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Archive for September, 2009

Cho: FlashForward

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

What will happen to John Cho‘s role in FlashForward when it comes time to film Star Trek XII?

Cho, who plays FBI agent Demetri Noh, might have to face the possibility of a schedule conflict, but for now, he’s enjoying his new role. “You know for me as an actor it’s kind of a unique situation not knowing where the character is going,” he said. “Not having a full script. Typically in a movie you know how the movie ends, and you sort of map out your performance. This one we’re kind of winging it, because the actors don’t know what’s going on from episode to episode. It’s a very unique scenario, but it’s exciting.”

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Star Trek: Online New Screenshots

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Star Trek: Online has added new screenshots, is soliciting questions for “Ask Cryptic: Player Progression 2,” and is offering a special code in select Blu-ray DVD sets that will unlock a surprise that players can use when playing Star Trek: Online.

Five new screenshots featuring battle scenes such as a Borg cube exploding into pieces as well as a customized ship of the Constitution Class.

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Season Two Original Series Blu-ray DVD Easter Eggs

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Over a dozen Easter Eggs are hidden on the second season Blu-ray original series DVD set.

Fans who purchase the original series second season Blu-ray set will have some sleuthing to do, and a knowledge of Star Trek trivia will help when it comes to finding seven of the Easter Eggs.

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Darren: From Shy School Kid To Singing Hologram

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Although the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine role of Vic Fontaine would let James Darren do what he loved most, sing and act, Darren was originally hesitant to take on the role.

Deep Space Nine Executive Producer Ira Steven Behr had seen Darren perform and wanted him for the 1960s Vegas holographic performer. “That was a real fluke,” said Darren. “I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to play the singer.”

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Zimmerman: Creating The Look Of Star Trek

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Herman Zimmerman has been with Star Trek since Star Trek: The Next Generation, working on The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise and six of the eleven Star Trek movies and although he’s now “officially retired,” he still keeps  his hand in, working as a visual consultant to architects.

Although he didn’t work on the original series, Zimmerman was a fan of the show when they were first airing. “I was working as an art director on the soap opera The Days of our Lives back in 1966,” he said, “and watched all the old Star Trek shows when they were running and thought they were the best thing on television, never thinking I would work on it.”

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Retro Review: Power Play

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Troi, Data, and O’Brien are possessed by aliens who claim to be the spirits of dead crewmembers from the USS Essex seeking to recover their mortal remains from their crash site.

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Chambliss – The Challenge Of Making A Star Trek Film

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Working on a Star Trek film means having to deal with the baggage that comes with a long-term franchise.

Production Designer Scott Chambliss had to balance telling a good story with not angering the long-term fans. “Every project I get to take on is a grad school thesis course,” he said. “I can jump into something and learn everything I can about what it is and what is going on. And it changes, obviously, because it is a job to tell a visual story dramatically and articulately. So, in that respect, that was super-exciting.”

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Shimerman: When The Ferengi Weren’t Funny

Friday, September 25th, 2009

There was a time when the Ferengi were meant to be mean and vicious, not greedy and silly.

Armin Shimerman originally played a Ferengi in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost where the Ferengi were supposed to be very different than what they ended up being on The Next Generation and subsequent Star Trek series. “The producers were very specific about what they wanted,” he explained. “There was no mention of comedy whatsoever, rather, they said that they were like old turn-of-the-century Chinese clipper captains. They were vicious competitors, and were even capable of eating their enemies. They were envisioned as the new Klingons and of course it never happened that way. They were supposed to be evil, not comic people.”

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Burtt: Sound Effects In Star Trek XI

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Star Trek XI Sound Designer Ben Burtt brought elements of the original series to the newest Star Trek movie.

The attention to detail when it came to the sound effects in the original series was something to be emulated according to Burtt. “Two things in the original Star Trek effects were revolutionary: Roddenberry had his team create lots of detail. Every room in the ship sounded different. Every button made a noise, when you pressed a lever or a switch. Not only were there sounds articulating all these things to make them sound like they were real, but they were very musical sounds. Somebody pressed a button, there was a little melody. That was not in the movie at the point I came on: you’d just hear a little beep. If it was Star Trek, it needed to sing a little bit and feel like it was alive.

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Gerrold On Trouble With Tribbles Origins

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Writer David Gerrold shared his thoughts with the Official Star Trek Magazine on why he wrote The Trouble With Tribbles.

The Trouble With Tribbles was meant as a way to show that a starship captain might have to deal with petty annoyances as well as things that might threaten a whole planet, system or galaxy. “My original intention for The Trouble With Tribbles was to demonstrate that not every problem a starship captain might have to deal with would be a big problem, threatening the safety of the galaxy,” said Gerrold. “Once in a while, the little problems could be just as annoying.”

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Star Wars Score Edges Star Trek In Music Poll

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Total Sci-Fi‘s Best Sci-Fi Movie Soundtrack Of All Time is out and a Star Trek score finished second to Star Wars.

John Williams‘ score for the original Star Wars has been named the best sci-fi movie soundtrack of all time in a new Total Sci-Fi poll.

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Mulgrew Talks Dragon Age: Origins

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Star Trek: Voyager‘s Kate Mulgrew is voicing Flemeth on Dragon Age: Origins, an RPG that tells the tale of a kingdom besieged by dark forces.

Flemeth is a mysterious “witch of the wilds” who is the mother of the sorceress Morrigan.

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Star Trek: Online New Ship Class

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Star Trek: Online has announced a new ship class for its MMORPG, the Discovery class.

The Discovery is a new class of deep space explorer ships that is an update of the well-performing Intrepid class.

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Abrams Turns To Comedy

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

J.J. Abrams will be executive producer on a new half-hour comedy to be shown on Fox network.

Although details are slim, the comedy is said to be a half-hour “comedic medical show,” written by Mike Markowitz (Becker, It’s All Relative.)

The pilot presentation will have Abrams, Markowitz and Bryan Burk (Star Trek XI) as executive producers.

Kurtzman And Orci In Xombie Talks

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

If all goes well, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be producing Xombie, the story of a zombie policeman.

DreamWorks studio is in negotiations to buy Xombie, a story about a zombie who is also a policeman, written by LAPD homicide detective Will Beall, a former beat cop.

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