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Tonight! Thomas is preparing for Planet Comicon 2021. The Enterprise comes to Playmobil, Is that a droid in your pocket, and we Remember Markie Post, all that, and more on the scifi Edition of Multiverse Tonight! All that and more on the SciFi Edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Tonight! The Enterprise comes to Playmobil, Is that a droid in your pocket, and we Remember Markie Post, all that, and more on the scifi Edition of Multiverse Tonight!


Hello and Welcome to episode 137 of Multiverse Tonight. Well it’s finally come, my return to a comicon. Planet Comicon in Kansas City starts in just a few days and I am ready for it. It’s gonna be interesting. Masks are required everywhere adn it will be interesting to see how things go. I know that they are even offering vaccinations at the con as well. Well be sure to keep an eye on twitter and instagram for all the photos and future episodes for an interview or two with a creator or two.

Star Trek

Mike McMahan, showrunner of Lower Decks in an interview with Trek Movie said quote

I think season one was interesting because for a lot of the writing in the first half of the season, I would get notes saying, “What is sickbay?” And I was kind of trying to balance Star Trek 101 with a Star Trek comedy, with meeting new characters, with understanding a new class of ship, and 2380 and 2381 in Federation history. There was a lot of explaining. And it’s not funny explaining stuff. It’s hard to make emotional character stories when stuff’s getting explained. So then the second half of season one, now we got a movie episode going, we’ve got the Titan showing up. We were letting our hair down a little bit. For season two we took that energy from the end of the first half of season one, and you’ll see from the very first scene that there’s no hand-holding anymore. From that first scene, you see that we’ve got Mariner in a situation that would be impossible to describe to people who had never seen Star Trek before. And we’re wielding it in a way that is just saying, “Hey, this is an emotional story. This is a comedic story. And let’s have fun.” The training wheels are off, and you’ll see that across all of season two. We’re going to weirder planets. There’s deeper cuts. And the characters are doing stuff that is little bit more unleashed.


It just feels good. We have 10-episode seasons. I grew up watching 20-something episode seasons. And I think that we’ve gotten to this place where I’m like, “Oh, this is what the show is.” Now Tawny is performing like we are going to write up to her and vice versa and it’s just all working together.

 You are already in production on season three. So is it just a continuation of what you have done, because you don’t really have a lot of feedback on season two yet.


That is scary. Because sometimes I’ll be like, “Will people like Badgey? I don’t know. I like Badgey!” We used him twice in the first season. All you can do is write up to the characters. And then the jokes will come and the stories will come. If you’re searching in the dark for what the audience will like, you’re really writing for yourself and for them. Because we’re the first audience of the show.


Season three is the first steps towards what my kind of vision for these lower deckers is, which is: when do they stop being lower deckers? When do they start moving up in rank for real? Not Boimler ditching out and taking a crack at the Titan, but what is the real slow journey for them? And it feels like season one is: Here we are, get used to it, this is fun. Season two is: We had some bills to pay from season one, and some crazy stuff goes down with a bit of a… I don’t want to say anything about the second half of season two, yet. And then season three continues the story, but it also starts new stories in a way.


There are two ways to end an episode, right? There’s a cliffhanger which is like, ‘Come back or you’re punished,’ you won’t know how it ends. And there’s a way to end an episode that’s like, ‘Hey, that was an amazing time. If you want another amazing time you can’t predict, you should come back.’ I think season three is that. Season three is even more confident than season two. And the way it goes is: ‘Oh, we’re doing a Star Trek.’ There’s no bait to make somebody come back. You’re going to come back because you love these characters and these stories are just starting.

I know you recently extended your deal with CBS. So how long do you see the show going?


I would do this show forever. I would hit seven seasons and then beg for a TNG season 8-style Hail Mary season. I would do movies of this show. I’ve got a billion ideas. I love the Cerritos, I love the Cerritos crew, I love the 2380s era. We’re going to do as many stories as we can until we run up until the events that kind of trigger the stuff that happens in Picard because the Federation drastically changes at that point.


But we’ve got this four years of the Star Trek I grew up with. And so, I don’t know how many seasons we’re going to have. Every season is news to me. We started off with a two-season pickup. And then season three felt like a big victory. But there is no guarantee. In my head, I’m like, ‘Are we going to have as many seasons as TOS, or as many seasons as Enterprise, or are we going to have as many seasons as TNG?’ I know how many seasons you can get of a Star Trek show before it kind of gets pulled away from you. And I also know Star Trek shows find themselves after a certain number of seasons. If you love Lower Decks, or if you’re curious and you want it to grow and see more, you got to be vocal about it. You got to shout and tell Paramount Plus. You got to tell CBS we’re here, we love this show. We want more of it.


You just said you got a million ideas. Alex Kurtzman–your Star Trek boss–just signed a 5-year deal. And he said he’s looking to push the boundaries and taking pitches. So have you pitched him some more crazy Star Trek ideas?


