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'Star Trek: The Video Game' and Gorn supremacy

This is a big year for all lifeforms in Federation space — the Hollywood film franchise returns in May with Star Trek Into Darkness and then Star Trek: The Video Game seeks out new brand frontiers with its April arrival — but no alien race is heating up more than the cold-blooded Gorn, represented above by their rapacious leader.

In the original Trek series, the alien reptile hegemony was represented by but one individual, the menacing captain of a Gorn ship who tussled with Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk in a 1967 episode called “Arena.” That was it for the Gorn on the ABC series; the Vulcans, Klingons and Romulans (the glamour aliens in the Star Trek universe) showed up again and again but the Gorn never got a callback and were cast off like old snakeskin — well, if snakes were made of stiff rubber.

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'Star Trek' poster project tackles runaway asteroids, Cold War anxiety, T-shirts -- EXCLUSIVE

Artist Juan Ortiz continues to produce compelling reasons for the most ardent Star Trek fans to convert their basements or garages into home art galleries: His ongoing project to create movie posters — done in a style that evokes mid-century sci-fi novels and vintage geek pulp — for every single episode of Star Trek: The Original Series continues.

This week, CBS Studios and Quantum Mechanix are releasing four more prints, including Ortiz’s take on an episode with a title that’s just marvelous mouthful: “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.” READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek': Leapin' lizards, it's Gorn Day -- FIRST LOOK

Pssst. Hey. Yeah, you. You wanna see some Gorn?

Star Trek: The Video Game arrives April 23 with big ambitions and a complicated heritage, but really, the thing we want know about the most is the Gorn. To recap, the Gorn are a nasty race of reptilian brutes who were famously introduced on the original Star Trek television series in “Arena,” the classic episode that first aired in January 1967. You might remember the epic battle between Capt. James T. Kirk (the T stands for “torn-shirt”) and the syrup-slow captain of a Gorn ship (played by some dude in a rigid rubber suit). Classic stuff whether you love it this much or hate it this much or can in fact no longer tell the difference.

The Gorn get their widest Starfleet spotlight ever with the new game — it creates a fuller portrait of this cold-blooded conqueror race — and that’s why we’ve decided that today is Gorn Day and the first installment of Get to Know Your Gorn series…

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'Star Trek' is born again (and Gorn again) with new video game

It’s the kind of paradox that Mr. Spock finds fascinating — and the type of unmet challenge that Capt. James T. Kirk can’t resist: No franchise has a longer history with video game fans than Star Trek, but to today’s Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 audiences it’s a brand that might as well be lost in space.

That may change with the April 23 release of Star Trek: The Video Game (available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well as a Microsoft Windows PC version), which seeks a new commercial frontier for a brand that is heavy on heritage but light on contemporary credibility. The project also represents a traditional Hollywood power boldly going where it has never gone before: Star Trek: The Video Game represents the first major console game ever financed and released by Paramount Pictures, a historic studio that had licensed properties out in the burgeoning marketplace.

“For us it represents a huge investment in Star Trek,” says Brian Miller, Paramount’s senior vice president of brand marketing and the executive producer of the game. “We’re all gamers and we wanted to make sure the game was a triple-A game, something Star Trek deserves and frankly may not have gotten for the last several decades.”

During a limited test session on the Paramount lot, the game (which was developed by Digital Extremes of Unreal and Bioshock fame) was dynamic and engaging and as aesthetically satisfying as the 2009 film that provides its foundation. That film, directed by J.J. Abrams, presented (for the first time on screen) a new ensemble in the classic roles introduced by the 1966-69 television series. That new crew — led by Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Lt. Nyota Uhura), Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy), John Cho (Lt. Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Ensign Pavel Chekov), and Simon Pegg (Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott) – all lend their voices to the game.

This crew ensemble is the first Trek crew to grow up in the full-swing video game era and they were engaged in a big way by the possibilities of the project. Some, such as the irrepressible Pegg, were eager to come to recording sessions with improv and extra energy. It had been watching Abrams and the cast at work on the 2009 film, in fact, that inspired Paramount to set a new course into the video game universe.

