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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

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Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness is a four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the new film Star Trek Into Darkness. The name is reminiscent of the title of the comic book prequel to the 2009 film, Star Trek: Countdown. Countdown to Darkness was written by Mike Johnson, writer of the original Countdown as well as the limited series Nero and the ongoing Star Trek monthly comic book, which is set in the JJ Abrams timeline, and was illustrated by David Messina, the artist on Countdown and Nero. Countdown to Darkness is a very interesting story and, with what little we know of the plot to Star Trek Into Darkness, does seem to set the movie up in the sense that you want to find out what happens next. It isn't "To Be Continued" so much as it definitely hints at another story, the film's story.

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Shuttlecraft Galileo Being Restored--in NJ

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My brother-in-law just brought this article to my attention.  The original prop of the shuttlecraft Galileo from Star Trek:TOS is being restored by Master Shipwrights, Inc. of Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

 

You can read all about this unusual project here:

 

http://trtnj.com/atl-highlands-firms-new-enterprise-fix-tv-prop/

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FAN FILM FRIDAY (Now Available On Mondays!): How Original Are You Allowed To Be?

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I like fan films. I like 'em a lot. There's an earnestness to 'em and a flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants DIY quality that is hard for me to ignore. It shines through the most awful acting, the most cardboard sets, the most poorly matted CGI. Have you noticed how similar a lot of them are, though? Of course, given their nature it's a kind of 'well, duh' thing to call them derivative. Even still, I find myself wondering exactly how original you can really get in these things before you lose your audience.

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Original (?) Fiction: Star Trek VII: Citizen Kirk

The year was 1992; rumors were running rampant as to what the next Star Trek film would be. Next Generation was drawing to a close, Deep Space 9 was ramping up...

At the radio station I worked at, our venerable Miracle Working Engineer had a niece who worked in the Star Trek offices... and he had information. Star Trek VII was to be a 'passing of the torch' film- original cast and Next Gen cast would be involved. I asked him if he were willing to see if we could get a treatment over the transom.

He said if he liked it, yes.

With no more than that information, I wrote the following. It went to the Star Trek offices. I know that De Forest Kelley and George Takei read it and really liked it. James Doohan also read it, but I don't know what he thought of it.

Naturally, it didn't get made.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dredd

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Does anyone remember the movie Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone from the mid-90's? If you do, those memories are probably full of disgust and disappointment. Or, if you're like me and actually enjoy horrifically bad movies, maybe you liked it. The truth is, the 90's was not a kind decade to superhero and comic book-inspired movies. This was, after all, the decade which produced Steel with basketball great Shaquille O'Neil and the ever-so-hated Batman and Robin starring George Clooney. The good news is, comic book movies have gotten much better and Dredd, the new adaptation of the character from the British comic magazine 2000 A.D. is no exception.

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Why it was Inappropriate for NASA to name a Space Shuttle "Enterprise."

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Since last week's piece on how the Shuttles got their names, I've taken some flack (Mostly through Email) about whether or not it was inappropriate for NASA to name a shuttle after the Starship Enterprise. Most of this has revolved around two points: 1) It wasn't a real shuttle anyway, just a glider, so who cares? and 2) Trek has inspired people to become scientists and astronauts and blah blah blah blah. Here's my take on both of those:

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