|The needs of the many|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/27/15 10:45 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. May your memory live long and prosper.
Star Trek: I feel cheated
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 05/17/09 10:50 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
A recent review, I don't remember where, for the new Star Trek movie, said, "Star Trek fans will love it and hate it." In my opinion, that review was 100% correct.
Don't get me wrong, the movie was great. It was the most fun I've had in a theater in a long time. The story is compelling, the effects are exciting, and the actors are great. There's only one problem. It wasn't Star Trek.
Yes, it was "a" Star Trek, but it wasn't "the" Star Trek.
Through the course of the movie, we see each of the characters from the Original Show that we know and love, and see how they all met and became ship-mates and friends. We see the birth of James Tiberius Kirk, and the childhoods of Jim Kirk and young Spock. When next we see them, Spock is an instructor at the Academy, and he turns out to be the author and programmer of the Kobayashi Maru test, the unbeatable test Kirk cheats on to beat. Kirk and McCoy are friends at the academy, along with Sulu and Uhura.
|Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine as the new Spock and Captain Kirk|
But wait a second, weren't Sulu and Uhura from a later Star Fleet class? Wasn't Jim Kirk already a commander when they joined the Enterprise? I'm not sure, but I am sure that McCoy never went to the academy. Remember, he didn't know what "dunsel" meant in the episode, "The Ultimate Computer".
It just gets worse. Not half-way through the film, the planet Vulcan is completely destroyed. We know Vulcan was not destroyed in the time of the Original Show, Kirk, Spock and McCoy visited there in "Amok Time".
Turns out, this is all explained very cleverly in the course of the new movie by the fact that what we are seeing is an "alternate timeline", caused by a bad-guy Romulan who's hacked-off at Spock and comes back from the future for revenge. He starts off by causing the death of Jim Kirk's dad right as Jim is born, and from then on, because the time-line has been changed, the world we are seeing has only cosmetic relationship to the world represented in the Original Show.
So, in the course of a very well written and excitingly presented film, we are left at the end with the realization that we have NOT seen a film about the beginnings of the characters we have known and loved. These characters in the film are carbon-copies from an alternate reality. We have not learned anything about the real characters at all.
The new Star Trek movie changed the rules. They made a great film, they beat the Kobayashi Maru, but only because they cheated. And in the end, it is us, the loyal Star Trek fans, who were cheated most of all.
Hey George, nice asteroid!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 10/04/07 12:10 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
George Takei, who is best known as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, has finally been accorded an honor fitting the helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
The International Astronomical Union's Committee on Small Body Nomenclature has renamed asteroid 1994 GT9. It is now officially named 7307 Takei.
It joins the 4659 Roddenberry (named for the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry) and the 68410 Nichols (for co-star Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura). Other main-belt asteroids have been named for science fiction luminaries Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.
Unlike the web sites that will "name a star after you", this is the real deal, this is now the asteroid's official name for all time.
George laughed about it with reporters on Tuesday, saying, "I am now a heavenly body. I found out about it yesterday... I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky -- just like an asteroid."
It was so cool to see George as Captain Sulu in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, I've always been disappointed they didn't make a whole Star Trek movie following Captain Sulu and his crew onboard the USS Excelsior!
Congratulations, George! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!
Hotter than Vulcan
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 06/03/06 4:21 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
It's 98 degrees right now where I am in the San Fernando Valley of California, and it reminds me of two things.
In the Star Trek episode Amok Time, when Kirk and McCoy accompany Spock to the planet Vulcan for his wedding cermony, McCoy says, "Hot as Vulcan. Now I know what that phrase means..."
Also, I am reminded of a poem I remember being recited by the late Nipsey Russel, a wonderful family comic who also used a lot of poetry in his act. He said,
"Spring has sprung
Fall has fell
Summer has come
and it's hotter than...
[Updated Saturday, 06/03/06 5:29 pm]
Less than an hour after I posted this, I tuned by to learn that the Amok Time episode is being shown right now on the G4 cable network. Is that weird or what?
Beam me up, Scotty
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/20/05 3:08 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
Webmaster's log, stardate 4274.4. We lost another member of the original Star Trek family today.
James Doohan passed away this morning at his home in Redmond, Washington, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 85.
As Scotty, James Doohan was both dramatic and funny, and frequently had the most memorable lines from an episode. He had the punchline, for example, in The Trouble With Tribbles:
"I gave them to the Klingons, Sir. Before they went into warp, I transported the whole kit and kaboodle in their engine room, where ther'll be no tribble at all."
His agent said that Jimmy's ashes will be sent into space in accordance with his wishes, beaming up Scotty for the very last time...
Are you blind, Mr. Spock? I am black on the right side!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 05/18/05 1:30 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
Sad news. Veteran actor and impressionist Frank Gorshin died on Tuesday in Burbank. Best known for his portrayal as The Riddler in the Batman TV series, to me, as a Trekkie, he'll always be Bele from the Star Trek:TOS episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
He even appears for a few seconds in the infamous Star Trek Blooper Reel, in an outtake from "Battlefield", as he's stepping onto the transporter in a scene near the end of the episode, he pauses for a moment and then launches into "You dirty rat!" ala James Cagney.
Frank also appeared on the same Ed Sullivan show that introduced The Beatles to America on February 7, 1964.
According to MSNBC, Frank's final performance will be broadcast on Thursday's CBS-TV series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigations." He was 72.