A new trailer for the upcoming #CBSAllAccess show “#StarTrek #Discovery” has been released!
During a panel at #SanDiegoComicCon (#SDCC), Adam Savage made some surprising remarks regarding the “#StarWars vs #StarTrek” debate. When asked the question, “Which franchise you would eliminate from existence: Star Wars or Star Trek?”, Adam Savage’s response was booed when he said that Star Trek should be eliminated and gave the following reason: “Star Trek lures you into a false sense of positivity that the world can be a utopia and recent events have proven it cannot. Star Wars’ dystopic vision is far more realistic and prepares our children for their future.”
The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society does not favor any franchise over another. We treat all franchises (be they science fiction, fantasy or science fantasy) equally. Each franchise brings its own creativity, characters, worlds, stories, etc., into the wonderful genres that we call science fiction and fantasy. No one is required to dislike one franchise in order to like another and more often than not, franchises often influence other franchises.
We have several things to say regarding Adam Savage’s response:
- Had he responded that “Star Wars” should be eliminated in favor of “Star Trek”, he would also have been booed.
- We disagree with his notion that “Star Wars” is more realistic than “Star Trek”. “Star Trek” is closer to the definition of “hard science fiction” than “Star Wars” due to writers attempts to explain the advanced technologies that don’t currently exist. Advanced technology in “Star Wars” is not explained to the same level as in “Star Trek” and includes the element of mystical Force, which have caused many to classify “Star Wars” as science fantasy instead of science fiction. In our opinion, “Star Trek” is more realistic than “Star Wars”.
- We also disagree that “Star Trek” is utopian and that “Star Wars” is dystopian. While “Star Trek” depicts a possible future humanity several centuries from now that is more hopeful than current human society, it is not utopian as it is not without its own problems. Similarly, while “Star Wars” has some very cruel characters and moments of genocide and planetary destruction, it is not dystopian, certainly not in the sense that franchises like Terminator and “Mad Max” portray as dystopian futures for mankind.
Ultimately, we disagree with questioning anyone whether one franchise is better than another or whether one franchise should be eliminated in favor of another. Such questions are aimed at creating needless divisiveness between fans of various franchises & genres, rather than bringing fans together in the areas that are similar between the various franchises & genres. Also, SDCC, which is the grandfather of all comic cons and a celebration of all pop culture, should not be used at instigating a battleground between fans.
Iconic #StarTrek actor William Shatner is planning to take a zero-G flight in August, 2017! The 86-year-old actor (who famously portrayed Captain James T. Kirk) has signed up for an Aug. 4 flight with the Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero-G) aboard the company’s modified Boeing 727 aircraft G-Force One, which flies in a series of parabolic arcs to give passengers brief tastes of weightlessness.
During an interview on the #Today show on Apr. 21, 2017, Zachary Quinto said that there’s ‘no guarantee’ for a 4th #StarTrek film in the rebooted franchise. Asked about “Star Trek” during thew interview promoting his new independent film “Aardvark”, Zachary Quinto had this to say about “Star Trek”:
“I don’t know… I know that they are working on a script for another one and we’ll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves — being back on stage, doing independent films… I’m hopeful that we’ll do another one, but there’s no guarantee.”
Doubt for the continuation of the rebooted franchise has grown after “Star Trek Beyond” missed its box office projections that Paramount had been hoping for, in spite of the studio’s official announcement last July for a fourth film in the franchise, which included the announcement that Chris Hemsworth would return as James Kirk’s father George.
You can watch Zachary Quinto’s “Today Show” interview here:
#RIP: Lawrence Montaigne has died at age 86. He played the Romulan named Decius in #StarTrek #TOS episode “Balance of Terror”) & the Vulcan named Stonn in episode “Amok Time”. He also played Dr. Aquila in #CityBeneathTheSea, Joker’s robotic henchman Mr. Glee in #Batman, Dr. Braddock in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Capt. Alvarado / Yellow Elk in #TheTimeTunnel, & more. May he rest in peace.
6 2016 #SciFi & #Fantasy movies received #Oscar nominations in 2017, with #Arrival receiving 8 total! “#FantasticBeasts and Where to Find Them” & “#RogueOne: A #StarWars Story” each received 2 nominations. “#StarTrek Beyond”, #DoctorStrange & #SuicideSquad received 1 nomination each.
The individual nominations for these movies are shown below:
|Arrival||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Star Trek Beyond||Doctor Strange||Suicide Squad|
|Actor in a Leading Role|
|Actress in a Leading Role|
|Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Animated Feature Film|
|Documentary (Short Subject)|
|Foreign Language Film|
|Makeup and Hairstyling||✅||✅|
|Music (Original Score)|
|Music (Original Song)|
|Short Film (Animated)|
|Short Film (Live Action)|
|Writing (Adapted Screenplay)||✅|
|Writing (Original Screenplay)|
The number of deaths among celebrities in 2016 has seemed quite high and the #SciFi & #Fantasy genres haven’t been immune as the year began with 2 significant deaths, continued from there and is ending with even more significant deaths. The affected franchises include #StarWars, #HarryPotter, #StarTrek, #Babylon5, #Thunderbirds, #Bewitched & more. Listed below are some of the beloved celebrities that have been lost in 2016. May they all rest in peace.
