RIP Bernie Casey

#RIP: former football star turned actor Bernie Casey has died at 78. He played Cmdr. Calvin Hudson in #StarTrek #DS9, Derek Cranston in #Babylon5, Admiral Vanalden in #SeaQuest2032, Major Jeff Spender in #TheMartianChronicles & much more, including U.N. Jefferson in #RevengeOfTheNerds. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

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Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

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The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society is Inclusive

During a panel at #SanDiegoComicCon (#SDCC), Adam Savage made some surprising remarks regarding the “#StarWars vs #StarTrek” debate. When asked the question, “Which franchise you would eliminate from existence: Star Wars or Star Trek?”, Adam Savage’s response was booed when he said that Star Trek should be eliminated and gave the following reason: “Star Trek lures you into a false sense of positivity that the world can be a utopia and recent events have proven it cannot. Star Wars’ dystopic vision is far more realistic and prepares our children for their future.”

Adam Savage at SDCC 2017

Adam Savage at SDCC 2017

The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society does not favor any franchise over another. We treat all franchises (be they science fiction, fantasy or science fantasy) equally. Each franchise brings its own creativity, characters, worlds, stories, etc., into the wonderful genres that we call science fiction and fantasy. No one is required to dislike one franchise in order to like another and more often than not, franchises often influence other franchises.

We have several things to say regarding Adam Savage’s response:

  • Had he responded that “Star Wars” should be eliminated in favor of “Star Trek”, he would also have been booed.
  • We disagree with his notion that “Star Wars” is more realistic than “Star Trek”. “Star Trek” is closer to the definition of “hard science fiction” than “Star Wars” due to writers attempts to explain the advanced technologies that don’t currently exist. Advanced technology in “Star Wars” is not explained to the same level as in “Star Trek” and includes the element of mystical Force, which have caused many to classify “Star Wars” as science fantasy instead of science fiction. In our opinion, “Star Trek” is more realistic than “Star Wars”.
  • We also disagree that “Star Trek” is utopian and that “Star Wars” is dystopian. While “Star Trek” depicts a possible future humanity several centuries from now that is more hopeful than current human society, it is not utopian as it is not without its own problems. Similarly, while “Star Wars” has some very cruel characters and moments of genocide and planetary destruction, it is not dystopian, certainly not in the sense that franchises like Terminator and “Mad Max” portray as dystopian futures for mankind.

Ultimately, we disagree with questioning anyone whether one franchise is better than another or whether one franchise should be eliminated in favor of another. Such questions are aimed at creating needless divisiveness between fans of various franchises & genres, rather than bringing fans together in the areas that are similar between the various franchises & genres. Also, SDCC, which is the grandfather of all comic cons and a celebration of all pop culture, should not be used at instigating a battleground between fans.

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“Star Trek” Icon William Shatner to Take Zero-G Flight

Iconic #StarTrek actor William Shatner is planning to take a zero-G flight in August, 2017! The 86-year-old actor (who famously portrayed Captain James T. Kirk) has signed up for an Aug. 4 flight with the Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero-G) aboard the company’s modified Boeing 727 aircraft G-Force One, which flies in a series of parabolic arcs to give passengers brief tastes of weightlessness.

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Zachary Quinto: There’s ‘No Guarantee’ for a ‘Star Trek 4’

During an interview on the #Today show on Apr. 21, 2017, Zachary Quinto said that there’s ‘no guarantee’ for a 4th #StarTrek film in the rebooted franchise. Asked about “Star Trek” during thew interview promoting his new independent film “Aardvark”, Zachary Quinto had this to say about “Star Trek”:

“I don’t know… I know that they are working on a script for another one and we’ll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves — being back on stage, doing independent films… I’m hopeful that we’ll do another one, but there’s no guarantee.”

Doubt for the continuation of the rebooted franchise has grown after “Star Trek Beyond” missed its box office projections that Paramount had been hoping for, in spite of the studio’s official announcement last July for a fourth film in the franchise, which included the announcement that Chris Hemsworth would return as James Kirk’s father George.

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“Star Trek” Actor Lawrence Montaigne has Died at 86

#RIP: Lawrence Montaigne has died at age 86. He played the Romulan named Decius in #StarTrek #TOS episode “Balance of Terror”) & the Vulcan named Stonn in episode “Amok Time”. He also played Dr. Aquila in #CityBeneathTheSea, Joker’s robotic henchman Mr. Glee in #Batman, Dr. Braddock in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Capt. Alvarado / Yellow Elk in #TheTimeTunnel, & more. May he rest in peace.

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