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Commentary: Trek Stars is a show from that explores the work of Star Trek creatives beyond Trek. Join Mike and Max each week for a trek through the world of movies, television, and literature.






Commentary: Trek Stars 182: Let's See What's Out There

Series Finale. Running Time: 1 hours 32 minutes 33 seconds For the past three and a half years, Mike, John and Max have examined the work of Star Trek creators outside of Star Trek. From the series creator Gene Roddenberry to the director of Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin, we have covered television shows, films, novels, and more from writers, directors and actors who have worked throughout the franchise. But all good things... In the final episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John...

Commentary: Trek Stars 181: Deep Cuts

Lin, Part 8: Recap.Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes 21 secondsThroughout the course of Commentary: Trek Stars, we have covered thirty eight different people who have helped to create Star Trek. We began with the very first Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, and we end with the current leader of the franchise, Justin Lin.In our penultimate episode, Mike and John recap their series on Lin's career as a film director. We look at all seven of his movies, including Better Luck Tomorrow,...

Commentary: Trek Stars 180: Faster, More Intense

Lin, Part 7: Furious 6.Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes 34 secondsIn 2013, Justin Lin directed his fourth and final installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 6. The film continues the franchise's trend of creating movies that are bigger and better than what has come before. This time around, the crew needs to stop an international criminal who is trying to steal a technology which could allow him to take over the world.In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike are...

Commentary: Trek Stars 179: The Avengers of Fast & Furiousness

Lin, Part 6: Fast Five.Running Time: 59 minutes 33 secondsAfter reinvigorating the franchise withFast & Furious,Star Trek Beyonddirector Justin Lin returned to helm the fifth film in the series,Fast Five. This installment acted as a reunion of sorts, as series regulars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were joined by stars of the previous films, including Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot and Sung Kang for anOcean's Eleven-style heist movie.In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John continue...

Commentary: Trek Stars 178: Getting Rid of the Thes

Lin, Part 5: Fast & Furious. Running Time: 1 hour 9 minutes 17 seconds In 2009, Justin Lin returned to what would become his marquee franchise withFast & Furious. The fourth film in the series was a return to basics, featuring a reunion of the original cast, including both Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, in an effort to revitalize the franchise. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike are joined by Zach Moore ofAlways Hold On To Smallvilleto look at Lin's fifth film. We discuss...

Commentary: Trek Stars 177: True Detective: Tokyo Drift

Lin, Part 4: Finishing the Game. Running Time: 48 minutes 22 seconds After two consecutive Hollywood blockbuster, Justin Lin returned to the world of independent filmmaking withFinishing the Game. The film is unlike any other in Lin's filmography, a "mockumentary" about finding an actor to replace Bruce Lee in his final movie,The Game of Death. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John take a look at Lin's fourth film. We discuss how it differs from the rest of his movies,...

Commentary: Trek Stars 176: Citizen Kane: Tokyo Drift

Lin, Part 3: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Running Time: 1 hour 24 seconds Less than five months after the release ofAnnapolis, Justin Lin was handed the keys to the Fast and the Furious franchise. His first of four consecutive sequels wasThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The film offers and interesting take on the franchise, expanding the mythology by focusing on entirely new characters instead of continuing the story established in the first two. Written by Chris Morgan,...

Commentary: Trek Stars 175: Quick and Angry

Lin, Part 2: Annapolis. Running Time: 1 hour 27 seconds After the success ofBetter Luck Tomorrow, Justin Lin was given the opportunity to work on big studio productions with substantially larger budgets. The first of these wasAnnapolis in 2006. The film, starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson and Jordan Brewster, looks at a cadet's first year at the U.S. Naval Academy. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John take a look at Lin's second film. We discuss how it effectively uses...

Commentary: Trek Stars 174: Fast & Furious Expanded Universe

Lin, Part 1: Better Luck Tomorrow. Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes 57 seconds Over the course of its history, many artists have left their mark on the Star Trek franchise. Back in 1966, Gene Roddenberry was the first. 50 years later, Star Trek is in the hands of The Fast and the Furious director, Justin Lin. In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike begin their final series, looking at Justin Lin’s career as a feature film director. In Part 1, we are joined by Dennis...

Commentary: Trek Stars 173: The Lawrence of Arabia of Mission: Impossible

Abrams II, Part 7: Recap. Running Time: 51 minutes 50 seconds J.J. Abrams may not be returning as the director ofStar Trek Beyond, but that should not suggest that his presence will not be felt as a producer. What do his past producing efforts suggest about his contribution to the upcoming movie? In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John recap their series looking at all of the films which Abrams has produced for other filmmakers. We discuss his work onThe Pallbearer,The...

