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What Does Commander William Riker Google? Everything.

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rikerFew 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.

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Star Trek: TNG Entire Run Available On DVD For A Hundred Bucks

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TNGIf 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.

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Manny Coto Talks About The Enterprise Plans That Never Came To Be

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MannyBy the time Manny Coto became an executive producer on the show’s fourth and final season, Enterprise was already a show in trouble. It had been an ungainly beast from the start: a Frankenstein’s monster pulled back and forth between conflicting desires to do something new and to maintain the safe status quo of the Star Trek franchise. It wasn’t entirely Enterprise’s fault, but when it wrapped up in 2005, it marked the first time since The Next Generation’s 1987 premiere that there wasn’t at least one current Star Trek series on the air. That left the Trek franchise in such a mess that they decided to take drastic action, which led to J.J. Abrams’ divisive reboot in 2009. But Manny Coto? He was just a lifelong Trek fan who tried really hard to salvage a ship that was already in bad shape.

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Trailers Show Off Unused Footage From Star Trek, The Empire Strikes Back, And More

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KlingonsIn this age of ever-present Internet, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t all that long ago when we didn’t have easy access to deleted scenes, alternate footage, and all the other goodies they love pack onto the Blu-ray special editions. It’s easier than ever to dive headfirst into the making of damn near any of your favorite films, and the sheer amount of content you can pore over online for even more obscure projects would likely leave eight-year-old me gobsmacked. But back before all that, one place you would occasionally see relics of paths not taken on the big screen were in trailers, which every so often included scenes or moments that didn’t make the final cut. Diving down that particular rabbit hole is easy thanks to YouTube, and it’s surprising what you can find our there, from Godzilla interrupting a field trip, to Klingon jailbreaks, to the tactical cunning of one C-3PO.

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Oculus Rift Demo Lets You Tour Star Trek: Voyager’s Bridge

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been in the news a lot this past year, from a massively successful Kickstarter campaign to the recent purchase by Facebook. It’s definitely put “virtual reality” back in the zeitgeist in a way it hasn’t been since the early ’90s when clunky headsets were popping up in arcades, only to soon be shoved aside when they failed to match our holodeck expectations. Now that the technology has advanced considerably, there’s all sorts of interesting potential in the Oculus Rift…and not just freaking yourself out with a decapitation simulator. For instance, you could board the starship Voyager, as shown in the above demo.

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Star Trek Writing Team Splitting Up, Roberto Orci May Direct Star Trek 3

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kurtzman_orci_a_hEven if you don’t know who Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (pictured above) are, you’ve certainly encountered their work. Having broken into the industry on syndicated ’90s shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, the duo went on to become one of the hottest writing partnerships in Hollywood. Their names can be found in the credits of huge summer tentpoles such as the Transformers movies, Mission: Impossible III, Cowboys & Aliens, and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. They also helped co-write the first two Star Trek reboot movies, but that long partnership will come to an end with Star Trek 3: Variety reports that Kurtzman will be beaming out of the franchise, whereas Orci is apparently campaigning to direct the third Trek film.