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Barclay! Super-brains! Walks around the arboretum! Here's our latest look-back at Star Trek: The Next Generation season four...
This review contains spoilers.
4.19 Nth Degree
The episode opens as Lt. Reg Barclay and Dr. Crusher perform some AmDram in front of the crew, whose enlightened 24th Century dispositions allow them to appreciate even the most stilted and awkward performance. And that’s just from the D-list ensigns they have to shove into every episode now that Wesley’s gone. Everyone congratulates Barclay’s progress even though he’s terrible, and Data even learns a pithy lesson about being polite (and with that box ticked, he basically disappears for the rest of the episode.)
Barclay still isn’t feeling confident, but is happy when Geordi picks him to go on a mission to examine a probe that has disabled the Argus Array, a subspace telescope that has been disabled and needs to be fixed. »
Since he first appeared as medical student John Carter in the Emergency Room of County General Hospital, Ill., Noah Wyle has specialised in playing a particular type of brainy hero. During his record-breaking tenure in ER, Wyle was notably the first to portray a fictional version of Steve Jobs in biopic Pirates Of Silicon Valley, a part that earned him an invitation from Mr Jobs to play a prank on the audience at the 1999 Macworld Expo.
Among a host of stage and screen roles, Wyle also played the small but memorable role of Dr Monitoff, a science teacher with an interest in parallel universes in 2001's Donnie Darko, followed in 2004 with the part of Flynn Carsen, perpetual student-turned-Indiana-Jones-type in three The Librarian television movies. »
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8.4 What Lies Beneath...
There are several things that make for a great Castle episode.
The first is a great case. Because this is Castle, however, what we mean by “great” is a little different than you might expect on some other shows. Castle will never win any (important) awards for its storytelling. As I have repeatedly suggested, the writers seem to do their brainstorming while reading the TV Tropes page: even Castle’s best stories are usually nothing more than one overused story idea after another strung together to make a somewhat cohesive whole. And the killer is almost always the same—it’s the first person we meet (other than the victim) who has a connection to the murder.
What tends to salvage »
You read that headline right! The very first official Star Trek Cruise is coming.The voyage will set sail on January 2017 and promises to be a completely immersive experience for everyone who has ever loved the television shows or films, or both. What is in store for 2,200 lucky fans? Star Trek: The Cruise will take over a private island in the Caribbean and rename it the coastal resort of Suraya Bay on the pleasure planet Risa. A specially-designed ship will feature places seen in Star Trek films and shows including a Quarks Bar, 602 Club and Ten Forward.
There will be performances from the stars of Star Trek, with William Shatner hosting an "Evening with William Shatner". Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis are collaborating on "Love Letters." That's not all! Denise Crosby is tap dancing, James Darren will lead a concert, and Robert Picardo will play Star Trek Family Feud. »
"Star Trek" is boldly going where the 50-year-franchise has never gone before: the Pacific Ocean. From January 9 to 15, 2017, Star Trek: The Cruise will sail from Miami to Cozumel, to Nassau and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Tickets for what looks to be a ridiculously over-the-top event start at $995 a pop. While a trip between Florida and the Bahamas might not seem so extravagant or otherworldly to some of the 2,200 fans who will be fortunate enough to come aboard, this six-day excursion that boasts a number of "immersive experiences" for Trekkies. These include a takeover of the private island, a specially designed ship featuring authentic replicas from the original "Star Trek" series (such as the infamous Quarks Bar), and performances by William Shatner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes — in conjunction with a Star Trek Family Feud, a Star Trek-themed masquerade ball, and of course, »
- Ruben Guevara
It's been fifty years since Gene Roddenberry's seminal science fiction series Star Trek first hit TV screens, so why not celebrate by joining William Shatner and company on a boat around the gulf of Mexico?
Officially authorised under license by CBS Consumer Products, this 100% genuine holiday of a lifetime priced at $995 will see 2,200 die-hard Trekkies enjoy a variety of incredible on-board events, including:
Denise Crosby (Next Generation's Security Chief Tasha Yar / Commander Sela) tap dancing
John de Lancie (Q) hosting Q's Masquerade Ball
If you're planning on going, expect to see recreations of Quarks Bar, 602 Club and Ten Forward, »
Star Trek 10 was supposed to lead into a further Next Generation crew movie, had all gone to plan. It didn't. So what happened?
