“Trouble with Tribbles” Writer David Gerrold talks about the heritage of Star Trek

With Star Trek marking its 50th anniversary this week, all of fandom has been celebrating the launch of the television series that inspired generations of science fiction lovers and created a lasting legacy.

As part of the celebration, CBS Home Video is releasing a special collector’s edition blu-ray set that gives Star Trek fans a look at the series as they’ve never seen before. (I’ll be posting my review of the set in the coming week. There’s a LOT to check out!) They also had original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold doing interviews with different media outlets to talk about Trek and the new blu-ray set.

I was able to get a few minutes with Gerrold, who I must admit being a fan of for decades. In addition to writing “The Trouble with Tribbles”– considered one of the most popular Star Trek episodes ever – he’s also written the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novella “The Martian Child.” But I really became a fan when I got hooked on his “War Against the Ch’Torr” series, a tale of alien invasion that this geek discovered in high school after reading an excerpt in “Starlog Magazine.” (Gerrold informs me that he has finished the 5th book and is awaiting edits.)

Gerrold spoke to me by phone as he was on the road doing the Star Trek convention circuit:

Geek To Me: Have you had a chance to look at the set, and if so what do you think about it?

David Gerrold: I’ve looked at some of it. It’s 30 discs, you know, it’s going to take a while to get through the whole thing. But I am so jazzed by the blu-ray remasters. If you have a good TV set – and most of us have 42 inches and up now – you’re actually seeing Star Trek better than it’s ever been presented before.

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I remember we would get the dailies for Star Trek the original series, and it was a 35 millimeter print, the same you would go to the movies (to see). It was crisp, clear, there was no grain, no jumping around, no scratches, and it was on a high quality projector, right?

What you’re seeing on the blu-rays is as if you’re seeing (the dailies) but it may be even better because it’s been digitally remastered. For instance there’s a shot in “The Trouble with Tribbles” where Leonard Nimoy has some coffee on his velour at lunch. And you can see it, the coffee stain. Nobody ever noticed that before.

So, I am so excited to actually have this high-quality version of Star Trek. Because Star Trek is iconic. It’s just one of the very best things that American television has ever created. As a science fiction fan, how can you not be enthralled?

I’m excited, did I say that?

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Getting paid on the Enterprise: How does money work on Star Trek?

The latest episode of Geek/Countergeek has Keith Conrad and I discussing Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, the new blu-ray collection, and how money – or more specifically commerce – works in Gene Roddenberry’s utopian future.

Just how much do garbage men make in the United Federation of Planets?

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Andy Samberg is a POPSTAR in new comedy on Blu-Ray/DVD

Ever since he left Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg has done a pretty good job of staying in the pop-culture limelight, breaking out like other former SNL cast members in new television and film projects. Now the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star has a movie coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD where he plays a pop star who is trying to remain relevant.

The film is a comedy called POPSTAR: NEVER STOP STOPPING and it was written by Samberg and his Lonely Island homies. I’ve got the details about the Blu-Ray/DVD release in the following press release. And I’ve got digital copies to give away to a couple lucky Geek To Me readers!

Check it out:

 AN OUTRAGEOUS NEW COMEDY FROM THE LONELY ISLAND AND ‘TRAINWRECK’ AND ‘40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN’ PRODUCER JUDD APATOW

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 16, 2016, ON DEMAND AUGUST 30, 2016, AND BLU-RAY AND DVD SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT025192319006_bluray_ws_3dretail_clr

“Insanely funny!” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Universal City, California, July 12, 2016 – Andy Samberg stars in this hilarious comedy as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, coming to Digital HD on August 16, 2016, On Demand on August 30, 2016, and Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 13, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This side-splitting comedy goes behind the scenes as music sensation Conner4Real (Samberg) finds his popularity plummeting after a disastrous album release, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on Blu-rayTM and DVD comes with over an hour of outrageous bonus features, including deleted scenes, a gag reel, celebrity interview outtakes and more!

(More info and contest details after the jump!)

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WWE and The Flinstones tag-team for “Stone Age Smackdown”!

After teaming up with Scooby-Doo and the gang at Wrestlemania, the Superstars of the WWE are going “pre-historic” and hitting the road to the town of Bedrock and an encounter with The Flintstones!

Check out the details in the following press release, watch the trailer, and then catch up with me for my commentary at the bottom of the post!:

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND WWE STUDIOS’ ORIGINAL NEW ANIMATED FILM THE FLINTSTONES& WWE: STONE AGE SMACKDOWN IS SET TO RELEASE MARCH 10, 2015

Starring WWE Superstars John Cena® and Vince McMahon Available for the First Time on Blu-Ray™ Combo, DVD and Digital HD

NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2015 )– The Flintstones join forces with WWE and go back to the Stone Age in the all-new animated film, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, co-produced by WWE® Studios and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Timed to debut leading into WrestleMania 31, this all-new original movie is available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo, and Digital HD for the first time on March 10, 2015. Rated the #2 greatest cartoon of all time by TV Guide, the Flintstones’ return to the center ring will be sure to deliver high-octane action for fans of all ages.

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Only an appearance in a Flintstones feature could get The Undertaker to come out of retirement!

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Win a copy of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” on Blu-Ray [CONTEST][UPDATED!]

Guess what my fellow geeks, nerds and gamers? I’ve got another contest! This time it’s coinciding with the release today of MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY II on Blu-Ray!

Now, this is going to be a bit tougher than the STAR WARS: REBELS contest I currently have going, but if you’re a true MK fan and have decent “google fu” you should be able to win it. And the Grand Prize is pretty sweet!

First up, here are the deets on the new Blu-Ray edition of MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY II:

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, produced by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, is the hit live action web series based on the legendary Mortal Kombat video game franchise, co-created by Ed Boon, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Originally debuting exclusively on Machinima in September 2013, the web series became an instant favorite with more than 19 million views.

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