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Archive for June, 2012

Retro Review: Profit and Loss

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Quark is reunited with the great love of his life, a Cardassian woman who is now a fugitive.

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Picardo Wants Trek Cameo

Friday, June 29th, 2012

If Star Trek: Voyager‘s Robert Picardo has his way, fans will see him in the third J.J. AbramsStar Trek movie.

Picardo, best-known to Trek fans for his role as the EMH on Voyager, has met Abrams and he is a big fan of the Abrams’ Star Trek  reboot.

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Shatner LAX Wardrobe Malfunction

Friday, June 29th, 2012

No one who flies enjoys having to go through the TSA security lines, but for William Shatner, his trip to South Africa began with an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

Going to South Africa, where he intended to work and then go on safari, meant a twenty-two hour flight, so Shatner wanted to be comfortable on the plane. “I’m going on a long trip to South Africa,” he said. “So I’m wearing very loose clothing…You don’t want anything to bind you.”

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Galileo Shuttlecraft Prop Sold

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Galileo Shuttlecraft prop was sold at an auction which ended yesterday.

Bidding was stalled at $20,000 until the last ninety seconds of the auction, when three late bidders jumped into the action. “It was pretty dramatic,” said Auctioneer Brooks Ames.

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Goldberg Hopes To Make Mabley Documentary

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Whoopi Goldberg is seeking funding in hopes of making a documentary about comedian Moms Mabley.

Moms Mabley (Loretta Mary Aiken) was a comedy pioneer who influenced Goldberg. “Moms Mabley was a pioneer in the comedy world and this documentary will showcase her talent and pay homage to a woman who is still relevant today,” said Goldberg. “Without Moms there certainly would not have been a Whoopi.”

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Measure Of A Man Extended Version?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

For those waiting for the Blu-ray release of Star Trek: The Next Generation beginning next month, news has emerged that one of the classic episodes from Season Two may be released as an extended cut.

According to a tweet by Melissa Snodgrass, the episode in question has twenty extra minutes than was seen in the original broadcast.

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New Trek Apparel For Women

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Female Star Trek fans will be pleased to hear that some new Star Trek-themed apparel will be released, this time aimed at the ladies.

Her Universe will release Star Trek-themed fashion tops and hoodies this year, beginning next month.

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Star Trek 2: The Growth of James T. Kirk

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Chris Pine wasn’t able to say much about Star Trek 2 in a recent interview with MTV, but he gave a little insight into the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch and was full of praise for Cumberbatch.

“There is so much happening in [the] script,” said Pine. “I can’t say much of anything.”

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Star Trek 2: False Assumptions

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Don’t make assumptions about Star Trek 2 based on the end of Star Trek XI, says Alex Kurtzman.

At the end of Star Trek XI, Kirk was in the captain’s chair and the crew was all together, but that doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory.

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Pine: Working On Trek Like Summer Camp

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

For Chris Pine, working on Star Trek 2 was like being at summer camp, and getting paid for it.

Part of the enjoyment of working on Star Trek 2 was knowing that the writers have written a good story. “The great thing that Alex [Kurtzman], Bob [Orci], Damon [Lindelof] and J.J. [Abrams] are good at is marrying small character driven films with big blockbuster action,” said Pine.

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Orci: Characters Not In Star Trek 2

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Star Trek 2 Co-writer Roberto Orci tells fans which characters (and one race) will not be seen in Star Trek 2.

Four specific original series characters and one race were mentioned by Orci as being absent from Star Trek 2.

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Star Trek 2: Go Boldly!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Although some decisions made in Star Trek XI were apt to upset fans, Star Trek 2 Co-writer Alex Kurtzman believes that bold moves are what make for a great movie.

For Chris Pine though, it’s the people, not the major action sequences, that make for a good movie.

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Brent Spiner On Playing ‘Brent Spiner’

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

After a long career playing many outlandish characters, Brent Spiner can currently be seen in the comic webseries Fresh Hell, in which he plays someone who should be very familiar to him — himself. But he hinted this week that the role may actually be one of the more challenging he’s ever played.

“I’ve played myself before this — and I’ve played myself since, for that matter — and playing yourself one of the most difficult characters you can play, ’cause God knows most of us don’t know who that is,” Spiner jokingly told the AV Club. “The one on Fresh Hell is a little easier, because we make it up. It’s a strange kind of hybrid of the real me and… Well, obviously it’s me standing there, and it’s my voice and my face, but it’s also kind of filtered through Harry Hannigan’s take on the character, the one he’s writing. The character of Brent Spiner. We certainly collaborate on the concept of that, but he basically writes the script, then it’s sort of a combination of his voice and my voice.”

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Retro Review: Playing God

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

While Dax is evaluating a Trill seeking to be joined, she discovers an embryonic universe developing and threatening the station.

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Frakes: Early TNG Seasons Were ‘Not Real Fun’

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Jonathan Frakes admitted this week that it took a few years before he really got to enjoy his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

“I looked very, very stiff in those early seasons because I was so intent on living up to the vision that [Gene Roddenberry] had, and it was not real fun,” the actor told the Los Angeles Times. Roddenberry had written Riker as a dedicated first officer, for whom duty came above everything.

“I’m a little more silly than that,” Frakes said. Fortunately, he was able to incorporate the lighter sides from his own life into his character after he mentioned to one of the writers his love of jazz. “All of a sudden, Riker was playing the trombone, and they let a little bit of the playfulness in. And it all changed for the better.”

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