The Captains are in the house!

William Shatner, who will forever be Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk, has created a new Star Trek documentary that focuses on the various actros that have captained the Star Ship Enterprise. The documentary (entitled The Captains, has Shatner sitting down to interview Patrick Stewart (The Next Generation), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), Avery Brooks (Deep Space Nine) and Chris Pine, who took on the role of Captain Kirk in J.J. AbramsStar Trek reboot.

For more Details on Bill’s “Shatnerpalooza” Schedule.

Video after Jump. Continue reading

Where No Trek has ever been before

OK, OK, all the uber-Trek Geeks already know that JJ Abrams new vision of Trek hits DVD and Blu-Ray any moment now, and virtually everybody else knows that there were two pilots of Trek (the first, if not only TV show in history to have two pilots) The first, The Cage, which was rejected by NBC for being “too cerebral” and the second, Where No Man Has Gone Before, which replaced Jeffrey Hunter (who played the captain) with William Shatner.

Well, it has just been learned that there was actually a third pilot with an alternate version that was largely lost and has before never aired. According to reports, a film collector in Germany recently acquired this print and brought it to the attention of CBS/Paramount. CBS is now releasing this version on Blu-ray Dec. 15.

Here are some clips that have been previously circulated from the alternate version….

While I’m not going to go out and buy a Blu-Ray player just to see this full episode, I’m guessing that there are some that just might.

The Perfessor

This is your Captain Speaking

HP PrankLet’s say you have a (valid) point to make, and you want to make it in such a way that will get everyone’s attention, but not do so in a destructive way or cause you to — you know — get arrested. Well, the first thing is that you need a viable plan, and then it certainly doesn’’t hurt to have a celebrity spokesperson who shares your viewpoint and is willing to lend a hand, or voice.

To Wit:

A number of Greenpeace activists recently went all “Mission Impossible” and not only scaled the walls of the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto but once they reached the roof of the building, they then painted the words “Hazardous Products” in enormous letters on the roof to draw attention to the company’s backpedaling on its pledge to remove toxic chemicals from its products by the end of the year. The message, is obviously a play on the company’s HP logo, was applied using non-toxic children’s finger paint and covered 11,500 sq ft. of the roof.

Still, that wasn’t the entirety of the prank, Hewlett-Packard employees also received automated calls with a recorded message from William Shatner (Television’s Captain Kirk) which said “You promised me a toxic-free computer by 2009,” he said in the recording. “Now my friends at Greenpeace tell me that I’ll have to wait until 2011. What’s up with that?” Read more

Ultimately:

Police were soon on the scene but Hewlett-Packard chose not to press charges, an apparent effort to avoid prolonged media attention to the case. Mr Harrell also said that because the activists used finger paint, no damage was done to the building.

The Perfessor

UPDATE from Walt
Here’s the audio, just in case you’re a Shatneraholic: