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selected from Starburst #255

To Boldly Sorbo...

Kevin Sorbo: post-Hercules employmentKevin Sorbo has chosen his post-Hercules series – it’s to be known as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and will première in the US in autumn 2000. Ever since Sorbo quit the mythical adventure show that made his name (see interview with Hercules' star on the final days in this issue) and announced he was in negotiations with the late Star Trek creator’s widow Majel to appear in one of several Roddenberry shows in development, there have been confusing reports as to which project was which. Tribune Entertainment has now detailed Andromeda’s premise, which resembles a kind of ‘unravelled’ Star Trek.

Majel Roddenberry: meet the new bossSorbo will play Dylan Hunt, the last captain of the last starship to be part of the Commonwealth, an Earth-based government that spans hundreds of worlds, races and cultures. So far, so familiar. In Andromeda, however, the Roddenberry utopia is in disarray due to civil war so Hunt takes it upon himself to restore peace and harmony to the Commonwealth. Hunt is described as ‘a man of action. Strong, determined, confident.’ Left alone with his starship, he assembles a crew of mercenary aliens. According to reports, it seems as if this premise is actually from a Roddenberry series that was being developed under the title Phoenix Rising.

Barclay Gets a Life

Two Star Trek: The Next Generation stars are to appear in a special sixth-season Voyager episode called Pathfinder. The story, which is set entirely on Earth, centres on Lt Barclay (Dwight Schultz) and his obsession with contacting the lost Starship Voyager. As part of this undertaking he has created holographic versions of the ship’s crew and he has begun ‘losing himself’ in this simulation. To help him get back to reality he enlists the support of his former Enterprise counsellor, Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis, in her first guest-starring role in a Trek spin-off). Full story – with Marina Sirtis interview and episode pictures – next issue, in Starburst #256

Robocop Returns

Emerging seemingly out of nowhere is a brand new RoboCop miniseries which recently began production in Canada. The four-part series, called RoboCop: Prime Directives, stars Page Fletcher (Hitchhiker) as Alex Murphy/RoboCop, Maurice Dean Wint (Cube) as Delta City Security Commander John Cable (who becomes an even more powerful cyborg) and Anthony Lemke as James Murphy (Alex’s son, now an adult and an OCP executive). Geraint Wyn-Davies (Forever Knight) plays one of the principal villains.

Set 10 years after the events of the original movie, RoboCop: Prime Directives is said to largely ignore the two sequels and other TV series and will attempt to return to the gritty flavour of Paul Verhoeven’s classic as well as drawing on other influences such as Hong Kong action cinema. The series should hit screens later next year.

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