The 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation is this month, and to celebrate, CBS is presenting a one night only theater screening of some of those newly remastered high definition episodes, along with a bunch of fun extras. Two episodes have been selected, both "fan favorites" from season one.
Portland, Oregon just might be the best city ever. Who knew they had a Star Wars vs. Star Trek bike ride? Well, now we do and you know what that means —video of the awesomest bike ride in history.
We've got phasers. We've got tricorders. And now, thanks to MIT, we've got a hypospray that works just like the real thing, delivering programmable doses of drugs painlessly right through your skin without any needles.
We're talking NCC-1701, a Constitution-class starship, more than 200 years ahead of schedule. A brilliant (we hope) engineer, identified only as "BTE Dan," has worked out not only how to build us the pinnacle of our geekiest Trek dreams, he has worked out how to pay for a space-worthy USS Enterprise, too.
In 1992 there were plans — real plans — to transform the Las Vegas skyline with a $150 million, full-size Starship Enterprise with a fully realized interior from Star Trek: The Original Series. So, who's the Denebian slime devil who axed it?
Peter Jansen, a postdoc in a lab for "Engineering Non-Traditional Sensors" at the University of Arizona, has developed (from scratch) a perfectly functional Star Trek-style Tricorder. It's packed with sensors, displays and touchpads, and it even folds up. Plus, this is just version one: version two is much more slick.
The ruminating geeks over at ThinkGeek are offering a subtle, professional way for a fan of Star Trek to strike their colors: officially licensed Star Trek ties. We're not talking ties with gaudy scenes from the various series. These are tasteful, carry only a small Starfleet badge on them and come in three different flavors.
Here's a harsh reality check to those of us who dream of zipping between worlds at faster-than-light speeds. Scenario: you're visiting your dear old grandmother on the planet GJ1214b, 40 light years from Earth. Result: she'd be "gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion" when you arrived.
The forthcoming release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-Ray really gets our nerd juices flowing, and some übernerds (we say that with respect and a little bit of jealousy) have gone through scene by scene and taken note of a bunch of the cool new stuff that you can see in the remastered episodes that you couldn't see before. For example, did you know that there's a little shout-out to Star Wars hidden in one of the props in Encounter at Far Point? Yeah, neither did anyone else, but thanks to the magic of high-res Blu-Ray, we can see it now.
This article is dedicated to the man who lost his lovingly created Star Trek pad in his divorce. Hopefully a lovingly hand-crafted, hardwood NCC-1701-C table like this might be ease some of his pain settling into bachelor digs.