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Wishful thinking: Rebooting a classic piece of TV without the cheesy comedy

Right now, a modern retelling of a 1960’s television show is on my mind and yet modern retelling limits it unless it’s done right and framed properly. That, in itself, is a tough task.

Before I move to that and the show on my mind, let me touch on a show that was going to have a “modern” retelling 20 years after its airing in the 1960’s: Batman. Warner Brothers wanted to do a cinematic version of the caped-crusader show from the 60’s and from one of the original casting plans tells you everything about original intent on the movie: Bill Murray as Bruce Wayne/Batman. That should not be taken as “could you imagine how dark Tim Burton’s film would have been if…?” as so much “Bill Murray vs. Adam West, who wins in a Batusi dance-off?” The film that Burton made (and set the stage for modern comic book movies) was intended by the company to go campy-comedic a-la the original series on screen.

There’s another show that was exposed to the masses over the decades by way of original airings on network television and syndication in later decades after the original series ended. It’s had television-movie continuations of the series and parodies in other television shows over the decades. It was campy, it was comedic, and it was the tale of chance.

Gilligan’s Island is only known for ha-ha-ha. An idiotic-but-lucky first mate, his father-like/older brother-like Skipper, and the five passengers who were fellow castaways when the S.S. Minnow wrecked on an uncharted desert island. Continue reading

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A missed opportunity to “Make It So” with Commander Data at the Tampa Bay Comic Con

I’m at a loss.

I know one thing about the Star Trek universe, at least for the original series’ (plural – as the true- prime universe has had many impactful shows): They draw fans and draw media attention for when they’re out and about in a public event.

With the news of Sir Patrick Stewart once again taking on the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a Star Trek television series that is forthcoming, you would think that the media would jump at cast-members of Star Trek: The Next Generation if they were in a public position in their media market.

Not in Tampa, Florida. Not this past weekend (August 3 – 5) with the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

Brent Spiner, who made a name for himself in the series as Commander Data – the artificially intelligent android who lacked emotions or natural senses until the series moved into the cinematic universe – was a participant in the Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center on August 4th and 5th. There’s no noted coverage that I can find of it though. A web search returns announcements that Spiner would be participating. A news search simply returns more announcements about the event happening. Not actual reports from the floor of the event or direct interviews with those participating.

The TBCC is an event that can be criticized – it’s the follow-up comic convention event to the marquee San Diego Comic Con. It can’t compare to that level of a spectacle. The news on Stewart and the Trek universe did open an opportunity for things to go up a notch with remarks from Spiner (or at least reporting on the attempt to get remarks).

Nothing. Zip. Zero. Bupkus. Didldly-squat. Unless there’s an online report that doesn’t show on web searches on Google and Lycos, the media (and perhaps the Tampa Bay blogosphere) dropped the ball on a national-attention opportunity in pop culture… Something much more positive than the attention the market drew for Donald Trump’s visit to the city a few days earlier.

So, the Trekkies are left without a potential reaction quote from Spiner, or LeVar Burton, or Michael Dorn, or Gates McFadden or any other member of The Next Generation crew regulars (or those who acted with Stewart in the Marvel Universe for that matter). In the mean time, what you will get to close this post is something from a year ago. Brent Spiner does one hell of a Patrick Stewart impression:

UPDATE Monday, August 6 @ 9:52 PM EDT: With thanks to a friend, I was given an article with a wide variety of reactions from Star Trek cast members. It doesn’t undo the Tampa Bay media failure to capitalize on an opportunity, but it does fill in curious members of the Trek fanbase.

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Poll: Are broadcasts of the NHL on NHC Sports patial?

This poll (via Twitter) will be running until Saturday, May 12th.

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