Monday, November 24, 2008

The Mess Thus Far...

While I sit out my one day ban at TrekBBS (I could say something about trigger happy moderators handing out warnings while I'm editing the post in question, but I'll skip that), I figured it was time to update this puppy.

We know more now about JJ Abrams' alleged Star Trek flick.


If this is JJ's idea of "respecting and honoring canon", I'd hate to see what he'd churn out if he really hated Star Trek. Canon is not being honored or respected in this thing, it's being stripmined for a hamfisted reboot. Symbolic of this whole endeavor is the redesign of the Enterprise herself.

Somehow, we're supposed to buy that this...


Really looked like this...


And was actually a helluva lot bigger than we were led to believe...


But wait! There's more!

We're going to be presented with a plot that conveniently assembles all the familiar characters on the maiden voyage of the Enterprise (yes, maiden voyage!).

Anybody else see a problem with this? The scary thing is that a lot of professed fans don't.

We're just supposed to forget about the ship we've been watching for over forty years? That Kirk served on the Republic and the Farragut long before he assumed command of the Enterprise? That he didn't meet Pike until he took over command? That at the time the Enterprise launched, Chekov would've been about a year old?

Kevin Smith's initial instincts were correct, before he was shown a rough cut of this thing and seduced by the dark side. This isn't Star Trek, it's Muppet Babies in Space.

And, as mentioned above, far too many fans are not only happy, but eager, to lap up this slop and accept it.

Didn't we used to be a little more discerning? A little less tolerant of utter bilge being foisted on us under the Star Trek label? Or do I just run with a crowd with better taste?

I'll go into why this tack is such a bad idea later. For now, suffice it to say that we are in really deep trouble if this is the future of the franchise.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We're So Screwed...

Well, the Paramount publicity machine, on the behalf of the new Star Trek movie, is starting to sputter to life, starting off with a cover story in Entertainment Weekly.

Here's what one attentive poster on has managed to piece together on the plot of this thing.

"After seeing the pictures and reading the EW article, I think I can glean a few things about the plot of the film.

1) James Kirk has been shamed somehow. He’s a lone wolf on the Enterprise, and he is not trusted. A black uniform is a (rather obvious) physical symbol of being a “black sheep.” We know Kirk is rebel of sorts as a basic character trait. We also see Spock attacking Kirk for some unknown reason. We ALSO have been led to believe (by the MTV blog and photo on the bridge) that Kirk and Sulu have gotten into a fight of some kind. Kirk is not the regular captain of the Enterprise. He has somehow taken command against the will of the crew or has been given command in a crisis. My best guess is that Kirk is on the Enterprise as either a prisoner or as a ward of the Enterprise. Kirk could have been kicked out of Starfleet for some indiscretion, but is being protected by the Enterprise because they believe his life is in danger (from Nero, obviously). Captain Pike’s injury takes place during the film, putting him out of action, giving Kirk a chance to step up and be in charge.

2) Kirk will be Captain Kirk in the gold tunic by the last shot of the film. Remember, this is an *origin* story. That means one of the grand climaxes to the film will be when all of our heroes are together, in the right places, ready to start their proper adventures. Casino Royale and Batman Begins are examples of this principle. It is not until the end of those 2 movies that we get all the dogmatic trappings of the characters that have been held back for the end. Bond finally gets his theme and says his catchphrase. Batman gets the Bat-Signal and a supervillain (The Joker’s card). The evasive, cryptic nature of Orci and Kurtzman’s responses on the topic bear out what the end result will be. By the film’s end, anything that isn’t in line with the basic mythos of Star Trek will be put into place. That includes Kirk in Command Gold, as Captain.

3) Nero’s time-travel scheme is definitely what we all expect: he seeks to kill James T. Kirk. I also assume there is something to the notion of Nero’s group being against Reunification. Damon makes it pretty clear in his interview that Nero’s aims are not “about money.” That means, it must be ideological. What else is there? Unless Jim Kirk stole his girlfriend in the 20 minutes he was in the 24th century, it must be ideological. It also makes more sense that they are rejecting traditional Romulan aesthetics."

Have these morons even seen Star Trek? Starfleet doesn't work like this, or any self-respecting military for that matter. If Kirk was that much of a pain in the ass, they wouldn't do some sort of frat house "shaming", they'd courtmartial his insubordinate ass and be done with him!

Add to this the nonsensical production design that has as much resemblance to anything in Star Trek as a day old bagel has to a Mongolian barbecue, and it's becoming painfully clear that these joker haven't got a fucking clue what they're doing. They're making Brannon Braga look like Gene Coon, fer chrissakes!

I'm beginning to wonder if I even want to bother with the upcoming season of "Lost".

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Being Pushed From The AOL Nest

America Online has announced that they will be soon be pulling the plug on their free webpages, which kinda puts a major kink in my situation, since just about all of my online presence, outside of this blog and my regular irritation on a few message boards, is via those freebie webpages.

The result is that my poor, decrepid, and underpowered Dell laptop is forced to store up all the graphics of all the webpages I've put together until I can set up some new webpages (not to mention doing a lot of uploading to I should have been doing for a while now anyway, but that's another subject).

Why is my poor, underpowered Dell laptop forced to bear this burden? Well, because my main desktop computer fried, by backup was lost in the eviction back in January, and my second backup is even sorrier than this laptop.

Yes, life has been a little too interesting these past several months. And it doesn't seem to be getting any less so.

Oh, well. I've been needing to do more here anyway.

So, prepare for a lot more stuff to start showing up in the near future, simply because I have no place else to put it.