Sound Trek

Sound Trek Episode 4: Star Trek Generations, First Contact and Nemesis

In the final episode of this season Eoin and Shane take a look at the themes form Star Trek First Contact and compare it to Star Trek Generations and Nemesis. The themes range in style and ability from operatic character motifs to simple reactionary melodies and a theme that’s mostly forgettable. The Good The Bad and The Ugly.

Eoin and Shane will return with more episodes later in the year as they expand their Sound Trek into further SciFi themes and explore many more galaxies.
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Sound Trek Episode 3: The Harmonic Frontier

In the latest episode of Sound Trek, Musician Eoin and Trekkie Shane go on a journey of the harmonic differences and similarities between the Star Trek Movie Themes. Starting with “The Wrath of Kahn” , “The Search For Spock”, “The Voyage Home” and fianlly “The Undiscovered Country”.

 

Sound Trek episode 2 part 2: DS9 and Voyager Theme Tunes

Part 2 of episode 2 where Eoin explains the relationship between the Star Trek TV Theme Tunes. In part one Eoin and Shane explored The Next Generation Theme by Jerry Goldsmith. In this episode they dive into Deep Space 9 and Dennis McCarthy’s Theme and how Goldsmith then returned for Star Trek Voyager.

 

Sound Trek Episode 2 Part 1: The Next Generation Theme by Jerry Goldsmith.

In Episode 2 of “Sound Trek” Shane and Eoin continue their journey through the music of Star Trek. This week Eoin explores the “Star Trek The Next Generation” Theme by Jerry Goldsmith and how it evolved from the TOS theme, its ability to be less timeless while still creating a sense of weightlessness, adventure and fun. In part two of this episode Eoin will explain how this theme relates to Deep Space 9 and Voyager.

 

Sound Trek Episode 1 The Original Series Theme By Alexander Courage

Star Trek Eire’s new podcast “Sound Trek” follows Shane as he explores the universe of Star Trek’s music with Eoin. In this episode Eoin explains the origins of Alexander Courage’s Original Series theme, the jazz influence, and how sci-fi composers use quartal chords and whole tone scales to evoke zero-gravity and create a feeling of space and adventure. Star Trek The Original Series Theme.

Star Trek 2017 Series Rumours

As we all wait patiently for news on Star Trek 2017 all we can do is speculate. We now know who the main writers are going to be. We welcome Star Trek alumni Bryan Fuller as a show runner and Nicholas Meyer from the Star Trek films to the writers room. So far though we’ve been given only rumours and hints at what this new series will be, when and where it will be set.

Which Universe?

The consensus seems to be that this new series will be set in the prime universe. There are several reasons to believe this. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles it’s very unlikely to be set in the JJ Abrams reboot universe for legal reasons. Paramount own the movie rights to Star Trek and CBS retain the Television rights. This means that even if they wanted to make a series set in the new timeline they would have to make a deal with Paramount. A deal that wouldn’t be in CBS’s financial interest. This is a good thing as it means CBS are in a position to realistically do two things. Set ST17 in the original canon universe or create their own new, new timeline. Creating another new timeline makes absolutely no sense as they should know that they have already alienated millions of fans with the reboots. For the money it makes sense to stick to the canon universe.

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Prime Universe All The Way

 

When is it set?

There have been many rumours lately suggesting that ST17 will be set in and around  2293 in the Star Trek timeline. Just to give you an idea that’s the year Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the prologue of Star Trek Generations are set.  69 years before the first episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, which is 2364. The reason for this speculation comes from a Nicholas Meyer interview with Den Of Geek in which he mentions Brian Fuller seeing Star Trek VI as a jumping off point. This could mean a variety of things. Fuller could simply mean this tonally. The sense of adventure and the slightly darker Star Trek, less glossy and shinny as TNG or Voyager.

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The Star Trek 2017 Crew?

