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TV Station Claims Star Trek Is An Important Part Of Community Programming

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star trek tvStar Trek is an important program for many of us, but when we say this, we’re usually talking about the role it plays on a more personal level, for individual fans, or maybe we’re talking about the impact the iconic franchise had on science fiction as an entire genre. One broadcaster, however, is now claiming that Gene Roddenberry’s beloved television series is in fact a vital piece of its “community affairs programming.”

When the Federal Communications Commission—the government agency tasked with overseeing all radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable broadcasts in the United States—allowed KJWP to make the move from Wyoming to Delaware, it was contingent on their offering programs of value to the Wilmington area. This was the culmination of five-year legal battle. The TV station’s attorney says, “It looked to us like there was a dearth of locally based news coverage in Delaware.”

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Star Trek Fan Spends $500,000 Turning His Basement Into The Enterprise

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Star TrekA great many of you out there are rabid Star Trek fans. That’s a well-established fact at this point. And Star Trek fans are widely known to be some of the more passionate, obsessive, and detail oriented of science fiction fans—you all have your own movie, that’s all I’m saying. That’s why the story of Anthony Sforza shouldn’t really surprise anyone. The Long Island, New York resident spent $500,000 and more than 1500 hours turning his basement into a replica of the Starship Enterprise.

The 48-year-old Sforza has been a fanatic for years, collecting Star Trek memorabilia since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2010 when he finally made the decision to turn his home into the iconic Federation Starship. But once he started down that road, it was on. Over the next few years he spent all of his free time trying to track down exactly what the series used to create the futuristic spacecraft, modeled on the latest version, the one from the Scott Bakula-fronted Enterprise.

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Star Trek MMO Will Pit The Federation And Klingons Against Species 8472

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FluidicAside from judgments about the actual quality of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, many fans were upset at the choice to start over, to step away from the larger Trek mythology that had been built up over many decades and spin-offs. Thankfully, that original timeline hasn’t just vanished, but has continued to be explored through all manner of secondary materials like books and comics. And for Trek fans who are also gamers, they’ve had Star Trek Online as a personal playground in which to live out their Trek fantasies, set in the original Trek timeline, in the years after Star Trek: Nemesis. Now another new Trek game is set to give players another way to delve deeper into the original Star Trek universe, while also exploring a corner of the galaxy we haven’t seen much.

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Star Trek 3 Writers Are Actual Fans, Unlike J.J. Abrams

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jd-payne-02Trek Core has posted the first installment of a multi-part interview with Star Trek 3 screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, and it’s an exciting chance to get a look inside the heads of two dudes who will be helping shape the big-screen future of Star Trek, but who have been mostly a big question mark up until now. The pair first caught Hollywood’s attention with a spec script they describe as “the Batman Begins version of King Midas,” which didn’t sell but became a calling card that was passed around town and helped build them a reputation. Other projects followed, eventually leading them including a draft of a Micronauts movie, until their journey culminated in the final frontier with the Trek 3 assignment — the sort of thing any up-and-coming screenwriter would chew off their own arm to get. The great news? McKay and Payne are avowed longtime Star Trek fans, and the interview proves, if nothing else, they can definitely talk the talk.

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Star Trek 3 Will Finally Begin The Enterprise’s Five-Year Mission

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EnterpriseEven if you enjoyed J.J. Abrams’ first two Star Trek films, there was one thing sorely lacking: that whole “boldly going where no man has gone before.” I mean, sure, saving the galaxy from crazy, vengeful Romulans or crazy, vengeful genetically enhanced sociopaths is important, and certainly lends itself to epic big-screen action, but Star Trek is supposed to be about more than just action. We have yet to see this young, alternate-reality crew of the Enterprise truly head out into the galaxy to see what they can discover. According to Star Trek 3 co-writer/director Roberto Orci, however, that’s about to change.

That’s right, apparently Star Trek 3 will see Kirk, Spock, and the rest finally setting course for deep space to see what’s out there. Orci, who was a co-writer on the first two Abrams-directed Trek flicks, will be taking over the director’s chair for the third installment, as well as co-writing the Star Trek 3 script with hot new screenwriters Patrick McKay and John D. Payne (who also penned a new Flash Gordon script). Speaking on the Humans From Earth podcast (and spotted by Badass Digest), Orci said that, now that nobody’s actively trying to blow up the Earth, the Enterprise crew can actually begin that five-year mission that was the focus of The Original Series. Orci said:

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Star Trek Into Darkness Getting New Extras-Packed Blu-Ray… But There’s A Catch

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STIDFeatThere were plenty of people who hated J.J. Abrams’ Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, but even for those who enjoyed it, there were things to get pissed off about. I’m not even talking about the movie itself, but rather the handling of the home-video release, which exemplified the very worst of current home-entertainment trends by requiring fans to buy multiple versions of the movie from multiple sources if you actually wanted to get all of the bonus features. Well, the good news is that an upcoming new release of Into Darkness will be packed full of bonus goodies, including some new stuff. The bad news is that, yet again, you’re going to be stuck buying more than just the movie if you actually want to get your hands on it.

The new two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness release will be part of the upcoming Star Trek: The Compendium, which will include both Abrams’ original Star Trek and the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, plus all manner of extras, for $39.99. Of course, if you’re a fan of Abrams’ brand of Trek, there’s a good chance you’ve probably already bought both of these movies. This is hardly the first time a studio has put out a superior version of a release months after the original, but it’s bound to be damned irritating if you were one of the people who did buy multiple versions of Into Darkness so you could get things like the director’s commentary, which is included with the Compendium but which was originally exclusive to iTunes. Sigh.