The Most Impressive Costumes from Star Trek: TNG's First 3 Seasons

  Star Trek: The Next Generation had a huge legacy to live up to. Not just the thought-provoking storytelling of the original series — but also the amazing insane costumes. But TNG rose to the challenge. Here's our roundup of the most epic costumes in the Next Generation 's first few seasons.  Read More...

Star Trek Greats Recall the Death of Gene Roddenberry in New Next Generation Blu-Ray

Get ready to boldly go where no man has gone before — and bring a hanky. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the fifth season of the landmark series Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released on remastered high definition Blu-ray, featuring all 26 episodes plus all-new commentary tracks, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Also included is an all-new featurette "Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation ," in which cast members, writers and producers reflect on the passing of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry . Known to Trekkers as The Great Bird of the Galaxy, Roddenberry died at age 70 on Oct. 24, 1991 — midway through ST:TNG 's fifth season — and that very sad day is remembered by actors Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis and producer-writers Rick Berman and Ron Moore, among many others.  Read More...

SideReel Picks the Worst TV Robots of All Time

I'm a big fan of science fiction (my poor family can attest to the truth of this statement) and was one of the few who watched Fringe all the way to its bitter, fairly nonsensical end. But I have faith in the genre and in the abilities of J.J. Abrams — a sci-fi fan's sci-fi fan, if there ever was — so I was pretty excited to check out Almost Human . Sure, it's a pastiche of every robotic police movie/show ever, but it's fun, and it's got great visuals (which, OK, are heavily borrowed from the brilliant film  Blade Runner ). So in honor of Almost Human's (so far) great* robot cop, Dorian, here's a list of the worst robots ever to grace your living room. * As of this writing, two episodes have aired. It's very possible the show will suck. I'm not blessed with the power of foresight. I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight.   Challenge of the GoBots:  GoBots Any TV show that exists solely to sell merchandise is an irritant in my book, but GoBots , the sad bastard step-sibling of Transformers , is an especially egregious example. The GoBots aren't even half as cool as Transformers! And no one's made a GoBots movie, have they? Let alone the 108 movies that Transformers seems to have made. And if there were a GoBots movie, it would probably star Emile Hirsch, the poor man's Shia Laboeuf.     Small Wonder:  Vicki Robot engineer Ted Lawson creates a creepy-ass child robot whose name (Vicki) stems from her model ID ( V oice I nput C hild I denticant). Normal so far, I guess? Except that Ted tries to pass her off as human and sends her to school, where apparently no one ever seems to realize she TALKS LIKE A ROBOT and always looks exactly the same (at least until the actress herself started to age). Ugh, I bet she was a curve buster, too. Thanks for ruining the college hopes and dreams of your classmates, Vicki.   Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Buffybot Buffybot was designed as a sexbot for Spike and was so convincing, she managed to convince real Buffy's friends that Buffy was depressed and acting out (something I hope a sexbot designed after me would do as well). Later she's used to better ends, but in a show that routinely pushed the boundaries of the suspension of disbelief, this was just a microchip too far.     Star Trek: The Next Generation:  Lore What was the point of Lore? He's basically just evil Data, and it's unclear why their creator Dr. Soong would have designed him in the first place. How is it possible that the final step before "perfect android" is "evil android"? And why didn't he dress better? Or wear a mustache? Why couldn't he be an evil genius as opposed to just a weird, petty android? Hate on Wesley all you want, but he was way more interesting than Lore.     Friends:  C.H.E.E.S.E. We get it: Joey is a bad actor and ends up in terrible projects! The backronymned C.H.E.E.S.E. ( C omputerized H umanoid E lectronically E nhanced S ecret E nforcer) is supposed to be the exemplar of a terrible network show that might cast Joey, but come on! At the time this episode aired (2000), no network would put this on TV. The time of Small Wonder was long past, and the concept of C.H.E.E.S.E. is just a meta-insult to the intelligence of Friends fans.   Futurama:  Flexo I appreciate that Futurama was willing to turn sci-fi convention on its head and say that a doppelgänger with a goatee whom everyone declares to be "evil" might actually be the good one of the two, but he's just so boring. I know, I know, that's the point, but he kept popping back up and being his same boring self, never getting frustrated, always there with a pat on the back or heartily chuckling at a joke — but there's a reason we love real Bender (aka the real evil Bender) and that's that he's insane, awful, and hilarious. "Evil" Bender never stood a chance.   Battlestar Galactica:  The Cylons The frustrating thing about the Cylons was that early in the series they really were terrifying. They were indistinguishable from us except for the fact that they were better in almost every way — AND nearly succeeded in destroying all of humanity. And then after a few seasons they were… vaguely mean kind of? Except for the ones who were good? Maybe we were supposed to root for them? Maybe they held the key to everything? Who knows! In trying to be all things to the series, they became nothing worth watching, and that was truly a shame.   Family Matters:  Urkelbot Let the GIF at the left do the explaining.                   Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of She's seen things you people wouldn't believe . You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

