Tuesday, July 31, 2007

On the Bombing of Nemesis

Trekmovie.com is hosting a video from G4 that states that Nemesis bombed because we're done with the Next Generation crew.

Is that really what people think?

Nemeis bombed because it was an obvious crappy remake of Star Trek II. Also, there was the dune buggy. And B4. And Shinzon. And the viceroy dude. And Will and Deanna finally got hitched but they didn't show the wedding. And Wil Wheaton sitting there in the background because his scene got cut and by the way, Liz Shatner, Wil has not retired from acting.

There were good things about Nemesis, but they just got drowned by the dune buggy. And then when you might notice, at the end, that Data finally got to be human (sort of), you don't notice, because Will Riker's standing there going, "When I first met Data, he was trying to whistle. Funniest thing you ever heard. What was the song? I can't remember the song!" and seventeen people (me included) yelled "Pop Goes the Weasel!" and added a "you dumb shit!" silently in our heads.

So yeah, Nemesis was crap, but I'm not done yet. My childhood was spent with TNG, my adolescence with DS9, and I grew up with Voyager (I graduated from high school less than a week after the finale) and I'm dammed if I'm gonna let them go. Not that I'm not excited about this movie, but this is not the Trek I grew up with.

And as a side note, some would say that makes me less of a Trekkie. Well, Screw you! I am more Trekkie than some people will ever be. Star Trek has been my world for my entire life, nothing will ever stop me from defining my world in terms of Star Trek. Just because I hadn't been born yet in 1966 does not mean I don't get to share in your little club, people.

Back to my main topic. I believe this movie CAN WORK. I believe in Leonard Nimoy, who likes the script and has always been right about the relative success or failure of every movie. I believe in Zachary Quinto with his identical-to-Nimoy nose. I believe in the selling power of Jim Kirk. I believe in the fan-ness of John Logan, who will never be invited to a Star Trek convention, but who I will always want to meet. I believe in the good intentions of Rick Berman (at least in the beginning) and the creative genius of Michael Piller. I believe in the favouritism of Kathryn Janeway and the emotionalisim of Jim Kirk. I believe that Jonathan Archer was an idiot and but Trip and T'Pol (not their romance, because that was dumb) totally made up for it.

I believe in the enduring power of Star Trek.

The Major Drawback of Linux

So, I discovered today how easy it is to screw up your linux machine while your computer boots up. In Windows, you can type anything and it has no effect. My cat broke my computer while it was booting up this morning. I don't know what she did, even, but it can no longer update itself. Quite tragic.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

A J.J. Abrams Quote.

"The truth is, it needs to be worthy of him, it needs to be worthy of you, it needs to be worthy of the movie."
-J.J. Abrams
Comic-Con 2007, on the new Star Trek movie

The Undiscovered Country

The bad thing about the new movie DVDs is the bonus disc. You watch the movie and then you're forced to sit through featurettes that contain little smidges of good information instead of being done. For example: watch Undiscovered Country with the Nicholas Meyer/Denny Martin Flynn commentary and then watch the special features. Nick Meyer only has so much more to say. You have to wait unitl Christopher Plummer or Leonard Nimoy pops up to hear anything good.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


I was on my way to the dentist today around 3. I was looking forward to parking myself on the computer and waiting, but teeth wait for no one and neither do fifty dollar missed appointment fees. So I was standing at the bus stop, singing.

And I realized I was singing "New Star Trek Mo-vie!" over and over and over.

And then it hit me. Despite the things I've seen that make me doubt. Despite Mission: Impossible 3 and Alias and Lost and Transformers and that quote of Orci's that made me think he's never seen DS9, I am excited about this movie. I will continue to be excited about this movie until it lets me down. Or maybe I'll be excited about this movie until it's a raging success.

After all, Leonard Nimoy seems to like it.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

The Enterprise may have attacked and killed the Klingon Chancellor. Or not. We're not really sure. But we're gonna have fun trying to find out!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Shatner's latest news etc.

William Shatner on his Workday

I won't bother posting this video. Because it's stupid. But basically, if you're an actor you work long hours. The end.

Wil Wheaton's Geek in Review

Wil recently referred to his article about eighties movies, which was funny because I'd just watched Terminator.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Quote from Wil Wheaton

"Aloe is your friend, my friends."
-Wil Wheaton, Wil Wheaton Dot Net: In Exile
advice for bloggers whose servers crashed today

Zachary Quinto and more

It's Official

This TVGuide.com article confirms the story, so that's that I guess. Houston, we have Spock. I really need to go watch Heroes.

