Christmas Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments
Three new Star Trek ornaments can been seen online at Hallmark.com. The first new ornament is a Klingon Battle Cruiser that lights up and is battery operated.
A radiation-scarred Captain Christopher Pike is featured on the second ornament, along with Kirk and Spock. This ornament has a conversation between Kirk and Spock taken from The Menagerie, and Pike’s chair lights up.
The third ornament is a Starfleet Phaser. The phaser ornament has a sound clip between Kirk and Spock taken from “Conscience of the King,” as well as the sound of a phaser on overload.
The ornaments will appear this summer, and in the autumn.
Jonja interviewed Star Trek: Voyager‘s Ethan Phillips (Neelix) and Robert Picardo (EMH), who discussed Benson, Stargate Atlantis and Star Trek: Voyager.
The two joked about their time on Voyager, claiming that Robert Beltran (Chakotay) was the biggest goof-off on the set and that Tim Russ was a practical joker. “The man, the myth, the methane,” said Picardo, referring to Russ’s habit of deliberately passing gas on the set.
Takei on Trek’s Continued Appeal
George Takei (Sulu) spoke with Total Sci-fi, giving his opinion regarding why Star Trek has lasted so long and giving his opinions regarding the first six Star Trek movies. “I’ve given it some thought,” he said, “and at its core is Gene Roddenberry‘s philosophy about looking to the future with confidence and optimism: confidence in our problem solving capabilities and our inventive genius.”
Takei also discussed the first six original series movies, which have just been released on Blu-Ray. His favorite was Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, due to Sulu having his own command in that movie. Takei’s least favorite is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. “[The Final Frontier] was directed by Captain Ego himself,” said Takei, taking a dig at William Shatner. “I think the audience agreed it was the weakest too. It was a disaster at the box office. The powers that be almost didn’t make another movie after that, but thankfully they changed their mind.”
Mulgrew to Appear in Mercy This Fall
Totally Kate reports that Mercy, a show about a group of nurses out of Iraq, in which Mulgrew plays a mother, has been picked up by NBC according to an article in Variety. “These are all shows that demanded to be put on the air,” said NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chair Ben Silverman. “Both our East and West coast offices uniformly loved them. Everyone’s questioning NBC’s commitment to programming, but we’re quadrupling down.”
New Kelley Book
Kristine M. Smith, the author of Deforest Kelley, A Harvest of Memories, has published another book about the actor as reported at her website.