Majel Barrett Rodenberry Has Beamed Up…

Hi all…

Some of you who know me, you might know that I’m a bit of a closet Trekkie these days. I used to attend science fiction conventions in Denver when I was in college, but can’t say I’ve gone since then. I had a chance to get the autographs of George Takei and Michael Dorn, along with others that I can’t remember where I put away. And I listened intently when they spoke live upon those stages.

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Majel Barret Roddenberry was, like Nichelle Nichols, a force to be reckoned with both within the Star Trek universe and without. Her influence as Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series have left a lasting impressions on fans and non-fans alike. No one can dispute the effect that Star Trek has had on popular culture, technology, and beyond.

She passed away at age 76 on December 18, 2008 from a brief battle with leukemia, but will be remembered more for the way she lived her life and shared that life with her fans than anything else.

When we hear her voice later in 2009 as the computer in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie reboot, it will be for the last time. But the memories will last lifetimes.

Farewell Majel and may you continue your Star Trek in the heavens forever.

–Fitz

p.s. You can read the family’s announcement at the Roddenberry.com website.

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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek

Hi all!

I’ve written about J.J. AbramsStar Trek movie before, talking about the interesting casting he did. But there’s a sense of dread each time I see a new trailer.

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Some punk little version of Kirk driving a car into a ravine? The same punk riding a motorcycle past the site where they’re building the Enterprise? Was JJ channelling Thelma and Louise mixed with Top Gun?

And what’s with Uhuru ripping off her shirt? There’s been much debate whether Nichelle Nichols is yelling or not about that.

And then over at Geek Tyrant, I saw this today and it made me laugh. So I thought I’d share it. 🙂

I’m starting to worry about this film. I’m interested. I want to see it, but there’s this feeling of dread building each time I see more footage. Will it be worth the agony? We’ll have to wait and see…

–Fitz

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Casting for the new JJ Abrams Star Trek Movie

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Hey all…

So I don’t know if anybody follows movie casting at all… But the news on the internet seems to be that JJ Abrams‘ new Star Trek movie project is going to be populated by an interesting cast…

To say that this is a unique cast would be an understatement. I’m excited about Pegg & Cho as Scotty & Sulu… Don’t know Yelchin or Saldana… Zachary Quinto is great as the evil Sylar in Heroes… And I can’t say I’ve ever seen Chris Pine. So it’s a mixed bag.

But JJ Abrams has done interesting things in the past. MI:3 was the last movie I saw of his and it could’ve been renamed “Run Tom (Cruise), Run!” because that’s pretty much all Tom’s character did. But I liked the first season or two of Alias, so maybe this will work out.

Anyway… That’s it for now. Until next time… Boldly go where no one has gone before!

–Fitz

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