RIP René Auberjonois

American actor and singer René Auberjonois best know for his role as the alien shapeshift Odo in Star Trek : Deep Space Nine has passed away at the age of 79. He had been married to his wife Judith since 1963. They had two children, Tessa and Remy, and three grandchildren. René Auberjonois died from lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

Auberjonois was born in New York City. His father, Swiss-born Fernand Auberjonois, was a Cold War-era foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer. His paternal grandfather, also named René Auberjonois, was a Swiss post-Impressionist painter. His mother, Princess Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat (1913–1986), was a great-great granddaughter of Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon’s marshals and King of Naples during the First French Empire, and his wife, Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest sister.

In 1968, Auberjonois landed a role on Broadway, and appeared in three plays simultaneously: as Fool to Lee J. Cobb’s King Lear (the longest running production of the play in Broadway history), as Ned in A Cry of Players (opposite Frank Langella), and as Marco in Fire! In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He received Tony nominations for his roles in Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor (1973) opposite Christopher Plummer; as the Duke in Big River (1984), winning a Drama Desk Award; and, memorably, as Buddy Fidler/Irwin S. Irving in City of Angels (1989), written by Larry Gelbart and Cy Coleman.

Other Broadway appearances included Malvolio in Twelfth Night (1972); Scapin in Tricks (1973); Mr. Samsa in Metamorphosis (1989); Professor Abronsius in Dance of the Vampires (musical), the English-language version of Jim Steinman’s musical adaptation of Tanz der Vampire; and Jethro Crouch in Sly Fox (2004), for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. In films, Auberjonois portrayed Father Mulcahy in MASH (1970), the expedition scientist Roy Bagley in King Kong (1976), and Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid (1989), in which he sang “Les Poissons”. In the American animated musical comedy film Cats Don’t Dance (1997), Auberjonois lent his voice as Flanagan, the human film director of “Li’l Ark Angel”.

His subsequent film roles included the gangster Tony in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988 ), and Reverend Oliver in The Patriot (2000). He made cameo appearances in a number of films, including: Dr. Burton, a mental asylum doctor patterned after Tim Burton, in Batman Forever (1995), and a bird expert who gradually transforms into a bird in Robert Altman’s 1970 film Brewster McCloud. He appeared as Colonel West in the 1991 Star Trek film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Other notable film appearances have included: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Images (1972), Pete ‘n’ Tillie (1972), The Hindenburg (1975), King Kong (1976), The Big Bus (1976), Eyes of Laura Mars (197Where The Buffalo Roam (1980), Walker (1987), My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1988 ), The Feud (1989), Inspector Gadget (1999), and Eulogy (2004).

Auberjonois portrayed the character of Straight Hollander in the 1993 Miramax film The Ballad of Little Jo. He voiced Professor Genius in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Louis the Chef in the 1st and 2nd Little Mermaid films, Flanagan in Cats Don’t Dance, the Butler in Joseph: King of Dreams, and the concierge in Planes: Fire & Rescue. In various long-running television series, Auberjonois portrayed a number of characters, including: Clayton Endicott III on Benson (for which he was an Emmy Award nominee), Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal. He was also in two episodes of Frasier. He also branched out into voice acting for video games, having appeared in a number of popular video games. He portrayed the Greek mythological figure Talos in the first God of War (2005) game, the enigmatic Mr. House in Fallout: New Vegas (2010), Karl Schafer in the Uncharted video game series, and Odo in Star Trek Online.

RIP DC Fontana

Dorothy Catherine Fontana or DC Fontana was an American television script writer and story editor, best known for her work on the original Star Trek franchise and several Western television series.

After a short period working for Samuel A. Peeples as a secretary, she moved to work for Del Reisman, a producer on The Lieutenant, whose creator was Gene Roddenberry. Though The Lieutenant was soon cancelled, Roddenberry began working on Star Trek, and Fontana was appointed as the series’ story editor but left after the second season to pursue freelance work. She later worked with Roddenberry again on Genesis II and then as story editor and associate producer on Star Trek: The Animated Series. During the 1970s and early 1980s, she worked on Logan’s RunThe Six Million Dollar Man, and Buck Rogers in payday loans on line the 25th Century.