It would however be a great time period to set the series in as it’s a mostly unexplored era and would knit the gap between the adventures of the original Enterprise’s crew and the Next Generation. The Undiscovered Country sets up a very interesting universe. Peace with the Klingon Empire has just been signed. A peace treaty like this has ramifications throughout the whole of the Federation and Klingon Empire. It could make the Empire look weak to it’s enemies and  as some of you may know that Klingon Empire is a massive sector of space made up of many worlds and many species not just Klingons. This could create problems with colonies and occupied worlds and many conflicts of interest, rogue Klingon Generals and Captains who don’t agree with peace stirring up trouble. It is an interesting landscape to set a series in and to create situations that could bring back the social commentary and heart of Star Trek. Plus those burgundy red uniforms and the ship designs and technology of this period are awesome.

There is one problem here however. It means that to keep it canon the show can’t be set on an Enterprise as we’ve had glimpses of the Enterprise B and their crew in Star Trek Generations and the Enterprise C in The Next Generation episode “Yesterdays Enterprise“. This means the writers will have to be true to canon events of the time period and set the show on a different ship. We could simply get the continued adventures of the Enterprise B with a now experienced Captain John Harriman played by Alan Ruck. This is a large 69 year time period for the writers to play with which leaves plenty of room to create new and interesting stories without repeating what has come before.

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USS Enterprise C

Modern Formats.

Ever since it was announced that we would be getting a new Star Trek Series in 2017, everyone has suggested that Star Trek will move to a more modern television format. For one, CBS are using it as their flag pole for their All Access on demand subscription service. Most likely we will not be getting 26 stand alone episodes with the odd two parter like the last few incarnations. It’s been heavily speculated that we’ll more likely get the Netflix format, 10-13 episodes that tie in together and follow one main story like a broken up long film. However a new rumour has hit the internet this week which suggests that Star Trek 2017 will have each season as a standalone anthology. Not unlike “Fargo” or “American Horror Story”. This would mean each season would have a new ship and a new crew or at least a new setting and each season could potentially jump to various timelines. This is a good thing and a bad thing. It opens the show up to be set in any timeline from First Contact all the way up to life after the Dominion War and the return of Voyager. The negative side is that audiences will find a ship and crew they love only to never see them again except maybe in a cameo. This latest rumour came from BirthMovieDeath.com who don’t sight their sources but claim to have inside information.

What would be your ideal setting for Star Trek 2017?

All we can do now is wait and hope that no matter what timeline the series is set in that it truly is Star Trek in feel and setting. That the characters are interesting and the stories are compelling and make you think in a way only Star Trek can. Here’s to real Sci-Fi and less nonsensical action. To adventure and hope and a strive for human evolution and progress. Here’s to Star Trek may it live long and prosper.

January 2017 is the expected release date for the new series.

Star Trek Éire’s Top 10 Trek Characters

Some of the most consistent debates amongst Trek fans tend to revolve around specific characters. Which Captain was better? Was that ship’s counselor more annoying than this ship’s morale officer?

So, it seems high time that the Star Trek Eire team exercise our democratic rights and decide once and for all what our collective opinion is regarding the various main and supporting casts of the shows and movies.
We each submitted our top picks and the list was drawn up based on these pooled results. So, do some guest stars outshine lead actors? Will there be many controversial picks? Which Captain will place highest, if indeed any Captain makes it in at all?

Find out in our video below and be sure to share your thoughts on our choices!

Tubridy Cries Havoc and let Slip the Dogs of War

Being Star Trek fans for many years, I think it would be hard to find a fan who hasn’t experienced derogatory remarks now and again about the universe we love so much.  It’s always great to hear when someone well known declares their love for Star Trek.  Trek fans like Stephen Hawking, Richard Branson or Chris Hadfield help our cause.

It’s disappointing when the opposite happens.

Ryan Tubridy, presenter of the Late Late Show in Ireland (it is the world’s second longest-running chat show, after the American The Tonight Show)  doesn’t have much time for Star Trek fans it seems!

According to the Irish Independent Ryan Tubridy said he has no regrets about his decision to shut down his Twitter account in 2011, despite having more than 60,000 followers.

 

“I’d rather read a good book than what some guy in a bedsit watching Star Trek thinks about me.” 

