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Archive for January, 2011

Braga On Lack Of Trek Gay Characters

Monday, January 24th, 2011

According to Brannon Braga, if a televised Star Trek show was being produced today, there would probably be a gay character in the show.

Braga, involved with three of the televised series and two Star Trek movies, explained why even though there were discussions on the matter, no gay character was included in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager or Enterprise. “It was a shame for a lot of us that … I’m talking about the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and there was a constant back and forth about well how do we portray the spectrum of sexuality. There were people who felt very strongly that we should be showing casually, you know, just two guys together in the background in Ten Forward.”

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Yelchin: Trek Bizarre Without Abrams

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Although Anton Yelchin has no new information about Star Trek XII, he does know one thing, that he would prefer J.J. Abrams to direct the movie.

MTV caught up with Yelchin at Sundance, where he was promoting his latest film Like Crazy. “I know we’re going to shoot at some point,” said Yelchin when asked about Star Trek XII, “but I really don’t know anything.”

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Retro Review: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As the refurbished Enterprise under the command of Captain Decker prepares for launch, Admiral Kirk learns of a threat to Earth and summons his old crew for assistance.

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Star Trek: The Exhibition Debuts In Louisville Sunday

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Star Trek: The Exhibition will open at the Louisville Science Center in Kentucky on Sunday, January 23.

A special event, Science With a Twist: An Evening Aboard The Enterprise, will be held for fans the night before the opening at 7 PM, with Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager’s EMH) making a special appearance.

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Star Trek: Khan: Ruling In Hell Book

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Fans wanting all of the Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell story together in one book will be able to get what they want starting in April.

Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell will be rereleased as a one-hundred-and-four page trade paperback, which will retail for $17.99. Currently, it is available for preorder at Amazon for $11.83.

Written by Scott and David Tipton, with artwork by Fabio Mantovani, Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell is set between the original series’ Space Seed and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan movie and explores Khan’s time on Ceti Alpha V and how he and his band of genetically engineered superhumans.

Star Trek Casino Game

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

A new casino online slot game, based on Star Trek XI, is currently in development.

The game, called Star Trek, can be seen at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) 2011 which is being held from January 25-27 at London’s Earl Court Exhibition Centre.

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Clark: Arena’s Gorn

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Star Trek fans know Bobby Clark as the Gorn who took on Captain Kirk (and lost) in the popular original series episode Arena.

Clark actually appeared more than once on Star Trek, due to his acquaintance with director Joseph Pevney. “I was in The Apple, Mirror, Mirror, The Return of the Archons and Arena,” said Clark. Arena was the first one. I got Star Trek because I’d done a lot of work on other shows with a director named Joseph Pevney. We knew each other. We got along real. He knew how I worked and so forth and so on, and I knew what he wanted and needed. When he and Gene Roddenberry talked about Arena, they of course talked about the Gorn, and Joseph knew who he wanted to play that character. When the time came, he called me in, and that was it.”

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Drexler To Return To Trek Radio

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Last month, Doug Drexler was part of a live interview on Trek Radio and this weekend, he will do it again.

The second live interview is a direct result of the first interview, which was “so successful that we had to wrap it up less than halfway through our list of talking topics,” according to Trek Radio.

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Moore Magic Drama Pilot Is A Go

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The pilot for Ron Moore‘s (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager) magic drama (with a working title of 17th Precinct) has been picked up by NBC.

17th Precinct is an ensemble police drama, set in the fictional town of Excelsior where the world is ruled by magic, not science. The drama has been described as an “adult Harry Potter-type” show.

Moore has other projects in the pipeline, including The McCulloch, about men and women on a fictional Coast Guard cutter who travel around the world.

Mulgrew: The Arrival of Seven of Nine

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Although Kate Mulgrew had no problem with Jeri Ryan, Ryan’s character and why that character was added to Star Trek: Voyager was a problem for Mulgrew.

From a woman’s viewpoint, having a character that she knew was added as “eye candy” was tough for Mulgrew to accept. “I found that that was hard, Jeri notwithstanding,” said Mulgrew. “Certainly, I could see with my own eyes that she was a va-va-va-voom and beautiful-beautiful bombshell of a girl. Sexuality was brought into Voyager, and that’s what I resented. I chose not to use sexuality.”

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Nichols: Fandom “Got It”

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Nichelle Nichols, who can be seen in tonight’s Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction (airing on PBS), spoke about Star Trek fandom and how fans “got” what Gene Roddenberry was trying to do with Star Trek.

According to Nichols, Star Trek fandom was the first one to put on conventions to meet with others who enjoyed their favorite television show. “First, it was a first,” she said. “Now, there are all kinds of conventions that celebrate their favorites, but this was the first. And so it was very, very different. And it was very honorable, you know? They loved the show. They got it. They got that Gene Roddenberry created something in the future that ‘today’ — 1966…”

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Mulgrew: Voyager Characters And Relationships

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

In the first part of a two-part interview, Kate Mulgrew reminisced about her time on Star Trek: Voyager, giving her opinion on what worked, the importance of a female captain and Janeway herself.

Mulgrew credits Brannon Braga‘s writing for what worked best on Voyager, the relationships on the show. “Instantly, Brannon Braga comes to mind, because much of it was his writing. I think the cast was extraordinary. We were a very disciplined group. I was prepared.”

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The Pioneers Of Television: Science Fiction

Monday, January 17th, 2011

In the first part of a four-part PBS series on the pioneers of television, science fiction shows including Star Trek will featured.

Several of the original series actors were profiled for the special, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols.

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Retro Review: All Good Things…

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Picard leaps back and forth in time, warned by Q that he must figure out why or bring about humanity’s destruction.

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Majel The Tiger Cub

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The San Diego Zoo has named one of a pair of twin Sumatran tiger cubs after Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

The cub, born in October, was named in honor of Roddenberry, said Rod Roddenberry, son of Majel. “For those who do not know, my mother was a staunch animal supporter,” he said. “Her favorites were cats, large or small … her passion for them knew no bounds.”

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