14 items from 2016
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Sep 22, 2016
The first episode of Red Dwarf XI is an ideal series opener in which everyone gets a moment in the spotlight...
This review contains spoilers.
The history of Red Dwarf is a series of jarring transitions, with the series evolving over the years to fit in with its surroundings (and, of course, its budget). The sprawling sci-fi of Red Dwarf V was different to the claustrophobia of Red Dwarf VI and VII, which underwent a massive transformation into the populated world and broader humour of Red Dwarf VIII, at which point the show went off air until the super low-budget real-world antics of Back to Earth… You get the idea.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek! Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek! Jenny Bullough9/8/2016 11:06:00 Am It was fifty years ago today that Star Trek first debuted on TV. Since that time it’s expanded into multiple TV series and an ongoing movie franchise, which was rebooted by J.J. Abrams with Star Trek followed by Star Trek: Into Darkness and this year’s Star Trek Beyond. It’s safe to say that Gene Roddenberry’s vision has solidified its place in the cultural firmament. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, here are a few of our favorite movie moments from over the years! The needs of the many… In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Spock sacrificed his life to save the Enterprise and her crew, intoning the famous line, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one,” leaving Kirk grief-stricken. »
- Jenny Bullough
Beyond the 19 films and TV shows that make up official on-screen “Star Trek” canon, there are quite a few more efforts that could, philosophically, be a part of this list.
There’s the rich legacy of officially licensed novels and comic books that brought the characters to life in print form. There’s the technology invented by production designers that eventually became real-life wizardry. There’s the 1999 film “Galaxy Quest” — technically a parody, but spiritually one of the best “Star Trek” movies ever made.
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There are the vibrant fan communities that, even during the franchise’s many dormant periods, ensured that “Star Trek” would never actually die. And there are the many real-life scientists and astronauts whose passion for boldly going into the real depths of the unknown were inspired by a show »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Marc Buxton Sep 9, 2016
From Tribble to Andorians, we run down the 50 best alien life forms explored in the Star Trek universe.
The crews of the various iterations of Star Trek boldly went where no one has gone before — and then boldly met a whole lot of alien species.
Star Trek may be the human adventure, but there have been countless non-human beings, critters, menaces, gods, and blobs that have been introduced in the Star Trek universe. From The Original Series to The Animated Series, to The Next Generation, to Deep Space Nine, the Delta Quadrant and Voyager, to the early adventures of Enterprise, to the modern day films, Star Trek has gifted fans with many unforgettable species as the five-year mission slowly turned into five decades of first contact.
There have been vile races bred for combat, omnipotent races that use humankind as puppets, and even a bunch of cute little furry things. »
Look at them guns! That's Patrick Stewart in 1996's Star Trek: First Contact, a movie which had a lot of actual guns in it, too, arming the crew of the Starship Enterprise with their own skinny version of the pulse rifle from Aliens (with a little headlight!) and sending them on a bug hunt in the bowels of their own ship. But Patrick Stewart with his shirt off, Die Hard style? Sure, that too. First Contact is also, beyond question, the moment Star Trek gave up and sold out. With Star Trek Beyond in theatres, I'm thinking a lot about what Star Trek can and can't be on the big screen. In his excellent 12-part revisit of the Trek feature film franchise over on EW,...
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Why Size and Scope Have Always Been the Franchise’s Best Friends.
Earlier this week, I was talking to someone about the upcoming Star Trek Beyond when a half-forgotten memory came tumbling from the dusty corners of my mind. It is of me and my brother, still children, sprawled out on the floor of the First National Bank in our small hometown. To help make ends meet, my parents took on several shifts as the overnight cleaning crew for the local branch; they would begin every shift by rolling the break room television into the manager’s office so my brother and I could watch old episodes of Star Trek they’d picked up from the nearby Blockbuster. As my family did not own a television until years later, these episodes of Star Trek, dated as they may have seemed, were a Big Deal for the two of us. I was pretty much hooked.
- Matthew Monagle
Alex Carter Jul 27, 2016
“Ok, ok, so First Contact was a major box office and critical success, but it would have been so much better had all those great space battles been replaced with Riker having a shave in the bath.”
Said someone, somewhere, presumably.
Star Trek: Insurrection was the great hope for the franchise. The lessons learned from past failures. No more interference from the studio. Just put the right people in the right place and let them do their thing. It worked for Khan, it worked for First Contact, so it should work for Insurrection. Right?
