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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 133 – Our Interview with Craig Sheeler of Star Trek: Secret Voyage

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 133

Our Interview with Craig Sheeler of Star Trek: Secret Voyage


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Music at the end of this week’s episode is the song The Final Rewind by Tyrad.


  • Interview: Craig Sheeler of Star Trek: Secret Voyage
  • Trivia:  Winner of the Kristen Bauer AND Emelie Ullerup signed prints
  • TV News:  Green Arrow on CW, Revolution Trailer, BSG Blood & Chrome Trailer
  • Movie News:  Ryan Reynolds new Batman
  • TWIST: Nimoy might have played Sybok in Star Trek 5
  • SciFi Five in Five:  Great Star Trek Worf Quotes


Trivia Question: What does Species 8472 and the Cylons have in common?
Answer: Kate Vernon
Prize: Kristen Bauer AND Emelie Ullerup signed prints

Winner: Richie Selfridge





TV News:

Green Light! The CW Picks Up ‘Arrow’

The streak is broken! After Wonder Woman, Locke & Key, and Powers we were starting to think that new superhero television shows were doomed, but that Oliver Queen–he’s a wily one!
This week, all the American television networks have been announcing which shows will return next season and which pilots have been picked up to series. The CW has announced that Arrow, the new live action Green Arrow series that has nothing to do with the live action Green Arrow from Smallville, will be slinging its way to television screens come fall.
I’ve heard mixed things about the pilot but I guess we’ll all find out for sure after the summer.
Arrow is written and produced by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, all of whom have strong ties to comics and comic book media properties (like, well, Green Lantern).

Watch the first trailer for Revolution

With today’s media upfront presentation of its fall schedule, NBC has released the first trailer for Revolution — the new post-apocalypse drama set in a world where all power has ceased.
Tim Guinee (Stargate SG-1‘s Tomin) co-stars and features heavily in the trailer — but beware of significant spoilers in the trailer and the show description below!
Revolution is produced by J.J. Abrams (LOST) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural).
The series launches this fall and will air Mondays at 10/9c, enjoying the benefits of powerhouse The Voice as its lead-in.
Here is the network’s full description of the series from today’s press release:
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously — and unbeknownst to her — had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
From director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Person Of Interest”) and Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), comes a surprising “what if” action-adventure series, where an unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally. The series stars Billy Burke (“The Twilight Saga”), Tracy Spiridakos (“Being Human”), Anna Lise Phillips (“Terra Nova”), Zak Orth (“Romeo + Juliet“), Graham Rogers (“Memphis Beat”), J.D. Pardo (“A Cinderella Story”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), David Lyons (“The Cape”), Maria Howell (“The Blind Side”), Tim Guinee (“Iron Man”) and Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me”). Kripke, Abrams, Favreau and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) serve as executive producers. “Revolution” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.
NBC also released three additional clips from the series’ pilot episode:
What do you think? Is this going to be a “revolution” for the struggling peacock network? Will you be tuning in?

BSG Blood & Chrome Trailer

Movie News:

Ryan Reynolds To Take Over As Batman After The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan has always said that The Dark Knight Rises would be the last film in his Batman trilogy, but that doesn’t mean that Warner Bros. wants to stop producing adventures for the caped crusader. The franchise is a surefire box office hit and it wouldn’t make sense for the studio to just drop it after The Dark Knight Rises. They already lost Harry Potter and I’m sure that they’re not eager to lose another huge franchise.

Today, the studio announced that they plan on giving Batman a reboot once Christopher Nolan steps away from the franchise. Being a reboot, none of the original cast will be returning which means that the studio needs to find a new actor to play the caped crusader. Following in the footsteps of Christian Bale is a daunting task for just about anyone but Warner Bros. seems to think that Ryan Reynolds is the man for the job.

Yes, you read that right. Once Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale depart from the Batman universe, Warner Bros. will reboot it with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role. The studio recently worked with him on Green Lantern and though the film flopped, it wasn’t Reynolds’ fault. He showed us that he could craft an effective superhero and Warner Bros. obviously enjoyed his performance. Much of the film’s faults stemmed from the writing and directing, not from Reynolds’ performance.

“We’ve begged Chris [Nolan] to stay on board but he refuses. He feels that he can’t do anything more with the series after this third film. We don’t want to let Batman die though, we know there are tons of fans out there that will want more and that’s why we’re looking into a reboot,” says Barry Meyer, CEO of Warner Bros.

