Star Trek the next generation

When Star Trek: The Next Generation first went into production the plan was to make sure that it stood apart from the original series.  Not only would the characters be different, but the adventures of Kirk and company would barely be mentioned.  Despite 76 years passing between the days of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and those of Data, Worf, and Picard, they still played it safe by having an irascible Admiral who resembled a well-known country doctor named McCoy on the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint” to show the connection to fans.

Over the years, the other members of the original cast would interact with this new crew.  Spock, Scotty, Checkov, and Kirk would all be on some part of the Next Generation adventures on TV and film.  Even Sulu would appear on Star Trek: Voyager in a very clever episode that tied into the last film for the original cast.  In fact, the only member of the original series main cast that didn’t appear on modern Trek was actress Nichelle Nichols.

But a good number of guest stars from the original series crossed over to be part of the Berman era of Star Trek.  Here are the highlights from those that made the jump.

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The greatest enemy of the crew of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Borg, an anonymous species of drones serving a queen marching out into the universe to capture and kill others in order to propagate their race and get rid of anyone that’s a threat to them. So it looks like Picard and crew won’t be facing anything new they encounter the xenomorphs in the just announced Star Trek: TNG/Aliens crossover that will see Enterprise encounter the titular creatures of the film series started by Ridley Scott in 1979. IDW and Dark Horse Comics just announced the event called, Acceptable Losses. (more…)

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The week of November 4 will be the 25th anniversary of the first airing of “Unification Part I”, the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that finally brought together the two generations of Trek in a meaningful and substantive way. Given how easily universe-building seems to come for producers in the year 2016, one can perhaps not appreciate the logistical challenges in getting one part of the franchise to crossover with another, even if it’s just one-time only, but maybe that’s what made it so special. Aside from Spock and Picard finally appearing side-by-side, “Unification” marked an important turning point in Star Trek at one of its most difficult times. (more…)

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Set your phasers to stun/heat/kill (depending on how you see fit) folks, as Paramount Pictures has finally found a new director to helm the third instalment of the mega-budgeted Star Trek reboot. With many directors in the running – including Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes – the list finally became a two-man race, fortunately this didn’t involve any souped up muscle cars, or fuel injected nitro kits. The search for a replacement director went into over-drive – when J.J. Abrams left for another galaxy far far away – with names as far-out as Edgar Wright popping up online. Now Paramount seem to have found the man for the job. (more…)

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LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow reboot is the biggest thing to hit Kickstarter since that meddlesome girl P.I. Veronica Mars. Having easily streamed past its initial $1 million goal, and nearing its secondary goal of $5 million, Burton and his team are giving it a big push that will have some very specific appeal to Trekkies. If you love Reading Rainbow, and if you love Star Trek, then Burton has a treat for you. (more…)

TCC: Denise Crosby Remembers Days of Yar

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The first celebrity Q&A of Toronto ComiCon went to Denise Crosby. The actress is best known to nerdom as Security Chief Tasha Yar from the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the producer of the two Trekkie documentaries, but lately she’s enjoyed a new limelight as a regular on the Showtime series Ray Donovan starring Liew Schreiber. Tonight though, the topics of conversation would likely all be Trek-related, and Crosby, wearing a skull-patterned cashmere serape and a smile, answered many fan questions with tremendous humor, Crosby easily won the room and set a fun and easy tone for the weekend. (more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Why so serious Joker cosplay? I dunno, you’ll have to ask costumer Yugana Senshi Uon. Just don’t ask her how she got those scars. (more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Cosplayer Constantine in Tokyo is fulfilling your cat girl fantasies with her Thundercat’s Cheetara costume. Thundercats are on the loose, indeed. [FashionablyGeek]

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Oh Snap! LeVar Burton Calls Bull$#!% on J.J. Abrams

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Not for the first time, the artist formally known as Geordi LaForge shares some sour grapes about the J.J. Abrams-led reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Last year, LeVar Burton said that there wasn’t enough reverence for Star Trek: The Next Generation in Abrams’ 2009 film, and now Burton thinks that Abrams is trying to mitigate all previous incarnations of the franchise, and he’s against that!

Here’s what Burton told the Toronto Sun:

“(Abrams’ Star Trek) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek. But I’m a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek—which would discount everything before he got there.

“There’s ‘breaking the canon,’ which he did (by re-inventing Star Trek‘s timeline). But there’s also honouring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.

“I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they’re working on technology towards building a holodeck. That was Next Generation. And that’s part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when JJ Abrams says, There should be no Star Trek except the one I make,’ I call bulls—, J.J.”

OH… snap? Hm, I don’t remember any comment from anyone in Abrams’ camp disrespecting the canon. In fact, Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriters Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are both avowed Trek fans, the ’09 Star Trek had the usual Easter Eggs for fans, and all the related Star Trek comic books through IDW have been full of references to both the Original Series and Next Gen. Sounds like someone’s trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, especially since he’ll do anything for gas money and the promise of free food.

Source: Blastr

Kickstarter. It’s not just for frustrated indie artists anymore. Klingons are now using the site too.

Michael Dorn, best known for playing Starfleet officer Worf, Son of Mogh, across two Star Trek series and four Star Trek films, is looking to raise capital for a romantic comedy called Through the Fire. According to the Kickstarter page launched Monday, Dorn is looking to collect $750,000 for the film which he co-wrote and will direct, by October 5th. You can donate as little as a $1 or as much as $10,000. But for the low price of $10 you’re at least guaranteed a digital copy of the flick when it’s done. But the more you give, the more you get.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

Through The Fire is a romantic comedy about a couple of dazzling New York urbanites who are set-up on the worst blind date ever, only to find out they have more in common than they realize. Despite their professional differences (she is an acclaimed Broadway actress and he is the theater critic who gave her a horrible review) they cannot get each other out of their minds. Through The Fire shows what happens in the ultimate battle between the head and the heart.”

Dorn has already cast fellow Star Trek co-stars Marina Sirtis,  Armin Shimerman and Nana Visitor, as well as Shimerman’s wife Kitty Swink, in the film. Interestingly, Dorn has reason for casting former Trek actors beyond getting the chance to work with former friends and colleagues. The actor/director says that he believes that the fans he meets at cons are interested in more than science fiction.

“We also want to show the the people who run Hollywood that ‘sci-fi’ fans are not only interested in science fiction, but are multidimensional and a force to be reckoned with,” he said.

So far, Dorn has about $13,000 in his coffers. Dorn’s been enjoying some press lately, he had a recurring role on the hit ABC series Castle and he’s been talking up the possibility of doing a low-budget Worf movie. I know if I had a spare 10 Gs, I’d give it to Dorn for a chance to be a producer on his film, go to Paramount studios, and have Worf and Troi spring for lunch. How about you, Bastards?

Check out Dorn’s intro video from Kickstarter below:

Source: Blastr