Star Trek: Insurrection stands in the unusual position of being a film that would have benefited enormously from executive meddling. If one voice had spoken up and said “this film has problems”, perhaps »
Llinos Cathryn Thomas Jul 11, 2016
Many Star Trek fans are celebrating following the news that, in the upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond, Sulu is confirmed as being in a long-term relationship with another man. This kind of queer representation has been a long time coming for the Star Trek franchise.
The Original Series wasn’t afraid to tackle social issues, with a racially diverse cast and episodes dealing – literally or allegorically – with women’s rights, racial divisions and the futility of war, but the later installments in the franchise have shied away from taking the obvious next step of including queer characters.
Sven Harvey Jul 8, 2016
The hugely ambitious Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has no shortage of classic episodes. These, for instance...
Overlapping with both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's seven seasons had some very high points, It also had some very low ones that strayed a bit too far from the core of Star Trek for some fans, yet gave the show a unique texture that some savour.
If you only ever watch 25 stories from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, these are they, at least in my opinion – the only rule being that multi-part episodes count as one story (but great big multi-season Dominion flavoured arcs don't!)
Is now a good time for Space Jam 2? Director of the 1996 original Joe Pytka sure doesn't think so. Not because audiences aren't hungry for it. But because the NBA just doesn't have the same colorful cast of athletes that it did 20 years ago. Because of this, he thinks the movie is gearing up to be a big flop at the box office.
LeBron James was officially confirmed to be taking over for Michael Jordan last week in a sequel to Space Jam that will pair the pro basketball player up with the Looney Tunes All-Stars. The original movie earned $90 million at the domestic box office when it was released in November 1996. It would go onto pull in a healthy $230 million worldwide, opening against The Mirror Has Two Faces starring Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges. While it opened at #1 during its first weekend of release, it quickly fell to Star Trek: First Contact »
Werewolves, vampire assassins, and government factions, oh my! After its run on the festival circuit, Seize the Night, starring the film’s director and producer, Emma Dark, will have a limited DVD release. Also: Kickstarter news for HoloGrid: Monster’s Battle, a look at the film Chaos Theory in its entirety, first details on Exhibits, and info on Todd Masters’ (founder of MastersFX) 2016 Daytime Emmy win.
Seize the Night Limited DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Seize The Night has been one of the most talked about short films on the independent horror scene over the past year. In its time on the festival circuit the film has won creator Emma Dark a Mmbf Rising Star award at Ireland’s The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival, garnered favourable reviews from a multitude of respected genre websites including Dread Central, Starburst and UK Horror Scene, and featured in comprehensive national print articles »
- Tamika Jones
While we still have a few months left until Star Trek Beyond hits theaters, today marks an important day in franchise history for fans. April 5th is known around the world as First Contact Day, since it was on this date in the year 2063 that humans first made contact with Vulcans, in franchise lore. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin took to his Yomyomf.com page to reveal a new photo of two new aliens who will be featured in the movie, which is actually part of a contest.
As it turns out, these two costumed actors have worked with the director before, although we can't tell who they are in this photo, and they haven't been announced as part of the cast yet. The filmmaker revealed in his post that the first person to correctly guess the identities of both actors will win an »
While Kurt Russell appears to be playing the father of Star-Lord in James Gunn's upcoming live-action "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel for Marvel Studios, the animated series version of the property on Disney Xd is taking a different route.
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William T. Riker on the series and directed two of its films including the acclaimed "Star Trek: First Contact," has been cast in the role.
Frakes will first guest star on the March 13th episode and will play J'Son, king of the Spartax galactic empire and father of Peter Quill. Frakes appears in the first part of a significant story line this season where Star-Lord (Will Friedle) goes missing during an investigation on Spartax and the rest of the Guardians head off to rescue him.
This confirms the animated series is taking a very different route to the films »
- Garth Franklin
The Star Trek franchise will be 50 years old this September. It’s one of the most popular and enduring of all TV and film franchises, still going strong nearly 50 years after its debut in 1966. A third film of the rebooted series is in the works. Cinelinx looks at the ever-popular sci-fi property as it warps into its 50th year.
Star Trek, a show that didn’t do very well in the ratings when it first debuted, has become a multi-media monster. It has gone from television to cartoons, novels, comic books, video games and films. Many of the character names have become an iconic part of pop-culture. The real-life space shuttle Enterprise was named in honor of the space vessel from Star Trek. The whole concept of the sci-fi convention was begun by the fan-created ‘Trek’ conventions of the early seventies. Few franchises can claim to have had the impact »
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14 items from 2016
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