Star Trek turns fifty years old later this week, and the late Majel Barrett-Roddenberry is, as far as I know, the only performer to have appeared in every single Star Trek television series, as well as in at least one film of all three Trek film franchises. She was, to most of us, the first lady of Star Trek. And with a new series on the horizon with Star Trek: Discovery, it’s strange to think we won’t hear her voice whenever one of the new leads asks the computer for something.
Except maybe we will.
You see, the official Roddenberry twitter account tweeted out that Barrett-Roddenberry’s voice had been phonetically digitized prior to her passing, and they’re looking to do fun things with it.
Majel's voice is recorded phonetically, &we're working to get her voice for things such as Siri, maybe voice of the computer on #STDiscovery
So yes, we know this isn’t anything close to an official announcement (as it’s not coming from the show’s producers and is posed as a hypothetical), the fact that the new show’s computer could still retain her very distinctive voice makes my inner nerd happy on levels I can’t describe.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, the MST3K Revival has found a home on Netflix, SDCC sees the release of Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers, we finally find out who’s in Supergirl’s pod, Ghost Rider’s coming to Agents of SHIELD, Brie Larson’s been cast as Captain Marvel, the new Star Trek show has a name (and ship), and Trae and Nick went to Kitsune Kon.
And our computers barely kept themselves together… it was rough.
Note: Due to the normal server we stream to being down, we were forced to record this on a local machine… that couldn’t quite keep up. It gets a bit unsynchronized and the show goes on. And by “a bit” I mean “a lot.”
So we’ve been following the ongoing development of CBS All Access’s upcoming Star Trek television series pretty closely. The latest news coming out of San Diego Comic Con this last weekend was pretty big though, as we now finally have a title (Star Trek: Discovery) and have a first look at the starship which will feature in the series:
Long time Trekkies and Trekkers may think this ship looks a bit familiar, and that’s because it’s largely based off of an unused concept design Ralph McQuarrie designed for the aborted Star Trek Phase II series.
Obviously some important tweaks were made (including making the nacelles not look like they’re proportioned like Trump’s hands), but the ship’s heritage is pretty clear.