What I love about Alex is when he hears any idea, but especially–this is my experience with him–a Star Trek idea, when he can tell it’s coming from a place of joy and a place of personal confidence and excitement, he doesn’t fight that. He adds to the excitement of it. He doesn’t question you. A lot of times you’ll pitch stuff and people will ask you a thousand questions. His response to it as always, “And then what, and then what!” like a kid hearing a story that he loves.


It’s a miracle… he’s the only person who ever would have given Lower Decks a chance because of a conversation I had with him where we were just laughing and geeking out and loving Star Trek together. It was almost like he understood how much I loved it before he even heard about everything that I wanted to do with the show.


So yeah, I’ve talked to Alex about other ideas. We’ve kind of like, “what-iffed” stuff But the main thing is, I don’t want to pull my focus away from Lower Decks. I love Lower Decks. I have a million more things I want to do with Lower Decks. And so far, I’ve never been told I can’t do something on it. So before I start opening doors to having to be more careful, I know a good thing when I haven’t. And that’s where all my energy is going.


Star Trek Prodigy is coming to Paramount Plus in Europe as well as America. Viacom CNS has announced a new partnership with Sky to bring the Paramount Plus streaming service to Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria in 2022. Paramount Plus will become available as part of the SkyQ service and be included with Sky Cinema packages at no additional cost, other Sky Customers can subscribe to it as an add on. 


If you’re wondering where most of the trek movies went to when they disappeared from Paramount Plus this month, well look over to AMC Plus. The six original cast movies as well as all but one of the Next Generation movies moved over to AMC Plus for an exclusive engagement. This was a previously scheduled arrangement that was set up before the emergence of Paramount Plus. No word on when the movies will return to Paramount Plus


.Star Trek adn Playmobil are coming together for the first time in 55 years for a Star Trek playset. The 70548 Star Trek USS Enterprise is quote all about authentic details and numerous features to inspire fans: the 1-meter-long Constitution-class vessel is the pride of Starfleet, and comes with plenty of mesmerizing details... but more about these will be revealed soon! The specially designed mounting will help to make sure this legendary ship is presented in the best possible way. Lights, sounds and other technical features are included alongside a unique AR tie-in app, which will expand this authentically detailed Star Trek experience much further than just the physical product. The ship comes with a total of seven crew members from the original cast, which all fit perfectly into their traditional places on the bridge. Plus, the Enterprise ship isn’t the only thing that’s a Playmobil first: Mr. Spock is the first figure in Playmobil history, dating all the way back to 1974, to have (Vulcan) ears! Unquote The Playmobil set is gonna set you back a pretty penny though costing 499.99. 


Robert Beltran will be making an appearance on Star Trek Prodigy, the actor revealed at the annual Star Trek con in Las Vegas. The actor didn’t say much about it other than he was doing a voiceover animation thing.

Star Wars 

Star Wars The Bad Batch will be back for season two in 2022, according to an announcement on Twitter. Disney issued a full statement about the news Michael Paull, President of Disney Plus and ESPN Plus said quote “Fans have enthusiastically embraced the action and drama of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” and we are excited to see the Star Wars animated universe continue to expand on Disney Plus. As the dedicated streaming home for the Star Wars franchise, we can’t wait for the second season of this fan-favorite animated series.” unquote Executive Producer Dave Filoni said quote “The entire Lucasfilm Animation team and I would like to thank Disney+ and our fans for the opportunity to continue telling the story of the Bad Batch,”


Well not only do you have to be rich to go the actual space, you have to be rich to go to Star Wars space.  Disney has finally released the price list for a “trip” at the Galactic Star Cruiser hotel. The all inclusive experience, which lasts three days and two nights will cost between $749 and $1209 per night depending on who many guests are in the cabin. For two people, you’re looking at 4809, for four you're looking at a whopping 5999 dollars. The immersive experience means that all the workers will be in character at all times and there will be a detailed itinerary for all of the events. Some of the events will be considered story moments, dealing with the Resistance v First Order story line, other events will include lightsaber training, sabacc lessons and bridge training. (Not sure if lightsabers or bridge training make sense with being a passenger on a space liner, but let’s just go with it) At night there is an adults only lounge. Day Two  will see a transporter take guests from the ship to Batuu at Walt Disney World. Each trip is expected to be completely unique . This super experience trip to Florida starts next year.

A new Lego Star Wars animated special is coming to Disney Plus, LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales will debut on the streaming service October first. n LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and BB-8 must make an emergency landing on the volcanic planet Mustafar where they meet the greedy and conniving Graballa the Hutt who has purchased Darth Vader’s castle and is renovating it into the galaxy’s first all-inclusive Sith-inspired luxury hotel. While waiting for his X-Wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa, and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa’s mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader’s loyal servant, Vaneé. Along the way, Vaneé shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from across all eras of Star Wars. As Vaneé spins his tales and lures our heroes deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the castle, a sinister plan emerges. With the help of Dean, Poe and BB-8 will have to face their fears, stop an ancient evil from rising, and escape to make it back to their friends.


LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales features a talented voice cast that includes Jake Green as Poe Dameron; Raphael Alejandro as Dean; Dana Snyder as Graballa the Hutt; Tony Hale as Vaneé; Christian Slater as Ren; Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine; Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as NI-L8; and Matt Sloan as Darth Vader. The special will arrive in October.


Tamagotchi are back and there’s a Star Wars one. The R2D2 Tamagotchi virtual pet, is now available for order and features adorable animations and nine mini games. It’s your job to train Artoo to master up to nineteen different skills and keep him charged, clean and happy. If you fail, it’s off to the Jawas he goes. Next up is a Boba Fett version.



Hans Zimmer has composed a second original score for this soundtrack is for Insight Editions the Art and Soul of Dune, a making of book written by Dune Executive Producer Tanya Lapointe. This marks the first time he has written a musical score for a book. The music will be available to stream and download for free on the same day as the movie October 22nd. 


The Orville has wrapped production on Season Three. Seth MacFarlane announced on Twitter quote And that is a wrap on season 3 of The Orville! Thank you to our incredible cast and crew for all their tireless and brilliant work, and I sincerely hope this is not the last time we all go to space. #TheOrville unquote No word on when it will be out yet.


Noah Hawley’s Alien TV Show should hit FX in 2023 according to FX network president John Landgraf. Landraf broke the news at FX’s Television Critics Association Presentation, he also added that that Noah Hawley’s take was qutoe very grounded and added "I think it was very conscious the fact that there’s a cinematic universe, and that while it has some flexibility, that the aesthetic that was established by Ridley Scott and continued by James Cameron is a part of that universe." unqutoe 


FX has renewed What We Do In The Shadows for a fourth season, season three premiere’s on September on September second and starts with the fallout of Guillermo’s rampage on the vampires in order to save his vampire family. Also given a new season order is American Horror Stories, the anthology successor to American Horror Story, which debuted last month and is FX on Hulu’s most successful launch to date.


Star Wars and Indiana Jones book author JW Rinzler has passed away, Jonathan was an executive editor at Lucasfilm as well as an author of behind the scenes books about Star Wars Indiana Jones Alien and The Shining. Rinzler was born on August 17, 1962 in Lakewood, New Jersey, Rinzler initially studied painting while at the Parsons School of Design, and ultimately graduated from New York University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in comparative literature.


Rinzler joined Lucasfilm in 2001, becoming the executive editor of the Lucasbooks publishing arm. His first work for the publisher included The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. His most well-known work was 2007's The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, which earned critical acclaim for its comprehensive approach to balancing archival research with cast and crew interviews. He would go on to write several other Star Wars books before leaving Lucasfilm in 2016, including The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, The Making of Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Blueprints, and The Sounds of Star Wars.Rinzler wrote over 25 books, three of which became New York Times bestsellers, and edited over one hundred Star Wars-related titles. Outside of the Star Wars universe, he penned multiple books about the Indiana Jones franchise, as well as The Making of Aliens, The Making of Planet of the Apes, The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life. He also wrote several fiction books, including the space historical novel All Up, and the best-selling graphic novel The Star Wars, which he co-wrote with Mike Mayhew.Rinzler is survived by his wife, two daughters, his parents, siblings, and a grandson. He was 58 years old.


Just a few weeks after one of her costars, Charles Robinson from Night Court passed away, actress Markie Post has also passed. Markie was known as public defender Christine Sullivan on Night Court. Markie was born in Palo Alto California in November of 1950 to a scientist father and a poet mother, before getting into acting, she worked on several game shows like NBC’s Card Sharks, The New 25,000 pyramid and Super Password. Her acting credits include episodes of Barnaby Jones, Simon and Simon,the incredible hulk,  the greatest american hero, the a team, the love boat and Buck Rogers in the 25th century, She eventually became a series regular on the ABC action drama The Fall Guy as a bail bondsman, after that she got the role on Night Court that lasted from 1984 to the series end in 1992. Her next big role was the CBS sitcom, Hearts Afire, ending in 1995. After that she mainly did tv movies and guest star work. She voiced June Darby on the animated Transformers Prime for fifteen episodes and had a recurring role on Chicago PD. Her last role was in 2019’s SoundtrackShe did do a handful of movie roles in her time, her biggest was that of Mary’s Mom in the Farley Brothers movie There’s Something About Mary. Four years ago she was diagnosed with cancer, Markie Post died at her home in Los Angeles on August seventh, she is survived by her two daughters and husband. SHe was seventy years old. 

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