Think what you may, sci-fi fans, but there's never been a better 'Part 1' in all of sci-fi television than Star Trek: The Next Generation's third season finale, "The Best of Both Worlds." (It aired in syndication on this day back in 1990.) Could the stakes have been raised any higher? Riker in a personal and a professional crisis? Picard seized by the Borg? Starfleet facing possible galactic eradication? Audiences were left on the edge of their seats all summer thanks to this winning script by the late screenwriter Michael Piller.
The lovely Faith Domergue played Dr. Ruth Adams as part of the scientific ensemble at the middle of 1955's sci-fi classic This Island Earth. In fact, she practically ruled cinema sci-fi that year as she also headlined The Atomic Man and It Came From Beneath The Sea for willing audiences. What a glorious, glorious year! Though she's no longer with us, Domergue was born on this day in 1924.
Clifton Collins Jr. has one of those familiar faces, and that's largely because he's been a part of so many interesting programs. He was manipulating a conspiracy on NBC's The Event. He was a Romulan baddie as part of JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot (2009). He was also part of the team ridding the Earth of monsters in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (2013). Collins was born on this day in 1970.
And speaking about the Star Trek reboot, one actor on the front lines of the action is none other than John Cho. His take on Hikaru Sulu might lack the charismatic charm that Takei brought to the small screen, but I, for one, hope he gets more to do in the subsequent cinematic adventures. Cho was born on this day in 1972.