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Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
4:37 am - Star Trek Generations RiffTrax Released!

Mystery Science Theater 3000's Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy have released their third Star Trek RiffTrax, Generations!

A follow up to their previous riffs on The Final Frontier (Sample) and The Undiscovered Country (sample)

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Thursday, June 29th, 2006
5:33 pm - Don't worry, I just made Lieutenant

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Two characters on the show were named after real people: The alien "Q" was named for Janet Quarton, a British fan; and Geordi La Forge was named after another Trek fan, George La Forge, who was confined to a wheelchair.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting In the original premiere script, Geordi was going to be gay.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The character of Geordi LaForge was originally conceived to be Jamaican. When LeVar Burton was cast in the role, this plan was dropped; although a Jamaican actress (Madge Sinclair) later appeared as Geordi's mother.

XD More Trek: TNG Trivia you may not have known: here.

Posted Around

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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
12:06 am - LEGO My Geordi :D

So very much the best thing ever!

What Joy To Be Had Beneath This CutCollapse )

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
3:39 pm

Damn it all to Hell!!! Why don't you people post in here more often? You claim to love LeVar, but I don't think that's the honest-to-god truth. I don't know what to believe when it comes to you people anymore. You let down the entire African race, the Starship Command, and illiterate children everywhere. Shame on you all.

current mood: disappointed

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
5:12 pm

I LOVE LEVAR AS KUNTA KINTE! Roots is the best thing in the world, and Levar makes it all possible! I am so excited I found this place!

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2004
5:43 pm - Sexiest Man Alive 2004


You know it.

current mood: giggly

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2003
5:24 pm - Reading Rainbow

I am joining every community I can think of to get the word around.
Reading Rainbow is losing funding, and there is a good chance they will not be able to produce any new episodes sometime soon. The best thing you can do to help is to contact your local PBS station and let them know how much you love the show. Donations, if you can afford them, are great as well. I am not associated with PBS or Reading Rainbow in any way, just a fan of the show.

To find your local PBS station, go to http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html

GET THE WORD OUT. Email all your friends, post in your journals, whatever you need to do. This show is important enough to be kept on the air for as long as possible. Any questions, comment here or in my journal.

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Monday, June 16th, 2003
9:16 pm

Oh goodness...just found this community. Brilliant idea. I am totally psyched because now that school's out, I can watch Reading Rainbow atleast twice a day...oh yeah.

Personally, I think that show is the single most ingenious thing ever conceived by the folks at PBS. The day they stop airing it is the day I stop watching television altogether.

current mood: happy

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Monday, May 26th, 2003
4:37 pm
zephyros Oh no!!!

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Thursday, March 20th, 2003
11:12 pm

*reading raindow music*

current mood: itchy

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Monday, March 17th, 2003
4:16 pm

"If you set your mind to the task at hand and work really hard, you can accomplish anything. I mean, look at LeVar Burton. He went from African tribesman to slave, to literate, to head of the Starship Command, or something. I haven't seen Star Trek in a while."

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, January 4th, 2003
11:47 am - "Second Chances"

Has NOBODY ELSE seen the TNG episode "Second Chances"?

This is one of my favorite episodes of TNG. After watching "Nemesis" a few more times, I have to say that as a film in and of itself, it works. But I believe "Second Chances" is a better treatment of the film's main premise.

Check the episode's synopsis from startrek.com:

The U.S.S. Enterprise returns to the planet Nervala IV to retrieve data left behind by Starfleet researchers when they were forced to evacuate eight years ago. It has taken this long for a transport window to open in the planet's distortion field, finally allowing a brief attempt for people to beam down. Riker led the evacuation operation while a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Potemkin, and returns to oversee the retrieval. However, when he beams down to the surface, he is met with an unexpected surprise -- a man who appears to be his identical twin. Both Rikers claim they led the evacuation eight years ago, but while the Enterprise's Riker says he was transported back safely, Lieutenant Riker claims his transport failed, and the planet's distortion field kept him on the surface. Lieutenant Riker beams up to the Enterprise, and Beverly pronounces the two men genetically indistinguishable. Geordi then fills them in on the reason for the unusual situation - a second containment beam was initiated to get Riker transported through the distortion field, but that beam reflected back to the surface, materializing another Riker. From that moment on, two different Will Rikers -- both very real -- lived two separate lives.

Oh, and one very important detail about the episode I left out:

Director: LeVar Burton
Story By: Mike Medlock
Teleplay By: Rene Echevarria

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, December 16th, 2002
10:00 am - laptop

i saw star trek!

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Saturday, December 7th, 2002
5:51 pm - LeVar Burton chat transcript at startrek.com

On 5 December, LeVardis (*snk*) chatted with folks on the site, overall a light chat, nothing TOO revealing...but some very interesting news for anyone who likes his directing!

Check it out!


or, if you've got a minute...

LeVar Burton
"Geordi La Forge"

Q: Do you think that "Nemesis" is going to be the best movie of all the TNG movies?

