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SDCC 2019: David Ajala Joins Star Trek: Season 3 and Pike’s Enterprise’s Adventures Continues in Star Trek: Short Treks

At San Diego Comic-Con, Star Trek learned the latest news behind the highly anticipated third season of Star Trek: Discovery and the next installments of Star Trek: Short Treks during the Star Trek Universe Hall H panel with cast and executive producers. 

The panel kicked off with Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green revealing that season three of the CBS All Access original series just began principal photography in Iceland earlier this month. Actor David Ajala, who joins the season three cast as a brand new character, Cleveland Booker, a.k.a. Book, also made his Star Trek debut on the panel. Smart and capable, Book has a natural charisma and devil-may-care attitude that tends to get him into trouble as often as it gets him out.

Kurtzman also surprised the audience by bringing Star Trek: Discovery season two favorites Ethan Peck (Spock) and Rebecca Romijn (Number One) on stage to announce that they, along with Captain Christopher Pike, played by Anson Mount, will be returning to the Star Trek franchise with three U.S.S. Enterprise-focused Star Trek: Short Treks. Kurtzman, Peck and Romijn debuted a trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Short Treks which revealed the titles for the six upcoming new shorts: “Ask Not,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble with Edward,” “The Girl Who Made the Stars,” “Ephaim and Dot” and “Children of Mars.” 

SDCC 2019: Animated Series Star Trek: Lower Decks Gets a First Look

At San Diego Comic-Con, fans were given the first look at the newest addition to the growing Star Trek franchise, the animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will follow the support crew on one of Starfleet’s least important ships in 2380.  

During the Hall H Star Trek Universe panel moderated by series cast member Jerry O’Connell, Star Trek: Lower Decks creator and executive producer Mike McMahan unveiled the voice cast and character animations with the help of surprise guests and cast members Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. McMahan also announced that the 10-episode long first season will premiere in 2020.

The Starfleet crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos, include:

“Ensign Beckett Mariner,” voiced by Tawny Newsome:

“Ensign Brad Boimler,” voiced by Jack Quaid:

“Ensign Tendi,” voiced by Noël Wells:

“Ensign Rutherford,” voiced by Eugene Cordero:

The Starfleet characters that comprise the ship’s bridge crew include “Captain Carol Freeman,” voiced by Dawnn Lewis, “Commander Jack Ransom,” voiced by Jerry O’Connell, “Lieutenant Shaxs,” voiced by Fred Tatasciore and “Doctor T’Ana,” voiced by Gillian Vigman:

Additionally, McMahan unveiled a thrilling first look at the holodeck of the U.S.S. Cerritos, below:

SDCC 2019: Star Trek: Picard Gets a First Trailer

Star Trek fans had a moment at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 as the first trailer for Star Trek: Picard was revealed. Sir Patrick Stewart treated fans to the viewing and guests were surprised as Star Trek icons Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Jonathan Del Arco, announced they will be appearing on the show.

In addition to the surprise guests, it was revealed that Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis will make appearances in the new series as well. During the panel, it was also announced that Star Trek: Picard will premiere in early 2020 exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign Lives On In South Korea – Well ok then.

CBR – DC’s Secret Six in the Works as TV Series at CBS – That’s an interesting station for the series…

Newsarama – Top Cow and Skybound’s The Darkness, Nailbiter, Think Tank, Thief of Thieves in Development for TV – Is anything not being developed at this point?

Publisher’s Weekly – A Record 250,000 Fans Mob New York Comic Con 2018 – That’s a lot of people.

The Beat – The Winners and Losers of New York Comic Con 2018 – Agree? Disagree?

The Comichron – Heroes in Crisis leads first reorder chart for October – Remember, no one wants to read events. That’s why they top the charts.

 

Reviews

The Beat – Bastard

Newsarama – Murder Falcon #1

Comics Bulletin – Sparrowhawk #1

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Star Trek Discovery has wrapped up the first half of its first season and we’re diving in to discuss the controversial addition to the Star Trek universe. What did that cliffhanger mean? Is the show too dark? What’s it saying about the state of the world? And why isn’t this on television!? We’re talking all of that and more when we’re joined by guest Sarah Rasher.

Sarah Rasher began their Starfleet career by founding their high school’s Star Trek club, which doubled as a Gay-Straight Alliance. Now, in addition to being totally obsessed with Star Trek Discovery, they are embarking on yet another rewatch of Deep Space Nine. When not overly invested in Star Trek, Sarah works in education research and blogs about competitive figure skating at thefinersports.com.

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BitchPlanet08_CoverThe weekend is almost here! Who’s doing geeky things this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Consequence of Sound – Dwayne Johnson to adapt graphic novel Son of Shaolin into feature length film – Are there comics not being adapted at this point?

Dread Central – Eli Roth and Jim Carrey Adapting Graphic Novel Aleister Arcane – See above.

CBR – Paramount, CBS Release ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Guidelines – Very interesting.

ICv2 – 451 Media Launching ‘Red Dog’ – Cool.

Newsarama – Star Wars Actress Hired As CW’s New Vixen – Well ok then.

Newsarama – Report: Bokeem Woodbine Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming As Yet Another Villain – Well that cast is growing.

Newsarama – Sony Will Expand Spider-Man Universe With Marvel, Calls Animated Spider-Man A ‘Breakthrough Sensation’ – Alrighty.

The Beat – Barnes & Nobles loses $24 million in fiscal 2016, set to open restaurants – Well that’s not good.

The Outhousers – REPORT: All of San Diego to Have Free, Inadequate Wifi During Comic Con – Ha!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Man #1

The Outhousers – Autumnlands #13

The Outhousers – Bitch Planet #8

Comic Attack – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4

ICv2 – Power Cubed TPB

Comic Attack – Power Man and Iron Fist #5

Nothing But Comics – Pretty Deadly #10

The Outhousers – She Wolf #1

The Beat – Snotgirl #1

TV Review: Supergirl S1E20 Better Angels

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Supergirl is forced to do battle with an unexpected enemy as she risks everything – including her life – to stop Non and Indigo from destroying everyone on Earth.

CBSSupergirl wraps up her first season as she takes on Non and Indigo in freeing the people of her city and then thing escalate. That issue is resolved rather quickly which is interesting and definitely caught me off guard.

But that false ending (in a way) is just the end of that plan, and instead there’s a bigger plan out there, kind of a scorched Earth policy by Non and Indigo.

That leads to a big showdown that has ok action and a meh ending.

The episode is really about its heart which is shown just before the battle as Kara/Supergirl realizes she might not return from the fight, and the end of the episode where Kara deals with Cat and then her friends. That’s where they show does best I think and here it’s cute and sweet in a way.

The episode has some good and some bad and feels a bit anti-climactic and the resolution to the battle with Non is just ok.

But, the end of the episode is really cool in that it sets up a possibly exciting second season if the show is back. There’s a mystery, a job change, some relationship stuff. A lot is wrapped up and a lot is set up!

Supergirl sputtered a bit, but this episode had more than enough to show off why this show is fantastic and why it’s needed on the air. Here’s to a super first season and hopefully a super second one.

Overall rating: 7.6

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