May 17 2024

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Koenig Joins Captain Pike Project

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Walter Koenig has joined the Star Trek: Captain Pike fan film project, which is currently in the fundraising phase.

The actor joins other Trek alumni including Dwight Schultz, Linda Park, Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, Sean Kenney, Ray Wise, and Bruce Davidson.

Star Trek: Captain Pike will tell the story of Captain Pike “when he first takes command of the Enterprise and his first mission aboard her.” Those involved with the Star Trek: Captain Pike Kickstarter will then submit the pilot to CBS “for consideration as an ongoing cable or webseries.”

“I’ve joined the team as a co-writer and co-producer of Star Trek: Captain Pike,” said Koenig via Twitter yesterday. “Please come aboard at kick starter. We need your help.”

The Star Trek: Captain Pike Kickstarter is located here.

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13 thoughts on “Koenig Joins Captain Pike Project

  1. Good to see him still active with a fan-based version of the franchise-not so confident that CBS will want to make this into a TV show. They’ve made it clear that a Star Trek show isn’t in the cards on CBS, Showtime, or the CW, and they should be listened to about that.

  2. Plus all the fan efforts so far aren’t that suitable in my opinion. Renegades just looks really bad. They aren’t going to recast TOS, especially after the JJ movies, so I think that it’s likely that projects like this and Continues/Phase II (New Voyages) are out, and the likes of Axanar just seem to be about war, which, irrespective of the quality of the visuals and acting, isn’t really what Trek is about or needs to be going forward.

  3. I’m sorry, but sometimes, Star Trek has to be about war (as was said in one episode of DS9, ‘paradise has to be defended’.) I’m not sure that an exploration story can be done as a movie, and I also don’t know if copying Interstellar is a great idea for a future Star Trek film, as it might prove boring to audiences like the first film from 1979 did.

  4. Star Trek can absolutely be about war. But it needs to explore the themes of war as part of a bigger picture. No6 just gratuitous action. Whether Axanar will do that remains to be seen. But most of the fan stuff so far has just been about space battles, etc.

    I also fundamentally disagree that TMP was a mistake. It’s one of the best examples of Roddenberry’s vision. Those who say it’s “slow and boring” are those more interested in action and pure entertainment than they are thinking about something.

  5. As I’ve said here before (and others have said at the BBS of this site on certain threads), Roddenberry had no vision-it was all cooked up a decade later at conventions and also (most likely) when Roddenberry was in the throes of addiction to substances. Mast of what was made of the basics in the show (the UFP, Starfleet regs) were added by Gene Coon (who IMHO should be acclaimed and recognized as the creator of Star Trek along with Roddenberry much as people have come to acknowledge that Bill Finger also helped out with the creation of Batman) later and were solidified in later episodes (at first the UFP’s Starfleet didn’t exist-it was called UESPA [United Earth Spaceprobe Agency], for example.) The ‘vision’ that did exist was to tell great stories in an action adventure format, and not any of the nonsense that later became ‘gospel’ when it shouldn’t have been so. People saying that the new movies and some of the fan shows have none of Roddenberry’s ‘vision’ are believing in a falsehood and should really take a look at the episodes of TOS again-things like what happened in the new movies happened all of the time on the series.

    As well, people need to stop confusing this version of Star Trek with that of TNG-TOS is NOT like TNG.

  6. Ahh, I take it you were involved in the production of TOS?

    The Cage shows the direction Roddenberry wanted to go in. So, with respect, I just don’t believe you….not that I would cheapen Gene Coon’s contribution, or that or Bob Justman and others.

  7. The Cage also has action and adventure bits in it, too, so to say that there was no ‘pew pew’ in Star Trek is nonsense.

  8. No, but you’ve been claiming that Star Trek had a ‘vision’ mandated by Roddenberry that had the Enterprise be peaceful and exploration minded all of the time (per this news report about how fans saw the new movie as not being like said ‘vision) when what it has most likely been exaggerated by Roddenberry and most fans in the ’70’s at conventions and in most fan publications of that time and probably since then. You know that most of what happened in the two movies happened in the original series episodes most of the time (just take a look at them sometime again when you get the free time) yet fans still insist that there was a ‘vision’ that was betrayed?

    Fans need (especially regarding Roddenberry) to start reading books like Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herb Solow and Bob Justman, and get what really happened from people who were really there and know Roddenberry rather than believe nonsense built up over decades that insists he had a ‘vision’ when he most likely really didn’t.

  9. I have that book. I don’t need to be told what to doi my an militant interneter who is hellbent on projecting his view. I suggest we agree to disagree on this as I think you are fundamentally wrong.

  10. I’m not being ‘militant’, or consider myself like that; I believe in what I’m saying to be the blunt truth that needs to be said (and has been said at many posts on the BBS at Trek Today.) Any ‘vision’ about Star Trek is ridiculous and should be exposed as the fallacy it is, especially when it’s being used to beat up the new movies and any fan production that might have combat or action in it.

  11. Right… we all know, by this point, that it was all about his pocketbook, writing lyrics to the theme song and what not; he just needed to keep his face and name in the limelight and his career going. The original “vision” was just a Western in Space; Wagon Train to the Stars. TOS is definitely an action/adventure show. STV is a very under-rated movie and the only one of the TOS movies that truly captures that TOS vibe…. for all the hate the movie gets.

  12. Right… we all know, by this point, that it was all about his
    pocketbook, writing lyrics to the theme song and what not; he just
    needed to keep his face and name in the limelight and his career going.
    The original “vision” was just a Western in Space; Wagon Train to the
    Stars. TOS is definitely an action/adventure show. STV is a very
    under-rated movie and the only one of the TOS movies that truly captures
    that TOS vibe…. for all the hate the movie gets.

    Sorry for the double post – for some reason the other comment isn’t connected to my main account, and is the only comment on the profile, and i will not get responses there.

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