How to Recover from Binge-Watching Any Show: A Friendly SideReel Guide

ol li { margin-bottom: 1em: } By now we've all done it. You go in with the intention of watching one or two hours of a show and the next thing you know, the weekend is over, you're surrounded by takeout boxes, and you can't remember the last time you took a breath of fresh air. You've powered through the last 40 episodes of Breaking Bad or Mad Men and run out of show. Or maybe you've stretched the consumption of a show like Orange is the New Black out over a couple of days, but realize there are only 13 episodes in the entire series (so far). Either way, the problem is the same.  Like any addict, when the product runs out, you're going to go through withdrawal. Here are some easy steps (no, there aren't 12 of them) to ease that pain:  Take a shower. If it was a weekend marathon, there's a good chance you haven't had one in a while — and even if it was a slightly longer haul, you'll still feel better. If the show has a theme song, go ahead and sing it to yourself. If it's the Cheers theme song, sing it REALLY LOUDLY. Head over to your computer. Google "[Name of show]" and then any or all of the following terms: theories, fan fiction, wiki, supercut, mashup, tumblr. A trove of riches awaits you here. If looking at a science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural show, you don't even have to pace yourself. Note: If you're looking for any Star Trek series , go directly to Memory Alpha . Devise a drinking game around the show! No, we're not telling you to trade one vice for another — we're telling you to combine them.* It may force you to rewatch (though no, it will never be as good as the first time), or at least delve pretty deeply into plotlines, characters, and (potentially) catchphrases. This will allow you to... …bother your friends into watching this totally cool show you just discovered that they've already watched on a weekly basis and probably have no desire to talk about it anymore. IMPORTANT: Tell them you're supplying the liquor. Movie spinoffs? MOVIE SPINOFFS!** Why quit your habit? There are millions of hours of television to catch up on. Just pick a show , and check out our recommendations . *We do. **The only exception here is  Stargate , where the movie actually preceded the show and is completely different in both casting and tone. Leah is SideReel's Web TV and Movie Editor. For further super exciting insight into watching reruns, follow her on Twitter .

