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April 2: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I'll never say that I disliked the singing scamp Ewan McGregor as George Lucas's choice to play a young Obi-Wan Kenobi; rather, I tend to say that I preferred the gravitas Sir Alec Guinness brought to the more learned, more practiced Jedi Master.…

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April 1: On This Day in Science Fiction History

Though she only appeared sparingly in Star Trek's first televised season, Grace Lee Whitney is fondly remembered by Trek enthusiasts as a member of the starship's crew.  She reprised the role of Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Motion Picture,…

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March 31: On This Day in Science Fiction History

I can still remember seeing The Matrix in theatres.  Although it premiered on this day back in 1999, I know that I didn't rush out to the movies to see it right away.  After all, it starred Keanu Reeves, so I figured it was probably going to end up…

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March 30: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Greetings, fellow Star Trek enthusiasts, and here's what I was able to find out about March 30's place in Science Fiction History!  Today marks the birthday of Star Trek VOYAGER's li'l Borg/child played by actress Marley McClean.…

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March 29: On This Day in Science Fiction History

When STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION premiered, I'm not entirely sure fans were all that enamored with the character of ship's counselor Deanna Troi.  It wasn't that she wasn't interesting and lovely as portrayed by series regular Marina Sirtis -- rather, it's that the writers didn't quite know…

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March 28: On This Day in Science Fiction History

Roger Nygard is a veteran Hollywood editor / writer / producer who helped Denise Crosby throughout the process of bringing both Trekkies and Trekkies 2 to bold cinematic life.  Nygard was born on this day in 1962.…

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March 27: On This Day In Science Fiction History

As I've mentioned before, I just didn't get into Firefly or its spinoff theatrical attempt Serenity.  It isn't that I didn't see merit in the characters and situations; rather it just never struck a chord with me as anything all that interesting.  In many ways, it felt an awful lot like Starhunter but…

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March 26: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Those of us who grew up with the original Star Trek know firsthand how important Leonard Nimoy is to our beloved franchise.  As the half-human half-Vulcan sciences officer Mr. Spock, Leonard brought a special gravitas to the role, showing audiences…

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March 25: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Wow.  I imagine that it would've been pretty hard to play a Klingon under all that make-up and costuming, but talent like Robert O'Reilly sure made it look easy.  He played Gowron, who started…

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March 24: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Veteran character actor R. Lee Ermey pretty much has one character in his repertoire -- that of a blisteringly mad but horrifically efficient drill sergeant -- but what a character indeed!  He's the kind of guy you wouldn't want to make angry, that's…

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March 23: On This Day In Science Fiction History

On this day back in 1967, the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy" premiered on NBC.  The story saw Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise racing against odds to protect the people of the peaceful planet of Organia from those pesky…

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March 22: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I ask you: where would Star Trek be without the birth of William Shatner?

Yeah, sure: I get that the man quite possibly thinks he's a legend in his own mind, but I could make the argument that -- with his singular performance as Capt. James T. Kirk -- he's certainly earned that…

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March 21: On This Day In Science Fiction History

So far as this sci-fi fan is concerned, there was a lot wrong with the Robocop (2014) reboot -- video-game intensity of the plot; no real strong emotional core to Det. Murphy's struggle; and no charismatic villain in sight.  But one of the things they got right was casting screen veteran Gary Oldman as the kind-hearted Dr. Dennett Norton, Robocop's kinda/sorta creator.  Goldman was born on this day in 1958.…

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March 20: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The best way I know to measure how well an actor is at his craft is to ask one simple question: "Could I imagine anyone else doing this role justice?"  If you can't imagine anyone else in it, then the talent is probably appropriately cast for any…

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March 19: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Star Trek fans might hate me for saying this, but I always thought that Farscape was exactly the kind of show that Star Trek: Voyager should've been: talk about a fish-out-of-water show!

Astronaut John Crichton found himself -- like Janeway and company -- transported to the…

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March 18: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Actor J.G. Hertzler certain knows what Star Trek fans would love to see, and that's why he'll occasionally show up at conventions in full costume and make-up as Martok, the Klingon he played on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Hertlzer was…

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March 17: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter "Redemption" gets an awful lot of credit for igniting a frenzy amongst Trek fans to further study on the Klingon race, but, for my tastes, there was no better highwater mark than third season's…

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March 16: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The Ice Pirates is a mixed bag for me.  I vaguely recall seeing it theatrically -- it premiered on this day back in 1984 -- but I honestly don't remember thinking all that much of it.  Others I know remember it much more fondly than I do.  Robert…

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March 15: On This Day In Science Fiction History

On this day in 1956, humanity began what many cinema historians dubbed "a new age in science fiction" when audiences embraced Forbidden Planet for the first time: a starship crew headed by Commander JJ Adams (Leslie Nielsen) is sent to the planet Altair-4 in hopes of determining what…

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Leonard Nimoy, A Legacy for Many

When the original series first aired, I was very young, and my dad was a fan, so watching Star Trek is among my first memories. One day, I took special note of Kirk and Spock on the bridge. Kirk was the Captain ... but when Kirk needed help, he turned to Spock for the Vulcan's…

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