Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Win tickets to TNG Screenings Nov. 29 from TREKLAND!

I'm so excited to announce our first contest giveaway: FREE TICKETS to the Nov. 29 nationwide Fathom Events theater screening to celebrate The Next Generation's  Remastered Bluray release—this time, "A Celebration of Season 2."

That's right—you can win a pair of tickets to the event from my very own TREKLAND ... in any of FIVE major cities: Boston, New York City, Orlando, Chicago, or Seattle.

But do it fast!

The only caveat is you have to be situated and able to attend the screening in one of those cities, of course—but hey, we can't blanket the country.  You need only send your email, your mailing address for the ticket delivery from Fathom, and your answer to this question (please check its final wording):
In TNG Season 2, what major Star Trek "villain" group was introduced in what was originally going to be a "Part 2" episode to "Time Squared"?
More about the theater event Nov. 29 and the Blu-ray project below, but first:


This is a quickie contest, so pay attention to this quickie entry process and its quirks:

—Go to my website,, and click on the yellow Newsletter box at left.

— In the "First Name" box, ignore that label and write your FULL NAME and complete mailing address: street, city, state, zip.

— In the "Last Name" box, ignore that label as well and type one of the five "TICKET CITY" listed that is proximate to you—Boston, NYC, Chicago, Orlando, or Seattle ... followed by the one-word answer to the above question. (Example:  "Orlando — THERMIANS*")

(Again, fair warning: Unless you want to spring for a plane/train ticket or long-haul it, please do not enter unless you are in or near one of the five metro areas listed. Sorry, Rest of America (including my native and adopted homes)—we'll get you next time.)

That's it!

ONE entry per person—thanks!

(The favorite series survey, per the regular sign-up form, is not part of this quickie contest, but is required on this widget. If you're in a hurry, just click "All.")

ENTRY DEADLINE is 6 p.m Eastern Time/ 3 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, Nov. 25!

Five winners will be announced by Monday night, Nov. 26—after I draw from among all those submitting both the correct answer AND a complete, useable email and mailing address; both are required in order to win. Fathom Events will be provided the five winners' addresses, and will supply the prize tickets directly to them. Also, Fathom will award the specific theater passes as close as possible based on geography.

NOTE: Aside from the five winners, all email and address data is seen and retained only by me and does not go on to Fathom or any other corporate entity.  If you wish to opt-out of my list, write "opt-out" after your trivia answer. Otherwise, I hope you stay in for my low-key monthly contact through the year of rare goodies, sneak peeks, con travels and project updates from all over Trekland.

Meanwhile, if you want a sure thing for "TNG: A Celebration of Season 2" tickets next Nov. 29, go here to go ahead and order yours. Tickets are still available in dozens of sceening theaters across the country that will actually be beamed the program as part of the exclusive  National CineMedia Digital Broadcast Network —check out the theater list HERE.

The big-screen event, of course, spotlights once again the remarkable HD Bluray transformation from the original film elements from all 178 hours of TNG—the hours we all initially viewed on "de-rez'ed" video so as to be able to afford compositing the pre-CGI visual effects on the ambitious TV budget of the time.  It's only been thanks to the meticulous initial archiving and storage of those original filmed elements—both live action and effects work— that the 1980s downgrade to video can now be bypassed in assembly, and the film jump to the amazing HD upgrade.

That Season 2 TNG Bluray set from CBS Home Entertainment goes on sale the next day, but you can still pre-order from Amazon and others.

We have a great follow-up STV vidchat with legendary Trek VFX supervisor Dan Curry coming next week about that very subject, after he worked on the restoration project for Season 2, which includes the Borg's debut in "Q Who?" that will be seen at the big screen event Nov. 29. It's paired along with "The Measure of a Man," complete with 12 minutes restored scenes originally cut for aired timing, and new documentaries from the season set—docs which contain even more familiar faces talking about this pivotal, strike-shortened sophomore year for the series. (That's what we call a hint.)

And just like with Fathom's Season 1 theater event last July, we'll be soliciting and posting your pics of all the festive atmosphere, costumes and all, while massing outside the designated theaters. Again, you can get the theater list at Fathom's site.

