So the women-in-the-comic-shop storyline didn’t go as poorly as I assumed it would. Cool. Don’t get me wrong, it started out pretty bad. For a show that loves to present itself as “for the nerd, by the nerd,” The Big Bang Theory tends to fall back on stereotypes often enough that I can’t help but wonder if the writers have ever actually been to a comic book shop. The assumption that comics are for boys and not girls isn’t new, both inside and outside of geekdom, but the situation is more nuanced than the lazy reinforcement of the gender divide that “The Bakersfield Expedition” presented. It’s hard to be a female geek, but they exist, and OMG they even go to comic book stores. No, really, I’ve seen it. I’ve DONE it. Carrying around ladyparts ...Read more
Space. The reimagined frontier.
Star Trek, the 1960s TV series that literally launched a thousand ships, will return for a new syndicated run with a computer-assisted face-lift. When the show airs in syndication beginning September 16, it will feature computer-generated effects and a new version of the theme song.
In celebration of the show's 40th Anniversary, all 79 episodes from the original series are being digitally remastered, and key special effects are being redone. The Enterprise spaceship is being enhanced, planets in the background will now appear more realistic, and the floating Starbases the Enterpise docks with will teem with CG inhabitants.
"The exterior of the ship now has depth and detail, and it will fly more dynamically," Michael Okuda, a longtime Trek scenic-art supervisor, told TV Guide. "We're taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original. Our goal is to always ask ourselves ...Read more
Appearing as a guest voice on The Simpsons is a sure sign that one has made it in Hollywood. But lagging not too far behind is dropping by Fox's other animated hit, Family Guy. And with that, we say, "Congratulations cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation…you've made it!"
No television program has influenced the world as much as Star Trek has or has established as strong of a fan base. Between the original series, The Next Generation, and the other spin-offs, Star Trek has created a complete universe in which fans have immersed themselves for decades.
We know all about the Federation, the Klingons, the Vulcans, the captains, and the nastiness of phaser deaths. So here we are, 40 long years after Star Trek's debut, still watching the reruns and DVD releases, keeping up on what the next feature film will be about, and waiting eagerly to see what the newly CGI-enhanced original series is going to look like. William Shatner is as active as ever, not only starring in Boston Legal, but also being roasted on Comedy Central, appearing in commercials ...
Patrick Stewart, the British thespian who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the long-running series Star Trek: The Next Generation, was taken to the emergency room at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Upon conducting an electrocardiogram, doctors assessed he was not having a heart attack.
Stewart was in the middle of filming a new British sci-fi television series. Three hours after being admitted to the emergency room, he returned to the set and continued filming. The schedule of the show is tight, and the director reportedly insisted Patrick get checked.
Stewart also plays the role of professor Charles Xavier in the sci-fi film franchise X-Men.
All you space geeks out there have been given a few more months to get your Starfleet Academy uniforms pressed, Vulcan ears reshaped, and tribbles fluffed.
Paramount Studios has delayed the release date of the feature film Star Trek from Christmas of this year to May 8, 2009, according to Variety. If the studio is to be believed, the move was purely financial. Paramount believes the flick will perform better as a summer blockbuster rather than a holiday diversion.
The movie is being entrusted to producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias), who will direct. An adaptation of the original series of the venerable science-fiction franchise, Star Trek follows Captain Kirk through his younger days as a Starfleet Academy greenhorn.
The cast includes Chris Pine as Kirk, Heroes' Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. For more on the movie, including the recently ...Read more
Star Trek is being revved up for another big-screen treatment, slated to appear in 2008. According to Variety, the new film will be directed by Lost creator and Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams.
The new film will focus on the origins of the characters James T. Kirk and Spock, made famous in the original series and films by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, respectively. The script will be written by Abrams and MI3 writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The film will feature the first meeting between the two characters, when they are cadets at Starfleet Academy, as a futuristic version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" plays on the soundtrack. The cadets embark on their first adventure together, a space mission wherein Kirk does his first sideways jump-kick. Presumably, younger actors will be cast in the ...Read more
Doohan, a Canadian, affected a Scottish brogue for his character, the stalwart ship's engineer who often pulled the U.S.S. Enterprise out of danger at the last possible second after complaining, "I've given her all she's got!" Doohan became a fixture on the touring "Star Trek" circuit, where he appeared at countless conventions and speaking engagements. Eventually, he contracted Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and had to give up touring in 2004.
Star Trek premiered in 1966 and ran for two and a half seasons. After the show was canceled, its fan base grew, and the series eventually spawned two movie series and four TV spin-offs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek ...Read more
Bidders, at least one of them costumed, paid top dollar for Star Trek items on Thursday at the start of Christie's auction of memorabilia from the seminal television and movie franchise.
A model of the Starship Enterprise E was bought by an online bidder for $132,000, including commission, more than 10 times its $8,000 to $12,000 presale estimate.
Another item, a 30-square-inch (193-square-centimetre) Borg cube model used in Star Trek: First Contact, sold for $96,000 to a telephone bidder. Its estimated value was between $1,000 and $1,500.
"The energy was definitely beyond what I expected," said Cathy Elkies, Christie's director of special collections.
With 1,000 lots of CBS Paramount Television material on offer over three days, Christie's--better known for Picassos and Monets than Starfleet banners and costumes--had anticipated a ...Read more
"Space... The final frontier... These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds... To seek out new life; new civilisations... To boldly go where no one has gone before!" Monologue of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the opening credits Star Trek: The Next Generation is a science fiction show with some action and drama, that presents the watcher with a series of adventures from the crew of the USS Enterprise. The Enterprise is an explorer spaceship composed of a mix of different characters, from various races and cultures, whose crew is on a quest to discover the galaxy secrets and specially their inner secrets.moreless