Star Trek, the original series, wrapped up in 1969, and that show that only ran for three years continues to shape the face of popular culture. While there are movies currently in the works, there hasn’t been a television presence since Enterprise wrapped up in 2005. Though there are no concrete plans for a new series, according to Star Trek: The Next Generation star Marina Sirtis, there have been rumblings of a possible new franchise sometime in the future. And in the unlikely event that TNG should ever be rebooted, she as a definite opinion on who should play her Counselor Deanna Troi character.
Over the weekend, a local radio station interviewer caught up with Sirtis at the Dallas Comic Convention, and asked her if she knew anything about potential new small screen Trek adventures. Here’s the interview…
In the above video she says actors are always the last to know, but that doesn’t seem like the whole truth, since she seems to know way more than we do. That isn’t surprising considering that we don’t know very much at all.
Ever since J.J. Abrams announced that he was taking the helm of Star Wars: Episode VII, the Wheel o’ Rumors has been spinning contiuously when it came to who would now direct the inevitable Star Trek 3. Maybe it would be G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Jon Chu. Or maybe Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish? Say, maybe Brad Bird (The Incredibles) would fit the bill. Well, it turns out it’s none of them, and in fact it’s somebody we hadn’t even considered a serious contender until recently: frequent J.J. Abrams collaborator and nu-Trek co-screenwriter Roberto Orci. And Star Trek 3 will be his directorial debut, no less.
Variety reports that Paramount and Skydance Productions have slated Orci to direct Star Trek 3, which he was already co-writing with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (the latter two are also writing a Flash Gordon reboot). But not, it’s worth noting, with longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman. Orci and Kurtzman, who had been working together since the syndicated days of Hercules and Xena, had risen to be one of the most successful partnerships in Hollywood, in terms of quantity if not quality. The pair helped launch not only the revived Star Trek franchise, but also the current incarnations of the Transformers and Spider-Man series as well. Kurtzman and Orci announced last month that they were amicably breaking up the band to work on separate projects.
Here in the United States, we have plenty of art museums, science museums, and historical museums. We also have a bunch of downright bizarre museums, including the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, the National Museum of Funeral History, and one that’s in my neighborhood: the Museum of Bad Art. We even have a UFO museum and a Creation Museum, brought to us by Ken Ham. With funding, one can build a museum featuring just about anything, and if someone builds it, people will come — especially to the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum.
Few TV characters come across as more confident as Commander William T. Riker, the Star Trek: The Next Generation character that Jonathan Frakes made famous. Perhaps it’s something hiding in his signature beard. In any case, we now know some of the things that must have been floating around in his mind for all those years, thanks to a clever (and fake) Twitter account that offers insight into the things that Riker is searching for on Google. And yeah, some of it is total filth.
The plainly titled RikerGoogling has been active since February, but has seen a mere 96 tweets come through. This leads us to believe that either Riker already knows pretty much everything else, or he’s just going to Wikipedia for what he doesn’t. Unless there are RikerYahooing or RikerBinging accounts that I’m unfamiliar with.
If you’re a Star Trek fan who doesn’t already have copies of every season of every series, today we’ve got one hell of a great deal for you. Groupon has the entire run of Star Trek: The Next Generation available on DVD for a mere $101.99. That should already sound promising if you pay any attention to home-video prices, but to put that in a little more perspective, this set would normally run around $425. So you’re getting the set for 76% off, a savings of a whopping $323. (And around $80 cheaper than you can get it on Amazon.) Like a certain captain might say, “Make it so.”
Now, there are a couple of negative strikes against this deal. For one, it’s on DVD, rather than Blu-ray. If all you care about is getting the episodes themselves, this should still do the trick. However, if you have to have your shows in the best quality available, this isn’t going to match the Blu-ray editions that have been releasing from Paramount for the last couple of years.