New Independent Star Trek Film: Axanar

The long wait for a decent Star Trek spin-off is almost over. Not wishing to knock JJ Abrams’ attempts, but I’m referring to Star Trek story lines that follow the original timelines, ie. those that leave the Vulcan culture & planet thriving!

There have been a lot of fan based films but as a general rule, even though the storyline may be good, the acting is not so great and the special effects are even more limited (the latter not being the most important though, in my opinion) due to the understandable limited budgets.

However, a new star has emerged after nearly two decades that the official Star Trek franchise left our screens and it has arrived in the form of Star Trek: Axanar. The official site for those of you who wish to get their information direct from the horses mouth is: http://startrekaxanar.com/ (really? you don’t believe me? Shame on you!)

I’ve recently been in touch with one of the geniuses behind the project, called Terry, and he informs me (as can be backed up on their site, yes go ahead & visit it!) that part of it’s success is because it features professional actors such as the legendary JG Hertzler (although this time not in his famous Klingon attire), and Gary Graham (know in the Star Trek world for his portrayal of Vulcan Ambassador Soval and for me personally, his role of Matt Sykes in the 80s series “Alien Nation”).

Add to the above the fact that there are amazing special effects involved, filmed in a professional studio, based on an original Star Trek storyline event, and the creators are 100% Star Trek fans, then this film is more like an official Blockbuster Movie than a fan made project.

Last Saturday even saw the World Premiere of the prequel “Prelude to Axanar” at the Comicon event in San Diego, something which Terry neglected to invite me to so hopefully the rest of us mere mortals will be able to get our hands on copies soon enough. In the meantime, enjoy the short official preview and as always, please let me know your thoughts.

Doctor Who Number 12 Revealed

Many people, especially newcomers to the BBC Doctor Who saga, just think that the series began in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston staring as The Doctor. However, Doctor Who goes way back to 1963 and is a sci-fi series about a Timelord who, instead of dying, regenerates a new body; cue new actor.

Doctor Who 12 - Peter Capaldi

There is a 50th Anniversary Special planned for the end of the year but this evening it was officially revealed by the BBC that the twelfth Doctor will be portrayed by the actor Peter Capaldi. According to the official Website, and I quote, “Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says : “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!””

Still Wondering Who Is Doctor Who?

Then look no further than the Official BBC Doctor Who Site to fill you in on the past 50 years and an eternity of cult history. Enjoy!

Yolanda’s Star Trek Uniform

When Star Trek Becomes Reality!

Imagine my surprise today at work when my work colleague Yolanda is there sat at her desk, mobile in hand, dressed in what I can only describe as a Star Trek: Next Generation officer’s uniform. Both Yolanda & Kelly have very modern dress sense but today, Yolanda shot to number one in my opinion. Sporting a gold and black two-tone dress, it resembles the command colours from the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.

After taking a photo (what Star Trek fan wouldn’t?) just so I could show my friends, I decided to put my limited Photoshop skills to use and show a ‘before & after’ picture. I’m quite pleased with the result but decide for yourselves.

Yolanda - Star TrekThanks again to Yolanda for her unending patience with me and my photography & Star Trek obsessions! As always, comments are welcome. The original photo is shown below so that you can compare the two. Just click on it to see full size.

Yolanda in Star Trek Dress

Spock and Spock – The Ultimate Challenge

spocks and audi

Two Spocks, an Audi and a Mercedes. You may think that there’s a type-o there but then you’d be wrong. The latest video from Audi for their S7 features not one but two Mr. Spocks from the famous Star Trek franchise. The following video in lovely High Definition presents us with Leonard Nimoy’s Spock (from the Original Series) and Zachary Quinto’s Spock from the new JJ Abrams films. Both actors (or Spocks, for those of you who often confuse fiction with reality) agree to a challenge in which the loser will buy the winner their lunch.

Which Spock Is Better?

That is likely to be an eternal debate, almost as heated as ‘Which is better: Star Wars or Star Trek?’! However, the video presents both actors interpreting the same role and in a light-hearted setting, thus providing not only a touch of humour but should keep fans happy, both of  the Original Show and the New Films. Enjoy and don’t forget to comment. Thanks.