Posts Tagged ‘Star Trek’

you might need money on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

“It’s my money, Jake! If you want to bid at the auction, use your own money.”
“I’m Human, I don’t have any money.”
“It’s not my fault that your species decided to abandon currency-based economics in favor of some philosophy of self-enhancement.”
“Hey, watch it. There’s nothing wrong with our philosophy. We work to better ourselves and the rest of Humanity.”
“What does that mean exactly?”
“It means… it means we don’t need money!”
“Well, if you don’t need money, then you certainly don’t need mine!”

The exchange between Nog and Jake Sisko from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episode “In The Cards” provides an excellent example when scarcity is suddenly encountered just outside a so-called post-scarcity society.


MLK told Nichelle Nichols “don’t you dare leave the show”

Monday, January 18th, 2016

UhuraEvery Martin Luther King Day a good Star Trek fan should listen to this story and know this story.  The most beautiful member of the original regular Star Trek cast, Nichelle Nichols, played the loveliest member of the crew.

I don’t have to tell anyone that Nichelle Nichols plays Uhura.

My title may spoil the story but the fact remains the original Star Trek very much features the very world envisioned by the Reverend King, a world of human equality.

The story is wonderful. Nichelle Nichols tells NPR:

If you want a different re-telling of the story, here is something from the Archive of American Television:

The All-Important Soundtrack

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

An excellent soundtrack will work so well that you aren’t aware of how it’s manipulating you.  Oh, you’ll hear it and perhaps enjoy it, but you aren’t truly cognizant of how essential it is to the experience until you see raw footage and realize most of the emotional thrust of a moment was the music.  Without that, and a good sound effect engineer, you just have uncomfortably awkward moments with Chewbacca screeching like a cockatiel.

Good Lord!  How pivotal were John Williams and Ben Burtt?!!!  Yeesh!

In Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, there’s a…

Okay, I know it’s not a great movie.  It’s a good movie, and at the time we all appreciated that it gave everyone  in the cast a moment or two to shine, but the ending is a snoozer.  Still, it’s got some great moments.  One of the highlights is “Stealing the Enterprise,” mainly due to the soundtrack by James Horner.

Why the soundtrack?  It’s not just the thrill of the soaring horns once the doors open, it’s the entire piece…and how it plays you.  Because this scene shouldn’t work at all.

How much tension is there, really, in Scotty’s trouble getting the doors to open?  Is the Enterprise going to smash into the doors?  Are they going to fail in their attempt and all go to prison?  So how can there be tension in this scene?

But James Horner pulls it off.

James Horner composed the sountracks to 125 films, many of which played a big part of my life,  including many hours spent listening to them on CD.  He died Monday in a plane crash, only 61 years of age.  R.I.P.



But what happens when you watch Next Generation in this house?

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

I should think this might prove a little problematic.

Podcast 11: Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Erik Burnham and I finally get to review two summer hits, Iron Man 3 and Star Trek 2, er, Into Darkness.  Includes my discovery of the key difference of J.J. Abrams’ version of Star Trek, and our proposal of how Wil Wheaton can save Star Trek.  We also talk about MCBA FallCon, which we will be attending October 5th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Also mentioned:  How It Should Have Ended and their version of Iron Man 3.

And Red Letter Media’s Mr. Plinkett reviews of Star Trek and Star Wars.  I know it’s gauche to link to things that everyone on the planet knows about.  Oddly enough, neither Erik nor our TOS-obsessed friend John Morgan Neal has seen them.

I know I have a deficit of readers

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I know this because if there were people here on a regular basis reading stuff then they would be complaining about the sheer number of embedded videos that I post here.

They would be correct.  If they existed.  The readers I mean.

Now the Trek videos definitely should be posted.  YouTube hosts a lot of interview content and they are pretty poor at saying what that content is or ordering it in any way, let alone sourcing it, granting a context.  It’s arranged like a social networking site.  There is an element of organizing where it tells you what you watched but it recommends other videos to watch based on algorithms and when you search for a particular set of words there are no promises that you will find something relevant.  If I search for Brent Spiner or Patrick Stewart I have no promises.  Therefore I’m indexing and sorting through the nonfiction Star Trek related YouTube videos.  I’m doing it mostly for me.  It would be neat to easily find a given interview with Michael Dorn or Avery Brooks and have the wheat already separate from the the chaff.

The other problem is that assuming I start writing my original content yet again, why should people read it?  Because it is awesome.  That works for me.

The template feels claustrophobic.   And I need to remember what I can do to promote this beast.  Hm.

Breaking Bad Star Trek animated thingima

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

All I have to say is that there were no replicators in the original Star Trek series. Also I have never seen Breaking Bad so if you want adequate context you are out of luck there.

I also wish to see Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on the blu-ray format

Sunday, August 11th, 2013


Beyond and Behind the Trek

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The internet hosts a large quantity of videos depicting interviews with various actors and creators from the Star Trek franchise, including all six television series and twelve feature films, as well as Convention appearances of same.

I certainly have not viewed all of these although I’ve seen a lot.  I reckon that together these could present a wonderful tapestry as to the workings behind all these wonderful programs that we’ve grown to enjoy and has helped us escape from our lives here and there.  Or in the case of some videos and events it is just great fun.

Naturally I’m talking about cataloging all of these uploaded videos.  That sounds like something I would do.

Shatner continues the ear punching

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

William Shatner, now 97 years old, continues his fight with the gorn.

At least he’s recreating a fight where he had his shirt on!

Podcast 7: Our 2009 Christmas Gifts (Lost Podcast #1)

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

In January 2010, Erik Burnham and I recorded a fun discussion of what we had gotten for Christmas.  And then, for reasons technical and personal, editing took forever and then they fell by the wayside…but were not forgotten!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2013… it’s “What did you get for Christmas 2009?”  This is the first of several “Lost Podcasts” that we will be rolling out in rapid succession, to then be followed by new podcasts.