LeVar Burton: Well, I think "First Contact" will be pretty hard to beat and I'm optimistic that this will at least be on par with "First Contact," simply in terms of the storytelling.

Q: LeVar, what was it like as an experience, playing on The Weakest Link? I was in the audience and would like to know.

LB: (laughs) That was a fun evening. It was great to showcase some of the brain power of the Star Trek cast. Going up against Picardo in the final round was really nerve-wracking.

Q: What was it like working with newcomer Tom Hardy?

LB: I didn't work with Tom. We had no actual scenes together, but he was great when he first came over. He's a real nice guy. Very easygoing.

Q: Mr. Burton, how was your directing experience on Enterprise and how do you feel about the latest series in general?

LB: I like Enterprise a lot. I had a great time directing and have back-to-back episodes coming up this February and early March.

Q: Hi from Croatia! Mr. Burton, I'm watching The Next Generation from the first episode, and I can't imagine you as anyone else but the engineer. My question is: what would you like to be except that? What about the captain of some starship?

LB: What about the captain? (laughs) I'm pretty comfortable being in charge of the power of the Enterprise. That's where the juice is.

Q: Why was it decided to get rid of Geordi's VISOR after "Star Trek Generations," when the VISOR became such a defining part of Geordi's personality?

LB: It was just time to get rid of the VISOR. Rick [Berman] and I had many conversations about it and we agreed it was about time.

Q:Did you study a lot before going on The Weakest Link?

LB: No. I don't think you can study for game shows. It's not like you get the questions in advance. You've just got to show up and see what happens.

Q: Do you still do Reading Rainbow?

LB: Yes, we are. In fact, the four episodes that aired this past September were episodes that marked our 19th season on the air.

Q In my childhood, I remember you did a children's show called Reading Rainbow. More recently, I've seen you direct some Star Trek episodes, and I seem to recall some other things you've directed. Do you find one genre/role more fulfilling than any other?

LB: One of the things I like about my career is the diversity of projects I can address myself to. I love directing, and acting was my first love. And being part of a show like Reading Rainbow fulfills me in areas that the others just don't. I like having options, variety.

Q: How big of an effect has working with the cast of Star Trek: TNG on the series and movies had on your life?

LB: Over the years, we've all become very, very close. And I feel like I have life-long friendships as a result of Star Trek. You can't put a price on that.

Q: Have you written any Star Trek scripts, novels or stories, and if not, would you like to?

LB: I've never written for Star Trek. Writing is something that I really enjoy doing, but I haven't done it for Star Trek. Not that I won't someday, but I just haven't.

Q: What was one of your favorite moments working on TNG?

LB: Having Stephen Hawking come on the set was cool. Colin Powell came to visit when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. I think it was the sixth season that the Dalai Lama came on the set with some monks.

Q: Mr. Burton, I just wanted to tell you, I have enjoyed watching many of your films. I have had a crush on you for a long time. Now my 14-year-old daughter has a crush on you, too! Isn't that awesome?

LB: (laughs) I'm flattered and honored. And married!

Q: LeVar, do you have any aspirations to direct a Star Trek feature, following in the footsteps of Jonathan Frakes, as you did in directing the series?

LB: Sure! I would be pleased to.

Q: Is this going to be the last movie for TNG?

LB: That's what the advertising says ...

Q: Feel like sharing any anecdotes that happened on set?

LB: The bridge set was built on a collapsing balloon, so sometimes it was like walking on a huge waterbed to take our positions. Some were able to balance better than others � no names.

Q: What was it like working with Stuart Baird?

LB: Stuart didn't know much about Star Trek when he first got there. So he had a pretty intense time getting up to speed with the universe of Trek, in addition to prepping a major motion picture. He did a really remarkable job. Sometimes it was a little frustrating having the guy at the helm not really be familiar with the universe, but after all is said and done, he had a very specific vision, and he was able to get that vision on film, to his credit.

Q: LeVar, what was it like directing the "Timeless" Voyager episode? Did you enjoy it?

LB: A lot of fun! Being asked to direct the 100th episode of Voyager was a great honor. Brannon [Braga] wrote a great script and we had a lot of fun shooting it.

Q: What was Gene Roddenberry like?

LB: Gene was a great guy. And a real visionary.

Q: What is your favorite Star Trek episode, Mr. Burton?

LB: Wow. I think my favorite episode of the Original Series was "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," where there was one guy that was half black and half white, and one that was half white and half black.

Q: LeVar, what was John Logan like on set, being a Star Trek fan himself?

LB: I love John Logan. He's not only a great writer, he's a real gentleman. There was a real sense of security knowing that John loves Trek as much as he does, and that the script couldn't have been in better hands. I think John's presence in the equation gave all of the cast members a sense that they could relax, knowing that the writing was handled.

Q: Will there ever be a La Forge Maneuver?

LB: Well, I think there is one. But we've been keeping it a secret.

Q: How did you keep a straight face during the comedy scenes with Brent "Data" Spiner? That must have been difficult.

