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Dated Reviews – The Canterville Ghost (1996)

As any true McNabbist would, I began looking for a way to celebrate Halloween with some Star Trek (other than the obvious costume).  While perusing the shelves of my local library, I came across a movie called The Canterville Ghost and it caught my eye.  Why you might ask?  Because, friends, I saw the face of Sir Patrick Stewart.  Sir Patrick Stewart, as you know, was the actor behind the best Starfleet Captain in Federation History – Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  The next thought that went through my head was, “Holy crap.  Is that Neve Campbell at like 15?”  It turns out she was over 20 at the time, which really, really doesn’t seem right.

I could tell this was going to be a quality production because of the 1990s-looking DVD cover and the fact that it was based on an Oscar Wilde short story which has been remade so many times, it deserved it’s own Wikipedia page.

The movie starts with an introduction to an American mother and children forced to stay in an old castle in England with their father.  As you can imagine, the ghost of Canterville begins his hijinx almost immediately. As is often the case in these family friendly ghost movies, the eldest (Neve Campbell), automatically assumes it’s her younger brothers playing tricks on her.  Early in the film, we discover that only the children can see the ghost, not their parents.  This theme runs throughout not only movies but paranormal studies.  Of course there is a bit of a teen/young adult romance with a strapping English lad.  Overall, a pleasant and happy Halloween watch for those who don’t like horror movies.

Favorite line: “A most gratifying scream.”

Grade for a 39 year old (who likes Zombie films) watching it by herself: C

Grade for a 39 year old watching for young ones: B

Despite all this humorous banter about this movie, I have the utmost respect for Sir Patrick Stewart and enjoy his endeavors immensely.  I’m sure most of you have seen him in Star Trek: The Next Generation and in the X-Men films.  However, if you haven’t already, see Dune, Excalibur, Robin Hood: Men In TightsA Christmas Carol, Green Room, his Extras episode, Blunt Talk, and the upcoming (blockbuster) film Logan.

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-The McNabbist

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Star Trek Mission Chicago – 50th Anniversary Report, Part 2 (Saturday)

I began my Saturday by taking it easy, sleeping in, and watching Netflix.  Once I walked across the street to the convention, I inquired as to whether the line for the Gates McFadden photo op had started and it had not.  I went to get a drink at the Starbucks where I found a TNG Starfleet Operations Division officer complaining to a barista that they ought to have ordered more cheese danishes knowing their was a convention this weekend.  The poor officer is used to the replicators aboard the Enterprise, no doubt.

I then went to meet Gates McFadden at her booth.  She told me that I was the third librarian she’d met this morning.  Librarian Trekkies for the win! I then did a bit of shopping, buying some action figures that my collection lacked.

I went back to the line to discover it had already formed and gone through – in a matter of thirty minutes – fasting moving line ever!  So, I was placed at the rear of the Marina Sirtis/Gates McFadden duo photo op.  When I made my way for the photo op with Gates McFadden, they asked Marina Sirtis (who I’d have numerous photo ops with in the past) to step aside, Marina jokingly chastised me for being late to the photo op.

I was so excited about this photo op.  I’d never been able to attend a convention that Gates McFadden was at.  As a child, I remembered watching her as the very serious, professional, strong Dr. Crusher and always considered her a positive role model.  In my excitement, I cheesed (smiled) too hard and gave myself a double chin.  That’s what I get for my excitement, no?

After the photo op, I went back to my seat to await the arrival for William Shatner.  In the meantime, I watched the No-Minimum Auction and realized many of my fellow Trekkies must be rolling in dough.  At 1:50pm, William Shatner came on stage.  In introducing himself, he related a lengthy but comical tale of his last time in Chicago, the previous year when he was supposed to begin a motorcycle ride across the United States to benefit the American Legion. There were all sorts of issues that came up, the bike not being ready, then when it did arrive late, it didn’t work, and then finally having to rent a Harley instead.   He also said it was amazing to be standing there on Saturday to discuss work he’d done 50 years earlier, but it was also a bit embarrassing as he was so handsome back then and now people don’t even recognize him.  Surely he must’ve been joking.  Who didn’t recognize William Shatner?

Afterwards, he took questions from the audience, some of which I don’t remember but there were some funny highlights such as when someone asked him whether he’d ever asked any of his co-stars what they thought on a certain topic, he replied, “If I was going to ask my co-stars anything it would be why do you hate me.”  At the age of 85, he still doesn’t know? That gave us all a good laugh.