Discussed in this podcast:

Batman Watches, Femme Noir, PS238, X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bone, The Art of Joe Jusko, Bloom County … oh, and kvetching about the 2009 Star Trek

“New” Star Trek series blasts off in September

Monday, June 20th, 2011

IDW is going to head up the continuing adventures of the “alternate universe” crew of the Enterprise, spinning off from the 2009 movie.

The best part is that they will be filling in the gaps left unexplored by future movies as they retell some of the classic Star Trek stories in a more modern fashion, starting with “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Hate Star Trek: TNG? Only for the holodecks.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

If there’s anything truly, fundamentally wrong with Star Trek: The Next Generation, it’s the holodecks. The rest I can stomach.

Holodecks were a terrible idea.  They eliminated the need for shore leave on a real planet, where a cabin fever-ish crew can get off the ship and provide the plot with whatever they encounter on the planet.  They quickly went from a crude simulation that could be disrupted by throwing a rock against the back wall to a representation so convincing that you couldn’t tell it from reality even if you were an android or you could see a broad spectrum, and the people in it go from little more than animatronics run by algorithm to pseudo-people who ostensibly possess sentience.  (If a computer-generated person is sentient, doesn’t that more to the point mean that it’s the computer that is sentient?)

It’s not that there aren’t a lot little things wrong with Next Gen. It always bothered me that they didn’t have any weapons designed for starship hallway combat.  Endless shots of two-way gun-battles, and I’m thinking, how about throwing a gas grenade around that corner?

Perhaps on a more thematic level, Star Trek:TNG’s biggest negative can be summed up in a one-word line of dialogue:  “Conference.”

Picard has just encountered the Borg for the first time.  These monsters, described by Q and Guinan as the biggest, scariest boogeyman they’ve ever encountered, have just had their ship disabled and significantly damaged by the Enterprise.  Picard knows that they learn from encounters and are tougher to defeat after that.  Picard knows they cannot be negotiated with.

The Borg ship is, like, 20% damaged.


Plinkett Reviews Sith – coming soon!

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

I’m psyched! Are you psyched?

I didn’t realize he’d done a Star Trek ’09 review. Here it is. Language warning, of course.

Podcast 4: Chatting about Movies and Star Trek

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

This started out as a test of my new equipment to see if the sound quality improved (it did). Unfortunately, you should not get two guys with extensive video store clerking experience chatting about random movies. We talked for about 50 minutes! We learn that Erik pronounces “bio-pic” without the hyphen. I tend to be vocabulary-challenged and say “like”, “um” and “you know” way too much. I prepare for an MST3K version of Star Trek, and my brother ruins “Fellowship of the Ring” forever. Also, who wants us to do a list of “Great movies you may not have seen?” (Erik talks over my sarcastic line, “Have you ever heard of The Princess Bride?” Could have been a gem. Oh well.)

Recorded June 30th. I had to laugh when I heard what I say at 55:05.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Erik’s “Creature Stole My Twinkie” T-shirt on Zazzle; we also discuss blogging at his Burnhamania site.

RedLetterMedia’s ST: Nemesis review (hilarious!)

Friday, December 25th, 2009

I know I didn’t like Star Trek: Nemesis, but this really helps bring to light that I only thought of half the reasons it sucked.

RedLetterMedia’s Generations Review

Friday, December 25th, 2009

I haven’t posted in a while. To make up for it, here are a ton of reviews on YouTube that I found. These are hilarious and insightful, culminating in a wonderful takedown of Phantom Menace.

PLEASE NOTE: A lot of these have language that is NSFW.

Let’s start with his review of Star Trek: Generations:

Where are the Star Trek crews now?

Friday, May 15th, 2009

AOL has a piece on the Star Trek casts then and now.

Levar Burton is podcasting and you can follow him on Twitter? I don’t know if that’s cool or sad.

New Star Trek: Your Thoughts?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

To Boldly Go Where No Fuzzball Has Gone BeforeOpen thread: What are your thoughts on the new Star Trek movie?

Sex Explosion Trek opens this weekend

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

To Boldly Go Where No Fuzzball Has Gone Before In just a few days, J.J. Abrams launches his new “Kirk and Uhura’s Infinite Playlist” movie, and I am forced to admit that the Onion video I linked a few days ago was pretty much about me.

This new movie is about a car-stealing reprobate who gets challenged to enter Starfleet and he makes it to Captain despite looking like a college sophomore. From there it’s all making out with fellow officers, explosions and sky-diving. I don’t know whether they’re seeking out new life forms and new civilizations so much as doing the Dew.

I just realized that my “young, hip” reference about extreme sports is actually older than my 17 year old niece.

I think this is what we were all afraid of when…ages ago, in the early 1990s… they proposed a “Starfleet Academy” movie with all of the Star Trek cast played by younger actors. It wasn’t that it was sacrilegious to have anyone besides Shatner, Kelley, Nimoy, Doohan and the rest filling those parts… well, I’m sure for many Trekkies that WAS the entire problem… but that if not done well, the new actors would fall short and it would be a meager end to the series.

As it is, this movie looks invulnerable to failure. It’s got enough action and sex to pull in the masses and achieve a good box office take.

Nevertheless, ever since the trailers began for this movie, I can’t escape the thought: Remember when Star Trek was about exploring new planets and dealing with alien situations that were somehow allegorical to our own lives?

It’s nice to see a Star Trek movie being a big hit, but I can’t escape the feeling that it’s going to be a movie without a soul. Heck, even the dreaded Star Trek V had a soul.