Roddenberry hired her to work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but, while she was given an associate producer credit, the experience soured their relationship and resulted in a claim put to the Writers Guild of America. She later wrote an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and an episode of the Star Trek fan-made series Star Trek: New Voyages. Leonard Nimoy credited her for expanding Vulcan culture within Star Trek. He was unsure when “This Side of Paradise” was proposed, as Fontana had changed the romantic lead from Hikaru Sulu to Spock but he enjoyed being able to act out emotions with the character, and also praised her work on “Journey to Babel” and “The Enterprise Incident”. Nimoy also felt that unusually among Star Trek‘s writers, Fontana was able to write believable female characters who were fully developed in the screenplay.

She also sold stories to several more science fiction series, including The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Automan, although the latter never became an episode due to the cancellation of the show. Fontana wrote scripts with her brother for The Waltons and under her own name again for The Streets of San Francisco. Fontana married cinematographer Dennis Skotak. She died on December 2, 2019, following a short illness.

Ranking The 4 Stargate Live Action Series

Here is my ranking of the 4 Stargate Live action series, which includes the webseries Stargate Origins.

  1. Stargate Atlantis
  2. Stargate SG-1
  3. Stargate Universe
  4. Stargate Origins

While SG-1 is awesome and most people’s introduction to the franchise (despite it coming 3 years after the original movie) and is most people’s favourite, mine is Atlantis. That has to do with the fact that I feel that the Wraith are so much more awesome as a villain as I found the Go’auld very boring. Also when they focussed on the Jaffa I found it boring as well. The Wraith always appealed to me and they look awesome and dangerous. The action, the humour, the chemistry between the cast

Now if you were to include the original 1994 movie, I guess that list would be like this

  1. Stargate Atlantis
  2. Stargate SG-1
  3. Stargate
  4. Stargate Universe
  5. Stargate Origins

Origins is really bad. Badly acted, very low budget, badly written and there was no need to do the show in the end. It doesn’t make sense other than they were testing the waters to get interest in a new series for the franchise going. Yes, us fans love more Stargate but no, Origins wasn’t what we wanted.

Stargate Atlantis DVD Box Set Misadventures

Such a big disappointment! My order for the big boxset of Stargate Atlantis & SG Universe was lost in transit and hence I called up Amazon UK and they sent me a replacement for both. That was slightly delayed but apparently a mixup here meant that it was sent back. I tried to go to the main post office yesterday morning and then to another office to see if I could go and collect it myself but it was already sent back!!

Ugh! I was so angry. Now, I had to wait a few more days before I could call up Amazon UK and see what else can be done. I thought that it would be best to ask for a refund and then place separate orders for each box set.

Ok so we do this again and maybe 3rd time is a charm. After my original order for the complete SGA box set and the SGU box set was lost in transit and the replacement got mixed up and was sent back, I decided to get Amazon UK to just get me the refund for the order. The price for the SGA box set was at a special £25 and now it is £51! I looked and I found a 3rd party seller on Amazon UK selling it for £40 and placed an order for that one.

I hope this one reaches me safely. Please, Ancient Ones interfere in this order & shipment for me!

Setting Up Your Android TV Box

In basic terms, an Android TV box turns a TV into one which has the features of a smart TV. In other words, the TV becomes an interactive home PC whereby a whole host of new options become available. These options include; internet browsing, Skype, the downloading of games, video streaming, social networking options, the downloading of applications, the viewing and sharing of photos, webcam usage, movie watching, the reading of e-books and so much more.

All in all, it allows a television to become a TV and a computer in one. This is something which has pretty much-revolutionized family entertainment. It means that the features which usually one person can only enjoy on a computer can now be enjoyed by all. This also means that vast savings can be made because individuals do not have to spend a fortune on buying a smart TV as an Android TV box is much more affordable. All that an individual will need is their standard satellite provider and their Android TV box, which can be found through a whole host of different online stores. Make sure you do not fall victim to counterfeit electronics, though, as there are a lot of scammers out there.

