Episode Seventeen

Title: The Trek explosion of 2019

Tonight! Kurtzman hints at new Trek,  A cook becomes a stormtrooper and Into the Spiderverse might lead to new patents….on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Let’s change things up and start with Star Trek.

Have you been watching all the Short Treks? What have you thought about them? Me, I’ve thought that most of them felt like half thought through, just story ideas with huge plot holes, but they saved the best for last. The escape artist which starred Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd was more of a fully contained episode with a beginning, middle and an end and brought us the trickster Mudd that was kinda missing from Season one of Discovery. Well whether you did or didn’t like them, apparently, we’re gonna get a lot more short treks.


In an exclusive to the Hollywood Reporter, Trek franchise captain Alex Kurtzman let them in on what is in the pipeline for the franchise.


Not only will there be another season of Discovery, The Picard series and the animated Star Trek Lower Decks series, but two more episodes of Star Trek Short Treks, which will be animated instead of live action and will debut in the spring following season two of Discovery. Quoting Kurtzman “Our goal is to not only expand the definition of Star Trek and what has qualified as traditional Star Trek, but also to tell stories that are both self-contained in a very short period of time that also connect to the larger picture of what we’re doing, not only in Discovery but in the world building of Trek in general,” “And you get to tell these very intimate, emotional stories that are side stories to characters. So you get the benefit of the experience in and of itself but then when you watch Discovery you’ll see that these were all setting up things in the world of season two.” Unquote


Other projects still in the works include a Section 31 spinoff with Michelle Yeoh, a Starfleet Academy series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and more.


When talking about the Lower Decks animated series, he said that while it is a comedy, he implied that  it won’t be a parody of Star Trek but will quote “It’s embracing and loving of all the tropes of Star Trek but it’s never laughing at it.” unquote


Kurtzman also revealed that quote “There’s other animated things that we’re building that are an entirely different perspective and an entirely different tone [from Lower Decks],” Kurtzman said of the kids-focused series — which could land elsewhere beyond CBS All Access. “What’s exciting about it is not only looking at each animated series as what’s the different tone, but what’s the different technology we can apply to these things so that visually they’re entirely different?” unquote. Anyone else get Star Trek Babies popping up in their heads? About why the aim at a younger audience, Kurtzman noted that quote “I go back to my childhood and Luke Skywalker, the [Star Wars] farm boy who looks out at the twin suns of Tatooine and imagines his future. Trek never gave me that. Trek was always fully formed adults, already in Starfleet and people who have decided who they are. And it never was aspirational that way,” “It’s important to me to find a way to go back and reach younger kids in a way that Trek should and never really has.” Hmmm. Okay. I was watching star trek when I was a child, the next generation debuted when I was eleven, I believe? So I don’t think his comments land well with me. Besides, what attracts kids to Star Wars is not Luke Skywalker, it’s laser swords and dogfights in space and merchandising. If Star Trek had those things, I’d been bought by Disney too.


They finished the interview with questions about bringing in James Kirk to the show, since they’re bringing in Spock this season, Kurtzman responded with quote “There’s a 10-year gap between where we are in Discovery and Kirk’s arrival on the Enterprise. There would [have to] be a major time jump if we were going to do something like that. What Kirk was doing at this particular time is another question but we don’t have any immediate plans [for the character],” “I have not spoken to Shatner about it.” Ooookay. Why would he have to talk to Shatner about it? Shatner is not the end all be all of Kirk? Besides, Shatner is the ACTOR he played Kirk, he’s not the shield barrier of Kirk’s life story.


So, what’s the takeaway here? Hope? Fear?. As I read this interview, I felt there were times that Kurtzman gets it and then he goes completely off the wall. I’m also concerned about putting out product for the sake of having product. They should work on putting out GOOD product.


And on the subject of the Picard series, Alex Kurtzman has told The Hollywood Reporter that since we’ve last seen Picard, quote “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire” he told the Hollywood Reporter. If you will recall, the Romulan star empire was destroyed by the destruction of Romulus in events heard of but not seen in the 2009 Star Trek movie. So it might be a good idea to read the Countdown prequel that Kurtzman co-wrote that was the prequel to the movie.




