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Oh god. Nooooo....

(That's actually quite funny)

(Peter David would write it.)
posted by Artw at 11:25 AM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


More like LARRY David.

"It's a mission about nothing."
posted by DU at 11:25 AM on May 20, 2010 [10 favorites]


Darn it, for years I've been saying that we need a Star Trek sitcom. Give 'em a dopey Klingon and a stick-in-the-mud Vulcan for neighbors and the show practically writes itself.

For Sweeps Week, Q shows up.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:28 AM on May 20, 2010 [9 favorites]


Pilot written by Warren Ellis, produced by Joss Whedon...

(there, I Said It. and I think it would work, god knows they are ripe for it)
posted by djrock3k at 11:30 AM on May 20, 2010


I can't see youtube here at work, but there's nothing about that sentence I don't like.
posted by HumanComplex at 11:30 AM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


wow. I think he was wearing shoulder pads. meh, it would be better than V.
posted by selmisha at 11:30 AM on May 20, 2010


For Sweeps Week, Q shows up.

Fucking Q....
posted by Artw at 11:33 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


"My Imzadi."
"My Zimbabwe."
posted by bicyclefish at 11:33 AM on May 20, 2010 [13 favorites]


What's this from?
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:35 AM on May 20, 2010


I wouldn't mind a 30 Rock/ Arrested Development esque career resurrection for Frakes.
posted by Damienmce at 11:38 AM on May 20, 2010 [10 favorites]


YouTube info says Insurrection Bluray. Appears to date to 2008.

I might actually get the disc, it has commentary by the two of them. I was always upset the Insurrection DVD didn't have Frakes' commentary, the First Contact one is a riot. A bizarre blend of smarm and trailing sentences.
posted by yellowbinder at 11:41 AM on May 20, 2010


What's this from?

The Insurrection dvd or bluray. This was probably better than the movie
posted by Think_Long at 11:41 AM on May 20, 2010


Is Insurrection one of the good ones or the bad ones? My Trekkie buddy has been trying to protect me from the bad ones, as I tend to like them ironically and ruin the series for him.
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:42 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Insurrection is definitely the most conflicted of the films. It's truest to the spirit of the series, so I admire that, but like many episodes, it's kind of boring. Especially after First Contact, far too low key.
posted by yellowbinder at 11:45 AM on May 20, 2010


This is so great. Holy crap.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:48 AM on May 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


This was probably better than the movie

Half way through watching it I was thinking 'If only the films had been half as entertaining'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:51 AM on May 20, 2010


I'd watch it. At least once.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:54 AM on May 20, 2010


Every time Wesley says something the audience track will go "Awwww". They should steal that sound from vintage Full House episodes.
posted by Babblesort at 11:56 AM on May 20, 2010 [6 favorites]


For some reason, the best part of this is hearing Sirtis talking in her real accent. It's like hearing René Auberjonois talk on the DS9 DVDs and realizing that his voice is nothing like Odo's.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:57 AM on May 20, 2010


She wasn't faking her accent on the show. The titanium push-up corset they built into her costume just made it hard to talk.
posted by Babblesort at 12:00 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


She's not a constantly complaining bore in real life... Ruler is still smug though.

As fas as I am concerned that pre-YouTube clip of the crew playing poker as Wesley is put on a shuttle and it gets blown up is in continuity, and nothing more needs to be seen of him. Sorry Will Wheaton.
posted by Artw at 12:01 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Insurrection was also the first of the TNG movies that didn't suffer from a plot hole the size of an entire galaxy. That alone was pleasing after two movies could never have happened if anyone had a touch of common sense.
posted by evilangela at 12:08 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm gonna hold out for the Old Baldy sitcom. Nobody else wants him? Fine, Stewart can handle a show by himself. Not like the dude needs a supporting cast anyway.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:08 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]




I turned on AMC the other day and the nexus part of Generations was playing. I waited for ages for something interesting to happen and it just never did... Then I turned over.
posted by Artw at 12:11 PM on May 20, 2010


I think this should be the canonical WESLEY DIES.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:14 PM on May 20, 2010


I'm not sure exactly why, but I get unreasonably happy every time I see people who have worked on something I like getting together out of character and just having a blast with each other. I just really like that they seem to have so much fun together, as much as or more than the entertainment they've given me.
posted by Errant at 12:42 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


nexus part of Generations was playing. I waited for ages for something interesting to happen and it just never did...

