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Old September 15 2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on TV?

Four months and an odd number of days after the premiere of TREK XI in theaters, it seems the Robau thing hasn't died for varying reasons both comical and serious. The character has a pull that is oddly magnetic considering Faran Tahir is on screen for barely five or six minutes at the very start of the movie and then is killed by a giant, spring-loaded Romulan can opener through the chest. But the Robau Rage continues in the BBS as well as a few other sites online in varying degrees of intensity. I've even seen Robau joked about and mentioned by others on Twitter wholly independent of comments I and other BBS regulars make over there.

Should we get Robau/USS Kelvin backstory novels down the road? Should there even be an online-exclusive short film made about him with Paramount's blessing seeing as Tahir's character seems to have something of a stable and healthy cult following...and even HE seems to be aware of it based on some supposed questions he was asked around the time of the premiere? I doubt an all-new STAR TREK television series would ever focus on Captain Robau, George Kirk and the Kelvin despite the wonderful story potential for such a ship and senior officers...but who here would welcome such a show WERE the stars to align the right way?

Discuss...and don't forget...The Robau is watching what you say.
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Old September 15 2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

MORE ROBAU! MORE, I SAY!
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Old September 15 2009, 11:21 PM   #3
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

A total of roughly 50 people making some fan fuzz about a character killed off in the first 5 minutes... yeah, that's going to give one hell of a reason to create a TV show.
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Old September 16 2009, 12:36 AM   #4
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Well, hell! I'd watch it if they made it. Robau and the Kelvin were damn near the only things coming out of "The Abomination" that I genuinely liked.
Sadly, I find it unlikely that there really is enough support for any film projects--fan or otherwise. Which is a shame, 'cause Faran Tahir seriously does rock in the role and I'd like to see more of him in Trek.
Novels, on the other hand, are not at all unlikely. More than a few minor characters that have fan followers have managed to get fuller treatment in print than they did on the screen. I think it's not just likely, but very nearly inevitable that we will see Robau and George Kirk and crew again between the covers of a book. The only real question is, how long will it take?
Join me, if you will, in the chant of invocation: ROBAU NOW! ROBAU NOW! um. please?
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Old September 16 2009, 12:53 AM   #5
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

Fuck yes.
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Old September 16 2009, 01:32 AM   #6
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

JarodRussell wrote: View Post
A total of roughly 50 people making some fan fuzz about a character killed off in the first 5 minutes... yeah, that's going to give one hell of a reason to create a TV show.
I've heard of worse reasons to make a television show.

However, I sort of agree with the quoted poster. A television show is not needed; though it would be an interesting series of books.
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Old September 16 2009, 01:36 AM   #7
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I think the foundations of modern media, along with the fabric of reality, will tear itself asunder from the incalculable awesomeness of the force of nature that is Captain Robau.

For the sake of all that was, is and what shall be, Captain Robau must be contained in those few incredible moments we saw him in Star Trek.
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Old September 16 2009, 01:36 AM   #8
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I think it's a great idea....animated, live, books, whatever. Though a lot of it is comical, maybe Robau represents what Trek really needed....a new, kick-ass character, and not a rehash.
I'd love to see a prequel centering around Robau and his crew, on the Kelvin.
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Old September 16 2009, 02:48 AM   #9
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

I said several months ago that if TPTB greenlight a series it should be the adventures of Robau, George Kirk and the USS Kelvin crew. It would take advantage of the popularity of the new movie without interfering with the filmed adventures.
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Old September 16 2009, 03:59 AM   #10
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

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A total of roughly 50 people making some fan fuzz about a character killed off in the first 5 minutes... yeah, that's going to give one hell of a reason to create a TV show.
Hey, it worked for Boba Fett! Across two films he basically had the same amount of screen time as Robau, yet he's getting a show in 2011. If Robau gets a TV show due to books, comics, and other non-filmed media, then so be it. Never say never in the world of fiction.
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Old September 16 2009, 05:10 AM   #11
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I said several months ago that if TPTB greenlight a series it should be the adventures of Robau, George Kirk and the USS Kelvin crew. It would take advantage of the popularity of the new movie without interfering with the filmed adventures.
I would go for that.

Although... the fact we already know the fate of all three would probably make it hard to create any true sense of jeopardy on the show.
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Old September 16 2009, 05:20 AM   #12
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I agree with Sector 7 but disagree with davejames. We knew the outcome of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but we can still enjoy Clone Wars and Episodes 1-5 RIGHT? I mean just because we know that at the end of ROTJ the heroes are still alive and Vader dies with the Emperor, doesn't limit enjoyment of the original Star Wars or Empire Strikes back or any of the other OT stuff, let alone anything Prequel (although that is debatable by some)

I think it would give us a good look at the "NuTrek" universe, clearly they had much more badass ships than anything we've seen previously and y'know it would give us a chance to see a Pre-TOS/Post-ENT crew in action, that ISN'T aboard a ship called "The Enterprise" hell they could even throw in some early Pike as a Cadet too. Give Scott Bakula and Jolene Blalock a guest starring role in the pilot/first episodes just to "pass the torch". Have Shatner as George Kirk's dad maybe.

I think a very limited series would be a very cool thing. It would give us some new Trek on TV, would NOT interfere with the next NuTrek movie nor would it really interfere with other Prime timeline stories. Its a safe series, and I think Faran Tahir could easily lead a cast. If the show does well for maybe a 6-8 episode run, then maybe it could be renewed. Set it long enough before Star Trek XI so that you could maybe have at least 4-5 years. TOS introduced the whole 5 year mission thing. Maybe the Kelvin was nearing the end of its 5 year mission. So set it right at the beginning. If it really takes off, then let it keep going up until it encounters the anomaly in STXI and end the story there.

Its a ship and a crew we already know now. Albeit briefly, but we're still familiar with them.

Make it like a badass BSG/SGI/Trek style show and we'll have lightning in a bottle.

A bottle of redmatter we call. ROBAU
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Old September 16 2009, 07:14 PM   #13
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

Besides, if the early voyages of the Kelvin happen a good number of years prior to Nero's arrival in the Prime timeline then we'd have more than a few years' worth of stories to tell before you-know-what happens to everyone on the ship. When Faran Tahir was interviewed by TV Guide Channel before the movie's release, he and the narrator of the show insinuated that Robau had been some sort of Federation diplomat or ambassador before becoming a captain in Starfleet and he had a rather extensive if unspoken background going into the film. That would be fun to explore.
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Old September 16 2009, 07:29 PM   #14
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

I think the ultimate fatalism that would surround any such series would be fascinating, but I don't think it will get green-lit or that such a series would work. The George Kirk actor is now Thor, and I think Faran Tahir might be more of a movie actor (correct me if I'm wrong). Recasting Robau would kill some of the Robau mystique.

On the other hand, books are a great idea. I think stories about the Federation twenty-five years before Kirk's time would be magnificent and have a ton of potential.
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Old September 16 2009, 07:47 PM   #15
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Re: Captain Robau: Should He Be Further Explored in Books and even on

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A total of roughly 50 people making some fan fuzz about a character killed off in the first 5 minutes... yeah, that's going to give one hell of a reason to create a TV show.
Yeah. As if most other TV series over time were made because their subject matter was universally known and mega-popular.

On any given day, networks air shows with far less reason to exist than a new TREK spinoff with a little-known captain.
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