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Geekend: Star Wars/Star Trek Rumor Mills In Hyper-Drive

Internet is breaking under the strain of so many rumors about our favorite geek franchises.

Welcome to the second installment of the Geekend on InformationWeek. If this is a new concept for you, check out last week's column for an explanation. If you are an old Geekend veteran, you'll be excited that we’re covering rumors about some old friends this week.

Earlier this week the Internet giddily glowed with rumors about two of our favorite series -- Star Trek and Star Wars. Star Wars Episode VII (am I the only one that is glad that we're back to episodes matching the number of movies? When someone says "the seventh one," we all know which one that means unlike "the fourth one") broke the interwebs with two rumors -- the Millennium Falcon is back and we have some high class new cast members. Star Trek inspired people to fix the interwebs so it could announce (and then recant) that Netflix had partnered with CBS to make a new Star Trek series. Then it promptly broke again.

Of course, my little geek heart went all a flutter, especially when pictures leaked of the Falcon in mid construction and JJ Abrams cleverly posted this picture.

My advice to JJ -- let the Wookie (and Twitter) win. Rumors are just going to keep coming, like the one that just leaked about Simon Pegg being cast because he visited the set and has been in every JJ Abrams movie since Abrams's film school project -- Lens Flare Cabaret.

You can't stop the rumors nor worry about confirming or denying them all. And Abrams cleverly understood that with his non-denial denial picture.

In fact, I say embrace the rumors. Throw more out there. Enough rumors and we may actually get a new Star Trek series because CBS will see how much buzz the rumors create. And it is a good way to keep a movie that hasn't even been made in the public eye. Remember how much buzz Boy's Life got from claiming Tony Stark designed R2-D2, and there was a Marvel crossover movie coming?

So in that spirit I thought I'd throw out some rumors that I'd like to see come true:

The new Star Trek series is coming and it is about Klingons. You may have heard the actor who played Worf, Michael Dorn, is trying to get a Captain Worf series going. I have to say, with all apologies to Dorn, that Worf on a ship is probably played out. I'd like to see a series with Klingons based on the homeworld and the intrigue in the High Council. How about Worf on the High Council with a corrupt leader of the high council loyal in some way to the Duras family?

Another new Trek series called Star Fleet Academy. Think of it as Saved By the Bell meets Star Trek.

Why would anyone want that, you ask? Because Star Trek characters got a bit stuffy in the later years of the Next Generation and shows beyond that. In Star Fleet you have all these fit, brilliant people around and all they do in their spare time is read old books and play poker. It would be fun to bring back the playfulness of the original series with all flirting but less of the sexism.

Episode IX features a Death Star. You know you want it. The only good Star Wars movies featured one. How could we do it any other way?

Episode VII features Hayden Christensen ... dying in a pleasing way like King Joffrey on Game of Thrones. Let's face it, Hayden was so bad that he nearly single-handedly brought down a franchise. Watching him being dismembered to rise as James Earl Jones was not enough. Fans deserve to see him die. They deserve to react like this (by the way, special geek honors goes to the young woman on the left who complains about cutting the wedding cake with Valyrian steel):

Luke Skywalker gets injured in episode VII and needs a Vader-like mask and is voiced by James Earl Jones. I don't know why this makes sense or anything. I just don't like Mark Hammill's squeaky voice.

Darth Vader comes back ... and he really is all of these peoples’ father.

So what rumors would you like to have come out? Which of them are you hoping are true? Do you want a new Star Trek series? Excited for Episode VII? What do you think the plot will be? Comment below.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/16/2014 | 12:41:55 PM
Re: Bring back Vader
@SaneIt- I love it! A reformed Vadar would be awesome. Maybe he can come back like a giant eye like Sauron. No seriously, what a great idesa, because no one could possibly live up to the character that James Earl Jones and George Lucas created. 

The only problem is that he redeemed himself. I wonder how you "turn" a ghost?
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6/16/2014 | 9:08:04 AM
Bring back Vader
How many movies have killed off the villain only to have them come back later in the movie or in the sequel?  I know the whole ghosts of dead Jedi thing would indicate that he really died but the whole ghost Jedi thing could be used as a way to re-incarnate characters.  I'd love to see the whole Vader/Anakin Skywalker struggle done a little more like the Clone Wars series than the movie prequels.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/14/2014 | 12:19:30 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
@jastro- Well, fortunately he only has to live up to Lucas, the Lucas that gave us episodes one through three. :)
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6/14/2014 | 8:17:28 AM
Re: New life to the Death Star
After LOST, I stopped trusting JJ Abrams and his ability to tell a story.

I got it back after Star Wars.

 

But, JJ is no Spielberg, and Spielberg is no Kubrick.

 

 
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6/13/2014 | 11:24:58 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
@Dave, not a bad omen. Simply what you get when you cast an 80-year-old man in your movie and ask him to move. Love Harrison Ford, but no more Star Wars of Indiana for him, please!
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LUFU,
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6/13/2014 | 6:21:42 PM
Show No Mercy. Give No Quarter
I say toss Hayden Christensen into the Lego Ewok Village and let him suffer the insufferable.
Thomas Claburn
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6/13/2014 | 5:40:48 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
I'm ready for the reboot of Space 1999. Please, someone step up and make it.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/13/2014 | 5:15:18 PM
Re: Well played
@Michelle- Thanks! They're coming. I promise for better or for worse. :)
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Michelle,
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6/13/2014 | 5:02:11 PM
Re: Well played
@Dave perhaps it's time to recycle some of your old geekend posts to give them new life...garbage to gold and all that. :)
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David Wagner,
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6/13/2014 | 4:07:11 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
I hope my asking for more interesting rumors from Star Wars isn't to blame for this: http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/harrison-ford-star-wars-injury


Harrison Ford hurt his ankle during filming.

Anyone else think it it a bad omen that he hurt it on the door of the Millenium Falcon?
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