The only interesting part of that sequence is that one of the kids is playing with an Aliens toy -- sort of a dropship/fighter with a capsule on the back that you'd snag an Alien in. And how bizarre it was that the props people would allow that sort of franchise pollution, or also, how strange it was for fantasy future-retro Victorian children to be playing with cheap late 20th Century plastic toys. Picard probably picked that detail up from the Borg.
posted by cowbellemoo at 12:46 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


It is a relief to see that they had fun making the show. It'd be really depressing if you found out they hated each other. Granted, were that to happen, they probably wouldn't stay on Star Trek for long.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:46 PM on May 20, 2010


I would pay so much money to see this.
posted by TBAcceptor at 12:51 PM on May 20, 2010


WANT!

...and more fodder for jandrewedits, too.
posted by not_on_display at 12:56 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I hadn't realized how strong Marina Sirtis's East London accent is. I kept expecting her to say innit or summit.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:57 PM on May 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Clearly if they go ahead with this sitcom, Reg Berkeley would need to be the hapless neighbor.
posted by adamrice at 12:59 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hm, just a little comment on the inevitable "die, Wesley, die" posts: go and listen to Wil Wheaton's Radio Free Burrito podcast #27 (relevant portion starts @8:45) or read The Wesley Dialogs from his book Just a Geek.
It's very interesting to see how the actor comes to grips with the fans' hatred of this character.

Oh, and while I'm at it, let me plug his Memories of the Futurecast series, too; it's a series of articles dealing with the first-season episodes of TNG, giving a great behind-the-scenes view and a lot of insight into the whole process that goes into the making of something like Star Trek (the first few episodes can be found online). Highly recommended, and at least as entertaining as he sitcom idea from this FPP.
It's really a shame that Wesley Crusher turned into such an object of loathing to so many that the mere mention of TNG causes people to make disparaging comment about him...
posted by PontifexPrimus at 1:01 PM on May 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


More like LARRY David.

I want this, if only to see Worf teach Picard how to get up in someone's shit.
posted by rokusan at 1:04 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's interesting that nerds hatred of Wil wheaton's Wesley Crusher has, in the past decade, become equaled by their love of Wheaton himself. It probably helps that, in life, he really is a Trekkie. He has a story about visiting a Star Trek exhibit and going to a recreation of the bridge of the Enterprise and bursting into tears. There's not a Trek fan who doesn't sympathize.

Tyhat being said, if Crusher had ever appeared on an episode of the original series, it would have turned out he was psychic and needed to be destroyed.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:04 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I watched the first minutes of this and had to laugh. I particularly enjoyed the reference to Galaxy Quest.
Good for them to have the sense of humour to do this.
posted by joost de vries at 1:10 PM on May 20, 2010


And here I was, all juiced about a space-age Rikers Island sitcom. Oh well. I'll leave you dorks to it.
posted by kosem at 1:37 PM on May 20, 2010


I'm gonna hold out for the Old Baldy sitcom.

...but it's too late. I've seen it all.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:41 PM on May 20, 2010 [8 favorites]


And here's another clever take on ST: TNG (the audio might not be SFW, taken out of context)
posted by fuse theorem at 1:55 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I hadn't realized how strong Marina Sirtis's East London accent is. I kept expecting her to say innit or summit.

I'm sort of discombobulated by the fact that she sounds like she could be working in Greggs.
posted by I_pity_the_fool at 2:00 PM on May 20, 2010


That was great! Thanks for posting it.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:11 PM on May 20, 2010


I_pity_the_fool : I'm sort of discombobulated by the fact that she sounds like she could be working in Greggs.

Really?

I know she's from the East End, and I know she's from a Greek or Turkish family, but I couldn't work out where the hell her accent was from.

There's bits of Cockney in there, and a bit of 3rd gen med, but a whole load of christknows...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 2:27 PM on May 20, 2010



Insurrection was also the first of the TNG movies that didn't suffer from a plot hole the size of an entire galaxy.


Um... you may want to revisit that. As someone pointed out the day that it came out, if this magical rejuvenation effect is present everywhere on the planet, why not simply build resorts anywhere on the planet except for the Ba'ku village, instead of strip-mining the stuff and destroying the planet?
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:38 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Insurrection was also the first of the TNG movies that didn't suffer from a plot hole the size of an entire galaxy.

