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John W
Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 9:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

So apparently Kurtzman will be co-Show Runner, and according to this Variety article:

variety.com/2016/tv/news/bryan-fuller-showrunner-star-trek-discovery-cbs-1201901398/

Akiva Goldsman will be joining the writing staff.

Well, that was a solid three months of anticipation that just got watered down.
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John W
Sun, Jul 24, 2016, 3:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

If you told myself, back in December, when that first trailer appeared, that 1) Not only would I go see 'Beyond', but 2) I'd enjoy the heck out of it as well? Insanity! Pure Insanity!! I'd probably yell back.

But here we are.

This was the first time I felt like I was actually watching alternate yet recognizable versions of the crew, rather than generic space action people with superficial Trek elements grafted on. I never really cared for the look and feel of the Enterprise, but the attack sequence was so brutal, and the efforts of Kirk & crew so resolute in the face of overwhelming odds, that this ship and crew finally clicked for me. I had the biggest grin plastered to my face watching NCC-1701-A being constructed at the end.

I never understood the love for the 2009 entry, and the less said about 'Into Darkness' the better, but WOW did 'Beyond' win myself over.

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John W
Fri, Feb 26, 2016, 5:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

I never thought I'd be seeing Nick Meyer and Trek together again. I was happy with Fuller on board. I'm insanely excited now. Wonder who else will be on the staff.
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John W
Thu, Dec 17, 2015, 11:17am (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

Justin Lin commented on the teaser:

"Yeah, and I don’t know if that’s the case here. When I saw the teaser, I’m like, aw shit. You really have to put the motorcycle in there? So I get it, I get it, I get it."

Well here's he thing Justin, you didn't have to put the motorcycle in there. It's lowest common denominator pandering of the worst kind.

On Beastie Boys (again)

"It’s in the DNA of this canon. It was in the ’09 Trek, and we went through different iterations of the teaser and I wanted to make sure whatever here is using all the elements from the film. It’s been a part of this Kirk’s journey and so I felt it was very organic, and it will ultimately be in the finished film."

So the decision is to double down on one of the more annoying aspects from the first one? Ugh.
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John W
Wed, Dec 16, 2015, 10:12am (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

@Paul M

It's like some sort of assembly of every annoying aspect of modern blockbusters.

I'd love to take this back to a convention in '94 or so and watch the horrified looks on fan's faces.

"Is there anything we can do to stop this?"

"Well, don't stop watching Enterprise...especially in Season 4. And you won't like this, but go to see 'Nemesis' multiple times."

"I have no idea what any of that means."

"You will."
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John W
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, 1:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

@Dom

Not a bash against Star Wars at all, rather a bash at the executives/creative forces behind this movie who seem to be 'beyond' (yuk yuk) desperate to appeal to a mass audience, no matter what. And they can't seem to get to it without a massive dose of 'stupid'.

I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, but never once wanted to slap my head in frustration during it. Something I can't say for this trailer.
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John W
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, 8:25am (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

"Does anyone remember when Star Trek used to be about the exploration of space, the human condition and science?"

Heck, does anyone remember when Trek didn't make myself want to perform that do-it-yourself lobotomy? It's not like Trek hasn't stumbled badly in the past (I remember literally throwing up my arms after "Threshold" and walking away from Voyager), but this stuff is relentlessly stupid, even by modern blockbuster standards. I don't get it. I see many big budgeted movies a year that are well thought out and executed, but this...

Paramount really, REALLY wants some of that sweet MCU/Star Wars money, and they seem to be reaching further and further towards the bottom to get it. When these movies don't do 1 Billion worldwide, the response isn't to scale the budget back and concentrate on the material, it's to cheapen it further.

"I've dumbed it down as much as I can Captain! I canna dumb it down any more!"
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John W
Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 2:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

They got my money twice already. There won't be a third. I get the idea of not wanting to skip out on something, but if I see it and dislike it...they got my money anyway, so why should they care?

And there's been this recent push to paint the F&F movies as modern action classics...and I just don't get it. I saw the 5th and 6th ones and couldn't shake the feeling of "What am I not getting? Is there some layer of meta irony that I haven't achieved?"

I also find it amusing that Simon Pegg, who recently posited that modern SF/Fantasy was inherently childish...has written a Star Trek movie with a cycle chase scene in it. Fate it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
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John W
Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 12:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

Yeah...that looks pretty terrible. Were the Beastie Boys the only recordings to survive World War III? Seems like it at this point.

I remember people scoffing at Picard's car chase bit in 'Nemesis'. That's downright dignified compared to Kirk pulling a Fonzie-jump-the-shark stunt in this. Why not just add a slide whistle ala "Man with the Golden Gun?"