And JJ's Work

I watched the only movie Netflix shows when you type in "JJ Abrams" and I wasn't impressed with what I saw. In fact, I was bored. This does not bode well. The movie is Six Degrees of Separation and it was about Will Smith playing a gay con man who was just really disturbed. It doesn't actually have what I might call an ending of any kind and it was basically just kind of dull.

Monday, July 23, 2007

A little... retro

Zachary Quinto as Spock

TrekMovie.com has reported that Spock has been cast - Heroes star Zachary Quinto is going to fill the role. That's some mighty big ears, Zach.

I need to star watching Heroes.

From a really great post

"Picard would never contemplate cheating on Beverly with Guinan."
-Posted on TrekBBS's Next Gen Board

Fanfic quotes to enjoy

“Ah, chaos: one of our twelve favorite words,” Fred said dreamily.

“Dare we ask what the other eleven are?” Harry enquired.

“Well, there’s prank, of course…”



“Mischief and trouble-”

“Detention, because it means we did the first six right-”

“Galleon, only don’t tell mum-”

“Impossible, because we are, but nothing else is-”

“Poo, a perennial holdover-”

“Quidditch, naturally-”

“And blowjob.”
From Harry's Seventh Year:A Single MomentBy Metafrantic

Pathetic Message Board Posts of the Day

Jolene Blacock's Breats: Real or Fake?

From the startrek.com message board.

Kes's Weight

From the startrek.com Voyager board.

Today I watched...

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

With the possible exception of Nemesis, this is the silliest Trek movie. Kirk falls off a mountain, Chekov and Sulu get lost in the woods, Uhura confesses her undying love for - get this - Scotty, Scotty collides with a low hanging pipe and gets knocked out after saying "I know this ship like the back of my hand", and Spock and McCoy somehow managae to overcome mind control for Kirk. Too bad that didn't work in "This Side of Paradise" when McCoy really needed that mint julep or Spock was chasing the non-Hawaiian Hawaiian around.

Witch Mountain etc.

Witch Mountain

They're remaking Escape to Witch Mountain. I like that movie. Okay, note to self - go find my copy of the book and read it again, then rent the movie and watch that, then try and remember why I liked the thing because I'll undoubtedly decide I hate it and it's for seventies kids or possibly today's kids... or else I'll love it and want to watch it over and over and over and then I'll go see the new one and be all pissed off because they went and ruined the thing and now that I think of it, wasn't there already a TV movie of this because I think there was (it was very different and a big disappointment).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A couple of guys on ACIN have published a spoiler heavy SPOILER HEAVY SPOILER HEAVY chat about the new book. It goes into great wonderful detail about reactions to things that happen in the book that I can't talk about and ironically disses spoilers.

Star Trek XI

Leonard Nimoy likes the script, which says to me that it's very good. Also, reading between the lines of the conversation I linked to yesterday, it sounds like Nimoy's role will be post-Generations Spock.

William Shatner discusses how he isn't upset about not being in the new movie on his LiveVideo Page. I can't tell if he's faking or not, the man plays things pretty close to the vest, but it's obvious he knows more than he's pretending to not know.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Great Fanfic Quotes

That’s beyond the pale, Harry!” Lee moaned. “I’ll do almost anything you ask; I’ll work hard, I’ll fight wand-to-wand with Death Eaters, I’ll even die if I have to, but I joined the D.A. with the unspoken understanding that I would never be forced to see Fred or George’s bits!”

-From Harry's Seventh Year: The Longest Day

Part 2
by Metafrantic

On the Web

My new website is here but my blog will stay here.

Today I watched...

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Kirk goes looking for a rotting corpse and ends up getting a brain-dead body. McCoy gets possessed by a ghost, and at the end everything is right as rain.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Kirk and Spock wander around 1986 San Francisco looking for whales. Scotty, McCoy, and Sulu wander around looking for plexiglass. Chekov and Uhura wander around looking for nuclear wessles. Guess who ends up being interrogated by the CIA (but I'm sure JJ Abrams would say it was really S.D. 6)?

Matt Damon and others

Matt Damon will NOT be Playing Kirk.

There's also a great video here where Shatner and Nimoy discuss the movie while saying NOTHING of any great newsworthiness.

William Shatner's video offerings

William and Lisabeth discuss John Larroquette, what Denny Crane should ride,how he and James Spader spent their break, and his favorite episode.

Speaking of...

