Tag Archives: Star Trek

Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness

Aw, crap. I was not a fan of the 2009 Star Trek reboot. (No, seriously, it was not good.) It was bad enough that J.J. Abrams wanted to turn Star Trek into Star Wars. (Not even good Star Wars. More like Attack of the Clones, except with incessant lens flare and a less interesting storyline.) Now he apparently wants Star Trek to be Star Wars‘ answer to The Dark Knight and  Inception. Don’t get me wrong: I loves me some Christopher Nolan. But one of the reasons I love the old Star Trek franchise is because it was distinctly Star Trek. Even when the The Motion Picture turned out to be Star Trek‘s answer to 2001: A Space Odyssey, it was still Star Trek. It could very well be that Abrams is trying to be all socially relevant, thoughtful, and darn-tootin’ optimistic while wrestling with tough questions (that is to say, Star Trek) while still delivering a smashing sci-fi epic, but this trailer doesn’t look like it. It looks like a potentially fun sci-fi epic, but it doesn’t look like Star Trek. At least, not to me. Even if Trek lost its way in the later years, as many fans would argue, there were still undeniable flashes of its core mission. I didn’t see any of that in Abrams’s vision. To him, Star Trek was a means to an end — the end being making a big, blockbuster outer space saga, rather than the end being making a great Star Trek movie. Now it appears that Star Trek is the means to the end of making a Christopher Nolan space opera. I think that’s something to mourn, if for no other reason than a Christopher Nolan space opera would probably be a lot more like Star Trek than J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars knockoff, which happens to bear the name Star Trek. Hopefully it’ll be good (unlikely), even if it is disappointing (inevitably). ☕

Super 8 ☕ (J.J. Abrams, 2011)

Seriously, Mr. Abrams — enough with the freaking lens flare!  Don’t you hire a professional cinematographer specifically for the purpose of making sure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen?  Do you really want your entry in the figurative Biography of Cinema Auteurs to read: “J.J. Abrams. TV and film producer/creator.  Signature tropes: labyrinthine conspiracies and obsequious lens flares.”  You know what’s worse?  The lens flares aren’t even the worst thing about the film.  The worst thing is that you made a remake of E.T. in which everyone’s favorite Reese’s pieces addict is the Cloverfield monster’s kid brother.  It just plain doesn’t work. Continue reading

It’s O.K. to be Takei!

Now this is how you leverage your celebrity status into political activism.  George Takei has released a video that reports the efforts of Tennessee Republicans to make it illegal for public school teachers to talk about homosexuality.  At all.  But instead of going on an inchoate tirade about evil rednecks, Bible-thumpers, and the twisted social agenda of the GOP, he literally lends his name to the gay rights cause: instead of using the word “gay,” people can use his name as a synonym, which conveniently rhymes.  It’s beautiful.  That’s exactly how you take down prejudice in the United States of America: with a deft mixture of self-deprecating humor, poise, and flagrant self-promotion! ☕

Doctor Who Series 6 ☕ “The Curse of the Black Spot”

-Dr. River Song

You remember the Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager, don’t you?  “Please state the nature of your medical emergency.”  It blew my mind that he was the monster of the week in this week’s episode, and that Robert Picardo now looks like Lily Cole.  (His singing voice isn’t bad, either.)  The Doctor — our Doctor — doesn’t get to meet a lot of other doctors in his line of work.  At least, not ones that are as mysterious to him as he is to everyone else.  Certainly not many that are willing and able to burn your face off with a Ha-Do-Ken.  Definitely none that spend their time terrorizing pirates. Continue reading


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