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Archive for November, 2010

McNeill Compares Paris And Locarno

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

In the latest Star Trek Magazine, #30, which is now on the newsstands, actor Robert Duncan McNeill shares his thoughts on the two “bad boys” that he portrayed in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager.

According to McNeill, there is an important difference between the two troublesome characters. “Fundamentally there’s a huge difference between the two of them,” said McNeill. “Nick Locarno was somebody who appeared to be a really good guy to the Starfleet teachers, faculty and staff, but deep down was a rotten guy. I think Tom Paris was the complete opposite of that. He appeared to be a little rotten on the outside, but was really a good guy underneath it all. Initially, Voyager’s creators might have conceived the character to be very much like Nick Locarno, but it became clear to me quite early on that he had to be very different.”

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Krige’s Borg Queen

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Fourteen years ago today, Star Trek: First Contract was released and audiences were introduced to the Borg Queen, played by Alice Krige.

Krige found that the Star Trek: The Next Generation actors were a fun bunch who genuinely liked one another. “What pops is what a truly joyful experience it was,” she said about making First Contact. “They were like the best repertory theater, that cast. They hadn’t worked together, the Next Gen group, for about two years, I think, and they were really delighted to see each other and to work with each other again. It was just a ball. It was just flat-out fun from beginning to end for me. ”

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Kenney As The Menagerie’s Christopher Pike

Friday, November 19th, 2010

After Jeffrey Hunter‘s portrayal of Christopher Pike but before Bruce Greenwood appeared in Star Trek XI as the predecessor to Captain James T. Kirk, Sean Kenney appeared as a disfigured Captain Pike in the two-part Menagerie original series episode.

Kenney appeared in two other Star Trek episodes, Arena and A Taste of Armageddon, but he is best-known to fans of the original series at the captain who was injured in an accident and who could only communicate through a flashing light on his special wheelchair controlled by brain waves.

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First Photo of Urban as Judge Dredd

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Fans waiting to see how Karl Urban will look as Judge Dredd need wait no more, as the first image of the actor in costume has surfaced.

The outfit is based on the 2000AD comic’s Dredd look, complete with helmet, which Urban will not be removing. “I think somewhere along the line [Sylvester] Stallone‘s film [in 1995] was a missed opportunity,” said Urban. “As soon as he took the helmet off, the enigma was blown.”

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Star Trek Online Offers Design Contest

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Creative Star Trek fans who would like to try their hand at designing the next Enterprise ship for the Star Trek: Online game will get their chance to do so next month.

Star Trek: Online is offering the “Design the Next Enterprise” contest, which will begin on December 9. Fans will be able to submit their designs and the best one will become a ship in the Star Trek: Online game.

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David Bell: Composing For Trek

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Working with the production staff on Star Trek was a “dream-come-true” for composer David Bell, who wrote music for sixty-six episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Bell’s work on Voyager and Enterprise led to four ASCAP awards between 1999 and 2002, with three of the four being awarded for his work on Voyager.

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Saldana Colombiana Images

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Several official photos have been released of Zoë Saldana in Colombiana, as professional assassin Cataleya Restrepo.

Saldana will be appearing along with Michael Vartan, Jordi Molla, Lennie James and Sam Douglas in Colombiana.

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Starfleet Academy Store

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

With the holidays rapidly approaching, CBS Consumer Products has launched a new line of Star Trek merchandise that should be of interest to those shopping for Star Trek fans.

For those who would like to proclaim their Starfleet Academy pride, the Starfleet Academy Campus Store launched yesterday, featuring apparel and other branded gear.

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Star Trek Online Season Three To Debut

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Next month, Star Trek Online‘s Season Three: Genesis will be released.

Fans who wish to create their own mission for Star Trek Online will be able to do so when The Foundry enters public beta along with the release of Season Three. Fans will be able to create episodes, and share them with other players.

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Park: Enterprise Finale And Star Trek XI

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Although she liked the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Linda Park would have preferred a finale that centered more on the Star Trek: Enterprise crew.

According to Park, in the finale, she felt “like an extra in a TNG story.”  These Are the Voyages wasn’t “a finale that you’d hope and dream for,” said Park, “but it was a fun finale for an actor just to be on because there were great friends around.”

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Park: Mirror Hoshi Led To Tougher Roles

Monday, November 15th, 2010

When Linda Park began working on Star Trek: Enterprise in 2001, she was a young 23, but by the time the show ended, she was ready for roles that were more aggressive and tough than that of Hoshi Sato.

Although other actors lamented the early end of Enterprise, Park is not one of them. “Well, I guess I didn’t feel it ended to abruptly just because, personally, I’d never been on a show before (as a regular) and four years was an epically long time for a twenty-something,” she said. “So, personally I didn’t feel that it ended abruptly, and I felt that there was some circular movement in storylines, that we’d kind of gone over some things – maybe not quite finished them, but there wasn’t anything I was itching to finish, if that makes any sense.”

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Behind-The-Scenes

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation will enjoy over one hundred photos from the seven years of the show as well as from The Next Generation movies.

Courtesy of TrekCore, the photos feature Gene Roddenberry, actors, guest stars such as Leonard Nimoy, behind-the-scenes cast and crew and even a former President of the United States!

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Mangels: Fleshing Out Star Trek Characters

Friday, November 12th, 2010

When creating new characters for his Star Trek books, author Andy Mangels strove for variety, and to make those characters more than just a Star Trek rank.

Mangels’ Trek work began in the early 1990s with several unpublished DC Comics Star Trek: The Next Generation comic books, after which he co-authored a dozen Star Trek novels.

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Retro Review: Eye of the Beholder

Friday, November 12th, 2010

After an officer’s suicide, Troi suffers from visions that appear to mirror her own budding relationship with Worf.

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Pine’s Nutty Fandom

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Chris Pine has his own fandom and they even have a name, they are known as the “Pine Nuts.”

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pine talked about his fans, some of whom were in the audience for the show. “I think it’s because my last name is maybe, it just makes for a good … they’re called the ‘Pine Nuts,’” he told Kimmel, when asked about the origin of the title.

“You know, it’s very flattering that anyone actually cares about what I’m doing and takes the time to check out what I’m [doing],” said Pine. He waved to the group of fans seated in the audience.

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