How does one set up their Android TV box?

As mentioned earlier, a lot of people deter from buying such products because they think that they will be too confusing and complex to utilize. This area of the article will explain how to set up an Android TV box. Therefore, any individual considering buying one will know what they are getting themselves into and they can thus determine whether they think they will be able to set it up or not.

Obviously each Android TV box will come complete with a set of instructions; this is merely designed to give a basic overview. So first and foremost, what can be expected to be found in the Android TV package? As well as the actual TV box itself, there should also be the following contents; a power adapter, a remote control, a HDMI cable, two AAA batteries and as mentioned earlier an instruction manual.

Now what will be found in the box has been determined, let’s reveal how to actually set up the Android TV box. In order to connect the box to the television the individual in question must first use the HDMI cable and connect one end into the TV box and the other into the TV. The next step is to actually turn on both the box and the TV. The individual must then use the remote control in order to setup the Android system. They should click on the menu button which is found on the remote control below the volume button and above the play/pause button. Then they should select ‘inputs/signal sources’ then ‘HDMI2’. Once this has done the individual should be able to see a picture on their TV screen. Sound simple? It really is!

All in all, it is really not hard to see why so many people are opting for an Android TV box over upgrading to a Smart TV. At the end of the day, an Android box coupled with a provider from Satellite TV Expert is a lot cheaper than buying a Smart TV.

USS Bellerophon

The USS Bellerophon (NCC-74705) was a 24th century Federation Intrepid-class starship operated by Starfleet. Under the command of Admiral William Ross, the Bellerophon transported Federation delegates to Romulus for a conference on Dominion War issues in 2375. (DS9: “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” ) The Bellerophon was the only Intrepid-class starship other than the USS Voyager ever seen in Star Trek, and the only one to appear outside of Star Trek: Voyager.

The Bellerophon sets were a reuse of the USS Voyager sets from Star Trek: Voyager. This resulted in the Bellerophon having a galley-style counter in the mess hall instead of the two food service replicators, seen in “Caretaker“, and captain’s dining room, mentioned in “Phage“. “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” writer Ronald D. Moore named the Bellerophon after the HMS Bellerophon, a British warship which served as part of a fleet commanded by Lord Nelson in the early 19th century. This vessel was in turn named after the Greek mythological hero Bellerophon, who rode the winged horse, Pegasus. Coincidentally, the USS Pegasus was featured in another episode written by Moore, namely TNG: “The Pegasus“.

The Bellerophon was also the name of the starship that colonized planet Altair IV in the film Forbidden Planet. That film was said to be among Gene Roddenberry’s inspirations for creating Star Trek. This was at least the second starship to bear the name, the first being the Nebula-class vessel USS Bellerophon seen in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot “Emissary“.

Voyager’s Demon Class Beings

The things that come to you in the shower. I was in the shower earlier today when I started thinking that it was so sad about what happened to the Voyager crew duplicates from the Demon class or class Y planet (created in the season 4 episode # 23 “Demon” ). The being or “silver blood” comes to know about being “alive” for the first time after it comes into contact with Harry Kim & Tom Paris and duplicates them.

They then get to replicate the crew of the ship and even creates another Voyager and have the abilities and memories of the crew. Later in season 5 they are all killed after they start to deteriorate and try to find their class Y planet. No one is aware of what they achieved in that year of their existence and it’s a shame even the real Voyager isn’t aware of them.

I just had to sit and watch the episode “Demon” this afternoon before I had to get coffee and get ready to go to work. The episode is darkly haunting and beautiful in ways, especially when they are on the planet. I love these kind of episodes. I don’t have time to watch “Course : Oblivion” now so I will wait for when I come back home and then watch it.

RIP Aron Eisenberg

Actor Aron Eisenberg (January 6, 1969 – September 21, 2019) has died. Aron was an American actor and filmmaker known for his role as Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Born to a Jewish family.He was born with only one, partially functioning, kidney and received a kidney transplant at the age of 17. This limited his growth to 5 feet (1.52 m).