1996's Star Trek: First Contact took $150 million worldwide, on a budget of $46 million. 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection managed to swallow a budget of $70 million and only return $118 worldwide, but after the critical feedback about that film, surely a darker action film along the same lines as First Contact would jump the box office back up? That appeared to be the thought pattern at Paramount, as it greenlit a further adventure for the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast. Star Trek: Nemesis was born.
The film, released in December 2002 in the Us, would go on to take $67m at the global box office, off the back of a $60m budget. It'd sell 1.3m DVDs in its first week in America, and in the scheme of things, was a financial disappointment. »
Frustratingly, Falling Skies seems to be in no hurry to get to its rapidly approaching grand finale...
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There are only four episodes left in Falling Skies after this one. Only four episodes left, and the straining, struggling Revolutionary War parable will limp to an end in its fifth season, no doubt in a blaze of Mason-based glory and a pile of dead aliens torn to shreds by automatic weapons or some sort of improvised explosive yielded by great sacrifice to the cause. However, for a show in its final season, building up to some sort of big event, Falling Skies is in no hurry to get anywhere and in the process, it's trying my patience.
Tuning into Falling Skies is getting to be a tedious affair. I don't enjoy the show as I once did, and sitting down to write about it is getting to be tiresome, »
Recently, TNT served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Falling Skies" episode 6 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Respite," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff go down as Isabella and Hal get closer. The 2nd mass discovers a possible war-winning Espheni device, and more! In the new, 6th episode press release: Injured, Tom will take refuge with a unique family who has distanced themselves from the fight, giving him a glimpse of life without war. Hal and Isabella's romance will grow as they search for a missing Tom. Meanwhile, The 2nd Mass is going to locate an Espheni device that could be a linchpin to winning the war... if they can figure out how to use it. And Maggie is going to make a decision that has consequences for her and the entire 2nd Mass. The episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes, »
- Andre Braddox
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
One rumor that briefly caused a lot of stir last month before it was summarily shut down was that Paramount's venerable "Star Trek" franchise might be making a return to television. That rumor placed filmmaker Bryan Singer as producer on a new project at CBS, who controls the rights to "Star Trek" on television.
Sadly, not only did the rumor not pan out - another person connected to the franchise says that we shouldn't be holding out much hope. Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William Riker on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as well as directed numerous episodes and two of the films ("Star Trek: First Contact," "Star Trek: Insurrection") says the chances of Trek going back to its small screen roots are slim.
According to Leader-Post, Frakes appeared at Fan Expo Regina 2015 where he reportedly revealed that he had pitched a concept for a new Star Trek series to CBS. »
- Garth Franklin
Several cast members from the classic 1985 film will mark its 30th anniversary at Showmasters London Film and Comic Con in July.
Also attending are Lea Thompson (Lorraine), James Tolkan (Strickland), Claudia Wells (Jennifer), Marc McClure (Dave), Harry Waters Jr (Marvin Berry), Donald Fullilove (Goldie), Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly in II and III), Frances Lee McCain (Stella) and Ricky Dean Logan (Data).
Fans will also be able to take photos with the 1885 clock tower, 1955 clock tower, Gibson amp and guitar, Doc Brown tombstone and, of course, the DeLorean itself.
The cast will take part in a special Q&A session with a moderator with questions from the fans.
Showmasters has also created an initiative titled Up to 88!, which aims to raise $88,000 to support the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. »
Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Bridget Regan and Jonathan Frakes are set to star in Mednick Productions’ suspense thriller “Devil’s Gate,” the company announced today. Clay Staub will direct from a script he co-wrote with Peter Aperlo (“The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”). Set in the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota, the film examines the disappearance of a local woman (Regan) and her young son. Schull plays an FBI agent who helps the local sheriff (Frakes) search for answers. Partnering with a deputy (Ashmore), they track down the missing woman’s husband (Ventimiglia) and find that. »
- Jeff Sneider
It's Wesley Crusher's last appearance as a regular crew member! Join us to wave him off in this week's Star Trek: Tng look-back...
