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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, And Chris Pratt Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is absolutely everywhere right now. There are segments about it on the evening news, people I barely knew in high school are posting videos on their Facebook pages and calling out their friends, and, of course, loads of celebrities are getting in on the act. We’ve reached the point where there has become a backlash, and that backlash has even gotten big enough that there’s a backlash against the backlash. How quickly the whole phenomenon has grown and spread, and the way it’s evolved, is fascinating. So we have to write about this at least once, and who better to get us to do that than Star Trek: The Next Generation lead, and Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart, who has one of the best videos yet. But he’s not the only member of team sci-fi doing this.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not the only celebrity to try to get out of dousing himself with cold, cold water, though it looks like he’s going to make a sizeable donation. At least we hope that’s why he’s got his checkbook out, otherwise he’s just kind of a dick, and he’s never come across as one before, so why start now?

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Pixel Trek Gives You Access To Every Corner Of The Enterprise

Pixel TrekIt’s the first official weekend of summer, and if you can pry yourself away from all of your Solstice-celebrating—in Seattle it means naked hippies painted bright colors riding bikes around town in parades (I wish I was joking)—or you World Cup-watching, then we have something here that just might occupy most of your time until you head back to work tomorrow. We would like to introduce you to Pixel Trek, our favorite new online videogame. A quick word of warning, make sure you have a decent chunk of time before you click on that link, you’re going to need it.

If you’ve ever wanted to guide a blocky version of Data through the corridors and various rooms and decks of the USS Enterprise-D, now is your chance. And you can go just about anywhere you damn well please. You can snoop through the private quarters of the other members of the crew, roam the endless—and I mean endless, this is seriously like a maze that goes on forever—and even get to see places you never get to experience on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The restroom located just off of the bridge is sure going to be a fan favorite. You can even go into the stalls and check out the toilets, because who doesn’t want to see where Jean-Luc Picard poops?

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Support Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter And You Can Wear Geordi’s Visor

Levar BurtonLeVar Burton will always have a special place in our hearts for his role as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but if you’re of a certain age, odds are you’re fond of him for a more terrestrial role as well. For 30 years, Burton hosted the venerable PBS show Reading Rainbow, showing kids across the world the magic of books. The show went off the air in 2009, and now Burton and company have turned to everyone’s favorite crowdsourcing platform, Kickstarter, to not only bring the show back, but to take into the future as well.

Their video is fun, playing on Burton’s celebrity. Watching people gawk at him is like that episode of Community where he shows up and Troy (Donald Glover) is left star struck and speechless. Presumably, if most of you out there were to run into him, your awe would come from his time on Star Trek, but admit it, there is at least a segment of you who would react that way because of the Rainbow.

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Marina Sirtis Talks About A Possible New Star Trek Franchise

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.

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

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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Picard’s Internet Search History Shows A Different Side Of The Starship Captain

PicardWe spend a lot of time with our favorite fictional characters, especially those on TV, and especially those who are on shows that are around for a good long run. After a while, we get to know them like family. Much like with our real-life friends, we can predict how they’ll react in certain situations, what they’ll do when confronted by specific external stimuli, and just generally how they’ll behave. Still, as well as we think we know them, there’s always a desire to get to know them that much better—among the more obsessive fans, you can witness all sorts of arguments about who is more familiar with what character. In this spirit, a new bit of Internet fun seeks to provide us with a glimpse behind the inner working of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jean-Luc Picard.

Played, of course, by the venerable Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart, the captain of the Enterprise is known as a serious, brooding individual, but still compassionate and steadfastly devoted to his crew, the truth, and doing the right thing. At least that’s his public persona. A new Twitter account shows fans the Star Fleet officer’s Google history, and it provides an interesting glimpse behind the curtain.

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