“We loved the work that Ryan did for us on Green Lantern and we feel that he’s the right man to lead the Batman franchise. He’s an extremely talented individual and we hope that fans will embrace him as the new Batman,” continued Meyer.

As for directors, nothing has been announced as of yet but apparently, the studio wants Duncan Jones. Jones, the director of Source Code, was rumored for both The Wolverine and Man Of Steel at one point so it’s clear that studios feel that he can handle big franchises. This is by no means confirmed though but it is what our source close to the studio has told us.

“Duncan impressed a lot of people with his work on Source Code and Moon, he’s very in demand right now and Warner Bros. is hoping to have him take over the Batman franchise,” says a source close to the studio.

So there you have it, Duncan Jones and Ryan Reynolds taking on Batman, what do you think?

I honestly enjoyed Reynolds’ work in Green Lantern and while I am surprised that Warner Bros. has chosen him to lead the franchise, I’m not upset with the choice. I think he has a lot of potential but he hasn’t reached it yet. He still hasn’t had that one huge role that will skyrocket him onto the A-list. With his recent casting in the Batman reboot, this could be his moment. I feel like he’s been on the cusp of greatness for a long time now and with this role, he’ll be able to solidify his place on the A-list.

That being said, the studio had high hopes for Green Lantern and the film ended up flopping hard. Does that mean there’s a risk of the Batman reboot flopping too if Reynolds is leading it? I don’t think so, like I said above, Green Lantern‘s problems were with its script and direction, I don’t think you can fault Reynolds at all for the movie’s poor reception and box office take.

As for Duncan Jones, I’m sold. I love both Source Code and Moon and I think he’ll bring a very interesting vision to the Batman series. He’ll give us something very different than Nolan did but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think both him and Reynolds will infuse a new energy into the series and give us an exciting final product.

This is a lot to take in and fanboys will surely be split right down the middle on this decision but as you can tell, I’m on board. I love what Nolan and Bale did with Batman but I’m ready for a fresh new take on the iconic superhero.

What about you? Are you on board with Reynolds and Jones leading the Batman reboot.

This week in Star Trek:

Nimoy was NOT happy he was passed over for Star Trek V’s villain

The 1989 release Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is generally regarded by Trek fans as one of the worst in the canon. With a rogue Vulcan trying to find God at the center of the universe, and the Enterprise crew in hot pursuit, it was definitely a weird premise. But it could have been a whole lot weirder.

After Sean Connery turned down the role of central baddie Sybok, stage actor Laurence Luckinbill took up the character and did an admirable job. But, according to Luckinbill, there was one more actor in the running: Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, apparently wanted to play both characters in a dual role.

“He did not say one word to me for quite a long time, other than ‘Hello.’ I found out later he had really, really pushed hard to have this be a double role, a dual role for him,” Luckinbill told “I don’t know if this is absolutely true. That was the scuttlebutt, and I got that from very high up in the food chain of information, that Leonard wanted to play Sybok and play Spock. That would have been a tremendous thing to do that, but since they weren’t twins, they cast me.”

Though he may not have been on the best terms with Nimoy at the time, Luckinbill said Spock eventually warmed to him a bit by the time filming started to wrap.

“The best compliment I got was, in the last scenes, 20 or 25 weeks later, Leonard looked at me and said, ‘You know, you’re terrific in this.’ I thought that was a great send-off,” he said.

Sound off: Do you think double the Nimoy would have made Trek V better, or worse?

SciFi 5@5: Classic Worf quotes.

5. Classic Worf Quote

Kira: What do Klingons dream about?
Worf: Things that would send cold chills down your spine, and wake you up in the middle of the night. No, it is better you do not know.

4. Another great one from DS9 – Children of Time:
Kid: Are you the Son of Mogh?
Worf: Yes, I am.
Kid: Is it true you can kill someone just by looking at them?
Worf: Only when I am angry.
3.Picard: “Return that moon to its orbit.”
Q: “I have no powers! Q, the ordinary!”
Picard: “Q, the liar! Q, the misanthrope!”
Q: “Q, the miserable, Q, the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?”
Worf: “Die.”
Q: “Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?”
2. Worf: Congratulations. You are now fully dilated to ten centimeters. You may now give birth.
Keiko: That’s what I’ve been doing!!
1.”Sir, I must protest, I am not a merry man.” (Worf, “Qpid”)


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