The excitement keeps ramping up for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Whilst there may be some reservations (those Klingons) I’m really just looking forward to Trek back on our screens. We know the start date, we’ve had a trailer, and some cast shots… but there’s still much we don’t know.
One of those things… is who actually are the main cast? There’s been so many casting announcements, but unless Trek is going all GAME OF THRONES on us, with a gazillion cast members per episode, I’m pretty certain they can’t all be regular characters… right?
Back when Bryan Fuller was in charge, he said there would be seven main characters. That may have changed, but for now, let’s assume it’s the same. But who? Let’s guess who it might be:
SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN as Michael Burnham
Okay, this is a given. The only certainty. Burnham is the first officer on the USS Shenzhou, and the USS Discovery. She’s the first lead in a STAR TREK series that’s not the Commanding Officer (although that might change in time). Martin-Green was unofficially announced last year, but couldn’t be officially until the seventh season of THE WALKING DEAD had finished.
DOUG JONES as Saru
Jones was one of the first cast members to be announced. Before casting took place the only thing we knew was that one of the characters would be a new alien race. Saru is that character, a brand new species to Trek, one that Jones has helped develop. We know from the trailer this his race ‘senses death’. I think we also know that he’s a regular character.
ANTHONY RAPP as Stamets
We were told, whilst the lead of the series would be female, there’s be a male lead too, and Stamets is apparently that character. He’s also the first regular homosexual character in a Trek series. We haven’t seen Rapp in the trailer or any of the pictures yet, which is odd… but I’m sure we’re not far off an official reveal yet.
JASON ISAACS as Captain Gabriel Lorca
One of the latest cast members to be announced, Isaacs was confirmed as the commanding officer of the USS Discovery. Now, you’d think this means he’s a regular character, and I’m going to run with that… although my guess is he doesn’t appear in the very first episode (which seems to be very Shenzhou centric). But then, I’m pretty certain Riker wasn’t in the first half of ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT, so that shouldn’t detract from his regular status. Isaacs is easily one of the biggest names involved, probably best know for is recurring role in the HARRY POTTER film series.
MAULIK PANCHOLY as Doctor Nambue
Another actor/character that has yet to be seen officially, Nambue is the Doctor aboard the USS Shenzou. Now, does that mean he’ll cross over to the Discovery? Well, both Burnham and Saru do, so why not? For all we know, all the Shenzhou cross over? Anyway, as the ship’s Doctor, he’ll probably turn out to be pretty important - Doctors normally are in Trek.
REKHA SHARMA as Landry
Although 'Memory Alpha’ only has Sharma listed as recurring, I believe -as Chief of Security on the USS Discovery - Landry will play as a regular role. We haven’t seen Sharma in the role yet, but she’ll be know to sci-fi fans thanks to appearing in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA!
SAM VARTHOLOMEUS as Ensign Connor
Now, I’m not as certain about Sam as I am the previous six. He’s a young character, and he wasn’t announced with an actual function. However, he’s one of the few characters we get to see in the trailer, and he’s bridge crew on the Shenzhou. He’s either a navigation officer (like Chekov was) or he’s the pilot. I hope, for his sake, he’s the helmsman - because that will probably secure him a decent role as (normally) the ship’s pilots are key roles (Sulu, Paris and Mayweather from the previous series).
So, there you go, that’s the seven I’m saying will be counted as regular. I could be wrong about a couple of them though… or there could be more that seven… 'nine regulars’ is quite a standard number for a Trek cast too… so who else might join the names above?
MARY WISEMAN as Cadet Tilly
A young cadet serving her final year at the Academy on board the USS Discovery. 'Memory Alpha’ has her currently noted as a regular, and if there are nine, I wouldn’t be surprised.
