Star Trek Stuff

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William Shatner and frequent uncredited stand-in Bill Blackburn in the “Star Trek” episode “Arena”

For the American television viewing public, it began on a Thursday evening in September of 1966.  September 8th to be specific.  That was the night that “Star Trek” first aired, on NBC.  One has to wonder if the executives at CBS who turned down the chance to air Star Trek who turned it down because they were already working on “Lost in Space;” regret that decision.

In honor of the release of Star Trek Beyond and the fact that Star Trek has been around for so long and is still going strong, here’s some background and trivia about the the Original Series and the films directly connected to that show.  True fans of Trek will know most, if not all of this but it is worth reviewing.

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TailSlate suggests a few “war films” for Memorial Day Viewing

A quick check of television listings for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend shows pretty much the same tried and true war movies will air this year that are shown year in and year out.  Not that there is anything really wrong with these films, but for those who want something a bit different, TailSlate suggests the following, in no particular order.

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The Politics of ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

“It’s not about the politics, it’s the story of what happened on the ground that night.” – Mark Geist (callsign “Oz”)

To say that conservatives who are horrified at the prospect of Hillary Clinton being elected President this November are salivating at the release of the film “13 Hours” would be a major understatement.  The National Review’s article on the topic is titled “13 Hours:  The Non-political movie Hillary can’t avoid.”  Conversely, Salon.com has an article claiming the movie won’t harm Hillary’s political chances.

The quote from Mark Geist comes from a featurette about the film from its official website.  He was there in Benghazi and is one of the co-authors of the book that is the basis for the upcoming Michael Bay film.  Numerous reviews of this book claim it ignores the political controversy and instead focuses on the events that these “contractors” were involved in.  But will that be the case with the movie?

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Remembering Karen Black

Karen Black, veteran and Academy Award-nominated actress who has been in roughly 200 works, passed away after battling ampullary cancer last month. She was 74.