Fringe

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Lenard Nimoy‘s performance as William Bell on the two part season finale of Fringe. He is amazing!:D If you have never seen Fringe I wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s a JJ Abrams project, and after all JJ is the man carrying the Trek torch at the moment.

 

 

TNG Next Level Season 1 July 24, 2012

CBS has officially confirmed that the newly remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One will street on Blu-ray Disc on 7/24. The 6-disc set will include all the episodes in 1080p high-definition scanned from the original negatives and fully digitally remastered. Aspect ratio will be the original 1.33:1 broadcast ratio and audio will be upgraded in English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with English Stereo Surround (and French, Japanese and German Mono – subtitle options will include English SDH, French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish). All 26 first season episodes will be included. Extras will include original episode promos, a pair of newly-created HD documentaries (Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level and the 3-part Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation), a gag reel, a vintage 1987 launch featurette and launch promos, a Season One promo and 4 Archival Mission Logs carried over from the original DVD release (The Beginning, Selected Crew Analysis, The Making of a Legend and Memorable Missions). So it appears that everything from the original DVDs is retained here, other than obviously the original SD presentation of the episodes themselves. More at Trek Movie and Star Trek.com, and you can find the original cover artwork provided by CBS below.

Set Details form-Trek Movie
The STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray set will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Mono, Japanese Mono and German Mono (with the exception of “Encounter at Farpoint” which is in German Stereo). The discs also include English SDH, French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles. The Blu-ray is not rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.

The disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:
Episodes
• Encounter at Farpoint
• The Naked Now
• Code of Honor

Special Features
• Episodic Promos
• Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level (HD)
• Star Trek: The Next Generation Archives: The Launch
o Introduction to the Series (1987)
o Promo #1
o Promo #2
o Promo #3
o Season One Promo

Disc Two:
Episodes
• The Last Outpost
• Where No One Has Gone Before
• Lonely Among Us
• Justice
• The Battle

Special Features
• Episodic Promos

Disc Three:
Episodes
• Hide and Q
• Haven
• The Big Goodbye
• Datalore
• Angel One

Special Features
• Episodic Promos

Disc Four:
Episodes
• 11001001
• Too Short a Season
• When the Bough Breaks
• Home Soil
• Coming of Age

Special Features
• Episodic Promos

Disc Five:
Episodes
• Heart of Glory
• The Arsenal of Freedom
• Symbiosis
• Skin of Evil
• We’ll Always Have Paris

Special Features
• Episodic Promos

Disc Six:
Episodes
• Conspiracy
• The Neutral Zone

Special Features
• Episodic Promos
• Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
o Part 1: Inception
o Part 2: Launch
o Part 3: The Continuing Mission
• Gag Reel
• Archival Mission Logs
o The Beginning
o Selected Crew Analysis
o The Making of a Legend
o Memorable Missions

from insidetv.ew.com – The entire process of converting an episode into high def can take anywhere from four to six weeks — some episodes have as few as a dozen effects shots, while others can have over 100. Most of the visual effects were also shot on film, and then assembled in standard def video.

Image Credit: CBS Home Entertainment

But there were many effects that were made using analog painting tools in standard-def only. “We have artists going frame-by-frame, recreating using digital tools what was done on analog video back then,” says Okuda (pictured, third from right, with CBS TV exec Ryan Adams, fellow consultant Denise Okuda, and CBS TV exec David Grant).

With several episodes being converted at any given time, the project has pretty well consumed the Okudas life, from making detailed notes on every effects shot in a given episode before it’s converted, to screening upgraded shots for approval. Michael Okuda says the most difficult episode so far was the first, “Encounter at Farpoint,” but each episode has presented its own challenges. One of the three episodes included in the preview Blu-ray disc — season 3′s “Sins of the Father” — had 13 seconds of original film negative that could not be located, so the disc had to be released using 13 seconds of standard def video instead. A few months later, however, the missing footage was finally found in a mislabeled box.

And as for some of TNG‘s most ambitious, best regarded episodes — like “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and “Best of Both Worlds” — just mentioning them draws apprehensive sighs from the Okudas. “We’re focused on the moment,” says Michael Okuda. “When you called, there was an issue with a planet, making sure the clouds are right. That sounds very trivial, but that’s the issue of the moment.”

Along with the high-def episodes, new interviews with cast and crew members will be included in the Blu-ray edition. “We have interviews from people who are telling stories that we’ve never heard before,” says Denise Okuda with a laugh. “That’s pretty hard to do. We’ve been immersed in this universe for I don’t know how many years. I think people are really going to be happy.”

 

Shuttle Pod 1

I saw this and thought it was interesting, Find out the fate of a Shuttle Pod from Enterprise and some more Star Trek memorabilia…

It’s from Hollywood Treasure S01E18 – The One That Got Away

Appropriate Quote

 

Chancellor Durken: I go home each night to a loving wife, two beautiful daughters. We eat the evening meal together as a family. I think that’s important. And they always ask me if I’ve had a good day.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And how will you answer theme tonight, Chancellor?
Chancellor Durken: I will have to say: This morning, I was the leader of the universe as I know it. This afternoon, I’m only a voice in a chorus. But I think it was a good day.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – First Contact

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Paul

Thanks to my good friend ZeroPain for getting me the Paul Blu Ray. He insisted that I watch it. I’m so glad I did. I had always wanted to see it since I heard about it. I don’t know why I hadn’t seen it. What does this have to do with Star Trek? Well The Star of the movie is Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead (which I think is hilarious BTW) although he is probably better known to us Trekkies as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott II from The 2009 Reboot of Star Trek or as some us call it Star Trek 11. Simon Pegg is very funny in this but besides him being in the movie, there are a lot of Sci-Fi references. And quite appropriately a lot of Star Trek references. I won’t list them here as it would spoil the jokes. My favorite non-Trek related thing is probably Kristen Wiig‘s performance as a Bible thumping creationist (wearing a T-Shirt with a cartoon of Jesus Shooting Darwin)  who has an epiphany after Paul shares his knowledge with her. I laughed out loud the whole time I watched it, I really recommend it.

This was cool

I watched this yesterday, It’s kinda long but if you have never played it like I hadn’t it is very cool to hear the TOS actors in something different.

In Theory

Heather and I just watched In Theory today so only one more episode in season 4. Season 5 is next. This is the thing I based all my relationships on up until this one. This is one of my favs.

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