Saturday, April 6: Spring Sci-Fi
Charity Putt Putt Challenge
19-21: TrekTrax Atlanta
Thursday, April 25: Star
Trek: TNG, "The Best of Both Worlds"
USS Atlanta decommissions;
members join USS Republic
Chief of Shakedown Ops
presents Member of the Year Award
USS Republic Commanding
Officer for 2013-2014 elected
TrekTrax Atlanta fundraising
campaign reaches 80% of goal
TrekTrax Atlanta announces
celebrity guests for 2013
TrekTrax Atlanta needs
many volunteer staff members
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Republic Membership Renewals
About the Republic
For More Information
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of Vulcan Had 9/11 Effect on Federation
& Abrams Talk Into
J. Abrams on Cumberbatch Fitting into Star
Contrasts His Harrison with McDowell's Soran
Villain "Tailored" for Cumberbatch
Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
Sponsored by KAG Atlanta and Sci-Fi Summer
A charity event benefitting Bread of Life Food Ministry
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6,
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
join our Klingon friends from KAG
Atlanta at the Malibu
Grand Prix Theme Park in Norcross for this fun-filled
fundraiser benefitting the Bread
of Life Food Ministry,
a community food bank in Lawrenceville.
and friends of the USS Republic, KAG Atlanta,
Stargate Atlanta, the IKAV Nemesis, that lizard
thing on the far left and who knows who else at the
2010 Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge in Norcross.
We've had a lot of fun at this event the last several years
and have been challenged by KAG Atlanta to do it again!
Grand Prix is on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross, just
west of I-85 at Indian Trail-Lilburn Road
at least two canned food donations per person
for a free 18-hole round of putt-putt per person (a
other attractions at group rate prices!
to the winner and person donating the most canned goods!
shirts or Star Trek costumes encouraged but not
local fan clubs and fan groups are challenged and welcomed
to attend and participate!
is a "family-friendly" event!
may be some fun semi-fabulous prizes for the winner!
For more information about the Putt-Putt challenge, please
chairman and KAG Atlanta Quadrant Commander Chris
Jones. On behalf of the command and crew of
the USS Republic NCC-1371, we hope to see you there!
MALIBU GRAND PRIX MAP AND DIRECTIONS
April 19-21, 2013
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA 30341 (770) 457-6363
Trek: The Next Generation:
"The Best of Both Worlds"
7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013
Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway Access
Chamblee GA 30341
Best of Both Worlds"the two-part storyline comprising
the third season finale and the fourth season premiere of
the beloved series Star Trek: The Next Generationwill,
for the first time ever, be seamlessly tied together as one
continuous and uninterrupted story digitally restored with
new CGI effects... on the big screen! Audiences
will also see special clips from "Regeneration: Engaging
the Borg," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of
"The Best of Both Worlds."
Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment are coming together
again to celebrate Season 3 of the iconic series Star Trek:
The Next Generation in a special one-night big-screen
event. For the first time ever, "The Best of Both
Worlds" will be shown bigger and better as a full-length
presentation only on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. in select
This not-to-be missed movie theater event will feature one
of the most memorable moments in TV history and exclusive
clips about the making of "The Best of Both Worlds"
and Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3.
Set in the 24th century, The Next Generation was created
by Gene Roddenberry over 20 years after the original Star
Trek series. The Next Generation became
the longest-running series of the Star Trek franchise,
consisting of 178 episodes over seven seasons. Star
Trek: The Next Generation "The Best of Both
Worlds" is the first opportunity to see "The Best
of Both Worlds," one of the greatest TV episodes of all
time, as a gloriously remastered full-length feature in select
movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.
Resistance is futile, so buy
your tickets today!
Atlanta decommissions; members join USS Republic
years ago, and for nearly a decade prior to that, the USS
Republic was the only STARFLEET chapter in Atlanta.
