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Blu-Ray Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 and Unification

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation “Unification” Blu-ray

Synopsis:
Set in the 24th century, the exploits of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue with STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH SEASON. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH SEASON BLU-RAY features all 26 episodes of the fifth season, remastered into stunning, crowd-pleasing high-definition.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – UNIFICATION BLU-RAY is a feature-length presentation of the fan-favorite, two-part epic adventure from the series’ fifth season. Over 25 million viewers tuned into the original airing of the episode, making it one of the most-watched of all seven seasons of the series. In the episode, Leonard Nimoy reprises his iconic role as Spock as both he and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) venture on a heroic mission in an attempt to unify the Vulcans and the Romulans.

Along with audio commentary and an exclusive deleted scene, the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – UNIFICATION BLU-RAY includes the exclusive documentary, “From One Generation to the Next.” This newly produced special featurette takes fans behind the scenes at the making of the classic two-part episode and the introduction of Spock to the 24th century saga of the hit series.

Review:
Season 5 was another fantastic season with some of the most memorable episodes. “Darmok” – when Picard and an alien are trapped on a planet together without the ability to communicate (and Ashley Judd’s debut). “The Game” – (guest starring Judd again) when the crew all becomes addicted to a VR game. “Ensign Ro” – introduces new character Ro Laren, and giving us a deeper knowledge of the Bajorans. “I Borg” – a powerful episode where we see a Borg (Hugh) learn a sense of individuality, then is used to infiltrate the Borg at great risk to himself. “The Inner Light” – when Picard lives an entire lifetime on an alien world as a way to pass on the alien culture. And, of course, “Unification” Part 1 and 2 – Sarek passes away, and Picard learns that Spock is on Romulus teaching Vulcan philosophy to the Romulans. “Unification” as a standalone movie on blu-ray was a good choice. It’s easily one of the best episodes of the entire series. And the interesting packaging alone is worth the purchase for a collector like me.

Gene Roddenberry passed away during this season, and this season 5 blu ray set offers a documentary tribute that touches on the impact his death had on the show and the cast and crew’s memories of Roddenberry.

I’m very glad I waited to collect the seasons of TNG until they were available in high definition. These blu ray sets have been outstanding. And these latest releases are a must-have for any fan.

Special Features Include:
Episodic Promos
Audio Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
In Conversation: The Music of TNG
REQUIEM: A Remembrance of TNG
Archival Mission Logs:
– Mission Overview Year
– Departmental Briefing Year 5: Production
– Departmental Briefing Year 5: Visual Effects
– Memorable Missions
– A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry
– Intergalactic Guest Stars
– Alien Speak

BITTEN Q&A with Laura Vandervoort and Kelley Armstrong!

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The series premiere of Bitten airs Monday, January 13th at 10pm on Syfy. Bitten stars Laura Vandervoort. And the series is based on the bestselling author Kelley Armstrong‘s novels.

How you begin your involvement with Bitten? Kelley, what was your inspiration for the book series? And Laura, how did you first get involved in the TV series?

Kelley Armstrong: Okay. For the books, Bitten actually came out of an X-Files episode. I was in a writing group. And as part of a writing group you’re expected to actually write new stuff. I was trying to come up with an idea, sat down and watched X-Files. It was way back in their first season. Their one and only werewolf episode. It was your typical big guy who changes into some beast like thing and goes around slaughtering people under the full moon. And I said that’s not how I would do werewolves. And for a writer, that then sparks how would I do them? And I wrote a short story with this character named Elena and I loved that world so much that I wrote a book.

Laura Vandervoort: I had no idea it was the X-Files. That’s really cool for me to know as well.

Kelley Armstrong: Which goes to show you how long ago I started writing Bitten. It was the first season of the show. It is old stuff.

Laura Vandervoort: I actually – yes, I love the X-Files. Like I was watching that as well. So that’s cool to know.

Laura Vandervoort: I actually received an offer for the role. Which was amazing, first of all. And ended up speaking to J.B. on the phone just to get an idea of the premise of the show and how it would look and how the wolves would be done.

And so we spoke for about an hour. And I heard how passionate he was about the project – he’s our executive producer. And it just sounded like something I’d really been looking to do—such a layered thing—and the character who is both flawed and strong.

And so I read the books. I read Women of the Otherworld and Bitten and did a bit of research. And as soon as I realized the amazing quality of what was there I jumped on. And we did some auditions and chemistry reads with the guys and we just sort of hit the ground running—no pun intended.

And I mean it was the most challenging six months I’ve had thanks to Kelley and the writers. Every day was a challenge for me. And there were days where I didn’t know if I’d be able to handle the emotional side of it or the physical side of it or just being in every scene. And I did. And I’m so grateful for the experience.

Since one of you created Elena and one of you plays Elena, kind of tell us a little bit about her and does your interpretation of her kind of differ from each of your versions of her? Continue reading BITTEN Q&A with Laura Vandervoort and Kelley Armstrong!

