Here it is folks, the final day of Star Trek Week!
Star Trek: Enterprise (ENT), or simply Enterprise as it was known for the first two years, was the series that many fans blame for killing Star Trek. It premiered the same year Voyager ended and by that point it was felt that Star Trek in general needed a break. Waiting a few years to make people hungry for Star Trek again would not have been a bad thing in my opinion. That said, I always enjoyed ENT and was disappointed that it wasn’t given seven seasons like its brethren. That’s right, Enterprise was the first series since the original that did not last seven seasons.
The premiere episode, Broken Bow, debuted on September 26, 2001 to big ratings but for the next four years those ratings would slide down and never recover. In fact, during the later part of season three, word spread that this could be the last season of the show. Similar to what happened in 1968 with TOS, fans bombarded UPN and Paramount with letters begging for the series to be renewed, and as in 1968…it worked…for one more season. Star Trek: Enterprise would last four seasons with a total of 98 episodes. Its last episode, These Are the Voyages…aired on May 13, 2005 and would signal the end of Star Trek. For the first time since 1987…there would be no Star Trek series in production.
It’s day four of Star Trek Week! I see Graham and Ryan checking the clock and looking annoyed. Don’t worry guys, it’s almost over!
Star Trek: Voyager (VOY) came around during a period of maximum Star Trek saturation. Voyager premiered only a year after TNG ended and only two years after DS9 premiered. This is most likely the point in which “Star Trek fatigue” took root, but more on that tomorrow. Star Trek: Voyager debuted on January 16, 1995 with the episode “Caretaker” and, like its sister shows, would last seven seasons for a total of 172 episodes before closing with “Endgame” on May 23, 2001.
Hit the jump for my favourite episodes!
Welcome to day three of Star Trek Week! Today we’ll focus on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) which was the last series Gene Roddenberry had knowledge of. He sadly passed away in 1991, two years before the premiere, but he was aware that series creators Rick Berman and Michael Piller were moving ahead with it.
DS9 brought a big change to the pre-existing Star Trek shows, instead of taking place on a starship as the others had, DS9 took place on a space station near the planet Bajor. Also a large number of the main and recurring characters were not members of Starfleet so the overall tone ended up being a lot darker compared to its predecessors. The series premiered on January 3, 1993 with “Emmisary” and would go on for seven seasons with a total of 176 episodes before concluding on June 2, 1999 with “What You Leave Behind”.
So if you’re curious which episodes I’ve chosen as my favourites…click onward!
It’s day two of Star Trek Week and today we’ll be focusing on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) seemed like a long shot, no one had a lot of faith that it would catch on. The Original Series was so great and had developed such a loyal following that people doubted whether Gene Roddenberry could capture that lightening in a bottle again.
The first episode, Encounter at Farpoint, premiered on September 28, 1987 to huge ratings which proved that Gene had done it again. The first two seasons of the show weren’t bad, but it wouldn’t be until season three (a symptom of most post-TOS series) that the show really took off and became the epic space adventure we all know and love. TNG lasted seven seasons for a total of 178 episodes and ended its run with “All Good Things” on May 23, 1994.
So hit the jump and I’ll let you know which episodes I’ve chosen…as my favourites.
We’ll begin our first day of Star Trek Week with the first Star Trek series…The Original Series (TOS). The show had an unusual beginning. As with most television programs, a pilot was made in order to sell it to the network. The entire crew, with the exception of Leonard Nimoy as Spock, were different. Instead of Captain Kirk we had Captain Pike played by Jeffery Hunter. The pilot, called “The Cage”, was well received but the network didn’t feel that they could go ahead with the series. They called it “too cerebral”. In most cases, this is where it would end.
However, in a very rare move, the studio decided to order ANOTHER pilot under the condition that they recast the majority of the roles and up the action. Thus a second pilot was made, this time with William Shatner as Captain Kirk. “Where No Man Has Gone Before” impressed the studio and Star Trek was ordered to series, and the rest, as they say, is history. The first episode, “The Man Trap”, premiered on September 8, 1966 and the show lasted for three seasons with a total of 79 episodes before finally bowing out on June 3, 1969 with the lackluster “Turnabout Intruder”.
So hit the jump and come see which episodes I’ve chosen…as my favourites.
The 2013 Summer Movie Season is on and The City of Films has put together your guide of the must-see movies including each superhero extravaganza, highly anticipated blockbusters and the lesser known movies getting a limited release. It’s going to be a huge summer folks, likely one of the highest grossing to date.
- 300: Rise of an Empire will open on March 7 2014 instead of August 2.
- The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving to July 26 instead of August 16.
Well it’s been a long time since I have confessed to you all what I have been watching. It’s probably because what’s been on my TV lately has been a mixture of reality TV and losing sports teams. After giving it a little bit of thought, I came to the realization that I have been watching a lot of really good television lately. Am I missing any good movies and/or TV? Probably. Post a comment on the website or Facebook and let me know what I should check out!