Star Trek: The Next GenerationLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Patrick Stewart's new Star Trek series should "Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard"
The new Star Trek series should do for Picard what Star Wars: The Last Jedi did for Luke Skywalker, says James Whitbrook. "That sort of hoping might rankle longtime Trek fans," he says. "In fact, many of them have spent the last few days desperately hoping for the direct opposite of Star Trek: The Last Jedi. They’ve read Stewart’s own statement that the new show’s Picard would be a 'man who has been changed by his experiences' and shuddered at the mere thought of a disillusioned, weary Picard roaming around an isolated family vineyard swigging freshly-squeezed Targ milk. They’d already had to go through one traumatic fictional upheaval, why wish that on another old hero? Why can’t Picard just be the Picard we saw in TNG and the movies? Because that would be kind of boring, for starters."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 4:52PM EDT
Patrick Stewart to reprise Jean-Luc Picard role for a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It's official: Patrick Stewart will return to the Captain role he made famous on seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. "It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him," Stewart tweeted in confirming his return. Stewart also made a surprise appearance on stage today at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the new series will not be a reboot of The Next Generation but instead is being described as an exploration of the next chapter of Picard's life. Additional details about the new series, including its title, episode count and premiere date, or being kept under wraps." Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman, who's been charged with expanding the Star Trek franchise, will lead the creative team. "With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold," Kurtzman said in a statement. "For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old." ALSO: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman are among the executive producers.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Why doesn't Star Trek do a show from the aliens' point of view?
"Despite being a franchise laden with alien species being discovered and explored, Star Trek usually moves around so much from episode to episode that we don’t really get to dive into a lot of those alien societies beyond a surface level," says James Whitbrook. "Even the more regular aliens we see across Trek shows—primarily Vulcans and Klingons, and then smaller staples like the Bolians, the Ferengi, the Betazoids in The Next Generation, and the Trill in DS9—are often framed by the perspective of a single member of that species, and they’re seen almost wholly within the structural confines of the Federation."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
How a potential Patrick Stewart-led Capt. Picard Star Trek series could turn out
Star Trek has a sprawling universe of novels, comics and video games exploring Captain Jean-Luc Picard after Star Trek: The Next Generation and his Star Trek movies.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Police ruled the death of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Grace Under Fire actor Jon Paul Steuer a suicide
Source: The Blast
Portland police have released details on the death of Steuer, who died at his Oregon home on New Year's Day.
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."
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- "It was a huge privilege to waste some of his time," said John Oliver, who interviewed Hawking for Last Week Tonight in 2014
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- 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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