star trek the next generation

tng blooper reel

Season seven of Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray on December 2nd, and that means extras! Uproxx has shared a clip from the gag reel to promote the release, and it’s hilarious. Jonathan Frakes chases people, and Patrick Stewart curses. What else do you need to know?

Take 45 seconds and watch the bloopers after the break.

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Y’know how I’ve been saying that Funko just keep making things that cause me to want to throw my money at the computer? They just did it again.

These Star Trek: The Next Generation POP! Vinyl figures includes the most insanely adorable Locutus of Borg I have ever seen. Riker’s beard, Picard’s bald head, Geordi’s Visor, Deanna’s purple eyeshadow – they’re all so frakkin’ cute that I can’t take it.

They’re estimated to arrive in March of 2015 and you can pre-order now.

Head after the break and, remember, I warned you.

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reading rainbow

For many of us, LeVar Burton is not only Geordi LaForge, but he’s the man behind Reading Rainbow. He holds a very special place in our hearts because of his commitment to both the show and the overall commitment to encourage kids to read and love books.

When the show went off the air in 2009, Burton was able to bring it back as an app for tablets, but he realized that many kids didn’t have access to one. So he’s gone a step further and created this Kickstarter project to help put Reading Rainbow on the internet.

Additionally, his goal is to create a version for schools so that teachers can share it with their classrooms. All of this is geared toward the overall mission to bring Reading Rainbow back for every child, everywhere.

So, take a few minutes to check out the project and the rewards. There’s everything from a $5 reward to a $10,000 that gets you a school assembly.

It’s also really neat to sit on the page and watch the number go up. Something about seeing how so many people feel passionately about this project really gets me in the feels.

Check out the video after the break.

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These photoshopped versions of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast were created by redditor deadfraggle. He didn’t randomly put them together but tried to match them up with what he felt was best for each character if they were transported back in time. Hey, where’s Wesley? There must have been someone with a rainbow shirt in one of the original episodes that would have made for the perfect body.

See more pictures after the break…

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Do you want to own a Star Trek: The Next Generation prop replica that is sure to be noticed? Then you need a Ressikan flute!

Captain Picard played the instrument in the episode “The Inner Light,” and this replica is a 1:1 scale copy. It’s handcrafted by writer of the show Morgan Grendel and comes in a case ready for display. It doesn’t seem to be playable, so it’s mostly just for show. You could walk around pretending to play it though, no one would judge you!

Watch a clip after the break showing the flute in the series.

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Sometimes you need random text to test a website, to fill up space, or to add some padding to a paper (don’t try that last part at home). You can make the content a little more fun by using the wondrous Riker Ipsum.

The random text generator will give you blather put together from the quotes of the one and only William Riker. For example:

 Fear is the true enemy, the only enemy. Well, that’s certainly good to know. Captain, why are we out here chasing comets? A surprise party? Mr. Worf, I hate surprise parties. I would *never* do that to you. But the probability of making a six is no greater than that of rolling a seven. Is it my imagination, or have tempers become a little frayed on the ship lately? Mr. Crusher, ready a collision course with the Borg ship. For an android with no feelings, he sure managed to evoke them in others.

Or:

Now we know what they mean by ‘advanced’ tactical training. Flair is what marks the difference between artistry and mere competence. Did you come here for something in particular or just general Riker-bashing?

Forget whether you need text, it’s just entertaining.

(via Boing Boing)

If you and your girlfriend both love Star Trek, then the middle of a photo op with The Next Generation cast at a convention is a perfect time propose. This gentlemen did just that at Wizard World Austin a couple of weekends ago. Though Patrick Stewart looks like he’s in the middle of the classic facepalm, Wil Wheaton explained that they were all surprised and delighted by the proposal:

About 30 minutes or so into this particular session, these two people came in. The girl went to stand between Patrick and Frakes, and the guy directed her to stand in the front, instead. All of us tried to figure out what was going on (usually it’s small kids who come to the front, usually sitting on Brent’s lap or Gates’ lap), and the guy said, “I really love Star Trek, but I love [her name] even more.” He got down on one knee, and proposed to her.

Marina started to cry, I felt like I was going to cry, and we all applauded and celebrated when she said “yes.” Apparently, they’d met Marina earlier in the day, and Marina had given him shit for not marrying her, so Marina was embarrassed about that.

I’m not sure why this picture is being circulated online, like Patrick is giving the literal Picard Facepalm, because that’s just not what happened. We were all delighted for this young couple, and I know that I was honoured to be part of this moment in their lives. I think it’s likely that Patrick was just wiping sweat off his brow or something like that.

Related: I think Patrick Stewart should just start officiating weddings at conventions. He’s already helped with one proposal.

Check out the heartwarming, happy ending photo after the break.

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You know why fans are awesome? They do things like rescue the set of the Enterprise 1701-D bridge from Paramount when it’s on its way to the trash. It hurts me to say that the movie studio was going to chuck the entire piece from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but a Trekkie salvaged the pieces and wants to restore the entire set and make it open to the public.

The catch is that the set is in rough shape; it’s been disassembled and wasn’t the least bit taken care of. It will take cash to make it shiny again. To that effect, the person behind the rescue will be launching a Kickstarter page soon to try to raise the money to take the bridge back to its former glory. From the Facebook page:

I am in the process of completely restoring the set to it’s original splendor, and MAKE IT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for Meetings, Movie Showings, Fund Raisers, Tours, Filming, anything!! Eventually, I will be doing a KICKSTARTER Campaign, but only after I have the estimates of restoration PLUS the support and STAR TREK ACTORS plus famous fans of the show.

Check out the photos of the rescued set pieces after the break.

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Trek Movie caught up with Michael Dorn at Phoenix Comicon last weekend, and among other topics, they asked him about something he brought up at a panel: pitching a lower budget Star Trek film focused on Worf. In theory, it works for me. Star Trek: The Next Generation is the only Trek I really know, and I like the character. And honestly, it doesn’t have to hit a high mark to be better than the other TNG films.

Dorn sees Worf as the captain of a Federation ship, out there on the front lines chasing terrorists. It would something edgier and darker and would have mostly new characters. He’s thinking the film would be straight to DVD or cable. He eventually wants to approach CBS with it.

“I have couple meetings I want to do before that. First with Rick Berman, who produced all of our shows, just to see what he thinks. Then my manager. And I know people at SyFy. And I’ll just start gathering information. If anything happens it is going to be next year because I have a bunch of stuff to do this year.”

When Trek Movie asked if he had a writer lined up, Dorn stated he thinks he would write it. Then later he said, “I have already started writing the script and excuse my language, but it’s f—ing great.” So apparently it’s been started. We’ll see what happens from here.

Is this a movie you would want to watch?

(Trek Movie via Blastr)

I was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation and I loved Wesley Crusher. There. I said it. It may have had something to do with being about his age and having a huge crush on him. So, when he left the series, I was heart-broken. Last weekend at The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, the entire cast, including Wil, took questions from the audience about their time on the series. You can see all the videos after the jump but the most touching of the bunch is the first short clip. It features Wil talking about his decision to leave the show and how, as an 18-year-old kid, he never realized just how much he’d miss the people. You might want to keep a box of tissues handy because, unless you’re a Vulcan, you’re going to need them.

See all the videos after the jump…

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