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Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Mark Zuckerberg looked a lot like Star Trek's Data while testifying before Congress
In fact, the Facebook CEO was photoshopped to look like the Star Trek: The Next Generation character.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Stephen Hawking was The Simpsons' "most intelligent guest star"
"Almost as many people know me through The Simpsons as through my science," the renowned theoretical physicist, who died today at age 76, said of his four appearances (between 1999 and 2010) on the Fox comedy. “The appeal of The Simpsons is that the characters display all the traits we see in ourselves,” he said, adding that he thought the show was “the best thing on American television.” The Simpsons producer and writer Matt Selman paid tribute to Hawking on Twitter, calling him "the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons," while Simpsons showrunner Al Jean said Hawking had "a sense of humor as vast as the universe."
- The Big Bang Theory cast pays tribute to Hawking, who was part of seven episodes
- "It was a huge privilege to waste some of his time," said John Oliver, who interviewed Hawking for Last Week Tonight in 2014
- Star Trek: The Next Generation marked Hawking's first TV cameo -- a historic one since he's the only person to play himself in Trek history
- Hawking became a pop-culture icon with all his TV cameos
- Presenting Hawking's greatest Big Bang Theory moments
- Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Hawking, whom he portrayed in the BBC TV movie Hawking
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake"
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Forget the naysayers: Star Trek: Discovery delivered the strongest first Star Trek season since The Original Series
Since last night's finale of the CBS All Access series, Matt Zoller Seitz says "I’ve seen mostly expressions of disappointment or outright hostility, mingled with affection for certain characters, moments, and episodes. This baffles me." In fact, he says, Discovery's first season was so stellar that the series "could be one of the all-time greats if it plays its cards right," he says. "At its best, Discovery surprised and moved me in ways that very few freshman series manage to do. This show has brains, soul, and a big heart. There were missteps here and there, to be sure. But there always are in first seasons, and the ones seen here were minor compared to, say, those of The Next Generation, which became a classic eventually, but was tedious and hesitant until pretty deep into season two. Frankly, I’m having a hard time taking seriously any complaints about plausibility or too-easy resolutions — especially with regard to the finale — when nearly every episode of every Trek series that isn’t a cliff-hanger ends with things being wrapped up neatly with a surprise tactical maneuver or an impromptu peace treaty hammered out in a scene or two, usually by charismatic rule breakers who just improvise on the spot."
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Patrick Stewart calls Star Trek the “one highlight that had the biggest impact on my life”
“Everything would be different from the moment I was cast in that until today,” says the Star Trek: The Next Generation alum.
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Star Trek: The Next Generation turns 30: Why modern Trek owes everything to TNG
As Katharine Trendacosta points out, “if The Next Generation had flopped it would have been disastrous, and Star Trek would surely have just withered away. We wouldn’t have gotten Deep Space Nine, Voyager, or Enterprise at all.” She adds: “The Next Generation proved that Star Trek was more than just the adventures of a certain group of characters, but an entire universe,. The question of whether you can do Star Trek without Bones, Kirk, and Spock was answered by The Next Generation, which was a hit right from the start.”
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