Monday, May 29, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES SUMMER SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE QSE

Subscribers are buzzing news about the new issue of the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE]that was released last Wednesday. The cover design says it all and there was absolutely too much information released for fans to grab at and take into consideration for being one of the most anticipated series within the SciFi format that was once the controlled universe of Gene Roddenberry's magnificent dream.

There are many subscribers and blog fans that have picked up on the recent "coincidental" similarities between MINOTAUR and the networks STAR TREK DISCOVERY [STD], both of which are planned for release later this year. The only difference between the show's seems to be the fact that a "New Order" Borg race will be introduced as "LEGION" in MINOTAUR and the questionable enemy of the Klingon Empire in STD. But other than those two differences, the shows are running neck-to-neck with several coincidences that are baffling fans, readers, and studio personnel at the same time. They are [1] The ever changing design of the lead ship, [2] heavy all female crews, [3] the introduction of another Vulcan first officer, [4] epic presentation of sets, and [5] similar uniform designs that have caught the entire studio in a fervor of utter shock that cannot be described into words.

Over the course of two weeks, studio CEO [D. R. Quintana] has been bombarded with emails and comments concerning the similarities that have been noted time and time again by both supporting Trekkies and the Trekkie troller's who continue to prescribe to the studio that MINOTAUR is a waste of time. However, the studio stands by the fact that the uniforms and ship's designs were settled on over four years ago and have nothing more to say about it. To prove his point, the shows producer/director released the ship's designs and a sneak view into the production of the series which is still an on going adventure for the cast and crew.
 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

ST-DISCOVERY TRAILER RELEASED...DISAPPOINTS TOO

Well, I saw the trailer today and I have to say that I was both impressed with the blue screen graphics, that have come a LONG way, and I was also a little disappointed...as again CBS failed to keep with their word and produce a well thought out show. It doesn't help that there's another "Galaxy Quest-type" spinoff getting to launch on another network, that seems a little more fun and has the right kind of PUNCH to drop the ratings on Star Trek Discovery [STD] during it's initial run. It definitely looks like CBS picked the wrong time to send STD into promo status. Did the bigwigs fold their hand because they were being called out by another network, pushing a new Sci-Fi Star Trek-type show?

However, I can see that STD's production was taken VERY seriously and that great effort was applied to give the show a running start for presenting a more mature look at being the pioneers of space travel again. But right away CBS dropped the ball and decided to fall in line with the J.J. Abrams universe which most Trekkies [and myself] find deplorable, frustrating, and a downright slap in the face to anything Roddenberry ever planned to produce or would want in a reboot of his Star Trek idealism's. I've always hated that Abrams' never has to explain anything...he honestly doesn't know how traveling in warp speed works or the mechanical mindset of how an engine room actually would look and work. And I find it a little bizarre how all of these 'supposed' new Trekkies and Star Wars Nerds accept it all, without questioning the basics of accepted space logic.

I've noticed that many Trekkies have an issue with the timeline of the series, as so do I. My case is that a CBS spokesman stated 'on the record' a while back that STD would be set just after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and before The Next Generation [TNG] - which would have made more sense to me. Figuring that in the series, the Enterprise insignia would have been already accepted as the pin for officers and crew...something I am sure that in J.J. Abrams universe will NEVER be explained, so don't expect STD to do so either. I think this is why CBS likes the new format created by Abrams..."THERE'S NOTHING TO EXPLAIN!...the Trekkies will SWALLOW IT and like it!" - and believe me, if you think the Klingon masks and outfits are the biggest worry?...then, you don't know jack!

Think about this, fellow Trekkies...this new doomsday machine that CBS created is already set for movie production. Seriously, STD looks like a well polished, epic series and I 100% guarantee that it is already aimed for being released in theaters in the near future. That's about as far as CBS is willing to go to make this pile of crumbling shit work. Think about it...first the production releases a semi-nasty trailer with a ship no one likes, so they go into re-designs and firing all kinds of people. Then there was the claim that "Jason Isaacs" was cast as the Captain of the show, remember that? Trekkies were ablaze on the web that CBS had landed a REAL name to the show. But what happened with the show?...another firing in the production staff, the writing team, and some more firings on the production, then there was word that the shows release was extended out to December, extended again to May, and then again; which made everyone think it was NEVER going to be released. 

With all of this going on, it starts to make you think that the production went into a rush to get produced. Yes, it WAS rushed with very little thinking ahead. CBS has all of the CGI star power to produce the required visual effects for a strong show, but not the acting power. So, how does the show initially get introduced to fans???...by showing a scene taking right out of Star Wars....Wow...that was STUPID! But the cast seems to be brought on a little smartly. Making the Captain an African American Vulcan is a bright idea...but haven't we seen that before? Could that be Tuvok's mom or future wife or something like that?...only time will tell. But the cast is talented and delivered some good performances in the trailer that will make every Trekkie [and myself] at least watch the first two episodes.

