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Star Trek: what Discovery can take from its past

Alastair Stewart Sep 9, 2016

Star Trek is at its best when it aims to be the smartest show on TV, that's why it's endured for fifty years...

For many people who grew up watching Star Trek, it was as much a formative influence as any sermon or religious text. Even now, it still has a timeless quality which has made it a perennial fixture on every entertainment medium over the last five decades, and for good reason.

With another blockbuster film success in Star Trek Beyond and a new series titled Discovery on the horizon for 2017, few would say that after 50 years Star Trek's future is looking bleak. Yet what is the source of Trek's enduring popularity? Is it as simple as an original idea taking hold in the public consciousness, or is there more to it?

Look at the original Star Trek television series (latterly referred to as The
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Star Trek: The Next Generation’s 25 must-watch episodes

Sven Harvey Oct 18, 2017

Before Star Trek: Discovery, treat yourself to some Star Trek: The Next Generation classics...

Leading the charge back to television for the Star Trek franchise (just as Star Trek: Discovery is now), and paving the way for three further series to follow (fingers crossed that happens again), Star Trek: The Next Generation's 7 seasons had some very high points, and a couple of very low ones (that some would simply call “season 1....”, not that I’m one of them.)

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These are the top 25 “must-watch” episodes, not necessarily the top 25 for quality, or indeed my 25 favourites,
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Star Trek: The Next Generation’s 25 must-watch episodes

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These 25 Star Trek: The Next Generation stories are the series’ unmissable episodes…

Leading the charge back to television for the Star Trek franchise, and paving the way for three further series to follow, Star Trek: The Next Generation's 7 seasons had some very high points, and a couple of very low ones (that some would simply call “season 1....”, not that I’m one of them.)

These are the top 25 “must-watch” episodes, not necessarily the top 25 for quality, or indeed my 25 favourites, but the 25 stories that give you the best flavour of the series and its relatively unplanned story arcs. Just don’t forget that, like The Original Series, The Next Generation is a product of its time, and as such certain issues that writers wanted to bring to the screen not only necessitated allegory, but sometimes stretched it thin so as not to raise issues with censorship.
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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: The Wounded

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Enter, the Cardassians! Picard avoids war in the latest Star Trek: Tng episode to come under James' microscope, The Wounded...

This review contains spoilers.

4.12 The Wounded

When the Enterprise is attacked by a Cardassian vessel, Picard is confused until its captain, Gul Macet, informs them that the recent peace treaty has been broken by another Federation vessel who attacked and destroyed a new science station. Taking their former enemies on board, Picard learns that the accused, Benjamin Maxwell, was formerly Chief O'Brien's Captain during the Cardassian war.

Although O'Brien tries to assist Picard in understanding Maxwell, he's offended by Macet's suggestion that Maxwell is out for revenge and rejects the Cardassians' attempts to forge a friendship with him. Because clearly O'Brien already has enough friends.

The Enterprise manages to track down Maxwell's ship, the Phoenix, but can only watch helplessly on the scanner as he destroys a Cardassian warship and a smaller transport ship,
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Destination Star Trek London report

Being of a certain age I've been to a few conventions over the years, had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with various sci-fi and cult TV luminaries, seen things you people wouldn't believe (buy me a beer and I'll tell you a tale or two!), but somehow in all this time and despite being a fan I've never been to a dedicated Star Trek convention, so this past weekend at Destination Star Trek London has been memorable in a great many ways.

Considering the high profile that Trek has consistently enjoyed in the media, pop culture and among fans pretty much since its inception in 1966, and especially since the J.J. Abrams reboot a couple of years ago, it's somewhat surprising that Destination London was the first convention to be held in the UK for over a decade. Judging from the thousands of fans who beamed in from just about every corner of the globe,
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Destination Star Trek London Recap & Captain Talks Reviewed

Destination Star Trek London was billed as the biggest Star Trek event in London in the past 10 years. It certainly was big and probably only beaten in size by the annual convention held in Las Vegas. Having been a Star Trek fan for 30 years, this was my first convention, as it was for a lot of the people in attendance because a major get-together like this is rare in the UK.

On offer (for a fee) were autographs and photos with actors from the entire Star Trek franchise, stalls selling merchandise, talks, props on display, and a stunt show. If you were a Star Trek fan, it was the place you wanted to be and 17000 of them made their way to the Excel Center.

