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Star Trek NEWS is Everywhere


Edith Keeler once said that we had to survive "because the days and the years ahead are worth living for." When she said that in "City on the Edge of Forever'' she wasn't speaking to the fans of a little sci-fi tv series, but her message was still apt, even if it felt off to someone who only wanted more Star Trek during the early years of syndication. 

Seriously. I know I can sound a bit like some sort of evangelist for Star Trek sometimes, but what she said back then feels like it resonates now. Nearly every day brings some news about Star Trek.

Last week brought reports from all over the franchise - the most exciting of which was the announcement of five new cast members joining the ongoing production of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. 

Babs Olusanmokun (“Black Mirror,” “Dune”), Christina Chong (“Tom and Jerry,” “Black Mirror''), Celia Rose Gooding (“Jagged Little Pill”), Jess Bush (“Skinford,” “Les Norton”) and Melissa Navia (“Dietland,” “Billions”) will join as series regulars.

There have been some rumors circulating through subspace for a week now about who these new cast members may be playing, but to date there has been no actual statement from Paramount+ regarding what the additional character identities are. We'll all just have to wait and see...for now.

Another other piece of news that I'm uber-excited for is that "The Toys That Made Us'' creator/director Brian Volk-Weiss, and his The Nacelle Company is producing an eight episode documentary series for The History Channel called "The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek." 

Featuring every aspect and era of the franchise from the development of TOS to Paramount+. No stranger to the franchise, Brian's taken on Star Trek for that channel before with his 2016 anniversary documentary "50 Years of Star Trek," and a Star Trek episode of his fun show "The Toys That Made Us." I can't wait to watch this new series, and expect it to be just as fun as Brian's other Star Trek projects.  

BTW - Brian (if you're reading) please take a moment to read this piece on the phenomenon of "Kirk Drift" before doing a final edit on the TOS episode.

It's important & worthwhile reading for any Trek fan, especially someone taking on a documentary that encompasses the whole franchise.

From the other side of the franchise we hear that Star Trek: Short Treks and Star Trek: Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez has been tapped to write the fourth film in Paramount Pictures & Bad Robot's Kelvin Timeline series. A writer with an already impressive resume, Kalinda wrote one of the most entertaining "Short Treks" so far, "Ask Not" which featured Captain Pike, and Cadet Thira Sidhu.

In addition to her writing credits for the Star Trek franchise and other projects, Kalinda is also fascinating having grown up a Trekkie, in a household of Star Trek fans who even named her after The Original Series character "Kalinda" (a scout dispatched by The Kelvan Empire of the Andromeda Galaxy) in the episode "By Any Other Name." She knows Star Trek backward and forward, and we can't wait to see what she brings to us with her first Trek movie.

At the top of this piece I mentioned that it seems as though we get Star Trek news almost everyday now. It's true, and all of this is on top of the regular product and novel announcements, virtual convention schedule, and more that we seem to receive everyday now!



John Cooley

John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.

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