Monday, February 9, 2015

Literary Treks 90: Through the Brita Filter

Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection by Michael Piller

When the lights went down in the theater in 1998, we all sat there with trepidation. We hoped that the new Star Trek movie would live up to it's predecessor, First Contact, and when it didn't, many of us wondered what had gone wrong. Jonathan Frakes had directed and Michael Piller had written the script; this should have been a dynamic duo!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Larry Nemecek and Daniel Proulx to discuss Michael Piller's unpublished book Fade In. We wonder why Trek is always trying to relive it's glory days, talk about the first story idea, Star Trek: Stardust, what happens after Rick Berman and Patrick Stewart see the script, the stripping away of the Star Trekness, Ira Steven Behr's thoughts, what the studio wanted, as well as ask the questions of whether fans really know what's best and if this book helps us feel better about the movie.

In the news segment we judge a book by it's cover as well as look forward to James Swallow's newly announced Five Year Mission novel.