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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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Michelle
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Michelle,
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6/13/2014 | 10:00:47 AM
Well played
It's only the second installment of Geekend here and already we're reading about Star Wars & Star Trek!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/13/2014 | 11:34:18 AM
Re: Well played
@Michelle- Next week...carbon nanotubes. :)
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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6/13/2014 | 11:45:50 AM
Re: Well played
I would like to see the star trek academy.  I'm sure this will get very popular among younger audience with the introduction of drama among the member of the academy.  I thought there was a rumor about somehow the member of the star trek somehow end up in the  star wars universe.

 
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/13/2014 | 11:55:53 AM
New life to the Death Star
Not really jonesing for a Star Trek show. It's been done and done well. The rebooted movies have been great entertainment too. Star Wars, on the other hand, bring it on. The franchise has so much to proof after the hot mess that was Episodes I - III. The Death Star is a necessity too. I don't care if the evil empire is dead broke from having to rebuild it yet again -- the Death Star is in the picture, this time with free Wi-Fi and over 500 Starbucks on premise.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/13/2014 | 1:06:07 PM
Re: Well played
@Pedro- I think it would be fun to see a spoofy Star Wars-Star trek cross over. But you've got a problem there. If Star Wars took place a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away for 1970's America, then 24 century Star Trek earth is even farther away. 

We'll have to send the Enterprise through a worm hole or something. :)
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David Wagner,
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6/13/2014 | 1:08:12 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
@Shane- Yes, let's stop doing the things we've done well in the past. :)

No, I get it. But honestly, I'm at the point where Next Gen seems dated. I could use some new Enterprise adventures. 

And i love the idea of Starbucks overwhelming the Death Star. Since the Soviet Union was always called the Death Star and it was overwhelmed by capitalism, it would be fun to watch the same thing happen to the other Evil Empire. :)
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batye,
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6/13/2014 | 3:33:55 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
Dave... do not give up Dark Lord Mister Putin did not finish his game yet :)
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/13/2014 | 3:35:22 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
Ha! I think Putin is like whoever the bad guy will be in Episode VII, someone we'll never think is as cool or evil as Darth Vader. :)
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batye,
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6/13/2014 | 3:40:34 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
I think Star Trek gonna have new movie soon on a big screen... but we will see...
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batye,
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6/13/2014 | 3:48:17 PM
Re: New life to the Death Star
Dave... I think with Putin it like New Russian Tzar by KGB, oh sorry it FSB now... 
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