NEXT: A game as Trek canon?

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'Star Trek's original Green Girl the subject of Kickstarter documentary

At first mention, today’s pop-culture connoisseurs might not recognize the name Susan Oliver, the Peyton Place actress who was a guest-star staple on popular primetime television in the 1960s and ’70s. But if you’re an old-school Star Trek fan, you most definitely remember her work from the show’s first — ultimately rejected — pilot episode, in which she played the original Green Girl, the seductive emerald-skinned Orion who was the rhythmic, writhing incarnation of Capt. Pike’s deepest fantasy. (See video below.) She made quite an impression on Pike and millions of adolescent boys who watched the series, which later incorporated her performance into the show’s end credits after it was recycled into a subsequent episode. In fact, when J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in 2009, Chris Pine’s Kirk had a one-nighter with a similarly sexy Orion, a nostalgic nod to Oliver’s original character.

But there was much more to Oliver than her brief fling with Star Trek, and an independent filmmaker is raising money on Kickstarter to complete a documentary about her life — titled, of course, The Green Girl. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' retro poster campaign tackles classic episodes 'Amok Time' and 'Day of the Dove' -- FIRST LOOK

Amok Time” is a classic episode in the Star Trek canon, surely best known for inspiring… the name of the legendary pop group T’Pau. (It’s also the one where Spock goes back to Vulcan for an ill-fated mating ritual, and winds up fake-killing Kirk.) The season 2 premiere from 1967 has now inspired a pretty cool new piece of artwork by talented Trek fan Juan Ortiz. It’s the latest work in Ortiz’s series of retro movie-style posters commissioned by CBS Studios and Quantum Mechanix. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' mashup memes take off after J.J. Abrams announcement

May the meme be with you.

That didn’t take long. Upon news that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is reportedly also now set to direct the new Star Wars, fans expressed their excitement/dismay/jealousy that one guy was set to inherit all of nerd kingdom on social media last night, and it turned out there was mainly one way to annouce all of your feelings: Gifs and Memes.

How did people communicate about Star Wars ideas in the 1970s (or even the early ‘00s!)? We rounded up some of our favorites from Twitter; check them out below (hat tip to Mashable). READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams gives special 'Star Trek Into Darkness' screening for dying fan

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In a story guaranteed to melt your cynical geek heart, J.J. Abrams has given a very special screening of his impending reboot-sequel Star Trek Into Darkness to a single Star Trek fan. As initially reported on CNET, it all began last week when a Reddit user named “ideeyut” started a thread about his friend Daniel, who suffers from both leukemia and cancer and who has just weeks to live. A huge Star Trek fan, it seemed unlikely that Daniel would live long enough to see the new film. READ FULL STORY

Is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan? Or are the 'Star Trek' folks playing with us? -- VIDEO

If you’re a Star Trek fan of pretty much any stripe — a Trekkie, a Trekker, a Bonesy-come-lately fan of J.J. Abrams’ high style 2009 reboot — then the last few weeks and months have likely included some heated debate over who exactly Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in next summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness. From the moment he was cast as the ostensible villain in the film, the geekosphere has been humming over whether Benny Batch would be taking on the ne plus ultra of Trek Big Bads, Khan Noonien Singh. And pretty much from that same moment, J.J. Abrams, Paramount, and most everyone involved with the film have been disabusing fans of this notion. Except when they’ve been doing the opposite.  READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' poster-palooza: New retro-cool posters inspired by the original TV series -- EXCLUSIVE

A day of art from the Star Trek entertainment-industrial complex continues: While fans scrutinize and decrypt the first poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming sequel to the 2009 blockbuster big screen reboot of the sci-fi classic, CBS Studios and Quantum Mechanix have released the latest batch of retro-cool posters by illustrator Juan Ortiz, inspired by episodes of the original Star Trek TV series.

First: “A Taste of Armageddon.” From the first season of ST:TOS, the episode found Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise caught in the middle of a most peculiar kind of war game. The episode contains one of the greatest fight scenes ever staged for television. READ FULL STORY

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