IDW corrects a grave injustice this week with the debut of the comic-book version of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
Released in 1982, “Khan” was the only classic “Trek” movie to not get a comic book adaptation. When “Khan” hit theaters, neither Marvel nor DC pursued adapting the movie as a comic-book. It did get a novelization by Vonda N. McIntryre and was released as a black-and-white photonovel.
“Khan” will get a three-issue adaptation by IDW. New issues will be released bi-weekly for the series.
The entire run of “Khan” will be released later this year as part of the “Star Trek Movie Omnibus” from IDW publishing.
Here’s the closest device yet to a Star Trek tricorder. Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, this 15″x8″x6″ device can check body temperature, heart rate and respiration of victims up to 40 feet away. This “Standoff Patient Triage Tool” (SPTT) could be particularly useful for detecting vital signs of disaster victims buried within tons of rubble.
Instead of spending the 3 to 5 minutes per person to just to determine how injured someone is, this can do that in 30 seconds. It works with frickin’ lasers, using Laser Doppler Vibrometry to determine vital signs. It will be rolled out for its first trials this fall, but it’s still under development, with a goal of eventually shrinking it into the size of a thin laptop.
Sure, it has a long way to go before it can detect obscure diseases such as the Star Trek tricorder pictured above right, but this is yet another confirmation that some Star Trek technology is on its way. The SPTT is off to a good start, with its creators hoping for commercialization sometime after the middle of next year.
It fell a few million dollars short of my personal projection, but Star Trek exceeded estimates from most other analysts, debuting with $76.5 million in its first three-plus days at the box office. It did, however, set a new mark for the second weekend in May, topping the old record held by Van Helsing by about $25 million.
The numbers from Box Office Mojo show a fairly sizable tumble on Sunday (down 33% from Saturday’s total), but otherwise, it’s all good news for Trek, which should have the kind of positive word of mouth that X-Men Origins: Wolverine has not enjoyed. The new J.J. Abrams reboot should become the second highest grossing Star Trek movie ever in another two or three days and it will be the top film in the series next weekend.
Star Trek benefits from having another week without a direct competitor; it’s hard to say that Angels & Demons is going for the same audience. That gives Trek a few extra days of attention in a very crowded May, which could help it significantly in the long run.
There were many memorable characters aboard the Enterprise during the original Star Trek series. There was the intelligent and overly-honest Spock. The crotchety surgeon Leonard “Bones” McCoy. The compassionate and strong-willed Nyota Uhura. And leading them all was Captain James T. Kirk, a character directly inspired by Horatio Hornblower. Even now, years after we last saw him in command, fans love talking about Kirk and why he was so dang cool. So with the new movie coming out with Chris Pine taking the helm, let’s look at some of the qualities that made this man a hero.
Easy-Tear Shirts: A real man looks for any excuse to show the ladies his guns. Kirk clearly thought of this when he ordered all his uniforms to tear apart five seconds into any fight. This probably saved time when he left his fallen opponent to hit on nearby girls.
No-Nonsense: When superior officers made bad decisions, Kirk called them idiots to their faces. When the god-like Charlie X was atomizing innocent people through sheer willpower, Kirk flatly told him to cut it out. When Charlie demanded to know why, Kirk looked the demi-god in the eyes and said, “Because I’m telling you to!” Ever wonder what John Wayne would be like in space? Kirk was pretty close.
Loyalty: Kirk expected 100% dedication from his crew. And in exchange, he’d take a bullet for you. When Spock was in trouble, Kirk disobeyed direct orders to save him. When “Bones” McCoy was in jail, Kirk sprung him and stole a Federation starship for their getaway. Although a military man, Kirk believed that morality and loyalty could not be compromised by regulations. He was both establishment and rebel.
Sacrifice: Jim Kirk understood it when Spock said that the needs of the many sometimes outweigh the needs of the few or the one. When his best friends Spock and Bones were in danger, he put his entire military career on the line just to help them. During a time travel adventure, Kirk allowed a woman he loved to die because her survival would’ve destroyed history. When asked how he could make such sacrifices, our hero simply answered “If I hadn’t, the cost would have been my soul.”
He Knows How to Win: Kirk’s skills at reading people and unpredictable cleverness constantly helped him beat impossible odds. He bluffed his way against cosmic-powered gods and even faked his own death to outmaneuver enemies. When the Enterprise was damaged beyond repair and enemies were arriving, Kirk blew up his beloved ship to save his crew and take out their attackers in the process. As he later wondered if he’d done the right thing, Bones told Kirk that he had done “what you’ve always done: Turn death into a fighting chance to live.”
