In a new interview with the New York Daily NewsSTAR TREK BEYOND co-writer Simon Pegg has taken some time away from filming to reveal some more about his role in scripting the sequel.

On the now-well-known time crunch between getting the job and getting the story in place:

It’s been a very truncated process because the timeframe was a lot shorter than we’d normally have. It’s really forced us into action; you make use of the time you have.

On writing for his familiar castmates, after working together for two films:

When you write dialogue for any of those characters, it’s a peculiar thing because you hear their voices in your head.

In a way it’s a great help because you’re not really starting from scratch, you’re not just working with a bunch of characters that you know well, but a fully formed, fully realized universe.

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Dave Rossi uses Memory Alpha for research during the 2006 Christie’s auction.

Pegg also revealed that he’s spent a lot of time referencing Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wikia site serving as this century’s online equivalent of the Star Trek Encyclopedia.

I’ve got to say the Star Trek Wikipedia, Memory Alpha, which is online, has been so helpful. If you need to know what’s inside of a photon torpedo, there it is online, because there are so many dedicated fans out there who have such a vast knowledge of the universe and the minutia of it.

Memory Alpha has long been a primary reference tool of Star Trek novel authors, fan researchers, and even TrekCore’s own editorial team — and it’s good to know the site’s usefulness is being utilized for STAR TREK BEYOND.

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  • Thomas Elkins

    Memory Alpha is pretty amazing. I’ve contributed some images to that site before.

  • daniel

    Memory Alpha is Cool.

  • byronotron

    Ouroboros.

  • Ondrej

    This is nice. I think this is the dram of not only the authors of Memory-alpha, but also of any other larger Star Trek site – to be used not only by fans, but also by people who really “make Star Trek happen”. Thumbs up!

  • Marcus

    Why do they care about the canon? It’s a complete new universe with different technology. There is no need to care about what’s written in Memory Alpha. The J.J.-verse has nothing to do with the old Star Trek (except the names of the characters).

    • Moeskido

      It seems almost as if Pegg might be trying to steer the JJverse back towards Prime.

  • The Fox

    they say this film is supposed to have an original story?
    If it were original, memoryalpha would not be needed.

    • Disagree. An original story can still reference previous Trek adventures, characters, locations, etc.

      • The Fox

        yes coz Into Darkness didnt get enough shit for doing that

        • danielcw

          Your point being?

          And it is not like, that Into Darkness only “got shit”

          • James

            Quite true, whilst some dislike the movie, the consensus is that it was a critical and commercial success. Check out the incredible sales on digital downloads and blu-ray, great cinema attendance and stellar ratings on RT, IMDB etc…

            You have to like something to acknowledge that it’s successful and that lots of people enjoyed it.

          • Campe

            Oh, I don’t think The Fox is going to acknowledge that, James.

          • The Fox

            into darkness had more fan shit than most other trek movies

          • Campe

            Still made more than almost any other Trek movie and brought numerous new fans into the fold. So it pissed off a few thousand vocal die hard Trek fans? Oh well! You can’t always get what you want.

          • The Fox

            Tng rebooted the franchise correctly in 1987 and brought more fans into the fold. The difference came that they respected the source material whereas bad robot did not

          • James

            Rose tinted glasses, perhaps. TNG was castigated for ripping off TOS stories.

            Naked Now- Naked Time. Code of honour -Amok Time. Q and Trelane.

            Derivative they called it. Thankfully it found its own voice over time.

            I love all Trek, even when it pays homage to the past. Also, you can’t get more respectful than including the wonderful Leonard Nimoy in your cast. A man who new a thing or two about making good movies.

          • Campe

            Preach it!

          • The Fox

            That was the first season which everyone considers bad and that was primarily the first half. Then it became its own.

          • Campe

            Oh no, no, no. You can’t make a broad generalization about this and then backpedal to cherry pick when someone proves you wrong. There were issues with the first season of TNG. no question. But it is still part of the whole series.