Oh—and we first talked with Dan about the TNG Blu-ray effort back then as well. You can still check it out here, of course—but stay tuned: There's more to come with our Trekland STV series with Dan in Parts 3 and 4.


Full original press release for the nationwide theater event, below:

“Star Trek: The Next Generation® – A Celebration of Season 2” Event
 Beams into U.S. Movie Theaters

NCM® Fathom Events, CBS Home Entertainment and IGN Present a
One-Night Event with Fan-Favorite Episodes Including the World Premiere of
an Extended Version of ‘The Measure of a Man’ on Nov. 29

Special Event Will Precede the Blu-rayTM Debut of “Star Trek: The Next GenerationThe Second Season” on Dec. 4

Centennial, Colo. – Nov. 8, 2012 – This fall, Trekkers across the country can “make it so” with “Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Celebration of Season 2,” a one-night in-theater event on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:00 p.m. local time. Showcasing the series’ ongoing multimillion-dollar restoration, this special event will feature two of the most popular episodes from the second season: “The Measure of a Man” and “Q Who?”. The version of “The Measure of a Man” will be the first-ever extended cut of a “Star Trek®” episode, with the world premiere of 12 never-before-seen minutes during this special event. Additionally, fans will be treated to a sneak peek of great behind-the-scenes special features including a very special cast reunion, a documentary and an unseen outtakes/bloopers reel.

Tickets for “Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Celebration of Season 2” are available at presenting theater box offices and online at For a complete list of presenting theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

“We’re excited to give fans a rare chance to see ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ on the big screen, and be the first to see portions of new, original content that will be available on the season 2 Blu-ray,” said Ken Ross, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Home Entertainment.

Presented by NCM® Fathom Events, CBS Home Entertainment and IGN, this event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

In addition to the two episodes featured in this event, fans will be treated to a sneak peek of newly-produced, historic 25-year reunion footage of the main cast members of “The Next Generation,” entitled “Reunification - 25 Years After Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Audiences will also see a specially-edited cut of “Making it So: Continuing Star Trek The Next Generation” – a first-hand perspective of the making of the second season, including the production of “The Measure of a Man” and “Q Who?”. Members of the show’s special effects team will reveal the secrets behind the creation of the villains The Borg, and writer Melissa Snodgrass shares stories about her landmark episode, “The Measure of a Man.” Additionally, fans will see a selection of outtakes and bloopers, transferred from original 35mm film for the first time. 

“After the overwhelming success from this summer’s ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season’ event, we couldn’t wait to bring the second season of ‘The Next Generation’ back to the big screen,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “This in-theater event is packed with exclusive, never-before-seen content and interviews, including a historical reunion of the cast members that no ‘Star Trek’ fan would want to miss.”

Created by Gene Roddenberry as part of the “Star Trek” franchise, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was produced 21 years after the debut of the original “Star Trek” series. Featuring one of the most endearing ensemble casts in television history, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” took fans on the remarkable continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise, set in the 24th century from the year 2364 through 2370. With 178 episodes spread over seven seasons, it ran longer than any other “Star Trek” series.

“Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Second Season” Blu-ray will be available as a five-disc set on Dec. 4. The collection includes all 22 episodes; the extended version of “The Measure of a Man”; the brand-new cast reunion; a two-part, in-depth documentary on the making of Season 2 entitled “Making It So: Continuing Star Trek: The Next Generation” – Strange New Worlds (Part 1), and New Life, New Civilizations (Part 2); and a gag reel that was created from newly-recovered 35mm film elements and transferred for the very first time to high-definition.

CBS is a proud and long-standing supporter of the American Red Cross and will continue to show its support through this event. CBS will make a financial donation to support the Red Cross which shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology.  The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During 2011, approximately 680 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place.  The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 720 locations in 170 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications.  National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit or

About CBS Home Entertainment
CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Networks.  CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.  

About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media and services provider focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reach more than 57 million unique users worldwide, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore.  IGN's network of video game-related properties (,, GameSpy and others) is the Web's #1 video game information destination.  IGN also owns the world's largest men's lifestyle website,, and men's entertainment site  IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices across North America, Europe and Australia.
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*And if you believe the above sample "answer" is a hint, then that's it: No trivia prize for you.

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