I made a decision to go offline a couple of years ago and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened”.  

The 42-year-old admitted that he used to seek out “critique and criticism” in reviews but when the Internet became a breeding ground for trolls, he decided he’d had enough.

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Ah now Ryan! I’ve met you at a Star Wars convention so you obviously have time for a bit of sci-fi.  Your remark probably won’t go down well with Star Trek fans.  It does imply that we’re all lonesome lads on social media.

Have you interviewed Patrick Stewart Ryan?  Please tell him your opinions about Star Trek fans.  He once objected when an interviewer described Trekkies as “weird”, calling it a “silly thing to say”. Stewart added, “How many do you know personally? You couldn’t be more wrong.”

Isaac Asimov described us: “Trekkies are intelligent, interested, involved people with whom it is a pleasure to be, in any numbers. Why else would they have been involved in Star Trek, an intelligent, interested, and involved show?”

Maybe in some crazy way you’re just angling for a role in the new Star Trek series out in 2017? 😉

Here at Star Trek Eire we’re sharing our love of Star Trek with whoever wants to join in. We love to see fans at our screenings wearing uniforms and fully embracing the Star Trek universe but we cater for all types of Star Trek fans.  If you just enjoy watching the series or movies, come along! You won’t feel under dressed!

Some Famous Star Trek fans

  • Bill Nye – Scientist and television host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, praised Star Trek by stating that “In all the versions of Star Trek, the future for humankind is optimistic. They’ve solved all the problems of food, clothing and shelter. And you know how they solved them? Through science. Not only that, in the Star Trek future, everybody gets along…”
  • Martin Cooper – invented the first Mobile phone, was inspired to do so after seeing Captain Kirk use his communicator.
  • Michael Jones – Chief technologist of Google Earth, has cited the tricorder’s mapping capability as one inspiration in the development of Keyhole/Google Earth.
  • Stephen Hawking – Scientist, who played himself (as a computer reconstruction) on the Next Generation episode “Descent“. While on the set he wanted to see the Enterprise’s warp engine room set. After seeing it he commented, “I am working on that.”
  • Randy Pausch – the late Carnegie Mellon University professor who gave The Last Lecture. He had a cameo in the 2009 Star Trek film.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson – astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. He mentioned in an episode of StarTalk Radio, while talking to Wil Wheaton, that he styles his sideburns in a point as an homage to Star Trek.
  • Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft. The world’s first personal computer, The Altair 8800, was named after a fictional galaxy mentioned on Star Trek by the computers inventor, a die hard fan. Bill Gates wrote his first software on this computer, bringing in the Computer Age.
  • Sir Richard Branson – the founder of the Virgin brand. He named the first spacecraft of his Virgin Galactic venture VSS Enterprise and the second one VSS Voyager.
  • Tracey Emin – a British artist, who created a hand-sewn blanket entitled Star Trek Voyager which was auctioned for £800,000 in 2007. (from wikipedia).

Ryan Tubridy’s quote came from a recent interview on www.independent.ie

 

BTW I’ve always had time for Ryan Tubridy, I’m not losing any sleep over his comment, but I’m disappointed!

Ronan.

Update: Mark Stephen Hughes just posted on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/startrekeire a link to an interview between Ryan and Mark. Ryan does like his science fiction, and knows some of the Star Trek characters (it sounds like more than just being well prepped by his assistants). His comment (that this article is based on) seems out of place… If he was on twitter he could clear all this up lol 😉

Sound Trek: The Next Generation Theme by Jerry Goldsmith

In Episode 2 of  our podcast series “Sound Trek” Shane and Eoin continue their journey through the music of Star Trek. (Part One of Two)

This week Eoin explores the “Star Trek The Next Generation” Theme by Jerry Goldsmith and how it evolved from the TOS theme, its ability to be less timeless while still creating a sense of weightlessness, adventure and fun. In part two of this episode Eoin will explain how this theme relates to Deep Space 9 and Voyager.


You can listen to Episode one of Sound Trek where Eoin Explores The Original Series Theme by Alexander Courage
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