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Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-Rays And Firefly Comics Are On Sale Today

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EncounterAtFairpoint1It’s a rough time to be a long-time Star Trek fan. For many who cut their teeth on the original movies and the various TV incarnations over the years, J.J. Abrams’ rebooted movie universe is at best a pale imitation and at worst an outright insult (to be fair, the critics generally don’t agree with that sentiment). So if you’re a die-hard Trekker longing for the good old days, it might be time to click over to Amazon, because they’ve got a great deal going on for Blu-ray copies of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s first five seasons.

The Star Trek season sets have typically been a bit pricy, with the Next Gen Blu-rays listing for a whopping $129.99. That’s enough to put a dent in a man’s wallet even if you’re from a future that doesn’t use money. Thankfully Amazon has just given you a reason to raid the savings account, as all five Next Gen Blu-ray sets are going for a mere $45.99 today — that’s 65% off MSRP, and it means you can get all five sets for a little over $200. Not cheap, but certainly a lot cheaper than you could otherwise get your hands on new copies.

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2013 Saturn Award Nominees Include Ender’s Game, Riddick, And More

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GravityBullockAnytime the Academy Awards rolls around, there’s usually an outcry from fans that not enough genre films are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Luckily, this year the movie that has the most nominations is Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, but even if the Academy doesn’t give science fiction the respect it deserves, there are several long-standing and prestigious awards focused specifically on honoring genre material. Last night we posted the Nebula Award nominations, and now the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced its nominees for the 40th annual Saturn Awards.

Unsurprisingly, Gravity is a front-runner for the Saturns as well, earning eight nominations including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Supporting Actor for George Clooney, and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity is tied with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the most nominations. Some of the other nominees for Best Science Fiction Film are Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Riddick, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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These Sci-Fi Home Conversions Are Making Me Drool

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DivorceVisit the home of any self-respecting science fiction fan and the telltale signs will be there. The shelves packed to bursting with books about strange new worlds. Full runs of Star Trek, Farscape, and Babylon 5 tucked away in the TV room. Perhaps even some prop replicas from the genre’s most memorable outings given a place of honor up on the wall. But for fans whose passion is equaled by their disposable income, things must be taken to the next level. Because why have a boring old basic media room when you could instead have the command deck of the Enterprise, complete with comfy chairs?

Just about a year ago we reported the story of Tony Alleyne, a British chap who had spent years converting his apartment into something straight out of Star Trek, only to have it become a sticking point in his divorce. (That’s him up top.) See, the apartment actually belonged to his ex, and now that they were divorcing, she wanted to sell it as a “conventional property.” Ouch. Hopefully the rest of these folks are either single, happily together in a stable relationship, or packing an ironclad pre-nup. It’d be a damn shame if the lawyers had to get involved in this gorgeous TARDIS control room replica, which Jayman White spent a year making. He even put in the round things! (What are the round things?)

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Two Star Trek Fans Filmed Themselves Break Into The Next Generation Set In 1988

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We’ve all seen news stories about criminals, vandals, or a group of kids who not only did something illegal, but were stupid enough to film themselves doing it. That’s never a good idea, because as we know in this day and age, nothing stays secret for long. The real geniuses out there post the videos online, you know, because they’re super smart. Those are the ones who are always the most shocked to get caught. Most of the time you’re glad these dumbasses filmed themselves, if only because it makes us feel good to laugh at morons. This new footage that has come to light, however, will make you glad these outlaws recorded themselves, not because of some smug sense of superiority, but because it’s totally awesome. What these Star Trek fans did in 1988 was break into the set of The Next Generation and film themselves din the process.

On the night of March 10, 1988, at least two rabid Trek fans found their way onto the TNG set on the Paramount Studios lot after hours. Talk about kids in a candy store. Haven’t we all fantasized about wandering around the sets for one of our favorite shows or movies, twisting knobs, sitting in chairs, knocking over a sickbay bed?

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Picard Gets Festive, Sings Make It So, Make It So, Make It So

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Star Trek doesn’t delve into religion that often, unless it’s some weird alien kind or it involves some pissed-off god who makes the Enterprise crew wear togas and sacrifice lemurs to him because he’s lonely and the Earthlings never call or write or pray anymore. But we do at least know that Christmas is still a thing in the twenty-whateverth century, thanks to that time in Generations when Picard flashed back to a happy holiday of yore. Well, Picard and the crew of the TNG-era Enterprise are clearly feeling the spirit of the season, and that means it’s time to sing!

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More Human Than Human: Our Picks For The Best Synthetic Partners To Watch Our Backs

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J.J. Abrams and former Fringe exec producer J.H. Wyman hit it out of the part with this week’s two-part Almost Human premiere, launching a show that already looked to have serious potential all the way to the top of our must-see-TV list. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy make a great pair as John Kennex and Dorian, a haunted cop distrustful of synthetics and his atypical android partner, respectively. Hopefully the show will beat the odds like Fringe did and settle in for a long and fruitful run.

But in the meantime, we got to thinking about what we would do if we were in Kennex’s position. If we had to pick an android partner, who would we want watching our back as we were out there protecting the world from dangerous cutting-edge tech and ruthless criminals? Here are our top picks.

CameronCameron (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Sure, the Terminator series provides several options when it comes to pairing up with a capable and combat-ready synthetic partner, but our vote has to go to Summer Glau’s Cameron from Fox’s short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And not just because she looks like Summer Glau. Robert Patrick’s T-1000 has the versatility of that whole liquid metal thing, but frankly even if the IT department assured us he had been reprogrammed, we’d never feel comfortable turning our back on the thing. Arnold’s T-800 model proved that it could be just as good a protector as a killer, but he sort of stands out in a crowd. I mean, so does Summer Glau, but in a very different way. Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things, but “subtle” is not among them. Part of the advantage of having an android partner is the element of surprise, and if you were to ask a random person to describe what a murderous cyborg might look like, you’re likely to end up with a sketch of T2-era Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the other hand, the bad guys would never see it coming when Cameron lifted them over her head and tossed them out a window.

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