SHAZAD LATIF as Lieutenant Tyler
Latif was first announced as a Klingon, but later re-announced as a Starfleet officer. Now, we have no extra information but I’m going to make a snap judgement - I’ll call him the ninth regular, and I’m going to justify it by guessing that Tyler may well be the ship’s engineer. I haven’t read that anywhere, but of all the casting announcements, we’ve not had one for a engineer. All the other Trek series have seriously relied on their engineer. TNG didn’t have a regular engineer in the first season, but soon worked out they needed one, and promoted La Forge from helmsman to engineering. I don’t see anyone else announced that could fill that role… so I’ll give the nod to Tyler. I will also brag if this turns out to be right.
So that’s the nine… but lets look at the rest of the announced cast members.
JAMES FRAIN as Sarek
Now, 'Memory Alpha’ does have Frain listed as a regular, but I doubt this. I think he’s recurring at most. I certainly think he’ll be in more than one or two episodes, I just don’t see him playing a part in all the episodes. He’s clearly tied to our lead, so he’s going to be important, but not 'on the credits’ important. Despite the fact he’s the only Vulcan we know to be involved.
TERRY SERPICO as Admiral Anderson
Another one listed as regular by 'Memory Alpha’, but again, I doubt it. Not knowing the plot of the series, I don’t know his importance, but it would be unusual for an Admiral to be intricately involved enough to be classed as regular. Across five previous series, there’s never been a regular Admiral role (on in the films).
MICHELLE YEOH as Captain Philippa Georgiou
To the casual viewer, that hasn’t been following the news surrounding STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, from the trailer it looks like Yeoh has a major role to play. Yet, we know she’s not a regular character, noted as 'recurring’. The trailer is pretty much just the first episode, possibly second too… so she’s involved there, but she’s listed as the captain of the USS Shenzhou, whilst we know Lorca will be the captain of the Discovery. Will she get killed off early, will she go missing maybe? Time will tell. But she won’t be regular.
RAINN WILSON as Harry Mudd
Mudd was a guest character from STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, and now Wilson (from THE OFFICE) will get to bring the character back, in possibly more than one episode, but not enough to be classed a regular.
The Klingons (Chris Obi, Kenneth Mitchell, Mary Chieffo, Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan)
Despite the fact the Klingons are expected to be a major presence in the series (judging from the trailer) I doubt any of the actors will be featured enough to be classed as regular. Maybe Obi or Mitchell at a push. But I predict 'recurring’ at best.
So there we have it. They’re all the announced cast right now. I have noted the seven that I believe will be the main cast, listed on the opening credits. I mean, there will be opening titles right? Trek is known for it’s opening themes and I do hope DISCOVERY doesn’t skimp out and just give us a title card.
I’ll go far as to note the nine as I expect to see them in the credits (the streamlined 'seven’ will be bold):
Sonequa Martin-Green Doug Jones Shazad Latif Maulik Pancholy Anthony Rapp Rekha Sharma Sam Vartholomeos Mary Wiseman and Jason Isaacs
As the lead, I’ve but SMG first, but then counted the rest alphabetically as is the standard for Trek. There’s never been an 'and’ credit in a Trek series, but then, there’s never been a captain that is not the lead, so I’ve taken liberties and given Isaacs the respectful 'and’.
What do you think? Am I right, or do you think all those actors will be listed 'epically’ like GOT? We’re just a few months away from finding out!
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY starts in September…. and I have fingers crossed for an official cast list soon!
British actor Jason Isaacs, perhaps best known in America for playing Draco’s dad in the Harry Potter franchise, has signed on to play Starfleet’s newest captain in CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek Discovery.
All we know so far about Isaacs’ character is his name: Captain Lorca. Oh, and we know what his chair will look like.
The cast also includes The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as Lorca’s second in command and 30 Rock’s Maulik Pancholy as a Starfleet medical officer. Other roles include Terry Serpico (Army Wives) as a high-ranking Starfleet admiral, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as another captain and Mary Wiseman (Baskets) as a cadet who will be assigned to Lorca’s ship, the USS Discovery, after graduation.
