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).
CBS All Access has finally given us a real look at the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery with a trailer for the show, and frankly it looks amazing. I know there’s only so much you can glean from less than two and a half minutes, but I literally can’t say anything bad about this.
There are also a few things which are, well, interesting — like who exactly is in the USS Discovery’s captain’s chair. We won’t delve into it beyond that since I think we’ve walked the spoiler line enough just by saying anything. I guess if you want to find out why we’re confused, you can just dig through the archives here.
Importantly, the trailer is committing to a Fall 2017 release date for the show. Considering how delayed the show has been, getting a new concrete time frame is really important. And while “Fall” is still super vague, it’s better than nothing.
I guess Star Trek: Discovery comes to CBS All Access whenever it’s ready.
Creation Entertainment’s events aren’t your typical conventions, but those who attend them are usually guaranteed a very specific experience. This is especially true for people who shell out for the con’s $849 “Captain’s Chair” or $929 “Gold” packages, which get access to exclusive events, food, and in the case of the Gold members, autographs.
Gold and Captain’s Chair tickets sold out quickly, and these attendees were led to believe that the tickets included admission to all of the con’s programming. Needless to say then, when a 30th anniversary Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion was put on the schedule, it was expected that at least those attendees would be able to attend as part of their package.
On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
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.
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.