As we approach season two of Discovery, the actors have been busy with the press offensive, Anthony Rapp in a new promo “You know we really, we really became a family in Season One,”. “But we were doing all of our work in a kind of, not a void, exactly, but in our little bubble, before the rest of the world got to really know what we were doing. So, we had already forged that bond, and now that we got to share it, it’s, in a way, it’s kind of made it even stronger. Everything just feels sort of more settled and grounded and…confident, I guess.” Sonequa Martin-Green in a separate promo also spoke of the camaraderie with the cast and crew of Discovery. IN a separate interview with IGN she talked about the Red Angel revelation, quote “The Red Angel appears to Michael Burnham at a very, very critical moment,”. “You can see from the trailer that we just released that it looks like a life or death moment. And I see this angel and I  say that it gives me comfort and lets me know that everything is going to be okay. And then what I find out later is that Spock has also seen this same Red Angel, but when he was a child. And so it’s a huge mystery. And it’s one of the big themes of Season Two, finding out what this angel is, where this angel came from, what it wants, what it needs, what it’s doing. All those questions.” unquote


Next we go from the CBS side of Trek to the Paramount side of Trek, with some troubling news about the fourth installment of the JJVerse. A new report from Deadline says that director SJ Clarkson, who supposedly was helming the movie has left to direct and executive produces the pilot for the Game of Thrones prequel at HBO. According to the site, the new Trek film has been shelved. This might be a good idea, while the remerging of Viacom is in the potential offing, they should just wait, build a good solid project and maybe they’ll have both the CBS and Paramount sides back under one roof again.


You now have a new way to read Star Trek comics. The digital comics subscription service Inky Pen has launched on the Nintendo Switch. The service lets you read IDWs library of comics featuring dozens of back issues from the 11 years that IDW has held the publishing rights for the franchise. Also available on the service are comics from Valiant, Dark Horse, Titan, Papercutz, Humanoids, Dynamite and Archie Comics as well as clasic comic strips including Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts and Garfield. Subscriptions cost 7.99 and it can be downloaded from the Nintendo eshop.


And while we’re speaking of comics….The Enterprise just became a Transformer….yeah. In Star Trek vs Transformers issue 3. Okay, it’s not the actual Enterprise, Kirk was hooked into Fortress Maximus and took the form of the Enterprise. The new Fortress Maximus took the name Fortress Tiberius…to be continued. The series from IDW uses the Star Trek animated series style for the look of the Enterprise crew. I haven’t read it, but this news was hard to miss.

The makers of the Star Trek Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind: Looking back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine have released a look at the HD upgrade of some footage from the show. Ira Steven Behr released an update saying that while the documentary is behind schedule due to the footage upgrade, he did show some footage from the DS9 episode Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang.  You can see the footage in the update on Youtube, we will have a link in the show notes.


Star Trek Online is going back to the mirror universe with the Mirror of Discovery update that’s part of the ninth anniversary of STO. The update finds the player face to face with the heard of but not seen Captain Killy, the mirror universe version of Sylvia tilly. She’ll be voiced by Mary Wiseman. The game will also add two new Discovery themed episodes, anniversary challenges and an update to the game’s Endeavors System. Play the game when it updates on January 23rd and earn a new T6 Vulcan Scout Ship.


Star Wars News

According to The Motley Fool, Disney is on track to have one of it’s best years yet. Disney has seven of the top ten most anticipated movies of the year according to Fandango including Avengers Endgame, Captain Marvel and Star Wars Episode Nine which hold the top three spots. On top of that Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus launches this year, the Disney Fox deal should be final at the end of this month according to a report from NBC News. Has well as the launch of Disney theme parks Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme expansion. By the way, if you plan on going to the new expansion, bring your checkbooks. Prices at the theme parks are going way up with the cheapest entry now above $100 dollars.


The spinoff series to Rogue One will begin filming this October according to Production Weekly. The series will probably be released in 2020. The series is described as quote “The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.” Also going into production in October is The Mandalorian. 2020 is gonna be chock full of Star Trek and Star Wars tv.


Speaking of the Mandalorian, Jon Favreau has confirmed that everyone’s favorite giant coffee grinder slash bounty hunter IG-88 will be making an appearance in the series.  Favreau recently showed a picture of the tall droid in front of a green screen on his Twitter feed with the message Merry Christmas. Making Star Wars has confirmed this saying that he has been seen on set. It’s not known how IG-88 factors into the plot, but we’ll see next year.


