Monthly Archives: September 2010

Fringe 3×1 “Olivia” review

Contains spoilers through “Olivia,” originally broadcast 9/23/10. At this point, I’ve got to feel a little gratified, because show I like has managed to make it to a third season. Granted, I know that a lot of shows like that … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

1991 was a special year in franchise lore. It was the twenty-fifth anniversary. Above and beyond the failure of ‘The Final Frontier,’ fans still had an abundance of affection for a cast they had followed for so many years. It … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

1989 saw a unique challenge for Star Trek. For the first time in its history, there would be two competing incarnations. ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was entering its third season, while the original series crew prepared to continue what … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek is always at its best when it is deliberately crowd-pleasing, as evidenced by all the episodes in the original series that continue to be warmly remembered to this day: “The Naked Time,” “Shore Leave,” “The Trouble with Tribbles.” … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

The movie in the entire film series that I think has always gotten the shaft, and for no discernable reason, other than coming between the ones fans (‘Wrath of Khan’) and general audiences (‘The Voyage Home’) really love, the middle … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Whatever else ‘The Motion Picture’ had been, it was a relative failure, one that disappointed fans and general audiences, but it was success enough to have demanded a sequel, and so work was quickly begun to figure out how exactly … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Contrary to popular belief, Star Trek did not enter the movie business simply because of the success of ‘Star Wars’ in 1977 (with apocryphal accounts suggesting Paramount more or less remarking, “What’ve we got like that?”). Gene Roddenberry, the fans, … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek: Enterprise Season Four

The fall of 2004 marked the dawn of a whole new era in genre programming, with the debut of ‘Lost,’ which, at least temporarily, opened the floodgates to networks becoming receptive to wild ideas, bold concepts, and big stories. But … Continue reading

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Fan Companion – Star Trek: Enterprise Season Three

“The Expanse” had already prepared fans for what they could expect in the fall of 2003, when ‘Enterprise’ would take Star Trek for its most sustained serialized storytelling ever, an entire season of a single arc. ‘Deep Space Nine’ had … Continue reading

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