Eisenberg appeared on TV shows including Tales loans in from the Crypt, Amityville: The Evil EscapesParker Lewis Can’t LoseThe Wonder Years, and General Hospital. He guest-starred in “Motherly Love”, an episode of Brotherly Love. Eisenberg had a repeating guest star role in the ’90s TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack, in which he played the character Jerry. He appeared in films such as The Liars’ ClubPuppet Master IIIStreets, and House 3. Eisenberg starred as Nog, a Ferengi, through all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Although the part called for him to appear under heavy makeup, he appeared without makeup as a news vendor in the episode “Far Beyond the Stars”.

He later guest-starred as a Kazon, called Kar, on “Initiations”, an episode of Star Trek Voyager. Eisenberg has also performed on stage in such productions as The Indian Wants the Bronx, On Borrowed Time and Minor Demons. He has occasionally directed for the theater, as in the 1997 production of On Borrowed Time and the 1998 production of The Business of Murder at the Conejo Players Theater.

Eisenberg worked as a professional photographer, opening his own gallery sometime before 2013. In August 2015 Eisenberg was once again diagnosed with kidney failure. He underwent a successful kidney transplant on December 29, 2015, the medical bills for which were crowdfunded. On September 21, 2019, Eisenberg was rushed to hospital in what was described as “critical condition”. He died at the age of 50 later that day.

Deep Space Nine Leaves Me Shattered…Again!

That’s it. Just finished watching the series finale of Star 90 day loan Trek Deep Space Nine and I am a crying, emotional mess. Why did it have to end that way? Now I can’t go to work my evening shift.

Me: Boss, I can’t come in to work today.

Boss : Why such short notice?

Me : It’s not my fault. The war is over, the battle is won and the treaty is signed. But Worf is going away to be the Federation ambassador to the Klingons and joins Martok, Miles is off to earth to teach at the academy, and has taken Keiko, Molly & Yoshi with him, Odo has joined the great link and it looks like it was a final goodbye between him and Kira and that is just heart breaking and then….SIsko is with those stupid wormhole aliens who now want him there for who know how long, leaving a pregnant Cassidy and his son Jake behind in DS9. Rom already left for Ferenginar. And yeah Ezri & Julian have become a couple and the station is in good hands with Kira but to see Jake & Kira stare out from the station looking at the stars and wondering if we will ever see Odo & Benjamin again and then the sad version of the theme music plays and I….I….I….I…???

Boss: Ok. These are friends of yours? Or family?

Me: ???

Boss: Ok leave granted!

The Worst Alien Soldiers Ever

So V is one of the biggest tv shows of my pre-teen years and continuing on to my teenage years, I rewatched that many, many times on VHS tapes that we recorded onto when it was shown on tv. For many years from the age of 17 till my mid 30s I didn’t watch the show – that’s a long, long time! Then with the help of the internet I downloaded bootleg versions of the two mini-series and the single season of the regular tv series and I have watched it twice before my current rewatching of the show. That started on Sunday with the original mini-series and yesterday I was watching the 3 part The Final Battle.

What has always struck me as funny is, as much as they have such snazzy uniforms with that dark red outfit made even more awesome with the black sleeveless leather jacket, the Visitor troopers have got to be the most useless kind of soldiers in all of science fiction! I mean the Storm Troopers in Star Wars come to mind as do the enemy Jaffa soldiers of the evil Go’auld from Stargate SG-1 but these guys have got to take the undisputed number 1 spot.

They almost never hit their target, unless the plot wants them to ofcourse, and they are so easy to kill! A squad of visitor troopers will hit the wall, the door, the building 3 blocks away when the humans they are chasing are just 10 feet in front of them. Yet when the human resistance members shoot in any direction, down goes the soldiers. A grenade thrown in one direction will kill many soldiers several feet away. What’s more, when you shoot a visitor, he does this amazing gymnastic routine and somersaults from a height onto the floor – and in my mind, I keep seeing Olympic judges holding up a 10! Haha, just so funny! Still, I love this show.

