RIP Joanne Linville

Joanne Linville, who made a memorable Star Trek appearance as a¬†Romulan¬†commander in the original TV series,¬†died Sunday in Los Angeles.¬†She was 93. In a statement to USA TODAY, her family said Linville “lived a full life.” “One whose spirit, passion for art and life was an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” the statement continued. “A loving mother and proud grandmother.”

The actress,¬†born Beverly Joanne Linville on Jan. 15, 1928, in Bakersfield, California,¬†stood out in an acclaimed 1961 episode of¬†“The Twilight Zone.” She played a Southern belle in¬†the final days of the Civil War who learns the cost¬†of war and hatred in one of the classic series’ famous twists. Linville’s motion-picture credits include¬†The Goddess¬†(1958),¬†Scorpio¬†(1973),¬†Gable and Lombard¬†(1976),¬†A Star Is Born¬†(1976),¬†The Seduction¬†(1982), and¬†James Dean (2001). In 1968, she guest-starred as a¬†Romulan¬†commander in¬†Star Trek episode “The Enterprise Incident”. Her other television appearances include¬†Decoy,¬†Alfred Hitchcock Presents,¬†Have Gun Will Travel,¬†Coronado 9,¬†Checkmate,¬† Gunsmoke (three episodes), Bonanza¬†(“The Bridegroom”),¬†The Fugitive, Hawaii Five-O (three episodes,¬†Charlie’s Angels,¬†CHIPS,¬†Mrs. Columbo,¬†Dynasty,¬†and¬†L.A. Law.

 She and actress Irene Gilbert co-founded the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles in 1985.Linville was married to actor/director Mark Rydell from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Linville played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the television movie James Dean (2001), and Rydell directed the film and also played Jack L. Warner. Linville had two children with Rydell: Amy and Christopher, both actors.

Star Trek Jokes : Lightbulbs

Q: How many Ferengi does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one for changing it and another one to sell the broken one

Q: How many Klingons does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: TWO: One to screw it in, and one to stab the other in the back and
take all of the credit.

Q: How many Klingons does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: NONE: Klingons aren’t afraid of the dark.

Q: What do the Klingons do with the dead bulb?
A: Execute it for failure.

Q: What do the Klingons do with the Klingon who replaces the bulb?
A: Execute him for cowardice.

Q: How many Romulans does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: ONE HUNDRED FIFTY_ONE: One to screw the light bulb in, and 150 to self-destruct the ship out of disgrace.

Q: How many Vulcans does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Approximately 1.00000000000000000000000000000000

Q: How many Borg does it take to change a light-bulb?
A: All of them!

RIP Grant Imahara

Actor Grant Masaru Imahara (October 23, 1970 ‚Äď July 13, 2020) was an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He was best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, on which he designed and built numerous robots and specialized in operating computers and electronics to test myths. Prior to his television career, Imahara worked at Lucasfilm in the THX division as an engineer and in the Industrial Light and Magic division in visual effects.

Imahara also appeared on the television show BattleBots, for which he designed and competed with his robot Deadblow and later returned as a judge. Imahara starred in the 2016 Netflix series White Rabbit Project alongside his MythBusters co-stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci.

One of Imahara’s independent projects, during early 2010, was constructing a robotic¬†sidekick¬†for¬†Craig Ferguson, host of¬†The Late Late Show. The robot, named¬†Geoff Peterson, was unveiled on the April 5, 2010¬†Late Late Show¬†episode and is controlled and voiced by comedian and voice actor¬†Josh Robert Thompson.

Imahara portrayed¬†Hikaru Sulu¬†in all 11 episodes of the web series¬†Star Trek Continues. This the only project of his that I have seen and I think that he did a fine job. He also played Lt. Masaru in the 2015 fan movie¬†Star Trek Renegades. In 2014, Imahara appeared in a series of videos showing the behind the scenes process of how several¬†McDonald’s¬†foods are made. In 2015, he appeared in the TV movie¬†Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! In December 2016, Imahara became engaged to his long-time girlfriend, costume designer Jennifer Newman. Imahara died on July 13, 2020, at the age of 49 as a result of a¬†brain aneurysm.

