Allow me to share his announcement via his own recording...
I admit that I see this as another sign of something akin to a Canadian Apocalypse. Some of you who've been watching this weblog for a while will be making informed deductions and/or guesses as to what some of the other signs are.
I'm not happy. But it's Rick's choice to make. Not mine. Not CBC's.
Okay, on to DSC.
What we ended up getting on Sunday night, after delays thanks to CBS' contractual obligations to the NFL impacting on BellMedia's obligations to CBS, was the first two episodes of DSC. Aired back to back, with "The Vulcan Hello" followed immediately by "Battle at the Binary Stars". Together they form what you might call either a prologue or a full Act One of the first season's larger story.
Without giving away too much, it's a good setup for whatever else we're about to get this year.
I'm still getting over my bout of design history dissonance considering this is supposed to be happening about a year after the events of "The Cage" and ten years before "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The uniforms, the user interface designs, the starship architecture...all seem a bit out of place with those two episodes of the original series. We're being promised explanations and evolution over time, to be sure. How fast the production team delivers is up to them. Our reactions to that speed - or the lack of it - are up to us.
Just about everything else: the scripts, the performances of the live actors, the visual effects work...all meet my hopes.
That visual dissonance remains. For now, anyway.
One bit of advice to CBS and its production partners: please show the episode titles in the episode itself.
The Invictus Games are underway in Toronto, as are the German elections, the continuing weather/climate turmoil in the Caribbean Islands, the post-quake trauma in several regions of Mexico...and on it goes. This world continues to be a busy place, defying anyone's ability to fully understand it at any one moment. I can still live with that.
The Big Event for me as a science fiction fan tonight is Star Trek: Discovery's opening episode, "The Vulcan Hello". I can't say that I'm pleased with the idea of the series being available by subscription-streaming over the Net everywhere else on the planet, but at least Canada's managed to avoid that for now via Space Channel.
Also, I'm still getting used to this being the first Trek branch-series filmed on soundstages outside the USA. In Toronto, of all places. Just over four hours away from me by passenger train. This wasn't a thing I'd ever really expected to happen. Sure, I'd imagined branch series created for every language in which Trek is watched these days in the places where those languages were most presently in use. Which was probably less than practical, even nowadays.
Not sure yet about the design aesthetics of the series, but we'll see how it goes. Looking forward to those maps they've been talking about in Lorca's ready room...
Noting the first four episode titles per trekmovie.com:
- The Vulcan Hello
- Battle at the Binary Stars
- Context is for Kings
- The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry
Some attention-getters as episode titles go, yes?
Also noting that Star Trek: Discovery is being carried outside of the US and Canada by Netflix.
One of the supporting cast ships in the new series is USS Shenzhou NCC-1227.
Wondering if the dedication plaque will credit the Dalian Yards in mainland China for that starship. Dalian is where mainland China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaonang, was refitted to their navy's requirements.
Can we get a deal between Hayden Taylor and Pocket Books re: Trek novels?
From Q's YouTube page: Growing up, Drew Hayden Taylor immersed himself in science fiction books yet he often felt left out. Unable to see his own Ojibway experiences reflected in these works of literature, Taylor has since written a number of books through the perspective and lens of Indigenous people. He joins guest host Candy Palmater to discuss his collection of indigenous sci-fi stories in his new book "Take Us to Your Chief".
Rewatched Star Trek XIII (AKA "Beyond") today in 2D format while the lightning played outside. Compliments again to designer Sean Hargreaves for their part in that movie.
If there's one question I'd put to Messrs. Pegg and Jung in their role as writers, it's this: if you were using ST: Star Charts as your reference maps, where would you want the Yorktown Base/Altamid neighbourhood to fit into those maps?
Job search note: despite currently being employed, I am still actively looking. Alerts subscribed to via the federal job bank, indeed.ca, Workopolis, glassdoor.com and a few other outfits.
Inspired by the Axanar arguments.
"Star Trek fans have always had a developed sense of ownership in the series and its elements. It is a core aspect of Star Trek, and one that Roddenberry himself constantly nurtured."
I fear this will not end well for anyone involved, if it continues in any of several ways threatened.
Also I consider this: it is now demonstrated as a matter of historical fact that CBS/Paramount cannot hope to meet the demand for product by its own devices. And that range of devices is considerable. That they wish to do so, that they wish to be able to do so, is also beyond dispute. But it's not practically possible.
The former gets the "high spectacle" vote from me, but the latter? I don't know yet. The characters I know from the last two installments of that version seem pretty much in character, of course, but I didn't see enough to really get a feel for wherever it's going.
Back to the former for a moment: I had a look at the tie-in website, warof1996.com as well. Seems to cover most of the questions people were likely to ask about "where has that version of the world gone since those three days", to be sure. One minor disappointment: lack of deep background on each of the cities attacked as identified. We got a number: 108. We got the locations, and someone's certainly going to write up a complete listing of them so that people won't have to mess around with the website interface. And while I understand that to dig into that level of detail would likely take a couple of hardcover novels or a few seasons' worth of TV...ah well.
Chalk all of that up as being in the "nice to have" column, I suppose.