Tuesday, 3 April 2012


TV's greatest space heroes are back: Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) in STAR TREK. Images: CBS PARAMOUNT.

Now has never been a better time to be a fan of Gene Roddenberry's seminal, world-busting sci-fi legend, STAR TREK, especially those die-hards devoted to the Original Series, with the news that the UK's CBS ACTION channel will re-commence their repeat runs of the William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy starring era, and in their recent episodic CGI upgradings, from Wednesday April 11th.

Check out the nice CBS ACTION trailer here: CBS Action - Sky 148 Freesat 137 Virgin 192

One of the great things about that supreme sixties era of the show were the many great sci-fi writers/novelists who contributed scripts and ideas. Norman Spinrad was one of those talented people, having crafted a second season story that many fans must surely have in their all-time top ten episodes-The Doomsday Machine, where the brave Enterprise crew take on a deranged Star Fleet Commodore and a seemingly impregnable robot weapon that destroys planets. What you might not know, though, is that Spinrad contributed one other story for that year which was ultimately and controversially scrapped from filming and its script presumed lost forever. Lost no more, though, as He Walked Among Us has now been found and will soon be made commercially available by CBS PARAMOUNT, working with the writer. More news on this as and when, but, in the meantime, check here for a feature on He Walked Among UsLost 'Star Trek' Script From Norman Spinrad Found | Airlock Alpha

Meanwhile, back to the Classic Series phenomenon itself and its links from the sixties to present day, Roddenberry's talented and humanist legend continues through his son Rod, who presents a new documentary perspective on just what STAR TREK and its legacy/influences ultimately means to him, his family, the Hollywood industry and the worldwide fans. Check out TREKNATION here: Trek Nation

The legendary U.S.S. Enterprise continues its bold five-year mission.

Filming has almost wrapped on that other interpretation of the Original Series: J.J. Abrams second re-imagined STAR TREK feature film featuring new actors in the roles of the immortal characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, etc. The first entry in the new series previously made more box office money for PARAMOUNT than ever before in TREK movie history, and, with its bigger budget, bigger action, bigger effects and hopefully bigger storyline and characterisations, the so far tentatively named STAR TREK II should continue to live up to the iconic first casts beloved and immortal flame.

UPDATE: 5/4: Writer/Producer talks about the status of the current film here: Alex Kurtzman on the Star Trek sequel, and Benedict Cumberbatch - Den of Geek

UPDATE: 29/4 Spock actors Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto talk about life and career playing Spock and the STAR TREK legend: 7 Things: Spock on Spock -- video.NEWSWEEK.com - YouTube

Finally, in this already busy year for London with the Olympics, there's a big top-secret event coming in October devoted to all things TREK. Details are vague (link: Star Trek London | Register your interest) but more news as and when...

UPDATE: 5/4: The event is a massive three-day convention of guests/talks, signings and exhibitions at London's ExCel centre. It sounds terrific. Sign on to the above site for more info...

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