Moving from the tv to the movie side of the Force. According to the UK’s The Sun, Celebrity chef  Jamie Oliver will cameo as a stormtrooper in Episode IX, he was recently seen at Pinewood Studios training with other stormtroopers, apparently taking it very seriously. Perhaps he’ll be serving healthy meals to the Troopers in the cafeteria?


Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher told ABC News that there is lots of footage to use. Quote “There’s a lot of minutes of footage. I don’t mean just outtakes,” “This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.”  “We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything,” “But we’re thrilled at what’s been done.” Unquote
He also revealed that not only will Carrie’s unused footage be used, but some other project will surface as well. Quote
“We have a lot of her artifacts, and a lot of things of hers that she’s written that will someday be shared. There’s a lot more to come from Carrie,” Fisher admitted. Unquote  

DC News

Let’s start DC News with a reminder of what is upcoming from DC Movies.. April 5th sees the release of the Big Red Cheeses movie Shazam! Joaquin Phoenix’s turn as The Joker comes out October 4th. In 2020, we will see the Birds of Prey movie and  Wonder Woman 1984.


Speaking of Bird of Prey, according to HN Entertainment, Principal photography will wrap on the movie this April, The Cathy Yan directed film will see Harley Quinn team up with Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain and Renee Montoya in what’s being called an R-rated girl gang movie. It opens in theaters in February of 2020. Happy Birthday to me.


Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is also being featured prominently in a special trailer for The Lego Movie 2. IN the trailer, Emmet decides to rescue his friends and he meets resistance from several characters including Harley who remarks that the undertaking of such a task would be a suicide mission. *cue rimshot*


DC’s Aquaman is now DC Films most successful movie at the International box office The movie has earned over 1 billion overseas making it the most successful movie dc movie worldwide beating Batman Vs. Superman which brought in 873.6 worldwide. Here in the States, Aquaman has made over 287 million and was number one for three weeks. It was only finally knocked off this past week by The Upside. Pretty good for a movie that’s full of sea-men.


Diamond Comic Distributors have released their list of the biggest comics of 2018. The number one comic of the year belongs to DC. Action Comics #1000 took the top spot beating Amazing Spiderman #800.



Marvel News

We start off Marvel News with Adrianne Palicki, right now she’s second in command on the Orville, but she’s game to return to her former role as Mockingbird on Marvel’s Agents of Shield. In an interview with TV Line, she talked about her interest and the fact that Nick Blood got to return without her. Quote “Listen, if they ask me to come back, I would absolutely come back,” “I was like, “Nick [Blood] came back [for a Season 5 episode] — what the hell, guys?” As to her current role on The Orville, she did note that both roles required her to keep a lot of secrets. Agents of Shield will return for season six in 2019.


By the way, in the interview, she talked about what the Agents of Shield spinoff, Marvel’s Most Wanted would have been. Quote “Oh, I saw the pilot. It was actually really, really good. It was a little darker, grittier…, “We were mercenaries, yeah. It’s kind of an extension of what we were dealing with before, where we, like, ended up trying to get married again and all hell breaks loose because people are after us. Ultimately it’s us just kind of fighting for our lives. Hmmm. Could have been interesting.


Spider-man Into the Spider-verse is doing great at the box office. The animation style is one of the most unique since Toy Story’s use of Computer Animation. Sony wants to make sure that this style of animation stays with them as they have filed for patent protection for the animation process and technologies associated with the film. Sony’s application, according to Deadline.com claims that the innovation of the film goes beyond stylistic originality or envelope-pushing success and qualify as a distinctly new invention. The filing cites a half-dozen specific components of the process. So what do you think, do you think that this is a new invention?


And while we’re speaking of inventive, the PG13 version of Deadpool 2, Once Upon a Deadpool is now out on Bluray and Digital. The movie which brought in 6 million dollars to the regular R rated Deadpool 2’s 318 million, was a holiday hit with its wraparound story featuring Fred Savage. So, it’s time to open your wallets and buy this again!


And after you watch Once upon a Deadpool, you have just days until Marvel’s The Punisher’s second season is released on Netflix, According to showrunner Steve Lightfoot says the second season will be about Frank really adopting the persona of the Punisher.

The villain for season two will be a Christian Fundamentalist called Pilgrim.