He was also asked about whether his career with Star Trek had afforded him the opportunity to meet and interact with the greatest minds in science.  In response, he told us about a meeting he’d had with Stephen Hawking, who had to use a special machinery to speak.  Mr. Hawking’s favorite Star Trek episodes were those that featured black holes.  Despite the length of time necessary to speak through the machinery, Shatner said they had an interesting conversation about physics and Star Trek.

Towards the end of Mr. Shatner’s time on stage, an attendee asked William Shatner what makes him feel young.  His answer was his busy schedule and then (jokingly) his wife.  He has book that will be released in October (Zero-G), he’s on the TV show Better Late Than Never, is working on a documentary, and making appearances outside of the US on a regular basis.  He has a busier schedule than I do at the age of 39!

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After his panel discussion was over, he sang the winning entry of the lyric contest along with a live band … and Supernatural actor Misha Collins!  The Supernatural convention was happening just a few blocks away and either Creation Entertainment set this up, or Misha Collins is a Trekkie and/or friend of Shatner’s. I realized later that Collins was the last person to ask him a question from the audience – no wonder the question sounded so bogus and confused Star Trek and Star Wars!!!!

Immediately following this musical performance, was the costume contest!  One of my favorite parts of any convention.  My favorite costumes are below:

 

The children were, of course, my favorite.  Look at that little Klingon and little Deanna Troi!  All of the children were winners.  Nautical Data won first place, as the female cosplayer portraying him should have!  The Gorn and the Vulcan High Priestess were among my favorites, as well.  But, all those I photographed did a great job with their costume and makeup!

After a lunch break, I visited Marina Sirti’s booth where I learned that Pride and Prejudice is her favorite novel and that Harry Potter isn’t a good answer for your best novel. After complaining that I was making her feel old, I pointed out her skin looked fabulous and that at 39 I had sun damage all across my face.  She had none!  She then told me how to reverse the damage.  I’M NOT GOING TO SHARE THE SECRET. I SHALL BE HAWT AND SEXY LIKE MARINA AND YOU WON’T.  Anyway then, I returned to the convention to see Gates McFadden on stage.  The live band started playing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana and to my delight (and most everyone else’s) Gates entered the stage and rocked out to the entire song!  I’d already known Gates was a huge Rage Against the Machine fan but it appears she’s also a big Nirvana fan.  This made me smile beyond comprehension, really.

As she took the microphone, she seemed to remember smartphone technology and admonished everyone that she hoped not to see this on Twitter should she come to regret it so I will not post any of the still photos of her dancing.  However, here are some other images of her below for you to enjoy.

Is it just me or is she still a stunning lady?

Gates had a bevvy of questions from the audience and I learned some quite interesting things.  She was the choreographer of the movie Labyrinth and Henson had quite a long and chaotic interview process for her before she got that position.  She jokingly said that she got to meet Kermit the Frog and really like him as he was a good listener. She spoke briefly about David Bowie and her impressions of him from working with him on that film.

When she was cast on Star Trek: The Next Generation, they tried to make her look older for the part of Dr. Crusher so that she would look closer to the same age as Patrick Stewart.  She was adamant that Dr. Crusher should be portrayed as a full character, not just a two dimensional supporting role.  She had nothing to say but wonderful things about her fake son, Wil Wheaton and how amazed she was at his talent, even having seen Stand By Me, prior to his being cast in the role of Wesley Crusher.

While on stage, she also referenced those she had met, including librarians and I was so pleased because I knew I was one of them.  She said it’s an amazing feeling to have served as a role model to young women and to have them come here to visit here and tell her that.

When asked what her favorite episodes were, she mentioned The Host, because it really questioned what it means to love another person and how we need to break barriers in our acceptance of other’s love.  This was one of the highlight moments of her time on stage for me personally, as TNG on numerous occasions had broached the topic of bisexuality, homosexuality, and transgender issues and this episode was definitely one of those.  As a major LGBTQ ally, hearing her speak on this issue, even obliquely was giving a nod to all those in the audience who valued the message of Star Trek and felt it was a safe place for them.

