Prison Break in Downtown Arlington

The FOX TV show Prison Break came to Arlington to do some filming. They used the back of my work’s building to simulate a rough neighborhood in Panama. They some of the signs to Spanish. The stop sign became “Alto”. Some of the other signs already were in Spanish like the beer billboards. They brought in a bus-load of kids in a brightly painted bus. Apparently they usually film in downtown Dallas but they also do filming around the metroplex including a prison in Mineral Wells. The city blocked off part of the street. I was very impressed with the crew who got in, shot all day and left without a trace. As I left about 7, they were just taking down the last of the spanish language signs.

Update: Here are some screen shots from Hulu.com.
Watson Building Back Alley Watson Building Back Door West Street - Facing South Theatre Arlington West Street  and Main West Street - Facing North

Return to the Menagerie

I just returned from a screening of Star Trek Menagerie. This is the original Star Trek pilot from 1966 called “The Cage” that was later carved up into a two part episode once the series was picked up. In this version they went back to the source negatives and remastered them. They updated the special effects and sound track. What made this fun was that I went to see it at the local AMC theater. I was surrounded by two hundred other Star Trek fans. There were many neck beards. The crowd was mainly in the over 40 demographic — the people who grew up with the reruns. There were a handful of second and third generation views on hand too. The crowd might have been better if it weren’t a Tuesday (school) night.

The quality of the restoration was first rate. I first saw this episode on a 12″ black-and-white TV set. There was no comparison. They started out with an introduction by Eugene Rodenberry with Michael Okuda and many others involved with the project. They gave many details about the history of the episode and the restoration process. After the introduction there was a commercial for the HD DVDs that are now for sale. After the episode there was a commercial for Season 2 coming in 2008.

In summary this was a fun geek evening — the crowd made the experience. The audience laughed when the camera focused on Shatner’s eyes and applauded when the credits rolled. This was a very enjoyable way to watch a classic episode.