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Picard's pyjamas! The devil! Judge Data! This week's Tng lookback reaches a hugely fun courtroom episode, Devil's Due...
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4.13 Devil's Due
Picard is watching Data perform as Ebeneezer Scrooge on the holodeck when the ship receives a distress call from a Federation science team on Ventax II. The planet's population is rioting because it just reached the end of an alleged thousand-year contract with Ardra, their planet's version of the Devil, which promised the citizens peace and prosperity in return for becoming her property when the contract was up. Remember: always read the small print.
With a mob holding most of the science team hostage, Picard beams down and gets his negotiating pen out. As he attempts to quell the superstitious crowd's fear, Arda appears, announcing that "Time's up."
In an attempt to convince everyone that she is who she says, she briefly takes on the form »
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
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
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