Monday, May 29, 2017


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


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 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??? 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 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


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]