Svengoolie to present original Star Trek pilot episode

Fans of both Star Trek and b-movie horror host Svengoolie will enjoy the show this weekend when MeTV airs the original pilot episode “The Cage” hosted by the Chicago Television legend!

When I heard the news, I reached out to Sven’s alter-ego Rich Koz for comment: “As a longtime Star Trek fan, who watched the shows when they first aired  -yeah, I’m that old- getting to present the original pilot is a real kick for me -especially this remastered, full color version. Still blown away by the scene where Spock finds something amusing and breaks out in a big smile!”

Which begs the question, will the rubber chickens be set to stun?

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From the MeTV YouTube Page:

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 Svengoolie presents the original, unaired ‘Star Trek’ pilot, “The Cage,” at 10PM | 9C. Also, at 9PM | 8C, tune in for the first ‘Star Trek’ episode to air on broadcast television, “The Man Trap.”

Visit the MeTV website for programming info!

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“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?

More after the jump!

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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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Supergirl soars to Chicago and C2E2 in 2016!

Every year I look forward to returning to the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The folks at Reed Pop have put together a show that keeps growing, featuring the top creators from comics, and stars from movies and television.

(Read my feature on C2E2 2015 for the Chicago RedEye HERE!)

Fans in the Midwest have been spared having to book a flight to the East & West coast cons because they get a chance to rub elbows with the likes of Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Brian Azzarello and Jill Thompson right here in the Windy City!

In the past, C2E2 has also given fans a chance to interact with the stars of Marvel’s The Avengers , Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones and Agent Carter among many others.

Melissa Benoist Headshot (Supergirl)
Melissa Benoist (photo credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

Next year will be no different as today Reed Pop announced that the stars of the hit television show Supergirl, Melissa Benoist (Supergirl/Kara Danvers) and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) will be appearing at C2E2, March 18-20, 2016!

According to Reed Pop, this is the first time they will be attending a convention together to participate in a Panel and Autographing sessions.

Given the tremendous popularity of the show, this is going to be a hot ticket indeed!

Now heading into its seventh year, C2E2 is heralded as “THE pop culture convention in the Midwest.” It’s a chance for the Chicago fanboy/fangirl/cosplay communities to get out and celebrate the films, shows and characters they love!

(I even recorded my 5 on 5 video for Redeye right on the show floor with the mighty Avengers!)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit C2E2.com.

 

“The Walking Dead” invade Navy Pier for “Walker Stalker Con”!

Ever wonder what happens to zombies when exposed to below-zero wind-chill temperatures? I think we’re going to find out when WALKER STALKER CON takes place at Navy Pier this weekend!

The burgeoning fan convention devoted to all things horror, but with a special focus on “The Walking Dead”, will be in full swing bringing fans of the hit television series to the lakefront from all over the country. WALKER STALKER CON also boasts an impressive roll call of celebs, featuring current and former cast members from TWD, along with actors from other cult shows like LOST and BREAKING BAD.

Here are the details:

WALKER STALKER CON RETURNS TO CHICAGO WITH CELEBRITIES FROM ZOMBIE AND HORROR FILMS AND TV SHOWS FEBRUARY 21ST & 22ND

Chicago, ILWalker Stalker Con, a zombie and horror themed fan­centric convention, will be held at the Navy Pier​, downtown in Chicago, IL on February 21 & 22, 2015. Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event.

WSCbannerIn March of 2014, Walker Stalker Con made its debut in Chicago, where it assembled more “The Walking Dead” cast members than any convention ever before, along with other actors from zombie and horror films.

Read the celebrity guest list after the jump!

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Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor talks about becoming The Penguin

Via YouTube comes this interview with Robin Lord Taylor of the television series “Gotham.” The “Young Penguin” actor visits with Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrrare of the “Home & Family” Show to talk about auditioning for the role, carrying on the tradition of The Penguin (from Burgess Meredith & Danny DeVito) and working with co-star Carol Kane.

Hail to the King baby! Get the script to Army of Darkness 1992.1

Listen up screwheads! This Wednesday Dynamite Entertainment’s anniversary special “Army of Darkness 1992.1” will be hitting the shelves at comic shops everywhere. The square-bound anthology edition features the talents of Steve Niles, James Kuhoric, Cullen Bunn and Mike Raicht (along with yours truly) writing untold tales of everyone’s favorite chainsaw-swinging, boomstick-blasting hero, Ashley J. Williams.

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It was such a blast getting to play with Ash again and it was a real honor to have my name on a book with some of the top talents in comics! Now, since I think this occasion merits doing something special to commemorate it, I’m going to reward all my readers with a treat!

(Read more after the jump!)

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This is the darkest timeline…

I’ll never forget the day this happened. To set the scene up: I had been asked by the folks of Wizard World – the convention organizers – to moderate the “Star Trek Captains Reunion” panel at the WW Chicago Comic-Con a couple years ago. It was going to be one of the biggest events I’d ever be a part of at that point in my career as a “geek journo.” The panel included Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko from “Deep Space Nine”), Scott Bakula (Captain Archer on “Enterprise”) and Captain Kirk himself…WILLIAM…EFFING…SHATNER(!)  Now, Shatner had already given me some playful grief backstage, so I guess I should have expected this:

Funny, huh? Thing is, something happened during the panel that kind of paints that whole act of nerd collectible-vandalism in a different light. Something that pretty much goes unnoticed by most if you watch the entire panel on video.

Quite frankly, it was a hard lesson that I learned about dealing with celebrities and interacting with them in these types of scenarios. It was also lesson that I’ll never forget, and that I always keep in mind when I work conventions like C2E2 or Chicago TARDIS.

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