Mark Lenard, famous for his role as Spock's dad, would have turned 90 today.
Mark Lenard Mark Lenard (15 October 1924 – 22 November 1996; age 72) was an American actor best known for his role as Vulcan Ambassador Sarek, the father of Spock. He first played Sarek in the second season Star Trek episode "Journey to Babel". He resumed the role in three of the Star Trek films (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the episode...
I see this article by Mark A. Altman is creating more buzz than I expected. While I concede that it's more competent than previous takes on the future of Trek that I have read, I have a bad feeling about the ideas put forward.
The author focuses on sales and marketing, and says almost nothing about creative issues. Fair enough. But: "How To Turn Star Trek Into The Next Marvel Movie Universe" sounds like "How to turn a fillet of beef into a best-selling hamburger." It sounds offensive to me. Like a clearance sale. I doubt that many people will still talk about the current Marvel hype in ten years, while Star Trek can remain the greatest sci-fi franchise if only it is expanded with a sense of proportion. Turning Star Trek into some sort of Marvel Universe will scare away long-time fans, and it is questionable whether it will attract new ones. Ultimately it will be at the expense of quality.
There's one point where I agree with Mark Altman. Star Trek needs to come back to the television. But with a fresh start that truly returns to the roots of Star Trek (continuity-, philosophy- and style-wise) and doesn't only cite them, as opposed to the Marvel-ish Abrams movies that only work as popcorn cinema.
How To Turn Star Trek Into The Next Marvel Movie Universe For anyone who has followed the film and television business in the last few years, they know one thing is true: mega-franchises are king. Right now, every studio is looking for its own version of Marvel's universe. But Paramount has one sitting right under its nose, and it's called Star Trek.
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New story by J. Grey in the Star Trek Universal series: The Adventurers. Two travellers explore the endless possibilities of the galaxy.
Trek Fan Fiction @ EAS - Star Trek Universal - The Adventurers Journal entry. Automated voice to text protocol. - Mark Simons. Day one. Today I finally left. I've been planning this for a very long time and when it finally happened it was hard to believe it was all real. How many people can say they've done something like this, taken a ride into the final ...
RED ALERT. #TrekCore 's YouTube channel was terminated: It "...is no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS" and "has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement." For the record: TrekCore was the main place to promote the TNG-R Blu-ray disc sets by CBS, and their comparison videos were outstanding, but some dickheads in the CBS law department apparently don't get it.
TNG S5: 'The Inner Light' SD/HD Comparison Video by TrekCore.
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All good things must come to an end. After more than
three years I have finally concluded my reviews of TNG
episodes with "All Good Things".
Star Trek: The Next Generation was definitely a good thing.
And no better title could have been chosen for the series finale. Actually, I think TNG was the best thing that ever happened to the Star Trek franchise since TOS until today. Looking back, however,
it had a slow start. The first two seasons were too much influenced by
TOS. Thery were too busy with presenting some kind of Star Trek that people
seemed to love. The showrunners and writers gradually learned to work with the new characters they had created but it took them quite some time to further develop the Star Trek legacy beyond the mere cosmetic changes since the time of TOS. The holodeck as a new place for adventures of all kinds was instrumental in taking Star Trek to the 24th century, the Ferengi as new villains were not. I think the introduction of the Borg and especially the double feature "The Best of Both Worlds" ultimately set the series apart from its predecessor, and united nerds and "normal" fans in front of the screen. The sixth season became the absolute highlight of the
series, with great original stories and an unprecedented involvement of
the whole main cast. At this time it seemed that TNG could carry on forever.
But all good things must come to an end. It may be some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy that the show went downhill
a bit in its final season. Well, some episodes were simply badly done, such as "Sub Rosa" or "Masks". Others were apparently hampered by the prospect that the series would come to a closure. I like how some story arcs are wrapped up near the end of the series. However, I don't think it was a good idea to introduce new family members of the crew in several episodes, as if the writers were working up a list of relatives to be shown. Likewise, bringing together Worf and Deanna looks like a desperate (and much too late) attempt to get things moving on the romantic side of character relationships. Also, I have mixed feelings about long-standing assets that are falling apart: The warp drive is discovered to damage subspace (although it won't be mentioned again after TNG), the Federation fails to control the situation in the Demilitarized Zone, Wesley
and Ro leave Starfleet for good. It seems like TNG prepares to pass on the baton to the somewhat dystopian
DS9. I love DS9, but it is a different kind of
Star Trek. And although my average rating of TNG episodes gradually went
down to the same level as DS9's, I think TNG is closer than anything
else to the "ideal Star Trek series".
The TNG reviews were the last reviews of
any Star Trek series at EAS that were still missing. But seeing that it has been
over a decade since I watched several of the episodes, I may start over with
Voyager. I intend to add more details, and most likely I will revise my opinion
on some of the episodes. It's time to rediscover another series!
Read Safehold, the latest story by Travis Anderson. Doctor Bashir has died in prison and Starfleet suspects Section 31 had something to do with it. The SID is tasked with finding out why the doctor was killed or if he even was.
I conclude my TNG reviews with "Preemptive Strike" and "All Good Things". These are also the two last reviews of any Star Trek series that were still missing. Seeing that it has been over a decade since I watched several of the episodes, I may start over with Voyager. And I'm planning to do something about the formatting of the episode reviews, but only once I have figured out how I can do it automatically.
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