            And fans derided TNG and every subsequent series because it wasn’t close to what THEY wanted out of Trek. As the Internet became more ubiquitous, those against the series or movies didn’t get to be a larger group. They just got louder.

            You don’t have to like these films. But as Trek fans, shouldn’t we be inclusive?

            “Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant.”

          • The Fox

            1) when have you ever seen fanboys not complain coz something is not as close as to what they wanted?
            2) Not every series.
            3) Tolerance…. one must accept a bad product and a bad piece of writing, bad research & bad stories.

          • Campe

            1. 1987. 1993. 1995. 2001. (If I’m taking your double negative the right way. How I’m taking it is when have I seen fanboys complain about the spinoffs. Which is every time.)
            2. Yes. Every series. I was alive for all of these. I was online for the later three, saw it firsthand and did research on the first. I know what happened here.
            3. Your opinion. Not fact. You have the right to that opinion. I have the right to mine.

          • The Fox

            good, so why are you trolling me then?

          • Campe

            Well, if that’s the way you see it, you’re wrong. I’m attempting to debate your assertions. That you see what I’m doing as trolling may say something about you.

          • James

            But you wrote that “Tng rebooted the franchise correctly in 1987”.

            Now, you don’t seem so sure! I could argue that episodes like ‘The Child’ and ‘Devils Due’ were re-hashes and I could also point to ‘Shades of Grey’. As we get further into the franchise, much of Enterprise felt to me like watered down TNG and DS9. Here are some specific examples:

            Oasis: essentially DS9’s ‘Shadowplay’.
            Chosen realm: pretty much a riff on ‘Let that be your last battlefield’
            Daedalus: very similar to ‘The Visitor’, ‘Jetrel’ and ‘Year of Hell’

            You mention that you don’t think the Gorn or Tribbles should be in JJ Trek, but should the Ferengi or The Borg have appeared in ‘Enterprise?’

            I could make a similar list for Voyager, notably ‘Good Shepherd’ ripping off ‘Lower Decks’.

            Anyhow, you don’t have to like the new movies and it’d be boring if we all liked the same stuff. I agree with you that TNG really came into it’s own during season 3 and 4, especially with The Best of Both Worlds. What’s your all time favorite Trek episode / movie.

            For me:
            best episode: Journey to Babel (it’s damn hard to pick a favorite, but I love this one)
            best movie: ST:VI (I love the whole Shakespeare in spaaace and the political narrative)

            LLAP

          • The Fox

            My argument is geography tho.
            Its like saying warp can now be faster than hyperdrive

          • Campe

            Warp drive has always worked at what’s convenient to the story. Kronos is 3 days from Earth at warp 5, for instance.

            It’s called speed of the plot.

          • The Fox

            And that brings in issues within enterprise.
            All series establish it as 3 days away at about warp 7.

          • Campe

            And where exactly is that established?

          • The Fox

            Tos, tng episode redemption, various others i cant remember which

          • Campe

            Nope. Just like this article suggests — Memory Alpha is a great resource. You could easily look this information up.

          • The Fox

            Memory alpha is an ok source, subject to edits by anyone.
            Look at the kirk prime page, thats been edited significantly

          • Campe

            It’s also heavily moderated. Typically specious errors will be removed fairly quickly. They don’t always catch everything but they are a decent resource.

            Regardless, a distance or length of trip was never established between Earth and Kronos (Quo’nos) prior to “Broken Bow.” Certainly not in “Redemption” where Earth is only mentioned in passing in part one as Worf mentioning Alexander having difficulty adjusting to life there.

            Transcript of Part One: http://www.chakoteya.net/nextgen/200.htm

            Transcript of Part Two: http://www.chakoteya.net/nextgen/201.htm

          • The Fox

            Then it might not have been redemption its been a while since i watched tng but i know it is mentioned.
            And lets also use your argument tho being the jjfan.
            In into darkness how long did it take for them to get to kronos? And it took 10 min to get back.
            Oh kronos is also misspelled. Oh and transwarp beaming…. lets not even get started on that one. Or magic blood from a white guy claiming to be khan. (Comics are not canon therefore that excuse does not apply)

          • Campe

            I have huge issues with the depiction of warp drive and the invention of transwarp beaming and hope that Beyond just ignores those things. And also Khan should have just been John Harrison, a disgruntled Starfleet Intelligence Op. Those are things I was not a fan of in the new movies.

            Doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the films. But they do have problems.

          • Campe

            Adding to my last comment…

            I find it very frustrating that the people within your movement can’t seem to realize that first and foremost, the majority of us are fans of the Prime Trek first. I won’t say that there aren’t those out there who try to exclude but a lot of us do. So the comment about me being a “jjfan” and identifying me as that a little insulting. I am a Star Trek fan. I respect the fact that you are a Star Trek fan too. There is enough material to be able to be picky about what you enjoy.

            Maybe if we both tried to understand and respected our differences of opinion as opposed to attacking and spreading misinformation, then the “civil war” that’s going on in Trek fandom would diminish.

            I’m not saying I’m perfectly innocent. But I really have had it with this. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf here.

            If that can’t happen, that’s fine. But I’m trying to extend an olive branch publicly here.

          • Campe

            I don’t think there’s a way to do it correctly. So stop that. And Bad Robot did respect the source material. You just don’t like the way it’s done. Which is perfectly fine! But to say definitively it was wrong? Well, that’s not right.

          • The Fox

            Yeah coz making your main character a horney teen who brawls or ypur second main character a whiny pussy or making your women sex symbols is respecting the source material.

          • Campe

            Or:

            A man who has been some crap, had no father figure and was forced to take a different path than what you know.

            A guy who lost his mother and his world and has to take a different path than what you know.

            A woman who actually has a role and a purpose outside of being a glorified telephone operator and is her own woman. A more developed character than what you know.

            You can play this both ways. It’s different. Not wrong.

          • The Fox

            Yes coz his brother wasnt old enough to be his father figure (operation anihalate)
            spock was acting like a whiny pussy before that even happened.
            Glorified telephone operator? In the 60s she was a black woman in a military uniform who was treated as an equal. And not by including a badly done love story they took away from her as she is now the helpless love interest.

          • Campe

            Sam probably faced the same issues Jim did. Their father died either at an impressionable age or when they were born. They had an uncle who took care of them but obviously was very reticent and perhaps annoyed they were around and they rebelled. Tell me you’re not going to be a different person if you don’t have a real father figure. That was the great thing about the Pike character in these movies. He was a father figure to Jim.

            I saw a young, nervous Spock, not a whiny one. On Vulcan as a child, he fought bullies. There is precedence in “Yesteryear” for this. (And I don’t care if TAS is canon or not, there’s enough references to it IN canon to make it work in my mind.). In front of the Vulcan Science Academy Council, he was quite logical. At the Academy, he was also logical in regards to the Kobyashi Maru. On the Enterprise, he was merely doing his duty and perhaps was a little nervous in regards to taking command. Nothing like, oh, I don’t know smiling and yelling, which he did more in the original series than just “The Cage” or under some control. See “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “The Corbomite Maneuver”, “Charlie X”, and “Mudd’s Women.” Yes, they’re early episodes. Yes, they hadn’t quite nailed down the character yet. But it’s onscreen and you have to rectify that. There’s precedence for Spock to show emotion as he’s younger.

            Other than a few episodes where Uhura is given something to do other than say “Hailing frequencies open,” is that really true? I’m not saying that her being on the bridge wasn’t a huge step both for women and for African Americans. But what I’m saying is, and Nichols would probably agree with me — she didn’t have a lot to do. Here, she does. And no, I don’t love the fact that she’s tied to Spock romantically here. At the same time? You take the good and the bad. And she is far more important to the plots of both of these movies than she ever was. I mean, the original Uhura was just as much a sex symbol. She was in a miniskirt. And do you forget the fan dance in The Final Frontier? And her skills are more fleshed out here. She knows Klingon and several dialects of Romulan. In The Undiscovered Country, she needed to translate from books — poorly.

