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Thursday, February 16, 2006
In Memoriam: Andreas Katsulas
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:28 pm

If you are a fan of Babylon 5, you will be saddened to hear of the death of Andreas Katsulas, at the very young age of 59. He died of lung cancer.

Katsulas played G’Kar on the series, and gave, especially in the later seasons, excellent performances in the role. G’Kar seemed liked a gardern variety heavy in the first season, but turned out to be quite the complex character, something Katsulas did an excellent job of presenting.

Katsulas also portrayed the recurring character of the Romulan Commander Tomalak on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Katsulas is the second of the B5 regular cast to die at a young age. Richard Biggs, who played Dr. Stephen Franklin, died in 2004 at the age of 44.

Source: TrekToday

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Monday, February 6, 2006
Super Bowl Commercials 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:10 am

Forget the iFilms link I posted last night. Should you feel the need for Super Bowl commercials, go here.

However, I must confess, aw quick perusal of the list does not bring to mind anything from last night that was all that fantastic.

I stick with the Nimoy/Aleve commercial, because do so recognizing my Trek bias.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
To Boldly Buy What No Man Has Bought Before!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:23 am

Via the BBC: Actor Shatner sells kidney stone

Star Trek actor William Shatner has sold his kidney stone for $25,000 (£14,000) to an online casino, to raise money for a housing charity.

The 74-year-old actor agreed on Monday to sell the stone to

“This takes organ donors to a new height, to a new low, maybe. How much is a piece of me worth?” said Shatner.

I was going to say “I think I’ll pass” but that would be too much of an unintended pun.

The money is going to Habitat for Humanity, so more power to them. However, I must confess to some trepidation over anyone who would want to buy the darn thing.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
An Odd Couple
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:23 pm

Via TrekToday: Takei Joins Howard Stern On Satellite Radio

Shock jock Stern, who made his debut on Sirius Satellite Radio on Monday, will have Takei record segments for the show after this first week but will not have Takei regularly in the studio, reported MSNBC. “The revolution has begun,” said the actor, referring to the expansion of satellite radio.

There a pic here.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Braga Done with Trek
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:38 am

Via Trek Today: Braga Says He’s Done With Star Trek

Brannon Braga has announced that his relationship with the Star Trek franchise is at an end, adding, “There will be a lot of fans cheering about that.”

Not as many as would be cheering if Berman called it quits, but yes, I suspect there are.

h/t: Reader and student Brett Remkus.

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Friday, October 28, 2005
Takei Out of the Closet
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:33 am

Via AP: George Takei Discloses His Homosexuality

George Takei, who as helmsman Sulu steered the Starship Enterprise through three television seasons and six movies, has come out as a homosexual in the current issue of Frontiers, a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.


The 68-year-old actor said he and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.

Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling ashamed of his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.

It is interesting to note that such a revelation is hardly a big deal these days, but clearly would have damaged, if not wrecked, Takei’s career early on.

I think James Joyner’s comment earlier in the week about another celebrity “outing” is indicative of the general reaction to these types of announcements:

Frankly, I’m more shocked that the WNBA is still around than I am that Swopes is a lesbian.


Now, I will grant, there will be individuals who react quite negatively, but certainly in terms of the general reaction to the entertainment industry, Takei’s public statements about his sexual orientation will not raise many eyebrows. For that matter I have seen rumors to the effect that he was gay for some time-and, as Joyner notes in a post on Takei

Clearly, given that he has been with Altman for longer than most married couples, his orientation has been an open secret among those who knew him for quite some time.

Now, of course, there are areas, such as male sports, where such outings would generate profound reactions.

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Saturday, October 8, 2005
Trek and Google
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:24 am

I have caught several old episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (which, in some ways is still the “new” Trek in my mind) and have noted an interesting phenomenon that is clearly an artifact of mid-1980s thinking and writing. (TiVo is a wonderful thing).

On several occasions (the first I noted was in Darmok and then in The Naked Now ) the idea of a computer search for some nugget of information is considered to be some sort of huge deal. In Darmok it seems like at one point the computer had found several hundreds references, and it was considered to be a multi-hour problem not worth pursuing because it would be too arduous to undertake the full search (and that was with Data doing it). I’m thinking a) that isn’t that many hits and b) don’t that have “search within results” in the 24th Century?

In fact, what seems commonplace now, really wasn’t so common place in the 1980s (indeed, didn’t exist), so it is no shock that the writers didn’t think like the Googlefied persons we have all become. (And a quick search of Google indicates that “Googlefied” is not a new word-something that it might have taken Data hours to figure out on TNG).

I will note that Data found what he needed in the Naked Now with far less info to go on than he had in Darmok. Granted, a lot of this is TV Show Script Logic, but still.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005
Robert Wise, RIP
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:42 am

The The Florida Masochist e-mails to note that director Robert Wise has passed away at age 91.

He is probably best known for the classic musicals The Sound of Music and West Side Story.

Trek geeks will also know that he directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Here’s the AP story.

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Thursday, September 8, 2005
Set Your TiVos!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:42 pm

Hy-larious (via the SciFi Wire): Shatner To Sing Trek

Original Star Trek star William Shatner will sing the theme from his show at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on CBS, TV Guide Online reported. Shatner, now on the cast of ABC’s Boston Legal, will be joined by opera star Frederica von Stade.

The stunt is part of a segment called “Emmy Idol,” in which actors will perform classic TV theme songs throughout the telecast and viewers will pick a winner.

That right there is enough to get me to TiVo the thing.

h/t: reader Adam Jones via e-mail

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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Shatner Gets it
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:20 pm

Via Trektoday: Shatner, Stewart Discuss Changes In Lives, Star Trek

Shatner said that if he could talk to the producers of Star Trek, he would say, “‘You gotta get outa there, guys. Bring a new team in and see ya later.’” He thinks the franchise should begin again from scratch “with some wonderful writers who love Star Trek” and laughed, when fans shouted that he should do it, “If I’m elected…!”

He is right about the current team (excepting Coto) needing to “get outta here.”

Based on Trek V, I am unlikley to be nominating him to take over, however. Although I will say that the stuff he has done with the Reeves-Stevens has ranged from the decent to the quite good and they work they did on Enterprise was top notch (although too little, too late).

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Trek News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:12 pm

Via Trektoday: Jendresen Talks Trek XI

Erik Jendresen, who is working on the proposed eleventh Star Trek feature film, announced that he has completed a first draft of a screenplay, Star Trek: The Beginning and turned it in to executives at Paramount Pictures.


Jendresen also confirmed longtime Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman’s previous statements that the film would not incorporate any existing Star Trek characters. “This would take place just a couple of years after the end of the events in Enterprise but well before the original series, and it would look at the inciting incident that started everything,” he said. “We’re looking at a very small group of men and women…there are a couple of ships, including a principal ship, but this is not a traditional captain and crew of a starship story in the least.”

The fact the Berman is still in charge means that all optimism should be checked at the door.

And I find it ironic that they are now thinking about doing what I have long argued should have been the basis for Enterprise: the founding of the Federation.

Maybe they should entitle it Star Trek XI: The Search to Reclaim Lost Opportunities

of course, the film that I’d like to see made is:

Star Trek: Don’t Worry, Berman’s Been Sacked.

I shan’t hold my breath.

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