Star Trek

Feb. 27, 2014 | 2:46 p.m.

Brannon Braga talks new TV treks with series ‘Salem,’ ‘Cosmos’ reboot

This article has been corrected. See below. For some fans, Brannon Braga forever will be associated with Gene Roddenberry’s vast, influential universe — his work on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Enterprise,” not to mention his screenplays for “Star Trek: Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact,” kept federation space at the forefront of many imaginations for years. But these days, it’s not the far-flung future or even the politics of present day, but the distant past that’s captivated the film and television veteran. Braga is executive producing both the supernatural-inflected series “Salem” and the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary show “Cosmos,” featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Braga describes the 17th-century-set “Salem,” the WGN series that’s set to premiere April 20, as a “unique blend of ‘The Exorcist’ with a little David Lynch thrown in.” The show […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Day: The best couples in comics, sci-fi and fantasy

The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
Dec. 19, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.

Holiday gift guide: ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ and more

Stressing out about a last-minute gift idea for the Trekkie, Time Lord or Jedi Padawan in your life? Look no further — Hero Complex’s annual holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s guide, introduced on Thanksgiving, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of science-fiction, fantasy, horror and comics. Is your TV-loving pal a “Game of Thrones” fan? Perhaps a plush direwolf or a 3-D puzzle map of Westeros will satisfy the wannabe-Stark in your life. Are you shopping for someone as strong and fair as Lady Sif? Check out the “Thor”-inspired lightning bolt and hammer earrings. Is there a pint-sized Whovian in your household? The Dalek Mr. Potato Head might make for the perfect stocking stuffer. Other selections in the Hero Complex holiday gift guide include items from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Marvel’s […]
Dec. 06, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.

‘Star Trek 3’ recruits screenwriters Payne, McKay to join Orci

Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to join Roberto Orci in penning the next installment in the “Star Trek” film franchise. The as-yet-untitled sequel has no release date, and no director set, though rumors have suggested the job could go to Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”). By this point, Orci is a “Trek” veteran, having written the scripts (with Alex Kurtzman and then Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof) for the previous two movies in Paramount’s rebooted series that were directed by J.J. Abrams, 2009’s “Star Trek” and this past summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The recent movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 million worldwide after opening to mostly positive reviews in May, though many fans groused about the veil of secrecy that surrounded the villain who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a character first […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.

Holiday gift guide 2013: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Thrones’ and more

You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Oct. 02, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Star Trek’: Juan Ortiz reveals groovy posters for ‘TOS’ episodes

Illustrator and “Star Trek” mega-fan Juan Ortiz is taking his love of the Gene Roddenberry series to new frontiers. The artist has created a retro-style poster for each of the 79 episodes and first pilot of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” collected in “Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz” from Titan. Ortiz has been revealing four posters per month since August last year, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at two of October’s posters. Ortiz created images for Episode 6, “Mudd’s Women,” and Episode 76, “The Cloud Minders.” “Mudd’s Women,” written by Stephen Kandel based on a story by Gene Roddenberry, aired in 1966. The episode introduced con man Harcourt Fenton Mudd, who is trafficking in mail-order brides. Ortiz’s poster features stockinged legs, red high heels and a lipstick kiss mark. “The Cloud Minders,” written by Margaret […]
Sept. 01, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz’: Retro-style posters set to stun

Artist, illustrator and avid “Star Trek” enthusiast Juan Ortiz has channeled his love for Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild in a unique, inspiring way, creating beautiful retro-inspired images for each of the 79 episodes from the 1960s series and the original pilot. A new book, “Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz” (Titan), out Tuesday, collects his work. Hero Complex readers can check out a selection of his handiwork in the gallery above.  We also asked him to describe the images and to share his thoughts on the selection of episodes that inspired him — his comments follow. “The Mark of Gideon”: “It was an interesting episode, but I was left confounded at the end. The overpopulation could have been solved by removing a part of the population to an off-world colony.” “Wink of an Eye”: “The shadowy figure is actually a […]
Aug. 19, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.

‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ Blu-ray: Scott Bakula talks Xindi story arc

In time for its 10th anniversary, “Star Trek: Enterprise” Season 2 is coming to Blu-ray this week. The prequel series is set on board the Enterprise NX-01, 100 years before “Star Trek: The Original Series,” when interstellar travel was still in its infancy. The show ran for four seasons, from 2001 to 2005. Captained by Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), the Enterprise NX-01 was Earth’s first Warp-5-capable starship, crewed by science officer T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), chief engineer “Trip” Tucker (Connor Trinneer), tactical officer Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) and chief medical officer Dr. Phlox (John Billingsly). The six-disc Blu-ray set, out tomorrow from CBS and Paramount, offers several bonus features including a new cast reunion feature, “In Conversation: The First Crew,” in which co-creator Brannon Braga, cast members and guest stars […]
July 11, 2013 | 12:54 p.m.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ will get September Blu-ray, DVD release

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD in September, with a digital release in August, Paramount announced Thursday. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and more reprised their roles for the sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot. “Into Darkness” pitted Capt. James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock against the upper echelons of Starfleet itself, as well as against Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan. “‘Star Trek’ works in subtle ways,” Cumberbatch told Hero Complex earlier this year. “There’re such condensed, incredibly beautifully drawn characters that are very now even though it’s a future-scape with loads of rich imaginative detail for fans to obsess over. The actual core content of the story is universal in time and place.” PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch enjoys being the bad guy Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 […]
July 09, 2013 | 2:27 p.m.

George Lucas: ‘Star Wars’ stood on the shoulders of ‘Star Trek’

The documentary “Trek Nation” chronicles Rod Roddenberry’s personal journey to explore the importance of the legendary sci-fi franchise dreamed up by his father Gene. The film comes to DVD on Tuesday, and among the bonus materials included in the release is an interview with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas talking about the important role “Star Trek” played in paving the way for his own space opera. “‘Star Trek’ softened up the entertainment arena so that ‘Star Wars’ could come along and stand on its shoulders,” Lucas said in an interview — Hero Complex readers can check out a clip from the conversation above. A number of other genre luminaries, Stan Lee and J.J. Abrams among them, speak on camera about the legacy of “Star Trek” on the double disc DVD, which also includes home movies from the Roddenberry estate and […]
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