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Star Trek The Next Generation Thirtieth Birthday Bash

Monday, August 7, 2017 2:10
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Keely and I celebrated the thirtieth birthday of TNG with some special people over the weekend.

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Hanging out with the cast of TNG; from left to right, LeVar Burton, Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Keely, me, Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie, Denise Crosby, and Brent Spiner.

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Keely on the bridge

 

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With Marina Sirtis (Troi)

 

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A miniature from one of the TNG episodes (“The First Duty”)

 

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Getting chased by the Borg!

 

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With Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space and a TNG guest star in “Second Chances”.

 

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Juan Ortiz made original posters for every single TNG episode and had them on display. While his Star Trek projects are different than my book project in execution, I think our projects are similar in spirit.

 

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With René Auberjonois (Odo on DS9)

 

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We had some fun celebrating the original series too.

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Listening to William Shatner speak

 

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Meeting with Shatner after

 

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Keely on the original bridge

 

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Me escaping the Guardian of Forever

 

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Thanks for checking out my photos!

Still Treads the Shadow

Sunday, April 30, 2017 19:40
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Vic Mignogna posted this new Star Trek episode recently.

By this point, his crew knows how to do a TOS-style Star Trek episode about as well as Gene Roddenberry; and when it comes to matching the look and feel of the original series, “Still Treads” doesn’t disappoint, with a Kirk story that serves as a sequel to “The Tholian Web” and includes an old fling, old age, an argument with a computer, and a triple role for Mignogna as young Kirk, old Kirk, and computer-Kirk.

But despite being Star Trek to its core, it’s not all that exciting of an episode.

“Treads” includes three ships, an intelligent machine, and an alternate timeline that collides with the prime universe; but at its heart, it’s a character-driven story with the psyche of the two Kirks taking center stage. There are some wonderful moments as the two Kirks interact with the crew and each other. But there’s no question how everything has to end, and the pieces fall into place just as you would probably expect as the episode plods towards its conclusion.

The truth is that Mignogna and his team succeed in replicating TOS in great part because their show doesn’t attempt to exceed the scope of Roddenberry’s original vision; but that does limit what they can do. In the end, “Treads” is another Star Trek Continues episode that’s just par for the course.

New Review of The Kirk Years

Friday, September 30, 2016 13:01
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There are some pointed criticisms here of my new book, but I can’t disagree with them. Mostly, it’s a positive review, and that pleases me:

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My First Star Trek Book is Now Available!

Friday, September 9, 2016 7:17
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The Trekker’s Guide to the Kirk Years is now available! This one celebrates Star Trek’s fiftieth birthday with tons of episode analyses, photos, interviews, and even some never before heard stories about the actors from the Original Series. In the U.S., it’s available in kindle for $2.99 and paperback for $14.99. Here’s a look inside….

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Star Trek Begins Shooting

Saturday, January 14, 2012 10:12

The Star Trek Franchise is alive again! This press release was issued by Paramount:

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2012 — Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, CA on the sequel to STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. The film will be released on May 17, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office.

Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.

Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

Shatner and Nimoy become Octegenarians

Saturday, March 26, 2011 17:07

It’s amazing enough that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, with their friendship and individual fames that have become so intertwined (mention one, and most people will think about the other), were born the same week. But to think that that both are not only still alive at 80, but both are still big stars finding new work (although Nimoy recently announced his retirement)… well, it’s like having twin Betty Whites!

Happy 80th birthday, guys!

Star Trek Sequel Screenwriters Talk

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:12

Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, in the early stages of writing the sequel to the latest Star Trek movie, have just shared some thoughts with Entertainment Weekly writer Darren Franich.

In his article, Darren mentions, “To me, the best part about the Star Trek reboot was how it managed to have its cake and eat it too. The creators embedded a few hundred throwaway references to Star Trek lore (yeesh, they even gave Bakula’s character from Enterprise a shout-out), but they also essentially tore apart the entirety of Trek history to create a brand new continuity. So although Kurtzman and Orci seem pretty set on creating a new story, they’re still looking back to old episodes of the original series for further inspiration.”

So see? You should be paying attention to my weekly Star Trek reviews!

Here’s the full article, with quotes from the screenwriters.

Fifth Star Trek TNG Film?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:04

Patrick Stewart revealed a few details about a fifth Star Trek The Next Generation film that was never made.

He said: “While we were filming ‘Nemesis’, an idea was being developed by John Logan, the screenwriter of ‘Nemesis’, and Brent Spiner for a fifth and final movie. It was a very exciting idea for a screenplay. It would have been a real farewell to ‘Next Generation’ but it would have involved other historic aspects of ‘Star Trek’ as well.”

(If it was that good of an idea, and it sounds like it was, I wish they would have skipped Nemesis and just done the farewell film!)

Stewart also said, “The studio announced in its own inimitable way that we were suffering from franchise fatigue and that there was to be no more, and I am absolutely content with that. I remain very proud of the work that we did, very proud of the series and the movies, but I do not wish to return to it.”

Hobbit and Star Trek Updates

Friday, October 1, 2010 16:45

The Los Angeles Times has an article that says “The Hobbit” is close, maybe just days away, from getting a greenlight.

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The Rumor Roundup

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 14:29

Lately, there have been lots of rumors and hints dropped regarding The Hobbit, Star Trek, and Harry Potter films. Here’s a roundup.

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