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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

It’s at: SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica

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Friday, September 1, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via E! Online: Extreme Makeover: “Star Trek” Edition

CBS Paramount gave Trekkers reason to throw their pointy ears in the air Thursday with the announcement that all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek are getting digitally remastered and will be heading into syndication next month for the first time in 16 years in honor of the sci-fi classic’s 40th anniversary.Manyof the series’ beloved yet decidedly dated visual staples, from the galaxy glimpsed in the opening title sequence to the myriad otherworldly landscapes seen from the bridge of the starship Enterprise, will receive a CGI makeover to appeal to the sons and daughters of 1960s-era Star Trek fans who actually found someone to mate with.

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“We’re taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original,” Michael Okuda, a scenic-art supervisor on the Star Trek films and spinoffs for the last 18 years, told TVGuide.com. “Our goal is to always ask ourselves: What would [creator Gene] Roddenberry have done with today’s technology?”

Battle sequences, ship exteriors, galaxy shots and landscapes (which previously came courtesy of matte paintings) will be given more shading, depth and computer-generated believability. The original Alexander Courage-composed score has been rerecorded in stereo and, perhaps best of all,William Shatner’s opening monologue has been remastered, so that “Space, the final frontier” will sound better than ever.

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Star Trek: The Original Series goes all 21st century on us Sept. 16, beginning with the first-season episode “Balance of Terror,” in which the Enterprise crew matches wits with the Romulans.

Intriguing. I had read some stuff in the last week or so about a CGI upgrade for the series for HD, but had gotten the impression that this was for an HD-DVD release, not for broadcast, and certainly not starting this month.  It is encouraging that the Okudas are involved, as they should know what they are doing.

Of course, spiffy new exteriors and fx may cause a sort of mental whiplash when some of the old sets come on screen.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

And no, this is not an autobiographical post…

Via the The Age: Star Trek’s a thesis

It’s the PhD thesis that boldly goes where no thesis has gone before. Djoymi Baker watched 700 episodes - 624 hours without ads - of Star Trek and its spin-offs, dating from 1966 to 2005, in the name of research.

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It may sound like torture for those with an aversion to William Shatner’s campy theatrics but, six years and 90,000 words on, it has earned Dr Baker a coveted chancellor’s prize for excellence at Melbourne University. And the respect of academics and Trekkies alike.Wow

-and I had to move to another continent to do my dissertation research.  Clearly, I picked the wrong field…

h/t:  Reader Ratoe via e-mail

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Thursday, August 24, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The Trek Movie Report asks of the fellow heading up the next Trek project: JJ Abrams: The New Roddenberry or The New Meyer?

Let’s just say that I hope, as the piece speculates, that Abrams is more the new Meyer and not the new Roddenberry. While Roddenberry deserves many accolades for creating Trek and especially for the work he did in the first two seasons of the show, the bottom line is that he never seemed capable of fully understanding his own creation-or, at least, significant elements of its magic.

For example (and as the post at the Trek Movie Report rightly notes) ST:TMP was wholly almost devoid of the Trek magic-yet, after Paramount gave the reigns to Harve Bennett and Meyer with Treks II, III, IV, the magic was clearly back. After the hiccup that was V, Meyer was back for Trek VI.

I would also note that ST:TNG was better starting in season two, after Gene was no longer able to be hands-on with the show. Certainly his desire to portray humanity as having evolved beyond petty conflicts has a serious problem with it: no conflict=no drama. As such, the characters on TNG were pretty boring at first.
Although, really, the bottom-line is that Trek needs new blood at the helm, so I am willing to see what Abrams cooks up. Certainly if Roddenberry to be considered in this case as stolid and stale and Meyer is considered fresh and exciting, let’s go with the latter.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the SciFi Wire: SCI FI Gets Who Season Two

SCI FI Channel and BBC Worldwide Americas announced a major licensing agreement for SCI FI to air the second season of the hit British SF series Doctor Who in the United States. The series will return to SCI FI on Sept. 29, kicking off with a two-hour premiere that will include the “Christmas Invasion” special in which David Tennant is introduced as the 10th Time Lord.

To which I saw: kewl.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

As Steven L. noted in my absence, Poliblogger is the Star Trek geek-fest”-so with that in mind, here’s some Trek movie stuff.

The TREK XI Report is noting a rumor that the next Trek flick will focus not on Kirk’s academy days, but on his first voyage as Captain of the Enterprise.

This makes more sense, because it was unclear to me that Kirk and Spock were sufficiently of the same age to have them both at the Academy at the same time.

It also makes the Matt Damon rumor make more sense, as Damon isn’t exactly Academy age.

Such a setting for the film would likely mean no McCoy, however, as if one goes by the series, McCoy wasn’t the ship’s CMO in pilot.

I have never been a big fan of the academy-era story in the first place, so this would be more to my liking.

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Thursday, August 3, 2006
By The Permanent Guest Blogger: Steven L.

IMDb says so, at least provisionally.

Since this project is categorized as being in production, the data is subject to change; some data could be removed completely.

Interesting, at least. I see this news has been floating around a while, so apologies if you’ve seen it, but Poliblogger is the Star Trek geek-fest, after all — Steven T. or no Steven T.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
B5 News
By Dr. Steven Taylor

James Joyner has it: Babylon 5 Returning as Direct to DVD Anthology?.

Sounds cool to me.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

In the previous post, I mentioned the trailer for season 3 of BSG that aired durting the Eureka premiere.

Here it is:


If you haven’t seen this show yet: rent the DVDs and join in on the wait for October.

h/t: The American Mind

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

Now a brief foray from death and destruction to the world of TV.

We finished watching Sci Fi’s new show, Eureka last night via TiVo and I would recommend it. It is light fare, but entertaining. Also, the premiere contained an extended commercial for the new season of BSG and it looks extremely intriguing-making that wait until October all the more painful!

The show has a host of quirky characters, amusing banter and potential mysteries to be a worthwhile watch.

The Eureka premiere airs at least twice more-and can be viewed online at Sci Fi Pulse.

(And it has apparently done quite well, ratingswise: Sci Fi’s ‘Eureka’ Strikes Ratings Gold)

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