          • danielcw

            First of all, I am not sure that is true.
            But even if it were true, it does not mean, that Into Darkness only got shit, or even a lot.

            Anyway, using Memory Alpha does not tell us anything about the originality of the movie.
            Besides Star Trek (XI), Into Darkness and Beyond, and every movie after that has still share some very important elements with Prime universe Star Trek. Namely the Enterprise and its crew, the history and the legacy, in universe, in spirit and in the real world.
            So there are many good reasons to use Memory Alpha, both as reference and as inspiration, if the writers want and need that.

          • The Fox

            History with almost 100 continuity flaws.
            Fans hated into darkness. Vegas con which is the biggest trek convention on earth voted it the worst trek movie ever made. Mister plinkett who gave 1 a good review also crucified it.
            The idea tho is that bad robot own a dirivative license with the intention that its unrelated to real trek.
            There is also a logic issue with into darkness though and thats all the refferences with tos yet the 5 year mission into deep space where tos takes place has yet to begin

          • Campe

            So, this really gets me because it’s wildly inaccurate. There were about 100 fans in that room. One hundred. Not thousands. Not millions. One hundred. It wasn’t the whole convention. 100 people. (http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2013/08/11/the-star-trek-movies-as-ranked-by-star-trek-con-goers)

            And will you people stop throwing this “derivative license” stuff around? Every film, spinoff and book has been a derivative license of the original Star Trek. I can throw the same shit Voyager’s way if I want to but I won’t.

          • The Fox

            Star trek is NOT owned by paramount it is owned by CBS. paramount own the rights to 10 movies and the distribution rights to any future movies.
            They need a license from cbs foe that. The license they bought is one of an independent continuity seperate from any existing trek.
            As for the series, those were produced by paramount as the former rights holders. No license was needed

          • Campe

            Read up on derivative copyright. Don’t believe everything your Facebook friends tell you at face value.

          • The Fox

            i have done my own research actually.
            Perhaps you should read up on it yourself

          • Campe

            “A derivative work is a new, original product that includes aspects of a preexisting, already copyrighted work. Also known as a “new version,” derivative works can include musical arrangements, motion pictures, art reproductions, sound recordings or translations. They can also include dramatizations and fictionalizations, such as a movie based on a play.

            Other examples of derivative works include:

            Translating an English novel into Spanish
            Remixing previously released music
            Creating a sequel to a film using characters and other elements from the original

          • The Fox

            in the context of jjtrek. the pre existing copyright is star trek franchise whhich is owned by cbs not paramount

          • Campe

            The preexisting copyright is the 1966-1969 NBC TV series Star Trek. The copyright is currently in the hands of CBS but originally belonged to Desilu and later Paramount. Anything else is a derivative of that copyright. TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, TAS and ALL twelve movies. Not to mention all adaptations, translations, books, comics, games, toys, bedsheets, posters, and any other merchandise you can think of.

          • The Fox

            As the rights owners of the time however, they produced it, paramount does not own the copyright anymore and as such they are required to license it

          • Campe

            No one suggested they did. I was giving you a historical perspective of the rights situation and suggesting that each and every spinoff and

            Your unwillingness to

          • The Fox

            Cbs sold the license thus they dont receive revenue except for the upfront

          • Campe

            Do you have a link to back up that statement? Because I bet their contract allows for a percentage of the backend. It would be a bad business deal if they didn’t, really.

          • The Fox

            They earn a profit off the merchandise.
            You can probably find one off trekmovie if it had not been removed.
            Regardless this conversation is boring me now bye bye

          • Campe

            Okay, bye!

          • danielcw

            “They need a license from cbs foe that. The license they bought is one of an independent continuity seperate from any existing trek.”

            Source?

          • The Fox

            Variety, hollywood reporter, new york times.

          • danielcw

            “Fans hated into darkness.”

            Some fans hated Into Darkness. Some Do not. Some Love It.