According to the Observer, The budget for X-Men Dark Phoenix has skyrocketed to 200 million, that just 20 million more than the cost of the first Avengers movie. This amount may be due to extensive reshoots, that also caused the film to be pushed back from release by four months. Reactions to the film have been muted with most people looking forward to the X-Men universe being integrated into Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Geek News

The Orville improved on the audience from it’s Gotham lead-in bringing in a.7 this past Thursday.  3.06 million viewers tuned in. Which matches the average for episodes from last season. Hopefully, this and the fact that they got a tax break for production of the third season will see that third season approved.


Fox has also confirmed that actress Halston Sage has left The Orville as a series regular, Halston’s character Alara left in the third episode that aired last week, her character will be replaced by a new Xelyan security chief in an upcoming episode.


A Redditor called bork1138 showcased a picture of his parents who have been playing MarioKart 64 together every day since 2001. Bork1138 said that He said they both know the game so well now that they had to make the rule that neither of them would use any shortcuts or cheats to win. Just an old-fashioned race showdown. https://geektyrant.com/news/elderly-couple-plays-mario-kart-64-every-day-for-18-years


Very cute.


Rumors are swirling about that Nintendo might be releasing an SNES emulator on their online service at some point in the future. Some data miners breaking the software on the Switch have claimed seeing emulator programs for SNES titles. Now so far there is no visual proof of anything but I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to release SNES emulation for the Switch since releasing an NES emulator on the Switch last year. Stay tuned, when we find out anything definite, we will let you know.


From the “Thanks, but no one asked for one” file comes news that a new reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could begin production this year. Paramount has hired whose short career includes the screenplay for the upcoming Space Jam 2. The movie is being produced by (sigh) Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes production company. I don’t hold out much hope here.


One of last year’s biggest disappointments was the passing of Stan Lee. Well fans will finally have time to say goodbye in a tribute on January 30th at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The event which is being put on by Legion M and Agents of Mayhem, plus Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and is called EXCELSIOR! A STAN LEE CELEBRATION, it will act as a benefit to The Hero Initiative, the non-profit that helps aged comic creators in need and will be hosted by a friend of Stan and Uber fan, Kevin Smith. There will be a public display in the courtyard, and a private tribute inside the theatre.

The outdoor portion of the event will feature art, music, props, and costumes from Lee’s body of work, while the indoor portion will feature Smith hosting conversations with friends of Stans including  Mark Hamill, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, Batman exec producer Michael Uslan, Daredevil actor Vincent D’Onofrio, hip-hop artist RZA, and X-Men and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto. There will also be music and poetry that was special to Lee, as well as the attendance of his daughter, J.C. Lee. Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin, who knew Lee for decades, said the evening will be in Lee’s spirit: Quote “Stan believed in the ‘golden rule,’ and always went out of his way to make time for others and make their day just a little bit better. I think this tribute is absolutely in that spirit, and a great chance for fans to get together, share their love for Stan, and find strength in that.” It’s great to know that Stan will be remembered by those who knew him and loved him best.


We end tonight saluting the life of William Morgan Sheppard. You might not know his name, but if you have watched Star Trek or Doctor Who, you would know the face. Born in 1932, Mister Sheppard graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1958 and then worked as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1962, he started acting in films, mostly made for tv films, some of his most notable geek roles include Blank Reg in the Max Headroom movie pilot and show, Vincent Talbot in Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Captain Archibald Witwicky in the first Transformers movie and the Klingon Prison Warden in Star Trek VI, he also appeared in an uncredited role in the 2009 Star Trek movie as a Vulcan Science Minister.


He started acting on television in 1979 and had many roles including as Data’s grandfather Ira Graves in the Star Trek The Next Generation episode The Schizoid Man, appearances on MacGyver, Quantum Leap, SeaQuest DSV, Babylon 5, Gargoyles, Star Trek Voyager, Charmed, The season six premiere of Doctor Who, with his son who played the younger version of his character,  his final tv role was in an episode of The Librarians. His son Mark Sheppard made a statement on Instagram about his father’s passing quote “We went to spend some time with my father today,” he wrote. “Though he couldn’t speak, we held hands, he laughed and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to the hospital and passed at 6:30 pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and prayers.” unquote


William Morgan Sheppard passed away surrounded by his family on January 6th, he was 86 years old.


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