"I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic.
It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a 'Forbidden Planet' vibe." [via
Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga discuss
writing the Star Trek: The Next Generation
series finale. [more inside]
In 1991, Your Family Could Make Its Own Star Trek Episode In the early ’90s, Universal Studios had the absolute genius idea to partner with Paramount Pictures to bring a green-screen experience to its Orlando, Florida theme park, in which Trekkies of all shapes and sizes could dress up, act out, and be inserted into a pre-filmed, Star Tours-esque episode of The Original Series. [more inside]
Credits mashups or remixes
are a Youtube meme with a simple concept: create a intro sequence for one show using the music and style of another show's credits.
Some drastically change the story
of a series, some play up similarities
between two shows, some provide a more glossy intro for shows that originally relied on a title card
or an unpopular credits sequence
, and some just seem to happen because people really like "Ballad of Serenity." [more inside]
Artist Dusty Abell
has created a massive poster
featuring "at least one, sometimes more, character, entity, starship or structure from every episode of [Star Trek: The Original] series." Via io9, who ask: How many characters can you name?
Stumped? Here's a key
of all 123! [more inside]
Following on from an epic Star Trek: The Original Series
) and their Star Trek movie marathon
, tor.com are now watching each episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation
in turn. So far they have reached The Last Outpost
, in which a terrifying new adversary was introduced as a replacement for Klingons as Star Trek universe bad guys: The Ferengi
A one-hour dramatic television series.
Action - Adventure - Science Fiction.
The first such concept with strong central leas characters plus other continuing regulars.
Gene Roddenberry's original pitchfor Star Trek
(.pdf) - featuring Robert M. April, captain of the S.S. Yorktown. (via
"Captain, the tech is overteching"
- Ron Moore confirms everything you suspected about the Star Trek TNG approach to writing.
"The special moment when the Kohanim blessed the assembly moved me deeply, for it possessed a great sense of magic and theatricality... I had heard that this indwelling Spirit of God was too powerful, too beautiful, too awesome for any mortal to look upon and survive, and so I obediently covered my face with my hands. But of course, I had to peek."
--Leonard Nimoy, I Am SpockLeonard Nimoy
discusses his inspiration
for the Vulcan "live long and prosper" hand gesture. Rabbi Yonassan Gershom explains its Jewish origins,
and discusses Jewish themes in Star Trek. Via Laughing Squid.
production photos of the Star Trek
cast, crew, sets,
in and around Los Angeles, circa late 1960s. I particularly like this one.
And this one.
A nice collection of teevee show pilot scripts. Observe the embryonic state of many of the classics of the past few decades, including Buffy
, The Wire
, Hill Street Blues
, Battlestar Galactica
, The Sopranos
and The West Wing
. [more inside]
"We were treated like rock stars. I was told there were female Trekkies who kept lists of all the cast members with whom they'd slept. I was told this!" Extracts from 'Up To Now'
, the autobiography of William Shatner
... from his time on Star Trek
, where he comes over as the colossal jerk of legend, to his poignant recollections of the death of his third wife.
Free Star Trek
. The only Star Trek that matters -- the ones with Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest. [more inside]
In 2003, Paramount proposed redoing the special effects for the original "Star Trek" series and rereleasing the episodes as "Star Trek Enhanced"
. Two CGI firms redid the effects
for the teaser, the opening credits and title, and the first two acts of The Doomsday Machine
as a proof-of-concept with no changes to the acting or the story. Paramount ultimately decided not to pursue the project, but it's interesting to see how two different CGI firms handled the transporter, phasers, and starship effects.
Michael Piller has died
. The man who was the father of modern Star Trek and television sci-fi in general.
sleeping, Jim. With UPN's cancellation
of Star Trek: Enterprise (nee just Enterprise)
, the Trek franchise
is, for the first time in 18 years, without a weekly broadcast show. While many might agree that Star Trek needs a rest
, others continue to hope
, while producer/right hand of Satan (depending on which Trekkie
you talk to) Rick Berman
says the series (which is a billion dollar baby
for Paramount/Viacom) is going to be off the airwaves for at least three years. Here's to hoping the rest is what's needed for a phenomenon
that's fueled a lot of geeks
for a lot of years.
Cosmos Patrol: Star Trek for Communists
In the late 60s, the Soviets copied the TV show Star Trek
and used it as propaganda and entertainment. Set in the 23rd Century, the 400 galaxy-exploring crewmembers are led by a handsome Commander with a coldly logical First Officer. Ensign Chekhov assists as they encounter alien life forms and embrace them as brothers.
Let it rest, already!
Star Trek series is going into casting, with filming to begin in May for a release in Autumn 2001. From the character descriptions it looks like it's basically a remake of the original series. I think they've run out of ideas. (Link via GeekPress
Word is a new Star Trek television series is in development. Time to pull those rubber ears out of the dresser and head out on the SciFi convention circuit again.
If you think that the monitor screens in Star Trek are cool looking, then you must check out this Screen Saver
! Very well done. Mac version soon.
official Web site is kinda neat. One can buy Sulu stuff, too.