Saturday, October 27, 2012

Last Post of Trek1701

Hey there friend, this is Chris Lockhart, also known as Chrisloc1701 and this is my 'Star Trek' themed blog. As you may be aware I have just started a podcast, based on my 'Random Nerdness' blog and it is ironically called 'The Random Nerdness Podcast', and we are part of The Atomic Geeks Podcast Network. Well things are going great with the podcast, I and my fellow podcasters are having a blast with this new endeavour. But sacrifices must be made for progress and sadly this blog will be one of those sacrifices. I am going to continue to blog at Random Nerdness, so there will be Trek themed blog entries there from time to time, but this site will halt all blogging effective immediately. I appreciate you taking the time to check the site out, thanks for that! As I said I will still be out there talking 'Star Trek' so be sure to check out my other projects:

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog #37: Remembering B5's 'Commander Sinclair'

Despite 'Babylon 5' not being in the Trek Universe, and in a way competition to Deep Space Nine, B5 has a special place in my heart. It was truly a great space sci-fi series that was way ahead of its time. It was a series that was definitely better than Star Trek: Voyager or Enterprise. Anyway for this weeks entry into the blog we have a sad one:

On September 28, 2012, J. Michael Straczynski posted that O'Hare suffered a heart attack on September 23 and had remained in a coma until the 28th, when he died. 

I was very sad to hear this. I was and still am a huge fan of the 'Babylon 5' series and I really enjoyed Michael O'Hare as Commander Sinclair. I remember when season 2 started being devastated that O'Hare would not be returning. I had no Internet back then and had no way of knowing Bruce Boxleitner would be replacing him on the series. He did make a brief return appearance in Season 2 but made a big splash in the 3rd season 2 part episode 'War Without End'. I had always wished they would have had him back more on the series, especially when they started doing TV movies. I had wanted them to do a 'Babylon 4' movie which would have focused on O'Hare as 'Valen', who was actually 
Sinclair transformed into a Minbari. JMS did do a comic book series based on the B4 concept, but I really wished it had been filmed with O'Hare starring in it.
And sadly O'Hare is the third B5 series star to have passed since the end of the series in the late 90's: Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) passed away in 2006 and Richard Biggs (Doctor Franklin) in 2004. 

Rest in Peace Mr O'Hare, Mr Katsulas and Mr Biggs, you will all be missed and never forgotten.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blog #36: Pop Culture Eraser

A few months back the 'Nerd Lunch' podcast did an episode called 'Pop Culture Eraser' where they took one person and one thing from pop culture (TV series for example) and erased them from pop culture. What would theramifications be? This episode got me thinking of a couple things I would erase from Trek pop culture, and I of course am going to discuss it here:
Person to Erase from 'Trek' pop culture: Rick Berman.
I agree, it is a gamble getting rid of Berman since TNG really got it's groove in season 3, the season he took over the reigns. Biggest thing for me is Rick Berman is an admitted Non-Trekker. He did not watch it growing up, did not watch it in preparation to work for Gene Roddenberry, he was simply a TV Producer, period. But had someone like Michael Piller been in charge, a man who seemed to have a firm grasp on what works and doesn't work for Star Trek, we may have had even more quality TNG. Or someone who is a Star Trek fan running things after Maurice Hurley left TNG at the end of season 2. It worked for the 'Avengers' film having someone at the helm who was a fan of the original material and who knew what would work and what wouldn't. Berman really didn't have a clue, in my opinion.
Thing to erase from 'Trek' pop culture: The UPN Network.

From what I have read the TNG cast had agreed to an 8th season. But because of Paramount was getting ready to launch their 'UPN' network in the USA they wanted their flagship show for this new network to be a Star Trek series. Because of syndication deals in place at the time they could not transfer TNG to UPN, also they wanted a Trek series for many years to come thus 'Voyager' was created and TNG ended in syndication at the end of season 7, one of TNG's worst seasons. Had UPN not existed TNG may have done an 8th season, a season to wrap up all loose ends and leave television on a higher note. But sadly it was not meant to be, thanks UPN and Paramount.
Anywho that's all she wrote, or rather all I wrote. Thanks again to the Nerd Lunch podcast for giving me this blog topic. Nerd Lunch is a great podcast that listen to weekly, and they do talk Trek from time to time. Definitely give their show a listen. I made a guest appearance on episode #28 of Nerd Lunch where Trek was being discussed! Also give them a iTunes review, I'm sure they would appreciate that. See you next time!