Star Trek

All aboard the Magic Bastard Bus, students! We’re going to SPACE! That’s right, those nerdy bastards as NASA have gone where every nerd has wanted to go before – etching some of Nerdkind’s favorite things into the stars themselves in the form of constellations! From comic books to sci-fi, NASA has added a list of unofficial constellations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The telescope’s mission covers a range of different functions, but in relation to the constellations, Fermi observes Gamma-rays, unseen by the naked eye. Scientists have made new discoveries based on their findings, being able to see into the past by observing Gamma-rays from further away. But what pop-culture references made it into the night sky and more importantly – how do we know where they are?

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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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Star Trek Films In Jeopardy: Losing Chris Pine as Kirk

Science Fiction has seen an epic resurge in pop culture popularity in recent years. From the expansion of gaming culture, to new Star Wars films, and to the trendiness of nerdy conventions, it’s truly a golden age for stories dreaming of scientific possibilities.

One of the most classic outlets of this futuristic, scientific, space wanderlust has always been Star Trek. The franchise has been a vital part of the science fiction consciousness since Captain Kirk took helm of the USS Enterprise in 1966. Like many sci-fi classics, it’s been a strong component of this resurge and its return has spawned a new slew of films and series.

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One of the best things for an actor in the science fiction genre is that they can work the same show multiple times as different characters.  With the magic that people like Michael Westmore can do with makeup, they can appear over and over and, yet, not be seen as themselves.  The character takes center stage and the actor can truly stretch themselves.

In the history of Star Trek, a lot of people have played multiple roles in the same series or across the spectrum of shows, but only a few have gone on to be considered a part of the main or recurring cast.  On Deep Space Nine it happened more often than any other Trek series.  Here are the nine actors who first guest starred on some version of Trek and soon found themselves cast in roles that would change their lives.

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CBS All Access has debuted the action-packed official trailer for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery following the panel for the series at Comic Con.

The trailer features the return of Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and introduced a new alien character named Linus, while showing us a few other new cast members.

We also got a first look at some snazzy new Starfleet crew uniforms that look very familiar.

Showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirms we will be seeing Spock in the new season which will have a ‘family’ theme unlike the war theme of the first season.

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Eaglemoss Hero Collector made a great showing at San Diego Comic Con International 2017, this year looks to improve upon last year’s success.  This year they will be showcasing the next entries of their Discovery model collection, their XL Starships line, the Special Issue vessels, and their upcoming Star Trek character bust collection.

All these can be found at booth #3249.  Here is a quick preview of the items expected to be on display.

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Nine Guests Stars Of ‘Deep Space’

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiering on television.  The show set itself apart from previous Trek series by being more serialized, which was considered a sin for TV at the time.  How could fans enjoy a show if missing one episode meant missing ongoing plot points?  This was in the days before DVRing or streaming your favorite shows.  These days binging shows is almost expected, so you could say the show was before its time.

One thing that was always a mainstay of the Trek franchise was having major guest stars (even though they were often unrecognizable under all the latex and makeup).  People like Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Collins, David Soul and Stephen Hawking  graced previous iterations of the franchise.  But Deep Space Nine had its own share of guest stars that either went on to great fame or continued a strong career by appearing on the show.

Here are nine of the more interesting guest stars from the series.

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This year SyFy cancelled its Twilight Zone marathon for July 4th in favor of airing a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon.  Twilight Zone on SyFy has been an annual event for years.  Those that hadn’t seen the Rod Serling series in its heyday could watch it and see some great science fiction.  And, of course, they could spot people who went on to fame and fortune after appearing on the series.

Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Ron Howard and Carol Burnett all made appearances before going on to have amazing careers.  There is another group of actors that continued the association with science fiction after their stint on the Twilight Zone.  Cast members and guests on a little show from the late 1960s, Star Trek.

Even though the show is over 50 years old there are SPOILERS!!!!

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There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:

The leading actors: William ShatnerLeonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.

There were the  weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars.   These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.

But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast.  Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do.  But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.

Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:

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Victory is Life, the newest update to the Star Trek Online (STO) MMO game, launches June 5th.  The new content focuses on Deep Space Nine.  This is the fourth major expansion to the game.

For the first time Captains will be able to play as the Jem’Hadar and interact with ten of the original cast members from the show.  To help prepare players for the new content the creators of the game put together a list of episodes from that series that relate to the story line in the game.  Don’t have time to watch the episodes?  Nerdbastards has got your back…here is a run down on those episodes and how they might tie in to the game.

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