What classic science-fiction show inspired Star Wars? What company does Patrick Stewart hate? Who is "Inspector Spacetime?" What if Abraham Lincoln were in Star Wars? Check it out in this week's "Geek Bits."
Above Image: "Star Wars Stormtrooper BBQ graffiti" via Flickr
Time Warner vs Patrick Stewart
This week Patrick Stewart took to Twitter to complain about Time Warner taking forever to install his cable.
All I wanted to do was set up a new account withThe company contacted him to try to make amends, but it was too late. Captain Picard is now a happy Dish Network subscriber.
@TWCable_NYC but 36hrs later I've lost the will to live.
Thank you @dish for rescuing us from the FaustianThis is a new world now. Others listen when people complain on Twitter. The whole world listens when Star Trek captains complain on Twitter. Even Peter Sciretta from Slashfilm tweeted about his frustration with Verizon and it affects my view of the company.
@TWCable_NYC with your prompt and professional service.
TOSSUP: Are you more or less likely to subscribe to Time Warner after Patrick Stewart's tirade?
The Tatooine Address
I first heard about this from He Geek She Geek since I don't watch Community regularly (need to fix that obviously). It's an obvious Doctor Who parody called "Inspector Spacetime." Here's the second episode.
Chekhov says Star Trek inspired Star Wars
Actor Walter Koenig, who played Ensign Chekhov on Star Trek: The Original Series, says his show helped inspire Star Wars. He said "When finally ran out of air on in 1969, we concluded that it was the end of Star Trek. But when George Lucas saw the effect we had on the public, he was inspired to create Star Wars, and that in turn brought the people of Paramount around to saying, what do we have to make a feature and perhaps a franchise out of? And then they remembered they had Star Trek. So one thing feeds off another"
As much as I love Star Trek I think that's preposterous. Sure all science fiction inspires others but the connection is weak at best. One this is for sure. Without Star Wars, Star Trek: The Motion Picture might not have happened.
(Via Hollywood Reporter)
ODDSMAKERS: What are the odds that Star Trek TOS inspired George Lucas to create Star Wars? I say 35%.
Han Solo's Trophy Wall
What do you think of today's links? Any big news you wanted to talk about this week?
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