After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed. To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too. A writer's guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished prominently and proudly. The new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn), and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought the future looked just swell! Roddenberry's feminism now contrasted a pilot episode featuring ship's Counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis) in a mini-skirt with her ongoing inner strengths and also those of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the short-lived Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). The arrival of Whoopi Goldberg in season 2 as mystic barkeep Guinan is a great example of the good the original Trek did for racial groups--Goldberg has stated that she was inspired to become an actress in large part through seeing Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. Her credibility as an actress helped enormously alongside the strong central performances of Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (First Officer Will Riker), and Brent Spiner (Data) in defining another wholly believable environment once again populated with well-defined characters. Star Trek, it turned out, did not depend for its success on any single group of actors. Like its predecessor in the 1960s, TNG pioneered visual effects on TV, making it an increasingly jaw-dropping show to look at. And thanks also to the enduring success of the original show, phasers, tricorders, communicators and even phase inverters were already familiar to most viewers. But while technology was a useful tool in most crises, it now frequently seemed to be the cause of them too, as the show's writers continually warned about the dangers of over-reliance on technology (the Borg were the ultimate expression of this maxim). The word "technobabble" came to describe a weakness in many TNG scripts, which sacrificed the social and political allegories of the original and relied instead upon invented technological faults and their equally fictitious resolutions to provide drama within the Enterprise's self-contained society. (The holodeck's safety protocol override seemed to be next to the light switch given the number of times crew members were trapped within.) This emphasis on scientific jargon appealed strongly to an audience who were growing up for the first time in the late 1980s with the home computer--and gave rise to the clichéd image of the nerdy Trek fan. Like in the original Trek, it was in the stories themselves that much of the show's success is to be found. That pesky Prime Directive kept moral dilemmas afloat ("Justice"/"Who Watches the Watchers?"/"First Contact"). More "what if" scenarios came out of time-travel episodes ("Cause and Effect"/"Time's Arrow"/"Yesterday's Enterprise"). And there were some episodes that touched on the political world, such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" questioning the supply of arms, "Chain of Command" decrying the torture of political prisoners and "The Defector", which was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis of The Neutral Zone" by its writer. The show ran for more than twice as many episodes as its progenitor and therefore had more time to explore wider ranging issues. But the choice of issues illustrates the change in the social climate that had occurred with the passing of a couple of decades. "Angel One" covered sexism; "The Outcast" was about homosexuality; "Symbiosis"--drug addiction; "The High Ground"--terrorism; "Ethics"--euthanasia; "Darmok"--language barriers; and "Journey's End"--displacement of Indians from their homeland. It would have been unthinkable for the original series to have tackled most of these. TNG could so easily have been a failure, but it wasn't. It survived a writer's strike in its second year, the tragic death of Roddenberry just after Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991, and plenty of competition from would-be rival franchises. Yes, its maintenance of an optimistic future was appealing, but the strong stories and readily identifiable characters ensured the viewers' continuing loyalty. --Paul Tonks
Luther Series 1 - 4 Boxset (DVD)
These stunning screen adaptations, Richard II, Henry IV in two parts, Henry V, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III capture Shakespeare's epic yet intimate plays and are filmed in the visually breathtaking landscape and architecture of the period. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Sally Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Rory Kinnear, Sophie Okonedo, Simon Russell Beale, Patrick Stewart, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters & Ben Whishaw, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare's most eloquent and powerful language. Bonus Features The Making of The Hollow Crown The Making of The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses The Making of a King Deleted Scenes
DI Humphrey Goodman and his team are back solving increasingly puzzling murders on the beautiful island of Saint Marie - from a body on a volcano to a two-part story which takes the team to London. But it's not just the crime which is troubling Humphrey as his relationship with Martha blossoms, will the course of true love run smoothly? Meanwhile the team are concerned for Sergeant Florence Cassell when an old friend is found dead. Dwayne is forced to confront his past, JP turns to Dwayne for marriage guidance - and Selwyn's intervention in a case puts Catherine at the centre of the mayoral elections. The sixth series of the hugely popular show delivers its usual recipe of fun, emotion and intrigue - with a few surprises too - all served up in the glorious Caribbean sunshine.
How would the legendary Sherlock Holmes cope if he lost his one-of-a-kind deductive skills? In Elementary TM: The Sixth Season, the famed detective Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) faces this devastating possibility when he is diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, a disorder that causes physical and cognitive symptoms including memory loss. With his career, calling and sobriety all at stake, he must rely even more on his steadfast partner Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Together, they continue in their mission to crack the NYPD's most baffl ing crimes and puzzling cases. Your mind will be blown by all 21 thrilling episodes in this 6-disc collection as Sherlock fi ghts to overcome a mystery even he may not be able to solve. Special Features: Six Of One, Half Dozen Of The Other Making Friends Can Be Murder Elementary: Case In Point Deleted Scenes
New Zealanders Bret and Jemaine are now settled in New York trying to push their band and get some chicks. Things don't always go as well as they would like but there's always a song to raise spirits anyway...
