Monday, June 25, 2012

My Weekly Pick

Hey there friends this is Chris with another Weekly Pick, and this will be a 2 week pick as next weekend I will be busy attending a family reunion. My pick this week is for a great Canadian program called 'North of 60'. It is in my opinion the best drama ever filmed in Canada. It aired in the 90's and lasted 5 seasons and had 4 TV movies. The series was about the life and times in a North West Territories native community called 'Lynx River', but it was in fact filmed in my home province of Alberta. It was required weekly viewing in my home. The reason why I am making this my Weekly Pick is because this past weekend while attending my friends wedding I actually got to meet one of the stars of that series. Dakota House, also known as 'Teevee Tenia' on the series was there and I got the chance to meet him and talk his ear off. I had had several alcoholic beverages at that point and I talked his ear off for probably 1-2 hours. He was very nice and a pleasure to meet. 'North of 60' currently airs in Canada on TV Tropolis, but if you live outside Canada I highly recommend you seek out this series as it is in my opinion the finest Canadian drama ever made. 

See you in 2 weeks!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Blog #24: My New Trek Series Premise

As I write this it is my hope someone involved in the creation of the new Trek series will read this idea and (hopefully) use it. My idea for a new series is this:
Star Trek: Light In Darkness
*Assuming it is filmed for a fall 2013 release it would be set in the 24th century in 'real time' taking place 12 years after the end of Star Trek: Voyager, 11 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and after the destruction of Romulus as depicted in the 2009 'Star Trek' reboot film. The year would be approximately 2390.
Events prior to start of series:
- Chancellor Martok was assassinated by his son Drex in personal combat following Martoks refusal to invade the Romulan Empire following the destruction of their homeworld and moon Remus, thepower base of the entire Romulan Empire (Star Trek, 2009 film). Chancellor Drex ignores the urging of the Federation council to not attack the Romulans, he dissolves the Khitomer Accords and once again the Klingon Empire and the Federation are enemies. Drex leads his fleet into Romulan space and what is left of the Romulan Empire is on the run from the Klingons.
- Thomas Riker spent the better part 15 years as a prisoner of the Romulans, prior to his rescue following the collapse of the Romulan Empire. In 2372 he was taken prisoner by the Cardassian military, but his custody was quickly transferred to the Cardassian Obsidian Order, who at that time had an alliance with the Romulan Tal'shiar who asked for Thomas Riker and was given custody of him. Riker was to be used in a brainwashing plot but the plot was abandoned and Riker was left forgotten to rot in a Romulan prison. Riker was liberated following the Romulan Empire collapse and after a year of intense physical and mental rehab he was re-instated into Starfleet's Military Section and given the rank of General. With his intense knowledge of the inner workings of the Romulans he accepted a position withStarfleet Intelligence.

- Deep Space Nine reports strange fleet activities by the Dominion in the Gamma Quadrant. The Dominion do not respond to commication attempts by the Federation and it would seem they may be gearing for war again. No one knows what has become of Odo.
- Section 31 and the official Starfleet Intelligence are systematically destroyed by a series of explosions over most of their installations with all evidence pointing to shapeshifters being responsible.
- The remnants of the Romulan military have gone into hiding as they were overwhelmed by the Klingon Invasion force.
- Admiral Janeway with the assistance of Captain Worf are teamed with putting together a new Starfleet Intelligence task force, codenamed 'Section 32'.  

See you next time!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Blog #23: Trek in Comic Books

Being a kid who is a Trek fan I loved to read Star Trek comics. DC Comics had a great run with their Star Trek comics with the great Peter David writing a lot of Trek comics. Probably my favourite storyline was when Captain Kirk was stabbed and almost killed. Very heavy stuff for a 8 year old kid to read but I remember loving every issue I could get my hands on. They even did a great annual issue where George Takei himself helped to write it. Marvel did Trek comics in the late 90's, didn't buy much of those other than their series based on Captain Pike and the original crew featured in the original 'The Cage' pilot. That was a very neat concept and made for some great reading. Wish I could collect that run in trade paperback format.
Currently IDW is doing a series based on the 2009 JJ Abrams alternate time-line Star Trek. I've read a few issues and they are doing a solid job with that series. So far they are re-telling original series stories with this 'new' crew with some plot twists. but I'm told that later issues focus on original stories written just for the book. I'm looking forward to read those.
I've also ordered the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover comic. Haven't got it yet but I am a huge fan of the Matt Smith 'Doctor Who' television series so i am very excited to read it.
And that's all folks again for this week. See you in the future!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Blog #22: DS9: Best Trek Series?!

I have to say that DS9 may be the best Star Trek series ever made thus far. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge TNG and TOS fan but DS9 just has much more going for it than any other Trek TV series. The creators were able to be creative with this series and were not restrained, especially towards the end of the series. For example they allowed real conflict on this series, the last 2 seasons the characters were fighting in a war. Characters were allowed to change and grow, actors were able to act and writers got to write and see their vision become a reality. They had long reaching story arcs and a supporting cast that got in some cases more screen time than the 'main' cast. I loved in particular the long continuing story lines. In the start of season 6 they had 6 episodes that were essentially one big continuing story and the last 10 or so episodes of the 7th and final season followed the same pattern. It was an interesting and rewarding experience for us fans, but it did alienate new viewers who came in and had no idea what was going on. That is probably why TNG was able to create such a big fan and casual fan base, by doing one and done stories. A 2-part episode is all that TNG ever did, where as DS9 would do 3-part, 6-part, 10-part epic stories.
DS9 is the best Trek series in my opinion. TNG may have a better cast and better one and done stories, but DS9 overall told a better epic story. And the actors were great too. But if you are a new viewer to the DS9 universe may I suggest that the first 3 seasons can be hard to get through, because they follow the TNG one and done story telling style, but DS9 seasons 4-7 are the best Star Trek ever made.
See you next time. Beam me up Scotty!