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Archive for March, 2011

Darren: I Gotta Do This

Friday, March 11th, 2011

When first approached to do Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, James Darren was lukewarm on the idea.

It took several attempts by Ira Behr to get Darren involved in the series. “I didn’t want to do it,” he said. “A singer on Star Trek? Are you crazy?”


New Super 8 Trailer

Friday, March 11th, 2011

A new trailer for J.J. AbramsSuper 8 movie, due out in June, is now available.

Super 8, starring Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning is the story, set in 1979, of “a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.”

In the new trailer, a group of children making a movie are witness to a train wreck. As a result of the wreck, the train derails and a special, dangerous cargo is released and a small Ohio town will never be the same again.

The trailer can be seen here.

Gerrold: Writing For The Animated Series

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

David Gerrold shared his thoughts recently on the two shows he penned for The Animated Series and explained how James Kirk got his middle name.

When he heard about The Animated Series, Gerrold wanted in on the action. “I’d heard about The Animated Series and I’d dropped notes to Gene [Roddenberry] and Dorothy [Fontana] that said, ‘I’m available if you need me. I’d love to do one.’ Dorothy called me and said, ‘Well, of course you’re going to do the Tribble episode that we didn’t get to do during Star Trek’s third season.’ So I went in and we blocked something out that we thought would work and we had a lot of fun with it.”


Beltran To Star in Devil’s Advocate

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Robert Beltran, best-known to Trek fans as Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager, will be starring in The Devil’s Advocate, a play about former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega.

Set in 1989, The Devil’s Advocate is the story of the capture of Noriega by the Vatican’s “Devil’s Advocate” Archbishop Jose Sebastian Loboa, played by Jacob Witkin.

The Devil’s Advocate, directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, will play at the Los Angeles Theater Center from March 23 through April 17. Ticket information can be found here.

Koenig: Animated Series Disappointment

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

For Walter Koenig, writing The Infinite Vulcan was an often frustrating process.

Although Koenig wasn’t included in the voice work for Star Trek: The Animated Series, he was able to contribute to the series although contributing meant having to deal with Gene Roddenberry‘s many changes to his script.


Sutherland: The Animated Series And Roddenberry

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In the early 1970s, twenty-two episodes of an animated Star Trek series aired Saturday mornings on NBC and Hal Sutherland directed all but the last two episodes.

Sutherland had a great deal of responsibility when it came to the animated series. “I retained absolute control of every faction of the production,” he said.

No G.I. Joe For Nichols

Monday, March 7th, 2011

A recent comment on Rachel Nichols‘s Twitter account indicates that she will not be returning for the G.I. Joe sequel.

Nichols, who played Scarlett in last year’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and is familiar to Star Trek fans as the Orion Gaila from Star Trek XI, told fans that not all of the characters from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra would be returning for the sequel.

G.I. Joe 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the Jon Chu-directed sequel will be Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Duke,” tweeted Nichols.

G.I. Joe 2 will be released in August.

James T. Kirk Wakes Up Shuttle Crew

Monday, March 7th, 2011

William Shatner provided the voiceover as Alexander Courage’s original series theme song woke up the crew of STS-133 Discovery this morning.

The Star Trek theme song received the second-highest number of votes in NASA’s “Space Rock” wake-up song public voting poll, in which fans chose from forty songs, with the two songs that received the highest number of votes to be played during STS-133 mission.


Retro Review: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Friday, March 4th, 2011

While a secret peace conference convenes, Kirk and Spock discover an assassination plot involving high-ranking Klingons and Starfleet officers.


Star Trek Online: Ask Cryptic

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Star Trek Online Executive Producer Dan Stahl answered almost three dozen questions regarding future plans for the MMORPG recently.

Some of the questions included ones about new classes of ships, ranks, new features of the ships, actors who provide the voices of the characters,  and pets.


Shatner Approaches Life With Humor

Friday, March 4th, 2011

One of the more appealing charms of William Shatner is his sense of humor, and as Shatner ages, he’s not afraid to laugh or to risk having people laugh at him.

Perhaps it’s just being asked the same questions too many times, but Shatner will have a little fun when the urge strikes him. When asked to describe himself, he said, “I’m 6 feet 2 inches, 180 pounds, wedge shaped, tapering down to a slim waist and muscular shoulders. … Why are you laughing?”


Author Ward Talks Post-Destiny

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Author Dayton Ward shared his thoughts on the state of the Star Trek universe after the events of the Destiny Trilogy and subsequent books, where Starfleet were weakened substantially and danger looms from foes united in an alliance against the Federation.

A new power bloc is in town. The Typhon Pact is an alliance of Romulans, Tzenkethi, Breen, Gorn, Tholians as well as those from the Holy Order of the Kinshaya and this group of xenophobes means business when it comes to the Federation and the Klingon Empire.


Berman And Trek Part II

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Rick Berman answered more fan questions about his time working on various Star Trek series.

The questions in the second part of the Berman interview include the following topics: Gay characters in Star Trek, a lack of familiarity with the original series and how/if that impacted his work on Star Trek: Enterprise, favorite supporting characters, rethinking how he would do Star Trek and more.


Star Trek Bathrobes

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Star Trek fans needing a robe to go over their Federation jammies are in luck, with the announcement of a new line of Star Trek bathrobes courtesy of ThinkGeek.

Officially licensed by CBS, the new robes come complete with embroidered rank and department insignia and will be available in Command gold or Sciences blue.

The terrycloth robes, which sell for $49.99 each, are made of 100% cotton and measure forty-nine inches in length, with thirty-four inch sleeves, with room for a waist up to fifty-inches.

Berman Answers Fan Questions

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

In the first part of a two-part interview, Rick Berman answered several questions regarding his involvement with Star Trek.

Question topics include Ron Jones, hypercritical Star Trek fans, Enterprise and its finale, Star Trek versus Babylon 5, DVD/Blu-ray commentaries and having Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise airing on UPN rather than on a higher-rated network.