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Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
Apple is making a space drama with Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore
Apple has given a straight-to-series order on an untitled series that “explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.” Moore, who successfully created the Battlestar Galactica reboot of the 2000s, will go back to his space roots after working on Starz’s Outlander. Moore’s space drama experience also includes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. This is the third scripted series Apple has ordered, following the Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show series and the Amazing Stories reboot.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery miss something essential about Star Trek by focusing on the furniture
“The uniforms, the aliens, the stuff you can make GIFs out of,” says Darren Franich. Some of the finest hours of Trek, from Kirk through Janeway, are stage-y talk operas about smart people on a bridge set. Discovery and The Orville both set up deflector shields to avoid this basic reality: The former with a lot of glimmering special effects and self-important this is serious! action, the latter with a forced casualness and not-unoccasional d*ck jokes to satisfy (Seth) MacFarlane’s base.”
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
Black Mirror previews its Star Trek-themed episode
Jesse Plemons is Captain Daly on the “USS Callister” episode.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
William Shatner unblocks Star Trek: Discovery’s Jason Isaacs on Twitter
“He who must not be named’s bff is now unblocked,” Shatner tweeted in an apparent reference to Isaac's Harry Potter past. In response, Isaacs jokingly tweeted back “To be unblocked by @WilliamShatner I had to marry off a ginger royal, fire an intercontinental missile at Japan and get Trump not to insult heroic Native American code-talkers in front of an offensive painting of their worst enemy (that he put there). #TwoOutOfThreesNotBad.”
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:12PM EST
Original Star Trek captain William Shatner blocks Star Trek: Discovery captain Jason Isaacs on Twitter
“I’ve been blocked by @WilliamShatner,” Isaacs tweeted. “The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive Captain? Was it the end of sentence minor-key uptick? The quizzical eyebrow (and blue eyeliner)? The just too-tight uniform? Forgive me my sins - it's an homage, I swear.” Although Shatner hasn’t publicly addressed the blocking, some point to an interview that Isaac did in which he hoped that Shatner would not guest-star on Discovery, though he added: “I’m happy to meet Will Shatner in real life in a restaurant.”
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 2:00PM EST
Angry Trump supporters keep mistaking LeVar Burton for LeVar Ball
The president is not feuding with the Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:27PM EST
George Takei apologizes for joking to Howard Stern about “touching men,” says he was playing a “naughty gay grandpa”
The Star Trek icon, who has been sitting in on the Stern show for a few days a year since 2006, is sorry that his Oct. 16 comments about touching men without permission were misconstrued following last week's groping allegation. Takei explains on Facebook that he was actually joking. “For decades,” Takei writes, “I have played the part of a ‘naughty gay grandpa’ when I visit Howard’s show, a caricature I now regret. But I want to be clear: I have never forced myself upon someone during a date. Sometimes my dates were the initiators, and sometimes I was. It was always by mutual consent. I see now that that it has come across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I apologize for playing along with Howard’s insinuation.”
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
In defense of Star Trek: Discovery as a Star Trek universe show
“Some fans feel like the show simply doesn’t fit into the utopian vision of the franchise, and that the characters feel compromised compared to the paragons of past series,” says Jamie Loveett. “The reality is that the Star Trek universe has never been as perfect and idealized as some fans think, and that compromised characters doing questionable things have always been a part of it.” ALSO: Rainn Wilson gave into this inner geek while guest-starring on Discovery.
Posted Tuesday 9/12/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery unveils its theme song
The new theme takes inspiration from the original series. PLUS: Netflix’s list of the most rewatched Star Trek episodes is baffling.
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 11:02PM EDT
Fox’s The Orville is bizarre — Seth MacFarlane fails at Star Trek-esque drama
What’s bizarre, says Alan Sepinwall, is that the Star Trek-inspired series employs many Trek veterans, yet it just feels out of place. The Orville, he says, is “an hour-long drama that basically is 1990s Star Trek — or, rather, a mediocre facsimile of that era’s lamest Trek components, and with MacFarlane (who also created the series) as the lead instead of Patrick Stewart.” PLUS: MacFarlane’s acting ability isn’t up to snuff for an hourlong drama, it’s the first real stinker of the season, and it’s an hour-long show for no real reason.
Posted Thursday 8/31/17 at 4:54AM EDT
Presenting a list of Labor Day TV marathons
From Harry Potter to The Walking Dead.
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Posted Friday 8/25/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Is Black Mirror paying homage to Star Trek?
One episode from Season 4, titled "USS Callister," looks like a tribute to the Gene Roddenberry franchise.