Star Trek : Strange New Words Announced

We seem to be getting a lot of Star Trek theses days on television even if the movie world has been let without a proper answer (as to will we see another Trek movie any time soon). Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be a fresh addition to the franchise. CBS All Access has announced a fifth new series called Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will star Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The trio originally appeared in said roles on Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be set aboard the famed USS Enterprise a decade before Captain Kirk’s time ‚ÄĒ a similar starting point as Star Trek: Discovery ‚ÄĒ and follow the aforementioned three in Spock, Pike, and Number One as ‚Äúthey explore new worlds around the galaxy.‚ÄĚ

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds co-creator and executive producer Akiva Goldsman is also the writer on the first episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, off a story by Jenny Lumet, Kurtzman, and himself. Lumet, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth also serve as executive producers on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in addition to Goldsman, Kurtzman, and Alonso Myers. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper, and Davy Perez will serve as co-executive producers. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a production of CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds joins an ever-growing list of Trek series on CBS All Access, alongside the aforementioned Star Trek: Discovery, which kicked things off in September 2017, followed by Star Trek: Picard in January 2020. Beyond that, we’ve the animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, from Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), and the Michelle Yeoh-led spin-off series from Star Trek: Discovery writing duo Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. And if we’re counting Trek for kids, there’s an animated series in the works at Nickelodeon as well.

There’s no word on a filming start date, let alone a release date, on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There’s also no word on the international platforms for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. (CBS All Access is only available in the US, Australia, and Canada). Previous Trek shows are split between Netflix (Discovery) and Amazon Prime Video (Picard) in India.

Both Discovery and Picard share a highly serialized format, however, the new series set on Captain Pike‚Äôs U.S.S. Enterprise promises a return to classic Trek storytelling. In the announcement video from yesterday, Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount (Captain Pike) described the new series as a ‚Äúclassic Star Trek show that deals with optimism and the future.”

Here is what I want – more episodic and more optimism, Klingons, Vulcans, Andorians, Tellerites & Orions, no changing of cannon, stop messing with the Klingons, introduce new interesting alien races and perhaps bring them as recurring characters, cut out lens flares and finally and more importantly, bring back the excitement & fun elements.

What We Left Behind

In 2017 television producer¬†and¬†screenwriter, Ira Steven Behr who was the showrunner¬†and executive producer of the show, announced he had reconvened much of the former cast and crew of Star Trek Deep Space Nine¬†for a documentary film entitled¬†What We Left Behind. The purpose behind it was to commemorate 25 years of `Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, an exploration of the film’s legacy.¬†It had a very positive response and surpassed its fundraising goals, and this success lead to ground-breaking conversions of¬†Deep Space Nine¬†footage into higher definition although it caused some delays. A screening version was released in late 2018 in Hollywood, New York, and at the¬†Destination Star Trek¬†convention in the U.K.

By February 2017, the documentary was partially finished, according to Behr, with an¬†Indiegogo¬†fundraising page set up to crowdsource the rest of the money needed to complete it. In addition to interviews with cast and crew, the documentary will explore¬†Deep Space Nines legacy; Behr also reconvened the series’ old writers’ room to develop a script for the first episode of an imagined eighth season, which will be featured in the film. In 2017, a fundraiser for the documentary surpassed its target of nearly $150,000 within a day of going live. It went on to raise over $500,000 by March 2017, almost four times the amount requested. When it concluded it had raised over $631,000 from thousands of donators.

the documentary would have original music scored by¬†Star Trek¬†veterans¬†Dennis McCarthy¬†(256¬†Star Trek¬†episodes scored) and¬†Kevin Kiner¬†(10¬†Star Trek¬†episodes scored). The documentary’s producer is Kai de Mello-Folsom, in consultation with others from the original creative team including¬†Star Trek¬†franchise legends such as¬†Michael Okuda, Jonathan West, and¬†Doug Drexler. The documentary includes interviews with the following:

  • Cecily Adams
  • Marc Alaimo
  • Rene Auberjonois
  • Ira Steven Behr
  • Hans Beimler
  • Felecia Bell Rutkowski
  • Rick Berman
  • Marc Bernardin
  • Avery Brooks
  • Casey Biggs
  • B.C. Cameron
  • David Carson
  • Jeffrey Combs
  • Dan Curry
  • James Darren
  • Nicole de Boer
  • Michael Dorn
  • Doug Drexler
  • Ren√© Echevarria
  • Aron Eisenberg
  • Terry J. Erdmann
  • Terry Farrell
  • Lolita Fatjo
  • Max Grod√©nchik
  • Hana Hatae
  • J.G. Hertzler
  • Penny Johnson Jerald
  • David Livingston
  • Cirroc Lofton
  • Junie Lowry-Johnson
  • Dennis Madalone
  • Chase Masterson
  • Kerry McCluggage
  • Colm Meaney
  • Ronald D. Moore
  • Bill Mumy
  • Larry Nemecek
  • Denise Okuda
  • Michael Okuda
  • Robert O’Reilly
  • Steve Oster
  • Michael Piller
  • John Putnam
  • Lou Race
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Ben Robinson
  • Wallace Shawn
  • Armin Shimerman
  • Alexander Siddig
  • Luke Snailham¬†(uncredited)
  • Ian Spelling
  • Ron Surma
  • Nana Visitor
  • Jonathan West
  • Michael Westmore
  • Robert Hewitt Wolfe
  • Herman Zimmerman