meirwen_1988: (Strive)
"As you know I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk, and yours alone."

That said, because my friend Tom requested it, here are my thoughts about Star Trek: Into Darkness. (Tom asked for a review, I'm not sure this is that, but here goes.)

I should start by saying I still vividly recall watching the premiere of Star Trek in 1966, sitting in the living room with my parents. I remember coming home from school one afternoon to a delighted mother who said "William Shatner came on Jeopardy today to thank all the fans for saving Star Trek--it'll be back for another season!" I remember, in the days before VHS recorders, setting up a tape recorder in front of the television in the dorm to record the episodes so I could listen to them when the show wasn't on.

I remember my first model kit: Enterprise NCC 1701. I still have my Enterprise necklace, and I cried when my posters finally died after moving to the 5th apartment. I sobbed so hard it disturbed the guys in the row in front of me when Spock died in Wrath of Khan. I'm a total fan girl. I watched all the other series iterations of the franchise, have seen all the films multiple times (even, painfully, Nemesis). I have some favorites among them, but for me, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are...everything.

So when the reboot was announced, I was nervous. But J.J. Abrams managed, with the first film, to make me happy. It was respectful, without being slavish. It found a clever way to allow the original universe and the reboot to actually co-exist without competing with each other, a way to write a new "canon" in a way that allows preservation of the original, and will allow the novels and games set in the Federation to be one, or the other, or perhaps, in the spirit of the Mirror Universe worlds, cross the boundary and exist in both.

Star Trek: Into Darkness (colon optional, apparently) continues in that vein. Though there have been spoilers sprinkled liberally on the internet for months now, I want to avoid them here, which makes talking with any detail about the film torturous at best. But Abrams, and his cast, have yet again managed what I thought was impossible: he took something so beloved as to be sacred, put his hand to revisioning it, and did it beautifully, due in no small part to Benedict Cumberbatch's performance, and the rest of the cast was outstanding as well. Simon Pegg, in particular, is becoming more solid in his role, with the irascible Scot we came to love in James Doohan's hands shifting ever so slightly into something thoroughly Pegg's. The script is solid, the XF never felt forced, and Abrahms remembered that ultimately the Star Trek franchise is about characters, and character. My only disappointment was in one role that was badly written, and even in the hands of a good actor was nearly cartoonish. But that is a small disappointment in a film that otherwise was completely satisfying.

Twenty-four hours after watching the film, thinking back, I can see all the ways Abrams manipulated the audience, the tropes and inversions, the twists on convention, the exploitation of memory. It was masterful puppeteering, and if I were to describe each one, the film would seem trite and shallow. But the film was neither. Abrams and his cast created an experience that was funny, and bleak, that made me laugh, and gasp, and cry--in all the right moments, in all the right ways. If Abrams doesn't make another Trek film (and that's likely since he's taking over the Star Wars films), I will be content. The two he has done are outstanding.

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Mar. 12th, 2011 11:13 pm
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Star Wars: Clone Wars: The Cestus Deception: A Clone Wars NovelStar Wars: Clone Wars: The Cestus Deception: A Clone Wars Novel by Steven Barnes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Interesting in that it had great development of a supporting Jedi character, and really developed one of the clones, showing how the dominant mind set of the clones made the Jedi massacre possible.



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Christmas day was lovely and quiet. We had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] retiredmaj and family, and it was lovely. Amazingly good plum pudding, as well as much yummy that preceded it.

So now it's St. Stephen's Day. After morning caffeine, we headed to town to pick up main course for tomorrow's guests and catch a film. On our way in we got a call from [livejournal.com profile] emt_hawk and the fair [livejournal.com profile] svan_1004 . We were able to meet them in New Hartford for a lovely brunch, quite serendipitously. Delightful way to start the day. Did a bit of shopping, then went to see Holmes. Marquee was insane, so we went off to the Uptown. We enjoyed the show (most satisfying Guy Ritchie movie I've seen, though I think Snatch! is a better film). As one friend said, sometimes the FX intruded, sometimes it dragged a bit, but I really liked Law's Watson, and it's becoming a surprising truth that Downey is demonstrating an amazing depth of talent--profound talent.

