TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery – S01E08


You know, I just realized that this blog has become a bit limited in scope of late. Perhaps I should resume blogging about politics and the like.

Naw, fuck that. Let’s just keep picking on Discovery. It’s way less depressing.

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And Lt Tyler is pretty easy on the eyes.

 

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How to Fix a Timeline


You remember that little movie version of Star Trek that came out a few years ago? Yeah, it wasn’t great. It was ok, but it basically ignored everything related to what had gone before, and kind of sucked. Rumours have it that sequel is in the works, and we’ll see if that is any better.

Meantime, take a look at this video where the damage to that universe’s timeline is fixed rather neatly.

Great Star Trek Video!


So I just got a huge shipment of things from Ikea. I’ll be busy for a bit. 🙂 Meantime, entertain yourself by going to this link which contains a wonderful video all about why the recent Star Trek movie had to be exactly what it was. It’s pretty interesting, if you can get past the narrator’s rather odd persona.

Movie Review – Star Trek


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I am not a hardcore Trekkie. I used to be, back in the day. I’ve seen every episode of the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager and tolerated most every episode of Enterprise before I lost interest. I own a few of the DVDs, including all the good movies, and I do watch them from time-to-time. But I’m not obessed, like I used to be. I no longer own any of the novels, for example, and can’t remember the last time I attended a Trek-specific convention.

But I do still enjoy the show. Like I said, I have some of the episodes on DVD as well as the good movies, and I have a few episodes downloaded onto my 360. I mention all of this so that you know where I am coming from in my review of this, the 11th film in the series. Sort of.

For all the continuity whores out there, let’s get this out of the way now: this is not the same universe as the regular Trek reality. It’s made very clear about halfway into the film that since the opening credits we’ve been in an alternate reality. If you, like me, start wondering why the Farragut is launching without Kirk on board, don’t worry; it just happened differently in this reality. Same with certain larger events that clearly never happened in the continuity that we’re used to. If you’re a hardcore fan of the series, keep this in mind and you’ll be ok.

For the rest of you, yeah, you’ll have a good time, I think. There’s plenty of action and a feeling quite different from any of the other movies or TV shows in the series. The acting by everyone is top-notch, particlarly Zachary (Spock) Quinto and Karl (McCoy) Urban. The plot is at times a little iffy (centering around this movies Khan wanna-be as he sets out for revenge against Spock), but that’s ok. It accomplishes what it set out to do, and that’s good enough.

This is a far from perfect movie. It features way too much action and not nearly enough of the emotional and scientific core that made Trek such a great program. The villain isn’t much of much, and most of the lower-tier characters don’t really have a lot to do. There’s also a very unnecessary romance between a couple of the characters that I did not care for.

But that said, there’s a lot in this movie to enjoy. Rather like Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica, they’ve kept a lot of what works and, if nothing else it does do a great job of getting all the pieces on the board for the next film in the series, meaning that the franchise shall, once again, live long and… oh, I just can’t bring myself to type that. Just enjoy the movie. 🙂

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Sic Transit Majel Barrett Roddenberry – 1932 – 2008


So Majel Barrett Roddenberry has died. For those who don’t know, she played Number One, Nurse Chapel and Lwaxana Troi on various versions of Star Trek. She also did the voice of the ship’s computer on all the series and an episode of Family Guy. She also appeared in a couple of the Original Series movies and did the computer voice in a couple TNG films.

Like many a geek out there, I am a Star Trek fan, though the most recent series very nearly killed that interest (thankfully the new movie looks quite good). It was a show that kept me going through a lot of bad times in my life, as well as providing me with a lot of inspiration for my own fictional writings (which, sadly, at this point are largely fictional in of themselves).

The characters Majel Barrett Roddenberry played weren’t usually my favorites, though Lwaxana Troi had her good points. Still, she was a major supporting character on the series. It’s too bad she died as young as she did (76). She will be missed.