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Star Trek: Discovery showrunners tease story, Jonathan Frakes joins as director

With Star Trek: Discovery set to beam onto TV sets this September, showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg have been chatting to EW about the story for the hotly-anticipated series, and while they were reluctant to give too much away, they did reveal that Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham is the first human to have attended the Vulcan Science Academy.

“Burnham spent a lot of time on Vulcan, but she’s human,” said Harberts. “Sarek [Spock’s father, played by James Frain] plays an important role in her life, which has been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path. When we meet her, she’s the First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou [captained by Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh]. And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is most difficult choice you can make — it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation, it affects the entire universe. That choice leads her to a different ship,
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‘Star Trek’: 50 Years of Films and TV, Ranked From Worst to Best

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‘Star Trek’: 50 Years of Films and TV, Ranked From Worst to Best
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.

Read More: ‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy

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
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I Wish I Could've Reviewed 'Beyond' ...

The last time I saw a Star Trek movie for the first time on opening weekend, it was 1998 for "Star Trek: Insurrection."Ian Cullen, someone I have known since our days chatting in the Star Trek area of AOL, had made the trip from England to Orlando, and I was taking both him and his mom to see the film in a suburb of Tampa.Sure, there's only been three movies since then, so it's probably not that major of a feat. But I've attended previews of "Star Trek: Nemesis," the 2009 "Star Trek" and its sequel, "Star Trek: Into Darkness." I was even invited to a preview of "Star Trek: Beyond," but unfortunately I'm currently, should I say, geographically disadvantaged.For the past year, I've been living in the amazing island nation of Grenada. We are in the southernmost part of the Caribbean Sea, and really ...
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The Ever-Expanding Star Trek Universe

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.

As
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Star Trek: Insurrection - revisiting Star Trek 9

Alex Carter Jul 27, 2016

From the highs of Star Trek: First Contact, why did Star Trek: Insurrection become the most forgotten Trek movie?

“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?

No.

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
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How Alien: Resurrection led to the Ice Age movies

Louisa Mellor Jul 13, 2016

Blue Sky Studios’ CGI work on Alien: Resurrection began a long and fruitful relationship with 20th Century Fox…

When Blue Sky Studios was tasked with creating swimming CGI Xenomorphs for the fourth film in the Alien franchise, its animators looked to inspiration from the natural world. Aptly for Hr Giger’s demonic creations, said inspiration was found in a Galapagos Island creature nicknamed by Charles Darwin the “imp of darkness”.

“We patterned [the Xenomorphs’] movements on reference footage of sea iguanas” Blue Sky’s Digital Effects Supervisor for Alien: Resurrection Mitch Kopelman told American Cinematographer magazine in November 1997. “They have this crazy little swim where they tuck their legs under their bodies and use this really long tail to propel themselves.” After much work, the end result was the CGI swimming aliens that pursued Ellen Ripley and co. through the flooded kitchens of the Usm Auriga in the 1997 sequel.
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Every Movie and TV Show Expiring From Netflix in the Month of April

Time to get your Netflix on, before it's too late. While there are a ton of exciting new titles hitting the streaming service in April, there are also a handful that are leaving for good. 2 Fast 2 Furious, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Rock Star, and Nine to Five are among the month's casualties. Been waiting to binge on M*A*S*H? There's no time like the present! (Seriously though, it's leaving.) Take a look below; you've been warned. Expiring April 1 101 Dalmatians 2 Fast 2 Furious Along Came a Spider Along Came Polly Amistad Bad Johnson Bandslam Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1 Berkeley in the Sixties The Butcher's Wife Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Chuck's Eat the Street Collection: Collection 1 Craigslist Joe Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1 Eureka: Season 4.0 Flashdance Hook Hotel Rwanda House of Wax I'll Be Home for Christmas The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson Léon: The Professional M
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What's Leaving Netflix: April 2016

April is last call for some great movies on Netflix streaming, including "Flashdance," '"Leon: The Professional," and "Let The Right One In."

Also going bye-bye: several classic Frank Sinatra films including "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), "High Society" (1956), "On The Town" (1949), "Pal Joey" (1957) and "Some Came Running" (1958).

Here's a complete list of the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in April:

Leaving April 1, 2016

"101 Dalmatians" (1996)

"2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003)

"Along Came a Spider" (2001)

"Along Came Polly" (2004)

"Amistad" (1997)

"Bad Johnson" (2014)

"Bandslam" (2009)

"Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1

"Berkeley in The Sixties" (1990)

"The Butcher's Wife" (1991)

"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003)

"Chuck's Eat The Street Collection: Collection 1

"Craigslist Joe" (2012)

"Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1

"Eureka": Season 4.0

"Flashdance" (1983)

"Hook" (1991)

"Hotel Rwanda" (2004)

"House of Wax" (2005)

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" (1989)

"The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson" (2013)

"Leon: The Professional" (1994)

"M*A*S*H": Season 11

"Nanny McPhee" (2005)

"The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991)

"Nine to Five
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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.)

