the unveiling of a bronze Spock bust.
What message does he plan to convey to the townsfolk?
“How wonderful it is to be home in Vulcan.”
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies publisher Quirk Books has acquired a new zombie property, Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson. The novel follows an undead horde unleashed at a Star Trek convention. Set phasers to BRAAAAINS…
In this "Galaxy Quest meets Dawn of the Dead" hybrid, a group of unlucky Trek fans must defend themselves against legions of the living dead. According to Quirk Books’ associate publisher Jason Rekulak:
I’ve always felt that a giant convention of fanboys (like the San Diego Comic Con) would be a delightful setting for some kind of genre fiction: mystery, romance, horror, something. Then the manuscript for NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES landed on my desk, and I knew I had my book.
Epic menorah is epic.
Joyce and Kaufman sent in this truly fantastic Star Trek Pez LED menorah that they made. Joyce made it last year to hold candles, and this year Kaufman brought it right into the
24th21st century by mind-meldingmodding it with one of our Deluxe LED Menorah kits.
Let’s give them both double credit for a fantastic job. Overengineering at its finest, this is.
Video game publisher Atari, together with developer Cryptic Studios, have invited gamers to sign up at StarTrekOnline.com in order to secure themselves a special serial key allowing them free access to the massively multiplayer online game for up to two weeks before the game’s release on February 2 in North America and February 5 in Europe.
A closed beta had been offered to players who had made the most of six-month or lifetime subscriptions offered for one of Cryptic’s previous hit games, Champions Online.
Now there is an open beta available on a first-come first-served basis for anyone that heads to the Star Trek Online website and submits a request.
The open beta will run from January 12 to January 26, 2010, by which point the game should be almost complete. The beta will allow Cryptic to iron out any last-minute issues, such as those brought about by an increased number of players exploring the game universe at the same time.
Due to Cryptic Studios’ good pedigree with previous superhero-themed online multiplayer games City of Heroes, City of Villains, and Champions Online, Star Trek Online is expected to fare well on review and amongst paying customers.
Star Trek Online is expected to cost $49.99 / €49.99 for the standard boxed version, with special editions available and the normal monthly subscriptions to be around $14.99 / €12.99, in line with Champions’ pricing structure.
Is this fan made or something for Star Trek 2? All I can say is Qapla’!