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My Favorite Video Compiles the Special Way Star Trek‘s Commander Riker Sits Down

Happy 30th anniversary, TNG.

I'll never forget the day, years ago, when a co-worker turned to me, incredulous: "You've never seen the Riker sits down video?" Reader, I had not.

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Bryan Fuller’s Star Trek Show an Anthology Series Taking Place at Various Points in the Main Continuity

One of those points WON'T be the J.J. Abrams alternate timeline.

Ever since CBS announced plans for a Bryan Fuller-helmed Star Trek series exclusively for CBS All Access, fans have been speculating about which continuity the series would follow. Well, we may have finally gotten some answers!

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Jonathan Frakes Will Play Star-Lord’s Father in Animated Guardians of the Galaxy

OF COURSE Star-Lord's dad is Riker. It all makes sense.

We didn't think it was likely that the animated Guardians of the Galaxy would introduce Star-Lord's father. The show follows the crew's adventures after the first movie, but adding Star-Lord's dad would likely put them at odds with James Gunn's movie sequel, which will do its own thing in that regard. However, Jonathan Frakes has now been cast to play that role in the cartoon.

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Roberto Orci ‘Explains’ His Departure From Star Trek; Jonathan Frakes SUPER PUMPED to Possibly Direct

Seems like he was vulcanned. Get it? GET IT?

There are many reasons why I'm not broken up about Roberto Orci stepping down as director of Star Trek 3 (and Into Darkness' portrayal of women is only one of them). But for those of you who are concerned about what will happen to the film in the wake of its director's departure, Orci is (sort of) setting the record straight online.

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Hark! The Herald Dark Knight Rasps in the Nerdiest Nativity Scene

"Fear not! For it's time my enemies shared my dread!"

Hey, at least it's about as accurate as all the nativity scenes where everybody's white. Two Wyld Stallyns kept time pa rum pum pum pum. Do you think the three Sith men brought fear, anger, and hate?

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Jonathan Frakes Is Directing an Agents of SHIELD/Thor: The Dark World Crossover Episode

Peanut Butter and Chocolate

The nerd is strong with this one.

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10 Awesome Things That Happened at the Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Reunion

Make It So

In 1987, Star Trek re-launched the franchise with a whole new series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Not only did TNG show us the next generation of characters in the Star Trek saga, it brought in the next generation of Star Trek fans who would grow up with the series. I was just a little kid sitting on the couch between my original-Trekker parents when the show premiered. I never imagined that, twenty-five years later, I would be in the room with the entire cast as they reminisced about their TNG experiences at Grand Slam XVIII. Here are some of the best moments from the reunion.

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By Riker’s Beard!

The above photos of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Captain William T. Riker (actually two still frames from an animated GIF, reproduced after the jump) have been making their way around Tumblr lately. Among TNG fans, the inexplicable emergence of Riker's beard in Season Two of the series actually marked a pivotal moment in its history: An Urban Dictionary entry with 125 upvotes and 3 downvotes defines a Riker's beard as "The opposite of jump the shark, i.e. when a TV show goes from unspectacular/boring/outlandish to completely awesome. It references Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was unspectacular until season 2, when Commander Riker grew a beard. The show kicked ass from then on." (Another UD entry defines Riker Syndrome as when a person "only looks good with a beard.") The full story behind the iconic beard, which basically stemmed from TNG star Jonathan Frakes deciding he didn't feel like shaving anymore:

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