Thursday, September 7, 2017

James Frain as Sarek

CBS has released 14 new official stills from Star Trek: Discovery including one of James Frain as Sarek.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Discovery Posters Revealed

Today, the Television Critics Association was able to ask questions of a Star Trek: Discovery panel and the team revealed 11 new posters, each featuring a different character.  Here is James Frain as Sarek.

The panel also revealed the show's new theme song. Apparently it includes references to the original Alexander Courage theme and was recorded by a 60 piece orchestra.  I can't wait to hear it!  

I expect more Discovery news to be forthcoming this week as the Star Trek Las Vegas convention begins tomorrow.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery at SDCC

For anyone who spends any time online, it will have been difficult to miss all the news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.  Star Trek: Discovery had a large presence with a display of costumes, props, and artwork at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Art Gallery, a large panel with cast and creators on Saturday, and new merchandise at the QMX booth.

While most of the attention has gone to the Klingons thus far, two items on display in the gallery will be of special interest to Vulcanologists.  First, a costume worn by James Frain as Sarek.  When I did my breakdown of the first trailer, the costume designer had not yet been confirmed.  We now know it is Gersha Phillips (Falling Skies, House of Cards, Mortal Instruments).  The plaque beside the costume reads:

"The father of Spock, husband to Amanda Grayson, and mentor to Michael Burnham, Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) is a Vulcan diplomat held in extremely high esteem.  His traditional robes reflect the Vulcan culture and its devotion to a life of pure logic, serious intellectual pursuits, and spiritual contemplation."

In their panel and subsequent press interviews, the cast and writers revealed that Michael Burnham is a human whose parents die and who is then adopted by Sarek and Amanda.  Some fans seemed to be quite distressed by this idea since Spock having an adopted sister is new to canon.  It doesn't bother me.  Spock is not known for discussing his family details unless necessary.  I'm really interested to see Amanda and Sarek raising a human child on Vulcan.

Next to Sarek's costume was a small shadowbox containing an IDIC.

The plaque next to the IDIC reads:

"The IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) pendant is worn by Vulcan Science Academy graduates as well as professors and high scholars."

I quite like the pendant which was apparently 3D printed and hand painted.  The description on the plaque suggests that we will see other Vulcans besides Sarek. This is agreeable.

From what we've seen so far, I am impressed by the attention to detail that the artists and designers have paid to their work.  It's clear that everyone from the writers and producers to the cast is very aware of the legacy of Star Trek and they are eager to do right by fans.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vulcans in Plastic: Unmade Playmates Designs

eBay user kateunc2 has listed some interesting artwork. They say it was obtained from a Playmates employee.  The artwork is for Star Trek (2009) action figures and ship toys that were never produced. Several of the pieces are Vulcan-related so I'm sharing them here as Vulcans that didn't quite make it to plastic!

This first figure is Spock as he was dressed when he appeared before the Vulcan Science Academy.

I'm not sure about this next one. It seems to represent Spock in his dress uniform from TOS but the reference photo is clearly of Zachary Quinto from the Kelvin Universe.  Does it represent a scene that was conceived for the movie but ultimately cut before filming?

I love this next one! Spock Prime's parka was one of my favourite costumes in Star Trek (2009) and I would loved to add this figure to my collection.

I also quite like this Young Spock design. It's not quite the costume we saw in the final film so perhaps it's based on an earlier design.

I don't care much for these Starfleet Defender designs.

Here's some art for Spock's Jellyfish Ship.

I previously wrote about the Star Trek 2009 figures including an unproduced second wave that would have included Sarek and Spock in his Starfleet Academy Instructor's uniform.  I would guess that the above designs never made it as far as prototypes because I've never seen photos of them like I have of the second wave figures.

It was recently announced that McFarlane Toys picked up the license for Star Trek figures. I'll be interested to see what they come up and whether they might do a Spock Prime in his parka figure!