Headsup: Star Trek: The Animated Series on DVD

Star Trek Animated Series DVD

Star Trek: The Animated Series (often referred to simply by the abbreviation “TAS”) was an important part of the Star Trek cannon for a few reasons: it bridged the gap for content-hungry fans between the end of the original series in 1969 and the debut of first film (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) in 1979, it was the first to win an Emmy award, and the first on-screen instance in which fans heard that the “T” in James T. Kirk stood for “Tiberius.”

The series ran from 1973-74 and continued/supplemented many of the storylines from the original series. It also featured the voice talents of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett (the only member of the original cast missing was Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov). While it was popular among many adult fans and critics, the show failed to garner enough of the children’s market as originally intended, and it was cancelled after a total of only twenty-two episodes.

Currently available from CBS/Paramount is a four-disc DVD set that includes all episodes from the series as well as multiple bonus features, including Show History (a simple slideshow-esque collection of facts about the show), a storyboard gallery, audio commentaries (with fun behind-the-scenes info) and text commentaries (pop-up trivia), What’s the Star Trek Connection? (a grouping of mini features that draw lines between the show and other Trek movies and television series), and Drawn to the Final Frontier—The Making of Star Trek The Animated Series (a documentary on the life of the animated series from its beginnings to its reception today, featuring interviews with the creators including D.C. Fontana (producer), David Gerrold (writer), Hal Southerland (director), and Lou Scheimer (series producer).

Mega-fans who want to own anything and everything Star Trek will, of course, want this set (snaggable on Amazon for $12.81) in their library. However, before you buy it for yourself or for someone as a gift, be aware that this set has the same episodes and bonus features as the 2006 set released a decade ago, so there is a chance you/they actually already have it. The episodes themselves are also currently available on Amazon Prime and Netflix, so even if you’re a diehard Trekkie, consider all the available options before purchase.

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:42+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: 50 Years of Star Trek on DVD

50 Years of Star Trek on DVDOut today on DVD is 50 Years of Star Trek, a documentary celebrating the golden anniversary of the iconic franchise that has inspired delight (and in some cases obsession) in fans worldwide for the last five decades.  The original Star Trek series premiered on NBC in September of 1966, pitched by Gene Roddenberry as a cross between classic mythology and the galactic version of Wagon Train.  Although not popular with television executives, the show acquired fans so loyal that when the series was threatened with cancellation (in only its second season), they pulled off a letter-writing campaign of such impressive proportions that NBC renewed it (remember, these were the days where you actually had to put stamps on things if you wanted people to get your message—-truly impressive).  Even though the original series only lasted three years, it was the spark that became the media inferno we know and love today, including multiple television shows, movies, toys, games, books, a Las Vegas attraction, and of course conventions.  (And as those of you who attended the 50th anniversary panel at Comic-Con this year know, we will soon have the prequel series Star Trek: Discovery to enjoy when it premieres this coming May on CBS All Access.)

50 Years of Star Trek first aired on the History Channel in August of this year, created by self-proclaimed “fan boys” Ian Roumain (director) and Brian Volk-Weiss (executive producer).  It is good to note that this documentary is only 85 minutes long (and wasn’t approved or endorsed by Paramount or CBS), so if you’re expecting an exhaustive examination of the franchise with epic amounts of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with everyone who was anyone on the series, etc., that’s not what this is.  That being said, it’s impressive that creators were able to get archival footage and the broad reach of speakers that they did—-the film features roundtable discussions and interviews with cast and crew from each of the television series and the movies (including Whoopie Goldberg, D.C. Fontana, Ronald D. Moore, Jeri Ryan, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Sarah Silverman, Simon Pegg, and others)—-many fans will likely find the most precious of these to be the last complete interview (on film) with the late great Leonard Nimoy.  (When speaking about making the documentary, Volk-Weiss said that right before Nimoy’s interview he quickly finished up a task on his iPhone and said “I remember when these were props.”)

The documentary is available on DVD on Amazon for $14.98 (and as of this writing is not available on Amazon Video, Netflix, iTunes, or the History Channel’s website).  If you’re a die-hard Trekkie who wants a complete collection of everything Star Trek (or even if you just want to ensure that you have Leonard Nimoy’s final interview on hard copy somewhere), you may want to check it out.

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:44+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Headsup|2 Comments

RIP: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy smiling

Leonard Nimoy–actor, director, writer, poet, musician, and elder stateman of the sci-fi geek community for his role as Mr. Spock–died yesterday at age 83. Chances are if you read this site, this is not news to you…since social media has been awash with memorials. And rightly so. An irreplaceable loss to culture, pop or otherwise.

Rox pointed out that bits of Leigh’s interview with him from DragonCon 2009 has been posted on YouTube. So for a look back at the man in one of his elements, here you go:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:36+00:00 February 28th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Headsup: Aliens, Giants, Witches, Vampires & Other Modern Complaints

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-Ray
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:40+00:00 June 19th, 2013|Headsup|2 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #195: Criminal Cravings for Empanadas

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that wants to believe but can’t due to an overabundance of ECT while it was in middle school. And it’s here, albeit delayed by weather, illness and exhaustion–the three horsemen of the podcast apocalypse.

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Pie Town

Agenda:

  • Beer and loneliness. By degrees.
  • Donut outreach
  • The definition of in-laws and Serv’s true occupation
  • The true nature and conspiracy behind X-Track
  • Fun with Hannibal
  • Doctor Who, drugs and the 80s
  • Need Coffee: The Beer
  • Frank Zappa and shoes
  • More Derelict
  • Grimm and gypsy safety advice (SPOILERS)
  • Benedict Cumberkhan and Star Trek mayhem (SPOILERS)
  • Avengers cartoons
  • Strange Dredd casting
  • Faces of Death starring The Monkees
  • Sympathy for the Masters of Evil
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:42+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Benedict Cumberbatch, the Shower of Evil, & the Gravity Well of Fanservice

    Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek: Into Darkness

    You want to stare at me like a piece of meat, do you? So...shall we begin?

    Over the course of the action-explodo-thon of Star Trek Into Darkness, there is a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. I didn’t mind it, partly because it was a brief blip in a film that I was enjoying the momentum of, and partly because I own a penis. But apparently, there has been some kerfuffle about this–and in J.J. Abrams‘ appearance on Conan (shown after the jump), he explains what his thought process was. And, you know, penis or not (though for the record: there is one), I can see where he could have been going for that and it was a beat that just didn’t quite work in that way.

    But yeah, he would have saved himself a ton of trouble if he had just left the shower scene in. All will be explained:
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:45+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Star Trek: Into Darkness – Movie Review

    Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX 3D Poster

    Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof & Roberto Orci, based on the series created by Gene Roddenberry
    Directed by: J.J. Abrams
    Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve

    All you know about Into Darkness is just a smoke screen.

    Where to begin? How about some rules. A contract if you will, between you, the reader, and me, the reviewer. I ask you to stay away from any and all spoilers. I ask you not to speculate with others about this movie before you see it. In return, I will write a review that will sail around those spoilers and still serve you enough information to make a decision whether or not you want to see it.

    With the second Star Trek by J. J. Abrams though, this spoiler-or-no-spoiler problem is key. How so? You have to consider that the marketing campaign–including every interview and every word that Abrams himself has said–are part of the game and the experience. After watching the movie I can summarize the effect the campaign had in one, simple formula: The more you know about the (old) universe of Star Trek and the less (i.e. spoilers) you know about this movie, the bigger the fun will be for you.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:48+00:00 May 16th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments