Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

Vacation, all they ever wanted: 5 episodes about getting away

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. Alternately, they can offer up recommendations inspired by a theme. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this…

Imagine the Star Trek that could have been with these undeveloped spec scripts

In honor of this month’s premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, the Trekkers over at Vulture decided to take a look back at one of the more unconventional aspects of the sci-fi franchise that ultimately produced some of its more memorable episodes: the open-submission policy. Unlike most modern TV shows that are produced…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary will boldly move forward with filming

Last month, we brought you news that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writer and showrunner Ira Steven Behr was raising money for a documentary that would explore “the changing legacy” of the series. Behr was inspired to reunite with fellow DS9 writers Ronald D. Moore, Rene Echevarria, and Hans Beimler to imagine what an…

All of Trump’s tweets are being redone as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Dukat

Hot on the heels of Mark Hamill’s delightfully mad readings of Donald Trump’s tweets as the Joker comes a new and equally accurate reframing of the commander in chief’s stream-of-consciousness social media presence. This time, we’re headed for the dark recesses of the Star Trek universe.

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine wishes you a wonderful Christmas season

When Star Trek grapples with religion it usually does so through alien cultures, not human ones. But there’s got to be at least a few members of Starfleet who celebrate Christmas (Miles O’Brien definitely likes a good spiked egg nog). And this Deep Space Nine-themed Christmas carol brings some Federation spirit to the…

All our yesterdays: 15 times Star Trek altered the timeline

The destruction of the USS Kelvin in 2009’s Star Trek deprived James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) of his father, but the cataclysmic event had even farther-reaching consequences. It helped create the alternate reality in which J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin have carte blanche to muck about with the space-time continuity as part…

Read This: On the post-money utopia of the Star Trek universe

There were no cash machines aboard the Enterprise, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard spent very little time worrying about how he was going to pay his bills this month. Never once does Wesley say to Worf, “Can you lend me 10 bucks until Thursday?” Such are the blissful financial realities of Gene Roddenberry’s futuristic …

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

Explore the rise and fall of the lesbian-kiss episode

This week’s installment of Vulture’s “Secret History Of Television” looks at the tired “lesbian-kiss episode” trope. As a ratings stunt, television shows used to have a heterosexual-identifying female character kiss some random lesbian or bisexual woman, only to have them disappear and let the straight girl get back…