In the first episode of 2021, Martyn is joined by author James Swallow, they discuss James’ new book Star Trek Picard: The dark veil. They also talk about the Marc Dane series of books, working on Star Trek Voyager and what inspires James to write.
As a Star Trek fan, I loved seeing Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis appear as William Riker and Deanna Troi in Star Trek: Picard. In the series, we saw the two former Starfleet officers living a peaceful life on the planet of Nepenthe.
In a prequel book titled Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil, written by veteran Star Trek author James Swallow. We learn how they came to be on Nepenthe.
This is the second Star Trek: Picard prequel book. The first was Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope.
The synopsis reads:
The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending supernova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a devastating attack—but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!
Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil goes on sale in January 2021.
Martyn and Gerrod discuss the recent series of Star Trek: Picard, as well as other installments in the franchise. They also discuss world events and how funerals work in our strange times.
Star Trek: Picard premiered on January 23, 2020, and its first season ran for 10 episodes until March 26. The second and third seasons were ordered before the first season debuted. The series was met with positive reviews from critics, who highlighted Stewart’s performance and the focus on character over action but criticized the slow pace of the series. Several tie-in projects were created for the series, including an episode of the companion series Star Trek: Short Treks that serves as a prequel to Picard.
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert, two showings of Star Trek were shown over the weekend. Saturday showed 2009’s Star Trek. Sunday showed Star Trek:Beyond.
Both screenings were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and conducted by Ernst van Tiel.
We attended the Saturday event.
I’ve attended concerts like this at The Royal Albert Hall, many times. But some how each time feels like the first.
For those who are unfamiliar with these concerts, the films are played on a suspended screen, above the musicians. The dialogue is intact, with the Orchestra performing the soundtrack and sound effects live.
Not only are these amazing musicians a sight to behold on stage, but the evening provided a phenomenal audio experience that no Blu-Ray can possibly live up to.
My personal highlight of the evening was the Orchestras performance of the Star Trek theme, over Leonard Nimoy’s “space the final frontier” speech. They received a seven minute standing ovation for this.
Some shocking and sad news has come to light this evening. Actor Anton Yelchin has died in a tragic car accident, aged 27. TMZ are reporting that the Star Trek star was found crushed between his car and his brick mail box at his home, in L.A.
Yelchin was a bright and emerging talent, who oozed screen presence. He was born in Leningrad, under the former Soviet Union in 1989.
He moved to the United States when he was just six months old, he began acting age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water, and went on to appear in successful films such as; Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, Odd Thomas, Burying the Ex and Green Room. He is perhaps best-known for portraying Pavel Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek reboot and the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, along with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.
On behalf of all of us here at Bad Wilf, I would like to pass on our condolences to Anton’s friends, family and fans.
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