And although the Republic had enjoyed a robust
and active membership for most of its first 15 years, the
unfortunate truth is that by the middle of the last decade,
the Republic had fallen on hard times, with less than
ten members on its roster and less than a handful of members
with any real interest in the chapter at all. In fact,
by early 2006, the chapter had been placed on probation by
STARFLEET and was in danger of being decommissioned. Then,
in May of that year, after only one year of official membership,
then-Commander Eric L. Watts was elected Commanding
Officer, and it is fair to say that when he assumed command,
he essentially threw everything out the proverbial windowa
fixed monthly meeting date; dues, rank and promotion policies;
even the club's old logoand for all practical purposes,
he relaunched the Republic as a brand new ship, run
by him and ONLY by him, doing almost everything in an all-new
way... doing things HIS way.
Given the enormous success that the Republic has enjoyed
since Captain Watts took command, including more than twelve
STARFLEET Region 2 awards and becoming the largest chapter
in Fleet with more than a hundred members at the end of 2009,
it is easy to forget that Captain Watts' rock 'em, sock 'em,
my-way-or-the-highway style of doing things wasn't greeted
with approval, much less enthusiasm, by the half-dozen or
so members he inherited with the ship. In fact, Captain
Watts' new way of doing things caused a great deal of animosity
and anger among those members... so much so, that less than
six months later, all but one of the Republic's longtime
members transferred their memberships off the Republic,
and to the USS DaVinci in Columbus, where they immediately
began making plans to form and launch a new, a second,
STARFLEET chapter in Atlanta, to be called... the USS Atlanta.
In June 2007, the USS Atlanta was commissioned,
with Adm Michael Henigan as her first Commanding Officer.
The initial relationship between the USS Republic and
the USS Atlanta was, frankly, poor. There were
hurt feelings on both sides. Mike and his crew
were upset that Eric came along and threw out everything they
had known and loved about the Republic for so long.
Eric was upset that less than six months after being
elected CO, virtually his entire crew committed mutiny and
abandoned ship. For the better part of two years,
Eric and Mike were at odds with each other. Harsh words
were said by and about the other. Those of you
who were a part of either ship during that time will recall
that Star Trek fandom in Atlanta became splintered. Loyalties
were questioned. Relationships were strained. Sadly,
some friendships were broken.
But by 2009, things began to change. Hostilities mellowed.
Eric and Mike actually began speaking to each other
again. With the Republic by that time enjoying
a crew of a hundred members, Eric no longer perceived the
Atlanta as a threat, and Mike conceded that despite
his initial objections about the way Eric had run the Republic,
he had actually done a pretty good job with it, after all.
By the end of the year, Eric and Mike had fully reconciled
their differences, and the Republic and the Atlanta
settled into a comfortable relationship of coexistence and
mutual respect. And that's the way things remained,
thankfully, for the next two years.
One year ago, Eric and Mike sat down and asked themselves
the questions, "Does the city of Atlanta really need two STARFLEET
chapters? Is there any real reason for Star Trek
fandom to remain splintered between two chapters? Isn't
it about time that STARFLEET in Atlanta was finally reunited
aboard one ship?" And they decided that yes, indeed,
the time had come. The time had come to set aside, once
and for all, all previous disagreements and hostilities. Yes,
Virginia... it's time for reunification.
it was decided that 2012 would be The Year of the Phoenix...
a wonderfully appropriate name, since the legendary phoenix
is an integral part of the Atlanta's logo and it represents
"From death, rebirth." The tagline "Reenlist, Recommit,
Reunite" was adopted and in case you missed it, both the Atlanta's
logo and its crew roster were included in all of the Republic's
monthly newsletters throughout 2012. And, all of the
events organized and coordinated for the Republic last
year were declared joint events for both chapters. But
as 2012 came to an end, so did The Year of the Phoenix. At
the Republic and Atlanta's joint Christmas party
on December 22, 2012, Region 2 Zone 2 Coordinator Adm Kelly
Hilliard, representing and on behalf of STARFLEET International,
conducted the official decommissioning ceremony of the USS
Atlanta and the transfer of her crew to the USS Republic.
2 Zone 2 Coordinator Adm Kelly Hilliard (center) conducts
the decommissioning ceremony of the USS Atlanta
on behalf of STARFLEET International. CO Capt
Eric L. Watts (right) formally appoints former USS
Atlanta CO Adm Michael Henigan (left) as the
Republic's new Executive Officer.
Immediately following the decommissioning and transfer, Captain
Watts offered the position of Executive Officer, USS Republic,
to Admiral Henigan, who accepted the offer and assumed all
the rights and responsibilities thereof.