SideReel's Favorite Bromances

Show of the Week: Star Trek the Next Generation Somewhere between William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, we ended up with a classically trained British actor named Sir Patrick Stewart playing one Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: The Next Generation was not without its detractors at first, (and the first two seasons are admittedly terrible), but in the decades since its original run, it's become one of the most beloved tent-poles of a major science fiction franchise. With a chillier, more distinctly philosophical aesthetic than its predecessor, ST:TNG's seven seasons are a hardcore TV binge-er's dream -- and let's face it, the inclusion of Jonathan Frakes' Commander Riker makes the experience easy on the eyes -- but the casual viewer should probably take our advice and start with season three. Check it out » Bromances Star Trek: The Next Generation S2E3: Elementary, Dear Data   STTNG also got us thinking about that very special brand of male bonding: bromances. One of the most lovable bromances on that show was the one between Data and Geordi, exemplified quite well in the season two episode "Elementary, My Dear Data" . Data as Sherlock? Well, that's just logical!     Sherlock S2E3: The Great Game Speaking of Sherlock and Watson, that classic bromance has been updated in a fantastic British series called, simply, Sherlock , with Sherlock played as a slightly Asperger-esque sleuth by Benedict Cumberbatch. His partner in crime (solving), Watson, is played by the always-amusing Martin Freeman, and their unique relationship is on full display in the episode "The Great Game."     Seinfeld S9E1: The Butter Shave Moving on to a slightly less serious--though no less mysterious--bromance, we've got Jerry and George in Seinfeld . While their bromance could also seem, at times, to be more of a "frenemy" situation, it's hard to deny they were pretty much joined at the hip, particularly in the ninth season episode "The Butter Shave," when they both decide to "take a vacation from themselves" by growing mustaches together.   Space Ghost Coast to Coast S2E3: Girlie Show In more animated relationships, we have the talk show host Space Ghost, and his musical sidekick, Zorak, on the animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast . Space Ghost and Zorak come very, very close to admitting their love for each other in this episode, although ultimately, there's more love tossed at guest Fran Dresher than there is at each other.   Scrubs S6E6: My Musical The hospital comedy Scrubs simply couldn't exist without the long-standing friendship between central characters J.D. and Turk. Their bromance was so intense, they had to sing about in a song entitled "Guy Love" in the musical episode called, appropriately, "My Musical." To quote, "It's guy love/between two guys!"   Wiflred S2E2: Letting Go We're not entirely sure if the friendship between a guy and an imaginary man in a dog suit qualifies as "bromance" or simply "insanity," but really, isn't that the dilemma at the heart of the dark comedy Wilfred ? And that friendship was put to its ultimately test in the season two episode "Letting Go," in which they contemplate going their separate ways. (Spoiler alert: The show is till on the air. You can guess what decision they came to.)   New Girl S2E18: TinFinity While New Girl may be centered on a girl, namely, Zooey Deschanel's Jess, the real fun is found in the friendships between her male roommates, particularly the one between Schmidt and Nick, friends since college. Schmidt finds their bromance so important, in fact, that he celebrates its 10-year-anniversary with a party in the episode "TinFinity." But things don't go too smoothly when a famous football player enters the picture...   Friends S1E12: The One With the Dozen Lasagnas. Which brings us to one of the most beloved bromances in modern sitcom history, the undying love between Joey and Chandler on Friends . They were the perfect yin and yang: Joey had the lady swagger Chandler was lacking, and Chandler had the smarts lovable-but-dumb Joey would never attain. Just watch them problem-solve replacing a broken table while eating lasagna in the episode "The One With the Dozen Lasagnas" : that's love, friends. Tell us what you think of our picks, SideReelers! Did your favorite bromances make the cut? Let us know in the comments!

'Star Trek': Hilarious Riker Footage Lights Up Twitter (Video)

Fans are celebrating a supercut revealing the Starfleet officer sat in chairs in an unusual way.

'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Continues Blu-Ray Voyage With Season 3

The fantastic adventures of the starship Enterprise-D continue with the arrival of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Three on Blu-Ray. Read More...

Video: Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray Reveals The Data on Brent Spiner's Acting Style

The Borg is back. And the badass collective is looking better — and by that we mean worse — than ever before! On Tuesday, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media will release the classic "Best of Both Worlds" two-parter from Star Trek: The Next Generation , in which Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) is abducted by the Borg, as a seamless, high-definition feature on Blu-ray Disc. Look for loads of terrific extras, including a newly produced featurette "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg," that explores the creation of the popular villain race via interviews with production staff, effects experts, writers and cast.

'Star Trek: The Next Generation': 47 Best Moments Of An Evening With The Cast

You don't know true TV fandom until you've met a Star Trek fan. I'm hard-pressed to think of any other TV show that could jam roughly 2,500 people at $50 - $160 per ticket into a convention center -- especially a show that finished its run almost 20 years ago. Star Trek: The Next Generation ran from 1987 to 1994, but judging by the adoration and utmost dedication of the people leaning forward in their seats, it's like the show never went off the air. Read More...

Sneak Peek: Star Trek: The Next Generation's Second Season Finally Hits Blu-ray

Strap in for some new-old voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Another 22 episodes will be in your orbit when the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation reenters the stratosphere on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday. And, hey, it's only been 22 years since the season's finale and 15 years since it was released on VHS! That's like nothing in light years, right? Someone should go ask Data ( Brent Spiner ). Let's just call this set his showpiece. The most exciting entry (of many) in this set's special features is an extended version of the episode "The Measure of Man," in which Data must prove to a Starfleet court (with the help of Patrick Stewart 's loyal, fatherly Captain Picard as his "lawyer") that he's a sentient being in order to prevent some corporate-paid mad-as-heck scientist from cracking open his head in order to study his positronic brain. This isn't just a longer episode — some scenes are shot entirely differently than in the broadcast version. Some you've never seen before. (You purists also get the original version and a hybrid copy with more extra material.)