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I love that by the time we get to Star Trek Beyond, the Fanfiction Eyes™ have been so infamous that when they wrote the opening shot, someone had to be like “Okay, so how about–FULL SCREEN BABY BLUES!” and I’m not saying it was Simon Pegg, but it was probably Simon Pegg.

Whoever it was, God bless you.
'Star Trek' Fan Film Lawsuit Boldly Goes Where No 'Star Trek' Lawsuit Has Gone Before
Paramount, CBS and producers of 'Axanar' file summary judgment motions.

On Wednesday, a federal judge was told that while Paramount Pictures and CBS have produced a “limited number” of Star Trek television episodes and films, “they do not not own a copyright to the idea of Star Trek, or the Star Trekuniverse as a whole.”

The proposition comes from Alec Peters’ Axanar Productions, which put out on YouTube a 20-minute “mockumentary” titled Prelude to Axanar and was in the midst of pursuing a feature-length version touted as a professional-quality Star Trek fan film before being hit with a copyright lawsuit. The litigation survived an initial motion to dismiss, and despite some hopes expressed by Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin that all this would go away, Paramount and CBS are marching forward in their lawsuit.

Also of interest: Peters attempted to meet with Netflix to produce a Star Trek show. 

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director’s Edition - 2001)

The Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture boasted a tightened pacing and restructured scenes, a new sound mix and several new vfx shots that were meant to blend in in and enhance the storytelling. As of this time it has not received a BluRay treatment.


In William Shatner’s Star Trek Movie Memories, the director of Star Trek V outlined his original plot for the film. This more serious take featured Spock and McCoy following Sybok, leaving Kirk alone to confront “God” and the Vulcan.

Nimoy outright refused to appear in the proposed movie, saying that there was no chance at all that Spock would turn against the man who had sacrificed so much for him in Star Trek III. Shatner tried his best to argue with his co-star and friend, but Nimoy was steadfast: “pain or no pain, brother or no brother, Spock would not betray Captain Kirk.”

The same day, DeForest Kelley came to Shatner and stated that had the same problems with the script: under no circumstances would McCoy turn his back on Kirk.

Citing both actors’ knowledge of their own characters, Shatner began to make changes to the plot outline. While he writes that he doesn’t know whether or not those changes were the best thing for the final product, Shatner admits that if someone else had written a script where McCoy and Spock turn against Kirk, he would have raised the roof over it himself.


Besides Spock (whose lineage is never discussed in “The Cage”), the Talosians are the first aliens encountered in the earliest iteration of Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry recycled some elements from a script he’d written for Science Fiction Theater as a starting point for the dying race, later adding their mental powers in his outline for the show’s first pilot.

Initially written as a  more alien species (the treatment for “The Cage” describes them as “crab creatures” who are “obviously intelligent and have digital capabilities via six multiclawed arms and legs”), budgetary and scheduling concerns morphed them into the characters viewers see now.

In The Star Trek Interview Book, director Robert Butler discussed the idea to cast the Talosians with women and dubbing male voices over them: 

“When I saw the characters in the script I thought it would be interesting to get a difference, and one easy difference is to cast women just because of their size and grace, and then add voice-overs later. Therefore you get an oddness, an antisexuality that certainly might be more the case in other galactic cultures than our own, and I think that might have been my notion. But at the same time I remember that when I mentioned it to Gene he had had a similar feeling that we should go bizarre, so there was not much discussion if it was my idea. If I said, ‘Hey, let’s do that,’ he might have said, ‘Yeah, I get it, it’s a good idea,’ or vice versa.”

Outside of an action figure appearance in the the two-part Voyager episode “Future’s End,” there have been no further canonical appearances for the aliens. Sculptor Don Lanning created a design for a cameo in Star Trek (2009), but it was never used.