Tagged Star Trek

The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

If you love something, it’s worth a little embarrassment. That’s the hook of the Maximum Fun network show The Greatest Generation, a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast by “two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast.” The chagrined gentlemen in question are Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica, two 30-something writer-filmmakers who live in not-so-secret shame on opposite coasts. Musician John Roderick—front man for the Long Winters and a mutual friend—paired the...

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

Throwback Thursday: Galaxy Quest Is an Homage, Not a Parody

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. One of the first panels I remember attending at CONvergence was a discussion about which parody was better, Galaxy Quest or Spaceballs. The consensus was that the two were hard to compare since they came from entirely different mindsets. While Spaceballs sent up everything having to do with space operas,...

Fire Up the TARDIS for a Trip to Nerdville

Nerdville is not so much a place as it is an experience—and a familiar one, at that. The latest original show from Arts Garden in Hugo, just a 20-minute drive north of St. Paul, is the ultimate crossover between some of sci fi and fantasy’s most classic films and television shows, including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Harry Potter. The show follows The Big Bang Theory characters Penny and Sheldon,...

Throwback Thursday: With No Melodrama or Space Battles, 2001 Is Still a Space Opera

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. After a short overture, we’re brought into this film by the opening strains of Richard Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Then the tile card appears. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you’ll know by those musical strains what I’m talking about: 1968’s Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s rare...

A Klingon Christmas Carol Brings Scrooge and Star Trek Together Again

When I first heard back in August that auditions were happening for A Klingon Christmas Carol, I immediately had to share with a group of fellow Star Trek nerd friends. After much fangirling and wishing they could move here for the experience, it was largely not-at-all discussed for months, until it popped up in my Facebook feed as a suggested event. I promised them I would go, so tickets were purchased for a double date on opening night. I’ve never...

50 Years on the Final Frontier: Seeing Star Trek through the Eyes of Minnesota Geeks

It’s been 50 years to the day since Star Trek‘s September 8, 1966, premiere on NBC. A different but equally important milestone happened 20 years later, on December 20, 1986—the night William Shatner appeared on Saturday Night Live, in an episode featuring then-timely sketches about T. J. Hooker and Oliver North and presenting the musical stylings of one Buster Poindexter. More to the point, Shatner appeared as himself in a now-infamous sketch set at a clichéd Star Trek fan convention...

Win FREE Tickets to the Star Trek Movie Marathon!

ATTENTION TWIN CITIES TREKKIES—do you want to see Star Trek Beyond EARLY and FOR FREE? How about seeing it together with both of the previous two movies? The AMC theater at Southdale in Edina is holding a one-night-only IMAX 3-D movie marathon starting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, showing Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness and ending with a special advance screening of Star Trek Beyond. And because we love you all so much, we’re giving...

Book Geek Bulletin: New Year, New Books

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit Minnesota sci-fi and fantasy convention CONvergence has announced its guests of honor for 2016, who include a number of writers: Amal El-Mohtar, poet, fiction writer, and editor; Amy Shira Teitel, popular-science writer focusing on spaceflight; Mark Oshiro,...

Weirdo to Watch: Klingon Christmas Director Bill Stiteler

Bill Stiteler is a man who touches the Twin Cities geek community in many different ways. He directed the film Thac0, about geeks playing role-playing games in a basement, as well as multiple Fringe shows; he is involved in CONvergence; and he is an avid podcaster. I recently sat down with Bill to discuss his life as a geek and his new project A Klingon Christmas Carol, playing this December at the Historic Mounds Theatre. Duck Washington (TCG): What does the...
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