by Rob Vaux Posted: April 4th, 2013 at 8:56 am
Enterprise had the misfortune of arriving at a low point in Star Trek’s history, as the TNG movies staggered to an ignominious conclusion and franchise burnout seemed insurmountable. Competing sci-fi series like Farscape arrived with a freshness that Trek couldn’t hope to match, and for a time it looked as if the iconic sci-fi property would fade into oblivion. Enterprise arrived with the mandate of reversing that trend, a task it simply wasn’t equipped to manage. It vanished four years after it arrived, the shortest-running series since the original. Ten years on, however, the dust has settled and the show has aged better than its detractors might think. It’s not perfect, but its attempts to find a different vibe for Star Trek produce some surprisingly good stuff. Hit the jump for the full review.
Vegas: The Final Frontier. While Las Vegas has undergone a number of renovations over the years, spearheaded by the mob or by family-friendly capitalists, there were once plans for a futuristic attraction that would have drawn Trekkies in droves. A 1992 Las Vegas downtown redevelopment competition was nearly won by the Goddard Group’s plan to build a full-scale Star Trek USS Enterprise, complete with restaurant, ride elements, tours and live entertainment, but not, to its detriment, a hotel or casino. Fans of the show or not, tourists would have flocked to the area to, at the very least, have their picture taken with the iconic Starfleet craft. The $150 million project, paltry by today’s Vegas standards, came close, but lost out to the competition’s runner-up, the “Freemont Experience.” Hit the jump for much more, including a tale of how the ego of one studio head grounded the entire Star Trek USS Enterprise project.
Back in February we told you about a new two-year deal between CBS and Netflix to stream a whole slew of old shows from the network including Twin Peaks and Star Trek. While some shows have started to make their way into the “Watch Instantly” library, Star Trek hasn’t yet been included. That all changes this summer as Trek Movie recently contacted Netflix to find out when the TV series might end up online. They learned the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise start streaming on July 1st. But Star Trek: Deep Space Nine won’t be available until October 1st. Though you’ll have to wait a few months, Trekkies everywhere should be happy they can enjoy all the Star Trek series on their preferred Netflix streaming device for at least the next two years.
Netflix has signed a two-year licensing agreement with CBS for the network’s library content. What that means for you is that if you’re a Netflix subscriber, then some classic TV shows are headed your way starting in April. The deal includes the various Star Trek incarnations, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, Frasier, and Cheers. However, not included in the deal are shows that are still on the air or are owned by another company (e.g. The Big Bang Theory is owned by Warner Bros).
Still, I’m psyched that I’ll finally get to watch all of Twin Peaks and have Star Trek at my disposal. Hit the jump for the press release.