William Shatner has been nominated for an Emmy for Boston Legal, and Comedy Central's William Shatner Roast has been nominated as well. Ronald D. Moore is also up for Battlestar Galactica, and so are Vanessa Williams, Padma Lakshimi, and Junie Lowry Johnson for various other things.

Trek Celebrity Golf

It's an AIDS benefit, and while it's not just Star Trek, they have the most representation.

Garrett Wang and Robert Picardo

Both actors will have the chance to do an internet radio show on TalkRadioX. They will be taking questions from fans. Sadly, Picardo will be on during the Creation Convention so I probably won't get to hear it. However, the show will be broadcast live here. You can submit questions by sending an email to jamesmadisonshow@yahoo.com.


Shatner's trip to Montreal for ComedyFest is this weekend, just for those of you who were following that.


this article is just full of information on exactly how the remastered thing is going on. Pretty badly, really, if you ask me but that's neither here nor there...

Fan Film Article

This articleis about fan film and how cool it is. Personally, I've never seen any but I hope to soon. I mean, if you think about it, Serenity was just one big fan film.

Borg War

The Trek convention in Las Vegas in August will host a first - the first Star Trek convention to have a feature-length unauthorized Star Trek movie debut. I would be pretty psyched about this, especially since I'll be at that convention and I love the whole fanfilm concept, but the thing is called Borg War.

Borg. War.

Yeah... wasn't that the last four seasons of Voyager? Did anyone universally like the last four seasons of Voyager? Because I'd be kind of surprised.


Alfre Woodard will be in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in November.

Kelsey Grammer's new movie should be out in 2008.

Olivia d'Albo will be in the new episode of Eureka on Tuesday on the Sci-fi Channel.

Star Trek Online is still on. No release date yet though.

Shatner's new show on Biography will probably be a talk show, if that makes you feel any better.

And that's all she wrote...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I'm gonna stay spoiler free here, but wow.
At first I have to admit I was dissappointed, but once I saw where she was going, it all made sense. This book is about nothing less than total war between wizards. And it starts quick and it doesn't stop all the way through.

What was a little scary is that I was mostly right in my own predictions. Either I have a hidden genuis or JKR is really predictable.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Today's Movie

Three Men and a Baby
This is one of the funniest things ever. These guys are so incompotent... I've seen fifteen year old boys who were more competent with kids. And then there's the drug dealers... priceless. Also, Leonard Nimoy directed it. Bet you didn't know that.

The Happening and more

The Happening
John Leguizamo. Yeah. And the new movie's called The Happening.

william Shatner Hosts Comedy Festival
It's in Montreal. Don't forget he's Canadian. It's like bar hopping with comedians.

God Bless the New York Times
This review posted on the New York Times website of the new Harry Potter book is pretty favorable - and it manages to avoid major spoilers.

Wil Wheaton on the New TNG DVDs
Basically we have to get them even if they're spendy and it's not piracy until you sell it hint hint. He also touches on the times Rick Berman gave him the silent "fuck you" and how that felt. (Shitty. Duh.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Today on Star Trek

Shades of Gray
Riker relives all the bad things that happened in season one and Deanna stands there looking stressed in sickbay. Oh, and it's Pulaski's last episode.

The Shat's latest project and more

William Shatner hosts Talk Show
Yep, you heard me. It's gonna be on Bio, the new Biography channel. It's the center of Bio's reality TV, in fact (although wouldn't the biography channel be all reality?) and it should start sometime in 2008.

William Shatner's version of "Rocket Man" is now the 68th worst cover of all time.

Review of The Space Between
The end is nigh, and IDW's TNG comic did...Okay. Mediocre. So-so. I can't think of another way to put this.

Robert Picardo has a new interview
The interview can be found here, and covers The Hollywood walk of fame, acting, and his take on fanfilm and the future of The Doctor (there isn't one).

Monday, July 16, 2007

Upcoming Stuff

See John Travolta in drag. As TommySparkle says, Grease will never be the same again.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Adam Sandler pretends to be gay.
All the Boys love Mandy Lane
This just sounds sad. I bet she dies. Similar movies, oddly enough, include Scream and Carrie 2.

The X-Files has news, one really sad story, William Shatner's ongoing project at Walter Reed, etc.

On the Second X-Files Movie
The story is here and here, but basically the X-Files movie number two is going to be reality. In the sense of there is a script. And Duchovny is onboard. and Anderson is onboard. And oh, happy happy day.

This totally fixes my Monday.

All I can Say is Oh My God.
Shatner discusses the needs of soldiers recovering at Walter Reed hospital. He makes me hate America.

