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Saturday, October 28, 2006
Overheard
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:24 am

(Context: last night we watched Star Trek III and the kids have also been watching some of TOS)

My two youngest playing:

Youngest son: Let’s play Star Trek!

Middle Son: Ok! I’m Captain Kirk. But not the old one, the young one!

Indeed, my Oldest expressed confusion the other day over the fact that the Kirk in the movies was the same one as the one on TV

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Monday, October 23, 2006
In Memoriam: Jane Wyatt
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:29 am

Via the NYT: Jane Wyatt, Mother on ‘Father Knows Best,’ Dies at 95.

While I wholly remember Ms. Wyatt as the Mom on Father Knows Best, the first thing I thought of was “Spock’s Mother” when I saw the headline. And, that does get a mention:

One of her more offbeat television parts was that of Amanda, the human mother of Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared Vulcan member of the “Star Trek” crew of space voyagers in the late 1960’s. She reprised the role in the 1986 film, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”

It may be offbeat, but odds are that she will be remembered longer over time for those brief minutes on the small and large screens than for everything else-geeks have long memories after all.

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Friday, September 1, 2006
Trek Facelift Coming to a TV Near You
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:30 am

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.

[…]

“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.

[…]

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
When Geeks Get Ph.D.s (or is that a redundancy?)
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:26 pm

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.

[…]

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
Trekulation
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:36 pm

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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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Trek XI Rumors
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:35 pm

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
Matt Damon: James T. Kirk?
By The Permanent Guest Blogger: Steven L. @ 10:00 pm

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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Friday, April 21, 2006
The Return of Trek?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:46 pm

Via Reuters: “Star Trek” franchise set for 2008 revival: report

More than three years after the last “Star Trek” movie crashed at the box office, the venerable sci-fi franchise is being revived by the director of the upcoming “Mission: Impossible” sequel, Daily Variety reported in its Friday edition.

[…]

Daily Variety said the action would center on the early days of “Star Trek” characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer-space mission.

This idea has been rumored for a while-although I am not certain whether I like it or not.

I knew they wouldn’t keep the franchise on the shelf for too long-there is simply too much money to be made.

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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 GoldenPalace.com.

“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.

Indeed.

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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