To all former members of the USS Atlanta whose memberships
have been transferred to the USS Republic: Welcome
Chief of Shakedown Operations presents Member of the Year
the USS Republic established the Member of the Year
award to recognize the one member whose service to the chapter
surpassed all others. Service to the chapter can and
has been defined as attendance at chapter events and activities,
contributions of needed goods and services, financial support
or other extraordinary measures that benefitted the chapter
and the membership. In 2007, the Member of the Year
award went to ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker. In 2008,
it went to ENS1 Hal Doby. In 2009, it went to
ENS1 Joanne Trew. In 2010, it went to ENS1 Sue
Lin Lange, and in 2011, it went to ENS3 Barry Bynum.
the USS Republic's Member of the Year award was presented
to someone whose tireless, selfless, ongoing commitment to
this chapter went unrecognized and unrewarded for far too
long. It went to someone who has sacrificed personal
time and interests for the sake of the chapter. It went
to someone whose loyalty, dedication and commitment is beyond
reproach. It went to the one person whose name has become
synonymous with the USS Republic. It went to
the person who deserves it more than anyone else ever has
or likely ever will. At the Republic and Atlanta's
joint Christmas party on December 22, Region 2 Chief of Shakedown
Operations Adm Michael Henigan presented the USS Republic
Member of the Year Award for 2012 to her very own Commanding
Officer, Capt Eric L. Watts.
Michael Henigan presents Capt Eric L. Watts with the
second of two Region 2 awards for 2012: the Perfect
Reporting Award and Second Place Newsletter of the
Michael Henigan presents CO Capt Eric L. Watts with
the USS Republic's 2012 Member of the Year
Republic Commanding Officer for 2013-2014 elected
came to the USS Republic and USS Atlanta's joint
Christmas party last December 22 assuming that Capt Eric
L. Watts would be reelected for an unprecedented fourth
two-year term as the chapter's commanding officer, they were
certainly surprisedperhaps even stunnedto hear
the Captain state the following during his annual State of
the Chapter address:
"As Admiral Hilliard stated earlier, the first year of
my command was not without its challenges. When the
crew I inherited decided to leave the Republic and
form their own ship, I was, quite frankly, angry. I
wanted the Republic to be the biggest, most active,
best-known and most well-respected chapter in Fleet. And
when the Republic was featured on the front cover of
the STARFLEET Communiqué in 2010, I felt like I had
achieved all of those objectives. But there was one
thing that was still bothering me... one thing that I still
felt compelled to do.
"I wanted to reunify STARFLEET in Atlanta. It has
always been my belief that there is strength in numbers, and
I have been quoted on many occasions as saying that the main
problem with the Klingon Assault Group in the metro Atlanta
area is that there are small ships scattered all over town
rather than there being one united ship to represent the entire
city. As long as the USS Atlanta operated alongside
the Republic, I felt that STARFLEET suffered the same
problem. And I wanted to fix that problem. I made
it my personal goal that somehow, some way, I would see to
it that the USS Atlanta and the USS Republic
would be rejoined. I am very pleased that as of
tonight, the last item on my bucket list as your Commanding
Officer has been achieved. The members of the USS Atlanta
have come home to the Republic.
"I've done everything I wanted to do, and everything
I felt I needed to do. And, not unimportantly, with
the addition of the Atlanta's crew of six members to
the Republic's current crew of 45 members, the Republic
is now, once and again, the largest meeting chapter in STARFLEET.
My current term as CO expires in nine days and with
Admiral Henigan now in place as your Executive Officer, I
can now walk away from the captain's chair with a clear conscience
and my head held high, knowing that I leave the ship in the
very capable hands of Mike Henigan, who would ascend to the
position of Commanding Officer should no one [else] be elected
"Thank you for the privilege of being your Commanding
Officer for the last 6½ years. It has been an honor."
Region 2 Zone 2 Coordinator Adm Kelly Hilliard then
asked for nominations from the floor. Captain Watts
was nominated and the nomination was seconded. When
asked if he accepted the nomination, he passed. After
a long pause, Adm Mike Henigan was nominated, and the
nomination was seconded; when asked if he accepted the nomination,
he declined. Adm Hilliard asked for any other nominations,
and there were none.
