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One more Star Trek movie spoilery thing just occurred to me, in addition to my last post on the matter.

Spoilers. )
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Here's the thing: JJ Abrams' Star Trek a good movie. It is even, I dare say, a great movie - moves along at a great pace, well directed, has amazing special effects, nail-biting suspense, nice dialogue and characterisation (well, as much as you can get in a summer blockbuster), and even attempts to drop in the right Easter Eggs to long-time fans.

So don't think I didn't enjoy it, because I did and very much so. Rest assured that this movie is worth watching, wish the franchise the best of luck and look forward to more movies.

But to really, really enjoy it, as a long-time Star Trek fanboy, you got to do one thing. You have to throw out any idea that this might be, as the writers and director has claimed, that this somehow is an alternate universe explainable by changes in time travel. Because you can't. If you can ignore it, it's brilliant. If you can't, then... not so much.

I'll just deal with my rantings below. This bit you can skip if you don't care.

This bit you can skip if you don't care. )
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From the fevered imagination of Shaenon Garrity, an absolutely spot-on pastiche...

"The Trouble With Tribbles" — A Television Adaptation by Edward Gorey.

(scroll down past the newspaper clipping for the actual comic, but do read the clipping, too, especially if you never heard of Edward Gorey)
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Pictures after the cut. Work safe.

khaosworks: (Kirk)
John M. Ford, 1957-2006 )

And though I had slain a thousand foes less one,
The thousandth knife found my liver;
The thousandth enemy said to me,
"Now you shall die,
Now none shall know."
And the fool, looking down, believed this,
Not seeing, above his shoulders, the naked stars,
Each one remembering.
          -- "The Final Reflection", John M. Ford
khaosworks: (Kirk)
In case you haven't heard, Bryce Zabel and J. Michael Straczynski have released their never-picked-up treatment for the revitalisation of Star Trek. Zabel's remarks on it can be found in his blog here, and the PDF file of the treatment can be downloaded here.

Essentially, they were going to reboot the Star Trek universe: i.e. start it from scratch, like the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica or, as they put it in the treatment, the Ultimate Marvel universe of the comic books. It wasn't going to be as radical as the BSG reboot; they were going to tell stories of the original five-year mission, but adding story arcs, some changed characters, some readapted episodes, but basically trying to keep to the spirit of the original.

After reading the treatment, I'm not sure it would really have worked. Sure, they cite examples like Lois and Clark and Smallville, but those are reworkings of a comic book medium into a television one. Nobody expects a television treatment of Superman to be one hundred percent faithful to the source material: the budget just isn't big enough, and the dramatic conventions are totally different. You can do stuff in a comic book you can't do in a television show and vice versa, and fans don't expect the stuff to translate properly. Also, unlike BSG, this re-imagining would not have been as radical a shift in tone — it would have been trying to recreate the original. With BSG as markedly different from its source material as it was, they weren't trying to pander to the old fans, but this Star Trek reboot is, and so the dividing line between the original and the reboot is much, much, finer, and people would have expected more fidelity. And Trek fans are much more numerous than BSG fans, and their voices much, much louder by sheer numbers, if not volume.

Original Trek, especially the original series, is so firmly ingrained in the psyche of science fiction fans that it is impossible to dispel the figurative ghosts of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and the literal ghost of DeForest Kelley from the collective imagination, and people would be comparing them constantly to the new guys playing the same roles. It just would not be fair. Similarly, I'm skeptical about the new J.J. Abrams Trek movie, which aims to tell the story of the original meeting of the Big Three. Good luck.

But maybe I'm just being a grumpy old man, afraid of change. You read it, and you decide.
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Michael Piller, 1948-2005 )

"You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential, my young friend."
          -- "Evolution", by Michael Piller and Michael Wagner, Star Trek: The Next Generation
khaosworks: (Kirk)
James Montgomery Doohan, 1920-2005 )

"My manager called me up one day and told me that I was going to do a video on 'Cold Fusion: Fire from Water' and I couldn't believe it. I couldn't wait to get there and start working on it."
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These Are The Voyages...

So, I watched the finale of Enterprise.