Shatner on going without his pants.

Today on Star Trek

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Ugh. Ugh with a side of puke. Can anything possibly make this movie any worse? There's the plot, the characterization, the costumes, the special effects, the script...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

News today

On Cloverfield
JJ Abrams is totally stealing from The Fifth Element and it's working. If you go to AIC, you can learn all about the thing. Okay, something about the thing. Okay, nothing whatsoever about the thing. Isn't this fun?

This may be from Deathly Hallows
"Chapter One. The Dark Lord Ascending. The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane. For a second they stood quite still, wands pointing at each other's chests: then, recognising each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and set off, side by side, in the same direction.

"News?", asked the taller of the two.

"The best," replied Snape.'"

This excerpt was seen in film footage shot in October 2006. We don't know if it's real or not, and if it is... it doesn't show much. Cool though, huh?

New trailer from Bringbackkirk.com
I've seen a lot of these. This one is crap. There's no other way to put it. It looks fake. It's unconvincing. It's too long. Every possible person is included, and it is boring.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Today on Star Trek

The Cage
Christopher Pike gets trapped by the Talosians in a zoo with a really hot woman. Of course, none of it's real.

Friday, July 13, 2007

TMP in ten minutes

Harry Potter Fun

This is supposed to be awesome, but so far I'm not impressed. It's like a Harry Potter MUD. Only there's no MUD. Just classes... and they check your grammar. And then they pay you. But virtual Galleons, not real money....
MuggleNet Interactive.

Part 3 of the Nick Meyer Video

Project with potential

Dracula Year Zero.

No, that's the title. It's about Vlad the Impaler. There's info at this website, if you're interested.

Weird posts of the Day


"Is the Dog that played Porthos still alive?" (startrek.com, Enterprise board)
"Jetrel, not just a clown" (startrek.com, Voyager board)
"Will there ever be a real 'Star Fleet Command', if so what will it be called?"(startrek.com Voyager board)
The DS9 board on startrek.com is completely full of polls.
No one but me has posted on the series boards in The Collective in at least several days.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Stewart!

Today is Patrick Stewart's birthday.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I promised I wouldn't do this...

But I like this guy.

He said cojones in his presidency pitch!


Usually so far out of my purview, but not if it's Star Trek manga! Sigh. And sigh again.
I really don't care about Manga... but this time I kind of have to. Fandom is a heavy burden indeed.

A Big Step Down

Scarlet Pomers and Brad Dourif are going on a movie with the Duff sisters. Yeah. It's called Kentucky Fried Horror Show. Yeah.

I'm gonna go puke now.

lesser known actors

The latest word is that lesser known actors will be playing leads in XI, which means no Adrien Brody and no Matt Damon, thank God.

Finally, a dvd worth buying

The next STar Trek DVD to be released will contain some never-before-seen 8mm footage from the original production. About time they got some decent special features.

New Spock

Zachary Quinto from Heroes is interested in playing the new Spock. In fact, he may have talked to the film's producers about it.

I for one find this insane: once, being Spock was something to be ashamed of. Now, people are fighting over it the role.

New Voyages Preview

This one's looking pretty good... I really need to start watching New Voyages. Maybe it would help me get used to the reboot idea for the new movie. You know, the one where Matt Damon is Kirk... still not used to that.

William Shatner and how he learns his lines

The fourth Indiana Jones

It's gonna film in Hawai`i. Lucky bastards.

Part 2 of the Nicholas Meyer Video

Today on Star Trek

Requiem for Methuselah
Kirk falls in love with a robot and battles her creator for the right to her until she dies. Good times.

A new all-time low

A thread has appeared on the startrek.com Enterprise board entitled "Where would you get a quickie on Enterprise? Your quarters aren't an option."

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Even though band was a long time ago...

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Musician

Doo doo de doo waaaa doo de doo! (<-- That's you playing something.) Everyone appreciates the band/orchestra geeks and the pretty voices. Whether you sing in the choir, participate in a school/local band, or sit at home writing music, you contribute a joy to society that everyone can agree on. Yay! Welcome to actually doing something for poor, pathetic human souls. (Just kidding.)

Literature Nerd
Social Nerd
Drama Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

My nerdy character

Is someone i've never heard of.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

More of that interview with Shatner

The rest of that interview with William Shatner can be found here about his work on Boston Legal. That's in case you care about Boston Legal or anything relating to William Shatner.

Kevin Spacey in the new superman

Kevin Spacey will have to wait awhile, but he will be Lex Luthor again.

