Nov 30, 2017

disco: supplemental

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Edited: Nov 30, 2017

While we're anxiously awaiting the January 7th return of the show, is anyone going to dive into either or both of these supplemental reading titles? :P

I'm definitely going to tackle this new IDW Comics series to help stave off addiction pangs, and will probably save the David Mack novel to read between Disco seasons 1 and 2.

 

Nov 30, 2017

I was in my comics shop yesterday, and I looked through "The Light of Kahless." Ultimately, I decided not to pick it up because I worry about bringing external knowledge to the show, but there were some interesting features. At least one panel seemed to have Klingons with a variety of head and facial hair, which is not something we've seen on Discovery so far. I wonder if it's a sign of things to come? I would absolutely love a review when you're done reading it.

 

As for the break, I've decided to watch The Animated Series again. I haven't watched it in almost a decade, but it's clear that the Disco writers binge-watched it together on their lunch breaks so I want a refresher. I know it's oft-maligned, but I watched the first episode last night and really enjoyed it.

Dec 6, 2017

Okay! I have read issue #1 (of 4) of Star Trek: Discovery - The Light of Kahless! Thought it was pretty good. I confess, I'm not the biggest fan of reading about Klingon culture. And while I liked T'Kuvma enough in the Disco pilot, I don't feel a hungry need to read more about his youth - which is the meat of this issue, and probably following ones. But for what it was? It was written skillfully enough by Kirsten Beyer (Voyager novelist/ Disco staff writer) and Mike Johnson (writer of IDW's Kelvin Universe comics), and the art by Tony Shasteen (longtime Trek comic artist) sure was pretty to look at. I think this story would read better as a 4-issue binge versus month-to-month, but I will continue reading this first Disco comic book arc in serialized format.

Dec 7, 2017

Is this a Klingon bildungsoman? That intrigues me a little bit (I'm surprised to find myself writing that!). The new installment of the TNG Mirror Universe comics was on the shelf today, and I Wesley's hair nearly tipped me over the edge!

Dec 8, 2017

This Disco comic IS a bildungsroman! hahaha! Well, at least in a way? Though wow does that make it sound better than it is so far. At least stupid Sarek isn't in it, I'd've thrown it across my livingroom if he were, I used to love Spock's dear old dad and now Disco has made me fear and dislike him!

 

Btw I canceled my CBS All Access a few days after the Disco fall finale and now they are sending me "I miss you, I want you back" emails. I think a lot of people must've canceled, planning (as I am) simply to re-up when Disco's back in town next month.

Dec 8, 2017

Ha, yes, I kept mine for the interim and have even been using it (rather than Netflix) to watch The Animated Series, even though I hate the interface. But having looked around at what else CBS has to watch, there's no way I'm keeping it in the summer. But I might send them a whole bunch of show pitches, just to help out.

Dec 8, 2017

I've been knee-deep in school readings, but personally I plan to dig into the comics over my (very small) break, in addition to a re-watch of TAS and some obsessive mountain climbing in Breath of the Wild (unrelated, but definitely on my list of break to-dos). I think the main take-away here is that I can text Glenn annoying tidbits about the comics, and then we (BionicDave and I) can taunt him on the forum with all of our secret knowledge.

Dec 8, 2017

... as I stare out my window at the comics shop across the street silently judging me.

Dec 8, 2017

Also to do on our Disco break: we must all gather our thoughts, dread, or excitement on the topic of... (gasp)... Quentin Tarentino perhaps birthing the next Star Trek film.

Dec 9, 2017

I cringed when I heard this news. I've never really cared for Tarentino, and his movies to me (especially Inglorious Basterds) just seem like torture porn. I don't know how you can square that with the values of the Federation -- even the Federation we're seeing in Disco.

 

On the other hand, I loved the pink blood in Undiscovered Country ...

Jan 25, 2018

JUST ANNOUNCED (per TrekMovie.com):

 

"IDW has announced they are launching a second comic book mini-series tied into Star Trek: Discovery in April. Like with the first series, this new one – titled Star Trek: Discovery: Succession – will be written by regular comics writer Mike Johnson and Discovery staff writer Kirsten Beyer. Art is being done by Angel Hernandez. Here is the official blurb:

'In this, the second Discovery miniseries from IDW Publishing, your favorite characters from the hit CBS All Access series dive into an adventure tied directly into the second half of the first season!'

IDW editor Sarah Gaydos has confirmed the series will be set in the Mirror Universe. Succession follows the currently running Star Trek: Discovery: Light of Kahless series, and the one-off Annual about Stamets due in March." :D

Jan 25, 2018

I want to be excited about this, but the subtext I'm reading here is: Lorca isn't coming back for the second season, but don't worry -- we've got a comic book about him.

 

Also, I'm excited about this.

Jan 25, 2018

Mack is a great Trek writer I was hoping he'd be invited into the writers room for Disco. His destiny trilogy is my favourite Titan novels and I'd say this is worth ago. I once interviewed Mack and he was fun and very insightful

Jan 25, 2018

John, where can we get that interview? And I loved those Titan novels. I think we all were not-so-secretly yearning for that story to make it to the screen.

Jan 26, 2018

Reading about the Tarantino movie (which I am also zero percent excited about) and then seeing the next comment as “Breaking News!” made my heart sink a little bit. Phew. It’s just an awesome comic book, not some sort of official announcement about the film. (Tarantino has expressed interest, but it hasn’t been confirmed, correct?)

Jan 26, 2018

@Valerie - From what I'm hearing, they've put together a writers room around Tarantino. Who knows if his involvement will make it through development, but it does sound like Abrams/Paramount definitely like his energy and ideas so far.

 

When his name was first thrown in the ring, I also started to gag. While I love Quentin Tarantino AND Star Trek, mixing them seemed like mixing ice cream and lasagna. But apparently QT is a bigtime Trekkie, and has great respect for all of it from TOS to TNG. The rumor right now is that he wants to use the plot of one of his favorite TNG episodes, "Yesterday's Enterprise," to unify the Prime and Kelvin Universes, possibly bringing in characters like George Kirk, Picard (Stewart said he'd do it)... and even Shatner has said he'd be up for it! So who knows?

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