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“Star Trek: The Next Generation” to beam into theaters

by Matthew Price Published: July 20, 2012

Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” may have thought their last chance to see Capt. Picard on the big screen had passed when Paramount rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise under director J.J. Abrams.

But next week, in celebration of the Blu-ray release of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” Season One and the 25th anniversary of the “Next Generation” program, Picard, Data, Worf and crew return to the silver screen as part of a special Fathom Events screening.

“Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event” beams to movie theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. local time Monday.

The event is presented by NCM Fathom and CBS, and will feature two Season 1 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”: “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore.”

In Oklahoma City, the “Next Generation” episodes will be shown at AMC Quail Springs 24, 2501 W Memorial, and Tinseltown USA, 6001 N Martin Luther King Ave.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and www.FathomEvents.com.

The episodes were chosen by “Star Trek” experts and restoration consultants, Mike and Denise Okuda, who will introduce the episodes. The evening will also include a look at special features and a preview of the Season 2 Blu-ray.

“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ to a new generation,” said Ken Ross, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Home Entertainment, in a news release. “Seeing the episodes in a theater setting is the perfect way to show off the pristine picture that high definition allows and launch the first season on Blu-ray.”

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” followed the original “Star Trek” series created by Gene Roddenberry, and was produced 21 years after the debut of the original “Star Trek.” series. The series was set about 100 years after the events of the original “Trek,” and ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons. The show starred Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard; Jonathan Frakes as his first officer, Commander Will Riker; Brent Spiner as the android Data; Marina Sirtis as ship’s counselor Deanna Troi; Michael Dorn as Klingon tactical officer Lt. Worf; Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher; and LeVar Burton as helmsman (later chief engineer) Geordi La Forge.

“ ‘The Next Generation’ series is timeless. It’s hard to believe 25 years have gone by since this iconic show premiered on television,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events, in a news release. “This special event celebrates the magic that made this beloved series so memorable.”

- By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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