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Brian Hague
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Posted: 24 July 2016 at 10:05am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

According to TrekMovie, one of the producers was trying to make it clear that this was just a sample clip and not necessarily the final design of the ship. As for the non-episodic nature of the show, Fuller said that the program was going to feature one, large, overall story arc, which fans shouldn't worry about since the only way to see it will be CBS streaming and all of the episodes will be right there, at their fingertips. It sounds as if it's being specifically made to be binge-watched. I wonder if the individual episodes will hold up if you don't.

He also said some promising things regarding Star Trek's optimism and potential as an inspiration and guide towards a more hopeful future. 

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Posted: 24 July 2016 at 12:02pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

"I'm out."

I think I was out when I heard CBS was trying to use this to get to pay $5 a month for a new streaming service of mostly CBS stuff.

I don't need more monthly subs and this doesn't make me feel like I need just one more monthly sub. 

It's weird, and I'm curious, but not $5 a month curious. Not for THIS + CBS stuff anyway.

Also the Phase II-like design looks like the Starfleet used the design work of a Klingon defector or something. Looks warlike, like the Federation wanted to have those crazy Star Fleet Battles Klingon fire-arcs the next time they went exploring for five years.


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Posted: 25 July 2016 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

"Hey, if The Force Awakens can make 2 billion dollars using rejected Ralph McQuarrie designs, why can't we??!1!"
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Posted: 25 July 2016 at 8:06pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Today they confirmed that it is based on the McQuarrie designs, but also, more interestingly, stated that the new series takes place in the Prime timeline.  So the Abrams movies have officially been quarantined.
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Posted: 25 July 2016 at 8:08pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I'll give it a try. We already subscribe to the CBS streaming service. 
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It looks like they glued a Romulan ship from Balance of Terror to a saucer.  Hrm. 


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Posted: 03 August 2016 at 10:33am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

That teaser is definitely trying to keep me away from this new series.  I hope this Star Wars inspired U.S.S. Discovery is not the real design.  If not, it's continuing a line of ugly designs since Enterprise E and NX-01. 

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So, apparently this is a new world of television.  Les Moonves just announced that ST: Discovery is already profitable despite production not having even begun yet.  Apparently the money involved in their foreign distribution deals is already greater than the budget for the series.
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Posted: 04 August 2016 at 4:49pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

>since Enterprise E...

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I like the design of the Enterprise E so i that regarding you are speaking for yourself.
For the rest, yes I also hope the eventual design will be something different because I do not like this design either.
But I also wish the show had not been set before the Original Series which I fear it could be from the looks of things.

Kind of worried that the 'fun of the original series' they want to recreate means that they might turn this show into a parody in an attempt to recreate the mindset that created the original Star Trek. ("Star Trek has to be cheesy, so lets make this cheesy as hell". No Star Trek wasn't trying to be cheesy, some ideas on how to portray science fiction was simply different in that time)


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>So, apparently this is a new world of television.  Les Moonves just announced that ST: Discovery is already profitable despite production not having even begun yet.  Apparently the money involved in their foreign distribution deals is already greater than the budget for the series.

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That I don't get. Like how there are already plans to make a Star Trek 4 when Beyond was not released yet as for some reason Paramount had some positive signals of how it will be received. (has Beyond earned its production and marketing costs back yet?), already Moonves is already talking about the show being profitable despite there not being one single episode being made, thus already perhaps considering ordering a second season.

What if the new series bombs after watchers hook off after a few episodes? Will he he say that expectations apparently were perhaps to positive in contrast to reality and that reality is forcing CBS to reconsider continuing the new Star Trek series because the costs were higher than the returns?

Just wait until half of the season episodes have been show and what their reception is before you start making future plans dammit.

One of the problems I think with this economy is that sometimes people are already planning to way ahead, already thinking in the future while not paying attention to the present to see if the positive outcome their projections have given them are true.


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What if the new series bombs after watchers hook off after a few
episodes? Will he he say that expectations apparently were perhaps to
positive in contrast to reality and that reality is forcing CBS to
reconsider continuing the new Star Trek series because the costs were
higher than the returns?

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Given the nature of Netflix and the apparently popularity of all things
Star Trek on Netflix, I don't think that'll be much of a concern. I think
enough current Netflix subscribers will stream it out of curiosity and
finish it just because they started it. The bigger issue is whether the
new series will be able to draw subscribers to CBS's own streaming
service in North America, and I think if that fails, they'll just offer the
series to Netflix in US and Canada as well.
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Scuttlebutt I'm hearing is that this is a generational ship with each season set in different eras and crewed by descendants of the originals.  I'm sure there'll be an elder or two held over from previous seasons as well.

I'm also hearing that it's set in the 'Prime' universe but that may only be a technicality due to the first season being set before the divergence point of the 'Kelvin' timeline.

If this truly is a generational ship on a deep space mission then there's some very obvious story material -- crew signing up for a known one-way mission has some resonance to the present day with Mars One.  Any new STAR TREK is going to have to cowtow to the modern TV drama standard of characters who constantly babble about their relationship woes, cheat on their spouses/SO's, and generally pull crap that would get them court-martialled from a real world military.  See STARGATE UNIVERSE for more examples.  :-)  
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Posted: 04 August 2016 at 9:20pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Crewed by descendants of the originals? Like Kirk's great grandchild or Bones's great great great great niece? That's fucking stupid. 

I think it was officially announced at Comic Con it was set in the Prime universe. 

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