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Finally ... 'Beyond' Rights The Ship

TrekZone's Matthew Miller reviews latest Star Trek movie

This review contains some spoilers for "Star Trek: Beyond." It was originally published on TrekZone.org. I can safely say that J.J. Abrams stepping down from the hands-on approach was the best decision made. He's a Star Wars kind of guy and we needed a movie that appeases both the Trekkies and the casual moviegoers, and Simon Pegg delivered that in spades here. For the first time since 2009, I'm able to accept the Kelvin Timeline — yes it's different and weird and unique, but Simon and fellow writer Do ...
 | Jul-21-2016 | 
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Sorry, George, But You're Wrong

If Sulu is straight, then Gene Roddenberry forgot to tell the rest of us

If you told me just 24 hours ago I would be writing a commentary right now disagreeing with George Takei, I would probably laugh you out of the room. Because I love George. Love him to death. Whenever I asked him to come on my old podcast "Alpha Waves Radio," he was there. Every single time. And he's a wonderful man, married to an equally wonderful man, Brad Altman. This morning, however, two communities I'm a part of finally merged. And I was ecstatic. "Star Trek: Beyond" was finally g ...
 | Jul-8-2016 | 
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Oh My: Now Even Mr. Sulu Is Gay

John Cho's character will come out in 'Star Trek: Beyond'

Apparently, gay people exist in the Star Trek future after all. And it doesn't have to be the Mirror Universe, or a Trill, or whatever other way the franchise has sidestepped it over the years. John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in the latest films, says his character will be coming out of the closet in "Star Trek: Beyond." "I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it," Cho told the Herald Sun during the Australian premiere of "Beyond" overnight Thursday. It's the kind of way he hopes "we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal ori ...
 | Jul-7-2016 | 
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Anton Yelchin Dead At 27

Chekov actor involved in freak accident at home

The Star Trek community is mourning the death Sunday of Anton Yelchin, the child actor who grew up to entertain fans as Pavel Chekov in three Trek movies. He was killed early Sunday morning at his home. Yelchin was 27. The actor, according to TMZ, was supposed to meet friends Saturday evening for rehearsal, but didn't show up. The friends later traveled to his house to check on Yelchin, finding him pinned by his running car against a brick mailbox. The car was in neutral, and authorities were unclear why he got out of the car. Police do not suspect foul play, according t ...
 | Jun-19-2016 | 
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Trek Community Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Twitter came alive this week not just for 'Star Trek 3,' but for gay marriage too

Not wanting to be upstaged by the first week of filming of "Star Trek 3," the U.S. Supreme Court decided to dominate the news cycle this past week with a couple of key rulings.While one was huge for the Obama administration and his legacy piece, the Affordable Care Act, the other had an impact on many other Americans.In a split 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said states not allowing same-sex marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment.It was a widely expected win, but still didn't mute the jubilation celebrated by many in the LGBT community, and its supporters. That incl ...
 | Jun-27-2015 | 
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Simon Pegg: Roddenberry Was Pioneer, Humanist

EXCLUSIVE: What prank fooled most of the cast?

To say that "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is a thematically dark movie may be something of an understatement. It showcases death, destruction and terrorism on a scale that its predecessors rarely attempted, and it does so with a style and edge completely unique to director J.J. Abrams' vision. But with such devastation changing the principles of the Federation (and Starfleet), "Into Darkness" remains a movie about human heart, human ambition and the human drive to always be better … values that can only be termed as "very Roddenberry," as in franchise creator Gene Roddenberry ...
 | May-13-2013 | 
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Roddenberry Would Approve Of Gay Sulu, Son Says

PLUS: One reporter shares how news helped him come out

He may not be "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, but son Rod Roddenberry probably knew him best. And days after a minor controversy erupted over the "outing" of John Cho's Hikaru Sulu in the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond," the younger Roddenberry said including a gay character in Star Trek is something his father would've been behind. "I think he would be 100 percent in favor of a gay character in Star Trek," Roddenberry told the Associated Press. "There's so much going on in the world today. I think he would love any sort of social issue being brought into Star Trek." ...
 | Jul-13-2016 | 
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Pegg Explains Nuanced Changes In AbramsVerse

2009 reboot basically wipes slate clean for revised canon

Simon Pegg might be known for his comedy and his acting, but he is indeed a serious writer. And when he was tasked with developing what would become "Star Trek: Beyond," it was a job he took quite seriously. It's not just finding the right story, and knowing the characters. But Pegg had to understand the new universe J.J. Abrams created with the 2009 "Star Trek" film, and how that played into the rest of Trek canon. And how even if Hikaru Sulu wasn't gay in what is now known as the "prime universe," how he could indeed have his sexuality adjusted in "Beyond." "With the Kelv ...
 | Jul-12-2016 | 
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Korean Trailer Gives First Look Of Sulu's Family

First gay spouse is actually a cameo by co-writer Doug Jung

South Koreans are getting some of their final looks at "Star Trek: Beyond" before the film debuts there Aug. 25. But they're getting the first look at what has become a somewhat minor Trek controversy over Hikaru Sulu's family. The trailer, which reportedly debuted this past week in the Asian country, shows a quick scene of people running to shelters, according to TrekCore. That scene reportedly takes place on the Yorktown station (named after what the USS Enterprise was originally going to be called), and wouldn't have gained ...
 | Jul-11-2016 | 
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Pegg Responds To Gay Sulu Criticism

UPDATE: Zachary Quinto weighs in to support change, too

John Cho was excited to share the newly revealed sexuality of his "Star Trek: Beyond" character Hikaru Sulu. But George Takei, who portrayed Sulu the first — and the longest — called outing Sulu an "unfortunate" event that should've been done to a new character, not an existing one. However, "Beyond" co-writer Simon Pegg is defending the decision to make Sulu gay in an eloquent statement he rel ...
 | Jul-8-2016 | 
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