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Sometimes, you’ve just got to say “The laws of time and space? Who gives a smeg?”

Soundtrack tracklist – maybe?

Posted by Michael Warren on March 18, 2009

More stuff from TrekBBS. An eagle-eyed poster at the German Trek new site apparently spotted a track list for the new movie soundtrack on (which subsequently vanished…). I don’t know if it’s true or not, and no official word has come (yet) from Paramount regarding the soundtrack release. Anyway, the tracklist, running times, and some of my comments are below the cut.

SPOILERS, naturally.

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Another Esurance ad

Posted by Michael Warren on March 18, 2009

People on TrekBBS have been linking to my post about the Esurance ad, which has reminded me that I forgot to post the second one I came across, a week after the first. So, here it is:


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“You will experience fear.”

Posted by Michael Warren on March 7, 2009

After someone over on this side of the Atlantic got a little impatient, and put it online a few days ahead of schedule, Paramount officially released the new Star Trek trailer on Friday morning (when they were originally planning to do so on Monday morning). It was a nice thing to wake up to – although it did almost make me late for work as a result of the magnificence.

Yes, I thought it was spectacular. Giving us action, characterisation, emotion and jaw-dropping visuals, it blew the first trailer out of the sky. And it gave us our first looks at a number of things, including [highlight to read] George Kirk, the Enterprise in full, and James T. taking his place at the conn.  I had to go back and watch it through a few times just to process everything. And the music was just right, Two Steps from Hell once again delivering a spine-tingling piece.

I close out with a few of my favourite images and moments…

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes..."

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes..."

"We've got no captain, and no first officer to replace him." "Yeah, we do."

"We've got no captain, and no first officer to replace him." "Yeah, we do."

Tell me this didn't give you goosebumps...

Tell me this didn't give you goosebumps...

The angles on some of these shots are like nothing I've seen in Trek before - and that pleases me.

The angles on some of these shots are like nothing I've seen in Trek before - and that pleases me.

The whole thing has a "blockbuster" feel to it...

The whole thing has a "blockbuster" feel to it...

Prepare for the beginning

Prepare for the beginning.

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Another new cover – and this one’s even real!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 5, 2009

So, as the release date gets closer, more and more snippets of news on the new Star Trek film are emerging.

Today, we got the front and back covers of the novelization (announcement discussed here), which include a blurb that has piqued my interest still further for this film.

So, SPOILER WARNING for the image below (click to enlarge).


There’s a lot more emphasis on the title than on the version I made, but that’s probably for the best in terms of shelf visibility.

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The Typhon Pact covers!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 2, 2009

Well, no, not really. Sorry. Just more of my Photoshop messing about, I’m afraid.

I was attempting to create a Star Trek novel cover, using the correct dimensions and all (having been able to get hold of the font used on the Destiny series), and I was so impressed with what I managed to achieve, I immediately decided to use it and make up covers for the Typhon Pact miniseries coming next year.

Of course, as so often happens with the stuff I do on Photoshop, the first one was a triumph, but repeating the effects and the style again were more difficult that I imagined. Still, the others look pretty good.

Note that the titles, the assigned authors and the characters present are entirely of my own devising, and in no way represent the work or intentions of Pocket Books – although I won’t complain if my guesses turn out to be correct!

Book I – Galaxy in Flames by Keith R.A. DeCandido


This is the one I started out with, and was very pleased with – all of the composite images work really well with the colouring and the textures, and the Picard image stands out prominently.

I liked it so much that I created a solicitation cover for it as well (those temporary images you get in the Pocket Books catalogues and on Amazon in early pre-orders).

Book II – False Hopes by Christopher L. Bennett

Book II cover

I struggled with this one for a bit – finding the best Martok image took some time. It was at this point, based on my – unintentional – juxtaposition of Picard and the Scimitar hall in Galaxy in Flames, that I decided on a visual theme of the characters being juxtaposed with settings associated with another species.

Book III – Broken Promises by James Swallow


I was running out of ideas as to who to feature on the cover by now – Garak did have a small role in Destiny, and it might be that the limitations on revealing too much about the future of the DS9 relaunch may preclude any major appearances beyond the Aventine crew (of which, more momentarily), but I liked the image. I also went a bit “arty” on the First City panorama, throwing in a Brush Strokes effect that seems to work quite well.