Netflix Addicts: Here’s Why You’re In Love With TV

Netflix has become a force of nature in recent years, with the era of the subscription going from magazines and pink boxes to television series and movies that we now can’t live without. The list of TV series we each have backed up on our Netflix watchlists is insane, and the local stores are stocked with those TV series’ immortalised on DVD. There have been huge leaps and bounds in television series’, with plenty of development going on. We’ve gone from advert-ridden TV episodes following storylines of comedic duos, to fully immersive experiences that get the watcher going when they’re in front of the screen.  It’s like the TV world is experiencing a third Golden Age, and we are LOVING it.

We have coined the phrase “Netflix and chill” and we make a point of settling in front of Netflix with a pizza at least once a week. We broke through the TV monotony with the quality of the programs that are released in quick succession and we are falling in love with more shows than ever. But why? What is it about Netflix and similar TV subscriptions that have us on the edge of our seats? It’s all about that immersive experience, so let’s talk about that!

We are living in an age of experience. We want more from everything; developing virtual reality and combining our TV and gaming experiences with artificial intelligence. Experience is doing more than information is right now, which is why we are a generation of watchers. Bloggers get fewer views than vloggers. Companies with videos on their websites are doing better than those who don’t. So, it makes sense that we want a more immersive and all-encompassing experience!

We want to dive in and feel the show and the characters every emotion. It’s why immersive theatre is on the rise, and it’s filtered down to our TV viewing pleasure. Immersive theatre is where the audience becomes part of the performance, where the sets are elaborate, and the costumes by Akua Murray Adoboe are exciting and captivating. The result of all of this has filtered to horror movies and TV series like Game of Thrones that bring us all in and make us fall in love, cry, feel the fear – it’s all a part of the experience. Here are some of the reasons we crave more experiences in our TV shows:

Escape

We jump out of our extended hours at work and straight into our Netflix TV list. We put everything else out of the room, and we watch our characters like they’re our best friends and worst enemies, and we do it with our hands clasping our cheeks. The way that we press ourselves into the TV shows that we love pulls us out of our everyday lives and into something entirely different.

Imagination

When you watch some films, you can immediately appreciate the technology and level of detail that has gone into it. Think about the way we respond to Game of Thrones or Stranger Things: we question everything, we enjoy the thrill of exploring a world that has been created entirely with CGI. It gives us the chance to imagine the experience of the actors who had to pretend they flew dragons and slew aliens – but really they were looking at a green screen and an orange on a stick! You can transport yourself to another world with the click of a button

Excitement

More than anything else, we seek excitement, and we want to feel something deep inside. Our love of being overstimulated filters down through every avenue in life, and we want to feel confused, scared, overjoyed. We even want to sob hard with a good weepy to reach the emotions usually numbed down by work!

So, Why Do We Love TV So Much?

Well, there are a lot of answers to this question more than the reasons we love an immersive experience. TV is something so different from what we had in front of us for years, and today, the leading TV shows that really make us binge watch are those that are aimed at a very small target audience. It used to be that TV show writers would write their shows to appeal to a broad audience – well, everyone – but now it’s not the case. Game of Thrones isn’t for everyone (those who don’t like it are wrong), but it’s not written for everyone, which is why it’s so popular! We enjoy the quality and the picture that we get on the wider screen TVs that we buy.

As well as all this, we all love that TV series is now on par with the movies that come out every week. They’re as deep, as exciting and as gripping as the blockbusters, and the number of viewers that TV series now get is proof of how much people fall in love with the experience that TV now offers. We mentioned earlier that this could be a third Golden Age of TV, and here were the first two:

  • 1940 – 1955: I Love Lucy & Perry Mason dominated our TV screens and made us all fall in love with cheeky, comedic characters.
  • 1990-2000: We love the 90s, and the series like NYPD Blue, Moonlighting, and Northern Exposure all dominated the screens.
  • Now: Now? Now we have Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The West Wing and we are loving.

The 1970s have always been cited as a low point in TV history, and it’s the shows of the Golden Ages that we remember the most. You may not be addicted to the blue-screen technology pushed out by your TV screen, but you would be addicted to the qualities of the shows that you see and fall for. Rustle up the popcorn and order in; TV shows are getting better and better.