David Bowie (Jan. 8, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2016)
A very gifted musician, singer & composer, David Bowie also acted and played the character Jareth in #Labyrinth among others.
Alan Rickman (Feb. 21, 1946 – Jan. 14, 2016)
The very gifted actor Alan Rickman will forever be remembered for playing the character Sevurus Snape in #HarryPotter. He also played Alexander Dane / Dr. Lazarus in #GalaxyQuest & much, much more. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!” His untimely passing earlier this year remains a source of sadness for many. He will never be forgotten.
Alethea McGrath (Jun. 1, 1920 – Feb. 9, 2016)
The Australian actress will likely be best remembered as the Jedi Temple librarian Jocasta Nu in “#StarWars: #AttackOfTheClones”, but did other works.
Drew Henley (1940 – Feb. 14, 2016)
Drew Henley is likely best known for portraying the X-Wing pilot known only as “Red Leader” in “#StarWars: #ANewHope”. Unused footage of him from this film was used in “#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story”, which opened in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016. He also appeared in #Space1999, Gerry Anderson’s #UFO & more.
Lee Reherman (Jul. 4, 1966 – Feb. 29, 2016)
Among his various works. Lee Reherman played the uniformed mercenary in “#StarTrek Into Darkness” who gets sucked into space when Scotty blows open the airlock.
Sylvia Anderson (Mar. 25, 1927 – Mar. 15, 2016)
Sylvia Anderson co-created many works with her former deceased husband Gerry Anderson, including #Thunderbirds, #CaptainScarletVsTheMysterons, #UFO, #Space1999, #Stingray, #Joe90 & more! She was the voice for Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds.
Erik Bauersfeld (Jun. 28, 1922 – Apr. 3, 2016)
Erik Bauersfeld voiced Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in #StarWars & more. His most famous line was, “It’s a trap!”
Buck Kartalian (Aug. 13, 1922 – May 24, 2016)
Buck Kartalian portrayed the ape Julius in #PlanetOfTheApes and was also in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”, as well as the #Batman TV series, #TheMunsters, #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea & more.
Janet Waldo (Feb. 4, 1920 – Jun. 12, 2016)
Among her many works, Janet Waldo voiced the character of Judy Jetson in #TheJetsons, as well as Princess Susan in #BattleOfThePlanets.
Anton Yelchin (Mar. 11, 1989 – Jun. 19, 2016)
The tragic accidental death of Anton Yelchin cut short what would’ve likely been a very long & brilliant acting career. He will forever be remembered for his portrayal of the character Chekov in the #StarTrek reboot.
Jerry Doyle (Jul. 16, 1956 – Jul. 27, 2016)
Among his many works, Jerry Doyle played the character Michael Garibaldi in #Babylon5.
Barry Jenner (Jan. 14, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2016)
Barry Jenner played the character Admiral Ross in “#StarTrek #DS9” and more.
Kenny Baker (Aug. 24, 1934 – Aug. 13, 2016)
Kenny Baker will always be remembered for playing the droid character R2-D2 in #StarWars. He also played the character Paploo in “Star Wars”, as well as Fidget in #TimeBandits, a dwarf in #FlashGordon & much more!
Gene Wilder (Jun. 11, 1933 – Aug. 29, 2016)
Gene Wilder was a brilliant actor. He played Willy Wonka in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, Dr. Frankenstein in #YoungFrankenstein & was in many other films, including #BlazingSaddles, #SilverStreak, #TheWorldsGreatestLover, #StirCrazy & much more!
Hazel Douglas (Nov. 2, 1923 – Sept. 8, 2016)
Among her many works that began in 1947, Hazel Douglas portrayed Bathilda Bagshot in “#HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”.
Tony Swartz (Sept. 24, 1943 – Sept. 27, 2016)
Tony Swartz played Flight Sergeant Jolly in the original #BattlestarGalactica TV, & more.
Bernard Fox (May 11, 1927 – Dec. 14, 2016)
Bernard Fox may be best well known for his portrayal of Doctor Bombay in the TV series Bewitched, but he had many other roles.
Liz Smith (Dec. 11, 1921 – Dec. 24, 2016)
Among her many works, Liz Smith played Grandma Georgina in #CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory (2005). She was also in the 1999 TV movie #AChristmasCarol, which starred Patrick Stewart as Ebeneezer Scrooge. She’ll also be remembered as the bizarre cook Letitia Cropley in the British comedy #TheVicarOfDibley and for many other works.
George Michael (Jun. 25, 1963 – Dec. 25, 2016)
The world-renowned singer George Michael is included here because his music was a favorite of the character Deadpool & used in the #Deadpool movie.
Carrie Fisher (Oct. 21, 1956 – Dec. 27, 2016)
The legendary actress Carrie Fisher portrayed the pivotal #StarWars character Princess Leia Organa in the original trilogy, then reprised the role in “#StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens”. She had completed filming for the next installment, #StarWarsVIII, which won’t be released in theaters until Dec., 2017.
Debbie Reynolds (Apr. 1, 1932 – Dec. 28, 2016)
The mother of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds was a well-known actress who was too overcome with grief over the death of her daughter the day before.