I have a few idiosyncrasies as a Trek fan and my choice for favorite Captain is definitely one of them. Sure, I dig Kirk, Picard, & the rest of the gang, but my fav has to be Captain Pike. Of course, you probably guessed it by my nom de plum. The original Christopher Pike was played by the late great Jeffrey Hunter and TrekWeb just recently reprinted excerpts from an interview featuring the "first" captain of the Enterprise. The original interview was conducted in 1965 and Jeffrey explains the premise of a scifi pilot that he's filming and how excited he is to be a part of it.
"We run into pre-historic worlds, contemporary societies and civilizations far more developed than our own" Hunter told the interviewer "It's a great format because writers have a free hand - they can have us land on a monster infested planet, or deal in human relations involving the large number of people who live in this gigantic ship."CONTINUE READING >>
If there's one thing I love almost as much as Star Trek (besides The Rockford Files), it's Match Game. It could be any incarnation, 73, 74, 78, PM, it doesn't matter. Just give me a YouTube playlist and lots of Charles Nelson Reilly. I hear he won the Tour de France with two flat tires and a missing chain...but I digress. Recently watching an episode (or six) of Match Game, I got to thinking... Surely there are episodes of Match Game and other game shows chock full o'Trek stars. And, since we live in the future, I was able to fire up the Googles and find several episodes for all you Vulcans and Andorians alike. So, in my best Gene Rayburn, "There are so many Trek stars in these game shows [long pause] that you'll have to [BLANK]." As an added note, even though the title of this article sounds like a question from Jeopardy, this list is Alex Trebek-less. That's on principle... Enjoy.
Here's an interesting video that we found on Youtube featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation screen tests for everything form Data's makeup to Troi's contacts and hairstyle. Entitled "Creepy TNG Test Footage" the video show's what must have been the pre-production lighting and wardrobe test's for Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, Denise Crosby, LeVar Burton, and Patrick Stewart.
Two Star Trek Into Darkness videos have hit the web and showcase the upcoming film in different ways. First up is a video from the Qualcomm keynote address from CES in Las Vegas. CES is currently running all over Vegas with hundreds-of-thousands in attendance and Qualcomm has taken over as keynote presenter from Microsoft. The big Q had an awkward presentation that showcase everything from over-the-top actors, a fully electric Rolls Royce and Maroon 5. Sandwiched in there somewhere, was a brief appearance by Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus), featuring a new augmented reality app for Star Trek: Into Darkness. You can see the video below, complete with awkward pauses and wandering teleprompter eyes.
Today we'd like to give warm birthday wishes to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's own Aron Eisenberg. As you all know, Aron played Nog for all seven seasons of DS9 and was featured in one of our favorite Trek episodes of all time, "It's Only a Paper Moon"". We got the change to talk with Aron on our Life After Trek podcast back in 2011 where he talked about his time on DS9, his videography business, his career/life strategies, and he even filled us in on his inspiration for his role in "Paper Moon".
Just like yesterday's article, we have another anniversary to celebrate--though this one is a little more bittersweet. Fifteen years ago today, Star Trek: The Experience opened to the world at the Las Vegas Hilton. To many Trekfans, this was a home away from home. I can dearly attest to that because the times I graced the bar at Quark's, I felt like I had stepped into The Nexus. And just like The Nexus, I didn't want to leave. As many of you know, The Experience featured a full motion ride called Klingon Encounter, a replica of Quark's bar, the promenade from DS9, various shops and meeting spaces, and later Borg 4D.
Today marks the 20th anniversary (has it really been 20 years?) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiering on the small screen. 20 years, and I can still remember it fondly. I was apprehensive about the new series, like every Trek fan is about anything new entering our beloved universe, but DS9 proved to be one of my favorites. "Emissary" christened the birth of some of Trekdom's most beloved characters. We saw the Ferengi change from the occasionally annoying villains in TNG, to an endearing race of profit driven bipeds that really love Oo-mox and their families (though Quark wouldn't admit it) . We watched a father deal with the death of his wife and the responsibility of solely raising a young son. We then saw that same father become a spiritual figure to an entire planet of Bajorans. All the while, watching the station weather invasions, wars, terrorist attacks, and the deaths of some beloved residents.
In a less than detailed interview with Extra, Into Darkness's Spock, Kirk, and Uhura are cagey about plot details. Of course they are, you say, but it's interesting that the Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto are already hitting the publicity circuit five months before the premiere. Zachary and Chris talk vaguely about the blossoming friendship between Kirk and Spock (notice I didn't say "slash")... "Kirk really earns his leadership" Zachary explains, "Spock really earns an understanding of friendship."