It was something that was teased all week long, on Saturday at STLV 17 there would be a BIG announcement regarding the TOS set tours and fan films, this led a lot of people to get excited and conclude that James Cawley the owner of the set tours was making a move and coming back to his roots and producing a new era of his fan series New Voyages. However, it was during the set tours live panel that included James, Doug Drexler, Daren Dochterman, Denise Okuda & Michael Okuda, that James Cawley himself announced some fascinating and unexpected news.
“On Stardate 48315.6, the U.S.S. Voyager was transported beyond our control, 70,000 light years across the galaxy to the Delta Quadrant. There, without aid from Starfleet, we began our 70-year journey home. In our numerous encounters, we came into contact with many dangerous and violent species. Having a limited crew with no chance of reinforcements, we determined that we needed a specialized team to handle the more dangerous situations. Tuvok, Voyager’s Chief of Security assembled an elite force of security personnel named the Hazard Team.”
This past weekend was San Diego Comic-Con, and for the uninitiated, it’s sort of like the nerd version of the draft. While actors and talent aren’t chosen based on a lottery, like a draft, the event gives insight to the upcoming “season” of entertainment. This past weekend, we saw much of what we could expect for the next year or so of genre based entertainment.
Four Years and 27 Days ago that’s when Star Trek Continues debuted its first episode “Pilgrim of Eternity” and now we are heading fast towards their final episode, which will be a two-part episode called “To Boldly Go”.
Well, here we are with part four, so far we have covered a total of four separate guidelines. Although I have not dissected them in order these have been some of the more simple ones to be able to breakdown for you.
Star Trek is one of the most enduring cultural phenomena to come out of the United States in the 20thCentury, and certainly the most enduring science fiction franchise to ever do so. Premiering with the original series in 1966, viewers have swept away to strange new worlds and new civilisations as well as new cultural and technological ideas. While lagging behind the 1963 debut of the British series Doctor Who, it preceded the 1977 release of Star Wars by more than a decade and pushed the limits of television standards in the sixties. In 1979, the cast was reassembled for a motion picture continuation, followed by five more instalments with that cast of characters, four more television series and another seven motion pictures with varying casts and characters.
Ever since Star Trek first aired on television sets back in 1966 with the Original Series, we have been exposed to diversity. Lieutenant Nyota Uhura portrayed by Nichelle Nichols was a large progressive step for man and a giant leap for humankind. A woman on the bridge of a fictional starship was already progress, but Uhura was more than that. She was a symbol of African-American representation on television in a non-domestic role.