After she left the stage, I waited for my autograph by William Shatner.  I’d brought the book Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man for him to sign.  And, here is my confession, I’ve not been a big fan of William Shatner’s.  I’ve always thought his post-Star Trek work was quite funny and while he was on stage, he definitely knew how to get laughs.  However, I’ve heard a couple of his co-stars say the things he did on set and it always bothered me.  That’s why I decided to have him sign that book.  You see, I dearly love Leonard Nimoy and since he’s written this book about his friendship with Leonard, I thought it a wonderful homage to both of them that he should sign it.  I was very pleased when I got my autograph and the genuine smile that Mr. Shatner gave me may have slightly lessened my opinions of him.  Thank you, Mr. Shatner.

The last event of the night was Klingon Karaoke.  I ran to dinner so that I could make it back in time.  There isn’t much to say about Klingon Karaoke other than it was a hoot to see people in costumes dancing to others singing – especially the Klingons.  I got up for only one song – Stand By Me – with a couple of con friends.   By the time I got back to the hotel room, I was exhausted.

Coming Soon….the convention report for the final day.

-The McNabbist

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Star Trek Mission Chicago – 50th Anniversary Report, Part 1 (Thursday and Friday)

From Thursday evening through Sunday late afternoon, I was in Chicago to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of my favorite franchise – Star Trek.  To see the full lineup, visit here.  This report isn’t meant to challenge anyone else’s views of the franchise, the actors, or politics; it is simply an honest report of my experience and the things that I enjoyed.

I bought my Silver Weekend Package months in advance.  I shouldn’t have gone as I had a trip planned to Peru for May-June 2016 and really couldn’t afford both.  But, after viewing the list of special guests, I had to go!

I arrived in Chicago at 7:30pm on Thursday evening.  I organized my hotel room and rested for a bit before I visited convention registration to got my badges.  The vendors that had arrived were open for a preview and purchasing.  I went ahead and purchased images for those whose my Silver Weekend Package gave me for free, as I didn’t have images of them already to sign (except William Shatner).  Those are Nana Visitor (Kira, DS9), Casey Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest, Enterprise), and Jeffrey Combs (Shran of Enterprise and Wayoun and Brunt of DS9).  I also picked up an event schedule.  I returned to my hotel room and planned out my coming days at the convention; which panels to see, when to get my photo ops, and when to eat meals.  While doing so, I watched Star Trek: First Contact, a TNG movie I’d not seen in quite some time.  And, to celebrate International Literacy Day, I began reading The Entropy Effect by McIntyre*.

Friday is when the convention action really got underway.  It is no surprise to those that know me that I slept in too late.  I arrived just in time to see the Armin Shimerman (Quark, DS9) panel.  A live band opened for Armin Shimerman, playing a Tears for Fears song, which was really unexpected.  This was the first Star Trek convention that opened for all of their major guests with a live band performing.  Most of his discussion was crowd-led since he took questions from almost the beginning.  Among the things I learned during his talk were that he was a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series so landing a role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was like a dream for him; he felt he’d won the lottery.

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He recounted when he and his and his DS9 cast mates went to the theater together to see the Star Trek parody film Galaxy Quest.  Many of the other people in the theater recognized the cast and he and other cast mates noticed regularly that many people looked at them throughout the movie to see their reactions.   He says this is one of his most favorite films!

The most interesting tidbits I learned in his discussion, are that the Ferengi were meant to replace the Klingons for the TNG universe as the evil, warrior-like foes.  He starred in an episode of TNG that first introduced us to this alien race.  He blames a low budget and his own representation of the Ferengi for the redefining of the Ferengi culture as we knew it in Deep Space Nine.  The second interesting tidbit was that Deep Space Nine was based on the contemporary Serbian/Bosnian conflict, which is why it has a darker tone than the previous Star Trek series.

He spoke at length about his love of Shakespeare and his stage work.  These comments  sparked my favorite audience question throughout the whole weekend: “As a theater actor would you agree that Shakespeare is better in the original Klingon?”  This got a really big laugh from everyone in the audience.  He admits, he’s never read Shakespeare in Klingon.

After Shimerman left the stage, Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong took the stage.  They clearly are on stage together quite often as they had a natural rapport and played off each other’s jokes quite well.  There was a little less content to this particular panel; however, they did play some parody Star Trek songs they’d created together.  Photos below!

After their panel, I walked around and did a bit of browsing in the vendors’ area trying to determine which items to purchase.  Always a tough task as almost everything was awesome.  I came prepared and had brought with me an organized list of all of the collectibles and comic books that I already owned so I’d not accidentally buy dupes.

Afterwards, I went to on Friday was the Yes/No Trivia Game.  I was too scared to go up knowing that there were people here that knew way more about Star Trek than me.  While I am quite a Trekkie, I don’t bother to memorize episode names and minute details.  However, while there, I found my favorite cosplayer of the weekend – Nautical Data from Star Trek Generations.

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After lunch, I went to the Nana Visitor (Kira, DS9) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo, DS9) panel. A favorite questions by the audience were questions about the relationship between their characters.  They began discussing romantic scenes between the two of them and she was commenting on how talented Rene was and ended with this following comment:

(To Rene Auberjonois) “You had this romance scene where you were a mist and we made love. You were great.”

One of my favorite comments by Nana was that she felt it was very important to show non-romantic relationships between men and women on television.  As a tomboy, I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment!

Rene reminisced about being cast in The Patriot along with Mel Gibson and spoke briefly about Heath Ledger and how his death was such a loss.  He also talked about his support of Doctors Without Borders after a question from the audience, saying he thinks they do great work and a lot of the convention money he gets goes to them.

Is it just me or is Nana still stunning?

The last discussion that I attended was the Leonard Nimoy Presentation by Richard Arnold, a personal assistant to Gene Roddenberry and who starred in minor roles in various movies and series.  It was a photographic history of Leonard throughout his life with brief commentary.  I’m including what I feel are the best photos from that presentation for your enjoyment.

Among the information that I learned about Leonard Nimoy in this presentation is that he received numerous death threats while filming TOS because he was Jewish and it was for this reason, that he delayed so long in going to Germany for conventions.  He eventually overcame this fear and had a great time at Star Trek conventions in Germany.  Also, in the first season, he only made 1/4 the salary that William Shatner did and he refused to return for the second season unless his salary was increased.

After getting autographs from Vaughn Armstrong, Casey Biggs, Jeffrey Combs, and Nana Visitor, I returned to my room and watched 50 Years of Star Trek, a special on the History Channel, and read Planet of the Apes (Boom Studios), Volume 1.

– The McNabbist

Coming soon, Part 2 of this report (covering Saturday of the convention).

*See a previous post on this blog’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary, which includes an online reading club!

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Forbidden Planet – Watching a Classic

Last night, I decided to watch a science fiction classic – Forbidden Planet.  The film was released in 1956 by MGM.  I knew little about it, except that some other sci-fi nerds I know were shocked to hear that I’d not seen it or other classic science fiction films. Browsing the shelves at the library I came across it.  As usual, the majority of the films on the shelf were older films, the less desirable films by today’s standards.

The cover looked fun and interesting, if not overly dramatic, so I decided to give it a try. Well, you’ve caught me.  I’d also wanted to see it since Gene Roddenberry said it was one of his original inspirations for Star Trek!

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The first thing that I noticed on the DVD cover was the name Leslie Nielsen.  As a child, I remembered him from movies such as Airplane and The Naked Gun.  You have to remember, I was born in the late ’70s.  So, I looked forward to seeing a younger Leslie Nielsen in a non-comedic role.  The second was an almost Dalekish looking robot which reminded me of a reference question I’d had the week before (I’m a librarian).  A customer wanted a book about science fiction robots of the ’50s so he could study the evolution of robots in science fiction prior to Doctor Who!  The last thing I noticed was the overused damsel in distress imagery. Despite trying to view things in their historical context, I admit that my presentist* mind sighed..and then grumbled.

On to the film…

In the opening credits, the first thing that came to my attention was the eerie music.  First thought in my mind?  I can see the evolution of science fiction theme music that led up to the main theme of Star Trek: The Original Series. In many ways, I could see some similarities to Star Trek. The movie was written to have taken place in the 23rd century. The verbiage and officer ranks rely heavily on the prevailing military structure at the time; however, to a more marked degree than the TV series mentioned above.  The message that was most prominent in my mind is one that is quite common for science fiction in general and Star Trek in particular – some powers are just too great to be trusted to mankind and that science, at times, dabbles in powers that it simply doesn’t understand.

At the end of it all, the lesson to be learned, if we overlook some of the sad commentary on the role of a woman, is that at our cores, human beings are still just “animals”.  No matter how much we advance, we can’t overcome our animal instincts.  This is a theme very much present in the Star Trek franchise.  The difference, of course, is that in the Star Trek universe, humans still try their bests to make things better, to challenge those animal instincts so they rear their ugly heads the least possible.  So, while Star Trek acknowledges this basic human failure, it also is less fatalistic in it’s prediction of our capacity.  We will strive to overcome that human failure.

