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May 28: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Posted by Trekscribbler (aka Ed) on May 28, 2015 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Actress Megalyn Echikunwoke was a commanding presence on USA Networks' THE 4400.  Her character, Isabelle Tyler, had a curiously and quiet alien background, and she always worked from her own shifting agenda.  Echikunwoke was born on this day in 1983.

As always, live long and prosper!

May 27: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Posted by Trekscribbler (aka Ed) on May 27, 2015 at 2:00am 0 Comments

PRIMER -- which was released on this day back in 2004 -- is one of those rare films that kinda/sorta divides fandom on whether or not it's truly "visionary."  Me?  I don't much think so.  I've seen a lot of time travel films (and/or films that involve the topic of traveling through time), so it all leaves me feeling a bit underwhelmed; but film scholars and academics swear by it.  Personally, I've seen 'headier' sci-fi films I could recommend, but, for some reason, folks either truly love or hate this one.  Buyer beware.

I know how most folks feel about the Star Wars Prequels -- truth be told, I struggled with huge parts of the films, myself -- but I enjoy a good villain as much as the next fan.  Christopher Lee played the dastardly Count Dooku perhaps only the way a screen legend would, so at least fans can be thankful for small favors.  Lee was born on this day in 1922.

Actress Lee Meriwether was more than the cat's meow throughout her acting career -- tip: she was only one of the lovely ladies to play the Catwoman for that campy late 60's Batman series.  She was also Losira in the Star Trek (TOS) episode "That Which Survives," and she was also a series regular aboard Irwin Allen's Time Tunnel series.  Meriwether was born on this day in 1935.…

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Fan Makes "Riker" Episode #1

Posted by Jennifer on May 26, 2015 at 4:57am 0 Comments

We've been waiting patiently for that Star Trek: The Next Generation spin-off series about Riker, written by Riker, for Riker, etc. We are in luck! One fan has taken the steps and made the first episode for us! I specifically enjoyed the opening and closing credits, but the alien was spot on! No spoilers!

"The world was never graced with a Star Trek spinoff series devoted to commander William Riker's escapades, but one YouTuber is giving us a tantalizing taste of what could have been. The (brief) pilot episode of Riker is cobbled together from The Next Generation, and it embraces the absurdity of the seminal sci-fi show to hilarious effect. Fittingly, the pilot witnesses the birth of Riker Jr. from an unexpected mate — much to Deanna Troi's disapproval. Then again, Riker was never one to shy away from alien species.

Those who occupy a certain strange corner of the internet might recognize this style as the work of Jan van den Hemel, who worked together with fellow video editor Andrew Hussie to make dozens of hilarious The Next Generation edits back in the late 2000s. Riker is the first new TNG video from Hemel in nearly five years, and if you're a fan, you'll be glad to hear that more are on the way." Source: Verge

What do you think?

May 26: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Posted by Trekscribbler (aka Ed) on May 26, 2015 at 2:00am 0 Comments

On this day in 1970, things went from bad-to-worse (not that they were all that great to begin with) when audiences went Beneath the Planet of the Apes only to learn that the human survivors of the nuclear holocaust that brought down planet Earth planned to go one step further: total annihilation!

Legendary screen actor Peter Cushing had already made a career out of fighting vampires when George Lucas asked the man to appear in the first installment of his little space opera called Star Wars.  And -- for those Whoovians paying close attention -- Cushing had already visited the sci-fi realm: in 1966, he appeared appeared as the signature timelord from Gallifrey in an oft-overlooked theatrical adventure titled Doctor Who and the Daleks.  Though he's no longer with us, Cushing was born on this day in 1913.

James Arness made a splash in fandom when -- in 1951 -- he appeared as The Thing From Another Planet, a film that inspired a generation of filmmakers, especially John Carpenter who remade it as simply The Thing.  Though he's no longer with us, Arness was…

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160 Million Dollar Enterprise

Posted by Jennifer on May 25, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

What would you do if you had buckets, make that buildings of money? Grab an overpriced trip to space? Buy a mansion? Open a business? Buy every Star Trek Gnome?

What if you couldn't get to warp speed but you could afford to make a building look like the Enterprise? And for a mere 160 million. Would you do it? 

The world’s only officially-licensed Star Trek building, designed after the USS Enterprise, is boldly going where no other piece of architecture has gone before. Commissioned by NetDragon Websoft, a China-based gaming and mobile Internet company, this building probably makes going to work the highlight of several people’s day.

The building sprang from the mind of NetDragon Websoft’s Chairman Liu Dejian, a reported Star Trek aficionado. After licensing the rights from CBS to construct the building, it took six years (2008-2014) and $160 million to make.

Congratulations! You made many a geeks dream come true!  

 
 
 

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