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not-dead-yet-jim
Sat, Aug 23, 2014, 10:21am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

The one thing that always stuck with me about this episode is the desperate Riker, coming onto the view screen - beard unkempt, uniform dirty, explosions in the background. that borg reality where they are one of the last ships left as the borg are everywhere must truly be hell and did lead me as a kid to have some truly terrifying borg nightmares.
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not-dead-yet-jim
Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 1:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

So......where to begin? I suppose at the outset I should point out that i'm 37 yrs old and been a huge fan of Trek my whole life. I love all the films, even the bad ones (i'm looking at you final frontier and motion picture). I was initially skeptical in 2009 before watching the "reboot" but I was pleasantly surprised. the movie did justice to the original characters while putting a fresh spin on them. however, i believe Into Darkness was a mistake; a film that shouldn't have been made.

A wise man once said, if you're going to remake a movie, either take something that wasn't well known or take something that wasn't very good to begin with and make it better. It's such a pity that JJ et al didn't heed this advice. They basically tried to remake the best and most well-known movie in star trek history and in doing so, royally screwed it up.

I am desperately trying to think of something redeeming about this movie (apart from the gratuitous boob shot! lol) and i'm struggling to think of one. I'm not sure if people on this forum have seen the "how it should have ended" youtube clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N15J4ibej8) or the "honest trailers" youtube clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B22Uy7SBe4), but they both absolutely nailed everything wrong this film.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor, but no matter he did, it just wasn't menacing enough, especially when compared to the late great ricardo montalban.

In ST09, zachary quinto did such a good job as spock it was hard to remember how great leonard nimoy was in the role while watching the film. unfortunately, while we're all aware that spock is half human, in Into Darkness he is WAAAY too emotional for a vulcan. Quick sidebar - is it just me or has ever single actor trying to portray a vulcan since the original series not been able to handle the task adequately? mark lenard and leonard nimoy are obviously the standard (and what a high standard they set) but i just find all the other actors to be too.....emotional.

Anyway, back to the film. Not only was it a mistake to include Khan, but the way JJ et al continually denied Khan's inclusion, despite the fact they were fooling no-one was laughably bad. For non-trek fans, they didn't know and couldn't care less who khan was. for ttek fans, they were upset at khan's inclusion.

with the destruction of vulcan in ST09, the future was open to tell any number of original stories, with little easter eggs for the fans. instead, JJ et al made a movie full of plot holes, characters acting very out of character, coincidences and "super blood".

AND STILL TOO MANY BLOODY LENS FLARES!!!!

now that JJ has gone over to try his hand at ruining the star wars franchise, i really hope that the third movie will try and erase all the bad feeling this movie produced amongst fans.

as we all know, traditionally odd numbered trek movies are bad and even numbered ones are good (which hold true right up to nemesis). if ST09 as a reboot can be considered 1 of the new movie line (like new doctor who seasons) then it may be a case of odd numbered good, even numbered bad. we'll wait and see.
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not-dead-yet-jim
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 9:52am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

Bebe Neuwirth - nuff said!
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not-dead-yet-jim
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 7:59am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Dead Stop

Am I the only one that thought the station showed elements of Borg-like qualities?
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