When the spaceship C-57D landed, I almost laughed.  It looked like what every conspiracy theorist believes that UFOs look like.  Was this purposeful on the part of MGM?  Were they insinuating that humans have learned from the technologies held at Roswell?  Did they believe that a ship capable of interstellar travel would assume a similar shape for practical purposes?  Or, is it just a coincidence?  This is something I’d love to know.

I found it quite interesting that the military/political organization to which the crew of this story belonged was called the “United Planets” so very close to Roddenberry’s own “United Federation of Planets”.  The treatment of women in this film is on par with other films of the time – we are in need of rescuing and naive.  That is definitely present in the original Star Trek series, but the one difference is that women serve aboard the Enterprise; they do not serve aboard the C-57D.

The original pilot of Star Trek, which never aired, was written by Gene Roddenberry in 1964, just eight years after this film was released.  It featured a female second in command (portrayed by Majel Barrett) of the Enterprise. In those eight years, the women’s rights movement had made some strides.  Not living at the time nor studying the history of that movement in detail, I can’t say if that accounts for the differences in the portrayal of women or whether Gene Roddenberry was as progressive (according to the standards of the time) on his views of sexism as he was on racism.  I’d love to hear any thoughts that my readers have.

Overall, I give this film a B.  The effects are very interesting and the amount of art that went into the scenery is quite stunning.  The story is a bit slow-paced and may turn off some modern female viewers but I’ve tried to take the historical context into consideration in my grading of the film.  I can definitely see how this film could be an inspiration for Roddenberry’s creation.

*Presentism: uncritical adherence to present-day attitudes, especially the tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts.

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Mr. Holmes & My Love Affair with a Good Mystery!

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I’ve finally watched Mr. Holmes, a film starring Ian McKellen.  My entire life, I’d have a fascination with murder mysteries and those who were the best at solving them.  As a child, my favorite cartoon was Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Inspector Gadget.  During summers as a tween and teen, I’d watch hour after hour of back to back episodes of TV shows such as Perry Mason, Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Spencer for Hire, and In the Heat of the Night… not to mention television shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation* and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, of course!

I remember the Christmas that I was gifted The Complete Sherlock Holmes and the excitement I felt.  And, how could I NOT fall in love with the movie Young Sherlock Holmes?  I loved everything Ancient Egypt and a good mystery that’s afoot! **

I turned my love of solving a good mystery and tackled my family’s history. This need to suss out the secrets and origins of as many of my ancestors as possible was sparked after my great grandmother’s death and was finally brought to fruition when I recovered artifacts from the crumbling home of an ancestor. I visited cemeteries, churches, archives, libraries, and more from Illinois to as far east as Speyer, Germany. It was a massive puzzle and required so much research as well as a bit of deduction.  I think Mr. Holmes would’ve been proud of the progress that I made.

In 2008, when I heard that a Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey, Jr. was in the works, I thought I’d give it a try but I must admit that I wasn’t a fan. I ended up not liking Sherlock as Mr. Downey, Jr. portrayed him. In Mr. Downey’s defense, Sherlock has always had some unlikable qualities, but he was just a bit too unlikable all of a sudden.

After that movie, I’d wandered away from the likes of Sherlock, Dr. Watson, and Perry Mason for the rugged, very flawed character of John Rebus in the great Scottish detective series by Ian Rankin. I’d picked up a book based on the cover, read the synopsis, saw the word ‘protest’, and was sold.  I fell in love with it immediately.  After finishing the book (The Naming of the Dead), I started the series from the beginning and read it through to the end.  I now spy on Ian Rankin’s Twitter account in hopes of getting a clue as to when the next John Rebus book may hit the bookshelves.

While waiting for new books to be published, I discovered that the BBC would be putting out a new series called Sherlock that starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  Yet again, my attention was diverted to my childhood love – a thrilling mystery.  As I didn’t have cable, I eagerly anticipated it being added to Netflix and as soon as it was, I watched the first episode.  A modern Sherlock, one that lived in the world of social media, aircraft, and smart phones.  At first, I was caught off guard.  I’m not sure about this typing on the screen, I told myself.  However, Mr. Cumberbatch’s acting was superb and the writing kept me guessing, so it wasn’t long before I fully embraced this modern-day Sherlock and now eagerly await every season on Netflix.