Watch the Red Letter Media dissection (see the Pendragon's link above).. there's plenty of plot holes. I particularly liked the fact if they are long lived and don't use modern technology (so no birth control...) why aren't they swarming with kids?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:52 PM on May 20, 2010


Frakes: my imzadi
Sirtis: my zimbabwe
posted by Mavri at 3:04 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Thanks for this.
posted by Flex1970 at 3:16 PM on May 20, 2010


Old Baldy would never stop yakking!
posted by hippybear at 3:45 PM on May 20, 2010


The was one of the cutest things ever. Hee.
posted by Wuggie Norple at 3:58 PM on May 20, 2010


Regarding the comparison of plot holes:

I don't deny Insurrection had it's share. But the first two movies have plot holes big enough to render them completely moot. Get into the Nexus, and when you leave, go back to before the whole mess even started and arrest McDowell's character. And the Borg should have sent themselves back in time somewhere else, nobody to know what's happening to even stop it.
posted by evilangela at 4:00 PM on May 20, 2010


Patrick Stewart: "Look at me...!"
posted by Sys Rq at 4:17 PM on May 20, 2010


Insurrection's problem was that it was like a really long, bland TNG episode. Which, I mean, is better than, like, Nemesis, which seemed to have nothing in common with most TNG at all.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:20 PM on May 20, 2010


(Also, this is adorable, and, OMG, I have to reread Imzadi right now.)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:20 PM on May 20, 2010


djrock3k: Pilot written by Warren Ellis, produced by Joss Whedon...

Hey, if Whedon can direct this week's Glee, he can produce this. (Yes, Whedon directed this week's Glee. No, Quinn wasn't impaled by a Reaver spike.)
posted by WCityMike at 7:09 PM on May 20, 2010


I have the theme song:

"Boy the way Will Riker played,
songs that made the whole crew sway,
Feds like us, we had it made:
those were the days.
And you knew where you were then:
girls were girls and men were men,
Mister, we could use a man like Leonard McCoy again.
Didn't need no wartime state,
me & Will were soulmates,
gee our old starship ran great,
those ... were ... the ... days!"
posted by WCityMike at 7:23 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


A shame. Reavers might make Glee palatable.


I'd pay good money to hear the cast break out into, "Jayne! The Man They Call Jayne!"
posted by zarq at 8:31 PM on May 20, 2010


Argh! They're so old! I just realized I know people who weren't even born when Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired!
posted by grouse at 9:24 PM on May 20, 2010


No, Quinn wasn't impaled by a Reaver spike.

Hey! Spoiler!
posted by flaterik at 9:35 PM on May 20, 2010


flaterik: Hey! Spoiler!

If that's not a joke, you've had five years since the movie came out which I based that joke on. If that is a joke, sorry, my sense of humor is a little fritzy lately. :)
posted by WCityMike at 11:11 PM on May 20, 2010


I would pay so much money to see this.

I would like Paramount to know that I, also, would pay money to see this. Make it so.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 12:26 AM on May 21, 2010


Aww.. I miss the TNG crew. Even if they spent most their time talking about stuff in the meeting room, they weren't the dark dysfunctional misfit that every scifi character is these days
posted by Harry at 6:39 AM on May 21, 2010


Even if they spent most their time talking about stuff in the meeting room, they weren't the dark dysfunctional misfit that every scifi character is these days

They're the reason every scifi character is a dark dysfunctional misfit these days.

But I miss them, too.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:12 AM on May 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


My attempt at a joke was saying that it was a spoiler that quinn did not die.
posted by flaterik at 8:56 AM on May 21, 2010


I don't get the Imzadi/Zimbabwe reference. Does that make me a loser?
posted by Ms. Saint at 10:48 PM on May 21, 2010


Ms. Saint, as strange as it sounds, neither did I. They say itat the very end of the ten minute video. I watched about 90% of it before posting, and then the first two minutes a dozen times, and only caught it earlier today!
posted by yellowbinder at 12:08 AM on May 22, 2010


Oh, no, I meant, in the video, I don't get why they say it.
posted by Ms. Saint at 12:50 AM on May 22, 2010


Imzadi.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 1:20 AM on May 22, 2010


Imzadi is the word for soulmate or something in Trio's language. Riker called Troi Imzadi in the show a couple of times. So, Frakes affectionately calls Sirtis Imzadi and she instantly responds with the hilarious deadpan, "Zimbabwe." Either she's quick on the draw or it's a regular joke for them.
posted by Mavri at 7:09 PM on May 22, 2010


Okay, that's hilarious. Thanks for the explanations!
posted by Ms. Saint at 7:13 PM on May 22, 2010


Dammit, do you know how hard it is to find this Insurrection rerelease with the commentary? I checked so many stores in Toronto and could only find movies 2, 4, 6 and 8. Looks like the distributors hold to the even numbered rule (Nemesis of course, finally broke the pattern and is right out as well).

Just googled, and looks like the only way to get it is in a 4 pack with the other Next Gen movies, or import at great price from England or Australia on eBay.
posted by yellowbinder at 1:31 PM on May 24, 2010




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