Archive for June 2015

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This week, Mike and Barry discuss one of the most important characters from the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast, Commander William T. Riker.  From his early days defending a captain against mutiny to taking command of a ship traveling to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, Will Riker has represented much of what Trek is all about - daring, courage and humor.  We take a look at what makes him play that trombone, win at cards and bluff the Borg in Episode 44, "The Redoubtable Commander Riker".

"Captain of my Heart" by the redoubtable AllisonMacD

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This week, in addition to a lot of recent news about possible upcoming TV series, Mike and Barry come up with with various questions for each other about Trek-related topics. The questions are hard-hitting, opinionated and occasionally silly - just like every other episode!  Join us as for Episode 43 as Mike and Barry put each other on the spot - and we don't mean the cat!

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In 1997, Trek producer Michael Piller began writing the initial drafts of what would eventually become Star Trek's 9th movie, "Insurrection."  When the TNG movie opened to very mixed reviews, the late writer also created a book that explained the process of how "Insurrection" went from concept to the final product on the screen.  This book was never published, but is now available online and is an interesting look not only behind the scenes in the Star Trek production offices, but Hollywood film-making in general.  This week, Mike and Barry review, "Fade In: From Idea to Final Draft - the writing of Star Trek: Insurrection" and find out what characters and plot-lines never made it to the screen in Episode 42, "The Insurrection That Almost Was"

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