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Archive for August, 2009

New Star Trek:Hidden Frontier:Odyssey Episode

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Star Trek: Odyssey: The Immortal Loom, the second episode of the second season of Star Trek: Odyssey, is available for download today.

In The Immortal Loom, with T’Lorra back on duty and Vaughn still in the Brig, Maya Stadi is under pressure from seemingly everywhere. Will her training be enough to prepare her for what comes next? The Odyssey’s journey home may depend on an apparently dead planet, but what secrets have the Archein left behind?”

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Star Trek XI Scream 2009 Award Nominations

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Spike TV announced the nominees for Scream 2009 and Star Trek XI led the pack with seventeen nominations.

The Fourth Annual Scream awards, honoring the best in science-fiction, fantasy, horror and comics, will be taped in Los Angeles on October 17 and will air on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 at 10 P.M.

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Retro Review: Hero Worship

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

A young boy who is the sole survivor of a disaster that killed his parents chooses to emulate Data rather than face the facts of the accident.

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No Pot of Gold At The End Of Burton’s Reading Rainbow

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Emmy-winning Reading Rainbow is coming to an end, due to a shift in the philosophy of educational television.

Friday marks the end of the twenty-six-year run of Reading Rainbow, hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton.

John Grant, who is in charge of content at WNED Buffalo, Reading Rainbow‘s home station, explained the reasoning behind the cancellation of the popular show. No one, explained Grant, not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will make available the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcasting rights.

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Star Trek XI Blu-ray Gift Set

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Amazon is taking pre-orders on a Star Trek XI Blu-ray gift set which includes a limited-edition replica. Fans waiting for the Blu-ray edition of J.J. AbramsStar Trek XI can look forward to a replica of the USS Enterprise in a gift set due to be released on November 17.

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2010 Star Trek Novel Details

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Black-and-white covers and synopses for four Star Trek novels due out next year have appeared in a new Pocket Books catalog.

The four books are: Unspoken Truth, Inception, Seven Deadly Sins and To Thine Own Self.

In Unspoken Truth, “Lieutenant Saavik, the compelling female Starfleet officer who is half-Vulcan, half-Romulan, struggles to discover where her loyalties lie.”

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Wheaton Talks Leverage

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Now that the Leverage episode in which Wil Wheaton appeared has aired, an incident mentioned in Wheaton’s blog (July 17th entry) is finally explained.

Sometimes, when making a television show or filming a movie, the unexpected happens. “We were shooting a bunch of footage for the security cams where you see Chaos [Wheaton] outside,” Wheaton explained. “There’s that scene where you see Chaos standing outside Sophie’s apartment building, getting ready to take those flowers in, and we were shooting it in an actual apartment building, on a real street, with people walking around and somehow this woman got past our PAs.”

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Mulgrew To Voice Dragon Age: Origins

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) will be joining Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and another familiar Star Trek: Voyager actor to voice Dragon Age: Origins, a new RPG from Bioware.

Mulgrew will voice Flemeth, “a powerful witch who maintains her immortality through the darkest of means, and who plays a pivotal role in the player’s survival.

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Star Trek: The Exhibit In San Jose

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Those Star Trek fans living in the Bay area will be pleased to hear that Star Trek: The Exhibition will arrive there this fall.

On October 23, Star Trek: The Exhibition will open at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California, and run through at least Christmas. The run “could go beyond that if things go well,” said Elizabeth Williams, senior director of marketing at The Tech.

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Another Trek Editor Gets The Ax

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Just months after the last round of Simon & Schuster layoffs, in which Senior Editor Marco Palmieri lost his job, word is that another Star Trek editor has been downsized.

Times are tough in these troubled economic times and people are keeping their wallets closed other than for necessities. Simon & Schuster sales for the first six months of 2009 were down 11.4% and profits were down 76%.

As a result, it appears that another round of downsizing has occurred at Simon & Schuster, with Pocket Book editor Margaret Clark being the latest to get the ax.

Star Trek literature fans will surely be sorry to see Clark go and wish her all luck in her future endeavors.

Star Trek Coming to Redbox

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Customers of Redbox, the dollar per night rental service, will soon be able to rent Paramount DVDs.

Paramount Home Entertainment Inc. (PHE) and Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (Redbox), announced that they have entered into a trial license program that will provide Redbox access to Paramount Pictures DVD releases through the end of 2009.

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Best Of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Volume Two

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

On November 17th, the second volume of The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released.

Four “best of” episodes have been announced for The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Volume Two. Two of the episodes are from the fifth season of The Next Generation and two episodes are from the sixth season.

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Wheaton In Leverage

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Wil Wheaton‘s Leverage episode airs tomorrow night on TNT.

Playing a high-tech whiz wasn’t much of a stretch for Wheaton, unlike other roles he has played in the past. “I didn’t have to work too hard on that one,” he said of his role as Chaos.

Wheaton plays a hacker villain who is in computer combat with Leverage’s Alec (Aldis Hodge) in The Two Live Crew Job. “The underside of competition is really fun to explore,” said Wheaton.

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The Best Of Star Trek – Volume Two

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

On November 17th, the second volume of The Best of Star Trek (original series) will be released.

Four “best of” episodes have been announced for The Best of Star Trek – Volume Two. Two of the episodes are from the first season of the original series; Where No Man Has Gone Before and Space Seed.

In Where No Man Has Gone Before, after going through an energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy, Kirk and crew have to deal with the godlike powers acquired by Kirk’s good friend Gary Mitchell and stop him from destroying them.

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An Evening With George Takei

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Philadelphia-area fans were able to meet George Takei (Sulu) at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute last Thursday, where he spoke about Star Trek and gay rights.

Fans were able to get questions answered, take pictures and have autographs signed by Takei, who is known for being fan-friendly. “I love having any opportunity to meet with fans,” said Takei. “Whatever community turns out at these events, I am always touched by the outpouring of heartfelt affection and honor. I have had a long career and it is all thanks to you.”

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