A crewmember from the original Federation Starship Enterprise meets the crew of the Enterprise-D in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that aired on this day in television history.
“Relics” is the 4th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Ronald D. Moore, it first aired in syndication on October 12th, 1992.
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In the episode, the Enterprise comes across a massive construction in space built around a sun—a Dyson Sphere. While investigating it, the also find a crashed Federation ship on the surface of the sphere and on that ship is the long-lost Montgomery Scott, former Chief Engineer of the original Enterprise.
James Doohan reprises the role of Scotty that he played throughout the original Star Trek series and its first seven spinoff films.
When Ash is kept out of his next gym battle, his foes actually seem to want to help him out!
“Pokémon Scent-Sation” is the 26th episode of the 1st season of the Pokémon anime to air in the United States, on October 12th, 1998.
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In the episode, after commenting in a shop about how perfume is a waste of money, Ash is kicked out, which prevents him from a battle to get his next Pokémon badge. To his surprise, Team Rocket offer to help him—by disguising him as a girl to get in! Have they changed their ways or is their another scheme at work?
Ash earns the Rainbow Badge in this episode, his fifth in the show’s first season.
The first handheld Pokémon role-playing adventure set in a 3D world was released four years ago today.
Pokémon X and Y, developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, was released across the world exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on October 12th, 2013.
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The game was the first of the “mainline” Pokémon adventures to feature 3D graphics, both for the world and the creatures themselves. While the general gameplay follows the formula of previous RPGs in the series, it does feature some notable new features.
Some of those features include 70 all-new creatures, an all-new setting in Kalos, “mega” evolutions for particular Pokémon, and as previously mentioned, fully 3D graphics.
As in previous installments in the series, both titles can be played separate of each other, but if a player wants to “catch ’em all,” they’ll have to use both Pokémon X and Y.
The game was a big hit, selling over 16 million copies around the world.
A popular sidekick character from the Batman universe made her television debut on this day in history.
“Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” is the third season premiere of the Batman live-action series from the 1960s. Written by Stanford Sherman, it first aired on September 14th, 1967 on ABC.
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In the episode, the daughter of Gotham City’s police commissioner, Barbara, is kidnapped by the Pengin, who wants to marry her. Batman and Robin are called in on the case, but it turns out the damsel in distress may not be as helpless as she seems!
Batgirl becomes a main character in the series as of this episode, played by Yvonne Craig. The third season premiere also is when a change of format takes place in the show—moving from two episodes a week to only one.
One of Disney’s earliest television animated series made its debut on television history.
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears was an animated series created by Jymn Magon and Art Vitello for television. It first aired on September 14th, 1985 on NBC.
The animated series focused on the adventures of anthropomorphic creatures known as the Gummy Bears. The series combined fantasy and adventure elements with a comedic touch. The voice cast included June Foray, Katie Leigh, Paul Winchell, Corey Burton and many others.
The theme song for the series was composed by Silversher & Silversher, who also composed the theme song to another Disney animated hit, TaleSpin.
It was one of the earliest television efforts from Disney, along with The Wuzzles. Unlike The Wuzzles, however, it was a successful series, lasting several seasons for over 90 episodes.
The series has been partially released on DVD, but not completely as of this time.
A sequel to a hit boxing game was released on this day in video game history.
Super Punch-Out!!, developed and published by Nintendo, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on September 14th, 1994.
The game was a sequel to Punch-Out!! released on the Nintendo, which itself was inspired by a Nintendo arcade game from 1983.
Like other games in the series, the boxing action in the game focuses on patterns and finding the right time for the player, controlling the character Little Mac, to strike his opponents for damage and knock-outs.
The game featured an array of colorful characters for Little Mac to fight against. Although it wasn’t as widely-successful as the original home title in the series, Super Punch-Out!! did receive generally positive reviews. It was later released for the Wii and WiiU virtual consoles as a digital download.
The next true sequel in the Punch-Out!! series wouldn’t come until 2009 for the Nintendo Wii.
Two popular characters from Animaniacs got their own spinoff on this day in history.
Pinky & The Brain originated as characters in the Animaniacs television series that debuted in 1993. Both were lab mice that had gained sentience through experiments at Acme Labs. Brain has hyper-intelligence and wants to rule the world, while Pinky is more satisfied with the simpler things in life.
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The main character of Brain was voiced by Maurice LaMarche and Pinky was voiced by Rob Paulson.
The popular characters had their own television show debut on September 9th, 1995. It would air between Saturday mornings and in primetime.
The series was known for its witty dialogue and references along with its over-the-top situations. It would last 65 episodes through 1998. The entire series has been released on DVD.
Pinky and the Brain would spin-off into another show, Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain, which combined the two characters with Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures.