On this episode of Nerd & Tie we tackle Marvel’s New Warriors‘s search for a new network, give a spoiler free review of Thor: Ragnarok, contemplate Zachary Levi’s casting in Shazam!, and consider CBS All Access rebooting The Twilight Zone. We also talk about how Libya’s second annual Comic Con was shut down by an armed militia.
So yeah, things had to get a bit serious at the end.
CBS All Access is apparently working on a reboot of classic science fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone. CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said the company’s earnings call that the project was in the works, though it’s unknown whether it’s just in development or already ordered for series.
According to THR the show’s being put together by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, with Marco Ramirez showrunning and writing. None of that has been confirmed by the network though.
Honestly? It’s pretty exciting — and frankly it might finally be a second show to keep people subscribing to CBS All Access beyond Star Trek: Discovery. I mean, that’s the only reason most of us are subscribed to the service right now.
On this episodes we celebrate Star Trek: Discovery‘s renewal, discuss Doctor Who‘s announced new companions, feel relief at the Han Solo movie finally having a title, get confused at the Settlers of Catan movie, and get elated that Constantine will get to be bisexual on Legends of Tomorrow.
Gen also went to Anime Fusion, and we discuss the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota cons.
Well, it’s official — Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season by CBS All Access. Marc DeBevoise, president and CEO at CBS Interactive, told THR:
In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise […] We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.
We don’t know the actual numbers for CBS All Access, but what that effectively means is “Star Trek: Discovery is the only show anyone is watching on our entire streaming service, please keep paying for it.”
The bad news is that the second season likely won’t hit screens until 2019 at the earliest, though that’s not as far as it seems (as the second half of the first season won’t air until 2018).
Honestly, this is pretty exciting. Discovery may not a be a perfect show, but it’s still a very strong first season for a Star Trek installment all things considered. The fact that CBS is willing to give the show more time to find itself is heartening.
Y’know, assuming CBS All Access doesn’t fold before that second season gets here.
It was 2005 the last time a new episode of Star Trek aired on TV. Let that sink in.
The franchise has been off the air for more than a decade, and after not only all this time, but also a lackluster 50th Anniversary celebration, fans have been desperate for any new Star Trek. These last couple of weeks would see Trekker’s wishes granted though, not only by the debut of Star Trek: Discovery, but also by The Orville, an obviously Trek-inspired spoof produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane.
Over the last few months, as rumors of issues behind the scenes plagued Discovery‘s PR, some fans joked that with The Orville we would be able to get at least one good Star Trek show. Now that both are out, I think its time to put that theory to the test. We’re going to compare the debut episodes of these two shows to see which one is the better Trek. Continue reading Trek Off: Comparing ‘The Orville’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’→
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we review the first new episodes of Star Trek in over a decade with Star Trek: Discovery, tackle J.J. Abrams taking over Star Wars Episode IX, contemplate the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina coming to The CW, and then… well then we hit the con scene. In that corner, we have Anime Punch disbanding because their founder is now a convicted sex offender, and Rose City Comic Con is taking a stronger stance against Nazi cosplay.
Star Trek: Discovery premiered last night, bringing Star Trek back to TV for the first time in over a decade. And while the first episode brought in over eight million viewers over broadcast, that’s not where the second episode was found or where the rest of series will be airing. For that, you would have to head over to CBS All Access.
And apparently a whole lot of us did.
While we don’t know what the actual numbers are, CBS is reporting that the streaming service broke their record for single day sign ups. The previous record holder was the day of the 2017 Grammy Awards.
I have to admit, that even though I had been planning on holding off until the season was over, I myself also put up the $5.99 to watch the show immediately. Well, technically I haven’t yet, as I’m still in my free trial week. That said though, without numbers, we don’t know if this will be enough to sustain the series. Signing up for an extra $6 a month (or $10 if you don’t want commercials) for just a single show seem ludicrous. Personally, I have no intention of keeping the plan when the show isn’t airing.
I’m betting a lot of people won’t.
Unless they super want to watch old episodes of Nash Bridges.
It’s been a long road, getting from there to here for Star Trek: Discovery. Frankly, it’s been a long time since it was first announced, but its time is finally near. With the show premiering on September 24th, you can almost see CBS All Access’s dream come alive at last, as if the network could touch the sky. And, as with every Star Trek show, the theme song is a very important part. A bad theme can set the tone for a show all wrong, but thanks to a featurette on the official Youtube channel, we now know Discovery will go back to the franchise’s orchestral roots.
It won’t let a bad theme hold it down, no no. And the network won’t change its mind — the way UPN did with Enterprise.
We don’t get to hear the whole thing, but I’ve got faith in the part. I’m going where the composer takes me. I’ve got faith to believe that at the very least the show will musically sound right. By returning to Trek’s orchestral roots, it establishes a strength of the soul of the show. No one’s going to bend or break it. With a song like this, the show has the potential to reach any star. I mean, we still haven’t heard the whole thing or how the final show will end up, but I have faith.
Look, I’ll admit, I still want a good canon explanation for the Klingons’ physical appearance in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, but beyond that I’m kind of excited about it based on the latest footage. Maybe it’s because my favorite Trek series was Deep Space Nine, which largely centered around a war and politics, but this actually looks pretty neat.
CBS gave us a new trailer for the show at San Diego Comic Con, and it looks pretty damned neat. I mean, it’s a trailer, so it’s supposed to be neat — but I’m more than happy to give this one a try. Let’s see how it turns out.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS All Access on September 24th.
On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the new Star Trek: Discovery trailer, Netflix making a Witcher television series, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s twenty-nine city live tour, and then move onto the convention scene. And the con scene was busy these last two weeks, with Great Lakes Fur Con cancelling due to “Staffing Issues,” Duke City Comic Con organizer Jim Burleson putting his foot in his mouth again, and Space City Comic Con rebranding (and weirdly lying about it).