This week us Trekkies were blessed with a nice bit of nostalgia, amid all the new news from that upcoming Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. Pinball Arcade has blessed us with the release of the now classic Star Trek The Next Generation pinball machine digitally for iOS devices as well as Android devices.
This release is a faithful digital reproduction of the original pinball machine released by Williams Electronics or WMS back in 1993 during the heyday of one of our favorite Star Trek series TNG. WMS was also responsible for a couple of our other favorite great genre pinball releases such as Twilight Zone and Indiana Jones (some of my personal favorites, which by the way cost me quite a few quarters)
Yeah, I'm stoked and can't wait for May to get here. I've completely given up on seeing Darkness without most of the film being spoiler'd (uh, spoiled, spoiler-ed)... Who was I kidding, anyway? I run a Trek culture website for Pete's sake... With that said, Paramount and Bad Robot just dropped a brand new trailer on the tubes and it's choke full of Captain Pike's distinct voice and pathos. A couple things to note about the new trailer: First, Chekov is in a red tunic and running through engineering. Second, Kirk is wielding a phaser rifle. Yup, I'm on board. Check it out below.
Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev, Star Trek: The Next Generation) Releases New Novel Entitled "One Woman's War"
Our favorite TNG admiral and Life After Trek-er Natalija Nogulich has just released her long awaited novel "One Woman's War". The book revolves around a mother's revenge for her murdered son and is set during the Balkan civil war of the 1990's. We talked, in detail, about the book in our interview with Natalija and she describes the novel as "Very current and eternal. [the theme] is revenge versus forgiveness". The lead character flees the Balkans after her son's death, to family in New York. While with her family she learns the identity of the killer, and as Natalija describes; "she has a war within herself, a war that she just fled, and a war that cost her the life of a loved one."
Everyone's favorite ensign and internet wonderboy, Wil Wheaton, recently starred in a new short with The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs. Recently? You ask... Well okay, so it was uploaded in July. I'm a little behind the times and the only reason I know anything about it is that Mary from DVD Geeks shared it today. Yeah she posted it to Google +, I think. Anyway, what do you want from me? This site's free. Get off my lawn!... My best guess is that the short was filmed at one of the Wizard World Comic-Cons, since both Chandler and Wil have been hitting the circuit pretty heavily. Whoops, scratch that, looks like it was filmed down under at an Aussie convention.
Earlier this year, two of our Trek friends joined forces to present a Vegas Khhaaan! tour-de-force. Tour being the operative word here. Next year, Geek Nation Tours and Trekland's own Larry Nemecek are partnering again for the special Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas tour. The 2013 version will include trips to Vasquez Rocks, Mojave Desert filming locales, and the Valley of Fire in Nevada were Captain James T. Kirk spent his last moments. Just like this year's tour, H2V 2013 will end at Creation Entertainment's Star Trek Las Vegas convention.
"He Operates As A Terrorist" Says Benedict Cumberbatch About The Star Trek Into Darkness Villain John Harrison
Benedict Cumberbatch recently talked to MTV News about his role in Star Trek Into Darkness. Mr. John Harrison... If that's your real name... "He is a terrorist, he operates as a terrorist," Says Benedict. "He has extraordinary physical powers but also mental powers."
Yeah, we've guessed Gary Mitchell. Sure, we've said Landru or The Doomsday Machine. Heck, we've even thrown around The Horta, but who the heck is John Harrison? According to a recently released Paramount publicity still, that's who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. Okay, okay, we get it. Maybe it's more of J.J's skillful subterfuge. Maybe it was released just to get the blogosphere (I so hate that word) whirring. Well, guess what kids? It worked.
It's going to be a crazy ride to May 17th. All of the press for Star Trek Into Darkness is really starting to ramp up and it's only going to get crazier the closer we get to summer. Trek newcomer Alice Eve recently talked to Digital Spy about her time working on the new J.J. Abrams film and had nothing but praise for her director.
We're getting close to the holidays and what better way to celebrate than with a free signed copy of Robert Greenberger's Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History. Thanks to the fine folks at Voyager Press, we're giving away a copy to one lucky fan. The winner will receive a hardback version of Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History with a signed book plate inside the front cover. All you have to do is like our Facebook page and leave a comment below by 11:59 PST December 14th. Once all of the names have been gathered, we'll have a drawing and announce the winner on both our Facebook page & Twitter stream.