I am deeply saddened by the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The man from Boston who did so well for himself as an actor, poet, writer, director, photographer, has passed on. He was a role model and inspiration for so many.
Although not recently, I attended MANY Star Trek conventions in the 1980s and early 1990s and saw him speak twice. He was always a gentlemen, always graceful, always so engaging, so grateful, always had so much to say.
Approximately three gazillion people have written reviews for this new Star Trek film, and about 90% are positive. (This pleases this Trekker immensely, and the idea that a TREK film will break $200 million — and possibly $400 million or more, is just incredible.)
Since so many reviews have been written, covering every aspect of the film, a review by me wouldn’t be very interesting. For a detailed history of the film, cast, creative process and far more, visit www.TrekMovie.com, which I consider to be THE Star Trek site on the web.
Trekmovie reported, “…Star Trek: 2009 writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said that William Shatner’s cut scene was in the movie and then was written out in a later draft. It would have been at the very end of the movie when Spock Prime meets the younger Spock and speaks to him about the long and enduring friendship that Spock and Kirk needed to form. Spock Prime would have said “Don’t take my word for it” and produced a small holographic device that would have projected a message from the elder Kirk.”)
Presenting … The missing Shatner scene!
Acknowledging,and still standing by, what I wrote previously (CLICK HERE) about the idea of an eleventh Star Trek movie, I must admit that I am following development and production of the film closely and am liking what I am hearing and seeing so far.
Perhaps JJ Abrams will succeed in breathing new life into the tired (exhausted?) Trek franchise after all.
That said, recently the impressive teaser trailer for the film was released.
Star Trek: Insurrection
By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/1998
Star Trek continues to live long and prosper. “Start Trek: Insurrection,” the ninth Star Trek feature film and third film outing for the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (ST:TNG) cast, is a solid action story, featuring a morality tale, humor, and for the first time in a while for a Trek film, romance. In addition, this movie features far more location shooting than any previous trek film, which gives the film a grand scale.
INTRODUCTION. Sometime in 1992, my best friend, David, moved to New Jersey to get married. As one way for us to stay in touch, I conceived a Star Trek story called “Beyond the Warp Barrier” – I’d write one chapter, he’d write the next, and so on.
Back in the 1980s my friends and I (especially David, JB and I) liked to write stories featuring ourselves in science fiction / Star Trek type scenarios. This is one such adventure.
As we went our separate ways to college, writing these silly stories was one way for us to keep in touch and continue the madness. There are a billion in-jokes and “you had to be there” moments in this one but I’m not changing a thing — this is how we were.
by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 11/1996
“They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn HERE!”
–Captain Jean-Luc Picard
As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Star Trek, Paramount Pictures has just released the eighth Star Trek motion picture and the second to feature the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” (ST:TNG). The movie is “Star Trek: First Contact,” and it stands on its own as one of the best Star Trek movies in the series.