LB: It was difficult. We didn't always keep straight faces on the set. There's a lot of film floating around somewhere with all of us laughing. I'm surprised it hasn't shown up on eBay.

Q: Hi, Mr. Burton! Is your relationship with Brent Spiner anything like the relationship between Geordi and Data?

LB: Brent and I are pretty close. I think the two relationships mirror each other in many ways.

Q: How do you do that whistle thing? I've tried, I just can't do it.

LB: What is "the whistle thing?" I've been accused of many things, but never "The Whistle Thing."

Q: Were there any practical jokes played on last day of filming?

LB:I wasn't around for the last day of filming. I was filming all my scenes in January and February and then I was off to Canada to shoot my first movie.

Star Trek Host: First movie? Tell us more about this first movie!

LB: It stars Christopher Plummer, Brenda Blethyn, Kevin Pollack, and Whoopi Goldberg as the voice of Blizzard.

Q: Mr. Burton, how did you become an actor?

LB: I moved to Southern California in 1974 with a scholarship to study theater at USC. As a sophomore, I got cast in my first job on a mini-series for ABC called Roots.

Q: Have you had any particularly strange experiences with over-enthusiastic Trek fans?

LB: I've been asked to sign some very odd things. Including body parts.

Q: What is the name of your movie?

LB: "Blizzard."

Q: How did you feel when TNG's last episode aired?

LB: Exhausted! (laughs)

Q: How was it working with Ms. Goldberg again?

LB: I love Whoopi. Working with her is a joy. It's also very demanding. She's a good friend, and she always comes through.

Q: What projects are you planning on next, Mr. Burton?

LB: Well, I'm looking forward to coming back to Enterprise after the first of the year. I'm really taking time off right now to enjoy the holidays and be with my family. I was gone most of last year, up in Canada shooting "Blizzard." So I'm just taking my time right now.

Q: How big of an impact do you think "Nemesis" will have on the fans?

LB: I just hope they enjoy it. I know how important it is for the studio to broaden the audience of the Trek films. But I hope, at its core, it's a satisfying experience for the fans.

Q: We are very excited to see "Nemesis" next week, especially as Geordi is one of our favorite characters. We were wondering if you will be making any convention appearances again. Thanks!
Mary Jo, John and Nicholas

LB: I imagine I will. I have no convention appearances scheduled at this time, but that could change at any time.

Q: Mr. Burton, your name is quite unique. Is there a story behind the name LeVar?

LB: My name is actually LeVardis. It's a family name.

Q: What is "Blizzard" about?

LB: It's a story about the most magical of Santa's reindeer, and her life-long friendship with a young girl. It's a story about the power of selfless love.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for people who want to get involved in moviemaking, either in front of or behind the camera?

LB: You need to believe in yourself, and know in your heart that dreams really do come true.

Q: Mr. Burton, can you give us some inside information on "Nemesis?"

LB: Are you ready? Here it is: The universe is in grave danger. And the intrepid crew of the Enterprise comes to save the day.

Star Trek Host: Please say goodbye and thank Mr. Burton for joining us!

Thank you, Mr. Burton. God bless you and yours!


Thank you, Mr. Burton! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Nice talking to you Mr. Burton! Thanks for spending time here with us! :-)

bye, levardis burton

You are the greatest, thank you for talking with us!

Bye and Qapla'!

LB: Qapla' ... you do, and you clean it up. Thanks everybody! Go see the movie! Don't forget to take your friends and family. What the hell, take people you don't even like! Happy Holidays everybody!

Star Trek Host: Thank you for joining us today!

The contents of this chat are Copyright (C) 2002 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

current mood: jubilant

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002
6:41 pm - Chat with LeVar at StarTrek.Com

The subject says it all. I was just browsing around StarTrek.com and saw this in the news. You can go here for more info. ^-^

current mood: good

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Sunday, December 1st, 2002
1:09 am

This is probably the nicest Geordi pic I've ever seen:

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1:03 am

Have any of you here seen Ali? Apparently LeVar played the role of Martin Luther King, Jr. I feel like renting it just to see that.

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Saturday, November 30th, 2002
8:10 pm

remember when geordi was given the chance to have his eyesight back because of riker? then he turned riker down

i wonder if i could do that
it would be kewl to have special vision like geordi did but having a chance to regain my vision 100%...

i don't know

current mood: contemplative

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Monday, September 30th, 2002
3:18 pm

Hello ev'ry body.

Ohh! Look ... I'm what? The fourth person to post? I am speshull.

Yay for Geordi! And for LeVar, because he is awesome. But I'm an unabashed Trekkie, so if I consistently call him Geordi, just ... don't mind me. :)

current mood: chipper

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Friday, November 29th, 2002
11:56 pm

When i was young i used to watch Star Trek with my mom and wonder just how Geordi Laforge could see with his visor on
Ahh, the memories...
I can still remember all the words to the Captain Planet song, i've actually sung it quite recently.
Says a lot about how odd my life is.

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