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May 24, 2013

Why I have no plans on seeing Star Trek Into Darkness

Filed under: Movies, Rant — Tags: — Stephen L. Thompson @ 5:38 am

(This is something I’ve been meaning to write for the past week, but I finally got around to it and originally posted this on my Bubblews profile.)

I grew up watching The Next Generation. I went back and watched all the Original Series and watched DS9 when it came along. I even watched most of Voyager, although looking back now I don’t remember why. When Enterprise came out, I thought of it as beating a decrepit cash cow. When they finally ended Enterprise, I was ready for Star Trek to just fade away. It had a good run, but there was no reason for it to be eternal.

When they announced they were rebooting Star Trek, I wasn’t happy. If they had started a new series set a hundred years after TNG, I would have at least given it a chance. But I loath reboots of TV shows and movies. For movies based on books, reboots aren’t always bad because different directors will see different things in the source material. But when the source material is a TV show or a movie, what’s there to reinterpret?

So I admit I wasn’t looking forward to the last Star Trek movie when I saw it with a bunch of friends. I’m a writer, and I found it poorly written. And instead of trying to make a movie with an internally consistent plot, they just threw in a bunch of fistfights, shootouts, and other action clichés in the hope the audience didn’t notice the plot holes.

I remember thinking, as I left the theater from the last movie, that they could never do a Khan movie. If they wanted to go in a whole new way, I would argue with that, but they should go in a whole new way. That means no rehashing of anything from the old, classic Trek. No Tribbles, no Gorn, no Amok Time, no whales, and definitely no Khan. I even vowed that if they did do a Khan movie, I would just give up entirely on the new series of movies because they would have shown they are not worth my time.

So for the last few months, as everyone debated who the villain would be, I seriously hoped it wasn’t Khan. But no luck. I’ve watched several reviews so I know the basic story line of Into Darkness and I seriously have no interest in seeing it. Well, someday I’ll watch it on TV, but there is no way I’ll give money to those people. In my opinion, these movies aren’t Star Trek. They are just stupid action movie rip offs of Star Trek. I almost feel that the people who own Star Trek should sue the people who made these last two movies for copyright infringement.

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September 28, 2011

Terra Nova Review

Filed under: Rant, Review, TV Shows — Stephen L. Thompson @ 6:56 pm

I found the premier episode unimpressive and rather bland.  If it isn’t cancelled early, I predict it only has one, or maybe two seasons in it.  As it stands, I see no reason to continue watching this show.  I may watch another episode or two just to fuel my rage at stupid TV, but that’s the only reason I can think of to watch it.  I don’t even remember what the names of the characters are, and I don’t feel looking them up.

Here are some of the issues I had with it:

Why – unless it changes and they didn’t want to add even more exposition in the first episode – is the portal so far away from the fort?

If nobody is accustomed to the bright sunlight, why don’t they wear sunglasses?

Why are there trees growing right outside the fort?  If you’re concerned with terrorists infiltrating your camp, you would clear the area around the fort so they couldn’t sneak up.  While it is a fast growing jungle, you would certainly cut down any nearby trees, so there shouldn’t be any plant eaters munching on trees right outside the walls.  You also wouldn’t want plant eaters right outside because plant eaters are followed by meat eaters.

Speaking of meat eaters, how was that stupid girl able to elude them?  You would think that an unarmed, wounded, little morsel of meat staggering along would not last long around a pack of hungry meat eaters.  Unless they read the script and knew she had to survive.

Why would a doctor walk away to have a little chat with her husband about their son while her patient – who almost certainly is going into shock – lies on the ground bleeding and in need of surgery?

Of course, this is the same doctor who when she sees a giant leech on a guy’s back just pulls it off without – apparently – knowing if that is the best procedure for Cretaceous leeches.  It’s my understanding that if you just pull leeches off their heads could break off and stay in your skin causing problems.  But if you put salt on them or burn them with a cigarette, they’ll detach and fall off on their own.  Plus, if it only takes five seconds to pull this thing off, why did the guy have to sit there for, what was it, half-an-hour?  I’ve never had a giant leech stuck to my back, but if I knew the procedure to remove it was to just yank it off, I’d contort myself until I could get a hold of the thing and rip it off myself.

In a society that can produce miniature lasers that can cut through metal cups, and which you would think they could beef up into laser rifles that could slice dinosaurs with ease, do they stick with guns that fire bullets?

How was the Sixer prisoner able to escape without the guard raising an alarm?

And wasn’t it convenient that the Sixer prisoner just happened to walk by the former police officer who noticed something wasn’t right about him?

Of course, that was just one in a long line of happy coincidences.  Like when the main character just happened to walk by his son when his son was skipping orientation.  Like when the two guys climb a mountain to overlook the fort and they just happen to see the Sixers coming.  And then they were able to make it down the mountain and back to the fort, just in time.  And when the Sixers leave, they just happen – naturally – to find the rover of the kids.  And once they strip it they just happen to be attacked by the Slashers.  Who manage to damage the Sixer rover.  Who don’t attack – at first – the kids when they are right out in the open.  And then the stupid girl runs off into the dinosaur filled jungle, only to almost be run over by the rescue team.  And of course, the old cliché, of everything is okay, get down, there’s a dinosaur behind you!  I count that as a coincidence in that this interaction occurred between two of the main characters instead of a couple of unnamed extras.

So there is some conspiracy going on.  Okay, but either it will be this grand conspiracy that only grows in depth and complexity never to be solved and just annoying the viewers, or it will be solved and then … well, then what?  What will be the driving point of the show if the conspiracy is gone?

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