Category Archives: TV

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.

Happy 50th, Star Trek!

I discovered Star Trek during its first renaissance in syndication in the early 70s, and the first episode I remember seeing is “The Corbomite Maneuver.” From that moment, I was hooked.

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I was just a kid, but that sparked a lifelong love affair with Trek and with science fiction. I devoured every book I could find about Trek – Stephen Whitfield’s The Making of Star Trek, David Gerrold’s The World of Star Trek and his book about the writing of the Tribbles episode, and the adaptations of James Blish. And just a few years after that, NBC gave us the Saturday morning cartoon, which I loved in all its cheaply animated glory.

From there I began reading all the sci-fi classics I could get my hands on – Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and more. Years later I fell in love with Star Trek The Next Generation and the cast became my TV “family.” In later life, moving to L.A., I met and became good friends with the aforementioned Mr. Gerrold, and got to hear stories from the Holy of Holies itself. Happy 50th anniversary, Trek!

WATCH: Making it harder to vote

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight made a welcome return to HBO Sunday evening with a barn-burner of a piece on voting restrictions.

Oliver has said he doesn’t intend to cover the 2016 election per se, but I would consider pieces like this even more important. These are issues that get relegated to the back burner on newscasts which don’t have the time to delve as deeply into the subject.

As always, Sunday night’s piece was as well-researched, as funny, and as enraging as ever, ESPECIALLY the part where legislators who worry about a non-existent voter fraud problem themselves cheat at voting in their legislatures.

Welcome back, John Oliver.

Netflix gets Lost In Space

Let me get this out of the way first: The only reason I care about Lost In Space is that without Lost, there would have been no Star Trek.

In the mid-60s, NBC was primarily interested in Gene Roddenberry’s idea of a space adventure show because CBS had a hit with Irwin Allen’s campy space opera.

Netflix, the current king of streaming, has just announced it is bringing back Lost In Space. The new version is said to be “epic” and “grounded,” which I assume means it won’t be the kiddie show the original 60s drama became.

Even in my childhood eyes at the time, Lost In Space was just too dumb for me, whereas Trek opened my mind to new ideas and sparked a lifelong love of science fiction. But with Trek returning as a series streaming on CBS All Access, and Lost In Space being revived on Netflix, these two iconic shows could be going head to head once again.

Trek was always the more serious-minded effort, where Lost was known for its campiness. Will fans of the old show miss “Danger, Will Robinson!” too much to enjoy a more serious reboot?

Get the details of the new Lost In Space from Deadline Hollywood.