            “There is also a logic issue with into darkness though and thats all the refferences with tos yet the 5 year mission into deep space where tos takes place has yet to begin”

            I don’t see any logic issue there.
            Name some, please

          • The Fox

            Gorn as an example. Tribbles another. Now bare in mind the enterprise only discovers these species whilst on a deep space mission. And yet into darkness makes refferences to them. Tos is also set 5 years AFTER JJtrek so that was also moved up.

          • danielcw

            TOS Enterprise wasn’t really on a deep space mission. They often went to starbases or had contact with other humans.

            It is totally possible, and likely, that in the “Narada”-timeline other ships met them before.
            We don’t even have a reference point, for when Tribbles were introduced in the Prime timeline.

          • The Fox

            They returned to federation space, this is established in the series.
            To seek out new life and to boldly go also implies deep space.
            Actually we do, in enterprise and trouble with tribbles.

          • Campe

            The Gorn in ENT was in the Mirror Universe episode. According to Memory Alpha, in the Prime Universe, “Arena” was first contact with them. As said by danielcw, there is no reason that the Narada incident couldn’t have pushed that event forward.

            Also, a tribble was seen in the ENT episode “The Breach.”

          • The Fox

            The gorn are on deep space Enterprise has yet to leave earth for a period longer than a year

          • danielcw

            “To seek out new life and to boldly go also implies deep space. ”
            As they said, “where no one has gone before”. That does not imply deep space, or farther than anybody else has gone. It just implies, that no “one”, was in that region, or stopped to take a good look.
            (Deep Space Nine is called “Deep Space”, yet it was in a well known territory and not that far from Earth)

            I don’t remember the Enterprise episode with the Tribbles. But that fits the claim I make, that there is no reason to believe, that Tribbles were introduced to the people of the prime timeline in Trouble With Tribbles.

          • The Fox

            They appeared in the breach i think.

          • CoolGeek

            Im a life long Trek fan and i LOVED Into Darkness.So do a lot of other people considering the high box office and critcal acclaim the movie received on release.

          • The Fox

            Movie didnt really make that much money.
            110 employees were fired from paramount coz both it and world war Z underperformed.
            You must also appreciate that paramount is in a lot of financial shit atm

          • Campe

            You are correct. Employees were let go from Paramount. But World War Z and Into Darkness were the top moneymakers for that year so your assertion that they’re the problem is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3y3QoFnqZc

          • Campe

            http://www.boxofficemojo.com/studio/chart/?view=company&view2=calendar&yr=2013&timeframe=yty&sort=&order=&studio=paramount.htm

            Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z were the highest domestic moneymakers for Paramount in 2013. They were expensive to produce but they also delivered. Please don’t cite a clickbait article or produce some formula that doesn’t adequately show the intricacies of both domestic and international box office takes. It is far more complicated than that.

            Let’s be blunt. 2012 was a terrible year for Paramount. In 2011, Paramount brought in 1.96 billion in revenue from their film skate. 2012 only brought in 914.4 million. That’s a downward trend of 53.3%. 2013 saw that turn around as that slate (including STID and WWZ) brought in 996.7 million, an upwards movement of 5.7%. And 2014 saw 1.1 billion, an increase of 8.9%. 2015’s slate looks to be improving as well. So while 2013’s slate wasn’t the best for Paramount, to spin the blame the studio’s “financial shit” solely on two films is an incorrect assertion.

            There’s a reason they’re making sequels to both of those movies.

    • Thomas Elkins

      Memory Alpha has more to offer than plot points. It also has information on species, technology, characters, etc. Just because they’re doing a new story, it doesn’t mean they’re not going to see familiar species, use technology or encounter characters we’ve seen before.

      • The Fox

        100% original was what they were tasked with.

        • Thomas Elkins

          If they were making something 100% original, they wouldn’t be making Star Trek.