After an even longer and very awkward pause, Adm Hilliard
asked Capt Watts again if he would accept the nomination. Capt
Watts stated that before he accepted any nomination, he would
like to address the membershp. And he did.
Speaking entirely off the cuff and with no prepared notes,
Capt Watts informed the membership that he was disappointed
and frustrated with the membership, and had been so for well
over a year. He stated that he had grown tired
of coordinating and organizing club events and activities
month after month after month that only one or two other members
came out for. He stated that he had grown tired
of spending countless hours every month creating and emailing
out to hundreds of people an award-winning newsletter that
apparently no one ever read. He stated that he
had grown tired of being the only member of the chapter who
would go to local events and spend hours at a fan table promoting
the chapter. He stated that he had grown tired
of begging members to renew their dues; he felt less like
a leader and more like a bill collector. He stated
that he was ready to move on and get back to many of his other
hobbies and interests that he had neglected for years because
of his service to the Republic.
stated that he would have no regret walking away from the
Republic at this point in time, knowing that if push
came to shove, the chapter would fall, for better or for worse,
into the hands of Adm Henigan. In conclusion, he said
that he would reluctantly accept the nomination, but he also
told the membership to not vote for him if they did
not intend to support the chapter with their attendance and
dues renewal payments. He stated that as far as
he was concerned, any member who voted for him was asking
him to continue to make sacrifices for the chapter that he
was no longer willing to make, and that by voting for him,
they were making a personal pledge and promise to support
the Republic with their attendance at future chapter
events and with their dues renewals.
ALL THEIR FAULT: Let the record show that these are
the members who unanimously reelected a reluctant
Captain Watts for yet another two-year term as your
Seated: XO Adm Michael Henigan, CO Capt Eric L. Watts.
Standing, left to right: R2 Zone Coordinator Adm Kelly
Hilliard, ENS3 Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker,
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker, ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell, ENS1
Sue Lin Lange, Ens Reggie Lewis, "Ensign Wolfy."
With those promises made, Adm Hilliard conducted a voice vote
among all bona fide Republic members in attendance. Capt
Watts was reelected Commanding Officer by a uninamous vote
of the attending membership for an unprecedented fourth term.
Atlanta fundraising campaign reaches 80% of total goal
Atlanta completed the last leg of its multi-tiered
fundraising campaign in mid-February, concluding an eight-month-long
effort to raise enough money to ensure its survival beyond
2013, setting for ourselves the ambitious goal of $5,500.
The first major event, a fan film/gaming/flea market/live
concert event called Trekkiepalooza!,
was held at the Tucker Saloon in Tucker, Georgia, last July
and raised about $521 before expenses. The second major
event, similar to the first, called Trekkiepalooza
2: Resistance Is Futile, was held last October in
the same venue and raised about $177 before expenses. Between
July and October, a variety of Star Trek merchandise
and collectibles and some common household items were sold
on eBay, through The Republiqué and via various social
media outlets, raising another $553 before expenses. In
late December, we launched our third and last major fundraising
effort, a 45-day Indiegogo online crowdfunding campaign that
had its own goal of $6,000. The Indiegogo campaign raised
an astonishing $3,155 by itself before fees and expenses (which
were high). The grand total of all monies raised as
a result of these various efforts comes in at about $4,407
before expenses, or 80.1% of goal... an amount that may not
have reached its stated goal, but which is quite respectable
in its own right.
It's difficult to determine exactly what our fundraising expenses
were. PayPal and Indiegogo fees alone were just
over $400. Add to that the marketing costs of the two
Trekkiepalooza events and postage costs for merchandise we
shipped to online purchasers and auction winners, and the
amount increases even more. Our best guess is that after
all expenses, our net proceeds came in at about $3,900, which
still leaves us about $1,600 short of our total goal.
Nevertheless, these funds helped TrekTrax Atlanta retire one
its debts from the 2012 convention and make significant progress
on another, making it possible for us to hold our third convention
in 2013. At this point, the survival of TrekTrax Atlanta
depends on YOU and your attendance. We have a fantastic
convention planned for this year, and we need YOU to purchase
an attending membership. Your attendance and support
of our 2013 convention now is absolutely essential
to ensuring we can plan a fourth convention in 2014 next year.
