The Vulcan Lyre, often referred to as a harp or lute, made its first appearance in the first season TOS episode “Charlie X.” It would go on to be seen in “The Conscience of the King,” “Amok Time” and “The Way to Eden,” along with the TNG episode “When the Bough Breaks.”
Now, thanks to the folks at CBS Interactive and developers Shiverware Interactive, fans can play the instrument digitally on the iPad. According to the official iTunes description, the app is “fully functional and features multi‐level sounds, cool effects, and the iconic design of the original harp.”
Priced at $1.99, the app includes the following features:
15 vibrating strings – each identified, making it easy to play songs
Distinct pluck dynamic where the sound occurs on release of a touch similar to a harp
5 instrument sounds from futuristic to the classic harp
Large 6-and-a-half octave range in 5 octave banks
Custom multi-level distortion and reverberation controls give you a wide range to experiment with
Ability to select pentatonic scale (five notes per octave)
One button background arpeggio (sequence chords)
Rich, inlaid wood detail appearance on the harp and moving starfield background
Star Trek’s original Hikaru Sulu, George Takei has unveiled a new unisex fragrance which bears his signature phrase, “Eau My.”
The 1.7-oz cologne spray, available for preorder on Amazon, is described as “A Clean, Refreshing Fragrance for Men and Women” and will begin shipping in-time for the holidays, on December 15th.
George Takei’s ‘Eau My’
Set Phasers to Stunning. George Takei’s Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry.
William Shatner along with the folks at All Hands Fire and State Farm Insurance have released a video to explain the danger associated with frying turkeys.
Entitled “Eat, Fry, Love”, the video features the former Captain Kirk as he ignores the recommended precautions associated with safely frying a turkey.
Shatner warns “it’s a great taste, but you’ve got to be safe.”
“Eat, Fry, Love” is presented by William Shatner and State Farm. It is a turkey fryer cautionary tale with excellent video of the dangers associated with using turkey fryers. It shows how fire can rapidly intensify, spread, destroy and cause serious injury. Enjoy this video, learn from it and stay safe.
Following the Thanksgiving festivities, here in the U.S. Star Trek fans can look forward to a weekend full of reheated leftovers and plenty of Star Trek on TV.
Kicking off Saturday, November 30th, SyFy will be showing eight of the original ten Star Trek films. The movie marathon will begin with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock at 11AM and will run through Sunday afternoon with Star Trek: Nemesis.
A new Star Trek-centric feature-length documentary, you may not be aware of, is currently in development. The focus of the film isn’t the phenomenon of Star Trek franchise or its creator Gene Roddenberry — the documentary, The Green Girl, looks at the career of the actress and the original Orion slave girl (from the episode “The Cage”), Susan Oliver.
Directed and produced by George Pappy, the film has been in development for over two years and according to the Indiegogo page, includes more than 40 interviews with Oliver’s friends, family and co-stars — including Lee Meriwether, David Hedison, Roy Thinnes, Kathleen Nolan, Nancy Malone, Gary Conway, Monte Markham, Celeste Yarnall, Peter Mark Richman and Rosey Grier.
In order to complete the film, Pappy is asking fans to contribute to the project’s Indiegogo campaign, which runs until November 30th.
According to a press release, the finished film is slated for release in February 2014.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Star Trek‘s original Captain Kirk discussed a myriad of topics, including his new TNG documentary, killing off Captain Kirk, J.J. Abrams and why he hasn’t appeared in any of his films.
On the topic of Whacky Doodle, his upcoming documentary on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Shatner said:
That’ll be the ninth documentary that I will have made. We are editing it now and calling it Wacky Doodle. All of the writers in the documentary said the show was all wacky doodle, so that’s what I’m calling it. It’s about the shenanigans that went on in the first two years of making Star Trek: The Next Generation. I did The Captains, which also got wonderful notices. And I’ve made other documentaries involving science fiction.
He went on to briefly speculate why a new Star Trek series isn’t currently on television.
That’s because they’re making the movies.
On why he hasn’t appeared in either of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film, he said:
Well, I said to [Leonard] Nimoy, “You know you’re old when you go back in time and you’re still old.” I don’t know how they’d handle the aged captains.
Shatner as Kirk in Star Trek: Generations
In Star Trek: Generations, Captain Kirk was killed off. Discussing the character’s death, he said:
Well, it wasn’t my choice. Although, I wrote a series of books where the character goes on, followed by autobiographical things that happened to me, I foisted on the fictional character.
With the announcement of Abrams taking over the directorial reigns of the Star Wars franchise, Shatner gave his opinion of whether he thinks Episode VII will be any good, saying:
Yes. J.J. is a wonderful director.
William Shatner’s fifth studio album, Ponder the Mystery will be released next Tuesday, October 8th. The album is a collection of progressive rock songs coupled with Shatner’s original spoken word poetry.
In the premiere episode of George Takei’s new web series Takei’s Take, George looks at Google Glass — a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display being developed by Google. The episode is co-hosted by technology reporter Lamarr Wilson.
The series, which is made in association with AARP, will star Star Trek’s original Hikaru Sulu as he reviews the latest in consumer technology with viewers over 50 years old in mind.
The first episode hit the web last week and at the time of this writing has been viewed more than 50,000 times.
Today we celebrate Eugene “Gene” Wesley Roddenberry, also affectionately known as “The Great Bird of the Galaxy”, who would have turned 92 years old on this day.
Born August 19, 1921, Roddenberry was a writer, producer, humanist, father, husband, visionary and most famously, the creative mind and force behind the legendary Star Trek franchise.
Ever prolific, Roddenberry continued to develop series and films outside of Trek, some even credited to him post-humously. His invaluable contributions to television, science-fiction and society as a whole have awarded him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inductions into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame, and the Science Foundation’s Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award, among various other accolades. However, his legacy goes beyond the measure of any award. His vision of a future where the nations of Earth have transcended racial and geo-political prejudice, where technology triumphs over ignorance, and the principles of peace and cooperative exploration reign have inspired countless fans the world over, ranging from children to scientists, actors to politicians, engineers to housewives.
Roddenberry’s career in television began during his time as an LAPD officer. Under the name “Robert Wesley”, he wrote television scripts for Highway Patrol and Have Gun, Will Travel, as well as having worked on the radio version of the latter. He also contributed to westerns like Boots and Saddles and Whiplash
Ultimately unsatisfied with freelance writing, he decided to develop his own program. His first attempt, a WWII adventure series named APO 293, failed to be picked up by the networks. However, in 1963 NBC greenlit his next venture, The Lieutenant, which ran for one season and featured Nichelle Nichols in the first episode.
Majel and Gene Roddenberry on the set of Star Trek: TNG
For his next series, Roddenberry turned his sights to the heavens. Taking inspiration from old sci-fi serials such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, he described his new project as a “Wagon Train to the stars”. Thus Star Trek was born in 1964. After a failed over-budget pilot, NBC allowed for a second, which sparked a three season run. Though the series suffered low ratings and Roddenberry eventually withdrew from direct involvement in the final season, the show found unprecedented success in syndication.
Throughout the 70’s, Roddenberry continued to produce and develop new films and series, such as the sexploitation film Pretty Maids All in a Row and three sci-fi TV movies – The Questor Tapes, Spectre, and Genesis II, the lattermost spawning two sequels, Planet Earth and Strange New World.
In 1975, Paramount allowed for a sequel to Star Trek, called Phase II, which instead eventually became the first film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He remained the “executive consultant” on the following four films and was an integral force behind the creation of The Next Generation. He is also credited as “creator” on the subsequent series Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Roddenberry with George Takei, Walter Koenig and James Doohan
He also had affection for aviation, flying with the USAAF during WWII and continuing to commercially pilot aircraft for Pan Am after the war, even receiving a Civil Aeronautics commendation for aiding in the rescue effort following a crash in the Syrian desert in 1947.
Roddenberry passed away on October 24, 1991, just within 48 hours of the screening of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which was dedicated to his memory. His cremated remains were launched into orbit aboard a Celestis spacecraft on April 21, 1997, so that he may rest in peace amongst the stars which he so fondly regarded. He was survived by his wife, Majel Barrett, who sadly passed away in 2008, his two daughters from his previous marriage with Eileen Rexroat, his two grandchildren, and his son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., who directed the 2011 Trek Nation, a documentary exploring his father’s legacy.
On August 6th, Rod and his wife Heidi welcomed their son Zale into the world.
Gene Roddenberry changed the world in a very fundamental way, boldly going where no man has gone before. We all wish him a very fond “happy birthday”, as well as a sincere “thank you” for all he has brought to our lives and imaginations.
Watch an up close and personal interview with Roddenberry from 1981, hosted by Rod.
Michael Ansara, best known for his role as the Klingon commander Kang on The Original Series, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, died Wednesday at the age of 91 at his home in Calabasas, California.
Ansara’s film and television roles outside of Star Trek include Action in Arabia, Soldiers of Three, The Golden Hawk, Brave Warrior, Julius Caesar, The Lone Ranger, Broken Arrow, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Mission: Impossible, The Long Road Home, Batman Beyond, and many more.
Watch Ansara as Kang in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Day of the Dove”, below.
Host of Yahoo OMG!’s Yo Show, Michael Yo recently toured the headquarters of Roddenberry Entertainment. During his visit, Yo was shown some rare memorabilia by Rod Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
Check out the video below for a peek at the original IDIC symbol worn by Leonard Nimoy, a collection of dilithium crystals, Gene and Majel Roddenberry’s first flip phones and a replica of Captain Kirk’s Enterprise command chair.
Last month, the fifth season of Smithsonian Channel’s documentary TV series, The Real Story premiered with an episode exploring of the Star Trek film and TV franchise.
The episode looks at the life of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the scientific advances and inventions that were inspired by the series. Featuring interviews with Leonard Nimoy, Roddenberry’s son, Rod, and original members of the Star Trek fan club, the entire episode is available to stream for free on Smithsonian Channel’s official YouTube channel and for download on iTunes.
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Meet Star Trek’s producers, the first Trekkies, and Mr. Spock himself to discover the true story of Star Trek’s history and how its vision of the future has influenced today’s technology.
Captain’s Close Up, a five-part mini-series, which premiered on EPIX earlier this year, is set to be released on DVD later this summer.
Featuring interviews conducted by Shatner himself, former Star Trek captains Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine are featured. The series builds upon Shatner’s 2011 documentary, The Captains.
Captain’s Close Up is set to be released on August 13th and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
Since first soaring onto TV screens in the 1960s, Star Trek has become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Now, the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, travels around the globe in this new five-part series to interview the elite group of actors who have portrayed the role of Starfleet Captain, giving fans an intimate and exclusive look at the pop culture phenomenon.