Commentary: Trek Stars 172: The Citizen Kane of Mission: Impossible

Abrams II, Part 7: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Running Time: 1 hour 19 minutes 54 seconds After the unexpected success of Brad Bird'sMission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams were asked to return to produce a third installment of the Tom Cruise franchise. This time, Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie was hired to write and directMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike are joined by Krissy...

Commentary: Trek Stars 171: #Ghotocol

Abrams II, Part 6: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes 10 seconds Happy with the results ofMission: Impossible III, Tom Cruise and Paramount chose to continue their collaboration with J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot for the fourth film in the franchise,Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. While Abrams would not direct the film himself, he would oversee it as producer.This production should be especially to fans of Star Trek, as it closely mirrors the...

Commentary: Trek Stars 170: The Michael Bay of Light Comedy

Abrams II, Part 5: Morning Glory. Running Time: 47 minutes 35 seconds After a successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009, J.J. Abrams put his producer hat back on the following year for Roger Michell'sMorning Glory. The film stars Rachel McAdams as the producer of a daily morning news/talk show. In an effort to boost ratings, she hires a legendary reporter played by Harrison Ford to anchor the show, against his better judgment. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, John and...

Commentary: Trek Stars 169: The Citizen Kane of Found Footage Movies

Abrams II, Part 4: Cloverfield. Running Time: 1 hour 9 minutes 6 seconds After successfully launching his directing career withMission: Impossible III, J.J. Abrams' name had become a brand. The first movie to be heavily marketed as a "J.J. Abrams Production" was Matt Reeves'Cloverfield. Cloverfield, is a giant monster film in the vein ofGodzilla, but with a twist: The entire film is seem through the camcorder of our unexacting protagonists. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike...

Commentary: Trek Stars 168: Chat Room on Wheels

Abrams II, Part 3. Running Time: 52 minutes 46 seconds In 2001, the first Bad Robot production was released.Joy Ridetells the story of two brothers on a cross-country road trip who prank the wrong truck driver, with deadly results. The film stars Paul Walker, Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski. It was directed by John Dahl and co-written and co-produced by JJ Abrams himself. I this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike look at Abrams' third production. We discuss the film's tried and...

Commentary: Trek Stars 167: JLove is the Bomb

Abrams II, Part 2: The Suburbans. Running Time: 54 minutes 21 seconds In 1999, J.J. Abrams produced his second feature film,The Suburbans. The movie, directed by Donal Lardner Ward, looks at a one-hit wonder from the 80s which is attempting to stage a comeback in the 90s. The cast features Ward, Abrams favorite Tony Guma (who co-wrote the script with Ward), up-and-coming star Will Ferrell, and 90s icon Jennifer Love Hewitt. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John look at...

Commentary: Trek Stars 166: Maury the Mortician

Abrams II, Part 1: The Pallbearer. Running Time: 48 minutes 14 seconds As the trailer proudly states,Star Trek Beyond is produced by J.J. Abrams. We all know that Abrams directed the last two Star Trek films, and we all know that he is not directing this one. So what does it mean when we see that Abrams is producing the new movie? We try to answer that question in this new series onCommentary: Trek Stars, where we will be looking at each of the films which Abrams produced for other...

Commentary: Trek Stars 165: We're Going to Soderbergh!

Doug Jung: Confidence. Running Time: 46 minutes 9 seconds Much has been made of Simon Pegg's contribution to the screenplay forStar Trek Beyond. So much so, that people tend to forget that Pegg has a partner on the project, co-writer Doug Jung. In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John take a look at Jung's first movie,Confidence. We discuss the film's intricate structure, its similarity to other films from the time period, and what it tells us about Jung's contribution...

Commentary: Trek Stars 164: JJ is My Jam

Abrams, Part 5: Star Wars: Episode VII--The Force Awakens Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes 5 seconds Many have criticized J.J. Abrams for turning Star Trek into Star Wars with his 2009 film. But what happens when Abrams make a Star Wars movie for real? In this episode ofCommentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike add a postscript to their series on J.J. Abrams with a look at his latest directorial effort,Star Wars: Episode VII--The Force Awakens. We discuss the movie on the whole, Abrams' direction...

Commentary: Trek Stars 163: Zom Rom Com

Pegg, Part 7: Recap. Running Time: 1 hour 4 minutes 52 seconds Over the course of the last decade, Simon Pegg has come to prove himself not only as a fine, but also as one of the best writers in the movie business. This week onCommentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John take a look at each of the five films which Pegg has co-written, includingShaun of the Dead,Hot Fuzz,Run Fatboy Run,Paul, andThe World's End. We also discuss Bad Robot's restoration ofPhantasm. Chapters Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz,...
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