As a major fan of both The Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises (HELLO, Captain Picard is Professor X!), I’d been quite a fan of Ian McKellen’s for some time.  So, when I heard that he was starring in a film called Mr. Holmes, I knew that I had to see it.  I purposely didn’t read much about it wanting to be as surprised as I could be when I saw the film.

Today, my hold on Mr. Holmes arrived at the library and I’ve just watched it.

(WARNING: SPOILERS)

The first few minutes, seeing Sherlock looking feeble and living in the country, I wasn’t sure that I’d made the right choice. Would this be too sad for me?  Would it be too boring for me?  This film portrays an old Holmes, one that has left not only London, but his profession behind.  The great mystery in this film is one of his own past, a whisper of a memory and a face, and the source of his heartache. It’s heart-warming and endearing which are things I usually don’t like too much of in a single film; this film pulled it off magnificently.  As usual, Mr. McKellen delivers.

You were expecting more in-depth information on the film? I don’t want to spoil it or you.  I want all of you to enjoy it for yourself!  It was a much more entertaining for me to consider my own history with Sherlock Holmes and mystery films, TV shows, and books, rather than write a very in-depth review of the movie.

I await the next season of Sherlock, the next book in the John Rebus series, and look forward to reading a book titled The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin, which I just purchased at a second-hand bookstore. And, after contemplating my long history with this genre and, in particular, Sherlock Holmes, I’ve set to the goal to watch all of Granada TV’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episodes before the end of the year.

Looking for some good modern mystery/detective genre TV shows or books, I suggest those mentioned above as well as Luther (TV show), Wallander (TV show), Book of Killowen (book by Erin Hart), Knots and Crosses (book #1 in the John Rebus series by Ian Rankin), The Fall (TV Show), The X-Files (TV Show),  and The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (book by Stephen L. Carter).  If you have any other suggestions for myself or others, feel free to let us know by replying!

TheMcNabbist – Radical Feminist, Anti-Racist, Trekkie, Geek, Family Historian, and mystery genre fan

*Fun fact: Not only were there direct references to Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek: The Next Generation but there were several episodes that followed the exploits of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the holodeck portraying Mason Dixon, a private investigator.

**Fun fact: I loved ancient history so much, that I decided to study Anthropology as my undergraduate major

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Grouchy Trekkie

***SPOILER ALERT***

 

Ok, I admit it. I’m a grouchy Trekkie. I didn’t think Star Trek Into Darkness was all that great. What with the plot holes, the lack of originality, the stupid relationship drama, the new cure for any ailment, the ability to skip starships now that we can beam across the universe, and the absolutely gratuitous Carol Marcus almost-nude scene, I just didn’t feel it. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate it. I give it a B-/C+. I couldn’t decide which grade to give it. It seems to change by the day.

Here we are with a whole new timeline. They could take it in ANY direction. Khan, really? Also, many people have interpreted the message the same way Wil Wheaton has (see below), but when Kirk is giving his speech at the end of the movie, it almost seems like he’s parroting our American Presidents hopeful speeches about peace and the future (while they rarely mean it). Maybe we’re supposed to think that Kirk is better or that Kirk will keep his word. However, for me, his words were too eerily similar to those of our warmongering politicians. I was also really bent out of shape by a J. J. Abrams interview I read right before the movie came out. Abrams admits that he was never a Star Trek fan because it was too philosophical for him (This isn’t the link, but he still admits it here too: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/j-j-abrams-star-trek-too-philosophical-192548775.html. If I come across the other interview, I’ll update this blog post). Why was this guy hired again? That is WHAT Star Trek is!

Having said all of this, most people that I know that have seen it liked the movie. Then again, most of those most aren’t Trekkies. I’ve only met two Trekkies that really liked it. TWO.  Though not perfect and wrought with its own issues, I still think the first reboot movie was better than this one.

So, if you’re wondering what am I on about, here are a few great links that will make you laugh and provide insight about some of the issues I had with this film. The bonus for you is that they are written by people who are better writers than I am. Enjoy!

http://io9.com/star-trek-into-darkness-the-spoiler-faq-508927844

http://www.themarysue.com/star-trek-into-darkness-review/

Wil Wheaton brings up some good points in defense of Star Trek Into Darkness, but so do some of the people who left him comments. Check it out: http://wilwheaton.net/2013/06/my-review-of-star-trek-into-darkness/

Of course, we all know that I’ll buy it on Blu-ray because I’m a Trekkie.

If you saw the film, whether a Trekkie or not, I would love to hear your feedback! 1, 2, 3, go!

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