Book IV – All Our Sorrows by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore


And, taking the cue from what Margaret Clark said when the real series was announced, the Aventine appears on a cover :D. This one was the hardest of all – that damned Ki Baratan image just didn’t like the colour washes I chose for this cover, and then I had to modify the Ezri picture to reflect that she’s now command division and ranked Captain… It looks grubbier than the others, and I’m not as satisfied with it as the others, but it’s not bad.

And, finally, a montage of all four covers without titles.


I take no responsibility for people thinking these are the real deal – they’re definitely not! Anyway, hope they were enjoyed.

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Fiddling about in Photoshop

Posted by Michael Warren on February 25, 2009

I occasionally mess around with Photoshop – I would classify myself as “crap at it”, but for my complete lack of skills, I am quite pleased with what I manage to pull together sometimes.

For example, ages ago, I tried to mock up a teaser poster for the new Star Trek film, and put things like the novelization and the soundtrack on the credits. With the official announcement of the book, I went back to fix it, and then ended up creating another one using MadMan’s brilliant from-scratch rendering of the new-Ent. And here they are (click to enlarge, obviously):

(The first one, of course, uses Gabriel Koerner’s “reimagined” Ent).

I know they’re nowhere near as good as this, but I quite like them.

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Posted by Michael Warren on February 16, 2009

Empire Online has been doing these poster mashups for a few weeks now. This week, it was the turn of Star Trek. Most of them were utter rubbish – but the winner was absolutely fantastic.

I give you… SCOT*E!


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Suiting up…

Posted by Michael Warren on February 16, 2009

You know, I’ve always wanted to own a Star Trek uniform.

I’m quite proud of the fact that I happen to own a screen-original uniform from season 2 of seaQuest DSV. But the Trek uniform has long eluded me. Back in the mid 90s, Rubies Costumes and Warp One were the people producing the replica uniforms. I was too young to be able to afford one back then, and I’ve always seemed to miss the command division uniforms on eBay since. Of course, a screen-original uniform would be far too expensive, as has been seen from the It’s A Wrap! auctions over the last couple of years.

Anyway, the point of this post was to note that Rubies now has the license to produce uniforms based on the new Star Trek movie, and they’re available to preorder in the UK already. And they look pretty good. There are two versions available: “Deluxe” (which makes little sense, as it’s the basic version) and “Grand Heritage”. Now, the Grand Heritage is a mite too pricey for my liking (£80), but the Deluxe (£40) just might be worth the purchase. I’ll have to see them in better detail first, though.

They can be preordered from Forbidden Planet here, with a release date of 31st July. Pictures below.

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A little rarity…

Posted by Michael Warren on February 14, 2009

As I was browsing through the Star Trek Magazine Archives (preview; review), I discovered something I’d been trying to get my hands on for quite some time.

When Season 4 of Deep Space Nine premiered on video, a special piece of artwork was commissioned for “The Way of the Warrior“. This artwork appeared on the cover and inside gatefold of CIC Video‘s volume 4.1. It was also used to advertise the new release. A little while back, I wanted to try and track the artwork down. I knew there was a copy of it on the back cover of one of the older Star Trek Monthly issues, but, as I have mentioned previously, those are currently several hundred miles away.

Of course, with the new CD-ROM archive, that was no longer the case. And I was delighted when I discovered that the archives included the back covers as well as the main content. And that the issue I was looking for was in the first volume.

So, I present to you a little gem – the promotional artwork for “The Way of the Warrior”, as printed on the back cover of Star Trek Monthly issue 12:



One of the things I would really like to know is who actually drew the image, and whether it was used to promote the episode in the States.

I have also made two wallpaper-sized versions for you to download and enjoy!


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The missing piece of the puzzle…

Posted by Michael Warren on February 12, 2009

2009novelmockupAfter what has felt like quite some time, a hole in the 2009 Trek literature schedule has been filled, as the novelization of the new Star Trek movie has finally been announced:

As the title of the link says, renowned author Alan Dean Foster will be adapting the movie for prose. It will be a trade paperback, and will be out at roughly the same time as the movie itself.

In a quick Photoshop session, I made the image at right to celebrate…


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