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4.9 Final Mission
As he prepares to leave for one of his many important mediation meetings, Picard summons Wesley to the bridge. He immediately begins to chastise Wesley for taking ten minutes to arrive (what was he supposed to do, site to site transport!?) Wesley begins to apologise, before Picard reveals that they won't accept that kind of behaviour at… Starfleet Academy. You know, the school Wesley got rejected from twice.
That's right, the day is here: Wesley's finally going to stop being an unpaid intern and become an unpaid (presumably) crew member. As his final mission, he is to accompany Picard to boldly go and resolve a mining dispute. The fun never stops on the Enterprise. Nor, indeed, does it start.
The Enterprise »
“5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Thunderbirds Are Go!”
A remake of the British television show is returning. The original aired on ITV in 1965, featuring Gerry Anderson’s “supermarionation” puppet techniques.
A film version of the series, directed by Jonathan Frakes, hit the big screen in 2004 and was considered a box office flop. Anderson, who died at the age of 83 on December 26, 2012, described the movie as “the biggest load of crap I have ever seen in my life”.
Thunderbirds Are Go! is due to air in the UK in 2015, the 50th anniversary year of the original.
When disaster strikes and there’s no one else to help, International Rescue answers the call! From their secret island base, this family of highly trained responders can reach every corner of the globe – and beyond – in minutes.
With their remarkable cutting edge Thunderbird Vehicles, brothers Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon and Alan Tracy along with head of security Kayo »
- Michelle McCue
“Live Long and Prosper,” Mr. Spock.
Sad new today, fellow Movie Geeks. Star Trek legend, Leonard Nimoy has sadly passed away. Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He died this morning at the age of 83 #Llap pic.twitter.com/M5994t9HIL
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) February 27, 2015
After “Star Trek” ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series “Mission Impossible” as Paris, the mission team’s master of disguises.
From 1976 to 1982 he hosted the syndicated TV series “In Search of … ” which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.
- Movie Geeks
Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83, and Hollywood has taken to social media to mourn the “Star Trek” icon, from fellow “Trek” alums like William Shatner and George Takei to comedy stars including Seth MacFarlane and Jason Alexander.
The Hollywood Historic trust also announced that flowers will be placed on Nimoy’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The star is located at 6651 Hollywood Blvd.
Rod Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, released a statement on Nimoy’s passing: “The death of Leonard Nimoy is indeed an immense loss to us all. I only hope that during this difficult time we can all take comfort in the everlasting impact he has made. As Spock he portrayed the first Roddenberry character, an outsider who truly let us see ourselves. Leonard Nimoy’s talent allowed millions to »
- Variety Staff
In addition to playing the U.S.S. Enterprise‘s highly logical Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series — which next year marks the 50th anniversary of its launch — and its six big-screen continuances, Nimoy reprised the role in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as in J.J. Abrams’ first two Star Trek reboot movies.
The actor’s TV credits also »
For a moment there, it looked like The Interview was going to be the most important comedy of the 21st century. With hacks and terrorist threats obstructing its planned Christmas Day release in the United States, it was easily the most discussed movie of December 2014 and it finally reaches UK cinemas this Friday, after the fuss has died down.
In case you were pre-occupied during the festive season, it transpired that Us theatre chains refused to show the film in the wake of the threats, forcing Sony to pull their advertising and distribution plans. It eventually hit video on demand services on December 25th, after widespread calls for it from the press and President Barack Obama, no less.
But one of the more interesting and disappointing »
The Star Trek franchise has a great tradition of seeing its actors become creatively involved behind the camera. Leonard Nimoy got the ball rolling by taking the helm of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and then co-wrote and directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and collaborated on the story for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In between those latter two, William Shatner co-wrote and directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Later, The Next Generation cast member Jonathan Frakes directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Frakes also directed many episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Other cast members who’ve helmed episodes of various incarnations, including Enterprise: Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Roxann Dawson, Michael Dorn, Siddig El Fadil, Gates McFadden, Robert Duncan McNeill, Robert Picardo, Andrew Robinson and Tim Russ. As far as I’m willing to go through everyone’s »
- Christopher Campbell
20 items from 2015
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