This is England 86 Channel 4's first TV series spin off based on the BAFTA award winning 2006 film This is England also by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. This is England 88 Set during Christmas 1988, Lol is haunted by the devastation she caused at the end of 86. With Combo in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Lol is living alone with her young child she ahd with Milky during their affair. This is England 90 Renowned director Shane Meadows' multiple BAFTA award-winning drama charts the turbulent lives of a group of friends looking for love, a laugh and a future in 1980s Britain.
For the first time ever, over 75 classic episodes from Seasons 1 through 5 of South Park have been packed into this one kick-ass Collector's Edition! It's all here, from Starvin' Marvin and Underpants Gnomes, to Towelie and Timmy! So join Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny as they take on anal probes, Chinpoko Mon, and the notorious Scott Tenorman. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park! BONUS FEATURES: A South Park Thanksgiving featured exclusively on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Cartman O Holy Night Music Video ¢ Ned O Little Town of Bethlehem Music Video Chef Chocolate Salty Balls Music Video Mini-Commentaries by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone
A show set in the late 1800's, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.
In World War II they were code-breakers at Bletchley Park; brilliant invaluable members of an elite team whose task was to crack German intelligence. Their success was their downfall. Seven years after helping to win the war they are housewives mothers girlfriends shadows. Bound to the Offi cial Secrets Act their part in the Allied victory cannot be told; their fi nest abilities covered in dust sheets of security never to be seen again – until… Can yesterday’s code breakers become today’s detectives? The ladies of Bletchley Park are about to fi nd out as they track down a serial killer terrorising women; attempt to save one of their own from hanging for a murder confession; and become caught up in human-traffi cking and murder when they infi ltrate a brutal Maltese gang. It’s a hard and dangerous world their brilliant minds are entering. They have the heart but will they have the strength to survive?
From the unchallenged master of 1960s small screen sci-fi, Irwin Allen presents his boldest and most expensive show, Land of the Giants. Premiering in 1968, Giants has built up a devoted fan base over the past four decades, thanks to its heady mix of mind-blowing special effects, suspense and pure escapism. It’s 1983 and sub-orbital spaceship the Spindrift is en route from Los Angeles to London. Mid-flight, the craft is drawn into a terrifying space storm, forcing it to crash on a hostile planet where ‘little people’ are hunted down by giants. Join Captain Steve Burton and his crew and passengers as they battle for their lives in this complete collection of all 51 episodes of Land of the Giants! Special features The crash with cast commentary Commentary outtakes Unpaired version of the Pilot episode (The Crash) presentation reel Special effects shots (no audio) Stills and photo galleries Cast interviews MAD Magazine parody Original US broadcast information Booklets and limited edition Art Cards
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man, it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination it s an area which we call..The Twilight Zone An eclectic mix of fantasy and sci-fi created by the Legendary Rod Serling explore the depths of the unknown in this complete collection of episodes from the Twilight Zone. Funny at times, heartbreaking at others, the Twilight Zone was one of the most unique and inventive television shows ever created. For the very first time all 5 seasons of the original classic cult TV series have been released in one amazing box set collection. Special Features: Rare unofficial pilot episode, The Time Element Original unaired pilot version of Where is Everybody? with Rod Serling s network pitch Numerous audio commentaries Numerous interviews Rod Serling audio lectures Promos for next week s show Radio Dramas Sponsor Billboards Isolated music scores and much more!
Hard-hitting fast-paced new thriller delving into the murky world of police corruption. When a counterterrorism raid goes tragically wrong Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott refuses to participate in a cover-up. Ostracised by colleagues he transfers to an anticorruption unit AC-12 in the process of investigating one of the Force's most respected officers Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates. Not only has Gates just been awarded Officer of the Year his squad has returned the best crime figures for three consecutive years. But can anyone really be that good? Arnott doesn't think so and soon he and Gates become embroiled in a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse. Every time Gates seems cornered he finds a way to turn the tables still believing he can save himself if only he can prove his innocence. But all the time he's digging a bigger hole and plunging irrevocably into a moral abyss. And the stakes keep getting higher. Soon it isn't just careers on the line - it is lives.