Xbox 360 is making a new remote

The basic idea is that it can compete with the Wii remote which is, understandably, gaining popularity. The result is that it looks like a giant lollipop.

Interview with Nicholas Meyer

Nick Meyer did a great interview after a showing of "The Wrath of Khan". He talks about how now that it's out of his control, he doesn't have anything he can really say about it. This is the full interview.

Today's Movie

Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The most-loved sci-fi movie trilogy of all time begins a series of unendingly dull and misleading prequels.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

News Today

William Shatner's video interview

Also, there is an article on GeekMonthly.com that hints about what may or may not be. We do know from many sources that Shatner has met with Orci and Kurtzman and possibly Abrams.

The writer or Star Trek II died today at age 78. Brilliant guy.

Today on Star Trek

Peak Performance
Will, Wesley, and Worf make Geordi uncomfortable with their matching 'W' names and creative genuis. Data loses a game and it crushes his confidence. Then he wins a game and crushes the other guy.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Check this out!

No one goes to this board.

According to TrekMovie.com, Sam Rockwell from Galaxy Quest ("Guy") wants to play Kirk in the new film. You heard me.

Orci and Kurtzman are all ready to do a sequel, according to this interview.

Don't forget to send some crackers to HBO for "The Black Donnellys" starring Kate Mulgrew.

Today's Movie

The Fifth Element
The most built-up movie in 1996, 1997, and 1998 is Bruce Willis flying around in cheesy spaceships. Sigh.

Today on Star Trek

That Which Survives
Sulu has to tell a woman she's beautiful, but it comes out kind of... forced...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

News Today

Today on Buffy


Today on Star Trek

Is There in Truth No Beauty?
Diana Muldaur is blind, Spock goes insane, Kirk worries, Sulu and Chekov get thrown across the Bridge, McCoy doesn't reveal important information, Scotty gets an action scene, and the ambassador of the week goes home in a box - in a good way.

Spectre of the Gun

Today on Buffy

Who Are You?

Baith gets locked in an armored truck by the Council. Fuffy flirts with every guy on the planet and is mean to Tara. Baith escapes and convinces Giles who she is. Fuffy sleeps with Riley and almost flees the country but stops when Adam gets some vampires to hold a church hostage. Baith and Fuffy both run to the church and kill the vamps, then Baith switches their bodies back. Faith runs away. Buffy gets mad at Riley.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Star Trek Today

And the Children Shall Lead
Kirk has adventures in babysitting five kids who don't care that their parents are dead. It turns out the kids are under alien control, so once they cry, the alien melts (of course) and everything goes back to normal.

Today's Movie

Will Smith makes an ass of himself and that guy from The King of Queens marries a supermodel or whatever.

Monday, July 2, 2007

The New Star Trek Movie

ILM will be doing the effects. In case you care.

A great page I ran across today

Janeway's plant obsession

Spock vs. Q


Today on the X-Files

Brand X
Cigarettes can kill you.


This is just sad.

Today on Star Trek

Spock's Brain
No, seriously, that's the episode title. Spock's brain gets stolen. The rest is just dumb. But there is a theory that it's all better if you change "brain" to "dick".

The Enterprise Incident
Kirk and Spock play spy and Spock falls in love with a Romulan. Kirk tries on Vulcan ears. It's a good time.

The Paradise Syndrome
Kirk, Spock, and McCoy wonder how pine trees made it across the galaxy. Wow. What an amazing coincidence...

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Today on the X-Files

All Things
Mulder and Scully have sex. Maybe. Or not. Maybe she fell asleep on his couch. But then why does she feel the need to put her shirt back on? Oh, and she had an affair with her med school professor back in the day and now God's speaking to her in a Buddhist temple.

Today on Star Trek

Return to Tomorrow
Damn it Kirk, didn't you learn anything from "The City on the Edge of Forever"? A man from the 20th century ends up on board, and Kirk considers not returning him because he's not gonna do anything important. But his unborn son is. Kirk's not that bright.

The Return of the Archons
You have got to be kidding me. Who knew Sulu was a quick-change artist? For once, Kirk shows some promise by not beaming down to a primitive and unknown planet in his uniform. Nice work, Kirk. Scotty manages to make the impossible sound plausible, McCoy gets brainwashed, Spock wears Andre the Giant's costume from "The Princess Bride" and Chekov isn't in the episode, which is a good thing because he probably would just tell us how Russia invented smashing windows. Oh, and Uhura does nothing remarkable. Again.