Just a quick drawing of the Delorean from Back to the Future.
Before reading this article watch the Midnight Edge Report on how the Star Trek rights currently work. The Report gives you an in-depth view of it history and where it currently stands. It is just under an hour long but worth the watch. (I have added it just below.)
Finished the report? Good, your up to speed.
For this article, I will refer to each timeline like this.
Cannon Timeline, Everything made between 1965 (The Original unaired Pilot) to 2005 (Enterprise)
Kelvin Timeline, Star Trek 09, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Star Trek: Beyond.
Prime Timeline, Star Trek: Discovery, Short Trek and the Future Picard Series.
So how has CBS and Paramount devised us, well let start with the first JJ movie. It stated that Spock came back from the Prime timeline which created the Kelvin timeline. At the time of making the film. I suspect that they meant for Spock to come form the Cannon Timeline, as no TV series where in production due to the agreement with the licencing.
Now fast forward a few years and CBS wants a flagship show for their streaming service. As Star Trek is their most profitable franchise in their portfolio, it is chosen. However due to the deal agreed with Paramount and in turn Bad Robot they would need to buy the rights in order to make a new TV series. Bad Robot gave it to them under the same conditions that CBS gave it to Paramount / Bad Robot.
In another words it had to be 25% different from the Cannon Timeline and Kelvin Timeline. Due to this the man tasked with creating Star Trek: Discovery (Bryan Fuller) had a major disagreement with Les Moonves at the time the head of CBS and was fired and Alex Kurtzman was brought in to finish off the work. (It should be noted the majority of Fuller work for Discovery was dropped and only the basic story outline for the pilot was used. as well as some other things.)
As this being another Prequel, Fans where a little daubes about it, but Kurtzman came out and stated not to worry and everything would line up with the Prime Timeline leading fan to believe that Prime was Cannon. With the first season Discovery the fans found the show to have a closure look in style to the Kelvin Timeline than with Cannon. But Kurtzman kept stating that everything would line up with the Prime Timeline and this has continued.
Fans have not been happy with Discovery as stories and the style of the show have not yet lined up with the Cannon Timeline. To top that off there has been alot of SJW politic thrown into as well. While politics was done in Cannon timeline, it was always done in a subtle way and not hitting the views over the head with it constantly. The writing on the show has been move soap opera than Science fiction and what science there has been has been wrong (An example of this is Sonar in Space. Sound do not work in space as there is nothing for them to travel though so Sonar can not work. However radio waves do travel though space and don’t work the same way as sound. It is likely the writers don’t know the difference between the two). The characters on the show have also been unlikable. This has lead to viewer and fans stop watching the show, and has lead to Kurtzman and co to start to worrying. But I will come back to this.
Now you want to know what the big deception is. It has come form multiple leaks from with in CBS and Paramount, that when Kurtzman say everything will line up with the Prime Timeline he does not mean the Cannon Timeline but something new that will use parts of the Cannon Timeline. This is because of the licencing being given to Paramount / Bad Robot and licence it back to CBS. This mean that if Discovery or any future Star Trek show wanting to use something form the Cannon Timeline without being 25% different would have to get permission from Bad Robot and CBS and pay for the licence to use it. In another word Discovery producers need to pay Bad Robot who in turns need to pay CBS to use something from Cannon that has not been 25% changed.
So Kurtzman, CBS and Bad Robot have been deceiving Fans when they have said everything will line up with the Prime Timeline as they have been implying it was the Cannon Timeline when it fact it not. This means that the Prime Spock seen Star Trek 09 is in fact from this Discovery Timeline and not the Cannon Timeline. (The one good thing about this is that the Romulan Star Empire is still there in the Cannon Timeline.)
This also mean that the upcoming Picard Series will be set in the Prime Timeline and not the Cannon Timeline, this is why we keep hearing that Picard will be very different to the one we know. That because he has to be 25% different, it also the reason why we will never see any of the cast of TNG or other Cannon Timeline Trek shows/ Movies appearing in it.
Why have the Star Trek Fan base been deceived. The simple fact come down to Money. The people behind Discovery (Secret Hideout a Subsidiary of Bad Robot) and Bad Robot are unable to make any money from mechanize from the Cannon Timeline as CBS own the rights to this. However they can from mechanize from the Prime and Kelvin Timeline. In order to get fans to buy mechanise from these two Timeline and not Cannon, they are trying to erase the cannon timeline with Prime without the fans knowing about it and have them accept the Prime Timeline as Cannon.
Needless to say with the news of this revile fans have not been happy with it. It possible that fans would have accepted it better if they where told form the start and not deceived but that was not the case.