The Reagan family follows every lead to the end in the eighth thrilling season of Blue Bloodsâ¢, starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg. The heat is on as Frank (Selleck) clashes with the new mayor of New York City and defends the NYPD from a series of public scandals. Oldest son Danny (Wahlberg) is forced to cut a deal with his imprisoned archenemy while his brother Jamie (Will Estes) works to protect the city's defenseless victims. At the same time, their D.A. sister Erin (Bridget Moynahan) reopens a number of old cases and faces off with her ex-husband. Guest starring Ernie Hudson, Mimi Rogers, and Lorraine Bracco, this collection includes all 22 episodes and special features. Even when facing the city's worst, this family always has each other's backs. Special Features: The Story of the Reagans: Season 8 Blending In: The Visual Effects of Blue Bloodsâ¢ Deleted Scenes Gag Reel Watch the Pilot Episode of SEAL Team Watch the Pilot Episode of Bull
The seventh season of the EmmyÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ® winning hit drama HOMELAND stars EmmyÂ®, Screen Actors GuildÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ® winner Claire Danes and EmmyÂ® and TonyÂ® winner Mandy Patinkin; the cast of series regulars also includes returning actors Elizabeth Marvel, Linus Roache, Maury Sterling and Jake Weber, and joining the cast this season is acclaimed actor Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire). The network's top-rated drama series, HOMELAND films in Richmond, Virginia. At the end of last season, following an assassination attempt on her life, President Keane (Marvel) broke her promise to Carrie (Danes) by arresting 200 members of the intelligence community without bringing charges against them, including Saul Berenson (Patinkin). As season seven begins, Carrie has left her job in the White House and moved back to D.C. and is living with her sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) to take on the Keane administration and secure the release of the 200.
After recent trips take the Dunphys to New York; Mitch, Cam and Lily to the Midwest; and Jay, Gloria, Manny and Joe to Juarez, Mexico; the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan reunites in its eighth season premiere with all of the families converging at home for Father's Day. In subsequent episodes, as Claire struggles to keep order at the company with Jay back in the fold at Pritchett's Closets, Phil starts to enjoy more hobbies. Gloria's hot sauce business starts to pick up steam, while Mitch and Cam continue to see a parade of interesting guests in their upstairs rental unit, and also deal with their maturing tween, Lily. Meanwhile, Haley changes jobs and starts down a new entrepreneurial path, focusing on her career in attempt to balance out her wobbly romantic life, and Alex learns to keep her life balanced at Caltech, including dealing with a considerable bout of mononucleosis. Manny and Luke fumble through their freedom-filled senior year of high school but feel the pressure of college approaching, complete with a joint college visit. Halloween and New Year's Eve episodes will punctuate a season that continues to watch this wonderfully large and blended family evolve, giving us an honest and often hilarious look into the warm and sometimes twisted embrace of the modern family.
This DVD boxset showcases both series one and two of the intriguing, gut wrenching series The Missing, starring Tcheky Karyo. Series 1 One moment there's a hand in yours and the next moment it's gone. For Tony Hughes, the emptiness of those seconds that turn into panic-stricken minutes, then weeks, then years, it is a moment he cannot forget and now he can never let go. What happened to Tony and Emily's son Oliver when they holidayed in France? Was he lost? Kidnapped? Trafficked? Murdered? The not-knowing haunts them, tears at them, shreds their marriage. And while Emily tries to move on, Tony can only go back to that day, to that place and try to find his son... try and find the truth. Set in England and France over eight years, The Missing follows Tony and Emily's story along with the French police grappling with a small town and a way of life overturned by events as they witness a man out of control, out for the truth, out for some kind of justice. In a world full of hope and despair, passion and injustice how far will one man go to ease the pain inside? The answer lies in The Missing. Series 2 A young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster, and she has been missing for 11 years. Alice's return sends shockwaves through the small community of Eckhausen, especially when it is revealed that she may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl. Told simultaneously over two timeframes, the series follows Alice's family as they are thrown back into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams. French missing persons detective, Julien Baptiste, becomes embroiled in the mystery as he races across Europe to pursue a 12 year-old case that he never let die. Through a gripping puzzle of twists and turns, The Missing Series 2 explores the emotional complexity of what happens when a missing child returns, as well as tracing a thrilling chase for a missing girl who is yet to be found.
He's rigid surly tactless and self-centred but he's the only doctor in Portwenn. Even on his own wedding day Dr. Martin Ellingham can't raise a smile; but following a suitably disaster-filled honeymoon he and Louisa must learn to live together raise a child and manage both their careers as best they can. It's a big adjustment for them especially Martin unaccustomed as he is to clutter and noise.
A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.
The original 1967 master recordings of 'The Macra Terror' were lost soon after the programme's original transmission. However, audio-only recordings have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated reconstruction of this lost classic. With highly detailed hand-drawn animation carefully lip-synced with the original 1967 audio, this new production allows viewers to once again experience this Doctor Who chiller in full. The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions (Jamie, Polly and Ben) arrive on a human colony in the far flung future. The colony outwardly appears to be happy and carefree. But behind it's cheerful exterior the colony has been secretly infiltrated by a race of giant parasitic crab creatures called the Macra. The Macra brainwash the human colonists to mine toxic gas in the levels below the colony. Ruling the colony from a control centre in the heart of the main city they scuttle down to the city at night looking for food. The Doctor's friend Ben is soon taken over by the Macra and under their malign influence, he turns against the Doctor. As more colonists are picked off in the night and as their influence spreads, the Doctor sets out to bring an end to the Macra terror.
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