There was a wedding when a couple from Sweden got hitched at the event in full Klingon ceremony. The world record for the largest number of
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More guests for Destination Star Trek London

A few Stardates ago (a few weeks ago in Earth terms) we reported on the stellar guest list of Destination Star Trek London, the first official Star Trek event to be held in the UK in over a decade, which beams down to the ExCeL centre in London, England this weekend, 19th to 21st October 2012. Featuring what can only be described as a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all five of the franchise’s iconic Captains in one location - that’s William Shatner (The Original Series' Captain James T. Kirk), Sir Patrick Stewart (Tng's Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Avery Brooks (Deep Space Nine's Captain Benjamin Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager's Captain Kathryn Janeway) and Scott Bakula (Enterprise's Captain Jonathan Archer) to those of you who have been stuck on a holodeck for the past few decades - organisers Media 10 and Showmasters Ltd have decided that while
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Win tickets to Destination Star Trek London 2012!

This autumn, London will see the launch of "Destination Star Trek London", which will be beaming down to the ExCeL Centre from the 19th to the 21st of October. This will be the first official Star Trek live event in the UK in 10 years, offering British fans a chance to be a part of, and witness, Star Trek history.

Welcoming fans from all over the galaxy, Destination Star Trek London will see all five of the legendary Federation captains together in one place, including: William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series) will be joined by the UK's own Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager) and Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer, Star Trek: Enterprise) in the once-in-a-lifetime event.

To celebrate the launch of this fantastic event,
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‘Destination Star Trek London’ 2012 Adds More Famous Names!

Destination Star Trek London is giving us even more great and classic names everyday. We previously announced that immense line-up that features all five legendary Captains, then there was Brent Spiner and now Michael Dorn plus another two captains in the shape of Sean Kenney (Captain Pike) and Tricia O’Neil (Captain Garrett). This is the first major UK event in 10 years for Star Trek fans and it’s all taking place at theExCeL Centre on 19th – 21st October 2012.

For the entire list of stars attending click here but scroll down for even more news in their official press release:

Additional guests also confirmed today include: Andrew Robinson who played Elim Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Marianna Hill(Dr Helen Noel) who appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, “Dagger of the Mind”;Bobby Clark who played the Gorn in the Star Trek classic “The Arena
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Star Trek Destination London preview

Nearly five decades after the Starship Enterprise first set out on its mission to boldy go where no man had gone before, its legacy couldn't be stronger than it is right now. With the buzz about next year's Star Trek Into Darkness (as it will now be called) reaching fever pitch (not least about the identity of man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch's as yet unrevealed villain), and the recent stunning Blu-Ray release of The Next Generation's first season (which Shadowlocked awarded five stars in its review here), fans in the UK are being well and truly spoiled by the upcoming Destination Star Trek event to be held at London's ExCeL centre on 19th to 21st October 2012.

The first official Star Trek event in this country for over a decade, organisers Media 10 and Showmasters Ltd are pulling out all of the stops to make it a genuine once in
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‘Destination Star Trek’ Beams Down To London This Autumn

Thn are very excited to announce that in October, we’ll see the launch of ‘Destination Star Trek London’, which will materialise at the ExCeL Centre on 19th – 21st October 2012. It’s the first official Star Trek live event in the UK in 10 years, and they’ve got one heck of a special line-up.

The once-in-a-lifetime event will feature all Five legendary captains together: William Shatner (Captain Kirk – Star Trek: The Original Series), Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard – Star Trek: The Next Generation), Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway – Star Trek: Voyager) and Scott Bakula (Captain ArcherStar Trek: Enterprise and Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap).

But that’s not all, also joining the iconic faces will also be a mountain of other legends from Star Trek’s 45+ years of television and films including: Walter Koenig, Arlene Martel, Connor Trinneer (‘Trip’ Tucker – Enterprise), Dominic Keating (Lt.
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‘Terra Nova’ is boring

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I’ve been accused of being a curmudgeon, and not happy unless I can complain about something. I am very aware, at times, that I can be very critical of things like movies and TV shows that insult my intelligence, but I don’t think that makes me a curmudgeon. To me, it makes me more aware of the manipulation by these folks who run the studios that if they cart out a few explosions and add a few sex scenes, I’ll not notice their stories are so paint-by-number.

So, despite knowing the track record of Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise) and his corporate utopian views, I watched Terra Nova each week to see if this sci fi adventure show had anything to offer beyond the sci fi lite that the cable network the SyFy Channel offers viewers.

I do think the premise is interesting, showing
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And the Next 'Star Trek' Movie Villain Is...

Everybody's asking the question: "Who's going to serve as the villain or villains in the sequel to last summer's Star Trek?" Now that we're in an alternate Trek timeline, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are free to tell stories that incorporate familiar faces but combine them in new and interesting ways.

Which got us thinking: who's likely to make the short list, and what sort of possible stories/combinations might we see? Will the filmmakers choose to go the route of borrowing once more from canon...or will they elect to craft an entirely new story with entirely new antagonists?

Since new antagonists are impossible to predict, we decided to look to the original canon and have offered a list of possible villains from which Orci and Kurtzman could choose. We've divided the categories up into four groups:

The Heavy Hitters

The Middleweight Contenders

The Individual Narcissists

And finally:
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