Then home. Quiet evening watching Shrek the Halls and The Lost Christmas Eve, then the beginning of the end of one of the best Dr. Who runs ever (and as a fan of Baker and Pertwee, that's quite a concession from me).

Tomorrow is cleaning up for guests and cooking. :-)

There is a rightness that on what would have been her 79th birthday I watched a new film of one of my mother's favorite fictional characters.
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I offer up this, which is...well, frightening. Do read the comments if the posting itself makes you want to explode in indignation.

How Katee Sackoff is responsible for the death of male scientists in 2020.

And if the comments don't help, here is another rebuttal:

The War on Critical Thinking...


meirwen_1988: (scifi)
Apparently, if you take Jean-Luc, Spock, and Uhura (about equal parts of each), swirl them around a bit, and pour it out, you get....

Ta Da!! Me!!!

Yeah, right.

Lemming, lemming, lemming....

Who knew

May. 11th, 2009 08:52 am
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So, [personal profile] svan_1004 made me buy the Star Trek cereal. Ran out of Cheerios this morning, so I opened the box and had a bowl.

Who knew that kitschy tie-in cereal could actually taste good (though the marshmallow bits could learn a thing or two from the Lucky Charms leprechaun). Kelloggs still isn't as good with oat cereal as General Mills or Post, but, well, for them--it's a win.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.
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about the new Star Trek movie. As I said to a student, I can't begin to count the number of different "origins" versions of my favorite comic book characters I've read over the years, so why am I so protective of Star Trek.

Still, my favorite, absolute favorite episode of Star Trek is "Balance of Terror." Yeah, it's just Run Silent, Run Deep in space, but I still love it. The most important canon thing that happens in it is that, for the very first time, the Federation learns what Romulans look like.

So, I read today that in the new movie Sulu skewers a Romulan.
Frankly, unless that Romulan is wearing an encounter suit worthy of Kosh, I'm wondering how it can possibly be true that they don't know.

Don't mess with me, people--I have a White Star and I know how to use it!
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So, Duchezz has had a day full of fail.
Jiro "hydrated" her Millefleur throw.
She broke the travel cup I gave her for Christmas (which she loved).
She ran late and had to miss her kickboxing class.

So she came home early. Went to get her wet laundry and put it on the line. Except she programmed it fine to start sometime this afternoon, but failed to hit the "Start" button.

Went to set up the new mailbox ($60 for mailbox, $20 for portable hole--part of the great home improvement shopping excursion from the weekend) only to find that the 4x4 piece we have at the house is an actual 4x4, which of course means it's OLD, since a modern 4x4 is actually 3.5 x 3.5.

So she's working out frustrations by raking up the leaves that accumlated by the side of the road (read: did not blow across like the rest of the leaves).

On the stove are collard greens in the Dutch oven that came with the house and jambalaya in the Le Creusset Dutch oven [livejournal.com profile] kelfstein gave us. And  in the kitchen is a new box of cereal for breakfast that's all [personal profile] svan_1004 's fault.

Later there will be grading and Jack (24, not Daniels).

We shall salvage the fail. That's how we roll.
meirwen_1988: (happy dance)
My total geekiness, let me show you it.

It arrived yesterday in all it's faux 23rd century goodness.

It's all the Russian Baroness's fault. Okay, not all of it. Just the spork part.

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You may want to check this out--but do it TODAY!
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...because this is just WRONG.
meirwen_1988: (scifi)
Why am I hopeless you ask?
Because there is a little part of me that wishes I had my own office at work so I could get these.

I was feeling all "Oh, I'm better than that" except, well, the product description made absolutely perfect sense to me.

And the sad part? Next Generation was my least favorite incarnation of the five.

I think I'll just go pour myself a nice Saurian brandy to have with my Plomeek soup and curl up with the new biography of Sarek, just issued by a prime Andorian publishing house, which should make for a very interesting take on the material. Now if I can just find my CD of Gav'ot toh'va, the evening will be complete.