Over the past two months, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have been driven from their homes, had their land destroyed, and endured torture and rape while searching for safety. Remember what happened in Rwanda? Now, pay attention to Myanmar.
The Rohingya are often described as among the most persecuted people on earth. They are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, and despite having lived in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for centuries, they’re refused citizenship. For years, their movement has been restricted, and they have been denied access to education, health care, and other basic services.
Under the guise of fighting insurgency, or terrorism, the Rohingya have suffered what the UN has called a “textbook case” of ethnic cleansing. Since 25 August, almost half the Rohingya population in Myanmar has been driven out – one of the fastest movements of people in recent decades.
Bangladesh has opened its borders and is doing what it can, which is a lot for the most densely populated country on earth, already fighting poverty and the consequences of climate change.
The international response to the Rohingya crisis has fallen far short of what’s needed. The UN appeal is still underfunded, and world leaders have not put sufficient political pressure on the government.
Myanmar is no longer a pariah state; it has a democratically elected government and has been flooded with foreign direct investment over the past few years.
The corporations who have invested in this region must speak up and divest, unless human rights are respected, or they too will be complicit in these horrendous acts.
This Friday, world leaders will gather at the Asean summit but the Rohingya crisis is nowhere on the agenda. We call on leaders to pressure the Myanmar government to stop these atrocities, grant the Rohingya citizenship, and allow them to return to a place they call home.
Countries must fully fund the UN appeal and close the funding gap that is leaving traumatized children without basic food, water, and shelter. Finally, member states of the United Nations must assess what diplomatic efforts can enable them to fulfill their responsibility to protect the Rohingya.
We must not be bystanders to this genocide. We cannot allow people to be slaughtered and burnt out of their homes, while the world watches.
After every atrocity, we say: “Never again.” We must mean it.
After 223 epic 11 and 22-minute episodes (including several Halloween specials, a couple of Christmas specials, Marvel crossover, a Star Wars crossover and a full-length movie), 450 songs thru all four seasons (and extremely catchy as well), and an endless array of guest stars, Phineas and Ferb has come to a sad but memorable end.
A little bit of a retrospect, when I was struck with a bout of severe depression in early 2012, I considered quitting Deviantart and Fanfiction.net permanently. It wasn’t until I saw the first episodes of Phineas and Ferb from Season 1 and that I saw the live-stage show that got me back on my feet. I became permanently attached emotionally to the engaging characters and, especially, the songs. It was ‘Gitchee-Gitchee-Goo’ from 'Flop Starz’ that got me out of my doldrums and got my muse fired up once more to write stories. Though I hold a very close candle to my heart for Candace for her determination to bust her brothers and, of course, her relationship with Jeremy.
All the characters that we grew up to know and love through these 104 days of their summer vacation has culminated in the series finale 'Last Day of Summer’. I am very well aware that there’s gonna be an OWCA 1-hr. special sometime in the fall, but it’s gonna be stand-alone.
The series has proved through its past that it has delivered a lot of laughs and a sense of humor that is unique to itself. I’d place it in the top four of my favorite cartoons of all my life, along with Kim Possible, Animaniacs, and The Simpsons. (I’m referring to the earlier episodes, not the later ones. Even though there were a few memorable ones from Season 20 onwards, most of them have been forgettable.)
But I digress.
Today, for my reviews, I will be looking at the hour-long series finale of the show that has touched my heart, and the hearts of millions of other viewers, everywhere: Phineas and Ferb.
But before I go through the episode, and point out its strengths and weaknesses, let me state a little warning that there are going to be some spoilers in the review. For my international DA followers, if your country hasn’t aired LDOS yet on your respective Disney Channel, I’d strongly suggest to you to not read this journal.
With that being said, I shall review 'Last Day of Summer’!
Concept: First, the concept of this episode is very intriguing in that Candace wants to do over the last day of her summer to bust the gang with Doof’s Do-Over-Inator after she failed to do so for the first time. It has a Groundhog’s Day-like twist to it. (For those of you who don’t know Groundhog Day, it was a 1993 comedy in which a weatherman, played by the funny Bill Murray, is forced to relive the same events of Feb. 2, over and over again in a continuous time loop. What made the film work was, of course, Murray. I recommend seeing the film). So as a tribute to Groundhog Day, Candace and Doofenshmirtz relive the same day over and over. But…there’s a twist! Every time they live through the day, the time continuum gets shorter and shorter and people begin to forget stuff like spoons and oranges. It just adds fuel to the drama that something is about go terribly wrong. In addition, there were a few callbacks to prior episodes, including the very first time Perry entered into his secret lair, and the Candace/Doof duet, which I will get to later. There’s also a minor sub-plot of Vanessa moving away from her dad, which turns out to be a life-changing moment for the both of them and executed in a compelling way.
Dialogue: The dialogue, once again, is top notch. Every joke and line was on point, particularly from Doofenshmirtz, Phineas, and Candace.
Songs: Where this episodes shines the most lies particularly in the songs. As it was from the very beginning of the show, the songs have always been a staple of Phineas and Ferb. In this episode, we have six.
A) One Last Day of Summer - The opening credit song sung by Phineas described that they have only the 104th day left before school begins, so they go on a hoverboard ride through Danville.
B) No One I’d Rather Go Nowhere with - The song in the second act describes, basically, the contraption with all of their past projects as a tribute to the summer.
C) Tomorrow is this morning again - The song in the third act, sung by Candace and Doofenshmirtz (and by far the only song to feature the two singing) celebrating the effects of the Do-Over-inator, before realizing its potential consequences. This sing is particular because some of the movements from Candy and Doof were similar to the Busted song back in Season 1
D) Gotta Get Back In Time - The song in the fifth act, describes the drama of Phineas and company getting out of the 'void’ Danville and back into the 'real’ Danville through the use of a catapult to escape through a time rift.
The last two songs were really emotional gut-punchers.
E) Curtain Call-Time Spent Together - This song in the final act plays while the group reminisce over all the summer adventures that they had over these 104 days.
F) and probably the most emotional song since the 'Act Your Age’ Phinabella duet is Thank You For Coming Along. This song in particular is emotional and heart-rendering for many Phineas and Ferb fans, particularly through the aftermath of the episode (including myself)
The only weakness that I noted through the episode was a lack of important secondary characters we love the most, particularly Stacy and Jeremy.
So, for my score, I give the episode a 9.1 of 10.
And the above image of Phineas , more than any other, will live in our hearts forever:
So, thank you, Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Candace, Buford and Baljeet.
Thank you, Stacy and Jeremy!
Thank you, Doofenshmirtz, Norm, Vanessa, Monogram and Carl.
And thank you to our favorite semi-aquatic mammal of action, Perry the Platypus! Thank you all for uplifting all our spirits up high for many a fan of this wonderful show
But, more importantly, thank you for Dan and Swampy for all the moments, all the hard work, and all the sacrifices you made to put this show on the air (and especially for being the voices of Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, respectively). We’ll see you again in 2017 with Murphy’s Law.
Thank you to Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Caroline Rhea, Alyson Stoner, Bobby Gaylor, Maulik Pancholy, Olivia Olson, Kelly Hu, Mitchel Musso, Tiffany Espensen,and others for all the time and effort that you put forth into providing the voices for our favorite characters.
Thanks to all the writers of the show for some of the best moments.
Thank you to everyone who were involved in the series for bringing a sense of optimism and determination to millions of people.
Thanks to the songwriters who wrote some of the catchiest songs in all of history that we’ll remember for a long time to come.
But, most vital of all, thanks to the fans who supported this show through the years.
And so, after 22 years, Dan and Swampy’s dream of bringing 104 of the most exciting days of summer vacation has come to an end.
Phineas and Ferb may be gone from the airwaves, but will still be playing inside the TVs of our hearts.