Friday, June 27, 2008

A Response to a Response - this has minor spoilers for The Man from Earth, if you care.

So, the producer for The Man from Earth was not happy with my last post, which is, of course, his right, but I'd like to clearify a few things.

1. I did see the movie. The acting was not that great. I watched it on Netflix on demand two weeks ago, just so we're clear. And I found the part where he claimed to be Jesus borderline offensive/intriguing.

2.Reusing old ideas is too stealing from yourself. I have no problem with you being honest about it, and it doesn't even really bug me, I just found it weird.

3.A lot of the dialog seemed forced and the script seemed a little weak, and then the fact that it was the same concept as one of my favorite Trek episodes ever was not thrilling to me. Had that not been the case, maybe I would have been moved to comment more favorably on the movie, but it was the case, and so I wound up just kind of disgusted, which is my right as a human being/movie viewer. I'm frequently disgusted, by contemporary movies, and by life in general, so don't take this as any special insult.

4. Jerome Bixby is one of my favorite Trek writers.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Requiem for The Man From Earth

Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth is, in fact....

Dun-dun-duuuun!

Star Trek's "Requiem for Methuselah".

Written by... are you ready for this? Jerome Bixby.

I know I've had this talk with people about writers stealing from themselves. Tacky!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I don't believe it!

Spike and Angel's battle over cavemen vs. astronauts from "A Hole in the World" is not on YouTube, LiveVideo, or MySpace.

Anyone?

George Takei Got his Marriage Liscense

I'm not trying to get all political here, but I do believe that if you let a church tell the state what to do, then the state should be able to tell the church what to do.

And since we have separation of church and state in this country...

Butt the hell out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0aP4Av1Un8

http://trekmovie.com/2008/06/17/takei-marriage-license-big-news/

Why Chris Pine will never work out


Okay, so I just watched Just My Luck and I realized that Chris Pine will never be a believable Kirk.

See, when he kisses a girl it doesn't look like he's eating her face.

See?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Or we could... not.

Yeah, that'll be the day.

Thankfully, the website does not exist.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Voyager Game 3

So, an away team returns via shuttle to find something horribly lame has happened to the crew.

Is it "Genesis" (TNG)

Or is it....

Macrocosm?


Interesting note: both episodes, neither of which is well-liked, were written by Brannon Braga. It's one thing to copy your own work over when it would be enjoyed, but why redo an episode that is almost universally hated?

The Voyager Game 2: Warlord

A major character with a medical focus is body-snatched by an alien criminal and does a lot of really mean things.

Anyone?

DS9: The Passenger.

or... Warlord (VOY)?

Or, if you take out the medical background, we have The Schizoid Man (TNG).


Or, if it's not a criminal, we have Turnabout Intruder, the final episode of Classic Trek.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summarizing Ten Things...

We can learn about JJ Abrams' Trek from M:I III

1.It will be nonlinear.

2.Characters will develop.

3.Low-tech looking high tech equipment.

4.Complicated Villain

5.Strong Women

6.Respect for the Franchise

7.Humor

8.Locations

9.Great effects

10.Modern soundtrack that respects the original

So basically, we're saved.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Well they didn't screw that up too badly...



The Lights of Zetar look pretty damn good in TOS - R.

And in Mira's eyes....




Sunday, June 8, 2008

weird stuff I ran across today

Remember when Naked Gun was cool? And so was OJ Simpson?

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ye Gods

A Star Trek movie without Star Trek in the title?

Trekmovie thinks so.

That just seems wrong, somehow. They point out that Bond movies have never had James Bond in them. Well, boo freaking hoo! Since all seventeen movies don't have the character name in them, that's what we call a pattern. Since all ten (soon to be eleven) previous Trek movies have Star Trek in the title, that's also what we call a pattern.

What's the rule of successful franchising?

Don't upset the pattern.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Uh

Limited space and lots of time to travel and I'm supposed to believe they kept the Caretaker's remains in an empty storage cabinet in Sickbay?

A Known Story

Faran Tahir's interview, located here, calls Star Trek XI a "known story", which for me opens up a whole new can of doubts.

Does he mean a story that we all know because it's been done over and over? Or is it that Star Trek is so well known?

Either way, it's an interesting turn of phrase.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bob Justman

Bob Justman died this week.

I don't know if I can describe to you how scary this is. i met him, very briefly, last year at the convention. He was very attentive, walked up to everyone he talked to, and answered our questions as well as an 80 year old man with Parkinson's can be asked to do when he's talking about things that happened half his lifetime ago.

I was standing in the presence of the one man who was there for all of it, and it was truly humbling. I think, too, that he knew what he had meant to all of us, and had an idea of the impact his life and work had on the world.

More than that, Bob Justman had faith in the future of Star Trek. He had faith in JJ Abrams and his team to pull off what they are attempting, and because of that faith, it will only heighten our resolve.

Bob Justman believed in this project, and to honor him, we should give it a chance to vindicate his faith.

Bob's contribution to my life is as hard to quantify as Gene Roddenberry's. His achievements have inspired each of us - and our lives will serve as a memorial to his life.

Godspeed, Bob Justman.

The Voyager Game I

What episode did we rip off this week?

Answer: The Paradise Syndrome

Yep, we're ripping off lousy Season 3 of TOS. An all-time low, and it's only the second season!

Voyager Episode: Tattoo


And as an added bonus, the Doctor gets a cold.