The best part for us is that MINOTAUR is again safe. We've released so much information and photographs about our production that I was worried that CBS was going to steal some of our ideas, which I was surprised the other "Galaxy Quest-type show looks to have done. But our series still has a few surprises for Trekkies and nothing seems to threaten what we have set to show. But again, only time will tell and we don't have a network supporting our show with millions of dollars to get the Trek magic we might be missing...but so far, I feel our series is in league with good company.

As for STD...it does look and sound like a venereal disease that will eat up fans from the inside, out. I applaud CBS for at least presenting something to the world. Now it's all about time...something CBS is running out of with the vast Trekkie support.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TREKKIES SPRING NEW LIFE INTO MINOTAUR PROMOTIONS!

The studio reports that 2016 was definitely the BIGGEST year for the QSE as viewer/Internet surfer numbers reached well over 8 million guests. The most visited and requested issue of the QSE was the December issue featuring the new hybrid Legion/Borg drone on the cover. That one issue garnered requests from as far as Japan to Europe and is still being sought for reading by Trekkies all over the place.

Studio CEO [D. R. Quintana] said that much of the excitement in the issue is over the amount of full color "visual candy" that was released for fans to review; photos of the future shows uniforms, weapons, ship's bridge, and some action scenes were released for preview.

"With the recent news that a new SciFi series being released on network television, loosely based on Star Trek as a comedy, the online searches for information on MINOTAUR have increased dramatically" says Quintana. "This 'fan production project' labling is a thing of the past now and we feel that we're onto hitting a new idealism when it comes to producing what Roddenberry's universe could look like in the far-far future."
 
MINOTAUR is still planned as a 'web series only' based instrument by the studio, but Quintana reassures future fans that the whole idea about just being a 'fan production' feels to have been completely eliminated after news surfaced that the studio removed all acknowledgements to Star Trek and removed the title from the entire series, leaving many to speculate how the series will be presented without many of the well-liked and known details that keep many of the other fan productions in line with the Roddenberry universe.
 
However, the studio claims to have changed everything about the series to separate itself from the glut of fan film productions and series on the net, even up to changing the design of the lead ship, the USS ISCANDAR, to something never seen or thought of before.
"U.S. Naval history has proven that bigger and badder doesn't necessarily mean better" added Quintana. "We changed ships designs so often, even I got sick of trying to figure out something new to appease the cast & crew to preview and the future fans to fall in love with. I wanted something big and ugly, something with angles and large machinery that would prescribe to the plot of the series, not to delve into another 'accident' that brought the crew to this new journey. This series is an insight to the intended, dire attempts by a future Alliance set out to save their homeworlds from certain doom, but do it in a scientific way."

Very recently, the studio leaked information on the MINOTAUR Facebook page at the ships captain, RADM Escher, a medically modified-to-human-looking Andorian, has been casted with actress Stephanie Greenfield from San Antonio, Texas, which seemed to start a new buzz around Star Trek fandom asking about the actresses previous works in SciFi films.

In an attempt to quell Trekkie worries, the studio has planned to release more information concerning the recent addition to the cast by interviewing the actress on the summer edition of the QSE. A photoshoot with the actress was completed recently and some snap shots of the actress in uniform will also be released for preview. Greenfield is very excited about the new role and plans only to impress the future fans of the series.

And on a side note that might bring up negative speculation concerning the shows release date, Quintana stated that the series production format has changed a bit that fans could see something this winter.

Shelly B.
[Contributing Writer]  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

NEW E-MAG ISSUE RELEASED FEATURING CAST & CREW OF MINOTAUR!

The new and last issue of 2016 gives great insight into next years prime web series which has garnered a whole new line of fans since the studio decided to press on with production, completely distancing itself from a set of guidelines set forth by Paramount earlier this year. MINOTAUR is a highly anticipated series which has gotten more positive reviews than expected, making it a target for Internet trolls, scam artists, and ridiculous film critiques before the first episode has ever been released to audiences.

Recently, the Internet has been filled with information concerning the series and indicating that the entire project is a planned spoof, very much identifying it as a half-assed offspring of Galaxy Quest, and that is where the studio believes the project has been given it's own strength towards waiting audiences; that MINOTAUR is proving to be a huge mystery to almost everyone out on the web, forcing just about anyone to guess what the show's all about, bringing a dark cloud to the minds of those wanting to see the show even more.

"When we first began to script the series in 2011, we weren't sure about how to market the series during it's initial production period." said shows creator, D. R. Quintana. "We had several re-writes, many casting changes and location adjustments before we even started production and everything was becoming an unnerving new decision to makeSuddenly, the old bad guys were turned into new bad guys with a different approach to how they are presented without damaging what fans used to know about them."

Quintana continued on to state that the series started to breath a life on it's own just a few years ago. "We felt that [in theory] we had to completely separate ourselves from all of the 'fan production crap' that was floating out there in the web. Indie fan films were aiming more towards the nostalgia of the more known Star Trek Universe which was originally produced in the 1960s than trying to do some thing completely original to take SciFi fans to the next level. So at first, we started to change the way things were described, then changed a little of this and that, and before we knew it, we were immediately on a different path. Then we realized that this was a new level in the game, something immediately different that brought fresh air to old ideas."