Long time readers of this journal will remember a time when I was actually watching this abortion of a show - I lasted through the first season and a little bit of the second, making fun of it most of the way until it simply was no longer even amusing to make fun of it anymore, and even Linda Park was not enough to keep me watching the chicken vomit that was spewing out from the pens of Berman and Braga (or Bermaga as we called them).

So when I heard Enterprise was nearing its end, I was not so much happy as simply relieved that fans of a franchise that I once loved (and to some extent still do) were showing a sense of taste and no longer supporting a travesty of bad fan fiction making worse television writing.

When I heard that the finale was going to feature Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis, I frankly was not surprised at the stunt casting. Rumours abounded, from the idea that the whole four years was a holodeck hallucination (appealing but, as the equivalent of Bobby stepping out of the shower, eye-rollingly stupid) to time travel. Well, it turns out that Frakes and Sirtis show up as Riker and Troi, but in a B-story that takes place during the events of the 7th Season TNG episode, "The Pegasus". In that story, Riker has a crisis of conscience and for some reason he thinks that watching the last voyage of the NX-01 will help him.

Spoilers behind the cut. Warning: contains strong language )
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It's unrecognizable, and not in a good way.

When did T'Pol become a crack whore? (as opposed to one without the crack)
khaosworks: (Kirk)

Let's State The Really Obvious For A Change

By Mr. Terence Chua, who really should be reading about the Hatfield-McCoy feud right now

I'm sure it's nothing you've never heard before, and I'm probably going to look like a total goof for not thinking about this in detail earlier.

Some vaguely connected ramblings follow. )
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There was a post-episode dissection of "Dawn" on the Television Without Pity "Enterprise" boards, and several people raised the fact that "Dawn" was a recycled episode along the lines of TNG's "The Enemy" and "Darmok, TOS's "Arena" and even Barry Longyear's "Enemy Mine". I didn't disagree about "Dawn", but I thought that comparing the others was a bit off. Anyway, I wound up doing an analysis of the various stories.

Here's the post, for what it's worth. )
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Too tired this week, so Trip's foray into "Enemy Mine" territory will get off lightly from me - I won't do my usual snark fest. All in all, John Shiban (who sucked terribly in "The X-Files", really), doesn't do all that badly in Enterprise. It's the usual predictable stuff, but relatively enjoyable due to a virtuoso performance by Connor Trineer, who doesn't get to play Trip as the redneck moron for once. They really need to get Bermaga away from the writing chores.

I think Star Trek is suffering the same fate for me as is comic books. The current crop doesn't interest me anymore, and I look back on the old days for better times and better stories. In my comic stash today came the archive edition of Wally Wood's "T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents", collecting the 1st four issues of that classic run, recolored and all. DC put a superb reproduction together, and even made the pages a little off white so it felt like an archive. The stories are cheesy, but the art is slick, gets the job done, and it feels and reads FUN. Trek , like the current comics, just ain't much fun anymore, and I wish they felt like were like when I was a kid again. I think to myself it can't really be my fault because when I pick up the old stuff I still get that same rush, but I don't know.

I've read comics for thirty years. Been a Trek fan for over twenty. Maybe that's too long. Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I am old.
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This episode was written by the same people that brought us the quite enjoyable "Dead Stop", with Bermaga getting no writing or story credit, so... optimism, people!

So, thoughts as I watch...

Spoilers for Enterprise, Season Two, Episode Twelve: 'The Catwalk' )
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Just saw Star Trek: Nemesis.

Didn't suck as much as Insurrection, but not as good as First Contact. Wrath of Khan it ain't, and it's not a very good send-off if it's meant as such.

More after the cut. Some spoilers. )
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See Bermaga brainstorm plots. See Bermaga watch Elaan of Troyius and The Perfect Mate. See Bermaga recycle. See audience yawn.

Thoughts while I watch...

Spoilers for Enterprise, Season Two, Episode 11: 'Precious Cargo' )
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No thoughts as I watched - this time I wanted to concentrate on Hoshi. Mmm. Hoshi. However, a few remarks...

Spoilers for Enterprise, Season Two, Episode 10: 'Vanishing Point' )

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