Hey everyone, it’s time for our annual year in review special, where we talk about the best and worst things that came out over the span of 2016. We go through our picks for movies, new television shows, video games, comics, conventions, and things to come out of Japan. It’s a pretty broad scope. Before that though, we take a moment to remember the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed since our last episode.
Which is pretty damned sad.
This is also Pher’s last episode on the podcast, and we bid him a fond farewell.
This episode we go audio only, and dig into a massive pile of your messages to us. Before that though, we spend some time talking about Matt Ryan reprising Constantine in Justice League Dark, The Rocketeer possibly getting sequel/reboot, and actor Steve Cardenas calls out the organizer of Texas Comicon.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie (after we finish talking about Pokemon Go and get to the actual content) we talk about Star Trek‘s Abramsverse getting renamed the “Kelvin Timeine,” John Cho’s version of Hikaru Sulu being confirmed as gay (and all the fall out associated with it), Pacific Rim 2 finally getting a release date, Netflix greenlighting a remake of Lost in Space, how the Tetris movie will be the first in a trilogy, and how Sukoshi Con has cancelled all of their future conventions.
The Star Trek franchise has, for reasons that boggle the mind, always avoided any statements on homosexuality. It seems odd for an otherwise extremely progressive show, but beyond a few minor examples (almost all exclusively in Deep Space Nine), it’s almost never come up. That’s why it’s kind of a big deal that the upcoming Star Trek Beyond will reveal that one of its main characters is gay.
And that is, of course, John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu.
While it won’t be a major focus in the film, Cho’s version of Sulu will be revealed to be in a same sex relationship with another man, raising a daughter. Cho, while speaking to the Australian Herald Sun, said, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out [of] it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”
Star Trek Beyond is a film we’ve been anticipating here at Nerd & Tie for a while. Well, at least since Robert Orci got canned and Simon Pegg was given the scripting duties. Frankly this film has had a pretty rocky road to theaters, and with the recent tragic death of one of its stars, how well this film does may have a huge impact on the future of the franchise.
We’ve gotten two trailers for this film so far — the first was full of action and the second gave us some actual character moments. Now we have the third and final trailer, and this one is all emotion.
And technically a Rihanna song.
Honestly I like it. It’s a pretty solid trailer, and while we all know that you can’t judge a final film by its promotional materials, I think it bodes well.
Look, we were at a convention this weekend, so please forgive us for being a little behind posting this. The new Star Trek Beyond trailer dropped, and it’s pretty great looking. Unlike the earlier trailer, this one feels a bit more Star Trek-y. This trailer is also the first to feature any of Shohreh Aghdashloo’s performance, as she was added to the movie in reshoots after the release of the first trailer.
Personally I’m pretty hyped, but like any other trailer, it’s rarely an indicator for the quality of the final film. Let’s just remember that Into Darkness looked pretty good at the trailer stages too.
Shohreh Aghdashloo has been cast as the “High Command of the Federation,” which is apparently a title someone has now. We’re not really sure why she’s being added to the movie (I suspect it’s because someone finally noticed the Trek film’s diversity problem), but hey — it’s a thing that’s happening.
Star Trek Beyond is still on track to open July 22, 2016.
Earlier this week the first trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyondpremiered, and some were concerned that it was solely composed of explosions, one liners, and a kick-ass bike jump. In fact, due to the tone, many said the film would pretty much be The Fast and the Furious in space.
I don’t know why the current franchise seems determined to blow up the Enterprise as much as possible, but that’s what the new Star Trek Beyond trailer does. I mean, seriously – there are a lot of explosions in this thing.
Just a ton.
Star Trek Beyond is the first film in the rebooted series to not be directed by J.J. Abrams or written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with Justin Lin instead in the director’s seat and a script penned by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The trailer makes it clear that Paramount really did push for a similar vibe as Guardians of the Galaxy, so hopefully they pulled this thing off.
In other words, we’re hoping for Star Trek IV humor, not Star Trek V humor.
Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek film series, has had a rockier road than most would have expected. The film was originally slated to have a completely different creative team than what we ended up with (seriously, just check our Robert Orci tag for some of that circus), and some of us are still a bit worried with Paramount’s edict to try for a ‘Guardians’ style movie. It’s also had its release date pushed back because of IMAX screen availability.
Well, the film has finally made it through shooting, as Simon Pegg’s official twitter account tweeted a photo of Pegg and his co-writer Doug Jung announcing the filming’s completion.
Personally, I’m excited for Beyond. I have faith in Pegg as a writer, and I think he has a strong grip on the Trek franchise. I’ve always felt with the previous two films (written by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci) that they made a great movie on accident (Star Trek 2009) and the second movie proved how little they understood the source material (Star Trek into Darkness). Star Trek Beyond has a shot at getting this thing back on track.
Star Trek Beyond comes out July 22nd 2016.
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