Category Archives: TV

Angry Trek fans denounce new Trek before they’ve seen it (2017 and 1987 editions)

Before the launch of Star Trek: Discovery, pause and reflect that the 1987 launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation was met with a subset of angry fans condemning it before they’d seen it (see below).

Now, 30 years later, TNG is held by some Trekkies to be as sacred as TOS.

Will Discovery be good? Who knows. But as a confirmed Trekkie myself, and as someone who also enjoys the movies (even the Abrams ones), I know that Trek belongs on the smaller screen in serialized form.

But don’t forget, it took a more than two seasons before TNG found its footing, and TOS wasn’t perfect (most of the third season was awful).

The early word is that DSC is good (DSC is the approved three-letter designation, avoiding an unfortunate STD nomenclature). I am ignoring the voices of those Trekkies who have pronounced a fatwa against it before they’ve even seen it.

Nor do I care that much about continuity. (Okay, I care a little bit, but not like continuity should be considered an infallible text.) Just make it a good show with compelling characters and thought-provoking stories. Oh, and take advantage of 1080p and make it visually sumptuous.

I will definitely be watching Sunday.

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John Oliver explains “the most influential media company that you’ve never heard of”

The largest owner of local news stations in the country, Sinclair is finalizing a deal to acquire Tribune Media, making it an even larger force in local media.

WATCH: Star Trek Discovery – first look trailer

We’re finally seeing the first footage from the new Star Trek series, Discovery. The first episode will premiere on CBS this fall, with the rest of the episodes appearing exclusively on CBS’ streaming service, All Access.

CBS has also announced that the original 13-episode order is being expanded to 15, and a companion show, Talking Trek, will launch at the same time.

The Simpsons troll Trump

It’s not the first time. I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last.

You may be cool…

You may be cool, but you’ll never be Captain Kirk learning his lines while riding a motorcycle cool.

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(And I think this answers any complaints about Kirk riding a motorcycle in the Abrams reboots.)

WATCH: Black Mirror season 3 trailer

“Black Mirror” is an import from across the pond, and not many knew of it a couple of years ago except for a few lucky individuals. When it made its way to Netflix, I gobbled up the first six episodes (only three per season), and eagerly awaited the special “Christmas” installment with Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

It’s an anthology show the likes of which we haven’t seen before. Critics have dubbed it “the Twilight Zone of the digital age,” but that doesn’t do it justice. You have to see it for yourself to understand why people are raving about it.

“Black Mirror” is in the hands of Netflix now, and the streaming network is unveiling six new episodes soon. Watch the official season 3 trailer below.