Star Trek: Discovery, the long awaited return of Star Trek to the small screen, may be delayed until god knows when, but at least it’s actually happening. The latest news on the series is just the casting of comedic actor Rainn Wilson a guest star, and you may ask why that’s a big deal.
It’s a big deal because the role he’s playing is Harcourt Fenton “Harry” Mudd.
Harry Mudd, originally played by Roger C. Carmel, is a con artist, scammer and smuggler who appeared in two episodes of the original Star Trek and one episode of the animated series. He’s a fan favorite character, and while he’s a little creepy in Mudd’s Women, his follow up episode, I, Mudd, is probably one of the best comedic episodes Trek has ever put on screen.
Wilson is perfectly cast in the role, as the actor has phenomenal comedic timing and bears just enough of a resemblance to Carmel to make it believable. This is probably the most excited about Star Trek: Discovery I’ve ever been.
The much delayed and long awaited return of Star Trek to television, Star Trek: Discovery, seems to have finally found someone to fill the USS Discovery’s Captain’s chair. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that none other than Jason Isaacs will take command as Captain Lorca when the series eventually premieres.
Of course, unlike previous installments in the Star Trek franchise, the captain isn’t the main character of Discovery, with the focus instead being on the first officer played by Sonequa Martin-Green. That said, the ship’s captain still needs to bring the weight one would associate with the lead, and I think Isaacs is a talented enough actor to bring that.
I guess we’ll all find out either way when Star Trek: Discovery premieres later this year.
On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.
Those of you waiting patiently for Star Trek Fan Film Axanar can finally rejoice! The lawsuit between the studios and its filmakers has finally reached a settlement, and we might finally get to see a version of the fan film! Sort of!
Don’t get too excited yet.
Axanar has been a sticking point for CBS and Paramount for some time. The studios filed a copyright lawsuit after its massive amount of fundraising set off red flag for the companies. And despite J.J. Abrams’s comments that the suit was going away last May, it’s soldiered on. To put the icing on the cake, during this, Paramount and CBS put out some ridiculously restrictive fan film guidelines which seemed designed to kill a historically relevant part of Trek fan culture.
This settlement is, if anything, a compromise with those guidelines.
In the settlement the existing Prelude to Axanar will be allowed to stay online, and the Axanar film will be allowed online posted as two, 15 minute shorts. This is far from the feature length film promised by filmmakers, but falls into the ridiculous length guidelines put out there by CBS and Paramount. Axanar gets to skirt certain parts of those guidelines still, with its heavy inclusion of actors who have appeared on various Star Trek properties.
Star Trek: Discovery, the long awaited small screen return of the franchise, keeps getting delayed more and more. It was originally supposed to premiere this month, but that was later pushed back to May to give the show more time to develop. Now it seems like we’re going to have to wait even longer though, as it’s now being reported that the show is getting pushed back even more.
Not only will it not make the May release, but we don’t know when it’s coming out at all.
Now the good news is that we know the series is happening — it goes into production next week actually — but the continued slipping of the premiere date has to be frustrating to most fans. It’s also ironic that the reasons most cited for series creator Bryan Fuller stepping down was that he wanted this delay as well, but the network wouldn’t give it to him.
It seems Fuller leaving was all for nought then.
Star Trek: Discovery is still probably one of the most anticipated geek series of 2017, and we’ll be following this closely. It has a pretty great looking cast, and honestly we all just really want to know when it’s going to come out at this point, so we can briefly sign up for CBS All Access and then cancel the service once the season is over.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie (and its triumphant return to video), we discuss Sonequa Martin-Green’s casting as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery, David Ayer potentially directing Gotham City Sirens, discuss the amazing Rogue One, contemplate the official cancellation of the con Anime Apocalypse, and examine the trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
We also take the time to mock Michael Bay, but only because he deserves it.
One of the more interesting aspects of CBS All Access’s upcoming foray into the Star Trek mythos is that the central character, for the first time in the franchise, won’t be the ship’s captain. And while we’ve gotten some news about Star Trek: Discovery‘s cast, we hadn’t learned who would be playing said lead character yet. Well, that is until now.
EW is reporting that The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green will star in Discovery. Her character will still be a member of the ship’s senior staff, apparently holding the rank of lieutenant commander.
While the actress will reportedly continue in her role as a series regular on The Walking Dead, I have to wonder how much longer that will continue (especially considering how often leads get killed on that show). I mean, she has the availability to be the star in another television show – that’s not a good sign for fans of her character on AMC’s zombie drama.
But I guess said fans can take solace in knowing the actress is going where no one has gone before.
Martin-Green joins a fairly exciting cast, which includes Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Doug Jones (in full alien makeup of course) as Lt. Saru, and Rapp as Discovery’s science officer Lt. Stamets. Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo are all playing Klingons on the show as well.
Star Trek: Discovery is scheduled to begin streaming in May 2017.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we mourn the loss of Ron Glass, explain Bryan Fuller’s departure from Star Trek: Discovery, rejoice in Lin Manuel Miranda’s involvement in the screen adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, talk about Twin Cities Geek’s Holiday toy and book drive, and take a long hard look at whether or not the pop culture convention bubble might finally be bursting.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.
One of the most anticipated series of 2017 is, of course, Star Trek: Discovery. It marks Star Trek’s much awaited return to television, and with the talented Bryan Fuller at the helm, it seemed poised for greatness.
Well… about that…
Variety is reporting that Fuller has officially stepped down from his role as showrunner. Apparently this was Fuller’s choice, as he’s far too busy also showrunning Starz’s American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories. The hope is that he’ll step back into the showrunner position once he has more time.
Fuller is still an Executive Producer and will remain involved with the creative direction of the series. In his stead, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will take over the day to day duties of showrunning, and the series is still on track for a May 2017 release on CBS All Access. Berg and Harberts both previously worked with Fuller on Pushing Daisies, and writer/director Akiva Goldsman is expected to also join the creative team.
While this is disappointing, it’s understandable. Fuller is being pulled in multiple directions, and it seems like he had to finally pick one. Hopefully this all still turns out for the best.