Which Kirk-ism did we miss that ranks on your list? Drop your own tribute to the captain in the comments below.
Priced at $110, the clock is comprised of 12 vintage Action Fleet Micro Machines, finished in “pewter-like” color. You can even request your favorite mix of ships for the order. (No one’s stopped you from getting smarmy and asking for 12 cloaked Klingon vessels…just don’t expect everyone you know to get the joke).
Ads for the three new Star Trek colognes and perfumes aim to tickle the fan funnybone.
As reported by io9, three new fragrances are set to debut; one for women and two for men. The perfume for women, Pon Farr, encourages women to "leave logic behind" and "drive him crazy." The bottle has an IDIC symbol on the front of it with the name of the perfume. Two colognes are available for men. The first one, Tiberius, is named after James Tiberius Kirk. However, if the bottle is indication, it’s named after Mirror Universe Kirk, as the symbol of the M.U. Empire graces the cologne bottle. "Boldly go," says the ad. "Take Tiberius on your next mission and be transported to new worlds of sensual discovery."
For non-alpha men, there is an alternative cologne. Take one’s chances with Red Shirt cologne. "Put yourself in the line of fire," exhorts the ad for Red Shirt. "Because tomorrow may never come."
It must be confessed, that after reading the ad for Red Shirt cologne, it took this reporter several minutes to stop laughing.
To read more and to see the ads, head to the article located here.
The Star Trek Webcam is set up for 720p, and can mount on your desktop screen with a bendable gooseneck. Apparently, the webcam has a sticker underneath the insignia, and you can plug it in to a USB.
Plug and Play software should get the Enterprise-shaped cam working better than Scotty could, and the nacelles will light up when the camera is on. The nacelles are those red engine things on the spaceship, for those who are non-Trekkies.
I suppose we could add this to the infinitesimal gear that has come out for Star Trek fans in the past fifty years. The most recent contributions are the Star Trek Scene It game and the Wallpaper. We are probably going to see a lot more franchise-related stuff as the release of the new Star Trek movie by J.J. Abrams comes out.
My sources say that the Star Trek webcam is doing to be released by Dream Cheeky, but there is no word on a release date or a price.
Although J.J. Abrams is updating Star Trek to make it relevant to today’s audiences, the Roddenberry vision of yesterday still holds true today.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, from an article in the May issue of SFX Magazine, Roddenberry’s vision of humanity and optimism appealed to Abrams. “The themes that got me excited honestly had less to do with Star Trek and space and more to do with the optimism and humanity and of finding your purpose through unity,” explained Abrams. “It ends up being a guiding principle of the movie. It needed to be faithful to the optimism that Gene Roddenberry wrote with during a time of fear and hate and suspicion. He was writing of our future where we were not just surviving it, but by cooperating and collaborating, we actually thrived. That to me, more than ever, is a relevant idea.”
Updating the Star Trek franchise meant being aware of a vocal fan base who are known for speaking up if they don’t like something. “Star Trek of all things has got such a famous, vocal fan base, and if you don’t address them and make sure you’re honoring all that they know and love about the series, you’re completely screwed,” said Abrams. “You have to make sure the movie is not just aware of them, but working for them so that they’re not only able to continue embracing it but hopefully bring other people into the fold.”
To read more, head to the article located here.
SCI FI Wire confirmed today that a contract has been signed with CBS/Paramount to reopen the Star Trek The Experience exhibit in Las Vegas on May 8 —starting with at least a new restaurant and retail shop—to coincide with the opening of J.J. Abram’s Star Trek movie.
“It is a bit premature to talk about it, but I can confirm that a contract has been signed,” Liz Kalodner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS consumer products in New York, told SCI FI Wire exclusively. “I do not have any further comment.”
In March, a new Family Guy episode will air on FOX featuring a Star Trek: The Next Generation story.
As reported by SF Universe, Star Trek: The Next Generation actors will be voicing their characters in the forthcoming Not All Dogs Go to Heaven episode of Family Guy, including Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes.
In Not All Dogs Go to Heaven, the Griffin family heads to the annual Quahog Star Trek convention, but Stewie gets angry when he is unable to ask his favorite Next Generation cast members any questions. He plans and builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroom so that they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog.
Not All Dogs Go To Heaven will air on Sunday, March 29, at 9:00 P.M. on FOX.