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First let me apologise for the late broadcast this week, but real life has been interfering with the fun aspects . I was actually thinking about moving the broadcasting to the weekend , it would make it easier when I can secure interviews, people are more inclined to have free time and be more responsive to doing interviews towards the end of the week.
So I will try the weekend recording and see how we go in this regard.
So to the news Marina Sirtis who played Counciller Troi on TNG ,has an interview on Startrek.com. It is a two part interview but there are some interesting points.
She was asked about the forthcoming Blu Ray version and responded with,
“i was invited in with LeVar (Burton) to see the Blu-ray version, and that was fascinating. One thing I always thought when I watched the original show was how dated it looked compared to our show. And then, when I’ve watched our show over the years – and I don’t do that very often; I just sometimes catch it on TV – I always think it looks dated because the computer effects now are so amazing compared to what we were able to do.
I swear it looked like it was filmed yesterday. The clarity and the detail and just the look of it are amazing. I mean, I was absolutely blown away. Unfortunately, if you’ve got the series on DVD you’re going to have to get it all on Blu-ray now because it looks phenomenal. It’s unbelievable. The fans are going to be thrilled. They’ve upgraded even things like the details on feathers. Things like that, that you could never see before, you can see now. It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful.”
So if you was pondering if you should or should not get the Blu ray,you now have a ringing endorsement from Mariana Sirtis.
Onto convention news.
Creation entertainment has added a few more faces to the Vegas line up, where they will be celebrating the 25 th anniversary of the next generation.
The line up as it stands is;
William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis,Robert picardo, ARON EISENBERG
(“Nog” of Star Trek Deep Space Nine), Alice Krige( the Borg queen). Robert Duncan McNiel, Diana Mulduar(dr Pulaski), Anthony Montgimery( may weather from Enterprise).
Levar Burton, ANDREW ROBINSON (Garak of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), JOHN BILLINGSLEY(“Dr. Phlox” of Enterprise). Brent spiner, John delancie, Michael Dorn and Kate Mulgrew.
Check the creation website for prices and dates as some stars only appear on certain days.
This week in Trek history.
The TOS Remastered Season One HD DVD/DVD combo set was released it included seven remastered episodes that hadn’t aired yet.
Star Trek: Conquest was finally released for Wii and Playstation 2 game systems.
Star Trek: Online went through some changes as developer Perpetual Entertainment has been acquired by a new company. Which then passed the baton to Cryptic under Atari and is this week moving the free to play model onto the main server under Perfect World,ready for free to play in January.
WMS Gaming unveiled a new, interactive Star Trek slot machine at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) was named the Best Actor of 2007 by London’s Evening Standard Theater Awards for his performance in the West End production of Macbeth.
Finally Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) was cast as Spock’s father, Ambassador
On the subject of movie news Jj had been scouting Jungle locations for the new movie and confirmed he is talks with Del Toro. The fact he Is looking at jungle locations hopefully means it will not be Khan. I think they should move forward not background.
Ten worse villains in Trek according to bad robot.
10) kivas fajo
Aside from having possibly the goofiest Star Trek name ever, Kivas Fajo was best known as a galactic collector whose prize pieces included a Veltan sex idol and a Roger Maris rookie card. But the Holy Grail of his collection was Data, and in the episode “The Most Toys” Fajo staged the android’s death and kidnapped him. Using his own assistant’s life as collateral, Fajo threatened to kill her–and others–if Data didn’t take what amounted to an infinite time-out in his chair in the corner. Fajo was so annoying that even Data, an emotionless android, got pissed off and tried to shoot him.
On paper, the idea of having one of our familiar Voyager spacecraft from the 1970s turn out to be the true identity of a colossal alien spaceship must have seemed really high concept. But in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, V’Ger was something of a nonentity, an intergalactic MacGuffin designed primarily to bring the original Star Trek crew back together. Its abilities were limited to blasting ships, creating clones of bald chicks, and making movies seem really long and slow.
8) the Wadi
Invasion of the WoW players! In the Deep Space 9 episode “Move Along Home,” a race of gamers called the Wadi (complete with mullets and biker mustaches) get mad when Quark cheats at dabo, so they respond by placing the DS9 crew in a virtual game of D&D. Not only is the whole premise lame, but in the end in turns out it really was all a game and the players were never in any danger at all. Thrilling!
You know what never works? Star Trek and the supernatural. But that didn’t stop the producers from making “Sub Rosa,” a rare Dr. Crusher-centric episode that completely squanders the opportunity by making it about a ghost (oh, sorry, an “anaphasic alien”) who has been feeding off Crusher’s ancestors for centuries and spends most of his time living in a candle. Questions abound: how did he get to Earth originally in the first place? As a sentient life form, wouldn’t he get incredibly bored living inside generations of people? And why didn’t Crusher’s family ever upgrade to light bulbs sometime in the last 500 years?
6) the Kazon
With their wrinkly red skin and wild hair, the Kazon looked like badly sunburned versions of the already-goofy Centauri from Babylon 5. They were a mild nuisance to the crew of Voyager for the show’s first two seasons. At one point, Borg hottie Seven of Nine comments that the Borg had rejected the Kazon for assimilation. Ouch. Seriously, how much do you have to suck for the Borg not to take you?
Star Trek IV: The Voyager Home was an otherwise great movie except for one thing: the blatant plot device of the giant probe. Several miles long, it shows up out of nowhere, incapacitating starships before arriving on Earth looking for humpback whales. When it gets no response, it throws a tantrum of Biblical proportions, boiling the sea and plunging the world into disaster. An interesting threat for our heroes to face, but if you stop to think about it, what the hell is this thing’s deal? Why does it want to talk to whales — what could they possibly have to say? “Hey, the krill’s great this year”? Who the hell built this thing anyway, and why is it so gigantic? Maybe it was really just a humongous anal probe for the Earth itself.
4) the Pakleds
The Pakleds were a space-faring race of fat morons who swiped all their technology from more advanced races. Nonetheless, they managed to kidnap Geordie La Forge in the Next Generation episode “Samaritan Snare” because, as an engineer, he was able to “make the ship go.” Fortunately, after the Enterprise flashed a few bright lights at them, they returned Geordi and ran away.
3) the Son’a
If you don’t remember the Son’a — or Star Trek: Insurrection — that’s because they were some of the most boring villains ever faced by Picard and company (and that’s saying something). Led by the goofily-named Adhar Ru’afo (played by F. Murray Abraham of Amadeus fame) the Son’a were obsessed with living forever and looking young, using machines to stretch their wrinkly skin over their faces. Basically a race of Joan Rivers, but without the fighting prowess.
It’s Picard vs. Dr. Evil! Star Trek: Nemesis introduced us to Shinzon, an evil Picard clone who becomes king of the Romulans along with a random new race of space orcs called Remans. Played by Tom Hardy, who messily devoured every piece of scenery in his general vicinity in every scene, Shinzon came across like a particularly bad villain from a Star Trek fanfic, and has the distinction of being the antagonist of the film that buried that first Star Trek canon.
1) ” God”
I guess after battling V’Ger, Ricardo Montalban, and the galaxy’s biggest anal probe (plus I think the Klingons were in there somewhere), someone decided the next logical foe would be God–or rather, a really lame alien masquerading as God. The only real powers “God” manifested were hypnotizing Spock’s rather gullible brother Sybok into hijacking the Enterprise and blasting Kirk with eye-lightning. Then they blew him up. Yeesh, even the giant anal probe almost destroyed the Earth — “God” couldn’t kill three old guys.
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