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Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
That's how I feel about the whole show. But then I haven't been asked to act in it.

Interestingly, William Shatner, who just turned 90 a few days ago (how's that to make one feel old?), claims that he never watched a single episode of Star Trek.
The same is told of Richard Burton, that he has never watched any of the movies he has played in. He had intended to make an exception for '1984', but unfortunately, he died before he could.
 

windar

Teller of Tales
But I'll wager he still has a much better understanding of the franchise than those morons who are writing Star Trek Discovery, the dreadful Picard show (which should have been great but was puerile crap), and the less said about the animated show "The Lowe Decks", the better :(
I don't want to get unto a long discussion, but I probably watched every Star Trek a few times and read tons of science fiction back when I was an adolescent and I'm not sure that I wouldn't find much of it puerile crap if I watched/read it today. There are exceptions, to be sure (Orwell, Bradbury, Azimov), but overall, it was largely targeted at an adolescent audience (predominantly male) and I'm not going to vouch for the taste and sophistication of adolescent boys, having been one myself.

I do have a distant family connection to Shatner (long story) and he has been a generous donor to our joint alma mater, McGill University. He did some ads early on for Priceline and was smart enough to take his pay in stock options...
 

Darkprincess69

High Priestess of Slaanesh
The same is told of Richard Burton, that he has never watched any of the movies he has played in. He had intended to make an exception for '1984', but unfortunately, he died before he could.
Wasn't he in The Medusa Touch? I haven't seen that in decades but I seem to remember that it was pretty good at the time
 

Cran

Magistrate
That's how I feel about the whole show. But then I haven't been asked to act in it.

Interestingly, William Shatner, who just turned 90 a few days ago (how's that to make one feel old?), claims that he never watched a single episode of Star Trek.
The same is told of Richard Burton, that he has never watched any of the movies he has played in. He had intended to make an exception for '1984', but unfortunately, he died before he could.
On the topic of actors not watching their work, Micheal Caine on his role in Jaws: The Revenge. "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
 

Darkprincess69

High Priestess of Slaanesh
On the topic of actors not watching their work, Micheal Caine on his role in Jaws: The Revenge. "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
And not a lot of people know that :)

(sorry :D)
 

Barbaria1

Rebel Leader
Staff member
Interestingly, William Shatner, who just turned 90 a few days ago (how's that to make one feel old?), claims that he never watched a single episode of Star Trek.
That’s because he’s been too busy doing television adverts for ambulance chaser lawyers.;)
 

Marcius

Governor
Fifty years ago today, on 29 March 1971, the Tate–LaBianca trial ended with what is perhaps the best known (and most popular on-screen) set of mass murderers – Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten – receiving the death penalty.

They didn't get to see the gas chamber from the inside, of course.

They're easy to hate, and I like easy. So... that's a pity they didn't.

'Do I see Lieutenant Calley?' Certainly.

On that very day, William Calley was found guilty of killing 22 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai because he had been told to. He wasn't that easy to hate, however. All in all, I think he did a few weeks of prison time and a few years of house arrest owing to the fact that his life sentence was generally seen as too harsh.

Manson must've kicked himself for not joining the army.
 

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
On this day in 1856 the Treaty of Paris ends the Crimean Wa!

In 1855, United States Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis (Yes, that Jefferson Davis) sent a three-man team on a tour of Europe’s militaries and observe The Crimean War.
Among those was a twenty-eight-year-old Captain, George B. McClellan. Nine years earlier, McClellan had graduated second in his class from the US Miliatary Academy at West Point at the (below regulation) age of nineteen. He served with distinction in the US war with Mexico.
Just six years after going the Crimea, McClellan would be made Commanding General of the United States Army in the American Civil War.
 

Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
On this day in 1856 the Treaty of Paris ends the Crimean Wa!
Great scene of a great movie! There was not just a bad and confusing order, from above, where the Russian positions were clear, to the cavalry below, from where they were not. Lots of personal feuds and issues between the characters, developed earlier in the movie, and a lot based on hstorical facts, made it even more complicated.



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And on March 30th 1791, the first definition of the metre was established, by the French Academy of Sciences, as one ten millionth of the distance between the equator and the North Pole along the Meridian of Paris.
 

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
Great scene of a great movie! There was not just a bad and confusing order, from above, where the Russian positions were clear, to the cavalry below, from where they were not. Lots of personal feuds and issues between the characters, developed earlier in the movie, and a lot based on hstorical facts, made it even more complicated.



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And on March 30th 1791, the first definition of the metre was established, by the French Academy of Sciences, as one ten millionth of the distance between the equator and the North Pole along the Meridian of Paris.
Didn't they mean Greenwich?
 

Darkprincess69

High Priestess of Slaanesh
March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower opens in Paris.
I loved the scene in the 2004 Van Helsing movie (I love that film, despite the fact that nobody else does), where he arrives in Paris in 1888, and the Eiffel Tower is only half built - I like to see film makers pay attention to historical details like that.
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windar

Teller of Tales
March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower opens in Paris.
Many of France's greatest artists and writers at the time detested the Tower. Guy de Maupassant went so far as to eat lunch everyday in the restaurant at the base of the tower, because it was "one of the few places where I could sit and not actually see the Tower". Eventually, most of them were reconciled to it and came even to like it. A similar thing happened with the World Trade Center in New York; many people hated them while they stood and missed them when they were gone.
 
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