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Steve De Young
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Posted: 14 August 2018 at 1:59pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's a lot of outright misinformation and interpretation in that Midnight's Edge video, and assuming the truth of various rumors. What he says in that video about the Paramount/CBS rights situation, for example, simply isn't true.  I've been told about that situation by an actual licensor throughout that period, who I believe over some guy who made a video. Here's why I don't buy the 'eradicating the 'Prime' timeline bit'.

JJ Abrams, in 2009, when he took over the property, attempted that full court press.  He wanted an end to all merchandising of any kind of any Star Trek but his.  He wanted to present a completely united front.  And he got turned down flat, which is part of what caused him to withdraw from taking an active role with the property.  CBS was making way, way too much money on merchandising the other series', and weren't going to give it up.  Nothing much has changed since then.  There's a reason McFarlane toys cancelled the Disco phaser for lack of interest, but is making (Shatner) Kirk and Picard action figures with the license.  It sells better.

Don't get me wrong.  CBS has no quasi-ethical dedication to longtime Star Trek fans or whatever.  They, like all corporations, are in business to make money and maximize profit.  So why not have your cake and eat it too?  Sell TOS stuff and Disco stuff.  Make 8 different Spock action figures for fans of all ages.  Have one line of stuff for long time fans, and another for the ones into the new stuff.  Do Disco and a Picard series for two different audiences.  Limiting their own options makes no sense.  DC has been doing this for years, too, selling all kinds of merch with old Garcia-Lopez art on it for longtime fans, right alongside the hot new garbage.
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Posted: 14 August 2018 at 3:49pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Have any scripts even been written yet? Outlines?
I can't muster enough outrage to ponder the continuity shattering implications based off of an announcement.
Once they're in production and anything of consequence gets leaked (assuming leaks to be accurate), *then* I'll develop the requisite agita.
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No scripts have been written.  Apparently a Star Trek novelist with a good reputation pitched the idea.  Its that idea that Patrick Stewart signed on for.  Shes listed as an ep on the series.
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Posted: 15 August 2018 at 6:27am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

News sites are reporting that Ethan Peck has been cast as Spock on DISCOVERY.

Haven't seen much of his work but a glance at the IMDB shows that his most prominent role to date has been playing the grandson of Greogry Peck.  :-)

In an age where many film actors are jumping at the chance for a regular paying gig on TV that only increases their exposure it's a puzzler why Quinto isn't taking this role. 
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Rob: "Haven't seen much of his work but a glance at the IMDB shows that his most prominent role to date has been playing the grandson of Gregory Peck.  :-)"

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It occurs to me that Gregory Peck would have made a superb Vulcan!

As for Ethan Peck, I have no idea. I'd have been happy to see Quinto back in the role, but I wonder if somebody decided that he was now "too old" for a chronologically younger Spock...though that supposes Creative Team Disco thinks about that kind of stuff, which I strongly suspect they do not. 
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