Atlanta announces celebrity guests for 2013
is pleased to announce that Manu Intiraymi, Keith
R. A. DeCandido and Ken Feinberg have been added
to our 2013 guest roster!
is an American television and theatre actor best known as
Icheb in eleven episodes during the last two seasons of Star
Trek: Voyager, including "Collective, " "Ashes to Ashes,"
"Child's Play," "The Haunting of Deck Twelve," "Imperfection,"
"Nightingale," "Shattered," "Lineage," "Human Error," "Q2"
and "Endgame: Part 1." TrekTrax Atlanta will be
Intiraymi's first-ever convention appearance in the
southeastern United States, and he's very much looking forward
to celebrating his birthday here with us.
is the prolific writer/editor of more than three dozen Star
Trek novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and
Feinberg, perhaps best known to millions of fans as
the Chaos Demon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also played
the Alien Captain in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode
In addition, Doug Harper and Christin Woods
will be joining five of their castmates at the convention.
Atlanta is only seven weeks away! Memberships,
VIP champagne reception tickets, souvenir t-shirts, fan tables,
dealer tables and more can be purchased NOW on our web site
You can also book your hotel room, volunteer for staff
and register to compete in the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty
Pageant. Find lots of information on all our guests,
special events, programming and much more! Remember:
the sooner you purchase your membership, the better-prepared
we can be to give you an outstanding convention!
Atlanta needs many volunteer staff members
Atlanta is committed to providing our attending membership
with an outstanding convention experience as demonstrated
by a commitment to unparalleled customer service. To
achieve this goal, our all-volunteer, fan-run convention is
organized into various operational departments.
Want to attend TrekTrax Atlanta, but the price of a membership
is a little out of reach? Or, want to be in the middle
of things and help out wherever you can? Good news!
TrekTrax Atlanta has plenty of vacant volunteer staff
positions in all departments that need to be filled SOON.
Responsibilities and requirements vary by department
depending on need, but the volunteer staff fee is only $10.
In return for a few hours of your time, you get to enjoy
the entire convention at all other times. If this is
something you'd be interesting in doing, please contact the
director(s) listed below.
Well Soon to Capt Eric L. Watts, who was
injured in an auto accident in Snellville on January
4. The driver of a minivan attempted (and failed)
to execute a left turn in front of Captain Watts, who
collided squarely with the minivan's passenger side
at highway speed. In addition to the relatively
minor knot on the top of his head and two bruised kneecaps,
Captain Watts suffered a fairly major sprain to his
right wrist. Surprisingly, x-rays revealed no
stress fractures. Nevertheless, he remains under
a doctor's care, continues to take pain medication on
an as-needed basis and has been wearing an uncomfortable
wrist brace for two months. It may be several
more months before he regains full use of his right
special going on in your life? Submit
your Personnel Record for publication in the
next issue of The Republiqué!
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Mission to Farragut Fest 2012 || December
Jeff Trew, CO Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Joanne Trew in
the command chair of the USS Farragut/USS Enterprise
at the Farragut Films studio in Kingsland, Georgia.
Captains Three: Vic Mignogna (Capt Kirk in Star Trek
Continues), CO Capt Eric L. Watts and John Broughton
(Capt Carter in Starship Farragut) (with a special
appearance by Xavier Broughton).
Right: Members of the Starship Farragut production
crew greet visitors to the studio and offer various types
A real-world production view of the standing bridge set.
Right: Cast and crew members from Starship Farragut
and Star Trek Continues (including Michael Day, second
from left; Vic Mignogna, third from right; and John Broughton,
far right) hold a Q&A with the audience following the
world premiere of Starship Farragut's latest episode,
"The Price of Anything," at a nearby high school
Republic/USS Atlanta Holiday Party || December
left to right: XO Adm Michael Henigan, CDT Zarena Nova Tucker,
ENS3 Richard Tucker. Standing, left to right: ENS1 Zannetta
Law Tucker, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, R2 Zone Coordinator Adm
Kelly Hilliard, ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange,
Ens Reggie Lewis, "Ensign Wolfy," Wendie Goers, Sabrina
Pandora, Theresa Parker, Dana Stump, John Stump.
