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March 29: On This Day in Science Fiction History

When STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION premiered, I'm not entirely sure fans were all that enamored with the character of ship's counselor Deanna Troi.  It wasn't that she wasn't interesting and lovely as portrayed by series regular Marina Sirtis -- rather, it's that the writers didn't quite know…

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March 28: On This Day in Science Fiction History

Roger Nygard is a veteran Hollywood editor / writer / producer who helped Denise Crosby throughout the process of bringing both Trekkies and Trekkies 2 to bold cinematic life.  Nygard was born on this day in 1962.…

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March 27: On This Day In Science Fiction History

As I've mentioned before, I just didn't get into Firefly or its spinoff theatrical attempt Serenity.  It isn't that I didn't see merit in the characters and situations; rather it just never struck a chord with me as anything all that interesting.  In many ways, it felt an awful lot like Starhunter but…

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March 26: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Those of us who grew up with the original Star Trek know firsthand how important Leonard Nimoy is to our beloved franchise.  As the half-human half-Vulcan sciences officer Mr. Spock, Leonard brought a special gravitas to the role, showing audiences…

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March 25: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Wow.  I imagine that it would've been pretty hard to play a Klingon under all that make-up and costuming, but talent like Robert O'Reilly sure made it look easy.  He played Gowron, who started…

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March 24: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Veteran character actor R. Lee Ermey pretty much has one character in his repertoire -- that of a blisteringly mad but horrifically efficient drill sergeant -- but what a character indeed!  He's the kind of guy you wouldn't want to make angry, that's…

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March 23: On This Day In Science Fiction History

On this day back in 1967, the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy" premiered on NBC.  The story saw Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise racing against odds to protect the people of the peaceful planet of Organia from those pesky…

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March 22: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I ask you: where would Star Trek be without the birth of William Shatner?

Yeah, sure: I get that the man quite possibly thinks he's a legend in his own mind, but I could make the argument that -- with his singular performance as Capt. James T. Kirk -- he's certainly earned that…

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March 21: On This Day In Science Fiction History

So far as this sci-fi fan is concerned, there was a lot wrong with the Robocop (2014) reboot -- video-game intensity of the plot; no real strong emotional core to Det. Murphy's struggle; and no charismatic villain in sight.  But one of the things they got right was casting screen veteran Gary Oldman as the kind-hearted Dr. Dennett Norton, Robocop's kinda/sorta creator.  Goldman was born on this day in 1958.…

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March 20: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The best way I know to measure how well an actor is at his craft is to ask one simple question: "Could I imagine anyone else doing this role justice?"  If you can't imagine anyone else in it, then the talent is probably appropriately cast for any…

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March 19: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Star Trek fans might hate me for saying this, but I always thought that Farscape was exactly the kind of show that Star Trek: Voyager should've been: talk about a fish-out-of-water show!

Astronaut John Crichton found himself -- like Janeway and company -- transported to the…

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March 18: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Actor J.G. Hertzler certain knows what Star Trek fans would love to see, and that's why he'll occasionally show up at conventions in full costume and make-up as Martok, the Klingon he played on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Hertlzer was…

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March 17: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter "Redemption" gets an awful lot of credit for igniting a frenzy amongst Trek fans to further study on the Klingon race, but, for my tastes, there was no better highwater mark than third season's…

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March 16: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The Ice Pirates is a mixed bag for me.  I vaguely recall seeing it theatrically -- it premiered on this day back in 1984 -- but I honestly don't remember thinking all that much of it.  Others I know remember it much more fondly than I do.  Robert…

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March 15: On This Day In Science Fiction History

On this day in 1956, humanity began what many cinema historians dubbed "a new age in science fiction" when audiences embraced Forbidden Planet for the first time: a starship crew headed by Commander JJ Adams (Leslie Nielsen) is sent to the planet Altair-4 in hopes of determining what…

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March 14: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy find themselves being thrown through various eras of a distant planet's past as they try to uncover what happened to that world in "All Our Yesterdays."  The episode premiered on this day in 1969, and it guest-starred the very lovely Mariette…

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March 13: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I'm a huge film fan.  Always have been.  Probably always will be.  However, I'm ashamed to say that I've never been that much a follower of silent films.  Yes, I've seen a few; and, while I've found some of them interesting, it's rare for me to stumble across one that makes me truly appreciate the 'silent…

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March 12: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Up until a few months ago, I hadn't actually seen The Andromeda Strain (1971) all in a single sitting.  It's quite long -- and quite slow -- which is why I'd settled over the years for just taking it in over several pieces.  But I buckled down, purchased the DVD, and enjoyed it…

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March 11: On This Day in Science Fiction History

Before Star Wars, George Lucas dabbled in what he believed was far more relevant science fiction.  His debut picture, THX1138, starred Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasance, and it took place in the 25th century where a male and female rebel turned against…

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March 10: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I often have to defend myself for 'defending' TRON: Legacy.  Yeah, I get that maybe it wasn't exactly "the cat's meow" that everyone expected a sequel to the kinda/sorta groundbreaking TRON from so many years earlier, but if you go back and look at TRON that film hasn't exactly aged all…

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March 25: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Wow.  I imagine that it would've been pretty hard to play a Klingon under all that make-up and costuming, but talent like Robert O'Reilly sure made it look easy.  He played Gowron, who started out on Star Trek: The Next Generation but graduated into a much bigger performance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  That…See More
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