A handful of weeks ago we were promised some news regarding the new Star Trek TV series in October… and we’re now more than half way through that month, with no new information appearing anywhere yet.
In fact, things have been pretty quiet on the Star Trek front in general, with the only real information coming out being reviews of the new Encyclopedia (which looks incredible), some news on the BluRay release of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and some other bits and pieces including information on the release of Star Trek Beyond on BluRay, DVD and Digital Download.
So what’s going on with Discovery?
We don’t know.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if any new information is coming this month, it will fall on October 31.
What makes me say that?
- Bryan Fuller has made it well know that the 31st of October is his favourite day of the year. Halloween is one day he looks forward to more than any other.
- The Discovery is NX-1031 which we could choose to read as October (the 10th month) 31st.
- On Twitter, for a couple of days now, Bryan has been excitedly tweeting a countdown to Halloween.
That countdown could just be him letting his inner kid out to play, or it might be a simple desire to share his glee at the prospect of All Hallows Eve coming closer, but it might also be a hint to those of us who love Star Trek.
This is all just conjecture. I have no insider information and I don’t know if Bryan is planning anything Star Trek related for the 31st, but it’s something I can imagine he would do.
So, if I’m right, that means we have a little less than a fortnight to wait. Just a reminder for my Aussie readers, we’re a day ahead of the US. October 31 in the States is November 1 down under.
If you’re on Twitter, keep an eye out and maybe Tweet Bryan a time or two to let him know how anxious we all are for news on the sixth live action series. To follow Bryan, simply download Twitter to your device and type in @BryanFuller. He’ll pop up with a cute little blue tick next to his name letting you know it’s his verified account.
Another account to keep an eye on is @StarTrekRoom which is the verified account for the Star Trek: Discovery writers room.
What else is going on out there that’s Star Trek related? Like I said, not much, but an interesting article appeared online recently, reminding us of US President Barack Obama‘s love of Star Trek.
Wired scored an interview with the outgoing President, who was their guest editor for their upcoming November issue.
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, and is in the last months of his final term in office (an American President can serve no more than two four year terms), which will end in January 2017. President Obama will hand off to either former Secretary of State (and former US Senator and First Lady) Hillary Clinton, or American businessman Donald Trump, who are the Democrat and Republican nominees.
And the whole world is waiting on the outcome of that election!
Over the years, President Obama has made no secret of his love for Star Trek, having had his photo taken with Nichelle Nichols in the Oval Office, and recently eulogising Leonard Nimoy after that beloved actor passed away last year.
The US President spent his childhood watching and re-watching Star Trek, so no doubt, like many of us fans, it played a role in shaping his morals and his outlook on life.
The Obamas even had a special preview of Star Trek Beyond at the White House around the time it premiered in July of this year.
As a human being and a leader, Obama is aspirational – and inspirational. Before assuming high office, he worked his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, and aimed for the stars. 50 of them on a blue background bordered with 13 red stripes. Though he may not have achieved everything he’d hoped to achieve during his Presidency, he, like John F. Kennedy and other forward thinking leaders, tried to keep his eye on the future without sacrificing what has been hard won in the past.
The fact he’s a Star Trek fan is, you gotta admit, pretty cool.
The Wired interview with the President is brief, but worth a look.
A lot of time Star Trek fans are ridiculed. I’ve felt it, I’m sure you’ve felt it, but as I often say on this blog, we’re a pretty amazing bunch when we’re on our game.
Many years ago there was a documentary done called Trekkies that starred Denise Crosby (Lieutenant Natasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation).
I haven’t seen it since it first came out, but one fan they interviewed and her segment has stuck with me these last 19 years. It was a little uncomfortable, because this fan received a lot of ridicule and a lot of media attention, but some people came to her defence and said something that made a lot of sense.
All I can remember is that the fan was a woman who wore a Starfleet uniform to jury duty. Some mocked her, but others said that (and I’m paraphrasing terribly here) “…if you were on trial wouldn’t you want someone who believed in the ideals of Star Trek on your jury?”
That’s how I feel about Barack Obama. If you’re going to be the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in history, it’s not a bad thing to have been indoctrinated into the values of peace and diversity, collaboration and respect that are at the core of everything that is Star Trek. I might not be an American, but Australia and the United States are close allies and everything that happens over there definitely impacts on us.
If you’d like to check out the Wired article on President Obama, it’s right here.
That’s it for now. As soon as any news hits the net about series six, I’ll post it here.
To our American friends, good luck as your election day draws closer. From over here, it’s looking tense and strange and a bit nasty. Hopefully the person elected to lead your country will do so with grace and a strong understanding of both your own country’s needs and the needs of the wider global community.
Live long, and prosper.