Saturday, January 19
ENS2 Tasheka Gipson
Sunday, January 20
ENS3 Robert Teague
3 New Members in December!
Ens Reggie Lewis
Ens Lauren Rhodes
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
6 Members of the USS Atlanta transferred to the USS
Republic in December!
Ens Travis J. Heller
Adm Michael Henigan
Adm Kelly S Hilliard
Ens JG Roderick Jennings
members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in December
ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS1 Eric Lange
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS3 Karen Neal
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
ENS3 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
ENS3 Leslie Williamson
REPUBLIC MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
These memberships will expire in January. Please
ENS3 Rob Gilliam
USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned
as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988,
at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia. As
of March 3, 2013, the Republic crew includes 42
members who are active members of STARFLEET in good
Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule
of events for its members, but does not hold meetings on
a consistently fixed date each month.
the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter
of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by
its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET
is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic. Combined
annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is
collected by the chapter (family discounts are available
with certain conditions and restrictions). Membership
in the Republic includes access to our YahooGroups
message board, voting privileges in chapter elections
and additional privileges that occasionally become available.
Additional information on Republic membership
and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web
AS OF MARCH 3, 2013
of Vulcan Had 9/11 Effect on Federation for Into Darkness
December 26, 2012
a new interview, Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer/producer
Damon Lindelof discusses the process of making the film
at length, including how they are dealing with tying into
the last film and the rest of Star Trek canon. He
also talks about Kirk’s arc, the time setting of the movie
on connection between Star Trek 2009, Star Trek
history and Into Darkness & more
is worth checking out the full interview at Collider with
Damon Lindelof which was done at the Bad Robot event a couple
of weeks ago, but here are a few highlights:
wouldn't get specific on how Into Darkness will deal
with the destruction of Vulcan (from 2009's Star Trek),
but did offer a general comment, saying:
understood when we did it in the first movie that it was
going to have a 9/11-level impact on that universe. In
the same way that 9/11 happened over ten years ago, but
we're still talking about it and it still influences everything
about our daily lives. Anything that happens
in our new timeline has to walk in lockstep with Vulcan
was destroyed and what is the impact of that on the Federation?
And what is the impact of that on Spock? What
is the impact of that on Kirk? What is the impact
of that on the geopolitics of the galaxy itself?
writer also talked about how even with a new timeline, they
"do their homework" to ensure they honor the prime
think the fans want to feel that that stuff had a lot of
thought behind it and that we're not being casual about
referencing the original series or the Trek-verse. And
you have to do your homework especially because we started
a new timeline. You have to be very responsible about
the sequencing of things because it's not we can do whatever
we want now. Our timeline can't really abberrate before
the first movie where Nero basically destroyed the Kelvin.
six months passed in-universe between end of 2009
Star Trek and opening scene of Star Trek
Into Darkness' mission on Nibiru
arc is still in the "phase that preceded"
the type of captain he was in the original Star
were made to some of John Harrison's dialog after
casting Cumberbatch, but "that didn't mean that
John Harrison did anything differently, or it didn't
change the story in any way"
"Darkness" title, the film contains Trek’s
signature humor, as "totally dark Trek is not
is "reasonable expectation" of redshirt
death but they don't want to be "too cutesy about
that Earth "needed to play more of a role"
in their Star Trek movies due to "relatability"
has given team a lot of freedom and "no mandates"
(like X number of explosions, etc.)
& Abrams Talk Into Darkness Villain + Quinto Talks
Kirk & Spock Relationship
December 27, 2012
set of interviews from the recent Star Trek Into Darkness
publicity tour have emerged, this time from Korea. See
below for excerpts of what Benedict Cumberbatch and J. J.
Abrams had to say about the film's villain John Harrison,
find out why J. J. says the movie's 3D is like none you
have seen before and see what Zachary Quinto had to say
about Kirk and Spock’s relationship in the film.