Ta!
meirwen_1988: (scifi)
Saw the Star Trek trailer. Okay--the machinery is all too shiny and pretty. Too plexiglass. Not enough "1940s aircraft carrier" and waaay too much circa 2008 ops room. But, well, I'm prepared to accept this "young Spock" and, well...I'm too much of a total Star Trek geek not to be overjoyed. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(How big a geek am I? Back when rocks were soft, before DVDs, before VHS, I put my cassette recorder in front of the speaker on the television and made audio tapes of EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of the original series, put the titles of the individual episodes on the tapes, numbered them (in the order originally aired), and listened to them. Repeatedly. They got me through my BA. That, and reading The Lord of the Rings twice a year. We won't talk about the posters. Framed. Or that model kit. Or the embroidered patches. Or the Enterprise necklace. I'm that big a geek. I guess the secret's out.)
meirwen_1988: (Tag kitten)
...for them to fix my car. New transmission cable. Supposed to take an hour/hour and a half. And, well, brakes.
"But we turned the rotors and put on new pads before you got it."
"Well, good. But it sounds worse now than when I test drove it."
"Really? You said a clunking sound?"
"Uh huh."

Supposed to take an hour and a half. I dropped it off at 8 AM. It's not done yet. Supposed to call at 3:30. Hmmmm. Did someone say "brakes"?

Had to cancel rehearsal with pianist. Not happy.
Do not have car. Not happy.
Am not going to Concordia Saturday. Not happy.

On the other hand, these are all every day not happies. The minor annoyances of everyday life. In the grand scheme of things, being not happy about these things is...diverting.

And, as a little ray of sunshine, the Babylon 5 Quote Store opens Friday (Cafe Press). The Joe Store is closed (so my "Faith Manages" cup is now a collector's item I guess), but the new stuff is pretty fine. So many quotes, so little time. I mean, really, I hardly wear the shirts I already own (stop smirking); how can I justify buying more?

Must. Rationalize. Must. Rationalize.
meirwen_1988: (embroider)
Sweeties called from the Abbey Party. This makes me happy.

Good Samaritan made with the horn honking at the Penelope. I am grateful. Low grade canine dementia not fun.

Pugs are not pleased about the whole packing humans thing. Expressed displeasure in particularly infantile fashion. Grrrr.

Both Dr. Who and Stargate Atlantis had multiple versions of the lead characters, simultaneously. Head exploding now.

And all those companions, simultaneously? I half expected to see Leela, Romana, Nyssa, and Turlough showing up any second. And I could have gone my entire life without seeing the resurrection of that particular bad guy--and the whole lack of definite death at the end of this episode on top of it. Of course, last time he was definitely dead and we see how that actually went.

But I was impressed at the logical, permanent, and fan-satisfying way Rose is gone for good. (FWIW, turning a heel during a compelling and complicated episode of DW is not recommended.) And looks like Jack found new staff to replace Tosh and Owen. He could do worse.

Now, time for bed before my early morning stint grading Placement Test essays on campus.
meirwen_1988: (scifi)
...it usually is.

A while back I was all excited about this con that was going to be held in Boston. But, I didn't have the money, so I didn't buy tickets.

So glad. So glad. So glad.

Bad management, angry celebs, all gone horribly, horribly, wrong.

Oh well. It was a lovely dream.

On a happier note, I think I forgot to mention that they found most of the missing footage (been missing for more than 50 years) of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. I can't wait to see the whole thing! Cinematic German Expressionism meets Sci-Fi!

Okay, going back into the Geek Closet now. It'll be safe for the rest of you soon.

Dammit

Jul. 1st, 2008 06:50 am
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Requiescat in pace
meirwen_1988: (Huh?)
and no, I don't mean the cars.

Here's my question...just why is it that Eastern Promises even qualifies for a nomination for a Saturn award, let alone win one? It's a cop movie. Not fantasy. Not animated. Not sci-fi. And, despite the tension and brutality of the sauna scene, not horror. So, uh, why? Really. Looking for answers here.
meirwen_1988: (scifi)
Watched three movies in the last 36 hours. None of them sucked. Actually, enjoyed each for very different reasons. Ranked from good to excellent:

Eastern Promises (if they hadn't telegraphed the "surprise" I'd have been happier, but nice and taut, and I'm not talking about Viggo, I'm talking about the script)
Stargate SG-1: Ark of Truth (everything I like about the show, hardly any of what I don't, and some kickass FX)
Michael Clayton (rarely is a movie as good as its press--I thought this one was)

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