Love him or hate him, there’s no question that Harlan Ellison has had one hell of a colorful life. He joined a street gang to bone up on their world before he wrote a book about the subculture. He was fired on his first day at Walt Disney Studios after riffing on the idea of a pornographic movie starring Disney characters…within earshot of Roy Disney. He has earned a reputation for being contentious, vociferously opinionated, and possessed of a bountiful talent for revenge. To this day, one of the most legendary anecdotes about the writer is the story of him butting heads with Gene Roddenberry over Ellison’s script for Star Trek’s “The City on the Edge of Forever.” Now, nearly 50 years later, Ellison’s original teleplay for the episode is being adapted into a comic book miniseries by IDW Publishing.
It is truly the end of an era, people. Way back in August 2012, artist Juan Ortiz launched a massive undertaking: he would create an original, retro-style poster for every single freakin’ episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Each month since then, he’s released a new batch of four posters through StarTrek.com. Some have been funny, some surreal, but pretty much all of them are gorgeous and well worth adorning the wall of any true Trekker. (He even took a detour to create posters for Star Trek: The Animated Series). Now, some 19 months after he began, Ortiz has shared the final four posters, highlighting the episodes “Shore Leave,” “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “Metamorphosis,” and “Turnabout Intruder.” As always, we’ll have details about how you can order copies of these prints down at the bottom of the story. For each poster we’re including Ortiz’s commentary from StarTrek.com as well.
If you’ve never checked out the remastered and upgraded version of Star Trek: The Original Series, you are seriously missing out. All the old effects got a snazzy facelift, which diminishes some of the show’s more dated or cheesy elements. The print itself has been restored to gorgeous quality, and it’s frankly amazing how good this nearly 50-year-old show looks. Now’s the perfect chance to grab up The Original Series on Blu-ray, because Amazon has the set of all three seasons marked down a whopping 77% today, leaving the price at $75.54. These sets have always been a bit pricey, so around $25 per season is a steal. Even better, the sets are positively packed with bonus features, making this one of the better deals we’ve seen Amazon offer up in a while. You can add Star Trek: The Original Series to your collection right here.
Fans have been picking sides on the whole Star Wars/Star Trek divide…well, pretty much as long as the two of them have existed concurrently. We here at GFR side with George Takei in insisting that we should all just get along and enjoy them both, but every once in a while the urge to kick the anthill over becomes too powerful. So today we’ve got two fun fan videos, one each for Wars and Trek. They’re both very different, so this is really like comparing apples and oranges, but screw that, we’re encouraging hot-headed partisan bickering by sticking a poll down at the bottom so you can vote for your favorite. Let the Great Feud continue!
First up is Mr. and Mrs. Smith, featuring the Defcom United Stuntteam from Germany. We’ve seen tons of amateur lightsaber videos over the years, ranging from the briefly infamous to the downright epic. This one isn’t the most impressive lightsaber duel you’ll ever see, but it earns extra points for keeping its sense of humor. I won’t spoil the surprise, but if you ever wondered what passes as foreplay (Forceplay?) among Dark Side users, this should answer your question.
Even aside from all the drama involving the whole John Harrison/Khan thing, the powers that be behind Star Trek Into Darkness’ home video release managed to piss off even the fans who liked, and planned to buy, the Trek sequel when it hit home video. As we reported last year, the Into Darkness release was a perfect example of the frustrating trend of “retailer exclusives,” meaning that if you actually want to get all the bonus features for the film, you have to buy multiple copies of the film from various sources. Even the film’s commentary track, typically one of the more must-have options for fans, had to be purchased as a separate download from iTunes. There were also a ton of deleted scenes that were only available through the Xbox SmartGlass second-screen app if you bought a copy from the Xbox video store. Until now: for the time being, at least, you can check out all the Into Darkness deleted scenes below. Watch them quickly — we have a feeling they’re going to get yanked down sooner rather than later.
Up top is an extended version of the conversation where Pike (Bruce Greenwood) demotes Kirk after learning of the Nibiru incident. Greenwood’s Pike is one of my favorite parts of the new Trek timeline, so I’m all for getting as much of him as possible.
Do you have plans for your next big vacation? Well, if you’re looking for an international getaway with some serious geek overtones, we have a destination that you definitely have to consider. We’re talking about a new Star Trek-centric theme park in Spain that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
According to StarTrek.com, Plaza Futura will be a part of Paramount Park Murcia, which is located approximately 270 miles southeast of Madrid on the Mediterranean coast at Alhama de Murcia. From the description this is going to be one hell of a destination. Broken up into a bunch of different sections, the new addition is going to have a little bit of everything. It will feature everything from condos, hotels, and offices, to shopping centers, restaurants, a casino and nightclubs, and even a convention center. And then there’s the actual theme park.