John Harrison controls people's minds in Into Darkness
+ more from J. J., Zach & Chris
is a newly released set of Star Trek Into Darkness
video interviews from the Korean site Naver Movies, featuring
director J. J. Abrams and the actors Benedict Cumberbatch,
Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine. Below are some of the
highlights of what they had to say:
Cumberbatch talked about his character, John Harrison, saying:
He is an extraordinary terrorist of sorts. He uses
himself as a warrior with weapons and close hand combat
to just reap devastation and havoc wherever he goes and
a trail of destruction follows him. What is interesting
from an acting point of viewbeyond doing the stunts
and choreographed fight sequenceswas also the psychological
warfare that he acts out. He has an incredible ability
to control people's minds to his bidding and make them...
well, confuse the radar of their loyalties and prerogatives,
so that was great fun. So it was a great mixture of
intense acting scenes and action scenes.
director J. J. Abrams also weighed in on the villain role
and what Cumberbatch brought to it:
Benedict is an amazing actor. He is someone who brings
this incredible intelligence and depth and truth to whatever
he does. When I saw Sherlock, I thought, "Here
is a guy who is making Sherlock Holmes into a character
that I absolutely relate to, love to watch, makes me laughI
really feel for him. It's Sherlock Holmes but someone
Benedict Cumberbatch is completely bringing it to life and
making it real. We needed someone for this character
who is going to ground the character and make him relatable
and be frightening and intense and believable. Not
because he is raving and insane but because he is rational.
And he brought this incredible sense of sophistication
and psychological complexity to the role and we were very
lucky to get him.
also talked about how the film tests Kirk:
This movie begins with this group already together. The
idea is that it is this group of people who are being tested
in a way they have never been tested before. Especially
one of the main characters played by Chris Pine who really
has to sort of earn his position as captain and do everything
he can to protect his crew.
also spoke at length about the 3D process, saying:
First of all, the studio required us to shoot in 3D. They
said we have to do that for the economics of it. So
I was really bummed because I am not a huge fan of 3D at
all. So approaching this thing, I went in very cynically.
I knew I wanted to shoot the movie on film. I
knew I wanted to shoot it anamorphically, which means we
couldn't shoot it in native 3D. But I wanted to make
the version of the movie that was the version I wanted to
make in 2D. And I thought that if we can augment it
and make it even cooler in 3D, then great. Well, luckily
we are working with an amazing stereographer and 3D crew
and we have been doing work converting the movie. There
is this myth that if you do a movie that is not shot natively
in 3D, then it will not look as good, which is absolutely
not true. The look of the moviethere are some
tricks and techniques that have never been used before. And
the look of this 3D is beyond what we have seen before,
especially with what you can do with IMAX. The frame
of the IMAX is so much bigger than the 35MM frame. The
resolution is so high. In this movie, all the
exterior shots are done in IMAX, whether filmed or rendered
if it is a CG shot. So the cool thing there, you have
this massive scale plus the 3D. It is really going
to be a cool experience for the audience.
Movies also spoke to Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Pine
mostly talked about how J. J. Abrams is an "incredible
talent." Quinto did give some details on
how Kirk and Spock relate to each other in Into Darkness:
I think [Kirk and Spock] operate from different places.
This movie is no exception. It is just an undercurrent
of who these characters are. I think in this movie,
in particular, each of these characters learns from the
other one about how more fully to be effective in their
job and in their lives.
J. Abrams on Cumberbatch Fitting into Star Trek Cast
+ Film Secrecy
January 7, 2013
Trek Into Darkness producer/director J. J. Abrams wasn't
sure that introducing Benedict Cumberbatch into the tight-knit
cast family that grew out of his first Star Trek
movie was going to work, according to comments he made over
the weekend at the Television Critics Association. See
what J. J. had to say about Cumberbatch and his penchant
for secrecy below.
on John Harrison and Into Darkness Secrecy
an interview from a Television Critics Association event
over the weekend, producer/director J. J. Abrams talked
about his various projects, including Star Trek Into
Darkness. One of the more interesting bits related
to the character of John Harrison, and the movie's secrecy.
Here is the exchange:
Fans originally thought Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing
Khan. Now that we know he's playing John Harrison,
were you thinking at the time, "Don't worry, guys,
I've got this. We're not going to do what you think"?
I just can't wait for people to see the movie. Benedict
is unbelievable. It's a tall order, coming into that
movie, because the crew of the Enterprisethat
castis so damn good and they're wonderful to work
with and they're all good hearts. So, to come into
that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller
did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful
could happen. And he completely did it. I not
only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being.
