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

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 20: Ganja & Hess

Ganja and Hess

Again, before we get to our Blaxploitative feature film for this evening, we spend some quality time with The Shat and his appearance on the Ray Bradbury Theater episode, “The Playground.” Would anyone who frequents this site honestly consider all aspects of childhood to be flowers and sunshine and Atari 2600s? No. And your Uncle Ray knows this.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:04+00:00 October 19th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 3: Double Feature in the Zone!

William Shatner from The Twilight Zone: Nick of Time

That’s right…Movie Night #3 isn’t a movie at all but a double feature of episodes from one of the most badassed designed-with-Halloween in mind shows ever: The Twilight Zone. Your episodes tonight…well, when The Shat isn’t freaking out on a plane he’s hanging out in a small town, getting his fortune told by a freaky devil-headed gadget. You don’t need me to tell you that things can’t end well when you follow that. Then we go to Dick York, who gets a certain extra ability when a rare occurrence happens.

Both brilliant. And the Blu-Ray boxed set is brilliant too. Normally I’d be the first to tell you to snag the DVD since it’s cheaper–but they had to be bastards and load the Blu-Rays up with scads of extra features. They’re evil like that. It’s pricey. But damn, is it awesome.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:47+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #115: If Christ Left Chicago On a Bus…

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is celebrating its last pre-Rapture show. One way or another, we’ll be here next week. You can bet on that. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Streets of Fire

Agenda:

  • Life in a pillow
  • The End of the World numerology…dissected (full list for your convenience at the bottom of the post)
  • Better suggested days for The Rapture
  • Blondie vs. The End of the World
  • Home Alone vs. Left Behind
  • The nature of light in heaven
  • Streets of Fire
  • Chaos in a cycle
  • Alcohol report
  • Shaved pussies
  • Looting post-Rapture
  • Ben and Jerry’s on sale!
  • The Great Cupcake
  • Jon and family at the movies
  • Cinema problems
  • Rox at the movies
  • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:40:56+00:00 May 20th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Your Weekend Justice #87: I Can’t Believe This Podcast is Not Butter!

    No matter what you do, you cut off a piece of the podcast, the podcast will regenerate itself. It’s like a gecko but less green. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that will eat at the hotel restaurant and charge it to your room…and you’ve never even met it. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Nutter Butter Guy

    Agenda:

    • CSI vs. People’s Court
    • The Shat gets around
    • The People’s Prince of Darkness
    • Leigh vs. Leave It to Beaver
    • Widge vs. German beer!
    • Rox, Widge and Dom are all going to hell
    • Leigh ponders Jon’s manhood
    • Living in Sim
    • Housewarming gifts
    • A new kind of Nutter Butter
    • Leigh vs. Urban Dictionary
    • “Everybody Step Back!”
    • Snapdragon!
    • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:46:57+00:00 October 22nd, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #66: Power Girl and Her Origins

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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    Starfire

    Agenda:

    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:07+00:00 May 14th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|4 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Clancy, Conan and Shatner All Return (Not All at Once, Though)

    Tom Clancy: Dead or Alive
  • Tom Clancy is hitting in December with what sounds like “Crisis on Infinite Clancy,” at least according to the press release: “For the First Time Ever, Tom Clancy Brings Together 26 Years of Unforgettable Characters, including Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jr., John Clark, Ding Chavez, and Mary Pat Foley, to Jointly Face Their Greatest Challenge Yet–Modern-Day Terrorism.” So it’s…Rainbow Seven? No, it’s Dead or Alive and it hits December 7th of this year. His co-author on the book is Grant Blackwood, despite the seemingly 8 point font for Blackwood’s name on the cover. Blackwood has written books based on Clancy’s characters.
  • The UK is getting Mountain Dew. Or at least a variant of it. Not sure why they feel the need to change it, but maybe that’s due (no pun intended) to the fact it’s going to be marketed there as an energy drink. If some enterprising Brit reader would like to send me a sample, I’d be quite grateful. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:57+00:00 April 13th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|4 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #61: Adequate and Yet Awesome

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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    Mazes and Monsters

    Agenda:

    • iPad! Or…not!
    • Recreation
    • Widge and the Nazi DS
    • Gaming MILFs
    • Gaming secret origins
    • King of Kong
    • Rob doesn’t save Leigh’s kid
    • The cutthroat world of competitive Scrabble
    • Phalanx!
    • Hot Tub Time Machine
    • Lars Von Trier, Dick
    • Crispin Glover Returns!
    • Leigh is moving it. Or something.
    • Captain America
    • John Cusack, standoffish
    • Aaron likes getting wet
    • Ken Plume, Super Pimp
    • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:53:04+00:00 April 9th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|6 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #56: The Barely Usable Episode

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. This one especially so. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    duct tape

    Agenda:

    • Leigh and her mittens
    • The Kool-Aid Man, wanted for questioning
    • Don’t Click It!
    • ScottC, virulent stud
    • John Malkovich vs. ScottC
    • We’re sorry, Scott White
    • Who is Scott White?
    • Match Game
    • Breathing love
    • Choose Your Own Fornication!
    • Leigh and the virus
    • Earth-3 and 1602
    • ScottC’s apology
    • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:54:11+00:00 March 6th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #49: The Spittle of Drama

    Vick Vapour Rub

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    Agenda:

    • Widge’s tit?
    • Leigh and her noises
    • By the way, it’s cold
    • Speak For Yourself, Shackleton
    • The Holiday Report
    • The expected Avatar rantfest
    • The even more expected Doctor Who rantfest
    • The obligatory Torchwood mini-rant (by comparison to the previous rantfests)
    • Doctor Who actor transitions
    • The Torchwood musical
    • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:55:45+00:00 January 9th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments