Posts Tagged ‘Television’

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES episode, "The Cloud Minders." Season 3, episode 21. Original air date, February 28, 1969. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

It is hard to imagine that the original Star Trek series is now fifty years old.

It is also difficult to think of any cultural entity, certainly not a TV show, that has achieved a comparable level of cultural penetration or longevity. So much of Star Trek – and not even the movie franchise or TNG, DS9 and the later iterations, but just that original TV series – has become cultural short-hand.

The series has been endlessly paid homage to or parodied, and Star Trek may be the most referenced pop cultural phenomenon – certainly the most referenced TV series – of all time. (more…)

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Didn’t have enough time to properly, fully eulogise concerning the brilliant British film, stage and TV actor John Hurt, who passed away a few days ago after a struggle with pancreatic cancer.

There would be a lot to say about Hurt, whose rich, varied career included any number of memorable or stellar performances. But my own permanent sense of connection to Hurt’s on-screen legacy is a particular performance from his younger years.

While many would regard his portrayal of the Elephant Man as one of the great performances in cinema, John Hurt’s portrayal of the unhinged Emperor Caligula in the classic series I Claudius stands as one of the most compelling television performances there has ever been. (more…)

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Just a quick post here, to pay respect to Jerry Doyle, who has just died.

The news of his passing, at the age of 60, caught me off-guard. Known to some as a talk radio host, to others as a right-libertarian political commentator, he was also founder of the popular content platform Epic Times. (more…)

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Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the documentary film that Adam Nimoy has been trying to make about his late father is going to be completed.
The project, which was started with the late Leonard Nimoy’s involvement, has seen 9,439 backers pledge $662,640 to help bring it to life.

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It is 20 years since the first broadcast of one of the greatest television series’ of all time and the finest SF TV serial to have ever graced the small screen. J. Michael Stracynski’s  Babylon 5  set a standard for science fiction storytelling in television that hasn’t been matched since.
In fact it’s difficult to see it ever being matched, given the sheer dearth of televisual science-fiction and the unwillingness of major TV studios to support the genre (or to take chances with innovative ideas in general).

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You might’ve heard already, but there’s a Supergirl  live-action TV series in production, scheduled to air next year.
It will follow in the footsteps of The Arrow The FlashConstantine and  Gotham  as DC continues to beat Marvel to the TV market instead of trying to compete with the  Disney-backed Marvel Studios on the big-screen.

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I don’t know if I’m the only one who’s been (pleasantly) surprised by how good the Gotham TV series is proving to be. I’m genuinely hooked; I was hooked in fact really quickly.
And it’s very rare that that happens to me, as far as episodic TV goes. But the pilot was something far better than I expected, managing to engage, intrigue and draw in. And several episodes in, the quality level hasn’t dropped yet.

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Whilst the Star Trek franchise is generally as mainstream as sci-fi gets, what most passing viewers tend to think of is either the groundbreaking Original Series with Shatner and Nimoy or the hugely successful Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The other three Star Trek series’ tend to be largely overlooked by all except proper fans; the last of these, Enterprise (with Quantum Leap’s Scott Bakula as the lead) suffered a massive drop in interest and following, despite featuring some very strong storytelling, while Voyager, though it had its occasional moments, was generally not of the standard of its predecessors.

However, the third series in the franchise, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘ (1993 – 1999) is in my opinion one of the most underrated and under-appreciated television series’ in history and in fact the very best Star Trek series to date. (more…)