What will happen now? Well that is still up in the air. But one thing is for sure the Board of Director of CBS that have come in since Les Moonves was fired are not happy with the situation either. They have not yet green lighted season 3 of Discovery and with the fan reaction to Discovery and Kurtzman it is looking high likely that it will be cancelled. They also have not yet given the Picard Series a Budget which is due to start filming in April. (As the show has no budget, no script have been written, no set built and no cast casted.) which means the Picard Series is on hold. The CBS Board of Directors are considering what to do next.
What can happen next for Star Trek?
With Bad Robot, Kelvin Timeline now dead and no other movie going into production soon. Their licence for the films will expire sometime in early 2019. How this will work with them licencing Discovery back to CBS is currently unknown. But Shari Redstone who own the majority of shares in CBS and Paramount want to re-merge the companies, and this is looking highly likely to happen at some point this year. She is also extremely unhappy with the way Kurtzman and Moonves has treated Trek, as Star Trek has been very good to here family and they have ruined it name. When the re-merger of the two companies happen the Trek licencing rights will be back under one house. However this does not mean that the troubles with it will be over. As I have stated it is unknown what exactly the deal Moonves has done with Bad Robot and if he has given them a state in Star Trek. If this is the case it could be awhile until the problem has been resolved and Cannon Timeline Star Trek can start to be made again.
Is there anything the fan can do?
With the way the licence is at the moment, the short answer is no and something that will have to be fix between CBS and Paramount and possibly Bad Robot and Kurtzman.
But the Fandom can come together and let them know that what they are doing is not acceptable. In the old days I would have said a letter writing campaign would have worked, but unfortunately those days are long gone. But that not to say it can’t be done. The easiest way to do it, is not to buy mechanize from Discovery or the Kelvin Timelines (though there is not much out there for it.) As this income would dry up and no one watching their shows / Movies Secret Hideout and Bad Robot would have to admit defeat as they would hold something that is worthless to them. If it is true that they have a stake in this alt Trek as it is worthless to them they would give it up.
What do you think can be done to get Cannon Timeline and decent Star Trek back?
Here is my review for Star Trek Discovery Season 2 opener “Brothers”.
Be Warned there will be Spoilers.
We where told during season 1 that we will never see the Enterprise or any of the crew from The Original Series. Like Star Trek: Into Darkness it was a big lie and the Enterprise turned up in the closing moments of season 1.
Brothers open with the Enterprise computer and alot of it systems crashing. With this bring set now nine years before TOS. Kirk is not in command yet but Captain Christopher Pike
played by Anson Mount is, however Spock is the main Science officer aboard. The Enterprise send a priority one distress call out which Discovery answers. Pike quickly take command of the Discovery and informs the crew that Starfleet has charged him to investigate five mysterious red singles that have recently appeared though out the galaxy. Pike along with two of his crew members form Enterprise and Discovery head off to investigate the closes one.
Right from the start this episode started off badly, Burnham starts the episode with the iconic “Space the final frontier…” before cutting off on to a story about a girl in Africa in one of the human early tribes.
Discovery can’t talk to the Enterprise using standard commination’s, so instead of trying to talking them though radio wave, they decided to go straight to Morse code and Pike reply with voice (it never stated how he replied but given the last comment it gives the impression that he replied the same way. You can’t talk with a voice over Morse code it just beeps and dashes.).
Once Pike is on-board the Discovery there is a scene in the turbolift that is played for laughs and steels the humour that The Orville does and it falls flat not even getting a smile form me. We also get to see a pointless CGI effect of how the works with the inter lift taking a 90 degree turn. (The lift went from up right to being on it side and not 90 degree turn round a corner.) These shot also make the Discovery look like the TARDIS small on the outside huge on the inside.
Pike tell the crew that he has been in talks with Starfleet and they have given command. How the hell has been able to talk to them if his commination system is down?
After 15 episode we finally learn the names of the bridge crew as Pike ask for a role call with no rank.. Some of the crew members names have been mention before but has only been passing in one episode or two. They are not mention a very times few in a episode so you can start to remember them. But after this one episode if you ask me to say what their name are I could not tell you without looking it up on the net.
Once the Discovery has arrived at the point of the signal they discover that nothing is there except an asteroid, of feather investigation they find a crashed Starfleet medical ship that went missing during the war sending out a distress signal. They can’t beam down and its dangers to get shuttle to it. Pike ask for option and the crew don’t have any Burnham starts to what they can’t do and why and Pike stops her. She then become insubordinate towards Pike and slaps him down saying “if you had let me finish..” and give a solution. So some of pod for a planet that has similar issues that Discovery just so happened to have aboard, and Burnham just so happens to have been the test pilot for them when they where developed. I going to skip over Burnham being a Mary Sue as we already know that from season 1. But the way she spoke to Pike would not fly. If I was her commanding office I would have slapped her down telling her I asked for options and not what we can’t do, and as she had an option she should have stated that instead giving a run around wasting time.
We then get to see the pods flying around the asteroid field trying to get down to the planet. Along with Pike and Burnham is the two crew members from the Enterprise. One is a Red shirt and the other is a blue shirt. Burnham starts to tell the blue shirt he is doing it wrong, as he starts to “man-splan” he is killed and the destroyed pod damages Pikes. This is the biggest peace of SJW writing in the episode and it annoyed me to hell. The other thing that bugged me was these pods have glass dome, really glass domes for something that was designed for a hostile environment.
Once Pike and the other reach the crashed ship they come across a Engineer doing brain surgery and has been keeping other critical patients alive for ten months using engineering because she read a medical book and the human (and Alien body) is just machine.
While we don’t see adult Spock in this Episode we do see him as a child in flashbacks and he comes across as a right little s**t!
After viewing these episode I am now convinced that STD has no science consultant like the previous Trek had and if they do the writer do not listen to them. It is also very clear that writer in the writing room are not Sci-Fi writers or even like it. Given that this episode had to be reshoot with the next four. I hate to think what it was like before, but given all the CGI in these episode it did look pretty shame the writing was not up to the same standard. Though it is the best STD episode to date.
The one saving grace from this episode was the performance of Anson Mount he did a really good job.
With Netflix dropping the Short Trek on the 17th, I sat down to watch them hoping there are not as bad as the reviews I have seen of them say they are.
Here are my review for each one in the order they where originally realised on CBSAA.
Warning there will be Spoiler’s
This episode follow Tilly and an Alien encounter during while she is off duty. As the ship is quite is looks to take place during the night.
The episode open with Tilly having an argument with her mother that she is doing nothing with her life, even though Tilly is no longer a cadet and is an Ensign and has entered the Command program. With this Tilly heads off to the Mess to get something to Eat.
The next scene show Discovery taking a delivery of supply and the hanger deck staff told to leave so the hanger can be decontaminated. Just after the crew has left a cargo container opens and a hand come out and cuts itself on the door, leaving an luminous Orange Blood on the deck.
Back in the Mess hall we see Tilly siting there eating when she hear a nose and goes to investigate. Some Alien blood drops onto her shoulder and Tilly looks up to see the an Alien female on the roof and drops down onto her. The pair fight but Tilly is able to talk to the Alien and take her back to her quarters.
Tilly Learn that the Alien is wanted and she has runaway. She also learn that Alien has worked in Mines and has come up with a new thing for the dilthum crystals that make them work better in a warp engine. Tilly also learn that the Alien is linked to her Planet or calls it her Twin and that she is royalty and next in line for the throne and the reason she is wanted is that her people want her back so that she can coronate to be queen.
Tilly talks her to going back and beams her off the ship.
What can I say about this, there are so many issue with it.
Frist this story dose not work with a member of Starfleet or even on-board a Starship. For someone that is going to the Command Program Tilly should have know to call Security for an Intruder as soon as she saw the alien. Next after finding out that the alien is wanted and is royalty she should have contact the bridge and informed them.
The Final issue is at the end with Tilly Beaming the Alien off the ship. There was nothing close to the ship for Tilly to beam her too. Remember she came in cargo container, so does not have a ship close by. Also with Tilly using the Transporter someone of the bridge would have got notice that the Transporter was being used without Authorisation.
All in all, this was not a very good episode and did not even lead to a bit or growth of the Tilly Character.
Calypso is set 1000 years into the future of STD making it some time in 3250’s. The USS Discovery has been abandoned by her crew a thousand years ago and the ship given orders to remain in place until otherwise told too.
An Escape-pod floats into range of Discovery with life support failing. Discovery brings it aboard and heals the sole Human aboard. However it is unable to repair the escape pod. The Human wakes to find that Discovery is empty and due it being on it own for 100 years has grown and become self-aware. As the Human is unable to leave the ship he stays. (there is only one Warp capable shuttle aboard Discovery but it was never tested.)
He spent quite a bit of time aboard the ship and Discovery AI start to fall in love with him.
Discovery AI realised that she can’t keep him on board and get the last Shuttle ready to send him home. (His homeworld is just in it range though, it likely it will be out of power as it get there.) The Man leaves and Discovery stays on post waiting for Starfleet to come and get her.
This was not a bad episode, however it does not belong in Trek and would work much better on it own.
The problems that come with this episode is Trek Cannon, we know even in Janeway time a ship is unable to function on it own and its systems would start to brake down if there is no crew aboard to keep them maintained. Also how far out of the Federation was Discovery when the crew left her. We know that the Federation Jumped in size between Kirk time and the last we saw of the Federation in DS9. (I would say that the Federation was about 50% in the Alpha Quadrant and 20% in the Beta at the end of DS9. It is highly unlikely that the Discovery would have gone beyond what was the Federation board was in a DS9 era. This would mean that during the increase between TOS era and DS9 the Discovery would have been found by Starfleet.)
As I said if this was it own sci-fi story it would actually be good. But being a Trek Story it realy does not work.
The Brightest Star
This Short Trek tell the story of how Saru played by Doug Jones came to be the only member of his spices to leave his home world and join Starfleet.
From the information given in season one of STD, I got the impression that Kelpien
home world was a very dangers place to live with the Kelpiens being the most intelligent spices on the planet, they where not the top of the food chain. However this Short Trek paints a very different story.
It is shown that the Kelpien worship an Alien monolith that times takes sacrifice off to who knows where. Saru father is the head priest and leader of the village they live in.
It also made quite clear that the Kelpiens are a pre warp planet and from what they have shown it look like the Kelpiens are pre-industrial as well as they still live in huts made from sticks and grass.
A peace of the Alien monolith fall off and Saru being it to his father who tell him to get rid of it. Instead of following his father Orders Saru is able to create a subspace communicator and he is able to talk to someone of world.
The Alien tells Saru that they are coming for him. It turn out to be a young Philippa Georgiou who is only a Lieutenant. She inform Saru that she had to persuade Starfleet to let her come and get him and that if he goes with her he can never return home. Saru then goes off with Philippa Georgiou.
I have some many issues with this Episode. Okay I can deal with the Alien monolith and the Kelpiens worshiping it, but Georgiou mention the name of the alien race that put it there and Starfleet are aware that this alien race is interfering with a pre warp society and not doing a thing about it.
The next issue is Kelpiens race is pre-industrial. So how is Saru able to build a subspace communicator out of the peace of the Monolith that fell off. That like giving a Caveman a Smart phone and after a short time without being shown how to use it is able to read what on the screen and make a phone call while looking at the internet. Yeah that just would not happen.
The final issue is that Georgiou knows that the Kelpien are pre warp society yet still communicates with Saru and convinces Starfleet to go and get him. On top of that ship land the shuttle just outside of Saru village and when she leaves she in plan site of the village that if anyone outside would have seen it and not just Saru sister.
The Escape Artist.
With this Short Trek, I found it to be the only one that could actually be a Star Trek Story or short. However in the last moments of the episode it falls back on just ignoring Trek Cannon like the rest of Discovery.
This story follows Harry Mudd, he has been captures sold to a bounty hunter who is taking him back to the Federation as he is wanted by them. During the Story Mudd is trying to talk the bounty hunter out of taking him back. This is cut with insertion of how Mudd has escaped in the past when been captured. Mudd is not able to talk himself free and taking aboard a Starfleet ship. The Bounty Hunter ask for his payment but is told that he will not get it as this is not the real Harry Mudd and is in fact an Android with Harry Mudd skin cloned on top. The Office then open a store room to revile that it full of these Android clones of Mudd. In rage the bounty hunter rips of the arm of the Mudd he has brought with him.
It is reaviled that the person that sold the Bounty Hunter “Mudd” is actually the real Mudd and his ship is full of these Android Clone things and he still selling them to bounty hunters.
This story started off very well and even felt like a story for the Harry Mudd from TOS. It only has one small issue and one major one. The Small issue is part of the crimes that Mudd is wanted for is related to event in Discovery Season one episode Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad. These crimes are hiding in a space whale and killing member of the Discovery crew multiple time due to the time resets. If these a such major crimes and the Federation and are going to put a bounty out so he can answer to these crimes, why the hell did Discovery Crew let him go?
The other Major issues is with the revile that Mudd is an Android with a clone skin on-top. Yes I know Androids have appeared in TOS, but they where of alien origin or basic when compared to Data. These Androids appear to be far more advance and can pass for human. If Human skin could be put onto an android so easily, Data would have done this himself, as it would bring him closer to being Human which is what he wishes for. So once again Discovery writers have just thrown Cannon out the windows.
This was a shame as this story was doing so well right up to that moment and then I just got pulled right out of it.