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Star Trek: The Alternative Alternative Factor

kelloggs2066's picture

A new book has been released by Marc Cushman on the original Star Trek. Apparently the first of three volumes this is "These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One" While I do not have a copy yet, there are a couple of excerpts online. They give some detail and anecdotes into the production of the early episodes. One episode covered explains the mystery of why "The Alternative Factor" really really really sucks.

Apparently, it was re-written at the last minute when the NBC Producer said they would refuse to run or pay for the story as written.

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Star Trek Cosplay

Republibot 4.0's picture

A friend of mine sent me this link, and some of these costumes are hilariously creative.  Yes, the link is from IO9, get over it.  If we had an actual staff here, we could go to conventions and take our own photographs, too.

 

http://io9.com/the-greatest-star-trek-cosplay-of-the-year-1113856674

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Modern Storytelling vs Old Style.

kelloggs2066's picture

The subject of how TV series stories used to be episodic, versus today's multi-story arcs, popped up in the discussion on "Where Star Trek started to go wrong", and I thought about addressing it there, but then I thought it deserved its own discussion.

 

Each style has its good points, and its bad points. I'd like to explore them now.

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Where Star Trek Failed For Me

kelloggs2066's picture

We've all heard the trendy deconstruction of Star Trek TNG: That The Federation is either an Evil Empire or a Bored Collective of Cult Members who believe they're perfect.

It was come up with by bored English Majors who spent far
too much time in their high school literary/poetry analysis classes investigating the deeper meanings of Kafka and Dostoyevsky. (Perhaps you know someone like that. Perhaps you *are* someone like that.)

But, for me, Star Trek went off the rails much earlier.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness

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After four years of anticipation, speculation and misinformation from JJ Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is finally here. The sequel to the 2009 film, simply titled Star Trek, and second chapter of the JJ Abrams Star Trek series, Star Trek Into Darkness is as fast-paced, action packed and groundbreaking, as least as far as Star Trek is concerned, as its predecessor. It's also the first Star Trek movie to be released in 3-D. Unfortunately, it's also highly derivative and in a lot of ways veers dangerously close to remake territory. A rogue Starfleet Admiral, the death of a major character and a villain named Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness doesn't really offer much in the way of originality.

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