View Finder: Discovering the crew of the USS Enterprise

Posted: 13 April 2018 10:52 pm

Captain Pike is cast and Channel Nine loses cricket coverage to Foxtel and Seven.

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An Enterprising cast

I suppose I should kick this article off with a good ol' fashioned SPOILER WARNING because in the very final moments of Star Trek: Discovery's first season, fans were treated to a very nice surprise indeed. When all was said and done in Disco, with the crew starting a new journey afresh, a very familiar ship jumped into view: it was none other than the USS Enterprise.

When the ship appeared in those closing moments, we found out it was being piloted by Captain Christopher Pike.

For those a little out of touch with Trekkie lore, Pike is James T. Kirk's immediate predecessor as captain of the Enterprise (he was played by Bruce Greenwood in the most recent movie reboots).

Well, now we know who will be playing the old Cap'n in the Disco universe; the imposing Anson Mount. Mount is most well-known for his lead role in Hell on Wheels, but some may remember him from his recent run as the mostly mute leader of The Inhumans. But if you're a true cinephile, you will remember Mount in his breakout role as Britney's squeeze in the timeless 2002 classic, Crossroads.

Mount wasn't the only new crew member announced for Discovery's second season. Comedian Tig Notaro has also been cast for Season 2 in a guest role as Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the U.S.S. Hiawatha. We don't currently know much more about Notaro's character or how many episodes she will appear in but we're looking forward to finding out.

Now if we can just get Britney Spears to cameo as Pike's love interest, everything will be right in the galaxy.

Maaate, if it's not on Channel 9 it's just not cricket

Channel 9's Wide World of Sports has long been the one-stop destination for all things bats'n'balls but now there's been a major shift of broadcasting rights. In a $1.2 billion deal, Seven and Foxtel have muscled out Channel 9 and taken hold of Australia's biggest advertisement for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The deal will see the launch of a new Foxtel channel dedicated to cricket, Fox Cricket, with an all-new commentary team. This new channel will include full coverage, of course, but will also add a few new specialist programs that are currently in development.

From the start of the 2018/2019 season, Foxtel will broadcast every Australian cricket match.

Great news for Foxtel subscribers, less exciting for those who have depended on Channel 9's free-to-air coverage for over 40 years. Of course, Seven gets a slice of the pie, too, but exactly what free-to-air fans will get and what's exclusive to paying Foxtel customers is yet to be seen.

However, it is promising that Foxtel has recognised the criticisms of Channel 9's increasingly boring panel of experts. Last year's Ashes commentary drew ire for its lack of diversity (and rightfully so), so Foxtel and Seven's revamped coverage could be a good place to start fresh.

This week's trailers

Every week, finder tracks down the latest trailers from the world of streaming.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

This Natalie Dormer-led adaptation of Peter Weir's classic thriller looks to be a feast for the eyes. The entire season drops on Amazon Prime Video 25 May but will make its debut on Foxtel here in Australia.

Dark Crimes

Remember The Number 23? The thriller/mystery that would have been totally forgettable if not for Jim Carrey's interesting turn as a paranoid victim to some kind of cosmic trickster obsessed with prime numbers? Well, it's been over a decade and we haven't really seen Carrey in a comparable role (to be fair, Mr. Popper's Penguins was pretty horrifying) but now Carrey is leading a polish thriller as a troubled cop. Check out the trailer below.

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