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The irony of a late-’80s TV show titled “The Next Generation” being 25 years old is inescapable, but so is its cult fandom. To celebrate the quarter-life of one of the best-loved shows in this galaxy and beyond, National CineMedia will beam two Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes onto the big screen in theaters across the country: “Where No One Has Gone Before” (No. 106) and “Datalore” (No. 114). Series experts Mike and Denise Okuda, both of whom have worked on Star Trek adaptations, will provide a star-studded introduction.

For older fans, the episodes will appear to have been transported through time, thanks to an ongoing digital restoration process applied to the entire series. “It’s aged so well because it crossed a generation, whereas the original series only lasted a few years and didn’t really pass out of the 1970s,” explains Samuel Schimek, who owns the I Heart Denver Store and a dog named after Captain Jean-Luc Picard. “Star Trek: Next Gen closed out one decade and continued into another, so it grew with its fans in this huge way,” says Schimek. “It still pays attention to moral issues and alien rights and cool technology, but it’s funny both on purpose and as satire.”

The 25th-anniversary event will live short and prosper starting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Denver Pavilions 15 theater, 500 16th Street. Tickets are $12.50; for additional locations and information, visit or call 303-260-6000.
Mon., July 23, 7 p.m., 2012


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