Posts Tagged ‘Sci-Fi’

The Truth is Out There: “The X-Files” Ended 10 Years Ago & Predicts the End of the World

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

It’s been 10 years since the small screen bid adieu to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the FBI agents who investigated paranormal activity on the FOX hit, The X-Files. The sci-fi show premiered on September 10, 1983 and aired its final episode on May 19, 2002. When the series ended, it was the longest-running sci-fi series in American television history, an honor that Smallville now holds.

In the series finale, “The Truth,” Mulder accesses classified documents about the final colonization of the planet (the end of the world), which will occur on December 22, 2012. Mulder kills the man who discovers he’s seen the information and is then held in a military prison. Scully and others break him out and the star-crossed lovers escape to New Mexico, where The Smoking Man helps sheds some light on the coming invasion. Mulder and Scully settle in for the night in a motel room in Roswell, New Mexico, where the episode concludes with the couple locked in embrace.

X-Files creator Chris Carter wrote the final episode, which he discusses in his 2010 Archive interview:

X-Files writer/Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan on The X-Files series finale:

There have been rumors of a third X-Files movie (the first two were in 1998 and 2008), perhaps to be released in December 2012? I want to believe.

For more info, check out our X-Files show page.

10 things you may not know about “Star Trek”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The Archive of American Television has interviewed many actors, visual effects artists, directors, stuntmen, writers, and others involved in the production of NBC’s Star Trek (1966-1969) as well as its spin-offs. Below are a few gems from the archive’s collection featuring stories you may not have heard before about the series and its cast. From Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) to Lt. La Forge (LeVar Burton), check out the full interviews with each of these TV legends in the videos and links below.

For Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, the characters were all metaphors for a larger vision

George Takei explains how “Sulu” got his name.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced “Uhura” to stay on Star Trek!

Nichelle Nichols (“Uhura”) was about to quit the series, when a chance encounter with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened her eyes to the important role that she had in representing African-Americans on television.

Leonard Nimoy created Mr. Spock’s “Vulcan salute”

Leonard Nimoy (“Mr. Spock”) explains where the famed “Vulcan salute” came from.

William Shatner almost missed out on being “Captain Kirk”

William Shatner was cast as “Alexander the Great” but thankfully, the project failed and he took the role of “Captain Kirk” by default.

Joan Collins’ daughter convinced her to appear on Star Trek

Actress Joan Collins appeared on one of Star Trek’s most beloved episodes and even attended a convention!

The Enterprise’s “whoosh” in Star Trek’s opening was voiced by the theme’s composer

Composer  Alexander Courage describes how he came up with the theme song for Star Trek.

A wig saved Next Generation’s Captain Picard!

Star Trek: Next Generation producer Rick Berman explains how Patrick Stewart almost wasn’t cast as “Captain Picard.”

“Khan” left Mr. Roarke in the dust

Ricardo Montalban was worried audiences would identify him with Fantasy Island’s “Mr. Roarke” when he reprised the role of “Khan” on Star Trek, but he was able to find the character’s true voice by watching the original 1967 episode “Space Seed” where he first played “Khan.

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Geordi could see all, but the actor playing him saw almost nothing!

LeVar Burton “Geordi La Forge” actually could not see behind his character’s visor.

The secret to the transporter effect was fireworks

Director Joseph Wilcots reveals how the shimmery effect was created.

For more about Star Trek, visit the Archive’s curated show page.