Fantasy Book Review: Grimm: Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore

Grimm: Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore

Synopsis:
This in-universe book explores the monsters, weapons and potions in Grimm with detailed pictures and descriptions. The book is Aunt Marie’s recording of the supernatural creatures she and her fellow Grimms have to defeat!

Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, Grimm is a cop-drama with a twist! A detective discovers he has the ability to see supernatural beings, including a reformed ‘Big Bad Wolf’ and the witch-like Hexebiester, along with many others.

Review:
Grimm is one of my top favorite shows right now, so I had to get my hands on this book. Like the books that Nick Burkhardt consults when he comes across a new Wessen in the show, Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore lists and gives detailed accounts on a variety of Wessen and weaponry. This is a full color, over-sized paperback with color photos, illustrations, and hand written notes (in a variety of languages, mostly German and English) throughout. The Wessen Index lists over 50 species, but many are crossed out. And only those that aren’t crossed out are referenced in the book.

Not much info is listed that isn’t covered in the show, but it’s a creative book that immerses the reader in the world of Grimm in a fun, new way. The drawings and notes looks like they come right from Nick’s book – down to the yellowed pages and blood stains on some. I recommend this for fans of the show who can’t get enough of the Grimm lore. And it makes a great gift for this time of year as well.

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Haven Part 2 Finale Clips

Haven — Finale Airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy.

The Lighthouse (Part 2 of Finale) – Preview
SUMMARY: William continues with his plan to turn Audrey back into her original self, meanwhile the rest of the gang find out that some doors are better left unopened.

Inside Haven 412 – Behind the Scenes
SUMMARY: Learn how the directors and cinematographers film Haven!

When the Bough Breaks – Stephen King References
SUMMARY: Catch the references to Stephen King’s works in last week’s episodes!

Colin Ferguson Talks Episode 12 – Interview Clip
SUMMARY: Colin Ferguson takes time off the regular cast talks to talk about if he’s on the naughty or nice list.

Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 2

Part 1 can be seen here.
I was able to attend this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour (or Behind-the-Scenes Tour) in Montreal where most of our day was on the set of Helix, Syfy’s newest series coming in January 2014!

After the set tour, we had a Q&A session with the cast. Here are some videos and photos from the event.

First, here’s the intro for the cast members:

Then, each cast member briefly discussed his or her role on the show.

Billy Campbell:

Hiroyuki Sanada:

Kyra Zagorsky: Continue reading Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 2

Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 1

I was able to attend this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour (or Behind-the-Scenes Tour) in Montreal where most of our day was on the set of Helix, Syfy’s newest series coming in January 2014!

Some of the areas are still under embargo, so I’m not allowed to post those photos yet. But here’s what I can show…

We started our tour through the corridors of the Helix station. I was able to catch it on video, so that it feels like you’re actually there:

And here’s a live action scene in a lab that we got to see up close:

Here are some various shots of the labs:

Continue reading Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 1

New Haven Clips

Haven airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy.
Monster’s Ball – Preview
SUMMARY: The ghost hunting Darkside Seekers arrive following rumors of a monster of ancient myth appearing. Will they reveal Haven’s troubles to the world?

Inside Haven 410 – Behind the Scenes
SUMMARY: Take a peek behind the scenes on the set of Haven!

Darkside Seekers – Coming to Haven
SUMMARY: We are the Darkside Seekers. Our mission: to find evidence and uncover the truth of supernatural phenomena all over the world. Our next stop–Haven, ME.

TV Spotlight and Trailer: Helix

Sponsored Video: Helix Trailer:

Check out the official trailer for Syfy’s newest science fiction thriller, Helix below. Starring Billy Campbell (The Rocketeer, Enough, The 4400), Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, Revenge, The Wolverine), Lucianna Carro, and Neil Napier – Helix follows a team of scientists trying to investigate a mysterious outbreak. The show is set in Antarctica, giving it a somewhat claustrophobic feel and the added danger of no escape outside from the outbreak. Being set in Antarctica, the investigation is not controlled by any one country. Instead, it’s a privately funded research station, thanks to Hiroyuki Sanada’s character Dr. Hiroshi Hataki. And we’re told that there will be some romantic triangles and entanglements. Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) and his brother Dr. Peter Farragut (Neil Napier) will have tension because of an ex who happens to be on the station. And Star Trek fans will be happy to see Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Body of Proof) make a guest appearance as Constance Sutton over several episodes.

I was able to visit the set last month and it’s very impressive. You can stand in the control room and see labs on either side. And most of the doors are like something out of Star Trek. At times it felt eerily real – maybe because it’s not set in the distant future. I’ll be sharing some of my photos and videos from the set soon. I’m very excited about this upcoming show. Helix premieres January 10th at 10/9c and comes from Executive Producer Ron Moore (Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica remake), Lynda Obst (Contact), and Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files). This post is sponsored by Syfy.