See related Looking back at Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Would Khan be right for Jj AbramsStar Trek sequel? Planet Of The Titans: the Star Trek movie that never was Star Trek: was Cumberbatch supposed to be Gary Mitchell? Star Trek: the battle to make The Motion Picture

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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Star Trek Is Approaching Its 50th Birthday This Fall

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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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What Is Patrick Stewart's Favorite 'Star Trek' Episode?

What Is Patrick Stewart's Favorite 'Star Trek' Episode?
Star Trek is more popular than ever these days, thanks to J.J. Abrams' hit Star Trek movies, with Star Trek Beyond set to hit theaters next year. While the original Star Trek series only lasted three seasons, the 1980s spinoff Star Trek: The Next Generation took the franchise to new heights, running for seven seasons over 176 episodes, between 1987 and 1994. That show's star, Patrick Stewart, who brought Captain Jean-Luc Picard to life, recently held a Reddit Ama session to promote his Starz series Blunt Talk, where he was asked what his favorite Star Trek episode is. Here's what the actor had to say.

"My favorite episode is "Inner Light". It was a beautiful script, which for me was almost entirely located away from the Enterprise-and it's crew! And because I was given the chance to perform what Picard would have been like if his life experience had been different.
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Star Trek celebrates 50 years with a world premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Star Trek celebrates 50 years with a world premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Star Trek will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special live show at the Royal Albert Hall later this year.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Tour hits the road in 2016 for a series of dates in the Us, but the London venue will get the world premiere with a pair of performances on Sunday, November 1 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Star Trek: The Next Generation cast - then and now

A live symphony orchestra will play music from the films and TV series while footage is beamed in HD on to a 40ft screen. Tickets are priced from £25 to £65 plus fees.

Footage comes from the original series, The Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager, as well as the original batch of films from Star Trek: The Motion Picture through to Star Trek: Insurrection.

"We are boldly going where no other venue has been before: staging a massive Star Trek extravaganza that
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Star Trek: Nemesis - what went wrong?

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.
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Comic Book Review – Star Trek #48

Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #48…

In this all-new 2-part story called Deity, the crew of Starship Enterprise discovers an uncharted world whose inhabitants worship vengeful gods… gods who now turn their wrath on Captain Kirk and his crew!

Inside this issue of Star Trek #48 some great things happen. Not only are we getting to see the moulding of a future captain but we’re seeing the shaping of an uncharted Alpha Quadrant right before our eyes and it’s all rather exciting.

After the last two issues [The Tholian Webs] which seemed to be rushed and compressed, Mike Johnson could have happily delivered Star Trek: Tos with a NuTrek dressing mixed throughout and begrudgingly we would have truthfully still bought it, for – let’s face it – we love Trek and we actually have Star Trek: Insurrection on Blu-ray even though we’ve only watched it once. We’ll Mike hasn’t done that, in
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Star Trek: 47 geeky things about the Next Generation films

From Star Trek: Generations through to Star Trek: Nemesis - here are 47 nerdy spots in the Next Generation films...

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
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There'll Be No "Star Trek" On TV For A While

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.
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Simon Pegg is Co-writing Star Trek 3 and Might as Well Direct It

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
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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: The Best Of Both Worlds Part II

Our weekly Star Trek: The Next Generation lookbacks return with an episode that comes as close to movie-quality action as Tng ever gets...

This review contains spoilers.

4.1 The Best Of Both Worlds Part II

Last time on Star Trek The Next Generation! As if you'd forget! Picard had been turned into a Borg and Riker had his finger on the trigger that'd destroy his former captain and his new Borg mates. Or, at least, he had his finger on Worf, who had his finger on the trigger. The last half ended with Riker giving the instruction to fire. This part began with Worf firing. And then nothing happens. Because Picard already knew what the plan was and the Borg adapted in advance. It'd be an utterly huge letdown if it didn't made so much sense.

Anyway, the credits roll and the Borg use that opportunity to fly off leaving a
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Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3; here are 4 people who should direct Star Trek 4

[N.B. This article started out as being about Star Trek 3, but then Justin Lin was announced as director before the article was published. Having directed four Fast and Furious films, including the terrific Fast Five, Justin Lin is a brilliant action director, who's bound to deliver on a blockbuster level, although the same could be said of basically any action movie he might work on.

The article follows, slightly reworked for Star Trek 4, seeing as Star Trek is a franchise with lots of potential to explore further, and Justin Lin is a highly sought-after director, who will probably go on to The Bourne Legacy 2 and then perhaps Fast and Furious sequels after finishing Star Trek 3. So this is probably the first article about who should direct Star Trek 4...]

Recently, Roberto Orci stepped down from directing Star Trek 3 (2016), which would have been his directorial debut. He's worked on the screenplays for all three rebooted Star Trek movies, and remains involved in Star Trek 3 as a producer.

The obvious question remained: who would direct Star Trek 3?

With Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) director J.J. Abrams busy directing the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII (2015), Justin Lin is stepping in to direct Star Trek 3, now set for July 8, 2016.

In any case,
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