          • The Fox

            I don’t see that logic.
            Now I despise the JJshit so i cant believe I am saying this but the universe is vast and rich, and making new stuff up and not reffrencing stuff does not negate the originality of the film, it imporves the film.
            Did these people forget Into Darkness? The movie gets more shit than anything because it reffrences so much when the 5 year mission had not even started

          • Campe

            I don’t see your logic personally. First, you don’t know exactly what Pegg means with his commentary. The truth being, there are Trek characters involved. There is nothing wrong with having references to TOS. There’s nothing wrong with putting a spin on said references to TOS. We don’t know the extent as to what Pegg used Memory Alpha.

            What Into Darkness did that was problematic was not to reference “The Mudd Incident” or put Sulu in the captain’s chair at one point. What was problematic was shoehorning a TOS villain into the piece when it would have been perfectly reasonable to create a new character with a different background and motives and to not just quote but to blatantly rip off one of the most celebrated moments in Trek history.

            But laying in a reference to a past event or putting a character trait in there that we know to be familiar is not an issue. What you ask, to never reference a piece of Trek history? That’s impossible within the groundwork they’ve already laid.

          • James

            There are certain things that are intrinsic to Star Trek that he could be checking up on. Also, it’s like the Mirror Mirror universe or the one in Parallels, different – but similar.

          • Campe

            Pegg also may be making sure he doesn’t try to do something that has already been done. Nearly impossible to remember every detail of 726 hours of TV and 12 movies.

          • The Fox

            lol. no But i dont have time to explain to you why its not and you have never been more wrong

          • Campe

            Except he’s not wrong. That’s exactly what it is. Call it what you want — a different timeline, a different universe, a parallel universe. In universe, it’s the exact same idea.

            And the movie-going public really doesn’t care as long as they are entertained. And frankly, they’re far more important to Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot as despite what you may hear from your “inside sources” on Facebook, they’re all making a tidy profit every few years from installments in this series, so it’s a win for them. That’s not me attacking old time fans. That’s me telling you what the corporate mindset on all of us is. We go see a movie? They say, “Great! That’s money in our pocket!.” We don’t? They say, “Well, that was a nice idea. Didn’t work. Let’s write it off!”

            In other words: Moot point. Next?

          • CoolGeek

            Into Darkness was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of summer 2013 and the highest box office grossing Star Trek film ever so i doubt they have forgotten it.

        • Campe

          Who tasked them with that?

          • The Fox

            Paramount and bad robot

          • Campe

            Interesting because the closest thing I could find was Justin Lin confirming it was an original story (http://www.slashfilm.com/justin-lin-star-trek-3-quotes/). Nowhere could I find that Paramount or Bad Robot tasked them with such a thing. Lin says, “It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.”

          • The Fox

            Was pegg not linn.
            And a director has very little control over the film its the producers and the writers who decide the fate.
            The director just deals with shots and editing

          • Campe

            No. A director has input into the way a scene is interpreted and may have some input into the writing process if asked. In fact, Pegg and Lin both referenced working on the script. So you’re wrong there. Plus things will be changed on the set. There’s a discussion in The Making of the Empire Strikes Back as director Irvin Kirshner and Harrison Ford work through the carbon freeze scene. Lawrence Kasdan was not onstage. And Leigh Brackett had passed.

          • The Fox

            To provide direction but not control

        • mjdavid

          They were tasked with creating an original story, nowhere has anyone ever stated they were tasked with creating an all new universe of species and technical data and star charts.

    • daniel

      I think this movie will be awesome it has an Original Story and new Villains and possible crossover with the Original Timeline or the original Timeline.

      • The Fox

        No that would be in violation of the copyright and shatner already through a rage at bad robot on the issue coz it was an attempt to get fans behind it

        • daniel

          It’s so exciting they Started by hiring Justin Lin and as he does over the Top Action movies so this is a sign they want to go down a more action oriented route, then they sign on the Raid’s star and Fast 6 actor Joe Taslim who Is a Big over the Top Action Star so when you put two and two together if you do not like into Darkness and Star Trek 09 you probably won’t like this one cause it will have much more Action this is great.

          • The Fox

            No the universe as a hole is a disgrace.