He''s an amazing guy. I can't wait for people
to see the movie and experience what he's done.
is more from Abrams talking about his preference for secrecy:
You've done such a great job at maintaining the mystery
and secrecy of the storylines for the projects you work
on. Is that fun for you?
No. It’s only fun to keep things quiet when it finally
comes out as scheduled. Then, you feel like, "Oh,
I didn't just spend six months ruining the movie for people.
It's not fun during the experience of withholding
because then you sound like a coy bastard and you're being
a jerk. But, what it really is about is making sure
that, when you go to the movies or watch the show when it
airs, you didn't read the synopsis that came out of my fat
mouth because I was answering a question that I was grateful
anyone would even ask. I'd rather people experience
it and learn what happens than be told what happens, and
see it and have it confirmed.
Contrasts His Harrison with McDowell's Soran + Talks Trekkie
Desire for Spoilers
January 7, 2013
interview with Star Trek Into Darkness bad guy actor
Benedict Cumberbatch where he talks about his role as John
Harrison and even contrasts it with Malcolm McDowell's role
in Star Trek: Generations. He also weighs in
on Trekkies' desire for movie details, comparing it to kids
wanting more candy.
contrasts his John Harrison with McDowell's Soran
to Entertainment Weekly, Star Trek Into Darkness
bad guy Benedict Cumberbatch described his character as
"a one-man weapon of mass destruction, a terrorist
with a cause." He also contrasted his role with
one of his acting heroes, Malcolm McDowell, who in 1994
played Dr. Tolian Soran in Star Trek: Generations:
actors like [McDowell] do is resist the mustache twirling,"
Cumberbatch said. "It's very easy to come off
as just crazy [in the villain role] and I tried with this
role to look for something unsettling and investigative.
He is a great story, my character. I can't say
who the guy is, but his story has some amazingand
starkly modernparables. And best of all, it's
been so much fun. Playing the not-good-guy is really
fun. But that's all I can say."
also weighed in on director J. J. Abrams' well-known secrecy
and how it relates to Star Trek fans:
is rare now, isn't it? There aren’t that many
enigmas in this modern world," Cumberbatch said. "Myself,
I quite enjoyed seeing Super 8 and not knowing the
story and then being mesmerized by it... [but] we live in
the modern world, which is a place of oversaturation and
now people, especially Trekkies, want to know everything
before they witness it themselves. It's strange to
me. I think of it as a kid having a box of chocolates
and not knowing what's good for them. They eat three
and they keep eating as they get sick... and the candy is
Darkness Villain "Tailored" for Cumberbatch
+ Film Fits with Rodden-berry’s Vision
January 8, 2013
a new interview, Star Trek Into Darkness producer
Bryan Burk talks about how the new movie progresses on from
2009's Star Trek. He also explains how the
role of the villain was tailored to actor Benedict Cumberbatch,
as well as saying that even though "darkness"
is in the name, the film is still part of Roddenberry's
vision of a brighter future.
talks on "progression" since Star Trek
2009, Harrison villain and how dark is Into Darkness
to IGN at the Star Trek Into Darkness press event
last week, producer Bryan Burk covered a number of topics. The
following are some of the highlights.
Burk on the time setting and character arcs for Star
Trek Into Darkness
the last film was about the crew and family coming together,
this film is about them learning who they are and starting
to work together. We kind of left the last film with
Kirk and Spock not hating each other, but they are by no
means best of friends going into this film. So it
feels like it's a good progression in the series.
on John Harrison and what Benedict Cumberbatch brought to
think he's a great villain because he’s ridiculously smart
and calculating and a real adversary for Kirk....
Cumberbatch] kind of made Harrison his own. Particularly
when we cast himthe writers went back and specifically
tailored it for Benedict.
also addressed the "darkness" of Into Darkness,
film is not a dark film, per se. It's not post-apocalyptic
darkit's still within the realm of what Roddenberry
had wanted, which is this positive view of the future. However,
the stakes are significantly greater, and personal. The
charactersparticularly Kirkare going to a much
darker place emotionally. I feel like the experience
the audience has going through it will be a much deeper
emotional experience. And on top of that, the spectacle
will be significantly bigger than the last film.