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Week in Geek | Star Trek: Strange New Worlds First Trailer is Here

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What We’re Looking At

Spanish graphic designer Rafa Orrico Díez brings a touch of Polish photo-montage and cut-up to Ghostbusters (1984).

What We’re Talking About

After all the nail-biting and speculation, Amazon’s $8.45bn purchase of MGM has finally gone through. Usual caveats apply: this doesn’t mean we’re getting a new Stargate show, just that a new Stargate show is possible, and arguably more likely than it was before Amazon snapped up the studio.

Syfy’s The Ark, conceived by Stargate movie writer Dean Devlin and Stargate SG-1 co-creator Jonathan Glassner, has added five new cast members. The show, set on a catastrophe-struck colony ship, Ark One, will star:

  • Christie Burke (Fiona in The Haunting of Bly Manor), described by Variety as: ” A low-ranking officer, Garnet is not one to embrace the spotlight but she finds herself rising to the occasion when tragedy strikes Ark One.”
  • Richard Fleeshman (Garrett in Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Lt. James Brice: “Who oversees Ark One’s navigation systems.”
  • Reece Ritchie (Ray Singh in The Lovely Bones) as Lt. Spencer Lane: “Another low-ranking officer, Lane believes only the strongest will survive and is resentful when his leadership skills are questioned”
  • Stacey Read as Alicia Nevins: “A brilliant young woman on the Waste Management team who is being wildly under-utilized.”
  • Ryan Adams (not that one) as Angus Medford: “An insecure young man except when it comes to his specialty: horticulture and farming.”

New York Post published an excerpt from Wil ‘Wesley Crusher’ Wheaton’s forthcoming Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir, detailing an obnoxious encounter with William ‘James T. Kirk’ Shatner. The 91-year-old burner of bridges responded in a suitably shady fashion.

In more edifying Star Trek news, Spock’s prosthetic pointy ear tips have been donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Their unboxing video is pretty heartwarming.



What We’re Watching

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds lives up to its title with plenty of TOS trippiness – and nods to the 1960s sound design – in its first trailer.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

SF visionary John Wyndham gets the fully illustrated cloth-bound Folio Society treatment.

Pick up The Wyndham Collection – The Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos, and The Chrysalids, each introduced by novelist Adam Roberts – for GBP£125 (approx USD$164).

We’ve not forgotten Star Wars: The Clone Wars and neither has LEGO.

Mace Windu leads a Fighter Tank of his 187th Legion Clone Troopers in this new 262-piece Clone Wars set, out later this month.

You can pre-order yours for USD$39.99 or GBP£34.99.

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