Doctor Who Lost and Found: Two Missing Episodes Recovered!

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‘Tis the season of giving and for Doctor Who fans such as ourselves, we have been given a wonderful gift, news of two previously missing episodes which have been recovered! Two classic episodes from the 1960s include one from the William Hartnell era, Episode 3 of Galaxy 4 and from the Patrick Troughton era, Episode 2 of The Underwater Menace were found.

Both were in the collection of one Terry Burnett who had purchased them in the early 1980s and was not aware he had them.

You can read the full article on Gallifreyan Embassy.

Sarah Douglas Lends Her Voice to The Green Lantern Animated Series

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The Cartoon Network is continuing the saga of The Green Lantern by presenting the further adventures of Hal Jordon and his comrades of the Green Lantern Corps as an animated series, premiering Friday, November 11 2011, at 7:00pm Eastern. I-CON 31 guest and film/television star Sarah Douglas will be lending her vocal talents to characters in four episodes of the series.

Brent Spiner Talks Data, TNG and a Reunion with Wil Wheaton on BBT

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Brent Spiner, who played Lt. Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, recently sat down with StarTrek.com to discuss his time with the franchise along with some of his current projects, including his web series, Fresh Hell.

Spiner discussed working with Wheaton again, saying “I see him a lot because we’re at conventions together, but we were standing backstage waiting to make an entrance and he said, ‘I think this is the first time in years that we’ve worked together.’ He was in Nemesis, but his scene got cut, so that doesn’t count. And I don’t think I was in the scene with him.”

via treknews.net 

Get Your Walking Dead fix: Webisodes Now Online

AMC’s runaway zombie hit The Walking Dead is gearing up for season two, and in the run-up the network is releasing a series of “webisodes” that you can view online. You can also find season one on amazon if you need to catch up.

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From Episode One: “A New Day”

This story, made exclusively for the web and directed by Greg Nicotero, tells the tale of one of The Walking Dead’s most iconic walkers. In episode one Hannah awakens to find her kids missing after a violent car accident.

Blast from The Past: The Doctor Who Movie (1996)

In 1996, FOX aired this promo for Doctor Who: The Movie before it appeared on television. It featured the transition from the Seventh to Eighth Doctor (Sylvester McCoy to Paul McGann), and the introduction of Grace (Daphne Ashbrook, who later appeared on DS9 as Melora) as both the Doctor’s companion and accidental killer. To top it all off: Eric Roberts plays The Master.

Opinions vary (as they do for every incarnation of Who), but in many ways it had a lasting impact on the franchise, with some crying foul and others begging for more. You can check it out on Amazon or imdb for more info.

Star Trek: TNG To Get A Blu-Ray Rebuild With New Effects

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According to various sources online, Star Trek: The Next Generation is about to get a serious makeover. As plans for the blu-ray edition of the series unfold, plans for redone visual effects are coming to light, and fans are wondering what to make of it all. Here’s a highlight form The National Post’s article on the how, when, and why:

 

While episodes of original Trek were kept on film — which transfers easily to high definition — episodes of Next Generation were edited together in video bays and the resolution of the finished product never exceeded standard-definition television. So unlike the Kirk-era remasters, where redone effects were inserted into completed episodes, Next Gen episodes needed to be reconstructed from raw footage.

Which sounds totally arduous! But they’ve done it, and are going to start releasing seasons in full 1080p HD starting in 2012 with a sampler of episodes followed by full seasons later in the year:

As for that sampler, it will be called Star Trek: The Next Generation — The Next Level. CBS Home Entertainment has set a January 31, 2012, release date for the single disc, which will include the feature-length version of the series pilot, “Encounter at Farpoint,” as well the fan-favorite episodes “Sins of the Father” and “The Inner Light,” the former from season three and the latter from season five.

Of course, this isn’t a huge surprise, or even an especially well kept secret (LeVar Burton tweeted about the conversion process earlier in the summer), but it’s exciting news for a generation of twenty- and early thirty-somethings who grew up on the 1987 series and its subsequent ubiquitous reruns. Don’t expect, however, for these season sets to be cheap. All of the re-editing and redone effects cost money and, Star Trek seasons are pretty pricey to begin with.

via The National Post

Sept. 8, 1966: Liftoff for the Starship Enterprise

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45 years ago, what would become an institution in both popular culture and science fiction was born. Star Trek came to the small screen, catapulting viewers into a vision of the future that would ultimately have more of an impact on our culture than anyone could have guessed — and it’s still going strong. Here’s a look back toward the beginning from Wired, as we celebrate 45 years of Trek.

Rene Auberjonois on Star Trek: It’s the Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Auberjonois remains proud of his work on DS9, saying “It’s the gift that keeps on giving; Star Trek was always something that when I would see it I would envy the actors who got the chance to do it because for me it’s the perfect combination of doing something that has a serious message. Also for me it is the very definition of acting and theatre which is not being worried about something being realistic but being concerned with telling the truth, and that’s what Star Trek offers. It’s not realistic; it’s not even science fiction. But it tells the truth and the truth is what all artists should strive for.”