          • daniel

            No It is not why do you say that because it is more mainstream and less Cerebral, those are all great qualities and it is making a lot of money.

          • The Fox

            No becoz physics is wrong, over 180 continuity flaws that would not be affected by a temporal incursion, plot holes, characters my list can go on

          • daniel

            It’s a alternate reality things are bound to be different ever read Quantum mechanics how the universe fractures off into other universes and when you go back in time you do not change your point of origin the timeline you were born in it just fractures off into it’s own timeline universe

          • The Fox

            There is i difference between an alt timeline and universe, this was a timeline. History, geography and physics is supposed to stay the same

          • daniel

            I thought they were the same thing, a universes fractures off into other timelines and they become other universes it’s been this way since the Big Bang.

          • The Fox

            Nope.
            An alternate universe is a fracture yes, but it occurs when events happen differently and as such are not subject to the same rules.
            An alternate timeline however is where due to the intervention of something from the future, it changes yet this does not negate geography, physics or history as time moves forwards things do not change retrospectivley

          • The Fox

            In a timeline up until the point of divergence EVERYTHING remains competent.
            Hawking explains this as part of the information paradox theory

          • daniel

            you can’t return to the one of your origin thanks for telling me now I will be sure not to go anywhere near the Technology if it gets invented cuase I don’t want to get lost in time.

          • daniel

            interesting.

  • Love Memory Alpha – there are a lot of crossovers between Star Trek and Columbo, so I often link over to MA in our show notes.

  • James Cannon

    Its just too bad that he can’t ask scientists for help like the TV show’s script writers did in the past.

  • Matineer

    Memory Alpha is great, but if they’re using it for fan service call outs I’d rather they just create their own standout history, technology and uniforms. They don’t appear to be using photon torps, phasers have become blasters, dress uniforms look 20th century — so why worry about TOS nitpicks? Fix Kirk’s characterization — he admits to Spock in STID that’s he shouldn’t even be Captain — considering his in universe history, that makes perfect sense, but it’s more important to have a strong main character than to channel TOS trivia. Get a good story first, then get the details. Anybody can google medical details on the net, but not everybody can put together a good medical thriller. I wish them luck.

  • Max

    I have to say, not exactly thrilled they are using Memory Alpha. I love MA, believe me. But my first impression is that if they’re using it, they’re using it as a crutch because they either think the fans simply want old stuff recycled with a flashy 21st Century paint job or they simply can’t think of anything better, which makes the whole Abramsverse pointless.

    • Justin Olson

      I think you need to re-read Pegg’s quote. He’s using Memory Alpha for technical minutia only — that’s it. He’s not using it to recycle old plots or characters. He needed to find out the details of how a photon torpedo worked so he could get the description or dialogue right in the script. Screenwriters do this all the time. It’s called research.

      • Max

        The quote: “If you need to know what’s inside of a photon torpedo…”. That’s not exactly “I needed to know what’s inside a photo torpedo” is it?

        Like I said, it was a first impression.

        • Justin Olson

          Yes, but regardless of whichever specific minutia he actually used the Wikia for, we can be reasonably certain his need to use it is at least partially tech-related because of the example he gives. He’s talking about using Memory Alpha in a very narrow way.

          Now, I freely admit he may also be using it to pin down names, dates, and events, but that still falls under the domain of “minutia” (trivial details). It’s no different than a writer on one of the Berman-era shows using Okuda’s Technical Manual, Encyclopedia, or Chronology.

          The Wikia is just easier to search!

  • maidenfan

    Viacom owns CBS and Paramount. CBS owns the Original Series but Paramount arranged this because they dissolved their television department and turned it over to CBS. Licensing fees were arranged in case CBS was ever sold by Viacom and due to the Paramount TV division dissolving. At any rate, Viacom owns Star Trek since they own CBS and Paramount. Fees involving money exchanging hands is like going from the right hand to the left of the same company Viacom.

    • cklass

      Viacom and CBS split into two separate companies in 2005 so the rights to Star Trek are no longer owned by a single company.