In simpler language Captain, "No way am I seeing this."
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John W
Tue, Nov 3, 2015, 7:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

"Whatever you think of the Abramsverse movies, take a look at Kurtzman's other film and television credits. See a lot you like there, or no?"

Unfortunately not. His film credits are fairly awful across the board, and TV doesn't look that much better. (And that includes Fringe, which I was on board with for a while, until late S4. S5 sealed the deal)

Would he be running the writing staff? I'd guess not, as it's just a production company credit. The show will live or die on the writing staff and the direction they choose...but again, looking at his other current shows on CBS...not filling myself with confidence.
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John W
Tue, Nov 3, 2015, 1:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

"From the Executive Producers of Scorpion" doesn't fill myself with any hope. I won't pre-emptively hate on the series...but I don't have high expectations either. I'm fearful that this will have a typical CBS drama writing staff/quality.
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John W
Wed, Dec 24, 2014, 8:31am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

*ahem*

And what is wrong with 'Community'? (I'm not taking a metaphorical bullet for the F&F movies though)
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John W
Tue, Dec 23, 2014, 10:39am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I think the biggest problem is that it'll be more of the same from the last two entries. Paramount badly wants to turn Trek into a summer action tentpole (and I don't have a problem with Trek movies being action oriented, it's the nature of the game), but at no point do they seem interested in letting Trek have its own identity anymore. The latest rumors revolve around "We want that Guardians of the Galaxy money!", and that's the wrong attitude to take, trying to cram Trek's square peg into another movies triangular hole.

And for the record, I LOVED GOTG...but it's not Trek.
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John W
Wed, Oct 1, 2014, 1:11am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Well, while we're being obvious. You can put myself down for a 'No, will not rewatch' vote as well.

In fact, I'd like to get ahead of the curve and vote that I won't be seeing the third one in any form. This variation of Trek and I are parting ways.
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John W
Sun, Jul 27, 2014, 7:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I...I got nothing.
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John W
Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 10:54am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

After seeing "Winter Soldier" twice this year, I couldn't help but think "This is playing with the same pieces that STID did, but assembled them fantastically."

Dormant super soldier awoken to carry out missions on the behalf of a compromised organization? Check.

Development of a new war-like class of vessel? Check.

Not everything was a 1:1 match, but it was similar enough to make myself realize that one CAN tell a story of this nature, and do it well. "Winter Soldier" wasn't short on action by any means, but each sequence was integral, and character focused...and I wanted to follow Steve Rogers through out his journey, because of his core decency, and unwillingness to participate in this system. His ease of bringing Black Widow and Falcon to his team speaks for itself. He commands the situation, but also has self awareness and doubt, and it's shown through his basic interaction with others. He's the type of James T. Kirk that I respect and idolize.
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John W
Wed, May 14, 2014, 1:33am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I'd be less than truthful if I was upset at this news, because I swore of this version of Trek...but I anticipate reading the comments on Orci's entry, without having seen it myself.

Kinda like I did the opening weekend for Amazing Spiderman 2 this year.
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John W
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 10:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

"I still can't help but think these last two films (particularly STID) have killed the Trek franchise. Maybe not in a marketable sense, but to long time diehard Trek fans such as myself."

This is an opinion that I sadly share. The shelf life for these movies can be measured in months until the next major release comes along. They play out like the "monkey's paw" version of my wish for a big-budgeted large scale Star Trek. For all of STID's $190 million (not including marketing)...is there anything that registers? Yeah, ILM can boast about how much space the Enterprise CGI model takes up in storage, but what's the point when nothing interesting is done with it? BSG was pulling off more interesting action sequences several years beforehand...on a cable TV budget.

I won't even get into the shoddy character work (Hey! We did the Hero's Journey TWICE now! Just to make it stick!), inconsistent story telling, and just plain awful world building.

I have seen worse movies. I've seen utterly incompetent movies, but few have angered me so much as Bad Robot's stabs at Trek. Tear it down and start again.
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John W
Sun, Dec 8, 2013, 3:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

While I want to be hopeful about changes in writers, apparently they're also Bad Robot staff...and have no writing credits to their name. It COULD be a pleasant surprise, but the presence of Orci gives me pause. The upcoming one sounds like it'll be a lower priority entry all around.
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John Wielgosz
Wed, Dec 19, 2012, 9:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Reading some of the comments here, and the irony is overwhelming. I point at 'Valiant' as an example of what happens when hubris and arrogance overrides reason.

Also, A fresh out of the academy cadet gets a battlefield commission and goes head to head with a vast warship...

In reality, it's 'Valiant'

In goofy whiz-bang adventure, it's 'Abrams Trek'
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