"Unfortunately, we also learned that there were groups and individuals who wanted a piece of the pie and become part of the production" continues Quintana. "Of course their insistence to helping out came when we were already done with most of the production efforts to the first three episodes. When the outside help was turned down, the trolling began...mostly in an attempt to push an early release. But it was an unsuccessful attempt at bullying progress."

So in professional fashion, the primary focus of the series has been prepped for the young leading actress who will have to fill heavy shoes in the new universe; that is Dru Marie Rovito, who takes on the role as LT Jadrian Quest, formally occupied by Bernice Tremblay in Star Trek Beyond.

"The script was a challenge" says Rovito. "I was never a fan of Star Trek and only started to study William Shatner's 'Captain Kirk' for a stage play in Pasadena, Texas, when I had my first real exposure to the Star Trek culture. I've seen STB and enjoyed the voyages of Captain Quest taking part in stories which tie up to this series. I've done my best in hopes that future fans will enjoy these new adventures and carry on the SciFi tradition of keeping the spirit alive."

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

ARE YOU READY FOR DECEMBER, YET?

The December issue of the QUANTUM STORM E-Magazine will surely raise some eyebrows as it will contain a 22 page "inside look" at the production of the series and update subscribers with what to expect from an unexpected bad guy...or uh, bad girl...
Last weekends open SKYPE "one-on-one" with the show's creator/director and some QSE subscribers, opened up some interesting possibilities concerning the "reinvention" of the Roddenberry universe towards a much more needed "redesign" to re-establish the fan base towards a more familiar production format that old and new viewers will enjoy.

According to one inside source, there have been leaks that a new trailer will surface in December which will "let the cat out of bag" finally. This "leak" comes at the end of a long debate of whether Paramount's shift in the Star Trek fan film production policy could prevent or hold up MINOTAUR's release.

"Nothing will shut down the release of the web series" said David Quintana, the shows creator and director. "Not everything we comment or create that has a reference to Star Trek can be used against anyone to shut anything down; the theory is that terms like 'bridge' and warp speed were around way before Star Trek existed, so we can use it. We have certainly strayed away from anything that could be considered as 'intellectual use' because we rethought everything out towards a different point of view to 'what is trek?' and 'what is not?'"

The studio plans to release a special blog to inform fans and web surfers of the new trailers release date in the near future.

K. Weiss
(Contributing Writer)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

THE DARKER SIDE OF MINOTAUR

The studio is currently negotiating for a new release date with a horrific taste of the show's darker side as a preview in December nears. 

A concern which brought up the initial hold to the shows release date in September, was partly due to the presentation of the series new dark foe, a new race of Borg; some of the powers that be wanted to see "the change" of the race and see whether it would rival the recent change in guidelines and whether the series was truly breaking away from format requirements.  

In short order, all of the allegations were calmly unsubstantiated after the overall idealism of MINOTAUR being produced with the aim of telling stories in a more covert format, presenting very little to no reflection of the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek Universe and Paramount's in-depth control over the Gene Roddenberry's Universe and it's trademark eye candy.

The new race will be introduced under a different name and in a darker, more horrifying tone during the first (two part) episode of the series. The studios attempt to present a more fearful and sinister foe, including eerie special effects to present a "plethora of horror" for fans to preview, seems to have already stunned many critics after watching a preview of the series.

"The real boogie man has long been absent from Star Trek lore" said David Quintana [series director/writer]. "I'm sure fans want to see something new to fear and feel the weight of despair anytime they are mentioned or previewed on screen. But the drama and strong plot line is there for everyone to realize that this threat just won't go away any time soon."

The studio still admits that the new web series isn't breaking any new ground in the CGI area of the show's production, and the studio doesn't feel like it has to either. "When we first worked on Star Trek Beyond [the web series] we worked on a tight budget with very limited CGI effects; using little to no green screen, building all of the sets" added Quintana. "So, we again let the writing and character development do all of the talking for the show, which will make this series something to remember; like that one Christmas event that went completely wrong."

In December, the studio will release a special issue of the QUANTUM STORM E-Magazine previewing the darker side of MINOTAUR for all subscribers to see. If you are not part of the QSE subscription, you'll miss out on a special look into the new bad guys in all of its glory!

[EDITORS NOTE - Some of you may have noticed that this blog entry was accidentally released before it was completed and then deleted from existence. We're sorry for the premature release!]

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

SERIES RELEASE DATE PUT ON HOLD...

During tonight's video interview and conference, the studio CEO [D. R. Quintana] released news that the studio has been asked to "hold up" the release date for one of the most highly anticipated fan productions on the web. He did not disclose who asked to hold up the series release date, but that it would not affect production efforts on future episodes.

Asked if whether the "hold up" for the MINOTAUR release date was partly due to the networks decision to hold up the future release of Paramount's planned next Star Trek TV series next year, the series director said, "It was just mere coincidence."

This news comes at a time when the studio was beginning to release more insights on the studio blog and a planned featurette trailer which was about to air on October 1st. The series director/creator said that a video interview will be released in the near future, giving out more details concerning the hold and some other interesting sneak peeks into the series.

We will keep you up-to-date as the news comes in!